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Everything Else / Re: [BS File] Towards the Cashless Society
« Last post by BuddhaForce on June 03, 2015, 05:48:41 PM »
GSMA supporting cashless society

GSMA, a group which claims to represent the interests of mobile operators worldwide, including "nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors," is supporting the cashless movement according to an article by Mia Overall of the Better Than Cash Alliance.

Better Than Cash Alliance is one of the main groups, housed by the UN, who is pushing towards a cashless world.
Everything Else / Re: [BS File] Towards the Cashless Society
« Last post by BuddhaForce on June 03, 2015, 05:33:37 PM »
Colombian Coffee Growers Gone Cashless

Roughly 410,000 small coffee farmers in Colombia, belonging to the ?Colombian Coffee Growers Federation? (or Federaci?n,) were issued ?Coffee Smart ID Cards? between 2007 and 2013. These personalized cards, fitted with a magstripe and chip, were issued by a bank for use with payments for coffee and government benefits. Here are some of the noted results, and perhaps some insights into how a cashless society will be sold to the public:

1. ?there is little question of the approach?s cost efficiency for the
Federaci?n: It was able to reduce costs over the period by up to 79%
relative to cash, saving $15.5 million.?

2. ?allowed the disbursement of subsidies to be better targeted, increasing efficiency, transparency, speed, and security?

* Interesting note here from the paper which is very revealing of how this paradigm could be backdoored in, (emphasis added): ?Second, the card was used in unexpected ways: Most of the receipts were tied to the disbursement of various government subsidy schemes, rather than Federaci?n coffee purchases.?

3. ?The card will now be a full savings account at the bank with access to all ATM and POS devices in the country, making the card an on-ramp to financial inclusion.?
Everything Else / Re: [BS File] Towards the Cashless Society
« Last post by BuddhaForce on June 03, 2015, 05:31:46 PM »
The Level One Project

It is financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, surprise, surprise. When talking about how this cashless, digital financial super-structure will be welded together, this document looks like it could be interesting. The subtitle itself is extremely provacative:
?Designing a New System for Financial Inclusion?

They are going to target the poor first, those who live on less than $2 per day, by constructing a new financial system based on digital currency, because these poor folks don?t have the pleasure currently of depositing the fruits of their labor into the financial black holes we call banks.

It calls for things like:
* ?The Digital Payments System Organization,? a governing entity that will rule over the new financial paradigm.

* A payment clearing and settlement institution (think SWIFT/CHIPS) called the IST (Interoperability Service for Transfers), that would do other innocuous things like (emphasis added,) ?[operate] a directory that recognizes telephone numbers (and probably national ID numbers) as 'belonging' to a given DFS provider participant, allowing the switch to operate and reach all participants.?

- Run a watchdog group called the ?Fraud and Risk Management Service (FRMS),? that will run a giant database where all participating countries contribute customer data on (emphasis added) ?fraudulent accounts and transactions (and possibly about non-fraudulent accounts and transactions as well).? So pretty much everybody?This data will allow them to fight fraud and abuse in the system and, oddly enough, also be used for ?[screening] new account applicants and individual transactions.?

Check it out for yourself here -
Everything Else / Re: [BS File] Towards the Cashless Society
« Last post by BuddhaForce on June 03, 2015, 04:46:51 PM »

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people?s health with vaccines and other lifesaving tools and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to significantly improve education so that all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

MasterCard is a technology company and payments industry leader. For more than four decades, we have been a driving force at the heart of commerce, making the global economy safer, more efficient, more inclusive and more transparent for all.Consumers, merchants, business partners and governments in markets around the world have reaped the benefits of our innovative products and solutions which, simply put, are designed to make life easier.

Omidyar Network
Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, the organization invests in and helps scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change. To date, Omidyar Network has committed more than $450 million to for-profit companies and non-profit organizations that foster economic advancement and encourage individual participation across multiple investment areas, including microfinance, property rights, consumer internet, mobile and government transparency.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for over 50 years.

