In Addition To The Latest Fake Ceasefire, Here Is What Else Happened Overnight

As reported earlier, the biggest overnight news took place just around 4am Eastern when futures exploded to new ATH on headlines of a new ceasefire in Ukraine, which was promptly refuted by both Putin and the rebels, but futures don’t care and have continue raging higher, in hopes of sweeping the latest batch of ugly economic news out of Europe, this time in the form of Europe’s non-mfg PMIs, under the rug.
As RanSquawk summarizes, heading into the North American open, the bulk of the morning’s price action has been provided by news that Ukrainian President Poroshenko said that he reached an agreement with Russia’s Putin on a “permanent cease fire” in Eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region. This saw an immediate spike higher in European equities with the DAX future rallying and breaking above its 100DMA seen at 9644.50, thus extending earlier gains that stemmed from the strong performance in Asia-Pacific equities, while the e-mini S&P once again printed a fresh record high. However, these moves staged a partial reversal amid comments from Russia’s Putin that he denied that such an agreement had been reached as Russia is not a party to the Ukraine conflict. In stock specific news, Russian exposed Raiffeisen Bank outperforms Europe ( 7%) in reaction to the geopolitical developments, while Hugo Boss have underperformed throughout the session following a share placement which came in at the lower end (-5.3%).
A quick recap of the Euroarea final, and disappointing, composite PMI data from Goldman.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/03/2014.

Department of Homeland Security – A 240,000 Person Cancer on the American Soul

Regular readers will be intimately familiar with my feelings on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Long before it became obvious to millions of people, I wrote about how the DHS was never intended to prevent terrorist attacks, rather it had always been intended to suppress the American citizenry. Over the past decade, it has become a dangerous behemoth of fascism under the guise of the fraudulent ‘war on terror.’
Going back to 2010, I wrote a piece titled: The Dangers of a Failed Presidency, in which I wrote:
There is clearly a power elite that consists of a union between big corporate and financial oligarchs and career bureaucrats in Washington D. C. These are the folks that pull the strings of all administrations. All you have to do is look at the trends that have been in place since George W Bush and continue under Obama to see what these players want. Bigger government and thus more Federal power, more wealth for the oligarchs (thank you Federal Reserve) and an erosion of the middle class, and reduction of civil liberties in the name of the 1984-like never-ending ‘war on terror.’ I believe in a war on terror of my own. A war against the terror that Washington D. C. is constantly trying to inject into your head so that you sheepishly give away all you rights and power to them. That’s my war on terror.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 2, 2014.

2nd American doctor infected – had no contact with Ebola patients: Congo reports 31 deaths from virus

September 2014 – AFRICA – Another American doctor working for the missionary group SIM has tested positive for Ebola in Liberia. He had no contact with Ebola patients, and it’s a mystery how he contracted the virus. The doctor was treating pregnant women ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, according to SIM. But he was not treating Ebola patients in the hospital’s separate Ebola isolation facility, the group said, adding that it was unclear how he contracted the virus. ‘My heart was deeply saddened, but my faith was not shaken, when I learned another of our missionary doctors contracted Ebola,’ SIM president Bruce Johnson said in a statement. The doctor ‘immediately isolated himself’ and has since been transferred to the ELWA Ebola…

This post was published at The Extinction Protocol on September 3, 2014.

Cold War About to Turn Hot? Putin Warns Europe “I can Take Kiev in Two Weeks”; WW III Not a Good Option

People keep asking why I have a spotlight on Ukraine and not Gaza. It should be obvious. The economic impact of the Civil war in Ukraine has a huge European economic interest. Moreover, risk of further escalation involving Russia and the US looms large. The Financial Times reports Debate Heats Up in US and Europe Over Arming Kiev.
As Barack Obama departs for Europe to attend a crucial NATO summit, the US president is facing fresh pressure at home to provide weapons to Ukraine, including from senior members of his own party. European governments are also considering the wisdom of sending arms to Ukraine, with many leaders from eastern Europe eager to do more to help Kiev, while western European governments remain cautious.’I think it is very important to recognise that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming,’ Mr Obama said last week.
But even leading members of his own party have joined Republican critics to call for more assistance to Kiev. Adam Smith, the leading Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said at the weekend that the US should help Ukraine build ‘a more capable fighting force to resist’ Russia.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on September 02, 2014.

