Friday, February 28, 2014
Via Unknown Country: A helicopter and a USAF jet have been spotted chasing UFOs in Orange County, California. Want to know why we don't have contact? Simple. We shake our spears at them. As long as we continue to act like primitive tribesmen, they will continue to treat us as such.
Via The Local: As pro-Russian forces took action in the Crimea, Sweden's Foreign Minister has said the EU, Nato, and the IMF must help Ukraine through its political turmoil. "Crimea is a question for Nato", Bildt told Sveriges Radio (SR). "Of course I am worried, but I am more worried about the financial situation and the corruption". Bildt concluded that reform is possible, but "it will demand both political clout and financial support". "The EU will be the deciding factor in the first matter, and the IMF in the latter," he said. I agree that we in the west should do more for Ukraine. The geographical, political, and religious location of Ukraine, make it preferable to re-integrate that country back to Russia.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Via WWTDD: This 138 Water Girl is back. I thought she’d been absorbed for parts, but I guess her nipples are still intact because I can clearly see them right there on the beach where children walk and Daniel Baldwin boosts SUVs...
Via The Local: Why Sweden's educational system has failed. Sweden's decentralization of the primary educational system over two decades is considered to have "failed", a recent report presented to the Swedish government said, arousing heated debates in the election-year. The decentralization of school system that started in the early 1990s is an "intervention" of the country's development from the politicians' side and it is a failure, said Leif Lewin, political scientist who led a government inquiry into the issue, was quoted as saying by Swedish television SVT. The decentralization left all the responsibility for schools to the municipal governments, which lead to that "none of the municipalities, principals or the teachers completed the tasks", said Lewin. According to the report of Lewin, direct consequences of the decentralization are the tumbled pupils' study results, equivalence and teachers' status, which has caused mistrust in the present educational system. Concerning that, the consequences were reflected on the latest global Pisa education ranking published last year, when Sweden ranked below the OECD average of all 33 countries in mathematics, reading comprehension and natural sciences, the Swedish online daily the Local reported. "The reform was too brutal", Lewin said. "It was a mistake for the bourgeois government to remove the instruction instrument", Lewin added. Lewin also supported Siren's opinion by stating that "regardless of who's in charge, the state's job is to support teachers' professional development". Sweden should be a warning example for all countries for what happens when you allow private hospitals, private healthcare, and private schools. The result is a complete disaster. Then it's the end of the welfare state, when the citizens starts to get poorly educated, and sick, and miserable. Hopefully, all private insurances concerning healthcare will be abolished, the money confiscated by the government, and the state will again regain total control over the health care and educational system in Sweden. Private enterprises are good and welcome, but never when it comes to health care, education, and the energy sector. National unity produces welfare for all and it leads to international solidarity, and also goes hand in hand with technological advancement. The state education and nationalized health care system is what made Sweden great for all its citizens, and took the country in just one century from being Europe's poorest to becoming the richest country in Europe.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Via WWTDD: Those War of the Worlds plotters at the bogus 138 Water Company have now just started grabbing random chicks and telling them to take off their bras to sugarcoat the pending invasion. You’d be surprised how reasonably well "Hey, you, hot chick, here’s $100 to take your top off" is received in the streets of Los Angeles. This young woman’s name is Bo Osinski. Yes, that sounds like a Canadian hockey goon from the 70′s. A hockey goon with a cracking body that is going to get lots of earthlings shredded in the enormous wood chippers that will soon be hovering over the skies of our major cities. When the attack begins, there will be no escape. Maybe I can sign on as an early traitor to my race in exchange for a quickie with Bo. Then I can enter the wood chipper without any regrets.
Via Before It's News: BAAL, the Ancient God of Weather–HAARP, Project Blue Beam, Mind Control–Is Here! The Canaanites believed Baal was the god that controlled the rain and sun, that is why Elijah’s challenge had to do with rain. By declaring that there would be no rain until he said so, he was proving to them that it was the Most High God that was the God of the rain and not Baal. Satan is the master manipulator; the father of lies and the master of illusion. He always perverts everything God has done and uses it for evil. The harp was always associated with worshiping God, but the harp was introduced into BAAL worship in ancient times. HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) is responsible for creating and manipulating weather, project blue beam, mind control, and much more. Researcher Mike Hagan has found startling evidence HAARP may be more insidious than most investigators think. Hagan discovered incredible evidence that, while the masters of HAARP may be doing everything investigators suspect, they’ve also embarked on a mind-boggling project designed to power-up and control the unknown ancient powers locked inside some of the world’s greatest pyramids…a tremendous power that could enable the controllers of advanced Tesla technology to reach out, grab the world by its collective throat, and shake it into submission.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Via The Local: Sweden has again made it to number 4 among the top 10 countries for financial security and quality of life among pensioners, the Natixis Global Asset Management’s retirement index showed. "Sweden’s social welfare system still serves as a role model to countries around the world", said Jörg Knaf, Managing Director Northern Europe at Natixis Global Asset Management. "However, pressure to control costs in the country’s health care system is putting strains on the government’s ability, despite a higher tax burden, to fund old age retirement. By seeking smarter investment opportunities today future retirees can take an active role in securing their standard-of-living for tomorrow". The report said that Sweden is well known globally for its “Nordic model”, a special welfare system and trademark of the Scandinavian countries of which the advanced healthcare system is a key component. It hardly surprises, therefore, that Sweden again scored strongly this year in the health sub-index. Important criteria in the health sub-index included the physician to patient ratio and statutory expenditures for services in the healthcare sector. The life expectancy index could also improve year on year to an average 82 years. According to the study, countries like Sweden that made it into the top 10 (1-6: Switzerland, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Australia, Denmark) have innovative and effective pension system structures in place. Sweden again reached top marks in the material well-being sub-index of this year’s study. They result from the highest per-capita income of Swedish citizens by EU standards and low income discrepancies among employees. The survey also shows, however, that providing for old age will become increasingly difficult going forward both in established industrialized countries and emerging markets as a result of global demographic trends and pressures on public finances.
