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Putin Knows What Happened to MH17, But He’s Not Saying–Yet ….

By Mike Whitney

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”We have repeatedly called on all parties to immediately stop the bloodshed and sit down at the negotiating table. We strongly believe that if military action in the East of Ukraine had not been renewed on the 28th of June, this tragedy wouldn’t have happened. However, no one has the right to use this tragedy to pursue their own political aims. Such events should unite and not divide people.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Official statement on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17

“Lets be clear, both Russia and the US know what happened. They’d have to. Their intelligence and orbital systems saw it all…. They’d have to know.”

Omen 4, comments line Zero Hedge

July 22, 2014 “ICH” – “Counterpunch” — Washington’s plan to “pivot” to Asia by establishing a beachhead in Ukraine and sabotaging trade relations between…

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Corporate Brainwashing and Thought Control

The Most Revolutionary Act

taking the risk

This is the first in a series of posts about “engineering consent,” a form of brainwashing and thought control perfected in the 20th century. Its purpose is to allow the elites who control western democracies to maintain political power without resorting to brute force.


Taking the Risk Out of Democracy: Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty

By Alex Carey (1995 University of New South Wales Press)

Book Review

Taking the Risk Out of Democracy: Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty is a collection of essays written by Australian psychologist Alex Carey prior to his death in 1988. The essays were posthumously edited and assembled into a book by Andrew Lohey. Carey’s book details the 100 year history of the deliberate manipulation of popular consciousness by the corporate elite.

According to Carey, the main purpose of corporate social engineering is to persuade the voting public to serve the interests of the…

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Everything you wanted to know about Globalism but were too overwhelmed to Google !

PROLOGUE 2014: We are all slaves of the  bastard puppet master capitalists. You have only 10% free will left, if that. Learn who pulls the strings on your everyday routine, then get mad enough to fight back .HINT: Hillary Clinton cannot save us no more than Barockefeller, in fact they too are capos of the global mafia….get creative and resist the  royal corporate dictatorship by boycotting Wal Mart and Koch Industries products such as Georgia Pacific building materials and computer print paper and  Brawny paper towels for starters. Next demand divestment from fossil fuel industries and support a call for the banning of private banks, YES ! the snake head of all our woes is the private banking system which includes the FEDERAL RESERVE. Put all your money in a public credit union and go bankrupt on the credit cards and mortgages. YES, this is a way to break the death grip of the too big to fail banks, MASS BANKRUPTCY AND DIVESTMENT, and buy an electric car, put solar panels on your house—-> F+++ the 1% we do not need their 29 % credit cards .Guillotine the Rothschilds, the other global banking cartels, the energy cartels and the British Royal Family-FACE UP !

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INFERNAL BARONS THAT CONTROL BIG CORPORATIONS PUSH FOR A NEW WORLD ORDER MADE OF SLAVERY AND GENOCIDES

ROTHSCHILDS ARE PUSHING FOR NEW TRADE LIBERALISATION AGREEMENTS ( TTIP AND TPP ) TO GAIN SPEED IN 2014 AND 2015.

” The threat of the US-EU trade deal http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-6dea-The-threat-of-the-US-EU-trade-deal

Friday 28th Februay 2014

The TTIP will allow companies to control governments, writes JEREMY CORBYN
An ominous veil of secrecy surrounds negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – a sweeping trade deal between the European Union and United States.
Members of national and European parliaments, like their counterparts in the US Congress, have been kept in the dark about the details.
What we do know is that its backers claim that the eventual agreement will boost economic jobs and create vast numbers of new jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.
It is claimed that economic growth will be increased by 0.5 per cent a year by 2027 as a result of this deal.
There is no hard evidence to back up such figures, but we know for certain that there are going to be big prices to pay along the way.
In the Commons this week there was a rare discussion by parliamentarians on the potential impact of the TTIP.
Front benchers were keen to press the idea that fewer barriers between the US and Europe would be an overwhelmingly good thing.
But there were also serious concerns voiced on the power of corporate lobbyists to undermine parliamentary democracy because the deal will allow them to demand and exercise commercial “rights” that over-ride national sovereignty when it comes to public services and other areas of policy.
Paisley & Renfrewshire North MP Jim Sheridan expressed concern that “the TTIP will allow companies to wield control over national governments and in the long run may not help those we’re told it will.
“We should have an agreement that helps ordinary people and not big corporations,” he said.
The disastrous experience of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) between Canada, Mexico and the US provides cause for deep concern about the TTIP.
Then, as now, it was promoted as having the potential to create millions of jobs.
In fact Nafta has resulted in job losses and a race to the bottom as US farm exports flood into Mexico and US companies transfer operations to their poorer neighbour to exploit lower wage rates.
Today there is huge opposition in all three countries to Nafta.
War on Want, in an excellent briefing on the TTIP, characterised the deal not as a negotiation between two competing trading partners, but as “an assault on European and US societies by transnational corporations seeking to remove regulatory barriers to their activities on both sides of the Atlantic.”
This is not a traditional trade agreement but it is all about deregulating society, removing social standards and environmental regulations and ensuring that public services are opened up to private enterprise.
The secrecy surrounding its contents is so great that not even government officials from EU member states have been allowed to see the documents up front.
Eventually a final agreement will be released and will be imposed on citizens of EU member states and the US.
The omens are not good.
The negotiators see collective labour agreements as a challenge and restriction on business.
The US has refused to sign most International Labour Organisation conventions on core standards including freedom of association and the right to organise, so it’s hard to see where the TTIP is leading to other than a transatlantic attack on trade unions.
Rights at work, the working time directive, health and safety legislation, redundancy payments and employment protection were all hard-fought-for gains by trade unions on both sides of the Atlantic.
Now all this may be put at risk in a levelling down of protections.
Food standards are also threatened, with enormous pressure from US-based global brands to water down European legislation on GM crops, food safety and animal welfare.
But the biggest prize of all for those who stand to gain from TTIP are our public services.
Currently the NHS is required to provide health care free at the point of use for everyone.
So far Britain’s Tories have retained that principle, but they have built on a lot of what new Labour was trying to do in “opening up” the NHS to private-sector companies.
Already US health companies are lining up in the hunt for big profits by running sections of the NHS with fewer staff earning lower wages and on worse conditions.
The threat posed to health services is similar in other European countries, yet tellingly the EU has not sought to exclude health from the TTIP negotiations.
Public debate on the deal remains strangely absent, but it remains possible that strong trade union opposition to assaults on working conditions could significantly alter the process of negotiations.
It’s also quite possible that the more isolationist elements in the US Congress will seek to block its passage.
What’s certain, though, is that the stakes are extremely high.
The EU is continuing to pursue its central goal of being a place where big business has free rein to operate.
At the same time US corporations are eyeing up a greater global role.
And from what little has penetrated the veil of secrecy surrounding negotiations, it appears increasingly that any potential positives for workers, and on environmental issues and public services are being sidelined in favour of greedy bankers and multinationals which see vast profits to be made.

Jeremy Corbyn is Labour MP for Islington North. ”

” There is a particular focus working against generic medicines, on behalf of the pharmaceutical companies that rank amongst the most profitable US and UK firms – for example patents could be extended ensuring more expensive drug therapies. A version of SOPA could be introduced by the backdoor, limiting internet freedom and internet privacy rights. It would also shield foreign capital from domestic laws, essentially deregulating finance even further, at a point when there are calls for greater not less regulation.
But overarching all of this, is the transfer of sovereignty from nations to private corporate tribunals who will be empowered to compel governments to change their laws or pay unlimited fines. Foreign companies will essentially not be bound by domestic laws…
Human rights, environmental protection and employment rights could all be contested and overturned by private corporate tribunals. The post-democratic age will have been enshrined in binding legislation… and all of it will be done in secret! ” http://think-left.org/2013/02/20/are-we-already-in-the-post-democratic-era/
http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-d49b-The-TTIPing-point

” The language that was written for the TTIP could open doors for companies like Monsanto, allowing them to push their genetically engineered food production overseas as well as in the United States. ” http://21stcenturywire.com/

1) THE BIGGEST SHAREHOLDER OF MONSANTO IS VANGUARD THAT IS RELATED WITH DICK CHENEY AND WITH THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND FRONT OF THE ROTHSCHILDS. http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/facebook-and-monsanto-top-shareholders-are-identical/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/queen-visits-jamestown-with-cheney/
http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/brenda-norrell/2009/11/profiteering-misery-private-prison-scams-target-american-indians
http://whale.to/a/monsanto_h.html http://whale.to/c/cartels.html http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-gmo-seeds-farmer-suicides-every-30-minutes/ http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/gmo-plants-gmo-people-and-cancer/
http://www.naturalnews.com/044446_Monsanto_GMO_seeds_poison.html

CHENEY IS ALSO A FRIEND OF JACOB ROTHSCHILD.
” Israel has granted a U.S. company the first license to explore for oil and gas in the occupied Golan Heights, John Reed of the Financial Times reports.
A local subsidiary of the New York-listed company Genie Energy — which is advised by former vice president Dick Cheney and whose shareholders include Jacob Rothschild and Rupert MURDOCH — will now have exclusive rights to a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights.” http://www.globalresearch.ca/srael-grants-first-golan-heights-oil-drilling-license-to-dick-cheney-linked-company/5347779
http://aanirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/madeleine-mccann-cover-up-lelievre.html

THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY IS LINKED WITH JACOB ROTHSCHILD, BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD, ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD, EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD, ERIC DE ROTHSCHILD AND DAVID DE ROTHSCHILD. http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2011/03/queen-state-territories

JACOB ROTHSCHILD “is also a Member of the Council for the Duchy of Cornwall for HRH The Prince of Wales…”, a “Trustee of the Prince of Wales’ Prince’s Charities Foundation. ” and in ” 2002 awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty the Queen. Members of the Order are limited in number to 24 and the order is given to those who have rendered exceptionally meritorious service in the field of the arts, learning, literature and science ”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Rothschild,_4th_Baron_Rothschild https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Jacob_de_Rothschild_bio.htm
http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Prince+Charles/Jacob+Rothschild/Reception+Held+Prince+Charles+London/08Isgaq04Qa

The Royal Bank of Scotland, controlled by the British Royal Family, is also connected with the bank Edmond De Rothschild owned by BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD and by his wife ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-charles-dumps-rbs-boss-372885
Mark Phillips, Current Vice President at Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild, was Vice President at RBS Coutts Bank Ltd, Geneva from March 2003 to September 2011.
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-phillips/4/5b9/772 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/baron-benjamin-de-rothschild-his-wife-baroness-ariane-de-news-photo/170740077
http://islamic-intelligence.blogspot.com/2010/05/judge-hellersteins-connection-to.html

EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD ” In 1989, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, for whom he serves as a financial adviser. ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Robert_de_Rothschild http://www.gnosticliberationfront.com/people_with_the_endless_bios.htm
http://www.breathingenglishair.blogspot.fr/2012/04/ascott-house-buckinghamshire.html
https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Evelyn_de_Rothschild_bio.htm

ERIC DE ROTHSCHILD IS ANOTHER BIG FRIEND OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY AND A BIG OWNER OF ROTHSCHILD & CIE TOGETHER WITH DAVID DE ROTHSCHILD. http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/kate-middleton-speaks-of-blissful-marriage-181174 http://www.rothschild.com/David_de_Rothschild/
http://www.gettyimages.nl/detail/nieuwsfoto’s/queen-elizabeth-ii-meets-sir-evelyn-de-rothschild-lady-nieuwsfotos/72668835

ROTHSCHILDS CONTROL ALSO CARGILL, COCA COLA, PEPSI, NESTLE, KRAFT, PHILIP MORRIS, SHELL, ETC.
https://mediachecker.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/the-house-of-windsors-global-food-cartel-the-club-of-isles/
http://fracturedparadigm.com/2013/04/02/boycott-monsanto-a-simple-list-of-companies-to-avoid/
” Pepsi, Nestle scandal – flavour ‘enhanced’ by aborted foetal cells ”
http://www.investigatemagazine.co.nz/Investigate/2437/pepsi-nestle-scandal-flavour-enhanced-by-aborted-foetal-cells/
http://truthseeker1313.com/2013/12/04/coke-supports-gmos-sign-the-petition/

