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Quote:The modern day material sciences, the new global religion adored by nearly the entire world’s ‘civilized’ population, are thoroughly infiltrated and infused with carefully guarded dogma, blind beliefs, long held assumptions and blatantly obvious taboos.

DING DING DING DING

it's the new religion FOLKS!
Update:

1. Hugo Chavez, influential leader with mixed record, dies at 58

Hugo Chavez, the polarizing president of Venezuela who cast himself as a "21st century socialist" and foe of the United States, died Tuesday, said Vice President Nicolas Maduro. Chavez, who had battled cancer, was 58. Chavez's democratic ascent to the presidency in 1999 ushered in a new era in Venezuelan politics and its international relations.

As the most vocal U.S. adversary in the region, he influenced other leaders to take a similar stance. But the last months of Chavez's life were marked by an uncharacteristic silence as his health worsened. Chavez underwent a fourth surgery on December 11 in Cuba, and was not publicly seen again. A handful of pictures released in February were the last images the public had of their president.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/05/world/amer...?hpt=hp_t1

2. Venezuela Takes Page From Cuban Playbook

Caracas Accuses Washington of Destabilization Plot and Its 'Historic Enemies' of Inducing Chávez's Cancer. Shortly before announcing that Hugo Chávez died, Venezuela's government resorted to one of the late president's favorite ploys to try to unite his supporters: allege a conspiracy by the U.S. to destabilize the country. Vice President Nicolás Maduro kicked out two U.S. military attachés for allegedly plotting against Venezuela and even suggested that Washington may have been behind Mr. Chávez's cancer.

"Behind all of [the plots] are the enemies of the fatherland," Mr. Maduro said on state television, flanked by the entire cabinet, state governors and Venezuela's military commanders. Mr. Maduro said that the U.S. Embassy's Air Force attaché, Col. David Delmonaco, and another unnamed U.S. military official had approached members of the Venezuelan military and tried to recruit them into plans to "destabilize" the oil-rich South American nation. Mr. Maduro didn't offer further details on the alleged plot.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424...TopStories

3. Davos 2013: Kissinger says Iran nuclear crisis close

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has warned that a crisis involving a nuclear Iran is in the "foreseeable future". The Nobel Peace laureate, 89, was speaking about prospects in the Middle East at the World Economic Forum.

He said nuclear proliferation in the region triggered by an armed Iran would increase the chances of an atomic war - "a turning point in human history". He also urged the US and Russia to co-operate in resolving Syria's conflict. "There has emerged in the region, the current and most urgent issue of nuclear proliferation. For 15 years, the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have declared that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable, but it has been approaching," he said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21177535

4. Eric Holder: Drone strikes against Americans on U.S. soil are legal

Attorney General Eric Holder can imagine a scenario in which it would be constitutional to carry out a drone strike against an American on American soil, he wrote in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. “It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States,” Holder replied in a letter yesterday to Paul’s question about whether Obama “has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial.”

http://washingtonexaminer.com/eric-holde...le/2523319

5. FBI joins SEC in computer trading probe

The FBI has joined securities regulators to tackle the potential threat of market manipulation posed by sophisticated computer trading strategies that have taken markets beyond the scope of traditional policing. FBI agents have joined forces with a new unit within the Securities and Exchange Commission that examines hedge funds and other firms that are using algorithm trading strategies.

The SEC’s Quantitative Analytics Unit is looking at abuses that might arise from the emergence of high-frequency trading firms and the use of dark pool (off exchange) trading. Traders using these methods can manipulate the market by flooding it with quotes, known as quote stuffing, or placing millions of orders that are quickly cancelled, to drive others to trade in ways that benefit their position, a practice known as layering.

Some of these trading strategies have been criticised of destabilising the market and putting retail investors at a disadvantage. Their supporters have said they increase liquidity in securities and reduce volatility

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/11b81d74-...z2MiqJXfgJ

6. Dozens of Syrian troops killed in Iraq ambush

At least 48 Syrians and nine Iraqis are killed in Anbar by an attack on a convoy carrying troops who crossed into Iraq. Armed men from Syria have carried out an ambush in western Iraq killing 48 unarmed Syrian soldiers and nine Iraqi guards, the Iraqi defence ministry said. The soldiers crossed into Iraq from the Yaarabiya border crossing, the scene of heavy fighting on Saturday between rebels and troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, said Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Khalaf al-Dulaimi of the border protection forces on Monday.

