I just thought you would want to know, Steve the leader of the Portland BLM chapter, the one that started the election night riots that caused several hundred thousand dollars in property damage, has been convicted of sex abuse with a minor. He is also facing multiple other sex abuse charges. He is also a registered sex offender, except he never bothered to register. And finally, he is still out on bail right now.


the link is here.


Prominent Black Lives Matter Leader GUILTY of SEX ABUSE CRIMES with Minors
by Brock Simmons

Micah Rhodes (center), wearing a Black Panther Party shirt, flanked by disgraced ex Portland police chief Mike Marshman and disgraced ex Mayor Charlie Hales, when the public was propping Rhodes up as a hero and covering for the rioters before they realized he was a registered sex offender

Rhodes has previously been convicted of sex abuse when he was a minor, and was on probation for such at the time of this second incident. Additionally, he was a registered sex offender. Strangely enough, however, he is not listed on the official sex offender registry.

Furthermore, Rhodes also faces another set of sex abuse charges in Multnomah County, this time involving an underage boy whom he met via Grindr.

Rhodes was instrumental in the planning of the election week protests and riots in Portland in the aftermath of Trump’s Presidential victory.

Rhodes had apparently made bail in these recent, and neither the Multnomah County nor Washington County inmate rosters show him currently in custody.

He is very likely back out on the streets.

Rhodes, alongside another prolific activist, Greg McKelvey, in court regarding still a separate matter, when they were arrested during a string protests in November, 2016.

Here is an update. We are finally starting to see some local media coverage.

Rhodes has now pleaded guilty to a SECOND abuse charge, this one in Multnomah county.

The link is here.


Guilty Again! BLM Leader Pleads To More Sex Abuse Charges
by Brock Simmons 88 Comments

Last week we reported that Micah Rhodes, one of the Black Lives Matter organizers in Portland, was found guilty of sex abuse charges in Washington county, adjacent to Portland. Rhodes has now plead guilty to another sex abuse charge in Multnomah County, this time involving an underage boy that he hooked up with via the Grindr app.

The Oregonian reports:

Portland protest leader Micah Rhodes gave up his legal fight Tuesday by pleading guilty to a second round of sexual abuse charges against him, this time for having sexual contact multiple times with a 17-year-old boy.

The victim couldn’t consent to the contact because he was a minor. Rhodes — then 20 or 21 — was more than three years older than the teenager at the time of the 2014 or 2015 encounters. He met the boy on a gay dating app.

Rhodes, now 24, was a leader of the protest group Portland’s Resistance, which rose to prominence after Donald Trump won the presidential election in November 2016 and the group helped organize day after day of marches and rallies.

But Rhodes had long been a part of Portland’s activist scene before that and a familiar face at Portland City Council meetings. Among his notable achievements was helping stage a camp-out in front of then-Mayor Charlie Hales’ home in 2016.

Rhodes pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree sexual abuse in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

It’s unclear how much time Rhodes faces in the Multnomah County case.

The Oregon Youth Authority began supervising Rhodes when he was 14, for sexual abuse and sodomy, authorities said. According to court records, Rhodes was 13 or 14 years old in 2007 when he sexually abused a boy who was 9 or 10 years old.

Washington County Deputy District Attorney Andy Pulver argued in court papers that Rhodes has a “sexual predisposition toward minor children.”

Rhodes had been required to register as a sex offender at the time he was charged in the Multnomah and Washington county cases.

According to the Oregon courts webpage, Rhodes was originally facing five charges, 4 counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree and one count of Third Degree. The plea deal is for two counts of Second Degree.

Neither the Multnomah County jail or Washington County jail list him as currently in custody, so he is likely out on the streets until his sentencing. His bail is $2,000 in Multnomah county, and was raised from $1,000 to $5,000 in Washington county after showing up 2 minutes late for a court appearance.

Micah Rhodes, with fellow protester Greg McKelvey, at a court appearance on Disorderly Charges, stemming from the post election riots in 2016. Those charges were, of course, dropped by the leftist appeasing District Attorney Rod Underhill.

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Events in Syria are now collapsing into chaos, with the situation changing on an hourly basis it seems. Since I wrote these essays, Russia has essentially thrown down the gauntlet and made clear statements related to any further US intervention in Syria. Turkey is now bombing inside both Iraq and Syria. Assad Junior is moving both regular Syrian military forces, as well as his armed miltia to directly confront Turkey when it moves towards Manjbi after the genocide is complete in Afrin. Multiple reports indicate the Al Qaida, ISIS, and even Chinese Uighr Muslims in Erdogan’s “milita forces,” are raping and murdering their way through conquered Kurdish villages.

Several  good links for information are here.







In my first essay I dealt with the general historical context of modern Syria, and also listed various factors that resulted in the current Syrian civil war scenario. In this second essay, I will deal with Turkey’s leader Erdogan and his invasion of Syria, why he did it, and what he wants out of it. I will also deal with who is doing what, and why they are doing it.

First, my readers need to understand one fact above all else. The one fact is, in my opinion, Turkey’s leader, Erdogan is bat poop crazy. The reason I make this rather harsh statement is Erdogan is a man who thinks he is on a mission from God/Allah. The mission is to restore the historical Ottoman Empire. However crazy we think this is, I assure you Erdogan is totally committed to this Ottoman Imperial restoration. Now, when I am talking about a “restored Ottoman Empire,” I am really talking about Erdogan’s vision, and the actions he is taking to do it. The historical Ottoman Empire was based in Turkey and eventually came to be very powerful. It is true that the Ottoman Empire by 1917 came to control Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia as we call them today. It is also true that the term, “Gate of Vienna,” refer to the Ottoman Empire attacking the Hapsburg Empire in 1683. The date September 11th is related to this attack. The Ottomans also conquered Yugoslavia. The reason for the 1998 conflict between NATO forces and the Serbs can be drawn in a direct line to Ottoman actions. Kosovo was a problem that began with a battle in 1300, and ended with a battle in 1998. In Europe past is present and current problems all have historical roots. It is the same thing in the Middle East, as the US has found to its sorrow. So, my main point is in Erdogan we have a man who has a vision, and that vision involves restoring the Ottoman Empire, presumably to its greatest extent. It is that vision, dear reader that is going to shake the entire Middle East to its core. It is that vision that resulted in Turkey invading Northern Syria. Erdogan says he is invading Syria to prevent “Kurdish terrorists,” from creating an independent Kurdish state in Syria that threatens Turkey. In reality, his true goal is to annex Syria into his restored Ottoman Empire. Erdogan is also using “proxy forces,” combined with regular Turkish military units, to do so. Another key fact in the entire Syrian Civil War scenario is the use of proxy forces. Everybody in Syria, the Russians, the Americans, NATO, and Iran are using proxies as pawns in the Great Game. The reason is to exhibit the famous statement, “plausible denial,” I also think both NATO and the USA got burned by their proxy forces, especially by the Al Qaida and ISIS forces. At any rate, in order to understand what is now going on in Syria, you need to understand that various agendas are now in play. Turkey’s agenda is to annex Northern Syria, with the idea they will eventually incorporate all of Syria into Turkey. Further, all of Erdogan’s actions must be viewed as trying to achieve his goal of a restored Ottoman Empire.

