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by Alex Bruce, US correspondent
It’s been 5 years since Malaysia Air Flight 17, flying en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine, in the deadliest airliner shootdown in history, killing all 298 people onboard.
I don’t know anyone who bought the official explanation of what happened to this flight, so I think a lot of people reading this will be excited to see this new breakthrough documentary short by Yana Yerlashova and Max van der Werff, which interviews people seldom heard from in this case, including Malaysian Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir and Colonel Mohamad Sakri, the officer in charge of the Malaysian government’s MH-17 investigation, who reveals for the first time an attempt by the FBI to seize the aircraft’s black boxes recovered by his team in a secret mission shortly after the crash. Both say that the governments of the Netherlands and Australia blamed Russia for the shootdown, before the investigation had even begun.
The film reveals evidence of tampering, the forging of prosecution materials, suppression of Ukrainian Air Force radar tapes and lying by the Dutch, Ukrainian, US and Australian governments. The entire basis of their case was a wiretapped phone call provided by the Ukrainian government that forensics reveal was heavily-manipulated, containing nine distinct edits.
Missing from every report about the Russian-made Buk missile that allegedly took the plane down was that the serial number on the weapon clearly showed that it belonged to the Ukraine military. Locals interviewed here say that they observed a Ukrainian Sukhoi fighter jet circling the passenger plane, firing an air-to-air missile and flying away.
For the first time, the Malaysian Government reveals how the Obama Administration was organizing to launch a NATO military “rescue mission” to retrieve the plane, the bodies and the evidence of what caused the crash. In reality, it was an operation aimed at defeating the separatist movements in eastern Ukraine and to move against Russian-held Crimea.
As for Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir, he does not feel that justice has been served in this tragedy that killed 193 Dutch nationals, 43 Malaysians, 27 Australians and 35 people from a handful of other European and Asian countries. “We’re interested in the rule of law, in justice for everyone, irrespective of who is involved. We have to know who actually fired the missile and then, only can we accept the report as complete.”
Running Time 28 mins
from CEC, Melbourne
The fight against “bail-in” is on! The Morrison government has released for consultation a new law that bans cash transactions over $10,000. The pretext for this law is to crack down on money laundering and tax evasion in the “black economy”. This is a shameless lie! The formal recommendation to ban cash comes from “big four” global accounting firm KPMG, which is an accomplice of the world’s biggest money launderers and tax evaders. The real purpose for the cash ban is to trap Australians in the banking system, so they cannot escape negative interest rates or having their bank deposits “bailed in”.
Scott Morrison first announced this measure in the 2018 budget, originally to come into force this month, but now scheduled for January 2020. It was recommended in the October 2017 Black Economy Taskforce Report by Michael Andrew AO (who died last month), a former chief of global accounting giant KPMG. The report revealed that the strategy is to: “Move people and businesses out of cash and into the banking system, which makes economic activity more visible, auditable and efficient.” (Emphasis added.) It gives the game away by noting that it may benefit “financial stability and the effectiveness of monetary policy”—code for policies like bail-in and negative interest rates. To achieve this it recommended: “Moving to a near cash free economy. A $10,000 economy-wide cash limit should be introduced.” But $10,000 is just the beginning: in June 2018, just after Morrison announced it, KPMG was already lobbying Treasury to lower the limit to $5,000 or even $2,000.
Deception and stealth
When Morrison released the exposure draft of his bail-in law in 2017, he did so on a Friday afternoon when there would be no media attention. Only a sharp-eyed CEC staffer spotted it and recognised it as bail-in, enabling the CEC to mobilise a massive nationwide campaign against it which continues to this day. The government is being equally sneaky with this law. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg quietly released the exposure draft of the legislation, called the Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019, last Friday afternoon, 26 July, and has allowed only two weeks for public comment.
The exposure draft of the bill has two notable features:
- It bans ALL cash transactions over $10,000, enforced with a penalty of two years jail;
- Division 2 is blank, containing only the words “To be inserted”.
What is the government hiding by releasing an incomplete draft, on a Friday afternoon, and allowing only two weeks for public consultation?
