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GOLD, SILVER, CURRENCIES
Gold Hedges Against Surge In Cost Of Bread, Eggs, Beer and Fuel
Lloyds Private Banking via Daily Telegraph - GoldSeek.com
Gold retreated in all currencies for a second day after U.S. jobs data was slightly better than expected. Bullion for immediate delivery fell 0.4 % to $1,336.00 in London.
Gold sold off sharply on Friday after the data and was down $25 in minutes in concentrated selling. The sell off was unusual as the data did not merit such a sharp, sudden sell off especially given that the fundamentals, including the geopolitical situation, remain highly supportive.
Gold Is Seasonal: When Is the Best Month to Buy?
By Jeff Clark - GoldSeek.com
Many investors, especially those new to precious metals, don't know that gold is seasonal. For a variety of reasons, notably including the wedding season in India, the price of gold fluctuates in fairly consistent ways over the course of the year.
This pattern is borne out by decades of data, and hence has obvious implications for gold investors.
Can you guess which is the best month for buying gold?
When I first entertained this question, I guessed June, thinking it would be a summer month when the price would be at its weakest. Finding I was wrong, I immediately guessed July. Wrong again, I was sure it would be August. Nope.
O.C. gold-coin dealer closes after complaints of delays
BY LILY LEUNG - OCRegister.com
An Orange County coin dealer who has been accused by frustrated customers nationwide of delaying numerous gold- and silver-coin shipments has closed shop, according to a posting on the company's Costa Mesa office window.
"The Tulving Company has closed. More information the week of March 10th," reads the sign, which was seen Thursday at the firm's headquarters.
It appears a flood of complaints against The Tulving Company and owner Hannes Tulving Jr. led to a state investigation.
Elderly Man Says Gold Dealer Rolled Him
By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM - CourtHouseNews.com
SANTA MONICA (CN) - An unscrupulous gold dealer rolled an elderly man for $2 million by persuading him to buy overpriced gold and silver coins that were worth little beyond their melt value, the man claims in court.
William Kraner, 77, sued Seacoast Coin dba Merit Financial dba Merit Gold and Silver and dba Merit Gold, and its employee Joe Grossman, in Superior Court.
Kraner claims he gave Merit Gold $4 million for what he was assured were rare gold and silver coins, but which were worth only half as much.
The Santa Monica city attorney two weeks ago claimed the same dealer "bilked consumers out of tens of millions of dollars" in a "massive bait and switch" scheme.
Ukraine is the U.S. Petro-Dollar's Stalingrad
BY MARCUS BROOKS - Newswire-24.com
The Anglo-American thinking process can be rather more rash, and childish than those made in a logical frame of mind, guided by banksters and, has never been so irresponsible. Watching Senator John Kerry lecture the Russians of using false pretext to invade Crimea was terrible. The only thing worse than his logic was his stupidity. His attempt at constructing a creative flame was pitiful. I mean, really, stringing together a bunch of words among a load of babbling was hardly effective.
The entire Ukraine situation is a travesty. It includes agent provocateur and hired snipers killing police and street demonstrators from rooftops, the confirmation coming from the Estonian Embassy. It includes theft of official Ukrainian Govt funds, again sent to the Swiss bank accounts. It includes sanctions delivered by an almost bankrupt US , sure to cause horrific backlash, my ass! It involves the last ill fated attempt to prevent and stop at all costs the Gazprom pipelines, which will have cornered the European market. It involves using NATO and pointing missiles towards the Russian Federation.
Can the Renminbi Become an International Currency?
By Frederik Vitting Hermann - FinancialSense.com
SWIFT, the communications platform most banks use for international orders, announced that the Chinese renminbi (RMB) climbed into the top ten most used currencies for payments in November and December 2013, accounting for 1.12 percent of global payments in December, trailing the Swiss Franc – considered a reserve currency by many — by only 0.17 percentage points.
The news fed into the ongoing debate, speculation, and prospect for a fully international Chinese currency. Following China's increasing share of the international economy, it is natural for its currency to attain wider use globally, but the Chinese government keeps the renminbi on a tight leash. It is especially reluctant to allow for the necessary capital account liberalization for the renminbi to become a competitor to the pound, the euro, and the dollar.
ECONOMICS, FINANCE, THE FED, BANKING, INTERNATIONAL
We Are In FAR Worse Shape Than We Were Just Prior To The Last Great Financial Crisis
By Michael Snyder - TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com
None of the problems that caused the last financial crisis have been fixed. In fact, they have all gotten worse. The total amount of debt in the world has grown by more than 40 percent since 2007, the too big to fail banks have gotten 37 percent larger, and the colossal derivatives bubble has spiraled so far out of control that the only thing left to do is to watch the spectacular crash landing that is inevitably coming. Unfortunately, most people do not know the information that I am about to share with you in this article. Most people just assume that the politicians and the central banks have fixed the issues that caused the last great financial crisis. But the truth is that we are in far worse shape than we were back then. When this financial bubble finally bursts, the devastation that we will witness is likely to be absolutely catastrophic.
