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Posted by George Freund on January 28, 2015 at 9:45 PM

Aborted human fetuses harvested to grow kidney organs in rats for transplantation into human patients

Monday, January 26, 2015

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger


NaturalNews) Human fetal kidneys harvested from aborted babies are being surgically implanted into adult rats to grow new kidneys to be transplanted into awaiting human adults.


This procedure, which is under rapid development, is being framed as a medical breakthrough by scientists who appear to be completely blind to the moral and ethical issues at stake in such a scheme.


"[This] is definitely the first time an actual whole human organ has been grown in an animal, and has sustained the life of that animal," explains Eugene Gu, the founder and CEO of Ganogen, Inc. in Redwood, Calif. "Our long-term goal is to grow human organs in animals, to end the human donor shortage." [1] reports, "The research shows that it is feasible to remove a kidney from an aborted human fetus, and implant the organ into a rat, where the kidney can grow to a larger size."

From the website:



Study results have been published in the Jan. 22 issue of the American Journal of Transplantation.


The ethics question


To its credit, Live Science directly addresses the moral issues surrounding this technology, even offering quotes from a bioethicist who says the practice won't be tolerated. As reported on the website:


Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at NYU Langone Medical Center, said the study itself did not concern him. However, "there is no way we're ever going to use fetal human kidneys or any other solid organs for transplant," Caplan said. "American society is morally uncomfortable enough about abortion that growing organs from fetal remains will never be accepted, and will be banned in state after state."


The researchers said they hope Caplan is wrong...


The website does not appear to contain any ethics statement defining any limitations on how the developed technology might be used. It appears to company has likely not considered the ethical implications of its research. While there's no doubt the founders of the company have entered this realm with the best of intentions, they appear to be young, brilliant and naive, wholly unaware of what the roads to Hell are paved with.


Here's a picture, also from the website, showing some of the organs they've managed to grow from kidney tissue harvested from aborted human babies:



Abortion farms and organ factories


Western medicine today is dominated by the attitude of "heroic interventionism" lead by "medical mechanics" who celebrate each other's abilities to grow, harvest and transplant organs across an ever-expanding list of animal and human subjects.


But just because you can achieve such transplantation results doesn't mean you should. In the same way, yes you can genetically engineer food crops to combine insect genes with plant genes and release them into the wild, but it's probably not very wise to do so due to the very real possibility of self-replicating genetic pollution.


What happens if this new fetal tissue organ harvesting procedure becomes so successful that millions of customers line up to buy the new organs? You'd very quickly see for-profit medical corporations setting up fetal abortion farms to harvest their organs for the "organ factory."



Young women would be paid (or kidnapped) to get pregnant and have their unborn babies harvested for the organ tissue. Actually, this step is practically happening today as companies like Stem Express in Placerville, California, already sell aborted human fetal tissue for "medical research."


In Nigeria, a baby farm was already in operation where teenage girls were kidnapped and forced to be impregnated against their will, only to give birth and have their children stolen away for human trafficking profits. "Thirty-two pregnant girls were rescued from a maternity home run by a trafficking ring in the southern city of Aba," reports The Guardian. [2] "The girls, mostly of school age, were allegedly locked up at the Cross Foundation clinic so they could produce babies to be sold for illegal adoption or for use in ritual witchcraft."


U.S. corporations could then purchase the harvested aborted fetal tissue from such "baby factories" being run in other countries, then they'd bring the fetal tissue to U.S. facilities where large numbers of rats (which are mammals) are subjected to the torturous procedure of having their bodies cut open and implanted with the harvested human fetal organ cells in order to grow human kidneys.


Once the kidneys grow to a suitable size, the rats would obviously be killed to harvest those organs, which would then be transported to hospitals to be surgically transplanted into humans for profit. The mainstream media would dutifully celebrate the "lifesaving medical breakthrough" and describe the mad scientists as heroes for humanity.



The medical Matrix: turning a human baby into a profit center for medical corporations


If there's money to be made from harvesting the organs of aborted babies, make no mistake that there are corporations more than willing to profit from the blood money.


Even today, western medicine does not consider a human baby to be "alive" until after it is born... even though an unborn child shows every sign of life that would normally be considered "alive" in a rigorous scientific context. The unborn baby shows a heartbeat, brain activity, cellular growth, nutrient metabolism, waste elimination, muscular movement and even demonstrates emotions and reactions to stimuli. Clearly an unborn baby is alive. This not deniable except by those who are intentionally dishonest.


But thanks to a medical system that can abandon all ethics and declare an unborn baby to be something less than a living human being, there's nothing stopping biotechnology corporations from harvesting aborted human babies for profit.


And because there's no moral boundary against doing this with one baby, there's also no moral boundary against doing this with millions of babies in an "abortion farm" organ harvesting operation carried by a public company with its own stock symbol on Wall Street. Who knows, maybe your favorite retirement mutual fund will buy some shares, too, because all that matters are the earnings per share, right?


Here's a picture of a modern-day chicken meat factory. Replace the chickens with human babies and you begin to get an idea of the future where medical science operates without human ethics:



Watch The Island movie for a preview of how this might play out


In the sci-fi movie The Island, starring Ewan McGregor, the world's wealthy elite pay a biotech corporation to raise human clones in a medical facility as "living organ banks." Those human clones are later killed to have their organs harvested for transplantation into the paying customer.


