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'Snowden showed us world sleepwalks into Orwellian horror' - ex-intelligence officer (Video)


http://youtu.be/STq7SOAdJr8

The art of espionage has changed -- the internet has given the surveillance agencies unprecedented capabilities to snoop at anyone, anywhere. On the other side are the whistleblowers, to whom World Web has given the chance to see what is really going on behind the closed doors of Big Brother. Who is right? Is wrongdoing justified for the sake of security? Today we put these questions to the former intelligence officer, Michael Smith.

15 votes

China Rejects Shipments of U.S. GMO Corn

By Ricardo Lopez - December 27, 2013 - LA Times

China rejected two shipments -- almost 546,000 tons -- of U.S. dried distillers' grain, a corn byproduct, because it contained genetically modified material, state media reported Friday.

Continue at the LA Times

5 votes

'Seasteads' Offer Libertarians Vision of Floating Cities of the Future


For (very) wealthy libertarians, seasteads – floating cities – might be the way forward, with their ambition of 'guaranteeing political freedom and enabling experimentation with alternative social systems'

by Paul Peachey | Thursday 26 December 2013 - The Independent

Available soon, for sale or rent: brand new island with sea views from the terrace, fresh fish daily and swimming pool in the resort hotel. An ideal base for 225 pioneers with £100m-plus to spare and a yearning for a new political and social system.

And if you don’t like it, no problem. Hitch the house to the back of a tug boat and try somewhere else.

For the right-wing American libertarian with deep-seated problems with Big Government, the 19th century challenge to “Go West, young man” retains a powerful appeal. But for the current target audience – the free-wheeling capitalist dotcom millionaire in Silicon Valley – going west means getting wet.

6 votes

Glenn Greenwald's New Book on Snowden Due April 2014: No Place to Hide

No Place to Hide is a groundbreaking look at the NSA surveillance scandal, from the reporter who broke the story

1 vote

Two Dozen Cases of H1N1 Confirmed in Chicago

(CBS) – Nearly two dozen cases of the potentially deadly H1N1 flu virus have been confirmed in the Chicago area, CBS 2 has learned.

Finding the flu virus among patients at Loyola University Medical Center is keeping special machines working overtime right now.

They’ve detected a sudden burst of the 2009 swine flu spreading right here in the Chicago area. Microbiologist Paul Schreckenberger says last week alone, 21 patients tested positive for Influenza A. All but one of those cases were the 2009 H1N1 swine flu.

-4 votes

Ron Paul vs. the Campaign for Liberty

By Philip Giraldi | December 27, 2013
Unz.com

Former Congressman Ron Paul of Texas is a genuine American hero. He stood for a new way of thinking about America’s place in the world and recognized that the war party and its policies were both destructive to the US Constitution and imperiling liberties at home. He is a national treasure. But I sometimes have to wonder why he has surrounded himself with so many grifters? I keep getting emails from the Campaign for Liberty (C4L), which represents itself as an heir to the Paul legacy, even though it is nothing of the sort. It is a money generating machine preying on the millions of Americans who have fond memories of Dr. Paul, constantly promising to do something important tomorrow but never quite delivering. It ultimately benefits no one outside the small group of scalawags that did so little so poorly in the 2012 election campaign, failing disastrously to get Ron Paul either nominated or at least having a seat at the GOP table to advance his views. They cut deals with the Romney campaign and even kept Paul’s unhappy supporters from disrupting the convention’s proceedings. In return Dr. Paul got nothing.

Some of the folks associated with the campaign and C4L have been linked recently to bribery in Iowa and other malfeasance. The campaign manager Jesse Benton, became the $1.1 million dollar man while mismanaging the effort and is now working for the lugubrious Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Benton has stated that he does so holding his nose, which says a lot about the integrity of Benton and also reveals the cunning of perpetual Washington fixture McConnell, who hopes to attract Paul supporters and teabaggers when he runs in 2014.

Ron Paul had enormous appeal in 2012 which was not capitalized on by his handlers. In my state of Virginia, which was the only state where Paul ran head-to-head against Mitt Romney, the campaign was invisible even though well-connected contractor Mike Rothfeld reportedly billed the Paul campaign for $1,196,376 for “advertising, bulk mail, and email services” in Virginia in 2011 alone. I live in a battleground county but did not receive a single mailing, did not hear a radio ad or see a television commercial supporting Dr. Paul. A swing of 10% would have delivered Virginia to Ron Paul and it could have happened. If he had won the state it might have shifted the momentum of the entire campaign.

6 votes

Jim Rickards on Fed's Tapering, Gold: "We're All guinea pigs in the Fed’s experiment"

Jim Rickards, Advisor to Physical Gold Fund on Switzerland in this Dec. 23, 2013 interview talks tapering, negative interest rates' impact on gold, observations on Physical Gold Fund’s vaulting arrangements, and the gold physical float situation.

Takeaway quote:

The Fed actually does not know what it’s doing...This is a massive experiment; nothing like this has ever been done before in major central bank monetary policy. The Fed can speculate on the impact but they don’t really know. We are all, as investors, guinea pigs in their experiment.

Listen here: www.physicalgoldfund.com/podcasts/

3 votes

New Revelation that AG Eric Holder Is Protecting JPMorgan Chase NYC From Criminal Investigation

Providing additional evidence that the Obama Administration's Department of Justice (DOJ) is protecting "banks too big to fail," Pulitzer Prize winning financial reporter David Cay Johnston has revealed that the DOJ has refused to force JPMorgan Chase to comply with an ongoing investigation into the bank's possible knowledge of Bernard Madoff's fraud scheme of a few years ago.

Read more: http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/18387-new...

1 vote

Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton neck and neck for presidency in 2016

Neck and neck? Does Chris Christie even have a neck?

Washington (CNN) - In a potential preview of the next presidential election, a new national poll suggests Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie would be neck and neck if the 2016 contest were held today.

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget Committee chairman and 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, loses to Clinton by eight percentage points. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky trails by 13 points. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 GOP presidential candidate, is down by 15 points.

2 votes

If you ever need a drone lawyer...

http://www.kramerlevin.com/Kramer-Levin-Launches-Unmanned-Ai...

"The firm is currently representing Raphael Pirker, the world's foremost civilian "drone" pilot, in the first federal case ever involving the operation of commercial drones in the United States."

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-26/who-regulate...

15 votes

Banned in 160 Nations, Legal in U.S. Meat Supply

Meat—and beef in particular—is a mainstay of the traditional American dinner. Unfortunately, the vast majority of it is filled with harmful additives of one form or another, and is raised in such a way that it contributes to the degeneration of health…

This is no minor concern, as most of the animals are also fed genetically engineered feed that is loaded with the potent herbicide glyphosate that winds up in your body.

5 votes

Breach: Man Defeats $300 Million Airport Perimeter Fence

Every day hundreds of thousands of travelers are subjected to long lines and intrusive screenings by the Transportation Security Administration. Under the pretext of protecting Americans from terrorists the TSA, an agency which has never actually captured a terrorist in its ten year history, has spent billions of dollars on what they claim is a necessity in today’s dangerous world.

14 votes

Radio station experiences major software meltdown during anti-NSA broadcast

During a simple discussion of the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices, a US radio program experienced a unique “technological meltdown” on Thursday, prompting many to question whether the NSA was censoring the show.

During an interview with Larry Klayman, the lawyer who recently won a preliminary injunction against the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records, Aaron Klein’s WABC radio program began experiencing what was termed a “tech meltdown” on the air.

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