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Saturday, 25 June 2016

¡Basta ya, Brussels! British voters give EU corporate slavestate the shaft

Mike Whitney
Counterpunch


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

— Thomas Paine
British voters delivered a savage deathblow to the EU corporate superstate on Thursday sending global markets tumbling and forcing Prime Minister David Cameron to announce his resignation. The narrow victory, which caught the prognosticators by surprise, is the strongest sign yet that working people across the continent are awakening to economic and political disaster that has been created in the name of European integration. Not only has the EU failed to live up to its promise of lifting all boats and widening prosperity, it has also transformed the region into a low-growth, high unemployment charnel house where bankers and their corporate allies siphon off the wealth of the weaker states to enrich high-flying speculators and voracious bondholders. And while the referendum's outcome will surely be challenged in the months to come, it represents a critical turning point in the public's attitude towards a thoroughly reactionary and odious institution that is solely responsible for the abysmal state of the economy, the progressive erosion of living standards, and steady rise of right wing extremism. Here's a short clip from Raul Ilargi Meijer explaining what Brexit really means:

"Nobody seems to understand it's not about Cameron or Nigel Farage, or Michael Gove vs Boris Johnson, it's about voting for or against the EU, for or against Juncker and Tusk and five other unelected presidents having a say in one's life.

And that's not all either. It's about voting to leave, or remain in, a Union that is already dead and preserved only in a zombie state. Brexit is just one vote and many more will inevitably follow. Brexit is not the first, Grexit had that 'honor' last year. Later this month, elections in Italy and Spain have the potential to turn into preliminary Italix and Spexit votes. And then there will be more.

The reason why these things are taking place, and will be, going forward, is that the economies of all these countries are fast deteriorating. The sole reason why people have accepted the rule of Brussels coming from far away over their daily lives, is the promise that it would make those lives better and more comfortable. That promise has been shattered. The EU has made things worse for most Europeans, not improved them. And when seen in that light, why should people agree to continue to be told what to do by those who've made them poorer? There's no democratic model in which that remotely makes sense. There are only undemocratic models left....

An economy in decline means the end of centralization and the end of existing political power structures. This is inevitable." ("Murder, Lifeboats, an Iceberg and an Orchestra", Automatic Earth)
The Brexit referendum represents a fundamental rejection of austerity for working people and subsidies (QE) for the markets. It is an indictment of the destructive policies that have thrust a broad swathe of southern Europe into a permanent depression while bankers in Paris and Berlin make out like bandits. Even now the loathsome European Central Bank continues to run up massive debts (ECB-QE is $80 billion per month) just to line the pockets of corporate CEOs who offload their toxic bonds with the clear intention of using the money to buyback their own shares further enriching themselves and their swinish shareholders at the expense of ordinary investors. This Ponzi-rip off is what passes as economic policy in the EU. Brexit threatens put an end to this huckster's swindle. Here's a little more background from the World Socialist Web Site: 


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"Russia and China are hated because they are protecting humanity from Western terror"

Alessandro Bianchi
Dissident Voice


The AntiDiplomatico (Italy) interviews philosopher, Andre Vltchek: "Russia and China are forming an incredible defensive wall to protect humanity from Western terrorism."
 

Andre Vltchek has become renowned in Italy for being the co-author, along with Noam Chomsky, of the famous book Western Terrorism (Ponte alle Grazie).
 

Alessandro Bianchi: I start from a brutal question: What has become of a country that it is offering Donald Trump as its 'best candidate'?

Andre Vltchek: It is not much different from the country that it used to be for decades, even centuries. Since the beginning, the US presidents (all of European stock, of course), had been promoting slavery, extermination campaigns against the native population of North America, barbaric wars of aggression against Mexico, and other Latin American countries, the Philippines, etc. Has anything changed now? I highly doubt it. Donald Trump is horrendous, but he is also honest. Both Presidents Clinton and Obama were great speakers, but unrepentant mass murderers.  

