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Subject : THIS IS WHAT A PLUTOCRACY LOOKS LIKE: The Twin Curses of Capitalist Exploitation - Catastrophic Climate Change & Hysterical Militarism.


5 October 2017

Grenoble, France




Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,

The form of government in the United States today is a plutocracy, and it has been for a long time. No one should be shocked by the removal of the proverbial mask of hypocrisy. We get what we see and, indeed, it is quite ugly. The poverty, the wars, the cynical exploitation of ‘careers open to talent’ play out in a quicksand of desperate inequalities.



In the 18 items below we continue the third part of our conversation about “the conditions that have created a submissive population in the face of the awesome violence of war, inequality, and global climate catastrophe.” The episodes of mercenary interventions and suicide missions abound in this climate where human life has been so devalued. The challenge before us all is to somehow contribute to an aesthetics of resistance, a way of life by which we manifest an understanding of the present-day class struggles evincing our collective hope for a better future through fulfillment of the human potentials we see around us in our everyday lives.




Francis Feeley


Professor emeritus of American Studies

University Grenoble-Alpes

Director of Research

University of Paris-Nanterre

Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements

The University of California-San Diego












The US Economy Is Failing



by Paul Craig Roberts


Do the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page editors read their own newspaper?

The front-page headline story for the Labor Day weekend was “Low Wage Growth Challenges Fed.” Despite an alleged 4.4% unemployment rate, which is full employment, there is no real growth in wages. The front page story pointed out correctly that an economy alleged to be expanding at full employment, but absent any wage growth or inflation, is “a puzzle that complicates Federal Reserve policy decisions.” On the editorial page itself, under “letters to the editor,” Professor Tony Lima of California State University points out what I have stressed for years: “The labor-force participation rate remains at historic lows. Much of the decrease is in the 18-34 age group, while participation rates have increased for those 55 and older.” Professor Lima points out that more evidence that the American worker is not in good shape comes from the rising number of Americans who can only find part-time work, which leaves them with truncated incomes and no fringe benefits, such as health care.





The Ken Burns Vietnam War Documentary Glosses Over Devastating Civilian Toll



by Nick Turse


 “I think that when Americans talk about the Vietnam War … we tend to talk only about ourselves. But if we really want to understand it … or try to answer the fundamental question, ‘What happened?’ You’ve got to triangulate,” says  filmmaker Ken Burns of his celebrated PBS documentary series “The Vietnam War.” “You’ve got to know what’s going on. And we have many battles in which you’ve got South Vietnamese soldiers and American advisors or … their counterparts and Vietcong or North Vietnamese. You have to get in there and understand what they’re thinking.”





Pilger Criticizes Ken Burns’s ‘The Vietnam War’


For decades, the U.S. mainstream media has shied away from a clear-eyed view of the Vietnam War, not wanting to offend the war’s apologists, a residue of which tainted the recent PBS series, as John Pilger told Dennis J Bernstein.

Ken Burns’s 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War, which aired on PBS and BBC, presented extraordinary footage of the war’s grotesque brutality but also soft-pedaled the motivations of U.S. policymakers as well-meaning albeit misguided, or as the prologue put it, a conflict begun in “good faith by decent people out of fateful misunderstandings.” This glossing over of U.S. neocolonialism and its deadly consequences angered John Pilger, who cut his journalistic teeth covering the Vietnam War for a decade. I spoke to Pilger after he watched the first couple of hours of the highly touted series.





The Facts About U.S. War On Vietnam



Films By John Pilger

of these films was shown in the USA.



Vietnam: The Quiet Mutiny



Following its screening on ITV, Walter Annenberg, the American ambassador to London, complained to the ITA, the commercial channel’s regulator.



Do You Remember Vietnam?


1978. Three years after the fall of Saigon, Pilger returns to examine the new regime.





1981. The shabby treatment of returning combat soldiers from Vietnam is investigated.



Vietnam: The Last Battle


In 1975, John Pilger reported the end of the Vietnam War from the American Embassy in Saigon, where the last American troops fled from the roof-top helicopter pad. He was made Journalist of the Year and International Reporter of the Year for his reporting of the Vietnam War over a period of almost ten years.

