Images 24/5/15

•May 24, 2015 • 1 Comment

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lindsay lohan..just coincidence..

Maisie Williams GOT

maisie williams from GOT fame..

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#hobgoblins

belarus

the doyen of belarus..

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mission accomplished..

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contrarian viewpoint but sort of refreshing i reckon..

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:)

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madonna..one eyed, sucking her thumb and spread-legged..*yawn

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i dont even have to look for this stuff..its everywhere..madonna again..

Jessica Stam

canadian fashion model jessica stam..known as a “doll face” model..the eye..

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The future of money

•May 24, 2015 • 1 Comment

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http://www.wired.com/partners/bnymellon/futureofmoney/

There was a time when people happily used chickens, pigs, or a nice pile of lumber as payment for a cow, some clothes, or anything else of value. And then some smart people got behind a breakthrough—they introduced currency.

Swatches of buckskin, stamped pieces of gold, and later, paper notes—these were a mighty intellectual and technological leap ahead from that clucking bird. It may not seem like it in today’s world, where cash has a whiff of the downright prehistoric, but paper currency was mind-blowing in its heyday—the first U.S. government-issued currency debuted during the Civil War—because of its advanced features: It was lightweight, portable, reliable (hyper-inflationary events notwithstanding), efficient, and powerful. These are descriptors we might apply to the latest smartphone today.

The point is, currency for hundreds of years has been an evolving form of technology, with the faster, better, cheaper underpinnings found in all great technologies. But arguably, not since the arrival of the greenback has currency been poised for a more dramatic leap forward. Digital currency is finally taking hold.

Driven by two massive technological waves—the Internet and the mobile phone—digital currency is bringing banking to the unbanked; it’s making new forms of transactions financially feasible; and it’s allowing currency to do things it could never do when trapped in a physical form.

With digital currency as the stream through which value flows, barriers to truly global trade are poised to fall. The knock-on effect is that the advantage that developed nations held for so long—as hubs through which value of all kinds move—is weakening. As with all forms of digital goods, it’s the most connected nation, or company, or individual that has the power. That does not necessarily mean the nations and companies that have traditionally led the global economy will continue to lead. The fastest, most secure data exchange will win—wherever it may be.

Digital currency acts as a catalyst for all kinds of businesses—large, small, legal, and not so legal. It’s enabling a whole new wave of competition. Whether you are running the corporate show, or investing in it, be prepared to take digital currency on, or be prepared to be left behind.

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“The knock-on effect is that the advantage that developed nations held for so long—as hubs through which value of all kinds move—is weakening.”

unless you control the digital currency..

“As with all forms of digital goods, it’s the most connected nation, or company, or individual that has the power.”

uh huh..

“The fastest, most secure data exchange will win—wherever it may be.”

check out the graphics at the link..

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Psychiatric drugs kill over 500,000 65 year old western adults annually

•May 24, 2015 • 1 Comment

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http://rt.com/uk/258133-antidepressants-unnecessary-for-many/

Psychiatric drugs lead to the deaths of over 500,000 people aged 65 and over annually in the West, a Danish scientist says. He warns the benefits of these drugs are “minimal,” and have been vastly overstated.

Research director at Denmark’s Nordic Cochrane Centre, Professor Peter Gøtzsche, says the use of most antidepressants and dementia drugs could be halted without inflicting harm on patients. The Danish scientist’s views were published in the British Medical Journal on Tuesday.

His scathing analysis will likely prove controversial among traditional medics. However, concern is mounting among doctors and scientists worldwide that psychiatric medication is doing more harm than good. In particular, they say antipsychotic drugs have been overprescribed to many dementia patients in a bid to calm agitated behavior.

Gøtzsche warns psychiatric drugs kill patients year in year out, and hold few positive benefits. He says in excess of half a million citizens across the Western world aged 65 and over die annually as a result of taking these drugs.

“Their benefits would need to be colossal to justify this, but they are minimal,” he writes.

“Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm.”

Gøtzsche, who is also a clinical trials expert, says drug trials funded by big pharmaceutical companies tend to produce biased results because many patients took other medication prior to the tests.

He says patients cease taking the old drugs and then experience a phase of withdrawal prior to taking the trial pharmaceuticals, which appear highly beneficial at first.

The Danish professor also warns fatalities from suicides in clinical trials are significantly under-reported.

In the case of antidepressants venlafaxine and fluoxetine, Gøtzsche casts doubt over their efficacy. He said depression lifts in placebo groups given fake tablets almost as promptly as groups who partake in official clinical tests.

He also stressed the results of trials of drugs used to treat schizophrenia are disconcerting, while those for ADHD are ambiguous.

Commenting on the negative side effects of such pharmaceutical drugs, Gøtzsche argued the “short-term relief” appears to be replaced by “long term harm.”

