Farage: Stop playing wargames in Ukraine

•September 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment


farage is a politician at the end of the day and i dont agree with a lot of his platform but i do love some of his speeches and this is another good one..nails it..


EU members purchased oil from ISIL

•September 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment



A senior European Union official has revealed that some EU member states have purchased oil from ISIL Takfiri militants despite their rhetoric against the group.

In a briefing to the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, EU Ambassador to Iraq Jana Hybas-kova said some European countries have purchased crude from the ISIL.

She, however, refused to disclose any names despite pressure by some Parliament members to do so.

The EU official also warned against any support by the West for separatist Kurdish groups who, she said, would destabilize the Middle East.

Earlier reports accused Turkey of buying and transporting oil from both the ISIL and Qaeda-linked Nusra Front. According to the reports, Western intelligence agencies could track ISIL oil shipments as they moved across Iraq and Turkey.

ISIL reportedly controls eleven oil fields in northern Iraq as well as Syria’s Raqqa province.

US intelligence officials estimate that the Takfiri militants earn more than USD 3 million a day from oil profit, theft, human trafficking and ransom. They say the militants sell oil and other products via established networks in Turkey, Jordan and Iraq’s Kurdistan region. Turkey has denied reports of involvement in ISIL’s oil smuggling operations.


thanks to stuartbramhall for the link..

talk about a smoking gun..why isnt this on mainstream news?

the inconvenient truth..assholes rule our world..no wonder turkey didnt the join the coalition of the hypocrites..


Stanford engineers aim to connect the world with ant-sized radios

•September 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment



A Stanford engineering team, in collaboration with researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, has built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna – no batteries required.

Designed to compute, execute and relay commands, this tiny wireless chip costs pennies to fabricate – making it cheap enough to become the missing link between the Internet as we know it and the linked-together smart gadgets envisioned in the “Internet of Things.”

“The next exponential growth in connectivity will be connecting objects together and giving us remote control through the web,” said Amin Arbabian, an assistant professor of electrical engineering who recently demonstrated this ant-sized radio chip at the VLSI Technology and Circuits Symposium in Hawaii.

Much of the infrastructure needed to enable us to control sensors and devices remotely already exists: We have the Internet to carry commands around the globe, and computers and smartphones to issue the commands. What’s missing is a wireless controller cheap enough to so that it can be installed on any gadget anywhere.

“How do you put a bi-directional wireless control system on every lightbulb?” Arbabian said. “By putting all the essential elements of a radio on a single chip that costs pennies to make.”

Cost is critical because, as Arbabian observed, “We’re ultimately talking about connecting trillions of devices.”

Arbabian began the project in 2011 while he was completing a PhD program and working with Professor Ali Niknejad, director of the Wireless Research Center at UC Berkeley. Arbabian’s principal collaborator was his wife, Maryam Tabesh, then also a student in Niknejad’s lab and now a Google engineer.



“a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna”

phew..no CO2 emissions!

“growth in connectivity will be connecting objects together and giving us remote control through the web”

oh really..remote control?


OECD cuts growth forecasts

•September 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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The OECD slashed its growth forecasts for major developed economies on Monday, urging much more aggressive ECB stimulus to ward off the risk of deflation in a subdued euro zone.

The call adds to growing pressure on the euro zone, and the European Central Bank in particular, to boost growth ahead of a meeting of finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 economic powers later this week in Australia.

Updating its growth forecasts for major developed economies, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development projected growth in the euro zone at only 0.8 per cent this year and rising only slightly next year to 1.1 per cent.

That marked a sizeable downgrade from its May Economic Outlook for the euro zone, when the Paris-based organisation forecast growth of 1.2 per cent in 2014 and 1.7 per cent in 2015.

In comparison, the OECD saw the United States’ economy growing 2.1 per cent this year before accelerating to 3.1 per cent in 2015. In May the OECD forecast U.S. growth of 2.6 per cent this year and 3.5 per cent next year.

The United States is set to push European countries at the G20 meeting to step up measures to boost demand and economic growth in the face of the risk of deflation, according to a senior official at the U.S. Treasury on Friday.

OECD acting chief economist Rintaro Tamaki said financial markets had largely ignored mounting geopolitical risks to the global economy and the euro zone’s worsening outlook.

“This highlights the possibility that risk is being mispriced again and the attendant danger of sudden corrections in the financial markets,” Tamaki told journalists.


