Iceland: Crypto Mining Companies Will Consume More Energy Than Households In 2018

Iceland: Crypto Mining Companies Will Consume More Energy Than Households In 2018

13-02-18 10:15:00,

Authored by Molly Jane Zuckerman via CoinTelegraph.com,

Iceland is set to consume more energy for crypto mining than for household use this year, the Associated Press reports Monday, Feb. 12. The naturally cold climate and access to renewable energy are listed as the primary reasons for the influx of crypto mining companies to the Nordic island nation.

Icelandic businessman Johan Snorri Sigurbergsson of the energy company Hitaveita Sudurnesja predicts a doubling of the country’s cryptocurrency mining energy consumption to 100 megawatts this year, more energy than the 340,000 residents of Iceland will consume for personal use in that time.

Sigurbergsson told the AP that he “could not have predicted this trend” four months ago, “- but then Bitcoin skyrocketed.” He reports that he had just met with a mining company wanting to buy 18 megawatts.

Bitcoin mining hardware requires a large amount of energy to perform the calculations to find “hashes,” which then gives the miner a Bitcoin reward. Alternatives to the current energy-consumption-heavy method of mining have been proposed, like using a Proof-of Stake system instead of Proof-of Work, or using renewable energy to power mining computers.

Mining sites in Iceland naturally have the opportunity to produce less pollution than the coal-burning mining sites located in China, for they have access to geothermal and hydroelectric power plants, both cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternatives to coal.

Keflavik, a coastal town on the southern peninsula of Iceland, is home to three of the biggest Bitcoin mining sites in the country. These mining “farms” have walls that are open to the elements, which allows cold wind to naturally cool down the mining hardware.

In the US, when mining companies began moving en masse to Washington to take advantage of the state’s cheaper electricity, the data infrastructure of one small county became quickly overloaded and now requires an addition of 100 megawatts.

Smari McCarthy of Iceland’s Pirate Party, an anti-establishment political party that entered Iceland’s Parliament after the 2008 financial crash, brought up the possibility of taxing any profits made by Bitcoin mining,

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The UK’s Hidden Hand in Julian Assange’s Detention

The UK’s Hidden Hand in Julian Assange’s Detention

13-02-18 09:38:00,

It now emerges that the last four years of Julian Assange’s effective imprisonment in the Ecuadorean embassy in London have been entirely unnecessary. In fact, they depended on a legal charade.

Behind the scenes, Sweden wanted to drop the extradition case against Assange back in 2013. Why was this not made public? Because Britain persuaded Sweden to pretend that they still wished to pursue the case.

In other words, for more than four years Assange has been holed up in a tiny room, policed at great cost to British taxpayers, not because of any allegations in Sweden but because the British authorities wanted him to remain there. On what possible grounds could that be, one has to wonder? Might it have something to do with his work as the head of Wikileaks, publishing information from whistleblowers that has severely embarrassed the United States and the UK.

In fact, Assange should have walked free years ago if this was really about an investigation – a sham one at that – into an alleged sexual assault in Sweden. Instead, as Assange has long warned, there is a very different agenda at work: efforts to extradite him onwards to the US, where he could be locked away for good. That was why UN experts argued two years ago that he was being “arbitrarily detained” – for political crimes – not unlike the situation of dissidents in other parts of the world that win the support of western liberals and leftists.

According to a new, limited release of emails between officials, the Swedish director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, wrote to Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service on 18 October 2013, warning that Swedish law would not allow the case for extradition to be continued. This was, remember, after Sweden had repeatedly failed to take up an offer from Assange to interview him in London, as had happened in 44 other extradition cases between Sweden and Britain.

Ny wrote to the CPS: “We have found us to be obliged to lift the detention order … and to withdraw the European arrest warrant. If so this should be done in a couple of weeks. This would affect not only us but you too in a significant way.”

Three days later,

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This May Be The Beginning Of The Great Financial Reckoning

This May Be The Beginning Of The Great Financial Reckoning

12-02-18 11:24:00,

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

Less than two weeks ago, the United States Department of Treasury very quietly released its own internal projections for the federal government’s budget deficits over the next several years.

And the numbers are pretty gruesome.

In order to plug the gaps from its soaring deficits, the Treasury Department expects to borrow nearly $1 trillion this fiscal year.

Then nearly $1.1 trillion next fiscal year.

And up to $1.3 trillion the year after that.

This means that the national debt will exceed $25 trillion by September 30, 2020.

Remember, this isn’t some wild conspiracy theory. These are official government projections published by the United States Department of Treasury.

This story alone is monumental– not only does the US owe, by far, the greatest amount of debt ever accumulated by a single nation in human history, but $25 trillion is larger than the debts of every other nation in the world combined.

But there are other themes at work here that are even more important.

For example– how is it remotely possible that the federal government can burn through $1 trillion?

Everything is supposedly totally awesome in the United States. The economy is strong, unemployment is low, tax revenue is at record levels.

It’s not like they had to fight a major two front war, save the financial system from an epic crisis, or battle a severe economic depression.

It’s just been business as usual. Nothing really out of the ordinary.

And yet they’re still losing trillions of dollars.

This is pretty scary when you think about it. What’s going to happen to the US federal deficit when there actually IS a financial crisis or major recession?

And none of those possibilities are factored into their projections.

The largest problem of all, though, is that the federal government is going to have a much more difficult time borrowing the money.

For the past several years, the government has always been able to rely on the usual suspects to loan them money and buy up all the debt,

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Frontrunning: February 12

12-02-18 07:42:00,

  • Investors Get a Reprieve From Recent Turmoil (BBG)
  • White House to Roll Out Trump Infrastructure Plan (WSJ)
  • Trump to Urge Wall, Opioid Spending While Congress Sets Its Own Course (BBG)
  • Overseas Markets Rebound After Their Worst Week in Years (WSJ)
  • Syrian frontline town divides NATO allies Turkey and U.S. (Reuters)
  • The Tax Law Is About to Make Analyzing Earnings Trickier (WSJ)
  • Record $23 Billion Flees World’s Largest ETF (BBG)
  • China’s HNA Group gets $3.2 billion credit from Citic Bank (Reuters)
  • Glitch Exploited by High-Speed Traders is Back at CME (WSJ)
  • Games organizers confirm cyber attack, won’t reveal source (Reuters)
  • Bitcoin Closes in on $9,000 as Regulatory Fears Peter Out (BBG)
  • A culprit for financial site glitches: you and your apps (Reuters)
  • China Is Winning Global Race to Control Batteries (WSJ)
  • The Fall of a Chinese Tesla Killer Threatens a California Town’s Dream (BBG)
  • Comcast May Revive Pursuit of Fox (WSJ)
  • Fox commits to Sky News independence to try to secure Sky deal (Reuters)
  • General Dynamics Buying CSRA for $6.8 Billion (WSJ)
  • Broadcom Secures as Much as $100 Billion of Debt Funding for Qualcomm Bid (WSJ)
  • Oxfam International boss says Haiti scandal ‘breaks my heart’ (Reuters)

Overnight Media Digest

WSJ

– Comcast Corp is contemplating reviving its pursuit of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc after its bid for the company’s entertainment assets was turned down despite being over 15 percent higher than that of eventual buyer Walt Disney Co. (on.wsj.com/2Bpq55N)

– Broadcom Ltd secured as much as $100 billion of debt financing for its hostile bid for Qualcomm Inc and enlisted two more big private-equity firms,

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“Have They All Lost Their Collective Minds?”

“Have They All Lost Their Collective Minds?”