2) NAZI NATO, THAT PUSH FOR TRANSATLANTIC DICTATORSHIP, IS CONTROLLED BY THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL THAT HAS STRONG RELATIONS WITH ROTHSCHILDS CORPORATIONS.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-worlds-most-powerful-private-club-bilderbergs-silent-takeover-of-britains-60bn-defense-budget/5382698
http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/natosource/us-ambassador-to-germany-trans-atlantic-cooperation-is-indispensable
http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/about/international-advisory-board

CAIO KOCH-WESER, VICE CHAIRMAN OF DEUTSCHE BANK IS ALSO CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS ADVISORY GROUP (BEAG) OF THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL. http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/images/upload/beag_roster.pdf
” On April 28 the Atlantic Council held its annual awards dinner at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. where the U.S. State Department is also situated.
The honorees were headed by former President Bill Clinton, who was given the Distinguished International Leadership Award for his intervention in the Balkans in the 1990s, expanding the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and launching the North American Free Trade Agreement. Josef Ackermann, Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee of Deutsche Bank AG, was presented with the Distinguished Business Leadership Award..”
http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/74126

ALSO MERKEL HAS STRONG RELATION WITH DEUTSCHE BANK http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/__pr/P__Wash/2013/06/19-TTIP-Berlin.html

“The German government’s policy on debt restructuring for Greece is lifted directly from policy papers prepared by the Deutsche Bank, it has emerged……
The revelation that the Finance Ministry in Berlin just takes over the contents of policy papers of Deutsche Bank offers yet more proof that Chancellor Angela Merkel and Wolfgang Schäuble are puppets of the commercial banks.
Merkel and Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann attended this year’s Bilderberg conference in Switzerland and would have had ample opportunity to discuss ways and means to expropriate yet more money from the tax payers under one pretext or another. ”
http://waterpressure.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/jane-burgermeister-report-deutsche-bank-writes-german-finance-ministry%e2%80%99s-greek-debt-policy-ard-documentary-reveals/

THE CRIMES OF THE NAZI BARONS THAT CONTROL DEUTSCHE BANK IN GREECE:

a) REFUSED HOSPITALIZATIONS TO UNINSURED DISABLED
A woman, 35 years old, with psychological problems attempted suicide by falling from the roof of a house located in Nea Ionia.
23 days have passed and still she has not had surgery because is uninsured. http://news.disabled.gr/?p=46899
http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2013/09/20/more-than-3-million-greeks-have-no-access-to-public-health-care-system/

b) Greek Christmas present: state cuts poverty allowance to 20,000 people with disabilities
http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2013/12/20/greek-christmas-present-state-cuts-poverty-allowance-to-20000-people-with-disabilities/

c) Greek Health Minister: “Cancer is not urgent unless in final stages”
http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2014/02/27/greek-health-minister-cancer-is-not-urgent-unless-in-final-stages/
( Devastation of health care in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/28/gree-f28-f28.html )

d) GREECE IN CRISIS-DRAMATIC INCREASE OF SUICIDES: 3,124 PEOPLE IN 2009-2012
http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2012/11/22/greece-in-crisis-dramatic-increase-of-suicides-3124-people-in-2009-2012/

e) GREECE IS ONE OF THE FEW STATES OF THE WORLD THAT KEEPS THE PRISON FOR STATE DEBTORS AND THE UNIQUE IN EUROPE
http://beforeitsnews.com/international/2013/04/greek-govt-seeks-military-camp-to-serve-as-prison-for-state-debtors-2455920.html
http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2014/03/02/athens-police-arrests-alzheimers-patient-90-for-e5000-debt-to-the-tax-office/
http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2014/03/05/greeces-new-hobby-chasing-arresting-grannies-for-debts-to-the-state/

DEUTSCHE BANK IS CONTROLLED BY VANGUARD. https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/money-web-cia-cheney-whole-foods-everybody/

CORRUPT AND CRIMINAL EUROPEAN UNION HAS PREPARED BIG FUND (EUROPEAN STABILITY MECHANISM) WITH THE MONEY OF THE EUROPEAN CITIZENS TO SAVE SOME BANKRUPT BANKS. http://larouchepac.com/node/23172
ITALY IS INCREASING ITS DEBT IN ORDER TO POUR, IN SEVERAL INSTALLMENTS, OVER 125 BILLIONS TO THE ESM.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-29/728-trillion-presenting-bank-biggest-derivative-exposure-world-hint-not-jpmorgan

” Currently it is even difficult to find corruption affairs in which Deutsche Bank does not result in any way involved. Even in the health care system scandal in Abruzzo, which has engulfed the governor Ottaviano Del Turco, Deutsche Bank could not miss. Indeed, we can understand from a flight in London of Ottaviano Del Turco in 2006, to meet with the heads of Deutsche Bank, that the top decision heads of Deutsche Bank do not operate even more in Germany, but precisely in London.” http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=it&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.comedonchisciotte.org%2Fsite%2Fmodules.php%3Fname%3DNews%26file%3Dprint%26sid%3D8812 . http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-17/deutsche-bank-derivative-helped-monte-paschi-mask-losses.html

3) “The governments of Europe and the United States are planning the” Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership “(TTIP). BMW and Monsanto rejoice with Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan Chase, BASF and Google, Bertelsmann and ExxonMobil.” http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dieuniversitaet.net%2F2013%2F06%2F18%2Fttip-bmw-und-monsanto-freuen-sich%2F&edit-text=
ALSO CHEVRON HAS INTERESTS IN THE TTIP.
http://justinvestment.org/2013/05/chevron-fracks-europe-transatlantic-trade-investment-agreement-favors-big-energy-companies-and-threatens-the-environment/
http://www.thenewage.co.za/123292-1021-53-Oil_drilling_possible_trigger_for_deadly_Italy_quakes

A) ” German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under fire for accepting a nearly 700,000-euro donation to her conservative party by owners of popular car maker BMW, so much so that the country’s president is being forced to clamp down on massive political gifts…
The Quandt dynasty, which owns 46.7 percent of the BMW auto concern, was reported on the German parliament’s website to have made the transaction to Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party in the first days of October. …
just days before the transfer, Europe’s environment ministers caved in to Berlin’s demands to cancel an agreement that would limit the country’s car emissions. ” http://rt.com/news/merkel-criticism-bmw-carbon-305/

THE QUANDT FAMILY IS CONNECTED WITH THE DRESDNER BANK AND COMMERZBANK.
Susanne Hanna Ursula Quandt and Stefan Quandt worked for Dresdner Bank. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susanne_Klatten
http://www.whoislog.info/profile/stefan-quandt.html http://www.dw.de/germanys-commerzbank-agrees-to-buy-dresdner/a-3606354
BLACKROCK IS A SHAREHOLDER OF COMMERZBANK . https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commerzbank
BLACKROCK IS CONTROLLED BY THE QUEEN AND THE ROTHSCHILDS.
DERYCK C. MAUGHAN, A KNIGHT OF THE QUEEN, IS A DIRECTOR OF BLACKROCK AND FORMER CEO OF CITIGROUP. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deryck_Maughan
” Edmond de Rothschild Buys BMW After ‘Nightmare’ Year ” http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=ateEqIsD4EfE

B) THE BIGGEST SHAREHOLDER OF EXXONMOBIL AND CHEVRON IS ALSO VANGUARD.
http://finance.yahoo.com/q/mh?s=XOM http://finance.yahoo.com/q/mh?s=CVX https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exxon_Valdez

VANGUARD IS THE BIGGEST SHAREHOLDERS OF PFIZER. http://www.4-traders.com/PFIZER-INC-4821/company/

” The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has given his blessing to the idea of the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s taking over the UK firm AstraZeneca
The American oil company Exxon Mobil may take over the UK oil firm BG…
Pfizer is a company known for buying rivals, cutting costs, absorbing the best parts of the business and then selling off the remainder..”
http://aanirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/traitors-exposed.html http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2012/apr/20/david-cameron-jersey-panama-geneva
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2011/feb/23/government-reform-disability-benefits
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/most-bloody-jihadists-are-uk-extremists/
http://jhaines6.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/presstv-uks-hague-car-bombers-are-us-by-finian-cunningham/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2624385/Milliband-accused-major-error-refusing-meeting-Viagra-firm-Pfizer-60billion-takeover-deal.html
Benjamin de Rothschild says:” These days it’s good to hold shares of international corporations, companies that sell globally and especially in the East. There are quite a few Swiss firms like that, such as NESTLE, but also American firms such as Johnson & Johnson and PFIZER. ”
http://intellibriefs.blogspot.com/2011/01/interview-baron-de-rothschild.html
http://www.lejdd.fr/Economie/Images/Les-plus-grosses-fortunes-de-France/Benjamin-de-Rothschild-206941
” in 1996, Baron Benjamin Rothschild…[ son of Edmond de Rothschild] was arrested at an airport in England and fined $600 for heroin possession. ”
http://nypost.com/2000/05/04/his-wealth-couldnt-buy-him-invincibility-bank-scions-death-an-apparent-od-after-wild-night-of-partying/

C) WE FIND VANGUARD ALSO IN GOOGLE.
http://www.brighthub.com/internet/google/articles/69966.aspx

” …..Many of Google Federal’s top managers come from the biggest and baddest military and intel outfits: US Army, Air Force Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Director of National Intelligence, USAID, SAIC, Lockheed… the list keeps going on and on.”
http://pando.com/2014/04/23/the-revolving-door-between-google-and-the-department-of-defense/

” Google appears to be part of the NAZI-ZIONIST-MAFIA-ROBBER-baron elite.
They invade people’s privacy, make money from people’s intellectual property and work with the spooks…”
http://aanirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/google-and-mind-control.html

” Google uses various tax avoidance strategies. Out of the five largest American technology companies it pays the lowest taxes to the countries of origin of its revenues. The company accomplishes this partly by licensing technology through subsidiaries in Ireland, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Netherlands.This has reportedly sparked a French investigation into Google’s transfer pricing practices…” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google

4) JP MORGAN PRESSES ITS PUPPET, THE PRIME MINISTER OF ITALY matteo renzi, FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THE TTIP THROUGH THE NEWSPAPER ” IL SOLE 24 ORE”. http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=it&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ilsole24ore.com%2Fart%2Fnotizie%2F2014-04-09%2Fun-accordo-utile-anche-italia-063845.shtml&edit-text= https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matteo_Renzi

matteo renzi IS WELL CONTROLLED BY TONY BLAIR.
” Former English Prime Minister Tony Blair was recently spotted in Florence having dinner with several important figures, among them being Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi. Italian Minister of Economic Development Corrado Passera and Italian Vice Minister of Economy Vittorio Grilli, as well as several other important international personalities were also at the gathering. The dinner was organized by JP Morgan and took place on the terrace of Palazzo Corsini..”
http://theflorencenewspaper.com/new/tony-blair-sighted-in-florence/
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-12/jpmorgan-hires-vittorio-grilli-for-europe-investment-bank.html

THE ROTHSCHILDS CONTROL JP MORGAN THROUGH THEIR AGENT TONY BLAIR.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/05/28/heckler-brands-tony-blair-a-war-criminal-over-jpmorgan-payments/
http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/money-laundering-jp-morgan-in-the-frame-for-venezuelan-drugs-link/
( Tony Blair. Illegitimate Son Of JACOB ROTHSCHILD….Evidence http://the-tap.blogspot.com/2012/06/can-you-spot-it.html )
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1359330/Gaddafi-heir-Saif-inevitably-friend-Andy-Mandy.html

” In November last year he [BLAIR] is believed to have hired a Gulfstream IV owned by British-based banker Sir EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD for a three-day return trip to Rwanda at an estimated cost of £83,000, including fuel.
Sir Evelyn, 77, who was one of a number of billionaires to dine at Downing Street in Mr Blair’s final days in power, has owned the plane since 2002 through a company called Metropix. ” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1138789/Now-Tony-Blairs-finally-got-private-jet-hes-wanted-rented.html

