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  • With Our Hero Varoufakis Fallen On His Sword Who Will The EU Ledership Sacrifice

    Will he be back? - EU's Terminator Yanis Varoufakis (image source)

    Now that our hero of recent weeks Yanis Varoufakis has resigned, accepting that he is persona non grata at the negotiating tables of Europe after thwarting the Troika's attempts to suppress an IMF report that confirmed the Greek government assertion that bail out terms on offer were unfair and unworkable, what next.

    Varoufakis' resignation, in the style and with the impeccable timing that shows us who the real men are, we must now ask whom the smooth faced girlie - men formerly on the other other side of the table will throw to the lions.

    Greece's new finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, should not have to face the same petulant, unreasoning dogmatists as were truly responsible for Europe's painful hammering Greek voters handed out in yesterday's referendum.

    That would be an utter disgrace, and the EU would not survive it (not that the EU is likely to survive a Grexit, which will certainly prompt other Eurozone awkward squad members to rebel.

    So we now call on Juncker, Lagarde, Schäuble, Dijsselbloem, Draghi, Merkel and Gauleiter Schulz, if not to do pull a Coriolanus stunt by falling on their swords, to at least do the decent thing and fuck off.

    It cannot be right that the winner leaves and all the losers get to stay in the game (or more accurately at the trough, with their snouts immersed.

    The attempts to suppress the IMF debt sustainability analysis were a shameful attempt to mislead the people of Greece and of Europe as a whole and displayed the utter contempt of the unelected bureaucrats who now run the world for democracy and for the people they want to control.

    It cannot be that after this mockery of democracy, these same people can just remain in their jobs, drawing their inflated salaries and roaming the world scoffing the finest foods, drinking the most expensive wines and being waited on hand and foot, all at our expense.

    It's time for Europe's 'inner party' to show the same democratic spirit that Yanis Varoufakis has shown. And if that doesn't happen, we European voters should ignore the Euronazi and USSA globalist propaganda and support parties pledged leave the European Union as quickly as they can.

    That would prove once and for all that the EU is no more than a cheap facade, a thin veil behind which something pretty disgusting along the lines of what the likes of Hitler and Stalin had in mind for the world is hiding its true face.

    Here is Yanis' explanation behind his surprising resignation after the Greek referendum returned the vote he wanted:

    The referendum of 5th July will stay in history as a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage. Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroup's 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached. It is, therefore, essential that the great capital bestowed upon our government by the splendid NO vote be invested immediately into a YES to a proper resolution – to an agreement that involves debt restructuring, less austerity, redistribution in favour of the needy, and real reforms.

    Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners', for my… ‘absence' from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today. I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterday's referendum. And I shall wear the creditors' loathing with pride.

    We of the Left know how to act collectively with no care for the privileges of office. I shall support fully Prime Minister Tsipras, the new Minister of Finance, and our government. The superhuman effort to honour the brave people of Greece, and the famous OXI (NO) that they granted to democrats the world over, is just beginning.

    Minister No More! (Yanis Varoufakis)

  • The Whackiest Opinion Ever

    Reading an Information Clearing House post on likely knock on effects of the Greek crisis (my perdictions on how the debt problems in Greece would eventually play out having been proved close to 100% accurate once again), somewhere in the comment thread I came across what must be one of the most bizarre comments ever encountered, and bear in mind I spend a bit of time on US religious right and Islamic English language sites)

    Before checking out the comment though you need to know the main article,

    Greek Crisis Awaits Other NATO Partners

    dealt with the economic knock on effects for other small EU nations should the Greeks vote to leave the Euro single currency.

    Somebody posting as sima said:

    "Greece is NOT an independent country. It cannot do what it wants.
    Greece too like almost all other countries is under imperial power of the British establishment / Anglo-Saxon establishmen which is in power even in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Turkey, Iran, Mexico, Latin America.

    Even those countries who appear to be independent are under the Anglo-Saxon establishment control on a voluntary basis, due to the fascination of the ruling class in almost all countries of the world with the British and their blood-thirsty arrogant condescending Anglo-Saxon establishment.

    No country, neither nor ruling class is free from the deadly and killer influences of the Anglo-Saxon establishment. And that is why all countries are losers. Losers to the Anglo-Saxon establishment which is in power in all countries either physically, by proxy or by the desire of the self in the natives or nationals of the country.

    We are all doomed because of this desire to submit oneself to the wish and will of the Anglo-Saxon establishment. "

    Huh? WTF? What planet does this person live on?

    Ah well, the upside is we still live in a society that permits people to publish their opinions, no matter how whacky those opinions may be.

  • Troika Is Manoeuvering To Rig The Greek Referendum

    Uncle Joe knew a thing or two (image source)

    According to Greece's finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, the troika, the IMF, European Central Bank and EU Commission is planning to rig the outcome of the Greek referendum on whether to accept further austerity measures in return for bail out cash and an extension of the debt relief programme.

