Monday, December 19, 2016

Truck Ploughs Into Berlin Christmas Market Leaving Several Dead, 50 Injured In Apparent Terrorist Attack

A truck plowed into a crowd at a busy Christmas market in western Berlin leaving several dead and at least 50 people injured.

Russian Ambassador In Turkey Killed In Terrorist Attack By Shooter Screaming "Allahu Akbar" - Live Feed

The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, has been shot dead after an armed attack in Ankara.

Developed Market Estimate-Revisions Breadth Has Hit An All-Time Low

More than three out of four developed market stocks have seen a negative revision to their FY1 sales estimate over the last six months.

First "Faithless Elector" Emerges In Minnesota, Refuses To Vote For Hillary Clinton

For all the anticipatory rhetoric about a potential wave of Electors refusing to endorse Trump, it may come as a surprise that the first "faithless elector" to emerge in Monday's Electoral College vote was in Minnesota has refused to vote not for Trump but for Hillary Clinton.

Electoral College Update: Where The Vote Stands As Of 2:15PM ET

For those following today's Electoral College vote, here is the latest vote tally as of 2:15pm ET: 183 electoral votes had been cast for Trump, 103 electoral votes had been cast for Hillary Clinton.

EIA Admits Huge Decline In U.S. Proved Oil And Gas Reserves

EIA has downgraded its estimates of proved oil and gas reserves in the U.S., according to its Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, Year-end 2015 report, released today. Proved oil and gas reserves down 11.8 percent and 16.6 percent, respectively, from year-end 2014.

Italy Seeks Authorization To Raise National Debt To Fund Bank Bailouts, As BMPS Rescue Plan In Jeopardy

Italy's cabinet will meet later on Monday to authorise an increase to the national debt to cover the cost of saving Monte dei Paschi di Siena and other ailing banks, government sources said cited by Reuters.

Janet Yellen To Class Of 2016: "You're Entering The Strongest Job Market In A Decade" - Live Feed

Janet Yellen will deliver a keynote address during the University of Baltimore commencement ceremony this afternoon (when she will receive am honorary Doctor of Laws degree). The speech is expected to focus on the state of the jobs market and traders are watching for any hints on the Fed's direction heading into 2017.

On The 225th Anniversary Of The United States' Bill Of Rights

Ever since its ratification, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution in which it is a part, has been hailed as one of the seminal achievements in the annals of human history. History, however, if looked at outside the Anglo-American perspective has shown that far from a protector of individual liberty, the Bill of Rights has been mostly useless in defense of basic freedoms while the Constitution, that it is a part of, has been a vehicle for the expansion of state power to an unfathomable degree.

State Department Urges US Citizens To "Avoid Turkish Embassy"

Following the shooting death of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, The US State Department has issued a travel 'Security message' warning US citizens to avoid the area near the US Embassy compound, "due to an ongoing security incident."

Morgan Stanley Reflects On The Lessons From 2016

"The biggest surprises in 2016 were clearly political – notably Brexit and the US presidential election. As a result, we will be keeping a close eye on political developments in 2017, notably in Europe, where not just Germany, France and Italy are heading to the polls in 2017, but also the Netherlands and possibly also Greece."

Three People Hurt In Shooting At Islamic Center In Zurich

Moments after the Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot dead during an exhibition by an attacker who screamed "Allahu Akbar", Swiss Blick magazine reported that three people were hurt during a shooting at an Islamic center in Zurich.

"Everyone Is Nervous" - Chinese Bond Bloodbath Reawakens As Hong Kong Stocks Turn Red For 2016

“When you have an event like last week people take notice of it, you have to go back and review your China [investment] thesis...Everyone is nervous,”

Will A Stronger Dollar Cause A Trade War With Europe?

Everyone and their dog in the marketplace realizes that an EMU (European Monetary Union) debt crisis before the German elections next Autumn could sink Chancellor Merkel. There is a deeper problem here. It is becoming clear that even beyond Europe’s election season, “monetary normalization” may well not be feasible.

