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18 января, 00:17

Retail Recovery Ain't No Spoonful of Sugar

As Yule time decorations and lawn displays get packed up and stored away, this is a good time for a collective salute to a group of people who work hard and often anonymously. Their efforts helped maintain an orderly inventory of merchandise for holiday consumers, and I'm not talking about little toymakers at the North Pole. With all due respect to Santa's elves, my shout-out is intended for real world employees at shopping venues across this country who participate in the never-ending procedure known as "recovery." Everyone who's worked in retail sales knows what that word stands for. Being on recovery duty is like cleaning up after a storm. It means picking up the pieces, literally, after crowds of shoppers have stormed through the aisles. The task can be especially daunting when it involves clothing items. A vivid example occurred last November at a Nike outlet in Seattle. Visual evidence went viral on the web (http://sneakernews.com/2016/11/27/black-friday-sale-destroys-seattle-nike-outlet/) and showed a chaotic landscape of shoes and empty boxes that was knee-deep in spots. To me the images were awesome but definitely not surprising. My most intense recovery experiences occurred when I worked in a large department store. Sorting and reorganizing displays of shirts, jeans, athletic gear, and other apparel often went on late into the night after closing time. I often thought of Sisyphus pushing his boulder up the hill only to see it roll down day after day, but he probably would have traded places with me in a heartbeat. "You've got it so good," he'd say. "I'm on a steep slope, with this same boring rock forever. You have a level surface to walk on, and a whole bunch of different things to look at while you put them back." If you wonder why stores don't have strict rules against what I call "stampede shopping" the answer is simple: they're responding to the realities of modern market competition. Allowing patrons to touch and feel the goods is one key advantage brick-and-mortar businesses have over online commerce. Giving a potential gift item an up close and personal inspection is the best way to make an informed buying decision. Mary Poppins, as portrayed by Julie Andrews, also figured prominently in my recovery ruminations. In that scene where the kids balk at tidying up their bedroom, Mary cheerfully tells them you just have to find the fun in every chore and (snaps fingers) "the job's a game!" Then she starts singing 'A Spoonful of Sugar' and with every snap the bed sheets arrange themselves, clothes fly into dresser drawers, and domestic order is quickly and happily restored. It would've been great having Ms. Poppins working beside me, but I'm not sure how long her merry melody would have lasted. Confronting a massive array of clothing chaos is enough to dampen even the most magical mood. Shirts come in crew neck, V-neck, mock turtle, long or short sleeve, all needing to be stacked separately and organized by size. Blue jeans can be boot cut, straight leg, relaxed fit, all with different waist and inseam measurements. And that's just one small segment of the sales floor. At the end of each shift, I'm pretty sure Mary's hands would be skinned and bloody from so much finger snapping. The task that still sends chills down my spine involved a rack of women's tops that was a mass of garments and hangers all tangled and mashed together. A colleague named Russell helped me get them re-hung and neatly arranged by size. He didn't shirk or complain, and it was grueling, but we succeeded. There's a lot of news these days about automation replacing human workers, but when I think back to that ravaged rack of tops I cannot believe any robotic device could ever replace someone like Russell. Retail recovery is a job that requires a human skill set: manual dexterity, attention to detail, perseverance, and determination. You can call it a game but a more accurate image would be a methodical, ongoing battle. And customers will always have a better shopping experience when the Recovery Team wins. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

18 января, 00:09

Woman Who Claims Donald Trump Assaulted Her Sues For Defamation

WASHINGTON ― Summer Zervos, who claims President-elect Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in a hotel room in 2007, filed a defamation lawsuit against him on Tuesday.  Zervos is one of more than a dozen women who have accused the president-elect of sexual assault, including groping or kissing without consent. She publicly came forward with her story in October, not long after video surfaced of Trump boasting about grabbing women “by the pussy.” Zervos alleged that after appearing on the reality show, “The Apprentice,” she contacted Trump about potential job opportunities. She said he asked her to meet him at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where he aggressively kissed her and placed his hand on her breast. Trump said in October that he “never met [Zervos] at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago.” His campaign presented a statement from a person he claimed was a cousin of Zervos raising questions about her credibility.  Trump has generally claimed that all of the sexual assault allegations against him are false.  Zervos said at a news conference on Tuesday that she was willing to drop the lawsuit, filed in New York, if Trump retracts his statements about her and acknowledges she’s telling the truth. If he refuses, she said, she’ll press for damages. She is one of several Trump accusers represented by feminist attorney Gloria Allred.  The Trump transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  The lawsuit lands days before Trump’s inauguration. Americans are allowed to sue a sitting president for private conduct, which means Trump may be compelled to give revealing depositions if the case moves forward. Trump has refused to release his tax returns or his complete medical records. Crew members on “The Apprentice” also allege Trump made offensive statements on set, but that footage remains under wraps. As of October, there were at least 75 pending lawsuits involving Trump and his businesses, according to a USA Today count. The paper identified at least 20 lawsuits in which people accused Trump or managers at his companies of “discriminating against women, ignoring sexual harassment complaints and even participating in the harassment themselves.” Many of the accusers have stories similar to the one told by Zervos. Rachel Crooks, who said Trump inappropriately kissed her on the mouth when she was 22, told HuffPost in November that she is “concerned for our country in general” and “how he has behaved with women is certainly one part of it.” Another accuser, Cathy Heller, has rented an Amtrak car to bring her supporters to the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21. One woman, who remains anonymous, filed a lawsuit accusing Trump of raping her when she was 13, but she withdrew it in November amid intense media scrutiny. During his presidential campaign, Trump vowed to retaliate against his accusers. “All of these liars will be sued after the election is over,” Trump promised at a Pennsylvania event in October. The same day, Allred warned Trump that if he decided to sue, the women’s lawyers would “welcome” the opportunity to question him under oath. “You can expect that many women who have not yet come forward publicly may decide to do so,” she added. Trump’s attorney threatened to sue The New York Times if the paper did not retract a story featuring allegations from two of the women. So far, the president-elect has not sued the Times or any of his accusers. The only person who’s being sued is him.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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17 января, 22:00

