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Future prez Ronald Reagan: FBI snitch, PTB's social engineering flunky

This is why the "powers that be"were comfortable with Reagan in the White House


More info at Seth Rosenfeld: Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power

I never liked Ronald Reagan and I couldn't understand how he got elected and how anyone could not fail to see through his obvious bullshit.

But he did have a world class promotion team working for him and he was a good, if "B Level", actor and I've become a little more understanding as I get older.

That said, if there is still anyone out there who thinks Ronald Reagan was anything but Satan's Spawn, please wake the you-know-what up.

Fox News and its owner Rupert Murdoch loves the guy and tries to present him as a statesmen.

He was nothing more or less than a mobbed up piece of self-propelled garbage and the front man for a band of thieves that in the last 43 years has run the country into the ground.

Vader

Jamie Dimon's raise proves U.S. regulatory strategy is a joke

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© Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesJamie Dimon

If you make a big show of punishing someone, and when you're done they still don't think they have a behavior problem, you probably picked the wrong punishment. Every parent on earth knows this implicitly - but does the Obama White House finally get it, too, now, after Jamie Dimon's raise?

When the board of JP Morgan Chase gave its blowdried, tirelessly self-regarding CEO a whopping 74 percent raise - after a year in which the Justice Department blasted the bank with $20 billion in sanctions - it was one of those rare instances where Main Street and Wall Street were mostly in agreement.

Everyone from the Financial Times to Forbes.com to the Huffington Post decried the move. The Wall Street pundits mostly thought it was a dumb play by the Chase board from a self-interest perspective, one guaranteed to inspire further investigations by the government. Meanwhile, the non-financial press generally denounced the raise as a moral obscenity, yet another example of the serial coddling of Wall Street's habitually overcompensated executive class.

Both groups were right. But to me the biggest news was how brutal an indictment Jamie's raise was of the Obama/Holder Justice Department, which continues to profoundly misunderstand the mindset of the finance villains they claim to be regulating.

Chase's responses to Holder's record penalties have been hilarious. Their first move was to make sure people outside the penthouse boardroom took on all the pain, laying off 7,500 employees and freezing salaries for the non-CEO class of line employees.

Next, Chase's board members sat down, put their misshapen heads together, considered the impact of this disastrous year of settlements, and decided to respond by more than doubling the take-home pay of the executive in charge, giving Dimon about $20 million in salary and equity.

Attention

Frigid temperatures = Utility bill shock

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© John Dixon/APAntione Larkins shovels snow out of his driveway in Champaign, Ill.
Millions of consumers who've seen skyrocketing utility bills are likely to see another spike in January and February

First came the deep cold, then sharply higher heating bills.

Bone-chilling temperatures have rattled consumers across the nation since mid-December. Bitter cold is likely to linger over the Northeast and Midwest, and unseasonably low temperatures are forecast for the Southeast, so millions of consumers who've seen skyrocketing utility bills are likely to see another spike in January and February.

The Energy Information Administration predicted that more than 90% of the nation's 116 million homes would have higher heating bills this winter, projecting rises of 2% (for those heating with electricity) to 13% (natural gas). Homes heated with propane were expected to spend 9% more than last year, while those using heating oil were expected to get a 2% price break. Those estimates came in October, before two-decade-low temperatures, rising demand and lower energy stockpiles gripped much of the nation. Revised EIA estimates from earlier this month peg some home heating bills rising as much as 23.5% in the Midwest. But even those estimates may be too low.

"I don't think they factored in the polar vortex or what's happening now,'' says Steve Schork of energy markets tracker The Schork Report, who says extended cold temperatures could push winter utility bills to their highest levels since 2008.

Treasure Chest

Arrests made for series of crimes including infamous heist of 1978

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© Irish TimesVincent “Vinny” Asaro, the reported head of the Bonanno crime family, is escorted by FBI agents out of a New York federal building yesterday.
Organised crime suspects held over series of crimes including infamous cash robbery

Several organised crime figures have been arrested as part of a federal investigation into a series of unsolved crimes, including the infamous 1978 Lufthansa heist at Kennedy International Airport, according to a racketeering indictment unsealed Thursday.

