WHAT BIBI WANTS, BIBI GETS

America’s de facto President stages a dog and pony show in Tel Aviv

Netanyahu claims Israel has proof that Iran lied and violated 2015 nuclear treaty

Have you ever seen any head of state give a speech in which he used slides and props like a computer salesman?

I have not. The closest any politician came to it in my experience was Ross Perot. The former head of the then largest computer services company in the world, used charts and graphs in his 1992 presidential campaign as if he were at an IBM board meeting to make his case against NAFTA and other globalist projects.

But Perot was not a head of state. So this evening, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu made history when he used slides, charts and props to make his case that Iran has lied and violated the 2015 nuclear treaty.

“After signing the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret files,” he said. “In 2017 Iran moved its nuclear weapons files to a highly secret location in Tehran.”

Netanyahu explained that “half a ton” of documents from the secret Iranian archives were obtained by Israel in “a great intelligence achievement.” He claimed that the files contain incriminating evidence that Iran has been working to develop a nuclear bomb as part of a program called “Project Amad.”

You can watch the entire Bibi dog and pony show here which was broadcast nationally this evening out of Tel Aviv.

I watched it. By chance. I was searching for something on the web when Bibi’s speech popped up on Fox News.

When he was finished, I must say Netanyahu made a strong case against Iran. And for why Donald Trump should pull the US out of the Iran nuclear treaty on May 12. But there is always the other side of a coin.

But he offered no real explanation how “half a ton” of Iran’s most sensitive nuclear documents were snatched away by Israel from Iran’s top secret site. That sounds like something right out of a James Bond film. And as we all know, Bond was a fictional character.

For all we know, both Bibi’s slides and those document files could be mockups. In other words, fake. Just like that nuclear bomb cartoon the Israeli prime minister embarrassed himself with when he paraded it before the United Nations General Assembly in September 2012.

 

“TRUST BUT VERIFY”

So before Trump wholeheartedly embraced everything Netanyahu said today as gospel truth (which the US president has already done!), he should have heeded the advice of one of his predecessors. It was Ronald Reagan who coined the phrase “trust but verify” when he negotiated with Gorbachev, the head of the Soviet Union in the 1980s.

Alas, this is 2018, And Trump’s Middle East policy can be summed up as “trust and bombast.” And bomb anyone Israel considers an enemy.

Netanyahu’s dog and pony show also brought back memories of two other historical events – one from business, another from political history.

THE IBM S/360 DECEPTION

During the half a century of the two Watson’s leadership, IBM had built up a reputation of being lily white and holier than Thou when it comes to telling the truth. The 1956 Consent Decree, in fact, compelled it to do so.

So when IBM announced its now legendary S/360 line of computers in April 1964, which changed the world of computing for ever, few people had even an inkling that some of the computer models on display were cardboard or wooden cutouts. The world had to wait 26 years for IBM to come clean.

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Tom Watson Jr, the IBM CEO who made the announcement, fessed up in his 1990 autobiographical book “Father, Son & Co”

“Not all of the equipment on display was real,” Watson wrote.  “Some units were just mock-ups made of wood..”

He claimed, in an effort to exculpate himself, that IBM had disclosed that “to our guests.” But even this writer, who spent over 8 years with IBM during the mainframe hay days, and several decades following the company as an analyst, had never heard of this 1964 IBM deception until 1990. (see Mainframe at 40, Apr 2004).

NETANYAHU: SHOW US THE BEEF

So if even the pristine IBM was capable of such a ruse, why should we trust Bibi’s slides and props? After all, we know that when he said, “Iran lied; big time,” it was the pot calling the kettle black.

Which takes us back to Regan’s “trust but verify.” I did not hear Netanyahu saying that he invited Iran’s friends and allies, like Russia, Lebanon, Venezuela etc., to verify the authenticity of the “half a ton” of documents Israel supposedly stole from Iran.

