Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Foreign Policy

Another way the US has become the Soviet Union.
"During the Cold War Washington was concerned about communists fomenting street protests that they could turn into revolutions, with groomed politicians waiting in the wings to take over the new government, thus expanding the Soviet empire. Today this is precisely what Washington does.
We recently witnessed this operation in Ukraine and now it seems to be underway in Macedonia."
And Russia itself.

I wonder at the hypocrisy of resisting China's land grab in the South China Sea. Governments are always grabbing land.

Tax and Spend

David Stockman hopes for Greece to default to wipe out all Europe's debt, ushering in the painful correction in history, and hopefully ending all central banks. That's why it won't happen.

NASA's next Mars rover will cost over $425 million.

Environment

NOAA predicts lower than normal Atlantic hurricane season.

California giving away solar panels to poor people. It won't be long before we read what a disaster this is.

Obama EPA and Army Corp of Engineers seizes power over all water, not matter how tiny, in US.

War

I suspect Obama's proxy army in Syria, ISIS and al Qaeda affiliate al Nusra Front, are the model for destroying Iran.
"A Defense Intelligence Agency analysis of the Syrian civil war, dated August 12, 2012, starts out by drawing the battle lines, noting that the “major forces driving the insurgency” are “the Salafists, the Muslim Brotherhood, and AQI [al-Qaeda in Iraq]” and are being supported by “the West, Gulf countries, and Turkey.” Russia, Iran, and China are said to support the Assad regime. The war won’t unseat Assad, but will develop, predicts the memo, into a “proxy war.” In order for the West to win that war, the author recommends setting up “safe havens under international sheltering, similar to what transpired in Libya when Benghazi was chosen as the command center for the temporary government.”"
The US and its allies did that for both ISIS and al Nusra Front. Obama is following a playbook that's been around a while.
"In a matter-of-fact tone, the memo projects the establishment of “an Islamic State through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria.” While positing that this could endanger the unity of Iraq, the memo goes on to say that this project is supported by “Western countries, the Gulf states and Turkey,” and makes this alarmingly prescient prediction:"
The CIA probably convinced the jihadists to change their name to ISIS or IS.
"“… [T]here is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist Principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).”
Such a development would create “the ideal atmosphere for AQI to return to its old pockets in Mosul and Ramadi” – which is precisely what has happened. Mosul fell last year, and Ramadi was just taken, much to Washington’s consternation.
Far from being taken by surprise, the rise of the Islamic State was anticipated – and facilitated – by this administration. Critics of our Syria policy, including this writer, have been saying this for quite some time, but this DIA memo documents and confirms it for the first time."
Yep.

US trains and equips terrorists, the people's Mujahedeen or MEK, to rebel against Iran. 

DIA responds with non-response to claim that US policy promoted ISIS as documented by recently released, under FOIA, DIA memo on the subject.

Using fog of war as an excuse for killing civilians with drones is illegitimate.

Elon Musk's SpaceX cleared for military launches. Of course. He's a plutocrat.

Another report Russia is massing troops and weapons on Ukrainian border.
"The scene at the base on the Kuzminsky firing range, around 50 km (30 miles) from the border, offers some of the clearest evidence to date of what appeared to be a concerted Russian military build-up in the area."
That's not exactly the border. It's a Russian base. Maybe they're preparing to repel a NATO invasion.

US trains and equips terrorists, the people's Mujahedeen or MEK, to rebel against Iran.

Four people exposed to anthrax because US military accidentally shipped live samples.

Local

Unemployment rates dropped in April.

Defense contractor hires former Air Force director, naturally.

Politics

Clinton's legacy of corruption.
"- The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance
- Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates*
- Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation
- Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify
- Most number of witnesses to die suddenly
- First president sued for sexual harassment.
- Second president accused of rape**
- First first lady to come under criminal investigation
- Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case
- First president to establish a legal defense fund.
- First president to be held in contempt of court
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad
- First president disbarred from the US Supreme Court and a state court
Yet Bill ruled two terms and Hillary is running for a third.

Hillary breaks out her fake southern accent.

Carly Fiorina stalk Clinton, holding a press conference outside Hillary's event. She crushes Hillary on MSNBC. This is clearly a Republican strategy to undermine gender bias in Hillary's favor the way Republicans failed to do with Obama's racial advantage.

