Hoy es el día más hermoso de nuestra vida, querido Sancho; los obstáculos más grandes, nuestras propias indecisiones; nuestro enemigo más fuerte, el miedo al poderoso y a nosotros mismos; la cosa más fácil, equivocarnos; la más destructiva, la mentira y el egoísmo; la peor derrota, el desaliento; los defectos más peligrosos, la soberbia y el rencor; las sensaciones más gratas, la buena conciencia, el esfuerzo para ser mejores sin ser perfectos, y sobretodo, la disposición para hacer el bien y combatir la injusticia dondequiera que esté.

Don Quijote de la Mancha.

24 de agosto de 2016

¿Amar a sus enemigos?: "EE.UU. evacúa a los líderes del Estado Islámico del territorio iraquí"

Publicado: 28 dic 2015 02:05 GMT | Última actualización: 29 dic 2015 08:39 GMT
Mientras que los militares iraquíes realizan una ofensiva antiterrorista en Al Anbar, sus supuestos aliados estadounidenses evacúan a los yihadistas de Irak.
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Foto ilustrativaReuters
Haidar al-Hosseini al-Ardavi, jefe de las fuerzas armadas de chiitas en Irak dice que la interferencia de EE.UU. provoca demoras en las operaciones de las fuerzas voluntarias contra los terroristas del Estado Islámico. Según informa la agencia Fars, el militar opina que "Washington planea evacuar a los líderes de los terroristas en dirección desconocida".
El Ejército iraquí y los militantes del frente popular con apoyo de las fuerzas aéreas de la coalición internacional encabezada por EE.UU. llevan a cabo una operación antiterrorista en las ciudades de Ramadi y Faluya, provincia de Al Anbar.Los yihadistas entraron en la ciudad de Ramadi en mayo y el martes pasado las fuerzas iraquíes empezaron la ofensiva y liberación del territorio. Siguen abriéndose paso a la parte central de Ramadi, que es de importancia estratégica y donde pueden encontrarse centenas de terroristas.
Al mismo tiempo, se informa que unos 2.000 militantes del Estado Islámico y del Frente Al Nusra abandonaron este domingo el sur de Damasco. Las organizaciones terroristas están considerablemente debilitadas tras la operación de las Fuerzas Espaciales rusas en Siria.
Oriente Medio, con sus conflictos internos, amenazas terroristas, alianzas que se rompen y otras que se crean, es una de las regiones más importantes desde el punto de vista de la geopolítica, y una de las más complicadas. La siguiente infografía les ayudará a entender mejor la situación actual de esta parte del mundo.


The GOP's Stealth War Against Voters

Will an anti-voter-fraud program designed by one of Trump's advisers deny tens of thousands their right to vote in November?
The Crosscheck program is a response to the imaginary menace of mass voter fraud. Mark Makela/Reuters
When Donald Trump claimed, "the election's going to be rigged," he wasn't entirely wrong. But the threat was not, as Trump warned, from Americans committing the crime of "voting many, many times." What's far more likely to undermine democracy in November is the culmination of a decade-long Republican effort to disenfranchise voters under the guise of battling voter fraud. The latest tool: Election officials in more than two dozen states have compiled lists of citizens whom they allege could be registered in more than one state – thus potentially able to cast multiple ballots – and eligible to be purged from the voter rolls.
The data is processed through a system called the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, which is being promoted by a powerful Republican operative, and its lists of potential duplicate voters are kept confidential. But Rolling Stone obtained a portion of the list and the names of 1 million targeted voters. According to our analysis, the Crosscheck list disproportionately threatens solid Democratic constituencies: young, black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters – with some of the biggest possible purges underway in Ohio and North Carolina, two crucial swing states with tight Senate races.
Like all weapons of vote suppression, Crosscheck is a response to the imaginary menace of mass voter fraud. In the mid-2000s, after the Florida-recount debacle, the Bush administration launched a five-year investigation into the allegedly rampant crime but found scant evidence of wrongdoing. Still, the GOP has perpetuated the myth in every national election since. Recently, North Carolina Board of Elections chief Kim Strach testified to her legislature that 35,750 voters are "registered in North Carolina and another state and voted in both in the 2012 general election." Yet despite hiring an ex-FBI agent to lead the hunt, the state has charged exactly zero double voters from the Crosscheck list. Nevertheless, tens of thousands face the loss of their ability to vote – all for the sake of preventing a crime that rarely happens. So far, Crosscheck has tagged an astonishing 7.2 million suspects, yet we found no more than four perpetrators who have been charged with double voting or deliberate double registration.
On its surface, Crosscheck seems quite reasonable. Twenty-eight participating states share their voter lists and, in the name of dispassionate, race-blind Big Data, seek to ensure the rolls are up to date. To make sure the system finds suspect voters, Crosscheck supposedly matches first, middle and last name, plus birth date, and provides the last four digits of a Social Security number for additional verification.
In reality, however, there have been signs that the program doesn't operate as advertised. Some states have dropped out of Crosscheck, citing problems with its methodology, as Oregon's secretary of state recently explained: "We left [Crosscheck] because the data we received was unreliable."
In our effort to report on the program, we contacted every state for their Crosscheck list. But because voting twice is a felony, state after state told us their lists of suspects were part of a criminal investigation and, as such, confidential. Then we got a break. A clerk in Virginia sent us its Crosscheck list of suspects, which a letter from the state later said was done "in error."
The Virginia list was a revelation. In all, 342,556 names were listed as apparently registered to vote in both Virginia and another state as of January 2014. Thirteen percent of the people on the Crosscheck list, already flagged as inactive voters, were almost immediately removed, meaning a stunning 41,637 names were "canceled" from voter rolls, most of them just before Election Day.
We were able to obtain more lists – Georgia and Washington state, the total number of voters adding up to more than 1 million matches – and Crosscheck's results seemed at best deeply flawed. We found that one-fourth of the names on the list actually lacked a middle-name match. The system can also mistakenly identify fathers and sons as the same voter, ignoring designations of Jr. and Sr. A whole lot of people named "James Brown" are suspected of voting or registering twice, 357 of them in Georgia alone. But according to Crosscheck, James Willie Brown is supposed to be the same voter as James Arthur Brown. James Clifford Brown is allegedly the same voter as James Lynn Brown.
And those promised birth dates and Social Security numbers? The Crosscheck instruction manual says that "Social Security numbers are included for verification; the numbers might or might not match" – which leaves a crucial step in the identification process up to the states. Social Security numbers weren't even included in the state lists we obtained.
We had Mark Swedlund, a database expert whose clients include eBay and American Express, look at the data from Georgia and Virginia, and he was shocked by Crosscheck's "childish methodology." He added, "God forbid your name is Garcia, of which there are 858,000 in the U.S., and your first name is Joseph or Jose. You're probably suspected of voting in 27 states."
Swedlund's statistical analysis found that African-American, Latino and Asian names predominate, a simple result of the Crosscheck matching process, which spews out little more than a bunch of common names. No surprise: The U.S. Census data shows that minorities are overrepresented in 85 of 100 of the most common last names. If your name is Washington, there's an 89 percent chance you're African-American. If your last name is Hernandez, there's a 94 percent chance you're Hispanic. If your name is Kim, there's a 95 percent chance you're Asian.
This inherent bias results in an astonishing one in six Hispanics, one in seven Asian-Americans and one in nine African-Americans in Crosscheck states landing on the list. Was the program designed to target voters of color? "I'm a data guy," Swedlund says. "I can't tell you what the intent was. I can only tell you what the outcome is. And the outcome is discriminatory against minorities."
Every voter that the state marks as a legitimate match receives a postcard that is colorless and covered with minuscule text. The voter must verify his or her address and mail it back to their secretary of state. Fail to return the postcard and the process of taking your name off the voter rolls begins.
This postcard game amplifies Crosscheck's built-in racial bias. According to the Census Bureau, white voters are 21 percent more likely than blacks or Hispanics to respond to their official requests; homeowners are 32 percent more likely to respond than renters; and the young are 74 percent less likely than the old to respond. Those on the move – students and the poor, who often shift apartments while hunting for work – will likely not get the mail in the first place.
At this point, there's no way to know how each state plans to move forward. If Virginia's 13 percent is any indication, almost 1 million Americans will have their right to vote challenged. Our analysis suggests that winding up on the Crosscheck list is hardly proof that an individual is registered in more than one state. Based on the data, the program – whether by design or misapplication – could save the GOP from impending electoral annihilation. And not surprisingly, almost all Crosscheck states are Republican-controlled.
The man behind crosscheck is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Yale-educated former law professor. After 9/11, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft tasked Kobach with creating a system to track foreign travelers. (It was later shut down over concerns about racial profiling.) He is best known as the author of Arizona's "Driving While Brown Law," which allowed cops to pull over drivers and ask for proof of their legal status. He co-wrote the ultraconservative 2016 RNC party platform, working in a recommendation that Crosscheck be adopted by every state in the Union. He's also the Trump adviser who came up with a proposal to force Mexico into paying for Trump's wall.
In January 2013, Kobach addressed a gathering of the National Association of State Election Directors about combating an epidemic of ballot-stuffing across the country. He announced that Crosscheck had already uncovered 697,537 "potential duplicate voters" in 15 states, and that the state of Kansas was prepared to cover the cost of compiling a nationwide list. That was enough to persuade 13 more states to hand over their voter files to Kobach's office.
In battleground-state Ohio, Republican Secretary of State John Husted's Crosscheck has flagged close to half a million voters. In Dayton, we tracked down several of the suspects on our lists. Hot spots of "potential duplicate" voters, we couldn't help but notice, were in neighborhoods where the streets are pocked with rundown houses and boarded storefronts. On Otterbein Avenue, I met Donald Webster, who, like most in his neighborhood, is African-American.
Crosscheck lists him registered in Ohio as Donald Alexander Webster Jr., while registered a second time as Donald Eugene Webster (no "Jr.") in Charlottesville, Virginia. Webster says he's never been a "Eugene" and has never been to Charlottesville. I explained that both he and his Virginia doppelgänger were subject to losing their ability to vote.
"How low can they go?" he asked. "I mean, how can they do that?"
I put his question to Robert Fitrakis, a voting-rights attorney who examined our Crosscheck data. I showed him Donald Webster's listing – and page after page of Ohio voters. Fitrakis says that the Ohio secretary of state's enthusiasm for Crosscheck fits a pattern: "He doesn't want to match middle names, because he doesn't want real matches. They're targeting people with clearly defined ethnic names that typically vote for the Democratic Party. He wants to win Ohio the only way he knows how – by taking away the rights of citizens to vote."
Kobach refused to speak for this story. So I went to Newton, Kansas, where he was headlining an ice-cream-social fundraiser in a public park. I approached Kobach with the Crosscheck list he had refused me, and asked, "Why are these lists so secret?"
"They aren't," Kobach answered, contradicting what his attorney had told me.
I pointed to a random match on the Crosscheck list and asked him why it identified James Evans Johnson as the same voter as James P. Johnson.
Kobach denied the name could be on the list. "Our system would not yield this match," he said. (And according to the rules of his program, it shouldn't have.)
"This is the list you gave [Virginia], and they knocked off 41,000 voters," I said.
"That is false!" he said, as he hurried away. "You know why? Federal law prohibits that."
Kobach is correct that federal regulation typically would complicate such a sweeping purge, but somehow tens of thousands of voters in Virginia got knocked off the rolls anyway.
Kobach's Crosscheck purge machinery was in operation well before Trump arrived on the political scene – and will continue for elections to come. Low voter turnout of any kind traditionally favors the GOP, and this is the party's long game to keep the rolls free of young people, minorities and the poor. Santiago Juarez of New Mexico, an attorney who has done work for the League of United Latin American Citizens, has spent years signing up Hispanic voters in the face of systemic efforts to suppress their vote. He scoffed at the idea of a massive conspiracy among Latinos to vote in two states. "Hell," he said, "you can't get people to vote once, let alone twice."