” Tony Blair Visits Caesarea, an Israeli Rothschild Estate

Caesarea is a curious place for war criminal, and the Quartet’s Middle East envoy Tony Blair to wander off to, but so it is according to the Israeli ynet news. But that is where the home of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is – useful for slipping out of the limelight of citizen arrest, supporting the recent bloody Egyptian coup, and the ongoing bloodletting of millions Iraqis. …
….Today, the Chairman of the Caesarea Foundation and the CDC is Baron BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD ”
http://hwaairfan.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/tony-blair-visits-caesarea-an-israeli-rothschild-estate/
http://the-tap.blogspot.fr/2012/10/the-prostitute-who-ended-tony-blairs.html http://2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/ei/pix/b/84428.htm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/battle-scarred-italian-town-now-defeated-by-debt/2012/01/02/gIQA421dhP_story.html
” It is worth noting that in 2003 after the invasion of Iraq, during Tony Blair’s mandate as Prime Minister JP Morgan Chase was designated to run the Trade Bank of Iraq. ” http://www.globalresearch.ca/suicides-of-bank-executives-fraud-financial-manipulation-jpmorgan-chases-advisor-tony-blair-is-not-involved/5368627
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-the-children-of-fallujah–the-hospital-of-horrors-7679168.html
( Blair in Jerusalem: War on Iran, War on Syria, Save the Banks Above All http://larouchepac.com/node/27043 )
( CORRUPTION OF JP MORGAN AND CITIGROUP IN ARGENTINA http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine/resources/part3/chapter8 )

THE BIGGEST SHAREHOLDER OF JP MORGAN IS VANGUARD RELATED ALSO WITH DAVID AND ERIC DE ROTHSCHILD.
http://finance.yahoo.com/q/mh?s=JPM+Major+Holders

matteo renzi “WINS” THE ELECTIONS BECAUSE IS THE LOVED PUPPY OF THE BRITISH AND FRENCH BRANCHES OF THE ROTHSCHILDS ?
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2014/06/02/grillo-suspects-vote-rigging-in-european-election-loss_0c72cfb7-d96e-448e-8724-2810303f771a.html
The article 13 paragraph 2 of the law 124/2007 provides the possibility of access of the SECRET SERVICES to all the informatic systems of public administrations…
With this law is possibile move IN FULL IMPUNITY MILLION OF VOTES in the final calculation.
THE TEXT OF THE LAW 124/2007 WAS DRAFTED BY THE FORMER MINISTER OF INTERIOR giuliano amato, FORMER SENIOR ADVISOR OF DEUTSCHE BANK AND KNIGHT OF THE QUEEN.
https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=it&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.informarexresistere.fr%2F2014%2F05%2F30%2Fe-se-il-vero-segreto-di-stato-fosse-proprio-renzi%2F&edit-text=

THE SHAMEFULL renzi’S GOVERNMENT IS REDUCING IN POVERTY THE ITALIAN PEOPLE IN ORDER TO SAVE SOME BANKRUPT BANKS AND TO BUY THE AIRPLANES F-35 OF LOCKHEED MARTIN.
” With a perfect synchronism (with Obama’s visit) the minister of defence Pinotti and the head of the Democratic Party Speranza have yesterday supported the purchase of the F-35 …
About the military spending, both spoke of “economic compatibilities” and of the necessity to reduce the wastes. Among the wastes evidently there are not the 14 billion euro to be spent in the next years for 90 fighter-bombers able to make the war and to carry nuclear weapons and that are from the point of view economic and technological real frauds…..” http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=it&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.unita.it%2Fpolitica%2Fpinotti-ai-militari-state-sereni-br-su-f35-nessun-passo-indietro-1.560093&edit-text= https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberta_Pinotti

” Lynne Cheney [the wife of Dick Cheney ] served on Lockheed Corporation’s board of directors from 1994 to 2001.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynne_Cheney
” Perry [son-in-law of Dick Cheney] returned to Latham & Watkins as a partner.. serving as counsel on behalf of Fortune 500 clients such as Monsanto, defense contractor Lockheed Martin and others. ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Perry http://aanirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/prince-william-sir-david-manning-and.html

A) INPS (NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY) CUTS THE PENSION TO ELDERLY OF THE CITY OF GELA (ITALY) THAT COMMITS SUICIDE. http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=it&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fricerca.gelocal.it%2Faltoadige%2Farchivio%2Faltoadige%2F2012%2F04%2F04%2FAB8PO_RA501.html&edit-text=

B) 89 YEARS OLD THAT WAS IMMOBILIZED IN A BED AND LIVED ALONE, CARED BY NEIGHBORS, HAD ASKED FOR EIGHT TIMES THE DISABILITY BENEFIT THEN DIED WITHOUT RESPONSE. http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=it&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.superabile.it%2Fweb%2Fit%2FREGIONI%2FAbruzzo%2FSulla_stampa%2Finfo-443100957.html

C) STORM OF SUICIDES RELATED TO LOSS OF JOBS AND DEBTS
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=it&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stopcensura.com%2F2012%2F03%2Fraffica-di-suicidi-legati-alla-perdita.html&edit-text=

D) ON 27 APRIL 2014 THE TRAITOR PRIME MINISTER OF ITALY matteo renzi HAS MET LARRY FINK, CEO OF BLACKROCK, IN ORDER TO AGREE THE SELLING OUT OF THE ITALIAN PUBLIC COMPANIES. https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=it&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lanotiziagiornale.it%2Fcomprare-tutto-e-rock-anzi-blackrockil-fondo-usa-al-5-della-popolare-di-milanouna-passione-per-le-banche-che-sa-tanto-di-mordi-e-fuggi%2F&edit-text=

” Professor Joseph Stiglitz, former Chief Economist of the World Bank, ..goes public over the World Bank’s, “Four Step Strategy,” which is designed to enslave nations to the bankers…
Step One: Privatization.
This is actually where national leaders are offered 10% commissions to their secret Swiss bank accounts in exchange for them trimming a few billion dollars off the sale price of national assets. Bribery and corruption, pure and simple. ” http://www.iamthewitness.com/books/Andrew.Carrington.Hitchcock/Synagogue.of.Satan/1998-2002.htm
renzi, padoan AND company ARE PREPARING TO PUT IN THEIR POCKETS THE HUGE TANGENT OF 10%+++ ? https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pier_Carlo_Padoan

5) obama THAT WILL COCLUDE THE FREE TRADE DEAL TTIP ACTS LIKE A PROSTITUTE OF THE QUEEN. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13489879
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/06/07/obama-in-europe-on-russian-bogeyman-tour.html
http://www.nytimes.com/1985/11/11/us/dinner-for-royal-couple-guest-list.html
EUROPEAN UNION, THAT ALSO WILL CONCLUDE THE TTIP, IS WELL CONTROLLED BY GOLDMAN SACHS: MARIO DRAGHI, THE CHIEF OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK, IS A MAN OF GOLDMAN SACHS.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/what-price-the-new-democracy-goldman-sachs-conquers-europe-6264091.html http://www.globalresearch.ca/bilderberg-2014-war-criminals-big-oil-and-too-big-to-jail-banksters-meet-in-secrecy/5384502

VANGUARD IS A BIG SHAREHOLDER OF GOLDMAN SACHS. http://investors.morningstar.com/ownership/shareholders-major.html?t=GS
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/how-goldmans-cost-gaddafi-a-13bn-fortune-2291506.html
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-new-water-barons-wall-street-mega-banks-are-buying-up-the-worlds-water/5383274

6) ” The TPP is a massive, controversial “free trade” agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United States and 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam…
Although it is called a “free trade” agreement, the TPP is not mainly about trade…
We only know about the TPP’s threats thanks to leaks – the public is not allowed to see the draft TPP text. Even members of Congress, after being denied the text for years, are now only provided limited access. Meanwhile, more than 600 official corporate “trade advisors” have special access. The TPP has been under negotiation for five years, and the Obama administration wants to sign the deal by early 2014. Opposition to the TPP is growing at home and in many of the other countries involved.”
http://www.citizen.org/tpp

THESE DANGEROUS FREE TRADE DEALS ( TTIP TPP ) HAVE ECONOMIC NATURE BUT, VERY PROBABLY, IN THE FUTURE CAN LEAD TO MONETARY UNIONS AND AT THE END WE WILL HAVE A GLOBAL CURRENCY. ALSO THE EUROPEAN UNION STARTED LIKE ECONOMIC UNION BUT THEN BECAME A NAZI TOTALITARIAN MONETARY UNION. http://www.singleglobalcurrency.org/documents/ArticleEconomist1988GetReadyforthePhoenix_001.doc
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/14/referenda-expose-illegal-western-regime-change-ukraine.html
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-wests-weaponization-of-democracy-elections-pushed-ahead-in-ukraine-obstructed-in-syria-so-mass-murder-can-continue/5384629 http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2014/06/02/eu-approves-genetically-modified-gm-food-crops-for-our-table/

7)THE CRIMES OF THE ROTHSCHILDS IN MONTENEGRO, KOSOVO AND ITALY

A) ” Montenegro: Mafia as Guarantor of Euro-Atlantic Integration

……. Milo Djukanovic, the Montenegrin dictator, said that joining NATO is a political priority for his country.
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2012/04/10/montenegro-nato-doorstep-engagement-costs-steadily-rising.html
It is emphasized that 2014 is a decisive year because Montenegro must be ready for the NATO’s September summit to be held in the United Kingdom. The expansion of the Alliance to the East will be an issue on the agenda…According to documents in the possession of Italy’s prosecutor’s office and inquiries of independent journalists, Milo Djukanovic has had close ties with Italian and American mafia since a long time. A 409 – page report is added to the indictment brought by Italian prosecution. Prosecutor Giuseppe Scelsi has formally stated that Milo Djukanovic is the top boss of Montenegrin mafia.
In the 1980s well-known mafiosi Della Torre organized large heroin supplies from Italy to the US East Coast. There was solid evidence that Della Torre was involved in money laundering. He got profit from heroin trade through Swiss banks, but Americans never brought charges against him with a string attached – he had to cooperate with the US special services. In 1996 the Italian mafiosi started to run his own chain involved in counterfeit cigarettes business. As sources confirm, he worked with Milo Djukanovic. The counterfeit cigarettes trade brought millions of dollars into the pockets of US intelligence. Many of truth pursuers, who stood in the way of the CIA and mafia alliance, paid with their lives, including two journalists: Dusko Jovanovic, the Editor of Montenegrin newspaper Dan, and Ivo Pukanic, Editor-in-Chief of Croatian weekly magazine National. Pukanic has published facts providing ample evidence of the Djukanovic and Subotić involvement in illegal cigarette trade.
In March 2011 US Senator Richard Lugar formally proposed to make Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro full-fledged NATO members. According to him, the expansion is of crucial importance for security and democracy in the Balkans. At the beginning of October 2013 Lugar met Djukanovic and said that «Montenegro is the number one candidate for membership in NATO». At the very same time Italian prosecutor Giuseppe Scelsi, who possessed irrefutable evidence of the fact that Djukanovic was involved in criminal activities, was charged in October 2013 with abuse of office. Today Washington lets Djukanovic know that if he makes Montenegro a NATO member, then all the accusations related to criminal activities will be lifted…
In 1999 NATO started its expansion to the Balkans by committing a grave crime – an aggression against Yugoslavia. Nowadays the creation of criminal regimes on the territory of former Yugoslavia is a logical continuation of its policy. ”
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/02/24/montenegro-mafia-as-guarantor-of-euro-atlantic-integration.html

” Celebrating: Nat Rothschild [SON OF JACOB ROTHSCHILD], left, Peter Munk and Milo Djukanovic, right, enjoy the celebrations…”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2012882/Peter-Mandelson-parties-super-rich-Nat-Rothschild-Montenegro.html
( Montenegro Bought by Rothschild Family http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/19712/46 )
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1080664/Nat-Rothschild-naughty-boy-says-mother-law.html