Ali Mussawi, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's spokesman, said the ambush "confirms our fears of the attempt of some to move the conflict to Iraq, but we will face these attempts by all sides with all of our power". The defence ministry said in an online statement that the ambush was carried out "by a terrorist group that infiltrated into Iraqi territory coming from Syria," and put the death toll at 48 Syrian soldiers and nine Iraqi guards. It said a number of unarmed Syrian soldiers wounded in fighting had fled to Iraq for medical treatment and were being transferred to Al-Walid border crossing to be returned to Syria through "official channels".

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast...39806.html

7. Congress moving swiftly to avoid government shutdown

Congress is moving rapidly to pass legislation funding the federal government through September 30, as Senate leaders on Tuesday expressed eagerness to avoid any threat of agency shutdowns when money runs out on March 27. "I'm cautiously optimistic we're going to reach a solution before we leave here for the Easter recess," which is scheduled to begin on March 23, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters on Tuesday.

Reid's Republican counterpart, Senator Mitch McConnell, gave a similarly upbeat assessment, telling reporters, "There seems to be no interest on either side in having a kind of confrontational government shutdown scenario." Their comments follow Republicans' introduction of a new funding bill in the House of Representatives that will keep in place $85 billion worth of controversial, across-the-board spending cuts triggered on Friday. The House measure, expected to win passage on Wednesday, aims to partially shield some defense and veterans' programs from the indiscriminate cuts by including two updated military-related spending bills. It also will shift some funds to security-related efforts such as border and embassy security, prisons and FBI operations.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/0...9V20130305

8. US bill would anoint Israel 'major strategic ally'

Two US lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make Israel a ‘major strategic ally’. The move is intended to solidify ties between the two states in the run-up to a potential strike against Iran despite US reluctance to use the military option. The bill sponsored by Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), was timed to coincide with the yearly American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports.

The ‘major strategic ally’ bill – which would grant Israel a one-of-a-kind designation – would strengthen ties between the two nations on a range of issues, including annual defense assistance, and cooperation on missile defense, energy research and cyber security. It also invites Israel to join a program which waves pre-arranged visas for select foreign nationals entering the United States.

http://rt.com/usa/us-israel-strategic-ally-862/

9. The Last Time The Dow Was Here...

the last time stocks were here...

•Dow Jones Industrial Average: Then 14164.5; Now 14164.5
•Regular Gas Price: Then $2.75; Now $3.73
•GDP Growth: Then +2.5%; Now +1.6%
•Americans Unemployed (in Labor Force): Then 6.7 million; Now 13.2 million
•Americans On Food Stamps: Then 26.9 million; Now 47.69 million
•Size of Fed's Balance Sheet: Then $0.89 trillion; Now $3.01 trillion
•US Debt as a Percentage of GDP: Then ~38%; Now 74.2%
•US Deficit (LTM): Then $97 billion; Now $975.6 billion
•Total US Debt Oustanding: Then $9.008 trillion; Now $16.43 trillion
•US Household Debt: Then $13.5 trillion; Now 12.87 trillion
•Labor Force Particpation Rate: Then 65.8%; Now 63.6%•Consumer Confidence: Then 99.5; Now 69.6
•S&P Rating of the US: Then AAA; Now AA+
•VIX: Then 17.5%; Now 14%
•10 Year Treasury Yield: Then 4.64%; Now 1.89%
•USDJPY: Then 117; Now 93•EURUSD: Then 1.4145; Now 1.3050
•Gold: Then $748; Now $1583
•NYSE Average LTM Volume (per day): Then 1.3 billion shares; Now 545 million shares

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-05...w-was-here

10. DHS Signs $4.5 Million Dollar Contract With Heckler & Koch

Amidst concerns that the agency is engaged in a domestic arms race against the American people, the Department of Homeland Security has signed a new $4.5 million dollar contract with weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch. A synopsis posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website yesterday announces the DHS’ intention to ink a five year deal with the Virginia-based firearms maker to provide gun replacement parts for the Federal Protective Service, ICE, Customs and Border Protection, “and other DHS agencies as needed.”

Although the document is supposed to be redacted, the relevant sections have not been blacked out correctly and the figures are visible. The total value of the contract is $4.5 million, spread out across five annual payments of $900,000 dollars

http://www.infowars.com/dhs-signs-4-5-mi...kler-koch/
Quote:9. The Last Time The Dow Was Here...

the last time stocks were here...

