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NSA hat vollständigen Zugang zu allen iPhones | DEUTSCHE WIRTSCHAFTS NACHRICHTEN

NSA hat vollständigen Zugang zu allen iPhones | DEUTSCHE WIRTSCHAFTS NACHRICHTEN
Die NSA kann sich jederzeit und von überall Zugriff auf die Daten aller iPhones verschaffen. Der Geheimdienst nutzt dazu eine unauffällige Software mit dem Namen Dropout Jeep. Ein wirkungsvoller Schutz ist nicht möglich.
Der Weg vom iPhone zur NSA ist relativ direkt.
Der Weg vom iPhone zur NSA ist relativ direkt.
Die NSA kann aus der Ferne faktisch alle Daten abrufen, die iPhone-User auf ihrem Handy gespeichert haben: SMS, Kontakte, Voicemail, Geo-Daten, Fotos. Der Zugriff kann über SMS oder eine GPRS Verbindung erfolgen. Die NSA benutzt eine Software Droput Jeep.
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Secret Space War XII: Marduk Is Crowned in Africa | Veterans Today

Secret Space War XII: Marduk Is Crowned in Africa | Veterans Today

by Preston James

Anunnaki_imageNumerous top world leaders attended Nelson Mandela’s funeral in South Africa on December 4, 2013. Some reports estimate that 91 different world leaders and celebrities attended.
Certainly this became a major world event from anyone’s perspective.
Could there have been more, much more than meets they eye to this funeral of Nelson Mandela?
Was something going on in the background of this event event that was far more important than the funeral, perhaps a major turning point in world affairs?
Those that know about current Secret Space War matters understand that there is a deep secret hidden in the background of world political realities that has been kept from the masses, the presence and involvement of alien ETs and alien/human hybrids at the highest levels of the USG and a few other top world governments as advisers and controllers.
Unless the reality of Secret Space War phenomena is openly revealed and corroborated with hard evidence in public and admitted by all world governments, this knowledge cannot be yet be received or processed by the masses.
For those that are not aware of the basic realities of the current ongoing Secret Space War, reading this article is probably a waste of time.
Yes, as strange as it may seem, it appears that the Mandela Funeral was used as a cover-story to assemble the world’s top leaders for another purpose.
A very interesting rumor from a reputable source, is that the Mandela Funeral was used as a cover-story to assemble the world’s Top Leaders to pay homage to an ancient Nephilim alien ET leader called Marduk and who has allegedly returned after hundreds of years absence to be crowned as the new King of Africa, perhaps later to be elevated to “Ruler of The NWO” or the “New Caesar of the Ages”as the final Third Force Plan for the Globalist NWO is revealed  and actuated in full.
If true, the Mandela funeral has perhaps provided great cover to assemble the world’s top leaders to pay homage to Marduk as the new “Crowned King of Africa”. And as the Mandela Funeral became a major world event covered in detail on every major news network around the world, there were several strange anomalies during or surrounding the funeral that have became apparent and which can be interpreted in ways which support this rumor.
Strange anomalies surrounding the Mandela funeral have surfaced.
A very strange man performed sign language while the ceremonies went on.  It was later revealed that this man was alleged to be mentally ill and was signing nonsense gestures. It was alleged that he had been a suspect in an earlier murder. Concern was later then expressed wondering how this man could be allowed so close to top world officials when he was supposedly such an obvious security concern.

INTELLIHUB - Has the National Security Administration (NSA) been changing the amounts held in the financial accounts of people it targets?


The question would seem absurd if it were not for a 308-page report on the NSA that was released on December 12 by an Official White House Panel. Recommendation 31, “Institutional Measures for Cyberspace,” on page 37 and repeated on page 221 reads:
(1) Governments should not use surveillance to steal industry secrets to advantage their domestic industry;
(2) Governments should not use their offensive cyber capabilities to change the amounts held in financial accounts or otherwise manipulate the financial systems.
Upon reading the panels’ report, Trevor Timm (a surveillance expert from the Electronic Frontier Foundation) sent a tweet; it was retweeted by Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who originally leaked documents from Edward Snowden. The tweet read, “Does this NSA report recommendation imply that NSA is conducting offensive cyber attacks against financial systems?” Does it imply that the NSA is or has been altering the financial data of targeted individuals or agencies?
The NSA certainly has the ability to do so because it has the information to do so. The German news source Der Spiegel(September 15th, 2013) reported on an internal NSA branch known as “Follow the Money” (FTM). The branch monitors “international payments, banking and credit card transactions.” In a responsive statement, the NSA admitted to tracking financial information but only as it related to terrorist financing and terror networks. It states, “This information is collected through regulatory, law enforcement, diplomatic, and intelligence channels, as well as through undertakings with cooperating foreign allies and partners.”
One “cooperating” ally is apparently the international bank messaging system Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication or SWIFT. The system promotes itself as a financial service “with speed, certainty and confidence.” Over 10,000 banking organizations in 212 countries use SWIFT. In a carefully worded statement, SWIFT’s chief information officer Mike Fish indicated that the agency had “no evidence to suggest” there had been “any unauthorized access.” The key word is, of course, “unauthorized.”
The NSA stores the financial information in a databank called Tracfin. (An identically-named database was created in France in 1990 with the stated goal of tracking illegal financial transactions; it is not clear if the database used by the NSA is somehow connected.) According to Der Spiegel, Tracfin “in 2011 contained 180 million records. Some 84 percent of the data is from credit card transactions.”

If the NSA is monitoring transactions in the Middle East and Germany, then how likely is it to be tracking money within US borders? This is especially likely given that leaked documents from Snowden indicate the NSA has been tracking the Visa credit card system. Visa offered a carefully worded response in which it claimed not to know of any “unauthorized” access to its database. As for other large US financial institutions, it would be surprising if they refused to share information with a government responsible for their economic dominance. 
The only assurance of financial privacy is the NSA’s claim that it is not monitoring American transactions. There are at least three reasons why the assurance is not credible.
1) The tracking of financial transactions within America has been documented for years. In 2008, the Wall Street Journalreported on “so-called ‘black programs’ whose existence is undisclosed.” Many of them “began years before the 9/11 attacks but have since been given greater reach. Among them, current and former intelligence officials say, is a longstanding Treasury Department program to collect individual financial data including wire transfers and credit-card transactions.” If one government agency has the data, then they all do.
2) In 2006, when NSA was discovered using SWIFT data, there was a political uproar in the EU; the U.S. agreed to safeguards and to limit its surveillance in exchange for access. Agreements from the NSA are apparently worthless as the back door access continues.
3) What the NSA says varies from moment to moment, person to person. For example, the agency has repeatedly denied that its surveillance is conducted to commercially benefit American companies. Nevertheless, Bloomberg (September 9th, 2013) reported on the NSA surveillance of Brazil’s state-controlled oil company, Petrobras. Documents released by Snowden included a 2012 NSA slide show presentation “that explained the agency’s capability to penetrate private networks of companies such as Petrobras….One slide in the presentation listed “economic” as an intention for spying.”
In his recent “open letter to the people of Brazil,” Snowden asked that government for political asylum. Of the NSA surveillance, he stated, “These programs were never about terrorism: they’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power.”
The foregoing is not surprising or even new, except for one detail. No government body has previously implied that the NSA might be now or in the future altering the information stored by financial institutions. No official has previously suggested that the NSA could bankrupt or lock up the finances of targeted individuals. It is a haunting question: Why would the panel explicitly tell the NSA, “Don’t do this!” if the agency weren’t doing it already or planning to do so?
The panels’ recommendations are heartening because they are overwhelmingly critical of the NSA ; the panel went so far as to unanimously call for splitting up the agency and for safeguards such as transparency. This is another surprise because the panel was hand-picked by Obama and included the die-hard loyalist Cass Sunstein and former CIA deputy director Michael J. Morell. 
Obama quickly indicated his rejection of some of the panels’ recommendations. Watching him deal with the rest of them will make for entertaining popcorn moments.
Meanwhile, everyone should make sure they have a print copy and a screen shot of their latest financial statements on hand. People should consider holding assets in a less conventional place than large and ‘trusted’ financial institutions. The advice sounds paranoid. But as paranoid as you get, it is difficult to keep up with the US government.

