Thursday, August 5, 2021

Why Jihadism Won’t Be Allowed to Die

by Pepe Escobar, Russia Insider:

ISIS is on the out in Syria and Iraq but jihadism as such is still extremely useful to the empire

A serious working hypothesis is being discussed for a while now among independent geopolitical analysts. Here it is, in a nutshell.

Daesh may be dying – but the world is still encumbered with its walking corpse. Plan B of Daesh’s masters may have been to indoctrinate repeated waves of misguided youth across the EU and “seduce” them into D.I. Y. jihadi terror, creating fear and insecurity in Europe. I’ve just been to Barcelona — and that’s not happening. No Fear.

Daesh can also manipulate its brand name to stake a claim into what we may call the New War Belt in Southwest Asia. That’s also not happening, because the “4+1” – Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, plus Hezbollah – with the addition of Turkey, and with China in a “leading from behind” role, are all working together.

The unfinished war across “Syraq” coupled with spasms of jihadism in Europe could certainly still metastasize into a massive Eurasian cancer, spreading like a plague from Afghanistan to Germany and vice-versa, and from the South China Sea to Brussels via Pakistan and vice-versa.

What would happen under this cataclysmic scenario is the complete derailment of the Chinese-driven New Silk Roads, a.k.a. Belt and Road Initiative (BRI); its integration with the Russia-driven Eurasia Economic Union (EAEC); and a massive security threat to the domestic stability of the Russia-China strategic partnership, with uncontrollable bellicose scenarios developing very close to their borders.

 

It’s no secret which elements and institutions would very much cherish internal political chaos in both Russia and China.

Charlie gets stronger

Dr. Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski may be dead, but geopolitics is still encumbered with his corpse. Brzezinski’s life obsession is that no peer competitor to the US should be allowed to emerge. Imagine as he lay dying contemplating the ongoing, ultimate nightmare; a Russia-China pan-Eurasian alliance.

The less disastrous scenario in this case would be to seduce either Moscow or Beijing into becoming a US partner, based on which one would pose a lesser “threat” in the future. Brzezinski focused on Russia as the immediate threat and China as the long game threat.

Thus the obsession of the US deep state and the Clinton machine in demonizing all things Russia – like an infantile neo-McCarthyism on steroids. Inevitably, what this geopolitical back hole has precipitated is China’s even more rapid advance on all fronts.

Not to mention that the Russia-China strategic partnership kept getting stronger every day – an eerie echo of Capt. Willard’s line in Coppola’s Apocalypse Now; “Every minute I stay in this room I get weaker, every minute Charlie squats in the bush, he gets stronger”.

And yet Charlie is not squatting; he’s conquering via trade and investment. And he’s not in the bush; he’s all over the Eurasian plains.

A basket of Hobbesian flare-ups

The other American dalang, Henry Kissinger, is still alive, at 94. Advising President Trump before the January inauguration, and posing as the supreme gray eminence on China matters, he suggested Russia should be courted.

But then came the clincher. Clearly identifying that the Russia-China-Iran alliance holds the key to Eurasia integration, Kissinger revealed his true colors; it’s the weakest link – Iran – that should be neutralized.

Thus his recent proclamation/warning about an “Iranian radical empire” developing/stretching from Tehran to Beirut as the “vacuum” left by Daesh is filled by the Persians.

And here we have Kissinger once again as the unreconstructed Cold Warrior that he is; exit Communism, enter Khomeinism as the supreme “evil.” And may the Lord bask in praise of the Wahhabi matrix of jihadism enablers; the House of Saud.

The Kissingerian recipe sounds like music to the US deep state; Daesh should not be routed, it should be “realigned” as a tool against Iran.

Who cares that the notion of an “Iranian radical empire” per se does not even qualify as a joke? Lebanon is multicultural. Syria will continue to be ruled by the secular Baath Party. Iraq rejects Khomeinism – with tremendously influential Ayatollah Sistani privileging the parliamentary system.

Read More @ Russia-Insider.com

MD: I’ve seen cases of vaccine injury for 40 years

by Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News:

In Australia, the noose is tightening around parents’ and children’s necks.

There is already a policy in place that denies certain government benefits to families who don’t vaccinate their kids. Now, there is legislation that would deny unvaccinated children enrollment in daycare and kindergarten.

