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NB: This description contains material that surfaced since the original program was recorded.
Introduction: Beginning with the growth of Eurofascism, the broadcast highlights the appointment of Makis “The Hammer” Voridis, a longtime doctrinaire fascist  to head Greece’s ailing health care system. It appears the “Clausewitzian economics ” may well be supplemented by “Clausewitzian healthcare.”
In Europe, the economic conditions deriving from the Euro-austerity doctrine mandated by Germany are bearing fruit similar to the harvest of the 1930’s brought about by the Great Depression. Neo-fascist parties scored huge gains  in the recent European Parliamentary elections.
The bulk of the program illustrates the abuse of the concept of “freedom,” resulting in damage to others and benefits to malefactors.
Derivative of the fascist doctrine stemming from the Austrian school of economic theory, Bitcoin is inextricably linked with the milieu of Edward Showden and the libertarian wing of the GOP.
In our ongoing critique of Bitcoin, we’ve noted that it appears to be an “op,” executed by Siemens spinoff Lantiq, which was capitalized by Golden Gate Capital (staffed by alumni of Bain Capital, Mitt Romney’s firm.)
In a reprise of a previous and apparently ongoing vulnerability of Bitcoin, the possibility of an “Armageddon” in the Bitcoin world produced by concentration of ownership looms.
Once again, the GHash.io mining pool is at the center of the plot. Because it had garnered control of 51%  of the Bitcoin market, it could “double-sell” coins and compromise the integrity of the entire network.
The concentration of Bitcoin ownership is also noteworthy because Bitcoins are now being accepted for political contributions . The “freedom” advocated by Bitcoin’s supporters has resulted in serious criminal activity, including horrifying, violent pornography , financed by Bitcoin’s user anonymity.
Exemplifying how “freedom” can become a catchword for forms of fascism, recent cop shooters in both Las Vegas and Northern California subscribed to the “sovereign citizen” doctrine, as well as support for Ron Paul  and Cliven Bundy .
The “don’t fence me in” attitude of the “Paulistinian Libertarian Organization” and the sovereign citizens have echoes in the GOP, who appear to be gearing up for another government shutdown  over Obama’s climate change policy.
While the Snowdenistas have obsessed–wrongly in our opinion–on the NSA and GCHQ, the high-tech corporations are forging ahead with technological developments that hold some horrifying possibilities for the concept of real personal freedom.
Program Highlights Include: Since the program was recorded, Udo Voigt of Germany’s NPD (the Federal Republic’s largest neo-Nazi party) was appointe d to the European Parliament’s Civil Rights Committee; Carbon County (Utah) and its declaration of exemption  from federal land use law, in order to further mining interests there; Facebook’s sharing of extensive data mining  with other corporate interests; the probability that tech companies invasiveness will become the norm, due to the tremendous capital invested in those corporations; Google’s use of military “ops” veterans to develop a fleet of high altitude balloons .
In FTR #788 , we noted the joint progress of German/EU-imposed “austerity” and fascism in Greece.
With the country’s poverty-driven health care approximating a lethal, slow-motion eugenics program, Greece’s “Clausewitzian Economics” figures to accelerate with the appointment of Makis Voridis, a doctrinaire Nazi, to administer the Greek Health Ministry.
As the German-dominated EMU and EU “bring the hammer down” on the European economy and citizenry, it is grimly fascinating to watch this hands-on application of Von Clausewitz’s theoretical principles .
Generally considered in the context of military strategy and tactics, Von Clausewitz’s concept of Total War lends itself readily to economics and social policy.
Having Voridis as Greece’s Health Minister reminds us of Josef Mengele, selecting those fit for work from those designated for immediate gassing at Auschwitz.
Good and bad economics news out of the birthplace of democracy.
The good news: According to the Wall Street Journal, Greece is seeing a boom in tech startups. Of course, that boom starts from a very low number, as the Journal reports :
“there were 144 startups in Greece in 2013, up from just 16 in 2010. The money invested in them has climbed to €42 million ($57 million), compared with just €500,000 three years ago.”
Most of the funding is geared towards servicing the sector of Greece that hasn’t been ruined by the past few years of EU-imposed austerity, which rules out a large percentage of under-35s, the presumed Internet generation. The unemployment rate for young Greeks aged 15–24 is 58.3%, while for 25–34 year old Greeks, the unemployment rate is 35.5%. Exciting new Greek startups attracting outside VC capital, like incrediblue — an online yacht booking service — and Taxibeat , a mobile taxicab hailing app — aren’t going to be much use to them.
Still, Greece’s “booming” tech sector is the good news.
Now, the bad news: Greece’s pro-EU ruling conservative party, the New Democrats, just named an actual neo-Nazi , Makis “The Hammer” Voridis, as Greece’s new Health Minister . Jewish groups are outraged  over the news that Voridis—a longtime neo-fascist  activist and anti-Semite  who has publicly promoted the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as worthy of scholarship, and doubted the authenticity of the Diary of Anne Frank—is serving as a prominent minister in the ruling party’s cabinet, in charge of an important ministry at a time when Greece has been gutting  its health care budgets, causing widespread misery.
