Friday, January 20, 2017

Trump Signs First Executive Order To "Ease The Burden Of Obamacare"

Wasting precious little time, Trump returned from the evening's inaugural ceremonies and signed his first executive order rolling back portions of Obamacare.

Good Riddance to the War Mongering Part Time Golfer

by Matt, SGTReport:
Despite the incendiary nature and attempt at headline grabbing for my inaugural post, I think there’s some justification in it with regard to accuracy. It started with so much promise didn’t it? On that fateful day 8 years ago, the newly elected President Obama was promising to sweep away the wreckage of the waning Bush years and usher in a new era of tolerance, peace and economic prosperity.
Swept in on a tide of foreign and domestic promise, this Nobel Peace winning President was the cure for the US and the world. I think it’s fair to say that after 8 years the die is cast and the results are in. There seems to be quite a bit of excuse making in the mainstream media for what this man has managed to achieve.
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Meanwhile In The Oval Office...

"no more years..."

First thing Monday morning...obama (no respect intended) will practice what he was preaching...He will be first in line to sign up for welfare and food stamps because he was evicted and will file a lawsuit...

The Following Words Had Never Appeared In An Inaugural Address, Until Today

bleed, carnage, depletion, disrepair, flush, Islamic, ripped, sad, rusted, sprawl, stealing, stolen, subsidized, tombstones, trapped, trillions, unstoppable...

Trump's Declaration Of War: 12 Things He Must Do For America To Be Great Again

President Trump’s brief inaugural speech was a declaration of war against the entirety of the American Ruling Establishment. All of it.. but it will take a complete sea change to rectify the course this country has been heading in the past eight years.

45: President Donald J. Trump Takes The Helm

by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
The Declaration of Independence
July 4, 1776
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Chinese, Germans Bidding To Turn Abandoned Nuclear Wasteland Of Chernobyl Into Solar Farm

For 30 years the 1,000 square miles surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia have lay largely inhabited and remains one of the most radioactively contaminated areas in the world.  But that's all about to change if a group of German and Chinese investors have their way about it.

The Geopolitics Of 2017 In 4 Maps

The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words. Maps are worth many more. Our perspective on the world is rooted in an objective and unbiased approach to examining geography and power. These four maps are especially helpful in thinking about the geopolitical forces that will shape the world in the year ahead.

Friday Humor: Hillary Catches Bill Staring At Ivanka

While there is no proof that Bill is indeed ogling Ivanka Trump as this viral clip alleges, judging by Hillary's reaction (and Bill's stoic avoidance of Hillary), it is hardly that far fetched. In any case, it's been a long week, it's Friday, and its funny.

Trump Takes Over 'Riskiest' America Since World War II

While most are well aware that President Obama is leaving office having almost doubled the national debt during his 'reign', the more concerning fact is that this debt-splosion came with the weakest economic recovery in US history. What this means simply is that Obama is handing Trump the 'riskiest' America since World War II as debt-to-GDP is the highest since Truman.

The Epidemic Of Bad Ideas

Our education begins within a few minutes of arriving on planet Earth. That’s when we begin to learn that crying and carrying on is rewarded with coddling and nourishment. That particular lesson stays with us throughout our lives, more so with some people than others. But once our parents hand the keys to our brains to professional teachers, any number of factors come to play in our education... and even terrible ideas can spread virulently.

As Its Housing Bubble Pops, Chinese Real Estate Firms Halt Monthly Pricing Data

At least two major Chinese private providers of home price data have stopped publishing the figures, at a time when China's housing bubble appears to be bursting. "Housing prices are an extremely sensitive matter right now."

Anti-Trump Protester Reacts As Donald Trump Is Sworn In

No commentary necessary.

These Are The 3 Main Issues For Europe In 2017

What will the year ahead look like for Europe? 2017 will be another chapter in the European Union’s slow unraveling (which even Soros sees as inevitable)... a process that has been underway for over a decade.

Indiana YMCA Bans CNN Over Complaints About Constant Barrage of "Fake News"

After a barrage of complaints over the airing of CNN at an Indiana YMCA, CEO Robert Wanek was forced to change the channel, saying "In order to eliminate perceived political bias associated with national news outlets, the Valparaiso Family YMCA will only be showing local news channels in the future."

25 Years Of Neocon-Neoliberalism: Great For The Top 5%, A Disaster For Everyone Else

It cannot be merely coincidental that the incomes and wealth of the top 5% have pulled away from the stagnating 95% in the 25 years dominated by neocon-neoliberalism.

