Build 2013: Our first sight of a faster, hacker-powered Microsoft

It’s a fascinating time to be a Microsoft watcher. I first went to the then Professional Developers Conference back in 1998, as the company started finding a way to bring NT and Windows 95 together.

Then came the move to .Net, the abortive push for a web services platform with Hailstorm, the utter chaos of Longhorn, and the recovery through the Vista and Windows 7 years. Now we’re in 2013, and Microsoft is finally on the verge of delivering one platform for developers that supports everything from phone to PC to TV to cloud.

So how do we assess what’s happening in a time of rapid change, when a major set of OS and API updates are arriving less than year from the launch of Windows 8, something that’s never happened before with Microsoft’s three or even four year gaps between OS releases?

Is it a response to a poor press and relatively slow take-up, or is it something else altogether?

The key to understanding what’s going on up in Redmond is the fact that all these changes result from the company’s shift to continuous development — and continuous integration of new technologies.

That means that its cloud platform rolls out new features every three or four weeks, and cloud service get updates roughly every quarter. Desktop and server are now getting annual refreshes, much the same way that Apple rolls out new iOS releases annually, and Google does the same with Android.

Work on these new releases began the day the Windows 8 hit RTM, without the usual pause to assess where things were going.

Changing cadence means changing many things. Gone are the days of the big bang release full of new features. What we’re seeing now are rapid updates to Visual Studio (three so far to Visual Studio 2012, and a 2013 now being previewed) and annual updates to the underlying APIs for Windows. And while the 8.1 release of the Windows APIs (and especially WinRT) doesn’t look much different to the version we saw unveiled at Build 2011 and released and Build 2012 — there are more than 5,000 new APIs ready for you to add to your applications.

With WinRT apps intended to work with the current generation of web services and cloud APIs, building a WinRT app is very different from building a desktop app. Code needs to be network aware, and asynchronous, while the power-management model is very different from the familiar Windows desktop way of working — as it needs to support the low-power modes that give tablets the long-life that users are expecting. With new power profiling tools in Visual Studio 2013, developers will need to expect to have apps rejected from the Windows Store for being too inefficient.

The underlying development model of the WinRT APIs is one where apps can be built to different versions of the API, so your Windows 8 era apps will run just fine on Windows 8.1. It’s also one where apps built to take advantage of the latest version of the APIs will get the benefit of the latest features, but where an app that uses contracts to expose and consume information with the rest of the apps you install will gain the benefits of working with newer, and upgraded software without needing any changes itself.

Facebook talks about living the hacker way, where you move fast and break things. That’s certainly the way of life at Azure, and while Windows can’t live that way – as it’s the platform much of the world depends on – it can start to move a lot faster than it used to.

WinRT and the new Windows cadence lets Microsoft deliver something that’s an enterprise- and developer-friendly version of the Facebook ethos. You can carry on building to the Windows 8 WinRT APIs, or you can work with the new APIs and add features that will only run on Windows 8.1 (and as it’s a free upgrade, it’s likely to have a very quick uptake from both consumers and business users). That’s a win for developers, as you can carry on developing your existing code, as it’ll keep on running on whichever Windows 8 build your users are running, and then when you feel you’re ready, you can switch over to the newer development tools and the Windows 8.1 APIs for a new version of your app.

It also lets Microsoft take a more evolutionary approach to the WinRT APIs than it might have with .NET or with Win32 or COM. If a feature you were hoping wasn’t there in Windows 8, maybe it’s going to be among the more than 5,000 added in Windows 8.1. Perhaps you were waiting for improved Bluetooth support, or direct access to 3D printers, or for better USB device support? They’re only a handful of the new APIs added to the new Windows.

Build 2013 was the first sight of a faster, hacker-powered Microsoft, one that was ready to work with other platforms and other tools as well as its own. With Redmond’s developers having much to say, and really very little time to say it in, it’s clear we’re going to have to spend time with the Build and TechEd session videos to get the whole picture — but from what we’ve seen so far, Microsoft’s new delivery cadence means we’re going to get access to a lot of intriguing new technologies a lot quicker than might have in the past.

Roll on Build 2014 and Windows 8.2.

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India startups find link between hustling, entrepreneurship

I recently watched the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, but this isn’t the first time I’ve watched it. Inspired by true events, this movie sets the tone for a pinnacle of success the protagonist, Chris Gardner (played by actor Will Smith), achieves after going through a series of failures and struggling as hard as any entrepreneur would.

While the movie paints a stark contrast in his personal and professional life, there is a display of true grit that is very apparent throughout this movie. It was something that resonated with my thoughts of how hustling should be the key trait every entrepreneur, aspiring or otherwise, should have.

While the world was blown away with Will Smith’s acting and the hardships Chris Gardner went through in real life, it isn’t an uncommon feeling for a lot of folks in India who’d have gone or seen similar hardships and are striving for glory each day.

Today’s generation of entrepreneurs in India isn’t just about the folks who struggle hard to make two ends meet, it’s more than the stereotypical facade the country has.

There is a lot of empowerment and awareness within India and that is what drives people to create the startups here. And, of course, the art of “jugaad” (translated as “lean innovation”) or the beauty of hustling is commonly represented in India more than anywhere else in the world–not because it is an Indian stereotype, but because these are the stories that have and will inspire the world in an uncommon way every now and then.

