Russia and Turkey to create buffer zone in Idlib

•September 19, 2018 • Leave a Comment

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-45554188

Russia and Turkey have agreed to create a demilitarised buffer zone in Syria’s Idlib province to separate government forces from rebel fighters based there.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said it would be 15km to 25km (9-15 miles) wide and come into force by 15 October.

Troops from Russia, an ally of Syria’s government, and Turkey, which backs the rebels, will patrol the zone.

The UN had warned of a humanitarian catastrophe if the Syrian army launched an all-out assault to retake Idlib.

But after Monday’s meeting between Mr Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the deal meant there would be no such operation in the region.

The Russian president said that under the deal, all heavy weaponry, including tanks, rocket launch systems and mortar launchers operated by rebel groups would need to be pulled out of the buffer zone by 10 October.

Jihadist groups, including those of al-Nusra Front, Mr Putin said, would have to leave the zone.

It was not immediately clear if the zone included Idlib city, which would require some rebels to withdraw from it.

Mr Erdogan said: “We will prevent a humanitarian tragedy which could happen as a result of military action.”

He had earlier called for a ceasefire in northern Syria to prevent what he said would be a “bloodbath” and another major refugee crisis on Turkey’s southern border.

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“The Russian president said that under the deal, all heavy weaponry, including tanks, rocket launch systems and mortar launchers operated by rebel groups would need to be pulled out of the buffer zone by 10 October.”

as noted..as soon as something seemingly peaceful emerges in syria..then the fire needs to be stoked again:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45556290

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ABC: Five ways you’re being fooled by fake stories online

•September 19, 2018 • Leave a Comment

http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-09-11/fake-news-online-five-ways-youre-being-fooled/10126574

Sign into any social media platform and you’re immediately bombarded by endless feeds full of links to news stories, often accompanied by breathless comments or rants, each jostling for a precious sliver of your attention.

Throw in the fact that fake news spreads faster online than the truth and it can be hard to quickly and accurately discern what’s real from the hoaxes.

So don’t believe everything you read — or see or hear. Here are a few common ways you’re getting conned while scrolling through your social media feed.

Nearly seven hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every second. Some 95 million photos and videos are shared on Instagram every day.

This provides an incredibly rich source of material that can be wrongfully repurposed and quickly become viral.

In our first category, out-of-date or out-of-context content isn’t manipulated or edited, but is presented inaccurately.

Visual Social Media Lab study found about 30 per cent of problematic photos online are actually real photos presented out of context.

For instance, during the Thai cave rescue operation this year, a clip showing a cave diver negotiating extremely narrow twists and turns made the rounds on social media.

Continue here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-09-11/fake-news-online-five-ways-youre-being-fooled/10126574

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… and finally, literal fake news

This is a separate category based on intention.

Rather than focusing on humour or marketing, “classic” fake news organisations aim to run, via social media, disinformation campaigns.

One of the best-known conspiracy theory websites was InfoWars, which had a vast audience before it was shut down on all the major social media platforms.

Managed by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, InfoWars pushed harmful stories claiming the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and Boston Marathon bombing were hoaxes with crisis actors.

Others organisations and websites also run fake news campaigns, sometimes for revenue brought from click-ads and sometimes for political purposes.

So how can I find out what’s real and what’s not?

Some of the worst perpetrators for spreading fake stories are aggregator accounts.

Their goal is to generate as many clicks and shares as possible and accuracy isn’t a high priority.

So if you see something that looks a bit fishy, try searching for exact phrasing or keywords in the story— particularly location — and see if anyone’s already debunked it.

Chances are, if it’s been around long enough, someone has.

For instance, if you were to take the internet on its word, a man named Sam Hyde has been responsible for almost every mass shooting in the United States.

But Hyde is a comedian. He has never been involved in a mass shooting. Still, trolls on Twitter publish his photo following every gun attack with national coverage.

Pay attention to clues like language, licence plates and road signs to nut out where the photo or video was originally taken.

Be critical of eyewitness accounts posted to social media. They may not be lying but they can be mistaken, or perhaps they only saw part of the incident.

Often after domestic attacks, witnesses will tell police they heard the perpetrator speaking Arabic; in many cases, neither the perpetrator nor the witness understand the language.

There are tools available for people that can readily debunk a fake. A quick reverse image search can tell you if a photo has been used online before, and Snopes has a database dedicated to viral content.

And while not always reliable, you might check what other readers are saying about viral content.

If a tweet attracts a large-enough audience, it will often have rebukes and debunks in replies or comments.

Finally, put more trust in information from news outlets that can confirm claims through official sources — even if they’re not completely immune to being fooled too.

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oh the irony..

“Finally, put more trust in information from news outlets that can confirm claims through official sources — even if they’re not completely immune to being fooled too.”

haha..

so who do they say to put all your trust in?

