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How the CIA made Google

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[On the connections among the Internet, intelligence services, the military, deep government, and the corporatocracy. An eye-popping piece on the role of the CIA, NSA, DARPA, DoD, Donald Rumsfeld, General Poindexter and Goldman Sachs in incubating and supporting the developing of Google. Plus more additional acronyms than you can shake a stick at. Also interesting is the circumvention of open government laws and the role of conservative journalists, like Thomas Friedman, who carry the desired messaging to the public. *RON*]

Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet—part 1

By Nafeez Ahmed, medium.com, 22 January 2015

THIS IS PART ONE. READ PART TWO HERE.

INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a new crowd-funded investigative journalism project, breaks the exclusive story of how the United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world through control of information. Seed-f…

Brussels is a Bunch of Criminals

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["Draghi is going the save German banks, not weaker eurozone nations. Their banks maybe." On Brussels as EU government by the banks, for the banks, and Greek tragedy. *RON*]
By Raúl Ilargi Meijer, Automatic Earth. Posted by Yves Smith on Naked Capitalism, 24 January 2015

I was going to start out saying yesterday was the saddest day in Europe in 50 years, or something like that, because of the insane and completely nonsensical largesse the ECB permits itself to launch, aimed at once again saving a banking system, but which will not only not help the European people, it will make things even much worse than they already are. Which is also, lest we overlook that ‘detail’, entirely thanks to the ECB/EU/IMF Troika.

I’ve said many times that the EU in its present form should be dismantled tomorrow morning (even though it’s not the same tomorrow morning anymore), and if Draghi’s $1.1 million x million ‘stimulus’ should make anything clear, it’s …

First Nations, activists address stricter voting rules

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[Tight voter ID restrictions is a move straight out of the US Republican play book, where it is designed to suppress the Black Democratic vote. *RON*]

By Betty Ann Adam, The Star Phoenix, The Leader-Post, 23 January 2015

Grassroots organizers and First Nations leaders are seeking ways to cope with stricter voter identification rules that many fear will reduce the turnout of aboriginal voters in the next federal election.

Two women are leading a call for volunteers to help spread information and encourage aboriginal people to vote, and First Nations leaders across the province are working on letters for band members to meet Election Canada's new, more stringent requirements. The flurry of activity in advance of this year's federal election was stirred up by the new requirement that each voter prove his or her physical address on paper. The long accepted practice of having a second person vouch for a voter's address will no longer suffic…

Province exempts FortisBC from parts of regulatory process

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[I don't know what effect this has on the recent decision by the Squamish city council to withold approval from Fortis to conduct test drillings in a local Wildlife Management Area. I sent an email asking the Squamish mayor about this. (Update: Interestingly, my email to the major was bounced, with the message The error that the other server returned was: 552 goo.gl blacklisted in dbl.uri.fslupdate.com. I might try again later. *RON*]
Derrick, West Coast Native News, 23 January 2015


The B.C. government has decided to exempt FortisBC’s proposed upgrades to their natural gas transmission in the Lower Mainland from the required certificate of public convenience and necessity review.

FortisBC will however still be required to obtain all necessary environmental approvals and other permits, as well as consult with the public and First Nations.

A press release from the desk of Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett says the decision was made “to…

Saudi Arabia: The question on everybody’s mind

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[This is the man and the legacy praised by Stephen Harper, who just completed a major weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. See also The Guardian's King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia obituary: "He came late to the throne and achieved little or nothing good. He used his wealth to undermine the Arab Spring, particularly in Egypt, and so helped to reverse the prospect of democracy in the Arab world. Under his rule Saudi Arabia degenerated into multiple fiefdoms." *RON*]
By Sevag Kechichian, Amnesty International, 23 January 2015

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has, once again, focused international attention to the oil-rich Middle Eastern country’s human rights record.

“What will be King Abdullah’s legacy?” everybody seems to be asking.

The answer is not simple.

Since taking the throne in 2005, King Abdullah initiated some positive reforms.

Women, for example, have slowly been included in the Shura Council, a powerless cons…

Low Income Communities Bear Brunt Of Environmental Burden

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["I can’t breath has a double meaning..." Rich people, including oil and gas executives, don't put their polluting industries in their own back yards. It's obvious, but this also means that the poor and visible minorities are more likely to suffer the effects of ongoing exposure to industrial toxins. *RON*]
By Lydia Emmanouilidou, WGBH News, 23 January 2015

Environmental activists may not seem like the most likely allies for police brutality protestors who, in recent months, have been participating in riots, protests, die-ins, and social media campaigns in response to recent killings of unarmed black men by white police officers. But, on the contrary, a long history of ties exists between the civil rights movement and some fraction of the environmental movement.

Slogans of recent movements against police brutality -- including “I Can’t Breath” and “Black Lives Matter” — are a testament to the parallels between themes in the mov…

Litvinenko inquiry: the proof Russia was involved in dissident's murder

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[I don't think many people had doubts about Russia's involvement in Litvinenko's death, but this appears to be the first strong proof to be publicly released. The timing is suspect, given the US campaign against Russia's role in the Ukraine. National Security Agency (NSA) obtained communications between key individuals in London and Moscow from the time that Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive material. *RON*]
By Claire Newell, Lyndsey Telford, Edward Malnick, Telegraph, 23 January 2015

American spies secretly intercepted communications between those involved in the murder of Alexander Litvinenko and provided the key evidence that he was killed in a Russian-backed “state execution”, The Telegraph can disclose.

The National Security Agency (NSA) obtained electronic communications between key individuals in London and Moscow from the time that the former spy was poisoned with radioactive material in central London. The…