Who Killed Boris Nemtsov?
Things have shaken out predictably: The mainstreamers scream "Putin diddit!" without bothering with evidence, while the non-mainstreamers scream "False flag!" without bothering with evidence. Justin Raimondo argues that evidence
-- not narrative, not weltanschauung -- is what truly counts.
Funny how political murders in the US – the Kennedy brothers, Martin Luther King – are invariably the work of a “lone nut,” but in Russia it’s always the Putin government...
Yet even Putin’s enemies, with some alarm, are now throwing doubt on the West’s conventional wisdom.
Speaking of the murder, Irina Khakamada, who co-founded with Nemtsov the opposition Solidarity Party, while blaming "the climate of intimidation," also warned that "the murder could herald a dangerous destabilization," according to Talking Points Memo. "It’s a provocation that is clearly not in Putin’s interests, it’s aimed at rocking the situation."
Putin eerily predicted this possibility in a comment made three years ago when he suggested that his enemies were not above murdering a prominent opposition figure so they could blame it on him.
The truth is likely a bit more prosaic.
Nemtsov’s enemies were legion: aside from Putin and his supporters, there are the more extreme nationalists who think Putin is a sell-out. Nemtsov’s open support for the Ukrainian government against his own country generated the kind of hatred antiwar activists had to endure during the Vietnam war: think Jane Fonda upon her return from Hanoi. Perhaps a bit more lethal are the oligarchs threatened by Nemtsov’s reform program – a series of "anti-corruption" measures ultimately aborted by his mentor, Boris Yeltsin.
There's a lot more on the other end of that link. I've not always been a Raimondo fan, but this is damned good writing. He ends the piece on this important note:
Putin is no angel, but if you want to see devils just look at his probable successors – no, not the Putinists, none of whom have the stature to measure up to the original, but the outright fascists and ultra-nationalists who will take full advantage of Washington’s open hostility. Add to this the fact that Russia, while nowhere near the power it once was, yet retains its nuclear arsenal, and you have all the makings of a global calamity in progress.
Google as arbiter of truth.
Google previously would rank a website based on links, but now they will give a site top ranking if it tells "the truth" -- as Google defines truth
. The example given involves anti-vaccination campaigners, whose sites supposedly outrank pro-vaccination websites. (Actually, that's not true
A Google research team is adapting that model to measure the trustworthiness of a page, rather than its reputation across the web. Instead of counting incoming links, the system – which is not yet live – counts the number of incorrect facts within a page. "A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy," says the team (arxiv.org/abs/1502.03519v1). The score they compute for each page is its Knowledge-Based Trust score.
The software works by tapping into the Knowledge Vault, the vast store of facts that Google has pulled off the internet. Facts the web unanimously agrees on are considered a reasonable proxy for truth. Web pages that contain contradictory information are bumped down the rankings.
Insert standard Orwell reference here.
The vaccination thing is just a gimmick, a false issue designed to make the new system look reasonable. These people are motivated by other concerns. They want to rewrite history -- to rewrite reality itself -- without appearing to be censors.
I immediately flashed on the JFK assassination. Twenty years ago, all major newspapers routinely referred to Oswald as the "accused assassin" or the "presumed assassin." Now he is called the assassin
, with no caveats. That's an important change, and it wasn't brought about by any new evidence. (All the new evidence has gone in the other direction.) Newsweek published a cover story which grandly announced that only three bullets
were fired in Dealey Plaza. Newsweek refused to mention that the author of that story, Max Holland, has undeniable links to the CIA
. Newsweek also did not mention that no less an authority than J. Edgar Hoover refused to go along
with the "three bullets" fable.
I wrote the preceding paragraph to ask you people one question: Do you think that Google's Knowledge Vault -- a.k.a., the Ministry of Truth -- will allow any front-page links to websites such as CTKA (which has experienced a surprising readership growth)?
To cite a more recent example: Do you think that the new Ministry of Truth will allow any front-page links to stories about the true origins of the Ukraine crisis?
If we google the words "CIA funded Google" will the new Ministry of Truth allow us to see the truth
"I, for one, welcome our new Israeli overlords!"
You gotta read this one
. At least read the headline. I always enjoy it when the True Power decides to stop operating behind the scenes: "Here I am! Deal with me!" The honesty is refreshing.
It has become very clear that Bibi wants us to wage war on Iran on Israel's behalf. And he will do anything -- anything
-- to get that war.
So what is with Obama? There are signs that the puppet is snapping his strings, and I honestly don't think he wants to fight Bibi's war. (Or rather, another one of
Bibi's wars.) Intelligence sharing has been ramped down. I believe that Obama personally engineered the leak of the Mossad report indicating that Iran has no nuclear program, contradicting Bibi's Big Lie to the UN.
Good stuff. I like it.
So why this?
One possible answer: The Hillary Factor.
Hillary's secret email account.
Let's be honest: If a Republican did this
, we'd be worried. Actually, Republicans have
done exactly that.
The most important point here is sub-textual: If the NYT has turned against Hillary Clinton, then we should suspect that she has privately revealed to her closest aides that, if elected, she will do things that she cannot now state out loud. Of course, nothing
is truly private these days.
It's worth noting that the hacker Guccifer -- best known for revealing Dubya's paintings, which he obviously wanted the world to know about anyways -- targeted the private emails between Hillary and Sidney Blumenthal. News accounts always fail to mention the fact that Sidney is the father of the courageous Max Blumenthal, who has become Israel's most important American critic.
Something is there
. I'm not sure what. But it's...something.
The Clintons' relationship to the Blumenthal family is one of the reasons why I'm starting to re-warm to the idea of a Hillary presidency.