12-02-18 07:41:00,

Authored by Sven Henrich via NorthmanTrader.com,

Have they all lost their collective minds? Look I get that some people are leaning Democrat versus Republican and vice versa and that’s fine, but what exactly are voters getting? If, on the one hand, you think Democrats tax and spend too much you get Republicans on the other hand who cut taxes with disproportional benefit to the top 1% and then spend even more. Fiscal conservatives? Please.

In early February the US government was already scheduled to borrow nearly $1 trillion this year. 

A week later and that figure is already out the door as this week both parties agreed to expand spending caps seemingly preparing for World War III. An incremental hundreds of billions of dollars to the military budget alone in just 2 years. What for? To what end? It’s a bonanza for defense contractors surely and the president apparently wants a parade, but have we entered the math no longer applies zone?

The numbers are staggering:

Ok, if nobody will say it I will: This is insane.

Just the increase alone is larger than Russia’s entire annual military budget.

“The budget deal would raise military spending by $80B through the rest of fiscal year and by $85B in fiscal year 2019”https://t.co/MAFzPYVvwv pic.twitter.com/2BzLsXUOpa

— Sven Henrich (@NorthmanTrader) February 7, 2018

The end result? Much, much more borrowing and deficits into the trillion+ range forever and ever amen:

2019? Looks lot be $1.4 Trillion.

I didn’t see these figures mentioned in any campaign brochures have you? And this is all pre-recession folks. We get a recession and you are looking at 2-3 trillion dollar deficits.

Think I’m going hyperbole on you?

Watch this: Here’s a chart I posted back in 2016 when I called all this Empty Promises. Look at what the CBO then had projected in terms of coming deficits for 2018 and 2019:

I spot roughly $500B for 2018 and a little over $600B in 2019.

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Dutch Official Admits Lying about Meeting With Putin: is Fake News Used by Russia or About Russia?

Dutch Official Admits Lying about Meeting With Putin: is Fake News Used by Russia or About Russia?

12-02-18 07:38:00,

Every empire needs a scary external threat, led by a singular menacing villain, to justify its massive military expenditures, consolidation of authoritarian powers, and endless wars. For the five decades after the end of World War II, Moscow played this role perfectly. But the fall of Soviet Union meant, at least for a while, that the Kremlin could no longer sustain sufficient fear levels. After some brief, largely unsuccessful auditions for possible replacements — Asian actors like China and a splurging Japan were considered — the post-9/11 era elevated a cast of Muslim understudies to the starring role: Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, ISIS and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and “jihadism” generally kept fear alive.

The lack of any 9/11-type catastrophic attack on U.S. (or any Western) soil for the past 17 years, along with the killing of a pitifully aged, ailing bin Laden and the erosion of ISIS, has severely compromised their ongoing viability as major bad guys. So now — just as a film studio revitalizes a once-successful super-villain franchise for a new generation of moviegoers — we’re back to the Russians occupying center stage.

That Barack Obama spent eight years (including up through his final year-end news conference) mocking the notion that Russia posed a serious threat to the U.S. given their size and capabilities, and that he even tried repeatedly to accommodate and partner with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is of no concern: In the internet age, “2016” is regarded as ancient history, drowned out by an endless array of new threats pinned by a united media on the Russkie Plague. Moreover, human nature craves a belief in an existential foreign threat because it confers a sense of purpose and cause, strengthens tribal unity and identity, permits scapegoating, shifts blame for maladies from internal to external causes, and (like religion) offers a simplifying theory for understanding a complex world.

One of the prime accusations sustaining this script is that the Kremlin is drowning the West in “fake news” and other forms of propaganda. One can debate its impact and magnitude, but disinformation campaigns are something the U.S., Russia, and countless other nations have done to one another for centuries, and there is convincing evidence that Russia does this sort of thing now.

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Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

12-02-18 07:35:00,

In September of last year, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli government to determine which Facebook accounts of Palestinians should be deleted on the ground that they constituted “incitement.” The meetings — called for and presided over by one of the most extremist and authoritarian Israeli officials, pro-settlement Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked — came after Israel threatened Facebook that its failure to voluntarily comply with Israeli deletion orders would result in the enactment of laws requiring Facebook to do so, upon pain of being severely fined or even blocked in the country.

The predictable results of those meetings are now clear and well-documented. Ever since, Facebook has been on a censorship rampage against Palestinian activists who protest the decades-long, illegal Israeli occupation, all directed and determined by Israeli officials. Indeed, Israeli officials have been publicly boasting about how obedient Facebook is when it comes to Israeli censorship orders:

Shortly after news broke earlier this month of the agreement between the Israeli government and Facebook, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said Tel Aviv had submitted 158 requests to the social media giant over the previous four months asking it to remove content it deemed “incitement.” She said Facebook had granted 95 percent of the requests.

She’s right. The submission to Israeli dictates is hard to overstate: As the New York Times put it in December of last year,

“Israeli security agencies monitor Facebook and send the company posts they consider incitement. Facebook has responded by removing most of them.”

What makes this censorship particularly consequential is that “96 percent of Palestinians said their primary use of Facebook was for following news.” That means that Israeli officials have virtually unfettered control over a key communications forum of Palestinians.

In the weeks following those Facebook-Israel meetings, reported The Independent,

“the activist collective Palestinian Information Center reported that at least 10 of their administrators’ accounts for their Arabic and English Facebook pages — followed by more than 2 million people — have been suspended, seven of them permanently, which they say is a result of new measures put in place in the wake of Facebook’s meeting with Israel.” Last March,

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Greece Can Lead the Way to Europe’s Freedom | New Eastern Outlook

Greece Can Lead the Way to Europe’s Freedom | New Eastern Outlook

12-02-18 07:01:00,

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Last week a few hundred thousand Greeks raised their fists in protest in the streets of Thessaloniki. That protest, and an even larger one in that followed in front of Greece’s parliament in Athens tell us EU imposed austerity has gone too far. These protests were ostensibly opposition to a compromise on the part of the Greek government regarding the Macedonia name dispute. However, the reality is both foreboding and promising at the tame time. This report should astound most readers with the level of financial, military, and intellectual terrorism being exacted on a noble people.

The Real Terror – Betrayals

In a previous report for NEO I outlined how Macedonia (FYROM) seems doomed to become just another NATO satrap, another missile launch site in the new Cold War of Washington. NATO wants the former Yugoslav republic to get a name change before the generals start picking spots for bases. Meanwhile, in Greece the people are years past fed up with being sold out at ever turn by the radical left SYRIZA led government. This, after Prime Minister Tsipras’ coalition government ignored the 2015 protests and went ahead with crippling austerity measures imposed by the Germans, the EU, and the IMF, leaves even the most liberal Greeks wobbling to the right. Reports from Thessaloniki suggest the Macedonia “name thing” is really a secondary consideration for most protesters. The hint of upheaval comes as Greeks face numerous other difficulties in the midst of an economic crisis that has been ongoing since 2010. Speakers at the rallies, and many participants as well, spoke out against austerity, forced home foreclosures and seizures, privatizations, and a host of other policies that the current government promised to oppose. Or in other words, broken promises and outright lies from SYRIZA.

As further evidence of a shift, Sunday’s rally in Athens featured Greek composer and cultural icon Mikis Theodorakis, who has been widely associated with the Greek left. Michael Nevradakis over at MintPress News explains the hard truths of a SYRIZA led government adored by the IMF and Germany, and one now testing the resolve of the Greek people. His analysis of the whole Greek debt affair matches my own. This economic downfall seems orchestrated,

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Support constructive, responsible, realistic disobedience in Greece. Support DiEM25’s new political party in Greece

Support constructive, responsible, realistic disobedience in Greece. Support DiEM25’s new political party in Greece

12-02-18 01:04:00,

For two years now, DiEM25 has been preserving the spirit of the Greek Spring of 2015 across Europe. Now, as we are preparing to present our progressive program to Europeans across the Union, via the ballot box, the time has come to found the Greek DiEM25 affiliate political party that will return the spirit of the Greek Spring to the country that gave birth to it.

