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Batshit crazy ‘journalism’ entry of the day

Or rather, from Saturday, with Mortimer Zuckerman’s rag going Fox one better:

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Big Tobacco: The real dangerous drug peddlers

John Oliver does another deft takedown of a giant corporate cabal, this time Big Tobacco, and its relentless drive to bludgeon national governments into submission — a move increasingly reliant on using the power of vastly expensive litigation and hordes of Wall Street lawyers and high-priced lobbhyists .

From Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Tobacco

Program notes:

Thanks to tobacco industry regulations and marketing restrictions in the US, smoking rates have dropped dramatically. John Oliver explains how tobacco companies are keeping their business strong overseas.

One point Oliver fails to complete has to do with that trade court action Australia is currently confronting.

What’s happening there is merely an early warning indicator of more litigation to come as the Obama administration relentlessly pushing both trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic deals in which corporations and banksters will acquire vastly greater power to quash citizen protections put in place by national governments, thanks to the secret trade tribunals incorporated in the agreements.

Under that legal regime, cases are heard in secret, no transcripts are ever provided to the public, and the only announcement of the binding decisions comes in a terse announcement devoid of background and other details — just as already exists for NAFTA.

And who partakes in drafting these noxious “free trade” agreements?

Consider the case of one such agreement now in negotiation, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership [TTIP], and this from Corporate Europe Observatory:

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And who does those lobbyists represent?

Again from Corporate Europe Observatory:

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UPDATE: Those Aussie plain cigaret packs really do work.

From the Guardian:

Plain cigarette packaging can deter the take-up of smoking, studies suggest

  • Researchers say that standardised packaging – first introduced in Australia – would likely reduce smoking and can prevent people from taking up the habit

Studies on the health impact of “plain” or standardised cigarette packs suggest they can deter non-smokers from taking up the habit and may cut the number of cigarettes smokers get through, scientists said on Tuesday.

In a collection of scientific papers in the journal Addiction, researchers said that while standardised packs were still too new to provide substantial evidence, studies so far showed they were likely to reduce smoking rates.

Britain plans before May to become the second country in the world to introduce non-branded, standardised packaging for cigarettes, after the government promised last month to pass legislation that would come into effect in 2016.

InSecurityWatch: Data, hacks, cabals, terror, war

We begin with Network World and a big thumbs down:

Proposal for altered data retention law is still unlawful, Dutch DPA says

The Dutch government’s proposed revision of the country’s data retention law is not enough to bring it into compliance with a recent European Union court ruling, the Dutch privacy watchdog said Monday.

An effort by the Dutch government to adjust a law requiring telecommunications and Internet companies to retain their customers’ location and traffic metadata for investigatory purposes should be dropped, as the infringement of the private life of virtually all Dutch citizens is too great, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) said on Monday.

The Dutch government is looking to change data retention obligations for telephone and Internet communications operators following a decision last year by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The court invalidated the European data retention directive, on which the Dutch law is based, because it violates fundamental privacy rights.

From SecurityWeek, a record year:

Records Compromised in Data Breaches Skyrocketed in 2014: Research

Security firm Gemalto released a report on 2014 data breaches recently and the news was not good.

In its latest Breach Level Index report, the company revealed that one billion records were compromised last year in more than 1,500 data breaches worldwide. Compared to 2013, those numbers are an increase of nearly 80 percent in terms of data records and more than 40 percent in terms of breaches overall.

Gemalto’s Breach Level Index calculates the severity of data breaches across multiple dimensions based on breach disclosure information. Among the notable attacks included in the report are the Home Depot breach, the attack on JP Morgan Chase and the attack on eBay.

While Threatpost covers a massive cabal:

Massive, Decades-Long Cyberespionage Framework Uncovered

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have uncovered a cyberespionage group that has been operating for at least 15 years and has worked with and supported the attackers behind Stuxnet, Flame and other highly sophisticated operations. The attackers, known as the Equation Group, used two of the zero days contained in Stuxnet before that worm employed them and have used a number of other infection methods, including interdicting physical media such as CDs and inserting their custom malware implants onto the discs.