Until such time that an independent body of international experts affirms that what Netanyahu said is true, we have no more reason to believe him than we did Iran when that country claimed that it had ended its nuclear weapons program.

So a wise independent observer should keep his mind open. and not be swayed by a powerful visual marketing pitch Netanyahu delivered today. As Trump was, for example.

But then, that’s how “stable geniuses” behave. They think they know everything and do not require proof.

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UPDATE APRIL 15, 2018

WHO’S AMERICA’S BOSS? NIKKI OR DONALD? ACTUALLY, NEITHER. IT IS BIBI.

Nikki Haley reverses Trump, says US troops are to stay in Syria

She is “a tsunami of fresh air,” Israel’s PM Netanyahu lauds Haley

The US will not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals are accomplished there, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said. The US currently has over 2,000 troops in Syria and a number of contractors. 

Haley added that the US wants to ensure that chemical weapons are not used in a way that is of risk to US interests, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) is defeated, and Iran’s actions are monitored.“Be very clear, if we leave, when we leave, it will be because we know that everything is moving forward,” Haley added (click here for more).

Yet less than three weeks ago, Donald Trump, who is ostensibly Nikki’s boss, and the US president, said the opposite:

“We’re knocking the hell out of ISIS. We’ll be coming out of Syria like very soon. Let the other people take care of it now,” Trump said at an Ohio public event. “We are going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be.” (Mar 29, 2018 – see LIKE CUBA, LIKE SYRIA?).

 

This was not the first time Nikki had contradicted Donald and successfully sabotaged the President’s overtures toward peace. Last July, Trump and Putin met for the first time on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany,. And it was love at first sight.

“I had a tremendous meeting yesterday with President Putin,” Trump said on July 8  while speaking with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

It must have been. The meeting was scheduled to last 30-40 minutes. It went on for 2:16 hours. Even Melania could not pry her husband away from Putin (see https://wp.me/p3QU1S-2kr).

But Nikki did.

‘We cannot trust Russia & we won’t ever trust Russia’ – she squawked the same day in a CNN interview.

This was the Truth in Media comment the same day (July 8):

Right on cue. Now it remains to be seen who is in charge here – Trump or the NWO foreign policy masters.

If it is the former, Trump should fire Haley immediately for insubordination. It is the President, not the UN ambassador, who makes foreign policy.

And if Trump does not, then well… we’ll also have an answer as to who is in charge, won’t we?”

Less than three weeks later, we got our answer. Haley and her backers won. Trump backed down. And a new round of Russia sanctions was imposed (see Who’s whose flunkey? – Nikki Haley: Another Adherent of the Nothing Creed, Dec 2017).

And Nikki scored for again in December 2017, when Trump announced that the US would recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel (see ANOTHER DAY WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY).

What dives Nikki such power?

It’s not what. It’s who. And in a word, it is Bibi.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, seems to be her real boss and biggest fan.

In early March, Netanyahu told Nikki that she was like a “tsunami of fresh air” at the UN.

“I wanted to tell you how much we appreciate the defense of Israel and the truth that the president and you bring into these cloistered halls that are so damp, you know, with anti-Israel venom,” Netanyahu said Thursday in his meeting with Haley at the United Nations in New York. “It’s not a breath of fresh air, it’s like a tsunami of fresh air.” (from Times of Israel, Mar 8, 2018).

So Haley might as well be recognized as Israel’s ambassador at the UN. And Bibi as America’s real boss. Because the president we currently have at the White House is cow-towing to both of them.

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UPDATE JULY 16, 2018

BIBI APARTHEID

Israel in turmoil over bill allowing Jews and Arabs to be segregated

Like Botha’s South Africa, Like Bibi’s Israel

Law will ‘reveal ugly face of ultranationalist Israel in all its repugnance’, Hebrew University professor says

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The proposed legislation being pushed by Benjamin Netanyahu (Bibi), Israel’s PM, would allow the state to “authorize a community composed of people having the same faith and nationality to maintain the exclusive character of that community”.

