Italy opens the bidding for Venice Island

•April 20, 2014 • 1 Comment

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http://rt.com/news/italy-island-venice-bidding-452/

Italy has put an island in the Venice lagoon up for auction in order to attract international funds to help ease crippling public debt. An army barracks in Trieste and a residence in Loreto – a Catholic pilgrimage site – are among those up for bidding.

“Investors can bid for our properties from everywhere, from New York or Dubai,” Stefano Scalera from public state property management agency Demanio told Reuters on Monday.

Among other sites being sold – aside from the Venetian lagoon island of Poveglia, are a 15th century bastion against the Ottoman Turks known as in Gradisca d’Isonzo, near the border with Slovenia, and an old monastery. While there are five properties considered ‘prestigious’ up for auction, forty other assets are also to be bid on.

The virtual auction will close on May 6.

Italy is attempting to secure funds to reduce its public debt so that it is able to toe the EU budget line. The country is slicing through legal red tape to allow prospective buyers to quickly obtain permits to renovate historic sites.

“Through the internet they can download documents and contracts, we have translated them all into English,” Scalera told the agency.

Italy owns at least half a million commercial and residential properties. However, it has previously faced problems in selling them off because the slow procedures involved in procuring permits for restructuring has unsettled potential investors.

“This time is different. The main administrative hurdles for these assets have been cleared ahead of the sale,” Scalera said.

Demanio has been selling Italian state properties since 2001 and has since levied some $2.5 billion. Through the offloading of assets this year, it predicts to levy some $694.4 million.

Austerity measures implemented in Italy have caused a great deal of unease.

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this is what austerity gives you..austerity enforced to deal with shit bets the bankers made..you pay in taxes and you pay by getting to watch your country be sold off to the highest bidder in pieces..and we know where the buyers will come from..

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World’s biggest pork producer says it plans to raise up to $US5.3 billion in an IPO

•April 20, 2014 • 1 Comment

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http://finance.ninemsn.com.au/newsbusiness/aap/8830245/chinese-pork-giant-plans-ipo

China’s WH Group said late on Monday it was selling 3.65 million shares priced at between 8 and 11.25 Hong Kong dollars ($A1.10 -$A1.55).

That would raise between $US4.1 billion and $US5.3 billion for WH Group, formerly known as Shuanghui International Holdings.

The company is a pork behemoth after buying the largest US pork company, Smithfield Foods Inc., less than a year ago for $US4.7 billion in cash.

Most of the proceeds from the IPO will be used to pay off the loan that the company took out to buy Smithfield Foods.

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http://seeker401.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/china-buying-up-the-world/

another post revealing the all conquering buying techniques of the chinese..

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Google codifies its right to crawl through your emails..fuck you Google!

•April 19, 2014 • 4 Comments

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http://www.canberratimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/google-codifies-its-right-to-crawl-through-your-emails-20140417-zqvok.html?google_editors_picks=true

It’s no secret that Google keeps an eye on what users of its services are into. But on Monday, the company updated Gmail’s terms of service to spell out its relationship with users in no uncertain terms:
“Our automated systems analyse your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customised search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.”

A Google spokesman told The New York Times that the changes “will give people even greater clarity and are based on feedback we’ve received over the last few months.”

By feedback, Google might mean a federal judge’s swift denial of the company’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Gmail users and non-users who’ve sent emails to Gmail accounts. The lawsuit claimed Google violated federal and state wiretapping laws by scanning emails without consent.

In its motion to dismiss, Google argued that Gmail and non-Gmail users had given express or implied consent to have their e-mails scanned. Northern California US District Judge Lucy Koh rejected Google’s claims, noting that Google’s terms of service didn’t explicitly say they scanned emails.

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assholes!

“Our automated systems analyse your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features”

i didnt ask for that and i dont want it..you disgraceful pack of NSA wannabe stooges..

“Google argued that Gmail and non-Gmail users had given express or implied consent to have their e-mails scanned.”

absolute fucking lies..how do “non gmail” users give consent??

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Edward Snowden asks Vladimir Putin on live TV: Does Russia spy on millions?

•April 19, 2014 • 2 Comments

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http://www.smh.com.au/world/edward-snowden-asks-vladimir-putin-on-live-tv-does-russia-spy-on-millions-20140418-zqw5o.html

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who was granted asylum in Russia, made a surprise appearance on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual televised call-in session to ask if the country conducts mass surveillance like the United States does.

Mr Snowden’s revelations about US spying practices set off a national debate about the trade-offs between security and privacy.

“Recently in the United States, two independent White House investigations, as well as the federal court all concluded that these programs are ineffective in stopping terrorism,” Mr Snowden said via video link from an undisclosed location on Thursday, local time.

“They also found that they unreasonably intrude into the private lives of ordinary citizens – individuals who have never been suspected of any wrongdoing or criminal activity – and that these kinds of programs are not the least intrusive means available to such agencies for these investigative purposes.

