Apocalypse Later


Metadata Surveillance Didn’t Stop the Paris Attacks
And yet intelligence officials and politicians are now saying it could have. They’re wrong.
By Marcy Wheeler

“Knowing who someone communicates with is metadata, not content, and most encrypted protocols (e.g. WhatsApp, Telegram, etc.) don’t change this,” Nicholas Weaver, a researcher at the International Computer Science Institute at UC–Berkeley explains. “In attempting to identify actual threat actors, ‘this person is communicating with ISIS’ is probably all you need to justify more intensive targeted actions, such as system compromise, that bypass any effects of encryption.”

Someone Wants War with Russia
Victoria Nuland is not alone
Philip Giraldi • November 17, 2015

Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ Dick Cheney

Why Paris? The answer can be found in Syria and Iraq

How Kurds Captured Sinjar From ISIS

Blowback—–The Washington War Party’s Folly Comes Home To Roost
by David Stockman • November 16, 2015

The truth is, there is no such thing as an OPEC cartel——virtually every member produces all they can and cheats whenever possible. The only thing that resembles production control in the global oil market is the fact that the Saudi princes treat their oil reserves not much differently than Exxon.

That is, they attempt to maximize the present value of their 270 billion barrels of reserves, but ultimately are no more clairvoyant at calibrating the best oil price to accomplish that than are the economists at Exxon or the IEA.

The Saudis over-estimated the staying power of China’s temporarily surging call on global supply; and under-estimated how rapidly and extensively the $100 per barrel marker reached in early 2008 would trigger a flow of investment, technology and cheap debt into the US shale patch, the Canadian tar sands, the tired petroleum provinces of Russia, the deep offshore of Brazil etc. And that’s to say nothing of solar, wind and all the other government subsidized alternative source of BTUs.

Way back when Jimmy Carter was telling us to turn down the thermostats and put on our cardigan sweaters, those of us on the free market side of the so-called energy shortage debate said the best cure for high oil prices is high prices. Now we know.


Hillary Clinton’s Road to War
She’s the Democratic version of Chris Christie and Marco Rubio combined
by Justin Raimondo, November 20, 2015

There is no limit to this woman’s arrogance: here she is openly proclaiming her contempt for Iraq’s sovereignty and all but declaring war on the central government in Baghdad – a government thousands of Americans died to install.

And while abjuring the need for 100,000 US ground forces, Clinton would increase the number of US Special Forces and “embed” them in greater numbers with “indigenous forces.” In other words, she would escalate the US presence gradually, Vietnam war-style, so as not to alarm the American public, which wants no part of another war in the Middle East. So it’s time to dust off her plan – rejected by the Obama administration – to arm and fund the “moderate” Islamist opposition on a large scale


To begin with, the “moderates” Hillary loves to praise are ideologically aligned with ISIS: their only disagreement with the “Caliphate” is over tactics. Both want to hang Assad from a lamp post, impose Sharia law on Syria and dispense with “unbelievers.

Secondly, what Hillary wants us to “remember” is a baldfaced lie: according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – hardly a pro-Assad group – the Islamist rebels have killed more people than the government’s forces. If we go by the Observatory’s numbers, government forces suffered the largest number of deaths, some 88,616. This accounts for around one third of all the deaths recorded. Hillary’s rebels suffered 42,384 dead, and “foreign fighters” have seen 34,375 killed. All sides quibble about who is and is not a civilian, but by any measure Hillary’s moral rectitude in this context in misplaced.

Hillary Clinton’s Libya

Gaddafi was not “deposed.” He was tortured and murdered, very likely by Islamists allied with NATO forces. The “radical elements” that are causing “a lot of turmoil and trouble” in “this arc of instability” are, in fact, Islamists whom Clinton picked as allies in the region, and she has pressed to supply them with arms in Syria as well as Libya. She really rates mention as an American mover of the “instability” in the region second only to Bush and Cheney.

62 Replies to “Apocalypse Later”

  1. personally, i get so tired of trying to get it up over yet another false flag massacre branded as global terror. CNN is literally screaming about it these days.

  2. hillary clinton might be a wise and fitting choice to preside over the collapse of the USA and western civ. like Crassus, she can demonstrate how best to eat gold until you choke on it.

