Apr 17

- Court Declares That, Yes, Bloggers Are Media (Techdirt, April 16, 2014):

A few years ago, we wrote about the bizarre and quixotic effort by Florida businessman Christopher Comins to find any possible way to sue University of Florida student and blogger Matthew Frederick VanVoorhis for his blog post concerning a widely publicized event in which Comins shot two dogs in a field (video link). The story made lots of news at the time, but Comins didn’t go after any of the major media — instead targeting VanVoorhis for a defamation suit. The original blog post is “novelistic” but it’s difficult to see how it’s defamatory. Either way, Comins’ case was shot down on fairly specific procedural grounds: namely that Florida defamation law requires specific notice be given to media properties at least 5 days before a lawsuit is launched. Specifically, the law says: Continue reading »

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Apr 17

- Companies to Add Phone Kill Switch After July 2015 (US News, April 16, 2014):

Firms including Google, AT&T respond to pressure for anti-theft feature on phones.

The rise in violent cellphone thefts is increasing pressure from Congress for phone companies to add an anti-theft kill switch feature on tablets and smartphones, so a group of businesses made a voluntary pledge to add such technology to phones sold in the U.S. by July 2015.

Four Democratic senators including Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., have introduced a bill to require wireless companies to install a “kill switch” feature allowing users to erase and shut down stolen devices, following up on a bill introduced by California state lawmakers in Sacramento.

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Apr 17

See also:

- EU Spy Chief Rules Out Russian Military Presence In Ukraine


- The Science of Unmasking Russian Forces in Ukraine (Defense One, April 16, 2014):

Every day, the scene playing out along the Ukrainian border with Russia seems like an act of costumed theater. Russian protestors wearing balaclavas, or ski masks, armed with military-grade weapons, attempt to take over government buildings by force. The question of who is behind the masks has risen to a level of critical international importance. If the protestors are affiliated with the Russian military, Putin’s government is in violation of international treaties and laws. It’s a nearly impossible challenge, but one that the United States military, within its own sphere of operations, is also trying to solve.

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Apr 17

- US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study (Common Dreams, April 14, 2014):

study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:

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Apr 17

- Blackwater Guards Finally to be Tried for Killing 14 Iraqi Civilians (AllGov, April 13, 2014):

One of the darkest episodes during the U.S. occupation of Iraq last decade is finally resulting in the prosecution of private American security guards who killed more than a dozen Iraqi civilians in a single incident.

The name Blackwater became famous after the 2007 event in which guards from the security firm’s Raven 23 unit opened fire in Baghdad’s Nisour Square on September 16. The shootings, which the Iraqi government said were unprovoked, killed 14 people and wounded 20 others.

The guards claimed they came under attack from insurgents while carrying out their duties for the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), which had hired the firm that has since undergone multiple name changes (Blackwater Worldwide, then Xe Services, now Academi).

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Apr 16

From the article:

“… were handed over to federal agents and will be destroyed.”

Destroyed???

Oh, sure! 

Flashback:

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- 24 Tons Of Cocaine Transported By The U.S. Air Force To Miami

- The Mena Connection: Exposing The CIA, Bush, Clinton, Iran Contra, And Drug Running (Full Documentary)

- Head of DEA Judge Robert Bonner: ‘CIA Are Drug Smugglers’ (Video)

- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro: U.S. Drug Agents Smuggling Cocaine

- AND NOW: Federal Agents Allowed Drug Cartel To Smuggle Tons Of Cocaine Into US

- Coca-Cola Imports Coca Leaves Which Are Used To Manufacture 333 Kg Cocaine In The United States With DEA Approval


- Coast Guard in Miami Beach unloads bales of cocaine with a street value of about $350 million (Miami Herald, April 15, 2014):

Wearing protective gloves and masks, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Legare carried 127 bales of cocaine — with a street value of about $350 million — off the ship and into a waiting trailer Tuesday.

