Written by City News Service - Journalist Michael Hastings, whose blunt Rolling Stone profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal led to the resignation of the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, died today in a car crash in Los Angeles, according to the magazine and a website for which he worked. Officials with the Los Angeles County coroner's office could not immediately confirm if the 33-year-old Hastings was the person who died around 4:25 a.m. when a car smashed into a tree and caught fire on Highland Avenue near Melrose Avenue in the Hancock Park area. The circumstances of the crash were under investigation, but a cameraman at the scene said the vehicle, a Mercedes, was being driven at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred. The car's engine ended up 200 feet away from the collision site, he said. Lt. Fred Corral of the coroner's office said the body was burned beyond recognition, and the identity of the victim would not be known until at least Wednesday. The Hancock Park crash was the only fatal car wreck in the city today, according to police. However, Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed.com, issued a statement announcing Hastings' death in a car accident in Los Angeles, saying the journalist's BuzzFeed colleagues were ``shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings in gone.'' ``Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to politicians,'' Smith said. ``He wrote stories that would otherwise have gone unwritten, and without him there are great stories that will go untold. Michael was also a wonderful, generous colleague and a joy to work with. Our thoughts are with Elise (his wife) and the rest of his family and we are going to miss him.'' Hastings was perhaps most famous for his candid 2010 Rolling Stone interview with McChrystal, who was then commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan and was critical of the White House's oversight of the military. His comments resulted in the general being summoned to Washington, D.C., and his eventual resignation. Hastings was still a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. ``Great reporters exude a certain kind of electricity, the sense that there are stories burning inside them, and that there's no higher calling or greater way to live life than to be always relentlessly trying to find and tell those stories,'' Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana said in a story about Hastings' death posted on the magazine's website. ``I'm sad that he won't be stopping by my office for any more short visits which would stretch for two or three completely engrossing hours,'' Dana said. ``He will be missed.'' Hastings wrote two books about war, including ``The Operators'' about Afghanistan, and ``I Lost My Love in Baghdad,'' about Iraq. LOUDLABS NEWS
David Mcalvany looks at volatility not only in gold and silver but in the other equities across the board as a result of Bernanke's FED report. What are the fundamentals to watch and what is really happening with inflation this week?
Video Description : At first, you might think I'm talking about assault rifles, but that's not me
I'm strictly, non-violent! I don't own a gun and if I had one, I would not want to use it on anyone
I'm talking about the AK-47 microphone or the Adam Kokesh Idea #47 non-violent assault on dictators, everywhere!
The microphone is deadlier than any assault rifle, because with a microphone, you can influence those who are closest to the dictator, reason with them, make them see that the future rests with them and there are only two possibilities; One future is where the dictator wins and every one is enslaved. Those closest to the dictator are betrayed and then executed, because NOBODY likes getting betrayed and revenge is always in the back of their mind, so the dictator eliminates anyone who poses a threat. The other future is one where the rule of law applies and nobody is going to be assassinated, just because the leader thinks you might one day exact a revenge for things he did. After a brief consideration, the Nazi who is closest to the dictator pulls out his lugar and fires into the head of the dictator and he's gone. The mic won our freedom and encouraged a defection from within. We must win the minds of the cops and the military, as well as the people! The path to freedom is the path which leads us back to the Constitution
Exceptionalism that leads a nation to call themselves "The Greatest Country on Earth", with the right to enforce "Freedom & Democracy" is ridiculous! That's weak minded, moral insanity, like Germans believing they're the Aryan Ubermensch, Jews, Catholics or Muslims saying they're God's Chosen People, or hereditary Monarchs believing they have God given authority to rule over Empires! The United States is a Corporate Entity, comprised of monoply industrialist financial interests, shrouded in BS
How to Evade Government Surveillance and Stay Anonymous Online
Why stay anonymous online? In today's society there are people and automated devices that are recording your deepest, most private thoughts and activities. Each day we voluntarily divulge the most intimate details of our lives through social networking accounts, email, banking apps, online games and more. In addition, governments and corporations can censor and block our traffic based on whatever standards are in place that day.
