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  • China To Launch Yuan Swap Trading With Russian Rubles On Monday

    12/28/2014 12:24:02 PM PST · by opentalk · 5 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 12/26/14 | Tyler Durden
    The world was slow to wake up to the new reality in which China is now the de facto IMF sovereign backstop, as Zero Hedge described two weeks ago in "China Prepares To Bailout Russia" when we noted that a PBOC swap-line was meant to reduce the role of the US dollar if China and Russia need to help each other overcome a liquidity squeeze, something we first noted over two months ago in "China, Russia Sign CNY150 Billion Local-Currency Swap As Plunging Oil Prices Sting Putin."In fact, it was only this week that Bloomberg reported that "China Offers Russia Help With...
  • China: PLA drills sandwich Japan from north and south

    12/28/2014 5:27:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-12-28
    PLA drills sandwich Japan from north and south Staff Reporter 2014-12-28 13:10 (GMT+8) The People's Liberation Army appears to be strategizing on how it would sandwich Japan from the north and south in the event of a military conflict, says a Taiwanese military expert. Ching Chang, a research fellow at Taiwan's Society for Strategic Studies, made the comments in response to a series of naval drills conducted by the PLA's three main fleets — the North Sea Fleet, the East Sea Fleet and the South Sea Fleet — earlier this month. On Dec. 4, the North Sea Fleet's flagship Harbin...
  • Russia Seeks to Raise its Language Profile in NK (North Korea)

    12/28/2014 2:50:46 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    Korea Times ^ | December 28, 2014 19:36 GMT | Kim Hyo-jin
    Russia appears striving to boost the demand for its language in North Korea, amid signs that the Cold War allies try to build up strong bilateral relations. Russia's Maritime Province of Siberia donated as many as 1,400 Russian books to North Korea, the Russian news agency Interfax said Wednesday. The books vary on the subjects from Russian history, literature, culture, to language. It reported that the state government delegated the donation project to "Russkiy Mir," an orthodox cultural foundation established by Russia's president Vladimir Putin in 2007 as a vehicle for exercising soft power abroad. The foundation delivered the books...
  • New ‘Tuo Jiang’ corvette beefs up naval firepower

    12/27/2014 4:30:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | Dec 27, 2014 | Jason Pan
    Senior naval officials hinted earlier this week that the new-generation Tuo Jiang-class corvette (沱江艦) could be dispatched to beef up security measures around the disputed Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands, 南沙群島) in the South China Sea if the need arises. Responding to enquiries from legislators, Navy Chief of Staff Hsiao Wei-min (蕭維民) said the recently commissioned Tuo Jiang stealth missile corvette would able to reach Taiwan’s military outpost on Itu Aba Island (Taiping Island, 太平島) within one day. Taiping, spanning 46 hectares, is the largest island in the Spratlys, and has permanent troops from Coast Guard Administration units stationed there. The...
  • China a likely factor in North Korea cyber prowess: experts

    12/26/2014 5:01:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    AFP Via Yahoo News ^ | 12/26/2014 | Benjamin Haas
    North Korea may be facing explosive hacking accusations, but analysts are questioning how an isolated, impoverished country with limited Internet access could wage cyber sabotage -- and many experts believe China plays a role. The US has accused Pyongyang of hacking Sony Pictures, which was intimidated into initially cancelling the comedy film "The Interview" that mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, before deciding to release it online and in selected US cinemas on Christmas Day. While much of the focus has been on the so-called cyber warfare between Washington and Pyongyang -- especially after North Korea's Internet temporarily went down...
  • VIDEO: Look Out Seattle! Chinese Restaurant Replaces Human Waiters With Robots – Coming Soon!

    12/26/2014 5:08:25 AM PST · by lowbridge · 42 replies
    http://viral.buzz ^ | december 4, 2014 | bill chandler
    Robots have replaced human workers in a restaurant in China. Lu Dike, Owner of a family restaurant in the  northeast China provence of Zhejiang said he is opting to save on employee wages by foregoing traditional servers and using robots instead. Sound familiar? Besides the savings Lu has experienced, the robots have become an enormous tourist attraction. The automated bots take orders and speak to customers with their forty phrase Mandarin Chinese vocabulary. Each bot navigates the restaurant by sensing magnetic strips in the floor and using optical sensing systems that keeps them from running into walls or people.
  • Japan inflation slows as oil price falls, keeps BOJ under pressure

