This Is The World We Live In: Deal With It

The hubris of these people is alarming….
WASHINGTON (AP) – The growing use of encrypted communications and private messaging by supporters of the Islamic State group is complicating efforts to monitor terror suspects and extremists, U. S. law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Appearing before the House Homeland Security Committee, the officials said that even as thousands of Islamic State group followers around the world share public communications on Twitter, some are exploiting social media platforms that allow them to shield their messages from law enforcement.
“There are 200-plus social media companies. Some of these companies build their business model around end-to-end encryption,” said Michael Steinbach, head of the FBI’s counterterrorism division. “There is no ability currently for us to see that” communication, he said.
So what?

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2015-06-07.

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano erupts again – forcing more evacuations

June 2015 – INDONESIA – Mount Sinabung blew its top Saturday sending lava and thick plumes of volcanic ash into the sky. Indonesian officials raised the alert status Friday to the highest level, urging residents who live nearby to evacuate. About 2,700 people were forced to flee their homes from the island located in the North Sumatra province. Government agencies have set up public shelters and kitchens to help those who have been evacuated.

This post was published at The Extinction Protocol on June 7, 2015.

Finally, Some Establishment Smarts on ISIS

Here’s a classic good news/bad news story to start off the weekend. The good news: Someone associated with the U. S. national security establishment is showing signs of cognition. The bad news: He’s no longer on active duty.
Retired Air Force general David A. Deptula’s op-ed in today’sWashington Post isn’t a perfect blueprint for eliminating the threats to American national security emanating from the terminally dysfunctional Middle East. But it’s by far the best published article I’ve read yet on dealing with ISIS and the broader challenge of terrorism.
Deptula contributes two key insights to the raging but so far largely brain-dead national debate about fighting ISIS. First, he convincingly argues that Washington should stop wasting so much time and effort in bolstering the Iraqi state – or what’s left of it. The author doesn’t completely dismiss the hope that it might ultimately survive in something like the form it’s taken since its current official borders were first drawn. But he rightly points out that destroying ISIS is a higher and separate priority.
Second, he makes the vital point that ISIS is no longer simply the terrorist movement or insurgency assumed by current U. S. approach. It’s a ‘self-declared sovereign state’ and thus Washington ‘must stop trying to fight the last war [i.e., its latest Afghanistan effort and current Iraq approach] and develop a new strategy.’

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner by Alan Tonelson ‘ June 6, 2015.

South Korea reports fifth MERS death as the number of cases climbs

June 2015 – SOUTH KOREA – South Korea said Sunday that 14 more people have been infected with Middle East respiratory syndrome and that a fifth person had died. A total of 64 people have been confirmed as having MERS since a South Korean man infected with the virus returned from the Middle East in May. The outbreak is the largest ever outside the Middle East, where most infections have occurred since the virus was discovered in Saudi Arabia in 2012. The latest fatality was a 75-year-old man who was found to have had MERS after dying, the Health Ministry said.
MERS is a respiratory disease from the same family of viruses as the common cold and severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. There is no vaccine or medical treatment for the virus, which has a death rate of around 27%, according to the World Health Organization. However, in the first case of a possible recovery from the virus in the latest outbreak, one person diagnosed with MERS was discharged from a hospital Friday after her body temperature returned to normal and test results came back negative, the government said.

This post was published at The Extinction Protocol on June 7, 2015.

The Truth Is Still Suppressed Out There: Truthstream News Episode 4

Yet another episode takes on the wry developments in the news, with the Pentagon determined to bring to the home front the monster it admittedly created, sweeping developments in the junk food wars with the quest for real food and a dip into the unexplained with a look at how the X-Files brought the paranormal to America’s homes while the Rockefellers brought the search for life from another planet to the Clinton White House… well, you’ll see.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on June 7th, 2015.