On March 26, DiEM25 members will gather in Athens to constitute ourselves as a political party that participates in European, national and local elections — but also as an indivisible part of the transnational, radical europeanist movement DiEM25.

The party will start its life with thousands of committed volunteer activists across Greece. With a set of realistic proposals to make Greece’s social economy viable again, that is embedded in DiEM25’s European New Deal. And with the support of progressive international figures like Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Ken Loach and Brian Eno. And of course the involvement of key Greek political players like Yanis Varoufakis who believe passionately that, despite what the Establishment says, there is an alternative to Greece’s — and Europe’s — current impasse.

But all electoral actions cost money. And unlike our Establishment opponents and incumbents, DiEM25 rejects corporate and institutional funding. This means we are beholden only to you and the principles and ideals we share.

Your contribution, no matter how small, will help establish DiEM25 in Greece — Ground Zero of the Eurocrisis, and bring about the change that Greece and Europe desperately needs!

Can you help make it happen? To contribute, click here.
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An Exodus of “Jewish Settlers” from Palestine Is Inevitable | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

An Exodus of “Jewish Settlers” from Palestine Is Inevitable | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

12-02-18 12:54:00,

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has come a long way in advocating for Palestinian rights. They now fully embrace the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, seeing it as the most effective method to effect change. JVP is on Israel’s BDS Ban List and is described by another Jewish group in the US (the Anti-Defamation League — ADL) as “the largest and most influential Jewish anti-Zionist group in the United States.”

In recent years, JVP has significantly expanded and now has many chapters across the US. Its concerns go to the heart of Jewish identity, Zionism, and Jewish institutional culture, topics Israel has long hijacked. Their boldest campaign to date has been the campaign to convince young US Jews not to participate in the Birthright trips Israel sponsors for Jews around the world.

This JVP campaign is very significant because it delegitimizes Israel as a Jewish state, as a birthright of Jews worldwide. It is also directed at a Jewish demographic that, by all accounts, is moving away from Israel’s hasbara and is likely open to transformative change.

Israel cannot survive as a Jewish state without a constant influx of Jews as immigrants to keep the Jewish majority it created by denying Palestinian right of return and blocking Palestinian aspirations to self-determination in their own homeland.

Today, thanks to BDS, we are no longer trapped in the language of “disputed territory” or dual “narratives”. It’s finally clear that the demise of the Jewish state is inevitable, leading to an exodus of Jews from Palestine. Israel’s end will come, as Henry Siegman, President of the U.S./Middle East Project, writes in The National Interest, from one of two scenarios, both of which will be fueled by the nature or character of the Jewish state itself.

First scenario:

“If after what undoubtedly would be a long and bitter anti-apartheid struggle Palestinians prevail, they will be in the clear majority. Having established the principle that the majority can impose on the minority the religious and cultural identity of the State, Israel will not be in a strong position to deny Palestinians that same right. That will lead in time to a significant exodus of Israel’s Jews.”

Second scenario:

“If Palestinians do not prevail,

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Cashing in on the donated dead : The Body Trade | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

Cashing in on the donated dead : The Body Trade | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

12-02-18 09:29:00,

Made in America: U.S. body brokers supply world with human torsos, limbs and heads

Part 9: Body parts from American donors have been exported to at least 45 countries, and thousands of parts are sent abroad annually. Demand is high in nations where customs limit selling or dissecting their own dead. In the U.S., though, almost anything goes.

By JOHN SHIFFMAN and READE LEVINSON

REMAINS FOR RENT: A U.S. body donation company leased the heads of dead Americans to a Tel Aviv dental training facility. The facility posted pictures of the training on Facebook in October, just before returning a shipment of heads to the United States. That shipment was intercepted by U.S. border agents because the manifest mislabeled the package of heads as “electronics.” REUTERS/Handout

PORTLAND, Oregon – On July 20, a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship departed Charleston, South Carolina, carrying thousands of containers. One of them held a lucrative commodity: body parts from dozens of dead Americans.

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According to the manifest, the shipment bound for Europe included about 6,000 pounds of human remains valued at $67,204. To keep the merchandise from spoiling, the container’s temperature was set to 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

The body parts came from a Portland business called MedCure Inc. A so-called body broker, MedCure profits by dissecting the bodies of altruistic donors and sending the parts to medical training and research companies.

MedCure sells or leases about 10,000 body parts from U.S. donors annually, shipping about 20 percent of them overseas, internal corporate and manifest records show. In addition to bulk cargo shipments to the Netherlands, where MedCure operates a distribution hub, the Oregon company has exported body parts to at least 22 other countries by plane or truck, the records show.

Among the parts: a pelvis and legs to a university in Malaysia; feet to medical device companies in Brazil and Turkey; and heads to hospitals in Slovenia and the United Arab Emirates.

Demand for body parts from America — torsos, knees and heads — is high in countries where religious traditions or laws prohibit the dissection of the dead. Unlike many developed nations,

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Intel’s New “Smart Glasses” Shoot Laser Beam Directly Into Your Retina

Intel’s New “Smart Glasses” Shoot Laser Beam Directly Into Your Retina

12-02-18 09:18:00,

For anyone who wanted a pair of Google glasses but didn’t want to look like a lazy Borg cosplay, Intel may have just what you need. Just one catch; you have to be OK with a laser firing photons directly into your retina. 

Consummate techie and Executive Editor at The VergeDeiter Bohn, took Intel’s Vaunt smart glasses for a test drive – which he says are “virtually indistinguishable from regular glasses,” and are the “first pair of smart eyeglasses I’ve tried that doesn’t look ridiculous.”

The smart glasses – which weigh less than 50 grams – work by projecting a very low-powered laser (a VCSEL), which shines a “red, monochrome image somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 x 150 pixels” on to a holographic reflector on the right lens of the glasses – which is then reflected directly into your eyeball and onto your retina.

Intel swears it’s safe. 

 “It is a class one laser. It’s such low power that we don’t [need it certified],” he says, “and in the case of [Vaunt], it is so low-power that it’s at the very bottom end of a class one laser.” –Mark Eastwood, Director of Industrial Design, Intel NDG group

“We use a holographic grading embedded into the lens to reflect the correct wavelengths back to your eye. The image is called retinal projection, so the image is actually ‘painted’ into the back of your retina,” says Jerry Bautista, the team lead for wearable devices at Intel’s NDG. Due to the fact that the glasses project images directly onto the retina, the projected image is in focus on both prescription and non-prescription lenses. 

In addition to the micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS, or “Pico”) projector, the glasses also pack hardware and software for Bluetooth communication with your phone, as well as an accelerometer and a compass. Future models may even include a microphone for use with virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri.

And of this, along with batteries, are contained within a remarkably compact chassis. 

Requiring a custom fitting to each user, the glasses project a stream of information on what Bohn says looks like a screen, 

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Downed Russian Warplane Illustrates Enduring Danger of US-Backed Terrorism | New Eastern Outlook

Downed Russian Warplane Illustrates Enduring Danger of US-Backed Terrorism | New Eastern Outlook

10-02-18 07:39:00,

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A Russian ground-attack aircraft – a Sukhoi-25 – was shot down using an anti-aircraft missile over the northern Syrian province of Idlib by Al Qaeda affiliates. The pilot was reportedly killed by militants according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

The BBC in its article, “Russian jet shot down in Syria’s Idlib province,” would report:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham – formerly linked to al-Qaeda – said it had shot down the plane.

