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Nov 15 19:19

What is the outlook for the US economy?

Nov 15 14:56

A Second American Civil War? | Live From The Lair

Many pundits and conspiracy theorists insist it's coming. Popp weighs in on what such a calamitous event would look like.

Nov 15 12:22

Recession Warning: Freight Volumes Negative YoY For 11th Straight Month

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

The Cass Freight Index once again warns again of economic contraction.

Donald Broughton, founder of Broughton Capital and author the Cass Freight Index says the index signals contraction, possibly by the end of the year.

That's just one one month away.

Six Key Points
With the –5.9% decline in October, following the string of declines in May through September (ranging from -3.0% to -6.0%), we repeat our message from the previous five months: the shipments index has gone from “warning of a potential slowdown” to “signaling an economic contraction.”

We acknowledge that: all of these negative percentages were against tough comparisons (some extremely tough), and the Cass Shipments Index has gone negative before without being followed by a negative GDP. However, demand is weaker across almost all modes of transportation, both domestically and internationally.

Nov 15 12:19

Libyan Official Urges New US Intervention After Russians Seen "On Front Lines"

A new report in Axios suggests that Russia has significantly increased its presence in war-torn Libya, perhaps seeking to clean up the mess left in the wake of the US-NATO led regime change war which toppled Muammar Gaddafi.

This after a recent NY Times investigation found that at least 200 Russian mercenaries from Wagner Group have been in Libya supporting renegade General Khalifa Haftar's offensive against the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

Eight years after Gaddafi's overthrow and brutal field execution at the hands of NATO-backed rebel Islamists, the oil and gas abundant country is still in the throes of grinding factional civil war.

Interior Minister for Tripoli's GNA Fathi Bashagha told Axios the unfolding “proxy war” will doom the country to become “a haven for terrorists and extremists” unless the US steps in again.

Nov 15 12:02

“Crime Against Democracy”: U.S. Backed Fascist Coup in Bolivia

When Morales was declared the winner in the October 20th elections, violent right-wing protests soon followed. The leaders of the opposition led by mostly fascist elements of Bolivian society including Luis Fernando Camacho who Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton of The Grayzone described him as “a powerful multi-millionaire named in the Panama Papers, and an ultra-conservative Christian fundamentalist groomed by a fascist paramilitary notorious for its racist violence, with a base in Bolivia’s wealthy separatist region of Santa Cruz.”

Nov 15 11:50

Sanders, Warren speak out against Israel-Gaza violence

2020 presidential candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday condemned recent violence between Israelis and Palestinians following the announcement of a cease-fire earlier in the day.

The two candidates took to Twitter to condemn acts of violence from Palestinian militant groups accused of firing rockets at Israel, while also calling for an end to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

"Israelis should not have to live in fear of rocket fire. Palestinians should not have to live under occupation and blockade," Sanders tweeted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are great, and well-nuanced sound bites; but at the end of the day, they will do nothing to forestall more violence perpetrated by Israel against Gaza.

My sense here, as that the IDF will wait for the US Thanksgiving Holiday, starting on 27 November, to uncork, big-time, against Gaza, as they figure that most of Americans will be too sated with turkey's L-tryptophan, and football, to really care, (if they ever did) about what they are going in Gaza.

Nov 15 11:17

Margin Debt vs $SPX

Nov 15 11:16

When Did Ukraine Become a ‘Critical Ally’?

On hearing the State Department’s George Kent and William Taylor describe President Donald Trump’s withholding of military aid to Ukraine, The New York Times summarized and solemnly endorsed their testimony:

"What clearly concerned both witnesses wasn’t simply the abuse of power by the President, but the harm it inflicted on Ukraine, a critical ally, under constant assault by Russian forces."

"’Even as we sit here today, the Russians are attacking Ukrainian soldiers in their own country, and have been for four years,’ Taylor said. ‘I saw this on the front line last week; the day I was there a Ukrainian soldier was killed and four more wounded.’"