  3. RE: Hillary Clinton’s Libya. recall that Orlov was predicting Gaddafi’s emminent demise once he learned that Hillary had arrived in Libya with “bags of money”, apparently to be used on his minions to rat him out of hiding. i think the post was titled “Where’s Molomar?”

  4. young girl: i like you, you’re different from my other boyfriends.

    young ape: but, it will never work. one day you will grow tall and will want to keep me in cage, like this one. perhaps you’ll whip me and place me in chains. humm… maybe that would be fun, too.

    little girl: no, we can both run away to the jungle, and play and eat bananas all day.

    young ape: perhaps, but there are so many of you funny-looking apes with clothes. i’m sure one day they will capture us and will put me back into one of these humiliating animal enclosures. you might be forced into prison/school and indoctrinated into modern western culture, whatever that is.

    young girl: i don’t care, it will be exciting and i want to meet the rest of your family. besides, my dad says we’re all going to living like you folks soon enough, anyway, after we run out of cheap energy to power our economy, whatever that is.

  5. found it in the comments:

    kollapsnik said…

    I am not prescient. I just knew what will happen when I heard that Hillary Clinton got off a plane in Tripoli with bags of blood money. But the blade of political assassination cuts both ways, and if it’s a contract killing, then only the highest bidders should be expected to survive.

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011 AT 10:58:00 AM EDT

  6. from the “Someone Wants War with Russia” article:

    “Many of those inside the beltway doing the pushing for confrontation argue that Washington and Moscow have long been restrained, in theory, by what is known as “mutually assured destruction,” [MAD] meaning that a nuclear war is unthinkable because it would destroy both countries and possibly the world. But there might be some high up in both governments who think that a limited exchange could actually be somehow controlled, even while understanding that if a nuclear tit-for-tat were to escalate the targeting could easily shift to cities. Certainly the GOP candidates are flirting with entertaining that possibility, even if they are not completely aware of what they are implying.”

    if any of these GOP idiots or Hillary gets elected in 2016, maybe the survivors get to act out Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road”, only with radioactive fallout added to the mix. it’s insanity.

  7. we’re dropping off our youngest son to work his low-pay, part-time job (starter job) then going to work ourselves for a few hours. my work never stops. i just get breaks. it’s OK, i like what i do.

  8. “The cruel truth is that our civilization is melting. It lasted 1500 years. It’s already too much. Facing it, I find myself in a Spinozist perspective: not to laugh, not to cry, but to understand. One cannot stop the fall of a rock face.” Michel Onfray

  9. doing the math, Onfray is suggesting our current civilization started with the fall of Rome (western empire) about 500 AD. maybe so. many would say it started with the Renaissance, starting about 1300 AD with about 800 years of “Dark Ages” between. so we’ve had about a 700-year run of growth & progress.

    the romans mined some coal and knew about oil and natural gas, at least as surface deposits. wood was their big energy source. they did denude entire forests, but never ran out of wood. i guess their main energy racket was slave-based solar, and they did eventually run short of good slaves. growth ended and so did their civilization.

  10. well, 700 or so years is still pretty long time as far as civilization life spans go. i guess. even rome, the most famous of them all, except for our own maybe, lasted for maybe 1000 years, being generous. i guess.

    start and end dates are always kinda arbitrary for this kinda stuff. i’d say.

    i spent the last 4 days passing a kidney stone. that’ll bring a strong man to his knees, and i’m not all that strong.

  11. i recall rome lasted as a great empire, from the early days as a republic to the fall of rome city and the western empire, about 800 years. the eastern empire kept it together until they fell to the ottoman turks at about 1258 AD, so another 800 odd years. long time, totalling about 1600 years. a record, i think.

    wow, pasing kidney stones. extreme pain. why not have them busted up with an ultrasonic probe, first?

  12. i’ve decided to begin packing it in as a career academic. this will be about a 2-3 year process. i’ll start by announcing a retirement date, then slowly casting off lab/office materials and equipment i no longer use. mainly, i don’t want to have anymoron radioactive materials under my responsibility, so all that is going to go first.

    it’s part of my overall plan for collapsing early, to avoid the rush. i also want to move as far away from my surviving relatives as possible.

