Thursday, March 21, 2013

The invisble hand of Elisa Lam: Still very much deceased, still very much posting on her Tumblr page (...hmm)

I've been keeping tabs on Elisa's Tumblr for a while:

http://nouvelle-nouveau.tumblr.com

I keep track of it because it contains a lot of strange information, and in addition, someone keeps posting new material to it. This image was posted just one day ago:

Basically, I'm left with the following possibilities:

1. This is not her Tumblr page, despite the fact that it matches her history, retold events and personalty to a tee as described by others.

2. This is her Tumblr page, and it's been totally automated to scheduled posts. But why?

3. This is her Tumblr page, and someone is updating it on their own. Again, why?

Peculiarities I've noticed about this Tumblr page:

1. The bloody thing keeps updating itself. Automated? Fed?

2. The stories all talk about things mentioned throughout the Elisa Lam case. Yet, there's no photos of her, no direct mentioning of her name, nothing concrete.

3. There's no contact information. You can send a "message", but it goes to some nebulous automated form, and lets you know "it has been received". MrPops and I had an adventure one afternoon regarding a CIA handler number, and it behaved much in the same manner.

In turn, this, combined with all that we've researched together, leaves me with the following possibilities regarding Elisa Lam herself:

1. She suffered mental illness, or was murdered, or suffered a bizarre accident, and is deceased. This flies in the face of most evidence put forth, but still remains a possibility.

2. She died prior to this event and her personality is being utilized for some purpose, adding to our suspicions regarding the personalities of James Holmes, Adam Lanza, and Chris Dorner.

3. She did not die and is an intelligence asset, attributing this whole story to psy-ops.

4. She was an intelligence asset, not necessarily Western, was caught, eliminated, and dumped. But why do so publicly? To send a message. I even have my eye on the country that did it, and feel confident in pointing such a finger after analyzing particular strategies she may have employed. Just an aside: notice how quickly China sent "reporters" to the hotel? Interesting.

I just thought I'd keep your guys updated. Chris Dorner is long forgotten, but I'm trying to keep the case of Elisa Lam alive. Pun intended.

Update:
I just found out, myself, that the final place she was seen in public, a literature shop was called... wait for it... "The Last Bookstore". Sits right near the Cecil Hotel. Come on, is this some sort of a twisted joke?

EU gives Cyprus ultimatum, risks euro exit

The European Union gave Cyprus till Monday to raise the billions of euros it needs to secure an international bailout or face a collapse of its financial system that could push it out of the euro currency zone.

In stark twin warnings on Thursday, the European Central Bank said it would cut off liquidity to Cypriot banks and a senior EU official made clear to Reuters that the bloc was ready to see the bankrupt island banished from the euro in the belief it could then contain damage to the wider European economy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-cyprus-parliament-idUSBRE92G03I20130321

RUSSIAN NUCLEAR BOMBERS BRUSHED SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN THROUGHOUT PAST WEEK


Two Russian strategic nuclear bombers carried out a fourth high-profile training flight last week, flying near South Korea, where large-scale war games are under way, and near Japan and the U.S. military bases on Okinawa.

It was the fourth time since June 2012 that Russian bombers have run up against U.S. and allied air defense zones in the Pacific.

Defense officials told Inside the Ring that two Tu-95 Bear-H nuclear-capable bombers, Russia’s main nuclear cruise-missile delivery vehicle, were detected Friday in the Pacific Command theater of operations coming from a base in Russia’s Far East.

A Japanese Embassy spokesman confirmed that two Tu-95s were intercepted by Japanese fighter jets on March 15. He did not elaborate.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/20/inside-the-ring-new-bear-bomber-flights/

New York offers $500 reward for reporting illegal gun owners

Nearly a year before signing the nation's most stringent gun control measure into law, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a hotline that allows state residents to report illegal gun owners in exchange for a $500 reward.

The measure is part of a four-pronged approach established by the governor's office to reduce gun violence in urban communities, according to CBS6Albany.com.

New Yorkers can call the "Gun Tip Line" if they believe someone they know has an illegal gun. Hotline calls are answered by state police and tips are referred to local law enforcement, the station reported.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/21/new-york-state-offers-500-reward-for-reporting-illegal-gun-owners/?test=latestnews#ixzz2OArnmmTl

Cyprus Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals Amid Crisis

Cyprus' second largest bank has stopped customers withdrawing more than 260 euros (£221) a day from cash machines, as MPs try to reach a deal to save the country's economy.

Earlier, the Cypriot central bank was forced to deny the Popular Bank, or Laika, was to be closed down.

