Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

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China Claims Its First Victim of Committing “Internet Gossip,” a 16-Year-Old Boy

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 23rd, 2013:

The ink on the new internet censorship diktat from the Chinese internet police was hardly dry when it was able to claim its first criminal:

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Friday’s Jobs Report: There’s Good News, and then…

On the surface Friday’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) wasn’t so bad: 169,000 jobs were created in August and the unemployment rate dropped slightly, once again, to 7.3%. This was slightly below expectations (180,000) but about in line with the average monthly gains over the past year.

But – and it’s a big but – not everyone is participating, and some of those numbers

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NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly on Inside Track to replace DHS Napolitano

Within hours of Janet Napolitano’s announcement of her resignation as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security names of people to replace her surfaced, but none with the credentials of NYPD Commission Raymond Kelly. Or the political connections. Said Senator Charles Schumer:

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2nd Generation Quantum Computer System to “Improve” Machine Learning

Two unheralded announcements in May about the collaboration of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Google, and a private, non-profit group, the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) marked an impressive, and potentially threatening, milestone in “machine learning” – teaching computers how to

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Staying private in a public world

The new rule is: once you express a thought, it’s public. So far, NSA isn’t able to monitor our thinking, but the moment we express ourselves, someone’s watching and taking notes.

So what is to be done? I’ve been waiting for someone to come up with some answers, and I’ve found him:

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Once Reviled, Capitalism is Making an Extraordinary Comeback Worldwide

This article originally appeared at McAlvany Intelligence Advisor

 

Hidden inside an obscure study just released by Barclays is a nugget of huge importance that reflects a sea change in the growth of entrepreneurial capitalism. The results of this development could equal if not exceed those of the

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Privacy and the changing perception of government

This article in the Washington Post perfectly misses, perhaps deliberately, the key issue concerning privacy and the role of government. See if you can pick up on it.

Daniel Solove is the author, and has all the liberal credentials to promote the establishment line: JD from Yale Law School, is an “expert” on privacy with many books on the matter (some of them best sellers), and has been quoted in such mouthpieces as the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and NPR. Not a single citation for anything remotely right of center: Washington Times, National Review, American Spectator, etc. So we now where he is coming from.

His thesis: intrusion into our private affairs is concerning, but not too much. He frames his conversation around “myth-busting”, which is a

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Lifting the Curtain on Booz Allen Hamilton and its owner, the Carlyle Group

According to writers Thomas Heath and Marjorie Censer at the Washington Post, The Carlyle Group and its errant child, Booz Allen Hamilton, have a public relations problem, thanks to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. By the time top management at Booz Allen learned that one of their top-level agents had gone rogue, and terminated his employment, it was too late.

For years Carlyle had, according to WaPo,

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Chicago Sun-Times Photographer Shocked – Shocked! – About Being Laid Off

This article first appeared in the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor newsletter:

 

Steve Buyansky, who was, until last Thursday, a professional photographer for three of Sun-Times Media’s 39 suburban papers, said he was surprised when he was asked to turn in his magnetic employee badge and his photographic equipment: “I’m still in shock. I’m not angry right now. Maybe I will be later.”

On what planet has Buyansky been living? How could he not know what was happening in front of his very eyes? Sun-Times Media hasn’t been profitable for years. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009. Where was Buyansky while that was going on? When the group was bought by Wrapports LLC in 2011, salaries were cut by 15 percent, the pension plan went from defined-benefit to defined-contribution, and seniority rights regarding layoffs were ended. Where was Buyansky then?

In March, the Sun-Times fired several editors and staff members for several of its suburban papers, and consolidated operations of those papers to its downtown location to save money. It had fallen behind in making its monthly payments for the Chicago Tribune which was printing its papers after the Sun-Times shut down its own printing facilities.

The paid circulation base for the Chicago Sun-Times has been shrinking, having lost 25 percent in just the last six years. In its announcement last week, the media group said:

The Sun-Times business is changing rapidly and our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news. We have made great progress in meeting this demand and are focused on bolstering our reporting capabilities with video and other multimedia elements.

The Chicago Sun-Times continues to evolve with our digitally savvy customers, and as a result, we have had to restructure the way we manage multimedia, including photography, across the network.

Wrapports thinks there’s still some life in the dinosaur. It’s an investment group made up of Michael Ferro of Merrick Ventures, Timothy Knight (former publisher of Newsday, another newspaper struggling to be profitable), and three other private equity or venture capital firms. They have seen the handwriting on the wall for years. Why hasn’t Buyansky?

