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EU Proposes Bank Account Freezes To Halt Bank Runs Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 19:08:18 Id: c02c52 [Preview] No. 1329 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
If there is a run on the bank, any bank in the EU, you better be among the first to get your money out.

Although it’s your money, the EU wants to Freeze Accounts to Prevent Runs at Failing Banks.

European Union states are considering measures which would allow them to temporarily stop people withdrawing money from their accounts to prevent bank runs, an EU document reviewed by Reuters revealed.

The move is aimed at helping rescue lenders that are deemed failing or likely to fail, but critics say it could hit confidence and might even hasten withdrawals at the first rumors of a bank being in trouble.

The proposal, which has been in the works since the beginning of this year, comes less than two months after a run on deposits at Banco Popular contributed to the collapse of the Spanish lender.

Giving supervisors the power to temporarily block bank accounts at ailing lenders is “a feasible option,” a paper prepared by the Estonian presidency of the EU said, acknowledging that member states were divided on the issue.

EU countries which already allow a moratorium on bank payouts in insolvency procedures at national level, like Germany, support the measure, officials said.

“The desire is to prevent a bank run, so that when a bank is in a critical situation it is not pushed over the edge,” a person familiar with German government’s thinking said.

The Estonian proposal was discussed by EU envoys on July 13 but no decision was made, an EU official said. Discussions were due to continue in September. Approval of EU lawmakers would be required for any final decision.

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Deliberate Destabilization: An Angry, Irritated Italy Loses Patience With Macron Over Islamic 'Migrant' Invasion Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 19:02:17 Id: 764068 [Preview] No. 1328 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
One week after the latest Ifop poll showed that French president Macron's approval rating tumbled by 10 points in his third month, with only Jacques Chirac sliding more from his May 1995 election to July of that year according to Journal du Dimanche...

On Tuesday, Macron oversaw a meeting in Paris of the leaders of two of war-torn Libya’s rival factions to discuss a political power-sharing deal to reunite the fractured north African country.

Italy is furious that the meeting between the head of the U.N.-backed government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj - which has failed to assert authority even in the Libyan capital Tripoli - and General Khalifa Haftar - a warlord who largely controls the east of the lawless country - was not coordinated with the Italian government. As a result, Gentiloni’s ministers took the unusual step of openly criticizing the French president this week, voicing frustrations with Macron’s efforts, which they argue distract from a coordinated U.N. and European Union effort to engineer a political deal in Libya between three rival governments and dozens of militias.

“There are too many open formats in Libya, too many mediators, too many initiatives,” Italy’s foreign minister, Angelino Alfano, told the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

Alfano and other ministers have been dismissive of the progress the Elysee Palace claimed to have made in the search for a deal in Libya. According to the French government, al-Sarraj and Haftar have committed to a cease-fire as well as to a continued political dialogue in an effort to achieve national reconciliation. The Italians also believe that Macron has fallen into a trap set by General Haftar, who has refused to accept the legitimacy of Fayez al-Sarraj’s government. Italian officials complain that the Macron-brokered meeting helps to legitimize Haftar, whom they see as a warlord and a strongman-in-the-making.

Accusations of Macron's high-handedness were also echoed in France, on his approach to a range of issues, domestic and foreign, with one retired general, Vincent Desportes, accusing Macron of “juvenile authoritarianism.”

As VoA adds, Macron’s Libya diplomacy is just one irritant in increasingly tension-filled Franco-Italian relations, in which Macron has been also accused of duplicity and hypocrisy in his diplomatic conduct with Italy. In May, after meeting Gentiloni in Paris, Macron announced: “we have not listened enough to Italy’s cry for help on the migration crisis.” But Macron’s position since hasn’t changed much from Francois Hollande, his predecessor in the Elysee Palace, to the Italian government’s rising anger.

Aside from Libya, an even more pressing issue for Italy has been the ongoing pleas for burden-sharing when it comes to the country's migrant wave, pelase which have so far fallen on deaf ears among other EU nations. Meanwhile, Italy’s refugee centers and shelters have reached their capacity of 200,000. So far this year nearly 100,000 asylum seekers have crossed the Mediterranean from Libya — a 17 percent increase over the same period last year — and with months more of good weather, another 100,000 asylum seekers are likely to land at Italian ports.

