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Chaos in Baghdad. Keeping Iraqi forces away from the NATO/PKK Operation to Take Mosul

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:12
I’ve alluded to this possibility a couple of times in two previous posts:
Here (with reference back to yet another post)
     "Clearly the US is moving on Mosul sooner, rather then later, as I expect"

It appears to me as if all this confusion, discord and chaos (in Baghdad)  is part of the prep work for the move on Mosul.
Since the US and company intend to annex Mosul, as has been stated here repeatedly. And the involvement of the Iraqi forces aka nationalist forces could impede/slow down or prevent this annexation from happening.

 The momentum to annex, ethnically cleanse,  Mosul is not going to be stopped by the 'chaos in Baghdad' because it was never dependent on Baghdad.Curiously or conveniently, Baghdad has certainly been a hot spot the past few weeks- Multiple publicized Protests. Suicide bombings in the multiples. Etc.,

Considering all that’s been going on, the article below was a rather interesting and suggestive read:
No U.S. combat advisers for Fallujah invasion (to fight ISIS)
Briefly speaking,  Iraqi forces have moved on Fallujah since this is the locale being used to target Baghdad. And the US is not assisting the Iraqi forces- No on the ground advisers. Just a claim of air support. Which isn’t necessarily a positive. Since the US has previously bombed and killed scores of Iraqi forces previously:

“ U.S. is unlikely to deploy ground-level American combat advisers to support the Iraqi Army’s new operation to oust Islamic State militants from Fallujah.”
So the US is not going to support Iraqi forces as they attempt to oust ISIS? Odd isn’t it?
“Yet the U.S. military will continue to provide airstrikes for the Iraqi troops moving into Fallujah” a defence official said. Not necessarily beneficial for Iraqi forces.- Shooting fish in a barrel? Easy pickin's
“For months U.S. officials have urged the Iraqis to prioritize retaking Mosul in northern Iraq, but a spate of new ISIS terrorist attacks in Baghdad prompted the Iraqi government to shift its focus to the ISIS stronghold just 40 miles west of the capital. It's likely ISIS is using Fallujah as a staging area for the attacks on Baghdad”
US officials have made very clear that Baghdad?Iraqi government is a non- issue in retaking Mosul
I’ve covered that one more then on occasion. And the ISIS attacks from Fallujah on Baghdad certainly serve as a handy distraction from US/NATO/Israeli/PKK moves in northern Iraq
When we ask the question- Who/what benefits from all those attacks on Baghdad?
The answer is those that are remaking the Middle East. Those destroying Iraq. Those annexing territory. Israel. NATO. PKK. US. Get the picture?

 From earlier:
Saving Mosul Dam from Afar? Sweden of all places?
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Saving Mosul Dam from Afar? Sweden of all places?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:48
A conference in Sweden to save a dam in Iraq? I'm having some troubles with this narrative. Saving Mosul Dam, from afar  Engineer: We can assure you that the dam will fail (5:38 min)
Bizarre signage "most dangerous dam in the World" I didn't think engineers were so dramatic
I find the article and interviews rife with contradictionsAnd where there are contradictions- Their are lies.
Engineers, academics and politicians ( looks more like an NGO gathering) gathered in central Stockholm Tuesday to help diffuse an ongoing crisis in northern Iraq where a crumbling hydro-dam threatens to wash way towns and thousands of people. Built in 1986, experts say the Mosul dam could collapse at any moment. Such a disaster would be catastrophic, flooding a city of about 1 million people and much of the country downstream along the Tigris River.
Nadhir Al-Ansari is a professor of civil engineering at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden's far north. Originally from Baghdad, he's been involved with the dam since its beginning, carrying out an early report about its structural problems. He says the dam's location was flawed from the get-go.
It was built on a bed of limestone and gypsum, a soft mineral that dissolves in water. That means the ground beneath the dam and its reservoir is slowly being eaten away by the water seeping into the weak bedrock, causing the dam to settle and crack.
Repairs have been carried out for decades with crews buttressing the dam's foundation by injecting grout into the cracks and holes that develop. That upkeep, however, ground to a halt two years ago when the Islamic State (IS) took control of Iraq's largest dam.
"Everybody ran away," Al-Ansari tells Radio Sweden. "And that meant the cavities were increasing under the foundation of the dam."
Now, to make matters worse, springtime and early summer see more water flowing into the dam's reservoir, building up additional pressure on the structure.
That's why a team of researchers and engineers are meeting this week to create an action plan meant to solve the crisis. Experts from the US, Canada, Sweden and elsewhere in Europe are in the capital. The group will prepare a roadmap for the dam's future that will be handed over to the Iraqi government.
"We as academics and scientists have a responsibility to tell people what we know," fellow Luleå University professor Sven Knutsson says. "If people listen or not, that's another thing but we have to say what we know."
Recently the Iraqi government signed a deal with an Italian company to repair and upgrade the dam. But those following the situation wonder if their efforts will be enough in the short term.
Al-Ansari and Knutsson say the best bet is to finish construction on a secondary dam that sits downriver. But that project will take about 2 years to complete. In the meantime the Mosul dam could collapse. Al-Ansari tells Radio Sweden it's only a matter of time.
"Sooner or later, we can assure you that it will fail," he says.
The secondary dam would be Badoush Dam. And from previous information I've posted here that dam was completed. From a report done in 2015 linked at the bottom of a very lengthy post

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NATO Leaders Meet To Discuss and Plan for Second Attack On Libya

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 12:13
Ignoring the misleading headline and excluding most of the nonsense:

Looks to be a move to increase the weaponized migration into the EU
Among other agendas of course
To speed Gaddafi on his way to Hades, Nato and assorted pro-Western Arab states intervened in the Libyan uprising with an unprecedented avalanche of air strikes. Nato admits to flying an extraordinary 26,500 individual sorties against targets in Libya in 2011. Yet there have been only 3,933 Allied (non-Russian) air strikes in Syria against Daesh forces since bombing began in August 2014. In Iraq, there have been 8,438 Allied air attacks on Daesh units. So in Syria and Iraq combined, US and Nato forces have flown less than a third of the air strikes they did against the Gaddafi regime.

The result of the horrendous Nato bombing of Libya was effectively to destroy the country’s entire infrastructure – oil accepted, of course. Why this ridiculous overkill? Partly, it was at the behest of the Saudi-led Arab League which wanted revenge on the maverick Gaddafi. Partly, it was Nato and the US showing it could still flex military might after the debacles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Partly it was the petty vanity of Britain’s David Cameron and France’s Nicholas Sarkozy, who wanted to pretend to be a reincarnation of Mrs Thatcher. And it was the usual Western disdain for Arab lives.

Having destroyed the country, the Western powers simply walked away leaving Libya to descend into chaos. This dysfunctional country is now split into three warring zones. In the east, in Benghazi, there is the anti-Islamist House of Representatives, which is backed by neighbouring Egypt. HoR has some democratic legitimacy and is supported (after a fashion) by the remnants of the Libyan National Army led by ambitious General Khalifa Haftar. His is the strongest indigenous military force. Meanwhile, the western part of Libya, centred on Tripoli, remains in the hands of a variety of Islamist militias. In the middle: Daesh. I would call that a job well done, because splitting Libya up was the agenda. 
Discussed most recently in this two part, relinked below,  post from February 2015. Yes, over a year ago!

Two factors have renewed Western concern over Libya. The first is the flow of refugees and economic migrants using the country as a route into Europe. After the deal brokered between the EU and Turkey to return refugees to Turkish camps, chaotic Libya is now the obvious point of departure for those seeking to get to Europe. The UN reckons there are at least 100,000 would-be migrants waiting in their chance in Libya.

How can the EU broker a deal with Libya to send back any refugees, if there is no proper Libyan government? Answer: create a puppet government, sign a deal with them, then send in Nato military assets to enforce the deal. Last month, such a puppet government was delivered to Tripoli by boat (reportedly Saudi) and now resides in a heavily fortified naval base in Tripoli. This so-called Government of National Accord (GNA) is led by Faiez Serraj, whose father was a minister under the old pre-Gaddafi monarchy. The GNA is recognised by none of the other factions in Libya including strongman General Hafter. It remains surrounded not just by hostile Islamist militias in Tripoli but increasingly by Daesh. Daesh has deliberately opened a second front in Libya to break out of its encirclement in Syria-Iraq. It has anything between 4,000 and 6,000 fighters in Libya, based on Gaddafi’s old stronghold of Sirte. Despite ceding ground recently to General Hafter’s National Army, Libyan Daesh last week inflicted heavy casualties on militia units protecting Serraj’s puppet GNA.
Daesh conveniently moves to Libya... rolls eyes
At Nato’s July summit, the decision will be taken to blockade Libya’s 2,000-kilometre coast, to turn back refugees and isolate Daesh. Britain has already deployed a spy ship (HMS Enterprise) to the area and US drones are flying daily across Libya from the Italian island of Pantelleria. Various reputable media sources reveal there are already British, American, French and Italian Special Forces on the ground directing militia operations against Daesh. Come July expect renewed airstrikes targeting Daesh.

