Published on May 8, 2016, 'Operation Icarus Confirmed' Operation Icarus: Anonymous to attack stock markets and world banks. The Anonymous hacking collective has threatened a slew of financial institutions including the London Stock Exchange, PayPal and NASDAQ as part of a 30-day cyber-assault called 'Operation Icarus'. ... The news comes after hackers successfully disrupted the website of the Greek central
This coalition seeks the preservation and the perpetuation of the powers that be, and this octopus operates through the tentacles of the IMF, the Federal Reserve, and the World Bank, masterminded by think-tanks such as the Bilderberg group, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
The puppets of the powers that be include the president of the United States and his cabinet, and through them they are able to repress the freedom of information, and with it the free and open exchange of ideas which are fundamental to the existence and operations of Anonymous, and the ability to see beyond the veil of secrecy from which the powers that be stand behind. But where does the power behind the throne lie? Within the global financial system, centered within the New York Stock Exchange, and Bank of England.
- State-owned energy, electricity and transportation companies from three provinces in northeast China will launch a mixed ownership pilot program in the near future, sources told the official newspaper.
- China has begun the trial of the former director of Beijing Zoo over corruption charges after investigators found close to 6 million yuan ($977,278) in cash at his home last year.
- The price of shark fin, one of China's most expensive delicacies, has dropped from 2,800 yuan per kg to 1,200 yuan in some seafood markets in the southern city of Guangzhou, following a crackdown against official extravagance and luxury.
- Chinese airplane pilots will have to refine heavy accents by 2016 or miss out on jobs, according to the country's civil aviation authority. The Civil Aviation Administration of China is trying to avoid communication lapses between pilots and controllers.
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- China's railway development fund is looking at ways to attract a wider base of investors, including setting up preferential shares.
BRITISH ISIS MILITANT IN JAMES FOLEY VIDEO 'GUARDS FOREIGN HOSTAGES IN SYRIA'
The English jihadist who beheaded the American journalist James Foley is believed to be the leader of a group of British fighters holding foreign hostages in Syria, sources have told the Guardian.
SNP ACCUSED OF EXAGGERATING NORTH SEA OIL RESERVES BY UP TO 60 PCT
Sir Ian Wood, the most influential figure in the Scottish oil industry, has accused Alex Salmond's government of exaggerating North Sea oil reserves by up to 60 percent.
MPs REBUKE CARNEY OVER CONFLICT OF INTEREST FEARS
MPs have issued a veiled rebuke to the governor of the Bank of England after it failed to disclose a sensitive shareholding of Richard Sharp, one of Mark Carney's former Goldman Sachs colleagues, who now sits on the Bank's powerful Financial Policy Committee.
OSBORNE DECLINES TO SHARE DETAILS OF CO-OP MEETINGS
George Osborne has declined to hand over details of meetings between Treasury officials and senior bankers to discuss the Co-op Bank's failed attempt to buy
* An increasingly vocal minority of Federal Reserve officials want the central bank to retreat more quickly from its stimulus campaign, arguing that the bank has largely exhausted its ability to improve economic conditions. ( http://nyti.ms/1oTlptm)
* Bank of America Corp is expected to pay a record settlement of nearly $17 billion over its mortgage lending as early as Thursday, according to people familiar with the matter, capping a legal odyssey that has dogged it since the depths of the financial crisis. ( http://on.wsj.com/1pgsRhm)
Hong Kong's Rich Get Richer as Economy Shrinks (BBG)
Millennial Bankers Get Raises as Firms Fight Defections (BBG)
Bank of America to Pay $17 Billion in Justice Department Settlement (WSJ)
Dollar General Says It Was Misled During Family Dollar Talks (BBG)
CULLEN/FROST BANKERS, Inc. $CFR - consensus EPS $1.11
BRITISH BANKS TO TAKE 1 BLN STG HIT AS FOREX DEAL LOOMS
Three of the Britain's biggest banks are poised to set aside roughly 1 billion pound for settlements with regulators during the next week following a probe into the abuse of critical foreign exchange benchmarks. Barclays Plc, HSBC holdings Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc plan to make the aggregate provision as part of their third-quarter results during the next week. ( http://bit.ly/1FW9y42) FORMER BBC CHIEF TO JOIN STATE ASSETS BODY
EXITING UK IS 'ABSOLUTE PRIORITY', SAYS CLYDESDALE AND YORKSHIRE BANK OWNER
