Monday, April 3, 2017

10 Dead, 50 Injured After Briefcase Bomb In St. Petersburg Metro; Second Device Found & Disabled - Live Feed

A St. Petersburg Metro train has been hit by an explosion this afternoon. The entire transit system is shutdown. Preliminary reports indicate that some 10 people may have been killed in the blast, news agencies said citing sources close to the investigation. The Mail is reporting at least 50 injured including children. Bloomberg reports the device was an IED with shrapnel.

Another Democrat Rats On Obama: We’ve Been Spying On Trump Since 2015

by Sean Adl-Tabatabai, Your News Wire:
Another top Democrat has joined a long list of Obama insiders who have outed their former boss for illegally spying on Donald Trump.
Mary Anna Marsh, principal of the Dewey Square Group, a Democrat PR firm, revealed to Fox News that the Obama administration had been snooping on Trump as early as the spring of 2015.
This was the same time that Trump announced his candidacy for president:
Mary Ann Marsh: Fact, the investigation of Trump, his associates and their relationship with Russia started in the spring of 2015. That is a fact. That is widely known.
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As Quota Compliance Tumbles, Is The End Of OPEC Near?

Among the 10 members bound by production caps, compliance weakened to 89 percent of pledged reductions from 104 percent, raising the question: Is OPEC, which has far exceeded the average life of cartels, on the brink of failure...

Tesla Shares Hit Record High

Tesla shares just hit a new all time high above $292, surging over % on the day, following Sunday's report that first-quarter vehicle deliveries jumped 69% from a year ago to a quarterly record of 25,000 vehicles, and bouncing back from delays in the previous quarter.

Jared Kushner Flies To Iraq With Joint Chiefs For ISIS Strategy Briefing

President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly arrived in Baghdad this morning, in a surprise visit with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, to meet U.S. and Iraqi officials and to receive military briefings on the fight against the Islamic State.

Key Events In The Coming Busy Week: Payrolls; FOMC Minutes; Trump Meets Xi

The key economic releases in the US this week are ISM manufacturing on Monday, ISM non-manufacturing on Wednesday, and the employment report on Friday. The minutes of the March FOMC meeting will be released on Wednesday, while several Fed officials are scheduled to speak this week. The meeting between Trump and Xi set for Thursday and Friday at Mar-A-Lago will likely attract significant attention.

Frontrunning: April 3

  • Buying a Home This Spring Will Be Hardest in Years (WSJ)
  • Senate showdown likely over Gorsuch confirmation (Reuters)
  • ‘Nuclear’ Bid to Confirm Gorsuch May Radically Change Washington (BBG)
  • Trump's son-in-law, Kushner, flies into Iraq with top U.S. general (Reuters)
  • Solid Asia factory growth caps a strong first quarter but outlook cloudy (Reuters)

Imagination Tech Plummets Over 60% After Apple Delivers "Black Swan Moment"

What a difference a year makes: not that long after Apple was considering the acquisition of Imagination Technologies, overnight the shares of the UK-based chip designer imploded, crashing as much as 69% after the company announced Apple - its largest customer which accounts for half of its revenue - will stop using its intellectual property in new products.

"A Lot Of News Over The Last 72 Hours But None Having A Dramatic Effect On Trading"

Markets seem more concerned about missing the upside associated w/a final tax deal than they are about being caught long on a tax disappointment, thus for the time being headlines such as “Trump and Ryan discuss taxes” or “tax plan makes progress in Washington” will help to buoy stocks more than “Trump has neither a clear WH tax plan nor adequate staff yet to see through a planned tax reform” will hurt them.

Breslow: "The Pain Trades Are Giving Traders Headaches"

The Fed has been hiking. Their speeches have been consistently optimistic on the traction that’s been achieved toward reaching their mandate. And more, rather than less, portraying a board on the same page. Yet the pain trade keeps traders reacting much more to any perceived dovishness.

Europe: Combating Fake News

If present demographic trends continue, in a few decades, native Swedes could easily become a minority in their own country. Swedish ambulance personnel want gas masks and bulletproof vests to protect their staff against the escalating attacks, similar to equipment used by staff working in war zones. Most dangerous, however, is our inability to deal forcefully with problems undermining Western societies, because some Western media refuse to admit that the problems exist.

Is This The Greatest 'Arb' In The World?

Since it first entered service with the Soviet army in 1948, the AK-47 and its derivatives have become the world's most widely used assault rifles. However, while demand may be high, prices vary dramatically... which gave us an idea.