In a statement released on social media, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group claimed it had shot down the plane using a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile.

The BBC and other Western media organizations have worked ceaselessly to aid groups like “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham” in their efforts to re-brand themselves and obfuscate public awareness over their status as terrorist organizations, thus making it easier for either the US and its European allies to aid and arm such groups, or for Western allies in the Middle East to aid and arm them.

That “Tahrir al-Sham” possesses anti-aircraft missiles indicates they are the recipients of state-sponsored arms deliveries. The fact that they murdered the downed pilot – a war crime – reaffirms their status as a terrorist organization.

Al Qaeda affiliates possessing anti-aircraft weapon systems should come as no surprise. The US had literally handed hundreds of anti-aircraft missiles to militants in Afghanistan during the 1980’s which included Arab volunteers assisted by Al Qaeda. With these missiles, militants likewise downed Russia warplanes and helicopters.

Arming Al Qaeda in Syria was ‘Plan A’ Before the Arab Spring “Sprung”

The Washington Post in its article, “Russia strikes back as Syrian rebels take credit for shooting down fighter jet, killing pilot,” regarding allegations that that the United States was responsible for Al Qaeda possessing anti-aircraft weapons used to down Russian aircraft would report:

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said any allegation that the United States has provided MANPAD missiles in Syria was untrue, and she denied that U.S. equipment was used in shooting down the Russian plane.

“The United States has never provided MANPAD missiles to any group in Syria, and we are deeply concerned that such weapons are being used,” she said.

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Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, February 10, 2018, #131

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, February 10, 2018, #131

10-02-18 07:39:00,

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, February 10, 2018, #131

Dane Wigington
GeoengineeringWatch.org

With each passing day the transformation of our world is accelerating, the human race is pushing our once thriving planet past the point of no return. Though there is still no shortage of enthusiasm for sports spectacles like the “Superbowl”, a sincere interest in salvaging life on Earth is not common. Whether actively or passively ( due to their apathy), so many in our population are actually participating in their own demise, it is not just the criminally insane power-brokers who are to blame. What would any rational individual conclude about the self destructive behavior of humanity? The latest installment of Global Alert News is below.

Some will tell us that our efforts to awaken the masses (to what is unfolding) is futile and pointless, but, in fact, such an effort is the point and purpose of being. Why are we here? If not to fully face the unvarnished truth, if not to fully engage in this epic battle for the greater good, then why? Every single individual that our combined efforts help to awaken matters in ways that none of us can yet fully comprehend. Every single additional awakened individual helps to tilt the scale in the right direction, helps to alter our current course of certain near term demise. Of all the threats we collectively face, climate engineering / weather warfare / biological warfare is the greatest and most immediate (short of nuclear cataclysm). When trying to wake others to this critical issue, sharing credible data from a credible source is the most effective and efficient strategy. All of us are needed to help turn the tide, make your voice heard
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Geoengineering Watch wishes to express our most sincere gratitude to Mary Hollowell, teacher, and Clayton State University students promoting awareness of aerosol geoengineering. Thanks to Fayette Woman magazine for including this photo in its January 2018 issue on health.

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President Warmonger: Trump Administration Build Up for War with North Korea

President Warmonger: Trump Administration Build Up for War with North Korea

10-02-18 10:36:00,

On the eve of the Winter Olympics Warmongering USA: Vice President Pence: “The United States of America will soon unveil the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever — and we will continue to isolate North Korea until …” it does exactly what the USA tells it to do.

War and Menace: Donald Trump 2017: “Unless the regime of leader Kim Jong-un backs down we will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea”. “They will be met with fire and fury and frankly power the likes of which the world has never seen before,”

Before our eyes we have clear growing evidence the Trump administration is gathering force to launch war against North Korea. And not just the visibility of carrier led battle fleets in Western Pacific seas offshore Korea, there are also other “world events” fitting into first strike preparation from the U.S. Either this or the most enormously dangerous threat driven brinkmanship.

First clear emphatic evidence is then North Korea select Foreign Ministers’ summit meeting in Vancouver Monday 15th Jan. This meeting notably not including The People’s Republic of China or the Russian Federation, let alone the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The summit with single minded interest in using U.N. sanctions to blockade North Korea into increasingly deep economic, financial, and political isolation. This then to North Korea a declaration of war. Notably the summit included most of the Western supporting nations in the 1950-53 Korean War. A war in which the U.S. air-force with overwhelming air power, including napalm carpet bombing (as in Vietnam), destroyed North Korea with some 1.5 million Korean civilian deaths.

There is then the Hawaii nuclear strike alert terrifying the population of Hawaii Saturday 13th January – notably two days before the Vancouver summit. On all the evidence the alarm being set off would seem to be a mistake on the part of one operator. There again it is a feasible possibility alarm activation was a set-up from high levels in U.S. government to get the message across to the U.S. public a North Korea nuclear attack is a real and present danger. That then building justification for a U.S. preemptive strike.

For further evidence there is then White House termination of consideration of Professor Victor Cha of Georgetown University for U.S.

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US Evacuates ISIS Militants from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

US Evacuates ISIS Militants from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

10-02-18 10:22:00,

On Sunday, February 4, 2018, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami stated that the U.S. is transferring ISIS to Afghanistan to justify its presence in the Central Asian region.

Brigadier General Amir Hatami emphasized that U.S. had created ISIS to dominate Syria and Iraq, but after the ISIS’ defeat in those two countries, the United States tried to transfer the group to Afghanistan in order to justify their continuing presence in this country.

On Thursday, February 6, 2018, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri blamed the U.S. for relocating members of the ISIS terrorist group from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan.

According to him, since ISIS and other terror groups lost their territories in Iraq and Syria, the Americans have been relocating the terrorists to Afghanistan by various means.

Moreover, Mohammad Bagheri believes that Washington creates tension and conflict in Southwest Asia.

“The US has to gather up its troops and leave the regional countries to take care of their own security,” he added.

For his part, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in late January that the goal behind Washington’s move to relocate ISIS terrorists to Afghanistan is to justify its military presence in the region and to provide security for the Zionist regime. He also called the Americans as the main source of instability in Afghanistan. At the same time, by words of Khamenei, the U.S. intends to promote its political and economic interests through the destabilization of Afghanistan.

It’s worth noting that several days ago the U.S. started pulling its forces from Iraq. However, the American servicemen don’t return to home soil. They are redeployed to Afghanistan, and it is not unlikely that they traveling with ISIS terrorists.

According to many experts, the number of ISIS militants in Afghanistan is estimated at 7,000 fighters. Apart from existing forces, the redeployment of reinforcement from Iraq and Syria will allow them to strengthen positions in the country that is a direct threat to the civilians.

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Sophie Mangal is a special investigative correspondent from Inside Syria Media Center where this article was originally published.

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The shopping centre dedicated to repaired and recycled goods | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

The shopping centre dedicated to repaired and recycled goods | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

10-02-18 09:34:00,

he ReTuna centre in Sweden includes a drop-off zone for unwanted items, and DIY repair classes

Residents of the small Swedish town of Eskilstuna don’t have to go far to get their shopping fix – or to help save the planet. Whether they’re looking for a TV, furniture, fashion, sports equipment or houseplants, they will find them all at ReTuna, Sweden’s – and probably the world’s – first shopping centre dedicated to refurbished and recycled goods. Everything sold has either been recycled or reused, or organically or sustainably produced.