I wrote about Voridis in November 2011 , because I was shocked that a government coalition essentially imposed on Greece by the EU and Western creditors would demand that the allegedly technocratic  “austerity coalition” included members of Greece’s anti-Semitic, neo-fascist LAOS party . Including Makis “The Hammer” Voridis , who served as minister of infrastructure and transport .
I call him “The Hammer” because photographs  surfaced showing Voridis as a University of Athens law student, carrying a makeshift stone hammer in hand which he used to bash suspected leftwing students with. That was in 1985, when Voridis was in a fascist group called “Student Alternative” which supported Greece’s bloody military coup  and military junta that ruled from 1967–1974 .
Voridis was expelled from law school for clubbing leftist students, and went on to Big Things in the world of neo-fascist Greek politics. In 1994, he founded the far-right Hellenic Front, which in 2004 formed a coalition with a self-described Nazi, Konstantinos Plevris , who openly advocated for the extermination of Greece’s remaining Jews. In 2005, Voridis merged his party into the LAOS party, whose leader, Georgios Karatzaferis, publicly mocked Auschwitz and Dachau death camps as “myths,” blamed Jews for 9/11 during a speech in parliament, and said “the Jews have no legitimacy to speak in Greece.”
In late 2011, as Greece politics collapsed under the weight of its debts and the harsh EU-imposed austerity measures, the EU imposed a new “austerity” government that included “The Hammer” Voridis and other members of the neo-fascist LAOS party. The austerity government ran Greece until new elections were called in mid-2012. In those interim months, the austerity coalition pushed through radical austerity measures that caused LAOS’ fascist voters to desert them for an even more violent, more extreme neo-Nazi party, the Golden Dawn Party. One would’ve thought that’d be the end of Makis Voridis.
But Voridis is one of the slyer fascists. He joined the austerity cabinet and served from November 2011 through June 2012. In the June 2012 elections, after LAOS was obliterated for participating in the austerity government, Voridis abandoned LAOS and joined the new ruling party that won the elections, the respectable right-wing New Democracy party.
And now New Democracy is paying back the favor to their favorite austerity fascist.
Fascism is descending over much of the world, from the Hindu/nationalist fascist RSS/BJP milieu of Narendra Mod i in India to the neo-fascist/Third Positionists comprising the Snowdenista /Wikileaks  phalanx.
Darkness is setting in.
In Europe, the economic conditions deriving from the Euro-austerity doctrine mandated by Germany are bearing fruit similar to the harvest of the 1930’s brought about by the Great Depression.
Not even as relatively staid a source as The Daily Beast can ignore the onrush of Euro-fascism.
Fascism is back in fashion nearly all throughout Europe. Elections for the European Parliament, with ballots cast in 28 countries, produced a startling victory for the sort of political parties that are normally not invited to fashionable parties.
In some countries, like France, where fashion always matter, the voters gave the boorish National Front the largest share of votes. Similar extreme right-wing sentiment fueled the electoral outcome in England, where the United Kingdom Independence Party outpolled all other parties. [The United Kingdom Independence Party is not fascist in ideology. Its advocates seem relatively unaware of the Friedrich List-inspired nature of the German dominaed EU, however.–D.E.] In both countries, extremists captured more than a quarter of the vote.
Things were only slightly better in Austria, Denmark, and Sweden. In Hungary, the demonstrably anti-Semitic Jobbik party finished second. In Greece, the Golden Dawn party, a neo-Nazi outfit that dresses in what looks like Nazi uniforms, captured seats for the first time. Even in Germany, where Nazi memorabilia and romanticism are outlawed, a neo-fascist claimed a seat.
All across the Atlantic the fringe is looking more and more like the mainstream. These groups are generally united in their thuggery and xenophobia. Openly racist, anti-immigrant, and anti-Semitic feelings seem to be the first plank atop each party’s platform. To be sure, economic recession, the ongoing European debt crisis, and high unemployment contributed to this dash toward extremism, but anti-foreigner rhetoric ultimately dominated the campaigns.
Hating the other has become a European rallying cry.
These parliamentary results, however, were not that difficult to predict for anyone paying attention to the vulgar events that have overtaken the continent lately. This past September, in Greece, a man sympathetic to Golden Dawn’s stump speeches murdered Pavlos Fyssas, a left-wing rapper better known by his hip-hop handle, Killah P. Like the storm troopers of old, Golden Dawn—the fastest growing party in Greece—can’t seem to make an appearance without a riot breaking out, openly invoking Nazism and Hitler as their primary political influences. They even have a logo that resembles a swastika.
A Belgian political party, Stand Up Belges! has gained followers. A day before the elections, three people were murdered (and one critically wounded) at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. Less than a month earlier, there was a planned “gathering of dissidents” featuring an assortment of Nazi-envy characters. The protest was banned but not before the crowd performed the quenelle en masse, popularized by French comic Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala. The gesture has become a trendy symbol among those who would otherwise fetishize Heil Hitler.
