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WATCH: Americans favor war with North Korea, but cannot locate it on a map

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A reporter from the Jimmy Kimmel Live talk show went to Hollywood Boulevard to ask the man and woman on the street where North Korea is.

None of the individuals interviewed could locate North Korea while some of the gussies were as wildly inaccurate as to locate North Korea in Canada, Oman, Kazakhstan, Argentina, Iran, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Vietnam and Pakistan.

Notice that unlike some western maps, Russia is correctly listed as an Asian country. 

Now watch Americans being clueless about a country their President is threatening to reduce to flame.

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VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

Same old ignorant Yanks!

permopin
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permopin

And I suppose that is only the educated ones, like Waters.

Marc Leif
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Marc Leif

That’s very funny. Hey, at least she knew Putin’s Russia “annexed” Korea !

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

And recently she qualified Putin as Vice President of the United States! LOL
Alzheimer disease rule the American politics.

Marc Leif
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Marc Leif

Funny again. Forgot about that piece of brilliance.

permopin
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permopin

Russia left E Germany long ago, but Walter & Co have plans for Crimea.

thnkfryrslf
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thnkfryrslf

Many of them seem to think it’s okay to go to war with a country they can’t even find on a map! The biggest threat to the world is driven by American anti-intellectualism.

Simon
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Simon

Which is funny because the North Koreans seem to have a very good understanding of the location of Guam…or Seattle or LA etc.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

If you make a survey, I bet that an overwhelming majority in US don’t know where Guam is.

Mike from Ramsbottom
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Mike from Ramsbottom

I believe that sadly, most of the sailors on the US ships which dock in Guam don’t know whereabouts in the world they are, either.

Marc Leif
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Marc Leif

That’s probably quite true.

Bryan
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Bryan

It is true, I went to Guam when I was in the USN serving the corporate oligarchy and I know I couldn’t point to it on an unlabeled map back then. Now that I’ve woken up, I can identify where most countries are.

Rick Rockwell
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Rick Rockwell

I’d bet lots of them don’t know where Seattle or LA is either.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

It is all a matter of education…

Mike
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Mike

Arh no, their military would, I suspect you ask everyday people on the street as they did here in US, then I doubt they would know. SO a bit of a stupid statement to make.

ExtremeMiddleOfTheRoader
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ExtremeMiddleOfTheRoader

> …the location of Guam…or Seattle or LA etc.
Seattle I understand, but I don’t recall the ‘Dear Leader’ having any interest in Louisiana.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Same thing happened in 2003. While approving the war on Iraq, 75% of Americans could not locate the country on a map.
Same thing happened in 2014. 87% of Americans couldn’t locate Ukraine on a world map.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2014/04/07/the-less-americans-know-about-ukraines-location-the-more-they-want-u-s-to-intervene/?utm_term=.aa3aada704d5

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Where is North Korea? Here are guesses from 1,746 American adults: 64% couldn’t locate it on a map. The dots indicate their response:comment image

Shahna
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I see your map leaves out all those who think NK is in the US or Canada!
Which that interview showed – there are a few.

Bryan
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Bryan

From the results, they can’t even identify north and south. Why would anyone pick the southern portion of anywhere?

Marc Leif
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Marc Leif

Most Americans couldn’t find the US on a map. Imagine if they would have shown different planets —

Gonzogal
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Shahna
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From the second link:

actual courses that have been taught at U.S. universities in recent years…
-“What If Harry Potter Is Real?”
-“Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame”
-“Philosophy And Star Trek”
-“Learning From YouTube”
-“How To Watch Television”

BWAHAHAHA HAHAHA HAHAAH!
Sheesh – and they think they SHOULD rule the world!