But a grassroots rebellion is underway.

Australian MD John Piesse has stepped out of the shadows and reported his findings and research on vaccine damage. The government is investigating him. They may strip his license. The press is attacking him mercilessly.

He isn’t backing down.

His stance is certainly heroic, but remember that every doctor takes an oath to do no harm to his patients. Without question, there are many other doctors who know the truth, first-hand, about what vaccines really do. But they stay silent.

Some of these doctors don’t vaccinate their own children…but they continue to inject toxic chemicals and viruses into their young patients. That is a crime and betrayal of the first order.

Here, in full, is a letter Dr. Piesse recently wrote to The Age. Read it. Study it. Understand it. This isn’t the unhinged raving of a madman, as the press would have you believe.

This is basic truth that every parent should have and own:

“I have been encountering cases of vaccine injury for over 40 years. In June it was a happy, healthy nearly 5-year-old whose parents were required to put her on a catch-up schedule, in order to get her into kindergarten. She won’t be going to kinder. She’s in a wheel-chair, brain-damaged. Her life ruined. Then came a friend’s father who died after a flu vaccine, and last week a 4 year old boy, made autistic by a catch-up schedule.”

“In 1988, the US National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created. It has paid out over US$3.5 billion to the vaccine-injured. The NVICP was set up to protect vaccine manufacturers from ruinous costs of litigation by vaccine-damaged people. It was deemed preferable to have ‘unavoidably unsafe’ vaccines than no vaccines. Unfortunately the protection provided to vaccine manufacturers also reduced incentives to develop safer vaccines in USA.”

“Vaccines contain health-damaging ingredients, not the least aluminium – a known neurotoxin implicated along with mercury, in brain damage as in autism, developmental delay, ADHD, and learning difficulties. Aluminium is also a powerful promoter of auto-immune diseases. Vaccines can claim to be mercury-free if their mercury content is below a still-toxic threshold. Most influenza vaccines contain mercury – also a neurotoxin. In addition, polysorbate 80 in vaccines increases the permeability of the blood brain barrier and potentiates the risks of these neurotoxins. The known presence of carcinogenic viruses in the MMR vaccine, has been covered-up. Vaccines also contain formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.”

“Proof of vaccine safety requires rigorously conducted clinical studies comparing vaccinated versus truly unvaccinated children for health outcomes. Are there any such studies that confirm that vaccinated children are not worse-off than those unvaccinated? No. There are none. Hence, child vaccines are unproven for safety – an inconvenient truth for a profession that prides itself on being scientific.”

“One analysis indicated that national infant mortality rates were proportional to the number of vaccine doses (Miller NZ 2011), contradictory to the claim that ‘vaccination saves lives’.”

“From mid-2015, parents who wished not to vaccinate their children, started to converge on my practice seeking assistance with gaining exemption from the penalties directed at non-vaccinators by the No Jab No Pay and No Jab No Play Legislation.”

“Analysis up to the end of 2016 of parent’s reasons for not vaccinating, indicated that 64{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of 166 parents knew of vaccine-damaged individuals in their own family. The study of ‘Adversomics’ confirms polymorphic and genomic susceptibility factors common to vaccine–damaged individuals and their families. (Poland GA 2015). 40{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of unvaccinated children had pre-existing health problems that parents considered would make them more at risk of harm from vaccines. 60{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of unvaccinated children were very healthy, but only 6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the vaccinated children. There were no cases of autism in 212 unvaccinated children, but 8 autism cases in the 50 vaccinated children (16{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}), and 36{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} with ASD [autism spectrum disorder], compared to 1.4{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} in the unvaccinated.”

“As yet there are no large-scale vaccinated versus truly unvaccinated studies of the sort needed prove that vaccines do or do not cause autism.”

