November 2017____________________________________

Civilian Deaths From Airstrikes in Iraq - (2017-11-17)

"According to the coalition's available data, 89 of its more than 14,000 airstrikes in Iraq have resulted in civilian deaths, or about one of every 157 strikes. The rate we found on the ground — one out of every five — is 31 times as high."

ISIS Suicide Bomber Attack in Kabul - (2017-11-17)

"Fourteen people, including Lieutenant Pacha and seven other police officers as well as six civilians, were killed"

Mass Assaults in Myanmar - (2017-11-17)

"This report is based on 52 interviews with Rohingya women and girls, including 29 survivors of rape, who fled to Bangladesh since these operations began."

Russia Vetoes Extension of Syria Chemical Weapons Inquiry - (2017-11-17)

"What, many may ask, is the point in having international norms against chemical weapons unless the practical investigative and legal structures to unmask their use are given full and solid support?"

North Korea Threat Bonanza (Ka-Ching!) - (2017-11-17)

"The new approach, hinted at in an emergency request to Congress last week for $4 billion to deal with North Korea, envisions the stepped-up use of cyberweapons to interfere with the North's control systems before missiles are launched, as well as drones and fighter jets to shoot them down moments after liftoff. The missile defense network on the West Coast would be expanded for use if everything else fails."

Big Win for Sinclair - (2017-11-17)

"One long-standing rule repealed Thursday prevented one company in a given media market from owning both a daily newspaper and a TV station. Another rule blocked TV stations in the same market from merging with each other if the combination would leave fewer than eight independently owned stations. The agency also took aim at rules restricting the number of TV and radio stations that any media company could simultaneously own in a single market."

"A major beneficiary of the deregulatory moves, analysts say, is Sinclair, a conservative broadcasting company that is seeking to buy up Tribune Media for $3.9 billion."

Keystone Pipeline Leak in South Dakota - (2017-11-17)

"The estimated volume of the leak is approximately 5,000 barrels."

House Passes Tax Cut Bill - (2017-11-17)

"The measure approved Thursday would reduce the number of individual tax brackets, slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent and eliminate a number of tax breaks and deductions."

Kaspersky Offers Details Re NSA Hacked PC - (2017-11-17)

"The worker had at least 120 other malicious files on his home computer in addition to the backdoor, and that the latter, which had purportedly been created by a Russian criminal hacker and sold in an underground forum, was trying to actively communicate with a malicious command-and-control server during the time Kaspersky is accused of siphoning the US government files from the worker's computer."

White House Info on Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP) - (2017-11-16)

"Our national capacity to find and hold criminals and other rogue actors accountable relies on cyber capabilities enabled by exploiting vulnerabilities in the digital infrastructure they use. Those exploits produce intelligence for attribution, evidence of a crimes, enable defensive investigations, and posture us to respond to our adversaries with cyber capabilities."

Claiming to protect us by undermining our security. Officals allege they must level the village to save it.

RT as a "Foreign Agent" - (2017-11-16)

"When it comes to foreign agents, isn't it telling that neither the pro-Israel lobby group (AIPAC), nor its pro-Saudi counterpart (SAPRAC), are considered such, despite their undeniably and inarguably malign influence on US foreign policy. There is nothing that RT or Sputnik International does that other state-funded broadcasters – the BBC, Voice of America, and France24 et al. – are not doing when it comes to their operations overseas."

New York State Supreme Court Rules on StingRays - (2017-11-16)

"A Brooklyn judge has ruled that the police need an eavesdropping warrant to covertly track the cellphones of criminal suspects"

Painting by da Vinchi Sold for $450 Million - (2017-11-16)

Billionaires compete for bragging rights.

More on Black Cube Goon Squad - (2017-11-16)

"Two Black Cube employees were arrested last year on charges related to a campaign to intimidate Romania's anti-corruption chief, in part by using email phishing attacks aimed at capturing passwords and login credentials. The employees were convicted and given suspended sentences."

Zimbabwe President "Detained" - (2017-11-15)

"A Zimbabwean army officer, Major General Sibusiso Moyo, went on air and denied there was a coup, but said the military was targeting 'criminals' around President Mugabe."

Bumper Crop of Opium in Afghanistan - (2017-11-15)

"The production increased by 87 percent and stands at a record level of 9,921 tons so far in 2017, compared to the 2016 levels of 5,291 tons."

FBI Investigating Russian Money Transfers - (2017-11-15)

"The transactions, which moved through Citibank accounts and totaled more than $380,000, each came from the Russian Foreign Ministry and most contained a memo line referencing the financing of the 2016 election."

Fake "Resistance" vs Genuine Resistance - (2017-11-15)

"It is easy to tell the resistance from the faux resistance by the response of the state."

Thank You, Ed Herman - (2017-11-15)

"Ed Herman could be considered the godfather of antiwar media critique, both because of his own contributions and because of the many writers he encouraged to pursue that work. Thanks to his logical mind and sense of justice, he sharply grasped the crucial role and diverse techniques of media propaganda in promoting war."

House Admits to Saudi Support in Yemen - (2017-11-14)

"The nonbinding resolution adopted 366-30, does not call for a halt to the American support but publicly acknowledges the Pentagon has been sharing targeting information and refueling warplanes that Saudi Arabia and other allies are using to attack Houthi rebels in a conflict that is widely considered a proxy war with Iran — and a humanitarian disaster."

Taliban Red Units - (2017-11-14)

"In five nighttime attacks in a 36-hour period on Monday and Tuesday, fighters who appeared to be from such Taliban units killed scores of Afghan security personnel, mostly police officers, in two provinces in southern and western Afghanistan."

S&P Declares Venezuela in Default - (2017-11-14)

"Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA has also been declared in default by rating agencies Fitch and Moody's"

Right as the E.U. approves economic sanctions, including an arms embargo, and Nikki Haley engages in blatant hyperbole.

EU Agree to Form Permanent Structured Cooperation PESCO - (2017-11-14)

"The decision to launch PESCO indicates Europe's move towards self-sufficiency in defense matters instead of relying solely on NATO"

Cuomo Aims for Big Money - (2017-11-14)

"Mr. Cuomo has raised over 99 percent of his campaign money from donations larger than $1,000... Donors will be asked for as much as $50,000 to rub shoulders with the governor at the home of Jeff Shell, the chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group"

FDA Approves Surveillance Pill - (2017-11-14)

"The sensor, developed by Proteus Digital Health, is activated by stomach fluids, sending a signal to a patch worn on the patient’s torso and transmitting the information to a smartphone app."

Airstrike Kills Dozens in Syria - (2017-11-13)

"At least 43 civilians have been killed and dozens more wounded in three air strikes on a busy market in al-Atarib, a town in Syria's western Aleppo province."

Erdogan Responds to Joint Statement on Syria - (2017-11-13)

"The Presidents agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria."

Erdogan chimes in: "If countries truly believed a military solution was impossible they should withdraw their troops."

Lahore Gas Chamber - (2017-11-13)

"In 2015, according to a World Health Organization estimate, almost 60,000 Pakistanis died from the high level of fine particles in the air, one of the world's highest death tolls from air pollution."

Plutocracy American Style - (2017-11-13)

"The three richest people in the US – Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett – own as much wealth as the bottom half of the US population, or 160 million people. Analysis of the wealth of America's richest people found that Gates, Bezos and Buffett were sitting on a combined $248.5bn (£190bn) fortune."