    12/25/2014 4:30:12 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 2 replies
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese annual core consumer inflation slowed for a fourth straight month in November due largely to sliding oil prices, highlighting the challenges the central bank faces in achieving its 2 percent inflation target. Factory output unexpectedly fell and household spending remained weak, separate data showed, suggesting that any rebound in the economy from recession will be mild and fragile.
  • Chinese Hit Back Against a Foreign Intrusion: Christmas

    12/25/2014 1:08:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    There may be no exact translation for “humbug” in Chinese, but in recent days, as popular fervor for the trappings of Western-style Christmas enveloped this officially atheist nation, the defenders of traditional Chinese culture have fought back with Scrooge-like zeal. On Wednesday, university students in the central province of Hunan held an anti-Christmas pageant with banners declaring “Chinese should not celebrate foreign festivals.” Education officials in the coastal city of Wenzhou issued a decree banning the celebration of Christmas-themed events at schools. Students at a university in northwestern China were forced to endure three hours of propaganda films, including one...
  • China tightens church control ahead of Christmas

    12/24/2014 9:43:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 25, 2014 12:29 AM EST | Didi Tang
    Two days before Christmas, members of a rural Christian congregation in the eastern city of Wenzhou welded some pieces of metal into a cross and hoisted it onto the top of their worship hall to replace one that was forcibly removed in October. Within an hour, township officials and uniformed men barged onto the church ground and tore down the cross. […] That means that the worshippers in Wenzhou, like many Christians in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, will worship this Christmas under a cross-less roof. Provincial authorities have toppled crosses from more than 400 churches, and even razed...
  • Why Christmas Is Huge in China

    12/24/2014 8:40:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/25/2014 | ROBERT FOYLE HUNWICK
    BEIJING—There’s a joke going around: “Santa Claus was descending into China from the sky. Due to the heavy smog, he fell to the ground, but no one dared help him up. While he was still lying in the snow, his bag was ransacked for presents, and his reindeer and sleigh taken away by the chengguan. Therefore, no Christmas this year.” While some of the humor needs context—there are digs at China’s notorious bystander effect and much-despised urban-management officials, chengguan—the larger meaning is clear. Ironic jokes about Santa’s routine being disrupted with uniquely Chinese characteristics are a sure sign that, yes,...
  • Huntsman Plays The Useful Idiot For Andrea Mitchell's Romney-Bashing

    s Jon Huntsman headed the way of Charlie Crist? When the 2016 Dem convention rolls around, will we see the also-ran GOP presidential nomination-seeker on the podium, seconding Hillary's nomination? You've got to wonder after Huntsman's toadying performance today as he made the MSNBC rounds. After appearing on Morning Joe earlier, Huntsman turned up on Andrea Mitchell's show. Mitchell posed a laughably-loaded question, bashing Mitt Romney's response to the Obama administration's handling of the embassy attacks. The haughty Huntsman was only too happy to play the useful idiot, concurring that there was "a lot to the criticism" and ripping Romney...
  • Huntsman: Romney's Reaction to Arab Protests a 'Problem'

    09/14/2012 6:29:40 PM PDT · by robowombat · 46 replies
    National Journal ^ | Sept 13, 2012 | Matt Vasilogambros
    Former U.S. Ambassador to China and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said on Friday that Mitt Romney’s response to the violent protests in the Middle East and North Africa posed a “problem” for the man he endorsed several months ago. Romney’s decision to criticize the Obama administration was ill-advised and was a lost opportunity, Huntsman said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “This was an opportunity to instruct, to elucidate, to educate, to talk about how you put the pieces back together again in North Africa and the Middle East,” he said. “Not to condemn, not to criticize, not to turn it into...
  • Iran’s IRGC 'Massacring' Iraqi Sunnis It 'Saves' from ISIS

    12/22/2014 12:19:34 PM PST · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/21/2014, 6:50 PM | Mark Langfan
    Iraq’s Grand Mufti accuses IRGC, Iraqi government, Shiite militias of genocide and rape of Sunnis they 'liberated' from ISIS In an explosive TV interview aired last week, Iraq’s Grand Mufti Rafi Al-Rifa’i, the highest Sunni authority in the country, accused the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Iraqi government, and Iraqi Shiite militias of mass genocidal killings and rape of Sunni men and women from Iraqi towns and villages “liberated” from ISIS (Islamic State). Mufti Al-Rifa’i posed the unanswerable question, “Why should we fight ISIS? So the Iranian IRGC can take over? The same Iranian IRGC that is running operations...
  • Warnings Grow Over Communism and Genocide in South Africa

