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“July is when war begins unless headed off by Snowden full release of crippling intel. After war begins not a chance of release,” Cryptome tweeted on its official feed.
“Warmongerers are on a rampage. So, yes, citizens holding Snowden docs will do the right thing,” it said.
“For more on Snowden docs release in July watch for Ellsberg, special guest and others at HOPE, July 18-20: http://www.hope.net/schedule.html,” it added.
The funding drive follows a dispute between Cryptome and its host Network Solutions, which is owned by web.com. Access to the site was blocked following a malware infection last week. Cryptome founder John Young criticised the host, claiming it had over-reacted and had been slow to restore access to the site, which Cryptome criticised as a form of censoreship.
Global GDP growth expectations for 2014 have dropped 15% since the start of QE3 in Dec 2012… Global stocks are up 35% in that same period. At 2.67% GDP growth expectations are the lowest on record for 2014 and with MSCI World stocks at record highs the death cross has never been more crossed…
The costs of war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan now stand at more than 350,000 lives lost and $4.4 trillion spent.
The updated figures are from the Costs of War project, which has updated its data periodically since its launch in June 2011.
The human toll includes US soldiers and contractors, allied soldiers, security forces, insurgents, militants, and civilians.
In addition, another 250,000 lives have been lost to war-related causes like loss of civilian access to food and health care since 2003.
Another $8 trillion in interest on war debt may come due during the next 40 years.
Costs incurred for the war in Iraq are estimated to be $2.21 trillion, and costs for Afghanistan and Pakistan are believed to be around $2.15 trillion.
The new figures come as Sunni militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have begun to take over parts of Iraq, leaving the political future of the country in question.
“The decision to use further US military force in Iraq will only increase these human and financial costs,” says Catherine Lutz, professor of anthropology and international studies and co-director of the Costs of War project at Brown University.
Japan took a historic step away from its post-war pacifism on Tuesday by ending a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since 1945, a victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe but a move that has riled China and worries many Japanese voters.
The change, the most dramatic shift in policy since Japan set up its post-war armed forces 60 years ago, will widen Japan’s military options by ending the ban on exercising “collective self-defense”, or aiding a friendly country under attack.
Abe’s cabinet adopted a resolution outlining the shift, which also relaxes limits on activities in U.N.-led peace-keeping operations and “grey zone” incidents short of full-scale war, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters.
Long constrained by the post-war constitution, Japan’s armed forces will become more aligned with the militaries of other advanced nations in terms of its options. However, the government will be wary of putting boots on the ground in multilateral operations such as the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
Abe repeated that stance on Tuesday, while stressing Japan had to respond to an increasingly tough security environment.
6.2 earthquake near Japan’s Bonin islands
#7 A few days ago it was reported that consumer prices in Japan are rising at the fastest pace in 32 years.
#8 Household expenditures in Japan are down 8 percent compared to one year ago.
#9 U.S. companies are drowning in massive amounts of debt, but the corporate debt bubble in China is so bad that the amount of corporate debt in China has actually now surpassed the amount of corporate debt in the United States.
#10 One Chinese auditor is warning that up to 80 billion dollars worth of loans in China are backed by falsified gold transactions. What will that do to the price of gold and the stability of Chinese financial markets as that mess unwinds?
#11 The unemployment rate in Greece is currently sitting at 26.7 percent and the youth unemployment rate is 56.8 percent.
#12 67.5 percent of the people that are unemployed in Greece have been unemployed for over a year.
#13 The unemployment rate in the eurozone as a whole is 11.8 percent – just a little bit shy of the all-time record of 12.0 percent.
A lot of people that I talk to these days want to know “when things are going to start happening”. Well, there are certainly some perilous times on the horizon, but all you have to do is open up your eyes and look to see the global economic crisis unfolding. As you will see below, even central bankers are issuing frightening warnings about “dangerous new asset bubbles” and even the World Bank is declaring that “now is the time to prepare” for the next crisis. Most Americans tend to only care about what is happening in the United States, but the truth is that serious economic trouble is erupting in South America, all across Europe and in Asian powerhouses such as China and Japan. And the endless conflicts in the Middle East could erupt into a major regional war at just about any time. We live in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, and people need to understand that the period of relative stability that we are enjoying right now is extremely vulnerable and will not last long. The following are 18 signs that the global economic crisis is accelerating as we enter the last half of 2014..
