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Apr 10 10:02

Icarus Warning

Apr 10 09:28

Gambling Nightmare: Casino Profits Collapse In Atlantic City

Alantic city has been hammered the hardest, with five of the city's 12 casinos closing their doors between 2014-16.

New data Monday from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement show profits collapsed by 15% in FY18, to $582 million, at a time when the city's gaming industry is contracting as two new casinos reopened, reported AP.

During the 40% reduction of the city's casinos between 2014-16, the market stabilized with less competition. However, the gaming commission made a disastrous mistake last June by allowing Ocean Resort Casino and Hard Rock to open new gaming facilities, which, once again, saturated the market - leading to a decline in gross operating profits for five of the seven casinos.

Apr 10 09:24

House Democrats Scrap Key Budget Vote As Progressives Revolt Within Party

A revolt among progressive Democrats forced House Democratic leaders to scrap a planned Wednesday vote to set the budget for spending this year - an "embarrassing outcome for leadership" as the Washington Post describes it.

The vote was canceled after progressive Democrats objected to top-line numbers, while demanding more money for non-defense spending.

At stake Tuesday was legislation setting overall federal spending levels for domestic and military programs that depend on annual congressional appropriations, including the Pentagon and agencies such as the Education and Health and Human Services departments that affect many Americans. (The bill would not set spending levels for programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security that are funded automatically.)

Apr 10 08:40

DOCTOR WHO WAS PAID BY PURDUE TO PUSH OPIOIDS TO TESTIFY AGAINST DRUGMAKER

A doctor who led the charge for mass prescribing of opioids in the US, and was then paid by Purdue Pharma to help drive sales of OxyContin, is to testify against the drugmaker and other companies facing a raft of lawsuits over America’s opioid epidemic.

Dr Russell Portenoy, who many experts believe did more than any other specialist to erode longstanding caution within the medical profession over prescribing opioids because of addiction fears, has agreed to cooperate with lawyers for cities and counties suing drug makers, distributors and pharmacies in return for dropping legal actions against him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many prescribing physicians do write prescriptions for medications which have NOT been legally released to deal with the kind of medical issues with which you are dealing; but they have been approved for "off book" uses under certain circumstances.

And for many MDs, this is a very simple way of "adding value" to their practice's receivables.

Apr 10 08:11

SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT PUSHES FAKE NEWS LAW WHICH WILL GIVE IT MORE OPTIONS TO SHUT DOWN CRITICS

Fake news laws aren't harmless. They don't protect the public. They're useless. And they lend themselves to censorship. Given these factors, it's tough to believe any of the proponents of fake news laws are proceeding in good faith but blinded by good intentions and fuzzy logic.

Anywhere they've been put in place, they've lead directly to governments taking action against political opponents, dissidents, and activists. Excuses are made about national security and protecting the public, but in the end, it's the public that ends up short on protection.

Singapore's new fake news bill is no exception. Legislators began pushing this bill last year, using their own fake news to claim the proposal had widespread support from the country's residents. The committee behind the legislation heavily editorialized the feedback it received at a public hearing, presenting a vocal opponent's comments as being supportive of instituting a fake news law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When legitimate, peaceful, and logical criticism are smothered, as they are going to be in Singapore, it is signalling to the world, that the censoring country is sliding toward fascism, at a very rapid "fall rate."

Apr 10 07:44

Business groups pressure Ireland to drop ban on Israeli settlement goods

Ireland’s elected representatives are coming under pressure from corporate lobbyists to drop a proposed ban on goods from Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank.

A briefing paper submitted to members of the Oireachtas – the Irish parliament – warns there may be a hostile response from the US if the Occupied Territories Bill becomes law.

The bill, which has already won approval from both houses in the Oireachtas, would outlaw imports if they were grown or manufactured on land seized by Israel during the June 1967 war.

The paper was written by Europe Economics and Optimity Advisors, two groups which lobby on behalf of major companies.