    12/23/2014 7:16:53 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 12/11/2014 | Alex Newman
    ( Nelson Mandela (right) and F.W. de Klerk) As South Africa descends into what its radical rulers refer to as the “Second Phase” of their communist revolution, warnings about an approaching genocide and full-blown communist tyranny are growing progressively louder. In a statement released last week, the organization Genocide Watch again sounded the alarm surrounding the ongoing, regime-linked preparations to exterminate minority Afrikaner farmers. South Africa’s credit rating, meanwhile, was downgraded again last month to barely above “junk” status. Parliament recently descended into a brawl after a politician called the president a "criminal and a thief." As the warning signs...
  • Chinese Community Reels After Brooklyn NYPD Shooting

    12/23/2014 1:37:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 23, 2014 | Chris Fuchs
    Standing in the back of his shop on Broome Street not far from Manhattan's Chinatown, the owner of MNC EBike, a Chinese immigrant who called himself "Mister Lin," folded his arms tightly together as he reflected on the death of another immigrant from his home country -- Wenjian Liu, the New York City police officer shot to death while he and his partner sat in their patrol car Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn. "Whenever you hear about something so violent like this, it's really difficult to accept," Lin explained in Mandarin. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In just one month, two high-profile cases -- the first...
  • China’s leader is telling the People’s Liberation Army to prepare for war

    12/23/2014 10:48:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    The Week ^ | December 22, 2014 | Kyle Mizokami
    Over the last several months, Chinese leader Hsi Chin-p’ing and the Chinese Communist Party have repeatedly exhorted the People’s Liberation Army to “be ready to win a war.” Hsi has repeatedly called for greater military modernization, increased training, and enhanced overall readiness of the Chinese army, navy, and air force. These repeated calls have alarmed China’s neighbors from New Delhi to Washington. The question on everyone’s mind: what is all this preparation for? Is the Chinese leadership preparing for something? Are they gearing up for a military operation, or merely the option to carry one out? Or is there a...
  • Melancholic Milestones: China's pulling ahead, and we don't seem interested in catching up.

    12/23/2014 6:19:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/23/2014 | Gary Jason
    The U.S. has recently reached three major turning points, all of them worrisome. The first is the news report that China has now officially overtaken the U.S. as the largest economy on Earth, and indeed in all of history.  The International Monetary Fund now calculates that the Chinese national output of goods and services this year will be $17.6 trillion (measured in real purchasing power, or purchasing power parity), compared with ours of $17.4 trillion.  In terms of share of the global economy, China is 16.5% of the world’s economy, compared to 16.3% for the U.S. It is also...
  • Bill Whittle: We’re Number Two

    12/22/2014 4:38:37 PM PST · by Mozilla · 9 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | December 21, 2014 | Bill Whittle
    TRANSCRIPT: Hi everybody. I’m Bill Whittle and this is the Firewall. A few days ago, we rather quietly passed a milestone – a big one. For the first time since the 1870’s – that would be during the administration of President Ulysses S Grant – The United States is no longer the worlds largest economy. “Hold on to your hats, America,” reports Brett Arends of MarketWatch in his online article, “And throw away that big fat Styrofoam finger while you’re at it.” Now I don’t know anything about Brett Arends politics, but throwing away that big fat Styrofoam finger –...
  • China Indicts Jackie Chan's Son On Drug Charge

    12/22/2014 3:40:53 PM PST · by zeestephen · 17 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 22 December 2014
    Police said Jaycee Chan and [Taiwan movie star] Ko Kai tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug, and that 100 grams of it were taken from Jaycee Chan's home. [In past years Jackie Chan has effusively praised the Communist Party and called America the most corrupt nation in the world]
  • 'U.S. military shot down MH370 because they thought it had been hackedused in terror attack'

