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ISIS HYPE: False Threats, Staged Executions, While Israel ‘Expands’

As the black-clad terror troupe ISIS rages on, its ‘greater’ role concerning the policy planning of those in Washington, Tel Aviv and Britain is rapidly being revealed. This is a world in hyper-drive-destruction, and the propaganda machine is in full swing while approaching the 13th anniversary of 9/11.
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Russian Retaliation Begins: Gazprom "Limiting EU Gas", Cuts Poland Supplies By 24% In Past Two Days

Over the weekend, we commented that in response to Europe's latest, and most serious, sanction round which would finally impact Russian energy giants Rosenft, Gazprom Neft (but not Gazprom) and Transneft, "suddenly the stakes for Russia, and thus Europe, just got all too real, as Putin will now have no choice but to really ramp up the retaliatory escalation, which following the food ban can only mean one thing: a staggered reduction in gas flow to Europe."
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Top 10 US-Backed Atrocities and Authoritarian Regimes

Since its inception in 1776 and before, the “nascent empire” (George Washington) of the USA has been torturing and killing virtually continuously, around the clock, often taking ears, noses, teeth, skulls, skins, scalps, and people’s virginity as its trophies, in addition to taking, of course, land, forced labor, repressed labor, slave labor, cash, resources, freedom, democracy, and hope.
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Mexico Owes Water to U.S.

Mired in the drought that has dried up so much of the Southwest, Texas is losing patience with Mexico, which owes the state millions of gallons of water. Under the terms of a 1945 agreement, Mexico and Texas are supposed to send each other a certain amount of water. Texas’ share comes from the Colorado River, while Mexico’s originates along the Rio Grande.
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Albania Central Bank Governor Arrested Over Theft Of $7 Million From Bank Vaults

About a month ago we mocked the Albanian central bank when reports emerged that "two employees" had been charged with the theft of some $6.6 million in cash from the bank's vaults. Specifically, back in July the arrests come five weeks after a worker at the central bank admitted to stealing money over the course of four years, taking new bank notes printed in Switzerland when they arrived at his workplace and replacing them with old books.
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Guess who's coming to dinner? The Coucil on Foreign Relations

President Obama hosted "a private dinner with a group of foreign policy experts," the White House announced last night. Among them: Sandy Berger, who was caught stealing and destroying classified documents that related to President Clinton's record on terrorism issues.
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Wall Street Journal: Understanding ISIS In Under 4 Minutes

As President Obama prepares to unleash his ISIS 'defeat' strategery tomorrow, we thought it appropriate to gather together what we know so far about the terrorist organization. While their annual report (as we noted here), is chock full of ugly details of a well-organized and well-funded entity, the following brief clip from WSJ explains how The Islamic State is operating like a government, with a bureaucratic hierarchy; and how it is structured.
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Profits Soar As Pentagon Leans on Private Corporations for Special Ops

Private military contractors are reaping billions of dollars in profitable rewards from the U.S. government's global network of clandestine counter-terrorism and other overseas operations, according to a new report that examines the high-levels of integration between for-profit corporations and the Pentagon's global military and surveillance apparatus.
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When an Amateur Thug Turns Pro: The Corey Pegues Story

In a recent interview for the "Combat Jack" podcast to promote his upcoming memoir "From the Streets to the Beat," the retired NYPD Deputy Inspector, who once sported a "Thug Life" tattoo, recalled his early career as a street gangster and drug dealer allied with Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff during the 1980s. By his account, Pegues was a very successful crack dealer who at the age of 17 attempted to murder a business rival -- an example of the institutionalized violence that invariably accompanies prohibition.
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Off-the-grid texting device GoTenna attracts antisurveillance crowd

A mobile accessory that lets you communicate without cell service has taken off with Bitcoin enthusiasts, in part because it prevents spying eyes.A gadget for text messaging without cell service sees a spike in interest from the pro-privacy crypto and Bitcoin communities -- even though that wasn't its creators' intention.
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Small Business Ownership In America Is At An All-Time Low

According to the Federal Reserve, the percentage of American families that own a small business is at the lowest level that has ever been recorded. In a report that was just released entitled "Changes in U.S. Family Finances from 2010 to 2013: Evidence from the Survey of Consumer Finances", the Federal Reserve revealed that small business ownership in America "fell substantially" between 2010 and 2013.
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U.S. air marshal in quarantine after suspected Ebola syringe attack in Lagos airport

An American federal air marshal was placed in quarantine in Houston, Texas yesterday after being attacked Sunday night at the Lagos, Nigeria airport. The assailant wielded a syringe which contained an unknown substance, and was able to inject an unknown substance into the back of one of the air marshal’s arms. The marshal was able to board the United Airlines flight to Houston, where he was met by FBI agents and health workers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
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Petition to Put 9/11 Probe on NYC Ballot Jumps Big Hurdle

