Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wikileaks Unveils 'Vault 7': "The Largest Ever Publication Of Confidential CIA Documents"; Another Snowden Emerges

WikiLeaks has published what it claims is the "largest ever publication of confidential documents on the CIA." It includes more than 8,000 documents as part of ‘Vault 7’, a series of leaks on the agency which expose the agency's massive hacking arsenal.

The Puzzle Pieces Are Coming Together & The Last Piece Is The Collapse Of The Economy

from X22Report:

China Telecom Giant ZTE Pleads Guilty, To Pay $1.2 Billion Penalty For Selling US Tech To Iran

China's telecommunications giant ZTE has agreed to pay a total of $1.2 billion in penalties and plead guilty to violating U.S. sanctions on Iran, selling US technology to Tehran, and obstructing a federal investigation, ending a five-year probe that has raised trade tensions between the U.S. and China. The penalty was among the largest ever in a sanctions case.

Atlanta Fed Slashes Q1 GDP To Only 1.3% With Yellen Set To Hike

Should the Fed hike next Wednesday it will do so in a quarter in which GDP was just revised from 1.8% as of last week to just 1.3%. This forecast was more than double, or 2.7%, as recently as one month ago.

OECD Warns There Is A "Disconnect" Between Markets And The Global Economy

"Disconnect between financial markets and fundamentals, potential market volatility, financial vulnerabilities and policy uncertainties could, however, derail the modest recovery. The positive assessment reflected in market valuations appears disconnected from real economy prospects." - OECD

VIX-Crusher Algo Sparks Buying Scramble - Dow Green

Seriously - every day!!

The Death of Labor And How It’s Being Used to Enslave You

Contributed by Brad Peters, SGT Report:
Act I: Wheres the Inflation?
Many have asked, with all the printing taking place, why is inflation relatively tame? Sure, we see increases in health care costs, 10-15% annually in food, and 10-20% in precious metals over the last few years but when the overall money supply triples over a decade, those are relatively small numbers compared to what you would expect. So, why is there so little inflation? It’s there, you just have to understand how the system is being used to screw you, the little guy or girl.
We’re going to tackle this idea in 4 parts. First, we’ll talk about wealth, and how it is being stolen from us all.
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All Clear Issued After London Bridge Area Evacuation

The area around London Bridge - near the heart of London's financial center - has been evacuated and the bomb squad is presently investigating a security alert. Police report a suspicious vehicle.

Germany's Jihad On Freedom Of Speech

In Merkel's Germany, you are allowed to walk free after setting fire to a synagogue, but not for mocking the Chancellor's "sacred" refugee policy.

Jeff Saut Asks "What Do Insider-Sellers Know That We Don't Know?"

"We think the equity markets are at an inflection point. The next few sessions should tell if this is the case..."

The Next Domino To Fall: Commercial Real Estate

Unless the Federal Reserve intends to buy up every dead and dying mall in America, this is one crisis that the Fed can't bail out with a few digital keystrokes.

Snap Crashes Into Bear Market - All Post-IPO Buyers Now Losers

Well that escalated quickly...

Biotech Stocks Tumble After Trump Tweet On Pricing

"I am working on a new system where there will be competition in the Drug Industry. Pricing for the American people will come way down!"

Trump Won't Be Happy: US Records Biggest Trade Deficit In 5 Years

In a report that will be closely scrutinized by the trade-sensitive Trump administration, today the Department of Commerce announced that the January trade deficit surged in January 2017, jumping from $44.3 billion in December (revised) to $48.5 billion in January, as imports increased more than exports.This was the biggest trade deficit going back to early 2012.

Latest Trump Tweets Inspired By Fox & Friends

"122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!"
"For eight years Russia "ran over" President Obama, got stronger and stronger, picked-off Crimea and added missiles. Weak! @foxandfriends"

Copper Tumbles To One-Month Lows, Breaks Key Technical Level

When Dr.Copper is soaring to two-year highs it is "unequivocal" proof the world's economy is back on track. However, as the industrial metal drops to one-month lows amid the biggest inventory build in 15 years, slowing China growth, and plans to raise China capacity - analysts are quiet at the economic PhD metal's demise.