The UK has publicly offered to send 1,000 military advisors to train a new Libyan army loyal to the wobbly Serraj government. As these British personnel would be based in easy striking distance of Daesh suicide bombers, any notion they would be non-combatants is risible. The Second Libyan War has already begun. Where it will end is anybody’s guess.
From earlier:
Centcom's Votel to Syria/ "Rojova" after Unannounced Visit to Iraq
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Centcom's Votel to Syria/ "Rojova" after Unannounced Visit to Iraq

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:56
Top US Commander Makes Secret Visit to Syrian Kurdistan This comes after his unannounced visit to Iraq, mentioned here: Mosul: it's Precarious Dam & an Earthquake? CENTCOM/ DOD. Baghdad Protests, Again

QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— On a secret trip to Syrian Kurdistan, the new commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Saturday he felt a moral obligation to enter a war zone to check on his troops and make his own assessment of progress in organizing Kurdish fighters and local Arab for what has been a slow campaign to push the Islamic State out of Syria. “I have responsibility for this mission, and I have responsibility for the people that we put here,” Army Gen. Joseph Votel said in an interview as dusk fell on the remote outpost where he had arrived 11 hours earlier. “So it’s imperative for me to come and see what they’re dealing with – to share the risk they are dealing with.”Votel, who has headed U.S. Central Command for just seven weeks, became the highest-ranking U.S. military officer known to have entered Syria since the U.S. began its campaign to counter the Islamic State in 2014. Votel flew into the Kurdish region in northern Syria from Iraq, where he had conferred on Friday with U.S. and Iraqi military commanders. In Syria he met with U.S. military advisers working with Syrian Arab fighters and consulted with leaders of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces SDF supported by the U.S.
CENTCOM Commander Joseph Votel and other U.S. military officials visited the Kurdish city of Kobani and met with Kurdish-led Democratic Syria Forces commanders and political officials, local media reported.
Votel’s visit is the first military visit to Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) at the highest level.
The SDF is an alliance, formed in October 2015, of the powerful Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) with smaller Arab, Christian and Turkmen militias in a coalition intended to take on Islamic State.So much for the claims of Turkmen belonging to Turkey and Erdogan! Certainly the Kurds and Turkmen alliance was mentioned at the blog previously.
The Kurdish YPG  forces, which the U.S. and Russia consider an ally in the fight against Islamic State, is the most effective group fighting IS in Syria, as the Kurdish militia has seized swathes of Syria from Islamic State. Annexed Syrian land from Syria
Votel’s flight into Syria was the first made in daylight by U.S. forces, who have about 200 advisers on the ground in Syrian Kurdistan. Military ground rules for the trip prohibited reporting the kind of aircraft Votel used, the exact location of where he landed and the names and images of the U.S. military advisers, who said they have been operating from the camp since January. The last known high-level U.S. official to visit Syrian Kurdistan was Brett McGurk, Obama’s envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State. He spent two days in Syria in late January, including a tour of Kobani, the small Kurdish town near the Turkish border where Kurdish fighters backed by U.S. airstrikes had expelled an entrenched group of Islamic State fighters a year earlier. Votel said his visit had hardened his belief that the U.S. is taking the right approach to developing local forces to fight IS, an acronym for the Islamic State.
“I left with increased confidence in their capabilities and our ability to support them,” he said. “I think that model is working and working well.”
The U.S. is supporting what it calls the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is predominantly comprised of Syrian Kurds, numbering at least 25,000 fighters, with a smaller element of Syrian Arabs, numbering perhaps 5,000 to 6,000. The U.S. is trying to increase the Arab numbers.The US is trying to increase the Arab fighters- LOL. SDF has always been predominantly as in almost entirely Kurdish PKK/YPG
Qarhaman Hasan, the deputy commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, said he has given the Americans a list of his most pressing needs. Atop his list: armored vehicles, heavy weapons like machine guns, as well as rocket launchers and mortars.
“We’re creating an army,” he said through an interpreter, and have had to rely on smuggling to get weapons.They have an army- And they've been airdropped weapons by the US. As well as smuggled weapons through Turkish and Iraqi territory via their PKK bretheren. With the airport in Qamishlo and the US flying in and out of there- The PKK/YPG terror crowd can make  greater demands for even more weapons because it will be much easier to have them delivered.

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Henry Levy "Peshmerga"- Cannes Review: "Easy to see Peshmerga as a Propaganda Movie"

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 05/22/2016 - 08:45
That's because it is! And that's all it is. But wait for it, yup, the reviewer uses the N word... Nazi.
Really predictable manipulative language- Just quoting the relevant paragraph from THR
Of course it was a glowing review. Would anyone have expected otherwise?

"It’s easy to see Peshmerga as a propaganda movie reminiscent of those made by the U.S. government’s Field Photographic Branch during World War II, framing its troopers as modern-day heroes and providing us with only a single viewpoint. Yet if there’s one regime in the world today that the public would probably compare to the Nazis, it’s ISIS, so Henry-Levy is unlikely to be criticized for stacking the deck too much against them"
I'll criticize Henry Levy for making a propaganda film reminiscent of every other piece of manipulative war garbage ever made. Reading the review made me retch!

There were so many other view points that were excluded-
-Ethnic cleansing of Arabs
-Annexing of land from multiple nations
-Kurdish "heroes" terrorizing there own bretheren
-The backing of the Peshmerga by NATO
- The support via American airstrikes- including strikes that killed many Arab families (ethnic cleansing)
- Training by NATO
-Arming of Peshmerga by NATO

All glossed over by BHL, so he could make a propaganda film, employing a simplistic white and black narrative presenting the Kurdish militia/terrorist/war criminals/land grabbers as heros!

I'll criticize him and his piece of garbage film. Which I have no intention of ever seeing.

 This is your perception being managed!  
Propaganda to make you believe that which you should not.Cannes adds Bernard Henri Levy's "Peshmerga" documentary to official selection
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Mosul: it's Precarious Dam & an Earthquake? CENTCOM/ DOD. Baghdad Protests, Again

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 18:25
 If you’ve read here over the past few months then you should understand why I keep coming back to the subject of Mosul Dam. Today we’re all going to look at some information and images left by a very helpful commenter.  I've added additional info and will relink all previous posts regarding Mosul Dam

AnonymousMay 19, 2016 at 4:21 PMIt almost appears as if the Mosul dam is being prepared for demolition as the dam's concrete footwall has been reduced to rubble and the concrete erosion caps cut into pieces in recent months.
This image is from

An employee operates an excavator as he works at strengthening the Mosul Dam on the Tigris River, around 50km north of Mosul, Iraq, March 3, 2016.
Would it "strengthen" the dam to remove the concrete at it's base?
I don't see how it would?

 Watch the video at VOA as the concrete is demolished- This is the low water level side of the dam.Behind that wall is the water being held back- To the left we see what appears to be the power generating operation? (If I'm understand this correctly?)

 ( I can't embed  the video, so go to the link.  Can't say why, but, it just won't show)

You can see the concrete demolition taking place very briefly- as the talking head claims repairs are being done. Except repairs cannot be taking place, because the "repair" contract was only finalized a very short time ago and  work camps were in the process of being set up. 

AnonymousMay 19, 2016 at 8:43 PMHere's a monkey running the torch cable to cut the rebar and VOA showing the demo job in progress.

Here is the main body of the dam being drilled from the crest of the dam (wrong place unless they are blast holes) in February 2016 but it sure isn't TREVI and I don't see any grout trucks or pumps anywhere. Besides they said the grout facility was in Mosul and under ISIS control.

Here is the proper place to grout the Mosul dam, namely the grouting gallery built inside the dam at the base expressly for that purpose.
 Yet, another image: The Grouting Tunnel- grouting gallery referenced by commenter

Employees are working to strengthen the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq [Azad Lashkari/Reuters] The Mosul Dam was built with a grouting tunnel specifically because of the geology of the area (gypsum content)

"The dam was built by an Italian-German consortium and started operating in 1986. Because of the high proportion of gypsum in the area, the construction included a grouting tunnel to allow almost constant injection of cement and drilling mud into crevices in the base that are widened by the water flowing through them"  If we understand that regular maintenance of the dam, as with any dam, would be absolutely required! We then understand why the dam would be constructed with this grouting  tunnel  The grouting tunnel, was a design feature, built into the tunnel to specifically address the maintenance that was required. This was not incompetence or corruption. As a matter of fact this was competent engineering considering the locale.  This was what had to be done, given the geological base/location for the dam. 

