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Friday, March 24, 2017

Nunes Calls Comey, Rogers For "Closed Session" After Finding "Concerning Info" In Intel Reports



"The lack of a leak investigation is quite concerning. We need to make sure that these leaks are being tracked down...There are just questions that we have for Dir. Comey and Adm. Rogers probably that they couldn't answer in a public setting..."



Paul Ryan: "We Don't Have The Votes"

"After seven horrible years of ObamaCare (skyrocketing premiums & deductibles, bad healthcare), this is finally your chance for a great plan!"

Report: Whistleblower has Proof of Mass Obama Spying, 156 Judges and Prominent Businessmen Such as Donald Trump Targeted

by Alex Thomas, Intellihub:
Former NSA and CIA contractor Dennis Montgomery has direct evidence of massive Obama era spying that targeted prominent Americans throughout the country, according to a report by Freedom Watch founder Larry Klayman.
According to Klayman, as well as multiple other sources, Montgomery left the intelligence community with 47 hard drives and over 600 million pages of information which he then sought to come forward with in a legal manner before being stonewalled at all levels of the government.
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An Obama Plot To Sabotage Trump?

We need to know who colluded with the Russians, if anyone did. But more critically, we need to unearth the deep state conspiracy to sabotage a presidency. So far, the Russia-connection investigation has proven a dry hole. But an investigation into who in the FBI, CIA or NSA is unmasking U.S. citizens and criminally leaking information to a Trump-hating press to destroy a president they are sworn to serve could prove to be a gusher.


















Trump Wins: Virginia Judge Refuses To Block Revised Travel Ban

On a day when all eyes are on Washington and the healthcare vote, President Trump just won an important victory as a Virginia judge refused to block his revised travel ban against six predominantly Muslim countries (even though, as Bloomberg reports, the directive remains on hold because of court orders in two other states).





















Gartman: "We Covered Our Short"




"Considering that the passage or non-passage of the health care legislation was a veritable coin toss circumstance we moved to cover those short derivatives positions early in the day and took to the sidelines. We remain there this morning."


What is CrowdStrike? Firm Hired by DNC has Ties to Hillary Clinton, a Ukrainian Billionaire and Google

by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:
As usual, the rabbit hole gets much deeper the more you look.
In yesterday’s post, Credibility of Cyber Firm that Claimed Russia Hacked the DNC Comes Under Serious Question, I examined how CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm hired by the DNC to look into its hacking breach, had been exposed as being completely wrong about a separate attack it claimed originated from the same group it claimed broke into DNC systems, and supposedly works for Russia’s military intelligence unit, GRU. Here’s some of what we learned:
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India: The next Pakistan?

by Jayant Bhandari, Acting Man:
India’s Rapid Degradation
This is Part XI of a series of articles (the most recent of which is linked here) in which I have provided regular updates on what started as the demonetization of 86% of India’s currency. The story of demonetization and the ensuing developments were merely a vehicle for me to explore Indian institutions, culture and society.
Tribal cultures face an inherent contradiction. They create poison from within to grow more collectivist, controlling and tyrannical — members of the populace looks for nannies, and they readily find sociopaths to exploit that need. Their lack of organizational skills, their inability to engage in economic calculation and their irrationality lead to massive internal stresses and the ultimate devolution of such an unnatural society.
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“Fake Scholarship” and the Future of America’s University

by Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research:
Harvard University has established a modern version of the Catholic Church’s Index Librorum Prohibitorum, a list of prohibited online publications which are tagged as “fake” and “false”, broadly following the politically tainted “List” of censored independent and alternative media. As we recall the Catholic Church’s Index was a list of books “deemed heretical, anti-clerical or lascivious”.1
Ex Cathedra, Harvard has decided in one fell swoop that virtually the entire US based “Alternative Media” pertaining to tens of thousands of authors would be categorized not only as fake news, but fake science, knowledge and analysis.
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The Doomsday Clock: 2.5 Minutes to the End of the World

by Jim Rickards, DailyReckoning:
As I noted above, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has recently moved the Doomsday Clock forward to “two and a half minutes to midnight.”
The Bulletin gave the following reasons for this latest, extraordinary increase in their estimate of world destruction:
North Korea conducted two more nuclear weapons tests, the second, in September, yielding about twice the explosive power of the first, in January. Pyongyang also relentlessly tested missiles, achieving a rate of about two launches per month in 2016. In his 2017 New Year’s statement, Kim Jong-un declared he would soon test a missile with an intercontinental range.
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Member Of Congress Warns Of A 1,000 Point Stock Market Crash If Obamacare Lite Does Not Pass