Via WWTDD: Maybe it’s because she’s still ten years behind the curve of her alcohol-addicted, carved up shrill Housewife castmates, but Joanna Krupa actually makes marriage look like a viable lifestyle option. The newlywed stage does seem to bring out the best in couples, a nice respite before the regret and accusations and bickering that will serve as the central focus of their relationship every single moment forever thereafter. I guess congratulations are in order to the dude who’s got her head planted between his legs. After she’s done, thank her politely, then leave for another country under an assumed name.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Via Intellihub: As the protests and uprisings in Ukraine continue to grow, the government is outsourcing troops from Russia to help put down protesters.
Via The Local: A Swedish appeals court has crushed a suicidal man's last wishes by ruling that his text messages to would-be inheritors were not legally valid. A 27-year-old in Sweden spent part of his last hours alive sending text messages to his family and friends in which he detailed what they would inherit when he died. A few hours later, he committed suicide. Sveriges Radio (SR) reported on Monday that the young man had been thorough in his revision of assets. For example, he sent an SMS to his friend Christoffer to tell him he would inherit a car. "He had written up what he would do with his assets, with name and sums of every friend and family member", Christoffer told SR. "It's 100 percent certain that this was his last will, that he wanted it to be this way". But the man's family appealed the SMS testament. A district court at first ruled the text messages were valid, but now an appeals court has overturned the verdict. Inheritance law expert and professor Margatreta Brattström pointed out that had the man written down his last wishes with a pen, the instructions would have remained valid. She told SR it was time for a thorough review of inheritance law in Sweden. "Our inheritance laws are ancient and a lot has happened since the early 20th century when the rules were written down", Brattström told SR.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Via Contactmusic: Justin Bieber is facing a protest from residents of Atlanta, Georgia over his rumoured plans to move to the city. The troubled teenage pop star, who is currently renting out R&B producer Dallas Austin's Georgia home, is reportedly planning to sell his property in Calabasas, California and move to Atlanta's affluent Buckhead neighborhood. However, the reports have infuriated residents of the community, who have scheduled a protest march for Monday (24Feb14). Members of local residents group the Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition unveiled plans for the protest on the organisation's official Facebook.com page in a message which reads, "As a community here in Buckhead, we have worked hard to achieve our goals and get to where we are". "Justin Bieber's relocation to Atlanta can be nothing but bad for our children, as well as the community. Some can't even let their children play in the driveway without fear; he has raced vehicles under the influence, before. What's to say he won't do it again?... Please do not allow a child to ruin what we have worked so hard to obtain." The Baby singer previously infuriated neighbors in his exclusive gated community in Calabasas by allegedly racing his sports cars up and down the quiet residential streets, and he is currently facing driving under the influence charges in Florida stemming from an alleged drag race last month (Jan14). He denies three charges related to the incident.
Via Before It's News: Prepare for the worst—food, water, batteries... The U.S. economy may fully crash around March 4. This will bring down all world economies. Pay attention, get your house in order, and pray! Regardless of when, where, why or how, you can never, ever go wrong by being prepared.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Via WWTDD: Short of killing a country singer or jumping in a time machine and blowing Tommy Mottola, there aren’t any easy ways left to break into show business. This Ana Braga chick came from Brazil with a plan. To get her tits a little taste of the American Dream. Maybe that’s vice-versa. The fact is, you can’t expect your tits to become famous if they’re hidden away like a cloistered nun’s vagina. Air those babies out, display them like they’re your corn-raised heifers at the State Fair. Get that blue ribbon pinned to your chest, though not in an area that would cause deflation. Become famous, be somebody important, and you, my dear, will have earned that wet bikini bottom of yours. Shit must be horrible in Brazil.
Theo Spark: Nina Agdal loves the Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich.
