Sunday, February 23, 2014

FCC sidesteps explanation on controversial plan to ‘interfere with news stations’

Source: Russia Today

The FCC first announced the plan, known as the 'Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,' (CIN) last year. It presented vague notions about how FCC officials would observe “the process by which stories are selected,” including notions of “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Germany Wants to Keep Data Away from the NSA with a Europe-Only Network

It amuses me that Chancellor Merkel seems to not realize that the NSA and GCHQ would likely infiltrate any "private" network as soon as it was built. Even Germany's own Der Spiegel reported on Snowden's leak about the NSA's digital plumbers from their Office of Tailored Access Operations (TAO). So it's perplexing to me that Merkel seems not to realize how difficult it would be to create a private network and keep it private. If the NSA fails to respect US laws related to the privacy of US citizens' Internet usage, then why would the NSA respect German privacy laws and German networks?

Source: VICE Motherboard

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants even stronger steps to combat US surveillance of European web users: she’s called for a kind of walled-off network that would keep European data away from prying American eyes.

Reuters reported that in Merkel’s weekly podcast on Saturday, she announced plans to talk with French President Francois Hollande about building a “communication network” to maintain a higher level of data security for Europe’s web users. “Above all, we'll talk about European providers that offer security for our citizens, so that one shouldn't have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic,” she said. “Rather, one could build up a communication network inside Europe.”

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Exposing what lies beneath the bodies of dead bankers and what lies ahead for us

Source: Canada Free Press

The missing and the dead: a timeline
The following is provided as a chronological list of those who have gone missing or been found dead under mysterious circumstances. It is important to note that this list consists of names of the most recent incidents. There are more that extend back through 2012 and beyond.

January 11, 2014
MISSING: David Bird, 55, long-time reporter for the Wall Street Journal working at the Dow Jones news room, went for a walk on Saturday, January 11, 2014, near his New Jersey home and disappeared without a trace. Mr. Bird was a reporter of the oil and commodity markets which happened to be under investigation by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for price manipulation.

January 26, 2014
DECEASED: Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, was reportedly found dead under undisclosed circumstances.

DECEASED: William Broeksmit, 58, former senior manager for Deutsche Bank, was found hanging in his home from an apparent suicide. It is important to note that Deutsche Bank is under investigation for reportedly hiding $12 billion in losses during the financial crisis and for potentially rigging the foreign exchange markets. The allegations are similar to the claims the institution settled in 2013 over involvement in rigging the Libor interest rates.

January 27, 2014

DECEASED: Karl Slym, 51, Managing director of Tata Motors was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok. Police said he “could” have committed suicide. He was staying on the 22nd floor with his wife, and was attending a board meeting in the Thai capital.

January 28, 2014

DECEASED: Gabriel Magee, 39, a JP Morgan employee, died after reportedly “falling” from the roof of its European headquarters in London in the Canary Wharf area. Magee was vice president at JPMorgan Chase & Co’s (JPM) London headquarters...

January 29, 2014

DECEASED: Mike Dueker, 50, who had worked for Russell Investment for five years, was found dead close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State. Dueker was reported missing on January 29, 2014. Police stated that he “could have” jumped over a fence and fallen 15 meters to his death, and are treating the case as a suicide. ...

February 3, 2014

DECEASED: Ryan Henry Crane, 37, was the Executive Director in JPMorgan’s Global Equities Group. Of particular relevance is that Crane oversaw all of the trade platforms and had close working ties with the now deceased Gabriel Magee of JPMorgan’s London desk. The ties between Mr. Crane and Mr. Magee are undeniable and outright troublesome. The cause of death has not yet been determined, pending the results of a toxicology report.

February 6, 2014

DECEASED: Richard Talley, 57, was the founder and CEO of American Title, a company he founded in 2001. Talley and his company were under investigation by state insurance regulators at the time of his death. He was found in the garage of his Colorado home by a family member who called authorities. Talley reportedly died from seven or eight “self-inflicted” wounds from a nail gun fired into his torso and head.


Possible radiation leak at New Mexico military nuclear waste site

Source: Reuters

U.S. officials were testing for radiation in air samples at the site where radioactive waste, such as plutonium used in defense research and nuclear weapon making, is dumped half a mile below ground in an ancient salt formation.

