Friday 31 July, 2015
Financial Fraud: Market Rigging By Any Other Name
Over the past twenty years we have hasd many financial scandals, the dotcom bubble, misselling of investments, toxic debt, derivatives trading, maket rigging and interest rate rigging. And, because I know the Church of Scienceology cult and the Tech worshippers love me so much I'll mention that all these have been made possible by the adoption of digital technologies that to my experienced eye (I was in the computer business for thirty years, several of them spent working for banks and investment houses) a lot of the software used by these trading systems was developed with the intent of facilitating fraud.
The latest scandal which is now breaking but will not be mentioned by mainstream media involves HFT, high frequency trading, the practice of using computers to buy and sell stocks and derivatives every few seconds.
Contrary to what the Tech Heads and Sciencologists will tell you (I remember one wanker writing in The Daily Telegraph that we must cede control of our lives to machines because the algorithm will always make better decisions than the human mind) the machine will always do what its human masters have programmed it to, so if it is programmed to commit fraud it will always commit fraud.
Frontrunning (sometimes known as pump and dump) is the practice of rigging HFT machines to buy certain investments on eastern stock exchanges ahead of markets opening, thus the statistics fed to European or American makets show a leap in prices. The HFT algorithms are programmed to follow the trend and so buy, while those traders who have forestalled the market are selling.
After a while the HFT systems' algorithms notice who is selling and stop buying, the program having predicted a price drop is imminent but by them it is too late. The profit margin on transactions is often half of one per cent or less, but a half per cent of a couple of billion is a nice days wages.
One of the biggest players in this High frequency Trading scam is a hedge fund named ARQ.
Last year, following Michael Lewis' of exposing High Frequency Trading for being nothing more than a sophisticated gimmick enabling market rigging and bulk order frontrunning while pretending to "provide liquidity", the revulsion against HFTs hit a fever pitch.
Several months later, because the market kept going higher, people quickly forgot why they had been so angry at a bunch of computer chips.
However, since the market is once again on the verge of a crisis (see China for details), the authorities who are supposed to regulate traders need to cover their arses. Thus hedge fund ITG, owner of the Posit dark pool, was busted with a $22.6 million penalty for what appears to have been blatant frontrunning of its own clients. The scam seems to be centred on the activities of one manager, Hitesh Mittal.
from fxweekusa.com via Zero Hedge
Hitesh is the head of AQR's Global Trading Strategies group, running the firm's trading desk and overseeing the group that builds automated trading models and does transaction cost analysis for equities, futures and FX globally. Prior to AQR, he was the global head of liquidity management at Investment Technology Group, where he built its algorithmic trading platform and managed its crossing network, POSIT. He has published several papers on market structure, algorithmic trading, dark pools and transaction cost analysis, and is listed as a co-inventor on three patents. Hitesh earned a B.Eng. in computer science and engineering from JNV University in Jodhpur, India, and an M.B.A. from New York University.
As ITG CEO Bob Gasser noted, "The problematic behavior was led by a senior employee who operated in a manner that violated ITG policy, Gasser said Thursday, without identifying the former worker."
In short, the "former employee" was frontrunning external orders in ITG's own trading dark pool/HFT pod.
Previously, ITG Chief Executive Officer Bob Gasser made several references to a former employee he didn’t identify who was purportedly involved in the case that led to Michaell Lewis' exposá. While apologizing during a conference call with maket analysts, the CEO highlighted the actions of the former employee, who Gasser said was “ultimately severed from the company.”
That former employee is the same Hitesh Mittal as is mentioned above: it turns out he quietly quit ITG by July in what Traders Magazine article reported then was a "cost-cutting measure." It now appears that he had merely been busted for engaging in what the regulator now confirms was illegal activity.
But it's not what he did there that is notable. It's where he went after - the place: the world's 4th biggest hedge fund, AQR Capital with $136 billion in AUM, run by the outspoken Cliff Asness, who just happens to be one of the biggest supporters of HFT there is.
Plus ça change, plus c'est le meme chose, as they say (or in English, the people who control the machines control the world.)
Warring Migrant Tribes, Street Shootouts, Grenade Attacks, Government Says Its Multiculturalism?"Sweden, that's where they commit suicide and the king rides a bicycle," a character in an Alan Bennet play famously said back in the 1980s, a reference to Sweden's reputation as the most boring country in the world. That reputation has long gone, thanks to 'enlightened and progressive' immigration politicies, the elegantstreets of Sweden's gothic styled cities are now more like Chicago in the Al Capone era. Warring Migrant Tribes, Street Shootouts, Grenade Attacks, Government Says Its Multiculturalism?
Wednesday 29 July, 2015
Warring Migrant Tribes, Street Shootouts, Grenade Attacks, Government Says Its Multiculturalism? WTF Is Going On In Sweden?
"Sweden, that's where they commit suicide and the king rides a bicycle," a character in an Alan Bennet play famously said back in the 1980s, a reference to Sweden's reputation as the most boring country in the world. That reputation has long gone, thanks to 'enlightened and progressive' immigration politicies, the elegantstreets of Sweden's gothic styled cities are now more like Chicago in the Al Capone era. Scandinavia's biggest nation state is in the grip of a terrifying crime wave instead, which even ‘new Swedes’ describe as like “being back in Syria”.
