Ever Closer To War

Authored by Brian Cloughley via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has warned that the likelihood of a catastrophic nuclear war is closer than since 1953. As explained by the Bulletin, in 1947 it devised the Doomsday Clock «using the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion (countdown to zero) to convey threats to humanity and the planet».

Each year «the decision to move (or to leave in place) the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock is made by the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board in consultation with its Board of Sponsors, which includes 15 Nobel laureates». In 1953 the Clock was at two minutes to midnight. In the worst years of the cold war it was at 3 minutes to midnight when, in 1984 it was recorded that «US-Soviet relations reach their iciest point in decades. Dialogue between the two superpowers virtually stops. Every channel of communications has been constricted or shut down; every form of contact has been attenuated or cut off...»

And now, in 2017, it is apparent that channels of communication with Russia are being deliberately cut off — and the hands of the Doomsday Clock have been placed at just two-and-a-half minutes from midnight.

Disaster looms.

And as it looms, the United States Senate is heightening its global confrontational approach and announced that it intends to penalise Russia for a number of supposed misdemeanours.

Senator Lindsey Graham told CBS News that the Senate will «punish Russia for interfering in our elections» — concerning which allegation there has not been one shred of proof provided by anyone. All-embracing inquiries are under way, of course, but be assured that if there were the slightest, tiniest, most microscopic morsel of actual proof of any interference, it would by now have been leaked to the media and made headline news.

Senator Graham excelled himself by telling President Trump, via CBS News, that «You’re the commander in chief. You need to stand up to Russia. We’re never going to reset our relationship with Russia until we punish them for trying to destroy democracy. And that starts with more sanctions».

Then the CBS interviewer brought up the subject of the many inquiries into allegations of Trump-Russia plotting and mentioned that a Democrat had said the investigations were a «fishing expedition... What’s your response to that?»

The Senator replied «That’s not your, none of your business. We’re going to do what we think is best. The Russians interfered in our election. They’re doing it all over the world. No evidence yet that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. I don’t believe the president colluded with the Russians, just because of the way he behaves. There's zero evidence that President Trump did anything wrong with the Russians. There’s overwhelming evidence that Russia is trying to destroy democracy here and abroad. And if you forgive and forget with Putin, you’re going to get more of the same and you’re going to entice Iran and China to come in 2018 and 2020».

The US Senate believes there is «zero evidence» that President Trump had help from Russia in his election campaign — which is true — but also thinks there is «overwhelming evidence» that Russia is trying to influence voting in America, although there is not a shred of proof to that effect.

The Senator spoke with the authority, force and majesty of the US Senate, and the world has to accept that his pronouncements represent the wishes of the legislators of his mighty nation which is intent on imposing harsher sanctions on Russia. As observed by Forbes, the new Bill «punishes Russian oil and gas firms even more than the current sanctions regime... Russia has no friends on Capitol Hill».

It is intriguing that the sanctions focus on oil and gas production, and Bloomberg reported that Germany and Austria consider «the measures sought to bolster US economic interests and included an unacceptable intervention in the region’s energy sector». In an unprecedented expression — indeed, explosion — of disapproval, Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austria’s Chancellor Christian Kern said in a joint statement that «Europe’s energy supply is a matter for Europe, not the United States of America... instruments for political sanctions should not be tied to economic interests» and that the Senate’s amendment heralded a »new and very negative quality in European-American relations».

As London’s Financial Times reported, «the Russia sanctions outline opposition to Nord Stream 2, a pipeline that will double capacity for Gazprom... to supply gas to Europe under the Baltic Sea. The measures could affect European energy companies, including Shell, Engie and OMV, which are financing the pipeline. Shares in all four companies tumbled on Thursday».

Washington’s mission of lucrative destruction was partly achieved, but that’s where we come to the essence of the matter. The part of the Sanctions Bill involving Russia was an add-on to a series of vindictive measures against Iran, but it seemed a good idea to also sanction Russia’s oil and gas production, because nobody would benefit more than the oil and gas companies of the United States.

Bloomberg explained that the Nord Stream pipeline «would compete with US exports of liquefied natural gas to Europe». And the Senate made it plain that the US government «should prioritize the export of United States energy resources in order to create American jobs, help United States allies and partners, and strengthen United States foreign policy».

It’s difficult to see how the Senate’s arrogant dabbling might «help allies and partners,» but those in America who own energy resources and want to continue making vast profits continue to help their allies and partners in the Senate and the House. Without their financial support, many legislators would never have got to Washington.