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Isnt it full-blown CRAZY!? And yet they are taught and BELIEVE that they are the “Exceptional” Nation….exceptionally stupid covers it!

santiago
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santiago

Surreal for me, have to convince myself that is real.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

What else could you expect from a less than 300-year-old country, with no history, no culture and not even a language of its own? Where a 110-year trinket is considered “antique”? So they study Gaga at University, but 80% cannot speak a second language.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

They cant even speak English correctly much less a second language!

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

English is my fourth 🙂

Avramijevdan
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Avramijevdan

It would be better if they wouldn’t know who alt right retards or left libtards are. And it would be much, much better if they would not fall for either Hitlery or Mr. Dumb. But these were just some girls so who cares. How about “serious” people being alt retards who are trying to sell to the rest of the world “we can change” story. How do they plan to do it? They invented the new name (alt retard) that’s how and they brought new President Mr. Dumb who will see it trough. After his term words retard and dumb… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Great video thanks!!

HerrinSchadenfreude
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HerrinSchadenfreude

I miss this show terribly.

Shahna
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“I have absolutely no idea where it is but hey – YEAH – let’s go BOMB it!”
That’s phücking Yanks for you!

You guys seen this one:
fort-russ.com/2017/08/refugees-leave-surroundings-of-palmyra.html

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And their own country most probably either.

Mike
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Mike

And there you have it….no need to say anymore.

US soldiers are pussies
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US soldiers are pussies

Americans are retards.

Mike Doverskog
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Mike Doverskog

I would love to disagree with you … but I can’t with a clean conscience. If I were to put it politely I’d probably go along the lines of that they are probably the most advanced nation in the general dumbing down race. 😉

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

They’re not supposed to know where it is, are they? John Taylor Gatto wrote an excellent book or essay years ago, called ‘Dumbing Us Down’. It sounds as though his observation has born fruit and been a resounding success.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“None of the individuals interviewed could locate North Korea”
I’m wondering if Trump can.
Obama obviously didn’t know where Afghanistan is, as he located it in the Middle East and wanted to send the American translators from Iraq to there. He thought Afghanis speak Arabic. He even claimed that Austrians speak … Austrian, and that Europe is a … country. He doesn’t even know how many states are in the United States! And he graduated from Harvard Law School “magna cum laude”!
While senator McCain spoke about Iraq and Afghanistan’s “common border” …

Mike Doverskog
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Mike Doverskog

Let’s just say that education in the US is … selective. 😉

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Let’s just say that the level of education in US is awful.
http://static1.businessinsider.com/image/529db2aa6bb3f7f9318b1f62-1009-712/screen%20shot%202013-12-03%20at%205.29.16%20am.png
The United State ranks below the OECD average in every category: 31st in math, 24th in science and 21st in reading.

Marc Leif
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Marc Leif

I take it Russia is not a member of OECD?

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

I wondered about that too.

Mike Doverskog
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Mike Doverskog

What I meant by “selective” is that it seems to me that people can be highly qualified in science disciplines, business, law, medicine etc. but have a very poor understanding of culture, geography, demographics, history and ideology where it does not specifically is in regard to American history, American geography, American politics, American culture and so on. There is generally a complete lack, right from the top, of the imaginative capacity required to even contemplate that there exists value systems and beliefs that are entirely different to ones own. Thus conflicts arise, not always from animosity but from misunderstandings that… Read more »

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Specialization comes AFTER. The primary and secondary education are supposed to teach students general knowledge as reading, writing, math and science basis, history, geography, etc. At 18, any youth should be able to read a map, recognize continents, countries and capitals, own country and world general history, and to master at least ONE foreign language, all that French call “culture générale”. I’ve got all that from school. Later on, I’ got my Master Degree in Physics. When you see young Americans point on a map at Canada, Australia or Europe, instead of Korea and Asia, one has to wonder, what… Read more »

Mike Doverskog
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Mike Doverskog

Note how many of the countries with poor education scores are rich countries where kids have a very comfortable life, constant entertainment and never have to be bored enough to engage their own imagination. Where kids are so comfortable that education is the worst hardship they are made to endure rather than a way to not have to take part in the labor and drudgery of every day life. Where kids are encouraged by the western “rock’n’roll culture” to rebel against authority and do so by turning against their immediate authority figures, parents and teachers, rather than the corrupt institutions… Read more »

Marc Leif
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Marc Leif

Fortunately, the US government has Maxine Waters as an information resource.