Some of the techniques the group has used are closely associated with tactics employed by the NSA, specifically the interdiction operations and the use of the LNK vulnerability exploit by Stuxnet.

The Equation Group has a massive, flexible and intimidating arsenal at its disposal. Along with using several zero days in its operations, the attack crew also employs two discrete modules that enable them to reprogram the hard drive firmware on infected machines. This gives the attackers the ability to stay persistent on compromised computers indefinitely and create a hidden storage partition on the hard drive that is used to store stolen data. At the Security Analyst Summit here Monday, researchers at Kaspersky presented on the Equation Group’s operations while publishing a new report that lays out the inner workings of the crew’s tools, tactics and target list. The victims include government agencies, energy companies, research institutions, embassies, telecoms, universities, media organizations and others. Countries targeted by this group include Russia, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, China, Yemen, Afghanistan, India but also US and UK, between and several others.

And CBC News covers an even bigger data thief:

NSA hid spying software in hard drive firmware, report says

  • Government, military in Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan targeted

The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.

That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyberespionage operations.

Kaspersky said it found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one or more of the spying programs, with the most infections seen in Iran, followed by Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria. The targets included government and military institutions, telecommunication companies, banks, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media, and Islamic activists, Kaspersky said.

From Al Jazeera America, the latest European incident:

Police arrest two on suspicion of aiding Copenhagen shooter

  • The gunman opened fire on a cafe hosting a free speech debate and attacked a synagogue, killing two

Danish police said Monday they have arrested two people on suspicion of aiding a gunman in deadly attacks during the weekend on a synagogue and an event promoting free speech, violence that has shocked a nation proud of its reputation for safety and openness.

The two men arrested over the weekend are “suspected of helping the perpetrator by giving him advice and assistance in connection with the shootings at Krudttøndenre and Krystalgade,” police said in a statement issued Monday, referring to the locations of the attacks.

A Copenhagen judge later remanded the two suspects to 10 days’ detention.

And CNN covers the shooter:

Denmark terror suspect swore fidelity to ISIS leader on Facebook page

The man suspected of killing two people in Copenhagen swore fidelity to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a posting made on what’s apparently his Facebook page just before the weekend shooting spree.

The post pledges “allegiance to Abu Bakr in full obedience in the good and bad things. And I won’t dispute with him unless it is an outrageous disbelief.”

The suspect in Saturday’s attack has been named as Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, a senior member of the Danish government said. Police have not formally identified the gunman, who opened fire at a free speech forum in Copenhagen on Saturday before shooting several people outside a synagogue and then firing at police. Police killed him in the shootout.

The Washington Post covers another generator of European angst:

UK man charged with attempting to obtain chemical weapon

British police say a man from northwest England has been charged with trying to obtain a chemical weapon.

Greater Manchester Police says Mohammed Ammer Ali, from Liverpool, was arrested after officers raid properties in the city last week as part of a counter-terrorism operation.

He is charged with attempting to have a chemical weapon in his possession between Jan. 10 and Feb. 12.

Ali, who is 31, is due to appear in a London court Tuesday.

And from Deutsche Welle, echoes of the past:

French teens detained for vandalizing Jewish graves

  • Investigators have detained five teenagers in connection with the vandalizing of Jewish graves in a cemetery in eastern France. The incident, amid rising anti-Semiticism in France, followed the attacks in Copenhagen

The five suspects detained by French police on Monday are aged between 15 and 17, Philippe Varnier, the prosecutor of the eastern Bas-Rhin region, told a news conference.

All five are from the region of Sarre-Union in Alsace, where some 250 Jewish tombs were defaced and damaged on Thursday.

Vannier said the youngest of the teenagers had gone to police after being shocked at the worldwide reaction to the incident, in which tombs were uprooted or turned around, vaults opened and a monument to the Holocaust vandalized.

“Apparently, he was very very affected by the scale of the reaction to this affair, including the statements from the hightest state authorities,” Vannier told reporters, adding that the boy had denied any anti-Semitic motive.

