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  • The Clock is Ticking in Switzerland

    11/25/2014 2:01:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/25/2014 | Peter Schiff
    For most of my career in international investing, I had always placed a great deal of faith in Switzerland's financial markets. In recent years, however, as the Swiss government has sought to hitch its wagon to the flailing euro currency and kowtow increasingly to U.S.-based financial requirements, this faith has been shaken. But this week (November 30th) a referendum in Switzerland on whether its central bank will be required to hold at least 20% of its reserves in gold, will offer ordinary Swiss citizens a rare opportunity to reclaim their country's strong economic heritage. It's a vote that few outside...
  • Ferguson Cop ALWAYS known he won't be charged for shooting Michael Brown-his parents'll tell the UN

    11/10/2014 6:52:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2014 | Daniel Bates
    * Relatives of Brown, including parents, attack police officer who killed teen * Say his 'brazen confidence' meant he was sure he would not be punished * Darren Wilson, 28, killed Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Missouri, this August * Brown family complained about treatment of his body in report for UN * The Browns will fly to Geneva, Switzerland, to deliver document tomorrow The family of the black teenager shot dead by a white cop in Ferguson, Missouri, have claimed that he knew all along he would get away with it. Relatives of Michael Brown said that Darren Wilson had...
  • Ancient Romeís German, Swiss legacy preserved

    10/17/2014 10:37:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | October 10, 2014 | Carl H. Larsen
    More than 1,500 years after its demise, the Roman Empire remains a vibrant part of modern-day Trier. Near the borders of France, Luxembourg and Belgium, todayís city of 105,000 was once the administrative capital of the Western Roman Empire and with its monolithic architecture became known as Roma Segunda ó the Second Rome. The Romans brought to Trier a high standard of living, exquisite artwork and their famed architectural and engineering skills. In northern Europe, on an arc from the Alps to the North Sea, in what was once called northeast Gaul and Upper Germania, the remnants of Roman civilization...
  • Switzerland Bans The Islamic State

    10/10/2014 3:18:43 PM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Swiss officials have announced that the country is banning the Islamic State and related entities from their lands. The ban went into effect on Wednesday, when the Swiss cabinet voted to forbid Islamic State membership for at least six months. The ban disallows providing information or soliciting funds and recruiting for the jihadi terror group. Authorities said that doing so may result in three years in jail or a fine. The seven-member Swiss cabinet released a statement, which said that the Islamic Stateís ďmassive human rights violationsĒ have forced the country, which is known for its unapologetic neutrality, to act...
  • Landslide Vote against Single-Payer Confirms Switzerland Is an Outpost of Rationality

    09/30/2014 2:45:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I¬ím a huge fan of Switzerland, largely because its voters approved a spending cap that should be a role model for other nations.It¬ís called the ¬ďdebt brake¬Ē and it has helped reduce the burden of government spending in Switzerland at a time when most nations in Europe have been moving in the wrong direction.But that¬ís not the only reason I like Switzerland.I also appreciate the fact that Swiss voters seem to be much more sensible than voters in other nations.Every so often I see polls, for instance, suggesting that French voters overwhelmingly want less government spending. But then they go...
  • Swiss reject switch from private to state health insurance

    09/28/2014 6:45:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9-28-14 | Jonathan FOWLER
    Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan for a seismic shift from the country's all-private health insurance system to a state-run scheme. Referendum results showed that almost 62 percent of voters had shot down a reform pushed by left-leaning parties which say the current private system is busting the budgets of ordinary residents. The results also underlined the national divisions over the hotly-contested issue as the country's German-speaking regions voted against the plan, while their French-speaking counterparts were in favour. Switzerland's private insurance lobby hailed the vote.
  • Arab and Muslim states question Israelís right to defend itself at UNHRC

    09/22/2014 7:03:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/22/2014 22:47 | Tovah Lazaroff
    Two major groups of Arab sates questioned Israelís right to defend itself against Hamas in Gaza, in addresses to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday in Geneva. Describing Israelís actions in Gaza as self-defense is both ďlegally incorrectĒ and ďmorally abhorrent,Ē said Pakistan, speaking on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. [Ö] Switzerland, Ireland, and Iceland were among the few Western countries to address to address the UNHRC under Agenda Item 7. Ireland condemned both Israel and Hamas as unacceptable for attacking innocent civilians during the Gaza war. With respect to Israeli attacks in Gaza, Ireland said,...
  • Swiss Village Forced to Raise Taxes After Muslim Refugee Family Consumes 1/3 of Budget

