Guest Post: 2014 – A Russian Viewpoint

Introduction: By any measure 2014 has been a truly historic year which saw huge, I would say, even tectonic developments. This year ends in very high instability, and the future looks hard to guess. I don’t think that anybody can confidently predict what might happen next year. So what I propose to do today is something far more modest. I want to look into some of the key events of 2014 and think of them as vectors with a specific direction and magnitude. I want to look in which direction a number of key actors (countries) “moved” this year and with what degree of intensity. Then I want to see whether it is likely that they will change course or determination. Then adding up all the “vectors” of these key actors (countries) I want to make a calculation and see what resulting vector we will obtain for the next year. Considering the large number of “unknown unknowns” (to quote Rumsfeld) this exercise will not result in any kind of real prediction, but my hope is that it will prove a useful analytical reference.
The main event and the main actors A comprehensive analysis of 2014 should include most major countries on the planet, but this would be too complicated and, ultimately, useless. I think that it is indisputable that the main event of 2014 has been the war in the Ukraine. This crisis not only overshadowed the still ongoing Anglo-Zionist attack on Syria, but it pitted the world’s only two nuclear superpowers (Russia and the USA) directly against each other. And while some faraway countries did have a minor impact on the Ukrainian crisis, especially the BRICS, I don’t think that a detailed discussion of South African or Brazilian politics would contribute much. There is a short list of key actors whose role warrants a full analysis. They are:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/31/2014.

2014 Year in Review: 7 Examples of Police State Technology Making Our Rights Obsolete

Things are not looking pretty for the land of the free.
The year 2014 has made it very clear that privacy is under threat, and the situation is not likely to improve. Mass surveillance – which became a national issue via the Edward Snowden leaks – is not subsiding or under reform; instead, is becoming more bold and complex with each passing day.
It would take several books to catalog the myriad ways in which the rights of The People have been casually infringed by various levels of government just in years since 9/11 and the introduction of the PATRIOT Act.
And it’s not only are federal agencies like the NSA, Homeland Security and the FBI that are taking liberties with our… umm… liberties; it is local police, too. The rise of technology is rapidly fueling these agencies with data and ‘intelligence’ with very little oversight and even less pause for reflection to use these powerful abilities wisely and yes, judiciously.
Here are just a few major areas where privacy is losing badly to surveillance technology in 2014. Not that anyone is paying attention, but they are worth reflecting upon soon – hopefully before it is too late to turn thing back around:
‘ 1. Militarized Police and Weapons of War on American Streets: True, this technology has been in use for several years now and has been demonstrated at protests such as the those held outside of the G20 in Pittsburgh and, Toronto and other locales.
But the events in Ferguson really allowed this brand of crowd control to come of age. This and other key protests have seemingly justified a massive police response for just about anything now… but… you know, the first amendment is still respected and all.

This post was published at shtfplan on December 31st, 2014.

Capture of Top al-Qaeda Operative Highlights Turkey’s Role in U.S.-NATO Terror Operations

Al-Zawahiri’s Man in Libya Detained in Turkey: Another Desperate Attempt to Save the War on Terror Myth
Since the start of the so-called ‘Syrian civil war,’ NATO member Turkey has played a decisive role in fueling the conflict by funneling countless weapons and fighters into Syria. Were it not for Turkey’s strong support of terrorists fighting in Syria, the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) would not have been possible, as ISIS fighters themselves acknowledged.[1] The siege of Kobani drew a lot of attention to Turkey’s relationship with the much-hyped terrorist group and even Western mainstream media is finding it increasingly difficult to ignore that the Turkish authorities support ISIS in any and every possible way.[2] But contrary to popular belief, Turkey did not become a safe haven for terrorists only recently. The strategically located country has long been used as a base for various U. S./NATO terror operations. Since the 1990s, Turkey, along with Azerbaijan, has served as the main conduit for the ‘Gladio B’ operations, which introduced the tried and tested method of using jihadist mercenaries as foot soldiers to a new theater of operations, namely the Balkans, Central Asia and the Caucasus region.[3] Therefore, it is no accident that many Chechen terrorists can be found in Turkey, as highlighted by Russian network in the country.[4] After violence rocked the Chechen capital Grozny in early December, it did not take long before Turkey’s role in sheltering ‘Chechen rebels’ became again the focus of attention. Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov immediately accused Western security services and Akhmat Umarov, the brother of former North Caucasus insurgency leader Doku Umarov, of organizing the attack and he urged Russia’s law enforcement agencies to demand Umarov’s extradition from Turkey, where the prominent Chechen is reportedly living at the moment.[5] The Turkish authorities and their Western partners know exactly how to exploit Chechen refugees in order to ensure an abundant supply of fighters for current operations, be it the destabilization of the North Caucasus or the war in Syria. Taking a stand against this modus operandi can be very dangerous, as the case of Medet Onlu shows. Onlu wasan influential figure in Turkey’s ethnic Caucasian community who bore the unofficial title ‘honorary consul of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria’ up until his assassination in Ankara in May of last year. The suspicion quickly focused on Russia but Onlu’s family and lawyer suspect that he was killed because he was an obstacle on the ‘jihadist highway’ to Syria.[6]