When we reported yesterday’s record reverse-repo surge, driven entirely by collateral-strapped financial entities scrambling to “window dress” their balance sheets with rented Fed-owned Treasurys for regulatory purposes, we said “Expect total reverse repo usage tomorrow to plunge by at least $150 billion as the banks will have fooled their regulator, which also happens to be the Fed, that they are safe and sound. Rinse, repeat, until the entire financial system collapses once again and people will ask “how anyone could have possibly foreseen this.” Moments ago the Fed reported the daily reverse repo use. It turns out we were optimistic: it wasn’t $150 billion, it was $189 billion. Following yesterday’s $339 billion allottment, today this number tumbled to just $151 billion, meaing nearly $200 billion in fungible cash had to quick find a new home away from the Fed.
Which, incidentally explains where the relentless buying in today’s market is coming from: today the Fed just released liquidity for two months worth of POMO in one day – money which promptly had to find a parking spot until the next quarter end when the same window dressing exercise is repeated and which will continue to go on completely unnoticed by regulators.
Congratulations Fed: you can add “financial journalism” to “market” and all the other items you have made a mockery of.
t really doesn’t get any more ridiculous than Marketwatch’s question du jour. As for the right answer, is it:
i) because you haven’t taken out a fourth mortgage on your house and bought GoPro with the proceeds
ii) because you forgot that in a market as rigged and manipulated as this one, only BTFD and BTFATH matters
iii) because hard as you try, you still can’t pay your monthly rent in “confidence” terms
iv) because after losing it all on Madoff, you are wary of Ponzi schemes
v) because your name isn’t Jamie Dimon
vi) all of the above
The Bottom Line…
1) On days when the VIX has been slammed notably lower, we have seen more than coincidentally massive after-hours volume spikes in VXX and TVIX (where manipulators can hide their actions)
2) This is the footprint of dark pools flushing their orders to the public markets
3) Since June 26th (when Barclays was hit by the Dark pool probe), a ‘new’ algo has appeared in TVIX
4) Today’s major algo manipulation (above) and plunge in VIX suggest the dark pool rigging is in the open more transparent public markets now…
So we know how they do it… will anyone see it as front-running of ‘riggedness’ and do something about it?
VIX was monkey-hammered lower once again today, lifting stocks vertically to Russell 2000 record highs and The Dow within a point of 17,000. The question is who (or what) is doing it. Nanex appears to have found out who…It appears the un-visible hand of VIX manipulation (that we have shown previously) has been forced into the open public markets as Barclays goes dark. Simply put, massive bursts of 1-lot TVIX orders flood and delay the markets enabling HFTs to manipulate the tail that inevitably wags the market (via VXX, SPX options, and leverage) and now that the dark pools are disappearing, we see it all in real-time.
We have previously noted the odd ‘dark pool’ manipulation we suspected was occurring in VIX derivatives… Through massive VXX selling in dark pools…
Is someone (cough Fed via Citadel) using dark pools to manage their volatility suppression – which implicitly spooks the actual markets in implied vol and thus in a “tail wags the dog” manner, juices the entire US equity market… but we do not find out about it until after hours as the dark pool unleashes its volume at VWAP pricing…
Makes us wonder if this is the fingerprints of the NY Fed’s Kevin Henry hard at work managing perceptions via dark pools with as much leverage as possible via the vol markets.
just like he did here the week of The Fed Minutes
Has Skynet become self-aware? It seems the ‘robots’ that run the US equity markets (HFT/algo trading dominates what little volume there is left) have decided to cut out the middle man in the market as Associated Press reports this morning that it will employ the story-writing software by start-up Automated Insights to automate the production of U.S. corporate earnings stories. To be frank, given the copy/paste nature of most mainstream media ‘analysis’ of earnings, we thought this had already occurred but AP notes, “We are going to use our brains and time in more enterprising ways during earnings season.” Does that mean that anyone but Zero Hedge will be discussing cashflows or GAAP earnings?
It seems the circle is complete, machines write the stories that machines trade on; why not just do everything in binary – it’s not like humans have a chance to react anyway before the robots.
^^^This revelation proves the SCOTUS ”Citizen’s United” rule, AKA ”the soulless corporate voice is equal under the Constitution with a human individual”, and now it’s far beyond theft, it’s fascist tyranny completely. This means that the ”Vote 2 Party U.S. Crypto Fascism Dial 666-ADD-Debt” is complete, humanity is certainly overcome and the 666 image of the beast is both caused to speak and as many that do not accept this have a gun pointed at their head.
