August 2017_______________________________________

NSA-Australia Pine Gap War Crime Nest - (2017-08-20)

"They are equipped with powerful surveillance technology used to monitor wireless communications on the ground, such as those sent and received by cellphones, radios, and satellite uplinks. They gather 'strategic and tactical military, scientific, political, and economic communications signals'"

"We're not going after people – we're going after their phones, in the hopes that the person on the other end of that missile is the bad guy"

Blackstone Scores $20 Billion Saudi Fund - (2017-08-20)

"In May, while the president was visiting Saudi Arabia, Blackstone announced the agreement to manage the fund, the largest in the world to invest in infrastructure projects. The announcement was made at the royal palace in Riyadh as Mr. Trump and Mr. Kushner looked on."

Bankers are at the apex of the Deep State.

Afghanistan is Ruled by Warlords - (2017-08-19)

"The result is the central government does not really control large swaths of its own territory, even where the Taliban is not a factor. Instead, it cedes authority to warlords, some in government and some just aligned with it, who are too powerful to be subdued and often too angry at one another to focus on their common enemy, the Taliban."

A Good Reason to Avoid Japanese Seafood - (2017-08-19)

"Recently, TEPCO announced that it would dump 770,000 tons of radioactive tritium water into the Pacific Ocean."

NSA/CYBERCOM Split Up in the Air - (2017-08-19)

"The Secretary of Defense is examining the possibility of separating United States Cyber Command from the National Security Agency. He will announce recommendations on this matter at a later date."

Corporate Welfare Alive and Kicking in Wisconsin - (2017-08-19)

"Wisconsin's Republican-controlled state Assembly voted 59-30 on Thursday to approve a bill that paves the way for a $3 billion incentives package for a proposed liquid-crystal display plant by Taiwan's Foxconn."

Donald Dines with Donors - (2017-08-19)

"They included the New York investor Robert Mercer, the Kentucky coal executive Joseph W. Craft and the Wisconsin roofing magnate Diane Hendricks... Other donors also were invited to Thursday’s dinner but did not attend, including Paul Singer, the New York hedge fund billionaire."

Maersk Group Hit By Malware - (2017-08-19)

"In the last week of the quarter we were hit by a cyber-attack, which mainly impacted Maersk Line, APM Terminals and Damco. Business volumes were negatively affected for a couple of weeks in July and as a consequence, our Q3 results will be impacted. We expect the cyber-attack will impact results negatively by USD 200-300m"

South Korean President Draws Red Line - (2017-08-18)

"At the point where North Korea is able to build an ICBM armed with a nuclear warhead, I believe that is where we need to draw a red line, and it appears that the North is drawing closer to that critical line."

SDF: U.S. Will Remain in Syria for Decades - (2017-08-18)

"They have a strategy policy for decades to come. There will be military, economic and political agreements in the long term between the leadership of the northern areas (of Syria)... and the U.S. administration"

Waves of Refugees Escape South Sudan - (2017-08-18)

"Over the past 12 months, an average of 1,800 South Sudanese have been arriving in Uganda every day. In addition to the million there, a million or even more South Sudanese refugees are being hosted by Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic."

CIA Torture Architects Settle in Secret - (2017-08-18)

"The three filed the lawsuit in October 2015 against James Mitchell and John 'Bruce' Jessen, contract psychologists who devised a menu of abusive interrogation methods and billed the CIA between $75m and $81m. The plaintiffs sought damages from the men for allegedly aiding and abetting torture, non-consensual human experimentation and war crimes."

White House Faction Takes Out Bannon - (2017-08-18)

"One person close to him said the coalition would amount to 'Democrats, bankers, and hawks.'"

Elite Pearl-Clutching Re North Korea Explained - (2017-08-17)

"The 'crisis' then and now was created by the refusal of the U.S. to live under the same threat to which we subject others."

Van Kills at Least 13 in Barcelona - (2017-08-17)

"Regional police are describing the deadly incident on Las Ramblas boulevard as a terrorist attack, while also emphasizing that they do not know the motive."

Bannon Calls Up The Prospect - (2017-08-17)

"We’re at economic war with China... There's no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it... Ethno-nationalism—it's losers. It's a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it... If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats"

The Problem with Censoring Nazis - (2017-08-17)

"Protecting the rights of people you hate is the price of protecting your own rights"

Saudis Bombing the Hell Out of Yemen - (2017-08-16)

"The number of airstrikes in the first six months of 2017 totaled 5,676, according to the report by the Protection Cluster in Yemen, which is led by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), up from 3,936 for all 2016."

Violence in Philippines Peaks - (2017-08-16)

"Police records show that since the nationwide crackdown started, more than 3,200 alleged drug offenders have been killed in gunbattles with law enforcement. More than 2,000 others died in drug-related homicides, including attacks by motorcycle-riding masked gunmen and other assaults."

Border Brawl in Himalayas - (2017-08-16)

"A source in New Delhi, who had been briefed on the military situation on the border, said soldiers foiled a bid by a group of Chinese troops to enter Indian territory in Ladakh, near the Pangong lake."

Hatefest Winners: CEOs - (2017-08-16)

Inflammatory events take center stage while a wave of deregulation hits in the backround...

Trump EO Rolls Back Infrastructure Regulation - (2017-08-16)

"A key element of the new executive order rolls back standards set by former President Barack Obama that required the federal government to account for climate change and sea-level rise when building infrastructure."

Facebook is Worse than the NSA - (2017-08-15)

"For all the talk about connecting people, building community, and believing in people, Facebook is an advertising company... The company offered advertisers an unprecedentedly precise tool for targeting their ads at particular consumers... Facebook, in fact, is the biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind. It knows far, far more about you than the most intrusive government has ever known about its citizens."

Social Media Profits Based on Manipulation - (2017-08-15)

"Facebook and Google get their revenue from advertising, the effectiveness of which depends on gaining and maintaining consumer attention. Borrowing techniques from the gambling industry, Facebook, Google and others exploit human nature, creating addictive behaviors that compel consumers to check for new messages, respond to notifications, and seek validation from technologies whose only goal is to generate profits for their owners."

Another Clinton Legacy: Media Consolidation - (2017-08-15)

"In 1983, Ben Bagdikian published his groundbreaking book, The Media Monopoly, which revealed that just 50 corporations owned 90 percent of the media. That number gradually dwindled over the coming 13 years and was accelerated by the Telecommunications Act. This has led us to the aforementioned crisis where more than 90 percent of the media is owned by just six companies: Viacom, News Corporation, Comcast, CBS, Time Warner and Disney."

Taibbi: The Lie Behind LIBOR - (2017-08-14)

"The banks were supposed to be estimating how much it would cost them to borrow cash. But they weren't borrowing cash from anyone. For decades now, the world's biggest banks have been dutifully reporting a whole range of numbers every morning at 11 a.m. London time – the six-month Swiss franc rate, the three-month yen, the one-month dollar, etc. And none of it seems to have been real."

Saudi Crown Prince Wants Out of Yemen - (2017-08-14)

"Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne, confessed to two former US officials he 'wants out' of the brutal two-year war he started in Yemen, and added that he was 'okay' with Washington engaging with his arch-foe Iran, according to leaked emails obtained by Middle East Eye."

As cholera ravages half a million in Yemen.

Ukraine May Have Assisted North Korea - (2017-08-14)

"Workers at Yuzhnoye facilities in Dnipropetrovsk and Pavlograd were likely the first ones to suffer the consequences of the economic misfortunes, leaving them susceptible to exploitation by unscrupulous traders, arms dealers and transnational criminals operating in Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere."

North Korea's New York Back Channel - (2017-08-14)

"The diplomatic contacts are occurring regularly between Joseph Yun, the U.S. envoy for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at the country’s U.N. mission, according to U.S. officials and others briefed on the process. They weren’t authorized to discuss the confidential exchanges and spoke on condition of anonymity."

Trump Mentions Military Option Re Venezuela - (2017-08-13)

"The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a polssible military option if necessary"

North Korea Threat Inflation - (2017-08-13)

"Based on detailed study of the type and size of the rocket motors used, the flight times of the stages of the rockets, the propellant likely used, and other technical factors—indicate that these rockets actually carried very small payloads that were nowhere near the weight of a nuclear warhead of the type North Korea could have, or could eventually have."

North Korea Is Not the Enemy, Meet Jeff Bezos - (2017-08-13)

"Forget about North Korea. It is a big hedgehog: a lot of bother to catch and kill, many prickles and no meat. The only thing Kim wants to tell Trump is 'I am not a soft target, go look elsewhere'. Is North Korea dangerous? Only for those who want to step on it."

