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Official Anonymous TV1: Anonymous vs ISIS Published on October 18, 2014:

Anonymous vs ISIS

Published on Oct 18, 2014


To the citizens of the world,
We are Anonymous.

The events currently transpiring in Iraq have made us as a collective re-evaluate our priorities in regards to recent operations. The Iraqi people have gone through almost two weeks of sheer terror most of us will never know nor experience. We are held by a code of honor to protect those who are defenseless, both in the cyber world and the real world.

Before our inception, the Iraq war was well underway and crimes against humanity were rampant. The United States had no small part in this. When the United States government decided to begin an unnecessary war with the promise of oil and funds to the military industrial complex, it failed to realize the severity of taking out a leader who controlled a strong internal security force. This led to the power vacuum we witnessed after his capture. Yes, Saddam Hussein was ruthless and violent, but with this war, the US was guilty of the same crimes (i.e. Blackwater, Abu Ghraib, etc.).

Fast forward to today, and Iraq is descending into chaos yet again thanks to the dastardly ruthless gang aiming to establish an "Islamic" state combining both Iraq and Syria, thus doing away with the post-WWI borders. They call themselves ISIS. These savages who have no religion or morality are bent on burning everything in their path, killing and pillaging as they go. They must be stopped.

Several days ago, their electronic division assumed control of one of our twitter accounts (@TheAnonMessage) claiming it for themselves and releasing several graphic photos of their assault near Baghdad. These tweets have since been deleted. We sincerely apologize to the twitter followers who had to witness this without warning. This was an unfortunate, unprecedented takeover and steps have been taken to further secure this account from any future attempted hacks.

We would also like to comment on the mainstream media who are pushing the division of Iraqis even further. The Iraqi public is made up of two Islamic sects: Sunnis and Shias. There are also other groups which include Kurds, Turkmen, Assyrians, Christians and others. The media would want us to believe that ISIS is made up of strictly Sunnis and the Iraqi army is a majority-controlled and operated Shia faction. This is false. The groups that have been listed INCLUDING Sunnis are enlisted in the Iraqi army and Sunni clerics in Iraq have also called for their followers to join ranks with their Shia brothers to defend their homelands.

ISIS is a group made up of a Takfiri sect which is regarded by many prestigious clerics and organizations including Al-Azhar, as unislamic. In fact, they have denounced them as "Khawarij" and declared that they must be exterminated from Islamic lands. This is why we urge the American mainstream media to stop releasing false information and further escalating the violence with their ignorant journalism.

In conclusion, we stand by every righteous being when we say that we have also declared complete solidarity against those who affiliate themselves with ISIS and those who control them.
Aljazeera; you have tarnished your reputation by spewing your lies and your treasonous support to ISIS. You will not escape us.
To the state of Qatar, Turkey, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; you will not escape our wrath. Evidence shows your continued support and supply to ISIS. If this does not promptly stop, we will be forced to unleash our entire legion against your pathetic excuse of a cyber-security.
And to the United States; another attempt at fueling your military industrial complex for the sake of security and democracy will be grounds for our complete assault against your virtual government infrastructure. You have been warned.

Anonymous is for Freedom
We are Anonymous,
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us.

VOA Videos - October 19, 2014: US Health Official Comments on Evolving Ebola Procedures

US Health Official Comments on Evolving Ebola Procedures

Published on Oct 19, 2014
A top U.S. health official says it is unrealistic to expect every hospital in America to be able to care for an Ebola patient, but that health care facilities must be vigilant for possible cases and be ready to isolate anyone infected with the virus for transport to specialized treatment centers. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, spoke one day after President Barack Obama warned against mass-panic over the disease.
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GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH - October 19, 2014: Indian govt. freaks out gold demand and will try to suppress imports again | China's gold hunger surprises even Russia, Ing tells KWN | Could India eventually produce as much gold as China?

