Archive | August 13, 2013

The Fictionless Reality of NSA

The Fictionless Reality of NSA

By Hwaa Irfan

There was a time when a film that has just been viewed was just that – one could switch off the button or walk out the cinema, away from that 2-dimensional world. When something pops up in the news, or is passed off as a ‘conspiracy theory’ we return to our comfort zones relegating that piece of information as ‘fiction’. But, now when it comes to entertainment choice, that reality has become a reality in our 3-dimensional world, especially when it comes ‘Big Brother is watching you’. Even then, why would Big Brother be watching insignificant me?

By the courtesy of Snowden’s exposé  on the NSA has been watching us, we are still not ready to factor that into our equation of life as global governance pulls the rug from under our feet, and watch how we react, and act accordingly. Even then, one must maintain a little bit of suspicion that they actually know what they are doing, have the degree of control they want us to believe they have which has a low regard for the human spirit. One cannot blame them for believing that they can literally get away with the biggest heist our world has ever known, placing the whole of humanity into servitude, because we have fallen thus far for all of their ‘tricks’.

To remind us of what we have fallen for, Alexander Abdo and Patrick Toomey furnish us with more on NSA’s Big Brother operation, but bear in mind that it is not the US’s NSA, but global governance’s NSA with the US responsible for globalizing martial law – they would not have been able to do so without the participation of other countries around the world.

Abdo and Toomey inform us that the NSA is searching the content of virtually every email that comes into/out of the US without a warrant by:

–          Making a copy of nearly every international email – Russia has decided t revert to typewriters, and Germany which is a part of the set-up, is encrypting e-mails (probably doesn’t include the people’s)

–          Keep emails containing certain keywords and delete the rest in seconds (what technology is used?) – which means regardless of whether it is a friend, family or colleague, and whether you are just sharing information as people normally do, angry or rightfully depressed, say the wrong thing and they are down on you as evidenced by the brutality meted out by the friendly police force ( and not just in the Un-united States of America).

–          This program PRISM is authorized by a surveillance statute passed in 2008 that allows the government to target foreigners for surveillance

–          Force American telecommunications companies to turn over the call records of every one of their customers on a daily basis

Should ‘reasonable suspicion’ arise in the future they will ‘know’ where to look e.g. NSA agent Grant Holdman was assigned to social media spying i.e. Facebook

“Those first six months, Grant must have lost 60 pounds,” said his former girlfriend, who has asked us to keep her identity private. “He would come home and just fall asleep. He wouldn’t tell me what he was doing all day but at night he would have nightmares and he would scream out into the darkness, ‘Like my status!’ After awhile, the nightmares stopped– not because things got better, but because he stopped sleeping. He would just stay up all night listening to his Beats by Dre headphones, playing on his iPod Touch. He sort of turned off. I told him I was leaving him – the man I loved for three years – and as I was walking out the door I asked him if this is the way he really wanted it. He lifted his eyes from his iPod Touch and said, ‘YOLO.’ I don’t even know what that means. I don’t think anyone knows what that mean. I mean I understand the acronym, I just don’t understand how it relates to binge drinking…” – restoringtruthiness.org

Grant disappeared June 2011 in a joint operation between the FBI and NSA, was arrested and is being held in a maximum security prison in an undisclosed location.

Since then, NSA has made a massive job cut to reduce leaks, but like GMO poison, the issue is not regulation, In a world where nothing is regulated, but the fact that IT SHOULDN’T BE HAPPENING IN THE FIRST PLACE!  A few experts point out that if Snowden could
get data so can Israel!

Why should we pay the price for their paranoia  –  a result of their own deeds!

