Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Another Earthquake Strikes Japan Off Fukushima Coast

Two days after a strong 6.9 magnitude struck Japan, just off the coast of Fukushima, moments ago JMA reported that another earthquake has hit Japan, once again off Fukushima, which according to NHK reports was modestly weaker, with a preliminary measurement of 6.1 on the Richter scale.

Major Media Crash: They Need A Scapegoat

The population is waking up to decentralized media. Instead of the hypnotic attachment to one basic information source - the habit of a lifetime - the public is learning to handle multiple sources. Therefore, the hypnotic spell is being broken and dissolved. This is the basic problem for the elites. How can they reinstate the trance? Awake is awake...

Education Association Slams Trump's "Anti-Common Core" Nominee For Education Secretary

Another Day, Another Record High... "This Is A No Brainer"

Should be Thousands...

Hundreds Of Veterans Heading To Standing Rock To Defend DAPL Protesters From Police

“Then, the veterans and their allies - or at least the ones who are brave enough - will lock arms and cross the river in a ‘massive line’ for their ‘first encounter’ with the ‘opposing forces.’

Another Election Year, Another Bunch Of Fake Growth Numbers

Some pretty good economic reports have energized various parts of the financial markets lately. Consumer spending is up, GDP is exceeding expectations and even factory orders, that perennial downer, popped this morning.In response the dollar is soaring and interest rates are at breaking out of their multi-decade down-channel. The economy is clearly recovering, implying a return to normality. Right? Nah, it’s just the usual election year illusion.

Peak Autos? - Increasing Light Vehicle Useful Life Is Disastrous For Auto OEMs

With full penetration rates, increasing vehicle useful lives and the threat of autonomous vehicles increasing utilization rates, it's difficult to see how "normalized" auto sales aren't substantially lower than the current run-rate of 18mm.

Politics In The Matrix: Trump Won’t Prosecute Hillary Clinton

by Jon Rappoport, Activist Post:
“If Donald Trump can help her [Hillary] heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing to do.” —Kellyanne Conway, former Trump campaign manager
Donald Trump achieved two great things in his presidential campaign: he stopped Hillary Clinton from occupying the White House, and he ran against the media by attacking them mercilessly.
Everything else is up for grabs. We will see.
Already, he has made some “errors.” The appointment of Mike Pompeo as CIA director is a bad move. Pompeo, as a congressman, introduced the Dark Act, which now prevents the states from requiring GMO labels on food. And he favors the death sentence for Edward Snowden.
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The "Black Money" Backlash: These Are The Illegal Workarounds To India's "Cashless" Chaos

Unable to spend or deposit their sackfuls of large bank notes amid India’s crackdown on hoarding cash, business owners across the country are paying employees months of salary in advance, ringing up bogus sales and even buying gold they can smuggle overseas to get rid of stashed money or conceal its source.

Putin "Buys The Dip" - Russia's Gold Buying In October Largest This Millenium

This is the largest addition of gold to the Russian monetary reserves since 1998 and could be seen as a parting 'gift' by Vladimir Putin to his rival ex-President Obama.

FOMC Minutes Confirm Rate Hike Imminent "To Preserve Credibility"

The Fed confirmed a rate-hike was approrpoate "relatively soon" and was "important to Fed credibility."

Illinois Stiffing Vendors To Fund Budget Deficits - It's A "Financial Time Bomb"

"No other state or business would operate by incurring obligations to its vendors and setting up a third-party payment structure that dramatically inflates the costs of those services."

Navy's New $4 Billion Stealth Warship Breaks Down (Again)

For the second time in two months, The Navy's new $4 billion stealth warship has broken down. As reports, the ripped-from-the-pages-of-a-sci-fi mag-looking USS Zumwalt is now in Panama for repairs after suffering a breakdown while passing through the Panama Canal on Monday evening.