“So where does the widespread belief that vaccines do not cause autism derive? In a nutshell: from an over-whelming quantity of ‘manufactured science’ of low quality, scientific fraud, and ignoring evidence supporting causality. Few doctors and politicians are aware of the pivotal scientific fraud committed in the US Centers for Disease Control. A study of the MMR vaccine in black American babies showed a 2.5 fold higher level of autism in babies given the MMR vaccine at 12 months of age compared to 3 years. The CDC refused to publish these findings but manipulated the data to disguise the undeniable association found. The fraudulent data was then published (DeStefano F 2004 ) and promoted as the final statement on the question. Thereafter the official line was that vaccination did not cause autism. 5000 vaccine-damaged children had their applications in the Vaccine Court for compensation quashed after this deception. But [CDC] whistle-blower William Thompson released the true unabridged data which was published briefly until pressure from the CDC forced its retraction (Hooker B 2014)”

“A recent study of home-school students showed a 6.6 fold increase in neurodevelopmental disorders in the vaccinated group over the unvaccinated. Autism spectrum disorders were 4.7 times more prevalent in the vaccinated children (Mawson AR 2017).”

Read More @ NoMoreFakeNews.com

Report: Cornell Asks Students to Report Peers for ‘Negative Reactions’ over LGBT Safe Space

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by Tom Ciccotta, Breitbart:

Students at Cornell University are encouraged to report peers who have “negative reactions” to a proposed LGBT safe space project, according to a report from Campus Reform.

A flyer from the LGBT Resource Center at Cornell University reportedly encourages students to report students who have negative reactions to a new safe space project for LGBTQ students.

“Negative reactions tend to be rare. If they do occur, report it to the Office of Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Life Quality via a Bias Reporting Team Member, such as the Coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center,” the flyer reads.

According to the flyer, the Safe Place project is intended to “to affirm LGBTQ identities and lives and promote an affirmative and supportive environment” where participants “use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping, and not assume everyone is heterosexual.”

Cornell’s LGBT Resource Center, which is responsible for the safe place project, asks students to use the gender-neutral pronouns, “sie, zie, and they,” which the center lists as examples of inclusive language.

In response to a question on the center’s website on how often personal pronouns change, the center asks the Cornell community to make pronouns an optional part of introductions around campus during meetings and class sessions.

“Remember that people may change their pronouns without changing their name, appearance, or gender identity. Try making pronouns an optional part of introductions or check-ins at meetings or in class,” it reads.

Read More @ Breitbart.com

EUROPE FACING DECADES-LONG “BLOODY FIGHT” WITH JIHADISTS, WARNS NIGEL FARAGE

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by Dan Lyman, Infowars:

Civil war in Europe now inevitable due to Islamic invasion

British statesman Nigel Farage has conceded that Europeans have crossed a tipping point and are now facing a battle against jihadists that could go on for decades, despite countless forewarnings about border security and immigration trends issued by nationalists like him.

In an interview with Westmonster, Farage was asked how he feels about the unfolding crisis of Islamic terrorism in the UK and Europe, knowing that he has attempted for many years to avert the looming catastrophe while being constantly defamed and slandered by the global elite, EU internationalists, and mainstream media alike.

“No one said sorry, not one – the legions who lined up to say that I was racist, neo-fascist – no one has apologized.” Farage said. “Surely, decent people would admit they were wrong.”

“To be honest, even my most pessimistic view of what was going to happen here has been far exceeded by truth and reality.”

“I think we are in a very bad place. I think we are in for decades of a very difficult and literally bloody fight, and I believe we have brought it all upon ourselves,” he assessed.

The EU’s head of counter-terrorism, Gilles de Kerchove, revealed in a recent interview with El Mundo that there are more than 50,000 known Islamic radicals currently in Europe, 20,000 – 25,000 of whom are in the United Kingdom.

“I would not venture to a specific figure, but tens of thousands, more than 50,000,” Kerchove stated when asked to estimate the number of jihadists in Europe.

According to El Mundo, Kerchove believes that Islamic slaughter in Europe is “a generational question that will accompany us for decades,” and that “we will suffer more attacks… it seems clear that something like Barcelona will happen again,” which serve as confirmations of Farage’s assertions.

Additionally, Kerchove admits that European governments and intelligence agencies have been overwhelmed and are incapable of tracking all threats since the migrant crisis exploded, saying, “Three years ago it was easy to identify someone radicalized. Now, most fanatics disguise their convictions.”

Neil Basu, counter-terrorism chief for the London Metropolitan Police, disclosed that security services are currently probing over 600 possible terrorist plots – more than 60 of which have been opened in the past six weeks, and that more investigations are being launched than are being closed.