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:
Are we going to see a dramatic stock market plunge if the effort to get “Obamacare Lite” through the U.S. House of Representatives ultimately fails? On Thursday, a vote on the Republican healthcare bill was postponed once it became clear that there would not be enough votes for it to pass. House Republican leaders are still optimistic that there will still be a vote on Friday, but that is far from certain. Many strong conservatives in the House are balking at supporting this bill because while it does eliminate a few of the most troublesome provisions of Obamacare, it keeps many of the elements of Obama’s signature healthcare law that have proven to be popular with the American people. In other words, this bill is much more about “tweaking” Obamacare than “repealing” it.
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The West Is Collapsing As The East Ascends

by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics:
The 24 Mega Green City infrastructure project in India will connect Delhi with Mumbai, creating a commerce corridor incorporating 21st century technologies and amenities. – Interview with ZincOne Resources’ Jim Walchuck, The Daily Coin
It seems absurd that Asia is willing and able to build high-speed “bullet” trains to connect large population centers while the United States struggles with an antiquated Amtrak rail system often beset with service interruptions and lethal accidents. The truth of the matter is that the major U.S. metropolitan areas are beset with massive loads of debt, including a ticking-time debt-bomb in the form of several trillion dollars in unfunded public pension funds.
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ECB Hands Banks $250 Bn Today, Floats all Markets – um, Briefly

by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street:
Gusto for US stocks and bonds dies down quickly.
Thursday morning, 474 European banks grabbed with “greater than expected” gusto €233 billion ($251 billion) in totally free (and possibly even better) money that the ECB held out to them within its Longer Term Refinancing Operation (LTRO), one of the special programs with which it douses the markets with liquidity to perform miracles.
The amount that banks took today was more than double than what had been expected. This money is a four-year loan from the ECB that carries 0% interest. If certain lending growth targets are met – because this money is supposed to be lent out – the interest rates can become negative and drop as low as -0.4%. In other words, under these conditions, the ECB would pay the banks to take this money and lend it out.
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Dead Men Walking? – Ted Butler

by Ted Butler, Silver Seek:
The narrative thus far – after decades of allowing themselves to be led in and out of COMEX silver futures contracts by their commercial counterparties, several managed money traders appear to have woken up to the fact they’ve been duped all along. A key component of the silver manipulation for the past 30 years has been the knee-jerk and mechanical reaction of the managed money traders to collectively sell whenever the commercials rigged prices lower beyond certain moving averages. Ditto for buying on rising prices.
The dependability of the managed money technical funds to obey commercially rigged price signals made the funds the true enablers of the manipulation. The commercials, mostly domestic and foreign banks, made their profits by getting the technical funds to buy high and sell low. Without the technical funds to maneuver at will, the commercials would have little reason to prolong the silver manipulation.
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NSA To Provide “Smoking Gun” Proof Obama Spied On Trump

from ZeroHedge:
Yesterday, Republican Devin Nunez Nunes held an explosive press conference outside the White House in which he told reporters that communications from the Trump team were picked up and disseminated within the government during the 2016 campaign.
Not surprisingly, the comments ruffled some liberal feathers and the mainstream media launched an immediate smear campaign calling for Nunes to resign his post immediately.
Now, according to Fox News sources, congressional investigators expect that a potential “smoking gun” from the NSA establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee as early as tomorrow.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Another Senior Russian Official Has Died




Since the day of Donald Trump's election, high-ranking Russian officials have been dropping like flies and today's reports that a top official of Russia's space agency has been found dead brings the total to eight.

Bitcoin's 'Fork' In The Road

The whole point about Bitcoin being a long term store of value is that there are only 21m coins, ever. Stability, security and scarcity are the differentiation properties of Bitcoin, a contentious Hard Fork attacks these properties and will be strongly reflected in the price.

