Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Holy Monitor - 2015 - Aeolus

Holy Monitor is a psychedelic rock band from Athens, Greece. Aeolus is their second EP, the follow up to debut EP Golden Light. Holy Monitor play a psychedelic brand of rock, infusing their stomping tunes with layers of noise, distortion and fuzz. Sometimes they focus on the groove of the song while at other points the riffs are overwhelming. Either way the  fuzz layered songs come straight at you enveloped in a haze. Bend The Trees is dirgy without sacrificing riffs with whispered vocals and a sweet solo and Winterlong pulls back to one riff behind to focus on the dirge with chant like vocals. If you enjoyed Golden Light are are looking for more psychedelic rock to swirl about then Aeolus will serve well.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Busted Outlook - 2015 - Promo 2015

Busted Outlook is a five piece hardcore punk band from the Bay Area, California. This demo is a cassette promo for their 2016 LP to be released by Refuse Records. Members have also played in Disgust, Hostile Takeover, Sourpatch, Permanent Ruin, Ex-Effluxus and Scalped. This demo EP picks up exactly where Spitting Wind left off and amps things up. The guitars are thicker, the riffs are better, everything in general has been turned up a couple of notches. There are some gang vocals, more solos and the songwriting has improved. If this is indicative of where they are headed for their first LP then I am very excited.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Freya Wilcox & The Howl - 2015 - Barenuckle Love

Freya Wilcox & The Howl is a blues-rock three piece from New York City, New York. Barenuckle Love is their debut EP. Freya Wilcox is a singer songwriter from Australia who now makes her home in Brooklyn New York. The Howl consists of bassist Craig Shay and drummer CJ Dunaieff who also play in Eli Whitney & The Sound Machine. Freya released Dirt Music, a bluesy, solo & all acoustic EP in 2013. Four fifths of the songs from this first full band effort, Bareknuckle Love, first appeared in stripped down form on Dirt Music.

With The Howl behind her these songs transform Freya from a bluesy, acoustic singer-songwriter to a raucous, punked up blues-rock wailer. It would be too easy to compare Freya's voice to Janis Joplin, that's become the go to comparison for a female singer who gives it her all with a rough edge to her voice. It is a testament to the musicianship of this trio that adding the oomph of a full band doesn't detract from the songs' urgency and rawness. This is blues-rock played by punk rockers as if their very lives depended on it. Here's where I would list my favourite songs but this EP is great from the yelled count in of Bury Me to the final fading shouts of Fight For You.  Freya Wilcox & The Howl have crafted an excellent debut of punked of blues-rock that leaves me satisfied and wanting more. Highly recommended. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Water Canvas - 2015 - Haunter

Water Canvas is a four piece emo band from Brighton, UK. Haunter is their second EP. Water Canvas play an intriguing brand of emo incorporating some elements of alt rock. I first heard of Water Canvas last year when they released their debut EP At Least. I was immediately hooked, I am a sucker for a powerful new band willing and able to carve out their own space. The singer has a gruff voice also capable of some melody while the band behind him conjures up haunting & driving dark atmosphere. Water Canvas took everything great about their debut EP, improved the songwriting and kept moving forward. It is more streamlined and straightforward without losing the compelling edge of their music Highlights of this EP include the title track, Cape Town and Birthdays. If you're looking for some dark, moody, anxiety focused emo to drive real fast to, Water Canvas' Haunter will serve well.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Achtungs - 2015 - Welcome To Hell

The Achtungs is a punk rock band from Finland. Welcome To Hell is their second LP released by Going Underground Records. The Achtungs play a sleezy, distorted garage rock infused brand of punk rock. Sometimes these songs focus on a riff, sometimes they just blast distorted guitars at full volume. Either way these are short and angry fuzzed out garage punk songs that demand attention. They blast through these nine songs in just over twelve minutes with only one barely reaching two minutes long. With song titles like Dogshit, I Don't Care About You, I Wanna Be Mean and You're Not My Friend it is immediately obvious what you are getting; these songs are fast and to the point with no fat left on the bone. Here's where I would normally list my favourite songs but this LP is consistent from end to end. If you're looking for some fuzzed out, pissed off and tongue in cheek garage punk to blow your ears out too The Achtung's Welcome To Hell will serve well. Highly recommended.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Abhorrent Decimation - 2015 - Miasmic Mutation

Abhorrent Decimation is a five piece death metal band from London, UK. Miasmic Mutation is their debut LP. Abhorrent Decimation play a groove laden, crushingly heavy and impressively technical brand of death metal. It is quite remarkable that this is their debut LP. The musicianship is top notch, the songs are surprisingly catchy and melodic and the production only serves to amplify the technical brutality. For a debut album there is remarkably little fat or anything that could be trimmed. Every song is filled with grooves, riffs and ugly vocals but every part is essential and every ounce of power is wrung out of those elements.

 I'm not that big a fan of death metal so an album has to be really good to grab my attention like this, I can't believe this is their first LP. With reviews & features in Metal Hammer (274), Terrorizer (264) and Zero Tolerance (69) as well as comparisons to Deicide and Cannibal Corpse they must be doing something if not everything right. Here's where I would normally list my favourite tracks but when every single track is damn near perfect there's no point. If you like death metal in any capacity Abhorrent Decimation's Miasmic Mutation is highly recommended. Thanks to Barren Praise for pointing this out.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Stateless - 2015 - Accepting Defeat

Stateless is a four piece screamo band from Fresno, California. Accepting Defeat is their debut EP. Stateless play a desperate brand of post-hardcore, they know when to hit hard and when to back off. The singer has an excellent desperate shout which he puts to great use and the band easily transitions between harder hitting skramz and softer, twinkly moments. This EP is front loaded, running out of steam quickly. The first two tracks (Intro & Hollow Vows) are the great but the focus and is lost quickly as the EP devolves. The opening tracks are really good, strong enough to keep me coming back and interested in what else this band has to offer and where they may evolve from here. If you're looking for a new screamo/post-hardcore/skramz band to keep an eye on Stateless will serve well.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tirapiedras - 2015 - Alucinaciones, Estruendos, Porrazos

Tirapiedras is a four piece punk rock band from Beunos Aires, Argentina. Alucinaciones, Estruendos, Porrazos is their debut LP. Tirapiedras play a a riff focused brand of crossover hardcore. The guitars alternate between hammering out a riff, riding a groove straight into the ground and slightly more subdued riffing underneath a crazed solo. The singer has an impassioned shout backed up on occasion with some gang vocals. The album comes barreling out of the gates with strong with Fuego, Inframundo and No Hacía Falta Pensar Demasiado with the rest of the album being less consistent. Other highlights include Arriba, Abajo and Calle Vacia. If you're looking for some thrashy hardcore punk that knows when to go for the riff and also when to ride the groove, Tirapiedras' Alucinaciones, Estruendos, Porrazos will serve well.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Holy Monitor - 2015 - Golden Light

Holy Monitor is a psychedelic rock band from Athens, Greece. Golden Light is their debut EP. Holy Monitor play a fuzzed out brand of psychedelic rock with one foot in the proto-punk past and another in the rock and roll present. At times the guitars imitate sitars which only add to the head spinning nature of the psychedelia They remind me of a brighter but still just as dirgy version of The Black Angels. There are riffs a plenty here but they are buried underneath layers of fuzz and distortion that wrap your ears in warm blankets of noise. This band knows how to conduct a dirge without forgetting about the riffs and without descending into darkness. Each of these three songs are excellent in their own way, each showing a different facet of this band. If you're looking for some bright, fuzzy psychedelia to swirl around you, Holy Monitor's Golden Light will serve well.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Busted Outlook - 2015 - Spitting Wind

Busted Outlook is a five piece hardcore punk band from California. Spitting Wind is their first official release after the Plague Hoarder demo. Members have also played in Disgust, Hostile Takeover, Sourpatch, Permanent Ruin, Ex-Effluxus and Scalped. This EP was recorded at the Atomic Garden by Jack Shirley and mastered at Dead Air Studios by Will Killingsworth. Busted Outlook play a riff focused brand of metallic hardcore. The dual guitars are usually locked in sync hammering the riff down into your head until one occasionally veers off for a wild solo.

