Monday, March 6, 2017

Government Spooks Can Use The Mic And Camera On Trump’s Phone Even When He Thinks It Is Turned Off

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:
After reading this article you might not ever view your electronic devices the same way again. Last year, Hollywood released a biographical political thriller based on the life of Edward Snowden that had one particularly creepy scene. In that scene, a government spook used a program to remotely activate the microphone and camera on a laptop, and by doing so he was able to watch a woman as she got undressed. Sadly, as you will see below, this kind of thing is happening constantly. Any digital device can potentially be accessed and used to spy on you even if it appears to be turned off. And this is why Donald Trump needs to be so careful right now, because the intelligence community wants to take him down and they can literally use any digital device in his possession to try to gather dirt on him. We have a “deep state” that is absolutely obsessed with watching, tracking and monitoring the American people, and something desperately needs to be done about this unconstitutional surveillance. Now that Trump has become greatly upset about how the government was tapping into his phone calls, maybe something will finally get accomplished.
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This is Worse than Before the Last Three Crashes

by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street:
This chart shows “multiple compression” is coming.
How long can this surge in stocks go on? That’s what everyone wants to know. Projections range from “forever” – these projections have become increasingly common – to “it’s already finished.” That’s a fairly wide range.
Everyone has their own reasons for their boundless optimism or their doom-and-gloom outlooks. But there are some factors – boundless optimists should push them aside assiduously – that, from a historical point of view, would trigger tsunami sirens. Because in the end, it’s not different this time. And the cycle of “multiple expansion” and “multiple compression” is one of those factors.
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Trump Does Not Accept Comey's Wiretap Denial: White House

Having thrown the Justice Department under the bus yesterday, it appears the FBI Director has not managed to pass the hot potato of blame/responsibility for Trump's wiretap accusations. As The Hill reports, a White House spokeswoman on Monday said she "doesn't think" Trump accepts Comey's denial of the president's claims.

Eurozone Capital Flight Intensifies: Target2 Imbalances Widen Again

A quick perusal of Target2 Balances for January shows capital flight from Italy and Spain to Germany intensified again.

Snap Enters Correction - Tumbles 14% From Post-IPO Highs

With Millennials piling in and Barrons bashing it, Snap Inc's shares have plunged this morning after opening up over 4%. The stock is now down 14% from its spike highs on Friday and volume is heavy as spec longs cover into shorts' T+3 'borrow' availability tomorrow.

Core Factory Orders Growth Slows To Six-Month Lows

Desite a positive headline print (+1.2% vs +1.05 expectations), January's Factory Orders ex-transports rose just 0.3% month-over-month - the weakest growth since July 2016.

JPM: "We See Increasing Risk Of Sell-Off In The Near Term"

First it was Goldman, then Citigroup, now, completing the trifecta of suddenly bearish big banks is JPMorgan, whose US equity strategist Dubravko Lakos-Bujas writes that while the fundamental backdrop remains supporting, the "short-term downside risk" in the S&P is increasing.

Risk Parity Panic? Stocks, Bonds Dumped At Open

Is this the risk parity fund blow that many have been worried about?

"Russian Hackers" Reemerge, Said To Demand Bitcoin Ransoms From Liberal Groups

In the latest apparent FBI leak, Bloomberg reports that at least 12 left-leaning political organizations in the U.S. have been targeted by Russian hackers demanding "hush money" to keep their private emails confidential.

Oil Bulls Concerned By Russia's Failure To Cut Production

If record US crude and gasoline inventories (and soaring US production) were not big enough concerns, oil bulls are starting to lose faith (hedge fund shorts at 12-week highs) after lower growth targets in China and concerns over Russia's compliance with a global deal to cut oil output sparked renewed worries over a crude oil supply glut.

Key Events In The Coming Week: All Eyes On Payrolls

The key economic release this week is the employment report on Friday, which as Janet Yellen noted in her speech on Friday, is the only economic event (together perhaps with the CPI report on April 15), that could potentially derail a now practically guaranteed rate hike.

The World's Most Deceptive Chart

"The problem is you died long before ever achieving that 5% annualized long-term return..."

