Have You Ever Wondered What Are The Most Popular Surnames In You State?

Posted By on August 11, 2016

Well here you are…the most popular surnames by state.  Click to enlarge map.

 

Sources: ancestry.com

Mobil Digital Media Continues To Grow Rapidly

Posted By on August 9, 2016

It’s not you fathers digital world!

 

Internet Usage

Minimum Wage Rates By State, California’s New Wage Rate Hike Puts It Ahead Of Everyone By Miles

Posted By on August 6, 2016

Here is a map of minimum wage by state.  Note that this doesn’t reflect California’s recent minimum wage hike to $15 which will be phased in over the next 5 years. 

Min Wage

Sources: www.taxfoundation.com

 

 

Income Tax Rates State By State, California Wins The Award For Top Tax Rate

Posted By on August 6, 2016

California wins in a landslide…California-based Spectrum Location Solutions, found that roughly 9,000 California companies moved their headquarters or diverted projects to out-of-state locations in the last seven years.

Here are some highlights of the study:

  • Texas ranked as the top state to which businesses migrated, followed by: (2) Nevada, (3) Arizona, (4) Colorado, (5) Washington, (6) Oregon, (7) North Carolina, (8) Florida, (9) Georgia and (10) Virginia. Texas was the top destination for California companies each year during the seven-year study period.
  • Los Angeles led the Top 15 California counties with the highest number of disinvestment events, followed by: (2) Orange, (3) Santa Clara, (4) San Francisco, (5) San Diego, (6) Alameda, (7) San Mateo, (8) Ventura, (9) Sacramento, (10) Riverside, (11) San Bernardino, (12) Contra Costa tied with Santa Barbara, (13) San Joaquin, (14) Stanislaus and (15) Sonoma.

Taxes by State

Sources: www.taxfoundation.com

 

The Civil War Pictures … Then and Now

Posted By on March 18, 2016

This is the most interesting thing we have seen in a long time. Click on the blue link below, and watch photo fade outs from the civil war, showing the same locations as they looked back in 1865 to how they look now. Really worth the time to watch.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/ng-interactive/2015/jun/22/american-civil-war-photography-interactive

Social Security History Lesson

Posted By on March 18, 2016

A History Lesson About Your  Social Security Card

Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated
the number and card were not to be used for identification
purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now
has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway
and the message, NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION, was removed.

Franklin Roosevelt,  introduced the Social
Security (FICA) Program. He promised:

1.) That participation in the Program would be
Completely voluntary,


It’s No longer Voluntary


2.) That the participants would only have to pay
1% of the first $1,400 of their annual
Incomes into the Program
,


Now 7.65%
on the first $90,000

3.) That the money the participants elected to put
into the Program would be deductible from
their income for tax purposes each year,
 


It’s no longer tax deductible


4.) That the money the participants put into the
independent ‘Trust Fund’
rather than into the
general operating fund, and therefore, would
only be used to fund the Social Security
Retirement Program, and no other
Government program, and,


Under Johnson the money was moved to
The General Fund and Spent


5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never

be taxed as income.

Under Clinton & Gore
Up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed


The World Of Drones Are Changing

Posted By on March 6, 2016

It’s great when we have this technology, but what happens when everyone else ends up with it?  Maybe not so great then…huh

 

From Boeing:

 

This all new unmanned drone has incredible capability.

It currently can stay aloft for 4 days but soon will soon stay up

10 days. While designed as a surveillance platform, it carries

a 5 ton payload that includes   Hellfire missiles. Flying at 65,000

feet – the very edge of space, it is just about out of range of

antiaircraft missiles.   Propellers are driven by Ford Ranger 4

cylinder engines fueled by hydrogen.

 

Boeing’s New Spy Plane  General Characteristics:

Wingspan :   150 ft. (46 m)
Takeoff gross weigh 9,800 lbs. (4,445 kg)
Cruise speed :150 knots.
Maximum speed :200 knots.
Altitude :65,000 ft.
Engines :   (2) 2.3L 150 horsepower
Endurance : 4 days at 65,000 ft.
 
In summary, the wingspan is equal to the width of a good size
building lot. It’s relatively light (at 5 ton), slow, flies at twice the
altitude of commercial transport. It’s powered by 2 truck engines
and stays aloft for 4 days.

Click below to view the Boeing video.

http://video.boeing.com/services/player/bcpid1173939806001?bckey=AQ~~%2cAAAAukPAlqE~%2coAVq1qtdRjwBrIkHYj2MSytJiEK9s5fy&bctid=1331877361001

The Warren Buffett Rule

Posted By on January 25, 2016

The BUFFETT Rule!  Would any sane person argue with this??

 

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message.

 

The BUFFETT Rule

 

Salary of retired US Presidents
$180,000
 FOR LIFE The President Deserves It
Salary of House/Senate members
$174,000
 FOR LIFE This is stupid
Salary of Speaker of the House
$223,500
 FOR LIFE This is really stupid
Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders
$193,400
 FOR LIFE This is really stupid
Average Salary of a teacher
$40,065
  Not Enough
Average Salary of a deployed Soldier
$38,000
  Really Not Enough

 

Warren Buffet, in a recent interview offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

 

“I could end the deficit in five minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election”.

                                    
Congressional Reform Act of 2016
 
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.
 
2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
 
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
 
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
 
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
 
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
 
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/1/15. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work.
 

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

Rich Man, Poor Man … It’s A Bad Wind Blowing

Posted By on January 17, 2016

Just 62 people now own the same wealth as half the world’s population.

 

In 2011 388 people had the same wealth as the poorest half of humanity. In 2011 this fell to 177. The number has continued to fall each year to 80 in 2014 and 62 in 2015.

 

Infographic-Global-Wealth-2010-15.jpg

Sources: Oxfam

The Rankings Of The Most Inovative States In The U.S. Show Massachusetts #1, And California A Super Close #2

Posted By on January 7, 2016

Boston area’s Route 128 wins out over Silicon Valley, as Bloomberg’s ranking of the most innovative state in the U.S..

Massachusetts is the most innovative state, with California scoring a close second and Washington, New Jersey and Connecticut rounding out the top five states,

 

Sources: Bloomberg

Caltech Puts Out New Probabilities Of A Major Earthquake In California

Posted By on January 6, 2016

California has been shaking lately with a 4.5 magnitude earthquake today in Banning, Southern California. Caltech says the probability of a major earthquake in California has now increased dramatically.

