Top US Commander: ‘We’re bad day away from Russians asking, ‘Why are you still in Syria?’ – #WW3, #Syria

– ‘We’re bad day away from Russians asking, ‘Why are you still in Syria?’ – top US commander:

A US special operations commander has admitted that an extended US stay in Syria runs contrary to international law and that Russia would be entirely justified in questioning its presence there.

At the Aspen Security Forum on Friday, Special Operations Command chief Army General, Raymond Thomas was asked whether American forces will remain in Syria, after Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is defeated, possibly, to support the Kurdish forces in the north of the country.

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FBI Seized Crushed Hard Drives From Home Of Wasserman-Schultz’ IT Aide

“…wireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy, laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner.  It was in the garage. They recycled cabinets and lined them along the walls. They left in a huge hurry…”

FBI Seized Crushed Hard Drives From Home Of Wasserman-Schultz’ IT Aide:

Over the past few months, the story of the Awan brothers has been largely ignored by mainstream media. However, the Pakistani-born brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan are at the center of a criminal investigation by U.S. Capital Hill Police and the FBI.  While official charges have not yet been filed, allegations of wrong doing vary from simply overcharging taxpayers for congressional IT equipment to blackmailing members of Congress with secrets captured from emails.

The Awan brothers were Pakistani IT specialists, whom worked for more than 30 house and senate democrats, as well as Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The substantial scandal has raised questions about who may have been passed data which the Awans had access to, given Pakistan’s history of collaborating with a number of foreign countries who have demonstrated past willingness to influence U.S. politics.

Now, per an exclusive report from the Daily Caller, we learn that the twisted plot surrounding the Awan brothers has grown even more interesting as FBI agents have reportedly seized a number of “smashed hard drives” and other computer equipment from their former residence in Virginia.

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NSA Officials and Computer Expert: Forensic Evidence Proves DNC Emails Were LEAKED, Not Hacked

NSA Officials and Computer Expert: Forensic Evidence Proves DNC Emails Were LEAKED, Not Hacked:

Preface by Washington’s Blog: We asked top NSA whistleblower Bill Binney what he thought about a report claiming that the DNC emails were transferred too quickly to have been accessed by a hacker, and could only have been copied by a DNC leaker. This article is his response.   Background here and here.

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT: Was the “Russian Hack” an Inside Job?

Executive Summary

Forensic studies of “Russian hacking” into Democratic National Committee computers last year reveal that on July 5, 2016, data was leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computers, and then doctored to incriminate Russia.

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Fill the Swamp: Trump to Put Military Industrial Complex Lobbyist in Charge of the Army

Fill the Swamp: Trump to Put Military Industrial Complex Lobbyist in Charge of the Army:

Last Wednesday, it was reported that Donald Trump was moving to nominate Raytheon lobbyist Mark Esper for secretary of the Army. Raytheon is one of the “big five” defense contractors, and the president’s decision comes at a time when concerns are being raised over the idea of defense industry executives being placed in senior positions at the Pentagon.

Esper, who holds a master’s degree from Harvard and a doctorate from George Washington University, has been Raytheon’s vice president of government relations since 2010. Before that, he held a slew of positions in both the public and private sectors. His resume is extensive, but The Hill managed to succinctly package the high points: 

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Baghdad seeking ‘substantial’ Russian military & political presence in Iraq – vice-president

Baghdad seeking ‘substantial’ Russian military & political presence in Iraq – vice-president:

Russian military and political presence in Iraq would bring balance to the whole Middle Eastern and North African region, Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi vice-president, said during his visit to Moscow.

“It’s well known that Russia has historically strong relations with Iraq, therefore we would like Russia to have a substantial presence in our country, both politically and militarily,” al-Maliki said during his meeting with the speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament, Valentina Matviyenko.

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Wisconsin Firm Microchips Employees: “It’s Inevitably The Next Thing… And We Want To Be Part Of It”

Wisconsin Firm Microchips Employees: “It’s Inevitably The Next Thing… And We Want To Be Part Of It:

In April we noted that Swedish company Epicenter had begun implanting RFID chips into workers hands… and the workers loved it… it makes opening doors and buying smoothies so easy and convenient, and your coworkers will even throw a party for you once you take the plunge to become a cyborg.

The injections have become so popular that workers at Epicenter hold parties for those willing to get implanted.

“The biggest benefit I think is convenience,” said Patrick Mesterton, co-founder and CEO of Epicenter. As a demonstration, he unlocks a door by merely waving near it. “It basically replaces a lot of things you have, other communication devices, whether it be credit cards or keys.”

Workers there seem alright with the idea. In the article, the general attitude is perhaps best captured by the comment of one 25-year-old worker:

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A Mystery Investor Has Made A 262 Million Dollar Bet That The Stock Market Will Crash By October

A Mystery Investor Has Made A 262 Million Dollar Bet That The Stock Market Will Crash By October:

One mystery trader has made an extremely large bet that the stock market is going to crash by October, and if he is right he could potentially make up to 262 million dollars on the deal.  Fortunes were made and lost during the great financial crisis of 2008, and the same thing will happen again the next time we see a major stock market crash.  But will that stock market crash take place before 2017 is over?  Without a doubt, we are in the midst of one of the largest stock market bubbles in U.S. history, and many prominent investors are loudly warning of an imminent stock market collapse.  It doesn’t take a genius to see that this stock market bubble is going to end very badly just like all of the other stock market bubbles throughout history have, but if you could know the precise timing that it will end you could set yourself up financially for the rest of your life.