Episode #87 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘The Jade Helm Deception’ with guest Matt Bracken and Jay Dyer

Episode #87 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes this Sunday June 7, 2015 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio…
SUNDAY – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PST
This week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE is broadcasting LIVE from the banks of Londinium in Albion, as host Patrick Henningsen coverings the world’s top stories this week. In this first hour Patrick ‘combats’, ‘tackles’ and ‘fights’ the latest G7 global government confab in Bavaria, Germany, the latest Trojan Horse plan to plant ISIS in the Philippines as well as the latest UK ‘terror trial’ which has collapsed under the weight of its own malfeasance.
In the first hour we’ll be joined by special guest and ex-Navy SEAL and author Matt Bracken to discuss the Jade Helm trolling op and other aspects of information warfare, and in the second hour we’re joined by Jay Dyer from Jay’s Analysis to look at some of the deeper aspects of the Jade Helm psy-op, controlled leaks and how the establishment are attempting to honey-pot ‘liberty’ and Tea Party groups with controlled leaks and virtual disinformation campaigns . In the final hour, we’re joined by Basil Valentine for more commentary on the G7, the UK’s ‘brave new world’ and other pressing affairs.
Strap yourselves in and lower the blast shield – this is your brave new world…

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JUNE 7, 2015.

Deutsche Bank Co-CEOs To Resign Amid Shareholder Frustration

Back in May, Deutsche Bank’s co-CEOs Anshu Jain and Jrgen Fitschen got a rude awakening.
At the bank’s annual meeting, less than two-thirds of shareholders said they approved of top management’s performance. That was down markedly from nearly 90% the year before.
At issue: ambiguity surrounding planned cost cuts, distant profitability targets, and investor concern about the bank’s corporate culture.
Deutsche, perhaps more than any other firm on Wall Street, embodies the corrupt bank stereotype.
Allegations against the bank and its employees range from rate-rigging to the violation of US sanctions on Iran. Legacy litigation has cost the bank around $9 billion over the past three years alone and that figure could rise materially as reports suggest the DoJ may seek to extract a settlement of as much as $2-3 billion related to soured MBS in the coming months.
The problems go beyond the high profile cases. Last month for instance, Deutsche paid $55 million to settle an SEC investigation related to allegations the bank deliberately obscured billions in paper losses on a derivatives book tied to the 2007 collapse of the Canadian ABCP market.
From Deutsche’s annual report:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 06/07/2015.

Could Natural Gas Dominate Global Transportation Soon?

What are the prospects of natural gas offering a viable alternative to oil as a transportation fuel?
Sure, natural gas already exists in the transportation sector. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is used in some parts of the world to fuel cars and trucks. But that only exists on a large scale in countries that have laid out specific government policies (like subsidies or regulated prices) to promote the fuel, either with the intention of cleaning up air pollution in big cities or reducing burdensome levels of gasoline and diesel imports. Countries like Iran, Pakistan, Argentina, and Brazil are the leaders in the number of natural gas vehicles on the road. Iran and Pakistan in particular account for nearly two-fifths of the total number of natural gas vehicles across the globe.
Elsewhere, CNG vehicles are just a niche product. In the United States, for example, natural gas is used in municipal buses or in corporate vehicle fleets. Natural gas can burn cleaner – in terms of both particulate emissions and carbon emissions – and reduce the cost of fuel. Still, CNG is not widely used, even in a country that has had extraordinary cheap shale gas for almost a decade.
One of the big constraints is the lack of refueling infrastructure – i.e. gas stations for vehicles to fill up. The problem is one of the chicken and the egg. Consumers are not going to buy CNG vehicles if they do not live near a CNG refueling station. But no one is going to build a CNG refueling station if there are no drivers with CNG cars. The US Congress considered legislation a few years ago to support natural gas vehicles, but it was not passed.

This post was published at FinancialSense on 06/05/2015.

Barack Obama – Liar In Chief [Backed By ‘Supreme’ Court]

Your right to free speech is highly questionable, to be kind.
An outrageous example of the content in the article:
President Obama had his Supreme Court attorney, the U. S. Solicitor General, present a friend-of-the-court brief to the U. S. Supreme Court in support of a claimant whose case alleged that political lying is 100% protected by the First Amendment’s Free Speech provision and so no state may issue any law limiting the right of anyone to lie in a political campaign. The U. S. Supreme Court, in the 2014 case of Susan B. Anthony List v. Dreihaus, issued a decison 9-to-0 (unanimous) endorsing that view: the public has no right to be provided the truth, but politicians and their monied backers have an unlimited right to deceive the public in any political campaign, the 9 ‘Justices’ unanimously agreed.

This post was published at Edge Trader Plus on 7 June 2015.

