http://www.zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml/wp-login.php/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2011/09/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2012/02/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2011/09/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/news en Two Blondes, Two Fates http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/two-blondes-two-fates <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em><strong><a href="http://slopeofhope.com/" target="_blank">From the Slope of Hope:</a></strong></em> Earlier this week, my son asked me a sincere question: "How come&nbsp;<strong>Marissa Mayer</strong>&nbsp;got&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/04/marissa-mayer-yahoo-payout" target="_blank" style="color: #21759b; outline: none;">$200 million</a>&nbsp;by screwing up Yahoo?"</p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">It was a good question, and one I had trouble answering at first, because I'd like him to think that there's some level of fairness, meritocracy, and sensibility to this world of ours. In Mayer's case, however, there is none. Her entire massive fortune is due to being in the right place, at the right time, on multiple occasions.<strong>&nbsp;She is no more clever or shrewd than someone who won the mega-jackpot lottery</strong></p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">When I had time to discuss the reality of the situation with him thoroughly, I laid out the bare truth for him. It is as follows:</p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; padding-left: 30px;">(1)&nbsp;<strong>Mayer was a senior at Stanford</strong>, trying to figure out which of her many job offers she would accept. A startup named Google was looking for a product manager, so they sent her an email. Seeing the subject line, she intended to press the Delete key, because she wanted to join Bain Consulting (a very typical place for a graduate of an elite school to begin their career), but she accidentally pressed the Space bar, showing the email's contents. She was intrigued enough to read it and talk to the founders, and she took the plunge. Word on the street is she that was a<em>&nbsp;Friend With Benefits</em>&nbsp;to&nbsp;Larry Page during her tenure there, which didn't hurt matters. Suffice it to say she made her first fortune by stumbling into Google the moment she left college and being real chummy with one of the Google guys.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; padding-left: 30px;"><img src="http://media.salon.com/2012/07/marissa-mayer4.jpeg" width="610" height="381" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2) 0px 1px 4px;" class="alignnone" /></p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; padding-left: 30px;">(2) During this same time period,<strong>&nbsp;Yahoo couldn't do anything right</strong>. They've always been a pretty crappy site, but they had the good fortune of being a "first mover" when the Internet first appeared, and their popularity fed on itself. They stupidly said no to a great buyout offer from Microsoft, and they kept lurching from one failed CEO to another, including, notably,&nbsp;<strong>Carol Bartz,&nbsp;</strong>who is basically<strong>&nbsp;an older, more pissed-off version of Marissa.</strong></p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; padding-left: 30px;"> <object width="425" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/zq4A1uCQ1w0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/zq4A1uCQ1w0" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/zq4A1uCQ1w0" /></object></p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; padding-left: 30px;">(3) In a perfect illustration of the Peter Principle, Mayer had risen to her own level of incompetence at Google, and she started getting sidelined. It slowly began to dawn on people that&nbsp;<strong>she wasn't particularly good at anything</strong>, except&nbsp;<strong>narcissistically posing for magazine covers,</strong>&nbsp;and she started to be pushed farther and farther away from senior management. She was rich enough to never work again, but her glory days seemed to be behind her.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; padding-left: 30px;">(4)&nbsp;<strong>Yahoo, desperate for a shot at rejuvenating itself,</strong>&nbsp;reached out to Mayer for the plum post of CEO. What I explained carefully to my son is that when a public company really, really wants someone, that "someone" can construct a deal so that&nbsp;<strong>they make a fortune no matter how badly they fuck up.</strong>&nbsp;And that's precisely what Marissa did. She got a monster signing bonus and a pay package that was&nbsp;<strong>Gigantic</strong>&nbsp;if she screwed everything up and&nbsp;<strong>Super Gigantic</strong>&nbsp;if things went well. For a while, the world declared that, as with Steve jobs did with Apple in 1996,&nbsp;<strong>she was going to save Yahoo.</strong></p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; padding-left: 30px;"><img src="http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/50099b506bb3f7ae2b00000c-960/marissa-mayer-hope-poster.jpg" width="737" height="569" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2) 0px 1px 4px;" class="alignnone" /></p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; padding-left: 30px;">(5)&nbsp;<strong>In the five or so years that she ran Yahoo, she did just about everything wrong</strong>. She enriched friends by paying insane figures for their startups. She spent $1.3 billion in tumblr, which failed. She hired Katie Couric at $10 million a year to - - I dunno - - sit in front of a camera and show her&nbsp;<a href="http://i.perezhilton.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/katie-couric-is-all-smiles-outside__oPt.jpg" target="_blank" style="color: #21759b; outline: none;">big, white teeth</a>. She wasted money like mad, didn't turn the company around, and was essentially&nbsp;<strong>an epic screwup.</strong></p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">So how come Yahoo's stock price didn't reflect this? I can answer that with one word:&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration-line: underline;"><strong>Alibaba</strong></span>.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">See, many years earlier, Yahoo put money into the tiny company Alibaba, and<strong>&nbsp;its 40% stake became very, very valuable.</strong>&nbsp;Indeed, Yahoo had a NEGATIVE enterprise value. The one and ONLY thing that preserved shareholder value was that it just happened to have a big stake in BABA whose share price just kept going up. That's it. End of story. Dumb luck. And Mayer benefited from this happy accident more than anyone. She is, I assured my boy, creepily laughing all the way to the bank.</p> <object width="425" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/OinvdoyBsEc&amp;t" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/OinvdoyBsEc&amp;t" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/OinvdoyBsEc&amp;t" /></object> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">So why did I call this post TWO blondes? Because in sharp contrast with the dumb luck of Marissa Mayers is the rotten luck of someone who&nbsp;<strong>almost</strong>&nbsp;got away with it - - but didn't - - good old "<strong>Crazy Eyes</strong>" Elizabeth Holmes, who had the gall to hold herself out to the world as the reincarnation of Steven P. Jobs.