Fear The Federal Reserve Meeting Minutes

Oh how the Fed must long for the days of yore, when it was feasible to make policy in a domestic vacuum. But the reality of it is, if the rest of the world’s economic vulnerabilities and systemic fault lines are laid bare by this D

US Crude Production Rises As Rig Count Reaches 10-Month Highs

For the 24th week of the last 26, oil rigs rose (by 2) to 474, the highest since January 2016. US crude production rose again last week tracking the lagged trend of rising rig counts in the US.

Trump Terrors - A Lesson In Cognitive Dissonance

Imagine you are one of the anti-Trump folks who believe we just elected a racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-semitic, science-denying dictator... That’s some scary stuff. Before Trump won the presidency everyone was free to imagine the future they expected. But as Trump continues to do one reasonable thing after another, his critics have a tough choice...

The Most Important Bond Trendline Is Broken: "Now It Gets Interesting"

"Next stop: 10Y UST yields at 2.50 and then nothing until 2.90 (overseas buyers noting both levels before any ‘dip buying’ consideration) and 30s at 3.15, then 3.26 per RBC

Merkel Declares War On "Fake News" As Europe Brands Russia's RT, Sputnik "Dangerous Propaganda"

Just as Merkel was launching Europe's war on "fake news", Europe's bureaucrats were one step ahead, and in a shocking move, on Wednesday the EU Parliament voted on a non-legislative resolution which calls for the EU to “respond to information warfare by Russia.” Russian news websites RT and Sputnik news agency were alleged to be among the most dangerous "tools of Russian propaganda."

Hampshire College Stops Flying The American Flag - "It's A Symbol Of Fear"

“There were a range of views on campus, including people whose experience growing up have made the flag a symbol of fear, which was strengthened by the toxic language during the campaign..."

$6 Billion Puke Sends Gold Plunging Below $1200 As Dollar Index, Bond Yields Spike

As Chinese Yuan collapses to fresh lows (USD Index spikes), and bond yields surge, this morning's durable goods data sparked an extended collapse in gold, crashing them below $1200 as over $6 billion of pressure flowed through futures.

Nassim Taleb Rages At The Bullshit Statistics Of War In Syria

"Trust none of what you hear, some of what you read, half of what you see"

Retailers Panic: 63% Of Americans Plan Not To Shop On Black Friday

According to a Reuters poll, some 63%, or nearly two-thirds, of US adults did not plan to shop on Black Friday this year. Some 32% said they plan to finish about half of their holiday shopping on that day. As a result "shocked" US retailers are doing everything they can in their scramble for market share.

Hamilton On 'Hamilton'

"noise" and "imprudence" indeed...

Dollar’s Decline Will Be the “Wild Card” Play of 2017

by Peter Schiff, Schiff Gold:
Next to Donald Trump’s economic policies, one of the most spirited economic debates at the moment involves which direction the dollar will move in the coming months. While Goldman Sachs is predicting the dollar and euro will reach a value equivalency by Q4 of 2017, other analysts see the greenback trending downward next year.
The dollar has risen 4.4% against the euro and 2% against a basket of world currencies since Trump’s win on November 8, according to Fortune. Big moves within securities and bonds markets since Trump’s victory are creating a general sense of uncertainty, making predicting anything a difficult task.
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This Guy Got Destroyed By the System

by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:
My friend Richard got destroyed by the system.
As a financial advisor in Sacramento, California, he spent years building a thriving firm and has even landed a few celebrity clients.
Richard did well for himself. Successful. Married. Wonderful kids. Financially secure.
But back in 2008 things started to turn sour.
His wife left him and took the kids, along with half of everything else.
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YIELD…! Funeral Ahead…!

from Rogue Money:
The Wolf’s sense of smell has been in confusion of late trying to figure out which way the winds blow. Are free markets about to make a come back, or have they been with us all along, once you fully factor in the effects of “cognitive dissonance” over the past couple decades? Meaning “cognitive dissonance” is also a part of the free market equation, and the markets have just been factoring them in appropriately.
One thing is for sure, the biggest bubble in world history is starting to get “thin in the skin,” as in ready to pop. Which bubble, you ask? The western debt markets. Putting that aside for the moment, the good news of late is that nationalism is on the rise in the USA with a Trump victory, but it ain’t the only thing on the rise. “Yields” are as well folks. It would appear a debt funeral is “dead” ahead, along with an associated paper wake. In a rather timely fashion the professor Ken Schortgen Jr., just provided a top down analysis to a western paper funeral, with historical theories that are now becoming reality.
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An Elephant In The Room?

