Nov 19

Due to a lot of work that needs to be done & upcoming events (incl. visitors) I’ll be presenting the news to you in the following way up until around Dec. 4.

This way you’ll still get fully updated, whilst I save many, many, many hours of work on the website.


U.S. Foreign Policy
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- Ukraine Admits Its Gold Is Gone: “There Is Almost No Gold Left In The Central Bank Vault”:

Back in March we reported of a strange incident that took place just after the Ukraine presidential coup, namely that according to at least one source, “in a mysterious operation under the cover of night, Ukraine’s gold reserves were promptly loaded onboard an unmarked plane, which subsequently took the gold to the US.”  Needless to say there was no official confirmation of any of this taking place, and in fact our report, in which we mused if the “price of Ukraine’s liberation” was the handover of its gold to the Fed at a time when Germany was actively seeking to repatriate its own physical gold located at the bedrock of the NY Fed, led to the usual mainstream media mockery. Until now. In an interview on Ukraine TV, none other than the head of the Ukraine Central Bank made the stunning admission that “in the vaults of the central bank there is almost no gold left. There is a small amount of gold bullion left, but it’s just 1% of the gold reserves.”

- California Tells Court It Can’t Release Inmates Early Because It Would Lose Cheap Prison Labor:

Out of California’s years-long litigation over reducing the population of prisons deemed unconstitutionally overcrowded by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010, another obstacle to addressing the U.S. epidemic of mass incarceration has emerged: The utility of cheap prison labor.

- Grubergate For Idiots (Such As American Voters): All You Need To Know In 2 Minutes:

Confused at just what Jonathan Gruber, friend (or not friend) of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi, said (and didn’t say)? Here is the two-minute idiot’s guide to the Obamacare architect (or not Obamacare architect)‘s controversial comments (and just who did and did not know him)…

GruberGate: “Senator” Obama Vs “President” Obama (Videos):

If you like your Jon Gruber “brightest minds from academia, that I have stolen ideas from liberally”, you can keep your Jon Gruber…

- Obama: I will send US troops to fight ISIS if they get nukes:

US President Barack Obama has, for the first time, admitted he would deploy US ground troops to Syria and Iraq to fight Islamic State – that is, if the extremist group obtained a nuclear weapon.

“If we discovered that [Islamic State] had gotten possession of a nuclear weapon, and we had to run an operation to get it out of their hands, then, yes,” Obama told reporters at a news conference in Brisbane, Australia, on Sunday. “I would order it.”

- Putin:’US wants to subdue Russia, but no one did or ever will':

The US has no plans to humiliate Russia, but instead wants to subdue it, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that no one had ever succeeded in doing so – and never will.

Speaking at a forum of the All-Russia Peoples’ Front in Moscow on Tuesday, the Russian leader said that history was not about to change, and that no one would manage to suppress the country.

Throughout history no one has ever managed to do so toward Russia – and no one ever will,” Putin said.

H/t reader squodgy:

As a side note: It is well known that radiation makes viruses (also harmful bacteria and other parasites) become more virulent:

- West Coast Scientists: Many animals on sea floor looking sick or dead — “Everything’s dying… Dead, dead, dead, and dead” — Experts investigate what’s killing sea urchins and cucumbers in Pacific Northwest — “Seeing things never previously observed” (PHOTOS):

National Geographic, Nov 17, 2014 (emphasis added): Urchins and cucumbers seemed to have escaped the ill effects of the virus until now. But in recent weeks, reports have started to come in that they too are dying along beaches in the Pacific Northwest, Hewson said… [He and his team are] studying the urchins and sea cucumbers that are already dying to see if the same killer is responsible.

- Experts: Seemingly benign virus on West Coast causing “ecological upheaval the likes of which we’ve never seen” — Very peculiar, different from all known viruses — Mutations could be helping it spread — Something may have recently caused it to go rogue… we’ve never seen anything like this — Why now, what changed to allow outbreak? (VIDEO):

NBC News (emphasis added): Scientists may have fingered the culprit responsible for a mysterious epidemic that has killed millions of starfish… the disease was a relatively common parvovirus found in invertebrates that rose to epidemic levels due to overpopulation, a genetic mutation or other unknown environmental factors.