The brainwave of local politicians who want to make the municipality a green role model, ReTuna opened in August 2015 and has since expanded to house 10 shops, a cafe and a conference centre. The centre receives close to 700 visitors each day. Some drop off at a drive-thru recycling depot unwanted items that are then sorted and upcycled, while others simply come looking for a bargain. It is run by a company called Eskilstuna Energi och Miljö, which was set up by the local municipality.

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“We have customers who want to be a part of the renewable economy and then we have customers who come to buy TVs for a fraction of the price,” says Thomas Söderberg, who runs the re:Compute-IT shop at ReTuna. “But we need to get more into the consciousness of people so they can make the ecological choice of buying used products as much as possible.”

Everything sold at ReTuna is either recycled, repaired or sustainably or organically produced

Since opening, ReTuna’s efforts have reduced waste to an estimated value of 8.1 million SEK (£714,000) and created more than 50 jobs.

“Our mission is to save the planet,” says Anna Bergström, ReTuna manager, boldly. “Or at least be part of its rescue. We know that we can’t save the world by ourselves – but our customers feel that they are a part of something good.”

Although Sweden is known for having some of the best recycling rates in the world (more than 5 per cent of glass, 85 per cent of newspaper,

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WMD America: Inside The Pentagon’s Global Bioweapons Industry

WMD America: Inside The Pentagon’s Global Bioweapons Industry

09-02-18 09:27:00,

Source: 21st Century Wire

By Dilyana Gaytandzhieva

21st Century WireSPECIAL REPORT

The US Army regularly produces deadly viruses, bacteria and toxins in direct violation of the UN Convention on the prohibition of Biological Weapons.

As a result, many hundreds of thousands of unwitting people are systematically exposed to dangerous pathogens, and other potentially incurable diseases. This highly classified network of R &D and production facilities includes an array of US government private contracts, which raises additional concerns about privatised chains of command and public accountability.

While much of the mainstream discourse of this subject centres around the asymmetric threat posed by non-state actors procuring and using biological agents in ‘bioterrorism’ attacks, very little if any investigation is done into the very real threat posed by states and private companies who are involved in this highly opaque industry.

Part One: US Overseas Bio-Laboratories Network

Bio warfare scientists using diplomatic cover test man-made viruses at Pentagon bio laboratories in 25 countries across the world.

These US bio-laboratories are funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) under a $ 2.1 billion military program – Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP), and are located in former Soviet Union countries such as Georgia and Ukraine, the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.


PHOTO: The Lugar Center, Republic of Georgia


The US Army has been deployed to Vaziani Military Air Base, 17 km away from the Pentagon bio-laboratory at The Lugar Center.

Georgia is a testing ground for bioweapons

The Lugar Center is the Pentagon bio laboratory in Georgia. It is located just 17 km away from the US Vaziani military airbase in the capital Tbilisi. Tasked with the military program are biologists from the US Army Medical Research Unit-Georgia (USAMRU-G) along with private contractors. The Bio-safety Level 3 Laboratory is accessible only to US citizens with security clearance. They are accorded diplomatic immunity under the 2002 US-Georgia Agreement on defense cooperation.


The USA-Georgia agreement accords diplomatic status to the US military and civilian personnel (including diplomatic vehicles),

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Frontrunning: February 9

09-02-18 03:52:00,

  • Global Stocks Set for Biggest Weekly Fall in Years (WSJ)
  • What Just Happened? Six Views on the Correction (BBG)
  • Euro set for worst week since 2016 as dollar extends rally (Reuters)
  • Congress votes to end brief government shutdown (Reuters)
  • U.S. budget deal sets up wider fight over deficits, immigration (Reuters)
  • Trump budget to include $3 billion for border wall (Reuters)
  • Jim Rogers Says Next Bear Market Will Be Worst in His Life (BBG)
  • Trump Jr. Escalates Twitter War Against Probe and Father’s Foes (BBG)
  • Pence avoids encounter with North Korean official as Olympics begin (Reuters)
  • Ex-Credit Suisse adviser sentenced to five years for “clever fraud” (Reuters)
  • AT&T, Walmart Bolster Their Tax Savings in Paying Worker Bonuses (BBG)
  • Rising Costs for Wages and Ingredients Pose New Challenge (WSJ)
  • The Corporate Giant Lurking Behind the Winter Olympics (WSJ)
  • Gulfstream, Cessna, Other Business Jet Makers Are Finally Feeling Some Lift (WSJ)
  • Mad Max violence stalks Venezuela’s lawless roads (Reuters)
  • Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS (WSJ)
  • Japan to let Coincheck resume yen withdrawals Tuesday (Reuters)
  • Ten Years After the Crisis, Banks Win Big in Trump’s Washington (BBG)
  • Trump tells Israel peace means compromise; U.S. envoy under fire (Reuters)
  • Trump administration may target immigrants who use food aid, other benefits (Reuters)

Overnight Media Digest

WSJ

– U.S. Congress missed a midnight deadline, failing to fund the government for a second time this year as a two-year bipartisan budget deal encountered delays in the Senate. on.wsj.com/2EeRIkY

– SandRidge Energy Inc said Thursday that Chief Executive James Bennett and Chief Financial Officer Julian Bott will leave the company as part of a shakeup amid investor pressure.

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America’s “Humanitarian War” against the World | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

America’s “Humanitarian War” against the World | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

09-02-18 11:18:00,

First published by Global Research in September 2016

The following  text is a point by point thematic summary of Prof. Michel Chossudovsky‘s presentation at the Science for Peace Conference, Academy of Sciences, Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur, 15-16 August 2016

Introduction

Historically, science has supported the development of the weapons industry and the war economy. “Science for Peace” indelibly requires reversing the logic whereby commissioned  scientific endeavors are directed towards supporting what President Eisenhower called “The Military Industrial Complex”.

What is consequently required is a massive redirection of science and technology towards the pursuit of broad societal objectives. In turn, this requires a major shift in what is euphemistically called “US Foreign Policy”, namely America’s global military agenda.

Military Affairs: The Current Global Context 

Under a global military agenda, the actions undertaken by the Western military alliance (U.S.-NATO-Israel) in Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Palestine, Ukraine, Syria and Iraq are coordinated at the highest levels of the military hierarchy. We are not dealing with piecemeal military and intelligence operations. Major military and covert intelligence operations are being undertaken simultaneously in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Asia Pacific region.

The current situation is all the more critical inasmuch as a US-NATO war on Russia, China and Iran is part of the US presidential election debate. It is presented as a political and military option to Western public opinion.

The US-NATO military agenda combines both major theater operations as well as covert actions geared towards destabilizing sovereign states. America’s hegemonic project is to destabilize and destroy countries through acts of war, support of terrorist organizations, regime change and economic warfare.

U.S. and NATO forces have been deployed in Eastern Europe including Poland and Ukraine. In turn, military maneuvers are being conducted at Russia’s doorstep which could potentially lead to confrontation with the Russian Federation.

The U.S. and its allies are also threatening China under President Obama’s “Pivot to Asia”.

The U.S. led airstrikes initiated in August 2014 directed against Iraq and Syria under the pretext of going after the Islamic State are part of a scenario of military escalation extending from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean to Central and South Asia.

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Al Qaeda and the “War on Terrorism” | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Al Qaeda and the “War on Terrorism” | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

09-02-18 11:17:00,

The following text was first published in Italian in: Giuletto Chiesa (Editor), Zero, Perché la versione ufficiale sull’ 11/9 è un Falso  [Zero: Why the Official Version on 9/11 is a Falsehood], Piemme, Casale Monferrato, 2007.

A detailed analysis of the relevant issues covered in this article is also contained in the author’s book America’s “War on Terrorism”, Global Research, 2005

Introduction

One of the main objectives of war propaganda is to “fabricate an enemy”. The “outside enemy” personified by Osama bin Laden is “threatening America”.

Pre-emptive war directed against “Islamic terrorists” is required to defend the Homeland. Realities are turned upside down. America is under attack.

In the wake of 9/11, the creation of this “outside enemy” has served to obfuscate the real economic and strategic objectives behind the war in the Middle East and Central Asia. Waged on the grounds of self-defense, the pre-emptive war is upheld as a “just war” with a humanitarian mandate.

As anti-war sentiment grows and the political legitimacy the Bush Administration falters, doubts regarding the existence of this illusive “outside enemy” must be dispelled.

Counter-terrorism and war propaganda are intertwined. The propaganda apparatus feeds disinformation into the news chain. The terror warnings must appear to be “genuine”. The objective is to present the terror groups as “enemies of America.”

Ironically, Al Qaeda –the “outside enemy of America” as well as the alleged architect of the 9/11 attacks– is a creation of the CIA.

From the outset of the Soviet-Afghan war in the early 1980s, the US intelligence apparatus has supported the formation of the “Islamic brigades”. Propaganda purports to erase the history of Al Qaeda, drown the truth and “kill the evidence” on how this “outside enemy” was fabricated and transformed into “Enemy Number One”.

originalThe US intelligence apparatus has created it own terrorist organizations. And at the same time, it creates its own terrorist warnings concerning the terrorist organizations which it has itself created. Meanwhile, a cohesive multibillion dollar counterterrorism program “to go after” these terrorist organizations has been put in place.

Portrayed in stylized fashion by the Western media,

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What ‘News’ Media in the U.S. and Allied Countries Never Report | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

What ‘News’ Media in the U.S. and Allied Countries Never Report | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

09-02-18 11:13:00,

Newsmedia effectively ban reporting corruptness of newsmedia — even of media that stand on the opposite side of the political divide.

The ‘news’media in the U.S. and allied countries never report the corruption (including lying) perpetrated by any except the very few non-mainstream media that are authentically pro-democracy (or “anti-Establishment” or “anti-elitist” — which doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing as “anti-elite”) in those countries — and these few pro-democracy sites are the least-corrupt newsmedia, the few ones that are careful to report only truths — no lies, no propaganda at all. They do it even if all the others call such news sites ‘fake news’ — because they are committed, above all, to conveying the truth, and nothing but the truth.

Each of the mainstream ‘news’media is funded by (and advertises) the corporations of billionaires and centi-millionaires (the people who control all of the large corporations and virtually all of the media). These people’s corporations advertise in, and donate to those media, and those mega-business-owners don’t want the public to know that all of the mainstream (and many even of the non-mainstream) ‘news’media are actually propaganda-agencies for what those super-rich want to happen (their governmental agendas). They not only advertise so that you will buy their products and services, but they also report — and exclude from reporting — so that you will vote for their politicians who will impose their governmental agenda in this ‘democracy’, and will vote against their opponents. This is the governmental control-system (which is proven and explained — and shown to function in the U.S.A., by that link to ‘democracy’).

A good example of this phenomenon is the way that the Nunes Memo (about ‘Russiagate’ & Trump), which was released on Friday February 3rd, has been covered in all of the ’news’media.

On the Democratic Party side, which is funded by billionaires who control the Democratic Party and who own Democratic Party ‘news’media, there have been efforts to discredit, or else to minimize the significance of, what the Memo said.

On the Republican Party side, which is funded by billionaires who control the Republican Party and who own Republican Party ‘news’media,

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Logistics 101: Where Does ISIS Get Its Guns? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Logistics 101: Where Does ISIS Get Its Guns? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

08-02-18 06:35:00,

Note: This article originally published in June 2015 brings to the forefront the issue of State sponsorship of terrorism. Who has in the course of the last three years contributed to financing the delivery of weapons to the Islamic State (ISIS-Daesh)

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Since ancient times an army required significant logistical support to carry out any kind of sustained military campaign. In ancient Rome, an extensive network of roads was constructed to facilitate not only trade, but to allow Roman legions to move quickly to where they were needed, and for the supplies needed to sustain military operations to follow them in turn.

In the late 1700’s French general, expert strategist, and leader Napoleon Bonaparte would note that, “an army marches on its stomach,” referring to the extensive logistical network required to keep an army fed, and therefore able to maintain its fighting capacity. For the French, their inability to maintain a steady supply train to its forces fighting in Russia, and the Russians’ decision to burn their own land and infrastructure to deny it from the invading forces, ultimately defeated the French.

Nazi Germany would suffer a similar fate when it too overextended its logical capabilities during its invasion of Russia amid Operation Barbarossa. Once again, invading armies became stranded without limited resources before being either cut off and annihilated or forced to retreat.

The other half of the war is logistics. Without a steady stream of supplies, armies no matter how strong or determined will be overwhelmed and defeated. What explains then ISIS’ fighting prowess and the immense logitical networks it would need to maintain it?

And in modern times during the Gulf War in the 1990’s an extended supply line trailing invading US forces coupled with an anticipated clash with the bulk of Saddam Hussein’s army halted what was otherwise a lighting advance many mistakenly believed could have reached Baghdad had there been the political will. The will to conquer was there, the logistics to implement it wasn’t.

The lessons of history however clear they may be, appear to be entirely lost on an either supremely ignorant or incredibly deceitful troupe of policymakers and news agencies across the West.

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US Nuclear Policy Review; The World Is Our Enemy | New Eastern Outlook

US Nuclear Policy Review; The World Is Our Enemy | New Eastern Outlook

08-02-18 06:20:00,

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The world is our enemy and we reserve the right to destroy part or all of it at our discretion. That is the essence of the United States Nuclear Policy Review that was recently released; a document of a criminal enterprise bent on world domination that describes how the use of new and “more flexible” nuclear weapons will achieve that domination.

The key to their intentions is contained in a statement on page 22 of the document where they state:

“To help preserve deterrence and the assurance of allies and partners, the United States has never adopted a “no first use” policy and, given the contemporary threat environment, such a policy is not justified today. It remains the policy of the United States to retain some ambiguity regarding the precise circumstances that might lead to a U.S. nuclear response.”

In other words, they are saying:

“we will keep you guessing as to when and against whom we will use them. We will maintain our role as the greatest state terrorist by keeping the nuclear Damocles sword over the heads of the people of the world constantly to ensure that the world acts in our interest.”

The American nuclear sword they are crafting will be sharpened with smaller, more battlefield usable nuclear weapons on land, sea and air. But whereas until now nuclear weapons were considered a separate category of weapons whose use means the deaths of tens or hundreds of millions of people, considered both immoral and illegal under international law, they are now considered by the Americans as a type of conventional weapon, a part of their conventional weapons systems. This raises the risk that their use will increase from a possibility to a certainty for they threaten to use them against any situation that in their view requires it even if it is a conventional war scenario. So, if the Americans stage a Russian attack on the Baltic states and claims its forces are too weak to stop the attack then they will use nuclear weapons on their real targets for which the staged attack was the pretext. Millions will die.

The nuclear sword continues to hang most dangerously over the peoples of Russia,

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Coca-Cola And Nestlé To Privatize The Largest Reserve Of Water In South America | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

Coca-Cola And Nestlé To Privatize The Largest Reserve Of Water In South America | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

08-02-18 12:41:00,

Private companies such as Coca-Cola and Nestlé are in the process of privatizing the largest reserve of water, known as the Guarani Aquifer, in South America. The aquifer is located beneath the surface of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay and is the second largest-known aquifer system in the world.