AB: In a recent survey over 53% of Americans were against both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. How long will we continue to consider the United States a democracy? And why, in your opinion, is abstention the only form of "rebellion" by a population completely excluded from the decision-making stage?  

AV: "Democracy" means nothing else other than, "rule of the people", in Greek. There is nothing democratic about the political concepts of the United States and Europe. And there is absolutely nothing democratic about the "global arrangement" through which the West has been ruling over the rest of the world for decades and centuries. The second part is, I'm convinced, much more important, much more devastating; in the West, people have been tolerating their insane political system, in exchange for the countless privileges they are getting from their countries' plundering of the planet, and violating entire nations and continents. But in Africa, Asia and elsewhere, those "un-people" have no choice at all.  

AB: Is Bernie Sanders really the change that many in Europe have described?  

AV: Bernie Sanders is like those liberal members of the German National Socialist Party during the WWII, or of the Italian Fascist movement during Mussolini. They'd do much for their own workers and peasants, socially... as long as funds were flowing in from the countries plundered by their imperialism. Under Bernie Sanders, Western workers would definitely do much better, but the rest of the world, the "wretched of the Earth" would still have to pay the bill.

  

Brexit: Individualism > Nationalism > Globalism

Jeff Deist
The Mises Institute

Decentralization and devolution of state power is always a good thing, regardless of the motivations behind such movements.

Hunter S. Thompson, looking back on 60s counterculture in San Francisco, lamented the end of that era and its imagined flower-child innocence:
So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.
Does today’s Brexit vote similarly mark the spot where the once-inevitable march of globalism begins to recede? Have ordinary people around the world reached the point where real questions about self-determination have become too acute to ignore any longer? 

Globalism, championed almost exclusively by political and economic elites, has been the dominant force in the West for a hundred years. World War I and the League of Nations established the framework for multinational military excursions, while the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank set the stage for the eventual emergence of the US dollar as a worldwide reserve currency. Progressive government programs in Western countries promised a new model for universalism and peace in the aftermath of the destruction of Europe. Human rights, democracy, and enlightened social views were now to serve as hallmarks of a post-monarchical Europe and rising US.

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Brexistential Bloodbath - Dow Crashes 600 Points As Vol Explodes

Zero Hedge

Well they did it... and no one expected it...
  • UK Stocks -3.14% worst since Jan 2016
  • US Stocks -3% worst since Aug 2015 (biggest opening gap down since 1987)
  • VIX +6pts biggest daly rise since Aug 2015 crash
  • Japan Stocks -7.9% worst since 2011 (Tsunami)
  • Spain Stocks -12.5% worst since 1987
  • Italy Stocks -12% worst since 1997
  • EU Banks -14.5% worst ever
  • US Banks -4.75% worst since Nov 2011
  • US 30Y Yield -14bps biggest drop since 2011
  • US 2Y Yield -14bps biggest drop since 2009
  • German 10Y Yield -14bps biggest drop since 2011
  • GBPUSD -11% biggest drop ever
  • USDJPY -4% biggest drop since 1998
  • EURUSD -2% biggest drop since Oct 2015
  • Gold +5% biggest day since Lehman 2008
  • Crude -4.4% most since Jan 2016
But apart from that everything is awesome.

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FBI Just Created and Foiled their Own Terrorist Plot to Demonize Those Who Question Government

William Grigg
 The Free Thought Project

The FBI once again appears to have averted a terrorist plot of its own manufacture by arresting 57-year-old William Keebler, a man from Stockton, Utah described in press accounts as a militia organizer exhibiting an “extreme hatred” for the federal government. A vociferous critic of the federal Bureau of Land Management who was present during the April 2014 standoff in Bunkerville, Nevada, Keebler was a close friend of the late LaVoy Finicum. FBI agents arrested  Keebler in Nephi, Utah Wednesday morning after he allegedly attempted to bomb a vacant cabin owned by the BLM.

According to a federal charging document, for the past several months FBI undercover operatives have been members of Keebler’s militia, the Patriots Defense Force, which met at his home in Stockton, Utah. On many occasions, he expressed the entirely reasonable view that “the BLM was overreaching their authority to implement grazing restrictions on ranchers” and insisted that state and local governments, rather than Washington, should be in charge of public lands in the western States.

