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January 16, 2019

Jan 16 12:22

Nomura: Don't Ignore These Three Big Structural Forces

China's yuan has surged to start the year, despite dismal economic data and dramatic easing from the PBOC. US equities have soared since the start of the year (NFLX +32%, C +18% YTD) despite tumbling EPS expectations (and "little progress" on US-China trade talks). Cable has zoomed higher for a month, despite an increasingly vicious cycle of dismal results for May and her watered-down Brexit plans.

Up is down, bad is good, but water is always wet and The PPT is ever-present.

Jan 16 12:21

Grannies With Guns

Jan 16 12:18

Gillette Tells Men They’re Repulsive Creeps

Gillette’s new ad, browbeating men through a #MeToo and “toxic masculinity” pitch, supposedly to persuade men to buy their razors, is so revolting that it’s possible to think it’s satire.

There is also a 30-second version, which doesn’t even seem to be about selling razors:

Jan 16 12:17

COURT RULING CONFIRMS MERCK’S GARDASIL HPV VACCINE KILLS PEOPLE – DID ANYONE EVEN NOTICE?

The infamous human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine by Gardasil is in use around the world for both girls and boys, even though an American court has ruled beyond the shadow of a doubt that the vaccine can kill people.

The Tarsell family lost their 21-year-old daughter when she died shortly after getting this vaccine, and because of their determination to hold the vaccine maker accountable, they have proven that this vaccine is dangerous and needs to be removed from the schedule of vaccines.

No family should ever have to go through such an ordeal, but for the sake of justice for Christina Tarsell, the Tarsell family won an incredibly important judgement. Her story is told in brief, here:



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Jan 16 12:16

Conservative Groups Targeted in Lois Lerner’s IRS Scandal Receive Settlement Checks

Dozens of conservative organizations are receiving late Christmas presents years after the IRS handed them a lump of coal.

The federal government in recent days has been issuing settlement checks to 100 right-of-center groups wrongfully targeted for their political beliefs under the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service, according to an attorney for the firm that represented plaintiffs in NorCal v. United States.

Three of the claimants in the $3.5 million national class-action suit are based in the Badger State.

“This is really a groundbreaking case. Hopefully it sets a precedent and will serve as a warning to government officials who further feel tempted to discriminate against U.S. citizens based on their viewpoints,” Edward Greim, attorney for Kansas City, Missouri-based Graves Garrett LLC told MacIver News Service.

Jan 16 12:15

Will Senate Republicans Give in on Government Shutdown?

As the partial federal government shutdown continues as the longest in history, Senate Republicans seemed more inclined to negotiate the re-0opening of some departments and services.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said he told President Trump he should re-open the government temporarily and work on a deal during that time. Some Democrats seemed to be open to the idea.

But on Monday morning, Trump shot down that idea. “I’m not interested,” he said. “I want to get it solved. I don’t want to just delay it. I want to get it solved.”

Trump spent the weekend tweeting various things, both border-wall-related and not, while some suggested that Senate Republicans might be feeling pressure to re-open the federal government.

The Guardian reported, “Graham strove to pull Trump round to serious politicking, even if his previous attempts to change the president’s mind, such as over Syria, have achieved uncertain success at best.”

Jan 16 12:15

Federal Judge Orders Removal Of Citizenship Question From 2020 Census

A federal judge in New York barred the Trump administration from including a citizenship question on the 2020 census questionnaire.

The decision appears to have significant implications for a related matter the Supreme Court is poised to decide in the spring.

Jan 16 12:15

Phil Robertson Explains America's NEED for a WALL Better than Anybody



Jan 16 12:14

US invaded Afghanistan largely to restore heroin industry: Scholar

The United States invaded Afghanistan largely to restore the heroin industry and it is now making about $1.5 trillion every year from this business, according to Dr. Kevin Barrett, an American academic and political analyst.

US Army General John Nicholson, the commander of Resolute Support forces and US forces in Afghanistan, on Monday announced that American jets targeted drug producing facilities in Afghanistan for the first time under a new strategy aimed at cutting off Taliban funding.

He said that the air strikes were carried out on Sunday in the southern Helmand province, adding that Taliban militants generate about $200 million per year from poppy cultivation and opium production.

The general said that the US military carried out the raids under a new war strategy for Afghanistan announced by President Donald Trump in August.

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Jan 16 12:13

Barack Obama says Libya was 'worst mistake' of his presidency

Barack Obama has said the biggest mistake of his presidency was the lack of planning for the aftermath of Muammar Gaddafi’s ouster in Libya that left the country spiralling into chaos and coming under threat from violent extremists.

Reflecting on his legacy in a Fox News interview aired on Sunday, Obama said his “worst mistake” was “probably failing to plan for the day after what I think was the right thing to do in intervening in Libya”.

Obama has conceded that the intervention “didn’t work”.

Jan 16 12:12

Chicago Seized And Sold Nearly 50,000 Cars Over Tickets Since 2011, Sticking Owners With Debt

Sandra Botello moved to Chicago five years ago for what she called “the opportunities.”

Now 41, she and her children had been evicted from her home in Idaho when her landlord’s property was foreclosed.

The move to Chicago indeed delivered opportunities. She earned an associates degree and then enrolled at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and now works as an executive administrative assistant downtown. And, two of her four kids snagged scholarships to private schools.

But her time in Chicago has also been mired with a major hurdle. It started with citations for the city road tax collected through “city stickers.” After failing to keep up with ticket payments, the city seized her car and sold it to a private towing company, only to have none of the sale price applied to her debt.

Botello is not alone.

Jan 16 12:11

Mueller plows ahead, issuing more subpoenas to associates of conservative commentator

Special counsel Robert Mueller has zeroed in on at least three new witnesses associated with a conservative commentator connected to former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone, signaling that investigators remain focused on the activities of Stone and his associates despite the continued public silence on a matter long thought to be close to resolution.

ABC News has learned that at least three new witnesses connected to Stone associate Jerome Corsi – the former Washington, D.C., bureau chief for the far-right internet site Infowars – have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury hearing testimony on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Copies of those subpoenas delivered to two individuals late last year bear Mueller’s name and call for the retention and producing of documents, communication logs and other records involving two people: Corsi and Stone.



Jan 16 12:11

Accidental Opioid Deaths Top Car Accident Deaths for the First Time

Deaths from accidental opioid overdoses now top car accidents for the first time, according to a report from the National Safety Council.

“Data, collected in 2017, shows Americans have a one in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose. The probability of dying in a motor vehicle crash is one in 103,” reports Fox News.