    09/26/2014 11:22:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/26/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Is this really enriching anybody besides the Muslim settlers? A village of just 1,000 residents in Switzerland has been forced to raise taxes because an African refugee and her seven children cost the local authority $65,000 in benefits every month.Hagenbuch, in the Swiss canton of Zurich, is understood to be spending close to a third of its total annual budget on the family after they arrived from Eritrea in East Africa three years ago.The Eritrean woman and her family arrived in Hagenbuch three years ago in possession of a visa allowing her to stay in Switzerland for five years, with...
  • Man bitten by Ebola patient flown to Switzerland

    09/22/2014 3:29:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2014
    Swiss authorities say a male nurse who was bitten by an Ebola patient while working in West Africa has been flown to Switzerland as a precaution. ... It said the man, who was flown to Switzerland by a private transport company Monday, will be kept under observation at Geneva's University Hospital for the incubation period of three weeks.
  • Veganism "Can Cause Serious Harm" Say Swiss Authorities

    09/19/2014 9:39:11 PM PDT · by This Just In · 127 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 19 Sep 2014, 3:00 AM PDT | Oliver Lane
    As the popularity of alternative-lifestyle choice Ďveganismí increases across Europe, officials in Switzerland have expressed concerns about the health implications for children who have the unusual diet forced on them by ďidealisticĒ parents. In the statement, Swiss officials said: ďVegan food is not recommended for young children. It can cause serious harmĒ. The lack of vitamin B12, which is seriously deficient in Vegan diets is the main cause of the interjection by federal health officials, who have warned denying children access to animal-derived food at an early age can cause health problems.
  • Will The Swiss Vote to Get Their Gold Back?

    09/16/2014 4:43:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Ron Paul
    On November 30th, voters in Switzerland will head to the polls to vote in a referendum on gold. On the ballot is a measure to prohibit the Swiss National Bank (SNB) from further gold sales, to repatriate Swiss-owned gold to Switzerland, and to mandate that gold make up at least 20 percent of the SNB's assets. Arising from popular sentiment similar to movements in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, this referendum is an attempt to bring more oversight and accountability to the SNB, Switzerland's central bank. The Swiss referendum is driven by an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the...
  • "Snowden Belongs in Jail, Not in Switzerland"

    09/12/2014 4:38:58 PM PDT · by babylon_times · 57 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 9/12/14 | John Hudson
    This week, Switzerland's attorney general completed a legal opinion on the question of whether Snowden could be granted political asylum if he traveled to Switzerland to testify about the National Security Agency's surveillance activities in the Swiss homeland. The AG's office concluded that Snowden would be given asylum as long as prior obligations made by higher-level Swiss officials did not take priority.
  • Several Swiss banks pull out of U.S. tax program: paper

    09/01/2014 5:46:49 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 8/31/2014 | Reuters
    ZURICH (Reuters) - At least 10 Swiss banks have withdrawn from a U.S. program aimed at settling a tax dispute between them and the United States, Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag said on Sunday, quoting unnamed sources. Around 100 Swiss banks came forward at the end of last year to work with U.S. authorities in a program brokered by the Swiss government to help the banks make amends for aiding tax evasion. "At least 10 banks that had decided at the end of 2013 to pay a fine have withdrawn their decision," NZZ am Sonntag said, quoting unnamed lawyers and...
  • Latest Big Lie: We Have No Strategy

    08/29/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. Thatís because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering. The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies....
  • Teen shot dead in Saint Gallen city mosque (Switzerland)

    08/28/2014 12:30:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 23 Aug 2014 08:35 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    One person was killed Friday in a shooting in the prayer hall of a mosque in the Swiss city of Saint Gallen, police said. Media reports said the victim was 18 and was killed as a result of a row between Albanian families. [Ö] The suspected killer was arrested at the scene, Saint Gallen cantonal police told AFP, without giving further details about the individual. Ö
  • Ukraine rebel leader claims French 'experts' joining separatists

