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Keren Elazari: Hackers: the Internet's immune system

TED · Published on Jun 10, 2014

The beauty of hackers, says cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari, is that they force us to evolve and improve. Yes, some hackers are bad guys, but many are working to fight government corruption and advocate for our rights. By exposing vulnerabilities, they push the Internet to become stronger and healthier, wielding their power to create a better world.

- And the meek shall inherit the security codes.....

Sold to China: US electric car company purchased by Chinese billionaire

RT · Published on Jun 10, 2014

Chinese companies are on a shopping spree in the U.S. investment doubled in 2013, reaching a record high of 14 billion dollars. And in the latest purchase is a taxpayer-backed electric car company was sold to a Chinese manufacturer. Marina Portnaya reports.

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- It's good to know someone besides the Pentagon is benefiting from my tax dollars for a change.

''If you don’t have a master, learn from the cat.'' ~Sufi Proverb

Fatal Accident on Sao Paulo's Monorail System

NTDTV·Published on Jun 10, 2014

A worker building a monorail in Brazil's biggest city, Sao Paulo, dies after a section collapses just days ahead of the World Cup football tournament.

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The latest disaster to hit Brazil's preparations for the World Cup. A construction worker was killed on Monday after part of a monorail collapsed. The man was working on an extension to the metro network in Sao Paulo when he was hit by a concrete support beam. Two others were injured in the accident.

The monorail was supposed to be up and running for the World Cup, which kicks off on Thursday. But construction is behind schedule. When completed, the line will connect the city's airport to three metro lines.

This is the latest in several deaths, as workers rush to complete preparations for the tournament. Eight workers have now died in accidents during the construction of the 12 World Cup arenas in Brazil.

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Here's Why ONLY ONE Banker Went To Jail For The Economic Crisis

The Young Turks · Published on Jun 7, 2014

"On the evening of Jan. 27, Kareem Serageldin walked out of his Times Square apartment with his brother and an old Yale roommate and took off on the four-hour drive to Philipsburg, a small town smack in the middle of Pennsylvania. Despite once earning nearly $7 million a year as an executive at Credit Suisse, Serageldin, who is 41, had always lived fairly modestly. A previous apartment, overlooking Victoria Station in London, struck his friends as a grown-up dorm room; Serageldin lived with bachelor-pad furniture and little of it — his central piece was a night stand overflowing with economics books, prospectuses and earnings reports. In the years since, his apartments served as places where he would log five or six hours of sleep before going back to work, creating and trading complex financial instruments. One friend called him an 'investment-banking monk.'

"Serageldin's life was about to become more ascetic. Two months earlier, he sat in a Lower Manhattan courtroom adjusting and readjusting his tie as he waited for a judge to deliver his prison sentence. During the worst of the financial crisis, according to prosecutors, Serageldin had approved the concealment of hundreds of millions in losses in Credit Suisse's mortgage-backed securities portfolio. But on that November morning, the judge seemed almost torn. Serageldin lied about the value of his bank's securities — that was a crime, of course — but other bankers behaved far worse. Serageldin's former employer, for one, had revised its past financial statements to account for $2.7 billion that should have been reported. Lehman Brothers, AIG, Citigroup, Countrywide and many others had also admitted that they were in much worse shape than they initially allowed. Merrill Lynch, in particular, announced a loss of nearly $8 billion three weeks after claiming it was $4.5 billion.

Serageldin's conduct was, in the judge's words, 'a small piece of an overall evil climate within the bank and with many other banks.' Nevertheless, after a brief pause, he eased down his gavel and sentenced Serageldin, an Egyptian-born trader who grew up in the barren pinelands of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, to 30 months in jail. Serageldin would begin serving his time at Moshannon Valley Correctional Center, in Philipsburg, where he would earn the distinction of being the only Wall Street executive sent to jail for his part in the financial crisis.

"American financial history has generally unfolded as a series of booms followed by busts followed by crackdowns. After the crash of 1929, the Pecora Hearings seized upon public outrage, and the head of the New York Stock Exchange landed in prison. After the savings-and-loan scandals of the 1980s, 1,100 people were prosecuted, including top executives at many of the largest failed banks. In the '90s and early aughts, when the bursting of the Nasdaq bubble revealed widespread corporate accounting scandals, top executives from WorldCom, Enron, Qwest and Tyco, among others, went to prison." *

In this clip from The Young Turks, Cenk Uygur breaks down all the many reasons why the Obama Administration opted not to pursue prosecutions against the bank executives who caused the financial crisis that led to the Great Recession.