•Dow Jones Industrial Average: Then 14164.5; Now 14164.5
•Regular Gas Price: Then $2.75; Now $3.73
•GDP Growth: Then +2.5%; Now +1.6%
•Americans Unemployed (in Labor Force): Then 6.7 million; Now 13.2 million
•Americans On Food Stamps: Then 26.9 million; Now 47.69 million
•Size of Fed's Balance Sheet: Then $0.89 trillion; Now $3.01 trillion
•US Debt as a Percentage of GDP: Then ~38%; Now 74.2%
•US Deficit (LTM): Then $97 billion; Now $975.6 billion
•Total US Debt Oustanding: Then $9.008 trillion; Now $16.43 trillion
•US Household Debt: Then $13.5 trillion; Now 12.87 trillion
•Labor Force Particpation Rate: Then 65.8%; Now 63.6%•Consumer Confidence: Then 99.5; Now 69.6
•S&P Rating of the US: Then AAA; Now AA+
•VIX: Then 17.5%; Now 14%
•10 Year Treasury Yield: Then 4.64%; Now 1.89%
•USDJPY: Then 117; Now 93•EURUSD: Then 1.4145; Now 1.3050
•Gold: Then $748; Now $1583
•NYSE Average LTM Volume (per day): Then 1.3 billion shares; Now 545 million shares

Nice comparison metrics!

If you price the DOW in gold, it's actually gone down.
Quote:“has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial.”

without trial?

LMFAO.

so sad.
(03-05-2013 12:24 AM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ]
Quote:The modern day material sciences, the new global religion adored by nearly the entire world’s ‘civilized’ population, are thoroughly infiltrated and infused with carefully guarded dogma, blind beliefs, long held assumptions and blatantly obvious taboos.

DING DING DING DING

it's the new religion FOLKS!

Rogue Mod comes to mind.

(03-06-2013 01:48 PM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ]
Quote:“has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial.”

without trial?

LMFAO.

so sad.

So fucked.
Update:

1. Stocks Reach New Heights

Blue chips continued to climb to new heights, pushing beyond the record levels reached in Tuesday's rally after a better-than-expected reading on the labor market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 42.47 points, or 0.3%, to 14296.24 on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the blue chips soared 126 points to punch through a closing level not seen since before the turmoil that ensnared the markets for 5½ years. Dow industrials have climbed for three sessions in a row and five out of the past six.

The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index tacked on 1.67 points, or 0.1%, to 1541.46. But the Nasdaq Composite Index fell 1.77 points, or 0.1%, to 3222.36, pulled down by Apple and Google . Stocks have recovered with the aid of the Federal Reserve's aggressive efforts to boost the economy, strengthening corporate profits and a reinvigorated housing market.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424...Collection

2. UFO sightings on the rise in South Africa

Sightings of unidentified flying objects off the coast of Cape Town have increased dramatically and may indicate that the inhabitants of the Mother City are under surveillance by life from another planet, according to the founder of a website set up to log such incidents.Gert Jordaan, founder of UFO Research of SA, said that between February 21 and February 27 many people reported seeing bright orange lights and flames in the sky.

He said that while some sightings could be attributed to meteor showers, others could have a more interesting explanation. "Though meteors do glow orange, some of the sightings reported radical change in direction and speed. Some objects even remained stationary for five minutes or so. There might be some UFO phenomena occurring in areas around Cape Town," he told the Times newspaper.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnew...frica.html

3. Top US commander: Iran sanctions not working

Head of US Central Command says diplomatic efforts against Islamic Republic are useless, but it's not too late to bring Iran 'to its senses'; world powers convene for nuclear talks. Top US commander in the Middle East, General James Mattis, said the current sanctions and diplomatic efforts to stop Iran from gaining nuclear capabilities are not working. He said Tehran has a history of denial and deceit and is enriching uranium beyond any plausible peaceful purpose.

General Mattis, head of US Central Command, spoke to the Senate Armed Services Committee and said that it may still be possible to use sanctions and other pressure to bring Tehran to its senses, however, he says Iran is using the negotiations to buy time. Mattis was asked if the US can bring Iran to its knees, to which he said that the US still has a number of ways to do that, even short of open conflict.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,...21,00.html

4. North Korea threatens to end 1953 armistice over US-S. Korea war games

The armistice between North and South Korea has been in place for nearly 60 years. The government of Kim Jong-un is upset over upcoming military manuevers by the US and South Korea. North Korea threatened on Tuesday to scrap an armistice that ended the 1950-53 civil war and sever a military "hotline" with the United States if South Korea and Washington pressed on with two-month-long war games.

It was a notable sharpening in the North's often bellicose rhetoric and followed word from UN diplomats that the United States and China had struck a tentative deal on a draft UN Security Council sanctions resolution that would punish North Korea for its third nuclear test, which it conducted last month. "We will completely nullify the Korean armistice," the North's KCNA news agency said, quoting the Korean People's Army (KPA) Supreme Command spokesman.