    08/24/2014 1:52:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    expatica.com ^ | August 28, 2014
    The president of the self-declared pro-Russian People's Republic of Donetsk claimed on Sunday French military "experts" were joining separatist forces battling government troops in eastern Ukraine. "Tomorrow, we will receive officers from France. They are specialists ready to fight with us," Alexandre Zakhartchenko said at a Sunday press conference. However, he gave no details on the French servicemen, nor did he specify their numbers. There are also "Serbs and Swiss" among the pro-Moscow militants who are fighting for "European and socialist ideals", Zakhartchenko claimed.
  • 'Suicide Tourism' to Switzerland Doubles in 4 Years

    08/22/2014 10:44:45 AM PDT · by Stoat · 8 replies
    Medscape news ^ | August 21, 2014 | Megan Brooks
    The number of people traveling to Switzerland to commit suicide has doubled since 2009, a new study shows. These "suicide tourists" are largely from Germany and the United Kingdom, although they also come from other countries including the United States and Canada, and nearly half suffer from nonfatal neurological conditions, such as paralysis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis, the study suggests. Saskia Gauthier, MD, from the Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Zurich, and colleagues report their findings in an article†published online†August 20 in the†Journal of Medical Ethics. Assisted suicide is restricted in many countries, but in...
  • Switzerland: Muslim Protesters Attempt to Storm Synagogue

    08/20/2014 2:09:38 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/8/14 | Ari Soffer
    Muslim anti-Israel demonstrators attempted to force their way into a synagogue in Switzerland, the latest in a string of attacks on synagogues in Europe. The protest took place on Saturday, during the Jewish Sabbath, in front of the Beth Yaakov, or Grande, Synagogue in Geneva, according to JTA. The Intercommunity Coordination Against Anti-Semitism and Defamation watchdog organization (CICAD) reported that a Muslim woman wearing a niqab (veil) first attempted to enter the place of worship while waving a PLO flag and holding a placard saying "Every synagogue is an Israeli embassy" on Saturday morning but was prevented from doing so....
  • Australian base jumper dies after jump from Brevent peak in French Alps

    08/18/2014 9:45:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    AFP ^ | 18 Aug 2014
    Two base jumpers, including an Australian, were killed in separate accidents in the French Alps on Sunday (local time) after parachuting off mountains in their wingsuits. Their deaths bring to four the number of people killed taking part in the extreme sport in France this month. ... On August 6, two base jumpers, one from Switzerland, the other from France, died in similar accidents in the Alps and French Pyrenees. ... Unlike skydiving, which involves leaping from an aircraft, base jumpers take off with a parachute from a fixed point, usually a cliff or a bridge. The sport carries high...
  • Switzerland, a country that works: Not perfect, but as countries go, it's hard to find one better

    08/13/2014 11:34:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 08/13/2014 | Richard Rahn
    Switzerland is not perfect, but as countries go, it is hard to find one that is much better. The more people know about Switzerland, the higher regard they tend to have for it. By almost any measure of human accomplishment, and particularly in creating a most successful country governance model, the Swiss are clearly No. 1 in the world. Switzerland is a small, landlocked nation without much in the way of natural resources. It has managed to stay out of wars for two centuries and developed a long-term multilingual and multireligious democracy without strife. There is a rule of law...
  • The US is the new Switzerland

    07/30/2014 2:06:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/30/2014 | Ron Insana
    <p>U.S. markets have been remarkably calm in the wake of escalating violence around the world, whether between Israel and Hamas, or Russian proxies and Ukraine, to name but two of the planet's hottest spots.</p> <p>And with every ill wind that blows, money appears to be blowing westward with ever greater frequency.</p>
  • Walgreens to lay off 345 in Flagstaff

    07/19/2014 9:16:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | &#8206;7&#8206;/&#8206;19&#8206;/&#8206;2014&#8206; &#8206; | Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
    One of the top 10 employers in Flagstaff, Walgreens, announced Friday that it was closing its distribution center by April and laying off all 345 employees. ... Walgreens recently announced it was seeking to relocate its corporate headquarters overseas to lower its income tax bill. One estimate put first-year tax savings for the countryís largest drugstore chain at more than $700 million. The Wall Street Journal reported July 15 that Walgreens is considering buying the rest of Alliance Boots, a drugstore chain that operates in the United Kingdom but is headquartered in Switzerland. If Walgreens does purchase the rest of...
  • Some Ukrainians push for Swiss Model of Defense