Grenade attacks have now become so commonplace in multicultural paradise Malmö the mainstream media around Europe does not even bother to report them in footnotes. Compounding the apparent disinterest in the descent of beautiful, historic Malmö into a third-world ghetto where native Swedes are rapidly becoming marginalised, is a striking dearth of facts about what is actually going on there.
We know the grenade attacks are a regular occurrence – there have been four this past week and at least ten since April, this is in addition to the regular shootings, stabbings, gang rapes and arson attacks that do not warrant news coverage. A recent assessment by Malmö police into the effectiveness of their initiative to control the immigrant gangs programme was that it had no effect, and that “the number of shootings and bombings in Malmö have not declined despite the measures”.
The police force today admitted it is severely under-staffed and unable to cope with the volume of investigations under-way. One third of all officers on the local force are now ‘on leave’, and no doubt the strain of the job in ‘Sweden’s Chicago’ is playing a part in that.
But little information is released by the Malmö police about who is deliberately targeting government buildings with hand grenades smuggled from the Balkans. The Swedish press reports no arrests although independent bloggers have no trouble identifying the source of the attacks as one of three migrant communities, Syrian, Afghan or Somali.
Benefiting from their youth – one was just 15 at the time of his arrest – three people arrested in connection with one bombing incident have not been named, denying the public another crucial piece of the puzzle. Yet speculating that Malmö’s new-found crime problem may have anything to do with the sudden rush of immigration is forbidden and will attract vicious attacks from the hate mobs of the left wing politically correct thought police.
Don’t be fooled, for all its friendly reputation for enlightened liberalism, Swedish society's dogmatic adherence to the neo - Nazi belief systems on which social democracy is founded has created one of the most suffocatingly illiberal societies in the world. Until very recently, even questioning the doctrine of mass immigration would lead to total social exclusion. The tide is turning however, slowly.
Tuesday 28 July, 2015
Banks want us all to have 'tap and pay' cards... even though they're a criminals wet dream
Unfortunately while the banks and tachology giants have been ironing out problems with contactless payment technology (like its habit of doing your good deed for the day by paying for other people's stuff), the crooks have been forging ahead with non-accidental ways to rip off your card. Thieves can easily steal key data from contactless credit and debit cards using equipment bought "easily and cheaply" online, consumers magazine Which? has warned UK consumers.
Banks want us all to have 'tap and pay' cards... even though they're a criminals wet dream
Monday 27 July, 2015
Dutch Journalist, MH17 Expert: ‘UN Tribunal a Desperate Attempt to Hide Kiev’s Responsibility’
The proposed UN-backed MH17 tribunal is a “desperate attempt to hide Kiev’s responsibility”, Dutch journalist and blogger Joost Niemoller argues in his post “How Chess Player Putin Wins the MH17 Game”. Niemoller is no layman. In October 2014 he published a book on the MH17 disaster whose title De Doofpotdeal (“The Cover Up Deal”) summarizes its key argument. The inside flap explains what the author means:
“The Netherlands took charge of the investigation into the cause of the disaster, but agreed to grant a covert deal to Kiev.
It thus became a pawn in an international political chess game. Unvarnished Cold War rhetoric is making a comeback.
Putin here is the ultimate bad guy. What he says is labeled as poisonous propaganda in the West. Meanwhile, it seems, all those concerned suffer from tunnel vision.
Can we still be assured that the investigators do their work independently and objectively?”
In his piece, Niemoller laments the shortcomings of the Dutch Safety Board, the body charged with conducting the investigations on the MH17 disaster. The ever-postponed deadline – the final report might be released at the end of the year, hence one and a half year after the crash, but that too is still uncertain – he finds perplexing:
“When the co-operating countries, the JIT (Joint Investigation Team), intend to complete their probe, is not known. Then, something gets leaked to the press: ‘At the end of this year’. With which legal framework? It is not yet known. Under which conditions? No idea. How will the co-operation between the Ukrainian, the JIT and Dutch Safety Board unfold?”
“Everything is vague and secret. That is not the way it should be for such an important study.”
Niemoller contrasts this with the approach taken by Moscow:
“Russia proposed last year to conduct an international study based on research carried out by the UN - and not by means of a secret deal of countries, where one of the possible culprits, namely Ukraine, has veto power.”
Niemoller, a Dutchman, laments the dubious role of his country, especially when considering that it was the one affected most by the MH17 tragedy: 193 of the 298 victims were Dutch.
Sunday 26 July, 2015
Gay Rights Lobby Calls for Ban on LGBT Therapy After Finding Hundreds of Health Workers Believe in a Cure
The Daily Stirrer has noted many times that sheeple on the left of the political spectrum get very confused on finding not everybody agrees with their world view. but rather than accept they are bigots they turn on those who dissent. No surprise then that gay activist working in the NHS are turning on African, middle eastern and east Europan colleagues who believe homosexuality is a sin.