Debt Exceeds $100 Trillion as Governments Binge
By John Glover - Bloomberg.com
The amount of debt globally has soared more than 40 percent to $100 trillion since the first signs of the financial crisis as governments borrowed to pull their economies out of recession and companies took advantage of record low interest rates.
The $30 trillion increase from $70 trillion between mid-2007 and mid-2013 compares with a $3.86 trillion decline in the value ofequities to $53.8 trillion, according to the Bank for International Settlements and data compiled by Bloomberg. The jump in debt as measured by the Basel, Switzerland-based BIS in its quarterly review is almost twice the U.S. economy.
Cerberus Capital Management; The Big Dog that Hunts and Preys
You're Either at the Table or On the Table. -- Old Wall Street adage
By Jamie Lee - Activist Post
Cerberus is named after the mythological three-headed dog that guarded the gates of Hades aka the (Bill?) Gates of Hell.
With a serpent's tail, a mane of snakes, and a lion's claws, it guards the entrance of Hell to prevent those who entered from ever escaping. Cerberus is featured in many works of ancient Greek and Roman literature and in works of both ancient and modern art and architecture.
Podcast Ep 22: The Popsicle Index - Catherine Austin Fitts Interview
Published on Feb 21, 2014
Host Andy Duncan speaks to the publisher of the Solari Report and President of Solari Inc, Catherine Austin Fitts. Topics include quality of life indicator - The Popsicle Index, the selective efficiency of government, the debt ceiling, and investing in gold.
Big banks jumping on bitcoin bandwagon
By Sital S. Patel - MarketWatch.com
Many major Wall Street banks are trying to understand bitcoin, the virtual currency that has gained interest in the last few years, and how it could change the global payment system, say industry experts.
"What we have learned is that many of the banks have individuals and teams now focused on getting to know bitcoin and how it impacts the business," said Barry Silbert, founder and CEO of SecondMarket, which is working on creating a U.S.-based bitcoin exchange and is an investor in Bitcoin companies.
Economist Nouriel Roubini Slams Bitcoin, Calls it a 'Ponzi Game'
Dan Palmer - CoinDesk.com
"So Bitcoin isn't a currency. It is [by the way] a Ponzi game and a conduit for criminal/illegal activities. And it isn't safe given hacking of it."
So said US economist Nouriel Roubini in a spate of heavily critical comments aimed at the cryptocurrency and its advocates via Twitter on Sunday (9th March).
Roubini, who lectures at the Stern School of Business and heads an economic consultancy firm, has earned himself the nickname 'Dr Doom' for his often gloomy economic outlooks.
eBay Patent Filing for Currency Exchange System Included Bitcoin
Pete Rizzo - CoinDesk.com
A second eBay patent application has surfaced on the US Patent and Trademark Office database – further highlighting the online marketplace's interest in digital currencies and digital currency processing systems.
Named 'System and Method for Managing Transactions in a Digital Marketplace', the application follows its "gift token" patent revealed on 19th December last year. Filed in December 2011, six months before its gift token filing, this document names bitcoin specifically.
HEALTH CARE, MEDICINE, AHCCA (OBAMACARE)
Gallup: Percentage of Uninsured Americans Higher Now Than in 2008
By Susan Jones - CNSNews.com
(CNSNews.com) - Defenders of Obamacare will point to a new Gallup poll showing that the percentage of Americans without health insurance continues to fall -- to 15.9 percent so far in 2014, down from 17.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013.
But compare the most recent percentages with those posted by Gallup in 2008, when 14.8 percent of Americans lacked health insurance coverage.
Poll: Seniors Disapprove of Obamacare
BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
A majority of seniors disapprove of Obamacare and fear it will negatively impact Medicare, according to a newpoll released Monday.
Fifty-seven percent of seniors polled said they disapproved of Obamacare, according the YG Network poll. This includes the 44 percent of respondents who said they "strongly disapproved" the health care reform law.
Eighty-five percent of respondents said they were satisfied with their Medicare plan and 55 percent were worried Obamacare would negatively impact the program.
Maryland Obamacare Exchange Investigation: "Flagrant waste and abuse of taxpayer monies"
By Lily Dane - Activist Post
A probe into how millions of dollars in federal money was spent on developing the Maryland health exchange will be launched by federal investigators.