Bitcoin Crashes Back Below Gold On China Chatter

After spending three days trading above the price for an ounce of gold, Bitcoin prices crashed overnight - down over $120 in a few short hours - following Bloomberg headlines citing China officials saying that Bitcoin regulation is not temporary.

Trumpcare: What Happens Next, In One Chart

"The slow process on ACA repeal signals that tax reform is likely to take longer than initially expected and that the final tax legislation that Congress enacts is likely to be less radical than the early proposals from House Republicans and the Trump campaign."

North Korea Diplomat Warns Of "Major Escalation That Might Turn Into Actual War"

Ju Yong Choi, a North Korean diplomat, told the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva that the "massive, unprecedented" joint drills were "a major cause of escalation of tension that might turn into actual war". 

Futures Decline, Europe Slumps After German Industrial Orders Collapse

After a turbulent overnight session on Monday morning, this morning traders settle at their desks to find a relatively calmer environment, with US equity futures down 0.2% to 2,371.75, while European stocks fell for a third consecutive day, and Asian markets which closed mixed (China up, Nikkei down, MXAP up 0.2%).

China FX Reserves "Unexpectedly" Rebound Above $3 Trillion, First Increase Since June

Overnight China reported that its FX reserves "unexpectedly" rose in February for the first time since June 2016, halting a seven-month decline, rebounding over the psychological $3 trillion level controls on capital outflows and a rally in the yuan. Total foreign reserve holdings increased by $6.9 billion to $3.005 trillion last month, exceeding the consensus estimate for a $30 billion decline to $2.969 trillion

Like a dolphin caught in a tuna net...

The Deep State Attempts to “Decapitate” Donald Trump

by David Stockman, DailyReckoning:
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper went on NBC this weekend to do his best imitation of the answer he gave under oath in March 2013 whether the phone calls of U.S. citizen were being monitored.
He’s answer at the time was “No, sir.” Yesterday’s response to NBC’s inquiry about whether there were taps at Trump Tower was not dissimilar: “Not to my knowledge.”
Stated differently, the man should be in jail for lying under oath to the U.S. Senate and the voters, as Edward Snowden’s revelations three months later proved beyond a shadow of a doubt. Instead, he was on television presumably lying to the American public yet again.
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Cardiovascular Benefits of Turmeric Found To Be As Powerful As Exercise

by Sayer Ji, The Sleuth Journal:
Nothing can replace exercise, but turmeric extract does a pretty good job of producing some of the same cardiovascular health benefits, most notably in women undergoing age-associated adverse changes in arterial health.
Despite the general lack of interest by conventional medical practitioners in turmeric’s role in preventing heart disease, there is a robust body of published research on its remarkable cardioprotective properties, with three dozen study abstracts on the topic available to view on our database alone: turmeric’s cardioprective properties.
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Arizona Challenges the Fed’s Money Monopoly

by Ron Paul, Ron Paul Institute:
History shows that, if individuals have the freedom to choose what to use as money, they will likely opt for gold or silver.
Of course, modern politicians and their Keynesian enablers despise the gold or silver standard. This is because linking a currency to a precious metal limits the ability of central banks to finance the growth of the welfare-warfare state via the inflation tax. This forces politicians to finance big government much more with direct means of taxation.
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Big Brother In America Is The Media

by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics:
Journalism and a free, open media is another “check and balance on the three branches of Government and we don’t have that check and balance anymore.” – Shadow of Truth
One of the hallmarks of a totalitarian political regime is control of the media. In 1996 president Bill Clinton signed into law the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This law, which was bought and paid for by corporate media lobbies, allowed big corporations to acquire and consolidate media outlets nationwide.
The 1996 law lifted the limit on the number of television and radio stations any one corporation could own. In 2003, the FCC voted to lift the ban on cross-ownership of newspapers and full-power broadcast stations that serviced the same community. This was the final nail in the coffin of free and competitive media and news-reporting in the U.S.
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The Bloodletting Among Retailers Simply Doesn’t Let Up

