Last-Week 2016 : 2

Matt Haughton Weekly Rewind
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Periodical News Update For The Week Of.

12-10-2016 / 12-17-2016

Has the US and Its Allies Used Covert Airdrops, Drones to Supply the Islamic State?

(A.) According to Wikileaks, within the e-mails of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton it was acknowledged that the governments of two of America’s closest allies in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, were providing material support to the Islamic State (IS);

(B.) That according to the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) (PDF), the US and its allies sought to use a “Salafist principality” in eastern Syria as a strategic asset against the Syrian government, precisely where the Islamic (Salafist) State (principality) eventually manifested itself and;

(C.) That the fighting capacity of the Islamic State is on such a large and sustained level, it can only be the result of immense and continuous state sponsorship, including a constant torrent of supplies by either ground or air (or both).

Exclusive: Top U.S. spy agency has not embraced CIA assessment on Russia hacking – sources

The ODNI, headed by James Clapper, was established after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the recommendation of the commission that investigated the attacks. The commission, which identified major intelligence failures, recommended the office’s creation to improve coordination among U.S. intelligence agencies.

There’s A Psy-Op, All Right; But It Isn’t “The Russians”

You just have to laugh at some of these headlines and quotes.

For your entertainment, enjoy the following round-up of headlines promoting the “Blame Russia” sentiment.

  • Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House (source)
  • House passes intelligence bill enhancing efforts against Russia (source)
  • Where’s the outrage over Russia’s hack of the US election?” (CNN)
  • Fake News, Russians, and Election Reversal (Town Hall)
  • A Powerful Russian Weapon: The Spread of False Stories (NY Times)
  • Experts Say Russian Propaganda Helped Spread Fake News During Election (NPR)
  • Media Wakes Up To Russia’s ‘Fake News’ Only After It Is Applied Against Hillary (Forbes)

Shady “Fact Checking” Sources Snopes and Politifact DEBUNKED!

“To combat fake news, Facebook has partnered with a shortlist of media organizations, including Snopes and ABC News, that are part of an international fact-checking network lead by Poynter, a nonprofit school for journalism located in St. Petersburg, Florida,” reports Business Insider.

This newly-formed alliance will identify stories it deems to be “fake news” and then flag the URL, ensuring the story is buried in users’ news feeds and seen by significantly less people.

First High-Resolution Image Released from Harris Corporation-Built Imaging System Onboard DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 Satellite

  • Imaging system captures multi-spectral imagery from 617 kilometers above the Earth
  • Harris-built system/sensors are on all DigitalGlobe satellites ever flown
  • Payload enables rapid collection of many scenarios, shortening response times to global events

Orbiting at 617 kilometers above the earth and traveling 17,000 miles per hour, WorldView-4 more than doubles DigitalGlobe’s capacity to collect the world’s highest-resolution, 30 cm commercial satellite imagery — capturing as much as 680,000 square kilometers of the Earth’s surface per day.

“Harris’ innovative imaging systems enable DigitalGlobe to do more than capture spectacular images. They also enhance global transparency by providing valuable insights, context and information on important events around the world,” said Rob Mitrevski, vice president and general manager, Harris Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance business.

RFID Chip Implants Are Quickly Becoming A Reality For Americans

Due to the intentionally vague nature of the bill, this program, designed to “help” those with disabilities(as so many have been helped by authorities in recent years), can easily turn into what it was clearly meant to become: an Orwellian human tracking program that can accurately track every American citizen … for their own protection of course.

Alexa and Google Home Record What You Say. But What Happens to That Data?

…you know what? That little talking cylinder is always listening to you. And not just listening, but recording and saving many of the things you say. Should you freak out? Not if you’re comfortable with Google and Amazon logging your normal web activity, which they’ve done for years. Hell, many other sites have also done it for years. Echo and Home simply continue the trend of saving a crumb trail of queries, except with snippets of your voice.

How the Government Is Turning Legal Marijuana into a Massive Surveillance State

Unfairly or not, most people think of marijuana as an illegal drug that thrives on the black market. They don’t view it as a highly regulated commodity packaged in one of the most high-tech surveillance systems on the market. But that’s exactly what it is — at least, in four states where it is legal, primarily in Colorado.

The Life-Changing Magic of Mushrooms

A pair of randomized, blinded studies published Thursday in The Journal of Psychopharmacology provide the most robust evidence to date that a single dose of psilocybin can provide relief from the anxiety and gloom associated with cancer for at least six months.

Maduro Stunner: Venezuela Eliminates Half Its Paper Money After Pulling Largest Bill From Circulation

Sound familiar? Bill Gates would be proud.

Listen to Creative Commons Report – 013 : Crisitunity In India’s Cash Crunch

Having observed the economic chaos to emerge as a result of India’s shocking Nov. 8 demonetization announcement, and perhaps confident it can do better, today president Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Latin America’s most distressed economy, mired in an economic crisis and facing hyperinflation, likewise shocked the nation when he announced on state TV that just like India, Venezuela would pull its highest denominated, 100-bolivar bill (which is worth about two U.S. cents on the black market), from circulation over the next 72 hours, ahead of the introduction of new, higher-value notes, as large as 20,000.

Mitigating the risk of geoengineering

The Harvard Gazette, making weather modification sexy.

Last year’s historic Paris climate agreement set the goal of keeping global temperatures no higher than 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. Emission reductions will be central to achieving that goal, but supplemental efforts can further reduce risks.

One drastic idea is solar geoengineering — injecting light-reflecting sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere to cool the planet. Researchers know that large amounts of aerosols can significantly cool the planet; the effect has been observed after large volcanic eruptions. But these sulfate aerosols also carry significant risks. The biggest known risk is that they produce sulfuric acid in the stratosphere, which damages ozone. Since the ozone layer absorbs ultraviolet light from the sun, its depletion can lead to increased rates of skin cancer, eye damage, and other adverse consequences.

Former Leidos CFO Mark Sopp to Join KBR as Finance Chief

KBR closed its $300 million purchase of the former Honeywell Technology Solutions (NYSE: HON) in September and completed the $570 million acquisition of Wyle in August to create the standalone $2.5 billion KBRWyle business focused on government services.

2017 NDAA to Make Cybercom a full-fledged warfighting organization

Admiral Mike Rogers is slated to keep his dual role as director of both the NSA and Cyber Command. While Rogers has previously voiced his support for the split, he also has voiced concern that he believed the unit was not yet ready to leave the auspices of the NSA.

Complicating the proceedings, Rogers is under consideration to replace James Clapper as Director of National Intelligence.

Sen. Schumer announces $601 million in funding for US-Israel missile defense systems

“As our closest ally in the Middle East, Israel must have every resource it needs to sufficiently defend itself from deadly rocket attacks aimed at Israeli civilians—and it’s incumbent upon the United States to ensure they get these critical defense measures,” Schumer said in a statement Tuesday.