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Apple says FBI hasn’t asked for help unlocking Texas shooter’s phone — RT US...

The FBI has not asked Apple to unlock the phone of the gunman who killed 26...
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Video: Paradise Papers Reveal Tax Evasion & Shady Dealings by Nike, Apple, Queen of...

https://democracynow.org - A slew of 13.4 million leaked documents revealed how the world's richest men stash away billions of dollars in wealth in offshore...

Apple engineer reportedly fired after daughter’s vlog on unreleased iPhone X goes viral (VIDEO)...

Published time: 29 Oct, 2017 15:31 A Youtuber says her father was relieved of his position...

Apple gave Uber ‘iPhone backdoor’ allowing covert screens & data access

Apple granted Uber’s iPhone app special privileges by giving the car-hailing service a potential ability to...

Apple unveils new iPhone, Face ID feature fails in demo (VIDEO)

After detailing all the new bells and whistles that come with their newest iPhone, an Apple...

Show us your iPhones: Apple reveals FBI sent National Security Letter, contents remain secret

Published time: 23 May, 2017 19:40 Apple has released its biannual transparency report revealing the number...

Apple valuation surges to over $800 billion

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Neocon Anne Applebaum: Give Me Money To Fight ‘Russian Disinformation’!

Neocon Anne Applebaum has never seen a bed she did not expect to find an evil Russian lurking beneath. More than a quarter of...

Apple, Tesla seek California rule changes for self-driving cars

As Apple prepares to test its self-driving cars, the tech company is asking California to revise...
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Video: Common Trump ancestry, pineapple on pizza, Arctic & more: Breaking the ice with...

To an outsider, Iceland may seem like a place removed from the perturbations of the world, an island of calm in a sea of...

‘It burns, it burns’: Kids poisoned by apple juice at birthday party, 2 hospitalized

Published time: 6 Mar, 2017 22:10 A multi-agency investigation is underway in Pennsylvania after two children had...

Police Are Using Facebook and Apple to Data-Mine Accounts of Trump Protest Arrestees

(Photo: Gilles Lambert; Edited: LW / TO) The Trump administration has made it clear that dissent will not be tolerated -- and that's why we're...

'Simulated+Unsupervised': Apple eyes self-driving cars in first AI paper

Researchers at Apple recently published their first paper on artificial intelligence (AI). The paper introduces new...

NPR Guest Warns Against Living Wages With Fantasies of $16 Apples

Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff thinks we need to keep exploiting immigrant labor. To comment on Donald Trump’s naming retired Marine Gen. John Kelly...
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Video: Grand Theft Apple: Daring robberies caught on cam in San Francisco store

The San Francisco Police Department has released video footage showing two daring robberies at a local Apple store. In both, a group of men...

Gone in 12 seconds: Apple thieves caught on video in daring heists

The San Francisco Police Department has released video footage showing two daring robberies at a local...

Donald Trump Is Not Uniquely Bigoted. He's "as American as Apple Pie"

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum in Tallahassee, Florida, on October 25, 2016. (Photo: Eric Thayer...

Apple sues over counterfeit products sold on Amazon

Apple has sued a company that makes "genuine" chargers for Apple products that have been bought on Amazon.com with Apple's marketing images. The alleged...
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Video: Richie Allen On Apple’s €13 Billion Irish Tax Bill & Why Chemo Is...

Please Support The Show – http://richieallen.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow http://www.youtube.com/RichieAllenShowMedia Tune in at ... Via Youtube

Apple Watches banned from UK govt meetings amid claims of ‘Russian secret agent’ hacking

UK ministers have been banned from wearing Apple Watches during Cabinet meetings amid concerns they...

The Age of Decline, Apple Pie and the United States' Chosen Suicide Bomber

This is not about Donald Trump. And I mean it. From the moment the first scribe etched a paean of praise to Nebuchadnezzar...

The apple doesn’t fall far from the genetically modified tree: USDA approves GMO fruit

The national nightmare of apples turning slightly brown is coming to an end: The US Department...

‘You Know That It’s Not a Few Rotten Apples’ – CounterSpin interview with William...

Janine Jackson interviewed William Black on Wells Fargo fraud for the September 16, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. MP3 Link Janine...

Apple lodges patent for a paper bag called… ‘Bag’ (PHOTO)

Not content with revolutionizing computing, telecommunications and music consumption, tech giant Apple is going back to...
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Video: Tax Wars: Apple, White House, and the U.S. Treasury vs. the European Union

Economist James Henry discusses the recent ruling by the European Commission that Apple owes $14.6 billion Ireland because its tax benefits there are illegal...

Foiling Apple’s Tax Dodge: The European Commission Ruling

For years, Apple has perfected the art of tax minimisation, hoovering up possibilities in creating an empire built on profit and return. It has...
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Video: Uproar Over Apple-Ireland Tax Deal Ruling Could Put Multinationals Under the Gun During...

Economist James Henry explains why he thinks Apple's position on the European Commission's ruling is indefensible Visit http://therealnews.com for more ... Via Youtube
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Video: Apple won’t pay the €13bn unpaid tax to Ireland – Max Keiser

Apple ordered to repay record €13bn to cover unpaid EU tax. Max Keiser comments. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube
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Video: Britain would welcome Apple after tax case issues with EU

Apple has already announced that it will appeal the European Commissions' ruling that the company owes 13 billion euros in back-dated taxes. And now...

Britain flutters eyelashes at Apple following European Commission tax ruling

Downing Street says it would “welcome any company” to the UK following a European Commission...

Apple upgrades security after alleged Israeli group’s spyware attack on Arab activist

A botched hack attempt using “sophisticated spyware package” allegedly tailored by an Israeli group on the iPhone of an Arab activist has triggered Apple...

Tech Companies Apple, Twitter, Google and Instagram Collude to Defeat Trump

My dad always told me that conservative candidates have to work twice as hard as their liberal opponents to win elections because...

Apple Patents Remote ‘Kill Switch’ for iPhone Cameras

What to do about all those darn videos showing cops murdering people? They make it much harder for law enforcement to lie about their own...

Cartoon control: Apple replaces pistol emoji with water gun

Apple Inc. has announced it will replace its handgun emoji with a less-threatening green and orange...

Apple App Store accepts ‘offensive’ game about Clinton’s email scandal

A mobile phone game that makes fun of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is now available for free download at Apple’s App...

Camera police? Apple might soon make it possible to block recording video at concerts

Like recording live shows with your iPhone? A new patent granted to Apple details a new...

Warren Buffett bites into Apple with $1 billion purchase ahead of shares’ fall

Berkshire Hathaway, the investment conglomerate run by Warren Buffett, the world’s third-richest man, has just purchased...

Economy In Decline: Apple Reports Massive Revenue Decline As iPhone Sales Plummet Dramatically

Michael Snyder (RINF) - Corporate revenues in the United States have been falling for quite some time, but now some of the biggest companies in...

US govt drops fight with Apple over locked iPhone in drug case after getting...

The US Justice Department “no longer needs Apple’s assistance” in unlocking an iPhone which is evidence...

Upskirt season: Warnings issues over creepy cameras as springtime hits the Big Apple

New York’s unseasonably warm weather in March brought out the hottest summer outfits as well as...
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Video: John McAfee: “I’ll Unlock San Bernardino Phone! Apple Shouldn’t Give In To The...

Please Support The Show – http://richieallen.co.uk/ http://McAfee2016.com/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow ... Via Youtube
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Video: Greenwald: FBI-Apple Fight Tied to U.S. Effort to Access the Communications of Everyone...

http://democracynow.org - On Monday, the Justice Department announced it has succeeded in unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters ... Via...
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Video: Think the NSA Can’t Hack an iPhone Without Apple’s Help? Think Again.

http://democracynow.org - We speak with Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept, which has obtained a secret, internal U.S. government catalog of dozens of cellphone ... Via...

You guessed it: Israeli firm to help FBI hack Apple phones

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is hiring an Israeli firm to open a backdoor to an iPhone belonging to a terrorist as Apple...

US government delays hearing in Apple iPhone encryption case

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Niles Williamson The US Justice Department (DOJ) was granted a motion Monday...

Apple-FBI encryption tensions spiked upon iOS 8 reveal in 2014 – report

The fight between Apple and the FBI over access to iPhone communications escalated when Apple introduced...

Black Lives Matter sides with Apple in iPhone encryption battle

As the fight over the San Bernardino shooter’s encrypted iPhone continues, Black Lives Matter activists and...

‘Founders would be appalled’: Apple accuses FBI, DoJ of trying to ‘rewrite history’

Apple has accused the US government of "attempts to rewrite history", saying that Founding Fathers “would...

Apple fight could escalate with demand for ‘source code’

The latest filing in the legal war between the planet’s most powerful government and its most valuable company gave one indication of how the...

Florida sheriff threatens to ‘lock the Apple CEO up’ over dispute with FBI

The sheriff of Florida’s Polk County has strongly sided with the FBI in its battle with...

‘That’s horse sh*t!’: FBI can already unlock iPhone without Apple’s help – Snowden

(RT) - NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said that the FBI’s claim to need Apple to unlock...

You Should Care About Apple, Your iPhone, and the FBI

Yep, you should care. Very much. Hang up the phone and listen. What This is All About The FBI wants Apple to help unlock an iPhone...

Leading tech firms join Apple suit over iPhone encryption

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Thomas Gaist US tech firms, including Facebook, Amazon.com, Google, Microsoft, Cisco Systems,...

UN Human Rights Chief: FBI Could Unlock ‘Pandora’s Box’ in Apple Case

'It is neither fanciful nor an exaggeration to say that, without encryption tools, lives may be endangered.' Nadia Prupis The United Nations human rights chief on...

What’s at Stake in Apple’s Privacy Fight

Civil liberties fans in the United States recently got an unlikely champion: the CEO of Apple. In a high-profile spat with the White House, Tim...

Behind FBI’s Data-Access Fight with Apple

FBI Director James Comey gained his reputation for integrity by standing up to George W. Bush’s White House on a domestic spying issue but...

Terrorism Is American as Apple Pie

  The following excerpt, by Michael D. Yates, is the Foreword to America's Addiction to Terrorism: Henry Giroux is a phenomenon. He has written more than...

Behind FBI’s Data-Access Fight with Apple

Knowing even a little of James Comey’s post 9/11 background, it becomes rather hard to believe the FBI Director is sincerely leveling with the American public...
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Video: Former CIA Agent Says Edward Snowden Revelations Emboldened Apple to Push Back Against...

http://democracynow.org - We speak with former CIA agent Barry Eisler about the role of Edward Snowden in raising public awareness about encryption and ... Via...
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Video: Will FBI Take a Bite Out of Apple? Former CIA Agent on Showdown...

http://democracynow.org - As the government continues to take a bite out of Apple, Apple CEO Tim Cook says the FBI's request to unlock the...

Showdown: Justice Department Escalates Against Apple

The US Justice Department escalated its standoff with Apple today, filing a motion to compel Apple to create software that would facilitate the Federal...
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Video: Apple vs. the FBI: Inside the Battle Snowden Calls “The Most Important Tech...

http://democracynow.org - A major debate over privacy and online encryption has erupted after the computer giant Apple announced it will resist a court order...

Apple to pay over $600 million in patent lawsuit

Apple is being forced to pay VirnetX Holding Corp more than $625 million for violating patents related to FaceTime and other live communication technology....

Apple warns about UK surveillance powers bill

The tech giant Apple has warned that a plan set forth by the UK government to give intelligence agencies extra online surveillance powers could weaken the...

Gangs of New York: Sicilian mafia offers Big Apple protection from ‘psychopathic’ ISIS

The son of a New York mob boss has given Islamic State a stark warning, saying if they are planning any attacks in New...
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Video: ‘Might steal something’: Black teenagers kicked out of Apple Store in Australia

A group of black students was asked to leave an Apple store in Melbourne as its employees were “worried they might steal something.” A...

Apple warns UK against approving internet bill

Chief executive of tech giant Apple warns about “the very dire consequences” of the UK government’s Investigatory Powers Bill. Tim Cook said the new...

Apple Comes Out Against CISA Days Before Critical Vote

Just days before a critical vote, Apple has become the latest major tech company to voice their opposition to CISA, a so-called cybersecurity bill...

Policing USA: Mostly Bad Apples Murdering Us

Too many nightmares covering cops starting 40 years ago, nothing changes, just the hardware! What does it mean to protect? To incarcerate? To uphold the...

Apple: Court Gives 21,000 Workers Green Light For Class Action Against Tech Giant

Cupertino computer firm could face tens of millions in payouts to current and former employees, say legal experts Nearly 21,000 current and former Apple employees will...

Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher

Apple says its diagnostic tools "do not compromise user privacy" but researchers say the un-publicised tools give access to 'excessive' data Apple has been accused...

Oligarchy: As American as Poisoned Apple Pie

Rivera Sun Oligarchs are as American as poisoned apple pie. Their wealth and power look mouth-wateringly good, but with every bite, democracy dies. " . ....

Apple reveals US govt data request rules

Apple has released a document which outlines the circumstances under which US customer data will be given to law enforcement officials. The iPad and iPhone...

Why American Apples Just Got Banned In Europe

Joe Martino Have you ever heard of DPA, also called diphenylamine? This is a chemical used widely on apples after they have been harvested. DPA...

Apple, Google to pay $324 million to settle conspiracy lawsuit

Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to pay a total of $324 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of...

Apple and Google busses blocked in Oakland

On Tuesday, April Fool’s Day, 2014, a group of people blocked an Apple bus attempting to cross the High Street bridge from the Fruitvale...

Apple, Google, Microsoft, NFL: suicide by greed

Jon Rappoport RINF Alternative News The old movie line, “Stop me before I kill again,” comes to mind. In this case, however, it’s “Stop me before...

Apple, Microsoft, Google, NFL: suicide by greed

Apple, Google, Microsoft, NFL: suicide by greed by Jon Rappoport March 25, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com The old movie line, “Stop me before I kill again,” comes to mind. In this case, however, it’s “Stop me before I kill myself.” PandoDaily has uncovered a wide-ranging scandal among tech giants. It’s basically an illegal scheme to limit wages […]

Apple, Microsoft hoard cash — US taxpayers pay the bill

Nick Mathiason In recent years, America’s technology giants have increased profits to epic levels. So you’d think this good fortune would prove a boon to...

Amazon’s Bogus Anti-Apple Crusade

Behold tech's fiercest legal battle: Price-fixing,...

Apple Strikes Back at NSA’s “Malicious Hackers”

Apple Inc. executives have labeled leadership of the U.S. government's National Security Agency “malicious hackers” and have vowed to fight against reported NSA software...

US stocks steeply lower; Apple downgrade hits technology sector

CNBCJanuary 2, 2014 U.S. stocks fell sharply on Thursday, after closing out 2013 with double-digit gains,...

Apple’s Top Crimes of 2013

Recently Cult of Mac, a website dedicated to all things Apple from the fan's perspective, published a piece titled “The Biggest Apple Stories of...

Apple Denies Ever Working With The NSA

Zero HedgeJanuary 1, 2014 Yesterday, we broke the story that during the 30th Chaos Communication Congress,...

Apple denies working with NSA

Apple Inc has never worked with the NSA and is unaware of efforts to target its smartphones, the company says.Apple is denying that it...

Apple execs deny company helps NSA monitor iPhone users

Apple executives have denied granting the US National Security Agency a so-called “backdoor” that allowed the intelligence monolith to surveil the company's popular mobile...

iSpy? Apple Denies Assisting NSA with iPhone “Back Door”

Apple, the company giant behind the iconic iPhone, declared on Monday that is has never assisted the NSA in its efforts to create "back...

Apple Says It Knows Nothing About Your iPhone Spying On You

Kurt Nimmo So, it turns out the NSA can drop in on your Apple iPhone anytime it wants to. Thanks to the best...

Spain grapples with human trafficking

Ines BenitezAljazeeraDecember 27, 2013 María came to Spain from Paraguay to work as a housekeeper in...

Apple, Google, Microsoft and more demand sweeping changes to US surveillance laws

Dan Roberts and Jemima Kiss The world's leading technology companies have united to demand sweeping changes to US surveillance laws, urging an international ban on...

Afghan Opium Record, GCHQ spoofs LinkedIn, GMO Apples — New World Next Week

Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week: Story #1: Afghan Opium Output Soars To Record Level…Ag...

Apple’s new OS X Mavericks makes it harder for NSA to snoop

Published time: October 23, 2013 18:23Edited time: October 23, 2013 22:23 AFP Photo / Kimberly White Top-secret documents disclosed by former intelligence contractor Edward...

Apple iPhone 5S: Big Brother Dream Come True

The latest iPhone is an ode to biometrics, spying, and the Big Brother control grid. Anthony...

Apple iPhone 5S: Big Brother Dream Come True

The latest iPhone is an ode to biometrics, spying, and the Big Brother control grid. Anthony...

Apple iPhone 5S: Big Brother Dream Come True

The latest iPhone is an ode to biometrics, spying, and the Big Brother control grid. Anthony...

Apple vs. Microsoft: A Tale of Tech Titans

Steve­n A. Ballm­er, the chief execu­tive of Micro­soft. (Photo: Chang W. Lee / T­he New York Times)I am not a tech-industry maven, so I...

How Steve Jobs Turned Technology – And Apple – Into Religion

Steve Jobs being dead hasn't diminished the power of his name, or the Apple brand. In fact, it has only reinforced the 'spirituality' of...

How Steve Jobs Turned Technology – And Apple – Into Religion

Steve Jobs being dead hasn't diminished the power of his name, or the Apple brand. In fact, it has only reinforced the 'spirituality' of...

Apple ordered to change ‘most favored’ e-book contracts

Cecilia Kang Washington Post September 6, 2013 A federal judge on Friday ordered Apple to alter its contracts with e-books publishers to ensure price...

Jobs: A Film About the Apple Genius

When Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away nearly two years ago, it seemed inevitable that a film honoring the technological and business genius would...

Apple will reportedly reveal new iPhones on September 10

Apple’s newest iPhones are rumored to be released on September 10. The devices, which may be called the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C,...

Apple proposes new terms in e-books battle

Joan E. Solsmancnet.comAugust 2, 2013 Hours after the Department of Justice and 33 U.S. states proposed...

Apple to Introduce Fingerprint Sensor on New iPhone

Infowars.com July 30, 2013 On Monday, iOS 7 code posted on the internet by London programmer Hamza Sood revealed the new...

Apple’s new iPhone ‘has fingerprint sensor’

Rhiannon Williamstelegraph.co.ukJuly 30, 2013 A string of code from iOS 7 revealing ‘a fingerprint that...

Apple admits its developer site was hacked, says some data may have been stolen

Trevor Mogg Digital Trends July 22, 2013 When Apple’s developer site went down on Thursday, the company put up a short notice saying that...

Arsenic In Apple Juice: Under Pressure, FDA Sets New Limits

Matthew Perrone Huffington Post July 12, 2013 Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic found in apple juice can feel...

Arsenic In Apple Juice: Under Pressure, FDA Sets New Limits

Matthew PerroneHuffington PostJuly 12, 2013 Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic...

Apple-Cofounder Is Sorry

Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, is a person who has truly helped ...

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Slams Surveillance State, Hails NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden

Steve Wozniak speaking with Piers Morgan this week. (Screenshot)Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has cheered NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and admonished the rise of the...

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Slams Surveillance State, Hails NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden

Steve Wozniak speaking with Piers Morgan this week. (Screenshot)Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has cheered NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and admonished the rise of the...

Apple received 5,000 data requests from US govt in 6 months

Apple received thousands of requests from US authorities for user info, but was unaware of Washington’s PRISM program, the company said. It joins internet...

NSA Taps in to Systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and others, Secret Files Reveal

A slide depicting the top-secret PRISM program.The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.

Sales of iPhone 4 could be blocked in US as Samsung wins Apple patent...

Samsung has won in another round of its long running patent battle with Apple. It could see a ban on sales of the iPhone4...

‘Apple is not alone’: 18 top American companies avoid $92 billion in taxes

Apple isn’t the only big name company taking advantage of offshore tax loopholes, according to a new study. American Express, Dell, Microsoft, Nike, and...

The Public Pillorying of Apple for Legally Reducing Tax Burden

Last week’s show trial of Apple Computer on Capitol Hill ended up being more of an indictment of the Republican Party than of allegedly...

The Public Pillorying of Apple for Legally Reducing Tax Burden

Last week’s show trial of Apple Computer on Capitol Hill ended up being more of an indictment of the Republican Party than of allegedly...

EU competition probe over Apple tactics in the European market

The European Commission is investigation Apple over alleged anti-competitive iPhone sales tactics and technical restrictions in the European market. ...

EU competition probe over Apple tactics in the European market

The European Commission is investigation Apple over alleged anti-competitive iPhone sales tactics and technical restrictions in the European market. ...

Apple’s tax dodge: the case for public ownership

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Apple CEO defends multi-billion-dollar tax dodge

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Rand Paul blasts Congress for attacking Apple over taxes

Sen. Rand Paul is outraged that Congress held a hearing to “bully one of America’s greatest success stories.” The Kentucky lawmaker believes Apple was...

Apple accused of $74bn US tax evasion

Apple, the US tech company is facing a government investigation after it was accused of evading billions of dollars in US taxes by using Ireland as a tax haven.

Senate Subcomittee Investigating Apple’s Offshore Tax Practices

Infowars.comMay 16, 2013 In lieu of the recent IRS scandal it might seem a...

US hospitals grapple with growing number of drug dependent newborns

Tennessee, the first US state to track the number of infants born addicted to prescription drugs, has reported a surge in their numbers that...

Happy Birthday: Apple Is Making a Watch

Happy Birthday: Apple Is Making a Watch

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Posted on Mar 4, 2013
Ruben Schade

The old iPod Nano being used as a watch.

Apple reportedly has 100 designers trying to figure out the most profitable and elegant way to colonize your wrist.

The watch project is said to be a personal fetish of Apple’s famed chief designer Jony Ive and will reportedly run a version of the same mobile operating system that powers the iPhone and iPad.

Bloomberg first reported the story, which has since been confirmed by The Verge.

The idea of an Apple watch has captured consumer imagination since the company released a Nano music player small enough to be worn on the wrist. Since then, the Nano has been redesigned and Apple watchers have been more focused on the company’s often-rumored television. But, as Bloomberg points out, the watch business is more profitable than the TV business, and mobile computing is something Apple already does well.

Impatient shoppers with $150 to spend on nerdy wristwear can already buy the Pebble watch, which uses an e-Paper screen and got its start on crowdsourcing site Kickstarter.

—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer. Follow him on Twitter: @peesch.

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Water Torture, as American as Apple Pie

What does it mean when torture, already the definition of “cruel,” becomes usual?

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Try to remain calm -- even as you begin to feel your chest tighten and your heart race.  Try not to panic as water starts flowing into your nose and mouth, while you attempt to constrict your throat and slow your breathing and keep some air in your lungs and fight that growing feeling of suffocation.  Try not to think about dying, because there’s nothing you can do about it, because you’re tied down, because someone is pouring that water over your face, forcing it into you, drowning you slowly and deliberately.  You’re helpless.  You’re in  agony

In short, you’re a victim of “water torture.” Or the “water cure.”  Or the “water rag.”  Or the “water treatment.” Or “ tormenta de toca.”  Or  any of the other  nicknames given to the particular form of  brutality that today goes by the relatively innocuous term “waterboarding.” 

The practice only became  widely known in the United States after it was disclosed that the CIA had been subjecting suspected terrorists to it in the wake of 9/11.  More recently, cinematic  depictions of waterboarding in the award-winning film  Zero Dark Thirty and questions about it at the Senate confirmation hearing for incoming CIA chief John Brennan have sparked debate.  Water torture, however, has a surprisingly long history, dating back to at least the  fourteenth century.  It has been a U.S. military staple since the beginning of the twentieth century, when it was employed by Americans fighting an independence movement in the  Philippines.  American troops would continue to use the brutal tactic in the decades to come -- and during the country’s repeated wars in Asia, they would be victims of it, too. 

Water Torture in Vietnam

For more than a decade, I’ve investigated atrocities committed during the Vietnam War.  In that time, I’ve come to know people who employed water torture and people who were brutalized by it.  Americans and their South Vietnamese allies regularly used it on enemy prisoners and civilian detainees in an effort to gain intelligence or simply punish them.  A picture of the practice even landed on the  front page of the  Washington Post on January 21, 1968, but mostly it went on in secret.

Long-hidden military documents help to fill in the picture.  "I held the suspect down, placed a cloth over his face, and then poured water over the cloth, thus forcing water into his mouth,” Staff Sergeant David Carmon  explained in testimony to Army criminal investigators in December 1970.  According to their synopsis, he admitted to using both electrical torture and water torture in interrogating a detainee who  died not long after.