    In a TV interview, Mr. Varoufakis said unequivocally, "This is a very dark moment for Europe. They have closed our banks for the sole purpose of blackmailing what? Getting a ‘Yes' vote on a non-sustainable solution that would be bad for Europe.”

    Most politicians go anywhere near telling the truth, but Varoufakis seems refreshingly honest and is the ONLY finance minister who appears to understand the demands of the Troika are not plausible for Greece (or any other nation) amounting as they do to a total surrender of sovereignty to the unlected bureaucrats of Brussels.

    Mr. Varoufakis also said Germany's Angela Merkel has tried to skirt any responsibility by saying this is a Troika decision.

    "One must seriously ask, are those in the Troika just totally brain-dead?" he added, "Their blackmail and economic war against Greece will be evidence to ensure that Britain leaves the EU. The ONLY thing that saved Britain was Maggie Thatcher's effort to keep Britain out of the euro for she knew far too well where it would lead. The view in Poland is also now anti-euro. Any Brit who now does not vote to get out of the EU and the grips of the Troika is ignorant of world events and the political power play going on."

    The EU leaders are due to travel to Athens after the referendum. Varoufakis claims only then will they realize that their powers are so off the wall that they dare not expose their own schemes. Hollande of France wants a resolution for he fears Marine Le Pen's campaign for a Frexit is gaining momentum. Obama wants a resolution that will keep Greece in the EU, fearing Greece will be forced into the arms of Russia, thus breaking down NATO.

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  • IsThe IMF Profoundly In Love With Pandora

    Germany so far held its negotiating position with Greece because the German government knows that if it agrees to a sovereign debt cancellation (rather than a 'haircut' on privately held debt held which would affect mostly banks, financial institutions and hedge funds as happened in 2012), then more of the PIIGS nations (Portugal Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain,) will demand the same.

    It is the IMF that has finally opened Pandora's box and let all the troubles previously contained within the European Union's secretive governance mechanisms escape into the public domain.

    While the Greek crisis has been containable, the problem posed by the other PIIGS is on a different scale, it took the EU 5 years to transfer around €200 billion in Greek debt exposure to the public balance sheet but in the end it looks as if Greece's debt problem has overwhelmed both the EU's ability to kick the can down the road and the faith of German taxpayers in "ever closer union" has been exhausted.

    Should the first victim of the common currency pass through the exit door as early as next week however, nobody in Europe believes that the same exercise can be repeated with Italy, or Spain, or even Portugal. Their economies are too big (and their at-risk loans run to €hundreds of billions). Today, we saw the first public evidence of the schism within the IMF/ECB/EU Commission Troika, when the IMF in a press release explicitly stated that Greece is no longer viable unless there is both additional funding provided to the country, which can only happen if there is another massive debt haircut. Here's the tasty bit:

    " Even with concessional financing through 2018, debt would remain very high for decades and highly vulnerable to shocks. Assuming official (concessional) financing through end–2018, the debt-to-GDP ratio is projected at about 150 percent in 2020, and close to 140 percent in 2022 (see Figure 4ii). Using the thresholds agreed in November 2012, a haircut that yields a reduction in debt of over 30 percent of GDP would be required to meet the November 2012 debt targets. With debt remaining very high, any further deterioration in growth rates or in the medium term primary surplus relative to the revised baseline scenario discussed here would result in significant increases in debt and gross financing needs (see robustness tests in the next section below). This points to the high vulnerability of the debt dynamics." [ ... ] ""these new financing needs render the debt dynamics unsustainable." (Read what the IMF said in full:</a)

    That is precisely what Tsipras and Varoufakis have been claiming since day one. Unsurprisingly Greek government officials promptly said that the IMF report is in line with the Greek government's views on debt. What makes the IMF report even more odd is its timing; three days before the Sunday referendum, Tsipras now has prima facie evidence to present to Greek voters as he tells them "see, we were right all along."

    Looking forward to the next Eurozone crisis, what the IMF's "debt sustainability analysis" has just done is open the door for every single other comparably insolvent peripheral European nation (and it goes way beyond the PIIGS) to knock on the IMF's door and say: "Mme Lagarde, if Greece is unsustainable, then why aren't we?"

  • Ending the Ownership of Money

    It must be common knowledge by now that some of the world’s most economically powerful nations are insolvent due to the burden of sovereign debt. These economies are held together through by the faith of citizens and businesses in the currency. If that faith evaporates, the leading economies will crash as voters realise the only thing underwriting the economy is debt.

    While lefties, tech - heads and science - heads might get upset, people who live in the real world should consider the implications of this for privacy (a human right) and self determination (another human right). Funny how those who screech loudest about human rights are only interested in the rights of minorities and terrorists,

    Read more on how the withdrawal of cash will affect you in our Cashless Society omnibus page ...