So a question I ask myself always is, what does “hustling” mean? What would you describe within an entrepreneur to drive this trait and how does it benefit them as entrepreneurs. The answer as much as I’d like it to be isn’t simple. It is a subjective way of looking at a multiple things within many different facets of any entrepreneur.

Having interacted and worked with a few of those entrepreneurs in India’s tech sector, I’d like to share some thoughts which I think are important elements to help you become the ‘hustler’ one who will do whatever it takes, whatever it takes, to make you venture successful and drive toward solving the problem you’re aiming to solve.

What does hustling mean to an entrepreneur?

The minute the idea becomes part of a journey the entrepreneur is sure of, he would embrace it with full acceptance, and start figuring out ways and means to drive that idea to become a reality. All it needs is a spark, a spark of hunger and aspiration that will give him or her the faith that this will be a fruit of success for a long haul.

Hustling begins right with the aspect of figuring out how entrepreneurs will start working on their idea. If they are coders themselves, they would start building the prototype or for that matter create a wire frame of his product. If they aren’t, they’ll find similar hustlers of their kind who could share this dream with them.

To the entrepreneur, hustling means to start that journey no matter what. Of course there will be number of obstacles that will come his or her way. But the fact to the matter is, the first step they’ve taken to start this journey indicates the hustle begins right there while making these choices. Trying to figure out how feasible the idea is, getting all his research right to actually detail his demographics, and identifyng if there is a market or not. If not, then how does he go about creating that market are some things that will become a part of his journey later on. 

The major hustle begins when he makes that choice and accepts that no matter what, even his personal life, nothing will be an obstacle to fulfilling his entrepreneurial dream. These will be some of the major things that would actually drive the entrepreneur toward his first few steps of his journey.

Why does an entrepreneur hustle?

One of the primary factors driving an entrepreneur to go through all the hustle and hardships, some may say, is money. Well, it isn’t that anymore, as you would have known, with many a entrepreneurs failing day in day out and yet holding pride in their eyes of being that entrepreneur.

A lot of the drive to hustle isn’t what an entrepreneur may always want. Who wouldn’t want glory and success right at the get-go. But, this breed is certainly different. Taking one sprouting idea and making that idea into a dream that comes true and earns him recognition and success is what drives the entrepreneur to hustle. The fact that his idea solves many problems and his product becomes a tool a necessity for many is what drives an entrepreneur to hustle. Of course, we all know today’s entrepreneurs as rockstars and geeks who are changing the world like never before, but that isn’t what just drives today’s entrepreneur.

Coming up with products and ideas that actually help solve problems for ordinary people or major corporations and businesses is what gets them motivated more than the lure of money and fame. He realizes if this idea breaks new grounds, his name would of course be etched in time. More importantly, the impact he makes would be amplified to a level which may eventually be larger than his control.

A startup idea larger than life or as simple as solving menial problems for consumers will developed without any hesitation, just to ensure it means something to the people whom it is helping out. It’s a dream that is more important than anything else. The focus, the view toward their goal and the eternal desire to make good of all their dreams is why an entrepreneur hustles.

How does an entrepreneur hustle?

In the movie, we see incidents at numerous times that occur beyond Gardner’s control. There are many things he regrets in the past and tries to redeem himself. For example, the scene where he locks himself and his kid up inside a subway toilet just to get the warm shelter, or where he donates blood to get money in order to repair his equipment and sell it. There are many such occasions in the movie where the character has no other option but he still keeps going strong and figures out a way to make things happen.

In a similar way, every entrepreneur makes those choices. One of the biggest things that makes an entrepreneur a hustler is the fact that he is ready to make those choices and take decisions boldly, and these are choices which can decide if his startup succeeds or fails. The true hustler is one who’ll go ahead and always keep looking toward the future. Some of his mistakes may cost him dearly, but with those mistakes he gets the vision to know what the future holds for him or her.

So throughout the journey, all small things and small decisions–no matter how insignificant they are–contribute toward the making of a hustler within an entrepreneur. The design of the company or product logo, the seating arrangement in their new office, the forming of their startup culture, the interviewing of the core team and employees, figuring out various tools to make his pitch more effective, the long hours and nights in the office or coffee shops, the constant follow-ups with venture capitalists, banks or other sources of funding they choose, the constant follow-up with potential clients, customers and consumers, the constant talking with people to get reviews on their product, and a lot of such efforts entrepreneurs put in is what defines how they hustle.

As a traveler, one always keeps saying: “It’s never the destination, but the journey that matters.” This holds true for entrepreneurs too. But as a hustler, at the end of the day, what is more significant is where they began and what they achieved while getting to their destination.

It’s the hustler inside that makes them a true entrepreneur after all.

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How I use the iPad as a serious writing system

ZAGG Profolio+ — Image credit: James Kendrick/ ZDNet

The iPad has revolutionized the way I approach my writing and I am regularly asked how I use it. I originally wrote about the iPad as a solid system for writing a year and a half ago and the tablet is still serving me well. I have used a number of tablets for writing work since then and while most of them work just fine I always come back to the iPad for a number of reasons.

