Wednesday, March 8, 2017

CIA's Dirty Cyber Tricks Exposed: "UMBRAGE" & Potential False Flag Attacks"

The CIA can mimic foreign intelligence agencies’ hack attacks by leaving electronic "fingerprints" creating the false impression of a foreign intrusion into computer networks. If Wikileaks documents are true - and there is no reason to believe otherwise - one wonders if CIA operatives, say, used cyberspace to create a modern-day Reichstag fire to undermine the Trump administration?

Cudmore Calls It: "The Correction Has Started"

The last few days - since the post-Trump-speech spike - have seen stocks suffer the worst decline since the election (with The Dow down a 'shocking' 0.9%). But there are cracks appearing (VIX, Emerging Markets, Copper, 'hard' macro data, and now High Yield Credit are all breaking down)... And as Bloomberg's Mark Cudmore warns "excitement may ensue, the correction is here already."

Marine Le Pen: "I Will Introduce The New Franc At A Rate Of One-To-One To The Euro

Marine le Pen told RTL radio should would introduce a new franc at a rate of one-to-one to the euro and then allow it to fluctuate, despite previously saying that any new national currency would continue to be pegged to a basket of currencies.

FBI's Comey: "You’re Stuck With Me For Another Six And A Half Years"

Refuting speculation that after infuriating first democrats with his handling of Hillary Clinton's email server scandal, and then by demanding that the DOJ deny Trump's allegations that Obama had bugged the Trump Tower, he may quit prematurely, FBI Director James Comey explained his thoughts on the matter: "you’re stuck with me for about another six and a half years,"

Short Squeeze Drives Blockbuster 10Y Auction, Directs Surge

Following today's shortage of 10Y paper in repo, some expected that today's 10Y auction would be strong. Well, it was blockbuster: printing at 2.56%, it stopped a whopping 2bps through the 2.58% When Issued, confirming a last minute scramble for paper.

Manhattan Retail Vacancies Soar

"Retailers are experiencing painful adjustments right now, there’s no doubt about it.  There is just too much space coming to the market at the same time, and owners are all vying for the same retailers."

Senators Ask DOJ, FBI For Information On Trump Wiretapping

Senators Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse, the chair and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, today sent a letter to the Director of the FBI and Acting Deputy Attorney General requesting information on possible wiretapping of President Trump, the Trump campaign, or Trump Tower.

Hunt For Snowden 2 Begins: Feds Launch Criminal Probe Into Wikileaks' CIA Source

A federal criminal investigation is being opened into WikiLeaks' publication of documents detailing alleged CIA hacking operations: both the FBI and CIA are coordinating their hunt for the mysterious whistleblower inside the CIA, who has already been dubbed Snowden 2.0.

Oil Tanks To $51 Handle - One-Month Lows

It seems ever-exuberant energy traders are finally waking up to the reality that the global rebalance is not happening. A record glut of crude and surging production has sent WTI back to a $51 handle this morning (one-month lows) and has weighed on gasoline prices...

Obama "Furious" With Trump Over Wiretapping Allegations

In a report demonstrating the collapse in diplomatic relations between the current and previous president, the WSJ wrote overnight that rapport between Barack Obama and Donald Trump has "unraveled" with Trump "convinced that Mr. Obama is undermining his nascent administration" and is "at war with them", while Obama is "furious" over Trump tweets accusing him of illegal wiretapping.

Q1 GDP Now Just 1.2% According To Atlanta Fed; Rate Hike Imminent

Another day, another downgrade to US GDP: after yesterday the Atlanta Fed slashed its Q1 GDPNow estimate from 1.8% to 1.3% - with the forecast as high as 3% at the start of the year, and 2.5% as recently as the end of February - moments ago the Atlanta Fed has once again cut its US growth forecast, and now sees Q1 GDP of just 1.2%, on par with the disappointing 0.9% and 0.8% prints in Q4 2015 and Q1 2016.

filed under Dumb Dyke Convention...

America's Women Go On Strike, Pledge To "Avoid Spending Money" (Men Celebrate)

"For years and years, March 8 has been International Women's Day, and it has been a happy, happy day, which is fine...But the political climate that we find ourselves in right now requires us to have political power."