Uber President Quits After Allegedly Deciding Series Of Scandals Were Just Too Much

Jeff Jones, the former Target CMO who joined Uber less than a year ago as President of Silicon Valley's priciest 'decacorn', is leaving the company after allegedly telling colleagues that the recent series of scandals were simply more drama than he signed up for.


Great News...

Philly Cinco De Mayo Celebrations Canceled Over Trump Immigration Crackdown

"Everyone is offended by the actions of ICE. They did not feel comfortable holding the event..."

The Broken Bond Market - All Noise, No Signal

The Fed tightens on Wednesday and bonds rally.  What the hay? GaveKal, Jeff Gundlach,  and Jim Bianco nailed it in that every spec and their mother are/were short 10-year Treasuries. But this is only a small part of the story: The global bond markets are broken. There are no signals, there is no noise.  Trying to infer any sense of economic or financial information from bond yields is futile.

Anti-Trump Nazi-Billboard Artist Reports Death Threats

"I've been called a communist, a Satan worshiper.  I've been told I'm a 'very, very sick person.' I'm not sure what that means. I haven't been answering the phone. My husband has because he's not afraid to talk to anyone, but he told me he received a couple death threats this morning. ... He said, 'They were coming to get us with their boys.’"

Morgan Stanley: "Only One Thing Will Allow Central Banks To Keep The Party Going"

"In our view, for the cycle to last another several years, we want to see more of the same – a continued environment of ‘ok’ growth and low inflation, which allows central banks to keep the party going."

Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama Protections On Student Loans

Just days after reports emerged that student loan defaults are soaring, the Trump administration has revoked rules put in place by Obama that barred student debt collectors from charging penalty fees on past-due loans...that should take care of that pesky 'moral hazard' problem...

FX Week Ahead

This week has not been one to savor for USD bulls, with the FOMC rate hike accompanied by a statement which failed to generate the fresh wave of hawkish sentiment markets had positioned for. Fresh US data will therefore be required to drive fresh direction...

Paul Ryan Reveals Latest Changes To Republican Healthcare Bill

House Speaker Paul Ryan revealed on Sunday the latest set of changes to the Republican healthcare overhaul bill, among which the provision for more generous tax credits for older Americans as well as the addition of a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor.

Warning Signs

Like gasoline, all of these warnings are inert and, other than smelling really bad, are harmless... Well, that is until your cousin “Randy” shows up and decides to have a quick smoke.

Abe School Scandal Set For Major Escalation After Donation Receipt Emerges

The Mainichi Shimbun has obtained a copy of a receipt for a deposit of 1 million yen that scandal-hit Moritomo Gakuen claims to have been donated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe, jeopardizing Abe's official denial of involvement,  further eroding Abe's credibility and support, and potentially culminating with Abe's resignation.

David Stockman Offers "More Proof Of Janet Yellen's Idiocy"

"Anyone buying stocks based on confidence that the Fed has their back notwithstanding Wednesday’s action surely deserves the pounding just ahead. What Yellen had to say doesn’t even reach the status of babbling; it was flaming incoherence..."

Germany Slams Trump's Claim That It Owes "Vast Sums" To NATO And The U.S.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen responded to Trump, rejecting the US president's claim: "There is no debit account at NATO," von der Leyen said in a statement, adding that it was wrong to link the alliance's target for members to spend 2 percent of their economic output on defense by 2024 solely to NATO.

The Long Run Economics Of Debt Based Stimulus

Attempting to spend a nation to prosperity using borrowed money is not without consequences.  In the short run, an illusion of wealth can be erected.  In the long run, that illusion slips into decay and disrepair.

North Korea "One Step Closer To ICBM Launch" After Successful Test Of "New Type" Rocket Engine

North Korea announced it has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a "revolutionary breakthrough" for the country's space program. The claim of a successful test of the high-thrust rocket engine would put North Korea a step closer to being able to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile, the WSJ reported.

Is Denmark On The Brink?

"The Danes look at Sweden with absolute horror...Denmark is on the brink. And Europe is on the brink. We completely lost our culture, our values and our moral compass. What used to be good is now evil and vice-versa."

Signs That The Silicon Valley Tech Bubble Is About To Burst

“I got here in 97 and it was like it is now – incredibly packed, impossible to commute, high apartment costs.  We’re seeing overvalued companies, funded based on hopes and dreams and aspirations and not good business models. Companies counting users and eyeballs rather than profits. There are a lot of similarities."

