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Russia And China About To Sign “Holy Grail” Gas Deal -
Front Page Follow Us Trending Search Advertise Contact Blog Roll Black Listed News Russia And China About To Sign “Holy Grail” Gas Deal April 9, 2014 Share It | Print This Source: Zero Hedge Several weeks ago we reported that in response to ongoing alienation of Russia by the west Putin was aggressively setting the stage for Russia’s eastward expansion, set to culminate with a “holy grail” gas deal with China. We said that “while Europe is furiously scrambling to find alternative sources of energy should Gazprom pull the plug on natgas exports to Germany and Europe (the imminent surge in Ukraine gas prices by 40% is probably the best indication of what the outcome would be), Russia is preparing the announcement of the “Holy Grail” energy deal with none other than China, a move which would send geopolitical shockwaves around the world and bind the two nations in a commodity-backed axis.” Reuters added, reflecting on the recent trip of Rosneft executive chairman to Asia, that “the... more... - daveeza
Award-winning photographer captured war in her subjects’ eyes - The Globe and Mail -
"Anja Niedringhaus was one of the most talented, bravest and accomplished photojournalists of her generation,” said AP vice-president and director of photography Santiago Lyon. “She truly believed in the need to bear witness.” She didn’t stop caring when she put down the camera. In 2011, she photographed a Marine who had been evacuated from Afghanistan with severe injuries. She wanted to know what happened to him, and after six months of searching she found him. She showed him her photos from that day, and gave him a piece of wheat that had stuck to his uniform when he fell; she had plucked it and saved it when she was done taking photographs. “I don’t believe conflicts have changed since 9-11 other than to become more frequent and protracted,” she told The New York Times in a 2011 email exchange. “But the essence of the conflict is the same – two sides fighting for territory, for power, for ideologies. And in the middle is the population who is suffering.” There were many more close... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
AP PHOTOS: Wary Afghans register to vote -
The 11 presidential hopefuls in the April 5 vote are a mixed bag. They include Ashraf Ghani, an economist and former World Bank official — as well as Abdur Rasool Sayyaf, a friend of Osama bin Laden's and the inspiration for the Indonesian terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. Also among those running are: President Hamid Karzai's brother, a former foreign minister, a former defense minister, a former provincial governor and even the former lieutenant of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a wanted terrorist. Barred by the Afghan constitution from seeking another term, Karzai is not in the running. His successor will lead a hoped-for transition from war to peace as international troops leave, even as the insurgency rages in the east and south of the country. A first priority will be to work out a complex deal with Washington over keeping U.S. trainers for the Afghan military, a task Karzai has left to the next president. Afghans also worry the voting will see the same alleged widespread fraud that tainted the... more... - daveeza
This chart show how little faith Afghan people have in "democracy and elections: tumblr_n3lijqYqTH1qzzaoqo1_1280.png (PNG Image, 600 × 400 pixels) -
The chart above was made from yearly face-to-face interviews with about 1,000 Afghan citizens done by the Gallup Poll. The latest being done in April and May of 2013, with a margin of error of 3.8 points. Note that 70% (or about 7 out of 10 Afghans) have no confidence in the honesty of their elections. In spite of that lack of confidence in their elections, about 7 million Afghans (2/3 men and 1/3 women) turned out to vote yesterday in their presidential election. They have eight (American approved) candidates to choose from, but it is believed that only three have a real chance of winning -- Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah, and Zalmai Rassoul. Current president Hamid Karzai is constitutionally prevented from running, since he has already served two terms. Some say the good turnout is indicative of a burgeoning democracy in Afghanistan. I doubt that. They are still a nation ruled by war lords (to which even the central government must pay homage), and there is a better than even... more... - daveeza
Climate Change Impacts in Pictures: 8 Stark IPCC Images | Climate Central -
beesbehind and carrying pollen | Flickr - Photo Sharing! -
i wonder why my photos do not display... - daveeza
Readings on Surveillance and Rebellion | technosociology - As with all non-fiction writing, the ideas in my Matter piece on how rebellion and surveillance are intertwined spring from a conversation with other writers, thinkers and academics. Matter does provide links within the piece so as not to interrupt the...