According to summaries of eyewitness statements by members of Carmon’s unit, the prisoner, identified as Nguyen Cong, had been "beat and kicked," lost consciousness, and suffered convulsions.  A doctor who examined Nguyen, however, claimed there was nothing wrong with him.  Carmon and another member of his military intelligence team then "slapped the Vietnamese and poured water on his face from a five-gallon can," according to a summary of his testimony.  An official report from May 1971 states that Nguyen Cong passed out "and was carried to the confinement cage where he was later found dead.”

Years later, Carmon told me by email that the abuse of prisoners in Vietnam was extensive and encouraged by superiors.  "Nothing was sanctioned," he wrote, "but nothing was off-limits short of seriously injuring a prisoner."

It turns out that Vietnamese prisoners weren’t the only ones subjected to water torture in Vietnam.  U.S. military personnel serving there were victims, too.  Documents I came across in the U.S. National Archives offer a glimpse of a horrifying history that few Americans know anything about.

In Case The Mainstream Media Didn’t Get The Memo, I Crush The Apple Reality...

Yesterday I appeared on CNBC Street Signs, and dropped the truth about America's favorite over hyped company. Check it out...

One viewpoint that is prevalent is the ideology that Apple's problems are temporary and can be fixed with a smattering of pixie dust and fairy farts within the crumbling Apple RDF (reality distortion field). The pundit in the segment above stated that their are no signs of margin compression in the iPhone franchise because ASPs are level. Wait a minute dude! ASPs may be level but costs are increasing. Steady sales plus increasing costs mean lower margins right? I called this last year on TV. Reference...

 

The short call - October 2012, the month of Apple's all-time high and my call to subscribers to short the stock:  Deconstructing The Most Accurate Apple Analysis Ever Made - Share Price, Market Share, Strategy and All

This crux of that article was to debunk the widely assumed notion that I was bearish on Apple's share price for 2 years. The reality of the matter was that the paid research and opinion clearly supported much of Apple's share price until right about the last earnings report and release of the iPhone 5, until I notably went bearish and Apple promptly lost 35%, or about 4 Dells with a LinkedIn thrown in to boot...

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Notice how this chart shows subscription research would have provided ample profits LONG and short, with the long presumed to be unleverred as a straight stock purchase. This is to put to bed any naysayers. Now, as to whether my many proclamations over the last two years regarding Apple were able to hold water, we let the facts speak on the reasoning behind the call and the accuracy of my call in the deterioration of Apple's margins, market share and status.

Now, if you recall, there were many sell side analysts calling for Apple to break $1,000 per share just a few months ago. On Friday, 25 January 2013 I penned "What Sell Side Wall Street Doesn't Understand About Apple - It's Not The Leader Of The Post PC World!!!", and is excerpted as follows:

I was going to name this piece "Why Sell Side Wall Street and the Mainstream Media Can't Touch Me", but I decided to go the humble route :-) Do you guys remember those highly paid Wall Street analysts and popular MSM guys who had $1,000+ price targets on Apple just a few months ago? Let's reminisce, shall we...

Let's contrast this to what I have espoused over a similar time frame...

  1.  - This pretty much says it all, right Mr. Munster of Piper Jaffrey??? Yeah, I called you out on this one! Here is an excerpt for good measure, but before you read it remember that Apple's thrashing at the exchange has forced it to renounce its earnigns manipulating ways - just as I anticipated!!!

Well, let's see what's in today's news... Oh yeah!!! Apple cuts MacBook Pro Retina and Air prices, boosts specs 

Apple has slashed the price of its MacBook Pro with Retina display notebooks, throwing in some updated specifications along the way.

Hey, wait a minute! Didn't I say that in the CNBC segment yesterday, and all through last year? Subscribers can access my full Apple report and valuation here Apple 4Q2012 update professional & institutional and Apple 4Q2012 update - retail). Those of you who don't subscribe can review the dated, redacted version below...

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Oil Pops, Apple Drops, And Stocks Take Out More Stops

Another low volume, low range, low average trade size day in stocks as recent high (stops) were run again with FX markets ruling the day in terms of volatility. The G-7's initial statement fell on deaf ears , after Draghi's early comments (on a higher...

Apple, Microsoft and Adobe face Australian parliamentary probe

Customers check the latest technology in an Apple retail store in central Sydney. (AFP Photo / Greg Wood)

Customers check the latest technology in an Apple retail store in central Sydney. (AFP Photo / Greg Wood)

Apple, Microsoft and Adobe have been summonsed to appear before the Australian parliament at a hearing into why the tech firms sell their goods to local consumers at higher prices than in the US.

­The parliamentary committee for infrastructure and communications announced that a public hearing will be held on March 22nd in Canberra.

"The Committee is looking at the impacts of prices charged to Australian consumers for IT products – Australian consumers often pay much higher prices for hardware and software than people in other countries," the committee said. "The Committee has been examining claims made by organizations such as CHOICE, and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network."

"In what's probably the first time anywhere in the world, these IT firms are now being summoned by the Australian parliament to explain why they price their products so much higher in Australia compared to the United States," said ruling Labor government MP Ed Husic, who helped set up the committee.

Australian “people’s watchdog”, CHOICE found that Australians pay on average 34% more for software, 52% more for iTunes music, 88% more for Wii games and 41% for computer hardware than US consumers, their official website states. The research indicated that the majority of these price discrepancies were likely due to price discrimination from large international firms.

Apple, Big Hedge Fund Stars & The Sell Side/Vaudeville Act To Burn Your Hard...

I see many pundits on CNBC commenting on Apple. I believe they are ALL wrong! To begin with, nearly all of them are coming up with revaluations after the fact - which is simply too late and lacks credibility. Second, Apple has someserious steps to take if it is to get back into the mobile computing race. David Einhorn's recommendation to return cash to shareholders (on the CNBC front page today) is not one of them. He's approaching this from a trader's perspective, and not from the perspective of a strategic long term investor. To date, Apple has outperformed nearly all hedge funds in the reinvestment of its cash. If Apple does the right thing, the  ability to replicate this performance by only 50% will whip the pants off of nearly every hedge fund, Einhorn's included. In addition, Apple is about to go through a depression style bout of margin compression that it will need cash to battle. I explained this to a group of entrepeneurs last year. Basically, Apple's $137B+ in cash is a call option on future opportunities and a put option on future mishaps. Einhorn is asking management to sell that call/put option straddle now, and forgo the ability to capitalize on future opportunities while running naked against margin compression at the same time that Apple's competition has surpassed it in technical ability (product/service wise) while Apple has shown ineptitude in competing in the cloud (see the maps fiasco), the next battle ground for the end user. This option sale will be had for the one time premium of a cash distribution. Wise, eh?

Does this mentality smack of the short term-ism indicative of a trader to you, or is it the mentality of the long term, innovative vision of Steve Jobs that got Apple where it is now? See the video below where I delve into this in detail...

Since I was practically the only one (at least that I know of) to accurately and timely call the turn on Apple BEFORE THE FACT, I would love to take this time to point out what it is that's wrong with Apple and what it would take for it to regain its shine. Just to illustrate this point, let's reminisce, shall we...

Let's contrast this to what I have espoused over a similar time frame...

Now, what do we have in sell sidevaudville today? CNBC reports Apple Heading Toward $200?: McLean.WTF???? What happen to $1,000????

Yes, I'm going after the sell side again. And I'll keep doing it. I'm a monster to the charlatan crew... A monster, I tell you...

Apple needs to start spending money, needs to spend wisely, needs to spend it in droves, and it needs to do ALL of this, NOW!!!! That is what Apple REALLY needs to do to compete with Google and enrich shareholders. Now, those shareholders with short term-ism will consider this Apple management burning cash in a desperate attempt to save the ship. These limited horizon guys will jump ship and drive the share price down. It is then that Apple will be a strong buy if, and only if, management succeeds in making leeway... Much in the same way that Google did in its acquisition spree that gave it some of its most valuable properties and multi-billion dollar franchises that literally run the web in their respective categories - to wit:

  • YouTube
  • Android
  • Google Voice
  • AdMob

For anyone who thinks this acquisition spree is a foolish endeavor, ask those who listened to the "short Google, long Apple" advice of the pros...

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Just as much (if not most, not withstanding the "Muppet Factor") of the Sell Side of Wall Street Doesn't Truly Understand Apple, many of them equally clueless regarding Google as well… Google has used it's call option of billions of dollars of cash and its cash producing cash cow business model of ad serving to literally buy value at discounted prices. Of course, those with short term vision can't see the value - just as fails to see a forest due to all of that tree bark in the way!!!

Google Final Report Sep 29 Page 53 copyGoogle Final Report Sep 29 Page 53 copyGoogle Final Report Sep 29 Page 54Google Final Report Sep 29 Page 54As a reminder, I warned in plenty of time to both avoid loss and profit on the short and long side for each company involved in these mobile computing wars. As a matter of fact, three years ago, I laid out in detail the entire mobile computing war map - along with the prospects of the major competitors - Google, Apple, Research in Motion and Microsoft/Nokia, reference "" series. How accurate were these predictions, predilections, and analyses?

Now, for all of you senstive types who may consider this bragging or boasting, it is far from such. As a matter of distinct fact, the contents of this entire post should have been glaringly obvious to anyone years ago who actively used and followed the products and services of the companies herein, and had even a rudimentary understanding of business valuation. You know, it's amazing how far an awareness of cognitive biases (Deconstructing The Most Accurate Apple Analysis Ever Made - Share Price, Market Share, Strategy and All) and a mastery of second grade math () can get you on Wall Street.

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Below, I drilled down on the date and used a percentage difference view to illustrate the improvement in P/E stemming from the earnings beats.

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$600 Billion In Trades In Four Years: How Apple Puts Even The Most Aggressive...

Everyone knows that for the better part of the past year Apple, Inc. ("AAPL", or "The Company") was the world's biggest company by market cap, with Exxon finally regaining that title on Friday, following AAPL's latest price drop in the aftermath of its disappointing earnings. Most know that AAPL aggressively uses all legal tax loopholes to pay as little State and Federal tax as possible, despite being one of the world's most profitable companies.

Many also know, courtesy of our exclusive from September, that Apple also is the holding company for Braeburn Capital: a firm which with a few exceptions (Bridgewater; JPM's CIO prop trading desk) also happens to be one of the world's largest hedge funds, whose function is to manage Apple's massive cash hoard, with virtually zero requirements, and whose obligation is to make sure that AAPL's cash gets laundered legally and efficiently in a way that complies with prerogative #1: avoid paying taxes.

What few if any know, is that as part of its cash management obligations, Braeburn, and AAPL by extension, has conducted a mindboggling $600 billion worth of gross notional trades in just the past four years, consisting of buying and selling assorted unknown securities, or some $250 billion in 2012 alone: a grand total which represents some $1 billion per working day on average, and which puts the net turnover of some 99% of all hedge funds to shame!

Finally, what nobody knows, except for the recipients of course, is just how much in trade commissions AAPL has paid over the past four years on these hundreds of billions in trades to the brokering banks, many (or maybe all) of which may have found this commission revenue facilitating AAPL having a "Buy" recommendation: a rating shared by 52, or 83% of the raters, despite the company's wiping out of one year in capital gains in a few short months.

The Perfectly Legal Tax Evasion Scheme

Apple's massive cash hoard is something that gets its 15 minutes of fame each and every quarter, because for now at least, it keeps growing and growing and growing. However, that is not exactly correct. In fact, the company's cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2012 is just $16.2 billion: barely $9 billion more than it was 4 years ago, on December 31, 2008. Where the bulk of AAPL's profits are kept, however, is not in cash and equivalents, but in various undisclosed short- and long-term securities.

It is these, and particularly the latter, that have soared in a near parabolic fashion in the past 4 years. As the chart below shows, while cash and short-term marketable securities have been virtually flat for the better part of the past 16 quarters, it is the long-term marketable securities that have exploded from just $2.5 billion to a whopping $97.3 billion.

So why does AAPL funnel its profits in a fashion that redirects it to investments instead of domestically hoarded cash? Simple: to take advantage of offshore venues which allow it to avoid paying any tax on the cash that gets redirected for trading purposes. As per the company's filings, of the massive $137.1 billion in cash and investments AAPL has access to, a near record 68.7%, or $94.2 billion, is held offshore.

The chart above means that contrary to popular disinformation, AAPL "only" has ready access to some $43 billion in domestically held cash for corporate purposes such as dividends, stock buybacks and local M&A. The rest of the cash is essentially in offshore lockboxes, which are non-recourse for domestic corporate purposes, absent repatriation. And herein lies the rub. From the latst 10-Q:

As of December 29, 2012 and September 29, 2012, $94.2 billion and $82.6 billion, respectively, of the Company’s cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were held by foreign subsidiaries and are generally based in U.S. dollar-denominated holdings. Amounts held by foreign subsidiaries are generally subject to U.S. income taxation on repatriation to the U.S.