Pointing the finger explicitly at Paris, Italy’s deputy foreign minister, Mario Giro, this month complained, “it doesn’t seem like France wants to help us concretely.”

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The Feds Are Terrified Of Cryptocurrencies... But They're Powerless To Stop Them Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 17:55:43 Id: b8e462 [Preview] No. 1327 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
The federal government is no match for innovation. This is something lawmakers have always known, and it is the reason state and federal regulations exist. But innovation, by its very nature, will always find a way around those regulations, resulting in the implementation of more regulations for creative minds to learn to evade — which they will. This results in the over-regulation we see in America today.

Nothing scares the government more than something it can’t control, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed this week that it is terrified of cryptocurrencies — as well it should be. See, all those lawmakers and bureaucrats sitting around regulating everything depend on taxpayer money to pay their salaries so they can keep writing regulations. Since cryptocurrencies allow people to keep all of their money, this is a big problem for the lawmakers. Soon, people may even start to realize they can buy, sell, and trade freely without any government intervention. The horror.

So the SEC recently got together to write up even more regulations to try to scare people away from using cryptocurrencies and the blockchain by targeting Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs. Initial Coin Offerings have become very popular recently as a way for crypto start-ups to raise funds for their ventures using digital tokens (cryptocurrency) like Bitcoin or Ethers. They operate on a blockchain, which is a decentralized digital ledger of publicly and chronologically-recorded cryptocurrency transactions. Investopedia gives a wonderfully detailed breakdown of how ICOs work. You can read it here or watch an explanation by technologist and author of The Internet of Money and Mastering Bitcoin Andreas Antonopoulos here.

Basically, with the birth of the ICO came the emergence of a whole new market — one with a great deal of money floating around that the federal government couldn’t take by force. Naturally, this had to be investigated, and on July 25, the SEC released a Report of Investigation under Section 21(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The investigation zeroed in on the DAO, a distributed autonomous organization that set the record for the largest crowdfunding campaign in history, raising over $150 million in ether in 2016. According to the report published by the SEC:

“The Commission applied existing U.S. federal securities laws to this new paradigm, determining that DAO Tokens were securities. The Commission stressed that those who offer and sell securities in the U.S. are required to comply with federal securities laws, regardless of whether those securities are purchased with virtual currencies or distributed with blockchain technology.”

Or, as crowdfunding lawyer Amy Y. Wan explains, the press release amounts to the SEC saying:

“For those of you out there doing ICOs, we’re here to warn you that U.S. securities laws might apply. When we say might, we mean just that — sometimes securities law will apply, sometimes it won’t. It depends on the specific facts of the ICO.”

Okay, so the government wants to regulate virtual tokens, aka cryptocurrency. Good luck. As blockchain engineer Elaine Ou pointed out on Twitter, ICO’s are “Untraceable, international, [have] no central authority, [and] funds can’t be frozen. The SEC ICO warning is the best ad for ICO’s.”

So while the government can — and will — continue to make the lives of innocent people miserable using weapons like civil asset forfeiture, crypto regulations, web-provider takedowns, and the war on drugs, these are all last ditch efforts by a desperate ruling class on its death bed.

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Seven Food Stamp Recipients Pleaded Guilty for Taking Part in $5 Million Food Stamp Fraud Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 17:51:23 Id: 040882 [Preview] No. 1326 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Seven South Carolina women who received food stamps as part of a $5 million food stamp fraud scheme pleaded guilty to defrauding the government of more than $20,000 at a store in Rock Hill.

A state court judge ruled that the women who pleaded guilty Thursday will be able to avoid jail sentences and probation if they pay back the money by December 31, 2017, the Charlotte Observer reported.

The seven women who pleaded guilty, in order of who defrauded the most money to those who defrauded the least amount, include: Jatonica Williams, 31, $5,238 in fraud; Dequitta White, 31, $3,070; Labrecia White, 24, $2,962; Shenisa Davis, 36, $2,549; Victoria Sanders, 25, $2,234; Kimberly Johnson, 28, $2,195 in fraud; and Brooke Rogers, 27, $2,134.

Johnson entered a guilty plea by herself while the other six pleaded guilty in two groups of three.