The singer has a excellent mid-range shout with which he demonstrates his disgust vividly. There is no fat on this record at all, these songs explode into existent, pummel the riff into the concrete and move out of the way for the next angry slab of hardcore. If you're looking for some Bay Area metallic hardcore to instigate your next round of angry moshing, Busted Outlook's Spitting Wind will serve well.

Friday, October 09, 2015

#elxn42 breakdown - Part 4

In part 1 of this post we focused on the need for exponential growth and the monetary system behind our need for this type of growth. We learned that the monetary system in it's current form is a textbook definition of a Ponzi-scheme requiring ever growing production to meet ever growing debt at the top because at any given time there is always more total debt with interest than there is actual currency to pay for it and the only way to conjure up the currency needed to pay outstanding debt is to borrow even more currency resulting in a never ending cycle where the debt load and subsequent "growth" required are perfectly exponential.

In part 2 of this post we looked at the resource wars currently going on with a focus on it's relation to peak oil and pipelines. The 14 year 'war on terror' has really been a resource war for the U.S. empire to position itself as the first and last global empire that is to be succeeded by corporations as we learned in Michael C. Ruppert's presentation.

In part 3 of this post we looked at the macro effects and purpose of the TPP and free trade in general. Now the TPP has been signed though it still needs to be ratified by the incoming government (it wasn't even supposed to be negotiated during the election anyway and the (Harper) government has so far pledged $5.3 billion dollars of your tax dollars for the auto and agriculture industries to counter their expected losses).

I was originally going to dedicate this post to the final category of issues "governmental issues" however time is growing short before the election now and with the quickly developing geopolitical situation I can't be sure I'll have enough time before the election to write part 5 and this section was really just to complete the context for this post but it is really the summary of what I think about all of this and how it ties into the election which is most important so we are going to skip most of that right to my summary. However, first I would like to touch briefly on the senate because my view on what is going on with it ties into a lot of what I'll be touching on in my summary.

The Senate

I started this post discussing my top issue: that we basically don't properly respect the way our parliament is supposed to work. Most people in this election are going to be voting for their "favourite party", or even worse their "favourite prime minister". A recent clarification by Justin Trudeau on the T.P.P. demonstrates the issue clearly:
OTTAWA — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will not allow his MPs a free vote on the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. 
Asked about it Wednesday morning, Trudeau was cautious with his answer.
"We're a long way from that," he told reporters. 
"We have a very clear policy on free votes that says elements that are in our platform, elements that go to the heart of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and elements that are confidence matters, that is, matters of budget, people would be expected to vote with the Liberal Party," Trudeau went on to say. 
"On other issues, they would be expected to stand up for the interests of their constituents right across the country because that is what we elect people to do."
Trudeau's gift for double-speak never ceases to amaze me. No Trudeau, they're elected to represent their constituents on every single fucking issue. "That is what we elect people to do". Look at the issues he's left to be voted on in your interest dear constituent: "other issues". Like the Niqab? Abortion? All those other divisive 'people issues' I was talking about? But matters that regard your civil liberties? The charter of rights and freedoms? "matters of budget" aka economy and spending, confidence matters; these things will not be voted on in your interest rather they will be voted on with the interest and platform of the Liberal party in mind. And people wonder why our political system is fucked?

Same thing goes for the senate, all the talk about the senate is on what is essentially considered "accomplishing the impossible" so that the corrupt individuals we put in there can't abuse their great power and freedom of the public purse. But is there any talk about maybe, you know, not appointing such corrupt useless partisan fuckwits to the Senate? How can we ever expect anything different regardless how "reformed" it is when we Canadians who are so eager to "get Harper out" are so fooled by this election? Most are so anxious to get rid of Harper they can't see that his replacements are simply replicas.

'First past the post' isn't broken, the problem is we're not using it properly. The senate isn't broken either, it's that the actors you "trust" and vote in then appoint their crony friends to the Senate. That's not a problem with the design of how the Senate should work, it is a problem with our corrupt politicians. Likewise the problem with our politicians isn't our voting system it is that our voting system has been perverted in a faux presidential race that is easily manipulated by public relations teams that can make any politician look exactly how they want to the public. We can reform the various "political systems" all we want, but until we as Canadians reform our politics it will all be an exercise in futility.

The senate should be reserved for distinguished Canadians, as it was meant to be, not washed up federal candidates or partisan hacks. Every appointment should be non-partisan with a clear defined reason. When I say distinguished Canadians I mean Canadians like Chris Hadfield. You know, the types of people like we used to honour with naming our public infrastructure after them before we started naming it after corporations.

The Canadian Trends election summary

Now before I start on my summary I once again want to remind people my summary here isn't partisan, it's not meant to vouch for one party or another. I also want to say that despite what you read here these aspects I've described don't have to be true for each and every individual candidate. The problem with our political system is that Canadians will be voting in now 338 MPs largely based on the performance, and appearance of a single candidate: the party leader. Of course this isn't true across the board, there's the coveted "undecided" vote, and naturally many Canadians do base it on their MP but it can not be denied it is mostly influenced by the leaders of the major parties and "who people want to be Prime Minister".

It suffocates the creativity that different ideas brought together can have to solve challenges and replaces that creativity with a sad partisan sports arena where people have teams and ideology and low-brow attacks rule all. Like, my God folks, the fucking Niqab? THIS IS WHAT IS DOMINATING OUR DISCUSSION? Dividing and conquering is how these people win.

Anyway, lets get to it.

Conservative Party

The Conservative Party is a contender but I don't believe Stephen Harper really wants to win. I haven't talked about the Conservatives much in this post and that is for a reason which I will describe here shortly. I anticipate that should the Conservatives not win a majority Stephen Harper will resign his seat and exit politics and probably already has some cushy gig lined up.

I believe this for several reasons:

First, despite the Conservative's campaigning might they've run a substandard, despicable, and slightly odd campaign. In fact as far as I can tell much of the Conservative campaign has been designed to give Justin Trudeau support. I know, it's been a nasty campaign against him so let me explain.

