BREAKING NEWS & MY THOUGHTS! PUTIN ANNOUNCES PRESIDENTIAL BID 2018

Neo has returned! 😀

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Vladimir Putin spoke today at two events. At event No.1, Russian Volunteer 2017 Awards when asked if will run, he asked the crowd if they, their friends and relatives would support him should he decide to run.

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Later in the same day he announced his bid to run for president in 2018 while speaking at the Nizhny-Novgorod auto giant GAZ. Putin’s announcement:

Those who listened to EARTH SHIFT WEBINAR 6: THE PUTIN ENIGMA know what I predicted in the beginning of November: Putin would definitely run since the whole country and in fact, the whole world depends on him. I predicted he would wait till last second and would announce his candidacy in the end of November or beginning of December in order to minimize the chances for adverse forces to sabotage his campaign. 

And this is exactly what happened. 

I also must point out one more time…

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MY QUESTIONNAIRE ~ share your opinion on Russia ban from 2018 S. Korea Winter Olympics!

Politicizing sports, especially during the Olympic Games is despicable, and ultimately self defeating. What the West is doing is so petty, hastening it’s own demise as “representatives of the free world” by showcasing it’s own ignorance, corruption and jealousy for all the world to see. The IOC is blatantly corrupt and politically weaponized to demoralize Russia and her athletes. It’s not going to work obviously as ppl around the world awaken to this type of Western subterfuge.

As you know, I am quite embarrassed to be labeled American whenever I travel abroad, and I will be among those relinquishing their citizenship soon (tens of thousands ex-pats seek citizenship abroad and renounce their US passports every year). Happy to say I will be one of them, best $5K I’ve ever spent to get rid of this fugly albatross – yes US slaves aka “citizens” must payoff the US mafia gov’t this $$$ extortion fee just to get free!
Not to mention I will be saving hundreds of thousands in taxes every year, so $5K is cheap! The state dept keeps raising the renunciation fee every year (to keep the slaves from fleeing). I’m excited to Vámonos and take my business elsewhere!
As one of your readers’ suggested, Crimea is sounding pretty good, lol! 🙂

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Like rice without Kimchi or football without Spain: S. Koreans on potential Russia ban from 2018 Olympics:

And how do YOU feel about this falsified anti-Russia doping scandal?

What about the legalized doping by American athletes, including world and olympic champions, who are being shielded from responsibility? How about the double and triple standards IOC, WADA and various Western-oriented countries, as well as those countries’ athletes, display towards Russian athletes?

Have the West, and humans in general, forgotten and forsaken everything the Olympics ever stood for?

What about the witch hunt against everything Russian in the West?

Disgusted yet? I am — very.

Is it time to abolish WADA, IOC and professional sports, completely taken over by the US, UK, Canada and Australia, who dictate their own rules, with no room for anyone else?

Is it time for THE GREAT EARTH SHIFT in recreation, amateur and big sports? Is it…

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A young foreigner’s first impressions of America

December 6, 2017

Santiago, Chile 

Last weekend while I was in Denver, I had the opportunity to speak with a young man from the Netherlands who was attending our charity event. 

It was his first trip to the United States, and I’m always interested to hear people’s first impressions. 

He told me he was really overwhelmed with the size and scale of everything. China is about the only other country in the world that does everything as big as the US. 

He also told me he couldn’t get over how much stuff there is to buy in the US… and how easy it is. 

He’s absolutely right. The US is an amazing place for a number of reasons; it’s modern, generally safe, and boasts a high standard of living. 

And, yes, as a consumer, it’s one of the best places in the world. 

(Though I would suggest that there are parts of Asia that are even better; Hong Kong, for example, has a similar selection of goods and services from all over the world, yet ZERO tax.) 

You can buy just about anything you want in the US, and with so many retailers competing for your business, the service, ease, and efficiency of buying anything is nearly unparalleled. 

The US economy is almost DESIGNED for consumption. And, while convenient, this is a pretty bad thing over the long term. 

Real wealth is created, and sustained, through production. Not consumption. 

This isn’t exactly rocket science– our ancient ancestors figured this out 10,000+ years ago during the agricultural revolution. 