The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange has had troubles since its launch on October 1. The site crashed on its first day, and has had ongoing problems, including feuding contractors and major software issues. Noridian Healthcare Solutions, the company the state hired to build the exchange for $193 million, had already been paid $68 million prior to being terminated in February.
HealthCare.gov Explorer: Decode the Health Law's Subsidies
By Christopher Weaver - WSJ.com
HealthCare.gov Explorer can now calculate premium subsidies and cost-sharing reductions. Explore how they stack up in 36 states using the federal marketplace.
With just over three weeks left to choose new coverage in the health law marketplaces, deciphering the complex system of subsidies remains a key challenge for many would-be insurance customers.
RNC building database of O-Care's canceled policyholders
By Jonathan Easley - TheHill.com
The Republican National Committee (RNC) is building a database with the names of those who received insurance cancellation notices under ObamaCare, with the hope of capturing voters who believe they've been negatively affected by the healthcare law.
An RNC spokesman wouldn't provide any further details on the initiative for fear of giving away the strategy, but confirmed what Chairman Reince Priebus first told The Washington Examiner over the weekend.
Lindsey Williams, 2014: Smart Meters Making Us Dumb!
Published on Mar 10, 2014
Researchers develop blood cell test to see if you will die in the next 5-years
Researchers In Finland And Estonia using blood cell tests to see you if you're going to die in the next 5-years
By John Vibes
FINLAND (INTELLIHUB) — A team of researchers are claiming to have the ability to predict whether or not someone is at risk of dying from natural causes within the next 5-years.
Researchers from Finland and Estonia have discovered how to read certain biological markers, which they say can tell us someone's risk of death.
The researchers are said to be using biological markers to help detect risk factors.
DOMESTIC NEWS, REAL ESTATE, EDUCATION, JOBS
55 Things About America You May Not Know
By Michael Snyder - EndOfTheAmericanDream.com
Is America the greatest nation on the planet? Before you answer that question, you might want to check out the statistics that I have shared in this article first. The reality is that the United States is in a deep state of decline, and it is getting harder to deny that fact with each passing day. Mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially we are a train wreck. Many that are "patriotic" attempt to put a happy face on our growing problems, but the truly patriotic thing to do is to admit just how bad things have gotten so that we can start finding solutions. If you truly love this country, then you should know that this nation needs a huge wake up call. We have abandoned the values and the principles that early Americans held so dear, and as a result our society is a giant mess. The following are 55 things about America that you may not know…
New-Home Building Is Shifting to Apartments
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Share of Housing Construction as Rental Apartments at Highest Level in at Least Four Decades
By CONOR DOUGHERTY = WSJ.com $$
The share of new homes being built as rental apartments is at the highest level in at least four decades, as an improving jobs picture spurs younger Americans to form their own households but tighter lending standards make it more difficult to buy.
Residential construction—a pillar of the economy and employment—is starting to ramp up again overall, but in previous years the growth was driven by single-family homes. Last year, according to census data, construction was started on a little less than one million new residential units, and about one in three of those was a rental in a multifamily building, the highest share since data began in the mid-1970s. Single-family homes accounted for about two-thirds of housing starts last year, down from their peak of 87% in 1993 and about 80% in the years leading up to the recession, the census data showed.
Farmland: Another Real-Estate Bubble?
BY MONTY GUILD - FinancialSense.com
Trend Beginning to Soften?
There is some evidence that the trend is softening a bit in the areas where it has been stratospheric. In the territory covered by the Chicago Fed (all of Iowa, and most of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin) prices were up "only" 5 percent in 2013, versus 16 percent in 2012.
However, while not as elevated as prices in Iowa, prices in the territory covered by the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis (including Arkansas and parts of Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana) continued to rise dramatically last year — finishing 12.2 percent above 2012.
Agri-Commodity Prices: A New High!
BY NED W SCHMIDT CFA - FinancialSense.com
The Agri-Food Price Index hit an all time record high for the week ended 7 March. This index of Agri-Food prices is rather comprehensive in that it includes sixteen(16) important Agri-Commodities. That index is plotted in the chart below which covers the past almost two years.Recent move upward off the double bottom that had formed is the strongest move for Agri-Food prices since 2012. That important bottom formed out of the long slide from early Summer 2013 as markets anticipated a bumper North American harvest of corn, soybeans, and canola. Why did Agri-Commodity prices bottom, then begin to rise? Answer to that question is really rather simple. Demand for Agri-Food is again the dominant factor, as it will likely be in the years ahead.