This Is “The Stated Truth’s” 2,465’th Post Since 2009…Thanks For Dropping By

Posted By on January 6, 2016

Libya Makes A Call For Help… But Nobody Comes

Source: IngerLetter.com

A Gallup Poll Explains Trump: “A Staggering 75% Of Americans Believe There Is Widespread Government Corruption”

Posted By on January 6, 2016

This sums things up very nicely, the world has changed and Donald Trump is the only one brazen enough to talk about pushback against institutional political and economic power. A vote for Trump is not “a vote for Trump”, it is a vote against the broken, corrupt, crony-capitalist model that is now in place in so many areas of the world.

 

Back in July, when the HuffPo was covering Donald Trump’s campaign in its “Entertainment Section” (they are not laughing now), and when not a single political pundit thought Trump had any chance of winning the GOP primary (now most of them do), we said that “Donald Trump’s Soaring Popularity “Is The Country’s Collective Middle Finger To Washington.”

Here is what was said:

Donald Trump’s ascendance as the early GOP front-runner is symbolic of a greater global trend: growing pushback against institutional political and economic power.

To many centrist politicians and mainstream political observers, Donald Trump is a boastful, insensitive egomaniac spouting populist rhetoric. Whether such a characterization is true is not worthy of debate, which may explain why the rantings of enraged career political pundits have no impact on Mr. Trump’s popularity among Republican voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, and across America. It seems no amount of ink or air time spent tarring and feathering Trump’s reputation sticks; in fact it seems to help Teflon Don in the polls, where he leads a crowded field of career politicians.

Donald Trump is a threat not only to the nattering nabobs in the press corps and the Republican Party. His day in the sun may be symbolic of a broader dynamic: the declining power held by historically powerful institutions. Ask yourself if Trump’s campaign is making a mockery of the political process or exposing the mockery that the political process has become. A not-insignificant percentage of Americans away from the coasts, are looking past his utter lack of decorum and political savvy to hitch their wagons to his outrage.

Six months later, virtually everyone recognizes and admits that this is the case: a vote for Trump is not “a vote for Trump”, it is a vote against the broken, corrupt, crony-capitalist model.

Which explains why increasingly more are terrified he just may win.

But what explains America’s revulsion with the existing system? The answer comes from the latest Gallup article: “Explaining Trump: Widespread Government Corruption” in which it finds that once the silent majority of the population can identify the object of their distrust and anger – in this case Congress and the political status quo – and once they can subsequently identify an object that represents its opposite, the latter object’s distance to the Oval Office becomes considerably shorter.

From Gallup:

Explaining Trump: Widespread Government Corruption

It’s been fashionable to make jokes about Congress’ historically low approval ratings, unbelievable incompetence in the government and now, unfortunately, the perception of widespread government corruption. Pundits and talk-radio hosts have a field day with this. So do late-night comics.

It’s not funny anymore.

A staggering 75% of the American public believe corruption is “widespread” in the U.S. government. Not incompetence, but corruption. This alarming figure has held steady since 2010, up from 66% in 2009.

This sense of corruption probably contributes to much of the extreme anxiety and unrest we see today – including protests, lower voter turnout and increased interest in guns.

Guns — a symbol of freedom from government tyranny to many people — are now a key voting issue. A quarter of U.S. voters say the presidential candidate they vote for must share their view on guns.

Protests are growing in cities and campuses all around the country. Students and citizens generally have lost faith in their national institutions — the biggest and most powerful of which is, of course, the federal government.

The last presidential election had an estimated 5 million fewer voters than turned out in 2008, and the 2014 midterm elections saw the lowest turnout in 72 years (36.3%). At alarming levels, citizens — when invited to participate directly in their own democracy — are taking a pass and staying home. Or taking their frustrations to the streets.

The perception that there’s widespread corruption in the national government could be a symptom of citizen disengagement and anger. Or it could be a cause — we don’t know. But it’s very possible this is a big, dark cloud that hangs over this country’s progress. And it might be fueling the rise of an unlikely, non-traditional leading Republican candidate for the presidency, Donald Trump.

To make matters worse, that dark cloud appears to be hanging over the growth of small business, which is where virtually all new GDP growth and good jobs originate. Simply put, startups and shootups (small businesses that grow larger) have been in a death spiral. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the total number of business startups and business closures per year crossed for the first time in 2008.

And the economy isn’t growing nearly fast enough — it’s been running at an average rate of 2% since the 2008 financial collapse and the Great Recession. Just to compare, following the recession of 1981-1982, GDP grew for six years at 4.5% — one of our greatest economic eras in history.

Jobs haven’t come back. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percentage of the total adult population that has a full-time job has been hovering around 48% since 2010 — the lowest full-time employment level since 1983. This is why the middle class has been dangerously shrinking.

You don’t have to connect too many dots to conclude that if a government has an alarmingly high appearance of widespread corruption — and that same government creates regulations that businesses cite as a leading barrier to growth — then entrepreneurs might be reluctant to stick their necks out to start a business. Or to boom the businesses they already have.

Why would they start or boom a business if they think a corrupt government is creating rules and regulations that don’t serve their interests — but rather rules that serve the interests of corrupt officials, corrupt politicians, corrupt insiders and corrupt special interest groups?

Any wonder why so many Americans want a candidate who’s outside of that system?

Source: ZeroHedge.com

So What Really Happened Over Turkey … Read It Here First!

Posted By on November 26, 2015

So, here we present an interesting take on the Turkey-Russia fighter incident and it makes total sense. It seems probable that there is far more than meets the eye here, and it looks to be full of international intrigue

 

Guest Column From George Abert, Formerly Of Air Force Intelligence

Why did Turkey shoot down a Russian Air Force jet?

Turkey is so militarily inferior to Russia that it is unlikely Turkey would commit an act of war against Russia without encouragement from Washington. We might think that Turkey would feel shielded by NATO, but it is doubtful that many European members of NATO would risk nuclear annihilation by going to war with Russia in order to save Turkey from the consequences of such a reckless and irresponsible act as shooting down a Russian military aircraft and lying about it. Turkey has issued no apology and no believable explanation. Unless Erdogan has lost his mind, Washington is behind the shoot-down, and the reason is Washington’s desperation to decode the new Russian technology that gives Russian forces total control over a battlefield, whether on land, sea, or air.