“Animal studies strongly suggest that these drugs can produce brain damage, which is probably the case for all psychotropic drugs,”he said.

“Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm – by dropping all antidepressants, ADHD drugs and dementia drugs … and using only a fraction of the antipsychotics and benzodiazepines we currently use.”

“This would lead to healthier and more long-lived populations.”

Gøtzsche says psychotropic drugs are “immensely harmful” if used for prolonged periods.

“They should almost exclusively be used in acute situations and always with a firm plan for tapering off, which can be difficult for many patients,” he adds.

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Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm.”

and this is only the over 65’s..

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Saudileaks: Yemeni group hacks Saudi government and releases thousands of top secret documents

•May 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940231000544

A Yemeni hacking group announced that it has hacked the website, servers and archives of Saudi Arabia’s Foreign, Interior and Defense ministries and released thousands of top secret documents from the identity and contact addresses of the country’s spies to the most confidential correspondence of Riyadh officials in the last several decades.

“We have gained access to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) network and have full control over more than 3000 computers and servers, and thousands of users. We also have access to the emails, personal and secret information of hundreds of thousands of their staff and diplomats in different missions around the world,” the Yemen Cyber Army said in a statement carried by several globally known hacking news websites.

The group said it has the contact addresses, phone numbers, emails, social account contents of not just the Saudi diplomats and foreign ministry staff, but also the country’s spies, intelligence agents and operatives, army personnel and hundreds of thousands of secret documents of the Saudi foreign ministry and top secret files and correspondence of senior Riyadh officials with other world countries and governments since early 1980s.

“We publish only few portions of the vital information we have, just to let them know that ‘truly the flimsiest of houses is the spider´s house’,” the statement added.

The Yemen Cyber Army also said “portions of the visa secret information, thousands of documents from the Saudi Foreign Ministry automation system and secret emails will be published gradually so as to keep Saudi puppets always in fear of their identity disclosure”.

The statement further vowed to automatically wipe the Saudi Foreign Ministry computer systems and servers at 12:00 Wednesday midnight.

Meantime, the hacking group said it has also attacked the Saudi Interior Ministry and Defense Ministry.

“We have the same access to the Interior Ministry (MOI) and Defense Ministry (MOD) of which the details will be published in near future.”

The group warned that it would soon inflict even greater damage on the Saudi government if Riyadh refrains from attacking “Muslims in Yemen”, adding, “Do not blame anyone but yourself and expect greater harms.”

The hacking group confirmed that it is its second operations codenamed martyred “Syed Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi”.

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any links to supposed leaks?

i wonder if these “cyber armies” are all in the same building but just on different floor levels?

looks like the black flag wavers have arrived in town:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-23/suicide-bomber-in-deadly-attack-on-shiite-mosque-in-saudi-arabia/6491706

and that came after this:

http://www.voanews.com/content/saudi-arabia-partners-turn-down-chinese-requests-for-extra-oil/2779261.html

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Flightpath: THE FIFTH AL-QAEDA PLANE ON 9/11/01

•May 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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https://seeker401.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/d1b10-flightpathchapter2tobushwithlovepromotional.pdf

For the first time in 13 years a September 11, 2001 crime scene involving a fifth commercial airliner used by al-Qaeda is finally revealed. Read in detail about events declared too “National Security Sensitive” to be included in the official 9/11 Commission report. Using only mainstream news stories and FOIA obtained government documents (9/11 Commission, FBI, NSA, DIA, etc.), Flight Path breaks new investigative ground.

Buy Flight Path now and discover the true nature of the threat to Air Force One that morning, from the anonymous call to the Secret Service to the mysterious jet that kept President George W. Bush from returning to Washington, D.C. Learn of the August 20, 2001 incident where a “Middle Eastern” man used a box-cutter to threaten the passengers and crew on a flight from Newark, New Jersey to Frankfurt, Germany, the city once dubbed the “logistical command post” for Osama bin Laden in Europe. Security officials in Newark were never warned of this incident.

Using the past to make sense of the present, Flight Path properly historicizes the current row over US spying in Germany. The “Hamburg Cell” was only the tip of the iceberg

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thoughts?

who are these authors..credible?

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“If you ain’t cheatin, you ain’t trying”: Four global banks plead guilty to felony charges of fixing the price of dollar and Euros

•May 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/if-you-aint-cheatin-you-aint-trying-four-global-banks-plead-guilty-to-felony-charges-of-fixing-the-price-of-dollar-and-euros-10264395.html

Four of the world’s biggest banks have agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to manipulate the price of US dollar and euros, while a fifth bank, UBS, will plead guilty to parallel but separate interest rate rigging charges.

