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Jeremiah 14:14-16 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

14 Then the Lord said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I have not sent them, neither did I command them, neither spake I unto them, but they prophesy unto you a false vision, and divination, and vanity, and deceitfulness of their own heart.

15 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Concerning the prophets that prophesy in my Name, whom I have not sent, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land, by sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.

16 And the people to whom these prophets do prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, because of the famine, and the sword, and there shall be none to bury them: both they and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them.

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It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt

Posted by George Freund on May 25, 2015 at 12:30 AM



By Michael Snyder, on May 21st, 2015

Did you know that if you took every single penny away from everyone in the United States that it still would not be enough to pay off the national debt? Today, the debt of the federal government exceeds $145,000 per household, and it is getting worse with each passing year. Many believe that if we paid it off a little bit at a time that we could eventually pay it all off, but as you will see below that isn’t going to work either. It has been projected that “mandatory” federal spending on programs such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare plus interest on the national debt will exceed total federal revenue by the year 2025. That is before a single dollar is spent on the U.S. military, homeland security, paying federal workers or building any roads and bridges. So no, we aren’t going to be “paying down” our debt any time in the foreseeable future. And of course it isn’t just our 18 trillion dollar national debt that we need to be concerned about. Overall, Americans are a total of 58 trillion dollars in debt. 35 years ago, that number was sitting at just 4.3 trillion dollars. There is no way in the world that all of that debt can ever be repaid. The only thing that we can hope for now is for this debt bubble to last for as long as possible before it finally explodes.


It shocks many people to learn that our debt is far larger than the total amount of money in existence. So let’s take a few moments and go through some of the numbers.


When most people think of “money”, they think of coins, paper money and checking accounts. All of those are contained in one of the most basic measures of money known as M1. The following definition of M1 comes from Investopedia…


A measure of the money supply that includes all physical money, such as coins and currency, as well as demand deposits, checking accounts and Negotiable Order of Withdrawal (NOW) accounts. M1 measures the most liquid components of the money supply, as it contains cash and assets that can quickly be converted to currency.


As you can see from the chart below, M1 has really grown in recent years thanks to rampant quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve. At the moment it is sitting just shy of 3 trillion dollars…


 

So if you gathered up all coins, all paper currency and all money in everyone’s checking accounts, would that even make much of a dent in our debt?


Nope.


We’ll have to find more “money” to grab.


M2 is a broader definition of money than M1 is, because it includes more things. The following definition of M2 comes from Investopedia…


A measure of money supply that includes cash and checking deposits (M1) as well as near money. “Near money” in M2 includes savings deposits, money market mutual funds and other time deposits, which are less liquid and not as suitable as exchange mediums but can be quickly converted into cash or checking deposits.


As you can see from the chart below, M2 is sitting just short of 12 trillion dollars right now…



That is a lot more “money”, but it still wouldn’t pay off our national debt, much less our total debt of 58 trillion dollars.


So is there anything else that we could grab?


Well, the broadest definition of “money” that is commonly used is M3. The following definition of M3 comes from Investopedia…


A measure of money supply that includes M2 as well as large time deposits, institutional money market funds, short-term repurchase agreements and other larger liquid assets. The M3 measurement includes assets that are less liquid than other components of the money supply, and are more closely related to the finances of larger financial institutions and corporations than to those of businesses and individuals. These types of assets are referred to as “near, near money.”


The Federal Reserve no longer provides charts for M3, but according to John Williams of shadowstats.com, M3 is currently sitting somewhere in the neighborhood of 17 trillion dollars.


So even with the broadest possible definition of “money”, we simply cannot come up with enough to pay off the debt of the federal government, much less the rest of our debts.


That is not good news at all.


Alternatively, could we just start spending less than we bring in and start paying down the national debt a little bit at a time?


Perhaps that may have been true at one time, but now we are really up against a wall. Our rapidly aging population is going to put an enormous amount of stress on our national finances in the years ahead.


According to U.S. Representative Frank Wolf, interest on the national debt plus “mandatory” spending on programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will surpass the total amount of federal revenue by the year 2025. That is before a single penny is spent on homeland security, national defense, paying federal workers, etc.


But even now things are a giant mess. We are told that “deficits are under control”, but that is a massive hoax that is based on accounting gimmicks. During fiscal year 2014, the U.S. national debt increased by more than a trillion dollars. That is not “under control” – that is a raging national crisis.




Many believe that that we could improve the situation by raising taxes. And yes, a little bit more could probably be squeezed out of us, but the impact on government finances would be negligible. Since the end of World War II, the amount of tax revenue taken in by the federal government has fluctuated in a range between 15 and 20 percent of GDP no matter what tax rates have been. I believe that it is possible to get up into the low twenties, but that would also be very damaging to our economy and the American public would probably throw a huge temper tantrum.


The real problem, of course, is our out of control spending.


During the past two decades, spending by the federal government has grown 63 percent more rapidly than inflation, and “mandatory” spending on programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid has actually doubled after you adjust for inflation.


We simply cannot afford to keep spending money like this.


And then there is the matter of interest on the national debt. For the moment, the rest of the world is lending us gigantic mountains of money at ridiculously low interest rates. However, if the average rate of interest on U.S. government debt was just to return to the long-term average, we would be spending more than a trillion dollars a year just in interest on the national debt.


So the best possible environment for “paying down our debt” that we are ever going to see is happening right now. The only place that interest rates on U.S. government debt have to go is up, and our population is going to just keep getting older and more dependent on government programs.


Meanwhile, our overall debt continues to spiral out of control as well. According to CNBC, the total amount of debt that Americans owe has reached a staggering 58.7 trillion dollars…


As the nation entered the 1980s, there was comparatively little debt—just about $4.3 trillion. That was only about 1.5 times the size of gross GDP. Then a funny thing happened.


The gap began to widen during the decade, and then became basically parabolic through the ’90s and into the early part of the 21st century.


Though debt took a brief decline in 2009 as the country limped its way out of the financial crisis, it has climbed again and is now, at $58.7 trillion, 3.3 times the size of GDP and about 13 times what it was in 1980, according to data from the Federal Reserve’s St. Louis branch. (The total debt measure is not to be confused with the $18.2 trillion national debt, which is 102 percent of GDP and is a subset of the total figure.)


As I discussed above, there isn’t enough money in our entire system to even pay off a significant chunk of that debt.


So what happens when the total amount of debt in a society vastly exceeds the total amount of money?


Is there any way out other than collapse?


http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/it-is-mathematically-impossible-to-pay-off-all-of-our-debt




In Judaism and Christianity, the concept of the Jubilee is a special year of remission of sins and universal pardon. In the Biblical Book of Leviticus, a Jubilee year is mentioned to occur every fiftieth year, in which slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest.


In the Holy Bible, Leviticus 25:8-13 states,


And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed. For it is the jubile; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field. In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession.


Good thing bankers don't understand that. It could interfere with the financial collapse and total war scenario.