Apply a 30% tax to the offshore holdings and suddenly one can see why broad statements that AAPL has some $130/share in cash are largely meaningless: if AAPL wishes to have full access to dispose with this cash as it saw fit, it would first have to pay Uncle Sam some $30/share in cash before it had full recourse.

So why does AAPL chose to have cash stock up offshore instead of being able to dispose of it? Simple, and logical. Taxes, or rather the lack thereof.

The chart below shows that while AAPL has generated some $136 billion in operating profits in the past four years, the amount of cash taxes it has paid, as per the company's cash flow statements, has been a grand total of $18.6 billion: a 13.6% effective tax rate. And this $18.6 billion also includes taxes paid in offshore venues, so realistically the cash taxes paid in the US are likely well under 10% of profits.

The same on a quarter by quarter basis: operating income grows, cash taxes paid stay the same:

But far form us making an ethical claim here: AAPL is merely following the same legal loopholes that are available to all, yet made a mockery of the tax shelters used by recent presidential candidates. Perhaps one should ask Congress why these laws are there in the first place to allow the same companies that spend millions on lobbying members of Congress to retain billions in unpaid taxes via various tax shelters: a rather amazing IRR, if only for the corporations involved.

None of the above is news, and AAPL's aggressive use of tax loopholes has been known for years.

What has not been known is just how the cash from the company's seemingly endless profits gets moved from the Income Statement to the Balance Sheet: profits, which until recently were assumed would grow in perpetuity, until something strange happened: Samsung became cooler and faddier than AAPL, which coupled with accelerated margin erosion at AAPL grappling with an end-consumer who has increasingly less disposable cash flow, has led to a drubbing of the stock to new 52 week lows.

A Hedge Fund On Stroids

The conventional wisdom of Apple, and by implication of Braeburn, is of a boring old shop which invests its money prudently and cautiously in ultra-safe securities.

This is what AAPL itself has to say about its allocation of capital. From the just released 10-Q:

The Company’s marketable securities investment portfolio is invested primarily in highly-rated securities and its investment policy generally limits the amount of credit exposure to any one issuer. The policy requires investments generally to be investment grade with the objective of minimizing the potential risk of principal loss.

Good but... "primarily" and "generally"? One doesn't have to be an MF Global and JPM London Whale fallout expert to know that Jon Corzine's or Jamie Dimon's (or any other prop trading institution for that matter), was "primarily and "generally" supposed to be invested in highly-rated securities whose objective was avoiding risk and loss. Until it was uncovered they aren't. And as we explained previously, when we dissected AAPL's arm's length asset manager Braeburn, there is little more out there:

Braeburn has no reporting obligations: there is no Investment Advisor Public Disclosure (IAPD) entry on Braeburn for the logical reason that it is not an investment advisor: it merely manages an ungodly amount of cash for AAPL's millions of shareholders. There is also no SEC filing 13-F filing on Braeburn's holdings. As such, not confined by the limitations of being a "long-only", it is in its full right to hold any assets it feels like, up to and including CDS on housing, puts on Samsung, or Constant Maturity Swaps that pay if the 10 Year collapses. It just doesn't have to report any of them.

Nobody knows: and that's the beauty of Braeburn. It is the world's largest hedge fund that is not really a hedge fund, nobody has heard of, and nobody knows just what assets it holds.

Indeed nobody does know just what goes on behind the door of Suite 225 at 730 Sandhill Road in Reno, Nevada where Braeburn in situated. However, one can extrapolate some rather curious things.

Such as that starting December 2008, and through December 2012, according to its own filings, AAPL has bought and sold a grand total of $600 billion in "marketable securities", of which the sales alone amount to a whopping 205 billion!

What is not shown above is that over the same period, maturities on AAPL's ever-growing portfolio amount to some $82 billion. In other words, between maturities and sales, AAPL has generated nearly $300 billion in cash for investment and reinvestment purposes.

Shortening the time frame somewhat, just in 2012 AAPL's gross trading on its securities holdings amounts to a whopping $250 billion, or nearly $1 billion for every working day of the year: an amount that would put the turnover of some 99% of the most active daytrading hedge funds in the US to shame!

What is very curious is that even as AAPL's overall portfolio rose and rose, with purchases "primarily" of supposedly safe investment grade securities, an amount which has peaked at $121 billion as of December 31, 2012, the actual quarterly maturity of AAPL's portfolio, or the natural roll off, has decline to a near record low, or just 2.9% of total. How it is possible that the quarterly maturing notional continues to decline even as the portfolio, of both short- and long-term securities grows, is frankly, beyond our meager comprehension skills.

What is even more curious is that AAPL can't even make the excuse that it is merely churning its short-term marketable securitie. As the chart below shows, beginning in March 2011, the total amount of sales and maturities exceeds the quarterly total holdings of short-term securities, which naturally implies that a substantial portion of the long-term securities is also being sold.

So why would AAPL engage in what increasingly appears to be not only active portfolio management, but extremely aggressive and overzealous portfolio management, one which includes massive trades - buys but more importlanly sales - on a day to day basis?

Said otherwise: why is the world's premier maker of gizmos also one of the biggest under-the-radar day traders of unknown securities nobody has ever heard of?

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We don't know the answer to these questions. We do know however, that if one is indeed engaged in plain vanilla money management, such as investing in ultra safe investments, there would be no need of such aggressive purchases and dispositions of securities.

In fact, adding the simple average of the short- and long-term marketable securities holdings of AAPL over the past 4 years amounts to some $59 billion. Yet, as noted above, the total amount of gross trades -buys and sales - over the same period is $600 billion, or a total portfolio turnover of some ten mindboggling times!

This is hardly what one would call boring investing in safe securities, and certainly something one would call aggressive to quite aggressive money management, one that not even some of the world's most successful hedge fund managers are equipped or willing to do.

Yet Braeburn Capital, a/k/a AAPL, has been doing it for the past 4 years, and does so to the tune of $1 billion per day.

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Finally, there is the minor question of who exactly is it that executes these trades, or, in other words, which are the banks that have pocketed billions in commissions on AAPL's furiously traded portfolio?

We don't know, but we wonder: could it be the same banks that come rain or shine, gave AAPL a Buy rating, one which is still held by some 52 of the 63 banks covering the company, among which naturally are the most prominent brokers of "investment grade" securities:

Perhaps it would be very informative one day, years after the AAPL craze is long gone, to inquire just how much money AAPL paid out to any/all of the banks listed above in the form of trade commissions and other forms of "soft dollar" compensation. After all, any client which has conducted some $600 billion in trades in the past 16 quarters is known by one word at every single bank: "dream."

And parallel to that, one wonders what AAPL's total profits would have been and thus total marketable securities holdings, how much less the total trading churn and commissions to the sell side would have been had the downgrade battery started long ago, and thus broken the hypnotic and very much reflexive relationship between the world's most profitable company and its "coolness" factor, which in a feedback loop made it sell more products, making its market cap bigger, making its securities holdings larger, and making sellside profits greater, and so on ad inf... until one day it all snapped.

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The point of the above analysis is not to take away from the operational side of the business: the fact that AAPL created and dominated the smartphone and tablet sector for years is undisputable. Yet now that many challengers are emerging, both new and old, both premium and commoditized, more and more attention is shifting to AAPL's balance sheet, and the main asset thereon: the company's cash and marketable securities.

The point of the above analysis is to show that when it comes to said cash and marketable securities there is much more than meet the superficial eye, and certainly much, much more than just a summary assessment that "AAPL has nearly $140 billion in cash so it has to hand this cash out to investors."

If there is one thing that the above should have made quite clear, it is that just as the AAPL product ecosystem is supposed to ensnare customers into always and only buying AAPL products, so the AAPL's portfolio management "ecosystem" may have made it impossible for AAPL to break away from what is now 4 years of uber-aggressive asset management in the vein of some of the world's most aggressive investors.

And that any hopes for a quick and easy disposal of cash to the benefit of shareholders may well not be coming any time soon.

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Finally, a tangent: if indeed AAPL is invested in plain vanilla fixed income securities, as it reports, amounting to well over $120 billion which have a DV01 in the tens if not hundreds of millions, and if indeed, the great rotation from bonds into stocks has begun, AAPL, which many have jokingly called Fed-lite will suddenly develop a very, very big headache: how to dump over a hundred billion in debt in a market that suddenly has gone if not bidless, the bidweak.

Because while the Fed can print its own liquidity, AAPL, well, can't...

Source: AAPL public filings

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Apple products made with child labor — internal report

Employees work at a Foxconn factory in Wuhan, Hubei province (Reuters)

Employees work at a Foxconn factory in Wuhan, Hubei province (Reuters)

Apple Inc. used child labor in the making of its products by employing 106 underage workers across 11 facilitates in 2012, an internal audit revealed. According to a report, the company also discovered wage problems and forced pregnancy tests.

Apple’s annual ‘Supplier Responsibility’ report, which includes nearly 400 audits, 72 per cent more than in 2011, reviewed sites where over 1.5 million workers make some of the world’s leading products, including iPhone and iPad.

In addition to 106 underage children that were employed, the report discovered 70 more that either left or passed the age of 16 by the time of the audit.

Seventy-four of 106 underage individuals were employed by a single Chinese manufacturer, Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics, responsible for producing circuit-board components for Apple.

The California-based company terminated work with all of the underage individuals following the investigation into the matter.

Inquiry revealed that a labor agency, Shenzhen Quanshun Human Resources, “knowingly” provided children with fake records after conspiring with families to forge identification documents, the report stated.

Upon discovery, Apple reported the labor agency to local authorities.

Instances triggered by working conditions in Apple’s supply facilities overseas:

July 2009: A Foxconn worker fell from apartment building after reportedly losing an iPhone prototype. 18 more workers were linked to attempted suicides in 2010 and over the next two years.

2010: 137 workers were injured by poisonous chemical, n-hexane, used to clean iPhone screens at Suzhou facility, owned by Apple suppliers Wintek.

May 2011: Four workers died and 18 injured in dust explosion at Foxconn factory that produces iPad parts in Chengdu, China.

December 2011: 61 workers were injured in a gas explosion in Shanghai, China at Riteng Computer Accessory Co factory that makes iPad 2 back panels.

September 2012: A fight involving up to 2,000 workers forced Foxconn to close a plant in Shanxi province in northern China.

The children’s age was not disclosed, but according to Apple’s code of conduct, the company cannot employ workers under the age of 15, or under the legal working age in any given jurisdiction, which is 16 years old in China.

“Our approach to underage labor is clear: We don’t tolerate it, and we’re working to eradicate it from our industry,” report said.

Apple demanded that all the underage workers be returned to their families and the employer was "required to pay expenses to facilitate their successful return", including education fees.The company instructed the suppliers to reimburse excessive recruitment fees amounting to higher than one month’s wages.

Other offences noted in the report included 34 suppliers demanding mandatory pregnancy tests, eight factories implementing wage confiscation from bonded workers to pay off debts imposed by recruitment agencies, 90 workplaces docking wages as punishment, and one supplier dumping waste oil down toilets.

In the past, Apple has faced criticism of profiteering off severely underpaid workers and bad working conditions overseas.

Apple’s report was commissioned under Chief Executive Tim Cook shortly after a series of at least 18 employee suicides in China linked to working conditions at Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that puts together iPads and iPhones, and a number of explosions at other plants.

Apple’s Flash Dump In The Last Second Of Trading Caught On Tape

Sure, the retail "investors" are coming back into the "markets"... They are coming back in shifts.  And just so they know what to expect, here is what happened to Apple stock in the last second of regular trading today, courtesy of Nanex. Unlike traditional flash crashes where the trade is an HFT error, or a few shares traded through the entire bid or offer stack, in this case it looks like a very premeditated unloading of some 800K shares (some $350 million worth) of AAPL in the last second, with the full knowledge it was shake the market. Why anyone would want (or wait until the very last second) to do that, while covering the offsetting ES short in the pair trade, to ramp the market into the close, is anyone's guess.

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Good News Apple Bulls: Today’s $60 Billion Market Cap Loss Is Not The Biggest...

Apple lost a remarkable $59.63bn in market cap today sending even the most ardent of bullish sell-side analysts scrambling for cover. However, there is a silver-lining, this is not (as many expected) the greatest market cap loss ever in history in one...