The indictment reads like a greatest hits collection of the Mafia: armoured truck heists, murder, attempted murder, extortion and bookmaking. But the crime that garnered the most attention was the Lufthansa robbery, where a group of robbers stole about $5 million in cash and nearly $1 million in jewels from a Lufthansa cargo building in December 1978 - the largest cash robbery in the nation's history at the time.

The robbery, a key plotline in the movie Goodfellas, was also infamous for how it frustrated investigators; the only person ever convicted in the heist was a Lufthansa cargo agent, described as the "inside man" in the plot. Other suspects were found slain, or disappeared; the man thought to be the mastermind of the robbery, James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, died in 1996 in prison, where he was serving a life sentence for an unrelated murder.

Some of the alleged crimes in the indictment predated even the airport heist, including a homicide committed in 1969. The federal investigation first became public in June, when FBI agents descended on a home in Queens owned by Burke's daughter, and began digging in the basement, soon finding human remains, a person familiar with the investigation said.

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Summary of Israeli Violations of International Law in 2013

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The year 2013 witnessed over 20,000 severe violations against the occupied State of Palestine and its people, who have suffered a number of violent attacks and incursions at the hands of Israel, the occupying power. These violations include attacks by both Israeli authorities and settlers, along with home demolitions, arbitrary arrests and the ongoing construction of illegal settlements.

Since the resumption of negotiations at the end of July 2013, Israel has announced almost 6200 new settlement units, throughout the occupied State of Palestine.

Please find below a Media Brief prepared by the NSU summarizing Israel's violations of International Law during 2013, with a particular focus on violations committed since the beginning of negotiations, a process which is supposed to lead to a just and lasting peace.

Brick Wall

In Ukraine, fascists, oligarchs and western expansion are at the heart of the crisis

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© Matt Kenyon‘The Ukrainian faultine has the potential to draw in outside powers and lead to a strategic clash.'
The story we're told about the protests gripping Kiev bears only the sketchiest relationship with reality

We've been here before. For the past couple of months street protests in Ukraine have been played out through the western media according to a well-rehearsed script. Pro-democracy campaigners are battling an authoritarian government. The demonstrators are demanding the right to be part of the European Union. But Russia's president Vladimir Putin has vetoed their chance of freedom and prosperity.

It's a story we've heard in one form or another again and again - not least in Ukraine's western-backed Orange revolution a decade ago. But it bears only the sketchiest relationship to reality. EU membership has never been - and very likely never will be - on offer to Ukraine. As in Egypt last year, the president that the protesters want to force out was elected in a poll judged fair by international observers. And many of those on the streets aren't very keen on democracy at all.

Comment: From Coup in western Ukraine: The Arab Spring unleashed in Europe

Ukraine has long been the focus of Western meddling as part of a larger geo-strategic game aimed at countering Russia. Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in 1994 that "it cannot be stressed strongly enough that without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be an empire, but with Ukraine suborned and then subordinated, Russia automatically becomes an empire." A little over a year ago, the US implicitly released a statement via then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that it would do whatever is within its means to roll back Russia's economic integrationist efforts. After describing Russia's Eurasian Union plans as "a move to re-Sovietize the region", she proceeded to threaten that "we know what the goal is and we are trying to figure out effective ways to slow down or prevent it."

Undoubtedly, the world is now witnessing what the US had in mind when it threatened to "slow down" and "prevent" economic cooperation between Ukraine and Russia. With Ukrainian stability cracking under the pressure of continued chaos and the economy on the brink of near-total collapse, the lie of EuroMaidan's 'pro-EU integrationist' goals have been revealed. Either the EU will in no way accept a future failed-state Ukraine, licking its wounds from prolonged civil strife, to enter into the organization, or it, in coordination with its NATO overseers, had it planned all along to collapse the country and profitably rebuild it under the aegis of the West. Either way, the fabled 'path to Europe' has been exposed as the sham that it is, and absolutely nothing of positive value can come to the average citizen from what the militant participants have done to their country in the name of 'Euro-integration'.