In 1995’s ‘Vietnam: The Last Battle’, Pilger returns to Vietnam to review those twenty years, seeking to rescue something of Vietnamese past and present from Hollywood images which pitied the invader while overshadowing one of the most epic struggles of the 20th century.

And with the embargo on the country now lifted by President Clinton, he describes Vietnam's latest battle against the economic plunder of the country by the United States and other powerful countries.



The Real First Casualty of War

By John Pilger

This is an abridged version of an address, "Reporting War and Empire", by John Pilger at Columbia University, New York, in company with Seymour Hersh, Robert Fisk and Charles Glass

Censorship by journalism is virulent in Britain and the US - and it means the difference between life and death for people in faraway countries.
During the 1970s, I filmed secretly in Czechoslovakia, then a Stalinist dictatorship. The dissident novelist Zdenek Urbánek told me, "In one respect, we are more fortunate than you in the west. We believe nothing of what we read in the newspapers and watch on television, nothing of the official truth. Unlike you, we have learned to read between the lines, because real truth is always subversive."


This acute scepticism, this skill of reading between the lines, is urgently needed in supposedly free societies today. Take the reporting of state-sponsored war. The oldest cliché is that truth is the first casualty of war. I disagree. Journalism is the first casualty. Not only that: it has become a weapon of war, a virulent censorship that goes unrecognised in the United States, Britain and other democracies; censorship by omission, whose power is such that, in war, it can mean the difference between life and death for people in faraway countries, such as Iraq.


As a journalist for more than 40 years, I have tried to understand how this works. In the aftermath of the US war in Vietnam, which I reported, the policy in Washington was revenge, a word frequently used in private but never publicly. A medieval embargo was imposed on Vietnam and Cambodia; the Thatcher government cut off supplies of milk to the children of Vietnam. This assault on the very fabric of life in two of the world's most stricken societies was rarely reported; the consequence was mass suffering.


It was during this time that I made a series of documentaries about Cambodia. The first, in 1979, Year Zero: the silent death of Cambodia, described the American bombing that had provided a catalyst for the rise of Pol Pot, and showed the shocking human effects of the embargo. Year Zero was broadcast in some 60 countries, but never in the United States. When I flew to Washington and offered it to the national public broadcaster, PBS, I received a curious reaction. PBS executives were shocked by the film, and spoke admiringly of it, even as they collectively shook their heads. One of them said: "John, we are disturbed that your film says the United States played such a destructive role, so we have decided to call in a journalistic adjudicator."


The term "journalistic adjudicator" was out of Orwell. PBS appointed one Richard Dudman, a reporter on the St Louis Post-Dispatch, and one of the few westerners to have been invited by Pol Pot to visit Cambodia. His despatches reflected none of the savagery then enveloping that country; he even praised his hosts. Not surprisingly, he gave my film the thumbs-down. One of the PBS executives confided to me: "These are difficult days under Ronald Reagan. Your film would have given us problems."


The lack of truth about what had really happened in south-east Asia - the media-promoted myth of a "blunder" and the suppression of the true scale of civilian casualties and of routine mass murder, even the word "invasion" - allowed Reagan to launch a second "noble cause" in central America. The target was ano-ther impoverished nation without resources: Nicaragua, whose "threat", like Vietnam's, was in trying to establish a model of development different from that of the colonial dictatorships backed by Washington. Nicaragua was crushed, thanks in no small part to leading American journalists, conservative and liberal, who suppressed the triumphs of the Sandinistas and encouraged a specious debate about a "threat".


The tragedy in Iraq is different, but, for journalists, there are haunting similarities. On 24 August last year, a New York Times editorial declared: "If we had all known then what we know now, the invasion [of Iraq] would have been stopped by a popular outcry." This amazing admission was saying, in effect, that the invasion would never have happened if journalists had not betrayed the public by accepting and amplifying and echoing the lies of Bush and Blair, instead of challenging and exposing them.


