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7 conspiracy theories that aren’t actually conspiracy theories

The most dastardly deeds conducted by governments and big non-government bodies are not secrets. They are out in the open. The problem is that they are ignored rather than suppressed.

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The internet and social media are wonderful places. They constitute a market place of ideas, but like any marketplace, some watches are Rolex and some are fakes. One could lament the fact that some liberals and globalists still use social media, but free speech is free speech. One has to take the inane with the profound.

But adding to the chorus of annoyance is not just those reading from the post-modern liberal, non-denominational, trans-human, inter-species hymn-sheet. There are also the wild conspiracy theorists. They come in all intellectual shapes and sizes.

There is a big difference between questioning more and being a conspiracy theorist. Question more means the following:

–Challenging pervasive narratives both from inside and outside the establishment

–Question the ethics and morality of all forms of authority

–Questioning whether the things that are designed to keep us safe are actually causing us harm.

–Questioning whether the supposed causes and justifications for war are true or just.

These are just some examples.

But if one takes even a casual look at Facebook or Twitter one can find myriad conspiracy theories.

There are of course some genuine dark conspiracies, but much of what conspiracy theorists agonise about is an ‘open conspiracy’. It’s not that the truth is suppressed so much as it is ignored. Most of what people think is done by a dark gloved hand is really there for all to see, so long as they take the time to see it.

The following examples are open facts that many tend to distort by pretending they are part of a deeper conspiracy.

 1. The Deep State

The deep state manifestly exists.  It is a concept to denote the broadly uniform agenda pushed for by individuals in organisations like the CIA, NSA, Pentagon, NSA, big finance and members of Congress. None of these things are secret.

To take one example: Arms makers want to sell, war allows them to sell more, members of the government who are on the take from arms dealers (in one way or another) will push for war. It’s logic, not metaphysics.

2. Russia and Donbass

Here is one from the liberal MSM side of things. Contrary to popular myth (enforced by the MSM) not all conspiracy theories are from alternative media and certainly not all are from the libertarian right.

The conspiracy theory goes that ‘Russia has invaded Donbass’. Well, Russia hasn’t invaded Donbass, though even if they did, it wouldn’t be so much an invasion as it would be a de-facto recognition of the sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics. It would, if it existed, represent Russia aiding a fraternal friend. Many in Russia and Donbass want that to happen, but the current Russian government has thus far aimed at solving the conflict without coming to the military assistance of their allies. A different approach was taken to Russia’s friends in the legitimate government of Syria.

Next, the MSM conspiracy theorists say that ‘there are Russian weapons in Donbass. Of course there are. There are Russian weapons all over the globe because like US weapons, they have been mass produced over a number of decades. In the case of Donbass, most Russian weapons are old-Soviet models taken from the increasingly defeated, fledgling Ukrainian/Kiev army. One can find Russian weapons everywhere from Angola to Lebanon. If they can be found there, of course they are in former Soviet territory on the border of the modern Russian Federation.

It’s not rocket science, it’s just some old rockets that are easily purchased virtually anywhere in the world.

3. Israel-Palestine 

Many Israeli politicians want to annex what is left of Palestine. This is not a conspiracy, it is a stated agenda. Its advocates do not hide it.

The fact that many in the wider world do not care about this agenda, shows that either they are in league with the interests of such politicians or that they simply are indifferent. Again, nothing secretive.

4. Regime Change

Obama said ‘Assad Must Go’. Obama tried to get him to go and he failed.

Bush said Saddam must go and he went.

Hillary & Co said Gaddafi must go and he went. She even gloated about it on camera saying ‘we came, we saw, he died’. Far from a closeted conspiracy, Hillary Clinton waved her blood soaked hands for the world to see.

The lies that the aforementioned figures used to sell their regime change were easily debunked with clear, open facts. They were done so at the time by those ‘questioning more’. The sad reality that those with vested interests did not listen, was because they simply did not care about the facts. They were and remain driven by their agenda.

5. Surveillance State 

Many have speculated that agencies of the US government have the means to spy on private citizens. Edward Snowden and the Wikileaks Vault 7 release have detailed just how this is accomplished. The beauty of Wikileaks is that it provides facts for the often intelligent speculation that is  derided as a wild conspiracy theory.

