Archive | February, 2016

The Second Tech Bubble Has Burst: Here Come The Mass Layoffs

29 Feb

The Second Tech Bubble Has Burst: Here Come The Mass Layoffs

Over the past year we have diligently followed thebursting of the second tech bubble which in the space of less than one year went from the “running of the bulls” to the “mauling of the unicorns“, mostly in the private markets but also – for those rare few who have made it beyond the IPO stage – in the public arena.

 

In the last few months, this painful reality finally hit ground zero – Silicon Valley itself, as best described in “The Mood In Silicon Valley Is Like The “Moment After The Titanic Hit An Iceberg.” As the Wall Street Journalsummarized it:

Some companies are raising funding by selling shares at lower prices than they had in earlier rounds. Such “down rounds” can hurt a startup’s chances at recruiting and discourage employees who are often paid with stock options…. These changes are eroding the idea that drives Silicon Valley’s economy: Work hard, secure venture capital and get rich. With valuations falling, the other side of the equation is reappearing: Failure is often just around the corner.

In this case failure means much more than just a few billionaires and VCs resetting their bubble-level valuation marks back to reality: it means that for millions of ordinary Americans who jumped on thesecond tech bubble bandwagon, the hangover from the party of the last few years is just around the corner.

Said otherwise, the mass layoffs have arrived.

As TechCrunch confirms, “a handful of job placement executives confirms what recent headlines about layoffs already imply: The market is softening for numerous sectors of the startup world, as well as at publicly traded tech companies.”

This means that it is not only the energy/shale sector where well-paid workers (according to Credit Suisse estimates as much as 250,000) are getting wholesale pink slips: the even better-paid West Coast tech sector is next.

Numbers from California’s Employment Development Department illustrate part of the story. In October, for example, the Bay Area accounted for 40 percent of all job growth in California, even though it represents less than 20 percent of the state’s population.

 

Data in December only hints at a shift, with the overall number of employed Californians down just 10,000 from November, according to the same state agency. Still, recruiters largely believe the situation is starting to change, particularly for certain jobs.

 

“I think what we’re seeing is bigger than a small correction,” says Paul Gomory, an executive recruiter who’s been placing C-level professionals for more than 30 years and seen his share of cycles. “Everyone thinks it will be different this time, but it never is.”

This means that the BLS will be busy coming up with even more ridiculous seasonal adjustments to mask not only the collapsing jobs in the shale sector, but also those resulting from the bursting of the “Zerocorn bubble.” For those wondering why, the answer is simple: the money finally dried up:

Teri McFadden, VP of recruiting at Norwest Venture Partners, believes a slowing funding environment is largely to blame. “I think companies that had planned to grow through acquisitions don’t have the war chest they thought they would,” she says; it’s leaving those professionals with a lot less to do.

There is another problem: as layoffs begin, those workers used to pocketing massive bubble-induced paychecks suddenly taste the bitter reality of real-world wages :

The problem, he says, is, “Where are these people going to go that offers the same level of compensation?”Public company employees don’t have it so great right now, Lonergan acknowledges. In addition to plummeting share prices, pay packages at tech companies are shrinking — by a somewhat surprising 20 to 25 percent from early 2015, he says.

Especially, since, as Mark Lonegran, founder of his own, 14-year-old, Redwood City, Ca.-based executive search firm, says “with private valuations falling more quickly than public ones, it’s just hard to see where these companies are going.”

In short, the labor pain, whether in the form of lower pay or simply pink slips, is coming for everyone in the tech space, workers in both public and private firms.

In fact, as the chart below shows, for many it already has.

Source Link:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-28/second-tech-bubble-has-burst-and-here-come-mass-layoffs

Strange Syrian Bedfellows: US, Russia Coordinate Attack Against Militants From Turkey

29 Feb

Strange Syrian Bedfellows: US, Russia Coordinate Attack Against Militants From Turkey

Turkey has already made it clear that it will not honor the Syria ceasefire (which includes nearly 100 groups) if it feels its security is “threatened”. This is code for “we reserve the right to continue attacking the Syrian Kurds.” And not surprisingly, that’s exactly what Ankara has foolishly decided to do. Using the tried and true tactic of “look the other way as ‘ISIS’ crosses our border”, Ankara launched an attack on the Kurdish-held border town of Tel Abyad:

The Russian ceasefire monitoring center near Latakia says it is verifying reports of an attack on the Kurdish town Tell Abyad in northern Syria carried out by militants coming from Turkey.
The reports came overnight and claim that the forces coming from Turkey are using heavy artillery, according to Lt. Gen. Sergey Kuralenko, who heads the center for Syrian reconciliation.

