Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"Truthful" Trump, "Calm" Carson & The Naysaying-Nine - 2nd Republican Debate Live Feed

And then there were eleven (in tonight's main event)...

10 Disturbing Facts Most Americans Are Too Fearful to Face

from Ready Nutrition:
Sometimes you have to put out information in hopes that those who haven’t heard this will at least absorb a fraction of it.
If you haven’t heard this and you absorb just one of these random points, I believe that may be enough to cause a major paradigm shift your life or in the life of someone you know.
Here are 10 random, mostly recent but some archival information that is factual and verifiable for anyone willing to look it up.
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This Is The Satellite Image That Supposedly Proves The Presence Of Russian "Troops And Aircraft" In Syria

In China 1300 Hedge Funds "Did Not Fight The Central Bank" And Are Now Liquidating

Just like 13F clones end up getting burned more often than not, so too unfortunately for the Chinese copycats, an endorsement from the equity market’s savior has done nothing to ensure outsized returns. In fact, as Bloomberg adds, it was just the opposite - the stock picks have trailed the broader market. The 46 companies that reported the agency as a top 10 shareholder in the past two months lost an average 29 percent since the announcement, versus a 21 percent drop for the Shanghai Composite Index.

Massive 8.3 Magnitude Quake Shakes Chile, Copper Jumps

A powerful earthquake strikes off the coast of Chile. The quake, originally measured at 7.2, has reportedly been upgraded to 8.3.

"Total Failure": Pentagon Spends $41 Million Training "Four Or Five" Syrian Fighters

"Let’s not kid ourselves, that’s a joke. This is just a total failure."

Is This The Biggest Double-Top Ever?

Will They Or Won't They? Five Fed Scenarios & The Market Impact

Tomorrow's FOMC decision is the dominant topic for investors and traders across all asset classes, with FX, perhaps, the most sensitive to perceived changes (and instigator of trades via carry). As Credit Suisse details, FX volatility remains notably elevated and along with the uncertain flows surrounding so-called "risk parity" trading strategies, and the fact that 2y Treasury yields at around 0.80% are at their highest levels since 2011 - despite the less than 30% chance of a Fed hike priced in for tomorrow - only adds to the sense of uncertainty about the Fed's reaction function. In this light, how do we see the various possibilities that could emerge from tomorrow's FOMC? Here are Credit Suisse's 5 scenarios...

Crime Pays In America: United CEO Exits With $21M Package Despite Corruption Probe

Crime and corruption pay in America; you just have to be a corporate CEO, Wall Street executive, senior member of the military-industrial-intelligence complex or a politician.

Please Ignore The Freudian Slip: Pentagon Backtracks, Denies US Special Forces Are In Syria

Refugees Vs Riot Police: A Photo Album From The Frontlines Of Europe's Migrant Crisis

How Underfunded Are US Corporate Pension Plans?

For those wondering about the extent to which falling discount rates have served to create a giant, multi-hundred billion dollar underfunded liability for S&P companies, look no further...

The Fed's Pain-Relieving Policies "Have Made The System More Vulnerable To A Crash"

"If only The Fed would get out of the way... Monetary policy designed to spare us from pain has instead made the system more vulnerable to a crash."

Fed "Up" - Stocks Squeezed To 'Black Monday' Highs, Crude Rips, Bonds Dip

China Liquidated A Record $83 Billion In Treasurys In July

According to TIC, China, between its mainland and Euroclear holdings, sold a record $83 billion in Treasurys in the month of July. It also means that China has liquidated a whopping $184 billion notional in US Treasurys in 2015. Finally, and here it the punchline: the sale of ~$83 billion took place in July. This is before China announced its devaluation on August 11 and before, as we also first reported, it sold another $100 billion in Treasurys in August.

Government by Crime Syndicate & the GREAT INDIA SILVER MYSTERY!

from The Daily Coin:

Jeff Nielson: Government by Crime Syndicate with Silver Coming from NoWhere!

