Headlines of interest, mid to late February, 2016…

The headlines of late have drawn many comparisons to the themes of Dan Brown novels, particularly those regarding the bizarre circumstances of the death of SCOTUS Justice Scalia (see further down our ticker for those stories). A comparison more eerily ominous, by our reckoning, is that relating to the Zika outbreak and the implications this has upon global depopulation strategies, which are the over-arching concerns of Dan Brown’s 2013 novel Inferno – also in the works as a motion picture (IMBd) scheduled for release later this year…

WHO –  Zika situation report – 26 February 2016

Washington Post – U.S. details 9 Zika pregnancies: 2 abortions, 2 miscarriages, 1 baby with ‘severe microcephaly’

Zika is expected to infect 1 in 5 Puerto Ricans, raising threat to rest of U.S.

Guardian – France records first sexually transmitted case of Zika in Europe

NatureZika researchers release real-time data on viral infection study in monkeys

APPope suggests contraception can be condoned in Zika crisis

Religion News ServiceThe real surprise in Pope Francis’ Zika virus remarks (COMMENTARY)

He seemed to imply Thursday (Feb. 18) that using contraception could, if trying to stop the spread of Zika, be the lesser of two evils…

What was surprising in Francis’ remarks, however, was his incredibly strong language about abortion…

“Abortion is not the lesser of two evils. It is a crime. It is to kill someone in order to save another. This is what the Mafia does. It is a crime, an absolute evil. … Don’t confuse the evil of avoiding pregnancy by itself, with abortion.”

Has the Mafia sent Francis a message in the season of Lent?…

The Sun (citing Il Messaggero) – Police called in as Pope Francis’ seven-month pregnant secretary, 34, is found DEAD in her Rome apartment

…a reply to directives in last year’s season?…

Catholic Herald (1 Apr. 2015)- Church directives seek to keep mafia out of Easter processions

Another message sent?…

AirLiveALERT Pope Francis flight into Mexico City targeted by laser

As Francis arrived from the historic meeting in Havana…

Vatican RadioJoint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

Radio HabanaPatriarca Kirill visitó a Fidel Castro

Tentative ceasefire takes hold in Syria…

United NationsSecurity Council Unanimously Endorses Syria Cessation of Hostilities Accord, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2268 (2016)

U.S.News The secretary-general of NATO says the cease-fire in Syria is “largely holding,” though he remains concerned about the Russian military buildup in the country

Voltairenet (Thierry Meyssan) – The USA and Russia become allies in Syria

– Nuclear Red Alert

Ukraine-Turkey military cooperation

Der SpiegelPutin vs. Erdogan: NATO Concerned over Possible Russia-Turkey Hostilities

Strategic-Culture (Wayne Madsen) – The Promised Jihadist Apocalypse of Dabiq

Middle East EyeSaudi launches ‘largest’ military exercises in history of region

At least 28 killed as blast rocks military convoy in Ankara

Kurds deny responsibility for Ankara bombing, but fear blowback

Today’s ZamanDNA matching proves gov’t falsely identified Ankara suicide bomber

RTPKK splinter group claims responsibility for Ankara bombing, says it’s revenge for Cizre

150 allegedly ‘burned alive by Turkish military’ during crackdown on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

DEBKAfileErdogan to accuse Obama of arming Kurds blamed for Ankara bombing

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE urge citizens to leave Lebanon

Al Monitor (translation of As Safir) – Why Jaish al-Thuwar was bombarded by Turkey

Does Hezbollah seek Israel’s elimination? ‘Not so,’ says Nasrallah

Is BBC Persian meddling in Iranian elections?

Fars News AgencyElection Results: Principlists Win Iran, Rreformists-Moderates Win Tehran

ThereAreNoSunglasses“Good Taliban” Sajna Group Blows-Up Army Centerpiece School In Tiarza Right After Gen. Abbasi Visit

DNA IndiaDozens killed, wounded in Afghanistan suicide attacks

AntiwarAttacks Bookend Baghdad; 202 Killed, 149 Wounded in Iraq

Hence a bloody reminder of the signature infamy of the Bush legacies. Likewise, though the Libyan tragedy will go down as the signature ignominy of Obama’s foreign policy legacy, let the record show who pressured him into it, lest this legacy of ashes continues on into the next term of POTUS…

‘Bravo!’ Email Appears To Show Clinton’s Friend Congratulating Her on Bombing of Libya

From: Anne-Marie Slaughter [mailto:
Sent: Saturday, March 19, 2011 09:37 AM
To: H
Cc: Abedin, Huma <AbedinH@state.gov>
Subject: bravo!