Bryan
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Bryan

Actually, Russia is on both sides of the Ural Mountains making it EurAsia.

Bryan
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Bryan

for that matter, Europe and Asia are the same continent so it is all EurAsia.

Rob Steenwinkel
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Rob Steenwinkel

The Americans are so very stupid ………. and brainwashed to start war and kill humans and animals everywhere!
`The Axis Of Evil`

Mike Doverskog
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Mike Doverskog

Now go ask them about recent historical events and see if they know anything about the unfinished Korean war. How many Americans, for example, are aware of the fact that U.S. planes dropped on the Korean peninsula more bombs (635,000 tons) and napalm (32,557 tons) than during the entire Pacific campaign against the Japanese during World War II? How many Americans know that “over a period of three years or so,” to quote Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay, head of the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War, “we killed off … 20 percent of the population”? According to LeMay,… Read more »

guber
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guber

This is bullshit. The same 3 or 4 women are shown guessing wildly wrong over and over again. This says nothing. But if you want to make it say something, then do note that the 3 different men were pointing into the generally correct direction and likely had it down bulls-eye on second attempt, which is why each one of them is shown only once. Total edited rubbish.

michael m
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michael m

Best to go right over the top of the Earth on Google Earth and straight to Japan. That’s them right in that area, 25 million people last I looked. I figured it was North Korea because on the map it says “North Korea”. Complications involve trade and a boarder with China so it’s not like they’re in Africa or South America. Canada? Come on, people. I’m thinking a world survey of any country wouldn’t know where Guatemala is. Knowledge and intelligence generally work together but can be confused by many. It’s dispiriting to know most of my country voted for… Read more »

Craig X
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Craig X

That is what happens when you program a population to believe in lies and celebrities….most people still believe the US went to the moon.

Greg K. Liebig Sr.
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Greg K. Liebig Sr.

THE GOSPEL MESSAGE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IN KOREAN ! TOGETHEReulo mandeun mandeun seonglyeong-eulo modeun geos-eul bol su iss-eumyeo boiji anhneun yesuui bog-eum, geuliseudo, hananim, yahweui dogsaengja. hananim, uliui hananim abeoji, eotteon ingan-ui jonjaega jasin-ui joee myeolmang hal geos-ilago gikkeoihaji, salam-ui joee daehan daegaleul jibulhasil jigue geuui adeul yesuleul bonaessseubnida! yesuneun, abeojiwa inlyue daehan salang-e daehan salang, gikkeoi hananim abeoji kke inlyuleul jojeonghagi wihae haneul-e gyesin jib-ui hwalyeoeul tteonahagilo gyeoljeonghaessseubnida! yesuga cheonyeo (malia)ui tansaenghagilo gyeoljeonghaessseubnida, geuneun cheongchun-eulo chogi dangyeeseo seongjanghagilo gyeoljeonghaessseubnida. geuui salm-ui modeun yeong-yeog-eseo geuneun daleun modeun salam-eulo danji joeleul yuhoghajiman, geuleona geuneun SINhaji anh-assdadoeeossda! yesu, joe ttoneun… Read more »

Ozzy Guy
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Ozzy Guy

Ha ha…can’t locate America on a map?

