Behind a claim that social media is being abused by terrorists to promote terrorism and hate speech, social media giants Facebook and Twitter, along with online giants Google and Microsoft have released a joint statement vowing to address hate speech EU-style online ‘within 24 hours’. Beyond national laws that criminalize hate speech, there is a need to ensure such activity by Internet users is ‘expeditiously reviewed by online intermediaries and social media platforms, upon receipt of a valid notification, in an appropriate time-frame,’ the companies and the European Commission said in a joint statement on Tuesday… ‘We remain committed to letting the Tweets flow,’ said Twitter’s head of public policy for Europe, Karen White, in the statement. ‘However, there is a clear distinction between freedom of expression and conduct that incites violence and hate.’ These platforms are going to start determining what is and isn’t okay to be said and shared online. What does it mean that social media and internet companies are following the EU’s hate speech rules? Well, in the EU, people have actually beenarrested for offending others on Facebook. A man in Scotland, for just one recent example, was arrested a few months ago for making what local authorities deemed ‘offensive’ comments about Syrian migrants on Facebook. Such acts, according to police, ‘will not be tolerated’:
As we reported last week, a looming Trump presidency has generated a surge in immigrants trying to cross the southern border of the United States. From October 2015 to March of this year, the US Border Patrol apprehensions averaged 330 Central Americans a day, an increase of 100 percent over the same period a year earlier according to the Pew Research Center. The issue has even prompted Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to travel to Central America to remind everyone in person that the US border is not open. “I am here today to send a message that our borders in the United States are not open to irregular migration” Johnson said. Despite the nice speech from Jeh Johnson, family holding facilities are full on the southern border, and the need for supplies at places such as Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley has skyrocketed. “It’s like 50, 60, 100, 200 backpacks that we need every day; 200, or 50 or 80 deodorants or shoes. Can you imagine coming up with 50, 60, 80 pairs of shoes every day? It’s amazing.” said Sister Norma Pimentel, director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 31, 2016.
Now regulators from Bern to Washington are examining evidence first reported by Bloomberg News in June that a small group of senior traders at big banks had something else on their screens: details of each other’s client orders. Sharing that information may have helped dealers at firms, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc., UBS AG and Barclays Plc, manipulate prices to maximize their own profits, according to five people with knowledge of the probes. At the center of the inquiries are instant-message groups with names such as ‘The Cartel,’ ‘The Bandits’ Club,’ ‘One Team, One Dream’ and ‘The Mafia,’ in which dealers exchanged information on client orders and agreed how to trade at the fix, according to the people with knowledge of the investigations who asked not to be identified because the matter is pending. Some traders took part in multiple chat rooms, one of them said.
There are international news reports that claim that Turkish military forces have entered Syrian territory and have established positions near the towns of Azaz and Afrin. If these international news reports are true, then Turkey has essentially declared war on the Assad regime. Back in February, I warned that escalating tensions in the region could be the spark that sets off World War III, but things seemed to cool down a bit in March and April. However, this latest move by Turkey threatens to take the war in Syria to a whole new level, and everyone will be watching to see how the Russians and the Iranians respond to this ground incursion. So far, it is the Russian media that it taking the lead in reporting about this movement of Syrian forces. For example, the Sputnik news agency was one of the first to report Turkish military activity around the town of Azaz… Amid violent clashes between militants of Daesh and troops of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the town of Azaz in northern Aleppo district, reports are surfacing suggesting that the Turkish Army units have been seen located in the district of Azaz. In addition, Sputnik claims that Turkish military forces entered a small village called Hamam near the town of Afrin on Saturday…
As reported earlier, over the weekend Weekly Standard editor and prominent neocon, Bill Kristol, one of Trump’s most vocal detractors, announced that he would challenge Trump’s presidential candidacy by unveiling an independent candidate, “asn impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.” This led to another heated exchange between Trump and Kristol, with Trump calling the conservative voice a “loser” and a “dummy” If dummy Bill Kristol actually does get a spoiler to run as an Independent, say good bye to the Supreme Court! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2016
This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 31, 2016.
I always love it when a sleazy, authoritarian plan backfires spectacularly. The following story from CNET is simply mind-boggling: As KSL-TV reports, residents of an apartment building in Salt Lake City, Utah, say they found a curious piece of paper stuck to their doors. Headlined ‘Facebook Addendum,’ it had fascinating stipulations. It insisted that tenants had five days to ‘friend’ the City Park Apartments on Facebook or they’d be in breach of their lease. The fact that they’d already signed their lease perhaps months previously didn’t seem to matter to the owners.