Predicting that future confrontations with the Feds might make violent resistance necessary, Keebler reportedly conducted training exercises and “talked about gathering intelligence on potential targets,” such as the BLM office in Salt Lake City. He made it clear, however, that “he didn’t plan on blowing people up for now”; the federal probable cause affidavit characterizes Keebler’s attitude as wanting his group “to be prepared to escalate things, and take people out if necessary.”

Last April, a federal informant “tasked with building Keebler an explosive device” — the charging document, significantly, doesn’t specify by whom the informant had been “tasked” — showed the subject a video of “a 6-inch pipe bomb blowing up some abandoned furniture in the mountains of southern Utah.” That overt act, which was carried out by a federal asset without (as far as the available evidence shows) Keebler’s approval, advance knowledge, or involvement, is described as an act in which he “maliciously damage[d]” and “destroy[ed] … personal or real property.”

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Friday, 24 June 2016

MAPPED: Czexit, Pexit, Frexit - EU referendum CONTAGION sweeps Europe amid political quake


Daily Express

THIS shocking map shows the rise of an anti-Brussels sentiment that is quickly spreading across Europe post Britain's decision on the EU referendum.

 

 Britain is not the only country that has been hit with a rising tide of euroscepticism

 

Rising disenchantment with the dealings of EU bigwigs is not just confined to the UK, with France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria and the Netherlands considering turning their back on the 28-nation bloc. 

It is believed Britain's decision will fuel a domino effect, resulting in a flurry of EU referendums, and an ultimate crash of Europe. 

These shocking statistics show the beleaguered EU is under mounting pressure to invoke changes and reform, whether or not Britain decides to remain or leave. 

Here Express.co.uk explores the most eurosceptic nations across the continent.

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Frexit and Italexit? Support for the EU dwindles in France and Italy

The Spectator

Various freak political events—the unexpected Tory election victory, the rise of Ukip—have conspired to allow Britain to hold its referendum on the EU this week. But if the rest of Europe were asked, what would they say? The Berlin-based Bertelsmann Foundation commissioned a study of 11,000 people in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Poland to find out their attitudes towards Brexit and to the EU.

Just 41 per cent of French and 54 per cent of Germans want us to stay. The Spanish are most keen for Britain to Remain, with 64 per cent opposing Brexit, followed by Poland with 61 per cent.

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Brexit Referendum Is Non-Binding. UK Parliament Not Voters has Final Say

Stephen Lendman
Global Research

All the fuss and bother about Brexit largely ignores its non-binding status – parliament, not voters deciding if Britain stays or leaves the EU, the latter extremely unlikely.

Writing in the Financial Times, British lawyer David Allen Green explained Brexit voting is “advisory,” not “mandatory.” Parliament has final say. 

MPs can legally disregard the public’s will either way, they alone empowered to decide the path Britain chooses.

What happens ahead is “a matter of politics not law. It will come down to what is politically expedient and practicable,” said Green.

Various options exist, including supporting Thursday’s outcome, ignoring it, or “re-negotiating another deal and put(ting) that to another referendum” – repeating the process “until voters eventually vote the ‘right’ way,” what’s best for monied interests, not them.

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Study shows aggressive end-of-life treatments lead to needlessly horrific deaths in middle-aged, terminal cancer patients

L.J. Devon
Natural News

As terminal cancer patients approach the end of their life, they are aggressively abused by methods of treatment that destroy their quality of life. As cancer is given authority over their lives, patients are often given a timeline of how long they will live, but that’s not all. Once they are cursed, patients are often persuaded and pushed into succumbing to aggressive treatments of chemotherapy and radiation that make their final months miserable and agonizing. 