Why it works so well

It’s hard to believe but I hear regularly from folks who refuse to believe that the iPad can be use productively for my work.  The fact is the iPad with a physical keyboard is a no-compromise tool for my writing. It works well for a number of reasons:

  1. Long battery life- I never think about battery life on the iPad, unlike most other PCs/tablets.
  2. Retina display- the screen on the iPad makes it possible to work for hours without eyestrain.
  3. LTE- having integrated LTE frees me from the wi-fi hotspot, which is liberating.
  4. Small package- I can carry the iPad in the keyboard case in the smallest bag possible, making it easy to move around.
  5. Taller display- the iPad’s screen is taller than other tablets with a wider screen.
  6. Focus- having multiple apps on the screen at once can be nice, but for writing the one app on the screen eliminates distraction. I hit the Do Not Disturb toggle on the iPad to turn off notifications when I’m writing.
  7. Speed to production- I can take the iPad out of the bag and be where I left off in the last session in just a few seconds.
  8. Security- all of my work is in the cloud so I lose nothing if the iPad is stolen. I can deactivate it remotely if that ever happened.

The gear

I currently use an iPad 4 with 64GB of memory (which frankly is overkill) and most importantly integrated LTE. The LTE capability is a godsend, freeing me from needing to find a wi-fi hotspot. I can literally work anywhere without compromise, a powerful feature.

I pair the iPad with a keyboard case to facilitate text entry. I could forego the physical keyboard if I wanted to, I know some who do that regularly. My writing projects can be 1,000-2,000 words so a real keyboard makes my work much easier.

See related: Definitive guide to keyboards for iPad and iPad mini

I’ve tried most popular keyboard cases for the iPad (see related link above) and I’ve settled on the ZAGG Profolio+. The case protects the iPad from the bumps of the road, and has a fantastic keyboard that supports fast touch typing. The backlit keys are a nice touch.

The software tools

The writing in my projects is just a small part of the entire process. A lot of research goes into the work and that takes place online. A web browser is where most of the research takes place and I largely use Chrome for that work. The Safari browser native to the iPad works just fine and while many use it I prefer Chrome. I use Chrome on every platform and device so it’s nice to have my environment and bookmarks always at hand on the iPad.


I use RSS feeds to follow hundreds of web sites for my research, and until recently I did that with Google Reader. Now that Google has shut that down I use Newsblur for RSS feed work. It works very much like Google Reader and the iPad app is pretty solid. I use it to peruse several thousand items daily. It keeps me abreast of all the tech news I need to follow.


My main writing app on the iPad is Evernote, the note app supreme. There’s a version of Evernote for every platform so my collection of notes is always at hand. The editor in Evernote is good for my needs as I don’t do any formatting, I just write. When the article is finished I copy and paste it (as plain text) into the ZDNet CMS in the Chrome browser. I can add images and hyperlinks in the CMS for final formatting before publishing.

Office2 HD
Office2 HD

I often receive Microsoft Office documents (Word and Excel mostly) from PR firms with information about new products. Not having Office on the iPad is not an issue as I use Office2 HD to access them. It does a good job rendering these Office documents and since I am using them for reference I don’t need to worry about revising and formatting them.

I use the Google Drive app on the iPad when I need to access my Google Docs in the cloud. This gives me instant access to anything in the cloud and is a useful repository to have my stuff available when I leave the iPad behind and bring some other device with me.

Not the only solution

While I am writing this I can anticipate the reaction to this article, pointing out there are other devices and platforms that can do this work. I agree fully with that observation, in fact I sometimes bring other tablets/laptops/hybrids with me for my remote work. My new MacBook Air is coming along for my work outings quite a bit due to its light weight and 9+ hour battery life.

It’s a fact there are other solutions that are cheaper, faster, and more capable than my iPad with keyboard. There are other laptops and tablets that some will find a better fit than the iPad. I agree that others will find the iPad lacking in some areas and won’t meet their needs. That’s OK, we’re all different and should use what works best for each of us.

The iPad is a constant road companion for me for all of the reasons stated in this article. It’s a solid system for a writer that has no compromises yet is full-featured enough to write thousands of words a day. I like using it and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The key for each user is to use what works well for them.

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OUTRAGEOUS: Wisconsin Dad Faces Deportation for Doing What a Long Time Ago as a Teen


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Alex Timofeev’s doorbell rang after miidnight one morning in late September. The 35-year-old father of two in Madison, Wisconson left his fiancé in bed and opened the front door. Two officers were outside. They identified themselves as officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Timofeev’s first thought was about his petition for permanent residency in the states, which—as he told Madison’s Isthmus news—has been in the works for years.

The officers entered Timofeev’s home and told him they held a warrant for his arrest, but refused  to answer any questions. Timofeev was told he couldn’t text his boss at the Nakoma Country Club where he works, even to tell him he would not be into work that day. He was not allowed to make any calls, brush his teeth, or use the bathroom, his fiance Elizabeth Vale-Schesch told Isthmus. 

In cuffs, he was driven to the  Milwaukee ICE office where officials said he had “abandoned” his citizenship petition and was going to be deported because of marijuana possession convictions in Dane County as far back as 1996. He was allowed to make a single phone call. Then, he was taken to the Dodge County Detention Facility.

According to Isthmus, Timofeev was born in the Soviet Union but moved to Wisconsin with his family in 1992 at age 14. He has never returned to Russia, and has no friends or relatives there. By 19 he’d been convicted thrice in Dane County for marijuana possession. Each time he pled no contest.