Why Dollar Bulls "Despair" As March Hike Looks Baked In

Chair Janet Yellen’s remarks Friday all but confirmed what traders rushed to price in last week: a rate hike mid-month is close to a lock. And yet, the heightened confidence about March may actually spell trouble for dollar bulls in coming days. BBG's Vincent Cignarella explains why.

Trump To Sign New Executive Order On Travel Bans Today: Will Exclude Iraq, Green Card Holders

Moments ago, Kellyanne Conway confirmed that President Donald Trump will sign a new executive order on immigration Monday, which as Reuters reported earlier, will remove Iraq from the list of countries targeted in the travel ban and will exempt green card holders from its provisions.

Why Deutsche Bank Is Sliding After Its Massive Equity Offering: Wall Street Analysts Chime In

Despite its widely telegraphed $8.5 billion public offering with another $2 billion expected to be raised from asset sales, Germany's biggest lender is down sharply this morning as much as 6.9% (currently 6.1% lower) as Wall Street analysts dig through the details of the bank's latest massive restructuring. Here are some of the early, and quite skeptical, sellside reactions.

S&P Futures, Global Stocks, Euro Dragged Lower By Deutsche, Geopolitics, French Election Worries

European shares and S&P futures are modestly lower this morning, dragged down by fresh geopolitical concerns out of North Korea which last night fired 4 ballistic missiles, by renewed political jitters ouf of France where Alain Juppe announced he would not run in the presidential election, from Deutsche Bank whose aggressive equity offering has weighed on local stocks, and from China's announcement over the weekend in which it modestly cut its economic outlook.

Juppe Announces "Once And For All" He Will Not Run In The French Election

Former French prime minister Alain Juppe, who has seen a recent surge in the polls as his conservative peer Francois Fillon has been tumbling, said on Monday that he had decided "once and for all" not to stand in France's presidential election, ending the hopes of many in his conservative party who had seen him as a logical replacement to Fillon.

France's Death Spiral

"The danger is not the National Front, which is only the expression of the anger of an abandoned people. The danger is the ever-closer links between leftism and Islamism... The danger must be stopped."

FBI Director Asked DOJ To Publicly Reject Trump Wiretapping Claims

In the latest dramatic plot twist to emerge from Trump's accusation that Obama wiretapped the Trump Tower prior to the election, the NYT reports that FBI director James Comey asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s allegation that Obama eavesdropped on the soon-to-be president.

The Complete Preview Of The March 15 Dutch General Election

March 15 is not only the day when the FOMC is now widely expected to hike rates by another 25 bps, and when the US debt ceiling suspension expires, but just as importantly, is the date of the 2017 Dutch General Election. Here is a full preview of what to expect.

"The European 'Story' Is Broken"

"I’ll listen to what the bond market is telling me over whatever Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley and the rest of our sell-side friends is pitching me. The "buy-Europe!" story that has been pitched by the sell-side ad nauseam for the past six months is broken and stocks are defenseless against the steady stream of anti-Europe political news we are going to endure for the next eight weeks."

US Air Force Unveils Combat 'Laser Guns' On AC-130 Gunships

Brexit Reality: "Paying Any Exit Fee Is Absurd"

The primary problem in these negotiations is the EU nannycrat fools believe they can force the UK to pay ridiculous exit charges on top of other demands. The ideal approach for the UK is to simply walk away. What can the EU possibly do that does not hurt the EU even more than it does the UK?

"It's A Declaration Of War": South Africa's President Calls For Confiscation Of White Land

South Africa President Jacob Zuma has called on parliament to change South Africa’s constitution to allow the expropriation of white owned land without compensation.  Zuma, who made the remarks in a speech last Friday, said he wanted to establish a “pre-colonial land audit of land use and occupation patterns” before changing the law.