The 80-pound bricks, which were seized in two separate cases in Southwestern Caribbean waters, were handed over to federal agents and will be destroyed. The drugs are worth about $110 million wholesale. Street value is usually about three times the wholesale value.

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Apr 16
An anti-government protester waves a flag in front of the seized office of the SBU state security service in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine April 14, 2014.
An anti-government protester waves a flag in front of the seized office of the SBU state security service in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Shamil Zhumatov)

- I’m confused, can anyone help me? (RT, April 15, 2014):

I’m confused. A few weeks ago we were told in the West that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine was a very good thing. These people, we were told by our political leaders and elite media commentators, were ‘pro-democracy protestors’.

The US government warned the Ukrainian authorities against using force against these ‘pro-democracy protestors’ even if, according to the pictures we saw, some of them were neo-Nazis who were throwing Molotov cocktails and other things at the police and smashing up statues and setting fire to buildings.

Now, just a few weeks later, we’re told that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine are not ‘pro-democracy protestors’ but ‘terrorists’ or ‘militants’.

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Apr 16

- “Pro-Russian Separatists” Attack Ukraine Soldiers With Guns, Molotov Cocktails, Local TV Station Reports (4 Killed, 12 Injured) (ZeroHedge, April 16, 2014):

UPDATE: ABOUT 500 SEPARATISTS ATTACKED UKRAINE MILITARY BASE: TV5

As RT reports,

Four people have reportedly been injured by gunfire in a confrontation between anti-Maidan protesters and soldiers stationed at an Interior Ministry base in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

A group of several dozen protesters arrived at the base, located in the turbulent Donetsk region, on Wednesday evening.

They called on the troops to abandon the base, but the soldiers didn’t listen, the demonstrators said.

Instead, the troops opened fire at the protesters, injuring at least four people. One of them took a bullet in his chest and is in serious condition, according to protesters.

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Apr 16

Related info:

- Hong Kong’s Li Ka-Shing Says Wealth ‘Underestimated’ (Bloomberg, Feb 28, 2014):

Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest man, said his fortune is at least 40 percent underestimated and that he won’t “admit” to being a Hong Kong mogul.

Li has a net worth of $29.2 billion, making him the 22nd-richest person in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.


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- The Richest Man In Asia Is Selling Everything In China (Sovereign Man, April 16, 2014):

Here’s a guy you want to bet on– Li Ka-Shing.

Li is reportedly the richest person in Asia with a net worth well in excess of $30 billion, much of which he made being a shrewd property investor.

Li Ka-Shing was investing in mainland China back in the early 90s, way back before it became the trendy thing to do. Now, Li wants out of China. All of it.

Since August of last year, he’s dumped billions of dollars worth of his Chinese holdings. The latest is the $928 million sale of the Pacific Place shopping center in Beijing– this deal was inked just days ago.

Once the deal concludes, Li will no longer have any major property investments in mainland China.

This isn’t a person who became wealthy by being flippant and scared. So what does he see that nobody else seems to be paying much attention to?

Simple. China’s credit crunch.

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Apr 16

- Moldova’s Transnistria Region “Approves” Appeal To Russia For Independence (Zerohedge, April 16, 2014):

As the EU seeks a closer association with Moldova, the 97% pro-Russian state of Transnistria (that we first warned was next here) is accelerating its move towards independence. As Bloomberg reports, despite condemnation by Moldova’s government of the “direct defiance”, the Transnistria Assembly has approved an appeal to Russia to recognize the region’s independencee. Neighboring Romania is “worried” and there are growing ‘actions’ by the so-called “Supreme Soviet” in the region’s capital.

Who is next?

Transnistira

As Bloomberg reports,

Moldova’s breakaway pro-Russian region of Transnistria has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to recognize its independence after Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

The appeal by the Parliament of Transnistria, city and district council members and community associations “express the aspirations of the people of Transnistria” and is based on the results of referendums held in 1991, 1995 and 2006, the parliament of the unrecognized state said on its website.

