Tuesday, January 27, 2015
1/27/2015 January 27th 2015
THE 1% ELITE_________________________
Panicked super rich buying boltholes with private airstrips to escape if poor rise up
Super rich hedge fund managers are buying 'secret boltholes' where they can hideout in the event of civil uprising against growing inequality, it has been claimed.
Nervous financiers from across the globe have begun purchasing landing strips, homes and land in areas such as New Zealand so they can flee should people rise up.
With growing inequality and riots such as those in London in 2011 and in Ferguson and other parts of the USA last year, many financial leaders fear they could become targets for public fury.
Robert Johnson, president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, told people at the World Economic Forum in Davos that many hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes.
(MIRROR, jan 26th)
POLICE STATE AND JUSTICE____________________
VIDEO: POLICE SHOOTS MAN RUNNING AWAY FROM RANDOM PAT DOWN SEARCH
(VICE, jan 26th)
VIDEO: POLICE BEAT AND TASE MAN WHO HONKS AT THEM FOR BLOCKING A DRIVEWAY
The Woman who filmed the incident has claimed that the officers became violent when the man honked his horn at them in a gesture to alert them he needed to drive through the route they were blocking. It seems that asking police in California not to block the road is now a violent and threatening action worthy of a forceful response.
(infowars, jan 26th)
VIDEO: A disturbing video obtained by WPXI News shows two officers approach an otherwise completely peaceful man and begin to brutally assault him.
The video starts with two male officers and one female officer, walking down the hallway of the Renewal Halfway House in Pittsburgh. A black male is seen standing in the doorway on his cell phone.
As officers approach the man there is seemingly no warning before the two uniformed brutes begin waylaying on a this non-threatening individual. While the video is silent we can assume that the two officers were yelling, “Quit resisting” the entire time they were delivering haymaker blow after haymaker blow, with their metal asps.
(Free thought project, jan 26th)
A woman, whose identity was not released, came to the police department on Cotton Street at 6:28 p.m. Thursday and picked up the red phone to speak to dispatch, saying she needed an officer, police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said.
“When police arrived to assist her, that’s when she confronted them,” Brian said. “She did brandish a weapon. I don’t know what kind it was. She came at the officers and was shot.”
(news journal, jan 26)
U.S. Spies on Millions of Drivers: DEA Uses License-Plate Readers to Build Database for Federal, Local Authorities
The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists, according to current and former officials and government documents.
(WSJ, jan 26th)
The TSA Wants To Read Your Facebook Posts And Check Out Your Purchases Before It Will Approve You For PreCheck
The TSA is disappointed that so few Americans have opted out of its bottle-tossing, package-groping screenings by signing up for its PreCheck program. For a few years now, the TSA has been selling travelers’ civil liberties back to them, most recently for $85 a head, but it’s now making a serious push to increase participation.
Here’s everything that’s open to inspection by PreCheck applicant screeners:
For purposes of this private sector enrollment initiative for the TSA Pre√® Application Program, “commercial data” includes: public record data, such as criminal history and real estate records produced by federal, state, and local governments; other publicly available information, such as directories, press reports, location data and information that individuals post on blogs and social media sites; and wide ranging data such as purchase information, customer lists from registration websites, and self-reported information provided by consumers that is obtained by commercial data sources such as data brokers
(techdirt, jan 26th)
U.S. GOVERNMENT COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL!!!!
Pentagon officials announced the creation of an essay competition Monday to honor recently deceased Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Defense, attendees of the National Defense University have been tasked with formulating a written tribute to the “life and leadership” of the “Saudi Arabian monarch.”
“The king, who died Jan. 23 at age 90, oversaw the modernization of his country’s military during the time he spent as commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, a position he held from 1963 until he became king in 2005,” the press release states.
Headed up by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, the essay contest will focus on both Abdullah and the region as a whole.
“This is an important opportunity to honor the memory of the king, while also fostering scholarly research on the Arab-Muslim world, and I can think of no better home for such an initiative than NDU,” Dempsey said. “In my job to train and advise his military forces, and in our relationship since, I found the king to be a man of remarkable character and courage,” Dempsey said.
