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Jan 09 08:32

Can Six Myths Keep The Market Going?

Jan 09 05:30

Fund Manager: The COMEX Is A Complete Joke

Jan 08 19:49

'Worst year for retail in 25 years' says trade body

Retail sales fell for the first time in 25 years last year, according to the leading UK retail industry body.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said total sales fell 0.1%, marking the first annual sales decline since 1995.

Sale in November and December were particularly weak, falling 0.9%, the BRC said.

A separate report from Barclaycard found a rise in consumer confidence had failed to boost festive spending.

Jan 08 17:02

Iran didn’t want to kill US troops with its strike, it wanted to make point to Trump about its missile tech & resolve. It did that

Iran’s anticipated retaliation for the US assassination of Qassem Suleimani sent a clear signal to Donald Trump that while the current round of violence may be over, Iran stands ready to respond to any future US provocation.

Tehran warned Iraq to spare US soldiers.
First and foremost, Iran communicated its intent to strike US targets in Iraq directly to the Iraqi Prime Minister a full two hours prior to the missiles being launched; Iraq then shared this information with US military commanders, who were able to ensure all US troops were in hardened shelters at the time of the attack.

The missile attack on the US incorporated new, advanced missiles—the Qaim 1 and Fahad-110—possessing advanced guidance and control capable of pinpoint precision.

Jan 08 10:25

$VIX 46

Jan 08 10:17

Goldman Sachs: This Oil Rally Won’t Last

Jan 08 09:58

Most Weakness Since The Financial Crisis

Jan 08 09:51

Iran Says U.S. Must Pay $130 Billion in Damages After World Court Rules Against Trump Administration

Iran's top judiciary has ordered the United States to pay up $130 billion in damages about a year after the United Nation's top court ruled that President Donald Trump's administration should ease sanctions against Tehran to ensure the continued flow of humanitarian goods.

Jan 08 09:24

I sure am glad that I own gold…

Jan 07 23:23

An Empire Self-Destructs

Empires are built through the creation or acquisition of wealth. The Roman Empire came about through the productivity of its people and its subsequent acquisition of wealth from those that it invaded. The Spanish Empire began with productivity and expanded through the use of its large armada of ships, looting the New World of its gold. The British Empire began through localized productivity and grew through its creation of colonies worldwide—colonies that it exploited, bringing the wealth back to England to make it the wealthiest country in the world.

Jan 07 18:16

2020, Already the Year of Zombie Airlines

Jan 07 17:29

Fed Funds COT Leading Indication: McClellan

Jan 07 14:57

Stocks Sink As Global Times Suggests China In No Hurry To Sign Trade Deal

Global Times English edition reportedly quotes China shouldn't be in a hurry to sign the Phase One Agreement.

A Chinese delegation will likely travel to Washington next week to sign the agreement, experts said. However, specific dates for the delegation's departure and the signing ceremony are unclear.

As of press time, Chinese officials have not publicly announced details regarding the trip and the signature of the phase one agreement. US officials have been releasing differing information concerning the deal.

US President Donald Trump said in a tweet on December 31 that he will sign the phase one deal at the White House on January 15, and that high-level representatives from China will be present. Chinese officials have not publicly confirmed the US president's announcement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oops there.....

Jan 07 14:16

And Again: The Fed Monetizes $4.1 Billion In Debt Sold Just Days Earlier

Over the past week, when looking at the details of the Fed's ongoing QE4, we showed out (here and here) that the New York Fed was now actively purchasing T-Bills that had been issued just days earlier by the US Treasury. As a reminder, the Fed is prohibited from directly purchasing Treasurys at auction, as that is considered "monetization" and directly funding the US deficit, not to mention is tantamount to "Helicopter Money" and is frowned upon by Congress and established economists. However, insert a brief, 3-days interval between issuance and purchase... and suddenly nobody minds. As we summarized:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a little more than scary, looking at the volumes of money getting thrown around like this.

Jan 07 12:28

30% Up Years – Should You Sell It?

Jan 07 10:29

Will the US deploy negative interest-rates?

Jan 07 10:20

Chevron pulls American oil workers from Iraq

America's second largest oil company has evacuated all of its American oil workers from Iraq following last week's U.S. airstrike in Baghdad.