 Recall in a previous post the times the maintenance of the dam fell to the wayside?

1-When the US applied harsh sanctions on the US. (the Iraqis came up with an alternative solution to keep the dam maintained)

2-When the US attacked Iraq

3- Allegedly for two weeks in 2014 when "ISIS" took control of the dam two years ago- Since that time the dam has been in NATO/Kurdish hands

Since we now know the grouting tunnel is THE way to maintain the dam- what is going on in the image below?

Repairs? That's the claim? But the Italian engineering firm isn't at work yet. So, what are we really looking at?

AnonymousMay 19, 2016 at 4:21 PM Since a 'culprit' must be blamed perhaps this unusual and timely earthquake risk assessment released in November of 2015 could shed some light. November 2015- Yup, a timely assessment!

Difficulty of Predicting Earthquakes in Mosul Dam

Have a look at that information. November 2015 earthquake assessment? 

If you want to go down a rabbit hole then we can talk about the Assyrians. I've mentioned this before. The followers of Judaism have a biblical grudge with the Assyrians.  And that area of Iraq was the heart of the Assyrian empire....  

AnonymousMay 19, 2016 at 9:08 PM  Before I forget... if you want to take the express elevator to the bottom of the rabbit hole you'll want to read everything by Brandon Smith and Ken Stephens.

Here >

And here >

The forthcoming Mosul dam collapse is only a tiny part of the Globalist Shitshow and is designed to be part of the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. By September 2016 the world will be in military, economic/financial and spiritual conflict.

Don't get taken in by the show >
Baghdad has been preoccupied- and the US has already moved on Mosul with the Kurds

  • DOD  ISIL Campaign Shifts Toward Taking Mosul and Raqqa
 The U.S. commander of all troops in the Middle East, Central Command's General Joseph Votel, arrived in Baghdad Thursday on an unannounced visit for meetings on how the war against ISIS is progressing. CNN is the only television network on the military plane carrying Votel, a four-star general, to the Middle East to meet with his commanders, the troops and regional military officials.
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I Spy an Indigo Bunting! And Other Fine Feathered Friends.

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 17:23
As I'd mentioned the song birds are back!!!

New birds I have seen while woods walking

Yellow Rumped Warbler- Myrtle

Both male and female together a few weeks back :)

Indigo Bunting- Only  the male (today)- he's beautiful

In the same area as the Indigo Bunting... Rose Breasted Grosbeak- Male only

A few weeks back- Eastern Bluebirds Saw a small group of these birds, both male and female:

In a world full of insanity- Woodswalking, bird watching, foraging & herb gathering keeps one sane, grounded and connected to reality.

 (Images are borrowed because we almost never have a camera)
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Egyptian Military Finds and Has Confirmed Debris From Crashed Airliner

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 07:52
The Egyptian military found the personal belongings of passengers and other debris from an EgyptAir jet floating in the Mediterranean, Cairo said on Friday, confirming that the plane had plunged into the sea with 66 people on board.The navy said it had found the debris about 290 km (180 miles) north of the coastal city of Alexandria and was sweeping the area in search of the plane's black box recorders.
 RT: Location of Plane Debris- Note the proximity of Cyprus and Israel? Recall the UK/US sovereign military base mentioned in yesterdays post? Think about Israel intercepting a plane and forcing it to land just weeks ago?
From Yesterday:  Egypt Air Retracts Claim of Wreckage Found: Late April, Israel Intercepted Egyptian Flight (Cyprus involved)

Not off the coast of Crete as was claimed yesterday.  Does the location of the find put this plane out of the reach of military exercises that had been taking place?  I have to admit to being very disturbed over the whole evidence being placed on facebook by some random  sea captain, who should be aware that all manner of rubbish from the "refugee crisis" has littered the Mediterranean and the Aegean Seas. (There have been many news article on this very subject- PDF)

President Adbel Fattah al-Sisi offered condolences for those on board, amounting to Cairo's official confirmation of their deaths.Although fingers pointed toward Islamist militants who blew up another airliner over Egypt just seven months ago, no group had claimed responsibility more than 24 hours after the disappearance of flight MS804, an Airbus A320 that was flying from Paris to Cairo.Three French investigators and a technical expert from Airbus arrived in Cairo early on Friday to help investigate the fate of the missing plane, airport sources said.
Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said on Thursday that it was too early to rule out any explanation for the disaster. The country's aviation minister said a terrorist attack was more likely than a technical failure.
Friday's announcement that debris had been found followed earlier confusion about whether wreckage had been located. Greek searchers found some material on Thursday, but the airline later said this was not from its plane.
While there was no official explanation of the cause of the crash, suspicion immediately fell on Islamist militants who have been fighting against Egypt's government since Sisi toppled an elected Islamist leader in 2013. In October, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for blowing up a Russian jetliner that exploded after taking off from an Egyptian tourist resort. Russian investigators blamed a bomb smuggled on board.
Last year's crash already devastated Egypt's tourist industry, one of the main sources of foreign exchange for a country of 80 million people, and another similar attack would crush hopes of it recovering.
Officials from a number of U.S. agencies told Reuters that a U.S. review of satellite imagery so far had not produced any signs of an explosion. They said the United States had not ruled out any possible causes for the crash, including mechanical failure, terrorism or a deliberate act by the pilot or crew.The US has satellite imagery that has not produced any signs of explosion. MH370? 

Amid uncertainty about what brought down the plane, Los Angeles International Airport became the first major U.S. air transportation hub to say it was stepping up security measures.

The plane vanished just as it was exiting air space controlled by Greece for air space controlled by Egypt. Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said the Airbus swerved radically and plunged from 37,000 feet to 15,000 before vanishing from Greek radar screens.
According to Greece's civil aviation chief, calls from Greek air traffic controllers to MS804 went unanswered just before it left Greek airspace, and it disappeared from radar screens soon afterwards.
There was no official indication of a possible cause, whether technical failure, human error or sabotage. The aircraft was carrying 56 passengers, including one child and two infants, and 10 crew, EgyptAir said. They included 30 Egyptian and 15 French nationals, along with citizens of 10 other countries. A320s normally seat 150 people. The plane had made scheduled flights to Tunisia and Eritrea on Wednesday before arriving in Paris from Cairo.
At Cairo airport, a man sat on a brown leather couch crying with his hands covering his face on Thursday. "How long will Egypt live if human lives are so cheap?” he said.That's a question that applies beyond the plane crash isn't it?
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Egypt Air Retracts Claim of Wreckage Found: Late April, Israel Intercepted Egyptian Flight (Cyprus involved)

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 18:06
That's right Egypt Air has retracted. The wreckage found near Crete is NOT from the missing plane

Egyptian authorities have now discounted early claims that debris found near the last known location of missing EgptAir flight MS804 is from the downed plane.Early they had claimed that a couple of items of debris floating south-east of the Greek island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea was from the plane.Photo of the debris in the Mediterranean was posted on Facebook by Egyptian ship captain Tarek Wahba.

This photo of debris in the Mediterranean was posted on Facebook by Egyptian ship captain Tarek Wahba However Greek authorities quickly dismissed this saying the items were related to boat refugees.
"Up to now the analysis of the debris indicates that it does not come from a plane, my Egyptian counterpart also confirmed to me that it was not yet proven that the debris came from the EgyptAir flight when we were last in contact around 1745 GMT," Greek air safety authority head Athanasios Binis told AFP.