Here one sees that intelligent speculation is different than making up a complex web of Illuminati controlled reptilians who seek to do what the very real CIA is doing with apparent ease.

6. The EU 

Many think that the EU is a dark conspiracy which intends to erode the sovereignty of nation states. European leaders from Monet and Schuman to Junker and Barroso have said just this. Just because their speeches are often too boring to listen to, doesn’t mean that they aren’t being made.

Such men favour closer European integration and ‘harmonisation’ (homogenisation) in order to create a single, united Europe. Agree or disagree with the goal, but do not say it is supine.

 7. George Soros

Many conspiracy theorists say that Soros is using his vast finances to fund violent protests which are often the prelude to regime change. HE IS! And he says so, as do the websites of his organisations like ‘Move On’ and ‘Open Society’.

The scary thing about Soros isn’t that he is secretive. The scary thing is that western governments and the UN allow him to use his wealth to destabilise sovereign states in contravention to international law.

I am sympathetic with those who look for a hidden hand in all foul acts and deeds. Sometimes people feel powerless before the fact that grave injustices exist in the world.

But as Shakespeare said, “The fault…is not in the stars but in ourselves, that we are underlings”. The best way to fight the problems arising from open conspiracies against justice, morality and legality, is to fight them in the open using facts and opinions derived from a through analysis of those facts.

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4 resignations and counting: May’s government ‘falling apart before our eyes’ over Brexit deal

The beginning of the end for Theresa May’s government.

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Four high profile resignations have followed on the heels of Theresa May’s announcement that her cabinet has settled on a Brexit deal, with Labour claiming that the Conservative government is at risk of completely dissolving.

Shailesh Vara, the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office was the first top official to resign after the prime minister announced that her cabinet had reached a draft EU withdrawal agreement.

An hour after his announcement, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab – the man charged with negotiating and finalizing the deal – said he was stepping down, stating that the Brexit deal in its current form suffers from deep flaws. Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, submitted her letter of resignation shortly afterwards. More resignations have followed.

Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister, Jon Trickett, predicted that this is the beginning of the end for May’s government.

The government is falling apart before our eyes as for a second time the Brexit secretary has refused to back the prime minister’s Brexit plan. This so-called deal has unraveled before our eyes

Shailesh Vara: UK to be stuck in ‘a half-way house with no time limit’

Kicking off Thursday’s string of resignations, Vara didn’t mince words when describing his reservations about the cabinet-stamped Brexit deal.

Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement leaves the UK in a “halfway house with no time limit on when we will finally become a sovereign nation,” his letter of resignation states. Vara went on to warn that the draft agreement leaves a number of critical issues undecided, predicting that it “will take years to conclude” a trade deal with the bloc.

“We will be locked in a customs arrangement indefinitely, bound by rules determined by the EU over which we have no say,” he added.

Dominic Raab: Deal can’t be ‘reconciled’ with promises made to public

Announcing his resignation on Thursday morning, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted: “I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU.”

Raab claimed that the deal in its current form gives the EU veto power over the UK’s ability to annul the deal.

No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime.

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith said that Raab’s resignation as Brexit secretary is “devastating” for May.

“It sounds like he has been ignored,” he told the BBC.

Raab’s departure will undoubtedly encourage other Brexit supporters to question the deal, political commentators have observed.

Esther McVey: Deal ‘does not honor’ Brexit referendum

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey didn’t hold back when issuing her own letter of resignation. According to McVey, the deal “does not honour” the result of the Brexit referendum, in which a majority of Brits voted to leave the European Union.

Suella Braverman: ‘Unable to sincerely support’ deal

Suella Braverman, a junior minister in Britain’s Brexit ministry, issued her resignation on Thursday, saying that she couldn’t stomach the deal.

“I now find myself unable to sincerely support the deal agreed yesterday by cabinet,” she said in a letter posted on Twitter.

Suella Braverman, MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the EU © Global Look Press / Joel Goodman
Braverman said that the deal is not what the British people voted for, and threatened to tear the country apart.

“It prevents an unequivocal exit from a customs union with the EU,” she said.

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Five Saudis Face Death Penalty Over Khashoggi Killing; Crown Prince Cleared

According to the Saudi prosecutor, five people charged are believed to have been involved in “ordering and executing the crime.”