The deception doesn’t end there. In its explanation of the law, the government has sought to make it palatable by emphasising that there will be exemptions to the cash ban, including depositing and withdrawing cash in banks, and, curiously, most consumer-to-consumer transactions, such as for a second-hand car. However, the exemptions are not in the legislation. They are in a separate regulatory instrument to be issued by the Minister after the legislation is passed. This means that they are not permanent, but that in the future, the Minister will be able to scrap the exemptions without requiring new legislation. This is the “salami tactic”: first pass the law in a form that is politically palatable, and then slice off key changes. In a bail-in scenario, for instance, under the current regulation people fearing bail-in may withdraw all of their money from the bank, but the Minister will be able to issue a new regulation that suddenly stops people from withdrawing more than $10,000.
Not about money laundering
This law is emphatically not about controlling money laundering and the black economy. The vast majority of money laundering and tax evasion is done by banks and corporations, not individuals. And who helps banks and corporations do it? The big four global accounting firms, including KPMG, whose boss Michael Andrew recommended this cash ban! The big four literally write the tax laws that enable corporations to evade tax, and dominate the offshore tax havens like the Cayman Islands that exist for tax evasion and money laundering. When Michael Andrew was the global boss of KPMG—the only Australian ever to lead the worldwide operations of a big four firm—two of KPMG’s biggest clients, British banks HSBC and Standard Chartered, were caught in 2012 by US authorities in massive money laundering operations. In other words, KPMG assisted its clients to launder money, but is using money laundering as the excuse to take away the rights of Australians to use cash!
The real reason: bail-in and negative interest rates
Money laundering and tax evasion are nothing new, that they would suddenly require this “solution”. What is new is the plunge in the public’s confidence in the banks, especially since the global financial crisis. But instead of properly reforming the banks to restore the public’s confidence, through policies such as Glass-Steagall, which separates normal banking from the financial gambling that causes crises, authorities around the world have resorted to insane and in fact criminal measures that further destroy confidence in the banks.
The two most egregious measures are the criminal bail-in policy and the insane move to negative interest rates; bail-in steals deposits to prop up failing banks, while negative interest rates force customers to pay to keep their money in the bank. Both are coming to Australia. Morrison snuck his bail-in law through the Senate in February 2018 with only eight senators present in the chamber and no recorded vote. The Reserve Bank of Australia has aggressively slashed interest rates to 1 per cent, and in the banking crisis that is brewing right now they will feel compelled to follow countries like Japan and Switzerland down past zero and into negative territory, as the International Monetary Fund is recommending.
Both bail-in and negative interest rates destroy confidence in the security of bank deposits, which motivates people to take their money out of the bank and hold it in cash. This is the experience in Japan and Europe. So like some European countries, Australia is banning cash to force people to use the banking system so they cannot escape these policies, under threat of two years jail.
Fascism is the use of state power to benefit private corporations; by definition, this is a fascist assault on the freedom of Australians to use cash and not private banks. The CEC is calling on all concerned Australians to demand the government scrap this law and reform the banking system instead!
What you can do
The government has allowed only two weeks for submissions, in order to avoid scrutiny. Don’t let them get away with it! We have until 12 August to swamp Treasury with letters and emails, demanding they drop this law. Write an email or letter today to the Treasury: state your objection to any law that removes your right to use cash, and demand the government restore confidence in the banking system by properly reforming the system, not by trapping people in the system so they can’t escape policies like bail-in.
Email: email@example.com with the subject line:
Submission: Exposure Draft—Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019
Address written submissions to:
Black Economy Division
Parkes ACT 2600
from News Target
It’s hard to imagine what congressional Democrats were thinking when they decided to call former special counsel Robert Mueller before two House committees on Wednesday so he could provide testimony about a report that everyone knows does not provide any clear evidence whatsoever regarding alleged improprieties or illegal behavior on the part of POTUS Donald Trump and his administration.