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USA train inferno: Video of massive explosion as oil train derails in North Dakota


Authorities urged residents to evacuate a small North Dakota town Monday night after a mile-long train carrying crude oil derailed outside of town, shaking residents with a series of explosions that sent flame and black smoke skyward. The BNSF Railway Company train left the tracks about 2030 GMT Monday, and as many as 10 cars caught fire. No one was hurt. The cars were still burning as darkness fell, and authorities said they would be allowed to burn out.

PressTV - Uyghur organization wants int’l probe on China killings

PressTV - Uyghur organization wants int’l probe on China killings
Uyghur Muslims in China have demanded an independent investigation into recent violence in the country’s restive far western region of Xinjiang, which claimed at least eight lives.
The World Uyghur Congress (WUC), based in Munich, said in a statement on Tuesday that the Xinjiang regional government should “fully disclose all information on the violence occurred on Monday and allow an independent investigation to be conducted by international organs.”
On Monday, December 30, Chinese security forces killed eight people, who the government said attacked a police station in the county, about 200 kilometers southeast of the old Silk Road city of Kashgar.
The Xinjiang government said in a statement that about nine armed men attacked a police station in the county, “throwing explosive devices and setting police cars on fire.” It also said that the police killed eight of the “attackers” and captured one, adding that 25 explosives and nine knives were also confiscated at the site of the incident.
The WUC called on Beijing to permit foreign media and government representatives to enter Sache County, where the incident took place, in order to “allow transparency surrounding the narrative of the incident.”
The organization alleged that the incident was part of Beijing’s efforts to silence Uyghurs’ dissent under the pretext of fighting terrorism.
“This incident testifies to a recent trend of state-sponsored violence used to quell Uyghur dissent, whereby authorities ignore due process of the law, shoot and kill Uyghurs, label them terrorists, and then use counter-terrorism to justify the unlawful killings,” WUC President Rebiya Kadeer said in a statement.
The Monday killings occurred as another 14 Uyghurs were shot dead during clashes with security forces in Shufu County of Xinjiang on earlier December 15.
Xinjiang, a large, resource-rich region and home to the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic people, has been the scene of numerous deadly clashes in recent years.
The Chinese government says that some groups in the Uyghur community are attempting to establish an independent state.

Soft Killing The American People Using Toxic Food, Toxic Water And Toxic Vaccines

Skull_and_crossbonesHave you noticed that there has been an absolute explosion in the number of people developing chronic illnesses, heart disease, diabetes and cancer?  If you are like most Americans, you probably have quite a few family members and friends that are seriously ill right now.  Sadly, most Americans have absolutely no idea why this is happening.  Most of them just assume that all of this sickness is just “normal”.  But that is not the case at all.  The truth is that we are slowly killing ourselves by what we eat, by what we drink and by what we allow to be injected into our bodies.  The vast majority of people out there have never even heard about the dangers posed by aspartame, fluoride, genetically-modified food, pesticides, high fructose corn syrup, pharmaceutical drugs, cell phones and toxic vaccines.  Most of them have no idea that our food is toxic, our water is toxic and our vaccines are toxic.  Right now, it is estimated that approximately 70,000 chemicals are being used for commercial purposes, and as a result of our “modern lifestyles” we are literally being endlessly bombarded with toxins.  This has resulted in a massive tsunami of death, disease and chronic illness in America.  But very few people actually understand what is being done to all of us.  The following are just a few of the ways that the “soft killing” of the American people is taking place…
Toxic Food
Do you believe that “you are what you eat”?
Well, have you ever considered what the animals that you eat are being fed?
If you are like most Americans, you will probably eat beef several times this week.  But most Americans have no idea that our cows are being fed sawdust, chicken poop, candy, crab guts, limestone and dead cows that have been ground up on a regular basis.
Of course this is not true of all beef that you purchase at the grocery store.
But how do you tell which is which?  And if you go for the lowest price beef, there is a greater chance that you are getting beef from cows that have literally been fed garbage.
And of course it isn’t just cows that are being fed poop.  The truth is that there is a tremendous amount of it in many of our food products.  If you doubt this, just check out this article: “There Is A Staggering Amount Of Feces In Our Food“.
Sometimes, it is the ingredients that are actually listed on the side of the box that are the most dangerous.  Take aspartame for example.  Once upon a time, it was listed as a biochemical warfare agent by the Pentagon.  But now it is in thousands of food products in our grocery stores.
So is it safe for us to eat?  According to an article on, it has a long track record of causing adverse reactions and the government refuses to do anything about it…
Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death.  A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.
According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame:  Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson’s disease, alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.
Toxic Water
Do you know what is in the water that you drink?
If not, perhaps you should do some investigating.  According to one recent survey, our drinking water is absolutely littered with dangerous contaminants
Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that an astounding one-third of U.S. water systems contain traces of at least 18 unregulated and potentially hazardous contaminants, many of which are linked to causing endocrine disruption and cancer.
Based on a nationwide survey of 25 unnamed water utilities, scientists found traces of the herbicide metolachlor, for instance, a pesticide commonly applied to conventional corn, soy, cotton, safflower, potato and other crops, as well as the heavy metal strontium, which is linked to causing bone problems. Other chemicals identified include so-called perfluorinated compounds like perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which numerous scientific studies have found can cause thyroid disease and various types of cancer.
After reading all this, you may never look at water the same way again.
Do you remember Erin Brockovich?  Well, according to the Washington Post the carcinogen that she was so concerned about has been found in the drinking water of most U.S. cities…
An environmental group that analyzed the drinking water in 35 cities across the United States, including Bethesda and Washington, found that most contained hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen that was made famous by the film “Erin Brockovich.”
Lovely, eh?
Not only is there hexavalent chromium in our drinking water, the reality of the matter is that there are thousands of other chemicals and prescription drugs in our water supply as a Time Magazine article from a while back detailed…
All told, there are about 3,000 prescription pharmaceuticals in use in the U.S. and thousands more over-the-counter drugs, not to mention creams and ointments we smear on and then shower off. “Between cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other sources,” says John Spatz, commissioner of Chicago’s department of water management, “there are 80,000 potential combinations of chemicals.” It’s impossible to keep our drinking supply safe from a gusher like that.
And I haven’t even gotten to fluoride yet, which is purposely being put into the water supplies of most U.S. cities.
So precisely how dangerous is fluoride?  Well, the Fluoride Dangers blog puts it this way….
Even small amounts of fluoride consumed from tap water can damage your bones, teeth, brain, disrupt your thyroid function, lower IQ and/or cause cancer, according to evidence revealed in a groundbreaking 2006 National Research Council (NRC) fluoride report produced by a panel of experts who reviewed hundreds of published fluoride studies.
That certainly does not sound good.
So is fluoride in the water that you are drinking?
Perhaps you should find out.
The Natural Health and Longevity Resource Center has published a list of ten of the most significant health problems that scientific studies have shown that fluoride causes…
1. Fluoride exposure disrupts the synthesis of collagen and leads to the breakdown of collagen in bone, tendon, muscle, skin, cartilage, lungs, kidney and trachea.
2. Fluoride stimulates granule formation and oxygen consumption in white blood cells, but inhibits these processes when the white blood cell is challenged by a foreign agent in the blood.
3. Fluoride depletes the energy reserves and the ability of white blood cells to properly destroy foreign agents by the process of phagocytosis. As little as 0.2 ppm fluoride stimulates superoxide production in resting white blood cells, virtually abolishing phagocytosis. Even micro-molar amounts of fluoride, below 1 ppm, may seriously depress the ability of white blood cells to destroy pathogenic agents.
4. Fluoride confuses the immune system and causes it to attack the body’s own tissues, and increases the tumor growth rate in cancer prone individuals.
5. Fluoride inhibits antibody formation in the blood.
6. Fluoride depresses thyroid activity.
7. Fluorides have a disruptive effect on various tissues in the body.
8. Fluoride promotes development of bone cancer.
9. Fluorides cause premature aging of the human body.
10. Fluoride ingestion from mouth rinses and dentifrices in children is extremely hazardous to biological development, life span and general health.