PBS: Scientists… said it’s a virus that’s different from all other known viruses infecting marine organisms [and] don’t yet know what sparked the seemingly benign virus to transform into the perpetrator of what’s considered the largest marine disease outbreak ever…

- Big Win! Monsanto Reports $156 Million Loss in Q4 as Farmers Abandon GM Crops:

Are you invested in Monsanto stock like Bill Gates, who owns hundreds of thousand of Monsanto shares worth about $23 million? It might be time to pull out since the company just reported over $156 million in losses for the fourth quarter.

- Even McDonald’s Rejects New GMO Potato in French Fries:

Still Plenty of Reasons NOT to Eat There

- Here We Go Again: Demand For Subprime Debt Is “Out Of Control”:

As Kyle Bass once eloquently noted, the brevity of financial memory is about two years; and nowhere is that more clear than in the explosive resurgence of demand for new subprime-mortgage-backed products. As Scotsman Guide reports, some subprime lenders are reporting strong investor appetite for the once-reviled mortgage products (for borrowers with credit scores as low as 500 and with debt-to-income (DTI) ratios as high as 50 percent). “It’s out of control; it seems like there’s 10 times the amount of demand to buy this paper as there are borrowers that want the loans,” said one lender. As Bass may have also said “proceed with caution.”

- Approx. 100 t of sardines washed ashore in Pacific coastal area of Hokkaido again – Photos

- A Letter from the Norwegian Nobel Committee to Barack Obama:

You are the most undeserving Nobel Peace Prize winner since the odious, war-mongering Henry Kissinger. What company you keep! We were delusional dupes for giving the Peace Prize to him and you both. That is all. Now, back to “Lilyhammer.”

The Norwegian Nobel Committee
Drammensveien 19 NO-0255 OSLO
Norway

H/t reader squodgy:

“Here is one tale of how the Reypothecation might have taken place.

Of course, bankers, being honest, and politicians never lying, mixed with zionist israelis could never meld into planning and executing the biggest heist ever, under the guise of a false Arab terror plot whilst killing 3000 innocent Gentiles , just Gentiles (3000 jews were told not to turn up for work on 9/11) resulting in total surveillance of all the other gentiles on the planet carried out in the main by mossad connected security companies.

Also, isn’t it pure coincidence that the security at the Fukushima plant was also under the control of a mossad connected security firm..

http://cryptome.org/eyeball/gold-vault/gold-vault-frbny.htm

Don’t miss: - http://cryptome.org/eyeball/gold-vault/gold-vault-frbny.htm:

The gold vault in the Federal Reserve Bank New York is reportedly the largest gold depository in the world. Yet compared to other major gold vaults, such as the one at Fort Knox, it appears lightly secured. There are one or two guards at the loading dock which connects to the vault. Because the building is located in a dense urban area, its walls and entrances abut sidewalks without security barriers like those at other bullion depositories. The site of the building slopes such that the topmost levels of fve basements where the vaults are located directly adjoins two streets, albeit there are reinforced concrete walls with steel face plates as well as interior alarm systems protecting the hoard. (See note below on basement levels and wall thicknesses.)

Copies of the original 1922 construction drawings of the facility, publicly available at Avery Architectural Library, Columbia University, were obtained by Cryptome. A floor plan of a vault level is provided below.

- Wholesale Inflation Heats Up Due To Jump In Car, Food Costs, New Calculation Method:

Janet Yellen will be pleased… or not. Producer Price Inflation printed hotter than expected across all its various incarnations (good news, no deflation; bad news, no deflation excuse for The Fed). Ex Food-and-Energy prices rose 1.8% YoY (4-month highs), considerably more than the 1.5% expectations but surged 0.4% MoM – the most in 16 months. PPI Final Demand rose 1.5% YoY (1.3% exp). The rise in PPI appears driven by Food prices which are up 1.0% (the most since April) and Trade PPI (+1.5%) thanks to a 26.1% jump in margins for fuels and lubricants retailing (under new calculation methods) accounted for nearly 40% of the rise in final demand.#

- Hugh Hendry: “I Believe Central Bankers Are Terrified”:

“My premise hasn’t really changed since I published my paper explaining why I had become more constructive towards risk assets this time last year. That is to say, the structural deficiency of global demand continues to radicalise the central banking community. I believe they are terrified: the system is so leveraged and vulnerable to potentially systemic price reversals that the monetary authorities find themselves beholden to long only investors and obliged to support asset prices. However, I clearly confused everyone with my choice of language. What I should have said is that investors are perhaps misconstruing rising equity prices as a traditional bull market spurred on by revenue and earnings growth, and becoming fearful of a reversal, when instead the persistent upwards drift in stock markets is more a reflection of the steady erosion of the soundness of the global monetary system and therefore the rise in stock prices is something that is likely to prevail for some time.”