Government agencies, hackers and sophisticated bot networks are capturing every piece of digital data that we transmit through all of our Internet-connected gadgets. Smartphones, Smart TVs, computers, tablets, and so much more...they are all vulnerable, nothing is safe these days. Even your old clam-shell phone isn't safe. This is because many phone providers route your calls over media using the Internet Protocol at some point within their network. For example, long distance providers transfer calls over VoIP all the time.
Whether you're browsing the Web, signing up for a new online game, or simply checking your email, you are constantly leaving tracks and giving away information to anyone with access and the knowledge to analyze the traffic. Once the data is compiled the attacker can build an incredibly accurate profile of not only your online life but your real-world life as well.
So, the big question is, how can you stay anonymous online? Free from government censorship and potential eavesdropping from some hacker or three-letter government agency that wants to invade your privacy while you use your computer. In comes Whonix, the Anonymous Operating System!
Use Whonix, The Anonymous Operating System, Stay Anonymous Online
Whonix is a free, general purpose computer operating system based on Virtual Box, Linux and Tor. The purpose of Whonix is to allow Internet users the ability to stay anonymous online. This is most beneficial to users in regimes that censor and monitor access to the Internet, but it can also be used by anyone who values their privacy, or doesn't want their activities tracked online.
By design, IP address leaks are meant to be impossible while using Whonix. The developers claim even malware with admin privileges can't find the Whonix Workstation's real IP address or location. This is because Whonix consists of two (virtual) computers. One machine acts as a gateway or router and runs only Tor, a sophisticated anonymity software. This machine is called the Whonix-Gateway. The other machine, which called the Whonix-Workstation, is on a completely isolated network that only allows Internet connections to be routed through the Whonix-Gateway.
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Apple, Facebook and Google were among nine tech firms named as having participated (wittingly or unwittingly) in the controversial NSA PRISM we surveillance programme. The 41-page presentation was given in April this year and made public by the Washington Post.
The Apple statement, although it reveals the number of requests Cupertino complied with, it continues to deny allowing gov bods to access its servers, stating: "We first heard of the government's 'Prism' program when news organizations asked us about it on June 6."
Since the exposure of the programme through the actions of former CIA contractor Edward Snowden, US tech firms have been lobbying the government to allow them to provide more details to their customers on the extent to which they have helped the authorities with their inquiries. Spy chiefs were against this disclosure but politicians appear to have overruled them and allowed tech giants to provide more details on wiretap requests than had been permitted with previous transparency reports from the likes of Google and Microsoft.
This move is clearly designed, at least in part, to reassure businesses and consumers that data held by US technology firms is not subject to dragnet surveillance, a concern that might prompt enterprises and international consumers to look for alternatives to US-based services.
Joseph E. Meyer is a 40-year Wall Street veteran and is president of Meyer and Associates and is the editor of the Macro Economic and Financial newsletter Straight Money Analysis. Mr. Meyer has appeared with Coast to Coast AM since 2004 and has appeared on ABC, NBC and CBS News and has been quoted in Foreign Policy magazine and Forbes. Mr Meyer is also a Securities Law Expert witness and a Arbitrator / Mediator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority . FINRA is the largest independent regulator of Securities firms doing business in the United States.
Tom Lumbrazo is an artist and photographer based in Northern California. After a successful 40-year career in city planning, a near death experience and the medical and therapeutic treatments that followed significantly changed his outlook on life and the meaning of our existence. His artwork has appeared in several California venues, and he has been featured on television and radio shows for his work and experience in spiritual awareness. His first book, A Journey to the Clouds, Messages from the Sky was released in July of 2009.
stock market analyst Joe Meyer, who predicted our current economic woe on C2C in 2004, shared his investment tips and strategies. The so-called economic recovery is an illusion, and the underlying elements of the financial structure are continuing to deteriorate, with more mortgage foreclosures coming in 2011-12, he said. We'll continue to see declining prices in housing, and the commercial real estate sector will also slide downward, with retail malls failing in the 2011-12 period, he predicted.
