Feds foil armed resistance plot to Jade Helm 15
American Oligarchy: 400 Families Represent 50% Of Money Raised by 2016 Presidential Candidates So Far
The American system of government is nothing like what we are told in school and via the oligarch-owned mainstream media. The country has become so captured and corrupted by sociopathic oligarchs, that a neo-feudal modern serfdom is emerging where the opportunities to enjoy rising standards of living for the vast majority of people was rapidly becoming a pipe dream. The Dark Ages almost look democratic by comparison.
Puerto Rico’s ‘death spiral’ has officially begun
Puerto Rico’s Public Finance Corp. has officially failed to make a payment due August 1.
The president of the island’s development bank, Melba Acosta, has said it paid $628,000 of the $58 million due.
And according to CNBC, credit rating agency Moody’s considers that a default.
This means a bunch of painful events are about to be set in motion.
Investors in the PFC will now prepare to negotiate a restructuring plan — they will likely push for the government to take on austerity measures like cutting costs and raising taxes.
The discussions will be watched closely by investors holding some of the rest of Puerto Rico’s $72 billion worth of debt, who may end up in the same process as well.
August 01, 2015
Trump builds his political machine
JOE LACES UP
Never Say Never!… Eyeing 2016 Run… Sizes Up Shot At A Flagging Hillary…Dowd: Son Beau Urged Him To Run Before He Died… Family Raring To Go…
MARTIN ARMSTRONG, once a US based trillion dollar financial advisor, developed a computer model based on the number pi and other cyclical theories to predict economic turning points with eerie accuracy. In the early 80s he established his financial forecasting and advising company Princeton Economics. His forecasts were in great demand worldwide. As Armstrong’s recognition grew, prominent New York bankers invited him to join “the club” to aid them in market manipulation. Martin repeatedly refused. Later that same year (1999) the FBI stormed his offices confiscating his computer model and accusing him of a 3 billion dollar Ponzi scheme. Was it an attempt to silence him and to prevent him from initiating a public discourse on the real Ponzi Scheme of debts that the world has been building up for decades? Armstrong predicts that a sovereign debt crisis will start to unfold on a global level after October 1, 2015 – a major pi turning point that his computer model forecasted many years ago.
Ron Paul: “All Wars Are Paid For Through Debasing The Currency”
“…seen from the proper angle, the dollar is revealed to be a paper thin instrument of warfare, a ripple effect on the people, a twisted illusion, a weaponized money now engaged in a covert economic warfare that threatens their very livelihood.”
THE NEW OLIGARCHY
Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.”
Why Do So Many Working Age Americans Choose Not To Enter The Workforce?
You could call it the “Mystery of the Missing Worker” – why do so many people of working age chose not to enter the workforce? Here are the numbers, as of the most recent Employment Situation report: 250 million: the total number of people of working age in the United States; 149 million: the total number of people in that population that have a job; 8 million: the number of people who want a job but do not have one; leaving 93 million: the number of people who don’t work, and don’t want work. To put some context around that last number, it is 30% of the entire U.S. population. Why?
Hackers Claim John McCain Knew ISIS Execution Videos Were Staged
In a rather stunning note, CyberBerkut, a Ukrainian group of hackers, claims to have hacked John McCain’s laptop while he was in the Ukraine, and as Techworm reports, what they have released from his June visit appears to be a fully staged production of an ISIS execution video…
Stephen Hawking & Elon Musk Warn Of Killer Robots
“Autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow.”
it’s all politics
Pot Politics: The Marijuana Business Comes To Washington
it’s all politics
Sanders Is Surging — Which May Be Good For Clinton
FBI: GUN BACKGROUND CHECK FAILED
NASA closer to sending astronauts to Mars
Washington (CNN)NASA took a key step forward in the goal to land a person on Mars on Thursday, naming the first four astronauts to train for a commercial trip to Mars. Robert Behnken, Sunita Williams, Eric Boe and…
21.5 million affected by US government data breach; blames China
Hackers who breached US government databases stole personal information of 21.5 million people, officials said Thursday following an investigation into the attack.The Office of Personnel Management says the government…
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015: USA crush Japan 5-2 to win third title
VANCOUVER: Carli Lloyd became the first woman to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final as she inspired theUnited States to a 5-2 demolition of defending champions Japan on Sunday. The United States, winners in 1991 and…
Military: Don’t Worry If F-35, Most Expensive Fighter Jet Ever, Can’t Dogfight Well
The US & Europe Will Collapse Regardless Of Economic “Contagion”
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/26/2015 – 22:25
We cannot forget that crisis is in itself a distraction as well. Whatever pain we do feel tomorrow, or the next day, or the next decade, remember who it was that caused it all: the international banks and their globalist political counterparts. No matter what happens, never be willing to accept a centralized system. No matter how reasonable or rational it might sound amid the terror of fiscal uncertainty, never give the beast what it wants. Refuse to conform to the dialectic. This is the only chance we have left to get back to true prosperity. Once we cross the line into the realm of worldwide institutionalized interdependency, we will never know prosperity or freedom again.
“They Can’t Print Money Forever” – Ron Paul
– Former U.S. Congressman blasts Fed’s role in markets
– Gives scathing analysis of modern economics and markets
– Highlights complete disregard of economic fundamentals in investment decisions today
– As will be the case with Greece, U.S. will eventually be forced to liquidate debt
– Attempts to forecast day of reckoning are futile as it is a function of psychology
– “They can’t print money forever”
– Gold and silver will weather and thrive in currency devaluation
Chinese got Top Secret documents
The Obama administration defined the Chinese cyberattack on the Office of Personnel Management as two separate breaches—a move that allowed them to hide the fact that top-secret security-clearance documents had been compromised, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Those security-clearance documents “contain information that foreign intelligence agencies could use to target espionage operations,” the Journal reports. The administration originally disclosed on June 4 that personnel records had been compromised, and that the FBI suspects China was behind the hack. U.S. officials say as many as 18 million Social Security numbers might have also been compromised, which is several times the size of previous estimates.
