Images 9/12/18

•December 10, 2018 • 8 Comments

conga line of assholes..

i think these guys worship satan..not 100% sure but i see a few signs.. *sarcasm

interesting..why is it all written backwards?

cole sprouse..nfi who he is..

here he is again..

even kids movies have to have the symbolism..

one eye and an upside down crucifix..

trump-kim summit inspires the latest miss universe singapore national costume..no words..

the awkward greening..so damn inconvenient..what does attenborough think?

mobile cities..yeah..beware london..just like real life!

push that eye..

odin the wanderer..the OG one eye?

more odin..its definitely his “look”..

odins symbol..suitably occultist..

a satanic statue thats been added to the illinois statehouse festive display..why do satanists want to be associated with christian festivities?

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Canada arrests Huawei’s chief financial officer for extradition to US

•December 10, 2018 • 3 Comments

https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/huawei-cfo-arrested-for-violating-us-sanctions-on-iran-canadian-media-20181206-p50kic.html

Canada has arrested Huawei’s global chief financial officer in Vancouver, where she is facing extradition to the United States on suspicion she violated US sanctions against Iran, the Globe and Mail newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Meng Wanzhou, who is one of the vice chairs on the Chinese technology company’s board and the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested on December 1 and a court hearing has been set for Friday, a Canadian Justice Department spokesman said, according to the Globe and Mail.

Representatives of Huawei, one of the world’s largest makers of telecommunications network equipment, could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters.

Officials for the Canadian and US Justice Departments did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

US authorities have been probing Huawei since at least 2016 for allegedly shopping US-origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of US export and sanctions laws, sources told Reuters in April.

From 2013:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-huawei-skycom/exclusive-huawei-cfo-linked-to-firm-that-offered-hp-gear-to-iran-idUSBRE90U0CC20130131

A Hong Kong-based firm that attempted to sell embargoed Hewlett-Packard computer equipment to Iran’s largest mobile-phone operator has much closer ties to China’s Huawei Technologies than was previously known, corporate records show.

Cathy Meng, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei, served on the board of Hong Kong-based Skycom Tech Co Ltd between February 2008 and April 2009, according to Skycom records filed with Hong Kong’s Companies Registry.

Reuters reported last month that in late 2010, Skycom’s office in Tehran offered to sell at least 1.3 million euros worth of HP gear to Mobile Telecommunication Co of Iran, despite U.S. trade sanctions. At least 13 pages of the proposal were marked “Huawei confidential” and carried Huawei’s logo. Huawei said neither it nor Skycom ultimately provided the HP equipment; HP said it prohibits the sale of its products to Iran.

Huawei has described Skycom as one of its “major local partners.”

But a review by Reuters of corporate records and other documents found numerous financial and other links over the past decade between Huawei, Meng and Skycom, suggesting a closer relationship between the two firms. In 2007, for instance, a management company controlled by Huawei’s parent company held all of Skycom’s shares. At the time, Meng served as the management firm’s company secretary.

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they have been tracking huawei for a while..

the arrest is causing a lot of friction..

“Meng Wanzhou, who is one of the vice chairs on the Chinese technology company’s board and the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested on December 1 ”

thall shalt not deal with iran..

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Can 12 billion tonnes of carbon be sucked from the air?

•December 10, 2018 • Leave a Comment

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46345280

Is it remotely feasible to remove 12 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air? Every year. For decades to come.

That’s the challenge posed by the latest conclusions of the UN’s climate science panel.

It says that only by pulling this heat-trapping gas out of the atmosphere can we avoid dangerous climate change.

But according to one leading researcher, there’s a bit of a hitch: “We haven’t a clue how to do it”.

The problem is that scientists reckon that even if the world manages to cut emissions of the gas, it will no longer be enough to avoid the worst impacts.

We’ve got to go a step further, they say, and find ways of doing something never attempted before: get rid of the gas that’s already out there. And get started on it as soon as possible. On an unimaginable scale.

The most headline-grabbing solution is for giant machines to filter the air and strip out the gas, as my colleague Matt McGrath has reported.