The case and point, proved by the fact that under 666 Obozo-Clown-Care, which SCOTUS ruled as a ”tax”, allows under the law the provision for ”failure” to be paid by tax payers in order to preserve the corporate voice that is ”LOST’. That fact alone is out of order, the Constitution defines tax must be apportioned to labor and stealing from labor do to the corporate loss does not agree with the rule of law. The so called law of the ”soulless algo voice” is deadly and in contempt of The Constitution, as is the so called Supreme Court/Government Of The Untied States which does not represent individuals but the soulless corporate voice of corruption.
The insurance companies act…, will be bailed out by the same tax payers that sustain the soulless algo voice that is robbing them. This means that the Federal Government has an IRS gun pointed at Labor’s head and has muted Labor’s voice legally to favor the soulless company algo’s voice. The penalty for failure no longer rests upon the guilty but the innocent. That fact is criminal and lethal.
Now the power of the corporate algo, that front runs the market trades of individual market investors robbed daily of their savings, and the value of their labor by zero interest (NZIRP) Fed money printing forcing people to ”only be able to preserve value under market conditions that assure the loss of long and now short term sustainability etc… , ”guarantees corporate failure that requires increasingly larger tax payer funded bailout theft to sustain the algo voice harming them.
The muted voice of Labor, do to the legalized theft standard of the United States through ObozoCare etc… has a soulless robot voice to express complete slavery, as the New World Order ”out of many one” voice of corruption contempt. The prophetic Antichrist voice of the image of the beast is certainly here now, and that prophecy is fulfilled to a T.
The bastards in the government and the corporations are all going to Hell, their soulless robot has sealed their fate now and they are lost. There is no prayer for the government people or the corporate people now, and they have absolutely no cause for anyone to secure them from the harm they have instituted for themselves. The soulless algo is not apportioned to Labor and is out of order and not in accord with the Constitution and is a clear and present danger and active deadly threat.
At this point it is the right of any individual to seek and destroy all those persons that represent the soulless company algo actively doing harm against them. There is no call for any judicial redress and there is absolutely no call to seek any defense from the very government and corporations that are now actively doing harm. The prophetic strong delusion, which declares the leaders are condemned by God, are enemies of all Americans and people in general. The call to pray for the destruction to fall upon the heads of the leaders has come, the algo voice is just another confirmation of the prophetic evil now upon this generation. Judgment is certain to come now at anytime.
This month’s congressional hearing on outlandish bonuses at the Veterans Administration is the latest proof that the nation needs to overhaul how federal workers in every department are paid and promoted.
They’re on the gravy train, and taxpayers are being taken for a ride.
Back in 1883, Congress passed the Pendleton Act to replace patronage with a federal civil service in which workers would be hired and paid based on merit.
There is no MERIT anymore. Scramble the letters. What you have now is a TIMER system. Workers put in time and get hefty salaries and bonuses, regardless of work quality, with virtually no risk of being fired..
In American society, ‘debt’ and ‘income’ have become increasingly synonymous over the past 3 decades; but as Rick Santelli blasts (commonsensically), “they certainly shouldn’t be.” It appears the average joe has been led to this conclusion by the Central Banks. Rhetorically asking “where’s the horsepower in the economy coming from?” Rick reflects on the auto-loan fears we discussed earlier, santelli notes that 55% of used cars (and 30% of new cars) are financed by subprime lenders… and rages, “if we continue as a country to fuel our consumerism with debt, there is no way the bond market’s going to be wrong.”
The bottom line, Santelli concludes,
“Until we start to get the income equation moving, the central banks can’t do enough. ultimately, end game, can’t fuel an economy on debt.”
As we noted earlier…(via Macronomics),
“When somebody has too much debt and cannot reimburse it, how do you bail him out? Obviously by restructuring his debts, which imply losses for his creditors.
But when one lends him more money in order for him to pay back what he owes, he is not bailing him out but rather pushing him in a bigger hole!
BNP becomes the second major European bank in the past two months to plead guilty in the U.S. Credit Suisse AG did so on May 19, when it agreed to pay US$2.6 billion, the largest penalty in an offshore tax case, after using secret Swiss accounts to help Americans hide money from the Internal Revenue Service.
BNP, France’s largest bank, admitted that it processed almost US$9 billion in banned transactions from 2004 to 2012 involving Sudan, Iran and Cuba, the Justice Department said today in a statement. The bank will also be barred from some U.S. dollar-clearing operations for one year, according to the statement.
