Mês: julho 2019

China’s 5G Leadership

US Eavesdropping Will Be Blocked, Spies Unemployed   Spengler Jul 8, 2019   The US intelligence community’s alarm at Chinese leadership in 5G mobile broadband has less to do with a threat of Chinese eavesdropping than with the likelihood that electronic eavesdropping will become next to impossible, thanks to quantum cryptography. I have had a number of conversations on the topic with US as well as Chinese sources, but this conclusion appears obvious from public sources. America’s intelligence community spends nearly $80 billion a year, including $57 billion for the National Intelligence Program and $20 billion for the Military Intelligence Program. Signals intelligence (SIGINT), mainly electronic eavesdropping, takes up the lion’s share of the budget. Among other things the National Security Agency recorded more than half a billion calls and text messages of Americans in 2017. In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Security Agency admitted — for the second time — that it improperly eavesdropped on Americans. The spooks’ ability to tap the conversations of prospective terrorists, foreign leaders like Germany’s Angela Merkel and pretty well anyone it wants is a source of enormous power as well as justification for continued funding. All of that is about to come to an end and the spooks will have to find something else to do. That has a great deal to...

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Trump’s Relationship to Russia and China

A Revival of the Henry Wallace Doctrine for the Post-War World?   Matthew Ehret Jul. 6, 2019     During the course of the G20 important agreements and alliances were reached between Russia-China and the USA which indicate that President Trump is not “just another neo-con” as some of his cynical detractors have claimed, but is actually working to re-orient the United States into a strategic alliance with the Eurasian superpowers. This was seen with his announced lifting of the Huawei ban on American companies, his promise to cancel the additional $300 billion in tariffs with China, his cancelling the sanctions on Turkey for its purchase of Russia’s S400 defense system (which renders a big chunk of the NATO ABM shield against Russia impotent), not to mention the president’s historic visit to North Korea’s de-militarized zone to meet with Kim Jong-un. While not directly discussed at the event, the melt-down of the Trans-Atlantic banking system now bursting at the seams with over $700 trillion of derivatives, and corporate debt bubble which the Bank of International Settlements is warning will be the new sub-prime junk bond meltdown was on everyone’s mind. Whether the USA would be willing to re-organize itself in harmony with the new system driven by the Belt and Road Initiative was a question which only the braindead could avoid thinking about. While some commentators are trying to...

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Bill Bonner and the Founding Fathers

Would the Founding Fathers Recognize [US]America?   Van Bryan Jun. 7, 2019   This week, [US]America celebrated the 243rd anniversary of her “emancipation day.” And as Bill wrote in his book, The Idea of America, the founding principles of [US]America – self-determination and freedom from an overbearing State – are admirable. But Bill, ever the skeptic, spent the week surveying the [US]American landscape. He spots a “financialized” [US]American economy… an all-seeing Deep State… and an ever-expanding warfare apparatus. Yes, a country truly free from the machinations of a powerful elite would be wonderful. Somebody ought to give it a try one day… Dinner With [US]America’s 0.01% To start the week, Bill recounts a recent dinner… in Versailles Palace. There, our editor finds himself face to face with [US]America’s 0.01%. Read on for a firsthand account of how the other other half lives… It’s All Part of Trump’s Plan… Listen to the mainstream media. They’ll tell you President Trump is a blowhard… a scoundrel… an imbecile. Maybe they’re right… maybe. But they could be dead wrong. On Tuesday, Bill considers another possibility: Trump could be sly… like a fox. The Woman Who Wants to Pay the World to Drown in Debt There’s no shortage of impossible things people are willing to believe. The latest claptrap: negative interest rates to “stimulate” the global economy. The world is already drowning in debt....

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SI

Situação Internacional   João da Silveira     Seg. 24 PANTANAL : QUARTO DIA : 6:00 – Café da manhã. 8:00hs – Partimos de barco para o último passeio, desta fez a jusante…. 14:00 – Iniciamos a viagem de retorno da Jofre Velho para a Pousada Piuval, onde chegamos por volta das 17hs.   Ter. 25 PANTANAL : QUINTO DIA : 6:00 – Café da manhã. 8:00 – Caminhada em dois capões da Pousada Piuval. O segundo deles tem mirante no qual subo. Mary e Capitão esperam embaixo, medrosos da altura. Lá em cima, araras azuis voam entorno a mim sem pousar no poleiro que lá há. Faço quatro fotos do inteiro panorama leste, sul, oeste e norte. Solitário na altura, faço xixi no tablado e a consciência me acusa a indecência. As araras me vêm. Seu voo é tão leve, silencioso, como quem flutua sem gravidade. Eu sou como um saco de chumbo. Passam a um ou dois metros de distância dos meus olhos. Se saltar, posso pegar uma delas pelas pernas. Ato contraventuroso esse, próprio de um puro pesadelo. Eu me contenho e desço devagar pela escadaria de tábuas assim como subi… 14:00 – Deixamos Piuval, pousada de muitas novelas, rumo a Cuibá… 14:30 – Deixamos a Transpantaneira, o Pantanal, e entramos na rodovia asfaltada… 17:00 – Chegamos a Cuiabá… 20:25 – Embarcamos para Brasília… 23:00 – Desembarcamos em...

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USAmerica Trolling the World

I’m Trolled, You Are Trolled…   Dmitry Orlov Jun. 25, 2019   The world is on the brink of war, again. And again. And, yes, yet again. And then it’s not on the brink of war any more… but wait, there’s more! Of course there’s more, there always is. US aircraft carrier battle groups are steaming toward North Korea… or not. They are steaming about aimlessly, nowhere near North Korea, but in a very threatening manner. Then Trump and Kim Jong Un meet, get on great, sign a piece of paper that means nothing and part friends. Now the aircraft carriers are steaming about far less menacingly. Then Trump and Un meet again, to sign some other meaningless piece of paper, but then John Bolton shoots his mouth off and the deal is off. But Trump and Un continue to exchange love letters, so the bromance isn’t dead. In any case, war between the US and North Korea is not just unwinnable but unthinkable: South Korea’s capitol is within striking range of North Korean artillery and all US military bases in the region are within range of North Korean rockets. War with North Korea is definitely off. Executive summary: nothing happens. So, what was that all about? Now it’s about Venezuela. Its democratically elected leader is declared to be a usurper and a suitable replacement is found by the...

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