As part of the plea deal, all seven women pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fraud charges and promised to pay the money back in exchange for a 30-day suspended sentence and two years’ probation that will be dismissed if they pay the money back before the end of the year.

The store owners, on the other hand, did not get off so easily. Three of the store owners involved in the $5 million food stamp scam face five years behind bars and are expected to pay back up to $5 million.

If the store owners agree to testify against the food stamp recipients who used their benefits to receive illegal money and goods in state court, they may be eligible for reduced sentences in federal court.

South Carolina Assistant Attorney General Sam Jones told the Herald that it is a crime if food stamps are used for anything other than non-prepared food and no cash is allowed to be exchanged for food stamp purchases.

Jones, who prosecutes food stamp fraud cases in South Carolina, said this particular instance of food stamp fraud took place between March 2014 to 2016.

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Julian Assange Goes 14/88 On Twitter Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 06:58:10 Id: c66933 [Preview] No. 1308 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]

>1/ What neither side of US politics wants to admit: the promotion of identity politics combined with the declining white super majority

>2/ has led to turbo charged white identity politics. Since Dems catered for non-white identity politics, Trump and the GOP took hold of

>3/ white identity politics. Whites are still over 60% of the voting population. As long as Democrats pander to identity politics the GOP

>4/ will be able to herd whites into supporting it. It seems too late for the Democrats to disengage with identity politics. So

>5/ GOP will continue to market itself (sotto voce) as the party of whites. Democrats will be out of most offices until whites

>6/ lose their majority. That won't be for decades. Most countries that do not have a 70%+ super majority ethnic group have ethnicized

>7/ electoral politics. For example in Malaysia where majority Malays correspond to whites in the US context. (link: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/628462) muse.jhu.edu/article/628462

>8/ GOP equivalent will become like Barisan National in Malaysia and win the majority of offices for decades.

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Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 10:11:02 Id: 8ad5bd [Preview] No. 1309 del
>Assange goes 14/88
No he doesn't.
What is it with you people and turning a small piece of news into something bigger then it is? It truly feels like i am reading a tabloid.

Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 16:09:36 Id: 26958b [Preview] No. 1321 del
Considering half the sources for news on this site are little more than alt-right tabloids...

Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 17:07:45 Id: 2895f3 [Preview] No. 1325 del
I don't consider the news I post to be "alt-right" or "tabloids", I am simply posting information from a variety of different news websites that is not often reported by the mainstream / state-run media. I refuse to be spoon-fed by a highly regulated industry (which is the TV and printing press). People have the right to see alternative information that may conflict with "official narratives." After all, that is what the press should be doing, questioning spoon-fed narratives.

I've lived a lot longer than most anons who lurk these image boards and I remember the days we had real press that asked uncandid questions, where the press were more frank or outspoken and the days where governments and corrupt institutions FEARED the press. Well thanks to the internet we still have that today and I welcome it.

CIA Agent Confesses On Deathbed: ‘We Blew Up WTC7 On 9/11’ Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 16:42:20 Id: 242f20 [Preview] No. 1323 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
79-year-old retired CIA agent, Malcom Howard, has made a series of astonishing claims since being released from hospital in New Jersey on Friday and told he has weeks to live. Mr. Howard claims he was involved in the “controlled demolition” of World Trade Center 7, the third building that was destroyed on 9/11.

Mr. Howard, who worked for the CIA for 36 years as an operative, claims he was tapped by senior CIA agents to work on the project due to his engineering background, and early career in the demolition business.

Trained as a civil engineer, Mr. Howard became an explosives expert after being headhunted by the CIA in early 1980s. Mr. Howard says has extensive experience in planting explosives in items as small as cigarette lighters and as large as “80 floor buildings.”

The 79-year-old New Jersey native says he worked on the CIA operation they dubbed “New Century” between May 1997 and September 2001, during a time he says the CIA “was still taking orders from the top.” Mr. Howard says he was part of a cell of 4 operatives tasked with ensuring the demolition was successful.

Mr. Howard says the World Trade Center 7 operation is unique among his demolitions, as it is the only demolition that “we had to pretend wasn’t a demolition job”. He claims he had no problem going through with the deception at the time, because “when you are a patriot, you don’t question the motivation of the CIA or the White House. You assume the bigger purpose is for a greater good. They pick good, loyal people like me, and it breaks my heart to hear the shit talk.”

