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The 355 Ending Explained: In The Nick Of Time

Director Simon Kinberg's 2022 spy film "The 355" is a fast-paced thriller with so many twists and turns, you may be dizzy by the end. Is it groundbreaking? Not really. Is it fun? Yes. Do the film's many plot twists call for some explanation and examination? Absolutely, and that's what I'm here to do! The Plot There's a technological superweapon that has the capability to crash airplanes, bring down entire power grids, and do ... all sorts of other devastating techy things that can potentially ha...
Tags: Jessica Chastain, Movies, Mace, Clarke, MI6, Cia, Penélope Cruz, NICK, Patriots, Larry, Lupita, MSS, Simon Kinberg, BND, Sheng, Sebastian Stan


The 355 Trailer: Jessica Chastain Assembles A Female Spy Team To Stop World War III

Jessica Chastain is putting one hell of a team together in the upcoming spy thriller, "The 355." As you probably guessed from the millions of promos and very noticeable fan excitement, James Bond is back in theaters, proving once more that there's nothing quite like the excitement of an undercover agent. This newest entry into the genre sees Chastain staking her claim, with an exciting star-studded cast. The new trailer gives us the briefest glimpse, but shows off all the necessary elements: a b...
Tags: Jessica Chastain, Movies, News, Morocco, Paris, Shanghai, James Bond, Trailers, Cia, Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong, Chastain, Simon Kinberg, Khadijah, Kinberg, BND


Maximizing Your Long-Term Investments

[My alternative title for this article could be, “My Kids Roth IRAs’ Asset Allocation.” However, you don’t have to have a kid Roth IRA or a kid to take advantage of some of the ideas here.] I’ve written about my kids’ Roth IRAs before. One of the benefits of dog sitting is that they can help, get paid, and legally save money for retirement that they’ll never have to pay taxes on. It’s not a lot of money, but a minimum of 50+ years of compounding is very powerful. One thing we recently learned...
Tags: Google, Europe, Kids, Marketing, US, Investing, Paypal, United States, Peter Thiel, North America, Ray, Morningstar, Vanguard, Shiller, ROTH IRA, BND


Thiel’s Scandalous Roth IRA and What You Can Learn From It

A few weeks ago, ProPublica dropped another tax bombshell. If you missed the first one* a couple of weeks ago, they published a bunch of the wealthiest Americans’ tax details when it was sent to them. They were able to show how the ultra-wealthy are able to avoid taxes. It was a fantastic read and it might just change Congress’s tax policies going forward. ProPublica is back this time with an exposé of Peter Thiel’s Roth IRA. It’s a little bit different in that this article focuses on one per...
Tags: Pinterest, Congress, Marketing, Investing, Paypal, Social Security, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Ira, Propublica, Mary, Vanguard, Roth, Thiel, ROTH IRA, BND


When A Former COMEX Diver And Rolex Ambassador Likes Your €396 Divers Watch…

If a former Rolex ambassador and COMEX diver says about your watch, “I find it very beautiful, sober, and classy, and the diameter is perfect too,” you have reason to be proud. This happened to Vincent, a 29-year-old watchmaker from France, who started his own brand (BND) to develop watches. So, let’s have a closer […] Visit When A Former COMEX Diver And Rolex Ambassador Likes Your €396 Divers Watch… to read the full article.
Tags: France, Watches, Vincent, COMEX, BND, Watch Review


The Public Bank LA plan is incredibly naïve

In association with the Alliance for Community Transit – Los Angeles, LA Forward, and the Sunrise Movement LA, Public Bank LA organized a Teach In to explain how a public bank in Los Angeles would benefit residents. The Municipal Bank of Los Angeles, as proposed by Public Bank LA, would be a wholesale bank. Los Angeles would deposit its tax revenues with the bank. Loans would be made to small businesses, to encourage the construction of affordable housing (for example, by lending to tenant organ...
Tags: Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Bank, Federal Reserve, Assembly, Tran, Newsom, BND, California State University Northridge, Bank of North Dakota, Agrawal, Guest Commentary, Monica Rodriguez, Shirley Svorny


Lobbying agency claims its former head concealed arms trade and terror funding from Qatar to Hezbollah