The bull market for precious metals is just getting started, and though there'll be some corrections, it will continue rising for the next decade, he declared. He recommended investing in gold and silver coins, as well as bullion, and quality mining stocks. Meyer also advised making investments with utility companies, and the energy market (diversifying with 1/3 international oil companies, 1/3 oil service stocks, and 1/3 in the natural gas sector).
Tom Lumbrazo talked about his interactions with angels and spirit guides, which began after an angelic warning saved his life during a car accident. Having taken up painting after this incident, he noted that "art and music are the keys to communication with the angels." He also discussed his ability to discern messages and figures in cloud formations, which he likened to crop circles.
This is what the people thought could never happen in the United States or Britain, that they could be brutalized and killed if they step too far out of line. If this sounds shocking then it just highlights the truth that we have somehow foolishly believed that the government care about us. We have believed that the government would never hurt its own people.
People are finally waking up from the chloroform and realizing the shocking truth that they are suppressed by a very dark and destructive group of people who will do virtually anything to keep them in line.
We watched the protesters being brutalized and killed by their governments in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. We then watched as NATO, the United States, British and French governments condemned the violence by these governments on their own citizens. That was their excuse to send troops in to snatch their land, and rich oil reserves, and to strategically place themselves to further take over the Middle East, and perpetuate the genocide they are creating.
It is amazing to me to think we have thought for all these years that our own governments would not brutalise, and ultimately kill us or anyone uprising against them. The government and banking cartels will not pack their bags and leave on demand, or change their systems, which make them billionaires. The population are their slaves that are used to produce their fortunes, by working for them and being kept in huge debt by them, that is how it works. The people’s working time and energy is what feeds the billionaires. They are energy leeches, so to think that they will just quietly leave is a bit naive.
On the contrary the government will order its police and troops to control the crowds who are the governments slaves, and bash them back into line by force or death if need be. This is the shocking realization taking place for the people now in the United States, and the more the demonstrators push the more this will be revealed. For me it has been obvious for many years, but for most people it will be a shock to realise that they live in one big concentration camp where they must work and do what they are told or suffer the brutal consequences. Of course this truth would stay hidden as long as everyone behaved, and would only become evident when they didn’t.
How we ever imagined things had changed much since HenryV111 battered down the uprisings when he ordered that ‘no mercy was to be shown to those commoners who had dared to show disloyalty to the king’. The Queen of England is the 32nd great granddaughter of King Alfred. Can you imagine what would happen if people were to congregate around Buckingham Palace and complain that things weren’t fair, demanding change.
But after stating these obvious truths I will say that great and positive changes are taking place, and we stand on the horizon of the most fascinating transformation in our history, where every person will make their own personal contribution to the manifestation of a completely new system where brutality, war, murder, money and slavery will just be horrifying pages in a history book.
I wrote a few lines about truth:
‘The truth in your soul which knows and longs for
A world without lies and deceit
That truth can never be quelled
And never be deleted
Truth always reigns over anything which is not it
It removes anything which tries to hide it
And it exposes anything or anyone
Who tries to deceive it’.
- Jason Liosatos www.jasonliosatos.com
On the Thursday, June 20 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex breaks down the assassination of journalist Michael Hastings and exposes the ugly fact that Obama's domestic assassination policy has gone live against truth tellers perceived by government to be enemies of the state. Alex also covers the sliding economy as the stock market plunges in response to Federal Reserve boss Bernanke's pronouncements earlier this week. On today's broadcast, Alex talks in-studio with Michael Cargill, the owner of Central Texas Gun Works in Austin. Cargill set up a Groupon deal in January for a concealed handgun course that was on track to sell-out within a day. Groupon responded by shutting down Cargill's deal covering gun training, shooting clays, and gun ranges. Alex also covers the latest news and takes your calls on today's worldwide broadcast.