Apple Earnings Shock Offset By Good Cop/Bad Cop Macro Data

While the main topic of conversation overnight was the Apple implosion after earnings (which was mercifully spared inbound calls from repo desk margin clerks who had all gone home by the time the stock hit $460), there was some macro data to muddle up the picture, which, like everything else in this baffle with BS new normal came in "good/bad cop" pairs.

In early trading, all eyes were focused on Japan, whose trade and especially exports imploded when the country posted a record trade gap of 6.93 trillion yen ($78.27 billion) in 2012 and the seventh consecutive monthly drop in exports which showed that improved sentiment has yet to translate into hard economic data. Finance ministry data on Thursday showed that exports fell 5.8 percent in the year to December, more than economists' consensus forecast of a 4.2 percent drop. Trade with China was hit particularly hard following the ongoing island fiasco, which means that all the ongoing Yen destruction has largely been for nothing as organic growth markets simply shut off Japan. This ugly news was marginally offset by a tiny beat in the HSBC China manufacturing PMI which came slightly above consensus at 51.9 vs exp. 51.7, the highest print in 24 months, but as with everything else coming out of China one really shouldn't believe this or any other number in a country that will not allow even one corporate default to prevent the credit-driven illusion from popping.

Moving to Europe it too was a good/bad news story: shortly before 3 am the BIS FX team was summoned to defend the 1.33 support after French manufacturing PMI plummeted from 44.6 to 42.7, on expectations of a rise to 45.1 and the realization that the recession has fully engulfed Europe's core. However, this disturbing print was promptly offset by German PMI which in turn rose from 46.0 to 48.8, on expectations of a 46.8 print. Whether this modest bounce will be enough to push Germany out of what is now the first leg of a recession remains to be seen.

Judging by the fact that leading German bank announced plans to fire 4,000-6,000 earlier, we doubt there is much hope for a quick rebound in Germany.

Elsewhere, Spain reported its last depressionary data point, which was the Q4 unemployment, and which as expected rose to above the expected 26%, or a record 26.02% to be precise in the last quarter, and well above the 25.02% in Q3. Finally, completing the sad European picture were Italian November retail sales which too were worse than expected at -0.4%, on expectations of a -0.1% print, and the prior was revised further down from -1% to -1.3%.

Finally, in bad news for socialists everywhere, France has fully abandoned plans for its 75% tax rate, Europe1 reported.

More on the overnight events from DB's Jim Reid:

China's PMI and Apple's results are the two competing stories overnight with the latter weighing on sentiment in the Asian session. Indeed besides Japan (+1.2%), major bourses in Hong Kong, China and South Korea are down -0.1%, -0.3% and -0.9% respectively. Before we take a closer look at Apple’s disappointing results, the HSBC manufacturing PMI in China came in slightly above consensus (51.9 v 51.7) this morning. This was the highest print in 24 months with the series having gradually recovered from the lows of 47.6 in August of last year. Away from China, other Asian data flow overnight has generally been on the soft side. Korea’s Q4 GDP (+1.5% yoy v +1.8% yoy expected) fell short of market consensus while Japan posted a wider-thanexpected trade deficit (JPY641.5B v JPY-522.8B) in December. For Korea this is the slowest quarterly yoy growth since September 2009 and the Japanese trade deficit in 2012 is the widest on record on an annual basis.

Turning to Apple, the company managed to beat EPS consensus ($13.81 v $13.53) but revenue fell short of market expectations ($54.5bn v $54.9bn). More importantly forward looking revenue and gross margin guidance also came in light relative to street estimates. In terms of product performance in the latest quarter, our US colleagues noted that iPhone sales were largely in line but iPad sales were lighter than expected and Macs sales sharply disappointed. Apple’s shares plunged around 10% in after hours trading and have now lost a third of their value from the peak in September last year. Apple’s after market move is also dampening the performance of the S&P 500 Futures (-0.4%) and NASDAQ 100 Futures (-1.5%) overnight. It will be interesting to see how US markets trade throughout today after what proved to be a positive finish to yesterday’s trading session.

Indeed the S&P 500 edged higher (+0.15%) for its 6th consecutive session yesterday as sentiment was boosted by news that the US House of Representative has voted (285 v 144) to suspend the debt ceiling for three months. The earnings scorecard before the closing bell was also generally positive with 65% and 81% of companies that reported yesterday coming ahead of analysts’ EPS and revenue expectations, respectively. IBM’s better results helped drive the Dow (+0.49%) up to just less than 1% away from its all time highs. For the record the S&P 500 is also just 5pts away from the symbolic 1,500 mark.

On the fixed income side, its quite interesting to note that the Dell-driven LBO theme is pushing the skew on the CDX IG index to negative territory. The index edged a tad tighter yesterday and now trades about 5bps ‘rich’ to intrinsic value as some single names are seeing demand for protection on LBO concerns. Overall January continues to be a good month for risk, continuing the theme from the back end of 2012. However the growth outlook isn’t necessarily much better than where we were 3 months ago. The IMF published its updated global growth forecasts yesterday and now expects global GDP to grow by 3.5% this year. This is a touch lower than the 3.6% forecast they had in October last year. This is still ok but we'll need some upward momentum in the data to reach this level still.

In terms of the day ahead, flash PMIs from France, Germany and the Eurozone will be the key European data print today. As we said in our outlook, these readings need to get into the low 50s to justify current levels of markets rather than just above the mid-40s they generally are in Europe at the moment.

They have a few months grace to get there without upsetting the party but these prints
along the way will be informative. Elsewhere Merkel and Cameron will both speak at day-2
of the Davos conference today. On the other side of the pond we also get the preliminary
Markit PMI in the US as well as the usual weekly jobless claims. 3M and Microsoft are
some of the bigger names reporting today.

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Most Asian and European stocks fall on Apple’s Q4 results

People walk in front of the 5th avenue Apple store on January 14, 2013 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP)

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Apple’s worse than expected fourth quarter earnings cause a negative push on the major European and Asian stock exchanges on Thursday.

­Apple’s net profits in October-December 2012 stood at $13.1 billion with revenues of $54.5 billion which showed an 18% increase over the same quarter last year. However analysts expected profits to be at $13.53 billion mark and revenues to reach $54.9 billion.

The shares have dropped by 10.5% following the arrival of the quarter earnings and are trading at $461.3 per share. The capitalization loss accounts for $50 billion and the shares have slid by 30% comparied to September 2012. There are fears Apple Inc can lose its unique dynamic and its spot as the biggest company in the world – ExxonMobil is only $20 billion behind. 

Europe’s consolidated index of the biggest corporations slid by 0.20% on Thursday with major indices dropping. The S&P is lower by 0.4% and the MSCI Asia Pacific is down by 0.2%.

Most Asian markets ended lower Thursday amid the gloom over earnings reports from Apple Inc. South Korea’s Kospi and China’s Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.8% each, Taiwan’s Taiex declined 0.6% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index slipped 0.2%.

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Apple might release three new iPhones this year

A chain of reports out of Asia have announced that Apple plans to release three new iPhone models this year, two of them which will hit markets before the end of June.

The reports come one week after the Wall Street Journal reported a weak demand for the iPhone and that Apple was cutting its orders of the iPhone 5. The rumors from Asia suggest that Apple is not only planning to release more products this year, but that the company will see major growth in the second quarter of 2013.

The information was first publicized by the Commercial Times of Taiwan, then picked up by the China Times and translated by BrightWire. The reports claim that Apple will release a 4-inch iPhone 5S and a 4.8-inch “iPhone Math” before June, as well as a third iPhone with a 12 megapixel camera sometime before December. Apple is allegedly also going to release an Apple TV, known as the 'iTV', this year.

“The shipments for components, including touchscreens and cameras, will start rising significantly in March, and iPhone manufacturers will begin production in late April,” BrightWire states. “Hence, Apple’s suppliers will see major growth in 2Q 2013.”

The rumors have not been confirmed by Apple, but have sparked conversations over the future of the company. Business Insider predicts the iPhone business “appears to be ready for a major shake up in 2013.”

The rumors have also brought forth a number of questions about the veracity of the reports. The bigger 4.8-inch iPhone does not fit standard screens for developers’ applications. Currently, apps are created to fit 3.5-inch screens, 4-inch screens, 7.8-inch screens and 9.7-inch screens.

Some have also wondered whether Apple would name an iPhone the “Math”, and have suggested that this was perhaps translated incorrectly. But after the translation rumors surfaced, BrightWire added a note to its readers.

“Some news sites are speculating that the real name of the ‘iPhone Math’ product is ‘iPhone Max’ or ‘iPhone+’. However, the name ‘iPhone Math’ continues to be reported in Chinese and Taiwanese news sources that originally broke the story,” BrightWire writes.

The reports claim that in total, Apple will release seven or eight new products in 2013.

Apple stock has suffered several months of decline and was hit especially hard by the Wall Street Journal report that claimed it had reduced its component orders for the iPhone 5. The company has lost around $200 per share since September and closed at around $500 per share on Friday.

But Apple will report its fiscal first-quarter earnings on Wednesday. A large number of iPhone sales might bring its stock value back up shortly before the company plans to come out with new products. 

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America’s Big Political Fight: Will We Grapple with Reality or Fully Detach and Live...

Key elements of the American Right have set up permanent residence in the world of make-believe, making the real-world challenges we face almost impossible to solve.

January 16, 2013  |  

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The real struggle confronting the United States is not between the Right and the Left in any traditional sense, but between those who believe in reality and those who are entranced by unreality. It is a battle that is testing whether fact-based people have the same determination to fight for their real-world view as those who operate in a fact-free space do in defending their illusions.

These battle lines do relate somewhat to the Right/Left divide because today’s right-wing has embraced ideological propaganda as truth more aggressively and completely than those on the Left, though the Left (and the Center, too) are surely not immune from the practice of ignoring facts in pursuit of some useful agit-prop.

But key elements of the American Right have set up permanent residence in the world of make-believe, making any commonsense approach to the real-world challenges nearly politically impossible. The Right’s fantasists also have the passions of true-believers, like a cult that gets angrier the more its views are questioned.

So, it doesn’t matter that scientific evidence proves global warming is real; the deniers will insist the facts are simply a government ploy to impose “tyranny.” It doesn’t matter how many schoolchildren are slaughtered by semi-automatic assault rifles – or what  the real history of the Second Amendment was. To the gun fanatics, the Framers wanted armed rebellion against the non-violent political process they worked so hard to create.

On more narrow questions, it doesn’t matter whether President Barack Obama presents his short or long birth certificates, he must have somehow fabricated the Hawaiian state records to hide his Kenyan birth. Oh, yes, and Obama is “lazy” even though he may appear to an objective observer to be a multi-tasking workaholic.

The American Right’s collective departure from reality can be traced back decades, but clearly accelerated with the emergence of former actor Ronald Reagan on the national stage. Even his admirers acknowledge that Reagan had a strained relationship with facts, preferring to illustrate his points with distorted or apocryphal anecdotes.

Reagan’s detachment from reality extended from foreign policy to economics. As his rival for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination, George H.W. Bush famously labeled Reagan’s supply-side policies – of massive tax cuts for the rich which would supposedly raise more revenues – as “voodoo economics.”

But Bush, who knew better, then succumbed to Reagan’s political clout as he accepted Reagan’s vice presidential offer. In that way, the senior Bush would become a model for how other figures in the Establishment would pragmatically bend to Reagan’s casual disregard for reality.

Perception Management

The Reagan administration also built around the President a propaganda infrastructure that systematically punished politicians, citizens, journalists or anyone who dared challenge the fantasies. This private-public collaboration – coordinating right-wing media with government disinformationists – brought home to America the CIA’s strategy of “perception management” normally aimed at hostile populations.

Thus, the Nicaraguan Contras, who in reality were drug-connected terrorists roaming the countryside murdering, torturing and raping, became “the moral equivalent” of America’s Founding Fathers. To say otherwise marked you as a troublemaker who had to be “controversialized” and marginalized.

The remarkable success of Reagan’s propaganda was a lesson not lost on a young generation of Republican operatives and the emerging neoconservatives who held key jobs in Reagan’s Central American and public-diplomacy operations, the likes of Elliott Abrams and Robert Kagan. The neocons’ devotion to imperialism abroad seemed to motivate their growing disdain for empiricism at home. Facts didn’t matter; results did. [See Robert Parry’s  Lost History.]

But this strategy wouldn’t have worked if not for gullible rank-and-file right-wingers who were manipulated by an endless series of false narratives. The Republican political pros manipulated the racial resentments of neo-Confederates, the religious zeal of fundamentalist Christians, and the free-market hero worship of Ayn Rand acolytes.

