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Porkins Policy Radio episode 196 How to be a cult leader with Jon Atack and Sam Atack

This week Jon Atack and Sam Atack joined me to discuss their new videos series Think Like a Cult Leader. Jon and Sam described how their criteria for being a “successful cult leader” matches up with so many people currently in positions of power today. We also talked about Sam’s prank creation his own cult “The Unification Church of Saminanity” and how he was able to persuade 50 people to join. We then discussed the issue of impulsivity among cult leaders and how this affects their actions. We talked about how this behavior, and the trend of extreme boredom. We closed out the first hour by focusing on how this might influence future generations and cult groups alike.

In the second hour, we discussed the destructive influence of the Christian fundamentalist group “The Family” and their late leader David Coe. We talked about how the group developed a far-reaching influence in America and abroad. We finished off the hour by talking about the political situation in Xinjiang. We talked about the repression of Uighur’s and the use of re-education camps by the Chinese government. Jon and I discussed the cult-like devotion among the political left when discussing China. We also talked about the real threat of extremist groups like the East Turkestan Islamic Movement and how the Chinese government exploiting them.

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Show Notes:

Opening Minds YouTube channel

Think like a cult leader

An introduction to Saminanity

Further thoughts on Saminanity

Mind Control Made Easy (or how to become a cult leader)

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The Ochelli Effect – Golden Hong Kong Phooey

From Ochelli.com

Mike Swanson discusses the Fall of The American Empire and how it compares to the collapse of the Roman Empire. Is there a Goldfinger-Style plan in play regarding the current rough waters on the financial seas? Is There Gold in them their shills?

Pearse Redmond discussed with Chuck the strange actions observed in the protests shown on the streets of Hong Kong? Is this merely business as usual? Can anyone really sort out the real story behind the street action?

The show could have gone on, but we needed to stop somewhere.

For show notes please visit Ochelli.com

Porkins Policy Radio episode 182 Call in show on Sudan uprising, 9/11 exploitation, Assange and more

This week I opened up the phone lines and did a call in show. We had friend of the show Jon Gold call in to discuss the recent attacks on Ilhan Omar and the continued exploitation of 9/11 trauma. Jon talked about the recent spate of politicians and media figures invoking 9/11 and the “Never Forget” mantra to score political points. Later Kai called in to talk about the political situation in Sudan. We discussed the recent coup which has removed long time leader Omar al- Bashir, and the grassroots protest movement that fomented this change. Kai and I touched on the lack of overt western interference in Sudan and speculated on what this may mean. We also touched on the politics of water and the importance of the Nile River. Kai also talked about the background role that Israel and the Gulf are playing in Sudan.

Friend of show JG Michael of Parallax Views also called in to discuss Julian Assange and the strange media fascination with the Notre Dame fire. JG and I touched on why we dislike Assange but also fear the repercussions of extraditing him and the threat to journalism that it poses. I rounded out the show by talking with listener Thor in Switzerland. We discussed the role that private finance and corporations are playing in Africa and the negative effect they can have. Thor and I also touched on the concept of micro-financing. I finish the show by answering some listener questions from good friend of the show Curtis.

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Show Notes:

U.S. officially designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group

Sudan crisis: Protest leaders demand end of ‘deep state’

Saudi Arabia, Israel, US All Sought Bashir’s Ouster: So How Real Was the Sudan Revolution?

Sudan uprising: ‘We hope for a real military coup’

Struggle Over the Nile – Legacy of dispute

Struggle Over the Nile – Tension and suspicion

Struggle over the Nile – Masters no more

UAE welcomes appointment of Al-Burhan new head of Sudan’s transitional military council

Ousted Sudan president Omar al-Bashir imprisoned by military authorities

Security footage shows Julian Assange skateboarding inside Ecuadorian Embassy

Counterpunch Radio – Barrett Brown – Episode 109

Breaking Down the Hacking Case Against Julian Assange

Parallax Views – Ep. 81: Journalist Jenna Orkin on 9/11’s Deadly Dust

Parallax Views – Ep. 82: Bobbie Brown on Modeling, Dating Rock Stars, & Life on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip

Porkins Policy Radio episode 153 Pakistan elections and James Wolfe, Ali Watkins Scandal with Kevin Gosztola

In the first hour I go solo and talk about the recent elections in Pakistan and Imran Khan’s rise to power. I talk about Khan’s political party and how they they were able to take 116 seats in Parliament and elevate Khan to Prime Minister. I discuss Khan’s colorful life as well. I also discuss my major takeaways from the election: why the military backed Khan, how Khan will interact with the Taliban going forward, and the complex relationship with China and their China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. I also address the question over whether Khan is Pakistan’s Donald Trump.