The major transnational conglomerates are reportedly “striding forward” with their negotiations to privatize the aquifer system. Meetings have already been reserved with authorities of the current government, such as Michel Temer, to outline procedures required for private companies to exploit the water sources. The concession contracts will last more than 100 years.

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The first public conversation about this dilemma was scheduled on the 25th of January, the same day the process of voting for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff was opened. As Central Politico reports, “This coincidence was fatal for the adjournment of the meeting.”

“There must be another list of projects to be granted or privatized in the medium term, with auctions that may occur in up to one year, such as Eletrobras energy distributors and freshwater sources,” adds the news site, translated via Google from Portuguese.

This issue extends beyond South America, as all humans will be affected by the decision to privatize the second-largest aquifer system in the world. Essentially, the corporations are profiting off a natural resource that should be freely available to all.

Under the Guarani Aquifer Project’s Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development Project, known as ANA’s Guarani Aquifer Project (SAG), the aquifer would be managed and preserved for present and future generations. Following the conservatives’ victory in Argentina and the coup d’état, pressed for by the ultra right in Paraguay and Brazil, only Uruguay was left to vote on the privatization of the aquifer.

Approximately two-thirds (1.2 million km²) of the reserve is located in Brazilian territory, specifically in the states of Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Future generations will ultimately suffer if this deal goes through, which is why human rights organizations around the world are getting involved.

“Organized civil society is alert to possible privatization strategies of transnational economic groups.

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Man Who Sold America The Iraq War Just Warned Iran Is Next… But Is Anyone Listening?

Man Who Sold America The Iraq War Just Warned Iran Is Next… But Is Anyone Listening?

08-02-18 12:37:00,

Authored by Carey Wedler via TheAntiMedia.org,

Fifteen years after the calamitous U.S. invasion of Iraq, an architect of the propaganda used to drum up support for the war is warning that it’s happening again — this time with Iran.

Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, helped the then-secretary “paint a clear picture that war was the only choice” in his infamous 2003 speech to the U.N. This week, writing for the New York Times — an outlet that, at the time, parroted misleading narratives in support of the war — Wilkerson accused the Trump administration of manipulating evidence and fear-mongering in the same way the Bush administration did to cultivate public support for ousting Saddam Hussein.

In his Monday op-ed, titled “ I Helped Sell the False Choice of War Once. It’s Happening Again,” he wrote:

As his chief of staff, I helped Secretary Powell paint a clear picture that war was the only choice, that when ‘we confront a regime that harbors ambitions for regional domination, hides weapons of mass destruction and provides haven and active support for terrorists, we are not confronting the past, we are confronting the present. And unless we act, we are confronting an even more frightening future.’”

Though the U.N. and much of the world didn’t buy it, Wilkerson says Americans did, and it amounted to the culmination of a two-year effort by the Bush administration to initiate the war, which he now condemns.

That effort led to a war of choice with Iraq — one that resulted in catastrophic losses for the region and the United States-led coalition, and that destabilized the entire Middle East,” he wrote, going on to call out the Trump administration for pushing the United States down the same path in Iran.

This should not be forgotten,” he urged, “since the Trump administration is using much the same playbook to create a false impression that war is the only way to address the threats posed by Iran.”

Wilkerson singled out Nikki Haley,

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Leaked Document Reveals Soros Backing Secret Plot To Overturn Brexit

Leaked Document Reveals Soros Backing Secret Plot To Overturn Brexit

08-02-18 12:34:00,

A leaked strategy document reveals that billionaire financier George Soros is one of three senior figures tied to a Remain group called “Best for Britain,” which is “secretly” pushing for a second referendum on Brexit to keep Britain in the EU, the Telegraph reports.

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The 87-year-old Hungarian-American worth an estimated $25 billion has given over £400,000 ($554,840) to the group through his Open Society Foundation.

The leaked document also outlines a nationwide advertising campaign this month, as well as a drive to recruit major Tory donors in an attempt to undermine Prime Minister Theresa May and influence MPs.

It also plans to target MPs and convince them to vote against the final Brexit deal to trigger another referendum or general election, according to a strategy document leaked from a meeting of the group.

The document says the campaign, which will begin by the end of this month, must “wake the country up and assert that Brexit is not a done deal. That it’s not too late to stop Brexit”. –Telegraph

According to the Telegraph, MPs in 100 “Leave-supporting constituencies” will be pressured using “a range of guerrilla marketing tactics” to vote against Brexit. In addition to a series of “momentum-style” mass rallies and concerts planned by the “Remain” proponents, the campaign will reportedly have a “heavy youth focus.” 

The group also plans to provide financial support to the European Movement, which counts former UK health minister Stephen Dorrell, and former chancellor Kenneth Clarke as Vice President.

Soros’s involvement in the scheme emerged after he entertained six Conservative donors at his Chelsea mansion last Monday.

His involvement comes more than 25 years after he made over £1 billion betting against the pound shortly before the UK withdrew from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. More recently he has been accused of organising rallies against Donald Trump in the US and interfering in the democracies of several European nations.

Also at the dinner were Stephen Peel, a businessman and former Olympic rower who is also said to be putting money into the new venture and is on the board of Best for Britain;

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Greeks Are Revolting Again | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Greeks Are Revolting Again | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

08-02-18 12:27:00,

In the beginning, nobody paid much attention. Two activists, ex-members of the Movement of Independent Citizens, which was created back in 2011 following an appeal by Mikis Theodorakis, took the initiative to call for a protest meeting in Salonica. The aim was to protest the intention of the Greek government to conclude, under pressure from Washington, an agreement with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), better known internationally as the “Republic of Macedonia”, terminating the dispute with the latter over its name that has been ongoing since the breakup of Yugoslavia.

After the capitulation, the defeat and the humiliation of 2015, Greeks have seemed unable to mobilize about anything. They were licking their wounds. They were looking more or less passively at the continuing destruction of their country and at its neocolonial plundering, by Germany and other EU countries, under the general direction of the IMF and with the green light of the USA. They had neither the courage nor the will to think through their problems. They did not have leaders or ideas or political subjects to lead a new revolt against the colonialist Troika. Many believed Tsipras and SYRIZA’s dire warnings about the cost and the uncertain outcome of any revolt against the creditors. They tried to forget and survive. This assassination of Hope has inflicted an unprecedented national depression on nearly all the people of the country of Apollo, the God of Sun.

So no one expected any more than five or ten thousand people at the Salonica meeting. But something seemed to emerge from the very depth of the national, collective subconscious. It was the same thing that had happened three days before the referendum of July 5th,, 2015 and conditioned its result.

There were not five or ten thousand in Salonica, they were probably around five hundred thousand, nobody knows exactly. It was not a simple demonstration, it was a revolt, even if peaceful, for the time being. And today, everybody waits a much larger crowd in and around the Constitution Square in the center of Athens, named after the 1843 Revolution which obliged the first King of the Country, the Bavarian Otto, imposed on Greece by the Holy Alliance, to accept constitutional rule.

A demonstration about Macedonia but a cry about Greece

It will be a demonstration about Macedonia,

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Trump Administration To Test Biometric Program To Scan Faces Of Drivers

Trump Administration To Test Biometric Program To Scan Faces Of Drivers

08-02-18 12:26:00,

Authored by Derrick Broze via ActivistPost.com,

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is preparing to launch a pilot program to scan the faces of drivers and passengers at Anzalduas Port near McAllen, Texas.