Hezbollah is part of the government in Lebanon but is also internationally classified as a terrorist organization. Getty Images / Salah Malkawi Prominent German lobbying agency WMP has accused its former chairman of damaging its reputation. The complaint alleges that Michael Inacker hid evidence of terror funding and arms deliveries from Qatar to Hezbollah. Inacker strongly denied the claims, saying WMP was attempting to paralyze a new venture he founded. Visit the Business section of Insi...
Tags: Germany, Berlin, Israel, Trends, Qatar, Munich, Nato, Middle East, Macedonia, Brussels, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Jason, Doha, Eastern Europe, Mohammed bin Salman


Report: Swiss Government Long in Dark Over CIA Front Company

The Swiss intelligence service has known since at least 1993 that Switzerland-based encryption device maker Crypto AG was actually a front for the CIA and its German counterpart, according to a new report released by the Swiss Parliament, but Swiss leaders were in the dark until last year. From a report: Switzerland's intra-governmental information gap is unlikely to be welcome news in Europe, which already looks warily upon the U.S.' expansive surveillance practices. Still, Crypto AG provided i...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Switzerland, Cia, Swiss Parliament, BND, Crypto AG, CIA Front Company


Swiss Report Reveals New Details On CIA Spying Operation

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: The CIA and German intelligence jeopardized Switzerland's historic reputation for neutrality by using a Swiss company as a platform for a global espionage operation for decades, according to a report released Tuesday by members of the Swiss parliament. Investigators concluded that Swiss authorities were aware of, and at times complicit in, an elaborate espionage operation in which the CIA covertly owned and controlled a Swiss company,...
Tags: Tech, Switzerland, Crypto, Cia, The Washington Post, BND, Crypto AG, CIA Spying Operation


Why Is Socialism Becoming Less Scary?

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis.  In her extraordinary new documentary film, “The Big Scary ‘S’ Word,” director Yael Bridge examines the surprising rebirth of American socialism. “Socialism is as American as apple pie,” notes one of the film’s interviewees, Harvard University philosopher and activist Cornel West. That statement becomes the film’s theme.  Of course, many would dispute West’s statement. “America will never be a socialist country,” P...
Tags: New York, News, Sweden, Minneapolis, Congress, Virginia, Massachusetts, Milwaukee, India, America, Reagan, Marine, Austria, West, United States, Harvard University


No one would ever write these about Britney Spears.

Scholars of pop culture know that celebrity culture is hardly a recent creation. You can read the newspapers of the 19th century (and earlier) and get the same obsession with celebrities, the same celebration of people who are famous for being famous, and the same fixation on appearance and style over achievement and substance. But modern American celebrity culture really began at the end of the 19th century, with the appearance of Buffalo Bill. (For more on this I recommend Larry McMurtry's...
Tags: Google, Europe, Japan, Hollywood, Mexico, Wikipedia, Germany, Nazis, America, United States, Alaska, Paris, Arizona, Portugal, Stasi, Poland


German Intelligence Can No Longer Freely Spy on the World's Internet Traffic, Top Court Rules

In the world of online spying, great power lies with those who can get their hands on the data flowing through the world's Internet infrastructure. So the fact that Germany is home to one of the world's biggest Internet exchange points -- where data crosses between the networks that make up the Internet -- has given a lot of power to the country's equivalent of the U.S. National Security Agency. From a report: The Bundesnachrichtendienst, or BND, gets to freely sift through all the foreign traff...
Tags: Nsa, Germany, Tech, U S National Security Agency, BND, Federal Constitutional Court


BND: Court curbs German spy agency's bugging abroad

The BND intelligence agency is told to limit its monitoring of foreigners' data overseas.
Tags: News, BND


World Health Organisation denies China influence allegations

The World Health Organization on Sunday denied allegations that the president of China asked it to delay issuing a global warning about the Covid-19 virus amid an intensifying war of words between Beijing and Washington over the handling of the pandemic. Der Speigel on Friday cited sources in Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) saying that Xi Jinping, China's head of state, had asked Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organisation, to withhold...
Tags: News, Washington, China, Germany, US, America, European Union, Beijing, Who, World Health Organization, World Health Organisation, Donald Trump, Wuhan, Trump, State, Der Speigel


‘The Intelligence Coup of the Century’ (The Washington Post)

For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret. But what none of its customers ever knew was that Crypto AG was secretly owned by the CIA in a highly classified partnership with West... Canary Trap is a platform for exclusive, well-researched, and objective information relating to intelligence, terrorism, corruption and politico-security matters.
Tags: Publishing, Washington Post, Espionage, Cia, The Washington Post, BND, Security & Intel, Encrypted Communications, Crypto AG, Diplomatic Cables, Encryption Devices, German Intelligence


CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report

Swiss government orders inquiry after revelations Crypto AG was owned and operated by US and German intelligenceThe Swiss government has ordered an inquiry into a global encryption company based in Zug following revelations that it was owned and controlled for decades by US and German intelligence.Encryption weaknesses added to products sold by Crypto AG allowed the CIA and its German counterpart, the BND, to eavesdrop on adversaries and allies alike, while earning million of dollars from the sa...
Tags: Washington Post, Germany, US, US news, Espionage, Cia, Zug, ZDF, BND, Crypto AG


Leaked documents reportedly show the CIA secretly bought an encryption company and used it to spy on clients — while turning a profit

The CIA secretly bought a Swiss company that sold encrypted devices and rigged them to spy on clients, according to confidential documents published by The Washington Post and ZDF Tuesday. The company, Crypto AG, sold gadgets and software to spies, diplomats, military officials, and private companies for decades. CIA agents secretly listened in on all communications that used the company's devices, and the CIA's leaked report called it "the intelligence coup of the century." Crypto AG was diss...
Tags: Motorola, Post, US, Trends, Iran, Vatican, Cia, Louisiana, Siemens, National Security Agency, The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, West Germany, ZDF, The Post, BND


Crypto AG backdooring rumours were true, say German and Swiss news orgs after explosive docs leaked

One for the Cold War infosec veterans: CIA and BND literally owned the firm Swiss encryption machine company Crypto AG was secretly owned by the US CIA and a West German spy agency at the height of the Cold War, according to explosive revelations in the Swiss and German media today.…
Tags: US, Software, Cia, BND, Crypto AG


How I’m Managing Stock Market Risk in 2020

I hope your 2020 is off to a good start. Are you still keeping up with those New Years resolutions? I hope so! If not, it’s never too late. I didn’t make my 2019 resolutions until late February.So far my 2020 is going well, especially in terms of investment gains in the stock market. The market seems to be continuing making big gains like it did in 2019. I never thought that the S&P 500 would return nearly 30% after an exceptional 9 year bull run.I’ve been expecting the market to run out o...
Tags: Google, Real Estate, Marketing, US, Investing, United States, Bonds, Coca Cola, Stock, Shiller, BND, VTI, VTI Vanguard


Report: German spy agency releases Himmler daughter files

Germany's foreign intelligence agency has declassified documents regarding its employment of the daughter of top Nazi Heinrich Himmler as a secretary in the early 1960s, the country's top-selling newspaper reported Thursday. The BND agency declassified the documents on Gudrun Burwitz-Himmler at the Bild newspaper's request. The paper previously confirmed the intelligence agency employed Burwitz-Himmler from 1961 to 1963.
Tags: News, Germany, Bild, BND, Himmler, Nazi Heinrich Himmler, Gudrun Burwitz Himmler, Burwitz Himmler


More Fees, More Fees, and… No Fees?

Over the past week or so, I couldn’t help but notice that there’s been a cluster of news reporting around fees. What I found interesting is that two industries’ fees keep going up and up… and the third industries’ fees have gone to zero. Specifically, ATM and cable company fees continue to rise, while brokerage trading fees are disappearing. As consumers of these services, being aware of these trends can help us make wiser financial decisions. Of course, it’s not always clear what’s going on ...
Tags: Marketing, Investing, Banking, Ars Technica, Spending, Fidelity, Fees, Robinhood, Cox, USAA, Schwab, BND, NBC ABC CBS, Interactive Brokers Group, Cox Comcast, Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF NASDAQ


Reminder: Nobody Can Predict Future Interest Rates (Especially the Experts)

The financial prediction industry is simply mind-boggling to me. There is zero long-term memory or accountability. You can make all the predictions you want about the stock market, gold prices, and interest rates, and nobody remembers your bad calls. You get a contrarian call right, and all of a sudden you’re on all the TV interviews and news articles. Allow me to remind you of what the Wall Street Journal’s panel of economists predicted in January 2019 as to what interest rates would look l...
Tags: Retirement, Marketing, US, Investing, Banking, Treasury, Behavioral Economics, US Treasury, WSJ, FDIC, NCUA, Agg, BND, APY, Vanguard Target Retirement Fund Just


Former German foreign minister Klaus Kinkel dies at 82

BERLIN (AP) — Klaus Kinkel, Germany’s foreign minister from 1992 to 1998 and a former head of the country’s foreign intelligence agency, has died. He was 82. Kinkel’s Free Democratic Party, which he led from 1993 to 1995, announced his death on Tuesday without giving further details. Kinkel led Germany’s foreign intelligence service, the BND, […]
Tags: News, Germany, Berlin, Ap, Nation, Free Democratic Party, BND, Kinkel, Klaus Kinkel, Klaus Kinkel Germany


How Much Does it Cost to Travel in Brunei?