Terrorism or catastrophic mechanical failure are the focus of investigators looking into the disappearance of the jet, which had 66 passengers and crew aboard.
The EgyptAir 180-seat Airbus A320, registration SU-GCC, was flying from Paris to Cairo when it disappeared off radar screens yesterday.
EgyptAir Flight MS804 left the French capital at midnight (6am WA time) and its transponder signal stopped at 2.33am about 240km north-west of the Egyptian port city of Alexandria while flying at 37,000ft.
It was reported last night that the crew of a Greek merchant ship in the area saw an explosion that lit up the skyA Greek minister claimed the plane suddenly spun sharply and swerved several times before vanishing. What was the Greek minister basing this claim on? Who is this Greek Minister? 
EgyptAir reported at 5am that Flight MS804, which was due to land in Cairo at 3.10am, had gone missing.
 Videos accompanying the article:

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It surely reads to me that the Greeks are putting forth the narrative. And Egypt is denying this.
EgyptAir retract statement saying wreckage of plane foundThe Egyptian Prime Minister told reporters that it was too early to say what had happened to the plane and that "we cannot rule anything out".
However Greek minister Panos Kammenos said: "It turned 90 degrees left and then a 360 degree turn toward the right, dropping from 38,000 to 15,000 feet and then it was lost at about 10,000 feet," he said.
Last received ADS-B position from #MS804 with Egyptian FIR (Egyptian airspace) boundary overlay.— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) May 19, 2016Greek air traffic control say the pilot did not send a distress call and that "all appeared fine" when the last contact was made with the plane. However the pilot did not respond to calls when the Greek air traffic control were preparing to hand over to their Egyptian counterparts.
Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos says the EgyptAir flight made abrupt turns and suddenly lost altitude before disappearing from radar.
An EGYPTAIR official declared that EGYPTAIR A320 aircraft in its flight number MS804 lost contact with radar above the Mediterranean Sea.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016  Was the plane shot down? Green crow  Willy Loman:  EgyptAir Flight MS804 Flew Right Through Phoenix Express 2016 Naval Exercises and  EgyptAir Flight MS804: Phoenix Express 2016 Naval Exercises May 17 – 27 What about the sovereign UK military bases  safely ensconced on Cyprus? Might those bases have been a factor in what ever is going on with this plane?  As is widely known, Cyprus was the place used as springboard for all the "US–British air operations in the region surrounding it, in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya and so on. However, neither the Republic of Cyprus, nor the breakaway regime in the north of the island had anything to do with that. The logistical hub for those activities were the so-called Sovereign British Military Bases conceded to Britain in the 1960 Zurich Agreement in return for the independence Cyprus gained in the same year. Cyprus is the only place on the planet where the United Kingdom maintains as a legacy of British colonial rule sovereign military bases and a military presence secured as a result of a multilateral treaty of guarantee far surpassing those rights that the United Kingdom had managed to have recognized in the installation of military bases in Burma, Malta and Ceylon" Would Greece fabricate a tale, in order to obfuscate  what really happened to this plane, especially if it  had something to do with these sovereign military bases?  I don't know? Just think out loud It's pretty clear the pressure aka thumbs screws is being applied to Egypt. 
Two Egyptian planes shot down as of late. ( Russian Plane)  With Israel looking at the Sinai. And some version of ISIS killing law enforcement officers and military men in Egypt's Sinai... And the US removing troops from the Sinai and Israel intercepting an Egyptian plane and forcing it to land at Ben Gurion.. What!  

Flashback to just last month: April 24/2016:  Egypt: US Removes Sinai Troops & Israeli Fighter Jet Intercepts Egyptian Passenger Plane
One of those keep it under your hat posts!
 CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Aviation announced in a statement Saturday that an Egyptian passenger plane was intercepted by Israeli fighter jets and escorted to Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Air Saini’s flight number 214 was escorted by the Israeli jets due to “Cypriot air traffic controllers’ delay in sending the data of the Egyptian plane to the Israeli authorities,” according to the statement.
So April 24. Israel intercepts an Egyptian Passenger plane and forces it to land at Ben Gurion because Cypriot air traffic controllers delayed sending the necessary data- Interesting. Possible practice run? I don't know. I'm still thinking out loud.
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The US Push to Recapture/Annex Mosul- Fact over Fiction

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 17:35
Recall about a week or so ago claims that the taking of Mosul were stalled ? Cause it was in the hands of Baghdad ? Religious strife and other claims

Example: May 10/16 just eight days ago "While the Iraqi army, Kurds, U.S. military are allied against ISIS, no agreement exists on how to retake Mosul, Iraq's second biggest city"

As I’d mentioned in a previous post claims like that above are a whole lot of rubbish, because it's very clear, despite all the silly claims to the contrary the US is very, very busy working to annex Mosul. The US don't need no stinkin' agreement. Heck they don't even need a unified Iraq to move on Mosul

Ash Carter
“The U.S. plan to accelerate the campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq is not dependent upon whether Iraq can achieve political unity” These more recent news items linked below should make their Mosul moves crystal clear:

May 15th: VOA
The U.S. envoy for the coalition fighting the Islamic State group says the military push to recapture the northern Iraqi city of Mosul is progressing and that the militants are increasingly on the defensive.

"We are doing precision strikes in Mosul almost every day," Brett McGurk said Sunday during a visit to Jordan.
US says bid to retake Iraq's Mosul from IS making progress

The US-led offensive to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) group is making progress, the top American envoy to the coalition said on Sunday.

"We are now making progress against Daesh," McGurk said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

"The campaign to isolate and squeeze and constrict Daesh in Mosul has already began," he said.Link
McGurk said that the US-led coalition effort to capture Mosul and Raqqa was making progress.

”We are doing precision strikes in Mosul almost every day,” he added. “There is constant synchronized pressure,” he said.
1000 Peshmerga fighters trained and ready to go:

Don’t’ assume Peshmerga means KRG fighters only. To my knowledge it does not.
-"1,100 Peshmerga fighters have completed training with in the last 30 days. 
-There are additional 1,100 in training right now," Warren stated”So, that an additional 2200 soldiers- ready to go in short order
Female Kurdish Fighter Kurdish girls and guns? Apparently the men love them? Or so I’ve been told?
Love the evening wear earrings. So chic with camouflage & Kalishnikov? Or is it a Galil?
A Galil  would have been so much more appropriate.  ;)

 From earlier:

Grimerica Talks Ancient History, Sacred Geometry and Climate Change with Randall Carlson In the last 24 hours or so:
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Grimerica Talks Ancient History, Sacred Geometry and Climate Change with Randall Carlson

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:31
I loved this interview. It's over 3 hours long and took me 3 days to listen to it entirely, but, I loved it just the same! It seems Grimerica is a Canadian operation. So, yeah for that! They've been around for a while now, but, I've only just stumbled across their work in the past couple of months.
Yes, Randall Carlson is a freemason, but, don't let that stop you from listening.

Subjects covered: Geology. Geometry. Earth history. Catastrophes. Real Climate change. Evolution. A fascinating look at sudden evolution vs long term evolution, which suggest epigenetics is very real. (I've talked epigenetics previously)  The fanatical green cult- you know the ones that say man is a cancer on the planet? Yah, those freaks! (one that is markedly unusual or abnormal) Then their are the money greens- Cause that's the green they see. Greenpeace. Al Gore. Big Banks When Randall said, man is not a cancer on the planet or he wouldn't be here, I said to hubby- That's exactly how I see it!!   And we've all read the fanatics in the green cult exclaim man is a cancer- I realize they can't help their delusions- they do not understand that we are a part of this whole picture. They've been perception managed into believing man is some sort of blight. Of course that's the agenda pushed by the elite class. Who would want us to actually believe we are worthless! Sadly, but clearly, their brainwashing has worked on far too many gullible persons, who refuse to  use discern by employing some logical thinking practices- See trivium learning and identifying the use of logical fallacies. (sidebar: sorting fact from fiction) Seriously take the time to listen, it's far reaching with lots of thought provoking information. Relevant comments on the interview are welcomed

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Recall the Jessica Lynch Psy-Op? Silver Stars for Lynch Rescuers Questioned

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 18:11
Speaking of  your perception being managed via the likes of  Bernard Henri Levy... 
Cannes adds Bernard Henri Levy's "Peshmerga" documentary to official selection
Who of us could forget the Jessica Lynch rescue lie? 
The Jessica Lynch rescue was yet another prime example of a psychological operation. Like BHL's "Peshmerga" documentary, psychological operations are undertaken to shape your beliefs. To create a narrative , that is promoted as credible , in order to bolster support for a elite agenda- such as the Iraq war in the case of Jessica Lynch. Or the destruction of multiple nations for a a remake of an entire area of the globe-
Questions about those Silver Stars for Lynch's "rescuers"

Circumstances surrounding Lynch’s rescue, and whether the military trumped them up to bolster support for the war, prompted a Pentagon probe and congressional hearings. Mears reviewed the citations and noted the contrast between those issued for Lynch’s rescue from an Iraqi hospital and those for later missions. The language in the operation to rescue Lynch was “a little over the top,” he said. “These read very much like embellished evaluation reports, not citations for gallantry in action,” Mears said. He said the citations happened early in the Iraq war when commanders felt it could still end quickly and "potentially limit future opportunities for valor and associated recognition." The citation for both men refer to their leadership of “a brilliant surgical air and ground assault to seize key areas of the hospital.” One citation goes on to state: “The strategic significance of the first successful rescue of a U.S. POW is epic as it devastated Iraqi resolve and bolstered U.S. and international support for the campaign.” The language is clear the rescue was "epic" (as in an epic drama) and it "bolstered US and international support for the campaign" - it was a psychological operation- plain and simple!
That compares to the spare language used to describe the hostage rescue in 2012 of American doctor Dilip Joseph in Afghanistan, an operation that resulted in Navy SEAL Ed Byers being awarded the Medal of Honor, three of his teammates receiving the Silver Star and one SEAL killed during a fierce firefight. Now they want to take away the silver stars awarded? 
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Cannes adds Bernard Henri Levy's "Peshmerga" documentary to official selection

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:29
Bernard Henri Levy- Ardent Zionist/Pro Israel to the nth degree and an alleged intellectual?
The intellectual label applied to Bernard Henri Levy is a  pure appeal to authority logical fallacy
This news story is the cherry on top of that Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0 sundae that's been being made.
This is your perception being managed!  
Propaganda to make you believe that which you should not. 