Davorin Odrcic, Timofeev’s immigration attorney, filed a motion in Dane County Court on Dec. 17, 2012 asking the court to vacate Timofeev’s pleas from the 90′s since at the time Timofeev’s attorneys had not informed him that such pleas might result in his deportation.

Circuit court judge Ellen Berz made the decision in January to side with Timofeev. After 4 months in custody, he was released.

Then, the Dane County District Attorney (DA) Ismael Ozanne nudged the state Department of Justice to appeal the circuit court’s decision. Now Timofeev faces deportation once again.

Friends, family and coworkers have written letters to the DA’s office, reminding Ozanne that Timofeev’s days of using drugs ended long ago, and of the fact that he is a hard working chef, friend, and father to his two daughters Sasha, 16 and Kylie, 7.

For now, Timofeev cannot work, which means he cannot pay the child support he usually pays to the penny. His fiancee, who works part time at a community college, is stuck with all of the household bills, and his legal fees of $60,000 have depleated his elderly parents’ small savings.  He is unable to care for his children or his parents, and his wedding to his fiance is on hold, Isthmus reports.

Immigration reform in Congress could potentially provide a fix for Timofeev’s problems, but  the federal bill approved by the Senate June 27, still awaits congressional approval.

“This would be a big change,” Odrcic told Isthmus.  ”And it highlights the fact that Congress is not even contemplating a rollback of the 1996 law that affected Alex’s case. It is going in the other direction.”

April M. Short is a Bay Area journalist focusing on social justice reporting.



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American police now “Israeli-DHS trained,” Preparation for an all out DICTATORSHIP



Slowly, every police department in the United States, at the behest of the Department of Homeland Security, is being trained by Israeli groups.

As part of this training, there is an increased move to use of military uniforms, armored vehicles, heavy weapons, illegal surveillance, lying to the people, press and courts and systematic interference in the electoral system.

They are becoming “Israeli.”

The door to this foreign influence in America was thrown open by the Department of Homeland Security and, in particular, Michael Chertoff, an Israeli citizen who was, in particular, most instrumental as former Director of DHS in implementing policies challenged as unconstitutional, policies the new “Israeli trained” American police are tasked with stopping opposition to.

“Israelization” of American police is a simple process:

– Total militarization of police, military tactics, utter disrespect for civil law, the constitution, civil liberties, freedom of speech and the unbridled growth of centralized power under unlimited corruption; government by money and organized crime.

– Systematic suppression of dissent

– Systematic use of intimidation to control the electoral process at every level of government

– Seamless coordination with military and “internationalist” groups to prepare for mass internment of sectors of the population, numbering in the millions

– Coordinated use of full military power including but not limited to bombing, strafing, heavy artillery and summary executions, the same methods Israel uses on a daily basis

– Even more control of the press, based on the Israeli model, with two “controlled” views, on pro-government and the second, “controlled opposition.”


It is absolutely necessary to differentiate between Israeli companies and those working tied to quasi-governmental organized crime in America. It is also necessary that citizenry, in particular Americans of Jewish background, recognize that a systematic campaign of controlled and revised history and, more seriously, orchestrated “incidents” are coordinated with groups misrepresenting themselves as defending the Jewish people.

These groups, several come to mind, are, in actuality, Israeli “psyops” groups that actually work on an active basis with terrorists. What are we saying?

90% of terrorism, worldwide, including many of the mass killing incidents, all show a pattern of involvement by intelligence organizations. Almost all “terror threats” and “staged announcements” are traced to groups tied directly to the same people who show up at our door with the “cure” to a disease they themselves create.

“While in Abuja, Nigeria, 3 weeks before the attack on the national police station, I met with Chief of Security Gordon Obua, a close friend and told him this:

“We have identified the Headquarters of the National Police as a potential target. It has an unguarded gate and parking facility and is close to the presidential palace. We predict that a car bomb will be exploded there, followed by one other bombing attack.

At these attacks, you will be approached by a security company that will offer you, not only protection by a massive bribe.”

The meeting was in the presidential suite of the Transcon Hilton in Abuja, witnessed by my legal team. The attack as described happened exactly 3 weeks later and the company that came with a suitcase of cash and a promise to turn Abuja, a beautiful city into “Fortress Abuja” is among those now training American police.

The same group is also suspected in the bombing of a Christian Church in Alexandria, Egypt, on January 1, 2011, another car bomb. Similarly, recent bombings in Cameroon, Kenya and Tanzania have the same “fingerprints.”

The same group “ran” the Detroit “Crotch Bomber.”

The Israeli handlers who worked with Abdullah Mohamed in Yemen and walking him onto a plane to the US with a bomb, no ticket, no passport and no visa, as witnessed by two Detroit area lawyers, Kurt and Lori Haskell, also train American police.

We see this over and over, police, government and terrorists, all the same thing.

Of course, few Americans are aware that the “spokesman” for the group called “al Qaeda” is actually an American named Adam Perlman whose grandfather helped found the ADL (Anti-Defamation League)

To some, terrorism is a business, and like a tire store that leaves nails in the road nearby, some “counter-terrorism” companies have more experience in building car bombs than finding them.

Why America?