Let's start with prior to the election. The Conservatives all year have been running 'attack ads' against Justin Trudeau. But Justin Trudeau was the leader of the third party. Yes he was popular but not enough to warrant a sustained campaign against him. Of course a sustained campaign has the interesting side effect of exposure. It gets people asking things like 'why is Harper so scared of Justin Trudeau?'. Etc, etc. Trudeau was in your face all year, not because of Trudeau, but because of Harper.

Let's look at the Niqab: despite Harper's 'fear of Trudeau' Harper has chosen to spend the remaining portion of the election largely focusing on this pointless divisive debate. But it's interesting that this debate largely affects the NDP, not the Liberals. The NDP is bleeding support which has brought the Liberals into first place. Hmm, that's odd isn't it? Why would the Conservatives want to make the Liberals stronger, especially at a time they are already doing quite well at least if the polls are to be believed.

During the first portion of the election Harper was largely aloof. Which was especially strange considering what a strong campaign against Trudeau he had launched all year. There were reports of him keeping only his closest advisers near and "mutiny" within the Conservative ranks. But again I have to point out the Conservatives have always shown a phenomenal ability to mold public perception. Money is no object in their campaigns and I find it hard to believe they were actually caught so off guard.

Now that Harper has brought in his new Australian master advisor he's been doing other weird stuff like the Niqab, and using the saying 'old stock Canadians' during a debate. I mean, maybe it was just a slip of the tongue like Press for Truth shows in the introduction to this video:

Or, maybe it wasn't.

The word in political circles is Harper is playing to his base, but he doesn't need to play to his base his base is going to vote for him no matter what. These issues that 'play to his base' also happen to push those who are not in his base, or are not the target (IE: Quebec), away from him.

To my knowledge he hasn't yet once talked about getting a majority.

There is one final piece of the puzzle regarding Harper's probable intentions: the number of ministers that have left him. Such as John Baird:
During their departures I noticed many progressives saying they are "fleeing the sinking ship" but what I don't think Canadians yet understand is Harper completed his voyage. The damage is done with his finale of selling Canada out to the TPP. Everyone is worried about Harper, I believe so strongly in this theory now that I'm not. As Kathleen Smith (@kikkiplanet) said 'this is his farewell tour'.

Liberal Party

I believe the status-quo wants Justin Trudeau to become Prime Minister. He is a master actor, political royalty, bred from the ground up for this position. If you were a puppet master Trudeau would be the perfect puppet, he's Canada's Obama.

You may have noticed throughout this post that I have focused on what it is Trudeau is saying, or not saying, or saying but not have you believing, whatever you want to call it. The purpose of this is to show you that Trudeau is just as invested in the status-quo as Harper is. There is no difference.

Having Trudeau and the Liberals win is important to the status-quo, not just because the Liberals have always been in the pockets of the big banks, but because Trudeau will be elected with a mandate to keep bills like C51 and just supposedly repair them. Remember back before C51 when the media was pushing the narrative that 'the vast majority of Canadians support bill C51'? As I attempted to show back then it's not that Canadians discovered how bad the bill was, but rather it was that the 'vast support' didn't exist in the first place. They were manufacturing consent.

But it didn't work. Trudeau came out supporting the bill and his support dropped off a cliff and the media has been building him up ever since. Manufacturing consent around bills like C51 is necessary because they can not really be used and abused without the public's consent. Push the people too far, or take too much for granted, and they may revolt. Having C51 on the books isn't good enough, the next incoming government must have a mandate to use it. Justin Trudeau just happens to have such a mandate and his meaningless "repairs" are simply whitewashing a dangerous bill.

We've covered a lot about Trudeau this series so I'll leave you with this:

New Democrat Party

The NDP are a bigger question mark in my mind. I don't trust Mulcair - like at all - particularly since he seems to have morals for hire. He seems like a plant to me, much like Ignatieff was to bring Harper his majority, and the NDP are running a weak campaign.

However, on the flip side I don't believe the NDP are as thoroughly corrupted as the Conservative or Liberal parties and if you care about your civil liberties, or Canada's sovereignty, and actually hope your vote has some effect as to repealing or withdrawing from these types of activities then they are probably the best bet.

I think Mulcair's economics, like all of their economics, are bullshit, but until Canadians address our exponential growth fiat monetary system the "economy" is going to suck so don't expect any changes on that front. Unlike my forecasts for Alberta's NDP I am not as confident the federal NDP will direct tax dollars where they need to go either in attempting to future proof Canada.

Outside of that I don't have much to say about the NDP, they probably represent the closest thing to "real change".


Soooooo.. ya. Slim pickens.

But as I said, if we as Canadians reclaim our democracy and use our political system properly none of this shit matters. The leader is only as strong as those under him and I'll take a house filled with honourable people who will stand up for the interests of their constituents even if that fuckwit Trudeau says vote with the party over the partisan free for all we have now. That's what we need and we're really the only ones who can do that for us.

So with all that in mind, I leave you with this question: Of the three videos shown above how many displayed an ad for Justin Trudeau (if you're Canadian), and how many for Harper, or Mulcair?

Used with permission originally posted at Canadian Trends.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Hardcore Gimme Some More

Beach Impediment Records is a distro and record label from Virgina Beach, Virginia. This compilations has 6 hardcore punk bands from at least two countries. S.H.I.T. may or may not stand for either Sexual Humans In Turmoil or Skinheads In Tuxedos from Toronto, Peacebreakers are from Boston, Mercenary is from somewhere in Georgia, Impalers are from Austin, Violent End are from Chicago and Ajax is from New York City.

None of these bands sound anything alike but all do their own thing noisy, pissed off thing under the banner of hardcore punk. If you like your hardcore punk loud, angry and fast like it should be, Hardcore Gimme Some More will serve well. Thanks to Blunt Sleazy for pointing this out.

Friday, October 02, 2015

The Barbecuties - 2015 - Go Down With Style

The Barbecuties is a four piece punk rock band from Mannheim, Germany. Go Down With Style is their fifth LP. The Barbecuties play a catchy out brand of punk rock citing Ramones, Queers and Mr T Experience, I would add Sicko to that list. The guitars are fuzzed out but not threatening, dedicated to inspiring you to pogo dance as hard as you can. Some of these songs have a sense of humour while some are more earnest but all of them are high energy and designed to elicit maximum sing a longs from the crowd. This is the kind of energetic power pop influenced punk that is best saved for the middle of summer and a road trip to the beach where you will drink all the beers. There is nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary here but who needs to break new ground when you can write super catchy fun punk rock songs. Here's where I would list my favourite songs but there are too many to list. If you're looking for some high energy power pop punk to inspire your next party The Barbecuties Go Down With Style will serve well.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Ruleta Rusa - 2015 - Euro Tour 12"

Ruleta Rusa is a hardcore punk band from San Fransisco, California. Euro Tour 12" is their latest release courtesy of Trabuc Records. Ruleta Rusa play a noisy, chaotic brand of hardcore punk. This new 12" picks up where their last self-titled EP left off, taking those three tracks and adding four more slabs of hardcore punk. If you liked the last EP you will like this as it is more of the same, intense shouted vocals, fast & distorted guitars and an overwhelming atmosphere of chaos and rage. They stomp through these punk rock anthems, leaving nothing but ringing ears in their wake. Odiado has some well placed woah oh's, Antiaereas has a stutter start riff and a sweet solo and Todo Es Mierda stomps and wails right over and resistance you try and put up. If you're looking for some hardcore punk that overpowers with distortion Ruleta Rusa's Euro Tour 12" will serve well.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

No Love - 2015 - Dogs​/​/​Wolves b​/​w Bad Things

No Love is a five piece punk rock band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Their new single is Dogs​/​/​Wolves b​/​w Bad Things released as part of Sorry State Records North Carolina Single Series. Fronted by Elizabeth Lynch, guitarist Daniel Lupton also runs the aforementioned Sorry State Records which just celebrated their two year anniversary as a physical record store. No Love takes the bedrock of hardcore punk, speed, distortion and anger and slows it down just a touch to allow some melody and perhaps a hook to enter the picture. Both these songs have a great driving energy, the a-side Dogs//Wolves is a little more streamlined & catchy while the b-side Bad Things is a little more chaotic and noisy but not by much. If you're looking for some well executed proto-punk influenced punk rock No Love's new single will serve well.