Speaking of Dieudonne, he has been convicted seven times in France for preaching anti-Semitism and boasts a personal friendship with Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the National Front. Dieudonne’s act has included dressing up as a rabbi and giving a Nazi salute. Recently on stage he warned a French-Jewish radio host, “if winds change … I think to myself, well, the gas chambers … too bad.” On February 1, his supporters held a demonstration purportedly against the French president, but the protest descended into an old-school pogrom when the crowd chanted: “Jew, France is not yours!”
Such are the polemics of European hate, which no one takes seriously until it’s time to take it seriously.The economic conditions and political landscape throughout the continent is starting to look a lot like the ’30s, which, despite what Winston Churchill said about his own country at the time, was not Europe’s “finest hour.” A good thing Churchill didn’t live to see the United Kingdom Independence Party. . . .
2b. Since the program was recorded, Udo Voigt of Germany’s NPD (the Federal Republic’s largest neo-Nazi party) was appointed to the European Parliament’s Civil Rights Committee.
A neo-Nazi from Germany’s ultra-conservative National Democratic Party joined the European Union’s parliament in May and on Monday took a seat on the body’s Civil Rights Committee, according to Jewish World News .
Udo Voigt has praised Adolf Hitler as “a great German statesman” and once claimed that “no more than 340,000″ Jews died in the Holocaust, as opposed to the 6 million figure agreed on by historians, according to the Guardian .
Voigt led the NDP from 1996 to 2011, and during that time he led the party in an increasingly nationalist direction. In 2009, he was convicted of glorifying the Waffen SS. The German court unsuccessfully attempted to outlaw the party in 2006, and another attempt is currently underway.
Voigt in 2007 considered nominating Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy, for a Nobel Peace Prize. The Guardian has an extensive account of his incredibly controversial actions and statements here .
Following outrage over Voigt’s assignment to the Civil Rights Committee, EU President Martin Schulz denounced Voigt’s beliefs.
A spokesman for the European Jewish Congress called for members of the EU parliament to keep Voigt from gaining publicity for his views.
“It does the European Parliament no credit to have people sitting on its civil liberties committee who have obviously not only shown no commitment to civil liberties, but have sought to undermine them and to purvey a racist and intolerant agenda throughout their political career,” a spokesman told EurActiv .
3. In our ongoing critique of Bitcoin, we’ve noted that it appears to be an “op,” executed by Siemens spinoff Lantiq, which was capitalized by Golden Gate Capital (staffed by alumni of Bain Capital, Mitt Romney’s firm.)
Newer readers/listeners should note that Siemens functions as something of a quartermaster for BND–German’s foreign intelligence service, evolved from the Gehlen “Org.”(We have done four programs to date on Bitcoin: FTR #‘s 760 , 764 ,770 , 785 .)
In a reprise of a previous and apparently ongoing vulnerability of Bitcoin, the possibility of an “Armageddon” in the Bitcoin world produced by concentration of ownership looms.
Once again, the GHash.io mining pool is at the center of the plot. Because it had garnered control of 51% of the Bitcoin market, it could “double-sell” coins and compromise the integrity of the entire network.
It is particularly interesting to note that just exactly who owns GHash.io is a mystery, as is the true identity of “Satoshi Nakamoto,”–the inventor of Bitcoin. Again, we feel we nailed it in FTR# 760 .
” . . . . Making matters worse, no one knows who is behind GHash  or CEX. The owners of the Netherlands-based company (which lists a London mailing address) are notoriously secretive, meaning that the bitcoin community – which at this point represents several billion dollars in wealth and untold future value – are left trusting a shadowy entity not to behave badly with its newfound power. . . .
“Hmmmmm! A “notoriously secretive,” “Netherlands-based company”–doesn’t sound good. We wonder if this is another property of the Bormann capital network ? Certainly, the general profile fits their front organizations .
Front and center in the Bitcoin cheering section are supporters of the Austrian School of economics–Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich von Hayek et al.Adamantly opposed to “guvmint in’ference” in markets, they advocate unregulated finance. Bitcoin illustrates in brutally dramatic fashion why regulation is very much needed.
Here we go again. For the umteenth time in recent memory, the sanctity of the bitcoin network is facing an existential threat from a large and overly secretive organization. It’s not an exchange or wallet service this time around that has the attention of crypto-currency watchers, but rather a large mining pool, specifically GHash.io , the self-described world’s “#1 Crypto & Bitcoin Mining Pool.”
So why is the bitcoin world up in arms over GHash? On several occasions last week, one lasting a full 12 hours, the group, which is owned by cloud-mining service CEX.io, controlled more than 50 percent of the global computational power directed at mining bitcoin.
With such control, GHash (or any group that finds itself in a similar position) could manipulate the integrity of the bitcoin network by potentially double-spending coins, blocking or reversing transactions by competing miners, extorting increased transaction processing fees from the network, or waging a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against the entire bitcoin network – collectively, a so-called “51 percent attack.” In other words, it’s a major threat to bitcoin’s foundational distributed, and therefore trustless, nature.