Israeli security companies, primarily made up of active Mossad and former Israeli military members, began working across Africa. Israeli expertise in wiretapping on behalf of ruling parties was what opened the door. Their expertise, as shown in Britain by the Murdoch/News of the World scandals, is excellent.

They were even able to wiretap the 3 prime ministers, members of the royal family, heads of police and national security agencies, key members of legislative bodies and a hand full of celebrities. The equipment for this costs millions, can only be brought into the country by diplomatic pouch and its use is considered espionage as it foments broad unregulated and unauthorized wiretapping, totally unaccountable.

Hundreds of such units are with America police departments, as advised by the Department of Homeland Security, to keep track of group they feel require observation, despite recent court rulings that have overturned FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) as unconstitutional.

Among the groups watched are veteran’s organizations, the Tea Party, Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious groups, labor unions, professional organizations and members of government, police officers and members of Federal law enforcement and anti-drug organizations.

Former American military, even the crippled and maimed, now head every “terror watch list.”


The truth is, America has a long reputation for corrupt police organizations. Every few years there is, in every major city, an investigation with the police commissioner and many senior officers imprisoned.

At one point, Bernie Kerik, nominee for head of the Department of Homeland Security and Police Commissioner of the City of New York had actually served as Minister of the Interior of Iraq under the interim US government that ran that country after the 2003 invasion.

Kerik is in prison, originally charged with 16 felonies, some committed while running Iraq and facing a 142 year sentence and millions in fines. In a plea deal, Kerik is only serving 4 years. Kerik, prior to becoming police commissioner, Minister of the Interior of Iraq and nearly taking over the operation of the largest agency in the United States was New York mayor Rudy Giuliani’s driver.

Every major American city and most smaller departments, and there are thousands, are being “retrained,” not to fight corruption but being armed for civil war, trained to work directly with military personnel to police America in accordance with unpublished policies mistakenly announced by Army head, General Odierno, as published in his article for the Council on Foreign Relations in the May/June edition of Foreign Affairs:

“Where appropriate we will also dedicate active-duty forces, especially those with niche skills and equipment, to provide civilian officials with a robust set of reliable and rapid response options.”

As for the Department of Homeland Security, spearheading the Israeli takeover of America’s police, David Rittgers of the Cato Institute has noted:

“A long line of fusion center and DHS reports labeling broad swaths of the public as a threat to national security. The North Texas Fusion System labeled Muslim lobbyists as a potential threat; a DHS analyst in Wisconsin thought both pro- and anti-abortion activists were worrisome; a Pennsylvania homeland security contractor watched environmental activists, Tea Party groups, and a Second Amendment rally; the Maryland State Police put anti-death penalty and anti-war activists in a federal terrorism database; a fusion center in Missouri thought that all third-party voters and Ron Paul supporters were a threat….”

Wikipedia quotes the following on the quality of management and personnel at DHS, a national scandal in itself:

“In July 2006, the Office of Personnel Management conducted a survey of federal employees in all 36 federal agencies on job satisfaction and how they felt their respective agency was headed. DHS was last or near to last in every category including;

– 33rd on the talent management index

– 35th on the leadership and knowledge management index

– 36th on the job satisfaction index

– 36th on the results-oriented performance culture index

The low scores were attributed to major concerns about basic supervision, management and leadership within the agency. Examples from the survey reveal most concerns are about promotion and pay increase based on merit, dealing with poor performance, rewarding creativity and innovation, leadership generating high levels of motivation in the workforce, recognition for doing a good job, lack of satisfaction with various component policies and procedures and lack of information about what is going on with the organization.”

Creating the perfect police state

The visible face of the totalitarian takeover of America is candidate Mitt Romney, sworn to start a world war for Israel, his backers, Sheldon Adelson, gambling boss of Las Vegas and China, the Koch Brothers and the Israel lobby, said to control America’s congress, certainly 100% of the Republican Party.

Gasoline pricing manipulation through terrorism

Gasoline pricing in the world is run by the Koch Brothers who manage the futures market. Fuel prices are unrelated to oil costs but rather manipulated to serve political interests of two Israeli-American billionaires with extremist views.

During the past two weeks, there have been multiple “accidents” in refineries and with pipelines. These have, in fact been terror attacks, cutting refinery output in the US significantly, blocking oil pipelines from the Middle East and inside the US.

None of this, and it is terrorism, has been reported. There is only one cause and that is tied to who benefits from economic problems in an election year, this being Mitt Romney and the Likudist faction in Israel that is advocating war with Iran, not fought by Israel but by the United States, of course.


As with the mass shootings, be they Columbine years ago, Gabby Giffords at Tucson or so many others, the anthrax attacks now tied to our own government to the DC sniper, police and federal authorities have given out false press notices, sometimes showed up at crime scenes long after normal response times or may well have been complicit.

Nearly every terrorist act that supposedly occurs in the US involves law enforcement recruiting terrorists or carefully removing key suspects who were actually police officers involved.

The Oklahoma City bombing had several suspects disappear. The Detroit airport bombing attempt had witnesses report multiple arrests but no trials.

9/11 had nearly arrested, 2 on the George Washington Bridge who set off a truck bomb but disappeared the next day, people we suspect of being tied to law enforcement or “training groups” that are, in reality terrorists.

