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Irma’s Aftermath: “For The First Time In 300 Years, There’s Not A Single Living Person On Barbuda”

September 16, 2017 Tyler Durden 0

Exactly one week ago, Prime Minister Gaston Browne surveyed the damage on his tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda and declared that Hurricane Irma had completely devastated the island and left 90% of all dwellings leveled.  Browne went on to say that Irma’s “absolute devastation” meant that Barbuda was “basically uninhabitable” for the 1,800 people who called it home.

Now, according Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States, Ronald Sanders, the entire island has been evacuated for the first time in 300 years leaving “not a single living person on the island of Barbuda.”  Per the USA Today:

“The damage is complete,” says Ambassador Ronald Sanders, who has served as Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the U.S. since 2015. “For the first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda — a civilization that has existed on that island for over 300 years has now been extinguished.”

 

“This was a huge monster,” he says. “The island and the people on the island had absolutely no chance.”

 

“We’ve had most of the people we’ve brought over to Antigua in shelters,” says Sanders. “We’ve tried to make living accommodations as good as humanly possible in these circumstances. Fortunately, we had planned ahead for this hurricane, and we had ordered supplies in from Miami and the United States before the hurricane hit.”

First images out of Barbuda from a Facebook broadcast live by ABS Radio & TV.

Widespread destruction has occurred on the island. pic.twitter.com/0MGShjxuU8

— TTWeatherCenter (@TTWeatherCenter) September 6, 2017

 

As the following aerial footage from the BBC shows, not a single structure was left untouched by Irma’s 185 mph winds.

 

Meanwhile, even though Barbuda residents have been evacuated to safety on Antigua, Sanders says the mass evacuation has resulted in an unsustainable situation with massively overcrowded schools and unsanitary living quarters in government facilities.

Though Barbudan evacuees are safe, Sanders says the situation is not ideal — people are living in cramped quarters in government facilities and nursing homes, including some 500 school-aged children. Now that school is back in session, Antigua must find room for these students.

 

“The situation is unacceptable, and it’s costly,” he says. “We’re going to have to keep this going for sometime because Barbuda’s not going to be rebuilt in a hurry, and when we do rebuild it, we’re going to have to rebuild to massive hurricane standards. This is going to take a while. There is no electricity there, there is no potable water anymore, there is no structure in which people can survive. We have a mammoth task on our hands.”

 

Sanders says the world must step up and help Barbuda.

 

“We are a small island community — the gross domestic product of Antigua is $1 billion a year,” he says. “We cannot afford to take on this responsibility by ourselves. Barbuda is not just a disaster, it’s a humanitarian crisis. We are hopeful that the international community will come to our aid, not because we’re begging for something we want, but because we’re begging for something that is needed.”

Finally, Sanders took the opportunity to remind us all that, in his scientific opinion as an Ambassador, Hurricane Irma was the direct result of all of our contributions to global warming….

“We believe climate change is here to stay — it’s a reality, despite all of the naysayers,” he says. “We know that these things have occurred as a result of the profligacy of the countries that are rich, and have abused the system. We, unfortunately, who contribute less than naught point naught percent of pollution of the world’s atmosphere, are the world’s greatest victims.”

…except this…

Hurricanes

…and this…

Globa;

Oh well, we probably just don’t understand the math…

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Germany Launches Probe After Pentagon’s Syrian Arms Smuggling Story Goes Viral

September 16, 2017 Tyler Durden 0

The German government has opened an probe into an illegal Pentagon arms trafficking operation after a bombshell investigative report on the secret program went viral this week.

On Wednesday we reported on the continuing Pentagon arms pipeline to Syria which runs through Europe, the Balkans, and Caucuses, and which is based on a shady network of private contractors and altered US government paperwork. The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) produced conclusive evidence and internal memos proving that not only is the Pentagon currently involved in shipping up to $2.2 billion worth of (mostly old Soviet) weapons from private dealers to US-backed Syrian militants, but is actually manipulating paperwork such as end-user certificates in order to conceal the ultimate destinations of the weaponry (in this case Syria).