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Russia is NOT “an Asian country”. A country is a complex concept involving the people, their history, language, origins and cultural precepts. Nothing about Russia is remotely like the countries we know as “Asia”, which are peopled by Oriental peoples. Russian people in the main are Occidental. [Note, it’s a big country, so while many do carry some Oriental genes, the majority are Occidental].
However, the map is absolutely correct in it’s geographical aspect – Russia is part of the Russo-Asian Land Mass.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

It does make sense for the Eternal War Rulers to keep the people stupid like this. One survey found that of those who could correctly find a country on a map, there were many less who wanted to bomb it. Making sure they have not one clue regarding where the people live, what they do, their culture, or where they are located keeps them unreal, like numbers on a page, or story book figurines. Then when they hear from their MSM that the leader of them is a wicked guy and America will go bomb them into democracy – they… Read more »

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Schaeuble, Greece and the lessons learned from a failed GREXIT (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 117.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine a recent interview with the Financial Times given by Wolfgang Schäuble, where the former German Finance Minister, who was charged with finding a workable and sustainable solution to the Greek debt crisis, reveals that his plan for Greece to take a 10-year “timeout” from the eurozone (in order to devalue its currency and save its economy) was met with fierce resistance from Brussels hard liners, and Angela Merkel herself.

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“Look where we’re sitting!” says Wolfgang Schäuble, gesturing at the Berlin panorama stretching out beneath us. It is his crisp retort to those who say that Europe is a failure, condemned to a slow demise by its own internal contradictions. “Walk through the Reichstag, the graffiti left by the Red Army soldiers, the images of a destroyed Berlin. Until 1990 the Berlin Wall ran just below where we are now!”

We are in Käfer, a restaurant on the rooftop of the Reichstag. The views are indeed stupendous: Berlin Cathedral and the TV Tower on Alexanderplatz loom through the mist. Both were once in communist East Berlin, cut off from where we are now by the wall. Now they’re landmarks of a single, undivided city. “Without European integration, without this incredible story, we wouldn’t have come close to this point,” he says. “That’s the crazy thing.”

As Angela Merkel’s finance minister from 2009 to 2017, Schäuble was at the heart of efforts to steer the eurozone through a period of unprecedented turbulence. But at home he is most associated with Germany’s postwar political journey, having not only negotiated the 1990 treaty unifying East and West Germany but also campaigned successfully for the capital to move from Bonn.

For a man who has done so much to put Berlin — and the Reichstag — back on the world-historical map, it is hard to imagine a more fitting lunch venue. With its open-plan kitchen and grey formica tables edged in chrome, Käfer has a cool, functional aesthetic that is typical of the city. On the wall hangs a sketch by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who famously wrapped the Reichstag in silver fabric in 1995.

The restaurant has one other big advantage: it is easy to reach from Schäuble’s office. Now 76, he has been confined to a wheelchair since he was shot in an assassination attempt in 1990, and mobility is an issue. Aides say he tends to avoid restaurants if he can, especially at lunchtime.

As we take our places, we talk about Schäuble’s old dream — that German reunification would be a harbinger of European unity, a step on the road to a United States of Europe. That seems hopelessly out of reach in these days of Brexit, the gilets jaunes in France, Lega and the Five Star Movement in Italy.

Some blame Schäuble himself for that. He was, after all, the architect of austerity, a fiscal hawk whose policy prescriptions during the euro crisis caused untold hardship for millions of ordinary people, or so his critics say. He became a hate figure, especially in Greece. Posters in Athens in 2015 depicted him with a Hitler moustache below the words: “Wanted — for mass poverty and devastation”.

Schäuble rejects the criticism that austerity caused the rise of populism. “Higher spending doesn’t lead to greater contentment,” he says. The root cause lies in mass immigration, and the insecurities it has unleashed. “What European country doesn’t have this problem?” he asks. “Even Sweden. The poster child of openness and the willingness to help.”

But what of the accusation that he didn’t care enough about the suffering of the southern Europeans? Austerity divided the EU and spawned a real animus against Schäuble. I ask him how that makes him feel now. “Well I’m sad, because I played a part in all of that,” he says, wistfully. “And I think about how we could have done it differently.”