Israel is in the throes of political upheaval as the country’s ruling party seeks to pass legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as the end of a democratic state.

In its current state, the draft would also permit Jewish religious law to be implemented in certain cases and remove Arabic as an official language.

Many Israeli neighbourhoods and towns are already effectively segregated, with residents either vastly Jewish or Arab. In many places, it is tough for an Arab to move in, although segregation is not legal.

Writing in the progressive-leaning Haaretz newspaper, Mordechai Kremnitzer, from the faculty of law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said the bill would “remove the mask so as to reveal the ugly face of ultranationalist Israel in all its repugnance”.

For more, see…  https://goo.gl/bmdQt5


ANOTHER CAVE-IN FOR PUTIN, RUSSIA

Russia extends overflight privileges of US carriers ahead of deadline

On Monday, the tough-talking Nikki Haley, the virtual US president and the unofficial Israel’s ambassador at the UN, announced new and tougher sanctions on Russia. They followed this weekend’s US-UK-French missile attacks on Syria which went unanswered by Russia despite Putin’s bluster and the flurry of his officials’ threats beforehand (see PUTIN: TALK IS CHEAP, ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS, 

What was Russia’s response to these new sanctions?

A cave in. An utter and complete cave-in. Here’s an RT.COM story about it:

Moscow has extended overflight privileges of US carriers flying over Russia, hours before they were due to expire, the US State Department said, noting that it continues working with Moscow to secure “benefits” for US companies.

The US State Department announced that it has been relentlessly working with Moscow to extend an agreement which allows American passenger and cargo planes to fly in Russian airspace, drastically saving time and fuel on long-distance flights. Hours before the overflight agreement was due to expire at 7:59pm (2359 GMT), the State Department confirmed that Russia granted the much-needed extension.

“The Ministry of Transport informed us today that it will extend overflight approvals for US airlines for operations on three routes through October 28, 2018,” the US State Department spokesperson told Sputnik on Tuesday. “The Ministry of Transport extended approvals for all-cargo flights from Asia to Europe through April 20.”

Putin might as well be a card-carrying member of the New World Order. His job is to be a patsy and play a bogey. Because without such “enemies,” the NWO motto – “perpetual war for perpetual commerce” would fail. With such “enemies,” the NWO flourishes.

What a bunch of fools the Russians who voted for him last month are. As are the millions of others around the world who see Putin as a hero who will free the world from the American-Israeli hegemony.

Yeah, right. Like Philippe Pétain saved France from Hitler? Or Gorbachev saved the Soviet Union from the West?

Lest we forget: Putin suggested to Bill Clinton in 2000 that Russia should join NATO.

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HILLARY TRYING TO CATCH UP TO OBAMA IN WALL STREET SPONSORSHIP

FDR OPENED WALL STREET-WASHINGTON REVOLVING DOOR IN 1934, KENNEDY WAS THE FIRST TO WALK THROUGH IT

An Explosion of Wall Street-Washington Collusion in the last Quarter Century

Obama the Most Corrupt… So Far

OBAMA TOOK MORE $$$ FROM WALL STREET THAN ANY CANDIDATE IN HISTORY, THEN PAID THEM BACK WITH LOFTY APPOINTMENTS

quote-i-did-not-run-for-office-to-be-helping-out-a-bunch-of-you-know-fat-cat-bankers-on-wall-barack-obama-88-58-39I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of, you know, fat-cat bankers on Wall Street” (Obama, 60 Minutes, Dec 2009)

Check out this 1-minute video if you want to understand how the American “Demo Farce” really works. And then either laugh or cry.

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HILLARY NOW TRYING TO CATCH UP TO OBAMA?

Today, a story in the Guardian Sunday edition expanded on the tight connection between the Clintons and Wall Street. Hillary Clinton is evidently following in Obama’s footsteps (see Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street links raise economic policy doubts, July 26).