The Australian owner of Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks has made exiting Britain its “absolute priority”, and is exploring options that could see the two lenders floated on the stock market. National Australia Bank said its “clear focus” is on its home market and New Zealand, and highlighted the need for “greater urgency” in dealing with “low-returning assets”. Clydesdale and Yorkshire have dragged down the wider group in recent years, with the crisis-hit British economy faring much worse than those of Australia and New Zealand. ( http://bit.ly/1zLrBth)
* The Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday that it had approved Pfizer Inc's vaccine for a dangerous strain of meningitis that caused outbreaks last year at Princeton and the University of California, Santa Barbara. ( http://nyti.ms/1rTmcaC)
* European prosecutors and tax authorities are expanding an investigation into complex stock trades that global banks allegedly used to help their clients fraudulently earn tax rebates, according to government officials and lawyers familiar with the probe. The investigation, being led by German prosecutors and tax officials, has recently broadened to involve tax authorities and prosecutors in other countries. ( http://on.wsj.com/1wHsYFr)
The heated arguments over Britain's 1.7 billion pounds (2.72 billion US dollar) bill for extra EU budget contributions have shadowed the fact that Britain's net payment to Brussels have almost doubled to over 8 billion pounds over the last five years.
John Manzoni, the new chief executive of the British civil service, will step down as a board member of brewer SABMiller Plc next summer after a group of 70 charities and medical professionals raised serious concerns that the brewery job was “inexplicable and troubling” and showed a “direct conflict of interest with British public health policy goals.”
Britain's Serious Fraud Office $SFO has added tensions to the supermarket chain Tesco Plc's accounting issues by launching a criminal investigation. Tesco said in a statement that it will co-operate with the SFO's investigation. Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc has warned that about 16,500 customers have had more than 1 million pounds taken away from their bank accounts by brokers offering payday loans since July.
* The Obama administration issued new rules that threaten to strip funding from thousands of for-profit college programs, part of a White House attempt to address college costs and rein in student debt, which has doubled since 2007. ( http://on.wsj.com/1024GcQ)
BofI Holding $BOFI files $50M at-the-market equity offering Colfax $CFX files automatic mixed securities shelf Health Care REIT $HCN files to sell 17M shares of common stock Marin Software $MRIN files to sell 1.56M shares of common stock for holders National Retail Properties $NNN files automatic mixed securities shelf Opexa Therapeutics $OPXA files to sell $63.3M in common stock and units Q2 Holdings $QTWO files to sell 4.56M shares of common stock Real Goods Solar $RGSE files to sell $3.5M of units Spirit Airlines $SAVE files mixed securities shelf, no amount given Tallgrass Energy $TEP files to sell 10M common units representing limited partners Tenax Therapeutics $TENX files $100M mixed securities shelf Unisys $UIS files automatic mixed securities shelf Xencor $XNCR files to sell 5.5M shares of common stock
TREASURY MAKES 500 MILLION POUNDS SELLING LLOYDS SHARES AS IT REDUCES ITS STAKE IN THE BANK
The Treasury has raised around 500 million pounds by selling shares in Lloyds Banking Group. The move marks a further reduction in its stake in the bank it bailed out in 2008. The latest trade takes its holding down to 23.9 percent and the total amount raised from the process to just under 8 billion pounds. ( http://ind.pn/1DN87nQ)
SNOOPING TRADERS 'FORCED' HSBC CHIEF TO OPEN OFFSHORE ACCOUNT
HSBC Holdings Plc chief executive has said it was the ability of traders at the bank who were routinely able to spy on the bank accounts of fellow employees that forced him to set up a secret offshore stash for his bonuses from the lender. ( http://thetim.es/1DfCCBG)
APPLE TO INVEST 1.7 BILLION EUROS IN GREEN EUROPEAN DATA CENTRES
Apple Inc is to spend 1.7 billion euros ($1.93 billion) opening data centres in Ireland and Denmark in its largest ever investment in Europe. The centres will support Siri, Apple's artificially intelligent personal assistant, as well as its App and iTunes stores, its maps and iMessage applications, the company said. ( http://thetim.es/1Bg7VPd)
* A federal jury in New York on Monday found the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization liable for supporting six terrorist attacks in Israel more than a decade ago and ordered the groups to pay $218.5 million to the American victims' families.( http://on.wsj.com/1a9SMmn)
* U.S. officials are investigating at least 10 major banks for possible rigging of precious-metals markets, even though European regulators dropped a similar probe after finding no evidence of wrongdoing, according to people close to the inquiries.( http://on.wsj.com/1a9RLuJ)
* U.S. and Iran are exploring a nuclear deal that would keep Tehran from amassing enough material to make a bomb for at least a decade, but could then allow it to gradually build up its capabilities again.( http://on.wsj.com/1a9Shc3)
Yellen faces Senate grilling on Fed rate policy, transparency (Reuters)
Big Banks Face Scrutiny Over Pricing of Metals (WSJ)
Greece makes more concessions to euro zone, Germany sets vote (Reuters)
Time for another executive order: Longer Lives Hit Companies With Pension Plans Hard (WSJ)
The Syria invasion “false flag” approaches: Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 90 from Christian villages (Reuters)
MDC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDCA) Q2 2016 Results Earnings Conference Call July 28, 2016, 04:30 PM ET Executives Matt Chesler - VP, IR Scott Kauffman - Chairman & CEO David Doft - CFO Analysts James Dix - Wedbush Securities Avi Steiner - JP Morgan Michael McCaffery - Shenkman Capital Tracy Young - Evercore Eugene Fox - Cardinal Capital Management Operator Good day, and welcome to the MDC Partners Second Quarter Results Conference Call.
MDC Partners Inc. ($MDCA) is now covered by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. ...... CBRE Group $CBG - consensus EPS $0.34 .... Corp's Norton, Intel Corp McAfee brands and others gained new attention this month after anonymous activists published documents from FinFisher GmbH, a secretive GermanCompany.
FinFisher, also known as FinSpy, is surveillance software marketed by Lench IT Solutions plc, which markets the spyware through law enforcement channels.
FinFisher is capable of masquerading as other more legitimate programs, such as Mozilla Firefox.
On April 30, 2013, Mozilla announced that they had sent Gamma a cease-and-desist letter for trademark infringement. Gamma had created an espionage program that was entitled firefox.exe and even provided a version number and trademark claims to appear to be legitimate Firefox software.
FinFisher, also known as FinSpy, is surveillance software marketed by Lench IT Solutions plc, which markets the spyware through law enforcement channels. FinFisher can be covertly installed on targets' computers by exploiting security lapses in the update procedures of non-suspect software.
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Since announcing his brain cancer was terminal, Arizon Sen. John McCain has continued to make headlines, but not due to his medical status. Instead, it has been one controversy after another revolving around him, and now one more had been added to the list.
This one is based in his dislike not for Ted Cruz or Rand Paul, but of the tea party.
McCain has never really endeared himself to conservatives, and he made his feeling public about the tea party movement at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in 2015, according to a Yahoo report.
“I think also — I probably shouldn’t say this — but some of (the tea party) appeals to the bad angels of our nature rather than the better angels of our nature,” McCain said.
This attitude ties into the latest scandal swirling around McCain.
One of a number of scandals that plagued President Barack Obama and his administration involved the IRS targeting tea party groups after 2010. It seemed that their tax-exempt status requests were denied or delayed due to intense political partisanship in the agency.
In May 2013, The Washington Post reported that the IRS’s exempt-organizations division director Lois Lerner “let slip” the week prior “that low-level IRS staffers had focused extra scrutiny on conservative groups with words such as ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their names.”
In addition, “internal reviews have shown that Lerner knew about the targeting in 2011 — but neither Congress nor the public knew until (2013).” Despite this, Lerner was never prosecuted and was allowed to retire with her taxpayer-funded pension intact.
This did not change, even after House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican, and Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam, an Illinois Republican, wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In it, they begged him to reopen a probe into the matter, according to Jay Sekulow, chief council for the American Center for Law and Justice, writing in a commentary for Fox News.
When President Donald Trump was sworn into office, some held out hope that the perceived injustices from Obama’s tenure would somehow be made right. However, in September 2017, Trump’s administration had already preemptively declined to pursue criminal charges against Lerner “based on the available evidence,” according to Fox News.
But more has since been uncovered about the scandal. Government watchdog group Judicial Watch has obtained and released “internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.”