When the Russians deployed their forces to Syria they also deployed some new stealth technology. So far as I know they’ve only used this technology in Syria twice, once during their first sortie and one other time when some Israeli Air Force jets entered what they knew was Russian operational airspace.

As noted, the first use of this stealth technology was during the first Russian sortie. In accordance with protocols agreed to beforehand with Israel and the US, the Russians informed the US of their intent to launch a sortie. They did so an hour prior to the launch. When they did they also employed a new stealth technology. The technology effectively blinded both the US and Israel. None of the radars worked and most, if not all, satellite coverage was lost or compromised as well. But there’s more.

About a week after Putin’s UN General Assembly address the Israelis launched a sortie into Syria which flew into airspace that was under Russian operational control. Russian air controllers warned the Israelis that they had violated Russian controlled airspace. When the Israelis ignored the Russian air controllers, the stealth technology was employed a second time. The Israeli aircraft are equipped with two radars, one for fire acquisition and the other for fire control. Both are advanced and employ frequency-skipping technology to avoid being jammed. Both radars were effectively jammed. These aircraft have multiple telemetry data-links to their base. These were shut down. The only communications channel left was the high-frequency AM band normally used by civilian air traffic controllers. After the stealth technology was turned on and it was clear to the Russians that the Israelis knew they had been shut down, the Russian air traffic controllers used this AM band to tell the Israelis to scram. The Israelis complied.

Whatever this technology is, it’s a game changer and I’m certain that breaking this technology has been given an extremely high priority.

So why did Turkey shoot down the Russian jet?

I suspect somebody wants the Russians to start using this stealth technology more often, often enough for its weaknesses to be exposed. Shooting down that Russian jet might just get the Russians motivated to do that.

If I’m correct I bet every Raven and ELINT specialist in the business has been deployed to that theater of operations to hack this one! One can only imagine how many resources are being amassed.

 

Source: PaulCraigRobertsBlog

A Broken Society – The American Middle Class Has Disappeared Into The Sunset

Posted By on October 21, 2015

Credit Suisse estimates that there are now 25% of Americans that are in the situation of having a negative net-worth.

And…the Social Security Administration just released some stunning facts. The following are some of the numbers that really stood out!

-38 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000 last year.

-51 percent of all American workers made less than $30,000 last year.

-62 percent of all American workers made less than $40,000 last year.

-71 percent of all American workers made less than $50,000 last year.

That first number is truly staggering. The federal poverty level for a family of five is $28,410, and yet almost 40 percent of all American workers do not even bring in $20,000 a year.

If you worked a full-time job at $10 an hour all year long with two weeks off, you would make approximately $20,000. This should tell you something about the quality of the jobs that our economy is producing at this point.

There are 7.9 million working age Americans that are “officially unemployed” right now and another 94.7 million working age Americans that are considered to be “not in the labor force”.  When you add those two numbers together, you get a grand total of 102.6 million working age Americans that do not have a job right now.

Sources: Social Security Administration, Michael Snyder |End Of The American Dream

Global Aging Will Change The Future Of World Economies

Posted By on October 19, 2015

Global aging is here…and it will change the world as we know it!

Global Aging

It’s Time Not To Get Married!

Posted By on October 18, 2015

It seems that the marriage problem isn’t just a Japanese thing. There’s more to it than that. We live in an independent world where everybody wants to do their own thing. And they do!

Marriage

Sources: US Census Bureau, ArmstrongEconomics.com

2015 Was The Hottest Year Ever

Posted By on September 17, 2015

Last month was the hottest August on record, topping out the hottest summer on record, according to data released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was the sixth month this year to set a new record: February, March, May, June, July, and August. This has been the hottest start to a year on record and the hottest 12 months on record. It follows the hottest calendar year (2014), and the hottest decade.

 

In 136 years of global temperature data, we are in uncharted territory. And this year’s extremes are likely to continue as a strong El Niño weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean continues to rip more heat into the atmosphere.

Results from the world’s top monitoring agencies vary slightly. NOAA and the Japan Meteorological Agency both had August as the hottest month. NASA had it as one degree cooler than the previous record, set last year. All three agencies agree that 2015 is on track to be the hottest yet, by a long shot.

The heat was experienced differently across the world, but few places escaped it altogether. The map below shows a few purple spots of cooler-than-average temperatures—notably the U.S. Midwest—and plenty of record-breaking red. The massive stretch of crimson in the Pacific Ocean is the footprint of El Niño.

NOAA
Sources: NOAA ,Bloomberg,

The Evolution Of Energy In The U.S.

Posted By on August 29, 2015

Who’s the odd man out here? An Educated guess might surmise it’s coal!

 

Source: Visual Capitalist

The early settlers to North America relied on organic materials on the surface of land for the vast majority of their energy needs. Wood, brush, and other biomass fuels were burned to warm homes, and eventually to power steam engines. Small amounts of coal were found in riverbeds and other such outcrops, but only local homes in the vicinity of these deposits were able to take advantage of it for household warmth.

During the Industrial Revolution, it was the invention of the first coal-powered, commercially practical locomotives that turned the tide. Although wood would still be used in the majority of locomotives until 1870, the transition to fossil fuels had begun.

Coke, a product of heating certain types of coal, replaced wood charcoal as the fuel for iron blast furnaces in 1875. Thomas Edison built the first practical coal-fired electric generating station in 1882, which supplied electricity to some residents in New York City. It was just after this time in the 1910s that the United States would be the largest coal producer in the world with 750,000 miners and blasting 550 million tons of coal a year.

The invention of the internal combustion engine and the development of new electrical technologies, including those developed by people like Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, were the first steps towards today’s modern power landscape. Fuels such as petroleum and natural gas became very useful, and the first mass-scale hydroelectric stations were built such as Hoover Dam, which opened in 1936.

The discovery and advancement of nuclear technology led to the first nuclear submarine in 1954, and the first commercial nuclear power plant in the United States in Pennsylvania in 1957. In a relatively short period of time, nuclear would have a profound effect on energy supply, and it today 99 nuclear reactors account for 20% of all electricity generated in the United States.

In more recent decades, scientists found that the current energy mix is not ideal from an environmental perspective. Advancements in renewable energy solutions such as solar, wind, and geothermal were made, helping set up a potential energy revolution. Battery technology, a key challenge for many years, has began to catch up to allow us to store larger amounts of energy when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. Companies like Tesla are spending billions of dollars on battery megafactories that will have a great impact on our energy use.