“It is not going to change. This was truly a summer like no other, it was truly a shift and not a spike, it is truly a new norm that we face,” Basu told a conference of police superintendents, blaming “porous” borders and ports, and “a lack of biometrics and advanced passenger information” for new arrivals.

At least 35 attempted or successful terrorist attacks have been carried out across Europe so far in 2017, as demonstrated on a map compiled by Breitbart London’s editor-in-chief, Raheem Kassam, who writes, “The continent has seen 72 deaths and over 430 injuries this year as a result. Only one of those deaths, and 10 of the injuries, were not migration-related or Islamic in nature.”

In 2015, Infowars reported on an Islamic State handbook that detailed the group’s plans to send their fighters and loyalists into Europe, disguised within the waves of migrants and ‘refugees’ pouring onto the continent.

Read More @ Infowars.com

Bilderberg on Steroids – Meet The Secret CIA-Funded Group Behind The ‘War on Terror’

by Rachel Blevins, The Free Thought Project:

A foreign policy think tank more secretive than Bilderberg has included both instrumental architects of the “War of Terror” and accusations of CIA funding.

Bilderberg has gained a reputation as the world’s most secretive group of billionaires and political leaders who conspire to impact global events—but reports indicate that they don’t hold a candle to another group that includes a host of war criminals responsible for the “War on Terror.”

The group is named Le Cercle. In a report dated Sept. 13, 1982, the German publication Der Spiegel describes it as a “legal cartel” made up of “loyal Bundesnachrichtendienst agents, foreign intelligence agents, reactionary politicians and ultra-right journalists” who played a crucial role in the 1980 election.

The existence of the group was revealed by Bavarian constitutional protector Hans Langemann. According to the report, he described the group as:

“In the case of CERCLE, which is clearly defamatory,” as far as my earlier knowledge of the BND “and my present knowledge are concerned, a “loose” “concentration “about two times a year and at various” places of conservative- anti-Communist politician,” “publicists, bankers, and VIPs of other professions,” “which originated in the former French Prime Minister Antoine PINAY, and the circle to which guests are invited continues to this day.”

Former U.S. Defense Secretary and President of the World Bank Paul Wolfowitz, former Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority Leader Paul Bremer, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former Chairman of the Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board Richard Perle—some of the most notable neoconservative architects of the Iraq War—are all reportedly members.

Other reported American members of Le Cercle include former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Directors of Central Intelligence Bill Casey and William Colby, and former President Richard Nixon after he left the White House.

In a report from The Independent dated June 28, 1997, the “exclusive think-tank said to be funded by the CIA” is mentioned because its chairman at the time, former Member of Parliament Jonathan Aitken, was reportedly going to be removed over a libel trial that ultimately sent him to prison for perjury.

Accusations that Le Cercle receives funding from the CIA have been made by Robin Ramsay, editor of Lobster Magazine; and by John E Lewis, author of “The Mammoth Book of Cover-Ups.”

As the report noted, “the group’s existence is only occasionally disclosed” following its creation in the 1950s:

“Cercle was intended to cement Franco-German relations, as a buffer to Soviet aggression during the Cold War. Down the years, however, it has become much more, advocating right-wing causes round the world and growing into a confidential talking shop for about 70 politicians, businessmen, polemicists and personnel from the diplomatic and security services. Members are invited to attend its meetings; they cannot ask to be admitted, and as a condition of attending they agree to keep all sessions secret. It meets twice a year, once in Washington DC in the autumn and once in the early part of the year in an ‘overseas’ venue.”

The Independent described senior member Brian Crozier as an “author and well-known Cold-Warrior with close ties to MI6 and the CIA” who wrote a “planning paper” for Le Cercle in 1979. In addition to securing changes of government in Germany and the United Kingdom (where Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister in 1979), the agenda included objectives such as:

  • “Undercover financial transactions for political aims”
  • “International campaigns aiming to discredit hostile personalities or events”
  • “Creation of a (private) intelligence service specializing in a selective point of view”
  • “Establishment of offices under suitable cover each run by a coordinator from the central office. Current plans cover London, Washington, Paris, Munich and Madrid”

Read More @ TheFreeThoughtProject.com

Chinese Scientists Warn: Cave-In Detected At North Korean Nuclear Test Site, Mountain Could Implode And Spew Radiation Over Entire Region

by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

We already know that North Korea has the capability of not only firing Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles that could strike major U.S. cities, but that they have the nuclear technology to make any such attack absolutely devastating.