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/jc/AAEAAQAAAAAAAAR1AAAAJDZiZGIzYzU0LWI0MTYtNGRlZC1hYmQwLTY1NTU0NDgxMWNkZA.jpg" width="698" height="400" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2) 0px 1px 4px;" class="alignnone" /></p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">You know the story well, so I won't go into much detail. The thumbnail sketch is that she left Stanford at 19, put Theranos together, somehow convinced venture capitalists (distracted, I suppose, by her trim figure and fake blonde hair) into valuing her company at $9 billion, and then - - whoops - -it turns out that she hasn't invented a goddamn thing, and that&nbsp;<strong>their technology doesn't work</strong>. The result? Government investigations, investor lawsuits, employee&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3776888/Award-winning-scientist-struggling-make-Theranos-blood-test-machines-work-committed-suicide-amid-fears-Silicon-Valley-firm-s-32-year-old-CEO-fire-claims-wife.html" target="_blank" style="color: #21759b; outline: none;">suicides</a>, and a net worth of&nbsp;<strong>Holmes collapsing from $4.5 billion to $dick.</strong></p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">The massive wealth she created for herself and others was as fake as that gorgeous blonde hair of hers.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://www.wyattresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Elizabeth_Holmes_lecturing_at_Stanford_ECorner.jpg" width="494" height="282" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2) 0px 1px 4px;" class="alignnone" /></p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Oh, you thought it was real? C'mon now.&nbsp;<strong>These women like to create an image</strong>. In spite of their post-feminist bluster, they will happily pander to whatever sexist notions they believe will garner them the highest paycheck. I offer you&nbsp;<em>this</em>&nbsp;tidbit of reality as well.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://static3.businessinsider.com/image/52e068caecad047902325604-1200-924/young-marissa-mayer-5.jpg" width="1200" height="900" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2) 0px 1px 4px;" class="alignnone" /></p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Pretty amazing what a lot of&nbsp;cash&nbsp;can buy in terms of a facade, isn't it?</p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--kQkQNOyjd8/UAw2H3wxAtI/AAAAAAAAAPU/DWCJdI7LM6o/s1600/Marissa-Mayer%5B1%5D.jpeg" width="452" height="362" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2) 0px 1px 4px;" class="alignnone" /></p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Same person. Honest. And maybe a touch of Photoshop.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">So, in the end, you've got one woman who<strong>&nbsp;was able to pull the wool over everyone's eyes</strong>&nbsp;and make a fortune of about a<strong>&nbsp;quarter billion dollars,</strong>&nbsp;and you've got another who almost pulled the wool over everyone's eyes, but got caught before she got away with it,<strong>&nbsp;and is left with nothing.</strong></p> <p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Two fake blondes. Two different fates. There is no real sense to any of this. Right time. Right place. Luck of the draw. And a little helping of what the boys like, just to grease the skids.</p> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/two-blondes-two-fates#comments Alibaba Group Apple Bain Business Google Google Luck Marissa Mayer None Reality Slope of Hope Stanford Steve Jobs Technology US Federal Reserve World Wide Web Yahoo! Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:28:14 +0000 Tim Knight from Slope of Hope 594778 at http://www.zerohedge.com Here's Who NATO Will Probably Be Fighting If There's A World War III http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/heres-who-nato-will-probably-be-fighting-if-theres-world-war-iii <p><a href="http://theantimedia.org/nato-world-war-iii-shanghai-cooperation/"><em>Authored by Darius Shahtahmasebi via TheAntiMedia.org,</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/04/27/20170428_nato.jpg"><img height="293" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/04/27/20170428_nato_0.jpg" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Russia recently said it would<a href="http://www.newsweek.com/russia-iran-china-shanghai-five-nato-western-bloc-member-587320" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> support</a> Iran&rsquo;s bid to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization,</strong> an emerging economic and political alliance led by China. This Shanghai Bloc was <a href="http://www.cfr.org/china/shanghai-cooperation-organization/p10883" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">originally formed</a> in 1996 before it was rebranded in 2001. Its membership includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Last year, India and Pakistan also<a href="https://tribune.com.pk/story/1129533/india-pakistan-edge-closer-joining-sco-security-bloc/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> signed</a> the memorandum of obligations and are expected to become full members sometime this year. <strong>The bloc has expanded into a military organization over the last few years and has run joint <a href="http://www.eurasianet.org/node/80566" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">military exercises in the past</a>.</strong></p> <p>Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Iran now fully fits the criteria for membership and that discussions on its bid to join will take place this summer.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong><em>&ldquo;Next in line [for membership]&hellip;is Iran, which has resolved issues related to sanctions from the U.N. Security Council,&rdquo;</em> Lavrov told Russian state news agency <a href="http://tass.ru/politika/4200292" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Itar-Tass</em></a>, as<a href="http://www.newsweek.com/russia-iran-china-shanghai-five-nato-western-bloc-member-587320" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> reported</a> by <em>Newsweek</em>.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>The country now &ldquo;<em>fully meets the criteria for membership</em>,&rdquo; Lavrov told journalists at the end of a meeting of the group&rsquo;s foreign ministers.</p> <p>Iran currently has observer status in the organization, meaning it can attend summits. As is quite clear, Iran and Russia already cooperate closely both economically and militarily, particularly<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/russia-iran-us-america-syria-red-lines-respond-with-force-aggressor-air-strikes-war-latest-a7675031.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> regarding the Syrian conflict</a>. What is especially notable about this alliance, however, is the fact that the U.S. was&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2006/jun/16/shanghaisurprise" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">rejected</a> from gaining observer status in 2004, which, as <em>Newsweek</em><a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/russia-iran-us-america-syria-red-lines-respond-with-force-aggressor-air-strikes-war-latest-a7675031.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> reports</a>, reinforces <em>&ldquo;the impression that its goal is to exist in opposition to Western political and military alliances.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><strong>Further complicating this issue is the fact that NATO member Turkey<a href="http://theantimedia.org/turkey-join-russia-china-us-europe/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> expressed</a> a desire to join this organization at the end of last year.