This post was published at Boiling Frogs Post on December 31, 2014.

Metaphor For America: Starving 4 Pound Baby Dies In Car While Parents Eat At Golden Corral

What should be done to parents that stuffed themselves full of food at a Golden Corral while their starving four pound baby girl died in their car outside? This actually just happened down in Florida, and it is a crime that is shocking the entire nation. Sadly, it is also a perfect metaphor for what is happening to the country as a whole. We have become an exceedingly selfish and self-centered society that seems to care very little that we are literally destroying the future of America. We arestealing trillions of dollars from future generations and destroying what was once the greatest economy in the history of the world just to make ourselves a little bit more comfortable in the present. We stand by and do nothing while our politicians flush the U. S. Constitution down the toilet and construct a Big Brother police state all around us. We have become a nation of ‘sheeple’ and ‘zombies’ that are so addicted to entertainment that we can’t even see how our society is rotting and decaying in thousands of different ways all around us. So yes, the parents that starved their precious little baby girl to death are guilty and should be punished. But what about the millions of Americans that are doing nothing while America slowly circles the toilet on the way to oblivion?
There are very few news stories that affect me deeply on an emotional level. But when I read about the starvation of this precious little baby girl down in Florida, I was quite upset…
A baby girl named Betsey died, having being starved to death while strapped in her car seat as her parents ate a Florida Golden Corral restaurant.

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on December 31st, 2014.

Hacking: Bad When It Happens to Sony, Just Fine When the CIA Does It to the Senate

Have you seen The Interview yet?
Internet chatter regarding the Seth Rogen/James Franco film abounds, certainly making Sony a ton of dough after the whole North Korea hacking debacle that allegedly caused the studio to cancel it’s original opening of the film for fear of terror attacks in U. S. theaters (and which many have called out for being a total government psyop, but anyway…)
Side note: have you seen the movie Wag The Dog?
Anyway, USA Today even ran a story in its print paper that showed two people dressed as Uncle Sam holding American flags outside of one of the film’s belated premieres; because if there’s one bad guy that can make Americans go ‘rah rah red, white, and blue’ while also magically breathing life into the specter of cyber warfare, surely it’s North Korea, right?
Yesterday the FBI reaffirmed its commitment to the official government line that this was not the work of an insider and that a group in North Korea calling themselves ‘the Guardians of Peace’ definitely, absolutely, and 100% was the evil mastermind behind a massive Sony hack which resulted in the White House being ‘forced’ into confronting the enemy nation. (Oh, was that what made the tiny country’s Internet go out December 22nd?)
The FBI is maintaining its stance, as the New York Post points out, ‘despite a growing number of private cyber-security firms concluding there was no evidence of such a finding.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 31st, 2014.

Congressman Confirms Foreign Central Banks Buying US Stock Futures Is Good For Liquidity

Before we first exposed proof of the conspiracy fact that global Central Banks are indeed trading US equity futures, it was dismissed as tin-foil-hat-wearing, pajama-wearing, basement-living conspiracy theory. So it is, perhaps, quite notable that Congress itself has now admitted that Central Banks are trading futures and that it is good for liquidity (and thus, we pre-suppose, it’s for your own good, average citizen).
Thanks to one enterprising member of the public who explained to his local Congressman that:
“trading the futures market against Central Banks is like playing no limit poker against a billionaire. You will always be run out of the market and the market will be controlled by those that can print money for margin (or the next ante),”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/31/2014.