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Apr 16

 … and so does Nokia, which is why the kid of a Nokia manager is the only one in class who has NO cell phone:

- Former Health Minister Of Finnland Dr. Rauni Kilde: MIND CONTROL (Video)

…and the WHO?

- Dr. Rima E. Laibow: The Globalist Depopulation Agenda (Video):

“The WHO Is A Private Corporation Just Like The Federal Reserve And Receives More Than Two Thirds of Its Funding From The Pharmaceutical Industry.”


World Health Organization knew about dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation

A shocking exposé on corruption within World Health Organization ranks, relating to scientific causality of harm from electromagnetic radiation (EMR)

- World Health Organization knew about dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation (The Real Health Agenda, April 1, 2014):

Monday, February 3, 2014 was a very strange day in London. Only the weather was predictable. A cold rain fell as a dais of scientists faced a room full of reporters in the Royal Society Library’s Special Events Room on Carlton House Terrace. With its pillared roots going back to the 1600s, the Royal Society Library had welcomed scientists from all over the world for centuries.

On this day, two scientists distinguished themselves as authors of the thick, glossy tome that was almost the biggest presence in the press briefing. Co-authors Prof. Bernard Stewart, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales and Christopher Wild, PhD, Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) esteemed International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) prepared to tell the world we are on the verge of a cancer tsunami. World Cancer Report 2014 was nearly six years in the making. IARC is the cancer agency of the WHO, and a core part of their mission is to disseminate information on cancer. They gather information, frequently classify the risk level of various substances, and share that news with the world. This day the news was daunting.

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Apr 16

H/t reader M.G.:

“GM now wants bankruptcy protection from any of their vehicles from before 2009…….pay nothing, dump it all on the people. The courts will probably go along with it, they are corporate owned and corrupt.”


Car giant wants court to shield ‘new GM’ from legal claims for problems with its cars that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy

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GM has said at least 13 deaths have been linked to the switch problem. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

- GM asks bankruptcy judge for special protection to head off lawsuits (Guardian, April 16, 2014):

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.

The automaker’s strategy is in a motion filed in a Corpus Christi, Texas, federal court case, and in other cases across the nation that involve the defective ignition switches that have led GM to recall 2.6 million small cars.

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Apr 16

“…slower, more sustainable growth…”

Even ‘more sustainable’ than that?

- China’s Credit Pipeline Slams Shut: Companies Scramble For The Last Drops Of Liquidity

- China’s Credit Bubble Hits Unprecedented Proportions – A Walk Thru Of China’s Hard Landing, And The Upcoming Global Harder Reset

- China’s Corporate Debt Hits Record $12 Trillion

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- Chinese growth is weakest for two years (Guardian, April 16, 2014):

China’s GDP grew 7.4% in the first quarter amid growing evidence that the powerhouse economy is easing off

China’s economic growth slowed to 7.4% in the first quarter, raising the risk of job losses and a potential impact on the global economy.

The figure reported on Wednesday by the national bureau of statistics (NBS) was down from the previous quarter’s 7.7% and was below the full-year official growth target of 7.5% announced last month.

Beijing is trying to guide China to slower, more sustainable growth based on domestic consumption rather than trade and investment following a decade of explosive expansion

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Apr 16

Related info:

- New York Gun Owners Could Become Felons Over Night


Up To One Million New Yorkers Seize Opportunity To Not Register Their Firearms Ahead of NY SAFE ACT Deadline

- BREAKING: Up To One Million New Yorkers Seize Opportunity To Not Register Their Firearms Ahead of NY SAFE ACT Deadline (Bearing Arms, April 14, 2014):

The April 15 deadline to register firearms deemed “assault weapons” under Governor Cuomo’s NY SAFE Act has been met by hordes of New York Gun owners not rushing to register firearms, and the ceremonial burning of registration forms.