Dangerous, Phony ‘Gun-Control’-Logic Strikes Again
Submitted on 06/24/2015 –
Look, it’s unfortunate to have to live in a world where there’s crazy people who want to do bad things. But it would be even more unfortunate to live in a world where we are regulated against being able to defend ourselves against those people… and the institution with the monopoly over ‘protecting’ us has a long-term track record of violence, intimidation, and abuse.
The Companies Where Millennials Want to Work the Most
OBAMA ABANDONS DRONE PROMISE
With or Without the Patriot Act, Here’s How the NSA Can Still Spy on Americans
Greece: What happens when a country defaults on IMF
ISIS to continue looking for ways to expand in Afghanistan: Pentagon
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist grouop is likely to continue looking for ways to expand their activities in Afghanistan. According to a new report by Pentagon, evidence of limited recruiting efforts by the ISIS have been seen by the US fores in Afghanistan. The report released on Tuesday further added that the US forces have…
Bilderberg 2015 – Where Criminals Mingle With Politicians
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/15/2015 – 17:20
“This is what happens when you let money run riot and you allow industries to police themselves. This is what happens when the rich and powerful are endlessly granted special privileges, celebrated and permitted or even encouraged to place themselves above the law. And this is what happens when ordinary people feel bored by and excluded from politics, largely because their voices matter so little…”
HILLARY DEBUTS Periscope account from Roosevelt Island with live broadcast hosted by campaign Outreach Coordinator and Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan.
Why military leaders believe US escalation in Iraq is inevitable
Analysis: Serving, retired U.S. commanders believe deploying trainers to Iraq won’t be enough to stop ISIL
FAILURE TO LAUNCH
Trans-Atlantic TiesIt’s Time To Rebuild Trust
Germany and the United States have close relations politically, but ties between our people are drifting as a result of NSA spying, the report on CIA torture and the planned TTIP trade agreement. A broader dialogue is necessary to deepen the partnership
Climate change has left US exposed in Arctic, say military experts
Full ArticleThe Guardian
10 Jun 2015
High-ranking former military commanders and security advisors echo Barack Obama’s warning that global warming is jeopardising US national security …
Inmate to be freed after 43 years in US solitary confinement
Full ArticleBBC News
09 Jun 2015
9 June 2015 From the section US & Canada Albert Woodfox was held in solitary confinement in Louisiana State Penitentiary, the largest maximum security prison in the US (file photo) A judge in the US state of Louisiana has ordered the release of an inmate who has been in solitary confinement for more than 40 years. Judge…
The story of Bush and Blair’s great lie
A film that reminds us exactly why Bush, Blair, and others in their administrations should stand trial.
Many ISIS’ Until U.S. Learns Valuable Lesson
Article by WN.com Correspondent Dallas Darling There will be many ISIS‘ until theUnited States learns one valuable lesson: How can a foreign nation win over people while occupying their lands? It’s a rhetorical question, of course, which requires only one answer. And yet from elite politicians to military advisors and counterterrorist experts,…
American Pharoah wins the Triple Crown
ELMONT, N.Y. – American Pharoah accomplished one of the rare feats in sport Saturday, becoming the first horse in 37 years and just the 12th horse ever to win the Triple Crown.
The heavily favored colt completed the quest by running away from seven rivals in the Belmont Stakes, three weeks after a rain-soaked dash in the Preakness and five weeks after a gritty,stretch-duel victory in the Kentucky Derby.
American Pharoah’s name now moves into the history books alongside equine immortals like Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Citation and War Admiral. And horse racing finally has the superstar it has hungered for – a fluid athlete with a massive stride who seems to float over the ground.
The last horse to win all three of North America’s biggest races was Affirmed in 1978. Since then, 13 horses have come to this historic track having won the first two legs of the Crown. All had failed,raising doubts whether the quest was still attainable for the modern thoroughbred.
In front of a roaring crowd, American Pharoah eradicated those doubts in stirring fashion, going wire-to-wire at the Belmont, beating second-place finisher Frosted by 5½ lengths. Pharoah didn’t break well from the gate, but it didn’t matter.
The result gave triumphant closure to trainer Bob Baffert’s 18-year quest to win the Triple Crown. Three times previously, he had won the Derby and Preakness only to encounter Belmont heartbreak. In 1997, his Silver Charm was passed in deep stretch. In ’98, Real Quiet was nipped at the wire. And in 2002, front-running War Emblem stumbled leaving the gate and was never a factor.
Now the 62-year-old Californian finally has his Triple.
It also marked a breakthrough for 43-year-old jockey Victor Espinoza in his third stab at winning the Triple Crown. Espinoza had been the rider on War Emblem, and on California Chrome last year. He is the first native of Mexico to win the Triple Crown.
And it was a triumph for American Pharoah’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, who in less than a decade has become one of the most impactful owners in thoroughbred racing. The 52-year-old Egyptian immigrant had finished second in four Triple Crown races before this year – three times in the Derby (2009, ’11 and ’12) and once in the Belmont (‘12).
One of Zayat’s Derby runner-ups, Pioneerof The Nile, is the sire of American Pharoah. The Zayat homebred established himself as a special horse very quickly.
American Pharoah finished fifth in his debut race as a 2-year-old last August, and has been simply brilliant ever since. This was his seventh straight victory at six different racetracks.
After dominating the competition in Arkansas in March and April, American Pharoah came to Kentucky as the Derby favorite. It took a vigorous ride by Espinoza to budge Pharoah past Firing Line and Dortmund in the stretch at Churchill Downs, but the colt showed his tenacity in winning the roses. He then came back two weeks later and obliterated the field in the Preakness, dancing over a sloppy track to set the stage for this history-making Belmont triumph.