Via The Guardian: Ukraine’s parliament voted Saturday to release former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from jail in a session that also saw the appointment of a new Interior Minister and the dismissal of the country’s top prosecutor. Applause broke out in the Verkhovna Rada as 322 out of the 331 deputies present approved a decree for the release of Tymoshenko, an avowed foe of embattled President Viktor Yanukovych.
Via The Local: The defending Olympic champions are expecting a close contest against Sweden in Sunday's final which both teams go into undefeated, with hockey experts also forecasting a tight game. Forget the hockey gods -- Team Canada should check their horoscope before Sunday's Olympic gold medal game against unbeaten Sweden. "You have to line up the moon and the stars to win", said Canada's coach Mike Babcock. Defending champions Canada booked their spot in the gold medal game by throwing a blanket over the USA's potent offence. But they will face a powerful Swedish team in the final of the Sochi tournament that prides itself on winning with great goaltending and solid defense. Both teams have 5-0 records in Sochi, and both are seeking to become the first team to go through an Olympic tournament undefeated since NHL players started participating in the Olympics at the Nagano Games. Sweden advanced by defeating an injury-hit Finnish team 2-1. Sweden's best player so far has been defenceman Erik Karlsson, who is the tournament co-leader in points with four goals and eight points in five games. Swedish forward Daniel Sedin said his team are improving with each game. "Our first game was our worst game and this one was our best game, so that's a good sign", he said after Sweden's win over Finland.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Via Disclose.tv: If all goes according to plan, North Koreans will soon have free, uncensored Internet provided by satellites the size of toaster ovens. That's part of a project called Outernet, which hopes to launch hundreds of tiny satellites—known as CubeSats—to provide Internet to every person on Earth. Forty percent of the world's people currently don't have access to the Web. In a little more than a year, Outernet plans to have a fleet of 24 satellites operational and testing to pave the way for a globe-spanning network. The project's backers say knowledge is a human right. "We exist to support the flow of independent news, information, and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies", said Peter Whitehead, president of the Media Development Investment Fund, Outernet's backer. "It enables fuller participation in public life, holds the powerful to account and protects the rights of the individual".
Via The Local: Sweden's Princess Madeleine has given birth to a daughter, the Royal Court announced on Friday morning. The newest member of Sweden's royal family was born to the princess and Chris O'Neill in New York on Thursday, February 20th at 10.41pm local time (4.41am CET), Chancellor of the Realm Svante Lindqvist said in a statement. The baby was born at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, and O'Neill was at the hospital during the entire delivery. "Everything went well. The mother and child are doing well", Royal Court spokeswoman Annika Sönnerberg told the TT news agency.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Via BBC News: Around 100 tons of highly radioactive water have leaked from a storage tank at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, operator Tokyo Electric (Tepco) says. The toxic water may have overflowed after a valve was left open by mistake, Tepco said. However the water was unlikely to have reached the ocean, the operator added. The water from Wednesday's leak was radioactive, with a reading of 230 million becquerels per liter of radioactive isotopes, Tepco spokesman Masayuki Ono told reporters. A becquerel is a unit used to measure radioactivity. WHO guidance advises against drinking water with radioactivity levels higher than 10 becquerels per liter.
Via Disclose.tv: Almost every one of us has ever experienced a strange feeling that something has changed around, but it is impossible to understand what it is. The sixth sense is one of the favorite themes in pop culture: movies are filmed and books are written about it. A group of psychologists of the University of Melbourne decided to set up an experiment to find out what really lies behind the sixth sense and whether it is possible to find a rational explanation for it. Participants were shown two pictures of the same person. Each image remained on the screen for 1.5 seconds, while there was a one second pause after showing each photo. The participants were asked whether they noticed any change in the pictures. If the subject answered positively, he was asked to choose the type of change from a long list. Then the experiment was repeated with other photos totally 140 times. The psychologists were particularly interested in cases where the subject noticed the change, but could not identify it, i.e. he or she only felt that something was wrong. Sometimes the scientists showed the same picture without any changes. If a participant noted changes, although there were none, the results had to be corrected. The researchers found that if the general background of a photo did not change, the participants could accurately mark the changes in the appearance of a person in the photo. But when there was a visual change in the general background, the subjects had problems in identifying their feelings. They felt that something was wrong, but they could not make out what exactly had changed: whether it was a hairstyle, a lipstick color, or the clothes of people in the photos. The psychologists have concluded that the so-called sixth sense has a rational explanation. Depending on the circumstances, such as, for example, different lighting in the room, people unconsciously note changes in the appearance of others. However, the inability to efficiently identify changes due to an excess of visual or acoustic information creates a strange contradictory feeling, which is normally called a sixth sense.