They learned that, in order to survive and prosper, they had to produce more food than they could consume. 

I call this the Universal Law of Prosperity. And if our ancestors hadn’t followed this principle, none of our modern civilization would exist today. We’d still be cave men, hunting and gathering for survival. 

But the Universal Law of Prosperity is no longer the law of the land in the US. 

Any high school economics student knows that 70% of US GDP is comprised of consumer spending. The common refrain that ‘the US consumer drives the economy’ is absolutely true. 

Early in its history, the United States was a producer economy. Americans made stuff. Exported it. Saved their money. And reinvested. 

Most of the country’s wealth and economic dominance was established in those early years. 

Things started to change after World War II. 

The US dollar had just become the global reserve currency under the new Bretton Woods system, and the US economy had become the world’s most dominant and powerful. 

Americans began spending their newfound wealth, and soon the rest of the world grew to depend on the insatiable appetite of the US consumer. 

Entire nations began basing their economic models on exporting to the US. 

US consumption kept growing… at all levels. Individuals started spending far more than they earned. 

The US savings rate plummeted, and even reached NEGATIVE territory for a number of years. Household debt ballooned as Americans borrowed money at record levels to buy more stuff. 

The government did the same. The national debt exploded as bureaucrats squandered the public’s savings in almost legendary exploits, from that infamous $2 billion Obamacare website to the 6+ trillion in fake accounting at the Defense Department. 

Ultimately it’s all consumption; the entire economic system is effectively milking the wealth and prosperity that was created in the past, like a trust fund baby that blows through his family’s fortune. 

And while it’s really great to be a consumer in the US, it’s becoming more difficult to be a producer. 

Case in point– according to a recent study by the Institute for Justice, about 1 in 4 workers in the US now requires some special government license. That’s up from 1 in 20 workers back in the 1950s. 

Many of these are in low income, blue collar professions. And much of the time the requirements are totally irrational. 

The average time required to qualify for a barber’s license, for example, is 415 days. For an interior designer, it’s an unbelievable 2,190 days.   

These licenses don’t exactly make the world a better place; they’re mostly just bureaucratic obstacles that make it more difficult for lower-income workers to be productive. 

We’re also seeing worrying trends with consumer debt, which is now at an all-time high. 

This essentially means that Americans are borrowing from the future in order to buy stuff today, and doing so at record levels. 

Credit card debt is at an all-time high. Auto loans are at an all-time high. Delinquencies (i.e. people who aren’t paying their loan balances) are RISING. 

And the savings rate is once again plummeting, down to its lowest level in more than a decade. 

On top of that, the US trade deficit continues to grow, all while the federal government massively outspends its income. 

The national debt is now $20.5 trillion, and overall debt growth far exceeds GDP growth. 

Oh, and the government is staring at yet another debt ceiling / government shutdown debacle in just 48-hours. 

This time is not different. History is full of examples of formerly wealthy, prosperous nations which fell into terminal crisis because they favored a system built on debt and consumption, rather than savings and production. 

I don’t want to suggest that this is an imminent crisis. It’s not. 

But it is a troubling, high-impact, long-term trend. And it’s worth ensuring that you have a backup plan. 

If all of your assets and all of your income depend exclusively on a heavily indebted nation with a bankrupt government continuing to persist forever without any consequences, you’re probably taking some unnecessary risks. 

good plan B involves simple, rational, legal, cost-effective (or often FREE) steps to ensure that you’ll always have a good option, no matter what happens (or doesn’t happen) next. 

To your freedom, 

Simon Black

Founder, SovereignMan.com 

Hacker News: Massive Breach Exposes Keyboard App that Collects Personal Data On Its 31 Million Users

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In the digital age, one of the most popular sayings is—if you’re not paying, then you’re not the customer, you’re the product.

While downloading apps on their smartphones, most users may not realize how much data they collect on you.

Believe me; it’s way more than you can imagine.

Nowadays, many app developers are following irresponsible practices that are worth understanding, and we don’t have a better example than this newly-reported incident about a virtual keyboard app.