Much like in our own world today, the clones are controlled through a system of total media propaganda. Regular media broadcasts remind the clones that it's unauthorized to venture outside the city because the entire world has been destroyed in a nuclear war and is now contaminated with radiation, they're told. This is conducted in exactly the same way citizens of our modern world are scared into government compliance through totally fabricated or engineered stories of terrorism.



When clones are ready to have their organs harvested, they are told they've "won the lottery" to retire in luxury on a tropical island. In reality, they are euthanized and cut open to have their organs harvested for corporate profits.


This scene from the film shows one clone waking up during the organ harvesting procedure and attempting to escape:



The cloned citizens of The Island are brutally controlled by the corporation and forced to live a life of total obedience and conformity. Even their diet is rigorously controlled by the corporation, but not out of any desire to promote health. Rather, it's a desire by the corporation to make sure its "product" remains healthy, harvestable and sellable.


All along, the cloned humans -- which are considered corporate "property" -- are kept wholly oblivious to the real world and told how lucky they are to be the last of the survivors of the nuclear war (which never happened). This is the modern-day equivalent to President Obama telling us all how good the U.S. economy is doing and how lucky we are to be living in America.



What was once sci-fi may soon be reality


The greatest problem with science today is that it almost entirely conforms to corporate interests. As a result, it has no respect for ethics or morals. Whatever makes the most money becomes the new "science" of the day, regardless of the implications for human suffering or widespread tragedy.


Tinkering with life -- via genetic engineering, mass deployment of agricultural chemicals, cloning or organ harvesting -- is a territory fraught with ethical landmines. But motivated by greed, corporations will drive humanity right through a landscape littered with such landmines, oblivious to the violations of ethics, human rights or environmental integrity they are unleashing.


Make no mistake: If it were medically feasible right now to generate millions of dollars in transplant profits from the body of a two-year-old infant, the biotech corporations would have already declared two-year-olds to be "not yet human" and there would be massive farms running right this very minute harvesting organs from two-year-olds. Any person who protested the practice would, of course, be instantly labeled, "anti-science."


Case in point: There's money to be made right now from injecting two-year-olds with toxic metals such as mercury and aluminum, both of which are still intentionally manufactured into vaccines. Any person who protests the injecting of children with mercury is immediately labeled "anti-science" today, even though the science clearly says mercury is toxic to human neurology. Calls for removing neurotoxic substances from vaccines are met with derision by the vaccine industry, which insists all children should be injected with dozens of vaccines no matter how toxic the ingredients in them.


The exploitation of children's bodies has always been a profit center for medical corporations, and human organ harvesting, growing and transplantation may simply be the next step up for an industry deeply rooted in the evil that comes from ignoring medical ethics while prioritizing medical profits.


In effect, we are all living in The Island and being lied to on a daily basis about what's real. The truth, it turns out, does not support the profit interests of the all-powerful corporations.


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Jan 28 Anti-Israel cartoon breached standards, Australian press organization finds

Posted by George Freund on January 28, 2015 at 8:55 PM

Sydney Morning Herald caricature, published during summer Gaza War, depicted a Jewish man watching a Gaza bombing from a hilltop.

By JTA | Jan. 21, 2015 | 11:24 AM |

An Australian press organization has judged that a cartoon published in The Sydney Morning Herald violated press Standards of Practice by the way it linked symbols of the Jewish faith to criticism of Israel.

The adjudication, issued by the Australian Press Council, concerned a cartoon drawn by Glen Le Lievre and published by the Morning Herald on July 26, in the midst of the most recent Gaza conflict. The cartoon depicted an elderly man with a sizable nose wearing glasses and a yarmulke, reclining in a chair emblazoned with a Star of David, and holding a remote control while watching from hilltop as a city, which by implication is Gaza, explodes.

Le Lievre is an internationally published cartoonist whose work has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, Reader’s Digest, and Mad Magazine.

In the adjudication issued January 17, the Press Council states, “A linkage with Israeli nationality might have been justifiable in the public interest, despite being likely to cause offense. But the same cannot be said of the implied linkage with the Jewish faith that arose from inclusion of the kippah and the Star of David."

In response to the adjudication, the Morning Herald republished an apology that it originally published on August 3, 2014, one week after the cartoon originally ran. That apology likewise regretted the use of the religious symbols of the yarmulke and Star of David, although it noted that Le Lievre’s work commonly depicts people with large noses, regardless of race or ethnicity, and that the image was inspired by news photographs of Israelis watching the bombardment of Gaza from the hilltops of Sderot.

The Press Council’s statement praised the apology and noted that the Morning Herald’s editor in chief and news director had attended “seminars facilitated by the Jewish Board of Deputies to raise awareness about imagery that could be construed as anti-Semitic."