Greece Says That It Will Default On June 5th, And Moody's Warns Of A 'Deposit Freeze'

Posted by George Freund on May 24, 2015 at 11:50 AM


By Michael Snyder, on May 20th, 2015


The Greek government says that a “moment of truth” is coming on June 5th. Either their lenders agree to give them more money by that date, or Greece will default on a 300 million euro loan payment to the IMF. Of course it won’t technically be a “default” according to IMF rules for another 30 days after that, but without a doubt news that Greece cannot pay will send shockwaves throughout the financial world. At that point, those holding Greek bonds will start to panic as they realize that they might not get paid as well. All over Europe, there are major banks that are holding large amounts of Greek debt and derivatives that are related to the performance of Greek debt. If something is not done to avert disaster at the last moment, a default by Greece could be the spark that sets off a major European financial crisis this summer.


As I discussed the other day, neither the EU nor the IMF have given any money to Greece since August 2014. So now the Greek government is just about out of money, and without any new loans they will not be able to pay back the old loans that are coming due. In fact, things are so bad at this point that the Greek government is openly warningthat it will default on June 5th…


Greece cannot make an upcoming payment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5 unless foreign lenders disburse more aid, a senior ruling party lawmaker said on Wednesday, the latest warning from Athens it is on the verge of default.


Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s leftist government says it hopes to reach a cash-for-reforms deal in days, although European Union and IMF lenders are more pessimistic and say talks are moving too slowly for that.


Of course this is all part of a very high stakes chess game. The Greeks believe that the Germans will back down when faced with the prospect of a full blown European financial crisis, and the Germans believe that the Greeks will eventually be feeling so much pain that they will be forced to give in to their demands.


So with each day we get closer and closer to the edge, and the Greeks are trying to do their best to let everyone know that they are not bluffing. Just today, a spokesperson for the Greek government came out and declared that unless there is a deal by June 5th, the IMF “won’t get any money”…


Greek officials now point to a race against the clock to clinch a deal before payments totaling about 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) to the IMF come due next month, starting with a 300 million euro payment on June 5.


“Now is the moment that negotiations are coming to a head. Now is the moment of truth, on June 5,” Nikos Filis, spokesman for the ruling Syriza party’s lawmakers, told ANT1 television.


“If there is no deal by then that will address the current funding problem, they won’t get any money,” he said.


But the Germans know that the Greeks desperately need more money and can’t last much longer. The Greek banking system is so close to collapse that Moody’s just downgraded it again and warned that “there is a high likelihood of an imposition of capital controls and a deposit freeze” in the months ahead…


The outlook for the Greek banking system is negative, primarily reflecting the acute deterioration in Greek banks’ funding and liquidity, says Moody’s Investors Service in a new report published recently. These pressures are unlikely to ease over the next 12-18 months andthere is a high likelihood of an imposition of capital controls and a deposit freeze.


The new report: “Banking System Outlook: Greece”, is now available on www.moodys.com. Moody’s subscribers can access this report via the link provided at the end of this press release.


Moody’s notes that significant deposit outflows of more than €30 billion since December 2014 have increased banks’ dependence on central bank funding. In our view, the banks are likely to remain highly dependent on central bank funding, as ongoing uncertainty regarding Greece’s support programme continues to compromise depositors’ confidence.


Unfortunately, when things really start going crazy in Greece people might be faced with much more than just frozen bank accounts. As I wrote about just a few days ago, there is a very strong possibility that we could actually see Cyprus-style wealth confiscation implemented in Greece when the banks collapse.


In fact, the Greek government is already talking about the possibility of a special tax on banking transactions…


Athens is promoting the idea of a special levy on banking transactions at a rate of 0.1-0.2 percent, while the government’s proposal for a two-tier value-added tax – depending on whether the payment is in cash or by card – has met with strong opposition from the country’s creditors.


A senior government official told Kathimerini that among the proposals discussed with the eurozone and the International Monetary Fund is the imposition of a levy on bank transactions, whose exact rate will depend on the exemptions that would apply. The aim is to collect 300-600 million euros on a yearly basis.


Fee won’t include ATM withdrawals, transactions up to EU500; in this case Greek govt projects EU300m-EU600m annual revenue from measure.


Sadly, most people living in North America (which is most of my audience) does not really care much about what happens on the other side of the world.


But they should care.


If Greece defaults and the Greek banking system collapses, stocks and bonds will crash all over Europe. Many believe that such a crash can be “contained” to just Europe, but that is really just wishful thinking.


In addition, the euro would plummet dramatically, which would cause substantial financial problems all over the planet. As I recently explained, the euro is headed to parity with the U.S. dollar and then it is going to go below parity. Before it is all said and done, the euro is going to all-time lows.


Of course the U.S. dollar is eventually going to totally collapse as well, but that comes later and that is a story for another day.


According to the Bank for International Settlements, 74 trillion dollars in derivatives are directly tied to the value of the euro, the value of the U.S. dollar and the value of other global currencies.


So if you believe that what is happening in Greece cannot have massive ramifications for the entire global financial system, you are dead wrong.


What is happening in Greece is exceedingly important, and it is time for all of us to start paying attention.

 

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/greece-says-that-it-will-default-on-june-5th-and-moodys-warns-of-a-deposit-freeze


Bank of England unwittingly reveals top secret taskforce looking into 'Brexit' - after bungling staff accidentally email highly confidential details to a NEWSPAPER

Posted by George Freund on May 23, 2015 at 3:55 PM


Highly confidential: There are concerns an exit would adversely affect the economy, and the Bank was looking into the implications of an exit from the EU in 2017

 

Email was forwarded on to The Guardian by the Bank's head of press

Included advice on how to keep taskforce's existence out of the media

Reveals the team will look into financial implications of Britain leaving EU

Shadow chancellor has questioned why the Bank felt the need for secrecy

 

By FLORA DRURY FOR MAILONLINE

 

PUBLISHED: 08:09 GMT, 23 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:34 GMT, 23 May 2015

 

The Bank of England has revealed it has a top secret taskforce looking into 'Brexit' - after bungling staff accidentally emailing the highly confidential details to a newspaper.

 

The top secret email detailing the project - codenamed Project Bookend - was mistakenly forwarded to a Guardian editor on Thursday by the Bank's head of press.

 

The embarrassing gaffe is made worse by the fact the email outlines what should be said to the media were they to ask of the existence of any such investigation in order to keep it under wraps.


 

Mistake: The email revealed the taskforce was meant to be kept secret - but it was sent to a Guardian editor in what is no doubt an embarrassing gaffe for Bank of England governor Mark Carney (pictured)

 

The Guardian says the email states questions from 'other parties (eg: the press) about “whether this was a project to look at the referendum”, should be given the answer “that there is a lot going on in the next couple of months – pointing to some of the specific European economic issues (eg: Greece) that would be of concern to the Bank”'.

 

The Bank's taskforce is to be made up of four senior staff, led by Sir Jon Cunliffe, who as deputy director for financial stability has responsibility for monitoring the risk of another market crash.