We now know that the BBC and other British media were used by MI6, the secret intelligence service. In what was called "Operation Mass Appeal", MI6 agents planted stories about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction - such as weapons hidden in his palaces and in secret underground bunkers. All these stories were fake. But this is not the point. The point is that the dark deeds of MI6 were quite unnecessary. Recently, the BBC's director of news, Helen Boaden, was asked to explain how one of her "embedded" reporters in Iraq, having accepted US denials of the use of chemical weapons against civilians, could possibly describe the aim of the Anglo-American invasion as to "bring democracy and human rights" to Iraq. She replied with quotations from Blair that this was indeed the aim, as if Blair's utterances and the truth were in any way related. On the third anniversary of the invasion, a BBC newsreader described this illegal, unprovoked act, based on lies, as a "miscalculation". Thus, to use Edward Herman's memorable phrase, the unthinkable was normalised.


Such servility to state power is hotly denied, yet routine. Al-most the entire British media has omitted the true figure of Iraqi civilian casualties, wilfully ignoring or attempting to discredit respectable studies. "Making conservative assumptions," wrote the researchers from the eminent Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, working with Iraqi scholars, "we think that about 100,000 excess deaths, or more, have happened since the 2003 invasion of Iraq . . . which were pri marily the result of military actions by coalition forces. Most of those killed by coalition forces were women and children . . ." That was 29 October 2004. Today, the figure has doubled.


Language is perhaps the most crucial battleground. Noble words such as "democracy", "liberation", "freedom" and "reform" have been emptied of their true meaning and refilled by the enemies of those concepts. The counterfeits dominate the news, along with dishonest political labels, such as "left of centre", a favourite given to warlords such as Blair and Bill Clinton; it means the opposite. "War on terror" is a fake metaphor that insults our intelligence. We are not at war. Instead, our troops are fighting insurrections in countries where our invasions have caused mayhem and grief, the evidence and images of which are suppressed. How many people know that, in revenge for 3,000 innocent lives taken on 11 September 2001, up to 20,000 innocent people died in Afghanistan?


In reclaiming the honour of our craft, not to mention the truth, we journalists at least need to understand the historic task to which we are assigned - that is, to report the rest of humanity in terms of its usefulness, or otherwise, to "us", and to soften up the public for rapacious attacks on countries that are no threat to us. We soften them up by dehumanising them, by writing about "regime change" in Iran as if that country were an abstraction, not a human society. Hugo Chávez's Venezuela is currently being softened up on both sides of the Atlantic. A few weeks ago, Channel 4 News carried a major item that might have been broadcast by the US State Department. The reporter, Jonathan Rugman, the programme's Washington correspondent, presented Chávez as a cartoon character, a sinister buffoon whose folksy Latin ways disguised a man "in danger of joining a rogues' gallery of dictators and despots - Washington's latest Latin nightmare". In contrast, Condoleezza Rice was given gravitas and Donald Rumsfeld was allowed to compare Chávez to Hitler.


Indeed, almost everything in this travesty of journalism was viewed from Washington, and only fragments of it from the barrios of Venezuela, where Chávez enjoys 80 per cent popularity. That he had won nine democratic elections and referendums - a world record - was omitted. In crude Soviet flick style, he was shown with the likes of Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi, though these brief encounters had to do with Opec and oil only. According to Rugman, Venezuela under Chávez is helping Iran develop nuclear weapons. No evidence was given for this absurdity. People watching would have no idea that Venezuela was the only oil-producing country in the world to use its oil revenue for the benefit of poor people. They would have no idea of spectacular developments in health, education, literacy; no idea that Venezuela has no political jails - unlike the United States.


So if the Bush administration moves to implement "Operation Bilbao", a contingency plan to overthrow the democratic government of Venezuela, who will care, because who will know? For we shall have only the media version; another demon will get what is coming to him. The poor of Venezuela, like the poor of Nicaragua, and the poor of Vietnam and countless other faraway places, whose dreams and lives are of no interest, will be invisible in their grief: a triumph of censorship by journalism.


It is said that the internet offers an alternative, and what is wonderful about the rebellious spirits on the worldwide web is that they often report as many journalists should. They are mavericks in the tradition of muckrakers such as Claud Cockburn, who said: "Never believe anything until it has been officially denied." But the internet is still a kind of samizdat, an underground, and most of humanity does not log on, just as most of humanity does not own a mobile phone. And the right to know ought to be universal. That other great muckraker, Tom Paine, warned that if the majority of the people were being denied the truth and ideas of truth, it was time to storm what he called the "Bastille of words". That time is now.