Unofficial estimates suggest that as few as 3,000-5,000 of the estimated 1-2 million firearms that have been redefined as “assault weapons” under New York’s utterly arbitrary and blatantly unconstitutional law
have been registered. Literally dozens of gun owners in the state of 19.57 million (2012) residents will take the opportunity to register today.

New York’s citizen control groups are taking the news as expected, with raging denial: Continue reading »

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Apr 16

- Nearly one million people relying on food handouts in UK (RT, April 16, 2014):

One of Britain’s largest food charities says that more than 900,000 people visited its food banks last year. The Wednesday report comes as 600 religious leaders urge the government to take action against the country’s growing hunger problem.

The new information shows the shocking number of people reliant on food handouts in the UK, largely because of harsh new benefits sanctions.

According to The Trussell Trust, Britain’s largest food bank charity, 913,138 people received emergency food aid from the organization in 2013-2014, compared to just 346,992 in 2012-2013 – marking an increase of 163 percent.

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Apr 16

- NATO to deploy ships, intensify Baltic & Mediterranean patrols ‘due to Ukraine crisis’ (RT, April 16, 2014):

NATO is strengthening its military presence in the Baltic and Mediterranean due to the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis. The organization is to deploy ships and intensified aerial patrols in the region.

At a meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in Brussels, NATO approved a number of measures to strengthen security in Eastern Europe in connection with the growing crisis in Ukraine.

“Our defense plans will be revised and strengthened,” said Anders Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO, to press in Brussels.

He added that NATO had not yet reached a decision about the possible deployment of troops in Eastern Europe. Continue reading »

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Apr 16

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Pro-Russia protesters gather in front of a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine April 11, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

- EU spy chief rules out Russian military presence in Ukraine (RT, April 16, 2014):

There is no large Russian military presence in East Ukraine, head of EU intelligence, Commodore Georgij Alafuzoff, has said. The spy chief has dismissed multiple accusations from the West alleging Russian involvement in the unrest in the region.

In an interview with Finnish national news broadcaster, Yle, Alafuzoff said the Russian military had nothing to do with the seizing of government buildings in eastern Ukraine.

“In my opinion, it’s mostly people who live in the region who are not satisfied with the current state of affairs,” said Alafuzoff, referring to the situation in East Ukraine. He went on to say that the people are worried for the welfare of those who speak Russian as their first language in the region.

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Apr 16

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… WW3 that is.


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Ukrainian servicemen look at a Ukrainian military jet fly above them while they sit on top of armoured personnel carriers in Kramatorsk April 16, 2014. (Reuters/Maks Levin)

- ‘Kiev wants to spark war between NATO and Russia’ (RT, April 16, 2014):

The interim president of Ukraine Turchinov wants to beat the Russians into intervening and provoke war between NATO and Russia, as it’s the only reason he can hold power, foreign affairs analyst Daniel Patrick Welch told RT.

RT: Russia has called Kiev’s action irresponsible and warned that it could trigger a full-blown civil war. How far do you see the situation going?

Daniel Patrick Welch: I think it depends completely upon whether Turchinov wants to push this to the end. The dangerous thing is that the point of it is that he wants to bait the Russians into intervening and spark of war between NATO and Russia because that’s the only reason Turchinov can hold power and not to scurry back to Italy. Continue reading »

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Apr 16

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Apr 16

Dozens Of Ukrainian Troops Surrender APCs, Withdraw From Slavyansk
Men wearing military fatigues sit by a Russian flag and a white flag reading “People’s volunteer corps of Donetsk” as they ride on an armoured personnel carrier (APC) in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 16, 2014. (AFP Photo)

- Dozens of Ukrainian troops surrender APCs, withdraw from Slavyansk (RT, April 16, 2014):

Reports from Slavyansk say that the army troops sent to the eastern Ukrainian city for an “anti-terrorist operation” are leaving en masse. Some troops are openly voicing support for the eastern Ukrainians, while others are speaking out against a war.

