Monthly Archives: July 2013

Disney develops software to eliminate animators

A computer program that can mimic the abstract portrait drawings of specific artists has been built by experts at Disney Research. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23376199  The researchers suggested the techniques involved had the potential to be developed further, and might one day be used to create cartoons in specific animators’ styles. Seven artists were asked to create quick […]

Banksters buy commodities industry to manipulate prices

An industrial dance has been choreographed by Goldman Sachs to exploit pricing regulations set up by an overseas commodities exchange. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/business/a-shuffle-of-aluminum-but-to-banks-pure-gold.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130721 There are 27 industrial warehouses in the Detroit area where a Goldman subsidiary stores customers’ aluminum. Each day, a fleet of trucks shuffles 1,500-pound bars of the metal among the warehouses. Two or three […]

DC city council impels Walmart to pay employees more

An attempt by the Washington DC City Council to force profitable chain stores to pay much higher wages than the city’s minimum has infuriated Walmart, which is threatening to pull out of up to six planned stores.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/us/washington-push-on-wages-has-walmart-balking.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130721   On July 10, the City Council passed a “living wage” measure that would require Walmart to […]

EU antitrust suit uncovers bankster derivative scheme

Back in 2009, the Justice Department said it was investigating the large Wall Street banks for possible collusion in the huge and opaque credit default swaps market. The question was whether the big financial institutions had worked to keep transactions in these insurance-like instruments closed to competitors and more profitable for themselves.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/business/trying-to-pierce-a-wall-street-fog.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130721&_r=0   Not much […]

NWO looks for win-win again with sustained conflict in Syria

A senior American intelligence official on Saturday said that the Syrian conflict could last “many, many months to multiple years,” and described a situation that would most likely worsen regardless of whether the Syrian leader, President Bashar al-Assad, fell. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/world/middleeast/us-intelligence-official-says-syrian-war-could-last-for-years.html  “If Bashar Assad were to succeed, he will be a more ruthless leader who will […]

Colombian troops die in rescue attempt of US operative

At least 17 Colombian troops have died in an ambush in the east of the country, close to Venezuela’s border. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23394408 Saturday’s ambush happened in a rural part of Arauca known as El Mordisco. A number of guerrilla fighters were injured and captured, reports said. Earlier the Farc said it had captured a former US […]

US Navy bombs Great Barrier Reef in Australia

US fighter jets dropped bombs on the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s coast during a training exercise that went wrong.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23394233 The jets had intended to drop at a bombing range on a nearby island, but Tuesday’s mission was aborted. The AV-8B Harriers were low on fuel and could not land loaded, said the US […]

CIA station chief arrested for extraordinary rendition

A former C.I.A. station chief, Robert Seldon Lady, who was convicted in Italy for his role in snatching a Muslim cleric off a Milan street and turning him over to Egypt has been arrested in Panama. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/19/world/europe/ex-employee-of-cia-held-in-abduction.html?ref=world The 2003 abduction of the Egyptian-born cleric, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, was emblematic […]

New Jersey chief justice stands up for Fourth Amendment

“No one buys a cell phone to share detailed information about their whereabouts with the police,” Chief Justice Stuart Rabner wrote. “That was true in 2006 and is equally true today. Citizens have a legitimate privacy interest in such information.”  http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/07/19/us/ap-us-cellphone-tracking-ruling.html?ref=us   Police in New Jersey will soon have to get warrants if they want […]

World Trade Center owners bilk insurance co. for 9/11

Owners of the World Trade Center cannot demand billions more dollars in compensation for the 9/11 attacks, a New York judge has ruled. The twin towers owners wanted more insurance money, in addition to the $5bn (£3.3bn) already claimed, from the airlines of the alleged hijacked planes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23369635 Developer Larry Silverstein and World Trade Center […]

UK internet spying requests result in faulty arrests

UK authorities increased the number of requests they made about the public’s use of texts, emails and other communications data last year, an official report has revealed.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23367751 The report also revealed that mistakes made while using the information led to six members of the public being wrongly detained or accused of a crime.  It […]

University study shows war an unnatural occurrence

Primitive society was not driven by war, scientists believe. Researchers from Abo Academy University in Finland say that violence in early human communities was driven by personal conflicts rather than large-scale battles.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23340252   They say their findings suggest that war is not an innate part of human nature, but rather a behaviour that we […]

Monsanto changes strategy to get GMO into EU

Biotechnology giant Monsanto is scrapping plans to win approval to grow new types of genetically modified crops in the European Union. However, it will look to get EU approval to import its genetically modified crop varieties from the US and South America into Europe. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23356054  In Europe there have been concerns about the use of […]

Some US lawmakers show opposition to domestic spying

On Wednesday lawmakers from both parties called for the vast collection of private data on millions of Americans to be scaled back. During a sometimes contentious hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, Republicans and Democrats told administration officials that they believed the government had exceeded the surveillance authorities  granted by Congress. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/07/18/us/politics/bipartisan-backlash-grows-against-domestic-surveillance.html?from=us  Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, […]

JPMorgan banksters to settle in price manipulation scheme

JPMorgan Chase, the Wall Street giant whose reputation in Washington has eroded in a matter of months, is now moving to avert a showdown over accusations that it manipulated energy prices. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/jpmorgan-in-talks-to-settle-energy-manipulation-case-for-500-million/?hp  The nation’s largest bank is seeking to settle with the federal agency that oversees the energy markets. The regulator, the Federal Energy Regulatory […]

Preparing for a meltdown at Fukishima reactor no. 3

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant stood ready Thursday to inject boric acid into one of its most heavily damaged reactors after it found steam emanating from the reactor building. The preventive measure would stave off sustained nuclear reactions in the reactor’s damaged core. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/19/world/asia/steam-detected-at-damaged-fukushima-reactor.html?hp&_r=0  Remote camera footage Thursday showed steam escaping […]

License plate readers add to a database on your behavior

License plate readers have proliferated across the country. But cities and states are all over the map on how long they hold information they collect and with whom they share it. http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/bits/2013/07/17/policies-on-license-plate-readers-vary-widely-says-a-c-l-u/ That is according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union, which collated license plate reader policies from nearly 300 law […]

UK arms dealing at odds with human rights stance

The UK government has approved more than 3,000 export licences for military sales to countries which it believes have questionable records on human rights.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23336914   The House of Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls says the value of the existing export licences to the 27 countries in question exceeds £12bn. This includes significant sales to […]

UK: NSA and GCHQ spying on Brits perfectly legal

UK security services claimed not to break the law in accessing personal data through the US Prism programme. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23341597   The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) examined a list of ‘selectors’ (such as email addresses) that requested information on a list of UK nationals or individuals who were under surveillance. “The legal authority for this is contained […]

Poisoning the impoverished with free food program

There have been violent protests in the Indian state of Bihar after 22 children died and dozens more fell sick after eating a tainted free school meal. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-23342003 A doctor at the local hospital said a chemical used in pesticides was likely to be the cause of the contamination. The Mid-Day Meal Scheme provides free […]