"They (air monitors) have alarmed in the past as a false positive because of malfunctions, or because of fluctuations in levels of radon (a naturally occurring radioactive gas)," Department of Energy spokesman Roger Nelson said.

"But I believe it's safe to say we've never seen a level like we are seeing. We just don't know if it's a real event, but it looks like one," he said.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentine’s Day and the defense of marriage --Allen West

Source: Allen West

So the true meaning of Valentine’s Day is rooted in the Christian faith and the stand for Christian marriage between one man and one woman. And for St. Valentine, it was based upon this verse, John 15:13 (NIV), “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Sunday, February 9, 2014

5-minute video: US ‘leaders’ JOKE about OBVIOUS War Crimes, war lies, war murders: Arrest them

5-minute video courtesy Realist Report 
In this 5-minute video, Presidents Bush and Obama, Secretary of State and presidential-hopeful Ms. Clinton, presidential-hopeful has-been John McCain, and former Secretary of State and Bush family friend James Baker all joke about:
OBVIOUS unlawful US wars,
all began on lies known to be false as they were told,
their psychopathic lack of empathy about US-led wars that have killed ~30 million human beings since World War 2; more than killed by fascist Nazis.
These psychopaths mock our veterans by allowing their growing homelessness and suicides, despite obvious solutions available for everyone’s full-employmentand health care.

The Oil Boom Doesn't Care if Your Chickens Are Freezing to Death

Propane is a byproduct of both natural gas production and crude oil refining. Just in the past year, its production has spiked by 15 percent, and a good chunk of that new production is considered surplus, to be exported from brand new fuel terminals. ...

But, according to The New York Times, it's quite the opposite. Propane fuel prices have shot up in some areas by more than $2 a gallon since the beginning of winter, and as of the end of January, the national wholesale average for propane had more than doubled in less than a month's time. ...

... state attorneys general from across the Midwest are claiming price-gouging and opening top serious investigations, while local and state authorities race to provide emergency assistance to squeezed households. ...

Last fall was wet, which meant harvesting wet corn. So, some larger percent of February's missing propane went to drying out some corn in November. ... This put a hurt on local propane stocks.  ...

Hundreds of miles to the southeast, at the Del-Ray Ranch here in Calhoun County, Ala., the concerns were just as intense in the state’s $15 billion a year chicken business. Ray Bean began his week with the realization that the propane supply that helps him and his wife to raise more than 500,000 chickens a year had dwindled to zero.

So, to recap, American corn producers operating with help from government farm subsidies were buying propane with, in some part, your money to dry out their corn harvest. For reasons that remain somewhat a mystery, the American propane infrastructure, which is about as resilient as a dog fart, apparently, didn't recover or refill in time for our current full-on epic winter. And, to mess things up even more, only a month before the corn harvest propane crisis, producers were racing like hell to get propane out of the domestic market with help from brand new export terminals.
There's your oil boom: paying for others' profits while your chickens die horribly and people you didn't vote for figure out the economics of offering supply relief during a heating fuel crisis. Good times.

Curiosity captures its first photo of Earth from the surface of Mars

Soue: io9

This sponge-filled syringe can plug a gunshot wound in just 15 seconds

Source: io9

a U.S. company has developed a syringe that pumps expandable tablet-sized sponges into the wound, blocking it while the patient is being transported to ER.

Snowden used common web crawler tool to collect NSA files

Source: Russia Today

Whistleblower Edward Snowden used “inexpensive” and “widely available” software to gain access to at least 1.7 million secret files, The New York Times reported, quoting senior intelligence officials investigating the breach.

The collection process was “quite automated,” a senior intelligence official revealed. Snowden used “web crawler” software to “search, index and back up” files. The program just kept running, as Snowden went about his daily routine.

“We do not believe this was an individual sitting at a machine and downloading this much material in sequence,” the official said.

Investigators concluded that Snowden’s attack was not highly sophisticated and should have been easily detected by special monitors. The web crawler can be programmed to go from website to website, via embedded links in each document, copying everything it comes across.

