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21 February, 2018

Venezuela releases 82.4M units of Petro Cryptocurrency, marks the beginning of Western monetary monopoly collapse


It was a matter of time the US stupid strategy against Venezuela to backfire.

For decades the US has been fighting an economic war, “making the economy scream,” in Venezuela. Wealthy Venezuelans have been conducting economic sabotage aided by the US with sanctions and other tactics. This includes hoarding food, supplies and other necessities in warehouses or in Colombia while Venezuelan markets are bare. The scarcity is used to fuel protests, e.g. “The March of the Empty Pots,” a carbon copy of marches in Chile before the September 11, 1973 coup. Economic warfare has escalated through Obama and under Trump, with Tillerson now urging economic sanctions on oil.

President Maduro recognized the economic hardship but also said sanctions open up the opportunity for a new era of independence and “begins the stage of post-domination by the United States, with Venezuela again at the center of this struggle for dignity and liberation.

Maybe the Petro Cryptocurrency was what Maduro had in mind, as Venezuela has just released 82.4M units, and became a pioneer of the resistance against the Western monetary monopoly, through blockchain technology. From TeleSur:

The Venezuelan Government has officially announced the pre-sale of the Petro (PTR) cryptocurrency – the first commodity-secured currency of its kind in the world.

The manual of acquisition and commercialization of the Petro will now be available and will begin the pre-sale of this digital currency with 82.4 million units available. The manual is available for download in several languages.

Maduro previously announced that the value of the entire Petro issuance of 100 million tokens would be just over US$6 billion.

The cryptocurrency, which will be backed by the oil resources of the country, aims to begin a new economic era in the nation.

Vice President of the Republic, Tareck El Aissami, launched the pre-sale process for the Venezuelan cryptocurrency, early Tuesday.

The Petro was created by the Venezuelan Government to counter the financial blockade imposed by the United States, attract investments and generate a new payment mechanism for goods and services.

The Venezuelan Government says the Petro is the foundation of a policy to promote development and infrastructure as well as the training of young people in electronic mining, coding, cryptography, network security and economics.

The cryptocurrency will be redeemable for fiduciary money and other crypto-assets through digital exchange locations.


The move probably marks the end of dollar domination as the global reserve currency and brings a new era of a decentralized global economy in which the old financial centers will rapidly lose power. A historic moment? Time will tell.

The most interesting aspects of the story are:

- These developments came partly as a result of the non-efficient strategy of the US and the West to insist on imposing sanctions against countries that would not obey to their agenda, that is, giving up their natural resources for the biggest corporations, as well as, adopting the neoliberal doctrine.

- The idea came out from Bitcoin Cryptocurrency, probably designed by market anarchists who wanted to get rid of any state control. Venezuela now uses the same weapon to get rid the Western economic suffocation and under a completely different ideological frame.

The alarm must have been activated again for the Wall Street mafia and the Western banking cabal, as they should be realizing that they are increasingly losing ground in controlling the global monetary system. If this Venezuelan experiment survive the expected war that would be launched by the traditional financial centers who control money flow and circulation, then a vicious circle of global, uncontrolled, decentralized transactions may accelerate their final demolition. This is why many US officials lately have openly called for direct intervention against Venezuela, implying a military coup, or even military invasion.

Yet, even countries that are considered allies of the West begin to realize that the decentralized monetary market through blockchain technology is inevitable and make moves in order to stay tuned with the rapid developments. For example, “The head of South Korea’s financial regulator and watchdog has now confirmed the government will support cryptocurrency trading while encouraging banks to facilitate transactions with exchanges, effectively killing any fears of a rumored ban. In noteworthy remarks made today, South Korea’s Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) chief Choe Heung-sik said the government will back the cryptocurrency industry to develop in the country. Specifically, the official said the government will support “normal transactions” of cryptocurrencies, three weeks to the day after the government moved to curtail anonymous accounts trading in crypto markets in late January.

Such actions will facilitate Venezuela's efforts to find alternative state-authorized markets flooded by Cryptocurrencies, therefore successfully bypassing the Western financial blockade.

