Cuba

man_on_beach_wearing_headphones_620

Can You Hear Me Now?
If you believe the global media, Cuba is a crumbling communist regime with sunny beaches, wonderful music and poor, but happy people.

They never mention that Cuba has some big time Signal Intelligence facilities all over the island. The Russians built the spy bases, which uses Chinese  satellites to intercept telephone communications in the US. They can do more than listen, though. They have the ability to interfere with computer networks, change electronic files and, more importantly, change output commands of computers used to control infrastructure facilities.

The state-of-the-art signals intelligence post in Bejucal, just west of Havana, includes a large array of satellite dishes and antennas spread over about 28 square miles – all just a little more than 90 miles from the Florida coast.

In the mid 90’s, as the Russians were constructing the facility, the first president of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, was telling President Bill Clinton that he was committed to democracy and the free market, and friendship with the United States. Yes, the same Boris Yeltsin who got so drunk during a presidential visit with the Clintons in Washington, he was found standing outside the White House in his underpants, trying to hail a taxi so he could go out for a pizza. I’m still trying to erase that image from my mind.

The big question is, if President Obama can successfully open trade negotiations with Cuba, will he let them take over Guantanamo? The U.S. has operated a base there since 1915. It might be a good idea to stay there to monitor what Russia, China, Iran and North Korea are listening to.

In the meantime, enjoy our favorite Cuban import, Gloria Estefan – Reach:

Advertisements

Gold

alps

Switzerland – Let’s be Franc
A country with a population equal to the city of New York, Switzerland is best known for its beauty, its cheese and it’s banks.

For hundreds of years the Swiss were also known for their sound banking system and strong government policies which kept the people employed and safe.

Alas, that all changed with the global financial crisis in 2008. The Swiss Franc was too strong against the rest of the global currencies – namely the euro, so the banks began printing money.

In just a few short years the equity ratio (collateral) held by Swiss banks went from 20% to less than 3% and the Swiss aligned themselves with a bunch bat-shit crazy European bankers. See: Christine Lagarde.

But wait, there’s still hope! With a new “gold referendum” on the November ballot, the Swiss have the chance to, once again, require their paper currency to be backed by at least 20% gold. Purchasing power would be stabilized and the bankers wouldn’t be able to control and manipulate monetary policy. The world will be watching on November 30th.

Enjoy Jake Owen – Days of Gold:

The New Silk Road

souk marrakech

All roads lead to Damascus
While the U.S., Britain and France have been sending soldiers and contractors to the middle east to fight terrorists, multinational contractors and Wall Street bankers have gained a foothold in the war-torn lands and have begun building highways, railways, logistics centers, manufacturing facilities, new towns and gas and oil pipelines under the auspices of the “war on terror.”

During her time as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton negotiated deals all over the world representing the multinationals and the “too big to fail” banks who are using U.S. tax dollars to build infrastructure tied to China’s mega-plan for the “New Silk Road.”

Read about it at the  State Department’s website:

U.S. Support for the New Silk Road
http://www.state.gov/p/sca/ci/af/newsilkroad/

In the meantime, enjoy Kitaro – Silk Road:

Monkey Selfie

monkeyselfie

Who Owns It?
An English photographer named David Slater was on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi taking photos of a crested black macaques. Just like children, the macaques were posing for the camera when one of them  accidentally pressed the shutter button. Intrigued by the sound, the monkey kept pressing it. Voila! A collection of macaque selfless!

The photos were posted on websites and TV shows all over the world. Now here comes the tricky part. One of Wikimedia Commons employees saw the photos and added them to the websites royalty-free image collection.

Because of the popularity of the photos, Slater wanted to copyright the images so he could get paid for their future use. When the photographer contacted Wikimedia to remove the images they refused stating that Slater didn’t take the photos, the monkey did, and only humans can own a copyright.

According the The Telegraph, Mr. Slater now faces and estimated £10,000 legal bill to take the matter to court. Should the matter go to court? No. Will Wikimedia do the right thing by honoring the request of the owner of the photographs? We’ll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, enjoy the Rolling Stones – Monkey Man:

The New Economy

summers

No Dollar Left Behind
We all know that Janet Yellen will be the next Chairperson of the Fed. Larry Summers was Obama’s original pick for the position but he brings too much baggage to the table. Maybe because he would fall asleep in the President’s cabinet meetings (above photo) or maybe, as President of Harvard, he stated that the underrepresentation of female scientists at top universities may be in part due to natural differences between men and women. Who knows. Anyway, Yellen will be promoting “Sleepy” Summers ideas.

Last week at the IMF meeting in Washington, Summers said the Federal Reserve, by keeping interest rates at zero, simply isn’t doing enough to stimulate the economy, so the next step should be to apply “negative interest rates” on all savings accounts. Larry’s talking 2 to 3 percent adjusted for inflation.

In other words, everyone with a savings account, pension fund or IRA will pay interest to the banks for the privilege of allowing them use our money! But wait, it gets better. To make sure we don’t simply take our money out of the banks and hide it under the mattress, Summers wants to eliminate physical money and create a cashless society. That way the Fed will be able to skim take their cut off the top before you have a chance to see it. No saving allowed.

Saving is now considered hoarding and the only way to stimulate the economy is for everyone to spend everything they earn. Savers have to share the wealth. Welcome to Marxism. More at The Daily Reckoning.

In the meantime enjoy a blast from the past.
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising:

Politics: The 51st State

co

If at First You Don’t Secede
Colorado is one of the most beautiful places on earth. From the Rocky Mountains to the wide open Great Plains. From the beginning, people moved there to enjoy nature and be left alone, which is easy to do since the entire state has fewer people than the City of Los Angeles.

So why do the folks in the northern part of the state want to secede? Simple. A millionairess named Pat Stryker who bought herself some slimy politicians to do her bidding with the current administration. If you want a shot at lucrative government contracts and loans, you apply plenty of grease to the palms of strategically placed politicians. Stryker made contributions to her politicians of choice through a tax exempt 527 organization which has no limit on funds used for campaigns. See: How the Dems won Colorado.

In one election Colorado went from a conservative state to a big government, lefty state. When you only have a little more than 5 million people, and the majority live in Denver and the hippie-haven of Boulder, it doesn’t take a lot of money. Unions can always be bought off. Always. Hippies will always vote as far left as possible because the farther left the politician, the more free stuff they get courtesy of the taxpayers. The ranchers in the north have no need for union employees or hippies.

Anyway, the spending scheme paid off big time for Pat. She got $400 million for her now failed “green energy” firm, Abound Solar, that cost the taxpayers $70 million. Funny how so many solar companies that got millions from the Federal government are now defunct.

The folks up north, who just want to be left alone, don’t like being forced to pay for hippies, illegals, failed solar energy companies, or any other corrupt schemes. The only way they can do it at this time is to secede. Will they be able to do it? Dunno. They’ll need a few more folks to balance the next vote.

The only problem I see is if we do get a 51st state, where do we put the extra star on the flag?

Enjoy the one and only Tina Turner – River Deep Mountain High: