Just days after we reported that the US had begun deploying some 2,800 tanks, trucks and other military equipment to Germany, from where they would be transported by rail and road to Eastern Europe as part of a buildup of NATO reinforcements against “Russian expansion”, the next US deployment has made its way to Europe over the weekend, when some 4,000 US troops arrived in the German port of Bremerheven, on their way to Wroclaw, Poland under a planned NATO operation to “reassure the alliance’s Eastern European allies” in the face of what NATO has dubbed mounting Russian aggression.
The American soldiers landed in Wroclaw, home to a key Nato and Polish air base in south-west Poland. The troops will be followed by the roughly 2,800 tanks and other pieces of military equipment which are currently en route from Germany.
The delivery of US Abrams tanks, Paladin artillery, and Bradley fighting vehicles, as well as supporting troops, marks a new phase of America’s continuous presence in Europe, which will now be based on a nine-month rotation.
Why provoke Russia with yet another mass deployment? Because as NATO Major General Timothy McGuire told reporters, last week, when asked if the large deployment was meant to send a message to Russia, “The best way to maintain the peace is through preparation.” And while we are quoting, here is another good line from the movie Spice Like Us: “A weapon unused is a useless weapon.” The US military industrial complex is doing everything in its power to make sure a lot of weapons are used in the future. More:
9 January, 2016
http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2017/01/american-military-build-up-in-europe.html [four videos]
“… those in the Hillary camp have become even more aggressive and unhinged in their bloodlust, and appear willing to do “whatever it takes” to start a fight that will result in unimaginable devastation for the American public. ….”
[by Michael Krieger, with two videos, five other links]
Fiat Chrysler to invest $1B in Mich., Ohio plants for new Jeep models
Detroit Free Press
In a sweeping announcement Sunday afternoon, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles created excitement among Jeep enthusiasts and its workers in the region when it revealed plans for a $1-billion investment in its Warren and Toledo plants so it can make a Jeep …
PENTAGON WANTS DARPA TECH TO CONVERT MILITARY AIRCRAFT TO DRONES
As the acceleration of automated technology continues to transform the economy by outsourcing humans to robots, the military continues along the same path. It is a path that was formally laid out as early as 2007 when the Defense Department released its Unmanned Systems Roadmap 2007-2032 (PDF) and followed up with a Roadmap 2013-2038 (PDF). Since that time, we have seen many developments and signposts indicating that autonomous weapons across air, land, and sea will become the foundation for the future of war. The Pentagon has become interested in a new technology called ALIAS, developed by DARPA, which they believe will make it much easier and cheaper to produce drones in the battlespace. Rather than develop autonomous craft from the ground up, ALIAS is a kit which essentially removes a human pilot and inserts a robotic control mechanism that “quickly connects to an aircraft’s existing mechanical, electrical, and diagnostic systems.” It is a technology that is now progressing from Phase 2 to Phase 3 with a partnership between DARPA and Lockheed Martin company, Sikorsky. BY NICHOLAS WEST
CZECH GOVERNMENT FEARS MUSLIM “SUPER-HOLOCAUST”, URGES CITIZENS TO SHOOT THEM YOURSELVES
On the heels of Czech President Milos Zeman’s warnings of a possible “super-Holocaust” carried out by Muslim terrorists, urging citizens to arm themselves, WaPo reports the country’s interior ministry is pushing a constitutional change that would let citizens use guns against terrorists if police are delayed or unable to make their way to the scene of an attack. Czech president Milos Zeman had previously proposed that economic migrants should be deported from Europe to “uninhabited Greek islands” or to “empty places” in North Africa. The spectacularly incredible president also proposed that the Greek debt should be progressively reduced in return for shouldering the cost of hosting hundreds of thousands economic migrants. SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE
Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind.
He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm, and with whom he has no quarrel.
And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands, and works for the universal brotherhood of man with his mouth.