</strong> As Turkey transitions from a<a href="http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/03/29/the-dictatorship-in-natos-clubhouse-erdogan-kurds-turkey/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> so-called democracy to a nearly outright dictatorship</a>, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan may find he has more in common with his eastern counterparts than he does his western ones.</p> <p><strong>If this scenario were to occur, it would place a NATO ally in direct alliance with NATO&rsquo;s longtime arch-rivals<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/turkey/8737158/Turkey-backs-Nato-missile-defence-shield-against-Iran.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> Iran</a> and<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/13/world/europe/russia-nato-us-romania-missile-defense.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> Russia</a>.</strong></p> <p>As the world is seemingly<a href="http://theantimedia.org/gorbachev-world-preparing-war/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> preparing for a third world war</a>&nbsp;between NATO and the growing Eastern bloc, we are witnessing the <strong>strengthening of alliances as well as the switching of some very strategic ones</strong>. One can only hope that as alliances switch and strengthen, the balance of power could shift just enough to <strong>prevent the powers-that-be from launching this disastrous war in the first place.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="690" height="337" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170428_nato.jpg?1493392969" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/heres-who-nato-will-probably-be-fighting-if-theres-world-war-iii#comments China India International relations Iran Itar-Tass Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Landlocked countries Member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Member states of the United Nations Muslim-majority countries North Atlantic Treaty Organization Politics Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Shanghai Cooperation Organization Turkey U.N. Security Council Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:15:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 594705 at http://www.zerohedge.com You Can't Buy Love... But You Can Rent It http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/you-cant-buy-love-you-can-rent-it <p>According to the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.statista.com/outlook/370/100/dating-services/worldwide" target="_blank">Digital Market Outlook (DMO)</a>&nbsp;by Statista, <strong>the country with the largest share of adults paying for a dating service is the United States.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.statista.com/chart/9173/investing-in-love/" title="Infographic: Investing in Love | Statista"><img alt="Infographic: Investing in Love | Statista" height="428" src="https://infographic.statista.com/normal/chartoftheday_9173_investing_in_love_n.jpg" width="600" /></a></p> <p><em>You will find more statistics at <a href="https://www.statista.com/">Statista</a></em></p> <p>As <a href="https://www.statista.com/chart/9173/investing-in-love/">Statista&#39;s Martin Armstrong details</a>, <em><strong>at 26.4 percent, over a quarter of Americans are spending their money on trying to find love (or a sexual encounter).</strong></em></p> <p>The DMO analysts classified &#39;dating services&#39; as either &#39;matchmaking&#39;, &#39;online dating&#39;, or &#39;casual dating&#39;. Making up the top three were the UK and Germany on 20 and 17 percent respectively.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="694" height="411" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170428_love.jpg?1493415642" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/you-cant-buy-love-you-can-rent-it#comments Affection BDSM Business Dating Germany Human sexual activity Human sexuality Intimate relationships Martin Armstrong Matchmaking Online dating service Philosophy of life Philosophy of love Statista Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:50:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 594759 at http://www.zerohedge.com ISIS Apologized To Israel For Attacking IDF Soldiers http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/isis-apologized-israel-attacking-idf-soldiers <p>In a curious incident that is certain to provoke questions about the proximity, not to mention fund flow, between Israel and ISIS the former Israeli Defense Minister, cited by the <a href="http://www.timesofisrael.com/ex-defense-minister-says-is-apologized-to-israel-for-november-clash/">Times of Israel</a>, said that&nbsp; Islamic State terrorists have on at least one occasion “apologized” to Israel for mistakenly attacking IDF soldiers in the occupied Golan Heights. The disclosure may also provide some insight into why after reportedly attacking virtually every religion and ethnicity in the region, there have been virtually no documented attacks by the Islamic State on Israel or its citizens. </p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/04/19/58feba66c46188ed7f8b4603.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/04/19/58feba66c46188ed7f8b4603_0.jpg" width="500" height="278" /></a></p> <p>Discussing the wider Israeli policy of “neutrality” in Syria, former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon accidentally admitted that Israel has an open communications channel with an Islamic State cell which operates in Gollan Heights. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>“There was one case recently where Daesh opened fire and apologized,</strong>” Ya’alon said on Saturday, <a href="http://www.timesofisrael.com/ex-defense-minister-says-is-apologized-to-israel-for-november-clash/">quoted by the Times of Israel</a>.</p> <p>Asked to expand on his controversial statement, Ya’alon’s office refused to elaborate. The IDF also declined to comment. Under Israeli law, any communication with terrorists is considered illegal, unless of course the Israel state covertly does not consider ISIS terrorists.</p> <p>Ya’alon served as Israel's Defense Minister from 2013 until his resignation in May 2016, and his comments were reportedly referring to the first direct incident involving clashes between Israel and Islamic State terrorists. In that incident which took place last November, the Shuhada al-Yarmouk cell, which has pledged allegiance to ISIS, exchanged fire with Israeli forces after the IDF's Golani Brigade crossed the security fence with Syria to conduct an “ambush operation.”</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/04/19/yaalon.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/04/19/yaalon_0.jpg" width="500" height="281" /></a><br /><em>Former Israeli defense minister Moshe 'Bogie' Ya'alon speaks at the Hebrew University</em></p> <p>While the official Israeli position is pursuing neutrality in the Syrian conflict, Tel Aviv has on several occasions engaged Syrian military targets in Syria - <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-26/massive-explosion-reported-near-damascus-international-airport-syria">most recently on Wednesday </a>- usually under the pretext of preventing the alleged transfer of weapons to Hezbollah, considered a terrorist group by Israel. Last month, Tel Aviv confirmed conducting airstrikes on several targets in Syria, after Damascus activated its air defense system against the IDF jets.</p> <p>While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has justified the repeated incursions, explaining that IDF planes targeted a Hezbollah weapons convoy, Damascus has said that the Israeli strikes only benefit the Islamic State and other terrorist groups. Earlier this month the Syrian President Bashar Assad once again blamed Israel of helping militants terrorizing his country.