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Brazil is raising revenue by increasing taxes on debit cards by 1600% abroad. Sales across the Eurozone decline again in December. The French impose a 75% tax on the wealthy. US home sales decline again to lowest levels. Terrorists explode a 2nd device in Russia. These terrorists attacks are sponsored by foreign Governments to push their agenda forward. The FBI is linking those who have or use Almanacs as planning a terrorist attack.

Merkel-Vorsatz für das Neue Jahr: „Öfter an die frische Luft“ | DEUTSCHE WIRTSCHAFTS NACHRICHTEN

Merkel-Vorsatz für das Neue Jahr: „Öfter an die frische Luft“ | DEUTSCHE WIRTSCHAFTS NACHRICHTEN
Angela Merkel sagt in ihrer Neujahrs-Ansprache, das Wohlergeben Deutschlands sei an die Lösung der Euro-Schuldenkrise gekoppelt. Sie rief die Deutschen zu Leistungsbereitschaft, Engagement, Zusammenhalt auf. Sie selbst will versuchen, „mehr an die frische Luft zu kommen“. Die Rede im Wortlaut.
Angela Merkel: Es gab viele gute Nachrichten im Jahr 2013. Die Kanzlerin trug eine Goldkette - ein Hinweis auf eine Trendwende beim Goldpreis? (Foto: dpa)
Angela Merkel: Es gab viele gute Nachrichten im Jahr 2013. Die Kanzlerin trug eine Goldkette – ein Hinweis auf eine Trendwende beim Goldpreis? (Foto: dpa)
„Liebe Mitbürgerinnen und Mitbürger, der Jahreswechsel ist traditionell ein Zeitpunkt guter Vorsätze. Vielleicht nehmen Sie sich gerade vor, mit dem Rauchen aufzuhören, mehr Sport zu machen oder mehr Zeit für die Familie zu haben. Ich selbst nehme mir eigentlich immer vor, mehr an die frische Luft zu kommen – auch das sicher ein Klassiker unter den guten Vorsätzen.
Doch dann kommt das neue Jahr, und schnell hat uns der Alltag wieder. Oft jagt ein Ereignis das andere. Manchmal verändert eines davon vieles, wenn nicht gar alles in unserem Leben. Die Flut, die im Frühsommer in das Leben vieler Menschen an Donau, Elbe, Mulde und Saale brach, war so ein Ereignis. Gerade erst waren die Folgen der gewaltigen Flut von 2002 beseitigt, da mussten viele erneut ohnmächtig zuschauen, wie ihr ganzes Hab und Gut weggeschwemmt wurde. Doch zugleich brach noch eine Welle ganz anderer Art los, eine überwältigende Welle der Hilfsbereitschaft. Sie zeigte besonders deutlich, was in unserem Land steckt. Eine Gruppe von Studenten in Passau mobilisierte über das Internet täglich ein paar Tausend freiwilliger Helfer und sorgte dafür, dass die Hilfe dorthin kam, wo sie gebraucht wurde. Das ist nur ein Beispiel von vielen.
Und natürlich ist fern der großen Schlagzeilen auch in unserem persönlichen Leben viel geschehen, Schönes wie Enttäuschendes. Manche sorgen sich auch um einen kranken Angehörigen oder haben einen lieben Menschen verloren und erleben den heutigen Abend in Trauer. Es ist also wahrlich nicht alles so, wie wir es uns erhoffen oder wünschen. Doch immer wieder gibt es Chancen zu neuen Anfängen. Viele in Deutschland, Junge wie Alte, sagen: Ich wage es. Sie gründen eine Initiative oder eine Firma. Sie nutzen ihr Talent und werden Künstler, Sportler oder Handwerker. Sie setzen sich ein in ihrem Beruf als Verkäuferin, Altenpflegerin oder Richterin. Sie leben mit einer Behinderung und tragen wie Millionen anderer Arbeitnehmerinnen und Arbeitnehmer zum Erfolg unseres Landes bei. Sie schauen nicht weg, sondern zeigen Zivilcourage, wenn andere bedrängt werden und in Not geraten.
Jede Lebensgeschichte steht für sich und trägt zugleich ihren Teil zu dem bei, was unser Land im Kern ausmacht: Leistungsbereitschaft, Engagement, Zusammenhalt. Was jeder Einzelne von uns im Kleinen erreicht, das prägt unser Land im Ganzen. Der Staat kann investieren. Er kann gute Bedingungen schaffen. Doch die Politik könnte nur wenig bewirken ohne Sie alle in unserem Land, liebe Mitbürgerinnen und Mitbürger, gleich welcher Herkunft.
Das ist auch der Grund für die vielen guten Nachrichten in diesem Jahr. Es erklärt, warum bei uns so viele Menschen wie noch nie zuvor einen Arbeitsplatz hatten, warum wir im harten weltweiten Wettbewerb so gut mithalten und warum sich so viele Menschen ehrenamtlich in unsere Gesellschaft einbringen. Es gibt viel zu tun, damit Deutschland auch in Zukunft stark bleibt. Besonders wichtig ist mir, dass wir unsere Finanzen der nächsten Generation geordnet übergeben, dass wir die Energiewende zum Erfolg führen, dass wir gute Arbeit und ein gutes Miteinander in unserem Land haben gerade auch weil unsere Gesellschaft älter und vielfältiger wird.
Wir wollen die Familien unterstützen sie sind das Herzstück unserer Gesellschaft. Wir wollen, dass alle Kinder und Jugendlichen die bestmögliche Bildung und damit die bestmögliche Chance auf ein gutes Leben erhalten können. Dabei wissen wir, dass die Fortschritte unseres Landes stets davon abhängig sind, dass wir auch in Europa vorankommen und die Staatsschuldenkrise tatsächlich dauerhaft überwinden.
Im kommenden Mai können rund 375 Millionen Bürgerinnen und Bürger Europas ein neues Europäisches Parlament wählen also genau 100 Jahre nach Beginn des Ersten Weltkrieges, 75 Jahre nach Beginn des Zweiten Weltkrieges und 25 Jahre nach dem Fall der Berliner Mauer, dem Anfang vom Ende der Teilung Deutschlands und Europas. Europa wurde aus einem Traum weniger durch die Anstrengung vieler ein Ort des Friedens für Millionen.
Das zeigt einmal mehr, wie viel wir erreichen können, wenn wir einander vertrauen und zusammenhalten, so wie es die vielen Freiwilligen und Soldatinnen und Soldaten, die Polizistinnen und Polizisten und alle anderen Einsatzkräfte bei der Flut im Frühsommer getan haben. Jeder einzelne Beitrag mag zunächst klein erscheinen – angesichts der Größe der Aufgaben. Doch alle Beiträge zusammen machen die Stärke unseres Landes aus.
Liebe Mitbürgerinnen und Mitbürger, für das kommende Jahr wünsche ich uns allen die Entschlossenheit, unsere Vorsätze umzusetzen, jedenfalls die wichtigsten, den Mut zu immer neuen kleinen Anfängen und die Kraft und den Trost, auch das Schwere im Leben zu tragen. Von Herzen wünsche ich Ihnen und Ihren Familien Gesundheit, Zufriedenheit und Gottes Segen für das neue Jahr 2014.”