[Ed.: Mark has been dormant for so long that I almost missed this…]
Navy destroyer fires warning shots at Iranian vessels in Strait of Hormuz
circa 1000 hours GMT-5 1/9/17
In the latest incident of high-seas tension between the U.S. and Iran, a Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a series of warning shots at four Iranian vessels after the Islamic Republic’s boats closed in at a high rate of speed in the Strait of Hormuz …
“… the people in charge of, yes, running the future are counting on a populace who can’t think beyond a few weeks or months….”
“… Contemporary military doctrine in the United States, but also in Israel, has emphasized the use of overwhelming force as a means to eradicate civilian infrastructure and break a population’s resistance, what Graham has called “the systematic demodernization and immobilization of entire societies classified as adversaries.”
Whether such force is applied through “traditional” means, aerial bombing preceded or followed by crippling economic sanctions as in Iraq and Palestine, or by the deployment of more “modern” means, cyberwar, state terror has as its primary target the civilian population and crafts its tactics so as to ensure maximal levels of psychological coercion….”
FBI Arrests Volkswagen Executive on Conspiracy Charge in Emissions Scandal
[Ed.: .. but Hillary, the 9/11 “perps” and some other war criminals are still free.]
FBI QUIETLY RELEASES 300 PAGES OF HILLARY CLINTON INVESTIGATION RECORDS
The FBI quietly released nearly 300 pages of records from its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server on Sunday night. This is the fifth release of Clinton investigation records from the FBI. The documents deal with the handling of computer hardware collected from Clinton’s lawyers for the investigation and also contain emails from FBI officials discussing the classification of Clinton’s emails. SOURCE: DAILY CALLER
[Ed.: The AI ethical “debate” about having a human in the loop as weapons become autonomous is a false lead, a wasted thought trail to give people something to chew on while technology advances down the trail of lethality.
Humans were in the loop when the July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike occurred.
Humans (lots of them, all the way to the top) were involved when A-bombs were dropped on Japan.
In both cases, if any human raised an argument against the act, they were overruled by humans.]
Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Intel Chiefs Have History of Deceiving the Public
Video and Transcript
“George Webb has been prolific lately communicating many important things, and also providing groundbreaking analysis of the information he presents. You can visit his YouTube channel for yourself, and you should, every day. I want to link only two of his videos here, but in my opinion they are the most important videos he has done. Seriously, if you do nothing else today, you need to watch these two videos entirely. Before I embed them below, I want to offer up a number of comments. ….”
“Not sure what drives the timing, but it would seem rather unusual for the FBI to release a document dump of investigative files relating to the “Clinton Mishandling of Classified Information” on a Sunday. Regardless, that’s what they have done.
Initially the FBI release four parts to their document library.
Today they added Part 5. The original link to the FBI document dump is HERE. The attached Part 5 pdf file is 300 pages and is downloadable.
We have not yet had time to review all the content. However, we have transferred the content to a viewable and embed format ….”
Designers Line Up to Dress Melania for Inauguration
[Ed.: With less than two weeks to go, they’d better be quick.]
Meryl Streep at Golden Globes: If We Lose ‘Outsiders & Foreigners,’ Only Football & MMA Will Remain [the video is here]
Critic’s Notebook: Donald Trump Takes Aim at Meryl Streep — And We All Lose
Hollywood Reporter @ 1600 hours GMT-5 1/9/17
Once again, Donald Trump’s desire to play cultural critic, this time targeting Meryl Streep, proved an effective distraction from everything else in the world.
New York Times
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Trump Son-in-Law Jared Kushner to Be Named Senior White House Adviser
… □ Jared Kushner, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law, is to be named senior adviser to the president. □ Mr. Trump, after an intelligence report concluded that Russia tried to help him get elected, is going after … Meryl Streep. □ A …
Why Donald Trump’s selection of his son-in-law for a top White House job is a dicey decisionWashington Post
Jared Kushner to be named senior adviser to the presidentCNN
Highly Cited:Jared Kushner, a Trump In-Law and Adviser, Chases a Chinese DealNew York Times
Opinion:Report: Jared Kushner to Be Named Senior Adviser to TrumpDaily Beast
5,000 National Guard Deployed At Inauguration As Michael Moore Calls For “100 Days Of Resistance” Against Trump | Zero Hedge
Posted by Michele Kearney at 9:34 AM
McCain Has Blood On His Hands | Zero Hedge
Posted by Michele Kearney at 9:48 AM
“… Heavy pressure is on Trump to maintain the status quo or risk removal from office by impeachment or more sinister means.”