The new strategy is to allow, no, require, their remaining news reporters to use their iPhones to take pictures to supplement their articles! What a concept! Talk about being late to the party! Last week it was announced that Facebook gets 208,300 photos uploaded every minute, along with 100 hours of video onto YouTube! Yahoo estimates that next year 880 billion photos will be taken and downloaded somewhere on the Internet.

Efforts to regain profitability have so far come up short. In February Sun-Times launched an online video news program, a 90-second flash news segment. That effort ended in May.

Also in February the paper launched Grid, a Sunday business news magazine that was just ended last month.

Life magazine’s domination of the all-photographic news magazine niche ended in 1972. Efforts to resuscitate the brand failed, and Life published its last issue in April, 2007 – six years ago. Look magazine died in 1972, and no one even tried to resuscitate it. Wasn’t Buyansky aware of that?

Or what about the reality check written by professional photographer Talbert McMullin last summer, entitled “Professional Photography is Going Away?” McMullin saw what’s been happening for years:

My little Panasonic point-and-shoot will take hundreds and hundreds of photos one after another on a single memory card, and it rivals the quality of my Nikon SLRs! That is an amateur photographer’s dream, but unfortunately it is not as beneficial for the pros. Suddenly, the playing field is level for everyone. Technology has not yet put pros out of business, but it is setting the stage – even our mobile phones have cameras!

Professional photography is going away. That’s right, going away. I can’t say it is going to happen today, next week, next month, or even next year, but at some point in the future it will. Fact: The transition has begun. You cannot change it; you can only adapt. Before you wet your pants, please notice I did not say all photography is going away, only professional photography. Ignore or distort the facts at your own peril!

Some professionals will thrive, but the rest will be left behind. The number of successes will continue to shrink until the professional photographer becomes … an anomaly.

What did Buyansky do when he was suddenly informed that his skills as a professional photographer were no longer needed? He joined 10 other equally surprised former photographers from the Sun-Times at the Billy Goat Tavern, a local watering-hole for journos, and celebrated the glory days long past, saying “The Sun-Times had an amazing photo staff.”

The emphasis was on the word “had.”

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Sources:

Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off All Its Full-Time Photographers

Chicago Sun-Times lays off all photographers

Chicago Sun-Times lays off its photo staff

Chicago Sun-Times fires all staff photographers

Reality Check: Professional Photography Is Going Away

How Many Photos Are Uploaded to The Internet Every Minute?

An Editorial: Is the Internet a Photographer’s Friend or Foe?

Look magazine

Life magazine

Wrapports

Newsday

The 61st Meeting of the Bilderberg Group: Good Old Boys Getting Together Again

This article first appeared in the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor newsletter:

 

The note from Matthew Holehouse at the British tabloid The Telegraph makes last week’s four-day meeting of the Bilderberg Group at the Grove Hotel in Watford, Hertfordshire, England sound benign. He called it a “gathering of royalty, statesmen and business leaders … [to] discuss how the US and Europe can promote growth, the way ‘big data’ is changing ‘almost everything’, the challenges facing the continent of Africa, and the threat of cyberwarfare….”

It’s just another meeting similar to the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, and there’s nothing to worry about, suggests Holehouse. Except that “meetings take place behind closed doors, with a ban on journalists.”

What would cause major luminaries to take four days out of their busy schedules to spend time at a golf resort if it was just a friendly get-together over tea? Here are some of those luminaries:

  • Jose Barroso, the President of the European Union
  • Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
  • Robert Dudley, CEO of British Petroleum
  • Peter Sutherland, Chairman of Goldman Sachs along with his Vice Chairman, J. Michael Evans
  • Timothy Geithner, former Secretary of the Treasury
  • Donald Graham, Chairman and CEO of The Washington Post
  • Stuart Gulliver, CEO of HSBC
  • Simon Henry, CFO of Royal Dutch Shell along with the company’s CEO, Peter Voser
  • Kenneth Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Lazard Frères’ along with his managing director, Vernon Jordon
  • Henry Kissinger, Chairman, Kissinger Associates
  • Henry Kravis, CEO of Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts
  • Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  • Robert Rubin, former Secretary of the Treasury and current co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google

Let’s face it: these are heavyweights. So why, again, would they take four days out of their lives to attend? Is this something more than just getting reacquainted with old friends?

Daniel Estulin thinks so, as he has for years. In his book, The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, which he says is based on 15 years’ worth of investigation, Estulin says that this group, along with the CFR and the Trilateral Commission, represents a “shadow government” whose top priority is to erase the sovereignty of all nation-states as a precursor to establishing a global government.