A group that wants New York City voters to authorize a new investigation into the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 on 9/11 won a significant victory this week. The City of New York conceded that the High-Rise Safety Initiative has enough signatures to qualify its petition for an investigation of all high-rise building collapses since the 9/11 attacks. Any credible inquiry would include WTC Building 7. (For our earlier story on the initiative, please click here)
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FBI’s Story of Finding Silk Road’s Server Sounds a Lot Like Hacking

To hear the FBI tell it, tracking down the secret server behind the billion-dollar drug market known as the Silk Road was as easy as knocking on a door. The bureau’s latest court filing in the case describes how the hidden site accidentally revealed its location to anyone who visited its login page, thanks to a software misconfiguration.
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Trump Entertainment Files Bankruptcy For Fourth Time

When it comes to the slow-motion cataclysm that is Atlantic City, where as we reported recently the Revel Casino recently filed its second and final liquidation bankruptcy, no other name has seen more bankruptcies than Donald Trump. Or rather Trump Entertainment, because nowadays the two are anything but synonymous. In fact, the Donald is so embarrassed of his namesake legacy that a month ago he filed a lawsuit demanding that his name be stripped from the hotels making up the former.
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Preparing To Asset-strip Local Governments? The Fed’s Bizarre New Rules

In an inscrutable move that has alarmed state treasurers, the Federal Reserve, along with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, just changed the liquidity requirements for the nation’s largest banks. Municipal bonds, long considered safe liquid investments, have been eliminated from the list of high-quality liquid collateral. assets (HQLA). That means banks that are the largest holders of munis are liable to start dumping them in favor of the Treasuries and corporate bonds that do satisfy the requirement.
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Fear, Loathing and Paranoia in an All-Exclusive Society

As cities around the globe continue to grow far beyond their city limits, heavily patrolled perimeter fencing and high walls are becoming a common feature of the urban and suburban landscape. Intended to provide a sense of serenity and security for high-income city dwellers, gated communities are sprouting like transgenic mushrooms, including in relatively low-crime regions of North America and Europe.
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The Business Model of Exploiting the Poor in St. Louis County

The officer found that Bolden had four arrest warrants in three separate jurisdictions: the towns of Florissant and Hazelwood in St. Louis County and the town of Foristell in St. Charles County. All of the warrants were for failure to appear in court for traffic violations.
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The New Terahertz Night Vision Can See Through Walls, Skin

In the unfiltered world there are no secrets. A wall or cloak blocks observation only by virtue of the limitations of vision, whether it's those of the naked human eye or mechanical seeing devices designed around the parameters of a naked eye. If somehow humans could see light waves at all frequencies (and make sense of it), we could see everything.
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Oakland will not host Urban Shield next year: Mayor

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has announced that Urban Shield, a trade show and training exercise for law enforcement and emergency crews, will no longer be held in the city. The four-day event, which costs $1 million and is funded by the federal government, brings about 200 law enforcement organizations to the area, mostly from city and county police agencies. Emergency crews - nurses, ambulance workers and others - also attend the event.
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Guatemala Strikes Down 'Monsanto Law'

In a close vote, Guatemala's Congress rejects genetically modified seeds in country's agricultural development. On Thursday, Guatemalan lawmakers voted 117-111 in favor of repealing the 'Monsanto Law,' a provision of the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) with the United States.
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Sierra Leone Imposes Nationwide Four-Day Lockdown Over Ebola

Sierra Leone will impose a nation-wide lockdown on its residents for four days to "deal with Ebola once and for all," said Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, a presidential adviser on the country's Ebola task force. The "aggressive approach," which will take place from September 18-21, is intended to allow health workers to be able to contain the spread of the disease in what has become the worst Ebola outbreak in history. The drastic action aims to help doctors identify and isolate new cases, the Guardian reports.
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ISIS threat to U.S. mostly hype

ISIS has Americans worried. Two-thirds of those surveyed in a recent Pew Research pollsaid they consider the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to be a "major threat" to this country. But are such fears really justified?
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UK In "Full Panic Mode", Rains Brimstone, Bribes On Scotland As "Yes" To Independence Poll Crosses 50%

All pundits who over the past few months have been saying the possibility of Scottish independence as a result of the September 18 ballot, is at best a pipe dream got a rude wake up call overnight, when Scottish YouGov poll for the Sunday Times put the "Yes" (for independence campaign) on top for the first time since polling began, with No below the majority cutoff line for the first time, at 49, when undecided voters are excluded, and even when including undecideds "Yes" is still ahead by two points at 47-45. As the Spectator reports, "in the space of four weeks, "No" has blown a 22-point lead."
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Obama To Unveil Non-'Boots-On-The-Ground' Strategy For "Hunting Down" ISIS, On Wednesday