But even he admits that now, looking back, “Something wasn’t right.”

“No good has come from this. This isn’t the America we envisioned.”

https://youtube.com/watch?v=Mamvq7LWqRU [Embed]?

Explaining how the building was bought down, Mr. Howard says, “It was a classic controlled demolition with explosives. We used super-fine military grade nanothermite composite materials as explosives. The hard part was getting thousands of pounds of explosives, fuses and ignition mechanisms into the building without causing too much concern. But almost every single office in the Building 7 was rented by the CIA, the Secret Service, or the military, which made it easier.”

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Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 16:51:42 Id: 242f20 [Preview] No. 1324 del
Kinda interesting, recently this year two buildings had massive fires, one I believe being an apartment building somewhere in London (allegedly faulty wiring, but rumors of an Islamic attack considering many tenants were Muslims) and the other building in Dubai just the past week. One of the tallest buildings in Dubai caught on fire in a roaring blaze (reasons unknown to me at this point).

Neither of those two buildings collapsed. In fact, you can dig video footage of those fires on Youtube.

Also: jet fuel doesn't burn through steel and neither will regular fires. There must be explosives and/or thermite or RDX involved to take down buildings that size.

Donald Trump Agrees to Impose Further Sanctions on Russia, Putin Expels 750 US Diplomats In Response Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 16:34:18 Id: 6f7d8b [Preview] No. 1322 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Donald Trump Agrees to Impose Further Sanctions on Russia

President Donald Trump has agreed to sign a bill that will impose further sanctions on Russia and gives Congress new powers to block him from easing sanctions against Moscow in the future, the White House has confirmed.

“President Donald J. Trump read early drafts of the bill and negotiated regarding critical elements of it,” a statement from the White House read. “He has now reviewed the final version and, based on its responsiveness to his negotiations, approves the bill and intends to sign it.”

The bill, which passed both the House and the Senate with veto-proof majorities, imposes sanctions on Russia for their alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, as well as their failure to implement a ceasefire in Ukraine.

It also includes further sanctions on Iran and North Korea for their widespread support for terrorism and development of missile technologies.


Putin Expels 755 US Diplomats

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned last week that he would issue a tough response to insolent US sanctions against Russia.

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Obama's EPA Brushed Aside Evidence They May Have Been Relying On Fabricated Data For 25 Years Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 15:52:06 Id: 5d33e1 [Preview] No. 1319 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
One of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) longest and most successful air pollution standards is based on a taxpayer-funded study plagued by “data fabrication and falsification,” according to a veteran toxicologist.

Toxicologist Albert Donnay says he’s found evidence a 1989 study commissioned by EPA on the health effects of carbon monoxide, which, if true, could call into question 25 years of regulations and billions of dollars on catalytic converters for automobiles.

“They claimed to find an effect when there wasn’t one,” Donnay told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “They even fabricated the methods they used to get their results.”

“They were spinning this to give EPA what they wanted and commissioned,” Donnay said. “They reported results that could not have come from human beings.”

EPA gave “primary consideration” to 1989 study put together by the Health Effects Institute (HEI) to replace a previous 1981 study that relied on fabricated data.

In 2011, EPA did what it’s done since 1971 and left the carbon monoxide standard unchanged at 9 parts per million measured over an 8-hour time period and 35 parts per million over 1 hour.

And why not? EPA’s been wildly successful in reducing carbon monoxide over the years. Levels were 85 percent below EPA standards in 2016, making it the second-most reduced air pollutant, according to agency data.

“Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas emitted from combustion processes” that can cause serious health effects and even death at extremely high levels, according to EPA.

Accidental carbon monoxide poisoning kills between 400 and 500 people a year, according to government data.

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Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 16:01:38 Id: 5d33e1 [Preview] No. 1320 del
>Toxicologist Albert Donnay says he’s found evidence a 1989 study commissioned by EPA on the health effects of carbon monoxide, which, if true, could call into question 25 years of regulations and billions of dollars on catalytic converters for automobiles.

Thanks for killing yet another great, PRODUCTIVE (job producing) American industry, assholes!