17-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead By Three Cops At Texas Police Station

Posted by George Freund on January 28, 2015 at 8:45 PM

by Judd Legum Posted on January 26, 2015 at 9:34 am Updated: January 26, 2015 at 4:04 pm

On Thursday, 17-year-old Kristiana Coignard was shot dead by three police officers in the lobby of the Longview Police Department. Coignard arrived at the station around 6:30 p.m. and asked to talk to an officer. Police say the girl was “brandishing a weapon” before she was shot four times.

The three officers, who have not been identified, have been placed on leave. The investigation of Coignard’s death is now being handled by the Texas Rangers. 

The incident, at this point, is shrouded in mystery. Officials could not “confirm the type of weapon Coignard brandished at the officers.” Beyond the alleged, unspecified weapon, virtually no details about the events that immediately preceded Coignard’s death have been released. 

Coignard was living in Longview with her Aunt, Heather Robertson. In an interview with ThinkProgress, Robertson raised questions about the circumstances of Coignard’s death. “I think it was a cry for help. I think they could have done something. They are grown men. I think there is something they are not telling us.”

Robertson said that her niece had been struggling with mental illness, including depression and bipolar disorder, since her mother died when she was four. She had been hospitalized twice in recent years after suicide attempts. One time, she tried to hang herself. Another time, she drank toilet bowl cleaner. Since arriving in Longview in December, Coignard had been taking medication and regularly seeing a therapist. She had no criminal record and “was only violent with herself, ” Robertson said.

Robertson and Coignard’s grandmother, Holly McGuire, spoke to a Longview police officer on the night Coignard was killed for about 30 minutes. They were provided with few details of what transpired but were told that a video of the incident, including sound, exists. They have not been contacted by the Texas Rangers.

Kristian Brian, a spokesperson for the Longview Police Department, declined to comment further on the case, citing the ongoing investigation by the Texas Rangers. Brian did confirm that a video of the incident exists.

Police officers frequently encounter the mentally ill, but often do not receive training. As a result “rash stigmatization and misinterpretation of the intentions of the mentally ill can cause vital errors and ultimately make the difference between life and death.”

Coignard’s death also raises questions about use of force protocols in the United States. British citizens, for example, “are about 100 times less likely to be shot by police, according to the Economist.”

Officers in Longview were involved in two fatal shootings in 2014, including one involving a 15-year-old. In both instances, the officers were cleared by a grand jury.

Too bad Australians can't be cops in the United States.

Charlie Hebdo bombshell! Suicided officer's family denied access to autopsy

Posted by George Freund on January 28, 2015 at 9:05 AM

Posted by Kevin Barrett on January 26, 2015

Something is rotten in Paris


The mother of Helric Fredou, “suicided” Charlie Hebdo investigator

by Hicham Hamza, translated by Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor


(1/25/2015 8:48 pm Paris time ) – Exclusive! Panamza has contacted the mother of Helric Fredou – the Police Commissioner charged with preparing a report on the family background of Charlie Hebdo – who was found dead with a bullet in the head just hours after the attack.


I asked for the autopsy report and was told: “You won’t get it.”


Friday, January 16, Panamza published the disturbing testimony of the sister of police officer Helric Fredou, whose mysterious “suicide” continues to be ignored by the national media. Nine days later, it was the mother’s turn to bring new revelations.


Fredou’s Mother


Contacted by the author, she said that at first she was “enormously shocked” that Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve had not passed her his condolences. The Interior Minister maintained, she said, an excellent relationship with his deceased son. From 2010 to 2012, the two men were brought together to work at Cherbourg, one as deputy mayor of the city, the other in his capacity as chief commissioner. “I hope one day I cross paths with him to tell him how very disappointed I was,” she added.


The Elysee was also (oddly) unresponsive. Helric Fredou had been responsible for – among other localités – Corrèze including Tulle, historic stronghold of Francois Hollande.


Panamza will soon return with the entirety of her testimony, collected through a telephone interview recorded Saturday, January 24. In the meantime, here are seven key points:


* 1 According to the mother of Helric Fredou, police officers with whom she spoke expressly advised that she would not have access to the autopsy report. The Code of Criminal Procedure, however, provides that in any case of legal autopsy (for suicide or suspicious death), any member of the family can make a request to the prosecutor. “Give it up” is the message being sent to a bereaved mother who “wants to know the truth.”


2 * Helric Fredou’s service weapon was not equipped with a silencer. Her mother has asked a basic question to his colleagues: “Why didn’t you hear anything when he was shot at about midnight?” Laconic reply: “His office was well insulated.”


3 * According to his mother, Helric Fredou wanted to make an important phone call after doing two things: debriefing “three investigators” who went out to question the immediate family of a victim of the attack on Charlie Hebdo (in this case, the relatives of Jeannette Bougrab – Charb’s self-styled girlfriend – as was discovered and disclosed by Panamza) and then checking “social networks.” It is at this point that Fredou would have made such an important deduction that he “wanted to keep working.” Important point: the unidentified “commander” in the office that night wanted to take charge of debriefing investigators and writing the report, but Fredou insisted “It’s my job.” The direct superior of Helric Fredou is Gil Friedman, director of the Regional Criminal Police, Limoges.


4 * According to police, Helric Fredou raised the barrel of his revolver to his forehead and the bullet remained inside the skull.