A new report finds that three quarters of young and middle-aged Americans (younger than 65) with terminal cancer are being taken for all they have. Their last months of life are being made more miserable than they ever were. Insurance records show that in the last thirty days of these patient’s lives, there is tremendous suffering as they are aggressively pushed into unnecessary chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Many of these aggressive “treatments” are just milking the patients for all they are worth, while ravaging whatever health is left in their bodies. The data shows that one third of patients are dying in hospitals, detached, suffering, with no energy left in their bodies.

The study, presented to the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago, should be a wakeup call to the medical system and to all the oncologists who currently push the same one size-fits-all treatments that are causing great suffering.

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Millennials engage with their smartphones more than they do actual humans

MarketWatch.com

It’s not your imagination: Millennials really are glued to their smartphones.

Nearly four in 10 millennials (39%) say they interact more with their smartphones than they do with their significant others, parents, friends, children or co-workers, according to a survey of more than 1,000 people released Wednesday by Bank of America. That’s compared with fewer than one in three people of all ages who say they engage with their smartphones more.

This means that, on an average day, millennials — defined here as being ages 18 to 34 — “interact with their smartphone more than anything or anyone else,” the survey concluded.

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Britain will remain in the EU: Why 'Brexit' outcome is a foregone conclusion


"Don't worry, we'll never leave them to their own devices..."
 
Niall Bradley
Sott.net
 
I'll go out on a limb here and predict that, regardless of the result in today's "in or out" referendum, Britain will remain in the EU. In fact, I want to make the case that the British regime never had any intention of detaching itself from the EU, and that this 'Brexit' campaign is a ruse to give Germany and other continental powers 'something to think about' while retaining a controlling interest in the EU's direction on behalf of joint Anglo-American interests.

After spending some two decades garnering support for holding this referendum, the British elite, from the moment they set a date for it, have overwhelmingly come out in favor of Britain remaining in the EU. Big business and most of the media, think-tanks, all political parties and most members of government are all encouraging voters to say 'remain'.

This, in itself, is illogical. The only apparent reason for developing a political movement towards some specific political goal is to reach that political goal, not deviate from it at the very last moment. Can you imagine the Scottish Nationalist Party, having spent decades lobbying for an independence referendum, achieving that first major step and then advising Scots to vote to remain in the UK?

And so, I suggest, we must look beyond the domestic scene to understand why this charade is playing out. British foreign policy, much like US foreign policy, is indistinguishable from domestic policy, at least from the point of view of their elites, who instinctively equate 'the national interest' with their own personal interests, most of which lie abroad in the framework of an increasingly integrated Western corporate global order.  
 

Ecuador. The CIA agent known as Swat, plus others

Strategic Culture Foundation

A mural hanging inside the Ecuadorian parliament building by the famous Ecuadorian painter Oswaldo Guayasamín, titled «Imagen de la Patria», includes an image of a grinning skull in a helmet emblazoned with the acronym «CIA». When the mural was first unveiled in August 1988, Guayasamín explained that this image epitomized all the foreign threats to his native country. And for almost three decades this «CIA skull» has gazed out at the deputies in parliament with a sinister grin.

The CIA’s fingerprints are visible in dozens of incidents in Ecuador in which politicians who threatened US foreign policy were eliminated. For example, in May 1981 the airplane carrying President Jaime Roldós crashed in the province of Loja, a mountainous region of Ecuador. President Reagan had had a hostile relationship with the Ecuadorians: Roldós had refused the invitation to his inauguration and maintained friendly relations with the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and the Cuban government. He also demonstrated his solidarity with the Revolutionary Democratic Front in El Salvador, which opposed the military dictatorship. Roldós was planning to reorganize Ecuador’s oil industry, jeopardizing the interests of transnational oil corporations. Roldós was discarded because of a «whole array of grievances».

Once Rafael Correa took office, the CIA stepped up its work in Ecuador.

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Israeli Official Does Not Want Daesh to Lose in Syria

Sputnik 

While Israel has stated in the past that it prefers Daesh, also known as ISIS/Islamic State, over the Syrian government under Assad, Israeli military intelligence chief Major General Herzi Halevy has taken that assertion further, telling the Herzliya Conference this week that Israel does not, in fact, want to see the fundamentalist group defeated.