Republican warmongers team up against Rand Paul, so he must be doing something right.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Local

It stormed, so power went out.

Immigration

Appeals Court continues injunction against Obama's amnesty. He doesn't care. He'll keep doing it anyway.

Economy

$500 million house planned in Los Angeles.

Politics

Obama did his best to pack the courts with radical leftist judges, but he's still having trouble getting them to bless his power grabs.

Assassins targeting intellectuals in Pakistan.

Federal Reserve

Bank of America advises holding more gold and cash to hedge against stock bubble.

Tax and Spend

More on government's plan to steal pensions and 401ks.

IRS hackers get info on 100,000 taxpayers.

War

Air Force unveils stealth missile that wipe out electronics, taking everybody back to the pre-electicity age.

Prediction of US-China war in South China Sea.

US, Australia and Japan war games off South China Sea.

Sports

Whether or not teams can beat the point spread produces large changes in TV ratings.

Health Care

Government finally admits cholesterol science flawed and sugar is the problem.

Media

Headlines are not the be-all and end-all goals of scientist. Government money is. Headlines are just a means to that end. It's no coincidence the corrupt study cites is about the politically-charged issue of gay marriage. It's ridiculous this article fails to mention the elephants in the room: politics and government.

Despite faked study, personal stories can convert people on gay marriage issue.

Contrary to what media would have us believe, men prefer intelligence over other factors in a female mate. But not on TV.

Environment

More honey bee losses reported.

First four months of 2015 hottest on record according to Met Office. Look for even more corruption of data this year than usual because the frauds want to say the pause has ended.

Heat wave in India kills 800 and melts roads.

Computer game claims freon ban fixed the ozone hole.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Tax and Spend

Supreme Court ruling laid groundwork for government to seize private pension plans.

Economy

HSBC and Goldman warn of economic calamity.

Health Care

Probiotics reduce allergies.

It looks like the press is trying to intimidate Supreme Court justices into upholding Obamacare again. It worked last time.

Local

Education bubble prompts $17 million housing expansion by UD.

If it's a street by Miami Valley Hospital, it must be rebuilt.

War on Drugs

War on drug overdoses surpass deaths by government roads.

Foreign Policy

Article leaks the real motivation behind nuclear negotiations with Iran.
"Iran has agreed to grant United Nations inspectors "managed access" to military sites as part of any deal to curb Iran's nuclear program, a negotiator said Sunday, the Associated Press reported."
So the US can use the UN to spy directly on Iranian military sites in order to better target them in a future war.

Regulation

Regulators wouldn't let Comcast merge with Time Warner, so Time Warner will be absorbed by smaller Charter Communications.

Misc

Scientists believe they've discovered the biggest, most active, longest lasting black hole ever. They're wrong.

War

Putin blames CIA for terrorism in Chechnya.

Obama tries to claim the US is fighting no ground wars. Tell that to the family of the latest US fighter killed in Afghanistan.

The Iraqi army is getting beat up for fleeing Ramadi. I bet we find out they were ordered to leave like last summer in Tikrit. Or was it Mosul?

Iraqi and Iranian generals dispute claim Iraqi troops had no will to fight.
""Carter was likely given incorrect information because the situation on ground is different," al-Hadithi told the Associated Press. "We should not judge the whole army based on one incident."
Al-Hadithi said the Iraqi government believes the fall of Ramadi was due to mismanagement and poor planning by some senior military commanders in charge. He did not elaborate, nor has any action been taken against those commanders.
In Iran, the daily newspaper Javan, which is seen as close to the Revolutionary Guard, quoted Soleimani as saying the U.S. didn't do a "damn thing" to stop the extremists' advance on Ramadi.
"Does it mean anything else than being an accomplice in the plot?" he reportedly asked, later saying the U.S. showed "no will" in fighting the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS."
The US definitely has no will. It's fight against ISIS is a sham.