    Ending the Ownership of Money

  • Greece's route out of Europe

    Financial web sites are reporting that the Greek government have caved in to EU bullying and accepted all the austerity demands in return for a few more months of economic chaos before the stricken country is finally forced out of the EU. These reports are not true.

    Earlier this morning as Alexis Tipras was again urging voters to reject more austerity in the referendum to be held this coming weekend, finance minister Varoufakis said he would cut off his right arm before accepting a "Yes" vote. Doesn't sound much like a cave in to us.

    As we have reported several times recently, while the Syriza bosses have been playing mind games with the Eurorats of Brussels they have also been spending a lot of time cosying up to Moscow. And nothing would suit the Russians better than to prise Greece out of the EU.

    There is a very simple way for Greece and Russia to win here and tell Washington along with Brussels to go to hell. First Greece quits the Euro and starts issuing Drachmas. Then Russia announces that it will peg the Drachma to the Rouble and make them convertable. Greece agrees to credit any fees from the south stream pipeline targeted to terminate in Greece back to any Rouble debt they incur.

    Its a safe bet that the other PIIGS countries, Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Spain countries would follow suit and both NATO and the EU will start to unwind.

    Europe would be pushed into the Russian orbit and without the political cover of NATO the wars the USA is running in the middle east would have to end immediately. Check and mate for the fools in Washington who thought they could control the world. Greece and eventually Britain and Europe can at last be completely free of the Washington warmonger's malign influence for good.
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  • The Left Attack Free Speech And Thought

    The American left is in a feeding frenzy, the neo - Nazi liberals feel they are on a roll, having cheered on their ex-rent-boy President as yet again he shat on the constitution by trashing states’ rights to railroad compulsory acceptance of homosexual marriage through the Supreme Court.

    Our local left wing extremists are doing their best to join in of course, but their efforts are only fuelling support for nationalist / tradionalist movements in Europe. Recall the way the same irrelevant law was rammed through the UK Parliament by pink conservative David Cameron when he had no electoral mandate for such a move.

    Across the pond, where the new fascists have no coherent opposition, in an ecstasy of hate they are about to rewrite history and abolish every tradition that is an obstacle to the rootless, alien society based on intolerant political correctness that they have dreamed of building.

    The epitome of everything they detest and fear and thus the latest target of their politics of hate is currently the Confederate Flag, so that is now the object of a campaign so fanatical and irrational as to seem barely sane.

    In totalitarian regimes — a.k.a. police states — where conformity and compliance are enforced by the muzzle of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used. In countries where the police state hides behind a benevolent mask and disguises itself as tolerance, the citizens censor themselves, policing their words and thoughts to conform to the dictates of the mass mind.

    Even when the motives behind this rigidly calibrated reorientation of acceptable language appear well-intentioned, discouraging racism, condemning violence, denouncing discrimination and prejudice, the end result is the same: authoritarianism, intolerance and indoctrination.

    Political correctness, fascism disguised as tolerance, civility and love, in reality amounts to the suppression of free speech and the demonizing of viewpoints that run counter to the cultural elite.

    As a society, we’ve become fearfully polite, careful to avoid offense, and largely unwilling to be labeled intolerant, hateful, closed-minded, racist, homophobic, or any of the other toxic labels that carry a badge of shame today.

    The result is a nation where people no longer feel free to say what they really think, at least if it runs counter to the prevailing dogma of the ruling elite. Intolerance of free speech and free thought is the liberalism of our day.

    For those “haters” who dare to voice a different opinion, retribution is swift: they will be shamed, shouted down, silenced, censored, vilified, marginalised and generally relegated to the status of mean-spirited right - wing nut jobs and bullies who are guilty of various “thought crimes.”

    We have entered a new age where, as commentator Mark Steyn notes, “we have to tiptoe around on ever thinner eggshells” and “the forces of ‘tolerance’ are intolerant of anything less than full-blown celebratory approval.”

    In such a climate of intolerance, there can be no freedom speech, expression or thought. But it isn't as if nobody warned us what was coming ...

    “If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it…. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change.” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

    "Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughcrime literally impossible because there will be no words with which to express it."

    "The word free still existed in Newspeak, but it could only be used in such statements as "This dog is free from lice" or "This field is free from weeds." It could not be used in its old sense of "politically free" or "intellectually free," since political and intellectual freedom no longer existed as concepts...."

    (George Orwell, 1984)

  • Vlad The Impaler Shafts The West Again

    Italy's Silvio Berlusconi might have described her as an 'unfuckable lardarse' but Vlad seems quite keen on Hausfrau Merkel - or is it just political expediency? (image source)

    Here's today's scoop (well not quite a scoop as we found the story on a whistleblower site we subscribe to):

    As the swaggering, vacuous windbag Obama and his administration of war loving neo-con hawks again stepped up the anti - Moscow rhetoric in the vain hope of provoking Russia into firing the first shot in the war the US military / industrial complex needs, wily old Vlad the Impaler has shafted them again. On Monday 29 June the story was leaked that Gazprom has announced it was on the verge of concluding a massive deal that would double the amount of Russian gas flowing to Germany via a second Nord Stream pipeline.