I glance at the menu — simple German classics with a contemporary twist. I’m drawn to the starters, such as Oldenburg duck pâté and the Müritz smoked trout. But true to his somewhat abstemious reputation, Schäuble has no interest in these and zeroes in on the entrées. He chooses Käfer’s signature veal meatballs, a Berlin classic. I go for the Arctic char and pumpkin.

Schäuble switches seamlessly back to the eurozone crisis. The original mistake was in trying to create a common currency without a “common economic, employment and social policy” for all eurozone member states. The fathers of the euro had decided that if they waited for political union to happen first they’d wait forever, he says.

Yet the prospects for greater political union are now worse than they have been in years. “The construction of the EU has proven to be questionable,” he says. “We should have taken the bigger steps towards integration earlier on, and now, because we can’t convince the member states to take them, they are unachievable.”

Greece was a particularly thorny problem. It should never have been admitted to the euro club in the first place, Schäuble says. But when its debt crisis first blew up, it should have taken a 10-year “timeout” from the eurozone — an idea he first floated with Giorgos Papakonstantinou, his Greek counterpart between 2009 and 2011. “I told him you need to be able to devalue your currency, you’re not competitive,” he says. The reforms required to repair the Greek economy were going to be “hard to achieve in a democracy”. “That’s why you need to leave the euro for a certain period. But everyone said there was no chance of that.”

The idea didn’t go away, though. Schäuble pushed for a temporary “Grexit” in 2015, during another round of the debt crisis. But Merkel and the other EU heads of government nixed the idea. He now reveals he thought about resigning over the issue. “On the morning the decision was made, [Merkel] said to me: ‘You’ll carry on?’ . . . But that was one of the instances where we were very close [to my stepping down].”

It is an extraordinary revelation, one that highlights just how rocky his relationship with Merkel has been over the years. Schäuble has been at her side from the start, an éminence grise who has helped to resolve many of the periodic crises of her 13 years as chancellor. But it was never plain sailing.

“There were a few really bad conflicts where she knew too that we were on the edge and I would have gone,” he says. “I always had to weigh up whether to go along with things, even though I knew it was the wrong thing to do, as was the case with Greece, or whether I should go.” But his sense of duty prevailed. “We didn’t always agree — but I was always loyal.”

That might have been the case when he was a serving minister, but since becoming speaker of parliament in late 2017 he has increasingly distanced himself from Merkel. Last year, when she announced she would not seek re-election as leader of the Christian Democratic Union, the party that has governed Germany for 50 of the past 70 years, Schäuble openly backed a candidate described by the Berlin press as the “anti-Merkel”. Friedrich Merz, a millionaire corporate lawyer who is the chairman of BlackRock Germany, had once led the CDU’s parliamentary group but lost out to Merkel in a power struggle in 2002, quitting politics a few years later. He has long been seen as one of the chancellor’s fiercest conservative critics — and is a good friend of Schäuble’s.

Ultimately, in a nail-biting election last December, Merkel’s favoured candidate, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, narrowly beat Merz. The woman universally known as “AKK” is in pole position to succeed Merkel as chancellor when her fourth and final term ends in 2021.

I ask Schäuble if it’s true that he had once again waged a battle against Merkel and once again lost. “I never went to war against Ms Merkel,” he says. “Everybody says that if I’m for Merz then I’m against Merkel. Why is that so? That’s nonsense.”

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The conclusion of Russiagate, Part I – cold, hard reality

The full text of Attorney General William P Barr’s summary is here offered, with emphases on points for further analysis.

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The conclusion of the Russiagate investigation, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was a pivotal media watershed moment. Even at the time of this writing there is a great deal of what might be called “journalistic froth” as opinion makers and analysts jostle to make their takes on this known to the world. Passions are running very high in both the Democrat / anti-Trump camps, where the reactions range from despondency to determined rage to not swallow the gigantic red pill that the “no collusion with Russia” determination offers. In the pro-Trump camp, the mood is deserved relief, but many who support the President are also realists, and they know this conflict is not over.