* For more, read the full article by Jesse Eisinger in the New York Times here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/magazine/only-one-top-banker-jail-financial-crisis.html?_r=1

How Many Republicans Were Arrested RIGHT AFTER The 2014 Primary?

The Young Turks · Published on Jun 9, 2014

It may be a new trend: Republicans getting arrested immediately following elections. This year four members of the GOP - one a candidate and three others campaign employees - were arrested immediately following the vote's conclusion on Primary election night. Are we looking at a new trend? The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

- All Republicans should be arrested on the day they announce a run for office and not released until a day after the votes have been certified.

Or, we could just take off and nuke them from orbit, to be sure. Tough choice.

Diablo Canyon Nuke Plant Still Leaking Radiation-High Rad Levels

missingsky102·Published on Jun 1, 2014

Radiation Leaking/Diablo Canyon Nuke Plant/California

The Radiation Network has issued a ALERT of the Diablo Canyon Area (Shell Beach)http://www.radiationnetwork.com/

EQ-20140530-410254-USA Common Alerting Protocol
Magnitude: 2.3
Mercalli scale: 1
Date-Time : 30 May, 2014 at 19:43:53 UTC
Local Date/Time: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 19:43 in the evening at epicenter
Coordinate: 35° 34.800, 120° 52.800
Depth: 4 km (2.49 miles)
Hypocentrum: Shallow depth
Class: Micro
Region: North-America
Country: United States
Location: 15.32 km (9.52 miles) E of Cayucos, California, United States

Location NPP Distance
USA ********DIABLO CANYON Npp******* 25.47 km

EQ-20140531-410312-USA Common Alerting Protocol
Magnitude: 3.8
Mercalli scale: 2
Date-Time : 31 May, 2014 at 02:59:29 UTC
Local Date/Time: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 02:59 at night at epicenter
Coordinate: 33° 35.400, 118° 22.200
Depth: 1 km (0.62 miles)
Hypocentrum: Shallow depth
Class: Minor
Region: North-America
Country: United States
Location: 17.27 km (10.73 miles) W of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, United States

Location NPP Distance
USA San Onofre Npp 49.35 km

Navy Tests To Determine If Unhealthy Radiation Is Lurking On Treasure Island

6 Hanford workers get medical treatment after vapor exposure

Radiation Madness, Methane Madness, GeoEngineering 6/1/2014

Top Science Journal: "Time bombs" at WIPP nuclear site? "High alert over risk of new explosions" in hundreds of plutonium-contaminated drums — AP: 4 years may be needed just to seal off area where drums stored — Experts go down to check if ground 'still stable' (VIDEO)

New emails reveal concern over plutonium chain reaction in WIPP containers — "There shouldn't be a 'significant' reaction... criticality safety issues are not my area of expertise" — "Significant amount of plutonium" — No mention of kitty litter

Kodiak bear suddenly dies running uphill in Alaska / "Heart attack" ?

'No Consequences' At Hanford For Safety Failures; America's Nuclear Insanity

missingsky102·Published on Jun 7, 2014

The continuing series of workplace safety incidents at Hanford -- just last week six more workers received medical attention after breathing toxic vapors -- shines a light on a little-known exception for the government-owned nuclear waste site in southeastern Washington.

Unlike every other workplace in the state -- from the BP oil refinery at Cherry Point to corporate offices in downtown Seattle -- the 586 square mile Hanford Site is exempt from federal and state workplace safety oversight and enforcement.


''Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health experts do not recommend that people in the United States take precautionary measures beyond staying informed. And going forward, we will continue to keep the American people fully updated — because I believe that you must know what I know as President.'' - President Barack Obama, March 17, 2011 link

Former Hanford Worker Sick from Nuclear Waste Spill Speaks Out

Posted: Apr 29, 2014 11:04 PM CST Updated: Apr 30, 2014 3:02 PM CST
Posted by Jane Sander, Reporter

NBC Right Now spoke with a former Hanford worker exposed to chemical vapors on the job. He
wasn't a tank farm worker. He was a truck driver at the Hanford site.

RICHLAND, WA - Lonnie Poteet arrived outside a tank farm to deliver some fuel and quickly started feeling symptoms from exposure to chemical vapors.What he didn't know was a nuclear waste spill happened hours before at the tank farm.