On Thursday the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced plans for a new pilot program that will test out biometric facial recognition technology as part of an effort to identify fugitives or terror suspects. The Austin-American Statesman reported on the announcement:

Thanks to quantum leaps in facial recognition technology, especially over the past year, the future is arriving sooner than most Americans realize. As early as this summer, CBP will set up a pilot program to digitally scan the faces of drivers and passengers — while they are in moving vehicles — at the busy Anzalduas Port of Entry outside of McAllen, the agency announced Thursday.

The Texas-Mexico border is being used as the testing grounds for the technology. The results of the pilot program will be used to help roll out a national program along the entire southern and northern borders. The Statesman notes that the Department of Energy hired researchers at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help overcome the difficulties of using facial recognition technology on moving vehicles. The researchers developed a method for combating window tinting and sun glare which can make a vehicle’s windows impenetrable to cameras. The facial recognition technology being developed for the pilot program will be capable of identifying the driver, front passengers, and the passengers riding in the back.

The CBP currently operates facial recognition exit programs at almost a dozen international airports in the United States. Colleen Manaher, the CBP’s executive director of planning, program analysis and evaluation, told the Statesman that travelers have been accepting of the technology and noted that “we can thank the Apples and the Googles for that.”

Although the CBP claims implementing facial recognition technology could eventually eliminate the need for passports, boarding passes and other travel documents, the technology is without a doubt an invasion of privacy. Both the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology have called for further investigation into the potential dangers of a massive facial recognition apparatus.

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Democrats and Republicans: United on Glorifying Authoritarian Systems

Democrats and Republicans: United on Glorifying Authoritarian Systems

08-02-18 12:06:00,

With President Donald Trump fighting against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), his Republican minions have managed to navigate a somewhat tortuous road. They have to somehow criticize one of the many authoritarian organizations that they generally revere. Ultimately, this has proved not too difficult for them; they simply attack the leadership, while praising the rank-and-file.

Democrats, on the other hand, are able to avoid this conundrum altogether, by maintaining their obvious adoration for the corrupt, invasive bureau.

As the Russia-Trump Campaign probe drags on, providing headlines that few people are genuinely interested in, the worship of authority continues unabated. The U.S. military, the largest and most powerful terrorist organization in the world, one that is responsible for the murders of at least 20,000,000 people over the last fifty years, continues to receive increasing amounts of U.S. taxpayers’ money, to the determent not only of the millions of people victimized by the U.S. military, but also of those very taxpayers. Money that goes to weaponry has to come from somewhere, and in the eyes of those who run the U.S. government, both Republican and Democrat, such frivolities as food for the poor, roads, public education and higher education are expendable, as long as the war machine gets all that its lobbyists want.

And then, of course, we have the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Talk about a rogue organization! This is the arm of the U.S. government that is responsible for overthrowing democratically-elected governments, funding and training foreign terrorists, and torturing U.S. citizens and others at various sites around the world.

Let us not forget the ‘boys in blue’, the U.S.’s domestic terrorist organization, the police force. One might think that ‘officers of the law’ might be expected to adhere to the laws they are purportedly hired to enforce. But this is not the case; after all, they are the police! Let them shoot innocent, unarmed people, usually but not always people of color, with nearly complete impunity. But when five police officers were killed in Dallas, Texas in July of 2016, one newscaster said the crime had cast a pall over the entire nation. Was not a pall cast over the entire nation when Michael Brown, unarmed, was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson,

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The Ozone Layer Recovery Lie And Climate Engineering Denial, Both Are Breaking Down

The Ozone Layer Recovery Lie And Climate Engineering Denial, Both Are Breaking Down

07-02-18 09:03:00,

Dane Wigington
GeoengineeringWatch.org

Until recently official sources have pushed the patently false narrative that Earth’s ozone layer was recovering, that blatant lie is now becoming impossible to maintain. Our planet’s ozone layer is disintegrating, climate engineering is the single greatest causal factor (though no “official” source is yet willing to admit to the ongoing covert climate engineering atrocities).

Ozone layer is NOT recovering over some of Earth’s most highly populated areas putting billions at risk of exposure to cancer-causing UV rays…

  • … scientists have now discovered ozone is failing to recover at lower latitudes

  • It is likely not recovering at latitudes between 60°N and 60°S

  • Researchers believe climate change is altering atmospheric circulation

(The UK Daily Mail, 2/6/2018)

Though some sources still claim there is limited ozone layer recovery over the polar regions, front line data from some of the same sources does not support such a conclusion. How many are even aware of the “Unprecedented Ozone Hole Over (the) Canadian Arctic” (that was first reported in 2011)? In regard to the UK Daily Mail statement that “Researchers believe climate change is altering atmospheric circulations”, again, a lie. Geoengineering is the greatest single factor impacting atmospheric circulation patterns.

Ozone Layer Not Recovering Over Populated Areas, Scientists Warn

… the protective ozone is thinning at the lower latitudes, where the sunlight is stronger and billions of people live

(The Guardian, 2/6/2018)

Scientists Find That A Vital Part Of Earth’s Ozone Layer Is Not Healing As Expected

The rescue of the planet’s protective ozone layer has been hailed as one of the great success stories of modern environmental regulation — but on Monday, an international team of 22 scientists raised doubts about whether ozone is recovering as expected across much of the world.

(The Washington Post, 2/6/2018)

In May of 2014 GeoengineeringWatch.org reported on the record that geoengineering was destroying the ozone layer.

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Dengvaxia: 700,000 Children in the Philippines Will Suffer This Severe Vaccine Side Effect | Asia-Pacific Research

Dengvaxia: 700,000 Children in the Philippines Will Suffer This Severe Vaccine Side Effect | Asia-Pacific Research

07-02-18 05:14:00,

Sanofi Pasteur announced that its dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, may lead to more severe cases of dengue fever in some people — a warning it relayed after the vaccine was already administered to more than 700,000 children in the Philippines. Those at risk, according to Sanofi, are people who have not been previously infected by dengue virus.

Their new analysis that evaluated long-term safety and efficacy of the vaccine revealed that “in the longer term, more cases of severe disease could occur following vaccination upon a subsequent dengue infection.”1

As a result, the Philippines has launched an investigation and convened an expert panel to figure out what to do next. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said in a news release,

“The safety of the children vaccinated is paramount, and the Health Department will need to do surveillance of those given Dengvaxia with no prior infection. It’s really a big task.”2

Nearly 4 billion people across 128 countries are at risk of infection with dengue, a viral disease spread by mosquitoes.3

Symptoms of dengue fever range from mild (or none at all) to high fever along with headache, body pain, nausea, vomiting and pain behind the eyes, with most people recovering within a week.4 A severe form of the disease, known as dengue hemorrhagic fever or severe dengue, however, is life-threatening and can lead to difficulty breathing, circulatory system failure and death. It’s this severe form of dengue that Dengvaxia vaccine may increase risks for in people who have not previously been infected with dengue.

Sanofi Claimed Long-Term Safety Studies Were Completed, Now Recommends Against Vaccination in Some

In 2015, the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration approved Dengvaxia, the first dengue vaccine in Asia, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur. The vaccine was intended to prevent all four dengue types in individuals from 9 to 45 years of age living in endemic areas.5 At the time, Sanofi claimed studies had been conducted “affirming the vaccine’s consistent efficacy and longer-term safety profile in a study population 9 to16 years of age.”6

The new analysis, however, is based on up to six years of clinical data evaluating the long-term safety and efficacy of Dengvaxia in those who have been infected with dengue and those who have not.

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