The Logistical Flaw In Non-Anarchistic Libertarian Thought

It seems to me that the logistical flaw in non-anarchistic libertarian thought – that the state is necessary, if for nothing else but protection of its citizens (defense from attack from abroad, protection of individuals from each other, dispute adjudication, etc) – is rooted in the lack of recognition that history has readily proven that the state can not – will not – be limited by law, especially (and one would think obviously) when the state itself is the author, interpreter, and enforcer of the law.
The dismal failure of the ‘American Experiment’ proved this truth, once and for all.
So it’s not that there aren’t seemingly legitimate functions of government – it’s that the institution of government is impossible to control, when that government holds a monopoly on authority over the populace and the use of force, and is not subject to market forces.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on June 6th, 2015.

Judge Napolitano: Why the NSA Loves the USA FREEDOM Act

Why did the National Security Agency (NSA) dispatch hundreds of agents to the US Congress to lobby for the USA FREEDOM Act if the legislation would, as many of the bill’s advocates in the Congress assert, greatly restrain the US government’s mass surveillance program? Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst at Fox News, answers in a new video commentary that the NSA lobbied for the USA FREEDOM Act because the bill actually provides absolutely no ‘savings of civil liberties’ and does not in any way change the ‘volume or nature’ of the information the US government obtains via mass surveillance.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on June 6th, 2015.

Cold War 2.0 Heats Up: Washington Dusts Off Russia “Containment” Plans

The ‘ceasefire’ – if you can call it that – that has been in place in Ukraine since February’s Minsk Accord has fallen apart this week with the fiercest fighting in months claiming dozens of lives and prompting President Petro Poroshenko to launch a media blitz in an attempt to rally the West against what he claims is a renewed offensive by Russian-backed separatists.
Russian media contends the separatists were only defending themselves after they began to take artillery fire. Ukraine, by contrast, claims its soldiers came under attack by rebel tanks. ‘We had some storming action by between 500 and 1,000 servicemen of the militants, with a large number of tanks and armored machinery, apparently counting on being able to quickly capture Maryinka,’ Poroshenko said.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 06/06/2015.

Poroshenko Hands Over Roshen Share to Rothschild Under Trust Deal

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed on Friday his decision to sell his businesses and transfer his stake in the Roshen confectionary corporation under a trust agreement to Rothschild Investment Company.
“I signed a deal with the world-famous and the world’s best Rothschild Company, which is now looking for buyers. Three such potential buyers have already stepped forward and are analyzing the company’s legal status and financial performance,” Poroshenko said during a news briefing devoted to his annual address to parliament.
“The transfer will be done so that my name is not mentioned among Roshen’s owners,” Poroshenko added.
One of the world’s main confectionery producers, Roshen Corporation annually turns out around 450,000 tons of chocolate and jelly sweets, caramel, chocolate, biscuits, waffles, and cakes.

This post was published at Sputnik News

G7 Experiencing a ‘Crisis of Legitimacy’ as Leaders Accused of Hypocrisy

The G7 summit has been accused of suffering from a "crisis of legitimacy" ahead of the opening of Sunday's event in Germany, with leaders criticized for their perceived lack of action when it comes to pledges on improving global inequality, reducing climate change and implementing trade deals.
As the leaders of the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan prepare to discuss a range of issues such as global food security and climate change in Bavaria's Elmau Castle, critics have slammed the G7 concept, accusing it of representing the height of hypocrisy.
"The very concept that seven of the richest nations have a mandate to enact policies and programs that impact the rest of the world is in itself a gross and unjust anachronism," Nick Dearden, director of U.K.-based activist group Global Justice Now said.
While much of the criticism of this year's G7 event has centered on Russia's non-attendance at the Bavarian summit, Dearden says the leaders of the countries involved talks are not matching their words with their actions.

This post was published at Sputnik News

Delusionary Thinking in Washington: The Desperate Plight of a Declining Superpower

Take a look around the world and it’s hard not to conclude that the United States is a superpower in decline. Whether in Europe, Asia, or the Middle East, aspiring powers are flexing their muscles, ignoring Washington’s dictates, or actively combating them. Russia refuses to curtail its support for armed separatists in Ukraine; China refuses to abandon its base-building endeavors in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia refuses to endorse the U.S.-brokered nuclear deal with Iran; the Islamic State movement (ISIS) refuses to capitulate in the face of U.S. air power. What is a declining superpower supposed to do in the face of such defiance?
This is no small matter. For decades, being a superpower has been the defining characteristic of American identity. The embrace of global supremacy began after World War II when the United States assumed responsibility for resisting Soviet expansionism around the world; it persisted through the Cold War era and only grew after the implosion of the Soviet Union, when the U.S. assumed sole responsibility for combating a whole new array of international threats. As General Colin Powell famously exclaimed in the final days of the Soviet era, “We have to put a shingle outside our door saying, ‘Superpower Lives Here,’ no matter what the Soviets do, even if they evacuate from Eastern Europe.”
Strategically, in the Cold War years, Washington’s power brokers assumed that there would always be two superpowers perpetually battling for world dominance.  In the wake of the utterly unexpected Soviet collapse, American strategists began to envision a world of just one, of a “sole superpower” (aka Rome on the Potomac). In line with this new outlook, the administration of George H.W. Bush soon adopted a long-range plan intended to preserve that status indefinitely. Known as the Defense Planning Guidance for Fiscal Years 1994-99, it declared: “Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union.”