Today, the United States gets the majority of its energy from fossil fuels, though that percentage is slowly decreasing. While oil is still the primary fuel of choice for transportation, it now only generates 1% of the country’s electricity through power plants. Natural gas has also taken on a bigger role over time, because it is perceived as being cleaner than oil and coal.

In 2015, wind and solar power have generated 5% and 1% of total electricity respectively. Hydro generates 7%.

Source: Visual Capitalist

Price Of Farmland Suffers First Decline Since 1986

Posted By on August 22, 2015

Farmers are are now feeling a liquidity squeeze. First commodity prices plunge, now the longer term problem becomes the asset backing their business begins its reversal. It looks like the early stages of a farmland asset correction, or worse….

Farmland Prices

Some Food For Thought From ‘Jessi’e’s Cafe Americain’

Posted By on August 15, 2015

So, the real question is….where are we now?

 

Jessies Cafe

 

Sources: Jesse’s Cafe Americain, Oak Tree Asset Management.com

Auto Hacking Vulnerabilities In A Wireless Transponder World

Posted By on August 15, 2015

It’s a new world out there for hackers, and luxury cars are now in vogue. There’s no quick fix for the problem – the RFID chips in the keys and transponders inside the cars have become easy targets by hackers.

 

“Keyless” car theft, which sees hackers target vulnerabilities in electronic locks and immobilizers, now accounts for 42 percent of stolen vehicles in London. BMWs and Range Rovers are particularly at-risk, police say, and can be in the hands of a technically minded criminal within 60 seconds.

 

This week the paper – by Roel Verdult and Baris Ege from Radboud University in the Netherlands and Flavio Garcia from the University of Birmingham, U.K. – is being presented at the USENIX security conference in Washington, D.C. The authors detail how the cryptography and authentication protocol used in the Megamos Crypto transponder can be targeted by malicious hackers looking to steal luxury vehicles.

 

The Megamos is one of the most common immobilizer transponders, used in Volkswagen-owned luxury brands including Audi, Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini, as well as Fiats, Hondas, Volvos and some Maserati models.

 

But the Megamos Crypto is not the only immobilizer to have been targeted in this way – other popular products including the DST transponder and KeeLoq have both been reverse-engineered and attacked by security researchers.

 

Below is a list of some of the models that may be vulnerable to hacking.

Car Security

“This is a serious flaw and it’s not very easy to quickly correct,” explained Tim Watson, Director of Cyber Security at the University of Warwick. “It isn’t a theoretical weakness, it’s an actual one and it doesn’t cost theoretical dollars to fix, it costs actual dollars.”

 

Immobilizers are electronic security devices that stop a car’s engine from running unless the correct key fob (containing the RFID chip) is in close proximity to the car. They are supposed to prevent traditional theft techniques like hot-wiring, but can be bypassed, for example by amplifying the signal.

 

In this case, however, researchers broke the transponder’s 96-bit cryptographic system, by listening in twice to the radio communication between the key and the transponder. This reduced the pool of potential secret key matches, and opened up the “brute force” option: running through 196,607 options of secret keys until they found the one that could start the car.

 

It took less than half an hour.

 

Sources: Bloomberg

So Just Who Owns The Arctic Circle? Russia Says It Does!

Posted By on August 10, 2015

Russia is resubmitting its claim of more than 460,000 square miles of the Arctic, including the North Pole, as its sovereign territory, saying it has enough evidence to convince the United Nations that its claim is valid.

 

The Arctic, which is believed to contain as much as one-quarter of Earth’s undiscovered oil and gas, is part of a territorial dispute involving not only Russia but also Canada, Denmark, Norway and the United States.

 

This is the second time Moscow has submitted a claim in the Arctic. The U.N. rejected its effort in 2002, saying the Russian government hadn’t provided enough evidence that it had a right to the territory.

 

Arctic Ocean

But in its claim filed on Aug. 3, the Russian Foreign ministry said, “To justify Russia’s rights in this area, ample scientific data collected during many years of Arctic research has been used.”

The statement evidently was referring to exploratory missions and development of Arctic research facilities and floating ice stations dating back to the 1930s. In fact, around that time Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s Kremlin claimed a large section of the Arctic Ocean.

No one took that claim very seriously, given its forbidding climate. But as the polar ice cap melts, the region is becoming increasingly attractive to countries and companies in search of new sources of energy and other natural resources, including gems and precious metals.

Additional evidence in the resubmitted claim includes data gathered by the explorer Artur Chilingarov, who sailed a miniature submarine to the floor of the Arctic Sea at the North Pole, scooped up a soil sample there and even planted a Russian flag made of titanium, the corrosion-resistant metal.

Under the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, a nation may claim an “exclusive economic zone” reaching 200 nautical miles from its recognized maritime borders. If the continental shelf in that area extends beyond that point, the country then may claim sovereignty stretching as much as 350 nautical miles from its coastal border.

In the Foreign Ministry statement, Russia argues that the 350-mile limit doesn’t apply to its claim because the seabed and the natural resources to be found beneath it are “natural components of the continent,” no matter how far they are from the coast.

The Foreign Ministry said it hopes the U.N. can begin considering its claim this autumn during a meeting of the U.N. Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. That won’t be possible this year, according to Farhqan Haq, a U.N. spokesman, because the panel won’t meet until early 2016.

Sources: Andy Tully, OilPrice.com, ZeroHedge

You Got Mail – The Only Problem Is, Somebody Else Might ‘ve Got Your Mail Too!

Posted By on August 10, 2015

Microsoft’s newest program,  Windows 10, wants you to be friendly with your email neighbors. So, why not say hello? Or then again, maybe not. So did you remember to opt out! Hmm….you better check, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

 

Microsoft has just introduced a Windows 10 feature called Wi-Fi Sense. This nasty feature has serious legal implications for it will automatically connect your personal Wi-Fi network to anyone in your e-mail list using HotMail, Skype, or Outlook, and even Facebook, making those friends questionable. If any such person comes within range of your home Wi-Fi, they could secretly access your system from hundreds of yards away.

 

The real problem with this is rather sinister. The government would no longer need a search warrant for your surrendered privacy.

 

Windows 10 supposedly allows you to opt-out as this setting is the default. But unfortunately the vast majority of people do not understand computers and they will be surrendering all rights to Microsoft without understanding what they have done. Make sure you read the terms!