Where the pivot will go and what all this means is something that will unfold, probably relatively quickly, over the next week or two. But we want to offer a starting point here from which to base further analysis. At this time, of course, there are few hard facts other than the fact that Robert Mueller III submitted his report to the US Attorney General, William Barr, who then wrote and released his own report to the public Sunday evening. We reproduce that report here in full, with some emphases added to points that we think will be relevant to forthcoming pieces on this topic.

The end of the Mueller investigation brings concerns, hopes and fears to many people, on topics such as:

  • Will President Trump now begin to normalize relations with President Putin at full speed?
  • In what direction will the Democrats pivot to continue their attacks against the President?
  • What does this finding to to the 2020 race?
  • What does this finding do to the credibility of the United States’ leadership establishment, both at home and abroad?
  • What can we learn about our nation and culture from this investigation?
  • How does a false narrative get maintained so easily for so long, and
  • What do we do, or what CAN we do to prevent this being repeated?

These questions and more will be addressed in forthcoming pieces. But for now, here is the full text of the letter written by Attorney General William Barr concerning the Russia collusion investigation.

Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Ranking Member Collins:
As a supplement to the notification provided on Friday, March 22, 2019, I am writing today to advise you of the principal conclusions reached by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller and to inform you about the status of my initial review of the report he has prepared.
The Special Counsel’s Report
On Friday, the Special Counsel submitted to me a “confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions” he has reached, as required by 28 C.F.R. § 600.8(c). This report is entitled “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.” Although my review is ongoing, I believe that it is in the public interest to describe the report and to summarize the principal conclusions reached by the Special Counsel and the results of his investigation.
The report explains that the Special Counsel and his staff thoroughly investigated allegations that members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, and others associated with it, conspired with the Russian government in its efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, or sought to obstruct the related federal investigations. In the report, the Special Counsel noted that, in completing his investigation, he employed 19 lawyers who were assisted by a team of approximately 40 FBI agents, intelligence forensic accountants, and other professional staff. The Special Counsel issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses.
The Special Counsel obtained a number of indictments and convictions of individuals and entities in connection with his investigation, all of which have been publicly disclosed. During the course of his investigation, the Special Counsel also referred several matters to other offices for further action. The report does not recommend any further indictments, nor did the Special Counsel obtain any sealed indictments that have yet to be made public. Below, I summarize the principal conclusions set out in the Special Counsel’s report.
Russian Interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.
The Special Counsel’s report is divided into two parts. The first describes the results of the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The report outlines the Russian effort to influence the election and documents crimes committed by persons associated with the Russian government in connection with those efforts. The report further explains that a primary consideration for the Special Counsel’s investigation was whether any Americans including individuals associated with the Trump campaign joined the Russian conspiracies to influence the election, which would be a federal crime. The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As the report states: “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
The Special Counsel’s investigation determined that there were two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. The first involved attempts by a Russian organization, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the United States designed to sow social discord, eventually with the aim of interfering with the election. As noted above, the Special Counsel did not find that any U.S. person or Trump campaign official or associate conspired or knowingly coordinated with the IRA in its efforts, although the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian nationals and entities in connection with these activities.
The second element involved the Russian government’s efforts to conduct computer hacking operations designed to gather and disseminate information to influence the election. The Special Counsel found that Russian government actors successfully hacked into computers and obtained emails from persons affiliated with the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party organizations, and publicly disseminated those materials through various intermediaries, including WikiLeaks. Based on these activities, the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian military officers for conspiring to hack into computers in the United States for purposes of influencing the election. But as noted above, the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.
Obstruction of Justice.
