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Awkward facts

One of the challenges, when searching for evidence to get a handle on what's going on, is reconciling awkward facts which contradict our worldviews. For most people, other than those who look beyond the superficial, US aggression goes unnoticed and unchallenged even though it is in plain view (fed to us 24/7 when the "wars" are in full swing). Once the "wars" have past they are "glossed over" in retrospect. So here's a reminder of US global aggression:

From Wounded Knee to Syria: A Century of US Military Interventions by Dr. Zoltán Grossman
The following is a partial list of U.S. military interventions from 1890 to 2014.

OK, the above fairly easy to accept and non-controversial (to those who've looked beyond official narratives). What about foreign intelligence services' role in the Bolshevik revolution, which we know was funded and orchestrated by Wall Street? The assassination of Grigori Rasputin, adviser to the Tsarina, is a piece of history which may seem tangential to the main event but this vignette of Felix Yusupov, Oxford and the British Secret Service adds colour to the hitherto sketchy narrative.

Rasputin dispute: Did Oxford alumnus really kill him? by Chris Danziger
In life, Prince Felix Yusupov (1887–1967) was the object of universal fascination. His fabulous wealth, his exhibitionism, his impossibly good looks, his sexual escapades, and his proximity to the Russian Imperial family all ensured he was never far from the public eye. In death, it seems that he is no less so.
In the Michaelmas issue of Oxford Today’s print magazine, I published an article, ‘The prince, the spy and the Mad Monk’, outlining his association with Oxford University as an undergraduate from 1910 to 1912; his involvement in the assassination of Rasputin; and the possible links between the two. In December the article was reproduced online by Oxford Today under the headline ‘The Oxford alumnus who helped to assassinate Rasputin’.

Devotees of the Austrian School of economics pride themselves on their independence of thought, challenging economic orthodoxy; a view which is undermined by this article:

Like it or not, here is more on the Rockefeller connection to Austrian economics
"...please set aside your emotional attachments to Paul and Mises and follow wherever the evidence leads. You cannot learn and grow if you let your emotions tether you to fixed ideas."

Adolf Hitler and the history of the second world war are probably more misunderstood than most; Hitler's devotees are blinded to his faults while most others have been trained to view him as a monster. The reality is inevitably more nuanced and complex. It is unlikely Hitler could have attained power without consent of the Rothschilds; consequently, that he may have been manipulated is not beyond question. However, like most in power, he was navigating competing agendas and economic interests - compromise is an inevitable facet of government.

Why is David Irving Blind to Freemasonry? by Henry Makow
David Irving interviewed many members of Hitler's personal staff, and their hero worship has rubbed off on him.
"History is propaganda about the past," someone said.
Most historians are paid liars. David Irving is an exception because, as he points out in a compelling speech, The Real Winston Churchill, from the mid 1980's, he is not an academic historian. As such he actually does original research and doesn't have to parrot the Masonic (Illuminati) Jewish line, as most historians do. He interviews the players, unearths diaries and looks at original documents. As result, he comes up with embarrassing information.

This selection of awkward facts is to remind us that we must maintain "tentative conviction"; when new facts, which challenge our worldview, come to light, we must re-evaluate to reconcile the facts with the narrative. Learning is a lifetime's work.

Careerism, corruption and certainty

atmen - careerism, corruption and certainty
The Existential Question of Whom to Trust: “The Looming Threat of World War III” Robert Parry

Peace keeping bombs

peace keeping bombs

NATO member Turkey purchases Russian S-300 Defense System; re-drawn map of Syria and “Free Kurdistan”; crosscutting coalitions;


Today's Daily Pickings comes courtesy of Eddie at Atmen.

atmen - consistent
"I don't know if they turned a blind eye; I think it was a decision, a wilful decision."—Mike Flynn
We are joined once again by the lawyer and university lecturer Adeyinka Makinde for the first instalment of a two-part interview centring in his recent article, "The Pan-Islamic Option : The West's Part in the Creation and Sustaining of Islamist Terror".
In this first part we discuss indications in recent years of the West's use and support of violent Islamist groups for the purposes of advancing geopolitical goals, with reference to speeches, interviews and emails associated with people in high office, and position papers by influential think tanks.
Adeyinka Makinde trained for the law as a barrister. He lectures in criminal law and public law at a university in London, and has an academic research interest in intelligence & security matters. He is a contributor to a number of websites for which he has written essays and commentaries on international relations, politics and military history. He has served as a programme consultant and provided expert commentary for BBC World Service Radio, China Radio International and the Voice of Russia.