ANONYMOUS - The ELIMINATION of George Soros HAS STARTED

There is NOTHING that George Soros is doing that can be called, "LOBBYING"!! What has to happen BEFORE YOU PEOPLE GET IT?? This is AS MUCH a WAR OF WORDS as anything else!! George Soros is an INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST, NOT a LOBBYIST!! He is using EVERY CRIME he can, (Bribery, Murder, Etc....), that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://www.figanews.com/ or http://goldbasics.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

17 января, 19:58

Donald Trump Is Blacklisting His Former Critics From His Transition

WASHINGTON ― A number of experienced Republicans offering to help Donald Trump assume the office of the presidency have effectively been blacklisted from doing so because they were previously critical of his White House bid. On Monday, The Washington Post reported that numerous national security figures from the GOP ranks were concerned that they were being denied jobs on the transition team and in the incoming administration because they had signed a letter pledging to oppose Trump during the months he was running for the Republican nomination. The ostracism is real, multiple sources told The Huffington Post a few weeks back, and it extends beyond the national security realm. According to these sources ― one of whom works on the transition and another who was prevented from doing so ― Trump’s team has identified people who were highly critical of his candidacy and essentially cut them off from being part of the current operation. In one instance, a Republican official working on the confirmation strategy for EPA secretary nominee Scott Pruitt was removed from that team because he had been a Never Trump-er “Somehow it was relayed to them [that I was helping out], and somebody had a meltdown,” said the officer, who, like other sources, spoke on condition of anonymity.  Sean Spicer, the incoming White House press secretary, noted that the transition has had more than 300 volunteers helping to prepare nominees for their hearings and confirmation battles. “The national security team is second to none in terms of their bona fides,” he added. “This sounds more like whining from people who didn’t understand the power of the Trump movement.” Eliot Cohen, a prominent neoconservative figure who clashed with Trump’s team during the campaign and in the early days of the transition, was critical of those officials who spoke to The Washington Post, urging them to either not get involved or not complain at all.   Unseemly. All of us understood the risks. If your principles are at stake, stand up for them & don't whine. https://t.co/ItYlC5fQJE— Eliot A Cohen (@EliotACohen) January 17, 2017 To date, the only major setback that Trump has suffered with respect to staffing his administration has been Monica Crowley ― a conservative TV personality whose appointment to a national security post was scuttled after revelations of widespread plagiarism in her career. Beyond that, Trump’s nominees and appointments appear fairly well positioned for confirmation and the assumption of office. But the unwillingness to bring in former critics ― either on staff or in an advisory role ― does carry larger risks. Beyond the top levels, Trump and his team must fill thousands of political positions with qualified Republicans soon after President Barack Obama leaves office. And as Max Boot, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, noted, the fact that many of these positions appear unfilled at this juncture suggests that the staffing process is plagued by infighting or lack of personnel. Three work days till inauguration and still no DOD or State appointments below cabinet level. Sign of behind-scenes infighting & gridlock?— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) January 17, 2017 Some of the slow pace of mid- to lower-level staffing is attributed to the fact that Republican foreign policy hands are already wary of working for Trump and his incoming national security adviser, Michael Flynn. As one official noted, many of the top GOP operatives in this field have spent years advocating and crafting a worldview diametrically at odds with the pro-Russian tilt of the incoming administration. But bruised egos also seem to be a stumbling block. A source close to the transition pointed to that August letter signed by 50 Republican national security experts warning that Trump “would be a dangerous President, and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.” “Those people are not going to get jobs,” said the source, who requested anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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17 января, 18:32