    12/22/2014 10:40:25 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 47 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Decemner 22, 2014 | Sam Webb for MailOnline
    'U.S. military shot down MH370 because they thought it had been hacked and was about to be used in terror attack', claims former airline boss Marc Dugain says U.S. Navy in Indian Ocean attacked the plane He claims that islanders saw the plane fly close to a U.S. base Also alleges that a spy told him to back away from his probe into MH370 A former airline boss and writer claims the U.S. downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 because the military feared it had been taken over by hackers and was about to be used in a 9/11-style attack. Marc...
  • Now Pope Francis looks toward Communist China

    12/22/2014 12:23:37 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 7 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 22, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Now that Pope Francis has done his part to ensure that U.S. sanctions against the murderous regime in Cuba have been removed, the Holy See is already looking toward thawing relations with another brutal Communist regime: China. See here. Back in October, Matt Hadro, writing for the Catholic News Agency, explained that: "The state of religious freedom in China is moving from bad to worse, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), responding to a new report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. 'There’s a huge gulf now' between China and the Catholic Church, Smith stated during an Oct. 9 conference...
  • Air rage and emergency exits: Two stormy weeks in Chinese aviation

    12/22/2014 6:25:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | December 19, 2014 | Maggie Hiufu Wong
    Air rage and emergency exits: Two stormy weeks in Chinese aviation By Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN December 19, 2014 -- Updated 0956 GMT (1756 HKT) (CNN) -- Deja vu? Yesterday's news? Nope, it's just another series of air dramas involving disruptive Chinese air travelers. It hasn't been the most peaceful fortnight in the aviation industry -- we've seen the aftermath of a Korean Air exec's "nut rage" and R&B singer Jeremih arrested for attempting to force open a closed airplane door after missing the last call for boarding. In the midst of this unruly behavior have come no fewer than...
  • Who Will Get Caught When The Oil Debt Bubble Pops?

    12/22/2014 5:31:55 AM PST · by thackney · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/19/2014
    America’s oil and gas boom was enabled by a huge pile of cheap financing. Many of the leading players in the boom, such as Chesapeake Energy and Continental Resources have for years been making capital investments at levels far surpassing the cashflow generated from operations. The mountain of debt advanced to drillers in recent years is estimated to be in the neighborhood of $500 billion — some $300 billion in leveraged loans and another $200 billion in high yield debt. That’s about 16% of the U.S. high yield debt market, quadruple its share a decade ago. That’s a lot, even...
  • Did China Help North Korea Hack Sony?

    12/22/2014 2:58:22 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2014/12/21 | Gordon G. Chang
    Did China Help North Korea Hack Sony? A “senior administration official” told CNN yesterday that Washington had asked Beijing for assistance in connection with the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a unit of Sony Corporation. “We have discussed this issue with the Chinese to share information, express our concerns about this attack, and to ask for their cooperation,” the official told the network. To enlist the Chinese to its side, the White House has avoided the ticklish issue of Beijing’s assistance to the Kim regime. So at the moment the Obama administration is blaming North Korea—and only North Korea—for the...
  • Obama has no idea how to handle North Korean attack on private citizens

    12/21/2014 5:26:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 21, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Outgoing CNN host Candy Crowley sat down with President Barack Obama for his final interview of the year on Friday in which she probed him over his government’s response to the North Korea-linked cyber-attack on Sony Studios. Crowley asked if the administration considered the costly and dramatic attack on the livelihoods of American citizens, complete with ultimatums warning of future attacks unless Sony behaved in a manner preferred by the attackers, represented an act of war. “No, I don’t think it was an act of war,” Obama said. “I think it was an act of cyber-vandalism that was very costly,...
  • Does Rand Paul Even Understand What “Isolationism” Is?

    12/21/2014 12:26:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/21/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Ron and Rand Paul have complained about being wrongly dubbed “isolationists” even though that name arguably fits whatever passes for their foreign policy.Now Rand Paul has decided that opponents of bailing out the Castro regime are isolationists. All this proves is that Rand Paul doesn’t know what an isolationist is.“I think a policy of isolationism toward Cuba is misplaced and hasn’t worked,” Paul writes in Time Magazine.Isolationism is a policy that the United States would adopt toward the larger world. An embargo on an enemy state in response to its actions against the United States is not isolationism.Rand Paul is...
  • Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel (luxury pad - in China)