ObamaCare Forces More Hospitals to Close

A remarkable photograph taken by Lazar Dinu in 1989 shows patients from a hospital in Bucharest, overjoyed that the communist dictator was gone and they would be able to find drugs in pharmacies, doctors would treat them without bribes and would not kill them during simple surgeries, hospitals would be modernized and actually heal patients, and happiness would be restored.
I wrote about socialized medical care in communist Romania in my autobiographical book, ‘Echoes of Communism,’ and in a recent article on ObamaCare.
Judging by the comments of Romanians today, twenty-five years later, not much has changed. A few private hospitals were built, the bureaucrats and politicians are getting rich off the EU funds that are supposed to go into health care, a Palestinian doctor wants to install a monopoly over healthcare, state-run hospitals are still dirty and deficient – money runs out early in the year, doctors and nurses still take bribes to care for patients, patients are still housed in wards and cared for by their families, drugs are more easily available when bought out of pocket, and medical insurance pays modest and inadequate sums for various procedures and for drugs.
If you might think the situation in Romania is bad because they have to overcome 44 years of communist totalitarian dictatorship, you would be right, however, the socialized medical carein many EU countries is not much better. Take for instance Ireland – their overworked doctors and nurses are wonderful but conditions in some hospitals are dreadful.
The patient named Maureen whom I described in my previous article had to share a room recently with five men. One was 94 years old and had dementia, shouting incessantly, and another was a mental patient who kept his clothes piled on the floor, while two security stood guard at the door in case he became destructive or dangerous.
There was one bathroom for all six patients, with no rails to hold on to and a shower that did not work. The entire room stunk to high heaven. There were two holes in the wall where the rail had been. Maureen was lucky that a kind nurse gave her a sponge bath each day. On the day Maureen’s husband was visiting, one of the men urinated into the waterjug.
Family members were told not to alert the media in case their loved ones needed to be hospitalized there again. One visiting family member who wanted to speak to the media was asked not to do so.
The hospital was supposed to be closed down but people marched and it was kept open under these horrible circumstances.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on Dec 31, 2014.

Again, An Admission You Were SCAMMED

And where are you, Boobus Americanus? You’re not in the streets. You’re not picketing both the White House and The House of Representatives, nor the Senate. You’re not in front of Pelosi’s home, or Boehner’s, or any of the other Congresscritters.
You’re going to get drunk tonight, aren’t you?
Good — go celebrate your consent to being robbed. Oh sure, you were robbed by a thief in the night originally, but now you’ve consented to the continued theft that flows into the coffers of the medical and insurance “industries”, leveraging your fear of death and disability to ply their trade. This isn’t up for debate any more. Everyone now knows that Obamacare was passed under intentionally false pretense. In other words you were suckered on something that comprises more than one quarter of Federal Spending and nearly one dollar in five spent through the economy, which all ultimately comes from you.
‘I wish that President Obama could have stood up and said, ‘You know, I don’t know if this bill is going to control costs. It might, it might not. We’re doing our best. But let me tell you what it’s going to do…’ Gruber said on a San Francisco podcast in 2012.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on Dec 31, 2014.

False Flagging the World towards War. The CIA Weaponizes Hollywood

Almost all wars begin with false flag operations.
The coming conflicts in North Korea and Russia are no exception.
Mass public hysteria is being manufactured to justify aggression against Moscow and Pyongyang, in retaliation for acts attributed to the North Korean and Russian governments, but orchestrated and carried out by the CIA and the Pentagon.
The false flagging of North Korea: CIA weaponizes Hollywood
The campaign of aggression against North Korea, from the hacking of Sony and the crescendo of noise over the film, The Interview, bears all the markings of a CIA false flag operation.
The hacking and alleged threats to moviegoers has been blamed entirely on North Korea, without a shred of credible evidence beyond unsubstantiated accusations by the FBI. Pyongyang’s responsibility has not been proven. But it has already been officially endorsed, and publicly embraced as fact.
The idea of ‘America under attack by North Korea’ is a lie.
The actual individuals of the mysterious group responsible for the hacking remain conveniently unidentified. A multitude of possibilities – Sony insiders, hackers-for-hire, generic Internet vandalism – have not been explored in earnest. The more plausible involvement of US spying agencies – the CIA, the c, etc. , their overwhelming technological capability and their peerless hacking and surveillance powers – remains studiously ignored.
Who benefits? It is illogical for Pyongyang to have done it. Isolated, impoverished North Korea, which has wanted improved relations with the United States for years (to no avail), gains nothing by cyberattacking the United States with its relatively weak capabilities, and face the certainty of overwhelming cyber and military response. On the other hand, Washington benefits greatly from any action that leads to regime change in North Korea.
But discussion about Pyongyang’s involvement – or lack of – risks missing the larger point.
This project, from the creation of The Interview to the well-orchestrated international incident, has been guided by the CIA, the Pentagon, and the State Department from the start. It is propaganda. It is a weapon of psychological warfare. It is an especially perverted example of military-intelligence manipulation of popular culture for the purpose of war.
There is nothing funny about any of it.
The Interview was made with the direct and open involvement of CIA and Rand Corporation operatives for the express purpose of destabilizing North Korea. Star and co-director Seth Rogen has admitted that he worked ‘directly with people who work in the government as consultants, who I’m convinced are in the CIA’. Originally conceived to be a plot taking place in an ‘unnamed country’, Sony Pictures co-chairman Michael Lynton, who also sits on the board of the Rand Corporation, encouraged the film makers to make the movie overtly about murdering Kim Jong-Un. Bruce Bennett, the Rand Corporation’s North Korean specialist, also had an active role, expressing enthusiasm that the film would assist regime change and spark South Korean action against Pyongyang. Other government figures from the State Department, even operatives connected to Hillary Clinton, read the script.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 31st, 2014.

