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Lavrov: US is organizing a coup d'etat in Russia

There are serious reasons to believe that the US is using its sanctions in an attempt to destabilize Russia and change its current political system, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview to France 24. "I have serious reasons to believe that it is so. Some politicians don't even hide the fact," Lavrov said answering a question. He said Russia would not only survive the sanctions but would come out even stronger afterward.
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Turkish 'spies' arrested at Frankfurt airport

Three men suspected of being Turkish agents have been arrested by police, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. The men, two aged 58 and one aged 33, stand under “strong suspicion of working as agents for an intelligence agency”, the Karlsruhe prosecutors said in a statement.
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Russia Busts "Gold-Selling" Rumors, Reports It Bought Another 600,000 Ounces Taking Gold Holdings To New Record High

Yesterday, when we reported the latest rumor of Russian gold selling, this time out of SocGen, we said that "it should be noted that SocGen and its "sources" have a conflict: in an indirect way, none other than SocGen is suddenly very interested in Russia stabilizing its economy because as we wrote before, "Russia Contagion Spreads To European Banks : French SocGen, Austrian Raiffeisen Plummet" which also sent SocGen's default risk higher in recent days. So if all it will take to stabilize the RUB sell off, reduce fears of Russian contagion, and halt the selloff of SocGen stocks is a "source" reporting what may or may not be the case, so be it."
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Tech Investors Plowing Money Into Future Farms

Investors and entrepreneurs behind some of the world’s newest industries have started to put their money and tech talents into farming — the world’s oldest industry — with an audacious agenda: to make sure there is enough food for the 10 billion people expected to inhabit the planet by 2100, do it without destroying the world and make a pretty penny along the way.
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Risk council declares MetLife too big to fail

U.S. regulators have declared insurer MetLife to be so big that its failure could destabilize financial markets, a designation that brings extra regulation. MetLife said in a statement Thursday announcing the designation that it was disappointed by the decision, made by the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council, and was considering whether to take the regulators to court over it.
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UK's oil industry 'close to collapse'

Oil companies and service providers are cutting staff and investment to save money. Robin Allan, chairman of the independent explorers' association Brindex, told the BBC that the industry was "close to collapse". Almost no new projects in the North Sea are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel, he claims.
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Kill the Banker

A little violence can sometimes work to defend against predatory bankers. Consider the farmers of Le Mars, Iowa. The year was 1933, the height of the Great Depression. A finance bubble on Wall Street had crashed the economy, the gears of industrial production had ground to a halt, and 13 million Americans had lost their jobs. Across the Corn Belt, farmers couldn’t get fair prices for milk and crops, their incomes plummeted, and their mortgages went unpaid. Seeing opportunity, banks foreclosed on their properties in record numbers, leaving the farmers homeless and destitute.
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HIPPA: Police/DHS can spy on your medical & financial records

The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPPA) is the primary federal law that addresses health records. The HIPAA privacy rules have special exceptions for law enforcement and national security investigations. The law enforcement provision is very broad. It covers all the usual police procedures, including subpoenas. Those don’t require a judge’s advance permission, and they also require much less basis than probable cause.
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China is Planning to Purge Foreign Technology and Replace With Homegrown Suppliers

China is aiming to purge most foreign technology from banks, the military, state-owned enterprises and key government agencies by 2020, stepping up efforts to shift to Chinese suppliers, according to people familiar with the effort. The push comes after a test of domestic alternatives in the northeastern city of Siping that was deemed a success, said the people, who asked not to be named because the details aren't public.
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New brain implant tech from Blackrock is making ‘mind over matter’ a reality

In 2012 quadriplegic Jan Scheuermann had two electrode arrays implanted in her brain’s left motor cortex. Within a week, she could use the implant to move a prosthetic arm in all three dimensions, and move its wrist in an additional four. That was good enough for her to use it to take a sip of coffee with the arm, and good enough to make her a national celebrity. Researchers from the University of Pittsburg have now been able to finesse an additional three degrees of freedom out of an improved implant-to-arm pipeline by swapping in additional finger motions where previously Jan had only a crude pincer grip.
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South Sudan Hires Ex-Blackwater Chief Erik Prince to Restore War-Damaged Oil Facilities

The former head of U.S. security company Blackwater USA, Erik Prince, was hired by South Sudan to help repair damaged oil facilities and boost output cut by a year of civil war. Prince’s Frontier Services Group Ltd. (500), a Hong Kong-listed logistics and transportation company, is being paid 18.7 million euros ($23.3 million) by South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum to transport supplies and perform maintenance on production facilities at the oil fields, Chief Executive Officer Gregg Smith said by phone from New York yesterday. About 30 employees including pilots, engineers and logistics technicians have been using helicopters and airplanes to reach South Sudan’s oil fields since September, Smith said.
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Graphic: US soldiers raped Iraqi boys in front of their mothers

According to a number of global mainstream media sources, the Pentagon is covering up a disturbing video that was never made public with the rest of the recent torture report. According to various well respected journalists, including Seymour Hersh, the appalling video was recorded at Abu Ghraib, the notorious US torture dungeon in Iraq that made headlines roughly a decade ago, when the inhumane tactics being used at the prison were exposed. Sadly, it seems that the evidence released years ago was only scratching the surface.
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China Tests ICBM With Multiple Warheads

China carried out a long-range missile flight test on Saturday using multiple, independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs, according to U.S. defense officials. The flight test Saturday of a new DF-41 missile, China’s longest-range intercontinental ballistic missile, marks the first test of multiple warhead capabilities for China, officials told the Washington Free Beacon.
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EU Bans Investment, Imposes New Trade and Services Sanctions on Crimea

The European Union has imposed new sanctions against Crimea, that will ban investors and tour operation services beginning on December 20, according to the Council of the European Union's official communique released Thursday. "From 20 December, investment in Crimea or Sevastopol is outlawed. Europeans and EU-based companies may no more buy real estate or entities in Crimea, finance Crimean companies or supply related services," the statement said.
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Leaked Internal CIA Document Admits US Drone Program “Counterproductive” … Obama Did It ANYWAY

Previously-leaked documents showed that the CIA warned Obama that funding rebels doesn’t work … but Obama decided to fund the Syrian rebels anyway for cynical political gain. Top CIA officers say that drone strikes increase terrorism (and see this). Indeed, virtually all aspects of the American “war on terror” strategy creates more terrorists and weakens our national security. And see this.
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Prediction: In 5 Years, Smart Fridges Will Outnumber Fitness Trackers

Having to worry about the North Koreans and Chinese, not to mention US state and federal agencies hacking my refrigerator, is just not something I am really ready to deal with. Most of the wearables and other smart appliances on the market today, keep and could possibly share too much personal information about bad habits that the insurance company would love to use against me during the next open enrollment period.
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What Is the Gold-Oil Ratio Telling Us?

Based on historical gold-oil ratios, oil appears extraordinarily cheap right now. One way to establish if a commodity or asset is relatively expensive or inexpensive is to price it in something other than a fiat currency--for example, gold. Gold goes up and down in value relative to other commodities and fiat currencies, so it is itself a volatile yardstick. Nonetheless, it provides a useful measure of the relative value of gold and whatever is being measured in gold--in this case, oil.
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Federalized Police and a Police Czar?

“We need federal intervention without delay,” declared the “Reverend” Al Sharpton, in his December 8 column for the online Huffington Post. Capitalizing on the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and other black men to centralize police powers, Sharpton announced that his National Action Network had organized a series of demonstrations, to culminate in a national march on the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, December 13.
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