A team of security researchers at the Kromtech Security Center has discovered a massive trove of personal data belonging to more than 31 million users of the popular virtual keyboard app, AI.type, accidentally leaked online for anyone to download without requiring any password.

Founded in 2010, Ai.type is a customizable and personalizable on-screen keyboard for mobile phones and tablets, with more than 40 million users worldwide.

Apparently, a misconfigured MongoDB database, owned by the Tel Aviv-based startup AI.type, exposed their entire 577 GB of the database online that includes a shocking amount of sensitive details on their users, which is not even necessary for the app to work.

…they appear to collect everything from contacts to keystrokes.

The leaked database of over 31 million users includes:

  • Full name, phone number, and email address
  • Device name, screen resolution and model details
  • Android version, IMSI number, and IMEI number
  • Mobile network name, country of residence and even user enabled languages
  • IP address (if available), along with GPS location (longitude/latitude).
  • Links and the information associated with the social media profiles, including birth date, emails, photos.

“When researchers installed Ai.Type they were shocked to discover that users must allow ‘Full Access’ to all of their data stored on the testing iPhone, including all keyboard data past and present,” the researchers say.

What’s more?

Moreover, the leaked database also reveals that the virtual keyboard app is also stealing users’ contact books, including the contacts’ names and phone numbers—and already scraped more than 373 million records.

“There was a range of other statistics like the most popular users’ Google queries for different regions. Data like average messages per day, words per message, the age of users, words_per_day’: 0.0, ‘word_per_session and a detailed look at their customers,” the researchers say.

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Researchers go on to raise a question that “why would like a keyboard, and emoji application need to gather the entire data of the user’s phone or tablet?

Even the recent data breaches have taught us that once our personal data gets in the hands of cybercriminals, it makes us vulnerable forever.

Therefore, the best defense to protect yourself is always—awareness.

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Young Hacker, Who Took Over Jail Network to Get Friend Released Early, Faces Prison

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Well, “a friend in need is a friend indeed” goes a long way, but in this case, this phrase hardly makes any sense.

A 27-year-old Michigan man who hacked into the government computer system of Washtenaw County Jail to alter inmate records and gain early release for his friend is now himself facing federal charges after getting caught.

Konrads Voits from Ann Arbor, Michigan, pleaded guilty in federal court last week for hacking into the Washtenaw County government computer system earlier this year using malware, phishing, and social engineering tricks in an attempt to get his friend released early from jail.

Prosecutors say Voits also used phone calls to prison staff claiming to be a manager at the County Jail’s IT department and tricking them into downloading and running malware on their computers by visiting a phony website at “ewashtenavv.org,” which mimics the Washtenaw official URL, “ewashtenaw.org.”

Voit then obtained the remote login information of one of the Jail employees and used that information to install malware on the County’s network and gain access to sensitive County’s XJail system in March this year.

Gaining access to this system eventually allowed Voits to steal jail records of several inmates, search warrant affidavits and personal details, including passwords, usernames, and email addresses, of over 1,600 employees, along with altering electronic records of at least one inmate for early release.

However, things did not work as Voits wanted them to, and instead, they all backfired on him when jail employees detected changes in their records and alerted the FBI.

No prisoners were then released early.

This incident took place between January 24th, 2017 and March 10th, 2017 and cost Washtenaw County more than $235,000 to fix the whole mess before authorities busted Voits.

“Cyber intrusions affect individuals, businesses and governments. Computer hackers should realize that unlawfully entering another’s computer will result in a felony conviction and a prison sentence,” said the United States Attorney Daniel Lemisch.

“We applaud the dedication of so many hard-working law enforcement officers to take away this man’s [Voits] ability to intrude into the computer systems of others.”

Voits was arrested by the authorities a month later and pleaded guilty last week. He is now facing a fine of up to $250,000 and a maximum sentence of ten years prison, though he is unlikely to receive the maximum sentence.

Voits has agreed to surrender his belongings used during the attack, including his laptop, four cellphones and an undisclosed amount of Bitcoin.

Voits is currently in federal custody and is set to face a sentencing hearing on 5 April 2018.

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