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https://theintercept.com/2019/03/04/google-ongoing-project-dragonfly/
Ryan Gallagher 3/4/19 [Op-Ed By R Andrew Ohge: https://randrewohge.wordpress.com/?p=3621

GOOGLE EMPLOYEES HAVE carried out their own investigation into the company’s plan to launch a censored search engine for China and say they are concerned that development of the project remains ongoing, The Intercept can reveal.

Late last year, bosses moved engineers away from working on the controversial project, known as Dragonfly, and said that there were no current plans to launch it. However, a group of employees at the company was unsatisfied with the lack of information from leadership on the issue — and took matters into their own hands.

The group has identified ongoing work on a batch of code that is associated with the China search engine, according to three Google sources.

The development has stoked anger inside Google offices, where many of the company’s 88,000 workforce previously protested against plans to launch the search engine, which was designed to censor broad categories of information associated with human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest.

Google Dragonfly
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Google Dragonfly

In December, The Intercept reported that an internal dispute and political pressure on Google had stopped development of Dragonfly.

Google bosses had originally planned to launch it between January and April of this year.

But they changed course after the outcry over the plan and indicated to employees who were working on the project that it was being shelved.

Google’s Caesar Sengupta, an executive with a leadership role on Dragonfly, told engineers and others who were working on the censored search engine in mid-December that they would be allocated new projects funded by different “cost centers” of the company’s budget.

In a message marked “confidential – do not forward,” which has been newly obtained by The Intercept, Sengupta told the Dragonfly workers:

Over the past few quarters, we have tackled different aspects of what search would look like in China.

While we’ve made progress in our understanding of the market and user needs, many unknowns remain and currently we have no plans to launch.

Back in July we said at our all hands that we did not feel we could make much progress right now.

Since then, many people have effectively rolled off the project while others have been working on adjacent areas such as improving our Chinese language capabilities that also benefit users globally.

Thank you for all of your hard work here.

As we finalize business planning for 2019, our priority is for you to be productive and have clear objectives, so we have started to align cost centers to better reflect what people are actually working on.

Thanks again — and your leads will follow up with you on next steps.

Sources with knowledge of Dragonfly said staff who were working on the project were not told to immediately cease their efforts.

Rather, they were instructed to finish up the jobs they were doing and then they would be allocated new work on other teams.

Some of those who were working on Dragonfly were moved into different areas, focusing on projects related to Google’s search services in India, Indonesia, Russia, the Middle East, and Brazil.

“I just don’t know where the leadership is coming from anymore.”

But Google executives, including CEO Sundar Pichai, refused both publicly and privately to completely rule out launching the censored search engine in the future.

This led a group of concerned employees — who were themselves not directly involved with Dragonfly — to closely monitor the company’s internal systems for information about the project and circulate their findings on an internal messaging list.

The employees have been keeping tabs on repositories of code that are stored on Google’s computers, which they say is linked to Dragonfly.

The code was created for two smartphone search apps — named Maotai and Longfei — that Google planned to roll out in China for users of Android and iOS mobile devices.

The employees identified about 500 changes to the code in December, and more than 400 changes to the code between January and February of this year, which they believe indicates continued development of aspects of Dragonfly. (Since August 2017, the number of code changes has varied between about 150 to 500 each month, one source said.)

The employees say there are still some 100 workers allocated to the “cost center” associated with Dragonfly, meaning that the company is maintaining a budget for potential ongoing work on the plan.

Google sources with knowledge of Dragonfly said that the code changes could possibly be attributed to employees who have continued this year to wrap up aspects of the work they were doing to develop the Chinese search platform.

“I still believe the project is dead, but we’re still waiting for a declaration from Google that censorship is unacceptable and that they will not collaborate with governments in the oppression of their people,” said one source familiar with Dragonfly.

The lack of clarity from management has resulted in Google losing skilled engineers and developers.

In recent months, several Google employees have resigned in part due to Dragonfly and leadership’s handling of the project.

The Intercept knows of six staff at the company, including two in senior positions, who have quit since December, and three others who are planning to follow them out the door.

Colin McMillen, who worked as a software engineer at Google for nine years, quit the company in early February.

He told The Intercept that he had been concerned about Dragonfly and other “ethically dubious” decisions, such as Google’s multimillion-dollar severance packages for executives accused of sexual harassment.