¿Amar a sus enemigos?: "EE.UU. evacúa a los líderes del Estado Islámico del territorio iraquí"

Publicado: 28 dic 2015 02:05 GMT | Última actualización: 29 dic 2015 08:39 GMT
Mientras que los militares iraquíes realizan una ofensiva antiterrorista en Al Anbar, sus supuestos aliados estadounidenses evacúan a los yihadistas de Irak.
Foto ilustrativa
Foto ilustrativaReuters
Haidar al-Hosseini al-Ardavi, jefe de las fuerzas armadas de chiitas en Irak dice que la interferencia de EE.UU. provoca demoras en las operaciones de las fuerzas voluntarias contra los terroristas del Estado Islámico. Según informa la agencia Fars, el militar opina que "Washington planea evacuar a los líderes de los terroristas en dirección desconocida".
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El Ejército iraquí y los militantes del frente popular con apoyo de las fuerzas aéreas de la coalición internacional encabezada por EE.UU. llevan a cabo una operación antiterrorista en las ciudades de Ramadi y Faluya, provincia de Al Anbar.
Los yihadistas entraron en la ciudad de Ramadi en mayo y el martes pasado las fuerzas iraquíes empezaron la ofensiva y liberación del territorio. Siguen abriéndose paso a la parte central de Ramadi, que es de importancia estratégica y donde pueden encontrarse centenas de terroristas. 
Al mismo tiempo, se informa que unos 2.000 militantes del Estado Islámico y del Frente Al Nusra abandonaron este domingo el sur de Damasco. Las organizaciones terroristas están considerablemente debilitadas tras la operación de las Fuerzas Espaciales rusas en Siria.
Oriente Medio, con sus conflictos internos, amenazas terroristas, alianzas que se rompen y otras que se crean, es una de las regiones más importantes desde el punto de vista de la geopolítica, y una de las más complicadas. La siguiente infografía les ayudará a entender mejor la situación actual de esta parte del mundo.

Western Media Lies About Syria, Uses Dead Children As Propaganda

media_mind_controlOp-Ed by Afraa Dagher
If it is not Baby Aylan, it is little Omran. The Western mainstream media and their outlets will seize upon any tragedy, regardless of who is at fault or what actually caused it, in order to promote war against Syria. For those who are easily swayed by such sad photographs and videos, ask yourself, “Why does the media care more about some stories than others? Why do they care more about some children than they do about other children, some of whom are suffering more than those whom they choose to showcase?”
Western media has ignored thousands and thousands of children who have been killed in this Western-backed war against Syria. The children in Ekrima school in Homs, for instance, were killed by twin car bombings conducted by “moderate” rebels, which destroyed the school and killed the children who were gathered there, singing the national anthem in order to start the day. The only thing these children were guilty of was going to school.
All of this means nothing to the Western mainstream media. Many Syrians, many children in fact, have been killed in Aleppo by gangs that are classified by the United States and the West as “moderate rebels.” These groups go by the name of Noureddine al-Zenki, Ahrar al-Sham, and Jaish al-Islam, etc. But not a word from the media about the children who were victims of these groups.
Not only that, but there are children being killed every day in Yemen. They are being killed by Saudi Arabia, a close friend of the United States and the West. Is this not important to the mainstream media? Are these children not worthy of reporting? Why?
Is it true that only two children amongst the tens of thousands are worth talking about?
To the Western public, you must ask yourselves these questions? Why do you feel pity for two children but not for ten thousand children? Why do you use only one eye when God gave you two?
The reason is because you listen to your media and your media does not tell you the truth. In fact, your media distorts the truth and tells you outright lies. They want you to support war in Syria and they want you to support your government in its effort to stop airstrikes against terrorists. Why? Because the airstrikes are working.
Your media and the governments working behind it are allied with terrorists, supporting them every inch of the way and helping them create more victims. Your media is al-Qaeda’s film crew.
For the sake of the world, as well as the sake of your own country, you must demand that your media stop acting as the voice of terrorism and that your government end its war of aggression against Syria.
Afraa Dagher is a political analyst currently residing in Syria. She has made numerous media appearances commenting on the current state of affairs inside Syria as well as the nature of the current crisis. She has appeared on RT, PRESS TV, and is a regular guest on Activist Post writer Brandon Turbeville’s Truth on the Tracks radio program. Her website is www.SyrianaAfrona.wordpress.com.