"We deny these reports. Efforts are under way right now to find the best possible solution for this bank," Central Bank spokeswoman Aliki Stylianou told state television.

http://news.sky.com/story/1068020/cyprus-bank-limits-cash-withdrawals-amid-crisis

Explosion hits mosque in central Damascus: Syrian TV

A large explosion hit a mosque in the center of the Syrian capital on Thursday, state television said, causing an unknown number of casualties.
Syria TV, the state news channel, said a "terrorist suicide blast" hit the Iman mosque in central Damascus.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-syria-crisis-blast-idUSBRE92K0X520130321

The SECOND shocking seal attack that forced San Diego mayor to close beach

One of the images (top) - which were captured on a webcam - shows a man harassing the seals as they try to rest at the 'Children's Pool' in La Jolla. The other (bottom) shows two men shining a torch at the creatures as they walk towards them. They come after the city's mayor made the beach off limits at night following an earlier attack on the seals by two young women who were filmed kicking and punching them.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296883/The-shocking-moment-SECOND-seal-attacked-San-Diego-beach.html


Ku Klux Klan to march in Memphis after city removes name of one of group's founding members from public park

The Ku Klux Klan is planning a rally in Memphis in protest at the city's decision to remove the name of one of its founding members from a public park.

A faction of the KKK called the 'Loyal White Knights' is angry that Nathan Bedford Forrest park has been renamed, and claims the move is part of a plan to 'erase white people from the history books.'

Bedford Forrest was a Confederate general during the American Civil War - and was thought to be the white supremacist organisation's first 'grand wizard.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296833/Ku-Klux-Klan-march-Memphis-city-removes-groups-founding-members-public-park.html

How North Korea has America in its sights: Rogue nuclear state threatens to launch 'precision attack' missiles at US Navy bases

The country's supreme military command said it had the U.S bases in Guam and Okinawa in its sights (see map, right). It follows an earlier threat by North Korea to stage a nuclear attack on the United States. The North demonstrated its military threat by releasing images of a missile launch (bottom left) and its troops in training (top left).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296761/North-Korea-threatens-launch-precision-attack-missiles-U-S-navy-bases.html

Germany drives Cyprus into the arms of Russia: Cash-strapped country refuses to take part in call with EU as poll says Cypriots want to exit the euro zone

The fraught relationship between the EU and Cyprus is growing more unstable as concerns mount that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's rock-hard line towards the struggling state is pushing it into the arms of Russia.

A poll published today showed an overwhelming majority of the citizens in Cyprus would rather leave the euro zone and develop stronger ties with Russia than accept an unprecedented levy on bank deposits.

Cyprus refused to take part in a conference call with senior euro zone officials yesterday - several participants described its absence as troubling and reflecting the wider confusion surrounding the island's predicament.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296805/Germany-drives-Cyprus-arms-Russia-Cash-strapped-country-refuses-EU.html

Heckled Obama to students in Jerusalem: "It made me feel at home"

Obama makes direct peace appeal to the Israeli people to put themselves in the shoes of stateless Palestinians

President Barack Obama appealed directly on Thursday to the Israeli people to put themselves in the shoes of stateless Palestinians and recognize that Jewish settlement activity in occupied territory hurts prospects for peace.

In a showcase speech in Jerusalem to Israeli university students, Obama coupled his plea with an acknowledgement of the Jewish state's security concerns in a region destabilized by the West's nuclear standoff with Iran and civil war in Syria.

But he urged Israel's younger generation to demand that their politicians take risks for peace in an address interrupted frequently by applause, including a standing ovation for the president during a brief outburst by a heckler.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-israel-palestinians-obama-idUSBRE92J01X20130321

U.N. launches probe of alleged Syria chemical arms attack

The United Nations said on Thursday it will investigate Syria's allegations that rebel forces used chemical weapons in an attack near Aleppo, but Western countries sought a probe of all claims about the use of such banned arms.

"I have decided to conduct a United Nations investigation into the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. He told reporters the investigation will focus on "the specific incident brought to my attention by the Syrian government."

Syria asked Ban to investigate an alleged chemical weapons attack by "terrorist groups" near the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday, Syrian U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-syria-crisis-chemical-un-idUSBRE92K0OY20130321

Iran will destroy Israeli cities if attacked: Khamenei

Iran's clerical supreme leader said on Thursday the Islamic Republic would destroy the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if it came under attack from the Jewish state.

"At times the officials of the Zionist regime (Israel) threaten to launch a military invasion but they themselves know that if they make the slightest mistake the Islamic Republic will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in an address to mark the Iranian new year.