Mr. Sarkozy, a conservative who was president from 2007 to 2012, has not been charged, but he can be held under French law for up to 48 hours to answer questions from prosecutors. Éliane Houlette, the national prosecutor in charge of financial corruption cases, said in a telephone interview that Mr. Sarkozy, 59, was detained for questioning at 8 a.m. She did not provide further details.
In the past, Mr. Sarkozy has denied any wrongdoing and characterized the investigation as politically motivated. An aide to Mr. Sarkozy declined to comment on Tuesday.
Depending on what investigators decide, Mr. Sarkozy can be released, be put under formal investigation as a suspect or be made a witness in the case, legal experts said.
The authorities are trying to establish whether Mr. Sarkozy, with the help of his lawyer, Thierry Herzog, tried to obtain information from a well-placed judge, Gilbert Azibert, about investigations ensnaring the former president, including an inquiry into the financing of his 2007 election campaign.
Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, The NY Times reports that the State Department began investigating the security contractor’s operations in Iraq. However, as James Risen reports, a senior official of the notorious private security firm allegedly threatened to kill a government investigator leading the probe into the firm’s Iraqi operation. Stunningly (or not), the US embassy sided with him and forced the inspector to cut the visit short.
But, as if that was not enough, the leader investigator (who is actively being sought for imprisonment by the Government) explains…
After returning to Washington, the chief investigator wrote a scathing report to State Department officials documenting misconduct by Blackwater employees and warning that lax oversight of the company, which had a contract worth more than $1 billion to protect American diplomats, had created “an environment full of liability and negligence.”
“The management structures in place to manage and monitor our contracts in Iraq have become subservient to the contractors themselves,” the investigator, Jean C. Richter, wrote in an Aug. 31, 2007, memo to State Department officials.
“Blackwater contractors saw themselves as above the law,” he said, adding that the “hands off” management resulted in a situation in which “the contractors, instead of Department officials, are in command and in control.”
Above the law? Wonder where they got that idea?
“That’s the thing I don’t understand about the climate in Washington these days. People want to have debates on television and elsewhere, but then you want to throw the people that start the debates in jail.”
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Meanwhile, Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, has moved on to other things. Like building a mercenary army for China to colonize Africa, something we reported on in the post: How Erik Prince, Founder of Blackwater, Will Help China Subjugate Africa.
Who knows what Mr. Carroll is up to. But for now just repeat tbe chant of freedom, justice and the American way: USA! USA!
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) argued that the US has made ISIS stronger by being “allied with them in Syria” in an interview on “The Sean Hannity Show.” Paul stated that while there were many causes to ISIS’ strength, he declared “one of the reason’s they’re stronger is that we have been allied with them in Syria we’ve been funding Islamic rebels…to fight against Iranian proxies in Syria, but now, on the other side of the world, we’d be siding with the Iranian Guard.”
Ukrainian forces struck at pro-Russian separatist bases in eastern regions with air and artillery strikes on Tuesday after President Petro Poroshenko announced he would not renew a ceasefire but go on the offensive to rid Ukraine of “parasites”.
His decision quickly drew fire from Russian President Vladimir Putin who said Poroshenko had disregarded the advice of himself and German and French leaders. Putin said Poroshenko would now have to bear full responsibility for veering off the road to peace.
Repeating a threat he made in March when Russia annexed Crimea, Putin said Moscow would continue to defend the interests of ethnic Russians abroad – up to three million of whom live in the east of Ukraine which has been in separatist ferment since April.
Within hours of Poroshenko’s early morning announcement, his military went into action against rebel bases and checkpoints, bombarding them from the air and with artillery.
The bottom line is the Fed can only keep the machine duct-taped together by suppressing the market’s pricing of risk. Suppressing the market’s ability to price risk is throwing common-sense fiscal caution to the winds; when risk arises from its drugged slumber despite the Fed’s best efforts to eliminate it, we will all reap what the Fed has sown..
BROODING GIANT: Big sunspot AR2104, which emerged over the weekend, has developed a ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic field that harbors energy for X-class solar flares. So far, however, the sunspot has been relatively quiet, producing no more than a few minor C-flares. Sergio Castillo photographed the brooding giant on June 30th from his backyard observatory in Inglewood, CA:
If you think there have been more earthquakes than usual this year, you’re right. A new study finds there were more than twice as many big earthquakes in the first quarter of 2014 as compared with the average since 1979.
“We have recently experienced a period that has had one of the highest rates of great earthquakes ever recorded,” said lead study author Tom Parsons, a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California.