This is an abridged version of an address, "Reporting War and Empire", by John Pilger at Columbia University, New York, in company with Seymour Hersh, Robert Fisk and Charles Glass





Russia-gate’s Shaky Foundation


by Daniel Herman


The Russia-gate hysteria now routinely includes rhetoric about the U.S. being at “war” with nuclear-armed Russia, but the shaky factual foundation continues to show more cracks, as historian Daniel Herman describes.





Whose Bright Idea Was RussiaGate?



by Paul Craig Roberts


The answer to the question in the title of this article is that Russiagate was created by CIA director John Brennan. The CIA started what is called Russiagate in order to prevent Trump from being able to normalize relations with Russia. The CIA and the military/security complex need an enemy in order to justify their huge budgets and unaccountable power. Russia has been assigned that role. The Democrats joined in as a way of attacking Trump. They hoped to have him tarnished as cooperating with Russia to steal the presidential election from Hillary and to have him impeached. I don’t think the Democrats have considered the consequence of further worsening the relations between the US and Russia. Public Russia bashing pre-dates Trump. It has been going on privately in neoconservative circles for years, but appeared publicly during the Obama regime when Russia blocked Washington’s plans to invade Syria and to bomb Iran. Russia bashing became more intense when Washington’s coup in Ukraine failed to deliver Crimea. Washington had intended for the new Ukrainian regime to evict the Russians from their naval base on the Black Sea. This goal was frustrated when Crimea voted to rejoin Russia.





Cracks in Dollar Are Getting Larger



By James Rickards


Many readers are familiar with the original petrodollar deal the U.S made with Saudi Arabia. It was set up by Henry Kissinger and Saudi princes in 1974 to prop up the U.S. dollar. At the time, confidence in the dollar was on shaky ground because President Nixon had ended gold convertibility of dollars in 1971. Saudi Arabia was receiving dollars for their oil shipments, but they could no longer convert the dollars to gold at a guaranteed price directly with the U.S. Treasury. The Saudis were secretly dumping dollars and buying gold on the London market. This was putting pressure on the bullion banks receiving the dollar. Confidence in the dollar began to crack. Henry Kissinger and Treasury Secretary William Simon worked out a plan. If the Saudis would price oil in dollars, U.S. banks would hold the dollar deposits for the Saudis.





The End of Empire



by Chris Hedges





Israelis Speak Candidly to Abby Martin About Palestinians



(Must Watch)

In several candid interviews, disturbing comments reveal commonly-held views about Palestinians and their future in the region.





A Crash Course on the True Causes of “Anti-Semitism”




by The Saker


This is a topic which has had so much written about it that you could fill an entire city library with books entirely dedicated to this topic. Marx took a shot at it. As did Sartre. There were, of course, also plenty of good books written on this topic, but rather than list them all, I want to suggest a few simple common sense points and then go to what I consider an authoritative explanation of this thing we call “antisemitism” and which, of course, has nothing to do with Semites.





How I Got Fired


by Philip Giraldi


Exposing Jewish power in America has real consequences




Roger Waters Targeted In Smear Campaign Over Palestine Advocacy

Composer and former bassist and singer of British rock band Pink Floyd Roger Waters, is seen while touring Israel's apartheid wall in the West Bank refugee camp of Aida in Bethlehem, Tuesday, June 2, 2009. (AP/Muhammed Muheisen)





UN Takes First Step To End Israel’s Impunity



by Ali Abunimah


UN officials are finally moving to hold Israel accountable for breaking international law, though they are facing fierce resistance from Israel and its allies. “After decades of Palestinian dispossession and Israeli military occupation and apartheid, the United Nations has taken its first concrete, practical step to secure accountability for ongoing Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights,” said Omar Barghouti, a founder of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. “Palestinians warmly welcome this step.” On Wednesday, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that the UN’s human rights office began sending letters to some 150 companies around the world warning them that they may be added to a database of firms doing business with Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. This week Nickolay Mladenov, the top UN political official in Jerusalem, told the UN Security Council that “Israel’s illegal settlement activities have continued at a high rate” in gross breach of UN resolutions. There is a growing legal consensus that international law requires governments to prohibit all trade with the settlements.