Israel has threatened military action against Iran unless it abandons nuclear activities which the West suspects are intended to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran denies this, saying it wants nuclear energy only for civilian purposes.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-iran-khamenei-idUSBRE92K0LA20130321

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN IRAN - 21st March 2013

Magnitude ML 4.7
Region EASTERN IRAN
Date time 2013-03-21 13:45:00.5 UTC
Location 32.23 N ; 59.51 E
Depth 12 km
Distances
75 km S of Bīrjand, Iran / pop: 196,982 / local time: 17:15:00.5 2013-03-21


Kurd rebel leader orders fighters to halt hostilities

Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan ordered his fighters on Thursday to cease fire and withdraw from Turkish soil as a step to ending a conflict that has killed 40,000 people, riven the country and battered its economy.

Hundreds of thousands of Kurds, gathered in the regional center of Diyarbakir, cheered and waved banners bearing Ocalan's mustachioed image when a letter from the rebel leader, held since 1999 on a prison island in the Marmara Sea, was read out by a pro-Kurdish politician.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-turkey-kurds-idUSBRE92J0OF20130321

China: Tornado And Hailstorms Leave 24 Dead

At least 24 people have died and 272 more have been injured after a tornado carrying egg-sized hailstones hit southern China's Guangdong province.

Chinese media reported a ferry had capsized in Fujian province which left 11 people dead and a further four missing.

In the city of Dongguan several people were reported to have been killed after buildings collapsed.

http://news.sky.com/story/1067898/china-tornado-and-hailstorms-leave-24-dead

Bobby Brown Freed From Jail After Nine Hours of a 55-day sentence

Singer Bobby Brown has been released from prison in Los Angeles - after serving just nine hours of a 55-day sentence for his recent drink-driving conviction.

The R&B artist turned himself in to the Los Angeles County Jail on Wednesday at 9.58am.

But celebrity website TMZ reports he was apparently released at 6.58pm.

http://news.sky.com/story/1067564/bobby-brown-freed-from-jail-after-nine-hours

Cyprus Crisis: Cash Queues Despite 'Plan B'

Cyprus believes it has found a way to get a bailout without seizing cash from private bank accounts as it attempts to stave off bankruptcy.

News of the so-called 'Plan B' emerged after the European Central Bank (ECB) deployed a deadline on Cyprus, saying it would only guarantee assistance until Monday night without a new aid programme being in place.

The ultimatum, which spooked investors on European stock markets and led to a fall in the value of the euro, was made before President Nicos Anastasiades concluded discussions on a new rescue plan with rival politicians.

http://news.sky.com/story/1067727/cyprus-crisis-cash-queues-despite-plan-b

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake OKLAHOMA CITY URBAN AREA, OKLAHOMA - 21st March 2013

Magnitude
3.0
Date-Time
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 15:56:41 UTC
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:56:41 AM at epicenter
Location
35.459°N, 97.350°W
Depth
9.2 km (5.7 miles)
Region
OKLAHOMA CITY URBAN AREA, OKLAHOMA
Distances
3 km (2 miles) E (96°) from Midwest City, OK

North Korea's Highly Trained Hacker Brigades Rival CIA


North Korea's 1,000 or so hackers are as good as their CIA counterparts, experts believe. Due to difficulties in expanding its conventional weapons arsenal following the economic hardships during the 1990s, North Korea apparently bolstered electronic warfare capabilities.

The regime opened Mirim University, now renamed Pyongyang Automation University, in the mid-1980s to train hackers in electronic warfare tactics. A defector who graduated from Mirim University said classes were taught by 25 Russian professors from the Frunze Military Academy. They trained 100-110 hackers every year.

The Amrokgang College of Military Engineering, the National Defense University, the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy also train electronic warfare specialists.

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2011/05/05/2011050500392.html

Barack Obama: Israel settlements 'not constructive'....What will his best Mate Netanyahu have to say about this?

Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah alongside Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, Mr Obama said he had told Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu that the settlement activity was not appropriate.

Since 1967, Israel has built dozens of settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem that are now home to 560,000 Israelis - an increase of 60,000 sinceMr Obama became president.

Mr Abbas also spoke at the press conference, telling Mr Obama that peace with Israel should not be achieved through violence, occupation, settlements, arrests or denial of refugee rights.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9945855/Barack-Obama-Israel-settlements-not-constructive.html

Germany's anti-euro party is a nasty shock for Angela Merkel

A new party led by economists, jurists, and Christian Democrat rebels will kick off this week, calling for the break-up of monetary union before it can do any more damage.

"An end to this euro," is the first line on the webpage of Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). "The introduction of the euro has proved to be a fatal mistake, that threatens the welfare of us all. The old parties are used up. They stubbornly refuse to admit their mistakes."

