I haven’t driven through Sauget IL in years, but it used to be gag-puke city, just from breathing the “air” or whatever it was. A total tragedy, a concession to corruption and entropy, just this side of desolation.
After Donald Rumsfeld testified on the Hill about Abu Ghraib in May, there was talk of more photos and video in the Pentagon’s custody more horrific than anything made public so far. “If these are released to the public, obviously it’s going to make matters worse,” Rumsfeld said. Since then, the Washington Post has disclosed some new details and images of abuse at the prison. But if Seymour Hersh is right, it all gets much worse.
Hersh gave a speech last week to the ACLU making the charge that children were sodomized in front of women in the prison, and the Pentagon has tape of it. The speech was first reported in a New York Sun story last week, which was in turn posted on Jim Romenesko’s media blog, and now EdCone.com and other blogs are linking to the video. We transcribed the critical section here (it starts at about 1:31:00 into the ACLU video.) At the start of the transcript here, you can see how Hersh was struggling over what he should say:
“Debating about it, ummm … Some of the worst things that happened you don’t know about, okay? Videos, um, there are women there. Some of you may have read that they were passing letters out, communications out to their men. This is at Abu Ghraib … The women were passing messages out saying ‘Please come and kill me, because of what’s happened’ and basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys, children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror. It’s going to come out.”…
Predictably, Rubio invokes the “russian meddling” red herring to justify the coordinated crackdown on unapproved speech on the supposedly competing social media platforms.
An Emirates plane that landed at JFK Wednesday morning has been quarantined after 10 out of the 500 passengers on board became ill – though initial media reports put the number ill at more than 100, according to NBC 4 New York.
Counter-terrorism officials are monitoring the situation, according to the NYPD.
In a statement, Emirates said passengers are being examined and those not exhibiting symptoms will soon be allowed to leave.
The Emirates A380 flight 203 from Dubai was headed to New York when at least 100 of the 500 passengers on board reported feeling ill. Some of the passengers reportedly have fevers of more than 100 degrees accompanied by coughing fits.…
So those not exhibiting symptoms of this possibly respiratory-vectored illness with an unknown incubation period will be allowed to leave? What could go wrong?
A self-fulfilling prophecy? Why else would they make it public?
One year ago, we reported that in its attempt to calculate the likelihood, and timing, of the next bear market, Goldman Sachs created a proprietary “Bear Market Risk Indicator” which at the time had shot up to 67% – a level last seen just before the 2000 and 2007 crashes – prompting Goldman to ask, rhetorically, “should we be worried now?”
While Goldman’s answer was a muted yes, nothing dramatic happened in the months that followed – the result of Trump’s $1.5 trillion fiscal stimulus which pushed the US economy into a temporary, sugar-high overdrive – aside from the near correction in February which was promptly digested by the market on its path to new all time highs (here one has to exclude the rolling bear markets that have hit everything from emerging markets, to China, to commodities to European banks).
At the time, Goldman wrote that it examined over 40 data variables (among macro, market and technical data) and looked at their behaviour around major market turning points (bull and bear markets). Most, individually, did not work as leading indicators on a consistent basis, or they provided too many false positives to be useful predictors. So the bank developed a Bear Market Risk Indicator based on five factors, in combination, that do provide a reasonable guide to bear market risk – or at least the risk of low returns: valuation, ISM (growth momentum), unemployment, inflation and the yield curve.
And, as Goldman’s Peter Oppenheimer explained, while no single indicator is reliable on its own, the combination of these five seems to provide a reasonable signal for future bear market risk.
All of these variables are related. Tight labour markets are typically associated with higher inflation expectations. These, in turn, tend to tighten policy and weaken expectations of future growth. High valuations, at the same time, leave equities vulnerable to de-rating if growth expectations deteriorate or the discount rate rises, or, worse still, both of these occur together.
To aggregate these variables in a signal indicator, we took each variable and calculated its percentile relative to its history since 1948. For the yield curve and unemployment we took the lowest percentiles relative to history, while for the other indicators we took the highest. We then took the average of these.
Fast forward to today, when one year later Goldman has redone the analysis (and after what may have been some prodding from clients and/or compliance, renamed its “Bear Market Risk Indicator” to “Bull/Bear Market Risk Indicator”) where it finds that the risk of a bear market – based on its indicator – is now not only nearly 10% higher than a year ago, but well above where it was just before the last two market crashes, putting the subjective odds of a crash at roughly 75%, well in the “red line” zone, and just shy of all time highs.
Or as Goldman puts it, “Our Bull/Bear market indicator is flashing red.“…
The Marine Corps Times on Tuesday reported the details of the run-up to what’s being described as NATO’s largest ever military games in a decade, called Trident Juncture, set to take place right up along Russia’s border with Europe.
Currently, the US Marine Corps is engaged in preparatory maneuvers with Swedish counterparts in a training exercise that involves mock raids and amphibious operations up and down Sweden’s coastal island archipelagos.
Some 75 US Marines are said to be involved in the training which involves navigating an area of thousands of small islands known as the Stockholm Archipelago and which extend nearly 40 miles to the east into the Baltic Sea.