And Ukraine's fascist Neo-Nazi color revolution backed by U.S.


Stormtrooper

EU police want 'remote kill switch' on every car

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© Reuters/Tony Gentile
The EU is considering mandatorily equipping of all cars sold in the union with devices, which would allow police to remotely disable engines, according to leaked documents.

If the plan goes as planned, European law enforcers will be able to stop fugitives, suspected criminals and even speeding drivers with a simple radio command from a control room.

The technology is part of a six-year development plan by the 'European Network of Law Enforcement Technologies', or Enlets, a working group for police cooperation across the EU, reports the Telegraph.

Comment: Can we really trust the minions police force of the European Union to have so much control on our cars - and our lives? When journalist Michael Hastings died in a car-crash last year while working on a piece on the CIA, a lot of journalists wondered whether his car was remote-controlled and caused to crash by outside sinister forces. A few interesting bits of into surfaced then about this car-controlled technology:
In a 2010 article in Veterans Today, former Marine Gordon Duff described an assassination technique known as "Boston Brakes," whereby "drive by wire" cars -- like the Mercedes Benz -- can be remotely steered to simulate a driver-caused accident.

Former US National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism Richard Clarke has also confirmed the existence of "drive by wire" attacks. Speaking to the Huffington Post following news of the Hastings' bizarre death, Clarke agreed that a single-vehicle crash is "consistent with a car cyber attack. There is reason to believe that intelligence agencies for major powers -- including the United States -- know how to remotely seize control of a car." Clarke added: "You can do some really highly destructive things now, through hacking a car, and it's not that hard."



Gold Coins

Hong Kong marks the Lunar New Year by giving away $65,000 in bitcoin

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Hong Kongers snapped up HK$500,000 ($65,000) in Bitcoin vouchers on Thursday to mark the Lunar New Year in what organisers said was the biggest ever giveaway of the currency - though some were confused about how to use it.

Young women in short skirts handed out 50,000 coupons worth HK$10 around the city all day and into the evening. Vouchers were tucked into the red envelopes ubiquitous during the new year festival, embossed with the Chinese word for "luck" in gold.

The envelopes - known as "lai see" or "red pocket" - usually hold cash and are given to family, colleagues and anyone else who deserves a thank you.

Bug

Secret elite group 'Cockroaches' brag of survivor mentality

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Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) hangs out with Cockroaches.

These are not the crunchy, skittery kind of cockroaches that terrorize your kitchen, but the well-shod Washington insider kind that gather several times a year for a high-powered confab on defense and intelligence matters.

The Cockroaches are a venerable Washington, D.C., institution that has apparently never been written about, a kind of not-so-secret society for several hundred current and former defense intelligence officials, private-sector contracting firms, lobbyists, Congressional staffers and Members of Congress. The group meets every other month or so for off-the-record dinners to discuss new developments in defense and intelligence, and to swap war stories, literally and figuratively.

Comment: We have little doubt that the group's name is representative of its members!

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Calendar

Nicaragua scraps term limits: socialist Ortega to be in power indefinitely

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Daniel Ortega hugs Evo Morales before the march of the torches in celebration of the 161th birth anniversary of Jose Marti in Havana
Nicaragua's national assembly on Tuesday voted to scrap presidential term limits, which could allow socialist President Daniel Ortega to remain in power indefinitely and has stoked concerns about democracy in the Central American country.

Lawmakers must still formally sign off on the details of the bill, likely in a vote on Wednesday, which will make the impoverished country the latest in a string of Latin American nations from Bolivia to Ecuador to give presidents power extending beyond their traditional limits.

Comment: For a president who created a socialist bank to free his country - and other Latin American neighbors - from the greedy jaws of capitalistic U.S.A., a bank that gives loans without conditions, we say: Why not?