by Bill Holter, JS Mineset:
Here we are again, just six days away from a major COMEX gold (and silver) delivery month with a huge outsized amount of contracts outstanding versus deliverable inventory. For a background, COMEX holds 2,083,000 (nearly 65 tons) of registered gold. This amount is much higher than it was last December when it stood at a miniscule 152,000 ounces (4.7 tons).
Since May of this year, something has drastically changed in the monthly amounts delivered. For all of 2015, only 51 tons were delivered which amounted to about 4.25 tons per month. If you recall, many months would arrive at first notice day with a huge amount of contracts open, only to see the contracts evaporate before the close of the delivery period. I postulated then and still believe, contract holders were offered premiums to “just go away” and not take delivery. I cannot prove this but you must ask, why someone would FULLY FUND their account to take delivery and then not follow through. It makes no sense other than if they were enticed not to take delivery after placing the full amount of funds in their accounts to settle delivery.
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The Pussification of Trumps Administration...Continues...

Trump’s National Security Adviser: “Islam is a Political Ideology… Hides behind this Notion of it being a Religion”!

by Onan Coca, Freedom OutPost:
In a speech from August that is now making waves across the country, president-elect Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser designate, Lt. General Michael Flynn (retired) told the Dallas chapter of ACT! For America that “Islam is a political ideology, it is a political ideology. It definitely hides behind this notion of it being a religion.”
The comments are sure to be brought back up when Flynn goes before the Senate to testify during his confirmation hearings. However, Flynn’s personality and his public persona lead me to believe that he’s not worried about facing tough questions from hostile Democrat Senators.
In his speech, Flynn further commented on the differences between Christianity and Islam before making some even more controversial comments about world Islam today.
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George Soros’ War on America: Time to Prosecute the Billionaire’s Global Crime Spree

from The Sleuth Journal:
The recent anti-Trump riots have been reliably reported as the handiwork of paid “protesters” organized by, Planned Parenthood, #BlackLivesMatter, and other groups that have been heavily funded by Soros.
“Not My President! Not My President!” Day after day, in cities from coast to coast, the chanting mobs of rioters have illegally blocked streets and freeways, set fires, thrown Molotov cocktails, injured police officers, destroyed property, and defaced public buildings with graffiti. Portland, Oregon, a bastion of “progressive” Democrats, has been the epicenter of much of the violent action aimed at president-elect Donald Trump. Of course, as we have previously reported, not only did most of the Portland rioters who were arrested fail to register to vote, a large percentage of them appear to be professional, paid protesters.
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by Kurt Nimmo, The Daily Sheeple:
Elder statesman, Rockefeller confidant, and master war criminal Henry Kissinger told the globalist Fareed Zakaria voters are not going to get what was advertised with Donald Trump.
“One should not insist on nailing [Trump] into positions that he had taken in the campaign,” Kissinger told Zakaria.
Keeping campaign promises made to voters is counterproductive, according to Kissinger.
Kissinger argued that it is counterproductive to demand absolute consistency from presidential administrations, particularly in the face of fluid international situations.
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Putin Moves Missiles Closer to Europe: ‘We Are Concerned by NATO’s Decision-Making’

by John Hayward, Breitbart:
Russian media have reported that S-400 anti-aircraft missiles and Iskander ballistic missiles will be moved to Kaliningrad, which borders on Poland and Lithuania, because President Vladimir Putin is “concerned” about NATO expansion and the deployment of U.S. missile shield technology in Europe.
“Why are we reacting to NATO expansion so emotionally? We are concerned by NATO’s decision-making,” Putin said in a TV interview broadcast on Monday, according to Sky News.
“We have, therefore, to take countermeasures, which means to target with our missile systems the facilities that in our opinion start posing a threat to us,” Putin continued.
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