The Pentagon has released three videos of encounters between Navy pilots and unidentified flying objects.
“The videos — two were taken in January 2015, while the third dates back to November 2004 — were released “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos,” Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough said.”
All the videos have been circulating online and have been the subject of the always fun UFO sighting crowd for years. Some of the pilots have even become famous.
But of course we are talking the military so they aren’t just releasing these videos to tamp down the flames of the UFO crowd. In 2007 congress approved The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program which operated from 2007 to 2012. It was supposedly ended but who knows if it really was. Ex-Senator Harry Reid (who is rumored to be an alien but in reality is just a money grabbing politician) was one of the senators that pushed the establishment of the AATIP.
“I’m not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going,” Reid told the New York Times in 2017. “I think it’s one of the good things I did in my congressional service. “ It could be argued it was the only “good” thing he did during his many years in congress.
The former military intelligence officer that headed the program has since formed a company with other pentagon officials from the AATIP program that has received contracts from DoD and is pushing for more spending on the program.
“Elizondo (Luis Elizondo), meanwhile, recently appeared in a six-part documentary series titled “Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation™” — the trademark symbol is part of the title — alongside other former Pentagon officials and Blink-182 co-founder Tom DeLonge, who established a research company called To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences as a means to prove the existence of alien life.
DeLonge’s team at TTSA is spearheaded by a number of noteworthy officials who have spent significant time occupying high-ranking DoD positions.
Dr. Hal Puthoff, a NASA quantum physicist and DoD adviser, Jim Semivan, a former senior intelligence member of the CIA, and Chris Mellon, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence in both the Clinton and Bush administrations who was instrumental in creating Special Operations Command, all occupy leadership positions within TTSA.
And now, much like the universe, the military’s affiliation with alien-related subject matter appears to be ever-expanding, as the Army inked a contract with DeLonge’s TTSA last October to collaborate in the study of “exotic” metals that both parties hope will lead to the development of advanced technologies.”
Seems the DoD and private companies with ex-military involved are stoking the UFO story to cash in on the Space Force money the Trump administration is spreading around.
Their is growing divide in America between the professional class represented by the people that work in government, at universities and in the corporate boardroom; and the American working class. The professional American class is becoming increasingly narrow minded and authoritarian. They call for extended lock downs, forced testing of the entire U.S. population, tracing people through new technology and they seem to care less about the lives of small business/working people that they are destroying. Question their wisdom and righteousness and they shut you down – how dare you question us!
“Non-elite Americans are not expected to exercise any liberty here: to question authority or offer their own thoughts (thought crimes as far as Facebook is concerned); to assemble to petition their masters; to freely exercise their religion. Though the elite may say such rights are universal, for the sake of slapping a moral veneer on war, when these rights are put to the test under stressful conditions at home, Americans are supposed to surrender them without debate. If you really believe that Americans are or ought to be so obedient, you can’t also believe that freedom is a universal human desire. Not unless ‘freedom’ only means ‘doing exactly what people like me want you to do.’”
New York Times Magazine has published a expose of Afghanistan as it struggles with war and Covid-19. Writer Mujib Mashal and photographer Kiana Hayeri have documented the effect of Covid-19 on Afghanistan and how the country has no infrastructure to deal with the thousands of refugees returning from Iran. Mujib Mashal writes at The New York Time At War blog:
This is where I was earlier this month with the photographer Kiana Hayeri for a look at how a country mired in decades of conflict, and strangled by political instability and poverty, is handling the spread of a virus that has brought even the most developed nations to their knees. What we found, and which is documented in this Sunday’s cover story for The New York Times Magazine, was a fragile and broken system, complacent and dependent on the United States and its allies to bail it out in every moment of crisis, buckling under pressure, totally overwhelmed. Herat was facing the same issues as many countries: a lack of basic protective gear for health workers, a crumbling economy after many businesses shut down and the risk of food supplies running out. But all that paled in comparison to the main reality sucking up resources and casting a shadow on every effort: the raging war with the Taliban.
