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    Daily Digest 4/22 – Palantir Knows Everything About You, Ticks Rising

    by DailyDigest

    Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2:56 PM


Palantir Knows Everything About You (tmn)

Over time, however, Cavicchia himself went rogue. Former JPMorgan colleagues describe the environment as Wall Street meets Apocalypse Now, with Cavicchia as Colonel Kurtz, ensconced upriver in his office suite eight floors above the rest of the bank’s security team. People in the department were shocked that no one from the bank or Palantir set any real limits. They darkly joked that Cavicchia was listening to their calls, reading their emails, watching them come and go. Some planted fake information in their communications to see if Cavicchia would mention it at meetings, which he did.

Watch: Pink Floyd Frontman Stops Concert To Explain False Flag Chemical Attack In Syria (goldrunner1)

“What we should do is go and persuade our governments not to go and drop bombs on people. And certainly not until we have done all the research that is necessary so that we would have a clear idea of what is really going on. Because we live in the world where propaganda seems to be more important than the reality of what is really going on,” he added.

War With Russia: Five reasons it may be a foregone conclusion (Phil D.)

The media – a “free” press once afforded the power, the responsibility, to shed light on motives and misdirection – is devoid of both. They are now just a for-profit propaganda arm of amoral corporate conglomerates in partnership with the seedy underbelly of power politics. Less watch-dog, more lap-dog.

A Startup Media Site Says AI Can Take Bias Out of News (tmn)

Knowhere then aggregates stories from a continually expanding inventory of more than a thousand different sources with varying political persuasions to create a “knowledge graph” or database of each news story. Of course, all artificial intelligences for the moment have to have some human input: The co-founders weighed each source for trustworthiness, so a publication with a longstanding history of accuracy like the New York Times is weighted differently than a less reputable site like Breitbart.

Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos (jdargis)

“This is really very good,” Holger Kantz, a chaos theorist at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany, said of the eight-Lyapunov-time prediction. “The machine-learning technique is almost as good as knowing the truth, so to say.”

Ticks rising (tmn)

In order to outwit its newest enemy – warmer winters – snowshoe hares would need something in the order of a natural miracle, what the biologists, writing in the journal Ecology Letters, called an ‘evolutionary rescue’. Like the Yukon, this pristine corner of Montana was projected to lose yet more snow cover; there would be perhaps an additional month of bare forest floor by the middle of this century, on which snowshoe hares would stand out like bright white balloons.

Great Barrier Reef: 30% of coral died in ‘catastrophic’ 2016 heatwave (jdargis)

The scientists set out to map the impact of the 2016 marine heatwave on coral along the 2,300km length of the Great Barrier Reef. They established a close link between the coral die-off and areas where heat exposure was most extreme. The northern third of the reef was the most severely affected.

Americans waste 150,000 tons of food each day – equal to a pound per person (tmn)

She said: “Consumers aren’t connecting the dots, [and] they don’t see the cost when they throw food in the trash. At the same time, we don’t want to undermine legitimate food safety concerns and we need to be aware it’s not just the cost of food that’s the issue. It’s the time and energy required to prepare and store food, which often isn’t a priority in a busy household.”

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  • Sun, Apr 22, 2018 - 8:12am



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    New Yorker Magazine: Gaslighter In Chief

    ZeroHedge posts this article showing that the New Yorker is 100% committed to the version of truth where Assad is an animal, gasses his own people and more war is required.
    Useful Idiots?  New Yorker Magazine Fails Litmus Test for Media Impartiality on Syrian War
    I am linking the ZH posting of this article because, even more significant than the article itself, many commenter take us deep down the rabbit hole, deeper than the article itself did.

    “In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, ship building and powder interests and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press in the United States.”  —  Congressional Record, Feb. 9, 1917, p. 2947

    In addition, Caroll Quigley in his book, Tragedy And Hope, confirmed that major media including the New York Times have been a bought and paid for mouthpiece of the Internationalists since at least the 1920s.