</p> <p>"You can assume that these terrorists are fighting for Israel. If they aren't part of the regular Israeli army, they're fighting for Israel. Israel has common goals with Turkey, the United States, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries,” <a href="http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4946010,00.html">Ynet </a>quoted Assad as as saying.</p> <p>“Israel is working on helping these terrorists wherever the Syrian army is advancing. It attacks in one form or another to provide them with assistance, and to stop the Syrian army’s momentum in the face of the terrorists,” the Syrian leader added.</p> <p>In light of Ya'alon's comments, Assad may have been right. </p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="900" height="500" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/58feba66c46188ed7f8b4603.jpg?1493420613" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/isis-apologized-israel-attacking-idf-soldiers#comments Anti-Western sentiment Antisemitism in the Arab world Bashar al-Assad France Golan Heights Hebrew University Hezbollah Hizballah IDF IDF's Golani Brigade International relations Islamic terrorism in Lebanon Israel Israel Israel Defense Forces Israeli Army Lebanese nationalism March 8 Alliance Military Moshe Ya'alon Politics Saudi Arabia Syrian army Turkey War Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:38:16 +0000 Tyler Durden 594767 at http://www.zerohedge.com Will Trump Release The Missing JFK Files? http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/will-trump-release-missing-jfk-files <p><a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/27/will-trump-release-the-missing-jfk-files-215079"><em>Authored by Philip Shenon via Politico.com,</em></a></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/04/27/20170428_jfk.jpg"><img height="325" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/04/27/20170428_jfk_0.jpg" width="600" /></a></em></p> <p><em><strong>The nation&rsquo;s conspiracy-theorist-in-chief is facing a momentous decision. Will President Donald Trump allow the public to see a trove of thousands of long-secret government files about the event that, more than any other in modern American history, has fueled conspiracy theories &ndash; the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy?</strong></em></p> <p>The answer must come within months. And, according to a new timeline offered by the National Archives, it <strong>could come within weeks.</strong></p> <p>Under the deadline set by a 1992 law, <strong>Trump has six months left to decide whether he will block the release of an estimated 3,600 files related to the assassination that are still under seal at the Archives</strong>. From what is known of the JFK documents, most come from the CIA and FBI, and a number may help resolve lingering questions about whether those agencies missed evidence of a conspiracy in Kennedy&rsquo;s death. As with every earlier release of JFK assassination documents in the 53 years since shots rang out in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, it is virtually certain that some of the files will be seized on to support popular conspiracy theories about Kennedy&rsquo;s murder; other documents are likely to undermine them.</p> <p>There is no little irony in the fact that decision will be left to Trump, long a promoter of so many baseless conspiracy theories about everything from his predecessor&rsquo;s birthplace to the notion that the father of one of his campaign-trail rivals was in league with JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.</p> <p>For the first time, the Trump White House is acknowledging that it is focused on the issue, even if it offers no hint about what the President will do. A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told <em>Politico</em> last week that the Trump administration &ldquo;is familiar with the requirements&rdquo; of the 1992 law and that White House is working with the National Archives &ldquo;to enable a smooth process in anticipation of the October deadline.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Under the 1992 JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, the library of documents about Kennedy&rsquo;s death must be made public in full by the deadline of this October 26, the law&rsquo;s 25th anniversary, unless Trump decides otherwise. It is his decision alone.</strong></p> <p>The prospect of the release of the last of the government&rsquo;s long-secret JFK assassination files has long tantalized historians and other scholars, to say nothing of the nation&rsquo;s armies of conspiracy theorists, since no one can claim to know exactly what is in there.</p> <p>Martha W. Murphy, the Archives official who oversees the records, said in an interview last month that a team of researchers with high-level security clearances is at work to prepare the JFK files for release and hopes to begin unsealing them in batches much earlier than October &ndash; possibly as early as summer.</p> <p><strong>Beyond releasing the 3,600 never-before-seen JFK files, the Archives is reviewing another 35,000 assassination-related documents, previously released in part, so they can be unsealed in full. </strong>Short of an order from the president, Murphy said, the Archives is committed to making everything public this year: &ldquo;There&rsquo;s very little decision-making for us.&rdquo;</p> <p>Many of the documents are known to come from the files of CIA officials who monitored a mysterious trip that Oswald paid to Mexico City several weeks before the assassination &ndash; a trip that brought Kennedy&rsquo;s future killer under intense surveillance by the spy agency as he paid visits to both the Soviet and Cuban embassies there. The CIA said it monitored all visitors to the embassies and opened surveillance of Oswald as soon as he was detected inside the Soviet compound for the first time.</p> <p><strong>Other documents are known to identify, by name, American and foreign spies and law-enforcement sources who had previously been granted anonymity for information about Oswald and the assassination. </strong>At least 400 pages of the files involve E. Howard Hunt, the former CIA operative turned Watergate conspirator who claimed on his deathbed that he had advance knowledge of Kennedy&rsquo;s murder.</p> <p>The documents were gathered together by a temporary federal agency, the Assassination Records Review Board, that was established under the 1992 law. In an interview last month, its former chairman, Judge John R. Tunheim of the Federal District Court in Minnesota, said he &ldquo;wouldn&rsquo;t be surprised if there&rsquo;s something important&rdquo; in the documents, especially given how much of the history of the Kennedy assassination has had to be rewritten in recent decades.</p> <p><strong>He said he knew of &ldquo;no bombshells&rdquo; in the files when the board agreed to keep them secret two decades ago, but names, places and events described in the documents could have significance now,</strong> given what has been learned about the assassination since the board went out of business. &ldquo;Today, with a broader understanding of history, certain things may be far more relevant,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Murphy, the Archives official, said she, too, knew of no shocking information in the documents &ndash; but she said her researchers were not in a position to judge their significance. &ldquo;As you can imagine, we&rsquo;re not reading them for that, so we&rsquo;re probably not the best people to tell you,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I will say this: This collection is really interesting as a snapshot of the Cold War.