The Comex is ONE BIG LIE

by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics:
The total amount of ALL gold held by ALL market participants at ALL the Comex warehouses, whether it is on offer or not, is about 218 tonnes. That is less than one month’s demand for physical bullion in China and India and India alone. And by far the vast majority of that gold is not for sale AT THESE PRICES. And given the leverage of paper claims everywhere, not just Comex but at the more important LBMA, and one can see that a misstep by the gambling goofballs of Wall Street could lead to quite a messy market situation. This also is what Peter Hambro said. – Jesse’s Cafe Americain (must read article)
In fact, the United States itself has become the biggest lie in history, but that’s for another day. For some reason there’s a debate raging about whether or not a shortage of bullion – gold and silver – really exists. That in an of itself is a fatuous endeavor because nearly every ounce of gold ever mined still exists. Furthermore, there will always be a fiat currency price level at which a holder of gold or silver will be willing to exchange their bullion for paper currency.
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Soros in Syria: ‘Humanitarian’ NGO Deployed For Regime Change, Not Aid

from 21st Century Wire:

It’s all part of a new 21st century ‘Revolution Business’.
This shocking story, which broke last week here at 21WIRE and this past weekend on the SUNDAY WIRE radio show, has now been picked up by a number of other online journals and news agencies.
More than anything, this story – of the shady quasi-humanitarian organization known as the ‘White Helmets’, demonstrates just how these seemingly innocuous NGO front groups are being deployed as covert tools of the international regime change project in Syria – helping to fulfill a primary foreign policy agenda for Washington, London, Tel Aviv, Riyadh and Doha’s joint venture in the region.
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Gold vs Debt: The Big Picture

by Taki, Gold Silver Worlds:
Gold prices peaked in January 1996 and then fell for 3.5 years into a multi-decade low. It was the age of stocks, debt, leverage, and good times; nobody needed or wanted gold.
Since the gold price peak in 2011 the Federal Reserve has “generously” supplied the world with trillions of dollars of newly created digital and paper debt, all backed by nothing but faith and credit. Bonds have rallied and the S&P is higher by 50% or so. The Japanese Central Bank has similarly produced trillions of yen, bought stocks and bonds, and extended their recession several more years.
Yes, the past four years have been a repeat of the age of stocks, debt, and leverage, but only the financial and political elite experienced good times. Debt is massively higher and gold is still bumping around a bottom.
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DARPA rumored to be genetically modifying humans to create zombie super soldiers

by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known by the acronym DARPA, is the Pentagon’s super-secret entity responsible for developing all kinds of advanced weapons and other systems, including your ability to read this story. Now they are helping the Pentagon make a better soldier.
Business Finance News reports that DARPA has begun a heavily funded project to “enhance human ability in war zones, by altering the genetic code (recipe) of their soldiers.” The aim is to achieve battlefield supremacy by making soldiers who lack empathy and are smarter, more focused, and much stronger than enemy counterparts.
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The Planned Invasion of Europe 2015 Has Begun

from DAHBOO777:

Are monetary metals futures markets legitimate anymore? Are any markets?

by Chris Powell, GATA:

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:
Is there a worsening shortage of monetary metal in the financial markets?
The argument is heating up in the Internet section of the metals netherworld.
Dave Kranzler of Investment Research Dynamics elaborates today in commentary headlined “The Comex Is One Big Lie”:
The TF Metals Report’s Turd Ferguson replies directly to Jeff Christian of CPM Group and Bron Suchecki of the Perth Mint in commentary headlined “The Attack of the Apologists”:
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by Andy Hoffman, Miles Franklin:
It’s the eve of the much ballyhooed FOMC meeting, and TPTB’s desperation to paint false economic pictures has never been greater. Incredibly, the Fed somehow believes the world trusts in its ability – and that of all Central banks – to guide us to prosperity, despite the fact that its post-2000 machinations directly caused the even worse 2008 financial crisis; whilst its post-2008 money printing orgy, mimicked by its Central banking pals the world round, has put the planet in perhaps its most precarious financial predicament since the dawn of mankind.
Due to the “demographic hell” that has given it a population ten years older than the global average, Japan has been the “poster child” of the what money printing causes. In other words, depicting the direction all the world’s economies will be taken by their Central banks until hyperinflation inevitably consumes them.
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