Market Buzz: Apple and the Fed in the limelight

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York.(AFP Photo / Stephen Chernin)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York.(AFP Photo / Stephen Chernin)

Russian markets are expected to react sharply to comments by US Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke, while gains in China are likely to boost indices.

­Russian indices moved higher Monday, supported by strong corporate results in the retail and resource sectors. The MICEX and the RTS both jumped 1.2%.

European stock markets closed in the red Monday as investors awaited a speech by US Fed Chief Ben Bernanke on the country’s monetary policy. The Stoxx Europe 600 fell 0.4% and the German DAX 30 rose 0.2%, led by gains of chemicals group BASF SE. The French CAC 40 rose 0.1%, supported by banking.

US stocks closed mostly lower on Monday after Apple announced a cut in iPhone production. Bernanke’s pledge that the Fed’s easing policy has a low risk of inflation also failed to cheer investors. The Dow Jones itched 0.1%, the S&P 500 shed less than 0.1% and the Nasdaq Composite lost 0.3%. Shares of Apple fell 3.6% in a $17bn selloff after the WSJ reported that LCD panel producers cut output for Apple amid slower-than-expected global sales of the iPhone 5.

Asian stocks traded mixed Tuesday, supported by Japanese gains on the weaker yen; losses by Apple also hit the tech sector. Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.7% to its highest level since the end of April 2010. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index shed 0.3% and the Shanghai Composite added 0.4%, extending gains on speculation that mainland China would open stock markets to foreign investors. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.3%, and South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.9%.

Apple cuts orders for iPhone 5 parts, as demand lags

Apple has reduced orders for components for its iPhone 5, as the gadget hasn’t prove to be as popular as expected. Simultaneously inexpensive smartphones from its closest rival – Samsung – are gaining in popularity.

Apple’s orders for iPhone screens between January and March were almost half the number it had been previously planned, as The Wall Street Journal quotes its sources.

Competition from other Android – based smartphones, with Samsung models being the strongest rival, ate into the demand for iPhones. South Korea’s Samsung has already left Apple behind in terms of smart phones sales. Inexpensive gadgets by Chinese Huawei Technologies Co is also taking away part of the demand from Apple.

As for 3Q 2012 Apple had 14.6% of world smartphone shipments, which is well below its all – time high of 23% registered in 4Q 2011, according to International Data Corporation. Meanwhile, Samsung shares have skyrocketed by 31.3% in 3Q 2012 from 8.8% a year earlier, with the company expecting to set another record operating profit in 4Q 2012 on the back of strong sales of its Galaxy smartphones.

Released in September 2012, the iPhone 5 marked Apple’s effort to retain its strong market position amidst growing competition. The latest iPhone comes with a longer four -inch screen, which compares to the previous 3.5 inch version.

Most recently, Apple was reported it is to launch a budget version of the iPhone, which is expected to help gain a foothold in developing markets. The price tag will reportedly be between $99 and $149, which is approximately a third the price of current models costing $650 without a contract in the US, as Bloomberg reports. The smartphone would be smaller than current models and would be made from cheaper parts.

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Will America Ever Grapple with the Atrocities It Committed in Vietnam?

There has been one connecting thread in Washington’s foreign wars of the last half century -- misery for local nationals.

January 8, 2013  |  

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Pham To looked great for 78 years old.  (At least, that’s about how old he thought he was.)  His hair was thin, gray, and receding at the temples, but his eyes were lively and his physique robust -- all the more remarkable given what he had lived through.  I listened intently, as I had so many times before to so many similar stories, but it was still beyond my ability to comprehend.  It’s probably beyond yours, too.

Pham To told me that the planes began their bombing runs in 1965 and that periodic artillery shelling started about the same time.  Nobody will ever know just how many civilians were killed in the years after that.  “The number is uncountable,” he said one spring day a few years ago in a village in the mountains of rural central Vietnam.  “So many people died.”

And it only got worse.  Chemical defoliants came next, ravaging the land.  Helicopter machine gunners began firing on locals.  By 1969, bombing and shelling were day-and-night occurrences.  Many villagers fled.  Some headed further into the mountains, trading the terror of imminent death for a daily struggle of hardscrabble privation; others were forced into squalid refugee resettlement areas.  Those who remained in the village suffered more when the troops came through.  Homes were burned as a matter of course.  People were kicked and beaten.  Men were shot when they ran in fear.  Women were raped.  One morning, a massacre by American soldiers wiped out 21 fellow villagers.  This was the Vietnam War for Pham To, as for so many rural Vietnamese. 

One, Two… Many Vietnams?

At the beginning of the Iraq War, and for years after, reporters, pundits, veterans, politicians, and ordinary Americans asked whether the American debacle in Southeast Asia was being repeated.  Would it be “ another Vietnam”?  Would it become a “ quagmire”? 

The same held true for Afghanistan.  Years after 9/11, as that war, too, foundered, questions about whether it was “ Obama’s Vietnam” appeared ever more frequently.  In fact, by October 2009, a majority of Americans had come to believe it was “ turning into another Vietnam.”

In those years, “Vietnam” even proved a surprisingly two-sided analogy -- after, at least, generals began reading and citing revisionist texts about that war.  These claimed, despite all appearances, that the U.S. military had actually won in Vietnam (before the politicians, media, and antiwar movement gave the gains away).  The same winning formula, they insisted, could be used to triumph again.  And so, a failed solution from that failed war, counterinsurgency, or COIN, was trotted out as the military panacea for impending disaster. 

Debated comparisons between the two ongoing wars and the one that somehow never went away, came to litter newspapers, journals, magazines, and the Internet -- until David Petraeus, a top COINdinista general who had written his doctoral dissertation on the “lessons” of the Vietnam War, was called in to settle the matter by putting those lessons to work winning the other two.  In the end, of course, U.S. troops were booted out of Iraq, while the war in Afghanistan continues to this day as a dismally devolving stalemate, now wracked by “ green-on-blue” or “insider” attacks on U.S. forces, while the general himself returned to Washington as CIA director to run covert wars in Pakistan and Yemen before retiring in disgrace following a sex scandal. 

Still, for all the ink about the “ Vietnam analogy,” virtually none of the reporters, pundits, historians, generals, politicians, or other members of the chattering classes ever so much as mentioned the Vietnam War as Pham To knew it.  In that way, they managed to miss the one unfailing parallel between America’s wars in all three places: civilian suffering. 

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Mega Royal Navy upgrade to include ‘Siri-style’ voice command in warships

Published time: 12 Sep, 2017 20:43 Voice command programs in the style of Apple’s Siri...

Ruthless Federal Judges

By Martin Armstrong Armstrong Economics September 12, 2017 We are supposed to live in a free society, but we do not. A federal judge claims the...

Trump’s Continuing Refusal to Prosecute the 9/11 Funders

Eric Zuesse By now, it has been well documented that, as I documented on January 29th, "Al Qaeda Funded by Royal Sauds, U.S. Gov’t. Documents”....

Enemies Can Spy on You and Take Over Your Phone

Voice assistants, including Apple‘s Siri and Amazon‘s Alexa, can be controlled by hackers using inaudible voice commands, researchers at Zhejiang University in China have found. This can be done...

Ultrasonic hack ‘DolphinAttack’ sends inaudible voice commands to Siri, Alexa

Hackers can take control of smart devices using ultrasonic frequencies the human ear cannot detect, according...

Hey, Satan, Where’s the Contract?

Faust was a 16th Century practitioner of arcane magical arts who reportedly sold his soul to the Devil to gain youth, knowledge, and (implicitly)...

Typical Deception by the New York Times

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Here’s a common example of authentically fake-news journalism, the type that’s pervasive in the U.S. — not something like...

Joe Arpaio is Not an Aberration

Even most leftish white Americans like to think that their country is good and its institutions are fair and equitable. According to this wishful...

Joe Arpaio Is No Aberration

Even most leftish white Americans like to think that their country is good and its institutions are fair and equitable. According to this wishful...

Safety?

If they were at least consistent, you might be persuaded that Our Controllers were truly concerned about our safety. As opposed to using “safety”...

Should Mike Pence Become America’s President?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On August 26th, Morning Consult headlined “More Voters Want Pence as President Than Trump, Poll Shows” and reported that...

‘Farm to Table’ Has Jumped the Shark

Now that Amazon’s taken over Whole Foods, a natural foods grocery known for its high prices, the new owners have pledged to lower prices. I...

Netanyahu Now Intends to Assassinate Assad; Will U.S. Allow It?

Eric Zuesse On the basis of reports in Jerusalem Post, Wall Street Journal, and other sources, the Zero Hedge news site not only documents and...

Inflating the Russian Threat

Exclusive: The U.S. mainstream media, led by The New York Times, has behaved as classic propagandists, hyping a Russian military...

The Mindless Harm of Economic Sanctions

American politicians love to hurl economic sanctions at disfavored governments, but the current labyrinth of sanctions is so complicated that...

‘The Confederacy Was Brought About by a Small Class of Wealthy Slaveholders’

Janine Jackson interviewed Keri Leigh Merritt about Southern history for the August 18, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Refugee Women in Greece Struggle to Access Contraception

Marwa (a pseudonym) lifts her trousers to show me the varicose veins and bruises that cover her calves. The 34 year-old Syrian woman says...

The Nations that Accept Nazism Today

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The U.S. Government leads a global operation to make racist fascism ‘respectable’ again. On 21 November 2014, in a vote...

Reclaim the Discourse on White Privilege

Photo by Backbone Campaign | CC BY 2.0 If we want to organize the white working class to oppose both racism and our own exploitation...

U.S. Reneges on Its Deal w. China about N. Korea

Eric Zuesse On Tuesday afternoon, August 22nd, China’s Embassy in Washington urged the Trump Administration to “correct its mistake” of issuing, earlier on the 22nd,...

My Car Hurts My Back

A very nice lady has a real problem.  She bought a new car 10 days ago and has learned that the seats hurt her back.  Sadly,...

Monumental rage: Cities endure statue removal frenzy, as Bill Clinton & Lenin sculptures targeted

Published time: 19 Aug, 2017 02:52 Edited time: 19 Aug, 2017 19:35 As US cities grapple...

Surprised by Charlottesville? You Haven’t Been Paying Attention

America is a funny place. On the one hand, we’re one of the first modern Democracies, a product of Enlightenment thinking and unabashed pluralism and...
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Video: Ta-Nehisi Coates: Given Trump & GOP History of Racism, Violence in Charlottesville was...

https://democracynow.org - The nation continues to grapple with the fallout from this weekend's violence after a Nazi sympathizer drove into a crowd of anti-racist...

Artificial intelligence ‘vastly more risk’ than N. Korea – Elon Musk

North Korea and its missile arsenals may look intimidating to the general public around the world,...

Anti-Google street art pops up near Google offices in response to firing of diversity...

Spoof ads are appearing all around Google offices in California after the tech giant fired an...

Dissent

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Response to Nation Article on Single Payer: Improved Medicare for All is the Solution

On August 2, 2017, The Nation published an article by Joshua Holland, “Medicare for All isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care,” chastising Improved...

Big business tells May ‘delay Brexit to avoid economic crash’

Published time: 4 Aug, 2017 09:56 Britain should stay in the EU beyond 2019, otherwise...

Explanation of Benefits

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Do You Have an Astute Brain?

Pride yourself on your impeccable ability to remember names and faces? An eight-time world memory champion has created five simple tests to analyse how...

Commercialization brought the Internet to the masses. It also gave us spam.

Internet users and activists are launching the final phase of a summer campaign to protect “net neutrality” in the Trump era. Under the Obama...

Very Normal

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Want to Improve Your Diet? Plant a Fruit Tree.

One of the simplest ways to improve your family’s diet? Plant a fruit tree. Or plant several. The last time I was fortunate enough to...

US Border Agents Urged Mexican Teen to Drink the Liquid Meth That Killed Him

Newly released video footage shows U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents telling 16-year-old Mexican teenager Cruz Velazquez to drink from a bottle of liquid...

Don’t Lie to Poor Kids About Why They’re Poor

Work hard and you’ll get ahead — that’s the mantra driven into young people across the country. But what happens when children born into poverty...

Global Polling: Which Nations Are Happiest? Unhappiest?

Eric Zuesse Results have recently been published from surveys of 68,759 people in 69 countries around the world during 2016 by WIN/Gallup International, which organization...

100 Years Ago African-Americans Marched Down 5th Avenue to Declare That Black Lives Matter

The only sounds were those of muffled drums, the shuffling of feet and the gentle sobs of some of the estimated 20,000 onlookers. The...

OPINION: The Current Big Lie Is —

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The Big Lie today is as enormous as, and potentially far more harmful than, any Big Lie throughout history...