"Jeff Bezos is the richest man on our planet. If there is somebody to hate, it's got to be him. Do him in, Donald. Skin him. As opposed to North Korea, he is a soft target. A new-rich, a smart kid out of nothing. No old money, no old school ties behind him. Who will support him? The CIA? Cut the CIA budget for the exact amount they pay to Bezos, so the spooks will understand the message."

Trump Claims Drama is a Good Thing - (2017-08-13)

"'I have to tell you, you have become extremely famous all over the world. They are talking about Guam; and they’re talking about you.' And when it comes to tourism, he added, 'I can say this: You’re going to go up, like, tenfold with the expenditure of no money.'"

Trump to Apply Pressure to China - (2017-08-13)

"Trump on Monday will call for an investigation into China over allegations that the nation violated U.S. intellectual property rights and forced technology transfers, the official said."

China probably won't budge on North Korea. This is theater.

Scott Pruitt EPA Demolition OPSEC - (2017-08-13)

"Doors to the floor are now frequently locked, and employees have to have an escort to gain entrance. Some employees say they are also told to leave behind their cellphones when they meet with Mr. Pruitt, and are sometimes told not to take notes. Mr. Pruitt, according to the employees, who requested anonymity out of fear of losing their jobs, often makes important phone calls from other offices rather than use the phone in his office, and he is accompanied, even at E.P.A. headquarters, by armed guards, the first head of the agency to ever request round-the-clock security."

The power of big oil on display while the earth burns: A new State of the Climate report confirmed that 2016 surpassed 2015 as the warmest year in 137 years of recordkeeping.

Afghanistan: U.S. Airstrike Kills Civilians - (2017-08-11)

"The victims included women and children; eight were from one family, and four others from a second family. It was the second time since July 24 that an airstrike in that district killed civilians, according to Afghan officials."

China Proxy States North Korea Policy - (2017-08-11)

"It would intervene if Washington strikes first."

Heatwave in Iraq - (2017-08-11)

"Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered all government staff to take Thursday off work because of exceptionally high temperatures. Forecasters expect air temperatures in the capital, Baghdad, to reach 50C (122F) on Thursday afternoon. "

Big Oil's $5 Trillion Handout - (2017-08-11)

"The subsidies were $4.9 tn in 2013 and they rose to $5.3 tn just two years later. According to the authors, these subsidies are important because first, they promote fossil fuel use which damages the environment. Second, these are fiscally costly. Third, the subsidies discourage investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy that compete with the subsidized fossil fuels. Finally, subsidies are very inefficient means to support low-income households."

WikiLeaks: Vault 7 CouchPotato - (2017-08-11)

"CouchPotato is a remote tool for collection against RTSP/H.264 video streams. It provides the ability to collect either the stream as a video file (AVI) or capture still images (JPG) of frames from the stream that are of significant change from a previously captured frame."

Macedonia Eyes NATO Club - (2017-08-10)

"The Republic of Macedonia's new government is stepping up its efforts to join NATO, arguing that membership in the military alliance will protect the Balkan nation from Russia 'interfering' in its affairs, the country’s defense minister said."

Trump Wings It with Nuclear Threat, Officials Scramble - (2017-08-10)

"Neither Mr. Tillerson nor Mr. Mattis had reviewed in advance Mr. Trump’s threat on Tuesday, when he said North Korea 'will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.' And the dissonance in their own follow-up statements reflected the struggle inside the Trump administration."

Corporate Payday: People Die Younger - (2017-08-10)

"Over the last two years, at least 12 large companies, from Verizon to General Motors, have said recent slips in mortality improvement have led them to reduce their estimates for how much they could owe retirees by upward of a combined $9.7 billion"

Tactics Used by Venezuela to Stave Off Coup - (2017-08-09)

"The 'four P's' — purges, promotions, politics and profit — that have kept many military leaders loyal to the government"

North Korea Guam Trash Talk - (2017-08-09)

"Guam’s governor, Eddie Calvo, on Wednesday attempted to reassure residents that there was 'no threat' of a North Korean strike, but added that the island was prepared for 'any eventuality'."

DIA Report on North Korea - (2017-08-08)

"North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles... up to 60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "

Currently lots of reality TV trash talk between "fire and fury" Trump and a "thousands-fold" Kim Jong-un. Could the DIA report be part of the political kayfabe?

"Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon's No. 1 weapons supplier, said on Tuesday its customers are increasingly asking about missile defense systems."

Taliban Control in Afghanistan - (2017-08-08)

"Afghan government controls about 24 percent of the country's districts and influences an additional 36 percent. The Taliban, on the other hand, control and influence about 11 percent. Both sides contest the remainder, about 29 percent."

Leaked Climate Change Report - (2017-08-08)

"Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse (heat-trapping) gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate changes."

Google Censoring Political Sites - (2017-08-08)

"In a set of guidelines issued to Google evaluators in March, the company instructed its search evaluators to flag pages returning 'conspiracy theories' or 'upsetting' content unless 'the query clearly indicates the user is seeking an alternative viewpoint.'"

Bel-Air Estate for only $350 Million! - (2017-08-08)

"The property was amassed during the last 30 years to include 10.3 acres of grounds. Adjacent sites acquired to expand the estate include a Wallace Neff-designed guesthouse and the long driveway. The grounds contain manicured gardens, a tennis court, covered parking for 40 cars, a 75-foot swimming pool and a pool house."

Let them eat cake. And let them take on debt to buy it...

EPI: Elite Wealth Gap Report - (2017-08-08)

"In 2016 CEOs in America’s largest firms made an average of $15.6 million in compensation, or 271 times the annual average pay of the typical worker."

Dozens of Civilians Killed in Afghanistan - (2017-08-07)

"Fighting was still going on but as many as 50 people, including children, women and elderly men, most of them members of the largely Shia Hazara community, may have been killed, according to local village elders."

Dirty War in Yemen - (2017-08-07)

"In the country’s central and southern regions, the United States, with help from the United Arab Emirates and allied Yemeni tribesmen, has been waging a shadow war against more than 3,000 members of the Qaeda affiliate and their tribal fighters... Since Feb. 28, the United States has conducted about 80 airstrikes"

In Syria, America is bombing the hell out of civilians.

Buggy Code Enables Money Laundering - (2017-08-07)

"Australia's financial intelligence agency AUSTRAC announced that it had found over 53,500 occasions on which the Bank failed to submit reports on transactions over $10,000."

Remember the Gulf of Tonkin Propaganda - (2017-07-06)

"US journalists reported those official claims as absolute truths, ignoring countervailing evidence and opening the floodgates for the bloody Vietnam War and the deaths of over 50,000 Americans and millions of Southeast Asians."

Coup Theater in Venezuela - (2017-07-06)

"Venezuelan authorities suppressed a small rebellion at a military base near the city of Valencia on Sunday, arresting seven men who they say participated in a 'terrorist attack' against the government of unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro."

Indication of Deep State Power in White House - (2017-07-06)

"Mattis and Kelly also agreed in the earliest weeks of Mr. Trump's presidency that one of them should remain in the United States at all times to keep tabs on the orders rapidly emerging from the White House"

Corporate Surveillance and Social Control - (2017-07-06)

"Pervasive digital tracking and profiling, in combination with personalization and testing, are not only used to monitor, but also to systematically influence people’s behavior."

Nissan's Messaging Scheme Against Unions - (2017-07-06)

"At one point leading up to the vote, managers delivered a slide presentation warning that in the event of a strike, most employees who walked out would not be guaranteed jobs afterward."

McMaster Warns of Preemptive War with North Korea - (2017-07-05)

"If they have nuclear weapons that can threaten the United States. It's intolerable from the president's perspective. So of course, we have to provide all options to do that. And that includes a military option"

As the United Nations Security Council imposes new sanctions on North Korea. What are the odds that China will pick up the slack?

More Civilian Deaths in Yemen - (2017-07-05)

"A Saudi-led air strike has killed nine members of the same family in Yemen, local officials said. Three women and six children died after their house was hit during a dawn offensive on the outskirts of the northern city of Saada."

Climate Change Deaths Projected for 2100 - (2017-07-05)

"Extreme weather could kill up to 152,000 people yearly in Europe by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, scientists say. The number is 50 times more deaths than reported now, the study in The Lancet Planetary Health journal said. Heat waves would cause 99% of all weather-related deaths"

As the United States pulls out of the Paris Accord. America: the pull out king!