Tonight on Truthloader, we have John Perkins as a guest. He was recruited by the NSA to go into developing countries and economically ruin them so the US could claim their resources. He wrote the book, "Confessions of an Economic Hitman"
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is a book written by John Perkins and published in 2004. It provides Perkins' account of his career with consulting firm Chas. T. Main in Boston. Before employment with the firm, he interviewed for a job with the National Security Agency (NSA). Perkins claims that this interview effectively constituted an independent screening which led to his subsequent hiring by Einar Greve, a member of the firm (and alleged NSA liaison) to become a self-described "economic hit man".
IMF and World Bank policies are opening national markets to US-dominated "multinational corporations" effectively destroying the homegrown economy of poor countries all over the world from Latin America to Africa to Asia. The program was essentially about enriching a few ruling families by kickbacks and bribes accompanying loans that opened the borrowing countries to American companies. Since the borrowing countries could never pay the loans back, the economic hitmen returned asking for cheap oil and minerals, favorable business deal, etc.
In this video series, I lay out a plan for a non-violent turnover of power, back to the Constitution and back to the people. We, the People are sick of the bullshit! We're tired of government controlling our lives and we want our freedom. Some are making videos and some are sitting on the sidelines, waiting to vote the mfrs out of office! This is pure bullshit! You can't vote the mfrs out of office IF THEY RIG THE ELECTIONS! Cut out the bullshit, people! Get real! Stop drinking the light beer and wake up to the truth! The government is nothing but a gun to your head and they can't wait to pull the trigger! We must do something now, but what? You decide! I advocate a peaceful return to our US Constitution and we need to start representing ourselves, because our representatives don't represent us and this is bullshit, people! Bullshit! It's pure, unadulterated bullshit! If you think they're going to allow you to vote them out of office, you have too much fluoride in your drinking water! This is bullshit! Even a light beer drinker could see it! We can stand up against these Nazis, who might be backed by the Tall Grays or we can surrender this planet to them and then move to another planet. Venus is way too hot and Mars is too cold and there's not enough water. How can anyone make beer, without water? Sometimes, the best thing to do is stay on the watery planet and fight for what's right! Beer feels right to me! How about you? Is beer worth fighting for? Damned right! For a good brew, I'd kick some alien ass! I'd turn Tall Grays into Short Grays!
The apparent death of Michael Hastings, the young investigative journalist known for ruffling feathers among the nation's power elite, has brought with it a wave of unanswered questions and speculation. Best known for a Rolling Stone article that led to the firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the 33-year-old BuzzFeed reporter died in a car accident in Los Angeles early Tuesday morning, according to a statement released by Ben Smith, BuzzFeed's editor-in-chief.
While the journalistic community has largely reacted to the news with an outpouring of grief, online forums have been running wild with conspiracy theories, and why wouldn't they? Some of the details surrounding the story read like a poorly written political thriller. As of Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles County coroner's office still hadn't determined that an "unrecognizable" body pulled from a fiery solo car crash was actually Hastings, according to the Los Angeles Times. (The body is identified only as "John Doe 117.")
Meanwhile, LA Weekly reports that Hastings was reporting extensively on the CIA at the time of his death, and the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald pointed out that Hastings' last article for BuzzFeed was on the NSA and the Democrats' love of spying on Americans.
In Hastings' 2012 book, "The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan," he writes of a McChrystal staffer who allegedly said to him, "We'll hunt you down and kill you if we don't like what you write."
At the very least, there are still many dots to be connected, but as is often the case with unusual news stories, the real conspiracy-theory fireworks are on Reddit -- in particular, one RIP Hastings thread in which users have been running amok with Reddit-esque guesswork about how Hastings' enemies might have pulled off such a deed.
"I wonder how small a remote driving device would be," one user speculated.
"Don't need that, just mess up his brakes and fuel line," another user replied. "Car slides, crashes and catches fire."
Others suggested "throttle sabotage," a manipulation that would prevent a car from decelerating and which could explain the vehicle's reported high speed at the time of the crash. Yet another user postulated that the "unrecognizable" body suggests abduction, not murder. Finally, one Redditor issued a warning to journalists investigating the case: Don't dig too deep.
"Stick with the party line if you want a long happy life," the user posted.
