- Reid smelling anything but rosy in ranch fight (WND, April 12, 2014):
Desert showdown blows lid off long-standing plans with the Chinese
NEW YORK – When Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy refused to take his cattle off land the federal government demanded for the habitat of an endangered desert tortoise, it focused the nation’s attention on an arena Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., may have preferred to be kept quiet.
An investigative report published last week by Infowars.com drew a connection between Senate Majority Leader Reid’s involvement with Chinese energy giant ENN, Chinese efforts to build massive solar facilities in the Nevada desert and the showdown between Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, or BLM.
It wasn’t the first report to notice curious dealings involving the Chinese and America’s top Democrats. Continue reading »
- HFT Purge Begins: SEC Prepares To “Remove” Some High Frequency Trading Firms (ZeroHedge, April 13, 2014):
Ever since Goldman’s anti-HFT Op-Ed less than a month ago, and since the even more recent full-hearted support by Goldman of Michael Lewis’ most recent entry into the anti-HFT crusade (one promoting the Goldman-supported IEX exchange), one thing has been clear: the days of market structure in its current format are numbered. This was further confirmed after Goldman exited both its legacy Spear Leeds & Kellogg designated market making post at the NYSE, and is said to be winding down its market-dominating dark pool, Sigma X.
It also means that our 5 year crusade against HFT – not because we want it replaced with a different, Goldman-backed exchange but because HFTs inherently destabilize the market (see May 2010 and the now daily flash crash in individual stocks and/or exchanges) – and specifically those most profitable but also most parasitic and predatory HFT strategies… Continue reading »
- Ukraine misses deadline to pay Russia’s Gazprom gas debt (ITV News, April 13, 2014):
If you’ve ever been in arrears on your gas bill you will know it’s in everyone’s interests to come to some sort of agreement with your supplier. But Ukraine and Russia seem to be struggling.
Ukraine owes Russia $2.1 billion (£1.2 billion) for gas and counting. More correctly, it owes that rather staggering sum of money to Gazprom, the world’s largest gas company which is owned by the Russian state.
- White House Plans Biden Visit to Kiev Amid Eastern Ukraine Tension (The Moscow Times, April 13, 2014):
The White House said on Saturday that Vice President Joe Biden would travel to Kiev this month to show support for the Ukrainian government as U.S. officials expressed new concern over “violence and sabotage” by militants it said were apparently supported by Russia in eastern Ukraine.
Biden, set to travel to Kiev on April 22, will become the most senior U.S. official to visit the country since the crisis began there.
- 1993 WTC Bombing – FBI Operative Emad Salem Makes Terrorist Bombs At FBI Bomb Factory (LiveLeak, April 13, 2014):
footage and audio of FBI operative Emad Salem and his team creating bombs for the first WTC false flag attack
If Russia’s intention was to give Ukraine enough “escalation” rope with which to hang itself once again, it may have succeeded when a little over an hour ago acting president Oleksander Turchinov said in a televized address that Ukraine has mobilized its armed forces to launch a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” against pro-Russian separatists. Furthermore, knowing the only real escalation Kiev can engage in is in the war of words department, Ukraine set an 0600 GMT Monday deadline for pro-Russian separatists to give up their weapons and leave buildings they have occupied in the east of the country, a presidential decree said. It is unclear if this would be the catalyst to launch the military operation, but should Kiev indeed bring in the army it is certainly clear that Russia will respond in kind.
Angered by the death of a state security officer and the wounding of two of his comrades near the flashpoint eastern city of Slaviansk, Turchinov gave rebels occupying state buildings until Monday morning to lay down their weapons.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Despite the two false passport passengers on MH370 being debunked as red herrings to divert attention from the inevitable truth israeli mossad is right in the middle of this false flag gone wrong event, the US DHS & TSA have jumped at the chance to screw with the traveller yet again.
Watch this space for Airline Chapter 11 announcements as we all just throw our towels in the ring!”
Air Date: April 6th, 2014
- Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts (Washington Post, April 10, 2014):
A few weeks ago, with no notice, the U.S. government intercepted Mary Grice’s tax refunds from both the IRS and the state of Maryland. Grice had no idea that Uncle Sam had seized her money until some days later, when she got a letter saying that her refund had gone to satisfy an old debt to the government — a very old debt.
When Grice was 4, back in 1960, her father died, leaving her mother with five children to raise. Until the kids turned 18, Sadie Grice got survivor benefits from Social Security to help feed and clothe them.We do the math on the Obama administration’s surprising claim about for-profit education programsNow, Social Security claims it overpaid someone in the Grice family — it’s not sure who — in 1977. After 37 years of silence, four years after Sadie Grice died, the government is coming after her daughter. Why the feds chose to take Mary’s money, rather than her surviving siblings’, is a mystery.