“Opioid pain relievers are the most fatally abused drugs and they’re entirely legal. Roughly 60 people die every day as a result of overdoses from opioids – that’s 22,630 Americans,” Fox adds. “To put that in perspective, that’s roughly the size of the entire population of Auburn Hills.”

Jan 16 12:10

Nolte: CNN Hiring John Kasich Is Another Never Trump Payoff

If a restaurant already has more than enough cooks, why hire another cook? If a car dealership is already overflowing with cars, why buy another car? If a construction site already has more than enough day laborers, why hire another day laborer? If a far-left news organization already has a massive pile of Never Trump voices, why hire John Kasich?

CNN announced Tuesday that it has added former Ohio Governor John Kasich to its crack team of analysts…

Why?

Jan 16 12:10

ABC/WaPo Poll: Support for Border Wall Soars Among Swing Voters

President Trump’s proposed wall along the United States-Mexico border has soared in popularity with American voters across the board, as he battles a split GOP-Democrat Congress to secure funding for the barrier.
The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll reveals a major shift among nearly all demographic groups across the country when it comes to support for a border wall at the southern border.

This time last year, the poll claimed that only 34 percent of voters supported a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Today, support for the wall has climbed to 42 percent overall. Most notable, swing voters are increasingly supportive of the border wall to control immigration.

Jan 16 11:56

Kirsten Gillibrand to Announce 2020 Presidential Campaign Plans

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand is expected to announce her bid for the Party’s 2020 presidential nomination, according to sources close to the Senator.

Gillibrand will announce the formation of an exploratory committee on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” CBS News has reported.

Aside from the committee, the New York congresswoman has planned a visit to Iowa just days later and has even, according to the New York Times, begun doing Pilates and working out to get in shape for a possible campaign.



Jan 16 11:55

American Psychologists Join Gillette, Warn "Traditional Masculinity Can Hurt Boys"

Yesterday's Gillette ad has triggered more than a few hairy-chested lumberjack types across America... raising the question - Should we be teaching young boys to reject traditional masculinity?

Well, as Michael Snyder reports, via The End of The American Dream blog, according to the American Psychological Association, that is precisely what we should be doing.

Jan 16 11:55

UK SNOW: Arctic weather system sparks HEAVY SNOW today as Britain set for COLDEST weekend

Thermometers will widely nosedive from Wednesday amid warnings the UK will stay locked in the freezer until spring.

A swathe of bitter air will pour in from the Arctic pushing temperatures to freezing or below across the entire country through the next 48 hours.

Scotland, northern England and even parts further south are on alert for wintry downpours towards the end of the week and into the weekend.

It could be the first widespread snowfall since the Beast from the East brought Britain to a near standstill last winter.

Temperatures will plummet more than 10C from the start of the week when Atlantic winds will bring an unusually mild feel.

Jan 16 11:54

Judge rejects citizenship question for 2020 U.S. census

A federal judge on Tuesday invalidated the Trump administration's addition of a U.S. citizenship question to the 2020 census, the first ruling in a handful of lawsuits that claim the query will hurt immigrants.

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross concealed his true motives in adding the question last March.

Ross had said the question - which has not appeared on the decennial census since 1950 - was necessary to enforce federal laws protecting eligible voters.

Furman's decision will almost certainly be appealed, and could wind up before the Supreme Court this year.

Jan 16 11:54

Pro-Israel groups are trying to split the Women’s March with a Zionist alternative

A host of interconnected Zionist advocacy groups has launched an all-out assault on the annual Women’s March.

Selective and misleading allegations of anti-Semitism-by-association with Louis Farrakhan, who is not involved in coordinating the Women’s March, combined with straightforward Israeli war propaganda, are being used to undermine the largest single-day march in American history and the progressive values it represents. Perhaps most perniciously, WoMen4All, a bizarre rip-off of the Women’s March, has set up an alternate network of “sister marches” to split the Women’s March. The capitalization is designed to signify that men are included, accommodating the right-wing trope that presumes men should feel excluded from supporting feminist groups.



Jan 16 11:53

Questioning Zionism is not allowed within the mainstream Jewish community

A woman named Amal Altaramasi was killed Friday while participating in the 43rd week of the Great Return March demonstrations at the separation fence between Gaza and Israel. Also Friday, my friend on Birthright texted me a picture of himself smiling atop Masada, thumbs up. He’d learned a new Hebrew slang word, “Sababa.” Cool.

Jan 16 11:53

Report: Palestinian education increasingly a target of the Israeli occupation

On December 4, 2018 Christian Peacemaker Team, Palestine issued Palestinian School Report: Education Under Occupation, November 4-27, 2018.

Christian Peacemaker Team, Palestine documented the increase in violence by Israeli military against Palestinian schools and school children in the Qitoun and Salaymeh areas of H-2 area, al-Khahil/Hebron. During the three weeks reported, CPT Palestine observed 238 rounds of tear gas canisters and 51 rounds of sound grenades fired by Israeli military during the time Palestinian school children were leaving school.

Jan 16 11:51

Trump Orders 46,000 Furloughed Federal Workers To Return To Work"

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Critics say the Trump administration is skirting federal law by continuing some functions amid the political stalemate between congressional Democrats and Trump over whether to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. A 149-year-old law bars agencies from spending money Congress hasn’t given to them

Jan 16 11:49

Walls around the world: Trump says 45 countries have border barriers or plans to build them and Europeans have erected 800 MILES in the last four years

Donald Trump shifted his argument for a border wall away from North America on Wednesday, saying on Twitter that the United States would be following the example of 45 other countries by sealing itself off from Mexico.

'There are now 77 major or significant Walls built around the world, with 45 countries planning or building Walls,' the president tweeted.

'Over 800 miles of Walls have been built in Europe since only 2015. They have all been recognized as close to 100% successful. Stop the crime at our Southern Border!'

It's rare for Trump to embrace the idea of following other nations' lead. He has built his leadership brand, in part, on an uncompromising 'America first' slogan.



Jan 16 11:49

Alexa DOWN – Amazon helper stopped working, ‘ignored users’ and wouldn’t turn off

AMAZON'S virtual assistant Alexa stopped working for some users around the world on Wednesday morning.

The mysterious outage meant that Alexa – typically controlled by voice – was "ignoring" user requests.

Jan 16 11:48

Scott Adams: Kamala Harris, Some Fake News You Think is Real, and Climate Update

Kamala Harris video had persuasion powers
It appealed to her base, showed her personality
Four Examples of normal explanations vs. batshit crazy ones
Climate change, Too bad skeptical arguments
Climate change outstanding questions

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1085553466963984384

Jan 16 11:46

VIDEO: ‘ANGEL MOMS’ and Victims of Illegal Immigrant Violence Storm Speaker Pelosi’s Office – Chant “Build the Wall!”