Via The Local: Move over Kalle Blomqvist and Kurt Wallander, it's time for Sweden to pass the crime fiction thriller torch to France, where the writers are exploding onto the English-language crime thriller scene. After the international success of Scandinavian crime writing, France's own small army of fictional detectives and amateur sleuths is sparking unprecedented interest from English-language publishers on the lookout for the next big thing. Christopher MacLehose, who discovered the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson for an international readership, says that after years on the sidelines, French crime writers are finally moving "center stage". "I think there is a wide feeling that Scandinavian crime which was a byword until very recently for potentially best selling crime fiction has tailed off", the founder of the London-based MacLehose Press told AFP.
Via Before It's News: The dollar is being phased out. The Chinese has dumped almost $50 billion of U.S. treasuries, the Japanese have dumped about $4 billion. China is sitting on a record amount of surplus but are not buying U.S. debt with it as they have always have...
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Via RT: Moscow believes the deadly clashes in Kiev were an attempt at a coup by radicalized protesters. Twenty-six people were killed overnight in the most violent clashes yet to have occurred between security forces and protesters since the opposition took to the streets of Kiev in November 2013. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry described the violence in Ukraine as an attempt at a coup d’etat and a "brown" revolution. "The Russian side is demanding the leaders on the streets to stop the violence in their country, immediately resume dialogue with the lawful government without threats and ultimatums", the statement reads. The Kremlin has interpreted the violence in Ukraine as a coup attempt. President Putin’s spokesman said that "from the point of view of the Russian leadership", all of the responsibility for the bloodshed could be laid at the door of "the extremist forces". The E.U.’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton announced that E.U. foreign ministers would hold an extraordinary meeting in Brussels on Thursday to discuss a response, with options on the table including sanctions against individuals considered responsible for the bloodshed. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted Wednesday that responsibility for deaths lay with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, saying: "He has blood on his hands". Russia joined condemnations of the violence, but accused European leaders of failing to hold Ukrainian opposition leaders responsible. U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt blamed Viktor Yanukovich for the escalation of the crisis. "From this moment on, the USA holds Yanukovich responsible for everything that happens in Ukraine", he told the Zerkalo Nedeli newspaper, following a meeting with Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara. Moscow believes that this accusatory position of the U.S. could have, in fact, contributed to the escalation of violence Kiev has been witnessing, and, holding the president solely responsible for the crisis, is giving carte blanche to extremist radical forces out on the streets. Pope Francis raised the subject of Ukraine at an audience Wednesday in the Vatican, during which he said that he would be praying for the victims. "I call on all sides to cease violence and start the search for peace", the Pontiff said.
Australia's Steven Bradbury achieves an unexpected gold medal in the short tack speed skating event, taking advantage of a mistake causing his fellow finalists to fall at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
Via Before It's News: A man who jumped from the JP Morgan building in Hong Kong this week becomes the 8th banker to die mysteriously this month. All month we have been reporting on the suspicious string of apparent suicides that have hit the financial industry. Multiple bankers have been found dead in recent weeks, all of them have been ruled suicides despite the fact that little information has been released in some of the cases. Those who had high profile deaths, like the man who jumped from the top of the JP Morgan HQ building in Europe are highly publicized, but overall, very few details about any of these deaths have been made public. Now this week, another investment banker has jumped from a different JP Morgan HQ, on a different continent, this time in Hong Kong, China. The fact that many of these deaths seem to be tied to JP Morgan is arousing further suspicion that there is more to this story than meets the eye. See also: http://philipaohlund.blogspot.se/2014/02/at-least-20-dead-bankers-within-last.html String of suspicious deaths: 1 – William Broeksmit, 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG, was found dead in his home after an apparent suicide in South Kensington in central London, on January 26th. 2- Karl Slym, 51 year old Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym, was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on January 27th. 3 – Gabriel Magee, a 39-year-old JP Morgan employee, died after falling from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London on January 27th. 4 – Mike Dueker, 50-year-old chief economist of a US investment bank was found dead close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State. 5 – Richard Talley, the 57 year old founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead earlier this month after apparently shooting himself with a nail gun. 6 -Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, also died last month, however the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown. 7 – Ryan Henry Crane, a 37 year old executive at JP Morgan died in an alleged suicide just a few weeks ago. No details have been released about his death aside from this small obituary announcement at the Stamford Daily Voice. 8 - Li Junjie, 33-year-old banker in Hong Kong jumped from the JP Morgan HQ in Hong Kong this week. Were these bankers killed for knowing too much? Were they involved in something so unethical that they killed themselves out of shame? These are the speculations that are rising in the wake of these apparent suicides.
Via WWTDD: When you see Lady Gaga in her underwear in Manhattan, you just know something sexually charged is about to go down. Like a drug-fueled gang rape in Central Park, the flailing pop star made her way to the new Tonight Show to welcome Jimmy Fallon along with a weird array of celebrities entering the stage in a horribly stretched out opening bit. Gaga’s also booked as the big musical act for the second show tonight. This is part of the attempt of the Tonight Show to capture the disaffected troubled youth demo that stopped watching television when they discovered the entertainment value in cutting.