#FakeFakeNewsFacts here is a list

#FakeFakeNewsFacts here is a list pic.twitter.com/e3XhCm34jN — Anonymous America (@KORANISBURNING) 15 January 2017 The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers , Whistelblowers ,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://www.figanews.com/ or http://goldbasics.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

17 января, 08:00

Anonymous Threat To Trump's Presidency & The Russian Border

No doubt Putin is laughing at this little assembly of nothing at his border. NATO is done as is the UN. Where is George Soros and the enlightened inbred illuminati? The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://www.figanews.com/ or http://goldbasics.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

17 января, 03:40

2017: The Year That AI Will Come into Its Own

By Rob Gold, Deputy MD, Zenith Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all around us. While the perception of AI on the film screen may thrill viewers with a vision of humankind chained to robots and computer systems, the reality is that in 2017, we will be leaning on AI systems to help us make smarter decisions. Many of us are increasingly becoming more reliant on helpful prompts and personalised entertainment, for example, by adopting smart meters as part of a connected home. And, as we do so, our reluctance to use automated systems will tip into a realisation that we can be more efficient and more creative when harnessing the power of AI. 2017 is set to be the year that agencies fully integrate AI into how they target, plan and deliver media for clients along each step of the consumer journey. Indeed we worked closely with Aviva last year to precisely attribute insurance-quote conversions to specific digital interactions and to fully automate the optimisation process. This was an industry first, but we intend to roll out this approach, which delivers significant improvements in search and display, as standard practice to clients this year. Automating digital planning is the logical next step and very soon all agencies will have to be able to cope with the demand from brands. But AI means more than just automation. AI can impact how brands can interact with customers and prospects, from predictive search, dynamic pricing and chatbots, through to virtual reality. As society becomes more urban and inherently more independent, consumers prefer the anonymous but sympathetic ear that chatbot services can bring us. Tractica predicts that the number of unique users of digital virtual assistants will rise from 390 million in 2015 to 1.8 billion worldwide by 2021, and it’s not hard to understand why. Duolingo, the app that helps you learn a new language, was aware that three quarters of users were embarrassed to practice their foreign language with a stranger, and yet speaking is fundamental to learning. The solution? Chatbots. Chatbots present themselves as the perfectly patient and non-judgemental teachers and demonstrate that their role exists beyond just being virtual assistants. We expect conversational commerce to be a big opportunity to emerge. Google has already begun investigating how to integrate its assistant into chat, using the ‘Allo’ smart messaging app to suggest recipe videos as people discuss their eating plans for the evening, or directions to their chosen restaurant. And of course, AI will be used to continue learning how best to utilise its own power, as it is able to exponentially learn at speed. Tesla announced in May 2016 that whilst it had collected 780 million miles of driving data during the previous 18 months from its users' cars, the company was now in a position to add one million miles every ten hours. For media planners, as the amount of data we can collect on audiences increases, the more specific, contextual and tailored we can make the content and targeting. For example, the data now available through return paths on TV set-top boxes allows us to reach even the household level. Furthermore, Spotify’s imminent launch of Spotify Moments will allow us to target based both on location and behaviour. And “programmatic” will be the key word in 2017, as outside of just digital, TV, Radio and OOH are making big strides into programmatic offerings in 2017. Any targeted campaign next year in any medium should look to reach consumers intelligently via data-driven insights. Getting involved in the AI revolution becomes essential in order not to be left behind. Brands and those in the business of communication need to be ready to sink their teeth into the range of opportunities AI brings, to deliver the best possible experience to the consumer. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

