CIA & Torture – All Americans Are Now At Risk When Captured

Lost is all the defense of uncivilized and unethical behavior that should be criminally punished in the CIA Torture scandal, is the simple fact that human beings with a conscious do not act that way. It was agreed among nations that torture would be outlawed and the bottom-line is rather clear – no American is now safe for when captured they will be tortured in retaliation. The people who authorized this should be criminally prosecuted and the two psychologists in Spokane, Washington should stand trial for violating international and US law.
James Mitchell and John Bruce Jessen, the two psychologists, provided the CIA a list of tactics that ranged from facial slaps to waterboarding, deployed them against some terror suspects, and assessed the effectiveness of the efforts, according to a U. S. Senate report released this week that identified the two contractors under pseudonym. From their office in Spokane, these two disgusting individuals once worked with an Air Force survival school. They launched an extraordinary covert business that, after the 2001 terror attacks, offered one-stop shopping for a CIA wanting to use torture interrogation tactics. The CIA even turned to the two men in June 2007 for help gain to support their torture program with then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, according to the Senate report. In total, the CIA paid them $81 million before their contract was ended in 2009. At one point, in 2008, 85 percent of personnel in the CIA’s main unit for detention and interrogation were outside contractors, and most were employed through Mitchell and Jessen. They belong in prison for life – the ultimate torture.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on December 11, 2014.

I Hate It When I’m Right

Naw, you’re just exaggerating say many.
He was just a thug has been said many times, including by some people I respect that I have traded emails with. Even when I have pointed out that in the Ferguson case, in particular, there are glaring problems with the narrative put forward by the cop in the face of the known physical facts, and that the story cannot, in my view, be reconciled with those physical facts.
Physics just is, as is arithmetic. You don’t have to like it but you do have to deal with it.
If you won’t then you’re a mouth-breathing Neanderthal that is willing to sacrifice a virgin in an attempt to bring rain to your crops, believing that doing so will make water fall from the sky.
You and I both know that all that will happen is that an innocent girl will be murdered in order to sate your insane superstition.
You ought to read this. Carefully.
It’s reality folks.
The problem is that cops aren’t held accountable for their actions, and they know it. These officers violate rights with impunity. They know there’s a different criminal justice system for civilians and police.
Even when officers get caught, they know they’ll be investigated by their friends, and put on paid leave. My colleagues would laughingly refer to this as a free vacation. It isn’t a punishment. And excessive force is almost always deemed acceptable in our courts and among our grand juries. Prosecutors are tight with law enforcement, and share the same values and ideas.
This only happens because you allow it.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on December 9, 2014.

60 Hi-Profile German Leaders Sign Petition Condemning Merkel’s Russia Policy

Apologies for the funny translation, we just ran this German article from Die Zeit through GoogleTranslate, but you get the idea.  
This is not a minor thing, and a sign that Merkel is in big trouble.
The list is chock-a-block of heavy hitters and contains former top politicians, (mayors of Berlin and Hamburg, chancellor, president, head of top party, minister of defense, prime ministers of Germany's 16 Bundeslander (like states), ambassador to Russia), top religious leaders, famous actors, scientists, business leaders, and prominent journalists.
If Merkel is known for anything, it is that she doesn't stand for anything, believe in anything, and this flexibility and pragmatism has kept her at the top of the heap for ages now.
We bet she will roll with the new reality in Germany and soften her line on Russia.  Either that or she will get booted out.

This post was published at Russia Insider

IceCap Asset Management: The Third Law Of ‘Stock Market’ Motion

Excerpted from IceCap Asset Management’s Keith Dicker’s latest letter to investors,
Three hundred years ago, physicist Isaac Newton, compiled the Third Law of Motion. Ever since, people everywhere have noticed how every action does indeed have an equal and opposite reaction.
This Third Law of Motion is certainly evident in the music world where The Rolling Stones gathered a lot of moss. The hoodlums of rock & roll seduced the world into sympathizing with the devil as well embracing the emotion of never being satisfied. At the time, the Rolling Stones represented the dark side of music and life.
The Beatles on the other hand represented the opposite reaction – they wanted nothing more than to simply hold your hand. They embraced the rising of the sun and were seemingly always twisting and shouting about love. At the time, the Beatles represented the bright side of music and life.
Of course, as time passed the social infatuation and rejection of each band, swung dramatically and often in opposite directions, just as Newton’s Third Law of Motion predicted it would.
The pendulum of the money world also swings from side to side, yet most of the time, most investors, mostly see what they want to see. The good times are always just around the corner and any bad times were simply the luck of the draw.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/06/2014.

Could a New Constitutional Convention Be on The Horizon?