H/t reader squodgy:
“This man has a wonderfully succinct yet gentle way of telling us all…we’re f*c*ed.”
- Bravely Facing the Awful Truth (Zen Gardner, April 11, 2014):
The real full on Truth hits you hard. Right in the heart. Your family is at stake, humanity is at stake. We’re being relentlessly attacked by some unidentified force and we’re reeling, without much to seemingly stand on.
Our planet’s resources are being polluted faster than we can identify. Everything in every sphere we just years ago held dear and tried to naturally defend has been so drastically altered it’s beyond identification or comprehension.
And we scream as if in a nightmare with no one listening. Continue reading »
And what would we do without the internet and the Second Amendment?
- The People vs. BLM: Liberty defeats govt. tyranny as feds release all cattle at Bundy Ranch (Natural News, April 12, 2014):
This has just been confirmed by the Bundy family on their Facebook page. Also, here’s a breaking video showing the cattle being released.
A tense standoff had taken place for several hours, where armed citizens of the United States of America — many on horseback — drew a literal line in the sand and refused to back down until BLM released the cattle.
The photo below — one of the most iconic photos of recent American history — shows armed American citizens in a standoff with BLM thugs (in the white SUVs) who engaged in the felony theft of the Bundy family cattle and committed numerous felony assaults on American citizens.
- Pressure mounts on UK over CIA’s ‘black site’ jail in Indian Ocean (RT, April 13, 2014):
A human rights group is urging Britain’s Foreign office to “come clean” over claims that a British-administered island in the Indian Ocean, Diego Garcia, was used as a secret “black site” detention center by the CIA.
“We need to know immediately whether ministers misled parliament over CIA torture on British soil,” Cori Crider, strategic director at Reprieve, a legal action charity group, said in a letter to UK Foreign Secretary William Hague.
“If the CIA operated a black site on Diego Garcia, then a string of official statements, from both this and the last government, were totally false,” Crider said.
Reader squodgy reminded me of the following video.
I have posted this video two times before and both uploads have been removed from YouTube.
For those that still haven’t seen this video yet:
This is a MUST-SEE!
A simple animated explanation of HOW the private Federal Reserve steals your money and WHY it must be stopped
Subtitles now available;
The AMERICAN DREAM is a 30 minute animated film that shows you how you’ve been scammed by the most basic elements of our government system. All of us Americans strive for the American Dream, and this film shows you why your dream is getting farther and farther away. Do you know how your money is created? Or how banking works? Why did housing prices skyrocket and then plunge? Do you really know what the Federal Reserve System is and how it affects you every single day? THE AMERICAN DREAM takes an entertaining but hard hitting look at how the problems we have today are nothing new, and why leaders throughout our history have warned us and fought against the current type of financial system we have in America today. You will be challenged to investigate some very entrenched and powerful institutions in this nation, and hopefully encouraged to help get our nation back on track.
- One Killed, Many Wounded After Shooting Breaks Out Between Ukraine Special Forces And Pro-Russia Separatists (ZeroHedge, April 13, 2014):
“Ball is in Kiev’s court.” That is how we concluded our article yesterday reporting that Moscow won’t accept force against demonstrators after Kiev warned it would use special forces to quell ongoing “terrorist” uprisings across cities in east Ukraine.
Predictably, Ukraine couldn’t wait to shoot the ball right back at Russia and re-escalate (in hope that the west will finally stand up and side along the acting government in what continues to be a very foolish gambit) and early this morning local time, units of the Ukraine special forces started an anti-terrorist operation in eastern town of Slavyansk, where police station was seized yesterday by separatist protesters, as reported by the Interior Minister Arsen Avakov posts on Facebook, who also warned local residents to stay inside, saying separatist protesters have opened fire in direction of approaching special police units.
— Defence Ministry UA (@DefenceUA) April 13, 2014
Moments later the operation turned deadly after at least one member of the special forces was killed and as many as 9 wounded, as well as an unknown number of casualties on the “separatist” side. But most importantly, Russia now has a pretext to step in and “defend” its ethnic population just as it warned it would do.
A Ukrainian special forces officer was killed and five others wounded Sunday in a gunbattle with heavily armed pro-Russian forces who had commandeered a police station in the eastern city of Slavyansk, Ukraine’s top police official said.
- IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches (Computerworld, April 11, 2014):
Tax collector has 58,000 PCs still running the aged XP; will spend $30M to upgrade to Windows 7
Computerworld – The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acknowledged this week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support, and will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches.
Microsoft terminated Windows XP support on Tuesday when it shipped the final public patches for the nearly-13-year-old operating system. Without patches for vulnerabilities discovered in the future, XP systems will be at risk from cyber criminals who hijack the machines and plant malware on them.
- BREAKING: Cowboys on Horseback Move in to Reclaim Bundy Cattle Stolen By BLM (21ST Century Wire, April 12, 2014):
Following the surprise announcement by Clark County’s Sheriff Douglas Gillespie this morning of a deal brokered to end the BLM’s occupation of the Bundy Ranch and Gold Butte, rancher Cliven Bundy has moved to reclaim some of his cattle previously stolen by the BLM.
After the Sheriff’s statement on stage at Camp Bunkerville, Cliven Bundy then made a list of demands, calling for the US Federal government’s 200 armed BLM agents to wrap-up their operation, and that they should begin “disarming the park service rangers”, and remove their equipment and structures to be “torn down immediately – within the hour”.
- “The Liberation Of Southeast Ukraine Has Begun” – Crimean Vice Premier (ZeroHedge, April 12, 2014):
UPDATE: The Maidan are calling for the leaders to react “Don’t give up like in Crimea”
On the day in which “pro-Russian separatists” are again claiming one after another city in east Ukraine, and when Russia has formally warned that any crackdown on protesters is “unacceptable” implicitly threatening retaliation should the promised use of special forces be implemented, moments ago Rustan Temirgaliev, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Miniisters of recently annexed by Russia Crimea, poured some more fuel into the fire and announced on his Facebook page that “the liberation of Southeast Ukraine has begun.”
- Ukraine Prepares Military Response To Russian “Act Of Aggression”; Fears Specter of “Gas Wars” (ZeroHedge, April 12, 2014):
Following more firefights and government building seizures amid the so-called “liberation of Southeast Ukraine,” the Maidan’s demands that the government not “give up like in Crimea” appear to be resonating woth leadership. Ukraine’s interior minister Arsen Avakov has declared: “The Ukrainian authorities consider the events of the day as a display of external aggression from Russia,” adding that, “”Units of the interior and defense ministries are implementing an operational response plan.” Russia was quick to respond with threats of war action if Ukraine suppresses pro-Russia ‘self-defense’ forces. As Reuters adds, with the crisis escalating militarily, the specter of “gas wars” is looming with Ukraine’s Energy Minister declaring, “we are probably steering towards Russia turning off its gas provision.”
— Ukraine Reporter (@StateOfUkraine) April 12, 2014
Armed separatists took virtual control of a city in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and Kiev prepared troops to deal with what it called an “act of aggression by Russia”. Pro-Russian activists carrying automatic weapons seized government buildings in Slaviansk and set up barricades on the outskirts of the city. Official buildings in several neighboring towns were also attacked. … “The Ukrainian authorities consider the events of the day as a display of external aggression from Russia,” Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a statement. “Units of the interior and defense ministries are implementing an operational response plan,” he added.
Which it seems Russia is quick to respond to… Continue reading »
- Russia Tells Ukraine It Won’t “Accept” Force Against Demonstrators (ZeroHedge, April 12, 2014):
Ukraine may have drawn its own red line overnight by saying it will send “special forces” into the latest east Ukraine city captured by “pro-Russia separatists” as we just reported, but Russia wasted no time in explaining how it would deal with it. Bloomberg cites Russian foreign minister Lavrov who stated that, “Russia Won’t Accept Ukraine Force Versus Demonstrators.”
Threats to use force against pro- Russian activists in southeast Ukraine are “unacceptable,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says in phone call today with Ukrainian counterpart Andriy Deshchytsia, Russian Foreign Ministry says in e-mailed statement. Lavrov added that he sees “no grounds” to accuse Russia of sending agents to destabilize situation in Ukraine.
From the Russian foreign ministry, google translated:
Telephone conversation by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine A.B.Deschitsey
April 12 at the initiative of the Ukrainian side had a telephone conversation between Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine A.B.Deschitsey.
During the conversation A.B.Deschitsa tried to lay the responsibility for the deterioration of the situation in the South and South- East Ukraine on Russia. He argued that in these regions there are some Russian agents and allegedly some of them had already been arrested.
In response, Lavrov stated that there were no grounds for such assertions. He recalled that similar claims against Russia could be heard from Washington, but we have not been presented specific facts.