Youtube Censors Jihadist - (2017-11-13)

"A search for 'Anwar al-Awlaki' on YouTube this fall found more than 70,000 videos... Today the same search turns up just 18,600 videos, and the vast majority are news reports about his life and death"

Iraq: Mass Grave in Hawija - (2017-11-12)

"Mass graves containing at least 400 bodies have been found near Hawija, an Iraqi city that was occupied by Islamic State (IS) fighters until last month... Last year the Associated Press published a survey of mass graves that identified 72 sites. They could contain from 5,200 to more than 15,000 bodies"

Saudis Beckon Arab League Re Iran - (2017-11-12)

The Saudi version of "blame the Russians." Never mind the ongoing domestic purge...

See also: spies claim that Iran is building bases in Syria. What? Like the United States built in Iraq and Qatar?

Conspicuous Display of Force in South Korea - (2017-11-12)

"The three flattops -- USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt -- entered the operational area, called the Korea Theater of Operations (KTO)"

Yemen Faces Threat of Famine - (2017-11-11)

"It will not be like the famine that we saw in South Sudan earlier in the year where tens of thousands of people were affected. It will not be like the famine which cost 250,000 people their lives in Somalia in 2011"

Joint Statement by Putin and Trump - (2017-11-11)

"The Presidents agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria. They confirmed that the ultimate political solution to the conflict must be forged through the Geneva process pursuant to UNSCR 2254."

$300 Billion Water System Upgrade - (2017-11-11)

"Two powerful industries, plastic and iron, are locked in a lobbying war over the estimated $300 billion that local governments will spend on water and sewer pipes over the next decade."

Note how an important topic like this is defined in terms of lobbying groups. Ditto that for other core foreign and domestic policies.

Paper Voting Advocate Barbara Simons - (2017-11-11)

A voice of sanity drowned out by business interests...

Cost of Global War on Terror Since 9/11 - (2017-11-10)

"the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute released a report that estimates the current and future costs of U.S. involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other post-9/11 conflicts at an astonishing $5.6 trillion. That’s more than $23,000 per taxpayer."

The response from the Deep State is always more, more, more....

Report on Money Laundering in the UK - (2017-11-10)

"766 UK companies involved in 52 corruption and money laundering cases worth up to £80 billion... Half of these registered to just 8 different addresses"

NDAA 2018 "Amazon Amendment" - (2017-11-10)

"Language buried in Section 801 of the House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which is being hashed out in a conference committee with the Senate, would move Defense Department purchases of commercial off-the-shelf products to 'online marketplaces.'"

Mueller Eyes Flynn for Gulen Kidnap Plot - (2017-11-10)

"In March, former CIA Director James Woolsey told the WSJ that he attended a meeting in a hotel room in New York City last December where Flynn discussed 'a covert step in the dead of night to whisk this guy away.' Flynn was named Trump’s national security adviser in November."

Lawmaker Hysteria: Russian Meddling in Energy Markets - (2017-11-10)

"Smith sent letters on Sept. 27 to chief executive officers of the companies. He wrote that the committee was seeking information 'regarding Russian entities purchasing anti-fracking or any anti-fossil fuel advertisements or promotions.'"

When in doubt, blame the Russians...

TSA Security Theater - (2017-11-10)

"Homeland Security investigators found that, more than 70 percent of the time, undercover officers were able to get through TSA checkpoints with mock knives, guns and explosives"

Saudis Urge Citizens to Leave Lebanon - (2017-11-09)

"Saudi Arabia warned the Lebanese government of the dangers of Hezbollah, accusing the group -- which is part of the Lebanese government -- of being involved in every terrorist attack that threatens the kingdom. It has denied forcing Hariri to resign."

New Delhi Gas Chamber - (2017-11-09)

"This week's pollution has been alarming, reaching levels nearly 30 times what the World Health Organization considers safe"

Universities Hide Cash Offshore, Then Raise Tuition - (2017-11-09)

"By 2008, the University of Texas system — whose endowment last year was $24.2 billion, behind Harvard's ($34.5 billion) and Yale's ($25.4 billion) — asked Appleby to set up a Cayman Islands company called TX Liquidity Capital so “certain tax advantages will accrue to the system,” documents show."

General Strike in Catalonia - (2017-11-09)

"While many smaller stores left their shutters down due the strike, most larger shops and businesses appeared to be open as normal."

Facebook Mind Control - (2017-11-09)

"It's a social-validation feedback loop ... exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology"

Saudi Blockade in Yemen Takes its Toll - (2017-11-08)

"Fuel prices have spiked by 50 percent since Monday"

Stratfor on Saudi Arabia - (2017-11-08)

In a monarchy like Saudi Arabia, corruption is so extensive that a genuine crackdown would put the entire ruling class behind bars. So it's obvious that this cannibalism is about consolidating power, and political theater to buffer the social turmoil that will inevitably occur when the government ends its handouts (see? Look, "shared sacrifice.").

NATO Troops Heading to Afghanistan - (2017-11-08)

"NATO is set to agree on Thursday to increase its Afghanistan training mission by some 3,000 troops... The NATO contribution would boost the training mission, called Resolute Support, to around 16,000 troops"

Syria to Join Paris Accord - (2017-11-08)

That the United States is the only world power out in the cold says something about the political influence of the fossil fuel industry in America (remember Iraq? Libya?).

Roughly Half of U.S. Ultra Rich used Appleby - (2017-11-08)

"The global number of wealthy people with more than $50 million in assets is about 140,900, half of them in the United States... Appleby had 31,000 American clients"

"During the last election cycle, he [James H. Simons] was the sixth-largest contributor to political candidates and causes, giving more than $26 million"

Estonia Suspends 760,000 ID Cards - (2017-11-08)

"The danger of the security threat becoming real is increased by the fact that it was not a flaw of the Estonian ID card alone, but also included cards and computer systems around the world that use the chips by the same producer."

Former Yahoo CEO Blames Russians - (2017-11-08)

"Special Agent Jack Bennett of the FBI's San Francisco Division said in March the 2013 breach was unrelated to the one Yahoo disclosed in December and that an investigation of the larger incident was continuing"

When all else fails...

Saudis Accuse Iran of "Act of War" - (2017-11-07)

"Saudi Arabia has lashed out at Iran over the firing of a ballistic missile towards Riyadh by Houthi rebels in Yemen, citing evidence that Tehran was behind the attack and labelling it a potential 'act of war'."

Saudis Accuse Lebanon of "Declaring War" - (2017-11-07)

"Saudi Gulf affairs minister Thamer al-Sabhan said the Lebanese government would 'be dealt with as a government declaring war on Saudi Arabia' because of what he described as aggression by Hezbollah."

Could these allegations be an attempt to divert attention from recent domestic turmoil? When rule of law gives way to rule of men, things tend to devolve quickly.

See also: 1,200 Saudi bank accounts frozen.

Syria Plans to Join Paris Accord - (2017-11-07)

"Syrian officials at the current climate talks in Bonn, Germany, were quoted as telling delegates of the 196 participating nations that the country was about to send the UN its ratification documents."

Why the DoT Targets Specific Russians for Sanctions - (2017-11-07)

"Sanctions work by threatening Putin's power more directly: they take away what he has given. In a mafia state, the patriarch disposes, and no one should have the power to annul that transaction."