Barack Obama's betrayal of the youth of America
In the 2008 presidential election, over 68 percent of those in the age demographic of 18-33-year-olds voted for Barack Obama
By Bradlee Dean - Intellihub.com
(INTELLIHUB) — Just before Obama's second term in office, at the 2012 Republican National Convention, the Republicans sadly were dressed up as if they were going to an Elvis concert (sorry folks, Elvis died in 1977), forgetting about our youth as Obama was on a national college tour. Why?
The Obama administration has without fail, since day one, stood in direct contradiction to what the president and his minions appear to be advocating.
Muslim Infiltration Into Public Schools
Published on Mar 6, 2014
POLITICS, OP/ED, GOV WATCH, GLOBALISM, RELIGION
accusation of buying elections…
Reid again attacks Koch brothers during climate change debate
By Ramsey Cox - TheHill.com
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) used an all-night climate change campaign in the Senate to once again bash Charles and David Koch.
"It's time to stop acting like those who ignore this crisis — the oil baron Koch brothers and their allies in Congress — have a valid point of view," Reid said Monday evening. "But despite overwhelming scientific evidence and overwhelming public opinion, climate change deniers still exist. They exist in this country and in this Congress."
Ron Paul: Life After Congress
Published on Mar 6, 2014
For years, Dr. Ron Paul gave a voice to the people of Texas through his work as a Libertarian-leaning Republican representative on Capitol Hill. Now, after retiring from Congress, he is continuing to speak out, but this time with his online media venture, the Ron Paul Channel. RT correspondent Meghan Lopez headed down to Clute, Texas to find out what life is like for the former presidential candidate after decades in Congress.
Kerry-Putin meeting postponed
By Justin Sink - TheHill.com
A planned face-to-face meeting Monday between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been postponed, indicating the leaders remain far apart on a diplomatic deal to the crisis in Ukraine.
The meeting would have been the first in-person communication between the U.S. and the Russian president since the Kremlin moved troops into the ethnically Russian Crimea region late last month.
Senate Ukraine Draft Measure Said to Include IMF Change
By Kathleen Hunter and James Rowley - Bloomberg.com
Senate Democrats may boost International Monetary Fund resources in an aid package they're preparing for Ukraine, potentially setting up a dispute with the U.S. House.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez said today lawmakers "are very close" to an agreement "at least in the committee" on an aid plan for Ukraine that would include the IMF funding.
The West and the Upcoming Referendum in Crimea: A Dangerous Game of Duplicity
By Michael Werbowski - GlobalResearch.ca
Secessionist movements are nothing new to history and have been endorsed in the past, by some great statesmen such as US president Woodrow Wilson. Yet the upcoming Crimean referendum is given by the west much attention, almost as if it was setting some dangerous precedent and had to be interdicted. Or as if it were a unique case, which it isn't. Why now? Or why is the west so eager to nip in the bud the potential for the formation of a "break away state" in the Crimean peninsula? Possibly because Western powers who with vehemence and vituperation (unmatched in shrillness even during the worst days of the cold war) are denouncing the upcoming referendum on the possible formation of an independent or quasi-sovereign region in Ukraine, are themselves, dealing with secessionist movements at home.
For instance, the United Kingdom has to grapple with the unpalatable possibility of Scotland splitting away from the rest of the unitary state later this year. For its part, Canada (with almost one millions people of Ukrainian decent) is one of the most vocal opponents to the Crimean referendum. Yet it is presently dealing with a revival of a home-grown, separatist threat in Quebec. The majority French-speaking province is presently immersed in an unexpected election campaign, which might return a nationalist party back to power with a potential majority. If this occurs, then some ardent nationalists might interpret the re-election of the Parti Québécois as a prelude to a third referendum on independence. Ottawa naturally is on high alert to this potential outcome.
Obama to Cut Key Reconnaissance Fleet By 25 Percent
Planes being used to monitor Ukraine crisis
BY: Adam Kredo - FreeBeacon.com
A key fleet of U.S. reconnaissance planes used to detect enemy aircraft in hostile settings will to be cut by 25 percent under President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget, according to multiple sources familiar with the budget proposal.
A fleet of 31 AWACs, or Airborne Warning and Control System planes, will be reduced to 24 by 2015 under Obama's budget proposal.
A Clear Divide: Surveillance State on Display at 4th Amendment Hearing
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rarely do you get to witness a battle with the line between right and wrong so clearly drawn. The Maryland House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Fourth Amendment Protection Act afforded such an opportunity. One one side, everyday Americans yearning to stop the violations of their rights and the rights of others. On the other side, those concerned only about advancing their own self-interest, and who care nothing about the principles trampled in the process. Following is the story of that hearing. It will take you behind the curtain into a drama most never see play out. It will make you cheer. It will make you scream. But in the end, you will clearly see the triumph of good ideas over evil.
