Spain’s unemployment drops right before elections. Euro zone consumer confidence declines. Initial jobless claims are at an all time low as Challenger reports layoffs increasing. America’s economic outlook declines and the entire economy is being revised by the US government to give the illusion we are in a recovery. Obama will be changing the laws to bailout Puerto Rico and setting up a Troika agency like Greece. US trying to push Greece into cancelling the Turkish Stream Pipeline and accepting the LNG pipeline. The Senate voted on CISA and approved spying on the American people. DHS is testing facial recognition on the borders. Australia is going to use Facebook photos to search for terrorists.Satellite images show the US has a secret drone base in Africa. Kuwait is buying weapons to fight the IS. Qatar is deciding if they should invade Syria. US give Iraq an ultimatum, choose Russia and you are our enemy. IS in Iraq is now moving its forces into Syria to fight Russia. FBI creates terrorists in the US.
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Current News – 10.22.2015
- The National Statistics Institute said Thursday that the number of people out of work dropped by 298,200 between July and September to a rounded total of 4.9 million. That took the rate down to 21.2 percent from 22.4 percent in the previous quarter.
- The ruling Popular Party is hoping the recovery will boost its fortunes at Dec. 20’s election.
- The Commission said that the consumer confidence indicator decreased in the 19 countries that share the euro by 0.6 points to -7.7,
- so who is lying?
- Since February, Americans have become less and less confident about the economic future of the country.Americans’ spending attitudes tumble the most since May.
- Thirty-nine percent of respondents said the U.S. economy was getting worse, up from 36 percent in September.
- The decrease is seeping into Americans’ attitudes about spending. The buying-climate index, which measures if consumers think it is a good time to purchase goods and services, fell by 2.3 points to 37.2, the largest weekly decline since May.
- September Existing Home Sales fell 6.5% from August, in September by 4.7%, bouncing back from a 5.0% revised lower drop in August .2015 has seen unprecedented volatility in the NAR’s reported data, but a they note,“Unfortunately, first–time buyers are still failing to generate any meaningful traction this year.”
- And highlighted here for September…
- Obama is pressing for Congress to give Puerto Rico (PR) sweeping powers to reduce its $73 billion debt burden through a form of bankruptcy protection not now available to American territories and will also ask lawmakers to establish an independent body to monitor the island’s fiscal affairs (a la Troika).
- Creditors say that the island’s government has been seeking to portray the fiscal situation in Puerto Rico as beyond repair,
- President Barack Obama is pressing for Congress to give Puerto Rico sweeping powers to reduce its $73 billion debt burden through bankruptcy,
- So the bottom line is that Puerto Rico is Greece… laws will be changed to enable the spending of the past to be brushed under the carpet, and Federal oversight of fiscal affairs (i.e. all government in a nation whose finances are so dire) will be handled by an ‘independent’ body (just like Troika) and that will enable Puerto Rico to borrow more (likely from the US taxpayer via some subsidized router) to fund what officials call “growth initiatives.”
- John Kerry has been working the diplomatic back channels to begin constructing an LNG terminal in north Greece. The goal…somehow displace Gazprom’s dominance in South Europe energy supplies.
- Remember Russia also has inked deals with the Athens government in order to bring in gas from the Turk Stream pipeline.
Kerry dropped a hint about the plan during his meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the United States at the end of September, referring to the prospect of northern Greece evolving into an energy hub with the construction of an LNG terminal.
- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to attend the upcoming Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Iran’s capital Tehran,
- The Gas Exporting Countries Forum is an international governmental organization that unites leading countries in the export of natural gas, and aims to coordinate and strengthen cooperation between its member states.
- The forum’s permanent members are Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Iran, Qatar, Libya, Nigeria, Russia, Equatorial Guinea, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, while the Netherlands, Norway and Kazakhstan have observer status.
- The Russian-Chinese free economic zone will be created in Irkutsk, East Siberia,
- “There is a free economic zone in Shenyang [in Liaoning province], a similar zone will be created in Irkutsk on the same basis,”
- The free economic zone will attract a Chinese bank jointly with Russia’s biggest lender
- The EU is trying to tighten the screws on investment in Russia. It has now forbidden European banks from consulting investors and providing analysis of Russian firms under sanctions. This includes Sberbank, VTB and Rosneft,
- the faux “cybersecurity” bill, which is actually a surveillance bill in disguise, CISA, has moved forward in the Senate via anoverwhelming 83 to 14 vote. CISA is positioned as just a “voluntary” cybersecurity information sharing bill, it’s really none of those things. It’s not voluntary and it’s not really about cybersecurity. Instead, it’s a surveillance bill, that effectively gives the NSA greater access to information from companies in order to do deeper snooping through its upstream collection points. Even the attempts to supposedly “clarify” the language to protect data from being used for surveillance shows that the language is deliberately written to look like it does one thing, while really opening up the ability of the NSA and FBI to get much more information.This is bad news, which is why nearly all of the tech/internet industry have come out against the bill. Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Google and more have spoken out against the bill in recent days, But, apparently, 83 Senators chose not to listen.