"Fat Leonard" Scandal Bribery and Fraud Case - (2017-11-07)

"In total, 440 active-duty and retired sailors are currently under scrutiny for possibly violating ethics rules in their dealings with Francis’s company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia. So far, criminal charges have been filed against 29 people, with at least one retired rear admiral serving prison time."

Bank of Utah Panders to Foreign Oligarchs - (2017-11-07)

"Bank of Utah manages more than 1,390 aircraft trust accounts, most of them for foreigners, generating millions of dollars in fees and making it the second-largest holder of such accounts in the country."

Weinstein's Goon Squads - (2017-11-07)

"Weinstein hired included Kroll, which is one of the world's largest corporate-intelligence companies, and Black Cube, an enterprise run largely by former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies."

Intel [Rootkit] Inside - (2017-11-07)

"Between the operating system and the hardware are at least 2 ½ OS kernels (MINIX and UEFI). These are proprietary and (perhaps not surprisingly) exploit-friendly. And the exploits can persist, i.e. be written to FLASH, and you can't fix that"

Guess how long has the NSA and CIA been using this?

Trump Plugs Defense Contractors in Japan - (2017-11-06)

"President Donald Trump urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to purchase U.S. military equipment to create jobs in America after telling business leaders that Japan had an unfair advantage on trade."

Neighborhood Watch System in Ethiopia - (2017-11-06)

"The government's economic agenda often goes hand in hand with control over people through party membership and surveillance, a strategy modeled on China"

Saudi Princes Killed - (2017-11-06)

Prince Mansour bin Muqrin died in a helicopter crash and Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd died during a firefight.

Mass Murder in Texas - (2017-11-06)

"As the gunman exited the church, a neighbor with a gun opened fire on him, forcing the attacker to drop his weapon and flee in his SUV. The neighbor and another bystander in a truck followed in hot pursuit until the gunman drove off the side of the road, mortally wounded — perhaps by one of the neighbor’s bullets, or perhaps by his own."

Flynn Back in the Barrel - (2017-11-06)

"Mueller is applying renewed pressure on Flynn following his indictment of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, three sources familiar with the investigation told NBC News"

Taibbi: Why the Donna Brazile Story Matters - (2017-11-06)

"The point of the Brazile story isn't that the people who 'rigged' the primary were afraid of losing an election. It's that they weren't afraid of betraying democratic principles, probably because they didn't believe in them anymore."

U.S. Airstrikes Kill Civilians in Kunduz - (2017-11-05)

"A provincial council member, Khosh Mohammad Nasratyar, estimated that around 55 civilians had been killed while an Afghan aid worker in the area, who asked not to be named, said at least 40 had been killed, including multiple women and children"

55 people have a lot of relatives. Thus the global war on terror perpetuates itself.

Mohammed bin Salman Consolidates Power - (2017-11-05)

"Prince Alwaleed, a nephew of the king and owner of investment firm Kingdom Holding 4280.SE, invests in firms such as Citigroup (C.N) and Twitter (TWTR.N). He was among 11 princes, four ministers and tens of former ministers detained, two senior officials told Reuters on Sunday"

Lebanese PM Resigns, Blames Iran - (2017-11-05)

"In a televised address from Riyadh, Hariri said he feared an assassination plot and accused Iran of meddling in the region, causing 'devastation and chaos.'"

A pronounced vote of "no confidence" for Lebanon's security services,,,

Seizing North Korea's Nukes Requires Ground Invasion - (2017-11-05)

"The Pentagon, in a letter to lawmakers, said that a full discussion of U.S. capabilities to 'counter North Korea's ability to respond with a nuclear weapon and to eliminate North Korea's nuclear weapons located in deeply buried, underground facilities' is best suited for a classified briefing."

Stating the obvious. Expect bluster on Twitter as drama is good for the Trump reality TV brand.

Donna Brazile Feared for Her Life - (2017-11-05)

"Brazile writes that she was haunted by the still-unsolved murder of DNC data staffer Seth Rich and feared for her own life, shutting the blinds to her office window so snipers could not see her and installing surveillance cameras at her home."

Vol. 1 of the 4th National Climate Assessment (NCA4) - (2017-11-04)

"This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century."

Whither Syria? - (2017-11-04)

"What is emerging is a new strategic map with Syria divided into different zones: One controlled by the Assad regime (with the support of Russia and Iran), another controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (an amalgam of Kurdish, Arab and other groups supported by the US), and others run by various elements of the Syrian opposition [read Jihadists], backed to varying degrees by Turkey and Jordan."

ICC Prosecutor Targets War Crimes in Afghanistan - (2017-11-04)

"The United States has not ratified the ICC's Rome Statute, meaning any judicial proceedings are unlikely to lead to the arrest of CIA officers or US military personnel. However, Americans alleged to be involved in war crimes could be subject to international arrest warrants."

UN Report on Civilian Deaths in Mosul - (2017-11-03)

"The report finds at least 2,521 civilians were killed during the nine-month military operation, mostly as a result of ISIL attacks, including 741 people who were executed. The report notes that since 2014, at least 74 mass graves had been discovered in areas previously held by ISIL in Iraq. Additionally, as of 26 October 2017, the Civil Defence Corps reported that they had recovered the remains of 1,642 civilians from underneath rubble in Mosul"

U.S. Airstrikes in Somalia - (2017-11-03)

"A Somali security official says at least six missiles struck in Buqa, a remote mountainous village roughly 60km (37 miles) north of Qandala town in Somalia's northern state of Puntland."

The End of the Caliphate - (2017-11-03)

"Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate was on the verge of final defeat on Friday, with Syrian government forces capturing its last major city on one side of the border and Iraqi forces taking its last substantial town on the other."

Jerome Powell Nominated by POTUS - (2017-11-03)

"If confirmed by the Senate, Powell would begin serving as chair in February"

"He's a Republican who built a vast wealth as a partner at Carlyle. Powell's latest financial disclosure from June lists his net worth between $19.7 million and $55 million."

Russian Trolls Dwarfed by GOP/Dem Spending - (2017-11-03)

"While there might have been other Russian disinformation groups, the IRA spent $46,000 on pre-election day Facebook ads compared to $81 million spent by Clinton and Trump together"

In an era of billion dollar elections, Russian spending is a rounding error.

Facebook Profits through Divide and Conquer - (2017-11-03)

"Who needs algorithms to help political trolls transmit propaganda, when Facebook's sales team created this beautiful 'US Political Segmentation' menu that made it easy to target groups of people 'along a political ideology spectrum.'"

China and South Korea Change Course - (2017-11-02)

"South Korea recognized China's concerns over THAAD and made it clear the deployment was not aimed at any third country and did not harm China's strategic security interests, China’s foreign ministry said."

DoJ Points Finger at Russian Officials - (2017-11-02)

"By identifying individual Russian military and intelligence hackers with charges, U.S. authorities could make it difficult for them to travel, but arrests and jailing would be unlikely"

Sound familiar?

Clinton Took Over DNC in 2016 - (2017-11-02)

"The agreement—signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias—specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party's finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings."

All those progressive brought back into the tent were effectively neutralized. They never had a chance, a setup right from the start. Next time will be different, right? Right?

Springer Caves on Censorship in China - (2017-11-02)

"It had removed articles from its mainland site that touch on topics the ruling Communist Party considers sensitive, including Taiwan, Tibet, human rights and elite politics."