Soros Hack: Top 10 Machinations of a Master Manipulator

soros-hackedBy Makia Freeman
The recent Soros hack – the hacking and release of 2500+ emails and documents release by DCLeaks – shows black-and-white proof of the machinations, manipulations and massively long reach of Hungarian-born Jew, multi-billionaire, top Hillary Clinton donor, arch manipulator and big-time New World Order insider George Soros.
The MSM is ignoring the Soros hack, which is to be expected, but those coming to it with little or no knowledge of the man will be blown away by the extent to which Soros directs world affairs. This man is extremely influential and deserves to be focused upon in the same way that the Rockefellers and Rothschilds have been. He has been behind some extremely important political movements in the US (e.g. BLM or Black Lives Matter) and geopolitical events around the world (e.g. the US-funded Ukrainian coup which installed a Neo-Nazi puppet government).
Soros’ favorite method is to fund color revolutions (fake grassroots uprisings) through his numerous NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) which specialize in propaganda and the overthrow of democratically elected foreign governments in coups. Soros and his NGOs were banned last year in 2015 by Russia as a threat to national security, and the Soros hack shows us why Russian leaders don’t want the man near their nation.

If There’s a Movement, Good Chance Soros is Behind It

So just what do these emails reveal about Soros? He has an incredible array of Open Society Foundations (OSFs) in numerous countries across the world, all of which are pushing his particular agendas, such as open borders, unfettered migration, welfare and support for illegal migrants, “social justice” (a loaded term which means many different things to different people) and the “humanitarian” spreading of US “democracy” around the world (more loaded terms and doublespeak). The leaked documents include proof that Soros has been involved in all of the below top 10 machinations. Soros is actively intervening and interfering on a colossal scale. He is causing problems and chaos (including murder and war) to reshape the world in his view (ordo ab chao):
1. Trying to sway a US Supreme Court decision to get documentation and welfare for undocumented or illegal immigrant parents of a child US citizen:
“Grantees are seeking to influence the Justices (primarily via a sophisticated amicus briefs and media strategy) in hopes of securing a favorable ruling in U.S. v. Texas, and using the case to redefine messaging and align the movement.”
2. Trying to buy journalists to present a favorable Ukraine narrative:
“Select journalists from the 5 target countries (Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Greece) and offer them long stay reporting trips in Ukraine. Rather than specify what they should write about they should make suggestions for articles; we retain a veto on stories we think are counterproductive … this isn’t proper independent journalism and we may damage our credibility with journalists. Journalists may produce stories that have no relevance for the narrative we seek to inform or stories that are counterproductive (enforcing narratives of fascism etc.)”
(Remember that in June 2015, a small group of Ukrainian hackers exposed the communication between new president Petro Poroshenko (US asset) and Soros, which showed that Soros was the puppet master assuring Poroshenko of US help.)
3. Influencing and trying to take advantage of the European migrant crisis:
“Our premise for engaging in work related to governance was that, in addition to mitigating the negative effects of enforcement, we should also be supporting actors in the field proactively seeking to change the policies, rules, and regulations that govern migration. We also believed that advances at the regional or international levels could create impetus for policy change or implementation of existing norms at the national level. We deliberately avoided the term “global governance” because there is no single system at the global level for managing migration.”

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4. Trying to reform immigration law throughout Europe and the world, including a US immigration law passed by the “Gang of Eight” senators:
“The current refugee crisis is creating space to reconsider the governance of migration and the international refugee regime … reforming migration governance at the global level.”
“Although [comprehensive immigration reform] was not achieved, winning the Senate with such a large, bipartisan majority was a partial victory and further than the movement had gotten in recent decades, and, as a result of the effort, the immigrant rights movement infrastructure matured and ultimately emerged stronger, more coordinated, and more cohesive.” – Document including a presentation from Ivy O. Suriyopas, a program officer with OSF’s U.S. Programs
5. Funding BLM (Black Lives Matter) to the tune of $650,000, which had more to do with instigating violent anti-police riots than genuinely helping black people in poverty facing racism and discrimination:
“Recognizing the need for strategic assistance, the U.S. Programs Board approved $650,000 in Opportunities Fund support to invest in technical assistance and support for the groups at the core of the burgeoning #BlackLivesMatter movement.”
For more analysis on how the BLM movement is being coordinated at higher levels, along with the migrant crisis, see my article Decoding Current Social Engineering Tactics of the Anglo-American-Zionist NWO.
soros-hack-george-soros-hillary-clintonWikiLeaks added to the Soros hack by showing George Soros told Hillary (as Sec. of State) how to intervene in Albania.
6. Dictating to then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton how to handle a political situation in Albania (as revealed by WikiLeaks):
“Dear Hillary, A serious situation has arisen in Albania which needs urgent attention at senior levels of the US government. You may know that an opposition demonstration in Tirana on Friday resulted in the deaths of three people and the destruction of property. There are serious concerns about further unrest connected to a counter-demonstration to be organized by the governing party on Wednesday and a follow-up event by the opposition two days later to memorialize the victims …”
Soros went on to tell Hillary exactly who she needed to appoint as mediator: Carl Bildt, Martti Ahtisaari and Miroslav Lajcak. Hillary did what she was told.
7. Donating money (buying influence) to “social justice” through centralization of power in the State:
“Build state-based power: Advance social justice in critical states through state-based issue advocacy and organizing where the opportunities to advance (or the threats to) open society are particularly significant.”
8. Trying to make Greece support the Ukrainian Coup and turn against Russia:
“In general, and at your discretion, do not say you are doing this for Open Society because it is likely to close down doors. There’s a lot of suspicion about Open Society in Greece, mainly because of its positions vis-à-vis the former Yugoslavia.”
9. Gathering information on opponents to his agenda:
Daily Caller reports that Soros gave Center for American Progress (CAP) a $200,000 grant, then two more grants for a total of $500,000, for the purpose of researching and monitoring the activities of opponents such as Pamela Geller (Stop Islamization of America), organizations such as Jihad Watch and the Middle East Forum, Liz Cheney (daughter of former VP Dick Cheney), as well as examining the role played by right-wing media, the Tea Party movement and others.
10. Controlling the US Ambassador to Ukraine and other key Ukrainian figures:
Soros and his NGO executives conducted detailed and extensive meetings with just about every actor involved in the Maidan coup in Ukraine. These included US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, David Meale (Economic Counsellor to the Ambassador), Lenny Benardo (OSF), Yevhen Bystrytsky (Executive Director, IRF), Oleksandr Sushko (Board Chair, IRF), Ivan Krastev (Chariman, Centre for Liberal Studies), Sabine Freizer (OSF), and Deff Barton (Director, USAID, Ukraine). I wonder where Vicky “Fuck the EU” Nuland is in all of this, but I’m sure she’ll be in there somewhere.
In this excerpt below, Soros and Pyatt are on the same team in terms of propaganda dissemination after the illegal US coup:
“Ambassador: The short term issue that needs to be addressed will be the problem in getting the message out from the government through professional PR tools, especially given Putin’s own professional smear campaigns.
GS: Agreement on the strategic communications issue—providing professional PR assistance to Ukrainian government would be very useful. Gave an overview of the Crisis Media Center set up by IRF and the need for Yatseniuk to do more interviews with them that address directly with journalists and the public the current criticisms of his decision making.”

NGOs: Domination through Subversion and Infiltration

It is no wonder that nations now view NGOs very suspiciously. No doubt, there are many good NGOs doing important work for the benefit of humanity, but on the darker side, NWO manipulators like Soros have seized upon them as a vehicle of infiltration and subversion, as a way to covertly influence, control and dominate a country without needing to overtly go to war with it. Today’s battles are being fought with NGOs and electronics, rather than armaments and nukes. We are in the middle of a giant propaganda war. The Soros hack completely vindicates the prescient words of JFK, who made a famous speech where he mentioned that:
“… we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence – on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections …”
For anyone familiar with key conspiracy documents, this approach of Soros and his minions also echoes what is found in Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars:
“Everything that is expected from an ordinary weapon is expected from a silent weapon by its creators, but only in its own manner of functioning. It shoots situations, instead of bullets; propelled by data processing, instead of chemical reaction (explosion); originating from bits of data, instead of grains of gunpowder; from a computer, instead of a gun; operated by a computer programmer, instead of a marksman; under the orders of a banking magnate, instead of a military general.”
“The public cannot comprehend this weapon, and therefore cannot believe that they are being attacked and subdued by a weapon.”
“When a silent weapon is applied gradually, the public adjusts/adapts to its presence and learns to tolerate its encroachment on their lives until the pressure (psychological via economic) becomes too great and they crack up. Therefore, the silent weapon is a type of biological warfare. It attacks the vitality, options, and mobility of the individuals of a society by knowing, understanding, manipulating, and attacking their sources of natural and social energy, and their physical, mental, and emotional strengths and weaknesses.”