And it’s not just in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan isn’t the only country in conflict made vulnerable by conditions that preceded the pandemic. In northwestern Syria, where a million people have sought refuge from the country’s nine-year civil war, limited access to clean water for hand-washing means the virus has most likely swept through many displacement camps. Supplies are slow to arrive, and doctors estimate that more than 100,000 people could die. In Iraq, which borders Iran to the west, the government-imposed lockdown has ravaged the fragile economy — already depleted by plummeting oil prices and the country’s three-year battle against the Islamic State. In many ways, the Afghan experience is a microcosm of the virus’s reach into the most precarious parts of the developing world, where climate change, food shortages, violence and territorial disputes have created circumstances dangerously ideal for the rapid and uncontrollable spread of a disease. And in what could perhaps be an unprecedented moment in modern history, there may be no superpower left untouched that can afford to offer help.
I would also include Venezuela, Iran and Yemen in the list. Whatever you may think of Covid-19, it has exposed the inhumanity of U.S. wars and the U.S.A. sanction regime that actively prevents any aid to the countries on our “enemy list”. To treat people in poor countries in this manner – to stop needed aid in a time of world-wide health crisis is immoral and exposes a sick government and society that deserves condemnation.
Perpetual war monger Liz Cheney has vowed to defeat Congressman Thomas Massie from Kentucky by actively donating to his challenger Tod McMurtry. But, Massie has been publishing tweets from McMurtry which show support for Alt-right viewpoints on race which have embarrassed Cheney and forced her to withdraw support for McMurtry..
Cheney and other GOP supporters including the Republican Jewish Coalition have pulled support for McMurtry and requested refunds for their donations.
On Saturday, Ms. Cheney said that she asked Mr. McMurtry’s campaign to return her contribution.
“We as Republicans must not condone racism in any form,” Ms. Cheney wrote on Twitter. “Last night I was alerted to tweets by a candidate to whom my political action committee made a contribution. After reviewing the tweets, I asked that the contribution be returned.”
Mr. Turner and the Republican Jewish Coalition also said in statements on Saturday that they had requested for the campaign to return their donations. The Republican Jewish Coalition also rescinded the endorsement of Mr. McMurtry it made hours after Mr. Massie tried to force a vote on the coronavirus relief package.
Mr. Massie has long clashed with hawkish Republicans like Ms. Cheney, and he alluded to his disdain for their worldview on Twitter after her donation to Mr. McMurtry and that of Mr. Turner’s became public, writing: “I guess #neocons really do hate coming to work, while expecting nurses and truckers and soldiers to keep doing their jobs. Who knew?”
Congressman Matt Gaetz called out her hypocrisy: As far as I am concerned, the entire Cheney clan of war profiteers should be in jail.
Doctor Armen Henderson was handcuffed by Miami police as he was loading health care supplies for the homeless into his van in front of his house. His crime – disrespect.
“Dr. Armen Henderson, an internal medicine physician at the University of Miami Health System, said his biggest concern about the up-close encounter was that the Miami-Dade police sergeant was not wearing a protective mask when Henderson says the sergeant got “all up in my face,” Henderson told ABC News on Sunday.
The incident occurred on Friday, just three days after Miami-Dade Police Chief Jorge Colina announced that at least six of his officers had tested positive for the coronavirus and another 125 had been quarantined pending test results. In a video statement, Colina pleaded with the public to help protect his officers, saying, “Please, stay inside, adhere to social distancing, wear a mask or a cloth face covering and be responsible. We’re here for you. Please do your part for us.”
The good Doctor made the mistake of not showing the proper respect towards officer friendly.
We’ve been out there once or twice a week for the last four weeks, handing out tents, toiletries, masks, socks. We’ve been testing individuals for COVID-19 because it’s the most vulnerable population. If you want to control the spread you have to go right to the source and take care of these individuals first,” Henderson said of his work on the streets.”
He said that when he began to walk away from the sergeant, the encounter quickly escalated.
“I’m like, ‘OK, thank you officer.’ And then I turned around to get back to what I was doing,” Henderson said. ”I guess he must have thought that I had disrespected him or something like that. He jumped out of the car and started yelling, ‘You call me sergeant when I’m talking to you, and blah, blah, blah. And, you know what, give me your I.D.”’
As Robert Higgs says:
“What makes anyone think that government officials are even trying to protect us? A government is not analogous to a hired security guard. Governments do not come into existence as social service organizations or as private firms seeking to please consumers in a competitive market. Instead, they are born in conquest and nourished by plunder. They are, in short, well-armed gangs intent on organized crime. Yes, rulers have sometimes come to recognize the prudence of protecting the herd they are milking and even of improving its ‘infrastructure’ until the day they decide to slaughter the young bulls, but the idea that government officials seek to promote my interests or yours is little more than propaganda—unless, of course, you happen to belong to the class of privileged tax eaters who give significant support to the government and therefore receive in return a share of the loot.”
