Your Weekly Reality Check

For nearly three years, we have posted these weekly discussions between radio host John Batchelor and Russian history scholar Stephen F. Cohen. As events in this New Cold War begin to spiral toward hot war, it is imperative that you listen each and every week as you will not find more comprehensive and balanced reporting anywhere else in the western media.

This week, not only do John and Steve provide a full update on the crumbling diplomatic and military situation as it pertains to Syria, Professor Cohen also discusses at length two stories that have been largely ignored in the US and western media:

And Professor Cohen also references the classic poem, "The Second Coming", by William Butler Yeats. If you're not familiar with the work, here it is:

Again, I urge you in the strongest possible terms to listen to these updates each week. Not that you can do anything to forestall the potential disaster but at least you can try to prepare beforehand for the protection of your family (if that's possible).




tonym9's picture

never done it in 5 years, so

never done it in 5 years, so wth...FIRST!

ChaCha Mars's picture

1st or 2nd today - both 8:55 a.m.-- algo tie?

Hah, and fitting for a PM site!   Great day, everybody!  

Marcrward's picture



Mr. Fix's picture

4th !

Did it again...

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Okay, I get it, one more time,

it has to be said: KEEP STACKING!!! smiley


J Siefert's picture

Obamacare and Naughty Bill

NW VIEW's picture

Signs of our times!

  When we turn off our computer, log out of TFMETALS, and head for the pizza place down town, life seems to just be the same as usual.  The school busses are filled with kids going to school.  The shops are opening for business and the local state/county/city workers are trying to get to their 8:00 a.m. employment by 8:30.   

The shelves at our local Costco are filled to the brim and there is not any panic among the citizens.  The local/national news channels are concerned with rights for the homeless and keeping up on the latest lies and sexual acts of the politicians.

When my grandparents walked from the Ukraine to Germany, long ago, they left behind everything except what they could carry on their backs.  They were a different people, ones who understood the Hope of freedom and the price that must be paid.

Yes our culture is still bouncing along in time, drugged up on culture, and the rising tide of destruction is at our shores.  Nothing is new under the sun as it was for mankind long ago:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

pm_newbie's picture


Hey! so what's going on with platinum anyway, and why doesn't it get the same coverage as gold and silver???

Mickey's picture


if you have itunes, just subscribe to his show

Mickey's picture

signs of the times

Wayne Gretsky-skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it is

Nomad's picture

Interesting discussion, but....

View here from across the pond (actually from a Brit in France).  Thank you Craig for posting these great discussions, but is it just me?  Why do they never explore more serious motives for the US/Euro position - surely they (Batchelor/Cohen) don't buy the disingenuous hypocritical war crimes narrative?  What about the possibility of a diversion/cover for the West's crashing financial position?  They never go near it.  Also Batchelor "combs all the US mainstream papers" and thinks, from all the polls, that Clinton is a shoe-in. Is this true?  From what I read, and I could be totally wrong, it seems most polls are screwed and Trump could even be ahead ( though it could still be stolen).  Be grateful for any views and help from the US side of the pond on this.

tvend's picture


Hi Nomad, I think you pretty much nailed it with your assessment.

John Batchelor is very fair and of great journalistic integrity, but he does surround himself with much of the establishment material.  For example, he cites the polls that zeroHedge posted the article exposing. 

In my opinion there is a connection to the DOJ going after Germany. I think they are showing how much leverage they have over Merkel, and showing her that she better tow the line, even as it destroys her political career.

Turd Ferguson's picture

Hey, this is pretty cool!


Thanks, John! 

Marcrward's picture


great recognition! keep it coming!

ChaCha Mars's picture

@ Nomad & Tvend -- thank y'all!

You have expressed my views exactly and thank you for posting. 

Thought I was the only one here taking exception to John Batchelor's impressively polysyllabic deferences to NY Times, WaPo, etc.  New to this as I am, have caught both in a couple of factual errors.  

At this point, am trying to listen every week to B/C as part of an overall What-Does-The-Establishment-Think effort -- along with CNN, PBS & Fox. 

Found Clif High at a WebBot forum equally relevant -- and he actually mentions PMs.   

AngryCitizen's picture

The "Polls," The "MSM" & "The Fix"

Seems to me that the "polls" put out by TPTB (who OWN the MSM, don't forget), are cover for "the fix," voter fraud. (Remember, it's already happened multiple times, - I don't have the citations/references to post but you've seen the stories that leak out and are not reported again.) This voter fraud will happen to put the candidate TPTB want into office. Also, it's the Electorial College vote, not the popular vote, that matters.