They propose German withdrawal from EMU and return to the D-Mark, or a breakaway currency with the Dutch, Austrians, Finns, and like-minded nations. The French are not among them. The borders run along the ancient line of cleavage dividing Latins from Germanic tribes.

The plans draw on work by Hans-Olaf Henkel, former head of Germany's industry federation (BDI) and a chastened europhile -- the "worst error of my professional life", he told me.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/9920666/Germanys-anti-euro-party-is-a-nasty-shock-for-Angela-Merkel.html

The EU's 'Community Method' is the Modern Face of Totalitarianism - Godfrey Bloom MEP

Italy's Berlusconi demands coalition with center-left

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday the only possibility for forming a new government would be a cross-party coalition between his center-right bloc and the center-left alliance led by Pier Luigi Bersani.

Speaking after a meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano, Berlusconi said Bersani, whose alliance has a majority in the lower house but not in the Senate, did not have the numbers to govern alone.

"We're absolutely ready for a coalition government which would intervene immediately with measures on the economy which are widely shared," he said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-italy-vote-berlusconi-idUSBRE92K0E920130321

UKIP Nigel Farage Budget report 2013 - Shock and awe was needed

Furious stay-at-home mother attacks Nick Clegg on live radio over Budget childcare betrayal

Deputy Prime Minister (top) attacked by Laura from East Dulwich who accused the government of 'discriminating' against mothers. The childcare tax break for parents who both go out to work - and earn a joint income of up to £300,000 - formed a key part of the Budget announced by George Osborne (bottom). But a one-earner family with an income of over £50,000 will have their child benefit cut.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296786/BUDGET-2013-You-probably-think-I-worthless-job-Furious-stay-home-mother-attacks-Clegg-live-radio-Budget-betrayal.html

Syrian rebels take towns near ceasefire line with Israel

Syrian rebels have overrun several towns near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in the past 24 hours, rebels and a monitoring group said on Thursday, fuelling tensions in the sensitive military zone.

"We have been attacking government positions as the army has been shelling civilians, and plan to take more towns," said Abu Essam Taseel, from the media office of the "Martyrs of Yarmouk", a rebel brigade operating in the area.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-syria-crisis-golan-idUSBRE92K0BI20130321

Blast kills 12 at Pakistani camp for people fleeing violence

At least twelve people were killed on Thursday by a car bomb at a camp in northwest Pakistan for people displaced by fighting between government forces and Islamist militants, police said.

The bomb exploded in the Jalozai camp in Nowshera in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, an area bordering Afghanistan and a stronghold for insurgents bent on toppling Pakistan's U.S.-backed government.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-pakistan-bomb-idUSBRE92K08W20130321

Don't Blame Cyprus: Euro zone economic downturn deepening, even before Cyprus

The euro zone's economic downturn has deepened this month - even before Cyprus's bailout debacle - creating another headache for policymakers battling to revive the bloc's fortunes, a business survey showed on Thursday.

Most survey responses were received before news broke of Cyprus's bailout deal including an unprecedented levy on all bank deposits. Survey compiler Markit, who released the preliminary data and will issue final responses at the start of April, said the picture could be even worse by then.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-poll-euro-zone-idUSBRE92K0AT20130321

Euro zone call notes reveal extent of alarm over Cyprus

The call was among members of the Eurogroup Working Group, which consists of deputy finance ministers or senior treasury officials from the 17 euro zone countries as well as representatives from the European Central Bank and the European Commission. The group is chaired by Austria's Thomas Wieser.

Cyprus decided not to take part in the call, a decision that several participants described as troubling and reflecting the wider confusion surrounding the island's predicament.

"The (Cypriot) parliament is obviously too emotional and will not decide on anything, if Cyprus does not even feel that they can attend the call it is a big problem for us," the French representative said, according to the notes seen by Reuters.

"We have never seen this." (That's what it looks like when a government tries to stand up for their people, rather then bend over for Brussels)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-eurozone-cyprus-call-idUSBRE92K0DU20130321

Is the European Central Bank up for a Cyp-riot?

Is France as bad as Greece? PMIs say almost

Cyprus?.....What about France?: Recession stalks France as business slump hits crisis levels

French business activity shrank in March at the fastest pace in four years, defying expectations for an improvement and probably plunging the euro zone's second-biggest economy into a recession, a survey showed on Thursday.

Data compiler Markit said its preliminary composite purchasing managers' index, covering activity in the manufacturing and services sector combined, came out at 42.1, falling from 43.1 in February.