Prognose 2014: Die Weichen für die Enteignung der Sparer sind gestellt | DEUTSCHE WIRTSCHAFTS NACHRICHTEN

Prognose 2014: Die Weichen für die Enteignung der Sparer sind gestellt | DEUTSCHE WIRTSCHAFTS NACHRICHTEN

Die globale Schulden-Krise wird sich 2014 ihrer „Lösung“ nähern: Steuerzahler, Sparer und Vermögenswerte werden zur Reduzierung der Überschuldung und zur Stabilisierung der Währung ausgebeutet werden. Die Enteignung wird vollständig legal erfolgen. Die ersten Anzeichen für diesen Trend waren im Jahr 2013 deutlich zu erkennen. Die Weichen für den Zugriff sind gestellt.
2014 werden die Sparer einiges erleben: Gut möglich, dass die Kugel des öfteren bei der Null liegen bleibt. (Foto: dpa)
2014 werden die Sparer einiges erleben: Gut möglich, dass die Kugel des öfteren bei der Null liegen bleibt. (Foto: dpa)
Das Jahr 2013 hat drei wichtige Erkenntnisse gebracht, wie die Schuldenkrise in Europa gelöst werden wird.
Die sogenannten „Bail-Ins“, also die Beteiligung der Bankkunden an der Rettung ihrer Bank, ist als EU-Richtlinie verabschiedet worden und seit dem Sommer geltendes Recht in Europa. Damit ist der „Fall Zypern“ auch formal zur „Blaupause“ für Banken-Rettungen geworden: Die Anleger werden rasiert, wenn ihre Bank am Abgrund steht. Zwar sollen formal Einlagen unter 100.000 Euro sicher sein. Doch wie dieses Versprechen eingelöst werden soll, kann und will niemand garantieren (mehr hier).
Mit dem Vorschlag des IWF, eine 10 prozentige Zwangsabgabe als „Schulden-Steuer“ auf alle europäischen Vermögen zu erheben, ist die Saat gelegt, dass Staaten, wenn ihre Banken in existentielle Bedrängnis geraten, zur Enteignung schreiten können, um den großen Crash – nämlich den Domino-Zusammenbruch eines unkontrollierten und undurchschaubaren Finanzsystems – zu verhindern (mehr hier).
Die dritte Erkenntnis ist, dass der ESM als Banken-Rettungs-Vehikel herangezogen werden kann: Steuergelder, die von den Staaten in diesen von niemandem kontrollierten, supranationalen Hedge-Fonds eingezahlt wurden, werden zur Rettung von Banken herangezogen. Das haben die EU-Führer im Sommer beschlossen. Die Rettung der spanischen Banken war der erste Schritt, alle weiteren Rettungen werden dem Gewöhnungs-Effekt unterliegen (mehr hier).
Die Ausmaße der globalen Schulden-Krise übersteigen jedes Vorstellungsvermögen. Jede „Lösung“ des Problems führt zu schweren Verwerfungen im System. Die Lösung über einen „Staatsbankrott“ – eigentlich die ehrlichste Variante, wird von der Politik nicht in Betracht gezogen.
Der deutsch-spanische Ökonom Philipp Bagus schreibt in einem aufschlussreichen Beitrag für das Ludwig-Mises-Institut, dass ein Staatsbankrott zu „Verlusten bei Banken und Versicherungen“ führen würde, „die die Ersparnisse ihrer Kunden in Staatsanleihen investiert haben“. Dann könnten die Verluste bei Anleihen- und Investmentfonds einen „Kollaps des Bankensystems auslösen“. Bagus: „Eine Pleite-Spirale überschuldeter Marktteilnehmer würde ein finanzielles Armageddon auslösen. Deshalb hat die Politik bisher alles getan, dieses Szenario zu vermeiden.“
Indiz dafür, dass es keinen Staatsbankrott geben wird, ist die auffällige Untätigkeit der EU in dieser Sache: Hatten noch zu Beginn der Griechenland-Krise alle Beteiligten lautstark gefordert, dass die EU verbindliche Regelungen für eine geordnete Staats-Pleite brauche, haben sich die Gremien im Jahr 2013 trotz reger Gipfel-Tätigkeit nicht ein einziges Mal mit diesem Thema befasst.
Bagus glaubt nicht, dass die Zentralbanken und die Politik es wagen werden, die Krise durch Inflation und Hyperinflation zu lösen – obwohl die Inflation „die der Politik liebste Option sei“. Doch die Gefahr, dass das System damit außer Kontrolle gerät, ist groß. Daher werden alle Beteiligten diese Variante nur als „ultima ratio“ einsetzen.
Auch ein anderer Weg wird von der Politik nur mit großem Widerwillen beschritten werden: Die Staaten könnten sich weigern, „die staatlichen Renten, Sozialleistungen und Arbeitslosenunterstützung massiv kürzen, um ihre Defizite auszugleichen oder Schulden zurückzuzahlen“. Das macht keine Regierung gerne. In Deutschland regiert eine große Koalition. Sie steht für den Sozialstaat in seinem „status quo“. Rentner und Empfänger von Sozialleistungen werden erst massiv bestraft werden, wenn es gar nicht mehr anders geht. Diese beiden Gruppen sind jene, auf die alle Parteien bei den Wahlen schielen – weil sie zahlenmäßig die größten Gruppen sind. Jede Regierung kann von den Rentnern abgewählt werden. Streicht man die Sozialleistungen, hat man den Bürgerkrieg.
Vermutlich werden, wie Daniel Stelter ausgeführt hat, beide Gruppen früher oder später dennoch zur Kasse gebeten werden – ganz einfach, weil die Schuldenlast zu groß ist (mehr dazu hier).
Doch diesen Zeitpunkt wird die Große Koalition so weit als möglich hinausschieben. Beim Runden Tisch der NZZ mutmaßen die Banker bereits, dass Deutschland „das neue Frankreich“ werden wird: Ein Staat der Zentralisierung mit einem starken Fokus auf die Beglückung der Bürger durch Transferzahlungen.