FBI Monitored Social Media on Election Day - (2017-07-05)

"For the FBI, this was uncomfortable territory, given the First Amendment's free speech protections"

Blue Oligarchs Eye Kamala Harris - (2017-07-05)

"Michael Kempner, a staunch Clinton supporter who was one of her national-finance co-chairs and a led fund-raiser for her 2008 bid for the presidency. He was also listed as one of the top 'bundlers' for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, having raised $3 million."

Of Venezuela and Hypocrisy - (2017-08-04)

"Even today, Venezuela is still vastly more of a democracy than Saudi Arabia, and a far greater respecter of human rights than Israel in its dreadful repression of the Palestinians. Yet support for Israel and for Saudi Arabia are keystones of the foreign policy of those who today are incessant in their demands that we on the 'left' condemn Venezuela."

Nusra Front Gains in Northern Syria - (2017-08-04)

"The assertion of control by Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS), the former al-Qaida affiliate previously known as the al-Nusra front and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham"

Deep State Pressure Behind HR 3644 - (2017-08-04)

"The bill was bipartisan. There is no fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. The terms 'left' and 'right' are meaningless. Most of America's modern wars were started not by conservatives, but by liberal Democrats."

Mueller's Investigation Widens - (2017-08-04)

"The federal probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia has expanded to focus on possible financial crimes, including those not necessarily related to the 2016 presidential campaign"

Jeff Sessions Announces Crackdown on Leakers - (2017-08-04)

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Friday that the Justice Department was pursuing three times as many leak investigations as were open at the end of the previous administration, a significant devotion of law enforcement resources to hunt down the sources of unauthorized disclosures of information that have plagued the Trump administration."

Martin Shkreli Guilty of Fraud - (2017-08-04)

"Federal prosecutors accused Shkreli of cheating investors out of more than $11 million between 2009 and 2014 in what amounted to a Ponzi scheme."

Another textbook sociopath hopefully going where they belong.

Qatar $6 Billion Arms Deal with Italy - (2017-08-03)

"In June, the United States agreed to sell Qatar F-15 fighter jets worth $12 billion."

Oil for arms: the recipe for gulf state influence.

North Korea Regime Change Daydreams - (2017-08-03)

"Very little is known about the handful of regime insiders in the military, intelligence and security establishments who would fill the vacuum left by Kim's departure. There is no reason to think a replacement would be easier to work with"

WikiLeaks Vault 7: Dumbo - (2017-08-03)

"A capability to suspend processes utilizing webcams and corrupt any video recordings that could compromise a PAG deployment. The PAG (Physical Access Group) is a special branch within the CCI (Center for Cyber Intelligence); its task is to gain and exploit physical access to target computers in CIA field operations."

Transcripts: POTUS & Mexican, Australian Presidents - (2017-08-03)

"I know how tough these guys are – our military will knock them out like you never thought of, we will work to help you knock them out because your country does not want that."

U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives in Venezuela - (2017-08-02)


American elites care about two things: cheap resources and new markets. And they don't care how many countries they have to light on fire to get them.

Tillerson Threatens Regime Change in Venezuela - (2017-08-02)

"We are evaluating all our policy options as to what can we do to create a change of conditions where either Maduro decides he doesn't have a future and wants to leave of his own accord or we can return the government processes back to their constitution."

Political meddling is only an issue when other nations do it.

Trump Caves to Deep State, Signs HR 3364 - (2017-08-02)

"Unlike other bills, Mr. Trump did not invite news media photographers to record the event, nor did he say anything about it to reporters. He ignored questions about the legislation at an unrelated event and instead relegated his comments to two written statements, one meant for Congress to describe caveats in his approval of the bill and the other issued to reporters to explain his grudging decision to sign."

Saker Predicts Drama to Rule DC - (2017-08-02)

"The USA will not launch any major military interventions (if only because the USA has run out of countries it can safely and easily attack). Some 'pretend interventions' (like the ill-fated missile strike on Syria) remain, of course, quite possible and even likely. This internal slow-mo coup against Trump will absorb the vast majority of the energy to get anything done, and leave foreign policy as simply another byproduct of internal US politics."

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone - (2017-08-02)

"It is expected that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) will this week announce the largest ever recorded dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. It is expected to be larger than the nearly 8,200 square-mile area that was forecast for July – an expanse of water roughly the size of New Jersey."

Chris Wray Confirmed as FBI Director - (2017-08-02)

"If you're defending banks like HSBC and Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, all of which have been engaged in kind of serial crimes since the 2008 financial crisis—you know, a total of more than 655 felonies and settlements by the top 22 banks in the world—I mean, Chris Wray has basically been doing nothing but that for the last dozen years"

Afghanistan: Attack on Mosque Kills at Least 20 - (2017-08-01)

"An explosion at a mosque in the Afghan city of Herat has killed at least 20 people and injured dozens more... Officials said one attacker was a suicide bomber, and a second had been armed with a rifle. Both are dead"

DoT Sanctions Maduro - (2017-08-01)

"Washington froze Maduro's assets, banned him from the United States and prohibited Americans from doing any personal business with him. 'Maduro is not just a bad leader: He is now a dictator,' National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster"

TEPCO Struggles with Hundreds of Tons of Melted Fuel - (2017-08-01)

"The cleanup process that may last 40 years and cost 8 trillion yen ($72 billion) will require technology not yet invented."

Russia Bans VPNs - (2017-08-01)

"President Vladimir Putin signed the bill prohibiting virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies that anonymize users, according to the government's website on Sunday."

Apple "Obeys the Law" in China - (2017-08-01)

"Apple pulled down several VPN apps — programs that allow iPhone users to bypass the Chinese government's censorship apparatus — from its Chinese App Store. The developers behind the apps must register with the government under a cybersecurity law that went into effect in January."

Freedom takes a back seat when a market like China is at stake...

July 2017_________________________________________

Jihadists Migrate from Lebanon to Syria - (2017-07-31)

"Around 9,000 Syrians including jihadists and their families will cross from Lebanon into Syria as part of a ceasefire deal between a former al Qaeda affiliate and Hezbollah... Jabhat al-Nusra, now known as Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), and ISIS took over large swathes of the Lebanon-Syria border region in 2014."

U.S. Sanction Reality Check - (2017-07-31)

"If interference did occur it appears to have amounted to 'release of true information that was harmful to Clinton'. If this is worthy of sanctions, then the rest of the world should lock up America and throw away the key, given America’s actions in repeatedly not just interfering in elections, but in overthrowing governments, including democratically elected ones."

"You don't have to like the North Korean regime (I don’t) to not expect people to cut their own throats for your convenience."

Mayor Killed in Philippines Drug Raid - (2017-07-31)

"Reynaldo Parojinog, mayor of the city of Ozamiz in Mindanao in southern Philippines, and at least 14 others, including his wife, joined the thousands of casualties in Duterte's brutal drug war. Parojinog was the third mayor killed in the government's crackdown"

WikiLeaks: Macron Leaks - (2017-07-31)

"Today, Monday 31 July 2017, WikiLeaks publishes a searchable archive of 21,075 unique verified emails associated with the French presidential campaign of Emmanual Macron. The emails range from 20 March 2009 to 24 April 2017. The 21,075 emails have been individually forensically verified by WikiLeaks through its DKIM system."

Disney Surveillance - (2017-07-31)

"By placing four infrared cameras and infrared illuminators above a theater screen, the researchers were able to identify 16 million facial landmarks, or expressions, from more than 3,100 theatergoers during 150 screenings of nine Disney movies"

US Responds to North Korea ICBM Launch - (2017-07-30)

"The United States flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force"

South Korea Voices Interest in Missiles - (2017-07-30)

"The new missiles that South Korea wants, in addition to being able to strike deep into the North, could be a way of pressuring China to restrain Pyongyang because the missiles would probably be able to hit Chinese territory as well."

North Korea's Backdrop - (2017-07-30)

"For the best part of a decade, the American military has been actively planning and preparing for a war with China, which could be sparked by an attack on North Korea and rapidly escalate. "

Qatar Policies Influenced by LNG Markets - (2017-07-30)

"Qatar is likely to seek more than ever to maintain leadership of the market and will, therefore, continue to foster relations that support energy development, even if it comes at the expense of regional relations. "

CFR Globalists Double Down on Russia - (2017-07-30)

"The Russians have demanded evidence, which the Americans say would compromise sources and methods of intelligence gathering. The impasse is total. Conflict is assured."