 

They will be charged with looking into the implications of a 'Brexit' on the economy should an in-out referendum, due to be held in 2017, come out in favour of leaving the European Union.

Prime Minister David Cameron is currently touring Europe, trying to get a deal on reform from other leaders.

 

But they were planning to keep their work quiet - even keeping the majority of Bank staff in the dark.

 

Today, the Bank was forced to hold its hands up to the error, but pointed out it was only to be expected that it would look at the implications of a Brexit.

 

'It should not come as a surprise that the Bank is undertaking such work about a stated government policy,' a spokesman said.

 

'There are a range of economic and financial issues that arise in the context of the renegotiation and national referendum.

 

'It is one of the Bank's responsibilities to assess those that relate to its objectives.'

But why they were trying to keep it secret has been questioned by shadow chancellor Chris Leslie, who also demanded to know what George Osborne knew about the work.

 

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'It's a very momentous decision that the country is facing, it's incredibly important for our place in the world and we have got to have the full information and analysis so that the British people can reach an informed decision.

 

'I don't think it's unreasonable to have an assessment of the consequences for jobs, trade and living standards, but why on earth so much secrecy and concealment?

 

'I can't really see why there should be so many hidden agendas here, I think we have got to have an open and transparent and frank debate, not facts hidden from public view.'

The Bank defended its decision, however.

 

'It is not sensible to talk about this work publicly, in advance,' the spokesman said.

 

'But as with work done prior to the Scottish referendum, we will disclose the details of such work at the appropriate time.

 

'While it is unfortunate that this information has entered the public domain in this way, the Bank will maintain this approach.'

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3093816/Bank-England-unwittingly-reveals-secret-taskforce-looking-Brexit-bungling-staff-accidentally-email-highly-confidential-details-NEWSPAPER.html#ixzz3azBaPUqU


ISIS claims it is 'infinitely' closer to buying a nuclear weapon from Pakistan and smuggling it into the US

Posted by George Freund on May 23, 2015 at 3:45 PM


Propaganda: In an article entitled 'The Perfect Storm', it is claimed ISIS has billions of dollars in the bank and describes a 'hypothetical operation' which involves it buying a nuclear bomb


Islamic State says it is closer to buying a nuclear bomb than a year ago

Claims are made in the terror group's latest propaganda magazine, Dabiq

Article was apparently written by hostage and photojournalist John Cantlie

Briton has been held captive by Islamic extremists for more than two years


By JENNY STANTON FOR MAILONLINE

 

PUBLISHED: 19:49 GMT, 22 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:40 GMT, 23 May 2015

 

Islamic State has claimed it is 'infinitely' closer to buying a nuclear bomb from Pakistan and smuggling it into the US.

 

An article, apparently penned by British hostage John Cantlie for the terror group’s magazine, Dabiq, says the scenario is 'more possible today than it was just one year ago'.

 

Cantlie, a photojournalist who has been held captive for more than two years, has appeared in multiple propaganda videos and articles for the extremist group.


 

ISIS hostage: The article making the claims was apparently written by Briton John Cantlie, who has been held captive for more than two years

 

In an article entitled 'The Perfect Storm', it is claimed ISIS has billions of dollars in the bank and describes a 'hypothetical operation' which involves it buying a nuclear bomb 'through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials' in Pakistan.

 

It describes how the device could be smuggled into North America overland and by boat.

 

'Perhaps such a scenario is far-fetched but it’s the sum of all fears for western intelligence agencies and it’s infinitely more possible today than it was just one year ago,' it adds.

 

It says 'if not a nuke', a few tonnes of explosives could be used instead.

 

'The Islamic State make no secret of the fact they have every intention of attacking America on its home soil and they’re not going to mince about with two mujāhidīn (jihadis) taking down a dozen casualties if it originates from the caliphate,' it reads.

 

'They’ll be looking to do something big, something that would make any past operation look like a squirrel shoot, and the more groups that pledge allegiance the more possible it becomes to pull off something truly epic.'



Cantlie, a photojournalist who has been held captive for more than two years, has appeared in multiple propaganda videos and articles for the extremist group

 

The article ends with the chilling warning: 'As the territory of the Islamic State crosses from one border to another like a wildfire that is burning out of control, it’ll be only a matter of time before the Islamic State reaches the western world.'

 

ISIS is swaggering and posturing. It is taunting both us in the West but also other Middle Eastern states and embarrassing Pakistan at the same time


Anthony Glees, director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham, said the idea of Pakistan selling nuclear weapons to ISIS is 'beggars belief'.

 

'It would be suicidal for Pakistan to supply them and suicidal for ISIS to seek to acquire them - it would lead to immediate military intervention,' he told MailOnline.

 

'However it is possible that ISIS might try to acquire nukes from somewhere, but if so, all western intelligence agencies would be on the highest alert to prevent this.

 

'As for getting non-nuclear explosives, well that would indeed not be hard. But they're not nukes, I can't believe ISIS could acquire nukes.

 

'ISIS is swaggering and posturing. It is taunting both us in the West but also other Middle Eastern states and embarrassing Pakistan at the same time.'

 


Threat: The article warns 'it will only be a matter of time before Islamic State reaches the western world'



'But the bottom line is that ISIS is strengthening its stranglehold on Iraq and Syria,' Professor Glees explained. 'That is desperately bad news for us.'

 

In February, Cantlie told his family to ‘let him go’ and ‘get on with their lives’ - days after appearing on a propaganda video which he ominously warned was the last in the series.

 

In a Dabiq article he thanked his relatives and fiancee for their ‘tireless efforts’ campaigning for his release. However, he adds: ‘Let it go. Leave it be and get on with your lives, all of you’.

 

He was captured in Syria in November 2012 together with the now murdered US correspondent James Foley.

 

Professor Glees added: 'As for Cantlie, it is impossible for us in the free West to appreciate the pressure that has been put on him.

 

'He's either been brainwashed by ISIS and by fear of what they can do to him or doing his best to stay alive. It's an enigma.'

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3093244/ISIS-claims-infinitely-closer-buying-nuclear-weapon-Pakistan-smuggling-US.html#ixzz3azA7ffur

Airbus engineer killed himself after becoming obsessed with 'irrational' idea that he caused AirAsia plane crash which killed 162 people

Posted by George Freund on May 22, 2015 at 3:40 PM

The plane was carrying 162 people from Surabaya to Singapore when it crashed in the Java Sea last year


Engineer had worked on plane like that which crashed, inquest told

He had nothing to do with crash, but developed 'irrational' idea he did

His employers explained he was wrong but he was 'obsessed', hearing told

Coroner finds 'irrational thoughts triggered low mood' which led to suicide


 

By RICHARD SPILLETT FOR MAILONLINE


 

PUBLISHED: 16:26 GMT, 22 May 2015 | UPDATED: 17:57 GMT, 22 May 2015


 

An aircraft engineer who developed an 'utterly irrational' obsession with the idea he caused an air crash took his own life, an inquest has heard.