Via thestar.com: Charlie Sheen sure is an optimist. After three failed marriages he proposed to girlfriend Brett Rossi on Saturday. Charlie was married to Donna Peele, Denise Richards, and Brooke Mueller. The marriage to Donna Peele was annulled and the other two ended in drama-filled divorces. He has five children. But, as he tells TMZ, he wouldn't mind having more. In a while. "I'm having way too much fun with her right now. So much fun it should be illegal". Charlie says, "Prenups poison marriages". According to Charlie, his form of prenup will be short and sweet ... one line: "You keep your bleep and I'll keep mine".
Via WWTDD: I’m not above a compliment. This is true genius. Putting Kate Upton up in an airplane and diving steep to create a zero-G effect on her big plump titties, it’s inspired. The fact they removed all the vomit and gave her a smile is a nice nod to all the guys jerking off to the dream of Kate Upton floating in no gravity with her mouth around their johnsons.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Via WWTDD: Pamela Anderson will do anything to make life better for our animal friends. Now that she’s chopped off her hair and reduced the size of her tits, removing two of her two most popular features, she can focus more thoroughly on her profound causes. Like saving critters from the horrors of their assigned place in the ecosystem. To help promote her cause, Pam made a Valentine’s video that strongly suggests she’s having sex with her dog. I could be reading into it, but I’m pretty sure Monsieur Brando is about to get his doggy dick into a little Canadian trim. I don’t know if Pam’s new husband, the unemployed poker player who banged Paris Hilton in her sex tape, is going to approve. He seems pretty traditional. But it’s all for a righteous cause. Save the lab rats. By fucking dogs. I get it. Good on you, Pam Anderson.
Via Prophecy News Watch: The U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, held a hearing recently on "The Worldwide Persecution of Christians". The hearing was chaired by Rep. Christopher H. Smith. In opening this congressional hearing, Rep. Smith pointed out that Christians right now face violence, displacement, or discrimination in 110 nations of the world, and that the 2.3 billion Christians alive today may form the world's largest religion, but that they are also the most persecuted religious group. Rep. Chris Smith said: "It is a huge problem and it's getting worse, not just in the Middle East, but in China, in North Korea, and elsewhere". He added that there has been an explosion of persecution against Christians, including martyrdom, torture, and harassment of all kinds.
Via Disclose.tv: The history of our planet is far more complex than most people would dare to imagine. The truth is that there is a tremendous amount of evidence of great intellectual achievement in the ancient world.
Via TMZ: Rihanna says her accountant made so many boneheaded decisions that he blew her fortune and she was "effectively bankrupt" by the end of 2009. The singer claims in new legal docs she had $11 MILLION in cash at the beginning of 2009. Rihanna says the accountant was not on the ball and she was horrified to learn at the end of the year she had $2 million left. To make matters worse, her expenses doubled, which left her on a financial cliff.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Via EUobserver: The European Commission wants to end U.S. control over the governance of the internet. The E.U. paper on "Europe's role in shaping the future of Internet governance" calls for an international group to replace the California-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which manages the assignation of domains such as .com, .co.uk and .org to new websites. At present, the United States is the center of power behind the structure of the internet. E.U. digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes called for "a timeline to globalize ICANN" and warned that the web should not be allowed to "unravel into a series of regional or national networks".
Via Arutz Sheva: The situation in the Middle East is far more explosive than ever with nuclear war now on the table, according to Israel News: "President Obama has had a constant refrain when it comes to Iran - "I'm keeping all options on the table". Israel's back is, however, soon to be against the proverbial "wall". No nation has the patience of Israel. No nation wants Peace more than Israel. Let us all hope that the President will reverse course and provide Israel with everything it needs for a conventional strike on Iran. Otherwise, barring a revolution in Iran, Israel will have no other option but to use its nuclear arsenal".
At least 11 men have been rescued after a group of illegal miners in South Africa became trapped underground in an abandoned gold mine near Johannesburg. Those brought to the surface were checked by medics before being arrested for illegal mining.
Via The Local: Stockholm's reputation as a city with a stellar startup scene has been enhanced by being the home to some of Europe's biggest tech startup success stories in recent years, the Financial Times wrote in a recent analysis of the Swedish capital. "Scandinavians have long understood the wired world, with high mobile phone penetration and internet connectivity", the FT said. "Stockholm has now matched this with a critical mass of technology startups moving into the city. Capital has followed".
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Via WND: The federal government doesn’t just want the ability to track down your car; it wants to be able to track down your body as well. Just as details are emerging about a controversial, nationwide vehicle-surveillance database, the federal government is planning an even more invasive spy program using “physiological signatures” to track down individuals. The goal of this research is to detect – as well as analyze and categorize – unique traits the government can exploit to identify, locate, and track specific individuals and groups of people.
