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10-26-2019 07:09 PM
Snuggle Monkey I'll have to check out the Epoch Times. So far my favorite news site is One America News Network. My buddy gets them on a cable channel that's really good. They also have a themtube channel & a website oann.com.
10-26-2019 06:31 PM
ACME_MAN Nope, good material. Monitors the situation in China in depth. It has the ACME seal of approval. ; )


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Originally Posted by surfcast View Post
I have been seeing some advertisement ,for the above mentioned .
Any one read it, is it a true reliable source of info ?
Or is it like the enquirer ?
10-25-2019 10:38 AM
Outpost75 I don't view any single source as credible. You must evaluate multiple sources. What follows is a brief of the situation in Mexico and Latin America in light of recent events.

Two cents offered from a retired professional intel analyst:

Open source reporting indicates that Iran has a significant presence in South America through Hezbollah. They are doing the usual SR/DA action, recruiting, and “fundraising” business activities such as kidnapping, illicit trafficking, and robbery.

No doubt they have sent infiltrators into US along the established illegal routes. They have especially large cells in Venezuela and Brazil. Note that Venezuela has a fancy new AK-47 production line turning out around 50K rifles per year. That’s not nothing, as these weapons have been turning up in the Mexican cartels.

China has legal and illegal business connections throughout SA and Mexico. They import minerals and oil and export a host of things. Weapons, R&S technology, and of course precursor chemicals for drugs manufacturers.

Russia has much less presence in the hemisphere. As a general rule, I’m not concerned about Russia or Putin. They are busy enough in their traditional sphere of influence and have been very clear about their intentions to keep it that way unless seriously provoked.

It’s not clear that Sunni Arabs are making inroads to the Western Hemisphere. They may be quietly funding opposition to Iran but I haven’t seen conclusive evidence. The house of Saud has good reasons not to upset the US or the petrodollar system.

All of the above are interesting sources of resources for South American, Mexican, and Central American cartels.

Re: "Puppet masters." A fruitless line of inquiry:

First, a good rule is to be skeptical of monocausal explanations. It’s easy to blame Soros Foundation or anyone else for the worlds woes. Generally inaccurate and unhelpful from a policy or targeting perspective.

Second, large organizations are operationally durable. Decapitation strikes are ineffective except in rare late stages where the organization is weak and discredited by multiple failures. In most cases the organization splinters into smaller factions that are more difficult to control because they are less centralized. That’s what happened to the cartels, to ISIS, Al Queda, etc. Even AT&T grew market share after it was broken up by the trust busters. The decapitation theory just doesn’t hold much water in practice. Think post-Tito Yugoslavia. The theory that decapitation reduces leader effectiveness also fails, but for different reasons unimportant to this topic.

Third, people follow interests more than their ideology. Money and power are the main motivators for leaders. Ideology is just the pretty facade to recruit useful idiots (Marx’s phrase).

I don’t generally buy into grand globalist theories. Businesses want to make money. Legal or not. They like stable operating environments, so consistent rules across markets are helpful. They use resources to promote those consistent rules. Google buys influence everywhere and makes concessions to local power brokers. Maybe the management would like a one world government utopia, and is willing to throw a few bucks at it along with like minded companies. I don’t think it’s a sinister plot though. It’s just good management, coupled with big egos, and a socialist moral value system. The management likes being rich, and that’s why they (and Wall Street) have said they won’t fund Pocahontas Warren campaign and her wealth tax.

The cartels operate similarly. They just want a stable business environment. Wars cut into profits and that’s bad for sustaining wealth and power.

So, recapping, so-called "puppet masters" aren’t really that at all. They’re wealthy people and organizations pursing their business model. To change their behavior you have to adopt a cost imposition strategy that changes the operational environment. Change the game rather than disqualifying the player if you’ll allow the metaphor. Simple, but far from easy because everyone adapts and unintended consequences abound.

Re Communism in America. Highly probable, though not at all like early 20th Century Russia. Maybe like pre-war Germany or Italy with large government approved industries. Fascism can easily go by the name “partnership between public and private sectors”.