It’s been 227 years since the United States Constitution was ratified in Philadelphia. Since then, Congress has approved 27 amendments to the reverent document, including the Bill of Rights. However, in recent years many have wondered if it’s high time to go back to the drawing board.
One little known way to change the Constitution, is for the states come together to call for a new constitutional convention. In a way, this right exists as another series of checks and balances; except in this case, it’s not between the executive, judicial, and legislative branches. This check on power stands between the states the Federal Government.
So far, 29 state bodies have called for a new convention, with the majority of these decisions coming from conservative states. With the slew of republican party victories last month, we may soon see that number increase the 34 states, which is the bare minimum required to call for a new convention.
Two states, California and Vermont, have called for a convention to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that permits huge amounts of unregulated money into federal campaigns. Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist, wants a convention to adopt sweeping changes, including a single six-year presidential term and concomitant House and Senate terms, to create more of a parliamentary system. Petitions to adopt term limits for members of Congress have circulated for years.
But much of the current impetus comes from fervent fiscal conservatives. This includes calls for an amendment requiring a balanced budget and other restraints on the federal government’s spending and taxation powers.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 2nd, 2014.

The Most Depressing Time Of The Year In The Most Depressed Nation On The Planet

Did you know that the rate of suicide is highest during this time of the year and that 45 percent of all Americans dread the Christmas season? We are constantly being told that Christmas is the happiest time of the year, but mental health professionals tell us that the exact opposite is true. For large numbers of Americans, the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is filled with stress, anxiety, loneliness and family squabbles. And for most people, the reality of the holidays never even comes close to matching up with the glittering ideal portrayed in movies and on television. As a result, depression tends to spike during the month of December. And of course Americans are quite depressed most of the time anyway. In fact, one out of every ten Americans is on an antidepressant as you read this article. No other nation in the world even approaches that level. So right now we are in the midst of the most depressing time of the year in the most depressed nation on the entire planet. What is wrong with this picture?
A lot of people start to feel down this time of the year, and they don’t realize that there are millions of others that are going through the exact same thing. The following excerpt from a Psychology Today article explains that this is something that happens every Christmas season…

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on December 2nd, 2014.

Wife, Daughter Of ISIS Leader Captured

In a surprise development involving the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, earlier today security officials announced that the Lebanese army had captured the wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria nine days ago. According to Reuters, the woman was identified as Saja al-Dulaimi, an Iraqi, by a Lebanese security official and a senior political source. The Lebanese newspaper As-Safir reported she had been detained in coordination with “foreign intelligence.”
The official spin is clear: in Reuters’ words, “the arrest is a blow to Baghdadi and could be used as a bargaining chip against his group, which has captured many foreign, Iraqi and Syrian prisoners and declared a caliphate in territory it has seized in Syria and Iraq.” Unless, of course, it isn’t, and it merely sets off the ISIS leader even more.
A senior Lebanese security official said Baghdadi’s wife had been traveling with one of their daughters, contradicting earlier reports that it was his son. DNA tests were conducted to verify it was Baghdadi’s child, the official said. They were detained in northern Lebanon. Investigators were questioning her at the Lebanese defense ministry. There was no immediate reaction from Islamic State websites.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/02/2014.

World’s Oldest Computer is More Ancient Than First Thought

The rusty bronze fragments of the Antikythera Mechanism, the world’s oldest computer, are 100 years older than scientists previously thought.
This is according to Argentinian researchers who found that an eclipse prediction calendar – a dial on the back of the mechanism – includes a solar eclipse that happened on May 12, 205 B. C.
Previous radiocarbon dating analysis of the remarkable mechanism had provided a later construction date of around 100 to 150 BC.
The study, by the National University of Quilmes, suggests that the process in which the computer predicts eclipses is Babylonian arithmetic, rather Greek trigonometry.
This ancient device ‘predates other known examples of similar technology by more than 1,000 years,’ according to a report by John Markoff in the New York Times.
The highly complex mechanism, made up of up to 40 bronze cogs and gears, was used in ancient times to track the cycles of the solar system.
It was recovered in 1900 from the Antikythera wreck – a Roman cargo shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on November 29, 2014.