Gay Rights Lobby Calls for Ban on LGBT Therapy After Finding Hundreds of Health Workers Believe in a Cure
Friday 17 July, 2015
Riots In Athens As Betrayed Greeks Take Back Democracy
Betrayed by the legacy parties of conservatism and socialism that led them into the Eurozone by fraudulently cooking the books to give an impression that Europe's basket case economy met impossible conditions required for entry, betrayed again by the left wing radicals elected on a promise that they would accept no more austerity, the Greek people are trying to shape their own history. They aren’t there yet but a coalescence of forces is on the horizon: either a breakaway group from Syriza (probably led by Yannis Varoufakis) will bring down the government of the sellout Tsipras the be left behind.
Ideological labels are not important; the EU is a corporatist, expansionist, fascist dictatorship, what Greece (and every other EU member state) needs, is a genuine people’s government. The riots in the streets of Athens, as the Greek Parliament passed the austerity measures the EU imposed just for the sake of shafting the greeks up the arse to show democracy means nothing in the european Union bureaucratic dictatorship, may be the first sign of the breakup of the EU.
Shrinkage might be a better description of what is likely to happen, greater transparency, more accountability and the end of the neo - Nazi dream of 'ever-closer union' (aka the creation of a single European superstate), the last signifying EU’s role as prototype for Washington-defined globalization and world government.
The typically Nazi or Fascist mix of market fundamentalism and social militarism needed to pull off the creation of a global empire would be difficult to hide. The failure to create a German-led economic monolith for achieving an intra-Europe division of labor, nations rich (North) and poor (South), while providing political cover for NATO in its continued prosecution of the Cold War against Russia and SETO against China. Austerity is repression, pure and simple. It is also, as I recently pointed out, the framework for class warfare, in both cases to the extreme detriment of working people.
The people in the Athens street know this, know that Tsipras and Syriza have not done right by them. The public workers’ union went out on strike Wednesday. Crowds gathered before Parliament in the evening. Tsakalotos, the new finance minister, was shaken, reluctant to approve the bailout, in microcosm, representing the many, in and out of the party, who saw the mounting pressures and if not succumbed then made a forced choice.
This was not the affirmation one expects from a basic settlement, and rather, a period of deliberation, of gathering force that, should the EU turn the screws further, might well explode, not as revolution, but a willingness to say No and from there leave the eurozone and the EU itself. Why would Germany and the other stalwarts, Finland, the Netherlands, and the Baltic countries care? For the reason that Greece is a living refutation of all the stalwarts value: balanced budgets, taxation favoring business growth, gradual diminishment of labor rights, erosion of pension and social-welfare programs, etc. By bringing Greece to its knees validates austerity: there is no other way than this, the best of all possible worlds. Capitalism, both in Europe and America (indeed everywhere), thrives on false consciousness lest its destructiveness becomes apparent. Hence, it must thwart Left social movements; antecedently, it must deny the idea of alternatives, that which shows a better way to social justice, peace, a humane life.
Wednesday 15 July, 2015
Greece: No majority for EU deal on the Syriza Central Committee
The government of Alexis Tsipras in Greece is close to collapse. Over half the member of the Central Committee reject the EU agreement and there is talk of a coup against the elected government. After the resignation of Minister of Finance Varoufakis, the government looks increasingly incompetent to manage the most serious crisis of democracy in the EU since its inception.
The biggest political crisis for decades is even being described as a threat to democracy in Europe (what has The Daily Stirrer been telling you for years?)and the fate of the Greek nation lies in the hands of inexperienced Finance chief Euclid Tsakalatos, who studied economics in Oxord but has never held a senior position in politics. In the Central Bank sits former Treasury chief Yanis Storunaras, loyal to ex-Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Under his leadership, the Merkel-sister party New Democracy has apparently with the printing press in 2014, secretly flooding the economy with paper money in an attempt to mask the depth of Greece's economic meltdown from the public.
This is where the double madness of previous Greek government lies. The Syriza Party has however prepared no plan B and thus can not prevent the banks from issuing paper money that is not bacxked by solid assets. The ECB gives no guarantee of liquidity and so with the banks effectively insolvent a total economic collapse threatens. The corrupt Greek political system looks set to collapse as a result of a banking crash. The costs will amount to a total wipe out of savings and asset values in the country if EU leaders and bankers do not act quickly to take the issue of deposit guarantees in hand, pay the small saver, private households and the economy, and take the Methuseleh of all economic haircuts, a total write off of Greece's sovereign debt.
Translated by fatsally with the help of Google Translate for Business
Tuesday 14 July, 2015
The Day The EU Died - Destruction Of Greece Shows True Fascist Nature Of The European Project Some inside information on the political stitch up that has turned GreeThe Day The EU Died - Destruction Of Greece Shows True Fascist Nature Of The European Projectce into a vassal state and humiliated the Greek people for the purpose of furthering the neo-Fascist 'ever closer union' agenda of the bureaucratic dictators in Brussels.