B) ” Officially, the Americans are working hard to stamp out heroin production in Afghanistan, but in reality they, namely the CIA, are using the proceeds from the drug trade, including the illegal drug traffic to Kosovo from Afghanistan which is facilitated mainly via the Bondsteel Base, to replenish their secret coffers, at least that’s what American newspapers have recently been writing about. Milovan Drecun reports.
Other reports mention a U.S. connection with a member of the terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army and a close friend of Kosovo Premier Hashim Taci who are believed to have been smuggling up to 150 kilos of heroin and cocaine at a time. These criminals were chummy with a cafй owner close to the Bondsteel Base and were doing business with the American officers there, Milovan Drecun adds. ” http://natomission.ru/en/security/article/security/artnews/69/
“The withdrawal of the Serbian police from Kosovo enabled Thaci’s gangsters to kidnap people in the province with no risk of meeting with resistance. Some sources are convinced that the kidnapped were placed and subjected to illicit extractions in the NATO bases. Indeed, 6 – 14 aircrafts took off at Camp Bondsteel NATO base in Kosovo daily, and suspicions multiply that the flights could be used to deliver human organs to recipients in West Europe, mostly in Great Britain.
On January 7, 2011, 50 British surgeons voiced a call for the legalization of human organs trade, citing the steady increase in demand and the freedom of choice for those eager to be donors due to financial regards. No doubt, human organs trafficking has a potential to become a source of criminal enrichment on pars with the drug business. Der Spiegel argues that, in the global distribution of roles in the market of illicit transplantations, most of the buyers are found in the US, Canada, Israel, and Saudi Arabia while most of the donors – in China, India, the Philippines, Egypt, and Moldova. The independent Kosovo, a territory with a reputation of horror land, acts as a major trafficking hub in the framework” http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2012/08/31/independent-kosovo-gangland-spills-savagery-worldwide-ii.html
” As side result U.S. created Bondsteel, one of the biggest U.S. military base in center of Europe – completely outside European/international jurisdiction – to serve also as secret torture/detention/investigation center of CIA.” https://arirusila.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/captured-pseudo-state-kosovo/

” The plans to build Camp BONDSTEEL under a lucrative multibillion dollar DoD contract with HALLIBURTON’s Texas based subsidiary KBR were formulated while DICK CHENEY was HALLIBURTON’s CEO.” http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/02/390745.html
” It comes as no surprise that the VANGUARD Group is also currently a major shareholder in HALLIBURTON, the longtime war profiteer in Iraq. CHENEY’s investments in the VANGUARD Group are estimated at between $25 and $86 million, since exact numbers have not been released.”
http://november.org/stayinfo/breaking08/Cheney_Gonzales_Indicted.html http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/04/national/04halliburton.html

C)BLOODY BARONS THAT CONTROL DEUTSCHE BANK AND NATO ARE INSTALLING THE POWERFUL AND DANGEROUS RADAR MUOS IN THE CITY OF NISCEMI (ITALY) WITH THE AID OF THEIR LOCAL MAFIA

” There are only three other ground stations like the Muos in the world, producing very high electromagnetic fields. And they’re all built in some desert areas of Virginia, Hawaii and Australia. In Sicily, for some mysterious reasons, it looked OK to place the Muos five kilometres from the town of Niscemi, in a unique nature reserve and way too close to the civil population…with serious risk of causing, in the short and long term, severe degenerative disease in the population, such as cancer and leukemia.” http://www.nowitaly.com/now-italy/15488/muos-an-ecological-bomb-in-the-mediterranean https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_User_Objective_System
The Muos ” will be “an instrument of war that will contribute to change worldwide radically the conflict management”. The three antennas mounted at Niscemi are part of the collection of parables of one of the four planned terrestrial terminals provided worldwide. The Mobile User Objective System installed in Sicily will be connected with those located in Hawaii, Virginia and in Australia, through satellites orbiting at 15,000 kilometers from the Earth. The architecture of the system will be ready in 2016, when will be sent into orbit the last 3 satellites. Task of the Muos: accelerate, even 10 times the speed of sending informations and commands to all u.s. military equipment in the world. Including drones, which the Pentagon now uses “in large numbers” in its attack strategy: Niscemi, near Sigonella, will “cover” Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.” http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=it&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fcampagnadisobbedienzaciviledimassa.blogspot.it%2F2014%2F03%2Fniscemi-la-protesta-di-cui-i-media-non.html

” With the start of works, appeared as subcontractor “Calcestruzzi Piazza Srl”, company under observation by the investigative bodies for alleged criminal contiguity. According to Senator Giuseppe Lumia (Pd) that the 14 February 2012 presented a specific question to the Ministers of Defence and Interior, “Calcestruzzi Piazza” has as its sole director Concetta Valenti, whose husband is Vincenzo Piazza, that, on the basis of investigations of the anti-Mafia directorate (DDA) of Caltanissetta as well as other elements of info-investigative reports of the Police, appears strongly related to the well-known exponent of the mafia clan Giugno-Arcerito, Giancarlo Giugno, currently free in Niscemi…
The program Muos was assigned in 2002 to the Lockheed Martin, the most powerful U.S. companies in the defense sector, manufacturer of the notorious fighter F-35, with over 126.000 employees and an annual turnover of 45,8 billions of dollars….
The total cost of the MUOS ? …the Court of Auditors of the United States of America, … in a report of March 2011 has estimated a FINAL COST NOT LESS THAN $ 6.83 BILLION, excluding unforeseen events. ”
http://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/muos-and-drones-sicily-platform-of-the-wars-of-the-twenty-first-century/

AS WE HAVE ALREADY FOUND, LOCKHEED IS STRONGLY RELATED WITH DICK CHENEY AND THE ROTHSCHILDS.

8) THE DIRTY WAR OF THE ROTHSCHILDS IN AFGHANISTAN FOR THE DRUG AND THE GOLD.

A) ” Afghan H-bomb: Record opium harvest, billions burn in ‘war on drugs’

It cannot be overemphasised: drugs were the real reason Coalition forces invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban.

Poppy fields in HELMAND Province.

In 2000, the year before the U.S. led invasion the then ruling Taliban banned the cultivation of poppies as a sin against Islam. By spring of the following year Afghanistan’s once thriving drugs trade was all but dead. In less than one growing season the edict brought to a close a narcotics industry that had formerly produced three-quarters of the world’s opium.
Or so it seemed.
By the end of 2001, the U.S. led invasion also brought a revival of Afghanistan’s drugs trade. From that point on Afghanistan’ narcotics trade went from strength to strength. So that from having produced virtually no narcotics in the final year of the Taliban’s rule, Afghanistan is now producing over 80% of the world’s opium and heroin.
This is the real legacy of the U.S. led invasion. Not “freedom” or even the eradication of the Taliban, who will remain a potent threat for whoever sits in Kabul when Coalition forces finally withdraw at the end of the year.
Apart from the many thousands of wounded, maimed and dead, the real legacy of the U.S. led invasion is a revived drugs trade and millions of drug addicted Afghans. According to a recent U.N. estimate between 3% and 4% of Afghans are now addicted to drugs.
This is what the U.S. led invasion has really brought Afghanistan. Transforming it in little more than a decade from a nation that was well on the way to becoming free of narcotics to one of the most drug dependent nations on Earth…..
The British Empire had done pretty much the same thing during the Opium War, when China prohibited the sale of opium imported from India. Britain had been trading the narcotic from its Indian Crown Colony for Chinese silk and tea. However, recognising the growing number of addicts it produced the Chinese had outlawed the trade and war followed.
Being the pre-eminent global power at the time assured Britain of victory and a continuation of the opium trade …” http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=94277
http://theunhivedmind.com/wordpress/?p=15655

WHO HAS CONCRETE INTERESTS IN THE CULTIVATION OF OPIUM POPPIES IN AFGHANISTAN ?

” PRINCE CHARLES INSPECTS HIS MOTHER’S POPPY FIELDS IN HELMAND
April 15, 2010 • 9:00AM

On March 25-26, Prince Charles visited British troops in Afghanistan, becoming the most senior royal to visit British troops there. He received a briefing from Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. commander [editor confused whether it is “British” or “U.S.” commander] of all foreign troops in the country. The Guardian reported that “during a two-day visit amid tight security, he was flown by Chinook helicopter to Lashkar Gar, capital of Helmand province, where he met local leaders, the Governor Gulab Mangal, and British soldiers at a patrol base surrounded by opium poppy and wheat fields (emphasis added).”…” http://larouchepac.com/node/14178

AND PRINCE HARRY SUPERVISES HIS GRANDMOTHER’S POPPY FIELDS ?
http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/21/world/asia/prince-harry-afghanistan-foster/index.html

” By the 19th century – British Queen Victoria was the biggest drug trafficker. Even Queen Victoria used Opium ( Laudanum ), and records exist in the Royal Apothecary at Balmoral, as to how many times Opium was passed on to the royal palace. A lot of British noblemen were Opium eaters…
http://greatgameindia.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/the-rothschild-colonization-of-india/

“Wait, Why Is J.P. Morgan Chase Mining Gold In Afghanistan? ” http://nyulocal.com/national/2012/09/14/wait-why-is-j-p-morgan-chase-mining-gold-in-afghanistan/

9) GENOCIDAL SATANISTS TRY TO SAVE THE FRANKLIN TEMPLETON WITH THE BLOOD OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN UKRAINE USING THEIR AGENT lagarde. http://www.globalresearch.ca/imf-regime-change-with-christine-lagarde-us-corporations-enter-the-french-government/24895
http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Hrh+Prince+Charles/Christine+Lagarde

A)…Overall, Franklin Templeton holds about $6.4bn, MORE THAN A THIRD OF THE COUNTRY’S INTERNATIONAL DOLLAR BONDS, according to filings. Some of the group’s biggest funds bought Ukrainian bonds at the end of last year, before the violence sparked the strong swings in the market, according to Bloomberg data.
You can thus argue that Franklin Templeton was saved by the IMF… ” http://ipezone.blogspot.ro/2014/03/imf-bails-out-ukraine-bails-out.html

” The IMF money comes with stringent terms, asking for various cuts and economic reforms. In the case of Ukraine, the requirements include a 50 percent increase in the price of gas for households, as well as a quick pension reform and lower government spending. ”
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/01/imf-gives-green-light-for-17-bn-ukraine-aid-package.html

MARK MOBIUS, A KEY PERSON OF FRANKLIN TEMPLETON, IS CLOSELY CONNECTED WITH JOHN TEMPLETON, THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND AND THE ROTHSCHILDS. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Mobius
” In 1987, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed him [John Templeton] the honor of knighthood …”
http://seekingalpha.com/article/1322121-investment-wisdom-from-the-late-sir-john-templeton
http://wikimapia.org/6825620/fr/Chateau-de-Pregny http://www.panoramio.com/photo/77169200 http://www.waddesdon.org.uk/ http://www.thefullwiki.org/Waddesdon_Manor http://www.thefullwiki.org/Ascott_House

FRANKLIN TEMPLETON IS ALSO THE BIGGEST SHAREHOLDER OF BP .
http://investors.morningstar.com/ownership/shareholders-major.html?t=BP https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill
http://beforeitsnews.com/financial-markets/2011/04/uk-memos-reveal-iraq-invasion-oil-industry-ties-581474.html
http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2014/03/lord-jacob-rothschild-connection-madeleine-albright-and-george-soros

B) ARE JACOB ROTHSCHILD, BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD, EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD, ERIC DE ROTHSCHILD AND DAVID DE ROTHSCHILD INVOLVED IN THE GENOCIDES OF THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE IN UKRAINE ?