You recall that Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department in the spring of 2017, just a few months after Trump was inaugurated, to investigate what we now know (and suspected then) were fabricated claims that the 2016 Trump campaign “colluded” with Mother Russia to “steal the election” from Hillary Clinton (and we did a fantastic investigative report on the scandal known as “Spygate” — click here to watch it on Brighteon.com).
Not only didn’t Mueller find any evidence of collusion – there wasn’t any to be found, since the entire narrative was a fabrication, a hoax, perpetrated by the outgoing Obama regime – he also didn’t find any evidence that the president “obstructed justice” or he would have said so, regardless of what current DoJ rules state about indicting a sitting president.
But on Wednesday during appearances before the committees, Mueller’s lack of basic knowledge about a case he supposedly ran for some 18 months, combined with his failure to even address “Russian collusion,” effectively killed off any lingering doubts about whether Trump and Moscow got together to rig an election.
As reviewed by conservative talk behemoth Rush Limbaugh, at one point Mueller was asked by a Republican committee member if any votes were changed in the 2016 election due to collusion or Russian interference of any kind.
Mueller responded by saying, essentially, that he can’t get into that, it was not in his purview, and that “others” were investigating that particular issue. (Related: Mueller’s special counsel effort has become nothing more than taxpayer funded “opposition research” to defeat Trump in 2020.)
“So you can’t answer questions about Russian meddling in the election when that’s the only reason that your investigation was opened?” Limbaugh said, paraphrasing the GOP lawmaker’s response.
“I think this has been a disaster for the Democrats”
But that question has already been answered – by former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. In a statement announcing indictments of 13 Russian figures and companies last year, Rosenstein stated specifically that not only were no votes changed or outcomes altered, but that no American was accused of doing so either (which, of course, includes President Trump).
“There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime,” Rosenstein said. “There is no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result. The special counsel investigation is ongoing and there will be no comments on a special counsel at this time.”
And yet, Democrats have continued to push the lie that votes were changed, that Trump did collude, and that Mueller actually did find enough evidence to charge the president with obstruction of justice, though he never interfered with Mueller’s probe, never fired any of Mueller’s Clinton-donor attorneys, and made everyone in his administration available to Mueller’s team for questioning. Oh, and the president turned over all requested documents, too.
The Mueller testimony, then, was: a) not an indictment of POTUS Trump; and b) extremely harmful, politically, to Democrats – as it completely and utterly destroyed the last vestiges of the “collusion” lie.
He went on to characterize Mueller as confused, clueless about basic facts regarding his investigation, and not very knowledgeable about what was in, supposedly, his own report (440-plus pages of it), as evidenced by his stammering and requests for questions to be repeated.
This entire ordeal – the investigation of POTUS Trump, Spygate – has also been a disaster for our country. Once-proud institutions are now widely distrusted, as are the individuals who used to run them. Thanks to Obama, it’ll take years to repair the damage, if it can be.
Publicly, Big Tech vehemently denies that they are biased against users who aren’t rabidly Left Wing. However, the evidence is overwhelming that censorship is among their topmost imperatives.
After nearly three years of assaulting us with nonstop bullshit about Trump-Russia collusion, you won’t hear a peep out of the Mainstream Media about the latest revelations Project Veritas that confirmed the suspicions I’ve been voicing to you since 2015.
Google and YouTube intend to use all of their influence, across their entire family of products to prevent Trump’s re-election.
“If you control all the information, you control the past, the future, reality, perception – and politics will just be a side-effect,” says Henrik Palmgren of Red Ice Creations, whose YouTube account was throttled after the influential Far-Left research group, Data&Society put pressure on Google.
“Only Right wing and Centrist creators have been targeted by these crippling measures. YouTube and Google, despite all of this still lie right in our faces, as they lie to representatives, congressmen and senators and still claim that they apply their policies fairly, without political bias.
“They have the Mainstream Media behind them, who are trying to gaslight us into thinking that all of this is really not happening it’s just a ‘conspiracy theory’ that there is any censorship, de-platforming and any Left-Wing bias in the social media environment.”
Particularly creepy is the leaked internal video of a Google executives’ meeting held a few days after the 2016 presidential election, where some are on the verge of tears and all vow to stand up for their important values.