Saudi Aistrike in Yemen Kills Dozens of Civilians - (2017-11-01)

"The attack late Tuesday destroyed a building in the center of a market in the northern province of Sada, the heartland of the Shiite rebels known as Houthis. The health officials said children were among the victims."

Note the lack of agency in the New York Times headline...

CBO Report on Nuclear Arsenal Plan - (2017-11-01)

"Modernizing and maintaining the U.S. nuclear arsenal over the next 30 years will cost more than $1.2 trillion"

Rosneft and Iran Sign $30 Billion Deal - (2017-11-01)

"The recent deals appeared to be part of a strategy by President Vladimir Putin to boost Moscow's political and economic influence in the region, which was weakened by the collapse of the Soviet Union."

Manhattan Truck Attack - (2017-11-01)

"Three officials said Mr. Saipov had previously come to the federal authorities' attention as a result of an unrelated investigation... investigators had not uncovered evidence of any direct or enabling ties between Mr. Saipov and the militant group and were treating the episode as a case of an 'inspired' attacker."

Remain calm, carry on.

Russia Rolls Out New VPN Restrictions - (2017-11-01)

"Under the new rules, VPNs will be required to register with the state's media watchdog Roskomnadzor within 30 days. Internet services are also obliged to block access to websites included on Roskomnadzor’s blacklist within three days... The new law also requires online messaging services to link users with their phone numbers and to block users who disseminate 'illegal information.'"

Lawmakers: Russian Trolls want to "Discredit Democracy" - (2017-11-01)

What? Doubts about the credibility of our political system? How could that be possible without Russian Trolls?

October 2017____________________________________

Afghanistan: SIGAR 2017 Redacts Local Force Info - (2017-10-31)

"The Afghans know what's going on; the Taliban knows what's going on; the U.S. military knows what's going on. The only people who don’t know what’s going on are the people paying for it"

"The information has been classified only once before, in 2015, as the Obama administration was trying to portray the war in Afghanistan as all but over."

Kurds: No Tanks, No Planes,... No State - (2017-10-31)

Most importantly, no mandate from the United States!

Catalan Leaders Charged with Rebellion - (2017-10-31)

As the region's former leader heads for the border. That was quick!

Democratic Operator Snagged by Mueller - (2017-10-31)

"Some of the world's largest companies — BAE Systems, Walmart and Lockheed Martin — have paid him piles of cash to represent them in the Capitol."

"Podesta announced Monday that he would be stepping down from the firm he founded in 1988 with his brother, John Podesta, amid reports that special counsel Robert Mueller could bring criminal charges against him and his firm. Mueller's team is investigating work that Podesta did on behalf of Paul Manafort for a Ukrainian nonprofit."

Tech Companies Chat With The Hired Help in Congress - (2017-10-31)

"Since 2009, Google and its employees have contributed to all but three of the 55 lawmakers who now sit on the Senate Judiciary, Senate Intelligence and House Intelligence committees, which are all holding hearings this week on Russian online disinformation"

And present gestures of self-regulation to avoid the topic of monopoly. Smaller companies that cannot afford such patronage and public theatrics must opt for a full court grovel because no one wants to be accused of protecting criminals.

The GOP and Dems Play Divide et Impera - (2017-10-31)

"For centuries the West has struggled to transcend the divisions that have led to endless war and strife, and see each other as just people. The decades since WWII saw great progress. Now the Left has not just abandoned the project, but gone to the other side — embracing exclusionary values and a racial (and gender) hierarchy."

Large Pro-Unity Rally in Barcelona - (2017-10-30)

"The police estimated that there were 300,000 people at the rally. The organizers said there were 1.1 million."

Systemic Issues with Harassment in Sacramento - (2017-10-30)

"More than 140 women — including legislators, Capitol staff, political consultants and lobbyists — signed a letter calling out the 'pervasive' culture of sexual harassment and mistreatment that plagues their industry."

Paul Manafort and Rick Gates Indicted - (2017-10-30)

"The indictment includes 12 counts, focused on a few things: Misleading the government, failing to register as a foreign agent, laundering money and failing to report foreign income."

Grand jury indictment here.

New York Times Op-Ed Promotes Banksters - (2017-10-30)

"He even goes so far as to credit Bill Clinton with 'adding wealth to the retirement accounts and other investment portfolios of millions of middle-class Americans' by signing the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999—better known as the repeal of Glass-Steagall, a deregulatory move that is justly blamed for setting the stage for the financial collapse of 2008"

Syrian Govt Shells Civilians - (2017-10-29)

"At least 11 civilians were killed and a school day violently interrupted amid intensive Syrian government shelling of a rebel-held enclave north of the capital Damascus Sunday, sending panicked kindergarten children scurrying for shelter"

Mattis in South Korea - (2017-10-29)

"Due to North Korea's aggressive and destabilizing actions, we have taken defensive steps as an alliance, steps such as deploying the highly effective THAAD anti-missile system in the ROK. Millions of ROK citizens and our combined forces are now better protected by this fully defensive system."

THAAD offers virtually no protection against the hundreds of conventional artillery pieces aimed at the South. Which is one reason why Bill Clinton backed out of a preemptive strike in 1994.

Mueller Team Files Criminal Charges - (2017-10-29)

"The charges are sealed under orders from a federal judge, and it was not clear what the charges were, adding that anyone facing charges could be taken into custody as soon as Monday."

POTUS Caves on JFK Docs - (2017-10-29)

"Thursday's released contained only 52 new documents that had previously been completely withheld — less than 2 percent of the total... Thursday's release of 2,839 previously redacted documents accounts for less than 10 percent of what had remained in the Archives' files"

Catalonia Police Chief Fired - (2017-10-28)

"Trapero already faced charges of sedition over his force's actions in the run-up to Catalonia's banned October 1 independence referendum. The director general of the Catalan police, Pere Soler, was also dismissed."

Avoiding Future Conflct in Iraq - (2017-10-28)

"Now that those militants are being driven from the Sunni heartland, how the government responds to Sunnis trying to rebuild their lives is likely to have long-term consequences for the country's stability and security."

Fed SCF Details Wealth Extraction - (2017-10-28)

"The above figures indicate that the share of the wealth of the top 1% increased by over 2.3% from 2013 to 2016 with most of it, essentially, coming at the expenses of the bottom 90%."

"Gates is widely regarded as one of the world's leading philanthropist. Yet, despite his supposed generosity, he was able to add to his wealth in one year, (if the $15 billion increase is accurate,) more than 640 times the $23.4 million pay that Secretary of State Tillerson 'earned' at Exxon last year"

Spain Triggers Article 155 - (2017-10-27)

"Within an hour of the Catalan vote, the Spanish Senate in Madrid voted 214 to 47 to invoke Article 155 of Spain’s Constitution, granting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy extraordinary powers to take direct administrative control over the region"

UN Report Blames Assad's Forces for Sarin Attack - (2017-10-27)

"The Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad is to blame for a chemical attack on the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed dozens of people last April"

Billionaire Wealth Extraction - (2017-10-27)

"Billionaires increased their combined global wealth by almost a fifth last year to a record $6tn (£4.5tn) – more than twice the GDP of the UK"

Niger, Nigeria, and other N-words - (2017-10-27)

"Most Americans were shocked to learn that the US had any troops in Niger. Of course, most Americans were also shocked that Niger is not Nigeria. They are also cautious about whether or not it is safe to pronounce the name of the country in public."

It's the electrolytes...