Cornell researchers Ittay Eyal and Emin Gün Sirer were the first to recognize the 51 percent event, calling it “armageddon ” in a Friday blog post, and describing GHash as a “de facto monopoly.”The pair, who have long been thought leaders on the concepts of 51 percent attacks and “selfish mining, ” write:
GHash is in a position to exercise complete control over which transactions appear on the blockchain and which miners reap mining rewards. They could keep 100% of the mining profits to themselves if they so chose. Bitcoin is currently an expensive distributed database under the control of a single entity, albeit one that requires constantly burning energy to maintain — worst of all worlds.
It’s a historical first for any entity to cross the 50 percent threshold, although GHash has been close before, approaching 45 percent in January of this year. At the time, GHash issued a press release , publicly committing to never reaching the feared 51 percent threshold (really, anything greater than 50 percent). So much for that promise.
To be clear, GHash doesn’t own 50 percent of the global mining power, it simply “controls” it. This distinction is important, but does not necessarily eliminate the threat the group poses. GHash has in the past claimed to own only half the hardware providing the hashing power that it controls, with the rest contributed by third-party miners that allocate mining power to its pool. Nonetheless, the bitcoin network has reason to be fearful of this concentration of power.
Making matters worse, no one knows who is behind GHash  or CEX. The owners of the Netherlands-based company (which lists a London mailing address) are notoriously secretive, meaning that the bitcoin community – which at this point represents several billion dollars in wealth and untold future value – are left trusting a shadowy entity not to behave badly with its newfound power.
To be clear, GHash has not abused its power yet. But if history’s taught us anything it’s that power corrupts. Making matters worse, the company was previously accused of using its enormous size advantage to bully a gambling site  via double-spending attacks.
Eyal and Sirer write:
No one knows the ultimate aims of GHash. The people who join the GHash pool do so because GHash has zero fees — these people are essentially optimizing for short term profits over the long term well-being of the currency. All of these are precisely the points we cautioned about. So this is when we get to say “We told you so.”
The pair go on to advocate a “hard fork” in the codebase underlying bitcoin, with the goal of accomplishing three core fixes: disincentivizing mining pools, combatting selfish mining, and making mining activity more transparent. They conclude, sarcastically:
Or we can carry on as if nothing of importance happened. GHash will be on their best behavior for the next few weeks, and Bitcoin will limp along. What will bring the actual demise of Bitcoin is the subject of a future blog post, but this is by no means the end. People can still use Bitcoin to buy drugs, trinkets from Overstock.com, and maybe even grilled cheese from a food truck. There is an afterworld. And for everything else, there is dirty fiat and Mastercard.
As Eyal and Sirer point out, the potential of 51 percent attacks has been known for some time. As a whole, the bitcoin community leaders have been quick to write off the risks of such a scenario, offering two common justifications. First, we’re told that the investment required to create a mining pool would disincentivize a pool’s participants from ever conducting such an attack. But, as the Cornel report explains:
…[this] assumes a static world. Instead, the mining rigs have a fairly short useful lifetime. If a miner knows that they will be overtaken by the next generation of hardware about to be unleashed by a competing mining pool, it will have a definite time horizon for extracting every last bit of value, and that plan may not have room in it for a voyage to the moon.
Secondly, naysayers are quick to argue that the mining community and bitcoin’s core developers will easily recognize such an attack and will therefore prevent the bad actors from harming the broader bitcoin network. At best, this seems like an idealistic view of likely events. Even if such an attack were recognized and ultimately interrupted, the trust-eroding effects – both within the community, but more so within mainstream consumers and media – would be staggering. Assuming that no harm will come of even a brief 51 percent attack couldn’t be further from the truth.
A GHash spokesperson told CryptoCoinNews:
…we would never do anything to harm the Bitcoin economy; we believe in it. We have invested all our effort, time and money into the development of the Bitcoin economy. We agree that mining should be decentralized, but you cannot blame GHash.IO for being the #1 mining pool.
Bitcoin was created specifically to avoid the need to trust any centralized authority, be it a federal government, the Federal Reserve, the World Bank, or otherwise. The fact that the crypto-currency community is now confronting this scenario is a legitimate threat to the entire experiment.
The broader market seems to agree with this concern, pushing the price of bitcoin down more than 16 percent in a few days, from a near-term high of $655 on Tuesday, June 10 to a low of $553 on Sunday the 15th – currently, the Coindesk Price Index sits at $589. This drop follows a recent upswing in price following a prolonged bear market that coincided with the collapse of Mt. Gox. As of this moment, GHash controls roughly 35 percent of global hashing power  while the next largest known group, Discus Fish, controls 16 percent.
GHash doesn’t need to conduct a 51 percent attack for their hashing power concentration to be a major issue. The simple fact that the bitcoin network must look over its shoulder to wonder if (or when) such an attack will arrive is enough to destabilize the system.