Palmgren says, “Google is a transnational corporation, one of the biggest in the world, who have no allegiances to America or any other country, yet it meddles in the political affairs of almost every Western country by controlling the flow of information.
“Google is not just another private company. Same goes for Facebook and Twitter. They have all received tax breaks and political representatives use social media channels to communicate information about policy about events to the public and these companies receive tax breaks, subsidies.
“Google has received $766 million from the American taxpayers, mostly since after 2011. That’s almost a hundred million dollars per year. Government has given these social media companies immunity from [Section 230] liability and yet the politicians do nothing.
“These companies are politically-biased publishers, just like any newspaper or TV channel. They are not objective, impartial platforms. They need to be broken up and the funding from taxpayers need to be cut immediately and all government officials need to get off of these platforms and not communicate to the people that they represent using them.
“While most conservatives sit on their hands, unable to understand that it’s their own supporters that are losing their ability to voice their political opinions and support for the very cucks that have decided to do nothing, only a few occasionally appear to show a glimmer of consciousness and lift their head out of what Tucker Carlson called the “fog of Libertarianism”.
“Google has lied to Congress on multiple occasions sometimes they don’t even show up when they’re asked. Big Tech, in their bias towards Internationalism and coercive control is the biggest threat to free, open and democratic nations that the West has ever experienced. They are subverting freedom of speech and freedom of expression in multiple countries by using backhanded methods that most politicians can’t even understand. Their technological advantage and their gatekeeping is so far ahead of any competitor that we have no idea how to even stop this.
“Google now has the power to change reality and rig the outcome with just a few changes in their code, that can unperson undesirable individuals, impose a kind of a social credit score, where they are the jury, judge and executioner. They can scrub events from the digital record or bury search results to steer public opinion in a certain direction.
“Google has to be stopped. With the knowledge that has come to light in the last few months, there is no reason to delay. The bigger the company grows, the more influence they get. This will allow them to coerce, rig and influence free and open elections and nudge reality in order to gain even more control, more resources and more money.
“They need to be dismantled and we need to use the political system to pass an Internet Bill of Rights and protect people’s access to any and all kinds of information from monsters like Google.”
Running Time: 24 mins
Download Your Online Concealed Carry Certificate Here
from our American cousins
As Australia legally is the 51st State of America perhaps we can get a shooter too?
First, if you act fast you can download the nation’s best Concealed Carry Permit available today.
It’s important you download it ASAP as anti-gun groups are trying to get rid of it.
Fortunately, because of a legal loophole you can still download a certification for America’s top CCW gun permit from this website. (And you don’t have to leave your house to do it).
This loophole ensures you encounter:
- Zero government red tape (and no exposing your private info to the Feds)…
- Zero lines, classroom time or books to read…
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It’s as simple as visiting this site and answering a few questions (they’re simple). Plus you can complete the entire certification process online.
Download it directly to your phone or computer in as little as 30 minutes.
You don’t even need to own a gun to get this permit…
that’s why it’s been named America’s #1 Concealed Carry Permit.
31 states have agreed to accept this permit so far (it’s simply the closest and easiest path to a semi-nationally recognized permit that’s available right now).
This permit isn’t just a basic concealed carry permit either. It’s one of a kind… and is available to you No Matter what state you reside in.
→ But there is one thing you need to know…
Since this loophole makes it so easy to get this permit, pro-gun-control lawmakers are aggressively searching for ways to ban access to it.
As such, you’ll need to download your online certificate today… especially since tomorrow this fast-track site could be shut down for good.
If you ever thought about getting a concealed carry permit here is your chance to carry legally. If you think you know some “gun basics” click here and download the certification today.
Letter to the Editor
My wife and I were both born in Australia, as were two children and four grandchildren. Our parents were born in Australia as were all of their parents. And some ancestors go back much further in this land.
I feel rage every time I have to sit through another patronising “welcome to country” charade, designed to make me feel an intruder in my own land. Indigenous history on this continent is the same as our family story – it just goes back a bit further.
