Tag Archives: 16 May

What’s The Beef? USDA Goes Shopping For Submachine Guns – 16 May 2014

RT logoAuthor: Robert Bridge has worked as a journalist in Russia since 1998. Formerly the editor-in-chief of The Moscow News, Bridge is the author of the book, “Midnight in the American Empire.”

What does the National Weather Service, Social Security Administration and now, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), all have in common? These government agencies are all hoarding weapons and ammunition for no good reason.

In August 2012, it wasn’t just conspiracy theorists who sounded the alarm after it was revealed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was in the process of buying 750 million rounds of ammo. That mindboggling order came on the heels of another 450 million rounds of hollow point bullets it already bought earlier that year. The ostensible reason: target practice.

That’s 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition for an agency, created in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, that is supposed to “respond to domestic emergencies.” But what would such a “domestic emergency” look like that requires the firepower to fight the equivalent of about a dozen Iraqi wars, with ammunition that is banned by the Geneva Convention?

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Tor-Provided Web Anonymity Not PRISM-Proof – Microsoft Security Guru – 16 May 2014

RT logoThe Tor anonymity network cannot provide internet users shelter from government hackers and cyber criminals, a top Microsoft security expert has revealed.

“There is no such thing as really being anonymous on the internet. If [hackers and government agencies] want you, they will get you,” Andy Malone, of Microsoft Enterprise Security and founder of the Cyber Crime Security Forum, said at the Microsoft TechEd North America 2014.

While The Onion Router (Tor) remains more resilient than alternatives such as virtual private networks, cyber criminals are able to exploit weaknesses in the system.

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Lucas – The Pinball Machine – Spinning Balls Into Balance – 16 May 2014

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Are you having difficulties to pin all down and get the ball onto the right track to score you a balance point.  It is at the moment like it is live as a pinball machine game ongoing in  the heat.  The controls and handles are reacting erratically towards the movement of the ball that is played.

Watch and see the red and green light and the extra points for you to score by making things balancing out in huge ways for you. The game is on after our portion of the   Equinox, the moons eclipse, grand cross alignment.solar eclipse and full moon. It was not the occasional energetic wave thrown at us. It was meant to be stirring up things to make sure things would become seen, addressed, let go of or worked upon to make things balance within. Continue reading

Crimea’s Biggest Banks Switch To Sberbank Payment System – 16 May 2014

RT logoRussia’s National Commercial Bank, Crimea’s biggest lender, has begun issuing cards on the basis of the PRO 100 payment system, developed by Russia’s biggest financial institution, Sberbank.

The other two biggest banks of the peninsula – Morskoy Bank and the Black Sea Bank of Reconstruction and Development – also plan to join in the near future.

The Crimean banks chose the PRO100 payment system amid the urgent situation with card payments on the peninsula and the need to take quick action, Kommersant says. Russia’s National Commercial Bank isn’t a member of international payment systems like Visa and MasterCard, while the other two can neither service their existing cards nor issue new ones.

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The Soma Mine Disaster Or Privatization Gone Wild In Turkey – 16 May 2014

RT logoAuthor: Dr. 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

On 13 May 2014, a fire broke out following an explosion in a mine located in the Soma district of Turkey’s western province of Manisa.

The mine is operated by the private company Soma Holding A.Ş, which purchased the operation following its privatization in the 1990s. Nevertheless, Turkey’s Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz took some responsibility for the disaster, expressing his apparent grief in the words that, “We are moving toward the worst mining disaster in Turkey” yet also stating that “death toll figures are not important.” This statement could be taken as an indication of his Neo-Liberal beliefs that the human costs incurred in the search for ever greater profits are negligible and even inevitable.

After all, Soma Holding is the company behind the free bags of coal distributed by the AKP (or Justice and Development Party) in the run-up to elections, as the firm has been able to decrease the cost of coal from $130-140 dollars per ton to $23.80 dollars per ton due to the royalty model introduced by the government in 2005, when 11 coal fields were offered to the private sector.

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Slovak PM: Growing Inflow Of Illegal Ukrainian Migrants To Slovakia Raises Concern – 16 May 2014

RT logoAmid Ukraine’s looming political crisis, thousands of illegal immigrants from the country may soon flood its neighboring country – Slovakia, a tendency which raises concern, says the Slovakian prime minister.