Pakistanis silence critics of US drone attacks.
"Early last year, Pakistani anti-drone activist Kareem Khan received an unannounced visit at his Rawalpindi home from over a dozen unidentified men, some in police uniforms. He was subsequently abducted without being offered any explanation and, over the course of the next nine days, interrogated about his anti-drone work and tortured. After a local court ordered Pakistan’s intelligence agencies to produce Khan he was released and told not to speak to the media.
Khan was due to travel to Europe to testify before parliamentarians about a December 2009 U.S. drone strike on his North Waziristan home that killed his brother and son along with a local stonemason staying with his family. He had also filed a case against the Pakistani government for its failure to investigate the deaths of his family members."
He must have been making headway.

Police State

FBI investigates Uber users hacked and charged for phantom rides.

County Sheriff used Stingray over 300 times without warrant.

NASA joins project to create search engine for the Dark Web.

Police blow up pressure cooker in man's car because his license had been revoked. Why didn't they just watch the car?

28 shootings, 9 fatal, in Baltimore over Memorial Day weekend.

Local

The list changes, but road construction never ends.

Here's how you attract business.
"The state has offered “The Long Home” up to $288,355 in refundable tax credits and “Goat” another $570,573. The amount of those awards will be finalized once shooting is finished."
It works for all businesses, not just movies.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Police State

Blacks killing other blacks at record pace in Baltimore.

Tax and Spend

Greece to miss IMF payments. Let's see if this rocks markets. Let's see if bankers cave.

War

So the Saudis helped create, arm, train, equip and fund ISIS, and ISIS turns around and attacks in Shiite village in Saudi Arabia.

Saudis and Qatar funding al Qaeda affiliate al Nusra Front in Syria.

US military whistle-blower exposes CIA funds ISIS.

Snowden leak shows ISIS is a product of the CIA and other western governments.
"The NSA document states the group was established by U.S., British and Israeli intelligence as part of a strategy dubbed “the hornet’s nest” to draw Islamic militants from around the world to Syria.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi [CIA asset and head of ISIS] “took intensive military training for a whole year in the hands of Mossad, besides courses in theology and the art of speech,” the documents explain, according to Gulf Daily News, a Bahrainian source."
Snowden scores again.

Here's why the US and its allies created ISIS.
"use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria’s president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which could dethrone Russia as Europe’s dominant – and belligerent – source of energy,"
Oil is security for the dollar.
"That may all have changed now when a declassified secret US government document obtained by the public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governmentsdeliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad.
According to investigative reporter Nafeez Ahmed in Medium, the “leaked document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, despite anticipating that doing so could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
According to the newly declassified US document, the Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the ‘Islamic State’ as a direct consequence of the strategy, but described this outcome as a strategic opportunity to “isolate the Syrian regime.” 
And not just that: as we reported last week, now that ISIS is running around the middle east, cutting people’s heads of in 1080p quality and Hollywood-quality (perhaps literally) video, the US has a credible justification to sell billions worth of modern, sophisticated weapons in the region in order to “modernize” and “replenish” the weapons of such US allies as Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iraq."
It always comes back to profiteering.

US taxpayers paid for the roads the Soviets used to invade Afghanistan, and Osama bin Laden followed the Soviets.

Education

Google and Gates join Bank of America in trying to corrupt the Khan Academy.

Misc

Even many AI experts are afraid of AI.

Health Care

Medical nonsense and made-up recommendations.

Misc

Scientists surprised by star, develop theory with no internal consistency.
"Although scientists are still not exactly sure how this process unfolds, one of the theories suggests that as these massive stars evolve, the outer hydrogen envelope, which is loosely bound, becomes vulnerable to gravitational stripping, possibly by a nearby companion star. This process can eventually lead to the stripped matter spilling out, creating a disk around the binary system."
Up is down in gravity-world.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

War

ISIS controls more than half of Syria.

Shiite militias fight ISIS near Ramadi. Iraq is broken up, just like US policy wanted. The government is a token.

Health Care

Emails show FDA was warned about superbugs in medical scopes, but it did nothing.

9,000 years of dentistry.

War on Drugs

Church of Cannabis starts in Indiana. This won't end well.

Socialism

Blame socialism for the Amtrak crash.

Economy

One of my criticisms of Keynesians is they treat all work the same. Digging ditches with a spoon and filling them back in is treated the same as doing something productive. This article about how GDP misrepresents the economy is the first time I've seen a Mises scholar make that point.
"For example, even if a ship — built at great expense — cruised without passengers, fished without success, or ferried without cargo; it nevertheless contributed to GDP. Profitable for investors or stranded in the sand; it added to GDP. Plying the seas or rusting into an orange honeycomb shell; the nation’s GDP grew."
Good to see.