The report’s second part addresses a number of actions by the President most of which have been the subject of public reporting that the Special Counsel investigated as potentially raising obstruction-of-justice concerns. After making a “thorough factual investigation” into these matters, the Special Counsel considered whether to evaluate the conduct under Department standards governing prosecution and declination decisions but ultimately determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment. The Special Counsel therefore did not draw a conclusion one way or the other as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction. Instead, for each of the relevant actions investigated, the report sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved what the Special Counsel views as “difficult issues” of law and fact concerning whether the President’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction. The Special Counsel states that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
The Special Counsel’s decision to describe the facts of his obstruction investigation without reaching any legal conclusions leaves it to the Attorney General to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime. Over the course of the investigation, the Special Counsel’s office engaged in discussions with certain Department officials regarding many of the legal and factual matters at issue in the Special Counsel’s obstruction investigation. After reviewing the Special Counsel’s final report on these issues; consulting with Department officials, including the Office of Legal Counsel; and applying the principles of federal prosecution that guide our charging decisions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense. Our determination was made without regard to, and is not based on, the constitutional considerations that surround the indictment and criminal prosecution of a sitting president.
In making this determination, we noted that the Special Counsel recognized that “the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference,” and that, while not determinative, the absence of such evidence bears upon the President’s intent with respect to obstruction. Generally speaking, to obtain and sustain an obstruction conviction, the government would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person, acting with corrupt intent, engaged in obstructive conduct with a sufficient nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding. In cataloguing the President’s actions, many of which took place in public view, the report identifies no actions that, in our judgment, constitute obstructive conduct, had a nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding, and were done with corrupt intent, each of which, under the Department’s principles of federal prosecution guiding charging decisions, would need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to establish an obstruction-of-justice offense.
Status of the Department’s Review
The relevant regulations contemplate that the Special Counsel’s report will be a “confidential report” to the Attorney General. See Office of Special Counsel, 64 Fed. Reg. 37,038, 37,040-41 (July 9, 1999). As I have previously stated, however, I am mindful of the public interest in this matter. For that reason, my goal and intent is to release as much of the Special Counsel’s report as I can consistent with applicable law, regulations, and Departmental policies.
Based on my discussions with the Special Counsel and my initial review, it is apparent that the report contains material that is or could be subject to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure which imposes restrictions on the use and disclosure of information relating to “matter[s] occurring before grand jury.” Fed. R. Crim. P. 6(e)(2)(B) Rule 6(e) generally limits disclosure of certain grand jury information in a criminal investigation and prosecution. Id. Disclosure of 6(e) material beyond the strict limits set forth in the rule is a crime in certain circumstances. See, e.g. 18 U.S.C. 401(3). This restriction protects the integrity of grand jury proceedings and ensures that the unique and invaluable investigative powers of a grand jury are used strictly for their intended criminal justice function.
Given these restrictions, the schedule for processing the report depends in part on how quickly the Department can identify the 6(e) material that by law cannot be made public. I have requested the assistance of the Special Counsel in identifying all 6(e) information contained in the report as quickly as possible. Separately, I also must identify any information that could impact other ongoing matters, including those that the Special Counsel has referred to other offices. As soon as that process is complete, I will be in a position to move forward expeditiously in determining what can be released in light of applicable law, regulations, and Departmental policies.
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As I observed in my initial notification, the Special Counsel regulations provide that “the Attorney General may determine that public release of” notifications to your respective Committees “would be in the public interest.” 28 C.F.R. § 600.9(c). I have so determined, and I will disclose this letter to the public after delivering it to you.
Sincerely,
William P. Barr
Attorney General

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Do Europeans support the notion that the countries of the EU be the nuclear war playground of the United States?

Richard Galustian

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Humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war.

America has elected to completely ignore scientists warnings that we have 12 years to reverse an environmental disaster.

As far as nuclear obliteration, Trump announced that the US is withdrawing from the INF treaty, which eliminated short range missiles deployed in Western Europe, on Russia’s doorstep. It’s the equivalent of Russia placing nuclear missiles in Venezuela.

A provocation, which enables US supplied missiles to be launched, only a few minutes flight time to Moscow.