Angel Families are a group of families of children or family members who were killed or murdered by illegal aliens.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuses to meet with any of the family members whose loved ones were killed by illegal aliens.
Pelosi doesn’t care.

So today the Angel Moms stormed her office.

Jan 16 11:45

French Police Deploy Rifles with Live Ammunition to Yellow Vest Protests

French riot police (CRS) are alleged to have begun deploying assault rifles with live ammunition for the first time during the ninth weekend of protest in a row by the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement.

French officers were caught on video brandishing what appeared to be Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifles on the streets of the French capital near the Arc de Triomphe on Saturday, the Daily Mail reports.



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Jan 16 11:44

'Utterly USELESS!' Nigel Farage argues Theresa May should RESIGN after crushing defeat

NIGEL Farage argued Prime Minister Theresa May should resign after the mammoth defeat on her Brexit deal, losing by a margin of 230 votes, adding that she “does not believe in Brexit”.

Jan 16 11:44

WATCH: Rob Schmitt Confronts Sen. Menendez on Puerto Rico Beach Photo

"Fox & Friends First" host Rob Schmitt tracked down Sen. Bob Menendez in Puerto Rico Monday after the New Jersey lawmaker was photographed on a beach amid the partial government shutdown.

About 30 Democratic lawmakers traveled to Puerto Rico -- with their families and lobbyists -- for the retreat over the weekend, and Schmitt was in San Juan to report on the trip.

Republicans were quick to criticize their Democratic colleagues for the retreat, which included a special performance of the hit Broadway show "Hamilton." A photo of Menendez (D-N.J.) shirtless on a beach went viral Sunday.

Jan 16 11:43

Twenty Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Kamala Harris

A trip through the life and career of the California senator as she gears up for a probable presidential run

Jan 16 11:43

Former top FBI lawyer James Baker under criminal investigation for media leaks

Former FBI general counsel James Baker is under criminal investigation for unauthorized leaks to the media.

The development was made public in a letter sent Tuesday to the office of U.S. Attorney John Durham for the District of Connecticut by Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mark Meadows of North Carolina.

In the letter, the two lawmakers cite the transcript of a congressional interview with Baker and his lawyer in October. “You may or may not know, [Baker has] been the subject of a leak investigation … a criminal leak investigation that’s still active at the Justice Department,” lawyer Daniel Levin told lawmakers, according to the transcript cited by Jordan and Meadows.



Jan 16 11:42

'At any cost': China warns US Navy over Taiwan

A senior Chinese military official warned the US Navy Tuesday against any "interference" in support of Taiwan's independence, saying that Beijing would defend its claim to the island "at any cost".

General Li Zuocheng, a member of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks during a meeting in Beijing with Admiral John Richardson, the chief of US naval operations.

China sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, despite the two sides being ruled separately since they split in 1949 after a civil war won by Mao Zedong's communists.

The self-ruled island has its own currency, flag and government, but is not recognised as an independent state by the UN.

Beijing has said it will not hesitate to use force if Taipei formally declares independence, or in the case of external intervention -- including by the United States, the island's most powerful unofficial ally.

Jan 16 11:42

Venezuela opposition tries luring soldiers away from Maduro

Opposition lawmakers in Venezuela are trying to pry the military’s loyalty away from President Nicolas Maduro, offering protection to members of the armed forces who support a transitional government.

Congress passed a declaration Tuesday declaring Maduro’s rulings invalid and giving amnesty to members of the military who help return Venezuela to democratic rule.

Maduro has cultivated a stronghold within the military even as Venezuela collapses in a historic economic and political crisis.

Venezuela analyst Diego Moya-Ocampos says the opposition is offering the armed forces incentives to break away rather than continue supporting Maduro.

Maduro was sworn this month in to a second term following elections critics reject as a sham.

The pro-Maduro Supreme Court earlier had ruled that acts of the opposition-dominated congress are invalid.

Jan 16 11:41

China Asks State Firms to Avoid Travel to U.S. and Its Allies

China asked some state-run enterprises to avoid business trips to the U.S. and its allies and to take extra precautions to protect their devices if they need to travel, according to people familiar with the request.

In recent weeks, the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission -- a regulatory body that oversees about 100 government-run companies -- has told some firms to only take secure, company-issued laptops meant for overseas use if traveling is necessary, the people said. They said the warning extended to the other countries in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing pact: the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Jan 16 11:41

China's Undergound "Great Wall" Missile Defense System Can Block Hypersonic Attacks

China has created a vast underground defense complex capable of intercepting hypersonic missiles which can defeat conventional missile defenses, according to a scientist who has worked on the system and received China's highest science and technology award last week.

Speaking with The Global Times, Qian Qihu, 82, said that China's "Underground Steel Great Wall" could "guarantee the security of the country's strategic arsenal" against attacks - including those from hypersonic weapons.

The "Underground Steel Great Wall" is a series of defense facilities located deep under mountains. While the mountain rock is thick enough to resist enemy attacks, entrances and exits of these facilities are often vulnerable and Qian's work was to provide extra protection for these parts. -The Global Times



Jan 16 11:40

Class Warfare Between Workers And Elites Explains Trump-Era Conflicts

What’s happening in America is an echo of what’s happening in democracies around the world, and it’s not happening because of Trump.

To understand events around the world today, one must think in terms of the class struggle.

This sentence sounds like something that could be written by a doctrinaire Marxist. But it is nonetheless true. Much of the current tension in America and in many other democracies is in fact a product of a class struggle. It’s not the kind of class struggle that Karl Marx wrote about, with workers and peasants facing off against rapacious capitalists, but it is a case of today’s ruling class facing disaffection from its working class.

Jan 16 11:40

A New Tactic To Suppress Online Speech: Taxing Social Media

Aware of the threat that social media poses to their power, repressive regimes in Africa have employed various methods to stifle internet-based mobilization.

These include internet shutdowns, targeted social media applications shutdowns, website takedowns, extensive surveillance of digital communications, online propaganda, and the detention of online critics, writes Babatunde Okunoye for Foreign Affairs.

According to Okunoye, in 2018, repressive governments adopted yet another tactic: taxes on social media usage.

In countries such as Uganda, Benin, Tanzania and Zambia, there are now laws in place which impose daily taxes on social media and other over-the-top services.

Jan 16 11:39

Ukrainian Hackers Broke Into The SEC's EDGAR Database, Made $4.1 Million From Insider Trades

On Tuesday, United States authorities charged numerous mostly Ukrainian hackers for a scheme to trade on press releases that had not yet been released. The Ukrainians breached the SEC's EDGAR database to receive access to the nonpublic information.

