Ex-NSA Director, US Intelligence Veterans Write Open Letter To Merkel To Avoid All-Out Ukraine War
Alarmed at the anti-Russian hysteria sweeping Washington, and the specter of a new Cold War, U.S. intelligence veterans one of whom is none other than William Binney, the former senior NSA crypto-mathematician who back in March 2012 blew the whistle on the NSA's spying programs more than a year before Edward Snowden, took the unusual step of sending the following memo dated August 30 to German Chancellor Merkel challenging the reliability of Ukrainian and U.S. media claims about a Russian "invasion."
"We the undersigned are longtime veterans of U.S. intelligence. We take the unusual step of writing this open letter to you to ensure that you have an opportunity to be briefed on our views prior to the NATO summit on September 4-5. You need to know, for example, that accusations of a major Russian "invasion" of Ukraine appear not to be supported by reliable intelligence. Rather, the "intelligence" seems to be of the same dubious, politically "fixed" kind used 12 years ago to "justify" the U.S.-led attack on Iraq. We saw no credible evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq then; we see no credible evidence of a Russian invasion now. ... Read more
6 Questions With Sylvia Earle, the Greatest Living Ocean Explorer
Earle, the famed marine biologist, is feted in the new Netflix documentary 'Mission Blue.'
She knows the ocean better than any other person alive. Reverently nicknamed " Her Deepness," Sylvia Earle has spent 7,000 hours underwater over seven decades. And on those dives she has witnessed first hand the havoc we wreak upon the sea--from coral bleaching and shark finning to the disappearance of once-abundant species such as tuna and menhaden. She has received virtually every honor in exploration and conservation science, and has served as chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. When Sylvia Earle talks about the ocean, you listen. ...
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Lights off on Singapore's billionaire row as luxury house prices plunge
There's an eerie silence at night in Sentosa Cove, the man-made island resort billed as Singapore's answer to Monte Carlo and the only place in the country where foreigners can buy landed property. Dozens of houses - complete with their own private yacht berths and multiple swimming pools - sit empty while few lights are on in the apartment blocks overlooking the marina, a few kilometres away from Sentosa's giant casino.
Prices in the gated community, where Australian mining tycoons Gina Rinehart and Nathan Tinkler bought properties, fell around 20 percent in the past year as lending restrictions and taxes on foreign buyers burst a bubble in the Southeast Asian financial hub's luxury real estate market. Investors could see the value of their assets fall even further with developers and investors still struggling to sell even after the recent price falls. Real estate websites list hundreds of flats and bungalows for sale, yet just 12 apartments and one house have changed hands all year on Sentosa, according to data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). ... Read more
Meet the Risky Mortgage Pioneer Trying to Pay His Buddy's Way Into Congress
If New Hampshire Republican Dan Innis wins his congressional race, he knows where to send the fruit basket: to the home of mortgage giant Peter T. Paul.
Before running for Congress, Innis served as dean of the University of New Hampshire's business school, which was renamed for Paul after he donated $25 million. His campaign website touts major building projects he oversaw as dean -- projects financed by Paul's contribution. And Innis' congressional run is getting a big-time boost from a brand-new super PAC founded and financed by Paul. ... Read more
Watson, the supercomputer
Remember IBM's Watson, the supercomputer that beat all comers on the game show "Jeopardy"? Well, Watson hasn't gone away, and its potential in medicine is huge. Watson can read 200 million pages in three seconds. With the exponentially increasing amount of medical knowledge being published every year, it will be necessary to have Watson and its fellow supercomputers keep track of all that knowledge so your physicians can have the most up-to-date information necessary for your medical treatment.
Tongue-Zapping Brain Restorers
Serious brain injuries are long-lasting and difficult to treat. Currently our best bet is long-term rehabilitation. But what if we could just zap the brain back into shape? Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in collaboration with the U.S. Army, are working on a device that delivers targeted stimulation to the brain through the tongue (which has thousands of nerve connections to the brain). The stimulation helps repair damaged brain cells, and has shown brain improvement in as short as a week. In addition to blunt force brain injuries, the device could possibly aid in treatment of brain damage from stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and even alcoholism.
