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– The Anti-Crimean Pogrom that Sparked Crimea’s Breakaway (Washington’s Blog, Aug 1, 2015):
Here is a description of the “Korsun Pogrom” or “Korsun Massacre”: the 20 February 2014 event that sparked Crimea’s breakaway from Ukraine:
– US Police Kill 118 People In July, Highest Monthly Total Of 2015 (ZeroHedge, Aug 1, 2015):
Early last month in “Crowdsourcing Police Brutality“, we highlighted an ongoing project at The Guardian which is attempting to tally the number of people killed by police in the US during 2015. Use of deadly force by authorities in America has become a hot button issue after several high profile cases involving the death of unarmed black suspects culminated in a night of violent protests in Baltimore.
In the wake of Baltimore’s “purge” (as April’s protests came to be known), two competing theories emerged about what effect the controversy has had on policing in America. We’ve outlined the two theories on a number of occasions, but for those unfamiliar, here’s a recap: Continue reading »
“The punchline: Sheng warned about the risks of local government debt, saying that 2 trillion yuan ($322.08 billion) in bond swaps may not be able to fully cover maturing debt, according to the report.
What he really said, as paraphrased by Bloomberg, is that “local governments tended to not report all their debts when audited in June 2013, thus the 2 trillion yuan debt swap plan arranged this year may not cover all debts due, Sheng cited as saying.”
– As China Admits It Lied About Its Local Debt Levels, Local Billionaires Are Quietly Liquidating Their Assets (ZeroHedge, Aug 2, 2015):
It was almost exactly two years ago, when during China’s long-forgotten attempt to actively deleverage its economy (remember that? good times…) we commented on the country’s s first attempt to estimate what its local government debt is since June 2011.
This is what we said in July 2013: Continue reading »
– The Surveillance State Goes Mainstream: Windows 10 Is Watching (& Logging) Everything (ZeroHedge, Aug 1, 2015):
If Edward Snowden’s patriotic exposure of all things ‘super secret surveillance state’ in America were not enough, Newsweek reports that, as 10s of millions of hungry PC users download the free upgrade, Windows 10 is watching – and logging and sharing – everything users do… and we mean everything.
Windows 10 should be renamed to Spyware OS https://t.co/4N8x3XJ9dv
— Thomas Fuchs (@thomasfuchs) July 31, 2015
From the moment an account is created, Microsoft begins watching. The company saves customers’ basic information – name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics – but it also digs a bit deeper… and finding answers is not easy, as one privacy expert exclaimed, “there is no world in which 45 pages of policy documents and opt-out settings split across 13 different Settings screens and an external website constitutes ‘real transparency’.”
– Obama’s New Executive Order Says the US Must Build an Exascale Supercomputer (Vice/Motherboard, July 29, 2015):
President Obama has established a new initiative across multiple government agencies that will focus entirely on creating the fastest supercomputers ever devised. The National Strategic Computing Initiative will attempt to build the first ever exascale computer, which would be more than 30 times faster than today’s fastest supercomputer, according to an executive order issued Wednesday.
The initiative will primarily be a partnership between the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and National Science Foundation, which will be designing supercomputers primarily for use by NASA, the FBI, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Homeland Security, and NOAA. Each of those agencies will be allowed to provide input during the early stages of the development of these new computers.
The primary task of the initiative is “accelerating delivery of a capable exascale computing system,” the order said. For context, it is believed that an exascale computer might be capable of mimicking the human brain, something impossible with current technology.
As of June, the fastest supercomputer in the world is China’s Tianhe-2, a computer that runs at 33.86 petaflops, which means it can perform 33.86 quadrillion floating point operations per second. The US has the second fastest supercomputer, a machine at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory that runs at 17.6 petaflops. Earlier this year, Intel and Cray won a $200 million contract from the federal government to build a 180-petaflops computer by 2018. Continue reading »
– China’s 1929 Moment (GoldMoney, July 30, 2015):
Anyone with a nose for markets will tell you that the Chinese government’s attempt to rescue the country’s stock markets from collapse is far from succeeding.
Bubbles collapse, period; and government interventions don’t stop them. Furthermore, we are beginning to see a crack widen in the foundations of China’s capital markets that could end up undermining the whole economy.