17 января, 03:33

The Media Sucks, But It Still Should Stay In The White House

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― Let’s stipulate two things right away. One: Americans have lost faith in the press. Two: Much of that faith was drained away either by the press’s own mistakes, or by economic and technological changes that (so far) have done more to undermine the press’s credibility than to enhance it. In one poll last April, for the AP, an astonishingly low 6 percent of voters said that they possessed a lot of confidence in the media.  Media mistakes are hideously glaring, and on all sides, on all scales, and all shades of the political spectrum ― from under-covering unjust police tactics used against minorities to utterly missing the rise of Donald Trump in the old industrial states of the North. The structural flaws are growing: “fake news,” ideologically blinkered sites, anonymously floated viral rumors, Russian hacks and leaks, “agnostic” platforms that deliver it all unfiltered to everyone every second, the decay of the idea of facts themselves. We have come a very long way since a half-century ago, when an avuncular, mustachioed TV anchor named Walter Cronkite could end each broadcast by declaring “that’s the way it is” ― and the American public by and large nodded in agreement. But all of that has changed. President-elect Trump has many gifts, one of which is an unerring feral sense of when to manufacture a foe out of someone or something, and then attack the weaknesses of that “foe” to his advantage. He knows precisely how unpopular the media is; even as he rode the press to power like a rented mule, he beat it like a rented mule, too. He is now of two minds about how to proceed. At times, he’s opened the golden spigots of Trumpian charm a bit to provide access and scoops and interviews to favored outlets. He even candidly mused aloud at his first press conference in months last week that it was the press that had made him, and so perhaps it would be in his interest to be respectful. But then he lashed out at BuzzFeed and CNN, seeking to divide the press corps (which he quickly did), and now someone in his inner circle has leaked to Esquire that Trump is going to kick the press corps out of its long-held perch in the White House. There are wise guys in the media itself (they tend to be based in New York) who think the White House press corps is so brain-dead that a physical presence is either meaningless or false advertising. The press area itself looks like a place in need of reform if not fumigation. The familiar little auditorium is built over top of the old White House swimming pool and solarium that connected the house proper to the famous warren of offices in the West Wing. In rooms behind the auditorium, and in the basement, there are dozens of desks and tiny booths for reporters and broadcasters. Cockroaches and rats are known to enjoy the amenities. And now Trump is about to arrive with his tens of millions of social media followers and armies of fervent supporters and unrivaled ability to make worldwide news at the burst of a tweet. Demand for space in the White House probably will grow. Thus the Esquire leak. Sensing a political vulnerability and a logistical excuse, Team Trump thinks it is luring the media into what the public will regard as a whiney, self-serving case of special pleading by hated elites.   Why not remove all of that White House mess, and put the press out of the building altogether, to a conference center or building across the street? Well, let me plead: Close physical proximity to the press secretary matters, and is still and only possible in the current arrangement, where his or her office is 100 feet from the auditorium of the press room. The driveway entrance to the West Wing outside the press room is equally important territory, for it is the main way into and out of the building for invited political guests and officials. West Wing offices are for the most part off limits to the hordes in the press room, but those officials sometimes can and do come to meet the media ― and the proximity saves time. The Oval Office itself is only steps away, and presidents have been known to make haste to get to the press room when it serves their purpose. Most important, despite its many flaws and shortcomings, the press still ― and arguably now more than ever ― has an indispensable role to play in what we regard as our representative democracy. Without steady, up close and not-always planned interchange between reporters and officials, the Founders’ idea fails. And then there is the sheer symbolism of it. Don’t laugh, and don’t dismiss it. The White House belongs to all of the American people, and we all have a right ― and even a responsibility ― to know as much as we can about what is going on in the place. Even conservatives know that ― or should.    So should the big news network executives and communications CEOs and other honchos of the digital age who have become the pipelines of news even though they don’t want to admit it. In the end, Trump will probably not shut the place down. No one recognizes valuable ― salable ― real estate better than The Donald. Here’s betting he will turn the press room into Mar-a-Lago North. Reporters and news organizations can pay various rates for seats, desks and booths: silver, gold, platinum and titanium. The biggest of the “big-league” outfits can become members of the exclusive Trump Club, featuring front-row briefing room seats, drink and concierge transcription service and 24-hour walk-in access to Sean Spicer, Steve Bannon and a team of spin butlers.  It’ll be yuge. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