The drop brought the index to its lowest level since March 2009, when France and much of the developed world was mired deep in a recession triggered by the financial crisis.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-poll-recession-idUSBRE92K08A20130321

Cyprus, European data batters shares and euro

Signs the euro zone's economic downturn is deepening and worries over a possible financial meltdown in Cyprus sent world shares, oil and the single currency lower on Thursday.

The falls would have been steeper but for earlier data showing a pick-up in Chinese factory activity and a reiteration on Tuesday by the U.S. Federal Reserve of its commitment to its ultra-loose monetary policy stance.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-markets-global-idUSBRE88901C20130321

Note: Notice how each time talks of financial and political integration of Europe nears, a country suddenly faces financial destruction, which can only be solved with blackmail from Brussels.

European Central Bank gives Cyprus bailout ultimatum, banks face cutoff

The European Central Bank gave Cyprus until Monday to raise billions of euros to clinch an international bailout or face losing emergency funds for its banks and inevitable collapse.

The ultimatum came with the island's leaders locked in talks on a "Plan B" to try to raise 5.8 billion euros demanded by the EU under a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) rescue, after angry lawmakers threw out a tax on deposits as "bank robbery".

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-cyprus-parliament-idUSBRE92G03I20130321

Euro zone 'in a mess' over Cyprus: finance officials

Euro zone finance officials acknowledged being "in a mess" over Cyprus during a conference call on Wednesday and discussed imposing capital controls to insulate the region from a possible collapse of the Cypriot economy.

In detailed notes of the call seen by Reuters, one official described emotions as running "very high", making it difficult to come up with rational solutions, and referred to "open talk in regards of (Cyprus) leaving the euro zone".

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-eurozone-cyprus-call-idUSBRE92K0DU20130321

Obama says U.S. remains committed to creating Palestinian state


Bollywood Star Sanjay Dutt Jailed Over Mumbai Bomb Blasts

India's Supreme Court has sentenced Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt to five years in jail for the possession of illegal weapons.

His conviction involves a case linked to a 1993 bombing that killed 257 people in Mumbai.

http://news.sky.com/story/1067763/bollywood-star-sanjay-dutt-jailed-in-bomb-case

Palestinian protest camp Bab al Shams in Jerusalem


Train Hits Car On a level crossing in Somerset, 1 Dead

One person has died after a train travelling from Devon to London hit a car on a level crossing in Somerset.

The crash happened on the half-barrier crossing near Athelney, which is on the line between Taunton and Castle Cary.

The car became trapped under the front of the train and British Transport Police (BTP) have said the victim was declared dead at the scene.

http://news.sky.com/story/1067771/one-dead-after-train-hits-car-on-crossing

Berlin: Military Helicopter and Police Helicopter Crash In Police Exercise to thwart hooliganism

Two helicopters have crashed near Berlin's Olympic Stadium during a police exercise to thwart hooliganism, according to German media reports.

It is believed one person has died in the accident.

Onlookers described how one aircraft ended up on its side and how the rotors of both helicopters were destroyed.

One helicopter appeared to be a blue police aircraft while the other appeared to be a military model.

http://news.sky.com/story/1067847/two-helicopters-crash-in-police-exercise

Palestinians want Obama to end 'passivity' on peace

Video: Clashes as Obama visits Israel, US flag burnt, Palestinians arrested

Gaza rockets fired at Israel as Obama's visit continues

Nigel Farage Van Rompuy, Barroso Worst People in EU Since 1945

Thousands of dead prawns washed up on beach in Chile

The Gravediggers of European Democracy

European Parliament Fisheries Committee spends an hour debating what to debate

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF COAST OF PAKISTAN - 21st March 2013

Magnitude M 4.7
Region OFF COAST OF PAKISTAN
Date time 2013-03-21 08:32:00.1 UTC
Location 23.60 N ; 63.37 E
Depth 10 km
Distances
184 km S of Pasni, Pakistan / pop: 33,110 / local time: 13:32:00.1 2013-03-21

Senate Democrats DROP assault weapons ban from gun control bill

A ban on assault weapons has been struck from the U.S. Senate's gun control bill, leaving out a major portion of gun control legislation that's due to be revealed next month.

Sen Dianne Feinstein, the sponsor of the ban, announced the decision by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today. The gun control bill will be debated by the Senate next month.

Instead, Feinstein said she will be able to offer her ban on the military-style firearms as an amendment.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2295962/Senate-Democrats-DROP-assault-weapons-ban-gun-control-bill.html

CIA signs up to Amazon's 'supercloud' server alongside Netflix and Instagram...but how safe will the nation's secrets be from hackers?