In order to do that, Erdogan is quite willing to roll the dice. He is willing to take great risks. The reason being he understands that if he is truly trying to restore the historical Ottoman Empire, which he is, then he must risk all. Erdogan is quite willing to risk his membership in NATO. He is quite willing to risk a broader war in Syria. He is quite willing to fight the USA, and Assad Junior, and Iran, and even Russia. Erdogan is even making noises about invading a fellow NATO member Greece. Like I said, whatever anybody thinks about Erdogan, and I really do think he is Bat Poop Crazy, the man has a vision. He thinks this vision comes from God/Allah and he is willing to do what it takes to implement that vision. The fact he may trigger a regional Middle East War, or unleash a level of chaos a sane man would back off from, well Erdogan simply doesn’t care at this point. He may go down in flames, and he may crash and burn the entire Middle East, but he is going to try for the brass ring, whatever the results are.

Erdogan has stated he plans to conquer Afrin. The fact he may unleash a Kurdish massacre doesn’t bother him. The fact his proxy forces are a group of Al Qaida, ISIS, and assorted Turkish thugs doesn’t bother him. If they rape, and kill and destroy Kurds in Syria, this doesn’t concern him. He is going to take Afrin. He is going to do what it takes to do so, and the consequences be damned. If Erdogan has to leave piles of Kurdish corpses, including Kurdish civilians, he will do that. Erdogan is going to create a Turkish “sphere of influence” covering his border with Syria, from the Med in the west, to the Euphrates in the east. Once he does that, he will then directly engage Assad Junior and his forces, likely backed by Russia. When Erdogan turns east from Afrin, he will attack Manjbi, which is where the US forces are. And when Erdogan does that, he will shatter NATO, unleash a regional war, and force the USA to engage him in self-defense.

I think this is the general context of what Turkey is now doing in Syria. They clearly intend to take over all of Syria, and if they have to fight everybody else to do so, then Erdogan will do just that. Of course, that brings us to the cold, hard reality of exactly what that means. Turkey has so far  avoided direct combat with Assad Junior’s military forces. The reason being Assad Junior has cynically taken advantage of Turkey’s invasion to settle some scores of his own.

Syria, as the situation is on March 14,Th 2018 is a shattered country. If the military mission of any military is to protect the lives and property of its citizens, as well as the territorial integrity of the state, then Assad Junior has failed miserably. The pre-civil war borders of Syria no longer exist. This one fact now determines all actions Assad Junior is now taking, and will take in the future. You see, dear reader, Assad Junior is also a man on a mission. His mission is to restore the pre-civil war borders of Syria. It is this fundamental conflict between a Turkish leader, who wants to annex Syria, and a Syrian leader who wants to restore Syria, that will unleash the firestorm I am predicting. Assad Junior is now engaged in a massive effort, some 15,000 combat veteran ground forces, with Russian air support, to retake his capital city of Damascus. He is attacking the eastern suburbs of Damascus and plans to exert control over it. Assad Junior is also attacking west of the Turkish forces in Northern Syria in order to reclaim the area between Afrin/Aleppo and the Med. He is also attacking east to the Euphrates River to restore the original Syrian and Iraq border. Finally, he is attacking south, both east and west in order to restore his border with Israel, on the Golan Heights, and with Jordan. While Erdogan has been conquering much of Northern Syria, Assad Junior has been restoring his borders to the east, to the northwest, and to the southeast and southwest. Once that is completed, Assad Junior is going to go after the Turks in the north. When that happens, all hell is going to break out, and all the various players are going to get sucked into the free for all.

I am saying that the current context of the entire “Syrian situation,” is based on a Turkish leader, Erdogan, who is trying to annex Northern Syria, and eventually all of Syria, into his restored Ottoman Empire. He is facing Assad Junior who is trying to restore the original, pre 2011 Syrian borders, It is this conflict, in my opinion, that will define what is going to happen in Syria over the next few weeks and months. It is the definitive example of being between a rock and a hard place. Syria, and eventually the entire world, is going to impale itself on an Erdogan who seeks to conquer Syria, and an Assad Junior who seeks to prevent that conquest. Of course, Israel and Jerusalem, as well as Iran and Hezzbollah will also be thrown into that toxic mix of competing visions for Syria. In order to explain that, I would require another essay, so I will just mention it and move on.

We are now on the verge of the Syrian abyss. The two main players are Assad Junior, the leader of Syria, and Erdogan, the leader of Turkey. The reason I am predicting disaster is because Russia, the USA, NATO, Iran and Hezzbollah, the Kurds, and eventually Israel will all get sucked into the mess. The reason being that having proxies is a two edged sword. The reason the “big boys” like proxies is they can be pushed out of the airplane at 30,000 feet with nobody the wiser. The reason the “big boys,” hate proxies is they can storm the pilot’s cabin and crash the plane. You roll the dice, and you takes your chances.

