July 30, 2015 at 10:34 am #22229
Vice President Joseph Biden remarked on this strange relationship with Turkey in a speech in October 2014. Turkey, Biden said, is “so determined to take down [Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government] and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad — except that the people who were being supplied were al Nusra and al Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”
Biden quickly apologized, as good an example as any of the pressure to maintain long-standing U.S.-Turkey business and military relationships — and the intractable power of the Turkish lobby, which is among the biggest spenders on foreign lobbying in Washington and a major sponsor of congressional junkets.
Turkey employs an all-star lobbying team of former government officials, including former Democratic lawmakers Dick Gephardt and Al Wynn; former Republican Senator Tim Hutchinson; retired Central Intelligence Agency Director Porter Goss; and, until he was indicted in June and left the Dickstein Shapiro law firm, former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert. Others on the payroll include Brian Forni, a former Democratic aide, the law firm Greenberg Traurig, and Goldin Solutions, a media strategy firm.
A number of public relations firms and lawyers help sponsor junkets to American politicians and journalists to visit Turkey. Turkish Coalition of America, a Turkish interest group that helps to sponsor the trips, retained Brown, Lloyd and James, the lobby group that, in an ironic twist, previously represented Assad’s wife.July 31, 2015 at 1:02 pm #22233July 31, 2015 at 1:04 pm #22234
And if I take my £10 note and burn it, what happens? I’ve destroyed no value. All I’ve done is destroyed my personal claim on value.
That’s an act of sacrifice, because the curious thing that occurs as a result of this is that all the remaining claims become worth slightly more. We call that deflation. So, when the Joker in the 2008 Batman film The Dark Knight burns millions of dollar bills, he’s giving up his claim to the underlying value they represent, and transferring it to others.
Of course, it’s a bit more complex than that, because that act of altering the number of claims in the system can induce all manner of economic activity. This is what we sometimes call ‘monetary policy’. Creating new money claims via credit systems is a means of activating and steering real economic activity producing real value.
And the key players in that are not just central banks, but the entire commercial banking sector. Because really, it’s not like most money claims take the form of physical notes any more. Most are data entries, binary code imprints on hard drives of computers within data centres controlled by commercial banks. The act of creating and moving monetary claims around in such a system is the act of editing databases.
And this poses interesting possibilities for designing alternative forms of money. Change the nature of the database, the rules concerning who gets to create claims, and the rules concerning what a valid claim looks like, and you can alter real economic activity in interesting ways.August 1, 2015 at 3:42 pm #22300
After the Battle of Waterloo when he lied about who won and managed to buy the British
economy for pennies on the Pound:
“I care not what puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the Empire. The man who controls Britain’s money supply controls the British Empire and I control the British money supply.” – Nathan Rothschild
Privatisation of the bank continued for years until the bank of England was ‘nationalised’ after the war in 1946.
However because the government was broke after the second world war they didn’t have enough money to buy out all the shareholders so instead they were issued with government stocks.
Although the government now earned money from any bank profits they also had to pay interest on any new stock they issued to pay for the shares they couldn’t buy back in the first place. SO THE SAME CROOKS ARE BEHIND THE SCENES – THE ROTHSCHILDS.
Mickey D, have you looked at the book NWO: Forbidden History yet? I have been reading some of his synopsis timelines on his home page. Utterly amazing. I never realized Disraeli was writing about Rothschild and the NWO in his novel “Coningsby”. And I didn’t know til now that Karl Marx was 3rd cousin to Rothschild….hence, who truly mentored him for his “Manifesto”, as part of the NWO plan. Interesting how many of Marx’s “useful idiots” are in Congress.August 2, 2015 at 3:08 pm #22302August 5, 2015 at 4:05 am #22306
Ethereum is using it to process code while financial organizations are about to fork it in order to replace the ridiculous ACH and SWIFT systems. Average people are using it, in theory, to escape political horror shows and we are about to see the first licensed exchange open on Wall Street. The Second Age of Bitcoin is upon us, and it’s going to get a lot more interesting.
It is truly tragic that so many lost so much bitcoin at Mt.Gox. We will probably never know where those bitcoin went and whether or not Karpeles is a criminal mastermind or a fool. However, once the regulators get a hold of the blockchain, we can expect no more Karepelization in the financial world.
While it is currently trivial to destroy millions of dollars of wealth through inept banking, it is far harder to destroy that wealth when inept bankers are coupled to the blockchain. The things that made bitcoin interesting to privacy experts are the same things that will hold Chase and Citibank accountable when money moves between accounts. Anonymity is a privilege on the blockchain, not a right, and when the ledgers are open, far more interesting things will come to light as the bankers move their money.August 7, 2015 at 4:09 pm #22309August 7, 2015 at 4:44 pm #22310
The siege of Knightsbridge is both an emblem of gross injustice and a grueling farce. For three years, a police cordon around the Ecuadorean embassy in London has served no purpose other than to flaunt the power of the state. It has cost £12 million. The quarry is an Australian charged with no crime, a refugee whose only security is the room given him by a brave South American country. His “crime” is to have initiated a wave of truth-telling in an era of lies, cynicism and war.