” The US, Britain and other Western allies have emerged as allies to the revival of Nazism in Ukraine. The regime that the Western powers helped to illegally install in Kiev in February earlier this year, by covert CIA-sponsored murderous street agitation, are the self-proclaimed heirs to the legacy of former Ukrainian fascists who collaborated with Nazi Germany in its attempted conquest of Russia, beginning in June 1941 with Operation Barbarossa. ….
Bear in mind, too, that the Americans and British did not launch their European offensive against Nazi Germany until the summer of 1944, despite several appeals from the Soviet leader, Josef Stalin, for the Western allies to join the struggle sooner and thus alleviate Russia….
The British ruling class was particularly instrumental in Hitler’s aggrandizement of power..”
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/10/western-reset-of-fascist-aggression-towards-russia.html
http://aangirfan.blogspot.ca/2014/03/nato-troops-shot-both-sides-in-ukraine.html http://tonyseed.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/nato-trained-ukrainian-fifth-column/
http://www.globalresearch.ca/stop-the-nato-war-games-on-russias-doorstep-the-petition-the-british-government-tried-to-ban/5384360

CIA IS RELATED WITH ROTHSCHILDS CORPORATIONS, AMONG THEM THERE IS ALSO JP MORGAN.
http://wallstreetonparade.com/2014/02/jpmorgan-vice-president%E2%80%99s-death-in-london-shines-a-light-on-the-bank%E2%80%99s-close-ties-to-the-cia/
AL QAEDA IS A CREATION OF CIA. http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/09/12/us-created-al-qaeda-and-their-global-domination-rick-rozoff-on-9-11.html
http://sarabia.blogspot.ro/2010/10/saudis-and-9-11.html https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/kiev-nato-junta-joins-al-qaeda/
http://www.globalresearch.ca/is-boko-haram-an-intelligence-asset-terror-attack-in-nigeria-opens-door-to-africom/5381612
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/02/19/cold-war-cia-coup-templates-back-in-business-around-world.html
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/12/16/ukraine-nato-eastern-prize.html

” The root of the problem is the NATO expansion to the East and the US attempts to re-orient Ukraine and make it turn to the West. Americans view Ukraine as a backward state at the Russian border going out of control. ”
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/05/is-german-chancellor-authorized-to-rule-europe.html

” “When the Soviet Union was collapsing in late 1991, [Defense Secretary Dick Cheney] wanted to see the dismemberment not only of the Soviet Union and the Russian empire but of Russia itself, so it could never again be a threat to the rest of the world.” That can serve as an early marker for the new cold war while the corpse of the old one was still warm. Soon thereafter, NATO began to surround Russia with military bases, missile sites, and NATO members, while yearning for perhaps the most important part needed to complete the circle – Ukraine.” http://politicalfilm.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/anti-empire-report-128/

“…Biden seems to have been given the «Ukraine file» since he has taken an inordinate personal involvement in supporting the Maidan protests which sparked last November against the incumbent elected President Viktor Yanukovych. It was Biden who phoned Yanukovych days before he was forced out of office by the fascist Svoboda and Right Sector paramilitaries on February 22 to say «game over»…”
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/04/kiev-murders-civilians-with-orwellian-western-collusion.html

joe biden IS A PUPPET OF THE NATO-ROTHSCHILDS.
” Biden was also co-chair of the NATO Observer Group in the Senate ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Biden
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/24/weapons-prostitutes-drugs-things-poroshenko-associated-with.html
http://www.globalresearch.ca/polish-death-squads-fighting-in-ukraine-cia-covert-operation/5384210
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/prince-harry-and-prime-minister-of-poland-donald-tusk-news-photo/491924679

” Obama’s neo-con strategist, Victoria Nuland, has bragged that $5Bn of US tax money has been poured into Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union in order to influence the political system there.
Nuland [ former US ambassador to NATO] was caught on tape choosing “Yats” [Arseniy Yatsenuk] to be the frontman for US/NATO interests…
Arseniy Yatsenuk’s own foundation website prominently lists, as William Blum noted:
NATO, the National Endowment for Democracy, the US State Department, Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs in the UK)..”
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/15/odessa-massacre-carefully-staged-covert-intelligence-operation.html http://openukraine.org/en/about/partners
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-u-s-has-installed-a-neo-nazi-government-in-ukraine/5371554
http://www.globalresearch.ca/farcical-elections-in-ukraine-staging-ground-escalation-of-conflict-hostilities/5383868

C) ” On April 12, 2014 the Ukrainian military first clashed with the people of Slavyansk, a small city eastern part of Ukraine …
Slavyansk was founded in 1696 by Don Cossacks upon the order of Tsar Alexey to defend Russia from raids of Crimean Tatars…After the revolution the lands populated by Don Cossacks became part of Ukraine but the population remained Russian and continued to speak Russian language.
In 2013 Shell made known its plans to start extraction of shale gas here in violation of ecologic norms. The contract envisioned taking property away from owners in case it stood in the way of cleaning the space for drilling. Slavyansk is where the first wells are to appear according to the plans… It’s not an occasion that Slavyansk and Kramatorsk have become the areas of the fiercest battles between the regular military and insurgents while the city of Izium serves as the main springboard for launching operations against Russians and Russian speakers in the south-east of Ukraine.
The regular forces are supported by irregular formations of Neo-Nazi organization Pravy Sector, private units created for punitive actions by Ukrainian tycoon Igor Kolomoisky and mercenaries hired by US private military company Greystone. The choice of area for waging combat actions is a proof that the Kiev regime serves the business interests of Shell… ” http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/17/ukraine-military-crimes-and-interests-transnational-corporations.html
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/ukraine-ethnic-cleansing-in-course-of-work/
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/as-the-zionist-entity-and-nato-forces-did-before-on-gaza-and-fallujah-the-ukrainian-military-us-puppets-bombed-with-white-phosphorus-incendiary-bombs-the-civilian-population-of-slavyansk/

THE NAZI PRAVY SECTOR IS CONNECTED WITH JP MORGAN AND THE ROTHSCHILDS.
” Kolomoyskyi is the co-founder of the PrivatBank ..” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor_Kolomoisky
” The annual JP Morgan Chase Bank’s confirmation of PrivatBank’s high quality proceedings has already become a tradition. For the sixth year in a row the leader of the global financial market handed PrivatBank its prestigious Quality Recognition Award that is adjudicated to the best correspondent banks for their exquisitive and high skill quality of their automatic processing of payments.”
http://old.privatbank.ua/info/eng/pressrelise/readrelease_new.stm?fileName=dpr_DNH0_257e.html
http://www.sott.net/article/279192-Paris-Match-exposes-the-hands-of-fascists-in-Krasnoarmeysk-killings
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/14/nazism-immunity-to-change.html

” ..Moscow has said that it has evidence that up to 300 mercenaries from the US-based private security firms Blackwater (renamed Academi) and a subsidiary, known as Greystone, are active in Ukraine..”
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/04/kiev-murders-civilians-with-orwellian-western-collusion.html

BLACKWATER IS RELATED WITH MONSANTO, CIA AND BILL GATES, KNIGHT OF THE QUEEN.
http://disinfo.com/2011/01/a-link-between-monsanto-blackwater-bill-gates/ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3428673.stm
http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukraine-the-corporate-annexation-for-cargill-chevron-monsanto-its-a-gold-mine-of-profits/5375170
http://www.globalresearch.ca/big-pharma-and-the-gates-foundation-guinea-pigs-for-the-drugmakers/5384374

D) THE MASSACRE OF RUSSIAN PEOPLE IN ODESSA BY PRAVY SECTOR-ROTHSCHILDS

” man was shot in the head. Judging from clearly visible blood puddle, the murderer fired at point-blank so the bullet passed through the skull.”

” Dead woman near the elevator with clothes absent below her waist. Most likely, she was raped, then doused with a flammable mixture and set aflame.”

” a pregnant woman, who was one of the employees working on holidays, cleaning offices and watering flowers. She was strangled by an electric wire. She tried to resist – one can see discarded flower on the floor. ”
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/06/how-thugs-killed-odessa-inhabitants-in-trade-unions-house-details-bloody-scenario.html
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/06/genocide-novorossiya-swan-song-ukrainian-statehood.html
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/15/odessa-massacre-victims-died-in-seconds-not-from-smoke-emergency-service-chief.html

E) ” The foreign chiefs of 28 EU member-states are going to get together in the capital of Belgium on May 5 to discuss more sanctions against Russia. Meeting President Obama Angela Merkel already said the EU is ready to introduce a new package of anti-Russian sanctions. The German Chancellor appears to take the reins into her hands and rule Europe without asking for partners’ consent….
… Kiev uses Western money to form «death squadrons» to fight Novorossia the same way the Nazi Germany used Ukrainian nationalists. They manned police units, the battalions Nachtigall and Roland, the division Galicia, the local administrations of occupants and were trained in German intelligence training camps. Hundreds of thousands became their victims: Poles, Jews and Ukrainians while Russians were always the main target…… ”
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/05/is-german-chancellor-authorized-to-rule-europe.html
http://www.sott.net/article/279245-Is-Germany-involved-in-Ukraine-and-to-what-extent
http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2011/may/24/barack-obama-uk-state-visit-in-pictures?picture=374933181 http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Queen+Elizabeth+II/Angela+Merkel
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/07/obama-bloodbath-odessa-and-west-demonization-putin-continues.html
http://www.globalresearch.ca/obamas-foreign-policy-a-us-military-intelligence-agenda-which-seeks-to-destabilize-the-planet/5384367

” Chancellor Angela Merkel has an unusual obsession with the works of the occult composer Richard Wagner, who was a Satanist. She made her obsession known in an interview with the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in July 2005…and Hitler stated that the music of Wagner occupied his mind…”
http://www.his-forever.com/angela_merkel_and_adolph_hitler.htm

” economic sanctions constitute a business, obviously not for those who suffer them, but for those who can offer the service to bypass them..
A country hit by “Western” sanctions can indeed safely continue to do its business, but obviously paying a bribe more than fair to the “Western” banks…”
https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=it&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.comedonchisciotte.org%2Fsite%2Fmodules.php%3Fname%3DForums%26file%3Dviewtopic%26t%3D71157&edit-text=
https://ph.news.yahoo.com/jpmorgan-fined-breaking-us-sanctions-cuba-iran-194222324.html

10) The Al-Qaeda linked Islamic Emirate of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) launched on 6 June 2014 a large-scale attack on Iraq.
” The extremist ISIS group in its current form is a creation of US covert support, along with Washington’s NATO and Persian Gulf Arab allies.
The ideology of ISIS is a reflection of its Wahhabi sponsors among the Saudi and Qatari monarchies, both of which have plied over $10 billion into supporting the ISIS and other extremist groups, such as Jabhat al Nusra…”.
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/isis-washingtons-honey-trap-for-iran-in-iraq-us-leading-iran-into-iraqi-quagmire/
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/natos-terror-hordes-in-iraq-a-pretext-for-syria-invasion/
http://jimcraven10.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/4928/
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/usa-admission-of-sending-lethal-aid-in-syria-strategy-for-invasion/
THE SAUDI AND QATARI MONARCHIES HAVE STRONG RELATIONS WITH THE BRITISH AND FRENCH BRANCHES OF THE ROTHSCHILDS. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-26252091 http://karbalakalam.blogspot.mx/2010/11/arabian-rulers-align-themselves-with.html
http://www.ameinfo.com/blog/management/government-of-qatar/qatar-museums-authority/qatar-museums-authority-continues-its-international-campaign/
http://www.defenseworld.net/news/10589/Qatar_To_Procure_Dassault_Rafale_Aircraft_
http://www.vinissimus.co.uk/en/bodegas/index.html?id_bodega=bjvs
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/laurent-dassault-eric-de-rothschild-his-wife-with-martine-news-photo/141997100
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5_dSWxAWCo
http://theunhivedmind.com/wordpress3/2013/05/29/terrorist-john-mccain-with-al-qaeda-in-syria-during-his-illegal-visit-pic/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/the-rothschilds-and-their-200-years-of-political-influence-969772.html
http://www.infowars.com/turkey-behind-sarin-attack-in-syria/
http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-nato-water-war-against-syria-turkey-suspends-pumping-euphrates-water/5386059
http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/2sG70uzyZa8/Queen+Duke+Edinburgh+During+Their+State+Visit/qdxFjAPANkj/Recep+Tayyip+Erdogan
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/repetita-iuvant-israeli-military-intelligence-suggests-widening-of-war-on-syria-christof-lehmann-2742914/
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/zionist-entity-continues-attacks-on-hebron-area-elderly-woman-dies-after-zionist-occupation-forces-invaded-her-home/ https://sites.google.com/site/whisleblower/thehouseofrothschildsandisrael
( A REAL HORRORS GALLERY OF SOME DARK BARONS IN SYRIA
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/london-meeting-of-those-who-call-themselves-friends-of-syria-contribute-to-more-killing/
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/terrorist-attacks-on-aleppo-homs-kill-73/
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/bloody-photo-report-of-the-murders-of-iraqi-soldiers-and-civilians-by-the-hands-of-isils-gangsters/ )
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/syria-in-the-crosshairs-obama-confirms-airstrikes-will-not-be-limited-to-iraq/

Behind the Sound Bytes Lies the Hideous Truth

Wolfessblog -- Guillotine mediocrity in all its forms!