Citi, JPMorgan, Barclays, RBS, Bank of America and UBS will pay almost $6 billion to authorities, bringing the total fines over the fx scandal to $9 billion.

In a particularly embarrassing twist, the forex charges come right on the heels of the Libor interest rate scandal, where banks were found to be rigging the rates banks use to lend to each other to their advantage.

The US authorities discovered that between December 2007 and January 2013, traders at Citi, JPMorgan, Barclays, UBS and RBS referred to themselves as ‘The Cartel’ in chatrooms where they used coded language to set benchmark rates. One Barclays fx trader, desperate to join the invitation-only group, was given a one month ‘trial’ and told “mess this up and sleep with one eye open at night”.

One Barclays trader wrote in a chatroom in November 2010: “if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying”.

Another group called itself ‘the players’, while one trader referred to himself and others in the chatroom as ‘the three muskateers’ and said “we all die together”.

Barclays is taking the biggest hit with a combined $2.3 billion fine (£1.5 billion), which will include settlements with US and UK regulators. It had set aside £2 billion to cover the cost of the fines. The UK bank must fire eight employees.

US bank JPMorgan will pay $550 million and Citi will pay $925 million in criminal fines as part of their guilty pleas. UK banks Barclays and RBS pay $650 million and $395 million respectively. Each will plead guilty to one criminal charge of conspiring to fix prices.

The fines could open the UK Banks to new claims from UK customers that were mis-sold complicated financial products such as fx derivatives. “These fines mean that claimants now have further evidence of forex manipulation and may be able to reclaim their losses from the banks,” said Robin Henry, partner at law firm Collyer Bristow.

Questions have been raised over the effectiveness of fining banks. Peter Hahn, a senior lecturer at the Cass Business School, told the BBC that he doesn’t know anyone who has stopped doing business with a bank based on how much they are fined.

“If I get hit by a bus, I don’t want London Transport to be held responsible, I want the driver to be held responsible,” Hahn said.

He said that victims are unlikely to get any compensation for the bank’s behaviour, despite the huge sums they are paying to authorities. “I could have got a bad exchange rate on my credit card when I went on holiday to Europe. If my pension fund owns shares in this bank, I lose again. Do I get any of the settlement? Who gets it? Who’s responsible?” he said.

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“if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying”

no real new information here..we ave covered these show trials for years..nobody does jail time..

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Russia’s Lavrov discusses Syria and Yemen with Kerry

•May 23, 2015 • 4 Comments

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http://www.firstpost.com/world/russias-lavrov-discusses-syria-and-yemen-with-kerry-reuters-2257270.html

MOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situation in Syria and Yemen as well as Ukraine with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The phone call was the latest in a string of high-level contacts between Moscow and Washington in recent days over the crises in the Middle East as well as Ukraine, a conflict that has dragged ties between the Cold War-era foes to new lows.

“The situation in Syria and Yemen, including efforts by the international community to facilitate the start of a peace process in both the ‘hot spots’, was the focus,” the ministry said.

Russia has been a key international ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since an uprising first started against him in early 2011, while the United States have backed rebels seeking to oust him.

Differences over Assad’s future have been a key stumbling bloc in international efforts to resolve the conflict that spiralled into an all-out war in which radical Islamists gradually took the upper hand. Islamic State now controls large swathes of Syria and the neighbouring Iraq.

Syria was also high on the agenda when Kerry travelled to Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi last week for talks with President Vladimir Putin.

U.S. Special Envoy for Syria, Daniel Rubinstein, paid a follow-up visit to Moscow and held talks on Monday with Lavrov’s deputy Mikhail Bogdanov, Putin’s Middle East special envoy.

“Our American colleagues have now understood one thing – that there is no alternative currently to Bashar al-Assad and the present government. And if something happens to them then extremists, terrorists, Islamic State capture full control over Syria,” RIA news agency quoted Bogdanov as saying on Thursday.

“That is why they (the United States) are showing this interest in cooperating with us. Without wasting time, we need to think now of enterprising ideas to hedge ourselves together with the United States,” he said, without elaborating on what he said were various options on the table.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Rubinstein

Rubinstein is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Rubinstein also served as Consul General and Chief of Mission in Jerusalem from 2009 to 2012, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan from 2005 to 2008, and as Chief of the Civilian Observer Unit in the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai, Egypt. Earlier, he served as Director of the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs in the Department of State from 2004 to 2005. His foreign languages are Arabic, Hebrew, and Portuguese.

Daniel Rubinstein, one of the State Department’s leading “Arabists,” replaced Ambassador Robert Ford as the US Special Envoy to Syria.

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blah blah blah…

and introducing mr daniel rubinSTEIN..from the clan of berg..a leading “arabist”..

“if something happens to them then extremists, terrorists, Islamic State capture full control over Syria,”

plan A..

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