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Israel is acting as al-Qaeda's airforce again...

Israeli warplanes bomb Syrian forces while Al-Qaeda blitzes their positions
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Ohh, so you are against the government providing incentive to invest in poverty stricken areas.

lol, you don't read what you post
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That would be an awesome name for German doom metal band.

Or a video game.

Or a new enemy / cult in Game of Thrones.
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Old 06-25-2017, 11:00 AM
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'Pizzagate' gunman sentenced to four years in prison, as prosecutors urged judge to deter vigilante justice - The Washington Post
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Old 06-25-2017, 04:33 PM
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Al-Qaeda attacked a Syrian Arab Army position in Madinat al-Baath (map) next to the Israel occupied Golan heights. Al-Qaeda requested Israeli fire-support by launching some mortars towards empty space in the Israel occupied area. The Israeli Defense Force accepted the request and destroyed two Syrian Arab Army tanks. Two Syrian soldiers were killed. The SAA held steady and the al-Qaeda attack on its position failed.

This was very easy to predict. Israel has supported al-Qaeda in the area since at least 2014. The al-Qaeda fire-request-by-mortar scheme has been in place for at least three years. In October 2014 the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which back then still covered the area, reported to the UN Security Council:

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On 23 June [2014], Israel targeted nine Syrian army positions with tank fire and air strikes after mortar fire from the Syrian side the previous day killed an Israeli civilian. Israel’s assessment is that most of these incidents are due to errant fire resulting from fighting in Syria. Israel said that armed opposition groups were probably responsible but that its forces fired on Syrian military positions to stress that Syria was responsible for security on its side of the ceasefire line.
The UN observers mentioned the "black flags" the "rebels" were using. The "rebels" in that area are al-Qaeda forces. This "fire support request by mortar" scheme has been repeated again and again.
MoA - Israel's Fire Support For Its Al-Qaeda Mercenaries Started Three Years Ago
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And btw: Israel Conducts More Airstrikes On Syrian Army Targets, Destroys Vehicle With Wounded Soldiers
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Old 06-26-2017, 12:05 AM
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This conversation was provided to Seymour Hersh. It is betweeen a security adviser and an active US American soldier on duty on a key operational base about the events in Khan Sheikhoun. We have made abbreviations: American soldier (AS) and Security Advisor (SA). WELT AM SONNTAG is aware of the location of the deployment. For security reasons, certain details of military operations have been omitted.

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American Soldier: We got a fuckin‘ problem

Security-Adviser: What happened? Is it the Trump ignoring the Intel and going to try to hit the Syrians? And that we’re pissing on the Russians?

AS: This is bad...Things are spooling up.

SA: You may not have seen trumps press conference yesterday. He's bought into the media story without asking to see the Intel. We are likely to get our asses kicked by the Russians. Fucking dangerous. Where are the godamn adults? The failure of the chain of command to tell the President the truth, whether he wants to hear it or not, will go down in history as one of our worst moments.

AS: I don't know. None of this makes any sense. We KNOW that there was no chemical attack. The Syrians struck a weapons cache (a legitimate military target) and there was collateral damage. That's it. They did not conduct any sort of a chemical attack.
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Old 06-26-2017, 01:25 AM
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That conversation sounds unnatural to me, like they're providing exposition for an audience.
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Old 06-26-2017, 02:20 AM
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Oh God. Overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, killing more than 150 | World news | The Guardian
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:03 AM
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:23 AM
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Meanwhile in BC:

Sikhs celebrate B.C. woman's 'inspiring' appointment as first turbaned judge in Canada - British Columbia - CBC News
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China landslide: more than 100 people feared dead in village disaster | World news | The Guardian

More than 40 homes and a hotel, in a village in Sichuan province
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That conversation sounds unnatural to me, like they're providing exposition for an audience.
It does at that, if it wasn't Seymour Hersh in Die Welt, I would have dismissed it (even though it is probably exactly what happened).
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More high-rises fail fire safety tests - BBC News

Every tower is failing their safety test so far.
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More high-rises fail fire safety tests - BBC News

Every tower is failing their safety test so far.
Meanwhile,

Tower cladding tests after Grenfell fire lack transparency, say experts | UK news | The Guardian

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“The government is fundamentally flawed in its use of the BRE to conduct overly simplistic and limited fire test samples and not the complete cladding assembly,” said Stephen Mackenzie, a fire risk consultant. “The small scale tests on external panels need to to be extended to a full disassembly.”

He said he had observed the removal of panels in three locations, including in Camden, and said he was worried that “we could be pulling off cladding systems that are potentially OK”.
My first assumption is that these "fire risk consultants" are shills for the low-cost building industry, the building-industrial complex if you will. But it is true that the fire risk to a whole building is not the same when there are proper firebreaks between panels of cladding. I'm all for some transparency.

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One architect responsible for some of the projects where cladding has been ruled to have failed, asked: “What are they testing to what standard? This could be a massively costly and disruptive error to thousands of residents.”
Or self-serving arse-covering cowards.

But my other assumption, which may simultaneously be true, is that the "Government" is engaging in a lot of "Activity" to deflect accusations of not doing anything, while not actually doing the right things. Not enough talk about sprinkler systems or escape routes, for example.
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The White House is claiming to have 'evidence' that the Assad regime is preparing for 'another' chemical attack, the Pentagon denies it and Trump is ignoring the whole thing...

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Five separate figures (including one at CENTCOM) told BuzzFeed they had no idea where an attack would come from and that they were unprepared for the White House statement. Later, an unnamed White House official slammed “anonymous leaks” and asserted that “all relevant agencies” (namely the State Department, Department of Defense, CIA, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence) had been involved prior to the statement.
Trump's erratic Syria policy just got even more jumbled
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'I get knocked down': man hit by bus gets back up again and heads to pub | UK news | The Guardian

Fine example of why a little terrorism just will never get Britain into a big panic.
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Well, if this is a surprise to you, you have not paid attention: Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children - ProPublica
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MoA noticed something that was my first thought too:

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The lunatic U.S. ambassador to the UN jumped in to make it clear that it does not matter who commits whatever crime in Syria, Takfiris, the U.S. or Israel, it will be the Syrian, Russian and Iranian governments who will held guilty of it:

Nikki Haley‏ @nikkihaley - 2:36 AM - 27 Jun 2017
Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.
MoA - White House Says It Will Fake "Chemical Weapon Attack" In Syria

That is exactly what she is saying and pretty much how Israel does it: let someone provide the excuse and we will bomb Assad.
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Deposed Saudi Prince Is Said to Be Confined to Palace - The New York Times

Well this is interesting.
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NASA Denies That It’s Running a Child Slave Colony on Mars

America needs some Patriots to grab their AR-15s and investigate Mars.
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