Marine Corps Major General and National Defense University President Frederick M. Padilla had no issue with praising the late King, calling the competition a unique research opportunity.
“This scholarly research competition presents NDU students with a unique opportunity to focus their research and writing efforts on relevant issues at the intersection of U.S. security interests and the Arab-Muslim world,” Padilla said.
Since Abdullah’s passing, members of the U.S. establishment have given endless praise to the former dictator, seemingly ignoring his barbaric rule and world-renowned brutality.
As noted by the Intercept’s Murtaza Hussain, prominent U.S. leaders such as John McCain, Joe Biden and John Kerry wasted no time in highlighting Abdullah’s alleged accomplishments following his death.
(Infowars, jan 26th)
Amateur historian John Greenewald has spent nearly two decades requesting declassified information from the US government regarding UFOs.
Recently, he posted more than 100,000 pages of documents on the US Air Force's internal UFO investigations to the internet. Here are the top five things to know from the open files of Project Blue Book....continued in the article
(BBC, jan 26th)
The U.S. military is looking at a new way of holding detainees in the field, according to government procurement records: small, prefabricated cells, designed for solitary custody and barely big enough to lie down in, that could be deployed to war zones.
The Army is looking for information from contractors who could design and build a “modular detainee shelter system,” according to an announcement on fbo.gov that was posted in November. Each “closed, box-like” shelter would be “a holding cell for one detainee during combat operations.”
These new cells, which would be collapsed for transportation, would have “tamperproof” interiors. The door to the cell could be padlocked shut from the outside, and would have a five-inch square window, also tamperproof. The door would also have two small access holes, one for passing food to the inmate, and the other for locking and unlocking handcuffs.
The cells, as described in a detailed sheet, would have an internal area of at least 40 square feet, and would stand eight feet with a width of about seven feet. They would have heat and air-conditioning and be able to hold their detainees in any environment, from the South Pole to the Sahara. The “operational temperature” of the cells would be from 40 degrees below zero to 120 degrees, and would be designed to resist not just “the effects of blowing sand,” but also a heavy load of snow, according to the specifications.
(Buzzfeed, jan 26th)
U.S. NOT AFRAID TO PROSECUTE WHISTLEBLOWERS:
Former CIA officer Jeffrey Alexander Sterling was found guilty on all nine counts of unlawful disclosure of classified information and related charges in federal court Monday.
Federal prosecutors charged Sterling with unlawful disclosure of classified information, retention and conveyance of classified documents, and obstruction of justice in relation to the exposure of a CIA mission to thwart the Iranian nuclear program.
Details of the mission were leaked to New York Times journalist James Risen, who published the information in his 2006 book “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration.”
(courthouse news, jan 26th)
Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection showed off the technology Monday as it helps with Super Bowl security.
(AP, jan 26th)
PRIVATE COMPANIES SPYING ON YOU______________
WikiLeaks on Monday criticized Google for failing to swiftly inform the secrets-spilling group about U.S. search warrants issued seeking emails and other personal information from three of its staff.
The warrants, issued in March 2012, required the Internet giant to hand over the phone numbers, IP addresses, credit card details, contents of all emails and other details for Google accounts used by Sarah Harrison, Kristinn Hrafnsson and Joseph Faerrell. The existence of the warrants, which cite an espionage, fraud and conspiracy investigation, was disclosed to WikiLeaks in December.
"We are astonished and disturbed that Google waited over two and a half years to notify its subscribers that a search warrant was issued for their records," WikiLeaks' lawyer Michael Ratner said in a letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt that was published online Monday.
(AP, jan 26th)
The fast-action, car-mounted camera can take more than 100 pictures of license plates every minute, sorting them against a database of cars slated for repossession. The technology, a staple in law enforcement, has become expected in his business. It makes a repo man's job of fishing for cars in a vast sea easier.
"Every repo company either has them or is considering them," Doody said. "The more plate readers there are out there, the better it is for the industry."