As recorded by Open Secrets, companies closely associated with oil and gas production gave US politicians over fifty million dollars in 2015-2016 to help their democratic election:

Top Contributors, 2015-2016

Source: By kind permission of the Center for Responsive Politics

And Senator Lindsay Graham was given a bundle by many commercial organisations, headed by Nelson, Mullins, whose $254,247 in 1993-2016 no doubt helped him along the way. Nelson Mullins, incidentally, has attorneys who «have experience in advising electrical and pipeline providers on legal matters». Then he got $175,605 from SCANA, which is «a $9 billion energy-based holding company, based in Cayce, South Carolina... Its businesses include... natural gas utility operations and other energy-related businesses». Another of Senator Graham’s generous sponsors is the Fluor Corporation ($94,801) which «understands the critical success factors driving onshore oil and gas production and terminal businesses, providing practical solutions to maximize project investment».

It doesn’t matter to these people, or to the legislators they’ve bought with their donations, that the Doomsday Clock has ticked closer to the midnight of Armageddon, and that the hostile approach of the United States is alienating a proud nation that can take only so much before it reacts against Washington’s aggressive confrontation. The sleazy hypocrisy of US legislators is legendary, but it is their ignorance greed and arrogance that are worrying.

While Senator Graham was dancing to the tune of his oil angels, the Washington Post reported that seven percent of American adults believe chocolate milk comes from brown cows. That is «16.4 million misinformed, milk-drinking people». The representative of FoodCorps which encourages sensible nourishment said this was unfortunate, and «We still get kids who are surprised that a French fry comes from a potato, or that a pickle is a cucumber. Knowledge is power. Without it, we can’t make informed decisions».

Just like the US Senate.


doctor10 Four chan Thu, 06/22/2017 - 06:27 Permalink

Fed.gov has prostituted itself and us as collateral in worldwide international entanglements the Founders warned against.

It has corrupted the USA and its oligarchy beyond their own redemption-and perhaps that of the entire country. The only question remaining is whether or not such carelessness incinerates the world

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jack stephan Thu, 06/22/2017 - 02:30 Permalink

Cute, real cute are you selling ads rd.  No one will get melted, money is the source, fulcrum, leverage and prediction.  No country wants bloody war, they puff up like a blowfish, and beat the chest like king Kong on Turkish coffees.But overall, nothing will happen, why?Because we would ashes by now already, in some cosmic powerplay that never seems to happen.Maybe, some day. Big bank wants to still be big bank, all the fear stops the spice from flowing That's not an option, and no one wants to be on the heavy losses side. It's theatrics, like the Nicholas brothers tap dancing In black face, financial entertainment Now kids, I'm going to listen to ball of confusion by the temptations, and late nite text bimbos, I hope you have a stable for entertainment as well.

Jubal Early (not verified) Thu, 06/22/2017 - 02:28 Permalink

The Rothschilds and the Rockefellers basically divided up the worlds oil supplies at the turn of the last century.  Ever since one can basically consider it to be the (((oil and gas industry))), so it is no surprise that all these companies support the never ending global war for greater israel.If they want to get to the bottom of the political control of the west, they should drill for hebrews by tracing the ownership of all these corporations down to the individual owners.

buttmint Thu, 06/22/2017 - 02:33 Permalink

USA is disgracing itself to the World in new and imaginative ways to the point way past farce and comedy.

Until US congressmen kids come home in a body bag will their high-falutin' bullshit have any gravitas.
America has hosed itself and the world.
China and Russia do not wish to be blamed for Armageddon so casually promoted in MSM.

We are painting ourselves into a corner, reducing our options to get along with our planet's neighbors.
Shame on America.

Xredsx Thu, 06/22/2017 - 03:21 Permalink

Could be worse,  it be religion that will get the blame again and the survivors will believe in this narrative because the people who know the truth are to busy trying to make a profit from all of this chaos.

gespiri Thu, 06/22/2017 - 03:38 Permalink

You know what's funnier?  About 80% of the US population think there's something wrong with the country and most of them won't do a damn thing about it.

RafterManFMJ gespiri Thu, 06/22/2017 - 04:21 Permalink

I don't believe that 7% milk brown cow bullshit. What I do believe is the average American is so disgusted with the media they take great joy in lying in any poll or survey as a personal fuck you! and minor way to throw a wrench into the system.I know I've not answered any poll or survey honestly in 20 years. Fuck 'em.

