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S&P Biased Ratings Contribute to Financial Crisis

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Economic

Link: http://sputniknews.com/business/20150203/1017727289.html

The Standard & Poor (S&P) rating agency skewed its ratings to avoid disappointing its clients, but the company’s actions contributed to worsening of the financial crisis; US Attorney General Eric Holder.

Ex-DOJ Official Says Imprisoning Wall Street Executives Could Deter Fraud

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Economic

Link: http://sputniknews.com/business/20150203/1017730100.html

Sending credit rating agency executives to prison would be more effective than levying fines to prevent companies like Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Moody’s from fraudulently evaluating financial instruments; former Justice Department Deputy Associate Attorney General Michael Greenberger.

Greek Defense Minister Invited to Discuss Military Cooperation in Moscow

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150203/1017712639.html

New Greek Defense Minister has received an invitation to visit Moscow to discuss military cooperation, in December 2013, the two countries signed intergovernmental agreement on defense cooperation relating to the supply of arms and military hardware.

China to Start GMO Research, Supervision, Education Campaign

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Science

Link: http://sputniknews.com/asia/20150203/1017723111.html

China will focus more on the study and supervision of genetically-modified organisms (GMO), as well as invest in public education about GMO products. “GM technology is very promising and we must stand on top of GM research as China has quite limited agricultural resources,” Han Jun, deputy head of the office for the central leading group on agricultural work.

Forever War? Future Pentagon Chief Considers Leaving Troops in Afghanistan

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Afghanistan

Link: http://sputniknews.com/news/20150203/1017718765.html

US Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter says if security conditions continue to go downhill in Afghanistan, he would consider reversing the Obama administration’s current plans to withdraw most of US troops from the region.

Hashish May Become Legal in Germany

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150203/1017711840.html

Possession of hashish may be legalized in Germany if it is used for medical purposes. In summer 2014, a Cologne court allowed three pain patients to grow cannabis at home and use it as a painkiller.

Donetsk Claims Shooting Down Two Ukrainian Su-25 Military Jets

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: War

Link: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150203/1017728432.html

Two Su-25 military jets were downed near the contested town of Debaltseve. Both pilots ejected, with one of them landing on the DPR territory. Ukrainian Defense Ministry did not confirm this report.

Greek stocks rise after new cabinet offers ‘smart debt engineering’

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Economic

Link: http://rt.com/business/228895-greece-debt-varoufakis-stocks/

Stocks in Greece rose sharply in early trading Tuesday after the new government of Greece revealed a plan of swapping its €315 billion foreign debt for growth-linked bonds to put an end to a standoff with its creditors.

Jordan vows 'revenge' for ISIS execution of pilot hostage

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/229027-jordan-isis-revenge-pilot/

Jordan will execute failed suicide bomber Sajida Al-Rishawi, as revenge for the ISIS killing of hostage pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh, a security official told AFP. Earlier, Jordan offered to swap the two prisoners.
Army spokesman Colonel Mamdouh al Ameri "The revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan," after a video surfaced of the pilot being burned alive.

‘GM is safe, green groups are not being honest’ – ex-EU scientist

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Health

Link: http://rt.com/uk/228971-gm-safe-campaigners-dishonest/

Professor Anne Glover former chief scientific adviser to the European Commission: it is “very clear GM is safe.” “Many people are against GM technology or crops because of an ideological position, but the evidence is very clear GM is safe.”

Hundreds trying to break into Ukraine president’s office in Kiev

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: World

Link: http://rt.com/news/228999-kiev-protesters-storm-president/

Several hundred protesters reportedly tried to break into the Ukrainian president’s administration office in the country’s capital Kiev, were repelled by security forces guarding the building. The stand-off grew into clashes in the street. The demonstrators demand access to the administration’s conference room in order to make a TV statement.

Russia halts cooperation with Ukraine on nukes conversion project

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: World

Link: http://rt.com/news/228779-roscosmos-halts-ukraine-project/

Russia’s Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, has announced the suspension of project ‘Dnepr’ – a joint venture between Russia and Ukraine aimed at converting Soviet-era nuclear missiles into mechanisms for launching satellites.

NYPD Commissioner: Because Terrorism And Protests Are Roughly The Same Thing, A New Special Unit Will Handle Both

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Police State

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/NYPD_Commissioner%3A_Because_Terrorism_And_Protests_Are_Roughly_The_Same_Thing%2C_A_New_Special_Unit_Will_Handle_Both/41458/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Commissioner Bill Bratton: The SRG (Strategic Response Group) will be tasked with handling certain situations, designed for dealing with events like protests, or incidents like Mumbai or Paris,” responding to protests and terrorist attacks require "overlapping skills." “They’ll be equipped with all the extra heavy protective gear, long rifles and machine guns.

VIDEO: Police Responding To Burglar Alarm Held Down 11-Year-Old Girl At Gunpoint In Her Own Home

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Police State

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/VIDEO%3A_Police_Responding_To_Burglar_Alarm_Held_Down_11-Year-Old_Girl_At_Gunpoint_In_Her_Own_Home/41462/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Police in Groveland, Florida responding to a burglary alarm that was accidentally tripped upon Jean Guirand’s return home with his family, entered the house without announcing themselves, and upon seeing the 11-year-old held her down at gun point, pressed their knees down onto her back and yelled at her threateningly, as though she could somehow be a burglar.