Don’t Blink, You’ll Miss Another US Attack!

US bombs have been falling on Iraq for several weeks now, and an attack is also planned against Syria. At the NATO summit in Wales this weekend it was agreed to position thousands of troops on Russia’s border to be prepared for an attack in a moment’s notice. It seems like it was only yesterday that the US conducted yet another attack on Pakistan…oh wait, it was only yesterday!But did you know that the US is also still attacking Africa on a steady basis? At the end of the day yesterday US forces conducted an attack on the what they claim are Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants in Somalia. These small groups have been fighting against the US-backed regime in Somalia which is enough to earn them ongoing drone strikes from Washington. The idea that a small, localized Islamist movement in a place like Somalia is a threat to the United States is hard to comprehend. Also hard to understand how there is any legal justification for the Obama administration to conduct airstrikes on Africa at all. Has Congress declared war on Somalia? Nevertheless the endless US global war continues…

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on September 2, 2014.

CDC: ‘window is closing’ on any effort to ever contain this Ebola outbreak: running out of people to bury the bodies

September 2014 – AFRICA – Days after returning from West Africa, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thomas Frieden opened a press conference with a sobering admonition about the effort to contain the Ebola epidemic to West Africa: ‘the window is closing.’ In an impassioned call to action, he urged American doctors, nurses, and health care professionals to join Africa in its fight. ‘This isn’t just the countries’ problem,’ he said. ‘It’s a global problem.’ With vivid detail, Frieden painted a gruesome picture of overcrowded isolation centers in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, where health care workers are struggling to keep up with ‘basic care.’ He mentioned deficiencies not only in the number of doctors, nurses, and health managers available, but the protective gear needed to keep them safe. Without an immediate change in the current landscape, he said, the worst is yet to come. ‘The level of outbreak is beyond anything we’ve seen – or even imagined,’ Frieden said. At one particular 35-bed facility, Frieden described the chilling sight of more than three-dozen Ebola patients without beds, left with no other place to fight their infections but the floor. The health care workers, too, face ‘distressing’ conditions. ‘Roasting hot’ personal protective gear including robes, masks, boots, and goggles, make simply drawing an IV a near impossible task. ‘It is very difficult to move…sweats pours into goggles, [the health workers] see the enormous need but the great risk, too,’ he said.

This post was published at The Extinction Protocol on September 3, 2014.

If You Like Your “Boots On The Ground”, Here’s Even More – Obama To Send 350 Troops To Iraq

Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on Security Personnel in #Iraq
— Zaid Benjamin (@zaidbenjamin) September 3, 2014

Just hours after the beheading of a 2nd American journalist, The White House has issued a statement:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/02/2014.

Top NSA Whistleblower: We Need a New 9/11 Investigation Into the Destruction of the World Trade Center

The Observable Facts Were Ignored … Bill Binney is the NSA’s former senior technical director, 32-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a ‘legend’ within the agency, one of the world’s top crypto-mathematicians, who managed thousands of employees at the agency.
Binney was the original NSA whistleblower, and one of two NSA veterans whose example inspired Edward Snowden.
Binney recently signed Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth’s petition, stating:

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on August 31, 2014.


How come an independent security blogger has to reveal massive retail credit card breaches? Brian Krebs also blew the lid off the Target debacle. He thinks this could be much bigger than the Target breach. What you get from the mega-retailers is stonewalling and canned PR messaging. They are clueless fucks who are busy spending their money on stock buybacks and executive stock options, rather than IT security.
DO NOT SHOP AT HOME DEPOT. Your data is not safe. Via Brian Krebs
Banks: Credit Card Breach at Home Depot Multiple banks say they are seeing evidence that Home Depot stores may be the source of a massive new batch of stolen credit and debit cards that went on sale this morning in the cybercrime underground. Home Depot says that it is working with banks and law enforcement agencies to investigate reports of suspicious activity.
Contacted by this reporter about information shared from several financial institutions, Home Depot spokesperson Paula Drake confirmed that the company is investigating.