Indian govt. freaks out at gold demand and will try to suppress imports again

Submitted by cpowell on  Sunday, October 19, 2014.
Government to Re-Impose Gold Import Curbs to Check Trade Deficit
By Deepshikha Sikarwar
The Times of India, Mumbai
Monday, October 20, 2014
NEW DELHI -- Barely months after gold import rules were eased, the government is looking to re-impose curbs as the country's insatiable appetite has led to a surge in the yellow metal coming into India, threatening to undermine the improvement in external balances.
The finance ministry's revenue department has flagged the issue and asked the Department of Economic Affairs and the Reserve Bank of India to review the May 21 relaxation in the import rules issued by the latter.

The so-called 80-20 rule was relaxed in May by the RBI at the behest of the finance ministry after jewellers, bullion dealers, authorised dealer banks, and trade bodies sought easier rules. Under the 80-20 scheme, nominated agencies were allowed to import gold on the condition that 20 percent of the import would be exported. The easing of rules meant more entities were allowed to import gold.
The trade deficit worsened to an 18-month high of $14 billion in September following a 450 percent rise in gold imports as importers rushed to take advantage of lower prices. "Gold imports have risen since the norms were relaxed. ... There is a concern," a finance ministry official said. "We have written to the DEA and the RBI."
In its May 21 review the central bank allowed star and premier export houses to import the yellow metal subject to some restrictions. It also allowed banks and nominated agencies to provide gold metal loans for domestic use to jewellers and bullion traders. These rules were eased to facilitate gem and jewellery exports that had declined following the import curbs on gold.
Alarm bells have also been sounded by intelligence agencies and customs offices that see imported gold meant for export purposes getting diverted to the domestic market. Gold imports rose to $3.8 billion in September from $2 billion in August. The government wants to tread with caution and take pre-emptive measures rather than be forced to react later. With capital flows expected to remain volatile over fears of the US ending its bond purchases and starting monetary tightening sometime in 2015, 2015, the government wants to keep a leash on unproductive imports.
Experts agreed with the move. "Given the country's dependence on imported commodities and fluctuation in the currency, government will take all steps to address any factor that seeks to threaten macroeconomic stability of the country," said DK Pant, chief economist for India Ratings. "Currency has also seen movement because of rising gold imports."
India had in August 2013 imposed quantitative restrictions on gold imports because of its burgeoning current account deficit, which stood at $88 billion or 4.7 percent of GDP in 2012-13, increasing its vulnerability to capital outflows and weakening the rupee. The country also increased import duty on the yellow metal in phases. In January 2012 the government imposed an import duty equal to 2 percent of value of the commodity as against the earlier specific rate of R300 per 10 grams. It subsequently raised this in phases to 10 percent.


China's gold hunger surprises even Russia, Ing tells KWN

Submitted by cpowell on  Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
In an interview with King World News, John Ing of Maison Placements in Toronto says that even Russia is surprised by China's determination to obtain gold with which China's currency, the renminbi, could be backed. An excerpt from the interview is posted at the KWN blog here:

Could India eventually produce as much gold as China?