Tables turn in Syrian war effort

With the more prominent Russian presence in the war the tables have turned for the U.S. narrative so I'm going to be taking a break from my #elxn42 breakdown series to refocus on the war in Syria as it's now at a pivotal point.

Recently 60 Minutes did an interview with Putin which I would really encourage you to watch. Putin is succinct and clear with his answers despite 60 Minutes' obviously pointed questions. Of course Russia is "up to something", we're all "up to something" in this region with everyone using humanitarianism and ISIS as a cover. But the Russian strategy (which we will be discussing throughout this post) is quite clever.

First I'd like to review a bit of commentary by James Howard Kunstler over at Clusterfucknation on this interview (though again you really should read the entire thing it's - I think anyway - hilarious)
This bit on Ukraine was only a little more appalling than Charlie’s earlier segment on Syria. Was Putin trying to rescue the Assad government? Charlie asked, in the context of President Obama’s statement years ago that “Assad has to go.” 
Putin answered as if he were explaining something that should have been self-evident to a not-very-bright high school freshman: “To remove the legitimate government would create a situation which you can witness in other countries of the region, for instance Libya, where all the state institutions have disintegrated. We see a similar situation in Iraq. There’s no other solution to the Syrian crisis than strengthening the government structure.” 
I guess Charlie and the 60-Minutes production crew hadn’t noticed what had gone on around the Middle East the past fifteen years with America’s program of toppling dictators into the maw of anarchy. Not such great outcomes. 
Charlie persisted though, following his script: Was Putin trying to rescue Assad? Vlad had to lay it out for him as if he were introducing Charlie to the game of Animal Lotto: “What do you think about those who support the terrorist organizations only to oust Assad without thinking about what happens to the country after all the state institutions have been demolished…? Look at those who are in control of 60 percent of the territory of Syria. 
Meaning ISIS. Al Nusra (formerly al Qaeda in Syria), i.e., groups internationally recognized as terrorist organizations. 
Charlie Rose, 60-Minutes — and perhaps by extension US government agencies with an interest in propagandizing — seem to want to put over the story that Russia has involved itself in Syria only to aggrandize its role on in world affairs. 
Forgive me for being so blunt, but what sort of stupid fucking idea is this? And are there any non-lobotomized adults left in the USA who can’t see straight through it? The truth is that American policy in Syria (plus Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, Somalia, Afghanistan) is an impressive record of failure in terms of the one basic aim that most rational people might agree upon: stabilizing the region in a way that does not leave Islamic jihadi maniacs in charge.
Why now? What are the Russians really up to?

A big question on everyone's minds seems to be. Why now? What are the Russians really up to? As Kunstler rightly notes the official narrative so far has more or less been that they are "Russia has involved itself in Syria only to aggrandize its role on in world affairs". Of course they're there to fortify Assad and prevent what I must remind you is the sovereign government of Syria from being overrun by U.S. empire backed terrorists. But based on their actions there is clearly a lot more to it than that.

It's of course suspected (obvious really) that should the official U.S. 'moderate' rebels attack the SAA they will be fair game but they are also taking this opportunity to reinforce the Syrian government against NATO itself.

September 22nd: Russia Has Added Dozens of Aircraft to Its Growing Military Presence in Syria: Reports

Here's an interesting exert:
Vladimir Putin has reportedly added drones, attack helicopters and aircraft to its force in Syria in recent weeks. 
Russia rapidly increased its aerial attack capabilities in Syria over the weekend, U.S. officials told Agence France-Presse on Monday, including 28 combat planes that have been sighted at a new Russian air base in the Syrian province of Latakia. 
The fleet includes 12 SU-24 attack aircraft, 12 SU-25 ground attack aircraft and four Flanker fighter jets, the officials told the news agency on condition of anonymity. An influx of new weaponry was also reported separately by the New York Times and CNN. 
One of the officials told AFP of the additional presence of around 20 combat helicopters and said Russian forces are flying surveillance drones over the Middle Eastern nation’s airspace. 
According to the Times, Russia’s military presence in Syria also includes at least three surface-to-air missiles, nine tanks and around 500 marines. 
“The equipment and personnel just keep flowing in,” another official told the Times. “They were very busy over the weekend.”
So why recent weeks? Let's take a look at some of the headlines  from 'recent weeks'.

On September 18th a "special representative to the United States and the United Nations for the Syrian National Coalition." wrote an op-ed in the New York Times calling for a No-Fly Zone.

On August 28th in the Globe & Mail: "The time for a ‘no-fly zone’ over Syria has arrived"

Yesterday, September 28th "Kevin McCarthy calls for no-fly zone over Syria"

Calls for a no-fly zone in mainstream media have been all over the place again suddenly and maybe this is why as back in July:
The U.S. flew “no-fly zones” over northern and southern Iraq for more than a decade before the 2003 U.S. invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. U.S. warplanes kept Iraqi aircraft out of the sky, and targeted Iraqi air-defense systems that threatened to shoot. Now, along with neighboring Turkey, the U.S. is planning to launch something similar over a stretch of northern Syria.

Now of course the other hand of the U.S. immediately "shot down" this idea but you'd have to be an idiot to actually believe it's not being considered and I don't think Putin is an idiot, do you?

I read a great blog post on the type of system Putin is deploying which I really suggest you check out.

Utilizing the court of public opinion

In part 2 of my series on the Canadian federal election we took a trip down memory lane on some of the events that lead to the Syrian 'civil' war. Since the Russian build up the western narrative on Syria has changed significantly almost overnight. Russia is forming it's own coalition to fight ISIS - and it is legal and operating within Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government. As the Financial Times noted "this puts the U.S. on the back foot".

If you'll recall from part 2 of my series on the Canadian election, prior to John Kerry failing to convince the world of the urgent need to bomb the Syrian government there was no ISIS narrative in the news, it was all "rebels" with sprinkles of al-Qaeda. The al-Qaeda participation was downplayed and frankly I don't think the public was ever supposed to know about their participation. Syria was supposed to go down like Libya where hardly any of the population was aware of the fact the rebels were actually mostly terrorists.

