Face It: Trump Is Right About Iraq – and That Should Sink Clinton, by Sam Husseini

This is Truth and that isn’t always “pretty”.
“Some are deriding Trump for apparently exaggerating his objections to the Iraq war in 2003 and 2004. Maybe so, but the fact of the matter is that most who spoke out meaningfully against Iraq war early were defacto drummed out of establishment media and politics.

As I’ve written elsewhere, I have no idea what Trump would actually do in office and what his current motivations are.”

STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

From Sam Husseini at antiwar.com:

At first I thought it ironic that Saturday’s Republican debate happened in the “Peace Center” in Greenville, South Carolina.

But perhaps that had a positive effect.

Actually, no. For the discerning listener, Donald Trump has been critical of U.S. militarism for some time. On Russia, on Syria, on Iraq and on North Korea.

People say that Trump is loud. But I don’t think he’s been loud enough.

Last night, he finally screamed an anti war stance to the boos of Bush’s and Rubio’s and Kasich’s one percent donors. It’s only half of what needed to be said, but it was a measure of reality that’s desperately needed.

Trump: “You fight ISIS first. Right now you have Russia, you have Iran, you have them with Assad and you have them with Syria. You have to knock out ISIS. … You can’t fight two wars at one…

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Russia hit 1,888 targets in Syria in a week; US count? Just 16

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This is from Jihad Watch.

The Russians have often accused the Obama Administration of just pretending to go after the Islamic State by mounting a few airstrikes just for show. And here we are.

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“Russia hit 1,888 targets in Syria in a week; US count? Just 16,” by Matthew Schofield, McClatchy, February 12, 2016:

BERLIN — In the seven days before the announcement early Friday that a cease-fire might go into effect in Syria in another week, Russian forces hit more than 100 times as many targets within the embattled nation as a military coalition that includes the United States.

Exactly how the cease-fire proposed at an international conference in Munich would work is still being decided. The agreement announced by Russian and U.S. officials said “a nationwide cessation of hostilities … should apply to any party currently engaged in military or paramilitary hostilities” except the Islamic State, al-Qaida’s…

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Samsung Warns Customers To Think Twice About What They Say Near Smart TVs

I sell probably 10 of these a day – does it include phones as well? What about other devices with voice recognition? I have a Samsung tablet are those included as well?

“Samsung is a Nuance customer. The data that Nuance collects is speech data. Nuance respects the privacy of its users in its use of speech data. Our use of such data is for the development and improvement of our voice recognition and natural language understanding technologies. As outlined in our privacy policy, third parties work under contract with Nuance, pursuant to confidentiality agreements, to help Nuance tailor and deliver the speech recognition and natural language service, and to help Nuance develop, tune, enhance, and improve its products and services.

We do not sell that speech data for marketing or advertising. Nuance does not have a relationship with government agencies to turn over consumer data…..There is no intention to trace these samples to specific people or users.

Nuance’s Wikipedia page mentions that the company maintains a small division for government and military system development, but that is not confirmed at this time.”

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Source: ActivistPost.com
Jake Anderson
February 13, 2016

In a troubling new development in the domestic consumer surveillance debate, an investigation into Samsung Smart TVs has revealed that user voice commands are recorded, stored, and transmitted to a third party. The company even warns customers not to discuss personal or sensitive information within earshot of the device.

This is in stark contrast to previous claims by tech manufacturers, like PlayStation, who vehemently deny their devices record personal information, despite evidence to the contrary, including news that hackers can gain access to unencrypted streams of credit card information.

The new Samsung controversy stems from the discovery of a single haunting statement in the company’s “privacy policy,” which states:

Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.

This sparked a back and…

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Russia Bans All U.S. Corn and Soy Imports Due to GMO Contamination

“Restrictions will be imposed on imports starting from February 15. They (the US) have to establish a system to ensure safety of products imported to Russia.”China has issued similar bans in the past due to GM contamination, and only recently did an “about face” on the issue. US corn exports to the country recently dropped by 85% after a report detailing GM contamination was released.

Source: Russia Bans All U.S. Corn and Soy Imports Due to GMO Contamination

Tradecraft: 5 Ways to Spot a Liar

There is someone in my life that lies to me EVERY DAY.
I used to not know it, then I knew and failed to call out – but now I am straight up with him – YOU ARE LYING – talk to me ONLY when you can tell me the truth!
I have told him I can relate to where he is coming from with his lies. (most are insignificant in the whole scheme of life but …) all are to “protect” either another person from being hurt by the truth or themselves from getting into trouble
He and I are both adult children of longtime alcoholics – we were taught to lie early in life because we saw those around us lying (covering up/ignoring) we were encouraged to do so as well (don’t tell others what just happened) and we love the ones we lie FOR.
He is a young person still — took me till I was around 40 to say NO MORE LIES

The Tactical Hermit

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Wouldn’t it be nice to know how to tell if someone is lying?

We’re going to see what the research has to say on detecting lies, avoiding deception and more. And this is the industrial strength package. We’ll look at how to avoid being deceived by the pros in this arena: con artists.

To get the real answers, I called an expert. Maria Konnikova is a contributing writer at The New Yorker. Her wonderful new book is The Confidence Game.

Maria has insights from research on how you can get better at spotting lies and dodging fraud. She even sat down with real con artists to see how they think and act.

First, a warning: detecting lies is hard. Don’t think there’s a magic bullet. There isn’t. If there was, everyone would use it. And most of what you think you know is wrong. Here’s Maria:

There’s no Pinocchio’s nose of lying. There’s no telltale…

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