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Review Board, created by Congress to show transparency in response to the public furor created by Oliver Stone&rsquo;s conspiracy-minded 1991 film &ldquo;JFK,&rdquo; did force the release of a massive library of other long-secret documents from the CIA, FBI, Secret Service and other federal agencies, as well as from congressional investigations of the assassination.</p> <p>Many showed how much evidence was withheld from the Warren Commission, the independent panel led by Chief Justice Earl Warren that investigated the assassination and concluded in 1964 that there was no evidence of a conspiracy in Kennedy&rsquo;s death.</p> <p><strong>The documents showed that both the CIA and FBI had much more extensive information about Oswald&mdash;and the danger he posed to JFK&mdash;before the assassination than the agencies admitted to Warren&rsquo;s investigation. The evidence appeared to have been withheld from the commission out of fear that it would expose how the CIA and FBI had bungled the opportunity to stop Oswald.</strong></p> <p>Under the 1992 law, agencies may make a final appeal to try to stop the unsealing of specific documents on national security grounds. But the law grants only one person the power to actually block the release: the president. The law allows Trump to keep a document secret beyond the 25-year deadline if he certifies to the National Archives that secrecy was &ldquo;made necessary by an identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement or conduct of foreign relations&rdquo; and that &ldquo;the identifiable harm is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Both the CIA and FBI acknowledged in written statements last month that they are reviewing the documents scheduled for release; neither agency would say if it planned to appeal to the White House to block the unsealing of any of the records.</strong> &ldquo;CIA continues to review the remaining CIA documents in the collection to determine the appropriate next steps with respect to any previously-unreleased CIA information,&rdquo; said agency spokesperson Heather Fritz Horniak. The FBI said it had a team of 21 researchers assigned to the document review.</p> <p>According to a skeletal index of the documents prepared by the Archives, some of the files appear to involve, at least indirectly, a set of conspiracy theories that Trump himself promoted during the 2016 campaign &ndash; about possible ties between Cuban exile groups in the United States and Oswald. On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly promoted an article published last April in the <em>National Enquirer</em> that suggested a connection between Oswald and the Cuban-born father of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, one of Trump&rsquo;s rivals for the Republican nomination. The article was based entirely on a 1963 photograph that showed Oswald, a self-proclaimed Marxist and champion of Fidel Castro&rsquo;s Communist revolution in Cuba, handing out pro-Castro leaflets in New Orleans with a man who, the tabloid suggested, was Cruz&rsquo;s father, Rafael.</p> <p><strong>The Cruz family denied that the senator&rsquo;s family was the man depicted in the photo and that Rafael Cruz had any connection to Oswald; there is no other evidence of any connection.</strong></p> <p>The National Archives index shows that the documents to be released this year include a 86-page file on a prominent CIA-backed anti-Castro exile group that Oswald appears to have tried to infiltrate in New Orleans, his hometown, in order to gather information that might be of use to the Castro government.</p> <p>Judge Tunheim said that Oswald&rsquo;s trip to Mexico City in September and October 1963 figures directly or indirectly in many of the documents that remain under seal, including the internal files of CIA operatives who worked at the American embassy there.</p> <p><strong>Historians agree that the trip, which Oswald apparently undertook in hopes of obtaining a visa to defect to Castro&rsquo;s Cuba, much as he had once tried to defect to the Soviet Union, has never been fully investigated.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;I still think there are loose threads in Mexico City that no one has ever explored,&rdquo; Tunheim said. &ldquo;It was a bizarre chapter &ndash; there&rsquo;s no question about it.&rdquo; Previously declassified CIA and FBI documents suggest that Oswald openly boasted to Cuban officials there about his intention to kill Kennedy and that he had a brief affair with a Mexican woman who worked in Cuba&rsquo;s consulate. <strong>The American ambassador to Mexico at the time of the assassination said later that he believed the woman had probably been working for the CIA.</strong></p> <p>Tunheim said the Review Board agreed to keep the Mexico-related documents secret in the 1990s at the request of the State Department, the CIA and other agencies that warned that their release could do damage to relations with the Mexico government, which worked closely with the CIA and FBI during the Cold War.<strong><em> &ldquo;Mexico City was where everybody spied on everybody else,&rdquo; the judge said.</em></strong></p> <p>But given the chill in relations between the United States and Mexico following Trump&rsquo;s election and early moves by his administration to build its long-promised wall along the Mexican border, a similar plea to keep the documents secret may not go very far with the new president. Said Tunheim: <em><strong>&ldquo;I guess we don&rsquo;t have much of a relationship with the Mexican government to protect anymore.&rdquo;</strong></em></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="1160" height="629" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170428_jfk.jpg?1493411340" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/will-trump-release-missing-jfk-files#comments American embassy American studies Assassination of John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board Castro government Central Intelligence Agency Central Intelligence Agency Congress Cuba’s consulate Department of State Donald Trump Donald Trump E. Howard Hunt FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal District Court JFK John F. Kennedy Lee Harvey Oswald Mexican government Mexico Mexico government National Archives national security New Orleans Nomination Politics Review Board Secret Service SPY Transparency Trump Administration United States United States intelligence agencies Warren Commission Warren Commission White House White House Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:25:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 594758 at http://www.zerohedge.com UC Davis Rolls Out "Morning After Pill" Vending Machines - "It Encourages Responsibility" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/uc-davis-rolls-out-morning-after-pill-vending-machines-it-encourages-responsibility <p>The University of California at Davis has a revolutionary solution for all their binge-drinking students who find it difficult to control their primal urges after a night of frat-hopping...<strong>the 'Plan B' vending machine.</strong>&nbsp; For $30 a box students can now flush that pesky, potentially-fertilized egg without the hassle of having to walk all the way to a pharmacy.&nbsp; </p> <p>Of course, the female students on campus seem to love the idea, saying...<strong>"It's <em>like </em>useful"</strong>....yeah, totally, and stuff.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><strong>"It's easier to take a Plan B than have to tell your parents that you're pregnant."</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>"It's like useful....so that you don't have to go to a pharmacy..."</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Meanwhile, one parent actually told CBS Sacramento that the vending machine "encourages responsibility."