Geithner's Right (For Once)

What Geithner is unwilling to say is what's obvious: now that policymakers have shot their wad and the room for maneuver is limited, there can't be a centralized, painless "fix" for the next inevitable financial crisis.

Ivanka Trump's Fashion Line Reports Record Sales After Retailer Boycotts

The Ivanka Trump boycott appears to have backfired. One month after several brand name retailers announced they would no longer carry the 35-year-old’s clothing and accessories, Ivanka Trump’s women’s fashion line has seen record February sales.

WTI/RBOB Surge After Massive Gasoline Draw (Despite Record Crude Glut)

Following API's reported massive build in crude (and draw in gasoline), DOE confirmed the extreme moves with a major 8.2mm crude build and a massive 6.56mm draw in gasoline (the biggest since April 2011). US Crude production rose once again - to 13-month-highs.

RBC: "The Model Can Not Explain This", Warns Market Regime Has Changed Suddenly

"The good folks at QI flagged to me that their r2 on SPX has been falling precipitously. This means their model which incorporates hundreds of different factors is now unable to explain why S&P's are moving... That means S&P's are going through a regime change and typically when the r2 falls this way. it is a red flag and caution is warranted."

Q1 GDP At Risk As Wholesale Inventories Tumble Most In A Year

The 'field of dreams' economy is stumbling in Q1...

In First Trade War Shot, Mexico Cancels Sugar Export Permits To U.S.

Mexico has taken a pre-emptive step in the imminent trade dispute with the US, by canceling existing sugar export permits to the US in a dispute over the pace of shipments, Reuters reports citing a letter. The trade flare-up according to industry sources could temporarily disrupt supplies.

Where Are We Today?

by Hugo Salinas Price, Plata:
The US has been regarded as the West’s leader since WW II. The US led with the objective of international cooperation to achieve orderly growth and prosperity for the countries led by the US.
Now suppose you have a football team, and the quarterback comes out and says, “Quarterback is First!” and scolds members of his team, and insults one of his team-mates and sends him to the bench in disgrace. How long is that team going to hold together? Not very long, I would say.
The deeper fact is that the status of the US as the world’s leader, since the end of WW II, has ended and is finished. Mr. Trump’s own plan to “Make America Great Again” is sending, by his own admission, a silent message: “America is no longer great.”
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This Region Of The World Is Being Hit By The Worst Economic Collapse It Has Ever Experienced

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:
The ninth largest economy in the entire world is currently experiencing “its longest and deepest recession in recorded history”, and in a country right next door people are being encouraged to label their trash so that the thousands upon thousands of desperately hungry people that are digging through trash bins on the streets can find discarded food more easily. Of course the two nations that I am talking about are Brazil and Venezuela. The Brazilian economy was once the seventh largest on the globe, but after shrinking for eight consecutive quarters it has now fallen to ninth place. And in Venezuela the economic collapse has gotten so bad that more than 70 percent of the population lost weight last year due to a severe lack of food. Most of us living in the northern hemisphere don’t think that anything like this could happen to us any time soon, but the truth is that trouble signs are already starting to erupt all around us. It is just a matter of time before the things currently happening in Brazil and Venezuela start happening here, but unfortunately most people are not heeding the warnings.
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March 15 is also the “Ides of March,” the day on which Julius Caesar was assassinated, the date Shakespeare’s soothsayer famously said to “beware” of. Between Caesar and Tsar, is March 15 the ideal date for a coup against Trump, or at least the beginnings of one?
by James Perloff,

The MacMillan Dictionary defines a “perfect storm” as “a very unpleasant situation in which several bad things happen at once.” Trying to predict the future is one of the easiest ways to end up with egg on one’s face. However, enough matters will converge on March 15 that I think prudence commends our at least being aware of them.
 Federal debt ceiling deadline. Recently the following comments from David Stockman, who was Ronald Reagan’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget, caught my attention:
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Former NSA Whistleblower: “Trump Is Absolutely Right, Everything Was Being Monitored”