4. If you thought that campaign finance had become a sticky wicket in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, you might be bitterly amused by the latest development in the lubrication of the wheels of democracy.
The Federal Election Commission has given the nod to accepting Bitcoins as campaign contributions.
The available evidence suggests that Bitcoin is probably an Underground Reich “op”  with roots in the cyber-fascistic libertarian milieu.
Long live the Republic!
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) unanimously approved its use as a political donation Thursday. Commissioners imposed several conditions. Among them: No anonymous bitcoin contributions will be allowed, and campaign treasurers must scrutinize the donations for “evidence of illegality.”
Jim Harper of the industry’s Bitcoin Foundation, said the FEC’s move lends further legitimacy to thecurrency. “It’s another part of the growing body of regulation that establishes bitcoin as a co-equal part of the financial services system,” he said.
Rep. Jared Polis, a liberal Democrat from Colorado, immediately announced his campaign would begin accepting the digital money. He praised the FEC for its “forward-looking stance” to recognize “the rights of individuals seeking alternatives to government-backed currencies to participate in our democratic political process.”
It’s not clear how quickly the currency will spread through the election landscape. Officials with the committee working to elect House Democrats said they had no immediate plans to accept bitcoins.
Even without the formal approval of regulators, the Libertarian Party began accepting Bitcoin about a year ago and has collected the equivalent of about $10,000, Executive Director Wes Benedict said.
5. Derivative of the fascist doctrine stemming from the Austrian school of economic theory, Bitcoin is inextricably linked with the milieu of Edward Showden and the libertarian wing of the GOP.
A horrifying–though predictable–story from the Daily Mail illustrates the moral, practical and philosophical bankruptcy of libertarian philosophy.
Kiddie porn freaks (with an apparent sadistic bent) have been using Bitcoin to finance online videos with the children being tortured with lit cigarettes.
Aside from the potential for such activity to be utilized by organized crime syndicates and intelligence services for a variety of purposes, this will certainly obviate the need for rigorous surveillance of the internet.
We here a great deal about “freedom” these days, particularly in connection with the internet.
Real freedom, however, can only exist when married to responsibility. The propagation of activities such as the one described in the story below underscores the depravity of many of those who argue for an unmonitored internet, on which “anything goes.”
“Disturbing New Internet Child Abuse Sees Toddlers Raped and Burned Live on Webcam as Paedophiles use Bitcoin to Stop Being Traced, Warns Police Chief” by Kieran Corcoran; Daily Mail; 4/21/2014. 
One of Europe’s top police officers has warned of a sickening online trade in child torture porn.
Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol, said offenders are using the untraceable online currency Bitcoin to pay for depraved ‘shows’, performed live on webcams, which see young children raped and burned.
He said: ‘The level of depravity seems to be descending year on year, frankly, including what seems to be in vogue now, which is live webcam ‘shows’ of toddlers not just being raped but being burnt with cigarettes.
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Sickening: Mark Wainwright warned that online predators were paying to watch children be raped and burned live on webcam
‘Sorry, but it’s happening online and it’s extremely difficult for us to identify.’
Mr Wainwright warned that Bitcoin — a ‘crypto-currency’ based on mathematical formulae and independent of any government or central bank — is propping up a criminal black market.
He also warned that police and politicians were struggling to keep up with the pace of online crime, thanks to widespread anonymity online, and easy access to encryption technology which can make criminals almost impossible to track down.
Mr Wainwright warned that the principle that everyone’s online activity should be anonymous by default needs to be challenged in order to police the internet effectively.
(*further enhancing the requirement for a virtual panopticon — participo)
He criticised the sluggish response from the police, politicians and big businesses, saying that equivalent levels of crime in the physical world would be ‘front page news.’
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Black market: The Bitcoin cryptocurrency is being used for illegal activities, Mr Wainwright warned
–Black market: The Bitcoin cryptocurrency is being used for illegal activities, Mr Wainwright warned
He told The Times: ‘It is frustrating that we are not getting the message out, at least not loud enough for legislators to hear it.’
The Internet Watch Foundation pressure group has recently claimed to have found evidence of an email scam directing people to underground websites where the sick ‘shows’ could be seen in exchange for Bitcoin.
6a. Once again, the “leaderless resistance” strategy  has claimed victims, with the Cliven Bundy Freikorps figuring among the ideological assignations of the Las Vegas killers.
Particularly noteworthy here is the fact that Jerad and Amanda Miller were supporters of Ron Paul, Eddie the Friendly Spook Snowden’s Presidential candidate of choice . Nazi fellow-traveler Glenn Greenwald , Snowden’s journalistic leaker of choice , ran legal interference  for the “leaderless resistance” strategy as an attorney .
Greenwald’s pro-bono efforts  on behalf of his murderous Nazi clients helped to insulate advocates of the sort of thing the Millers did in Las Vegas against civil litigation arising from the actualization of their principles.