</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><strong>"It encourages responsiblity.</strong>&nbsp; I mean if you mess up then you mess up.&nbsp; <strong>It's better than waiting to see if you get pregnant and have an abortion."</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>We suspect many other parents might have a slightly different definition of "responsibility"...but what do we know?<strong><br /></strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/m9Eb0Jj-xxk?ecver=2" width="600" height="337" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>But the machine isn't just for emergencies...it also offers condoms for those who prefer to plan ahead.</p> <p>The vending machine was the brain child of UC Davis student, Parteek Singh, who said he came up with the idea after his "friends" had a close encounter one Friday night when the local pharmacy ran out of Plan B pills.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><strong>"There was an incident where my friends went to the one pharmacy that was open 24/7 in town on a Friday night.&nbsp; And they were all out of emergency contraceptive."</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>“I want to see this on every college campus."</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>What more is there to say really?<strong><br /></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="609" height="370" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user230519/imageroot/Plan%20b.JPG?1493385699" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/uc-davis-rolls-out-morning-after-pill-vending-machines-it-encourages-responsibility#comments Ancient Greek technology B+ Confectionery Education Pharmacy Retailing University of California University of California Vending machine Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:00:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 594690 at http://www.zerohedge.com "The CIA Has Been Deeply Humiliated" - Ron Paul Interviews Julian Assange http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/cia-has-been-deeply-humiliated-watch-ron-paul-interview-julian-assange-live <p>Having <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-24/ron-paul-rages-trump-assange-hero-dont-declare-war-truth">blasted the Trump administration</a> for their <strong>hyprocritical flip-flop from "loving WikiLeaks" to "arrest Assange," </strong>Ron Paul made his feelings very clear on what this signals:<strong><em> "If we allow this president to declare war on those who tell the truth, we have only ourselves to blame."</em></strong> Today he sits down with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for a live interview...</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><em>"<strong>The CIA has been deeply humiliated as a result of our ongoing publications </strong>so this is a preemptive move by the CIA to try and discredit our publications and create a new category for Wikileaks and other national security reporters to <strong>strip them of First Amendment protections,</strong>"</em> </p> </blockquote> <p>Assange said in a preview clip from the interview below...:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">TODAY at 12pm ET … Julian Assange joins me on The Liberty Report! <a href="https://t.co/ZpE9V7y7nX">https://t.co/ZpE9V7y7nX</a> <a href="https://t.co/gR9Y3VkktA">pic.twitter.com/gR9Y3VkktA</a></p> <p>— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) <a href="https://twitter.com/RonPaul/status/857913740343336960">April 28, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><p>Full interview below...&nbsp;<em> <br /></em></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QwkrtpXp-wg" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="338" height="152" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170428_assange.jpg?1493390241" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/cia-has-been-deeply-humiliated-watch-ron-paul-interview-julian-assange-live#comments Central Intelligence Agency First Amendment Government Julian Assange national security Politics Reactions to the United States diplomatic cables leak Reception of WikiLeaks Ron Paul RT Television Trump Administration Twitter Twitter War WikiLeaks Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:56:05 +0000 Tyler Durden 594713 at http://www.zerohedge.com The Rise Of The Generals http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/rise-generals <p><a href="http://buchanan.org/blog/the-rise-of-the-generals-126882"><em>Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,</em></a></p> <p><em><strong>Has President Donald Trump outsourced foreign policy to the generals?</strong></em></p> <p>So it would seem. Candidate Trump held out his hand to Vladimir Putin. He rejected further U.S. intervention in Syria other than to smash ISIS.</p> <p>He spoke of getting out and staying out of the misbegotten Middle East wars into which Presidents Bush II and Obama had plunged the country.</p> <p><strong>President Trump&rsquo;s seeming renunciation of an anti-interventionist foreign policy is the great surprise of the first 100 days, and the most ominous. </strong>For any new war could vitiate the Trump mandate and consume his presidency.</p> <p>Trump no longer calls NATO &ldquo;obsolete,&rdquo; but moves U.S. troops toward Russia in the Baltic and eastern Balkans. Rex Tillerson, holder of Russia&rsquo;s Order of Friendship, now warns that the U.S. will not lift sanctions on Russia until she gets out of Ukraine.</p> <p>If Tillerson is not bluffing, that would rule out any rapprochement in the Trump presidency. For neither Putin, nor any successor, could surrender Crimea and survive.</p> <p><u><em><strong>What happened to the Trump of 2016?</strong></em></u></p> <p><em><strong>When did Kiev&rsquo;s claim to Crimea become more crucial to us than a cooperative relationship with a nuclear-armed Russia? </strong></em>In 1991, Bush I and Secretary of State James Baker thought the very idea of Ukraine&rsquo;s independence was the product of a &ldquo;suicidal nationalism.&rdquo;</p> <p><em><strong>Where do we think this demonization of Putin and ostracism of Russia is going to lead?</strong></em></p> <p>To get Xi Jinping to help with our Pyongyang problem, Trump has dropped all talk of befriending Taiwan, backed off Tillerson&rsquo;s warning to Beijing to vacate its fortified reefs in the South China Sea, and held out promises of major concessions to Beijing in future trade deals.</p> <p><em>&ldquo;I like (Xi Jinping) and I believe he likes me a lot,&rdquo; Trump said this week. One recalls FDR admonishing Churchill, &ldquo;I think I can personally handle Stalin better than &hellip; your Foreign Office &hellip; Stalin hates the guts of all your people. He thinks he likes me better.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>FDR did not live to see what a fool Stalin had made of him.</p> <p>Among the achievements celebrated in Trump&rsquo;s first 100 days are the 59 cruise missiles launched at the Syrian airfield from which the gas attack on civilians allegedly came, and the dropping of the 22,000-pound MOAB bomb in Afghanistan.</p> <p><strong>But what did these bombings accomplish?</strong></p> <p>The War Party seems again ascendant. John McCain and Lindsey Graham are happy campers. In Afghanistan, the U.S. commander is calling for thousands more U.S. troops to assist the 8,500 still there, to stabilize an Afghan regime and army that is steadily losing ground to the Taliban.</p> <p><strong>Iran is back on the front burner. </strong>While Tillerson concedes that Tehran is in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, Trump says it is violating &ldquo;the spirit of the agreement.