I think it is clear that soon Assad Junior will have to respond, as in military response, as in shooting at the Turks. I think it is clear Turkey will start shooting back when that happens. At that point, delusional fanatic that he is, Erdogan will request NATO combat intervention, like under the famous clause 5. When that happens, the result will either be the collapse of the NATO military alliance, or direct combat between both NATO forces, and US forces with Assad Junior. Following my thought stream here, we come to a situation where that will result in Assad junior’s allies; namely, Iran, Hezzbollah, and Russia coming to his aid. Putin has made it very, very clear, in his statements on the British response to the “murder” of the Russian dissidents, he will brook no fecal material. Putin has further stated very plainly he not only has a credible nuclear force, but he is quite willing to use it. Finally, Putin has made it quite clear that he fully supports a unified, and that is a key word, unified, Syria. Again, a unified Syria is a Syria restored to its pre-civil war borders, and under the control of Assad junior. This puts Russia in direct opposition to Turkey, the EU, NATO and the USA, who want to partition Syria. Well, Vlad the Impaler is saying he won’t go for that, and intends to make sure that doesn’t happen, and will use military force to prevent it. Putin’s General made the statement that any further attacks on Damascus by anybody, US coalition forces, Israel, or Turkey will be met with force, especially if they threaten Russian lives I wonder why the US coalition, when they bombed the Russian mercs, thought they would get a pass on it. Putin is playing a deep game here in Syria. He views Syria in the context of the NATO betrayal when the former Soviet Union collapsed. The entire Syrian situation must also be viewed in the context of NATO’s expansion to the east. NATO is now deploying combat troops directly on the Russian borders with the Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Further, NATO has deployed troops to Poland, put missile batteries in Romania, and the final insult of putting US Naval ships into the Black Sea. Putin regards the Black Sea as not the Romans “mare nostrum, or our sea, but as a Russian bath tub. Of all the things that NATO has done to enrage Moscow, sending in US fleet destroyers to insolently cruise around next to the Russian Black Sea Fleet, is the worst by far. So, on the edges of the “Syrian Situation,” we have the NATO eastward deployment situation, along with the Black Sea situation, all of which Putin views in terms of the “Ukrainian situation”. The reason I am saying the “Syrian situation’ is so bad, is because it is in Syria where all the various threads of Russian, US and NATO confrontation come together. Syria is the sword upon which all the players are going to eventually impale themselves, whether they want to or not.

The bottom line of all this scheming, deploying and posturing is we may, similar to World War One, simply stumble into a war. Whatever the various players are planning for, and however they intend things to turn out, we are now in the Twilight zone, or perhaps we should think in terms of the famous Mr. Murphy. Mr. Murphy is the reality that everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Syria is now beyond intentions, or expected results in my opinion. I think things are now in play that once unleashed take on a life of their own.

Finally, the Kurds are involved. The thing my readers need to understand is that the Kurds are not a monolithic group. The “Kurds” are divided into several competing groups, all with different ideologies, agendas and goals. The Kurds now in Afrin are, more or less, Marxists. They derive from a Kurdish leader now in a Turkish prison, and are dedicated to the creation of a Kurdish state inside of Turkey. Erdogan does have reasonable concerns about “Kurdish terrorists.” Unfortunately, Erdogan is quite willing to throw out the baby with the bathwater. The Kurds number roughly 50 million worldwide. The Kurds live in Iran, Northern Iraq, Southeastern Turkey, and Syria among other places. The Kurds also live in Europe, with one million in Germany alone. It is almost certain, and has in fact already happened with the Turkish mosques being attacked in Berlin, that the Turkish and Kurdish conflict centered in Northern Syria will spread to Europe first, and eventually to the USA, which also has some Kurds living here. The next phase of the Syrian conflict has gone from “over there,” to “over here.”

At any rate, a history of the Kurds is beyond the scope of this essay. I will make the point that the USA has betrayed the Kurds twice. The first time, under the famous war criminal Henry Kissinger, was when we brokered a deal between Saddam and the Iranian Shah in 1975. We pulled our support for them, betrayed and abandoned them, and let Saddam kill them in droves. The second betrayal was in 1991 after Desert Storm. Again, we betrayed, and then abandoned both the Kurds and the Shia. We led them on, got an armed uprising out of them, and then let Saddam’s helicopter gunships machine gun, and rocket them without let up. So, the Kurds, even though we used them as proxies to fight ISIS, never really trusted us. The result was that when Turkey invaded Northern Syria on January 20th, 2018, the Kurds immediately ceased fighting ISIS, and started moving to defend Afrin. Of course, once Erdogan got wind of thousands of armed, combat veteran Kurdish Peshmerga, heading from Eastern Syria, and Aleppo to Afrin, he started screaming at both the USA and its coalition, and NATO to stop them. Again, everything is now in play. When people ask me what one of the results of Erdogan’s invasion of Syria was, I tell them it gave ISIS a second chance. ISIS is now expanding its Euphrates River zone because the fight against it has ceased, and the reason for that is the Kurds left for Afrin, and the reason they did that was Erdogan plans to conquer it, and likely, or at least his Al Qaida and ISIS proxy troops plan to, murder and rape all the Kurds, civilian or not, they can find. Like I said, current events in Syria are like a rock thrown into a pond. You never really quite know how far the ripples will spread. One would not think that Turkey invading Syria would result in the salvation of ISIS, but it has.

Finally, I am saying that whatever the players intend for Syria, the 2nd law of Thermodynamics, the one called Entropy, is now fully in play. Entropy states that the tendency is for decay. I call it the teenager’s room syndrome. One of the reasons I personally find the theory of Evolution to be so ridiculous is because it violates Entropy. Entropy states that if you clean a teenager’s room, within one week it will look like a cyclone hit it. Evolution states not only will the teenager’s room not decay, it will evolve. Evolution is like reducing a Ford Truck to its individual parts, throwing it into a garage and then expecting it to put itself back together. /The ideal is a violation of natural science and simply ridiculous. Syria is now in the exact same situation. It will be put together again in my opinion. It will be Assad Junior, backed by Russia, Iran and Hezzbollah who will do it. The Kurds, well the Kurds will get screwed again, as they usually are, although I think they will land on their feet, more or less.


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This first appeared over on Steve Quayle’s site.



I have been requested by Mr. Q, otherwise called Steve Quayle, to impress you with all my knowledge of, insight into, and analysis of where we are headed in the “Syrian Situation.” The first thing you need to understand about the Middle East is how long human beings have been running around places we call Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, or Egypt. The USA is roughly 240 years old dating from 1776. The USA, at least the American part dates from 1620, while the Spanish go back to around 1500. This means we think something that is 500 years old, is ancient. Well, by Middle Eastern, or even European standards, I am talking about 1,000 years, or 5,000 years old. If you want to figure out what is now going on in Syria, or Turkey, or any other country, you need to understand the people living there think in two time periods. The first is between 1300 and 1500 years old. This is the Muslim time zone that defines how Islam reacts to the modern world. The second time zone is the 2,000, which gets you to around the early Roman Empire period, or 4,000 years, which gets you to around the time Stonehedge was being built. Of course, time is a relative thing. One of the key things I learned in study “ancient history,” is 100 years to either side of an “historical event,” is close enough for government work. So, in terms of thinking about what is going on in Syria in 2018, you should be aware of what happened in Syria 100 years ago, or 1917 and how World War One impacted Syria. You should also keep in mind 1300 and the Ottoman Empire in Turkey, as well as 630 AD, and the creation of Islam, and finally, all the way back, say 10,000 years ago, the domestication of dogs and cows, the planting and harvesting of wheat, all of which led to the first cities, between the two great rivers: the Tigris and the Euphrates in what we used to call the birthplace of civilization.