I cannot imagine how exhausted you must be after this week, but I have NEVER been prouder of having worked for you.
Turning POTUS around on this is a major win for everything we have worked for.

Everything they worked for…

Gulf News – Libya is sinking in the quagmire of anarchy

Al MonitorFive years on, predictions by Gadhafi’s son come true

Le Monde (summary at Reuters) – La guerre secrète de la France en Libye

Maghreb ConfidentialGaddafi’s moneymen return to the fray

N.Y.TimesU.S. Airstrikes on ISIS Camp in Libya Kill More Than 40

Daily BeastObama Refuses to Hit ISIS’s Libyan Capital

TASSSyrian ambassador: Hospital in Idlib province destroyed by US warplanes

Defense SystemsRussia is widening the gap in EW

Reuters – U.S. test-fires ICBMs to stress its power to Russia, North Korea

IndependentRAF jets scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers ‘heading for UK airspace’

BloombergRussia Sues Ukraine in London Court Over $3 Billion Default

Fort Russ (translation of KOHT) – Ukraine: Psychotropic Chemical Weapons – the Technology of Mass Zombification

FOX NewsChina sends surface-to-air missiles to contested island in provocative move

XinhuaCommentary: Washington’s destabilizing role in South China Sea

LaRouchePACSouth African Ruling Party Charges: Obama Attempting Regime Change, Confirming EIR Analyses

RT (citing WikiLeaks) – NSA spied on UN’s Ban Ki-Moon & other world leaders for US oil companies

APBelgian terror search finds video linked to nuclear official

TelegraphPound hits seven year low as Boris Johnson sparks Brexit fears

Wall Street Journal (mirrored at Zero Hedge) – The Political War on Cash

Mad Cow News – Dripping blood, a severed arm, & 67 tons of cash on a CIA plane

Daily MailWife found top cancer scientist hanged in a rubber fetish suit in the woods after he took his dog for a walk

Culture of Life NewsDid Scalia Die Due To Sex Event? A Meditation On Sex And The Devil

Washington Post – Justice Scalia spent his last hours with members of this secretive society of elite hunters

Infowars – SCALIA’S DEATH LINKED TO BOHEMIAN GROVE, ILLUMINATI

Independence Today – H.W. Bush Does Throat Cut Death Gesture on Trump at GOP Debate!

Boy Down The Lanefooling ourselves

StorifyThe Scalia Code

N.Y.Times (Paul Krugman) – Antonin Scalia Really Was A Character Out Of A Dan Brown Novel

Paul Craig Roberts – Do Americans Live In A False Reality Created By Orchestrated Events?

They have been for some time…

William Shanley (Youtube) – The Made-for-TV Election 1980 starring Martin Sheen (1986/2008)

How it’s done in 2016…

Zero HedgeThe Hidden Persuaders – How The Internet Flips Election & Alters Our Thoughts

CryptogonVirtual Reality and Zuckerberg’s, “Rictus Grin”

Liberty Blitzkreig – The U.S. Military Asks Tech Companies to Tweak Their Algorithms to Promote Certain Content

Schneier on SecurityJudge Demands that Apple Backdoor an iPhone

ABC NewsSan Bernardino Shooter’s Apple iCloud Password Changed While in Government Possession

Cpunks (John Young) – The Natseckers

Cryptome (Jim Bell) – Assassination Politics

Failed EvolutionThe neo-colonial booming industry of private mercenaries

PINACPalm Beach Sheriff Hacked by Russian Hactivists; Thousands of Addresses of Cops, Prosecutors and Judges Posted

Boiling Frogs PostObama Set to Settle Score against Oregon Sheriff Outspoken on the Second Amendment

Free Thought ProjectBlack Lives Matter Teams Up with Oregon Occupier Supporters to Fight for Police Accountability

ABC NewsMysterious Shrieking Sound Frustrates Oregon Community

Baltimore SunDefense secretary backs raising balloons over APG again

L.A.TimesTests find that the Pentagon’s radar blimps can’t track ‘some high priority targets’

Ars TechnicaThe NSA’s SKYNET program may be killing thousands of innocent people

Zero HedgeGoogle’s “SkyNet” Robots Are All Grown Up, And Terrifying

N.Y.Times – Obama Administration Set to Expand Sharing of Data That N.S.A. Intercepts

Electrospaces (with Zone d’Intérêt) – A look at the latest French laws on intelligence collection

DW – German government to use Trojan spyware to monitor citizens

BuzzFlashThe Shadow of Nazism Over U.S. Torture Policy

Talking Points MemoTrump Lauds Supporter Who Calls Cruz A ‘Pu**y’ Over Waterboarding

AangirfanTRUMP, SANDERS, CLINTON – BANKERS, JOBS OFFSHORED, TAXES

NewsWithViewsIS TED CRUZ THE ‘NORTH AMERICAN UNION’ CANDIDATE?