January 9-11, 2017 — A presidential campaign did collude with a foreign nation to sway a U.S. election: in 1980 (in: GENERAL ARCHIVES January 2017)
Jan 8, 2017
The foreign collusion was in 1980 and it involved the CIA.
THIS IS A COUP: THE HOMELAND SECURITY TAKEOVER OF US ELECTIONS
On Friday, the traditional day of the week for quietly releasing big news that will hopefully be ignored by the public—and also obscured by the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting—the chief of Homeland Security announced that his office will be taking over US elections. If you can’t see the coup in progress, you need to keep looking until the message comes through. BY JON RAPPOPORT
AIRPORT MASS SHOOTER RECEIVED GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL
The man identified as the methodical shooter behind Friday’s “heinous” attack in the baggage area of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, served in the U.S. military in Iraq and earned 11 awards, including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jesse Stalder confirmed Esteban Santiago’s service record and the awards he earned in a email to Patch on Friday night. SOURCE: MIAMI PATCH
#2879: Can Trump Link Marcy’s Fort Lauderdale JABS To Serco Qui Tam Frauds And 8(a) Vets On Meds?
United States Marine Field McConnell
Plum City Online – (AbelDanger.net)
January 7, 2017
Abel Danger (AD) has explained how President-elect Donald Trump can link Kristine “Con Air” Marcy’s apparent recent use of Canada’s Joint Automated Booking System (JABS) to put killer and gun together in Fort Lauderdale on December 6, 2017 to ongoing qui tam frauds launched on October 22, 1996 when Serco allegedly began procuring 8(a) vets on meds for random or targeted killings (cf. JonBenet Ramsey) and mass casualty events.
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Time Further Out
SUNDAY, JANUARY 08, 2017
Lost so big
I like to link to the batshit insane, but clarifying nonsense: “Russian treachery is extreme and it is everywhere”. “Neo-Liberal paranoia is extreme, and it is everywhere”. Of course, it is the typical mistake to blame this on neo-liberalism and not the current obsession of Jewish supremacists in eliminating Putin as obstacle to Greater Israel. “Why Nick Cohen is A Jew, Always Been A Jew. And You Will Never Be a Jew” (Atzmon). See also, from February 11, 2016: “Putin is a bigger threat to Europe’s existence than Isis” by George Soros.
“The Utter Stupidity of the New Cold War”.
“End All the Craziness Over North Korea”. After Libya, the Americans have zero credibility left with which to make peace deals.
“Two (unnoticed) important revelations from US Intelligence report on Russian hacking”. “Lead U.S. Intelligence Agency Admits Wikileaks’ Democratic Emails Are Authentic”.
“”We Regret The Error”: CNN Apologizes To Assange For Pedophilia Accusation, Issues Retraction”. I can’t help but detect extreme panic in both the Jew-controlled media and the American intelligence bureaucracy.
“wikileaks tweet medley for the day”.
Press conference tomorrow!
Sloppy CIA recycling!: “Shocker: ‘Proof’ of Russia’s Trump Support Was Compiled During Obama’s Election”.
“‘Clinton quite effective at discrediting herself’ Ex-CIA analyst blasts hacking claims”.
“”They Lost So Big” – Trump Blasts “Embarrassed Democrats” For Russian Hacking Report”. “Intelligence Report On Russian Election Influence Is A Flop”. “Intelligence report offers no evidence of Russian hacking of US election”. “Why doubts still cloud Russian hacking allegations”. “CIA Liars, Torturers, Murderers: CIA Worse Than Useless”. The problem is that so many Americans who saw Hillary as just a grifter accurately see this whole fandango as part of the same grift, and it reminds them that the CIA is just another lying con-job. It would be an excellent time to blow it to smithereens.