    07/12/2014 3:57:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Ukrainians are learning the advantages of an armed citizenry the hard way.¬† An organization in Kiev, –ö–ł—ó–≤—Ā—Ć–ļ–ł–Ļ¬†–õ–Ķ–≥—Ė–ĺ–Ĺ,¬† (Kyiv Legion) is calling for citizens to become armed on the Swiss model.¬†¬† They even suggest that it might make sense to have those who do not serve be taxed to make up for their lack of service.¬†¬† This is not an uncommon concept in history, and was used in the American civil war.¬†¬† I am told that this is a Google translation.¬†¬† What little Russian I had is long gone, and the original is probably in Ukranian. ¬† Russian and Ukrainian...
  • At Walgreen, renouncing corporate citizenship

    07/01/2014 3:19:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Yahoo! Finance / The New York Times ^ | July 1, 2014 | Andrew Ross Sorkin
    A little less than two years ago, Gregory D. Wasson, the chief executive of Walgreen, sought a series of tax breaks from Illinois, where his company is based. ďWe are proud of our Illinois heritage,Ē he said at the time. ďJust as our stores and pharmacies are health and daily living anchors for the communities we serve, we as a company are now recommitted to serving as an economic anchor for northeastern Illinois.Ē The state gave Walgreen $46 million in corporate income tax credits over 10 years in exchange for a pledge to create 500 jobs and invest in upgrading...
  • Zoo kills neglected bear cub, will stuff it for children to learn 'nature can be cruel'

    06/26/2014 6:52:23 PM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | June 26, 2014 | Laura Smith-Spark and Ben Brumfield, CNN
    The Dahlholzli Zoo in the Swiss city of Bern has caused a public outcry by killing a healthy baby brown bear because it was being bullied by its father and neglected by its mother. The zoo has said it will stuff and display it to teach children that "nature can be cruel." Details of the fate of the baby brown bear, known only as Cub 4, come on the heels of outrage over the killing by Denmark's Copenhagen Zoo of a young male giraffe named Marius and four lions. But criticism of the zoo's actions has focused on the fact...
  • Would Monsanto move its headquarters out of the country?

    06/24/2014 4:42:07 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 23 June 2014 7 hours ago | Tim Barker
    According to the wire service, Monsanto mulled a takeover of its $34 billion seed and herbicide rival, in part, to move its legal headquarters to Switzerland. Itís a move known as corporate inversion and it has the power to shield money held overseas from Uncle Samís tax collectors.
  • Swiss Memorial to Atone for Killing of 'Witch' in Age of Enlightenment

    06/13/2014 6:36:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 13, 2014
    The Swiss town that ordered Europe's last execution for witchcraft will unveil a memorial on Friday for the woman beheaded more than 200 years ago, accused of bewitching a child. Servant Anna Goeldi was denounced as a witch after her employer's eight-year-old daughter fell ill and began spitting up pins during fits of coughing, according to documents in the local archives. Authorities in Glarus, central Switzerland, became convinced Goeldi was a witch after she later appeared to cure the child using supernatural powers.
  • US firm pitches Ďbudgetí jets for Swiss air force

    05/28/2014 11:23:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    American company Textron Airland is bidding to sell its ďbudgetĒ Scorpion jets to the Swiss government at one-seventh the cost of Swedish Gripen fighter planes turned down by voters in Switzerland this month. ďThe Scorpion is ideally suited to Switzerlandís circumstances,Ē Textron Airland president Bill Anderson is quoted as telling Tages Anzeiger in a report this week. ďIt is cheaper than the Gripen and still meets 90 percent of the tasks at hand,Ē Anderson said. ďWe could offer the jet to Switzerland for less than $20 million.Ē Swiss voters on May 18th shot down a deal approved by the government...
  • Switzerland Rejects World's Highest Minimum Wage

    05/18/2014 4:46:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | Sunday, May 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Hagedorn
    It would have been the highest minimum wage in the world, but Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to pay workers the equivalent of $25 an hour. Early polling results showed about 77 percent of Swiss voters rejected the wage hike. Switzerland currently has no minimum wage, and this measure would have affected about 10 percent of the population. (Via Euronews) When adjusted for spending power, the Swiss minimum wage proposal would have amounted to about $14 an hour ó that's more than the minimum hourly wages in other Western nations with high pay floors ó according to data from...
  • Ex-banker Quattrone arrested, faces criminal charges