“urging much more aggressive ECB stimulus”

right..but austerity for the slaves..as the economies slow..how does that work?

must grow..must grow..the mantra of the bankers..


Two words that can rattle world markets

•September 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Speculation is intensifying ahead of the US Federal Reserve’s important policy meeting  that a meaningful change in the language used to discuss rates could rattle financial markets and lead to a further sell down of Australian dollars.

Many investment experts are anticipating a change in the language used by the members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, and the removal of two words “considerable time”, which have been used to suggest that lower rates are needed for longer yet.

QIC managing director of global liquid strategies Susan Buckley said with October the expected end date for the Fed’s $US4 trillion stimulus injection, forward guidance released in the FOMC’s statement on near zero per cent interest rates is likely to change.

“A probable outcome is that the FOMC moves from calendar based guidance – and dropping ‘considerable time’ language – to adopt a substantially more date dependent approach; at the same time, at her press conference following the meeting, Janet Yellen will most likely emphasise that a tightening is not imminent.”

Ms Buckley added that the Fed is likely to be conscious of the potential to shock financial markets and that it will try to avoid a repeat of the taper tantrum in 2013, where US 10 year bond yields sold off more than 100 basis points over a reasonably short period.

The Australian dollar lost about 4 cents last week as the US greenback strengthened on growing expectations of higher rates in the US from 2015, and the likelihood of lower rates and further stimulus being required in Europe and Japan.

Westpac senior currency strategist Sean Callow agreed that the market is looking to see whether Fed repeats the phase about there being a “considerable time” before raising rates.

“But there have been Fed officials in previous weeks suggesting that they might dump that language,” he said.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/two-words-that-can-rattle-world-markets-20140917-10hy2s.html#ixzz3DWn7Uu3w


the staus quo has been kept..but the stimulus is nearly gone..will that be the moment it dives?


Google buys firm behind spoon for Parkinson’s patients

•September 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment




Google has bought a biotech company that has developed a spoon designed to make life easier for people with diseases such as Parkinson’s.

It is part of its ambitious foray into health technology, spurred in part by the personal interest of co-founder Sergey Brin.

Last year, Google became the main investor in Calico, a firm dedicated to developing medicines to extend life.

Latest acquisition Lift Labs will join Google’s research division Google X.

The spoon developed by Lift Labs is equipped with sensors that detect tremors and cancels them out by as much as 70%, according to the firm.

The technology it uses is similar to image stabilisation features in cameras that compensate for shaky hands when taking a photo.

The firms announced the deal on the search giant’s social network Google+ but did not reveal the financial terms.

“Today we’re welcoming the Lift Labs team into Google X. Their tremor-cancelling device could improve quality of life for millions of people,” said Google.

For its part, Lift Labs wrote: “Google will enable us to reach even more people living with Parkinson’s or essential tremor who could benefit from using tremor-cancelling devices every day.”

Google’s semi-secret research facility Google X was set up to work on cutting-edge technology. Other projects include Google’s driverless car, balloons to deliver broadband and Google Glass.


what are they up to here?

gobble gobble..


Obama is to announce plans on Tuesday to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to “fight Ebola”

•September 17, 2014 • 8 Comments



US President Barack Obama is to announce plans on Tuesday to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to help fight the Ebola virus, US officials say.

It is understood the US military will oversee building new treatment centres and help train medical staff.

There has been criticism of the slow international response to the epidemic.

On Monday Ghana President John Dramani Mahama said more and faster outside help was needed to slow the spread of the disease.

Mr Mahama also called for the easing of restrictions on West African countries which he said had undermined the fight against the disease.

United Nations officials will discuss the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa at a meeting in Geneva.

US officials said the aim of the anti-Ebola initiative is to:

  • Train up to 500 healthcare workers a week
  • Construct 17 heathcare facilities, each with about 100 beds
  • Establish a joint command based in Monrovia, Liberia, to co-ordinate between US and international relief efforts
  • Distribute home healthcare kits to thousands of households
  • Conduct a home and community-based campaign to train local people in how to handle patients

Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are the worst-hit countries in an outbreak that has killed more than 2,400 people.

More than half of those killed by the virus have been in Liberia.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned recently that thousands more cases could occur in Liberia.


wait for the first death of a US military man..its an agreed invasion in some ways..i hate to think that this outbreak is manufactured..but we will know better when we see the final fall out from it..who will be left standing and running the show?



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