National Low Income Housing Coalition & the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding...

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Is the Flint Water Crisis a Crime Against Humanity?

Four years into the Flint Water Crisis, the legal system continues to grapple with how best to provide residents with a measure of accountability,...

Battle for free internet rages as FCC swamped with over 10mn net neutrality comments

The US government has been flooded with more than 10 million comments about rolling back net...

Farmworkers Protest EPA’s Pesticide Ruling

As part of President Trump’s campaign against President Obama’s environmental regulations, Trump’s EPA has rejected a proposed rule banning a...

Protests in Poland as Right-Wing Ruling Party Dismantles Democracy

Tens of thousands poured into the streets in Poland Thursday night, condemning proposed laws that would dramatically weaken the nation's judicial system, just two...

Creepy App

Ontario, Canada — Ontario announced earlier this month that it will become the fourth Canadian government to fund a behavioral modification application that rewards users for making “good...

Doctor Who Cares if She’s a Woman?

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Japan’s Legacy of War Crimes in China

During World War II, Japan’s imperialist military invaded Northeast China and afterward spread throughout Southeast Asia, then on to an ill-fated attack on Pearl...

Auguries of Innocence & Navel-Gazing

Does our understanding of freedom depend on how we respond to two contra cosmological paradigms…namely the interaction between the ‘particular’ and the ‘universal’ …or...

Russiagate Exposed: It’s a Fraud

The Truth that's Being Hidden from the Public Eric Zuesse It has now been incontrovertibly proven that the time-stamps and other data in the Democratic National...

Torture in the Service of the Nation

Photo by Tomas | CC BY 2.0 Reading the New York Times Magazine article about Marine Corps’ basic training of recruits at Parris Island, South Carolina, I was...

Don't Feed the Nuclear Club

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Detective Donald Solves a Mystery

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Published Study Identifies When Hundreds of Coastal Communities Will Face Inundation, Possible Retreat

WASHINGTON - More than 90 U.S. communities already face chronic inundation from rising seas caused by climate change, and the number could jump to...

Royal Saud Family Seek Trump’s Support Against Qatar’s Royal Thani Family

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org It’s now war between the fundamentalist Sunni Sauds who own the world’s most oil-rich nation Saudi Arabia, versus the...

The Attack on Al Jazeera

Photo by Joi Ito | CC BY 2.0 Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be...

EPA faces lawsuit from 4 states & DC for keeping hazardous pesticide on market

A coalition of states have jumped aboard a lawsuit against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott...

‘I’ll Eat Your Liver’: Duterte Vows to Punish Islamist Terrorists for Beheading Sailors

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has a harsh warning for Islamist militants as the conflict rages in the southern island of Mindanao. His...

‘White zone’ far-right terrorist group poster spotted in west London

Police are investigating an offensive ‘white zone’ poster found stuck to a lamppost in Hounslow,...

Chomsky to RT: ‘US is racing toward the precipice, while the world is trying...

The minimum wage should be $20 an hour, “neoliberalism is tyranny” and the Republican Party is...

Mission Impossible

We had a listener last week who wanted to spend $5000 for his 16-year old child.  The parent was rightfully concerned about safety, reliability,...

New Comprehensive Review Finds That Recent Studies Strengthen Conclusions of Landmark 2002 National Academy...

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When Are Your Parents Too Old To Drive?

By Jerry Reynolds Car Pro June 26, 2017 Odds are, at around 16 years of age, your parents handed you the keys to your very first...

How and Why U.S. Honors and Aids Al Qaeda

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The Saker This will present a typical example in which the U.S. promotes Al Qaeda and other jihadists, and then...

British population shows sharpest growth since 1947 – ONS

Published time: 22 Jun, 2017 15:48 The population of Britain grew by 538,000 in a...

The Reason Behind the U.S. Government’s Secret Hatred of Europeans

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The reason for the U.S. government’s hostility — at least since 4 February 2014 — toward Europeans, has been...

Putin: U.S. Routinely Meddles in Russian and Other Nations’ Elections

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org In a Showtime interview of Russian President Vladimir Putin by American film-maker Oliver Stone, which started airing on June...

Weeping to Sow

by Scott Thomas Outlar / June 18th, 2017 Who’s in the moodto sob over a sad story?Well, I’ve already sufferedenough sorrow in my life,so I’m...

Action Alert: With Sleazy Innuendo, NYT Lays Virginia Attack at Bernie Sanders’ Feet

New York Times (6/14/17) suggests Bernie Sanders incited violence with words like “demagogue” and “corporate media.” New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor (6/14/17) started with...

Police State/Corporate State: The Devil is in the Details

Police state, corporate state, denuded duncery state — a blistery bunch of 80 percenters lost in a carnival of debt, malignant food, maladjusted education...

Why is Trump protecting ISIS?

Eric Zuesse On June 12th, Al Masdar News — the go-to site for the honest latest news regarding the war in Syria — reported that...

Pop Goes the Car Bubble

Almost every negative thing happening in the car business – in particular, ludicrous technical complexity for the sake of electronic gimmickry and also to...

New York holds Puerto Rico Day parade as island votes on US statehood (PHOTOS,...

Published time: 11 Jun, 2017 23:54 Around one million people flooded the streets of Manhattan for...

How I know that the Sauds did the 9/11 attacks

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org As a historian, I recognize that everything we know about history is from sources, and depends upon the reliability...

Comey Got in the Face of Trump's 'Godfather' Fantasy

If for some reason it wasn’t before, it’s become clear in the weeks since FBI director James Comey’s firing by the president and Comey’s...

All Islamic Terrorism Is Perpetrated by Fundamentalist Sunnis,

Except Terrorism Against Israel Eric Zuesse My examination of 54 prominent international examples of what U.S. President Donald Trump is presumably referring to when he uses...

Beware the Car Options

Whatever their failings, machines generally don’t second-guess you. Turn them on, turn them off. Point them in a certain direction. Command them to move...

Shoddy Alt-News ‘Journalism’ Boosts Mainstream ‘Journalism’ (Propaganda)

Eric Zuesse, originally posted in two parts at strategic-culture.org Part One: INTRODUCTION Whereas mainstream ‘journalism’ about international affairs is thoroughly controlled by (and usually owned by) the...

Uber fires at least 20 employees amid 215 sexual harassment claims

Uber, the ride-sharing tech company, has fired at least 20 people for hostility towards women after...

Trump Dismissed as "Climate Buffoon" After Paris Pull-Out

It was meant to be Donald Trump’s greatest triumph. Yet it will prove his greatest failure. It was meant to send a strong powerful...

Committee Should Reject Legislation That Opens the Door to Industry Promotion of Medicines and...

WASHINGTON - Members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee should reject two bills that would undermine regulatory standards for ensuring...

Rural Communities Have the Most to Lose With Health Care Repeal

For thirty years, I've helped people fight for health care. In one of my proudest moments, I worked with people in small towns across Idaho...

US military orders design of combined human-robot squads

The Pentagon has ordered the design and development of a prototype combined-arms squad consisting of human...

Trump announces US withdrawal from Paris climate change deal

President Donald Trump is withdrawing the US from the Paris agreement on climate change, a UN...

Rural Communities Have the Most to Lose With Health Care Repeal

For thirty years, I’ve helped people fight for health care. In one of my proudest moments, I worked with people in small towns across Idaho...

Kushner Role in White House Suddenly Unclear; may ‘Return to Private Life’

Kushner Role in White House Suddenly Unclear; may ‘Return to Private Life’Red Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers In the first segment of Friday night's "Trump...

Tech giants call for privacy protections in surveillance reform

Technology firms, including Facebook and Google, have suggested five "changes" for Congress to consider while reforming...

The U.S.-Jihadist Alliance

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org With America’s record-shattering $350 billion ten-year weapons-sale to the Saud family, the U.S. government’s alliance with the main family who funded and...

Which government dominates U.S.-Saud alliance?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org With America’s sale of $350 billion of its weapons to Saudi Arabia during the next ten years, which side...

Does the Washington Post Have Fake News?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org There are two kinds of fake news: One is a report of something that actually didn’t happen, which for...

America’s Retarded Awareness

Alternative ideas don’t come easily to Americans. It seems that Americans imported colonial hierarchal practices from Europe to cultivate them to their own advantage....

Britain needs 200,000 migrants per year to save itself from Brexit ‘catastrophe’

Britain must allow at least 200,000 migrant workers to enter the country if it wants...

Pence Begins Presidential Campaign Unofficially

Eric Zuesse On Wednesday, May 17th, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has built his political career as both a fundamentalist Christian, and a client...

The Battle for Bulacan

Bulacan, which sits beyond the northern fringe of Metro Manila, has traditionally been a world away from its capital city neighbor in terms of...

How Corporate Family Leave Policies Are Fueling Inequality

Some major U.S. corporations recently made headlines by creating relatively generous paid parental leave policies—but a new report out Wednesday shows that most companies...

Media to Trump: Don’t Cozy Up to Dictators–Unless They’re the Right Dictators

The New York Times (5/1/17) is critical when Trump embraces a despot not on the Approved Despots List. After a series of friendly gestures by President...

Living in the Homeland

One of the truly scary things about living in The Homeland, as it is officially styled nowadays, is that you are subject to punishment...

For-Profit Colleges Are Reinventing Themselves to Profit Off Low-Income Students

Advertisements for DeVry College, which was sued by the Federal Trade Commission for misleading advertising, on a subway car in New York, October 2,...

Beleaguered head of NYC prisons retires early amid scandals

The head of New York City’s embattled jails has resigned following a series of scandals. While...

Cars Are Better Than the Gov’t Intended

Cars are so much better than the government had intended that one can only imagine how good they might have been had the government...

FBI paid nearly $1mn to hack into San Bernardino killer’s iPhone – Senator

Published time: 8 May, 2017 18:25 US Senator Dianne Feinstein has revealed that the FBI paid...

Investors, top businesses urge Trump to stay in Paris climate deal on eve of...

Major global investors and American-based businesses have joined environmental and public health advocates in calling on...

New Brexit-themed Banksy shows workman chipping away at EU flag

Published time: 8 May, 2017 09:22 Edited time: 8 May, 2017 09:42 Street artist Banksy...

‘It Comes Down to Monopoly Control of the Aftermarket’

Janine Jackson interviewed Kyle Wiens about copyright overreaching for the April 28, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Thinking Twice About Automation: May Day 2017

Automation is now the main reason for the loss of jobs in the US, yet no one, either on the right or the left,...

The Last Retro Eateries

Home to iconic movie scenes and late-night cheap feasts, New York’s diners have been dramatically declining as a result of rising rents. Photographer Riley...

Demonized

Really, it’s surprising it took them so long. But it is much more surprising that automotive journalists are leading the chorus ululating for the outlawing of...

No Constitution

“Policing is broken… It has evolved as a paramilitary, bureaucratic, organizational arrangement that distances police officers from the communities they’ve been sworn to protect...

Britain’s ‘two-tier’ asylum system leaves refugees destitute, homeless – MPs

A cross-party group of MPs is calling for a review of the ‘two-tier’ asylum system...

UK must harness power of machine learning before it’s too late – Royal Society

Machine learning has long been a topic of both fear and fascination for the public,...

The Pro-War Twist of the ‘Resistance’

Exclusive: The anti-Trump “#Resistance” has become a movement to defend the Democratic establishment’s pro-war policies, to purge anti-war Democrats, and...

Biggest Threat to 'Law-and-Order'? Our Delusional Attorney General

He repeatedly mangles facts and butchers the truth -- and almost never apologizes for it. He managed to rise to the top in Washington...

Pro-Invasion Communists Killed in Fresno, Paris Attacks

Pro-Invasion Communists Killed in Fresno, Paris AttacksRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers In what must count as one of the more ironic twists to...

‘If We Don’t Change the Mission of Police, Reforms Will Not Work’

Janine Jackson interviewed Alex Vitale about de-policing for the April 14, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Alex Vitale: “Police legitimacy…is...

Fresno Shooting Highlights America’s Anti-White Murder Plague

Fresno Shooting Highlights America’s Anti-White Murder PlagueRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers Yet another racially-motivated black-on-white racist murder spree—this time in Fresno, California—has confirmed...

‘Wholesale disregard for customers’ privacy’: Bose Corp sued over spying headphone app

Massachusetts-based headphones and speakers producer, Bose Corp, is facing a lawsuit after being accused of covertly...

Innovations in Mobile Gaming

About a decade ago, mobile gaming changed on a massive scale. The introduction of the iPhone to the world in June of 2007 opened...