Why Won't US Media Tell the Truth About

What's Happening in Venezuela?



by Justin Podur


A Washington-sponsored opposition bent on regime change threatens a fragile democracy.





Spanish Police Attack Voters During Catalan Independence Vote


Barcelona Mayor Demands an End to State Police Violence Blocking Referendum in Catalonia



Mayor of Barcelona and others called for Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to resign in the wake of police violence against Catalonia citizens during Sunday's vote, in which 90% voted in favor of independence





From: "Mark Crispin Miller" <markcrispinmiller@gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, 4 October, 2017
A public inquiry into the massacre in Vegas, "questions that need answers" !




The summary below was posted on “Godlike Productions,” by a Scottish blogger who calls himself "the Original Mind." 



From "the Original Mind":


I have compiled a list of unanswered questions concerning the shooting in Las Vegas. 

I am not claiming this attack was a false flag, that there were multiple shooters, that 

ISIS or Antifa were behind - or, in general, anything. There are questions that need 

answers, and so far the answers haven't been provided.

Maybe there are easy and obvious answers to these questions. If you have any 

information that helps answer them, please post.

If you have other unanswered questions and if you have pertinent sources, please 

let me know and I'll update the OP.

- The Original Mind



a. Why would an old, retired, drunken, multi-millionaire gambler with no clear political or religious ideology and motive plan and then execute the most expensive, complex, and effective mass shooting attack in US history?
- Source (Stephen Paddock): [link to www.zerohedge.com
- Source (the expense and complexity of the attack): [link to www.thegatewaypundit.com
- Source (drunk in casinos): [link to www.youtube.com (secure)

b. So far, four motives have been attributed to the shooter: ISIS affiliation (below), Antifa affiliation (below), gambling losses, and a psychological break, i.e. he "snapped." This was an expensive, carefully planned, resource intensive, and premeditated event. Is this consistent with a man who simply "snapped"?
- Source: [link to www.dailymail.co.uk
- Source (expense and prep): [link to www.thegatewaypundit.com

c. There are reports that the shooter converted to Islam several months prior to the attack. ISIS has officially claimed responsibility for the attack, in spite FBI denials. Did the shooter convert? Was ISIS involved? What is the FBI's assessment based on?
- Source: [link to sputniknews.com (secure)
- Source: [link to www.washingtonexaminer.com
- Source: [link to www.cbsnews.com (secure)
- Source: [link to pjmedia.com (secure)
- Source: [link to twitter.com (secure)
- Source (FBI denial): [link to www.sfgate.com
- Source (ISIS calls him Abu Abdul Bar al-Amriki): [link to pjmedia.com (secure)
- ISIS doubles down on responsibility: [link to www.thegatewaypundit.com

d. There have been reports that the shooter and his girlfriend, Marilous Danley (surname from a her second marriage), were seen in the Middle East. Were they ever there?
- Source: Thread: Active Shooters at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas possibly at Harvest Festival (Page 135) 
- Source: [link to twitter.com (secure)

e. There have been reports that the shooter and his girlfriend attended Antifa and anti-Trump events in the United States and possessed Antifa literature. Antifa in Melbourne, Australia initially claimed responsibility for the attack and called the shooter their "brother." Was the shooter and/or his girlfriend affiliated with Antifa? Was Antifa involved in the attack?
- Source: [link to streamable.com (secure)
- Source: [link to www.youtube.com (secure)
- Source (Antifa): Thread: A Summary of Unanswered Questions Concerning the Las Vegas Shooting (fully updated and reformatted OP, 10/3) (Page 2) 
- Source (Antifa FB post): [link to ibb.co (secure)
- Source: [link to twitter.com (secure)
- The girlfriend is of Indonesian and Australian origin: [link to www.zerohedge.com
- Personally, I'm not persuaded that this footage shows Paddock.
- The attack was claimed by Antifa in Melbourne, Australia. The wife has a connection to Australia. Is there a broader Australian connection here?