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
UNCDF is the UN?s capital investment agency for the world?s 48 least developed countries.It creates new opportunities for poor people and their small businesses by increasing access to microfinance and investment capital. UNCDF focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or crisis. It provides seed capital ? grants and loans ? and technical support to help microfinance institutions reach more poor households and small businesses, and local governments finance the capital investments ? water systems, feeder roads, schools, irrigation schemes ? that will improve poor peoples? lives. UNCDF programmes help to empower women, and are designed to catalyze larger capital flows from the private sector, national governments and development partners, for maximum impact toward the Millennium Development Goals.

Visa Inc.
Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world?s most advanced processing networks?VisaNet?that is capable of handling more than 24,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa?s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products.

Department For International Development (DFID)
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK?s work to end extreme poverty. We're ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit. DFID is a ministerial department, supported by 2 agencies and public bodies.

European Union (EU)
The EU is a unique economic and political partnership between 28 European countries that together cover much of the continent. The EU was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. The first steps were to foster economic cooperation: the idea being that countries who trade with one another become economically interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict. The result was the European Economic Community (EEC), created in 1958, and initially increasing economic cooperation between six countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Since then, a huge single market has been created and continues to develop towards its full potential.

European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO)
The European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) aims to save and preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises. EU assistance, amounting to one of the world's largest, is enshrined in the Treaty of Lisbon and supported by EU citizens an as expression of European solidarity with any person or people in need. Headquartered in Brussels with a global network of field offices, ECHO ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its two main instruments: humanitarian aid and civil protection. By bringing together the two under one roof in 2010, the Commission has built up a more robust and effective European mechanism for disaster response both inside and outside the EU. Since November 2014, ECHO operates under the mandate of Mr Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

Big Lottery Fund UK
The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery - around ?670 million last year. Since June 2004 we have awarded over ?8 billion to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans. Our funding supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities. We deliver funding throughout the UK, mostly through programmes tailored specifically to the needs of communities in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland as well as some programmes that cover the whole UK.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.

Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP)
The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) originated from the will to gather lessons learnt from the emergency response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2005. The CaLP began as a shared initiative between Oxfam GB, Save the Children and the British Red Cross.  In 2010, the CaLP steering committee was expanded to include Action Against Hunger / ACF International and the Norwegian Refugee Council and in early 2015, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent took over from British Red Cross as representative of the wider Red Cross / Red Crescent movement. Today, CaLP is composed of five steering committee organisations: Oxfam GB, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Save the Children, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Action Against Hunger / ACF International. These five organisations came together to support capacity building, advocacy, research and information sharing as a way to promote cash transfer programming as an effective tool to deliver aid in times of crisis. In 2010, the CaLP partnered with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies (IFRC) to develop and implement new activities for 2011 with support from ECHO.

Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)
DFATD (Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development) is Canada's lead agency for development assistance.

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland's international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). In operating with other federal offices concerned, SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.

Australian Aid
This program is run through the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Everything Else / [BS File] Towards the Cashless Society
« Last post by BuddhaForce on June 03, 2015, 04:46:24 PM »
The BS File is an open source intelligence file where forum users can contribute related content to a specific topic. The goal is to build over time, an archive of knowledge on the subject, and to draw connections between people, places, and events that would otherwise may have been unnoticed. Information in the file all links to original, open sources, and readers will have to decide for themselves whether the source or the information is reliable, to come to their own conclusions.

Towards the Cashless Society

Do you remember the old saying, "cash is king?"  Well, not anymore my friends. Yes my fellow chumps, we have been duped our entire lives by this old adage, because with the new advances in technology, cash is a thing of the past. With each and every passing day, whether you noticed or not, we are being bombarded by movements towards a cashless society. Some have been quite overt such as direct deposits from employers, digital currencies, and mobile banking. Others have been more subtle movements from government entities. While some, such as cashless versions of childrens board games, are so innocuous, that you may not even have thought twice about it if you saw it.