"This film, which we have just discovered, offers a close-up look at the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters," festival organizers said in unveiling the special screening of the documentary. Oh yes, Cannes just discovered this documentary- rolls eyes- nice spin job.

CANNES,— Peshmerga, a documentary film, was added to the Cannes Film Festival after the festival’s organizers decided to show the documentary as a special screening in the Official Selection.
The 92-minute documentary film by French intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy will be given a screening on Friday (May 20).
The film is about the Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces fighting the Islamic State (IS) on the front lines around Sinjar and Kirkuk. The film’s producers said that they used drone cameras to get images from IS-held Mosul.BHL's previous appearances:

Ukraine- A parallel government & Bernhard Henri Levy reprises his role

 Pt.2- Libya & Calls for International Strikes, Furthering the Balkanization Agenda

I know he was around promoting the ruin of Syria

Also: Willy Loman wrote a response to my 'heads upRegime Change Advocate and IDF Shill, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Produces Propaganda Film About Our New Freedom Fighters, the Kurds

Is it obvious enough to everyone yet? Come on people! 
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Lavender Leninists and Heretic-Hunters: The Thoughtcrime Prosecution of Ruth Neely

freedominourtime - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 02:07

Not merely an offender for a word -- an offender for words she didn't say: Ruth Neely.

During her years as a Magistrate Judge in Pinedale, Wyoming, Ruth Neely performed dozens of civil marriage ceremonies. State law (Sect. 20-1-106[a]) specifies that magistrates, like “every licensed or ordained minister of the gospel, bishop, priest, or rabbi … may perform the ceremony of marriage in this state.”
Presiding at a civil wedding is a discretionary function of the magistrate’s office, not a mandatory duty. Neely had an unqualified right to decline a request to preside at a wedding, for any reason that suited her. 
Prior to December 2014, she had never performed a same-sex wedding ceremony, because they were not recognized by the State of Wyoming.  Shortly before Christmas that year, Neely was interviewed by a newspaper reporter named Ned Donovan, who asked her if she was “excited” to begin officiating at same-sex wedding ceremonies. 
A few weeks earlier, the US District Court in Wyoming had issued a ruling prohibiting state officials “from enforcing or applying” Wyoming’s existing marriage statute. Neely had made formal inquiries about how this would affect her responsibilities, and had been counseled to refrain from public comment on the matter until official guidance was given. 
In dealing with Donovan, Neely acted in good faith, not aware that the reporter with whom she was speaking was actually playing the role of  pursuivant– a heretic hunter working on behalf of the state and its allied “tolerance” industry. She explained that “When law and religion conflict, choices have to be made. I have not yet been asked to perform a same sex marriage.” "Journalist" as pursuivant: Donovan. After speaking with Neely, Donovan called Pinedale Mayor Bob Jones, who informed him that as a municipal judge, Neely had no authority to perform weddings – which obviously would mean that she had no legal responsibility to do so, either.

Determined to shoehorn what he was told into a pre-conceived story, Donovan called Neely again and engaged in a species of blackmail: If she would “state a willingness to perform same-sex marriages,” he told the judge, he would refrain from publishing a story about her. Neely told Donovan that she had no further comment and ended the conversation. 
Donovan’s contrived story was publishedunder the deliberately misleading headline, “Pinedale judge will not perform same-sex marriages.” He filed a few more missives in a similar vein before moving on to different outlets. Since leaving Pinedale, according to an affidavit filed by the editor of the city paper, Donovan has waged a campaign for Judge Neely to be “sacked.” 
In his initial story, Donovan claimed that “All judges are required to marry those who meet the legal requirements, unless there is a scheduling conflict or some other problem. In those cases, prospective couples will be referred to other magistrates.” Nothing in Wyoming law dictates that a magistrate must perform a marriage ceremony for anybody. 
The US District Court’s rulingstriking down Wyoming’s ban on same-sex marriage did not alter the provision of Wyoming law recognizing that judges “may perform the ceremony of marriage”; accordingly, Neely would have been within her legal rights to say candidly that she would decline to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. 
It’s important to note that Neely merely acknowledged that under the new dispensation, what the Regime is calling the law would come into conflict with what the Supreme Court called “decent and honorable religious or philosophical” objections held and expressed “in good faith by reasonable and sincere people.”  "EEK! HERETIC!" screamed Comrade Cuprill. Donovan’s pseudo-journalistic artifact was read by Ana Cuprill, Chair of the Wyoming Democratic Party. In the fashion of a dutiful stukachinforming on a dissident in Stalinist Russia, Cuprill filed a complaint with the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics (CJCE). This was done at a Democratic Party Christmas gathering attended by Commission Chair Wendy Soto, whose guests included her “best friend,” Jeran Avery, President of the gay rights organization Wyoming Equality
Prior to becoming Chair of the CJCE, and for a brief time after assuming that position, Soto – who is neither an attorney, nor a judge, but rather a paralegal -- was a board member of Wyoming Equality and had been involved in litigation on behalf of the group. 
Neely was suspended from her position and informed that an “Investigatory Panel” would inquire into allegations that she had committed offenses meriting removal from the bench.Last August, following the most perfunctory imaginable inquiry, the CJCE ruled that Neely, by answering a hypothetical question in a fashion fully in harmony with the existing laws, and expressing a point of view the Supreme Court described as “decent and honorable” regarding a highly contentious social policy, had violated the state’s code of judicial conduct. 
“A judge announcing her decision to pick and choose the law she wishes to follow undermines her position and our system of justice,” announced the CJCE, without substantiating that charge in any way.  It is impossible, after all, to substantiate a lie: Nothing Neely said can honestly be construed as “announcing” her intent to ignore the law, and – as previously noted -- the law as it exists in current statutes did not require Neely to perform any marriage ceremony

It it also worth pointing out that after Neely was suspended, several gay and lesbian residents of Pinedale wrote affidavits describing her as a fair-minded and honorable public official. This availed her nothing, as far as the CJCE was concerned. 
On February 26, the CJCE formally recommended that Neely be removed from her position. The Commission also seeks to impose a $40,000 fine as punishment for Neely’s expression of what it calls “repugnant” views regarding marriage. Once again, Neely was presented with an extortion demand: The CJCE offered to waive the fine if she were to resign and publicly recant her beliefs regarding marriage. 
Commissarina Soto. In its ruling, the CJCE sneers that Neely’s sincerely held beliefs regarding marriage are the kind of opinions that should be confined to “churches” and “coffee shops.” Not that we should assume that those private settings would be spared future legal scrutiny: Recall that the section of the Wyoming State code specifying that magistrates “may perform the ceremony of marriage in this state” also applies to “every licensed or ordained minister of the gospel, bishop, priest, or rabbi … [who] may perform the ceremony of marriage in this state….”
In an amicus brief filed on Neely’s behalf before the Wyoming State Supreme Court, attorney Doug Mason underscores the fact that the CJCE, which has no legislative authority, has effectively re-written the existing law to say that the listed officials who “may” perform weddings, henceforth shall perform them. This imperative, however, is not of general application: It apparently applies only to same-sex ceremonies. Magistrates would still be at liberty not to officiate a ceremonies for people who don’t belong to that specially protected class.
Mason points out that “there are no penalties for non-judicial celebrants who refuse to participate in certain weddings, e.g. a Catholic priest who declines to wed a Muslim couple, or a Catholic priest who [declines] to marry a gay couple. In each case, the Catholic priest is exercising the power of the state – the power to solemnize a wedding – but the law imposes no such restrictions on those official acts.”
The missing word in this otherwise correct observation is: “Yet.”
“Many religious traditions refuse to solemnize or bless same-sex relationships,” Mason continues, referring to the teachings of the Catholic and LDS churches, various Protestant denominations, as well as “Islamic Law [and] Orthodox Judaism.”
“The Commission is really saying that no judge who belongs to any of these religions is allowed to be a Wyoming judge,” Mason observes. The Commission is “creating a religious test for public office: no individual can remain a state judge if he or she believes that marriage is a joining of man and woman, a view, by the way, that four justices of the US Supreme Court embraced. Three of them are still on the Court and US Supreme Court justices can perform wedding ceremonies. Is the State of Wyoming stating that these three Justices should be impeached because they will not perform a gay wedding?”
There’s no reason to doubt that Commissarina Soto and her fellow Leninists believe that this would be an appropriate course of action. However, the “legal” principle the Commission pretends to have discovered is even more expansive: The standard demanded by the CJCE would of necessity encompass an ideological test for religious officials who are authorized to perform marriage ceremonies.
Ruth Neely, unlike Kim Davis, was not actively impeding the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She was not decliningto bake wedding cakes, or do floral arrangements, or act as a wedding photographer for same-sex wedding ceremonies – all of which are exercises of property rights that our rulers now consider to be unlawful.  Her only overt “act” was to express her religious convictions and correctly observe that they are in tension with what the Judicial Branch now wants us to pretend is the “law.”
In doing so, she violated what the Lavender Leninists have styled the “right” to “affirmation” of same-sex unions – in the words of the California Supreme Court, “the right of [same-sex] couples to have their family relationship accorded respect and dignity equal to that accorded the family relationship of opposite-sex couples.”Progressive heretic-hunters would probably prefer drone strikes. Nobody can legitimately claim a property right to “approval,” “respect,” or “affirmation” from another. In a genuinely free society, marriages of all kinds would be private relationships solemnized through covenants, or formalized through contracts, by parties acting on the “choice of law” principle.
A non-statist marriage ceremony would be an invitation to the community to recognize and affirm the union. Separation of marriage and state is what people who understand individual liberty should pursue. The community can invite recognition of a union, but the Lavender Leninists are seeking to compel it – and doing so requires the coercive power of the state.