f. Did the shooter commit suicide or was he shot? There are conflicting reports.
- Source: Fat Man.

g. The shooter recently in the week before the shooting wired $100,000 to the Philippines, where his girlfriend has family and now resides. Why?
- Source: [link to twitter.com (secure)
- Source (time of transfer): [link to www.nbcnews.com (secure)
- What $100k will get you in the Philippines: [link to www.investopedia.com

h. There is evidence the shooter used to work at Lockheed Martin and NASA. Was the shooter a government employee of any sort?
- Source: [link to www2.jpl.nasa.gov (secure)
- Did he work for the FBI? [link to imgur.com (secure)


a. Marilou Danley has variously been reported as in custody, in the Philippines, and in Tokyo. Where is she and what accounts for the conflicting reports? If she is outside the country, when did she leave?
- Source: Fat Man.
- Source (custody): [link to imgur.com (secure)
- Source (Tokyo): Tucker on Fox.
- Source (Manila, Philippines via Hong Kong): [link to news.abs-cbn.com
UPDATE: It now appears to be confirmed that Marilou Danley left the US on Sept 25 and traveled to Manila, Philippines via Hong Kong. She arrived on Oct 1. [link to www.nbcnews.com (secure)

b. Marilou Danley's husband or ex-husband is (allegedly) 76 year old Geary Danley. His Facebook account is rife with Leftist ideology, dozens upon dozens of "likes" of every Leftist and anti-Trump group imaginable, including ShareBlue and most importantly, Rubicon Training Group, a gun training and gun course company. Geary has knowledge of and a proclivity for guns, as a careful reading of his FB will reveal. Paddock and Geary Danley share one degree of separation. Even though Geary supposedly lives in Arkansas, public records reveal he has a decades-long history of living in the state of Nevada. Was he involved in any capacity?
- Source: Thread: Is the Vegas shooting a BLACK OP or Occult sacrifice? [Thread will curate all known facts & links] 
- Source (alleged facebook page): [link to www.facebook.com (secure)
- Evidence of marriage to Geary Danley taken (allegedly) from Ancestry.com: Thread: Active Shooters at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas possibly at Harvest Festival (Page 185) 
- Marilou used two SSNs while in the US and was married to two men at the same time, and with Paddock: [link to www.newsweek.com

c. What happened to Marilou Danley's (alleged) first husband, Alberto Busto, a filipino who she married in 1996, and who are the Ali and Zafar Busto linked on her facebook (her sons?)? Ali and Zafar are Arabic names, and possibly indicate she and/or her husband converted to Islam and her son or sons are Muslims, probably living in the Philippines. Did Paddock visit her son or sons with Marilou? Did they see Paddock as a target for radicalization because of his reported isolation from family and any friends, maybe some resentment at something they saw they could work on?
- The girlfriend's facebook page: [link to www.youtube.com (secure)
- The girlfriend is of Indonesian Filipino and Australian origin: [link to www.zerohedge.com
- Evidence of marriage to Alberto Busto and Filipino ancestry taken (allegedly) from Ancestry.com: Thread: Active Shooters at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas possibly at Harvest Festival (Page 185) 
- Information about Marilou's past in Australia, and her two marriages: [link to www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au

d. Marilou left the US on Sept 25 and arrived in Manila, the Philippines, on Oct 1. Paddock rented the Vista suite on Sept 28. Sometime between Sept 24 and Oct 1, he wired $100k to Marilou's bank in Manila. Was Marilou aware of the impending attack?
- Source (Marilou and $100k): [link to www.nbcnews.com (secure)
- Source (Paddock renting the room): [link to www.dailymail.co.uk


a. The shooter used at least two fully automatic rifles (modded). He had no military or militia background. How did he get them and if he modded them himself, how did he do it?
- Source (modified automatics): [link to www.cnn.com
- Source (no military background): [link to www.dailymail.co.uk
- He may have used a crank to obtain automatic firing rates: [link to www.usatoday.com (secure)
- First image of the automatic rifle: [link to www.express.co.uk (secure)
- Another picture of the weapons: [link to prnt.sc (secure)
- And another: [link to twitter.com (secure)
- Descriptions of the weapons: Thread: Active Shooters at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas possibly at Harvest Festival (Page 182) and Thread: A Summary of Unanswered Questions Concerning the Las Vegas Shooting (fully updated and reformatted OP, 10/3) (Page 9) 
- Some rifles are easy to convert to automatic with the help of cheap parts and youtube videos. 