After the jump, a truce disintegrates in Ukraine, the apocalyptic eschatology ideology of ISIS, the U.S. takes the lead in the Boko Haram fight, Nigerian troops retake two Boko Haram-held towns, while Boko Haram attacks a Cameroonian army base, Yemeni Shiite rebels eye the oil fields, European Jewish leaders reject Netanyahu’s summons, a Netanyahu coalition partner denies Palestinian statehood or a land return, an Indian newspaper closed for reprinting a Charlie Hebdo cartoon, Japan’s Shinzo Abe uses Hormuz Straits minesweeping to push remilitarization, and Abe reaffirms his implacable push for remilitarization while Japan ups the fees for foreigners spying on Japanese corporations. . . Continue reading

John Oliver takes on Big Pharma’s marketeering

A perfect follow to our previous post comes from John Oliver, whose show on HBO is offering the most interesting public interest reporting happening in today’s mainstream media.

By covering important topics in some depth, interspersed by a genuinely funny sarcastic humor, vital information is presented in a memorable way — memorable in part because the presentation evokes a range of emotions, contrasted at intervals in a way that makes a stronger impression that either straight informational [pedantic] journalism or uninterrupted and nihilistic sarcasm.

Oliver is a direct descendant of the Mort Sahl of the 1960s, whose memorable routines consisted of opening up a newspaper, reading from an article, and reacting.

Mort Sahl was print, John Oliver’s multi-media.

As for Saul himself, he cited an earlier predecessor:

“Will Rogers…used to come out with a newspaper and pretend he was a yokel criticizing the intellectuals who ran the government. I come out with a newspaper and pretend I’m an intellectual making fun of the yokels running the government.”

In which case John Oliver’s the alien open up the digital media and making fun of the sociopaths running everything.

Which brings us to the topic at hand. . .

While the proliferation of prescription drug ads on television might leave you suspecting that consumers are the main target of Big Pharma avarice, consider that those same companies spend six times as much hustling physicians.

And they do it through a unique system of seduction, bribery, and outright fraud.

From Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

Marketing to Doctors

Program notes:

Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors.

We have a few issues with that.

We would add that way back when esnl first started reporting a half century back [9 November 1964, to be exact], Big Pharma could only market to doctors, and then only in restricted circulation trade publications like the Journal of the American Medical Association, to which mere mortals couldn’t subscribe.

It wasn’t until 1985, under the aegis of the Reagan administration [that font of so much evil] that average Americans fell prey to Big Pharma’s seductive wiles.

Oliver isn’t the only one to concerned about the physician/industrial complex.

From the August 2009 Bulletin of the World Health Organization:

Direct-to-consumer advertising of drugs has been legal in the USA since 1985, but only really took off in 1997 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) eased up on a rule obliging companies to offer a detailed list of side-effects in their infomercials (long format television commercials). Since then the industry has poured money into this form of promotion, spending just under US$5 billion last year alone. The only other country in the world that allows direct-to-consumer drug ads is New Zealand, a country of just over four million people.

Direct-to-consumer advertising informs patients potentially suffering from disease and raises their awareness of treatment options, according to Ken Johnson, senior vice president of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), an industry trade group. But critics of the practice, and there are many, have their doubts. “The truth is direct-to-consumer advertising is used to drive choice rather than inform it,” says Dr Dee Mangin, associate professor at the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Christchurch, New Zealand, pointing out that the ‘driving’ is typically in the direction of expensive brand-name drugs. New Zealand consumers then go to their doctors and the pressure to prescribe begins. Surveys carried out in New Zealand and in the USA show that when a patient asks for a specific drug by name they receive it more often than not. “In an era of shared decision-making, it’s much more likely that general practitioners will just do what the patient asks,” says Mangin. It goes beyond that, of course, because doctors are also being enticed by pharmaceutical companies to prescribe their drugs.