 

Gavin Price Jones, of Saltney, Cheshire, had worked on Airbus A320 aircraft like that involved in AirAsia disaster, in which 162 died when the plane crashed into the Java Sea between Surabaya and Singapore last December.


 

Family members at his inquest described how the engineer was 'driven mad' by thoughts that he may have contributed to the accident.


 


A engineer who worked at the Airbus plant in Flintshire (pictured in file photo) killed himself after developing an irrational obsession with the idea that he had caused a plane crash, a inquest has heard


 

Mr Jones's wife Louise found her husband - who worked for Airbus in Broughton, Flintshire - hanged in January 20 this year. A note had been left nearby.


 

The hearing at West Cheshire Magistrates Court heard had become depressed due to a combination of his fixation on having caused the crash, the death of his father and a difficult conversation in which he talked a friend out of suicide.


 

Giving evidence at the inquest, held at West Cheshire Magistrates Court, his wife said: 'The AirAsia flight that came down just after Christmas was an Airbus A320, which is what he works on.


 

'He thought he was to blame for that aircraft going down. These thoughts drove him mad. He was obsessed.'


 

Mrs Jones said she had spoken to her husband about the issues and explained he would draw technical pictures to demonstrate 'how he was to blame' for the air crash.


 

Gavin Price Jones had worked on the Airbus A320 (pictured in file photo) like that involved in the accident but had nothing to do with the crash, a coroner said

 

She arranged for the 37-year-old to speak to the head of quality and safety at work, who attempted to reassure Mr Jones he was not at fault, but to no avail.

 

'It got steadily worse over time,' she said. 'It was all he thought about.'

 

Mr Jones' mother, Susan, said he had also talked to her son about his belief he was to blame for the air disaster a week or so before he died.

 

'When he told me, I knew that he was ill,' she said.

 

On the morning his death he told his mother he was going for a walk and 'seemed fine' when his wife left with her young son, the hearing was told.

 

'He was a quiet person anyway. He kissed me goodbye and then I went,' she said.

 

Alan Moore, assistant coroner for Cheshire, concluded Mr Jones took his own life while the balance of his mind was disturbed.

 


 

 

Mr Moore said: 'For reasons only known to Gavin, he formed the belief he was somehow involved in the [AirAsia] disaster.

 

'His employers and national media events would indicate this was completely and utterly irrational. Gavin played no part in that disaster, but he must have believed he did.

 

'These irrational thoughts triggered low mood and anxiety. It seems to have become all-consuming.

 

'His family and friends had no idea what was about to happen. They couldn't have known of his intentions.'

 

The Indonesian national transportation safety committee is investigating the AirAsia disaster. It is thought the plane was climbing rapidly in an attempted to fly over a storm when it crashed.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3093049/Engineer-killed-obsessed-irrational-idea-caused-AirAsia-disaster.html#ixzz3atRwPxI4


Google patents creepy internet 'toys' that could control your home, listen in on conversations and spy on children

Posted by George Freund on May 22, 2015 at 2:50 PM


Google has published a patent that suggests creepy-looking teddy bears and rabbits (pictured) could interact with homeowners to switch lights on and off and turn on appliances with a simple vocal command


Patent suggests Teddy and rabbit-shaped machines would constantly listen for commands, and turn their heads and talk in response

Toys containing microphones and cameras could record conversations

Would be able to control appliances like TVs, music systems and lights

Devices may never go to market but privacy campaigners are concerned

 

By SARAH GRIFFITHS FOR MAILONLINE

 

PUBLISHED: 15:47 GMT, 22 May 2015 | UPDATED: 17:28 GMT, 22 May 2015

 

Buzz Lightyear and Woody may have been able to switch lights on and off and drive remote controlled cars, but toys of the future could take control of all sorts of household appliances and even spy on their owners too.

 

Google has published a patent that suggests creepy-looking teddy bears and rabbits could one day keep a watchful eye on children and adults, eavesdropping on everything we say.

 

The internet-connected devices would listen for instructions and interact with homeowners to switch lights on and off or turn on household appliances upon a simple vocal command, for example.


 



The internet-connected toys would be able to listen in on family conversations and respond by turning their heads, talking and changing their facial expressions, much like the intelligent 'super toy' teddy bear (pictured) in Stephen Spielberg's science fiction film, AI


The toys, dreamed up by Google's secretive R&D division, have captured the attention of privacy campaigners, because they contain microphones, speakers and cameras.

 

The toys also feature motors to change their facial expressions and have the ability to connect to the internet.

 

Google's patent suggests the 'toy' would listen for a trigger word and upon hearing it, would turn to face the speaker.

 

Using cameras, it would check the person is making eye contact with the toy, the BBC reports.

 

It would then speak back or adopt a new facial expression to show surprise, for example, before carrying out useful actions such as switching on a washing machine, for example.

 

Such human-like toys have featured in horror and science fiction films such as Stephen Spielberg's film, AI.

 

The patent says: 'To express interest, an anthropomorphic device may open its eyes, lift its head and/or focus its gaze on the user.'

 

The drawing in the patent shows the machine taking the form of a teddy bear or robot, but dragons or aliens could be a possibility.



The toys would connect to the internet and carry out commands issued by their owners such as switching a TV on or off (illustrated). They could also store conversations and would be permanently listening for instructions



The patent suggests the 'toy' would listen for a trigger word and when it hears it, turn to face the speaker, using cameras to check they are making eye contact. This would mean the toy could essentially come 'alive' on demand and autonomously change its facial expression, much like the toys in Disney's Toy Story (pictured)

 

It suggests that by looking cute, 'young children might find these forms to be attractive' and adults would interact with them more naturally than a traditional computer interface.

 

Homes could use one or have a number of 'toys' to spread around the home to assist different members of the family.

 

But Emma Carr, director of Big Brother Watch, said devices that record conversations and log activity come with privacy concerns.

 

'When those devices are aimed specifically at children, then for many this will step over the creepy line.

 

'Children should be able to play in private and shouldn't have to fear this sort of passive invasion of their privacy. It is simply unnecessary.'



There is no guarantee that Google's idea will ever make it into production – like the ideas published in many patents – and it's not the only company to work on connected toys. This is Qualcomm's conceptual smart bear, which could say good morning and goodnight to children

 


Qualcomm has already floated the idea of a smart teddybear in its 'house of the future' (features illustrated) at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

 

There is no guarantee that Google's idea will ever make it into production – like the ideas published in many patents – and it is not the only company to work on internet connected toys.

 

Qualcomm has already floated the idea of a smart teddy bear in its 'house of the future' at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

 

A concept bear was demonstrated in a child's bedroom that is able to say good morning or goodnight to a child, while lights turn on or off.

 

While teddy used in the home was a concept device, yet similar smart teddies are already on sale, such as Teddy the Guardian from London-based IDX Labs.

 

Mattel has debuted Hello Barbie – a doll that taps into a Wi-Fi connection to chat with young girls, and record conversations.

 

PRIVACY CAMPAIGNERS CALL FOR MATTEL TO SCRAP WI-FI DOLL

A group of privacy advocates are attempting to halt the release of a new Wi-Fi-enabled Barbie doll, which records conversations with children.

 

Mattel, the toy company behind the iconic children's doll, announced the launch of the new Hello Barbie, which will be able to hold two-way conversations, play games and tell jokes, earlier this year.

 

However the concept quickly came under fire from critics who claim the doll's ability to record potentially-sensitive information could be incredibly damaging for children.

 

'Imagine your children playing with a Wi-Fi-connected doll that records their conversations - and then transmits them to a corporation which analyzes every word to learn 'all of [the child's] likes and dislikes',' the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) wrote on its website.

 

That's exactly what Mattel's eavesdropping Hello Barbie will do if it is released this fall, as planned. But we can stop it!'

 

 


A group of privacy advocates are attempting to halt the release of a new Wi-Fi-enabled Barbie doll, (pictured) which records conversations with children

 


It added: 'When Mattel releases the toy in late fall, things will get seriously creepy.'

 


According to Mattel, the soon-to-be-released doll, which was created in collaboration with US-based start-up Toy Talk, will not only be able to talk to children, but also take on board and understand what they say, enabling it to interact with the child on a personal level.

 


For example, if a child mentions a particular hobby or interest, the Hello Barbie can store this information and bring it up again during future conversations.

 


The doll, which will retail for $74.99 when it eventually hits shelves, will however need to be connected to WiFi in order for these features to work.

 


And at the time of its launch back in February, its creators insisted that every effort had been made to ensure that the information captured by the doll would remain totally safe.

 


'Barbie is online and talks directly to the ToyTalk servers,' Martin Reddy, co-founder and chief technical officer at ToyTalk, added to ABC News during a demonstration of the doll's abilities.

 


'Our artificial intelligence engine is running with the content of what Barbie can say. That AI engine's job is to decide what is best to say back. All of the logic, behavior, content is on the servers.'

 


Mr Reddy added that the company has taken steps to ensure that all of the information stored on the servers remains completely private - insisting that the brand is well aware that some parents might be concerned about the idea of their children playing with an internet-connected toy.

 


'It is a very legitimate concern and one we are very concerned about as well,' he said, before explaining that ToyTalk has 'several apps in market' to safeguard against any online dangers - as well as having settings in place that will enable a parent to watch over all of the information which is stored by the company's servers.

 


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3092988/Google-patents-creepy-internet-toys-control-home-listen-conversations-spy-children.html#ixzz3atQyzOAh


YOUR MORNING SCRABBLE CODE

Posted by George Freund on May 21, 2015 at 10:25 AM


Good morning, Mr. Phelps.... Your mission... should you decide to accept it, is to break the Scrabble Code.

Thousands of new words added to Scrabble dictionary


Thousands of new words - including slang terms lolz, shizzle and obvs - have been added to the latest Scrabble word list, its publisher has said.


About 6,500 words have been added to the latest Collins Scrabble Word List, including a number of slang terms used on social media and in text messages.


New words include twerking, emoji, bezzy and ridic - short for ridiculous.


One the highest scoring new entries is quinzhee - an Inuit snow shelter - which scores 29 Scrabble points.


Other new words now acceptable in the board game include onesie, devo - short for devolution - vape, and shootie, meaning a fashionable shoe that covers the ankle.




Eew, yeesh, waah


New words involving technology include facetime, hashtag, and sexting, while exclamations such as augh, blech, eew, grr, waah and yeesh have also been added.


It is the first update to the list since 2011.


New entries - along with what the word scores in Scrabble - include:




  • Dench - meaning excellent - 11 points
  • Geocache - a recreation activity which sees contenders searching for hidden containers, using GPS - 16 points
  • Lotsa - meaning lots of - 5 points
  • Newb - short for newbie - 9 points
  • Thanx - short for thank you - 15 points
  • Hacktivist - a person who hacks computer systems for political reasons - 22 points
  • Cazh - meaning casual - 18 points
  • Checkbox - a small clickable box on a computer screen - 28 points


The Scrabble dictionary includes words from Australia, Canada, South Africa, the UK and the US in a single list.


"Dictionaries have always included formal and informal English, but it used to be hard to find printed evidence of the use of slang words," Helen Newstead, head of language content at Collins, said.


"Now people use slang in social media posts, tweets, blogs, comments, text messages - you name it - so there's a host of evidence for informal varieties of English that simply didn't exist before."


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The future can be fun. At Conspiracy Cafe we know the routines of the NWO. One of their classics is The Scrabble Code. In an innocuous story certain combinations of letters tell of a hidden agenda in the open. For those with their thinking caps on, they see the trick. Sprinkle in a little time and you solve the puzzle. The mind was meant to be used. Don't be talked out of solving the mission code. It is the main way to NOT self destruct. 



From our TIME CAPSULE we have this worn example. The letters circled in the imaginary letter held a clue. Imagine that.



Removed they made a puzzle. Decoded they led to a bombing in London.



Who'd a thunk?


Another use told us of WAR IN UKRAINE.


You are allowed to think here. Let us begin. We have ANOTHZIOXUIKVCE and a blank which fits the letter 'C' in the puzzle.


The UK stood out first with the numbers 1, 5. We found AXCO an insurance company located on the Old Broad Street at number 10. The numbers are 1, 8, 1, 1. They total to that magic number 11. The other 6. 6/11? Are you getting the picture?


We have ZIH which is a https://tu-dresden.de/die_tu_dresden/zentrale_einrichtungen/zih" target="_blank">school in Germany or an airport in Mexico, but this is the SLANG edition. Reversed HIZ takes on a few meanings. It represents a person under the halo a false persona perhaps. It implied a female of dubious quality and a gangster murder the big fish eating the little fish specifically a borsch eating fish. Russia and the Ukraine enter the time space of the puzzle.


Then we find the slang term VIC most likely representing a VICTIM.



Theon Greyjoy


There remains THEON a major character in THE GAME OF THRONES. He carries intrigue with a struggle between power groups entering rebellion and war. Will THEON be the victim of a plot or the orchestrator? The mission continues Mr. Phelps. Stay tuned.

CONTACT HAS BEGUN

Posted by George Freund on May 21, 2015 at 7:50 AM

Protons collide at 13 TeV sending showers of particles through the ATLAS detector (Image: ATLAS)

Protons set to collide at 13 TeV to prepare for physics


Posted by Cian O'Luanaigh on 20 May 2015. Last updated 20 May 2015, 17.30.


Over the next 24 hours, beams of protons should collide in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the record-breaking energy of 13 teraelectronvolts (TeV) for the first time. This is one of the many steps required to prepare the machine before the LHC's second physics run can begin. The LHC Operations team plans to declare "stable beams" in the coming weeks – the signal for the LHC experiments to start taking physics data at this new energy frontier.


