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Putin Got Obama Hanging By the Balls

Financially speaking, of course. But no wonder Russia’s president Vladimir Putin hardly bothered to comment on the almost hysterical Barack Obama the other night, calling him a “jackass” and a “dick”.  America owes Russia 138 billion dollar. Together with his good buddy and neighbour,  Xi Jinping of China, the two trade partners now control about 1,5 trillion dollar, or 25%,  of all US debt. That means they almost control the United States of America.

“The end of “easy money” in the US is going to fundamentally influence the global economy.”

Aleksey Kudrin



I think I know what kinda feelings that made US president, Barack Obama, go nuts over Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin at the opening day of the G20 meeting in St. Petersburg. Imagine; visiting your bank, where you’ve been a loyal on-time-paying customer for 20 years, just to make sure that your credit cards will be renewed when they expires at end of the year: “We’re very sorry, but your application is denied due to changes in our credit rating practices” Jackass! Let me talk to the dick in charge!

I’m not sure, but it seems like a plausible explanation.

Mr. Obama comes to St. Petersburg to gain support for his plan to launch a military attack on Syria. Instead the other state leaders starts nagging him about all the money he have borrowed on behalf of the American people and how he plans to come up with the 3 trillion dollar needed to renew existing loans due this year.

China urges the United States to be “mindful of the spill over effects” of the planned tapering of the country’s monetary stimulus , Zhu Guangyao, China’s vice finance minister said during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit. The US should “work to contribute to the stability of the global financial markets, and the steady recovery of the global economy,” Zhu added.

Talking exclusively to Russia Today, Russia’s former finance minister Aleksey Kudrin says the end of “easy money” in the US “is going to fundamentally influence the global economy”. However, though the tapering could be extremely painful right now, countries around the world need to reconcile the thought that such money injections could be just temporary, Kudrin says.

“Now we are witnessing an attempt to win time to reform the economy, to consolidate budgets, to cut expenses, to increase taxes, to overhaul social welfare, to stimulate some of the industries. … At a certain point this additional stimulus will have to be gone and the economy will have to function on its own,” he says.

“Will it (the global economy) be able to? Which countries won’t cope with the situation? We still don’t know. So, we’ll have to adapt to this new kind of situation. This is going to be a challenge”, Kudrin concludes.

A challenge, indeed.  What Mr. Kurdin is saying implisit is that some countries will NOT make it.

And here comes the scary part:

Vladimir-PutinAt the moment, America owes other nations 5,6 trillion dollar, according to the  US Treasuruy.

As it turns out, Russia and China holds about 25% of it. Imagine that! Imagine what may happen if they should decide to dump the whole load at the market, followed by a few other nervous investors.

That’s right. Disaster. But what does that really mean in this context?

Thanks to The Economic Collapse Blog, here’s a brief summary:

These are a few consequences of rising bond yields on 10 year US Treasuries.

  • It will cost the federal government more to borrow money.
  • It will cost state and local governments more to borrow money.
  • As bond yields go up, bond values go down.  In the end, rising bond yields could end up costing bond investors trillions of dollars.
  • Rising bond yields will cause mortgage rates to skyrocket.  In fact, we are already starting to see this happen.  This week the average rate on a 30 year mortgage hit 4.57 percent.
  • Higher interest rates will mean a slowdown in economic activity at a time when we definitely cannot afford it.
  • As economic activity slows down, that will be very bad for stocks.  When the next great stock market crash happens (and it is coming), equity investors could end up losing trillions of dollars of wealth.
  • Of course the biggest threat of all is the 441 trillion dollar interest rate derivatives time bomb that is sitting out there.  Rapidly rising interest rates could potentially bring down several of our “too big to fail” banks in rapid succession and throw us into the greatest financial crisis the nation has ever seen.

Are you starting to get the picture?


This is one of those articles that makes you go hmm…

Full Story&Documentation @ The Economic Collapse Blog

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Can You Win a War With Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence?

Is it really possible to identify, and calculate the severity, of potential military treats by using algorithms and open source data? The US Navy seem to think so. Moreover, the Navy wants you – researchers, coders and other creative computer  geeks – to help them write this software.

” We want to do business with educational institutions, nonprofit and for-profit organizations with ground-breaking ideas, pioneering scientific research and novel technology developments.”

Office of Naval Research


It was actually the tech pros over at wired.com that put me on to the Office of Naval Research and their ongoing activities. I’ll tell you, these guys have some amazing projects underway! DNA-computers, broadband connected helmets with the ability to communicate directly with a soldiers brain, radio frequencies that can do several things at once, mathematical models (algorithms) that not only can predict human behaviour but also influence people.

It is one of three main areas of research at the moment; to put together a network of different sensors (thermometers, microphones. webcams, you-name-it) connected to one powerful supercomputer who is able to calculate and predict whatever the US Navy wants to know.

spying-on-you“Better algorithms that can enable the development of “key technologies that will enable rapid, accurate decision-making by autonomous processes in complex, time varying highly dynamic environments that are probed with heterogeneous sensors and supported by open source data,” according to a new call for research papers from the Office of Naval Research.

One of its new special program announcements for 2013 identifies software algorithms as a major point of concern: It wants more robust logic tools play nicely across hardware and software platforms, pre-assembling a mosaic of threats.

One subset of that research is called Sensor Management and Allocation. Its goal: to “optimally task and re-task large sensors networks [sic] based on current picture and sensor availability to understand the battle space and maintain dynamic persistent surveillance.