But why not rid ourselves of burdensome cash? I mean, everybody already knows that cash is disgusting and carries deadly microbes like MRSA and Anthrax. It is also tainted with super-dangerous illicit narcotics like cocaine. Plus, cash is the reason that the economy keeps crashing, didn't you know? Besides, According to Bill & Melinda Gates, cash is pass?, while mobile banking is "safe and efficient". And they should know a thing or two about money because they are billionaires, so who are we to question them?


Of course some of us know that despite all the glowing praise our cashless future recieves from the media, bankers, and philanthropic billionaires, there is a darker side to the equation. For one thing, there is something to be said about having a tangible asset, like cash, instead of a bunch of 1's and 0's floating around on a computer somewhere out in the "cloud." It makes it a bit more difficult for things like this, and this to happen, because with something tangible, you can always "stuff it under the matress," whereas a digital currency belongs exclusively in the cloud, or to a bank or government, and there could be little opportunity to remove your currency from the system. Just take a look at who is funding the move away from cash and you might start to get a clearer picture.

More importantly though, are the privacy concerns. Cash is much harder to track and control, and in a world where governments already spy on their citizens, and create dossiers and social networks on individual citizens, creating a complete record of your purchases to track you with doesn't sound very appealing (just for kicks, call your credit card company some time, and see how far back their transaction list for you goes). Don't think that the government would keep track of all your purchases through a digital currency? Well, they already do, whenever you move enough cash into or out of a bank. Which is exactly what the arcana of the cashless society is all about, power and control. It's really quite an old story, and perhaps one day, in the not so distant future you may wake up to find that you can't even purchase a used toaster oven from a garage sale with cash.

Whether you see the move to a cashless society as poitive or not, if you don't think it is happening right now, then consider the following:

- Billionaires Bill & Melinda Gates are developing a huge project to create a new "national digital financial services system" to capture an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide, not currently using banks. The plan calls for a payment clearing system that would keep a directory of users telephone numbers and National ID numbers. Also the system will have a "Fraud and Risk Management Service (FRMS)" which will keep track of suspicious accounts and transactions, and "possibly about non-fraudulent accounts and transactions as well," which means pretty much everybody could be tracked. Source.

- Coffee growers in Colombia have been issued "Coffee Smart ID Cards" since 2007, in order to be paid for their crops in digital currency. Even though the card was intended to be used for making payments to these rural farmers easier, a report noted that the card was instead mostly used for "the disbursement of various government subsidy schemes, rather than Federaci?n coffee purchases." Source.

- The Government of Bangladesh has signed on to the cashless society paradigm, with plans by 2021 to digitize all forms of subsidy payments to it's citizens, all fees that citizens must pay to the government, and all domestic and international remittances and financial transactions for e-commerce. Source.

- Banks in the UK are closed their branches for a day, but allowed people to still use mobile banking. Many smaller banks in the UK are considering closing their brick and mortar shops in favor of online banking. In some rural areas, a bank on wheels visits communities only once a week, limiting their access to cash.  Source.

-Ex-JPMorgan credit default swap legend Blythe Masters, says that the cashless paradigm will "change the way our financial world operates."  She specifically is talking about Digital Distributed Ledgers, which are essentially the records of every individual transaction in the system. Source.

- The Bank of England has taken a keen interest in digital currencies, specifically one of their features which would allow for digital identity management. Source.

- The Government of Ecuador has its own e-Money system which was established at the end of 2014. Source.

- Economist Martin Armstrong says eliminating cash will have the dire effect of the "elimination of the ability to demand to withdraw funds from a bank."  Why is that important?  Because right now the Swiss National Bank's negative interest rate policy?where depositors are charged for holding their money in a bank?is forcing Swiss pension funds to take their money out of banks and store it in expensive private vaults to avoid losses. Source.