Lame CherryThe Cruz Tolls For Thee

Rolling StoneThe Koch Brothers’ Dirty War on Solar Power

Robert ScribblerNo Winter For the Arctic in 2016 — NASA Marks Hottest January Ever Recorded

Antiwar (Grant Smith) – Department of Justice Wears Many Hats in NUMEC Affair

A sieve like a barn door…

Japan TimesNRA, Tepco agree to start frozen underground wall at Fukushima No. 1 in stages

ENENewsNuclear Expert in Japan: Plutonium “is everywhere… it is everywhere” after Fukushima reactors exploded — It’s being redeposited in “unanticipated” locations — “Black radioactive dust just wherever you go” — “It’s running right into Pacific Ocean”

Once the half-lives have run out….

33rd SquareNew Storage Technique Could Preserve Data for Billions of Years

Science AlertApollo 10 astronauts heard eerie ‘music’ on the far side of the Moon, NASA audio reveals

NatureMysterious radio burst pinpointed in distant galaxy

Science NewsQuantum histories get all tangled up

Truth TheoryStephen Hawking Warns Humanity: Leave Earth Before The Ruling Class Destroys It

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Headlines of interest, early to mid February 2016…

N.Y.TimesPrepare for ‘Guerrilla Warfare’ With Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes, Experts Warn

What is Clapper telling us?..

MIT Technology ReviewTop U.S. Intelligence Official Calls Gene Editing a WMD Threat

Although the report doesn’t mention CRISPR by name, Clapper clearly had the newest and the most versatile of the gene-editing systems in mind. The CRISPR technique’s low cost and relative ease of use—the basic ingredients can be bought online for $60—seems to have spooked intelligence agencies.

“Research in genome editing conducted by countries with different regulatory or ethical standards than those of Western countries probably increases the risk of the creation of potentially harmful biological agents or products,” the report said.

The concern is that biotechnology is a “dual use” technology—meaning normal scientific developments could also be harnessed as weapons. The report noted that new discoveries “move easily in the globalized economy, as do personnel with the scientific expertise to design and use them.”

Clapper didn’t lay out any particular bioweapons scenarios, but scientists have previously speculated about whether CRISPR could be used to make “killer mosquitoes,” plagues that wipe out staple crops, or even a virus that snips at people’s DNA.

PLOS ONE (March 27, 2015) – Heritable CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Genome Editing in the Yellow Fever Mosquito, Aedes aegypti

Cell (April 7, 2015) – Genome Engineering with CRISPR-Cas9 in the Mosquito Aedes aegypti

Aedes aegypti survives winters in D.C…

Voice of AmericaType of Mosquito that Carries Zika Virus Found in Washington, DC

Lest we forget who came up with this bright idea…

Aftermath News (AFP Oct. 22, 2008) – ‘Flying syringe’ mosquitos get Bill Gates funding

Activist Post (Jon Rappoport) – Zika: GE Mosquitoes Bite, Deliver Flying Vaccine?

GreenMedinfo (Jagannath Chatterjee) – What is the Zika Virus Epidemic Covering Up?

GMWatchArgentine and Brazilian doctors name larvicide as potential cause of microcephaly

In other international news…

Radio HavanaHeads of Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches Meet in Havana

Reflections of Fidel – Luchar por la paz es el deber más sagrado de todos los seres humanos

UPIRussia, North Korea issue warnings against THAAD deployment

NK NewsN.Korea successfully placed satellite into orbit: MND

NBCNorth Korean satellite ‘tumbling out of control,’ US officials say

North Korea Leadership WatchThe Fall of Ri Yong Gil

The following raises similar issues as we have raised in our ongoing coverage of Bilal Erdogan’s BMZ Group fleet…

The Take AwayDangerous Waters: New Report Calls for More Security at Sea

New data from shipping routes across the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean reveals that little oversight exists for ships and vessels entering European ports after passing through questionable terrorist hot beds, like Syria and Libya.

The Financial Times and Winward, an Israeli maritime intelligence company, uncovered a number of vulnerabilities in the international maritime industry. In one case, a cargo ship switched off its location and transmitting signals while sailing near the coast of Tunisia. In another, a ship departing from Genoa, Spain, made a 500 nautical mile detour off the coast of Africa, where it stopped and lingered before returning to it’s original destination in Portugal.