Weapons of Mass Destruction, electro-magnetic pulse weapons and World War III aside, however, the South China Morning Post reports that another danger lurks just below the mountain where North Korea has been testing their nuclear devices.

A total of at least six nuclear device tests have reportedly taken place in North Korea and Chinese seismologists have been able to pinpoint their locations to within 100 meters.

  (January 2016 Blast Site – via  The Daily Signal )
(January 2016 Blast Site – via The Daily Signal )
  (The September 2017 blast took place in the same location – Via  Norsar )
(The September 2017 blast took place in the same location – Via Norsar )

It turns out that all of the tests occurred under the same mountain and scientists are now warning that it could implode, leaving a massive hole that would leak deadly radiation across the entire region, including China:

Wang Naiyan, the former chairman of the China Nuclear Society and senior researcher on China’s nuclear weapons programme, said that if Wen’s findings were reliable, there was a risk of a major environmental disaster.

Another test might cause the whole mountain to cave in on itself, leaving only a hole from which radiation could escape and drift across the region, including China, he said.

“We call it ‘taking the roof off’. If the mountain collapses and the hole is exposed, it will let out many bad things.”

Sunday’s blast was followed by an earthquake eight minutes later, which China’s seismic authorities interpreted as a cave-in triggered by the explosion.

Source: South China Morning Post

If the results are accurate, then there has already been a partial implosion of the mountain, though the radiation released during recent nuclear tests remains contained. At least we think it is still contained.

With North Korea planning even more tests, China has reason to be worried. As we’ve seen with Fukushima, radiation could force long-term evacuations of thousands of square miles and cause deadly consequences for people living downwind of any potential leak.

Read More @ SHTFPlan.com

Warning of ‘Planetary Catastrophe,’ Putin Joins Calls for Diplomacy With North Korea

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by Jake Johnson, The Anti Media:

“There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue.”

(COMMONDREAMS) — As tensions continue to flare following North Korea’s claim Sunday that it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb capable of being placed on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday joined urgent calls for deescalation and diplomacy, deeming the military option “a dead end.”

“Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless,” Putin told reporters at the end of the 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China.

“It could lead to a global, planetary catastrophe and a huge loss of human life,” Putin concluded. “There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue.”

Putin went on to argue that U.S. interventions in Iraq and Libya have convinced Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, that nuclear weapons are a necessary deterrent.

The Russian president’s comments come as U.S. President Donald Trump continues to insist that “all options are on the table” when it comes to North Korea—a position echoed by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, who warned Sunday of a “massive military response” if North Korea continues to threaten the U.S. and its allies.

On Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday during an emergency meeting of the National Security Council that the Kim Jong-un regime is “begging for war,” adding: “There is no more road left” for diplomacy.

Activists and analysts have insisted that this is far from the case, and that diplomacy is the only way to avoid a “nuclear nightmare.”

“The best option to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons program are political talks,” concluded Paul Kawika Martin, senior director of policy and political affairs at Peace Action. “Clearly bloviating and sanctions are failing.”

Read More @ TheAntiMedia.com

The 5 Best Places To Find High Quality Survival Foods

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by Joshua Krause, Ready Nutrition:

If you would’ve asked a prepper thirty years ago about what kinds of food we should all stock up on, you probably wouldn’t have received a thorough answer. For most people, emergency supplies included things like canned goods, or sacks of dried beans or rice. Maybe if the person you were talking to had done their research, they might tell you about military rations and freeze dried food. Back then there wasn’t as much awareness on this topic, and as a result, there weren’t many emergency food options.

But these days the situation has completely reversed. After an explosion of interest in prepping in recent years, there are so many different brands and stores that sell emergency foods that it can be challenging to make a choice. So if you’re new to prepping, and are just starting to build up a supply of emergency foods, allow me to break down some of your options.