Since the government owns the banking system, some of the knock-on effects will doubtless be concealed. A consequence for China is that domestic financial instability could threaten her current plans for the international development of her currency. Here the timing couldn’t be worse, because in a few months the IMF is due to announce its decision about the inclusion of the renminbi in the SDR. The odds were in favour of China succeeding in this quest, on the basis that China was deemed to have fulfilled the necessary conditions, and the IMF itself has been supportive. Continue reading »
Here is an alternative way to opt out …
Install Linux. (Maybe you have a friend, relative who knows how to do this and can teach you how to work with Linux. Learning something new is good for the brain!)
Turn off the internet connection for Windows.
Go online only with Linux.
Use all the programs you’ve got used to in Windows (while being offline).
This way you could still safely use Windows XP.
… or try to tame the beast …
– Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out (BGR, July 31, 2015):
Windows 10 is amazing. Windows 10 is fantastic. Windows 10 is glorious. Windows 10 is faster, smoother and more user-friendly than any Windows operating system that has come before it. Windows 10 is everything Windows 8 should have been, addressing nearly all of the major problems users had with Microsoft’s previous-generation platform in one fell swoop.
But there’s something you should know: As you read this article from your newly upgraded PC, Windows 10 is also spying on nearly everything you do.
It’s your own fault if you don’t know that Windows 10 is spying on you. That’s what people always say when users fail to read through a company’s terms of service document, right? Continue reading »
– Venezuela Increasingly Looks Like A War Zone (ZeroHedge, Aug 1, 2015):
Over the years, we have repeatedly poked fun at the transformation of Venezuela into a “socialist utopia” – an economy in a state of terminal collapse, where the destruction of the currency (one black market Bolivar is now worth 107 times less than the official currency’s exchange rate) and the resulting hyperinflation is only matched be barren wasteland that local stores have transformed into now that conventional supply chains are irreparably broken.
Just this past Wednesday we showed a clip of what is currently taking place inside Venezuela supermarkets, noting that “the hyperinflationary collapse in Venezuela is reaching its terminal phase. With inflation soaring at least 65%, murder rates the 2nd highest in the world, and chronic food (and toilet paper shortages), the following disturbing clip shows what is rapidly becoming major social unrest in the Maduro’s socialist paradise… and perhaps more importantly, Venezuela shows us what the end game for every fiat money system looks like (and perhaps Janet and her colleagues should remember that).”
Illuminati (the Rothschilds and the other 12 elite families) control America and they are calling the shots.
America is just being used, or better abused, to fulfill their agenda.
History is repeating itself.
And again … We Are On Our Own
George Carlin sums it up best:
– George Carlin: The American Dream (Video):
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– Former Pennsylvania minister gets prison for admitting he was HIV positive as he sexually abused boy for 10 years (Wake Up From Your Slumber, Aug 1, 2015):
A former Pennsylvania minister who was HIV positive while he sexually abused a boy for approximately a decade will serve up to 15 years in prison.
– Osama bin Laden Sister, Stepmother Killed In Private Jet Crash (ZeroHedge, Aug 1, 2015):
Last October, when we first read about the crash of a business jet on take off in Russia’s Vnukovo airport, we didn’t think much about it, until a few hours later it was revealed that the main passenger on the plane was none other than Christophe de Margerie, CEO of Europe’s second largest oil producer, Total. Margerie had risen quickly to prominence in geopolitical circles three months earlier when in July 2014 he uttered the heretical phrase: “There is no reason to pay for oil in dollars“, suggesting that the Petrodollar’s reign at the top of global reserve currencies was coming to an end.
Three months later the CEO died on takeoff.
Likewise yesterday morning when we read reports that a 2010 Embraer Phenom 300 private jet, with a Saudi Registration HZ-IBN, crashed at a car auction site in Hampshire, we didn’t think much of it.
— AviationSafety (@AviationSafety) July 31, 2015
The jet was attempting to land at Blackbushe Airport near London when it crashed on to dozens of cars and burst into flames on Friday afternoon. Continue reading »
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– This Coal Mine Valued At $630 Million In 2011 Just Sold For One Dollar (ZeroHedge, Aug 1, 2015):
To get a sense of the complete devastation in the world of commodities, consider the curious case of Australia’s Isaac Plans coking coal mine, which was valued at $630 million in 2011. It sold on Thursday for $1. it gets worse: based on data from Citi Research, 90% of all M&A that miners did since 2007 has been written off. The commodity bubble has officially burst – feel free to thank China.
And what could possibly go wrong?