Now he is a racing immortal. It took 37 years for a new horse to join the sport’s most selective fraternity. American Pharoah is a worthy inclusion.
American Pharoah Makes A Run At History
The dolar will die of monetary heroin……count on it…..
This is the end game of unfettered capitalism. The signs are all here. When you cast aside reasonable restraints, the unscrupulous among us will rise to the top and exploit everyone else. What we have left is a new American feudalism where CEOs move around like a pack of ruthless Somalian warlords. Riding behind the banner of efficiency, they replace employees with robots, outsource their work to foreigners and tell their employees to train their own replacements, and collude with hedge fund managers to strip companies of their most valuable assets to temporarily boost the stock price.
As if all this weren’t enough, now they are buying the entire stock market with money provided by the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing policies. This is essentially the largest leveraged buyout in history, and it’s being paid for by every American. If the IPO market continues to dry up and companies maintain their buybacks, eventually, they will run out of stock to buy, and the market will disappear.
In a country without public markets, corporate fiefdoms will dominate the landscape. Instead of actual castles and moats, fiefdoms will have legal barriers to protect them, like low minimum wages, tax loopholes, and regulatory capture. Warren Buffett always said he likes businesses with “economic moats.” Just imagine how much he would like the moats of the new American feudalism.
The company that best epitomizes the increasing privatization of capital is Uber. With absurd valuations in the private market as high as $50 billion, the company already has a substantial fiefdom. One day in the future, when the private takeover of all public markets is complete, you will see a propaganda poster on the subway that says, “We are all Uber drivers now!”
After Partial NSA Reform, Expanded Internet Surveillance Of Americans Emerges
The Obama administration expanded the National Security Agency’s (NSA) warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international web traffic in pursuit of Internet hackers, the New York Times reported Thursday.
Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.
The people we elect aren’t the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University’s Michael Glennon
MAYBE I’M RUNNING…
DEFINITELY GIVE ME MONEY
Senator Rand Paul: I Will Stop the Illegal NSA Spying
Isis fighter was trained in counterterrorism by State Department, officials confirm
An Isis fighter, who has called for jihad in an online video, was trained in counterterrorism tactics by the United States State Department, officials have confirmed. Gulmurod Khalimov was an officer of the primary counterterrorism unit which responds to threats in Tajikistan, a State Department official…
THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS
We Pay A Shocking Amount For Police Misconduct, And Cops Want Us Just To Accept It. We Shouldn’t.
Antibiotics Can’t Keep Up With ‘Nightmare’ Superbugs
The world is losing some of the most powerful tools in modern medicine. Antibiotics are becoming less and less effective at fighting infections. The problem has gotten so bad that some doctors are starting to ponder a “post-antibiotic world.”
Common infections that have been easily treatable for decades could become deadly if the current growth of antimicrobial resistance continues.
California’s Drought Makes It Rain Big Bucks For Local Businesses
“Every crisis is an opportunity.” That’s exactly how some entrepreneurs are looking at California’s worsening drought; the drier it gets, the more their business thrives.
This was a week of endings. It kicked off with theMad Men finale, which ended [SPOILER ALERT] with Don Draper meditating on a hilltop, just before we see the famous, “I’d like to teach the world to sing,” Coke ad from 1971. Did Don create it? The series is over, but the debate lives on. Next, David Letterman — after 33 years of smart, stupid, silly, absurd, cool, game-changing comedy — signed off with a pitch-perfect finale, and a sincere, “Thank you and goodnight.” Less bittersweet was Jeb Bush continuing to say goodbye to his senses, following up his Iraq debacle by claiming that it’s “arrogant” to say there’s a scientific consensus that climate change is man-made. No, what’s truly arrogant is denying future generations a livable planet. Continue down this road, and the earth will say goodbye to us all. Now there’s an unambiguous finale.
Why do US police keep killing unarmed black men?
20 May 2015 From the section US & Canada There have been large-scale protests against police brutality across the US Recent high-profile cases of unarmed black men dying at the hands of the US police have sparked protests and civil unrest in several American cities. The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, and Freddie Gray are –…
170 face charges of organized crime in Waco
Full ArticleThe Columbus Dispatch
US kills senior ISIS commander
Amtrak train derails, flips; cars torn apart, 5 people dead
Full ArticleThe Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, mangling the front of it, tearing the cars apart and killing at least five people. Scores of passengers were injured, and some climbed out of windows to get away. Mayor Michael Nutter, who confirmed the deaths, said the scene was…
Patriot Act In Uncharted Legal Territory As Deadline Approaches
Will the Patriot Act mean something different if lawmakers renew it now that they know the full extent of the NSA’s spying?
The Most Imminent And Paramount Question For Americans Today!
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 05/10/2015 – 16:50
Is it that we don’t care? Is it that we don’t see it? Is it that we are masochists? What is it about us that makes us so apathetic to the atrocities against our Constitutional rights? They are there for our protection and so, to we the people, they are assets that require maintenance but we are leaving them to be destroyed by the political elements. Even amongst well versed, well educated and very interested Americans there seems to be very little concern, judging by reaction, to the fact that our Constitutional rights are quite blatantly at this point, being taken away from us. Why is that not creating more of an agitated response??
WYDEN THREATENS NSA FILIBUSTER
The Patriot Act is Not Patrotic…..It is Subversive and needs to go AWAY
States Confront Massive Budget Gaps
We’ve Forgotten the Lessons of History
The real problem is that we need to learn a little history:
We’ve known for thousands of years that – when criminals are not punished – crime spreads
We’ve known for hundreds of years that the failure to punish financial fraud destroys economies, as it destroys all trust in the financial system
We’ve known for centuries that powerful people – unless held to account – will get together and steal from everyone else
Beyond Partisan Politics
Liberals and conservatives tend to blame our country’s problems on different factors … but they are all connected.