JW President @TomFitton: Much of what you know about the IRS scandal is thanks to JW... Our new docs show the scandal is bipartisan in nature. A McCain staffer suggested Lois Lerner audit all of the 501(c)(4) groups in a way that'd be financially ruinous.
Meeting notes from April 30, 2013, involving Kerner, Lerner, “and other high-ranking IRS officials” were obtained by JW. With the meeting taking place only 10 days before the IRS scandal exploded into the public view, they are particularly incriminating against Kerner and Lerner:
“Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time.”
“Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don’t disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don’t meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesn’t happen timely.”
“Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don’t disclose donors, then the system doesn’t work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints.”
“Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.”
Thus far, there is no evidence that McCain knew about or directed Kerner to take such action. It is plausible that Kerner, knowing of McCain’s dislike of the tea party, opted to be a proactive and loyal staffer by urging the IRS to take action against the groups.
But McCain’s personality does little to keep him far removed from the scandal and tongues are wagging with speculation as to his involvement. Regardless, McCain’s frosty relationship with President Donald Trump has not made the Arizona senator many fans among Trump supporters.
New suspicions about him betraying the tea party won’t help matters at all.
Chelsea Handler SaysFox Doesn’t Work With Black People, Obviously Doesn’t Watch Network
Humor is supposed to be based on truth. After all, the reason we laugh at a joke or scenario is because it triggers a feeling of recognition about reality, especially if it’s presented in an unexpected way.
It doesn’t look like “comedian” Chelsea Handler has a very firm grasp on truth or reality, however.
After a production error during a Fox News broadcast was called out by users on Twitter, the raunchy and sex-obsessed Handler tried to bash the network … but ended up showing off her ignorance instead.
“Fox News honored Aretha Franklin by using a graphic that contained a photo of Patti LaBelle,” the comedian and television host posted on Twitter Thursday evening.
That part was true enough: Fox admitted that they made a mistake on a background slide during a tribute to the late soul singer, and accidentally showed a faded photo of LaBelle. The main image still showed Franklin, who passed away on Thursday in Detroit.
Broadcast television is complex, which you would think Handler understands after being involved in TV for many years. Honest mistakes happen on every network. But no: In Handler’s alternate reality, the only explanation for the mistake was racism.
“It’s probably hard for anyone who works at Fox News to tell black people apart because they’ve never worked with any,” she declared.
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Fox News honored Aretha Franklin by using a graphic that contained a photo of Patti LaBelle. It’s probably hard for anyone who works at Fox News to tell black people apart because they’ve never worked with any.
Was she trying to be bitter or funny? It was hard to tell, but either way, that statement shows just how isolated the Hollywood left is from reality.
If she really believes that Fox has “never worked with any” black people, maybe she should try an experiment: Actually watch the channel for a minute.
She would probably tune in to the face of Harris Faulkner, the enthusiastic and Emmy-winning host of “Outnumbered,” which airs every single weekday.
Or, maybe she could get a clue from Deneen Borelli, another well-known face of Fox News for nearly a decade. How about the venerable Juan Williams, co-host of “The Five” and a “Fox News Sunday” regular for over 20 years?
Nah. They apparently don’t count, because Handler would rather live in an alternate reality of ignorance than admit she was the one making racial assumptions.
We’re not finished! Moving on to frequent guest contributors to Fox News, how about Candace Owens? Brandon Tatum? Ben Carson? Larry Elder? All of these smart individuals are familiar faces at Fox, and all are — look closely! — African American.
That’s saying nothing of the behind-the-scenes staff at Fox, a good number of whom are of course black. In fact, it’s completely possible the photo mix-up was accidentally made by a black employee. Handler openly assumed the race of the staff members who made the error, while knowing nothing.
Once again, the left has tipped their hand and revealed just how elitist and out of touch they are.
Handler has likely never turned on Fox News in her life, yet she thinks she’s an expert on it. She eagerly diminishes and waves away the contributions of black Americans to one of the most popular news stations in the nation, while lecturing others about race.
This type of attitude implies that only “liberal approved” black voices count. If they don’t parrot a 43-year-old white comedian’s politics, they’re invisible to her.
That arrogant view, and not an honest editing mistake, is perhaps the real outrage here … and it’s exactly why so many black voters are walking away from the left.