Source:

Abdo, A. Toomey, P. “The NSA is turning the internet into a total surveillance system” http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/11/nsa-internet-surveillance-email

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Philippines Indigenous Excluded from Peace and Development Agenda*

Philippines Indigenous Excluded from Peace and Development Agenda*

From Cordillera People’s Alliance

Despite being left out in the government’s peace and development agenda, indigenous peoples’ leaders and members are pushing for “genuine” participation in the peace processes and other areas of governance.
And before it congratulates itself in claiming to have made breakthroughs in the peace process, at least with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the government must not rush to claim that “peace is within reach,” say indigenous leaders and representatives.
“The reality is that until now indigenous communities are being caught in the crossfire between the warring forces (in southern Philippines),” said Datu Eduard Banda, chair of the Magpet Tribal Council of Elders in north Cotabato.
Bandawas one of 80 participants in an August 7-8 National Forum on Indigenous Peoples and the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (2014) held here as part of celebrating the UN-designated International Day for World’s Indigenous Peoples, which falls on August 9.
President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in his last State of the Nation Address or SONA said that “peace is within reach in a region that has long been torn apart by conflict.” He was referring to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsa Moro, which was signed in October 2012 and the recent signing last July of the second annex of the agreement.
But even as Mr. Aquino reported in his SONA developments in the government-MILF peace process, the MILF breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has continued to attack government security forces.
The continuing skirmishes — not only between government troops and the BIFF, but also between government forces and other armed groupsin southern Philippines — continue to sow terror among indigenous communities, said Banda.
Buoyed by the “straight-path” promise of Mr. Aquino, Banda and other indigenous leaders and representatives met to forge an “Indigenous Peoples’ Agenda” shortly after the new President officially took his oath ofoffice in 2010. They then presented their agenda in Malacanang.
The IP Agenda had six themes, one of which was indigenous peoples’ participation in the government and MILF peace talks, the Bangsa Moro Juridical Entity and the government and National Democratic Front peace talks.
But three years into the Aquino presidency, indigenousleaders say government has practically snubbed their agenda. Save for seekingto cover indigenous peoples in the government’s PhilHealth program, indigenouspeoples remain unsecured in their lands and territories which, indigenousleaders say, are the targets of big mining firms, logging and plantations.
Despite all, indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao yesterday have formulated an updated IP agenda, consolidated from previous calls, to be submitted to the government with a new congress. The agenda will also be submitted to the high-level plenary meeting of the sixty-ninth session of the UN General Assembly in New York, also known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, in September 2014.
The updated agenda have four themes: indigenous lands, territories, resources and “development aggression;” National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, conflicting laws and policies, and free and prior informed consent; and, social services, Millennium Development Goals and disaster response.
On the first theme, indigenous leaders say they are losing their lands, territories and resources to land grabbers, mining and logging companies, and to plantations.
“We are losing our lands to land grabbers,” said Elsie Mokudef of Teduray Lambangian Women’s Organization in South Upi, Maguindanao. Her organization is thus calling for autonomy of indigenous peoples within the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao or ARMM as a mechanism to secure their lands and resources.
Protecting and defending their lands and resources from alleged land grabbers, includingbig companies, has proved risky, say indigenous leaders. The Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas or KAMP cites that during the Aquino presidency, some 35 indigenous leaders, including 5 indigenous women and 4 children were killed.
They are thus calling either for the revocation or repeal of what they consider as unjust laws and policies such as the Mining Act of 1995 and the Joint Administrative Order No. 1 of the Departments of Agrarian Reform and Environment and Natural Resources, Land Registration Administration, and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.
They blame these laws and policies as favoring big companies, which allegedly violate indigenous peoples’ rights as contained in the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act, the UN Declaration of Indigenous Peoples, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), and other international agreements.
The national forum was organized by the Philippines UNDRIP Network, Tebtebba, KAMP, Cordillera Peoples Alliance, Koalisyon ng mga Katutubong Samahan ng Pilipinas(KASAPI) and Philippine Task Force on Indigenous Peoples.
During the second day of the forum, the participants shared their updated indigenous peoples’ agenda with representatives of concerned government and UN agencies.

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Fukushima: Two Years Later‏

Fukushima: Two Years Later‏

Two years after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, more than 150,000 people in Fukushima Prefecture are still forced to leave their homes and try to rebuild their lives amid the threat of radiation exposure. We’ll look into the unprecedented challenges they are facing.

Since 2011 300 tons of contaminated water daily leaks into the Pacific Ocean. The protective barriers that were installed to prevent the flow of toxic water into the ocean are no longer coping with the groundwater levels according to The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). Many who were robust farmers are unable to stand up without help — They look completely different now Japanese mothers are having to cope with children with thyroid cysts, and feeding them contaminated food.

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Eurozone Funding Shortfall Rises to Over $4 Trillion

Eurozone Funding Shortfall Rises to Over $4 Trillion

moneyblackholeBy Tyler Durden

Back in April 2012, Zero Hedge pointed out something rather disturbing for the European banking sector and defenders of the European monetary myth: the “aggregate shortfall of required stable funding Is €2.78 trillion” which was the number estimated by the BIS’ Basel III rules needed to return to some semblance of balance sheet stability in Europe. More importantly, this was a number so big, it was obvious that there was only one way to deal with it: cover it up deeply under the rug and pray it never reemerged.

What happened next was inevitable: Basel III’s implementation was delayed as there was no way Europe’s banks could satisfy their deleveraging requirements, while the actual capital shortfall hole became bigger and bigger. Today, 16 months later, the FT discovers what Zero Hedge readers knew long ago in “Eurozone banks need to shed €3.2tn in assets to meet Basel III.” In other words, not only has Europe not fixed anything in the past year, but the liquidity tsunami injected by the central banks merely taped over the epic capital shortfall that just got epic-er, increasing from €2.8 trillion to €3.2 trillion, an increase of half a trillion to over $4 trillion in one short year.

Sadly, just like back in April 2012, so now, Europe has no hope of actually addressing this much needed deleveraging and so the can kicking will continue until the number rises to $5 trillion, $6, $7 etc until one day the market’s “head in the sand” strategy finally fails and every emperor around the world is found to be naked.

From the FT:

Europe’s biggest banks will have to cut €661bn of assets and generate €47bn of fresh capital over the next five years to comply with forthcoming regulations aimed at reducing the likelihood of another taxpayer funded bailout.

The figures form part of an analysis by the UK’s Royal Bank of Scotland – which singles out Deutsche Bank, Crédit Agricole and Barclays as the banks most in need of fresh capital – highlighting that five years on since the financial crisis, Europe’s banks are still “too big to fail”.

Overall, the region’s banks need to shed €3.2tn in assets by 2018 to comply with Basel III regulations on capital and leverage, according to RBS.

The burden is greatest on smaller banks, which need to shed €2.6tn from their balance sheets, raising fears that lending to the region’s small and medium size enterprises will be sharply reduced as a result.

“There is too much debt still across Europe’s economies and the manifestation of that is on bank balance sheets,” said James Chappell, an analyst at Berenberg bank. “The major issue is that the banks still don’t have enough capital to write down those loans.”

Eurozone banks have already shrunk their balance sheets by €2.9tn since May 2012 – by renewing fewer loans, repurchase and derivatives contracts and selling non-core businesses – according to data from the Frankfurt-based European Central Bank.

Deutsche Bank recently said it would seek to cut its assets by about a fifth over the next two and a half years. Barclays, which announced a £5.8bn rights issue last month, said it wants to shrink its balance sheet by £65bn-£80bn.

Europe’s banking sector assets are worth €32tn, or more than three times the single currency zone’s annual gross domestic product.

Of course, if Europe’s banking sector actually does take its deleveraging obligations seriously, what will happen to Europe’s economy, where private sector loan creation is already at a record low level, will be nothing short of a stunning contraction, unlike anything seen in the past 5 years. And yet, that is precisely the path Europe most take in order to emerge on the other side with a healthy beating financial heart. That it won’t is a given because doing the right thing would mean a complete wipe out for the banker oligarchy. And, as always, it will be the common man who will suffer when the forced deleveraging day finally comes.

Source*

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