Radikale Kürzungen bei staatlichen Versprechungen werden 2014 noch nicht schlagend werden: Die herrschenden Parteien in Europa fürchten, dass sie bei der EU-Wahl im Frühjahr 2014 eine starke euroskeptische Bewegung zu bekämpfen haben. Daher werden sie nichts unternehmen, was den Bürgern das Gefühl geben könnte, dass das Füllhorn leer ist.
Was jedoch schon bald in Angriff genommen werden kann, ist die Enteignung der „Steuerzahler, Sparer und Geldhalter“, wie Bagus schreibt. Sie werden „zwecks Reduzierung der Überschuldung und zur Stabilisierung der Währung ausgebeutet werden“.
Dies wird durch eine „Kombination mehrerer Szenarien“ erfolgen. Sie werden „die entstandenen Verluste aufdecken und die Wohlstandsillusion beenden“.
Bagus sieht folgende Optionen:
Finanzielle Repression
„Finanzielle Repression ist eine Möglichkeit, die Ersparnisse der Menschen immer mehr in Richtung Staat zu kanalisieren und so die Tilgung der Schulden zu ermöglichen. Finanzielle Repression, das ist auf der einen Seite der Erlass von Gesetzen, die bestimmte Investments unattraktiv machen, aber auch von Regulierungen, um den Kauf von Staatsanleihen zu induzieren.“
Steuerpolitische Maßnahmen
„Die Idee dabei ist es, die Eliminierung von Staatsschulden und eine Rekapitalisierung von Banken mittels Besteuerung zu erreichen. Wird die Überschuldung reduziert, verschwindet für die Notenbank auch die Notwendigkeit, die Zinsen auf einem Niedrigniveau zu belassen und dazu immerfort neues Geld zu drucken. Durch den Überschuldungsabbau kann die Währung so wieder auf eine gesündere Basis gestellt werden. Um dieses Ziel zu erreichen, könnte die Regierung Vermögen in massivem Ausmaß enteignen, um die Staatsschulden zurückzuzahlen. Die Regierung muss lediglich die Steuern erhöhen oder eine einmalige Vermögensabgabe durchführen. Die Einnahmen daraus verwendet sie dann für die Rückführung der Staatsschulden und zur Rekapitalisierung der Banken. In der Tat hat der IWF kürzlich eine einmalige Zwangsabgabe in Höhe von 10 % zur Reduzierung der hohen Staatsverschuldung in Europa empfohlen.“
Wie realistisch diese Variante ist, zeigt die Prognose der dänischen Saxo-Bank: Sie erwartet die Zwangsabgabe für 2014 und sieht bereits die Rückkehr der Eigentumsbegriffs der UdSSR (mehr hier).
Echte Währungsreform
Diese Variante gab es in Deutschland nach dem Krieg. Sie wurde gewählt, um die „Vermögensvernichtung, die während des Krieges entstanden war“, glattzustellen.
Bagus erklärt, was damals vor sich ging:
„Die Bürger konnten 60 Reichsmark im Verhältnis 1:1 in DM tauschen. Alle Guthaben über 60 Reichsmark wurden einfach durch zehn dividiert und in DM getauscht. Alle Schulden wurden ebenfalls gezehntelt. Darüber hinaus wurde der Ausfall von Staatsschulden erklärt, mit Ausnahme der Staatsanleihen, die von Banken gehalten wurden. Sie erhielten Ausgleichsforderungen. Außerdem gab es eine einmalige Vermögensabgabe in Höhe von 50 %! Diese Maßnahmen brachten zusammen genommen folgendes Ergebnis: Die Überschuldung wurde abgebaut, der Staat praktisch entschuldet, die Banken rekapitalisiert (indem ihre Verbindlichkeiten gezehntelt wurden, nicht aber deren gesamte Vermögensanlagen (Staatsanleihen)), und die Sparer weitestgehend enteignet.“
Bail-In als teilweise Währungsreform
„In Zypern wurden Bankgläubiger (Sparer) zu Bankaktionären. Die Bankverbindlichkeiten wurden so reduziert und das Eigenkapital erhöht. Die Geldmenge ging zurück. Ein bail-in rekapitalisiert das Bankensystem und lässt gleichzeitig schlechte Schulden verschwinden. Das Eigenkapital kann sogar so stark ansteigen, dass ein teilweiser Ausfall von Staatsschulden nicht die Stabilität des Finanzsystems bedrohen würde. Bei einem Bail-in würden beispielsweise die Bürger, die in Lebensversicherungen investiert sind und die wiederum in Bankverbindlichkeiten und Staatsschulden angelegt haben, von den Verlusten getroffen. Im Ergebnis würde die Überschuldung von Banken und Staaten abgebaut, auf Kosten der Sparer und Geldbesitzer.“
Wenn man diese Optionen mit den bereits getroffenen Weichenstellungen auf EU-Ebene vergleicht, fällt es nicht schwer, einen Masterplan zu erkennen. Die Finanz-Eliten, die in Europa den Kurs bestimmen – IWF, EZB und EU, in Griechenland, Portugal und Irland unter den Begriff „Troika“ bekannt – werden, wie Bagus meint, den Super-Crash verhindern – nämlich das Ende des Monopols der Papiergeld-Schöpfung.
Die Europäer sollten sich für 2014 auf einen giftigen Cocktail aus Zwangs-Abgaben (Bail-In), Vermögenssteuer (IWF) und Enteignung der Steuerzahler (ESM) einstellen.
Die Probleme werden damit natürlich nicht grundsätzlich gelöst sein.
Doch die Retter des Systems werden versuchen, Zeit zu gewinnen. Sie wollen an der Macht bleiben. Es ist kein Zufall, dass die erste Innovation der Großen Koalition allen Ernstes in dem Plan besteht, die Legislatur-Periode auf fünf Jahre zu strecken (hier).
Mehr Panik geht nicht.
In der EU reden die politisch Verantwortlichen hinter vermeintlich verschlossenen Türen bereits vom „Untergang“ (mehr hier).
Kick the can down the road“, sagen die Angelsachsen.
„Ich selbst nehme mir vor, mehr an die frische Luft zu kommen“, sagt Angela Merkel (hier).
Man muss für 2014 kein Hellseher sein.
Les jeux sont faits, sagt der Groupier.