“Now, I’ve seen little public discussion of Russia’s own involvement in such surveillance,” Mr Snowden continued. “So I’d like to ask you: Does Russia intercept, store or analyse in any way the communications of millions of individuals, and do you believe that simply increasing the effectiveness of intelligence or law enforcement investigations can justify placing societies, rather than subjects, under surveillance?”

Mr Putin, a former KGB officer, responded with a smile.

“Dear Mr Snowden, you are a former agent, and I used to work in intelligence,” he said, a remark interrupted by massive studio applause and laughter. “So we will talk in a professional language.

“First of all, the use of special means by special services is strictly regulated by the law here,” Mr Putin said. “And this regulation includes the need to get a court permission to [conduct surveillance on] a specific individual. And this is why it doesn’t have a massive, unselective character here and cannot have in accordance with the law.

“Of course, we proceed from the fact that modern means of communication are used by criminal elements, including terrorists, in their criminal activities,” Mr Putin continued. “And special services, of course, must react accordingly … using modern methods and means to struggle against their crimes, including terrorist crimes. And of course, we are doing it.”

But, he added: “We don’t allow ourselves to do it on a massive and uncontrolled scale, and I hope very much we will never allow that.

“Besides,” he said, “we don’t have the technical means and the funds for it like in the United States. After all, our special services are strictly controlled by the state and society.”

Mr Putin has said repeatedly that Russian intelligence services are not working with Mr Snowden, who was granted temporary asylum last year. The United States has demanded that Snowden be returned to face charges of espionage and theft of government property.

His Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told the Los Angeles Times last year that Snowden has an apartment in Russia and is taking Russian language lessons.

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you see..unlike the censored, lack of freedom of speech, hiding and lying tactics we see in america..the russians are transparent..snowden isnt called a traitor..hes actually allowed to ask putin a question that is controversial..the differences between the russians and the west becomes starker every day..

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Why The Illuminati Hide in Plain Sight

•April 19, 2014 • 6 Comments

This is the reason why they do “predictive programming”, and why they perform rituals in plain sight, and hide in plain sight.

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thanks to james blundell for the link..

excellent short video explaining why..check it out..

and here is another one james linked:

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China group buys $6bn Glencore Peru copper mine

•April 19, 2014 • 1 Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27017623

A Chinese consortium is buying Glencore Xstrata’s copper mine in Peru in a $6bn (£3.6bn) all-cash deal, marking one of China’s largest mining acquisitions.

The consortium is led by MMG Limited and includes China’s Citic Metal.

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals but all parties expect the deal to be done by the end of September.

Analysts expect Glencore to use the proceeds from the sale to reduce its debt.

The mine is expected to produce more than 450,000 tonnes of copper a year in its first five years.

China relies heavily on the metal, which is used in electronics production.

Ivan Glasenberg, Glencore’s chief executive, said in a statement: “Since we acquired Xstrata… our team has taken decisive steps to de-risk Las Bambas, which has culminated in this compelling offer from the consortium.”

“Our willingness to sell reflects the level of the offer and our conviction that we can utilise the sale proceeds to create additional shareholder value.”

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“China relies heavily on the metal, which is used in electronics production.”

the chinese government now owns the peruvian copper mine..next is?

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Introducing Stephen Schwarzman

•April 19, 2014 • 2 Comments

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_A._Schwarzman

Is an American business magnate and investor. He is best known as the chairman and CEO of the Blackstone Group, a private equity and financial advisory firm he formed in 1985 with former US Secretary of Commerce Pete Peterson. His personal fortune is estimated at $7.7 billion, according to Forbes.

Schwarzman was raised in a Jewish family in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, the son of Arline and Joseph Schwarzman.

He attended Yale University during the same period as George W. Bush, one year behind him (both were in the Skull and Bones society) and graduated in 1969. He then went on to Harvard Business School and graduated in 1972.

After business school, Schwarzman started working at the investment bank Lehman Brothers, where he reached the rank of managing director at age 31. He eventually became the head of Lehman Brothers’ global mergers and acquisitions team. In 1985, Schwarzman and his boss Peter Peterson started Blackstone, which originally focused on mergers and acquisitions.

He lives in a large apartment on Park Avenue in New York, previously owned by the Mayflower descendent George Brewster and John D. Rockefeller Jr.

On 13 February 2007, Schwarzman celebrated his 60th birthday at the Armory on Park Avenue. Guests included Colin Powell, Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, and Cardinal Edward M. Egan of New York.

When Blackstone went public in June 2007, it revealed in a securities filing that Schwarzman had earned about $398.3 million in fiscal 2006. He ultimately received $684 million selling part of his Blackstone stake in the IPO, keeping a stake then worth $9.1 billion.

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blackstone..

this guy ticks ALL the boxes..the boxes are highlighted above..

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