5 * Helric Fredou’s attending physician, with whom his mother spoke Thursday, January 22, refuses to accept the picture sketched by the handful of articles about Freidou’s death that cited his alleged “depression” and supposed “burn-out”.


* 6 The mother wanted to know who made the last call to her son. Police reportedly retorted “We are unable to say” before finally claiming that no such call had been made.


7 * “Four Directors” of the police, specifically from Paris, met Helric Fredou’s mother to offer condolences and try to convince her that her son was a “suicide”.


Finally, another odd fact deserves to be reported here: apart from the author of these lines, NO journalist has contacted – from January 8th onward – the mother or sister Helric Fredou to try to shed light on the case.



Posted by George Freund on January 27, 2015 at 11:25 PM


Dear M.P.


It is said that history REPEATS! That has to be an unwritten law of the universe. On this day the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we have to ponder what was the impetus for the holocaust and the establishment of the work and death camps in the first place?


It started with the Reichstag fire of 27 February 1933. A man labelled as a communist Marinus van der Lubbe confessed under torture to the fire. To protect the seat of government Adolf Hitler had President Hindenburg pass the Reichstag Fire Decree after suspending the Constitution.


In Canada, we too have had our own version of the Reichstag fire. It involved another type of politically incorrect extremist Michael Zehaf-Bibeau allegedly orchestrating a shooting spree in our capital. Our Prime Minister is coming to you to ask for civil liberties to be cast aside and similar enabling laws to be passed to give police agents of the state more powers.


In hindsight today Germany had to call into question the evidence and the trial of van der Lubbe. Perhaps years from now future governments will call into question the actions of Zehaf-Bibeau. Without any of the 'evidence' placed under scrutiny, he is convicted by popular opinion in the media in spite of clear and direct evidence that the alleged scenario is deeply flawed. It is flawed to such a degree that in court an acquittal could well be the outcome. I will focus on one of the many flaws.


Secretary of State examining the bullet marks


We have been told Michael was shot to death outside the parliamentary library. We were told there were a series of bullet marks left in the wall from the shooting. We have found that those marks were in the wall in April 2013 when Google made a virtual tour of Parliament for Canada Day 2013. That is a serious flaw in the evidence and establishes that the authorities requesting more powers are not presenting correct evidence in their case. It brings forth common words in psychological operations like patsy. If that is indeed the case, then the authorities requesting these new powers must be regarded as suspect.



Google virtual tour April 2013


We can make a far more extensive case on the matter that establishes many inconsistencies, and I have on many radio forums. The most glaring was the lack of blood at the crime scene of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. Two high powered rifle shots into the abdomen would have devastated the major organs and blood vessels. The blood loss would have been extreme. One of the first aiders was wearing white gloves as clean as freshly laundered. The 'victim' was supposed to be in cardiac arrest. The body of the 'victim' was completely oxygenated. For those who don't know, you turn blue during cardiac arrest. It is called cyanosis. There should be rivers of blood on the open chest. There is none. Based on what I've seen, I would submit that we were subjected to a fraud. The aorta and superior vena cava are the two freight train blood vessels in the body. Anyone who has tended an arterial bleeder knows full well why they are called shooters. The first aiders should be awash in blood. They are not. I have tended to wounds of such a nature. I know.


No cyanosis, no blood, clean white dress glove. This photo was staged and falls among the top propaganda images of all time.


We advance next to the Paris shootings. We find similar flaws. However, this time there was video of the incident. In this video it is clearly evident Ahmed Merabet is NOT shot. The image below is two full seconds after the alleged round was fired. A wading from most likely a blank strikes the sidewalk many inches from the head on the left. The smoke rises from the right. There is no wound and no blood. I can assure you a point blank shot from a 7.62 x 39 round would leave no head never mind a large crater in the sidewalk. This is a staged video. The lack of recoil and muzzle flash add a bit of science to the mix. It would negate Newton's laws of motion. If nothing recoiled back, nothing shot forward. I didn't think I was alone in physics class.


We move to the supermarket shooting for another video of the alleged terrorist Amedy Coulibaly's execution. You will note as he falls in rotation and that his hands are tied together. The AK47 sling is clearly attached to his body. He is given the coup de grace when he hits the ground. I would proffer he was being used as a patsy as well.



The bound hands and slinged rifle are clearly evidenced. The surveillance video of the Hebdo attack shown as live on French TV was clearly and unprofessionally edited. We are being deceived. The motto of intelligence services has been understood as deception. The Mossad classic is called By Way of Deception. Masters of deception want more power. If you don't want to repeat history, you mustn't give it to them. Was the man, Hindenburg, who gave the power responsible for the holocaust or the man, Hitler, who used it.? I would venture to say both. Will you bestow powers upon future men to do it again? My grandfather's sisters died in Auschwitz. He made me promise on his death bed NEVER AGAIN! I thought that was an easy one. I am no longer so sure. I doubt any of you have the moral courage to stand up for the right as our national police force is supposed to.