The air was already thick with tension in room 100 of the Maryland House Office Building as the Fourth Amendment Protection Act came before the House Judiciary Committee.
Earlier, Del. Michael Smigiel went off on a panel of state prosecutors and law enforcement officials who essentially testified that warrants hinder catching bad guys. One law enforcement official said "I'm not totally against warrants…" But he opposed a requirement that police obtain a warrant before tracking cellphone locations, or using drones to monitor people. He went on to argue that requiring a warrant would allow pedophiles to stalk Maryland children and terrorists to indiscriminately blow up buildings.
South Carolina 4th Amendment Protection Act has strong bipartisan support
By Michael Maharrey - OffNow.com
The campaign to stop unconstitutional NSA spying at the state and local level has clearly taken on a life of its own, and is gaining support from across the political spectrum.
A bipartisan group of 23 South Carolina representatives introduced the Fourth Amendment Protection Act late last month. Cosponsors include leadership from both parties, with Majority leader Rep. Bruce Bannister and Minority leader Rep. J. Todd Rutherford both signing on to the bill.
Introduced by Rep. Kris Crawford (R-Florence), H.4795 would bar South Carolina or its political subdivision from providing material support for, assisting with, or in any way participating in the collection of a person's electronic data or metadata by a federal agency or pursuant to any federal law, rule, regulation, or order. The bill would also make any such data collected by the feds and shared with state or local law enforcement inadmissible in court.
Webster Tarpley - Ukraine's New Fascist Government
Published on Mar 6, 2014
Historian Webster Griffin Tarpley on the jeff rense program, march 5 2014
ENERGY, CLIMATE, NATURAL DISASTERS
What Would U.S. Energy Exports do to Prices at Home?
By Daniel J. Graeber - OilPrices.com
Lawmakers in Washington say expanded energy exports could strengthen the U.S. hand overseas while at the same time shielding the economy from overseas shocks. How that affects U.S. consumers, however, depends largely on forces at home, AAA said Monday.
With Russian holding the energy cards in Eastern Europe, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said it was time for Washington to act. In a letter to Central European leaders, the speaker said President Barack Obama should sign off "immediately" on pending export requests for liquefied natural gas to help U.S. allies overseas.
Solar Power Shocks the Utilities Sector
by Greg Guenthner - DailyReckoning.com
Once considered among the safest corners of the market, the utilities sector is on the ropes.
Technology is tearing down the grid. Natural gas is one of the culprits. So is wind power. But one alternative energy industry is becoming cheaper and more viable every single day. It's also on the cusp of becoming a serious competitor to the stodgy, regulated utility group.
I'm talking about solar power.
China's Oil Discoveries - 1.08 Billion Tons
By John Daly - OilPrice.com
China's voracious energy needs have been a source of concern for government officials for years. Ironically, China was a net oil exporter until the early 1990s and became the world's second-largest net importer of crude oil and petroleum products in 2009. In 2010 it became the largest global energy consumer. The country's oil consumption growth accounted for one-third of the world's oil consumption in 2013 and the U.S. government's Energy Information Agency projects China will surpass the United States as the largest net oil importer later this year, as the country's 2012-2013 oil consumption represented 64 percent of projected world oil demand growth.
Cryptocurrencies are 'Inevitable', Says Google's Jared Cohen
Nermin Hajdarbegovic - CoinDesk.com
Although Google hasn't yet made any moves related to digital currencies, the search giant's Director of Ideas Jared Cohen believes they are here to stay.
Speaking at SXSW – the annual interactive conference and festival held in Austin, Texas – Cohen said it is still unclear how digital currencies will develop, as they are a "pretty new space", reports TechCrunch.
Jared said the future of digital currencies like bitcoin is clear:
Mt. Gox files for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the U.S.
by Saumya Vaishampayan - MarketWatch.com
Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox on Sunday filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the U.S., more than a week after it filed for bankruptcy in Japan and disclosed that it had lost about 750,000 of its customers' bitcoins.
Chapter 15 is a chapter of the U.S. bankruptcy code thatfacilitates insolvency cases involving parties in more than one country. Mt. Gox filed for Chapter 15 in Dallas and is being represented by Baker & McKenzie, which is also the law firm representing Mt. Gox its civil rehabilitation proceeding in Japan.
TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE, PRIVACY, SUPERNATURAL, FUTURISM
Snowden Urges Technology Companies to Adopt Better Encryption
Former NSA Contractor Spoke Via Video Feed at South by Southwest
By DOUGLAS MACMILLAN and DANNY YADRON - WSJ.com
AUSTIN, Texas—U.S. fugitive and former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden urged technology companies to adopt better methods of encryption to protect users from government surveillance, in remarks made through a video feed at a technology conference.
