The Greeks are getting closer to Cyrpus style bail-ins.U.S. is number 1 in youth income inequality. Housing bubble is popping and it has started in San Francisco.Russia is buying gold with oil to protect itself. Leaked CIA documents show that drone strikes do not work. Obama creating a “police task force” to nationalize the police.US selling frigates to the Taiwanese government. NATO operations continue in Afghanistan. FBI r confirms the attack was from North Korea even though there is no real evidence. Cyber investigator says attack looks like an inside job. US propaganda, attack on Sony a dry run, next attack the power grid. Be prepared for a false flag.
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Current News – 12.19.2014
- Greek Independent MP Pavlos Haikalis claims he was offered EUR 2-3 million in order to vote for Greece’s next President is no less shocking in its exposure. Another of the party’s lawmakers claimed last month that someone had approached her with the intention of bribing her. This can only bring Goldman’s worst-case scenario – a Cyprus-style collapse – even closer for Greece.
- 20-24 year-olds in the USA have an average gross income over 40% below the national average. That is the worst disparity in the world.
- Fed Chair Yellen, in her press conference after the FOMC meeting today, said she’s surprised that housing hasn’t recovered more than it has.
- In the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, sales in November of new and resale houses and condos dropped 10% from November last year, according to CoreLogic DataQuick. It was the worst November since crisis-year 2008.
- Sales volume was down in all nine counties year-over-year,
- Fitch Ratings has downgraded Venezuela’s Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) from ‘B’ to ‘CCC’.
- “It’s close to collapse. In terms of new investments – there will be none, everyone is retreating, people are being laid off at most companies this week and in the coming weeks. Budgets for 2015 are being cut by everyone.“
- Russian commercial banks have raised deposit rates in order to attract cash liquidity
- “The amount of new customers far exceeds the amount of those terminating their accounts,” a representative of Bank Moskvy Alpha Bank, having raised deposit rates by 3% to 7.30%, has enjoyed an influx of fixed-term deposit accounts in the recent days as well.
- There were rumors of Russian gold selling, this time out of SocGen, Russia not only did not sell any gold, but in fact boughtanother 600K ounces in the month of November.
- RUSSIAN MONETARY GOLD HOLDINGS RISE VS 37.6M ON NOV. 1
- RUSSIAN MONETARY GOLD HOLDINGS 38.2M TROY OZ AS OF DEC. 1
- Very few people understand what Putin is doing at the moment.
No matter how strange it may seem, butright now, Putin is selling Russian oil and gas ONLY for physical gold.
How long will the West be able to buy oil and gas from Russia in exchange for physical gold?
- Putin is not shouting about it all over the world. And of course, he still accepts US dollars as an intermediate means of payment. But he immediately exchanges all these dollars obtained from the sale of oil and gas for physical gold!
- The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it won’t release $108 million (88 million euros) in rescue money for bailed-out Cyprus after the country’s parliament voted to hold a key foreclosure law from taking effect at the end of December.
- Japan is now moving to become the latest country to consider taxing wealthy individuals who move abroad to take advantage of lower rates or to simply guard their freedom.
- Previously-leaked documents showed that the CIA warned Obama that funding rebels doesn’t work … but Obama decided to fund the Syrian rebels anyway for cynical political gain.
- Top CIA officers say that drone strikes increase terrorism (and see this). Indeed, virtually all aspects of the American “war on terror” strategy creates more terrorists and weakens our national security.
- Now, a leaked internal CIA memo shows that the Agency told Obama that drone strikes might be counter-productive.
- According to a leaked document by the CIA’s Directorate of Intelligence, “high value targeting” (HVT) involving air strikes and special forces operations against insurgent leaders can be effective, but can also have negative effects including increasing violence and greater popular support for extremist groups.
- The CIA also warns that targeting insurgent leaders “may, by eroding the rules of the game between the government and insurgents, escalate the level of violence in a conflict, which may or may not be in a government’s interest.”
- US President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday that sets up the “Task Force on 21st Century Policing” to determine how to strengthen the public’s and local communities trust for law enforcements.
