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Saturday, February 7, 2015

NEWS FOR 2/4/2015 2/5/2015 and 2/6/2015, February 4th, 5th and 6th, 2015



US AND WORLD ECONOMY_______________

When it comes to taking a chainsaw to the future of America, nobody seems more eager than Barack Obama.  Despite the fact that the U.S. national debt is on pace to approximately double during his eight years in the White House, he has just proposed a budget that would take government spending to crazy new heights.  When Barack Obama took the oath of office, the U.S. national debt was 10.6 trillion dollars.  Today, it has surpassed the 18 trillion dollar mark.  And even though we are being told that “deficits are going down”, the truth is that the U.S. national debt increasedby more than a trillion dollars in fiscal 2014.  But that isn’t good enough for Obama.  He says that we need to come out of this period of “mindless austerity” and steal money from our children and our grandchildren even faster.  In addition, Obama wants to raise taxes again.  His budget calls for 2 trillion dollars in tax increases over the next decade.  He always touts these tax increases as “tax hikes on the rich”, but somehow they almost always seem to end up hitting the middle class too.  But whether or not Congress ever adopts Obama’s new budget is not really the issue.  The reality of the matter is that the “tax and spend Democrats” and the “tax and spend Republicans” are both responsible for getting us into this mess.  Future generations of Americans are already facing the largest mountain of debt in the history of the planet, and both parties want to make this mountain of debt even higher.  The only disagreement is about how fast it should happen.  It is a national disgrace, but most Americans have come to accept this as “normal”.  If our children and our grandchildren get the opportunity, they will curse us for what we have done to them.

All debt destroys.

All debt enslaves.

And when you are talking about an 18 trillion dollar debt, you are talking about an amount of money that is almost unimaginable.

(Economic collapse blog, feb 3rd)

The Legacy of Debt: Interest Costs Poised to Surpass Defense and Nondefense Discretionary Spending

Currently, the government’s interest costs are around $200 billion a year, a sum that’s low due to the era of low interest rates. Forecasters at the White House and Congressional Budget Office believe interest rates will gradually rise, and when that happens, the interest costs of the U.S. government are set to soar, from just over $200 billion to nearly $800 billion a year by decade’s end.

By 2021, the government will be spending more on interest than on all national defense. according to White House forecasts. And one year later, interest costs will exceed nondefense discretionary spending–essentially every other domestic and international government program funded annually through congressional appropriations. (The largest part of the budget is, and will remain, the mandatory spending programs of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Mandatory spending is over $2 trillion and is set to double to $4 trillion by 2025.)

(wsj, feb 3rd)

“Forgive Us Our Debts” – Debt Forgiveness Only Way To Prevent Global Depression

- Europe and western world is in a debt-fuelled deflation which is spiralling out of control

- Global debt has risen a massive $57 trillion or more than 25% in 7 years since the crisis of 2008

- Managed debt forgiveness is essential now to avoid chaos of defaults, mass unemployment depression and economic collapse

(gold core, feb 6th)

The data that the White House published with President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal yesterday indicate that the federal deficit will increase by 20 percent during this fiscal year (2015) even though the administration predicts the Treasury will bring in record revenue during the year.

According to Table S-1 in the “Summary Tables” appendix to the Obama budget, the deficit was $485 billion in fiscal 2014 and will be $583 billion in fiscal 2015—an increase of $98 billion, or 20.2 percent.

(CNS news, feb 3rd)

Net U.S. Job Gains Since The Recession Have Gone To Foreign-Born Workers

In the months and years since the recession began in December 2007, foreign-born workers have experienced a net increase in employment, while native-born Americans have experienced a net loss.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released updated employment data Friday.

The new BLS figures reveal that since the start of the recession in 2007 — which is said to have ended in June 2009 — the number of foreign workers employed in the United States rose by 1.7 million.

In December 2007 the number of foreign-born workers was 22,810,000 by January 2009 the number has increased to 24,553,000.

Meanwhile the number of American-born workers employed decreased by 1.5 million, from 123,524,000 to 121,999,000.

(breitbart, feb 6th)

Only 44 Percent Of U.S. Adults Are Employed For 30 Or More Hours Per Week

The percentage of Americans that are employed full-time has been hovering near record lows

(economic collapse blog, feb 6th)

Fifty of the world’s most prominent Bitcoin chieftains are set to gather in secret at an undisclosed Caribbean resort in a roundtable gathering that some are already comparing to The Bilderberg Group meetings.

Coindesk has the story, noting that the gathering, dubbed the Satoshi Roundtable, will take place this weekend and is a closed door confab for “bitcoin CEOs and luminaries”. Members of the Press and the public will not be invited.