By Gerald A. PerreiraThe Organization of North Atlantic Tribes (NATO) brought together the enemies of the Libyan revolution under one umbrella to achieve their desired outcome. This concoction of insignificant non-entities and murderous gangs parading as ‘jihadists’ are now fighting each other over the spoils of war. They have been handed a resource rich nation state and are now one of the major supporters of the Islamist death squads throughout the region.

Truth be told, Barak Obama is a political dunce. Soon after Obama became the first Black president of the United States, Hugo Chavez presented him with a copy of Eduardo Galeano’s excellent work, Open Veins of Latin America. Obama should have read it.

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Hugo Chavez presenting Obama with a copy of Eduardo Galeano’s book, Open Veins of Latin America.

At that time, Hugo Chavez, Muammar Qaddafi and a number of other revolutionary and progressive leaders saw a…

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The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate

It’s time to accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon future

Former US Vice President Al Gore
Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for Free The Children
June 18, 2014 9:00 AM ET

In the struggle to solve the climate crisis, a powerful, largely unnoticed shift is taking place. The forward journey for human civilization will be difficult and dangerous, but it is now clear that we will ultimately prevail. The only question is how quickly we can accelerate and complete the transition to a low-carbon civilization. There will be many times in the decades ahead when we will have to take care to guard against despair, lest it become another form of denial, paralyzing action. It is true that we have waited too long to avoid some serious damage to the planetary ecosystem – some of it, unfortunately, irreversible. Yet the truly catastrophic damages that have the potential for ending civilization as we know it can still – almost certainly – be avoided. Moreover, the pace of the changes already set in motion can still be moderated significantly.

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Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math

There is surprising – even shocking – good news: Our ability to convert sunshine into usable energy has become much cheaper far more rapidly than anyone had predicted. The cost of electricity from photovoltaic, or PV, solar cells is now equal to or less than the cost of electricity from other sources powering electric grids in at least 79 countries. By 2020 – as the scale of deployments grows and the costs continue to decline – more than 80 percent of the world’s people will live in regions where solar will be competitive with electricity from other sources.

No matter what the large carbon polluters and their ideological allies say or do, in markets there is a huge difference between “more expensive than” and “cheaper than.” Not unlike the difference between 32 degrees and 33 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not just a difference of a degree, it’s the difference between a market that’s frozen up and one that’s liquid. As a result, all over the world, the executives of companies selling electricity generated from the burning of carbon-based fuels (primarily from coal) are openly discussing their growing fears of a “utility death spiral.”

Germany, Europe’s industrial powerhouse, where renewable subsidies have been especially high, now generates 37 percent of its daily electricity from wind and solar; and analysts predict that number will rise to 50 percent by 2020. (Indeed, one day this year, renewables created 74 percent of the nation’s electricity!)

Scorched Earth: How Climate Change Is Spreading Drought Throughout the Globe

What’s more, Germany’s two largest coal-burning utilities have lost 56 percent of their value over the past four years, and the losses have continued into the first half of 2014. And it’s not just Germany. Last year, the top 20 utilities throughout Europe reported losing half of their value since 2008. According to the Swiss bank UBS, nine out of 10 European coal and gas plants are now losing money.

In the United States, where up to 49 percent of the new generating capacity came from renewables in 2012, 166 coal-fired electricity-generating plants have either closed or have announced they are closing in the past four and a half years. An additional 183 proposed new coal plants have been canceled since 2005.

To be sure, some of these closings have been due to the substitution of gas for coal, but the transition under way in both the American and global energy markets is far more significant than one fossil fuel replacing another. We are witnessing the beginning of a massive shift to a new energy-distribution model – from the “central station” utility-grid model that goes back to the 1880s to a “widely distributed” model with rooftop solar cells, on-site and grid battery storage, and microgrids.

The principal trade group representing U.S. electric utilities, the Edison Electric Institute, has identified distributed generation as the “largest near-term threat to the utility model.” Last May, Barclays downgraded the entirety of the U.S. electric sector, warning that “a confluence of declining cost trends in distributed solar­ photovoltaic-power generation and residential­ scale power storage is likely to disrupt the status quo” and make utility investments less attractive.

See the 10 Dumbest Things Said About Global Warming

This year, Citigroup reported that the widespread belief that natural gas – the supply of which has ballooned in the U.S. with the fracking of shale gas – will continue to be the chosen alternative to coal is mistaken, because it too will fall victim to the continuing decline in the cost of solar and wind electricity. Significantly, the cost of battery storage, long considered a barrier to the new electricity system, has also been declining steadily – even before the introduction of disruptive new battery technologies that are now in advanced development. Along with the impressive gains of clean-energy programs in the past decade, there have been similar improvements in our ability to do more with less. Since 1980, the U.S. has reduced total energy intensity by 49 percent.

It is worth remembering this key fact about the supply of the basic “fuel”: Enough raw energy reaches the Earth from the sun in one hour to equal all of the energy used by the entire world in a full year.

In poorer countries, where most of the world’s people live and most of the growth in energy use is occurring, photovoltaic electricity is not so much displacing carbon-based energy as leapfrogging it altogether. In his first days in office, the government of the newly elected prime minister of India, Narendra Modi (who has authored an e-book on global warming), announced a stunning plan to rely principally upon photovoltaic energy in providing electricity to 400 million Indians who currently do not have it. One of Modi’s supporters, S.L. Rao, the former utility regulator of India, added that the industry he once oversaw “has reached a stage where either we change the whole system quickly, or it will collapse.”

Nor is India an outlier. Neighboring Bangladesh is installing nearly two new rooftop PV systems every minute — making it the most rapidly growing market for PVs in the world. In West and East Africa, solar-electric cells are beginning what is widely predicted to be a period of explosive growth.

At the turn of the 21st century, some scoffed at projections that the world would be installing one gigawatt of new solar electricity per year by 2010. That goal was exceeded 17 times over; last year it was exceeded 39 times over; and this year the world is on pace to exceed that benchmark as much as 55 times over. In May, China announced that by 2017, it would have the capacity to generate 70 gigawatts of photovoltaic electricity. The state with by far the biggest amount of wind energy is Texas, not historically known for its progressive energy policies.

The cost of wind energy is also plummeting, having dropped 43 percent in the United States since 2009 – making it now cheaper than coal for new generating capacity. Though the downward cost curve is not quite as steep as that for solar, the projections in 2000 for annual worldwide wind deployments by the end of that decade were exceeded seven times over, and are now more than 10 times that figure. In the United States alone, nearly one-third of all new electricity-generating capacity in the past five years has come from wind, and installed wind capacity in the U.S. has increased more than fivefold since 2006.

For consumers, this good news may soon get even better. While the cost of carbon ­based energy continues to increase, the cost of solar electricity has dropped by an average of 20 percent per year since 2010. Some energy economists, including those who produced an authoritative report this past spring for Bernstein Research, are now predicting energy-price deflation as soon as the next decade.

For those (including me) who are surprised at the speed with which this impending transition has been accelerating, there are precedents that help explain it. Remember the first mobile-telephone handsets? I do; as an inveterate “early adopter” of new technologies, I thought those first huge, clunky cellphones were fun to use and looked cool (they look silly now, of course). In 1980, a few years before I bought one of the early models, AT&T conducted a global market study and came to the conclusion that by the year 2000 there would be a market for 900,000 subscribers. They were not only wrong, they were way wrong: 109 million contracts were active in 2000. Barely a decade and a half later, there are 6.8 billion globally. 
These parallels have certainly caught the attention of the fossil-fuel industry and its investors: Eighteen months ago, the Edison Electric Institute described the floundering state of the once-proud landline-telephone companies as a grim predictor of what may soon be their fate.

The utilities are fighting back, of course, by using their wealth and the entrenched political power they have built up over the past century. In the United States, brothers Charles and David Koch, who run Koch Industries, the second-largest privately owned corporation in the U.S., have secretively donated at least $70 million to a number of opaque political organizations tasked with spreading disinformation about the climate crisis and intimidating political candidates who dare to support renewable energy or the pricing of carbon pollution.

A Call to Arms: An invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change

They regularly repeat shopworn complaints about the inadequate, intermittent and inconsistent subsidies that some governments have used in an effort to speed up the deployment of renewables, while ignoring the fact that global subsidies for carbon-based energy are 25 times larger than global subsidies for renewables.

One of the most effective of the groups financed by the Koch brothers and other carbon polluters is the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, which grooms conservative state legislators throughout the country to act as their agents in introducing legislation written by utilities and carbon-fuel lobbyists in a desperate effort to slow, if not stop, the transition to renewable energy.

The Kochs claim to act on principles of low taxation and minimal regulation, but in their attempts to choke the development of alternative energy, they have induced the recipients of their generous campaign contributions to contradict these supposedly bedrock values, pushing legislative and regulatory measures in 34 states to discourage solar, or encourage carbon energy, or both. The most controversial of their initiatives is focused on persuading state legislatures and public-utility commissions to tax homeowners who install a PV solar cell on their roofs, and to manipulate the byzantine utility laws and regulations to penalize renewable energy in a variety of novel schemes.

The chief battleground in this war between the energy systems of the past and future is our electrical grid. For more than a century, the grid – along with the regulatory and legal framework governing it – has been dominated by electric utilities and their centralized, fossil-fuel-powered­ electricity-generation plants. But the rise of distributed alternate energy sources allows consumers to participate in the production of electricity through a policy called net metering. In 43 states, homeowners who install solar PV to systems on their rooftops are permitted to sell electricity back into the grid when they generate more than they need.

These policies have been crucial to the growth of solar power. But net metering represents an existential threat to the future of electric utilities, the so-called utility death spiral: As more consumers install solar panels on their roofs, utilities will have to raise prices on their remaining customers to recover the lost revenues. Those higher rates will, in turn, drive more consumers to leave the utility system, and so on.

But here is more good news: The Koch brothers are losing rather badly. In Kansas, their home state, a poll by North Star Opinion Research reported that 91 percent of registered voters support solar and wind. Three-quarters supported stronger policy encouragement of renewable energy, even if such policies raised their electricity bills.

In Georgia, the Atlanta Tea Party joined forces with the Sierra Club to form a new organization called – wait for it – the Green Tea Coalition, which promptly defeated a Koch-funded scheme to tax rooftop solar panels.

 

Meanwhile, in Arizona, after the state’s largest utility, an ALEC member, asked the public-utility commission for a tax of up to $150 per month for solar households, the opposition was fierce and well-organized. A compromise was worked out – those households would be charged just $5 per month – but Barry Goldwater Jr., the leader of a newly formed organization called TUSK (Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed), is fighting a new attempt to discourage rooftop solar in Arizona. Characteristically, the Koch brothers and their allies have been using secretive and deceptive funding in Arizona to run television advertisements attacking “greedy” owners of rooftop solar panels – but their effort has thus far backfired, as local journalists have exposed the funding scam.