YEAR IN REVIEW: Our Top Ten Conspiracies of 2014

With the year drawing to a close, it’s important to take inventory of some of the larger, more impactful conspiratorial stories and events in 2014. It was a year which saw an unprecedented assault on reality, and our imaginations. Make no mistake, this is apsychic war being waged on our senses, as a media-driven synthetic reality is being advanced to consume reason and logic. There were a number of other notable events which could have easily made this list, but we had to economize in order to bring this incredible omnibus to you before the New Year. We hope you’ll agree, that this is the best ‘conspiracy countdown’ on the web this holiday season.
In the count down to number one, here’s our top ten of 2014…
10. Scottish Independence – Was the vote for Scotland’s independence rigged? It’s no secret that Westminster didn’t want Scottish self-determination to prevail north of the border. The Glasgow City Council confirmed that there were at least ten cases of suspected electoral fraud occurring at polling stations following the Scottish referendum vote on the September 18th. There were a number of reports indicating voter fraud, including the Sky News camerascapturing proof that ‘Yes’ votes were being placed in ‘No’ piles on the day of the referendum. The BBC wase also caught using its state-sponsored platform to effectively smear the ‘Yes’ campaign. There are plenty of financial and geopolitical reasons to ensure that Scotland would stay in the UK, and according to some, an independent Scotland could have seen as much as a90 percent boost in income from profits derived from gas and oil reserves due to the UK’s borders being redrawn. North Sea oil appears to have been front and center when examining this seemingly fraudulent referendum vote in 2014…
9. Hollywood’s The Interview and ‘Sony Hack’ scandal – Despite being hyped and spun to high heaven, and getting a ton of free publicity from the President himself, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s release of The Interview failed to impress the critics, before it proceeded to flop it’s way into Hollywood’s dustbin of perennial mediocre films. While the FBI and the entire US media blamed the infamous ‘Sony Hack’ on a fictitious secret North Korean hacking unit called’Bureau 121′ 21WIRE called it from the onset for what it truly was – a ‘false flag’ hack. We also revealed how this film was actually an expensive piece of Rand Corportion and US State Department propaganda designed to weaken morale in North Korea and hopefully pave the way for regime change. That didn’t stop mindless US politicians and media charlatans from claiming that it was our ‘patriotic duty as Americans’ to go and see this movie on Christmas Day. Another classic example of consensus reality gone Pete Tong…

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 31, 2014.

2014 – What a Year

The year 2014 has been a year which has made all our long-term forecasts amazingly on target. The War Cycle pinpointed the sudden and dramatic rise is both civil unrest and the return of the cold war that has been turning red hot. More soldiers died in 2014 than before and the number of civilian casualties rose sharply even in Afghanistan.
On the political scene, the Democrats were literally thrown out of office with their perks. The Republicans thought the people loved their ideas, but missed the entire point. Politics has turned against anyone who is in power. This is very much like 1933 where political change engulfed the world swinging to the opposite trend that saw Hitler, Mao, and Roosevelt all swept into power from East to West. It was less about a philosophy than it was for just throw the bastards out to achieve change.
In Germany, all established political parties suffered significant losses in their memberships during 2014. The Greens were affected sharply. Only the alternative parties in Germany reported an increase. However, the AFD saw half of their members disappear from the political scene FDP.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on December 31, 2014.