“Organized by Bruce Fenton of the Bitcoin Association and Atlantic Financial, participants in the first annual Satoshi Roundtable include top executives from companies such as Blockchain, BitGo, BitPesa, Chain, ChangeTip, Coinapult and MegaBigPower, as well as noted VCs in the space such as Erik Voorhees and Roger Ver.” the report reads.

An official website for the gathering verifies the secrecy of the meeting, noting “Even if you are a great person with many accomplishments in bitcoin and lots of passion we just won’t likely be able to invite you.”

Mr Fenton told Coindesk that the group does not wish to act too secretly, but that the meeting has been organized to ensure “the right balance of transparency and privacy.”

(Infowars, feb 3rd)

OPEC leader: Oil could shoot back to $200

(CNN, feb 3rd)

Oil layoffs abound, but we’re pumping the most in decades

 American oil production is still booming in Texas and other energy-rich states despite the oil price crash and resulting mass layoffs and shuttered drilling rigs, raising the question of what it’s going to take to stop the fracking revolution.

A worldwide oil glut has driven oil prices down more than half since the summer, one of the largest price collapses in history. Nevertheless, U.S. crude oil production is forecast by the Department of Energy to increase to its highest level in more than 40 years.

(McClatchy, feb 5th)

Venezuela's 'socialist paradise' turns into a nightmare: medical shortages claim lives as oil price collapses

Peter Foster reports exclusively from Caracas, where ordinary Venezuelans battle for survival as hospitals are left without supplies and shops without basic necessities

(Telegraph, feb 3rd)

Where do the world's 2,089 billionaires live?

For the first time, India has more billionaires than Britain or Russia. We plot where each of the world's 2,089 billionaires live

(Telegraph, feb 5th)

Gallup CEO Fears He Might “Suddenly Disappear” for Questioning U.S. Jobs Data

Clifton eviscerated legitimacy of cheerful spin given to unemployment data

Yesterday, Jim Clifton, the Chairman and CEO of Gallup, an iconic U.S. company dating back to 1935, told CNBC that he was worried he might “suddenly disappear” and not make it home that evening if he disputed the accuracy of what the U.S. government is reporting as unemployed Americans.

(wall street on parade, feb 5th)

New alarm bells over household debt as Canada faces ‘downward spiral’

As Canada’s economy begins to slow, the country’s growing household debt burden is raising new concerns as it outpaces that of most developed countries.

In fact, Canada had the second-biggest jump in household debt-to-income ratios of any country other than Greece between 2007 and the second quarter of 2014, a new study says.

Canada and Australia along with a number of countries in northern Europe “now have larger household debt burdens than existed in the U.S. or the U.K. at the peak of the credit bubble,” according to a new analysis.

The McKinsey Global Institute looked at 47 countries and identified seven with “potential vulnerabilities” in household debt that could lead to financial instability and a consumer spending slowdown: the Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand – and Canada.

(the globe and mail, feb 5th)

The head of China’s Dagong Rating Agency, Guan Jianzhong, had some very blunt words for the world’s investors and policymakers overnight. As ITAR-TASS reports, Jianzhong warned , “the world economy may slip into a new global financial crisis in the next few years… that is even worse than in 2008.”

(zero hedge, feb 5th)

U.S. GOVERNMENT_______________

Republican FCC Commissioner Slams ‘Obama’s 332-Page Plan To Regulate The Internet’

“President Obama’s plan marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet. It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works,” Pai said. “The plan explicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes on broadband… These new taxes will mean higher prices for consumers and more hidden fees that they have to pay.”

In his initial cursory overview of the plan, the commissioner said it would hinder broadband investment, slow network speed and expansion, limit outgrowth to rural areas of the country and reduce Internet service provider (ISP) competition.

(daily caller, feb 6th)

Surveillance tweaks illustrate little change after Snowden

The Obama administration has announced a series of modest changes in the use of private data collected for intelligence purposes, a move that underscores how little the Edward Snowden revelations have impeded the National Security Agency's exploitation of global Internet communications.

Eighteen months after the first Snowden-fueled news story and one year after President Barack Obama delivered a major speech calling for changes to NSA data collection, the White House on Tuesday said it had tightened rules governing how the FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies use Internet and phone communications of foreigners collected by the NSA. But the bulk collection would continue as robustly as ever, the announcement made clear.

(AP, feb 3rd)

IRS knowingly rehired tax cheats, other employees with ‘performance’ issues: Audit

The IRS rehired hundreds of employees who had prior records of bad performance at the agency, including 141 former workers who had botched their own tax returns and others who had used their positions to peek at private tax information, the agency’s inspector general said in a report released Thursday.