"I was already burning from my glove line to my t-shirt line and the side of my face and I was already starting to lose a little bit of vision in my right eye," Poteet said. It all happened so fast. On July 27th 2007, Lonnie Poteet, a contracted worker, drove up to site to deliver some fuel.

At the time, CH2M Hill was managing the tank farm cleanup and failed to notify all workers about the spill. The spill reportedly happened at 2:10am. Poteet arrived at the fence line of the tank farm at 10:00am.

"Very frustrated. When they told their crews that showed up that day to go to work to stay in because they had a potential spill, they held them back, but notified nobody else. They put me in harms way. Specifically they asked me to be there as late in the day as possible. They knew I was coming. Why didn't they say something?" Poteet said.


- This whole Hanford business is a travesty. They have poisoned the land for generations.....

Edward Snowden Questions Failure to Prevent 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

IB Times
By Jerin Mathew | IB Times – Sat, May 31, 2014

Unaired excerpts of the interview by NBC of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden contain the whistleblower's statements about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The four-hour interview of Snowden by journalist Brian Williams was condensed into a 60-minute programme by NBC. The network showed portions of the interview that were not included in the prime-time broadcast.

In one of the portions, Snowden questioned the US intelligence agencies' inability to stop the 11 September, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, despite having massive amount of surveillance. He noted that the country had all necessary intelligence resources prior to the attack, but it failed to stop the attacks.

Read his comments about the terrorist attack below:
    "You know, and this is a key question that the 9/11 Commission considered. And what they found, in the post-mortem, when they looked at all of the classified intelligence from all of the different intelligence agencies, they found that we had all of the information we needed as an intelligence community, as a classified sector, as the national defense of the United States to detect this plot."

    "We actually had records of the phone calls from the United States and out. The CIA knew who these guys were. The problem was not that we weren't collecting information, it wasn't that we didn't have enough dots, it wasn't that we didn't have a haystack, it was that we did not understand the haystack that we have."

    "The problem with mass surveillance is that we're piling more hay on a haystack we already don't understand, and this is the haystack of the human lives of every American citizen in our country."

    "If these programs aren't keeping us safe, and they're making us miss connections — vital connections — on information we already have, if we're taking resources away from traditional methods of investigation, from law enforcement operations that we know work, if we're missing things like the Boston Marathon bombings where all of these mass surveillance systems, every domestic dragnet in the world didn't reveal guys that the Russian intelligence service told us about by name, is that really the best way to protect our country? Or are we — are we trying to throw money at a magic solution that's actually not just costing us our safety, but our rights and our way of life?


- Like the man said: ''It's a racket.''

''The true value of a conflict is in the debt it produces -- you control the debt, you control everything''.

''The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.''

What's most amazing about all this is the relative lack of IQ that it takes to get this far. Once you've got everyone scared of you, you really don't have to do much but growl every once and a while.

- Of course the occasional convenient ''accident'' helps too.


The reality is that institutional establishments, institutions of codified thought, and institutions of societal influence and power, meaning philosophies, dogmas on one hand and corporations and governments on the other, each have a high propensity to engage in denial, dishonesty, and corruption to maintain self-preservation and self-perpetuation.

The result is a continuous culture lag where social progress by way of incorporating new socially-helpful scientific advancements is constantly inhibited. It is like walking through a brick wall as the established power orthodoxies continue to perpetuate themselves for their own interests and comforts.

The profit mechanism creates established orders which constitute the survival and wealth for a few groups of people. The fact is that no matter how socially beneficial new advents may be, they will be viewed in hostility if they threaten an established financially-driven institution. Meaning social progress can be a threat to the establishment. So to put this into a sentence: "Abundance, sustainability and efficiency are the enemies of profit."

Progressive advancement in science and technology which can solve problems of inefficiency and scarcity once and for all, are in effect making the prior establishment's servicing of those issues obsolete. Therefore in a monetary system corporations aren't just in competition with each other, they're in competition with progress itself. That is why social-change is so difficult within a monetary system. In other words, the established monetary system refuses to allow free-flowing change.

We have to understand that government as we know it today, is not in place for the well being of the public, but rather for the perpetuation of their establishment and their power. Just like every other institution within a monetary system. Government is a monetary invention for the sake of economic and social control and its methods are based upon self-preservation, first and foremost. All a government can really do is to create laws to compensate for an inherent lack of integrity within the social order.

In society today the public is essentially kept distracted and uninformed. This is the way that governments maintain control. If you review history, power is maintained through ignorance.

~Peter Joseph
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