That's because the repo men share data with each other, for a fee, through a network. But the sharing doesn't stop there.
The largest database of license plate scans - 2 billion records and growing - is owned by a private company that boasts it has eyes in every city in the U.S.
The license plate pictures taken by an army of repo men across the country go into that commercial database. The data, including the license plate number and where the picture was taken, is then sold again to global information brokering companies. The same companies that offer credit checks and identity protection are also selling license plate scans showing where you've been, accompanied by records about what you own, where you live and who you know.
The data's life becomes endless in systems where license plate records are bundled with other personal information and sold, over and over.
The practical uses of the data are both infinite and chilling, said Jennifer Lynch, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
(Syracuse.com, jan 26th)
NEW COLD WAR___________________________
The Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Ukrainian army is “NATO’s foreign legion” and does not pursue Ukraine’s national interests.
“In essence, this is already not an army, but a foreign legion, in this case NATO’s foreign legion, that certainly does not pursue the goal of defending Ukraine’s national interests,” Putin said on Monday.
“It has quite different goals — geopolitical containing of Russia, which is absolutely inconsistent with the national interests of the Ukrainian people,” he added.
(Press TV, jan 26th)
Ratings agency S&P cut Russia’s sovereign credit rating to below investment grade, or “junk” status, on Monday for the first time in a decade. The rouble fell after the news to 67.98 against the dollar , more than 5 percent lower than the previous close on the Moscow Exchange.
S&P said in a statement it had cut the rating from BBB- to BB+, with a negative outlook, and that Russia’s economic growth prospects – hit by low oil prices and Western sanctions in the Ukraine crisis – had weakened.
(Reuters, jan 26th)
GREECE LOOKING TO JOIN WITH RUSSIA AGAINST THE EU AND US???
The new Syriza PM, Alexis Tsipras, has met with Russian ambassador Andrey Maslov. It was his first meeting with a foreign ambassador after taking office earlier today.
Russia is Greece’s largest trading partner. The value of the relationship was estimated at 9.3 billion euros ($12.5 billion) in 2013 and surpassed trading between Germany and Greece.
(Infowars, jan 26th)
The new Greece of Alexis Tsipras will run out of money by early March. It will then face a series of escalating crunch points that will end in default and a return to the drachma unless it can reach a deal with EU creditors.
Greece must repay €3.4bn to the International Monetary Fund in February and March. Tax revenues have collapsed as Greeks preempt what they hope will be a repeal of austerity taxes. “There is only €1.9bn left in the cash kitty, and the government has spending costs of $2.5bn coming up. Somebody needs to lend the country money soon,” said Megan Greene, from Manulife Asset Management.
(Telegraph, jan 26th)
GOP BEING TAKEN OVER BY TEA PARTY AND LIBERTARIANS
New GOP Caucus Could Set Stage for Leadership Coup
A group of 30-40 House Republicans — more than enough to prevent House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) from mustering 218 votes for anything — is organizing into a formal caucus and hiring staff.
(National review, jan 26th)
Boehner-McConnell retreat in Obama amnesty fight panics conservatives
Conservatives saw it as raising a white flag when Republican congressional leaders pledged not to withhold funding for the Department of Homeland Security in the fight over President Obama’s deportation amnesty, stoking fears that for the next two years House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will consistently surrender.
(washington times, jan 25th)
WAR ON TERROR______________________________
Documents obtained Monday through a federal court order show State Department officials disseminated the false story that the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed a U.S. ambassador was nothing more than the violent escalation of a demonstration by Muslims against an insulting video, even though they knew it was a coordinated military-style assault.
Among the documents obtained by the Washington-based government watchdog Judicial Watch was a memo sent the day after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack to the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia, by the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Command Center titled “Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations.”
The Diplomatic Security Command Center, or DSCC, was well aware that the attack was carried out by highly organized and armed Islamic militia, because the DSCC was the unit that monitored the attack in real time via video transmissions from a drone.
(WND, jan 26th)
Seven months after the military began an investigation into the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his capture by the Taliban, which held him for five years, a new report indicates Army officials have determined Bergdahl — for whom the administration traded five top Gitmo-held terrorists — will be charged as a deserter.