21st Century Wire says… What is wrong with Chris Matthews? In the following clip from RT’s Redacted, host Lee Camp looks at a stunning revelation from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who once famously said he had a strange feeling up his leg while watching Obama talk; a feeling that he described as an ‘objective assessment’. Matthews flat out states that there is a plan in place at MSNBC to announce Hillary as the clear winner, hours before anything is officially declared, to make people think they will be wasting their time by going out to vote for Bernie. This is a stunning example of the dirty tricks that the mainstream media will play to further their preferred establishment candidate’s position in the race:
Alexander Dugin is controversial in a unique way. He seems to be reviled, praised, accepted and rejected all at the same time. Nothing peculiar there, if it weren’t for the fact that these conflicting reactions can occur in conscience of a single man reading single one of his books. In the lines to follow we’ll try to demonstrate why this is so, by attempting to digest Dugin’s cocktail of contradictory ideas without getting too intoxicated, something which, unfortunately, happens to good number of his readers in the West. Ideas underlying Dugin’s sociological and political analysis on closer scrutiny appear to be contradictory to the point of insanity, in the sense not so dissimilar to insanity found in writings of ancient Gnostics – both in stylistic form and content. Dugin invites his readers to embrace Chaos, as he finalizes his pamphlet politico-philosophicus titled The Fourth Political Theory with the sermon in it’s praise. So, in the following, we’ll proceed to scrutinize this book albeit not in a way of close reading analysis. Namely, 4PT is so chaotic, so chock full of contradictions and of juxtaposing irreconcilable doctrines – from Rene Guenon to post-structuralism – that any kind of consequent interpretation would not do it justice. Alexander Dugin preaches Chaos. As both sanitary measure and act of common courtesy we’ll let him have it. And in the process, make an argument why it should be utterly rejected.
What in the hell is wrong with people? Disagree with political ideologies all you want, but why brainwash a three-year-old to say she wants to murder someone? That’s just beyond messed up. In their infinite wisdom, these parents not only thought it would be a good idea to teach their kid to make death threats, but to videotape and then upload it to the internet as well.
Hundreds of Turkish academics are waiting to find out whether they will be prosecuted or sacked for spreading ‘terrorist propaganda’, after they signed a petition calling for violence to end in Turkey’s southeast, where government forces have been fighting Kurdish separatists. After the petition provoked a furious response from Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoan, several universities in the country have begun investigations into signatories among their faculty – which could lead to their dismissal if accusations of unlawful political agitation hold up. On 15 January, police arrested and later released 27 academics, according to local media reports, including economists, physicians and scientists. – From the post: U. S. Ally Turkey Arrests Academics for the Crime of Signing a Peace Petition In the latest example of petty tyranny from NATO member and U. S. government ‘ally’ Turkey, a former Miss Turkey has been convicted of sharing a satirical poem that insulted thin-skined President Tayyip Erdoan. Reuters reports:
You probably haven’t heard too much about a new law making its way through the U. S. Senate. The reason, of course, is because all discussions on this new provision are being debated in secrecy. Once passed, however, it will open a massive doorway for the FBI and other domestic law enforcement organizations to read every single email sent across internet lines in the continental United States without a warrant or probable cause. The new ‘law’ is a gross violation of the fourth Amendment which provides for Americans the right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizure. Apparently, since the Founding Fathers made no mention of email, Congress believes they can have free reign on your personal conversations. A provision snuck into the still-secret text of the Senate’s annual intelligence authorization would give the FBI the ability to demand individuals’ email data and possibly web-surfing history from their service providers without a warrant and in complete secrecy. If passed, the change would expand the reach of the FBI’s already highly controversial national security letters. The FBI is currently allowed to get certain types of information with NSLs – most commonly, information about the name, address, and call data associated with a phone number or details about a bank account.
This post was published at shtfplan on May 31st, 2016.