Kent compared Ukrainian resistance to Russia’s intervention on the side of the Donbass secessionists to "our own Minutemen in 1776."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, folk; but this codswallop is nearly causing me to lose my lunch.

And Patrick Buchanan, dammit, you are better than this, sir.

For the record, there was no "annexation of Crimea by Russia". After the 2014 Putsch, (orchestrated by Washington and the West: see Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

Two things were done by the head of Crimea's government; the first was to do a free and fair referendum, to ask, post Putsch, if Crimea's people wanted to stay with Ukraine, or petition Russia to become a member of the Russian Federation. The overwhelmingly voted to leave Ukraine, and petition the Russian Federation, a petition Russia accepted. Crimean Status Referendum

And Sir, I am rather chagrined that I need to remind you; Russia, Ukraine, and the US are Signatories to the UN Charter,and the UN Declaration of the Rights of Man, which enshrines the concept of peaceful self-determination, which was precisely what Crimea did in this instance.

Nov 15 11:00

Bolivia’s Senate Agrees to Work Toward Early Elections

A late night vote in Bolivia’s Senate, which finally had a quorum after the police stopped blocking the ruling Movement for Socialism (MAS) party from the chamber, has agreed that all parties will work together toward having new elections as soon as possible.

New elections were promised by former President Evo Morales, and are still the goal despite his ouster and exile to Mexico. A lot of details are disputed between Morales’ MAS and self-proclaimed interim president Jeanine Anez, who was endorsed by the US and Bolivia’s military.

Early, free elections are likely to be a matter of dispute, as Anez insisted that, while she will allow the MAS to run a candidate in the vote, they’d better come up with one soon, and that she would absolutely forbid Morales from running again.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless she has the guns and military behind her, and in massive numbers, I have to think that this coup might well be short-lived; Morales had the interests, and the concerns, of all of the Bolivian people close to his heart; that made him utter Kryptonite in Washington.

There is also a companion piece, again from antiwar.com, which is worth reading here, and that is: Finally Got Him: The Bolivian Coup.

Nov 15 10:54

Trump Demands Five-Fold Increase in Payments From South Korea: Officials scramble to justify Trump's demand for $4.7 billion

South Korea has historically paid an unusually large percentage of the cost of keeping US forces there, and under pressure from President Trump, agreed earlier this year to a substantial increase, with South Korea agreeing to pay $924 million annually.

Since then, Trump had suggested a few times that he wanted more, and that South Korea could easily afford it. His new demand, however, shocked everyone on both sides as he is demanding over five times what South Korea is paying, $4.7 billion annually.

This is raising a lot of questions in South Korea about the viability of keeping the US around, but the bigger task is for US officials, who are trying to somehow justify a $4.7 billion price tag that seemingly came out of nowhere.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Seriously?!?

Why?!?

Nov 15 10:51

Tenuous truce in Gaza as Islamic Jihad, Israel differ on terms

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel declared a halt to hostilities across the Gaza Strip border on Thursday but a lasting ceasefire appeared tenuous as they differed on terms.

Islamic Jihad said an Egyptian-mediated truce went into effect at 0330 GMT, about 48 hours after Israel triggered the exchange of fire by killing the Iranian-backed faction’s top Gaza commander in an air strike, deeming him an imminent threat.

Occasional rocket fire from Gaza and a retaliatory Israeli air strike broke the calm, but the ceasefire largely held.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping, and praying, that the cease-fire will hold; that being said, I am not holding my breath, that this is a done deal.

Nov 15 10:45

Trump Keeps Contradicting Pentagon on US Role in Syrian War

President Trump’s position on the Syrian War aims to further simplify matters. Turkey’s President Erdogan says he is worried about Turkey’s border with Syria, and President Trump sees an opportunity to contrast his own war, saying “we left troops behind only for the oil.”

In the context of US-Turkey relations, this seems very straightforward and avoids conflicts of interest. Admitting that the whole US war is for oil isn’t the panacea Trump thinks it is, however, and he’s running up against other US officials on this issue.