    04/23/2003 7:55:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 213+ views
    CBS.Marketwatch.com via Yahoo! ^ | 4/23/03 | Luisa Beltran
    NEW YORK (CBS.MW) -- Former Credit Suisse First Boston star banker Frank Quattrone surrendered to federal authorities Wednesday morning and will face criminal charges, prosecutors said. James Comey, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, will unveil the charges at a 1 p.m. ET press conference. Quattrone, a former star banker for CSFB, allegedly advised his colleagues in late 2000 to destroy documents while regulators were investigating the ways Wall Street investment banks were doling out shares of lucrative initial public offerings. The former banker is charged in a three-count criminal complaint with obstruction of justice, document destruction...
  • [More] Assyrians Return to Turkey

    06/08/2003 4:18:22 PM PDT · by Turk2 · 6 replies · 345+ views
    Milliyet/AA ^ | 8 June 2003 | AA
    Assyrians Return to Turkey Anatolian Agency (Diyarbakir - Mardin) 14 Turkish Assyrian families that had immigrated to Switzerland and Germany from the Elebegendi Village of Midyat, Mardin 20 years ago are coming back. The villagers are building villas with swimming pools and a sports centre with tennis courts and will also build high quality infrastructure to the village. The villas ranging between 140 to 250 m2 in size , whose foundations have already been layed, will cost between £60-100,000 each. Yusuf Begtas, General Secretary of the Turabdin Metropolitan, has stated that the villas will be made from Midyat stine and...
  • Senate confirms judge linked to Benghazi scandal

    05/02/2014 1:07:56 PM PDT · by kcvl · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/01/2014 | Ramsey Cox
    The Senate confirmed four of President Obamaís executive and judicial nominees Thursday. Theodore Chuang and George Hazel will serve as U.S. district judges for Maryland. The Senate voted 53-42 on Chuangís nomination and 95-0 on Hazelís. Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said he couldnít support Chuangís nomination because he helped the Obama administration ďstonewallĒ Congress on the investigation of the death of four Americans at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. ďI canít support his nomination because of the central role Mr. Chuang played in the administrationís efforts to stonewall an investigation into the situation in Benghazi,Ē...
  • Bragging about the Debt BrakeÖbut Failing to Explain What Makes It Successful

    04/28/2014 7:44:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    What happens when you mix something good with something bad? To be more specific, what happens when you have a big success story, like the spending cap in Switzerland that has dramatically slowed the growth of government, and then expect intelligent and coherent coverage by a government-run media outfit that presumably wants a bigger public sector? Well, the answer is that you get a very muddled story. Hereís some of what Swiss Info, which is part of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, wrote about that nationís ďdebt brake.Ē The mind-bogglingÖdebt racked up by governmentsÖhas turned some heads towards Switzerlandís successful track...
  • No vice seen in Don Johnson case (off the hook for big bucks in his trunk)

    05/07/2003 8:28:00 PM PDT · by mhking · 10 replies · 186+ views
    COLOGNE, Germany -- German authorities won't take action against Don Johnson, star of television shows Miami Vice and Nash Bridges, who was stopped last year by German customs officers as he was traveling in a car carrying credit notes and other securities worth as much as $8 billion. The documents, meant to serve as a security for a business deal, belonged to one of Johnson's fellow passengers and not to Johnson, Leonhard Bierl, spokesman for Germany's Customs Crime Office in Cologne, said Tuesday. "The whole thing is off the burner as far as we're concerned," Bierl said. "We're very sorry...
  • If Walgreen Co. moves its HQ to Europe, blame Washington's tax failure

    04/26/2014 10:19:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 04/26/2014
    <p>The Swiss cuckoo clock is ticking for Congress and White House to give tax reform more than lip service.</p> <p>The Walgreen Co. drugstore chain got its start nearly a century ago in downstate Dixon, Ill., before moving its corporate headquarters to Chicago and eventually to north suburban Deerfield.</p>
  • Why No One Ever Invades Switzerland...