The real problem is the malignant, symbiotic relationship between big corporations and big government.
William Binney is the high-level NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information. A 32-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency, Binney was the senior technical director within the agency and supervised thousands of NSA employees.
Binney sent Washington’s Blog an article from Monday showing that a member of the cyber collective Anonymous tipped off Texas police to the imminent shootings by Muslim extremists.
This is the objective of intelligence agencies that I worked in – predict intentions and capabilities in advance. I agree with my VIPS [i.e. Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity] associates, hire Anonymous and fire the bums we got including the intelligence committees and the FISC [U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court].
After all, when was the last time our “intelligence community” predicted anything like this in advance
Binney and other top NSA whistleblowers have previously explained that the intelligence agencies should have stopped 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Paris shootings and other terrorist attacks. Butcorruption prevented them from stopping the attacks.
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity – a group composed of former high-level military and intelligence officials – recently called for independent intelligence analysis to keep our country safe.
One Man’s Message To Americans – “Start Giving A Damn!”
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 05/04/2015 –
“The reality is that those who seem to get worked up to the point that they are willing to act in defense of the Constitution even against the highest levels of government make up a very small minority of Americans. This is a real problem…because today’s American is simply a shell of a citizen of which none of the criminal atrocities creates even a stir from us. Sure we all read about these atrocities and we are angered in the moment but it passes rather quickly and we fall back into our self-induced ignorant bliss.”
Freddie Gray’s death ruled a homicide, police officers charged
California’s drought isn’t doomsday, but yes, it will change the state
‘This is not the justice we seek’: sorrow in Baltimore as grief turns into riots
NASA’s Bold New NExSS Initiative Will Search For Signs Of Life On Other Planets
CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS: CLIMATE CHANGE NOT MAN-MADE
2014 Was Hottest Year On Record…
25 best business schools in the world to make connections and get a job
American Justice? FBI Lab Overstated 95% Of Forensic Hair Matches (Including 32 Death Sentences)
The American justice system is broken. Completely and totally broken…“The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.”
Democrats’ civil war over free trade
The open in-fighting ramped up after a breakthrough on the historic bill was announced.
CONTROVERSIAL IRAN BILL PASSES
A chart that Obamacare’s fiercest critics will have a hard time explaining
The share of Americans who lack health insurance coverage plunged again last quarter, according to Gallup, down to the lowest level since it started keeping track. An additional 1 percent of the American public — more than 3 million people — went from uninsured to insured over the past quarter. Unfortunately Gallup’s data on this doesn’t go very far back, but as you can see this is way lower than where it was when the company started counting.
Every time one of these quarterly reports comes out, I hear from conservatives saying to me that of course a law that mandates the purchase of insurance and then subsidizes it will succeed in getting people health insurance. And I agree! But conservatives didn’t always.
A year or two ago, people up and down the food chain from incredibly popular conservative media celebrities to incredibly obscure conservative think tank wonks were making the case that Obamacare wasn’t expanding coverage.
Rush Limbaugh used to argue that people would never sign up for Obamacare plans. National Review editor and Politico columnist Rich Lowry argued that new signups were just coming from people who were already insured. And to back up his claim, Lowry had an American Enterprise Institute health policy scholar.
Now in defense of conservatives, it’s a mistake to attribute this all to the Affordable Care Act. A decline in the uninsured rate is, in part, a reflection of the growing strength of the economy and the accelerating pace of job creation.
On the other hand, conservatives also predicted that Obamacare would destroy the economy. In a 2011 press conference, John Boehner used the phrase “job killing” once every two minutes. Then in 2012 we had the best year of job creation since 2005. In 2013 we had an even better year of job creation. Then in 2014, we had an even better year, the best since 1999.
RUNNING AWAY… SHOT IN THE BACK… CAUGHT ON CAMERA…
Cop Kills Apparently Unarmed Black Man… Fires 8 Times… Faces Murder Charge… Officer Places Object Near Body Afterwards… Previous Police Reports Contradicted By Video… EARLIER: Cop Claimed He ‘Properly Followed All Procedures’… Demographics Of City’s Police Department Tell A Familiar Story… ‘I Had Two Brothers, Now I Have One’… What The News Would Look Like Without Video… WATCH THE DAMNING FOOTAGE…
Arming for Riots Across America? Homeland Stockpiling “Less Lethal Specialty Munitions”
Considering several recent contentious situations in Ferguson (Michael Brown) and New York (Eric Garner), and judging from recent events in Germany and Canada, it appears the Department of Homeland Security is intent on enhancing its ability to bring unruly crowds under control, so if you are a “less lethal” munitions supplier, you may want to check out the business opportunity the government has for you.
Truth about life in 2015 at Stanford, where 21-year-olds are offered hundreds of thousands of dollars right out of school
‘Your phone is ruining your life’
They Are “Undermining People’s Trust In Their Money”
Surely the thinking folk out there must be asking themselves: what is the way out of this Federal Reserve three-card-monte, one-percenter-stuffing, so-called “economy,” and what is the destination of this society when that mendacious model for living fails? There really is no free lunch or get-out-of-jail card. The truth is, when you rig a money system with price interventions, distortions, and perversions, they will eventually express themselves in ways destructive to the system.
Elizabeth Warren Fires Back After Wall Street Threats
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has a blunt message for the big Wall Street banks that may withhold campaign donations to Senate Democrats in hopes of quieting her calls to break up the banks.
“It will not work,” Warren said in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post.
Warren has been a vocal advocate for reining in big banks that she says wield too much power in Washington after their recklessness triggered the 2008 financial meltdown.
Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America have discussed ways to soften Warren’s strong tone, Reuters reports, and representatives of some have raised the idea of cutting campaign donations to Democrats. Only Citigroup — a frequent target of Warren’s criticism — so far is publicly withholding money from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Cutting donations, Warren said, won’t end her demands.
“They want a showy way to tell Democrats across the country to be scared of speaking out, to be timid about standing up, and to stay away from fighting for what’s right,” Warren wrote. “… I’m not going to stop talking about the unprecedented grasp that Citigroup has on our government’s economic policymaking apparatus … And I’m not going to pretend the work of financial reform is done, when the so-called ‘too big to fail’ banks are even bigger now than they were in 2008.”
THE MASTER CALLS IT QUITS
Justice Department Rolls Out An Early Form Of Capital Controls In America
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/20/2015 22:51 -0400
Something stunning took place earlier this week, and it quietly snuck by, unnoticed by anyone as the “all important” FOMC meeting was looming. That something could have been taken straight out of the playbook of either Cyprus, or Greece, or the USSR “evil empire”, or all three.
This is how the WSJ explained it:
The U.S. Justice Department’s criminal head said banks may need to go beyond filing suspicious activity reports when they encounter a risky customer.
“The vast majority of financial institutions file suspicious activity reports when they suspect that an account is connected to nefarious activity,” said assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell in a Monday speech, according to prepared remarks. “But, in appropriate cases, we encourage those institutions to consider whether to take more action: specifically, to alert law enforcement authorities about the problem.”
The remarks indicate that banks may be expected to do more than just file SARs, a responsibility that itself can be expensive and time-consuming.
Some banks already have close relationships with law enforcement, said Kevin Rosenberg, chair of Goldberg Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP’s government investigation and white collar litigation group. Ms. Caldwell’s remarks “speak to moving forward in a more collaborative way,” said Mr. Rosenberg.
A tip-off from a bank about a suspicious customer could lead law enforcement to seize funds or start an investigation, Ms. Caldwell said.
* * *
Justice Department rolls out an early form of capital controls in America
Imagine going to the bank to withdraw some cash.
Preppy State Proposes Amnesty for Potheads
Photo Illustration by Dair Massey/The Daily Beast
ISIS DAMAGED BUT DANGEROUS
Bigger than email
Iran’s Foreign Minister To U.S. Senators: ‘The World Is Not The United States’
CIA tried to hack ‘Apple phones from the outset’
Noam Chomsky: To Deal with ISIS, U.S. Should Own Up to Chaos of Iraq War & Other Radicalizing Acts
We air the second part of our two-day interview with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author. Chomsky is institute professor emeritus atMassachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught for more…
Obama says Netanyahu’s Iran speech contains ‘nothing new’
US President Barack Obama has reacted scathingly to a speech by the Israeli prime minister that castigated his policy towards Iran. In a speech to the US Congress,Benjamin Netanyahu warned that a deal under discussion on Iran’s nuclear programme could “pave Iran’s path to the bomb” rather than block it. But MrObama said Mr…
Netanyahu is taking a huge risk
Deadly LAPD shooting of homeless man is caught on video
Full ArticleThe Los Angeles Times
By Gale Holland and Jack Dolan contact the reporters Crime Shootings Los Angeles Police Department Video on Facebook shows LAPD officers fatally shooting homeless man on skid row on Sunday In a dramatic confrontation caught on video, Los Angeles police shot and killed a homeless man in the heart of downtown’s bustling skid row Sunday. A…
The Quality of the Nation’s Groundwater
About 115 million people—more than one-third of the Nation’s population—rely on groundwater for drinking water. As the Nation’s population grows, the need for high-quality drinking-water supplies becomes even more urgent.
“Through the WaterSMART initiative and the National Water-Quality Assessment Program, the Department of Interior is working to secure sustainable water supplies of sufficient quantity and quality and to identify measures needed to address climate change and future demands,” said Jennifer Gimbel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. “The integrated work that USGS is doing to map groundwater availability, groundwater quality, and the potential for contamination will give us the information we need to understand natural and human effects on groundwater and to take the actions needed to protect this vital natural resource.”
The recently completed national summary report of the quality of the Nation’s groundwater is now available online. Nine associated reports (USGS circulars) detail regional-scale assessments of groundwater quality in about 30 of the most heavily used principal aquifers across the United States.
A deep look at an unseen resource
Over the last two decades, USGS scientists have assessed water quality in source (untreated) water from 6,600 wells in extensive regional aquifers that supply most of the groundwater pumped for the Nation’s drinking water, irrigation, and other uses. This comprehensive sampling, along with detailed information on geology, hydrology, geochemistry, and chemical and water use, can be used to explain how and why aquifer vulnerability to contamination varies across the Nation.
- More than one in five (22 percent) groundwater samples contained at least one contaminant at a concentration of potential concern for human health.
- Contaminants from geologic sources—primarily manganese, arsenic, and radon—accounted for about 80 percent of contaminant concentrations that exceeded a human-health benchmark. Nitrate, which exceeded its benchmark in about 4 percent of wells sampled, was the only constituent from manmade sources that exceeded its human-health benchmark in more than 1 percent of samples.
- Differences in contaminant concentrations among aquifers, within an aquifer, and even between two nearby wells can be explained by large- and local-scale differences in geology, hydrology, geochemistry, and chemical and water use. Understanding how natural features and human activities affect groundwater quality helps to predict how and why aquifer vulnerability to contamination varies across the Nation.
- High-volume pumping and irrigation in many areas have profoundly changed groundwater flow and quality. By moving shallow groundwater deeper, into parts of aquifers used for drinking water, irrigation and pumping have increased the vulnerability of drinking-water supplies to contamination from nitrate, pesticides, and other manmade chemicals from the land surface.
- Irrigation, high-volume pumping, and artificial recharge can cause different types of waters to mix, with the unexpected consequence of causing the aquifer rocks and sediment to release naturally occurring contaminants, such as arsenic, selenium, or radium, into the groundwater.