“This information was verified though multiple channels, including representatives of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), [a rebel alliance that includes Kurds, Arabs and other ethnic groups and operates in the region],” he said.
The US, which is allied with many of the Kurdish forces in Syria, pounded the Turkish-backed militants with airstrikes:

Islamic State militants launched an assault on a Kurdish-controlled town on Syria’s border with Turkey on Saturday, prompting air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition to try to drive them back.

The hardline Sunni fighters attacked Tel Abyad, which is controlled by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, and the nearby town of Suluk in the early hours of Saturday, YPG spokesman Redur Xelil and Turkish security sources told Reuters.
Here’s a map of the battlefield. The blue bombs represent US airstrikes against the militants that crossed the border from Turkey.

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The US airstrikes might have actually come at the urging of Russia. As SkyNews reports:

[T]he northern Syrian town of Tel Abyad has come under attack from Turkish territory.

Russia contacted the US co-ordination centre in Amman, which is monitoring the break in fighting, after the attack was recorded by the Russian co-ordination centre in Syria, the Interfax news agency reported.
Is this real life? Is the US teaming up with Russia to fight Turkey?

Source Link:

http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/nato-bombs-itself-syria-us-airstrikes-target-isis-militants-coming-turkey/ri13093

@KarenHudes To the Superior General of the Society of Jesus and head of the Ptolomaic Papal bloodlines:

29 Feb

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@KarenHudes
To the Superior General of the Society of Jesus and head of the Ptolomaic Papal bloodlines:https://s3.amazonaws.com/khudes/Twitter2.28.16.3.pdf

Karen Hudes: comment @ Zerohedge

29 Feb

Citizens in Holland are fully briefed about their international monetary gold reserves in the Global Debt Facility that are going to replace that ponzi scheme known as fractional reserve fiat currencies.https://s3.amazonaws.com/khudes/Twitter2.26.16.2.pdf
Zerohedge likes to try and perpetuate that false reality known as the “matrix”. It isn’t working any more for Zerohedge, and it isn’t working any more for the insolvent Network of Global Corporate Control that Vitali, Battiston and Glattfelder of ETH Zurich reported in 2011http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/1107/1107.5728v2.pdf
https://s3.amazonaws.com/khudes/Twitter2.24.15.pdf

Russia Gold

Why Is The Dutch Central Bank Suddenly Moving Its Gold? And Why Is ABN Amro Becoming Bullish?

An interesting fact has hit the newswires earlier this week, as the Dutch Central Bank confirmed it was looking to (temporarily?) move its gold reserves to another secure location. The DNB claims it has to renovate its vaults and thus needs to store the yellow metal elsewhere and that’s quite surprising as the central bank repatriated a large part of its gold reserves less than 18 months ago.

If this renovation has been scheduled a long time ago, why were the Netherlands so anxious to bring its gold back home? And why is the central bank using ‘renovations’ as the official reason even though some officials have indicated the DNB might be looking to permanently store the gold elsewhere?

Of course, as it’s a government institution, ‘poor planning’ always is a very valid excuse and even though it would make more sense to first think where the DNB would store the gold, politicians and commissioners appointed by the political system aren’t really known to make the best decisions. But there’s another possibility here. Officially, the Dutch central bank is no longer leasing its gold to commercial counterparties, but the possibility the central bank has been forced into a corner by the other central banks is not impossible.