Netflix and Instagram are to be unlikely tech-bedfellows with the CIA if rumors that Amazon Web Services (AWS) have won a $600 million contract with the intelligence agency are to be believed.

Branching out into the commercial sector in a manner which belies their governmental status, the CIA want AWS to build them a 'private cloud' for them to store their 'big data'.

Understandably, no one from AWS or the CIA will confirm this, but with the agency looking to save money on storing its highly classified data, questions will surely be asked about whether the nation's most classified secrets will be safe from hackers on a system built in the private sector.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296749/CIA-share-cloud-provider-Netflix-Instagram--safe-nations-secrets-hackers.html

'It's good to get away from Congress!' Obama caught in open-mic gaffe during chat with Israeli prime minister

Barack Obama's tricky first presidential visit to Israel has had another glitch after the President was caught on an open-mic joking to the country's prime minister that the trip had allowed him to 'get away from Congress'.

The off-the-cuff remark was made during a welcoming ceremony at Tel Aviv airport on Wednesday as Obama stood between Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As a trumpet fanfare played, Obama can be heard saying to Netanyahu: 'It's good to get away from Congress.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296775/Obama-makes-open-mic-gaffe-Netanyahu-historic-Israel-trip.html

Accept raid on savings or face ruin, Cyprus warned, either way Brussels will get the deal they Want

Cyprus faced threats of economic oblivion yesterday as hopes of a Russian rescue for the debt-riddled island were put on ice.

With the country on the verge of bankruptcy, officials announced the banks would not reopen until next Tuesday while the country seeks a bailout.

But Germany and the European Central Bank told the country’s government that unless an agreement was reached, ‘there’s a danger that they won’t be able to open the banks again at all’.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296705/Accept-raid-savings-face-ruin-Cyprus-warned-hopes-Russia-led-rescue-ice.html

How even the Kremlin and Iran scorn Britain for shackling a free Press: From New York to Sydney, the world condemns 'appalling' and 'unimaginable' gag on liberty

From Iran to Zimbabwe and New York to Sydney, the world’s media has reacted with astonishment to the assault on a free Press in Britain.

As plans to shackle newspapers with state regulation were unveiled, the French declared it a ‘sad day’, the Canadians said it was ‘a mess’ and the Australians branded it ‘scary’.

Even the Russians are aghast, with Britain’s humiliation complete as newspapers in Moscow and authoritarian regimes such as Ukraine accused the UK of censorship.
Meanwhile, the Germans mocked us as the country that invented Press freedom only to throw it away.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296685/How-Kremlin-Iran-scorn-Britain-shackling-free-Press.html

Obama faces Palestinian discontent

U.S. President Barack Obama faces a stony reception when he travels to the West Bank on Thursday for talks with Palestinian leaders who accuse him of letting Israel ride rough-shod over their dream of statehood.

Obama has said he will not bring any new initiatives to try to revive long-dormant peace talks and has instead come to Israel and the Palestinian territories for simple consultations.

As a reminder of the ever-present risks in the region, militants in the nearby Palestinian enclave, the Gaza Strip, fired two rockets into southern Israel, damaging the yard of house but causing no injuries, police said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-israel-palestinians-obama-idUSBRE92J01X20130321

Senate approves funding bill to avert government shutdown

The Senate on Wednesday approved legislation to avert a government shutdown next week, freeing Democrats and Republicans to spend the next few months arguing over deeply divided strategies to shrink longer-term budget deficits.

The bill, which would keep government agencies and programs funded through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, must go back to the House of Representative for final approval on Thursday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/20/us-usa-fiscal-senate-idUSBRE92J16520130320

North Korea's Kim supervises "drone attack" drill

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervised a drone attack on a simulated South Korean target on Wednesday, Pyongyang's KCNA news agency reported, and the armed forces shot down a target mimicking a cruise missile.

North Korea has stepped up its military exercises in response to what it regards as "hostile" joint drills by South Korea and the United States after Pyongyang was sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council for a nuclear test in February.

It is not known if North Korea possesses drones, although a report on South Korea's Yonhap news agency last year said that it had obtained 1970s-era U.S. target drones from Syria to develop into attack drones.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/20/us-korea-north-drones-idUSBRE92J0JI20130320

Cyprus Outlines 'Plan B' To Avert Bankruptcy, which is really the same as Plan ''A'' Steal direct from your Accounts, just worded differently!

The president of Cyprus is due to present a 'plan B' aimed at securing a bailout after parliament rejected demands for a controversial tax on savings.

The near-bankrupt member of the eurozone has closed its banks until Tuesday while new proposals are debated among political leaders.