(washington times, feb 5th)

The November elections brought a record number of female lawmakers to Washington. With 20 in the Senate and 84 in the House, women for the first time in history hold more than 100 seats in Congress. But the Republican takeover of the Senate has also cost women powerful committee leadership posts and presented new challenges to their wielding of power.

(NYT, feb 2nd)

Exclusive - The FAA: regulating business on the moon

The United States government has taken a new, though preliminary, step to encourage commercial development of the moon.

According to documents obtained by Reuters, U.S. companies can stake claims to lunar territory through an existing licensing process for space launches.

The Federal Aviation Administration, in a previously undisclosed late-December letter to Bigelow Aerospace, said the agency intends to “leverage the FAA’s existing launch licensing authority to encourage private sector investments in space systems by ensuring that commercial activities can be conducted on a non-interference basis.”

In other words, experts said, Bigelow could set up one of its proposed inflatable habitats on the moon, and expect to have exclusive rights to that territory - as well as related areas that might be tapped for mining, exploration and other activities.

However, the FAA letter noted a concern flagged by the U.S. State Department that “the national regulatory framework, in its present form, is ill-equipped to enable the U.S. government to fulfill its obligations” under a 1967 United Nations treaty, which, in part, governs activities on the moon.

The United Nations Outer Space treaty, in part, requires countries to authorize and supervise activities of non-government entities that are operating in space, including the moon. It also bans nuclear weapons in space, prohibits national claims to celestial bodies and stipulates that space exploration and development should benefit all countries.

(Reuters, feb 3rd)

Obama Wants More Money for Military Spy Satellites, Lasers, Space Fence, Reaper drones

(defense one, feb 2nd)

The White House Won’t Reveal Who Attended Obama’s Secret Meeting With Muslim Leaders

(Breitbart, feb 4th)

‘Amnesty Bonuses’ in Tax Code: Illegal Immigrants to Receive Earned Income Tax Credit

Could cost ‘more than $24,000 to those who receive deferred action’

(weekly standard, feb 6th)

When Paul heard about her non-answer—she wouldn’t commit that the federal government does not have such authority—he was incredulous. Furthermore, Paul was appalled that Lynch came out in favor of President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty and the use of asset forfeiture—where the federal government seizes people’s property sometimes with flimsy reasoning, something even the Obama administration has offered slight opposition to—and then told his office staff he’s going to oppose her and aim to derail her nomination chances. “Oh, she’s going down,” Paul said to the room.
(Breitbart, feb 4th)

64% of reporters say Feds spying on their email, calls, online searches

According to a Pew Research Center survey of 454 media figures, 64 percent “believe that the U.S. government has probably collected data” from their calls and email and eight in 10 believe just being a journalist jumps the chance Uncle Sam is spying on them.

The survey follows multiple reports of actual spying by federal officials on reporters, and the White House’s effort to track down those who leak information to reporters despite long-forgotten promises to be the most transparent administration ever.

(washington examiner, feb 5th)

No Other Presidents' Sixth-Year Polarization Close to Bush's, Obama's

The structure of job approval in Obama's and Bush's sixth years in office was remarkably similar -- with 79% approval among supporters of the president's party, and 9% from supporters of the opposition party. Not surprisingly, Bush and Obama had by far the most polarized sixth years for presidents who served into a sixth year.

(Gallup, feb 6th)

Propaganda and the endless horror of ISIS sensationalized by the establishment media will overshadow worries about the economy during the next election.

According to McClatchy, terrorism is the number one issue dominating the political debate leading into next year’s election.

Americans are increasingly worried about terrorist threats and want heightened readiness and a tough response. A recent Pew Research Center survey found combating terrorism inching ahead of the economy as Americans’ top priority for Obama and Congress. Two-thirds were concerned that the Islamic State was a major threat to this country.

(Infowars, feb 5th)

Afghanistan War Hero Stripped of Silver Star

Army Major Matt Golsteyn betrayed by cowardly leaders for criticizing the war

(free beacon, feb 6th)

Miami-Dade Police said an ammunition box that had fallen out of a helicopter was found Friday.

“It was just loud. I guess it was because it was right overhead,” Megan Fallman said of the U.S. Army helicopters over her home along the Miami-Dade/Broward line Wednesday night. “They came right overhead.”

The Blackhawk helicopters were participating in war games, what the Army called routine, low altitude training. But the routine was broken when one of the choppers dropped a bomb-like ammunitions container overboard in Northwest Miami-Dade.

The silver ammo tin and its contents were recovered Thursday. Miami-Dade police would only say the container and ammunition were retrieved safely somewhere in Northwest Miami-Dade, and that it did not strike anyone’s home.