In the second hour Kevin Gosztola joins me to talk about the strange case of James A Wolfe who has been accused of lying to the FBI about conversations he had journalists. Kevin explains why the FBI is going after the former head of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the larger implications behind this case. We discuss the indictment against him and the extreme measures the FBI has taken against journalist Ali Watkins. Kevin talks about Watkins career and the troubling fact that the FBI seized years worth of her phone, email, and text records. Later we talk about Watkins three year relationship with Wolfe and the nasty way in which the media has discussed this salacious aspect of the case.

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Show Notes:

Results: Pakistan elections 2018

Imran Khan says will take oath as premier on Aug 11

Pakistan election: Rival parties reject result and call for new poll

PML-N, PPP convince MMA to join parliament, form ‘grand opposition alliance’

Pims private ward where Nawaz is under treatment declared sub-jail

Imran Khan Is Pakistan’s Donald Trump. Here’s What That Means for Relations Between Their Countries

Impatient Trump drives U.S. push for peace talks in Afghanistan

What will Pakistan’s new leader Imran Khan deliver for China?

US vs James Wolfe Indictment

Picking Up Where Obama’s War On Leaks Left Off: Trump Justice Department Seizes Reporters’ Records

How an Affair Between a Reporter and a Security Aide Has Rattled Washington Media

Why the New York Times’ public shaming of Ali Watkins reeks of sexism

Border Agent Who Questioned Reporter Is Investigated for Computer Misuse

Porkins Policy Radio episode 150 Isa Blumi Destroying Yemen Part 2

Professor Isa Blumi joins me for part 2 of our series on Yemen. We pick up in the late 90’s after Ali Abdullah Saleh has come to power in a unified Yemen. Isa discusses Saleh’s strategy of sowing chaos all over the country in order to maintain absolute power. Isa talks about Saleh’s use of extreme violence, and his reliance on US power. We then explore how the so called Arab Spring played out in Yemen. We discuss the orchestrated nature of the movement, and how is sought to control the very real desires of the Yemeni public. Isa touches on people like Tawakkol Karman and her role as a US proxy during the Arab Spring. Isa brings us all the way to Saleh’s assassination and the current state of Yemen.

Later we talk about the role that Al Qaeda plays on Yemen as a bogey man. We discuss how the US used Yemen as playground for their eventual global drone program. We address the fight going on between Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Yemen. Isa also explains the political history of Ansar Allah (Houthis) and how they are not an Iranian proxy force.

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Show Notes:

@IsaBlumi

Destroying Yemen What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World

Federation plan should be top priority in Yemen

Three big Yemeni parties reject federation proposal

Mapping the Yemen conflict

Islamaphobia by Default in Postwar Europe

Battles of Nostalgic Proportion: The Transformations of Islam-as-Historical-Force in the Ideological Matrix of a Self-Affirming‘West’

Negotiating Globalization: The Challenges of International Intervention Through the Eyes of Albanian Muslims, 1850-2003.

Porkins Policy Radio episode 139 Syria Strikes, Skripal Poisoning with JP Sottile and Robbie Martin

JP Sottile joins me in the first hour to discuss the recent airstrikes by the US, UK, and France in Syria. We discuss how this is nothing new for the Trump administration, and how in fact this latest airstrike comes almost on the anniversary of Trump’s earlier strike after the alleged use of chemical weapon. JP and I also discuss how this latest attack appears to have targeted three sites which were completely evacuated and probably were known of in advance. JP talks about the theater that was involved in this latest military action, including Trump’s idiotic use of the phrase “mission accomplished.” We then break down the media’s hyping of this event as a prelude to WWIII. JP and I present several reasons for why this is nothing more than bluster meant to drive traffic on websites. We also explore the notion that this is really the last hurrah of the American Empire. We talk about the decline of US power and their inability to maintain such a large global empire. I talk about the how France has begun filling this imperialist vacuum more and more in Africa.