b. The shooter had 19-23 guns in the room and another 20 or so at home. He had 10 bags sent to his room containing thousands of rounds of ammunition. The automatic rifles were set up on "racks" or "platforms." He had surveillance equipment set up outside his room to watch for the police, and as-yet unidentified electronic devices a camera set up in his room to record the shooting. He had parts to make explosives, including ammonium nitrate (used by McVeigh), and possibly also bombs. His house was apparently a prepper's paradise. How and why did he acquire all this equipment?
- Source: [link to www.thegatewaypundit.com
- He also had equipment to make a bomb: [link to dailycaller.com
- List of his equipment, both in the hotel and at home: [link to www.novinky.cz (secure)
- The automatic rifles were set up in "racks" inside the windows: [link to www.novinky.cz (secure)
- He had 10 bags with him - that's a lot of ammo! Thread: cnn just said he had 10 suitcases for his 17 guns and thousands of rounds 
- Source (number of weapons): [link to www.rt.com (secure)
- Source (number of weapons): [link to www.thedailybeast.com (secure)
- Source (surveillance equipment and camera): [link to nypost.com (secure)

c. How did he get ammonium nitrate, the same chemical McVeigh used in OKL?
- Source: [link to www.novinky.cz (secure)


a. The official story is that the attack was launched from a "Vista Suite" on the northeast corner of the Mandalay Bay Hotel's northernmost "wing." Two windows were broken with a hammer in the 32nd floor, two-bedroom suite. Automatic scoped rifles were then set up on racks or platforms in each of these windows, and the shooter alternated between these rifles for 17 9 minutes of total fire time in a roughly 70 minute period. Why would the shooter alternate between two rooms? Were there multiple shooters?
- Source (room 32135): [link to www.cnn.com
- Source (two windows): [link to www.dailymail.co.uk
- Source (tripods): [link to www.usatoday.com (secure)
- Source (two bedroom suite): [link to www.youtube.com (secure)] (festival site visible around 1:08)
- Source (multiple shooters): [link to www.naturalnews.com (secure)
- Report of man in neighboring room claiming there were multiple shooters: Thread: Accounts from the guy next door.. multiple shooters and security killed on floor 32. 
- Source (10 minutes of shooting): [link to www.today.com (secure)
- Source (72 minutes of shooting): [link to www.dailymail.co.uk
- Suggestion of multiple shooters from multiple locations on police scanner: (full) [link to www.youtube.com (secure)] (edited) [link to www.youtube.com (secure)
- Switching guns would be useful to prevent overheating. Overheating might be a concern given the duration of his attack. 
UPDATE: At the press conference on 10/3, the Vegas Sheriff stated that the shooter fired for 9 minutes, confirming early reports. Hence, given that it took the police 72 minutes to enter the room, we can conclude that the shooter fired for 9 out of ~72 minutes. That's a lot of dead time. 
- Reconstructed timeline: [link to www.usatoday.com (secure)

b. There were in excess of 600 casualties total. At the range the shooter was at (400-600 yards), this might seem excessive, particularly in 17 minutes of firing. Could his automatic rifle do that damage at that range in that time? How could he hit so many people at that range without any weapons experience?
- Source (distance): Google Earth (draw a line from the shooter's location on the northeast corner of the hotel at 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119 to the near and far edges of the festival location at 3901 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119)
- Most rifles can do this sort of damage at this range, and it might be easy to hit people in a crowd of 22,000. Source: Thread: Active Shooters at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas possibly at Harvest Festival (Page 141) 