Concentrations of dissolved solids, chloride, and nitrate, indicators of human influence on groundwater quality, increased from the 1990s to 2010 in shallow groundwater in many parts of the Nation. Similar changes are likely to occur in deeper parts of some aquifers in the future as the shallow water moves downward. Groundwater in permeable, unconfined aquifers, such as the Central Valley aquifer system in California, is especially vulnerable to contamination.
Over the next decade, about 2,300 shallow wells and 1,400 deep public-supply wells will be sampled for a broad range of water-quality constituents as the National Water-Quality Assessment Program continues to address the three central questions:
1. What is the quality of the Nation’s groundwater,
2. Is it getting better or worse, and
3. What factors affect the quality of this vital resource.
In the future, USGS-led national and regional scale modeling will provide a three-dimensional perspective of the quality of the Nation’s groundwater that can be used to inform management decisions.
The “War On Terror” Turns Inward – DHS Report Warns Of Right Wing Terror Threat
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/20/2015 – 22:00
And so it begins… the intentional demonization of a growing segment of the U.S. population that rightly believes the government is run by a collective of thieving, corrupt, immoral sociopaths. Commingling dissent, violence and “right wing” ideology will be key in the ultimate division of government critics in these United States, and a successful attempt to scare people away from questioning a clearly degraded and parasitic status quo.
Forget Hacking – CIA Accuses Russia Of “Manipulating The World’s Weather”
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/17/2015 –
America appears to have found something else to blame the Russians (or North Koreans) for… The Weather. As The Daily Mail reports, CIA chiefs fear hostile nations are trying to manipulate the world’s climate… seriously.
Trapped In A Narrative Of Lies
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/15/2015 – 10:40
War: people dying from sheer misery, people dying because they have no access to the services we take for granted, and even people being shelled by their own government. All these things are happening as we speak, and we accept them lying down – on our couches – and choose to ignore and even deny them, because we are trapped in narratives spun by those who see a profit in spreading these narratives. And who have a solid grip on what gets spun and what is not. This is not going to end well. Not unless we speak up. Not for anyone amongst us. This one will not pass by your door, or mine. We’re approaching decision time. For the world, for your life and mine. It’s time to pick sides.
Feds Hold Hearing On Whether They Should ‘Regulate’ Sites Like This One
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/12/2015 – 15:57As America continues to drift toward totalitarianism, it is only a matter of time before political speech on the Internet is regulated. It is already happening in other countries all around the globe, and control freak politicians in the US have begun a renewed push to regulate independent news websites. People are hungry for the truth, and an increasing number of Americans are waking up to the fact that they are not getting the truth from the corporate-controlled media. But as the alternative media has grown, it was only going to be a matter of time before the establishment started cracking down on it.
The World Empire of America: The Fourth Rome
- The feelings of anger, disillusionment, confusion, angst, bitterness, blame, and helplessness among a large swath of America is rising by the day. They were so pissed off in November, they voted the D team out of office and put the R team back in control. But more people have begun to realize there is one corporate fascist party in control doing the bidding of Wall Street, corporate CEOs, special interests, and shadowy billionaires who call the shots, select the candidates, write the laws, fund the wars of choice around the globe, and keep the citizens under constant surveillance and threat of military rule by police thugs in communities across the land.
- The United States has rapidly decayed into a surveillance police state, making Orwell’s 1984 seem like a guide for amateurs. The only true hero to rise during this era of marginalzation of population thus far, Edward Snowden, has revealed the depth of deception being practiced by a paranoid Big Brother style government operating unconstrained by the shackles of the Constitution as they attempt to retain their power and wealth at all costs. Freedom of speech, freedom from illegal search and seizure, and virtually every other Constitutional right has been disregarded by an all-powerful but fearful ruling party, as they monitor and record every electronic interaction of every citizen on earth. Orwell couldn’t have conceived of the $1.5 billion, 1.5 million square foot NSA Worldwide Surveillance Center in Utah. But, he did understand the mind of authoritarians:
“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.”
No more jingoistic lies of a Bush White House’s “war on terror
When it comes to politics, we do not forget the sins of the Father `s Shadow Government or Brother and the ludicrously botched case for the invasion of Iraq and the squalor of Bush domestic policy, from the workaday corruption of Alberto Gonzales’ Justice Department to the debacle of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of New Orleans to the 2008 economic collapse……..GO AWAY AND TERROR CAN GO THE WAY OF EXHAUSTION
NEW YORK BUST, NEW ENGLAND BLAST
NYC Snow Forecast Trimmed… Travel Ban Lifted… Storm Hammers New England… Major Travel Delays… Over 7,700 Flights Canceled… Trains, Ferries Suspended… Nonessential Travel On Roads Restricted… First Storm Fatality…
TRACK STORM… CRISIS MAP… RADAR… HAZARDS…
BRACE YOURSELVES2 TO 3 FEET
29 Million People Under Blizzard Warning… 7 States… Region Could Be Shut Down All Week… Residents Scramble To Prepare…Connecticut Travel Ban After 9 PM… Logan Airport To Halt All Flights… 3,500 Flights Canceled… De Blasio: ‘Biggest Snowstorm In The History Of This City’…
A steady metastasizing of the national surveillance state
‘The Shadow Of Crisis Has Passed, And The State Of The Union Is Strong’
FOCUS ON INEQUALITY… Calls For Paid Sick Leave, Bold ‘One Percent’ Tax Proposal, Minimum Wage Hike, Free Community College… Criminal Justice Reform… ‘A Free And Open Internet’… ‘Right To Vote Is Sacred’…Reprises ’04 Convention Speech… ‘Assertive’… ‘Ambitious’…
Polled With High Marks… FULL TRANSCRIPT… WATCH The Speech…
Industrial hemp somehow survived America’s narcotic age and despite today’s uncertain politics and incomplete laws, it’s poised to become a major agricultural and industrial force.