“Comparing: Putin Ordered ‘Influence Campaign’ Aimed at U.S. Election, Report Says”. Mainly removing reference to the British.
“America, Meet Your CIA Venture Capital ‘Angel’ In-Q-Tel Investing, in Numerous Silicon Valley Start-ups”.
Cloudstrike funding: “Hillary’s Russia Vendetta – Hack Job?”.
“Leaked Sec Kerry Audio that CNN & NY Times Tried to Hide — Confirms US Role in Rise of ISIS”:
“Highlighting exactly why WikiLeaks is the gold standard of journalism, both the NY Times and CNN chose to only report on certain aspects of the recording and omitting the most damning comments made by Kerry. Essentially, they attempted to hide from public view the statements that would allow Americans to understand what has actually taken place in Syria – a regime change operation.
The NY Times never published the full audio, only publishing selected snippets, and CNN removed the audio altogether, with an editor’s note stating that they took down the audio recording at the request of some of the participants out of concern for their personal safety.
During the conversation, John Kerry admitted that he pushed for intervention in Syria, but eventually lost the argument.
‘“I lost the argument for use of force in Syria,” John Kerry told the members of the Syrian Opposition.
“The audio gives a glimpse into what goes on outside official meetings. Note that it represents the US narrative and not necessarily the entire true narrative,” according to WikiLeaks.
The leaked recording confirms three clear and important facts that thoroughly destroy the official U.S. stance on Syria the past 5 years, and highlights the convoluted U.S. support of Islamist insurgents in Syria. These facts are likely the reason for this story being buried by the mainstream media.
1. Secretary of State John Kerry admits and outlines the Obama administration’s primary goal in Syria was regime change and the removal of Bahar al-Assad.
2. In order to accomplish the primary goal of regime change, the White House allowed the rise of ISIS. The administration hoped that ISIS’ growing power in Syria would force Syrian President Bashir Assad into a diplomatic solution, on U.S. terms, forcing him to cede power.
3. As a means of accomplishing these two objectives, the U.S. intentionally armed ISIS and even, arguably, attacked a Syrian government military convoy to stop a strategic attack upon the Islamic extremists killing 80 Syrian soldiers.”
“Schumer calls flight attendant who told him to turn off cell phone ‘bitch’”. From 2009.
“How America’s Support for Israel Helps Daesh Find New Recruits”.
Médicins Sans Crédibilité: “How We Were Misled About Syria: the role of Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF)” (implicitly endorsing the Ziowahabbist model of using a foreign-funded and -armed terrorist proxy army to enforce Yinon):
“The problem with the false narrative is no trivial one, for it perpetuates a fundamental misrecognition of the causes of the war – and thus of all the casualities the doctors have to deal with. A false narrative not only gives impunity to the guilty but it supports them in moving ever onwards with their murderous designs. It distracts from the ethical truth, too, that the jihadis and the states supplying them with arms and opportunity are in fundamental breach of the law and morality of just warfare.”
“Q&A: David Archambault II, chairman of Standing Rock Reservation”
“Thanks to Putin: Aleppo’s Christians saved from extermination”.
“SYRIA: Sultan Erdogan’s Secret Weapon, Elite Squads of Chinese Uyghur Mercenaries”. I don’t believe any of this, but it is fun, and based in Turkish irredentism.
“Actor Kal Penn donates MasterChef prize to Palestinian refugees”.
“Turkish soldier deployed to Syria poses with racist Grey Wolf (basically Turkish Nazis’) sign. Very revealing of Turkish conquest ambitions.”
“Cashless Agenda: Who’s Behind It In India?”.
“Trump national security pick Monica Crowley plagiarized multiple sources in 2012 book”. Nicely presented!
Tweet (Elias Gideon):
“Trudeau isn’t skipping anything, PMs don’t attend presidential inaugurations. This headline is dumb. Stop writing dumb headlines.”
“Nation With Crumbling Bridges And Roads Excited To Build Giant Wall”:
“Harland Dorrinson, the executive director of a Washington-based think tank called the Center for Responsible Immigration, believes that most Americans favor the building of border walls over extravagant pet projects like structurally sound freeway overpasses.