"We begin by bringing the beams into collision at 13 TeV, and adjusting their orbits to collide them head-on," says Ronaldus SuykerBuyk of the Operations team.


Last month proton beams were back in the accelerator for the first time after two years of intense maintenance and consolidation. The first beam at the record energy of 6.5 TeV circulated on 10 April, and the first collisions – at the lower beam energy of 450 gigaelectronvolts (GeV)  followed.


The team has already checked and fine-tuned all the beam instruments, magnets and collimators along the 27-kilometre accelerator for collisions at 900 GeV. But when beam energy increases to 6.5 TeV, the beam parameters and orbits change significantly as compared to 450 GeV. In addition, the beams are focused down to a much smaller spot size within the experiments and as a consequence the location of collisions changes.


"When we start to bring the beams into collision at a new energy, they often miss each other," says Jorg Wenninger of the LHC Operations team. "The beams are tiny – only about 20 microns in diameter at 6.5 TeV; more than 10 times smaller than at 450 GeV. So we have to scan around – adjusting the orbit of each beam until collision rates provided by the experiments tell us that they are colliding properly."


The design of the LHC allows more than 2800 bunches of protons to circulate in each beam at a time. But the LHC Operations team will start collision tests with just one or two bunches per beam at the nominal intensity of 1011 particles per bunch to ensure that all is running smoothly.


Once they have found the points at which the beams interact optimally to give the most physics data, collimators have to be positioned accurately around the beam orbits to intercept particles that stray from the beam before they can hit magnets or detectors. "When the positioning of all collimators has been validated the LHC will switch over to production mode," says Wenninger, "and become a 'collision factory', delivering data to experiments." At this point, the experiments will switch on fully, and LHC Run 2 will begin.


In the meantime, the large LHC experiments  ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb will use the test data to check specific parts of their detectors for the upcoming physics run.


"The collisions at 13 TeV will allow us to further test all improvements that have been made to the trigger and reconstruction systems, and check the synchronisation of all the components of our detector," says CMS spokesperson Tiziano Camporesi. 


“These data are precious to complete the fine tuning of the preparation for the run,” says ALICE spokesperson Paolo Giubellino. “ALICE has installed new detectors during the shutdown, and has significantly upgraded the trigger and readout. The validation of the new hardware will greatly benefit from the first data.”


"Although these collisions are not used for physics studies, they are useful for refining the synchronization of the readout time of different parts of the calorimeters and muon detectors," says LHCb spokesperson Guy Wilkinson.


"These 13 TeV data allow us to work on further improving the ATLAS detector readiness, following the recent 900 GeV collisions," says ATLAS spokesperson Dave Charlton. "The higher energies mean that we expect more active and energetic events, which will let us probe more deeply into the detector, for example."


Declaring "stable beams" will be only the beginning for the LHC Operations team. "We’re still working on the injection chain to the LHC, and finalising the collimators," says Wenninger. “And the machine evolves around you. There are little changes over the months. There’s the alignment of the machine, which moves a little with the slow-changing geology of the area. So we keep adjusting every day."


This week's collisions at 13 TeV are to check that CERN's flagship – the LHC – is sea-worthy. But we haven't yet begun the voyage to new frontiers.


First images of collisions at 13 TeV


Posted by Cian O'Luanaigh on 21 May 2015. Last updated 21 May 2015, 13.47.



Test collisions continue today at 13 TeV in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to prepare the detectors ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb for data-taking, planned for early June (Image: LHC page 1)


Last night, protons collided in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the record-breaking energy of 13 TeV for the first time. These test collisions were to set up systems that protect the machine and detectors from particles that stray from the edges of the beam.


A key part of the process was the set-up of the collimators. These devices which absorb stray particles were adjusted in colliding-beam conditions. This set-up will give the accelerator team the data they need to ensure that the LHC magnets and detectors are fully protected.


Today the tests continue. Colliding beams will stay in the LHC for several hours. The LHC Operations team will continue to monitor beam quality and optimisation of the set-up.


This is an important part of the process that will allow the experimental teams running the detectors ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb to switch on their experiments fully. Data taking and the start of the LHC's second run is planned for early June.



Protons collide at 13 TeV sending showers of particles through the ALICE detector (Image: ALICE)


Protons collide at 13 TeV sending showers of particles through the CMS detector (Image: CMS)


Protons collide at 13 TeV sending showers of particles through the LHCb detector (Image: LHCb)

What If Putin Is Telling The Truth?

Posted by George Freund on May 20, 2015 at 7:15 PM


TND Guest Contributor:   F. William Engdahl |

Published On: Sat, May 16th, 2015

On April 26 Russia’s main national TV station, Rossiya 1, featured President Vladimir Putin in a documentary to the Russian people on the events of the recent period including the annexation of Crimea, the US coup d’etat in Ukraine, and the general state of relations with the United States and the EU. His words were frank. And in the middle of his remarks the Russian former KGB chief dropped a political bombshell that was known by Russian intelligence two decades ago.

Putin stated bluntly that in his view the West would only be content in having a Russia weak, suffering and begging from the West, something clearly the Russian character is not disposed to. Then a short way into his remarks, the Russian President stated for the first time publicly something that Russian intelligence has known for almost two decades but kept silent until now, most probably in hopes of an era of better normalized Russia-US relations.

Putin stated that the terror in Chechnya and in the Russian Caucasus in the early 1990’s was actively backed by the CIA and western Intelligence services to deliberately weaken Russia. He noted that the Russian FSB foreign intelligence had documentation of the US covert role without giving details.

What Putin, an intelligence professional of the highest order, only hinted at in his remarks, I have documented in detail from non-Russian sources. The report has enormous implications to reveal to the world the long-standing hidden agenda of influential circles in Washington to destroy Russia as a functioning sovereign state, an agenda which includes the neo-nazi coup d’etat in Ukraine and severe financial sanction warfare against Moscow. The following is drawn on my book, Amerikas’ Heilige Krieg.

CIA’s Chechen Wars

Not long after the CIA and Saudi Intelligence-financed Mujahideen had devastated Afghanistan at the end of the 1980’s, forcing the exit of the Soviet Army in 1989, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union itself some months later, the CIA began to look at possible places in the collapsing Soviet Union where their trained “Afghan Arabs” could be redeployed to further destabilize Russian influence over the post-Soviet Eurasian space.

They were called Afghan Arabs because they had been recruited from ultraconservative Wahhabite Sunni Muslims from Saudi Arabia, the Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and elsewhere in the Arab world where the ultra-strict Wahhabite Islam was practiced. They were brought to Afghanistan in the early 1980’s by a Saudi CIA recruit who had been sent to Afghanistan named Osama bin Laden.

With the former Soviet Union in total chaos and disarray, George H.W. Bush’s Administration decided to “kick ‘em when they’re down,” a sad error. Washington redeployed their Afghan veteran terrorists to bring chaos and destabilize all of Central Asia, even into the Russian Federation itself, then in a deep and traumatic crisis during the economic collapse of the Yeltsin era.