Tom Nides and Robert Hormats, once of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, are veterans of the revolving door between Washington and the financial sector

But the Clintons and Obama are hardly the only occupants of the White House whose presidency was bought and paid for by Wall Street and Big Business. The Republicans are no exception.

Both Bush’s are tightly linked to Wall Street. Which is not surprising considering that Prescott Bush, GH’s father and GW’s grandfather, was also both a Wall Street banker and a US Senator himself. They sucked in corruption with mother’s milk.

Also check out the Truth in Media July 24-piece ANYBODY BUT A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN.

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HOW LONG HAVE WALL STREET AND WASHINGTON BEEN JOINED AT THE HIP?

Who Was the First President to Open the Revolving Door?  Who Was the First Wall Street Banker to Walk Through It?

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So Wall Street and Washington are joined at the hip.

Tell us something we don’t know, right?

Well, how about this… Has it always been like this?

And if not, which is a pretty safe guess given our Republic’s glorious original ideals, do you know when this perversion and corruption of the American political system started? And by which president?

Also, who you know  was the first Wall Street tycoon to walk through the Washington-Wall Street revolving door?

Here are the answers to these questions…

FDR WAS THE FIRST US PRESIDENT TO BRING WALL STREET TO WASHINGTON

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), America’s 32nd president, author of the “day of infamy” expression, holds this infamous distinction.

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And who was the first to walk through the revolving door?

Joseph Kennedy, father of JFK and RFK and the patriarch of the Kennedy clan.

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On Wall Street: President of the Columbia Trust Bank; employee of stock brokerage firm Hayden, Stone & Co; independent investor

In Washington: First Chairman of the

SEC; Ambassador to Great Britain

The year was 1934. That’s when the Wall Street-Washington collusion started. The victims, of course, were the American people.

But while this revolving door trend may have begun over 80 years ago, it has really exploded into the open during the last quarter century. Both Bush’s, Clinton and especially Obama, seem to try to outdo the predecessor in cow-towing to Wall Street, peddling political influence and power for cold Wall Street cash.

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Four years ago almost to the day, The Business Insider compiled a list of some 30 Wall Street executives who took up positions of political influence in Washington before shuttling back to New York. Some punched in a return, ticket, too. Click here to read that July 31, 2011 story. And just think, that’s before all the additional Washington appointments Obama handed out after the 2012 election.

Here are just some of the recent travelers through the Wall Street-Washington revolving door…

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So when someone tells you you should go out and vote, you may consider replying:

“Vote? What on earth for? So my ballot can help legitimize political corruption? And legalize the financial slavery Wall Street imposed on the American people?”

Thanks but no thanks.

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UPDATE April 15, 2016

AMERICA’S BIGGEST CORPORATE TAX DODGERS

In the wake of the Panama Papers leak, the eyes of the world have been on big business and the globe’s most powerful individuals. With revelations of huge sums of money being held offshore and tax evasion rife among the elite, appetite has possibly never been greater for transparency and full disclosure.
The latest episode in this saga comes courtesy of Oxfam America who analyzed the tax affairs of the 50 biggest companies in the US to reveal data on such aspects as expenditure on lobbying, income from federal loans and bailouts, and of course, money held offshore.
Of the 21 companies with the most offshore cash, 8 have a tech focus, with Apple, Microsoft and IBM in the overall top 5. Apple had the most offshore funds of all companies with a whopping 181.1 billion US dollars. The infographic below pulls these 8 tech companies together to see how they stack up in terms of money held offshore and subsidiaries in tax havens.
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UPDATE JULY 26, 2016

DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA III

LOOK WHO IS PAYING FOR HILLARY’S ELECTION AND THEN LOOK WHO IS VOTING FOR HER

One year ago on this exact day, I published the Truth in Media editorial “FDR OPENED WALL STREET-WASHINGTON REVOLVING DOOR IN 1934” (AND OBAMA AND HILLARY WALKED RIGHT THROUGH IT – http://wp.me/p3QU1S-15J – July 26, 2015).