Meanwhile, we had another sign of the panic that spreads among the financial centers who currently control the global money markets in front of the prospect of the Venezuelan experiment. This time it was the turn of Elliott Management to attack on Cryptocurrencies as a whole, calling them “a Scam, Bubble and Fraud”.

Recall also that, “The US Treasury Department has red-flagged Venezuela's "Petro" cryptocurrency, warning investors in the United States that engaging with the currency might prove a legal liability because of sanctions in place against the Latin American nation.

As has been already pointed out, Russia also made a first move to issue its own Cryptocurrency. While Vladimir Putin implied that Cryptorouble comes as a natural attempt by Russia to participate in rapid developments in the sector of monetary and commercial transactions, it is quite probable that there are other reasons too. At the time where Russia struggles to overcome continuous sanctions by the West, and BRICS seek complete independence from the Western monetary monopoly, the move could contribute significantly towards the achievement of both of these goals.

With an alternative economic bloc based on a Cryptocurrency issued by BRICS, Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies will find a much more solid ground to be developed and survive. Because this huge bloc will be backed by a fast-growing market functioning with real goods, investments and services, not big oil interests, wars, bubbles and speculative transactions that dominate in the Western financial system today.

Venezuela opens the road ...

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Deutsche Bank meltdown as central banks unable to bail out world’s biggest derivatives portfolio!


Only Deutsche Bank, the largest bank in Germany, is significantly exposed, holding dubious financial products known as "derivatives", worth 67 trillion euros. This amount is similar to the GDP of the entire world and 20 times greater than the GDP of Germany. Any comparison with the situation of the bank Lehman Brothers in 2008 would not be irrelevant. Just when Lehman Brothers went bankrupt, had available derivatives of only 31.5 trillion. The crisis of 2008 confirmed the concise definition of derivatives as proposed by the American tycoon Warren Buffet: "financial weapons of mass destruction."


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«Και ο Λοβέρδος και ο Σαλµάς και εγώ ρίξαµε τη φαρµακευτική δαπάνη». Τα λόγια του Αδωνη Γεωργιάδη, αντιπροέδρου της Νέας Δηµοκρατίας και πρώην υπουργού Υγείας από τον Ιούνιο 2013 µέχρι τον Ιούνιο 2014, ο οποίος έχει αναλάβει αυθορµήτως την υπεράσπιση και των προκατόχων του, αντηχούν στα αυτιά του κάθε πολίτη, από την ηµέρα που έσκασε το σκάνδαλο «Novartis». Πλανόδιος από ραδιόφωνο σε τηλεόραση και από twitter και facebook σε εφηµερίδα, ο Αδ. Γεωργιάδης επαναλαµβάνει το ίδιο ρεφρέν: ότι κατεδάφισε τη δηµόσια φαρµακευτική δαπάνη και άρα όλα καλά.

Αφορµή για τις επαναλαµβανόµενες δηλώσεις του Αδωνη, η υπόθεση «Novartis» που αφορά και µίζες δεκάδων εκατοµµυρίων ευρώ, γεγονός για το οποίο ελέγχονται και πρώην κυβερνητικοί παράγοντες, εκτός από τους υπηρεσιακούς. Ακόµα και υπουργικές αποφάσεις φέρονται να έχουν ληφθεί µε αποτέλεσµα την ενίσχυση της θέσης της συγκεκριµένης εταιρείας στην αγορά φαρµάκου της χώρας µας, έναντι των ανταγωνιστών της. 23 δισ. ευρώ είναι η ζηµιά του Δηµοσίου από το 2000 έως το 2015, σύµφωνα µε τα στοιχεία που έχουν δηµοσιευτεί από τη δικογραφία, και τριών δισ. ευρω µόνο από τη Novartis.