The new investigation also confirms Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva’s prior findings, which exposed the role of Azerbaijan-operated Silk Way Airlines in the weapons airlifts. Though independent journalists and regional monitoring groups have been digging into the Pentagon arms shipments throughout the summer, mainstream European and American press were reluctant to cover the story, even as a steady flow of incontrovertible proof emerged online in the form of documents, photos, and videos of mysterious cargo planes being loaded with weapons. Over the past two weeks WikiLeaks has also highlighted the emerging details of a developing story which saw at least one journalist come under scrutiny by European security officials.

Public records reveal that the Pentagon is shipping billions of dollars of arms to Syrian insurgents https://t.co/8idPs57GnI pic.twitter.com/2qQDLzymZk

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) September 13, 2017

After a week of the story picking up momentum, it appears we may finally be seeing the beginnings of public and governmental investigations forming as European governments perhaps reluctantly take stock of Pentagon arms pipelines in their territories now coming under public attention and outrage. As Stripes reports, Germany announced a new legal inquiry early Friday:

The German prosecutor’s office in Kaiserslautern said Friday it is looking into a report that the Pentagon used Ramstein Air Base to transport weapons covertly to rebel fighters in Syria — an allegation, that if true, might have broken German law.

 

…The weapons transfer through Ramstein would have required permission from the German government, the report stated.

 

Officials with Germany’s Economic Affairs Ministry told Stars and Stripes that the ministry did not give the U.S. military permission to transport weapons to Syria through the country. They denied having any knowledge of such activities.

Part of the OCCRP and BIRN investigation spotlighted Ramstein as one of the many key transport hubs used in the Syria weapons trafficking program. The arms monitoring groups jointly published a side report on the Pentagon’s questionable activities at the German US installation as part of its broader findings on Tuesday.

That report included a newly unearthed internal email authored by the Pentagon’s US Special Operations Command Mission (SOCOM) instructing its partnering contractors to, as BIRN summarizes, “stop trucking Soviet-style weapons from the Balkans through Germany” because “officials in Berlin became concerned about the deliveries.”

The closing line of the SOCOM email explicitly acknowledges that, “Germany has become very sensitive to these requests.”


SOCOM email published by BIRN’s Balkan Insight on Tuesday: 
“Germany has become very sensitive to these requests.”

BIRN questioned the German government over the findings this week and immediately caught German officials lying about their knowledge of the Pentagon weapons transfers. According to the BIRN/OCCRP summary of the exchange:

The German government earlier declined to comment on the nature of its “sensitivities”, and at a press conference on Thursday, continued to insist it has no knowledge of the movement of weapons to Syria.

 

German laws, however, dictate that licences to transport weapons must be accompanied by end user certificates which states the final destination of the shipment and who will be using the equipment.

 

According to the German government, no such licence has been issued for deliveries to Syria or neighbouring countries since 2010.

 

This claims jars with a report in the Serbian press in December 2015, revealing that a number of US air force C-17 cargo planes had delivered Serbian weapons to the Ramstein airbase.

 

The report was backed up by one of SOCOM’s most important contractors on its Syrian contract, Global Ordnance, which shared the story on Facebook adding: “Glad Global Ordnance could contribute to support our military!”

Both leaked and public documents confirm Serbia to be another key logistical hub in the Syria weapons transport program. Multiple weapons end-user certificates were proven to be falsified or altered by the Pentagon, which is likely exactly what the newly announced German probe will look into. One of the weapons trafficking investigators told Foreign Policy this week that, “The Pentagon is removing any evidence in their procurement records that weapons are actually going to the Syrian opposition.”