Terrorism is law enforcement

What careful analysis indicates is that the groups that are training our police are, if not exactly the same, are closely related to groups suspected of being terrorists themselves, providing support for terrorists in Africa and the Middle East.

Should our new police cars say?

“Protect and Serve
Trained by Terrorists
Big Brother is Watching”



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Russians Are Here to Help FEMA, In Case of an Attack from Space?



Following outrage and controversy last year over the Obama administration’s unprecedented decision to invite Russian troops for terror drills on U.S. soil, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now under fire for signing more agreements to “cooperate” with Vladimir Putin’s Russian “Emergencies Ministry” (EMERCOM) in a wide array of fields. Among the controversial deals outlined in an official Russian press release: exchanging of “experts” and “experience,” “provision of security at mass events,” and “cooperation in disaster response operations.” Critics of the scheme reacted with a mixture of fury and deep concerns.

After the news was picked up in the alternative media, it quickly went viral, stirring widespread fears that Russian forces could be deployed inside the United States under the bogus guise of “security.” Officials from both governments rushed to deny the speculation, trying to downplay the agreements as merely routine international collaboration. However, it remains unclear why the American people would need or want any sort of “assistance” from the Russian government, which, despite the supposed fall of communist tyranny, is still widely regarded as a lawless gangster regime.

According to government press releases and statements by officials, the latest agreement between the Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA and the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry provides for “expert cooperation in disaster response operations” and further “study” of latest practices. “In addition, the parties approved of U.S.-Russian cooperation in this field in 2013-2014, which envisages exchange of experience including in monitoring and forecasting emergency situations, training of rescuers, development of mine-rescuing and provision of security at mass events,” continued a statement released by EMERCOM after the summit, adding that the level of cooperation between the two governments would continue to develop.

Apparently, protecting the planet from potential threats from space was on the agenda as well. “We have decided that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Russia’s Emergencies Ministry will work together to develop systems to protect people and territory from cosmic impacts,” claimed Russian “Emergencies Minister” Vladimir Puchkov in a statement to journalists. “I believe we can make a technological breakthrough in this area if the Emergencies Ministry and FEMA supervise this project, attracting the finest minds and research groups including in Canada, Europe, China, and Southeast Asia.”

The extra-constitutional “agreements” were inked late last month in Washington, D.C., at the fourth annual meeting of the so-called “U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Emergency Situations.” The shady outfit, formed under the Obama administration, is one of almost two dozen similar “working groups” bringing together top U.S. and Russian officials. The bodies are cooperating on everything from the drug war and agriculture to terror, science, “rule of law,” health, environment, energy, nuclear issues, education, culture, media, business, arms control, and more, according to the U.S. State Department. The Senate has not ratified any of the international deals, as required by the Constitution.

“The [Emergency Situations] Working Group promotes enhanced U.S.-Russia cooperation in the field of emergency management,” the State Department says online about its controversial scheme. “In partnership with a wide range of U.S. and Russian agencies, including the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and EMERCOM, the U.S. Departments of State, Homeland Security, Defense, FEMA, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have conducted many joint-exercises, exchanges, and conferences with the goal of sharing best practices and improving emergency response capabilities.”

News about the most recent round of agreements between FEMA and EMERCOM first went viral after being reported by the alternative site Infowars, which has readership numbers that dwarf more than a few establishment media sources. Citing the EMERCOM government press release, reporter Paul Joseph Watson said the agreements suggested that some major public events in the United States could rely in part on authorities from Russia to provide security. As the report pointed out, that would be a violation of federal law — not to mention the Constitution.

Commenting on the FEMA deal with Russian authorities, popular conservative talk-radio host Michael Savage called for the arrestof responsible U.S. officials. “You know who FEMA is — don’t you? — the people with the camps ready for you,” he said on July 1, also suggesting that Russian troops would be providing “security” at events in the United States in violation of Posse Comitatus restrictions. Throughout the segment on the U.S.-Russia agreements, Savage continually referred to the Obama administration as a criminal regime that needed to be stopped.

“Many people fear that this government is getting ready for some major action against the people, they think that this gang that targeted its political enemies through the IRS and the NSA is getting ready to use foreign troops on our soil who will not hesitate to shoot to kill,” he continued. “This is illegal. Whoever signed it for the U.S. government should go to prison… This is what’s emerged under this criminal administration… Obama is a gangster — he’s running the country like he’s a gangster commander.”

The New American reached out to FEMA and other relevant U.S. agencies for comment through multiple channels, but officials did not respond to repeated requests. Instead, a spokesman for FEMA tried to downplay the bilateral “agreements” in a statement offered to Kremlin-funded media outlets, saying there would be “no exchange of security or military personnel” under the latest bilateral arrangement. “The agreement continues information-sharing meetings and observation opportunities with first responders and emergency managers,” the unidentified FEMA spokesman claimed, adding that the dubious “partnership” between U.S. and Russian authorities existed for 17 years.

In the 1950s, congressional investigator Norman Dodd was tasked with investigating the subversive activities of major tax-exempt foundations. As part of the project, Dodd said he spoke with Ford Foundation President Rowan Gaither, who reportedly told him that the immensely powerful institutions were working under White House directives. “The substance of the directives under which we operate is that we shall use our grant-making power to so alter life in the United States that we can be comfortably merged with the Soviet Union,” Gaither is widely quoted as having told Dodd.