Apr 10 05:55

Palladium Investors Must Be Cautious

Apr 10 05:46

US-China trade war forces export powerhouse Taiwan to cut GDP forecasts

.Taiwan’s exports fell for the fifth straight month in March, with the country vulnerable to global demand shifts offshore

.Exports cover 77 per cent of Taiwan’s GDP, an estimated US$595 billion in 2019

Taiwan’s growth prospects are edging down, with the US-China trade war placing strain on the export powerhouse’s economy.

Sluggish global demand is adding to Taiwan’s poor trade performance, with exports falling 4.4 per cent in March, a fifth straight monthly decline.
Exports cover 77 per cent of Taiwan’s gross domestic product>>>

Apr 10 04:51

Iran surprises US, observers with spike in oil exports

Iranian exports of crude oil and condensate have surged to levels near before sanctions, surprising market observers and affording the country an important victory in a US “economic war” on Tehran.

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US fines British bank $1.1bn over Iran transactions

Apr 09 19:24

Jim Grant – Hedging and hedge funds

Apr 09 17:41

Greens slam Otago oil exploration as 'bad news' for planet

The Green Party says the revelation an Austrian oil giant plans to drill off the Otago coast is "bad news" for the planet and shows last year's ban on new exploration needs to be strengthened.

It was revealed in the Otago Daily Times this morning Austrian oil giant OMV has unveiled one of the most ambitious gas and oil drilling programmes proposed in New Zealand.

It plans possibly three exploration and seven follow-up appraisal wells off Otago's coast in the Great South Basin.

Apr 09 17:38

Austrian oil giant unveils massive oil drilling plans for NZ

Austrian oil giant OMV has unveiled one of the most ambitious oil and gas drilling
programmes proposed in New Zealand.

It plans possibly three exploration and seven follow-up appraisal wells off Otago's coast in the Great South Basin (GSB).

The 10 oil and gas prospects are within a 100km-150km arc, southeast of Dunedin.

OMV has applied to the (NZ) Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for a marine discharge consent to release contaminants to sea, the application being made public today.

Apr 09 14:24

Fear of Inflation & Sterilization

Apr 09 13:13

US trade deficit soars despite Trump tariffs

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US President Donald Trump has vowed to impose import tariffs on $11 billion worth of goods from the European Union after the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled EU subsidies to Airbus caused “adverse effects” to the US.
Earlier this week, the US Trade Representative (USTR) said Washington was mulling tariffs on a wide range of European exports to the US, including large commercial aircraft and parts, as well as wine, cheese, and dairy products.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION FINDS THAT THE EUROPEAN UNION SUBSIDIES TO AIRBUS HAS ADVERSELY IMPACTED THE UNITED STATES, WHICH WILL NOW PUT TARIFFS ON $11 BILLION OF EU PRODUCTS! THE EU HAS TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE U.S. ON TRADE FOR MANY YEARS. IT WILL SOON STOP!

The US threat has been sharply criticized by EU officials, who said the figure of $11 billion was “greatly exaggerated.” The bloc is reportedly weighing retaliatory measures against the US over Boeing subsidies. Airbus said it saw no legal basis for Washington’s move and warned of deepening transatlantic trade tensions.

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Apr 09 12:59

WAL-MART IS ROLLING OUT THE ROBOTS AFTER RAISING MINIMUM WAGE

Offering yet another lesson in how raising the minimum wage can destroy jobs, particularly for the most poorly compensated workers whom activists had intended to help, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Wal-Mart is deploying robots to carry out mundane tasks like mopping its floors and tracking inventory as it seeks to cut down on labor costs after raising wages last year, while also expanding into new services like grocery delivery.