But although the costs are falling, they remain very high and many wonder whether it’s feasible to plaster the planet with so much hardware.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44396781

A Canadian company, backed by Bill Gates, says it has reached an important threshold in developing technology that can remove CO2 from the air.

Carbon Engineering has published a peer-reviewed study showing that they can capture carbon for under $100 a tonne.

This would be a major advance on the current price of around $600 per tonne.

The company says their immediate goal is to produce synthetic liquid fuels made from carbon and renewable energy.

Technological “fixes” to the carbon emissions driving climate change have always been regarded with some suspicion by scientists.

Plans to build solar shields in space or to seed the seas with materials to soak up carbon have been seen as dangerous and a distraction to the more mundane but difficult task of getting people to cut their emissions.

However, plans to capture CO2 directly from the air have been regarded as somewhat more substantial – essentially mirroring the actions of trees.

The idea was first developed by a scientist called Klaus Lackner in the mid 1990s and since then a small number of technology companies have built expensive prototypes of carbon removing devices.

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not can..what about why?

“Plans to build solar shields in space or to seed the seas with materials to soak up carbon have been seen as dangerous and a distraction”

uh huh..

“according to one leading researcher, there’s a bit of a hitch: “We haven’t a clue how to do it”

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The US-China Cold War is upon us

•December 6, 2018 • 3 Comments

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/445158-china-us-cold-war/

“China is a sleeping lion,” Napoleon Bonaparte said. “Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.” A new Cold War is upon us, only this time the giant is no longer deep asleep; stirring as it begins to wake.

China is leveraging military modernization, influence operations, and predatory economics to coerce neighboring countries to reorder the Indo-Pacific region to their advantage,” a recent summary of the 2018 US National Defense Strategy states.

As China continues its economic and military ascendance, asserting power through an all-of-nation long-term strategy, it will continue to pursue a military modernization program that seeks Indo-Pacific regional hegemony in the near-term and displacement of the United States to achieve global preeminence in the future. The most far-reaching objective of this defense strategy is to set the military relationship between our two countries on a path of transparency and non-aggression.

Interestingly enough, the Pacific region is a key location in which the US and China may eventually collide in an inevitable showdown, though the media appears to rarely focus on the topic. According to the National Defense Strategy, the Indo-Pacific region is number one in a three-region list of key areas the US will focus on competing in to “deter aggression.”

Just how much of a threat does China pose to Washington and its allies?

Well, if recent commentary is anything to go by, China is considered so much of a threat to the US and its allies in the Pacific region that Australia is lamenting its AUD$195 billion (US$143 billion) defense spending plan as being insufficient to combat China’s growing influence.

Australia and its regional allies became alarmed earlier this year when reports began emerging that China was seeking a strategic military base in Vanuatu. Both China and Vanuatu heavily disputed the claim, and the issue appeared to fall off the media radar relatively quickly when the story could not be further substantiated.

Then again, the Australian just recently reported that China has begun negotiating to fund the redevelopment of a coral-choked port in Samoa, a move which has only irked Australia even further due to its potential economic and strategic implications for both Canberra and Washington in the region.

According to the Australian:

China’s involvement has raised red flags with military analyst­s, who warned that the port could lead to a ‘salient right through the heart’ of America’s defences in the South Pacific or threaten Australia’s east-coast trade routes to the US.

Has anyone ever wondered why America needs defenses in the South Pacific, given the thousands of miles of water that lie between the US and the South Pacific?

Then again, in an effort to keep the US on its feet, earlier this month China managed to also cement a deal to build a multi-million dollar geostrategic port in Myanmar, in the Bay of Bengal.

While the US has up to 1,000 military bases worldwide, China currently only has one known base (in Djibouti, Africa). According to the Australian, some analysts worry that China will use the Djibouti example as a blueprint to turn the Samoan port into a base of its own and project its might into the South Pacific, though that would still be only two Chinese military bases up against approximately 1,000 US military bases.

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“Has anyone ever wondered why America needs defenses in the South Pacific, given the thousands of miles of water that lie between the US and the South Pacific?”

great question..

“While the US has up to 1,000 military bases worldwide, China currently only has one known base (in Djibouti, Africa)”

reality..