You must be aware that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's father was a CIA contract agent in the Libyan regime change. His mother was employed by the federal government. He was watched, but heads were turned at a convenient moment. Amedy Coulibaly left a cryptic message on the wall outside his flat in graffiti form. There was one across the street from the raided residence in Belgium, and across the street from the Hebdo attack. They were all very precise and ignored. I studied police sciences with one of our cabinet ministers. I was the only student to say a certain high profile killer was innocent. After DNA testing came around he was precluded from the list of suspects. Numbers in opinions do not convey facts accurately. The evidence speaks for itself and takes you through the forest like a compass. It doesn't take you where you want to go or where you feel comfortable. It leads you out of the forest.


‘Coulibaly’s hideout’ - Amedy Coulibaly’s apartment in a Paris suburb.


The 4.134 is the key point. It is a range of IP addresses used by Level 3 Communications used by the NSA to hack the German internet in 2013 and the servers between Yahoo and Google. The random address I check was located in Paris, Texas.


The far left has an upside down pyramid used in writing figure of speech to prioritize writing. It is attached to a left bracket or possibly a bird symbol. The former can be used in math or computer programming. The bird symbol can denote issues of the soul and death. This symbol is used again with the one that appears like a cross but is actually a dagger. The dagger is the symbol of Operation Gladio the military assault teams that waged attacks on unsuspecting people. It denotes death, extinction, or obsolescence. Quite the message from a terrorist sensing he is about to die. In the military the dagger is placed next to the name of a soldier killed in action.


The S atop the V on the left could just mean SV a code for Saudi Arabian Airlines or even Silicon Valley close to our Los Angeles IP address. It can mean sub voce under the word or heading of perhaps the next symbols that bear resemblance to US or perhaps United States. In the United States it is a short form for significantly viewed in TV terms.


The upper writing is a British licence plate number. The halo signifies Simon Templar the notorious Saint. The lower writing is a hashtag name in use.


The graffiti at Rue de la Colline reveals future targets including a bus route in London and a conference in Australia later this year. There is also a Koran reference. We see our police and intelligence services need more power. Power to do what? Our 'terrorists' leave written records in plane sight. Yet we are at their mercy. In the battle of wits you don't need powers, you need wits. As my grandfather used to say don't let other people do your thinking for you. Another was sharpen your pencil. If you keep it sharp, there won't be another Auschwitz or holocaust because it starts with deception and the creation of fear. As the old rock song lamented, Don't get fooled again.


Mr. George Freund

Alternative Media Host


Posted by George Freund on January 24, 2015 at 1:40 PM

‘Coulibaly’s hideout’ - Amedy Coulibaly’s apartment in a Paris suburb.

We see again a very clear message in the graffiti.  The letters and symbols in the center at the top are quite informative. It appears our 'terrorist' left his mark for others to read in a coded format in case anything should happen to him. The unfortunate part is no one takes the time or makes the effort to analyze the message save and except us. It is not that difficult. It seems quite clear to me. The first and most specific part is the number sequence on the right 4.134. Those few numbers strike to the heart of the issue. The dot or period got me thinking it was a message. The 4.134 is included in a range of IP addresses assigned to Level 3 Communications in the United States. 


4.134.4 - United States - Level 3 Communications - Search ... - is an IP address range owned by Level 3 Communications and located in United States - select an address below for more details.

4.134.16 - United States - Level 3 Communications - Search ... - is an IP address range owned by Level 3 Communications and located in United States - select an address below for more details.

That is all well and nice until we discover that Level 3 Communications was accused of wiretapping large parts of the German Internet Exchange Point DE-CIX for the NSA in July of 2013. It was also accused of tapping connections between Yahoo and Google. That's quite the trick, and it gets more specific. I searched the first one at random and found the address was located in Paris, Texas. There is an Army National Guard training facility at Camp Maxey Texas near there. There was a specific IP address listed in Los Angeles, California. 


IP address

Address type IPv4

ISP Level 3 Communications

Organization Level 3 Communications, Inc.

Timezone America/Chicago (UTC-6)

Local time 12:39:21

Country United States

State / Region Texas

City Paris

Coordinates 33.6609, -95.5555

The far left has an upside down pyramid used in writing figure of speech to prioritize writing. It is attached to a left bracket or possibly a bird symbol. The former can be used in math or computer programming. The bird symbol can denote issues of the soul and death. This symbol is used again with the one that appears like a cross but is actually a dagger. The dagger is the symbol of Operation Gladio the military assault teams that waged attacks on unsuspecting people. It denotes death, extinction, or obsolescence. Quite the message from a terrorist sensing he is about to die. In the military the dagger is placed next to the name of a soldier killed in action.

The S atop the V on the left could just mean SV a code for Saudi Arabian Airlines or even Silicon Valley close to our Los Angeles IP address. It can mean sub voce under the word or heading of perhaps the next symbols that bear resemblance to US or perhaps United States. In the United States it is a short form for significantly viewed in TV terms. Perhaps this message was hoped to be significantly viewed. So all in all I feel our terrorists were patsies called out to their impending doom and as a precaution they left a specific message to the world as to who was behind the mission in Paris. We'll always have Paris as Humphrey Bogart said on the silver screen in Casablanca until we learn to understand the writing on the wall. 

US Trainers To Deploy To Ukraine

Posted by George Freund on January 23, 2015 at 2:50 AM


US soldiers train with Ukrainian troops during Exercise Rapid Trident in 2011.