Conclusion: The Soros Hack Exposes a Vast Hidden Influence

Like so much conspiracy theory that turns out to be conspiracy fact, the Soros hack now proves the nefarious and heretofore hidden influence that rich NWO billionaires like George Soros have on world affairs, foreign and domestic, due to their practically unlimited funds. If you want to change the world, $25 billion goes a long way and will buy you a lot of influence over government policy and law. The Soros hack is yet more evidence that we do not live in a world where our leaders are elected, they are selected; and on top of that, they rarely represent the common people, because they are beholden to moneyed interests, to the point where they are emailed and told how to intervene and directed what to do. The Soros hack is yet more proof that the real truth of who runs the world is to be found in conspiracy research, and thankfully, as more and more leaks and hacks surface, we are beginning to put the full picture together.
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Makia Freeman is the editor of alternative news / independent media site The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com (FaceBook here), writing on many aspects of truth and freedom, from exposing aspects of the worldwide conspiracy to suggesting solutions for how humanity can create a new system of peace and abundance.
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How Elections Are Won: Voting Machine Fraud

american_flag_matrix_by_chrisdiontewalker-d954qoe-777x437By Catherine J. Frompovich
Votes cast on electronic voting machines cannot be verified!
What a horrible thought, especially when you cast your ballot November 8th, 2016.
Governors and others, apparently, have the power to flip the votes, according to independent journalist Harvey Wasserman.
Personally, I HATE voting via electronic voting machines; they turn me off so much so that sometimes I don’t vote, sad to have to admit.  Why do they turn me off?  Because I KNOW what goes on with how the vote count can be skewed and/or flipped.
Knowing what I know, it grates my conscience that my vote can be recast by some corporate jerk who owns the voting machines or a computer geek who writes the software program.  How’s that fit in with the democratic process?  But, that’s the way many of the previous elections have been won.
Remember the presidential election that was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court! [1]
Not wanting readers to not know what’s probably going on with electronic voting machines, I’ve prepared a video essay of various reports of voting machine fraud, both past and present, which ought to get your attention and which I would like to see also start a national voters campaign to have the 2016 general elections use paper ballot verifications that can be tallied against electronic voting machine counts.
Voting Machines Fraud Explained

Programmer Under Oath Admits Computers Rig Elections

Could the 2016 Election Be Stolen With Help From Electronic Voting Machines?

How Hillary Clinton Stole Iowa: Voter Fraud Caught Live on TV (Polk County, Iowa Democratic Caucus)

Fraud in Voting Machines “It’s a completely non-transparent process.”

Chicago Board of Elections / They were erasing votes!  Pure election fraud.  The auditors covered it up!

I’d like to offer a suggestion.
Here’s the Contact Form for the United States Election Assistance Commission where you can write a message about how you feel about electronic voting machines being rigged, plus demand that the 2016 vote tallies really represent what the voters choose.  Let’s put them on notice that we know what goes on and we won’t stand for it any longer.
[1] https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/00-949.ZPC.html
Clinton Foundation donors include dozens of media organizations, individuals
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Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.
Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.
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Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)
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Turkey Invades Syria, Backed By U.S.

syria safe zoneBy Brandon Turbeville
On Wednesday morning, Turkey abruptly launched an all-out military assault on Syria, sending in tanks, troops, and engaging in airstrikes, in concert with airstrikes from the United States, to the northern portions of Syria near the Turkey-Syria border under the guise of combating ISIS forces. At this time, the military operations seem focused around Jarablus.
According to the BBC, “A dozen Turkish tanks and other vehicles have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State (IS). Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes.”
For those who may be wondering exactly what the Turkish goal might be, two points must be mentioned in regards to Turkey’s actions which should go some length to demonstrate that the Turks are still focused on destroying the Syrian government as well as preventing the establishment of a Kurdish enclave either in Syria or Turkey.
First, the Turkish military is acting as the frontal assault for “moderate” rebel forces like the FSA who are marching in directly behind the Turkish military to hold territory conquered by the Turks. Any association with the Free Syrian Army, a gaggle of Western-backed extremists indistinguishable from ISIS, should be a major warning sign to any informed observer that the goal is not to aid in the destruction of terrorist forces in Syria or to assist the Syrian government in its goal to do so. Second, the Turkish invasion was accompanied by American airstrikes which clearly indicates that the Turks are operating closely with the United States, which has been chomping at the bit to either directly destroy the Syrian government via military invasion or to create “buffer zones” and “safe zones” in the country to act as forward operating bases for future terrorist proxy operations.
Al-Masdar reports on the progress of the Turkish military offensive by writing:
The Turkish Special Forces, alongside the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Faylaq Al-Sham, reportedly captured their first village during this new offensive dubbed “Operation Euphrates Shield.” According to Faylaq Al-Sham’s official media wing, their forces captured the village of Tal Katlijah after the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) terrorists quickly abandoned the area in order to reinforce Jarabulus.
ISIS has mostly abandoned the small area between Jarabulus and the Turkish border, leaving only small units to resist the advancing Turkish-backed rebels.
The Turkish-backed rebels are now attacking the hilltop village of Tal Sha’er, which is along the road to Jarabulus.
The Turk agenda here is also two-fold: On one hand, Turkey’s Erdogan wants to continue to work with NATO and the United States to destroy the secular government of Bashar al-Assad while, on the other hand, Turkey needs to do all it can do to prevent an autonomous Kurdish enclave on its border with Syria. An effective way to do this is to create a “buffer zone” between the Kurds and Turkey while, at the same, making sure that the dimensions of the “buffer zone” are the same as the “safe zone” desired by NATO two years ago in order to keep terrorist supply lines moving through Turkey and in to Syria. That narrow and porous jihadist corridor has become known as the Jarablus corridor, the same areas which the Turks are now invading and filling up with terrorists as we speak.
For its part, the Syrian government has condemned the Turkish invasion. As ABC News reports,
Syria’s government has denounced Turkish military incursion, describing it as Turkey’s “blatant violation” of Syrian sovereignty.
In a statement reported by state-run news agency SANA on Wednesday, the government says that “any move to combat terrorism on Syrian territories should have been coordinated with the Syrian government and army.”
The statement also calls for an immediate end to the Turkish “aggression,” which it says is being carried out under the pretext of fighting terrorism.
It says: “Fighting terrorism cannot be undertaken by ousting Daesh and replacing it with other terrorist organizations directly backed by Turkey.” Daesh is the Arabic language acronym for IS.

The YPG has likewise condemned the Turkish involvement in Syria, labeling it a “blatant aggression in Syrian internal affairs.”
Turkey’s move raises even more questions now regarding the nature of its recent “failed” coup as well as its relationship with Russia and the United States. A troubling new dimension has also been added to the Syrian crisis as the Turks have now officially invaded a sovereign country in an already volatile region. Undoubtedly, we will be watching these events closely.
Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 650 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.
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22 de agosto de 2016