Read more:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-28/why-dutch-central-bank-suddenly-moving-its-gold-and-why-abn-amro-becoming-bullish#comment-7247108

The Sacred Power Of Your Yoni {Full Body Orgasm, Cervical- & Multiple Orgasm}

29 Feb

Gustav Klimt Danae

The Yoni of the Woman Is A Portal Into Ecstasy & Beyond

The meaning of “Yoni” in Sanskrit is “Sacred Place” (= female genitals). This word is fast coming into vogue as women learn to reclaim pride in being a woman. Many women are now aware that it is not enough to achieve the same status as men in the marketplace.

A new dawn is coming where women are discovering that it is our birthright to be Goddesses, ‘she who knows the secrets of discovering heaven on earth’.

An important part of the revolution from woman to Goddess is the Yoni.

By understanding the attributes of the Yoni, we simultaneously discover true empowerment.

Female Sexual Anatomy Is A Miracle

It is unfortunate that even now, many women still believe the erroneous statement made by Freud that infantile women need clitoral stimulation during sex, while a mature woman orgasms from penetration alone. He made this statement without any scientific study to back his claim.

Later during the 50’s and 60’s Masters and Johnson proved him wrong through their lab studies of women’s sexual response.

And recently, groundbreaking work in the lab has been and continues to be done on many aspects of female arousal and sexual activation, in the genitals, and the body as a whole, including the brain.

Woman’s sexuality is holistic, and includes an entire network of responsive tissue, nerves, glands and hormonally based emotional states.

There are 3 main erogenous zones for female sexual arousal:

  1. The clitoris and the clitoral network
  2. The G Spot
  3. The cervix (mouth of the womb)
In addition to this, there is a nerve in the sacrum which functions as the ‘trigger’ for genital orgasm.

This delicate network of nerves and erectile tissue is linked directly with the glandular system of the brain and is also connected to nerves and other communication systems all over the body.

The Clitoris Is Just The Tip Of A Giant Iceberg

The clitoris we see or touch on the outside of the body is just the tip of a large network of pleasure oriented erectile tissue.

In the clitoris are 3-5000 nerve endings devoted only to the arousal of ecstasy states.

The clitoral network has bulbs inside the body, arms that hug the vagina from inside the body, as well as the vulva (outer lips and inner lips) and a hood, which sits on top of the clitoris, linked to the vulva. All of this goes into erection when the woman becomes aroused, making her hypersensitive and lubricated, ready for potential penetration.

As erection happens, her vagina lengthens and balloons, adapting itself to receive the Lingam of her lover (In Sanskrit, the word Lingam means Pillar of Light, symbolizing the male genitals).

The G-Spot Holds Memories Of Either Pleasure Or Pain

The G-spot that is located just inside the entrance of the Yoni is the end of a bundle of nerves linked to the clitoral network.

When the woman is aroused, the G-spot becomes slightly swollen and more sensitive than it is in its passive state.

Energetically, it is connected to the Womb, being an acupressure area, which holds memories of either pleasure or pain in regards to the woman’s sexual and birth experiences.

When energy is liberated in this zone, a woman can discover the blessing of Amrita (also known as female ejaculation).

The Taoist Tantra masters have named this area, ‘the Palace of Yin.’

It was thought most auspicious for a man to be able to drink the fountain of Amrita (meaning nectar in Sanskrit and in Chinese, translated as Moon Flower medicine).

There are wonderful erotic paintings from ancient China and Japan, showing a male lover holding a goblet under his beloved’s yoni to catch this precious fluid, which was thought to grant him a longer life.

Shunga Art

The Cervix, The Portal of the Goddess

The cervix is a highly sensitive erogenous zone, which offers women the possibility to open to multi-orgasmic states and to a deep experience of her Goddess nature.

The Yoni has its own masterful intelligence and the portal of the cervix will not reveal its full potential unless the sexual arousal between the male and female is of a high enough calibre.

When the conditions are right for a deep sexual union, the woman will be catapulted into ecstasy states which cause her brain to shut down its rational aspects. In these moments of deepest surrender, she experiences divinity. She knows herself to be the Goddess.

A Tantric sexual secret is hidden in the cervical union of Lingam and Yoni.

When the tip of the Lingam kisses the cervix in just the right way, an amazing transmission and transmutation happens.

The tip of the lingam transforms from giver to receiver and begins drinking the offering of amrita from the womb. The cervix becomes the giver, offering a profound transmission of the power of Shakti to her Shiva.

