Putin Ends US Dollar Trade At Russian Seaports

September 24, 2017 Leave a comment

(The American Vagabond) Whether in response to rising scorching tensions with the US, or simply to provide support for the ruble, on Tuesday Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to approve legislation making the ruble the main currency of exchange at all Russian seaports by next year, RT reported citing the Kremlin website.

The head of Russian antitrust watchdog FAS Igor Artemyev, many services in Russian seaports are still priced in US dollars, even though such ports are state-owned. So, in order to “protect the interests” of dockworkers and their complyees with foreign currency obligations, the government was instructed to set a transition period before switching to ruble settlements.

The proposal to switch port tariffs to rubles was first proposed by Putin a year and a half ago, but it was mothballed only to pick up speed again in recent days.

Originally, the idea was rejected by large transport companies, which said they prefer to keep revenues in dollars and other foreign currencies due to sharp fluctuations on the volatile ruble. However, the Russian anti-trust watchdog said the decision would force foreigners to buy Russian currency, which would stabilize rates and be good for the ruble.

In 2016, Artemyev’s agency filed several lawsuits against the largest Russian port group NMTP.

”According to FAS, the group of companies set tariffs for transshipment in dollars and raised tariffs from January 2015 “without objective grounds.”

The watchdog ruled that NMTP abused its dominant position in the market and imposed a 9.74 billion rubles fine, or about $165 million at the current exchange rate. The decision was overturned by a court in Moscow in July this year.

While Russia’s stated motive for the unexpected redenomination of trade at some of its largest trading hubs has to do with domestic economic policies, there is speculation that the timing of this decision has been influenced by the recent diplomatic fallout between the US and Russia, the result of which would be an heightened demand for the ruble, especially since it is rather complicated to find alternative sources for Russia’s largest export by a wide margin: crude.

And while it is still early to discuss whether Moscow has launched the “Petrorouble”, Putin’s rejection of the Petrodollar in yet another aspect of economic life will raise quite a few eyebrows around the globe.

Pacific Northwest Resident Documents Metallic Fibers Falling From Sky

September 24, 2017 Leave a comment

(Walking Times) As the term geoengineering creeps evermore into public consciousness, people are being persuaded that weather modification schemes will play an important role in public safety as a response to climate change. Most people are behind the curve on this issue, though, as independent journalists and private individuals have for years been documenting what is is happening in our skies.

For the last several years, a Washington state resident has been documenting geoengineerinng activity in the skies over the Olympic Peninsula, reporting on unnatural cloud formations, atmospheric spraying, and electromagnetic warfare testing by the Navy. In addition to the obvious manipulations of the sky at large, she has documented an abundance of mysterious white fibrous materials falling from the sky.

In a post on September 6th, 2017, V. Susan Ferguson shares the following images along with an explanation of where her research in this matter has led to.

Regarding the above photo, she notes:

“The above photo was taken by me a few months ago. Please note the patterns that look like spikes or limbs off a stem.  These remind me very much of the kind of cloud formations I often find on NASA Worldview now. This photo is enlarged and contrast enhanced to show the structural details.” [Source]

All of the photos were taken at her home within the last two years. The substances appear as a wiry dust covering everything outside, and occasionally inside. When magnified, the images reveal fine white fibrous materials of unknown material.

Speculation on the material and methods of dispersal for this type of event is not limited to Washington state, as there have been similar incidents around the world in recent years. A small publication in France in 2013 reported on a similar fibrous substance which fell from the sky in 2013 after suspicious cloud formations were seen. In West Texas, and Arizona an example was seen in 2015, when many reported seeing larger clumps of filaments descending from the sky and sticking to everything.

Ferguson took the above photo of the cover of a flashlight after allowing floating material to collect on the lens. Her suspicion is that this material is CHAFF, which is a combination of metallic and plastic strips sprayed by military aircraft to affect communications equipment. This theory is quite plausible given the circumstances surrounding the Navy’s ongoing program of electromagnetic warfare testing in her area, in which low flying and extremely noisy military aircraft frequently fly in this area.

”Above is the flashlight I captured the particles that the US Navy Growlers were and are still dropping on me and everyone here on the Olympic Peninsula. The size of these aluminum strips which are commonly known to be CHAFF reflect their age, because now all the metals are nano-sized. The nano-versions make them much more difficult to ‘see’ but easier to breathe. Not that the military gives a damn about the people it is supposed to be defending. It does not! Note the various colors which are also typical of metal CHAFF.” [Source]

The Navy’s involvement here is not a theory, and is publicly known.