Who has poorer judgement - Trudeau or Harper? | Canada Politics - Yahoo News Canada -
While it's difficult to dub one of these leaders more egregious than the other, it's clear that both are guilty of misjudgments. If the 2015 election is fought on judgement, voters will have to decide what's worse: a prime minister who has a significant record of handpicking the wrong people, or a prime minister who occasionally says some really dumb things. - daveeza
Swiss regulators step up scrutiny of foreign exchange markets | World news | The Guardian -
"Swiss regulators stepped up their scrutiny of alleged manipulation of foreign exchange markets yesterday. Switzerland's competition commission Weko said it opened an investigation into several Swiss, US and British banks including Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland, over potential collusion to manipulate currency rates. The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), meanwhile, said it will assess if banks have cut the risk of traders manipulating benchmark rates in the coming year, to see if lessons have been learned from the scandal over benchmark rate rigging. In addition to Barclays and RBS WEKO said it is investigating UBS, Credit Suisse , Zuercher Kantonalbank (ZKB), Julius Baer, JP Morgan and Citigroup. "Evidence exists that these banks colluded to manipulate exchange rates in foreign currency trades," Weko said, adding it assumed the most important exchange rates were affected. Regulators around the world are looking closely at traders' behaviour on a number of key benchmarks,... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Finland and American intelligence: Secret history | The Economist -, readers might be interested in this interesting historical take on Finnish neutrality. It's by Jukka Rislakki, a Finnish author now based in Latvia. It won a prize in an American essay...
In October 1952, the USAF chief of intelligence, general James Walsh sent a letter the Air Attaché in Stockholm thanking him for valuable information and asking for more details on the Soviet air defense system ”on the Karelo-Finnish border”. The information on radars and command centers had already helped in understanding the system. The general went on: ”We cannot overestimate the importance of this area”. He asked to pay ”maximum attention” to command centers and communication channels. Their coordinates had to be precisely known, and photos of them were needed. Also Murmansk was interesting – and generally ”all of this area”.41 In the morning of 8th May, 1954, only a few minutes apart, two Boeing RB-47E Stratojets flew into northern Finnish airspace from the east. It was one of the most dangerous intelligence operations in the Cold War. SAC had sent the planes to photograph military bases in the north-west of the Soviet Union. The other RB-47 was followed and fired at by MiG... more... - daveeza
Is the U.S. stock market rigged? - CBS News - This month marks the fifth anniversary of the current bull market on Wall Street, making it one of the longest and strongest in history. Yet U.S. stock ownership is at a record low and less than half of Americans trust banks and financial...
Marijuana arrest of elderly man with glaucoma now quickly generating support for legalizing medical marijuana via - The case, which comes as some health organizations pull back from earlier opposition to medical marijuana, shows how weed has evolved on the American landscape. The Halbins belong to a...
Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come - -
Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported Monday, and they warned that the problem is likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control. - daveeza
Local currency - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Theory Local currency is based on a local form of monetarism and mercantilism: it establishes an internal trade barrier, as the local currency cannot be used externally, and allows the area to have a different (presumably lower) interest rate than the national currency's — in the Wörgl experiment, a negative interest rate, known as demurrage. Advocacy and criticism of local currencies is based partly on general attitudes towards monetarism and mercantilism, and partly on opinions of the desirability of having internal variations in currency and trade. Advocates[who?] of local currency in effect argue that, in certain circumstances, an entire country is not an optimum currency area, and that various regions should have different currencies. Compare with the Eurozone in Europe. Benefits The Wörgl experiment dramatically illustrates some of the common characteristics and major benefits of local currencies.[1] Local currencies with negative interest rate tend to circulate much more... more... - daveeza
Please support the Gelre! | Real Currencies -
Free market currencies directly competing with the Banks are the way forward. That is the basic premise of Real Currencies as we have put forward. But we don’t stop there: the Gelre offers a revolution in interest free currency and we need your help in building it. The Gelre is the first Regional Currency (RC)in the Netherlands. But it is so much more than that: it is the first interest free, free market currency in the world that provides both convertibility to Euro and interest free credit. The point is this: there are basically two classic models for free market currencies: The first method is Mutual Credit. Barters around the world operate in this way. The famous Swiss WIR is Mutual Credit based. The main limitation of this model is that there is no convertibility to other units. This means that participants are forced to limit their acceptance of the unit, to avoid being saddled with units they cannot spend plausibly. This is very damaging for the liquidity (what the currency... more... - daveeza
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Please support the Gelre! | Real Currencies - Free market currencies directly competing with the Banks are the way forward. That is the basic premise of Real Currencies as we have put forward. But we don’t stop there: the Gelre offers a revolution in interest free currency...
56 US military interventions in Latin America,the pot blaming the kettle? Twitter / norwind: @Liberationtech @dwatchnews ... -
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Kale causes controversy in New Orleans | Al Jazeera America -
The story, which surveyed how recently arrived “creative types” are adapting to the city’s peculiarities, inevitably aroused anger among many residents over the rapid change taking place in New Orleans. But there was one choice line that seemed especially designed to provoke debate about a hot-button issue of gentrification. “New Orleans is not cosmopolitan,” said one actress quoted in the Times piece. “There’s no kale here.” The quote has so far inspired no fewer than five op-eds, several think pieces and take-downs on various local blogs, hundreds of tweets and Instagram photos tagged with #KaleGate, and even a tongue-in-cheek plan for novelty kale-flavored beer (it’s not clear if the beer was actually ever made). But beyond the online fervor, New Orleans residents say there are real reasons the article made them feel so indignant. They say their anger isn’t so much about the kale line, or even the article as a whole, but about a pervasive sense that the power to define New Orleans increasingly lies out of the reach of native New Orleanians. - daveeza
Malaysian Flight 370: Canadian pilot’s analysis goes viral | Toronto Star -
All of the major American television networks have come calling to Canadian Chris Goodfellow for his theories on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — and he continues to turn them away. Instead, he updates his Google Plus blog and watches for more clues. “I didn’t put it out to get my 15 minutes of fame,” said Goodfellow, 66, in an interview with the Toronto Star on Wednesday from Florida, referring to his blog. Goodfellow is a McGill University economics graduate with an MBA from Cornell. He’s also a former Class 1, instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot who was licensed to fly in all weather conditions and used to fly his own high-performance aircraft. Goodfellow said he posted his thoughts because he was concerned the search wasn’t taking place in the right area. He was also concerned the pilots were being vilified as terrorists or suicidal, with no information to support this. He sees the possibility of an on-board fire making more sense than terrorism or pilot... more... - daveeza
The Drone That Will Sail Itself Around the World | Autopia | -, : News broke that a startup called Liquid Robotics had already launched an oceangoing drone. The company had developed a line of boats it called Wave Gliders, which harvest their energy from the up-and-down movement of waves in...
