Glenn Greenwald, one of the reporters who chronicled the document dump by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden via the U.K. press, now said he’s set to publish his most dramatic piece yet: The names of those in the United States targeted by the NSA.
Nigel Farage all smiles as he revels in Ukip's European election success
Esther Addley - The Guardian, Sunday 25 May 2014
An hour later than he was expected, his aides and security men elbowing a path through a thicket of camera crews and photographers, Nigel Farage swept into Southampton Civic Centre like a rock star, a grin on his face that he wasn't taking much trouble to suppress.
Just remember, the Fed says deflation is a threat and there isn't enough inflation
By Ryan Rigney | 05.26.14 | Wired
Three men stand on a deserted street, their hands in the air. One wears a green T-shirt and a motorcycle helmet. The others wear bright yellow down jackets. They are surrounded by four armed men.
“Gentlemen,” a man called Klyka says, “we are going to play a very interesting game.”
He commands the hostages to drop their axes, then continues.
“This is DayZ,” he says. “Someone always has to die when players meet. But we’re going to make this interesting.”
He directs the men in yellow to sit cross-legged, 20 yards from each other, axes midway between them. There can be only one yellow jacket in this group, he says. The two men consider what he says. Klyka goes on. “When I shoot in the air you guys will run for your axes, and you’ll try to grab them.” The last man standing, he says, will be released.
By Andy Greenberg | 05.23.14 | Wired
For the last two years, Darpa has been working to make waging cyberwar as easy as playing a video game. Now, like so many other games, it’s about to get a lot more in-your-face.
At the Pentagon Wednesday, the armed forces’ far-out research branch known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency showed off its latest demos for Plan X, a long-gestating software platform designed to unify digital attack and defense tools into a single, easy-to-use interface for American military hackers. And for the last few months, that program has had a new toy: The agency is experimenting with using the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset to give cyberwarriors a new way to visualize three-dimensional network simulations–in some cases with the goal of better targeting them for attack.
“You’re not in a two-dimensional view, so you can look around the data. You look to your left, look to your right, and see different subnets of information,” Darpa’s Plan X program manager Frank Pound told WIRED in an interview. “With the Oculus you have that immersive environment. It’s like you’re swimming in the internet.”
New Subsidies Are Part of 'Qualitative Military Edge' Move
by Jason Ditz
Antiwar.com | May 25, 2014
In addition to the billions in annual military aid the US already throws at Israel as a matter of course, the House of Representatives has added another $600 million in the pot, this time for missile defense subsidies.
Bagram (Afghanistan) (AFP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai was offered a meeting with President Barack Obama at Bagram Air Base outside Kabul but declined, a US official said Sunday.
The official said that Washington was not surprised that the meeting did not work out at short notice, after Obama arrived at the base on a surprise visit after night fell on Sunday.
this is already on the front page
Gil Tamary, Israel’s Channel 10 Washington senior reporter, interviewed Sen. Ted Cruz 9R-TX) on May 22nd just before Sen. Cruz departed to his third visit in Israel. Tamary and Cruz discussed the Strain relationship between the Obama administration and Israel, Iran, the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton, the Tea Party, spying and more.
By Ian Austenmay 24, 2014
Hershey stopped producing chocolate in Smiths Falls, Ontario, six years ago. The work went to Mexico, but the factory remains, along with reminders of the glory days: A sign that once directed school buses delivering children for tours. A fading, theme-park-style entrance that marks what used to be the big attraction — a “Chocolate Shoppe” that sold about $4 million of broken candy and bulk bars a year.
The once ever-present sweet smell of chocolate is gone, too. In the high-ceilinged warehouse, where stacks of Hershey’s bars and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups once awaited shipment, the nose now picks up a different odor: the woody, herbal aroma of 50,000 marijuana plants.
Clinical, climate-controlled rooms with artificial sunlight house rows upon rows of plants at various stages of growth. In the “mother room,” horticulturalists use cuttings to start new plants. The “flowering rooms” are flooded with intense light 12 hours a day to nurture nearly grown plants in strains with vaguely aristocratic names like Argyle, Houndstooth and Twilling.
Subtle interactions link us with each other and the Earth
From the website:
When human consciousness becomes coherent, the behavior of random systems may change. Random number generators (RNGs) based on quantum tunneling produce completely unpredictable sequences of zeroes and ones. But when a great event synchronizes the feelings of millions of people, our network of RNGs becomes subtly structured. We calculate one in a trillion odds that the effect is due to chance. The evidence suggests an emerging noosphere or the unifying field of consciousness described by sages in all cultures.
The Global Consciousness Project is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists and engineers. We collect data continuously from a global network of physical random number generators located in up to 70 host sites around the world at any given time. The data are transmitted to a central archive which now contains more than 15 years of random data in parallel sequences of synchronized 200-bit trials generated every second.
Our purpose is to examine subtle correlations that may reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world. We hypothesize that there will be structure in what should be random data, associated with major global events that engage our minds and hearts.
by Jim Quinn | The Burning Platform
Retail store results for the 1st quarter of 2014 have been rolling in over the last week. It seems the hideous government reported retail sales results over the last six months are being confirmed by the dying bricks and mortar mega-chains. In case you missed the corporate mainstream media not reporting the facts and doing their usual positive spin, here are the absolutely dreadful headlines:
- Wal-Mart Profit Plunges By $220 Million as US Store Traffic Declines by 1.4%
- Target Profit Plunges by $80 Million, 16% Lower Than 2013, as Store Traffic Declines by 2.3%
- Sears Loses $358 Million in First Quarter as Comparable Store Sales at Sears Plunge by 7.8% and Sales at Kmart Plunge by 5.1%
- JC Penney Thrilled With Loss of Only $358 Million For the Quarter
- Kohl’s Operating Income Plunges by 17% as Comparable Sales Decline by 3.4%
- Costco Profit Declines by $84 Million as Comp Store Sales Only Increase by 2%
- Staples Profit Plunges by 44% as Sales Collapse and Closing Hundreds of Stores
State Income Tax Revenues Fell in 2014 First Quarter; Ohio (-19 California (-11%) Among Biggest LosersSubmitted by Diamond Dog on Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:36
By Paul Caron
Wall Street Journal, Income Tax Yo-Yo Hits U.S. States:
Many state governments were pulled out of the recession by a surge in tax revenue from their residents' stock-market gains. But that money spigot has slowed, leaving budget holes and debates over the reliance on the wealthy just as many governors face re-election.
While a number of states had forecast lower growth this year in personal income-tax revenue—which is derived in part from capital gains on investments—they failed to project the degree of the decline.
The DOJ's Operation Choke Point: Denying financial services to politically undesirable industries: guns, pot, porn, etc.Submitted by Diamond Dog on Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:37
The general outline is the DOJ and bank regulators are putting the screws to banks and other third-party payment processors to refuse banking services to companies and industries that are deemed to pose a “reputation risk” to the bank. Most controversially, the list of dubious industries is populated by enterprises that are entirely, or at least generally, legal.
I.R.S. Bars Employers From Dumping Workers Into Health Exchanges
By ROBERT PEARMAY 25, 2014
WASHINGTON — Many employers had thought they could shift health costs to the government by sending their employees to a health insurance exchange with a tax-free contribution of cash to help pay premiums, but the Obama administration has squelched the idea in a new ruling. Such arrangements do not satisfy the health care law, the administration said, and employers may be subject to a tax penalty of $100 a day — or $36,500 a year — for each employee who goes into the individual marketplace.