Submitted by cpowell on  Sunday, October 19, 2014.
Nobody would laugh at the rupee anymore.
* * *
Is India Sitting on a Gold Mine?
An interview with Sandeep Lakhwara, managing director of Deccan Gold Mines
By Rajalakshmi Nirmal
The Hindu, Chennai, India
Sunday, October 19, 2014
India has very large resources of gold, several geological studies say. One estimate (2005 study) puts the country's primary gold resources at about 491 tonnes. But the country hardly finds a mention in the global list of large miners. It produces just three-four tonnes of gold annually. Sandeep Lakhwara, managing director of Deccan Gold Mines, a listed gold exploration and mining company, talks about the issues faced by the industry and the countrys prospective gold reserves.
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Q: For how many years have you been in this business? How many operating mines do you have currently?
A: We have been in this business for the last 12 years, but essentially we are still explorers and do not have operating mines yet. We are prospecting in many regions within the country -- almost in 60-70 places. We are fairly optimistic of at least a dozen of these yielding deposits that are mineable. The grades may vary from 1-2 gm a tonne to 3-4 or 5 grams a tonne.
How many gold mines are operational in India now? What is the potential for India to become a large gold producer?
Currently there is only one gold mine that is operational -- the Hutti gold mine in Karnataka. It produces about three tonnes of gold per annum. The potential in India is huge. Over the next two decades we could produce about 300 tonnes per annum, similar to what China produces currently. China started mining two-three decades ago and is one of the world's largest producers.
Does India really have such large reserves?
We believe so. However, unless you explore, it is difficult to ascertain the actual quantity of reserves. But to find and produce 300 tonnes over the next two or three decades is not an unreasonable assessment.
What is the process involved in exploring?
First and foremost, based on historical data and study by the Geological Society of India, we zero in on a particular area we think may have potential and apply for a Reconnaissance Permit (RP), which gives us the right to explore that area.
In India, the RP is granted generally for a period of three years. If after doing basic exploration we find that the area has a strong potential, we then apply for a prospecting licence.
This gives us the right to undertake full drilling in that area. The various rock samples we obtain from drilling are then analyzed to narrow down to the area where the potential for a gold deposit is high. We then apply for a mining license.
How much time does it take to find a deposit?
Globally, it takes about 10 years to make a discovery from the time you start exploring. But in India it takes longer, because of the time taken to obtain licenses. In India the RPs take one or two years, prospecting licenses about two to five years, and another five years or more to obtain a mining license. There are some licenses that are pending for more than a decade. The delay has mainly been due to lack of clarity in the regulatory system and the lengthy process for approval.
For a prospecting licence, for instance, you start at the Tahsildar level in the village where you are prospecting. Then the file goes all the way to the Centre to the Ministry of Mines, and again comes all the way down for actual execution.
What is the cost of exploration?
The exploration cost involves the cost of geological surveying, sampling, assaying, drilling, and the cost varies depending on the size of the resource (the larger the resource, higher the cost), the type of ore and the kind of drilling.
Let me tell you about a particular mine at Ganajur, in Karnataka, where Deccan Gold has applied for a mining license. Since this is an open-pit mine, the cost of mining would be about $400-600 an ounce. The global cost of mining, which is about $950-1,000 an ounce, is for underground mines.
Why do we not see many private players in gold mining?
Regulatory hurdles are the main reasons. The time it takes to obtain approvals and licenses makes the whole project economically unviable. Opening up of the sector can help explore the untapped gold reserves within the country. This, in turn, can reduce our dependence on gold imports.
CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

NYT | Today's Headlines - October 19, 2014: Black Vote Seen as Last Hope for Democrats to Hold Senate.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Top News
Representative Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio said black voter turnout was essential.
Black Vote Seen as Last Hope for Democrats to Hold Senate


Democrats are deploying black elected officials and others to target African-American voters, who could help swing midterm elections if they turn out in higher-than-forecast rates.
Residents at a possible grave site on the outskirts of Iguala, Mexco, where 43 students disappeared after a clash with the police.
Mexico Finds Many Corpses, but Not Lost 43


Residents of Iguala, Mexico, searching for students who disappeared after a clash with the police, have not found them, but they have found mass graves.
Allen Mann, who was recently in Liberia, is voluntarily staying home in Payson, Ariz.
Life in Quarantine for Ebola Exposure: 21 Days of Fear and Loathing


The number of people who have locked themselves away, either under government orders or voluntarily, has grown well beyond those who lived with and cared for the first Ebola victim in Dallas.
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A boy left a message and drawing on a birch scroll in Old Novgorod language, a precursor to Russian. The scroll was dug from the preservative mud of Veliky Novgorod.


Where Mud Is Archaeological Gold, Russian History Grew on Trees


More than 1,000 birch-bark documents have been uncovered after being preserved for hundreds of years in the magical mud of Veliky Novgorod.