I’m afraid that what we think of as the “2003 Iraqi War,” was really just the last war there going back some 8,000 years. They started fighting with spears and swords, and ended up using cluster bombs. Bearing all of the above in mind, I will now explain how Syria came to be in the distress it now finds itself in. The brief answer is everybody wanted a chunk of Syria. The result being Syria now best resembles a chunk of meat being fought over by a pack of jackals. I have pointed out the long history of the Middle East and how it overshadows everything that happens there. I have also pointed out how Islam is also a defining factor in the Middle East. Further, I pointed out how the Ottoman Empire, and the end of World One define Syria. The key dates for Syria, at least in the last 100 years, are 1917, 2011, 2015, and 2018.

The reason I say 1917 is that is the year British General Allenby conquered the Ottoman Empire. The collapse of the Ottoman Empire led to a multitude of issues that define the Middle Eastern reality we deal with on a daily basis. In terms of Syria, the French and the British, the victors, the colonial victors, of World War One created a carving up of the Arab world that is, in my opinion, brazen in its insolence, cynical in its propaganda, and amoral in its opportunism. Actually, the “secret agreement,” was done in May of 1916. It also included the Russians, but they had a revolution so were denied the Arab pie being cut up by the Colonial powers. Ergo, if you want to understand the Middle East today, the you absolutely have to understand the Sykes-Picot 1916 treaty. The final result of this fine example of colonial shenanigans was France got Syria, and Britain pretty much got everything else. I mean the impact of this treaty just keeps going and going: it is the diplomatic version of the energizer bunny. It just keeps causing chaos, and then more chaos, and some more. For example, if you want to understand Desert Storm, or the 1991 Iraq/Kuwait war, you need to realize the only reason Kuwait existed to be invaded was the Sykes/Picot treaty. If you want more detailed information on this treaty you can use this link here. I am talking about direct French and British rule of various Arab countries. I am talking about “spheres of influence,” for France, Britain, and the allied powers. The fatal flaw of this treaty was, in my opinion, it failed to understand the geographical, ethnic, religious and tribal divisions inside the various countries created with a wave of the wand in 1917.


At any rate, Syria become either directly ruled by France, or part of the French “sphere of influence.” Eventually, Syria had a revolution, much like Algeria did, and French rule was replaced by the Assad family. I am leaving a lot out of this cliff notes version; namely, the British invasion in 1941 to get rid of the Vichy French Government running Syria, as well as the 1958 merger with Egypt’s Nasser that lasted till 1961, followed by 9 years of increasing chaos. The Assad family came to power in 1970, and has stayed in power ever since. And that, dear readers, is the cliff notes version to how Syria got into the current mess.


It is also my belief that economic, political, military, and diplomatic results may have been caused by weather and climate, geography and any number of reasons. Syria is, in fact, a poor country, and suffered a devastating drought leading up to 2011. Again, multiple different things are in play, and they are in play for multiple reasons, and they have different result. The so called “Arab Spring,” started with a man burning himself to death in Tunisia because the cost of bread had increased, or maybe he was just tired of life. The result of that was the lid came off, and the pot blew up. And yes, everybody from George Soros, the CIA, the EU, the Vatican, etc, etc, etc, have been blamed for this explosion. My personal view is sometimes stuff happens, and you really shouldn’t look too deeply into social revolutions. The Arab world, and the Islamic world are a bit thin on the ground in terms of functional, honest, governments offering freedom to Muslims. The Arab people just got tired of the repressions, the corruptions and the hypocrisy, and started rioting. The government in Syria actually didn’t collapse, although not from a lack of trying. And here we get into Benghazi, Hillary Clinton, Ghadaffi’s grisly end, oil, chaos and the mantra: be careful what you wish for, since you might get it. “They” got what they wanted in Libya, in Egypt, and they didn’t get what they wanted in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. I am saying that what I call “the powers that be,” or the Deep State if you like, went after Syria for their own reasons. Obviously, “they” failed to overthrow Assad Junior, and “they” are seriously annoyed at that failure, and virtually everything that is now going on in Syria can be traced back to that failure, However, as they say, let’s begin at the beginning.

I happen to think the world is ruled by a core group of 300 families. You can call them what you like, and believe in them or not. I find this 300 family explanation to fit the evidence. The 300 spend some time fighting amongst themselves, crushing any potential opposition, and in general, just messing with the world, its people, and trying to become the most powerful, richest people they can be. It is a game of Risk, or Monopoly with real players, and real assets. After “they” had unleashed the Arab Spring, conquered Libya, Ukraine, thrown Egypt into chaos they took their shot at Syria. I mean “they” used their Deep State proxies to create the Free Syrian Army, or other proxy forces used to fight Assad junior and take over Syria. This process went on from 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and was pretty much about to smash Assad junior’s head in when three things happened. Here are three things that “they” got blind-sided by. I think these three things that have led to the current Syrian situation in 2018. The first thing was the trained CIA, or Deep State dog, ISIS, not only bit the hand that created it, but tried to use a chainsaw and cut it off. In August of 2014, ISIS exploded out of literally nowhere, or at least I never found any media coverage of the rise of ISIS. It was literally a case on one month ISIS was part of the “anti-Assad forces,” all nice and warm and fuzzy. The USA had been supporting them, as had NATO, and the EU because they were on “our” side, and they were really good guys who would kill Assad Junior and let the Deep State loot and pillage like they want to. Well, people ISIS turned the tables in the summer of 2014, and began one of the most impressive military offensives possible. The result was ISIS, who still wanted to overthrow Assad junior, which is why the CIA liked them. The CIA never twigged to the fact that ISIS wanted to replace Assad Junior. They just wanted all of Syria, and Iraq as their own private Caliphate. Of course, I like to say it would be run by a bunch of psycho, in my opinions, ISIS fruit cakes who like to burn Jordanian pilots alive, and would give Chingis Khan a run for his torture chamber.

So, the first reason Syria is the way it is related to ISIS. ISIS became a wild card and forced all of the governments that created ISIS, under the delusional fantasy they could actually control ISIS, to realize they needed to destroy ISIS fast, especially before Wikileaks released all the information showing how they had funded both ISIS and Al Qaida in Syria. Al Qaida wasn’t so bad for the CIA as long as they were fighting Assad Junior.