    The shocking announcement made it look like the clueless clowns in Washington had no idea what was going on and that Obama's efforts to isolate Russia were a complete flop. Make no mistake, this deal is huge, both financially and in terms of geopolitical strategy. Big enough in fact to change the political calculus of the entire northern European region.

    "Once this pipeline is finished, almost all of Eastern Europe can be completely cut out of the gas picture. There will be no need for any gas to transit through Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Belarus, Hungary or Slovakia,” The Wall Street Journal reported earlier in June without beinng aware it seems, of how close the deal was to completion (Gazprom's Dangerous New Nord Stream Gas Pipeline to Germany, WSJ)

    Not long ago we reported that Russia had concluded a deal to reroute the south stream pipeline through Turkey and Greece to serve southern Europe. Ukraine is totally out of the picture then. How frustrating for Obama after he invested so much money in installing a puppet government in Kiev.

    So in economic terms, Ukraine is out and Germany's in, which means that Washington's plan to extend US hegemony by driving a wedge between Russia and Europe has gone down the pan. Europe's economic powerhouse is now a business partner of the old enemy.

    Putin has again again completely outmanoeuvred the Americans; he waited until the last possible moment to pull the rug out from under Obama, and now he's sitting back enjoying the show. Is it any wonder why Obama's Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter been running around Europe with his arse on fire trying to reconstuct the effigy of the Russian bogey man.

  • Juncker the back stabbing traitor feels betrayed

    Jean Claude Drunkard - brandy for breakfast (image source)

    You have to be impressed by the sheer arrogance of the smooth faced fixers who run the EU by stitching up European taxpayers in deals made behind closed doors. As Greece descends into chaos with a full blown humanitarian crisis already on its hands, EU Commission President Jean - Claude Juncker (aka Jean Claude Drunkard) has said he feels betrayed that the Greek government, elected with a mandate to oppose further austerity by any means at their disposal, have chosen to follow the wishes of of Greek voters rather than the diktat of the unelected bureaucrats who run the EU.

    Betrayed? Juncker, a long term E U insider has been one of the main architects of Greece's current economic mayhem. Since the folly of dragging Greece's basket case economy into the Eurozone made the current colapse inevitable, junckers has been one of the main players in the game of stabbing Greece in the back while simultaneously shafting Greek voters up the arse.

    The sooner Greece is out of the Eurozone, the sooner they can start to repair the damage done by the atrocity that is monetary union. And the sooner British voters will start to understand than no matter what that globalist twat Cameron promises, for us the only way is OUT.

    The danger now is of course that some fudge will be worked out to keep Greece in the Euro to prevent the whole E U falling apart, thus ensuring this useless pisshead continues to have some influence over Britain's international dealings.

  • War Famine plague and all that ...

    It is no secret that “news” media in the developed world is owned by a few corporate empires whose ultimate owners' are financial operators whose reach extends into manufacturing, extraction industries, big agriculture and food, healthcare and even, through networks of patronage and influence, into politics.

    In terms of revenue genaerated the news and entertainment corporations are small fry but so long as they are the information source of choice for the majority these businesses punch above their weight in terms of social impact. An ill - informed population is a compliant population and the purpose of mainstream media, once to educate and inform is now to distract, deceive and direct away from the real issues towards trivialities and gossip and ensure most people are are sufficiently dumbed down and diverted from the real issues, by feeding you pointless irrelevant social trivia.

    As long as we (the majority of us) are distracted, we will be unable to organize, get involved, protest or seek change, which is exactly what corporate media wants, and is exactly where they have you. You don’t think so? Answer the following questions:

    We have been at war in Afghanistan for over 13 years, there are no British combat troops active now but we still have a presence; why? What are we fighting for? Who are we fighting? How many people under 35 can even find Afghanistan on a map after 13 years of war? What are the Taliban all about?

    How about Iraq, America's war? Most Americans cannot find Iraq on a world map, can you? British, European and American combat troops withdrew from Iraq but now are on the point of returning as Islamic state forces advance? Why did we go to war in Iraq and overthrow the dictator Saddam if we werren't prepared to go the distance? Who are we fighting in Iraq? What do they want? What do we hope to achieve? Who TF are the Daesh?

    How about Syria? Who are we fighting? Who are the ISIL? Who are the Alawi? Who or what is ISIS? What do they want? Are we with or against Assad? Why are we helping Al-Qaeda in their effort to overthrow Assad? how do Syriac Christians fit into the picture and what is a Syriac Christian anyway?