I want to be very clear about the fact that I do not know what will or will not happen by the end of October.  But one mystery investor is extremely convinced that market volatility is going to increase over the next few months, and if he is correct he will make an astounding amount of money.  According to Business Insider, the following is how the trade was set up…

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“Was It Luck?” I Don’t Know, Maybe”: Is A 34-Year-Old Och-Ziff Trader Worth $280 Million?

“Was It Luck?” I Don’t Know, Maybe”: Is A 34-Year-Old Och-Ziff Trader Worth $280 Million?: 

Och-Ziff Capital Management put a five-year-long investigation by Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission to rest last year when it agreed to pay a $412 million fine to settle allegations that its Africa unit violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by paying more than $100 million in bribes to corrupt government officials. But even after slashing its management fee following a wave of customer redemptions, the publicly traded hedge fund is in rough shape. Its shares are languishing around $3, well below their peak of $26, and investors have pulled nearly a third of their assets from the fund, which had $32 billion AUM in May, down from more than $50 billion at its peak in 2015.

With the firm in dire need of rebranding, Dan Och, CEO and chairman of his eponymous firm, announced a major management shakeup back in February hoping it would help revive the firm’s battered image. While Och retained his titles, much of the firm’ day-to-day operations would be handled by Jimmy Levin, the former star of its credit business, who would take over as co-chief investment officer. Och personally contributed 30 million of his shares – about one-third – to Levin’s $280 million incentive package, a massive sum that Bloomberg noted is a rarity in Wall Street today.

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Video from Underwater Robot Shows Melted Nuclear Fuel in Bowels of Fukushima Reactor

Video from Underwater Robot Shows Melted Nuclear Fuel in Bowels of Fukushima Reactor:

Captured by an underwater robot on Saturday, footage released by plant operator Tepco shows for the first time what appears to be melted nuclear fuel inside one of the destroyed Fukushima reactors in Japan.

According to the Japan Times:

This is the first time Tepco has found something likely to be melted fuel. When the utility sent a different robot into reactor 2 in January, it found black lumps sticking to the grating in the primary containment vessel but said they were difficult to identify.

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Chainsaw-Wielding Attacker Wounds Five In Swiss Street Rampage

The Swiss, unlike the French, the Italians, the Brits and the Germans are able to fight back:

Why Switzerland Has The Lowest Crime Rate In The World (Video)

Chainsaw-Wielding Attacker Wounds Five In Swiss Street Rampage:

A manhunt is underway for a chainsaw-wielding assailant who wounded five people, two seriously, in a violent attack on Monday in a small Swiss town that was put into lockdown.

Police said the attack was “not an act of terror” according to Reuters. Authorities said they had identified the attacker, but did not name him, describing him in a statement appealing for help from the public as bald, unkempt and around 190 cm (six feet three inches) tall, and is believed to be driving a white Volkswagen Caddy.

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EU Threatens To Strip Poland Of Its Sovereignty For Being ‘Anti-Soros’

EU Threatens To Strip Poland Of Its Sovereignty For Being ‘Anti-Soros’:

European Union leaders have threatened to strip Poland of its sovereignty amid fears that an anti-Soros movement is spreading throughout Europe, spearheaded by the Polish people. 

The EU has threatened to invoke Article 7 – a move which would see Poland lose the right to vote and would see the country completely stripped of all of its assets .

Breitbart.com reports: The European Union announced Wednesday that it would be taking further steps against Poland for what it views as a “systematic threat to the rule of law.” The political bloc has criticised the Polish government’s proposed judicial reform in the past and is now eying a move that could suspend Warsaw’s vote within the union by invoking Article 7, Die Presse reports.

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College awards $100K prize to ‘Innovator for Social Justice’

College awards $100K prize to ‘Innovator for Social Justice’:

  • Grinnell College awards a $100,000 prize each year to an “Innovator for Social Justice,” and recently began accepting nominations for the 2018 recipient.
  • The “Innovator for Social Justice Prize” is the largest award given by a U.S. college for efforts to promote social justice, and has disbursed at least $1.5 million since 2011.

Grinnell College awards a $100,000 prize each year to an “Innovator for Social Justice,” according to a nomination form that went live on Sunday.

The “Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize” is the largest award given by a U.S college to promote social justice. Half of the money is awarded directly to the winner, while the other half goes to the organization that the winner represents.

“Nominees should be a force for social justice.”   