ThereAreNoSunglasses (translation of Faros24) – Greek Authorities Arrest 2 British-Iraqis Driving Vanloads of Guns and Ammo In Alexandroupolis

Russia and Saudi Strike Compromise On Oil Production, Despite Threatened Confrontation In Syria

Pentagon Commandos Into Syria?—Arab Special Forces Coming In the Back Door To WWIII

Times of IndiaSaudi Arabia moves troops to Turkey as ‘base for Syria invasion’

Russia InsiderRussia Has Destroyed the CIA’s Arms Smuggling Operation in Syria

South FrontFalse Truce

Military Analysis: The Turkish 2nd Army. Invasion Force for Syria?

RTTurkish forces shell Kurdish camp in Syria, reportedly hit govt forces

Erdogan threatened to ‘open doors to Greece and Bulgaria’ and flood EU with migrants – report

In other words, Erdogan threatens to escalate the rape of Europa…

Daily MailMigrant rape fears spread across Europe: Women told not to go out at night alone after assaults carried out in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland amid warnings gangs are co-ordinating attacks

But not only in Europe…

Al MonitorWhy did Erdogan’s bodyguards beat up these Ecuadorian women?

On Feb. 4, Erdogan gave a speech at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales (National Higher Studies Institute) in Ecuador’s capital, Quito. During his speech, a group of female protesters were heard screaming “Fuera Ecuador Erdogan” (“Get out of Ecuador, Erdogan”) and “Asesino” (“Murderer”). Some of the protesters had “asesino” written on their hands as well. Their protest lasted less than a minute before they were brutally attacked by Erdogan’s Turkish bodyguards. The women were forcefully removed from the room and claimed to have been assaulted; the bodyguards punched their heads, vaginas and breasts. As the female protesters were being dragged out of the auditorium, Erdogan said, “As we see now, there are sometimes disrespectful characters as well. Appropriate responses will always be taken to handle these disrespectful people.”

UN arms Libyan women with gun-safety knowledge

Five years on, displaced Libyans languish in camps

Israeli slip of the tongue embarrasses Egypt

Zero Hedge10,000 Greek Farmers Stage Massive Revolt In Athens, Destroy Police Cars

Oregon LiveNevada rancher Cliven Bundy arrested by FBI in Portland

Boiling Frogs Post (Todd Macfarlane) – View from the Trenches…

What is the Difference Between Occupy Malheur and a Rainbow Family Gathering?

Whiskey instead of LSD?

ReutersOregon standoff ends after 41 days with dramatic surrender

Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan

San Antonio Express-NewsSenior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas ranch

Zero HedgeJustice Scalia Found Dead “With Pillow Over His Head”, But No Autopsy Ordered

Sentinel SunFeds deceived us about billionaire sex offender’s ‘sweetheart deal,’ teen victims say

BloombergNew Hampshire Bucks the Establishment to Back Trump and Sanders

Black Box VotingCaucus Integrity 2016

Dissident Voice (Greg Palast) – Who Hatched Rubio?

Miami New TimesMarco’s Porn Connection

Wayne Madsen ReportFebruary 4-5, 2016 — Rubio’s “excellent” London vacation

Whenever a noted politician from overseas, especially one running for president of the United States, visits Britain, Britain’s intelligence services take note and conduct protective surveillance of the individual…

WMR’s London sources report that Rubio made an interesting side trip while in London meeting Tory politicians. Rubio allegedly made a nighttime visit to London’s Soho district, which is also the city’s gay neighborhood. British intelligence was both amused and concerned about the senator’s cavorting around Soho. In any event, the security services made a note of the Rubio visit to Soho for future reference.

LaRouchePACLawsuits Spotlight Obama’s Protection of British Crown Jewel’s HSBC Drug Running and Criminality

ReutersWikiLeaks’ Assange ‘arbitrarily detained’ in embassy, U.N. panel to say

BoingBoingSnowden intelligence docs reveal UK spooks’ malware checklist

Tim ShorrockCryptome’s searing critique of Snowden Inc.

Brain Preservation FoundationNewly invented Aldehyde-Stabilized Cryopreservation procedure wins Brain Preservation Prize

ENENewsExperts: Formaldehyde is spewing from massive LA gas leak — “Very dangerous for public”… methane turning into embalming fluid — Can make your body “start digesting itself” — Company knows this is happening and should warn us… Obviously they don’t want you to know about it

CBS: Radiation leak “getting worse” at nuclear plant near NYC — Levels increase over 120,000%, almost 15 million pCi/L — Governor: “Extremely disconcerting” — Expert: I don’t think they know where it’s coming from — Radioactive Antimony now being detected

DWScientists say they have confirmed Einstein space-time theory

Caltech (Youtube) – The Sound of Two Black Holes Colliding