Several members of these groups have admitted as much. For example, in 2001, Denis Healey, a founder of the Bilderberg Group, said:

To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated but not wholly unfair. Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn’t go on fighting one another and killing people and rendering millions homeless.

So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.

There are coincidences that can’t readily be explained away as mere accidents: George H. W. Bush attended a Bilderberg conference in 1985, and became president in 1988. Bill Clinton attended one in 1991, and became president a year later. Tony Blair attended one in 1993 and became England’s prime minister in 1997. Romano Prodi attended in 1999 and within months became president of the European Union. Senator John Edwards spoke to the group in 2004 and was later named by John Kerry to be his vice-presidential nominee.

To some, the long arm of coincidence just can’t reach that far.

Estulin was asked what exactly the Bilderberg Group is. He answered:

It’s a meeting of people who represent a certain ideology. Bilderberg Group is not a conspiracy theory. It’s a conspiracy reality…. It is a self-perpetuating system, a virtual spider web of interlocked financial, political, economic and industry interests. And that in and of itself is a pretty significant factor, because … it is a vehicle through which private financier oligarchical interests are able to impose their policies on what are nominally sovereign governments.

There’s Henry Kissinger, exposed as a Soviet Agent when Soviet Colonel Michael Goleniewski defected, bringing with him the names of 240 soviet spies, one of whom was Kissinger.

And there’s David Rockefeller who wrote in his Memoirs:

Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as “internationalists” and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will.

If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.

Even Georgetown University professor Carroll Quigley (to whom Bill Clinton conveniently referred in his acceptance speech at the 1992 Democratic National Convention), author of The Anglo-American Establishment and Tragedy and Hope, effectively agreed that there is more going on in Watford this weekend:

This radical Right fairy tale … as a well-organized plot by extreme Left-wing elements … does in fact have a modicum of truth. There does exist, and has existed for a generation, an international Anglophile network which operates, to some extent, in the way the Radical right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other group, and frequently does so.

I known of the operation of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960s, to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies … but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known.

The question remains: what would these worthies be doing in Watford that requires that they take four days out of their lives if something awfully important weren’t going on? Just asking.

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Sources:

Bilderberg is ‘a conspiracy reality’

The True Story of the Bilderberg Group

Daniel Estulin

Osborne, Clarke and Balls to attend Bilderberg Group meeting

The Bilderberg Group

Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger Soviet Agent

Bilderberg website

Bilderberg meeting agenda

Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time

The Anglo-American Establishment

Staff Report from the IMF Blames the European Union for Mishandling the Greek Crisis

The report from the International Monetary Fund is remarkable in its candor: efforts to bail out Greece were fumbled as the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank all tried to promote their own agendas with little regard for the lowly Greek citizen.

Happily the disclaimer appeared on the front page:

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Armed marshals bill for schools in Texas is approved

I’m not moving to Portland, Maine, after all. I said last week I was moving there to take advantage of a free market doctor who has opted out of all insurance, public or private, and has gone “vet” – meaning cash only.

Instead, I’m moving to Texas, where common sense reigns supreme. Well, not totally. The teachers’ unions there are still stuck in the backwater of hoplophobia, but for normal people, training teachers to become marshals makes sense. Kinda makes me think of that bumper sticker from years ago: “Common sense, isn’t”.

By a vote of 28-3, the Texas state senate passed the “armed marshals” bill which is now headed to Governor Rick Perry’s desk for signing. It has been pushed by Lt. Gov. David Dewhirst (no doubt with Perry’s blessing) as a way to allow teachers to

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A Family Doctor in Maine who accepts cash, only. Really.

I’m moving to Portland! This guy is too good to be true.  He’s decided to “opt out” of Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, the whole gig. He’s going cash only. And you should see his prices!

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Austerity is impending the economy, say the Keynesians

Two writers at The New York Times have embraced the fallacy that cutting government spending is keeping the economy from growing. It is Keynesian claptrap.

Let’s let them rant a little before responding:

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Boston Bombing Investigation Reveals Government Surveillance of Phone Calls

Sari Horwitz, a writer from the Washington Post reporting on the investigation of Katherine Russell, the wife of the deceased Boston bomber, inadvertently wrote that federal officials had access to the content of phone calls she tried to make to her husband when she learned of his involvement in the incident. Buried inside the fifth paragraph of her report was this:

Officials said that Russell called her husband when she saw his photograph on television – following the FBI’s release of the pictures of the suspects…

Almost immediately Erin Burnett, the host of CNN’s Outfront, wanted to know how the government knew. Aren’t phone calls supposed to be private? She interviewed Tim Clemente, a former FBI counterterrorism agent on May 1st, asking:

Is there any way … they [the federal investigators] can try to get the phone companies to give that up … It’s not a voice mail. It’s just a conversation. There’s no way they can actually find out what [was said on the call], right, unless she tells them?