Lawmakers are couching the Syrian War as being about protecting the Kurds, while the Pentagon’s leadership sees it heavily built around fighting ISIS and continuing to work toward regime change in Syria. Some even suggest it’s about countering Russia.

Trump’s all-oil agenda directly contradicts everyone else, and gives the impression that the US is being deliberately evasive about its military agenda and where US foreign policy is going.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a classic demonstration of "foreign policy by dart board"; unfortunately, however, none of the agencies involved, from the White House, to the Pentagon, to the State Department, are working from the same dartboard!!!

Nov 15 10:41

Drowning in Student Debt: Ways for Americans to Deal With What Is Now More than $1.6 Trillion in Loans

Some declare bankruptcy. Some flee overseas. Some grin and bear it. Ok, well, they bear it. Student loan costs are still rising.

Nov 15 10:00

Struggling to keep its economy growing, the city of Ruzhou spent big, but is now asking its health care workers for cash to stay afloat.

Struggling to keep its economy growing, the city of Ruzhou spent big, but is now asking its health care workers for cash to stay afloat.

Ruzhou, a city of one million people in central China, urgently needed a new hospital, their bosses said. To pay for it, the administrators were asking health care workers for loans. If employees didn’t have the money, they were pointed to banks where they could borrow it and then turn it over to the hospital.

Ruzhou is a city with a borrowing problem — and an emblem of the trillions of dollars in debt threatening the Chinese economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Seriously?!?

IF true, the Central Chinese government is doing a pretty lousy job of planning and spending.

Nov 15 09:53

Forget GDP: Here Is The Scariest Data From China

Yesterday, shortly before China's data deluge, we reported that a Beijing-based think tank became the first Chinese economic research institute linked to the government to predict that China’s economic growth rate will slow below 6.0% next year. Specifically, The National Institution for Finance and Development (NIFD) on Wednesday said that China’s economic growth rate will slow to 5.8% in 2020 from an estimated 6.1% this year, a number which is already quite ambitious, not to say artificially goalseeked.

“The economic slowdown is already a trend,” said former central bank adviser Li Yang, who heads the institute that is affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). “We must resort to deepened supply-side structural reform to change it or smooth the slowdown, rather than solely rely on monetary or fiscal stimulus.”

Nov 15 09:48

The Crazy Card Worth Carrying

Nov 15 09:21

Gold Price Is Not The Price Of Gold

Nov 15 09:21

A Snapshot of Each State’s Financial Health

Nov 15 09:15

Global debt on track to exceed $250 TRILLION this year

A new report by the International Institute of Finance (IIF) shows the world’s debt climbed by $7.5 trillion in the first six months of 2019 to a record high of over $250 trillion. It was driven by borrowings in the US and China.

Nov 15 08:34

Real US Economic Numbers Troubling - Tim Wood

Nov 15 08:27

Could The Aramco IPO Kill OPEC?

Nov 15 08:15

Will Stocks Underperform In 2020?

Nov 15 06:46

More green shoots

Nov 15 06:30

China Is About To Get Angry: US Senate To Vote Show Of Support For Hong Kong Protesters

As noted moments ago, futures ramped to new record highs rising above 3,100 following a quote from top Trump advisor Larry Kudlow, who has figured out that he gets most bang for the buck in juicing futures when liquidity is virtually nil, around 8pm or so, when he told reporters that Phase One of the China deal is "down to the short strokes", adding that "we are in communication with them every single day right now", and repeating that "a deal is close", even if "it’s not done yet."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh)Has complete, geopolitical tone-deafness, become a mandatory requirement for serving in Congress these days?!?