If you remember the media atmosphere back then it was largely the public's recent awareness to the presence of al-Qaeda within the rebels that made it so difficult for the United States to get a coalition and public mandate to bomb the Syrian government. There was too much doubt about the still dubious 'chemical weapons' which were presented to strengthen the argument given the presence of al-Qaeda. It was only following Kerry's failure to bomb Assad that the media latched onto the phrase ISIS.

The necessity of the change in focus and narrative can not be understated. The United States can not invoke the 'War on Terror' to attack a sovereign state. They need a reason, they need public support. They tried to get it, and failed. However, the 'War on Terror' allows them to attack terrorists anywhere in the world regardless of borders. They got their bombing of Syria, and they got it by instead of hiding the presence of al-Qaeda - and their atrocities as "the rebels" - moving to a strategy that highlighted them. The heinous acts of ISIS coupled with some likely propaganda aided by intelligence for media purposes were finally enough to gain support for limited military action in Iraq and Syria.

The narrative changed and in what seemed almost overnight there wasn't just a few terrorist fighters, there were tons, and now they terrorize 60% of Syria. It really is a testament to the awesome power of manipulation that exists within the military industrial complex.

This narrative has a weakness however, and now for the second time Russia has seized on the weakness in the U.S. narrative to deny them what they want. The first time in 2013 when Kerry occidentally provided a direct path for Russia to follow that would thwart the U.S. attack that the U.S. had to honour to save face and now this time by using their "ineffective" war against ISIS as the same pretext for their fortification of the Syrian state which much like the U.S. being able to strike the Syrian government directly would raise suspicion if not for the convenient excuse of ISIS. Russia is beating the U.S. at it's own game of public relations.

The rhetoric now has greatly changed because the U.S. is trapped in their own ISIS narrative. The hopes for a no-fly zone necessary in the NATO strategy for regime change is now extremely unlikely to occur without a direct confrontation with Russian hardware. The cover for the 'moderate' rebels (which if you remember from part 2 of my series on the Canadian election Joe Biden said "there are no moderate rebels") is now useless as Russia is within every legal right internationally to aid Syria.

Russia is playing the situation by the book, using the same humanitarian crisis excuse that the U.S. has been using to enter Syria to begin a real fight against ISIS which the U.S. and it's coalition has not truly been doing. They have been working to contain ISIS and force Assad from power for their benefit causing untold grief on the people of Syria for as long as Syria doesn't play ball. The U.S. has repeatedly warned that Russia's entry into the war will prolong the war but the conflated reasoning for this is simple: the western proxy will not stop fighting until the U.S. and it's allies get what they want.

In response to the Russian fortification now Saudi Arabia has warned that they may get directly involved in the conflict against the Syrian government and there are rumours of Chinese involvement in defence of the Syrian government too.

Things are definitely heating up and it seems the U.S. is quickly losing control both of it's humanitarian shield narrative, and it's allies.

Used with permission originally posted at Canadian Trends.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Dirty Fences - 2015 - Full Tramp

Dirty Fences is a rock and roll band from New York City. Full Tramp is their second LP courtesy of Slovenly Records. Dirty Fences play a brand of rock & roll pulling from punk & garage rock. Reminds me equally of Nancy & Aerosmith. They aren't particularly aggressive but still manage to bring the raw rock full force and bring to mind the less punk sides of bands like Ramones and The Dictators. Songs like Just Can't Wait, Endless Party & Rain prove that Dirty Fences are interested and capable of expanding beyond the confines of straight ahead, party time rock & roll.

 This is a band that knows when to hold back, rocking out and keeping it simple while also knowing when to lean forward and throw in some extra frills to move the music forward and keep things interesting. Highlights include Deep In Your Heart, High School Rip, Heartbeater, the title track and the above embededded single.  If you're looking for some classic sizzling punked up rock & roll that still sounds modern, Dirty Fence's Full Tramp will serve well.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Peter Pan Speedrock - 2015 - Buckle Up And Shove It

Peter Pan Speedrock is a rock and roll band from Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Buckle Up And Shove It is their first recordings in over a decade courtesy of Self Destructo Records. Peter Pan Speedrock play a no holds barred, punked up brand of rock and roll that bring to mind Motörhead. With song titles like Murdertruck, Wide-Eyed And Thirsty, Loose Women And Loud Guitars and Doin' The Nasty it should become immediately apparent what kind of rock and roll this power trio plays. The basis of this is classic, hard hitting rock and roll with just enough punk rock to kick things into high gear.

Don't put this on expecting anything fancy, while there are guitar solos to be found there is nothing extra here, just classic sounding punked up rock and roll. If Danko Jones was more explicitly punk rock it might come out like this. These guys write songs that hit hard and fast, with no extra meat on the bones. Add in covers of The Damned New Rose and The Yardbirds Heart Full Of Soul and you have yourself an excellent LP. Here's where I would list my favourite songs but when that's more than half the LP I think that speaks for itself. If you're looking for some no frills rock and roll Peter Pan Speedrock's Buckle Up And Shove It will serve well. Highly recommended.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Brain Traps - 2015 - Brain Traps

Brain Traps is a garage rock band from Cologne, Germany. Brain Traps is their new LP, released by Alien Snatch! Brain Traps play a lofi, punked up brand of garage rock that also incorporates surf rock and covers it all in a layer of noise. There are handclaps galore and a plethora of woo's, woohoo's and other gang backing vocal exclamations. At their best Brain Traps play a gloriously lofi brand of trashy punk rock that comes blaring out of the garage with slacker vocals in the middle of the mix and lead guitars flying every which way. Highlights include It's Alright, Let Me Wait No Longer, Another Euro, Write A Song and It's Alright II . If you're looking for some beach party ready garage rock, put on Brain Traps LP and clap along.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

#elxn42 breakdown - Part 3

In part 1 of this post we focused on the need for exponential growth and the monetary system behind our need for this type of growth. We learned that the monetary system in it's current form is a textbook definition of a Ponzi-scheme requiring ever growing production to meet ever growing debt at the top because at any given time there is always more total debt with interest than there is actual currency to pay for it and the only way to conjure up the currency needed to pay outstanding debt is to borrow even more currency resulting in a never ending cycle where the debt load and subsequent "growth" required are perfectly exponential.

In part 2 of this post we looked at the resource wars currently going on with a focus on it's relation to peak oil and pipelines. The 14 year 'war on terror' has really been a resource war for the U.S. empire to position itself as the first and last global empire that is to be succeeded by corporations as we learned in Michael C. Ruppert's presentation.

In this part we're going to look at the T.P.P. and free trade and how the process of succession towards corporate governance has already begun under the auspices of 'trade'. We will take a quick look at the party positions on trade and how those positions tie into assertions already made.

Just a note before we begin: I realize this is now part 3 and I've said very little about the election itself. What I am providing is the background information you require to understand why I believe what I do regarding the election and the parties involved so that when we finally arrive at my summary of my position on the various parties you'll understand what it is I'm talking about.