This post was published at TomDispatch

California Begins To Rip Up Lawns Because “The Whole Damn State [Is] Out Of Water”

In early May, California’s water regulators backed a series of emergency measures proposed in an Executive Order issued by Governor Jerry Brown. The extraordinary conservation effort comes amid a historic drought, that some climatologists say will reach ‘Dust Bowl’ proportions before all is said and done.
Recapping, the order called for a 25% reduction in overall water usage beginning on June 1 – so, last Monday. The state reduced its consumption by 13.5% in April (compared to 2013), suggesting residents will need to redouble their efforts if Brown’s targets are to prove realistic. While some communities have attempted to cast conservation as the ‘cool’ thing to do, other localities say that in the absence of significant financial resources, the cuts simply aren’t feasible. AP has more:
April’s best conservers included Santa Rosa, a city of 170,000 people north of San Francisco, which reported a 32 percent drop in April compared to the same month in 2013. The city offered a host of programs to achieve savings such as paying residents to reduce 52 football fields’ worth of lawn and giving away 50,000 low-flush toilets since 2007.
Saved water “is the cheapest water you can find,” said David Guhin, water director for Santa Rosa. “It’s gotten to where lawns are uncool.”
Cool or no, many communities are still falling far short.
“Fifty-thousand toilets? Really? We don’t have that kind of money,” said Alan Tandy, city manager of Bakersfield, where water use increased by 1 percent in the latest state tally.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 06/06/2015.

The New Great Game Round-Up: June 4, 2015

Saakashvili’s Appointment Spells More Trouble for Transnistria, Tajikistan’s War on Islam Backfires as OMON Commander Joins ISIS & More!
*The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits in Central Asia and the Caucasus region between a U. S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.
The disappearance of Colonel Gulmurod Halimov, commander of Tajikistan’s Interior Ministry paramilitary squad (OMON), has caused a great stir in the Central Asian country. Tajik media reports suggested early on that Halimov had traveled to Syria in order to join the West’s beloved terrorist army ISIS but his family dismissed these reports as “baseless” and portrayed him as a dedicated policeman and father of eight. While his brother insisted that Halimov had never spoken about ISIS, Asia-Plus quoted a friend as saying that he had turned into an ISIS fanatic. The story got even more confusing when Tajik law enforcement agencies denied a report by news agency TojNews claiming that Halimov had been arrested in Turkey while trying to cross into Syria with a fake passport. As the speculations were getting out of hand, ISIS eventually cleared up the mystery of Halimov’s disappearance by releasing a new shiny propaganda video featuring none other than Tajikistan’s missing OMON commander:
Missing Tajik Police Commander Appears On Internet, Says Has Joined IS A top Tajik police commander who has been missing for weeks has reappeared on the Internet, claiming that he has joined the Islamic State (IS) militant group in protest at official restrictions on religious observance back home.

This post was published at Boiling Frogs Post on Christoph Germann | June 4, 2015.

Capital controls explained: Argentina edition

June 5, 2015 Buenos Aires, Argentina
If there’s one thing I love about Argentina, it’s that no rational person here trusts the government.
They’ve been screwed over so many times before by their politicians (and the banking system), they know it’s all lies.
Curiously it keeps happening.
This place has been enduring some of the worst measures imaginable – capital controls and exchange controls. Price controls. Media controls.
The government controls nearly every aspect of the economy; in fact, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner actually told her nation on Wednesday that without the state there would be no growth.
(Amazingly she followed that up with ‘No one can teach us how to make the economy grow.’)
Yet despite being admittedly clueless, Cristina campaigns for even more government control, and even more authority.
This is so typical of bankrupt nations.

This post was published at Sovereign Man on June 5, 2015.