Nov 15 06:25

Casualties Of War: Military Veterans Have Become America's Walking Wounded

War sustains our way of life while killing us at the same time. As Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent and author Chris Hedges observes:

War is like a poison. And just as a cancer patient must at times ingest a poison to fight off a disease, so there are times in a society when we must ingest the poison of war to survive. But what we must understand is that just as the disease can kill us, so can the poison. If we don't understand what war is, how it perverts us, how it corrupts us, how it dehumanizes us, how it ultimately invites us to our own self-annihilation, then we can become the victim of war itself.

War also entertains us with its carnage, its killing fields, its thrills and chills and bloodied battles set to music and memorialized in books, on television, in video games, and in superhero films and blockbuster Hollywood movies financed in part by the military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a little thought for you to "chew on"; what if there was another, fully ratified, Amendment to the US Constitution, stipulating that all the children of appropriate military age belonging to the families of US politicians, were required to serve on the front lines of any declared, or undeclared, war?

Now, I know as well as a grown woman, that this isn't going to happen, but what if it did?!?

I would be very strongly inclined to bet that war wouldn't be the first modality this country would use, to get what it wanted economically or geopolitcally.

Nov 15 05:58

One Bank Finally Admits The Fed's "NOT QE" Is Indeed QE... And Could Lead To Financial Collapse

After a month of constant verbal gymnastics (and diarrhea from financial pundit sycophants who can't think creatively or originally and merely parrot their echo chamber in hopes of likes/retweets) by the Fed that the recent launch of $60 billion in T-Bill purchases is anything but QE (whatever you do, don't call it "QE 4", just call it "NOT QE" please), one bank finally had the guts to say what was so obvious to anyone who isn't challenged by simple logic: the Fed's "NOT QE" is really "QE."

In a note warning that the Fed's latest purchase program - whether one calls it QE or NOT QE - will have big, potentially catastrophic costs, Bank of America's Ralph Axel writes that in the aftermath of the Fed's new program of T-bill purchases to increase the amount of reserves in the banking system, the Fed made an effort to repeatedly inform markets that this is not a new round of quantitative easing, and yet as the BofA strategist notes, "in important ways it is similar."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but that ... is an industrial-strength "OOPS, THERE!!"

Nov 15 05:28

Blain: There Is Too Much Money Pushing up Prices, And It All Ends With A Guillotine

As it’s a Friday I am contractually entitled to have a rant and whine about whatever I want to write about. Which, today, isn’t really the cut and thrust of markets.

To be brutally frank - we all know what the problems are: Too much money in the markets pushing up the prices of market assets. The fact is too much of that too much money is owned by too few people who use their too much money to buy all these financial assets. These too few people who own all the financial assets get richer everyday as their too much money makes their too many financial assets even more valuable. And these too few people get even richer by getting even more too much money to put into the already too expensive financial markets by “persuading” central banks to keep rates low, to buy financial assets through QE, and get their in-the-pocket politicians to enact tax cuts so their too much money is even more too much money…

With me so far??

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The parallels to the situation for the poor, right before the French Revolution (to which this author is alluding) are both unmistakable, and hauntingly real.

So the real question is, when everything fails, and the poorest of the poor cannot take their lot in life anymore, because their poverty has been thrust upon them, will the uber-rich have enough tools of suppression to stop the cascade of fury which will inevitably follow?!?

Only time will tell, but I am not holding my breath for a positive outcome here.

Nov 14 18:11

Google Has Its Eyes On Our Health and Banking Data — Project Nightingale and Project Cache

By Aaron Kesel

There has been serious backlash against Google for hoarding health data of 50 million Americans through Project Nightingale. The once social media giant is now shifting focus from just a search engine and video platform with its subsidiary YouTube, to a megalithic corporation seeking to monopolize our daily lives in not only health and technology but banking as well...

Nov 14 12:18

'OK, Boomer' Stop Buying Stocks, Fidelity Warns

Fidelity Investments in its third-quarter retirement report has a new warning for its greedy baby boomer clients: portfolio risk has never been higher as retirees are overly exposed to equities, running a serious risk that the next market meltdown could wipe out their retirement accounts, reported Bloomberg.