That, of course sharply increases the nuclear danger. Historically on both sides, attack warnings given by automated systems have often proved faulty in the past; that, if enacted upon, would have meant the end of life as we know it.

Anyone familiar with contemporary military history knows that it’s a virtual miracle that we have so far avoided nuclear war.

Politically within Europe, the attack on democracy is very clear. Unchallenged undemocratic institutions in Brussels exist that is, in the main, part of the problem of the UK BREXIT negotiations.

Why does the public readily accept wars, engineered by our morally bankrupt governments to create ‘regime change’ in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Ukraine and soon to be Venezuela followed by Nicaragua and Iran, with such a muted outcry?

That preemptive nuclear attacks are even thought of shows the insanity of Western leadership controlled by vested financial interests led by the Military/Security Industrial Complex and bankers. Those same interests created both ‘industrialised’ World Wars in the 20th Century.

Our governments do not listen to the people. When two million hit the streets of London before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, it made not an iota of difference to Tony Blair’s government.

Today, people’s apathy is notably caused by conditioning’, maybe better described as we’ve been ‘disciplined’ by MSM propaganda and family’s economic necessity to focus on their income, have made us so, due to our governments mismanagement of our economies.

Example, our university students are saddled with impossible to repay debt for a reason; to keep future generations ‘disciplined’.

No one has time or dare show any dissent especially given the Orwellian ‘newspeak’ environment that is created by ‘political correctness’.

Back to the subject of Russia phobia. The Western narrative against Russia is, in the main, the below:

* that Russia tried to murder the Skripals. Let the British government, who seem to be holding the Skripals against their will, prove they are not, by letting them be interviewed by the World’s Press.

* Ukraine – For over four years, the governments of NATO and the MSM have been waging the new cold war against Russia. This began with the ‘Maidan’ protests in Kyiv, Ukraine in early 2014 that culminated in the overthrow, universally acknowledged to have been engineered by the CIA, of Ukraine’s elected president and Parliament in February 2014. Putting in power an ultra neo-Nazi government, that in particular voiced hatred against all things Russian…and Jewish. Which MSM, TV news or newspapers, says so?

* That almost 100% of Crimea’s population are glad and grateful to be part of Russia. US, UK and EU says that is untrue, which is nonsense.

The demonisation of Russia is central to the multinational corporate interests that control our governments; the bankers protecting the steeply declining US Dollar, the institutions of the EU that are really controlled by Washington, who are preparing world public opinion to accept what the United States are now gearing up for, the “defence” of Europe.

At this point let us reflect on history by quoting one of America’s most distinguished soldiers, maybe of its entire history, General Smedley D. Butler, from his book ‘War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier.’

“No one told these American soldiers that they might be shot down by bullets made by their own brothers here. No one told them that the ships on which they were going to cross might be torpedoed by submarines built with US patents.”

It is recommended to read more about General Smedley Butler, as he was the man chosen by US bankers and particularly the Bush family in the 1930s, to be the new fascist leader of the USA by overthrowing, in a coup, the then President Roosevelt during the period of Hitler’s rise to power. A coincidence one wonders. Butler was a true patriot; he bided his time then revealed the plot to both Congress and President Roosevelt. If you doubt this, it is suggested you research the subject.

We can stop the consolidation of power of the global military/security industrial complex, its war party associates, and specifically the US, UK and EU deep state political and financial elite that no doubt exists. We must elect new leaders, it’s that simple.

To quote Noam Chomsky “….power is always illegitimate, unless it proves itself to be legitimate. So the burden of proof is always on those who claim that some authoritarian hierarchic government is legitimate. If they can’t prove it, then it should be dismantled.”

Implicit in this statement is change by either elections or revolutions.

The French people have shown us when enough is enough by their persistent resistance to their government.

Do Europeans support the notion that the countries of the EU be the nuclear war playground of the United States?

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