A Drone Operator Speaks: "This Is What You Are Not Told" | Zero Hedge

A Drone Operator Speaks: "This Is What You Are Not Told" | Zero Hedge

Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,
Over the weekend, Heather Linebaugh wrote a powerful Op-ed in The Guardian newspaper lamenting the lack of public understanding regarding the American drone program. Heather should know what she’s talking about, she served in the United Stated Air Force from 2009 until March 2012. She worked in intelligence as an imagery and geo-spatial analyst for the drone program during the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Here are some key excerpts from her article:
Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I’d start with: “How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?” And: “How many men have you seen crawl across a field, trying to make it to the nearest compound for help while bleeding out from severed legs?” Or even more pointedly: “How many soldiers have you seen die on the side of a road in Afghanistan because our ever-so-accurate UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] were unable to detect an IED [improvised explosive device] that awaited their convoy?”

Few of these politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue of what actually goes on. I, on the other hand, have seen these awful sights first hand.

I knew the names of some of the young soldiers I saw bleed to death on the side of a road. I watched dozens of military-aged males die in Afghanistan, in empty fields, along riversides, and some right outside the compound where their family was waiting for them to return home from the mosque.
What the public needs to understand is that the video provided by a drone is not usually clear enough to detect someone carrying a weapon, even on a crystal-clear day with limited cloud and perfect light. This makes it incredibly difficult for the best analysts to identify if someone has weapons for sure. One example comes to mind: “The feed is so pixelated, what if it’s a shovel, and not a weapon?” I felt this confusion constantly, as did my fellow UAV analysts. We always wonder if we killed the right people, if we endangered the wrong people, if we destroyed an innocent civilian’s life all because of a bad image or angle.
Moreover, the many civilians being incinerated without a trial are not the only victims here. So are the actual drone operators themselves, many of whom end up committing suicide. Recall my article from December 2012: Meet Brandon Bryant: The Drone Operator Who Quit After Killing a Child. Of course, our so-called political “leaders” never get their hands dirty, other than to take a lobbyist bribe that is. Now more from Heather:
Recently, the Guardian ran a commentary by Britain’s secretary of state for defence, Philip Hammond. I wish I could talk to him about the two friends and colleagues I lost, within a year of leaving the military, to suicide. I am sure he has not been notified of that little bit of the secret UAV program, or he would surely take a closer look at the full scope of the program before defending it again.
Full article here.

Spreading Separatist Views Now a Criminal Act in Russia | Global Research

Spreading Separatist Views Now a Criminal Act in Russia | Global Research
Kremlin accuses the U.S. of meddling in Russia's internal affairs
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law would make spreading separatist views a criminal offence punishable by up to five years in jail.
Under the law submitted to the Russian State Duma by the Communist Party, people will face a fine of up to 300,000 rubles ($9,200) for calling for action aimed against Russia’s territorial integrity.
Lawmakers said the legislation was an effort to curb increasing public support for the idea of relinquishing mainly Muslim territories in the restive North Caucasus.
Experts, however, criticized the measure for distracting attention from more serious problems in Russian society.

Seals, Sea Lions, Polar Bears, Bald Eagles, Sea Stars, Turtles, King and Sockeye Salmon, Herring, Anchovies, Sardines All Dying | Zero Hedge

Seals, Sea Lions, Polar Bears, Bald Eagles, Sea Stars, Turtles, King and Sockeye Salmon, Herring, Anchovies, Sardines All Dying | Zero Hedge

We’ve previous documented that seals, sea lions, polar bears, sea stars, turtles, sockeye salmon, herring, anchovies and sardines on the West Coast of North America are all suffering mysterious diseases … which are killing many.
We’ve asked whether this is related to massive releases of radiation from Fukushima. Update.
Sadly, we can now add other wildlife to the list.
EneNews reports:
Los Angeles Times, Dec. 29, 2013: Bald eagles are dying in Utah — 20 in the past few weeks alone — and nobody can figure out why. [...] Many suffered from seizures, head tremors and paralysis [...] Many of the eagles were brought to the mammoth Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah [...] Within 48 hours, most were dead. [...] State wildlife specialists are baffled. For weeks, officials have sent birds for necropsies [...] At first, the agency’s disease scientists guessed the illness could be encephalitis, which is caused by the West Nile virus, but later ruled out that possibility. [...] Officials suggest the die-off is possibly connected to the deaths of thousands of eared grebes that began in Utah in November. [...] Officials still don’t know why the shore birds became sick. [...] Officials at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center have their own theories. Some point to radiation from Japan after the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. [...] A call from Idaho shed new light: A wildlife official said bald eagles there were also getting sick, suggesting the birds were arriving in Utah already in bad health.

Buz Marthaler, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah co-founder: “It’s just hard to have your national bird in your arms, going through seizures in a way it can’t control — when you can see it’s pain but don’t know what’s happening to it. As a human being, you just have problems with that. And when you lose one, it just grabs your heart. [...] In an average year, we might get one or two, but we’ve received nine so far, and five of those have died. The other four are still in our care. [...] We aren’t ruling out anything.”


Washington Post, Dec. 30, 2013: [...] “This is really concerning to us,” says [Leslie McFarlane, the wildlife disease program coordinator for the state’s Division of Wildlife Resources]. She has been program coordinator for 10 years and describes the recent deaths as “very unusual.” [...] The symptoms noted in the recent spate of deaths—and the broad geographical area in which they have cropped up—are what has officials concerned.

Listen to the public news service report here
In a second article, EneNews notes:
Juneau Empire, Dec. 29, 2013: [...] the king [chinook] salmon — has fallen from its throne. [...] Alaska has seen unprecedented declines in recent years [...] scientists like Joe Orsi and Jim Murphy, both fisheries research biologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are digging deeper into [...] the cause of the startling downward trend. [...] When asked about the potential impact Fukushima may be having on king salmon stocks in the Gulf of Alaska and elsewhere in the state, Orsi would not comment. “I’ve been told to refer you to the (Environmental Protection Agency),” he said, “Because I’m not an expert on the topic.” Calls and emails to the EPA were not returned in time and digging on the federal agency’s site revealed no current information on radiation from the Fukushima disaster. The last posted monitoring results occurred in June of 2011.
Unfortunately, the American and Japanese governments are doing everything they can to cover up the severity of the Fukushima disaster.  Indeed, anytime government or big corporations screw up, the government works to cover it up … instead of actually fixing the problem. And see this.
EneNews continues:
Bellingham Herald, Dec. 5, 2013: “[...] we see from test fisheries that the Chinook numbers returning to the Fraser River system were at a record low,” explained Ken Balcomb, executive director and principal investigator for The Center for Research and a science advisor to the whale watch association. [...] [An] alarming decrease of an important identified food resource [...]