17 января, 03:13

You Can Help Rebuild A Mosque That Was Burned Down In America

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); His mosque was burned to the ground in the early morning hours of Saturday, but on Sunday night his heart was full of hope.  “We are so overwhelmed,” said Imam Fazal Hassan, looking out over the crowd inside Sammamish High School in Bellevue, Washington. Some 400 people had gathered there to show support for the local Muslim community, according to mosque board member Tanvir Rahman.  Hassan recounted how immediately after news spread that his mosque ― the Islamic Center of Eastside in Bellevue ― had been destroyed by fire, he received calls from the area’s rabbis, priests and pastors, all offering to help. Outside the mosque, Hassan said, other non-Muslims in the Seattle area left gifts: flowers, balloons and cookies.  “They were still warm!” Hassan said of the cookies, and the crowd burst into laughter.  Hassan then cited a hadith ― “He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah” ― before thanking the town’s mayor, the fire chief, the police chief, the FBI and everyone else in the Bellevue area “from the bottom of my heart.” “I thank you for all the support, love and compassion and respect you have been giving us,” he said. The crowd rose to their feet in applause. (You can see the imam’s remarks on video shot by an audience member here.) It was a moving moment, Rahman told The Huffington Post, and still more moving to know that the Islamic Center has already raised over $200,000 in donations on LaunchGood toward building a new mosque. That’s almost halfway to the $500,000 goal.  “We are extremely, extremely humbled by the show of support and acceptance,” Rahman said.  (You can donate here.)  “I’m shaking in tears and shock right now,” Varisha Khan, a senior at the University of Washington, wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday after watching a video of her childhood mosque in flames. “This was my second home after moving to Seattle and so much of my identity was shaped from the amazing people, experiences, memories, lessons, and standing shoulder-to-shoulder in prayers here for nearly a decade of my life,” she wrote.  Police have arrested 37-year-old Isaac Wayne Wilson in connection with the fire, Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett told reporters at a press conference on Saturday. @komonews east Bellevue mosk on fire pic.twitter.com/UFAXSilcuQ— John Danielson (@BronzefireJohn) January 14, 2017 After responding to the blaze at 2:44 a.m., police officers discovered Wilson lying down in a nearby parking lot. Mylett said Wilson, who is homeless, made statements to officers that implicated him in the alleged arson. There is also video evidence, Mylett said.  Wilson was also wanted on a warrant in Seattle for malicious mischief. According to The Seattle Times, Hassan, the imam, said Wilson had visited the mosque last year and said he wanted to pray, but he was asked to leave after creating a disturbance and using profanities. Speaking at Saturday’s press conference, a King County assistant prosecuting attorney said he expected his office to charge Wilson with second-degree arson on Tuesday. Prosecutor Mike Hogan added there is no evidence yet that the fire was a hate crime. In a Facebook post, the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) asked people to “not jump to conclusions” about Wilson’s motive. Nonetheless, mosques in the area have been targeted in the recent past. Earlier this month, 36-year-old Kamal Samater was arrested and charged with malicious harassment, a hate crime, for allegedly telling a man in the Islamic Center of Eastside parking lot that he was “going to assassinate everyone” at the mosque.  “There is no place in America for Muslims,” Samater allegedly said.  In the nearby community of Redmond, the Muslim Association of Puget Sound has had its sign vandalized twice in the last few months. Police are investigating those incidents as hate crimes.  In June, after the Orlando, Florida, night club shooting, Redmond police received anonymous phone calls threatening people who worship at the Islamic Center of Puget Sound.  A report last year from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, tallied at least 260 hate crimes targeting Muslims across the country in 2015. That’s nearly an 80 percent rise from 2014 and the greatest number of such crimes in any year since 2001.  Mosques were targeted for vandalism, arson and other types of destruction 80 times in 2015, according to a report from CAIR. That’s a jump of nearly 400 percent from the year before. HuffPost also found nearly 400 acts of anti-Muslim violence, discrimination and political speech in the U.S. so far in 2016. Farida Hakim, a founding member of the Islamic Center of Eastside, told HuffPost that her “heart is overwhelmed with the love and support of our neighbors” since the fire. She said she was especially moved by a letter that a woman dropped off at the mosque Saturday, along with a $20 donation. “Please don’t let the actions of one person (or a nation of people who are ignorant and spiteful for that matter) make you feel unsafe or welcome,” the letter read.  “We care about you. We love you. We value you.”  The Huffington Post is documenting the rising wave of anti-Muslim bigotry and violence in America. Take a stand against hate. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

17 января, 03:00

ANONYMOUS - The Russian Hacking HOAX EXPOSED by HANNITY & JULIAN ASSANGE

The hacker leaving "tracks" is a sure bet that the so-called hacker ISN'T Russian. Any hacker worthy of the name can penetrate a system do whatever, and get back out without a trace. It's only skriptkiddies and beginners who leave dirty tracks behind unintentionally. And the various TLAs the world... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://www.figanews.com/ or http://goldbasics.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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17 января, 01:30

Anonymous Documentary - How Anonymous Hackers Changed the World Full Documentary

We can make the difference, we the people are the change! Hacking or not we have to take action. In order to make a difference we need to use the information we have at our disposal. Join together even if your not apart of the group. Anonymous is an idea a way to change our society our ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://www.figanews.com/ or http://goldbasics.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

16 января, 21:00

Anonymous A Message You All Need To Hear

The glass is not half full nor half empty... it is always refillable. Never give up! Namaste Anonymous...the most moving thing we can do for other humans is to say, "I Love You" to everyone who touches or moves your heart. Replace Thank You with I Love You...its a dimensional shifter. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://www.figanews.com/ or http://goldbasics.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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16 января, 20:51

FBI arrests Orlando shooter's widow

A Department of Justice official confirmed that federal officials arrested the wife of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Noor Salman, widow of Omar Mateen, was taken into custody Monday morning in the San Francisco area and is due in court Tuesday in California. She's facing charges of aiding and abetting Mateen’s attempted provision & provision of material support to ISIL and obstruction of justice.Noor Salman moved to the San Francisco area after her husband was killed in a shootout with SWAT team members during the June 12 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Forty-nine patrons were killed.Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group during the standoff.The Associated Press contributed to this story.