One Man Holds a Patent That Could Crush Monsanto and Change The World!
Could this be the monsanto Killer we have been waiting for:
from: eat local grown
Humanity is facing a a major crisis: our immediate environment is being riddled with pesticides, making us unhealthy faster than we can study the effects. In addition, these pesticides are contributing to a massive reduction in our bee population and a general decline in soil health.
The companies that profit from making these pesticides have made it clear they won’t stop, and our petitions to the EPA and FDA are mostly ignored due to revolving door leadership between pesticide makers and government regulators. Is there an answer? Yes there is!
Paul Stamets, the world’s leading mycologist, filed a patent in 2001 that was intentionally given little attention. In the words of pesticide industry executives, this patent represents “The most disruptive technology that we have ever witnessed.”
The biopesticides described in the patent reveals a near permanent, safe solution for over 200,000 species of insects, and it all comes from a mushroom. After what is called “sporulation” of a select entomopathogenic fungi (fungi that kill insects), the area becomes unsuitable for whatever insect(s) the fungi are coded for. Additionally, extracts of the entomopathogenic fungi can steer insects in different directions.
This is literally a complete paradigm shift away from the entire idea of pesticides. Instead of aiming to kill all problematic insects, a farmer could simply disperse a solution of pre-sporulation fungi among his or her crops. The insects would then simply live their lives around the crops, paying no attention to them. This simple idea flies in the face of the current, poorly thought out practice of spraying ever-increasing amounts of pesticides on resistant bugs. Going further, this biopesticide would also eliminate the need for round-up ready GMO seeds and BT seeds that grow the pesticides in the crop and which needlessly endanger us, the consumer, in the process. Perhaps the most enticing element of this biopesticide fungi is that it’s essentially free. According to the patent, it can be “cultivated on agricultural waste.” We are looking at a 100% safe, natural technology that literally can end all GMO and pesticide manufacturers overnight with a new class of SMART Pesticides.
“The matrix of pre-sporulating fungi can optionally be dried, freeze-dried, cooled and/or pelletized and packaged and reactivated for use as an effective insect attractant and/or biopesticide.” – Paul Stamets Patent for Mycoattractants and Mycopesticides ...
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Sunday 12 July, 2015
The Bansturbator Diaries - Ban Everything And Tax It Too
Red Meat, fast food,, Pies, Pizzas, Cigarettes, Alcohol, and now sugar. The fun fascists are on the rampage everywere. Is there anything we can do to stop them? Yes. all we have to do is ignore them, especially the ones who try to claim some kind of authority by using the word 'science' far more than is necessary.
Saturday 11 July, 2015
Spain Goes Full Police State; Government Enacts Law Forbidding Dissent, 'Unauthorized' Photography Of Law Enforcement
Spain is now a police state again. On July 1st, its much-protested "gag" law went into effect, instantly making criminals of those protesting the new law. Not since the death of General Franco has free speech been a crime in the country.
TTIP in the EU: Rejecting Democracy
Trade deals have traditionally been about lowering particular tariffs for imports and exports of goods from one country to another. Trade is not as simple as that any more and for TTIP tariffs are a tiny part of the negotiations because tariffs between the EU and US are virtually non-existent these days. Trade in TTIP is about issues that are relevant and important to us all: from which services are publicly provided, to the safety of the food on our plates
Friday 10 July, 2015
Thursday 9 July, 2015
Four Converging Crises Could Destroy Europe
Four great crises around Europe’s fringes threaten to engulf the European Union, potentially setting the ambitious post-war unification project back by decades. The EU’s unity, solidarity and international standing are at risk from Greece’s debt, Russia’s role in Ukraine, Britain’s attempt to change its relationship with the bloc, and Mediterranean migration.
Tuesday 7 july, 2015
Greece, Monetary Union and Europe - Omnibus
The Greek financial meltdown and inevitable exit from the European Monetary System (Euro) and possibly the EU may be staved off a little longer but will happen. If the burden of Euro membership can wreck strong economies like France, Austria and The Netherlands, how can a basket case like Greece ever cope.
Monday 6 July, 2015
Hackers Hacked - Government Ties Exposed
by Xavier Connolly
An Italian company develops hacking tools for government security agencies itself became the target of a hacker attack, resulting in its internal documents being leaked online and its deals with numerous governments being exposed.
Milan-based Hacking Team develops spyware and malware tools that can target computers and mobile devices across diverse operating systems. The company claims it legally sells its products used in law enforcement.
Over the weekend the firm was reportedly targeted by a cyber-attack that resulted in 400 gigabytes of documents and source code being leaked online. The identity of those who leaked the sensitive information or the way they obtained it remains unknown. However, the attackers gained control of Hacking Team's corporate Twitter account to report the breach and share a link to a Torrent file with the stolen data.
help, we're being attacked! pic.twitter.com/i2mWW2gqr9
— Hacked Team (@hackingteam) 6 ???? 2015
The hack has shone a spotlight on the widespread demand for such services from governments around the world.