On the Russian side emphasized the responsibility of the present authorities in Kiev for preventing any use of force in the South and South- East of Ukraine. A.B.Deschitse indicated on the unacceptability of Kiev constantly sounding threats to storm buildings occupied by protesters in Donetsk and Lugansk. Lavrov urged the Ukrainian side to act peacefully , through dialogue , with full consideration of the legitimate demands of the South and South- East of Ukraine , including the direct involvement of these regions in the process of constitutional reform.
In response to questions regarding the prospects for A.B.Deschitsy quadripartite meeting of the Russia- US-EU -Ukraine Russian minister noted that the preparation of this event as part of the content and on the format and timing continues to be discussed between Moscow and Washington
Ball is in Kiev’s court.
H/t reader squodgy:
“We all knew the real reason for the invasion of Afghanistan, but this gem is another case of karma.
Whilst invading Afghanistan & Iraq, the bullying gung-ho United States Military have been quietly burning the bridges which would have made the exit strategy cost effective.
Russia, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, China, Mongolia and a host of ‘stans’ have all been unwilling victims to drone attacks, sanctions or political interference/bullying/bribery.
Now they are trapped. The RT video news summary best explains it. But summarising, all those countries are now hostile to U.S. and thus forces SAC to go around the houses to escape with their 60,000 troops and $300Bn of warmongering, now antoquated and hammered equipment.
And just like in Iraq we were and still are ‘brilliantly succeeding’ ….
Cheney Tells New York’s G.O.P. He Sees Success in Iraq War
At a Midtown hotel ballroom, the vice president declared that the U.S. was “succeeding brilliantly” in Iraq and assailed Democrats on taxes, gas prices and national security.
Published: May 30, 2008
Source: The New York Times
- Pentagon ponders ‘logistical nightmare’ of Afghan withdraw (RT, April 12, 2014):
Ranked as America’s most challenging military action since WWII, the US is faced with the task of transporting millions of pieces of military assets out of Afghanistan as possible exit routes – including through Russia – are blocked.
The US military is learning the hard way from its lengthy experience in Afghanistan that it is far easier to get bogged down in a foreign adventure than it is to extricate oneself from it. Landlocked, isolated and surrounded on all sides by potential enemies, Washington’s withdrawal of its troops and equipment from the Central Asian country by the end of 2014 is beset with numerous obstacles.
- Eric Holder Admits That, If It Wanted, NSA Could Collect Internet Searches & Emails Just Like Phone Metadata (TechDirt, April 9, 2014):
During a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing concerning oversight, Rep. Zoe Lofgren decided to quiz Attorney General Eric Holder about the federal government’s surveillance efforts, starting off with a rather simple question. She notes that the bulk phone record collection program is considered to be legal by its supporters, based on Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows for the collection of “business records.” So, she wonders, is there any legal distinction between phone records and, say, internet searches or emails? In other words, does the DOJ believe that it would be perfectly legal for the US government to scoop up all your search records and emails without a warrant? Holder clearly does not want to answer the question, and first tries to answer a different question, concerning the bulk phone records program, and how the administration is supposedly committed to ending it. But eventually he’s forced to admit that there’s no legal distinction:
Continue reading »
Tags: 1984, Barack Obama, Dictatorship, eMails, Eric Holder, Fascism, George Orwell, Global News, Government, Internet, New World Order, NSA, Obama administration, Politics, Society, Surveillance, U.S.
- FAA orders “no fly zone” over Bundy Ranch (Intellihub, April 12, 2012):
The FAA ordered a no fly zone over the Bundy Ranch to prevent media coverage
NEVADA – As tensions rise between federal agents and protesters at the Bundy Ranch standoff in Nevada, the FAA has declared a no fly zone over the entire area. “No fly zones” are a tactic that the US government uses in war zones, in order to maintain a monopoly over the airspace in a conflict zone.
In this specific situation it seems that the government agents are using this no fly zone as a way of keeping media aircraft out of the area, so their transgressions and brutality can not be seen by the general public.
The following notice was posted to the FAA’s official website: Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Learning new things every day….so proud to be British….not.”
Added: Oct 28, 2013
Producer Andrew Tkach and correspondent Christian Amanpour report on the hushed up eviction of the indigenous people of Diego Garcia to make way for one of America’s most strategic air and navy bases. The full story aired on CBS News 60 Minutes.
H/t reader M.G.:
“Here is an excellent article about the rising power of Russia (as perceived by the EU) and why the US is losing. Thanks to the idiots who have run everything good we had into a tomb, here is the new view of America. Since Bill Clinton, we have been going downhill, and the corporate fool we now have in charge has completed the job.
