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A Possible Coup in Saudi Arabia Signals the End of US Dominance in the Mideast……


If Saudi Arabia didn’t already have enough worries in a fast-changing Middle East, yet another crisis hit home for the desert kingdom: alleged hospitalization of King Salman, thought to have Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia. He only assumed the throne in January.

While the 79-year-old monarch’s hospital stay surprised many in the West, the question global affairs and security analysts ask is: What might the future look like for Saudi Arabia now that the controversial king is sidelined? Will the rest of the royal family accept and allow Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef to lead? Or will the kingdom’s royal family see division within the ranks?
These events could coalesce into a major political storm, significantly increasing the risk of instability not only within the kingdom but across the greater, strife-torn Middle East (if that’s even possible).

This turn of events comes on the heels of shocking news. London’s Guardian credits claims by an anonymous Saudi prince who states that two letters have circulated among senior members of the royal family encouraging them to stage a coup against King Salman. The rationale is the king and his powerful 30-year-old son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have pursued dangerous policies that are leading the kingdom to political, economic and military ruin. Disclosure of these memos raises serious concerns. I find myself recalling the assassination of King Faisal in 1975.

Should royal infighting reveal itself to the outside world, it’ll mark the start of the end for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as we know it. Far-reaching consequences will resound not only economically and politically but religiously and geopolitically. How?

War in Yemen: The kingdom finds itself entangled in a conflict with a next-door neighbor with no end in sight. King Salman and his son miscalculated. The longer Saudi forces continue to engage the Houthis, the more likely internal dissension within the kingdom itself grows. Images broadcast on al-Jazeera show Saudi Arabia, an outrageously rich country, pummeling Yemen, one of the poorest in the Arab world. All this generates criticism of the Saudis and sympathy for Houthi rebels.

The driving force behind the kingdom’s engagement in Yemen is the king’s son, serving as defense minister, who wants to show the world that, despite his youth, he can make tough calls. However, his actions in Yemen thus far demonstrate his reckless approach to international affairs, lack of experience and the absence of an exit strategy, leading to mounting costs for the kingdom in blood and treasure and growing international criticism.

Economic chaos: The drop in oil prices by more than 50 percent the past year is sending the kingdom’s economy into a tailspin. Thinking among Saudi elites was to (a) maintain the kingdom’s level of global oil production; (b) fight for its global market share; and (c) allow oil prices to collapse. Theoretically, this would eventually drive the competition — especially the United States — out of the energy business, paving the way for a subsequent return to higher oil prices. But the strategy proved to be ill-conceived. The result is the kingdom’s deficit approaching 20 percent — more than $100 billion. This outcome compels the kingdom to deplete its huge foreign exchange reserves at a record rate (about $12 billion per month).

Tension with Iran: While Saudi Arabia is home to Islam’s two holiest sites (Mecca and Medina), the latest tragedy — a stampede at the Hajj in Mecca that resulted in the deaths of at least 239 Iranian pilgrims (among many others) — has only fueled tensions between Iran and the kingdom. The two were already crossways over the nuclear issue and Iran’s destabilizing activities throughout the region. In addition, both countries are fighting through their proxies in Syria and Yemen.

I’ll argue Russia’s military intervention in Syria has escalated the political tensions to higher level. Of interest is the Iranian-Russian military coalition to keep the Assad regime in power and battle rebels that the kingdom and the United States support. Recently, Saudi Arabia shipped 500 TOW antitank missiles to the Free Syrian Army (FSA). These missiles, unlike other projectiles such as RPGs can be used from significant distance. This support, however, would not change the outcome.

Where from here? Russia’s airstrikes in Syria underscore a broader threat to the kingdom: Put all the problems together and Saudi Arabia, more than ever, looks politically vulnerable. Its dependence on the United States for its survival the last 70 years seems to be near an end. The United States is no longer in position to play its traditional role as the only guarantor of Middle East stability. One can only imagine the scenario in which the house of Al-Saud is forced to relinquish power to another entity from within that does not share Washington’s aspirations and/or agenda. That means our next president will face one more serious geopolitical headache: an unstable Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter of oil, site of Islam’s holiest sites and a country equally bountiful in advanced American weapons and very angry Wahabi Sunni Muslims.

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Hitler’s Abandoned Hospital…..


It’s hard not to wonder what the world might be like today if the Beelitz-Heilstätten hospital, whose ruins still stand in Berlin, were never there to nurse a wounded Hitler back to health.

But in 1916, during World War I, it did just that. Not to mention, it also cared for many wounded Nazi soldiers during WWII — and then the Soviet military from 1945 until the Berlin wall fell in 1990.

It was built in 1898 as a sanatorium to house people with tuberculosis, a fatal disease then, and a small section of the enormous complex is still used for neurological rehabilitation, according to Atlas Obscura.

But the rest has been abandoned, save for the occasional tour; with its crumbling surgical and psychiatry wards, you can understand why Conde Nast Traveler considers it one of the most terrifying places on the planet.

See why in the pictures below; you can almost feel the creepy vibes coming at you from your very screen.

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Civil War Photo….1865….”City Point, Virginia (vicinity). Medical supply boat Planter at General Hospital wharf on the Appomattox”


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Pet Owners Beware…..Antifreeze Poisoning



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As winter approaches, many people will “winterize” their automobiles, including a change of antifreeze. Take care to keep both new and used antifreeze in a sealed container, out of reach of pets. Clean up any spills of antifreeze on driveways and other hard surfaces. Dogs and cats find antifreeze quite tasty and if they find antifreeze they’ll drink it. Antifreeze is extremely toxic causing kidney failure that is often fatal in just a few days.
Very small amounts of antifreeze can be fatal. If a cat walks through a puddle of antifreeze and then licks its paws, it can ingest enough antifreeze to cause death. About five tablespoons can kill a medium sized dog. If you see your pet drinking antifreeze, or are at all suspicious that your pet may have had access to antifreeze, contact a veterinarian immediately. Signs of antifreeze poisoning depend upon the time after ingestion. In the first few hours after ingestion the pet may be depressed and staggering and may have seizures. They may drink lots of water, urinate large amounts and vomit. The pet may appear to feel better but in a day or two get much worse as the kidneys fail. Signs of kidney failure include depression and vomiting. The amount of urine they pass will often decrease to a very small amount.
The diagnosis of antifreeze poisoning is made by blood and urine tests although some of these tests become negative by the time kidney failure develops. Antifreeze poisoning should be considered in any free-roaming dog or cat with consistent signs. Treatment for antifreeze poisoning needs to be started as soon after ingestion as possible to be effective. The earlier treatment is started, the greater the chance of survival. Once kidney failure develops, most animals will die.
The treatment for antifreeze poisoning depends on when the pet is presented to the veterinarian. If the pet is seen within a few hours of ingesting antifreeze, vomiting is induced to remove any antifreeze still in the stomach and charcoal is placed in the stomach to bind antifreeze in the intestine. Antifreeze itself is not very toxic but it is broken down by the liver to other components that cause the damage. If the pet is presented to a veterinarian soon after drinking antifreeze, a drug is given that impairs the liver from converting antifreeze to these toxic products, allowing the unconverted antifreeze to pass in the urine. These drugs are useful only when given early and are not effective after the pet is already showing signs of kidney damage.
Animals who present to a veterinarian in kidney failure due to antifreeze poisoning can occasionally be saved with aggressive treatment. Some specialty veterinary practices offer dialysis which can be used to remove waste products that are not being removed by the diseased kidneys in an effort to keep the pet alive to give the kidneys a chance to repair. Whether the kidneys will repair themselves or not depends on how severely they are injured. Unfortunately the kidney damage caused by antifreeze is usually very severe and irreversible. Kidney transplantation has been performed in dogs and cats. There are several sites on the internet that describe transplantation.