&rdquo;</p> <p>How so? Says Tillerson, Iran is &ldquo;destabilizing&rdquo; the region, and threatening U.S. interests in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon.</p> <p>But Iran is an ally of Syria and was invited in to help the U.N.-recognized government put down an insurrection that contains elements of al-Qaida and ISIS. It is we, the Turks, Saudis and Gulf Arabs who have been backing the rebels seeking to overthrow the regime.</p> <p>In Yemen, Houthi rebels overthrew and expelled a Saudi satrap. The bombing, blockading and intervention with troops is being done by Saudi and Sunni Arabs, assisted by the U.S. Navy and Air Force.</p> <p><strong>It is we and the Saudis who are talking of closing the Yemeni port of Hodeida, which could bring on widespread starvation.</strong></p> <p>It was not Iran, but the U.S. that invaded Iraq, overthrew the Baghdad regime and occupied the country. It was not Iran that overthrew Col. Gadhafi and created the current disaster in Libya.</p> <p>Monday, the USS Mahan fired a flare to warn off an Iranian patrol boat, 1,000 meters away. Supposedly, this was a provocation. But Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif had a point when he tweeted:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong><em>&ldquo;Breaking: Our Navy operates in &mdash; yes, correct &mdash; the Persian Gulf, not the Gulf of Mexico. Question is what US Navy doing 7,500 miles from home.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> </blockquote> <p><u><strong>Who is behind the seeming conversion of Trump to hawk?</strong></u></p> <p>The generals, Bibi Netanyahu and the neocons, Congressional hawks with Cold War mindsets, the Saudi royal family and the Gulf Arabs &mdash; they are winning the battle for the president&rsquo;s mind.</p> <p><em><strong>And their agenda for America?</strong></em></p> <p>We are to recognize that our true enemy in the Mideast is not al-Qaida or ISIS, but Shiite Iran and Hezbollah, Assad&rsquo;s Syria and his patron, Putin. And until Hezbollah is eviscerated, Assad is gone, and Iran is smashed the way we did Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen, the flowering of Middle East democracy that we all seek cannot truly begin.</p> <p><em>But before President Trump proceeds along the path laid out for him by his generals, brave and patriotic men that they are, he should discover if any of them opposed any of the idiotic wars of the last 15 years, beginning with that greatest of strategic blunders &mdash; George Bush&rsquo;s invasion of Iraq.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="593" height="284" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170428_generals.jpg?1493382873" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/rise-generals#comments Afghanistan Air Force al-Qaeda China Donald Trump Donald Trump eastern Balkans Foreign Office Foreign policy of Donald Trump Foreign policy of the Donald Trump administration Gulf of Mexico Hezbollah Hizballah Iran Iraq ISIS Islam Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant John McCain Mexico Middle East Middle East Nationalism navy Neocons North Atlantic Treaty Organization Persian Gulf Politics Politics Rex Tillerson Rex Tillerson South China Taliban Ukraine United Nations United States United States Navy Vladimir Putin Vladimir Putin War Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:35:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 594677 at http://www.zerohedge.com Is The Blockchain About To Disrupt This $7 Trillion Industry? http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/blockchain-about-disrupt-7-trillion-industry <p><a href="http://www.internationalman.com/articles/the-blockchain-is-about-to-disrupt-this-7-trillion-industry"><em>Authored by Teeka Tiwari via InternationalMan.com,</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/04/27/20170428_block.jpg"><em><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/04/27/20170428_block.jpg" style="width: 583px; height: 320px;" /></em></a></p> <p>Recently, I wrote about&nbsp;<a href="http://www.internationalman.com/articles/this-one-trade-changed-400-years-of-history-in-just-four-hours" target="_blank">a small $100,000 trade</a>&nbsp;of cheese and butter.</p> <p>Why?</p> <p><strong>This one trade changed 400 years of history in just four hours.</strong></p> <p>How so? Normally, it would take 10 days to handle the paperwork. But this trade concluded in less than four hours.</p> <p>The solution: a blockchain platform that streamlined the entire process.</p> <p><strong>While the trade was small, it was big for the $7 trillion trade finance industry.</strong></p> <p>What exactly is trade finance?</p> <p>It&rsquo;s when two companies in different countries want to buy and sell from each other. They use a bank to guarantee the transaction&hellip;</p> <p>For more than 400 years, trade finance hasn&rsquo;t changed much. It requires a mountain of paperwork. And all the parties involved spend a lot of time proving that they truly own what they say they own.</p> <p><em><strong>But that&rsquo;s all about to change.</strong></em></p> <p>Today, we show you how the blockchain is changing the inefficient trade finance industry. And we&rsquo;ll show you how to profit as well.</p> <h3><u><strong>How the Blockchain Is Disrupting Trade Finance</strong></u></h3> <p><strong>The trend in blockchain and trade finance is accelerating.</strong></p> <p>In February 2017, a cargo shipment containing $25 million worth of African crude steamed its way to China.</p> <p>The merchants involved sold the oil three times during the trip. Banks, agents, inspectors, and a commodity trading firm were all involved.</p> <p>The traditional analogue solution involved hundreds of documents. <strong>And it took at least three hours to complete each trade.</strong></p> <p><strong>But on this trip, each trade took less than 25 minutes.</strong></p> <p>The name of the project that made a 25-minute trade possible is Easy Trading Connect. It&rsquo;s a partnership between Société Générale and ING.</p> <p>And it works by moving the transactions to a private version of the Ethereum blockchain.</p> <p><strong>This particular transaction involved ING, Société Générale, and commodity trading house Mercuria.</strong></p> <p><img src="https://d24g2nq85gnwal.cloudfront.net/images/ing-transaction.jpg" style="width: 100%; max-width: 550px; height: auto;" /></p> <p>Saving time wasn&rsquo;t the only benefit of the trade.</p> <p>ING reported that trader efficiency improved by 33%. And Marco Dunand, CEO of Mercuria, stated the blockchain reduced costs by 30%.</p> <p>The blockchain is a savior for this manually intensive, paperwork-heavy process.</p> <p>Physical documents have always been a problem. It opens up transactions to human error, fraud, and delays.</p> <p><strong>With the blockchain, all documents get digitized. That makes documents safer to move around. And it solves a lot of paperwork problems.</strong></p> <p>For example, Mercuria sold the oil heading to China three times before it arrived. Because of the blockchain, Mercuria, ING, and Société Générale all had access to real-time data. No one had to go searching for the original source documents.</p> <p>Further, they were able to &ldquo;auto-check&rdquo; documents on a computer rather than doing it manually. That makes for a smooth process.</p> <p><strong>There&rsquo;s a huge incentive to move to the blockchain. Santander estimates the blockchain will cut trade finance costs up to $20 billion.</strong></p> <h3><u><strong>What to Do Next</strong></u></h3> <p><strong>Easy Trading Connect proves the blockchain works to conduct business.</strong></p> <p>And the benefit of the blockchain in trade finance is obvious.