Ergo, that leads to the second thing that happened, and the second reason Syria is the way it is in 2018. It took some time but everybody finally figured out the West needed to create this grand coalition and as, POTUS Trump put it so eloquently, “bomb the living #%$%%^^ out of ISIS.” I understand, agree and approve the sentiments. The result of that was the USA began to deploy serious military assets into Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan and Israel. In fact, we repeated the “find some good guys we can give Javelin anti-tank rockets to,” strategy. This time around the USA armed the various Kurdish groups, with much better results, and unleashed them on ISIS. Now, while all of the above was going on; namely, ISIS mutated from a “good anti-Assad junior group,” into something like the Black Death. While the USA and NATO were creating this “anti-ISIS coalition, which also was, by the way, still an Anti-Assad Junior coalition. The result was some confusion about whether it was better to bomb ISIS first, or Assad Junior first, or just bomb the #%%%% out of them all the time. The USA chose the latter tactic: bomb everybody, and bomb them all the time, and bomb them everywhere. This led to the strange situation where the US led “grand coalition” was bombing what were defined as ISIS forces, which were fighting the US backed Kurdish forces, who could be fighting the Assad Junior forces, who were, in turn possibly fighting Al Qaida anti-Assad junior forces, at least when they weren’t fighting ISIS. If you understand all of that, dear reader, I’m impressed. I’m impressed because I don’t understand it, and I just wrote it. And this is number 2.5 factor relevant to Syria. There are now so many individual players in Syria, engaged in so many actions, with so many different agendas, and supported by so many separate groups, I find it nearly impossible to keep track of them all. I will do the best I can, but I make no promises.

Next, we come to the third factor in the Syria of 2018. I did consider coming up with a fourth factor, but I decided to combine both parties into one situation. The third situation that blindsided the Deep State, the EU, the USA and a long list of anti-Assad junior forces was the entrance of Russian air combat units into the Syrian conflict on Assad Junior’s side. Further, this combat deployment was authorized by Vlad the Impaler, or Vladamir Putin, for the sole purpose of dealing with the military imperialism coming out of NATO, the EU and the USA. Putin saw what happened in Libya. Putin saw what happened in the Ukraine. Putin saw, got seriously annoyed and said Syria is mine. Putin thus completely frustrated the US NATO plan for the creation of an US NATO controlled Eastern Europe and Middle East. I am saying the third decisive factor of why Syria is now in the situation it is relates to foreign invasion, assistance and support. It is a fact that Russia intervened in Syria. It is a fact they saved Assad Junior’s rear end. It is a fact they have gutted ISIS in Syria. It is a fact they have completely frustrated both US and NATO plans for Syria. And finally, Russia has set the stage for Turkey’s invasion of Syria on January 20th, 2018. Putin simply declared victory over ISIS, had a parade and pulled most, not all, of his forces back to Russia, or at least to the new Armenian Air Base on the Turkish border. Putin plays chess; NATO and the US play Crazy Eights.

All of the above are the why, and the who, and the how we now have over 200,000 innocent Kurdish civilians trapped in Afrin, Syria. The Turks, under Erdogan, are very likely to massacre every Kurd now in Afrin. It is likely NATO, the US and Europe will stand by and watch. Perhaps some whining, and maybe some nasty diplomatic notes to Erdogan, but no way are we going to send in ground troops at this point.

The reasons behind Turkey’s invasion, and yes, Virginia Turkey really has invaded Northern Syria, are complex.

Doomer Doug, a.k.a. Doug McIntosh now has a blog at www.doomerdoug.wordpress.com
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If any of my blog readers were under any illusions we are not now at war with our Marxist enemies, or they really are sleazeballs, or they hate our guts, and would like nothing more than to kill us, you should ponder the moral character of our enemies. Sleazeball is really quite a diplomatic term. Sex abusing, sex offender, maggot would be more accurate.

Here is the link.


Rhodes has previously been convicted of sex abuse when he was a minor, and was on probation for such at the time of this second incident. Additionally, he was a registered sex offender. Strangely enough, however, he is not listed on the official sex offender registry.

Furthermore, Rhodes also faces another set of sex abuse charges in Multnomah County, this time involving an underage boy whom he met via Grindr.

Rhodes was instrumental in the planning of the election week protests and riots in Portland in the aftermath of Trump’s Presidential victory.

Rhodes had apparently made bail in these recent, and neither the Multnomah County nor Washington County inmate rosters show him currently in custody.

He is very likely back out on the streets.

Rhodes, alongside another prolific activist, Greg McKelvey, in court regarding still a separate matter, when they were arrested during a string protests in November, 2016.

Here’s a video from November 2016, when Rhodes was being hailed as a brave hero for leading the anti-Trump protests.



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ODDS AND ENDS 3-9-2018

In the odds and ends postings I sometimes make, I try to focus on things that I think are important. They might not meet the usual criteria of “doomer porn,” I like to post. Still, I think they are important.

The first post relates to the Navy Sailor who spent a year in jail for taking six pictures when he was on a US Navy Nuclear Submarine. He was convicted of misuse of classified material. Hellary the Shrew, who had a private email server,  mishandled hundreds, if not thousands of classified emails, and also had foreign powers access that information, didn’t have any thing done to her about such a massive security breach.

The link is here.


Trump pardons Navy sailor who went to jail for sub photos

The White House announced that President Donald Trump has pardoned the former Navy sailor who took photos inside a nuclear submarine and served a year in prison, Fox News reported Friday.

Kristian Saucier received a 1-year jail sentence for mishandling classified information after taking six photos inside the USS Alexandria, a nuclear submarine, which he was aboard from 2007 to 2012. Saucier served his sentence and was released from prison this past October.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently said it was re-examining the pardon comes less than a year after Saucier received a letter denying his pardon request due to it not meeting the right criteria, including having a five-year waiting period, Fox reported.

During his Presidential campaign, President Donald Trump slammed federal officials for going after Saucier but not punishing Hillary Clinton for her use of a private server to handle classified emails.

Due to an other-than-honorable discharge, Saucier doesn’t receive veterans benefits.

His discharge came after he took six pictures of classified areas inside the USS Alexandria at the age of 22, while working as a machinist’s mate at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut.

Saucier took several photos of the reactor compartment. Upon learning he was in trouble, he destroyed a laptop, a memory card and a camera to ensure no one saw the photos.

Saucier tried using Hillary Clinton’s use of classified information to his advantage by giving it as an example after Clinton wasn’t punished.

The next link relates to the new study saying it is okay to marry your first cousin. Islam allows this practice of marrying your first cousin, despite well documented evidence it leads to an increase in babies born with birth defects. What this so called “scientific study” is really doing is justifying Islam’s dangerous practice, and which has resulted in thousands of damaged babies being  born in England for example.