Even though the Koch-funded forces recently scored a partial (and almost certainly temporary) victory in Ohio, where the legislature voted to put a hold on the state’s renewable-portfolio standard and study the issue for two years, it’s clear that the attack on solar energy is too little, too late. Last year, the Edison Electric Institute warned the utility industry that it had waited too long to respond to the sharp cost declines and growing popularity of solar: “At the point when utility investors become focused on these new risks and start to witness significant customer- and earnings-erosion trends, they will respond to these challenges. But, by then, it may be too late to repair the utility business model.”

The most seductive argument deployed by the Koch brothers and their allies is that those who use rooftop solar electricity and benefit from the net-metering policies are “free riders” – that is, they are allegedly not paying their share of the maintenance costs for the infrastructure of the old utility model, including the grid itself. This deceptive message, especially when coupled with campaign contributions, has persuaded some legislators to support the proposed new taxes on solar panels.

But the argument ignores two important realities facing the electric utilities: First, most of the excess solar electricity is supplied by owners of solar cells during peak-load hours of the day, when the grid’s capacity is most stressed – thereby alleviating the pressure to add expensive new coal- or gas-fired generating capacity. But here’s the rub: What saves money for their customers cuts into the growth of their profits and depresses their stock prices. As is often the case, the real conflict is between the public interest and the special interest.

The second reality ignored by the Koch brothers is the one they least like to discuss, the one they spend so much money trying to obfuscate with their hired “merchants of doubt.” You want to talk about the uncompensated use of infrastructure? What about sewage infrastructure for 98 million tons per day of gaseous, heat-trapping waste that is daily released into our skies, threatening the future of human civilization? Is it acceptable to use the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet as an open sewer? Free of charge? Really?

This, after all, is the reason the climate crisis has become an existential threat to the future of human civilization. Last April, the average CO2 concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere exceeded 400 parts-per-million on a sustained basis for the first time in at least 800,000 years and probably for the first time in at least 4.5 million years (a period that was considerably warmer than at present).

According to a cautious analysis by the influential climate scientist James Hansen, the accumulated man-made global-warming pollution already built up in the Earth’s atmosphere now traps as much extra heat energy every day as would be released by the explosion of 400,000 Hiroshima-class nuclear bombs. It’s a big planet, but that’s a lot of energy.

And it is that heat energy that is giving the Earth a fever. Denialists hate the “fever” metaphor, but as the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) pointed out this year, “Just as a 1.4­degree-fever change would be seen as significant in a child’s body, a similar change in our Earth’s temperature is also a concern for human society.”

Thirteen of the 14 hottest years ever measured with instruments have occurred in this century. This is the 37th year in a row that has been hotter than the 20th-century average. April was the 350th month in a row hotter than the average in the preceding century. The past decade was by far the warmest decade ever measured.

Many scientists expect the coming year could break all of these records by a fair margin because of the extra boost from the anticipated El Niño now gathering in the waters of the eastern Pacific. (The effects of periodic El Niño events are likely to become stronger because of global warming, and this one is projected by many scientists to be stronger than average, perhaps on the scale of the epic El Niño of 1997 to 1998.)

The fast-growing number of extreme-weather events, connected to the climate crisis, has already had a powerful impact on public attitudes toward global warming. A clear majority of Americans now acknowledge that man-made pollution is responsible. As the storms, floods, mudslides, droughts, fires and other catastrophes become ever more destructive, the arcane discussions over how much of their extra-destructive force should be attributed to global warming have become largely irrelevant. The public at large feels it viscerally now. As Bob Dylan sang, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

Besides, there is a simple difference between linear cause and effect and systemic cause and effect. As one of the world’s most-respected atmospheric scientists, Kevin Trenberth, has said, “The environment in which all storms form has changed owing to human activities.”

For example, when Supertyphoon Haiyan crossed the Pacific toward the Philippines last fall, the storm gained strength across seas that were 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than they used to be because of greenhouse­gas pollution. As a result, Haiyan went from being merely strong to being the most powerful and destructive ocean-based storm on record to make landfall. Four million people were displaced (more than twice as many as by the Indian Ocean tsunami of 10 years ago), and there are still more than 2 million Haiyan refugees desperately trying to rebuild their lives.

When Superstorm Sandy traversed the areas of the Atlantic Ocean windward of New York and New Jersey in 2012, the water temperature was nine degrees Fahrenheit warmer than normal. The extra convection energy in those waters fed the storm and made the winds stronger than they would otherwise have been. Moreover, the sea level was higher than it used to be, elevated by the melting of ice in the frozen regions of the Earth and the expanded volume of warmer ocean waters.

Five years earlier, denialists accused me of demagogic exaggeration in an animated scene in my documentary An Inconvenient Truth that showed the waters of the Atlantic Ocean flooding into the 9/11 Ground Zero Memorial site. But in Sandy’s wake, the Atlantic did in fact flood Ground Zero – many years before scientists had expected that to occur.

Similarly, the inundation of Miami Beach by rising sea levels has now begun, and freshwater aquifers in low-lying areas from South Florida to the Nile Delta to Bangladesh to Indochina are being invaded by saltwater pushed upward by rising oceans. And of course, many low-lying islands – not least in the Bay of Bengal – are in danger of disappearing altogether. Where will the climate refugees go? Similarly, the continued melting of mountain glaciers and snowpacks is, according to the best scientists, already “affecting water supplies for as many as a billion people around the world.”

Just as the extreme-weather events we are now experiencing are exactly the kind that were predicted by scientists decades ago, the scientific community is now projecting far worse extreme-weather events in the years to come. Eighty percent of the warming in the past 150 years (since the burning of carbon-based fuels gained momentum) has occurred in the past few decades. And it is worth noting that the previous scientific projections consistently low-balled the extent of the global­ warming consequences that later took place – for a variety of reasons rooted in the culture of science that favor conservative estimates of future effects.

In an effort to avoid these cultural biases, the AAAS noted this year that not only are the impacts of the climate crisis “very likely to become worse over the next 10 to 20 years and beyond,” but “there is a possibility that temperatures will rise much higher and impacts will be much worse than expected. Moreover, as global temperature rises, the risk increases that one or more important parts of the Earth’s climate system will experience changes that may be abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible, causing large damages and high costs.”

Just weeks after that report, there was shock and, for some, a temptation to despair when the startling news was released in May by scientists at both NASA and the University of Washington that the long-feared “collapse” of a portion of the West Antarctic ice sheet is not only under way but is also now “irreversible.” Even as some labored to understand what the word “collapse” implied about the suddenness with which this catastrophe will ultimately unfold, it was the word “irreversible” that had a deeper impact on the collective psyche.

Just as scientists 200 years ago could not comprehend the idea that species had once lived on Earth and had subsequently become extinct, and just as some people still find it hard to accept the fact that human beings have become a sufficiently powerful force of nature to reshape the ecological system of our planet, many – including some who had long since accepted the truth about global warming – had difficulty coming to grips with the stark new reality that one of the long-feared “tipping points” had been crossed. And that, as a result, no matter what we do, sea levels will rise by at least an additional three feet.

The uncertainty about how long the process will take (some of the best ice scientists warn that a rise of 10 feet in this century cannot be ruled out) did not change the irreversibility of the forces that we have set in motion. But as Eric Rignot, the lead author of the NASA study, pointed out in The Guardian, it’s still imperative that we take action: “Controlling climate warming may ultimately make a difference not only about how fast West Antarctic ice will melt to sea, but also whether other parts of Antarctica will take their turn.”

The news about the irreversible collapse in West Antarctica caused some to almost forget that only two months earlier, a similar startling announcement had been made about the Greenland ice sheet. Scientists found that the northeastern part of Greenland – long thought to be resistant to melting – has in fact been losing more than 10 billion tons of ice per year for the past decade, making 100 percent of Greenland unstable and likely, as with West Antarctica, to contribute to significantly more sea-level rise than scientists had previously thought.

The heating of the oceans not only melts the ice and makes hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons more intense, it also evaporates around 2 trillion gallons of additional water vapor into the skies above the U.S. The warmer air holds more of this water vapor and carries it over the landmasses, where it is funneled into land-based storms that are releasing record downpours all over the world.

For example, an “April shower” came to Pensacola, Florida, this spring, but it was a freak – another rainstorm on steroids: two feet of rain in 26 hours. It broke all the records in the region, but as usual, virtually no media outlets made the connection to global warming. Similar “once in a thousand years” storms have been occurring regularly in recent years all over the world, including in my hometown of Nashville in May 2010.

All-time record flooding swamped large portions of England this winter, submerging thousands of homes for more than six weeks. Massive downpours hit Serbia and Bosnia this spring, causing flooding of “biblical proportions” (a phrase now used so frequently in the Western world that it has become almost a cliché) and thousands of landslides. Torrential rains in Afghanistan in April triggered mudslides that killed thousands of people – almost as many, according to relief organizations, as all of the Afghans killed in the war there the previous year.

In March, persistent rains triggered an unusually large mudslide in Oso, Washington, killing more than 40 people. There are literally hundreds of other examples of extreme rainfall occurring in recent years in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

In the planet’s drier regions, the same extra heat trapped in the atmosphere by man-made global-warming pollution has also been driving faster evaporation of soil moisture and causing record-breaking droughts. As of this writing, 100 percent of California is in “severe,” “extreme” or “exceptional” drought. Record fires are ravaging the desiccated landscape.

Experts now project that an increase of one degree Celsius over pre-industrial temperatures will lead to as much as a 600-­percent increase in the median area burned by forest fires in some areas of the American West – including large portions of Colorado. The National Research Council has reported that fire season is two and a half months longer than it was 30 years ago, and in California, firefighters are saying that the season is now effectively year-round.

Drought has been intensifying in many other dry regions around the world this year: Brazil, Indonesia, central and northwest Africa and Madagascar, central and western Europe, the Middle East up to the Caspian Sea and north of the Black Sea, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, Western Australia and New Zealand.

 

Syria is one of the countries that has been in the bull’s-eye of climate change. From 2006 to 2010, a historic drought destroyed 60 percent of the country’s farms and 80 percent of its livestock – driving a million refugees from rural agricultural areas into cities already crowded with the million refugees who had taken shelter there from the Iraq War. As early as 2008, U.S. State Department cables quoted Syrian government officials warning that the social and economic impacts of the drought are “beyond our capacity as a country to deal with.” Though the hellish and ongoing civil war in Syria has multiple causes – including the perfidy of the Assad government and the brutality on all sides – their climate-related drought may have been the biggest underlying trigger for the horror.

The U.S. military has taken notice of the strategic dangers inherent in the climate crisis. Last March, a Pentagon advisory committee described the climate crisis as a “catalyst for conflict” that may well cause failures of governance and societal collapse. “In the past, the thinking was that climate change multiplied the significance of a situation,” said retired Air Force Gen. Charles F. Wald. “Now we’re saying it’s going to be a direct cause of instability.”

Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright told the press, “For DOD, this is a mission reality, not a political debate. The scientific forecast is for more Arctic ice melt, more sea-level rise, more intense storms, more flooding from storm surge and more drought.” And in yet another forecast difficult for congressional climate denialists to rebut, climate experts advising the military have also warned that the world’s largest naval base, in Norfolk, Virginia, is likely to be inundated by rising sea levels in the future.

And how did the Republican-dominated House of Representatives respond to these grim warnings? By passing legislation seeking to prohibit the Department of Defense from taking any action to prepare for the effects of climate disruption.

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There are so many knock-on consequences of the climate crisis that listing them can be depressing – diseases spreading, crop yields declining, more heat waves affecting vulnerable and elderly populations, the disappearance of summer-ice cover in the Arctic Ocean, the potential extinction of up to half of all the living species, and so much more. And that in itself is a growing problem too, because when you add it all up, it’s no wonder that many feel a new inclination to despair.

So, clearly, we will just have to gird ourselves for the difficult challenges ahead. There is indeed, literally, light at the end of the tunnel, but there is a tunnel, and we are well into it.