c. He booked two rooms under his girlfriend's name. Why? Where was the second room, if there was one?
- Source: [link to www.dailymail.co.uk
- Source (two rooms): [link to www.thegatewaypundit.com
- Evidence of more rooms being used on multiple floors on police scanner: (full) [link to www.youtube.com (secure)] (edited) [link to www.youtube.com (secure)
- Evidence of several sets of broken windows in various locations around the hotel: [link to imgur.com (secure)] and [link to imgur.com (secure)

d. There is footage of muzzle flare from the ~4th floor. Was the shooting coming from the 32nd or the 4th, or both?
- Source: [link to www.youtube.com (secure)
- Source: [link to mobile.twitter.com (secure)
- Source (4:57): [link to www.youtube.com (secure)
- Comprehensive source: [link to www.zerohedge.com
- Source (police scanner): (full) [link to www.youtube.com (secure)] (edited) [link to www.youtube.com (secure)
- Plus, there doesn't seem to be muzzle flare from the 32nd floor on the videos.
- However, against this is a report on the police audio which states the light from the 4th floor is a strobe light: (full) [link to www.youtube.com (secure)] (edited) [link to www.youtube.com (secure)
- This Fox video shows a flashing light on the same floor, suggesting the light wasn't a second shooter: [link to www.youtube.com (secure)

e. Why did it take police officers 72 minutes to locate him after the first 911 call came through? Did police know after only 5 minutes where the shots were coming from?
- Source: [link to www.dailymail.co.uk
- Source (knowing after 5 minutes): (full) [link to www.youtube.com (secure)] (edited) [link to www.youtube.com (secure)

f. Some sources claim the exits to the festival venue were blocked. Were the exits blocked, and if so why?
- Source: [link to www.naturalnews.com (secure)

g. What happened to the security officer who was reported as shot in the leg on the police scanner?
- Source: (full) [link to www.youtube.com (secure)] (edited) [link to www.youtube.com (secure)


a. Some have questioned the sincerity of the shooter's brother's emotions in this interview. Is there something suspicious about his behavior?
- Source: [link to www.youtube.com (secure)

b. A "Hispanic" lady was seen at the festival ~45 minutes before the event saying people would die. The shooter's Asian girlfriend looked somewhat Hispanic. Was it her, or an as-yet unidentified woman?
- Source: [link to youtu.be (secure)
- Source: [link to www.express.co.uk (secure)
- Source: [link to www.naturalnews.com (secure)
- Source (picture of Asian girlfriend): [link to www.dailymail.co.uk
- The Hispanic lady was about a foot taller than his girlfriend, suggesting it wasn't her 45 minutes before the attack.

c. Is it coincidence that there's a DHS training event in Vegas?
- Source: Thread: DHS "Training" in Las Vegas Oct 1-5, New Metal Detectors Installed in Mandalay last year... 

d. Did the shooter go through the new metal detectors at the Mandalay Hotel?
- Source: Thread: DHS "Training" in Las Vegas Oct 1-5, New Metal Detectors Installed in Mandalay last year... 

e. Did housekeeping check his room while he was there? What did they find?
- Source (suggests they did): [link to www.cnn.com

Last Edited by The Original Mind on 10/03/2017 09:55 PM




Are You Ready to Die?



by Paul Craig Roberts


Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept exposes the fake news put out by the US Department of Homeland Security (an euphemistic name for a Big Brother operation that spies on US citizens) that Russia hacked 21 US state elections, news that was instantly spread around the world by the presstitute media. The propagandists running Homeland Security were contradicted by the state governments, forcing Homeland Security to retract its fake news claims.

The unasked/unanswered question is why did Homeland Security put out a FAKE NEWS story? Greenwald explains that the US media is so conditioned by the National Security State to see Russian President Putin lurking behind and masterminding attacks on America that it is “now religious dogma”—a requirement—to find Russian perfidy everywhere. The result Greenwald correctly says is that “an incredibly reckless, anything-goes climate prevails when it comes to claims about Russia. Media outlets will publish literally any official assertion as Truth without the slightest regard for evidentiary standards.”

In other words, the United States no longer has a media. It has a propaganda ministry for the military/security complex, the neoconservatives, and the Israel Lobby. And the idiot Americans sit in front of the TV and absorb the propaganda, and they read the New York Times and think that they are sophisticated and in the know.