(CBS miami, feb 5th)

POLICE STATE______________________

Epidemic Of Police Brutality Now Sweeping Through Schools

All over the country reports of cops beating children are emerging

There are now daily stories emerging of police officers assigned to schools assaulting and abusing children, indicating that the epidemic of police brutality in America is more far reaching than previously thought.

Today’s woeful tale is set in Houston, Texas where a former student of South Houston High School is suing the Pasadena Independent School District and an offending police officer after it emerged he had received a severe beating with a baton merely for cussing at the cop.

(infowars, feb 5th)

Shock Video Shows Cops Run Down Man with Cruiser, Severely Beat Him, Charge Him with Assault

“The video undermined every aspect of the officers’ account of the incident. A grand jury found none of it was true except for the blows inflicted on Najee Rivera"

(free thought project, feb 5th)

Good Samaritan Saves Woman’s Life After Overpowering a Cop Who Was Trying to Kill Her

"She was trying to get up off her knees and he took two steps forward her and kicked her right in the head"

(free thought project, feb 5th)

Police Charge 9-Year-Old Autistic Boy with ‘Terroristic’ Bomb Threat

(Infowars, feb 6th)

A new study out of Michigan State University proposes an eye-opening correlation between college educated police officers and their actions as cops.

The study suggests that college-educated police experience higher rates of job dissatisfaction. The study also suggests that police officers with college degrees are more likely to have adverse views of their supervisors and don’t necessarily favor community policing.

But perhaps the most compelling facet of this MSU study is the evidence that college-educated officers are less likely to use force on citizens.

The study analyzed data from 2,109 police officers in seven metropolitan police departments. Although none of the departments required a degree, 45 percent of the officers surveyed, possessed one.

(Free thought project, feb 6th)

Man Arrested On Terrorism Charges For Carrying Protein Snacks

Detained and jailed for 23 hours; Video proves TSA agent lied in court

A man who was jailed on charges of making “terroristic threats” following a run in with the TSA was acquitted within minutes at a court hearing, after video proved that a TSA agent lied.

Roger Vanderklok was arrested at Philadelphia International Airport when a TSA supervisor named Charles Kieser confronted him at a security line and asked whether he had “organic matter” in his bag.

It emerged that Kieser was referring to protein bars that Mr Vanderklok was carrying. The Supervisor raised the question after also seeing a watch in the same bag and concluding that the items combined could be some kind of explosive… or something.

(Infowars, feb 5th)

Economist Martin Armstrong warns that a new bill which directs the TSA to apprehend and investigate anyone “suspected of committing a crime” would turn the federal agency into a new branch of the IRS.

The TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act (H.R. 719), introduced on Wednesday by U.S. Rep. John Katko, would require TSA Criminal Investigators to spend a minimum of 50% of their time “investigating, apprehending, or detaining individuals suspected of committing a crime.”

According to Armstrong, the legislation would create a new kind of “Berlin Wall around all American citizens” because it would provide the federal agency with a huge remit to prevent people from traveling.

“Katko is a former federal prosecutor. So he knows precisely what he is doing writing a law that is so broad, that anyone suspected of a crime cannot leave the country,” writes Armstrong. “This is any crime. Keeping gold in a safe deposit box is money laundering carrying up to 25 years in prison.”

“This bill will now result in the arrest of anyone for any alleged crime whatsoever and that will apply to taxes,” warns the economist, accusing Katko of, “converting the TSA into a police force less concerned about air safety and focused more on catching anyone the government can argue violates some law federal or state.”

“It is so broad, this would apply to domestic disputes as well,” he adds.

(Infowars, feb 6th)


    During the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2014, U.S. Special Operations forces (SOF) deployed to 133 countries — roughly 70% of the nations on the planet — according to Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bockholt, a public affairs officer with U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM).  This capped a three-year span in which the country’s most elite forces were active in more than 150 different countries around the world, conducting missions ranging from kill/capture night raids to training exercises.  And this year could be a record-breaker.  Only a day before the failed raid that ended Luke Somers life — just 66 days into fiscal 2015 — America’s most elite troops had already set foot in 105 nations, approximately 80% of 2014’s total.

    Despite its massive scale and scope, this secret global war across much of the planet is unknown to most Americans.  Unlike the December debacle in Yemen, the vast majority of special ops missions remain completely in the shadows, hidden from external oversight or press scrutiny.  In fact, aside from modest amounts of information disclosed through highly-selective coverage by military media, official White House leaks, SEALs with something to sell, and a few cherry-picked journalists reporting on cherry-picked opportunities, much of what America’s special operators do is never subjected to meaningful examination, which only increases the chances of unforeseen blowback and catastrophic consequences.       