 

Sources: Armstrong Economics

Why An Electromagnetic Pulse Event Could Take Down The World As We Know It!

Posted By on November 21, 2014

Earlier today we posted a report about how the world has turned into the wild wild west in cyber warfare. Admiral Michael Rogers, who also serves the dual role as head of U.S. Cyber Command, said the United States has detected malware from China and elsewhere on U.S. computers systems. “It enables you to shut down very segmented, very tailored parts of our infrastructure that forestall the ability to provide that service to us as citizens,” Rogers was quoted in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

 

Back in July billionaire hedge fund manger Paul Singer put out this forecast relating to a natural EMP event taking down the electric grid, basically it’s the same piece of cake as above,  just with different frosting. This is a dozer of a story!

 

We’ll tell you right now this is one scary forecast, mainly because so few have talked about it.  Billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer has issued an unusual warning for investors, calling the threat of a widespread blackout from an electromagnetic pulse the “most significant danger” in the world today. Paul Singer: “This threat is ‘head-and-shoulders’ above all others.”

 

“(A natural EMP event) today would cause a massive disruption to the electric grid, possibly shutting it down entirely for months or longer, with unimaginable consequences,” Singer wrote. “Only two years ago, the sun let loose with a Carrington-magnitude burst, but the position of the earth at the time prevented the burst from hitting it. The chances of additional events of such magnitude may be far greater than most people think.”

Called an “electromagnetic pulse” or EMP, the events can occur naturally from solar storms or artificially from a high-altitude explosion of nuclear weapons.

“While these pages are typically chock full of scary or depressing scenarios, there is one risk that is head-and-shoulders above all the rest in terms of the scope of potential damage adjusted for the likelihood of occurrence,” Singer wrote about this to clients of his $24.8 billion Elliott Management recently in a standard investment update letter. “Even horrendous nuclear war, except in its most extreme form, can [be] a relatively localized issue, and the threat from asteroids can (possibly) be mitigated”

“The consequences of such an attack could be catastrophic; all electronics, power systems, and information systems could be shut down,” Rep. Scott Perry said in prepared remarks during an EMP hearing in May held by the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. “This could then cascade into interdependent infrastructures such as water, gas, and telecommunications. While we understand this is an extreme case, we must always be prepared in case a rogue state decides to utilize this technology.”

Sources: CNBC, www.WiseDogResearch.com, The Stated Truth

Can China Or Rogue Pirates Working For the Highest Bidder Take Down The U.S. Electric Grid, The U.S. Government Thinks So!

Posted By on November 21, 2014

We have talked about this before, the world has turned into the wild wild west in cyber warfare. Admiral Michael Rogers, who also serves the dual role as head of U.S. Cyber Command, said the United States has detected malware from China and elsewhere on U.S. computers systems. “It enables you to shut down very segmented, very tailored parts of our infrastructure that forestall the ability to provide that service to us as citizens,” Rogers was quoted in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

One would think the United States has its own bunch of ultra smart genius pirate hackers working on returning the favor to countries involved….(or the U.S. becomes the highest bidder for the the same group of pirates used by China and turns the tables on them).  Hmm, This could get interesting!

From CNN News:

Washington (CNN) — China and “probably one or two other” countries have the capacity to shut down the nation’s power grid and other critical infrastructure through a cyber attack, the head of the National Security Agency told a Congressional panel Thursday.

Admiral Michael Rogers, who also serves the dual role as head of U.S. Cyber Command, said the United States has detected malware from China and elsewhere on U.S. computers systems that affect the daily lives of every American.

“It enables you to shut down very segmented, very tailored parts of our infrastructure that forestall the ability to provide that service to us as citizens,” Rogers said in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

Rogers said such attacks are part of the “coming trends” he sees based on “reconnaissance” currently taking place that nation-states, or other actors may use to exploit vulnerabilities in U.S. cyber systems.

A recent report by Mandiant, a cyber-security firm, found that hackers working on behalf of the Chinese government were able to penetrate American public utility systems that service everything from power generation, to the movement of water and fuel across the country.

Sources: CNN News, Wise Dog Research

House Speaker Boehner Explains The Republicans’ Agenda

Posted By on November 6, 2014

It’s about time to turn back the clock, and no we don’t mean off daylight savings…..tic, toc…tic, toc. What  the Democrat’s now have to look forward to is a high stakes chess match….hint, the President looks to be overmatched here! In fact if President Obama plays his cards wrong, the Democratic party may well be on the way destroying itself. As everyone may remember, not so long ago it was the Republican’s in that same boat!

 

The Republican Agenda

Our priorities in the 114th Congress will be your priorities. That means addressing head-on many of the most pressing challenges facing the country, including:

  • The insanely complex tax code that is driving American jobs overseas;
  • Health costs that continue to rise under a hopelessly flawed law that Americans have never supported;
  • A savage global terrorist threat that seeks to wage war on every American;
  • An education system that denies choice to parents and denies a good education to too many children;
  • Excessive regulations and frivolous lawsuits that are driving up costs for families and preventing the economy from growing;
  • An antiquated government bureaucracy ill-equipped to serve a citizenry facing 21st-century challenges, from disease control to caring for veterans;
  • A national debt that has Americans stealing from their children and grandchildren, robbing them of benefits that they will never see and leaving them with burdens that will be nearly impossible to repay.

January will bring the opportunity to begin anew. Republicans will return the focus to the issues at the top of your priority list. Your concerns will be our concerns. That’s our pledge.

Sources: Wise Dog Research

They’re Called The Princes Of “Rolling Jubilee” (You’ll See Why)….. So Just Who Are These Guys And What Do They Do?

Posted By on November 1, 2014

Rolling Jubilee… some say it’s about good vs. evil. But in reality it’s all about money and trying to fix the sales pitch from government and schools directly aimed at students which aggressively encourages student loans, and in the end it’s about fixing the pain of life long encumbrances caused by that sales pitch. The totality of college debt is now almost 4 1/2 times larger then it was back in 2004. It settles in at  over 1.2 trillion dollars, and believe it or not it’s still climbing! The sad facts are that even bankruptcy won’t discharge it, this debt stays with you for life…. or until it’s paid!

 

What we’ve got here are “bad seats, hey buddy…front row behind a pole, and you better watch out…don’t sit on a nail”! The real problem is that students were told these were good seats and they believed it. Somehow though, when given a sales pitch things often don’t work out for anybody except the salesman. And the colleges have great salesman with very convincing sales pitches… don’t ever forget that.