Put all the focus on Russia so that the implosion of the middle class proceeds without notice.

Foundations as Oligarchic Proxy - (2017-07-30)

"Private foundations, on the other hand, offer a way to preserve – and grow – estates over many decades and even centuries. There are more than 90,000 private foundations in the US, with over $800bn in assets, almost half of which are under family control."

Judiciary Committee Members Want 2nd Probe - (2017-07-30)

"Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are asking for a second special counsel separate from Robert Mueller... The letter asked that the second special counsel investigates officials including former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former FBI Director James Comey."

Sharif Brother Nominated as Next PM - (2017-07-30)

"The ruling party that Nawaz Sharif headed until a court ruling disqualified him from office nominated his brother, Shahbaz, to eventually take over as leader – although he must first have to stand for election to the national assembly. Sharif also put forward Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a staunch ally, to serve as interim prime minister while his brother contests a byelection."

ISIS Attacks SDF Near Raqqa - (2017-07-29)

"The fighting recently has been concentrated inside the city but IS staged Thursday's surprise attack on a village about 17 kilometers (11 miles) away from Raqqa. The Aamaq news agency said the attack killed 53 SDF members and damaged two armored vehicles. It added that IS fighters returned to their base safely afterward."

CIA Torture Program Architects Can Stand Trial - (2017-07-29)

"Lawyers for the former detainees accused the two defendants, the former military psychologists James Mitchell and John Bruce Jessen, 'aided and abetted the torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment' suffered by their clients."

Let's hope deep state actors like Jose Rodriguez get decades of jail time. Put your "big boy" pants on for a well-deserved perp walk.

Trump to Sign Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act - (2017-07-29)

Trump opts to get along with CFR elites instead of get along with Russia.

John Kelly Becomes POTUS Chief of Staff - (2017-07-29)

"Trump became convinced that Priebus was a 'weak' leader after being lobbied intensely by rival advisers to remove the establishment Republican fixture"

House Committee asks for Kaspersky Docs - (2017-07-29)

"A U.S. congressional panel this week asked 22 government agencies to share documents on Moscow-based cyber firm Kaspersky Lab, saying its products could be used to carry out 'nefarious activities against the United States,'"

What, like these tech companies?

North Korea Successfully Tests ICBM - (2017-07-28)

"The missile flew almost straight up for 45 minutes and reached a height of about 2,300 miles before crashing into the sea off Japan. But if it had been launched on a normal trajectory, the missile could theoretically have reached Denver and perhaps even Chicago, experts said."

Panama Papers Fallout Hits Pakistan PM - (2017-07-28)

"Pakistan's supreme court has removed the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, from office in a unanimous verdict over corruption allegations that will further upset the country’s unstable political landscape."

Russia Ensures Military Presence in Syria - (2017-07-28)

"The document says Russian forces will be deployed at the Hmeymim base for 49 years with the option of extending that arrangement for 25-year periods."

Senate Passes HR 3346 - (2017-07-28)

"In short, U.S. sanctions amount to a sword of Damocles threatening the economies of the country's main trading partners. This could be a Pyrrhic victory, or more simply, the blow that kills the goose that lays the golden eggs."

Vault 7: The Imperial Project, Apple/Linux Rootkits - (2017-07-28)

"Aeris is an automated implant written in C that supports a number of POSIX-based systems... SeaPea is an OS X Rootkit that provides stealth and tool launching capabilities."

German Deep State Facet: Auto Execs - (2017-07-28)

"The diesel scandal is not a failure on the part of individual companies, but rather the result of collusion among German automakers that lasted for years. Audi, BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen and Porsche coordinated their activities in more than a thousand meetings. The exposure of a cartel."

Bitcoin as Prosecution Futures - (2017-07-28)

"They alleged Vinnik and his firm 'received' more than $4 billion in bitcoin and did substantial business in the United States without following appropriate protocols to protect against money laundering and other crimes."

How Cartels Are Handling Legalized Markets - (2017-07-28)

"TCOs are selling illegally grown marijuana in legal markets, including to 'proscribed customers, such as children.' In black markets, TCOs are selling illegally grown marijuana at lower prices in an attempt to undercut the profit margins on legally cultivated marijuana. In all three markets, the TCOs are 'evading state tax laws' and often utilizing public lands to grow the marijuana before transporting it back to non-legalized state markets"

Scaramucci: White House Reality TV Distraction - (2017-07-28)

"In response to Scaramucci's appointment, Sean Spicer, an ally of Priebus's, resigned his position as press secretary. And in an additional slight to Priebus, the White House's official announcement of Scaramucci’s hiring noted that he would report directly to the President, rather than to the chief of staff."

United States Rubs Salt in Venezuela's Wounds - (2017-07-27)

"The Treasury Department imposed financial sanctions on a host of current and former senior Venezuelan officials on Wednesday and threatened to take more stringent action if President Nicolás Maduro proceeds with plans for a constituent assembly on Sunday that critics consider a danger to democracy."

Tell me this isn't political meddling...

Proposed 2018 U.S. Defense Spending - (2017-07-27)

"That final annual tally of nearly $1.1 trillion to pay for past wars, fund current wars and prepare for possible future conflicts is roughly double the already staggering $575 billion the Trump administration has proposed as the Pentagon's regular budget for 2018."

North Korea Makes Hacking a Profit Center - (2017-07-27)

Oddly, so does the American defense industry. To the tune of $70 billion per year!

Obama's Legacy: Banker's Have Immunity - (2017-07-27)

"After the savings-and-loan crisis of the nineteen-eighties, prosecutors convicted nearly nine hundred people, and the chief executives of several banks went to jail. When Rudy Giuliani was the top federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, he liked to march financiers off the trading floor in handcuffs... As recently as 2006, when Enron imploded, such titans as Jeffrey Skilling and Kenneth Lay were convicted of conspiracy and fraud"

Another Millionaire Joins the White House - (2017-07-27)

"In his disclosure, Scaramucci listed assets worth as much as $85 million. He has several real estate investments, including single-family rental homes on Long Island."

Taliban Attempt to Take Military Base - (2017-07-26)

"At least 26 Afghan soldiers have been killed and 13 wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base in Kandahar province"

Afghanistan: Resource Extraction as a Lure - (2017-07-26)

"President Trump, searching for a reason to keep the United States in Afghanistan after 16 years of war... In 2010, American officials estimated that Afghanistan had untapped mineral deposits worth nearly $1 trillion"

House Passes Russian Sanctions Bill, EU Not Happy - (2017-07-26)

"The House of Representatives approved the measure [H.R. 3364] Tuesday, 419 to 3, after the Senate passed similar legislation [S. 722] last month in a 98-to-2 vote. The White House has not indicated whether Trump will sign the bill."

"The German government questioned the move, voicing suspicions that the measure may simply be an effort to boost U.S. energy exports by hammering European gas projects."

Spyware is Mandatory in Xinjiang - (2017-07-26)

"The Chinese government is requiring citizens in Xinjiang province to install spyware on their mobile phones and is enforcing the policy with police spot-checks"

Taliban Claim Bombing in Pakistan - (2017-07-25)

"At least 26 people have been killed in a bombing in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, officials say. More than 50 others were injured in the explosion on the busy Ferozepur Road close to a vegetable market in the south of the city."

Venezuela: The Back Story - (2017-07-25)

"In 2002 President George W. Bush was caught red handed as the instigator of a plot that kidnapped Chavez and tried to overthrow him in a coup d'etat... In 2015 President Obama turned up the heat on Venezuela by imposing economic sanctions. To make the sanctions legal Obama had to declare that Venezuela is a national security threat to the U.S... Trump has said that all options are on the table. Time is short."

It's all about the oil and the risk of a resource-based economy.

Make American Wait Again - (2017-07-25)

"According to an analysis by Scientific American and legal scholars, federal agencies have suspended enforcement of at least 39 rules from the administration of Pres. Barack Obama affecting issues ranging from air pollution to airlines’ handling of wheelchairs."

EFF Supported by the State Dept - (2017-07-25)

"The type of funding which EFF received may actually be illegal. The funding which EFF receives from Radio Free Asia falls under the Smith-Mundt Act. The law prohibits the State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (including Radio Free Asia) from using their funding to influence American public opinion."

"The US Congress was very specific in its appropriations that the funding for internet freedom is to serve the US government’s national security and foreign policy interests abroad. Somehow, this funding continues to be directed towards domestic American organizations, such as Tor Project and Open Whisper Systems."