Trump Wins: G-20 Drops 'Anti-Protectionist, Free-Trade, & Climate-Change Funding' Pledge

"This is not a good outcome of the meeting," a G20 delegate quoted Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann as saying.

Bitcoin Crashes Down to Near $1000 as China Sets New Parameters to Monitor Identities of Users

by Kenneth Schortgen, The Daily Economist:
As we have mentioned numerous times in previous articles here at The Daily Economist, Bitcoin’s primary kryptonite is not in the digital currency itself, but in the third parties that would seek to manipulate its original scope for their own benefits.
By this I refer to the supplemental constructs that have emerged to help facilitate Bitcoin use such as with currency exchanges, or the introduction of capital controls by sovereign entities that countermand the crypto-currencies benefits of transparency and security.
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Online Observers Accuse Obama Of Improper Intervention In Hawaii Immigration Ruling

by William Craddick, The Disobedient Media:
An unannounced trip that Barack Obama took to Hawaii just days before a ruling from a Honolulu federal judge on Donald Trump’s new immigration restrictions has lead to accusations of improper meddling as observers noted that Obama at one point may have been within five minutes of U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson’s house.
On March 13, 2017, local Hawaiian news station KHON2 published pictures indicating that Barack and Michelle Obama had made an unannounced trip to Oahu after one of their viewers submitted photos of Obama at Buzz’s Original Steak House in Lanikai. The paper reported that Obama spent March 14th playing golf in at the Midway Golf Club in Kailua before joining “friends” in a private room at Noi Thai Cuisine at Royal Hawaiian Center for dinner. There was no information on the identity of the individuals Obama dined with. Online users have noted that the most direct path from Kailua to Noi Thai would have taken Obama within five minutes of Judge Watson’s residence.
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Senator Hints That Trump May Resign: “I Think He Is Going To Get Himself Out”

by Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan:
It’s no secret that there is a concerted effort underway to do everything possible to remove President Donald Trump from office.
From Russian ties to business conflicts of interests, both Democrats and Republicans are actively working to find chinks in the President’s armor.
But for those with hope of change in their hearts, Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein says there is a possibility that Trump will eventually remove himself from office by filing his own resignation.
Speaking to a crowd during a town hall-style Questions and Answers session, Feinstein was asked how Congress is going to deal with Trump’s alleged illegal activities:
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The Record Year The U.S. Imported Nearly A Half Billion Ounces Of Silver

by Steve St. Angelo, SRSRocco Report:
How many precious metals investors know the year the United States imported a record amount of silver? This figure is so great, there is no other single year in U.S. history that comes anywhere close to this amount. Even more impressive than that, it turns out to be more than double the global annual mine supply that year. It is such an unbelievable amount, its record has never been surpassed to this day.
Actually, I was quite surprised by the data when I was researching through some old official records. Even though the United States currently imports a lot of silver to supply its growing jewelry, industrial and investment demand, it pales in comparison to the nearly half a billion ounces imported this record year.
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Training and arming Jack Booted Thugs...Great...

Alarming Survey Shows 1 in 5 Cops “Angry,” Support “More Physical & Aggressive Policing”

by Justin Gardner, The Free Thought Project:
As video recordings of police encounters have risen exponentially over recent years, we’ve witnessed a wide range of behaviors in cops. While some do act nobly — such as saving a life or de-escalating a situation — far too many cops behave in inexplicable, even barbaric, ways that result in rights violations, brutality or death.
An interesting report is providing quantifiable insight into this phenomenon. The Pew Research Center conducted a survey of “7,917 sworn police and sheriff’s officers in 54 departments with at least 100 officers.”
The results, while predictable, provide rather troubling data for the law enforcement profession.
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Is Donald Trump About to Massively Expand America’s Imperial Wars?

by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:
Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.
– Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801
Many people voted for Donald Trump based on his pledge of “America First.” The idea behind this partly relates to the very legitimate concern that the U.S. Empire and its military-industrial-contractor benefactors have been squandering an enormous amount of treasure and tax money on foreign adventurism, funds which could be of much greater use at home helping struggling Americans, fixing our broken economy and infrastructure. I’m starting to become increasingly concerned that rather than winding down America’s foreign adventures, Trump and his team are preparing to expand them.
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