A Brief Chat With A White Hat…………..================================================ Greetings, This evening I had a brief conversation with our White Hat contact. For the first and only time since I started this effort of seeking out information, I called without any particular list of questions. That’s not like me – someone who does not even make coffee without a list. I was not going to post any summary about tonights call since it was largely about things peripheral to the WGS – things that I needed to clarify – to make sure I do not stray from my task, which is to make sure the information I post is factual, or at the least, as accurate and close to the truth as it can be at the time it is posted. I would say, based on the feedback, that we have been pretty spot on. The inaccuracies were simply minor, and not worth mentioning simply because it has no effect whatsoever on the outcome, which is inevitable. In the past, we have covered many things. Possible rates, things to expect, when to expect them; these things remain the same and unchanged. I pointedly asked, once more: Is 2014 our year? “Yes”, was the answer. Are things progressing? Yes. Remember those 80 law firms and some 1800 people involved? They are not involved in this to study the existential after effects of projects that endlessly linger, never to end. They are in it to win. I have no doubt that they will, and neither do they. Could there be more delays? Yes. After all, this is a complex, diverse, monumental undertaking that involves many issues, many entities, many parties who must move in the same direction while facing a not-quite-dead resistance from the old guard. The completion is not based on mystics, or an assembly of wood sprites at the edge of the magic forest. It’s based on hard work by skilled people who are sacrificing much. All of you would be amazed at the things that some of our White Hat allies do, and the responsibilities that they undertake each day. Just remember, these same people are now helping us stay as informed as possible – good news, or bad. Again, I thank our WH contact, their colleagues and staff, and all of you for your continuing support. Stay tuned for updates as they are available. WHA Source: http://whitehatauxiliaries.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/fact-check-105/
http://rt.com/business/russia-payment-system-visa-889/ The move by international payment systems Visa and MasterCard to block their use in Russia has unnerved some Russian businesses. Meanwhile, Moscow says its own national payment system may become fully operative within months. Last week MasterCard and Visa stopped servicing some Russian banks, which shows the Russian market remains the monopoly of international operators. Although the payment systems resumed operations with Russia’s SMP Bank on Sunday, it is estimated clients withdrew about $111 million from their accounts in just two days. After years of rhetoric over the need to launch a domestic payment system in Russia, it may become a reality soon. “The payment system PRO 100 is technologically ready to provide national processing in the near future. We estimate it will take a couple of months, as key Russian banks, that account for more than 40 percent of the market, are already linked to the PRO 100 payment system,” Andrey Nesterov, director of corporate communications at the Universal Electronic Card told RT. Launched as a pilot in 2010, the project Universal electronic card provides for settlements of government, municipal and commercial services via Internet and self-service machines. The card’s electronic banking application is based on the payment system ‘Universal electronic card’, which has a logo PRO 100. Four Russian banks are technically ready to use the Russian payment system – Sberbank, Uralsib, AK BARS and Moscow Industrial Bank. END Let’s be very clear here: this is not a fight between the USA and Russia. This is a fight between the Bad Guys that control the USA and Russia. The Good Guys in the USA are helping Russia beat these bastards. It’s complicated but the Good Guys are WINNING! Stay Tuned. Bix Weir www.RoadtoRoota.comYou knew it would come. As Obama and friends try to economically destroy Russia with sanctions and confiscation, Putin, like a seasoned bullfighter, is simply removing Russia from the path of the charging bull by sidestepping the Western Bankster controlled financial system! Russia to Launch it’s Payment System within Months
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli diplomats launched an unprecedented strike on Sunday, forcing the complete closure of embassies around the world as they escalated a dispute over pay, officials said. The industrial action has already threatened to postpone a visit by Pope Francis to Israel planned for May – one of 25 trips by foreign officials affected by a work slowdown the diplomats began on March 5 when wage talks broke down. By escalating the action to a full strike – the first by the diplomatic corps since the country’s establishment in 1948 – the diplomats will close all of Israel’s 102 missions abroad, paralyzing most diplomatic work with other countries and the United Nations. “We are completely shutting down the (foreign ministry) office and missions abroad. This is the first time ever,” ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said. Another ministry official told Reuters: “As of now, the foreign ministry doesn’t exist. It’s not possible even to submit complaints”. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Called the strike “irresponsible” and “a wretched decision and a display of a loss of control on union’s part.” “We shall do whatever possible to minimize the damage to the country and its citizens,” Lieberman said. Diplomats said the strike – involving some 1,200 foreign service employees – was open-ended and had been called after the Treasury had failed to present any acceptable proposals. They are demanding an increase in monthly salaries, which they put at 6,000-9,000 shekels ($1,700-$2,600), and want compensation for spouses forced to quit jobs due to foreign postings. They say about a third of their number has quit in the past 15 years due to poor wages. Yacov Livne, spokesman for the diplomats’ union, said: “the Treasury is determined to destroy the foreign ministry and Israeli diplomacy.” (Editing by Robin Pomeroy) Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/23/us-israel-diplomacy-idUSBREA2M0ER20140323
Updated 5:46 pm, Wednesday, March 19, 2014
(03-19) 10:30 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Katherine Reid, a Bay Area biochemist with a daughter who was autistic, believes she may have found an antidote to the neurodevelopment disorder – and it’s as simple as changing a person’s diet. Well, actually, more like blowing it up. Because there is no Food and Drug Administration-approved medical treatment for the core symptoms of autism, people have turned to homeopathic remedies, probiotics, invasive therapies and alternative diets. It has become increasingly popular for parents of children with autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder to turn to gluten- and casein-free, or dairy-free, diets in hopes that it will make a difference. But Reid’s diet is different. She thinks what it comes down to, at least for some people with autism, is permanently eliminating just a single chemical compound known as monosodium glutamate, or MSG – an ingredient many people associate with Chinese food. Actually, Reid said, the chemical is in nearly every processed food imaginable, but it only appears on food labels as MSG about 1 percent of the time. Instead, MSG is sometimes labeled as flavor or flavoring, soy protein, barley malt, pectin, corn starch or yeast extract, Reid said. “We’re getting an abundance of MSG,” she said. “It’s in 95 percent of processed food. And we don’t need it in our diet – ever.” While there is no science to back up many of her claims, Reid said the most convincing evidence to her is the results she saw in her daughter. At age 7, Brooke is completely cured, Reid said. And from all outward appearances that seems to be true.
Research is sparseDr. Robin Hansen, professor of pediatrics at UC Davis and a developmental behavior pediatrician who recently led a study for the university’s Mind Institute, said it’s fairly common for parents to seek out alternative treatments for their children with autism. Nearly 7 percent of the children with autism they studied were on gluten- and casein-free diets. “We don’t have a lot of diet research to look at, because these studies are difficult to do,” she said, describing the trickiness of monitoring a child’s food intake in a double-blind study. “And no one has done an MSG study. But what we do have doesn’t show a marked difference even with children with gastrointestinal problems.” Still, she wouldn’t dissuade parents from trying as long as they make sure the diet is balanced and to keep in mind that it’s a big undertaking. For Reid, the journey was long, difficult and often heartbreaking, but ultimately a victory that persuaded her to quit her high-paying job and help other parents with what she learned, establishing the Fremont nonprofit foundation Unblind My Mind. It started when Brooke was 2. Reid and her husband noticed that their daughter, the youngest of five, couldn’t make human connections, had severe communication problems and threw tantrums that lasted for hours. She also had digestive issues and constipation – all hallmark signs of autism. Reid told herself Brooke would grow out of it. Her husband, Paul Sauer, wasn’t so sure. A cellular biologist, he began plugging Brooke’s issues into search engines and perusing websites. One night he came home with information he had printed off the Internet about autism. “Brooke displayed every characteristic on the list,” Reid said. “I could check every box.”
Looking for answersThey went through all the traditional channels, starting with their pediatrician. Their doctor agreed that something was wrong but didn’t know where to direct them. So they hired a psychologist to test Brooke, and the results showed that she was moderately autistic with some severe learning disabilities, Reid said. Continue here…
AP March 23, 2014, 8:59 AM
BERLIN — The drug haul was unremarkable, but the destination raised eyebrows. German weekly Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday that customs officials intercepted a cocaine shipment destined for the Vatican in January. Officers at Leipzig airport found 12 ounces of the drug packed into 14 condoms inside a shipment of cushions coming from South America. The paper says the package was simply addressed to the Vatican postal office, meaning any of the Catholic mini-state’s 800 residents could have picked it up. Citing a German customs report, the paper adds that a sting operation arranged with Vatican police didn’t lure a possible recipient. The drugs would have a street value of several tens of thousands of euros (dollars). Neither German customs nor the Vatican could be immediately reached for comment.
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