“The estimated cost of a border wall with Mexico is five billion dollars,” he said. “We could easily blow the same amount of money on infrastructure repairs and have nothing to show for it but functioning highways.”
Congress has dragged its feet on infrastructure spending in recent years, but Dorrinson senses growing support in Washington for building a giant border wall. “Even if for some reason we don’t get the Mexicans to pay for it, five billion is a steal,” he said.
While some think that America’s declining infrastructure is a national-security threat, Dorrinson strongly disagrees. “If immigrants somehow get over the wall, the condition of our bridges and roads will keep them from getting very far,” he said.”
AT 1/08/2017 08:25:00 AM
MONDAY, JANUARY 09, 2017
“How many British MPs are working for Israel?” (Jonathan Cook).
“Boris Johnson says matter of Israel embassy plot is ‘closed’. He’s wrong – it’s a scandal”. In a proud non-Jewed-up country the Israeli ambassador would already have been expelled along with the caught functionary, but Boris just counts his shekels.
“Israeli diplomat who plotted against MPs also set up political groups”.
“Here’s Shai Masot & Jeremy Newmark with Israeli ambassador Mark Regev speaking at an event at Labour party conference in 2016 (Al Jazeera)”
Tweet (Middle East Eye) (Halfon seems like a comedy parody of a snivelling twit):
“This was a question planted in UK parliament by Israeli Embassy-linked aide who influenced MP Robert Halfon to ask it”
Tweet (George Galloway):
“Excellent statement from the SNP. It is the statement Labour should have made. It is a pity that they didn’t.”
Tweet (George Galloway):
“For what was there a secret £1,000,000 slush fund for the so-called “Labour Friends of Israel” maintained at the Israeli Embassy?”
“Why Has Israeli Spy Shai Masot Not Been Expelled?” by Craig Murray. With reference to the nonsense but usual argument made by the Americans regarding protecting intelligence sources and methods:
“In passing, allow me to destroy quickly the “we have smoking gun evidence but it’s too secret to show you” argument. Given the Snowden revelations and the whistleblowing of the former NSA Technical Director Bill Binney, for the US government to claim to be hiding the fact that it can tack all electronic traffic in the USA is risible. This is like saying we can’t give you the evidence in case the Russians find out the sky is blue. If there were hacks, the NSA could identify the precise hack transmitting the precise information out of Washington. Everybody knows that. There were no hacks so there is no evidence. End of argument. They are internal leaks.”
From October: “Israeli embassy embraces extremists to save flagging brand”:
“Embassy official Rony Yedidia-Clein, who said she was “delighted” to be at the event, introduced Ohana with remarks of her own, and spent the rest of the event contributing answers and comments in response to audience questions.
Yedidia-Clein gave the impression of an embassy that has its work cut out, bemoaning the fact that “today it’s become almost a badge of honour for someone to call themselves an anti-Zionist, and a term of shame for someone to call themselves a Zionist.”
According to the diplomat, the embassy has been working to establish local “friends of Israel” groups, and she praised the work of “people in the room” who have “helped…us at the embassy” to set up 40 such organisations in the past two years, citing Inverness (see here) and Jersey (see here).”
Assange’s anarcho-conspiracy theory. The reaction of the conspirators to leaks is to close down their communications structures which are vitally necessary for the conspirators to operate. One problem with this is exemplified in the American election itself, where Assange fatally messed up the Democratic Party (it would be interesting to know if the failed technical campaign by the Democrats was in part due to terror at leaks), an act which just allowed another better-armed group of conspirators to prevail.
“The Democrats’ Conspiracy Theory”.
Assange of the CIA!: “Agent Assange”. Odd then that he assisted Trump/Flynn against the CIA.
Somebody bought Beppe: “In Shocking Move, Beppe Grillo Calls For UKIP Split, Urges Hook Up With European Federalist Liberals”.