As Predicted, Obamacare Is Absolutely Killing The Middle Class

obamacare_rate_hike1By Michael Snyder
The critics of Obamacare have been proven right.  The Obama administration promised that health insurance premiums would go down.  Instead, they have absolutely skyrocketed.  The Obama administration promised that Obamacare would not kill jobs.  Instead, firms are hiring fewer workers because of suffocating health care costs.  As you will see below, even the Federal Reserve is admitting this.  The Obama administration also promised that the big health insurance companies would love the new Obamacare plans and would eagerly compete with one another to win customers in the new health insurance marketplaces.  Instead, many of the big health insurance companies are now dropping Obamacare plans altogether.
We witnessed the latest stunning example of this phenomenon just a few days ago.  It turns out that Aetna has been losing hundreds of millions of dollars on plans sold through the health exchanges, and now they plan to pull out of the program almost entirely
Earlier this week, Aetna, which covers about 900,000 people through the health exchanges created under Obamacare, announced that it would dramatically reduce its presence those exchanges. Instead of expanding into five new states this year, as the insurer had previously planned, the company said that it would drop out of 11 of the 15 states in which it currently sells under the law.
Aetna’s decision follows similar moves from other insurers: UnitedHealth announced in April that it would cease selling plans on most exchanges. Shortly after, Humana pulled out of two states, Virginia and Alabama. More than a dozen of the nonprofit health insurance cooperatives set up under the law—health insurance carriers created using government-back loans in order to spur competition—have failed entirely. While some insurers are entering the exchanges, even more are leaving.
Another one of “the big five,” UnitedHealth, is going to lose more than half a billion dollars on Obamacare plans.  So just a few months ago they also announced that they would be dramatically scaling back their participation in the program.
Because of the ridiculous costs, health insurance companies are either going to have to abandon the exchanges completely or they will have to raise rates substantially.
Needless to say, the people that are going to ultimately feel the pain from all of this are consumers
Customers who are now forced to obtain insurance or pay a hefty fine that grows more costly over time are being left in a difficult position. Americans are essentially stuck between a rock and hard place, either losing coverage entirely, or having to cough up money for a plan they can’t afford.
Something has to give,” said Larry Levitt, a healthcare law expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Either insurers will drop out or insurers will raise premiums.
On the low end of the spectrum, tens of millions of poor Americans benefit from government programs that provide health care at little or no cost.
On the other end of the spectrum, the very wealthy can afford to pay the ridiculously high health insurance premiums that we are seeing under Obamacare.
So what this means is that the people that are being hurt the most by Obamacare are those that belong to the middle class.

As I mentioned above, employers are now hiring less workers because of Obamacare, and that is very bad news for the middle class.  One recent study conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York discovered that nearly one out of every five firms is “employing fewer workers” because of this insidious law
According to a new survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 20.9% of manufacturing firms in the state said they were employing fewer workers because of the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law known as Obamacare, while 16.8% of respondents in the service sector said the same.
And middle class Americans that have to pay for their own health insurance are being hit with much higher bills these days.  According to one recent study, it is being projected that the average Obamacare premium will go up 24 percent in 2016…
Now, courtesy of a new study by independent analyst Charles Gaba – who has crunched the numbers for insurers participating in the ACA exchanges in all 50 states – we can also calculate what the average Obamacare premium increase across the entire US will be: using proposed and approved rate increase requests, the average Obamacare premium is expected to surge by a whopping 24% this year.
Even NBC News, which is about as pro-Obama as you can get, is reporting on the crippling premium increases that are devastating the middle class…
Millions of people who pay the full cost of their health insurance will face the sting of rising premiums next year, with no financial help from government subsidies.
Renewal notices bearing the bad news will go out this fall, just as the presidential election is in the home stretch.
“I don’t know if I could swallow another 30 or 40 percent without severely cutting into other things I’m trying to do, like retirement savings or reducing debt,” said Bob Byrnes, of Blaine, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb. His monthly premium of $524 is already about 50 percent more than he was paying in 2015, and he has a higher deductible.
All over the nation people are getting hit like this.
Personally, my health insurance company wanted to nearly double the rate I was paying when Obamacare fully kicked in.  So I searched around and found another plan that was only about a 30 percent increase, but at least it wasn’t nearly double what I had been paying before.
But when the time came to renew that plan, they wanted to jump my premium up another 50 percent per month.
Those of us who are in the middle are being crushed by Obamacare.  We aren’t poor enough to qualify for government assistance, and we aren’t wealthy enough for these ridiculous health insurance premiums not to matter.
Just about everything that Barack Obama promised us about Obamacare has turned out to be a lie.
So where in the accountability?
This is one of the big reasons why nearly one out of every five U.S. adults lives with their parents or their grandparents these days.  Many young adults cannot afford the basics of life such as health insurance, and so they have got to find a way to cut back expenses somewhere.  If that means moving back in with Mom and Dad, that is what some of them are going to do.
I am astounded that our system of health care has become so messed up.  But this is just more evidence of how our society is falling apart in thousands of different ways, and I am not optimistic that things will be turned around any time soon.
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Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

NATO Nukes in Romania: Rumor Mill Vs. Reality

nuclear-weapons-missile-arrayBy Ulson Gunnar
Unconfirmed reports regarding the US moving nuclear weapons it reportedly maintains at Incirlik Airbase, Turkey to Romania (a NATO member since 2004) made the rounds last week. It is just one of many stories surrounding the apparent fallout between the United States and its stalwart ally and fellow NATO member, Turkey.
Following a failed coup in July, Turkey has accused the US openly of orchestrating the attempted overthrow of the government. Despite this, US forces continue operating from Turkish territory, and according to official reports, American nuclear weapons remain in Turkey.
But what if they were being moved? And if not to Romania as Romanian officials insist, to another NATO member state, what would this mean? And if they are not being moved, who started this rumor and why?

NATO Nuclear Sharing

The US currently maintains nuclear weapons in a number of NATO countries (Turkey, Belgium, Italy, German and the Netherlands) under a “nuclear sharing” program that dates back to the Cold War. The impact of joining this program is politically and strategically significant. There are risks and responsibilities involved with hosting US nuclear weapons, and those nations that seek to opt out once in the program can struggle for years before these weapons are finally removed from their territory.
A 2009 Der Spiegel article titled, “Yankee Bombs Go Home: Foreign Minister Wants US Nukes out of Germany,” highlights just how difficult this can be, especially considering that as of 2016, US nuclear weapons remain in Germany, and as Deutsche Welle points out, new weapons may even be on their way.
According to a 2010 paper by The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) titled, “NATO’s Tactical Nuclear Dilemma” (PDF), part of the reasoning of maintaining nuclear weapons in Europe and Turkey is to give the NATO alliance “credibility” as well as discourage nuclear proliferation both within NATO and beyond it.
The paper postulated that the removal of nuclear weapons from Turkey could unbalance the region strategically and spur nuclear proliferation from Iran to Saudi Arabia and perhaps even force Turkey itself to seek its own nuclear weapons. In regards to Turkey, the paper concluded that maintaining US nuclear weapons there was desirable both for Turkey and for NATO.

Possible Reasons for the Rumors

Considering what were perceived to be the consequences of removing nuclear weapons from Turkey in 2010, the transferring of US nuclear weapons to Romania now would be serious indeed. Thus, floating rumors of the weapons being moved could have been aimed at pressuring Ankara to make concessions regarding any number of current US projects in the region, the most prominent of which would be its ongoing proxy war against Syria, Russia and Iran.
Another possibility may have been to simply add credibility to claims that US and Turkish ties are strained, even unraveling. This might be perceived as necessary considering the lack of actual, quantifiable fallout seen on the ground in Turkey in regards to a continued US presence within its territory, as well as on the ground along the Turkish-Syrian border.
This geopolitical subterfuge might be aimed at Russia and Syria as a means of drawing them in before an inevitable betrayal.
US nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey and throughout Europe have always been somewhat secretive. In the RUSI paper words such as “reportedly” are used in reference to the number and location of US nuclear weapons across the region. This secrecy makes rumors regarding US nuclear weapons and their potential movement from Turkey to Romania particularly attractive in terms of extorting geopolitical concessions and manipulating public perception as they are difficult to confirm or deny.