Why do we want higher housing prices?

David Stockman reports our economy stinks and stocks are in a bubble.
"Sooner or later you can’t squeeze more profits from a stone cold economy.So why should earnings be valued at an all time high when the US economy is now growing at just one-third of its historic rate?"
That makes no sense.
"To wit, the US economy has actually shed 2 million full-time, higher paying “breadwinner” since December 2007—-down from 72 million to just 70 million in the April report. Accordingly, the net 3 million gain in the total payroll count is entirely attributable to a 2 million pickup in the part time economy—restaurant’s, bars, retail and  personal services—-and a 3 million gain in the fiscally dependent HES Complex (health, education and social services)."
That's not good.

Environment

CIA programs studying global warming shut down after 23 years.

Heavy snow in New England.

Police State

Judge acquits Cleveland police officer who fired some of the 137 bullets at two unarmed victims. Legalized corruption.

Falsely convicted man freed from death row after 28 years.

Judge orders criminal complaint against reality TV star destroyed to protect him.

One cop publishes what many think, only "blue" lives matter. This is the philosophy that kills so many Americans.

We're supposed to believe NSA stopped bulk collection of phone data on Americans because the Senate failed to renew the provision. How stupid do they think I am?

Politics

NSA reform bill fails in Senate.

Economy

Google patents creepy, anthropomorphic spy teddy bears.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tax and Spend

Treasury yields rise because core inflation rose.

War on Drugs

40 killed in shootout between Mexican police and drug cartel.

Socialism

Californa farmers make deal for water.

GM accused of criminal activity in cover-up on ignition switch problem.

Economy

Government's response to frequent slow economic growth in Q1 is to change the statistics.

Nobody wants to talk about the new tech bubble.

Google indexes only a tiny fraction of the web. The Dark Web is much bigger than the regular web.

Police State

Heavy government infiltration of motorcycle gangs.

Police training is supposedly changing.
"The friendlier attitude reflects a campaign underway here and elsewhere around the U.S. to "demilitarize" the police and produce officers who think of themselves as guardians of their communities, not members of an occupying force."
This sounds like propaganda.

War

Captured reporter claims ISIS could nuke US.
"In his latest work, presumed to be written under pressure but in his hall-mark style combining hyperbole, metaphor and sarcasm, he says that President Obama’s policies for containing Isil have demonstrably failed and increased the risk to America.
He raises a “hypothetical” possibility under which Isil operatives in Pakistan bribe an official to provide them with a nuclear device which is smuggled into America via Libya, Nigeria, South America and Mexico."
Thanks, government.

Politics

Senate Republicans boost President Obama, showing once again they're his allies.
"“This is an important bill, likely the most important bill we will pass this year. It’s important to President Obama,” Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and primary author of the bill, said at the close of debate.
TPA’s fast-track provisions would allow Congress, under strict timelines, to consider trade deals with a simple up-or-down vote without any amendments or requirements of a Senate super-majority to end debate. That would help Obama complete the final details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), with the other 11 nations, a bloc that represents about 40 percent of the global economy."
His trade bill is still classified.

Boehner praises agreement and pushes to pass Obama's secret trade treaty.

Americans vastly overestimate LGBT population.

Foreign Policy

Macedonia might be the next Ukraine. That dovetails into this story about NATO forcing Greece to stay in the eurozone. Don't believe any of it. It's too volatile for central planners to control.

Hillary Clinton caught in another email lie.
"Still, on the day of its scheduled release, the State Department, at the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, labeled a part of a November 2012 e-mail to her about arrests in the Benghazi killings as classified, and kept it secret. That’s a problem for Clinton because she said the private e-mail address she chose to use while secretary was never the vehicle for classified information."
Oops.

China jams US drone.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Police State

 A new Tor client built to thwart NSA is an heroic idea, but evil NSA has bazillions of resources to break it, which they will in no time.

Politics

Candidates are foundering about questions regarding the Iraq war.

Misc

Asteroids and comets exist in a continuum.

The dog-human relationship goes back 40,000 years.