The report notes more than 33% of baby boomer clients have exceeded Fidelity's recommended allocation to equities.

Nov 14 12:16

The "Oh, $hit!" Moment For Subprime Auto Loans Arrives; Serious Delinquencies Blow Out

But it’s even worse than it looks. And this time, there is no jobs crisis. This time, it’s the result of greed by subprime lenders.

Serious auto-loan delinquencies – auto loans that are 90 days or more past due – in the third quarter of 2019, after an amazing trajectory, reached a historic high of $62 billion, according to data from the New York Fed today:

This $62 billion of seriously delinquent loan balances are what auto lenders, particularly those that specialize in subprime auto loans, such as Santander Consumer USA, Credit Acceptance Corporation, and many smaller specialized lenders are now trying to deal with. If they cannot cure the delinquency, they’re hiring specialized companies that repossess the vehicles to be sold at auction. The difference between the loan balance and the proceeds from the auction, plus the costs involved, are what a lender loses on the deal.

The repo business, however, is booming.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These numbers are very scary; and they well may be just the tip of the iceberg here.

Nov 14 12:12

"No, No, You Guys; This US-Backed Military Coup Is Perfectly Legitimate!"

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

I just keep tripping on how dumb this latest US-backed military coup is. It’s in Bolivia in case you’ve lost track, which would be perfectly understandable since US-backed coups have become kind of like US mass shootings — there’s so many of them they’re starting to blend into each other.

I mean, for starters the justifications for this one are so cartoonishly reachy and desperate it boggles the mind a bit. The main argument you’ll see in favor of the coup is that Evo Morales was elected after Bolivia’s high court ruled that he could run for a fourth term, but the (democratically elected) court ruled against a 2016 referendum on presidential term limits.

That’s it. That weird, pedantic appeal to a particular interpretation of bureaucratic technicalities is the whole entire argument in support of a literal military coup backed by the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) So what does this little country have, for which international (and US) businesses hunger for so mightily, that put it in the calendar for regime change in November of 2019?!?

Here, in a word, is what happened; and that word is "lithium."

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

I just keep tripping on how dumb this latest US-backed military coup is. It’s in Bolivia in case you’ve lost track, which would be perfectly understandable since US-backed coups have become kind of like US mass shootings — there’s so many of them they’re starting to blend into each other.

I mean, for starters the justifications for this one are so cartoonishly reachy and desperate it boggles the mind a bit. The main argument you’ll see in favor of the coup is that Evo Morales was elected after Bolivia’s high court ruled that he could run for a fourth term, but the (democratically elected) court ruled against a 2016 referendum on presidential term limits.

The Grayzone has published an article documenting this coup’s many ties to Washington. Put it all together, and you’ve got a US-backed military coup

The story goes on to state: "The overthrow of the elected leader cannot be understood without a glance at the nation's massive reserves of this crucial mineral."

by Vijay Prashad

"Bolivia’s key reserves are in lithium, which is essential for the electric car. Bolivia claims to have 70 percent of the world’s lithium reserves, mostly in the Salar de Uyuni salt flats. The complexity of the mining and processing has meant that Bolivia has not been able to develop the lithium industry on its own. It requires capital, and it requires expertise."

Tesla (United States) and Pure Energy Minerals (Canada) both showed great interest in having a direct stake in Bolivian lithium. But they could not make a deal that would take into consideration the parameters set by the Morales government. Morales himself was a direct impediment to the takeover of the lithium fields by the non-Chinese transnational firms. He had to go.

After the coup, Tesla’s stock rose astronomically."

Nov 14 11:29

Tax Slavery and The Great Scam of Democracy

Nov 14 10:13

National Security Risk….Never Mind

Nov 14 08:43

2015 Natural History of Science Video “Mineral Dependence: Gemstones to Cellphones” More Relevant During the “Race for 5G”

By B.N. Frank

You may have heard of “Blood Diamonds.” But have you heard of “Conflict Minerals?” Manufacturers need them to make cellphones and other new technology.