Islander Sound, Dec. 25, 2013: [A] dismal return of Chinook salmon to the Fraser River.

Salmon Fishing in British Columbia, Canada: There are two major salmon runs of Chinook that are targeted by anglers; the Fraser river [and] Harrison River.

December 2013: Previously unpublished map from gov’t scientists shows Fukushima plume already at Alaska coast (PHOTO)

November 2013: CBC Headline: Radiation from Fukushima arrives on Alaska coast — University scientists concerned — “Is the food supply safe?… I don’t think anyone can really answer that”

September 2013: US Gov’t: Alaska island “appears to show impacts from Fukushima” — “Significant cesium isotope signature” detected — Scientists anticipate more marine life to be impacted as ocean plume arrives (VIDEO)
Note from Management: All of these mystery diseases and deaths at the same time are just a coincidence. You are perfectly safe. This is not the Droid you're looking for ...

Why 2013 Matters: 13 revelations that shaped the year


As the world counts down the final hours of 2013, we're looking back at the key news stories that shaped the outgoing year. While everyone will have some personal things to remember 2013 for, some of the year's events reached out to affect millions of people. From the global spy scandal, to diplomatic breakthroughs in the Middle East, and the early release of Russia's most famous prisoner - here is how 2013 will go down in history.
READ 13 most underreported news stories of 2013 here

Fukushima News 12/30/13: Fukushima Cleanup a "Comedy Of Errors"; Radiati...


Deteriorated joints may be cause of water leaks
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says deteriorated resin filler probably caused water leaks from barriers surrounding contaminated water tanks.
Tokyo Electric Power Company found a total of 225 tons of water leaked from 2 concrete barriers at the plant on Tuesday.
It also found that the remaining water in the barriers contained radioactive strontium at a level of up to 44 times higher than the government limit.
TEPCO says it drained the water from the barriers and no cracks were seen at the bottom of the concrete.

Tohoku utility applies for reactor safety check
Tohoku Electric Power Company has applied for a government safety screening of one of the reactors at its Onagawa plant with a view to restarting it. The plant is located on the Pacific coast of Miyagi Prefecture.
The application is the first for a reactor affected by the March 2011 disaster in northeastern Japan.

UN Official 'Astounded': Homeless are taken to work in Fukushima, ready to die — Pastor: "At end of month, they're left with no pay" — Police: They end up in debt to employers after food and housing fees deducted (VIDEO)

Plight of homeless in Fukushima cleanup

'High Alert': Mystery illness killing bald eagles in Western U.S. — Wings paralyzed, full blown seizures — Experts: "Very big concern"... "Never seen anything like this"... "We just don't know what's going on" (VIDEOS)

LA Times: Experts suggest bald eagle deaths are related to Fukushima radiation — Idaho officials reporting similar sickness — "It's hard to have your national bird in your arms, going through seizures" (AUDIO)

Radio: Experts warn ocean currents spreading Fukushima contamination across world — Official 4,000 miles away: Radiation in seafood imports increased noticeably; Time for all stakeholders to be on alert (AUDIO)

Reports: Highly significant quantity of fission products are flushed into environment by water used on Fukushima molten fuel, including plutonium and curium — Radioactivity to recirculate for many generations in ocean food chain, meat content will increase with time

Newspaper: Is Fukushima impacting king salmon in Alaska? "Unprecedented declines in recent years...startling"; No comment, says NOAA biologist — Record low seen in major fishery on Canada's west coast, "alarming decrease"

Epidemiologist back from Fukushima: "We're talking about a sacrifice zone and millions of people live in this area" — Exceeds allowable radiation dose for nuclear workers 40 kilometers from Fukushima plant (VIDEO)

Contamination level in seaside of reactor2 still gets highest every time measured / All βnuclide 2,100,000,000 Bq/m3

Tritium density keeps increasing beside groundwater bypass wells / 34,000,000 Bq/m3 from the latest data

Evaluation of the situation of
cores and containment vessels of
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
Units-1 to 3 and examination into unsolved
issues in the accident progression
Progress Report No. 1
December 13, 2013
Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc.

Monday, December 30, 2013



MAX DOES WESTMINSTER." Directed & Edited by Jeff Angel and featuring Max Keiser and George Galloway. This film was funded, shot, edited & distributed (online) within 10 days. Please go to for further details. The most basic of set ups was used in it's creation. However, the information disseminated is both vital and timely. Max Keiser is a world renowned economic commentator & presenter whilst George Galloway a highly respected member of British parliament; Jeff Angel is a British film maker currently based in London. Jeff has a long standing interest in both the financial markets and the geo- political landscape but his driving passion has, and always will be, film making.

Day After Saudi Arabia Gives Record $3 Billion To Lebanese Army, Lebanese Troops Fire At Syrian Warplanes | Zero Hedge

Day After Saudi Arabia Gives Record $3 Billion To Lebanese Army, Lebanese Troops Fire At Syrian Warplanes | Zero Hedge

That didn't take long.
It was only yesterday that Saudi Arabia pledged a record $3 billion to prop up Lebanon's armed forces, in what the WSJ described as "a challenge to the Iranian-allied Hezbollah militia's decades-long status as Lebanon's main power broker and security force." Lebanese President Michel Sleiman revealed the Saudi gift on Lebanese national television Sunday, calling it the largest aid package ever to the country's defense bodies. The Saudi pledge compares with Lebanon's 2012 defense budget, which the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute put at $1.7 billion.
The Saudi move was announced hours after thousands of Lebanese turned out for the funerals of former cabinet minister Mohamad Chatah and some of the other victims killed Friday in a bombing in downtown Beirut. The bomb was believed to have targeted Mr. Chatah, an outspoken critic of Hezbollah's dominance of Lebanese affairs and security. No group has claimed responsibility. Saudi Arabia on Friday responded to the assassination by calling for Lebanon to build up the government and armed forces "to stop this tampering with the security of Lebanon and the Lebanese."
Surprisingly, the biggest winner here may be none other than France: "Lebanon would use the Saudi grant to buy "newer and more modern weapons," from France, said Mr. Sleiman, an independent who has become increasingly critical of Hezbollah. It followed what he called "decades of unsuccessful efforts" to build a credible Lebanese national defense force."
However, back to the Lebanese quid pro quo: less than 24 hours after the announcement, what does Lebanon go ahead and do? Why it fired at Syrian warplanes (recall Syria is the archnemesis of Saudi Arabia's Prince Bandar) of course, the first time it has done so since the start of the Syrian conflict. From BBC:
Lebanese troops have fired at Syrian warplanes violating its airspace, for what is thought to be the first time since the conflict in Syria began.

Lebanon's National News Agency said the army had responded to a raid on Khirbet Daoud, near Arsal in the Bekaa Valley.

Syrian government forces have fired into Lebanon in the past, targeting rebels sheltering over the border.

The Lebanese authorities had until now not responded militarily, hoping they would not be dragged into the war.

Arsal is predominantly Sunni and its residents have been broadly supportive of the Sunni-dominated uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shia Islam.

The north-eastern town has been flooded with refugees since the Syrian military launched an offensive in the Qalamoun mountains last month.