Wal-Mart, which is the largest employer in the US, said at least 300 stores will introduce machines that scan shelves for out-of-stock products. Meanwhile, so-called "autonomous floor scrubbers" will be deployed in 1,500 stores, and conveyor belts that automatically scan and sort products as they are loaded off of trucks will more than double to 1,200. Another 900 stores will install 16-foot-high towers that will allow customers to pick up their online grocery orders without interacting with humans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is amazing technology; but what happens after humans have been let go, and there is no money to pay for goods and services they desperately need, because they are out of work ?!?

We must stop, as a nation, looking for short term solutions, which shackle us to the past, and look for intelligent, long-term solutions to issues like unemployment caused by the use of AI.

Apr 09 12:37

Japan's IHI finds 7,000 more cases of improper jet engine inspections

A scandal over improper maintenance work at jet-engine maker IHI Corp. deepened as the company said it has found over 7,000 cases of flawed engine inspections in the process of making engine parts during the two years through January.

The latest findings, which also affect parts supplied to Self-Defense Forces aircraft, raised the tally of improper inspections by the Tokyo-based company to over 13,000. IHI said Monday it has found no safety problems due to the improper checks.

IHI, a supplier of engines to Boeing Co. and Airbus S.A.S., is among a slew of Japanese manufacturers recently embroiled in scandals over improper quality controls on their products, including Nissan Motor Co. and Kobe Steel Ltd.

Apr 09 11:27

EUROPE EMBRACES CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE

As a Technocracy, China is driven to create infrastructure and develop the global supply chain, both of which are central to its Belt and Road initiative. Europe is playing both sides of the fence with America on one hand, and China on the other. ? TN Editor

The multipolar transformation that is occurring across the Eurasian continent confirms the industrial and diplomatic cooperation between China and the European continent in spite of strong opposition from the United States.

Xi Jinping’s visit to Europe confirms what many of us have been writing about over the past few months and years, namely, the reality of an ongoing global transformation of a world dominated by the United States to a pluralistic one composed of different powers collectively shaping a multipolar world.

Apr 09 10:49

Shipping capacity of Russian Arctic sea route to top 80 million tons in five years

The Russian Minister of National Resources and Environment Dmitry Kobylkin said cargo shipping in Russia’s northernmost territorial waters will exceed 80 million tons as soon as 2024.

“We started with five million tons of cargo, and today we see shipments of up to 35 million tons. But the potential capacity is much bigger than this with positive dynamics guaranteed,” the minister said in his recent interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily.

According to the official, the bulk of the cargo shipped through the Arctic route is currently implemented by the country’s mineral resources sector. Kobylkin urged the government to provide the Arctic with significant state investment.

Apr 09 10:34

A Guide to Efficient Banking

Apr 09 10:15

Russia Dumps U.S. Dollars and Buys Gold As “Safety Metal”

Vladimir Putin’s quest to break Russia’s reliance on the U.S. dollar has set off a literal gold rush. Within the span of a decade, the country quadrupled its bullion reserves, and 2018 marked the most ambitious year yet.

And the pace is keeping up so far this year. Data from the central bank show that holdings rose by 1 million ounces in February, the most since November.

Apr 09 10:14

Trump plans $11bn tariffs aimed at EU's aircraft, cheese and wine – as it happened

Brexit is a key risk facing the global economy, the IMF said, with forecasts of a severe recession for the UK if it leaves the EU without a deal.

However, the EU appears prepared to offer the UK a long extension of the Article 50 negotiation period until the end of 2019 in a bid precisely to avoid a no-deal Brexit, which the vast majority of economists think would be harmful for both the UK and the EU.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump earlier underscored the fears expressed by the IMF that the global trading order is under threat. His administration has unveiled a package of tariffs on cheese, wine, and planes which would hit goods worth more than $11bn if implemented.

Apr 09 08:43

How big is the global CLO market?

Apr 08 16:03

The Countries With the Most Oil Reserves

Apr 08 14:29

The Most Expensive Divorces in History

Apr 08 12:48

How to know a crisis has started?

Apr 08 10:21

IS THE EU RENEGING ON ITS COMMITMENT TO BANK BAIL-INS?