16 января, 16:00

ADRIANA COHEN ON THE DEMOCRATS’ ELECTION-DENIAL: Since Donald Trump’s unexpected victory, Democ…

ADRIANA COHEN ON THE DEMOCRATS’ ELECTION-DENIAL: Since Donald Trump’s unexpected victory, Democrats have been trying to delegitimize his historic upset. U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who sent shock waves through the media echo chamber this weekend when he said in an NBC interview, “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the […]

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16 января, 10:00

Anonymous- MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE WAR ON FAKE NEWS

This is how the line between freedom and oppression becomes blurred. On the one hand, we want to preserve our rights and freedoms. But on the other hand, we would love to see these socialist get machine-gunned down if they try their uprising in D.C.. George Soros could be sending his minions into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://www.figanews.com/ or http://goldbasics.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

16 января, 05:02

Who Is Michael Morell?

Jiri Valenta, Leni Friedman Valenta Security, Europe Far from protecting American security, Morell has repeatedly undermined it. “No doubt Putin is playing Trump!” Yes, former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell is indeed at it again. During the presidential campaign he repeatedly attacked Donald Trump as an “unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.” In the same vein, anonymous CIA officials have supposedly provided evidence of our new president’s nefarious dealings with the Kremlin and its agents. Didn’t Trump’s own lawyer, Michael Cohen, meet in Prague with a Kremlin agent in August 2016? And isn’t this final proof of the ongoing secret liaisons between the tycoon and the tyrant? ‘​Fraid not. But it is déjà vu. Fifteen years ago, Morell vetted and took to the White House, a preliminary report that 9/11 hijacker, Mohamed Atta, met with an Iraqi intelligence officer, Ahmad Samir, Al-Ani at the Iraqi embassy in Prague on April 9, 2001. Both reports have turned out to be bogus. On August 6, 2001, Morell served as the CIA debriefer for President Bush’s most critical ever Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB); the one that read, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the U.S.” It was essential that he impress upon Bush the importance of the memo. But he didn’t. Morell recollected in his memoir that NSC staffer Steve Biegun, who accompanied Morell to the Crawford Ranch where Bush was vacationing, apparently relayed to others that he, Morell, had indicated to the president, “there was no need to worry about an Al Qaida attack on the homeland...” Morrell himself directly observed that in retrospect, “I did not treat it as a ‘hair on fire’ or action-forcing piece and the president did not read it that way either.” Read full article

15 января, 22:49

UNKNOWN INDIVIDUALS ATTACK MOSUL HOME OF ISLAMIC STATE SENIOR LEADER: Can’t vouch for the source or …

UNKNOWN INDIVIDUALS ATTACK MOSUL HOME OF ISLAMIC STATE SENIOR LEADER: Can’t vouch for the source or its accuracy. Unidentified individuals attacked the house of an Islamic State’s senior leader, north of the city of Mosul, a local source told Shafaaq News on Sunday. The source said, “Unidentified individuals attacked the house of Omran Abu Mariam, […]

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15 января, 22:00

ANONYMOUS - Are you AWAKE? The WORLD MUST AWAKE!

Anonymous is a loosely associated international network of activist and hacktivist entities. A website nominally associated with the group describes it as "an Internet gathering" with "a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://www.figanews.com/ or http://goldbasics.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