Car Bomb in Kabul Kills at Least 38 - (2017-07-24)

"The Taliban, in a statement taking responsibility for the attack, claimed to have targeted a bus carrying personnel working for the government intelligence agency. However, the Afghan government said their intelligence staff never travelled in minibuses."

Spies Poke Holes in DNC Hacking Narrative - (2017-07-24)

"Forensic studies of 'Russian hacking' into Democratic National Committee computers last year reveal that on July 5, 2016, data was leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computers, and then doctored to incriminate Russia."

Kaspersky Fear and Loathing - (2017-07-24)

"James Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said 'it's difficult, if not impossible' for a company like Kaspersky to be headquartered in Moscow 'if you don't cooperate with the government and the intelligence services.'"

What he neglects to mention is that the same dynamic applies to American and EU Anti-virus vendors...

Taliban Take Two More Districts in Afghanistan - (2017-07-23)

"Ghor's Taywara district fell to the Taliban early on Sunday after several days of clashes with Afghan security forces... Another district in northwest Faryab province also fell to the Taliban early on Sunday"

US to Withhold $50 Million from Pakistan - (2017-07-23)

"The move comes less than a year after Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter decided to withhold $300 million from the same fund for the same reason: that Pakistan was not going after the Haqqani militants."

Cost of maintaining influence in Afghanistan. Wrist slap.

Iran and Iraq Sign Military Accord - (2017-07-23)

"Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan and his Iraqi counterpart Erfan al-Hiyali signed a memorandum of understanding which also covered border security, logistics and training, the official news agency IRNA reported."

Companies Seized in Turkey - (2017-07-23)

"More than 950 companies have been expropriated, all of them purportedly linked to Fethullah Gulen... About $11 billion worth of corporate assets"

ISIS Misses Cobalt-60 Caches in Mosul - (2017-07-23)

"Why the Islamic State failed to take advantage of its windfall is not clear. U.S. officials and nuclear experts speculate that the terrorists may have been stymied by a practical concern: how to dismantle the machines’ thick cladding without exposing themselves to a burst of deadly radiation."

Why Michael D’Andrea was Outed - (2017-07-23)

"He is also the architect of the C.I.A.'s program to use drones to kill high-ranking militants, one of the government's most significant paramilitary programs. We believe that the American public has a right to know who is making life-or-death decisions in its name."

Afghanistan: Friendly Fire and Taliban Ambush - (2017-07-22)

"A US air strike has killed 16 Afghan policemen in the southern province of Helmand, local officials say... In a separate development, there are reports of numerous casualties after the Taliban ambushed an Afghan police patrol in the north-eastern Badakhshan province."

Rain in Yemen Spreads Cholera - (2017-07-22)

"Oxfam projected the number could rise to more than 600,000 cases, 'the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year since records began', exceeding Haiti in 2011. "

Military Pollutes with Special Exemption - (2017-07-22)

"By the military’s own count, there are 39,400 known or suspected toxic sites on 5,500 current or former Pentagon properties. EPA staff estimate the sites cover 40 million acres — an area larger than the state of Florida — and the costs for cleaning them up will run to hundreds of billions of dollars."

"The Netherlands, Sweden and Canada also have banned all or most open burns and detonations, developing new technologies to get rid of military waste instead."

Poland's Lawmakers Target Checks and Balances - (2017-07-22)

"Poland’s Parliament gave final approval to a landmark measure on Saturday that would restructure the Supreme Court, putting it under effective control of the governing party... The Senate approved it Saturday and sent it to Mr. Duda, who has the choice of signing it, vetoing it or referring it to the Constitutional Tribunal to rule on its constitutionality."

NSA Listened to Russians Chat About Jeff Sessions - (2017-07-22)

"Ambassador Sergey Kislyak's accounts of two conversations with Sessions — then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump — were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies... Russian and other foreign diplomats in Washington and elsewhere have been known, at times, to report false or misleading information to bolster their standing with their superiors or to confuse U.S. intelligence agencies."

Mattis Claims ISIS Leader Not Dead - (2017-07-22)

"The Pentagon is withholding $50 million in military reimbursements to Pakistan that it had yet to deliver for fiscal year 2016, signaling displeasure with Islamabad’s failed efforts against the Haqqani network."

Pharma Execs Living Large Thanks to Opiod Epidemic - (2017-07-22)

"McKesson paid a record fine of $150 million to settle Justice Department allegations that from mid-2008 through May 2013 it had repeatedly failed to report suspicious orders for controlled substances, including opioids, as required by law."

Media Losing Its Anti-Trump Campaign - (2017-07-22)

"They still cannot suppress their admiration for bankers. Just the other week, for example, the New York Times’s Dealbook section could be found marveling at how one of the senior officers of Goldman Sachs ('possibly the most powerful investment bank in the world') likes to DJ in his spare time."

First they "elevate" Trump, and when that backfires they assail him, uniformly. Either way, it gives air time to the brand.

CIA Chief Signals N. Korean Regime Change - (2017-07-21)

"When asked if he meant he was advocating regime change, Pompeo denied that was necessarily what he was talking about but seemed to suggest advocating Kim's ouster"

Kim's ouster IS regime change...

Exxon Fined: Violated Russian Sanctions - (2017-07-21)

"The Treasury Department on Thursday fined Exxon Mobil $2 million for violating sanctions that the United States imposed on Russia in 2014 while Rex W. Tillerson, now the secretary of state, was the oil company’s chief executive."

US and Russia Could Form Cyber Working Group - (2017-07-21)

"Moscow and Washington are in talks to create a joint cyber security working group, RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing Russia's special envoy on cyber security Andrey Krutskikh."

Team Trump Investigates Team Mueller - (2017-07-21)

"Some of President Trump's lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president's authority to grant pardons [to himself], according to people familiar with the effort."

Taibbi on "Russiagate" - (2017-07-21)

"For all the fears about Trump being a Manchurian Candidate bent on destroying America from within, the far more likely nightmare endgame involves our political establishment egging the moron Trump into a shooting war as a means of proving his not-puppetness."

Federal Police Shut Down AlphaBay, Hansa Market - (2017-07-20)

"AlphaBay grew into a business with 200,000 users and 40,000 vendors — or 10 times the size of Silk Road"

"The Dutch national police announced that they had taken control of Hansa Market in June and had been operating the site since then, monitoring the vendors and customers and gathering identifying details on those involved in the 50,000 transactions that took place."

Still think Tor will keep you safe?

Report on Plastic Pollution - (2017-07-20)

"We estimate that 8300 million metric tons (Mt) as of virgin plastics have been produced to date. As of 2015, approximately 6300 Mt of plastic waste had been generated, around 9% of which had been recycled, 12% was incinerated, and 79% was accumulated in landfills or the natural environment. If current production and waste management trends continue, roughly 12,000 Mt of plastic waste will be in landfills or in the natural environment by 2050."

DoJ Updates Asset Forfeiture Rules - (2017-07-20)

"The new policy revives so-called federally adopted forfeitures, which empower state and local law enforcement to use federal law to bypass more restrictive state laws to seize the proceeds from crimes and to share the profits with federal authorities. That money may then be repurposed, the Justice Department said, for training or equipment, such as bulletproof vests or bomb-disposal equipment."

U.S. Laptop Ban Ends - (2017-07-20)

"The ban has been lifted on the nine airlines affected – Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Royal Jordanian , Kuwait Airways, EgyptAir and Royal Air Maroc – which are the only carriers to fly direct to the US from the region."

Staggering Civilian Death Toll in Mosul - (2017-07-19)

"Kurdish intelligence believes that over 40,000 civilians have been killed as a result of massive firepower used against them, especially by the federal police, air strikes and Isis itself"

POTUS Ends CIA Jihadist Support Program - (2017-07-19)

Here we go again with the whole "moderate" narrative...

Yemen: 20 Civilians Killed in Saudi Air Strike - (2017-07-19)

"Survivors said a vehicle packed with families fleeing battles between government forces and Houthi rebels near the city of Taiz was hit on Tuesday."

Turkish News Agencies Reveal U.S. Bases in Syria - (2017-07-19)

"Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency provided detailed information about 10 U.S. bases in northern Syria, including troop counts and a map of the U.S. force presence in the Turkish version... Turkey and the U.S. have been at odds for years now over the U.S. backing of Kurdish fighters in Syria who are affiliated with separatist movements inside Turkey. The Turkish government probably leaked U.S. troop locations to Anadolu as retaliation"

Afghanistan: VP Kicked Back Out - (2017-07-19)

"A private jet that Afghan officials suspected was bringing back Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum from Turkey has been turned away when it tried to land in a northern city, officials say."

