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Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed French foreign minister Laurent Fabius to the State Department in Washington on Tuesday to discuss a range of issues, from Iran to Syria to climate change. Or, in the words of the foreign minister, "climate chaos." Kerry and Fabius made a joint appearance before their meeting, and the foreign minister warned that only 500 days remained to avoid "climate chaos"[emphasis added]: Well, I’m very happy to be with John. There is no week without a phone call or a visit between John and myself, and we have on the agenda many items, many issues – Iran, because negotiations are resuming today; the question of Syria, and we shall meet next Thursday in London together; Ukraine as well; and very important issues, issue of climate change, climate chaos. And we have – as I said, we have 500 days to avoid climate chaos. And I know that President Obama and John Kerry himself are committed on this subject and I’m sure that with them, with a lot of other friends, we shall be able to reach success on this very important matter. It is unclear what the foreign minister had in mind with the 500 days. However, France is scheduled to host the "21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change" in December 2015, about 565 days from now.
According to the unclassified (for official use only) Request to Conduct Realistic Training—JADE HELM 15 (RCRT-JH15) posted by the United States Army Special Operations Command, JH “is a challenging eight-week joint military and interagency (IA) unconventional warfare (UW) exercise conducted throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado.” The seven states and divided regions therein are designated as hostile, permissive, uncertain (leaning hostile) and uncertain (leaning friendly), with, for example, California designated as a largely blue (permissive) region with a small portion of the south in red (hostile) based on insurgent activity in the area. Exercise participants come from across the Department of Defense and U.S. government, and include U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Green Berets), U.S. Navy SEALs, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command, U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command, U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Units, 82nd Airborne Division and some interagency partners (likely, but not confirmed: FBI, CIA, DHS and others)
The RCRT states upfront the goals that the exercise hopes to accomplish: to improve the unconventional warfare capability of U.S. special operations forces as part of the national security strategy, and to determine the pros and cons associated with the exercise. The pros, as stated, include a financial deposit into the local economy of upwards of $150,000 (based on the purchase of supplies, food, fuel, and services).
This leaves the cons and the source of some of the controversy surrounding the exercise. In addition to the anticipated increased footprint and possible noise complaints, the exercise planners have also acknowledged that observant residents may notice suspicious behavior on the part of some of the participants, which will be based on the various and complex operational environments that they may find themselves in overseas. Some of the participants will be wearing civilian clothing, driving civilian vehicles, and utilizing weapons loaded with blank ammunition. Local and national law enforcement have been briefed and notified, and in fact, the planners are hoping that locals will notice the odd behavior and report it, with the end goal being teaching points for future improvement.
They also hope and plan that the exercise will provide the opportunity to interact with civilians “to gain their trust and an understanding of the issues,” including written and verbal coordination. Local governments, from mayors to law enforcement to public works are to be briefed and included."
The sources also say that ISIS has "spotters’ located in the East Potrillo Mountains of New Mexico (largely managed by the Bureau of Land Management) to assist with terrorist border crossing operations,”
originally posted by: greencmpI disagree completely.
My question is how do you force businesses to stay in business?
originally posted by: DYepes
I did get something juicy down the grapevine though. Bentonville has called for ALL market managers to show up for a meeting next week, and not a word was mentioned to them about the subject of this meeting. Essentially the people who oversee operations of dozens to hundreds of Wal-Marts in a particular market are being ordered to Home base for a meeting they will have no idea is about.
originally posted by: juiellineau
1.-Since Jade Helm is a practice run at civil unrest and population control in urban areas could it be that Wal-Mart stores will be used to facilitate mock scenarios of runs on the stores when there is a collapse or major threat.
UPDATE: I was contacted by someone at UFCW, Making Change At Walmart. They point out that the Pico Rivera Walmart workers (that's the California Walmart that closed suddenly due to "plumbing issues") has been one of the core active OUR Walmart stores in the country. It is also the site of the first Walmart strikes, back in 2012.