Among Hacking Team’s clients, revealed in invoices and other stolen documents are nation including but not confined to The United States, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Mexico, Panama, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxemburg, Bahrain, Oman, and the UAE.
No doubt the name of a nation close to you will surface as the documents are trawled more thoroughly.
Nuclear War? You Will Not Know What Hit You
by Ian R Thorpe
The possibility of nuclear war has become a probability and as usual we find mainstream media, whether because they are incompetent, deliberately dishonest or simply because the news providers in the developed world are no longer independent organisatiions but simply part of government propaganda machinery are simply not reporting the truth of the situation.
A recent major story that went unreported illustrates the liklihood of a nuclear confrontation in the near future. Former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev, speaking about the increasing tensions between Moscow and Washington, said: "We won’t survive the coming years if someone loses their nerve in this overheated situation. This is not something I’m saying thoughtlessly. I am extremely concerned."
That amounts to a very direct comment from one who is in the know. Gorbachev referred to the increasing rhetoric and provocative actions by the US in Ukraine and on Russia’s doorstep in the baltic States. The distorted reporting of mainstream media has been intentionally misleading in its reporting of events occurring in those parts of the world, so the American and European public cannot see the extent of the threat of nuclear war.
Leaders of the USA, European Union and NATO have been working towards creating a wedge that would isolate Russia from Europe, and have made extensive use of propaganda to present Russia as an expansionist aggressor, when in fact it is the US and its allies, led by the UK and France (The FUKUS axis) who are endangering the entire world.
Included in the provocations against Russia are: expanding NATO to include all the neighboring countries of Russia (including Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Poland) despite having signed a binding treaty not to do so, conducting military exercises within one mile of the Russian border, spending 5 billion dollars generating unrest in the Ukraine, and then assisting in a coup of a democratically elected leader of the Ukraine, sending 5 nuclear capable bombers to Europe and placing military weapons in the Baltic States right across from Russia’s border.
One must wonder if history is about to replay itself. Fifty years ago the US and Russia were on the brink of a nuclear holocaust when the US revealed Russia had installed nuclear armed missiles in Cuba. Few Americans realize why Russia installed those missiles. The truth is that Cuba's leader asked his communist comrades in Russia to install the missiles because the Cuban government was convinced that the US was about to invade and overthrow Castro.
An invasion had already been attempted in the failed Bay of Pigs debacle of 1961, and in an effort to protect herself from yet another US invasion, little Cuba sought Russian help. Few people in the west are now aware that the US government had installed nuclear armed missiles in both Italy and Turkey, which made The Kremlin extremely twitchy. Russia retaliated by secretly sending missiles into Cuba in order to dissuade Washington from launching an invasion, and to counter the US nuclear missile threat aimed at Russia from Turkey and Italy and restore the 'mutual destruction' balance.
Yet another well-kept secret is that it was Khrushchev who sent a secret message to Kennedy with a proposal guaranteeing the removal of missiles from Cuba, as long as the US removed its missiles from Italy and Turkey, and also promised not to invade Cuba. Kennedy’s advisors were all clamouring for an invasion of Cuba to get rid of Russian missiles, which of course would have resulted in a nuclear exchange.
Sunday 5 July, 2015
Four Converging Crises Could Destroy Europevia Reuters ...
Four great crises around Europe’s fringes threaten to engulf the European Union, potentially setting the ambitious post-war unification project back by decades.
The EU’s unity, solidarity and international standing are at risk from Greece’s debt, Russia’s role in Ukraine, Britain’s attempt to change its relationship with the bloc, and Mediterranean migration.
Failure to cope adequately with any one of these would worsen the others, amplifying the perils confronting “Project Europe”…
…Rem Korteweg of the Centre for European Reform compares the interlocking crises to the four horsemen of the apocalypse in the New Testament Book of Revelation: harbingers of a “day of judgment” representing conquest, war, famine and death.
“The EU’s leaders will find it hard to tame these four horsemen,” the Dutch thinker wrote in an essay. “If a European answer cannot be found, the horsemen will continue to promote chaos, instability and mutual recrimination within the EU.”
Saturday 4 july, 2015
Troika Is Manoeuvering To Rig The Greek Referendum
According to Greece's finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, the troika, the IMF, European Central Bank and EU Commission is planning to rig the outcome of the Greek referendum on whether to accept further austerity measures in return for bail out cash
Friday 3 July, 2015
Climate Change: Physicist Asks Is a Deadly Ice Age on the Horizon?
The last ice age ended approximately 12,000 years ago, and since then we’ve been enjoying a pleasantly warm “interglacial period.” But given that an interglacial may last only 12,000 years, we’re confronted with a scary prospect: Another ice age may be nigh.
And this could have devastating effects on mankind.
So says atmospheric and space physics expert S. Fred Singer, professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and a founding director of the Science & Environmental Policy Project. While he has never been worried about global warming — emphasizing that climate alarmists’ predictions have been consistently wrong — he writes at American Thinker today that he has “recently become quite concerned about ice ages and the dangers they pose to humans on our planet — and indeed to most of terrestrial ecology.” In fact, he’s so concerned that he proposes we try to mitigate any cooling that may occur.