The “Race for 5G” and all of its applications – including the Internet of Things (IoT), Automated Vehicles, and more – require A LOT of “Conflict Minerals.” Acquiring them is an ugly business...

Nov 14 07:45

These Are The States Best (And Worst) Prepared For Another Recession

When the US economy finally starts to cool, and the inevitable recession arrives, the slowdown will affect different states differently. Some states, like Texas, are well-positioned to ride out the downturn thanks to the diversity of industry and low per-capita debt. Others, like Hawaii, will likely bear the brunt of the downturn, a "disaster" that we have discussed in the past.

Nov 14 07:44

Global Supply Chains Imploding As Quarter Of German Firms Plan To Leave China 

The Bussiness Confidence Survey 2019/20 published by the German Chamber of Commerce in China, in cooperation with KPMG in Germany, finds that almost a quarter of German companies operating in China are preparing to relocate production facilities.

The survey was conducted from late July through mid-September and had 526 member companies out of 2300 respond. Out of the 526 member companies, 23% of the respondents said their factories will be transferred out of China or are contemplating the move.

Among the German companies leaving or actively planning to leave China, about 71% blame increasing labor costs; 33% cited unfavorable policy environment; 25% said the US-China trade war, and 22% said market access barriers.

Nov 14 07:04

THE SO-CALLED WAR ON TERROR HAS KILLED OVER 801,000 PEOPLE AND COST $6.4 TRILLION: NEW ANALYSIS

The so-called War on Terror launched by the United States government in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks has cost at least 801,000 lives and $6.4 trillion according to a pair of reports published Wednesday by the Costs of War Project at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

"The numbers continue to accelerate, not only because many wars continue to be waged, but also because wars don't end when soldiers come home," said Costs of War co-director and Brown professor Catherine Lutz, who co-authored the project's report on deaths.

"These reports provide a reminder that even if fewer soldiers are dying and the U.S. is spending a little less on the immediate costs of war today, the financial impact is still as bad as, or worse than, it was 10 years ago," Lutz added. "We will still be paying the bill for these wars on terror into the 22nd century."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are very hard statistics to get one's head around, so the question must be asked; why are the only tools the US government uses to get what it wants are wars; regime changes, and (sometimes successfully) sanctions?!?

Looking at the horrific costs, both in blood and money spent
, why does it appear that the US government doesn't have better, less violent ways of getting what it wants, other than what I have enumerated above?!?

These are the kind of results one can expect from a government of elite sociopaths, who only care about two things; the enhancement of their own financial fortunes, and keeping "We the People" as dumbed down" as humanly possible, so we don't understand that these wars are not for valor; honor, or "protecting the American Way of Life"; and if you have been unlucky enough to have a kid going to public school, where "Common Core" is how teachers "educate" our kids, you understand precisely what I mean.

when Karl Marx made the observation that "all wars are economic in origin", that premise has been absolutely borne out in these endless wars, generated by the American government, ultimately for private profit.

Think about it; there is no 19 year old kid in this country, who has not seen this country at peace, ever, throughout their lifetime.

What's wrong with this picture?!?

BLOODY EVERYTHING!!!

Nov 14 06:07

THE U.S. NATIONAL DEBT JUST HIT THE 23 TRILLION DOLLAR MARK AS WE CONTINUE TO STEAMROLL TOWARD FINANCIAL OBLIVION

SOURCE: MICHAEL SNYDER @ THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE
This week, the U.S. national debt reached the 23 trillion dollar mark for the first time ever. There was no fanfare, there were no politicians giving speeches about fiscal responsibility, and there has been very little national outrage. We have simply come to accept that it is “normal” for our national debt to grow at an exponential rate, but the truth is that we are literally committing national suicide. Given enough time, there is no doubt that this colossal mountain of debt will kill our Republic, and yet fiscal responsibility is not even a major national issue any longer. Everyone seems to be okay with the fact that we are stealing more than 100 million dollars every single hour of every single day from future generations of Americans and destroying the bright future that they were supposed to have. What we are doing to our children and our grandchildren is beyond criminal, and yet very few of us seem to care.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, puting the nation's budget "on a sustainable path", may only happen when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic.