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The Large Hadron Collider is shutting down for 2 years

•December 6, 2018 • 2 Comments

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cern-large-hadron-collider-shutting-down-2-years

The world’s most powerful particle accelerator has gone quiet. Particles took their last spin around the Large Hadron Collider on December 3 before scientists shut the machine down for two years of upgrades.

Located at the particle physics laboratory CERN in Geneva, the accelerator has smashed together approximately 16 million billion protons since 2015, when it reached its current energy of 13 trillion electron volts. Planned improvements before the machine restarts in 2021 will bring the energy up to 14 trillion electron volts — the energy it was originally designed to reach.

During a round of lower-energy collisions between 2009 and 2013, researchers found the elusive Higgs boson, filling in the last missing piece of the standard model of particle physics (SN: 7/28/12, p. 5).

The planned adjustments to the machine will also lay the groundwork for another incarnation of the collider further in the future, known as the High-Luminosity LHC (SN Online: 6/15/18). That upgrade, expected to be ready by 2026, will increase the rate of proton smashups by at least a factor of five.

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a 2 year upgrade..wow?

patience..

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IMF: The case for a new digital currency

•December 5, 2018 • 8 Comments

https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2018/11/13/sp111418-winds-of-change-the-case-for-new-digital-currency

1. The changing nature of money and the fintech revolution

Let me begin with the big issue on the table today—the changing nature of money.

When commerce was local, centered around the town square, money in the form of tokens—metal coins—was sufficient. And it was efficient.

The exchange of coins from one hand to another settled transactions. So long as the coins were valid—determined by glancing, scratching, or even biting into them—it did not matter which hands held them.

But as commerce moved to ships, like those that passed through Singapore, and covered increasingly greater distances, carrying coins became expensive, risky, and cumbersome.

Chinese paper money—introduced in the 9th century—helped, but not enough. Innovation produced bills of exchange—pieces of paper allowing merchants with a bank account in their home city to draw money from a bank at their destination.

The Arabs called these Sakks, the origin of our word “check” today. These checks, and the banks that went along with them, spread around the world, spearheaded by the Italian bankers and merchants of the Renaissance. Other examples are the Chinese Shansi and Indian Hundi bills.

Suddenly, it mattered whom you dealt with. Was this Persian merchant the rightful owner of that bill? Was the bill trustworthy? Was that Shanxi bank going to accept it? Trust became essential—and the state became the guarantor of that trust, by offering liquidity backstops, and supervision.

Why is this brief tour of history relevant? Because the fintech revolution questions the two forms of money we just discussed—coins and commercial bank deposits. And it questions the role of the state in providing money.

We are at a historic turning point. You—young and bold entrepreneurs gathered here today—are not just inventing services; you are potentially reinventing history. And we are all in the process of adapting.

A new wind is blowing, that of digitalization. In this new world, we meet anywhere, any time. The town square is back—virtually, on our smartphones. We exchange information, services, even emojis, instantly… peer to peer, person to person.

We float through a world of information, where data is the “new gold”—despite growing concerns over privacy, and cyber-security. A world in which millennials are reinventing how our economy works, phone in hand.

And this is key: money itself is changing. We expect it to become more convenient and user-friendly, perhaps even less serious-looking.

We expect it to be integrated with social media, readily available for online and person-to-person use, including micro-payments. And of course, we expect it to be cheap and safe, protected against criminals and prying eyes.

What role will remain for cash in this digital world? Already signs in store windows read “cash not accepted.” Not just in Scandinavia, the poster child of a cashless world. In various other countries too, demand for cash is decreasing—as shown in recent IMF work. And in ten, twenty, thirty years, who will still be exchanging pieces of paper?

Bank deposits too are feeling pressure from new forms of money.

Think of the new specialized payment providers that offer e-money—from AliPay and WeChat in China, to PayTM in India, to M-Pesa in Kenya. These forms of money are designed with the digital economy in mind. They respond to what people demand, and what the economy requires.

Even cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple are vying for a spot in the cashless world, constantly reinventing themselves in the hope of offering more stable value, and quicker, cheaper settlement.

2. A case for Central Bank Digital Currencies

Let me now turn to my second issue: the role of the state—of central banks—in this new monetary landscape.

