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Don’t be Deceived! The Bank of England Stand at the Heart of the Brexit Process

[Economic]
Don’t be Deceived! The Bank of England Stand at the Heart of the Brexit Process
by Steven Guinness
Posted December 31, 2018

Bank of England manipulating Brexit behind the scenes?Despite the power that globalist institutions yield, relatively little is said about them in the public domain. For instance, when stories regarding central banks breach the mainstream, they quickly fall out of the news cycle in favour of increasingly elaborate political theatre.

A case in point was last week’s release of the Bank of England’s EU Withdrawal Scenarios, which after less than a day’s coverage disappeared from the main headlines in both television and print media. Instead, the G20 meeting of world leaders, the continuing political recriminations over Brexit and ‘Russiagate‘ served as adequate distractions from the central bank. More…

Confirming Dangers of FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal, New Study Shows Telecoms Throttling YouTube, Netflix, and Other Apps

[Media]
Confirming Dangers of FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal, New Study Shows Telecoms Throttling YouTube, Netflix, and Other Apps
by Jessica Corbett
Posted December 7, 2018

loss of Net neutrality starting to hurtAn ongoing study first reported by Bloomberg reveals the extent to which major American telecom companies are throttling video content on apps such as YouTube and Netflix on mobile phones in the wake of the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealing national net neutrality protections last December.

Researchers from Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst used a smartphone app called Wehe, which has been downloaded by about 100,000 users, to track when wireless carriers engage in data “differentiation,” or when companies alter download speeds depending on the type of content, which violates a key tenet of the repealed rules. More…

If the House of Representatives fails to pass Net Neutrality legislation before the end of Decemeber, all the work in getting it passed in the US Senate will be lost.

The Koch Brothers Are Watching You — And New Documents Reveal Just How Much They Know

[Social]
The Koch Brothers Are Watching You — And New Documents Reveal Just How Much They Know
By Calvin Sloan
Posted December 1, 2018

Now even the Kochs are tracking youNew documents uncovered by the Center for Media and Democracy show that the billionaire Koch brothers have developed detailed personality profiles on 89 percent of the U.S. population; and are using those profiles to launch an unprecedented private propaganda offensive to advance Republican candidates in the 2018 midterms.

The documents also show that the Kochs have developed persuasion models — like their “Heroin Model” and “Heroin Treatment Model” — that target voters with tailored messaging on select issues, and partner with cable and satellite TV providers to play those tailored messages during “regular” television broadcasts.

Over the last decade, big data and microtargeting have revolutionized political communications. And the Kochs, who are collectively worth $120 billion, now stand at the forefront of that revolution — investing billions in data aggregation, machine learning, software engineering and Artificial Intelligence optimization. More…

For Russia Change Comes SWIFT

[Economic]
For Russia Change Comes SWIFT
by Tom Luongo
Posted November 28, 2018

Russia's alternative to SWIFT is in placeDuring the ruble crisis of 2014/15 Russia announced in the wake of U.S. and European sanctions over reunifying with Crimea that it would begin building a domestic electronic financial transfer system, an alternative to SWIFT.

That system, System for Transfer of Financial Messages (SPFS), is not only now functioning in Russia, according to a report from RT it now handles the financial transfer data for more than half of Russia’s institutions.

A common theme on this blog is that control is an illusion. Power is ephemeral. The best way to exercise your power is to have it but never use it. Because once you do use it you define for your enemies the costs of their lack of compliance to your edicts. More…

America Is On The Brink Of A Nervous Breakdown

[Social]
America Is On The Brink Of A Nervous Breakdown
by John Whitehead
Posted November 23, 2018

America losing its soulAuthoritarian regimes begin with incremental steps. Overcriminalization, surveillance of innocent citizens, imprisonment for nonviolent—victimless—crimes, etc. Bit by bit, the citizenry finds its freedoms being curtailed and undermined for the sake of national security. And slowly the populace begins to submit.

No one speaks up for those being targeted.
No one resists these minor acts of oppression.
No one recognizes the indoctrination into tyranny for what it is.

Historically this failure to speak truth to power has resulted in whole populations being conditioned to tolerate unspoken cruelty toward their fellow human beings, a bystander syndrome in which people remain silent and disengaged—mere onlookers—in the face of abject horrors and injustice. More…

Why American Leaders Persist in Waging Losing Wars

[Politics]
Why American Leaders Persist in Waging Losing Wars
By William J. Astore
Posted November 21, 2018

one price of warAs America enters the 18th year of its war in Afghanistan and its 16th in Iraq, the war on terror continues in Yemen, Syria, and parts of Africa, including Libya, Niger, and Somalia. Meanwhile, the Trump administration threatens yet more war, this time with Iran. (And given these last years, just how do you imagine that’s likely to turn out?) Honestly, isn’t it time Americans gave a little more thought to why their leaders persist in waging losing wars across significant parts of the planet? So consider the rest of this piece my attempt to do just that.

Let’s face it: profits and power should be classified as perennial reasons why U.S. leaders persist in waging such conflicts. War may be a racket, as General Smedley Butler claimed long ago, but who cares these days since business is booming? And let’s add to such profits a few other all-American motivations. Start with the fact that, in some curious sense, war is in the American bloodstream. As former New York Times war correspondent Chris Hedges once put it, “War is a force that gives us meaning.” Historically, we Americans are a violent people who have invested much in a self-image of toughness now being displayed across the “global battlespace.” (Hence all the talk in this country not about our soldiers but about our “warriors.”) As the bumper stickers I see regularly where I live say: “God, guns, & guts made America free.” To make the world freer, why not export all three? More…

Facebook Censorship of Alternative Media “Just the Beginning,” Says Top Neocon Insider

[Media]
Facebook Censorship of Alternative Media “Just the Beginning,” Says Top Neocon Insider
By Max Blumenthal and Jeb Sprague
Posted November 18, 2018

Rise of a new McCarthyismAt a Berlin security conference, hardline neocon Jamie Fly appeared to claim some credit for the recent coordinated purge of alternative media.

This October, Facebook and Twitter deleted the accounts of hundreds of users, including many alternative media outlets maintained by American users. Among those wiped out in the coordinated purge were popular sites that scrutinized police brutality and U.S. interventionism, like The Free Thought Project, Anti-Media, and Cop Block, along with the pages of journalists like Rachel Blevins.

Facebook claimed that these pages had “broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior.” However, sites like The Free Thought Project were verified by Facebook and widely recognized as legitimate sources of news and opinion. John Vibes, an independent reporter who contributed to Free Thought, accused Facebook of “favoring mainstream sources and silencing alternative voices.” More…

Energy Transfer: New Name for Pipeline Company But Same Spills and Violence Against Protesters

[Justice]
Energy Transfer: New Name for Pipeline Company But Same Spills and Violence Against Protesters
By Sharon Kelly
Posted November 16, 2018

Kelsey Warren, Energy Transfer CEOBattles over new shale gas and oil pipelines involving Energy Transfer, formerly known as Energy Transfer Partners, have heated up in recent weeks — an escalation that carries a tilt, as one side stands accused of acts of violence.

Energy Transfer (ET) security contractors have been accused of physically assaulting pipeline opponents on multiple occasions, including incidents in which security allegedly pointed a gun at one pipeline opponent, struck another with the butt of a shotgun, and overturned two boats carrying a television film crew and pipeline opponents into a Louisiana swamp, according to a new report published by Greenpeace USA on October 18. More…

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