MSF claims sarin symptoms, Swedes chide, and bionerd Denis O’Brien goes postOl (with gratuitous Origa soundtrack)

Gratuitous Origa soundtrack is gratuitous. It also might not fit your mood as you read this story. Then again, this story might raise your blood pressure, and if the song calms you, it becomes useful and thus no longer gratuitous.

Regular readers of this blog of course recall the MIT professor Postol, who criticized claims that Assad used his army to drop sarin on people.

Postol criticized a White House report that came several days after MSF claimed that sarin had been used:

Apr 5, 2017
Medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres said on Wednesday eight people it treated following a suspected chemical attack in northern Syria had symptoms consistent with nerve agents like Sarin.

“Among the victims of the attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun who were transferred to the Bab al-Hawa hospital … near the Turkish border, MSF saw eight patients with symptoms – dilated pupils, muscle spasms, involuntary defecation – consistent with exposure to neuro-toxic agents such as Sarin,” the group said in a statement.

MSF, which has teams at the hospital, said it had provided antidotes and protective equipment for personnel on site.

“The MSF team also accessed other hospitals treating victims and noted a strong smell of chlorine, suggesting they had been exposed to this toxic agent,” MSF said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sarin-idUSKBN1771T3

Some days later, the White House claimed that not only was it sarin, it must have been Assad’s men. The closest thing to evidence were hoax photos, and Postol criticized them harshly as I reported (with an equally gratuitous Origa soundtrack meant to evoke the feeling of scrambled information):
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No proof of dueling banjos in Nashville gunfight

I get all my knowledge of the USA from television, so I know that cowboy dueling is the most important part of USA culture, and that “dueling banjos” are found in Tennessee.

Strangely, an actual gunfight in Tennessee happened WITHOUT any mention of a banjo soundtrack.

This confuses my tremendously erudite, television-based understanding of the USA.

I can only conclude that Nashville is filled with banjo music at all times, and thus the news reports did not mention what must have seemed obvious to Nashville residents.

USA media reported:

An unnamed person inside a Nashville (TN) sneaker shop went John Wick on three armed robbers last after they made the mistake of charging into the store with guns blazing.

A man died after he was injured during a shootout at a Bordeaux shop late Thursday night.

It happened inside retailer Hot Kicks, located in a strip mall at 3101 Clarksville Pike, around 11 p.m.

Metro police told News 2 a group of people were inside the store when at least three armed suspects came in through an unlocked back door and began firing.

One of the people in the store returned fire, while others took off running, according to police.

Metro police said officers found one man near the back door with several gunshot wounds.

None of the customers or staff of the store were injured in the exchange of gunfire. One of the three robbers was found critically injured outside the back door of the shop by police, and died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The other two suspects arrived at TriStar Centennial Medical Center leaking from fresh holes, and one of those two robbers is now in critical condition.

We have to read between the lines on this a little bit since we’re looking at preliminary reports, but what this suggests is pretty amazing.
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Spurdoburger electricity infrastructure hiccups, panic-mongers worry about cyber-attack, but in fact it was probably just lack of maintenance

BROAD POWER OUTAGE LIKELY CAUSED BY GEOMAGNETIC STORM

Prior session, a massive US power grid failure was seen across the entire United States in one simultaneous fashion. San Fransisco, New York, and Los Angeles were the three main areas that were hit the hardest. Each of the areas experienced challenges or shut downs in business commerce. Also, basic infrastructure such as communication networks, mass transportation, and supply chains experienced challenges. To many this seemed apocalyptic with anaylst citing possible cyber attacks amid mounting geopolitical turmoil across the globe. We’re shocked that mainstream media didn’t revive the failing Russian narrative for another round of fake news to confuse the masses. Personally, I don’t think it was a cyber attack or the Russians, but more of a Space Weather Event.
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Ziegler writes about how to make a profitable farm with solar power

Ziegler wrote:

Living Energy Farm (Louisa, Virginia) is a community of people who support themselves without the use of fossil fuel. Our project has been built at modest cost so it can be replicated around the world. Living Energy Farm is a fully operational farm and community, not just an idea. LEF empowers us to dramatically reduce our dependence on the corporate economy, and it represents a viable solution to climate change.

There is a great departure between the physics of renewable energy and the politics of renewable energy. For the most part, renewable energy does not work on the individual level, nor does it work on the industrial level. Village-level use of renewable energy allows for a level of centralization and integration that makes renewable energy work fantastically well.

We have cooperative housing at LEF, not free-standing, single family houses, not “tiny houses.” Cooperative use of resources is by far our most important “technology.” Shared use allows us to acquire and build and integrate much, much better housing, water, and agricultural systems, and the various tools we need to support ourselves.

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Clinton State Department repeatedly covered up malfeasance

In 2013, it was first reported that the Clinton State Department had called off eight separate internal investigations into alleged misconduct by the diplomatic corps. When whistleblowers attempted to highlight the wave of coverups, they were subjected to a harassment campaign by the State Department. The law firm representing the former State Department employee who publicized the misconduct was broken into and key evidence stolen in an apparent effort to further obfuscate efforts to ensure a proper investigation into the crimes was carried out. The event was not given widespread attention by the media when it first emerged.

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