“A quick reverse image search can tell you if a photo has been used online before, and Snopes has a database dedicated to viral content.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snopes.com

In 1994, David and Barbara Mikkelson created an urban folklore web site that would become Snopes.com. Snopes was an early online encyclopedia focused on urban legends, that mainly presented search results of user discussions. The site grew to encompass a wide range of subjects and became a resource to which Internet users began submitting pictures and stories of questionable veracity. According to the Mikkelsons, Snopes antedated the search engine concept where people could go to check facts by searches.

mikkelson..want to make a bet hes one of (((them)))?

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Freemasons Royal Ritual October 2017

•September 18, 2018 • 4 Comments

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300 year anniversary of influencing and manipulating and controlling and deceiving and collusion and corruption and stealth and murder and blackmail and infiltration..

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Meet Turkey’s new sovereign wealth fund chairman

•September 18, 2018 • 6 Comments

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-12/meet-turkeys-new-sovereign-wealth-fund-chairman-who-has-now-taken-public-companies

What does a man who already controls pretty much everything in his country  from politics to the judiciary to defense  give to himself? How about direct takeover of his country’s sovereign wealth fund?

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appointed himself chairman of Turkey’s sovereign wealth fund after recent promises to exert greater influence over the economy. He’s nixed the old guard management and hand-picked their replacements, in a move his political rival, presidential candidate who lost the June election, Muharrem Ince, has aptly described as taking “public companies prisoners”.

And not to be one to break medieval sultanate tradition, he’s further named his son-in-law and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak as deputy chairman.

Calling this latest move a “crazy example” of the country’s poor management under Erdogan, Ince wrote on Twitter immediately after the news was made public: “The man who has captured the state . . . has now taken public companies prisoners”.

He continued, “This desire to control everything will in the end give way to controlling nothing. And the country pays the bill.”

Beginning in September of 2017, Erdogan indicated he would seek the wealth funds’s reorganization after dismissing its chairman over its failure to meet targets.

Bloomberg reports the bombshell, but not entirely shocking latest news in Erdogan’s long struggle to control everything under the sun:

Zafer Sonmez, head of Turkey and Africa for Malaysia’s government investment vehicle Khazanah Nasional Bhd, was named general manager. Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Erdogan’s son-in-law, will also sit on the board, according to a decree published in the Official Gazette.

The overhaul comes two years after the government formed the fund to capitalize on $200 billion of state assets and put a lid on market turmoil in the wake of a failed coup attempt. But the organization’s goals and strategy were never clearly defined and internal strife led to the firing of its first chief executive officer after Erdogan publicly expressed his disappointment.

Bloomberg lists the wealth fund as including stakes in Turkish AirlinesTurk Telekom, state lenders TC Ziraat Bankasi AS and Turkiye Halk Bankasi AS, and further the stock exchange, Turkey’s national postal service, state oil and pipeline companies, and the national lottery and railway.

Funny enough it doesn’t appear Erdogan is comfortable with even his own adviser, Yigit Bulut, overseeing the fund as confirmed in FT’s quip“The changes to the sovereign wealth fund sidelined one of the president’s own advisers, Yigit Bulut, who is renowned for once claiming that Mr Erdogan’s enemies were trying to kill him through telekinesis.”

Among the newly Erdogan-hand picked board members, per Bloomberg, are Rifat Hisarciklioglu, head of the Turkish chambers of commerce; Huseyin Aydin, head of the banking association and Ziraat CEO; Arda Ermut, the head of Turkey’s investment support and promotion agency; Erisah Arican, a professor and member of the Borsa Istanbul board; and businessman Fuat Tosyali.

Crucially, FT reports the timing of the move as coming just before a major interest rate announcement:

The latest change came ahead of a critical interest rate announcement on Thursday, a decision seen as a pivotal test of the independence of Turkey’s central bank.

Murat Cetinkaya, the central bank governor, has caused dismay among international investors by resisting calls to raise rates even as inflation has soared to 18 per cent.

Well so much for even a facade of “independence”…

Meanwhile the lira has lost about 40 percent of its value this year after Ankara’s summer long growing spat with Washington and as global institutional concerns over management of the economy have deepened.

Apparently Erdogan’s solution is as simple as… “don’t worry the Sultan is in… I got this”.

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it reads like satire but its real..

the king of all kings..the caliph..

“He’s nixed the old guard management and hand-picked their replacements, in a move his political rival, presidential candidate who lost the June election, Muharrem Ince, has aptly described as taking “public companies prisoners”

silence from the west..

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Images 16/9/18

•September 17, 2018 • 22 Comments

truth..

they ALWAYS lie..

nothing has changed..control pop culture and you control the new generations coming through..

bbc program which must feature one eye..

do as we say not as we do..

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

this is a guy called “kalaca skull” from colombia..hes hates himself..a lot..note the forehead..

a goat tattoo?

mainstream wasnt pushing this image a lot during the saga that was mccains funeral process..

so apparently the A’Ok is now a white supremacy sign..go figure..i thought it was 666!

nazi!

google this if you dont know what it is or how its created..