Anti-BDS Bills Reveal AIPAC's Power - (2017-07-19)

"Perhaps most stunning is our interview with the primary sponsor of the bill, Democratic Senator Benjamin Cardin, who seemed to have no idea what was in his bill, particularly insisting that it contains no criminal penalties."

Vault 7: Raytheon Malware Brainstorming - (2017-07-19)

"Raytheon Blackbird Technologies, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor, submitted nearly five such reports to CIA as part of UMBRAGE Component Library (UCL) project between November 2014 and September 2015. These reports contain brief analysis about proof-of-concept ideas and malware attack vectors — publically presented by security researchers and secretly developed by cyber espionage hacking groups."

Troops, Trolls, and Troublemakers - (2017-07-19)

"Looking across the 28 countries, every authoritarian regime has social media campaigns targeting their own populations, while only a few of them target foreign publics. In contrast, almost every democracy in this sample has organized social media campaigns that target foreign publics, while political-party-supported campaigns target domestic voters."

Plutocrat's Mea Culpa on Trump - (2017-07-19)

"The left's maniacal focus on Trump confuses cause with effect. Yes, Trump is a manifestation of a serious civic sickness. But treating the symptom by removing Trump won't cure the disease, even if it temporarily makes us feel better. No, to heal the body politic we must confront the disease itself."

"It simply isn’t true that reasonable wages, decent labor protections and higher taxes on the rich would destroy the economy. Such were the norms back in the 1950s and 1960s when America's growth rates were much higher—and there’s no empirical evidence to suggest that we couldn’t support similar norms today."

Cash is Freedom - (2017-07-19)

"Every time someone talks about getting rid of cash, they are talking about getting rid of your freedom. Every time they actually limit cash, they are limiting your freedom. It does not matter if the people doing it are wonderful Scandinavians or Hindu supremacist Indians, they are people who want to know and control what you do"

South Korea Offers to Talk with North - (2017-07-18)

"Moon's conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye, had refused to engage in substantive dialogue with Pyongyang unless the isolated regime made a tangible commitment to denuclearisation."

Here are a few thoughts on how to bring China onboard.

Trump Certifies Iran as Compliant - (2017-07-18)

"Administration officials tell me that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Tillerson have made the case that it was in the U.S. national interest to certify Iran's compliance"

DoT Announces New Sanctions on Iran - (2017-07-18)

"The United States on Tuesday unveiled new economic sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile program and for contributing to regional tensions and said it was deeply concerned about its 'malign activities across the Middle East.'"

A gesture on behalf of the GOP base. No credit for fighting ISIS?

Courts Upholds FBI NSL Gag Orders - (2017-07-18)

"A unanimous three-judge panel on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco sided with a lower court decision in finding that rules permitting the Federal Bureau of Investigation to send national security letters under gag orders are appropriate and do not violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution's free speech protections."

White House Releases NAFTA Objectives - (2017-07-18)

"Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior Mexican government official said the list of priorities was 'not as bad as I was expecting' and welcomed that the United States was not pushing to impose punitive tariffs, as Trump has threatened."

Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Hit Record Levels - (2017-07-17)

"Between Jan. 1 and June 30, 1,662 civilians were killed, an increase of 2 percent over the then-record-high number of civilians killed during same period last year."

Spies Claim Qatar Spat Instigated by UAE - (2017-07-17)

"The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in late May that sparked the ongoing upheaval between Qatar and its neighbors, according to U.S. intelligence officials."

Hegel's dialectic on display...

BNP Fined $246 Million for Continued Rigging - (2017-07-17)

"The regulator said it found deficiencies in the bank's oversight and internal controls of its traders, and in particular failed to detect and address those traders use of electronic chatrooms to talk with competitors about trading positions."

Cost of doing business...

Proposed CYBERCOM-NSA Split - (2017-07-17)

"Carter, at the time, also pushed for the ouster of Adm. Mike Rogers, who still heads both bodies. The Pentagon, he warned, was losing the war in the cyber domain, focusing on cyberthreats from nations such as Iran, Russia and China, rather than on countering the communications and propaganda campaigns of internet-savvy insurgents."

Biometric 'Test' Scanning at Airports Run Amok - (2017-07-17)

"Rudolph and others are raising alarms because as part of the process, CBP is also scanning the faces of U.S. citizens (in fact, at this point only customers with U.S. passports can participate in JetBlue's 'self-boarding' program in Boston). They say Congress has never expressly authorized the collection of facial scans from U.S. citizens at the border routinely and without suspicion."

How to Prosecute CEOs - (2017-07-17)

"The task force conducted its investigations effectively, flipping lower-level employees to build cases against the top bad actors. The Enron team made aggressive and risky moves"

"The Justice Department did not assign prosecutors to work solely on financial crisis cases. While the Bush Justice Department had acted quickly to create the Enron Task Force, the Obama department allowed plans to create a similar task force, after the banking collapse of 2008, to die amid bureaucratic infighting."

Yemen: Banks in City of Aden Shut Down - (2017-07-16)

"Banks in the Yemeni city of Aden will close for three days from Monday and suspend clearing services in protest after a spate of armed robberies, the 12 lenders said in a letter to the central bank."

Tech Monopolies Dominate - (2017-07-16)

"From 2003 to 2016, Google’s revenue grew from about $1.5 billion to some $90 billion as Alphabet. Today, it is the largest media company in the world, collecting $79.4 billion in ad revenue in 2016"

"Over the past decade, Google, Facebook and Amazon have wreaked havoc on much of the creative economy—journalists, musicians, authors, filmmakers. In the decade ahead, the tech behemoths will use their dominance in artificial intelligence to overturn much of the service economy as well, including transportation, medicine and retail."

Corporations Reward the Obama Foundation - (2017-07-16)

"Exelon and Microsoft have given more than a million dollars to the foundation, which was founded in 2014 but boosted its fundraising efforts after President Barack Obama left the White House."

Thomas Drake Dissertation - (2017-07-16)

"The findings revealed that the use of national security as the primary grounds to suppress democracy and the voices of whistleblowers speaking truth to, and about, power increased authoritarian tendencies in government"

US and EU Diverge on Iran - (2017-07-15)

"The Europeans have embarked on a path of rapprochement. The U.S. is looking at a policy of isolationism and containment."

Afghanistan: Marines Return for Bargaining Leverage - (2017-07-15)

"There is no withdrawal deadline this time, and no clearly defined strategy to end the war — other than hoping to persuade the Taliban to give up and eventually talk of peace."

Factions Battle in Chamber of Commerce - (2017-07-15)

"A long list of high-profile companies in the Chamber support the Paris accord, including GE, Microsoft and the Walt Disney Co. At least eight of the 25 companies that signed a letter in a New York Times ad supporting the Paris accord are members."

State Dept. Russian Researcher Email Leak - (2017-07-15)

"At least two years’ worth of personal emails from the private Gmail account... The official involved is in a senior position in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research... The official's emails were primarily conversations among Russia experts in government, including the intelligence community, exchanging articles, newsletters, and thoughts on current events. The official corresponded frequently with other Russia experts in academia and the think-tank world."

Noncompete Agreements in Idaho - (2017-07-15)

Companies can fire workers, but workers cannot fire their companies.

NOAA Greenhouse Gas Index Report - (2017-07-14)

"Global emissions of greenhouse gases that lead to warming, primarily driven by the burning of fossil fuels and other human activity, increased 40 percent between 1990 and 2016, a significant measure of man’s influence on the climate."

Our leaders could have prevented this. Millions will suffer on behalf of big oil.

Massive Healthcare Fraud Raid - (2017-07-14)

"412 individuals, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, were arrested in a nationwide operation that involved more than 1,000 law enforcement agents in at least 30 states."

CIA Stalls Whistleblower - (2017-07-14)

"They have enough time to look into who is stealing candy from a vending machine but they can’t look into billion-dollar contract fraud?"

Vault7: Highrise Android Trojan - (2017-07-14)

"Send a copy of all incoming SMS messages to an Internet-based server controlled by a CIA operative."

PBS News Hour Infiltrated by CFR - (2017-07-14)

"It is silly to expect anything else at 'P'BS, which depends heavily on corporate, including big oil money contributions, and where the 'P' seems to stand for 'Pentagon' and/or 'Petroleum' most of the time. It’s a predictable part of the Brave New Russified news media world that surrounds us."