    Let’s look at Libya? Why did we (the FUKUS axis -France, the United Kingdom and the United States) bomb it daily for seven consecutive months? Why did we engage in a regime change campaign when there was no regime in waiting to replace the one we overthrew? Why did we support Muammar Gadaffi, then help kill him? Why did our leaders allow Libya, the most prosperous state in Africa under Gadaffi to become a lawless, chaotic, failed state after we bombed them to save them from an oppressive dictator?

    How about Egypt? Who is the current dictator of Egypt and why do we support a dictator? How do we support him?

    How about Russia? Most people in the NATO states do not have a clue that we are now very close to a war with Russia, but then again most people never saw World War I or World War 2 coming either. Why do we now have troops in the all the Baltic States on the border with Russia? Why are we installing missiles close Russia’s border? What or where is Kaleningrad?

    Where is the Ukraine in relation to the USA or EU? What is the relationship between Ukraine and Russia?

    How many military bases does Russia have outside Russia? How many military bases does the US have outside of its borders?

    Why did the USA spend 5 billion dollars promoting unrest and engineering a coup against a democratically elected government in the Ukraine and why did the EU support it? Why did the foul mouthed neocon US ambassador, Victoria Nuland say, and what did she mean, when she so eloquently said: “F... the EU”? Why do media continue to present Barack Obama as the peacemaker and joybringer when his administration is the most right wing and hawkish the USA has had on everything except gay related issues.

    OK, we haven't even touched on famine and plague, but do you see my point? These foreign policy failures cost billions of £$€ and continue to cost western taxpayers at a time when systemic debt and ongoing current account deficits are hamstringing efforts to recover from the 2008 economic crash and trashing jobs and lifestyles. And all the time the media feeeds us celebrity chit chat, animal stories, junk science (how many breakthroughs in the war on cancer were announced last month) and scare stories.

    Switch to new media, feed your inner sceptic.

  • The End? Eurozone Rejects Greek Bailout Extension: All Bailout Programs Expire On June 30

    from Zero Hedge

    First thing this morning, when summarizing the flurry of overnight events, we focused on today's final gambit by Greece:

    "... moments ago Varoufakis was quoted as saying he would ask the Eurogroup for a bailout extension of a few weeks to accommodate the referendum.

    And the punchline: if the Eurogroup says "Oxi", then the entire Greek gambit, which has been a bet that to Europe the opportunity cost of a Grexit is higher than folding to Greek demands, collapses.

    If the Eurogroup declines Varoufakis' request, there simply can not be a referendum, as the "institutions proposal" will no longer be on the table. As such, the only question is whether the ECB will also end the ELA at midnight on June 30, adding insult to injury, and causing the collapse of the Greek banking system days ahead of a referendum whose purpose would now be moot."

    And, as expected, with the Eurozone meeting on Greece having just ended after a brief hour of deliberations, AFP reports that the answer, was indeed, no.

    In effect, and very symbolically, Greece is already out of the Eurogroup. Worse: the referendum is now moot as the programs will expire on Tuesday night and Greece won't have anything actionable to vote on next Sunday.

    What happens next: Eurogroup makes it official that the Greek proposal ends on June 30 making the referendum moot as the institutions proposal will no longer be on the table, the ECB pulls a "Cyprus" on Greek ELA, and a Greek bank system which is put on indefinite hiatus, leading to a "soft" Greek default if not outright Grexit, paving the way for even more ECB QE.

    In the meantime, here is the live feed from the Euro-ex-Greece-Group where now only 18 countries are allowed to opine on the future of the costliest, and most artificial monetary experiment in history.

    Read full article ...

    For what it's worth, we think the EU will cobble together some kind of economic bodge up to prevent Greece leaving the European Monetary System because the Euronazi bureaucrats in Brussels know if Greece goes, a few others are likelt to follow.

  • 50 Shades Of Hacking

    Infidelity. Satanic rituals. Sexual fetishes and obsessions. Drug abuse. Sado masochism. Blackmail. Sex acts involving small furry animals. Sniffing bicycle seats. Visiting brothels where clients can dress as Disney characters. They’re the most intimate secrets of U.S. government workers. And now they’re in the hands of foreign hackers.

    The theft of US government workers personal data has already being described as the worst hack of the U.S. government in history, and it just got much worse.

    A senior U.S. official has confirmed that foreign hackers compromised the intimate personal details of an untold number of government workers. Due to the US Government being even more obsessed with spying on its own emplyess than on American citizens or even the leaders of friendly European nations, data stolen by allegedly Chinese hackers probably included information about workers’ sexual partners, drug and alcohol abuse, debts, gambling compulsions, marital troubles, and any criminal activity.

    Those details, which are now assumed to be in the hands of Chinese spies, are found in the so-called “adjudication information” that U.S. investigators compile on government employees and contractors who are applying for security clearances. The exposure suggests that the massive computer breach at the Office of Personnel Management is more significant and potentially damaging to national security than officials have previously said.