 

But maybe we finally have a wake up call. Earlier in the week Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen warned “the quadrupling of the student loan debt since 2004 represented a barrier to social mobility”. Hello…..Earth to Mars, anybody out there!

 

The ABS security discussed below by Rolling Jubilee bought student debt at an average of 2.6 to 3.8 cents on the dollar based on the numbers presented in this article, then forgave the debt. That tells you just how noncollectable the money is!

 

Rolling Jubilee

The BBC reports, U.S. activist group ‘Rolling Jubilee’ wants to “liberate debtors” by buying student-debt-bundled ABS on the secondary market (where they trade at significant discounts) and writing off the underlying loans. As Rolling Jubilee notes, “your debts are on sale… just not on sale to you,” until now.

Here is the general definition of a student-debt-bundled ABS.  It’s an asset-backed security (ABS) whose income payments and hence value is derived from and collateralized (or “backed”) by a specified pool of underlying assets (in our case student loans). The pool of assets is typically a group of small and illiquid assets which are unable to be sold individually. Pooling the assets into financial instruments allows them to be sold to general investors, a process called securitization, and allows the risk of investing in the underlying assets to be diversified if so desired because each security will represent a fraction of the total value of the diverse pool of underlying assets. The pools of underlying assets can include common payments from credit cards, auto loans, and mortgage loans, to esoteric cash flows from aircraft leases, royalty payments and movie revenues. Now we can add student loans to the list.

Rolling Jubilee says the problem lies deep within the structure of the education system and the way that selling education as a commodity reinforces inequality.

John Aspray, national field director at the United States Student Association (USSA), said recent changes in law mean people in medical or gambling debt can declare themselves bankrupt – but to do so for student debt means satisfying an ‘”undue hardship” criteria, which is very difficult to prove.

“Opportunities for renegotiating are very well hidden,” he says.

Aspray says Rolling Jubilee’s work is “important and symbolic” as a lot of people “don’t even consider” getting rid of their debt.

As 85% of student loans are guaranteed by the national government the USSA is putting pressure on the department to “cut contracts with the worse corporations”, says Mr Aspray.

“Political reforms are needed,” he says. “We are going to see people continuing to rebel against this.”

As The BBC reports,

An activist group in the United States has been carrying out deeds that some might think the stuff of dreams – buying and cancelling other people’s student debts.

Rolling Jubilee has purchased and abolished $3.8m of debt owed by 2,700 students, paying just over $100,000, or as it says, “pennies on the dollar”.

The campaign group, which wants to “liberate debtors”, says it takes its name from the tradition in many religions of marking a “jubilee” celebration by freeing people from debt.

Debts can be bought and sold in the financial marketplace. But student debt, which has spiralled to an estimated $1.2 trillion, is not usually as available to buy as other debts, such as unpaid medical bills.

In this speculative secondary market, third parties buy debt for a fraction of its original cost and try to collect the full amount from debtors.

But these debt campaigners are buying debts and then writing them off.

Laura Hanna at Rolling Jubilee says the student debt situation amounts to a “bubble”.

The group pulled off the deal to illustrate how cheaply the money owed can be sold on the secondary debt market, she says.

“We wanted to question the morality around repayment,” she says.

“Your debts are on sale. They are just not on sale to you.”

 

Sources: BBC, Zero Hedge, www.wisedogresearch.com, www.oaktrreassetmanagement.com

 

“Project Coast” And EBOLA’s Possible Origination …. You likely Won’t Read About This Anywhere Else!

Posted By on October 20, 2014

The following information gives us an interesting perspective on the recent unprecedented Ebola outbreak. Is it an organic natural phenomenon? Did this strain of Ebola accidentally escape from a bioweapons lab? Or, was it deliberately released?

Operating out of South Africa during the Apartheid era in the early 1980’s, Dr. Wouter Basson launched a secret bioweapons project called “Project Coast”.

The goal of the project was to develop biological and chemical agents that would either kill or sterilize the black population and assassinate political enemies. Among the agents developed were Marburg and Ebola viruses. 

Basson is surrounded by cloak and dagger intrigue, as he told Pretoria High court in South Africa that “The local CIA agent in Pretoria threatened me with death on the sidewalk of the American Embassy in Schoeman Street.” According to a 2001 article in The New Yorker magazine, the American Embassy in Pretoria was “terribly concerned” that Basson would reveal deep connections between Project Coast and the United States.

In 2013, Basson was found guilty of “unprofessional conduct” by the South African health council.

Bioweapons expert Jeanne Guillemin writes in her book Biological Weapons: From the Invention of State-Sponsored Programs to Contemporary Bioterrorism, “The project‘s growth years were from 1982 to 1987, when it developed a range of biological agents (such as those for anthrax, cholera, and the Marburg and Ebola viruses and for botulinum toxin)…

Basson’s bioweapons program officially ended in 1994, but there has been no independent verification that the pathogens created were ever destroyed. The order to destroy them went directly to Dr. Basson. According to the Wall Street Journal, “The integrity of the process rested solely on Dr. Basson’s honesty.”

Basson claims to have had contact with western agencies that provided “ideological assistance” to Project Coast. Basson stated in an interview shot for the documentary Anthrax War that he met several times with Dr. David Kelly, the infamous UN weapons inspector in Iraq. Kelly was a top bioweapons expert in the United Kingdom. He was found dead near his home in Oxfordshire in 2003. While the official story claims he committed suicide, medical experts highly doubt this story.

In a 2007 article from the Mail Online, it was reported that a week prior to his death, Dr. Kelly was to be interviewed by MI5 about his ties to Dr. Basson.

Dr. Timothy Stamps, Minister of Health of Zimbabwe, suspected that his country was under biological attack during the time that Basson was operating. Stamps told PBS Frontline in 1998 that “The evidence is very clear that these were not natural events. Whether they were caused by some direct or deliberate inoculation or not, is the question we have to answer.”

Dr. Timothy Stamps specifically named the Ebola and Marburg viruses as suspect. Stamps thinks that his country was being used as a testing ground for weaponized Ebola.

“I’m talking about anthrax and cholera in particular, but also a couple of viruses that are not endemic to Zimbabwe [such as] the Ebola type virus and, we think also, the Marburg virus. We wonder whether in fact these are not associated with biological warfare against this country during the hostilities… Ebola was along the line of the Zambezi [River], and I suspect that this may have been an experiment to see if a new virus could be used to directly infect people.”