    All media is OWNED.  They are not gods, or in anyway morally pure or even superior.
    They are people, organizations of people, designed for one purpose and one purpose only, to INFLUENCE.
    Per FAIR, 26 of 26 American newspapers that wrote editorials on this topic accept the U.S. government meme automatically, and of course applauded the recent bombing of a sovereign nation. 26 out of 26. Not 23 out of 26, or even 25 out of 26. 26 out of 26. 100 percent support. This also tells us everything we need to know.
    Also, has even one of these 26 papers sent its own team of reporters to Douma to investigate what really happened? 
    And: how many covered Robert Fisk’s reporting?  [Finn posted this here on PP]
    Could it be they don’t really care about the truth? They dang sure don’t want to report it. Nowadays their job is to protect the [oligarchy], and ... do everything they can to conceal the truthThis is actually a scarier development than anything happening in Syria.
    Seriously, does every article that insults our intelligence about Syria or Russia have to be a Jewish author? ((Joshua Yaffa)). Look, I never used to care about this, but now it seems every goddamned article that gaslights us about Russia is authored by a Jewish correspondent. This is not random - its a constant, Economist-and-Rothschild media level media campaign to "get Russia" at every sound bite, stage in time, and opportunity. For that reason alone, I want to see their underdog culture win.
    And Russia has held up with extraordinary poise and honour, something I haven't witnessed in our degraded culture in decades. Anywhere. We forget what real human cultural pride is. 
    We are exhausted by this aggressively political drumbeat pushed in every flicking channel, the total correlation with Zionist authorship identity (and Zionism is only political, is not racial and I have concluded its anti-religious).
    That we are forbidden to even raise this as an issue is an affront to democracy. Nice political cover, to be able to throw shade - and war with impunity - for a century - against a people who have the right to their own existence, who happen to live in the Eastern part of the world, where we have no fucking right to invade. Wake up people.
    "..that the entire mainstream media complex is receiving its marching orders from above.  "
    So where is this "Above"    
    Who is Joshua Yaffa??
    Joshua Yaffa - Foreign Affairs
    CFR.org Editor Robert McMahon and Foreign Affairs Associate Editor Joshua Yaffa preview major world events in the week ahead. In this week's podcast: Afghan President Hamid Karzai visits Washington; indirect peace talks resume in the Middle East; concerns over Greek financial contagion grow; and ...

    On a very different note, Natalie Portman has declined to travel to Israel to accept a film award to protest the treatment of Palestinian's by Israel which "violates my Jewish values."

    I regard this as an act of exceptional courage--for an individual to break with their fiercely ethnocentric group mindset. 
    Besieged groups do not tolerate internal dissent. ("We MUST stick together or we will be destroyed!"--Rupert Murdoch.) Hence the GREEN and YELLOW Jewish people are silent while the war making faction of Judaism claims to speak for all Jews.

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  • Sun, Apr 22, 2018 - 1:25pm



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    David Ray Griffin: On the Cauldronization of Syria

    One chapter of David Ray Griffin's Book:  "Global Chaos of Bush and Cheney: How They Ruined America and The World."
    The US Role in the Destruction of Syria

    April 20, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - In Syria, the goal of creating chaos has succeeded in spades. Mnar Muhawesh wrote: [F]oreign powers have sunk the nation into a nightmare combination of civil war, foreign invasion and terrorism. Syrians are in the impossible position of having to choose between living in a warzone, being targeted by groups like ISIS and the Syrian government’s brutal crack- down, or faring dangerous waters with minimal safety equipment only to be denied food, water and safety by European governments if they reach shore. 
    Of course, many Syrians were unable, or chose not to try, to reach Europe. Continuing her discussion of the refugee crisis created by the destabilization of Syria, Muhawesh added: 
    Other Syrians seeing the chaos at home have turned to neighboring Arab Muslim countries. Jordan alone has absorbed over half a million Syrian refugees; Lebanon has accepted nearly 1.5 million; and Iraq and Egypt have taken in several hundred thousand. . . . Turkey has [by 2015] taken in nearly 2 million refugees.55 
    By the end of 2015, the conflict in Syria had “displaced 12 million people, creating the largest wave of refugees to hit Europe since World War II.”56

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  • Sun, Apr 22, 2018 - 1:58pm



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    Syrian War for Dummies: Disney Version--

    Got a laugh off this one....!
    Syrian War for Dummies: Disney Version--
    Once upon a time, a country called Syria was ruled by a ruthless dictator named Bashar Al-Assad. He was a cruel man who gassed his own people. His actions caused a civil war in Syria. America and Europe tried their best to stop the devastating civil war, and even generously accepted many Syrian refugees. Eventually America went to Syria, defeated ISIS, and is now trying to restore stability.
    This above version is quite popular among many Americans and Europeans and the Western mainstream media. 

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  • Sun, Apr 22, 2018 - 5:08pm



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    Vulnerability of Navy Ships to Missiles

    At The Saker, a contributor points out the vulnerability of ships to modern missiles.
    I had not realized this, but the English Navy took significant damage from Exocet missiles fired on their boats in the Falklands War.

    ...the experience of the British fleet in the Falklands conflict illustrates the vulnerability of warships to low-flying missiles. In addition to the sinking of the HMS Sheffield and Sir Galahad, virtually every British ship was hit by at least one of Argentinian’s French-made Exocet missiles – a weapons system which was already 20 years old at the time. 
    Reportedly the only thing that saved the UK force from obliteration was that the Argentinians had got their missile altimeter settings wrong.

    Exocet missile sinks HMS Sheffield during Falklands War (first 2 minutes):

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  • Sun, Apr 22, 2018 - 7:24pm


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    HMS Sheffield

    The timeline laid out in the wiki page is really interesting - if you are into that sort of thing.  They did some things wrong, including completely ignoring the initial missile launch warning issued by a sister ship, not going to action stations, not launching chaff, and (not their fault) having no ECM or point defense anti-missile system on board.  I think - back then - there was also little appreciation for the effectiveness of the anti-ship missiles.  I get the sense that after the Falklands War, that changed.
    The complete story wasn't declassified until last year.