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June 2009: Google founders’ mentor found dead in swimming pool

•September 17, 2018 • 3 Comments

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2009/jun/07/rajeev-motwani-dead-google-swimming-pool

A US computer science professor who played a key role in the creation of the internet search giant Google has been found dead at the age of 47 after apparently falling into his swimming pool.

Rajeev Motwani was mentor to Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, when they were PhD students at Stanford university. His body was found in the pool of his home in Atherton, California, on Friday.

A spokesman for the university said the cause of death was unclear. Friends said he could not swim, but was planning to learn. Some reports speculated that Motwani, who regularly worked late into the night, could have accidentally fallen into the pool after going outside in the dark.

On his blog, Brin led tributes to Motwani as the inspiration behind a number of computing advances. “Today, whenever you use a piece of technology, there is a good chance a little bit of Rajeev Motwani is behind it,” he wrote.

“When Larry and I began to work together on the research that would lead to Google, Rajeev was there to support us and guide us through challenges, both technical and organisational.”

A 1998 paper written by Page, Brin and Motwani, unearthed by the blog TechCrunch, discussed the development of Google. “We have developed a global ranking of web pages called PageRank based on the link structure of the web that has properties that are useful for search and navigation … We have used PageRank to develop a novel search engine called Google, which also makes heavy use of anchor text,” it said.

Stanford said Motwani’s work on data mining influenced the way algorithms are used in Google searches. It pointed out that he was also an influential investor who backed the initial development of what turned out to be a number of successful hi-tech companies and initiatives, including the internent payment giant PayPal.

“Rajeev’s connections to Silicon Valley were all important, but he will be remembered most for the personal friendships he had with students, faculty colleagues and staff in the department. We will all miss him tremendously,” Jim Plummer, the dean of the school of engineering, told the university’s news service.

Motwani was born in Jammu, India, and grew up in New Delhi. He travelled to the United States for his doctorate in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is survived by his wife, Asha Jadeja, and two daughters.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajeev_Motwani

He completed his B.Tech in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1983 and got his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988 under the supervision of Richard M. Karp.

The San Mateo County coroner, Robert Foucrault, ruled the death an accidental drowning. Toxicology tests showed that Motwani’s blood alcohol content was 0.26 percent. He could not swim, but was planning on taking lessons, according to his friends.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_M._Karp

He is most notable for his research in the theory of algorithms, for which he received a Turing Award in 1985, The Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science in 2004, and the Kyoto Prize in 2008.

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a blast from the past..the master of the google algorithm..and how he died..check out his books..

“Rajeev Motwani was mentor to Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, when they were PhD students at Stanford university. His body was found in the pool of his home in Atherton, California, on Friday.”

and this:

Robert Foucrault, ruled the death an accidental drowning. Toxicology tests showed that Motwani’s blood alcohol content was 0.26 percent.”

0.26% is huge..you are totally drunk if thats your level..seems out of character?

anyone remember this or have anything to add?

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Pope summons church leaders from around the world for summit on sex abuse..panic has set in!

•September 14, 2018 • 24 Comments

https://www.9news.com.au/world/2018/09/12/22/20/pope-announces-summit-on-sex-abuse

Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children.

Francis’ key cardinal advisers announced the decision on Wednesday, as the latest chapter in the Catholic Church’s long-running sex abuse and cover-up scandal has thrown Francis’ papacy into crisis.

The February 21-24 meeting is believed to be the first of its kind, and signals a realisation at the highest levels of the church that clergy sex abuse is a global problem and not restricted to the Anglo-Saxon world, as many church leaders have long insisted.

Francis’ papacy has been jolted by accusations he rehabilitated a top American cardinal from sanctions imposed by Pope Benedict XVI for having molested and harassed adult seminarians.

The Vatican hasn’t responded to the accusations by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, but has promised “clarifications” that presumably will come sometime after Francis’ meeting Thursday with the US delegation.

The Vatican said the meeting would be headed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and also include Francis’ top sex abuse adviser, Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

Di Nardo has said he wants the Pope to authorise a full-fledged Vatican investigation into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was removed as cardinal in July after a credible accusation that he groped a teenager.

The Vatican has known since at least 2000 that McCarrick would invite seminarians to his New Jersey beach house and into his bed.

John Paul II made him archbishop of Washington and a cardinal in 2001, presumably because Vatican officials were impressed by his fundraising prowess and considered his past homosexual activity a mere “moral lapse” and not a gross abuse of power.

DiNardo has also said recent accusations that top Vatican officials – including the current Pope – covered up for McCarrick since 2000 deserve answers.

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they moved ratzy on to try and get past this issue..but its back..like a turd that cant be flushed away..the stain is deep and francis is not handling it well..how can he?..its endemic and its everywhere and they know it..the tip of the iceberg has been seen..but its far deeper..

“Francis’ papacy has been jolted by accusations he rehabilitated a top American cardinal from sanctions imposed by Pope Benedict XVI for having molested and harassed adult seminarians.”

complicit..

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