The persecution of Julian Assange is about to flare again as it enters a dangerous stage. From August 20, three quarters of the Swedish prosecutor’s case against Assange regarding sexual misconduct in 2010 will disappear as the statute of limitations expires. At the same time, Washington’s obsession with Assange and WikiLeaks has intensified. Indeed, it is vindictive American power that offers the greatest threat – as Chelsea Manning and those still held in Guantanamo can attest.
The Americans are pursuing Assange because WikiLeaks exposed their epic crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq: the wholesale killing of tens of thousands of civilians, which they covered up, and their contempt for sovereignty and international law, as demonstrated vividly in their leaked diplomatic cables. WikiLeaks continues to expose criminal activity by the US, having just published top secret US intercepts – US spies’ reports detailing private phone calls of the presidents of France and Germany and other senior officials, relating to internal European political and economic affairs.August 7, 2015 at 4:45 pm #22311
It was revealed that Lex, the drug dog in question, signaled for drugs 93% of the time, even when there were no drugs present. These findings show that dog sniffs are not accurate and are simply used as a tool to justify a full police search. The findings also indicated that Lex was incorrect roughly 40% of the time.
“Lex’s overall accuracy rate … is not much better than a coin flip,” the ruling stated.August 7, 2015 at 4:47 pm #22312
The Disastrous Neocon Mindset
The neocon mindset, which envisions U.S. military force remaking the Mideast at the point of a gun or the warhead of a drone, has confronted a string of disasters and faces a new challenge from President Obama’s successful diplomacy with Iran, but the mindset will likely survive, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.August 7, 2015 at 5:04 pm #22313
Chris Spivey is back online
But sooner or later Judge Woollard is going to have to explain why he let such an affront to justice take place. He is going to have to explain why he found me guilty when I wasn’t given anywhere near a fair trial. And he is going to have to explain why he gave me a sentence far exceeding the norm.
And if anything should happen to me whilst I am in prison, he is going to have to answer for that too.
Meanwhile, the compensation counter just keeps on ramping up.
Indeed, I will be putting in a complaint against Judge Woollard this weekend. There is nothing stopping you from doing the same. The more people who do, the more chance I have of avoiding prison.
Likewise there is no reason that you cannot make your MP aware of this injustice. They will of course try and shirk their responsibility by claiming that there is fuck all that they can do since I am not one of their constituents. But that is bollocks. That I am not a constituent of theirs matters not a jot because it is the process that you are complaining about.
The more people in high places who are made aware of what is going on means that there are less people in high places who can feign ignorance when the shit hits the fan… And hit the fan it will because it is they who have broken the law, not me.August 7, 2015 at 5:44 pm #22314
According to President Barack Obama and the US Congress, the honor of the USA is at stake in holding up the Captive Nations Proclamation which they reaffirmed is the law of the land. Perhaps the president didn’t know where Cossackia was? Perhaps Jen Pisaki gave him a geography lesson.
I simply pointed out when Congress and the President reaffirmed the proclamation, they beat Russia’s president Putin to the punch by recognizing Donetsk and Lugansk Peoples Republic first. With it enshrined in our law should Europe continue to do as you say and not as you do?
Should Mr. Obama call Mr. Putin and invite him to recognize the republics too?
Now its time to live up to our obligations. We must stop funding the murder of Donbas people.August 7, 2015 at 7:05 pm #22315
“This area is four times larger than the ancient site of Troy in Çanakkale and the largest late Bronze Age settlement that has been found in the Aegean region. When the work is done, we will take a very significant step toward promoting Manisa to the world,” said Yaşar University academic Professor Sinan Ünlüsoy, the deputy head of the Kaymakçı Archaeology Project.August 7, 2015 at 7:23 pm #22316August 8, 2015 at 12:14 am #22317
The second part is most directly relevant to what I’ve been working on because it describes the conceptual development of so-called ‘Social Radar’ (see image above: ‘sensor systems for the 21st century‘; see also here) and the morphing of the NSA’s Real Time Regional Gateway for Iraq – which integrated data surveillance from multiple sources and domains with visual feeds from drones – into Nexus 7 in Afghanistan.
Similar fusion systems have surely been working across the border, and in his Unmanned: drones, data, and the illusion of perfect warfare (2015) William Arkin provides a fascinating glimpse into other genealogies that have produced what he calls ‘the Data Machine’:August 8, 2015 at 12:15 am #22318
Ever since legendary British investigative journalist Duncan Campbell told the world in a 1988 magazine article about ECHELON — a massive, automated surveillance dragnet that indiscriminately intercepted phone and Internet data from communications satellites — Western intelligence officials have refused to acknowledge that it existed.August 8, 2015 at 2:22 am #22319
2 Gawker Editors Resign Over Article’s RemovalAugust 8, 2015 at 2:24 am #22320August 9, 2015 at 5:24 pm #22391
Today, Scotland’s secretary of rural affairs, Richard Lochhead, announced a ban on growing genetically modified crops.August 9, 2015 at 7:06 pm #22392
A rush to make registering deaths digital has made it simple for maliciously-minded hackers to have someone who is alive declared dead by authorities, an Australian computer security expert says.August 10, 2015 at 1:39 pm #22394
Prior similar suits involving Roundup
The simplicity of Phillips’ lawsuit is its beauty. Roundup has false safety claims prominently displayed on the containers’ labels. It’s false advertising at its worst. The science is in: EPSP enzymes are IN gut microbes, which all humans do have, or they’D be in really bad shape if not dead.