from ZeroHedge:
Legendary NSA whistleblower William Binney (and creator of NSA’s global surveillance system) confirmed to Fox News, that President Trump is “absolutely right” to claim he was wiretapped and monitored… he was.
As we noted previously, Binney is the NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information, who served as the senior technical director within the agency, who managed six thousand NSA employees, the 36-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency and the NSA’s best-ever analyst and code-breaker, who mapped out the Soviet command-and-control structure before anyone else knew how, and so predicted Soviet invasions before they happened (“in the 1970s, he decrypted the Soviet Union’s command system, which provided the US and its allies with real-time surveillance of all Soviet troop movements and Russian atomic weapons”). Binney is the real McCoy.
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The Path to $10,000 Gold

by Jim Rickards, DailyReckoning:
I’m very impressed with the recent gold action because it’s holding its own in the face of an impending rate hike. It’s fallen off a bit, but not dramatically. It tells you there are good fundamentals behind it, independent of the threat of a stronger dollar.
I believe the Fed is preparing to raise into weakness and will have to reverse course in April or May. What happens to gold then? It’s going to go higher again, because the Fed will cheapen the dollar, and that’s very bullish for gold. So I expect gold to take off in the spring and finish the year very strongly. It could challenge $1,300 or $1,400.
Now, as many of my readers know, my long-term forecast is for $10,000 gold. We’re obviously not there now. So how do I arrive at $10,000?
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from Rogue Money:
On March 6, the Financial Times reported that China had overtaken the European Union as the world’s largest banking center, making the Far Eastern nation the overall top financial behemoth in the global economy.

New analysis by the Financial Times shows China’s banking system has overtaken the eurozone to become the world’s biggest by assets. The status reflects the country’s increasing global influence and its reliance on growth driven by debt.
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Where Will Special Interests Find Refuge When the US Ceases to Exist?

by Martin Berger, New Eastern Outlook:
It should be noted that last year was marked by an abrupt increase in various programs aimed at developing the space industry in the US, including those that may someday allow frequent tourist flights into space, the construction of inhabited stations and cities on other planets.
For instance, the well-known company SpaceX announced last February its intention to send two tourists to fly around the moon by 2018.
NASA has been developing a number of projects that would supposedly allow the creation of settlements on other planets. Among these projects one can even find mention of an expedition to Europa – one of Jupiter’s moons.
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When The Tidal Wave Hits, Part I

by Jeff Nielson, Sprott Money:
Disaster is nearly upon us. This has been a regular theme in these commentaries for several years. Increasingly, however, these warnings draw reactions of apathy rather than alarm. The fact that our house-of-cards economies (and societies) have not already unraveled does not mean that this was a false alarm. It means that disaster has gotten much more imminent.
When straight discourse fails to convey a message, writers typically resort to a metaphor. But which one? The phrase “the perfect storm” has been popularized in our culture. However, to an audience which perceives itself to be standing on dry land, that metaphor would likely fall flat.
A much more illuminating metaphor is the tidal wave.
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CNN Cuts Feed After Congressman Drops Truth Bomb: 30% of Domestic Terror Tied to Refugees

by Tim Brown, Freedom OutPost:
The Fake News Network, CNN, continues to demonstrate that they do not want to tell the truth nor hear the truth. The latest example comes as a congressman was cut off after mentioning that 30% of domestic terrorism in the united States come from refugees.
On Monday, Republican Representative Scott Taylor’s (VA) feed was suddenly cut on CNN when he began to mention the percentage of refugees who come to the US and commit acts of terrorism.
The thirty percent he referenced in the video spot was in reference to a claim made by DHS that 300 of the FBI’s 1,000 domestic terror cases involve refugees who have entered the US.
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VACCINE STUDY: Peer-Reviewed Study Shows Vaccinated Children Have a 700% Higher Chance of Neurodevelopmental Disorder

by Vicki Batts, Natural News:
On Valentine’s Day, a 34-page study that illustrated some of the harmful effects of vaccination was made available for viewing online. Six hours later, the URL had vanished, and the study was seemingly erased from the depths of the internet — likely in the hopes that the “controversial” information it contained would be forgotten.
Vaccination and Health Outcomes: A Survey of 6- to 12-year-old Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children based on Mothers’ Reports, by Anthony R. Mawson, et al. seemed like any other standard report on vaccination at first glance, according to author James Grundvig.
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