I don’t have much sympathy for them given all the death and disease they have caused in Yemen.
The infections are supposedly a key element in the Saudi decision to announce a ceasefire in Yemen, where Riyadh has been battling Iran-backed Houthi rebels on behalf of the country’s deposed president since 2015.
According to The New York Times, as many as 150 Saudi royals are believed to have contracted the virus, including members of the lesser branches of the extensive family. The Times cited a person close to the family as giving the information. Newsweek has contacted the Saudi government and its embassy in Washington, D.C. for comment.
Saudi Arabia reported its first coronavirus case six weeks ago. There have now been 2,932 confirmed cases in the kingdom, with 41 deaths and 631 recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Among them—according to the Times—is the senior prince and Riyadh governor Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The prince, a nephew of King Salman, is in intensive care, according to doctors at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital—an elite institution where royals are cared for—who spoke to the Times.
An internal memo sent around the hospital has said that up to 500 beds have been prepared for royals and those close to them as the pandemic takes hold. King Salman, 84, is self-isolating at an island palace near the city of Jeddah on the country’s Red Sea coast.
The coronavirus has turned life upside down in the blink of an eye. Just a month ago, new claims were in the low 200,000s and sat near a half-century low.
Already, the ranks of the unemployed appear to have exceeded the prior record of 15.3 million during the 2007-2009 Great Recession.
What’s more, the number of Americans collecting benefits has quickly topped the prior all-time high of 6.6 million. Some 7.5 million people were receiving benefits at the end of March, according to delayed government data on continuing claims. They are reported with a one-week lag.
The big picture: The unprecedented surge in jobless claims has already pushed unemployment above 10%, economists say, more than double the officially reported 4.4% rate in March.
The current pace of job losses suggest the unemployment rate will soon move past 15% and perhaps even exceed 20%, coming close to levels last seen in the 1930s.
Now they are increasing spending, but what happens when tax revenues fall off the cliff because people aren’t working? A debt jubilee, inflate the debt away, debt restructuring, or deficits don’t matter MMT – what will they do?
The latest surge in government debt sales comes after levels had already risen in 2019 when global debt across all sectors bulged by over $10 trillion to exceed $255 trillion.
Governments and central banks around the world have unleashed unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus and other support for economies floored by the coronavirus pandemic with the G20 pledging in March 26 it would inject more than $5 trillion into the global economy to limit job and income losses.
By the end of 2019, global debt stood at 322% of GDP – 40 percentage points higher than at the onset of the 2008 financial crisis, the IIF said.
Netanyahu and Gantz have agreed on a plan to annex the West Bank. All that’s left is to negotiate the details and pass the plan in the Knesset.
“Once approved by the cabinet, a proposal to apply Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank would also require approval by the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and then the full Knesset.”
Right-wing settler parties have expressed concern that language in the proposal requires American approval first:
“Gantz and Netanyahu, until recently political rivals who faced off in Israel’s March 2 election, agreed that Netanyahu would be able to bring a proposal for annexing parts of the West Bank to a cabinet vote this summer, but only if the United States backs the move and if it is done in coordination with other international players.”
“Yamina also alleged that the wording in the proposed coalition agreement on applying sovereignty to parts of the West Bank is “vague” and “doesn’t say anything, and even worse, it postpones sovereignty until too close to the U.S. elections, which casts a heavy shadow over the possibility of getting American consent for the move.”
I doubt Netanyahu is too concerned about the Trump administration. Trump needs his base of Evangelical Christians and the AIPAC crowd to turn out in big numbers for the election; he is not going to stand in the way of this. Israel will annex the West Bank and the Palestinians living in the west Bank will not be given Israeli citizenship. They will be treated as a conquered people – subjugated to the nation of Israel with no voice.
“the annexation plans will perpetuate Israel’s control over large parts of the West Bank, effectively subjecting the Palestinian residents living next to the annexed areas to its authority on a day-to-day and permanent basis. These residents will be dependent on Israel regarding their movement and in connection to their basic rights to health, work, family life and more. Involuntarily subjecting a large local population to the power and authority of a foreign state—without providing that population with the right to naturalize and to partake in the design of government policies that affect daily life—raises significant questions of democratic legitimacy.”
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