    12/21/2014 9:34:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12/20/14 | Michael Daly
    North Korea is so isolated that rather than bring the Internet to its hackers, it brings them to it—in a swank hotel in China. The luxury hotel that has been called a command post for North Korean hackers would make for a unique holiday getaway and give you lots to talk about back home. “Surprisingly Great Hotel - Clean, Tasteful.... and North Korean!” says a trip advisor review for the Chilbosan Hotel in Shenyang, China. For just $53, you get “a deluxe twin room,” including a North Korean breakfast considerably more substantial than those enjoyed by the vast majority of...
  • The Real Reason Russia Cancelled South Stream Part of channel(s): Ukraine (current event)

    12/21/2014 7:59:18 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 2 replies
    Liveleak.com, Syrianfreepress, www.south-streaminfo.com ^ | Dec-20-2014 | Alexander Mercouris - Russia Insider
    The Russians called the EU’s bluff by pulling out of the project instead of accepting the EU’s conditions and are cutting deals with China and Turkey instead.By Alexander Mercouris ~ Russia Insider The reaction to the cancellation of the Sound Stream project has been a wonder to behold and needs to be explained very carefully. In order to understand what has happened it is first necessary to go back to the way Russian-European relations were developing in the 1990s. Briefly, at that period, the assumption was that Russia would become the great supplier of energy and raw materials to Europe....
  • Just realized: Media cares more about NORKS stopping MOVIE than NORKS building nukes

    12/20/2014 6:34:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    12/20/14 | sff
    Looking at the vast attention given to this Sony hack, I began to realize today that the media, egged on by Team Jarrett, is REALLY UPSET that a MOVIE was not going to be released. Compare this, though, to the NORKS efforts to build missiles and bombs that could annihilate millions of lives and leave cities radioactive for decades..... You can barely get the media to care.... Same goes for Iran. Let Iran's leader make an untoward remark about society or something.....the media talks. Iran building weapons to destroy Israel or sell to other terrorists to be used against America?...
  • North Korea Says They Want To Help Find The Sony Hackers

    12/20/2014 9:20:05 AM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 12-20-2014 | Hunter Walker
    Hunter Walker December 20, 2014A North Korean official said on Saturday that the secretive regime wants to mount a joint investigation with the United States to identify who was behind the cyber attack against Sony Pictures. An unnamed spokesman of the North Korean foreign ministry was quoted by the country's state news agency, KCNA, describing US claims they were behind the hack as "slander." "As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident," the official said, according to Agence France-Presse. After they began publishing leaked Sony movies, internal...
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • Shinzo Abe sets sights on Japan’s pacifist constitution after election win

    12/19/2014 10:13:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Tuesday 16 December 2014 00.22 EST | Justin McCurry
    Japan’s re-elected prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has said he is determined to rewrite the country’s pacifist constitution—drawing an immediate sour response from China. A day after securing another four years in office with Sunday’s landslide election victory, Abe signaled he would pursue his long-cherished goal of changing the US-authored constitution. Abe, a conservative, has made no secret of his desire to remove what he regards as unfair constraints on Japan’s military, seven decades after its surrender at the end of a war that saw it occupy neighbors, including China, and attack countries further afield in the Pacific. …
  • Checkmate: Is Russia Selling Oil For Gold?

    12/19/2014 10:05:33 AM PST · by Strategy · 64 replies
    SilverDoctors ^ | December 19, 2014
    Very few people understand what Putin is doing at the moment. And almost no one understands what he will do in the future. No matter how strange it may seem, but right now, Putin is selling Russian oil and gas ONLY for physical gold. How long will the West be able to buy oil and gas from Russia in exchange for physical gold? And what will happen to the US petrodollar after the West runs out of physical gold to pay for Russian oil, gas and uranium, as well as to pay for Chinese goods?
  • China Tests DF-41 Missile Using U.S. Technology

    12/19/2014 3:45:43 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 19, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: China has just tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile that can deliver up to 10 independently targeted nuclear warheads, using technology given to them on President Clinton's watch to launch communications satellites. The Dec. 13 test of the DF-41 was the third for the new weapon. But it marked the first test of a multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle, or MIRV, technology and raises by an order of magnitude the nuclear threat to the U.S. as China continues its massive arms buildup. And disturbingly, the threat is in large part of our own making. "The DF-4, which could be...
  • Distancing the Dalai Lama: Is Vatican playing into Beijing's hands?