    At approximately 10:00 on 4 May, the Sheffield was at defence watches, second degree readiness, one of three Type 42 destroyers operating as a forward ASW picket for the task force, south-east of the Falklands. On some task force ships (including Sheffield) the threat from the type 209 submarine was seen as higher priority than the threat from the air. After the General Belgrano was sunk, Captain Salt ordered that the Sheffield change course every 90 seconds to counter the potential Argentine submarine threat.[7]Sheffield's radar operators had difficulty distinguishing Mirage and Super Etendard aircraft, and the destroyer may have lacked effective IFF or radar jammingHMS Glasgow, operating at high readiness, detected two Super Etendard 'Agave' (Exocet-capable) targets on 965M main surveillance radar, 40 nautical miles (74 km) out[9] and immediately communicated the warning codeword 'Handbrake' by UHF and HF to all task force ships. Sheffield had assessed the Exocet threat overrated for the previous two days, and assessed another as a false alarm (as did HMS Invincible). Sheffield apparently did not hear the incoming aircraft and missiles, detect them on its electronic support measures (ESM) sets, or see a radar contact on its screens swept by its own radar. No detections were reported via data link from Glasgow. Sheffield failed to go to action stations, launch chaff, prepare the 4.5" gun and Sea Dart missiles, or indeed take any action or even inform the captain [10]Sheffield had relieved her sister ship Coventry as the latter was having technical trouble with her type 965 radar.[11]Sheffield and Coventry were chatting over UHF. Communications ceased until an unidentified message was heard flatly stating, "Sheffield is hit."[11]
    Sheffield picked up the incoming missiles on her type 965 radar (an interim fitting until the Type 1022 set was available); the operations officer informed the missile director, who queried the contacts in the ADAWS 4 fire control system.[11]Critically, the Sheffield did not have an ECM jammer fitted[12] and lacked other critical ECM equipment, and failed to go to action stations or a heightened state of readiness, or to do anything to prepare weapons or the decoy system. The launch aircraft had not been detected as the British had expected, and it was not until smoke was sighted that the target was confirmed as sea skimming missiles. Five seconds later, an Exocet hit Sheffield amidships, approximately 8 feet (2.4 m) above the waterline on deck 2, tearing a gash in the hull.[11] The other missile splashed into the sea a half mile off her port beam.[13]
    The flagship, HMS Hermes, dispatched the escorts Arrow and Yarmouth to investigate, and a helicopter was launched. Confusion reigned until Sheffield's Lynx helicopter unexpectedly landed aboard Hermes carrying the air operations officer and operations officer,[11] confirming the strike.
    Such was the lack of warning that there was no time to engage in defensive manoeuvres, leading to a change in British policy whereby any Royal Navy vessel that suspected it might be under missile attack would turn toward the threat, accelerate to maximum speed and fire chaff to prevent a ship being caught defenceless again. The codeword used to start this procedure was 'handbrake', which had to be broadcast once the signal of the Agave radar of the Super Étendard was picked up.[14]

    Definitely if a missile hits a ship, the ship has a really big problem.  US ships have point defense anti missile systems, as well as longer-range anti-missile systems.
    Your Tax Dollars At Work.
    Phalanx CIWS 20 mm gatling gun:

    SEARAM CIWS anti-missile missile:

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  • Mon, Apr 23, 2018 - 6:15am



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    Illinois cities seeing operations hobbled by pension debts under

    Illinois cities seeing operations hobbled by pension debts under ...

    MDJOnline.com-1 hour ago
    Once that debt is certified, the comptroller must withhold all of the funds the town is owed by the state until the total debt is paid. The city of Chicago, where pension funds are more than $38 billion in the hole, is exempt from the law until 2024. “Once it's certified, the law requires us to redirect the payments to the pension fund ...


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  • Mon, Apr 23, 2018 - 10:37am


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    I'd be more confident of US Navy vessels' ability to defeat antiship missile attacks if: 
    1) They had been tested in real combat against a modern foe in, say, the last 5 or 10 years.
    2) The US Navy hadn't demonstrated in the last few years a disconcerting inability to perform simple naval operations, like not running into things in the ocean.
    3) And most of all, if the US warmongers didn't have such a keenly felt "need" for an incident to initiate the war they're dying to have (an incident like one or more US Navy vessels being crippled or sunk by a missile attack).  If I was a Navy commander with complete confidence in my surface fleet's ability to survive any antiship missile attack (and I doubt there are any), I would currently be more concerned with an American coming aboard one or more of my ships intent on doing whatever would be necessary to make sure the antiship missile defenses failed just enough at the predetermined time.

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