The FBI’s plan to collect everyone’s DNA just got a huge boost from congress

In 2011, 1 in 25 Americans was arrested. In a few years, if the FBI has its way, the federal government will possess the DNA of all of those people and more. Under the radar of most lawmakers and journalists, the Bureau—with private industry and congress’ help—is pushing the most massive expansion of biometric state surveillance since the invention of the fingerprint.

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Iraq Oil Surge to Fan OPEC Rivalry That Triggered Slump

The battle for customers among OPEC members that helped trigger oil’s collapse is about to escalate. Iraqi crude production is climbing from a 35-year high as it adds growing Kurdish supplies to its exports, while southern oilfields remain unscathed by Islamic State militants. Finding buyers for the new output means offering more attractive terms than rivals in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, say Citigroup Inc., DNB ASA and Barclays Plc.

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Belarus prepares to send peacekeeping forces to Ukraine

A correspondent of the Russian website Nasha Versia has learnt that the chiefs of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Belarus began to form peacekeeping units, which task will be to maintain order outside Belarus, supposedly in the Donbas region. According to preliminary information, four peacekeeping battalions with a total number of personnel of 1,500 (around 300 of whom are reservists) will be formed.

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Americans' satisfaction with the federal government is at an all-time low

According to a report released Tuesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index, our satisfaction with the federal government has hit an all-time low (at least since the company began collecting data for this index in 2007). The federal government now scores a 64.4 out of 100 in terms of satisfaction (the average across all industries is 75 out 100). This is the lowest score across the 40 different industries – including industries like airlines, cable companies and others – that the ACSI measures, with the exception of Internet service providers.

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Yanis Varoufakis – Who Called Austerity "Fiscal Waterboarding" – Appointed Greek Finance Minister

Among the most discussed appointments to the more than 40-member cabinet was that of Yanis Varoufakis as Finance Minister. As both university professor and an outspoken public critic of the austerity-laden bailout program imposed from abroad, Varoufakis has been unrelenting in his insistence that painful cuts to social spending, tax avoidance by the rich, the privatization of key industries, and enormous debt payments should be supplanted by a new economic paradigm that will put the Greek people ahead of foreign creditors and elite interests.

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State of emergency declared in eastern Ukraine, as US vows more sanctions against Russia

Presaging a further escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, Prime Minster Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Monday declared an official state of emergency in the eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk. He also announced that the rest of the country would be placed on high alert. The eastern Donbass strongholds of separatists opposed to the regime in Kiev that came to power last year after a US- and EU-supported coup have seen renewed hostilities in recent weeks.

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YOUR APPLIANCES MAY BE SPYING ON YOU

Connecting everyday products like refrigerators, baby monitors and watches to the Internet is giving companies and hackers unprecedented access to private information, the Federal Trade Commission warned in a report Tuesday. The “Internet of Things,” the term for the growing universe of Internet-connected devices, can lead to significant improvements in our lives, the FTC wrote. But the connected devices could also undermine our security and privacy if companies aren’t careful, the agency warned.

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The Real Age of Stupid: Talking Heads Blame Latest Snowstorm on ‘Global Warming’

Patrick Henningsen21st Century Wire This week, we’re told that the eastern seaboard is under a ‘state of emergency’ because of a the snowfall ranging from 7.8 inches in New York to 18 inches in Boston. Why the fuss?Growing up in New England, every winter was the same: snow, and lots of it. Sometimes it got up to 2 or 3 feet, but there was never a state of emergency. This is the gelding of America happening right before your eyes. Welcome to their brave new world of crisis management.‘Weather experts’ started warning that the snow could reach ‘up to

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39th banker dead in 13 months, third this year

The conspiracy keeps going; another one bites the dust
By Shepard Ambellas
OVERVEEN, Netherlands (INTELLIHUB) — ABN Amro banker Chris Van Eeghen allegedly committed suicide in is home Monday, marking the fourth Amro banker to die in 4-years, and the 39th banker to die in the last 13 months, in an unusual string of deaths.
Neighbors and colleagues of Van Eeghen describe him as an extremely nice guy, pointing out how they were shocked by his death.
Van Eeghen previously attended the University of Buckingham, studied law and was also a football player.
He was considered a professional banker with a good reputation.
Although some can’t

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Singapore Enters The Currency Wars: Weakens SGD By Most In 3 Years

Today’s rambunctiousness in US equity markets as every company (even AAPL admitted this quarter would be more problematic from an FX perspective) rotates from ‘weather’ excuses to ‘currency’ excuses is not going to get any better as tonight, yet another world nation entered the ‘devalue-or-die’ brigade. Singapore’s MAS announced a surprise shift in the slope of their policy band – implicitly loosening policy and so the Singapore Dollar dumped over 160 pips against the USD, the biggest drop in almost 3 years, tumbling to its weakest since Mid 2010. Interestingly, against the Japanese Yen this move merely roundtrips SGD strength

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Former Fox News employee commits suicide in front of NYC office

By John Vibes | The Anti Media
Phillip Perea, a former promotion producer at Fox News, shot and killed himself out front of the company’s building in Manhattan on Monday morning. The former employee was the victim of highly publicized bullying from management at the company, which ultimately resulted in the loss of his job. It has also been speculated by many that that he was railroaded out of his position because a local police officer was not happy with how a police brutality story was covered.
Over the past several months, Perea has been releasing a series of YouTube videos, which

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Hollywood CIA – A dark cult marriage revealed

By Jay | Jay’s Analysis
One of the more fanciful, or thought to be fanciful, topics I’ve been covering for a good while now is the subject of the relationship of the CIA to Hollywood. Recent blockbusters like Zero Dark Thirty and American Sniper focus on the military and intelligence agencies in supposed “based on true events” scenarios, but is more at work here? The film industry has always loved tales of espionage, but in reality, the creation and manufacturing of a completely alternate reality and history is far more extensive than most would assume. While many films

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Desire: What Do We Really Want?

Wes Annac, ContributorWaking Times
It’s been said that every form of desire is ultimately a desire to know our creator (and to know ourselves as our creator). All of the longing we experience, which we convince ourselves is for material things, loving relationships, etc. is really a longing for a greater perception; a communion with our creator, who expresses infinite love to all of its children.
Everything we long for here on earth is a mask that hides our true desire; our true longing, which, little do we know, is for a higher state of consciousness where we understand the blissful, spiritual

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What are Those Floaty Things in Your Eye?

Waking Times
Video – Sometimes against a uniform, bright background such as a clear sky or a blank computer screen, you might see things floating across your field of vision. What are these moving objects, and how are you seeing them? Michael Mauser explains the visual phenomenon that is eye floaters.

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