By Paul McLeary12:17 p.m. EST January 22, 2015

Also Will Begin Shipment of US-funded Armored Vehicles

WASHINGTON — American soldiers will deploy to Ukraine this spring to begin training four companies of the Ukrainian National Guard, the head of US Army Europe Lt. Gen Ben Hodges said during his first visit to Kiev on Wednesday.

The number of troops heading to the Yavoriv Training Area near the city of L'viv — which is about 40 miles from the Polish border — is still being determined, however.

The American training effort comes as part of a US State Department initiative "to assist Ukraine in strengthening its law enforcement capabilities, conduct internal defense, and maintain rule of law" Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman told Defense News.

After meeting with commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Anatoliy Pushnyakov and acting commander of the National Guard Lt. Gen. Oleksandr Kryvyenko during his visit, Hodges said he was "impressed by the readiness of both military and civil leadership to change and reform."

The training was requested by the Ukrainian government "as they work to reform their police forces and establish their newly formed National Guard," Hillman added. Funding for the initiative is coming from the congressionally-authorized Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF), which was requested by the Obama administration in the fiscal 2015 budget to help train and equip the armed forces of allies around the globe.

The training mission has been the subject of plenty of discussion among US policy makers for months, and the United States has already earmarked $19 million to help build the Ukrainian National Guard.

"We're very open to the idea that this becomes a first step in further training for the Ukrainian military," Derek Chollet, former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, told Defense News just before he left the Pentagon on Jan. 17.

He was quick to add that he doesn't anticipate that this training mission "will require significant US presence."

The mission comes at a time of increasing concern among Eastern European countries that Russian aggression in the region will increase, and as fighting around the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk between government forces and Russian-backed separatist rebels rages on.

Speaking at the Davos conference on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of sending 9,000 troops into the eastern part of his country to back the rebels, a contention that NATO officials have backed up, but without providing their own estimates for the number of Russian forces in country.

Chollet said Russian military incursions into the Crimea and eastern Ukraine have refocused American attention on the region after a decade of fighting two wars in the Middle East.

"A year ago we were worried about the future of the trans-Atlantic relationship, how would it be relevant to people," he said. "And of course, the events of the last year with Russia and Ukraine has focused people again on threats to European security and the unfinished business, really, still coming out of the end of the Cold War."

One of the biggest challenges for US policy makers is trying to discern "where could this lead and how does this make us think anew about European security issues and force posture issues or defense spending issues?" he added.

In addition to US trainers, Washington is beginning to provide heavier military equipment to the government in Kiev. On Monday, the United States delivered the first prototype of an armored "Kozak" vehicle for use with the Ukrainian border guard, according to the US Embassy there.

A posting on a US government contracting site put the cost of the vehicle at $189,000.

The vehicle is built on a chassis manufactured by Italian company Iveco and features a V-shaped armored hull to help protect against mines and roadside bombs. The embassy said that to date, "the United States has delivered dozens of armored pickup trucks and vans to the Ukrainian Border Guard Service. The Kozak is larger and offers a higher level of protection."

Swiss Shocker Triggers Gigantic Losses For Banks, Hedge Funds And Currency Traders

Posted by George Freund on January 22, 2015 at 2:20 PM


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Michael Snyder

Activist Post


The absolutely stunning decision by the Swiss National Bank to decouple from the euro has triggered billions of dollars worth of losses all over the globe. Citigroup and Deutsche Bank both say that their losses were somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 million dollars, a major hedge fund that had 830 million dollars in assets at the end of December has been forced to shut down, and several major global currency trading firms have announced that they are now insolvent. And these are just the losses that we know about so far. It will be many months before the full scope of the financial devastation caused by the Swiss National Bank is fully revealed.


But of course the same thing could be said about the crash in the price of oil that we have witnessed in recent weeks. These two “black swan events” have set financial dominoes in motion all over the globe. At this point we can only guess how bad the financial devastation will ultimately be.


But everyone agrees that it will be bad. For example, one financial expert at Boston University says that he believes the losses caused by the Swiss National Bank decision will be in the billions of dollars…

“The losses will be in the billions — they are still being tallied,” said Mark T. Williams, an executive-in-residence at Boston University specializing in risk management. “They will range from large banks, brokers, hedge funds, mutual funds to currency speculators. There will be ripple effects throughout the financial system.”


Citigroup, the world’s biggest currencies dealer, lost more than $150 million at its trading desks, a person with knowledge of the matter said last week. Deutsche Bank lost $150 million and Barclays less than $100 million, people familiar with the events said, after the Swiss National Bank scrapped a three-year-old policy of capping its currency against the euro and the franc soared as much as 41 percent that day versus the euro. Spokesmen for the three banks declined to comment.


And actually, if the total losses from this crisis are only limited to the “billions” I think that we will be extremely fortunate.


As I mentioned above, a hedge fund that had 830 million dollars in assets at the end of December just completely imploded. Everest Capital’s Global Fund had heavily bet against the Swiss franc, and as a result it now has lost “virtually all its money”…

Marko Dimitrijevic, the hedge fund manager who survived at least five emerging market debt crises, is closing his largest hedge fund after losing virtually all its money this week when the Swiss National Bank unexpectedly let the franc trade freely against the euro, according to a person familiar with the firm.