“I think they are going to try it again in a year or two.”

Prior to leaving the company, McMillen said he and his colleagues had “strong indications that something is still happening” with Google search in China.

But they were left confused about the status of the China plan because upper management would not discuss it.

“I just don’t know where the leadership is coming from anymore,” he said. “They have really closed down communication and become significantly less transparent.”

In 2006, Google launched a censored search engine in China, but stopped operating the service in the country in 2010, taking a clear anti-censorship position.

At the time, Google co-founder Sergey Brin declared that he wanted to show that the company was “opposing censorship and speaking out for the freedom of political dissent.”

Pichai, Google’s CEO since 2015, has taken a different position.

He has a strong desire to launch search again in China — viewing the censorship as a worthwhile trade-off to gain access to the country’s more than 800 million internet users — and he may now be waiting for the controversy around Dragonfly to die down before quietly resurrecting the plan.

“Right now it feels unlaunchable, but I don’t think they are canceling outright,” McMillen said. “I think they are putting it on the back burner and are going to try it again in a year or two with a different code name or approach.”

Anna Bacciarelli, a technology researcher at Amnesty International, called on Google “to publicly confirm that it has dropped Dragonfly for good, not just ‘for now.’”

Bacciarelli told The Intercept that Amnesty’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo had visited Google’s Mountain View headquarters in California last week to reiterate concerns over Dragonfly and “the apparent disregard for transparency and accountability around the project.”

If Google is still developing the censored search engine, Bacciarelli said, “it’s not only failing on its human rights responsibilities but ignoring the hundreds of Google employees, more than 70 human rights organizations, and hundreds of thousands of campaign supporters around the world who have all called on the company to respect human rights and drop Dragonfly.”

Google did not respond to a request for comment.

Ric/Rex Suggests: A Chinese Google With Its Growing Business Base PLUS A Heady Wireless Market IS TOO Big For Google To Walk Away From.

With the censorship and tracking tech wanted by the Chinese, having Google Plus remain operating-ESPECIALLY with its former “Freedom of Speech”, Artistic expression, and broad global reach would be an anathema to the Chinese government, and a definite deal breaker…a deal worth ongoing BILLIONS.

Even with the “safeguards” built in required by the Chinese for “Dragonfly”, the remaining operation of G+ would be a customer service nightmare for the CHINESE, and those billions of Yuan are just TOO ATTRACTIVE.

SOOO…Google Plus users, if you’re wondering what made Google shut down the most effective global community ever imagined, NONE of the explanations offered comes through very clear, as it’s too hard to make out through the “googling mumbles” caused by the presence of a giant dragonfly appendage in the mouths of the Google boardroom sellouts and traitors to the cause of Free Speech.

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BRICS bank issues 3 billion-worth of yuan-denominated bonds in China

https://www.rt.com/business/452897-brics-bank-bonds-china/ Reuters / Petar Kujundzic Via RT 3/3/19

The Shanghai-based BRICS’ New Development Bank (NDB) which provides funding for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in emerging economies has issued yuan-denominated bonds, according to China Knowledge Press.

The bonds were issued in two tranches with maturities of three years and five years and coupon rates of between 2.9 percent to 3.5 percent, and 3.2 percent to 3.8 percent respectively.

The bank said it aims to continue issuing financial products denominated in the local currencies of its member nations – China, Russia, Brazil, India, and South Africa.

In September, the NDB approved three infrastructure and sustainable development projects in India and Russia with loans aggregating US$825 million.

The NDB was established in 2014 and formally opened for business a year later.

The bank’s capital is up to $100 billion and it says all members of the United Nations can join it.

However, BRICS nations can never have less than 55 percent of the voting power.

via The most perilous time in world history got worse

The Most Perilous Time In World History Just Got WORSE! Posted By Luther Blissett: By Stephen Lendman: Intrepid Report 03/19/18: https://desultoryheroics.com/2018/03/19/the-most-perilous-time-in-world-history-got-worse/ Or: https://randrewohge.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/the-most-perilous-time-in-world-history-just-got-worse/

Events ongoing should terrify everyone—things likely heading for greater war than already.

Most Americans, Brits, and others in NATO countries are unaware of the danger posed by hardline Western extremists in charge of policy-making—notably in Washington, London and Israel, the Jewish state an alliance Mediterranean Dialogue member.