Yet it appears that some of the very contracting companies and individuals involved in the shadowy scheme have over the years taken to Facebook and other social media platforms to brag about their role in the program and huge profits that resulted. BIRN’s Balkan Insight has just today published a trove of photographs and postings it culled from social media which connect various arms dealers – some of them with known links to organized crime – to the Pentagon weapons program.

Arms dealer and Pentagon contractor for the Syria covert program, Marc Morales, uploaded photos on January 29, 2015 from the Zastava factory, Kragujevac, Serbia. He openly bragged about the contracts he procured: ‘Another day in the office,’ he wrote.

As the latest BIRN report notes, what is depicted in the Hollywood film War Dogs is sadly not at all a thing of the past or mere of recent history, but is current and ongoing. And unlike in the movies, real people – specifically Syrians and Iraqis – are dying as a result. But with the new German government probe just announced which was surely the result the story going viral this week, there is perhaps some hope that public outrage could continue to shine a light on such disgusting US government criminality.

Interview with journalist fired for exposing how #CIA and #Saudi ran weapons to Syrian insurgents @dgaytandzhieva https://t.co/eTvDAtAG0M

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) September 2, 2017

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High-Ranking CIA Agent Blows Whistle On The Deep State And Shadow Government

September 16, 2017 Tyler Durden 0

Authored by Aaron Kesel via ActivistPost.com,
A CIA whistleblower, Kevin Shipp, has emerged from the wolves den to expose the deep state and the shadow government which he calls two entirely separate entities.

“The shadow government controls the…

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Bitcoin price yo-yos amid a China clampdown

September 16, 2017 BitNewz.net 0

Despite the late-Friday recovery, bitcoin is still down nearly 13 percent for the week as it has faced criticism from Wall Street and government officials …The post Bitcoin price yo-yos amid a China clampdown appeared first on bitcoinmining.shop.

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: How Rumblings From China Play Into Wyckoff Distributions