Marrying A First Cousin Not That Harmful To Family Tree, Study Says

Data scientists at Columbia University have published a report in the journal Science that examines the DNA of a 13 million member family tree and data found in online genealogy profiles. The research found that first cousins share about 12.5 percent of the same DNA. Second cousins share just over six percent of their DNA while third cousins share about three percent.

According to Popular Science, the modern stigma around marrying cousins boils down to the need for genetic diversity. The more diverse the genes passed down from your mother and father are, the better the odds are that a child will be born without any defects. Simply put, if a father’s DNA does not have the proper resistance to a certain disease then it’s better if the mother has significantly different genes because she may have the proper anti-bodies.

While a diverse gene pool is best for preventing major birth defects, the study found that a marriage between first cousins would only create a four to seven percent chance of birth defects. Unrelated parents had a three to four percent chance of having a child with a genetic defect.

According to Columbia’s Yaniv Erlich, who is also chief science officer of the DNA test company MyHeritage, cousin marriage was common even into the 1950s. From 1650 to 1850 humans were typically marrying their fourth cousins. The study believes that present day humans are likely all 10th to 12th cousins.

In the United States, 24 states ban first cousin marriage while 20 allow the practice. The other six states, including Arizona, Illinois, and Minnesota, have various restrictions on cousin marriage.

Of course, there is evidence of just how bad this first cousin marrying practice really is. The link is here. It is a fact that due to widespread Muslim immigration into Britain, and the resulting large number of first cousin marriages allowed in Islam, the result is clear. This study is nearly five years old, so the numbers are likely worse in 2018.


Bradford study finds higher birth defect risk in married cousins

  • 4 July 2013

  • The number of babies born with birth defects in Bradford is nearly double the national average, research conducted in the city has shown.

    The study found this was largely because of marriages between first cousins in the Pakistani community.

    Consanguineous marriage accounted for nearly a third of abnormalities in a study of more than 11,300 babies.

    Researchers said the risk of birth defects among children of blood relatives remained small, at 6%.

    The study looked at babies involved in the Born in Bradford (BiB) project, a long-term health study of thousands of people born in the city, between 2007 and 2011.

    About 1.7% of babies in England and Wales are born with a birth defect such as heart problems or Down’s Syndrome, but among BiB babies the rate was nearly double that, at 3%.

    ‘Make informed choices’

    It is not our intention to counsel couples about who they choose to marry

    Prof Neil Small, University of Bradford

    The study’s authors said it was the largest of its kind ever conducted and the first to include significant numbers of people in both consanguineous and non-consanguineous groups.

    The study included 43 different ethnicities but the largest ethnic groups were Pakistani (45%) and white British (just under 40%).

    Of 5,127 babies of Pakistani origin, 37% had married parents who were first cousins, compared to less than 1% of married couples nationally.

    It is estimated that, worldwide, more than a billion people live in communities where marriage between blood relatives is commonplace.

    Last year, the BiB project found cousins getting married was becoming more common among British-born Pakistanis in Bradford than a generation ago.

    Aisha Ali Khan, from the city, is healthy but four of her siblings were born disabled as the result of a particular gene carried by both her parents, who are cousins.

    Image caption Aisha Ali Khan’s parents are cousins

    “It works for so many people and they have fantastically successful marriages, however I would always say at least get some kind of genetic testing done,” Ms Khan said.

    “It’s very common in Pakistan now. My cousins are really aware of all this – when they talk about potential suitors, they talk about genetic testing.”

    The study’s lead author Dr Eamonn Sheridan, from the University of Leeds, said: “It is important to note that the vast majority of babies born to couples who are blood relatives are absolutely fine, and whilst consanguineous marriage increases the risk of birth defect from 3% to 6%, the absolute risk is still small.”

    Co-author Prof Neil Small, from the University of Bradford, said: “It is not our intention to counsel couples about who they choose to marry, but we do want to ensure that couples are aware of any risks so that they can make informed choices when planning their families.”

    There was also an increased risk for babies born to older women, which the researchers said was already a well-established link. Among the white British group, 19% of the babies with birth defects were born to women over the age of 34.

    But levels of deprivation had no effect on the risk of birth defects and “higher levels of maternal education halved the risk”.

    Finally, I have a report on a movie DVD I got from the Multnomah County Central Library. It is the 2017 sequel to the first Kingsman movie. It is called: Kingsman, the Golden Circle. I will say it is the most vile movie I have seen in quite some time. In fact, I only watched a short bit of it. The reason being it has a scene about cannibalism in it. Yes, you heard me correctly, CANNIBALISM. In  two separate scenes, well it was just incredible. The first scene is set in a drug lord’s compound, she is played by Julianne Moore, where an assassin who fails is ground up in a hamburger meat grinder. Next, the guy who killed him returns and is given a hamburger, clearly made out of the recently deceased. The dead guy is shown head down in the hamburger grinder, feet sticking out. He sits down, and starts to raise the hamburger, again made out of the flesh of the first guy, again the guy with his feet sticking out of the meat grinder. Now, I can’t say he actually ate it. The reason being I turned off the DVD and stopped watching it.

  • the link to Roger Egbert’s review of it is here.
  • https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/kingsman-the-golden-circle-2017
  • I have noticed that “they” are now pushing turning us into Star Trek Borg. I have noticed “they” are pushing first cousin marriage in order to degrade the human species. I have noticed “they” are now pushing artificial intelligence to replace the human species. “They” are now pushing all forms of sexual perversion, from sex with animals, and sex with children, and sex with robots. And now “they” are openly pushing the eating of human flesh. Hollyweird has a long history of pushing the envelope in order to debase modern culture. Well, having sex with animals, kids and eating human flesh is about as depraved as you can get.
  • I hope I haven’t shocked my readers too badly, but you really do need to understand the context of our rapidly collapsing social order. If “they” are now making movies about eating people, then it won’t be long before “they” start to really do it.
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We are now right on the verge of the final phase in the Syrian civil war. Within the next two weeks, and certainly no later than the end of March,  Syria is going to explode into a regional war involving all the current players.

ONE: Russia is now deploying its second shipload of armor to Syria this year. The link is here.


By Andrew Illingworth – 06/03/2018

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – The Russian military is sending another batch of vehicles and heavy weapons to Syria in order to further bolster the Arab republic’s armed forces.

On Monday, observers in the Bosphorus Strait spotted and filmed the Mediterranean-bound journey of a Russian Navy Tapir-class LST (Landing Ship Tank) sealifter.