Equifax Ignored a Warning - (2017-10-27)

"It should've been fixed the moment it was found. It would have taken them five minutes, they could've just taken the site down."

Tillerson on Syria: Assad Must Go - (2017-10-26)

"As we've said many times before, the United States wants a whole and unified Syria with no role for Bashar al-Assad in the government"

How did that work the first time around during the Obama admninistration?

Iraq Rejects Kurd Offer to "Freeze" Independence - (2017-10-26)

Guess we know which side the United States is taking. Kurds get stabbed in the back yet again...

EO 12333 Domestic Mass Surveillance - (2017-10-26)

"One of the documents' most troubling aspects is the indication that the Defense Department has authorized its intelligence components to carry out at least some forms of monitoring of US persons without a warrant..."

Telescreens Invade Philly - (2017-10-26)

"The plan is to space the kiosks here in Philadelphia — initially 80 on Center City and University City sidewalks and 20 more in other locations"

Opiods as an American Problem - (2017-10-26)

"Most insurance, especially for poor people, won't pay for anything but a pill... The US and New Zealand are the only countries that allow prescription drugs to be advertised on television... It is common for drug companies to court doctors, in an effort to promote their products"

Trump Tax Plan Gift to Foreign Shareholders - (2017-10-26)

"Foreign residents own about 35 percent of US stock, according to Rosenthal's analysis, and could see the value of their assets increase by $70 billion."

Guess who is looking to invest heavily in U.S. stocks?

Kurds Walk Back on Autonomy - (2017-10-25)

"The Kurdistan Regional Government has offered to suspend its drive for independence in return for a promise from Iraq to halt its military activity, which has seen it seize huge swathes of territory in recent days."

Banks Win: Senate Votes for Arbitration Clauses - (2017-10-25)

"Class actions, they argue, are not just about the size of the payouts, which are typically spread out among a large group of people. They are also about pushing companies to change their practices"

NSA Contractor Downloaded Malware - (2017-10-25)

"The user appears to have downloaded and installed pirated software on his machines, as indicated by an illegal Microsoft Office activation key generator"

An NSA contractor using a cracked version of Office? This opened a back door that anyone could have used...

Iraq Aims to Take Turkey Border Crossings - (2017-10-24)

"A Kurdish official said Kurdish security forces known as Peshmerga had successfully beaten back an advance by Iranian-backed pro-government paramilitaries in the region of Rabi'a, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the Fish-Khabur border area."

Russia Vetoes Extension of Syria Inquiry - (2017-10-24)

"A U.N. investigative body is due to release a report Thursday attributing blame for an April 4 chemical attack on the northern town of Khan Sheikhoun"

GAO Report: Cost of Climate Change - (2017-10-24)

"The extreme weather events of the past decade that scientists believe were exacerbated by climate change added more than $350 billion in costs to taxpayers, according to the report, a huge drain on the budget as funds were diverted to cover more disaster relief, crop and flood insurance, firefighting costs, and infrastructure and public lands repairs"

Senator Stunned by Troop Numbers in Niger - (2017-10-24)

"I didn't know there was a thousand troops in Niger"

It's not like this is some huge secret...

China's Social Credit System - (2017-10-24)

"The behaviour of every single citizen and legal person (which includes every company or other entity)in China will be rated and ranked, whether they like it or not."

China's elite fear losing their grip...

ISIS Massacre in Qaryatayn - (2017-10-23)

"Syrian officials and activists say the bodies of at least 67 civilians, many summarily killed by the Islamic State group, have been discovered in a central town in Syria that government forces retook from the extremists over the weekend."

State Dept: Syrian Jihadists Use Chemical Weapons - (2017-10-23)

"Tactics of ISIS, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, and other violent extremist groups include the use of suicide bombers, kidnapping, small and heavy arms, improvised explosive devices, and chemical weapons. "

Tillerson Open to "Moderate" Taliban - (2017-10-23)

Right after the CIA gets the greenlight to go after them... (Here we go again with the whole "moderate" meme)

The Return of Dr. Strangelove - (2017-10-23)

"The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991."

Sackler Family: Opiod Barons - (2017-10-23)

"Those who share in the billions appear to have abided by an oath of omertà: Never comment publicly on the source of the family’s wealth. That may be because the greatest part of that $14 billion fortune tallied by Forbes came from OxyContin"

Jimmy Carter Explains Why Clinton Lost - (2017-10-23)

"We voted for Sanders... I announced when I was defeated I was not going to be on corporate boards, I was not going to try to enrich myself with speeches"

Spain Opts for 'Nuclear Option' - (2017-10-22)

"After an emergency cabinet meeting, and citing the Catalan government's 'conscious and systematic rebellion and disobedience', Spain's prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said he was invoking article 155 of the constitution to 'restore the rule of law, coexistence, the economic recovery and so that elections could be held in normal circumstances'."

SDF Takes Syria's Largest Oil Field - (2017-10-22)

Wonder how Assad [and Russia] feel about this...

CIA Launches Open-Ended Fight Against Taliban - (2017-10-22)

Because the self-perpetuating global war on terror must continue...

Police Convoy Ambushed in Egypt - (2017-10-22)

"At least 59 Egyptian police officers and security officials were killed, security officials said. In a statement issued later, the Interior Ministry put the casualties much lower — 16 officers killed and 13 wounded"

Suicide Bombing in Kabul Kills at Least 15 - (2017-10-22)

"The bombing took place near a military academy, about seven miles from the Afghan capital's downtown"

Iraq: Tillerson's Gratitude on Display - (2017-10-22)

"Certainly, Iranian militias that are in Iraq, now that the fight against Daesh and ISIS is coming to a close, those militias need to go home. Any foreign fighters in Iraq need to go home"

Would that include the United States?

Tech Monopolies Cause Wages to Drag - (2017-10-22)

"During the three decades before 2015, monopoly power caused the combined shares of wages and normal interest on capital to decline by 23%."

Party Formed by Czech Billionaire Rises - (2017-10-22)

"Mr. Babis has mixed such nationalist themes as opposition to immigration with a promise to use his business skills to streamline government, reduce red tape and fight corruption."

Bankers in the White House Protected NAFTA - (2017-10-21)

"Mr. Navarro's initial attempt to leave Nafta was blocked by Mr. Cohn... Two subsequent attempts by Mr. Navarro to trigger the Nafta withdrawal process were also stopped by Mr. Cohn."

CCP National Congress Reveals Elite's Anxiety - (2017-10-21)

"The government, wary of large crowds, has closed several nightclubs, restaurants and meeting halls. Drones have been banned in parts of the city, and sales of knives and scissors have been curtailed. To reduce the flow of outsiders to the capital, Airbnb and similar home-sharing services have been temporarily suspended."

Classified JFK Documents to be Released - (2017-10-21)

"Kennedy assassination experts say they don’t think the last batch of papers contains any major bombshells"

Police Body Cam Study in DC - (2017-10-21)

"It's to be expected that these cameras might have little impact on the behavior of police officers in Washington, D.C., he says, because this particular force went through about a decade of federal oversight to help improve the department."

In other words, technology is being sold as a quick fix for more comprehensive institutional changes that would require real work.