Other comments on different threads posted to the "Conspiro" subreddit contained similar sentiments:
"Full disclosure: I don't [know] what They were targeting him for, besides his reputation. Was it what he found or what he was about to find or that if he worked on the story, he would've definitely found something. I think this is the possible start of a trend of taking out investigative journos."
Reddit wasn't the only forum where Hastings conspiracy theorists were expressing themselves. Twitter users put forth some thoughts as well, albeit less creatively.
(June 20, 2013) - On Thursday, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin joined Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy where she dug into the ongoing scandals and controversies that have engulfed President Barack Obama's administration. Malkin noted that some in the media who had previously supported the president are now more leery of the administration. She said she had little sympathy for those members of the media who are only now learning that Obama may be a threat to individual freedom.
Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt recently said that his reporters are finding their sources inside the government unwilling to talk to the press in the wake of revelations regarding the Justice Department's heavy-handed investigation of sources and journalists.
"I have to say that after watching years and years of these liberal media boosters of Obama, my sympathy is tempered," Malkin said. "Now they realize that this man and this administration represent a serious threat -- not just to the free press and First Amendment rights of his critics, those of us on the right -- but mainstream media reporters who are simply trying to do their jobs."
Red Ice Radio - Julia & BJ Davis - Hour 1 - Top Priority: The Terror Within
Top Priority: The Terror Within" is a documentary film by Fleur De Lis Film Studios. It features an incredible true story of Julia Davis, a national security whistleblower who was falsely declared a "Domestic Terrorist" and subjected to retaliation of unprecedented proportions by the Department of Homeland Security. She joins us to discuss what happened when she discovered and reported a breach of national security at the largest and busiest land border crossing in the U.S. on 4th of July, 2004. The DHS failed to act on her reports but instead of correcting the shortcomings exposed by Julia's report, they opened investigations against her. Her husband BJ, a film producer who documented these events with a camera, also joins in to talk about the detailed events of this major story, never reported on by mainstream media, although Julia took her case to court and won. They'll detail unprecedented retaliation and abuses of the Patriot Act in Julia's case and talk about how the DHS spent American taxpayer's money on warrantless surveillance, including aerial surveillance with a Blackhawk helicopter and a fixed-wing airplane, wiretaps, sneak and peek burglaries, Internet monitoring and On-Star tracking of the Davis family. They'll explain why this story was never reported on by mainstream media and who was involved. In the second hour, we hear about several deaths connected to this story including Julia's father, her neighbor who filmed the footage of the Blackhawk and the actress Brittany Murphy as well as her husband. Julia and BJ talk about the diminishing of our American rights amongst "terror theatre 101." Don't miss this astonishing story of the real terror, within the US government.
Glenn Beck: 'Is This Country Even Worth Defending Anymore' Audit The Irs Rally. - The "Audit the IRS" portion of the day's event will also feature appearances from GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Mike Lee (Utah), as well as a number of other local tea party leaders.
Comparing Today's Gold Market to the 1970's: Is the Gold Rush Over? : - Lots of people are comparing today's gold market to the 1970's. Gold shot up to nearly $200 per ounce and crashed 9 months later to near $100 an ounce. Of course, gold had an historic rise to $850 per ounce after that wicked pull-back. Some, such as economist Nouriel Roubini, say "the gold rush is over," and the seventies are not going to repeat. The debt of today is greater by orders of magnitude from the 1970's, and there is no end in sight. That means gold has only one way to go (in the long term) and that's up.
Marc Faber indicated that while investors remain focused on Greece and Europe – other issues, bigger issues are looming. And they’re more threatening.
“As an observer of markets – whenever everyone focuses on one thing – like Greece and Europe – maybe they miss issues that are far more important – such as a meaningful slowdown in India and China.”
The latest reports from Beijing would support Faber's assertion. The HSBC Flash Purchasing Managers Index, slipped to 48.7 in May from 49.3 in April. That marks the seventh straight month that the index has been below 50, a level which indicates economic activity is contracting.
“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul
The thousands who have since filled Brazilian cities have largely hailed from the middle class, with many holding up signs complaining about grievances such as poor public safety and knotty bureaucracy