Rumors Vs. Reality

However, the perceived implications of the move have already been placed in the minds of many.
But regardless of these rumors, the reality of US-Turkish ties remains to be seen on the ground, in Turkey, at Incirlik Airbase, at America’s sprawling complex in Ankara where a variety of diplomatic, political and military activities are organized from and along the Turkish-Syrian border where US forces and various armed proxies are still operating.
When Ankara begins taking concrete steps toward truly ending the war in Syria, such as cutting off supply lines that have fed US, European, and Persian Gulf-backed militants for years, resulting in the collapse of militant forces particularly in Idlib and around Aleppo, there may be proper impetus to make the prospect of transferring US nuclear weapons out of Turkey more believable.
Likewise, should Turkey begin incrementally removing the large presence of US military and diplomatic personnel from its territory to levels more proportionate to those seen in non-NATO member states, the idea of the US moving its nuclear weapons out of the country will not seem so far fetched.
However, even if Turkey wanted to take all of these steps, it would not be easy to immediately implement them. Much of what constitutes current US-Turkish ties has been in the making for decades, forged during the Cold War and tempered further in its aftermath. And if these decidedly smaller steps are difficult to initiate, larger steps like transferring nuclear weapons and altering the geopolitical and strategic lay of an entire region are even more so.
With this in mind, we should consider these rumors as possibly coercive in nature, and even more so, possibly meant to manipulate public perception into believing the fallout between Turkey and the US is greater than it really is. Regardless, when really put into perspective, the possibility of the US transferring nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania is still just that, rumors.
Ulson Gunnar, a New York-based geopolitical analyst and writer especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

NSA World’s Most Dangerous Cyber Threat, Not Russia and China

serverBy Kurt Nimmo
The establishment media routinely blames Russia and China for hack attacks and malware distribution. The latest propaganda effort claims Russia is responsible for the DNC hack and Vladimir Putin is attempting to influence the 2016 election.
Last week whistleblower Edward Snowden released a document revealing an arsenal of cyber weapons used by the NSA. On Monday, the hacker group Shadow Brokers announced they are holding an auction of cyber weapons created by the agency. The shadowy group “dropped 300MB of stolen data onto the open Web, including live exploits for some of the Web’s most crucial network infrastructure, apparently stolen from the NSA in 2013,” according to The Verge.
Sam Biddle, writing for The Intercept, breaks it down.
According to TechCrunch “expert analysis of the data suggested that the NSA and the Equation Group are one and the same.”
The Equation Group is a group of hackers discovered by Kaspersky Labs and characterized as one of the most sophisticated cyber attack outfits in the world. Ars Technica described the operation as “the most advanced… we have seen… with technical skill and resources that rival the groups that developed Stuxnet and the Flame espionage malware.”
Flame espionage malware and the Stuxnet virus infected computers in Iran. Flame “achieved mathematic breakthroughs that could only have been accomplished by world-class cryptographers,” note two of the world’s foremost cryptography experts. Stuxnet is a jointly built American-Israeli cyber weapon.
Kaspersky researchers have documented 500 infections by Equation Group in at least 42 countries, with Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Syria, and Mali topping the list. Because of a self-destruct mechanism built into the malware, the researchers suspect that this is just a tiny percentage of the total; the actual number of victims likely reaches into the tens of thousands.
Snowden suggests the raid on the NSA’s servers is political:

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The CIA has a long track record of adversely influencing elections, overthrowing democratically elected governments, and sponsoring coups in Italy (1948), Iran (1953), Guatemala (1954), North Vietnam (1954-1958), Hungary (1956), Laos (1957-1973), Haiti (1959), Cuba (1961; the grand failure of the Bay of Pigs revealed the CIA’s modus operandi), Dominican Republic (1961), Ecuador (1961), Congo or Zaire (1961), Brazil (1964), Indonesia (1965; a particularly bloody coup resulting in the death of a million people), Greece (1965), Cambodia (1970; meddling here resulted in the rise of the Khmer Rouge, which massacred millions of civilians), Chile (1973), Australia (1975), and dozens of other covert ops, designer wars, and general mayhem and chaos.
Now the United States is more sophisticated. It utilizes foundations to do its dirty work influencing elections and overthrowing governments. The foundations include the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI), and Freedom House—all supported to various degrees by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) at the State Department.
“Protests and destabilization actions are always planned around an electoral campaign and process, to raise tensions and questions of potential fraud, and to discredit the elections in the case of a loss for the opposition, which is generally the case. The same agencies are always present, funding, training and advising,” writes Eva Golinger.
The following countries have experienced “color revolutions”: Portugal, Philippines, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Georgia, Ukraine, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Belarus, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Moldova, Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, China, and Macedonia.
The “Arab Spring” color revolution launched in Syria resulted in a “civil war” (more precisely a US and Gulf Emirate sponsored proxy war) that has thus far resulted in nearly 500,000 deaths.
The latest example is Ukraine where the State Department worked with the Euromaidan movement to overthrow the democratically elected government of Viktor Yanukovych. The US has used the ongoing political and military tensions in that country to put pressure on Russia and heighten the possibility of a catastrophic conflict between the two nations.
Kurt Nimmo is the editor of Another Day in the Empire, where this article first appeared. He is the former lead editor and writer of Infowars.com.

Revelan por qué la superioridad de EEUU está llegando a su fin

Los políticos estadounidenses sienten nostalgia por los años posteriores a la Segunda Guerra Mundial y no se dan cuenta de que EEUU ya no es capaz de seguir siendo el líder mundial, afirmó Barry Gewen en su artículo para National Interest.

Sin embargo, según el autor, esta ilusoria superioridad militar, económica y política se debe a que todo el mundo estaba en ruinas tras la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Actualmente, Washington no tiene otra opción que "guardar lo que queda de su superioridad". La política anticomunista siempre ha sido el lado opuesto de la ideología de EEUU. No obstante, tras la disolución de la URSS, la imagen liberal —en la que se basó la superioridad estadounidense— perdió su relevancia, además, no pudo soportar la tensión nacional, étnica y religiosa. Además, la democracia 'impuesta' por Washington a los países de África y Oriente Próximo, no ayudó a resolver los conflictos internos en las regiones.
"EEUU es un gran país. Y sigue siendo grande. Pero jamás tendrá la autoridad y la fuerza que tenía después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, y sería una sabia decisión si Washington guarda la fuerza que posee", subrayó el experto.

Bombardeos de la coalición internacional en Kobani, Siria (archivo)
© AP Photo/ Lefteris Pitarakis
Gewen profundizó que "lo necesario para EEUU es encontrar alguna forma de coexistir con otras grandes potencias como Rusia y China". Además, Washington "debe separar lo necesario de lo deseado, y lo deseado de lo posible", según declaró Gewen, citando al conocido politólogo estadounidense Hans Morgenthau. El experto agregó que Washington no debe permanecer pasivo ante los procesos independentistas en Europa. De acuerdo con el politólogo, "sólo Dios sabe" qué países de Europa puedan sufrir crisis o guerras civiles, ya que, por ejemplo, Escocia y Cataluña, así como una parte de Bélgica, Flandes, pueden obtener la independencia en un futuro próximo.

21 de agosto de 2016

China le saca todo el jugo al sol: Ya genera la cuarta parte de la energía fotovoltaica mundial

Excelentes noticias nos llegan desde China, pais que está aprovechando su potencial y ya produce la cuarta parte de la energía solar en el mundo, sacándole mucha distancia en este sector al resto de países. Cada año el Gobierno cierra plantas de carbón y alienta a empresarios a instalar más paneles fotovoltaicos, que forman campos gigantes en regiones aisladas, como el desierto Gobi.
China, líder global desde hace tiempo en la producción de paneles fotovoltaicos, se ha convertido en el principal consumidor de éstos. De hecho, adquiere la tercera parte de los paneles fotovoltaicos que ella misma produce. Está previsto que hasta finales del año el gigante asiático acapare 14 gigavatios de paneles solares del total de 55 gigavatios que se producen en todo el mundo, es decir, la cuarta parte de la energía solar que se produce en planeta.
A diferencia de países como EE.UU. o Alemania, China no instala sus paneles solares en techos de edificios, sino en la tierra, organizándolos en campos gigantes, especialmente en el desierto de Gobi. Los paneles solares, capaces de producir un gigavatio de energía solar, ocupan el mismo espacio que una planta nuclear o de gas natural.
El desarrollo de energía solar en China se debe a la voluntad del Gobierno, que introdujo el programa de tarifas bonificadas, gracias a las cuales se pueden pagar los generadores solares con la energía que producen; así como un plan de 5 años que busca instalar más paneles solares. Uno de los objetivos de China pasa por resolver el problema de la contaminación, que ha llegado a ocultar el sol en ciudades enteras durante días. Abriendo nuevas plantas solares, China busca cerrar las que usan carbón, siendo ya 18 gigavatíos los cerrados hasta el momento.
El segundo país donde más ha crecido este año el desarrollo de energía solar es Japón, que busca fuentes de energía limpia tras la tragedia de Fukushima. En general, se prevé que este año los países de Asia Pacífico generen la mitad de la energía solar del mundo, siendo la India el tercer jugador en importancia.
Fuente: Fortune