Professor Singer cites a manuscript written by a co-author of his, Dennis Avery, which documents the historic causes of civilizational collapse. Its conclusion, Singer reports, is that “cold periods and droughts appear to be the main dangers to agriculturally based societies in all regions of the world.”
Government Trolls Are Using 'Psychology-Based Influence Techniques' in Social Media
By Michael Snyder, Activist PostHave you ever come across someone on the Internet that you suspected was a paid government troll? Well, there is a very good chance that you were not imagining things. Thanks to Edward Snowden, we now have solid proof that paid government trolls are using “psychology-based influence techniques” on social media websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Documents leaked by Snowden also reveal that government agents have been conducting denial-of-service attacks, flooding social media websites with thinly veiled propaganda and have been purposely attempting to warp public discourse online. If we do not stand up and object to this kind of Orwellian behavior, it is only going to get worse and worse. In the UK, the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) is a specialized unit within the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). If it wasn’t for Edward Snowden, we probably still would never have heard of them. This particular specialized unit is engaged in some very “questionable” online activities. The following is an excerpt from a recent piece by Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman… Though its existence was secret until last year, JTRIG quickly developed a distinctive profile in the public understanding, after documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the unit had engaged in “dirty tricks” like deploying sexual “honey traps” designed to discredit targets, launching denial-of-service attacks to shut down Internet chat rooms, pushing veiled propaganda onto social networks and generally warping discourse online. We are told that JTRIG only uses these techniques to go after the “bad guys”. But precisely who are the “bad guys”? ... Read the full article at Activist Post to find out
Zuckerberg reveals Facebook Working On Apps 'Smarter Than Humans'
In an online Question and Answer session this week Facebook supremo and founding megalomaniacal sociopath Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company is engaged in building AI systems "that are better than humans at our primary senses." They’re designing one to be able to detect everything in an image or video: people, objects, animals, backgrounds and locations, among others.
If it can understand what’s in an image or video, it could, for instance, tell a blind person what it’s about. The other system they’re working on focuses on language, so that it’ll be able to translate speech to text and text from one language to another, as well as answer questions in conversational lingo. Of course, these AI systems’ most obvious application is being able to surface more relevant News Feed entries for users and giving everyone a new way to consume posts on the site.’
Like other internet billionaires Zuckerberg is an empathically challenged emotional retard so perhaps we should not take his idea of how real humans experience emotions too seriously.Read more on this ...
Thursday 2 July, 2015
Sleepwalking Into Another Middle East War To Make Obama Look Good
Watching the news feeeds, we see The United States has blocked attempts by its alleged Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting the Islamic State jihad in Iraq.
FUKUS axis allies in the middle east say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron and Francois Hollande are failing to show leadership over the growing threat posed by the advance of Islamic extremism.
They now say they are willing to act independently of the western powers in supplying weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad.
Meanwhile UK defence secretary has paved the way for air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria. Addressing the House of Commons, Michael Fallon said the terrorists needed to be targeted "at source". Fallon pledged there would be no action taken without a Commons vote and a "consensus" among MPs.
The UK does not need the backing of MPs to launch raids but Mr Fallon has said they will have the final say. Labour has indicated it would not block military action in Syria as it did in 2013.’
Monday 29 June, 2015
Recently US Senator Inhofe engaged in a bit of warmongering when he published photographs of the Latest Russian Invasion of Ukraine.
None of his staff who “worked to independently verify and confirm the authenticity of the photos” seems to have bothered to wonder where the mountain range separating Russian and Ukraine was. Nor did they stop to think that a tank column like the one shown would surely appear on satellite photos.
And of course they didn’t do a search on Google to see if the photos were from somewhere else. Nor do they know that, in the digital photo era, photos have time and location data.
Not to be outdone, sensationalist British tabloid The Daily Mail carried a story of the Russian Navy rehearsing a seaborne invasion of The Baltic States - in the land-locked region of Mordovia.
On the back of Senator Imhofe’s revelation of the previously unknown Gorbals mountain range which separates erm ... Russia and Ukraine, the Daily Mail published the first photos in western media of the recently discovered Mordovian Sea.
In its typically excitable style, The Mail reported "Russia has rehearsed an invasion of SCANDINAVIA which, if carried out, would prevent NATO from reinforcing the Baltic states, claims a US security report" quoting the recently-upgraded-to-"security expert" Edward Lucas, the paper captions the above photo "Invasion: Zubr-class hovercraft, deploying marines during Zapad-09 in Mordovia during Russia’s rehearsals for occupying part of the Baltic states".
Meanwhile back on Planet Reality, Mordovia is a land-locked region in mid-Russia which does not have a big river or even a decent sized duck pond within its borders.’
Sunday 28 June, 2015
The Day the Earth Died - And Why The Green Lobby Did Not Raise A Whimper In Protest
By selling their votes in return for pledges of government spending in their states the current crop of US Senators have effectively transformed their nation from a representative democracy to a dictatorship in which the President can make law on a whim.