Via The Local: The Swedish government has been blamed for "interfering" too much in the referendum on the purchase of Gripen jets in Switzerland, with one of the country's main political parties pledging to withdraw support for leading the yes campaign. In an open letter on their website Switzerland's Christian Democrats said they could no longer spearhead the yes vote, citing ambiguities concerning Sweden, defence contractor Saab and their involvement in the referendum. "For the CVP Switzerland it is clear: A vote must be conducted in Switzerland with its own means and argument", it said in a statement signed by party president Christophe Darbellay. A referendum is due to be held in Switzerland on May 18th on on the country's purchase of Swedish-made Gripen fighter jets. However, the build-up to the vote has been marred by suggestions that Sweden is attempting to unduly influence a yes vote. Swedish media reported in early February that a top-secret plan was hatched to sway the vote. Sveriges Radio (SR), citing classified documents, said that the Swedish ambassador in Switzerland "is arranging interviews and pitching positive articles about Sweden" to the Swiss press. Meanwhile, in January defense contractor Saab was slammed for allegedly getting involved with the referendum. Swiss Social Democratic MP Evi Allemann claimed that Saab was financing campaigners in favour of the deal, and said that the company was behaving "shamelessly". The Christian Democrat party, which claimed 12 percent of the vote in the last Swiss election, continues to back the Gripen deal but wants to avoid any suggestion of Swedish lobbying being an influence. "We do not want any interference from the ambassador, from Sweden, or from Saab", CVP politician Urs Schwaller is quoted as saying in the Swiss media. In 2011, the Swiss government approved the 3.13 billion Swiss francs ($3.47 billion) deal to buy 22 new Jas Gripen fighter jets. But opponents forced a referendum on the Gripen purchase after submitting more than 65.000 valid signatures expressing their disapproval. Polls have shown that a majority of voters oppose the Gripen deal but under Swiss law it cannot be blocked.
Via Disclose.tv: If you have been waiting for the "global economic crisis" to begin, just open up your eyes and look around. The following are 20 signs that the global economic crisis is starting to catch fire... The unemployment rate in Greece has hit a brand new record high of 28 percent. The youth unemployment rate in Greece has hit a brand new record high of 64.1 percent. The percentage of bad loans in Italy is at an all-time record high. Italian industrial output declined again in December, and the Italian government is on the verge of collapse. The number of jobseekers in France has risen for 30 of the last 32 months, and at this point it has climbed to a new all-time record high. The total number of business failures in France in 2013 was even higher than in any year during the last financial crisis. It is being projected that housing prices in Spain will fall another 10 to 15 percent as their economic depression deepens. The economic and political turmoil in Turkey is spinning out of control. The government has resorted to blasting protesters with pepper spray and water cannons in a desperate attempt to restore order. It is being estimated that the inflation rate in Argentina is now over 40 percent, and the peso is absolutely collapsing. Gangs of armed bandits are roaming the streets in Venezuela as the economic chaos in that troubled nation continues to escalate. China appears to be very serious about deleveraging. The deflationary effects of this are going to be felt all over the planet. The following is an excerpt from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard's recent article entitled "World asleep as China tightens deflationary vice"... China's Xi Jinping has cast the die. After weighing up the unappetising choice before him for a year, he has picked the lesser of two poisons. The balance of evidence is that most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong aims to prick China's $24 trillion credit bubble early in his 10-year term, rather than putting off the day of reckoning for yet another cycle. This may be well-advised for China, but the rest of the world seems remarkably nonchalant over the implications. There was a significant debt default by a coal company in China last Friday... A high-yield investment product backed by a loan to a debt-ridden coal company failed to repay investors when it matured last Friday, state media reported on Wednesday, in the latest sign of financial stress in China's shadow bank sector. Japan's Nikkei stock index has already fallen by 14 percent so far in 2014. That is a massive decline in just a month and a half. Ukraine continues to fall apart financially... The worsening political and economic circumstances in Ukraine has prompted the Fitch Ratings agency to downgrade Ukrainian debt from B to a pre - default level CCC. This is lower than Greece, and Fitch warns of future financial instability. The unemployment rate in Australia has risen to the highest level in more than 10 years. The central bank of India is in a panic over the way that Federal Reserve tapering is affecting their financial system. The effects of Federal Reserve tapering are also being felt in Thailand... In the wake of the U.S. Federal Reserve tapering, emerging economies with deteriorating macroeconomic figures or visible political instability are being punished by skittish markets. Thailand is drifting towards both these tendencies. One of Ghana's most prominent economists says that the economy of Ghana will crash by June if something dramatic is not done. Yet another banker has mysteriously died during the prime years of his life. That makes five "suspicious banker deaths" in just the past two weeks alone. The behavior of the U.S. stock market continues to parallel the behavior of the U.S. stock market in 1929. Yes, things don't look good right now, but it is important to keep in mind that this is just the beginning. This is just the leading edge of the next great financial storm. The next two years (2014 and 2015) are going to represent a major "turning point" for the global economy. By the end of 2015, things are going to look far different than they do today. None of the problems that caused the last financial crisis have been fixed. Global debt levels have grown by 30 percent since the last financial crisis, and the too big to fail banks in the United States are 37 percent larger than they were back then and their behavior has become even more reckless than before. As a result, we are going to get to go through another "2008-style crisis", but I believe that this next wave is going to be even worse than the previous one. So hold on tight and get ready. We are going to be in for quite a bumpy ride.