(Liberty blitzkrieg, feb 2nd)

Pre-9/11 Ties Haunt Saudis as New Accusations Surface

(NYT, feb 5th)

Fraught relations between the United States and Venezuela turned openly hostile on Monday as the U.S. slapped new visa restrictions on Venezuelan officials and their families and Venezuela’s president accused Vice President Joe Biden of plotting to overthrow him.

Current and former Venezuelan officials believed to be associated with human rights abuses or corruption will be subject to the restrictions, which bars those individuals from entering the United States. In a first, the U.S. said its ban would also apply to the individuals’ immediate family members, too.

The exchange of barbs undermined hopes that the U.S. and Venezuela could pursue improved ties following a rapid deterioration of relations last year. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. was showing clearly that human rights violators and their families “are not welcome in the United States.”

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro reacted angrily, saying he would write a letter to Obama over what he called an attempt to violate Venezuela’s national sovereignty. He argued that U.S. policy toward Venezuela has been kidnapped by “irresponsible, imperial forces that are putting the United States on a dead-end” in its relations with Venezuela and the broader region.

At the same time, the U.S. dismissed as “ludicrous” Maduro’s recent claim that that Biden had conspired against him.

In a televised address over the weekend, Maduro claimed that Biden sought to foment the overthrow of his socialist government during a Caribbean energy summit Biden hosted last month in Washington. According to Maduro, Biden told Caribbean heads of state that the Venezuelan government’s days were numbered and it was time they abandon their support.

“What Vice President Jose Biden did is unspeakable,” Maduro said.

(Breitbart, feb 2nd)

Argentine Ex-Spy Chief at Center of Prosecutor's Murder Mystery Is Missing

 Argentine authorities can’t locate the former spy chief at the center of an investigation into the death of a prosecutor who accused President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of an attempted cover up.

Prosecutors accompanied by intelligence agents weren’t able to find Antonio Stiuso at three addresses registered to his name, Intelligence Secretary Oscar Parrilli said. Stiuso, who worked his way up through the intelligence agency over four decades before his departure last month, was summoned to testify on Thursday by the prosecutor investigating the death of Alberto Nisman from a shot to the head Jan. 18.

Even Stiuso’s lawyer says he doesn’t know where his client is.

(bloomberg, feb 5th)

Obama's Secret Iran Strategy

The president has long been criticized for his lack of strategic vision. But what if a strategy, centered on Iran, has been in place from the start and consistently followed to this day?

President Barack Obama wishes the Islamic Republic of Iran every success. Its leaders, he explained in a recent interview, stand at a crossroads. They can choose to press ahead with their nuclear program, thereby continuing to flout the will of the international community and further isolate their country; or they can accept limitations on their nuclear ambitions and enter an era of harmonious relations with the rest of the world. “They have a path to break through that isolation and they should seize it,” the president urged—because “if they do, there’s incredible talent and resources and sophistication . . . inside of Iran, and it would be a very successful regional power

(Mosiac mag, feb 2nd)

United Kingdom spies acted illegally when they scooped up data about Britons’ electronic communications gathered by the U.S. National Security Agency, a court ruled Friday in a landmark judgment against Britain’s security services.

But the judges said now that details of the practices are known, they are within the law.

Britain’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which deals with complaints against the intelligence services, ruled in a case brought by civil liberties groups against the electronic intelligence agency, GCHQ.

It said that before December 2014, “the regime governing the soliciting, receiving, storing and transmitting by U.K. authorities of private communications of individuals” gathered by the NSA contravened European Union protections of privacy and freedom of expression.

But it said the practices were now legal — because the rights groups’ lawsuit had made details of the procedures and safeguards public.

The groups brought the case after U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the mass harvesting of communications data. Snowden disclosed NSA programs known as PRISM — which accessed data from internet firms such as Yahoo and Google — and Upstream, which tapped into undersea communications cables.

(CBC, feb 6th)

UKRAINE CRISIS__________________

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande fly to Russia for peace talks

Leaders of Germany and France travel to Moscow to discuss new Ukraine peace plan, as Germany's defence minister warns that sending weapons to help Ukraine fight pro-Moscow rebels would "pour oil onto the flames" of the conflict.

(telegraph, feb 6th)

The NATO Response Force in Europe might increase to 30,000 troops from the current 13,000, said the alliance’s secretary general ahead of a defense ministers meeting in Brussels.

(Russia Today, feb 5th)

For nearly a year now, the U.S. has spurned calls to provide arms to Ukraine in its increasingly bloody conflict with Russian-backed separatists.