The European Commission on Friday struck a provisional agreement with the Italian government to reimburse some investors who bought shares in failed banks in an unprecedented move that would significantly soften EU rules on bank rescues. The agreement was welcomed by the Italian government and Bank of Italy which both argue that the European Union’s bail-in rules are damaging and virtually impossible to apply.

Those rules represent the central plank of the EU’s post-crisis banking reform. They came into law in the wake of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis and were designed to make sure that collapsing banks in Europe would in future be “resolved” with the funds of stockholders, bondholders and other investors, including account holders with deposits of more than €100,000 euros — instead of classic bailouts that raid directly or indirectly taxpayer funds. Public funds should only be used after unsecured creditors who can absorb the losses have been bailed in.

Apr 08 10:16

SocGen: Beware the Squeeze VIX

Apr 08 09:24

Saudis Threaten ‘Nuclear Option’ To Kill Petrodollar

Saudi Arabia threatened to use the “nuclear option” of undermining the petro-dollar if the U.S. moves forward with the NOPEC bill.

The U.S. Congress has been mulling legislation, known as the NOPEC bill, which would allow the Justice Department to take antitrust action against OPEC for manipulating the oil market. Specifically, the bill would remove sovereign immunity countries have from such action, allowing the U.S. government to sue. In theory, the law would prevent OPEC from coordinating production cuts.

It’s still unclear if the Congress will pass the bill, and it’s also not guaranteed that Trump will sign the bill if it reaches his desk. Moreover, even if he did sign it, it’s also not a done deal that the Justice Department would take punitive action.

Apr 08 09:17

Stacey Abrams Says Protecting Babies from Being Aborted Is ‘Bad for Business’

Speaking on Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Georgia’s Democratic 2018 gubernatorial candidate held nothing back about people who are pro-life — and declared that said her state’s fetal heartbeat bill is “evil.”

The bill, titled H.B. 481, seeks to limit abortions to the first six weeks of pregnancy unless the pregnancy was conceived by rape or incest. Georgia’s current law allows abortions to be performed up to 20 weeks. State lawmakers passed the fetal heartbeat bill at the end of March. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp (shown above right), who campaigned on the issue, has until May 12 to sign it into law.

Apr 08 08:59

1929 Deja Vu? Mother of all charts....

Apr 08 08:25

TO HELL AND BACK

Terrence Popp is quite a character.

If you watch his Redonkulas episodes over on YouTube regularly (which I do), then you will see that he comes across as something of a roaring asshole. He is very sarcastic, very blunt, doesn't give a damn about your feelings, and takes absolutely no prisoners while he breaks down the stupidities and insanities of our modern world using maths and logic.

He has no patience whatsoever for idiots, fatties, losers, and especially feminists. (Lord, forgive me my redundancies.) And if you judge Popp purely by what you see on his YouTube channel, you will get a rather skewed and deeply inaccurate picture of the man.

Apr 08 08:03

State of decay: US inmates sue jail over mold, mice & maggots falling on dining tables

The sorry state of a California prison, with mice falling on dining tables and mold growths covering the walls, has prompted inmates to sue the management. Lawyers say it is part of a systemic infrastructure decay problem.

A filed in a California court describes the stomach-churning details of life in the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in the city of Corcoran. The prisoners incarcerated at the facility have continually seen maggots and even mice falling from the crumbling ceiling right onto the tables in their dining hall.

Through the holes in the deteriorating roof rainwater and bird droppings seep through the crumbling ceiling and streak the walls. The constant humidity has allowed mold to spawn across the prison walls, according to Robert Escareno, an inmate who filed the California lawsuit.

Apr 08 07:56

Camping Out in Crazy Town

An increasing number of people approve of socialism. But many people are fleeing high-tax states that support expensive social programs. States can’t “print” dollars so someone—taxpayers—must pay for those programs. How long can an indebted state remain solvent when the high-income taxpayers are leaving and the “takers” are staying, while demanding more?