The first aboriginals probably walked here over a land bridge and Europeans came later in sailing clippers. All caused displacement of prior inhabitants. They brought dingos which are now “protected” – we brought cattle, sheep, horses and ploughs which are increasingly condemned. They mined ochre, quartzite and basalt, which are now heritage sites – but our coal mines are widely condemned. They brought spears and boomerangs – we brought guns and swords.
Racial referenda, indigenous “Welcomes”, talk of Treaties and special land rights for some Australians just create and maintain division. How long before we are one people with the same rights and responsibilities?
Two centuries is surely time enough?
Washpool Qld 4306 Australia
That’s correct Viv, but wait until you have to sit through a phony ‘smoking ceremony.’ Our northern blackfellas shudder every time they see one. It’s only for tourists and has no traditional basis but the silly Prime Minister allowed hours of it at Parliament House for the opening ceremony. What a laugh!
Lights out in NPARC communities last night. No cash to splash thanks to inadequate Telstra phone cabling
Paradise takes on an ugly face
from our northern correspondent
A broken communications trunk cable near Coen in central Cape York Peninsula has caused chaos in northern communities preventing any eftpos transactions or telephone communication since Sunday morning.
Locals who contacted a Cairns communications company by satellite phone on Monday were warned residents could be facing a telephone and data blackout until Wednesday, however service was restored late on Monday night.
It is understood road earthworks machinery severed Telstra’s fibre optic cable north of Coen.
The outage has demonstrated how dependent isolated Cape York communities and stations are on landline communications and how vulnerable Cape York would be in a major emergency.
Businesses have been severely impacted in the middle of an extremely busy tourist season leaving some visitors stranded unable to use eftpos cards or withdraw cash to pay for fuel, accommodation or provisions.
A single, fragile, fibre optic cable connecting the Far North to southern networks laid by Telstra more than seven years ago is all that keeps townships such as Weipa and all aboriginal communities functioning.
Expecting a longer outage, Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council, based in Bamaga, took the extraordinary step of allowing $200 credit for each of its employees at a local supermarket because there were no operating teller machines to withdraw cash.
NPARC communities have a pre-paid electricity card system operated by Ergon Energy which has to be topped up by debit or credit cards for a home to access Ergon’s local grid.
Homes went without electricity as residents usually cannot afford to outlay more than $50 for power at one time which generally lasts less than a week.
One local beach-front tourist resort has lost tens of thousands of dollars since its eftpos data line broke down more than a month ago in an unrelated failure.
Telstra refuses to take any responsibility according to the proprietor who does not wish to be named in fear of being further ostracised by the telco.
“Telstra is sacking thousands of its experienced employees so what will happen when the lines go out in future?” another worried businessman asked.
Telstra CEO Andrew Penn has dodged a bullet because he cannot be contacted by telephone for comment.
The ‘bush telegraph’ has been lamenting the loss of high frequency two-way radio sets allocated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service decades ago which kept the Peninsula in touch with the outside world especially in times of emergency.
These invaluable radios were recalled by the RFDS 10 years ago and replaced by mobile and landline telephones.
So much for the new communications era.
Harry reports in June there was a meeting of all 573 local councils across Australia who voted to lobby federal government to have another referendum to make them legal local government being a fourth time after three previous attempts were voted down by the people. Mike and Harry discuss this in depth ….
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from Kevin Moore
After Assange’s Espionage Act Indictment, Police Move Against More Journalists for Publishing Classified Material
Less than two months after the arrest of journalist Julian Assange, and two weeks after his indictment under the Espionage Act, emboldened governments have sent the police after journalists who’ve challenged the state. Joe Lauria reports:
So is the Julian Assange case different? –
ABC vows to protect sources after AFP raid
The national broadcaster says a raid on its Sydney offices over a 2017 story that Australian defence personnel may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan “raises concerns over freedom of the press”.
The ABC vowed to protect its sources even as the federal police raid was continuing at the broadcaster’s offices in Ultimo on Wednesday.
A warrant indicates digital forensic officers will target documents and computers linked to reporters Dan Oakes and Sam Clark as well as news director Gaven Morris, the ABC reports.