The adverse consequences don’t have to be proven in court with this legal challenge because only the false advertisement aspect needs to be proven. And as the government officials like to say about vaccines — “the science is in” that valuable, life-supporting human microbes contain EPSP enzymes.
In 1997, New York’s Attorney General (AG) ordered Monsanto to pull ads declaring Roundup “safer than table salt” and “will not wash or leach in the soil” and “will not generally cause unreasonable adverse effects on the environment” and other claims. Monsanto pulled the ads and no fines were levied.August 10, 2015 at 2:37 pm #22396
National Library of Spain have made their collections available onlineAugust 12, 2015 at 5:13 am #22400
A frank look at the science points us in the opposite direction. The billions of meals with traces of one or another GM ingredient means even less than the exposure of hundreds of millions to DDT. The claim that any GM crop is known to be safe … let alone all GM crops … let alone all future GM crops — is reckless, foolish, and scientifically silly. And if Congress actually uses this as a justification for a bill prohibiting state labeling laws, then it has reached a new low.August 12, 2015 at 6:17 am #22401
Potentially lethal biological agents were unleashed on an unsuspecting British public and chemical warfare was trialed on military personnel as part of Ministry of Defense (MOD) experiments carried out over decades, a shocking new book reveals.
In his latest work, entitled ‘Secret Science: A Century of Poison Warfare and Human Experiments,’ University of Kent historian Ulf Schmidt presents a series of case studies about covert state projects conducted between 1939 and 1989.August 12, 2015 at 4:24 pm #22470
A week before The EPA disastrously leaked millions of gallons of toxic waste into The Animas River in Colorado, this letter to the editor was published in The Silverton Standard & The Miner local newspaper, authored by a retired geologist detailing verbatim, how EPA would foul the Animas River on purpose in order to secure superfund money…August 13, 2015 at 4:10 pm #22471
The world economy is collapsing, the biosphere is melting down, ecosystems are irreversibly damaged, unprecedented droughts and megastorms, world war three on the horizon, countries governed by criminal maniacs who torture children for pleasure, we’re in a mass extinction event…
and yet, ordinary normal human life just carries on… 🙂August 15, 2015 at 10:09 am #22475
Private Internet investigators say Karr/”Reich” runs a website that promises to be the only place on the Web that tells the truth about him. Written in the third person and called Lei Sussurra — Latin for “I murmur” — it claims that Karr was “reported by family to have left the United States in September 2008. It has since been reported that he has returned to the U.S. under various names. Latest reports place him out of the U.S., but his whereabouts and the life he leads are purely speculative.”
Searchers say the claims are designed to confuse their hunt for Karr. “A recent picture taken for a driver’s license in Washington shows he has totally changed his appearance,” Sax said. “He has highlighted hair and is trying to look younger.” She said Karr was last seen living in a shelter for battered women in Seattle.
Karr/”Reich” failed to respond to e-mail messages from FoxNews.com seeking comment at multiple Web addresses he is known to use.
Erica Derryck, spokeswoman for the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, said that Karr’s case was under investigation and she couldn’t comment further. But, she said, investigators hope that the next time they see Karr, he’ll be back in handcuffs.August 15, 2015 at 10:32 am #22476
WASHINGTON — Kayla Mueller, the U.S. aid worker killed this year while being held hostage by Islamic State militants, was raped repeatedly by the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, while in captivity in Syria, U.S. officials said on Friday.
Her parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller, were told by U.S. government officials that their daughter had been raped by al-Baghdadi and tortured during her captivity, family spokeswoman Emily Lenzner told Reuters by telephone. Mueller was 26 at the time of her death and would have turned 27 on Friday.
“We can confirm that the Mueller family learned in June of Kayla’s treatment from the FBI,” Lenzner said.
ABC News first reported al-Baghdadi’s sexual abuse of Mueller, and U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the report. ABC News quoted Mueller’s parents as saying they were told by the U.S. government their daughter “was the property of al-Baghdadi.”
Islamic State said in February that Mueller, of Prescott, Arizona, was killed when Jordanian fighter jets bombed a building where she was being held outside Raqqa, a stronghold in Syria of the Islamist militant group. Jordanian and U.S. officials have expressed doubt about Islamic State’s account of her death following 18 months as a hostage.
Mueller was seized in August 2013 while leaving a hospital in Aleppo in northern Syria.August 15, 2015 at 10:37 am #22477
Darwinian Inheritance and the Evolution of Evolutionary TheoryAugust 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm #22478
US F-35 fighter jets, which have been tested recently, would be outmaneuvered and outgunned in dogfights with current Russian and Chinese jets, a new report reveals.
“The F-35 will find itself outmaneuvered, outgunned, out of range, and visible to enemy sensors,” said Bill French, a policy analyst with the National Security Network, a Washington think tank.
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