ObamaCare Subsidies for 87% of Sign-Ups

87 percent of people who selected 2015 plans through in first month of open enrollment are getting financial assistance to lower monthly premiums A report released by the Department of Health and Human Services today provides the first detailed analysis of enrollment in the Marketplaces for the first month of the 2015 open enrollment period. About 87 percent of people who selected health insurance plans through for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2015 were determined eligible for financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums, compared to 80 percent of enrollees who selected plans over a similar period last year. In addition, more than 4 million people in both the state and federal Marketplaces signed up for the first time or reenrolled in coverage for 2015 during the first month of open enrollment. That includes more than 3.4 million people who selected a plan in the 37 states that are using the platform for 2015, and more than 600,000 consumers who selected plans in the 14 states that are operating their own Marketplace platform for 2015. . . .
HHS also released a Weekly Enrollment Snapshot that captures more recent enrollment activity in the 37 states using the platform. The Weekly Snapshot shows that from November 15 to December 26, nearly 6.5 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically reenrolled.
‘We’re pleased that nationwide, millions of people signed up for Marketplace coverage starting January 1. The vast majority were able to lower their costs even further by getting tax credits, making a difference in the bottom lines of so many families,’ HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said. ‘Interest in the Marketplace has been strong during the first month of open enrollment. We still have a ways to go and a lot of work to do before February 15, but this is an encouraging start.’

This post was published at Tea Party Economist on December 31, 2014.

Germany warns Greece to stick to reforms after elections

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has warned Greece that it needs to stick to reform promises no matter who comes to power after snap elections, set to be held on 25 January.
"The tough reforms are bearing fruit and there is no alternative to them," said Schaeuble on Monday (29 December) after the Greek parliament earlier the same day failed for a third time to elect a new president, triggering the general election.
"We will continue to help Greece help itself on its path of reform. If Greece takes another path, it will be difficult," Schaeuble said.
He also noted that any new government would have to stick to pledges made by the outgoing conservative government of Antonis Samaras.

This post was published at EU Observer

U.S. Government Telling Lies To Push The War Agenda – Episode 554

The following video was published by X22Report on Dec 30, 2014
Consumer confidence misses expectations. Home prices, existing sales, new sales and mortgage applications are all falling. Case Shiller not a good time to invest in real estate. Obama admits the US is behind the declining oil prices. Saudi predicts in next year budget that oil prices will rebound. Ukraine’s economy is imploding. US using propaganda that the reason Syria wants peace is because the people are against Assad and they are running out of soldiers. Many cyber security firms are now questioning the FBI and the Obama administration and it looks like North Korea had nothing to do with the cyber attack on Sony. The US is telling lies to provoke war.

Observations on the CIA Torture Report

The whole world has now had a chance to read and analyze the redacted 525-pageexecutive summary of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s Committee ‘Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.’ The full report, which has only been provided to the White House, the CIA, the Departments of Justice, Defense, and State, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, is over 6,700 pages.
The Senate committee’s study is usually referred to as the ‘CIA torture report.’ This is because it details whom the CIA tortured, how the CIA tortured them, when the CIA tortured them, and why the CIA tortured them. What else could it possibly be called?
Twenty ‘key findings’ of the report are listed here. Seven ‘key points’ are listed here. Thirteen ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ are listed here. Ten ‘shocking facts’ are listedhere. The names of the 119 who were tortured are listed here. The Republican response ishere. The CIA response is here. My observations on the CIA torture report follow below.
1. Torture is torture.
If waterboarding, rectal feeding, sleep deprivation, prolonged standing, and being shackled naked to the floor are not forms of torture, then nothing is torture. If forcing someone to stand naked for days on end and not go to sleep because you douse him with cold water is not torture, then no one in history has ever been tortured. Calling torture by the euphemisms ‘harsh interrogation tactics’ and ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ doesn’t make torture not torture. If the wives and children of CIA director John Brennan or former CIA directors George Tenet, Porter Goss, and Michael Hayden were kidnapped and subjected to ‘harsh’ or ‘enhanced’ CIA tactics and techniques to gain inside information about the CIA, Brennan, Tenet, Goss, and Hayden would call it torture and want to kill with their bare hands the kidnapper.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on December 30, 2014.