In the early 1990s, Dick Cheney’s company, Halliburton, had surveyed the offshore oil potentials of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and the entire Caspian Sea Basin. They estimated the region to be “another Saudi Arabia” worth several trillion dollars on today’s market. The US and UK were determined to keep that oil bonanza from Russian control by all means. The first target of Washington was to stage a coup in Azerbaijan against elected president Abulfaz Elchibey to install a President more friendly to a US-controlled Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline, “the world’s most political pipeline,” bringing Baku oil from Azerbaijan through Georgia to Turkey and the Mediterranean.



At that time, the only existing oil pipeline from Baku was a Soviet era Russian pipeline that ran through the Chechen capital, Grozny, taking Baku oil north via Russia’s Dagestan province, and across Chechenya to the Black Sea Russian port of Novorossiysk. The pipeline was the only competition and major obstacle to the very costly alternative route of Washington and the British and US oil majors.

President Bush Sr. gave his old friends at CIA the mandate to destroy that Russian Chechen pipeline and create such chaos in the Caucasus that no Western or Russian company would consider using the Grozny Russian oil pipeline.

Graham E. Fuller, an old colleague of Bush and former Deputy Director of the CIA National Council on Intelligence had been a key architect of the CIA Mujahideen strategy. Fuller described the CIA strategy in the Caucasus in the early 1990s: “The policy of guiding the evolution of Islam and of helping them against our adversaries worked marvelously well in Afghanistan against the Red Army. The same doctrines can still be used to destabilize what remains of Russian power.”6

The CIA used a dirty tricks veteran, General Richard Secord, for the operation. Secord created a CIA front company, MEGA Oil. Secord had been convicted in the 1980s for his central role in the CIA’s Iran-Contra illegal arms and drugs operations.

In 1991 Secord, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, landed in Baku and set up the CIA front company, MEGA Oil. He was a veteran of the CIA covert opium operations in Laos during the Vietnam War. In Azerbaijan, he setup an airline to secretly fly hundreds of bin Laden’s al-Qaeda Mujahideen from Afghanistan into Azerbaijan. By 1993, MEGA Oil had recruited and armed 2,000 Mujahideen, converting Baku into a base for Caucasus-wide Mujahideen terrorist operations.

General Secord’s covert Mujahideen operation in the Caucasus initiated the military coup that toppled elected president Abulfaz Elchibey that year and installed Heydar Aliyev, a more pliable US puppet. A secret Turkish intelligence report leaked to the Sunday Times of London confirmed that “two petrol giants, BP and Amoco, British and American respectively, which together form the AIOC (Azerbaijan International Oil Consortium), are behind the coup d’état.”

Saudi Intelligence head, Turki al-Faisal, arranged that his agent, Osama bin Laden, whom he had sent to Afghanistan at the start of the Afghan war in the early 1980s, would use his Afghan organization Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK) to recruit “Afghan Arabs” for what was rapidly becoming a global Jihad. Bin Laden’s mercenaries were used as shock troops by the Pentagon and CIA to coordinate and support Muslim offensives not only Azerbaijan but also in Chechnya and, later, Bosnia.

Bin Laden brought in another Saudi, Ibn al-Khattab, to become Commander, or Emir of Jihadist Mujahideen in Chechnya (sic!) together with Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev. No matter that Ibn al-Khattab was a Saudi Arab who spoke barely a word of Chechen, let alone, Russian. He knew what Russian soldiers looked like and how to kill them.

Chechnya then was traditionally a predominantly Sufi society, a mild apolitical branch of Islam. Yet the increasing infiltration of the well-financed and well-trained US-sponsored Mujahideen terrorists preaching Jihad or Holy War against Russians transformed the initially reformist Chechen resistance movement. They spread al-Qaeda’s hardline Islamist ideology across the Caucasus. Under Secord’s guidance, Mujahideen terrorist operations had also quickly extended into neighboring Dagestan and Chechnya, turning Baku into a shipping point for Afghan heroin to the Chechen mafia.



From the mid-1990s, bin Laden paid Chechen guerrilla leaders Shamil Basayev and Omar ibn al-Khattab the handsome sum of several million dollars per month, a King’s fortune in economically desolate Chechnya in the 1990s, enabling them to sideline the moderate Chechen majority.21 US intelligence remained deeply involved in the Chechen conflict until the end of the 1990s. According to Yossef Bodansky, then Director of the US Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, Washington was actively involved in “yet another anti-Russian jihad, seeking to support and empower the most virulent anti-Western Islamist forces.”

Bodansky revealed the entire CIA Caucasus strategy in detail in his report, stating that US Government officials participated in,

“a formal meeting in Azerbaijan in December 1999 in which specific programs for the training and equipping of Mujahideen from the Caucasus, Central/South Asia and the Arab world were discussed and agreed upon, culminating in Washington’s tacit encouragement of both Muslim allies (mainly Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia) and US ‘private security companies’. . . to assist the Chechens and their Islamist allies to surge in the spring of 2000 and sustain the ensuing Jihad for a long time…Islamist Jihad in the Caucasus as a way to deprive Russia of a viable pipeline route through spiraling violence and terrorism.”


The most intense phase of the Chechen wars wound down in 2000 only after heavy Russian military action defeated the Islamists. It was a pyrrhic victory, costing a massive toll in human life and destruction of entire cities. The exact death toll from the CIA-instigated Chechen conflict is unknown. Unofficial estimates ranged from 25,000 to 50,000 dead or missing, mostly civilians. Russian casualties were near 11,000 according to the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers.

The Anglo-American oil majors and the CIA’s operatives were happy. They had what they wanted: their Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan oil pipeline, bypassing Russia’s Grozny pipeline.

The Chechen Jihadists, under the Islamic command of Shamil Basayev, continued guerrilla attacks in and outside Chechnya. The CIA had refocused into the Caucasus.



Basayev’s Saudi Connection

Basayev was a key part of the CIA’s Global Jihad. In 1992, he met Saudi terrorist Ibn al-Khattag inAzerbaijan. From Azerbaijan, Ibn al-Khattab brought Basayev to Afghanistan to meet al-Khattab’s ally, fellow-Saudi Osama bin Laden. Ibn al-Khattab’s role was to recruit Chechen Muslims willing to wage Jihad against Russian forces in Chechnya on behalf of the covert CIA strategy of destabilizing post-Soviet Russia and securing British-US control over Caspian energy.

Once back in Chechnya, Basayev and al-Khattab created the International Islamic Brigade (IIB) with Saudi Intelligence money, approved by the CIA and coordinated through the liaison of Saudi Washington Ambassador and Bush family intimate Prince Bandar bin Sultan. Bandar, Saudi Washington Ambassador for more than two decades, was so intimate with the Bush family that George W. Bush referred to the playboy Saudi Ambassador as “Bandar Bush,” a kind of honorary family member.

Basayev and al-Khattab imported fighters from the Saudi fanatical Wahhabite strain of Sunni Islam into Chechnya. Ibn al-Khattab commanded what were called the “Arab Mujahideen in Chechnya,” his own private army of Arabs, Turks, and other foreign fighters. He was also commissioned to set up paramilitary training camps in the Caucasus Mountains of Chechnya that trained Chechens and Muslims from the North Caucasian Russian republics and from Central Asia.

The Saudi and CIA-financed Islamic International Brigade was responsible not only for terror in Chechnya. They carried out the October 2002 Moscow Dubrovka Theatre hostage seizure and the gruesome September 2004 Beslan school massacre. In 2010, the UN Security Council published the following report on al-Khattab and Basayev’s International Islamic Brigade:



Islamic International Brigade (IIB) was listed on 4 March 2003. . . as being associated with Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden or the Taliban for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf or in support of” Al-Qaida. . . The Islamic International Brigade (IIB) was founded and led by Shamil Salmanovich Basayev (deceased) and is linked to the Riyadus-Salikhin Reconnaissance and Sabotage Battalion of Chechen Martyrs (RSRSBCM). . . and the Special Purpose Islamic Regiment (SPIR). . .

On the evening of 23 October 2002, members of IIB, RSRSBCM and SPIR operated jointly to seize over 800 hostages at Moscow’s Podshipnikov Zavod (Dubrovka) Theater.

In October 1999, emissaries of Basayev and Al-Khattab traveled to Usama bin Laden’s home base in the Afghan province of Kandahar, where Bin Laden agreed to provide substantial military assistance and financial aid, including by making arrangements to send to Chechnya several hundred fighters to fight against Russian troops and perpetrate acts of terrorism. Later that year, Bin Laden sent substantial amounts of money to Basayev, Movsar Barayev (leader of SPIR) and Al-Khattab, which was to be used exclusively for training gunmen, recruiting mercenaries and buying ammunition.







The Afghan-Caucasus Al Qaeda “terrorist railway,” financed by Saudi intelligence, had two goals. One was a Saudi goal to spread fanatical Wahhabite Jihad into the Central Asian region of the former Soviet Union. The second was the CIA’s agenda of destabilizing a then-collapsing post-Soviet Russian Federation.

Beslan

On September 1, 2004, armed terrorists from Basayev and al-Khattab’s IIB took more than 1,100 people as hostages in a siege that included 777 children, and forced them into School Number One (SNO) in Beslan in North Ossetia, the autonomous republic in the North Caucasus of the Russian Federation near to the Georgia border.

On the third day of the hostage crisis, as explosions were heard inside the school, FSB and other elite Russian troops stormed the building. In the end, at least 334 hostages were killed, including 186 children, with a significant number of people injured and reported missing. It became clear afterward that the Russian forces had handled the intervention poorly.

The Washington propaganda machine, from Radio Free Europe to The New York Times and CNN, wasted no time demonizing Putin and Russia for their bad handling of the Beslan crisis rather than focus on the links of Basayev to Al Qaeda and Saudi intelligence. That would have brought the world’s attention to the intimate relations between the family of then US President George W. Bush and the Saudi billionaire bin Laden family.


From left: King Abdullah, Prince Naif, Osama bin Laden, Prince Bandar, and Prince Turki—Saudis all

On September 1, 2001, just ten days before the day of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, Saudi Intelligence head US-educated Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, who had directed Saudi Intelligence since 1977, including through the entire Osama bin Laden Mujahideen operation in Afghanistan and into the Caucasus, abruptly and inexplicably resigned, just days after having accepted a new term as intelligence head from his King. He gave no explanation. He was quickly reposted to London, away from Washington.

The record of the bin Laden-Bush family intimate ties was buried, in fact entirely deleted on “national security” (sic!) grounds in the official US Commission Report on 911. The Saudi background of fourteen of the nineteen alleged 911 terrorists in New York and Washington was also deleted from the US Government’s final 911 Commission report, released only in July 2004 by the Bush Administration, almost three years after the events.

Basayev claimed credit for having sent the terrorists to Beslan. His demands had included the complete independence of Chechnya from Russia, something that would have given Washington and the Pentagon an enormous strategic dagger in the southern underbelly of the Russian Federation.

By late 2004, in the aftermath of the tragic Beslan drama, President Vladimir Putin reportedly ordered a secret search and destroy mission by Russian intelligence to hunt and kill key leaders of the Caucasus Mujahideen of Basayev. Al-Khattab had been killed in 2002. The Russian security forces soon discovered that most of the Chechen Afghan Arab terrorists had fled. They had gotten safe haven in Turkey, a NATO member; in Azerbaijan, by then almost a NATO Member; or in Germany, a NATO Member; or in Dubai–one of the closest US Allies in the Arab States, and Qatar-another very close US ally. In other words, the Chechen terrorists were given NATO safe haven.

F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

This article was published at the New Eastern Outlook and is reprinted with permission.


Then we get nuked for nothing.

Moscow plans no response to Kiev's decision on foreign debt moratorium - FM

Posted by George Freund on May 20, 2015 at 7:50 AM


May 20, 13:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW


Lavrov said Kiev's move aims at triggering a default so that the property remaining amid conditions when asset prices fall below the bottom level can be purchased cheaply

 

MOSCOW, May 20. /TASS/. Russia plans no legal measures in response to a decision by Ukraine’s parliament on a possible foreign debt moratorium, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.

 

"I believe the civilized world will respond in the same manner as we do from the viewpoint of perceiving the situation as full discredit for the regime, on which hopes were placed," Lavrov said at the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, in reply to a question about a possible reaction from other countries.

 

"The civilized world has long come to realize with whom it has to deal with and realize that the Ukrainian authorities do not keep or cannot keep their word," the Russian foreign minister said. 

 

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"As for the decision by the Verkhovna Rada, this is deplorable," Lavrov said.


"There are estimates that this step suggests not even the inevitability of a default but that this step is designed to trigger a default so that the property remaining amid conditions when asset prices fall below the bottom level can be purchased cheaply," the Russian foreign minister said.

 

"We’ll not take any legal measures now," Lavrov said. "We have specific deadlines for the repayment of $3 billion, which was provided for the purchase of Ukrainian government bonds," Lavrov said.

 

"We did not demand, although we had the right to demand, early repayment of these bonds. In any case, debt maturity comes at the end of the year and our position remains unchanged," the foreign minister said.

 

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada granted the government the right to declare a moratorium on foreign debt repayment, including the country’s $3 billion debt to Russia.

 

Ukraine’s external debt hit $72.9 billion as of late 2014 while its internal debt stood at $29 billion and its gold and foreign currency reserves were less than $10 billion.

 

Russia made a decision in late 2013 to invest up to $15 billion in Ukraine’s sovereign Eurobonds. Soon afterwards, Russia bought Ukraine’s first Eurobond tranche worth $3 billion with a two-year maturity and a coupon rate of 5% per annum and coupon payments every six months.

 

Russia subsequently decided against investing the other $12 billion in Ukraine’s bonds.

 

http://tass.ru/en/economy/795759



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