    04/24/2014 8:29:30 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 62 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 24 April 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Switzerland's†ceaseless determination to remain neutral has kept them out any and all foreign engagements ever since the time of Napoleon...† In order to guarantee this neutrality, every eligible Swiss male between the age of 18 and 42 are called up for service in the Swiss military. On a person/square mile basis, only Israel fields a larger army. Swiss gun culture is deeply imbedded in Swiss society, and it's not unusual to see arms toted around in public. Every man in the country is issued a rifle and ammunition which they keep at their home in case of national emergency....
  • Israeli Hackers Strike Back at Anonymous OpIsrael, Expose Participants With Their Own Webcams

    04/10/2014 7:19:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | April 10, 2014 6:19 PM | Shiryn Ghermezian
    An Israeli hacker team published on Tuesday images and personal details of members of the Anonymous hacker collective who participated in the OpIsrael attack against Israeli sites earlier this week, Israelís Channel 2 reported. Israeli Elite Force gained access to the computers of 16 Anonymous members and was able to capture screenshots and photos of the anti-Israel hackers with their own webcams. The Israeli team published the information in a Dropbox document via their Facebook page, saying, ďAnonymous, next time do not mess with us.Ē The file includes the names of the attackers, their countries of origin, and usernames and...
  • Retired art teacher committed suicide because of frustration with modern life

    04/07/2014 12:35:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:32AM BST 06 Apr 2014 | Claire Carter
    A retired art teacher committed suicide at the Dignitas clinic because she was frustrated at the lack of interaction in modern life, because of our reliance on computers and the Internet. The 89-year-old, who asked only to be identified as Anne before her death, was frustrated with the trappings of modern life, including fast food, consumerism and the amount of time people spend watching television. Anne, a former electrician with the Royal Navy, was not terminally ill or seriously handicapped and traveled to Dignitas in Switzerland last month. Before her death she told the Sunday Times: ďPeople are becoming more...
  • Sen. Paul: Give Caterpillar award for tax strategy

    04/02/2014 4:16:21 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 51 replies
    Mail ^ | 04-01-2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company deserves an award. Caterpillar has avoided paying $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes since 2000 by shifting profits to a wholly-controlled affiliate in Switzerland, according to a report released by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. Levin chairs the Senate investigations subcommittee. On Tuesday, Levin grilled Caterpillar executives and their accountants at a hearing on the company's tax strategy. "Caterpillar is an American success story that produces iconic industrial machines,"...
  • European inspectors report no Russiaís military build-up on Ukraine border

    03/23/2014 10:07:03 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 13 replies
    Watchdogs from several European countries have noticed no indication of a massive build-up of Russian military that would threaten the security of neighboring states, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Sunday. According to Mr. Antonov, as many as seven inspection groups paid visits to Russian border territories over the past month. ‚ÄúOur facilities and deployment areas along the Russian-Ukrainian border were twice checked by the Ukrainian military,‚ÄĚ he noted.Monitors from the US, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Finland scrutinized Russia‚Äôs military camps stationed on its borders with neighboring nations. ‚ÄúIt must have been a simple...
  • The Euro Is Not Overvalued (Nor Is Any Other Currency)

    03/22/2014 4:24:25 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 5 replies
    The Mises Institute ^ | 3/22/2014 | Frank Hollenbeck
    A common argument for dumping the Euro is that it is overvalued, and that the ECB (European Central Bank) is unwilling to correct this so-called ďproblem.Ē This overvaluation is regularly cited as being over 10 percent against the dollar. The Swiss central bank surrendered control of its money supply by fixing its currency at 1.2 against the Euro essentially on the notion that its currency was ďovervalued.Ē Advocates of a Euro breakup consider that a country with its own currency can then follow an independent monetary policy ensuring a competitive exchange rate. Never mind that neither the USA nor Great...
  • Libertarian Porn, Part II

    03/22/2014 5:23:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Back in 2010, I shared a video that predicted a catastrophic end to the welfare state. I said it was an example of ďLibertarian PornĒ because: Öit is designed for the dark enjoyment of people who think the government is destroying the nation. If you donít like bloated government and statist intervention and you think that the policies being imposed by Washington are going to lead to hyperinflation and societal collapse, then you will get a certain level of grim satisfaction by watching the video. While I also stated in that post that I thought the video was far too...
  • Swiss government says to block funds linked to Ukraine's Yanukovich

    02/27/2014 1:02:56 PM PST · by Ivan Mazepa · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 27 2014
    ZURICH, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The Swiss government said it will order banks to freeze any funds in Swiss banks found to be linked to ousted President Viktor Yanukovich. "The federal council decided yesterday to freeze any Yanukovich funds found in Switzerland," government spokesman Andre Simonazzi said in an emailed statement.
  • Researchers look beyond space and time to cope with quantum theory