    12/19/2014 1:10:41 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Nerve.in ^ | Friday, 19 December 2014 | Amit Dasgupta
    " It was his efforts at peace that brought him the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite the huge popularity and respect he enjoys, he is not unaware of his increasing isolation by global leaders since being in Beijing's good books appears to be the global fascination. It remains to be seen how India reacts. It would be a sad day, indeed, if New Delhi also lacks the moral fibre and toes Beijing's line." Nobel laureates gathered in Rome last week were dismayed that Pope Francis had surprisingly refused to grant an audience to the Dalai Lama so as to not incur...
  • Fed and Congress Signal Trouble, Putin Defends Russia, ISIS War

    12/19/2014 12:38:05 PM PST · by GilGil · 10 replies
    USAWatchdog ^ | 12/19/2014 | Greg Hunter
    My top story is the economy, and I think the Fed and Congress just signaled that something is seriously wrong, and it’s going to get worse. First off, the Federal Reserve just came out and said that it was going to be “patient” when normalizing the monetary policy. I know Wall Street is jubilant and the stock market spiked on the news, but I think this is really ominous, and it is nothing to be celebrated. To me, that means don’t expect the Fed to raise interest rates anytime soon because the economy is much worse than what they are...
  • George Clooney: Kim Jong-un can’t tell me what to watch

    12/19/2014 10:11:46 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 29 replies
    pagesix.com ^ | 12/19/14 | By Derrick Bryson Taylor
    George Clooney: Kim Jong-un can’t tell me what to watch By Derrick Bryson Taylor George Clooney won’t be told what to watch, especially by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “Sony didn’t pull [The Interview] because they were scared,” the 53-year-old actor told Deadline. “They pulled the movie because of all the theaters said they were not going to run it. And they said they were not going to run it because they talked to their lawyers and those lawyers said, if somebody dies in one of these, then you’re going to be responsible.” Clooney also shared that he had been...
  • Sony hack latest: Female roles are easier in Hollywood, says Aaron Sorkin

    12/19/2014 10:08:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    telegraph.uk ^ | 12/16/14
    Cate Blanchett's Oscar-winning role in Blue Jasmine "nothing close to the degree of difficulty" of any of the male nominees, says "The Social Network" screenwriter Female leading Hollywood film roles are "nothing close to the degree of difficulty" of male roles, one of America's leading screenwriters has said, in the latest set of leaked emails published by the "Guardians of Peace" hacker group. Aaron Sorkin, writer of The Social Network and Moneyball, singled out Cate Blanchett's 2014 Best Actress Oscar-winning performance in Blue Jasmine as significantly easier than the performances by the five male nominees that same year. “Year in...
  • George Clooney: No one in Hollywood would sign my letter of support for Sony Pictures

    12/19/2014 10:03:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19 | AllahPundit
    I’m glad he spoke up, not only because he’s right, not only because a little public shaming from an A-lister might get others to rethink, but because that tribute to Hollywood’s bravery that he gave a few years ago at the Oscars would have looked even more embarrassing in hindsight if he’d kept quiet about this.Nothing fancy about the logic of his petition: “We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty. We hope these hackers are brought to justice but...
  • New message from Hackers to Sony: We'll stand down if you never release the movie

    12/19/2014 9:56:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 12/19/2014 | Brian Stelter
    The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures have sent a new message to executives at the company, crediting them for a "very wise" decision to cancel the Christmas day release of "The Interview," a source close to the company told CNN. The email message was received by Sony's top executives on Thursday night and was obtained by CNN. The source said that the company believes the email was from the hackers because it followed a pattern of previous messages, sent to a list of particular executives and formatted in a particular way. A Sony spokesman declined to comment.
  • Sony's Pascal to work w/Sharpton against 'cultural blindness' after racially insensitive emails

    12/19/2014 9:32:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | December 19, 2014 | Ben Beaumont-Thomas
    Sony executive at the heart of the leaked emails met with the civil rights activist to discuss battling an ‘exclusionary, almost all-white hierarchy’ in Hollywood.Amy Pascal, the embattled executive whose personal emails were exposed by the hack on Sony Pictures, has met with civil rights advocate Al Sharpton to discuss white bias in Hollywood. The meeting was prompted by leaked emails from Pascal to producer Scott Rudin, in which the pair joke about Barack Obama’s likely taste in films. “Would he like to finance some movies?” Rudin asked, ahead of Pascal meeting the president. “I doubt it. Should I ask...
  • FBI formally blames North Korea in Sony hack