Follow RT’s LIVE UPDATES on military operation in eastern Ukraine

According to Interfax, citing local self-defense activists, some 300 Ukrainian troops agreed to lay down their weapons and “go home” following negotiations in Slavyansk.

“We managed to negotiate with them. About 300 military – only some of those who closed around the city – decided to lay down their arms and go home,” a self-defense activist was quoted as saying.

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Apr 16

Armoured vehicles with Russian flags

- Tanks Flying Russian Flag Enter East Ukraine City (ZeroHedge, April 16, 2014):

Update: UKRAINE DEFENCE MINISTRY CONFIRMS THAT SIX ARMOURED PERSONEL CARRIERS SEIZED BY PRO-RUSSIAN FORCES ON WEDNESDAY… so, defected?

The latest development in the ongoing Ukraine escalation are reports that in the aftermath of yesterday’s crackdown by Ukraine special forces against “separatists” in Krematorsk and other occupied eastern cities, in an operation which involved fighter jets and helicopters, that an armored column of military vehicles flying a Russian flag and carrying dozens of heavily armed fighters motored into the city of Slavyansk early Wednesday.

Clip summarizing the situation from AP:

The WSJ adds that “it wasn’t immediately clear whether the men were Russian soldiers or local militants who had gotten their hands on military vehicles.” Curiously a soldier on one said the unit was part of the 25th brigade of Ukraine’s airborne forces that had switched sides and was joining the pro-Russian forces, but that couldn’t be immediately confirmed.”

Additional photos of the Russian-flag bearing tanks: Continue reading »

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Apr 16

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- Oh, that awkward moment: Ukrainian PM greets Swiss president with Danish flag (RT, April 14, 2014):

An official visit of Switzerland’s president to Ukraine has kicked off with a diplomatic blunder as the country’s coup-imposed authorities greeted him with Danish flag instead of the Swiss.

It was Swiss president, Didier Burkhalter, who pointed the mistake out to prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk, during their meeting on Monday.

However, Burkhalter was kind enough to treat the incident as a joke, the Swiss media reports.

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Apr 16

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- Los Angeles, a city of poverty and unemployment (WSWS, April 15, 2014):

On Wednesday, the second part of the Los Angeles 2020 Commission report was published. The report, taken together with its December 2013 predecessor, lifts the lid on the brutal, crushing conditions facing workers in the second largest city in the US.

In its introduction, the first report, “A Time for Truth,” declares that “Los Angeles is barely treading water” and is “becoming a City in decline.” This is an understatement. The report reveals that 40 percent of families either make poverty wages or are unemployed. In the author’s own words, four out of every ten residents live “in what only can be called misery.”

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Apr 16

- Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Head Of Saudi Intelligence, Has Been Sacked (ZeroHedge, April 14, 2014):

In the aftermath of the disastrous, for both the US and Saudi Arabia, false flag campaign to replace the Syrian regime with one which would be amenable to allowing a Qatari gas pipeline to pass underneath the Al-Qaeda rebel infested country, there were numerous rumors that the reign of Saudi’s infamous former ambassador to the US and current intelligence chief, Prince Bandar “Bush” bin Sultan – the man who we suggested was the puppetmaster behind the entire failed operation – had come to an end. Some two months ago, Shia Post reported that “News sources announced that the chief of the Saudi spying apparatus Bandar bin Sultan has been dismissed… Since creation of crisis in Syria by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, Bandar bin Sultan’s name has been heard time and again in tandem with the Syrian crisis.”