Μακροοικονοµικά, δηλαδή στην τελευταία γραµµή του ετήσιου προϋπολογισµού, οι υπουργοί Υγείας στα χρόνια του Μνηµονίου (2008 - 2015) όντως µείωσαν τη δηµόσια φαρµακευτική δαπάνη, λόγω αυστηρών δεσµεύσεων από τους δανειστές. Πώς, όµως, µείωσε καθένας από τους υπουργούς τη δαπάνη; Τι ποσό µετακυλίστηκε στους ασθενείς;

Ποιο ποσό επιβάρυνε τη βιοµηχανία; Μπήκαν νέες, καινοτόµες θεραπείες µέσα στα αποζηµιούµενα από τον υπερ-οργανισµό (ΕΟΠΥΥ) φάρµακα; Μπήκαν νέα γενόσηµα που θα έριχναν τη δαπάνη; Μπήκε ένα πλαίσιο στην τιµολόγηση; Μπήκε ένα πλαίσιο αποζηµίωσης, ανακουφιστικό για τους ασθενείς και το σύστηµα; Δυστυχώς, όχι.

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The US military will have more robots than humans by 2025

Armed with a budget of over $700 billion for the coming year – which will likely continue to grow over the course of Trump’s Pentagon-controlled presidency — the Pentagon’s dystopian vision for the future of the military is quickly becoming a question not of if but when.

by Whitney Webb

Part 2 - Robots that are smarter, faster, stronger and, of course, don’t die

Ground robots like those used in the recent Army exercise are hardly the only type of robot soldier soon to be at the Pentagon’s disposal. Weapons manufacturers have been all too eager to comply with the Pentagon’s growing demand for automated war machines and have already developed a variety of such devices, to the delight of senior military officials.

In 2015, U.S. weapons giant Lockheed Martin began working with the military to develop automated networks that manage complex missions involving both unmanned aerial and ground vehicles, an effort still underway. That same year, the Navy began deploying underwater drones. A year later in 2016, Boeing – now the largest defense contractor in the U.S. — launched an unmanned submarine designed for exploratory missions as well as combat, followed by DARPA’s release of an autonomous drone ship to be used for hunting down enemy submarines, set to be used by the U.S. Navy later this year.

While such machines have been advertised as combat aids to human soldiers, DARPA has also been working on developing so-called “killer robots” — i.e., robot infantry set to replace human soldiers. Many of these robots have been developed by the Massachusetts-based and DARPA-funded company Boston Dynamics, whose veritable Sears Catalog of robots includes several models designed specifically for military use.

One of those robots, dubbed “Atlas,” is capable of jumping and backflips, carrying heavy loads, navigating uneven terrain, resisting attacks from a group of humans and even breaking through walls. Another Boston Dynamics robot, called “WildCat” can run at sustained speeds of nearly 20 miles per hour. By comparison, a gifted human runner can briefly sprint at about 16 miles per hour.



Of course, the Pentagon’s interest in robotic warfare systems is not limited to machines alone. As The Atlantic reported in 2015, DARPA has been focused on “transforming humans for war” since 1990 by combining man and machine to create a “super soldier.” In 2001, DARPA made its first major advance in this area when it unveiled two exoskeleton programs. By 2013, this had evolved into a “super soldier” suit known as TALOS (Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit), which is complete with imaging systems, cooling/heating, an oxygen tank, embedded sensors and more. It is expected to be fully functional by later this year.

Most of DARPA’s other “super soldier” programs remain secret, however. Of those that are acknowledged, the most disconcerting is the “Brain-Machine Interface,” a project first made public by DARPA at a 2002 technology conference. Though its goal was to create “a wireless brain modem for a freely moving rat,” which would allow the animal’s movements to be remotely controlled, DARPA wasn’t shy about the eventual goal of applying such brain “enhancement” to humans in order to enable soldiers to “communicate by thought alone.

Even this went too far for some defense scientists, who warned in a 2008 report that “remote guidance or control of a human being” could quickly backfire were an adversary to gain access to the implanted technology, and who also raised concerns about the moral dangers of such augmentation.

DARPA, for its part, seems hardly concerned with such possibilities. Michael Goldblatt, director of the DARPA subdivision Defense Sciences Office (DSO), which oversees the “super soldier” program, told journalist Annie Jacobsen that he saw no difference between “having a chip in your brain that could help control your thoughts” and “a cochlear implant that helps the deaf hear.” When pressed about the unintended consequences of such technology, Goldblatt stated that “there are unintended consequences for everything.

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