EPA and FDA Give Go Ahead for 3 Types of GMO Potatoes… Planting Begins This Year

by Daniel Barker, Natural News:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have given permission to Idaho-based agribusiness giant J.R. Simplot Co. to begin the spring planting and fall harvesting of three different types of genetically modified potatoes.
Simplot says that the varieties are genetically engineered to resist the pathogen associated with late blight, the disease responsible for the Irish potato famine. The GMO potatoes are also modified to keep them from turning brown when sliced, to be resistant to bruises and black spots, and to have a longer storage life.
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Trump To Continue Bankrupting The US Through Foreign Wars

by Jeff Berwick, The Dollar Vigilante:
Remember pre-election, how the theme was that a Killary presidency meant certain war? And, how a Trump presidency would mean friendship with Russia and bringing many of the troops home?
Well, so much for that! Trump is just as oriented toward war as Hillary. The difference is one of geography. Trump’s wars are located particularly in the Middle East. He is already looking even worse than Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barack O’Bomber or George “Victory in Iraq” Bush.
Initially, Trump was touted by many as a changemaker. He was going to “drain the swamp”. What happened? Well, he mostly refilled the swamp with Goldman Sachs and other Wall Streeters. And, as for other “change”? The IRS continues to extort. The NSA continues to spy. The Federal Reserve continues to print. And the federal government continues to drown in debt.
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6 Secret Cities That Prove We Don’t Know What’s Really Going On

from Truthstream Media:

Texas Girls Raped and One Murdered by Illegal Alien Satanists

by Bob Price, Breitbart:
HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials confirmed to Breitbart Texas that the two MS-13 gang member accused of raping two teenage girls and killing one of them in a satanic ritual are illegal aliens from El Salvador. The two laughed and waved at television cameras during their first court appearance last week.
Over a period of several weeks, Diego Rivera, 18, and Miguel Alvarez-Flores, 18, allegedly kidnapped and raped at least two young girls, Breitbart Texas reported on Thursday. Following an incident where one of the girls “disrespected” a satanic shrine in the apartment of one of the men, Rivera and Alvarez-Flores took her to a road in southwest Houston where they shot and killed her; prosecutors told the court. Read More

Big Money and the Organizational Suicide of the Democratic Party

from Jesse’s Café Américain:
The Democratic Party is a good example of an ongoing organizational suicide.
They are internally focused, preoccupied with form but tone deaf and tactically inept, and so given over to cynicism that they can no longer communicate effectively with anyone outside of their own declining circles and enclaves.
They cannot change enough to grow and prosper without shedding the policies which have led them to a sweeping loss of public offices.
But such change would threaten the current leadership in the seats of power to which they jealously hold tight, not for the sake of long standing principles or the benefit of their constituent bases, but out of unabashed cynical self-interest and a commitment to personal enrichment
When the public once again clearly and loudly showed their desire for change, the Democratic leadership did their best to stifle and thwart it, and reaffirm their allegiance to the status quo and business as usual.
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Saudi Arabia’s Southeast Asia Terror Tour

by Tony Cartalucci, Activist Post:
audi Arabia’s king, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has recently undertaken a sweeping tour of Southeast Asia in what the media and analysts are claiming is a bid to firm up economic and political ties with Muslim-majority nations in the region.
However, both the media and analysts are sidestepping or entirely omitting the role Saudi Arabia has played in fueling global terrorism, extraterritorial geopolitical meddling, and even divisive and terroristic activities the notorious state sponsor of terrorism has been implicated in across the planet including within Southeast Asia itself.
German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) in an article titled, “Saudi King Salman’s Southeast Asia trip affirms Muslim friendship,” would report:
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Oroville: Riverbanks Start to Collapse After Dam Spillway Shut Off

from DAHBOO77:

Autism, mercury, thimerosal and vaccines: Natural News releases large collection of scientific knowledge that’s been suppressed by the FDA, CDC and pharma-controlled media

by Mike Adams, Natural News:
The fake news media (CNN, WashPo, NYT, etc.) doesn’t want you to see any of the scientific evidence presented here for the simple reason that it shows mercury in vaccines is damaging to children.
If printed, the collection of studies and author citations found here is over 50 pages in length, and it reveals precisely what the pharma-controlled fake news media doesn’t want you to know. Yes, there is an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence that conclusively and convincingly establishes the irrefutable fact that mercury is toxic when injected into the bodies of children via vaccines. Despite the fact that all this evidence exists, there is no more dangerous utterance a person can say in today’s pharma-monopolized “corporate science” society than, simply, “Mercury should be removed from all vaccines.”
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