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Saudi Arabia public prosecutor Sheikh Shaalan al-Shaalan said on Thursday that the kingdom will seek the death penalty for five suspects among the 11 charged in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, confirming suspicions that members of the murder squad purportedly sent to “interrogate” Khashoggi will now themselves face beheadings as the Saudi Royal Family closes ranks around the Crown Prince, per the FT.

As for Mohammed bin Salman who runs the day to day affairs of the world’s top oil exporter and is the de facto head of OPEC, the prosecutor said had “no knowledge” of the mission, effectively absolving him of any domestic suspicion, if not international.

The charges were handed down after the kingdom dismissed five senior intelligence officers and arrested 18 Saudi nationals in connection with Khashoggi’s disappearance. The Saudi insider-turned-dissident journalist disappeared on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to pick up documents that would have allowed him to marry his fiance. Khashoggi was a legal resident of Virginia.

According to the Saudi prosecutor, five people charged are believed to have been involved in “ordering and executing the crime,” according to CNN.

The prosecutor said that the former Saudi deputy intelligence chief, Ahmed al-Assiri, ordered a mission to force Khashoggi to go back to Saudi Arabia and formed a team of 15 people.

They were divided into three groups, the Saudi Public Prosecutor said: a negotiation team, an intelligence team and a logistical team.

It was the head of the negotiating team who ordered the killing of Khashoggi, the prosecutor said.

The Saudis stuck by latest (ever changing) narrative that the Washington Post columnist was killed after a mission to abduct him went awry. The deputy chief of intelligence ordered that Khashoggi be brought back to the kingdom, Shaalan said. The team killed him after the talks failed and his body was handed to a “collaborator” in Turkey, he said.

Asked whether Saud al-Qahtanti, an aide to Prince Mohammed, had any role in the case, Shaalan said that a royal adviser had a coordinating role and had provided information. The former adviser was now under investigation, the prosecutor said, declining to reveal the names of any of those facing charges.

Al-Shaalan did reveal that a total of 21 suspects are now being held in connection with the case. Notably, the decision to charge the 5 comes after National Security Advisor John Bolton repudiated reports that a recording of Khashoggi’s murder made by Turkish authorities suggested that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was behind the murder plot.

But as long as OPEC+ is planning to do “whatever it takes” to boost oil prices, the US’s willingness to give the Saudis a pass could always be tested if crude prices again turn sharply higher.

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U.S. May Impose Sanctions Against Turkey Over S-400 “Threat” To F-35

The United States continues to consider the S-400 air defense system a threat to its F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter platform.

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Turkish officials have repeatedly insisted that Ankara’s purchase of the advanced Russian air defense system poses no threat whatsoever to the NATO alliance. Last month, the Turkish defense ministry announced that delivery of S-400s to Turkey would begin in October 2019.

The United States continues to consider the S-400 air defense system a threat to its F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter platform, and may impose sanctions against Ankara, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency has reported, citing a high-ranking source in Washington.

“I can’t say for certain whether sanctions will be imposed on Ankara over the S-400 contract, but the possibility is there. The US administration is not optimistic about this issue,” the source said.

While admitting that Turkey was a sovereign state and therefore had the right to make decisions on whom it buys its weapons from, the source stressed that from the perspective of these weapons’ integration with NATO systems, the S-400 was “problematic.”

The source also characterized the deployment of S-400s in areas where US F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighters are set to fly as “a threat,” without elaborating.

Emphasizing that negotiations between Washington and Ankara on the issue were “continuing,” the source said that there were also “positive tendencies” in negotiations between the two countries on the procurement of the Patriot system, Washington’s closest analogue to the S-400 in terms of capabilities.

Designed to stop enemy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles at ranges of up to 400 km and altitudes of up to 30 km, the S-400 is currently the most advanced mobile air defense system in Russia’s arsenal. Russia and India signed a ruble-denominated contract on the delivery of five regiments of S-400s worth $5 billion late last month.

Last week, the Saudi Ambassador to Russia said that talks on the sale of the system to his country were ongoing. In addition to Russia, S-400s are presently operated by Belarus and China, with Beijing expecting another delivery of S-400s by 2020.

Washington has already slapped China with sanctions over its purchase of S-400s and Su-35 combat aircraft in September. India, however, has voiced confidence that it would not be hit with similar restrictions, which the US Treasury has pursued under the 2017 Counter America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

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