Senate Confirms Mattis (Defense) & Kelly (Homeland) On Trump's First Day

Just hours after President Trump was sworn into office, amid Chuck Schumer's jabs over HUD, the Senate has confirmed retired Marine General James Mattis as defense secretary and retired Marine General John Kelly as homeland security secretary. They were both expected to be confirmed easily, and were, but Democrats promised fights over several other nominees.

Trump And A New Gold-Backed Dollar

Trump recently said, “We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism.” In our view, there’s only one way Trump could fight the global elites and their SDR plan: return the dollar to some sort of gold backing.

Apple Sues Qualcomm For $1 Billion

Apple sued its mobile chip supplier Qualcomm for $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been "charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with." The suit follows a US FTC lawsuit against Qualcomm earlier this week over unfair patent licensing practices.

Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman 2016 Pay: $22,500,000

With all eyes focused on Washington, on a Friday evening, Morgan Stanley just revealed that 58-year-old Morgan Stanley CEO James "don't call me Jim" Gorman was paid $22.5 million. Despite a notable drop in earnings from expectations and a focus on cost-cutting, Gorman got a 7.1% pay rise (almost double that of Jamie Dimon).

Summing Up 8 Years Of Barack Obama

One day his Supreme Court justices will retire. Obamacare may be repealed. History will forget about his charisma and charm. Edward Snowden may eventually return home. The 500,000+ pages of regulations his administration issued will be replaced. And even the families of all the innocent victims who were accidentally killed in his drone strikes may move on with their lives. But the debt will still be there.

Brazilians Stunned By Death Of Supreme Court Justice Ahead Of "Explosive Testimony"

The death of Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki who had presided over the sprawling "Carwash" corruption scandal, and who died yesterday in a freak airplane crash has sent shockwaves both around the globe and in Brazil, because while few in polite company will discuss it, it has opened the possibility of political assassinations as a means of "quieting" legal proceedings.

Obama Makes Stunning Admission About WikiLeaks In Final Press Conference

President Barack Obama’s last press conference was a success, but only if you consider journalistic incompetence worthy of praise.

"Is This Thing Still On?" Obama Returns To Personal Twitter

Hi everybody! Back to the original handle. Is this thing still on? Michelle and I are off on a quick vacation, then we’ll get back to work.

Violence Breaks Out In Washington D.C. As Protesters Clash With Police

Weekend Reading: Trump - The Best (Or Worst) Of Times

"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." - Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1981

Gold Pops; Banks, Bonds, & Greenback Drop As Trump Takes Office

The Audacity of Trump: Can He Succeed In Spite Of An Establishment That Wants Him To Fail

"Democratic leaders are calling his election illegitimate, and most of the media wants Mr. Trump to implode.  No President since Nixon will face a more hostile resistance in the press and permanent bureaucracy.  Mr. Trump promised to disrupt the status quo, and to succeed he will have to."

"The Potential Problems Are As Follows" - How The Bull Market Could End According To Credit Suisse

"The first half of 2017 could look like a normal business cycle, but in the second half it seems plausible the cycle in the US could face significant challenges, and so could equities. The potential problems are as follows."

Trump's Inauguration Live Stream

Follow the historic day unfold live.

Protesters Block Traffic Outside Trump Tower In Manhattan

According to ABC, the anti-Trump protest has shifted to Manhattan, where it notes that protesters have blocked traffic outside the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

The Man Who Called The Last Bond Bear Market 40 Years Ago Says "Buy Bonds"

74-year-old bond guru Lacy Hunt is among a rare breed in finance today: people who actually traded during a period when bonds continuously lost value. Today, as hints of inflation start to bubble and calling the next bear market becomes the industry’s favorite pastime, Hunt says no, "I’m still long bonds, especially the long-end."

New President, New World

The old order is passing away. Treaties and alliances dating from the Cold War are ceasing to be relevant and cannot long be sustained. The greater danger for President Trump is that the movement he led will be abandoned, its hopes dashed, and the agenda that Trump rejected and routed will be reimposed by a Republican Establishment and its collaborators in politics and the press.

US Financial Markets - Alarm Bells Are Ringing

If any unexpected fundamental news should emerge that throw doubt on the beliefs so widely held by market participants of late, a sizable surge in market volatility is likely to ensue.

"We Are Transferring Power Back To The People" - Trump's Full Inaugural Speech

Revisiting themes from his improbable campaign victory, Trump said his presidency would aim to help struggling middle-class families, build up the U.S. military and strengthen U.S. borders, while transferring power from Washington and giving it back to "you, the people."