T.P.P. and Free Trade
[...] many of America’s leaders actually accept that there is an unelected, unappointed, and unaccountable presence within the system that actually manages what is taking place behind the scenes. That would be the American deep state.
Philip Giraldi
Recently the New York Times (of all places) published an article about a paper written by former CIA officer Philip Giraldi about the American deep state. Of course readers of this post already know all about it as it is the very same deep state Michael C. Ruppert describes in his presentation. An interconnected deep state of revolving doors around Wall Street, Washington, intelligence, media and the military industrial complex. It is within this deep state that the continuity of government is possible and it exists here in Canada, too.

In the last post I linked to a tweet containing a video where the CBC discusses on air the "brutal reality" of the civilian casualties that will happen to fight ISIS and then goes on to talk about how we have to remove Assad (you know, for killing civilians in his true fight against ISIS which western media continues to call a "civil war" even though it's clear it's anything but). The "Assad is bad" narrative makes less and less sense every day yet our media sticks to it. This is the official narrative; this is war propaganda and the deep state at work.

It's important to understand how deep the complicity of media goes within our own country to understand that this extends to discussions of free trade (or the lack there of). In the media these are referred simply to "trade deals" but they are really about far more than trade. They subvert national sovereignty and hand it over to unelected, unaccountable international panels that bend to corporate whim. Piece by piece each additional trade deal removes the ability for the people of a country to make democratic decisions about the type of business conducted in their country.

These deliberations are kept secret and rarely if ever reported on even though the result of them is almost always a democratic law being overturned or taxpayers paying fines to corporations for all sorts of reasons which the corporation claims impedes their business. On the flip side attempts by democracies to utilize the rules to hold these very same corporations accountable are in every case I've ever found thrown out.

'Trade' is the mechanism being used by corporations to subvert democratic governments in secret of willing participants of the U.S. empire because it hides the process from the citizenry. Trade is a weakness in our democratic process in that traditionally trade deals are allowed to be conducted in secret thus the details of which are not apparent to the citizens of the nations until the deal is already signed. Rather all we get are vague details from leaked drafts of the deal or statements from those who are involved.
What I say to the auto sector in particular, I’m not suggesting they will necessarily like everything that is in that, but what I am saying is we simply cannot afford as a country to have our auto sector shut out of global supply chains. That would be a disaster.
We’re going to make sure we get the best deal for that and all of our sectors, but we are committed as a government to making sure we do not fall behind in our access to a global trading economy which is so integrated. If we do that, that would be disastrous for this country.

Stephen Harper
Yes, it is "so integrated" largely due to the actions of those now making it more integrated. The secrecy surrounding these 'trade' deals ensures that no real discussion can ever really take place as any real concerns that come to light can easily be swept away with generic statements like "but what I am saying is we simply cannot afford as a country to have our auto sector shut out of global supply chains". The secrecy and deliberate confusion that is sewn provides the framing of all those against 'free trade' as against the concept of 'trade' itself when the truth is that those of us against 'free trade' are against it for all of the reasons besides actual trade that come with these deals. Wrapping the subversion of democracy in the cloak of trade is what is really going on.

You'll remember in part 1 of this series that we took a brief look at Justin Trudeau's pro free trade op-ed in which he asked the "vexing question" where the next wave of growth will come from. Politicians complicit  in this agenda aren't lying when they talk about the growth 'free trade' will bring, the part they're not telling you however and as Trudeau pointed out is that the "middle class" will not be benefiting by the "growth created by trade". This growth will go purely to the top end of the international corporations subverting the democratic process for profits and control and to keep the economic ponzi-scheme operating.

If the resource wars are how the U.S. empire's deep state aims to maintain dominance in the world among non-voluntary state actors it is free trade, along with the central banking ponzi-scheme and credit markets, which is the mechanism of accomplishing the same thing among voluntary state actors. Their implications run far beyond simple trade and aim to incrementally move more and more control of the types of business and rules for business away from national and democratic control towards international technocratic control where the clear and only beneficiaries are international corporations that have no national home.

This web of secret trade regulation is tying the hands of governments and their ability to act in favour of their people while fear-mongering about jobs and "economic growth" is used to convince populations to accept these deals but the economic growth they will bring will be for international corporations and their top echelon at the expense of the world population's standard of living. As we covered in part 1 hidden in Trudeau's news speak was admittance that the "middle class" never benefited from trade (in which he means 'free trade') but what he fails to mention is this was by design. Trudeau mentions how 'trade' (meaning 'free trade') has brought immense wealth but never says who received this wealth, of course indirectly admitting it certainly wasn't the middle class, or the lower class, so it must be the highest class. This is also by design.

This same design of stealing wealth and control is what is driving 'free trade' today and those parties who support it aim to fool you that being against 'free trade' is to be against 'trade'. This is a deliberate, malicious, lie meant to confuse and convince Canadians that giving up national sovereignty and the ability to decide what business can and can not do on Canadians soil will somehow translate into immense wealth and economic growth. As Stephen Harper once said "there isn't really a Canadian economy any more, it is a global economy" and "I know some people might not like it, it's a loss of national sovereignty but it's a simple reality that were in a global economy".

Of course what those in power omit from telling you is that this "global economy" which results in a loss of national sovereignty was designed by those operating it to do exactly that and they also omit that those who are operating it are not elected, accountable, or democratic. It is nothing short of a global economic dictatorship being operated and asserted by the American Deep State.

In part 4 of this post we will look at governmental issues and how they tie into what has already been covered here and then I will provide my final summary of the political landscape.

Used with permission originally posted at Canadian Trends.

Ruleta Rusa - 2015 - Ruleta Rusa

Ruleta Rusa is a five piece punk rock band from San Fransisco, California. Ruleta Rusa is their 3rd EP, pressed as a double sided lathe cut vinyl record courtesy of Human Double Face and Discos MMM. Members have also played in Born/Dead and Peligro Social. Ruleta Rusa play a noisy, chaotic brand of hardcore punk. The singer shouts in Spanish while the band behind him kicks up a distorted racket. These three songs work the same area of punk rock, the guitars are loud and distorted while the singer shouts like his life depends on it. Guitar solos appear out of nowhere, blaze through the distortion and disappear just as quickly. If you're looking for some hard hitting hardcore punk and don't put a premium on it sounding pretty or nice, Ruleta Rusa's new EP will serve well.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Bad Weed - 2015 - Bad Weed

Bad Weed is a punk rock band from Vienna, Austria. Bad Weed is their sophomore EP. Bad Weed play a brand of garage rock heavy on the power pop. These songs are catchy without being saccharine, managing to balance melodic hooks with just enough snarl to keep things interesting. They have managed to find the sweet spot between power pop, punk pop and garage rock. The songs are catchy and poppy enough to the soundtrack to a Southern California summer vacation but keep at least one foot in the garage to coat everything with just enough distortion to add some grit. If you're looking for some melodic garage rock Bad Weed's Bad Weed will serve well.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Vexx - 2015 - Give And Take

Vexx is a punk rock band from Olympia, Washington. Give And Take is their second release. Vexx play a chaotic brand of post-punk that brings to mind bands like Naked Raygun. The base of the music is clearly punk rock but these songs barely hang together in a fun chaotic way. Vexx manage to walk the line between hammering out a coherent tune with everyone in lockstep and feeling like everything might fall apart at any given moment. There is a thread of instability & unpredictability  running through the lyrics that give everything a sheen of desperation. If you're looking for some intense post-punk rock & roll Vexx's Give And Take will serve well.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Genoicide Pact - 2015 - Forged Through Domination

