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04 April 2016

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turcopolier

sillybill

I feel bad for people who do not live where the blooming red bud peeks from the edges of the forest in early spring.pl

turcopolier

IZ

The use of dummy shell companies is pretty nearly universal for governments for reason of statecraft and for "high net worth" individuals to hide their money from public view. Sometimes they do that because they do not want the folks back home to know how rich they are. Sometimes they do it to avoid taxation. Syria took to hiding money abroad when the US/UK Borgists made it impossible for the SAG to openly buy aviation fuel and other needed materiel. When I actively did individual consulting, banks and forensic accounting companies frequently asked me to do Due Diligence to identify who potential clients, depositors and the like really were. I know a lot of people including a lot of retired policemen and spooks. I subbed a lot of this out to a long list of people whom I knew and we often could get pretty close to actual identities even though that is often buried under several layers of shell companies in different countries. This business eventually dried up for me. I suspect that was because we all too often learned the truth or came close to it. In Putin's case I have no idea what the activities of his friends and relatives amount to and how they may or may not connect to him and I will not enquire. The SVR, FSB,etc. have nothing to worry about concerning me. BTW, there are about 800 law firms doing such incorporations across the world. pl

cynic

The most objective discussion of the Protocols that I know of is that by Peter Myers on his site Neither Aryan nor Jew.
http://mailstar.net/toolkit.html

Anyone who doesn't like it should take it up with him, not me.

About Icke and his reptilians, maybe it's a defence against being sued for libel (under laws stricter in the UK than in the USA),by very rich people, who would now be laughed at by their peers if they appeared to take him that seriously.

Conspiracy to one degree or another is inherent in human affairs. Those who want you to ignore anything they sneeringly label a conspiracy theory, may have an unworthy motive in doing so. Adam Smith famously remarked that no meeting of tradesmen can end without a conspiracy being hatched against the public. FDR told his protegee LBJ that nothing in politics happens unless somebody wanted it to happen. Official investigations may be intended not to reveal the truth. Kennedy's assassination is still controversial. Only on 9/11 did skyscrapers fall into their own footprints at free-fall speed vaporizing as they fell, allegedly from the sort of impacts they were designed to withstand and after brief exposure to the sort of heat which leaves other tall buildings standing after burning for much longer. Maybe the laws of physics took a dislike to those towers and conspired against them. That would be strange as they have a good reputation for reliability, quite unlike the statements of the US government.

As a rule of thumb, be suspicious of anything that is heavily touted by the mainstream media, governments or the interests behind their policies.

Tyler

Kutte,

My favorite conspiracy theory is that the Forest Service, National Parks Service, and Bureau of Land Management are covering up the murder of people by sasquatch.

But the Orwellian quality of the news was really demonstrated with Snowden, and how "The NSA spies on your emails is a conspiracy theory" became "Everyone knows the NSA reads your emails!".

I think the stuff with the Gulen Cult viz Turkey is pretty interesting, imho.

ex-PFC Chuck

CNN's coverage of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign has been so sparse that his supporters are now calling it the Clinton News Network. They may be more egregious in this regard but they're by no means alone.

Stonevendor

Following up on PL's mention of the Liberty, I am sending this along: http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-liberty_tuesoct02-story.html Long, with lots of references to transcripts of aircraft to controller communications. Don't get too excited by the link nsa.gov/liberty , I tired it and got an error message.

The Twisted Genius

pl and Stonevendor,

I believe that is a photo of a New England forest in the Autumn. The red leaves are burning bush trees that have widely escaped captivity and have become invasive in the region. The predominant trees in he photo appear to be shagbark hickory. There is an abandoned stone wall in the photo. They are also ubiquitous in the region.

The redbuds here in Virginia are a more purplish hue and are beautiful. I have a half dozen or so growing wild at the edge of my yard. I drove to Richmond yesterday and noticed them in full bloom all along I-95. The white blooms of the wild dogwoods are also out. A beautiful sight.

Henshaw

Seems we have all been wrong about the origins of IS, but fortunately, we've got US Central Command to set us straight.

According to <http://www.inherentresolve.mil/About> , IS actually started in Syria and spread to Iraq. I guess David Kilcullen and the rest had just better get busy on their revisions, the Borg has spoken.