But even though the global earthquake rate is on the rise, the number of quakes can still be explained by random chance, said Parsons and co-author Eric Geist, also a USGS researcher. Their findings were published online June 21 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. [Image Gallery: This Millennium’s Destructive Earthquakes]
With so many earthquakes rattling the planet in 2014, Parsons actually hoped he might find the opposite — that the increase in big earthquakes comes from one large quake setting off another huge shaker. Earlier research has shown that seismic waves from one earthquake can travel around the world and trigger tiny temblors elsewhere.
“As our group has been interested in the ability of an earthquake to affect others at a global scale, we wondered if we were seeing it happening. I really expected we would see evidence of something we couldn’t explain by randomness,” Parsons told Live Science’s Our Amazing Planet in an email interview..
But despite the recent earthquake storm, the world’s great earthquakes still seem to strike at random, the new study found.
The average rate of big earthquakes — those larger than magnitude 7 — has been 10 per year since 1979, the study reports. That rate rose to 12.5 per year starting in 1992, and then jumped to 16.7 per year starting in 2010 — a 65 percent increase compared to the rate since 1979. This increase accelerated in the first three months of 2014 to more than double the average since 1979, the researchers report.
^^^Ummm, hello. How is it that they can’t find a pattern when the video below proves there is a pattern? Obviously, like the batards claiming ”global warming”, now ”climate change”, caused the affects on all the planets in our solar system to occur at the same time, like the sudden shrinking of the storm on Jupiter, lol, all because of Mom’s big SUV. Lol, yeeah riuught. What ever yuh do don’t look at the Sun, cuz it has no affect on Earth, and surely Earth and the planets are not affected along with the Sun because of solar galactic cycle affects. Oh no, it’s all because there isn’t a tax on drivers with electric cars outside of States like Washington, where WAMU went bust.
It will be interesting to see if this months massive earthquake warning will manifest as a greater crisis involving the nuclear melt down(s).
All eyes are on the first tropical depression of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The depression formed Monday night.
The disturbance is moving southwestward at 5 mph, but will likely make a turn west by Monday night and a turn to the north by Wednesday just off the Florida coast, said meteorologists.
A turn toward the southeastern U.S. is expected by Thursday.
If the depression were to become a tropical cyclone, the storm would be called Tropical Storm Arthur
July 3 – Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques) at perihelion. Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques) is forecast to reach its brightest, at around mag 10.2. It will lie at a distance of 0.67 AU from the Sun, and at a distance of 1.57 AU from the Earth. (ITS)
July 4 – Pluto at opposition. Across much of the world Pluto will be well placed for observation, in the constellation Sagittarius. It will be visible for much of the night, reaching its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.
July 6 – C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) at perihelion. Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) is forecast to reach its brightest, at around mag 11.3. It will lie at a distance of 1.08 AU from the Sun, and at a distance of 0.31 AU from the Earth. (ITS)
July 6 – Occultation of Mars by the Moon. The Moon will pass in front of Mars. At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -11.9, and Mars at mag -0.4, both in the constellation Virgo. At closest approach, the pair will be close enough to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or a through pair of binoculars..
This month is the most pivotal and dangerous month. What occurs this month shall determine the pace at which failure renders victims globally, geopolitically , economically and with regard to the expanding threat of all out world war. From here on the economic moves will provide the tell and indicate weather there the black swan will fly suddenly or will stakes be grounded in for the convergence in the 3rd quarter of 2015 when all Hell is guaranteed to open up. Judgment, based on the squeeze of 2015, the call for tribulation beginning in 2014 still stands. However, for the prophetic 2014 timing to be confirmed at this stage, as a result of the trend, the need for a black swan wmd event is assured. Not only shall a NYC 911 Harbinger Weapon Of Mass Destruction event perfectly provide the planned NWO geopolitical cause to confirm the prophetic ”covenant with many”, it will allow the market crisis chaos solution modus operandi to work magic politically. The United Nations and Obozo the Nobel Prize for Nuclear NONproLIFEation Zero Interest Antichrist 666 Team NWO will have the required ritual human slaughter they need to affect ”change”. The fact that the Blood Moon Feast of Trumpet shmita timing assures judgment on the exact date of September 28, 2015 may override the 2014 call timing for this assured event. September 28th, 2014 is going to be a good time to determine if the tribulation and Antichrist covenant with many shall be confirmed. This Blood Moon timing certainly matches the trend perfectly with the call timing of events, that is certain.
reported Monday that ISIL now poses a high threat to the United States as they enhance their military capabilities with bomb-making skills and suicide bombers.