Why Doctors Need Stories


In an era of systematic clinical research, medicine still requires the vignette.
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A Train Ride Through Time: From Iraq's Checkered Past Into an Uncertain Future


Grand ambitions to restore the country's run-down train services to their former glory have been halted by Islamic State's advances.
Pope Francis at the Vatican on Saturday as a two-week assembly drew to a close.
No Consensus at Vatican as Synod Ends


Bishops at a closely watched synod did not agree on what to say about gay people and whether to give communion to divorced and remarried Catholics.
Grace and Matthew Huang were arrested after the death of their adopted daughter, and accused of being child traffickers.
State Department's Blunt Appeal Heartens Couple Held in Qatar


Matthew and Grace Huang, who were arrested after the death of their adopted daughter, are cautiously optimistic that they may finally be permitted to go home.
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Thomas Eric Duncan's mother, Nowai Gartay, center, at his memorial rites in Salisbury, N.C.
At Service for Dallas Ebola Victim, Relatives Recall a Gentle, Generous Man


Family and friends bid farewell at a North Carolina church on Saturday to Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who was the first person to die of Ebola in the United States.
A police vehicle guarded a home Friday in Tallmadge, Ohio, where Amber Joy Vinson, a health care worker, stayed during her visit to the area.
Dozens in Ohio Monitored for Possible Exposure to Nurse With Ebola


The nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, helped treat Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died earlier this month in Dallas from the Ebola virus.
Police officers blocked a road in Albemarle County, Va., leading to an area being investigated Saturday as a possible crime scene in connection with the disappearance of Hannah Graham, a University of Virginia student.
Remains Found in Search for Hannah Graham, Near University of Virginia


A crew looking for Ms. Graham, a student who disappeared last month, discovered human remains outside Charlottesville, officials said.
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The Geneva plaza of the United Nations, whose treaty the White House is debating.
Obama Could Reaffirm a Bush-Era Reading of a Treaty on Torture


The administration is debating whether to back away from President Obama's view, as a senator, that a United Nations treaty against torture applies to American-run facilities anywhere in the world.
An election official in Austin, Tex., inspecting identification at a polling site in February. A state law requires ID like a driver's license or a passport.
Supreme Court Allows Texas to Use Strict Voter ID Law in Coming Election


The decision, which contained no reasoning, set the ground rules for the current election; early voting there starts on Monday.
Charlie Crist (left) and Rick Scott (right).
How Billionaire Oligarchs Are Becoming Their Own Political Parties


Is the Florida governor's race a campaign between a Democrat and a Republican or a battle between Tom Steyer and the Koch brothers?
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Public pensions have invested billions of dollars in buyout funds, but the terms - including some startling fees - are big secrets.
The Vatican cooperated with the Italian judiciary in the case of Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, turning over documents about his financial activities.
Of Virtue and Vice, and a Vatican Priest


Accused of money laundering, Msgr. Nunzio Scarano said he was holding money for charity. But some see him as a symbol of a financial system gone awry.


The Feud That's Shaking Gallery Walls


In battling his former friend and art dealer, the billionaire Ronald Perelman says he wants to repair the market for high-end art.
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To Siri, With Love


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Michelle Munson of Aspera, on Always Respecting the Opportunity


For the chief executive of the Aspera unit of IBM, respecting an opportunity means embracing it and dedicating yourself to making the most of it.


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By providing a scoreboard of our smartphone use, new apps may help us change our ways.
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Quarterback Jameis Winston, left, with Jesus Wilson after a Florida State touchdown against Notre Dame.


A Flag Appears, Notre Dame's Momentary Lead Vanishes, and F.S.U. Survives


The Fighting Irish had a touchdown pass on fourth down in the final seconds negated by a penalty, and the Seminoles held on to improve to 7-0 after a strong performance from quarterback Jameis Winston.
The Yankees prospect Dante Bichette Jr., whose father was a major leaguer, plays with Mets prospects on the Scottsdale Scorpions.
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Alan Webb, formerly the face of American track, hopes to compete in the 2016 Olympics in triathlon.