Jan 07 09:45

Russian president Vladimir Putin lands in Damascus on unannounced visit

Russian president Vladimir Putin has arrived in Damascus on a surprise visit to meet his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad.

Mr Putin met with Assad in a Russian military base in the capital, where the two leaders discussed the military situation in the country, according to the Kremlin.

Moscow has been a key backer of Assad for years, formally entering Syria's civil war on his side in 2015. That intervention was credited with turning the tide of the conflict in Assad's favour, allowing his military forces to recapture most of Syria.

"During his talks with Assad, Putin noted that it is now possible to state with conviction that a huge distance has been covered on the path to restoring Syrian statehood and the territorial integrity of the country," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, as quoted by the Russian Interfax news agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would also like to politely remind those in the depths of the Bowels of Power in DC, what a Russian diplomat assured his Iranian counterpart in a conference held last summer:

Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

The article went on to state: "“Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow." The story was published in the 26 June, 2019 edition of the English language version of Moscow Times.

So what we have, potentially happening here, is a shooting war with Russia...over Iran?!?!?

Unfortunately, just because something is one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing this government could do, does not guarantee they won't do it.

I am sure that Putin and al-Assad have been speaking about how such a potential war between the US and Iran, and how to minimize its impact on war-shattered Syria, in the most intelligent and logical manner possible.

But President Trump, please; at this point, the US military does not have the money, the troop strength, the weaponry, or manufacturing to insure that the US could win a conventional war with Russia over Iran.

And folks, someone in Putin's inner circle, like Kabulov, most probably doesn't FART, unless they have President Putin's absolute and complete authority to do so; therefore, think of this assurance to Iran, as having come straight from Russia's President himself.

Jan 07 09:18

The Biggest Wild Card In 2020 Oil Markets

Jan 07 08:47

The U.N. & Central Banks: A Rockefeller & Rothschild Coup

The central banks have recently become obsessed with two things. As Zero Hedge points out, one of these objectives is climate change. The other is blockchain technology and the digitization of currency.

But why would the global central banks suddenly be obsessed with climate change and blockchain? Shouldn’t they, instead, be concerned with debt and insolvency? In this report, we take a peak behind the curtain, as we examine the connections between the United Nations, the central banks and their collaboration to usher in a new sustainable global financial system.

Jan 07 06:35

The Tick, Tick, Talk of Recession Drones On

Jan 07 06:22

Pentagon sends six B-52 strategic bombers to military base on Diego Garcia that is beyond the range of Iran's ballistic missiles to prepare to hit Tehran if given the order

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear readers; this is only one of the headlines which rattled in my brain this morning. Other, seriously distressing headlines followed, and they were:

Iran Evaluating 13 Retaliation Scenarios To Inflict "Historic Nightmare" On US

British Navy To Escort UK-Flagged Ships In Strait Of Hormuz

Chaos: Pentagon Denies "Poorly Worded" Iraq Withdrawal Letter, Esper Says "No Decision To Leave Iraq, Period"

Europe Scrambles As Heiko Maas Declares "Beginning Of The End" For Iran Nuclear Deal

Escobar On The Soleimani Psyop & The Financial WMDs

China Embassy Issues US Travel Warning Amid Threats Of Terrorism By Iran

52 Stealth Fighter Jets Elephant Walk In Show Of Force Amid Threats Of War

Hudson: De-Dollarization & America's Escalating "Democratic" Oil War In The Near-East

Soleimani Was In Baghdad On Peace Mission To De-Escalate With Saudis: Report

Amphibious Assault Ship Bataan With 2,000 Marines On Board Is Headed Toward Iraq

Trump Bars Iran FM From Addressing UN Security Council

The Soleimani Assassination: Worse Than a Crime, a Mistake

MILITARY CONTRACTORS RAYTHEON, LOCKHEED MARTIN SEE STOCK PRICES SOAR AMID IRAN CRISIS

These headlines, taken all together, are most probably going to mean that there will be a a new world of hurt launched against the Middle East and its people, courtesy of the government of the Unhinged, Surveilled state of America.

At 70, I remember a time when people demonstrated, peacefully, many times putting personal and ideological differences, to end the madness of the war in Vietnam; I would like to hope, being the incurable optimist, that this could happen again, and with the same result, regarding a re-invasion of Iraq, and a potential decap strike against Tehran.