“Allegations Against Russia Less Credible Every Day”:
“Supposedly the evidence has been made public and is overwhelming, but try to find it and you’ll come up dry. Ask why, and you’ll be told that of course the evidence cannot be made public as that would risk revealing how the U.S. government came upon the information. Yet the same government feeds the U.S. media with the story that it intercepted communications of top Russian officials just after the U.S. election celebrating Trump’s victory. Did that story not run that risk? The U.S. government feeds the U.S. media (specifically the “free” press of the Washington Post whose owner makes more money from the CIA than from the Washington Post) that Russia has hacked Vermont’s electrical supply, and — because this was a claim that could be checked by an independent party — the secret methods of the CIA quickly turned out to be these: they had simply made the thing up.”
“US Report Still Lacks Proof on Russia ‘Hack’” (Parry; conclusive argument I’d say, with the CIA giving Putin credit for predicting a certain Trump win when nobody else did):
“. . . while it is true that many Russian officials, including President Putin, considered Clinton to be a threat to worsen the already frayed relationship between the two nuclear superpowers, the report ignores the downside for Russia trying to interfere with the U.S. election campaign and then failing to stop Clinton, which looked like the most likely outcome until Election Night.
If Russia had accessed the DNC and Podesta emails and slipped them to WikiLeaks for publication, Putin would have to think that the National Security Agency, with its exceptional ability to track electronic communications around the world, might well have detected the maneuver and would have informed Clinton.
So, on top of Clinton’s well-known hawkishness, Putin would have risked handing the expected incoming president a personal reason to take revenge on him and his country. Historically, Russia has been very circumspect in such situations, usually holding its intelligence collections for internal purposes only, not sharing them with the public.
While it is conceivable that Putin decided to take this extraordinary risk in this case – despite the widely held view that Clinton was a shoo-in to defeat Trump – an objective report would have examined this counter argument for him not doing so.”
“American Unintelligence on Russia (Op-ed)”. The CIA had such a weak case they had to put the RT stuff in to back it up, but the RT stuff is just silly drivel.
“The Big Lie on Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”:
“And how was Russia going to undermine “Public Faith” in our democratic process? By stealing emails that exposed the true behind the scenes political scheming and machinations by the DNC and Hillary’s campaign. Nothing destroys ones faith in our “democratic” process more quickly than learning that Debbie Wasserman Schultz tried to rig the primaries against Bernie Sanders. In other words, those crafty Rooskies were going to flood America with truth.”
“UK intelligence gave US key tipoff about Russian hacking, report says”. You’ll remember the intelligence technique used in the lies which led to the Iraq war whereby the ‘intelligence’ is burnished by feeding it through another country, thus giving your own lies the appearance of verification by a disinterested third party (Niger yellowcake). This ‘outside’ information also makes it easier to stovepipe it, i.e., feed it directly into the political system without the usual intelligence expert vetting for credibility: “The Stovepipe”.
Tweet (The War Nerd) (there is no escaping the fact that the monsters are always Sunni):
“Another Sunni bombing of a Shia district… http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38546497?SThisFB …”
“US Backed “Moderate Rebels” Target French Delegation in Aleppo”.
Another Khazar ‘hero’, who wasn’t: “Nat Hentoff, dead”. We should probably stop relying on them to define our great people.
AT 1/09/2017 07:09:00 AM
MONDAY, JANUARY 09, 2017
Et tu, Jacobin?
“The United States does not want the Syrian opposition to acquire anti-aircraft missiles or MANPADS whereas some Western countries and the Gulf would like to send those weapons. But the opposition is forming these demands for no-fly zones because of the US embargo preventing such weapons from entering Syria. If the opposition really had those type of weapons, the no-fly zone would not be necessary because people would be able to defend themselves and strike back if the Syrian jets or the Russian jets are bombing their cities and villages. That’s my position and I think that should be the position of the Left.”
Jacobin’s politics has been close to perfect but there is no walking this one back. It’s over. Commies for MANPADS!