Seriously, what is their thinking in launching such a demonstrably false narrative?

turcopolier

Henshaw

IMO generals at CENTCOM were kissing ass in Washington with administration slaves like Clapper. pl

turcopolier

TTG

Some is red and some is purple. pl

http://lawnpatiobarn.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/redbud.jpg

ex-PFC Chuck

Re: "What could be more interesting is if they took up the idea that the Vikings actually ventured much further afield . . . "

Just such a discovery may have been made just before the turn into the 20th century in rural western Minnesota: the Kensington Runestone. It was dismissed as a fraud early on by professors at the U of MN and has for the most part that's been the consensus. However the father and son who discovered it and claimed they found it ensnarled within the root system of a tree stump they were removing both went to their graves sticking by their story. One of the reasons cited by the skeptics was that the stone had an unknown symbol on it that was unknown to scholars of ancient Norse writing. However about a century later that character was discovered engraved in stone at a site on an island in the Baltic. The Minnesota-based forensic geologist took up the matter at the request of Olof Oman's descendants and his judgment, based on the stone's weathering, is that it is likely genuine. He ultimately wrote a book about it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kensington_Runestone

http://www.amazon.com/Hooked-Secret-History-North-America/dp/0878393129/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459816208&sr=1-1&keywords=the+hooked+x+scott+wolter

Valissa

Hey Trey... humans love to conspire... it's multidimensional conspiracy chaos out there, anything can happen... I think a great name for a geopolitical soap opera on Syria would be "When Conspiracies Collide" ;)

Conspiracy quotes http://bit.ly/227LRxO

Conspiracy cartoons
http://bit.ly/23c5KGs
http://bit.ly/1RAVROF
http://bit.ly/1XdDkbA
http://bit.ly/1URA207


The Twisted Genius

Inspired by Colonel Lang's forest photo, I've decided to upload a few photos of my immediate environment to Google Photos for all to see. This is one of the reasons I enjoy retirement in Virginia so much.

https://goo.gl/photos/YZRPJdueTxZjeSrY6

Trey N

In WW II, the German army displayed some very flexible command arrangements. Early in the war, kampfgruppes were usually ad-hoc combined arms units assembled for a particular mission, often at the regimental level. Later in the war, especially on the Eastern Front, the term usually referred to the burned-out remnants of infantry divisions; at times several of these KGs would be combined to form a Korpsabteilung (a temporary new "division" which was often renumbered on a permanent basis).

The mix-and-match of units for whatever a situation called (often a dire emergency after 1942) could go as far up the chain of command as army level: Army Detachment Hollidt and Army Detachment Kempf were created after the Stalingrad disaster in southern Russia.

The US Army displayed a similar flexibility with the Combat Commands (A, B, R) of its armor divisions in 1944-45, calling the temporary combined-arms formations "task forces."

Valissa

Thanks for the reviews! I watched the 1st season of Bosch and enjoyed it, but haven't gotten around the watching the 2nd season yet. I'm more motivated to now :)

I read 'The Man in the High Castle' many years ago and have been looking forward to watching the series with my husband. I love alternate histories! Having caught up on all our TiVo'd episodes of 'Colony' and 'The Expanse' (both were excellent!) we're ready to start another sci-fi series. A friend recently suggested we watch Orphan Black... and the reviews I've seen have been very encouraging.

ex-PFC Chuck

This seems to be a useful article about it: "Public Slams Mainstream Media For Putin Focus After Panama Papers Leak"

http://www.mintpressnews.com/public-slams-mainstream-media-putin-focus-panama-papers-leak/215307/

Anonymous

"Ancient horse dung is helping to track Hannibal's route across the Alps"

Valissa, archeology seems to be a rather fallible endeavour. I own a copy of an archeological study of the american imperial expansion worldwide circa XXI century, published in the year 3421 AD, where archeologists affirm with great confidence that there is mounting evidence that americans were in fact a nomadic bull-herding tribe. I have no idea how they came to such conclusion.

turcopolier

TreyN

If memory serves WW2 German divisions were organized by arm "pure" regiments or battalions: infantry, tanks, artillery, self propelled guns, etc. Effective employment demanded cross attached all arm teams, hence the practice of making up kampfruppe. pl

turcopolier

All

US Army armored divisions in WW2 were designed to be easily organized for combat by cross attachment under three brigade type headquarters: CCA, CCB and CCR. the infantry divisions were much more rigid in their structure. After the interregnum of the ponderous Pentomic divisions in the fifties, all US Army divisions were organized under the ROAD concept which was essentially the WW2 armored division model. pl

Fred

TTG,

The redbuds were in bloom at The Hermitage over Easter and had a beautiful lavender/purplish hue. Quite beautiful.