DemocracyNow - http://www.democracynow.org/Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 02 [10:15] DN | Women's Health over Politics: Courts Block Laws Threatening Abortion Clinics in Texas, Louisiana (09/02/14) [9:40]
DN | Hong Kong "Occupy Central" Protests Call for Political Freedom after China Rejects Open Elections (09/02/14) [7:58]
DN | Pakistan government considers decisive action against protesters (09/02/14) [1:51]
TRNN News - http://therealnews.com/*TRNN | Bill Black discusses: Sacramento Residents Found Not Guilty of Mortgage Fraud (09/02/14) [7:35]
TRNN | David Cay Johnston: 60's to 80's the Los Angeles police department made wide use of agents to undermine peaceful and legal opposition groups, Part 2 (09/02/14) [23:21]
EnvironmentCalifornia drought expected to cost state $2.2 billion in losses () [1:25]
*Netflix | Mission Blue (trailer) (08/15/14) [2:24]
Official trailer for Mission Blue, a Netflix original documentary. Mission Blue tells the story of world-renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe on an urgent mission to shed light on the dire condition of Earth's oceans.*Planet Ocean [UK]- the film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (2014) [1:28:59]
*HOME - film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (2009) [1:33:17]
We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate. The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being. For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because Home is a non-profit film.GoodPlanet.info website
TYT News - http://www.tytnetwork.com/TYT | Female Celebrities Attacked In Disgusting Violation Of Privacy - iCloud Hacked (09/01/14) [7:11]
If you take a pic on your iphone it gets saved onto your icloud account. so if you took a pic and sent it to your SO and then deleted it, it would still be in the cloud.?
What about the NSA... they have all this stuff.
John OliverLast Week Tonight with John Oliver: Fan Mail (08/31/14) [4:10]
*Last Week Tonight With John Oliver - Argentina Default (08/08/14) [8:25]
Vulture Paul Singer
Singer grew up in a Jewish family, one of three children of a Manhattan pharmacist and a homemaker. He obtained his B.S. in psychology from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. In 1974, Singer accepted a job as an attorney in the real estate division of the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Singer has been divorced since 1996. He lives on New York City's Upper West Side and also has a house in Aspen, Colorado.
Vulture Elliott Management Corporation
In 1977, Singer founded the hedge fund Elliott Associates L.P. with $1.3 million from various friends and family members. Elliott Management Corporation oversees Elliott Associates and Elliott International Limited, which together have more than $21 billion in assets under management. According to The Guardian, "Elliott's principal investment strategy is buying distressed debt cheaply and selling it at a profit or suing for full payment." The firm is currently closed to new investors. As of mid-2008, Elliott counted 175 employees in New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong and is one of the oldest hedge funds under continuous management.
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The Robotic Takeover of the Military (8/30/14) [5:58]
Do Both Liberals and Conservatives Have Taxing and Spending All Wrong?
What if our endless political fights over taxes and public spending are based on a poor understanding of how government really works in a modern economy?
Edward Kleinbard, a professor of business at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law, thinks that's largely true. Recently, he published a paper arguing that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, corporate "inversions" aren't motivated by multinationals' desire to establish themselves abroad in low-tax havens. And in his forthcoming book, We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money, he says that both liberals and conservatives get key issues wrong.
BillMoyers.com recently spoke with Kleinbard; below is a transcript of our discussion that's been edited for length and clarity: ... Read more
Stat of the day: 28,000 -- the number of children and teens shot and killed in the US between 2002 and 2012. According to ABC News, that means that 13 kids died at home for every soldier killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan during that period.
Ukraine Defense Minister Warns Of "Worst Conflict Since WWII", Shifts Forces To "Combat Full-Scale Russian Invasion"
Unless they are tilting at windmills, the rhetoric this morning from Ukraine's defense minister is the strongest and most actionable yet. Via his Facebook page, Valeriy Galetey accused Russia of "open aggression," and explained that:
Earlier in the morning, US Senator Bob Menendez said he has "no doubt Russia has invaded Ukraine," and following Ukraine requests for assistance from Europe and US, NATO responded by noting a reaction force or 3-5,000 can be ready in 48 hours. ...
This 11-Year-Old Was Locked Up Trying to Cross the Border. Read the Heartfelt Letter She Sent Obama.
On Tuesday, the nation's top immigration court allowed a Guatemalan woman who fled her abusive husband to petition for asylum in the United States. It's a landmark ruling that immigrant rights advocates hope will protect women who have escaped horrific marital violence in countries besides Guatemala.