Trump Is Hiring Lobbyists and Top Ethics Official Says "There's No Transparency"

President Trump arrives in West Palm Beach, Fla., aboard Air Force One, April 13, 2017. (Photo: Al Drago / The New York Times) President Trump...

Saturn Moon Able to Support Life

Saturn Moon Able to Support LifeRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers One of Saturn's moons - known as Enceladus may now be the single...

Trump, A Symptom Of What? A Radical Message From a Half-Century Ago

Combat operations at Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam, November 1965. (Photo: US Army) You could hear the deep sadness in the preacher's voice as he named...

Shia LaBeouf Trolled in Lapland

Shia LaBeouf Trolled in LaplandRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers Outspoken Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf has been the target of trolls - congregating on...

Amazon workers denounce working conditions

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“Mr. Madison’s War”: An Imperialist War of Conquest

• Read Part One here The United States (US) government, only 23 years old, had declared war on the British Empire, beginning Mr. Madison’s War....

On the Life of William Norman Grigg

One of the greatest joys of my life was being able to work right next to William Norman Grigg at The New American magazine...

Russia ‘horrified at chemical attacks’ in Syria, says former UK ambassador to Moscow

Published time: 13 Apr, 2017 11:09 Russia has been badly mishandled by Western powers, which fail...

Jared Kushner Is Sabotaging the Trump Administration

Jared Kushner Is Sabotaging the Trump AdministrationRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers This is both unbelievable and yet so predictable. What is Jared Kushner...

The Essential Pundit Take: ‘Trump Became President’ by Bombing Syria

Fareed Zakaria: Presidents “don’t need to go to a pesky Congress every time they want military force.” “I think Donald Trump became president of the...

Increasing number of Brits want to become French to stay in EU

A record number of British people are applying for French passports in order to retain...

Capitalism: Unregulated Disaster…

Radioactive Wrecking ball Crashing into Regulatory edifice: Watchdogs Devoured by Fat-cats-hawks While we skim crude, dilute fracking-fluid, boil, Triple-filter opaque water to drink; Serve sushi, sample saki with Geiger Counters—and Pay Nazis Not to Poison Pears and Apples we call ‘Organic’ Read more

Toronto’s Jewish Defence League Fascists

We live in strange and dangerous times. While Toronto thugs export their violence and extremist ideology to the USA and the Jewish Defence League...

Another Algore Fraud

I am not sure why, but I have had a lot of people ask me recently about flex fuel vehicles, what they are, and...

End of encryption? Tech giants ordered to clamp down on online extremism

Published time: 30 Mar, 2017 10:25Edited time: 31 Mar, 2017 12:02 Tech firms must do more...

Congress Seeks to Penalize Peaceful Pro-Palestine Movement, Amid Annual AIPAC Lobbying Blitz

A banner calling for boycotts, divestment and sanctions in opposition to Israeli abuses hangs from the Manhattan Bridge in New York, August 20, 2014....

US State Department employee charged with taking bribes from Chinese spies & lying about...

Published time: 30 Mar, 2017 00:44Edited time: 30 Mar, 2017 05:34 An employee at the State Department’s...

What’s “excessively objectionable or crude” about this antiwar App?

“Five years ago, I made a simple iPhone app. It would send you a push notification every time a U.S....

The Deep State’s Authority

This is why the Deep State is fracturing: its narratives no longer align with the evidence. As this chart from Google Trends illustrates, interest in...

16-Year-Old's Death After Coerced Meth Ingestion Underscores Violence of Immigration System

ICE has a long and sordid history of abusing migrants in detention. Under ICE's jurisdiction, migrants face sexual assault, torture and even death. (Photo:...

Grab Your Weapon

Adapted from a talk given at the Authors Forum at the 2017 Austrian Economics Research Conference at the Mises Institute. Gun Control and the Second...

NDP Leadership Debate Fails to Mention Canadian Foreign Policy

Is the NDP establishment scared to have party members discuss Canada’s international posture? At the party’s first leadership debate last weekend there wasn’t a single...

Will the US Attack North Korea?

Panmunjom, the ‘peace village’ on the incredibly tense demilitarized zone (aka DMZ) between North and South Korea, is one of the weirdest places I’ve...

Anti-coyote ‘cyanide bomb’ hurts 14yo Idaho boy, kills his dog

An Idaho family is outraged after a device planted by predator-control agents near their home sprayed...

Apocalypse now? Ex-commando colonel claims moral collapse in killer marine’s unit

The former commander of Royal Marine Alexander Blackman, whose battlefield murder conviction was quashed Wednesday, has claimed the jailed soldier’s unit fell apart due...

New opioid painkiller considered too high a risk of abuse – FDA panel

Opana ER, an opioid painkiller redesigned in 2012, still carries too high a risk of abuse...

Leaping Beyond the Prison Walls

In the first week of February, thirteen students—all incarcerated adolescents serving time in an adult correctional facility—gather to think through a provocative question posed to...

The Content of the "Vault 7" CIA Leaks Matters More Than the Source

It is the leakiest of times in the Executive Branch. Last week, Wikileaks published a massive and, by all accounts genuine, trove of documents revealing that...

#Vault7 hacking leak clearly an 'inside job' – former CIA deputy director

The WikiLeaks could’ve only obtained documents from CIA’s covert hacking program from somebody within the agency,...

#Vault7: Intel Security releases new detection tools following WikiLeaks’ CIA revelations

Published time: 11 Mar, 2017 13:31 In the wake of WikiLeaks’ revelation that the CIA has developed...

#Vault7: US will use ‘full force of law’ if WikiLeaks dump contains factual info,...

Published time: 10 Mar, 2017 13:42 The US will use the “full force of the law” to...

Free Not To Be Around You

Talk to a real estate agent, who deals in mid-sized suburban properties, and they will tell you that the local schools sit atop their client’s list...

NY Daily News: Broken Windows ‘Works,’ and if It Hurts Immigrants–‘Too Bad’

When President Donald Trump rails against the mainstream media, it might not make much sense to come to their defense. For FAIR readers, the...

FBI investigating Wikileaks’ vault 7 disclosures on CIA hacking

The US has opened a federal criminal investigation into Wikileaks’ publication of what it claims is the largest ever batch of confidential documents on...

Spies, Killers, Thieves, Liars

WikiLeaks has published what it claims is the largest ever release of confidential documents on the CIA. It includes more than 8,000 documents as...

Crossbow Oblivion

by Paul Tristram / March 5th, 2017 He just stood up silently one dayin the beer garden of ‘The Old Apple Tree’and walked back to...

Migration will give UK biggest population in Europe by 2045

The UK is on course to be the most populous country in the EU by...

Why Is the Alt-Right So Threatening?

Even in today’s acrimonious political landscape, nothing seems to draw as much vitriol as the minuscule “Alt-Right” (shorthand for an alternative to...

Trump Boosts Most Wasteful Department, Reduces All Others

Eric Zuesse On February 27th, Reuters headlined “Trump seeks 'historic' increase of 9 percent in U.S. military's budget” and reported that "Trump will ask Congress to boost...

Issues at Stake in Syria’s Peace Talks

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Syria’s peace-talks are about settling a horrific six-year-long war, but this is more of an international war that’s being...

If Safety Mattered

In several objective ways, new cars are less “safe” than cars built decades ago. A strong statement. One that probably seems ridiculous, too, given all...

Suspect in fatal Kansas shooting thought Indian victims were Iranian – 911 call

The chief suspect in a fatal shooting in Kansas thought his two Indian victims were Iranian,...

Congressman to Trump: If Your Healthcare Plan's So "Fantastic," Let Us See It

Speaking to the nation's governors on Monday, President Donald Trump mused that "nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated," while reiterating that on repealing...

Never Buy a Flood-Damaged Vehicle

Many of the markets where the Car Pro Show is heard have experienced unusual amounts of flooding.  Texas, Louisiana, and most recently Northern and...

The Immigrant Proletariat, the Muslim Ban, and the Capitalist Class

The Trump administration has dug in its heels, declaring that the 90-day (for now) Muslim ban on refugees, from seven predominantly Muslim countries (Iran,...

Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Big Data, and the Public-Private Planned Economy

If cutting-edge educational technologies can scientifically maximize student learning, then why do so many Silicon Valley bigwigs at Google, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Yahoo! send...

Automotive Inanities

The other day, I was visiting my friend’s repair shop. He was working on a late 1980s Subaru wagon. I  noticed it had 13-inch...

Assessing Media Bias

Can you trust any media outlet to tell the truth about foreign affairs? Or are they all part of some propaganda system? Perhaps the...

FBI pressed to reveal cost & source of San Bernardino suspect’s phone hack

Media organizations suing the FBI for information about software used to access the San Bernardino terrorist...

‘Sky rivers’ responsible for massive California rain – study

Published time: 21 Feb, 2017 04:22 When it rains, it pours and no one relates to this...

Google’s AI Resembles Google’s Bosses

Will artificial intelligence get more aggressive and selfish the more intelligent it becomes? A new report out of Google’s DeepMind AI division suggests this...

Microsoft blames Brexit for rising cost of new laptops

Computing giant Microsoft has blamed Brexit for price rises of more than 15 percent, which...

Trump Administration Delays Listing of Rusty Patched Bumblebee as Endangered

Update: On February 14, the Natural Resources Defense Council sued the Trump administration for delaying the rule. Last month, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)...

RFK Could Have Saved His Life

In our previous article on the subject, we explained why it was absolutely essential to the plotters of the assassination of President John F....

Washington judge rules in favor of Microsoft, against govt gag order

US District Judge James L. Robart refused the US government’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit from...

Iranian Student Blocked From Entering US: Trump's Remarks on Muslim Ban Remind Me of...

A federal appeals court will hear arguments today on whether to restore President Donald Trump's executive order banning people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan,...

California wastewater authority mismanaged $32mn in FEMA funds – govt audit

A US government audit has revealed that a California wastewater treatment authority mismanaged millions of dollars...

The U.S. Politician Who Could Become Second Abraham Lincoln

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org There are several reasons why the progressive Tulsi Gabbard stands an extraordinarily good likelihood of repeating the extraordinary achievement...

Farage brands London mayor ‘hypocrite’ for hosting diplomats from nations banning Israelis

Ex-UKIP chief Nigel Farage has accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan of hypocrisy for attacking US...

Universal Basic Income: Far-Fetched or Inevitable?

It is a utopian idea, literally, but is enjoying a renaissance as politicians and policy wonks grapple with technology-driven changes that could redefine our...

FBI blames ‘hostile entities’ on decision to withhold information on San Bernardino iPhone hack

The FBI has defended its decision not to reveal how it hacked the San Bernardino shooter’s...

Sexual Assault in the Time of Trump

"Affirmative consent, for those who don't know, is the idea that if you don't consent at every stage of a sexual encounter, it's rape....

Airbnb CEO offers free housing to refugees after Trump’s immigration ban

While Trump’s recent order to close America’s borders to the citizens of some Muslim-majority countries continues...

Let’s stick together! Theresa May will give Trump jars of jam on Washington charm...

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will apparently deploy jars of jam in her charm offensive during her first official visit to Donald Trump’s White...

Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition,...

<!--Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, regarding...

Weeding Out the Bad Guys

As someone once said, “records are meant to be broken”.  While that is true, the auto industry set a new record in 2015, and...

Just Another Swindle

Good news, folks — our new president says he’s planning a “tax holiday” for you. Well, not directly for you. Trump’s trillion-dollar whopper of a...

Manning Sentence Commuted–No Thanks to Corporate Media Opinion

The only major newspaper editorial we could find on the issue of clemency for Chelsea Manning before her commutation was announced. President Barack Obama shook...

It Makes My Teeth Hurt

At the Detroit Auto Show reveal of the soon-to-be-produced hybrid Ford Mustang, marketing manager Mark Schaller said the following: “The world has figured out...

The Thorniest Policy-Question that President Trump Will Face

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A decision must be made at the start of Donald Trump’s Presidency on one issue, which will shape both...

Never Trust Governments

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California has upheld the criminal conviction of Robert Kahre, the man who tried to circumvent the IRS by paying his...

Private Prisons Are Poised for a Comeback Under Trump. Here’s How to Reform Them.

Just a few months ago, things were looking very bleak for the private prison industry. In mid-August, the Justice Department’s inspector general issued a...

Donald Trump’s Plan for Our Water is Just as Bad as You’d Imagine

During his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to use his first 100 days in office to implement plans to overhaul our nation’s aging roads,...

Trump Team Targets Iran

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Saudi Arabia dominates above all other nations as a supplier of suicide bombers, and its royal family dominates as...