Hedgies Have Never Been More Bullish On Oil As Shorts Crushed For 5th Time

Despite extending gains overnight on the heels of Libya's planned production boost stalling, oil prices are sinking back into the red this morning as yet another major short-squeeze appears to have run its course for now.

Are You A Deplorable?

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Here Are Links For Live-Stream Coverage Of The Electoral College Vote By State

Today Electoral College voters will cast ballots for president and vice president of the United States. The following list offers links to live stream webcasts from each state legislature as the electors vote.

NYSE Resumes Trading After 15 Minute Halt Following "Software Update"

TrimTabs Issues Warning After A Record $98 Billion Flood Equity ETF Since The Election

“The stampede into U.S. equity ETFs since the election has been nothing short of breathtaking,” said David Santschi, chief executive officer at TrimTabs.  “The inflow since Election Day is equal to one and a half times the inflow of $61.5 billion in all of last year.  One has to wonder who’s left to buy.”

VIX Slammed To 11 Handle But Stocks Not Surging

Following Friday's quad witch VIX puke, this morning's open has extended that volatility collapse as the 'fear' index just broke to an 11 handle. However, the high correlation between stocks and VIX is back as stocks are not as exuberantly running as VIX would imply...

Rising Rates in Imploding Bond Markets

by Larry Edelson, Deviant Investor:
“If you give it more than 5 seconds of brain time, it’s too much. Of course, Yellen was going to raise the Fed funds rate today. Free market forces have already done it for her over the past four or so weeks.
She could no longer not raise rates any more than I could stop ISIS all by myself, dead in its tracks on a moment’s notice.
Or change today’s weather. Or any market for that matter. All of this stuff is preordained in advance by the powers-that-be, which are essentially:
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China Yuan Hits 8 YEAR LOW vs U.S. Dollar as Currency War Rages On!

from The Money GPS:

Trump Can’t Stop It: “The People Who Have Been Orchestrating The Collapse Have Not Halted Their Agendas”

by Jeremiah Johnson, SHTF Plan:
There are some very somber, pragmatic articles circulating as of late that present a true snapshot of the difficulties the U.S. faces after eight years of Obama. One of these articles is a well-written, thought-provoking piece by Susan Duclos of All News Pipeline, entitled We are Facing the Most Important Battle of All at the Most Dangerous Moment in History. The piece shows what we’re up against and cautions all of us not to rely on the “magic fix” of Trump’s victory to side rail our preparations and vigilance. Here is an excerpt from that excellent article:
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Well Well What Do We Have Here?

by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:
If you remember back when the “birther” thing was raging and the alleged long-form “birth certificate” was “released” by the President I did a multi-segment dissection of the computer file (PDF) that contained same.
My conclusion was that it had been manufactured.
I based that analysis on my examination of the data patterns that were allegedly a “scan”, along with my more than two decades of experience with scanners, Adobe software and more.
That conclusion said nothing about whether Obama was actually born in the United States; it only went to the issue of whether he had presented a true and complete copy of an archived document that actually existed or whether said “copy” was in fact manufactured — made up.
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Freedom in America Disappearing in Plain Sight

by Stephen Lendman, Market Oracle:
The republic was founded “in strict secrecy,” Benjamin Franklin explained. When asked “what have we got, a republic or a monarchy,” he responded “(a) republic, if you can keep it.”
Today he’d say a coup to destroy it is underway in plain sight, the last vestiges of freedom fading with it – a fascist dictatorship emerging, far more ruthless and dangerous than others in world history.
A terrifying state of affairs exists, a grassroots nonviolent revolution vitally needed to change things. Otherwise all is lost.
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Podesta: ‘The Russians Distorted the Election’

by Shepard Ambellas, Intellihub:
What really ‘distorted’ the election, if anything at all?
John Podesta told Meet The Press Sunday morning that he thinks the election was “distorted” by “Russian intervention” and that “seventy members of the Electoral College should be briefed.”
Against all proof Podesta said,” A foreign adversary tried to directly intervene into our Democratic institution and tried to tilt the election to Donald Trump.” However, Podesta failed to point out that Hillary Clinton cheated during the debate when she was handed off a question by CNN’s Donna Brazile which helped her gain an edge over Trump.
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While the U.S. Wastes Time Blaming Russia for Hacking, Moscow Looks to Pluck Japan Away from the West