Have we not seen how easy it is to rig computerized markets? Elections/results are no different, are they? There is no audit of the programming code, no checks, or double checks behind the scenes...Hhhhmmmm. We are familiar with this method of deception, aren't we?

I won't even go into the problems of polling. It's enough to say that polls will show whatever the poller WANTS them to show....

Turn off the noise. It's propaganda. Prepare "to skate" where the puck will be instead.

Oh, yeah, BTFD! It's a gift!

JQuest's picture

A little Humor: Past & Present Predictions by Bo Polny

Bo's Current Prediction... wink


Dr. P. Metals's picture

RE: Bo

Yes, as I indicated, Bo's "predictions" are having shorter and shorter half-lives! He started making predictions a year out, then months, then weeks, now mere days, and again, they are wrong. Pretty soon, WE CAN HOPE, that he will realize as he is typing up new ones that he is now trying to "predict" things which happened yesterday, and hopefully he won't get those wrong as well. surprise

lakedweller2's picture

Not Familiar With Bo, but

He is not the one that writes the Fed minutes, is he.. 

JQuest's picture

I Wonder...

If a study was done that counted "V" bottom reversals of the DOW over the last 5 years (2011-2016) and compared that total number to the Previous 5 years (2005-2010) what it would show. I suspect that it would reveal a massive increase in "V" bottoms reversals reflecting the HUGE increase in market intervention by the TPTB in the last 5 years.

Also do the same study only on Gold "V" Top reversals.

And while they're at it count the number of Gold Sudden Rises and Beat Downs with accompanying obvious Caps.

Angry Chef's picture

Why The New Silk Roads Terrify Washington

We have been invited to cooperate with the rest of the World on a path towards economic prosperity. Instead we're on the brink of a potential new Cold War. Why ? Because the Neo-Con-Ziotards just don't play well with others. They want it all. And if they can't have it all, they're going to blow the entire sandbox to smithereens.

    Why the New Silk Roads Terrify Washington    : Information Clearing House - ICH

rxman's picture


Thanks for your point of VIEW. My observation as well and I echo your historical thoughts.


tyberious's picture

RE: The "Polls," The "MSM" & "The Fix"

Painting the tape!

Silver Sooner's picture

Greetings from Sochi y'all

Haven't listened to the podcast. Been out and about with the separatist in-laws. Haven't heard anything I didn't know already. Maybe some additional specifics. Anyway, life is good. Appreciate your loved ones. Never know when life is going to radically change.

Joseph Warren's picture

Russians Fire 3 Ballistic Missiles in 1 Day

Nothing to see here folks, just move along. Nothing to be concerned about.

Okkkaayyyyy . . . .

P.S. - the Fox News 'analysis' video shown is the usual mainstream garbage, the complete opposite of reality. The comments section is also filled with brainwashed stupidity. Reminds me of why I stopped watching t.v. years ago.

Turd Ferguson's picture

Found this at The Doc's

BarnacleBill's picture

Dr. Strangelove

is coming of age....    

Joseph Warren's picture

@ Nomad

Batchelor and Cohen never go into the financial & economic aspects. They never talk about the petro-dollar or its demise. They never talk about central banks & their motivations for encouraging attacks on nations who try to step outside their system. (Has Cohen never read Carroll Quigley?) I also heard Cohen say during one interview that he voted for Obama . . . twice. Was the man not paying attention the second time around ?

Of course, we have no way to know what the man is thinking. Perhaps these gaps in subject matter are only due to the fact that Cohen is a historian & political scientist, rather than an economist. In any case, IMO his is a valuable voice of reason. There are few of these in the U.S. today among the crowd with 'the right credentials'.

lakemike49's picture


for keeping B/C alive on this site. there is no way you can understand unless you can first learn.


Joseph Warren's picture

The Situation . .

is difficult for most of us to imagine. Thermonuclear WW3.

The U.S. mainstream media is nothing but a propaganda tool today. It is owned & controlled by only a few corporations. It has been documented to have intel agency operatives inside & influencing content. And now, it is 'legal' for those in the U.S. government to use propaganda against the American people. The media toadies are so delusional and stupid that Putin's repeated warnings and pleadings have gone ignored.

So, why is this story about the dangers of WW3 against Russia not being told to the American people ?  The only reason that I can imagine is that those running the show don't want an informed public to interfere with their plans to start such a war. Why would they start such a war ?  They think they can 'win' it, meaning they can survive it. They don't seem very concerned about the rest of us surviving. Read some of their past statements and you may suspect that getting rid of all us 'useless eaters' may be one of their prime objectives.

Does this speculation seem 'way out there' ?

Is it any more remarkable than the actual reality we are witnessing every day ?

We are witnessing a great evil. 

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