The scheme netted over $4 million for fraudsters from the U.S., Russia and Ukraine. Using 157 corporate earnings announcements, the group was able to execute trades on material nonpublic information. Most of those filings were "test filings," which corporations upload to the SEC's website.

Jan 16 11:39

Iran, India Ditch Dollar In Oil Trading To Counter 'Bullying' US Sanctions

In an effort to circumvent US-imposed sanctions, India and Iran have reportedly ditched the US dollar and are trading oil in rupees. The reason becomes clear after considering the dynamics at play in the region.

In mid-February last year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited India, and the two countries signed nine agreements signalling a strengthening of ties. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared to celebrate the growing relationship, stating that it was “a matter of great pleasure” for India that an Iranian president came to India “after a gap of 10 years.”

Fast-forward a few months later, and then-UN ambassador Nikki Haley was bluntly telling India that they should rethink their relationship with Tehran.



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Jan 16 11:38

Truth, Treason, & The National-Security State

Inadvertently released federal documents reveal that U.S. officials have apparently secured a secret indictment against Julian Assange, the head of WikiLeaks who released secret information about the internal workings of the U.S. national-security establishment. In any nation whose government is founded on the concept of a national-security state, that is a cardinal sin, one akin to treason and meriting severe punishment.

Mind you, Assange isn’t being charged with lying or releasing false or fraudulent information about the U.S. national-security state. Everyone concedes that the WikiLeaks information was authentic. His “crime” was in disclosing to people the wrongdoing of the national-security establishment. No one is supposed to do that, even if the information is true and correct.

Jan 16 11:37

Something Wicked This Way Comes

For a couple of years now, the economic narrative has shown a comparatively strong US against weakness in Europe and some of Asia (NOT China). The US, we are told, will stay on top. I agree with that, as far as it goes... but I’m not convinced the “top” will be so great.

Americans like to think we are insulated from the world. We have big oceans on either side of us. Geopolitically, they serve as buffers. But economically they connect us to other important markets that are critical to many US businesses. Problems in those markets are ultimately problems for the US, too.

Last week I gave you my Year of Living Dangerously 2019 US forecast, but I didn’t discuss important events overseas. Summarizing last week quickly, I think the base case is that the United States economy slows down but avoids recession in 2019. That said, there are significant risks to that forecast, mostly to the downside.

Jan 16 11:37

Venezuela And Turkey Unite To Refine Tons Of Gold Amid US Sanctions

Venezuela and Turkey are working on a deal to ship tonnes of gold to refine and certify in the Turkish city of Corum this year.

Facing sanctions and international pressure, Venezuela is increasingly turning to Turkey as a partner in the Middle East. Ankara will provide a host of services to Caracas, including building hospital and schools and providing humanitarian aid as a part of the gold refining deal.

Venezuelan Minister of Industries and National Production Tareck El Aissami will finalise a deal on the gold trade during a visit to Turkey on Wednesday. He will also tour an industrial complex in Corum, where Ahlatci Metal company has a refinery with an annual capacity of 365 tonnes, according to a spokesperson from the Turkish precious metals company.

Jan 16 11:36

Trump Mulls Declaring Maduro Opposition Leader "Legitimate President" Of Venezuela

CNN has cited three unnamed administration sources to say President Trump is considering formally recognizing Venezuela's opposition leader as the legitimate president following Nicolas Maduro's contested inauguration last week for a second, six-year term as the country's leader. And further CNN reports the White House is also mulling a complete embargo of Venezuelan oil.

It's a reference to the 35-year-old head of Venezuela’s opposition-run parliament, Juan Guaidó, who some argue is the rightful president of the country. As the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela Guaidó stirred controversy following Maduro's contested re-election by challenging Maduro's rule in saying he was the only "legitimate power" that the Venezuelan people look to. He said at a political rally last Friday, a day after Maduro's swearing in ceremony:



Jan 16 11:35

These New Numbers Are Telling Us That The Global Economic Slowdown Is Far More Advanced Than We Thought

We continue to get more confirmation that the global economy is slowing down substantially. On Monday, it was China’s turn to surprise analysts, and the numbers that they just released are absolutely stunning. When Chinese imports and exports are both expanding, that is a clear sign that the global economy is running on all cylinders, but when both of them are contracting that is an indication that huge trouble is ahead. And the experts were certainly anticipating substantial increases in both categories in December, but instead there were huge declines. There is no possible way to spin these numbers to make them look good…

Jan 16 11:35

Conclusive Proof Europe Is In An “Economic Slump”

Data released on Monday showed that industrial production throughout the entire eurozone dropped sharply to a glacial pace of growth in the continent at the end of 2018. Not only that, but two of the four largest economies in Europe are now on the brink of recession.

Economic data in China, the globe’s second-largest economy is showing significant signs of slow down while the trade war with the United States rages on. According to the San Francisco Gate, the United States government shutdown is doing damage to the economy as well, however, most evidence points to the fact that government is unnecessary and private companies and individuals fill the voids.

Jan 16 11:35

“Mystery Virus” Spreading Like Wildfire Across U.S. Population, Putting People in Bed for a Month… Is This a Depopulation Bioweapon Experiment?

A cough can be rather annoying, especially when it keeps you up at night, but you can usually take comfort from knowing that it tends to run its course rather quickly and you’ll be back to normal in no time. Unfortunately, a new virus is going around that is turning what is normally a week-long nuisance into a month-long nightmare – and speculation abounds regarding its origin.

Physicians around the nation are reporting a spike in cases of people suffering from a very unusual cough. It’s caused by a virus and it’s lasting anywhere from four to six weeks – and in some cases, even longer.

One doctor, Texas Health Dallas’s Dr. Gary Gross, says he has been seeing at least a patient a day suffering from the virus, and he lamented the fact that it lasts so long without seeming to get better.

Jan 16 11:34

BEX ALERT - Iran's Missiles Used in Satellite Launches Threaten Europe, Middle East - Pompeo

Earlier in January, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that if Tehran went ahead with plans to carry out space launches in the coming months, Iran would face more economic and diplomatic pressure.

Iran's failed attempt to launch a satellite into orbit with a three stage rocket demonstrates the Islamic Republic’s intent to develop missiles able to reach as far as Europe, Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Tuesday.



Jan 16 11:33

Ottawa Asks Beijing for Clemency for Canadian Citizen Sentenced to Death Penalty

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was handed the death penalty on Monday after appealing a 15-year jail term he was given in 2016. Canada has accused China of arbitrarily applying the capital punishment.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Tuesday that Ottawa had officially asked Beijing to spare the life of its citizen.