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Latest-Ne...-war-games

5. China navy seeks to "wear out" Japanese ships in disputed waters

China's naval and paramilitary ships are churning up the ocean around islands it disputes with Tokyo in what experts say is a strategy to overwhelm the numerically inferior Japanese forces that must sail out to detect and track the flotillas. A daily stream of bulletins announce ship deployments into the East China Sea, naval combat exercises, the launch of new warships and commentaries calling for resolute defense of Chinese territory.

"The operational goal in the East China Sea is to wear out the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force and the Japan Coast Guard," said James Holmes, a maritime strategy expert at the Newport, Rhode Island U.S. Naval War College. It wasn't until China became embroiled in the high stakes territorial dispute with Japan late last year that its secretive military opened up.

Now, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is routinely telegraphing its moves around the disputed islands, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/0...GU20130306

6. FBI secretly requests data on thousands of Google users annually

Google has revealed receiving up to 999 national security letters a year asking for the private user data of thousands of people. The company said the FBI is authorized to make such requests without warrants or disclosure to users. Internet giant Google has included stats on user data requests from FBI in its recent Transparency Report, saying it has received between zero and 999 letters a year since 2009 that have asked for private information of 1,000 – 2,999 users. The company explained its use of ranges instead of exact figures due to concerns of the FBI and the US Department of Justice that “releasing exact numbers might reveal information about investigations.”

National security letters (NSLs) compel Google to expose “name, address, length of service, and local and long distance toll billing records” of specified users. NSLs are said to be used only for conducting national security investigations by the US government.

http://rt.com/usa/google-reveals-fbi-requests-904/

7. Eric Holder: Some Banks Are So Large That It Is Difficult For Us To Prosecute Them

While it is widely assumed that the too-big-to-fail banks in the US (and elsewhere) are beyond the criminal justice system - based on simple empirical fact - when the Attorney General of the United States openly admits to the fact that he is "concerned that the size of some of these institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them," since, "it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy," one has to stare open-mouthed at the state of our union. It appears, just as the proletariat assumed, that too-big-to-fail banks are indeed too-big-to-jail.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-06...ecute-them

8. Food Monopolists are Taking Over the World Food Supply

“With potentially dramatic effects for consumers and food producers alike,” Britain’s Independent reported recently. The newspaper was citing a new report that warned the livelihoods of millions of small business owners and firms that produce many of the drinks and foods we consume on a daily basis are “seriously under threat,” noting that extreme price volatility coupled with higher food prices and more concentrated food markets threaten to leave farmers “condemned to poverty.” The paper said three mega-multinationals now control better than 40 percent of global coffee sales, for example. Eight companies control the supply of cocoa and chocolate. Seven control the lion’s share – 85 percent – of tea production. Five multinationals control three-quarters of the world banana trade. And the largest half-dozen sugar traders account for about 66 percent of world trade, the new report by the Fairtrade Foundation said.

That tight control of the markets by the mega-companies, which utilize their “buyer power” to control the supply chain and how it operates – can leave smaller firms “marginalized” and surviving on low-yield contracts, poverty-level wages and with poor health and safety practices to boot, the report warned. It stresses that, with the G8 summit set for June in Northern Ireland, 2013 is the year “to put the politics of food on the public agenda and find better solutions to the insanity of our broken food system.” While more and more people may be shopping ethically, the world’s food system is still “dangerously out of control,” the report said. Cocoa growers, for example, now get only between 3.5 and six percent of the average retail price of a chocolate bar, while in the 1980s they earned about 18 percent.

http://www.infowars.com/food-monopolists...od-supply/
Quote:7. Eric Holder: Some Banks Are So Large That It Is Difficult For Us To Prosecute Them

While it is widely assumed that the too-big-to-fail banks in the US (and elsewhere) are beyond the criminal justice system - based on simple empirical fact - when the Attorney General of the United States openly admits to the fact that he is "concerned that the size of some of these institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them," since, "it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy," one has to stare open-mouthed at the state of our union. It appears, just as the proletariat assumed, that too-big-to-fail banks are indeed too-big-to-jail.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-06...ecute-them

sounds like excuse making.

Corruption is one of the easiest things to solve. It's amazingly simple. Jail a few guys in top positions and see how fast people step back into line.

that is why I am pro-political authority. You must have enough authority to prosecute the banksters!
Thanks for the update cellar.