September 16, 2017 jody 0

Unless you’ve been in a crypto-free cave for the past week, you might have noticed the crypto-wide market drop.Last week, rumors of China’s crackdown on BTC to fiat transactions began to spread across the crypto-world. On Monday, mainstream news sources such as The Guardian, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg further supported or confirmed these rumors by releasing articles with the news of a Chinese crackdown on exchanges.According to Chinese state newspaper Securities Times, “All trading exchanges must by midnight of 15 September publish a notice to make clear when they will stop all cryptocurrency trading and announce a stop to new user registrations.” Within a day and a half, BTC-USD saw a 15% markdown as the price dropped from $4400 to $3750. After all was said and done, BTC-USD managed to squeeze out one last push before bottoming out around $3000. The bottom was immediately greeted by a strong rally that propelled the price upward by $900.The price shot down, the price shot up — where does this leave us now?Figure 1: BTC-USD, 6-Hour Candles, GDAX, Macro Bull RunSince the beginning of this bull run from $1800, we have established very clear, very strong support and resistance levels along the Fibonacci Retracement set shown above. At the time of this article, BTC-USD is testing the macro 38% retracement line where strong, historic support will prove quite tough to penetrate. With such a large growth in such a short period of time, BTC-USD managed to climb about 150% in market value within the span of about a month. One idea I’ve been considering during the climbs to toward the ATH is the the Wyckoff trading range schematic shown below: Figure 2: Wyckoff Trading Range (A great breakdown of schematic details are found here)Historically, as markets progress through time, they go through phases of accumulation (a phase where investors and traders begin to buy and accumulate assets) and distribution (a phase where traders and investors begin to sell off their accumulated assets). In order words, the market goes up and a bull rally begins, the market begins to top out, and then a bearish rally will bring the prices back down to a comfortable level. It’s a sort of give-and-take in the market as traders begin to place their bets on the future market direction. In our current case, over the last couple months bitcoin has formed a very similar pattern to Distribution Schematic #1 shown above. The above schematic represents one of the possible ways a market can rise, find its top, and distribute assets to market.Comparing the schematic above to the the current BTC-USD market pattern, we can see a lot of striking similarities:Figure 3: Wyckoff Schematic Within BTC-USD TrendThe nomenclature for this schematic is found here and is vital to understanding the upcoming discussion. While a bearish continuation has yet to be confirmed, the most recent price hike this morning seems to fit the last test of the Wyckoff schematic LPSY (Last Point of Supply). The last point of supply is essentially a false rally where those who didn’t have an opportunity to sell on the previous LPSY now have an opportunity and will begin to sell into the more bullish traders who fall victim to a false breakout. The SOW (sign of weakness) is marked by high sell volume that leads into an AR (automatic rally) where the sell pressure lets up and bullish traders assume a bottom has been hit. The automatic rally is marked by a bullish climb with great ease before finding its top near the previous lines of support shown above in green. The LPSY is most notably described as a series of peaks and valleys on a fairly narrow spread as the bulls and bears exchange positions. During this LPSY, we will expect to see diminishing volume as the market pushes to new highs and becomes more and more difficult. A closer view of the current trend reveals we have begun the process of weakening rallies with the LPSY:Figure 4: BTC-USD, 5-Minute Candles, BitfinexThroughout the length of this small trend, we can see diminishing volume on each consecutive push toward new highs. If we manage to continue downward, expect turbulence at the $3000 levels and a possible secondary bounce as the $3000 level offers very strong, historic support. It should be noted however, even though this current trend has a strong resemblance to the Wyckoff schematic, it is always important to confirm the trend before trading it. As with any market, it is entirely possible that this Wyckoff distribution pattern will fail and bitcoin will manage to continue onward and upward to new highs. A market reversal should definitely not be ruled out as the current market trend is showing a strong sign of uncertainty between the bulls and bears. Whether the market breaks upward or downward, always confirm the move with strong volume to support a strong move in the direction the trend. Volatility is to be expected, but we approach the market with a level head and objectivity, seeing the proper positional entries and exits will much easier to spot.Summary:Strong, bearish news hit the crypto community this week as China announced harsh regulations on the BTC to fiat transactions on exchanges.Currently BTC is seeing a strong rally off the $3000 levels but is showing signs of waning strength in the upward direction.A possible macro distribution pattern is unfolding and new lows could be in store for  bitcoin over the next few days and weeks. Trading and investing in digital assets like bitcoin, bitcoin cash and ether is highly speculative and comes with many risks. This analysis is for informational purposes and should not be considered investment advice. Statements and financial information on Bitcoin Magazine and BTC Media related sites do not necessarily reflect the opinion of BTC Media and should not be construed as an endorsement or recommendation to buy, sell or hold. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.The post Bitcoin Price Analysis: How Rumblings From China Play Into Wyckoff Distributions appeared first on Bitcoin Magazine.

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The Cryptum ICO is Now Open Funding the First Crypto Mining Board Game

September 16, 2017 BitNewz.net 0

Last month we have shared some information about an interesting new crypto crowdfunding campaign coming soon with the ultimate goal to fund the The First Crypto Mining Board Game. Today the Cryptum ICO has officially started and will take place in the next 30 days (Stage 1) distributing up to 1 Million CRTM tokens to […]

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Networks are the new corporations

September 16, 2017 will 0

New: Ledgermark Ltd is launching Meridian – digital collateral that can be used to secure Bitcoin loans of higher value. September 16, 2017 London, United Kingdom – There are a lot more people in the world that can collectively lend micro loans on a regular basis than there are corporations that can regularly distribute loans… View Article

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“Unprecedented Thefts” Force Baltimore Bike-Sharing Program To Suspend Operations

September 16, 2017 Tyler Durden 0

In 2016, the city of Baltimore partnered with Bewegen Technologies to launch North America’s largest electrical-assisted cycling (or pedelec) bike sharing program. The system is located in Baltimore’s metropolitan area with over 25 stations available. Fast forward one-year later, this grand “sharing economy” experiment in America’s most dangerous city has imploded due to what the company’s CEO says is a level of theft he has never experienced before.