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Brand-new surge in black-mob violence…..


Cop tips off media about cover-up after dozens arrested.
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The weeks before and after Labor Day are a busy time for black mob violence and lawlessness – some of which made the news.

Most of which did not.

Let’s start in Chicago. On August 26, Chicago police arrested 24 black people in the upscale, downtown Gold Coast area for a “ruckus” that featured “running in and out of crowds bumping into people and pushing folks.”

This incident was brought to the attention of WND.com by a member of the Chicago police department.

“The papers are calling it a ruckus,” said the officer. “But this was a series of violent episodes, by violent people, that the local media and the police administration simply do not wish to deal with. They arrested 24. For every one they caught, several got away. The crowd was black.”

Chicago has been the site of at least 50 similar episodes of racial violence over the last three years, including at least a dozen this year.

In Erie, Pa., the end of the summer features the annual downtown Celebrate Erie days. This year, as in the past, hundreds of “unruly teens” disrupted several nights of the festival with violence and mayhem.

Twitter traffic and local web sites identified the teens as black. Even if local media did not.

Down in Savannah, a white man in the company of a black woman was beaten unconscious by several black men after he took exception to racially charged comments made to the couple. According to the black news web site NewsOne, the man and his girlfriend were

“leisurely strolling through the town’s square when suddenly they were approached by three black men who began barraging them with racial slurs.

“‘One of them was making racial comments at us and one of them was blowing kisses. It was very aggravating,’ she said.”

Savannah Chief of Police Willie Lovett does not call it a hate crime because that is a “serious” label that could “taint our community unfairly.”

In Sacramento, several black men taunted a “gay” man on the public transit. They beat him when he tried to get off the train.

In Buffalo, a woman was “mercilessly beaten by six to ten people” after she tried to help a deli owner stop a mob of black shoplifters. Several bones in her face were broken. The attack is on video.

This attack follows by two weeks two other episodes of black mob violence at nearby Buffalo State College, where three people were robbed and one was shot in August. Police did not return calls for comment on a description of the suspects.

In Burlington, Vt., a mob of black people pushed a man off his bike, beat and robbed him.

In Ann Arbor, Mich., six black men refused entry to a fraternity party attacked a student, beat him, and broke bones in his face.

At the University of Missouri, four black men attacked a man in a parking lot at 1:13 a.m.

In Fairview Heights, Ill., for the second time in six months, a group of black women assaulted their waitress at the Red Lobster. They said she was coming by too often to fill up their water glasses.

In Durham, N.C., black mobs are suspects in almost two dozen assaults and robberies over the last two years. The attacks have taken place at the recently opened American Tobacco Trial, a 7.5 mile walking and running track that goes through Durham.

The race of the attackers was not reported in the press until recently. Even so, Police Chief Jose Lopez has it all figured out:

“The simple assaults don’t appear to be motivated by robbery,” Lopez said. “It appears to be motivated more by mischievousness and the locations where they find individuals who are clearly running by themselves.”

“So if you look at that, versus the thousands of people who run the trail on a daily basis, it’s pretty safe,” he said.

Lopez said crimes on running trails occur throughout the United States.

In Philadelphia, the same newspaper that was loathe to report the racial makeup of dozens of large black mobs rampaging through its downtown neighborhoods recently announced the mob violence was over. “We got through a whole summer without a flash mob,” bragged a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News.

Guess he wasn’t counting that Fourth of July black mob that “brutally attacked” several people. The attackers were caught on tape. And he probably forgot about that March beat down. Also caught on tape.
The Black Panthers have announced that they will be back at the polling stations again this November. Remember the last time? Black panthers wielding billy clubs, yelling racial slurs just outside the door, which is in direct violation of voter laws, yet Obama’s boy Holder said no laws were broken and let it continue.

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