Via The Local: Sweden on Sunday took gold with a dominant performance in the men's 4x10km cross country relay, completing a famous double for the nordic nation after also winning the women's event. The victory made Sweden the first country in 42 years to win both cross country relays at the same Games. Swedish anchorman Marcus Hellner was able to enjoy a victorious run into the finish, waving the Swedish flag attached to one of his ski poles, crossing the line for a total time of 1hr 28min 42sec. Marcus Hellner's victory was wildly celebrated by team-mates Lars Nelson, Daniel Richardsson, and Johan Olsson. Watched by President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian officials at the Laura cross country centre, Russia finally showed some cross country form to take silver in 1hr 29min 9.3sec. France's quartet celebrated a surprise bronze.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Via Before It's News: At least 20 bankers have mysteriously died within the last several weeks! Dead bankers can’t talk! While it has been reported that 5 top level bankers have been suicided, Alex’s research has found an entirely new slew of lower level bankers also "eliminated". Recession is turning into depressions! Could there be an organized campaign to "eliminate" those who could imprison the "criminal elite" for their financial crimes against the rest of humanity? Gerald Celente and Axel Jones share more proof that the markets are rigged and that a massive cover-up is in progress.
Via The Local: Sweden took a thrilling gold in the women's 4x5km cross country relay, overtaking Finland and Germany in the last meters for a famous victory. Charlotte Kalla, who took the final leg, was jumped on in jubilation by her near incredulous team-mates, Ida Ingemarsdotter, Emma Wiken and Anna Haag, when she collapsed on crossing the line. Kalla overtook Krista Lahteenmaki of Finland and Denise Hermann of Germany, with a fearsome sprint in the home straight where she made up a 20 second deficit to chase down the Finns and the Germans.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Via Disclose.tv: The U.S. worked hard to create the American dream of opportunity. But today, that dream is a myth. Pessimism, pessimism, and more pessimism. It's like the whole country is on the brink of despair. What's really going on can be summed up in one word: Frustration. People are frustrated with the government, frustrated with their jobs, frustrated with their shitty, stagnant wages, frustrated with their droopy incomes, frustrated with their ripoff health care, frustrated with living paycheck to paycheck, frustrated with their measly cat-food retirement plan, frustrated with their dissembling, flannel-mouth president, frustrated with the fact that their kids can't find jobs, and frustrated with the prevaricating U.S. media that keeps palavering about that delusional chimera called the American Dream. The quality of the public sector will in the end always be reflected on the quality of the private sector. In America school is not free, health care is not free, and public transportations are not free. But it is excellent for society to not have any taxes on private fortunes and inheritances. Massive immigration is good when a country both can attract the richest and the poorest from other countries in the world. But it is always wrong with private health care, private schools, and private public transportations. The same is true with private telephone, energy, and security companies. They are basic things a rich nation should put under centralistic state control and which should be paid for by income taxes. Then there will be jobs for all. Otherwise a nation risks to become a people of cheaters and racketeers with all kinds of misfortunes and frustrations along the the road. The quality of the public sector will always sooner or later be reflected in the quality of the private sector. Some sectors of society should of course be private without any government interference. But others dealing with basic human needs must always be dictated by the central government in a stable and modern welfare state. When students at schools and universities, patients at hospitals, and passengers on buses and trains, just are treated as commodities for private profit, something has gone very wrong.
Via FOX News: Authorities say it was a "selfie" that led detectives to a suspect in the burglary of a Southern California church.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Via Disclose.tv: How can we explain elongated skulls that are thousands of years old that contain genetic material unknown in any human, primate, or animal known so far? For months, many of us have been eagerly awaiting the results of the first DNA tests to ever be performed on the famous Paracas skulls. The results for one of the skulls are now in, and the scientist that did the testing is declaring that this skull represents a new human-like creature unlike anything that has ever been discovered before. So are these actually Nephilim skulls? The evidence is beginning to stack up in that direction, but we must be cautious and patient for all the evidence to come in.
Via The Local: A major Swedish gym chain has slapped a ban on "selfies" in the changing rooms claiming the prohibition is to protect the modesty of half-naked fitness fanatics. The Friskis & Svettis chain, which has branches all across Sweden, is imposing the ban in their Stockholm gyms. A selfie, a so-called self portrait photograph usually taken with a camera phone, entered the Swedish lexicon in 2013 and is now a social media phenomenon.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Via The Guardian: Belgium, one of the few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to abolish age restrictions this week on who can ask to be put to death – extending the right to children for the first time.