We are still working on the news page. Skynet said he wants to institute it when the site gets bigger.

will keep you updated. Your selections are useful.
Amsterdam steakhouse boss admits selling horse for 63 years

Friday 15 February 2013

Amsterdam steakhouse Piet de Leeuw has been selling horse fillets as beef for 63 years, owner Loek van Thiel admitted to the Parool on Friday.

On Thursday, Van Thiel had denied the charges, saying the cafe only sold South American beef. The Parool had various pieces of meat tested and concluded the cafe's popular steaks were horse.

Van Thiel came clean on Friday, saying the cafe has sold horse since 1949 when his father, a horse meat butcher, bought the premises.

Staff at the cafe have a contract which states they are not allowed to say anything about the use of horse. 'I've never considered saying 'horse steak' on the menus,' he said. 'People enjoyed their food, business was good, so why should I?'
Update:

1. 'Prepare for all-out war': Kim Jong Un vows to attack South Korea as he cancels peace pact in revenge for tough UN sanctions

-North Korea cancelled non-aggression pact in anger over sanctions
-Comes after North Korea threatened a nuclear strike against U.S.
-White House dismisses communist regime's 'ballistic missile' threats
-China calls for 'restraint' to avoid possibility of 'further escalations'
-New UN-approved sanctions target North Korea's economy and leadership
-Nation is expanding secretive network of brutal prison camps

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today told his troops to be ready for 'all-out war' and instructed them to 'make the first gunfire' if tensions with South Korea boil over. He also promised a 'great advance' over the border between the two nations, shortly after the North announced that it had abandoned its peace treaty with the South. The pariah state has launched a new round of warlike rhetoric in anger over tough new sanctions imposed on it.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...ar-US.html

2. Air Force erases drone strike data amid criticisms

Quietly and without much notice, the Air Force has reversed its policy of publishing statistics on drone strikes in Afghanistan as the debate about drone warfare hits a fever pitch in Washington. In addition, it has erased previously published drone strike statistics from its website.

Since October, the Air Force had been providing monthly updates on drone strikes -- or in its words "weapons releases from remotely piloted aircraft (RPA)." But today, Air Force Times reporters Brian Everstine and Aaron Mehta discovered something was amiss: The statistics published for February "contained empty space where the box of RPA statistics had previously been." In other words: The drone strike data was gone. But that's not all. The Air Force had also scrubbed drone strike data from earlier monthly reports. In the graphic below, we've provided a before and after of the Air Force reports:

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013..._criticism

3. Study: Bee Venom Kills HIV

Bees could hold the key to preventing HIV transmission. Researchers have discovered that bee venom kills the virus while leaving body cells unharmed, which could lead to an anti-HIV vaginal gel and other treatments. Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that melittin, a toxin found in bee venom, physically destroys the HIV virus, a breakthrough that could potentially lead to drugs that are immune to HIV resistance. The study was published Thursday in the journal Antiviral Therapy.

"Our hope is that in places where HIV is running rampant, people could use this as a preventative measure to stop the initial infection," Joshua Hood, one of the authors of the study, said in a statement. The researchers attached melittin to nanoparticles that are physically smaller than HIV, which is smaller than body cells. The toxin rips holes in the virus' outer layer, destroying it, but the particles aren't large enough to damage body cells.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013...-kills-hiv

4. Man has 75% of skull replaced with 3-D printed implant

Some are fascinated with 3-D printing. One man can't get it out of his head. An unidentified man had 75% of his skull replaced with a 3-D printed implant made by Oxford Performance Materials, a Connecticut company. The surgery this week was the first time a patient received an implant made specifically for him using 3-D printing technology.

The patient, whose name and injury OPM would not disclose, had his head scanned as part of the procedure. The operation marks a big step in the advancement of 3-D printing technology, the company said. With 3-D printers, users can produce objects with a molding machine based on computer digital models.

http://www.latimes.com/business/technolo...8719.story

5. MEPs to vote on EU 'ban on all forms of pornography'

MEPs will next week vote on a "ban on all forms of pornography" including censorship of the internet in a bid to "eliminate gender stereotypes" that demean women. Controversy has erupted over next Tuesday's European Parliament resolution "on eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU", meant to mark international women's day, after libertarian Swedish MEPs from the Pirate Party spotted the call for a ban in the small print.

While not legally binding, the vote could be the first step towards European legislation as the EU's assembly increasingly flexes its political muscle within Europe's institutions. The proposal "calls on the EU and its member states to take concrete action on discrimination against women in advertising... [with] a ban on all forms of pornography in the media".

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/ne...raphy.html

6. China warns against Korea escalation

China has appealed for calm on the Korean peninsula, hours after North Korea said it had scrapped all peace pacts with the South and threatened pre-emptive nuclear strikes. China, the North's only major ally, said all sides should continue to talk and avoid "further escalation". Pyongyang has reacted angrily to another round of sanctions imposed by the UN over its recent nuclear test.