Death Toll from Pollution in India and China - (2017-10-20)

"Diseases caused by pollution were responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths in 2015—16% of all deaths worldwide"

Afghanistan: More than 70 Killed in Mosque Bombings - (2017-10-20)

"In Kabul, a suicide bomber killed at least 39 people and injured 45 more when he detonated his explosives among some 100 worshippers in a Shia mosque in the western part of the capital"

Spain Ready to Pull Trigger - (2017-10-20)

"Spain will enact Article 155 of the Constitution which allows Madrid to suspend Catalonia's autonomy, the prime minister's office said in a statement."

Vultures Circle Puerto Rico - (2017-10-20)

"We have identified more than 30 hedge and mutual funds, insurers and financial institutions that collectively claim billions of dollars in Puerto Rico’s debt."

Anti-Virus Vendors Don't Always Notify the User - (2017-10-20)

"This is how [Kaspersky] picks apart APTs. They were collecting on Equation as silent signatures for like a year before they made the signatures overt"

American Deep State is OK with Genocide - (2017-10-19)

"The U.S. government had detailed knowledge that the Indonesian Army was conducting a campaign of mass murder against the country's Communist Party (PKI) starting in 1965, according to newly declassified documents posted today by the National Security Archive at The George Washington University. The new materials further show that diplomats in the Jakarta Embassy kept a record of which PKI leaders were being executed, and that U.S. officials actively supported Indonesian Army efforts to destroy the country's left-leaning labor movement."

More Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan - (2017-10-19)

"The Taliban have killed at least 58 Afghan security forces in a wave of attacks across the country overnight, including an assault that nearly wiped out an army camp in southern Kandahar province, officials said Thursday."

Signs of Mass Extinction - (2017-10-19)

"Between 1989 and 2016, according to a report published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One, the biomass of flying insects captured in these regions decreased by a seasonal average of 76 percent."

Why China's Elite Buy Property in Manhattan - (2017-10-19)

"Chinese leadership is about to run out of people who didn't grow up powerful and comfortable, meaning truly competent people, and that China will be hit massively hard by aquifer depletion and climate change."

To see where things are headed, look to Xinjiang.

Justice No Longer Blind in North Carolina - (2017-10-19)

"Judges in state courts as of this year must identify their party affiliation on ballots, making North Carolina the first state in nearly a century to adopt partisan court elections."

Kurds Give Up Their Oil Fields - (2017-10-18)

"Iraqi Kurdish dreams of achieving real independence depended on controlling the oil wealth of Kirkuk which is now lost to them, probably forever. Such autonomy as they did have will be curtailed, with Turkey announcing that it will hand over control of the border gate between Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan to the central government in Baghdad."

Just to underscore what this was really all about: the U.S. invasion, the "ironclad" security guarantees to the Saudis, the "War on Terror" that only creates more terrorists...

Brexit Sputters Along - (2017-10-18)

"He restated Brussels' demands for a financial settlement which could be as high as £53 billion (60 billion euro)."

Britain must suffer so that other EU members don't get any ideas...

POTUS to Visit China - (2017-10-18)

"You can discuss 10 topics with a big country, but only two with a small one. So the amount of time [Trump spends in] each country is different, and his China stay is obviously longer"

Federal Judge Blocks 3rd Travel Ban - (2017-10-18)

"The decision from U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii is sure to be appealed, but for now, it means that the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers from six of the eight countries [Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia]"

Hackers Breached MS Bug Tracking DB - (2017-10-18)

"Bad guys with inside access to that information would literally have a 'skeleton key' for hundreds of millions of computers around the world"

Flurry of Taliban Bombings in Afghanistan - (2017-10-17)

"Taliban militants launched a series of bombings across Afghanistan, targeting police and government facilities in attacks that killed 74 people and wounded more than 200, officials said Tuesday."

U.S. Airstrikes in Yemen - (2017-10-17)

"U.S. Central Command, which oversees operations in the region, said the strikes were the first time ISIS fighters have been targeted in Yemen."

Panama Papers Journalist Assassinated - (2017-10-17)

"Caruana Galizia, who had led the investigation into the Panama Papers and alleged corruption within political circles in Malta, was killed Monday after her car exploded soon after she left her home in Bidnija, close to the town of Mosta."

Soros Shifts $18 Billion to His Deep State Entity - (2017-10-17)

"The foundation said it is the second-largest in the world after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation."

NGOs are a mechanism for oligarchs to interface with society.

Iraq Govt Forces March on Kirkuk - (2017-10-16)

"The Iraqi army said on Monday it has seized control of the city's airport, in addition to an oil field, the strategic K1 military base and the Taza Khormatu district southeast of Kirkuk."

Israeli Airstrike in Syria - (2017-10-16)

"Israeli jets have attacked a Syrian government anti-aircraft missile launcher after it fired on its aircraft patrolling in Lebanese air space on a photographic reconnaissance mission, the Israeli military said."

Big Pharma Stifles DEA Investigations - (2017-10-16)

"A handful of members of Congress, allied with the nation's major drug distributors, prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills"

"Political action committees representing the industry contributed at least $1.5 million to the 23 lawmakers who sponsored or co-sponsored four versions of the bill, including nearly $100,000 to Marino and $177,000 to Hatch. Overall, the drug industry spent $106 million lobbying Congress on the bill and other legislation between 2014 and 2016, according to lobbying reports."

North Korea Threat Inflation - (2017-10-16)

Tim Shorrock: "Once Mocked [by David Sanger], North Korean Cyberpower Is a Global Threat [to Sanger] [says Sanger's 2 sources]."

South Korea: Assassination Squad Participates in War Games - (2017-10-16)

"A unit of U.S. special forces tasked with carrying out 'decapitation' operations is aboard a nuclear-powered submarine in the group, according to a defense source."

Interpol Signs Deal with Kaspersky - (2017-10-16)

Because other vendors are just as likely to be targeted by (or even colluding with) spies...

Smoking KRACK: WPA2 Vuln Published - (2017-10-16)

How long have spies been using it?

Hedges: Avoiding the Fascism Trap - (2017-10-16)

"Street violence, he said in echoing Native American elders, always 'strengthens the state'... Focus on the economic entities that are owned by the 1 percent, who are basically responsible for the oppression that we experience"

Hundreds Dead in Somalia - (2017-10-15)

"A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people"

Deadline Expires in Kirkuk - (2017-10-15)

"Both sides have sent troops to Kirkuk and brief clashes have already erupted between Kurds and Shia militia backing the government."

The End of American Democracy - (2017-10-15)

"Democracies die because of deliberate decisions made by human beings. Usually, it's because the people in power take democratic institutions for granted. They become disconnected from the citizenry. They develop interests separate and apart from the voters. They push policies that benefit themselves and harm the broader population."

The author doesn't come out and say it, but he's describing state capture by oligarchs.

Kurd Forces in Iraq Given Ultimatum - (2017-10-14)

"Kurdish Peshmerga fighters say Iraq's central government has ordered them to surrender key military positions in the disputed city of Kirkuk within hours."

Iran Deal: Trump Kicks Can to Congress - (2017-10-14)

"Based on the factual record I have put forward, I am announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification."

U.S. allies respond:

"The UK, France and Germany responded that the pact was 'in our shared national security interest'"

Trump's Iran Stance Validates Rogue Nation Status - (2017-10-14)

"His animus towards Tehran, stoked by Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates seems, if anything, even more deeply entrenched"

Guess what Kim Jong-un is thinking right about now?

Reagan Era State-Sponsored Propaganda - (2017-10-14)

"The Psychological Operations Committee took formal shape with a 'secret' memo from Reagan's National Security Advisor John Poindexter on July 31, 1986. Its first meeting was called on Sept. 2, 1986, with an agenda that focused on Central America and 'How can other POC agencies support and complement DOD programs in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama.'"

In case you haven't noticed, the CIA specializes in fake news. Puts the "Russian hacking" narrative under a whole new light, doesn't it?

Constitution Suspended at Border - (2017-10-14)

"In the last two years, DHS more than tripled the number of border device searches. It conducted about 8,500 in fiscal year 2015, about 19,000 in fiscal year 2016, and is on track to conduct 30,000 in fiscal year 2017. DHS's written policies specify that border officers may search electronic devices 'with or without individualized suspicion.'"

DEA Fentanyl Bust - (2017-10-14)

"Authorities said Edgar Navarro-Aguirre, 27, of California, was arrested Wednesday. He is accused of transporting more than 15 kilos, or 33 pounds, of the dangerous drug... the amount seized by authorities in its pure form would be enough to kill approximately 4.9 million people, or nearly the entire populations of Iowa and Nebraska."

Turkish Troops Cross Border Into Syria - (2017-10-13)

"Idlib is largely controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a jihadist alliance linked to al-Qaeda. It also borders the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, which Turkey wants to contain. "

Trump Spells Out Iran Stance - (2017-10-13)

"Trump directed the Treasury Department to impose additional sanctions on the Revolutionary Guard as supporters of terrorism in Washington's view."

As expected, more pandering to Israel.

Myanmar's Illusion of Demcratic Governance - (2017-10-13)

"But whatever authority she has, as the nation's state counselor, is dwarfed by that of a military that ruled for nearly half a century and continues to monopolize power. Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi is not the one ordering Rohingya villages to be burned down or civilians to be massacred. That firepower lies with the Tatmadaw, Myanmar's military, led by Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing."

Pentagon Waste in a Class By Itself - (2017-10-13)

"Consider the reaction if the Environmental Protection Agency buried evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste. At the very least, we would see congressional inquiries with Republicans foaming at the mouth and Democrats solemnly stating their commitment to safeguarding your tax dollars. At most, we would hear calls for some kind of criminal investigation."

Equifax Site Serving Up Malware - (2017-10-13)

"Equifax said the problem stemmed from a 'third-party vendor that Equifax uses to collect website performance data,' and that 'the vendor's code running on an Equifax Web site was serving malicious content.' Equifax did not say who the third party vendor was."

Confirmation of management's inability to protect people's data. And what, pray tell, is the current administration doing to correct this? Too big to fail?

Cholera Outbreak in Yemen Expands - (2017-10-12)

"Soon, Yemen will surpass Haiti, which has documented about 815,000 cholera cases. In Haiti, however, the outbreak began in 2010, and has taken seven years to reach that figure. In Yemen, it has taken only about six months to reach those alarmingly high numbers."

Ethnic Cleansing Continues in Myanmar - (2017-10-12)

"More than half a million Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar since late August"

German Government Rebukes Kaspersky Hysteria - (2017-10-12)

"There are no plans to warn against the use of Kaspersky products since the BSI has no evidence for misconduct by the company or weaknesses in its software"

Billionaire Wants Trump Impeached - (2017-10-12)

"Tom Steyer, a billionaire California investor who spent more than $91 million supporting Democrats in the 2016 elections... Mr. Steyer, 60, may not be an easy figure for Democrats to ignore"

Leaving us with Mike Pence... as if that would make things better. Who's the moron now?

Israelis Detected Rogue NSA Contractor - (2017-10-11)

"Classified documents from a National Security Agency employee who had improperly stored them on his home computer, on which Kaspersky's antivirus software was installed... The N.S.A. bans its analysts from using Kaspersky antivirus at the agency, in large part because the agency has exploited antivirus software for its own foreign hacking operations and knows the same technique is used by its adversaries."

Japan Steelmaker, Kobe, Faked Data - (2017-10-11)

"On Wednesday, the company said it had found one case of falsified data on iron ore powder – mainly used in vehicle parts such as gears – that had been shipped to a customer. It follows Kobe’s admission at the weekend that it had falsified figures about the strength and durability of its aluminium and copper products... Kobe’s customers – the firm said more than 200 were affected – are rushing to check the safety of their products"

Tax Plan is Gift to 1% - (2017-10-11)

"Doubling the standard deduction is likely to mean very little for most people, which is part of the reason that most of the estimates show roughly 80 percent of the benefits going to the richest 1 percent... You get rid of the estate tax; you lower the top tax bracket, 39 to 35 percent; you have a special tax rate for pass-through income"

Afghanistan: Record Number of U.S. Bombs - (2017-10-10)

"U.S. forces in September dropped 751 bombs against the Taliban and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) Afghan branch, a 50 percent increase from the 503 dropped in August and the most since late 2010 during the Battle of Sangin"

EPA Targets Clean Power Plan - (2017-10-10)

"They were using every bit of power to use the EPA to pick winners and losers in how we generate electricity in this country. And that's wrong."

Because markets did such a great job at preventing climate change.

It's Official: Hegemon No More - (2017-10-10)

"In some contexts they already have overmatch or parity, a challenge the joint force has not faced in twenty-five years" [gasp, send more tax $$$]

South Korea Loses Military Docs - (2017-10-10)

"Mr Rhee belongs to South Korea's ruling party, and sits on its parliament's defence committee. He said some 235 gigabytes of military documents had been stolen from the Defence Integrated Data Centre, and that 80% of them have yet to be identified."

See also:

"The attack in September last year, later code-named 'Desert Wolf' by anti-hacking security officials, [alleged] North Korean hackers infected 3,200 computers, including 700 connected to the South Korean military's internal network, which is normally cut off from the internet"

President in Catalonia Applies Breaks - (2017-10-10)

"Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday called for a temporary suspension of Catalonia's independence referendum result, even while making clear his belief that the region is on the road to secession from Spain."

ISIS Troops Surrender in Iraq - (2017-10-09)

"The number of its shock troops who turned themselves in at the center in Dibis was unusually large, more than 1,000 since last Sunday, according to Kurdish intelligence officials."

Unity March in Barcelona - (2017-10-09)

"A crowd estimated by local police to number 350,000 waved Spanish and Catalan flags and carried banners saying 'Catalonia is Spain' and 'Together we are stronger'"

Inside CIA's Cobalt Torture Site - (2017-10-09)

"In the uninsulated prison, with winter approaching, Rahman was just cold, dangerously so, for at least two weeks before he died from hypothermia."

DoT Financial Spying - (2017-10-09)

"FinCEN officials have accused their counterparts at OIA, an intelligence unit, of violating this separation by illegally collecting and retaining domestic financial information from the banking database."

"The Resistance" Shows Its Colors - (2017-10-09)

"The so-called resistance is attracting six- and seven-figure checks from major liberal donors"

In other words, a front for billionaires. John Stauber warned of this. The Democratic Party is the graveyard of social movements.

Turkey to Enter Crucible in Syria - (2017-10-07)

"Turkish troops were yet to reach Syria, but fighters from the Free Syrian Army were carrying out the operation."

UN Report Shames Groups Fighting in Yemen - (2017-10-XX)

"The United Nations blacklisted a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition on Thursday for killing and injuring 683 children in Yemen... The U.N. report said the Houthis and affiliated forces killed and injured 414 children in 2016."

THAAD Range in South Korea - (2017-10-07)

"The radar of an advanced U.S. missile defense system deployed in South Korea can detect missile threats at a range of up to 1,000 kilometers, U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Saturday."

Dance with the Devil in Honduras - (2017-10-07)

"In all, the drug lord, Devis Leonel Rivera Maradiaga, said that, working in concert with drug traffickers and others, he had 'caused' the deaths of 78 people — a number that posed a dilemma for United States officials when Mr. Rivera came to them offering to expose high-level corruption in this Central American nation of some nine million people."

Plague Outbreak in Madagascar - (2017-10-07)

"As of Friday, 258 have been sickened and 36 have died just since August, according to Madagascar’s Ministry of Public Health."

Las Vegas Shooting vs National Gun Death Stats - (2017-10-07)

"Daily gun deaths in Chicago: 58 deaths in 28 days"

Social Media, Social Control - (2017-10-07)

"Aldous Huxley, who provided the more prescient observation when he warned that Orwellian-style coercion was less of a threat to democracy than the more subtle power of psychological manipulation, and 'man's almost infinite appetite for distractions'."

Yet Another Hurricane - (2017-10-07)

"Nate is expected to make landfall Saturday night, now as a Category 2 storm with 105 mph sustained winds. Rain had already begun along the northern Gulf Coast Saturday morning"

Saudis Visit Russia - (2017-10-06)

"Russia is likely to seek Saudi support for its efforts to establish 'de-escalation zones' to bring down the violence, analysts said. And Saudi Arabia is likely to seek Russian help in pushing back against Iran, its regional nemesis."

Australia OKs Photo ID Surveillance - (2017-10-06)

"Australian police will create a national photo database using existing identification records held by state authorities to identify terror suspects"

Mnuchin Living the High Life - (2017-10-06)

"Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took seven trips on government jets during his short tenure at the department that have cost taxpayers over $800,000, but at no time did he violate any laws, a preliminary internal review concluded on Thursday."

DoT IG Report on IRS Targeting NGOs - (2017-10-06)

"Groups on both sides of the political spectrum were treated the same in their efforts to secure tax-exempt status"

White House Requests $29 Billion in Hurricane Relief - (2017-10-05)

Socializing the negative externalities of the fossil fuel industry.

Spain Secessionists Move Ahead - (2017-10-05)

"Catalonia will move on Monday to declare independence from Spain after holding a banned referendum, pushing the European Union nation toward a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy."

Turkey Sentences 40 to Life in Prison - (2017-10-05)

"A Turkish court has handed life sentences to 40 people convicted of plotting to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during last year's failed coup attempt."

Leaks Allege NSA Tools Stolen via Kaspersky - (2017-10-05)

"A spring discovery would mean the NSA became aware of the breach just weeks before two other significant security incidents for the agency: A cryptic group known as the ShadowBrokers starting to leak alleged NSA hacking tools online and the arrest of contractor Hal Martin for hoarding classified information on his home computer."

Turn off Windows Defender for the same reason...

Syria: Civilians Trapped as Forces Advance - (2017-10-04)

"A Russian airstrike has killed 38 civilians as they tried to cross the Euphrates river to escape fighting in eastern Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province"

Egyptian Arms Merchants Deal with North Korea - (2017-10-04)

"A U.N. investigation uncovered a complex arrangement in which Egyptian business executives ordered millions of dollars worth of North Korean rockets for the country's military while also taking pains to keep the transaction hidden, according to U.S. officials and Western diplomats familiar with the findings."

False Flags: 4th Party Collection - (2017-10-04)

"The Israeli groups are... ballsy to the extreme"

Isreal meddles in U.S. elections all the time. Not a peep from the Democrats.

Yahoo Breach Expands to Entire User Base - (2017-10-04)

"Yahoo... now believes a 2013 security breach exposed all 3 billion of its users at the time."

Now that the sale is final...

HP Shares ArcSight Code with Russia - (2017-10-04)

"ArcSight, serves as a cybersecurity nerve center for much of the U.S. military, alerting analysts when it detects that computer systems may have come under attack. ArcSight is also widely used in the private sector."

Equifax Wins Contract with the IRS - (2017-10-04)

What could go wrong?

Trump's Generals Support Iran Deal - (2017-10-03)

"'At this point in time, absent indications to the contrary, it is something the president should consider staying in,' Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee."

Strikes and Protests in Barcelona - (2017-10-03)

"In Barcelona, municipal police said about 15,000 people had stopped traffic as they rallied, many draped in the blue, yellow and red Estelada flag used by Catalan separatists, shouting: 'The streets will always be ours.'"

Equifax Projected Severity Increases - (2017-10-03)

"Equifax said late Monday that an outside review determined about 2.5 million additional U.S. consumers were potentially impacted, for a revised total of 145.5 million."

Google Project Owl - (2017-10-03)

"There is growing political support for regulating Google and other tech giants like public utilities and forcing it to disclose how exactly its arrives at search results."

Failing grade for providing 'algorithmic updates to surface more authoritative content."

Mass Murder in Vegas - (2017-10-02)

"At least 58 people were killed and 515 were injured in Las Vegas Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on a music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino."

ISIS has claimed responsibility, but "authorities said no connection has been found between the gunman and any international terrorist group."

Multiple Attacks in Syria - (2017-10-02)

"Two suicide bombers stormed a police station in the Syrian capital on Monday, killing at least 17 civilians and police, state TV reported, while a drone strike in eastern Syria killed 10 Hezbollah fighters who were helping Syrian troops battle the Islamic State group."

Friendly-Fire Incident in Afghanistan - (2017-10-02)

"The Afghan Defense Ministry says fighting is taking place in 20 of the country's 34 provinces, with intense violence in eight of them."

Iranian Hardware Dispatched to Kurdish Region - (2017-10-02)

"Iran deployed a dozen tanks supported by artillery at its border with Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Monday"

FBI's iPhone Hacker to Remain Secret - (2017-10-02)

"In her ruling, federal judge Tanya Chutkan said that naming the vendor and its cost would amount to putting a target on its back, and could lead to the loss of theft of the hacking tool."

Deaths Spike in Syria - (2017-10-01)

"The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said more than 3,300 people had died in September, including 995 civilians. Of those civilian deaths, it said about 70% were caused by Russian, Syrian government, or coalition air strikes."

Violence During Catalonia Vote - (2017-10-01)

"By late afternoon, the regional authorities said more than 300 people had suffered minor injuries in brawls with police, who dragged protesters out of their way and whipped them with rubber batons. The officers fired scores of rubber bullets at crowds gathered at voting centers in Barcelona and other cities. Officials in Madrid said a dozen police officers had been injured."

Trump Ordered Cyber Ops Against North Korea - (2017-10-01)

"As part of the campaign, U.S. Cyber Command targeted hackers in North Korea's military spy agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, by barraging their computer servers with traffic that choked off Internet access."

Pathetic. Will have zero impact given North Korea's minimal Internet footprint. Your tax dollars down the drain...

Trump Plays Bad Cop with North Korea - (2017-10-01)

"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man... we’ll do what has to be done!"

Equifax Throws Mandiant Under the Bus - (2017-10-01)

"Equifax believed Mandiant had sent an undertrained team without the expertise it expected from a marquee security company. A Mandiant spokesman declined to comment on the March investigation."

Naturally they'll claim this is an advanced state-sponsored attack because no one wants to admit they were beaten by a random bunch of crooks.

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