The obsessively anti-government Hatriot movement moved from cultivating conspiracy theories to real killing on Sunday in Las Vegas.
The Wingnut Bonnie and Clyde duo, Jerad and Amanda Miller, stormed into CiCi’s Pizza and shot two metro cops, Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, at close range while shouting “This is a revolution!” They flung the Tea Party’s favorite coiled snake Gadsden flag and a swastika on the still-warm corpses and then moved to a nearby Walmart to murder a shopper before turning the guns on themselves.
But the crime scene chronology only tells part of the story—because the Millers’ Massacre had been brewing for a long time, visible online. Their Facebook pages detail a descent into a murderous rage, railing against a tyrannical government and parroting talking points from fright-wing radio hosts such as Alex Jones and militia movement groups such as the Three Percenters while “liking” the pages of conservative activist groups ranging from the Heritage Foundation to FreedomWorks and the NRA. Miller’s profile picture was a skull wearing an American flag bandana against a backdrop of crossed knives over the word “Patriot.” . . .
. . . . Police sources confirm that the Millers conspired to infiltrate an unidentified court building and execute public officials. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday that Kelley Fielder, who called the Millers “best friends,” said they left her with a box of documents that officials report included a written plan to murder court officials. The box was recovered Sunday during a police search of Fielder’s apartment. The search also found three empty rifle cases and an empty box used for handcuffs.
Jerad Miller’s anti-government frenzy was whipped up by the extreme right wing echo chamber. Earlier this year, Miller responded to calls to stand with Cliven Bundy in and declared common cause with the renegade rancher. “I will be supporting Clive Bundy and his family from Federal Government slaughter,” he wrote. “This is the next Waco! His ranch is under siege right now! The federal gov is stealing his cattle! Arresting his family and beating on them! We must do something, I will be doing something.” When Miller returned from Bundy’s ranch, he posted that “BLM [Bureau of Land Management] snipers were all over the place.” . . .
. . . . Jerad Miller was a product of his environment, the unhinged right wing echo chamber and its constant drumbeat about government tyranny being imposed on freedom-loving citizens. “Either you stand with freedom, or you side with tyranny,” Miller wrote on his Facebook page in March. “There is no middle ground. We have deluded ourselves into such a notion. There is no grey area.”
Miller was a vocal supporter of libertarian Ron Paul, posting during the fall of 2012: “Ron Paul is the only hope for America and we have all failed him, our children and our grandchildren by failing to demand fair coverage of all presidential candidates. . . .
6b. There was another shootout involving law enforcement officers and a ‘sovereign citizen’ :
The man accused  of shooting two law enforcement members in California, including a Bureau of Land Management ranger, has had at least one previous run-in with law enforcement and has described himself as the target of a massive government conspiracy.
Brent Douglas Cole, 60, was named by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office on Monday as the suspect in Saturday’s shooting that also left him wounded.
Anna Ferguson, assistant district attorney for Nevada County, confirmed to TPM that Cole was also facing misdemeanor charges in Nevada County Superior Court for allegedly carrying a loaded firearm. He was charged on Jan. 26.
On Tuesday, the Union newspaper in Nevada City, Calif., published an article that quoted from court documents in the case. The documents showed Cole believed he was the target of a massive conspiracy:
Officers acted without warrant or any probable cause to seize my person using a swat team style assault, and then started looking for something to charge me with. I was attacked and molested, unconstitutionally arrested, unlawfully incarcerated, repeatedly intimidated and coerced to plead guilty to having committed a crime, held in secret for five days, and my property and liberty taken from me since January 26, 2014. I am being persecuted for being a gun owner, and for exercising my inherent Right by unwitting or unknowing accomplices of a seditious conspiracy against rights instituted by foreign powers inimical to the United States of America.
That’s in line with online profiles, reviewed by TPM, that appear to belong to Cole and suggest someone obsessed with multiple conspiracy theories, including 9/11 trutherism, fluoridated water and anti-semitic beliefs.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, in research shared with TPM on Tuesday afternoon, linked Cole to an online profile in which he described  himself as “a sovereign American Citizen attempting to thwart the obvious conspiracy and subterfuges of powers inimical to the United States.”
“Sovereigns believe that they — not judges, juries, law enforcement or elected officials — get to decide which laws to obey and which to ignore, and they don’t think they should have to pay taxes,” the SPLC has written in its summary  of sovereign citizen beliefs.
Someone using the name Brent Douglas Cole uploaded Google documents that were purportedly filed in his defense for the January arrest. Those documents have not been independently verified by TPM, but they carry the same case number as the firearms case.
In the documents, Cole described himself as “a statutory Attorney General of the United States” and claimed the California law under which he had been charged violated the Second Amendment. He also spelled his name in a manner typical of members of the sovereign citizens movement, using lowercase letters and unusual punctuation: “brent-douglas: cole.”
A Facebook profile attributed to a Brent Cole, and which also linked to the alleged documents in the firearms case, included  this quote from June 5:
“The conviction of police that they are endowed with the authority and authorization to to whatever they wish to do to anyone, without any justification, and incur no liability or culpability for criminal acts committed must end.”