Identified more specifically as Orsk 148, the naval cargo ship is noted by sources to be inbound to the Syrian port city of Tartus – its second such deployment since the beginning of 2018.

Whilst a number of military trucks were spotted above deck, it is worth noting that the true cargo-carrying capacity of the ship is hidden inside deceptively spacious storage areas within the vessel itself.

Tapir-class LSTs are capable of carrying up to twenty main battle tanks (or 40 infantry fighting vehicles).

TWO: Turkey is now in the final phase, as in the next 3 to 7 days, of storming Afrin itself. The link is here.


“The Turkish strategy is to lay siege to Afrin and to cut off the connection to Nubl and Zahra,” the SDF commander, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Al-Monitor.

Forces loyal to the Syrian regime have reportedly been deployed in support of the YPG from the mainly Shiite villages of Nubl and Zahra. Haberturk, a mainstream news channel, broadcast footage shot from Hatay, on the Turkish side of the border, of Turkish jets bombing Jindires. Large plumes of brown smoke rose from a hilltop that the channel said was near Jindires. Haberturk reported that the purpose of the strikes was to “soften” resistance before Turkish-led ground forces moved into the town itself.

Commentators believe that the battle for Jindires marks a shift from rural to urban warfare in Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch — a move that will prove hugely challenging. Jindires needs to be taken if Turkish-led forces are to close in on Afrin proper. Sedat Ergin, a veteran columnist for Hurriyet, wrote that Jindires “spreads out over a large area … [and] clashes with terrorist groups in a residential area with civilians carry more risks and difficulties than ones in the countryside.”

According to Istanbul-based think tank the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), the Turkish “gendarmerie and police special operations units, which are the urban warfare and counterterrorism elite of the Turkish security forces, are being deployed to the areas of operation.” EDAM added that the “use of … civilians as human shield[s]” on behalf of the YPG and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is “highly problematic.”




US-backed Kurdish forces say they are redeploying fighters from fronts against the Islamic State group in eastern Syria to the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in the northwest to shore up Kurdish fighters battling a Turkish offensive. 

The Kurdish Rudaw news agency quotes Abu Omar al-Idilbi, a spokesman for Arab militias within the Syrian Democratic Forces as saying that 1,700 fighters will be redeployed from Deir el-Zour and other active fronts with IS.

In pictures: 3,500 Rojava fighters graduate, ready to defend Afrin

By Rudaw 2/3/2018

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When World War Three actually breaks out, which could be any day now, nobody will be able to say they were surprised. It isn’t like Erdogan, or Assad Junior, or Vlad the Impaler, ie Putin, or Israel, or Iran, or Hezzbollah hasn’t given clear indications the balloon is about to go up. We may be appalled. We may be stunned. We may be terrified. We will not be unaware of the looming crisis, at least if you have been reading my little “doomer porn blog.” At any rate, Erdogan has now done something truly amazing in both the military and diplomatic sphere. Erdogan has now completely surrounded Turkey with armed, angry enemies. The level of arrogance and incompetence required to do that is, well truly amazing in its scope. Never has one leader, Erdogan, annoyed so many nations, so much, and with such a potentially devastating effect.

Erdogan now faces Urkaine and Russia to the north. Erdogan now faces Armenia to his East. Erdogan now faces Syria to his south, including Assad Junior, the Kurds, Iran and Hezzbollah. And finally, Erdogan now faces both NATO and Greece to his west. This western threat also now includes Israel, which sent one of its military people to have a chat with Athens. I have no doubt the cargo planes full of military stuff are now landing at the Athens airport.

First, in this link below we see Erdogan has so enraged the Armenians they have cancelled the 1993 attempt at better relations. Vlad the Impaler has yet again proven he is always about three steps ahead of everybody else. Putin has expanded, deployed to a huge Armenian Air Base that is on the Turkish Armenian border.

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Russia’s Staging Bases in Armenia

By Armine Sahakyan

Armenians have had an ambivalent feeling toward Russia since independence in 1991.

On the one hand, they are grateful that Russia’s defeat of Persia — today’s Iran — in the early 1800s prevented the destruction of Armenian civilization.

They are also grateful that Russia has been the guarantor of Armenia’s military security since the break-up of the Soviet Union 25 years ago.

That arrangement is actually part of official Armenian military doctrine.

But Armenians are also painfully aware that their nation continues to be one of the poorest in the former Soviet Union — and many believe this reflects Russia’s long subjugation of their country.

That’s why many Armenians wanted Armenia to join the European Union rather than the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union that Moscow bullied Yerevan into joining in 2013.

Armenians who had supported EU membership believed the country would have a better standard of living as part of the more prosperous West.

After all, a century of Russian-led Soviet rule and then Russian Federation economic dominance had failed to raise Armenian living standards.

That was why, in the fall of 2013, protests erupted when President Serzh Sargsyan made a 180-degree turn and scuttled Armenia’s plans to enter into an EU association agreement — a precursor to full EU membership. The announcement of the about-face came just hours after Sargsyan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in what everyone knew was a Kremlin arm-twisting session.

Armenians also have become aware that Russia’s motive for guaranteeing their military security is not altogether altruistic — that is, a big brother protecting a smaller one just to be nice.

In fact, some of the Armenians who protested the decision to join the Eurasian Economic Union also called for an end to the Russian military presence in Armenia.

It’s now apparent that Russia is developing Armenia as a staging base that could be used to strike neighboring countries opposed to Russian military adventures in the region.

The first evidence of that surfaced two decades ago — and recent developments have only reinforced the notion.

Under a defense agreement between Russia and Armenia in the late 1990s, Russian troops — not Armenian ones — were assigned to patrol Armenia’s borders with Turkey and Iran.

The message to Turkey and Iran was unmistakable: A border problem with Armenia would not lead just to a war with Armenia but also to one with Russia.

Additional evidence of the staging-base notion is that both Russian bases in Armenia — one an army post and another an air base — are near the Turkish border.

Further evidence is that in recent years Russia has sent a host of arms to Armenia’s military, starting with an $800 million shipment in 2010. The weapons have included Iskander-M surface-to-surface missiles capable of landing deep inside other countries in the region.

And in just the past few months Russia has beefed up the military hardware at its bases in Armenia and agreed to sell an additional array of advanced weapons to the Armenian military.

The weapons Russia has added to its bases at Gyumri and Erebuni include MiG-29 fighters, Mi-24 helicopter gunships and Navodchik-2 and Takiun aerial drones.

In February of 2016 it announced it was selling $200 million worth of arms to Armenia.