Russia is interpreting the exercises as a deeply provocative military action that signals NATO could be planning to use Scandinavian countries as a launch point for a potential future conflict. …
I don’t know why people insist on useless labels like conservative and liberal. I don’t know what I am. I just know I don’t like mass murder and child abuse, and I know the “free press” is just fine with them. I guess that makes me a reptilian alien?
And by the way, as far as I can see socialism is a bankster trojan horse. Ask any socialist where money comes from and why that process produces systemic poverty. My guess is you’ll get a blank stare. Marx didn’t know anything about it either. He just thought pitting the poor against the middle class instead of against their common enemy was the ticket to utopia. When the govt is controlled by corporations, there is no difference between socialism and fascism. No wonder marx, lenin and trotsky were all financed by western ubergarchs.
On Wednesday Alex Jones crashed the Senate Intelligence hearing on foreign influence on US social media platforms.
The US House is holding a hearing later today on tech giant censorship of conservative voices.
In August Facebook, Apple, Google-YouTube and Spotify colluded to eliminate Alex Jones and Infowars from their platforms. [virtually simultaneously -rw]
Tech giants Google and Twitter will testify today before Congress.
This morning the US Senate is holding a hearing.
Alex Jones is going off on the liberal lies and censorship and collusion of tech giants against conservatives.
Gateway Pundit reporter Cassandra Fairbanks is there.
Big media crowd for Alex Jones at the Twitter hearing pic.twitter.com/H8I51PUmHD
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) September 5, 2018
Will Chamberlain periscoped Alex Jones this morning.
Lol Alex Jones at the Senate https://t.co/FmkmQvGpFz
— Will Chamberlain 🇺🇸 (@willchamberlain) September 5, 2018
Congress will not allow Alex Jones to defend himself from the liberal media lies against him.
— Nancy (@Nancykatydid) September 5, 2018
The governments of Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand announced they intend to force encryption technology providers to provide lawful access to users’ encrypted communications, iTnews reported.
At the Five Country Ministerial meeting on the Gold Coast last week, security and immigration officials put forward a range of proposals to combat terrorism and crime, with an emphasis on the future of the Internet and encryption technology (Silicon Valley).
As part of the Five Eyes umbrella agreement, the countries share intelligence with one another as was revealed by Edward Snowden.
As a reminder, Snowden exposed that the Five Eyes countries had hacked into and planted spyware on at least 50,000 networks worldwide. This was done through the NSA team called Tailored Access Operations (TAO) the malware was designed to compromise routers, switches, and firewalls to monitor entire networks.
Now we have the same countries seeking to “encourage information and communications technology service providers to voluntarily establish lawful access solutions to their products and services.”
This will apply to all products and services operated in the Five Eyes countries, which could see legislation to push implementation of a backdoor in technologies.
“Should governments continue to encounter impediments to lawful access to information necessary to aid the protection of the citizens of our countries, we may pursue technological, enforcement, legislative or other measures to achieve lawful access solutions,” the Five-Eyes joint statement on encryption said.
If the legislation passes, this will allow the ability to create backdoors in applications and services that will enable communications interception capabilities for law enforcement officials.
Governments around the world have consistently been criticized by cryptography and security experts as dangerous for wanting backdoors for decades now.
The counter-argument against the government is that it makes the technology less secure for users.
Despite the criticism and concerns that backdoors in Five Eyes countries’ applications and services could be exploited and abused by anyone in the world, the Five Eyes countries have pursued interception capabilities, stating by not having this backdoor it’s a violation of the “rule of law.”
At the summit, the Five Eyes countries also issued a joint statement on countering the illicit use of online spaces.
While the statement says the five countries “are committed to an open, safe and secure internet,” it also calls for the tech industry to develop solutions that “will prevent illegal and illicit content from ever being uploaded to their servers” in the first place….
It’s strange that they aren’t satisfied with the current state of affairs, in which snooping is virtually guaranteed without extensive understanding and use of obscure and non-commercial cryptographic software, which thankfully is still available on the net. Even TOR is compromised to a determined state actor. My guess is that they’re working up to their ultimate goal, rendering all encryption illegal. You know, like they’ve already made pedophilia illegal. Except to wealthy or well-connected pedophiles.
Truecrypt 7.1a is widely believed to be a legitimate strong crypto package. It is available as a link on the page at
History shows that open source software is not necessarily secure. Huge and long-standing security holes have been discovered in linux programs which were widely thought to be reliable and impenetrable. Just because the source is available doesn’t mean anyone will take the time to go over it with a fine toothed comb.
The International Tribunal for Natural Justice launched the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse at an inaugural seating in Westminster, London on April 16-18th 2018. The filmed testimonies are now available via this Official Commission site to the Press, Public and all interested institutions and organs of government. The principal intention behind this Commission is not to instigate witch-hunts or target individuals, but to set in motion a culture that ensures restoration of truth, disclosure and reconciliation around the subject of human trafficking and child sex abuse. Our goal is to achieve in 9 – 12 months what governments and leaders of the world have failed to do for centuries – shed the full light of truth on the nature and extent of the human trafficking and child sex abuse pandemic. Seatings will be taking place in Washington, the Hague and Rome in the months ahead. An Official Commission Report will be published and issued to the world-at-large at the Declaration event in Rome at the close of the Inquiry….