”The U.S. Forest Service, in a draft decision released Tuesday, will grant the Navy a permit to conduct electronic warfare training with ground-based transmitters in the Olympic National Forest.

The training involves Whidbey Island-based EA-18G Growler aircraft crews who would be tasked with detecting signals from ground-based mobile transmitters. The Navy could place these transmitters at any of 11 Forest Service sites under the proposed five-year permit.

The Navy Growler crews already train over the Olympic Peninsula. The addition of the mobile transmitters will enable the Navy to expand that training to include exercises now done at a more distant location in Idaho.” [Source]

Below is another photo from her residence in Washington, showing this type of explicitly fibrous dust appearing on dishes within the home:

”One more (above), you can see the colors in the fibers. My friend says they are standing ‘erect’ because they are still electrically charged and the ceramic glaze on the platter does not conduct electric charge.” [Source]

Conspiracy Theory or Truth Untold?

Public knowledge of phenomenon like this is kept under wraps by larger media organizations who report on this subject as if it were a meritless conspiracy theory, even when photographic evidence is presented. Even when no credible government or scientific organization can or will explain what is happening, though, and therefore the citizen’s movement to uncover the truth about chemtrails and government interference with the atmosphere continues to grow.

If people are breathing these materials, and their origin and makeup is unknown, then the question becomes, ‘is this phenomenon contributing to public health issues?’ Without fair and earnest reporting into the matter, we may never fully understand what is happening in our atmosphere today and how it is affecting our health.

5 Stories You’re Missing While Monster Hurricanes Cause a Media Frenzy

September 24, 2017 Leave a comment

(Anti Media) Since the end of August, calamitous hurricanes have dominated the news cycle. From Harvey to Irma to Maria, which grew from a Category 1 to a Category 5 storm in just half a day, many people want to stay informed about the struggle and damage these natural disasters are leaving in their wake.

Unsurprisingly, the media’s obsessive focus on the disasters has not only jarred some residents trying to keep their families safe — it has also allowed other important developments to remain on the back burner.

Though these other stories have received some degree of attention in mainstream narratives, they haven’t received the extensive coverage they deserve. Here are five vital developments from the past few weeks that have taken a backseat to the drama and destruction of hurricanes:

1. Lawmakers approve $700 billion military budget with authorization for endless war

On Monday, an overwhelming majority of senators (89-8) approved the massive National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), totaling roughly $700 billion. It is $630 million above what the hawkish Trump administration proposed and was passed after lawmakers rejected an amendment from Senator Rand Paul to rescind the longstanding authorization for use of military force (AUMF) imposed in 2001, which has allowed the U.S. government to wage  “unlimited war, anywhere, anytime, any place upon the globe,” the senator said. In June, Paul also introduced an amendment to the “indefinite detention” provision of the NDAA, added in the 2012 version, that allows the military to imprison American citizens without trial. That bill, S.1300, was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary in June, and lawmakers have taken no further action.

2. Media ignores North Korea offers to negotiate

As Harvey gained steam at the end of August, a fresh wave of saber-rattling against North Korea also dominated media narratives, but an important detail was consistently left out. The Intercept pointed out in early September that outlets like the Washington Post have played up the North Korean threat while ignoring the reality that the North Korean regime has offered to negotiate on nuclear weapons if the U.S. drops their aggressive practices. From the Intercept:

“This is what the envoy, North Korea’s Deputy UN Ambassador Kim In Ryong, actually said, according to a transcript from North Korea’s UN Mission quoted in the AP article:

‘As long as the U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threat continue [emphasis added], the DPRK, no matter who may say what, will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiation table or flinch an inch from the road chosen by itself, the road of bolstering up the state nuclear force.

“There’s of course a significant difference between North Korea saying it will never negotiate to halt or eliminate its nuclear weapons program, and that it will never negotiate as long as the U.S. continues to threaten it.”

But the Washington Post and likes of MSNBC’s Brian Williams generally prefer to omit this vital detail, adopting Trump’s narrative and further fearmongering the American people into supporting endless war, which the Senate once again codified this week.

3. The establishment push for mass widespread of privacy continues into the Trump administration

Though outrage over government spying seemed to hit a crescendo after Edward Snowden’s revelations during the Obama years, the government has carried on in its practices. Though some minor concessions have been made to scale back the collection of data, the Trump administration — which previously bemoaned government surveillance against candidate Trump — has aggressively lobbied to keep empowering shadowy branches of the surveillance apparatus. As Anti-Media’s Derrick Broze reported last week, days before September 11, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats penned a letter to Congress urging them to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which operates under what is arguably a rubber stamp court and sweeps up the private data of American citizens in the process. Surveillance advocates have been pushing for this re-authorization for months, claiming it is vital to stop terrorism. Meanwhile, as many Americans continue to turn a blind eye to mass surveillance, Apple has released a phone that will make it monumentally easier for law enforcement to spy on citizens.