The Day the Earth Died - And Why The Green Lobby Did Not Raise A Whimper In Protest
Saturday 27 June
Millionaire gay couple is suing to force a church to hold their wedding
DANBURY, U.K.A wealthy gay couple has decided to launch a lawsuit to force their church to perform their wedding. The Drewitt-Barlows, a millionaire couple from the U.K, stated, “We’ve launched a challenge to the government’s decision to allow some religious groups to opt out of marrying same-sex couples.”
Both attend St. John the Baptist church, a branch of the Church of England, and have been in a civil partnership since 2006.
Barrie Drewitt-Barlow said that he and his partner Tony, “feel we have the right as parishioners in our village to utilize the church we attend to get married.
“It is no reflection on our local church, who have been nothing but supportive towards us. We understand their hands are tied by a higher group of people within the church.”
This reaffirms statements that Drewitt-Barlow made earlier this month, stating going to court was, “the only way forward.”
“It is a shame that we are forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognize us. It upsets me because I want it so much—a big lavish ceremony, the whole works. I just don’t think it is going to happen straight away. While same-sex marriage is now legal in the U.K. after a bill cleared Parliament earlier this year, the legislation still protects the right of churches to opt out of performing gay weddings, specifically the Church of England.
Drewitt-Barlow is not pleased with the law, and said, “As much as people are saying this is a good thing, I am still not getting what I want.”
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Friday 26 June, 2015
Well with a bit of luck I've fixed the damge done by hackers now and it's back to normal for The Daily Stirrer. Sorry for the length of time it's taken BTW, on returning from holiday and finding the site had been trashed I took a while to raise the enthusiasm needed to restore it.
Have US tactics only helped to make ISIS more powerful? - Times Of India
We have questioned the US led efforts to defeat ISIS in the middle east many times, pointing out that every time the western alliance steps up opposition to the establishment of a news Islamic Caliphate, Islamic State seem to get stronger. 'Conspiracy Theorists', our critics yell. So let's look at opinion from around the world that concurs with ours.
The "Islamic State" is stronger than it was when it was first proclaimed on 29 June last year, shortly after ISIS fighters captured much of northern and western Iraq. Its ability to go on winning victories was confirmed on 17 May this year in Iraq, when it seized Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, and again four days later in Syria, when it took Palmyra, one of the most famous cities of antiquity and at the centre of modern transport routes.
The twin victories show how ISIS has grown in strength: it can now simultaneously attack on multiple fronts, hundreds of miles apart, a capacity it did not have a year ago. In swift succession, its forces defeated the Iraqi and Syrian armies and, equally telling, neither army was able to respond with an effective counter-attack.
Supposedly these successes, achieved by ISIS during its summer offensive in 2014, should no longer be feasible in the face of air strikes by the US-led coalition. These began last August in Iraq and were extended to Syria in October, with US officials recently claiming that 4,000 air strikes had killed 10,000 ISIS fighters. Certainly, the air campaign has inflicted heavy losses on ISIS, but it has made up for these casualties by conscripting recruits within the self-declared caliphate, an area the size of Great Britain with a population of five or six million.
How Ironic That Humourless Warmageddonists Will Not See The IronyI've lost count of how many times this blog has highlighted the extraordinary consistency with which politicians and scientists working in concert manage to achieve the exact opposite of what they are aiming for. One might be tempted to think that the first step in proposing a scientific solution to any problem is to first understand what harm the unintended consequences of your solution might cause.
Saturday 20 June, 2015
We usually get hacked about once a year, it's the price of being controversial I guess. Pity it happened the day after I went off for my annual holiday and there was nobody else around to fix it.
Russia Outmanoeuvres the west again
While mainstream media (and even some of the more rabidly fascistic left wing bloggers) have been trying to demonize Russia as a way of drumming up public sympathy for Barack Obama's efforts to start a shooting war with Moscow, we Boggart Bloggers and ...
Sunday 7 June, 2015
Mediterranean Immigrant Composite
The flow of undocumented migrants from Africa trying to cross the Mediterranean from the coast of Libya to Italian, Greek and Maltese territory seems unstoppable. Two factors in the problem however have been western (particlarly American meddling in the internal affairs of African states, and wester aid leading to a population explosion national infrastructures are unable to cope with. And of course European leaders haven't a clue how to deal with the problem.
De-Dollarization Du Jour: Russia's Largest Bank Issues Yuan-Denominated Guarantees
Leading the charge to multipolarity and de-dollarization are Russia, resugent despite economic sanctions and the rising superpower in waiting, China. The downgrading of the dollar is clearly demonstrated in the launch of the BRICS bank and the establishment of the AIIB.
Saturday 6 June, 2015
Sweden: The Destruction Of A Great Nation
The headline may seem dramatic but when you read of what is happening to Swedish society due to the authoritarian leadership of a politically correct metropolitan elite, and the social engineering projects of left wing intellectuals, the attacks on free speech by corporate media and the effects of unmanaged imigration, you will understand we are being quite restriained in our description of the situation.