As awful as Obamacare has been at its purported goal of making health care affordable, it has been unquestionably successful at one of Obama’s other primary goals: the redistribution of wealth. Unfortunately, the poor design of the redistribution function is one of the reasons Obamacare is failing. As the Economist points out, Obamacare imposes new taxes and costs on the middle class to fund subsidies for low-income earners. Low-income people get Obamacare for almost free, while middle class families are required to pay full freight for the most expensive government health care plan in the world by far. Progressive taxes and fees almost always cause a reduction in economic activity due to the incentive effect, but this effect can be minimized if the progressivity is intelligently, efficiently designed. Which Obamacare was clearly not. One of the basic rules of progressive income taxation is that you should never have marginal tax rates over 100% (or, realistically, anywhere near 100%). If you start taxing people over 100%, they quickly decide to stop earning. Obamacare contains an extreme violation of this rule. The Obamacare subsidy calculator from the Kaiser Family Foundation illustrates the cost of Obamacare at various income levels. For a married couple in their 50’s in San Diego, subsidized Obamacare costs range from $61 per month to $507 per month, while the unsubsidized have to pay $1107 per month, or more than $13,000 per year. That’s a lot of money to a middle-income couple (and that’s for the high-deductible “Silver” plan!).
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/31/2016.
The Huffington Post has removed an article on its website Sunday, claiming that the FBI plans to indict Hillary Clinton on federal racketeering charges. As Breitbart first reported, HuffPo freelance contributor Frank Huguenard, a scientist and public speaker, posted an article on the site’s blog entitled “Hillary Clinton to be Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges.” Huguenard wrote: The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a United States Federal Law passed in 1970 that was designed to provide a tool for law enforcement agencies to fight organized crime. RICO allows prosecution and punishment for alleged racketeering activity that has been executed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise. Activity considered to be racketeering may include bribery, counterfeiting, money laundering, embezzlement, illegal gambling, kidnapping, murder, drug trafficking, slavery, and a host of other nefarious business practices. James Comey and The FBI will present a recommendation to Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the Department of Justice, that includes a cogent argument that the Clinton Foundation is an ongoing criminal enterprise engaged in money laundering and soliciting bribes in exchange for political, policy and legislative favors to individuals, corporations and even governments both foreign and domestic.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/31/2016.
In its ubiquitous manner, crude futures decided to try and run the stops at the US equity open but were unable to get to $50 (49.984 in July WTI) before fading back a little. Ths driver – according to the narrative-du-jour – is turmoil in Libya and ongoing Nigeria and France disruptions, which are both offsetting a surge in OPEC production to its highest level since 2008 in the minds of the machines. “The market is pretty much on hold until we get all this information,” says Deutsche Bank’s Jens Pedersen of the data dump and OPEC meetings this week. “We need to get that out of the way to see if there is a reason for oil to go higher.” OPEC production rose to 32.575m bbl/day – its highest since 2008… And the result – a machine-driven meltup, which however failed to tag $50 stops for now… As Bloomberg reporets, key stories shaping mkt today: Libya guards take control of town linked to 2 oil ports from Islamic State militants. French refinery strikes continue; potential for strike action seen in Norway, Brazil
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/31/2016.
Zurich Insurance Group has a terse statement on its web site today indicating that Martin Senn, its CEO who stepped down just five months ago, took his life last Friday. Senn was 59 years old. According to foreign news reports, Senn shot himself at the family’s vacation home in Klosters. Senn’s death comes less than three years after the sitting CFO of the same company, Pierre Wauthier, reportedly hung himself at his home near Lake Zug, Switzerland. Wauthier’s wife and two children were out of the country at the time and Wautheir was alone in the home, according to media reports. In the case of Wauthier’s death, police reported that he had left a typed suicide note, not a typical form of communication for one taking their life.
Upset that Bernie Sanders isn’t progressive enough, five animal rights protesters jumped over barricades and rushed the podium where Sanders was speaking yesterday during a rally in East Oakland, California.
The protesters were led away by several Secret Service agents before they were able to reach the Democrat, whose speech was briefly interrupted by the disturbance, according to several posted videos. One of the protesters appeared to be hit by one of the security member’s baton, while another was carried out of the venue by his arms and legs.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/31/2016 –.
These are notes I made prior to putting together my collection, Exit From The Matrix: A person tends to ‘gather up his own life’ and construct its boundaries and possibilities in his own mind. It’s like taking a snapshot of life and pinning it to the wall and saying: THIS IS WHAT MY LIFE IS. IT COULDN’T BE ANYTHING ELSE. And when he does that, he builds a thought-form that tells him where he can go and what he can do and where he won’t go and what he won’t do. I once had a client who was very enthusiastic about our work. In each session, he would come across new ideas and resolve to put them into action. However, he never did put even one idea into action. It was as if these new possibilities were bouncing off something already set in his mind. And that something was, literally, a thought-form he had built years earlier, for the purpose of defining his life. This thought-form operated as a barrier. It repelled anything new. In this sense, a person can have his own private status quo. No matter what he does, no matter what he says, things will remain the same.