Mr. Snowden, who has been charged by U.S. prosecutors under the Espionage Act, said technology companies can act more quickly to protect users' privacy than the U.S. government, which will move slowly, if at all, to change intelligence-gathering practices.
Edward Snowden and ACLU at SXSW
Streamed live on Mar 10, 2014
Edward Snowden to SXSW: NSA Leaders Have Harmed Our National Security 'More Than Anything' Else
The fugitive leaker, appearing by video conference, attacked virtually every corner of the national security apparatus during a Q&A session at the festival.
By Dustin Volz - NationalJournal.com
America's most high-profile fugitive visited one of the country's most popular entertainment festivals in Texas on Monday, drawing thunderous applause from a crowded room filled with his adoring fans.
Edward Snowden, appearing from Russia through a live video stream, told attendees of the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin that Congress had fundamentally failed to do its job as an overseer of the government's bulk surveillance programs, declaring that "we need a watchdog that watches Congress."
Krauthammer savages Snowden's SXSW appearance: 'I don't want to be lectured by a traitor'
By Brendan Bordelon - DailyCaller.com
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer blasted Edward Snowden's digital appearance at the South by Southwest festival, snarling that he doesn't "want to be lectured by a traitor who speaks from a land that doesn't have a constitution."
Krauthammer spoke on a Fox News panel Monday, along with National Journal's Rob Fournier and The Weekly Standard's Steve Hayes. Host Bret Baier asked the panel to respond to Snowden's remarks at the conference, which were made via video conference from the NSA leaker's residence in Moscow, Russia.
'I saw the Constitution was being violated:' Snowden swings at NSA during SXSW panel
By Giuseppe Macri - DailyCaller.com
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden took a swing at his former employers Monday while speaking at the South by Southwest interactive, music and film conference in Austin, Texas.
"I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution. And I saw the Constitution was being violated on a massive scale," Snowden told a crowd of about 3,000 from giant screens in the Austin Convention Center. "We need public oversight … some way for trusted public figures to advocate for us. We need a watchdog that watches Congress, because if we're not informed, we can't consent to these policies."
Call For Snowden 'Immunity' Rises Ahead Of Unique Appearance In US
NSA whistleblower will appear via videostream at SXSW conference as ACLU calls him 'Great American'
By Jon Queally - MintPressNews.com
popular tech conference in the U.S. on Monday, exiled NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is receiving support from tens of thousands of his fellow Americans who think he should be granted immunity by President Obama.
Edward Snowden's revelations, say his supporters, have launched a historic debate about surveillance practices and democratic controls. Scheduled to talk with attendees at the SXSW tech and culture conference in Austin, Texas via videostream, the ACLU is championing the 30-year-old former contractor for the National Security Agency with an online petition that has nearly garnered its forty-five-thousand signature goal. As of Sunday afternoon, 44,183 people had signed it.
The Latest Update on CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou
By Catherine J. Frompovich - Activist Post
In the March 5th letter John Kiriakou sent me, he shared something that made me think more than twice about the inequities of life.
Readers know from past blogs that John had been promised nine (9) months of halfway house in his prison term of 30 months, if he agreed to their demands that he not talk with the press nor complain about the treatment he receives in the federal prison at Loretto, Pennsylvania.
15 Ways to Fight Federal Intrusion
by John Pugsley - DailyReckoning.com
What positive steps can we take? The energy that is now expended by well intentioned, freedom-seeking individuals on the destructive course of politics can be turned into powerful steps that will have a positive effect on the future. All are moral, right and just. None require aggressing. Consider the following…
1. Improve yourself. Perhaps the single most important thing a person can do (before he sets out to improve others) is to improve himself. Become a model citizen. Don't use government to attack your neighbor, even if you don't like his dog or the color of his house or the color of his skin. If you want to stop others from aggressing through the political process, start by excising from your own life all vestiges of comfort and support for political aggression.
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How this one innocuous tweet could hack a bank account
Summary: One inane tweet from mid-2012 was enough to start a chain reaction of information-gathering that could have rivaled the work of a government intelligence agency. And with that dossier of data, a hacker could have ended up ruining one man's life.
By Zack Whittaker - ZDNet.com
I knew remarkably little about him when we first met. Alex is not his real name — it's a pseudonym to protect his identity. But everything else about him is very real. He travels to our New York newsroom and our San Francisco office from his home near Charlotte, NC, where he lives with his family.