(WND, jan 26th)
A terrorist attack on the Pakistani national grid plunged more than 140 million people into darkness before power was restored, prompting U.S. experts to warn that terrorist cells and “lone wolves” in the United States could cause similar damage to the vulnerable national electric-grid system.
The blackout in Pakistan affected more than 80 percent of the country’s population and all public services in all the major cities, including the capital, Islamabad.
A separatist group in the Naseerabad district of Baluchistan province in the country’s southwest caused the blackout by blowing up a major transmission line connected to the national grid.
It was the third such attack in two weeks.
(WND, jan 26th)
Kurdish forces have driven Islamic State (IS) militants from Kobane, activists say, ending a four-month battle for the northern Syrian town. Fighters from the Popular Protection Units (YPG) were said to have entered outlying areas in the east of the town after the jihadists retreated.
There were reports of people dancing in the streets and of celebratory gunfire. The battle for Kobane was seen as a major test of the US-led coalition’s strategy to combat IS with air strikes.
(bbc, jan 26th)
It will cost the federal government – taxpayers, that is – $50,000 for every person who gets health insurance under the Obamacare law, the Congressional Budget Office revealed on Monday. The number comes from figures buried in a 15-page section of the nonpartisan organization’s new ten-year budget outlook.
(daily mail, jan 26th)
IBM Stock Disappointed That Company Isn’t Firing A Mindboggling 110,000
Over the weekend, in a repeat of rumors that were widespread last year, Forbes ‘reported’ about Project Chrome, a massive corporate reorganization for IBM that would see Big Blue cull over a quarter of its staff – in real terms that means over 110,000 employees, as early as next week. IBM stocks surged higher on this ‘great’ news… and then, disappointment started as “the largest corporate restructuring in history” was denied by the company…
(Zero hedge, jan 26th)
So Far, The US Has The Worst-Performing Stock Market Of 2015
(Business Insider, jan 26th)
Irresponsible lending might have been one of the many causes of the financial crisis -- but not just irresponsible lending to poor people, according to a new study.
"The large majority of mortgage dollars originated between 2002 and 2006 are obtained by middle- and high-income borrowers (not the poor)," the authors write. "In addition, borrowers in the middle and top of the distribution are the ones that contributed most significantly to the increase in mortgages in default after 2007." Rich people tend to take out larger mortgages, of course, but the fact is that the amount of money poor borrowers failed to pay back was just never that significant, as this chart from the paper shows. In case you have a hard time believing that so many larger mortgages could have gone into default, The Washington Post just published a series of stories on subprime, sometimes predatory lending in relatively affluent places such as Prince George's County, Md., outside Washington, D.C.
The findings undermine criticism of recent modest efforts by the Obama administration to make housing more affordable for low-income borrowers by loosening federal credit standards. It's important to lend responsibly, even for the federal government, but the risks in this case might be exaggerated.
(washington post, jan 27th)
Blame De Blasio and Cuomo and Christie for the Blizzard Snow Job. As politicians rushed to out-serious each other, New Yorkers were whipped into a fear frenzy.
Every modern event has a hashtag and this morning, as New York City takes stock of the #snowmageddon2015 that wasn’t, it’s turning to #snowperbole.
On Monday, as Governor Cuomo, Governor Christie, and Mayor de Blasio rushed to out-serious each other, New Yorkers were whipped into a fear frenzy. Supermarket shelves were stripped bare, photos of Whole Foods depleted of kale circulated, and people stocked up for what would likely be days (maybe weeks!) indoors.
Even as we were doing it, we acknowledged it didn’t make much sense. After all, we’re in New York City. Bodegas never close. Delivery guys on bicycles have been a constant through all previous winter storms. All New Yorkers have their stories. That time we ordered Chinese Food during the snowstorm of 1994. Swimming on Brighton Beach during Hurricane Gloria. Buying Poptarts at the corner bodega during Sandy. Driving from Manhattan to Brooklyn and back again during the blackout of 2003. Yes, those are all mine.