4. American ally investigates itself for war crimes, finds no evidence of wrongdoing

Last week, nations like China and the Netherlands pushed for an investigation into well-documented Saudi war crimes in Yemen, where the Kingdom’s coalition is using American and British weapons to decimate the civilian population and vital infrastructures. Though the Saudis didn’t oppose such an investigation, they questioned the timing and, simultaneously, released the verdict of their own panel, which determined they had not committed any crimes and had merely made a few mistakes in their assault on the small, impoverished country. The Saudis’ conclusion came the same week as the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which candidate Trump insinuated were a result of Saudi plotting before selling them billions of dollars worth of war materials upon taking office. In an Orwellian twist, this week Trump blasted Iran for oppressing people, supporting terrorists, and committing violence — all traits of both the Saudis and their Western allies.

5. U.S. cops continue to abuse power, adopt military tactics

Trump’s executive order in late August that he would ease restrictions on cops’ ability to obtain military weaponry rightly gained a great deal of media attention, as did protests in St. Louis this weekend over the acquittal of a cop who, after a car chase, shot an unarmed black man to death after allegedly saying he was “going to kill this motherfucker, don’t you know it.” Less attention has been paid to other important developments concerning America’s police state. For one, Israeli security forces, who have a long history of human rights abuses, are currently training top American cops. From the Intercept:

This week, a delegation of top American law enforcement officers is in Israel for the ADL’s National Counter-Terrorism Seminar, which includes training on topics such as “leadership in a time of terror” and “balancing the fight against crime and terrorism,” according to literature by the group advertising the trip. More than 200 law enforcement executives from over 100 departments in the U.S. and abroad, immigration enforcement agencies, and even campus police have participated in the ADL program since it launched in 2004.”

Though this is not new, it is continuous and particularly concerning in an age where cops continue to evade accountability for violence in the streets even when they are charged with crimes. Further still, in the weeks since the hurricane hysteria began, U.S. police officers have continued to use wanton violence. They’ve also continued to face allegations of sexual abuse, another ongoing pattern (see: hereherehereherehere, and here for instances where cops have been implicated in sexual assault over the last few weeks).

Are hurricanes dangerous and newsworthy? Certainly. Are endless war, media manipulation of reality to favor militarism, institutional spying, war crimes, and aggressive cops also dangerous and newsworthy? Certainly. Though these stories haven’t been outright buried, they have not received the amount of attention they deserve, leaving Americans endlessly mired in a pit of sensationalism, fears of external threats, and establishment-approved narratives.

Nielsen Looks for Injunction Against ComScore Over TV Ratings

September 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Source: Eriq Gardner

 

Nielsen Holdings wants to prevent comScore from using its technology to compete in the business of TV ratings. On Friday, Nielsen filed a contract suit in New York federal court and is now seeking an injunction.

According to Nielsen, the two companies made a deal with each other in 2014 on the heels of Nielsen’s acquisition of Arbitron. At the time, the Federal Trade Commission had just reviewed the merger and issued an order that was aimed at ensuring that other market participants could offer cross-platform services. To comply with the government’s requirements, Nielsen entered into an agreement with comScore, which has been a leader in measuring online audience for various websites.

Nielsen says it granted comScore a right to use proprietary technology and data for an allegedly limited context — when online mixes with television. The plaintiff argues that comScore can’t use the technology to compete with Nielsen for an “individual, stand-alone service.” Thus, Nielsen alleges comScore is “precluded” from using what it gathered for linear television audience measurement.

“Nonetheless, in breach of the Agreement, comScore has announced plans to offer a service called ‘Extended TV,’ which will provide television audience measurement in the absence of online audience measurement for virtually all programming and the vast majority of networks,” states the complaint. “Nothing in the Remedial Agreement or any other contract between the parties permits comScore to do that. Indeed, the Agreement explicitly bars comScore from using [Portable People Meter] data for ‘individual, stand-alone services’ like linear television measurement services.”

Nielsen says that if comScore is not enjoined, it will suffer irreparable harm through the loss of important customers and decreased market share.