</p> <p><strong>This is just getting started</strong>. Venture capital firms and financial institutions are pouring millions of investment dollars into the blockchain.</p> <p>Right now, over 50 major financial institutions have in-house blockchain projects or relationships with blockchain startups.</p> <p><em><strong>Do you want exposure to the burgeoning blockchain bull market? The simplest way would be to buy a small amount of bitcoin.</strong></em></p> <p>Many new blockchain applications base their network on the bitcoin blockchain. And you need bitcoin to buy most other coins.</p> <p><em><u><strong>Doug Casey: </strong></u>As you probably know, I&#39;ve been involved in the investment world going back to the &#39;70s.</em></p> <p><em>I&#39;ve been pitched by &quot;experts&quot; on all kinds of investments. But for the most part, I&#39;ve stuck to what I know best &ndash; investing in precious metals and real estate when I see a bubble forming, and getting out before it pops.</em></p> <p><em>So you may be surprised to hear that I&#39;ve recently become interested in a new asset class: cryptocurrencies.</em></p> <p><em>I&#39;m talking about Bitcoin and its offshoots.</em></p> <p><em>At a recent investor&#39;s conference in Miami, I heard a presentation about this little-known market from a former hedge fund manager named Teeka Tiwari.</em></p> <p><em>Teeka is extremely well-connected in this market, traveling all over the world meeting with experts.</em></p> <p><em>He explained that over the past year, this market has taken off. Dozens of &quot;cryptos&quot; have shot up 1,000%, 5,000%... even 10,000% or more.</em></p> <p><em>This got my attention.</em></p> <p><em>I know a bull market when I see one... It seems to me that a marvelous bubble is building up in this area. And it&#39;s one that I would like to take advantage of.</em></p> <p>*&nbsp; *&nbsp; *</p> <p><em>Tonight at 8 p.m., Teeka Tiwari will host a free cryptocurrency question-and-answer session. <a href="https://research.palmbeachgroup.com/666678" target="_blank">You can submit your questions and watch the Q&amp;A session by clicking here</a>. But you must act soon&hellip; Anyone who joins his service by midnight will receive $100 in bitcoin.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="583" height="320" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170428_block.jpg?1493410999" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/blockchain-about-disrupt-7-trillion-industry#comments Alternative currencies Bitcoin Bitcoin Blockchains Business China Computing Cross-platform software Crude Cryptocurrencies Ethereum Finance Finance Industry Money Precious Metals Real estate Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:45:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 594750 at http://www.zerohedge.com Meet The Machine-Gun Wielding Robots And 'HyperSubs' Of Modern Warfare http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/meet-machine-gun-wielding-robots-modern-warfare <p>When the U.S. Marines and Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in June 1944 over 200,000 Allied forces lost their lives in a matter of weeks. Now, courtesy of some futuristic military technology, "storming a beach" can be done from a completely remote location with some machine-gun wielding robots and not a single human casualty.&nbsp; </p> <p>Per a recent <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/04/27/us-marines-could-deploy-robots-and-hypersubs-to-storm-future-beaches.html">Fox News</a> note, in addition to miniature robot tanks, the <strong>Navy and Marine Corps have been quietly testing about 50 new fascinating technologies at Camp Pendleton, at the Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2017, in California.</strong>&nbsp; Among other things, new gadgets include speedboats that instantly transform into small stealthy submarines that can dive beneath the surface to avoid detection.</p> <p>First up, meet the <strong>Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT) unit designed by General Dynamics.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>The <strong>ATV-sized robots are mounted with machine guns that can charge up a beach and drive themselves</strong>, while helping dismount small units.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Surf, sand and steep inclines are not going to stop the water-friendly MUTTs. The vehicles drive on tracks, or wheels, and there are two wheeled variants: 8x8 and 6x6.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The robot can be mounted with a range of different weapons, including machine guns.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun that weighs about 84 pounds is one option. Others include the belt-fed fully automatic FN Hershel 240B medium machine gun and the classic SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon M249).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Beyond machine guns, <strong>they’ve also been successfully kitted out with options like 60mm mortars</strong>.</p> </blockquote> <script src="//video.foxnews.com/v/embed.js?id=5412140735001&amp;w=600&amp;h=337" type="text/javascript"></script><p><noscript>Watch the latest video at <a href="//video.foxnews.com">video.foxnews.com</a></noscript></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And here's another look:</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JlbA7utgo4w?ecver=2" width="600" height="337" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Next up, and something that looks as if were lifted straight out of a Batman flic, is the 'HyperSub', designed by Reynolds Marion, which can serve as a speedboat operating on the surface of the water or quickly dive beneath the water to avoid detection.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>Aside from the hybrid speedboat-submarine being worthy of a Hollywood summer blockbuster, it could potentially be used for tasks like scouting and surveillance. It could travel rapidly ahead of the fleet speeding along the surface.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Marion calls the hybrid Fathom, a “HyperSub.” A specific model was created and brought to this exercise with details rather hush hush. But in general, the HyperSub can deploy from a beach or a dock and with its two 480-hp Yanmar 6LY3-ETP diesel engines reach cruising speeds of 38 mph.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To evade enemy detection, it could dive beneath the surface.<strong> Able to recharge dive air and batteries, the vehicle can dive repeatedly. It is designed to provide protection from pressure changes.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The HyperSub has more than 30,000 pounds of lift on demand</strong>. When the “coast is clear,” the Fathom can surface again and zip along the shore conducting surveillance.</p> </blockquote> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/61IF-vcD-qo?ecver=2" width="600" height="337" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course, these are just the toys the U.S. military is willing to show us...</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="559" height="300" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user230519/imageroot/2017.04.28%20-%20War.JPG?1493395227" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/meet-machine-gun-wielding-robots-modern-warfare#comments Fox News futuristic military technology Hospitality M2 M2 Browning Medium machine gun Military robots Military technology navy Robot Submarine Technology United States Marine Corps US Federal Reserve US military Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:20:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 594715 at http://www.zerohedge.com