15 января, 17:22

Indexing Lunacy

By Chris at www.CapitalistExploits.at Market dislocations occur when financial markets, operating under stressful conditions, experience large widespread asset mispricing. Welcome to this week’s edition of “World Out Of Whack” where every Wednesday we take time out of our day to laugh, poke fun at and present to you absurdity in global financial markets in all its glorious insanity. While we enjoy a good laugh, the truth is that the first step to protecting ourselves from losses is to protect ourselves from ignorance. Think of the “World Out Of Whack” as your double thick armour plated side impact protection system in a financial world littered with drunk drivers. Selfishly we also know that the biggest (and often the fastest) returns come from asymmetric market moves. But, in order to identify these moves we must first identify where they live. Occasionally we find opportunities where we can buy (or sell) assets for mere cents on the dollar – because, after all, we are capitalists. In this week's edition of the WOW we're covering an update to indexing lunacy In a previous edition of the WOW I wrote about a bubble in dumb money, and in it we looked at the massive drawdowns in capital from hedge funds in favour of "passive investing" via ETFs. Investors have a point. Why pay 2/20 when you can pay as little as 0.09% for an ETF which appears to do pretty much the same thing as a hedgie? Two reasons that a 10-year old should be able to provide: If you don't know what you're buying, then how the heck are you going to know when to sell? Buying an ETF that is "low vol" creates a self fulfilling cycle. You're buying it because of its volatility relative to other ETFs and asset classes. The more you buy it the lower the volatility measure - ergo the more you have to buy it. Genius, until the inevitable happens. I summed my thoughts up with the following: I fear we’re about to find out how smart “smart beta” really is. When the inevitable happens and Bob and Mabel, together with their millennial grandkids, Peach and Cloud, lose their shirts there’ll be no-one there to explain to them, “sorry, snowflake but did you realise that over half of the index you bought was sporting P/E and P/B ratios that have only existed a couple of times before?” To help us along today in providing a granular view of how truly silly indexing really is I'm leaning on my buddy Harris Kupperman (Kuppy) who, after our discussions on the topic and some sifting through the entrails of ETFs, offered up the following: So, this should be pretty easy to sort out. Crawford & Co has two classes of stock, A and B. The A shares pay a dividend that is 2 cents a quarter higher than the B shares. There are differences in voting rights, but as there’s a control shareholder, those are irrelevant. Therefore, a simple analysis says that the A shares ought to trade at a moderate premium to the B shares to account for the nearly 1% higher annual dividend yield. NOPE!! The B shares are in the Russell 2000 index and the B shares now trade at roughly a 35% premium to the A shares. Now, I’m not here to pass judgement on the investment merits of Crawford and the A or B shares. I have done no analysis on the company and have no opinion on if it is a good investment or not. However, I know that the A shares are better than the B shares as you get a higher dividend and there is no logical reason for the B shares to trade at a huge premium except that the Russell 2000 index has to keep buying them as more money is allocated to the index. Two years ago, I noted how index funds and ETFs were warping asset valuations and creating opportunities for those who were willing to seek them out. This trend has only accelerated since then and has grown from something of a curiosity in certain asset classes into a true bubble that is doomed to eventually pop. There are now hordes of overvalued assets that have no justification for their overvaluation, except that index funds have to own them. Like all bubbles, this one too will burst. In the interim, there will be huge opportunities created by how index funds misallocate capital. As I said earlier, I know nothing about Crawford, but if I wanted to own it, I sure as hell wouldn’t be buying the B shares when compared to the A shares. Additionally, I feel pretty confident in saying that at some point in my career, the A shares will trade at a premium to the B shares—as they deserve to. At the same time, I wouldn’t be betting that this spread collapses any time soon either. Shorting indexing has been a widow-maker for many in the hedge fund industr y— it’s hard to fight against fund flows. In finance, when a trend gets in motion and the marketers start pushing it (indexing and ETFs today) you can expect it to go further than is logically possible, but the hangover will be pretty epic. Along the way, there will be a lot of money made by better understanding the flaws in these indexes and front running them — much as I front-ran the marketing department back in March. As a final note, I’d like to share a chart with you from Passport Capital showing the median total returns of markets graduating to the MSCI EM since 1994. If you can’t beat the indexers, you might as well make money off of them by getting there first. I think it's probably worth going back to that article from 2 years ago because it shows exactly how we made money on similar anomalies. Think of it this way, as the indexing movement has grown, so have the assets under management — leading index funds to become key factors in access to capital. You now have really bad companies that have overstated market valuations, simply because the index has to buy it — yet you have high quality companies that should get access to capital, but are starved because they are not in the index, or not in the index at an adequate weighting. In the real world, we call this socialism—basically starving the strong in order to prop up the stragglers. In the investment world, this is called indexing. Rather than continue to bemoan modern portfolio theory, I’d rather focus on how this shift in asset allocation will create opportunities. No chart better illustrates this than the performance of Banco Espirito Santo 2023 subordinated debt: Does anyone not know that European banks have issues (remember this was 2 years ago)? Does anyone actually believe that the European financial crisis is “solved?” Any proper perusal of the financial statements would tell you that many European banks have “issues.” Banco Espirito Santo didn’t suddenly have a problem — it has been troubled for a very long time. The difference is that about four weeks ago, a payment at the parent company was missed and someone suddenly noticed that the problems mattered. Look at the chart above—the sub debt traded over par, just 5 weeks ago!! That is what happens when the financial system is managed by indexers. They simply buy what they’re told to buy—they do no research. If it is in the index, they need to own it, and we all know that bonds have been a very hot product with lots of inflows over the past few years. How do you make money off of this? The key is research and knowledge. The good news is that all sorts of assets are mispriced. In the past, these would be mispriced because humans made mistakes in valuing them. Now they’re mispriced because they are part of a big index and some computer keeps buying them—creating a situation of overvaluation. Or they aren’t yet part of the index and no one knows they exist. An 80% gain in a month from having realized that a debt payment at a parent company would be missed, is a huge gain. There are more gains like this out there. Chris again... My question for today: Cast your vote here and also see what others think Ok, so there's a couple of granular examples for you to chew on. Bottom line: there is no such thing as passive investing. It's like passive sex. How it works I've no idea. But I just know that it doesn't. - Chris “I own last year’s top performing funds. Unfortunately, I bought them this year.” — Anonymous Liked this article? Don't miss our future missives and podcasts, and get access to free subscriber-only content here. --------------------------------------