Natural health? Scott Faber? Dan Fabricant? Really?

I mentioned these two men in an article I posted several days ago.
But I want to highlight them here.
They would seem to represent strong elements in the natural-health movement.
Who is Scott Faber?
He’s the executive director of Just Label It, the pre-eminent organization dedicated to mandatory labeling of GMO foods. He’s also the VP of Governmental Affairs for the powerful Environmental Working Group.
In recent Congressional testimony, Faber said all the right things about wanting mandatory labeling of GMO foods.
However, he also offered this stunning statement. Buckle up:
‘We do not oppose… genetically modified food ingredients. We think there are many promising applications of genetically modified food ingredients… I am optimistic that the promises that were made by the providers of this technology will ultimately be realized…that we will have traits that produce more nutritious food that will see significant yield…’ (see the 2h29m05s mark here)
And oh yes. In his former job, Scott Faber was, get this, the vice-president for government affairs, of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the GMA. Ring a bell? This is the organization that donated millions to DEFEAT mandatory GMO labeling in several Western states.
And now he is Executive Director of Just Label It, the core group pushing FOR mandatory GMO labeling.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on December 30, 2014.

Obama Expresses his Inner Carter: New US Embassy in Iran not Ruled Out

Obama has apparently been smoking whatever the hell the Reverend Al put into his glass pipe and determined that the US hostage crisis of 1979 was good enough for President Peanut so it is good enough for him possibly.

The story from the Khaleej Times of Dubai, December 30, 2014:
US embassy not ruled out in Iran, says Obama
Yes seriously. From the article:
Washington – President Barack Obama isn’t ruling out the possibility the US could one day reopen an embassy in Iran.
Obama was asked in an NPR interview whether he could envision opening an embassy there during his final two years in office. Obama replied, ‘I never say never,’ but said ties must be restored in steps.
He really wants to top old Jimmy as the worst President since FDR and Woodrow Wilson.

This post was published at John Galt Fla on December 29, 2014.

Libya 3.0: NATO’s Failed ‘Vichy’ Gov’t Now Waging Against Itself

Another war is brewing in Libya.
When the current Libya government was hand-picked by the Washington-London-Paris axis in 2012-2013, anyone who was actually paying attention knew that it would eventually end in tears, and so it has.
Since the beginning of Washington’s regime change operation in Libya in 2011, the whole affair has been one long unbridled disaster. This week the violence has escalated – with car bombs in Tobruk, Coptic Christians being killed, and the government launching airstrikes against its own cities. The broken nation of Libya has officially descended into a full-blown Civil War.
The west’s hand-picked regime in Libya has extended beyond the pale – finally launching airstrikes against its own people (see article below)…
Back in 2011, NATO demanded regime change and the immediate removal of Libya’s head of state, Muammar Gaddafi, before bombing Libya into the stone age under the disguise of a ‘humanitarian Intervention’. Back then the rhetoric was ber confident, with British PM David Cameron boasting at the time that he would not rule out ‘the use of military assets’, as Britain ‘must not tolerate this regime using military forces against its own people’. Back then, the Club of NATO managed to hoodwink the UN Security Council in order to pass one of the most deceptive resolutions in the history of the United Nations. Hungry to decapitate the nation of Libya, western double-talkers insisted that UN Resolution 1973 formed the ‘legal basis’ for military intervention in Libya’s internal conflict.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 30, 2014.

Don’t Wave: Hacker Uses Online Photos to Replicate Fingerprints, Bypass Biometric Security

If you think the biometric security on your phone or front door are enough to keep your personal information or belongings safe, think again.
German hacker Jan Krissler, who operates under the handle Starbug, has demonstrated that a simple photograph posted online can be used to recreate your fingerprint using commonly available imaging software.
One expert has recreated the fingerprints of Germany’s Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen, using just a photo of her.
The security researcher known as Starbug, used publicly available software called VeriFinger with photos of the finger taken from different angles.
Starbug, whose real name is Jan Krissler, told attendees of the Chaos Computer Club’s (CCC) 31st annual congress in Hamburg, Germany, how he achieved the hack.
Mr Krissler obtained a high-resolution photograph of the politician’s thumb using a ‘standard photo camera’ during a press conference.
He also used other ‘good quality’ photos of the politician, taken from a variety of angles.
From these images, he reconstructed an accurate thumbprint using the VeriFinger software…

This post was published at shtfplan on December 30th, 2014.