But now, officials in the White House are musing openly about sending “lethal aid” to Ukraine, which some military analysts believe is the only way to deal with what they see as belligerence from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Arming Ukraine “would be a very significant escalation, but it’s a necessary one,” says Stephen Blank, senior fellow with the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C., who calls Russia’s actions in Ukraine “the greatest threat to international security that we have today.”

But there’s a strong possibility that by arming Ukraine, the U.S. could spur Russia to unpredictable action, says John Mearsheimer, co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago.

(CBC news, feb 5th)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has acknowledged that there is no immediate threat to the Baltic states and Eastern Europe coming from Russia.

Jens Stoltenberg sees no immediate threat posed by Russia to the Baltic States, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania. He said as much when fielding media questions on the sidelines of Thursday’s meeting in Brussels of the defense ministers of the 28 NATO countries.

Asked whether he saw any real danger of a Russian aggression against the Baltic countries, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania, Stoltenberg said the alliance’s ongoing effort at strengthening its effective military presence in Eastern Europe was a purely defensive action that responded to Russia’s behavior in the Ukrainian crisis and was consistent with the “international obligations” of the Atlantic Alliance.

(sputnik, feb 5th)

The Ukrainian government will declare martial law throughout Ukraine if there is an escalation of the conflict in the east, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in an interview with Spanish daily political newspaper El Pais on Wednesdayb night, according to Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda.
(Unian, feb 5th)

Russian TV Network Reports Ukraine Bombing Civilian Targets with NATO Munitions

Obama administration currently debating providing Kiev regime with lethal aid

(Infowars, feb 6th)


VIDEO REPORT: Measles Vaccine Kills More People Than The Disease

Media buries statistics and studies pointing to vaccine dangers

Since 2005, the MMR vaccine has killed over 100 people while the disease has killed none. It makes you question what other statistics are there on the multitude of vaccines being pushed on society today and how many deaths per vaccine vs the deaths by the disease itself?

(Infowars, feb 6th)

MPs have voted in favour of the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man, in a historic move.

The UK is now set to become the first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.

In a free vote in the Commons, 382 MPs were in favour and 128 against the technique that stops genetic diseases being passed from mother to child.

During the debate, ministers said the technique was "light at the end of a dark tunnel" for families.

A further vote is required in the House of Lords. It everything goes ahead then the first such baby could be born next year.

Proponents said the backing was "good news for progressive medicine" but critics say they will continue to fight against the technique that they say raises too many ethical and safety concerns.

Estimates suggest 150 three-person babies could be born each year.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: "We're not playing god here, we're just making sure that two parents who want a healthy baby can have one."

(bbc, feb 3rd)

Are Monsanto’s shareholders not very proud of the product that they invest their hard earned dollars into? Wouldn’t letting you know that so many food products contain their ‘perfectly safe’ and amazing genetically modified organisms enhance their brand? Or perhaps they simply know that Monsanto would face economic meltdown in the event that consumers knew what they were eating.

As it turns out, around 96% of Monsanto shareholders would highly prefer that you do not know whether you’re eating Monsanto’s GMOs or not. According to Bloomberg Business and many other sources in articles posted in the back end of the stock section where most individuals likely never read, the recent Monsanto shareholder conference actually calculated how many of its investors were in favor of letting people know what they are eating.

(Infowars, feb 3rd)

For the last five years, attempts to reform America’s health care system have focused primarily on the demand side of the market, and specifically on the market for insurance.

Yet, these reforms have not achieved significant improvements in health care outcomes, nor reductions in cost. As health care specialist John C. Goodman has pointed out in Forbes, the slowed growth of health care spending in the United States is a trend that correlates most closely with supply side reforms such as the availability of health savings accounts. Reductions in spending or costs are certainly not an effect of the Affordable Care Act.

One of the most critical supply side issues in health care is the supply of qualified doctors. The Wall Street Journal has reported that the number of doctors per capita is in decline for the first time in two generations, and the American Association of Medical Colleges has predicted a shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians and 46,000 specialists by 2020.

In light of these statistics, it would seem prudent to adopt policies that streamline entry into the health care market, while keeping regulatory costs to a minimum. Regrettably, this is far from the case, with states erecting numerous barriers to would-be health care providers that contribute to the high prices and limited access currently set to cripple the American market. While some of these are familiar and even seem natural to most people, some of the ways in which governments act to restrict doctor supply will come as a surprise to many.

(, feb 3rd)

More than 100 Native American tribes have reached out to FoxBarry Farms, a management firm building the nation’s first marijuana facility on tribal land, to express interest in the cannabis industry.