President Nicos Anastasiades set a deadline of Thursday for a new rescue plan to be agreed after his finance minister, Michalis Sarris, failed to make any progress on possible Russian aid during talks in Moscow.

The proposals, which might still include the controversial bank levy in some form, could also contain "the creation of a structural investment fund, reinforced by various provident funds, real estate", government sources suggested.

http://news.sky.com/story/1067727/cyprus-outlines-plan-b-to-avert-bankruptcy

North Korea Issues Fresh Threat To The US

North Korea has threatened to attack American airbases on the Japanese island of Okinawa and the Pacific island of Guam.

A statement by Kim Yong Chul, the spokesman of the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army warned of "military actions".

“The US should not forget that the Anderson Air Force Base on Guam where B-52 bombers take off and naval bases in Japan and Okinawa where nuclear-powered submarines are launched are within the striking range of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) precision strike means," the statement read.

"Now that the US started open nuclear blackmail and threat, the DPRK, too, will move to take corresponding military actions."

http://news.sky.com/story/1067695/north-korea-issues-fresh-threat-to-the-us

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 21st March 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 05:34:34 UTC
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 02:34:34 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
36.754°N, 140.402°E
Depth
81.3 km (50.5 miles)
Region
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
4 km (2 miles) ESE of Daigo, Japan

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 21st March 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 05:27:36 UTC
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 05:27:36 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
22.012°S, 179.500°W
Depth
601.7 km (373.9 miles)
Region
SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
Distances
171 km (106 miles) SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Another psycho cop tasers a guy as he's walking away: Heed my words, cameras aren't the tool to solve this situation

Tomas Young: Dying vet’s letter to George Bush & Dick Cheney needs to be read by every American


To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.

I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.

I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.

My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.

—Tomas Young


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$10m bounty on two American 'terrorists': FBI hunts for U.S. men with links to Al Qaeda 'who plotted attacks'

The Government has put a $5million bounty on the head of two American men said to have links to Al Qaeda and accused of having a role in plotting terror attacks against the U.S. Omar Shafik Hammami, pictured left, and Jehad Mostafa, pictured right, are previous or current members of al-Shabab in Somalia. It is believed they are both still in the country.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296582/Two-Americans-Al-Qaeda-links-plotting-terror-attacks-US-persons-property-wanted-10-million-dollar-Government-reward.html

Dark Knight killer James Holmes 'is now a ''Muslim'' who prays five times a day'

James Holmes, the gunman behind the Dark Knight massacre in Colorado last July, has reportedly turned Muslim and prays five times a day.

The killer showed off a lengthy, thick beard during a court appearance earlier this month, and a prison source has claimed it is a symbol of his new-found faith.

The source said Holmes has turned to Islam as a way of justifying his horrific murder spree in an Aurora, Colorado cinema on July 20 which left 12 people dead and 58 people wounded.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296440/Dark-Knight-killer-James-Holmes-Muslim-prays-times-day.html

PETA killed more than 1,600 cats and dogs at its Virginia HQ last year - almost 90% of the animals handed over to the charity's American shelter

Animal rights charity PETA killed almost 90 per cent of dogs and cats placed in the care of the shelter at its Virginia headquarters last year, it has been revealed today.

The charity, well-known for attention grabbing publicity campaigns such as the 'I'd rather go naked' anti-fur campaign, euthanized 1,647 cats and dogs last year and only placed 19 in new homes according to the data submitted to the Virginia Department for Agriculture and Consumer Services.

PETA told Mail Online that the animals they take in at the center are 'unadoptable', however 89.4 per cent of pets is much higher than their own approximation that half of animals taken to shelters end up being euthanized.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296572/PETA-killed-1-600-cats-dogs-Virginia-headquarters-year--90-animals-handed-charitys-American-shelter.html

Police hunt 7ft alligator terrorising popular Spanish tourist destination

It has been nicknamed the 'Costa del Crime' because of the large number of expat British criminals who are thought to live there.

And now the Costa del Sol, in southern Spain, is home to a new fugitive from the law after a large reptile - believed to be a crocodile - was spotted hiding out in the area.

The seven-foot-long creature, dubbed the 'Costa Croc' is thought to be living by a lake near Marbella, just a stone's throw away from holiday homes owned by British residents.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296448/Costa-Croc-goes-run-Police-hunt-7ft-alligator-terrorising-popular-Spanish-tourist-destination.html

Tom Clements' murder: Was American prisons chief executed by a hit man? Police probe link to Middle Eastern prisoner whose transfer to Saudi Arabia was denied

Officials in Colorado are looking at a possible connection between the shooting death of the head of the state Department of Corrections and a Saudi national who was recently denied transfer from a local prison back to his home country.

Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Kramer says Tom Clements, 58, was shot at around 8.30pm Tuesday when he answered his front door in Monument, north of Colorado Springs.

A family member called 911 to report the shooting. Officers who arrived on the scene found Clements dead from a gunshot wound to the chest in his home, 9News reported.

Clements' murder comes a week after he denied a request filed by convicted sex offender Homaidan al-Turki to serve out the remainder of a Colorado life prison sentence in Saudi Arabia.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296328/Colorado-corrections-chief-shot-dead-answered-door-bell--gunman-loose.html

Bulgarian is sixth man in past month to set himself on fire in protest at poverty in the country

A Bulgarian man set himself on fire to protest against poverty in his country - becoming the sixth person to do so in the past month.

Proclaiming that he could no longer afford to even buy bread for his one child and that he 'could not stand it anymore' the unidentified man doused himself with petrol and 'tried to commit suicide', it has been reported.

The dramatic demonstrations have continued, despite an appeal by Bulgaria’s influential Orthodox Church that such desperate actions must stop.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296544/Bulgarian-man-sixth-man-past-month-set-protest-poverty-country.html

Now 'chilling secret justice' reaches the highest court in UK

The shadow of secret justice has ‘chillingly’ reached the highest court in Britain, campaigners warned last night.

Liberty reacted with horror to a ruling by the Supreme Court that it was prepared to consider material delivered behind closed doors.

In the past, neither the court nor its predecessor - the Law Lords - had considered secret evidence.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296670/Now-chilling-secret-justice-reaches-highest-court-UK.html

BUDGET 2013: The laddie's not for turning! Osborne dons Thatcher's mantle as he defies critics to continue cutting the State and to boost aspiration

To lift Britain out of the economic mire, the Chancellor unveiled measures aimed at restoring the 'Aspiration Nation' of the Tory 1980s, including a £130billion scheme to help more than 500,000 buy a home and lashing corporation tax to 20p and cutting national insurance bills for employers;

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296659/BUDGET-2013-The-laddies-turning-Osborne-dons-Thatchers-mantle-defies-critics-continue-cutting-State-boost-aspiration.html

Cyber attack on South Korea came from Chinese IP: Seoul

A hacking attack on the servers of South Korean broadcasters and banks originated from an IP address based in China, officials in Seoul said on Thursday, raising suspicions the intrusion came from North Korea.

An unnamed official from South Korea's presidential office was quoted by the Yonhap news agency as saying the discovery of the IP address indicated Pyongyang was responsible for the attack on Wednesday.

A previous attack on a South Korean newspaper that the government in Seoul traced back to North Korea also used a Chinese IP address.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/net-us-korea-cyber-idUSBRE92K02B20130321

Obama warns Syria on chemical weapons..but refuses to blame the rebels

Syria's Assad recognizes dead children and students in ceremony

After Israeli backslapping, Obama faces Palestinian discontent

President Barack Obama faces a stony reception when he travels to the West Bank on Thursday for talks with Palestinian leaders who accuse him of letting Israel ride rough-shod over their dream of statehood.

Obama has said he will not bring any new initiatives to try to revive long-dormant peace talks and has instead come to Israel and the Palestinian territories for simple consultations.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-israel-palestinians-obama-idUSBRE92J01X20130321

North Korea issues fresh threat to U.S., South probes hacking

North Korea said it would attack U.S. military bases on Japan and the Pacific island of Guam if provoked, a day after leader Kim Jong-un oversaw a mock drone strike on South Korea.

The North also held an air raid drill on Thursday after accusing the United States of preparing a military strike using bombers that have overflown the Korean peninsula as part of drills between South Korean and U.S. forces.

North Korea has stepped up its rhetoric in response to what it calls "hostile" drills between South Korea and the United States. It has also been angered by the imposition of fresh U.N. sanctions that followed its February 12 nuclear test.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-korea-north-attack-idUSBRE92K02W20130321

German government drops attempt to ban far-right party

The German government decided against trying to outlaw the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD), branded by its critics as neo-Nazi, over doubts that judges would back such a move.

The government said it would instead support a separate bid by Germany’s 16 federal states to ask the Constitutional Court to ban the party which the domestic intelligence service has called “racist, anti-Semitic and revisionist”.

Banning a political group is especially sensitive in Germany, still haunted by memories of Nazi and communist regimes which silenced dissent. A previous attempt to ban the NPD failed in 2003, causing embarrassment to the government of the time.

http://www.euronews.com/newswires/1861206-german-government-opts-against-bid-to-ban-far-right-party/