Cole also posted a number of news articles on Facebook sympathetic to the Bundy Ranch militia, including a April 16 post about “an Infowars expose connecting the land grab to Harry Reid and a Chinese-backed solar farm.”
According to the Union newspaper, the BLM ranger had contacted the California Highway Patrol for assistance in its investigation of vehicles at the Tahoe National Forest. It was during that investigation that the two officers were confronted by Cole and exchanged gunfire. The shooting took place near the South Yuba River campground, according to the sheriff’s office.
The two law enforcement agents suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the incident. Cole suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Union, and was hospitalized as of Monday.
7. The political heirs and cohorts of Cliven Bundy continue to make waves. An entire county in Utah appears to be embracing the ‘sovereign citizen’ theme and is trying to secede from the Bureau of Land Management.
A Utah county passed a resolution this month asserting that the authority of federal agents, specifically those of the Bureau of Land Management, to enforce state or local laws — even on federal land — would not be recognized within its borders.
The Carbon County Commission approved the resolution unanimously on June 4.
“Any such attempted exercise of law enforcement powers by an official of a land management agency IS NOT RECOGNIZED by Carbon County,” the resolution stated (caps in original), “and shall be deemed AN IMMINENT THREAT TO THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE OF THE CITIZENS OF CARBON COUNTY.”
In prefacing its case, the commission concluded “that Carbon County does not recognize any attempt by a federal official to try to enforce state or local criminal or civil laws on any lands in Carbon County, including any BLM or Forest Service lands.”
The resolution also demanded that any federal agent intending to take a law enforcement action “shall first declare his presence and intended action to the Sheriff of Carbon County.”
The move follows the standoff in Nevada earlier this year between the BLM and a militia supporting rancher Cliven Bundy. The resolution, however, did not mention Bundy or the standoff.
8. This weekend the Koch brothers hosted their big donor network event where they roll out their plans for big new initiative focusing on opposition to energy regulations . And what do we find today? The GOP has just started talking about the kind of manuevers in the Senate designed to gut energy industry regulations that appear to be very close to same techniques used in the past to create a shutdown-showdown scenerio this fall.
If early Republican enthusiasm is any indication, the upcoming Sept. 30 deadline to keep the federal government open could turn into an all-out war over President Barack Obama’s executive actions to combat climate change.
As TPM reported  earlier this week, senior House Republicans are considering using appropriations legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s new restrictions on coal-fired power plants, aimed at cutting climate-warming pollution by 30 percent by 2030.
On Tuesday, numerous Senate Republicans expressed strong support for the idea.
“I think there’s going to be a lot of support on our side for trying to block that. And I hope with some Democrats too,” Senate Republican Conference Chair John Thune (R‑SD) told TPM. “The power of the purse is one power Congress has, and if you want to send a clear message to the administration about a series of regulations that you think are very detrimental, one way to do that would be through the appropriations process.”
Thune, the No. 3 GOP senator, said his party will support “anything we can do to prevent the administration from going forward with what are really poorly timed, very burdensome, very expensive ... regulations.”
Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R‑AL) said Republicans ought to consider reversing what he described as presidential overreach by Obama on environmental regulations.
“I think Congress needs to give serious thought to utilizing its constitutional power — the power to fund or not fund,” he told TPM. Asked about using the appropriations bill to undo the EPA rules, he said, “That’s one of the powers that Congress clearly has.”
The Senate Appropriations Committee will consider government funding bills this week. If Republicans insist on prohibiting implementation of the EPA rule in order to keep the government running past September, it could spark another shutdown standoff. Democrats strongly support Obama’s environmental regulations and they intend to block attempts to undo them.
Retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R‑GA) told TPM the idea is “something that will be discussed, I’m sure.”
“Obviously there are a lot of us that are concerned about those regulations and it’s going to be a huge blow to the economy,” he said. “And whatever we can do to keep that from happening, we’re going to consider it.”
Sen. Ron Johnson (R‑WI) told TPM he’d be “totally supportive” of using government funding legislation to block the EPA rules.
Sen. John Hoeven (R‑ND), a member of the Appropriations Committee, said he’ll do everything in his power to fight the EPA’s so-called “waters of the U.S.” rule — a regulation proposed in April aimed at protecting the country’s streams and wetlands from pollution — which agribusinesses fear will harm them.
“I strongly oppose the proposed rule,” Hoeven said. Asked if he intends to attach an amendment to the appropriations bill blocking the EPA rule, he said, “That’s my intent. ... Anything I can attach it to that makes it though — I’m gonna do it.”
The dispute that usually sparks shutdowns is about how much the federal government should spend. That’s not a problem this time because the two sides have agreed to spend $1.014 trillion in fiscal year 2015. But the environmental regulations have become a cause célèbre in Republican circles, igniting interest in finding ways to force the president to back down.