The net result is higher cost for the consumer or tax payer. It is the issue of costs that has put the issue of drug marketing and consumption firmly at the heart of the Obama administration’s current review of the USA’s health-care system. “Some of the more thoughtful people in the USA recognize that part of the reason they have a drug expenditure bill that is completely out of control is this kind of advertising,” says Suzanne Hill, a scientist working on rational drug use and drug access at the World Health Organization (WHO). Not so, says PhRMA’s Johnson in a statement in May this year: “[direct-to-consumer advertising] benefits the entire health-care system in the USA by encouraging patients to seek medical attention that may help them manage their conditions and avoid unneeded hospital stays or surgeries,” he says, arguing that fewer surgical interventions inevitably reduce costs.

Direct-to-consumer advertising is also blamed for encouraging so-called off-label uses of drugs; that is to say uses not approved by the FDA, the USA regulator. An example of this would be gels and fillers that had initially been approved by the FDA as dissolvable sutures that are being promoted as scalpel-free alternatives to cosmetic surgery. For Professor Alexander Capron, University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law, the use of direct-to-consumer advertising in the promotion of off-label uses has been if anything, “a more slippery slope”, than aggressive or misleading promotion.

Brian Williams: Another low for the Fourth Estate

This London Daily Mail homepage teaser for this story says everything you need to know of what happens when news becomes infotainment, when telling a good story trumps telling the truth:

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InSecurityWatch: Confession, spooks, war, hacks

And so much more. . .

We begin with a story to make you question your already diminished regard for mainstream media, via Digital Journal [and with a H/T to Undernews]:

Editor of Major German Newspaper Says He Planted Stories for CIA

Becoming the first credentialed, well-known media insider to step forward and state publicly that he was secretly a “propagandist,” an editor of a major German daily has said that he personally planted stories for the CIA.

Saying he believes a medical condition gives him only a few years to live, and that he is filled with remorse, Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, the editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest newspapers, said in an interview that he accepted news stories written and given to him by the CIA and published them under his own name. Ulfkotte said the aim of much of the deception was to drive nations toward war.

Dr. Ulfkotte says the corruption of journalists and major news outlets by the CIA is routine, accepted, and widespread in the western media, and that journalists who do not comply either cannot get jobs at any news organization, or find their careers cut short.

From the Los Angeles Times, the DNA panopticon in the Golden State:

Millions of DNA samples stored in warehouse worry privacy advocates

Privacy advocates are calling for more safeguards related to a state collection of DNA samples from 16 million Californians in a nondescript government warehouse in the Bay Area.

The biobank holds blood taken with the prick of a heel from almost every baby born in California for the last three decades. It is used to screen for 80 health disorders, such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia.

Unlike most states, California keeps the frozen samples indefinitely and shares them with genetic researchers, for a fee.

State officials say the samples are secure and are used to save lives. But the privacy advocates and an influential state lawmaker, concerned about the potential misuse of DNA information, say parents and donors should have a clear choice about whether the state can keep theirs.

The Atlantic Monthly covers spooky overreach:

Michael Hayden’s Hollow Constitution

  • In a recent speech, the former NSA director argued that what constitutes a reasonable search under the 4th Amendment changed on September 11, 2001.

In a speech at Washington and Lee University, Michael Hayden, a former head of both the CIA and NSA, opined on signals intelligence under the Constitution, arguing that what the 4th Amendment forbids changed after September 11, 2001. He noted that “unreasonable search and seizure,” is prohibited under the Constitution, but cast it as a living document, with “reasonableness” determined by “the totality of circumstances in which we find ourselves in history.”

He explained that as the NSA’s leader, tactics he found unreasonable on September 10, 2001 struck him as reasonable the next day, after roughly 3,000 were killed. “I actually started to do different things,” he said. “And I didn’t need to ask ‘mother, may I’ from the Congress or the president or anyone else. It was within my charter, but in terms of the mature judgment about what’s reasonable and what’s not reasonable, the death of 3,000 countrymen kind of took me in a direction over here, perfectly within my authority, but a different place than the one in which I was located before the attacks took place. So if we’re going to draw this line I think we have to understand that it’s kind of a movable feast here.”