20 de agosto de 2016

The pressure is on to make metallic hydrogen

Scientists are closing in on turning hydrogen into a metal in liquid or solid form

9:00am, August 10, 2016
Z machine
UNDER PRESSURE  Physicists use powerful electrical pulses in the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories to create liquid metallic hydrogen for fleeting moments.
In a few highly specialized laboratories, scientists bombard matter with the world’s most powerful electrical pulses or zap it with sophisticated lasers. Other labs squeeze heavy-duty diamonds together hard enough to crack them.
All this is in pursuit of a priceless metal. It’s not gold, silver or platinum. The scientists’ quarry is hydrogen in its most elusive of forms.
Several rival teams are striving to transform hydrogen, ordinarily a gas, into a metal. It’s a high-stakes, high-passion pursuit that sparks dreams of a coveted new material that could unlock enormous technological advances in electronics.
“Everybody knows very well about the rewards you could get by doing this, so jealousy and envy [are] kind of high,” says Eugene Gregoryanz, a physicist at the University of Edinburgh who’s been hunting metallic hydrogen for more than a decade.
Metallic hydrogen in its solid form, scientists propose, could be a superconductor: a material that allows electrons to flow through it effortlessly, with no loss of energy. All known superconductors function only at extremely low temperatures, a major drawback. Theorists suspect that superconducting metallic hydrogen might work at room temperature. A room-temperature superconductor is one of the most eagerly sought goals in physics; it would offer enormous energy savings and vast improvements in the transmission and storage of energy.
Metallic hydrogen’s significance extends beyond earthly pursuits. The material could also help scientists understand our own solar system. At high temperatures, compressed hydrogen becomes a metallic liquid — a form that is thought to lurk beneath the clouds of monstrous gas planets, like Jupiter and Saturn. Sorting out the properties of hydrogen at extreme heat and high pressure could resolve certain persistent puzzles about the gas giants.  Researchers have reported brief glimpses of the liquid metal form of hydrogen in the lab — although questions linger about the true nature of the material.
While no lab has yet produced solid metallic hydrogen, the combined efforts of many scientists are rapidly closing in on a more complete understanding of the element itself — as well as better insight into the complex inner workings of solids.

Not so simple

Hydrogen, the first element in the periodic table and the most common element in the universe, ought to be easy to understand: a single proton paired with a single electron. “What could be more simple than an assembly of electrons and protons?” asks theoretical physicist Neil Ashcroft of Cornell University. But at high pressures, the physics of hydrogen rapidly becomes complex.
At room temperature and atmospheric pressure, hydrogen is a gas. But like other materials, altered conditions can transform hydrogen into a solid or a liquid. With low enough temperatures or a sufficiently forceful squeeze, hydrogen shape-shifts into a solid. Add heat while squeezing, and it becomes a liquid.
If subjected to still more extreme conditions, hydrogen can — at least theoretically — undergo another transformation, into a metal. All metals have one thing in common: They conduct electricity, due to free-flowing electrons that can go where they please within the material.

Exotic forms of hydrogen

Under ordinary conditions, in a region too small to be seen on this chart, hydrogen is a gas. At very high temperatures, it becomes liquid. At high pressures, it’s a solid in one of several phases. Scientists expect that it will become a solid metal at pressures not yet reached.

Adapted by E. Conover and J. Hirshfeld
Source: I.F. Silvera/Harvard Univ.
Squeeze anything hard enough and it will become a metal. “Pressure does a great job of dislodging the outer electrons,” Ashcroft says. This is what scientists are aiming to do with hydrogen: create a sloshing soup of roving electrons in either a liquid or a solid.
When hydrogen is compressed, many atoms begin to interact with one another, while paired in molecules of two hydrogen atoms each. The underlying physics becomes a thorny jumble. “It is amazing; the stuff takes up incredibly complex arrangements in the solid state,” says Ashcroft, the first scientist to propose, in 1968, that metallic hydrogen could be a high-temperature superconductor.
Hydrogen’s complexity fascinates scientists. “It’s not just the metallization question that’s of interest to me,” says Russell Hemley, a chemist at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. Studying the intricacies of hydrogen’s behavior can help scientists refine their understanding of the physics of materials.
In 1935, when physicists Eugene Wigner and Hillard Bell Huntington of Princeton University first predicted that compressed solid hydrogen would be metallic, they thought the transition to a metal might occur at a pressure 250,000 times that of Earth’s atmosphere. That may sound like a lot, but scientists have since squeezed hydrogen to pressures more than 10 times as high — and still no solid metal.
Scientists originally expected that the transition would be a simple flip to metallic behavior. Not so, says theoretical physicist David Ceperley of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Nature has a lot more possibilities.” Solid hydrogen exists in multiple forms, each with a different crystal structure. As the pressure climbs, the wily hydrogen molecules shift into ever-more-complex arrangements, or phases. (For physicists, the “phase” of matter goes deeper than the simple states of solid, liquid or gas.) The number of known solid phases of hydrogen has grown steadily as higher pressures are reached, with four phases now well established. The next phase scientists find could be a metal — they hope.
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Timeline: The race to make metallic hydrogen

Rival research teams are rushing to transform solid or liquid hydrogen into a metal. With each experiment, the pressure rises. They have two very different aims: a room-temperature superconductor and a window into the gas giants.

If solid metallic hydrogen turns out to be a room-temperature superconductor, it would have to be crushed to work, making it impractical for many applications. But if hydrogen could hold its metallic form after the pressure is released, as some researchers have suggested, “it would be revolutionary,” says physicist Isaac Silvera, who leads the metallic hydrogen hunt at Harvard University. Such a material could be used in electrical wires to reduce loss of energy and decrease the world’s power consumption. And it might lead to efficient, magnetically levitated trains and technological advances in nuclear fusion, supercomputing and more.
While one group of would-be metallurgists is searching for solid metal, other investigators seek the scientifically intriguing liquid hydrogen metal. Their techniques differ in timescale and size. To produce liquid metal, scientists violently slam hydrogen for fractions of a second at a time, using enormous machines at national laboratories. Scientists searching for a solid metal, on the other hand, use fist-sized devices to capture hydrogen between the tips of two tiny diamonds and slowly squeeze.

Diamonds have it rough

Crushing an ethereal, normally gaseous substance between two diamonds sounds nearly impossible. Such tricky experiments make for a field where researchers are in regular disagreement over their latest results. “We’re still missing high-quality, reliable data,” says physicist Alexander Goncharov. “The issue is the experiments are too challenging.”
In his office at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution, Goncharov opens a desk drawer and pulls out a device called a diamond anvil cell. The cylinder of metal is small enough for Goncharov to cradle in his palm. Bits of precisely machined steel and tough tungsten carbide are held together with four screws. Through portals in the top and bottom, bright sparkles shimmer: diamonds.
Inside the capsule, two diamonds taper to tiny points a few hundredths of a millimeter wide. They pinch the material within, squashing it at over a million times atmospheric pressure. The gap between the minuscule anvils can be as small as a few thousandths of a millimeter, about the size of a human red blood cell.
Once they’ve been pressurized, diamond anvil cells will hold the pressure almost indefinitely. The prepared cells can be carried around — inspected in the laboratory, transported to specialized facilities around the world — or simply stored in a desk drawer. Goncharov regularly travels with them. (Tip from the itinerant scientist: If questions arise at airport security, “never use the word ‘diamonds.’ ”) The diamond anvil can squeeze more than hydrogen — materials from iron to sodium to argon can be crushed in the diamond vise.

Tight squeeze

Optical devices sandwich a diamond anvil cell (left). Inside, two diamonds pinch a sample (right, purple dot), such as hydrogen, iron or sodium.