Clemente:  There is a way. We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said in that conversation. It’s not necessarily something that the FBI is going to want to present in court, but it may help lead the investigation … we certainly can find that out.

Burnett: So they can actually get that? … that is incredible.

Clemente: Welcome to America. All of that stuff is being captured as we speak, whether we know it or like it, or not.

Glenn Greenwald, writing in The Guardian, explained just what kind of “stuff” the FBI is able to track: “all digital communications – meaning phone calls, emails, online chats and the like – are automatically recorded and stored and [are] accessible to the government after the fact. To describe that is to define what a ubiquitous, limitless Surveillance State is.”

Greenwald pointed to the experience of Mark Klein, covered by The Washington Post back in 2007, when he was working as an AT&T technician in San Francisco in 2002. He was interrupted by an agent from the National Security Agency (NSA) who then introduced Klein to the system the NSA was setting up to “vacuum up internet and phone call data from ordinary Americans” with the help of AT&T. The article explained:

 [Klein] said the NSA built a special room to receive data streamed through an AT&T Internet room containing “peering links,” or major connections to other telecom providers. The largest of the links delivered 2.5 gigabits of data — the equivalent of one-quarter of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s text — per second…

When Klein saw what was happening, it was his “aha moment. They’re sending the entire Internet to the secret room!” Using a glass prism that divided the information into two pieces, the NSA could monitor every bit of data going across the internet without impeding its flow:

This splitter was sweeping up everything, vacuum-cleaner style. The NSA is getting everything. These are major pipes that carry not just AT&T’s customers but everybody’s.

I flipped out. They’re copying the whole Internet! There’s no selection going on here. Maybe they select out later, but at the point of handoff to the government, they get everything.

In April of last year, an NSA whistleblower, William Binney, was interviewed by Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodman at Democracy Now, and revealed just how extensive the data collection is and how it is justified. Binney said that Section 215 of the Patriot Act

 gives them license to take all commercially held data about us…

 [This] is extremely dangerous because if you take that and put it into forms of graphing … and then watch it over time, you can build up knowledge about everyone in the country.

And having that knowledge then allows them ability to concoct all kinds of charges, if they want to target you.

When asked about how much information is already stored, Binney responded: “I would suggest that they’ve assembled on the order of 20 trillion transactions about U.S. citizens.”

And where is that information being stored? Bluffdale, Utah. Said Binney: “[The Utah Data Center located at Bluffdale, Utah] is a very large storage device, actually, for remote interrogation and remote processing. That’s the way I view that. Because there’s not enough people there to actually work the data there, so it’s being worked somewhere else.”

The facility in Utah will exceed 1 million square feet, nearly six times the size of a Walmart Supercenter, and will be able, when it is completed in September, to capture “all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails: parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter,’” according to James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory.

An associate of Bamford’s, Jeff Wright, author of The Citizen’s Last Stand, noted in his book:

James Bamford, a New York Times bestselling author, has detailed some of the NSA’s … capabilities…

Bamford actually began his career during the Viet Nam War as an administrative tech in the same place I did, the Naval Security Group. His first book [The Puzzle Palace] freaked-out the core leadership at the Agency. In actuality, it barely scratched the surface.

In an interview with The New American, Wright added:

This capability [to capture all digital information on Americans] has existed for quite some time…

I have seen the access points at several major carrier facilities…

It started during the Cold War as a program named “HYDRA.” It has morphed … since then. The facilities, such as at Bluffdale, Utah, will allow real-time analysis.

Naturally, the NSA denies all of this. On April 15th, the agency issued a statement denying that it will eavesdrop on innocent citizens:

Many unfounded allegations have been made about the planned activities of the Utah Data Center…one of the biggest misconceptions about NSA is that we are unlawfully listening in on, or reading emails of, U.S. citizens. This is simply not the case.

There’s a rule about power and restraint of that power: “If they can, they will.” Since they can, they are. Now there’s a new rule: “Watch what you say. Somewhere, someone out there is listening.” Just ask Katherine Russell.

 

 

 

 

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