However, as fractious as relationships between people who may think differently politically, I don't know that this is really possible at this time, for Americans to band together and say, logically and peacefully to this administration, that these wars, with which American hegemony is supported, must end.

But if you haven't started to prep for yourselves, please do so, and now. I know I sound like a chipped CD, but storable food, and potable water, and any meds which are taken on a consistent basis, need to be stockpiled, and now.

Go in with friends and family, to get a freezer, and start stocking it soon; between tensions in the Middle East and the flooding which has happened in the heartland of this country, prices are most likely going to escalate like crazy, so when spring gets here, you will be happy you did this.

And because troop strength for the American military is stretched beyond reasonable levels, do look for a draft to be "sold" to the American people in a very bipartisan way, by both parties, as the "patriotic" thing to do; but remember; this time, they will be coming for our young women, as well as our young men:

Why women should be required to register for the draft

Please note the date; March of last year. It appears that CNN was "grooming" its audience to make this sound like a good thing, because they understood that a war against Iran was not a question of if, but when.

Jan 07 05:51

Thanks, Fed, For All The Easy Money Buybacks

Jan 06 12:35

There used to be salmon as big as golden retrievers in the Columbia River, but dams killed them off

If you cast a fishing line into the Columbia River in 1920, you’d better be ready for a fight. The Pacific Northwest was once home to an enormous strain of Chinook salmon, with specimens weighing 70 to 80 pounds — reaching as high as 125. These earned a hefty moniker: they were called “June hogs,” signifying both their size and the season to catch them.

Jan 06 12:25

Rothschild funded both sides of every war

Trump is their boy.
https://philosophyofmetrics.com/how-rothschild-inc-saved-donald-trump-...

The Rothschild Dynasty makes money off of both sides of every war.

Interview with Doctor Anthony C Sutton on his research about the funding of Nazi party and of Soviet communists by a group of American and European financiers.

The Rothschild Illuminati New World Order Agenda READ: 1666 Redemption Through Sin

Jan 06 10:16

Deeper into contraction

Jan 06 10:11

Border collie saves flock of sheep from wall of fire in Australia

A hero border collie has saved a flock of sheep as a wall of fire destroyed farmland in Australia.

Jan 06 09:41

The US is being run by a government that no longer represents the people

DUH!

There is a disconnect between Capitol Hill and Main Street. Trump, whose rise was fueled by his message of taking on a "rigged" political system that failed to reflect the views and values of everyday Americans, understood and exploited that reality.

But the problem predates Trump. With gerrymandering as the standard and open primaries out of favor, politicians have tacked more to the base of their parties and away from the middle.

Jan 06 09:34

Three Ways To Increase Workers’ Wages

Jan 06 07:50

FTSE 100 bosses will have earned an average annual wage by 5pm TONIGHT, study reveals

Chief executives of FTSE 100 companies were paid on average £3.46million in 2018, or the equivalent of £901.30 an hour, while full-time workers took home £29,559 a year on average.

The marked disparity was found by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and think-tank the High Pay Centre. Companies in the FTSE 100 include Lloyds bank, Barclays Group and Tesco.

Jan 06 07:03

How Long Will It Take For The US To Collapse?

Jan 06 07:03

Beware The Stock Market

Jan 05 23:38

How Long Will It Take For The US To Collapse?

There are a multitude of false assumptions out there on what the collapse of a nation or “empire” looks like. Modern day Americans have never experienced this type of event, only peripheral crises and crashes. Thanks to Hollywood, many in the public are under the delusion that a collapse is an overnight affair. They think that such a thing is impossible in their lifetimes, and if it did happen, it would happen as it does in the movies – They would simply wake up one morning and find the world on fire. Historically speaking, this is not how it works. The collapse of an empire is a process, not an event.

Jan 05 21:14

The Fed Has Quietly Started QE4

Jan 05 15:31

This Is Great News For Gold

Jan 05 10:35

Insulin Prices Triple Since 2010, Leaving Americans to Ration or Travel Abroad for Affordable Meds

Meanwhile........

According to surveys, over one in four American diabetics ration their insulin, putting their lives at risk because they cannot afford the cost of constantly injecting $290 medicine into their bodies.