by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street:
A very busy day in Brick-and-Mortar Fiasco Land.
Neiman Marcus, the Texas-based luxury retailer with 42 stores around the country and two Bergdorf Goodman stores in Manhattan, is in no immediate risk of bankruptcy, the sources told Reuters on Friday, though it has hired investment bank Lazard Ltd to help restructuring its nearly $5 billion in debt.
When this news emerged, Neiman Marcus unsecured bonds due in 2021 plunged 7% to 54 cents on the dollar, according to Thomson Reuters, and its $3 billion term loan fell 5% to 77 cents on the dollar.
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from Harvey Organ:
In silver, the total open interest FELL by ONLY 3,484 contracts DOWN to 193,848 with respect to FRIDAY’S TRADING. In ounces, the OI is still represented by just less THAN 1 BILLION oz i.e. 0.969 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 138% of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).
In gold, the total comex gold FELL BY 6,937 contracts with ANOTHER FALL IN THE PRICE GOLD ($6.40 with FRIDAY’S trading ).The total gold OI stands at 437,220 contracts.
Read More @ Harveyorganblog.com

Deep State Update: Harry Reid’s October Letter Shows He Likely Knew of FBI Wiretap of Trump

by Cristina Laila, The Gateway Pundit:
FBI Director Comey came under heavy fire after he announced that he was re-opening Hillary Clinton’s email investigation just days before the Presidential election. Senate Minority leader, Harry Reid sent him a blistering open letter, accusing the FBI of withholding ‘explosive information’ linking Trump and his advisors to the Russian government.
In Harry Reid’s open letter to Comey he accused Comey of possessing explosive information. He even stated that he’s been asking Comey to release the information to the public…
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Hedge fund manager who dove off 9-story luxury apartment building was on mind-altering medication

by David Gutierrez, Natural News:
A 47-year-old hedge manager who killed himself by leaping from his ninth-floor luxury apartment in the historic Apthorp Building was “under a lot of meds,” a police source told the NY Post.
Kevin Bell, head of credit risk at Arrowgrass Capital, leaped from the window while his family was in the apartment. He left a suicide note saying that he had been depressed.
“The family is hysterical,” the source said. He was under a lot of meds. He did not give a specific reason why he jumped, but he was depressed.”
Bell had previously worked for prominent banks and hedge funds including Citadel, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and Saba Capital.
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Smart Meters Can Overbill By Up To 582 Percent Higher Than Actual Consumption, Study Reveals

by Catherine J. Frompovich, Activist Post:
March 3, 2017, Science Daily reported about overcharges new electronic ‘energy meters’—aka “smart meters”—are capable of pulling off due to false readings, as per a report of what’s been happening in Dutch households in The Netherlands.
The study was undertaken at the University of Twente (UT) in collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS).  Due to rumors of overwhelming overbillings, Professor Frank Leferink of UT investigated electronic meters to determine if they, in fact, can give false readings.
Together with co-workers Cees Keyer and Anton Melentjev from AUAS, he tested nine different electronic meters in this study. The meters in question were manufactured between 2004 and 2014. The meters were connected, via an electric switchboard, to a range of power-consuming appliances, such as energy saving light bulbs, heaters, LED bulbs and dimmers. The researchers then compared the actual consumption of the system with the electronic energy meter’s readings.  [1]
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Was There a Wiretap of Trump?

by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall Street On Parade:

Commander-in-Tweet Donald Trump has potentially dug a deep hole for himself. By publishing a Tweet over the weekend stating that President Obama had tapped his phones during the Presidential election campaign, Trump has simultaneously suggested that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court (FISA court) found sufficient evidence to warrant a wiretap. (The wiretap would have been at the behest of an intelligence agency, not President Obama directly.)
Chuck Todd, host of Sunday’s Meet the Press, summed up the mess as follows on his program yesterday: “It’s such a serious allegation. I mean it is either, if it’s true, it’s an extraordinary political scandal. And if it’s not true, it’s an extraordinary political scandal.”
It should be noted that if it’s not true, it would be not so much a political scandal as it would be another in a long, long series of off-the-wall falsehoods promulgated by Trump with no negative ramification to his career – unless one considers being elevated to the highest public office in the land a negative impact. For years, Trump was a leading purveyor of the birther meme that former President Obama had no legitimacy as President because he was foreign born and not entitled to hold the office. Then, abruptly, Trump decided to renounce that position.
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