- French researchers have proven that hackers can now control a smart phone from a distance of 16 feet through Siri or Google Voice on Apple and Android devices. If a user has headphones with a microphone plugged in, the hacker can use electromagnetic waves to act as your voice and command your phone to email phishing scams, access malware, make pricey phone calls, and more.
- The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis has launched a pilot program called Identity Intelligence Biometrics (I2B) which is intended to apply an automated face and fingerprint biometric identification system to help identify known and suspected terrorists and “Special Interest Aliens” (SIAs) apprehended illegally crossing the borders into the US.
- If you’re a Facebook user, the European Commission is warning that you’re being spied on. EU warned European citizens that they ought to close their Facebook accounts if they have any intentions of keeping their personal information away from the prying eyes of U.S. intelligence agencies, adding that current Safe Harbor legislation does not protect their privacy or data. companies operating inside the EU should not be allowed to transfer data to the US under Safe Harbour protections – which state that US data protection rules are adequate if information is passed by companies on a “self-certify” basis – because the US no longer qualifies for such a status.
- Photos from social media websites like Facebook could be used in an Australian counter-terrorism database. Critics are concerned about the system’s lack of “transparency,” but the new legislation can come into effect without being passed by parliament
- The Australian Justice Minister, Michael Keenan, announced last month that the government would be spending US$13.3 million to develop a database (The National Facial Biometric Matching Capability), which would store still images that law enforcement officers could use to track terrorists.
- It had been believed that the images would come from official documents such as drivers’ licenses, passport photographs or images taken from security cameras. The government claims that the technology is necessary as a human face is unique, just like a person’s fingerprints.
- The legislation, which will not have to pass through parliament, is expected to come into force in 2016.
- “This is a whole other league of creepy, this is a whole other league of invasive, and the fact that there’s been no discussion around this is really weird,” cyber security analyst Patrick Gray said,
- The database will contain around 100 million photos or around four photos for every Australian.
- Russia will vote for the Cuba-proposed draft resolution demanding that the US economic embargo against it be lifted,
- The draft will be put to vote at the UN General Assembly on October 27. The United States is expected to oppose the motion.
- “Russia will vote for Cuba’s resolution project on lifting sanctions against the country,”
- On October 14th, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the U.S. government had turned down the proposal from Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for the U.S. and Russia to cooperate together to eliminate ISIS and other jihadists in Syria and in Iraq.
- Then, on Tuesday October 20th, as
“The U.S. has told Iraq’s leaders they must choose between ongoing American support in the battle against militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and asking the Russians to intervene instead. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said
- This makes abundantly clear, to the whole world, that the current American government considers its main enemy to be not isis, but Russians.
- With the Islamic State creating chaos next door in Iraq, Kuwait is arming itself to the teeth. The tiny, oil-rich nation just signed a defense deal with France worth $2.8 billion.
- France will equip Kuwait with 24 Caracal helicopters, with an option for six more,
- Qatar’s Foreign Minister said his country has not ruled out military intervention in Syria if Saudi Arabia and Turkey proposed it,
- Syria has warned Qatar of a “harsh response” after Qatar threatened that it may intervene militarily in the Arab country.
- “If Qatar carries out its threat to militarily intervene in Syria, then we will consider this a direct aggression …
- The Syrian army has managed to take more grounds from the US proxy army in the northern part of the Arab country.
- Media reports said on Thursday that Syrian government troops captured five villages in their latest advances in the province of Aleppo.
- The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that 13 people including medical staff were killed in Russian airstrikes in the northwestern province of Idlib that was run by the Syrian-American Medical Society
- “It’s very convenient to report on what is going on in Syria from London without going on the ground,” Russian spokeswomen said.
- U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq and Syria carried out a large-scale attack on Syria’s Omar oil field as part of its mission to target the Islamic State group’s ability to generate money,
- “Why play with words dividing terrorists into moderate and not moderate. What’s the difference?”
- The Islamic State leaders are redeploying reinforcement units from Syria’s Raqqa province and Iraq’s territory to western Syria,
- Saudi Foreign Ministe said on Thursday that to eliminate militant group Islamic State, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must be removed from power.
- A Human Rights Watch Group says, the FBI “may have created terrorists out of law-abiding citizens”
- In many cases the FBI can encourage young men who may be online to actually grow into full-blown terrorists.
- They set traps, and many young men who talk big end up falling into these traps
Terrorists or just losers? –
More often than not, these allegedly radicalized Americans are just youths with low self-esteem who, online, find a reason to exist,
Take the example of Joshua Ryne Goldberg, a 20-year-old Jewish man living with his parents in Florida who had invented a second life on the Internet where he presented himself as living in Australia and flooded social networks with pro-jihad messages.
He was arrested last month after allegedly distributing information about bomb-making techniques. He faces 20 years in prison.
In Virginia, teenager Ali Amin was sentenced to 11 years in prison for using social media to support the Islamic State.
Amin, 17, is the first minor to be prosecuted by the United States in a terrorism support case.
Critics say the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s growing army of undercover agents tasked with hunting down terror recruits on US soil sometimes unduly pressures young, impressionable people to plan and move forward with acts they may otherwise not have conceived on their own.
There’s an organization responsible for more terrorism plots in the United States than al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab and ISIS combined: The FBI.