In the second hour Robbie Martin joins me to breakdown the ever changing narrative of the Skirpal poisoning. We talk about how this fits into the larger context of what we are seeing geopolitically particular with regard to actions in Syria. Robbie talks about how Theresa May wove Skirpal into her decision to help bomb Syria over the weekend. Later we move onto the latest explanation which comes from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the Skripal’s were exposed to BZ. Robbie explains what BZ is and the history of the US governments experiments with the chemical. We also mention the State Department cable that mentions the possibility of BZ having been used in Syria. The bizarre claim by former KGB operative Boris Karpichkov that Skripal is connected to the murder of GCHQ’s Gareth Williams is also discussed. We end by talking about the danger of these sorts of operations and the rhetoric that is produces within society.

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Show Notes:

NewsVandal.com

MediaRoots.org

The Real Message Behind Trump’s Syrian Strike

Strikes on Syria chemical sites ‘solve nothing’: France’s Macron

ClandesTime Special – Conspiracy Theories: The Salisbury Poisoning

Media Roots Radio – Salisbury, Skripals & Syrian Airstrikes with Tom Secker

Russia Expects Answer From OPCW About of BZ Toxin Presence in Skripal Case

The Best Explanation For The Skripal Drama Is Still … Food Poisoning

Were the Skripals ‘Buzzed’, ‘Novi-shocked’ Or Neither? – May Has Some ‘Splaining’ To Do

Exclusive: Secret State Department cable: Chemical weapons used in Syria

Russian ex-spy sees link between Skripal and GCHQ officer found dead in 2010

Porkins on Sputnik: China Defends 10% Military Budget Increase as ‘Proportionate and Low’

The Chinese government recently announced a near 10% increase in their military budget for 2018. Chinese state media have defended the decision, saying it is part of a modernization program, calling the increase “proportionate and low.”

The increase is the biggest jump in Chinese military spending in recent years. In 2014, the total was $132 billion, which grew to $145 billion in 2015, $147 billion in 2016 and will reach $175 billion next year. Zhang Yesui, a spokesperson for the first annual session of the 13th NPC, explained that the extra money is not to increase China’s overall military capacity, but to update and modernize their armed forces:

“A large part of the growth of the defense budget is to make up for the low military spending in the past and is mainly used to upgrade equipment and improve the welfare of servicemen and women and the living and training conditions of grassroots troops.”

Sputnik spoke to political analyst Pearse Redmond about the geopolitical struggles that are the underlying reasons for China’s consistently growing military expenditure:

“As China becomes more and more integrated in the global economy it understands that maintaining economic superiority requires more security. In Africa, where China has poured vast sums of money into various projects, they have also been quietly building small military bases and developing relationships with various African military and security forces. For example, in Djibouti, once the exclusive military domain of the US, China now operates a naval base adjacent to the Port of Doraleh, which is west of Djibouti City.”

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Ochelli Effect: Chop Suey Stock Lock Two barrels

Mike Swanson is back and boy are we glad to hear him. With all that is going on in the markets it’s time to figure some of that out. Mike is not just a great author but a superb financial analyst. Is there silent inflation? does the ebb and flow of late make sense? What is the reality of QE infinity and the old toxic asset bubble? Is debt the real looming threat? Listen to Michael and find out. Pearse Redmond joins us next and Porkins is at the Ochelli six. We order up some Chinese perspective. Hold The MSG. The American Empire versus The Chinese enduring legacy. Why are the great Islamic threats not so interested in attacking the Chinese? Soft Colonial strategy ? Africa , AFRICOM , and other known unknowns. Meanwhile we interrupt the discussion for an update on Stormy Daniels? Yeah A Porn Actress is suing The President !! Has the tribe spoken? And we didn’t even mention Roger Stone’s boy having a melt down on T.V. ? all this and more during these two hours. Random thought Chuck did NOT speak aloud , Is the Q in LGBTQ Q Anon?

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Show Notes:

ISIS video of Niger attack highlights US troops’ vulnerability

Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says agreement invalid because he never signed

The Biggest Bubble In Human History Is Starting to Deflate (Not Stocks)

Gary Cohn Says He Will Resign as Trump’s Top Economic Adviser

Sam Nunberg on Mueller, His Media Spree, and His Message for Trump

Porkins Great Game ep. 9 The Death of Mullah Omar

Watch Ex-Trump Aide Sam Nunberg Get Cross-Examined | The Beat With Ari Melber

System Of A Down – Chop suey !