One of those women is a Honduran named Rosemary. In June, she entered the US with Daniela, her 11-year-old daughter, and both were detained near the border. Rosemary and Daniela are currently detained in a makeshift facility in Artesia, New Mexico, set up by the Department of Homeland Security. They are seeking asylum after fleeing Daniela's father, who allegedly beat and choked Rosemary for three years before the two escaped. ...
Herbs de Provence
Herb Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potatoes
Here's an idea for an easy, one-dish meal--herb roasted chicken thighs baked on a bed of potatoes. Layer a casserole dish with thinly sliced potatoes, top with thinly sliced shallots, top with chicken thighs, douse with an herby vinaigrette, and roast until the chicken is golden brown.Here's an idea for an easy, one-dish meal--herb roasted chicken thighs baked on a bed of potatoes. Layer a casserole dish with thinly sliced potatoes, top with thinly sliced shallots, top with chicken thighs, douse with an herby vinaigrette, and roast until the chicken is golden brown. ... Read more
DemocracyNow - http://www.democracynow.org/DN | As John Kerry Questions Official Story of JFK Killing, Thom Hartmann Discusses "Legacy of Secrecy" (older) [7:17]
DN | Thom Hartmann on: "The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America -- and What We Can Do to Stop It" (older) [19:31]
*DN | Thom Hartmann on: Secrets the Rich don't Want You to Know (older) [10:25]
TRNN News - http://therealnews.com/*TRNN | Mr. Johnston, a renowned investigative journalist, says he used to believe if you worked hard you would prosper, but now, there is a completely different environment, Part 1 (08/31/14) [14:12]
TRNN | REPLAY | Jeannette Wicks-Lim (in 2009) from PERI said low-wage work was likely to predominate future job creation through 2016, but that unions can act to counter that trend (older) [10:30]
TYT News - http://www.tytnetwork.com/TYT | Does It Matter If You're Black Or White? (Study) (08/31/14) [7:28]
TYT | How Your Income Affects Your Weight (Study) (08/31/14) [5:02]
Untold History of the United States
I ran across episode 10 of "Untold History of United States" by Oliver Stone and decided to watch it again. It is fascinating and well worth the watching.*Oliver Stone | Untold History of United States - Bush & Obama: Age of Terror (2013) [58:39]
Click to zoom - Untold History of the US - Episodes
*No End in Sight Iraq's Descent Into Chaos by Charles Fugison (2007) [1:41:53]
This was not a mistake, it was orchestrated. Looking back from the 50's, the United States of America economy is entirely dependent on wars. People need to stop seeing this as just incompetence. The American people have a duty, a difficult battle ahead of them, and that is to take their government back from the hands of corporations. If you don't do that, the rest of the world will pay with their lives on this game of power and greed played by the ones on charge.
*Inside Job by Charles Furgison Part 1 (2011) [57:07], Part 2 [47:02]
The Biggest Bank Heist Ever! (shorter version) (2011) [49:42]
Ring of FireRing of Fire (full) (08/24/14) [55:29]
United States owes a lot of money, with its debt equal to the size of the economy as of 2012. See the Statue of Liberty & WTC being dwarfed by the debt.
Five Banks Account For 96% Of The $250 Trillion In Outstanding US Derivative Exposure; Is Morgan Stanley Sitting On An FX Derivative Time Bomb?
Zero Hedge | Author | 09/24/11
The latest quarterly report from the Office Of the Currency Comptroller is out and as usual it presents in a crisp, clear and very much glaring format the fact that the top 4 banks in the US now account for a massively disproportionate amount of the derivative risk in the financial system. Specifically, of the $250 trillion in gross notional amount of derivative contracts outstanding (consisting of Interest Rate, FX, Equity Contracts, Commodity and CDS) among the Top 25 commercial banks (a number that swells to $333 trillion when looking at the Top 25 Bank Holding Companies), a mere 5 banks (and really 4) account for 95.9% of all derivative exposure (HSBC replaced Wells as the Top 5th bank, which at $3.9 trillion in derivative exposure is a distant place from #4 Goldman with $47.7 trillion). The top 4 banks: JPM with $78.1 trillion in exposure, Citi with $56 trillion, Bank of America with $53 trillion and Goldman with $48 trillion, account for 94.4% of total exposure. As historically has been the case, the bulk of consolidated exposure is in Interest Rate swaps ($204.6 trillion), followed by FX ($26.5TR), CDS ($15.2 trillion), and Equity and Commodity with $1.6 and $1.4 trillion, respectively. Read more