    The FBI said Friday that North Korea is responsible for the cyberattack on Sony Pictures that led the studio to cancel the release of a movie. Confirming what government officials were saying privately for days, the FBI announced that is months-long investigation concluded that North Korea was behind the attack, based on technical similarities to previous attacks. A statement from the FBI said investigators found “significant overlap in the infrastructure” used in the Sony hacking and in previous attacks. The agency said there were also similarities in technological tools used in this attack and an a cyberattack in March 2013...
  • Update on Sony Investigation (New FBI Statement Says North Korea Responsible)

    12/19/2014 9:04:38 AM PST · by kristinn · 20 replies
    The Federl Bureau of Investigations ^ | Friday, December 19, 2014
    Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). In late November, SPE confirmed that it was the victim of a cyber attack that destroyed systems and stole large quantities of personal and commercial data. A group calling itself the “Guardians of Peace” claimed responsibility for the attack and subsequently issued threats against SPE, its employees, and theaters that distribute its movies. The FBI has determined that the intrusion into SPE’s network consisted of the deployment of destructive malware and the theft of proprietary information...
  • Breaking: FBI Officially Says North Korea behind Sony Hack

    12/19/2014 9:01:49 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/19 | Headline Only
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  • Exclusive: Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview’

    12/19/2014 8:43:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12.17.14 | William Boot
    The Daily Beast has unearthed several emails that reveal at least two U.S. government officials screened a rough cut of the Kim Jong-Un assassination comedy The Interview in late June and gave the film—including a final scene that sees the dictator’s head explode—their blessing. The claim that the State Department played an active role in the decision to include the film’s gruesome death scene is likely to cause fury in Pyongyang. Emails between the Sony Entertainment CEO and a security consultant even appear to suggest the U.S. government may support the notion that The Interview would be useful propaganda against...
  • #BREAKING New message to @Sony top execs from hackers:

    12/19/2014 8:17:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    CNN Twitter ^ | December 19, 2014 | Carol Costello
    #BREAKING New message to @Sony top execs from hackers: "very wise" decision to scrap movie from theaters via @CNN @brianstelter #SonyHack
  • Columbus Trying to Recruit the Chinese Emperor to Liberate Jerusalem and Stumbled on America

    07/08/2009 5:44:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies · 585+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 7-8-09
    Egyptian Writer Muhammad Ibrahim Mabrouk: Columbus Was Trying to Recruit the Chinese Emperor to the Liberation of Jerusalem When He Stumbled Upon America Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian writer Muhammad Ibrahim Mabrouk, which aired on Al-Majd TV on April 27, 2009.To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2167.htm. "Columbus Wanted to Liberate Jerusalem From the Muslims"Interviewer: "American society was not born and did not grow in the United States. It is a mixed society - a society of immigrants, of different nationalities. How can it be claimed that this society in its entirety was melted down...
  • Of Course The Chinese Didn't Discover America. But Then Nor Did Columbus

    01/20/2006 8:18:53 AM PST · by blam · 69 replies · 1,521+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-20-2006 | Simon Jenkins
    Of course the Chinese didn't discover America. But then nor did Columbus A map supporting claims that the admiral Zheng He reached the New World in the early 15th century is plainly a hoax Simon Jenkins Friday January 20, 2006 The Guardian (UK) We all know that a lie goes halfway round the world while truth is putting on its boots. But what if the lie goes the whole way? What if it claims to circumnavigate the globe? Last week came purported evidence that the Chinese admiral Zheng He sailed his great fleet of junks round the world a century...
  • Newt Gingrich -- Sony Hacking Is An Act of War ... We Need to Hunt Them Down

    12/17/2014 4:44:13 PM PST · by s_vengali · 42 replies
    TMZ ^ | 12/17/14 | TMZ
    Newt Gingrich Interview: Sony Hack Is An Act Of War
  • Remarkable: Republicans standing strong for liberal Democrat Hollywood; Obama wimpy response

    12/18/2014 8:17:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    12/18/14 | soflofreeper
    National Review's editorial board, Mitt Romney, and other Republicans seem to be MORE willing to stand for freedom of speech than the Obama administration. Getting pushed around by third world tin pot dictators is modus operandi for Demon Rats.