- Relentless US Journalist who has Seen and Felt the Boot of Israeli Fascism is Returning to Palestine for More:

Journalist Zebula “Sha” Hebert has been “shot at, stabbed, pepper sprayed, maced, tear-gassed, tased, arrested, detained, beaten, and interrogated” while conducting his work.  He knows what repression feels like, which is why he is undertaking a highly ambitious project: in the wake of the recent US-backed Israeli assault, Hebert will return to Palestine and spend a year in Gaza.  He will conduct interviews with Gazans, publish reports, and ultimately write a book about his findings and experiences, all to help amplify the voices of a trapped refugee population being brutalized by the world’s most powerful aggressors.

Hebert conducted an interview with Robert Barsocchini for Washington’s Blog, to elucidate and spread the word about his upcoming journalistic endeavor:

- Indonesia still performs ‘virginity tests’ on female police job applicants – HRW:

Indonesia’s practice of subjecting would-be female police officers to ‘virginity tests’ is “discriminatory and a form of gender-based violence,” that has to be stopped, Human Rights Watch says.

- ‘RT will soon be banned in Germany too’: Russian FM jokes at media conference:

The Russian FM known for his impeccable diplomatic skills, brightened the mood of the media conference held in Moscow after meeting with the German foreign minister. Both diplomats chuckled at the joke that was addressed to RT.

In my opinion another test of advanced technology (that will be used in the future against the people to make them accept the NWO):

- Chelyabinsk meteor #2? Massive flash over Russia’s Urals stuns locals & scientists:

An extraordinary bright orange flash has lit up the sky in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region in the Urals. While locals captured the massive ‘blast’ on numerous cameras, both scientists and emergency services still struggle to explain the unusual event.

- Kissinger Warns “We Need A New World Order”; Ukraine Should Forget Crimea & NATO:

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says in an interview with Der Spiegel that there currently is an urgent need for a new world order, but its coming into being will be long and complicated. “There is the Chinese view, the Islamic view, the Western view and, to some extent, the Russian view. And they really are not always compatible,” he warns, adding that introducing anti-Russian sanctions was a mistake. He added that Ukraine should not hope to become a member of NATO in the foreseeable future, as the alliance will never vote unanimously for the accession of Ukraine.

- Game 8 – 2014 World Chess Championship – Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen:

Reader squodgy sent this to me:

“Spotted in Canada”

Spotted in Canada

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Oct 22

- McDonalds Sales Plunge In Worst Month Since 2003 Following Dollar Meal “Sticker Shock” (ZeroHedge, Oct 21, 2014):

Moments ago, McDonalds not only released earnings and revenues, both of which missed – something which was largely expected since the backward looking data had been telegraphed by MCD’s recent global selling collapse - blanketed by atrocious commentary, but it disclosed its September global retail sales which were for lack of a better word, a disaster, after reporting global sales which dropped 3.8%, below the 3.2% expected, and the worst global month since at least 2003. The pain was everywhere, with Europe plunging 4.2% (est -0.9%), Asia down 7.5%, and the US down a whopping 4.1%, far below the 2.8% expected, and also the worst month in over a decade.

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Sep 10

- Chart Of The Day: McDonalds Has Worst Month In A Decade (ZeroHedge, Sep 9, 2014):

Whether because eaters around the world and in the US would rather eat even fattier, more expensive, more calorific equivalents such as MCD-spinoff Chipotle, or because the global consumer/eater can not even afford the cheapest form of a dollar meal, is unknown, but what is quite clear is that the company which was once the bellwether of the US commodity eater, McDonalds, just reported global comp store sales which saw a decline of -3.7% from a year ago, its worst monthly print in a decade!

This was driven in big part by the US where comparable sales declined by 2.8% in August and have not posted a positive monthly print since December, but mostly due to Asia where as a result of the ongoing fast-food scare, comp store sales cratered by a record 14.5%. If indeed this is part of a secular shift away from made in the US fast food, and if this too is as a result of an Edwards Snowden-predicated backlash against all that is US, then Asians truly owe the NSA whistleblower: they just added some 10 years to their average life expectancy.

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Aug 21

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- Four Moscow McDonalds shut by Russian consumer watchdog (RT, Aug 20, 2014):

Russia’s consumer watchdog has shut down four McDonald’s restaurants in central Moscow – including the first-ever outlet in the country – over “administrative violations.” More of the company 430 Russian franchises are under investigation.

“Multiple violations of sanitary norms were detected in the sourcing of food and waste disposal in McDonald’s restaurants during inspections carried out between the 18th and 20th of August,” said an official statement from the watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor. Continue reading »

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Aug 09

- The “Recovery” In One Chart: When Americans Can’t Even Afford To Buy McDonalds For 9 Months In A Row (ZeroHedge, Aug 8, 2014):

There is endless propaganda… and then there are McDonalds sales.

It is the latter that is by far the best indicator of how the US economy is progressing when stripped of all the bullshit seasonal adjustments, rhetoric and lies from the administration which focus on what is a glowing recovery, for the 1%. As for everyone else, they can’t even afford a dollar meal.

The proof? McDonalds same store sales for the last month, July, cratered by 2.5%, far worse than the 1.1% expected driven by a 7.3% collapse in Asian sales, but the number we focus on, US comp store sales, was a devastating 3.2%, on par with the worst decline in history, and the 9th consecutive month in which McDonalds has not posted an increase in US same store sales.

Here is your recovery:

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Jul 31

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- China Meat Scandal Spreads: McDonald’s Japan Slashes Guidance (ZeroHedge, July 29, 2014):

We warned last week that the scandal over Chinese meat supplier OSI was spreading (and Asians were increasingly shunning western fast-food restaurants) and now, as The FT reports, McDonald’s Japan has pulled its full-year profit guidance on the back of falling sales. It had previously forecast sales of $2.45bn for the year to December but warned it could not commit to new targets as it was too soon to estimate the scandal’s full impact.

As The FT reports, OSI processes the meat of 300m chickens a year in China, as well as other meats, vegetables and pre-assembled food such as sandwiches or wraps.

This is a problem for McDonalds as some of its 3,200 restaurants were forced to scratch chicken nuggets off the menuContinue reading »

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Jul 04


Added: Jun 30, 2014

Related info:

- How Fast Food Providers Beat Inflation: Add Wood Pulp To Burgers

- Study: A Short-Term Diet Of Junk Food Can Irreversibly Damage Memory

- Hamburger Chef Jamie Oliver Proves McDonald’s Burgers ‘Unfit For Human Consumption’

- What’s in Fast Food Chicken? Hint: It’s NOT Chicken

- One Year Later, The Makers of ‘Pink Slime’ Are Hanging On, And Fighting Back

- McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets Contain Mysterious Fibers, Hair-Like Structures; Forensic Food Lab Posts Research Photos, Video

- Now That Is Totally Disgusting: Golden Corral (Shocking Photos And Video)

- Teen Eats Only Chicken Nuggets For 15 Years

- Teen Who Ate Almost Nothing But Ramen Noodles For 13 Years Has Health Of 80-Year-Old

- McDonald’s Hamburger Looks The Same … 14 Years After Purchase!

- It’s A Brain? It’s A Kidney? It’s KFC’s Next PR Nightmare

- McDonald’s Serving Up ‘Restructured Meat Technology’ – You Want Fries With That?

- Why You Should Avoid Fast Food At All Costs

- Junk Food-Addicted Rats Chose To Starve Themselves Rather Than Eat Healthy Food

- Study: Junk food as ‘addictive as drugs’

- Meet The 15 Food Companies That Serve You ‘WOOD’: Pepsi, Kellogg, Weight Watchers, General Mills, McDonald’s, KFC, Yum’s Brands’ (Taco Bell, Pizza Hut), Wendy’s Arby’s, Nestle etc.

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Jun 30

- Exclusive: McDonald’s Is Secretly Testing Its Own Order-Ahead And Payments App (Business Insider, June 24, 2014):

McDonald’s is quietly testing an order-ahead and mobile payment app at a tiny handful of its more than 14,000 U.S. locations.

The pilot is limited to 22 locations in the Columbus, Georgia area. Called “McD Ordering,” the app links to a credit or debit card, which is automatically charged when a customer arrives and scans a QR code displayed at the restaurant.

The phone then displays the customer’s order number. Once everything’s ready, the customer picks up food and drinks — without waiting in a line or interacting with a cashier.

Here’s a tutorial from the app, which is listed in the iOS and Android stores, but has yet to be publicly announced: Continue reading »

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Jun 09

- McDonalds Has Longest Stretch Without Rising US Sales In History (ZeroHedge, June 9, 2014):

Back in April when McDonalds reported its fifth consecutive decline in US comp store sales, the longest in decades, maybe ever, the excuses came fast and furious: ‘The U.S. has been difficult for them,” Jack Russo, an analyst at Edward Jones & Co. in St. Louis, said in an interview. “The weather has played a role, and I think the competition is a little bit sharper. We’ve seen better results out of Burger King and Wendy’s.” “Harsh winter weather and “challenging industry dynamics” weighed on U.S. results, McDonald’s added. So only MCD was impacted by weather, not the comps? Mmmk. But more importantly, there was hope so one could just ignore the present and past:“The month of April is going to be slightly improved so there are some positives out there” according to Russo. Continue reading »

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Apr 15

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- 10 Lies Told By McDonalds to Keep Profits Up (Occupy Corporatism, May 31, 2013):

McDonalds Corporation has begun pushing their meat products, such as the Big Mac and double cheeseburgers, because customers are not buying enough salads.

At an investor’s conference, Don Thompson, chief executive officer, explained that salads only make up 2% of their US sales.

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Apr 04

McDonalds temporarily closes Crimea restaurants
McDonald’s has altered its operations in the Crimea after tensions between Russia and the West.

- McDonald’s ‘temporarily closes’ Crimea restaurants (BBC News, April 4, 2014):

McDonald’s has suspended work at its three Crimean restaurants following ongoing diplomatic tensions in the region.

The company said that it would try to support staff, and hopes to re-open its restaurants as soon as possible.

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Dec 27

- McDonald’s on employee resources site: Not lovin’ it (CNN, Dec 26, 2013)

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Nov 28

- “I Work At McDonalds, But I Can’t Afford To Eat There” (ZeroHedge, Nov 28, 2013):

For Shawndraka Mack, a 100% pay rise from her current $7.60 “would do just fine.” While some employees turn to blood plasma donation, and most are on food stamps (and other benefits), the mother of two teenagers (on Medicaid) told Bloomberg Businessweek, “I love what I do, but I don’t want to work for nothing.” Between the 40 hours a week she works and the benefits, Mack explains, “I work at McDonald’s and I can’t afford to eat there. It’s crazy.” Of course, McDonalds has ‘tips’ for surviving on their state-subsidized wages but once again, despite Harry Reid’s extrapolated charts, the reality of raising the minimum wage is lost on most who never stop to think of where the ‘money’ comes from; and besides employees have little to no leverage as we explained here.

Via Bloomberg Businessweek,

Mack, who is 40, has been working in the fast food business for 18 years. For the past six, she’s been at a McDonald’s in South Carolina, working 40 hours a week and making $7.60 an hour. “I love what I do, but I don’t want to work for nothing. I want to work for something,” she says.

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Nov 27

- Hamburger Chef Jamie Oliver Proves McDonald’s Burgers “Unfit for human consumption” (Political Blindspot, Aug 3, 2013):

Hamburger chef Jamie Oliver has won his long-fought battle against one of the largest fast food chains in the world – McDonalds. After Oliver showed how McDonald’s hamburgers are made, the franchise finally announced that it will change its recipe, and yet there was barely a peep about this in the mainstream, corporate media.

Continue reading »

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Nov 23

- McDonalds’ Latest Advice to its Peasant Employees: “Quit Complaining” and “Sing a Song” (Liberty, Blitzkrieg, Nov 20, 2013)

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Oct 21

- Hidden camera alleges to show animal abuse at McDonald’s supplier (The Globe And Mail, Oct 21, 2013):

Mercy for Animals Canada says hidden camera captured abusive treatment, cruel conditions for birds at Ku-Ku Farms and Creekside Grove Farms, which supplies chicks that lay eggs for McDonald’s Egg McMuffins. McDonald’s has not commented on the specific allegations but a spokeswomanhas said, “Abuse is never tolerated in our supply chain and McDonald’s has strict policies in place concerning the treatment of animals that our suppliers must adhere to at all times. We also work with our suppliers and outside experts to continuously improve our standards and practices, both within McDonald’s and across the industry”

- McDonald’s defends suppliers after graphic video of animal cruelty surfaces (The Globe And Mail, Oct 21, 2013):

“They’re so crammed inside those cages they can’t spread their wings, they can’t walk, they can’t turn around, they can’t engage in any of their natural behaviour,” said Stephane Perrais, director of operations with Mercy For Animals Canada.

“They spend one year of their miserable life in there, basically producing eggs and after that time period, they’re considered spent by the industry because their productivity is declined, and then they’re slaughtered.”

The group says the footage was taken by an undercover investigator who was hired as a farm worker by Ku-Ku Farms and Creekside Grove Farms for 10 weeks in May.

The video also shows dead hens rotting in the cages, and chicks being covered in feces.

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Oct 07

- Health Ranger’s original forensic investigation of chicken nuggets replicated by scientists who get published in science journal (Natural News, Oct 5, 2013):

The Health Ranger’s forensic food investigation of Chicken McNuggets two months ago is making new waves across the industry. A new study published in the American Journal of Medicine appears to have been inspired by the Natural News publishing of photos revealing “strange fibers” in Chicken McNuggets, and it is now exploding across the mainstream media.

“Chicken Nuggets Contain Skin, Tissue, Blood Vessels and More,” blares one headline.

Another headline from The Atlantic says, “The Three Grossest Sentences You’ll Read About Chicken Nuggets Today.”

Continue reading »

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Aug 18

- McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets found to contain mysterious fibers, hair-like structures; Natural News Forensic Food Lab posts research photos, video (Natural News, Aug 16, 2013)

 

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Jul 16

- McDonald’s Math: You Can’t Survive Working for Us (Liberty Blitzkrieg, July 16, 2013)

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Jun 29

- How Many Calories Does A Dollar Buy? (ZeroHedge, June 29, 2013):

Whether you like it or not, America, the number of calories packed into fast-food eats are getting harder to ignore. McDonald’s, Subway and Panera Bread – and as of this week, Starbucks – have already begun voluntarily posting calorie counts on their menus, ahead of an anticipated federal mandate requiring all restaurants with more than 20 locations to do so. In the interest of openness and transparency, and as Marketwatch notes, assuming for a moment that you’re less worried about your waistline than about getting the most calories for the least amount of money, here are the highest-calorie menu items at 10 of the nation’s top fast-food restaurants offers the most bang for your buck.

Via MarketWatch,

#10 Panera Bread

* Steak and white cheddar on a French baguette, 980 calories

* $1 buys 112 calories

Panera has a lot of light, healthy-sounding items on its menus but the full steak and white cheddar on a French baguette isn’t among them, tallying 980 calories and 103 grams of carbs. That accounts for nearly half the USDA’s recommended daily intake of carbs. At $8.79, you’re getting a little more than one calorie per penny. Continue reading »

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Jun 04


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May 08

- McDonalds Hikes Japanese Burger Prices And Sales Slide; Now It’s India’s Turn (ZeroHedge, May 8, 2013):

Confirming that while Central Banks may have halted economic logic and reason indefinitely, supply and demand still have some relevance in the real world was today’s earlier news that in the aftermath of McDonalds’ 20% price hike of basic burgers in Japan three weeks ago, that the company’s Japanese same store sales tumbled by a whopping 3.7% in April, a major contributor for the miss in the expected global same store sales for April which came at -0.6%, below Wall Street expectations. One can only guess what the SSS drop would have been had MCD implemented the price hike at the start of the month. One can also guess if the increase in average price offset the drop in sales volume – we will know soon, but just to make doubly sure if what MCD loses in volume it makes up for in price, McDonalds announced that one month after the 20% price hike in Japan, its Indian franchise operator said it too would proceed with a price hike – the second one this year – amounting to 5-6%.

From Reuters:

An Indian franchise operator of McDonalds Corp  may increase prices for the second time this year, responding to rising inflation which, along with an economic slowdown, it expects to temper demand growth for at least the next 7 months.

The company, Hardcastle Restaurants, said on Tuesday it could raise prices by 5-6 percent. That follows a 5 percent hike after the government increased the service tax rate in February.

“There is pressure and it’s a tough environment, no doubt. But inflation is at 8-10 percent so we have to hike our prices,” said Amit Jatia, vice-chairman of Hardcastle Restaurants, which owns the McDonalds franchise for west and south India.

Pop quiz: does consumption increase when prices rise? For the S&P500, yes. In India, apparently not.

Consumer spending in India has taken a hit in the past three quarters as rising food prices, meager salary increases and the slowest Indian economic growth in a decade hurt buying appetites for clothes, cars and eating out.

With its 1.2 billion people and growing middle class, India is a large market for global chains, though for now most Indians cannot afford to eat regularly in western-style restaurants.

The burger chain said its same-store sales remained under pressure and although they would grow, the increase would not be at the 22 percent achieved in the fiscal year ended March 2012.

The burger chain plans capital spending of 5 billion-10 billion rupees ($92 million-$184 million) in India over the next 3-5 years, mostly for store expansion, Jatia said, adding India’s long-term consumption growth story remained intact.

McDonalds has 309 stores in the country.

In other news, with inflation rampant in the world’s second most populous country, the local citizens just can’t get enough of selling synthetic gold via synthetic CDOs such as the GLD ETF, if it means being able to buy actual physical gold at cheaper prices. Because remember: deflation is just inflation on the sidelines, and the Chairsatan can kill the sidelines in 15 minutes.

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Apr 24

- McDonald’s Hamburger Looks the Same…14 Years After Purchase! (Liberty Blitzkrieg, April 23, 2013):

I’ve heard rumors about this before, but figured it was just an urban legend.  Apparently not!  So Utah resident, David Whipple, originally decided he wanted to save a McDonald’s burger for a couple of months to see what would happen.  It didn’t decompose at all. Then he forgot about it in a coat pocket for a year or so until his wife accidentally found it.  Still no change.  So he decided to save it even longer.  Now, 14 years later, he has informed the world that amazingly it still looks the same.

From the Daily Mail:

A Utah man has unearthed a McDonald’s hamburger he bought in 1999 – and the sandwich looks exactly the same as the day it was first flipped.

David Whipple kept the fast food meal for a month to show friends how the preservative-packed hamburger would keep its composure.

‘My wife didn’t discover it until at least a year or two after that,’ he said. ‘And we pulled it out and said “oh my gosh. I can’t believe it looks the same way.”‘

However, even he was shocked to see that the hamburger still looks the same a whopping 14 years later.

The burger had no signs of mold, fungus or even a strange odor, the show’s hosts said. The only thing that had changed over the years was that the pickle had disintegrated.

Whipple, who still has the original receipt for the burger, said he now shows the sandwich to his grandchildren to encourage them to eat healthily.

Who needs canned beans, spam and freeze dried food when apparently all you need are Happy Meals?

Full article here.

In Liberty,
Mike

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Mar 17

- Two-year-old boy treated in hospital ‘after eating a used condom he found at McDonald’s’ (Daily Mail, March 14, 2013):

  • Anishi Spencer is seeking at least $50,000 in damages from the chain
  • She claims her toddler son found the condom on the floor of play area
  • He later coughed up a piece of rubber, and needed medical treatment

A mother is suing McDonald’s after she claimed her two-year-old son ate a used condom he found in the chain’s play area.

Anishi Spencer filed the suit – which seeks at least $50,000 in damages – on Wednesday.

She claims in the suit she visited the Chicago restaurant with sons Jonathan, then three, and Jacquel, two, on February 4, 2012, when they allegedly found the used condom on the play area floor of the outlet at Kezie Avenue.

She said son Jacquel then later coughed up a piece of the condom and both of her young children had to receive medical treatment.

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Dec 23

- McDonald’s serving up ‘restructured meat technology’ – you want fries with that? (Natural News, Dec 22, 2012)

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Nov 08

… and we certainly do have more than one problem.

This is the ‘Greatest Depression’.


- Chart Of The Day: When $0.99 Becomes Unaffordable, We Have A Problem (ZeroHedge, Nov 8, 2012):

Earlier today, fast food juggernaut McDonalds reported same store sales for the month October. At -1.8%, this number was well below expectations of -1.1%, and a drop from September’s 1.9%. It was driven by a 2%+ drop in comp store sales across all locations: US, Europea and APMEA, with the US performing just as bad as Europe. Most importantly, this was the first monthly drop in MCD comp sales since March 2003! So our question is: at what point does the perpetually self-deluded US population finally admit to itself that when even 99 cent meals are no longer affordable, that this country has a problem?

Charting the last 4 years of McD sales, and eagerly looking forward to 4 more years.

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Aug 02

- ‘End of capitalism': Bolivia to expel Coca-Cola in wake of 2012 Mayan ‘apocalypse’ (RT, Aug 1, 2012):

In a symbolic rejection of US capitalism, Bolivia announced it will expel the Coca-Cola Company from the country at the end of the Mayan calendar. This will mark the end of capitalism and usher in a new era of equality, the Bolivian govt says.

“December 21 of 2012 will be the end of egoism and division. December 21 should be the end of Coca-Cola,” Bolivian foreign minister David Choquehuanca decreed, with bombast worthy of a viral marketing campaign.

The coming ‘end’ of the Mayan lunar calendar on December 21 of this year has sparked widespread doomsaying of an impending apocalypse. But Choquehuanca argued differently, claiming it will be the end of days for capitalism, not the planet.

“The planets will align for the first time in 26,000 years and this is the end of capitalism and the beginning of communitarianism,”
said Choquehuanca as quoted by Venezuelan newspaper El Periodiquito.

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Jul 01

See also:

- Why You Should Avoid Fast Food At All Costs

- Dr. Mercola: What’s in the Non-Chicken Half of the McNugget?

- Study: Dangerous Chemicals in Food Wrappers Migrate Into Food

- What’s in Fast Food Chicken? Hint: It’s NOT Chicken

- Junk Food-Addicted Rats Chose To Starve Themselves Rather Than Eat Healthy Food


- Study of the Day: See Big Mac, Want Big Mac (The Atlantic, June 26, 2012):

PROBLEM: Though previous studies have predictably shown that food advertisements make people think of eating, little research has been done to understand how the brain responds to such visual cues and what feelings they elicit.

METHODOLOGY: University of Southern California researchers led by Kathleen Page used functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure the neurological responses of 13 obese, Hispanic women ages 15 to 25 and see if food reminders trigger hunger and cravings. They chose women for their known responsiveness to food cues and Hispanics because of the high risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes in their community.

RESULTS: Viewing images of high-fat food items stimulated the appetite and reward centers in the respondents’ brains. Interestingly, taking in glucose and fructose through sweetened drinks while inspecting the pictures also led to a desire for savory foods. Continue reading »

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Jan 23

From the article:

“This is all part of the vaccine eugenics agenda, of course, which specifically targets minorities and low-income families.”


- Health insurance company preys upon the poor with junk food reward program for vaccinating your baby (Natural News, Jan. 23, 2012):

“Will vaccinate my baby for food!” That seems to be the goal of a program launched last year by the UnitedHealthcare health insurance company of Michigan. It has resorted to enticing parents with junk food to convince them to inject their infants with potentially deadly vaccines containing brain-damaging chemicals. This has been revealed in a letter acquired by NaturalNews and signed by Stephanie Esters, a vaccine-pushing RN who works for UnitedHealthcare.

The letter declares “Get a FREE $20 McDonalds, Rite Aid, Target or Meijer Gift Card when your child gets recommended shots before their second birthday.” It even goes on to offer a “FREE ride to the doctor” for those who are so poor that they don’t own cars.

Childhood vaccines, of course, are loaded with extremely toxic chemical adjuvants — chemicals designed to cause neurological inflammation in order to invoke an immunological reaction. Vaccines also contain both mercury and aluminum, both of which are highly toxic brain poisons. This is why many children who are injected with such vaccines become autistic virtually overnight (their brains are poisoned beyond their biological threshold).

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Dec 26


YouTube Added: 06.07.2011

- McDonald’s Failure In Bolivia (Global Post, Nov. 1, 2011)

It’s the country that turned its back on McDonald’s.

The fast food giant added the traditional llajwa sauce to its classic patties, but still Bolivians weren’t conviced.

So after five years, McDonald’s closed its eight branches and left the country in 2002.

Now a new documentary, “¿Por qué quebró McDonald’s en Bolivia?”, explores why McDonald’s failed. Filmmaker Fernando Martinez focuses on social and cultural aspects to explain the company’s lack of success. “Culture beat a transnational, globalized world,” he said.

Watch the trailer above.

And for comparison’s sake, here are numbers from the film on McDonald’s reach throughout South America, courtesy of the BBC.

  • Argentina: 192
  • Brazil: 480
  • Chile: 55
  • Colombia: 97
  • Ecuador: 19
  • Paraguay: 7
  • Peru: 20
  • Uruguay: 19
  • Venezuela: 180

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