As we waited for the storm deemed “historic,” the only real history was made when the subway shut down for the first time ever in preparation for snow. The real insult came when it was reported later that the trains were indeed still running, empty, as trains needed to keep moving to clear the tracks. Citibike was shut down. Cars were banned from the roads and anyone who didn’t take heed risked being fined.
These are all symptoms of our infantilizing “do something!” culture. Everyone understands the pressure politicians feel to be seen as proactive. But this time they went way too far in the name of protecting us. It’s one thing to warn drivers that conditions are dangerous and that they go out at their own risk. It’s another to shut down all roads in the city that allegedly never sleeps.
(Time, jan 27th)
GROCERY STORES CLEARED OUT
(gothamist, jan 26th)
Social Media Calling Blizzard Of 2015 A ‘Bust’
(CBS connecticut, jan 27th)
Meteorologist: 2010s officially the snowiest decade in the east coast in the NOAA record – surpassing the 1960s
Meteorologist Joe D'Aleo: 'We will have had 14 major impact storms this decade (only half over) beating out the 10 in the 1960s and 2000s.'
(climate depot, jan 26th)
BIRD FLU IN NORTH AMERICA_________________________
The first North American human case of H7N9 bird flu has been confirmed in B.C.
Canadian health officials announced Monday that a woman in her 50’s from the Lower Mainland has tested positive for avian influenza A(H7N9), the potentially deadly virus that has infected hundreds of people in China since first emerging in humans in March 2013.
Another family member, a man, who travelled with the Lower Mainland woman to China is believed to have been infected as well. They only developed symptoms after returning home to Canada earlier this month.
(VANCOUVER, JAN 26TH)
A California turkey farm has been quarantined after confirmation of the first case of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain in the Pacific Northwest and in a commercial flock, the U.S. government said.
The news on Saturday came just weeks after China banned U.S. poultry after an outbreak of another strain of bird flu in the Pacific Northwest.
In the latest outbreak, Foster Farms said in a statement that it had informed the U.S. Department of Agriculture after detecting the H5N8 strain on a single turkey ranch in Stanislaus County following routine testing.
(Reuters, jan 26th)
NASA engineers are working on a small helicopter that could “scout” the trail for future Mars rovers, Zee News reports.
If successful, the low-flying Mars helicopter would be lookout for the rover every day, helping engineers back on Earth plan the best driving route, the US space agency said in a statement.
(Design and trend, jan 26th)
SHOCK VIDEO: Beachgoers in San Diego blithely agreed that President Barack Obama should be given the power to completely repeal the Bill of Rights in the name of fighting ISIS in another disturbing insight into the unthinking malaise of many Americans.
(Infowars, jan 26th)
RON PAUL INTERVIEWED BY INFOWARS REFUTES WASHINGTON POST CLAIM OF BEING A SECESSIONIST
The Washington Post tried to paint the former congressman as a secessionist for speaking at a Jan. 24 Mises Institute conference in Houston, Texas, which revolved around the issue of secession, but Dr. Paul’s interview with Infowars after the speech refutes the Post’s claim.
“…I’m not as interested in that stuff [secession] as [I am] the principles of government, of power and the understanding of true liberty,” Dr. Paul said. “…What I describe is in the mist of the crisis where people would have to take care of themselves and there will be a secession system.”
In other words, he was describing an apocalyptic scenario in which states and local communities would have to hold themselves together because the federal government collapsed.
(Infowars jan 26th)
A former employee of a Fox television station in Texas shot himself to death outside the company's New York headquarters Monday, shortly after handing out fliers saying the company had ended his career, police said.
Philip Perea, 41, shot himself in the chest at around 9 am. Monday outside the building near Radio City Music Hall that houses Fox News, the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal. Perea left a suicide note, authorities said, and a weapon was recovered at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
He was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a hospital. Perea was employed as a producer at a Fox News station in Austin until June, according to Fox officials. He worked at the station FOX7-KTBC for 10 months, according to a statement from Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations, to employees.
(AP, jan 26th)