Everest Capital’s Global Fund had about $830 million in assets as of the end of December, according to a client report. The Miami-based firm, which specializes in emerging markets, still manages seven funds with about $2.2 billion in assets. The global fund, the firm’s oldest, was betting the Swiss franc would decline, said the person, who asked not to be named because the information is private.


This is how fast things can move in the financial marketplace when things start getting crazy.


It can seem like you are on top of the world one day, but just a short while later you can be filing for bankruptcy.


Consider what just happened to FXCM. It is one of the largest retail currency trading firms on the entire planet, and the decision by the Swiss National Bank instantly created a 200 million dollar hole in the company that desperately needed to be filled…

The magnitude of the crisis for U.S. currency traders became clear Friday when New York-based FXCM, a publicly traded U.S. currency broker, and the largest so far to announce it was in financial trouble after suffering a 90-percent drop in the firm’s stock price, reported the firm would need a $200-$300 million bailout to prevent capital requirements from being breached. Highly leveraged currency traders, including retail customers, were unable to come up with sufficient capital to cover the losses suffered in their currency trading accounts when the Swiss franc surged.


Currency traders worldwide allowed to leverage their accounts 100:1, meaning the customer can bet $100 in the currency exchange markets for every $1.00 the customer has on deposit in its account, can result in huge gains from unexpected currency price fluctuations or massive and devastating losses, should the customer bet wrong.

Fortunately for FXCM, another company called Leucadia came riding to the rescue with a 300 million dollar loan.


But other currency trading firms were not so lucky.


For example, Alpari has already announced that it is going into insolvency…

Retail broker Alpari UK filed for insolvency on Friday.


The move “caused by the SNB’s unexpected policy reversal of capping the Swiss franc against the euro has resulted in exceptional volatility and extreme lack of liquidity,” Alpari, the shirt sponsor of English Premier League soccer club West Ham, said in a statement.


“This has resulted in the majority of clients sustaining losses which exceeded their account equity. Where a client cannot cover this loss, it is passed on to us. This has forced Alpari (UK) Limited to confirm that it has entered into insolvency.”

And Alpari is far from alone. Quite a few other smaller currency trading firms all over the world are in the exact same boat.


Unfortunately, this could potentially just be the beginning of the currency chaos.


All eyes are on the European Central Bank right now. If a major round of quantitative easing is announced, that could unleash yet another wave of crippling losses for financial institutions. The following is from a recent CNBC article…

One of Europe’s most influential economists has warned that the quantitative easing measures seen being unveiled by the European Central Bank (ECB) this week could create deep market volatility, akin to what was seen after the Swiss National Bank abandoned its currency peg.


There was so much capital flight in anticipation of the QE to Switzerland, that the Swiss central bank was unable to stem the tide, and there will be more effects of that sort,” the President of Germany’s Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Hans-Werner Sinn, told CNBC on Monday.

As I have written about previously, we are moving into a time of greatly increased financial volatility. And when we start to see tremendous ups and downs in the financial world, that is a sign that a great crash is coming. We witnessed this prior to the financial crisis of 2008, and now we are watching it happen again.


And this is not just happening in the United States. Just check out what happened in China on Monday…

Chinese shares plunged about 8% Monday after the country’s securities regulator imposed margin trading curbs on several major brokerages, a sign that authorities are trying to rein in the market’s big gains. It was China’s largest drop in six years.

Sadly, most Americans have absolutely no idea what is coming.


They just trust that Barack Obama, Congress and the “experts” at the Federal Reserve have it all figured out.


So when the next great financial crisis does arrive, most people are going to be absolutely blindsided by it, even though anyone that is willing to look at the facts honestly should be able to see it steamrolling directly toward us.


Over the past couple of years, we have been blessed to experience a period of relative stability.


But that period of relative stability is now ending.


I hope that you are getting ready for what comes next.


This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse Blog. Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.


Posted by George Freund on January 22, 2015 at 1:45 PM


Doomsday Clock moves two minutes closer to midnight

By MICHAEL CASEY CBS NEWSJanuary 22, 2015, 11:15 AM

Last Updated Jan 22, 2015 12:51 PM EST


The iconic Doomsday Clock, considered a metaphor for the dangers faced by the world, was pushed ahead by two minutes over concerns about worsening climate change and the world's failure to reduce nuclear weapons, a trans-Atlantic group of prominent scientists announced.


Every year, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists analyzes international threats, particularly nuclear arsenals and climate change, and decides where the minute hand on the Doomsday Clock should rest. The closer it is to midnight, the closer the world is to doom.


The last time the clock moved was in 2012 when the Board set the minute hand at 11:55 p.m. over concerns about the state of nuclear arsenals around the world. It also was concerned about the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and the outbreak of H5N1 flu. It hasn't moved this much since 2007, when the Board warned that "the world stands on the brink of a second nuclear age." It also cited climate change which it called "a dire challenge to humanity."


Those two issues again took center stage as the Board announced it would bump the clock two minutes ahead, to 11:57 p.m.