Nov 14 06:05

World Debt Downgrade Warning – Moody’s

Nov 13 22:15

Schwarzenegger meets real life cyborg sent back in time to kill off humanity

Terminator actor Arnold Schwarzenegger had the opportunity recently to meet a real life cyborg sent back in time to kill off humanity, Greta Thunberg. The actor and former governor of California felt privileged for the once in a lifetime meeting.

“It was a pleasure to meet with such a hero,” Schwarzenegger said. “I only just met Greta but I feel like I know her so well since I played a similar role in the Terminator films.”

Nov 13 15:24

Google wants to be your bank: It will soon offer checking accounts

Google (GOOGL) plans to offer checking accounts to customers starting next year, a source familiar with Google's plans told CNN Business. Google is partnering with Citigroup (C) and a credit union at Stanford University for the initiative. The Wall Street Journal first reported Google's entry into checking accounts.

Nov 13 14:02

Tapestry for Hyperinflationary Food Prices

Nov 13 13:45

Rand Paul Drops The 'C'-Word: Names Whistleblower, Demands Testimony

A week ago, Senator Rand Paul said that he might release the whistleblower's name.

Over the weekend, Senator Paul said the whistleblower's name should be released.

And today, Senator Paul has named the whistleblower publicly...Eric Ciamerella.

During a Wednesday interview on Washington, D.C.-based WMAL, Paul named Ciaramella himself and said he should be brought in testify to clarify whether he is indeed the whistleblower.

“I think Eric Ciaramella needs to be pulled in for testimony, and then I think it will be ultimately determined at that point,” said Paul.

“But I think he is a person of interest in the sense that he was at the Ukraine desk when Joe Biden was there when Hunter Biden was working for the Ukrainian oligarch. So simply for that alone, I think he’s a material witness who needs to be brought in.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This just keeps getting better and better.

Nov 13 12:48

20 risks to markets in 2020

Nov 13 11:56

"Europe Is Dying" - 50,000 Polish 'Patriots' March To Save Country From "Disastrous European Union"

More than 50,000 Polish nationalists paraded on the streets of Warsaw for this year's Independence March on Monday.

Tens of thousands of people, waving Polish flags, were young and old, of all walks of life, with whole families took to the streets.

Poland shifted towards nationalism when Law and Justice (PiS) party came to power in 2015.

PiS has asked citizens to abandon Western liberalism for patriotism and Roman Catholic values.

Attendees lit flares and marched through the streets chanting more slogans: "Not Islamic or secular, but Catholic Poland," "No to abortion," and "Great Poland is our goal."

A thirty-eight million nation in the heart of Europe (i.e., with a population approximately the size of Spain's) has been revolting against the EU establishment and its view of European unity based on cultural and religious indifference and anti-nationalism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why is it that people who believe in values of country, and at least some degree of national pride, are always tarred with the brush of being in league with the "...far right"?!?!?

Folks, here's the deal for me; I am an American first; if there are certain values I hold as being important, such as immigration integration, and EVERYONE being able to practice their religion (or lack thereof) as they chose, does that make me NEO-anything?!?

When, please, did this become bad and wrong, both for Europe, and the US?!?

If there are financial arrangements with other countries, and other groups of countries which benefit me, and my brother and sister Americans, I am generally for it; but please do not ask me to support unfettered immigration, where the immigrants want to push their lifestyles on me.

Anyone who ever talked to me, for all of a minute, would understand that I am the polar opposite of racist, or right-wing; but if financial agreements among nations, and unfettered immigration are not helping me, the people I care about, and the country as a whole, how can I, in my right mind, support them?!?

The problem is, the people who create these situations, never have to live with the consequences of having done so.

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