Prince Bandar

Moments ago, in a tersely worded statement from the Saudi Press Agency, it was indeed confirmed that, perhaps in response to his failed handling of the Syrian conflict, Prince Bandar has indeed been sacked. Continue reading »

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Apr 16

- Insurance payouts to family members of MH370 continue in exchange for waivers (Intellihub, April 4, 2014):

Waivers have been accepted and insurance payouts have already been made surrounding the missing Malaysian airliner

BEIJING (INTELLIHUB) — less than 30-days after Malaysian Airlines flight 370 went missing insurance payouts to family members of the missing passengers continue despite the lack of physical evidence that anyone has even died. By some, this behavior may be considered jumping-the-gun and is typically frowned upon by law firms seeking to represent family members of the missing.

In fact, according to a recent New York Times article, several law firms have been actively scouting family members of passengers who were aboard the missing plane in hopes to represent them.  It was even reported that U.S. attorney Monica R. Kelly was sent by her law firm to post up at the Lido Hotel, where most of the family members are staying to gather the latest information on MH370. Kelly was assigned to the hotel in hopes of representing as many of flight 370′s family members as possible in a U.S. court, thus bringing the matter abroad. Continue reading »

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Apr 15

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs New York's Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act into law
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act into law during a ceremony in the Red Room at the Capitol on Tuesday.

- Deadline leaves N.Y. gun owners with a choice (USA Today, April 13, 2014):

ALBANY, N.Y. — Come Tuesday, owners of assault weapons in New York will be faced with a choice: Register those firearms with the state or potentially face a felony charge.

Some gun owners have long threatened to ignore a requirement to register assault weapons under the SAFE Act, a set of strict gun laws approved by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers last year.

With the registration deadline set for Tuesday, they’ll soon have their chance.

“We are not asking our members what they are going to do, nor are we advising them what to do,” said Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association. “When someone asks me, I say it’s a personal choice and I don’t want to know.”

The consequences of ignoring the deadline are severe.

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Apr 15

Listen to the interview here:

- Exclusive: Sources Inside The BLM and Las Vegas Metro Say Feds Are Planning A Raid On Bundy Home (Benn Swann, April 14, 2014):

Bunkerville, NEVADA, April 14, 2014– As reported yesterday, hundreds of federal agents are still at the Bundy Ranch and the area continues its status as a no-fly zone. Despite major media reports that the Nevada Bureau of Land Management is retreating, the remaining activity that still surrounds the ranch illustrates a different scenario.

Not only is the BLM not actually backing off of Cliven Bundy, Sheriff Richard Mack of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association has revealed stunning information: on Ben Swann’s radio program, Mack said that he has received intelligence from multiple, credible sources inside the BLM and the Las Vegas Metro that there is “no question” that the federal government is planning a raid on the Bundy home and the homes of their children who live on the property.

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Apr 15

Helicopter shot down in Kramatorsk airfield today 15.4.2014

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Apr 15

From the article:

“The Apache, which began service in 1986, is armed with a 30 mm M230E1 Chain Gun (with 1,200 rounds), Hellfire anti-tank missiles, and 70 general-purpose 70 mm rockets. In short, it is capable of fending-off any enemy, foreign or domestic.

Obviously, these helicopters could pose a substantial obstacle to say, a tyrant drunk on his own power, with an army at his disposal.”

Couple that with the as yet, unexplained, massive arms buildup by the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Defense Authorization Act which allows the feds to arrest and detain any U.S. citizen indefinitely without charges, and even the most establishment-minded American should be able to see what is coming.


Martial law - Obama confiscates National Guard helicopters from all 50 states

- Martial law: Obama confiscates National Guard helicopters from all 50 states (Examiner, April 14, 2014):

As if the Obama administration’s purchase of more than 2 billion rounds of ammunition, and nearly 3,000 urban tanks, along with their unprecedented (and highly illegal) domestic spying program was not enough to convince you that the federal government is about to suspend the Constitution once and for all, the man who once vowed to run “the most transparent administration in history” has just rather inexplicably, ordered the U.S. Army to seize every Apache attack helicopter currently in use by the National Guard.