The news organisation says the raid is in relation to a July 2017 story that revealed “hundreds of pages of secret Defence Force documents leaked to the ABC give an unprecedented insight into the clandestine operations of Australia’s elite special forces in Afghanistan including incidents of troops killing unarmed men and children”…………………. The West Australian
Assange illness won’t stop extradition by US
Julian Assange has been arrested and is now locked away in British custody. The U.S. government wants to extradite him, regardless of the official version, for the crime of revealing our government’s crimes. Nearly every government on our third rock from the sun despises the man for bringing transparency to the process of ruling the unwashed masses.
It is politically inconvenient at this time for the screaming corporate news to remind our entire citizenry what exactly WikiLeaks has done for us. So you won’t see the following list of WikiLeaks’ accomplishments anywhere on your corporate airwaves—in the same way the mainstream media did not begin every report about Chelsea Manning’s trial with a rundown of the war crimes she helped reveal.
And Chelsea Manning’s most famous leak is arguably also WikiLeaks’ most famous leak, so it’ll top this list:…………………….
“……………The raid against Smethurst, however, raises the prospect of prosecutions of journalists and media organisations for publishing leaked material, in a direct attack on freedom of the press.
This was signalled by the phrasing of the warrant, which reportedly stated that the raid was partly in relation to the “alleged publishing of information classified as an official secret, which is an extremely serious matter that has the potential to undermine Australia’s national security.”
The phrasing corresponds to Espionage and Foreign Interference legislation passed last year by the Coalition, with the full support of Labor. The new laws make it a criminal offense to “deal with” information that “harms” “national security.” “Deal with” is defined to cover a long list of activities: “collect,” “possess,” “make a record of,” “copy,” “alter,” “conceal,” “communicate,” “publish” and “make available.”
Journalists have a limited defence, if they “reasonably believe” the information they published was in the public interest. However, this proviso is entirely undefined and subject to interpretation, meaning that journalists and media organisations could still face prosecution.
The AFP raids are part of a deepening assault on the democratic rights of the population, which is aimed at suppressing growing opposition to militarism, war, social inequality and the escalating expansion of police powers. In both cases, journalists who have revealed evidence of crimes by the government and military are raided and implicitly threatened with criminal prosecution.
This is part of a broader drive by governments around the world to abolish freedom of the press and other fundamental civil liberties. The sharpest expression is the attempt by the US administration of President Donald Trump to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for his role in exposing US war crimes and diplomatic intrigues.
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Letter to the Editor
Whilst I do have problems with Israel Folau’s funding campaign, I have more of a problem with GoFundMe censoring the anti-vaxxers.
In Australia we have freedom of speech, and it is no-one’s business to interfere with that. No-one.
The anti-vaxxers have a case, and they should be able to make that case, as there is a vast body of proof concerning hugely adverse reactions to vaccines-even the UK and US Governments have set up vaccine damage compensation funds for those affected.
Where is Australia’s Registry of Vaccine-Damaged People, and where is the concomitant fund?
Alternative medicine needs support also, as I, myself, used the former to cure a life-threatening infection, in two and half weeks, that my doctor, and his futile penicillin, could not cure in nine weeks of treatment.
We all have a right to make our case known, and for opponents to attempt rebuttal, but not to simply to censor.
Free Speech is a God-given right. Let it remain so.
SOLDOTNA, Alaska — A Satanic Temple member who won the right to open a regional Alaska government meeting declared “Hail Satan” during her first invocation, prompting about a dozen officials and attendees to walk out.
Tuesday’s invocation that started the meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough also spurred a protest outside the southern Alaska borough’s administration building that drew 40 people, The Peninsula Clarion newspaper reported .
The Satanic Temple unveils its statue of Baphomet, a winged-goat creature, at a rally for the first amendment in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. The Satanic Temple wants to install the statue on Capitol grounds as a symbol for religious freedom after a monument of the Biblical Ten Commandments was installed in 2017. (AP Photo/Hannah Grabenstein)
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