As of today, Baltimore officials have suspended all operations of the bike fleet until October 15, 2017. According to the Baltimore Sun, the temporary shutdown is due to “thieves ripping the bicycles out at an unprecedented pace”, said Alain Ayotte, CEO of Bewegen Technologies, the Canadian manufacturer. The manufacturer of the $2.36 million Baltimore Bike Share system said his company has “never experienced the level of theft” that caused officials to announce a temporary shutdown of the program to allow additional locking devices to be installed to the bike docks.

Per Baltimore Sun,

We don’t have this issue anywhere else, not at this level,” Ayotte said Wednesday. “Our locking system is recognized [as] very, very up to industry standard, but due to the issues that occurred in Baltimore this summer, we did add additional security.”

 

The bike-share program launched last fall with 200 bicycles at 20 stations and was supposed to grow to 500 bicycles at 50 stations in the spring. Instead, it has suffered so many thefts and maintenance backups that most of the bicycles are out of service. The program will close Sunday and reopen Oct. 15.

Unwittingly, some bicycle stations were placed in areas of extreme wealth inequality and high violent crime. Even though, each bicycle is outfitted with GPS, it did not deter thieves. Baltimore is suffering from a racial wealth divide according to JPM. The report highlights African Americans are 63% of the total 620k population with nearly 1/3 having a net worth of zero.

At one point, the thefts became so rampant, maintenance employees spent a majority of time searching for stolen bikes. The Department of Transportation had to apologized for misleading millennials about the true nature of the bicycle problem calling it a ‘rebalancing issue’.

In particular, a citizen named Brian Seel, wrote a Medium piece titled: “Baltimore Bike Share Only Has Four Bikes”. Recently, he rode to all 25 bike sharing docks and only found four working bikes. In the article, he explains how the ‘real problem’ is communication issues with the bike sharing company…

Mr. Steel rode to all 25 stations. In his first finding, he stopped at Baltimore City where there were no bikes, but 5 listed on the APP.

At Baltimore Visitors Center there were no bikes, but 7 listed on the APP.

In Baltimore’s financial district there were no bikes, but 6 listed on the APP.

Baltimore Bike Sharing’s twitter plays it cool….

@BmoreBikeShare any news about what’s happening with the bike share bikes? are they being retrofitted to stop theft, or where are they?

— Yargl Blargl (@evoinvitro) August 31, 2017

It’s a ‘manageable situation’

Know that most city bike share systems shut down for maintanance at least once a year. This is a manageable situation.

— Baltimore Bike Share (@BmoreBikeShare) September 13, 2017

The last one is hilarious: “This is not unusual”…..

Most city bike share systems shut down at least once a year for general maintenance. This is not unusual. We feel ya though.

— Baltimore Bike Share (@BmoreBikeShare) September 13, 2017

Baltimore is a shrinking city with a population at a 100-year low. Officials are unwittingly throwing money at anything, such as a bike-sharing system, to attract millennials. Unfortunately, there is too much overhang in a city where 50-years of democrat-controlled leadership, in-conjunction with decades of deindustrialization. This should be a big clue to millennials that the narrative of city life continues to crack.

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Bitcoin Price Analysis How Rumblings From China Play Into Wyckoff Distributions

Unless youve been in a crypto-free cave for the past week, you might have noticed the crypto-wide market drop.Last week, rumors of Chinas crackdown on BTC to fiat transactions began to spread across the crypto-world. On Monday, mainstream news sourc…

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Yunbi Bitcoin Exchange Latest to Close in China Crackdown

September 16, 2017 Seth 0

China-based cryptocurrency exchange Yunbi has announced the closure of its trading operations in the midst of a wider crackdown within the country. The post Yunbi Bitcoin Exchange Latest to Close in China Crackdown appeared first on bitcoinmining.shop.