    Three former U.S. intelligence officials told The Daily Beast that the adjudication information would effectively provide dossiers on current and former government employees, as well as contractors. It gives foreign intelligence agencies an easy reference point for identifying the vulnerabilities of people with access to the government’s most highly classified secrets.

    Oh well, that's good to know.

  • How Ironic That Humourless Warmageddonists Will Not See The Irony

    "If I invest all my savings in palm oil futures I'll become a millionaire about the same time as I become extinct" (image source)

    I've lost count of how many times this blog has highlighted the extraordinary consistency with which politicians and scientists working in concert manage to achieve the exact opposite of what they are aiming for.

    One might be tempted to think that the first step in proposing a scientific solution to any problem is to first understand what harm the unintended consequences of your solution might cause. And then having stepped back, looked at the bigger picture and thought OMFG, that's not good, maybe reconsider. It should be a no brainer, so what does that say about the science that keeps leading its practicioners into the same trap?

    Still, as any comedian knows if a joke is worth doing once it is worth doing a thousand times, so here we go again with the latest variation on a theme.

    A report in The Daily Telegraph tells us the orang-utan population of Indonesia is being driven to the brink of extinction thanks to the massive deforestation underway to satisfy the rapidly growing demand for palm oil as a clean, green, sustainable biofuel.

    Some scientists estimate that as many as 95 percent of the orang-utans native to Sumatra have already been wiped out.

    Isn't it ironic that the Warmageddonist mob are so humourless they will never see the irony in this?

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  • I Told You Google Were Evil

    Dr. Evil's even more evil twin, Dr. Google (source)

    Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

    I was always puzzled by they way Google became so dominant in the internet search market, OK Google would return a million results on your search and nerdy types are always impressed by big numbers but really, nerds aside, who would consider 'most linked', 'most viewed', 'most recent' and likely to earn most advertizing revenue as the best criteria foe grading the quality of content?

    When however I learned beyond reasonable doubt last year that Google is really a subsidiary of the United States Department Of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) things made sense. Almost anything can be made to happen if you have unlimited money to throw at making it happen.

    It also explains why Google (corporate motto - Don't be evil) are the most evil corporate business on the planet (well, apart from Monsanto maybe, but they are the only serious contenders.

    So how evil are Google? Have a read at this from The Guardian:

    Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations held in front of a computer.

    First spotted by open source developers, the Chromium browser – the open source basis for Google's Chrome – began remotely installing audio-snooping code that was capable of listening to users.

    It was designed to support Chrome's new "OK, Google” hotword detection – which makes the computer respond when you talk to it – but was installed, and, some users have claimed, it is activated on computers without their permission.

    "Without consent, Google's code had downloaded a black box of code that – according to itself – had turned on the microphone and was actively listening to your room,” said Rick Falkvinge, the Pirate party founder, in a blog post. "Which means that your computer had been stealth configured to send what was being said in your room to somebody else, to a private company in another country, without your consent or knowledge, an audio transmission triggered by … an unknown and unverifiable set of conditions.”
    Google to exclude 'revenge porn' from internet searches
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    The spyware feature is installed by default as part of Google's Chrome browser. But open source advocates are up in arms about it also being installed with the open source variant Chromium, because the listening code is considered to be "black box”, not part of the open source audit process.

    "We don't know and can't know what this black box does,” said Falkvinge.

    READ FULL ARTICLE at The Guardian

  • Grexit: What's really going on

    Although mainstream news sources are reporting only positive stuff about the latest chapter in the saga of the Eurozone collapse, if you read Boggart Blog you will have learned yesterday that the latest 'austerity' proposals offered by the Greek government are about as substantial as a set of hen's teeth or a bucket of rocking horse shit.

    Today the media spin is even worse, we are on the verge of a ground breaking deal that will keep Greece in the Euro and hold the EU together all the TV channels and newspapers tell us. In reality, having failed to offer any realistic proposals, Alexis Tsiparis now has as many problems at home in Greece as he has in Brussels.

    Late on Monday evening European news channels were leading on a “Greece Capitulates: Tsipras Will Accept Bailout Extension,” headline, offering the narrative that Greece's non-cuts would enable a new bailout to go ahead. Not only was this not true, while the French, fearing that they are next maybe, are keen to grab anything Germany's ruling coalition parties are in open revolt against Hausfrau Merkel's efforts to dum another pile of Greek debt on the shoulders of German taxpayers.

    On top of that Alexis Tsipras now faces a political battle at home in the wake of his move to make a deal with creditors that includes higher taxes and restrictions on early retirements.

    The agreement, which accepts the necessity of extending the country’s second bailout in order to bridge the gap between payments due to creditors over the coming weeks and final discussions around a third program, has not been received well by Syriza party members.

    In fact no agreement will satisfy the more radical wing of the party, many of whom believe the best option for Greece is to default and return to the drachma — these lawmakers contend redenomination would not be as economically catastrophic as the EU would have them believe. If Tsipras cannot rally enough support for the new proposal, we could be looking at a new Greek government as well as a new currency before long.