from Rogue Money:
It has not been a very good year for the U.S. establishment, which saw their power take a severe blow with the election of Donald Trump as the next President. And when you couple this with the failures of the shadow government’s gambit in Syria, perhaps it is not surprising that the once great nation known as America is little more than a paper tiger who is now relegated to blaming scapegoats for just about every one of their failures.
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Corporate Media’s “Fake News” War Is Backfiring By Showing The World The Power Of Alt Media

by Claire Bernish, Activist Post:
As you’ve likely heard by now, Facebook has taken its war against ‘fake news’ to a whole other level — employing third-party media and fact-checking organizations to judge whether news items are legitimate — to the consternation of countless users who see the platform overstepping red lines.
Servile corporate media immediately parroted the wealth of benefits that Facebook’s plan will ostensibly provide, from an alert and gateway system forced onto articles deemed “disputed,” to the organizations making the ‘kiss of death’ judgment call: Snopes,, Politifact, and ABC News.
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The Real Reason Why America Has Been Given A Reprieve

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:
This is one of the most important articles that I have written in a long time. The strange events of the past year and a half have befuddled and mystified many, and in this article I am going to explain why America has been given a temporary reprieve. If you go back to June 2015, I warned my readers that major financial problems were imminent, and sure enough in August 2015 we witnessed the greatest financial shaking that we had seen in seven years. I remember getting emails from my readers applauding me for absolutely nailing that prediction, but we were all concerned about what was coming next in September. If you will recall, there was more buzz about September 2015 than any other month that I can ever recall. That was the month of the last blood moon, the end of the Shemitah year and the Pope’s visit to the United States among other things. There was a tremendous amount of anticipation that the crisis that had begun in August 2015 would greatly accelerate in September and lead us into a period of cataclysmic global chaos. But that did not happen. Instead, U.S. financial markets calmed down and eventually recovered. There was a shift in the political realm as well, as the second half of 2015 marked the rise of Donald Trump. During those key months, Trump miraculously built a commanding lead in the race for the Republican nomination that none of his opponents were ever able to overcome. And now that Trump has won the election, an economic surge appears to be happening that is unlike anything that we have witnessed in many years.
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Obama’s Political Legacy in the Middle East – is There Any?

by Martin Berger, New Eastern Outlook:
The approaching end of the disastrous Obama administration leads to the revaluation of his legacy both in the US and outside it.
The UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) has even drafted a special report that evaluates the damage inflicted upon the Middle East by the so-called “Arab Spring” revolutions, which were staged during the Obama administration, by US intelligence. The report notes that protests in Tunisia acted as a catalyst for revolts and protests in several other Arab states, including Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain, Libya, Oman, Jordan and Morocco. Then a US military intervention in Libya resulted in the collapse of Muammar Gaddafi’s government in Libya. At the same time, Washington had no post-war plans for stabilization after the military operation ended. America’s lame duck president would later call it his biggest mistake, and described the situation in Libya as total chaos.
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Dave Hodges: Globalist Agenda Exposed

by Rory Hall, The Daily Coin:
In 2016 we have seen several of pieces to the puzzle Obama has been working on since he first occupied the White House. In 2008, the Obama regime ran on a platform of “hope and change” and explained, all throughout his campaign his would be the most transparent Administration to occupy the White House ever. Well, most all of those promises were the first lies from the Obama regime. He delivered on the change and has striped a lot of people of any hope that remained as our nation was entering into the take over by the banking cabal. The Obama administration has been so transparent the members of CONgress that were assigned to review the TPP and TTIP trade agreements were made to sign a “blackout agreement” – meaning they agreed to keep the details of the trade agreements secret from the American people. How’s that for transparency?
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JP Morgan Hits 550m oz of Silver Why? Expect Over $1000 an oz is Why!! Ted Butler

from Silver The Antidote:


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