Superstores

One of the first places you should look for survival food is in local big box stores. WalmartTargetCostco, and even Home Depot sell freeze dried food at reasonable prices. There’s two very good reasons why you should check out these stores first, even if you don’t intend to buy from them. First, you can see and hold these products, get a sense of their size, and figure out how many of them you can actually fit in your living space. Second, these stores probably provide a better price on single servings, so that you can taste test them.

The first time we ever purchased food for our prepper pantry was at our local Wal-Mart. We bought ten pound bags of rice, beans, oats, kitchen staples, canned goods, and water – and the price was good too.

The Mormon Church

The Mormon Church has long promoted the idea that their followers should maintain a personal supply of survival foods. So it’s no surprise that the official website of this religion offers high quality survival foods. And these products aren’t just available to adherents of Mormonism. Regardless of your status with this religion, you can purchase their products at any of their “Home Storage Centers,” which can be found throughout the country.

The distribution centers at the Mormon Church have a variety of foods you can choose from. Best of all, they are in bulk! We’ve purchased large bags of dry milk, water filters, sugar and more. The only draw back is you will have to repackage the food when you buy them in these larger quantities. An alternative would be to purchase their pre-packed foods that are already stored in #10 cans. It’s a great way to alternate these items into your existing pantry.

Amazon

No search for any product would be complete without visiting Amazon.com at least once. In this case, it’s a great way to get a sense of all the different survival foods that are on the market. Amazon arguably has the widest selection of brands, and plenty of reviews to back them up. If there’s any particular brand that you’re interested in, see if you can find it here first, and read up on the reviews to see if its worth your money.

We buy a lot of items from Amazon, simply because it’s so easy. I especially like the bulk herbs, cases of freeze dried food, water storage, seeds and prepper gear. You can’t go wrong! After that, you should figure out if you can get a better deal on Amazon or on the brand’s own website.

The Ready Store

This is another fantastic online resource for survival foods. The Ready Store has hundreds of different options for you to choose from, all of which appear to be very affordable compared to most stores. Amazon may have a wider selection of brands, but it’s often the case that you can get the best deals from companies that are dedicated to a specific product.

Sorbent Systems

One of the few disadvantages that you’ll find with most survival foods, is that the meals are usually already put together in a limited number of configurations. That’s just fine if you’re not a picky eater. If you are however, or you have food allergies or any other specific dietary needs, then this can be a problem.

Read More @ Ready Nutrition.com

Cashless Society: China’s KFC Introduces Facial Recognition Payment System

by Nicholas West, Activist Post:

Step by step, facial recognition has been accepted by the general public for security; its appearance is proliferating at airports and at train stations around the world. With that acclimatization in full swing, facial recognition is also becoming a preference in the name of convenience as it is being adopted for conference check-ins and other events. Logically, the next incarnation purports security and convenience in the form of biometric payments using facial recognition.

Reuters reports that an upscale version of KFC, known locally as KPRO, is a testing ground.

Diners at a KFC store in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou will have a new way to pay for their meal. Just smile.

Customers will be able to use a “Smile to Pay” facial recognition system at the tech-heavy, health-focused concept store, part of a drive by Yum China Holdings Inc to lure a younger generation of consumers.

Yum China, which spun off from its U.S. parent Yum Brands Inc last year, is trying to rev up growth in the world’s second largest economy, where food safety scares and changing consumer tastes have dented sales since 2012.

Yum is still the largest fast food chain in the market, where it has over 7,685 outlets. Its China same-store sales have also been slowly improving, rising in the second quarter of the year on a strong showing by its KFC brand.

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Diners can pay by scanning their faces at an ordering kiosk and entering a phone number – which is meant to guard against people cheating the system.

“Combined with a 3D camera and liveness detection algorithm, Smile to Pay can effectively block spoofing attempts using other people’s photos or video recordings and ensure account safety,” Jidong Chen, Ant’s director of biometric identification technology, said in a statement.

As I wrote in 2014, the move to give everyone a global unique ID that can be verified across nearly all human activity has been in the works for some time. The principle behind this is that YOU are the password of the future.

Naturally, the fear of identity theft and cyber-banking crime of all stripes has been the sales pitch to accept identity tech such as facial recognition, iris scans, and fingerprinting, as well as their attendant databases.