"We have already spoken with China’s ambassador to Canada and requested clemency", Freeland told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday. Freeland stressed she had a "very emotional conversation" with the man’s father on Monday. She urged all Canadians going to China to consider the associated risks.

Jan 16 11:33

US-Led Coalition Reports on New Strikes in Syria, Iraq

In recent weeks, the US military has reduced the amount of information released in periodic strike reports from Syria and Iraq - a period in which about 2,000 US ground forces began preparations to withdraw from Syria.

Unlike past US-led coalition strike reports, Tuesday’s release contained, however, no details of the Syrian strikes. The report covered the period between 30 December and 6 January, the release said.

The US-led coalition concentrated airstrikes and coordinated fires on Syria’s middle Euphrates River Valley and Iraq’s Anbar Province during the first week of the new year, while American backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) freed the town of al-Kashmah from the Daesh terror group, Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) announced in a press release on Tuesday.

Jan 16 11:28

University students given ‘trigger warnings’ in case Shakespeare upsets them

Jan 16 11:26

EU approval of glyphosate weed killer was based on ‘plagiarized’ Monsanto studies, report finds

EU regulators based a decision to relicense the controversial glyphosate-based Monsanto weed-killer on an assessment which was heavily plagiarized from agri-chemical industry reports, a cross party group of MEPs has revealed.

The MEPs commissioned the investigation after the Guardian reported that Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) had copy-and-pasted tracts from Monsanto studies into its safety assessment for the weed killer. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) then based its recommendation that glyphosate was safe based on that very report.



Jan 16 11:26

Press TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi jailed in US on unspecified charges

Marzieh Hashemi, a journalist and anchor working for Iran’s English-language Press TV television news network, has been detained and imprisoned in the United States for unspecified reasons.

American-born Hashemi, most famous for anchoring news programs and presenting shows for Press TV, was detained upon arrival at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri, on Sunday, her family and friends said.

Press TV has learned that she was transferred by the FBI to a detention facility in Washington, DC. The US officials have so far refused to provide any reasons for her apprehension either to her or her family.

The Associated Press (AP) said a call to the FBI rang unanswered early on Wednesday morning. The bureau did not immediately respond to a written request for comment, it added.

Jan 16 11:24

I’m so sick of this war on masculinity and I’m not alone - with their pathetic man-hating ad, Gillette have just cut their own throat

It’s been a very bad week for men.

Yesterday, the American Psychological Association released a set of guidelines that condemned traditional masculinity as ‘harmful.’

Specifically, it stated that male traits like ‘stoicism’, ‘competitiveness’, ‘achievement’, ‘eschewal of the appearance of weakness’, ‘adventure’, and ‘risk’ are bad and should be expunged.

I literally choked on my bacon-and-sausage sandwich (my contribution to Veganuary) when I read this absurd load of PC-crazed bilge.

It’s basically saying that it’s wrong, and harmful, to be masculine, to be a man.

Jan 16 11:24

US 'fully' responsible if INF collapses, Russia says

Moscow has blamed Washington for the looming collapse of a key nuclear arms control deal after consultations between the two sides made no progress to reach an accord to save the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in Geneva on Tuesday that fresh talks with his American counterpart had made no headway in resolving the United States’ intention to withdraw from the INF. He held the US responsible for the failure of the bilateral negotiations.

"Responsibility for this fully and completely rests with the American side," the Russian diplomat said after the talks in Geneva.

Jan 16 11:23

Striking at a King

In a disastrous interview with the New York Times last week, Iowa congressman Steve King put his foot in his mouth (and not for the first time) by asking this imprudent question: “White nationalists, white supremacists, Western civilization, how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?” Put charitably (and I have no reason to attribute malice as opposed to stunning verbal ineptitude to the speaker), Congressman King wished to tell us that at one time, our teachers spoke with respect about the merits of our shared civilization. No one back then when he and I were in school attacked our civilization because it was created mostly by white men.



Jan 16 11:22

The FBI Prostituted Itself

Citing unnamed “former law enforcement sources and others,” the New York Times reports that “in the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.”

The mainstream media has touted this story as major breaking news. But, to anyone who has been paying even a modicum of attention, it is crystal clear that Comey’s firing did not precipitate the FBI’s investigation of Trump. To the contrary, the readily available record facts demonstrate that Comey’s FBI began investigating Trump and his campaign for possible Russian collusion shortly after he won the Republican Party’s nomination.

Jan 16 11:22

Freshman Democrats Turn on Pelosi Over Border Wall, Seek Deal with Trump

Several freshman Democrat members of the new House of Representatives majority have turned on Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her steadfast refusal to fund President Donald Trump’s planned wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and are instead seeking for Democrats to cut a deal on the wall with Trump.

The ongoing partial government shutdown, which affects a quarter of the federal government and is now the longest shutdown in the history of the United States, began late last year just before Christmas. It dragged through New Years into the new Congress, and Pelosi–after she won the Speakership vote after fending off internal Democrat rebels–has refused to negotiate with President Trump on the wall. She and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer say Trump will never get funding for the wall, and they are keeping the government shut down because they refuse to pass any funding bill that has wall money in it.

Jan 16 11:21

Angel Sister Calls on Congress and President to Act: ‘Our Nation Is in Crisis’

The sister of an American allegedly killed by an illegal alien took to Capitol Hill with Angel families Tuesday calling on Congress to address the nation “in crisis.”

Avery Corcoran’s 22-year-old brother Pierce was killed in a late December car wreck. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is holding the individual arrested for driving without a license when police say he smashed into Pierce. On Tuesday, Avery Corcoran, her parents at her side, called on Congress to act, saying, “Our nation is in crisis.”



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Jan 16 11:21

Vox: Trump Serving Clemson Players Fast Food Criticized as ‘Racist and Classist’

Liberal website Vox criticized President Trump on Tuesday for serving fast food to the Clemson Tigers, claiming that Trump’s belief that fast food would be the preferred meal of the athletes was “racist and classist.”

The president took criticism from much of the mainstream media for his decision to go with fast food. Including accusations that he was “disrespecting” the players, was “unsophisticated,” or was somehow being cheap, Vox said in its January 15 post.

“One poked fun at the juxtaposition of presumably hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of silver and china ‘holding $29.50 of lukewarm dog shit,'” Vox explained.

Jan 16 11:20

New Migrant Caravan Organizer Arrested in Honduras on Rape Charge

Police in Honduras arrested one of the organizing members of a new caravan of migrants who are seeking to reach the U.S. border. Police arrested the caravan organizer — serving a warrant on the charge of rape.

Authorities have confirmed the arrest of 26-year-old Juan Carlos Molina. They say the man they claim is one of the main organizers and promoters of a caravan of individuals from Honduras who are seeking to reach the U.S. border to request asylum. On Monday, a group of about 800 migrants left San Pedro Sula on their way north. It is believed that others may join along the way.