Trump Lawyer Stays Classy - (2017-07-14)

"You are fucking with me now Let’s see who you are Watch your back , bitch"

Good luck with that security clearance. Alcoholism [check], Poor Judgement [check],...

Leaked Details of US-Russia Syria Ceasefire - (2017-07-13)

"A confidential U.S.-Russian cease-fire agreement for southwestern Syria that went into effect Sunday calls for barring Iranian-backed foreign fighters from a strategic stretch of Syrian territory near the borders of Israel and Jordan, according to three diplomatic sources."

Ex-President in Brazil Gets 10 Years - (2017-07-13)

"Mr. da Silva’s leftist Workers’ Party lost the presidency last year when the Senate impeached his handpicked successor, Dilma Rousseff... Mr. Temer, the current president, is working furiously to avoid being put on trial... Wary politicians, meanwhile, have been considering passing an amnesty law to shield themselves"

State Dept. Approves Arms Sale to Romania - (2017-07-12)

"The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of Patriot missile defense systems worth $3.9 billion to Romania... The prime contractors would be Raytheon Co (RTN.N) and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N)"

Chinese Oligarch Offers Spy Network Intel - (2017-07-12)

"Beijing's spy networks in the United States include up to 25,000 Chinese intelligence officers and more than 15,000 recruited agents... The first is to obtain military weapons-related technology. This is priority No. 1"

Regulatory Teams Chock Full of Big Money - (2017-07-12)

"71 appointees, including 28 with potential conflicts, through interviews, public records and documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act."

Verizon Customer Data Breached - (2017-07-12)

"As many as 14 million records of subscribers who called the phone giant's customer services in the past six months were found on an unprotected Amazon S3 storage server controlled by an employee of Nice Systems, a Ra'anana, Israel-based company."

NSA Feigns Responsible Use - (2017-07-12)

Government front men like to paint their state-sponsored actors as stalwart operators, hacking "pro aris et focis." Yet this prosaic good-versus-bad narrative translates into drunken brawl once readers have left the editor's office at the New York Times and stepped out into reality. The truth is messy. With operators leaking tools, switching sides when it's convenient, prevaricating, bragging, and generally looking out for the bottom line.

Article of Impeachment Introduced - (2017-07-12)

"Accuses the president of obstructing justice during the federal investigation of Russia's 2016 election interference.... A majority vote in the House, currently controlled by Republicans, is required to impeach a president. Republicans have a 46-seat advantage."

Report Confirms ISIS Leader's Death - (2017-07-11)

"Top-tier commanders from ISIL who are present in Deir az Zor province have confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emir of the Islamic State group, to the Observatory"

The Afghan Files: Australia's Special Forces - (2017-07-11)

"Afghan authorities were becoming increasingly agitated over Australians allegedly killing unarmed civilians, and threatened to stop working with Australians."

Hindu Pilgrims killed in Kashmir Attack - (2017-07-11)

"Seven Hindu pilgrims, most of them women, were killed in a gunbattle that erupted in Indian Kashmir on Monday following two militant attacks on police, stoking outrage and protests nationwide."

CEOs Jockey for Afghanistan Payday - (2017-07-11)

"Erik D. Prince, a founder of the private security firm Blackwater Worldwide, and Stephen A. Feinberg, a billionaire financier who owns the giant military contractor DynCorp International, have developed proposals to rely on contractors instead of American troops in Afghanistan at the behest of Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, and Jared Kushner"

China to Block VPNs - (2017-07-11)

"Beijing has ordered state-run telecommunications firms, which include China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, to bar people from using VPNs, services that skirt censorship restrictions by routing web traffic abroad, the people said, asking not to be identified talking about private government directives."

Loan Company Fined $104 Million - (2017-07-11)

"The Arizona-based company processed more than 15 million applications, but only passed along about 2 percent to lenders, FTC alleges. The vast majority—98 percent—were sold or distributed to other groups who harvested data from the applications."

Syria: World Bank Estimates Economic Cost of War - (2017-07-10)

"Syria's six-year conflict has ravaged its infrastructure and caused losses to its economy of $226 billion, according to estimates published by the World Bank on Monday. The devastating war has killed over 320,000 people and displaced more than half the country's population since it began in March 2011."

State Dept Takes Stand on Ukraine - (2017-07-10)

"Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that Russia must make the first moves to rein in separatists and remove its weaponry from eastern Ukraine. He also vowed that sanctions would remain in place until Moscow reverses its actions and respects the border between the two countries."

Massive Opposition Rally in Turkey - (2017-07-10)

"Sunday's rally, which organizers claimed drew more than a million people, marked a triumphant end to a march started by opposition leaders in Ankara three weeks ago"

Israeli Spyware Targeted Investigators in Mexico - (2017-07-10)

Welcome to cartel land.

Russian Journalists Speak on Trump-Russia Buzz - (2017-07-10)

"One of the most consistent reactions is simple exhaustion with the endless amount of Trump-Russia coverage. 'I have the sense a lot of these articles are being published without new information, that we are going around in circles'"

From 'elevating' Trump to 'assailing' him.

Team Trump Offered Dirt by Russian Lawyer - (2017-07-10)

Sanity Check: "The two core accusations behind Russiagate are: A) Trump is an intel asset B) Russia rigged the election. You don't get to change it to 'Trump knows some guys who know Russians' and 'Russia wrote stories on RT' and declare fucking victory. NO."

Trump's Country Club Fees - (2017-07-10)

"Immediately following his election, Mar-a-Lago doubled its initiation fee to $200,000... The Briarcliff Manor club charges $200,000. The Bedminster facility charges $350,000. And the West Palm Beach club charges $450,000."

ISIS Relocates in the Middle East - (2017-07-09)

"In Iraq, the group still controls Tal Afar, Hawija, other towns and much of Anbar Province Many have relocated to Mayadeen, a town 110 miles southeast of Raqqa near oil facilities and with supply lines through the surrounding desert. Other leaders have been spirited out of Raqqa by a trusted network of aides to a string of towns from Deir al-Zour to Abu Kamal."

While the government declares victory in Mosul.

Alaskans Not Buying Media's North Korea Hype - (2017-07-09)

"I’m worried about moose, not missiles"

Kim Jong-un is trying to avoid Gaddafi's fate, not prepare for a first-strike. Yet the scary media headlines continue...

DoJ Capture: The Chickenshit Club - (2017-07-09)

"Corporations got off paying symbolic penalties, defense firms raked in huge fees, and prosecutors earned P.R. victories — as long as everyone played along."

"Increasingly, the prosecutors and the defense attorneys on opposite sides of the table are the same people, just at different points in their careers... No one wants to be a class traitor, especially when the members of one’s class are such nice people."

Trump is a Postmodern Creation of Media - (2017-07-09)

"The waves that carried a ridiculous TV celebrity to the presidency are being propelled by a deeper current of globalization: the triumph of the unreality industries, the move of manufacturing jobs out of the developed world, and the proliferation of technologies that saturate us with media... His habitual prevarications aren’t simply the result of his defective character, but an effective tactic. In a world where commerce and media (including social media) reward performance above truth telling"

UN Approves Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty - (2017-07-08)

"All of the countries that bear nuclear arms and many others that either come under their protection or host weapons on their soil boycotted the negotiations."

U.S. Applies Pressure to China over North Korea - (2017-07-08)

"Two U.S bombers have flown over the disputed South China Sea, the U.S. Air Force said on Friday, asserting the right to treat the region as international territory despite China's claim to virtually all of the waterway."

U.S. Bombers Conduct Drills in South Korea - (2017-07-08)

"The B-1B bombers conducted the live-fire exercise at a range in South Korea's eastern Gangwon province, dropping weapons in a simulated attack on a missile launcher, the South Korean air force said in a statement. South Korean and U.S. fighter jets conducted precision strike drills aimed at attacking enemy targets hidden underground"

Thus encouraging Kim Jong-un to accelerate his program...

U.S. In Denial About Multipolar World - (2017-07-08)

"In this the confrontation with North Korea—which is at bottom a confrontation with China—ranks with Ukraine and Syria. The three are fundamentally similar in character. As in Europe, then as in the Middle East, so now in Asia: Washington wages rear-guard actions to preserve a prerogative that rests, finally and only, on military might. "

Soviet vs. American Propaganda - (2017-07-08)

"The document includes a list of 33 main similarities between Soviet and American propaganda, including the 'impression of objectivity,' 'avoiding obvious lying on tangible facts', 'blurring distinctions within enemy camp,' and 'not dignifying opponent's position by quoting it.'"