A Hedge Fund With $830 Million In Assets Just Went Bust
Inside Washington’s Elite Winter Party: The ‘Cave Dwellers’ Come Out To Play
A Musical Memorial For The Face Of Extinction
FBI and Justice department said to seek charges for Petraeus
Full ArticleThe Times of India
WASHINGTON: The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors have recommended bringing felony charges against retired Gen David H Petraeus for providing classified information to his former mistress while he was director of the C.I.A., officials said, leaving Attorney General Eric H Holder Jr to decide whether to seek an indictment that could send the…
AI Could Destroy Humans, Stephen Hawking Fears. Should You Worry?
Machines turning on their creators has been a popular theme in books and movies for decades, but very serious people are starting to take the subject very seriously. Physicist Stephen Hawking says, “the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk suggests that AI is probably “our biggest existential threat.” Artificial intelligence experts say there are good reasons to pay attention to the fears expressed by big minds like Hawking and Musk — and to do something about it while there is still time.
The 10 Best US Cities For Finding A Job
‘DEADLINES SHOULD NOT BE DOGMAS’
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani: America Should ‘Re-Examine’ Pullout Deadline
2015: A World Ruled By Hubris, Willful Blindness And Desperation
Issuing lies and pursuing willful blindness is not leadership: it’s failure on a grand scale.
FULL THROTTLE 2015
THE LEGACY OF A NEW YORK POLITICAL ICON
Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic
The Sony Hackers Are Now Threatening CNN!
Texas Is Freaking Out About Low Oil Prices
Tens Of Thousands Of Troops Deserting, Army Barely Prosecutes
Tens of thousands of soldiers have deserted the Army after long, drawn out deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan in dangerous conditions, but the military has proseuted just under 2,000 cases, Military.com reports. Over 20,000 soldiers have dropped out from the ranks since 2006, but only 1,900 cases have been prosectued. In most cases, desertion is usually easy to prove. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been the main poster child for Army desertion after he abandoned his unit in 2009, only to be captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and held for five years. A preliminary investigation in 2009 determined that he had simply walked away.
Before desertion was suspected as a motive, some troops were killed in the search for Bergdahl, who arrived back in the United States after the Obama administration traded five Taliban commanders imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay for the return of Bergdahl. “The waiting game is far from over for Sergeant Bergdahl, who had to wait to be freed by the Taliban and who now must wait longer to find out if he could face imprisonment by the military if his case goes to court martial and he is convicted. And those are big ifs,” Greg T. Rinckey, a former active duty Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) attorney told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement. “The final decision on his pay and benefits will be determined by how Sergeant Bergdahl is ultimately separated from the service.” The Department of Defense (DOD) has locked down information about the Sgt. Bergdahl’s case, saying that it “cannot discuss or disclose the findings of the investigation while disciplinary decisions are pending before commanders.”
Barack Obama’s Christmas message to troops: you have made us safer
US president, speaking at Marine Corps base in Hawaii, says sacrifices have not been in vain as military leaves Afghanistan …
Wall Street makes history, rises above 18,000 for first time
2014: The Year Of ‘Proof-less’ Accusations
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/22/2014 – 12:56
“if anything defines 2014 for me, it’s the advent of incessant claims for which no proof – apparently – needs to be provided. Everything related to Ukraine over the past year carries that trait; the economy too, and now Sony/North Korea. Never any proof, you just have to believe what your government says.”
Clooney tried to get Hollywood To Support Sony
Obama Announces Breakthrough In U.S., Cuba Policy… Most Significant Shift Since 1960 Embargo… U.S. To Open Embassy In Havana… Normalized Banking, Trade Ties… Raul Castro Welcomes Renewal Of Relations… Pope Played Instrumental Role… Cuba Releases American Alan Gross After 5 Years In Prison… 3 Cubans Jailed In U.S. To Be Freed In Exchange For Unidentified ‘Intelligence Asset’…
Alan Gross: Cuba Releases Him After Five Years in Prison
Share More ABC News Videos | ABC World News Copy Held for five years in Cuba, 65-year-old American contractor Alan Gross has been released from prison and is en route to U.S. soil, ABC News has learned exclusively. In a landmark humanitarian prisoner exchange to be announced by President Obama shortly at the White House, the agreement was reached…
Dalai Lama concedes he may be the last
How Dick Cheney Got His New Heart
Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History
I HAVE A DREAM
Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History
American Torture — Past, Present, and… Future?
The Implosion Of American Culture
“… America has followed the Soviet Union down the path of re-engineering its ideological culture… shifting towards a new socialist middle ground where centralization has woven the macro economic system tighter around a supra-sovereign statehood… They will say no one saw it coming… The sad reality is that the disorganized masses will remain ignorant to the whole process as they become consumed with television news drama that hides the structural truth behind the engineered cultural implosion of the American identity.”
Dick Cheney Would Torture Again
Dick Cheney gave an unflinching defense of he CIA’s post-9/11 torture program on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, dismissing criticisms of the program’s forced rectal feedings, waterboarding and a death.
“It worked. It absolutely did work,” said Cheney, a driving force behind the George W. Bush administration’s use of harsh tactics in response to the 9/11 attacks.
The Senate report on the interrogation program details forced rectal feedings that were medically unnecessary. But on Sunday, Cheney said the feedings were done for “medical reasons.” The former vice president showed little remorse for the dozens of prisoners who were found to have been wrongfully detained, for the man who died in the program, or for people like Khaled El-Masri — a German citizen who was shipped off to Afghanistan and sodomized in a case of mistaken identity.