Via Theo Spark: Air New Zealand has partnered with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit to celebrate 50 knockout years with their latest in-flight safety video. Pay attention to the stunning Christie Brinkley, Jessica Gomes, Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Davis, and Ariel Meredith, in the sun-soaked Cook Islands.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Via WWTDD: I used to think the zoo was boring. A bunch of drugged out kidnapped beasts playing with their feces cakes. But the Danish people got the zoo entertainment factor figured out. When young Marius the Giraffe came up DNA non-blessed for breeding, zookeeper Bengt Holst went and got his shotgun and planted some buckshot in Marius between his cute giraffe eyes. With a bunch of school kids visiting the zoo that day, Bengt figured, let’s go full circle of life learning: He had Marius butchered up into bloody pieces like a mafia informant and fed to the neighboring lions.
Via The Huffington Post: For far too long fish have been confined to the domains of lakes, rivers, oceans, aquariums, and fishbowls. We can only imagine that these aquatic creatures dream of one day strolling down streets and visiting locations outside of their watery world. Well, dream no more, our fish friends! A new go-cart-style invention by Studio diip titled "Fish on Wheels" finally gives your guppy pals the chance to travel almost anywhere on land as highlighted in this video above. By using a camera and computer vision software it is possible to make a fish control a robot car over land. By swimming towards an interesting object, the fish can explore the world beyond the limits of his tank.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Via BBC News: A man attending an illegal cockfight in California died after being stabbed in the leg by one of the birds, officials have said. The cock had a knife attached to its limb to take part in the gambling fight in Tulare County, central California.
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Via The Local: The Bitcoin virtual currency has emerged as a common medium of exchange in connection with the sale of illicit drugs in Sweden, according to a Swedish media report on Sunday. The internet currency was used as legal tender in at least six drugs transactions in 2013, according to the report in the Dagens Nyheter daily. Bitcoin is a digital currency and peer-to-peer introduced as open source source software in 2009 by developer Satoshi Nakamoto. The currency uses cryptography to control the creation and transfer of money. The currency has enjoyed a boom in the past year, gaining significantly in value.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
Via Unknown Country: This image was made by the Curiosity Rover. The object does not appear to be a video dropout. It is something in the Martian sky. There are probably many ways to dismiss it, but the fact remains that if this was a photo taken of something in Earth's atmosphere, it would be assumed to be a plane with a short contrail. Conceivably, it's a meteor, but it could also be an unknown.
Via The Local: U.S.-based retailer American Apparel has claimed the "Sexist of the year" title organized by a high-profile Swedish blogger due to an advertising campaign accused of normalizing child pornography. "Congratulations, American Apparel! You got 35 percent - nearly 10 000 votes - of the 27.901 votes received during the week", Swedish gender studies lecturer Tomas Gunnarsson, aka the Gender Photographer (genusfotografen), wrote on his blog on Friday. Gunnarsson's campaign was launched by listing a series of nominees on his blog on Sunday, with over 200.000 visitors subsequently taking notice.
Friday, February 07, 2014
Via The Local: Sweden ranks number one in the world in a new measure of economic growth and development, maintaining the country's hold on the top spot despite the global financial crisis. Sweden, which achieved an overall score of 70.5 on PwC's Escape (Economic, Social, Communication, Political and Environmental) index, was followed by Switzerland (70.3) and Singapore (66.3). Nordic neighbor Finland landed in fifth place, followed by Denmark. The United States, meanwhile was ranked 18th, followed by the UK. Overall, 42 advanced and emerging economies which account for 85 percent of the world's GDP were included in the index.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Via The Local: The lawyer representing one of the Swedish women who accused WikiLeaks-founder Julian Assange of rape has criticized calls to close the investigation, and lambasted politicians' interference in the case.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Iran's Foreign Minister says talks on reaching a comprehensive deal on Tehran's nuclear energy program should result in the total removal of all anti-Iran sanctions. Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks during a press conference with visiting Swedish Foreign minister Carl Bildt in Tehran. One question discussed is when Iran will stop filtering the Internet.
Via The Local: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder praised Sweden as a "champion of human rights" in a speech at the Riksdag on Tuesday during the first-ever visit to Sweden by the United States' top legal official. "I have repeatedly seen the significant, positive difference that Swedish engagement brings to the international stage", Holder told the gathered audience of politicians, dignitaries, and representatives from various human rights groups in Sweden. Holder, the first African American Attorney General of the United States, went on to praise Sweden for passing the Discrimination Act of 2008.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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Sunday, February 02, 2014
Via Mail Online: She's gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday happening at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium. And Alyssa Milano looked lovely in a strapless, lacy pink frock while hosting Maxim's Big Game Weekend bash in Manhattan Saturday.
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Via The Huffington Post: Scientists have long used mathematics to describe the physical properties of the universe. But what if the universe itself is math? That's what cosmologist Max Tegmark believes. In Tegmark's view, everything in the universe — humans included — is part of a mathematical structure.