Jan 16 11:19

Exclusive–Mo Brooks: ‘Democrat Strategy’ of Importing Foreign Voters will Turn America into California

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) says the “Democrat strategy” of importing a permanent underclass of welfare-dependent foreign-born voters will transform the United States into the left wing, sanctuary state of California.

In an exclusive interview with SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Saturday, Brooks said the Democrats’ open borders, mass immigration plan is ultimately to replace native-born American voters with a foreign-born population.

Jan 16 11:19

Russian security chief warns Ukraine could lose statehood

The article highlights that the Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolai Patrushev warns of Ukraine's schism and that "The continuation of such policy by the Kiev authorities can contribute to the loss of Ukraine’s statehood," in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Patrushev continues, that "the Kiev authorities are doing everything to split Ukraine, implementing the West’s scenario to break Ukraine away from Russia, while ignoring the interests of its own people."

"As a result, the country was de facto split. The population of the western regions does not trust natives of southeast considering them to be supporters of the ‘Russian world." In southern and eastern regions, Kiev’s power is ensured, to a large extent, at the expense of moral and physical pressure exerted on the local population by radical nationalists," Patrushev stressed.



Jan 16 11:18

WHOA! House Dems Move to Strip States of Election Powers, push a bill to Federalize Much of what the Constitution Set up as state Rights!!

If at first you don’t succeed, change the rules of the game so that you can. This has been the modus operandi of the Democrat Party for a long time, and Dems are again putting it to work with their new House majority.

HR 1, the first bill to be introduced in the new session, has been euphemistically called the For the People Act. Its full title is, get this, “To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.”

This so-called voter-reform bill was introduced by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), and Democrats are hoping to use it to fundamentally change (there’s that phrase again) America’s voting and campaign-finance system.

How does it work? Spoiler alert — it’s totally rigged to tip the scales in favor of a putting a leftist government in permanent power in the U.S.

Jan 16 11:17

PG&E CEO to Leave With Utility at Brink of Bankruptcy

PG&E Corp. Chief Executive Officer Geisha Williams is leaving as California’s largest utility owner nears potential bankruptcy.

The San Francisco-based company has begun a search for a new CEO following Williams’ departure, according to a statement issued Sunday. PG&E general counsel John Simon will take the helm in the meantime. Williams, 57, took over as CEO in March 2017 and is leaving after a catastrophic three months for PG&E.

“I will be leaving PG&E,” Williams said in a separate email, without providing a reason for her departure. “I value the opportunity I’ve had to lead PG&E and wish all of my colleagues well.”

Jan 16 11:17

Middle East Pretense

The oil-rich Middle East is the world’s top flashpoint, the most likely hot spot for WW III to start if Republicans or undemocratic Dem hardliners dare launch it.

Iraq has been devastated by US-orchestrated and/or waged wars since the 1980s, Syria since 2011, historic Palestine for over 70 years, possible because of Washington’s one-sided support for Israel since its 1948 creation.

The region remains in turmoil over US-led NATO wars – Israel, the Saudis, other Arab states, and Turkey junior partners in what’s going on.

Everything related to US hegemonic aims involves Big Lies and deception. Pentagon forces are in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere regionally to stay, along with everywhere else where they’re deployed.

US special forces are in around 80% of world countries, their mission far removed from being good will ambassadors.

Jan 16 11:16

The Transportation Department is Funding Autonomous Drones

The Transportation Department is funding research to build artificial intelligence-powered drones and trying to get a better understanding of how autonomous vehicles could be manipulated to harm the public.

The agency’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center on Thursday began soliciting teams to develop open-source artificial intelligence tools that allow drones to fly without a human operator. The team would ultimately build a drone capable of locating targets and dodging obstacles without outside intervention.

Selected vendors would also need to provide secure facilities where government engineers can store and test autonomous drones and cars. The 12-month contract is only open to companies and universities located within 25 miles of Arlington, Va., according to the solicitation.

While the vendors would primarily explore ways AI could augment drones, officials said they’re also curious how the tech might be manipulated to threaten the public.



Jan 16 11:15

Mass Fentanyl Overdose In California Kills 1 Person, Leaves 12 More Hospitalized 

One person is dead and a dozen others hospitalized after a mass fentanyl overdose in Chico, California, over the weekend.

The overdose was reported to law enforcement at 9:12 am Saturday morning, CBS/CW+-affiliate KHSL-TV (Action News Now) reported.

Chico Fire Department Division Chief Jesse Alexander told Action News Now on Facebook Live that it was the most significant mass casualty incident he had ever seen.

Jan 16 11:15

U.S. proposes to allow drone operation at night, over people

The Trump administration on Monday proposed rules that would allow drones to operate over populated areas and end a requirement for special permits for night use, long-awaited actions that are expected to help speed commercial use of small unmanned aerial vehicles in the United States.

Jan 16 11:14

Can Hollywood’s Biggest Media Companies Avoid Getting Crushed by Debt?

Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman-CEO, summoned all of his folksy Oklahoma earnestness as he made an enthusiastic pitch to Wall Street analysts about the telephone company’s bold efforts to transform itself into a multimedia powerhouse. It was late November, less than six months after AT&T had wrapped up its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. But before Stephenson could wax poetic about his plans to revitalize HBO, Warner Bros. or other newly acquired AT&T subsidiaries, he felt compelled to address the elephant in the room.

“If you hear nothing else this afternoon, I want you to hear me on this,” Stephenson said at the company’s investor presentation in New York. “Our discretionary cash flow is going to go to one place. It’s going to be paying down debt.”

Jan 16 11:14

Get Out: Deputies Go Door-To-Door To Evacuate Woolsey Fire Burn Area

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for several areas of Malibu and Ventura County hit hard by the Woolsey Fire that are now in danger of mudslides.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies went door-to-door Tuesday to tell residents they should get out before the next round of rain hits Southern California Tuesday. Heavy rainfall sent mud and debris into the lanes of Pacific Coast Highway, causing it to be closed for several hours.

Authorities are particularly concerned with areas near steep slopes or drainage areas.

In Malibu, mandatory evacuations were ordered for: Corral Canyon/El Nido, Escondido/Old Chimney, Escondido Drive/Latigo Canyon, Malibu West/Trancas Canyon, Malibou Lake, all of Ramirez Canyon Road and adjacent streets and the Paradise Cove Mobile Home Park and Restaurant.



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Jan 16 11:13

You can lace Nike's Adapt BB shoes with a smartphone app, but that's just the beginning

Nike provided a glimpse of what the future of footwear could look like by introducing the first self-lacing smart basketball shoe on Tuesday.