AT 1/09/2017 01:49:00 PM
Gender Identity Confusion Goes National
[Ed.: The 400 comments will demonstrate the degree of progress; in my estimation, the 9/11 truth movement has pretty much effectively been stuffed into a box, packed away in the attic of global change and understanding, and forgotten.]
THE FBI IS APPARENTLY PAYING GEEK SQUAD MEMBERS TO DIG AROUND IN COMPUTERS FOR EVIDENCE OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
Law enforcement has a number of informants working for it and the companies that already pay their paychecks, like UPS, for example. It also has a number of government employees working for the TSA, keeping their eyes peeled for “suspicious” amounts of cash it can swoop in and seize. Unsurprisingly, the FBI also has a number of paid informants. Some of these informants apparently work at Best Buy — Geek Squad by day, government informants by… well, also by day. SOURCE: TECH DIRT
THE SURVEILLANCE STATE DID NOT DISAPPEAR WITH THE TRUMP VICTORY: “IT IS STILL LURKING AND COMPLETELY INTACT”
One of the things Donald Trump has really done correctly is to assess his future arena in the areas of intelligence-gathering and operational security. Trump wants to return to a “courier” method of transmitting sensitive information and classified documents for the purpose of reducing the amount of material that can be hacked or stolen. There is a subtlety about this for a caveat, in case the compliment has bloomed flowers in your thoughts: the NSA $50 billion facility for collection and storage of data in Utah won’t be shutting down anytime soon. As Snowden’s exposés clearly pointed out, the government has clearly followed Petraeus’ glowing “internet of things” yellow brick road to form an integrated, interconnected surveillance state. All CCTV (closed circuit television) systems, all merchants with cameras, all law enforcement cameras…all of the camera surveillance systems everywhere are either tied into data collection immediately or can be accessed for use at a later time. BY JEREMIAH JOHNSON
“… Here are a few other pieces worth reading over regarding the government’s total information awareness and the (ongoing) growth of the surveillance state:
• UPI: U.S. Postal Service logs all mail for law enforcement. (7/4/2013)
• Madison Ruppert, Activist Post: Suitcase sized device can remotely disable phones, intercept communications, record unique ID’s and track you in real time (11/2/2011)
• Paul Joseph Watson, Prison Planet.com: Federally-Funded Street Lights Capable of Recording Conversations (11/1/2011)
• Tom Simonite, MT Technology Review: Using a Smartphone’s Eyes and Ears to Log Your Every Move (7/4/13)
• Washington’s Blog: Is the Government also Monitoring the CONTENT of Our Phone Calls? (6/6/2013) [Note: This piece really delves into the reasons behind all of the surveillance…straight out of the mouth of the head of the NSA]
• Prison Planet: Diagram: The NSA Unchained (5/24/2012) [Excellent overview of the amendments to FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) enabling domestic agencies to spy on U.S. citizens to catch foreign “bogeymen” and the actual reach of the surveillance]
As can be seen, all of these developments require time, and the bypassing of the public awareness/consciousness. Time is necessary to inculcate these changes; however, time also serves as a tool to insulate their actions from what would normally draw outcry if all the actions were taken at once.”
Inside Sears’ death spiral: How an iconic American brand has been driven to the edge of bankruptcy
“… Sears has arranged a deal to sell its iconic Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker for about $900 million, which includes a cash payment of $525 in the near term and another $250 million in three years, as well as ongoing payments as a percentage of Craftsman sales.The company is also looking for buyers for its Kenmore and DieHard brands…..”
[a top-flight, in-depth article]
It’s A Retail Apocalypse: Sears, Macy’s And The Limited Are All Closing Stores
Posted by Michele Kearney at 9:30 AM
Last Weeek’s Caption Contest
A group of Russian engineers and space enthusiast aim to develop and launch a satellite to check the “lunar conspiracy” theory: the satellite will take pictures of footprints and the lunar rovers, American Apollos and Soviet Lunokhods (“Moonwalkers”) left on the Moon.
Russian space enthusiast Vitaly Egorov, who initiated the project, told Sputnik about the satellite development.
In the Future:
Aikido Shihan Nadeau: Advanced Balance
8 short videos