Fukushima Clean-Up Based on Shady Science and Tax Payer Rip-Off

History is indeed little more than the register of crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. – Gibbon
In my article ‘Scandal-Ridden Japan’ (1) I discussed the difficulty of decommissioning the fatally damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant #1 (FNPP#1). To give credit to Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power Company), most of the fuel rods which were an extreme danger at unit 4 have been removed and the rest will be placed in dry cask storage by end of year. But that was easy pickins compared to the entire process of ‘cleaning up’ (with scrub-brush, mop, bucket, soap and water and a little elbow grease) three wrecked nuclear reactors which it is admitted will take at least 40 years.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and took quite awhile to fall.
Or, what we are witnessing is an experiment carried out by Mad Scientists (MDs) to further ‘R&D’ and ‘help make the world a better place.’ Recall the slogan from DuPont corporation: ‘Better Things for Better Living… Through Chemistry.’ DuPont was one of the robber baron corporations of its day and displaced the ecologically-friendly hemp industry in order to turn a profit through dependence on plastics (2).
The oceans are now full of plastic debris which is choking the sea life.
At Fukushima the powers-that-be are using low paid workers as debt-slave/cannon-fodder/lab-rats while pilfering the public purse, and if some worthwhile research comes of it, let alone the actual completion of the task, all the better. Forty years is a nice, round number and those that concocted it will no longer be around to take responsibility for the malfeasance if things turn out differently.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 30th, 2014.

Neil Sanders: Mind Control / Your thoughts are not your own 11.27.2014

The following video was published by Paul Sandhu on Nov 30, 2014
Neil Sanders: Mind Control is a documented fact. The control of the actions and emotions of an unsuspecting victim has been a reality since at least the 1950’s. Drawing on declassified documents, interviews with the doctors’ involved, scientific papers and mainstream media reports, Your Thoughts Are Not Your Own shows the origins, objectives and architects of mind control.
Neil Sanders holds an MA in Film Studies, studied Psychology and Media Production for his BA Honours and is a qualified hypnotherapist. Neil is considered an expert on the subject of mind control and has been studying the history of this dark art and its application by military and government intelligence agencies across the globe for many years. Neil has appeared on several television shows and made numerous radio appearances in Europe and the USA and is the author of Your Thoughts Are Not Your Own Volumes one and two.

Are Conspiracy Theories Falsifiable? – Dr. Tjeerd Andringa on The Corbett Report

The following video was published by corbettreport on Nov 30, 2014
Dr. Tjeerd Andringa of GeopoliticsAndCognition.com joins us to discuss a question James posed in the last subscriber video: are conspiracy theories falsifiable? We discuss Karl Popper’s famous “falsification” criteria for the demarcation of science and its potential applicability to geopolitical events. Dr. Andringa also details an approach for how to proceed in developing resilient hypotheses in an unstable, chaotic and non-closed system like global geopolitics.

Will Tehran Commit Nuclear Hara-Kiri?

To no surprise, nuclear talks between Iran and major world powers have become stalemated.
Iran will not sink ‘to its knees’ to win a nuclear deal with the great powers, said its leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, after the failure of six months of talks in Vienna.
However, the talks will continue until at least next March. Pity the poor negotiators: besides being excruciatingly boring, dealing with the tough, savvy Iranians is like pulling teeth. The only nationality I ever saw get the better of Iranians in negotiations were Armenians.
The United States has been waging economic and political warfare on the Islamic Republic since 1979. Only Cuba has been pounded longer. Both have suffered hugely.
Of late, Iranian nuclear scientists and technicians have been murdered in broad daylight. Nuclear installations have been sabotaged. The Stuxnet virus allegedly unleashed by the US and Israel against Iran’s centrifuges risked a catastrophic explosion or the release of nuclear contamination. In neighboring, Iraq, some 300 of its former nuclear technicians and scientists have been mysteriously murdered during the US occupation.
Iran’s economy has been very seriously damaged by the US-led boycott and commercial restrictions. Iranians are suffering mounting inflation, shortages of goods, and a collapsing currency. Iranians are fed up being the target of western sanctions.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on November 29, 2014.

New bill passed: Did this just happen in the Land of the Free? Yes, it did.

Science is about truth. It’s about fact.
It’s about forming hypothesis and either proving or disproving that hypothesis through what we can observe, test, and measure.
For thousands of years it’s been through this method that humanity has progressed. And history shows that every time ‘authorities’ get involved, it invariably arrests this process.
Human civilization lost centuries of progress in the ‘Dark Ages’ (a bit of a misnomer, given that societies were flourishing in Asia at the same time).
European governments would burn anyone at the stake who dared to write that the Earth wasn’t the center of the universe.
We’d like to think we’ve come a long way since then. But have we really?
It was just a few years ago that the EPA was slammed in a scandal for putting political pressure on scientists to influence their work.
And just last week, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill that effectively kicks the scientists out of the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board, and makes room for industry insiders.
What’s curious is that this bill specifically allows for industry representatives to serve on the advisory board even when they have a direct conflict of interest with the board’s advisory activities.

This post was published at Sovereign Man on November 24, 2014.