FoxBarry CEO Barry Broutman, whose company also works with tribes to build and operate casinos, told The Huffington Post there has been a surge of interest since the Department of Justice’s announcement late last year that tribes are free to grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they adhere to specific guidelines.

“I really underestimated,” Broutman said. “So many tribes are wanting to do this right now.”

Broutman, along with the Denver-based United Cannabis Corp., recently inked a contract to build a giant medical marijuana growing operation on the Pinoleville Pomo Nation’s ranch in Northern California. The $10 million, 2.5-acre facility will include spaces for cultivating, processing and selling products under the United Cannabis brand. Broutman said the operation plans to hire 50 to 100 employees, with preference to tribe members.

(Huffington post, feb 3rd)

The city’s public health department is recommending a 21-day quarantine for all unvaccinated children, at local schools where there is a measles outbreak.

“It’s an absolutely standard public health practice and public health recommendation,” said Berkeley public health officer Dr. Janet Berreman.

Berreman said it’s a practice that is now desperately needed. In the last month alone, there have been 91 new measles cases in California.

“And the more cases there are, the more likely it is that there will be one in Berkeley,” Berreman said.

When asked how the city would ensure children would stay home, Berreman said, “There are legal teeth in that we can issue formal orders. We usually don’t have to go to that point, but we certainly can and we certainly have.”

(CBS san francisco, feb 2nd)

PHOTOS: The skimpy, moldy, mysterious and downright gross Michelle O lunches Congress should see

As Congress readies to reauthorize Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act this year, students and parents continue to post photographic evidence of the program’s shortcomings.

The School Nutrition Association is weighing in, too.

” … Some of USDA’s regulations under the law have unnecessarily increased costs and waste for school meal programs and caused many students to swap healthy school meals for junk food fare,” says SNA CEO Patricia Montague in a news release.

The group points out 1.4 million fewer children are eating school lunches since the rules championed by First Lady Michelle Obama were implemented.

That can easily be explained by some of the skimpy, moldy, mysterious and downright disgusting lunches being served to students.

(EAGnews, feb 6th)

General Mills Starts Pulling Preservatives After Assault From Food Babe Army

Culinary inquisitor Vani Hari made a multinational food titan bend so quickly that her detractors couldn't gather their thoughts

(observer, feb 6th)

Monsanto’s Roundup Ready system – a potent herbicide combined with genetically-modified seeds that can withstand it – has decimated the monarch butterfly’s only source of food in the Midwest, putting it on the edge of extinction, according to a new study.

Biotechnology conglomerate Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup has become the most common herbicide in American agriculture today, used in tandem with the company’s genetically-engineered Roundup Ready crops.

Since its heavy proliferation began in the 1990s, glyphosate has been a leading killer of 99 percent of milkweed in the Midwest’s corn and soybean fields. Glyphosate-sensitive milkweed plants are the only spots where monarchs lay eggs, as the plant is the only food source for monarch larvae.

According to the Center for Food Safety’s new report, “Monarchs in Peril: Herbicide-Resistant Crops and the Decline of Monarch Butterflies in North America,” these conditions have contributed to a drastic 90-percent drop in population for monarchs in their main habitat, crop fields in the Midwest.

(Russia Today, feb 5th)

The key to eternal life could be a procedure to lengthen chromosomes.

The procedure would allow scientists to lengthen telomeres, the protective caps that are on the end of chromosomes and shorten with age.

The telomeres protect chromosomes from getting damage as cells divide and grow. But as they do, they slowly become shorter and eventually are unable to protect the chromosomes. When that happens, they are liable to deteriorate — thought to be a key part of the ageing process.

The new process allows scientists to lengthen the telomeres, effectively turning back the biological clock and making the chromosomes — and the people that are made out of them — younger.

When the cells have been treated, they behave as if they are younger and multiply quickly rather than stagnating or dying.

The procedure could eventually be used to treat patients with genetic diseases that lead to the telomere being shortened before it should be, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It could also be used to treat more general symptoms of ageing, like diabetes and heart disease.

“This new approach paves the way toward preventing or treating diseases of ageing,” said one of the researchers on the study. “There are also highly debilitating genetic diseases associated with telomere shortening that could benefit from such a potential treatment.”

The researchers behind the study hope that the procedure will be able to allow scientists to generate large numbers of cells to study or use to develop drugs.

(Indepedent, feb 3rd)

MAINSTREAM MEDIA_____________________

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld attempted to tie the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl loss to coach Pete Carroll’s alleged questioning of  9/11 Monday during an episode of “The Five.”