Businessman Trump was co-opted to be a warrior president—neocon generals in charge of geopolitical policies, their agenda hardened by Mike Pompeo replacing Rex Tillerson at State, along with torturer-in-chief Gina Haspel appointed new CIA director.

An unholy alliance of US extremist policymakers allied with like-minded ones in partner countries risks war winds reaching gale force, a terrifying prospect if confrontation with Russia, Iran or North Korea occurs—the possibility increased by recent events.

Earlier this week, US Defense Secretary Mattis and UN envoy Haley threatened Russia and Damascus.

Russia vowed to retaliate against US attacks on Syrian forces in East Ghouta or elsewhere endangering its personnel in the country.

Anti-Russia hysteria in Britain over the Sergey Skripal poisoning affair, most certainly Moscow had nothing to do with, soured bilateral relations more than already.

In response to British PM Theresa May demanding swift Russian answers to questions posed about the incident, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman (speaking for her government) replied sharply saying, “One does not give 24 hours notice to a nuclear power,” adding the “Skripal poisoning was not an incident but a colossal international provocation,” adding not a “single international legal mechanism [exists] to probe the Skripal case.”

Russia’s embassy in London said “Moscow will not respond to London’s ultimatum until it receives samples of the chemical substance to which the UK investigators are referring.”

“Britain must comply with the Chemical Weapons Convention which stipulates joint investigation into the incident, for which Moscow is ready.”

“Without that, there can be no sense in any statements from London. The incident appears to be yet another crooked attempt by the UK authorities to discredit Russia.”

“Any threat to take ‘punitive’ measures against Russia will meet with a response. The British side should be aware of that.”

“Not only is Russia groundlessly and provocatively accused of the Salisbury incident, but apparently, plans are being developed in the UK to strike Russia with cyber weapons.”

“Judging by the statements of the prime minister, such a decision can be taken at tomorrow’s meeting of the National Security Council.”

Given the gravity of the situation, the above comments by Russian diplomats were uncharacteristically strong.

Sergey Lavrov warned Washington that “[i]f a new [US] strike . . . takes place [against Syrian forces], the consequences will be very serious,” adding, “I simply don’t have any normal terms left to describe all this.”

What’s coming remains to be seen. Hostile rhetoric from US and UK officials, along with hawkish extremists Pompeo in charge at State and Haspel appointed new CIA chief likely signal more war, not less.

What’s ongoing assures no possibility of improving dismal bilateral relations with Russia, China, Iran and other sovereign independent countries.

Talks with North Korea could either be scuttled or confrontational if they take place.

Given very disturbing ongoing events, the perilous state of world conditions reached a new low.

Be scared about what may follow—be very scared!

Experts Warn ‘America Will Lose Its Sovereignty’ As The Financial Armageddon Clock Ticks Away

August 8, 2015

US Could Be Forced To Sell Sovereign Assets To China To Pay Off Over $100 Trillion In National Debt

China To Buy Statute Of Liberty To Pay For US Debt

The US may soon be forced into a situation similar to the one in Greece and be forced to perform a fire sale of national sovereign assets to China pay down the out of control debt that some say is really over $100 trillion.

As Morgan Stanley Points out Greece isn’t even the real problem, it is the US deficit.

Morgan Stanley’s Gorman plays down Greek default fallout

FORGET Greece, the biggest problem facing world markets is the $1.5 trillion US budget deficit, says Morgan Stanley boss James Gorman.

In Melbourne for a brief visit, Gorman didn’t put it quite like that in an interview with The Australian, but he played down concerns about a Greek default and said the big thing Wall Street wants to see is a reduction in the deficit.

Concrete steps taken to show Washington realizes the problem and is doing something about it will be a big relief for US business.

Gorman’s confidence that any Greece default won’t cause major tremors is in part due to the fact a lot of its debt is held by the big European government owned banks.

At $200 billion, the Greek debt is relatively manageable but if a country like Spain was hit next that would be a different story.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Meanwhile, those willing to be honest say the real US debt is over $100 trillion.

As Zero Hedge points out, the US is really not in much better shape than Greece when it comes to servicing the debt.

With states like NJ already putting sovereign assets at risk by obtaining more loans to pay for existing debt they can’t afford to pay for the US debt trap situation will only get worse. 

Seriously sounds like the US is in the same predicament Greece is in.