In all, the Defense Department will confiscate 192 Apaches from National Guard units around the country and give them to the active duty Army.

In exchange for the heavily armed and highly maneuverable choppers, Guard units will receive 111 UH-60 Blackhawk transport helicopters from the Army, Defense One reports.

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Apr 15

- The S&P 500 Enters “Vertical Straight Line Up” Formation (ZeroHedge, April 15, 2014):

The comedy from yesterday continues. Sure enough it is market open on a Tuesday (remember – the market never goes down on Tuesday) – the two most bullish catalyst to momentum ignition vacuum tubes. The rest is indescriminate panic buying history.

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- European Stocks Tumble As Investors Rush Into “Safe Haven” Italian Bonds!? (ZeroHedge, April 15, 2014):

Consumer confidence slumps in the core and Ukraine fears weighed heavily on European stocks despite getting a push from the insanity in US equity markets this morning. Europe closed at their lows of the day led by Italy and Portugal stocks fading fast. It would appear that these worried investors greatly rotated into safe-havens such as Italian government bonds – which broke to their lowest yield on record today… makes sense right?

- Russell 2000 Breaks Below Key Technical Level (ZeroHedge, April 15, 2014):

For the first time since Novemeber 2012 (when QE4EVA was kicked off in style), the Russell 2000that long-heralded indication that everything is great in the US economy and the indicator that stocks are great at discounting the future that is undoubtedly rosyhas broken back below its 200-day moving-average. In the meantime, an oddly dominant algorithm is swamping options markets with millions of fake orders…”rigged?”

- “Growth” Stocks Tumble To 7-Month Lows To “Value” As Bond Yields Collapse (ZeroHedge, April 15, 2014):

It is perhaps worth reflecting on the smorgasbord of free advice given out by the talking-heads after last night’s closing ramp proclaiming the dip to be bought and that everything was fixed once again. It was not. Stocks are making fresh cycle lows and the Nasdaq and Russell 2000 are both now below the 200-day moving-average and appraoching the 10% (correction) from their highs. 10Y is back under 2.6% and the 30Y yield is back at 10-month lows… which perhaps explains why “growth” stocks are back at 7-month lows versus “value” stocks

- Gold Tumbles Most In 4 Months On China Demand Slowdown Fears (ZeroHedge, April 15, 2014):

Gold prices are down almost 2% this morning (over $25) as last night’s slowdown in Chinese money-supply growth and fears that China’s insatiable gold demand has become less insatiable send the barbarous relic back towards $1300. Slowing GDP expectations, increasing restrictions on shadow-banking commodity-backed financing, and a need for liquidity are all factors weighing on the precious metal this morning.

- Copper Joins Precious Metals Rout, Tumbles Below $3.00 (ZeroHedge, April 15, 2014):

The fears over ongoing commodity-financing restrictions and slowing money supply growth are contagiously spilling over into other collateral. Copper prices are in free fall this morning, crashing through critical levels (especially Dennis Gartman’s “long punt”) and back below the Maginot Line of $3.00. These are near 3-week low levels and the biggest drop since the cash-for-commodity financing deals came under real pressure.

- Stocks moderate slide after Nasdaq nears correction territory (CNBC, April 15, 2014)

H/t reader M.G.:

“Yesterday, these stocks were darlings. They are so desperate, they are telling lies to steal pennies……”

- U.S. Stocks Decline as Tech Selloff Resumes Amid Earnings (Bloomberg, April 15, 2014)

And the ECBs buying spree continous…..

- The “Shocking” Buying Spree Of America’s Mysterious Third Largest Treasury Holder Ramps Higher (ZeroHedge, April 15, 2014):

In summary: someone, unclear who, operating through Belgium and most likely the Euroclear service (possible but unconfirmed), has added a record $141 billion in Treasurys since December, or the month in which Bernanke announced the start of the Taper, bringing the host’s total to an unprecedented $341 billion!

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