Some suggest the state should back down.

Providers of e-money argue that they are less risky than banks, because they do not lend money. Instead, they hold client funds in custodian accounts, and simply settle payments within their networks.

For their part, cryptocurrencies seek to anchor trust in technology. So long as they are transparent—and if you are tech savvy—you might trust their services.

Still, I am not entirely convinced. Proper regulation of these entities will remain a pillar of trust.

Should we go further? Beyond regulation, should the state remain an active player in the market for money? Should it fill the void left by the retreat of cash?

Let me be more specific: should central banks issue a new digital form of money? A state-backed token, or perhaps an account held directly at the central bank, available to people and firms for retail payments? True, your deposits in commercial banks are already digital. But a digital currency would be a liability of the state, like cash today, not of a private firm.

This is not science fiction. Various central banks around the world are seriously considering these ideas, including Canada, China, Sweden, and Uruguay. They are embracing change and new thinking—as indeed is the IMF.

Today, we are releasing a new paper [1] on the pros and cons of central bank digital currency—or “digital currency” for short. It focuses on domestic, not cross-border effects of digital currency. The paper is available on the IMF website.

I believe we should consider the possibility to issue digital currency. There may be a role for the state to supply money to the digital economy.

This currency could satisfy public policy goals, such as (i) financial inclusion, and (ii) security and consumer protection; and to provide what the private sector cannot: (iii) privacy in payments.

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Did The IMF Reveal That Cryptocurrency Is The New World Order End-Game?

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-22/did-imf-reveal-cryptocurrency-new-world-order-end-game

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thanks to isabel for the link..

straight from the horses mouth..

“Let me be more specific: should central banks issue a new digital form of money?”

like they do fiat money??

wow..so easy..

“This is not science fiction. Various central banks around the world are seriously considering these ideas, including Canada, China, Sweden, and Uruguay. They are embracing change and new thinking—as indeed is the IMF.”

stay tuned..

 

What do you think Trump said to Kennedy that made him stop in his tracks like that?

•December 5, 2018 • 18 Comments

https://www.quora.com/What-do-you-think-Trump-said-to-Kennedy-that-made-him-stop-in-his-tracks-like-that/answer/Shawn-Blair-20?ch=10&share=99b63774&srid=h5LT4&fbclid=IwAR0QwSEgpqu8x8ySj1Ff7GVMbrOnVNSnuemeAyoA4CKvzBBxdxdNCTkHpdE

He told him what we are all about to be told

That there are about to be investigations into everything in regard to ALL of the truly unanswered crimes of the last 100 years.

He also probably explained that someone is back after 20 years away at sea with his wife

Also that Judge Brett Kavanaugh was needed to begin this process

This is why the liberal press, which is a contradiction to any democracy, has encited my fellow liberals.

Excited them into a mob mentality state, nothing short of the French Revolution

This is fact

You won’t want to accept what you are about to read as it contradicts everything you have been taught about why we have been in a perpetual state of war since the beginning of the 1900s up to this very day.

I know this will take a bit to get to your answer

This will explain the entire picture

To try and answer your question without addressing at least the last 80 yr would be like watching the series “Lost” starting halfway through the second season.

I have tried to compress 12,000 pages into his one answer.

Please bear with me

So, it’s a topic that brings conditioned ridicule and shame.

One that had been almost made to be Taboo

Once a world of questioners

Now a boiling pot of hatred, shaming and division all at the bidding of so few

I firmly believe there WILL be a chance to ask these question more openly VERY soon

Continue here: https://www.quora.com/What-do-you-think-Trump-said-to-Kennedy-that-made-him-stop-in-his-tracks-like-that/answer/Shawn-Blair-20?ch=10&share=99b63774&srid=h5LT4&fbclid=IwAR0QwSEgpqu8x8ySj1Ff7GVMbrOnVNSnuemeAyoA4CKvzBBxdxdNCTkHpdE

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thanks to isabel for the link..

prepare to go down the rabbit hole..nothing happens by chance..

sort the wheat from the chaff..

from ww2 build ups in germany..to jfk..to trump..and of course the busch dynasty..timely..

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