15 января, 03:30

Government Leaked secret memo exposed -- Anonymous

I would love to hear a bunch of crooked politicians fled to North Korea before the day is over ALL who know and say nothing openly are CRIMINAL in this cover up The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://www.figanews.com/ or http://goldbasics.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

16 марта 2014, 19:18

Украинские хакеры выложили в сеть переписку представителей партий "Удар" и "Батькивщина"

БРЮССЕЛЬ, 16 марта. /Корр. ИТАР-ТАСС Денис Дубровин/. Украинская ячейка международной сети Anonymous и группа хакеров, назвавшаяся "КиберБеркут", выложили в интернет электронную переписку представителей руководства украинских партий "Удар" и "Батькивщина". Архивы с перепиской содержат сообщения, которыми обменивались региональные лидеры партий в Киеве, Львове, Донецке, Харькове и Луганске. В сообщениях, в частности, обсуждается организация силовых провокаций на Восточной Украине с участием активистов "Правого сектора". Никаких независимых подтверждений этой информации, добытой незаконным путем, не существует. Группа украинских хакеров, назвавшаяся "КиберБеркут", в ночь с субботы на воскресенье обрушила основные информационные ресурсы НАТО, которые более 12 часов работали с серьезными перебоями. Их функционирование восстановилось в полной мере только после того, как хакеры распространили заявление "о прекращении DDoS-атаки на ресурсы НАТО". Пока неизвестно, смогли ли эксперты по киберобороне НАТО установить источник атаки и будет ли альянс выдвигать судебные претензии хакерам. Распределенный отказ в обслуживании, известный под английской аббревиатурой DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service), - это один из наиболее распространенных методов хакерского нападения, цель которого - перегрузить системы огромным количеством запросов, автоматически направляемых одновременно с большого числа компьютеров.

07 апреля 2013, 15:11

Хакеры Anonymous напали на Израиль

Сайты правительственных организаций Израиля подвергаются кибератакам хакеров, передает Associated Press со ссылкой на израильские СМИ.Представители организации Anonymous сообщили в социальной сети Twitter о начале "операции Израиль". Как стало известно, атакам подверглись сайты министерства обороны и министерства образования Израиля, а также целый ряд сайтов израильских банков.Утверждается, что ни один сайт не прекратил своей работы, и все атаки были до сих пор успешно отражены.По словам представителей Anonymous, атаки на сайты правительства Израиля являются ответом на авиаудар, нанесенный израильскими военно-воздушными силами по сектору Газа 3 апреля 2013г.Напомним, в ноябре 2012г. Израиль провел в секторе Газа, находящемся под контролем палестинского движения "Хамас", восьмидневную военную операцию "Облачный столп". Конфликт завершился перемирием, достигнутым при посредничестве Египта.Источник: РБК.руИ в дополнение:«Anonymous» раскрыли сеть из 30 000 тайных агентов Моссада: вычислить израильского террориста теперь может каждыйХакерская организация Anonymous взломала информационную систему «израильского» «Моссада»Несколько дней назад хакерская организация «Anonymous», использующая в качестве своего символа знаменитую «маску Гая Фокса», взломала информационную систему «израильского» «Моссада», раскрыв сеть из 30 000 тайных агентов, часть из которых отнесены к категории «киллеров». Кроме того, хакеры опубликовали тысячи имен, ID-номеров, почтовых адресов и паспортных данных израильских политиков и офицеров ЦАХАЛа. Вскоре после взлома «израильский» режим наводнил интернет угрозами в адрес «Anonymous», обещая расправу в случае утечки информации о террористических ячейках сионистов. Еврейская террористическая организация из 30 000 разбросанных по всему миру преимущественно этнических агентов, не только обладает навыками по взлому, работе со взрывчаткой, минированию автомобилей, похищению и убийству людей, но до сих пор и непременно уходила от ответственности за преступления.Вычислить израильского шпиона и сообщить о нем в ФСБ теперь каждый может по следующим спискам: http://cryptome.org/2013/03/mossad-opisrael.pdf или http://cryptome.org/2013/03/mossad-opisrael.zipНесмотря на иврит здесь легко вычисляются пользователи яндекса и других электронных почт, таких, как: Леонид Семеш ([email protected]), Юрий Крайцман ([email protected]), Марк Шейман ([email protected]), Анна Макаренко ([email protected]), Анжелика Гитман ([email protected]), Анна Довженко ([email protected]), [email protected], [email protected], и другие милые люди, грабящие Россию и готовые, при случае, взорвать метро, аэровокзал Домодедово или просто воткнуть вам нож в спину…Источник: http://communitarian.ru/novosti/interne/anonymous__raskryli_set_iz_30_000_taynyh_agentov_mossada_06042013/Источник http://martinis09.livejournal.com/620533.html