First Post-Brexit Tremors: Theresa May "Would Go To War" To Protect Gibraltar

The ink has yet to dry on Theresa May's Article 50 signature from last week which officially started the UK's 2-year long divorce from the EU, and already Europe has been traumatized by comments from former Conservative leader Michael Howard, who suggested that Theresa May is be prepared to go to war to protect Gibraltar.

Trump Administration Backs Geoengineering, Full Disclosure Of The Climate Engineering Atrocities Grows Near

by Dane Wigington, GEO Enginerring Watch:
The ongoing global geoengineering assault has long since inflicted catastrophic and irreparable damage to the biosphere, climate, and life support systems of our planet (along with countless other forms of anthropogenic activity). It is truly incomprehensible that such blatantly obvious “climate intervention” programs can be carried out in skies all over the world, in plain site (for over 70 years), and still be officially denied.
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Soros’ Meddling in EU Affairs has Put Him in Harm’s Way

by Grete Mautner, New Eastern Outlook:
The name of George Soros in recent decades has been repeatedly mentioned in connection with different mass movements around the globe that frequently resulted in some form of coup d’etat. Unsurprisingly, there’s been a lot of accusations going his way both across the globe and in the US, so it is hardly a coincidence that his name was mentioned by Gateway Pundit when the so-called “women’s marches” against President Donald Trump were on the rise in the US.
George Soros has also been known for his ongoing attempts to get richer by bleeding the truly unlimited financial capabilities of the Vatican dry. The war between Soros and the Pope is being waged on all sorts of legal field, after its initial start in 2011 in the United States, before it started spreading across the world. Soros elected the Jeff Anderson and Associates law firm as his tool, even though this firm is known for its connections with the former US President Barack Obama. To achieve its goals, Soros used claims of sexual harassment and abuse voiced against the priests of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Thus, Jeff Anderson and Associates filed demands to various courts across the world to criminally prosecute certain priests of the RCC. This struggle was accompanied by massive media campaigns that Soros launched and financed. Caught off guard, the church decided to yield and started paying settlements, the total worth of which amounted to some 2.5 billion dollars in the US alone. Thus, Soros achieved two goals: he dealt a powerful blow to the Pope and simultaneously earned some extra cash.
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What Is America Going To Look Like When Stocks, Home Prices And Even Used Cars All Crash By At Least 50 Percent?

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:
Have you ever thought about what comes after the bubble? In 2008 we got a short preview of what life will be like, but most Americans seem to have come to the conclusion that the last financial crisis was just a minor bump in the road toward endless economic prosperity. But of course the truth is that the ridiculously high debt-fueled standard of living that we are enjoying now is not sustainable, and after this bubble bursts it will be an extremely painful adjustment for our society.
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Don’t Look at Us. Gold Did It!

by Turd Ferguson, TF Metals Report:
Some of you clearly recall the year 1969 where Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge with a woman in his car. (No, this article really is not about politics, but describes how the media shapes the public’s thoughts and views). Accounts of the Chappaquiddick event paint a sordid picture. It was clear to anyone that Kennedy was partying with single women while his wife was absent, drinking, flirting and left the party with a woman for reasons that evidence suggests were not altogether innocent. It was likely he was drunk. It was likely that he was speeding away from the sheriffs’ deputy who saw the car parked by a cemetery a few minutes earlier and came over to ask if they needed help. His actions—driving off a bridge—caused her death. But somehow, he managed to hold onto his office. He sidestepped punishment, stayed in office, and got away with a heinous crime.
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Is the Russian Government Insouciant?

by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:
On March 1 the US National Reconnaissance Office launched a spy satellite carried by an Atlas V rocket that was powered by a Russian RD-180 engine.
The Unites States, an alleged “superpower,” is not capable of putting its own spy satellites into space. The “superpower” is dependent on Russia, which provides the “superpower” with the rocket engines to put up spy satellites to spy on Russia!!!
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This Economy is Ruined for Many Americans

by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street:
Those who lost out on the Fed’s “wealth effect.”
Here’s a mystery: Has this “wealth-effect” economy that the Fed so beautifully engineered since the Financial Crisis gotten a lot riskier, scarier, and uglier in some profound ways for lower-income Americans, those making $30,000 or less a year?
One of the questions that Gallup posed was this:
Next, I’m going to read a list of problems facing the country. For each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all? First, how much do you personally worry about –
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