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moorewasthebestbond (not verified) Thu, 06/22/2017 - 04:18 Permalink

Three years of 10,000+ shredded civilians and soliders in Ukraine, followed up by an article "Closer to War".

dogismycopilot Thu, 06/22/2017 - 06:03 Permalink

At this point, I think nuclear war between the US and Russia is pretty much guaranteed.President Trump has picked a couple of Russia Haters for Key Roles in Department of Statehttps://sputniknews.com/us/201706221054867875-united-states-state-depar… Hillhttps://www.brookings.edu/experts/fiona-hill/ Wess Mitchellhttp://cepa.org/experts/a-wess-mitchellI am not sure if he and Rex did this on purpose, but they seem to have picked two people that the Russians will hate MORE than the Obama  retards. 

Totally_Disill… Thu, 06/22/2017 - 06:39 Permalink

And the establishment is condeming Trump, Putin and Xi collaborating.   They are the only ones trying to avert WWIII - the establishment/deep state/central bankers desperately need a war to stablize their power over markets, govts and the people.

Centerist Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:09 Permalink

Funny enough, the source "Open Secrets" that the author cites shows the oil and natural resources sector as being #9 of 13 different interest group categories.https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/Check it out, yourself.  Putting a chart of donors associated with the oil industry on the page without showing those donors in context with other groups is pretty disingenuous.The Strategic Culture Foundation is a bad joke.  Only they could take a single interview with a senator who is rapidly losing credibility and use that as the foundation of another article predicting our impending doom.

secretargentman Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:34 Permalink

Since it started, the "Doomsday Clock" has never been more than 17 minutes from midnight. 11:43 PM. I'd find it more credible if we'd had periods of time in the evening or even the afternoon. Seems like the "clock" is just a tool to keep people fearful and compliant, rather than an honest assessment of the situation. 

AE911Truth Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:32 Permalink

Call me nuts if you want, but after Dr. Greer's SiriusDisclosure at the National Press Club on May 9, 2001, this is not so crazy.Conversation with an ET.Project Blue Book June 1964Declassified by CarterQuestioner: State Planet of Origin.ET Answer: EarthQuestioner: Yesterday you told us you traveled...and I quote ..."Thousands of light years to get here"ET Answer: YesQuestioner: Tell us the truth or (indiscernible)ET Answer: It is truth. I am from Earth.From your future.To travel in time is to travel in space.Offset spacial divergence.Questioner: So I take it the aliens took over our future?ET Answer: No. Questioner: So you're human.ET Answer: An evolutionary descendant.Questioner: So you evolved from us?ET Answer: Yes. Questioner: So what are you doing here? Now?ET Answer: Observing. Since evidence was destroyed. Questioner: How?ET Answer: Nuclear...war. Small numbers survived. Our ancestors. Questioner: How about we concentrate on your time. ET Answer: You are not capable of comprehending...or accepting...the discoveries of my time.Questioner: Try me.ET Answer: The origin of the universe......the nature of so called life......it is known.Questioner: So you know the meaning of life?ET Answer: Not meaning. Nature.Questioner: What's the difference?ET Answer: Meaning is something that is ascribed.Nature is the objective reality.Questioner: So you know how the universe is created?ET Answer: Yes.Questioner: So you've seen God?ET Answer: We evoved past a need for superstition. The need for a God and other myths.Questioner: Illuminate us. What happens when we die?ET Answer: Death is a human construct. It does not exist. You will experience...and have experienced. ...every instance of so called life. You. Me. Him. We are instances of the same life. Separated by what you call death. Questioner: So let me get this straight. There is no death...and we all experience each others lives?ET Answer: In essence, yes.Questioner: So, how was the universe created and...why is it so perfectly made for us?ET Answer: There are an infinite number of universes...each with different physical properties. Virtually all do not support life...such as you know it. We exist in a universe that does support...so called life. That is all.Questioner: Moving on. So why do we destroy ourselves with nuclear war?ET Answer: Dogma. Questioner: Can you be more specific.ET Answer: Political and religious dogma. It is the root of all major conflicts of your species. In your next century...access to weaponry of mass destruction...by states that are ruled by dogma...will destroy your species.Questioner: One last thing. What about morality?What do you base your morality on?ET Answer: Compassion...and evidence.Questioner: I see. That's it. Thank you.Source: https://youtu.be/G2xXu8_2Exo

Erwin643 Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:35 Permalink

"It's all the Russians fault!! We're holier than thou. How dare they interfere with our elections (Like we have for decades, or prevented them from happening at all (Vietnam, El Salvador, etc.).!!!!!"This is how empires collapse, folks.

tbone10 (not verified) Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:50 Permalink

Words on the street assets are in place, that will make the neocons 911 power grab look like childs play

SurfinUSA Thu, 06/22/2017 - 19:40 Permalink

The Neo-Cons have heads full of infested bat guano.  The rabies inside has swarmed through what's left of their minds.  Now we are dealing with a pack of rabid dogs that are going to achieve their eugenics measured in megatonnage.