The Ghanaian Times reported in early September on the recent Ebola outbreak, noting connections between Basson and bioweapons research. The article points out that, “…there are two types of scientists in the world: those who are so concerned about the pain and death caused to humans by illness that they will even sacrifice their own lives to try and cure deadly diseases, and those who will use their scientific skill to kill humans on the orders of… government…”

Indeed, these ideas are not new. Plato wrote over 2,000 years ago in his workThe Republic that a ruling elite should guide society, “…whose aim will be to preserve the average of population.” He further stated, “There are many other things which they will have to consider, such as the effects of wars and diseases and any similar agencies, in order as far as this is possible to prevent the State from becoming either too large or too small.”

As revealed by The Age, Nobel prize winning Australian microbiologist Sir Macfarlane Burnet secretly urged the Australian government in 1947 to develop bio weapons for use against the “overpopulated countries of South-East Asia.” In a 1947 meeting with the New Weapons and Equipment Development Committee, the group recommended that “the possibilities of an attack on the food supplies of S-E Asia and Indonesia using B.W. agents should be considered by a small study group.”

As of now, most questions about “Project Coast” remain unanswered or hidden in secret vaults buried or lost forever similar to Steven Spielberg’s movie theme in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”  involving the Ark of the Covenant Tablets of Stone!

This post first appeared at Old-thinker News

Sources: Alex Jones Inforwars.com, www.wisedogresearch.com, www.okatreeassetmanagement.com

More Than 15 Stingray Rogue Phone Trackers Were Found Operating In Washington D.C., And Other Trackers Are Operating Across The United States…So Our Question Here Is Who Owns These Rogue Cell Tower Tracking Devices, And What Is Their Purpose?

Posted By on September 18, 2014

Nobody wants to claim this dastardly deed, but mobile security experts discovered what appears to be more than 15 IMSI catchers, commonly referred to as Stingrays, throughout the Washington D.C. area this week. We will have more on this as it develops!

Les Goldsmith and Buzz Burner of ESD America joined IntegriCell President Aaron Turner Tuesday to travel around the nation’s capitol in an attempt to find evidence of “rogue cell towers” with a CryptoPhone, a mobile device which measures three indicators associated with active IMSI catchers.

These surveillance devices, which are often the size of a suitcase, can trick thousands of user’s phones into divulging private information by mimicking a cell tower. During their test, the group detected more than 40 alerts from 15 seperate interceptors around several of D.C.’s most historic landmarks including the White House, the Capitol and multiple foreign embassies.

“I think there’s even more here,” Goldsmith told the Washington Post. “That was just us driving around for a day and a half.”

Most often used by law enforcement, cell phone interceptors have received increased attention as of late, causing the federal government to distance themselves from the illegal practice of mass surveillance.

Speaking with CBS Chicago earlier this month, former FBI agent and security analyst Ross Rice attempted to deny law enforcement’s active involvement.

“I doubt that they are installed by law enforcement as they require a warrant to intercept conversations or data and since the cell providers are ordered by the court to cooperate with the intercept, there really would be no need for this,” Rice said. “Most likely, they are installed and operated by hackers, trying to steal personal identification and passwords.”

While Rice very well may be uninformed on the subject, countless investigations have found law enforcement to be regularly deceiving the public regarding the use of IMSI catchers.

Documents uncovered by Seattle Privacy Coalition’s Phil Mocek last month revealed that the Tacoma, Wash. police department has been secretly using a Stringray for more than 6 years.

“These devices are often used to spy on innocent people’s words, locations and associations,” Mocek told Infowars.

Later reports indicated that the department used a nondisclosure agreement with the FBI to keep the transaction secret. Police in turn told Tacoma City Council members, who approved the purchase, that the device was designed to locate “IEDs.”

A report last March from Wired Magazine revealed how one Florida police department used a Stingray more than 200 times without ever acquiring a warrant. Similarly, the department pointed to a non-disclosure agreement with the device’s manufacturer as reasoning for their unconstitutional activity.

Emails uncovered earlier this year even showed how the U.S. Marshals Service secretly taught police how to lie to judges when trying to obtain a Stingray. U.S. Marshals even went as far as raiding a Florida police department in order to keep Stingray documents from reaching the public.

The barrage of news has even prompted people across the country to begin their own investigations, with one resident of Charlotte, North Carolina recently finding a mysterious tower not operated by one of the major telecommunications companies.

Late last year, Infowars received exclusive documents revealing a seperate cell phone interception system blanketing the city of Seattle. The DHS-funded “mesh network” allows law enforcement groups to communicate through “mesh network nodes,” which also have the ability to track cell users throughout the city.

Sources: Wise Dog Research, Wise Dog News, Infowars.com

We Have Here Something Potentially So Big That It Could Change The World!

Posted By on September 15, 2014

It’s called Graphene, and it was discovered in 2004, but in an unworkable form. Since then a lot has changed, so you’ll be hearing about this new super substance in the future as it becomes much more workable and its uses grow exponentially! It’s said to be one million times thinner than a human hair, be 200 times stronger than steel and up to 1,000 times more conductive than silicon?

Graphene is a carbon crystal known most famously as the gray, slippery “lead” of pencils. It’s the thinnest material ever made  just one carbon atom thick and has novel properties that researchers hope will lead to twisty television and smartphone screens, super-fast conductors, targeted cancer treatments, sturdier tennis rackets and a zillion other things.

Europe is spending a fortune to develop graphene into an industrial super-ingredient. Tech companies have begun stockpiling patent applications that include graphene, with Samsung off and running with it.

The ambition is that one day graphene will be fabricated in the same way that you print newspapers — in a roll to roll process using the same kind of equipment. This will change the entire economics of the electronics industry.

Graphene was the first two-dimensional material to be discovered, but it is not the only one. Now there are more than 10 materials that are all two-dimensional with complimentary properties that could be integrated with graphene to provide extra functionality.

Boron nitride for example is also one-atom thick and instead of being a conductor it is an insulator (of heat), the best insulator we know. If you go to three atoms thick we have another material called molybdenum disulfide which is a semi-conductor, like silicon, but lighter and stronger.

These materials can then be combined in order to fabricate completely new material structures that don’t exist in nature. That makes this a very powerful proposition.

