Daily Archives: December 23, 2014

Google’s Self-Drive Cars To Hit Streets In 2015 – 23 December 2014

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Google’s famed self-drive car is ready to go. The first fully-functioning automated vehicles will be seen on Californian roads starting 2015.

“Today we’re unwrapping the best holiday gift we could’ve imagined: the first real build of our self-driving vehicle prototype,” the search engine giant said on its website on Monday.

Initially, the world got to see a different car, with co-founder Sergey Brin saying at the time: “The main reason we wanted to develop this prototype vehicle is that we can do a better job than we can do with an existing vehicle.”
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James Corbett – The Corbett Report – Interview 986 – Ellen Brown Explains The New G20 Bank Bail-In Rules – 23 December 2014

Today attorney, author and researcher Ellen Brown of EllenBrown.com joins us to discuss her article on “The Global Bankers’ Coup: Bail-In and the Shadowy Financial Stability Board.” We talk about the G20 and their rubber-stamping of the FSB’s proposed bail-in rules, what this shadowy body is and how it interlocks with the Bank for International Settlements, and what this means for depositors in the wake of the next banking crisis. Continue reading

$20 Oil Wouldn’t Force Production Cut – Saudi Oil Mnister – 23 December 2014

RT logoSaudi Arabia’s oil minister said OPEC wouldn’t budge on its decision not cut production, even if oil hits $20 a barrel. He also said the world may never see $100 a barrel ever again.

“It is not in the interest of OPEC producers to cut their production, whatever the price is,” Ali al-Naimi told the Middle East Economic Survey, a weekly oil and gas publication. Naimi added, “Whether it goes down to $20, $40, $50, $60, it is irrelevant.”

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil producer, and is also the most dominant force in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

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Nicaragua Starts Work On $50Bn Canal Between Two Oceans – 23 December 2014

RT logoThe Nicaraguan alternative to the Panama Canal will be a waterway connecting the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans and is to be the most ambitious construction project in Latin America.

On Monday Nicaragua officially began work on a canal which will be a competitor to the Panama Canal 600 kilometers south. The Nicaragua canal will be capable of handling the super-heavy class ships with the capacity of up to 400,000 tons. It will be 278 kilometers long and 30 meters deep, which makes it wider and deeper that the century old Panama Canal. It is expected to be completed and operational by 2019.

The canal will reduce the cost of transporting goods via sea between America, Europe and Asia by about 30 percent. Experts believe it will be able to handle more than 5,000 high tonnage vessels a year.

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John Ward – Telegraph In No-News Drama – 23 December 2014

In the meantime, this is one of just two new items this morning:

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Chief Palestinian Negotiator Says UN Statehood Vote To Happen This Year – 23 December 2014

RT logoA planned vote on the proposal to formally recognize Palestine as a sovereign state at the UN Security Council is to take place before year-end, Palestine’s chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told the media.

A draft UNSC resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood has been penned by the Arab League and submitted after the UN General Assembly passed a non-binding resolution calling for the move.

READ MORE: Palestine resolution: US ‘unresolved’ ahead of Security Council meeting

The move is opposed by Israel and some of its close allies, including the United States, which has a veto right at the UNSC, giving it the power to block any draft resolution there.

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‘Why Are Covert CIA Agents Operating In Allied EU Countries?’ – 23 December 2014

RT logoAnnie Machon is a former intel­li­gence officer for the UK’s MI5, who resigned in 1996 to blow the whistle. She is now a writer, public speaker and a Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

After a CIA memo explaining how to get through tighter EU border security checks was leaked to WikiLeaks, the question arose why are there covert agents in the countries the US is meant to share intelligence with, former MI5 agent Annie Machon told RT.

RT:You might have heard what we were talking about there. Some of the CIA tips, are they similar to what MI5 tells its agents?

Annie Machon: They are similar to what you can read from any similar spy pot-boiler, actually. I think my first point on this would be, it’s good to see that WikiLeaks is back doing what it does best, which is providing a secure platform for leakers who are concerned about what’s going on in intelligence agencies to get the information out.

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ZeroHedge – The Housing Recovery Remains Cancelled Due To 6 Months Of Downward Revisions – 23 December 2014

ZeroHedgeFollowing last month’s surge to record high home prices, it is perhaps no surprise that for the 6th month in a row, home prices have been revised lower. New Home Sales printed 438k, down from prior revised lower 445k and missing expectations of a surge to 460k… missing for 8 of the last 10 months. However, the key focus should be on the epic revisions of the (by now useless) home sales. For the period May – November, the initial new home sales prints amount to 2.779MM houses. Post revision, the number plunges by 22% to 2.168K. There goes the housing pillar of recovery (let’s hope economists are wrong and rates don’t rise next year eh?)

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Eye For Eye? N. Korea Internet Restored After 9.5Hr Blackout – 23 December 2014

RT logoNorth Korea completely lost internet access for 9.5 hours on Monday before coming back online early Tuesday. The blackout happened after US President Obama promised to “respond proportionally” to the Sony online breach, blaming Pyongyang.

US computer experts said that North Korea has experienced wide internet outages, with one saying that Pyongyang’s net connection was “totally down.”

Access to the website of the official North Korean Central News Agency and the Rodong Sinmun newspaper were back up on Tuesday, South Korean officials told AP.

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LAPD Body Camera Footage Won’t Be Released To The Public – 23 December 2014

RT logoAs the Los Angeles Police Department prepares to outfit its force with body cameras during interactions with the public, civil rights groups are concerned over the idea that footage won’t be made public outside of court proceedings.

Body cameras are being touted as one way to increase accountability by recording police interaction with the residents, but questions are looming about what happens to the recorded footage and who controls the material. LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck recently said the footage would not be released to the public and would be available only through criminal and civil court proceedings, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Critics, like the American Civil Liberties Union, argue if this happens it will ensure zero accountability once 7,000 body cameras are deployed and officers know that footage won’t be seen unless it’s showing their side of the story (in criminal cases) or working against them in civil suits. That’s especially the case considering how many civil suits are filed, how often settlements are paid and how often officers are granted a minimum partial immunity in civil cases, the ACLU said.

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