Digital sign-in services, smart cards and a range of biometrics have all been offered as perfect solutions that are starting to enter the market at many levels. Moreover, there is an ongoing cooperative effort between global banks and corporations to ensure that there will be standardized, centralized entry into the consumer/Internet/banking matrix of the future. Couple this with the (hackable) “Internet of Things” entering our homes whether we approve or not and we are finding ourselves at the threshold of a new reality.

China’s technocratic and authoritarian leadership is the perfect synthesis to advance biometric payment systems.  Utilizing Alipay, China’s largest digital payments system that is an affiliate of mega corp Alibaba, China is transitioning to a cashless society at the fastest rate in the world, as seen in the graphic below.

And China’s cashless society incredibly goes right down to street-level. From the Observer:

…if you want to spare some change for a beggar you no longer need to rummage through your pockets. Now, you simply scan the beggar’s bar code. This has already happened in China.

In fact, the most populous nation on Earth has set out a formal plan to create a cashless nation within 5 years, with Alipay even having hosted a “Cashless Society Week” to spur nationwide adoption by banks, corporations and merchants.

With this as the backdrop, then, we are starting to see a rollout among popular merchants like KFC.

Read More @ ActivistPost.com

Again?

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by Bob Rinear, The International Forecaster:

I’m really hopeful that by the time you are reading this, the picture has changed, Irma’s been steered hard right, back into the Atlantic and we dodged this bullet.

It’s Monday morning. I’m sitting here looking at the spaghetti string models of Hurricane Irma. I have to tell you, I’m not warm and fuzzy with what I see. Yes it’s a week away. However, on this particular day, 4 of the “better” models have Irma hitting Southern Florida and coming right up the center of the state. Only one has it putting in a really hard right turn late in the week and sending it up into the Carolina/Virginia area.

I don’t want to send it to Carolina. I’m not one of those that prays that it spares us, and who cares about the other folks. No, I’m praying that it gets sheared off, turned out to sea and only the fish get bounced around. As I said, I’m not feeling warm and fuzzy about it. From where I stand, someone’s going to catch hell.

For this thing to hard right and escape out the back door and stay in the sea, a LOT has to go right. So, we’re pulling for that outcome. If the steering high backs off a tad, and the “pulling” low sucks on it hard enough, there’s still a shot that this thing hooks wildly and goes into the Atlantic.

I don’t know how many of you out there are weather geeks. I don’t think I’ve ever brought this particular topic up before, but then again, I don’t remember so good any more. Getting old is for the birds. But my point is that when we lived on the Jersey Bayfront, you get a knack for being an amateur weather forecaster. You had to if you spend a significant amount of time in the bays and ocean. We did just that.

As some of you might know, parts of my family have been involved in the seafood industry for many years. Most of it concerning the harvest and cultivation of hard clams. So it goes without saying that if you’re waking up each day to catch the proper tide, and you’re going to be making a 5 mile run by boat to “little bay” for instance, you want a good eye on the weather. There’s not a lot that’s worse than being 5 miles from home, immersed in a warm saline solution (baywater) and the thunderstorm from hell breaks out. You discover quite quickly just how small and insignificant you are.

Between watching the weather for microbursts, thunder storms, gale winds, etc, so that my kid didn’t get killed trying to make a days pay, I had a habit of liking to go well offshore in the hunt for tuna, swordfish and Mako shark. The issue however is that the best “canyons” for catching such creatures is about 100 miles offshore.

As you might imagine, if you’re going to take the 4 hour run out to the middle of nowhere, to set up for an overnight of chunking for tuna, you really really really want a good picture of the weather for the next 24 hours. I’ve been out there, one time in particular in Tom’s Canyon, when a horrific storm popped up out of nowhere. 50+ MPH winds and lightening crackling all around you while you’re in the pitch of night 108 miles out…makes for some very tense times. Seeing an eerie green “glow” around your outriggers and Tee top, will raise the hair on most parts of your body.

So, most of us old baymen tend to be fair to middlin weather forecasters. Some of it is just experience, some of it is knowing where to look. So I want to dedicate today’s commentary to giving you all some pretty good resources to help with your weather decisions.