Encryption Again: Choose Wisely America

How idiotic can you be, America?
The latest technology used by Apple and Google to meet consumers’ demands on securing private data is hitting a nerve with the Department of Justice.
In a meeting last month with Apple executives, the No. 2 official at the Justice Department said the company’s new encryption technology that locks out law enforcement would lead to a tragedy, The Wall Street Journal reported. A child would die and the police would not be able to search the suspect’s phone, the official allegedly said.
Note two things:
The scaremongering using children, the typical way that the government shuts down anything reasoned debate. Not even a pretense that the desired change would prevent the death — it would only be the post-hoc search of the phone that would be curtailed! In a word, so what? If little Suzy is dead then we have a suspect and a body; the fact that there was a murder hasn’t changed. That the police have to actually do their work the old-fashioned way doesn’t change anything either, nor does access to someone’s phone (or lack thereof) change DNA and other physical evidence.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2014-11-22.

Four countries you need to know about that will revolutionize food production

November 20, 2014 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile
As we discussed yesterday, the world has certainly gotten itself into a serious pickle.
World population growth and economic trends are causing food demand to soar.
Demographers tell us that over 200,000 people will be present at the dinner table tonight who weren’t even alive yesterday.
And with over a billion people having been lifted out of poverty in the developing world (and more to follow), people are eating more food (and more resource intensive foods like meat) than ever before.
At the same time, farm yields have peaked in the developed world. Science has managed to extract from the ground as much as the earth can give.
Many farmers are quitting the business altogether thanks to rising input costs and absurd regulation, and the amount of farmland is in clear decline.
The arithmetic here is quite simple: the demand for food Calories is rising while the ability to provide those food Calories is falling.
This suggests rising food prices over the long-term, and potentially even shortages.
But behind this uncomfortable data is a clear opportunity: if demand for food is increasing while the supply of farmland is in decline, then high quality farmland is an obvious asset to own.
The question is: where? Not all farmland is created equal.
In fact, much of the farmland in the developed West is already at or near an all-time high, and much of it lacks available water.

This post was published at Sovereign Man on November 20, 2014.

The US is losing 9.5 acres of farmland per minute

Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile
More than six thousand years ago, the most advanced civilization on planet was Sumer, rulers of the fertile plains of ancient Mesopotamia in modern day Iraq.
The Sumerians weren’t powerful from their military strength or political system; rather, it was agriculture that developed their civilization.
Quite simply, the ancient Sumerians had developed techniques to produce far more agriculture than they could possibly consume.
This food surplus meant that they could build up a large pool of savings to be used in trade, or to feed workers who could pursue other careers like science and architecture.
Nearly every great civilization ever since has shared the same characteristics – being able to produce more than it consumes.
In fact, no society can survive without the ability to feed itself. We’ve seen this throughout history.
When the Sumerians’ complex , centrally-planned network of canals failed to adequately irrigate their farmland, the civilization quickly declined.
The Roman Empire was notorious for routinely invading other lands looking to secure additional sources of food.
During the American Civil War, a large part of the Union’s strategy was to cut off the South from its food sources, and burn to the ground every acre of farmland they could find.
And despite decades of economic hardship, the French Revolution finally kicked off in 1789 because the nation could no longer feed itself… and people were starving.
Early on in US history, the country’s strength came from this same ability to produce more than it consumed.
And over the centuries the US became farmer to the world, exporting interminable quantities of food like a never-ending breadbasket.
But that trend peaked long ago.
Over the past five years, for example, the amount of farmland in the US has decreased by 5 million acres each year, often due to land development or aging farmers quitting the business.

This post was published at Sovereign Man on November 19, 2014.

#grubered

Jonathan Gruber Spawns Hashtags and Hilarious Videos As a little addendum to our recent look at the arrogant, but surprisingly honest (in unguarded moments) government advisor Jonathan Gruber, we would note that he has by now spawned numerous Twitter hashtags. These range from the simple #Gruber, to #GruberGate, to #Grubered.
The latter specifically has probably a very good chance of becoming a widely used figure of speech (see conclusion for a practical application).
In addition, people have become busy putting together videos, making liberal use of the fact-checking powers of the inter-tubes. What have politicians said about Mr. Gruber in the past and what are they saying about him now?
Examples of then: ‘He’s one of the best outside experts’, ‘…using super-duper computer models and helping the CBO’, ‘Most respected economist’, etc.
Examples of ‘now’: ‘Don’t know who he is. He never helped us write any bill.’ ‘Some outside advisor, he never worked on our staff.’ ‘I completely disagree with him’, ‘Errr….aaah’, etc.
Here is an especially hilarious example of these videos that we felt we had to share with our readers:

Something bothered us when seeing and hearing the president assert that Gruber ‘expressed an opinion that…err… I comletely disagree with…wrrrs…in term of, of the voters…’. A quick Google search of ‘how to spot when someone is lying’ yields several indications that he didn’t really mean it, chiefly among them ‘change of head position’, ‘difficulty of actually speaking’, ‘repetitiveness’, ‘standing very still’, ‘having an answer for everything’, ‘not making eye contact’, ‘odd micro-expressions’, ‘pointing a lot’ (note how Mr. Obama attempts to suppress this reflex but is still pointing up with his thumbs at the decisive moment).
We personally have not the slightest doubt that the president’s opinion of the US electorate is in agreement with Gruber’s even without body language voodoo (it admittedly is a somewhat dubious science, as the Pentagon found out when it spent $300,000 for an analysis of Vladimir Putin’s body language. In this case though, our gut feelings are probably accurate.
Speaking of money, we must correct a certain point we mentioned in ‘Dr. Gurber, Wie Geht’s Dir’: the good man did not get paid $400,000 for his consulting work on Obamacare. That is just what the State of Vermont is paying him for advising on its implementation. He actually got $6 million all in all. We already suspected that the figure of $400,000 was a bit too low for ‘one of the most respected economists his super-duper computer models’.


This post was published at Acting-Man on November 19, 2014.

NASA Admits That Winters are Going to Get Colder…Much Colder

The Maunder Minimum (also known as the prolonged sunspot minimum) is the name used for the period roughly spanning 1645 to 1715 when sunspots became exceedingly rare, as noted by solar observers of the time.
Like the Dalton Minimum and Sprer Minimum, the Maunder Minimum coincided with a period of lower-than-average global temperatures.
During one 30-year period within the Maunder Minimum, astronomers observed only about 50 sunspots, as opposed to a more typical 40,000-50,000 spots. (Source)
Climatologist John Casey, a former space shuttle engineer and NASA consultant, thinks that last years winter, described by USA Today as ‘one of the snowiest, coldest, most miserable on record’ is going to be a regular occurrence over the coming decades.
Casey asserts that there is mounting evidence that the Earth is getting cooler due to a decline in solar activity. He warns in his latest book, Dark Winter that a major alteration of global climate has already started and that at a minimum it is likely to last 30 years.
Casey predicts food shortages and civil unrest caused by those shortages due largely to governments not preparing for the issues that colder weather will bring. he also predicts that wickedly bitter winter temperatures will see demand for electricity and heating outstrip the supply.
Casey isn’t alone in his thinking. Russian climate expert and astrophysicist Habibullo Abdussamatov goes one step further and states that we are at the very beginning of a new ice age.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 18th, 2014.

COULD QUANTUM PHYSICS DESTROY BITCOIN?

Quantum physics and quantum computing have been trendy topics for more than a decade. So trendy, even The Onion, an online satirical magazine, seemingly mocked the rate at which online magazines were publishing articles on the topic in 2001:
At a press conference Monday, Haggar physicists announced the successful development of “Quantum Slacks,” attractive, wrinkle-free pants that paradoxically behave like both formal and casual wear.
By exploiting a rare duality in “Schroedinger’s Pants,” according to The Onion, the non-Newtonian pants could simultaneously behave like formal wear and casual wear. But is the portrayal of quantum computing in most published articles accurate? As Scott Aaronson wrote in Scientific American:
A common mistake…is to claim that, in principle, quantum computers could rapidly solve a particularly difficult set of mathematical challenges called NP-complete problems, which even the best existing computers cannot solve quickly (so far as anyone knows). Quantum computers would supposedly achieve this feat not by being formal and casual at the same but by having hardware capable of processing every possible answer simultaneously.
It has been more than thirty years since physicist Richard Feynman was the first to theorize about quantum computers. One of the first things that comes to mind in terms of what quantum computers could do is their cryptography-breaking abilities. But major obstacles remain in order to harnessing this technology, and in the end, it is unclear if quantum computers would be that much quicker than classical computers at many functions. One considerable obstacle for a quantum computer would be preventing it from interacting with its environment, which would introduce errors.
One-Shot Memory Devices
Many bitcoiners wonder if quantum computing would undermine Bitcoin, which depends on SHA-256, a system of encryption. There is truth to the notion that quantum computing could offer benefits to crypto-assets.
For intsance, research conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Yi-Kai Liu has recently led to a way to make a security device that has proved difficult to engineer: “a ‘one-shot’ memory unit, whose contents can be read only a single time.”

This post was published at Dollar Vigilante on 2014/11/16.