Nielsen has also filed an arbitration demand, but is nevertheless going to a New York federal court for pre-arbitral injunctive relief. The breach of contract claim is being handled by Aidan Synnott and Erin Morgan at Paul Weiss.

“We can confirm that there is a dispute regarding interpretation of the 2013 FTC consent decree, which resulted from Nielsen’s acquisition of Arbitron, that provides comScore with access to certain Nielsen data,” says a comScore spokesperson in response to the lawsuit. “Due to the pending nature of these legal proceedings, we have no further comment at this time.”

Pakistan: Muslims beat and rape Christian boy, police side with perpetrators

September 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Christians increasingly persecuted

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“Victim’s father approached local police and informed them about the incident; however police seems reluctant to take action against the alleged assaulters.”

This is because the police are Muslims themselves, and have scant sympathy for Christians who are victimized and brutalized; they may also want to avoid having an angry Muslim mob show up at the police station.

“Christian boy sexually assaulted, police taking sides with guilty party,” by Madeeha Bakhsh, Christians In Pakistan, September 20, 2017:

A Christian boy allegedly sexually assaulted by a gang of seven men. Sher Dil resident of Attock claims that the alleged assaulters drove him to an isolated place and beat him violently afterwards subjected him to gang rape. Victim’s father approached local police and informed them about the incident; however police seems reluctant to take action against the alleged assaulters.

Izhaq Masih, father of Sher Dil has urged Ministry of Human Rights and Punjab Government to carry out fair investigations. Izhaq Masih detailed that Sher Dil was fooled by a fake Facebook ID by the name of Dur e Aab Fatima. He claims that the ID was being administered by Haleem one of the alleged assaulters.

In line with details divulged by Izhaq Masih, the incident took place on September 13, Wednesday. At around 8:30 pm, when Sher Dil was at a shop in local market, Qasim approached him and asked him to come with him to another local market. Qasim took him to an isolated place, where his accomplices namely Haleem, Usman, Owais, Sahil Butt, Danish and an unidentified rickshaw driver were already present.

Izhaq revealed that initially they started beating him violently and stripped off his clothes. They sexually assaulted Sher Dil and forced him to recite Kalma. Sher Dil was again beaten and fell unconscious, and was taken to a local hospital by the alleged rapists. They warned him of dire consequences if he would disclose the details of the incident to anyone, Izhaq Masih reveals.

After learning about the incident, Izhaq Masih approached Awan Sharif Police Station but all in vain. Following day, Izhaq took Sher Dil to City Police Station and informed the police about the alleged sexual assault. Izhaq claims that police took sides with the alleged rapists and conducted an unfair medical examination therefore; the medical report contradicts the truth that Sher Dil was sexually assaulted.

Calling upon the Ministry of Human Rights and Punjab Government, Izhaq Masih stated that he is a Christian and is employed as a sanitary worker. He claimed that the alleged rapists were continuously threatening to kill Sher Dil, as he urged the authorities to take notice of his plight. He urged the authorities to take immediate action so that police registers an FIR and carries out a fair and thorough medical examination of Sher Dil in order to establish correct facts.

The Fallout Over Trump’s UN Speech

September 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Praise and condemnation arose following President’s Trump first speech at the United Nations

President Trump spoke the will, the wrath and the sovereign language of the American people

Convenient or Creepy?: Walmart Wants to Walk Into Your Home and Stock Your Fridge

September 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Company tests app giving Walmart employees access to your house

Walmart is testing a bizarre new process that allows employees to walk into homes and restock fridges, as it struggles to gain an edge on retail behemoth Amazon.

The new delivery system will be tested in Silicon Valley, and goes head-to-head against other grocery-delivery apps like Instacart and the popular Amazon Prime Now.

Walmart’s vice president of eCommerce explained the process in a Friday blog post:

Here’s how the test will work: I place an order on Walmart.com for several items, even groceries. When my order is ready, a Deliv driver will retrieve my items and bring them to my home. If no one answers the doorbell, he or she will have a one-time passcode that I’ve pre-authorized which will open my home’s smart lock. As the homeowner, I’m in control of the experience the entire time – the moment the Deliv driver rings my doorbell, I receive a smartphone notification that the delivery is occurring and, if I choose, I can watch the delivery take place in real-time. The Deliv associate will drop off my packages in my foyer and then carry my groceries to the kitchen, unload them in my fridge and leave. I’m watching the entire process from start to finish from my home security cameras through the August app. As I watch the Deliv associate exit my front door, I even receive confirmation that my door has automatically been locked.

The move was slammed on Twitter by users who felt the straight-to-fridge proposal was a little too creepy.

 

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