“Now I have to wonder why did Pete Carroll throw the game? It’s in order to lose his job so he can work for Alex Jones,” Gutfeld continued. “That is my theory.”

(Infowars, feb 3rd)

CNN Airs Creepy Anti-Human PSA: Commercial illustrates narcissism of environmental movement

CNN is airing a creepy anti-human PSA which features Julia Roberts as the voice of “Mother Nature” bragging about how she has “starved species greater than you.”

(infowars, feb 6th)

With an Apology, Brian Williams Digs Himself Deeper in Copter Tale

(NYT, feb 5th)

NBC News anchor Brian Williams' comments about dead bodies, Hurricane Katrina starting to gain attention, draw scrutiny

(New Orleans Advocate, feb 6th)

Brian Williams: I Once Saved a Puppy from a Burning House

And in another telling of the tale, he said he saved two puppies from the fire

(grabien, feb 6th)

Sharyl Attkisson: Brian Williams Not Alone; Hillary Clinton Lied About Being Shot At In Bosnia

(CBS philadelphia, feb 5th)


The Return of Artificial Intelligence

Google, Facebook, Amazon spur rebirth of industry after decades of little corporate attention

(Bloomberg, feb 3rd)

Driver-on-demand service Uber is building a robotics research lab in Pittsburgh, PA to “kickstart autonomous taxi fleet development,” sources close to the decision have confirmed to TechCrunch. They say the company has hired talent from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, including lead engineering and commercialization experts.

No one at Carnegie Mellon or Uber agreed to discuss the deal on the record but an announcement should be forthcoming. Update: Uber published a blog post today outlining its partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, confirming our reporting.

Sources tell us Uber is hiring more than fifty senior scientists from Carnegie Mellon as well as from the National Robotics Engineering Center, a CMU-affiliated research entity. Carnegie Mellon, home of the Mars Rover and other high-profile robotics projects, declined to comment at this time, as did scientists mentioned by our source. Uber has “cleaned out” the Robotics Institute, said the source.

The source also noted that most of these technologies came through a “massive” military spending push over the past decade and should net the university millions in IP licensing fees.

Uber will be developing the core technology, the vehicles, and associated infrastructure at this Pittsburgh facility, according to sources. They have already hired a number of employees and made moves to outfit them with software, including a multi-hundred-thousand dollar investment in third-party engineering workstations.

In the past, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has said he would replace human drivers with self-driving cars. The decision to run the facility in Pittsburgh makes perfect sense, given the proximity to CMU and the potential secrecy afforded by moving research out of Silicon Valley.

In a related story, Bloomberg Business is reporting that Google is looking into creating an on-demand car service of its own, which is very interesting considering Uber’s interest in automated vehicles. It also raises questions about Google’s David Drummond maintaining a spot on Uber’s board. Google has integrated Uber into its Google Maps products and has taken an investment in Uber via its Google Ventures arm.

(tech crunch, feb 2nd)

Is this the office of the future? Workplaces may feature coffee delivered by drones, holographic employees and tiny robots

    -Accounting software firm MYOB has released the Future of Business in Australia 2040 report
    -Biggest invention to change the workforce since email will be the holographic representation of people
    -Year 2040 will herald thought activation and mind control, report says
    -Chief Technology Officer Simon Raik-Allen says report was published to encourage people to start thinking about the future

(Daily mail, feb 5th)

China to have most robots in world by 2017

(Reuters, feb 5th)

Octopus robot makes waves with ultra-fast propulsion

(, feb 5th)

After Sony hack, big companies are flocking to this disappearing email app

It’s no surprise that avoiding such a hack is top-of-mind for most Fortune 500 CEOs. That’s led to an influx in interest for software that might prevent hacks. It has made Confide, an app that allows professionals to send disappearing messages, quite popular. The New York company positions itself as a “Snapchat for professionals.” On Wednesday Confide released new features that allow users to share disappearing documents and photos without allowing anyone to take a screenshot. The company also made it easier to import things like emails into the app, so people can easily take a correspondence off the record.

(Fortune, feb 5th)

Hackers Infiltrate Nation’s Second-Largest Health Insurer In ‘Very Sophisticated’ Cyberattack

The company said information the hackers gained access to included names, birthdates, email address, employment details, Social Security numbers, incomes and street addresses of people who are currently covered or have had coverage in the past.

CBS News reports hackers may have stolen up to 80 million records.

“This is pretty big,” CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger said on “CBS This Morning. “This will rank potentially in the top three.”

The Indianapolis-based insurer said credit card information wasn’t compromised, and it has yet to find evidence that medical information such as insurance claims and test results was targeted or obtained.

(CBS cleveland, feb 5th)

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