There’s an outfit called “weatherbell.com” that you might be interested in. They give out some good “free” stuff, and then they have a premium area that you pay for. The premium side is often frequented by hedge funds, farm conglomerates, etc, people that have a lot riding on how the weather will impact their crops, etc. But again, they give enough freebies out that you can get a pretty good glimpse of what’s coming your way.

Joe Bastardi is one of their forecasters and Joe’s one of the best. His dad was in weather and he took it up as a teen. Now in his early 60’s he’s about as good as it gets. Does he get them all right? Of course not. But I don’t know of anyone who’s any better. So, visit weatherbell now and then for some good analytics.

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Washington D.C. Dysfunction and Central Bank Chaos

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by Michael Pento, Market Oracle:

On September 5th, the members of both houses of Congress of the United States will clean the beach sand from between their toes and return to work. Our public servants who occupy The House of Representatives have been working on their respective tans since July 29th. The Senate has had a little less time in the sun; they held their final vote on August 3rd despite their pledge to stay until August 11th.

Hopefully, they got a lot of rest, because they have a lot to do upon their return. By the end of September Congress will need to pass a budget bill to avoid a government shutdown. Expect Tea Party Republicans to hold their ground on spending cuts while Trump petitions for his wall. According to recent tweets, Trump is pushing for this fight and welcomes a government shutdown. Get out the popcorn this could get interesting.

Washington also need to increase the debt ceiling, to avoid a debt default that could trigger a global financial crisis. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin can pay the bills in full and on time through September 29th – after that, he will need an increase in the country’s $19.81 trillion-dollar credit limit. Republicans are promising that a default is impossible, but Congress also promised a repeal and replacement of Obamacare within the first 100 days of the Trump Presidency, and Trump himself guaranteed to kill the ACA on day one–so I wouldn’t hold my breath that increasing the nation’s credit limit will go any smoother.

Congress also needs to reauthorize the insurance of 9 million children through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and pass the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)—Hurricane Harvey has put extra importance on this provision, as well as aid for the storm itself.

After they take care of those urgent matters they plan to segue back to tax reform, infrastructure and to take yet another crack at making some needed modifications to Obamacare; before the premiums rise to 100{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of disposable income.

And they will have to juggle this full legislative agenda while dealing with North Korea, Russia-gate and Confederate Statue-gate.

For a body of elected officials who have built their careers on doing nothing they have an enormous amount of legislation to sift through in an incredibly short amount of time.

And all this dysfunction in DC is having an adverse effect on the dollar, which is already down over 9{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} this year. A strong dollar is emblematic of a vibrant economy. Whereas, the opposite displays faltering GDP growth and a distressed middle class.

This recent retreat in the dollar is also due to Mario Draghi’s hint that he may pull back QE in the Eurozone. In their June meeting, The European Central Bank (ECB) failed to announce a policy change, but they did make some small changes to forward guidance, which has investors bracing for such an announcement at the September 7th meeting. Mr. Draghi has recently expressed more confidence in the Eurozone economy. The expectation of ECB tapering has put downward pressure on our dollar.

This is why the lynchpin for the global economy now rests on the shoulders of Mario Draghi and Janet Yellen—both of whom foolishly believe that their massive counterfeiting sprees have put the global economy in a viable and stable condition. I intentionally left out Haruhiko Kuroda of the BOJ; even though he is the worst of the money printing bunch, at least he knows—along with everyone else–that he will never be able to stop counterfeiting yen. If the ECB begins the taper in January of next year, QE would be wound down to zero by June. And, of course, the Fed has made it clear that it will begin reverse QE around the end of this year. This will result in the selling of $50 billion worth of MBS and Treasuries at the same time the ECB is out of the additional bond-buying business.

The memories of central bankers are extremely limited. In particular, Draghi forgets that before his pledge to do “whatever it takes” to push European bond yields lower during 2012, the German 10 year bund was 4{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. And periphery yields such as; the Italian 10 year was close to 8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}, Portugal 14{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}, and in Greece the yield was 40{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. That is how high yields were before ECB purchases began. However, these intractable yields were extant before the gargantuan increase in nominal aggregate debt levels incurred since the global financial crisis, which was abetted by the central bank’s offering of negative borrowing rates.

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