The EPA should not be able to "investigate" themselves by the way, that's like saying a criminal should "investigate" themselves for their own crimes. That leads nowhere but to more abuse of authority. Just like heroin junkies, only these men and women are addicted to power and control. They'll always come up an excuse to exclude themselves from taking responsibility for their actions.

Government-run British Death Panels Murder Baby Charlie Gard AFTER Italy and America Offers To Pay For His Treatments Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 13:44:59 Id: 255434 [Preview] No. 1313 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
The critically ill infant at the centre of a legal battle over whether he would be allowed to seek experimental legal care in the United State or forced to die in a British hospital has passed away, his parents revealed Friday evening.

Baby Charlie Gard’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard said Friday evening: “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie.”

The infant died one week short of his first birthday after his life support was withdrawn. His parents had fought a five-month legal battle to keep him alive, after the British nationalised health service decided his life couldn’t be prolonged and that his life support should be turned off.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard raised some £1.3 million to cover the costs of flying their son to the United States to receive experimental treatment from a specialist, but were denied permission to remove Charlie from hospital. Over the course of months, the couple sought permission to have their own son treated at the British supreme court and at a European court, but were denied every time.

“Our poor boy has been left with his illness to deteriorate devastatingly to the point of no return.” https://t.co/KHYA4JLPLP

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) July 24, 2017

Even when Charlie’s parents declared the end of their legal battle and resigned themselves to Charlie’s death, their request that he be allowed to die at home was denied and it was ruled his final days should be lived out in a hospice.

World figures including President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and the Pope expressed interest in the case, with the United States and the Vatican both offering help. The British court’s decision meant neither offers could be taken up.

After the end of their legal battle, baby Charlie’s parents basted the courts for “time wasted”, arguing that had the infant been able to seek treatment in the United States earlier his condition wouldn’t have deteriorated to a point of no return. Speaking outside the court this week, Charlie'[s father said said: “Put simply, this is about a sweet, gorgeous, innocent little boy, born with a rare disease, who had a real, genuine chance of life and a family who love him so very dearly – and that’s why we fought so hard for him.

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Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 14:32:03 Id: c84d6e [Preview] No. 1317 del
Atheists and a small libertarian government would have never allowed this petty bureaucracy to take place. They would have placed their faith confidence on the competency of the parent.

Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 15:28:31 Id: 255434 [Preview] No. 1318 del
This is one of the problems with a government-run single payer healthcare system, the government does not give a flying backwards shit about the interests of patients, only about keeping control. Big Insurance companies are pretty corrupt too, as they only give a shit about profits. What the public deserves is to have a healthcare system that is voluntary and one that promotes competition. That way if an insurance company is ripping off consumers, consumers would have the option of switching providers. It would create a roadblock for corrupt actors because if they were to treat people unfairly, people would be allowed to seek more fair alternatives without being shackled down by monopolies or big government.

Apple Removes Apps From China Store That Help Internet Users Evade Censorship Reader 08/08/2017 (Tue) 14:09:36 Id: ac3a7d [Preview] No. 1316 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
China appears to have received help on Saturday from an unlikely source in its fight against tools that help users evade its Great Firewall of internet censorship: Apple.

Software made by foreign companies to help users skirt the country’s system of internet filters has vanished from Apple’s app store on the mainland.

One company, ExpressVPN, posted a letter it had received from Apple saying that its app had been taken down “because it includes content that is illegal in China.”

Another tweeted from its official account that its app had been removed.

A search on Saturday showed that a number of the most popular foreign virtual-private networks, also known as VPNs, which give users access to the unfiltered internet in China, were no longer accessible on the company’s app store there.

ExpressVPN wrote in its blog that the removal was “surprising and unfortunate.”

It added, “We’re disappointed in this development, as it represents the most drastic measure the Chinese government has taken to block the use of VPNs to date, and we are troubled to see Apple aiding China’s censorship efforts.”

Sunday Yokubaitis, president of Golden Frog, a company that makes privacy and security software including VyperVpn, said its software, too, had been taken down from the app store. “We gladly filed an amicus brief in support of Apple in their backdoor encryption battle with the F.B.I.,” he said, “so we are extremely disappointed that Apple has bowed to pressure from China to remove VPN apps without citing any Chinese law or regulation that makes VPN illegal.”

He added, “We view access to Internet in China as a human rights issue, and I would expect Apple to value human rights over profits.”

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