Saildrone may not have had a chance to best Liquid Robotics on the water, but a head-to-head comparison of the two companies is no contest. Liquid Robotics is seven years old, employs 110 people, and has now raised more than $77 million in venture capital. The total bill for Saildrone, three years into the project, including what Jenkins and Owens pay themselves and their two helpers? “Less than $400,000,” says Wendy Schmidt, wife of Google executive chair Eric Schmidt. (The couple funds the Marine Science and Technology Foundation.) - daveeza
Bloomberg Reports London Gold Fix Is Manipulated Although Evidence Exists For Many Years | Gold Silver Worlds -
"loomberg comes indeed very late with the “discovery” of gold price manipulation. Ironically, just two weeks ago, precious metals analyst Ted Butler explained here that Bear Stearns went bankrupt mainly because of excessive short positions on gold and silver in 2008. Butler wrote “What baffles me today is that no well-known journalist from outside the gold and silver world has yet picked up on what is an easy-to-document story of epic historical proportions. It’s the story of why Bear Stearns went under, and how the gold and silver price manipulation continued since the day JPMorgan took over Bear.” Butler has provided evidence of gold and silver manipulation for several years. The key findings of Butler are based on COMEX gold and silver dominant positions by Bear Stearns and JP Morgan. Since the fall of Bear Stearns, JP Morgan has taken over those dominant positions in the futures markets, allowing them to set the direction of the price. Backed by evidence and facts from the... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Facilities | Smart News | Smithsonian -
"Last month, the Guardian reported that over 400 Nepalese migrant workers had already died at building sites. Between 2010 and 2012 more than 700 workers from India lost their lives working on construction sites in Qatar, too. A report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) says that if conditions don’t get any better, by the time the World Cup kicks off, at least 4,000 migrant workers will have died on the job. For comparison, 25 construction workers died during the preparations for Sochi. Only six workers have died during construction for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that starts this summer. Only eleven men died during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s. By all measures, the death count in Qatar is extreme. Robert Booth at the Guardian explains why Qatar is so unusual: Workers described forced labour in 50C (122F) heat, employers who retain salaries for several months and passports making it impossible for them to leave and being denied free... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Holy cow. How is FIFA still allowing these slave-like conditions? - Anika
They're pressuring a little, and Qatar has proposed a bunch of changes to make it better, but they still leave people without an evaluation process outside of the contractors, and their passports are still held by others. - Jennifer Dittrich
BBC News - Snowden leaks: NSA 'can collect all calls in foreign nation' -
"The US government has reportedly built a system that can record every phone call made over a month in an undisclosed foreign country. The National Security Agency (NSA) programme was created in 2009, the Washington Post reported. Fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of the system, promised more revelations. Civil liberties groups called the report "chilling", but US officials would not comment. An NSA cover slide used for an internal briefing on the system, known as Mystic, shows a cartoon wizard wielding a staff with a mobile phone at the top. 'Time machine' Mystic is the only known US surveillance programme to capture every single call across a nation's telephone network, according to the Washington Post. Edward Snowden promised more revelations, as he appeared remotely at a conference in Vancouver The newspaper said that, at the request of US authorities, it would not name the foreign country, or others where the system's use was envisaged. It... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet A U.S. official with knowledge of the investigation, speaking on background with aviation reporters, explained late Friday that the satellite information comes from...
pilots view in cockpit, Boeing 777 200 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! -
Missing Malaysia plane: Satellites picked up 'pings', source says - Sun Sentinel -
"Satellites picked up faint electronic pulses or "pings" from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after it went missing on Saturday, but the signals gave no information about where the stray jet was heading and little else about its fate, two sources close to the investigation said on Thursday. But the "pings" indicated that the aircraft's maintenance troubleshooting systems were switched on and ready to communicate with satellites, showing the aircraft, with 239 people on board, was at least capable of communicating after the jet lost touch with Malaysian air traffic controllers. Related Video: China will keep up search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight Photos: Missing Malaysia Airlines plane Interactive map: Tracking Flight 370 Video Videos: Search continues for missing plane The system transmits such pings about once an hour, according to the sources, who said five or six were heard. However, the pings alone are not proof that the plane was in the air or on the ground, the sources said." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Crowdsourcing volunteers join the search for Malaysia Airlines jet - - DigitalGlobe's satellite photos taken 400 miles above the Gulf of Thailand can capture a detail as small as a home plate. The challenge is finding the manpower to scour 1,235 square...
Andrew Coyne: The Tories were right to be nervous. Marc Mayrand shredded their ‘Fair Elections Act’ almost line by line via -, The treatment of Mr. Mayrand, like the misrepresentation of Mr. Neufeld’s report, is unfortunately of a piece with this government’s approach generally, in which secrecy,...
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