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"Be lawyered up to the max... find a place where it's going to be that much more difficult for the US to make arrangements for his return... and always check your six," is the warning (advice) that Thomas Drake offers Edward Snowden, adding that, "it's now validation of this vast, now systemic, industrial-scale leviathan surveillance system."

As Reuters reports, Drake is one of the few people who understands from personal experience what the NSA Whistleblower is going through - the 56-year-old was prosecuted under the Espionage Act in 2010 for allegedly revealing classified information about the agency's sweeping warrantless wire-tapping program. The government later dropped all but a misdemeanor charge.

"Always make sure you know what's behind you," he adds, "when you offer up information about the dark side of the surveillance state they don't take too kindly to it." Drake, whose life was "essentially destroyed," is now a technical expert at an Apple store, but he still believes what he did was worth it, having no doubts: "Is freedom worth it? Is liberty worth it? Is not living in a surveillance society worth it? You've got to stand up and defend the rights and the freedoms that prevent that from actually happening."
Quote: Drake, whose life was "essentially destroyed," is now a technical expert at an Apple store,

that is sad.

Welps. he will be in the history books though.. while 99% of rich people won't.
I would love to be welcomed to Iceland by a Parliament member. Maybe not under those exact circumstances though. Iceland is beautiful with a beautiful ancient culture and beautiful women. Who knows, if we keep up the research we do here, one of us might be headed there next Wink

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^ That'll do.
that's an awesome Lego-Town.

On the other side of the coin... we have Greenland , a country that leads the world suicide rate.. even beating SK by up to 5x!
Toronto has a chance to become the first city in Canada that extends the right to vote in municipal elections to all permanent residents, citizens and non-citizens.

City council has been flirting with the possibility for years. It is time for a definitive yes.

Municipal bureaucrats have prepared a report on the pros and cons of extending the right to vote to immigrants with permanent resident status. It will be considered by council early next month.

As things now stand, some 250,000 newcomers who contribute to Toronto as taxpayers, workers, volunteers, parents and civic activists are barred from the ballot box. Many of them live in neighbourhoods that need a strong voice on city council. But candidates have little interest in canvassing communities where people can’t vote.

We should all make an effort to vote in the next Toronto civic election.

(06-08-2013 12:44 PM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ]good info mega.

you are knowledgable

I've studied the history of the Miskito Coast in some detail EY. It's quite fascinating, and rather strange and unique. To my knowledge it was the only indigenous community anywhere in the Americas that enjoyed the formal political recognition of it's territorial sovereignty from a European power.

The first thing you'll notice when you examine the region is the complete absence of any Hispanic cultural influence. In fact, if not for the unfortunate American commercial and canal interest from the US in the nineteenth century and the subsequent pull out of the British, the Kingdom of Miskitia would undoubtedly be an independent British Commonwealth country today like it's former sister colony Belize, not a neglected Nicaraguan outpost.

I will be following the Chinese canal story as it unfolds with great interest.
Putin warns arming Syrian rebels would risk repeat of 'violent assassination' of British soldier in Woolwich
David Cameron used a dinner to put pressure on Russian President
But Vladimir Putin today refused to back a demand for Assad to go
Syrian conflict has dominated two-day G8 summit in Lough Erne
US President Barack Obama is ready to provide weapons to rebels
But Putin warns against arming forces who 'eat the organs' of enemies

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Bank of America whistle-blower’s bombshell: “We were told to lie”
Bank of America whistle-blowers detail horrid schemes to fleece borrowers, reward foreclosures

Bank of America’s mortgage servicing unit systematically lied to homeowners, fraudulently denied loan modifications, and paid their staff bonuses for deliberately pushing people into foreclosure: Yes, these allegations were suspected by any homeowner who ever had to deal with the bank to try to get a loan modification – but now they come from six former employees and one contractor, whose sworn statements were added last week to a civil lawsuit filed in federal court in Massachusetts.

“Bank of America’s practice is to string homeowners along with no apparent intention of providing the permanent loan modifications it promises,” said Erika Brown, one of the former employees. The damning evidence would spur a series of criminal investigations of BofA executives, if we still had a rule of law in this country for Wall Street banks.

Read the rest of the article at http://www.salon.com/2013/06/18/bank_of_...ld_to_lie/
what's even scarier about these revelations is that no one is getting prosecuted and nothing is changing.

it's just scam after scam geting revealed but nothing changes

"Effective July 1st, the United States has authorized new sanctions directly targeting the already-devalued Iranian rial with penalties for transacting or holding the currency outside of Iran. This represents the first time that the U.S. has focused specifically on the Iranian monetary unit itself and the ninth set of sanctions President Barack Obama has imposed against Iran.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “This new action targets Iran’s currency, the rial, by authorizing the imposition of sanctions on foreign financial institutions that knowingly conduct or facilitate significant transactions for the purchase or sale of the Iranian rial, or that maintain significant accounts outside Iran denominated in the Iranian rial.”

The tough sanctions are intended to increase the financial pressure on the Islamic republic to abandon its nuclear program. However, Iran maintains that its nuclear energy program is for peaceful purposes only and has refused to back down arguing that it has this right.

