Daily Archives: April 2, 2015

Google Secures Patent For Robots With Customizable Personalities – 2 April 2015

RT logoImagine a robot-pal who could mimic its owner, a “deceased loved one,” or even a “celebrity.” This sci-fi concept may soon be reality after Google was awarded a US patent to develop downloadable personalities for robots.

“The robot personality may also be modifiable within a base personality construct (i.e., a default-persona) to provide states or moods representing transitory conditions of happiness, fear, surprise, perplexion (e.g., the Woody Allen robot), thoughtfulness, derision (e.g., the Rodney Dangerfield robot), and so forth,” according to the patent, awarded on Wednesday.

Google’s plan would also allow for a robot to access a user’s devices to learn enough to craft a tailor-made personality around their data.

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ZeroHedge – Crude Tumbles On Iran “Deal” Headlines – 2 April 2015

ZeroHedgeDespite the “deal” having absolutely no content whatsoever… the headlines:


…are enough to send the algos scrambling and spark weakness across the crude complex (even though this ‘news’ is stating what will/may/could/won’t happen after June 30th).

WTI Tanking…

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‘Saudis Don’t Care About International Law’ – 2 April 2015

RT logoSaudi Arabia is set to go continue fighting the Houthis in Yemen despite international law, and its main goal is to gain control over the oil route, the Bab el-Mandeb strait in the Red Sea, political analyst Catherine Shakdam told RT.

RT: Russia’s Foreign Ministry has been calling for the conflicting sides to start negotiating. Is peace possible anytime soon?

Catherine Shakdam: I don’t think so and for the main reason that Saudis don’t want to stop. As far as international law is concerned they have proven already that they don’t care, and that they are willing to go as far as they want to go. And to do that they are willing to call on a broad Arab coalition regardless of international law or international regulations.

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China Proposes Economic Corridor With Russia And Mongolia – 2 April 2015

RT logoThe revival of the ‘Great Silk Road’ that once linked China, Central Asia, and Europe won’t stop at transport, but will build a “new platform” for economic development between China, Russia and Mongolia, according to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

“Setting up a trilateral economic corridor is one of the key points in the Chinese Silk Road Economic Belt initiative,” Wang Yi said at talks with his Mongolian counterpart Lundeg Purevsuren on Thursday, TASS reported.

The idea coincides with the Eurasian transport corridor, which plans to include a high-speed train and road between Moscow and Beijing, and everywhere in between.

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ZeroHedge – Chaos In Yemen: Chinese Troops Arrive As US-Armed Rebels Set Sights On Central Bank – 2 April 2015

ZeroHedgeIranian-backed Houthi rebels are now in control of the central Crater district in the key Yemeni port city of Aden despite a seventh consecutive day of bombing raids by the Saudi-led coalition which is keen on preventing the city from falling. Aden is the second largest city in the country with a population of some 800,000 and as noted by The Guardian, is “the last major holdout of fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.” Residents have reported the presence of tanks, sniper fire, and patrolling Houthi fighters as the militia moves closer to exerting complete control over the city.

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Johns Hopkins Faces $1Bn Class Lawsuit Over Experiments On People In STDs Study – 2 April 2015

RT logoOver 750 plaintiffs are suing Johns Hopkins University over its role in medical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s and 1950s. Hundreds were deliberately infected with sexually-transmitted diseases as part of a US government program.

The lawsuit in Baltimore seeks $1 billion in damages for individuals, spouses and children of the victims, who were infected with diseases including syphilis and gonorrhea. It seeks at least $75,000 in damages for each of nine counts.

Former research subjects and their families claim Johns Hopkins officials had “substantial influence” over the studies and were involved in masterminding the experiments. The plaintiffs also feature the estates and families of 124 people who died from complications of diseases that they contracted through the hazardous experiments.

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Terror In Turkey: What Lies Behind It? – 2 April 2015

RT logoDr. Can Erimtan is an independent scholar residing in İstanbul, with a wide interest in the politics, history and culture of the Balkans and the Greater Middle East. He tweets at @theerimtanangle

The spectacular terrorist attack on the Caglayan Justice Palace and its bloody resolution, culminating in the deaths of the hostage-takers and their hapless hostage, are events that occupy public opinion in Turkey.

But this gruesome episode all but underlines what appears to be at stake in Turkey’s upcoming general elections.

Last Tuesday, Turkey was struck by a power blackout of truly gigantic proportions. The Turkish press announced that “electricity was reportedly cut in 79 of Turkey’s 81 provinces,” including the country’s metropolitan population centers such as Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. The outage started at 10:36 a.m. and persisted till about 9 p.m. The Turkish daily Hurriyet quoted electricity officials as saying that this was Turkey’s biggest blackout in 15 years. In fact, Turkey’s PM Ahmed Davutoglu declared that “every angle, including terrorism, is being investigated” in connection with this nationwide event crippling the nation’s infrastructure and hampering people’s lives.

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Jon Rappoport – Painting – 2 April 2015

jon7Often, it is the lack of perfection that moves the painter to strike out into previously unknown territory and find new forms.

Even Piero Della Francesca sometimes executed his figures in a rather wooden manner. From that platform, so to say, he invented another race of men and women who came from an unearthly place.

And what painter can say he achieved The Perfect? Michelangelo? Perhaps on occasion. But not always. And is the great statue of David his masterpiece? Not by a long shot. Continue reading

Greece Submits 26-Page Reform Plan To Get €7.2Bn Bailout – 2 April 2015

RT logoThe Greek Finance Ministry has put together a 26-page list of policy reforms, which calls for €19 billion in funds this year. The reforms also plan to tackle tax evasion, and propose a €1.5 billion privatization plan.

Greece’s international creditors- the European Commission, International Monetary Fund, and European Central Bank- must OK the detailed reform plan before Greece can unlock its next €7.2 billion in bailout funds and avoid going bankrupt. The Greek government is still hesitant to push through the reforms, as they don’t align with hardline promises made back in January.

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Indiana Lawmakers Alter ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Under Public Pressure – 2 April 2015

RT logoLawmakers in the state of Indiana have agreed on new language for a controversial “religious freedom” law that aims to ensure businesses there can’t discriminate against customers amid a nationwide backlash.

State Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) unveiled the proposed change on Thursday morning and said it will “unequivocally state that Indiana’s (religious freedom) law does not and will not be able to discriminate against anyone, anywhere at any time,” according to USA Today.

According to a copy of the proposal, the language amends the recently authorized Religious Freedom Restoration Act, also known as RFRA, by clarifying that the legislation does not allow state businesses to refuse service or goods “on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or United States military service.”

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