The US is no longer seen as #1, by its people or the world.”
- U.S. influence hits new lows (Al Jazeera, April 12, 2014):
Obama’s trips to Europe and Saudi Arabia reveal the limits of American power
President Barack Obama spoke with condescension last week at The Hague when he identified the Russian Federation as a “regional power that’s threatening some of its immediate neighbors not out of strength but out of weakness.”
From Moscow’s point of view, Obama’s embassy to world capitals at the end of March demonstrated that the United States has also become a regional power, one that can no longer get its way in Europe and the Middle East.
In The Hague and in Brussels, Obama spoke of economic sanctions against Russia while definitely ruling out military force to resolve the Ukraine crisis. No European leader disagreed. It’s not just that severe sanctions would damage the fragile recovery underway in the EU. The Europeans have long since accepted that the U.S. cannot do more than talk of an Atlantic-based alliance. Moscow regards NATO as a shell of its 20th century presence and doesn’t worry much about military exercises or provocative NATO meetings chaired by the NATO and European Command leader, Gen. Phillip Breedlove, who had scheduled testimony on Capitol Hill canceled so he could consult with allies.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Just love the pic of the B-52 & comment…..”
- Bombs for peace: NATO marks 65 year anniversary (RT, April 4, 2014):
NATO was long touted as a post-WWII body of collective security, though few on the wrong end of its bombing campaigns have felt any safer for it. Here are a few reasons why 65 years of NATO haven’t made the world a better place.
- Ukraine Sends Special Forces To “Deal” With Separatists Who Take Over Another East Ukraine City (ZeroHedge, April 12, 2014):
Update: The regional police chief of the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk said on Saturday he was quitting his post, bowing to demands from pro-Russian protesters. Above the police headquarters, the Ukrainian flag was no longer flying, and was replaced with a separatist flag, according to a Reuters witness. “In accordance with your demands I am stepping down,” police chief Kostyantyn Pozhydayev told protesters.
So, one down?
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While the primary story regarding Ukraine remains the stand off between Kiev and the Kremlin over nat Gazprom’s gas deliveries and Kiev’s overdue, and as of today – officially halted payments – not a weekend passes without some city in eastern Ukraine falling to what are now called “pro-Russian separatists” and this Saturday is no different. While last week it was the eastern cities of Luhansk, Donestk and Kharkiv that saw their government building taken over and occupied by the “separatists”, today it was the turn of Slaviansk, where masked men armed with pistols and rifles stood guard near the police station as hundreds of locals gathered around, some building barricades with car tyres.
According to Reuters, the masked men were wearing orange and black ribbons, a symbol of the Soviet victory in World War II that has been adopted by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
Slaviansk is in the Donetsk region about 150 km (90 miles) from the Russia-Ukraine border. Pro-Russian groups have also occupied public buildings in the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, and are demanding autonomy from Kiev.
- Kiev backpedals on referendums after deadline to stop protest expires (RT, April 11, 2014):
Just after a deadline set by Kiev for protesters in eastern Ukraine to vacate seized buildings expired, Parliament-appointed PM Arseny Yatsenyuk pledged to push through a law allowing regional referendums in the country.
Holding referendums on the status of their respective regions was among the main demands posed by anti-Maidan activists, who have taken over a number of governmental buildings in eastern Ukraine this week.
Ukrainian law currently does not allow regions to hold referendums separately from the rest of the country. It was one of the main arguments Kiev voiced in declaring illegal last month’s referendum in Crimea, which ended with the peninsula’s seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia.
- Supporters gather to defend Bundy ranch in Nevada from feds (RT, April 11, 2014):
An intense showdown in the state of Nevada between a family of ranchers and federal agents continues to escalate after a longstanding land dispute two decades in the making came to a head earlier this month.
As RT reported earlier this week, hundreds of armed agents with the United States Bureau of Land Management and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have descended on the Clark County, Nevada ranch of 67-year-old Cliven Bundy to execute the court-ordered confiscation of nearly 1,000 cattle, according to his family, which the US government says have trespassed on federal property.
The Washington Free Beacon newspaper reported on Monday this week that 234 of the 908 cattle had been wrangled up by government agents and their contractors, and news of the dispute has since further propelled the story into the national spotlight.
Now it’s been reported that local cowboys have retrieved some of the confiscated cattle, and supporters of the Bundy ranch from around the region have flocked to Nevada to stand by their side.