Halevy told the conference that the last three months have been the “most difficult” for Daesh since they first declared a caliphate, and he was quoted by Israeli news sources as saying, “Israel does not want the situation in Syria to end with the defeat of [Daesh].”

The Israeli general said that, “Withdrawal of the superpowers from the region and letting Israel alone in front of Hezbollah and Iran that possess good abilities will put ‘Israel’ in a hard position. Therefore, we’ve got to do all we can so as not finding ourselves in such situation.”

In January, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told the Institute for National Security Studies’ (INSS) conference in Tel Aviv that he’d “choose [Daesh]” over Iran in the Syrian conflict because Iran and Iran-backed groups pose more of a threat to Israel. “We believe [Daesh] will be eventually defeated territorially, after the blows it has been suffering, and in light of the attacks on its oil reserves,” he claimed, referring to Iran as a “rogue regime with designs on a regional hegemony. Hezbollah is Iran’s proxy, with the ability to declare war. Iran currently has terror infrastructure in place in five continents: Asia, Africa, Europe and both in South and North America.”

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4th of July canceled after ex-marine’s rape & murder of Japanese woman

RT

 

US bases in Japan will be without fireworks on the 4th of July due to restrictions following the brutal murder of an Okinawan woman by a marine.

Anger against the US military presence in Japan has grown after a string of gruesome criminal offences by military personnel.

Along with firework displays to mark the America’s Independence Day, live entertainment, including a performance from Usher, was canceled as a “period of unity and mourning” is observed by US military.

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Leaked Email Reveals Hillary Clinton Wanted War In Syria To Benefit Israel

trueactivist.com

 

And as always, this one came from WikiLeaks.

Recently, True Activist wrote about how the U.S. orchestrated the ISIS threat to bring war to Syria and help Israel. Some thought the notion to be ridiculous, but this latest finding about presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton solidifies those suspicions.

It turns out that one of the leaked emails from Hillary’s private server that were released by WikiLeaks recently exposes how the aspiring Presidential candidate wanted to put Syria into civil war in hopes of overthrowing Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad – something that Clinton calls as ”the best way to help Israel,” to nullify Iran’s nuclear power.

The leaked email also revealed how Clinton wrote that it was the ”right thing” to personally threaten the Syrian President’s family with death. And even though U.S. Intelligence has already dismissed Iran’s atom bomb program, this didn’t stop Clinton from her warmongering as she seemed intent on destroying Syria for Israel’s sake.

How did Google become the internet’s censor and master manipulator, blocking access to millions of websites?

US News

 

Google, Inc., isn't just the world's biggest purveyor of information; it is also the world's biggest censor.

The company maintains at least nine different blacklists that impact our lives, generally without input or authority from any outside advisory group, industry association or government agency. Google is not the only company suppressing content on the internet.

Reddit has frequently been accused of banning postings on specific topics, and a recent report suggests that Facebook has been deleting conservative news stories from its newsfeed, a practice that might have a significant effect on public opinion – even on voting. Google, though, is currently the biggest bully on the block.

When Google's employees or algorithms decide to block our access to information about a news item, political candidate or business, opinions and votes can shift, reputations can be ruined and businesses can crash and burn. Because online censorship is entirely unregulated at the moment, victims have little or no recourse when they have been harmed. Eventually, authorities will almost certainly have to step in, just as they did when credit bureaus were regulated in 1970. The alternative would be to allow a large corporation to wield an especially destructive kind of power that should be exercised with great restraint and should belong only to the public: the power to shame or exclude.

If Google were just another mom-and-pop shop with a sign saying "we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone," that would be one thing. But as the golden gateway to all knowledge, Google has rapidly become an essential in people's lives – nearly as essential as air or water. We don't let public utilities make arbitrary and secretive decisions about denying people services; we shouldn't let Google do so either.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A Clinton Presidency: Humanity’s Worst Nightmare. Hillary’s “Rage for War”


Since Soviet Russia’s 1991 dissolution, successive US administrations governed increasingly lawlessly and recklessly – Bill Clinton worse than his predecessors, Bush worse than him, Obama worst of all, at war with multiple invented enemies throughout his tenure – from inaugural day to the present.