It said those weapons would include multiple-launch rocket systems, anti-tank missiles, handheld antiaircraft missiles, radar-jamming systems, armored personnel carriers, sniper rifles and tank upgrades.

The most recent round of Russian arms deployments to Armenia, and its agreement to send even more, go beyond possible threats to Armenia. They are also related to the Kremlin’s military adventures in Syria.

Russia began a bombing campaign against opponents of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria in September of 2015.

In November of 2015, Turkey downed a Russian warplane that it had repeatedly warned to stay out of its airspace.

Moscow was furious, and promised consequences.

It has since added new weapons at its Syrian bases that could bring down Turkish warplanes, and continued its encroachments on Turkish airspace, basically daring Turkey to try to stop it.

Russia has also levied economic sanctions against Turkey.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin has made another move that will increase tensions in the region: It has announced it will sell advanced Sukhoi-30 fighter jets and S-300 air-defense missiles to Turkey’s Middle East rival Iran.

Those involved in the Syrian conflict — including Russia and the United States, which has been bombing ISIS forces — recently forged a cease-fire that just went into effect.

Whether it will hold — and the broader question of who will ultimately rule Syria — remain to be answered.

One thing the conflict has shown is that Russia is intent on throwing its weight around even in countries outside its traditional sphere of influence.

And the resources it can draw on to do that include its staging bases in Armenia.

Armine Sahakyan is a human rights activist based in Armenia. A columnist with the Kyiv Post

Next, we have the Armenian response to Erdogan.


Armenia annuls normalization protocols with Turkey
By The Associated Press
YEREVAN, Armenia — March 1, 2018, 12:01 PM ET

Armenia’s president has annulled long-dormant protocols aimed at normalizing ties with Turkey.

According to his spokesman, Vladimir Akopyan, President Serzh Sargsyan made the announcement Thursday at a meeting of the country’s security council.

And finally, we have Vlad the Impaler, Putin, in full Vlad the Impaler mode, which is pretty damn impressive if you ask me. I will consider this a not so hidden direct threat to the neo con warmongers now running Trump’s administration.

The link is here.


Putin boasts of new Russian nuclear weapons

By vladimir isachenkov, associated press

MOSCOW — Mar 1, 2018, 9:36 AM ET

Russia has tested an array of new strategic nuclear weapons that can’t be intercepted, President Vladimir Putin declared Thursday, claiming a technological breakthrough that could dramatically increase Russia’s military capability, boost the Kremlin’s global position and also raise Western concerns about a potential renewed arms race in the 21st century.

Speaking in a state-of-the-nation speech, Putin said the weapons include a nuclear-powered cruise missile, a nuclear-powered underwater drone and new hypersonic missile that have no equivalent elsewhere in the world. He said the creation of the new weapons has made NATO’s U.S.-led missile defense “useless,” and means an effective end to what he described as Western efforts to stymie Russia’s development.

He noted that Russia had to develop the new weapons as the U.S. has developed a missile defense system that threatened to undermine the Russian nuclear deterrent and ignored Moscow’s concerns about it.

“No one has listened to us,” he said. “You listen to us now.”

The bombshell announcement comes as Putin is set to easily win another six-year presidential term in the March 18 election.

He said that the nuclear-powered cruise missile tested last fall has a “practically unlimited” range and high speed and maneuverability allowing it to pierce any missile defense.

The Russian leader said the high-speed underwater drone also has an “intercontinental” range and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that could target both aircraft carriers and coastal facilities. He said its “very big” operational depth and a speed that is at least 10 times higher than any other vessel would make it immune to enemy intercept.

Putin accompanied his statement to an audience of hundreds of senior officials and lawmakers with videos and computer images of new weapons, which were shown on giant screens at a conference hall near the Kremlin.

A computer video showed the drone being launched by a submarine, cruising over the seabed, hitting an aircraft carrier and also exploding near the shore.

Putin noted that the tests of the compact nuclear reactor to power the new drone were completed last fall.

Putin’s statement marked the first time the new systems were officially announced with a high degree of detail, and it wasn’t immediately possible to assess the veracity of it or assess the degree of their readiness.

“You will have to assess that new reality and become convinced that what I was said today isn’t a bluff,” he said. “It’s not a bluff, you trust me.”

He added, to applause, that names for the nuclear-powered cruise missile and the drone haven’t yet been chosen, and suggested that the Defense Ministry run a nationwide contest for the best names. The playful offer evokes the Soviet-era tradition of giving the innocuous names to some of the deadliest weapons systems.

“No one in the world has anything like that,” Putin said. “It may appear someday, but by that time we will develop something new.”

The Russian leader said that another new weapon called Avangard is an intercontinental hypersonic missile that would fly to targets at a speed 20 times the speed of sound and strike “like a meteorite, like a fireball.

Putin said that the weapon is capable of performing sharp maneuvers on its way to targets, making it “absolutely invulnerable for any missile defense system.”

Putin said that Russia also tested a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, called Sarmat, adding that its range allows it to fly over both the North and the South poles to reach any target. He said it carries more nuclear warheads than its Soviet-era predecessor, known in the West as Satan.

He said that another new weapons system, called Kinzhal, already has been deployed in Russia’s Southern Military District. He added that it’s a hypersonic missile carried by an aircraft that flies at a speed 10 times of the speed of sound and has a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) away.

The Russian leader emphasized that the development of new weapons that have no equivalent in the West came in response to the U.S. withdrawal from a Cold war-era treaty banning missile defenses and U.S. efforts to develop a missile defense system.

“I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country’s development: all what you wanted to impede with your policies have already happened,” he said. “You have failed to contain Russia.”

He emphasized that Russia is concerned about the Pentagon-led nuclear review released earlier this year that envisaged the development of low-yield nuclear weapons, saying that it could lower the threshold for using nuclear weapons.

“We will interpret any use of nuclear weapons against Russia and its allies no matter how powerful they are, of low, medium or any other yield, as a nuclear attack,” he said. “It will trigger an immediate answer with all the consequences stemming from it. No one should have any doubts about it.”

Jane’s by IHS Markit noted that coming after the U.S. nuclear posture review Putin’s statement “not only signals strength to a domestic Russian audience, but is a clear sign to the U.S. that Russia will continue to modernize its nuclear forces to ensure their credibility. ”

Putin said that Russian military experts and diplomats would be ready to discuss new weapons systems with their U.S. counterparts.

“We aren’t threatening anyone, we aren’t going to attack anyone, we aren’t going to take anything from anyone,” he said. “The growing Russian military power will guarantee global peace.”