    10/28/2012 8:50:13 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 78 replies
    Phys Org ^ | October 28, 2012
    Physicists have proposed an experiment that could force us to make a choice between extremes to describe the behaviour of the Universe. The proposal comes from an international team of researchers from Switzerland, Belgium, Spain and Singapore, and is published today in Nature Physics. It is based on what the researchers call a 'hidden influence inequality'. This exposes how quantum predictions challenge our best understanding about the nature of space and time, Einstein's theory of relativity. "We are interested in whether we can explain the funky phenomena we observe without sacrificing our sense of things happening smoothly in space and...
  • If Invading Switzerland, Please Do So Outside Of "Office Hours"

    02/17/2014 5:23:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/17/2014 | Tyler Durden
    When overnight we were following the Ethiopian Airline hijacking story, one thing that was missing from the Twitter narrative was the lack of any reports of scrambled Swiss fighter jets - something that has become a staple when an airplane deviates even modestly from its course above the continental United States. As it turns out it wasn't merely a journalistic oversight: there were, in fact, no fighter jets scrambled. Why? Because the hijacking which took place around 3 am, and culminated with the 767 landing in Geneva just after 6 am, took place outside of regular air force hours!...
  • Swiss fighters grounded during hijacking as outside office hours

    02/17/2014 12:04:39 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    Geneva ó No Swiss fighter jets were scrambled Monday when an Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot hijacked his own plane and forced it to land in Geneva, because it happened outside business hours, the Swiss airforce said. When the co-pilot on flight ET-702 from Addis Ababa to Rome locked himself in the cockpit while the pilot went to the bathroom and announced a hijacking, Italian and French fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane through their respective airspaces. But although the co-pilot-turned-hijacker quickly announced he wanted to land the plane in Switzerland, where he later said he aimed to seek asylum,...
  • EU halts research, educational talks with Switzerland (the bullying starts)

    02/17/2014 6:33:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:34pm GMT | Adrian Croft and Katharina Bart
    The European Union said on Sunday it has postponed negotiations with Switzerland on its participation in multibillion-dollar research and educational schemes in the latest fallout from a shock Swiss vote in favor of immigration curbs. The decision follows Switzerlandís announcement that the result of last weekís referendum on immigration means that it will not be able to sign a labor market pact with new EU member Croatia on July 1 as planned. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has warned that the narrow Swiss vote to restore quotas for migrants from the EU in breach of an accord with Brussels,...
  • Swiss immigration vote shows loss of trust in business elite: minister

    02/12/2014 4:19:10 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 12, 2014 | by Edward Taylor
    A loss of trust in Switzerland's business and political elite may be one of the reasons the alpine nation voted in favor of putting strict limits on immigration, Swiss Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann said on Wednesday. Swiss voters on Sunday narrowly backed an initiative "against mass immigration," following a successful campaign by the populist right-wing Swiss People's Party, which blamed an influx of foreigners for higher crime, rising rents and congested streets. The Swiss government and business lobby groups had urged a vote against the proposal, emphasizing that it would make it difficult for businesses to recruit qualified staff on...
  • Sweden has 'secret plan' to tip Swiss Gripen vote

    02/12/2014 3:43:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Local, Sweden ^ | 12 Feb 2014
    Sweden has a secret action plan to influence a referendum in Switzerland on the purchase of 22 new Jas Gripen fighter jets by the Swiss air force, according to Swedish media reports. Military officials, high ranking civil servants in the government, and seven ministers are aware of the plan, Sveriges Radio (SR) reported. Both Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Trade Minister Ewa BjŲrling claim, however, that they are unaware of any such plan. Citing classified documents, the broadcaster claims that both Bildt and BjŲrling, as well as Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, received a letter from the Swedish ambassador in Switzerland,...
  • Swiss vote to limit foreign workers captures growing European fears about immigration

    02/10/2014 4:08:25 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 10, 2014 | By Anthony Faiola
    BERLIN ó A tightly contested vote in Switzerland to limit workers from European Union countries brought threats of retaliation Monday from leaders across the continent. The vote also stoked fears that Swiss citizens were reflecting the zeitgeist across Europe, where right-wing populists increasingly are seizing the spotlight with an anti-immigration political agenda. Amid claims of an idyllic Swiss lifestyle being trampled by hordes of foreign newcomers, voters narrowly passed a referendum Sunday to curb Switzerlandís open-borders treaty with the 28-nation E.U. bloc.