Alex is one of a growing population of "privacy ambivalent" users. He keeps his Social Security number close to his chest, and rarely gives out his personal email address unless he has to. But he isn't clued up on the latest Facebook privacy options, and doesn't particularly mind who reads his tweets.
NSA Phone-Record Destruction Halt Won by Privacy Group
By Karen Gullo - Bloomberg.com
The National Security Agency was blocked by a judge from carrying out plans tomorrow to begin destroying phone records collected for surveillance after a privacy group argued they are relevant to lawsuits claiming the practice is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in San Francisco ordered the agency today to retain the records and scheduled a hearing for March 19 on whether they can be destroyed. The NSA had planned to dispose of the records following a March 7 ruling by the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in Washington.
Next-gen "Archival Disc" will squeeze 1TB of data onto optical discs
Sony and Panasonic developing AD for "professional use"; 300GB-per-disc by 2015.
by Andrew Cunningham - ArsTechnica.com
Move over, Blu-ray: Sony and Panasonic have just announced a new optical disc specification with even higher storage capacities. The new "Archival Disc" format promises to store between six and 20 times the data of a standard 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray disc. Unlike Blu-ray, this new format is intended primarily for professional, archival use. The companies first announced that they would be working on this then-nameless standard together in July of 2013.
"Optical discs have excellent properties to protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored," reads the release. "They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them robust media for long-term storage of content."
Newly Found Megalithic Ruins In Russia Contain The Largest Blocks Of Stone Ever Discovered
By Michael Snyder - TheTruthWins.com
An incredible discovery that was recently made in Russia threatens to shatter conventional theories about the history of the planet. On Mount Shoria in southern Siberia, researchers have found an absolutely massive wall of granite stones. Some of these gigantic granite stones are estimated to weigh more than 3,000 tons, and as you will see below, many of them were cut "with flat surfaces, right angles, and sharp corners". Nothing of this magnitude has ever been discovered before. The largest stone found at the megalithic ruins at Baalbek, Lebanon is less than 1,500 tons. So how in the world did someone cut 3,000 ton granite stones with extreme precision, transport them up the side of a mountain and stack them 40 meters high? According to the commonly accepted version of history, it would be impossible for ancient humans with very limited technology to accomplish such a thing. Could it be possible that there is much more to the history of this planet than we are being taught?
OLDEST PYRAMIDS IN THE WORLD & ALIEN MUMMY FOUND IN CRIMEA UKRAINE, RUSSIA INVADES EXACT PLACE!
THE CRIMEAN PYRAMIDS
There are said to exist 37 pyramids on the Crimean peninsula down southeast along the coast line. 7 underground pyramids - as claimed - were found by Dr.Gokh near Sebastopol(lat.44°36'14'' N/33°33' E).
Scientists to dig mysterious pyramids in Sebastopol
Tens of scientists from different countries explore a place in Sebastopol, where seven ancient pyramids are presumably hidden underground. Archeological dig is underway.
Sebastopol researcher Vitaly Gokh found the whereabouts of pyramids with the help of his unique patented invention, which lets to define any substances underground. For several years he has made a search of minerals and water. Detailed analysis of one of the found constructions showed not natural, but artificial character of its creation.
FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS, GLOBAL CONFLICT, WARS
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How the Ukraine crisis ends
Henry A. Kissinger was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977.
By Henry A. Kissinger - WashingtonPost.com
Public discussion on Ukraine is all about confrontation. But do we know where we are going? In my life, I have seen four wars begun with great enthusiasm and public support, all of which we did not know how to end and from three of which we withdrew unilaterally. The test of policy is how it ends, not how it begins.
Far too often the Ukrainian issue is posed as a showdown: whether Ukraine joins the East or the West. But if Ukraine is to survive and thrive, it must not be either side's outpost against the other — it should function as a bridge between them.
Putin Speaks: Straighforward Answers. The West Triggered the Crisis in Ukraine. Why?
By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts - GlobalResearch.ca
Americans have not experienced political leadership or an independent media for such a long time that they will be amazed at the straightforward answers from the Russian President and by media asking real questions, some of which show the influence of Washington's propaganda.
Americans will also be struck by how greatly the facts of the Ukraine situation diverge from the constant stream of lies that flow from Washington, its European puppets, and presstitute media.
Putin's calm leadership, the absence of provocative statements and threats, and his insistence on legality and will of the people stand in stark contrast to the West's threats and support for violent overthrow of a democratically elected government. It is astonishing that the only leadership the world has comes from Russia, China, and three or four countries in South America. The Western world no longer has diplomatic capability. Instead, the Western world relies on propaganda, threats, force, and schemes to overthrow governments that it first demonizes.