Genocide Pact is a three piece death metal band from Washington DC. Forged Through Domination is their debut LP. Genocide Pact features members of Disciples Of Christ and Red Death and play a crushing, usually mid-tempo brand of death metal. The vocals never climb above a guttural, unintelligible demonic growl while the music usually stays at a thumping crawl only occasionally speeding up to a faster pace. There is a heavy doom influence here which results in an even more oppressive, darkened atmosphere than death metal usually generates. This whole 26 minute 7 song album is ferocious, devastatingly heavy and completely odious, just the way classic death metal should be. If you're looking for crushingly heavy death metal that knows how to hammer their points home in both mid-tempo and at a slighter faster pace, Genocide Pact's Forged Through Domination will serve well.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fist Benders - 2015 - Fist Benders

Fist Benders is a four piece emo band from Fullerton, California. Fist Benders is their sophomore EP and third release overall. Fist Benders play a twinkly, melodic brand of emo that doesn't shy away from some harsher shouted vocals. This self titled sophomore EP starts off with a full head of steam with the instrumental In Dog Years setting the tone for the what follows and album highlight Understanding. It's not often an instrumental twinkly jam will grab me like this but it's immediately obvious how much fun this band is having together. Understanding is the highlight of this EP that lays out everything you can expect from the rest of this EP. There are lots of twinkly, melodic riffs, some off key sung vocals, multi tracked gang vocals and a harsher shout all jammed into a emo punk rock song that lasts less than 3 minutes. This band will need to do a lot to distinguish themselves in an increasingly crowded twinkly emo scene but if this EP is any indication they will have no problem doing just that. Fist Benders' sophomore EP is an excellent slab of catchy, twinkly emo.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Detached Objects - 2015 - Detached Objects

Detached Objects is a five piece punk rock band from Arizona, USA. Detached Objects is their debut LP courtesy of Gilgongo Records. Members have also played in Rumpsringer, Avon Ladies, Soft Shoulder & Gay Kiss. Detached Objects play a post-hardcore brand of punk rock citing Drive Like Jehu and Wipers as influences. This LP is loud without being overbearing, complicated without being pretentious, simple without being dumb and punk without being hardcore. There is equal parts garage rock, post-hardcore and math rock with just a little bit of noise around the edges. If you're in the market for a moody, overdriven and arty hard rockin' LP Detached Objects will serve well. Thanks to Mind Disease for pointing this out.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Preskool Dropouts - 2015 - Demo Too

Preskool Dropouts is a hardcore punk band from Boston, Massachusets. Demo Too is their second demo (obviously). Recorded by Ryan Chain Rank at Side Too Record, mixed and mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios and released on cassette by Twerp Records. Preskool Dropouts play a no frills, straight ahead brand of hardcore punk rock. The singer has an excellent, gruff sounding shout put to great use and the guitars never shy away from punch you in the face heaviness.  Preskool Dropouts blast through these four songs in under 7 minutes leaving nothing but blown amps and ringing eardrums in their wake. If you like your hardcore punk fast and to the point, which is the way it should be, Preskool Dropouts' Demo Too will serve well. Thanks to Cut & Paste for pointing this out.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

#elxn42 breakdown - Part 2

In part 1 of this post we focused on the need for exponential growth and the monetary system behind our need for this type of growth. We learned that the monetary system in it's current form is a textbook definition of a Ponzi-scheme requiring ever growing production to meet ever growing debt at the top because at any given time there is always more total debt with interest than there is actual currency to pay for it and the only way to conjure up the currency needed to pay outstanding debt is to borrow even more currency resulting in a never ending cycle where the debt load and subsequent "growth" required are perfectly exponential.

We identified 4 interconnected domestic issues and discussed how the need for exponential growth is the primary driver behind them and also the solutions that are framed for you by the major political parties to address them which can be summed up as "we need more growth".

In this portion we will be looking at 'the resource wars' only as the topic is very very large and must be explained in full for you to really grasp what is happening here.

Before we get into these issues though I just wanted to amend the 'First Nations' portion from the last post as some additional material was provided by Justin Trudeau in last night's debate, or rather, following it.

(Update: it seems the G&M has removed the post-debate portion while i was writing the post from the video! I am trying to locate another. If anyone has a link to Trudeau's Q&A post-debate please let me know in the comments.)

Now I've set the embedding of this video to start at 3h03s but if it doesn't work for you skip forward to this time. Observe what Justin Trudeau's answer is to the question:

"Near the end you mentioned First Nations hadn't been a part of the debate at all why didn't you bring it up earlier?"

And his response:

"Ah, you know, there was an awful lot of topics covered and  in a very short period of time. Uh, and I kept hoping that it would be brought up but I think it's important to highlight uh that that fact is uh that First Nations have the largest proportion of young people in this country and the future of those communities are also about the future of our country; needing to get our resources to market, needing to develop our resources needs to happen in partnership on a nation to nation basis with First Nations and that's exactly what the Liberal Party is committed to do and I was glad to be able to highlight that in the debate which talked of many aspects of our economy but didn't speak enough about the opportunities and the challenges faced by indigenous Canadians."

So apparently the only issue and challenge facing First Nations is that the government needs to get resources to market. Sounds a lot more like the issue the government is having with First Nations to me, not the issues and challenges that they are facing. Also note how he says 'in partnership on a Nation to Nation basis' but at the end slips up calling them 'Canadians'. First Nations are not Canadians, they are Nations we have a treaty with. You can't both partner with other Nations, and assimilate those Nations. I know it may seem like a minor language screw up, and perhaps it was, but when you review his answer where the clear focus has nothing to do with the issues actually facing First Nations (other than those created for them by the government itself, of course) it may be a Freudian slip.

Alright. Let's resume the original post.

The Resource Wars (or for the uninformed: 'The Syrian Refugee Crisis')

Julian Assange revealed in an exclusive with RT that the overthrow of Assad was planned as early as 2006 during the Bush/Cheney years. Much like the continuity of our government despite parties, this is also the way it operates in the U.S. The direction and agenda set during the Bush years following 9/11 are still the driving force at work today. The war happening in Syria is a continuation of the war NATO has been engaging in for the last 14 years.

Beginning in 2008 a new narrative had been formed around al-Qaeda, that it's "capacities had been greatly diminished". The focus in the media moved away from al-Qaeda and towards the inevitable withdrawing of NATO troops that was to occur.

WSJ: Al Qaeda's Diminished Role Stirs Afghan Troop Debate [2009]

Go back in to the news archives and you can find numerous articles. The public was quickly losing it's patience with the 'War on Terror' and something had to be done especially with the 'up and coming' and 'currently happening' financial crisis. So NATO ended the war, and that more or less culminated with the "killing of Osama Bin Laden" in which Obama promptly tossed the dead body out to sea. The al-Qaeda narrative was dead. They were now to be nothing more than a diminished group of has-beens from our point of view, a new strategy was needed one which re-invigorated the public's support for unilateral war.