A neocon Hillary Clinton presidency succeeding him risks the unthinkable – possible WW III. 

America’s rage for dominance, its wanting planet earth colonized, and increasing belligerence toward Russia and China points to eventual confrontation.

Unknown is to what extent, but when conflicts begin, they take on a life of their own. Starting them is easy, resolving them another matter entirely.

America has turned planet earth into a battleground. All US post-9/11 wars continue, resolution nowhere in sight. Peace and stability defeat America’s imperial agenda. Conflicts serve it.

Clinton’s public record as first lady, US senator and secretary of state shows her rage for war, her contempt for rule of law principles and democratic values.

She’s for unlimited military spending, phony war on terror continued, likely escalated, use of banned weapons, and super-ones in conflicts she calls peacekeeping deterrents.

Before primary/caucus season began, she was chosen Democrat party nominee, Sanders going along for the ride, a political opportunist, a populist in name only leading a nonexistent political revolution.

Its illusion persists, to fade straightaway once a new administration takes power, Clinton its likely head, plotting pure evil before assuming office, likely aided by false flag deception.

 

The Corporate Funding of Islamophobia, A Multimillion Dollar Operation in Support of Donald Trump

Michel Chossudovsky 
Global Research 

Funding Islamophobia: $206m Went to Promoting 'Hatred' of American Muslims

 

Inciting hate towards Muslims has become a multimillion-dollar endeavor, supported by neocon corporate foundations, according to The Guardian quoting a recent report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the University of California at Berkeley’ Center for Race and Gender (CRG).

Of significance, several of the groups involved are working hand in glove with the Trump election campaign.

According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and University of California Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender (CRG), some 74 foundations, think tanks, research centers, etc “contribute in some way to Islamophobia in the US, the primary purpose of which “is to promote prejudice against, or hatred of, Islam and Muslims”.

The core group, which includes the Abstraction FundClarion ProjectDavid Horowitz Freedom CenterMiddle East ForumAmerican Freedom Law CenterCenter for Security PolicyInvestigative Project on TerrorismJihad Watch and Act! for America, had access to almost $206m of funding between 2008 and 2013, the report said.

[According to] Corey Saylor, author of the report:  “The hate that these groups are funding and inciting is having real consequences like attacks on mosques all over the country and new laws discriminating against Muslims in America.”

Saylor added that the Washington-based Center for Security Policy and Act! for America have the most impact, because they are trying to push their anti-Muslim rhetoric beyond their formerly fringe following.  (The Guardian, June 20, 2016)

The Center for Security Policy (headed by Frank Gaffney, a former Defense official) and the David Horowitz Freedom Center have direct ties to Donald Trump’s election campaign. The CSP considers that Muslims constitute a threat to “America’s way of life”: 

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Banks opting to scan fingers and faces for account access

Michael Corkery
AP


The banking password may be about to expire — forever.

Some of the nation's largest banks, acknowledging that traditional passwords are either too cumbersome or no longer secure, are increasingly using fingerprints, facial scans and other types of biometrics to safeguard accounts.

Millions of customers at Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo routinely use fingerprints to log into their bank accounts through their mobile phones. This feature, which some of the largest banks have introduced in the last few months, is enabling a huge swath of the American banking public to verify their identity with biometrics. And millions of additional customers are expected to opt in as more phones incorporate fingerprint scans.

Other uses of biometrics are also coming online. Wells Fargo lets some customers scan their eyes with their mobile phones to log into corporate accounts and wire millions of dollars. Citigroup can help verify 800,000 of its credit card customers by their voices. USAA, which serves members of the military and their families, identifies some of its customers through their face contours.

Some of the moves reflect concern that so many hundreds of millions of email addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers and other personal identifiers have fallen into the hands of criminals, rendering those identifiers increasingly ineffective at protecting accounts.