    Here's Reuter's report on the Greek Political situation

  • This Is Why You Gotta Love Alexis Tsipras

    Greece Told To Have A Proposal For More Welfare Cuts Ready Before Monday Meeting; Tsipras Submits Revised Plan With No Pension Cuts At All.

    According to the Financial Times website, before the Greek cabinet meeting on Sunday to consider compromise proposals on further austerity measures, François Hollande and Angela Merkel both telephoned Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to remind him he needed a “staff level” agreement with the European Commission, IMF and ECB ahead of the summit.

    As a result, the Greek cabinet met yesterday (Sunday) at Tsipras’ official residence to thrash out a government’s strategy that would enable Mr Tsipras to bridge his two seemingly irreconcilable electoral mandates: to end austerity and block further cuts in spending while also satisfying creditors’ demands for reform to keep Greece in the Eurozone.

    And while the Greek negotiating position is one where acceptance of any further spending cuts will be seen as a defeat for Tsipras, the Minister of State Nikos Pappas used an interview with the country’s Ethnos newspaper to reiterate the government’s firm opposition to cuts to pension plans or wages. - Earlier this morning we learned from Reuters news feed that Tsipras had presented Greece's proposal for a deal during phone talks on Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

    In summary it promises to achieve deficit reduction through higher tax revenues (which is problematic considering the Greek track record of economic contraction and falling incomes since 2008 and the fact that the Syriza government just spent 5 months haggling with the Troika instead of implementing even one actual reform) and includes none of the spending cuts demanded by the Troika.

    Greece just played its final bluff. And now, as Yanis Varoufakis also wrote in in Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Angela Merkel faces "a stark choice" ahead of the crucial summit of European leaders in Brussels on today (22 June).

    In other words the Greek parliament has washed its hands of the Greek fate, and a Grexit - if it happens - will be blamed on Angela Merkel and Germany, if only in Greece.

  • Saying The Unsayable: Today, Melanie Phillips

    Mel Phillips (source) - just posted the piccy to wind up the facebook hate mob

    Watching BBC Question Time last Thursday, I was struck once again by the way it was left to one of the stock hate figures of the left, Melanie Phillips, to actually pronounce the great, clunking truth that left wing hate mobs have made unsayable.

    So often it is Peter Hitchens, David Starkey, Ms. Phillips hersel, Richard Littlejohn, Nigel Farage or even Katie Hopkins (though she's an amateur compared with the others) to articulate what is staring everybody in the effing face. And the rabid response from the left wing hate mobs only serves to underline the truth of what the 'progressive left' do no want said.

    And what did the erudite but abrasive Melanie say on Question Time, you might well ask. Now I'm not putting this in quotation marks because I don't remember the exact wording and the hospital connection is too slow to stream a replay of the show, but responding to a question on how the ISIS threat, the tide of immigrants crossing the Mediterranean and other aspects of third world meltdown should be dealt with, so that the people of the world come together to join hands and sing Kumbaya? She pointed out that we in the west always make the arrogant assumption that all the world's people see things as we do and want the same outcomes as we want.

    The worst culprits in denying human diversity are of course the very people who screech the loudest about the need for more diversity, the lefties. Marxism however, even the limp wristed Cultural Marxism of the twenty - first century, has always been about the suppression of diversity, the subjugation of individualism to the service of the state.

    So when lefties talk of 'diversity' what they mean is a society of different skin colours but a single mindset, the Pensée Unique to use a lovely French phrase, which allows for no dissent or diversity of thought. This is of course, the traditional aim of tyranny.

    Oh brave new world that has such creatures it it, one of Shakespeare's characters might have quipped.

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  • Russia Outmanoeuvres the west again

    While mainstream media (and even some of the more rabidly fascistic left wing bloggers) have been trying to demonize Russia as a way of drumming up public sympathy for Barack Obama's efforts to start a shooting war with Moscow, we Boggart Bloggers and our friendses (sorry, been watching The Hobbit with my grandchildren, gollum!) Little Nicky Machiavelli and The Daily Stirrerhave been diligently reporting on how Russia and China are quietly winning the real World War Three, the war to replace the US dollar as global reserve currency and end American - European economic dominance.

    As the world waits for the outcome of the latest crisis over attempts to resolve the debt problem in Greece and thus hold the Eurozone together, we can claim once again to have been right when months ago we reported the new Greek government, Syriza, would turn to Russia for help in finding a way out of the Euro.

    The Independent reports Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made the coded threat Friday as he shared a platform with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the St Petersburg Economic Forum, hinting that
    Greece would consider a Russian financial lifeline as it looks to find a way out of its crushing debt burden to the European Union (EU).

    The revelation came only a day after “cash for reforms” negotiations between Greece and its eurozone creditors collapsed, bringing a catastrophic default on 30 June closer to reality.