And sooner or later the IMF will be forcing the US into a shotgun wedding to perform a fire sale of US assets to China.

While that report was warning that what is actually occurring in Greece could be foreshadow of events in the U.S. if Washington did not quickly get the political and economic houses in order financial analysts are now warning that we are further down that road than what we think.

Cheryl Meril’s Candid Blog, quotes a Russia Today report on the U.S debt problem with Max Keiser and writes:

Default Countdown: America Could Lose Its Sovereignty

Even if America defaults August 2nd, it will be a couple months before it doesn’t pay its bills so there’s no need to panic yet.  

The sad part of all this is none of it had to happen, Americans gave over control of their economy to traitor politicians who sold out their country to International global interests.

This default has been planned for years by globalists who President Obama is clearly in concert with.  

It’s been said Obama sold out America’s sovereignty already at the G-20 back in 2009.

“Moving as quickly as he can to gut the USA and then divide its body parts amongst like-minded globalists, the USA’s Supreme Leader used the G-20 conference to begin his turnover of USA sovereignty to said internationalists and start the move toward a one-world government. 

Obama has signed off on international legislation — the Financial Stability Board — that would regulate ALL firms, including those within the USA and places them under the responsibility of an international governmental agency.” –Link

Source: Cheryl Meril’s Candid Blog 

While Cheryl hedges the statement saying the U.S. COULD lose its sovereignty, Russia today actuallyquotes Max Keiser as saying ‘America WILL lose its sovereignty’

Max Keiser: ‘America will lose its sovereignty’

The countdown to armadebtdon carries on and we are just 3 days away from the debt ceiling deadline. 

If a discussion is not reached will the US lose its AAA rating? 

The problem is we are not taking in enough revenue to continue spending like we are. 

Max Keiser of Keiser Report gives us his insight on what that means to the US.

A quick review of the evidence before the courts reveals that we are already on our way down.

Take for example the report from PIMCO that says the real national debt is $100 Trillion.

PIMCO’s Bill Gross: “The U.S. National Debt Is $100 Trillion, We Are In Worse Financial Shape Than Greece” (Video: http://dailybail.com/home/pimcos-bill-gross-the-us-national-debt-is-100-trillion-we-ar.html)

Then this post on Anti-Neocons gives a sobering look at reality showing just how far the dollar has collapsed already.

US dollar worth a whopping 76 cents

Study Japanese.

Because unlike China, Japan doesn’t have these..

 

The one year chart of the dollar looks even worse.

Not to mention the fact that the dollar is down 35% since Obama took office.

But we can’t blame Obama because the 5 year chart of the U.S dollar looks even worse.

The problem is widespread dysfunction in Washington, no matter which party is in charge, and the rape of the middle class by Wall Street Banks and globalist corporations.

Ron Paul has given an urgent warning on inevitable collapse of the U.S. dollar and the civil unrest that will follow.

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has issued an urgent warning to the public about the collapse of the U.S. dollar that now appears to be inevitable due to political bickering and a dead-lock in congress on how to deal with the nation’s debt ceiling crisis.

Ron Paul warns that at U.S. dollar collapse followed by surging interest rates and eventual martial law will be the result of an economic collapse due to political grand standing in Washington: http://alexanderhiggins.com/ron-pauls-urgent-warning-on-the-inevitable-collapse-of-the-dollar/

He warns that only by prosecuting the Wall Street fraud that caused the current financial crisis and returning to a nation that follows the constitution can we recover from the impending economic collapse.

He says those moves and the immediate ending of the ponzi scheme that is known as the Federal Reserve will restore the confidence in U.S. financial markets that is needed to lead the nation back onto the path of economic recovery.

Ron Paul’s frank and sincere delivery to members of the public about the problems that the nation is facing has shown him quickly becoming the GOP favorite to run against President Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

The pentagon is already deploying 20,000 troops into the Continental U.S to deal with civil unrest due to an economic collapse.

We also know that the purpose of the fed is to support the wall street bankers and let the real economy go to hell.

In this video Ron Paul outlines the only plan to prevent the collapse – get rid of corruption and return to the Constitution that our crooked politicians and bureaucrats continue to ignore.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed the tools in Washington don’t piss our nation down the drain.

http://alexanderhiggins.com/experts-warn-america-will-lose-its-sovereignty-as-the-financial-armageddon-clock-ticks-away-2