The Adapt BB, priced at $350, does more than just lace itself. Using a power lacing system called Fit Adapt, users can adjust to find the perfect fit whether it's manually or digitally, using the Nike Adapt mobile app. A custom motor and gear train tighten or loosen to customize to your foot.

For Nike, this opens a new world of smart data insights into athletes' workouts. For athletes, it represents a new era and way they interact with sneakers.

Jan 16 11:13

Russia ready for serious conversation with US on entire strategic agenda — Putin

"Despite the United States’ declared intention to withdraw from the [INF] Treaty, we are open for a dialogue," Putin said

Jan 16 11:12

Putin sees alleviation of poverty in Russia as his top priority — spokesman

Russian President Vladimir Putin sees the alleviation of poverty in Russia as his main priority, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with the Argumenty i Fakty newspaper published on Wednesday.

"Yes, our economic growth is still insufficient, too many people still live below the poverty line, and this is absolutely inadmissible. Solving this problem is the president’s main priority for the time being," he said.

At the same time, the Kremlin spokesman said that a certain degree of financial and macroeconomic stability in Russia cannot be questioned.

Jan 16 11:12

Video: The EU Votes for the Installation of New US Missiles in Europe

Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled “Evil Defeated by Good”, representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987, which banned land-based short- and mid-range nuclear missiles (a reach of between 500 and 5,000 km). Symbolically, the body of the dragon is in fact made with pieces of US Pershing-2 ballistic missiles (originally based in West Germany) and Soviet SS-20 missiles (originally based in the USSR).

But the nuclear dragon, which in the sculpture is shown as dying, is now being reborn. Thanks to Italy and other countries of the European Union, which, at the United Nations General Assembly, voted against the resolution presented by Russia on the “Preservation and Implementation of the INF Treaty”, rejected by 46 to 43 with 78 abstentions.



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Jan 16 11:11

The US Institute of Peace… Promotes Endless Syrian War

An “independent national institute founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible,” would be the last place you would expect to find calls for continued war.

Yet the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is just the place to go for exactly that.

In a recent article appearing on the USIP website titled, “What Does the U.S. Troop Withdrawal Mean for Syria?,” USIP’s senior adviser for Syria would claim the recently announced US troop withdrawal from Syria would “undermine U.S. interests in Syria and the broader region.”

Jan 16 11:03

U.S. Doles Out Millions During Shutdown—Vulnerable Costa Rican Youth, AIDS in MozambiqueJANUARY 15, 2019

The U.S. government may be shut down but it’s still doling out large sums of taxpayer dollars to foreign causes that American citizens may not consider a priority. In the last few days alone, Uncle Sam dedicated millions of dollars in grants to projects that include helping socially vulnerable youth in crime-ridden Costa Rican communities, tackling an AIDS epidemic in Mozambique, improving health in Nigeria and surveilling “important diseases in Senegal.” There are plenty more with details posted this month on the government’s grant website which says that, during a lapse in federal appropriations, the system will “remain in an operational status.”

Jan 16 11:00

The Government Shutdown Exposes Another Reason to Abolish the TSA

Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration officers, who are required to work without paychecks through the partial government shutdown, have called out from work this week from at least four major airports...

TSA spokespeople, meanwhile, insist everything is completely normal although absenteeism has "increased by 200% to 300%," according to Marketwatch.

Not everyone was as sanguine about the situation as government officials. One frequent traveler complained “The lines were exceptionally longer than normal, especially for a peak departure time frame of 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.”

Given that the feds admit more employees are skipping work, it's hard to believe that everything's humming along normally — unless workers are lowering security standards to get more people through the line quickly.

But, that, of course, is something the feds insist they would never, ever do.

Jan 16 10:59

The beauty and the beast - Gilad Atzmon vs. Rachel Riley

In recent weeks Rachel Riley, a British TV celebrity, has tossed the Antisemitic slur in the direction of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, Noam Chomsky, Ken Loach, Aaron Bastani, yours truly and others. In her first extended Ch 4 interview it became clear that Riley isn't exactly an astute political philosopher. You can watch the entire Ch 4 interview here.

Jan 16 10:59

Is Bolton Steering Trump into War with Iran?

“Stop the ENDLESS WARS!” implored President Donald Trump in a Sunday night tweet.

Well, if he is serious, Trump had best keep an eye on his national security adviser, for a U.S. war on Iran would be a dream come true for John Bolton.

Last September, when Shiite militants launched three mortar shells into the Green Zone in Baghdad, which exploded harmlessly in a vacant lot, Bolton called a series of emergency meetings and directed the Pentagon to prepare a menu of targets, inside Iran, for U.S. air and missile strikes in retaliation.

The Wall Street Journal quoted one U.S. official as saying Bolton’s behavior “rattled people. … People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran.”
Bolton’s former deputy, Mira Ricardel, reportedly told a gathering the shelling into the Green Zone was “an act of war” to which the U.S. must respond decisively.

Jan 16 10:58

Migrant caravan headed to the US grows to an estimated 2,000

Jan 16 10:58

Legitimately Elected French President Speaks On Macron Puppet, Yellow Vests, and Globalist Agenda

Legitimately Elected French President Speaks On Macron Puppet, Yellow Vests, and Globalist Agenda

Marie Le Pen won the French presidential election.

Macron did not win the French election.

The Macron presidency is an unlawful, terrorist organization.

Macron is a Rothschild puppet placed in power against the will of the French people.

Jan 16 10:55

Trump’s “Hail Mary” Becomes Bolton’s Nightmare

National Security Advisor John Bolton is making the rounds in the Middle East to try and salvage what’s left of the long-standing plan to balkanize Syria and overthrow President Bashar al-Assad in the wake of President Trump’s announced troop withdrawal.

What began as a political Hail Mary for Trump has morphed into a foreign policy quagmire for Bolton and the bloody-minded neoconservatives he is the tip of the spear for.

Bolton first met fellow war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu to announce their conditions under which US troops would leave Syria. The big sticking point was getting the Turks to guarantee the safety of the Kurdish militia, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), that have been the US proxy forces in securing that part of Syria east of the Euphrates river for future plans vis-à-vis Iraq and Iran.

Jan 16 10:54

Political Prisoners in America

Writing from another country I remember the Americans I’m supposed to forget, those forced into the lives that made them prisoners or simply targets of law enforcement programs. Some are religious people, Christians and Muslims. Many were Black Panthers. Some were and are radicals. Most are Americans.