According to NBC’s Richard Engel, reporting from Baghdad, “Several counterterrorism officials tell NBC News the threat from ISIL to American interests is, quote, ‘extremely high.’ They say ISIL is developing advanced bomb-making skills and cultivating a roster of foreign suicide bombers who could target the U.S. and Europe–and they’re bragging about it.”
One fighter, interviewed by NBC, called Iraq and Syria “just the beginning.”
Something very strange happened to me this past week. I was seated in my library chair, mulling over current events, trying to make a few New Year’s predictions, which is the custom for commentators. I was concentrating hard, when suddenly, I saw before my eyes a headline from the New York Times. It read, “Congress Votes to End War; Troops Ordered to Abandon Iraq.”
The view changed. Just as in Vietnam three decades ago, I saw Americans clinging to helicopters, trying to get themselves out of Baghdad along with friendly Shiite Muslims. There was massive confusion, bombs going off in the background.
And then, I saw pictures out of Afghanistan. Al Qaeda had toppled the new Afghan government. Marines and soldiers again were hurriedly boarding choppers. It can’t be real, I thought—but it was.
The next thing I saw was a picture of Palestine, where most of the al Qaeda terrorists had now gone. The Israeli government was in disarray, reeling under a series of huge bomb blasts in Jerusalem.
Country after country was falling to the Islamic fascists: Saudi Arabia. Turkey. Egypt. For the most part, the terrorists simply refused to ship oil, and what they did ship was priced at over $150 a barrel. It was a worldwide crisis. Europe quickly signed a non-aggression pact with al Qaeda in exchange for oil.
Then came the most devastating picture of all: panic in the streets of Washington, D.C. as a dirty bomb exploded not a quarter of a mile from the Capitol. Huge sections of the city were cordoned off, uninhabitable. Even people with the best protective equipment suffered serious radiation burns. Projections were that the area would be off-limits for years. Then came the bombing of the Holland Tunnel, connecting New York and New Jersey, then the collapse of the pillars of the Golden Gate Bridge..
The obelisk, a symbol of the sun god Ra, is one of the two obelisks commissioned by Pharaoh Thutmose lll that stood in front of the Temple of the Sun in the city of Heliopolis in 1450 B.C. As a gesture of political alliance in the late 19th century, the government of Egypt offered one obelisk to Britain and one to the United States. Britain’s obelisk now stands in the Victoria Embankment in London, while USA kept theirs hidden in New York.
By declaring the establishment of an Islamic caliphate, the extremist group that controls large swaths of Syria and Iraq is claiming to be the successor of the political and religious community established by the Prophet Muhammad.
The caliphate is a powerful ideal — the concept of a nation of Muslims worldwide ruled by Shariah law under a caliph who holds both spiritual and secular authority. There have been multiple caliphates over Islam’s 1,400-year history, with the greatest Muslim empires ruling from Morocco to Central Asia.
The caliphate as an institution lost its authority centuries ago, becoming just a tool of secular rulers to give themselves religious backing. It was formally abolished in 1920 by Turkey’s secular founder Mustafa Kamal Ataturk. And while many Muslims long for the unified community of the prophet’s era, only a radical fringe are likely to see the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as its heir
Having declared a caliphate, the terrorist group formerly known as ISIS (or ISIL) has decided a rebranding is in order. Since the group no longer recognizes the political distinction between Iraq and Syria, it has dropped the “Iraq” and “Levant” from its name, making it only the “Islamic State”. The leader of the extremist group is looking to build his presence, as AP reports, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released a 19-minute tape demanding, “Muslims, rush to your state. Yes, it is your state.”
If you want to now what countries are about to get destroyed take a look at the map.
Smart street lights that “track everything we do all the time” are on the horizon according to a CBS News report which touted the environmental benefits of new LED systems that also feature an array of surveillance capabilities.
While the CBS report raises a few token privacy questions, the tone of the piece is undoubtedly positive, touting the brightness, longevity, security and environmental benefits of the new street lights. At the end of the report, one of the studio anchors alongside Charlie Rose glibly exclaims, “Big Brother is watching,” as if it’s a good thing.
Back in 2013, Regina Dugan, the former DARPA head, and leading special projects for the Google-owned Motorola, showed electronic tattoos as one password authentication sign of the future.
VivaLnk has begun selling Digital Tattoo packs through its website, for $9.99. VivaLnk noted that “A Digital Tattoo pack includes 10 tattoos—about a month’s supply. Each will sync to your Moto X’s NFC unlock.”