One such example was Josh Wilkerson, who died in Virginia last June, unable to find the $1,200 per month he needed for insulin on the $16.50 an hour he made working at a dog kennel. He was found dead at his place of work with a blood sugar level 17 times higher than normal. Others in Josh’s position inject themselves with dog insulin to stay alive.

Jan 05 10:30

An Eyewitness to the Horrors of the US 'Forever Wars' Speaks Out

In pediatrics wards, we saw infants and toddlers whose bodies were wasted from gastrointestinal diseases, cancers, respiratory infections and starvation. Limp, miserable, sometimes gasping for breath, they lay in the arms of their sorrowful mothers, and seemingly no one could stop the U.S. from punishing them to death. "Why?" mothers murmured. Sanctions forbade Iraq to sell its oil. Without oil revenues, how could they purchase desperately needed goods? Iraq's infrastructure continued to crumble; hospitals became surreal symbols of cruelty where doctors and nurses, bereft of medicines and supplies, couldn't heal their patients or ease their agonies.

In 1995, UN officials estimated that economic sanctions had directly contributed to the deaths of at least a half-million Iraqi children, under age 5.

Jan 05 09:46

97? Probably Nothing!

Jan 05 07:03

How the S&P 500 Gets to 4,000 in 2020

Jan 04 08:24

Who Towers Behind Trump?

By Michael Collins Piper

An inquiry into the background of flamboyant American entrepreneur Donald J. Trump provides some surprising insights into Trump’s path to power and influence, for the fact is that Trump’s rise to stardom came as a direct consequence of his having functioned as hardly more than a colorful front man for some very wealthy behind-the-scenes sponsors.

Everyone knows, of course, about Trump’s gambling operations and of the wide-ranging links of the gambling industry to organized crime. But the story is much bigger than that. In his own memoir, The Art of the Deal, Trump proudly described how in 1987 he bought his first casino interests when he purchased 93% of the voting stock in the Resorts International gambling concern.

Jan 04 08:17

It seems that the Rothschilds have been supporting Donald Trump for over 30 years

“In 1987 Donald Trump purchased his first casino interests when he acquired 93% of the shares in Resorts International. Resorts International has a sordid history which began in the early 1950’s when it evolved from a CIA and Mossad front company which had been established for the purpose of money laundering the profits from drug trafficking, gambling, and other illegal activities. On October 30, 1978, The Spotlight newspaper reported that the principle investors of Resorts International were Meyer Lansky, Tibor Rosenbaum, William Mellon Hitchcock, David Rockefeller, and one Baron Edmond de Rothschild.”

Jan 04 08:05

How Rothschild Inc. Saved Donald Trump

Cognitive dissonance is a psychological methodology where a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors, are manufactured. The internal diametric which develops causes extreme mental and emotional discomfort, which further leads to one of the opposing positions being adjusted for the purpose of restoring cognitive balance.

Cognitive dissonance can exist as a natural process of mental and emotional evolution but is widely used in our culture as a means of socioeconomic engineering and transforming of mass populations. Every time you hear the mainstream media suggest Trump is “flip-flopping” on policies or issues, the concept of intentional cognitive dissonance should come to mind.

Jan 04 07:53

Fed’s Fake Stock Markets

Jan 03 22:30

China Banks Debt Bubble

Jan 03 22:22

The war wasn't about slavery, feat. Stonewall Jackson

It was about the Morrill Tariff.

By Mike Scruggs-Most Americans believe the U. S. “Civil War” was over slavery. They have to an enormous degree been miseducated. The means and timing of handling the slavery question were at issue, although not in the overly simplified moral sense that lives in postwar and modern propaganda. But had there been no Morrill Tariff there might never have been a war.
Prior to the U. S. “Civil War” there was no U. S. income tax. In 1860, approximately 95% of U. S. government revenue was raised by a tariff on imported goods.

http://www.thetribunepapers.com/2014/01/05/true-causes-of-the-uncivil-...

Jan 03 18:30

Operation Ajax (1953)

Operation Ajax (1953) (officially TP-AJAX) was an covert operation by the United States CIA in collaborating with the Pahlavi dynasty, to overthrow the elected government of Iran and Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh and consolidate the power of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.

Operation Ajax Summary

Jan 03 11:49

No Sign Of Bottom Yet

Jan 03 11:37

The Fed Is Creating a Monster Bubble

Jan 03 09:57

Thanks For All The Mad Money, Mario!

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