At the time of the Stonewall uprising, and for years after, the refrain of the gay rights movement was: Keep the police out of our private behavior. In its late-Leninist phase, the movement now demands that the state use its police power to punish those who withhold their approval of that private behavior.
Nobody has a legitimate property right in a tax-subsidized job, which is why the removal of Ruth Neely from her current position isn’t, in itself, an affront to liberty. The prosecution of Neely for heresy against the New Orthodoxy could be seen as an overture to the social order predicted by Robert Destro of The Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law:

“Dissenting individuals and culture-forming institutions would … be forced to make a Hobson’s choice – either provide symbolic affirmation of same-sex relationships or accept fines, penalties, or exclusion from full participation in the civic life of the community.” 

What a victory! The same state that will plunder, regiment, abuse, conscript, and perhaps even kill "transgendered" young people has affirmed their "right" to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity -- this week's Freedom Zealot Podcast:

Dum spiro, pugno!
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Erdogan: West More Concerned With Animal And Gay Rights

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 18:07
Shame on those who in the West divert their sensitivity to the so-called freedoms, rights, and law shown in the debate over gay marriage away from Syrian women, children, and innocents in need of aid," Erdogan said.RT:  allegedly quoting from here, which is Turkish media. If Ally is around and would like to translate that would be nice :)

Hammer meet nail! The West loves despicable identity politics. The West employs identity politics relentlessly as a divide to conquer method.
"Earlier this week, Turkey’s president refused to bring his country’s anti-terror laws in line with EU standards, describing Europe lecturing Ankara as a “black comedy,” because it allegedly offers safe haven to terrorist groups’ political wings and refuses to fix its own flawed laws"Turkey's terror laws must not be loosey goosey (careless and imprecise) enough for the EU.
Since the EU has a hand in lots of terror creation.
“European countries continue to be safe havens for the political extensions of terrorist groups. When this is the case, it's a piece of black comedy that the EU criticizes our country over the definition of terrorism,” Erdogan said in Ankara on Tuesday.In an effort to follow the philosophy that the best offense is a good defense, Erdogan said it is Europe that should be amending its laws"“First of all, we expect EU countries to fix their own laws that support terrorism,” Erdogan said, calling on the EU to answer why it allowed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) activists to set up tents in front of the European Parliament in March"
Erdogan called out the EU to fix their own laws that actually support terrorism! Which of course they do. That's why the EU allowed an EU/US recognized terror group to set up tents in the global terror capital- Brussels. Home of NATO. The global terror army.

Flashback: Washington Post Obfuscates, GREATLY, on Erdogans's Brussels "warning"
 "Critics believe Ankara's ambiguous anti-terror laws are being used to stifle dissent" Canada's laws are used to stifle dissent- Where is the criticism? US laws are used to stifle dissent, where is the western criticism? Oh never mind! EU hypocrisy.

From earlier!
Bye Bye Barzani. Hello, Israel 2.0 aka Kurdistan
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Bye Bye Barzani. Hello, Israel 2.0 aka Kurdistan

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 17:19

Recall my prediction that Barzani will likely be out of power by years end?
The news of Gorran leader coming back to Iraq, just a short time ago, made clear the end was near.

Flashback: The end of Iraq is Nigh: Gorran Leader Nashirwin Mustafa returns from London 
* Kurdish Gorran Party & London, England- What is the connection?  Izzat Ibrahim Al Douri-King of Clubs & Nawshirwan Mustafa- Gorran PartyOnto the Latest: Two Largest Iraq Kurdish Parties Unite Ahead of Upcoming Elections

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Movement for Change (Gorran) have agreed on 33 points, including the necessity to resume the Iraqi parliament's work, the source at the PUK media center said.

The parties also support the idea of the Iraqi Kurdistan president being elected by the parliament, as well as the expansion of the prime minister's powers.Erdogan is taking it on the chin for his move to be granted more powers along the line of the US President, but, not a word is being said about this consolidation of power occuring in Iraq's Kurdish autonomous zone- why?
On Saturday, the councils of both parties approved the draft agreement. An official ceremony to mark the agreement's conclusion is expected to take place in a few days, the press secretary of the PUK Political Bureau, Saadi Ahmed Pira, said.

The Iraqi Kurdistan autonomous region in the country's north is a part of the historic Kurdish region parts of which also belong to Syria, Iran and Turkey. (necessary perception management statement)
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Conversing with Ally: Real History -Turkey, Kurds, Assyrians & more

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 15:26
Back in the post titled, And Moses said...Followers of Judaism to Iraq?,  I’ve been engaged in an interesting conversation with a friendly commenter know as Ally.

Ally is from England- Mom's a brit. Dad a Turkish man. Ally has an Aunt who is married to a Kurdish fellow and they reside together in Diyarbakir- Diyarbakir is ground zero for the PKK's campaign to destabilize Turkey. Ally offers us a unique perspective. One that will not be a surprise for anyone who has read here for any length of time.
 I've added some additional information alongside that from Ally and will relink related posts

Thanks Ally!

A conversation that is worth sharing with all the readers:

  1. Ally May 13, 2016 at 5:52 AMThank you for your reply. Your writing is very interesting and I like reading your page. But how do you know all of this information??? Where are you from originally? My dad is from turkey so I know from him but you know a lot.
  2. PennyMay 13, 2016 at 10:31 AM"how do you know all of this information???"

    I read. Lots of lots of information from varied sources

    Where are you from originally?

    I'm from Canada- Originally and presently

    1. PennyMay 13, 2016 at 10:32 AMAlly: if you wish to offer some input, a turkish perspective, from you Dad, I'd love to read it
      It's up to you of course

    2. AllyMay 13, 2016 at 3:10 PMI am from England, UK. My mum is English and dad is Turkish. I have no problem with giving you his input. in fact, his sister is married to a Kurd and lives in Diyarbakir which is a kurdish city. What you wrote about the PKK is true. The Kurds in the southeast are not supporters of this group and many people have had their kids kidnapped and areas terrorized by this group. 90% of the trouble is caused by them. Although, many Kurds in Europe are supporting this group and are trying to play the 'victim' but the real Kurds who are living in the southeast are fleeing because of them. I just don't understand how the Kurds are being portrayed as these 'secular freedom fighters' when they are the most Islamic people in Turkey. A few weeks ago, there was going to be a gay pride march in diyarbakir like there is in Istanbul, Ankara, etc but the Kurds there didn't want it and were protesting against it so it was cancelled. They are all Muslim people and a lot of them do support Erdogan because he is Islamic and actually gives them more rights than most of the other previous Turkish nationalist, secular leaders. Many Kurds live in western Turkey too and they always laugh at my blonde hair when I go there...just hope that we can find peace between the people and not pieces. You can ask me for more information if you want :)
      Flashbacks:  Don't conflate PKK terrorism with the Kurdish people- A "Kurdish Spring" *US Embassy Warns, AGAIN, of Possible Terror Attack in Turkey- Specifically Kurdish leader warns Turkey of PKK 'vengeance' *Obfuscation: PKK "Splinter" Group Claimed Responsibility for the Bombing in Ankara Also: Syrian Kurd self-immolates after son recruited by PYD/ PKK New: *PYD abducting under age girls in NE Syria "The mothers of some of the abducted girls have since staged a three-day sit-in outside a local PYD recruitment office to protest the abductions, but to no avail, the sources said."
      PennyMay 13, 2016 at 4:47 PMHi Ally:
      Thanks very much for sharing that :)
      I appreciate it a great deal.
      I too hope all people, always can find peace and not pieces. It the reason I write this blog. It's always been the only reason.