Brunei has a reputation for being expensive for travellers. In some respects it is. When you compare the cost of travel in Brunei to somewhere like Vietnam, it is a little pricer. You’ll pay more for accommodation in Brunei, and won’t be cruising by on just $15 a day. In spite of that, I was surprised by how affordable Brunei was. Just like in Vietnam, you can grab a meal for as little as $1, and a bus ride in Bandar Seri Begawan is 80 cents per journey. There are plenty of free activities and a...
Tags: Travel, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Spain, Dave, United States, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, Vietnam, Borneo, Maya, Coffee Bean, Air Asia, BND, Bandar Seri Begawan, Kampong


Is Brunei Worth Visiting? My Experience in the Sultanate

I went to Brunei because everybody said it was boring. I’m aware that’s a weird reason to go somewhere, but I’m all about being different. If somebody insists a place isn’t worth visiting, I immediately add it to the top of my list and set off in search of its redeeming features. When I first considered checking out Brunei, I struggled to find many positive write-ups about the sultanate. Everyone declared the country dull. Articles explained it was only worth visiting for a day and that you shou...
Tags: Travel, Asia, London, Saudi Arabia, China, Dave, Philippines, Italy, Brunei, Abu Dhabi, Sabah, Borneo, Maya, Sunday School, BND, Bandar Seri Begawan


If Southern California cities start public banks, taxpayers should prepare for massive bailouts

Should cities and counties start their own government-owned banks? Southern California, which has seen Orange County and San Bernardino go bankrupt in recent decades, should be well versed on the significant risks that come with financial mismanagement. Nevertheless, in November, Los Angeles voters will weigh in on whether or not the city should launch a publicly-owned (read taxpayer-backed) bank. The public banking idea seems especially relevant now, as the U.S. commemorates the tenth anniversa...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, La, Germany, Berlin, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, North Dakota, European Commission, Orange County, Hamburg, Southern California


Honor 7X update brings GPU Turbo, Party Mode, latest security patch and more in India

Huawei's Honor brand is rolling out a new update to Honor 7X which brings the much anticipated GPU Turbo feature to improve gaming experience, Party Mode to sync music playback across phones for better sound effects and more. The update brings the version number 8.0.0.360 for the BND-AL10 device variants.  The GPU Turbo reconstructs the traditional graphics processing framework at the lower layer system, greatly improving the user experience, improves graphics processing efficiency by 60% w...
Tags: Google, India, Blogging, Huawei, Gpu, Lite, BND, GPU Turbo


Jack Ryan Season 2: Daredevil’s Phil Abraham to Direct First Episodes

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Jack Ryan season 2: Daredevil’s Phil Abraham to direct first episodes According to Deadline, Amazon has confirmed that they have signed-on Emmy-nominated director Phil Abraham (Mad Men, GLOW, Orange Is The New Black) to direct the first two episodes of their action drama Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan for the series’ season 2. Abraham will also serves as season 2’s executive producer. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, from Paramount Television and Skydance Television, is a reinvention with ...
Tags: Amazon, TV, Movies, Michael Bay, United States, TV News, South America, Cia, Emmy, John Krasinski, Tom Clancy, Carlton Cuse, Wendell Pierce, Krasinski, Skydance Television, Skydance


Frances McDormand Will Provide the Voice of God in ‘Good Omens’, Noomi Rapace Joins ‘Jack Ryan’ [Comic-Con 2018]

Here’s some interesting Amazon casting news from the studio’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con International: Frances McDormand, who just won an Oscar for her fiery performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, will provide the voice of God in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. Plus, Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) has joined the cast of Jack Ryan, the action-packed Tom Clancy adaptation that has John Krasinski in the lead role. God is a woman, everyon...
Tags: Amazon, Comedy, Television, Movies, Drama, Casting, Germany, Neil Gaiman, Earth, Netflix, Thriller, Frances-McDormand, Adaptation, Angel, South America, Sherlock Holmes


Himmler's daughter worked for post-war German spy agency

Germany's BND spy agency acknowledges it hired Nazi Heinrich Himmler's daughter during the 1960s.
Tags: News, Germany, BND, Himmler, Nazi Heinrich Himmler