"We believe the password is dying," said Tom Shaw, vice president for enterprise financial crimes management at USAA, which is based in San Antonio. "We realized we have to get away from personal identification information because of the growing number of data breaches."

Long regarded as the stuff of science fiction, biometrics have been tested by big banks for decades, but have only recently become sufficiently accurate and cost effective to use in a big way. It has taken a great deal of trial and error: With many of the early prototypes, a facial scan could be foiled by bad lighting, and voice recognition could be scuttled by background noise or laryngitis.

Before smartphones became ubiquitous, there was an even bigger obstacle: To capture a finger image or scan an eyeball, a bank would have to pay to distribute the necessary technology to tens of millions of customers. A few tried, but their efforts were costly and short-lived.

Today, the equation has changed. Many models of the iPhone have touch pads that can scan fingerprints. The cameras and microphones on many mobile devices are so powerful that they can record the minute details needed to create a biometric ID. 


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How did Orlando victim Antonio Devon Brown die in Pulse Nightclub shooting, when he was killed in 2013 in West Virginia?

Superstation 95

 

According to media reports, Antonio Devon Brown was one of the 49 people killed in Orlando on June 12; except WOWK-TV News says Antonio Devon Brown died in shootout in 2013 in W. Virginia.

Strange.

Two guys with the same name, approximately the same age, both being killed in shooting crimes years apart?????  Gee, what are the odds?

Here are links to the recent Orlando Gay Nightclub Shooting, reporting the "victim" as Antonio Devon Brown, age 30.

Here are links to the recent Orlando Gay Nightclub Shooting, reporting the "victim" as Antonio Devon Brown, age 30.

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2016/06/16/funeral-services-memorial-set-slain-famu-graduate/85954546/

Here are screen shots and links to West Virginia News outlets showing Antonio Devon Brown was killed while he was perpetrating a mass shooting in West Virginia! Click image to enlarge:

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African Union plans to introduce single passport to create EU-style 'continent without borders'

The Independent


African leaders plan to turn the continent into one of "seamless borders” with the introduction of a single passport allowing free movement between countries.

The idea from the African Union has been modelled on the controversial EU Schengen free movement deal, which has abolished many internal borders to enable passport-free movement across the bloc.

Currently, 13 African countries have visa-free deals in place with each other. These allow citizens to visit another country without a visa, or offer them visas on arrival.

In comparison, Americans are able to travel to 20 of the continent’s countries without a visa, or a secure visa on arrival.

The African Union (AU), which represents 54 states, wants to abolish the need for Africans visiting African counties to require a visa by 2018.

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88 people arrested on charges of terrorism since 2014 while Orlando shooter "slips through the net"

Murtaza Hussain, Josh Begley
The Intercept


n the midst of Omar Mateen's shooting rampage in Orlando, law enforcement officials say the 30-year-old Florida resident called 911 and proclaimed his support for the Islamic State. Although FBI officials say they have not identified any direct connection between Mateen and the terrorist group, his case has once again brought calls for a harsh crackdown on individuals who might commit acts of domestic terrorism.

In the United States, 88 people have been arrested on charges of supporting ISIS since 2014, according to statistics compiled by George Washington University's Program on Extremism. Who are they? Most are young, male, and American citizens. But in contrast to the Islamic State's own propaganda, as well as the statements of many political figures, many of the U.S. supporters of ISIS come across as more pathetic than fearsome. While media reports have trumpeted the danger of sleeper cells, most of the people arrested by the FBI appear to have been wayward, isolated young men (and a few women) with little connection to international terrorist groups.

Recent coverage of the Orlando shooting has indicated that Mateen was motivated by homophobia and mental illness as much as any militant ideology; the FBI had investigated Mateen on two occasions and interviewed him but never pressed charges. The FBI's handling of his case, along with its handling of the often-hapless people it does arrest on terrorism charges, shows the complexity and, perhaps, the impossibility of the task — trying to identify and imprison real terrorists before they commit acts of terrorism.

Using court documents, interviews, and Google images of major landmarks from their personal lives, The Intercept has constructed brief portraits of nine recent cases of "ISIS in America."  


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