Who was affected by growing surveillance power? “Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras are fond of accusing the NSA of suspicion-less surveillance. That’s almost a nonsense comment for somebody with my background,” Hayden said. “I am not a law enforcement officer. I don’t suspect anybody. I am simply going out there to retrieve information that helps keep my countrymen free and safe. This is not about guilt. In fact, let me be really clear. NSA doesn’t just listen to bad people. NSA listens to interesting people. People who are communicating information.”

The Toronto Globe and Mail covers the new panoply of powers given to spooks up north:

CSIS’s new powers: How the new legislation will affect security agencies

The federal government has unveiled security legislation that has faced criticism for expanding the powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service without added public oversight.

Canada’s spy service would become an agency that actively tries to derail terror plots at home and abroad – not just one that collects intelligence and hands it off to the RCMP.

The bill would give authorities the power to order the removal of “terrorist propaganda” from websites. It would also create a new criminal offence of encouraging someone to carry out a terrorist attack.

Authorities could apply to a court if they believe terrorist activity “may be carried out.” The previous threshold called on authorities to state they believed an act “will be carried out.”

Here’s a graphic that explains the before-and-after:

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From the New York Times, faintly good news:

In Net Neutrality Push, F.C.C. Is Expected to Propose Regulating the Internet as a Utility

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission this week is widely expected to propose regulating Internet service like a public utility, a move certain to unleash another round of intense debate and lobbying about how to ensure so-called net neutrality, or an open Internet.

It is expected that the proposal will reclassify high-speed Internet service as a telecommunications service, instead of an information service, under Title II of the Communications Act, according to industry analysts, lobbyists and former F.C.C. staff members.

The change, the analysts and others say, which has been pushed by President Obama, would give the commission strong legal authority to ensure that no content is blocked and no so-called pay-to-play fast lanes exist — prohibitions that are hallmarks of the net neutrality concept.

But Tom Wheeler, the F.C.C. chairman, will advocate a light-touch approach to Title II, they say, shunning the more intrusive aspects of utility-style regulation, like meddling in pricing decisions. He may also suggest putting wireless data services under Title II and adding regulations for companies that manage the backbone of the Internet.

On to the war, first with a disturbing video report on joystick killers from the Guardian:

Drone wars: the gamers recruited to kill

Program notes:

In tiny bunkers in the United States, young pilots are operating unmanned drones targeting ‘bad people’ in Pakistan.

Recruited at video game fairs by military leaders who know the value of games that glamourise ‘militainment’, drone pilots are left traumatised by the civilian casualties – or ‘collateral damage’ – their strikes cause. Psychologically distanced from the enemy, are drones the future of warfare?

The Los Angeles Times covers deeper involvement:

U.S., allies plan tough battle to retake Iraqi city from Islamic State

Working from this sun-scorched desert base, U.S. and allied commanders are beginning perhaps the most perilous phase of their fight against Islamic State: an attempt to recapture Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, from the entrenched militant forces.

Military officers here say a barrage of airstrikes over the last two weeks helped sever two crucial routes that the extremist militants used to funnel fighters and supplies from the Syrian border to Mosul, their self-declared capital in Iraq and most significant battlefield prize.

U.S. commanders who help oversee the air war say the joint offensive with Iraqi Kurdish ground forces pushed back the Sunni Islamists’ defensive line west of Mosul, recapturing territory and removing a key obstacle, at least for now, as military planners consider tactics for retaking the congested city as early as this summer.

From the World Food Program, opportunism:

World Food Programme Alarmed By Images Showing ISIS Distributing WFP Food In Syria

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is extremely concerned about images circulating on social media showing WFP food boxes bearing Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) labels. WFP is trying to verify the authenticity of the photographs, where they were taken and the circumstances surrounding this incident.

The photographs seem to have been taken in Dayr Hafr, in eastern rural Aleppo governorate about 50 kilometres from Aleppo city.  WFP last reached Dayr Hafr on 5 August, 2014, through a cross-line convoy that delivered 1,700 food rations, enough to feed 8,500 people for one month.