96% Of Monsanto Shareholders Vote Against GMO Labeling

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Health

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/96-monsanto-shareholders-vote-gmo-labeling/

Vote turned back with only 4.16% of the shareholders in favor of “working with regulators on GMO labeling guidelines.”

White House Adviser: More Weapons Not The Answer To Ukraine Crisis

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141004282

Deputy White House national security adviser Ben Rhodes: "We still think that the best way to influence Russia's calculus is through those economic sanctions that are biting deep into the Russian economy, "We don't think the answer to the crisis in Ukraine is simply to inject more weapons."

The high cost of capitalism

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Economic

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/02/02/395877/The-high-cost-of-capitalism

21st century American capitalism flourished, because it succeeded in overturning unions and blocking environmental restraints. Income and wealth inequality increased with the rise in social costs. Power of US corporations approaching that of an earlier time when governors and federal government called out police and federal soldiers to use deadly violence to break strikes and union attempts to organize.

Russia Begins WMD Defense Drills in Armenia and Near Ukraine

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: World

Link: http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150202/1017655182.html

Large-scale exercises of Russian radiation, chemical, and biological defense troops have started on seven firing ranges in Russia's Southern Military Region, as well as the Crimean Peninsula and Armenia.

California-School Mind Control: Grades For “Gratitude”

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Police State

Link: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/california-school-mind-control-grades-for-gratitude_022015

Teachers once graded students [only] on traditional math or English skills, they now judge attributes such as grit, gratitude or being sensitive to others. Districts are changing their report cards to reflect the new Common Core State Standards.”

Cops Arrest Public Defender for Refusing to Let Them Interrogate Her Client Without Counsel - Video

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Police State

Link: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/cops-arrest-public-defender-for-refusing-to-let-them-interrogate-her-client-without-counsel_022015

San Francisco deputy public defender Jami Tillotson was arrested on Tuesday outside a courtroom in the city’s Hall of Justice after officers say she resisted arrest and interfered with a police investigation. Tillotson says she was just doing her job and advising her client of his right not to be questioned without an attorney present.

Greece’s new leftist leaders embark on regional charm offensive

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Economic

Link: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/2/2/new-greek-leaders-press-european-leaders-on-debt-deal.html

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wants to end years of budget cuts eurozone countries and International Monetary Fund (IMF) required of Greece in exchange for $270 billion in rescue loans, renegotiate payment of bailout debt. Greece public debt 177 percent of its gross domestic product, unemployment rate 25 percent.

Netanyahu’s Congress invitation raises eyebrows among some US generals

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/2/2/netanyahu-visit-concerns-american-generals.html

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Richard Klass, called Netanyahu’s scheduled congressional appearance “a new level of chutzpah” argued it raised the question of “whether Israel is becoming a strategic liability for America.

TTIP: Syriza Official Vows to Kill EU-US Trade Deal as 'Gift to All European People'

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/TTIP%3A_Syriza_Official_Vows_to_Kill_EU-US_Trade_Deal_as_%27Gift_to_All_European_People%27/41438/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Georgios Katrougkalos, now deputy minister for administrative reform, confirmed his parliament would not ratify the trade deal. Greeks could issue a veto, thereby threatening to block the deal.

Cop Holds Teens at Gunpoint Over Snowball-Fight (VIDEO)

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Police State

Link: http://sputniknews.com/news/20150202/1017677385.html

A New York cop was caught on camera drawing his gun at a group of teenagers playing in the snow and holding them on their knees, after responding to calls of disturbance. Police deny that the officer acted inappropriately. While admitting that "the video looks terrible," New Rochelle Police Department claims it's taken "out of context."

Over third of draftees in southern Ukraine's Odessa refuse to serve in army

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: World

Link: http://itar-tass.com/en/world/774902

. More than a third of Odessa draftees have refused to serve in the Ukrainian army, a Ukrainian military official said. Protest against mobilization is growing in the Odessa region. Demonstrative burning of summons have taken place in many districts in the southern Ukrainian region in the past few days.

Georgia's ex-president Saakashvili seeks to become Ukraine’s anti-corruption chief

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://itar-tass.com/en/world/774852

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili confirmed on Monday that he is ready to fight for the post of Ukraine’s national anti-corruption bureau chief. Saakashvili said corruption is one of the main enemies of Ukraine and he could introduce an action plan based on Georgia’s experience of fighting against corruption.

Circulation of leading world currencies may be allowed in LPR — republic's prime minister

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Economic

Link: http://itar-tass.com/en/world/775013

Circulation of the key world currencies may be allowed in the territory of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) along with the hryvnia, LPR Prime Minister Gennady Tsypkalov. Currencies, such as pounds, dollars, yuans, yens and euros, may be allowed for circulation.

Number of Ukrainians of conscription age seeking refuge in Russia up by 20,000 in a week

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: War

Link: http://itar-tass.com/en/russia/775024

Ukrainian men of conscription age are seeking refuge in Russia in numbers that increased by 20,000 in one week; Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) said on Monday. "About 2.5 million Ukrainian nationals, including 1.193 million men of conscription age, are staying in the territory of Russia."

Marijuana Backed By More Studies Than Most FDA Approved Pharma Drugs

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Health

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/marijuana-backed-studies-fda-approved-pharma-drugs/

An analysis of 200 FDA-backed pharmaceutical drugs even found that almost 33% of approved drugs were granted the approval over a single piece of clinical study. Marijuana and its use has been studied over the course of the last few decades more than many FDA-approved pharmaceutical drugs. Websites have even compiled hundreds of studies surrounding marijuana.

Study Finds Beer Compound to Protect the Brain, Prevent Alzheimer’s

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Health

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/study-finds-beer-compound-protect-brain-prevent-alzheimers/

Recent research has given us at least one good to drink some brew. The new study has identified a compound in hops known as xanthohumol (or Xn) which has been shown to improve cognitive function and help slow dementia.

Washington’s Police State Turns the Screws on Journalists

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Police State

Link: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/02/02/washingtons-police-state-turns-screws-journalists/

Law is a weapon in the hands of the government for use against the American people. The Barrett Brown case proves that despite all facts, the government can convict whomever it wants of whatever it wants. This power is now being used to shut down independent journalism. Those who “have nothing to hide” have much to fear.

Venezuelan Police Nab Shop Owners Over Long Lines

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: World

Link: http://sputniknews.com/latam/20150202/1017641307.html

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro: owners of an unnamed chain of shops detained for artificially creating long lines, reduced number of employees working at cash registers to deliberately create queues,"annoy the Venezuelan people." we normalized sales, arrested the owners; they're prisoners for having provoked the people," Claimed Venezuela's business elite collaborating with political opposition to overthrow government via an "economic war."

Debt of Six Eurozone Countries Exceeds 100% of GDP, Two More Coming in 2015 (France and Spain)

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Economic

Link: http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.nl/2015/02/six-eurozone-countries-debt-exceeds-100.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+MishsGlobalEconomicTrendAnalysis+%28Mish%27s+Global+Economic+Trend+Analysis%29

100% Debt-to-GDP List

Italy 133%
Portugal 129.4%
Ireland 116.7%
Cyprus 112.2%
Belgium 105.1%
Greece 174.9%
Spain 100.3% (2015 estimate)
France 100% (2015 estimate)

Hotels install R.F.I.D. microchips in linens to track theft

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Police State

Link: https://www.intellihub.com/hotels-install-r-f-d-microchips-linens-track-theft/

Towels, robes, and bed sheets, are now being tracked by a number of hotels with a small embeddable R.F.I.D. microchip thereby identifying when any inventory ends up missing.

'Chance for a new start': Croatia writes off debts of 60,000 poorest citizens

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Economic

Link: http://rt.com/business/228311-croatia-erases-debt-poorest/

Croatian government have gotten creditors on plan to erase debts of poorest citizens. hoped to boost economy. Debtors must have no savings or property, debt no greater than $5,100, on welfare or income under $138 per month. $31 million debts to be written off by banks, companies, utilities, cities and tax agency.

Graham: 10K US boots on the ground needed to stop ISIS in Syria

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/231392-graham-10k-us-boots-on-the-ground-needed-to-stop-isis

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), it would require 10,000 American "boots on the ground" to stop Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria won't destroy the group. U.S. forces in Syria should be accompanied by a regional force of Arab nations. "We cannot defeat ISIL in Syria until you deal with Assad because he will kill anybody that comes in there that tries to defeat ISIL."

Tsipras rushes to reassure EU, banks on Greek debt

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Economic

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/gree-f02.html

Greek Prime Minister and Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras reassured Greece’s creditors Saturday that his government would do nothing to jeopardise the country’s euro zone membership. He insisted Greece would not default and would not make unilateral demands in talks over its ?323 billion debt.

Russian Night Hunters join fight against ISIL in Iraq

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Iraq

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/02/02/395838/Russia-copters-join-Iraq-ISIL-fight

A consignment of four Russian Mil Mi-28NE Night Hunter helicopters has been delivered to Iraq for deployment in the war-wrecked country’s battle against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists. Iraq accused the United States of not living up to its promises of equipping the Iraqi army with pledged military aid.

Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable cruise missile

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: News

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/02/02/395813/Pakistan-testfires-Ncapable-missile

Pakistan has successfully test-fired a new indigenous nuclear-capable air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) with a range of 350 kilometers (nearly 220 miles). Directorate of Inter-Services Public Relations: the Ra’ad (Thunder) missile would enable Pakistan to achieve “strategic standoff capability” both on land and at sea.

100,000 pro-Russia forces to join fight in east Ukraine

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: War

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/02/02/395822/ProRussians-to-mobilize-100k-fighters

The leader of the pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine has announced that their side is to be reinforced by 100,000 more fighters by spring. “In 10 days, we will begin a general mobilization.”

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