      "My mum is English and dad is Turkish"

      My mother is Canadian of british descent and my dad is from Italy (southern Italy) So I totally get the skin comment-

      Your dad has a sister who is married to a kurdish man in Diyarbakir (making sure I have this correct)- which indeed, from my understanding is a city with a large Kurdish population-

      "What you wrote about the PKK is true"

      I figured it was.

      "The Kurds in the southeast are not supporters of this group and many people have had their kids kidnapped and areas terrorized by this group"

      I've written about this too. And am aware of the extortion and terrorism they face from the PKK

      "90% of the trouble is caused by them. Although, many Kurds in Europe are supporting this group and are trying to play the 'victim' but the real Kurds who are living in the southeast are fleeing because of them."

      I am all to aware of this.And did my best to raise awareness of this fact. I have many posts here explaining the situation and the feelings of the kurds in Turkey, most of them as you point out muslims- sunni muslims, most very devout. And many of them obviously voted for Erdogan and the AKP government.

      "I just don't understand how the Kurds are being portrayed as these 'secular freedom fighters' when they are the most Islamic people in Turkey"

      This is the power of the media at work- Nonsensical stories about 'heroic kurds' litter multiple news sources and other's pass along the fabrications in social media as if they are truth- not a second thought is given to them- the words are not carefully read-

      Not only are they the most Islamic people they form the back bone of some of the worst and I means depraved, disgusting terror groups out there

      Look at these names- then think about the vicious acts they have undertaken- ask yourself why the US and company will negotiate with these persons?

      : Ansar al-Islam Army, Ansar al-Sunna, Army of Ansar al-Islam, Devotees of Islam, Followers of Islam in Kurdistan, Jaish Ansar al-Islam, Jaish Ansar al-Sunna, Jund al-Islam, Kurdish Taliban, Kurdistan Supporters of Islam, Partisans of Islam, Protectors of Islam, Protectors of the Sunni Faith, Soldiers of God, Soldiers of Islam, Supporters of Islam in Kurdistan.It is because they work with US/NATO/Israel and they've killed so many. They've displaced so many.
      They've destroyed so much. And they are the kurds that are terrorizing the regular kurds, the arabs, the christians--- it's terrible

      PennyMay 13, 2016 at 4:51 PMPt 2 response to Ally

      "They are all Muslim people and a lot of them do support Erdogan because he is Islamic and actually gives them more rights than most of the other previous Turkish nationalist, secular leaders"

      He did indeed give them quite a bit and he had intended to give them more- but there was bigger plans a foot

      "Before the collapse of the peace process, leaks about the state of the peace talks suggested that Öcalan appeared willing to support a proposal backed by Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) to transition to a presidential system in exchange for some semblance of democratic autonomy. The move would have helped resolve the issue peacefully by addressing key Kurdish demands (beyond those espoused by the PKK) for greater political and cultural autonomy. The AKP supported the premise of this potential compromise, although many details needed to be worked out before implementation"

      "You can ask me for more information if you want :)"

      Thank you, I will keep that in mind :)
      I wouldn't know where to begin?
      But, something I would appreciate would be if I could share your comment in a posting here?

      If there is something more that you think my readers need to know, please include it.

      If you can add more information that would help us understand the ongoing situation- please help us
      I would love it! :)
      Thanks so much

      AllyMay 13, 2016 at 7:23 PMYou can share. You are right - many normal Kurds have had their lives ruined. They claim to be ecological but are destroying everything. Many of the pics of them that are circulating around on facebook are actually pics from the Syrian Army which includes many women as well. They are tossing them around, saying its their 'Lions of Rojava' Here is a video of 50K Kurds in Diyarbakir cheering for Mohammad and an Islamic State on 17th April. The event was organised by Hezbollah which is a Kurdish Islamist group in Turkey (not to be confused with the Lebanese Hezbollah). Ask me what you want. I am also happy to talk about events in Europe. you think that Syria, Iran and Turkey can defeat the Kurds or is it too late?Reply

      Link for video  Event organized by Kurdish Hezbollah a Kurdish Islamsit group in Turkey Flashback:  The PKK’s Urban Warfare Tactics My thoughts: I find Ally's comment above very interesting. I've written about the abuse the PKK and it's other alphabet subsidiaries have heaped on ordinary kurds.Interesting the kurdish militias are circulating pictures of Syrian Arab Army and claiming them as their own- Ally left a link for a vidoe of Islamist Kurds cheering for an Islamic State- so they are definitely NOT a secular bunch- as I've stated repeatedly here at the blog. And two Hezbollahs! Hezbollah the Kurdish Islamist group? That's good to know!
      AllyMay 14, 2016 at 5:13 AMAlso, the land that they want is historically Assyrian. Southeastern Turkey today is 95% Kurdish. Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Mardin are all Kurdish cities. My dad's sister is one of a few Turks that live in Diyarbakir which is the biggest Kurdish city. But 100 years ago, this area was Assyrian. In 1915, the Ottoman Turks had decided to slaughter them and killed more than 200,000. During this time, the demographics of the area started to change as the Kurds were coming over from Persia as mercenaries to help with the genocide. The Ottomans would give the Kurds Assyrian land if they helped slaughter them. The Kurds were allies of the Ottomans as they are also Sunnis and so there were a few that came to settle in s/e Turkey, northern Iraq and Northern Syria before 1915, but 90% of them only arrived after. So their ancestry in those areas only goes back 500 years when Assyrians, Arabs and others have been living there for thousands of years. In fact, many of the Kurds in Syria only arrived after 1925 after the failed Islamic Sheikh Said rebellion in Kemalist Turkey which the Kurds still commemorate today. You can read:'s link: 1925 Sheik Said Rebellion: Sheikh Said Rebellion (Kurdish:Serhildana Şêx Seîdê Pîran, Turkish: Şeyh Said İsyanı, contemporary name: Genç Hâdisesi means "Genç Incident") was a rebellion to revive the Islamic Caliphate System and used elements of Kurdish nationalism to recruit...
      My thoughts: That Ally said, to me, "the land the Kurds are after is historically Assyrian" just blew my away!  It was as if Ally handed me a gift. That the Kurds aided the Ottoman Turks as mass killers was written about here at the blog. The Kurds aided the Ottoman in ethnically cleansing the land of Assyrians- The Kurdish militias are playing the same role, again.  Mercenaries. They are displacing their own people for an expanded Israel, this time. Sure some kurds will remain, but, a great many of them have left- Not because of Erdogan. Because of their own bretheren.
      Flashbacks: *PKK Occupy 3 Assyrian Iraqi Villages- Turks to Mosul and more" When asked by an employee of the school why the PKK is occupying the village, a PKK fighter said "you [Assyrians] have the opportunity to leave the country, why are you staying here?"*Ramadi to Palmyra: KurdISHIS/Israeli collusion- Stealing Assyrian history" The Kurds, and I have covered this previously, covet Assyrian history. To the point that they are attempting to make it their own. Stealing Assyrian history in order to make a history for themselves, pushing the meme of a people that deserve a country, though, they have always been nomadic and have from all my reading never had a country" *Kurds Fully Participate in Generational Assyrian/ Armenian Christian Genocides
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May 14th? No Man Made Global Warming Here!

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sat, 05/14/2016 - 17:20
Long term readers here know I do not belong to the  man made global warming cult.
I don't believe lies. And I do not believe that which is simply not believable.

We here in southern Ontario have had an unbelievably cool spring- Leaves have only unfurled this past week- Hubby and I rode bikes on Wednesday. While out and about it seemed finally spring had sprung. Though we do appear to be a good two or three weeks behind what is the norm for us. Mother's day, saw no lilacs on the shrubs. A fond memory of my very first mothers day :)

My rhubarb is in full swing. Love that stuff. A bit late, but, still welcome. I've done crisps and cobblers-
While out and about I notice the wild strawberries.  Their leaves and flowers are very large- Much larger then previous years.  Trout lillies are larger too. But then we've had quite a bit more precipitation the last few years.  Snow and rain. The trilliums are finally out. Late but better late then not at all. They usually appear towards the end of April, but, not this year.  Even though they had access to more sunlight thanks to the lack of leaves...