- “The Task Force is part of the [Obama] Administration’s efforts to strengthen community policing and strengthen trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve,”
- Taiwan wants to purchase the guided missile frigates, which are being decommissioned by the US Navy after some 30 years of service,
- The Taiwanese Navy has said that it plans to buy two of the frigates on offer in the first stage.
- The Chinese Foreign Ministry criticizes the United States for selling four Perry-class guided missile frigates to Taiwan. According to Beijing, this move violates China-US agreements and “brutally interferes in China’s domestic affairs”.
- The three joint communiques signed between China and the United States in 1972, 1979 and 1982 represent mutual statements aimed at improving US-China relations. According to the 1982 communique cited by Qin, the United States pledged to gradually curtail arms sales to Taiwan.
- German MPs have approved a resolution to extend the country’s troops in Afghanistan as part of a NATO-led training and advisory mission.
- NATO’s final report to the United Nations Security Council on the international operation in Afghanistandoes not reflect the actual situation in that country and sidesteps key problems facing it,
- “The document has no analysis of the security situation, but the International Security Assistance Force /ISAF/ was tasked to help improve the situation
- “The report has no concrete information about what the ISAF has really done to help Afghan law enforcers and security agencies in the anti-drug direction,“The latest data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime /UNODC/ are shocking. Thus, areas under opium poppy has expanded by seven percent as compared with 2013, opium poppy yield has increased by nine percent, and even by 27% in southern territories, drug production has augmented by 17%,”
- Negotiators of the self-proclaimed eastern Ukrainian republics of Donetsk and Luhansk are holding a video linkup with Kiev government representatives days before the reconciliation talks are to resume in Kiev,
- A Ukrainian separatist leader said a new round of peace talks aimed at easing the conflict between the Kiev government and rebels will not take place on Sunday as had been hoped,
- Poroshenko submitted the bill to the parliament on Thursday, saying the adoption of the document was “urgent”.
- He called on the parliament to put the bill on the agenda of an emergency session.
- Putin signalled he would not back down over the Ukraine crisis ,
- Bulgaria is ready to issue all the necessary permits for the construction of the South Stream pipeline, according to Prime Minister
- Prime Minister said he has the full support and understanding of the European Union and that Bulgaria is not in the wrong and should not suffer financial consequences for stopping the project,
- Bulgaria was set to reap $600 million per year in transit fees, and investment on the Buglarian side was estimated at 3.5-4 billion euros.
- The Prime Minister added that, “if Gazprom stops the project, despite the permits, it will be considered guilty and not Bulgaria.”
- The Islamic State: is it Isis, Isil – or possibly Daesh?
- A top Pentagon general has informally rebranded the jihadists of Isis with the name “Daesh” after allies in the Middle East asked he not use the group’s other monikers for fear they legitimize its ambitions of an Islamic state.
- Data submitted to the global chemical weapons watchdog by the Damascus government provides serious grounds to suspect the radical Islamic State group of using chlorine in terrorist attacks,
- According to the ministry’s statement, Damascus warned the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on December 15 that armed groups had seized several industrial objects in Syria where chlorine-containing substances were stored.
- “So, there are serious grounds to suspect members of the armed Syrian opposition, first of all the so-called Islamic State, of the use of those toxic chemicals for terrorism purposes,”
- The U.S. investigation into the recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment has turned up evidence that does not point to North Korea as the “sole entity” in the case, but rather, raises the possibility that Iran, China or Russia may have been involved
- The source pointed to the sophistication of malware “modules or packets” that destroyed the Sony systems — on a level that has not been seen from North Korea in the past — but has been seen from Iran, China and Russia.
- The intelligence source added that the forensic evidence suggests that the final stage of the attack was launched outside North Korea’s borders — creating some plausible deniability.
- “U.S. security firms were first notified Monday by the U.S. government that they planned to publicly blame North Korea, which is inconsistent with past practice, as the U.S. government often has chosen to work behind the scenes in similar instances.
- North Korea dispatched covert commando teams to the United States in the 1990s to attack nuclear power plants and major cities in a conflict, according to a declassified Defense Intelligence Agency report.
- A DHS official said the department is aware of the threat to attack movie theaters.