This post was published at The Burning Platform on 02 Sept 2014.

Are Sobriety Checkpoints Really Unconstitutional?

Sobriety checkpoints (or ‘DUI checkpoints’) are roadblocks that law enforcement officers set up on roads for the purpose of catching people driving under the influence of alcohol. Some of us also think they are used to generate revenue for police departments and the State, since the stops often result in citizens being slapped with minor (finable) offenses. Of course, the blatantly plunderous civil asset forfeiture racket has been implemented during these stops as well.
Twelve states do not conduct sobriety checkpoints because they prohibit them by state law or their interpretation of state Constitution. If you live in, or are driving through, any of these 12 states, you won’t have to worry about encountering entrapment checkpoints: Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Out of that list, Texas is the only state that prohibits DUI checkpoints based on their interpretation of the US Constitution.
Let’s stop here to review the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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

Iraq Has WMDs and Russia Has Invaded

How did they imagine they’d get away with it, claiming that Iraq had vast stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and even nuclear weapons?
Defectors had made clear the chemical and biological weapons (some of them provided by the United States) had been destroyed. Inspectors had searched almost every inch of Iraq and said they’d get to the last few inches if given a few more days. Iraq was screaming that it had no such weapons. Numerous nations around the world were agreeing with Iraq. Colin Powell’s own staff warned him that his claims would not be deemed plausible.
And yet, they got away with it to such an extent that most well-intentioned people in the United States to this day maintain that nobody can possibly be sure that Bush, Cheney, et alia, knew their statements were false when they made them.
‘All this was inspired by the principle – which is quite true within itself – that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.’ -Adolf Hitler
The U. S. media has repeatedly been claiming that Russia has invaded Ukraine. They claim it for a while, and there’s obviously been no invasion, so they pause. Then they claim it again.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 2, 2014.

Memo To Washington: Iraq Is Not A Nation And You Can’t Build One There With Bombs

Washington’s strategy in Iraq is in shambles, but not just because America’s spanker-in-chief is really a wimp at heart. The problem is far more generic. To wit, the geographic territory of Iraq is not a nation; it is an arbitrary series of lines on a map drawn 100 years ago by dandies in the foreign offices of two fading empires (the British and the French) – – which lines encircled numerous tribes, ethnicities and religious confessions that had no interest in sharing a common statehood.
In the subsequent century, the warring peoples corralled within the Sykes-Picot boundaries were ram-rodded into a tenuous co-existence by a series of brutal monarchs, generals and dictators, backed up by British and American occupiers. But then the neo-con geniuses in the George W. Bush Administration hung the last dictator and the poll readers in the Obama White House had the good sense to adhere to their campaign pledge and bug out.
They left behind $25 billion in military training and state-of-the-art warfare equipment, but neither a dictator nor a nation. Indeed, under the latter heading they had endeavored to build a nation where there had been none, but ended up liquidating the machinery – – the Republican Guards and the Baathist political party – that in the most recent era had enforced co-existence with machine guns and poison gas canisters.
Foolishly claiming America’s job was done at the end of 2011 when the last GIs boarded transports out of Bagdad, Barrack Obama was actually opening the gates of hell without a clue as to the furies that would soon come swarming through. Well, they are all here now with blood soaked hands grasping their weapons and agitated tongues issuing the spittle of revenge and historic enmities.

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on September 2, 2014.

James Foley Worked Under USAID, a Known U.S. Intelligence Front. Was He More Than Just a Journalist?