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“Worse Than People Can Imagine” – Deutsche Bank To Shift $350 BILLION Of Assets From London To Frankfurt

“Worse Than People Can Imagine” – Deutsche Bank To Shift $350 Billion Of Assets From London To Frankfurt:

“The worst is always likely to be worse than people can imagine…”

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Chamonix, France: Snowfall in July

Snowfall in Chamonix, France – In July:

28 cm (11 inches) of snow in the past 48 hours.

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This skiing site’s most recent snow report indicates that 10cm of fresh snow fell on Chamonix on Saturday 22nd July 2017.

The weather forecast on French TV Saturday morning called for snow above 2000 metres in the Alps.

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Argentina: Red alert for intense snowfall in Chubut – 22 July 2017 – Up to 75 cm (30 inches) of snow.

Argentina – Red alert for intense snowfall in Chubut:

22 July 2017 – Up to 75 cm ( 30 inches) of snow.

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The weather alert is for the central and western areas of Chubut and northeast of Santa Cruz due to intense snowfall this weekend.

The alert reaches also to the west of Neuquén and center and south of Rio Negro. According to the National Weather Service, up until at least Thursday the 27th, “during this whole period the area between 15 and 60 centimeters of snow is expected to accumulate, being able to reach in a specific way 75 centimeters”.

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A Month Of Multiculturalism In France: June 2017 – #Islam, #Muslims, #Terrorism

A Month Of Multiculturalism In France: June 2017:

  • I am in fundamental disagreement with these left-wing people who do everything to dissociate fundamentalism from Islam. Islam has been radicalized for fifty years. On the Shiite side, there was Imam Khomeini and his Islamic revolution. In the Sunni world, there was Saudi Arabia, which used its immense resources to finance the spread of this fanaticism of Wahhabism. But this historical evolution took place within Islam and not outside. When the people of the Islamic State attack, they do it by saying ‘Allahu Akbar.’ So how can we then say that this has nothing to do with Islam? It must be stopped.” — Sir Salman Rushdie, author of the novel The Satanic Verses, who has been hunted to be killed by Muslim extremists for nearly 30 years.
  • Residents of the Paris suburb of Mée-sur-Seine complained that a mosque was blasting prayers on outdoor loudspeakers well beyond midnight each night during Ramadan. Mourad Salah, a local Muslim leader, said the city council was to blame for the noise because of its failure to provide Muslims with a larger mosque: “The ball is in the mayor’s court. Until we have a place of prayer worthy of the name, with a greater capacity, things will be difficult.”
  • An online petition — “Women: An Endangered Species in the Heart of Paris” — accused Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo of allowing a large swathe of the city to become a no-go zone for women. Every night, hundreds of migrants from Africa and the Middle East line the pavements to form an intimidating gauntlet for women walking from the Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est railway stations to their homes, the petition said. Shouts of “bitch” and “dirty whore” are common.

June 1. Saber Lahmar, a 48-year-old Algerian who has lived in Bordeaux since his release from Guantánamo Bay in 2009, was charged with “terrorist association” and placed in pre-trial detention. He is suspected of providing financial, logistical and doctrinal aid to French jihadists who were planning to travel to Iraq and Syria. Lahmar was arrested in Bosnia in 2001 after being accused of plotting to bomb the American embassy in Sarajevo. In November 2008, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon ordered Lahmar to be released from Guantánamo because there was insufficient reason to hold him. In December 2009, Robert C. Kirsch, a lawyer at the firm of WilmerHale, which represented Lahmar in federal court, said: “We are grateful for the courage and generosity of the French people and government, and for the ongoing effort by President Obama… which will now give Mr. Lahmar a chance to rebuild his life in France.”

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US Spy Plane Forced To Take “Evasive Action” After Chinese Interceptor Flies Within 90 Meters

US Spy Plane Forced To Take “Evasive Action” After Chinese Interceptor Flies Within 90 Meters :

Two Chinese J-10 fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane flying over international waters in the East China Sea on Sunday, with one jet coming within 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials told Reuters.

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Pepe Escobar: A coup in the House of Saud? – The secret is out: the ascension of Mohammad bin Salman, displacing CIA favorite Mohammad bin Nayef as Crown Prince, was in fact a white coup

A coup in the House of Saud?:

The secret is out: the ascension of Mohammad bin Salman, displacing CIA favorite Mohammad bin Nayef as Crown Prince, was in fact a white coup

What has been an open secret across the Arab world is not a secret anymore even in the US: What happened last month in the deep recesses of the House of Saud with the ascension of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, aka MBS, was in fact a white coup.

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The Biotech Industry Is Taking Over the Regulation of GMOs From the Inside

The Biotech Industry Is Taking Over the Regulation of GMOs From the Inside:

The British non-profit GMWatch recently revealed the agribusiness takeover of Conabia, the National Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology of Argentina. Conabia is the GMO assessment body of Argentina. According to GMWatch, 26 of 34 its members were either agribusiness company employees or had major conflicts of interest.*

Packing a regulatory agency with conflicted individuals is one way to ensure speedy GMO approvals and Conabia has certainly delivered that. A much more subtle, but ultimately more powerful, way is to bake approval into the structure of the GMO assessment process itself. It is easier than you might think.

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