Some 20,000 people have settled in makeshift camps, as Syrian troops backed by members of the militant Lebanese Shia Islamist movement Hezbollah have sought to cut rebel cross-border supply routes.
And that is how Syria buys proxy war access on yet another front in an indication that its hopes that sooner or later the Syrian conflict will re-escalate enough to allow the "developed west" to stage another chemical attack and finally have the US topple Assad, are still alive. The only question is whether this time Putin, instead of simply diffusing the Syrian confrontation once again, will have an incendiary present or two for the Saudi princes, in part as gratitude for the string of recent Saudi-inspired terrorist attacks in Volgograd.

Obamacare Rollout COO Retires "After 41 Years Of Outstanding Public Service" | Zero Hedge

Obamacare Rollout COO Retires "After 41 Years Of Outstanding Public Service" | Zero Hedge

The COO of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who supervised the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, is retiring. Michelle Snyder is the second official to depart the sinking ship CMS following CIO Tony Trenkle's resignation in November. While in charge of day-to-day activities, the allocation of resources, and “standing up new programs and activities required by the Affordable Care Act," the NY Times reminds readers that Kathleen Sebelius said "Michelle Snyder is not responsible for those debacles." We can only wonder at the retirement package this 41-year veteran will receive...

Via NY Times,
The No. 2 official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who supervised the troubled rollout of President Obama’s health care law, is retiring, administration officials said Monday.

The official, Michelle Snyder, is the agency’s chief operating officer, in charge of day-to-day activities and the allocation of resources, including budget and personnel.

Technology experts who built the website for the federal insurance exchange,, reported to her.


Marilyn B. Tavenner, the administrator of the Medicare agency, said Ms. Snyder was retiring this week “after 41 years of outstanding public service.”


A former agency official who had predicted Ms. Snyder’s departure said Monday: “She had to go. She was responsible for the implementation of Obamacare. She controlled all the resources to get it done. She was in charge of information technology. She controlled personnel and budget.”


At a congressional hearing on Oct. 30, Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, was asked who was responsible for developing the federal website, and she named Ms. Snyder.

But Ms. Sebelius quickly added: “Michelle Snyder is not responsible for those debacles. Hold me accountable for the debacle. I’m responsible.”
The question is - why retire now? If things are looking so rosy going forward and the worst is behind us for the Obamacare rollout?

NSA Interception: Spy malware installed on laptops bought online


If you're considering buying a new laptop online, you might want to think twice ... because US intelligence agencies are reportedly planting bugs on them before they reach their destination. German news magazine Der Spiegel says there is a special NSA unit dedicated to the task. RT's Peter Oliver has more. For even more on this spy story, let's cross live to London and talk to Jim Killock from the Open Rights Group.

Google Buys Robot Firm Boston Dynamics


Google recently bought a robot firm called Boston Dynamics, making it the eighth robotic acquisition by Google's secretive robotics division.Though the company explains the purchase as a way to diversify its portfolio with technologies that could ensure future business success, is something going on with Google and robotics? Lissette Padilla and Elliot Hill discuss the potential that this move has to significantly impact the world, in this clip from the Lip News.

Japan's homeless 'recruited' for cleaning up Fukushima nuclear plant — RT News

Japan's homeless 'recruited' for cleaning up Fukushima nuclear plant — RT News
Two homeless men eating a meal outside shuttered shops at night in the western Japanese metropolis of Osaka. (AFP Photo / Richard A. Brooks)
Two homeless men eating a meal outside shuttered shops at night in the western Japanese metropolis of Osaka. (AFP Photo / Richard A. Brooks)

Homeless men are being recruited for one of the most unwanted jobs in the industrialized world - clearing of radioactive fallout at the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl - the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, a special report has claimed.
One of the recruiters, Seiji Sasa, told Reuters how and where he is looking for potential laborers in the northern Japanese city of Sendai. The headhunter supplies homeless people to contractors in the nuclear disaster zone for a reward of $100 per head.
"This is how labor recruiters like me come in every day," Sasa explained, walking past the destitute sleeping on cardboard in the winter cold, on the lookout for those who have nothing left to lose.
Meanwhile, it is said the complete decontamination of the facility will take three decades and could cost up to 10 trillion yen ($125 billion) - equal to around 2 percent of Japan's gross domestic product or 11 percent of the country's annual budget.
According to the Fukushima plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), dismantling the Fukushima Daiichi plant will require at least 12,000 workers just through 2015. The company and its subcontractors are already short of workers, however.

A reactor vessel at the unit six reactor building of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (AFP Photo / Recoquille Bression)
A reactor vessel at the unit six reactor building of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (AFP Photo / Recoquille Bression)
While there are currently some 8,000 registered workers, there are 25 percent more openings for jobs at the Fukushima plant than applicants, according to government data. These gaps are often filled by the homeless and the unemployed, those who are down-and-out.
It was reported last month that among the homeless men employed cleaning up the stricken nuclear plant for less than minimum wage, there were also those brought in by Japan's notorious Yakuza gangsters.
RT's Aleksey Yaroshevsky caught up with an investigative journalist who went undercover at Fukushima, filming with a camera hidden in his watch. He said that when a certain construction project requires an immediate workforce in large numbers, Japanese bosses usually make a phone call to the Yakuza.
"This was the case with Fukushima: the government called Tepco to take urgent action, Tepco relayed it to their subcontractors and they, eventually, as they had a shortage of available workers, called the Yakuza for help," Tomohiko Suzuki told RT in November.
Japanese police say that up to 50 Yakuza gangs with 1,050 members currently operate in Fukushima prefecture.
Earlier this year, the first arrests were made. One Yakuza was detained over claims he sent workers to the crippled Fukushima plant without a license. Yoshinori Arai took a cut of the workers' wages, pocketing $60,000 in over two years.
It also emerged that many of the cleanup workers, who exposed themselves to large doses of radiation without even knowing it, were given no insurance for health risks, no radiation meters even.
The devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which claimed nearly 19,000 lives and made tens of thousands of people homeless, set off multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima plant, spewing radiation over a large area. The radius of evacuation after the meltdown is larger than the area of Hong Kong. Some areas will remain contaminated for years to come, nuclear experts forecast.
All of Japan's nuclear reactors are currently switched off. However, a recent opinion poll conducted by NHK of Japan, has found that nearly half of those taking part in it are against the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s plan to allow the restart of shut down nuclear reactors after safety checks. Only 19 percent of respondents approved of the plan, while 45 percent said they were against it.
Another question asked if respondents were satisfied with the handling of the leaks of radioactive wastewater from the Daiichi nuclear complex. Nearly 70 percent said they disapproved.
Major setbacks have stalled TEPCO's handling of the nuclear disaster amid widespread criticism and calls to put Fukushima-related work under government control.
Earlier this month Japan said it will earmark more taxpayer money to help Tepco clean up the crippled nuclear plant.
The government's extra budget new draft, for the fiscal year to next March, allocates nearly $480 million for measures to deal with growing amounts of radioactive water at the plant, as well as the decommissioning of its three melted reactors. Additional cleanup projects are expected to be funded through a national public works budget.