WFP has learned that in September 2014 ISIS raided Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) warehouses in Dayr Hafr where undistributed food rations may have been stored.  SARC is a partner of WFP.  All areas controlled by ISIS are security hot spots, which severely limits the ability to monitor food distributions.

“WFP condemns this manipulation of desperately needed food aid inside Syria. We urge all parties to the conflict to respect humanitarian principles and allow humanitarian workers including our partners to deliver food to the most vulnerable and hungry families,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP Emergency Regional Coordinator for the Syria crisis.

BBC News covers a confrontation with Gulf reality:

Saudi Alarab TV channel halts hours after launch

A new Saudi Arabian pan-Arab news channel has stopped scheduled broadcasting less than 24 hours after going on air from studios in Bahrain.

Alarab TV, owned by billionaire Saudi businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, launched with the promise of politically independent news coverage.

One of its first guests was a prominent Bahraini opposition figure, drawing criticism from pro-government media.

On to Eurointolerance with the Guardian:

German neo-Nazi party cancels protest after boarding wrong train

  • NPD members due to arrive in Freiburg to support woman banned from exam due to her party allegiance

Members of Germany’s neo-Nazi National Democratic party (NPD) were forced to cancel a protest in the south-west city of Freiburg after they got on to a train to Mannheim by mistake.

Police said they had received word at around noon on Saturday that the demonstration, which had been planned for 2.30pm outside Freiburg’s administrative court, had been called off.

The group of fewer than 20 NPD members became confused after police prevented them from boarding the Freiburg train because it was full of far-left “ultra” football supporters on their way to a Bundesliga match, police spokesperson Dirk Klose told the Guardian.

To prevent any trouble, the police told them to take another train to the Black Forest city, but the NPD members simply got on the next train from the same platform – apparently without checking the destination notice.

Another fail, via

Pegida demo is a damp squib

Germany’s Pegida “anti-Islamisation” movement held its first march in Austria on Monday but was dwarfed by a colourful counter-demonstration more than 10 times larger, according to police estimates.

A number of the Pegida supporters at the Vienna demonstration were skinheads, and some of them performed Nazi salutes, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

Police spokesman Roman Hahslinger told AFP that some 400 Pegida supporters showed up but that 5,000 people joined the counter-protest, shouting “Nieder, nieder, nieder mit Pegida!” (“Down, down, down with Pegida!”) and waving rainbow flags.

And from, banishment:

Norway banishes Islamist to remote village

A court in Oslo on Monday authorised police to banish Iraqi Kurd “hate preacher” Mullah Krekar to a remote Norwegian village.

The mullah, 58, who has been living in Norway since 1991, founded the radical Islamist group Ansar al-Islam. He was released from prison at the end of January after serving a two-year, 10-month sentence for making threats against Prime Minister Erna Solberg, before she came to office, and three Kurds.

The police had invoked special measures to order Krekar, whose real name is Najmeddine Faraj Ahmad, to live in a refugee centre in Kyrksæterøra, a village of 2,500 people situated 500 kilometres (300 miles) from the capital.

After the jump, a Boko Haram attack repelled, a Nigerian presidential rally suicide bombed, an online Syrian honey trap, an online airport parking ap hacked for credit card data, yet another hackable Flash flaw discovered, a BMW door opening hacker exploit fixed, turning sex toys into cyber spies, Obama’s new government website security team, Feds slap the “terrorist” label an Anonymous hacktivist the Guardian, British nobles drop a terror law enhancement drive, Pakistan ramps up the Subcontinent arms race, a Delhi/Beijing/Moscow alliance aimed at Pakistan?, China’s new aircraft carrier secret springs a leak, China moves up in the arms buildup up ranks, Abe ratchets up the remilitarization regime yet again, plus Okinawa remains on Abe’s spite list. . . Continue reading

You know you’re in the U.S. when. . .

A London Daily Mail homepage screen cap of the teaser for this story: