While the US public and global markets will be transfixed by the events in Washington today, Trump’s emerging nemesis in the upcoming trade wars, China, has decided to avoid the event altogether. According to the FT, Beijing’s infamous censors have ordered media outlets to mute their reporting of Trump’s inauguration “as the Communist party continues to weigh its response to a new administration that has threatened to tear up the rule book of US-China relations.”
The FT notes that propaganda officials have ordered the press only to use reports on the ceremony written by central state media, according to several Chinese journalists.
“It is forbidden for websites to carry out live streaming or picture reports of the inauguration,” said the censorship instructions highlighted by the Financial Times. Continue reading »
“You were a Director at Sears for 12 years where you had oversight over the administration and investment in the pension fund.”
That Sears Holdings will file for bankruptcy appeared to be taken for granted in the confirmation hearings before the US Senate on Thursday. And when it does file, it’s going to get very complicated for Steven Mnuchin, the Trump administration’s appointment for Treasury Secretary. But the most fascinating part, for us as a non-political site, is the dissection of the whole Sears deal.
Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), as he proceeds with his questioning, lays out how Sears Holding’s CEO “Eddie” Lampert, his hedge fund ESL, and some other entities have worked hard to get their hands on the real estate when Sears Holdings goes through bankruptcy, while the pension fund left behind is a sinkhole that taxpayers might be shanghaied into filling. Continue reading »
But who benefits from the War on Cash?
In the wake of the attack on the Christmas market in Berlin in December, the European Commission granted customs and police authorities sweeping new powers to seize cash or precious metals carried by “suspect individuals” entering the EU. People carrying more than €10,000 euros in cash already have to declare this at customs when entering the EU. The new rules would allow authorities to seize money (or precious metals or bitcoin) below that threshold “where there are suspicions of criminal activity.”
It was the latest step in the War on Cash. The powers that want to kill off cash include private and central banks, fintech firms, Silicon Valley magnates like Tim Cook and Bill Gates, telecom behemoths, credit card giants, assorted NGOs, a bewildering alphabet soup of UN agencies and many national governments. They all have their own disparate motives for taking out physical money. Continue reading »
Davos — Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of Alibaba — the Chinese company that surpassed Wal-Mart as the world’s largest retailer in 2016 — said the United States has no one but itself to blame for its economic woes, and that much of the problem is rooted in wasteful spending on warfare.
CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin had asked Ma about his thoughts on the American economy and how it relates to China. Incoming President Donald Trump’s stance has consistently been anti-China — the former reality TV star has long accused the Asian superpower of siphoning U.S. jobs — and he and the trade team he’s putting together appear eager and willing to impose tariffs on Chinese goods.
“It’s not that other countries steal jobs from you guys. It’s your strategy. Distribute the money and things in a proper way,” Ma said, adding, “You’re supposed to spend money on your own people.” Continue reading »
Corporate executives, top bankers, global speculators, and power brokers at the annual Alpine retreat in Davos, Switzerland are complaining openly that the rise of populism and nationalism across the United State and Europe is a serious threat to globalism and the New World Order. Ending globalization is apparently hitting them in the pocketbook.
H/t reader squodgy:
“I wonder where they’ll try to hide as populism gathers pace?
As things get worse, the working class will grow as middle class fall through the net, and the bitterness at the expanding wealth gap can only manifest into violence towards those bailed out.
And I don’t think they will be able to rely on the police or armed forces they have methodically offered up for sacrifice for decades, whose families and relatives are also working class.
As I’ve always said, American blinkeredness or “ostrichitis” is their own worst enemy, they just won’t wake up, and the manipulation by corrupt politicians and media will continue till the end, whereas in Europe, the awakening has become more powerful and thus a much greater threat to the establishment.
We are certainly living in interesting times.”
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Over the past couple of days, we’ve highlighted a couple of the mass protests that are being planned by disaffected Hillary supporters in an effort to disrupt the various Trump inaugural events that get kicked off tomorrow evening. Perhaps the most aggressive “disruptions” have been planned by groups called “DisruptJ20” and the “DC Anti-Fascist Coalition” and include plans to “paralyze the city” with “clusterfuck blockades” of bridges and tunnels, “stink bombs” in ventilation systems and chaining metro trains to station platforms to shut down rail traffic. Unfortunately for them, all of their plans were caught on tape by Project Veritas (see “New Video Exposes Anti-Trump Groups Plotting Criminal Acts To Disrupt Inauguration“) so we suspect police will be well prepared.
As Reuters points out this morning, efforts to disrupt the inaugural process will have to evade a massive force of 28,000 security personnel and miles of fencing and roadblocks fortified by sand-laden dump trucks and other heavy equipment. Continue reading »
ROMA, Texas — Four family members who ran one of the largest cartel smuggling operations in south Texas had their life in prison sentences commuted and will likely be returning to this border city from where they ran their criminal empire. One of the main destinations that the criminal organizations delivered drugs to was Chicago, Illinois.
This week, outgoing President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 209 convicted criminals and pardoned 64 others. The majority of the convictions were from drug trafficking or production offenses.
Four of those convicted criminals who had been sentenced to life in prison will be released by May 17. They ran a criminal organization made up of close to 80 men and women who worked with Mexico’s Gulf Cartel to move between 100,000 to almost 750,000 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. during a 10-year period. The drugs were moved into Houston and then distributed to Atlanta, Chicago, and other major metropolitan areas. Continue reading »
Billionaire investor George Soros spoke to Bloomberg TV in Davos, and said the euphoria among stock investors since the victory of President-elect Donald Trump will end as uncertainty takes over.
In an interview that may have been even gloomier than his last address to Davos in January 2016, when he said he was short the market, predicted a Chinese hard landing, and said the Fed’s hike was a mistake, on Thursday Soros unleashed the hate, saying America has elected a “would-be dictator” as president, the European Union is disintegrating, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May won’t last long as her nation prepares to secede from the EU, and China is poised to become an even more repressive society. Continue reading »
In a burst of transparency, one day after it made available some 13 million pages of archives documents online for the first time, on Wednesday the Central Intelligence Agency unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens, publishing them in full for the first time.
As Reuters reported, the new rules were released amid continued public concern about the government’s surveillance powers, and were published two days before President elect-Donald Trump is sworn into office and may be changed by the new administration. Trump has said he favors stronger government surveillance powers, including the monitoring of “certain” mosques in the United States. Continue reading »
Budgeting can be difficult, particularly for expansive state budgets that require a ton of inputs to support 1,000s of line items each of which can result in massive variances depending on the development of various economic indicators like interest rates, commodity prices, etc. throughout the year.
That said, while forecasting variances are inevitable, we, as taxpayers, generally rely on our expensive budget office employees to at least present annual budgets that reflect sound mathematics and accounting principles. Unfortunately, that seems to be too much to ask of the math-challenged administration of California Governor Jerry Brown which decided to double count certain cost savings and simply “forgot” to incorporate other expenses altogether. Per the LA Times: Continue reading »
New headlines claiming that 2016 the warmest ever, but both both RSS and UAH satellite data sets for temperature say its tied with 1998. Look a bit furtehr and the Davos elite are tring to stop populism globally by more wealth distribution which will mainly be funded by a carbon tax. So there it is, the lies of a warming plant continue so a global tax can be instituted.
2016 not warmest year ever
CO2 concentrations https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmR6jd8UM…
Hot days over 95F USA http://principia-scientific.org/washi…
2016 UAH temperature data set http://www.drroyspencer.com/2017/01/g…
Mitigating the risk of geoengineering https://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/201…
Climate engineering, no longer on the fringe https://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/201…
NOAA and NASA scientists say 2016 warmest on record by 0.07 degree https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/e…
Fox Flash freezes in Danube River, ice clogs hydro electric dam in Canada, Bangladesh cold wave, and cyclonic winds and blizzards wipe out Europe’s vegetable crops. Exodus of villagers in Pakistani villages.
Extreme European weather https://twitter.com/hashtag/eustorm?s…
Global surface temperatures http://models.weatherbell.com/climate…
Fox freezes in Danube river
AeroFarms Vertical LED gardening http://aerofarms.com/technology/
When the CIA recently shared millions of pages of declassified documents online, the agency included a collection of files for what was arguably one of the U.S. Army’s strangest initiatives: investigating psychic abilities for use by military intelligence.
Known as Stargate, the program launched in 1978 and lasted for two decades, exploring reports of so-called psychic phenomena that originated behind the Iron Curtain and around the world, and conducting experiments testing “mind control” techniques. [The 10 Most Outrageous Military Experiments]
The Stargate files were recently made available online as part of the CIA Records Search Tool (CREST) database, which included a total of 930,000 declassified files containing more than 12 million pages, CIA officials explained in a statement. Continue reading »
There is much we don’t know about how the Trump presidency will play out. Will the Wall get built? Who will pay for it? Will it have at least some fencing? Will repeal and replace happen at exactly the same time? Will Trump throw a ceremonial switch? Will there be a Trump National Golf Course in Sochi? It’s anyone’s guess. But of one thing we can be fairly certain. President Trump is very likely to preside over the largest expansion of Federal budget deficits in our history. Trump has built his companies with debt and I’m sure he thinks he can do the same with the country. His annual budget deficits are likely going to be huge. This development will make a greater impact on the investment landscape than most on Wall Street can imagine. Continue reading »
How quickly six months passed when DNC and environmental groups called for prosecution of all those that din not believe that CO2 was a settled science. Not that the Baltic Sea is freezing for the first time in 60 years, snow in Albania in first 30 years, Venice lagoon 20 years and 5X record snow in Corsica, the debate needs to be opened about the Sun’s effects on our Earth and how to adjust to the new grand solar minimum.
U.S average temperature 16°F – colder than any time last winter, and winter hasn’t started yet! https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/12/1…
NYT Blames Winter Chill on Global Warming https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/12/1…
Blame the Polar Vortex. And Global Warming https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/sc…
Democrats Call For Prosecuting Global Warming Skeptics https://www.iceagenow.info/democrats-…
DNC brokenlink calling for arrest of those that don’t believe CO2 is the cause of global warming https://demconvention.com/news/democr…
Dem Party Platform Calls For Prosecuting Global Warming Skeptics http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/27/dem…
Tags: Barack Obama, Climate Change, Environment, Global Cooling, Global News, Global Warming, Government, Ice Age, Maunder Minimum, Meteorology, Obama administration, Politics, Science, Solar Minimum, U.S.
I lived in the San Joaquin valley, and saw this myself: CALIFORNIA HAS NO DROUGHT, IT IS A HOAX. THE ISRAELI CONTROLLED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DRAINED THE DAMS ON PURPOSE TO KILL THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY AND ARE FRONTING AN INTENTIONAL CATASTROPHE CAUSED BY DRAINING THE DAMS AS SOMETHING NATURAL. THERE HAS BEEN NO SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT, THE FOLLOWING PROVES IT:
PHOTOS OF DAM DRAINAGE AS IT HAPPENED – THE END of the California orange
The following photos are absolute proof they drained the dams on purpose, causing severe flooding and NEVER gave california growers a SINGLE DROP for the sole purpose of killing all the orange orchards, grape vineyards and almond groves. It is important to note that with any war effort waged by the usurpers of a conquored government, that fake documentation will be produced by the government to support the lie. That is when you have to use photos to prove that the documents, which show a drought and reduced out flows, are fake. Continue reading »
ReadyNutrition Readers, this article is a “trumpet call” to continue your preparations, or to commence with them if you have not done so already. We don’t know what the inauguration is going to bring, if indeed it does occur peaceably. For one thing, everyone and their brother on the Left has threated everything possible, such as mass demonstrations, mass disruptions, and physical violence against the incoming president. The bottom line: we don’t know what will happen, and it is best to remain in a state of readiness and preparation.
I’m also going to explain something of my own mindset regarding matters toward preparation. With some of the pieces I have written, there have been a good deal of disparaging comments, especially directed toward pieces with recommendations for tools, equipment, food, and on-the-spot preps from bargain sources and Dollar stores.
The reason I have suggested things such as small tool kits and “piecemeal” equipment from thrift shops or the Dollar Trees is that there are tremendous numbers of readers that are either just starting out prepping or are on a limited budget…so limited that they can do it no other way.
I fully understand there are some people who cannot afford laser rangefinders, Gerber Multi-tools, or Fat Max Stanley tape measures. I suggest alternatives for them. Know what? Here’s the bottom line on that:
None of us are going to be completely prepared when the bottom drops out. Knowledge and skills should be desirous over materials, because with these you can either acquire what is needed or improvise out of what can be fabricated into something useful.
Obama just recently signed Executive Order 12333 into play. This one removes the restrictions over the intelligence-gathering agencies regarding the sharing of information pertaining to terrorist suspects, ad infinitum. There is also mention of procedures that reinforce previous NDAA policies of taking any and all actions necessary against terrorists, whether they are actual or potential. In essence, the EO hands over the unchecked power to snoop into the hands of soon-to-be president Donald Trump. Continue reading »
- Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohammed called for change in hate speech laws
- Ibrahim Abu Mohammed wants Racial Discrimination Act to protect Muslims
- He said claims the Act threatens freedom of speech is ‘meritless’ to minorities
- Liberal senator James Paterson said Dr Mohammed’s proposal was ‘dangerous’
Australia’s Grand Mufti has called for hate speech laws to be changed for the protection of Muslims.
In a submission to a Parliamentary inquiry, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, the Grand Mufti since 2011, called for section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act to stop minority groups being ‘exposed’ to religious discrimination or vilification.