Part of that editorial included this image of Hillary’s major donors from Wall Street with a caption: LOOK WHO IS PAYING FOR HILLARY’S ELECTION.

 

Today, I reposted this piece. And what a difference a year makes. The vast majority of responses I have received so far from the readers was how dumb or stupid the people are who are voting for such a thoroughly corrupt and disgraced candidate, as Hillary Clinton.

One of them, for example, wrote:

“Are the american voters this dumb to ignore all this money theft & corruption?”

I replied:

Yes. Some. The elite have been working on this for decades. See my 1997 Washington Times column – DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA (published as DANCING ‘ROUND THE GOLDEN CALF – http://www.truthinmedia.org/Columns/clip-aug-31-97.html), and the 2013 update to it – DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA II – http://www.truthinmedia.org/2013/Dumbing%20Down.html).

And now, here’s the irony, while the rich Wall Street type along with foreign (Saudi) interests are paying for Hillary’s election, the people who are voting for her come from the opposite end of our social strata.

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PROFILE OF A HILLARY VOTER

In broad strokes though:

  • Middle aged women
  • Seniors who do not strongly identify as Republican
  • Black people
  • Minorities in general

So the rich are paying for Hillary’s election and the lower classes and minorities whose ignorance and labor the rich are exploiting are voting for her.

That’s like voting for your henchmen. Or henchwoman in this case. Can it get dumber than that?

Dumbing Down of America?  You betcha. And here’s a proof of it.

 

Also see… “FDR OPENED WALL STREET-WASHINGTON REVOLVING DOOR IN 1934” – July 2015 – OBAMA AND HILLARY WALKED RIGHT THROUGH IT – http://wp.me/p3QU1S-15J

 

 

IBM GIVING BUFFET ANOTHER CASE OF BIG BLUES

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ORACLE NO MORE

Warren Buffett, one of the world’s richest men with an estimated net worth of $73 billion, has been called the “Wizard of Omaha” or “Oracle of Omaha”, or the “Sage of Omaha” because of his supposed investment infallibility. Wall Street and Madison Avenue, which nicknamed his as such, may want to rethink these lofty epithets in view of his recent investment failures.

Ginni IBM shades of blueBuffet had a couple of billion-dollar loser days in October, and so far January isn’t going much better for him either. In each case, two of America’s iconic corporate darlings let him down – IBM and Coke. 

IBM’s 3.6 percent drop in early trading Wednesday cost the “Oracle of Omaha” some $397 million, based on his 70,478,012 shares as of September 30, the CNBC reported today (His end-of-year holdings won’t be public until mid-February).

buffett_2392751bOn Oct 20, IBM stock drop cost him about $1 billion on paper. The next day, Coca-Cola‘s tepid results cost him another $1 billion.

What’s a billion here, a billion there… if your net worth is $73 billion, right?

Well, it’s not just the billions. It’s the punctured “oracle” aura that hurts more.

Oracle of Omaha? No more. At least not on Wall Street. Maybe Buffet should stick to corn?

IBM’s Feet of Clay Led to Death by Thousand Cuts

Meanwhile, I would not have been aware of any of that had an old friend of mine, a former fellow-IBMer, not alerted me this morning about the IBM news.

I’m sure you saw the stock price hit on IBM today….” he wrote.

I replied:

“Actually, no, I had not seen the latest IBM price drop until you brought it up just now. I don’t follow the markets closely anymore. Big Blue in Small Pond-1

I gave Ginni’s (Rometty) IBM the first warning with this story –  Big Blue Feet of ClayApr 2012.  And then gave it its last rights and put the nail in its coffin with this one: IBM in Troubled Waters Again (Historical analysis of IBM ebbs and flows; long term outlook and recommendations for change).

Ginni responded to my Feet of Clay piece with a personal note agreeing with me and saying how she would be working hard on getting IBM to grow again. Well, three years later… 

RIP, as I said.”

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