Sweden: The Destruction Of A Great Nation
Friday 5 June, 2015
The Great Gay Cake Scandal
As tensions rise between the USA and its rivals Russia and China, taking the world to the brink of global conflict, as the economic crisis drags on, reducing more nations to economic basket case status, as extremists rampage through the middle east and Africa and threaten to turn their attention to Europe next, it seems our British champions of love, pece and tolerance can find nothing more important to occupy them than persecutiong a christian bakery that refused to bake a gay cake.
The Great Gay Cake Scandal
Seinfeld: Comedians Tell Me ‘Don’t Go Near Colleges — They’re So PC’
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld speaking on ESPNU and ESPN Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Thursday (5 June) referred to how other comedians have warned him to not take his comedy act to college campuses because they are so politically correct now.
Thursday 4 June, 2015
Financial Coup in Greece? Source: Le Monde Diplomatique
From France Le Monde Diplomatique reports that four months after Syriza’s victory in the Greek election, with the traditional parties of government, the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok) and New Democracy Party (right wing) have been completely destroyed. The first radical leftist government since the “mountain government” at the time of the German occupation is still very popular despite its struggles to resist EU presure for more austerity.
Five Asian Men Charged over Oxford Child Sex Exploitation
Another five men of Pakistani backgrounds, all living in Oxford have been charged with sexual offences by police investigating organised child sexual exploitation over a period of 16 years. Over 100 officers were involved in dawn raids in the city on Tuesday morning,with nine men of Asian origin being arrested ...
And, just like the Jekyll Island group sold their grand plans based on a lie (they claimed that the Fed would guarantee liquidity in times of financial panics), the Better Than Cash Alliance is selling the idea of a cashless society based on the farce that eliminating cash would stimulate entrepreneurship among the poor. In reality, the elimination of cash would reduce a great many opportunities for entrepreneurship for people of few means ...
Wednesday 3 June, 2015
Electoral Reform in Britain - Is It Time for True Proportional Representation?
After every British election, when around a quarter of voters find the party they voted for is hardly represented in the House Of Commons (In 2015, 8 per cent of the votes equals just 8 of the 650 members, while a party with 13% has just one), people who believe in democracy try to start a debate about reforming the voting system. And as ever, supporters of the two main parties, which benefit most from the current undemocratic system, try to stifle debate.
Tuesday 2 June, 2015
Monday 1 June, 2015
Financial Coup in Greece
Source: Le Monde Diplomatique
From day to day mainstean and alternative media commentators speculate about when Greece will finally admit is is bankrupt and will have to leave the European Single Currency system, abandon the Euro and return to the Drachman, and the Euronazis of brussels admite they were wrong to bend the rules in order to get Greece to adopt the Euro, and stop piling more agony on the long suffering Greek people and help organize a painless exit.
From France Le Monde Diplomatique reports that four months after Syriza’s victory in the Greek election, with the traditional parties of government since the fall of the military junta, the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok) and New Democracy (rightwing) have been completely destroyed. The first radical leftist government since the “mountain government” at the time of the German occupation is still very popular despite its struggles to resist EU presuure for more austerity.
Although the "troika", (the IMF, ECB and EU commission) hated because of the harsh economic measures imposed as a price for the bailout and thus to blame for the squbsequent economic disaster, is no longer mentioned, its three parts — the European Commission, European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) — continue to squeeze Greece by imposing the same austerity on the government of Alexis Tsipras.
With GDP down by 25% since 2010 and an unemployment rate of 27% (over 50% among the under 25s), Greece has a social and humanitarian crisis on its hands. But despite the results of the January elections, which gave Tsipras a clear mandate to end austerity, the European Union continues to treat Greece as a naughty child who must be punished for its irresponsible behaviour and to discourage voters in Spain and elsewhere who still believe in the possibility of governments opposed to German domination (that point of view does not bode well for an EU future of ever closer union with France and Germany as the main political and economic powers).
This situation is like Chile in the 1970s, when US president Richard Nixon was determined to topple Salvador Allende to prevent leftwing contagion in America’s backyard. “Make the economy scream,” said Nixon, and when it did, General Augusto Pinochet took over.
A similar, externally orchestrated coup is under way in Greece, using more modern economic tools including manipulating bond markets. Two options remain for Tsipras’s government: to be strangled financially if it keeps trying to implement its programme, or to renege on its promises and fall, abandoned by its voters.
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Europe is coming unglued
Greece - the final solution
Europe bracing itself for the Grexit
European democracy does not extend to Greece
What's the point of the EU imposing economic sanctions on Greece Brussels Euronazis Message to the New Greek Government: We Don't Care About Humanitarian Issues
We've Come To The End Of The Road Says Greece
US Foreign Policy has Boosted Expansion of Terrorism, Putin SaysRussia’s president Putin has become more harsh in his criticisms of US foreign policy over the past few years, from the moment France, the UK and USA used the excuse of staging a 'humanitarian mission to prevent genocide in Libya' to wage a bombing campain on that country with the aim of bringing down the Gaddafi regime, relations between the western powers and the Russia / China alliance have been going downhill fast ...
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