Luckily for us the Arab Revolution came along (which if you'll remember from the presentation on the monetary system by Mike Maloney that Max Keiser mentions how it was Federal Reserve interest rates which sparked food inflation) and we had the perfect inroad to resume the war.

al-Qaeda was to be reborn, but not as al-Qaeda, but ISIS. A new entity which is really just al-Qaeda renamed. So, in 2011 we aided the Libyan's revolution. You all remember that right? We materially funded the "Libyan rebels". Now, some of you may recall from the first debate Elizabeth May making a remark about us supporting the rebels who were infiltrated by al-Qaeda.

In 2011 the citizens of NATO countries were not supposed to know that they were really just aiding al-Qaeda, though a few reports came out...
In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Mr al-Hasidi admitted that he had recruited "around 25" men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of them, he said, are "today are on the front lines in Adjabiya".

Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters "are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists," but added that the "members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader".

His revelations came even as Idriss Deby Itno, Chad's president, said al-Qaeda had managed to pillage military arsenals in the Libyan rebel zone and acquired arms, "including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries".

Mr al-Hasidi admitted he had earlier fought against "the foreign invasion" in Afghanistan, before being "captured in 2002 in Peshwar, inPakistan". He was later handed over to the US, and then held in Libya before being released in 2008.

US and British government sources said Mr al-Hasidi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, or LIFG, which killed dozens of Libyan troops in guerrilla attacks around Derna and Benghazi in 1995 and 1996.
2011. This was also when the Syrian revolt began.

In 2012 I caught eye of an article put out by the Council on Foreign Relations which contains the following:
Al-Qaeda is not sacrificing its "martyrs" in Syria merely to overthrow Assad. Liberation of the Syrian people is a bonus, but the main aim is to create an Islamist state in all or part of the country. Failing that, they hope to at least establish a strategic base for the organization's remnants across the border in Iraq, and create a regional headquarters where mujahideen can enjoy a safe haven. If al-Qaeda continues to play an increasingly important role in the rebellion, then a post-Assad government will be indebted to the tribes and regions allied to the Jabhat. Failing to honor the Jabhat's future requests, assuming Assad falls, could see a continuation of conflict in Syria. 
Thus far, Washington seems reluctant to weigh heavily into this issue. In May 2012, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta publicly accepted al-Qaeda's presence in Syria (Guardian). And in July, the State Department's counterterrorism chief, Daniel Benjamin, rather incredulously suggested that the United States will simply ask the FSA to reject al-Qaeda. The unspoken political calculation among policymakers is to get rid of Assad first—weakening Iran's position in the region—and then deal with al-Qaeda later.
Hmm. Starting to see a recurring pattern here? How did ISIS become so powerful, so quickly? Especially when "al-Qaeda" was practically defeated? I'll let Joe Biden tell you:


In 2013 John Kerry tried to convince the world that to stop the suffering of the Syrian people from chemical weapons we had to bomb the Assad government but during the Q&A was caught off guard by a reporters question. Russia, who knows exactly what the U.S. is up to (which we will get to in a moment) instantly seized on this opportunity preventing NATO from bombing Syria and overthrowing Assad. Remember that when this was occurring there was never any talk of ISIS, despite the fact that it was clear the U.S. government knew that al-Qaeda intended to create an Islamic State for at least a full year and probably longer ('cause you know... they set the whole thing in motion) yet Kerry was insistent about Assad. Had NATO bombed Syria the entire region would be overrun with al-Qaeda. Kerry fucked up because that's exactly what they wanted.

Following this the narrative of ISIS was born.

Have you ever played Roller Coaster Tycoon? Did you know when one of your roller coasters blows up rather than changing or repairing it you can simply rename it and the people in your park will literally think it's a different roller coaster? It's a really neat trick to get the money rolling in again without having to actually create something new. Slowly the narrative has shifted since 2013 away from al-Qaeda and towards ISIS to the point that many people actually believe they are two different things. They're not. They need to be different in the public's eye because the al-Qaeda narrative was killed. This is the next phase of the war Dick Cheney told us "would not end in our lifetime".

Now would be a good time to show you another presentation I actually posted just recently as he provides much of the background you're going to need to understand in the context of the geopolitical environment we now exist in. I know I'm providing a lot of material and that it literally takes hours to go through all of it, but these are complex topics and without the background much of what is going on today is not going to make a lot of sense.

In this next presentation Michael C. Ruppert discusses many topics all revolving around the things we've been talking about and describes the (then) coming wars.

Pay special note and listen for some of the current day topics and hot spots such as: Columbia, Venezuela, West Africa, and North Korea. Also note the endgame(s): Russia, and China. Particularly the maps showing how the U.S. is trying to keep Russia out of the region keeping in mind that for instance in response to Russia aiding their ally and the sovereign government of Syria's Assad "in the fight against ISIS" they will be destabilizing the region. Here is this presentation.

I hope you're starting now to see what is going on here. So what else has happened in this conflict? Canada's bud Israel isn't taking in a single refugee, not one. But we're not hearing much about that are we? It might be because along with Dick Cheney's Haliburton (remember them from the presentation?) they've been drilling for oil in the illegally occupied Golan which just prior to the Syrian civilian war they had been feuding over.

There are also competing gas pipelines and a multitude of other reasons why NATO wants Assad out. But as was revealed recently, it's not really about Assad. Here is the telling paragraph:
“The weakest point is Ahtisaari’s claim that Churkin was speaking with Moscow’s authority. I think if he had told me what Churkin had said, I would have replied I wanted to hear it from [President Vladimir] Putin too before I could take it seriously. And even then I’d have wanted to be sure it wasn’t a Putin trick to draw us in to a process that ultimately preserved Assad’s state under a different leader but with the same outcome.”
That "ultimately preserved Assad's state under a different leader but with the same outcome". The "same outcome" of course being a government that isn't a NATO puppet.

These refugees aren't just "kind of" our fault. They are 100% our fault. Of course Assad has bombed some civilians, he has been claiming the entire time that his army has been fighting foreign terrorists and defending his country from them. It is our media, and our government, that lied to us and said he is mass murdering his "own people". They weren't his own people they were the terrorists that were to become ISIS. Terrorists we supported, trained, funded, aided, and let loose on the Syrian people. When it comes to the "refugees" Elizabeth May has been the only one that has been brave enough to at least try to touch on this fact. The other 3 leaders are lying to you. If you want to help the Syrian refugees then please listen to Syrian Girl's story and pester our politicians on NATOs true involvement, this entire plan rests on us believing we're "fighting ISIS" and not actually helping them overthrow the Syrian government.

Contrary to popular rhetoric NATO is not "helping Assad". But we should be if we were actually honest and serious both about fighting ISIS and defending Syrian lives. We should only of course help the Syrian people at Assad's request. It would protect Syrian lives because our support would of course be only on the condition he uses the same rules of war we do. But it is not about fighting ISIS and with this story of the resource wars I told you I ask you read this piece and contemplate how much you really know about what's going on over there. I hope by now in this series you're starting to pick up on language and key words and how they are being used to manipulate the public so pay attention and see if you can spot them.

This topic is a lot to digest so I will save the remaining topics for part 3.

Used with permission originally posted at Canadian Trends.