This in turn gives rise to what is called ‘the Tantric Circle’ wherein male and female become one spinning wheel of yin and yang and may forget who is the male and who is the female. This state of oneness is what is sought in each sexual meeting, whether the lovers know it or not.

The Sacrum: A Trigger for Orgasm

In the sacral area are many acupressure points linked to the glandular system of the brain.

These points are also connected to nerves linked to brain, spine and genitals. One such nerve in the center of the sacrum functions as the trigger for orgasm once full arousal has happened.

If someone has stagnation in his or her sacral area or lower spine, it may be difficult to achieve orgasm. While lovers begin engaging in sexual play, it is very helpful to include massage of the sacrum as a way of opening up orgasmic potential.

Full Body Orgasm

When a woman is aroused only locally directly on and around her outer clitoris, she may have a more localized and less fulfilling orgasm.

If her arousal spreads deeper inside her clitoral network, and she attains full erection of all erectile tissue of her genitals, both inner and outer, she will have more ecstatic orgasms, which are deeply fulfilling.

For the portal of the Goddess to be opened within and for the woman to experience full body orgasm, there is a protocol to follow.

The clitoris has nerve endings that arrive to this erogenous zone from all over the body.

For full arousal to be experienced, the woman will need full body activation. She has the potential for such a level of excitation that her entire body will feel as if it is one giant clitoris.

This happens when all the nerve endings of the clitoris are awakened in their connectivity to all other parts of the body, including the glandular system of the brain.

Slow and Sensual Arousal

One of the findings of sex researchers is that for a woman to become aroused fully in her genitals and ready for penetration by a Lingam, she will need minimum 20 minutes of all over body connectivity and touch.

This could be through caressing, massage, hugging, or kissing, and other forms of all over body stimulation.

This finding is interesting considering that in ancient Tantra Taoist texts, it is stated that a man needs to spend time arousing the woman through artful means, and should not attempt penetration till she begs him to with tears in her eyes! In general, a slow, tender and teasing build up of arousal works very well for many women.

It has also been found that tender loving words can greatly excite women, and that as part of the awakening of orgasmic potential, it is very helpful to have a romantic atmosphere, i.e. soft lights, soft music, wonderful aphrodisiac scent, and other sensorial activations.

Allow sounds to possess you beyond conscious control

Once the woman begins moving into an altered state through her sensual and sexual build up, it is very helpful if she allows sounds and movement to possess her, beyond conscious control.

A friend, Robert Silber, who has studied women’s sexual response extensively through Yoni massage, has informed me that women’s capacity for orgasmic states is directly linked to how vocal she is able to be while experiencing pleasure.

The Woman’s Body is a Musical Instrument

The woman’s body is a musical instrument devoted to pleasure.

The wise lover will first tune the instrument, and will then begin playing the raga of sexual fulfillment, with himself in the role of master musician.

The art of Indian Raga music offers a great teaching in the arts of sexual love through how it moves from tuning, to slow buildup and from there to orgasmic splendor, where the musician and the instrument become like lover and beloved, finally merging into one.

Deep Down, Each Woman Longs For Complete Surrender With Her Beloved

In past Tantric cultures, the arts of erotic love were taught. If these arts are not learned, we end up with the most basic instinctual type of sexuality, which tends to be over with very quickly and offers no chance of pleasure for the woman.

Even worse than that is sexuality, which is programmed through cultural inhibitions leading to a sex act, which is no more exciting than a sneeze.

Deep down, each woman longs for complete surrender with her beloved.She wants to let go and lose control, being possessed by love to her intimate core of being.

When she feels safe with her man, knowing that it is fine to really be herself, she will go wild. She becomes lost to herself, drunk on her capacity for ecstasy. In such a state, she will be able to know all that erotic love can give, including, multiple full body orgasms.

The Yoni of the Woman Is A Portal Into Ecstasy & Beyond

Women and men cannot feel fulfilled unless and until we have experienced the splendour of fulfilling sex.

I have heard Osho say that people go on changing partners because deep down we are searching for someone with whom we can experience the most ecstatic orgasm. In my years working with couples and individuals, I have found this is true.