From left: E. Conover; adapted by J. Hirshfeld
Source: right: M.I. Eremets and I.A. Troyan/Nature Materials 2011
To identify new, potentially metallic phases of solid hydrogen within the pressurized capsules, scientists shine laser light onto the material, measuring how molecules vibrate and rotate — a technique called Raman spectroscopy (SN: 8/2/08, p. 22). If a new phase is reached, molecules shift configurations, altering how they jiggle. Certain types of changes in how the atoms wobble are a sign that the new phase is metallic. If the material conducts electricity, that’s another dead giveaway. A final telltale sign: The normally translucent hydrogen should acquire a shiny, reflective surface.
Significant hurdles exist for diamond anvil cell experiments. Diamonds, which cost upwards of $600 a pop, can crack under such intense pressures. Hydrogen can escape from the capsule, or diffuse into the diamonds, weakening them. So scientists coat their diamonds with thin layers of protective material. The teams each have their own unique recipe, Goncharov says. “Of course, everyone believes that their recipe is the best.”
Three phases of solid hydrogen have been known since the late 1980s. With the discovery of a fourth phase in 2011, “the excitement was enormous,” Gregoryanz says. In Nature Materials, Mikhail Eremets and Ivan Troyan at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, reported that a new phase appeared when they squashed room-temperature hydrogen to over 2 million times atmospheric pressure. Goncharov, Gregoryanz and colleagues created the new phase and deduced its structure in Physical Review Letters in 2012. In phase IV, as it’s known, hydrogen arranges itself into thin sheets — somewhat like the single-atom-thick sheets of carbon known as graphene, the scientists wrote.
Progress doesn’t come easy. With each new paper, scientists disagree about what the results mean. When Eremets and colleagues discovered the fourth phase, they thought they also had found metallic hydrogen (SN: 12/17/11, p. 9). But that assertion was swiftly criticized, and it didn’t stand up to scrutiny.
The field has been plagued by hasty claims. “If you look at the literature for the last 30 years,” Gregoryanz says, “I think every five years there is a claim that we finally metallized hydrogen.” But the claims haven’t been borne out, leaving scientists perpetually skeptical of new results.
In a recent flurry of papers, scientists have proposed new phases — some that might be metallic or metal-like precursors to a true metal — and they are waiting to see which claims stick. Competing factions have volleyed papers back and forth, alternately disagreeing and agreeing.
A paper from Gregoryanz’s group, published in Nature in January, provided evidence for a phase that was enticingly close to a metal (SN Online: 1/6/16), at more than 3 million times atmospheric pressure. But other scientists disputed the evidence. In their own experiments, Eremets and colleagues failed to confirm the new phase. In a paper posted online at arXiv.org just days after Gregoryanz’s paper was published, Eremets’ team unveiled hints of a “likely metallic” phase, which occurred at a different temperature and pressure than Gregoryanz’s new phase.
A few months later, Silvera’s group squeezed hydrogen hard enough to make it nearly opaque, though not reflective — not quite a metal. “We think we’re just below the pressure that you need to make metallic hydrogen,” Silvera says. His findings are consistent with Eremets’ new phase, but Silvera disputes Eremets’ speculations of metallicity. “Every time they see something change they call it metallic,” Silvera says. “But they don’t really have evidence of metallic hydrogen.”
All this back and forth may seem chaotic, but it’s also a sign of a swiftly progressing field, the researchers say. “I think it’s very healthy competition,” Gregoryanz says. “When you realize that somebody is getting ahead of you, you work hard.”
The current results are “not very well consistent, so everybody can criticize each other,” Eremets says. “For me it’s very clear. We should do more experiments. That’s it.”
There are signs of progress. In 2015, Eremets and colleagues discovered a record-breaking superconductor: hydrogen sulfide, a compound of hydrogen and sulfur. When tightly compressed into solid form, hydrogen sulfide superconducts at temperatures higher than ever seen before: 203 kelvins (−70° Celsius) (SN: 8/8/15, p. 12).
Adding sulfur to the mix stabilizes and strengthens the hydrogen structure but doesn’t contribute much to its superconducting properties. Hydrogen sulfide is so similar to pure hydrogen, Eremets says, that, “in some respects we already found superconductivity in metallic hydrogen.”

Brief glimmers

Giant, gassy planets are chock-full of hydrogen, and the element’s behavior under pressure could explain some of these planets’ characteristics. A sea of flowing liquid hydrogen metal may be the source of Jupiter’s magnetic field (SN: 6/25/16, p. 16). Learning more about metallic hydrogen’s behavior deep inside such planets could also help resolve a long-standing puzzle regarding Saturn: The ringed behemoth is unexpectedly bright. The physics of hydrogen’s interactions with helium inside the planet could provide the explanation.
Using a radically different set of technologies, a second band of scientists is on the hunt for such liquid metallic hydrogen. These researchers have gone big, harnessing the capabilities of new, powerful machines designed for nuclear fusion experiments at government-funded national labs. These experiments show the most convincing evidence of metallic behavior so far — but in hydrogen’s liquid, not solid, form. These enormous machines blast hydrogen for brief instants, temporarily sending pressures and temperatures skyrocketing. Such experiments reach searing temperatures, thousands of kelvins. With that kind of heat, metallic hydrogen appears at lower, more accessible pressures.

Possible structures for three solid phases of hydrogen: phase III (top), phase IV (middle) and a theorized metallic phase (bottom).
J.M. McMahon et al/Reviews Of Modern Physics 2012

Creating such conditions requires sophisticated equipment. The Z machine, located at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, generates extremely intense bursts of electrical power and strong magnetic fields; for a tiny instant, the machine can deliver about 80 terawatts (one terawatt is about the total electrical power–generating capacity in the entire United States).
A group of scientists recently used the Z machine to launch a metal plate into a sample of deuterium — an isotope of hydrogen with one proton and one neutron in its nucleus — generating high pressures that compressed the material. The pummeled deuterium showed reflective glimmers of shiny metal, the scientists reported last year in Science. “It starts out transparent, it goes opaque, and then later we see this reflectivity increase,” says Marcus Knudson of Sandia and Washington State University in Pullman.
Another group is pursuing a different tactic, using some of the most advanced lasers in the world, at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore. Scientists there zap hydrogen to produce high pressures and temperatures. Though the conclusions of this experiment are not yet published, says physicist Gilbert Collins of Lawrence Livermore, one of the leaders of the experiment, “we have some really beautiful results.”
The first experiment to show evidence of liquid metallic hydrogen was performed at Lawrence Livermore in the 1990s. A team of physicists including William Nellis, now at Harvard, used a sophisticated gunlike apparatus to shoot projectiles into hydrogen at blisteringly fast speeds. The resulting hydrogen briefly conducted electricity (SN: 4/20/96, p. 250).
These experiments face hurdles of their own — it’s a struggle to measure temperature in such systems, so scientists calculate it rather than measuring it directly. But many researchers are still convinced by these results. Metallic hydrogen “certainly has been produced by shock techniques,” Cornell’s Ashcroft says.
Some scientists still have questions. “It’s certainly difficult to tell if something is a metal or not at such high temperature,” Collins says. Although they need high temperatures to reach the metal liquid phase, some physicists define a metal based on its behavior at a temperature of absolute zero. Current experiments hit high pressures at temperatures as close to zero as possible to produce relatively cool liquid metallic hydrogen.
Scientists who conduct palm-sized diamond anvil cell experiments refuse to be left out of the liquid-metal action. They’ve begun to use laser pulses to heat and melt hydrogen crammed into the cells. The results have stirred up new disagreements among competing groups. In April’s Physical Review B, Silvera and coauthors reported forming liquid metallic hydrogen. But under similar conditions, Goncharov and others found only semiconducting hydrogen, not a metal. They reported their results in Physical Review Letters in June.
“There’s kind of a crisis now with these different experiments,” says Illinois theorist Ceperley. “And there’s a lot of activity trying to see who’s right.” For now, scientists will continue refining their techniques until they can reach agreement.
The major players have managed to reach consensus before. Four phases of solid hydrogen are now well established, and researchers agree on certain conditions under which solid hydrogen melts.
Solid metallic hydrogen, however, has perpetually seemed just out of reach, as theoretical predictions of the pressure required to produce it have gradually shifted upward. As the goalposts have moved, physicists have reached further, achieving ever-higher pressures. Current theoretical predictions put the metal tantalizingly close — perhaps only an additional half a million times atmospheric pressure away.
The quest continues, propelled by a handful of hydrogen-obsessed scientists.
“We all love hydrogen,” Collins says. “It has the essence of being simple, so that we think we can calculate something and understand it, while at the same time it has such a devious nature that it’s perhaps the least understandable material there is.”

This article appears in the August 20, 2016, Science News with the headline, "Chasing a devious metal: Pressure is on to make metallic hydrogen." 

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