– The Cyber Wars Begin: Obama Says US “Must Retaliate” Against China For Historic Data Breach (ZeroHedge, Aug 1, 2015):
On Friday, we highlighted a “secret” NSA map which purports to show every Chinese cyber attack on US targets over the past five years. “The prizes that China pilfered during its ‘intrusions’ included everything from specifications for hybrid cars to formulas for pharmaceutical products to details about U.S. military and civilian air traffic control systems,” intelligence sources told NBC, who broke the story.
The release of the map marked the culmination of a cyber attack propaganda campaign which began with accusations that North Korea had attempted to sabotage Sony, reached peak absurdity when Penn State claimed Chinese spies had taken control of the campus engineering department, and turned serious when Washington blamed China for what was deemed “the largest theft of US government data ever.” “Whether all of this is cause for the Pentagon to activate the ‘offensive’ component of its brand new cyber strategy remains to be seen,” we said yesterday.
As it turns out, the Office of Personnel Management breach will indeed be used to justify a cyber “retaliation”against China, because as The New York Times notes, “the hacking attack was so vast in scope and ambition that the usual practices for dealing with traditional espionage cases [do] not apply.” Here’s more:
The Obama administration has determined that it must retaliate against China for the theft of the personal information of more than 20 million Americans from the databases of the Office of Personnel Management, but it is still struggling to decide what it can do without prompting an escalating cyberconflict. Continue reading »
– 11 Red Flag Events That Just Happened As We Enter The Pivotal Month Of August 2015 (Economic Collapse, Aug 1, 2015):
Are you ready for what is coming in August? All over America, economic, political and social tensions are building, and the next 30 days could turn out to be pivotal. In July, we saw things start to turn. As you will read about below, a major six year trendline for the S&P 500 was finally broken this month, Chinese stocks crashed, commodities crashed, and debt problems started erupting all over the planet. I fully expect that this next month (August) will be a month of transition as we enter an extremely chaotic time in the fall and winter.
Things are unfolding in textbook fashion for another major global financial crisis in the months ahead, and yet most people refuse to see what is happening. In their blind optimism, they want to believe that things will somehow be different this time. Well, the coming months will definitely reveal who was right and who was wrong.
The following are 11 red flag events that just happened as we enter the pivotal month of August 2015… Continue reading »
– Greece May Miss ECB Payment As Germany Says Bailout Timeline Is Unrealistic (ZeroHedge, Aug 1, 2015):
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras won a hard fought victory over party rivals on Thursday when Syriza’s central committee voted to postpone an emergency congress until after formal discussions on the country’s third bailout program are complete.
Syriza has been grappling with bitter infighting since more than 30 MPs in Tsipras’ parliamentary coalition defected during a vote on the first set of bailout prior actions, forcing the PM to rely on opposition votes to clear the way for formal discussions with creditors. The party dispute was exacerbated by reports that ex-Energy Minister and incorrigible Grexit proponent Panayiotis Lafazanis (along with several Left Platform co-conspirators) planned to storm the Greek mint and seize the country’s currency reserves. Continue reading »
– USA Today: Millions of fish dead in Pacific Northwest — Ocean conditions have ‘gone to hell’ — Salmon covered in fungus, red lesions all over, big gaping sores — Extinction concerns, “it could be the end” — Experts: “It’s crazy… Unprecedented… Catastrophic… Worst they’ve ever seen” (VIDEO & PHOTOS) (ENENews, Aug 1, 2015):
USA Today, Jul 31, 2015 (emphasis added): … weather in the Pacific Northwest is killing millions of fish…
AP, Jul 27, 2015: More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia… wiping out at least half of this year’s returning population… [NOAA’s Ritchie Graves] says up to 80 percent of the population could ultimately perish.
Eureka Times Standard, Jul 29, 2015: With recent fish counting surveys on two Klamath River tributaries showing alarmingly low numbers… fisheries experts are growing increasingly concerned… The South Fork Trinity River is also showing a low presence of wild Chinook salmon adults… Fisheries experts are not certain why the tributaries have such a low salmon population… Continue reading »
– MH370 ‘debris’ is not the biggest story on the island of Réunion – this volcanic eruption is (Independent, July 31, 2015):
Le Piton de la Fournaise volcano started erupting as investigations continued into part of a plane washed up on one of the island’s beaches
Much of the world may be awaiting news of the possible wreckage from MH370 today, but on the opposite side of the remote island where it was found, all eyes are on another story.
Piton de la Fournaise has started erupting , sending lava flows creeping down its flanks and spewing boiling gas into the air.
Officials warned of an imminent eruption at the Réunion volcano yesterday and evacuated the immediate area.