Earlier this morning we predicted a fiery confirmation hearing for Trump’s Treasury Secretary pick, Steven Mnuchin. And right on cue, the confirmation had barely begun when it was promptly derailed after Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas suggested that his colleague, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), should pop a valium before the next round of questioning.
“Sen. Wyden, I’ve got a Valium pill here that you might want to take before the second round….just a suggestion, sir.”
Of course, the comment didn’t go over well with Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee as Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) pounced on the remarks sending the hearing into a moment of pure chaos with Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) struggling to regain control.
Forget the empty posturing of world leaders in Paris yesterday. This photo (copyright: Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency) tells us what the Israel-Palestine “conflict” is really about.
Imagine for a second that the little boy – how old is he, eight, nine? – is your son, trying to adjust his keffiyeh because it keeps falling over his eyes and he can’t see anything. Image your small son surrounded by masked Israeli “soldiers”, or what looks more like a Jewish militia than an army. Imagine that the boy is likely soon to be bundled into the back of a military van and taken for interrogation without his parents or a lawyer present, or even knowing where he is. That he could end up beaten and tortured, as human rights groups have regularly documented.
Maybe you can’t imagine any of that because you, a responsible parent living in Europe or the United States, would never let your child out to throw stones.
Then you need to know more about the story behind this picture. Continue reading »
While security is in place and there is no specific, credible threat, a quirk in America’s rules for succession raises questions about who would be in charge if an attack hit the incoming president, vice president and congressional leaders just as the transfer of power gets underway. CNN’s Brian Todd reports.
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- Peter Dutton warns more young people will be deported from Australia for crime
- Minister said the recent deportations of alleged Apex members was a start
- Would not rule out ‘benchmark being lowered’ to include offenders under 18
- Four young criminals with alleged links to Apex have already had visas cancelled
- Three of the men are from New Zealand and a fourth is Sudanese
- Henry Robati has already been returned to his home country
- The remaining three are in jail and are appealing their visa cancellations
Teenagers with links to Melbourne’s notorious African Apex gang will have their visas cancelled and be sent to their home country as the department of immigration prepares to crack down on youth crime in Victoria.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton spoke to Melbourne radio station 3AW and revealed he would not rule out deporting children as young as 16 from Australia for serious crimes if they didn’t start ‘respecting Australians’. Continue reading »
Florida cops arrested seven volunteers from an activist group called Food Not Bombs for feeding homeless people in a park Saturday afternoon.
Tampa police say they made the arrests because the group doesn’t have a permit to serve the food, which requires an insurance policy.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke had a man detained for looking at him the wrong way on an airplane Sunday. Or for mocking him over a football game.
Or, if you believe the sheriff, for making him fear for his life.
“Next time he or anyone else pulls this stunt on a plane they may get knocked out,” the sheriff said in a statement. “I do not have to wait for some goof to assault me.”
Daesh has identified a weak spot in Germany’s legendary Leopard 2 battle tanks, and has destroyed ten of the machines used by the Turkish Army in northern Syria, the German newspaper Die Welt reported.
Battles in Afghanistan, Kosovo and elsewhere have earned Germany’s Leopard 2 battle tank a reputation for being indestructible. In one case, Canadian forces managed to drive a Leopard through a massive Taliban bomb blast and survive.
However, Turkish troops fighting the terrorist group Daesh in northern Syria have had a different experience. According to reports, Daesh fighters in the city of Al Bab have destroyed ten Leopard 2A4 battle tanks. Continue reading »
From shaking things up in Washington to causing extreme confusion and butt-hurt for current leaders in France and Germany, one could say the European establishment doesn’t know whether to shit or go blind. (Kind of like the American establishment)
H/t reader kevin a.
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FORMER MALE PROSTITUTE LARRY SINCLAIRspilled the beans back in 2008 right before the election.
Speaking before the National Press Club in DC, Larry Sinclair narrated in embarrassing detail his sexual-liaison with Barack Obama when he was a state senator of Illinois. (Excerpt:)
“I performed fellatio on Senator Obama in the limousine during the time Obama was smoking crack cocaine. After which, I had the driver take me to The Comfort Suites in Gurney Illinois.
“The following day, November 7th 1999, Senator Obama appeared at my hotel room, unannounced, uninvited, where we ingested cocaine and I again performed fellatio on Obama.”View Entire StoryHere & Here.
“We are not going gently into the night.” Yeah, you’re sending 3000 US troops and heavy armor to the Polish-Russian border. Demented. https://t.co/fQ5rLhdrTl
— Justin Raimondo (@JustinRaimondo) January 15, 2017
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