Graphene is  200 times stronger than steel, thinner than a sheet of paper, and more conductive than copper.

And that’s not all…

Researchers the world over are using it for critical advances in a variety of industries. Graphene makes:

  • Solar – 50x-100x more efficient

  • Semiconductors – 50x-100x faster

  • Aircraft – 70% lighter

  • Batteries that charge 10x faster and store 10x more power…

  • Phones and computer displays that bend and fold…

  • And even the potential to make people and things completely invisible.

That’s quite a story for a new material now deemed so vital to our future that it’s been named a “supply critical mineral” and a “strategic mineral” by the United States and the European Union.

Sources: Wise Dog Research, Bloomberg, CNN Tech, TheStatedTruth.com

The Wild Wild West – Phoenix Hit With Massive Sand Storm, Then Wettest Day Ever

Posted By on September 9, 2014

Unbelievable….Phoenix gets 2.96 inches of rain in one day! Yes, it will be a day to remember!

Monday, September 08, 2014….Phoenix, Arizona just had its wettest day on record — a 3-inch downpour that flooded roads, stranded drivers, closed schools, knocked out power for thousands of people, and left at least two people dead. Flood watches were in effect for parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado as the remnants of Hurricane Norbert mixed with moisture already in the atmosphere.

Sources: Wise Dog Research

This Has To Be One Of The Biggest Weather Related Surprises Of This Decade!

Posted By on September 9, 2014

The fire season for this year is well below normal, and on pace to be one of the leanest in the last 10 years…..The entire west is bone dry, so how does this happen? Just wondering.

Forest Fires

Source: National Interagency Fire Center, Washington Times, Wise Dog Research

Snow In September!

Posted By on September 6, 2014

Here it comes folks…snow in September. It’s no surprise to us, Half Past Human was predicting an early snow in September months ago.

September Snow in Seven States over Seven Days

September 6th, 2014 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

Looks like September snows — not even mountain snows — over the northern tier of states spreading eastward from Montana and North Dakota starting Tuesday night.

The latest GFS model total snow accumulation by next Saturday shows snow for Montana, Wyoming (mountains only), the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan (plot courtesy of WeatherBell.com):

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Sources: www.droyspencer.com, www.wisedogresearch.com

Interesting Tid Bit

Posted By on September 5, 2014

The United States has over 800 military bases around the world. Gulp

  The Stated Truth

 

Can Water Stop California’s Economic Growth?

Posted By on September 2, 2014

California’s sunshine is getting a little out of hand…so we would love to throw a little water on the subject, no pun intended, but….maybe we’ll use sand instead.

California Drought

Source: CDEC

Why An Electromagnetic Surgethe (Pulse) Could Take Down The World As We Know It!

Posted By on July 29, 2014

This is one scary forecast, mainly because nobody else has talked about it.  Billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer has issued an unusual warning for investors, calling the threat of a widespread blackout from an electromagnetic pulse the “most significant danger” in the world today. Paul Singer: “This threat is ‘head-and-shoulders’ above all others.”

“(A natural EMP event) today would cause a massive disruption to the electric grid, possibly shutting it down entirely for months or longer, with unimaginable consequences,” Singer wrote. “Only two years ago, the sun let loose with a Carrington-magnitude burst, but the position of the earth at the time prevented the burst from hitting it. The chances of additional events of such magnitude may be far greater than most people think.”

Called an “electromagnetic pulse” or EMP, the events can occur naturally from solar storms or artificially from a high-altitude explosion of nuclear weapons.

“While these pages are typically chock full of scary or depressing scenarios, there is one risk that is head-and-shoulders above all the rest in terms of the scope of potential damage adjusted for the likelihood of occurrence,” Singer wrote to clients of his $24.8 billion Elliott Management on Monday in a standard investment update letter. “Even horrendous nuclear war, except in its most extreme form, can [be] a relatively localized issue, and the threat from asteroids can (possibly) be mitigated”

“The consequences of such an attack could be catastrophic; all electronics, power systems, and information systems could be shut down,” Rep. Scott Perry said in prepared remarks during an EMP hearing in May held by the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. “This could then cascade into interdependent infrastructures such as water, gas, and telecommunications. While we understand this is an extreme case, we must always be prepared in case a rogue state decides to utilize this technology.”

Sources: CNBC, Wise Dog Research, The Stated Truth

The Stated Truth Update

Posted By on July 26, 2014

Hello Everyone,

We have received word that there are a few technical issues with the site at the moment, specifically with the format viewed in Internet Explorer. We are working to resolve these problems as quickly as possible.

We are also working to amp up the site a little bit by adding some new features as well as updating the old, so bear with us in coming weeks as these changes are implemented.

New posts will be coming soon and more frequently, so keep tuning in.

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Antarctic Sea Ice Hits New Record High With 2.1million Square Miles Of Ice Above Normal, During Which Time Ice Should Be In Decline!

Posted By on July 6, 2014

Maybe their computers are broken…

The levels of Antarctic sea-ice last week hit an all-time high – confounding climate change computer models which say it should be in decline.

America’s National Snow And Ice Data Center, which is funded by NASA, revealed that ice around the southern continent covers about 10 million miles, which is 1.3 million miles more than is usual for the time of year.

It is by far the highest level since satellite observations began in 1979. In statistical terms, the extent of the ice cover is hugely significant. It represents the latest stage in a trend that started ten years ago, and means that an area the size of Greenland, which would normally be open water, is now frozen.

Sources: NASA, Wise Dog News

Question: Who Is The Worlds Largest Producer Of Oil?…How About Natural Gas?

Posted By on July 4, 2014

Easy question….or is it?  We can’t imagine why the answer would be hard. It’s got to be Saudi Arabia, NOPE. How about Russia,  yep that sounds right! NOPE. Well, who else could it be? Hmm, just don’t know, how about Iran, NOPE. Umm, maybe China or Canada, NOPE, NOPE! One last chance…

The U.S. overtook Saudi Arabia and Russia and is now the world’s biggest producer of both oil and gas according to Bank of America Corp. U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed all other countries this year with daily output exceeding 11 million barrels in the first quarter, the bank said in a report today. The country became the world’s largest natural gas producer in 2010. The International Energy Agency said in June that the U.S. was the biggest producer of both oil and natural gas liquids.

Sources: Wise Dog Research, Bank of America, International Energy Agency

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