Cheney said he was more disturbed by the detainees released from Guantanamo and prisons in Iraq — many under his own administration — who have returned to the battlefield. He cited in particular the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was released from a U.S. prison in Iraq in 2004.
“I’m more concerned with bad guys who got out and released than I am with a few that, in fact, were innocent,” Cheney said.
About the program’s serious errors — and the abuses that CIA Director John Brennan described as “abhorrent” on Thursday — Cheney said, “I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective.”
The Senate report has led to new calls for former Bush administration or CIA officials to be prosecuted for the torture program they oversaw, but Cheney on Sunday dismissed an appeal from Ben Emmerson, the UN Special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights, to reopen inquires.
“I have little respect for the United Nations, or for this individual, who doesn’t have a clue,” said Cheney.
U.S. won’t stop Native Americans from growing, selling pot on their lands
Silent Nemo Underwater Spy Drone Unveiled By US
The unmanned submersible resembles the shape and mimics the swimming style of a large fish, and can carry out surveillance.
,Saturday 13 December 2014
The US Navy has completed testing a robotic fish capable of carrying out covert underwater surveillance missions.
Dubbed Silent Nemo, the submersible drone is modelled on a bluefin tuna.
The Navy hopes it could be used to inspect the hulls of ships, check for underwater threats such as mines, and undertake secret reconnaissance missions.
Researchers from the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell (CRIC) and Boston Engineering tested the prototype at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia.
Over the past several weeks, Boston Engineering’s device, also known as GhostSwimmer, has been gathering data on tides, varied currents, wakes, and weather conditions for the development of future tasks.
The unmanned vehicle was developed to resemble the shape and mimic the swimming style of a large fish.
Measuring approximately five feet and weighing nearly 100 pounds, the drone can operate in water depths ranging from 10 inches to 300 feet.
Michael Rufo, director of Boston Engineering’s Advanced Systems Group, said: “GhostSwimmer will allow the Navy to have success during more types of missions while keeping divers and sailors safe.”
He added: “It swims just like a fish does by oscillating its tail fin back and forth.
“The unit is a combination of unmanned systems engineering and unique propulsion and control capabilities.”
The robot is capable of operating on its own for extended periods of time due to its long-lasting battery, but it can also be controlled via laptop with a 500-foot tether.
The tether is long enough to transmit information while inspecting a ship’s hull, for example, but if operating on its own the drone will have to periodically be brought to the surface to download its data.
“This project and others that we are working on at the CRIC are important because we are harnessing the brainpower and talents of junior sailors,” said Captain Jim Loper, department head for Concepts and Innovation, Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC).
“Our mantra is ‘you have permission to be creative’. We want our people to go out there and dream big dreams and put them into action.
“We want to see projects like this replicated throughout the fleet.”
The Devastation Of America’s Working Class
After years of exposing, month after month, the truth about the US labor market – its conversion into a part-time (in 2010!), low-paying job market where Millennials refuse to work (as the job market reality is gruesome so instead they opt to load up on record amount of student loans) and where older Americans, instead of enjoying retirement are forced right back into the labor force leading to record numbers of workers over the age of 55 (thanks to ZIRP crushing the value of their savings and a refusing to participate in an HFT- and central-bank rigged stock market), the mainstream media, having tired of spinning the bullshit optimistic propaganda, has finally moved to the “tinfoil” side, and has done something it normally wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. Tell the truth.
JACKPOT: WALL ST. CASHES IN
There Goes Oil …
These 7 Men Owned The Company Linked To CIA Torture
The US Senate report on the CIA’s so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that was released on Tuesday said a firm identified only as “Company Y” was responsible for developing many of the tactics used during the questioning of terrorist suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
After the release of the details of the Senate investigation, NBC News reported the company that worked to develop these techniques and received more than $80 million from the government for its work was a firm based in Spokane, Washington, called Mitchell, Jessen & Associates.
While much of the attention on Mitchell, Jessen & Associates has focused on the two owners of the company who gave it its name, the firm had seven co-owners. Documents exclusively obtained by Business Insider on Wednesday confirmed the names of these seven people as well as their roles at the company. The records also detailed whenMitchell, Jessen & Associates was first established.
According to a document filed with the state of Washington in 2008, the seven owners of Mitchell, Jessen & Associates were James Mitchell, John Bruce Jessen, David Ayers, Randall Spivey, James Sporleder, Joseph Matarazzo, and Roger Aldrich.
U.N. OFFICIAL: PROSECUTE THE TORTURE ARCHITECTS
Fallout From Brutal Report Continues… CIA’s Claims Of Torture Legitimacy Destroyed… Led To Fabricated Info… Didn’t Help Find Bin Laden… The Most Egregious Lies… Staggering Incompetence: Lost Detainees… Ex-Chief: ‘I Didn’t Lie’… Records Show Otherwise… Obama Won’t Take Sides…
FULL REPORT: Horrific Details Of CIA’s Torture… Dozens Wrongfully Held…Torture Used Before Seeking Cooperation… CIA Paid Experts $81 Million…Misled Media To Shape Coverage… Quarter Of The World Helped Run Program… GOP: Torture Helped America!… CIA Unlikely To Lose Power In Wake Of Horror… America’s Bloody Conscience…
The CIA Torture Details Are Appalling
The CIA Lied About How We Got Bin Laden
Torture report: U.S. faces harsh realities
December 10, 2014 — Updated 1209 GMT (2009 HKT) President Barack Obamasigned an executive order on January 22, 2009, to close the detention facilities atGuantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year. Five years later, the prison for terrorism suspects remains open, with 155 detainees (as of December 2013). Click through for a look inside the controversial…
What is the Obession of America`s Military with
The first movie trailer for the heavily anticipated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premiered online Friday, bringing with it immediate buzz about a new kind of lightsaber, a potential deserter stormtrooper and a revamped Millennium Falcon spaceship.