Porkins Policy Radio episode 133 JP Sottile on Kushner and Tariffs, Chuck Ochelli on AFRICOM and China

In the first hour JP Sottile of News Vandal joins me to discuss the latest political machinations in Washington DC. We begin with the latest developments regarding Trump lackey Jared Kushner. JP and I talk about his recent loss of Top Secret security clearance and what this may or may not mean going forward. JP then discusses the latest revelations about Kushner and his ties to both Qatar and the UAE. We talk about the revelation that several countries including China and the UAE saw Kushner as a useful tool in order to get what they wanted out of the United States. We look at the role that Kushner plays within the White House, and his ongoing battle with chief of staff John Kelly. JP and I also touch on the interesting timing of the sanctions against Qatar and his own business deals with the Gulf Nation. Later JP and I explore Trump’s proposed tariff on steal and aluminum imports. We discuss how this ultimately translates into a high tax on the American people who buy Chinese made pots and pans. JP and I talk about how this is yet another attempt to go to war with big bad evil China. We also talk about how everything from cars to the price of beer could dramatically increase. JP also explains how Trump’s proposal will, like most of his policy proposals, never really come to pass the way he wants them.

In the second hour Chuck Ochelli of Ochelli.com joins me for an in-depth discussion of the US military presence in Africa. We start off by discussing a recent report from AFRICOM which stated that there was not proper command approval for the disastrous mission in the Tongo Tongo region of Niger. Chuck and I break down the double speak coming out of AFRICOM. We talk about how AFRICOM is attempting to absolve itself from the deadly raid, while at the same time recommending more and more support for US forces in Africa. Chuck and I also dive into AFRICOM commander Gen. Thomas Waldhauser’s recent testimony before congress on the looming threat of China. We discuss China’s quiet soft colonization, and their quiet construction of military bases in places like Djibouti. We also talk about the growing threat of ISIS and the resurgence of Al Qaeda in West Africa. Chuck and I talk about the recent Al Qaeda attack in Burkina Faso and the theory that the next great conflict may be fought on the African continent. We finish off by touching on China’s plan to build a military base in the Wahkan Corridor in Afghanistan. I talk about China’s fear of political and military insatiably in Northern Afghanistan, and the threat of Uighur groups like ETIM, and how this has led them to take further steps militarily.

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Show Notes:

News Vandal

Ochelli.com

Kushner’s overseas contacts raise concerns as foreign officials seek leverage

Probe finds deadly Niger mission lacked proper approval

AFRICOM seeks danger pay for troops deployed to Niger

AFRICOM chief: Expect more Chinese bases in Africa

Al Qaeda branch in Mali claims Burkina Faso attacks

Tuareg militias battle Islamic State-loyal militants in northern Mali

China in Talks Over Military Base in Remote Afghanistan

Ochelli Effect: Hyperbolic Trigonometric Identities Clash

Chuck interrupts both of his guests a bit more than usual on this episode. So it looks like being busy producing himself , has not made him shut up any more than anything else. Good thing ? Bad Thing , You Decide…

This Tuesday night we start off with author Mike Swanson who takes us through many concepts. This time we address “supply-side economics”and the contradictions of public pronouncements versus policy. Also addressed is the Wall Street indications versus day to day life. much more in-depth information can be found at https://wallstreetwindow.com and by the way the site is undergoing a bit of a renovation. Plus more … Hyperbolic Trigonometric Identities Clash

Second hour we discuss ICBMs that were not launched on Hawaii and Japan with fellow radio host Pearse Redmond. Was it a test? If yes , a test of what ? Is this the new normal? Does agent Orange AKA Trump have any idea what is going on anyway? 239 Lbs.? Is psychosis a good psy-op? Hyperbolic Trigonometric Identities Clash ? Mass Distraction? Weapons of self-destruction ?Trickle Down Economics ? Korean Hyperbolics?

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Show Notes:

Presidency for Sale: 64 Trade Groups, Companies, Candidates, Foreign Governments and Political Groups Spending Money at Trump’s Properties

The Great Lie of Supply-Side Economics

PPR episode 125 North Korea Anthrax Propaganda with Robbie Martin

North Korea said to be testing anthrax-tipped ballistic missiles

Hawaii missile alert: False alarm warns residents of “ballistic missile threat”

White House: Hawaii false alarm ‘purely a state exercise’

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