We may mask our desire behind other flowery terms, but deep down the search for fulfilling sex is of paramount importance.

The Yoni of the woman is a portal into ecstasy and beyond.

The more at home we are with our capacity for orgasmic ecstasy, the easier it will be to allow ourselves to be catapulted into a merging with universal consciousness. As we enter total orgasm, simultaneously the supreme wisdom of our Goddess nature is revealed.

I am sharing this because I know it through my own experience. One may think that perhaps this is a unique gift I have experienced and that it is not possible for all.

However, my research in working with thousands of women and reading much literature on the subject reveals that such experience is the birthright of every woman.

The sexual revolution will not be complete unless and until each woman has experienced her Goddess nature.

Sources of Research

Vagina by Naomi Wolf, Masters of Sex, A Biography of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The New Hite Report by Shere Hite, The New Sex Therapy by Helen Singer Kaplan, Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving by Charles and Caroline Muir, Osho’s discourses and books on Tantra

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Republished with permission, courtesy of  Mahasatvaa Sarita / Image Credit: Gustav Klimt “Danae”

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Karen Hudes The Joint US Japan Committee under the Status of Forces Agreement is making sure that US military might is not surrendered unilaterally through a crash of the unconstitutional Federal Reserve Notes.

28 Feb

The Joint US Japan Committee under the Status of Forces Agreement is making sure that US military might is not surrendered unilaterally through a crash of the unconstitutional Federal Reserve Notes.https://s3.amazonaws.com/khudes/Twitter2.27.16.2.pdf This press release was approved by the Joint US Japan Committee before it was issuedhttp://presswire.com/pr/hudes/hudes_250714.html

Not only is Russia’s relationship with Japan improving, so is that of the United States. The Knights of Malta in the US military are exposed as traitors serving the now bankrupt Network of Global Corporate Control. Vitali, Glattfelder, and Battiston of ETH Zurich showed the existence of the Network of Global Corporate Control in 2011http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/1107/1107.5728v2.pdf

Roughly three-quarters of American public consistently prefers that the US act jointly with other nations in foreign affairs. In October 2005, twelve percent preferred United States act as a single leader, seventy-four percent wanted US to act jointly with other nations and ten percent felt it had no leadership role to play. Surveys in 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003 and 2004 found little variation. Dougles C. Foyle, The Convinced, The Skeptical, and the Hostile: American and World Opinion on the Bush Doctrine, in UNDERSTANDING THE BUSH DOCTRINE.

Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov at a Federation Council meeting

Russian-Japanese Ties Develop Despite Sanctions – Russian Trade Minister

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/business/20160227/1035430698/russia-japan-ties-sanctions.html#ixzz41TgiBjpe

Karen Hudes commented on a link.

28 Feb

The Joint US Japan Committee under the Status of Forces Agreement is making sure that US military might is not surrendered unilaterally through a crash of the unconstitutional Federal Reserve Notes. This press release was approved by the Joint US Japan Committee before it was issuedhttp://presswire.com/pr/hudes/hudes_250714.html Not only is Russia’s relationship with Japan improving, so is that of the United States. The Knights of Malta in the US military are exposed as traitors serving the now bankrupt Network of Global Corporate Control. Vitali, Glattfelder, and Battiston of ETH Zurich showed the existence of the Network of Global Corporate Control in 2011http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/1107/1107.5728v2.pdf
Roughly three-quarters of American public consistently prefers that the US act jointly with other nations in foreign affairs. In October 2005, twelve percent preferred United States act as a single leader, seventy-four percent wanted US to act jointly with other nations and ten percent felt it had no leadership role to play. Surveys in 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003 and 2004 found little variation. Dougles C. Foyle, The Convinced, The Skeptical, and the Hostile: American and World Opinion on the Bush Doctrine, in UNDERSTANDING THE BUSH DOCTRINE

Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov at a Federation Council meeting

Russian-Japanese Ties Develop Despite Sanctions – Russian Trade Minister

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/business/20160227/1035430698/russia-japan-ties-sanctions.html#ixzz41TYxXP5s