The migratory birds got off to a late start also- Can't say I blame them. Though I  finally saw a Baltimore Oriole this past week.  Also, for the first time ever we spied a Yellow rumped warbler- myrtle. That was a thrill!  Oh and the pigeons have reappeared! There were missing in action the past couple of years, I suspect because the winters were so harsh, it depleted the population. This spring after a more normal winter, but cold spring, their back!

There more, but, that's all I can recall off the top of my head.

Let's get to the temp today! Absolutely chilling- In fact there is a chance of wet snow. Which means all our plants will have to come into the house- My sage which already has cold damage from this spring 'warmth' lol, will have to come in. As will our tomato plants.

Today it is a frigid, with cold north wind, 9 celsius or 48 fahrenheit presently- Tonight 1 degree Celsius or 34 Fahrenheit

Sun May 15- tomorrow will see night time temps of 1 degree celsius or 34 fahrenheit. With a chance of wet snow Sun, 15 May Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries or rain showers

*8:45 am Sunday May 15/16: it's freezing- or should I say it's an AGW induced 4 Celsius or 39 F this morning- with a cold north wind blowing. Wow, we blew away all AGW heat today- Yup a blistering 7 degrees celsius or 45 Fahrenheit- including a bit of ice pellets mixed with rain in the early afternoon- our daughter emailed us and said 'it feels like mid march'!! Yes, it does! Supposed to warm up to normal by the end of this week. Maybe.

Our average norms around this time of year are about 20 c or 70 fahrenheit
Give or take a bit either way- but as you can read- the present and tomorrow temp with snow, we are well below seasonal norms.  Over all this spring has been well below normal temps

Nope. No AGW here.

On the plus side! The cold temps, particularly at night, have made woods walking mosquito free! :)

No need to wear your bug protection- mesh clothing sprayed with bug spray while out looking for wild but delicious mushrooms- Like morel mushrooms. We found five of them. Yes, five of them! Absolutely delicious. Scrumptious.  I can't say where this find took place!

Quoting from the link above:
 "No, I can’t reveal my secret locations… not necessarily because I’m selfish (well, maybe partly), but because it wouldn’t be fun for you.  Morel mushroom hunting is adventurous.  It’s thrilling, and it’s incredibly rewarding!  If you’ve ever found any on your own, you know exactly what I mean. Haha. I know exactly what the author of that article means :))

From earlier:
French Intelligence Fail? US wages small "secret wars"..
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French Intelligence Fail? US wages small "secret wars"..

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sat, 05/14/2016 - 15:32
Two seemingly unrelated news items? Related because they speak of state sponsored terrorism

The alleged terror attack last year in Paris- French intelligence tracked but failed to thwart Paris attack: media
That headline says' it all- french intelligence tracked but did  not stop the Paris attack
Instead turning to attacking Syria- Seriously.
France changed its military strategy and started airstrikes in Syria last year because of concerns months before the attacks on Paris that ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud was plotting to target a concert and take hostages, the Associated Press said citing a French newspaper report.- It  seems sensible that France  intentionally failed  to thwart their attack in Paris, so they could justify the change in military strategy regarding Syria ( problem, reaction solution)

Headline: U.S. special forces wage secretive 'small wars' against terrorists ?
 That’s what CNN would like you to believe. However, I’d write that headline in a more accurate manner As follows: US Special forces wage secretive small wars as terrorists
Thomas previously served as head of the secretive Joint Special Operations Command -- the unit that includes Navy SEALS, the Army's Delta Force and other covert Special Operations units.

"We are attempting to identify opportunities to expand [Special Operations'] global presence, forward access and relationships to leverage opportunities short of crisis," Thomas said.

About 50 U.S. troops operate at undisclosed locations across southern Somalia

West Africa
The U.S. has sent up to 300 military personnel to Cameroon. Many are involved in drone operations there from Garoua to help provide intelligence in the region to assist local forces. (What local forces?)

The Pentagon will offer few details, but recently a small number of U.S. troops went back into Yemen. The U.S. troops are providing intelligence assistance and advice, according to several U.S. military officials.

A small number of U.S. forces occasionally travel into Libya, according to several U.S. officials. A few months ago, the Pentagon had to acknowledge the presence of U.S. personnel in Libya when photos showing them appeared online. The Pentagon said they were there trying to meet with locals but left the country at the request of local authorities.

Small secretive wars as terrorists is more realistic.
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Mosul Dam Evacuation Plan? Warning Leaflets dropped over Mosul? Questionable.

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 13:02
This latest batch of news scares me:
"Mosul dam is in danger of collapsing"From Kurdistan24:
 A Peshmerga fighter looks out into the water flowing away from the Mosul Dam
 As an Italian company began repairing the Mosul dam, the Iraq government warned citizens about the possible collapse of the dam.The Italian Company has not begun to repair the dam- Not from anything I have read. Anywhere.
I noted yesterday! "A delegation from Trevi visited the dam in March to begin preparing a nearby site to host the engineers and soldiers, which a source said could take up to six months to complete” Therefore: no work on the dam has begun
Also: New Civil Engineer 12 May, 2016 By Emily Ashwell "Italian engineering giant Trevi has revealed how it plans to tackle the structural crisis facing the Mosul Dam in Iraq"Revealing the plan is not the same as working on the dam- Seems to me no repairs are taking place.
But someone may be working on the dam? I can't discount that. But just what is being worked on? Anyone's guess, really.Iraqi Air Force dropped leaflets over the city of Mosul to offer instructions and emergency tips in case the dam crashes.It's pretty hard to claim Iraq as having an airforce.. so I even take this with a grain of salt. Could have just as well been done privately. Or by NATO forces. Or not have happened at all!
Bewar Khnsy, the economic security advisor to the Kurdistan Region Security Council in an exclusive interview with Kurdistan24 discussed three main problems that would lead to the collapse of the dam: weakness of the base of that dam that needs 24-hour workforce fill in holes [a processes called grouting] in the porous bedrock under the structure; the blockage of one of the gates since 2013, and the lack of assessments on the dam since its establishment in 1986. According to Khansy, the dam might still be in danger of collapsing because the risk rises when the level of the water increases in the months of March, April, and May. “If the Italian company renovating the dam and the Iraqi team already working there are successful in keeping the dam safe between April 15 to May 15, the dam will be safe for this year,” he added. There appears to be no Italian team working at the dam. May 15 is in two days. That seems so arbitrary- If they can keep it safe between this date and this date the dam will be safe?
In February, Italy’s Trevi Company won a deal worth $296 million to repair and maintain the Mosul dam. The contract between Iraqi government and the Italian company was signed in March. Following the signing of the contract, Italy decided to send eight military helicopters and 130 soldiers to protect the Italian company currently repairing the dam. The troops were deployed in early May, according to Italian Defense Ministry.
On May 10, The Italian Defense Minister, Roberta Pinotti, following a visit to Erbil, visited Italian soldiers. In a Tweet, Italy’s Defense Minister stated that his country deployed 450 troops to defend the 3.6 km-long (2.2 miles) dam, located near Islamic State-held Mosul in northern Iraq. I covered this yesterday: The additional troops were to be sent. In order that the team can set up their work site. So this guy using May 15th as the end date for ensuring dam safety is just weird.
Mosul Dam, now under the protection of Peshmerga forces, is the largest dam in Iraq and the fourth largest dam in the Middle East, located on the Tigris River in the western Nineveh Province. The construction of the dam began in 1980 by a German and Italian consortium and was completed in July 1986.
As I've stated over and over Mosul Dam is under NATO/US control and has been for years now

BTW: There is  not an image to be found of the Iraqi army leafleting Mosul. And no images of the leaflets. (If anyone can find a valid image, let me know?)

The image included with the article linked below is a 'representational photograph'
It is NOT a photo of the Iraqi army dropping anything even related to this news- Worrisome!!!
Some media outlet(s) should be able to get a photo of the actual leaflet- I can't find any

Representational file photo.  On Monday, official journalists (???) with the Ministry of Defense announced, that Iraqi aircraft dropped leaflets on the city of Mosul, while pointed out that the leaflets included instructions to educate citizens about the emergency plans of Mosul Dam.
The journalists said in a statement received by, “The Iraqi Air Force aircraft dropped millions of leaflets containing recommendations for the citizens about safety, security and emergency plans of Mosul Dam.”
Noteworthy, US Ambassador to Baghdad, Stuart Jones, announced developing an early warning system in Mosul Dam, while warned of a possible “disaster” if the dam collapsed.
Notice it's not an official with the Ministry of Defence informing the media?
 It's an "official journalist" - That's a problem in my opinion

Flashbacks galore!!

**  Mosul Dam Set to Fail- Intentional Take Down? Disaster Capitalism to the Extreme?.

At that time I wrote that no matter how the dam failed,  if it failed it was the fault of the US. Period!

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