Without a doubt the West is in crisis. Maybe collapse of the value system. Traditional value systems are openly attacked and punished. Witness the trends in no fault divorces: men pay heavily and have no voice in raising the children. Beyond the decline of nuclear family, we see all manner of perversions and addictions being celebrated as good. You know all the stories. Maybe it’s a giant plot. I suspect not.

IMHO it’s a result of abandoning religion as the foundation of society. Without accountability to God and community, aka known as a "moral compass," all manner of bad behavior becomes acceptable because rules made by man can have exceptions created by man. So, what we have today is a natural evolution. Incremental changes, each seen as just or fair at the time. The ratchet effect of precedent, coupled with clever argument and the lack of solid moral virtues has brought us here. Half of America thinks this is ok. The other half doesn’t. It’s looking a lot like 1850.

Secular statism has become the new religion for the left. That is truer than most here want to believe. If that’s the case, then the current virtue signaling screeds about inter-sectionalism and oppression is really a piety display. Piety display is a tougher problem because the followers believe that their salvation is found along that path and they aren’t going to reason or compromise. That would imply that it’s more like 1860 than 1850. And the result won’t be nearly as pleasant as the Spanish Inquisition after the defeat of the Moors.

On the west generally:

Germany has failed. Their immigration experiment was a huge error and they now pay dearly for it. If Brexit succeeds that the beginning of the end of the EU. And the EU is nothing more than Germany achieving via politics what it failed to do in two world wars.

Italy is reversing course and looks to be on a better path. It may recover its value system. Hard to say about France as they are pretty well down the path of socialism.

Hungary and Poland are in good shape in terms of their retaining traditional western values. Nationalism isn’t bad. Borders preserve value systems and limit conflict. Nations should foremost defend their borders and citizens. That’s why I’m so adamant about domestic security capacity and viable civil defense programs. The gaps in both are quite large and obvious. Fix both and many problems simply evaporate.

So there is reason to be hopeful. The west isn’t dead yet, but it is sorely in need of a moral compass and sound leadership.

As for our own "democratic communist party," they seek power and money just like everyone else. The easy path to that is open borders coupled with “bread and circuses” to cement a larger base. With power they can continue to loot the treasury and sell off national assets with impunity. It happened at the end of the Roman Republic as it happens in our contemporary republic.

One need look no father than the Clinton family for examples.
10-25-2019 03:02 AM
nextup GOP Senators Introduce Legislation to Move 90 Percent of Federal Jobs out of DC

https://www.theepochtimes.com/gop-se...c_3126231.html
10-20-2019 06:53 PM
BytheRivers Yeah ive been on their site a time or two. Cant remember the subject but it was solid to me.
10-20-2019 03:58 PM
A_SonofLiberty Hey, thanks for that. I never heard of them before. Link added.
10-20-2019 03:10 PM
nextup this was a very good interview that was posted last night..

Kimberley Strassel: “How Trump Haters Are Breaking America” | American Thought Leaders

10-20-2019 02:56 PM
nextup I've been following them for several month's now.. pretty good and always informative.. from the articles I've read they try and keep the bias to a very minimum and just report the fact's..

https://www.theepochtimes.com

and they have 3 YouTube channels

this channel mostly deals with global politics in general

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeL...G9dtL7jiPHMBfQ

this channel's focus has been on the investigation of trump in one form or another

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw1...GoxHPHmqO9LxEQ

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmW...Ku0g-e1xrlakVA

the last one, American Thought Leaders, they have some very good in-depth and informative interviews. the host Jan Jekielek, is pretty relaxed, thoughtful and very thorough. doesn't rush the interview nor try to play the gotcha game or talk over the person he's interviewing.. something you don't see much of any more..
10-20-2019 01:50 PM
Kay They have a youtube channel so check them out.

No, they are nothing like the National Enquirer, which is a step above most newspapers these days.
10-18-2019 02:34 PM
teenahlake i forget where i got mine, i believe at a hotel in MT, it had some good articles....whether it was accurate, I cant confirm
10-18-2019 06:41 AM
surfcast
The Epoch Times ?

I have been seeing some advertisement ,for the above mentioned .
Any one read it, is it a true reliable source of info ?
Or is it like the enquirer ?

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