“We can speak of thousands of illegal migrants from Ukraine who are motivated to cross the Schengen borders in our or other zones,” said Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico at the GLOBSEC annual conference in the country’s capital, Bratislava, reported Itar-Tass.

Meanwhile, organized criminal groups have recently been stepping up illegal transportation of migrants across the Slovak-Ukrainian border, according to Mr Fico.

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ZeroHedge – Moscow Says Massive “Holy Grail” Gas Deal With China Is 98% Ready – 16 May 2014

ZeroHedgeWe have previously profiled the “holy grail” gas deal between Russia and China on several occasions, and with its announcement scheduled for next week (barring some unmitigated disaster) during Putin’s first visit to China since Xi’s appointment as president last March, it is time to do a status update on where it stands even if according to SCMP, at this point finding the “holy grail” is merely a formality.

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ZeroHedge – Frontrunning – 16 May 2014

  • ZeroHedgeBank of England sees ‘no housing bubble’ (Independent)
  • ‘If the euro falls, Europe falls’ (FT)
  • India’s pro-business Modi storms to historic election win (Reuters)
  • Global Growth Worries Climb (WSJ)
  • Bitcoin Foundation hit by resignations over new director (Reuters)
  • Blackstone Goes All In After the Flop (WSJ)
  • SAC’s Steinberg loses bid for insider trading acquittal (Reuters)
  • Beats Satan: Republicans Paint Reid as Bogeyman in 2014 Senate Races (BBG)
  • Tech Firms, Small Startups Object to Paying for Internet ‘Fast Lanes’ (WSJ) – but they just provide liquidity
  • U.S. Warns Russia of Sanctions as Ukraine Troops Advance (BBG)
  • Major U.S. hedge funds sold ‘momentum’ Internet names in first-quarter (Reuters)
  • Cameron offers Scotland more powers (FT)
  • Pinterest Is Valued at $5 Billion (WSJ)
  • Uber Said to Be in Funding Talks for More Than $10B Value  (BBG)

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State Watchdog Threatens To Block Twitter Under New Blogger Bill – 16 May 2014

RT logoA senior official from Russian control agency Roskomnadzor says new restrictions would apply to all bloggers who write in Russian, even if they live abroad, adding that whole platforms can be blocked inside the country for refusal to cooperate.

The new law defines ‘popular bloggers’ as those having 3,000 or more visitors per day and demands that such people were registered under their real names and follow some basic rules similar to those mentioned in the Law on Mass Media – verify their reports and abstain from posting slander or anything that can be described as ethnic, religious or social hatred. The law must come into force on August 1 this year.

However, the law has no provisions connected with the global and trans-border nature of blogs and the internet as a whole. The document is not saying directly if it applies to cases in which both the authors of blogs and the blog platforms are based outside Russia.

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Bilderberg’s Silent Takeover Of Britain’s $60Bn Defense Budget – 16 May 2014

RT logoAuthor: Beginning his working life in the aviation industry and trained by the BBC, Tony Gosling is a British land rights activist, historian & investigative radio journalist.

Democracy had another near-fatal stroke, and the military industrial complex further tightened UK defense spending with the appointment of ex-army officer and Tory hothead Rory Stewart MP as the new chairman of Westminster’s Defence Select Committee.

Last week the Home Affairs Select Committee delivered a damning verdict on Britain’s defense and secret service oversight, on taxpayer accountability. It said the refusal of the director general of MI5, Andrew Parker, to appear before them and lack of any effective supervision was “undermining the credibility of the intelligence agencies and parliament itself.”

Surely nothing could surpass the ‘Dodgy Dossier’, the criminal conspiracy that led to the US and Britain, as the Arab League put it in 2003, to ‘Opening the Gates of Hell in Iraq’? But with Stuart’s appointment to oversee public scrutiny of UK military spending just two weeks before NATO’s political cabal of which he’s a member, the Bilderberg conference, meets in Copenhagen later this month, it is clear to those who still have eyes to see that those bloody lessons have not been learned and the worse could be yet to come.

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