Valissa

LOL... archaeologists come up with the darnedest things ;)

http://bit.ly/1PQYFS8
http://bit.ly/23clrO5
http://bit.ly/25HRurn
http://bit.ly/1W7Rcpx (*)

* probably about this book http://amzn.to/1q25ag5

Larry Kart

Beautiful

Trey N

I saw that cartoon about the sheep several years ago, Valissa, and it's still one of my all-time favorites (perhaps because that's the typical response one gets when talking to sheeple...).

Trey N

Colonel,

Yes, German divisions in WW II were so organized; I believe that was the way all major armies of the period formed their divisions.

Unlike the fairly standardized US Army divisions of WW II, however, the German army evolved into an incredibly complex organization over the course of the war. Even the backbone of the army, the pre-1939 infantry divisions, were raised in a series of annual "waves" that differed in training and equipment. The panzer divisions that led the invasion of France in 1940 varied greatly in their TOE; a couple were equipped entirely with captured Czech T-38 tanks!

"The Panzer Legions" by Samuel Mitcham gives a brief history of every German armored formation in WW II; trying to keep up with the bewildering variety of units, their organization and equipment, deployments, destructions and resurrections, etc will make your head spin.

And then there are the SS divisions and brigades, the Luftwaffe field divisions, the parachute divisions, and the Hermann Goering Panzer Division all competing with the Heer for scarce manpower and resources, not to mention the "static divisions" garrisoning the Atlantic Wall in 1944 and the Volksgrenadier divisions raised later that same year.

To bring the units in Army Group South up to strength for the 1942 summer offensive, the panzer divisions in AG North and AG Center were cannibalized by reducing their tank component to one battalion per regiment. In October 1943 the regular army infantry divisions were reorganized from the 3 regiment, 9 battalion standard to a 3 regiment, 6 battalion standard, and the number of squads in each rifle platoon were reduced from 4 to 3; in May 1944 there were further revisions.

All of this was further complicated by the heavy reliance of the infantry divisions on horse-drawn transportation from the beginning of the war to the very end.

The Red Army also underwent a series of complex changes from 1941 - 1945. Studying how the rival forces on the Eastern Front adapted and evolved as the war progressed is a fascinating exercise.

Kutte

Colonel,

Thanks for fixing the link. I had missed this one, latest
thing I was aware of was that the tapes went missing. The
only echo I generated was some mild mannered sarcasm about
sasquatch. It reminds me of a scene in the move "The longest
day" (supposedly based on a true event). A group of American
and German soldiers are approaching each other in the dark,
not yet able to make out whether the other group are friend
of foe. As they get close enough, a huge explosion occurs
somewhere, and everybody's eyes turn there, as they walk
past each other. Only one American soldier notices that the
others are Germans and screams his head off. Nobody pays
attention and finally they are past each other, and the guy
looks on with incredulity. Seems I cant get myself arrested
even when running naked thru the street, thru sheer lack of
interest. One last attempt, after that I shall sit in front
of the mirror and debate the matter with myself. My point
was actually not the USS liberty case itself, but the
incredible flood of "debunking" that it caused. If nobody
else finds that conspicuous, that's too bad. Just google
"The Lie that Won’t Die" and you get 5,300,000 hits, add
"semite" and you still get 4,800,000, because it's
anti-semitic, of course. I could not find your name
anywhere, apparently you are hard to "debunk". Now why would
there be such a huge, and presumably expensive, army of
professional debunkers? IMHO, there is an excessive
readiness to dismiss everything as conspiracy straight away,
like a conditioned reflex. Now excuse me for concluding my
contribution, I am off to a meeting with aliens from outer
space.

Chers everybody, even so. Kutte

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