TPM asked Sen. Johnson if he worries the strategy could lead to another government shutdown just one month before the congressional elections.
“We should not, obviously — the federal government does enough harm to our economy. We need to bring a little more certainty,” the senator said. “So I’m not in favor of threatening government shutdowns.”
It’s too early to know if Republicans will withhold support for funding the government unless Democrats agree to block the EPA rules. But if they pursue the course several of them have suggested and refuse to back down, this summer could turn into a replay of last year’s standoff — only over environmental regulations rather than Obamacare — where one side backs down or Congress shuts down parts of the federal government.
9. Facebook is manifesting what one Silicon Valley CEO sees as a trend in corporate data harvesting.
Facebook sent out a notice Thursday about its intention to begin sharing the browsing data of its members with its advertising partners .
It’s a move that most observers saw coming, but one that Facebook has always denied — with vigor.
Facebook can’t capture data about you visiting just any site, only those that have partnered with it. Basically, any site that has a “like” button (such as this one) or that permits you to log in with your Facebook credentials will store data about your visit in your browser, which can later be read by Facebook.
Here’s how Facebook describes it in its Terms of Service:
“We and our affiliates, third parties, and other partners (“partners”) use these technologies for security purposes and to deliver products, services and advertisements, as well as to understand how these products, services and advertisements are used. With these technologies, a website or application can store information on your browser or device and later read that information back.”
Facebook also released a video to advertisers and users Thursday morning explaining the company’s targeting practices. A common mantra among web marketers is that they’re actually doing consumers a favor by collecting the information they need to serve more relevant ads.
What to do (and not bother doing)
If you don’t want Facebook to collect and transmit your browsing data, you can take some steps to prevent it from doing so.
But first, here’s what not to do.
The advertising industry has put up a site called Your Ad Choices , which offers consumers a way to “opt out.” But the site lets you opt out of receiving ads that have been targeted at you based on your browsing data. But it will not let you “opt out” from companies harvesting your browsing data.
Nor can you expect to get any real relief by trying to tweaking your Facebook Privacy settings. Facebook announced today that it would be rolling out “ad preferences,” a new tool accessible from every ad on Facebook that “explains why you’re seeing a specific ad and lets you add and remove interests that we use to show you ads.” Of course, Facebook is not offering you a way to stop them from collecting your browsing data in the first place.
Several browser plug-ins will block sites like Facebook from dropping lines of code into your browser allowing it to track you.
One of the good ones is Do Not Track Me from Abine.com. This is a Washington, D.C.-based firm that focuses on building browser tools to secure browsing data and other personal information.
Other solid recommendations that will work on Chrome and Firefox browsers are Ghostery and Disconnect.
Abine CEO Rob Shavell says he isn’t surprised by the news about Facebook.
“I think you’re going to see a lot more companies doing this,” Shavell told VentureBeat. “Having worked at a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, I think there’s a data bubble going on. There’s been so much money invested in ad tech companies, including Facebook, and so much hype around them, they are going to have to collect more and more personal data. There’s just too much pressure to make all that money back.”
Shavell says investors have put $6.5 billion behind advertising tech companies in the past two years.
Facebook did not respond to a request for comment on this story.
10. Google is already developing sophisticated robots with military applications. Now it is developing a “balloon air force to encircle the world with WiFi. Former military operations personnel are involved with the project, raising questions for which there aren’t answers at this point. Once the technology is perfected the balloon army can then circle the globe provided free WiFi to rural areas.
A few days ago, Wired’s Steven Levy wrote wrote about the latest developments  from Google’s Project Loon — an audacious and frightening attempt to launch a balloon-drone army high up in the atmosphere.
The plan is to create nothing less than a global WiFi network, powered by hundreds of balloons circling the globe at an altitude of 60,000 ft. Google envisions Loon delivering (and surveilling) Internet connectivity to the poor, rural unconnected masses around the world, not to mention filling in Internet/mobile dead spots in Silicon Valley’s own backyard. Who knows, it might even compete with existing cellular phone services one day.
With the advances made over the last year, Google has a clearer idea of how it might eventually make money with Loon. In addition to connecting the last few billion (and often cash-poor) Internet users, the project might serve already-connected people with fat wallets by partnering with existing providers to deliver a super-roaming experience. “It’s not limited to rural areas,” Teller says. “Even in the middle of Silicon Valley you can lose connections while driving; large buildings and hills can block the signals. Balloons can fill in dead spots.”
If hundreds of Google spy balloons constantly hovering overhead isn’t scary enough, Levy pointed out that the company is working with “former military operations people” in order to track down and find every downed balloon in order to study their failures and improve the reliability of its so far sub-performing balloon technology.
I guess it’s not surprising, given Google’s history of close collaboration  with the military-industrial complex.
But I’m curious exactly what kind of “former military operations people” is Google working with? What country? And what military? Or is it private security contractors like Blackwater/Academi? Or maybe the secretive CIA-connected Blackbird Technologies, which specializes in hi-tech tracking and search & rescue missions and has partnered with Google before ?