"Today, unchecked climate change and a nuclear arms race resulting from modernization of huge arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity," Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, told reporters. "And world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of leadership endanger every person on Earth."


The Board was especially critical of world leaders for failing to take the actions necessary to keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) over what they were in preindustrial times, which most scientists contend would avert the worst impacts of climate change, such as widespread droughts, heat waves and flooding.


World leaders are set to meet later this year in Paris to ink a deal to combat climate change beginning in 2020. But many critics argue it comes too late and won't have the teeth necessary to facilitate a shift away from fossil fuels that are blamed for much of the increase in greenhouse gas emissions.


"Steps seen as bold in light of today's extremely daunting political opposition to climate action do not even match the expectations of five years ago, to say nothing of the scientific necessity," said Sivan Kartha, a member of the Board and a senior scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute.


"The results are unsurprising. Global greenhouse gas emission rates are now 50 percent higher than they were in 1990," he said. "Emission rates have risen since 2000 by more than in the previous three decades combined. Investments have continued to pour into fossil fuel infrastructure at a rate that exceeds $1 trillion per year, with additional hundreds of billions of dollars in continued fossil fuel subsidies. We can and must turn this around."


The Board also said the United States and Russia weren't doing enough to reduce their nuclear arsenals, while warning that other countries not part of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons such as India, Pakistan, Israel, are expanding or modernizing theirs.


"Since the end of the Cold War, there has been cautious optimism about the ability of nuclear weapon states to keep the nuclear arms race in check and to walk back slowly from the precipice of nuclear destruction," said Sharon Squassoni, a Board member and director and senior fellow at the Proliferation Prevention Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies. "That optimism has essentially evaporated in the face of two trends: sweeping nuclear weapons modernization programs and a disarmament machinery that has ground to a halt."


The Board called on the world cap to greenhouse gas emissions, dramatically reduce proposed spending on nuclear weapons modernization programs, re-energize the disarmament process and deal with nuclear waste.


"We are not saying its too late to take action but the window for action is closing rapidly," Benedict said. "The world needs to be awakened from its lethargy and start making changes. We move the clock hand today to inspire action and move that process along."


The Doomsday Clock is the invention of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a publication started by some of the researchers who worked on the atomic bomb. The wife of one of these researchers, Martyl Langsdorf, was a painter. In 1947, she illustrated the first Bulletin cover to feature the Doomsday Clock set at that point at 11:53 p.m.


Langsdorf died in March 2013, but her creation keeps on ticking.


The closest the Doomsday Clock has ever come to midnight was in 1953, when the minute hand ticked to 11:58 p.m. after the first test of the hydrogen bomb. It was at its most optimistic in 1991, when the Bulletin board set the time at 17 minutes to midnight as the Cold War ended.


Since 1991, however, the clock has been ticking gradually toward doom, as it became clear that total nuclear disarmament would not be happening.

Fishing trawler crew discover terrifying prehistoric beast with 300 TEETH among their catch

Posted by George Freund on January 21, 2015 at 11:55 PM

Jurassic shark! 

The dark brown, eel-like looking creature is a frilled shark, also known as the 'living fossil'

The frilled shark was pulled from the water near Lakes Entrance, Victoria

It was up to two metres long and caught at 700 metres below sea level

The origin of the shark dates back 80 million years and is eel-like in shape

It has 300 teeth over 25 rows, which allows it to swallow its prey whole


PUBLISHED: 00:56 GMT, 21 January 2015 | UPDATED: 10:19 GMT, 21 January 2015

A group of fishermen got quite a shock when they pulled a terrifying prehistoric shark from the water near Lakes Entrance in Victoria's east.

The dark brown, eel-like looking creature is a frilled shark, also known as the 'living fossil', and was named for its six pairs of frill-like gills along with its dorsal fins, similar to the predatory fish.

The shark's origin dates back 80 million years and is only one of two species still alive from this period.


The shark's origin dates back 80 million years and is only one of two species still alive from this period.


The dark brown, eel-like looking creature is a frilled shark, also known as the 'living fossil'


The dark brown, eel-like looking creature is a frilled shark, also known as the 'living fossil'


South East Trawl Fishing Association (SETFA) chief executive Simon Boag told the ABC the men who found the shark were puzzled by their find.


'It has 300 teeth over 25 rows, so once you're in that mouth, you're not coming out,' he said.


'Good for dentists, but it is a freaky thing. I don't think you would want to show it to little children before they went to bed.'

Mr Boag said this was the first sighting of the species alive by humans.



Its origins date back to 80 million years and gets its name from its six frill-like gills


'It does look 80 million years old. It looks prehistoric, it looks like it's from another time,' he said.


The shark that was pulled from the water was two metres long and caught at 700 metres.


Usually the species is found deeper at 1,500 metres but it rare to find them below 1,200 metres, according to the SETFA website.



It was pulled from the water by fishermen near Lakes Entrance - in the eastern part of Victoria


The shark has a dorsal, pelvic and anal fins towards the back end of its body.


Its long and flexible jaw means it can ingest its prey whole while its teeth clamps down and keeps its food from escaping its clutches.


The specimen was offered to the CSIRO but was not taken in. It is understood the shark has been sold off, the ABC reported.