In November 1936, Winston Churchill stood before the United Kingdom’s House of Commons and placed a period at the end of the misguided debate over the nature of the “gathering storm” on the other side of the English Channel: “Owing to past neglect, in the face of the plainest warnings, we have entered upon a period of danger. . . . The era of procrastination, of half measures, of soothing and baffling expedience of delays is coming to its close. In its place, we are entering a period of consequences. . . . We cannot avoid this period; we are in it now.”

Our civilization is confronting this existential challenge at a moment in our historical development when our dominant global ideology – democratic capitalism – has been failing us in important respects.

Democracy is accepted in theory by more people than ever before as the best form of political organization, but it has been “hacked” by large corporations (defined as “persons” by the Supreme Court) and special interests corrupting the political system with obscene amounts of money (defined as “speech” by the same court).

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Capitalism, for its part, is accepted by more people than ever before as a superior form of economic organization, but is – in its current form – failing to measure and include the categories of “value” that are most relevant to the solutions we need in order to respond to this threatening crisis (clean air and water, safe food, a benign climate balance, public goods like education and a greener infrastructure, etc.)

Pressure for meaningful reform in democratic capitalism is beginning to build powerfully. The progressive introduction of Internet-based communication – social media, blogs, digital journalism – is laying the foundation for the renewal of individual participation in democracy, and the re-elevation of reason over wealth and power as the basis for collective decision­ making.

And the growing levels of inequality worldwide, combined with growing structural unemployment and more frequent market disruptions (like the Great Recession), are building support for reforms in capitalism.

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Both waves of reform are still at an early stage, but once again, Churchill’s words inspire: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” And that is why it is all the more important to fully appreciate the incredible opportunity for salvation that is now within our grasp. As the satirical newspaper The Onion recently noted in one of its trademark headlines: “Scientists Politely Remind World That Clean Energy Technology Ready to Go Whenever.”

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We have the policy tools that can dramatically accelerate the transition to clean energy that market forces will eventually produce at a slower pace. The most important has long since been identified: We have to put a price on carbon in our markets, and we need to eliminate the massive subsidies that fuel the profligate emissions of global-warming pollution.

We need to establish “green banks” that provide access to capital investment necessary to develop renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and forestry, an electrified transportation fleet, the retrofitting of buildings to reduce wasteful energy consumption, and the full integration of sustainability in the design and architecture of cities and towns. While the burning of fossil fuels is the largest cause of the climate crisis, deforestation and “factory farming” also play an important role. Financial and technological approaches to addressing these challenges are emerging, but we must continue to make progress in converting to sustainable forestry and agriculture.

In order to accomplish these policy shifts, we must not only put a price on carbon in markets, but also find a way to put a price on climate denial in our politics. We already know the reforms that are needed – and the political will to enact them is a renewable resource. Yet the necessary renewal can only come from an awakened citizenry empowered by a sense of urgency and emboldened with the courage to reject despair and become active. Most importantly, now is the time to support candidates who accept the reality of the climate crisis and are genuinely working hard to solve it – and to bluntly tell candidates who are not on board how much this issue matters to you. If you are willing to summon the resolve to communicate that blunt message forcefully – with dignity and absolute sincerity – you will be amazed at the political power an individual can still wield in America’s diminished democracy.

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Something else is also new this summer. Three years ago, in these pages, I criticized the seeming diffidence of President Obama toward the great task of solving the climate crisis; this summer, it is abundantly evident that he has taken hold of the challenge with determination and seriousness of purpose.

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He has empowered his Environmental Protection Agency to enforce limits on CO2 emissions for both new and, as of this June, existing sources of CO2. He has enforced bold new standards for the fuel economy of the U.S. transportation fleet. He has signaled that he is likely to reject the absurdly reckless Keystone XL-pipeline proposal for the transport of oil from carbon­intensive tar sands to be taken to market through the United States on its way to China, thus effectively limiting their exploitation. And he is even now preparing to impose new limits on the release of methane pollution.

All of these welcome steps forward have to be seen, of course, in the context of Obama’s continued advocacy of a so-called all-of-the-above energy policy – which is the prevailing code for aggressively pushing more drilling and fracking for oil and gas. And to put the good news in perspective, it is important to remember that U.S. emissions – after declining for five years during the slow recovery from the Great Recession – actually increased by 2.4 percent in 2013.

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Nevertheless, the president is clearly changing his overall policy emphasis to make CO2 reductions a much higher priority now and has made a series of inspiring speeches about the challenges posed by climate change and the exciting opportunities available as we solve it. As a result, Obama will go to the United Nations this fall and to Paris at the end of 2015 with the credibility and moral authority that he lacked during the disastrous meeting in Copenhagen four and a half years ago.

The international treaty process has been so fraught with seemingly intractable disagreements that some parties have all but given up on the possibility of ever reaching a meaningful treaty.

Ultimately, there must be one if we are to succeed. And there are signs that a way forward may be opening up. In May, I attended a preparatory session in Abu Dhabi, UAE, organized by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to bolster commitments from governments, businesses and nongovernmental organizations ahead of this September’s U.N. Climate Summit. The two-day meeting was different from many of the others I have attended. There were welcome changes in rhetoric, and it was clear that the reality of the climate crisis is now weighing on almost every nation. Moreover, there were encouraging reports from around the world that many of the policy changes necessary to solve the crisis are being adopted piecemeal by a growing number of regional, state and city governments.

For these and other reasons, I believe there is a realistic hope that momentum toward a global agreement will continue to build in September and carry through to the Paris negotiations in late 2015.

The American poet Wallace Stevens once wrote, “After the final ‘no’ there comes a ‘yes’/And on that ‘yes’ the future world depends.” There were many no’s before the emergence of a global consensus to abolish chattel slavery, before the consensus that women must have the right to vote, before the fever of the nuclear­arms race was broken, before the quickening global recognition of gay and lesbian equality, and indeed before every forward advance toward social progress. Though a great many obstacles remain in the path of this essential agreement, I am among the growing number of people who are allowing themselves to become more optimistic than ever that a bold and comprehensive pact may well emerge from the Paris negotiations late next year, which many regard as the last chance to avoid civilizational catastrophe while there is still time.

It will be essential for the United States and other major historical emitters to commit to strong action. The U.S. is, finally, now beginning to shift its stance. And the European Union has announced its commitment to achieve a 40-percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030. Some individual European nations are acting even more aggressively, including Finland’s pledge to reduce emissions 80 percent by 2050.

It will also be crucial for the larger developing and emerging nations – particularly China and India – to play a strong leadership role. Fortunately, there are encouraging signs. China’s new president, Xi Jinping, has launched a pilot cap-and-trade system in two cities and five provinces as a model for a nationwide cap-and-trade program in the next few years. He has banned all new coal burning in several cities and required the reporting of CO2 emissions by all major industrial sources. China and the U.S. have jointly reached an important agreement to limit another potent source of global-warming pollution – the chemical compounds known as hydro-fluorocarbons, or HFCs. And the new prime minister of India, as noted earlier, has launched the world’s most ambitious plan to accelerate the transition to solar electricity.

Underlying this new breaking of logjams in international politics, there are momentous changes in the marketplace that are exercising enormous influence on the perceptions by political leaders of the new possibilities for historic breakthroughs. More and more, investors are diversifying their portfolios to include significant investments in renewables. In June, Warren Buffett announced he was ready to double Berkshire Hathaway’s existing $15 billion investment in wind and solar energy.

A growing number of large investors – including pension funds, university endowments (Stanford announced its decision in May), family offices and others – have announced decisions to divest themselves from carbon ­intensive assets. Activist and “impact” investors are pushing for divestment from carbon ­rich assets and new investments in renewable and sustainable assets.

Several large banks and asset managers around the world (full disclosure: Generation Investment Management, which I co-founded with David Blood and for which I serve as chairman, is in this group) have advised their clients of the danger that carbon assets will become “stranded.” A “stranded asset” is one whose price is vulnerable to a sudden decline when markets belatedly recognize the truth about their underlying value – just as the infamous “subprime mortgages” suddenly lost their value in 2007 to 2008 once investors came to grips with the fact that the borrowers had absolutely no ability to pay off their mortgages.

 

Shareholder activists and public campaigners have pressed carbon-dependent corporations to deal with these growing concerns. But the biggest ones are still behaving as if they are in denial. In May 2013, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson responded to those pointing out the need to stop using the Earth’s atmosphere as a sewer by asking, “What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?”

I don’t even know where to start in responding to that statement, but here is a clue: Pope Francis said in May, “If we destroy creation, creation will destroy us. Never forget this.”

Exxonmobil, Shell and many other holders of carbon-intensive assets have argued, in essence, that they simply do not believe that elected national leaders around the world will ever reach an agreement to put a price on carbon pollution.

But a prospective global treaty (however likely or unlikely you think that might be) is only one of several routes to overturning the fossil-fuel economy. Rapid technological advances in renewable energy are stranding carbon investments; grassroots movements are building opposition to the holding of such assets; and new legal restrictions on collateral flows of pollution – like particulate air pollution in China and mercury pollution in the U.S. – are further reducing the value of coal, tar sands, and oil and gas assets.

In its series of reports to energy investors this spring, Citigroup questioned the feasibility of new coal plants not only in Europe and North America, but in China as well. Although there is clearly a political struggle under way in China between regional governments closely linked to carbon-­energy generators, suppliers and users and the central government in Beijing – which is under growing pressure from citizens angry about pollution – the nation’s new leadership appears to be determined to engineer a transition toward renewable energy. Only time will tell how successful they will be.

 

The stock exchanges in Johannesburg and São Paulo have decided to require the full integration of sustainability from all listed companies. Standard & Poor’s announced this spring that some nations vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis may soon have their bonds downgraded because of the enhanced risk to holders of those assets.

A growing number of businesses around the world are implementing sustainability plans, as more and more consumers demand a more responsible approach from businesses they patronize. Significantly, many have been pleasantly surprised to find that adopting efficient, low-carbon approaches can lead to major cost savings.

And all the while, the surprising and relentless ongoing decline in the cost of renewable energy and efficiency improvements are driving the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Is there enough time? Yes. Damage has been done, and the period of consequences will continue for some time to come, but there is still time to avoid the catastrophes that most threaten our future. Each of the trends described above – in technology, business, economics and politics – represents a break from the past. Taken together, they add up to genuine and realistic hope that we are finally putting ourselves on a path to solve the climate crisis.

How long will it take? When Martin Luther King Jr. was asked that question during some of the bleakest hours of the U.S. civil rights revolution, he responded, “How long? Not long. Because no lie can live forever. . . . How long? Not long. Because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

And so it is today: How long? Not long.

This story is from the July 3rd-17th, 2014 issue of Rolling Stone.

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Is TPP the post-democracy blue-print for the EU-US Free Trade Agreement?  The implications are outlined.

Before Christmas, I was alarmed to hear Nick Clegg and then David Cameron ‘rather too casually’ mention their support for an EU-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA).  It now seems that such negotiations have in fact, been going on in secret for over a year.. and secrecy is the name of the game.  The posted video clip below, discusses the nature of the massive Trans Pacific Pact or Free Trade Agreement (TPP) which Obama has been pushing for, throughout his first administration (1) There is every reason to believe that these alarming negotiations will be the blue-print for an EU-US FTA, and therefore, could act as a pre-warning for the UK/EU populace.

Since the 10-year-old Doha round of global trade talks deadlocked, the EU and the United States have been trying to sign as many…

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Anti-public intellectuals and the tyranny of manufactured forgetting

Philosophers for Change

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by Henry A. Giroux

For in the world in which we live it is no longer merely a question of the decay of collective memory and declining consciousness of the past, but of the aggressive [assault on] whatever memory remains, the deliberate distortion of the historical record, the invention of mythological pasts in the service of the powers of darkness. — Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi[1]

All reification is forgetting. — Herbert Marcuse[2]

The current mainstream debate regarding the crisis in Iraq and Syria offers a near perfect example of both the death of historical memory and the collapse of critical thinking in the United States. It also signifies the emergence of a profoundly anti-democratic culture of manufactured ignorance and social indifference. Surely, historical memory is under assault when the dominant media give airtime to the incessant war mongering of politicians such as Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham and retro pundits…

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