Phi Beta Iota: This was not a legal victory at all, merely a rejection of Alex Jone’s fluffy legal response seeking to dismiss the lawsuit.The truth is an absolute defense — Jone’s lawyers may be working for someone other than Jones and setting him up for a fall. What he should have done is welcomed the lawsuit and immediately sought to depose every family and do discovery on every family going back two years before Sandy Hook occurred, to include every communication and every financial transaction.
The Washington Standard
House Republicans have submitted two pieces of legislation for the new session of Congress. Two of them are vitally important in bringing down the beast of the federal government. One of the bills is a resubmission to audit the Federal Reserve to pave the way for abolishing it. The other seeks to completely abolish the Internal Revenue Service.
WikiLeaks director Julian Assange said on Monday that his anti-secrecy organization never provided election information to Donald Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone or to Jerome Corsi, a conservative author and conspiracy advocate.
He made the claims in a paper posted on his official Twitter account.
Yes, Virginia, there really were hijackers on the 9/11 planes—but not the ones we were told
(Updated with an addendum on 7-28-17)
9/11 was an outside job, done by Israeli operatives, but with consent and cooperation at the highest levels of the U.S. government.
And it’s not going to be easy for the Islamic Republic to survive without him.
On Christmas Eve (not that it matters in Iran), Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, one of Tehran’s most understated powerbrokers, died after a particularly grueling year combating cancer. Despite his relative anonymity outside Iran compared to his more outspoken and controversial clerical colleagues, Shahroudi was a quintessential establishment figure with unfettered access to the apex of power and, rather unusually, reasonable relations across factional lines. More importantly, he was also touted as a leading candidate to succeed Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. His early death not only reshapes but could also greatly polarize the succession politics at play and create more instability for Iran.
Russian International Affairs Council
I always enjoy visiting the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), and most recently read “Entering 2019: Challenges and Opportunities,” by President Igor Ivanov of RIAC, himself also former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1998–2004). I agree with everything he writes, particularly the incapacity of the United Nations “system,” the importance of national sovereignty as a building block for peace, and the lack of any sustainable foundation for global management.
“To understand this conspiracy we must turn not to Sarajevo and the conclave of Serbian nationalists plotting their assassination in the summer of 1914, but to a chilly drawing room in London in the winter of 1891. There, three of the most important men of the age—men whose names are but dimly remembered today—are taking the first concrete steps toward forming a secret society that they have been discussing amongst themselves for years. The group that springs from this meeting will go on to leverage the wealth and power of its members to shape the course of history and, 23 years later, will drive the world into the first truly global war.
Many historians “argue that since absolute truth must always elude the historian’s grasp, ‘evidence’ is inevitably nothing but a biased selection of suspect ‘facts.’ Worse yet, rather than dismissing the entire historical undertaking as impossible, these same people use their disdain for evidence as a license to propose all manner of politicized historical fantasies or appealing fictions on the grounds that these are just as ‘true’ as any other account.”
This idea, that traditional male traits are ‘toxic’ and dangerous, has largely remained confined to feminist blogs and social sciences faculties, but now the American Psychological Association (APA) has jumped on board.