AI Mirror - 400A related effort, called Automated Image Understanding, gets more explicit. It’s about “detection and tracking of objects on water or in urban areas and inferring the threat level they may pose” — sharply enough that the algorithm should be able to pick out “partially occluded objects in urban clutter.”

All this in real-time, of course.

Notice that the Navy isn’t talking about developing new hardware that can automatically spot the dangerous, partially concealed things in water or in urban areas. It’s got that stuff already, and on deckThe new algorithms are about making all of that gear much, much smarter, and more deeply integrated — or, at least, it might, if defense hardware manufacturers’ software weren’t proprietarywired.com notes.

Technically speaking, the challenge here is to figure out how to represent distant objects caught within a field of vision as threatening; calculating the degree of threat; and weighting those threats when integrating them with either different images or images of the same field at an earlier time. Narrow your field too finely and you’ll miss threats; widen it too much and you’ll be awash in information.

The Navy, however, also want algorithms that calculates the level of uncertainty.

“If the process is to be automated and timely relative to a mission, then algorithms must be implemented that can sense, interpret, reason and successfully act in an open world with uncertain, incomplete, imprecise, and contradictory data.”

MORE@ “Irreducible Uncertainty and the Limits of Predictability


What’s So Great About DNA Computing?

It’s another main research are of the US Navy, and I can assure you that this is not just another fancy toy.

49a74e495a5fBy definition, DNA computing is a form of computing which uses DNAbiochemistry and molecular biology, instead of the traditional silicon-based computer technologies.

That’s right. It means implementing human (organic) materials into a computer chip.

The original idea of DNA computing was to find a more effective way to solve  NP-hard problems., (NP-hard problems may be of any type: decision problemssearch problems, or optimizational), because a DNA-based microchip is able to handle many more processes at the same time, compared to the traditional silicon chip.

And with those heavy algorithms the US Navy are imagining, they probably need one.

But there’s more. The Navy is particularly interested in “DNA-Based Molecular-Scale Nanofabrication.”

By combining DNA computing with nanotechnology it is probably possible to manipulate or change human DNA of living people, according to research.

“The program seeks to exploit the extraordinary combination of resolution, throughput and flexibility of DNA nanotechnology to build functional electronic and computational devices and systems.”

Now, we’re talking!

MORE@”DNA-Based Molecular-Scale Nanofabrication


Replacing Heads?

tech solutionsThe last, but not least, important task for the US Navy is to develop a new high-tech helmet, with a built-in broadband connection and the ability to interact with soldiers, through images, audio and even remotely change the mindset, the mood  and the body chemistry of those who wear it.

I better explain:

According to the Office for Naval Research the intention behind developing a new helmet made of something called polymer is to reduce the number of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) during combat.

The research concentration areas are described as:

  • Theory, molecular simulation, computer-aided materials design
  • Polymer synthesis, polymer formulation and characterization
  • Dynamic mechanical analysis and other characterization methods of polymer dynamics
  • High-rate loading, constitutive modeling of the polymer, nonlinear dynamic simulation of the multi-system (helmet/elastomer/head) and shock tube testing

300px-Syndiotactic_polypropeneBut Polymer is a very interesting material. Among other capabilities it can store information.

Ploymer can also be used to make optoelectrical devices, such as light-emitting diodes, transistors, molecular switches, photovoltaic cells, chemical and biological sensors, and large-area flexible displays, and so on….

MORE@”Elastomeric Polymer-by-Design to Protect the Warfighter Against Traumatic Brain Injury by Diverting the Blast Induced Shock Waves from the Head

Connect this helmet to the DNA computers, running the super-algorithms, and you got………..an intelligent but very ugly hat, making you look unpredictable stupid.

As said before: Artificial intelligence is no match for human stupidity.


  1. Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology
  2. Basic Research Challenge (BRC) Program

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USA Ready to Launch Cyber Attack, NSA Chief Says

It should not come as a surprise to anyone, but never before has an American  official acknowledged that the US government is working on or is in possession of malware capable of attacking a foreign nation in a cyber conflict, despite the fact that at least one attack – the famous Stuxnext worm – has been attributed to the USA.

“I would like to be clear that this team, this defend-the-nation team, is not a defensive team.”

Keith Alexander


For the first time, NSA chief and head of the US Cyber Command Gen. Keith Alexander admitted America is ready to attack in cyberspace, website Mashable.com reports. On Wednesday, in his annual testimony to the House Armed Services Committee, Alexander took the cyber war rhetoric coming out of Washington up a notch: “I would like to be clear that this team, this defend-the-nation team, is not a defensive team,” he said. “This is an offensive team.

In other words, this cyber army is ready to retaliate in case of a cyber attack against the United States.

As part of the expansion of the cyber security force, Alexander also said that he is adding 40 teams, 13 focused on offensive operations and 27 for surveillance and training. Thanks to the expansion, the cyber command will grow from 900 to a corps of more than 4.000 employees.

As previously reported, the new command will have three arms: two defensive ones that will secure critical infrastructure and the Pentagon‘s own system, and an offensive one. This expansion, Alexander explained, is justified by the imminent threat of a cyber attack on US critical infrastructure, like its power grid or the financial system.

According to Alexander, this kind of attack poses a major threat, even bigger than a terrorist attack.

Well, that’s what experts have been saying for years….

The most important question now is not if the US will respond to the continuously ongoing cyber attacks against corporations and government institutions all over the world, but when, and how

FULL POST@Mashable.com

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