The sanctions restrict luxury goods imports and banking activities. Beijing provides fuel, food and diplomatic cover to Pyongyang. It has repeatedly voted in favour of UN sanctions imposed over the nuclear programme, but enforcement of the measures in China is patchy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21713340

7. Tunisian PM announces newly formed coalition government

Tunisia’s caretaker Prime Minister has declared a new Islamist-led coalition government after a deal was reached in last-minute talks aimed at ending the country's political crisis. The cabinet will serve until fresh elections at some point in 2013.

The newly formed government, led by the Islamist Ennahda party, also includes two secular parties - center-left Ettakatol party and the secular Congress for the Republic, led by President Moncef Marzouki. The legislative body will also hold some independents within its ranks. Despite the new appointments the coalition consists of the same parties, just with a different share of seats. Ennahda has ceded control of key ministries, including foreign affairs, defense and the interior

http://rt.com/news/tunisia-new-coalition...nment-015/

8. Every "Record" Dow Jones Point Costs $200 Million In Federal Debt

The past week brought us history: on Tuesday, GETCO and Citadel's HFT algos were used by the Primary Dealers and the Fed to send the Dow Jones to all time highs, subsequently pushing it to new all time highs every single day of the week, and higher on 8 of the past 9 days: a 5ish sigma event. But there is never such a thing as a free lunch.

And here is the invoice: in the past 5 days alone, total Federal Debt rose from$16.640 trillion to $16.701 trillion as of moments ago: an increase of $61 billion in five days, amounting to $198,697,068 for every of the 307 Dow Jones Industrial Average points "gained" this week.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-08...toric-week
THX CELLAR!
1. Seattle dive bar becomes first to ban Google Glass

Google Glass won't be available to consumers for months, but there's at least one Seattle bar where the eyewear will not be welcome. The 5 Point, a self-described dive bar in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, posted a notice to its Facebook page this week telling Glass Explorers looking to grab a pint that they will need to remove their $1,500 spectacles. The story was noted today on GeekWire.

"because we don't let people film other people or take photos unwanted of people in the bar, because it is kind of a private place that people go."

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-5757338...gle-glass/

2. Afghan leader alleges US, Taliban are colluding

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave - an allegation the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected as "categorically false." Karzai said two suicide bombings that killed 19 people on Saturday - one outside the Afghan Defense Ministry and the other near a police checkpoint in eastern Khost province - show the insurgent group is conducting attacks to demonstrate that international forces will still be needed to keep the peace after their current combat mission ends in 2014.

"The explosions in Kabul and Khost yesterday showed that they are at the service of America and at the service of this phrase: 2014. They are trying to frighten us into thinking that if the foreigners are not in Afghanistan, we would be facing these sorts of incidents," he said during a nationally televised speech about the state of Afghan women.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/A...0-06-22-58

3. Greek PM says no more austerity

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Saturday promised his recession-weary nation that there would be "no more austerity measures" as international creditors prolonged an audit of crisis reforms. "There will be no more austerity measures," Samaras said in a televised speech to his conservative party's political committee.

"And as soon as growth sets in, relief measures will slowly begin," Samaras said. But he noted that Greece's ailing economy was "out of intensive care, not out of the hospital."

Representatives from the so-called troika of Greece's creditors -- the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund -- are currently reviewing the steps Greece has taken to meet its multi-billion bailout obligations.

http://www.france24.com/en/20130309-gree...-austerity

4. China Says It Won’t Forsake North Korea, Despite Support for U.N. Sanctions

China’s foreign minister saidSaturday that Beijing would not abandon North Korea, reiterating China’s longstanding position that dialogue, not sanctions, is the best way to persuade the North to abandon its nuclear weapons. At a news conference during the National People’s Congress, the foreign minister, Yang Jiechi, suggested that Chinese support for tougher United Nations sanctions against North Korea should not be interpreted as a basic change in China’s attitude.

“We always believe that sanctions are not the end of the Security Council actions, nor are sanctions the fundamental way to resolve the relevant issues,” said Mr. Yang, who addressed foreign policy questions from Chinese and foreign reporters. But the careful remarks masked the unparalleled plain-spoken discussions among China’s officials and analysts about the value of supporting North Korea even as it continues to develop nuclear weapons and unleashes new threats to attack the United States and South Korea

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/world/....html?_r=0

5. Wall Street disaster plan: Trade without humans

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is preparing contingency plans wherein computers will replace outcry auctioning in case another disaster, such as terrorism or severe weather, forces the closure of trading in downtown Manhattan. NYSE Euronext is preparing to submit details of the plan, which would permit computers to take securities to market just as human traders have done on Wall Street for the last 221 years, to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, The Wall Street Journal reported on the weekend.