Carney explained how the sanctions also target the foreign assets of Iran’s leaders, “Further increasing the pressure on the Iranian government, the Executive Order authorizes the imposition of additional sanctions on persons who provide material support to Iranian persons and certain other persons designated pursuant to Iran sanctions authorities that are included on the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List) maintained by the Department of the Treasury.”

The Government of Iran’s leadership controls a vast overseas network of 37 private businesses for the purpose of managing off-the-books investments that are shielded from the view of international regulators.

This month in exchange for pledges to reduce oil purchases from Iran, the U.S. State Department renewed six-month waivers on Iran sanctions for nine countries in total, including China, India, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Taiwan.

In early 2012, the U.S. and the European Union imposed payment sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors with the goal of weakening Iranian oil exports and blockading transactions with the Central Bank of Iran via Swift. However, a European Union court in February ruled against the EU banking sanctions imposed on one of Iran’s largest banks, which extends to the payment sanctions imposed by Swift in March of last year.

The Iranian currency has already been suffering from record inflation losing more than two-thirds of its value in the past two years, trading at 36,000 per U.S. dollar as of April 30th, compared with 16,000 at the beginning of 2012.

“The idea is to cause depreciation of the rial and make it unusable in international commerce,” according to David Cohen, the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

President Obama issued this latest Executive Order on June 3rd and during an interview Cohen said, “the purpose of the one-month phase-in period is to give financial institutions currently holding rials the opportunity to dump them.”
Each Day 134 Retail Outlets Close In Italy

If anyone is still not convinced that surging stock bourses in Europe are indicative of anything more than central bank liquidity, carry trade allocation and localized asset bubbles, we present a snapshot of what is actually happening on the ground via Italy's Ansa: "It's a massacre," said Confesercenti President Marco Venturi. "Each day 134 shops, restaurants and bars close in recession-hit Italy, retail association Confesercenti said on Wednesday. Confesercenti, which represents small and medium-sized businesses in the retail and tourism sectors, said 224,000 enterprises had closed their shutters since the start of the global economic crisis in 2008.

"Every day five green grocers, four butchers, 42 clothes shops, 43 restaurants and 40 bars and catering business close down".

"Pope Francis said on Thursday that financial speculation and corruption were keeping millions of people in hunger and the financial crisis could not be used as an alibi for failing to help the poor.

The speech was the latest in a series of criticisms by the Argentinian pontiff, the first Latin American pope, of what he has called "the dictatorship of the economy" and the spread of consumerist values.

"It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This is truly scandalous," he said in a speech to participants of a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization conference in Rome.

Francis has made repeated calls to tackle poverty and focus on the needs of the poor since he succeeded Pope Benedict in March. He has made it his mission to rejuvenate an institution reeling from scandals, including widespread sexual abuse by priests, and losing people to other faiths.

"A way has to be found to enable everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth, and not simply to close the gap between the affluent and those who must be satisfied with the crumbs falling from the table," he said.

"There is a need to oppose the shortsighted economic interests and the mentality of power of a relative few who exclude the majority of the world's peoples." he said.

Speaking earlier this month ahead of the G8 summit of world leaders, Francis denounced what he called a culture of waste in an increasingly consumerist world and said throwing away good food was like stealing from poor people."
Quote:Speaking earlier this month ahead of the G8 summit of world leaders, Francis denounced what he called a culture of waste in an increasingly consumerist world and said throwing away good food was like stealing from poor people."

this guy is saying the right things.

he appears as a liberal but sticks to conservatism for the main issues.

the subverters are confused. very confused.

he doesn't fit the black and white definitions.
US factory boss held hostage by workers in Beijing
By LOUISE WATT, Associated Press

Updated 4:19 am, Monday, June 24, 2013

BEIJING (AP) — An American executive said Monday he has been held hostage for four days at his medical supply plant in Beijing by scores of workers demanding severance packages like those given to 30 co-workers in a phased-out department.

Chip Starnes, 42, a co-owner of Coral Springs, Florida-based Specialty Medical Supplies, said local officials had visited the 10-year-old plant on the capital's outskirts and coerced him into signing agreements Saturday to meet the workers' demands even though he sought to make clear that the remaining 100 workers weren't being laid off.

The workers were expecting wire transfers by Tuesday, he said, adding that about 80 of them had been blocking every exit around the clock and depriving him of sleep by shining bright lights and banging on windows of his office. He declined to clarify the amount, saying he wanted to keep it confidential.

"I feel like a trapped animal," Starnes told The Associated Press on Monday from his first-floor office window, while holding onto the window's bars. "I think it's inhumane what is going on right now. I have been in this area for 10 years and created a lot of jobs and I would never have thought in my wildest imagination something like this would happen."

Workers inside the compound, a pair of two-story buildings behind gates and hedges in the Huairou district of the northeastern Beijing suburbs, repeatedly declined requests for comment, saying they did not want to talk to foreign media.

It is not rare in China for managers to be held by workers demanding back pay or other benefits, often from their Chinese owners, though occasionally also involving foreign bosses.

The labor action reflects growing uneasiness among workers about their jobs amid China's slowing economic growth and the sense that growing labor costs make the country less attractive for some foreign-owned factories. The account about local officials coercing Starnes to meet workers' demands — if true — reflects how officials typically consider stifling unrest to be a priority....................


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