Apr 08 06:35

Expected bloodbath in Tripoli an outcome of ill-advised NATO toppling of Gaddafi, historian tells RT

Libya is back in the headlines after one of its two competing governments sent troops towards Tripoli. If another bloodbath happens there, it will be the inevitable result of the 2011 NATO bombing campaign, an expert told RT.
The Northern African country was once stable and quite prosperous thanks to large revenues from oil trade. But since 2011, when NATO supported a militant uprising and helped topple, then kill, longtime strongman leader Muammar Gaddafi, it remains a fractured failed state. Last week, the unending feuds between rival factions escalated, with Khalifa Haftar, a powerful military commander, launching an offensive against his rivals from the UN-recognized government in Tripoli.

The general is unlikely to immediately heed calls for a political settlement, believes US political commentator and historian Gerald Horne. This may escalate into a major battle in the capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was cheer-leading for Gaddafi's removal, and by any means necessary; once he had been assassinated, this threw the country into turmoil in 2011, and 8 years on, the turmoil continues.

This was one of the most spectacular "epic fails" of Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State, and ... if (God help us, no), she decides to run for President, and wins, one has to wonder; what other spectacular defects in her logic and vision will she demonstrate to both this country and the world?!?

I am looking at many of the possible geopolitical situations here which could go "mammary glands up" in a heartbeat, if unsound, or truly monumentally bad decisions are made by this country's leadership about how the US should approach challenges abroad.

So color me nervous about Libya right now; there are many factions looking at what seizing Tripoli, and the country, could mean for them, economically; and I would rather suspect that the US government is standing right in front of that line, trying to figure out how best to conjure a Lybia 2.0 invasion, but struggling to find ways which potentially insure, that the optics of such an invasion...appear to be a very different kind of animal, let's say, for example, like perhaps several battalions of enraged, GMO'd kangaroos, covertly chucking death stars out their pouches.

BUT, MIND YOU, THIS WILL NOT BE AN INVASION!!

But seriously, I have to wonder, if I had family in Libya, how I would get them out, or get them to safety, if the airports are ordered closed because of an on-coming military attack? If I had kids, or medically fragile elderly members who needed special care, and attention.

These are the kinds of brutal choices many families in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia must make on a daily basis; but for me, the worst of this is, that these decisions are far too frequently a direct result of US foreign policy in their countries.

Time will, of course, resolve this; but to see so many people throughout the Middle East are are suffering, and will suffer so catastrophically because the international battles for their oil (usually courtesy of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America).

I know that I am a citizen of a country whose leadership is very comfortable with being war criminals. As a Christian Pacifist, I never advocate violence.

But my suggestion here, is that my brother and sister Americans, need, urgently, to have a national conversation about what we can do (again peacefully) to assist our government in creating a different tone of its foreign policies, which might resemble a reasonably sane foreign policy.

Sanity in foreign policy tends to lead to peaceful, amicable relations with a country's neighbors, and the world.

This government desperately needs to rediscover what that means.

Apr 08 05:41

Brace for a turbulent earnings season

Apr 08 05:07

Russiagate: A Moral Reckoning Is Due

Authored by Renee Parsons via Off-Guardian.org,

With Russiagate, the Democrats created some powerful karma to answer for; especially for the likes of Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell, (D-Calif.), both of whom persist in the mindless search for the Holy Grail.

After cheating Bernie out of the nomination in 2016, the Dems had not yet learned their karmic lesson when they lost the Presidential election. The Mueller Report is but the latest of that karmic reckoning.

There is no pride in being one of those who “got it right” that there was no evidence, not a scintilla of material fact to prove collusion between the Trump campaign and the dastardly Russians. As the country has been torn asunder by a two year politically tainted investigation begun with no evidentiary standard and no probable cause, there is little satisfaction to be gained.

Apr 08 04:38

Here’s who owns everything in Big Media today

The media landscape used to be straightforward: Content companies — studios — made stuff — TV shows and movies — and sold it to pay TV distributors, who sold it to consumers.