  13. Canadian Jackpot Winner Dies After Attempting To Gold Plate His Balls

    Many people like to flash their cash in different ways – for instance, gold and diamond mouth grills. But to celebrate his recent jackpot win, Justin decided to take it to another level.

    Justin Reiter from Alberta, Canada, died of medical complications after attempting to gold plate his own genitals to celebrate an astonishing $598,556 jackpot win.

    According to friends, the 27-year-old was enamored with the 2002 movie comedy Goldmember—an Austin Powers parody of the Bond movie Goldfinger in which Powers is hunting a criminal mastermind who colors his victims’ man parts in gold.

    Justin started by painting his genitals with a lead-based paint, but quickly decided that a simple coloring wasn’t enough: he needed to take it to the next level, he needed the real gold. To complete the makeshift operation, Reiter used a professional automotive gold plater that he borrowed from a garage. Unfortunately in the twelve hours following the procedure, Justing encountered a series of health issues that ultimately led to his death.

    Autopsy reports shows that the actual cause of death was lead-based paint poisoning.

    Dr Ian Joseffson of the Alberta Community Hospital warns of a growing trend of wannabie gangsters attempt the “deadly operation”.

    Some experts believe the trend stems from the Mayas who painted their bodies with gold to empower themselves as offering the gods.

    Others think it’s because, ultimately, these people are stupid.


  14. wow, pasing kidney stones. extreme pain. why not have them busted up with an ultrasonic probe, first?

    i guess that the long and short answer to that question is that i couldn’t find a urologist to work on me over the thanksgiving holiday. the er loaded me with drugs and basically told me to go home and tough it out. it was tough…

  15. it’s part of my overall plan for collapsing early, to avoid the rush. i also want to move as far away from my surviving relatives as possible.

    yeah, i just bought a small farm in virginia…we’ll see how that goes…

  16. hey, if it’s as good for jimmy dean, smithfield’s smoked meats, the american tobacco company, and the virginian, it ought to be good enough for you.

  17. let’s talk about this farm. how big (acres)? own fresh water supply? are we talking barn(s) plus the usual livestock? remote enough to defend? you have several grown sons, correct? are they all going to work/live there?

    my late mother grew up on a general farm (specialty was hogs, I guess) in Arkansas. they survived the worst of the Great Depression there. only when forced to move to a drier climate because my oldest aunt had respiratory illness, did they encounter the banksters, who stole the farm sale money and left the family quite a bit poorer at a critical time in the late 1930s.

    so don’t trust the banks, especially going forward.

  18. seems like a good price. i have a former Ph.D. student living with his family in Norfolk. i note that Smithfield town is just north of them. while on a visit there a few years back, we went to some local tourist sites, like the campus of William & Mary, Jamestown, etc. i recall there was a Smithfield store where we could buy various meat products. we still have some salted ham slices in the freezer.

    10 acres is a nice size. we used to own 6 in rural SE Texas, but my father sold it to some of my cousins. the plan was to retire there, but the climate sucks and the culture is a bit backward from the west coast we’re used to. hunting/fishing was moron limited from my father’s childhood days, as is most everywhere else. the only big plus we could think of was Houston with good medical services was nearby.

  19. i also have antlers from a small buck that my great uncle shot down there. he had several to choose from. i long suspected he and buddies had eradicated them from the area back in the 30s-40s. still have gators, though.

  20. yeah, the one thing that kinda bothers/scares me about southern va is that there’s a christian church, of one denomination or another, on just about every street corner and around every bend in the road. eh, if i end up going down for any length of of time, i made need to learn how to “praise the lord”. also, both my kids were raised as good little atheists. so we’ll have to see how that goes…

  21. isis, or whatever you want to call it, is one embodiment of the dissolution of western nation state global hegemony. a return to tribalism is unavoidable.

  22. monkeys adapting to a changing climate…funny.

    i like those korean female dancing monkeys. they got all the right moves.

  23. yeah, i kinda doubt that humans will make it to 9 or 10 billion. personally, and this is just my own guess, we’ll be at maybe 8 – 8.5 billion in 2025. our numbers will fall off a seneca cliff at that point.

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