Trump's Economic Plan: Create 25 Million Jobs, Grow GDP At 4%, Lower Taxes For All Americans

President Trump’s economic plan will create 25 million new jobs in next decade, “return to 4 percent annual economic growth,” "lower rates for Americans in every tax bracket, simplify the tax code, and reduce the U.S. corporate tax rate” according to a statement posted on the White House wesbite.

Saying Goodbye to State Employees, Kerry Says, ‘We Decided to Rock the Boat’

by Patrick Goodenough, CNSnews:
Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he was optimistic about the future, telling State Department employees that the women’s, peace and environmental movements half a century ago had achieved change because people “went out and fought for it.”
“And I am absolutely confident now that people are prepared to fight for the future in the same way, with the same energy, with the same vision and the same commitment,” he said.
Kerry told employees gathered at the department that his generation “came along in the 1960s and we decided to rock the boat, and we did.”
Recalling the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment, the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the ending of the Vietnam War, Kerry said all of that happened “because people like you and others held on to the hope, believed in the possibilities of change, and went out and fought for it.”
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obama will be on his knees looking for older white men like he used too...


from The Next News Network:

It’s Finally Morning Again In America, And A New Day For Our Country Starts NOW

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:
For the first time in decades, it feels like morning in America again. I was quite young when Ronald Reagan was president, and I only have vague memories from those days. But I do remember the extraordinary optimism that his leadership inspired, and my hope is that Donald Trump’s leadership will be just as inspirational. For such a very long time, it has seemed as though a giant dark cloud has been hanging over America, but now a new day is starting. If Donald Trump can be president of the United States, it seems like just about anything can be possible. And even though our nation is facing incredibly serious challenges, could it be possible that we can find a way to turn things around if we all work together?
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MSNBC, ABC Hosts Deem Trump Inaugural Address as ‘Militant,’ ‘Anti-Semitic’

from FoxNews:
Immediately following President Donald Trump’s inaugural address, MSNBC and ABC pundits and hosts slammed the newly-sworn in President’s speech for its “militant” and “dark” anti-Semitic overtones.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow emotionally proclaimed Trump’s “America’s First” slogan has “very dark echoes in American history.”
“There was an America First Committee that formed in this country, hundreds of thousands of people in this country, some of the richest businessmen in the country who were part of it, they were formed to keep us out of World War II. They were infiltrated by the Nazis, many of them are anti-Semitic, part of why they weren’t alarmed by Hitler’s rise in Germany,” Maddow said.
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Sean Hannity Warns: ‘There’s Something Sinister Going On Here’ – As ‘Snowflake Superstorm’ Prepares To Strike America, It’s Time To Prepare Like We’re Running Out Of Time

By Stefan Stanford, All News Pipeline:
The new story from Mac Slavo over at SHTFPlan reports upon what recently happened when a minor winter storm struck the south and southeast weeks ago. Reporting that panic buying was triggered by winter’s coming onslaught, leaving a result of empty shelves and madness all over a little winter storm, Slavo correctly asks, if this is how people react to an extreme cold spell, what happens when something REALLY BAD happens?
With shortages and ill-prepared people scrambling for the last resources available, Slavo reports the angry race to the checkout line probably elicited road rage, fights and arguments: “the storm that is brought out in people poses perhaps an even larger threat than the natural disaster, etc. itself.
And while the photographs seen below from this story from Waking Times showing us a near-empty Wal-Mart store in Charlotte, North Carolina soon before the minor winter storm hit prove to us Americans can still clear out the supermarket shelves on a moment’s notice, they also prove how woefully unprepared most Americans still are, unable to simply make it through just a couple of days without having to go to the store.
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25 Years of Neocon-Neoliberalism: Great for the Top 5%, A Disaster for Everyone Else

by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds:
It cannot be merely coincidental that the incomes and wealth of the top 5% have pulled away from the stagnating 95% in the 25 years dominated by neocon-neoliberalism.
One unexamined narrative I keep hearing is: “OK, so neocon-neoliberalism was less than ideal, but Trump could be much worse.” Let’s start by asking: would Syrian civilians agree with this assessment? The basic idea in the “OK, so neocon-neoliberalism was less than ideal, but Trump could be much worse” narrative is that the modest problems created by neocon-neoliberalism will pale next to what Trump will do, implying jackbooted Waffen SS troops will soon be marching through America on Trump’s orders.
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