    Mr Tsipras described Russia as one of “Greece’s most important partners” while criticizing the EU sanctions imposed on Russia last year. Choosing words likely to be interpreted as a clear warning to the country’s creditors that Greece may look to Russia if the country falls out of the eurozone, Mr Tsipras repeated warnings that his country is looking at all its financial options.

    On the back of that report we also learned Russia and Greece have signed a deal to create a joint enterprise for construction of the Turkish Stream pipeline across Greek territory, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak revealed the pipeline will have a capacity of 47 billion cubic meters a year.

    The construction costs are about €2 billion and the parties will sign a roadmap Friday, Novak told RIA at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.

    The Greek extension of the Turkish Stream project is called the South European pipeline in the memorandum signed on Friday, Novak said, adding that the construction will start in 2016 and be completed by 2019.

    The two countries will have equal shares in the company, Novak said.Construction of the pipeline in Greece will be financed by Russia, and Athens will return the money afterward.

    The Russian shareholder in the joint enterprise will be state-owned Vnesheconombank (VEB), Novak said.

    Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis said the Friday meeting was“historical”.

    So things are turning out exactly as we said they would. As US/EU global domination plans crush the financial and political sovereignty of smaller nations that get in the way of the globalisation project, Russia and China are making new alliances. The new BRICS bank, the AAIB and other moves show who is winning the currency war

  • World War Three For Dummies (and Dhimmis?)

    If you have up to now been one of those people who shouts "CONSPIRACY THEORY" whn someone uses the phrase 'New World Order' reading this piece will have you begging the Conspiracy Theorists to save you arse.

    World War Three For Dummies

    Powerful elites and influential think tanks forecast a coming period of American aggression. Zbigniew Brzezinski speaks for the Globalist faction of the western PRC (Predatory Ruling Class) in ‘The Grand Chessboard’, a book in which he openly advocates for bolder American action in dominating the Eurasian land mass.

    During this same period, the ‘neo-conservative’ faction of the PRC, represented by people like Robert Kagan, William Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz and Dick Cheney, begin agitating for America to overthrow any government in the Middle East that stands in the way of Israel’s domination of the region. To that end, Kagan and Kristol had founded a group called PNAC (Project for the New American Century).

    The two overlapping factions are often ‘on the same page’, and yet often at odds too. Globalists are generally more focused on surrounding and subverting the Russia-China bloc, ultimately creating a ‘unipolar world’ (New World Order). The neo-con Zionists are generally in agreement, but their main emphasis is to help Israel to expand its territory and develop into the dominant regional power in that area of the world.

    Think of these factions as competing ‘Mafia’ families. They are still part of the same overall power structure, but with competing interests at certain times and in certain areas.

    Read all World War Three For Dummies at Red Ice Creations

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  • Poland Warns Cameron Not To Con Voters

    EU bureaucracy (image source)

    When I read the headline about a Polish minister, Rafa? Trzaskowski, telling David Cameron he must warn British people about the dramatic consequences of leaving the European Union, I was somewhat offended.

    Who does this beetroot-soup-slurping little oik think he is, I said to myself, my dear old Dad's generation went to effing war because this guy's useless little third world country could not defend itself.

    But them I though about it, and he has a point. Cameron should warn the British people about the consequences of leaving the EU. We'd be £56 million a day better off for a start, we would not be obliged to get involved in America's wars and we would not be at risk of being reduced to a province in a neo - Nazi pan European bureaucratic dictatorship ruled by committee's of faceles pen pushers in Brussels.

    We would be able to make mutually beneficial trade deals with whoever we liked rather than being bound by trade deals negotiated by the aforementioned pen pushers for the benefit of whichever cartel of corporate businesses or financial institutions had offered the biggest kickbacks to corrupt EU officials.

    In the event of a Brexit, Britain would no longer be an important player, in Europe or the world if it left the EU, Trzaskowski said. He then demonstrated his insanity by claiming that the ability of British people to travel as freely as they do now, and to work and buy homes in other EU countries, would also be lost, and that UK businesses would suddenly face new problems, as the country would no longer be able to influence the rules of the internal market.

    This is bollocks, people travelled freely before we went into the EU, I visited the USA, Italy, Spain, France, Holland, Belgium and Norway before we joined the EU, only needing a visa for the USA. People could buy homes so long as they could afford them. And as we have no problem dealing with non - EU countries now, why should we have any problem dealing with EU countries were we to leave. In fact we have more problems trading with EU nations because of the bureaucracy inposed by the pen pushers of Brussels.

    Trzaskowski, reflecting growing fears in the EU that the UK referendum could go against staying in the EU says all European leaders want Britain to stay in the UK, but not if it means undermining EU principles.

    Well of course they want us to stay in, think of all the bungs the political leaders of broke third world countries like Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and traditional cesspits of political corruption like Italy and Spain can give themselves and all the jollies and vanity projects that can be funded from our £56 million a day.

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