Jan 16 10:53

France, Germany to Merge Economic and Defense Policies; Create Cross-Border “Eurodistricts”

Germany and France are set to forge a pact aligning their defense, diplomatic and economic policies in an unprecedented “twinning” pact “regarded as a prototype for the future of the European Union,” according to The Times‘ Oliver Moody.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will sign the “Aachen treaty” later this month which will govern a coordinated diplomatic front as well as joint actions on peacekeeping missions.

What’s more – areas on both sides of the Franco-German border will be encouraged to establish “Eurodistricts” in which both countries would merge water, electricity and public transport networks.

Berlin and Paris will offer cash to incentivise these cross-border areas, which could involve shared hospitals, joint business schemes or environmental projects. Some officials regard these experiments as a petri dish for the integration of the EU. –The Times

No word on whether France will accept half of Germany’s refugees.

Jan 16 10:53

You Are in School

We have all been to school at some point in our lives, and we have cause to know and recognize the process. Like our first lessons walking, we often fall down and make mistakes before our feet flatten and our center of balance stabilizes and we are suddenly able to run.

The same thing happens with learning to talk. We discover our voice box early and make sounds, but not words. Then, we learn to say words, sentences, whole paragraphs.... It doesn't happen overnight and it does not happen without errors. Plenty of errors. This process continues as we learn to write.

I have been writing for six decades and I still make plenty of errors.

Jan 16 10:52

And this woman claims to be a black ally, Elizabeth Warren with racist figure

Jan 16 10:43

UK Brexit Vote Reflects a Deep Crisis in Capitalism

Had the British been presented with the option, people might choose a socialist Britain over a capitalist EU, but they are not given that choice, say Prof. Leo Panitch of York University and Jon Lansman of the British Labour Party’s National Executive Committee

Jan 16 10:43

RUSSIAN DOMINANCE: NATO Ships Cannot Enter The Sea Of ??Azov Without Permission From Russia

Without Russia’s permission, the passage of NATO ships across the Kerch Strait to the Sea of ??Azov is excluded, Crimean authorities say.

Such an assertion was made by Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean regional government, Permanent Representative of Crimea to the presidency of Russia, Georgy Muradov.

“According to the Russian-Ukrainian agreement of 2003, military vessels from foreign countries can only enter the sea area of ??Azov with the consent of both parties, Russia and Ukraine,” said the politician.

At the same time, he considered the entry of foreign warships into the Azov Sea unacceptable, underlining that Moscow will not give such approval.

Jan 16 10:42

Race-Baiting CNN Analyst Slams Host For "White Privilege", Then Discovers He's Black

CNN legal analyst Areva Martin had a race-baiting fail after accusing SiriusXM radio host and Fox News contributor David Webb of "white privilege" during a debate on his Monday morning radio show

While discussing a recent controversy stoked by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) over CBS failing to hire any black journalists to cover the 2020 election, Webb asked Martin what she thought.

Martin said she agreed with Ocasio-Cortez that it was unacceptable for media outlets to claim that there aren't enough journalists of color available, to which Webb responded that he had "31 years" of experience in the media, adding "I’ve seen the coverage, and I’ve also seen it change, generationally … I have not seen the lack of [diversity], I’ve seen, actually growth in it"

Jan 16 10:42

THE UNITED STATES' STATES OF EMERGENCIES

The United States has been in a near-constant state of emergency for 40 years. Now, President Donald Trump is considering treating the border as one.

On Sunday, Trump told reporters that he was considering invoking executive authority to resolve the government shutdown and secure funding for his border wall. "I may declare a national emergency dependent on what's going to happen over the next few days," Trump said, according to the Hill.

Immediately, politicians and experts from both sides weighed in, disavowing this statement and threatening legal action. "He'll face a challenge, I'm sure, if he oversteps what the law requires when it comes to his responsibility as commander-in-chief," Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) said on CBS.

Jan 16 10:41

FLASHBACK - INFLATION, THE HIDDEN TAX

In The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1920), John Maynard Keynes (who is not my favorite author) observed:

“Lenin (the founder of the former communist Soviet Union) was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose”.

Many people do not realize that inflation is with us, and it is an extremely destructive hidden tax, especially on the poor of all nations of the world. Inflation reduces the buying power of your money, so you become poorer, even if you have the same amount of money in the bank or in your pocket.

Jan 16 10:40

Exclusive: Green Berets Targeted After Anonymous Email Exposed Lowered Standards

Two Army Green Berets are fighting for their military careers after being associated with an anonymous email that accused their commanders of lowering standards to enable more soldiers — particularly female — to graduate from its prestigious Q-course.

The anonymous email, signed, “A concerned Green Beret,” accused the leaders of the school of “moral cowardice” for lowering the standards, and weakening instructors’ ability to discipline students as they look to get further through the pipeline.

“[The school] has devolved into a cesspool of toxic, exploitive, biased and self-serving senior officers who are bolstered by submissive, sycophantic, and just-as-culpable enlisted leaders,” the email said. “They have doggedly succeeded in two things; furthering their careers, and ensuring that Special Forces [are] more prolific but dangerously less capable than ever before.”

Jan 16 10:40

It's A Gas... Germany Outraged By US Colonial Arrogance

This time the outspoken US ambassador in Berlin may have gone too far to be ignored. The German government has denounced as a “provocation” letters that the American envoy sent to companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 project warning them of possible US sanctions.

The German government reportedly told the project companies to “ignore” the missives dispatched by Ambassador Richard Grenell.

Nord Stream 2 is the 1,222-kilometer pipeline being laid in the Baltic seabed which will greatly increase delivery of natural gas from Russia to Germany. It will double Germany’s import of Russian gas when complete. But the Trump administration has repeatedly voiced its objection to the project, claiming that it will give Moscow undue political leverage over Europe. Trump has warned of sanctions on participating companies, which include German and Austrian firms.

Jan 16 10:39

Trump Aides "Scrambled" After He Raised Leaving NATO Altogether "Several Times"

President Trump has privately told senior administration officials that he wants to withdraw from NATO altogether, finds an explosive New York Times report:

Senior administration officials told The New York Times that several times over the course of 2018, Mr. Trump privately said he wanted to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Current and former officials who support the alliance said they feared Mr. Trump could return to his threat as allied military spending continued to lag behind the goals the president had set.

Jan 16 10:39

China’s Ambassador to Canada Exposes the White Supremacist Five Eyes Surveillance State

In a January 9, 2019 op-ed in Ottawa’s Hill Times, China’s Ambassador to Canada, Lu Shaye did what no other mainstream media outlet has been willing to do since the untimely arrest of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou occurred while she was boarding a plane in Vancouver on December 1st. Much dispute has arisen over the arrest and China’s response with its own arrest of two Canadians suspected of espionage in Beijing.

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