Please feel free to contribute to this open source intelligence file to further the development and understanding of this vital topic.
TV & Movies / Journalist Bob Schieffer retires; says a little to much truth
« Last post by BuddhaForce on June 01, 2015, 11:49:17 PM »

if you skip to about 4:40 in the interview you will come across these gems:

"We now don?t know where people get their news, but what we do know is they?re bombarded with information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most of the information is wrong and some of it is wrong on purpose.

It is our job, I think, in mainstream journalism to try to cut through this mall of information and tell people what we think is relevant and what they need to know. That is the job of the journalist and I have to say it?s harder and harder."

And with those parting nuggets of wisdom, Bob Schieffer sums up everything that is wrong with the corporate controlled media, and why their ratings continue to scrape all-time lows.

As for the information we are being bombarded with being incorrect, and purposefully so...well what do you expect when we essentially dismantle our 'anti-propaganda' laws. But even without those laws, the government has a pretty terrible track record when it comes to spinning the news.
Transportation / Re: Cops Behaving Badly
« Last post by BuddhaForce on May 30, 2015, 11:53:18 PM »
An update to an old story just flashed across my feed. Here's the background on Joseph Tucker, who was executed by Salt Lake City police officer Louis "Law" Abner Jones, in August of 2009.

Tucker, a diabetic, had apparently failed to take his insulin and had gone into diabetic shock, which made him act irrationally. The family called the police, asking for help to locate him because they were worried about Tucker driving with out taking his medication. A clearly non-emergency call. However things quickly escalated and after a lengthy car chase, Tucker was rammed off the road and then shot. Police reports stated that officers feared for their lives, and that Tucker was attempting to turn his vehicle towards the officers and ram them. The video pretty clearly shows otherwise...


Either way, running from the cops in Utah is hardly an offense worthy of being killed for. Apparently its not even a felony. Anyways, after the officer as investigated and his actions deemed justified, the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Apparently they settled out of court for $100,000.

So why is this back in the news? Well, it looks like an account on Facebook claiming to belong to the officer who shot Tucker, Law Jones, is now taunting the family and belittling the mans death. Ain't that some bullshit...

For the screencaps of the convo you can go here -

Transportation / Re: US Coal sold to China
« Last post by SuchBS on May 21, 2015, 10:55:27 PM »
Great link to what is going on with the US coal industry and where we sell it
Transportation / US Coal sold to China
« Last post by SuchBS on May 21, 2015, 10:42:59 PM »
Why are we selling coal to China by the train loads? The Obama Administration is cutting use in America to only sell it  to China where the tradewinds will bring it right back to the US!!! Now that is SuchBS
Transportation / Re: Cops Behaving Badly
« Last post by BuddhaForce on May 21, 2015, 10:28:24 PM »
SWAT tosses a flashbang into baby's crib during raid

Ah yes the cautionary tale of 'Baby Bou Bou'. In May of 2014, A heavily armed SWAT team served a drug related warrant at a home in Savannah, GA. The Phonesavanh family, whose house recently had burned down, were staying there temporarily. During the 3:00 a.m. raid, one of the officers tossed a flash-bang grenade into the crib of 19-month old Bounkham Phonesavanh, where it landed on his pillow and then exploded, critically burning the toddler. Of course the suspect, was not even in the house at the time of the raid.


The police then defended the raid saying "There was no clothes, no toys, nothing to indicate that there was children present in the home. If there had been then we?d have done something different." The family indicated otherwise, with the family attorney stating "They had been in this home for about two months. This is a stay-at-home dad who was out in front of the home, playing with the children on a daily basis. Any surveillance that was done would have revealed there was a father with four children who played in that driveway."

We know now that the whole situation played out over a $50 bag of meth, which a police informant bought at the house. The police also defended their egregious lack of investigative work by saying that, doing any due diligence would have tipped off the suspect that the cops were watching...

Finally, the cops have blamed the infant for the injuries he sustained. Of course he should have known that his crib would have a bomb tossed in it by the SWAT team in the middle of the night. He assumed the risk, you see. For a full break down with all the legalese, check this out.

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