The whistleblower managed to set the right algorithm for the web crawler, indicating subjects and how far to follow the links, according to the report. At the end of the day, Snowden was able to access 1.7 million files including documents on internal NSA networks and internal “wiki" materials, used by analysts to share information across the world.

Reportedly, Snowden had full access to the NSA’s files, as part of his job as the technology contractor in Hawaii, managing computer systems in a faraway outpost that focused on China and North Korea.

Officials added that the files were accessible because the Hawaii outpost was not upgraded with the latest security measures.

In Just 6 Months, the NSA Spied on More Than 59,000 Accounts

Source: Wired - Threat Level

Four tech giants embroiled in the government’s secret PRISM collection program reported today that they had received classified national security demands for the contents of at least 59,000 user accounts during the first half of 2013.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Taser evidence leads to arrest of Universal Knowledge Allah

Taser International, the maker of the stun gun used in the attack, "provided invaluable information" that the FBI tracked down in Texas and ultimately led police to Universal Knowledge Allah, a Milwaukee resident, Police Chief Edward Flynn said Thursday.
Apparently Taser disperses confetti with serial numbers when it is fired and this confetti was recovered and eventually lead to the suspect.

Source: MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show

Source: MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show - The MaddowBlog

FBI Art Crime Team
Two are charged in theft of Stradivarius violin from Frank Almond
Stolen Stradivarius violin found in suitcase in Milwaukee attic
Stradivarius Is Recovered Unharmed After Theft
The Crime Gun Identification Act of 2007
Smith & Wesson says it won’t follow California ‘microstamping’ law
Gun control: Cartridge ID law to take effect

Energy Drinks, Soft Drinks, and Substance Use Among United States Secondary School Students

Source: Journal of Addiction Medicine

Journal of Addiction Medicine
January/February 2014
Vol. 8 - Issue 1: p 6-13

Objectives: Examine energy drink/shot and regular and diet soft drink use among United States secondary school students in 2010–2011, and associations between such use and substance use.

Methods: We used self-reported data from cross-sectional surveys of nationally representative samples of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-grade students and conducted multivariate analyses examining associations between beverage and substance use, controlling for individual and school characteristics.

Results: Approximately 30% of students reported consuming energy drinks or shots; more than 40% reported daily regular soft drink use, and about 20% reported daily diet soft drink use. Beverage consumption was strongly and positively associated with past 30-day alcohol, cigarette, and illicit drug use. The observed associations between energy drinks and substance use were significantly stronger than those between regular or diet soft drinks and substance use.

Conclusions: This correlational study indicates that adolescent consumption of energy drinks/shots is widespread and that energy drink users report heightened risk for substance use. This study does not establish causation between the behaviors. Education for parents and prevention efforts among adolescents should include education on the masking effects of caffeine in energy drinks on alcohol- and other substance-related impairments, and recognition that some groups (such as high sensation–seeking youth) may be particularly likely to consume energy drinks and to be substance users.

Monday, February 3, 2014

TRANSCRIPT: Bill O'Reilly interviews President Obama

Source: Fox News Most of you probably saw Bill O'Reilly interview the President shortly before the Super Bowl. I'm curious how many of you thought O'Reilly made the best use of his time. Since I don't watch FOX News much anymore, I was very surprised about the questions Bill chose to ask because most of these topics seem to have been already addressed by the President and discussed ad-nauseum across the media:
  • "Why didn't you fire Sebelius" because of the website problems?
  • "Was it the biggest mistake of your presidency to tell the nation over and over, if you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance?"
  • Several questions about the 9/11 Benghazi attacks, what General Carter Ham told Secretary Panetta, what Susan Rice said to the press, weather Obama called it "an act of terror" or not.
  • Why was Douglas Shulman, former IRS chief, "cleared into the White House 157 times, more than any of your cabinet members, more than any other IRS guy in the history, by far?" and discussion about how the 501(c)(4) law is enforced by the IRS.
  • Bill read a question from one of his viewers / listeners, ""Mr. President, why do you feel it's necessary to fundamentally transform the nation that has afforded you so much opportunity and success?""
  • "Projection for the game -- who's going to win the Super Bowl?"
Would you have asked these questions if you had an opportunity to interview the President?