The Truthseeker: NGO documents plan Ukraine war (E35)
Published on Mar 8, 2014
NGOs caught forging documents for war, insider warns all NGOs infiltrated; 'Independent military observers' for EU-based group OSCE again turned away in Crimea, OSCE branded one more 'vulgar instrument' for foreign interests; and CNN buys the latest State Department hoax.
Ukraine Starts Military Exercises as Russia Warns on East
By Kateryna Choursina, Volodymyr Verbyany and Jake Rudnitsky - Bloomberg.com
Ukraine began military drills as Russian forces tightened their hold on the Crimean peninsula and the Foreign Ministry in Moscow warned of "lawlessness" in the former Soviet republic's eastern provinces.
Ukraine's armed forces are testing the combat-readiness of troops, the Defense Ministry said today on its website, reiterating the government's desire for a peaceful end to the standoff in Crimea. Russia, which has vowed to defend the ethnic Russians that dominate Crimea after an uprising in Kiev, accused Ukraine of ignoring radicals in the nation's east.
Ukraine may have to go nuclear, says Kiev lawmaker
By Oren Dorell, USA TODAY
KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine may have to arm itself with nuclear weapons if the United States and other world powers refuse to enforce a security pact that obligates them to reverse the Moscow-backed takeover of Crimea, a member of the Ukraine parliament told USA TODAY.
The United States, Great Britain and Russia agreed in a pact "to assure Ukraine's territorial integrity" in return for Ukraine giving up a nuclear arsenal it inherited from the Soviet Union after declaring independence in 1991, said Pavlo Rizanenko, a member of the Ukrainian parliament.
Ron Paul: US shouldn't meddle in Ukraine
Published on Mar 6, 2014
The US, Russia and the European Union are all posturing with rhetoric about the crisis in Ukraine. But in the US, critics say we should stay on the sidelines and let the interim Ukrainian government deal with their own issues. One of those critics is former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). He tells RT that he thinks the US is hypocritical for lecturing Russia for a violation of sovereignty. Take a listen to what else the libertarian-leaning politician has to say about US involvement in Ukraine.
PLEDGING AMERICAN LIVES IN THE DEFENSE OF NATO
by Jacob G. Hornberger - FFF.org
Notwithstanding its recent decision to lift its debt ceiling once again to enable it to add to its ever-growing mountain of debt, the U.S. government has now issued a new pledge, this one being as a guarantor of a $1 billion loan to the new government of Ukraine. Unfortunately, that's not all that U.S. officials have pledged in that part of the world. I wonder how many Americans realize that the U.S. government has also pledged the lives and limbs of America's young people in the defense of nations that once formed part of the Soviet bloc.
That's what membership in NATO is all about — the pledge that the United States will come to the military defense of any nation that is a member of NATO.
Crimea Referendum Offers Taste of Democracy 'Under Guns'
By Kateryna Choursina and Andrea Dudik - Bloomberg.com
Crimeans heading to the ballot box this week will get a taste of a different kind of democracy.
The referendum will offer voters the choice of joining Russia or renegotiating the autonomous region's status within Ukraine. Keeping the current arrangement isn't an option.
About 1.5 million voters will head to the polls on March 16 to make their choice for the peninsula in the focus of the tensest standoff between Russia and the West since the Cold War. As Vladimir Putin pours troops into the region, saying he needs to protect its ethnic Russian majority, the government in Kiev and its Western allies say the referendum is illegal.
Israel Uneasy As Egypt Set To Accept Russian Arms
By Brandon Turbeville - Activist Post
Rumors are now circulating suggesting that Israel isgrowing uneasy as a result of a recent report from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy that Egypt is seeking to acquire Russian air-defense systems such as the S-300, MiG Fighter jets, Mi-35 helicopters, Mi-17 helicopters, and Kornet anti-tank weapons.
Last month, an Egyptian newspaper reported that Egypt had recently concluded a $2 billion weapons deal with Russia which was funded by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The weapons deal is largely seen as a means to mitigate the threat of U.S. pressure as a result of the ouster of corrupt Muslim Brotherhood member Muhammed Morsi.
Bibi to World: You're Being Played for Fools
EILAT, Israel (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, displaying on Monday what Israel said were seized, Iranian-supplied missiles bound for militants in Gaza, urged the West not to be fooled by Tehran's diplomacy on its nuclear program.
Last week the Israeli navy captured a ship in the Red Sea carrying arms that the military said included forty M-302 surface-to-surface rockets manufactured in Syria and capable of striking most of Israel from the Gaza Strip.
Along with the missiles, some 180 mortar shells and 400,000 rifle rounds were laid out in neat piles on a pier in the southern port of Eilat. A navy missile boat that took part in the raid was docked behind the display.
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