The disaster plan would move trades on the NYSE to a fully-computerized sister system, called Arca, while Wall Street’s famed floor traders would be out of harm’s way. The transferal to Arca would make it the ‘primary market’, responsible for setting opening and closing prices for securities, the US business daily reported. "The NYSE has to look at an extreme scenario in which the exchange would not be able to open or close and doing that in an electronic format is something they have [discussed]," Jonathan Corpina, senior managing partner at NYSE member firm Meridian Equity Partners Inc, told the Wall Street Journal.

http://rt.com/business/wall-street-crisi...sandy-047/

6. Feinstein Claims it’s legal to “hunt humans”

In a ridiculous statement, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) claimed that it is currently legal in the US to “hunt humans”. Feinstein also opposed an ammendment to her gun grab bill that would see military veterans exempt. Feinstein suggested that veterans may have post traumatic stress disorder and could be mentally ill, so should be prevented from purchasing high capacity firearms.

SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN: If I understand this, this adds an exemption of retired military. As I understand our bill, no issue has arose in this regard during the 10 years the expired ban was in effect and what we did in the other bill was exempt possession by the United States or a department or agency of the United States. So that included active military.





http://www.infowars.com/feinstein-vetera...apons-ban/

7. China To Japan: Hand Over The Senkakus Or Your Economy Gets It

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Saturday that "Japan needs to face up to reality, and take real steps to correct its mistakes... so as to prevent a further escalation," with regard the demand that Japan reverse its nationalization of the small islet chain of the Senkakus.

In some of the strongest rhetoric yet, The Japan Times reports that the Chinese minister said Japan's 'single-handed' actions so far have "caused great damage to China-Japan relations and undermined stability in the region," and urged Tokyo to "make concrete efforts" to prevent fraught bilateral ties from spiraling out of control. As the reigns of control in China continue to be handed over (with Yang expected to become state Councillor for foreign affairs), we suspect the situation is far from resolved - especially with Shinzo Abe fighting a war on another front (that China is likely not pleased with either). CNY-JPY exchange rate has devalued 28% in the last 6 months with the Yuan at its strongest against the Yen in 5 years...

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-09...my-gets-it

8. China unveils restructuring to boost efficiency, fight corruption

China unveiled a government restructuring plan on Sunday, cutting cabinet-level entities by two and dissolving its powerful Railways Ministry, as the country's new leaders look to boost efficiency and combat corruption.

The reforms mark the biggest reduction in ministries since 1998 when then-premier Zhu Rongji oversaw the overhaul of the State Council, and coincides with growing public concern over transparency and overlapping bureaucracies.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/1...0A20130310
Thanks cellar.

The new president of China is doing a lot of things to curb corruption. He is banning the giving of gifts like pens, cigars etc. He is very low key compared to the older generations.

in other news

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worl...d/?print=1
Update:

1. Facebook reveals secrets you haven’t shared

The increasing amount of personal information that can been gleaned by computer programs that track how people use Facebook has been revealed by an extensive academic study.

Such programmes can discern undisclosed private information such as Facebook users’ sexuality, drug-use habits and even whether their parents separated when they were young, according to the study by Cambridge university academics.

The algorithms were 88 per cent accurate in predicting male sexual orientation, 95 per cent for race and 80 per cent for religion and political leanings. Personality types and emotional stability were also predicted with accuracy ranging from 62-75 per cent.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/09c8172c-8a45-...z2NHuaQLqg

2. Conclave to elect next pope opens amid uncertainty

Cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect the next pope amid more upheaval and uncertainty than the Catholic Church has seen in decades: There's no front-runner, no indication how long voting will last and no sense that a single man has what it takes to fix the many problems.

On the eve of the vote, cardinals offered wildly different assessments of what they're looking for in the next pontiff and how close they are to a decision. It was evidence that Benedict XVI's surprise resignation has continued to destabilize the church leadership and that his final appeal for unity may go unheeded, at least in the early rounds of voting.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/E...1-20-14-36

3. Cinema Shooting: Judge Approves 'Truth Serum'

The student accused of the Colorado cinema massacre could be given "truth serum" to help determine whether he is insane, a judge has ruled. James Holmes, 25, who is accused of killing twelve people and injuring 70 others during a shooting rampage at a Batman movie premiere, is expected to enter a plea today.