Indeed, more than a few independent researchers came to similar conclusions. The Infowars report about the FEMA agreements, for example, cites State Department Publication 7277. Entitled Freedom From War: The United States Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World, this document was presented by the Kennedy administration to the United Nations in 1961. Long quoted by the John Birch Society and other opponents of world government, it outlines the official U.S. government policy to progressively disarm the world while strengthening the United Nations and the capabilities of its armed forces. The eventual goal, in essence, is to create a global government under the UN with a monopoly on force that would merge the “Free World” with the countries already enslaved under communist dictatorships.

While cooperation between Western governments and U.S. administrations has been steadily increasing since the supposed collapse of the communist Soviet Union, President Obama has increased the depth and scope of that “partnership” to unprecedented levels. Among the most stunning examples of Obama’s cozy relationship with Russian authorities: telling then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that after the 2012 election he would have “more flexibility,” continually praising the Russian government while cutting back America’s nuclear arsenaldefying Congress and federal law to send U.S. taxpayer money to the Russian military, inviting Russian troops to Colorado for terror drills, and more.

Of course, the controversial agreements between FEMA and EMERCOM make up just one small piece of the larger puzzle and the big picture. As The New American has documented extensively, the plan to foist a dictatorial one-world government on humanityhas been in the works for many decades — likely more than a century, at least. Cooperation between the U.S. government and Russian authorities would obviously be central to the scheme. In recent years, the troubling trends have been accelerating quickly, and without a major outcry by the American people, there will be little standing in the way of the global establishment’s sinister plot.


Alex Newman, a foreign correspondent for The New American, is currently based in Europe. He can be reached



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IMPEACH: DNC Failed to Certify Obama as Eligible in MOST States!



When I first became aware that the Democratic National Committee prepared, signed and notarized two slightly different Certification of Nomination documents for the Obama-Biden ticket in the 2008 election, I was shocked and after verifying both documents as real, I wrote about it in The Theory is Now a Conspiracy and Facts Don’t Lie released on September 10, 2009.

The Obama camp had been using the defense that the DNC had properly vetted and certified Obama’s eligibility for months. Judge after judge had used that claim and the fact that Obama’s COLB (Certification of Live Birth) had been “Snoped – FactChecked – blogged and twittered” as “legal proof” that Obama was eligible for office, despite the very real fact that Obama has never released any authenticated proof on the subject.The question was obvious – Why TWO different DNC Obama certification documents, and why did one have proper certification of constitutional eligibility in it, while the other had that certification deleted?

Then we find out that the DNC did NOT certify Obama as eligible under Article II – Section I of the Constitution, in 49 of 50 states. The DNC had only filed such certification in the state of Hawaii, Obama’s alleged birth place. The other 49 states received a Certification of Nomination which did NOT certify Obama as constitutionally eligible for office.

This story caused a firestorm of interest, comment and speculation across the web, leading Bob Unruh at World Net Daily to ask, What does Pelosi know about Obama’s eligibility?

On September 15, I released a follow up report, The Theory is Now a Conspiracy—II in which I was able to provide answers to many of the questions swirling around the two DNC docs.

  • Both docs were real and both docs had been filed with Election Commission offices
  • Only the doc filed in Hawaii certified Obama as constitutionally eligible
  • Nancy Pelosi did in fact sign both documents, indicating awareness
  • Both documents had been used before by the DNC, in 2000 and 2004
  • Different states have different state statutes on the matter
  • But the Constitution is clear, and the DNC ignored it

More interesting however, is the news I got back from a document and handwriting expert, a graphologist, which asserted the following in a detailed analysis of both documents.


In short, the answer to Bob Unruh’s question at WND seems to be yes, Nancy Pelosi knew that she was signing a false statement on behalf of Obama. But she also knew that this false statement of eligibility would only be filed in Hawaii, which has a very specific state statute that requires that each party certify the constitutional eligibility of their candidates, using specific text.

It further appears that this Certification of Nomination which includes text concerning constitutional requirements is the basis for statements made by Hawaii officials, who have proclaimed that Obama is a “natural born citizen” on the basis that Nancy Pelosi said so in her false Certification of Nomination.

After all, NO actual birth certificate has ever been released by Obama. A COLB, which anyone born anywhere in the world could purchase from Hawaii in 1961, in fact at least two different COLB’s from Hawaii, are all that has been offered by Obama.




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Obama threatens to cut aid to Egypt; Lawmakers charge pro-Morsi policy damaged U.S. interests

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WASHINGTON — Congress has expressed dismay over U.S. support for the
Islamist regime in Egypt. Meanwhile, President Obama hinted at cutting U.S. aid to Egypt after its military toppled its pro-Muslim Brotherhood president.

Congressional critics cited signs and banners at Egyptian opposition rallies that blamed Obama, who provided unconditionally more than $1.5 billion a year in U.S. aid to Egypt, for the excesses of the Morsi regime.

Congressional critics cited signs opposition rallies that blamed Obama for the excesses of the Morsi regime.

Senior members of the House and Senate charged that President Barack
Obama’s support for Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has hurt Washington
with the huge pro-democracy opposition in that Arab state. They warned that
Morsi’s ouster could lead to an Egyptian backlash against the United States.

