Lies and Damned Lies

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Sun, Jul 8, 2018 - 5:12pm

Back in April, the world teetered on the edge of war. In the west, we were told that "chemical weapons, including sarin gas" had been used in Syria and the the civilized world could not stand by and watch innocent civilians die in agony. It was a compelling and frightening story. It also wasn't true.

First, some history. On April 4, 2018, President Trump made a surprise announcement that he was prepared to wind down the American presence in Syria and "bring the troops home in a few months". For a summary, here's a New York Times article from that day: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/04/world/middleeast/trump-syria-troops.html

It was just three days later that and event occurred in Douma, Syria that would soon force Trump to backtrack. In a rush to judgment, it was quickly concluded that Syrian President Assad had ordered a chemical weapons attack on the Damascus suburb, allegedly to defeat a "rebel stronghold" there: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/08/world/middleeast/syria-chemical-attac...

So, over the course of about 72 hours, the US goes from full withdrawal from Syria to perhaps full engagement, all because of an alleged chemical weapons attack...a chemical attack that seemed oddly timed as Assad had very little to gain from staging such an atrocity just after the US president had disclosed his desire to withdraw American forces from his country. (How and why the US even has uninvited military forces in Syria in the first place is a topic for another day.)

The rush toward American military action that followed the alleged chemical attack was remarkable in its near-unanimous support from politicians, media and military leaders alike. Nearly every public voice called for an immediate US military response to the "outrage" and "atrocity" committed by the "animal" Assad. A handful of pundits and citizens tried to slow the rush to war but nearly all who chose to speak out were slandered as "unpatroitic" and "Assad/Putin apologists". There was this "prediction" from Steve Cox, an independent candidate for Congress from California: https://www.voteforcox.com

Courageous, well-written articles came from political opposites like Caitlin Johnstone (https://medium.com/%40caityjohnstone/we-all-need-to-unite-against-war-in...) and Pat Buchanan (https://buchanan.org/blog/trump-prisoner-of-the-war-party-129140)

But the most famous bit of "resistance" came from TV host, Tucker Carlson. Before you proceed, I encourage you to watch this clip from his program which aired on April 9:

As we now know, the US went ahead and launched a cruise missile barrage into Syria on April 13 (US time). A few buildings were destroyed and this action was alleged to have "set back Assad's chemical weapons programs". Fortunately for the entire world, no one was injured and no Russian retaliation followed: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/world/middleeast/trump-strikes-syria-...

And that was that. But here's the thing. It was all bullshit.

Back on Friday, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released their preliminary findings on the April Douma event. What do you suppose they found? In a word, nothing. Oh, they did state that some "various chlorinated organic chemicals" had been found, but that's not unusual since one of the test sites was near a damaged hospital and hospitals are certainly known to keep stores of chlorine for sterilization programs. However and most important, the OPCW did not find any "organophosphorous nerve agents or their degradation products". What does that mean? Simply stated, the OPCW did NOT find any evidence of sarin or any other nerve agents that had allegedly been used by Assad back in April. You can read the entire news release here: https://www.opcw.org/news/article/opcw-issues-fact-finding-mission-repor...

In short, what does this mean? That the War Party and its sycophant media have been caught red-handed. A false narrative was created in the hours after President Trump announced his intention to withdraw US troops from Syria. This narrative was shamelessly promoted by politicians and media from Paris to London to Washington and anyone who doubted this version of events was slandered and ostracized. The US, Britain and France soon responded militarily and, in the 90 days since, all talk of US de-escalation in Syria has dissipated.

At this point, though, you're probably asking yourself why this matters and why these events should be of concern to a precious metals website? It's simple. If your government, politicians and media are willing to lie and deceive regarding critical matters such as life, death and war, then why is it so hard to believe that these same institutions aren't misleading you in regards to market manipulation and price suppression?

In need of endless conflict to support the War Party? Simply create the narrative and have the media legitimize it. As an example:

In need of gold price suppression and management? Create alternative forms to physical ownership and have the media legitimize it: https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1974LONDON16154_b.html

Same approach, same results. A gullible public swallows whole the lies and misinformation disseminated by their supposedly free press and everything that follows disappears into the fog of history. Can this ever change? Only through an informed and educated populace will the truth ever prevail. Unfortunately, the events of last April demonstrate once again that we as a society are nowhere near reaching that objective.

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Jul 8, 2018 - 6:02pm

Nice Rant Craig!

The media is so skilled at appearing to be credible, upstanding, trustworthy. And then to tell bald-faced lies in the news... A republican government cannot survive when the "news" becomes propaganda and manipulation.

boomer sooner
Jul 8, 2018 - 6:20pm

Thank you

For putting my thoughts on paper! I had this conversation not long ago with family and they trounced me for stating facts which they could not refute, nor could they produce facts, by an external source, to support the chemical attack had happened.

Now the poison attacks on the four people in England blamed on Russia, more bs for the sheeple to absorb and regurgitate.

mike97
Jul 8, 2018 - 6:20pm

Completely Agree

The war party/military industrial complex/deep state is usually complicit in these lies. There are more you could add to your examples Turd. Including overthrow of elected govt in Ukraine, Russian chemo weapon killings in England and probably 9/11. Whenever the US government tries to make peace with some group/country the war party or deep state will try instigate something to derail it. I expect the CIA will foul up the NK negotiations and they will fail.

billhilly
Jul 8, 2018 - 7:02pm

Without an enemy...

...what need would there be for war !

An enemy must always exist for the MIC to survive. During the reprieve between Cold War I and Cold War II the MIC must have been going bonkers without a target. So what do they do ? Re-create the BIG BAD RUSSIAN BEAR. A complicit media, a co-opted Government, and a gullible populace; this is all that's needed for success.

As for us here at TFMR, us red-pill addicts, we see their ploy. Whether its the metals or the war mongering or the divisiveness of politics, their schemes are clear as day. Unfortunately, we are in the minority. Yet, day-by-day, slowly, a few more are able to recognize the plot(s). We, as a populace, are awakening at an ever quickening pace.

Can we reach a critical mass before all hell breaks loose ? I hope so. But, just as with the potential promise of metals breaking free some day, HOPE might be a suckers bet.

Hope for the best; prep for the worst.

petedivine
Jul 8, 2018 - 7:24pm

@TF

one of your best articles. Well done!

cyclemadman
Jul 8, 2018 - 7:29pm

Parked Locomotive Report

I went for a motorcycle ride this weekend and I went past a large switching yard that Burlington Northern San Francisco (BNSF) has between WyoDak power plant and Roset, WY on highway 51 here in Wyoming.

Last year the spur that is closest to the highway had about 1.4 miles of locomotives hooked nose to tail parked there. Now there are only 0.7 miles of locomotives parked there.

My guess is the elevated oil and gas prices have made electric generation from coal more attractive and increased the demand for coal shipments from this area.

Kokanee
Jul 8, 2018 - 7:33pm

Turd

So sad and so true.

RickshawETF
Jul 8, 2018 - 7:34pm

Fifth!

I need one after reading this . . .

As the ranks of TFMR grow, it's interesting to note we may lose some in the ranks, but not because they changed their belief system! The length of the manipulation may wear us down, and some may give up (capitulation), but no one ever refuted the reasons for stacking, and what the government is doing. As Clif High says, once you get past the innovators (first 3%), and move into the early adopters (next 10%), momentum will insure adoption. We're at the <1% level in both PMs-as-money, and cryptocurrencies. "Awareness" of the-government-as-manipulator is probably at about 2%, so we have a ways to go. Once it catches on, the rate of realization (and acceptance) will be breathtaking, and the change [to whatever is to replace the current "system"] will be swift. We live in interesting times!

RickshawETF
Jul 8, 2018 - 7:39pm

@cyclemadman

BNSF stands for Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway -- but thanks for the plug! With conventions pulling out of San Francisco en masse, due to the deteriorating downtown convention scene, we need all of the publicity we can get . . .

Jul 8, 2018 - 8:00pm

Billhilly

"Red pill addicts" Well said! Not the first red pill I have chosen.

So this is what an annual subscription buys...

It seems to me that trying to tell friends and relatives about how the economic and political world is spiraling downward reminds me a lot of the months and years after I embraced Christianity. Early on I tried to tell other people about what Jesus had done in my life, with little success. Most--especially family-- just did not want to hear it. I was off the deep end, hanging out with a cult-like group. I finally recognized that if I wished to persuade friends & relatives of the benefits of Christian life in this world, not to mention the benefits in the next, it would require subtlety, solid persuasive arguments, and personal ethos.

Doesn't sound much different than trying to warn others of impending financial collapse, and how they might ease their own transition into a new world by purchasing and holding precious metals, buying property without debt, doing a bit of prepping. comming across as nut-jobs & conspiracy theorists only makes the task more difficult.

The "end of the world" message simply has no traction. I really like what someone said in the last thread, that "change" is what approaches, rather than "collapse." Metals, property and prepping--all debt free-- are actions that will not be regretted as this change overtakes us.

Doing nothing risks everything you have.

One could make the same argument to support Christianity.

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