Now things are up for grabs: Netflix buys stuff from the studios, but it’s making its own stuff, too, and it’s selling it directly to consumers. That’s one of the reasons older media companies are trying to compete by consolidating. Disney, for example, recently completed its purchase of 21st Century Fox. Distributors like AT&T, which bought Time Warner last year, are becoming media companies, too.

Meanwhile, giant tech companies like Google, Amazon, and Apple that used to be on the sidelines are getting closer and closer to the action. Apple’s newest TV strategy positions the company as a TV guide, a TV storefront selling services like HBO, and a TV creator that employs the likes of Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Anniston to make exclusive shows for Apple users.

Apr 08 04:35

After Golan, are Trump and Netanyahu coming for West Bank?

A warning: If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still in office in late 2020 or 2024, when President Donald Trump’s time in office is coming to a close, there is a good chance the two leaders will declare American recognition of Israeli annexation of all or most of the occupied West Bank.

The precedent for such a move was put in place Monday as two significant anti-Arab events took place in Washington.

First, at the annual AIPAC conference, Democratic and Republican speakers alike ignored the Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Arab territory, choosing instead to rail against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who has been vilified for openly criticizing the powerful Israel lobby group’s outsize influence.

A bipartisan consensus pretended that AIPAC was being silenced, turning on its head the reality that the organization is supporting legislation seeking to silence supporters of Palestinian rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a short answer to the rhetorical question asked at the beginning of this article, HELL, yes!!

Apr 08 04:25

AMERICAN INTERNET COMPANIES ARE PRIVATIZED INSTRUMENTS OF AMERICAN GEOPOLITICAL POWER, AND THEY’RE NOT EVEN HIDING IT

Perhaps the one positive thing that’s come out of RussiaGate is that no one believes Silicon Valley’s global utopianism anymore.
BY YASHA LEVINE
Originally published at Yasha Levine’s Influence Ops

I was in the New York Public Library recently doing research in the archives when I stumbled on a 1944 pamphlet from Western Electric, the old American techno-telephone monopolist. It’s called “Circuits for Victory” and its 40 glossy, slickly produced pages are dedicated to one thing: celebrating all the ways that the company’s telecommunication technology helps the United States government fight and win wars.

The pamphlet is a historical document, but if you squint at it right and replace “Western Electric” with, say, “Facebook” or “Google” or “Amazon,” you actually get an accurate sense of what Silicon Valley monopolies are today: privatized extensions of American Empire.

Apr 08 04:21

A DRUG RESISTANT “SUPER FUNGUS” KILLS NEARLY HALF THE PEOPLE IT INFECTS – AND IT IS SPREADING ACROSS AMERICA

SOURCE: THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

The medical community knew that a day of reckoning was coming. For years, they were repeatedly warned that the rampant overuse of certain types of medications would result in the development of “super diseases” that we would not be able to stop, and now that day has arrived. Just like many types of bacteria, fungi have also been developing defenses against our most effective modern medicines. One in particular, a fungus known as Candida auris, is now a massive public health threat. An expert quoted by the New York Times has admitted that it is “pretty much unbeatable”, it spreads very easily, and it kills close to 50 percent of the people that it infects. In other words, we are in the early chapters of a medical horror show of our own making, and there is no way out.

Candida auris (or C. auris for short) spreads most easily among those with weakened immune systems. Infants, seniors, smokers and diabetics are among the most vulnerable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please educate yourself on what natural methods you can use to keep yourself healthier. There are a number of responsible, logical sites which can give you places to go, and natural things to do to boost your immunity.

Apr 07 13:52

Theater of the Absurd

Apr 07 11:31

Tick, Tick, Talk, 2019 Recession Coming

Apr 07 11:08

EXTREME Sentiment Across Global Stock Indexes

Apr 07 09:42

The stock market and economy look like 1937?

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