Russia and U.S. Reach Deal on Syria - (2017-07-07)

"Although details about the agreement and how it will be implemented weren't immediately available, the cease-fire is set to take effect Sunday at noon Damascus time, said the officials, who weren't authorized to discuss the cease-fire publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity."

North Korea Threatens U.S. Foreign Policy - (2017-07-07)

"If North Korea succeeds in establishing an effective nuclear deterrent, then this could have serious geopolitical implications for U.S. policy, as other targeted nations may follow North Korea's example to ensure their survival."

"The launch of the Hwasong-14 has set U.S. officials and media into a frenzied reaction, and there are mounting calls for harsh, reckless, and even dangerous measures. The more belligerent Washington becomes, the more convinced North Korea is that it needs a nuclear deterrent."

Note the United States' offensive "Kill Chain" strategy:

"A new strategy to use satellite imagery to identify North Korean launch sites, nuclear facilities and manufacturing capability and destroy them pre-emptively if a conflict seems imminent."

New York Times on Nuclear Facility Hacking - (2017-07-07)

Propaganda alert: Senior industrial control engineers receive phishing emails. Yawn. They don't even know what the payload looks like. Could very well be locals trying to stir up business.

iPhone Bug Bounties Can't Match Black Market - (2017-07-07)

This is what happens when software execs are too cheap to invest in quality control. Also keep in mind that some "bugs" have been deployed on behalf of U.S. spies. These "mistakes" can then be unearthed by others.

Border Dispute Between China and India - (2017-07-06)

"The dispute started after Chinese construction trucks, accompanied by soldiers, rolled south in the disputed region of Doklam to build a road. India and Bhutan consider the region to be Bhutanese territory; China claims the land as its own."

Lawmakers in Venezuela Attacked - (2017-07-06)

"Opposition lawmakers said the attack had been carried out by so-called colectivos, bands of armed men in plain clothes who take their cues from the government of President Nicolás Maduro"

Vault 7: BothanSpy - (2017-07-06)

"BothanSpy is an implant that targets the SSH client program Xshell on the Microsoft Windows platform and steals user credentials for all active SSH sessions."

CFR, Trilateral Crowd Eat Crow on North Korea - (2017-07-05)

"Mr. Kim has no interest in giving up that power. As he looks around the world, he sees cases like that of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya, an authoritarian who gave up his nascent nuclear program, only to be deposed, with American help, as soon as his people turned against him. That is what Mr. Kim believes his nuclear program will prevent — an American effort to topple him. He may be right."

The west will have to find some other, non-nuclear, power to invade.

Neoliberalism: How the Middle Class Got Fleeced - (2017-07-05)

"The spectacular rise of U.S. wealth inequality shows that trillions of dollars in middle-class assets were shifted up the socio-economic ladder into the hands of a relatively small and fantastically rich upper tier."

Bill Gates Warns Germany on Immigration - (2017-07-05)

"The more generous you are, the more word gets around about this — which in turn motivates more people to leave Africa... Germany cannot possibly take in the huge number of people who are wanting to make their way to Europe."

WikiLeaks Vault 7: OutlawCountry - (2017-07-05)

"Allows CIA operators to redirect outbound traffic to a server they control by creating an hidden netfilter or iptables table. Netfilter is a packet-filtering framework within the Linux kernel's networking stack."

Tillerson Backs off Regime Change in Syria - (2017-07-04)

"The US has 'limited tactical goals–deterring future chemical weapons attacks and protecting U.S. backed-forces fighting the Islamic State in Syria–not weakening the Assad government or strengthening the opposition’s negotiating leverage'."

North Korea Claims First ICBM Test - (2017-07-04)

"In a special announcement on state television, North Korea said it launched a Hwasong-14 missile that flew about 579 miles, reaching an altitude of 1,741 miles. The U.S. military said it was in the air for 37 minutes, a duration that signals a significant improvement in North Korea’s technology, experts said."

China Accuses United States of Military Provocation - (2017-07-04)

"The USS Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, part of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the official said."

Cockburn: Battle Against ISIS Not Over - (2017-07-04)

"Understandable revulsion at its atrocities tends to obscure the fact that its commanders are experienced military experts... Less easy to subdue are their rural enclaves like Hawaijah in Kirkuk province and vast tracts of desert and semi-desert where Isis had its base and hideouts before it expanded explosively in 2014."

Uber's Divide et Impera Class War in London - (2017-07-04)

"what you have done is you’re killing us for an American company that is paying taxes in the Netherlands"

Suicide Bomber in Iraq Dressed as Woman - (2017-07-03)

"A suicide bomber disguised in women's clothing killed 14 people at a camp for displaced Iraqis on Sunday evening, security and medical sources say."

France to Send Troops to Mali - (2017-07-03)

"The 5,000-strong force will be deployed by September... The new antiterrorism force will operate in the region along with 12,000 United Nations peacekeepers in Mali, one of the most dangerous peacekeeping missions in the world, and an existing French force of 5,000, the country's largest overseas mission."

Media's Blindside on "War Machine" - (2017-07-03)

"The thesis of the movie is pretty obvious and runs through the entirety of the film like a drum beat: You can't build a nation at gunpoint. There's no way to win the war in Afghanistan in any meaningful sense."

Yemen: Cholera Death Toll 1500 - (2017-07-02)

"Speaking at a joint news conference with representatives of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank, Zagaria said that had been some 246,000 suspected cases in the period to June 30."

Suicide Bomber in Damascus Kills at Least 19 - (2017-07-02)

"Police stopped and detonated two of the vehicles, but the third driver entered Tahrir square in the east and blew himself up after being surrounded."

Climate Change: Alea Iacta Est - (2017-07-02)

"Chinese corporations are building or planning to build more than 700 new coal plants at home and around the world... Over all, 1,600 coal plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries... The new plants would expand the world’s coal-fired power capacity by 43 percent."

Climate change here we come. This will consign larges masses of people to misery. Entirely preventable...

Fossil Fuel Industry Owns The EPA - (2017-07-02)

"Mr. Pruitt has outsourced crucial work to a network of lawyers, lobbyists and other allies, especially Republican state attorneys general, a network he worked with closely as the head of the Republican Attorneys General Association. Since 2013, the group has collected $4.2 million from fossil fuel-related companies like Exxon Mobil, Koch Industries, Murray Energy and Southern Company, businesses that also worked closely with Mr. Pruitt in many of the 14 lawsuits he filed against the E.P.A."

Oil Giant Total Signs Deal with Iran - (2017-07-02)

"Iran plans to sign a new contract to develop its giant South Pars gas field with France's Total and China's CNPC on Monday, the first major Western energy investment since sanctions against Tehran were lifted... Total has decided to return and develop Phase 11 of the South Pars project, which will cost up to $5 billion."

Illinois Stares Down Debt, Pension Woes - (2017-07-02)

"Illinois is now grappling with $15 billion of unpaid bills and an unthinkable quarter-trillion dollars owed to public employees when they retire... Moody's estimates Illinois has unfunded pension liabilities totaling $251 billion. To put that into context, that's more than the combined market value of four major Illinois companies: Boeing, Caterpillar, United Continental, and Allstate."

Associated Press Retracts 17 Agency Canard - (2017-07-02)

"That assessment was based on information collected by three agencies - the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency - and published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which represents all U.S. intelligence agencies. Not all 17 intelligence agencies were involved in reaching the assessment."

Chemical Weapon Allegations in Syria Unfounded - (2017-07-01)

"The intelligence that prompted the administration’s warning to Syria this week was 'far from conclusive,' said a U.S. official familiar with it. 'It did not come close to saying that a chemical weapons attack was coming,' the official said"

North Korea's Mineral Wealth - (2017-07-01)

"Some of these stockpiles are among the largest in the world, and North Korea, a tiny and cash-strapped nation, frequently uses them to bring in additional revenue - no matter the laws against doing so. The total value of these minerals lies somewhere between $6 trillion and $10 trillion"

Single Wiretap Order Nets Over 3 Million Calls - (2017-07-01)

"The wiretap order authorized an unknown government agency to carry out real-time intercepts of 3.29 million cell phone conversations over a two-month period at some point during 2016, after the order was applied for in late 2015... the surveillance effort led to no incriminating intercepts, and none of the handful of those arrested have been brought to trial or convicted."

Oligarchs Fund Thought Leaders - (2017-07-01)

"The purpose of the thought leader is to mirror, systematize, and popularize the delusions of the superrich"