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation first time on Friday officially weighed in on the colossal computer hack suffered by Sony Pictures
- “Technical analysis of the data deletion malware used in this attack revealed links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korea actors previously developed,” the FBI said. “The FBI also observed significant overlap between the infrastructure used in this attack and other malicious cyber activity the US government has previously linked directly to North Korea.”
- North Korea has been blamed for a string of hacks in the past, and it’s generally accepted that the country has the capability to hack and attack companies. But no previous attack attributed to North Korea—or any nation-state—has been so public and so noisy. In the past, attacks happened, North Korea was suspected, and then sometimes the country was later blamed. It rarely said anything, except for an initial denial. This time around, the hacker group has posted messages online taunting Sony and telling the FBI they cannot be caught. Early on, they were also interacting with reporters.
- It is, however, very similar to plenty of hacker activist attacks made against major corporations and governments and—it’s worth noting—against North Korean Internet sites in May 2013. In those attacks, thousands of user names and passwords for North Korean news site “Uriminzokkiri” were leaked by hackers operating under the “Anonymous” banner.
- The hackers didn’t mention “The Interview” at first
- If the hack was all about stopping the release of “The Interview,” why didn’t that come up earlier? For the first couple of weeks, the messages that accompanied leaked data didn’t mention the movie at all. It was much more about Sony and its executives—something underlined by the vindictiveness of the leaks.
- Here’s a key paragraph from a message sent on Nov. 30
- “Sony and Sony Pictures have made terrible racial discrimination and human rights violation, indiscriminate tyranny and restructuring in recent years. It has brought damage to a lot of people, some of whom are among us. Nowadays Sony Pictures is about to prey on the weak with a plan of another indiscriminate restructuring for their own benefits. This became a decisive motive of our action. We required Sony Pictures to stop this and pay proper monetary compensation to the victims.”
- The movie wasn’t mentioned until a message on Dec. 8,
- “Do carry out our demand if you want to escape us. And, Stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War!”
- The movie wasn’t mentioned by name until Dec. 10, when the hackers also issued their threat to movie theaters.
- A disgruntled employee could be responsible for the Sony hack attack that ultimately resulted in the cancellation of the movie “The Interview,” computer security expert said‘ . computer forensic investigator, said it was the amount of information about the company that hackers released that led him to speculate North Korea was not behind the computer hacking.Company emails, financial records, and password keys exposed from the hacking made it “almost impossible for this to occur completely from the outside,” Troia explained, adding that “somebody knew exactly what to get and where to get it. There was only one “remote shred of evidence” that indicated the malware used in the Sony attack “was calling back to an IP address in North Korea,
- Putin, has invited the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to Moscow next year
- It would be Kim’s first foreign visit
- Moscow needs North Korean cooperation to boost its natural gas exports to South Korea as Gazprom would like to build a gas pipeline through North Korea to reach its southern neighbour.
- NK is also seeking support from Russia, a permanent veto-wielding member of the UN security council, against international criticism relating to accusations of human rights abuses and its nuclear programme.
- A UN committee passed a resolution last month calling for the security council to consider referring North Korea to the international criminal court for alleged crimes against humanity.
- The cyber attack on Sony Pictures underscores the need for U.S. businesses and government to cooperate on cyber threats and for chief executives to assess their companies’ cybersecurity, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Friday.
- The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea’s elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids. North Korea has been working for years on the ability to disrupt or destroy computer systems that control vital public services such as telecoms and energy utilities, according to one defector.“North Korea’s ultimate goal in cyber strategy is to be able to attack national infrastructure of South Korea and the United States,“
- ICANN, the US-based overseer of the internet structure and naming system, has fallen victim to hackers who impersonated employees to gain access to confidential data.
- Los Angeles-based ICANN, or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is responsible for handling the majority of internet domain names, making sure they can be universally accessed from any computer in the world, and that they avoid technological and property conflicts.
- As well as accessing internal emails, the intruders were able to gain access to the Centralized Zone Data Service (CZDS) – the database that contains the zone files, which map the path between the IP address, the identification of a computer hosting data, and the name of the domain. Millions of websites have their zone files, and additional data, stored and managed by ICANN.