Defence lawyers have indicated that the former neuroscience graduate might plead not guilty by reason of insanity. If he does, the judge has ruled, he might have to submit to a "narco analytic interview" - including the use of what some have dubbed a "truth serum" - as part of the evaluation of his mental state.

http://news.sky.com/story/1063338/cinema...ruth-serum

4. Hackers release financial records for vice president, attorney general, FBI director and others

Hackers have published what are alleged to be the personal financial records for several politicians and celebrities, including US Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder and musicians Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

Gossip website TMZ reported on Monday that hackers have leaked sensitive information pertaining to a list of prominent Americans, including celebrities Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson and Ashton Kutcher, as well as public figures Joe Biden, Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, but elected to not share the information with their audience.

“A website -- we're not disclosing the name -- has posted social security numbers, mortgage amounts, credit card info, car loans, banking and other info of major celebs,” the website wrote.

http://rt.com/usa/hackers-president-atto...thers-120/

5. Foodstamp Recipients Hit Record, Alongside Record Dow Jones And Record Debt: 20% Of Eligible Americans On EBT

Record Dow Jones, record US debt ($16,701,846,937,879.74), and now, once more, record number of Americans on foodstamps. According to the USDA, an all time high of 47,791,966 Americans closed 2012 in possession of the highly desired Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, managed by who else but JPMorgan.

And with a civilian non-institutional population of 244.4 million in December, this means that a record 19.56% of eligible Americans are on Foodstamps. In December an additional 109,924 Americans became reliant on foodstamps for their poverty-level needs, bringing the total to 47.8 million.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-11...-20-eligib

6. New York City large-soda ban blocked by judge

A court has blocked a ban on the sale of large sugary drinks - including soda - from restaurants in New York City, a day before the law was to take effect.

Judge Milton Tingling ruled that the measure was "arbitrary and capricious", after industry groups sued the city.

The law would forbid the sale of drinks larger than 16 ounces (473ml) in food-service establishments. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the judge was "totally in error" and has vowed to appeal against Monday's ruling.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21747568

7. 1.6 Billion Rounds Of Ammo For Homeland Security?

The Denver Post, on February 15th, ran an Associated Press article entitled Homeland Security aims to buy 1.6b rounds of ammo, so far to little notice.

It confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security has issued an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. As reported elsewhere, some of this purchase order is for hollow-point rounds, forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized for snipers. Also reported elsewhere, at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month. Therefore 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years. In America.

Add to this perplexing outré purchase of ammo, DHS now is showing off its acquisition of heavily armored personnel carriers, repatriated from the Iraqi and Afghani theaters of operation.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2...versation/

8. Report: Mid-East War On Bilderberg 2013 Agenda

According to veteran journalist Jim Tucker, during a recent meeting in London, several elitists shared the sentiment that a mid-east war targeting Iran and Syria could be on the agenda for the secretive Bilderberg Group’s 2013 confab.

“War in the Middle East has been on the minds of Bilderberg members,” states the report, referring to an exchange between Vernon E. Jordan Jr. and another attendee about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s increasing hostility towards Iran. Jordan, a Bilderberg regular, is the Senior Managing Director with Lazard Freres & Co. LLC, an investment banking firm. He also sits on the board of directors of numerous large corporations, including American Express, J.C. Penney Corporation, Asbury Automotive Group and the Dow Jones & Company.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, when Bennie boy gets mad about anything, it is directed at Iran and adds to the potential for war,” Jordan reportedly said, adding, “The more Bennie Boy gets mad at Iran, the better the chances for a really big Mideast war.” Jordan’s fellow attendee responded, “The bigger the war, the better the chances of establishing a global banking system to finance such ventures.”

http://www.infowars.com/report-mid-east-...13-agenda/
Quote:1. Facebook reveals secrets you haven’t shared

The increasing amount of personal information that can been gleaned by computer programs that track how people use Facebook has been revealed by an extensive academic study.

Such programmes can discern undisclosed private information such as Facebook users’ sexuality, drug-use habits and even whether their parents separated when they were young, according to the study by Cambridge university academics.

The algorithms were 88 per cent accurate in predicting male sexual orientation, 95 per cent for race and 80 per cent for religion and political leanings. Personality types and emotional stability were also predicted with accuracy ranging from 62-75 per cent.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/09c8172c-8a45-...z2NHuaQLqg

this is the biggest thing they are using it for. data mining and prediction.

they are probably not SNOOPING your account LOL. people need to get a grip. most people aren't worth the time.

they are forcing people to login with facebook now. hilarious. Lots of establishment backing.
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