“As opposition to Morsi coalesced around the Tamarod movement, the Obama administration missed the opportunity to support its efforts and further the
vital interests of the United States without firing a shot,” Sen. Ted Cruz said. “Instead, the sole priority seems to be to defuse the situation and preserve the status quo.”

In an article for Foreign Policy on July 3, Cruz, a Republican from Texas, said Obama was now seen as the leading foreign supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood regime.

The senator cited the open defense of Morsi by U.S. ambassador Anne Patterson amid the huge protest campaign against Egypt’s first Islamist president.

“Ambassador Patterson has assumed the leading role in implementing this
policy, meeting with members of the opposition not to encourage them to
pursue a true secular democracy in Egypt but to try to persuade them to tone
things down,” Cruz said.

Similar criticism came from others in Congress, including House Foreign
Affairs Chairman Ed Royce and Senate appropriations subcommittee chairman
Patrick Leahy. They pointed to placards at Egyptian opposition rallies that
blamed Obama, who provided unconditionally more than $1.5
billion a year in U.S. aid to Egypt, for the excesses of the Morsi regime.

“Anne Patterson, you and your country go to hell,” read one placard at
Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the focus of the opposition campaign.

The congressional criticism comes as Ms. Patterson was being considered
for a promotion to assistant secretary of state. Ms. Patterson has been
scored for seeking to meet Brotherhood leaders while avoiding the
pro-democracy opposition.

“The ambassador has very much stated U.S. policies,” State Department
spokesman Patrick Ventrell said.

By July 3, the State Department, which urged Americans to leave Egypt,
turned against Morsi. Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the Egyptian
president, in his address to the nation on July 2, did not offer enough to
the opposition movement.

“There’s more that he needs to do,” Ms. Psaki said.

But hours later, Obama issued a statement that called on Egypt’s
military to release Morsi and Brotherhood leaders. Obama also warned that he
would review U.S. aid to Egypt’s military.

“I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to
return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government
as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to
avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsi and his supporters,” Obama

“Given today’s developments, I have also directed the relevant
departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our
assistance to the government of Egypt.”

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Egypt ousts its Muslim Brotherhood leader in a victory for freedom: Now the real crisis begins

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By Norman Bailey

The Egyptian Army has ousted the elected Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi.

Gigantic anti-Morsi demonstrations forced the hand of the armed forces. An interim, secular, government will take office, headed by Adli Mansour, the Chief Judge of the Constitutional Court. The parliament and the constitution are abolished.
This is a huge setback for the Muslim Brotherhood and its Salafist allies. It is potentially a triumph for liberal, secular, Christian and mainstream Muslim Egyptians.

Now what? Egypt still faces a disastrous economic and financial crisis that cannot be put off for more than a few weeks at the most. It faces hunger, unemployment and social unrest. With the best will in the world the new government will have an almost impossible task before it.

Some commentators have even suggested that it would be better if Morsi had survived, because then he and the Brotherhood would have been blamed for the collapse. As it is, if and when it happens the new government will get the blame.

This is a huge opportunity and an equally huge risk for the West, plagued as it is by weak and vacillating leadership.

The new government in Egypt should be supported in every way, to demonstrate that the world cares about what happens in the Arab world, if it indeed does. Verbally, diplomatically, politically, economically and financially, Egypt must be encouraged and helped to succeed under its new leadership.

If this is not done, history will never forgive the West and it will be largely responsible for the horrific consequences.

Will the right things be done? Doubtful.

The Obama administration has supported the Muslim Brotherhood government since the beginning and tried to save it at the last minute by threatening to cut off financial support for the armed forces.

See also: [ Analyst: Obama has formed strategic alliance with Muslim Brotherhood and Western media fail to report that a foreign regime is occupying Iran ]

It is not by chance that many of the signs and placards carried by the demonstrators attacked Obama as supporting Morsi against the will of the Egyptian people. They are right.

There has been over the past year no condemnations of the many anti-democratic measures taken by the Brotherhood government. The European government have been equally complicit.

If the new government and the armed forces are blamed for the inevitable crash and there is another change of government, it is likely to be even more authoritarian than the Morsi regime. No chances will be taken and society will be “cleansed� in the way it was in Iran after the Khomeini coup. This is the most dangerous outcome possible for both the West in general and Israel in particular.

The Gulf states and Saudi Arabia should also step up to the plate — their future is also at stake in what happens in Egypt.

What, indeed, can be done with the right support?

In an initial phase the gas pipeline to Israel and Jordan should be reopened and protected. Every effort should be made to restart the tourist industry and assure the security of the tourists.

In the longer term, Egyptian agriculture must be rationalized and mechanized, perhaps through the formation of cooperatives made up of the peasants of a particular area.

Cultivation of high-value crops should be encouraged; wheat and beef can be imported.

The country has never been properly surveyed for oil, gas and mineral resources and this should be done as soon as possible, with emphasis on non-traditional deposits that can be “fracked� and rare metals, as well as minerals such as potash.

Laws and regulations should be reviewed expeditiously to remove impediments to innovation and investment. Egypt has a large population and thus a large internal market. This can serve as a base for the rapid development of consumer industries.

In every one of these areas, Israel can be of great assistance and should offer its collaboration freely. It is an opportunity that comes once in a generation. The future of the entire region is at stake.

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