President Obama has swung from "we have no strategy" to "keep in mind this is something we know how to do," in a week, and speaking on Meet The Press this morning he teased the world's allies (and terrorists) with the promise that he will address the nation Wednesday to lay out U.S. plans for combating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), promising the U.S. can and will defeat the group.
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Detroit Fire Department Has Alert System Made of Pop Cans, Doorbells

Detroit is so broke that firefighters get emergency alerts through pop cans, coins, door hinges, pipes and doorbells. And they make these gizmos themselves — one involving a pop can that gets tipped over by an incoming fax. The clink of the can means there’s an emergency. Then there’s the chain-reaction gadget: a fax hits a door hinge, which then tugs on a wire, which then sets off a doorbell.
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EU under pressure to allow GM food imports from US and Canada

Large businesses lobbying intensely to undermine safety regime in new trade deal, campaigners warn Britain and other European Union member states are under increasing pressure from North American business groups to open their borders to imports of genetically modified food as part of negotiations for a new Transatlantic trade deal, environmental campaigners have warned.
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Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog

Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)—basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck—was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday.
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Fracked: U.S. Approves Fracking on Federal Land in California

The federal government gave the green light for oil and gas companies in California to drill on federal lands using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and acidization techniques after a receiving a report (pdf) from an independent, non-profit group created by the Legislature.
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Makers: Escaping the Pull of Big-Business

3D printers, DIY biology, and the maker movement is now too big to be laughed off or ignored. It is now something big-business intends to first try to co-opt, then fight and destroy. Through SOPA/ACTA and various other intellectual property schemes, we can see in many ways, the fight has already begun. Defining and defending worthy principles is now more necessary than ever - and recognizing the folly of following individuals - be they people, companies, or brands - is utter folly. A sense of pragmatic awareness of principles over people and parties may help makers succeed where politics has habitually failed.
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Lap Dancers, the CIA, Pay-offs, and BP’s Deepwater Horizon

The BP executive was explaining to me how the CIA, MI6 and British Petroleum engineered a coup d'état, overthrowing an elected president of a nation who was “not favorable to BP.” The corporation's former Vice-President, Leslie Abrahams, is pictured here, holding an AK-47 in front of BP headquarters in Baku, Azerbaijan. Like most of the other BP executives I spoke with, he proudly added that while he was working for BP, he was also an operative for MI6, British intelligence.
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Is the Future of Digital Security in Our Veins?

Biometrics is the supposed future of security, but the actual biology likely to wind up providing that protection is less assured than it may appear. Sure, fingerprint scanners are well on their way to proper ubiquity, but at the same time that technology is hardly airtight or even close. It didn't take long, after all, before Germany's Chaos Computer Club busted open the iPhone 5s' vaunted TouchID system, a hack that, given the myriad conceptual and technical failings of fingerprint security, might have been as anticipated as the phone's first jailbreak (the fingerprint hack and the 5s jailbreak actually happened within a day of each other in Sept. 2013).
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San Francisco Bay Area Urban Shield 2014 Overview Presentation

Urban Shield is a continuous, 48-hour Full Scale Multi-Disciplinary Homeland Security/Disaster Preparedness Exercise hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, with the support of the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), and more than 200 local, state, federal, international and private sector partners.
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No Country For White Men

Thanks to yesterday's dismal jobs data, we now know that there has never been a lower percentage of white men over 20 working in America...
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Nirvana: Stocks Have Reached a Permanently High Plateau

Somebody said this before, of course, but one glance at a chart of the S&P 500 tells us that stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau. How can we identify a permanently high plateau? One sign is price never touches the 50-week moving average (MA), much less the 200-week MA: prices just keep marching higher in a volatility-free permanently rising plateau.
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Researcher: Brzezinski’s Kids Promoting New Cold War

As President Obama prepares for his address at the NATO Summit in Wales and for chairing the United Nations Security Council in September, the children of Zbignew Brzezinski, the aging anti-Russian strategist who advised President Obama during his first campaign, have been actively working to implement his Cold War schemes.
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Housing Bubble 2 Hits Wall: Middle Class Priced out of Market

With home prices rising for three years in much of the country, and soaring at dizzying rates in a number of metro areas, the inevitable is happening: sales stalled. But prices have continued to rise, even as sales have deteriorated further. Something has to give. And it’s not going to be maxed-out American consumers. They’re not going to all suddenly inherit enough money to buy these mid-range homes that have moved beyond reach.
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The Pentagon Is Giving Grenade Launchers to Campus Police

In 1968, students at Columbia University staged a mass uprising other college campuses in protesting not just the war in Vietnam, but their school’s collaboration with the Institute for Defense Analysis, a Defense Department affiliate that researches weapons technologies. Today, weapons produced by that institute are used by the US military throughout the world—and by campus police forces across the country. The war has come home.
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