Before I get into the meat of this post, I want to make a few things clear.
First, the brutal beheading of anyone is barbaric, unacceptable and tragic beyond description. Second, this piece is in no way intended to cause any harm or pain to the Foley family. Third, I don’t have any proof that James Foley was involved in covert intelligence work for the U. S. government.
All that being said, I do think it is important people understand he worked under USAID in Iraq only three years before he was abducted in Syria. As such, I believe the question as to whether or not he was more than just a journalist is a reasonable one to ask.
Writing in the Weekly Standard yesterday, David Devoss wrote the following about James Foley:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 2, 2014.

US Troops Are Heading To Ukraine

While only ‘humanitarian adviser’ boots on the ground are present in Iraq (and Syria), Reuters reports that preparations are under way near Ukraine’s western border for a joint military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the United States and its allies. As Obama told reporters last week, “that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming,” it seems a little odd ‘strategically’ to go ahead with the Rapid Trident exercise Sept. 16-26 as a sign of the commitment of NATO states to support non-NATO member Ukraine, entailing the first significant deployment of U. S. and other personnel to Ukraine since the crisis erupted.
As Reuters reports,

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/02/2014.

Time Magazine accidentally reveals greater autism fraud

Time Magazine (8/28) is covering the ongoing CDC whistleblower scandal. (‘Whistleblower Claims CDC Covered Up Data Showing Vaccine-Autism Link,’ by Alice Park)
In one piece of one sentence, without meaning to, the article blows another hole in the 2004 study that whistleblower William Thompson exposed as a fraud.
A hole beyond what Thompson has admitted to in his public mea culpa statement of August 27th.
What Time Magazine revealed demonstrates that the entire study is based on a lie.
Here is the sentence-fragment from the Time article: ‘Now one of the authors of a 2004 study that found similar vaccination rates among children with and without autism…’
There it is. For people who can see it.
According to conventional medical researchers, demonstrating that children with and without autism have similar vaccine rates means: vaccines couldn’t cause autism. Because many children who were vaccinated didn’t develop autism.
But suppose you proved that a virus in the bodies of 1000 children caused actual illness in only 160. Would you then say the virus couldn’t be the cause of illness, because some children didn’t get sick?
Not if you were a conventional researcher. You would say, ‘Well, of course, most children didn’t fall ill. But for those that did, the virus was the cause.’

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on September 2, 2014.


Nobel Peace Prize nominee and fierce Obama critic Jim Garrow claims he was set up in retaliation for critizicing the President after an illegal gun was planted at his home, leading to Garrow’s subsequent arrest.
Garrow, the founder of The Pink Pagoda Girls, an organization dedicated to rescuing baby girls from ‘gendercide’ in China, appeared on the Alex Jones Show last year to warn that he was told by a top military veteran that the Obama administration’s ‘litmus test’ for new military leaders is whether or not they will obey an order to fire on U. S. citizens.
Garrow subsequently went on to claim that he had been a covert CIA agent but was fired by the Obama administration for speaking out.
On Sunday August 24, Garrow was arrested at his home in Ontario, Canada in an incident he asserts was a ‘set up’ in retribution for his public statements against the Obama administration.

This post was published at Info Wars by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | SEPTEMBER 2, 2014.

“World Is Losing Battle To Contain Ebola Epidemic,” MSF Warns Response “Lethally Inadequate”

The CDC’s worst nightmare is coming true. Despite reassurances from the government that it was ‘contained’, the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria is accelerating fast. Health Minister Chukwu said that 17 had now been infected and 271 were under surveillance (including most horrifyingly, 72 in Lagos). In addition, Congo is seeing cases increase rapidly, with WHO reporting 53 cases of Ebola (31 dead) and warning, perhaps ominously, that there is no link with the West Africa strain. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the situation in her country “remains grave,” adding “People now don’t see this as a Liberia or West Africa crisis. It could easily become a global crisis.” Furthermore, Doctors-without-Borders warns,“the world is losing the battle to contain the Ebola epidemic.”
Map of #Ebola transmission in West #Africa (29 Aug 2014)
— WHO (@WHO) August 29, 2014


This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/02/2014.