China Completes Construction Of New Missile Shelters On Disputed South China Sea Islands   

Trump's "up and down" relationship with China may be on the precipice of taking a sharp dive into the proverbial abyss.  After frequently threatening to label China a "currency manipulator" on the campaign trail last year, Trump's relationship with China's President Xi Jinping took a decided turn for the better after a meeting at Mar-a-Lago in which China vowed to help address the "menace of North Korea" .

But apparently those efforts have officially failed:

 

And, shortly after those efforts were declared dead, the Trump administration signed a $1.3 billion arms deal with Taiwan, a deal which China has "demanded" be cancelled immediately.

Meanwhile, as the Financial Times points out today, in the midst of all the international crises, China has made great strides building out and further militarizing their disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Over the past three months, China has built four new missile shelters on Fiery Cross, boosting the number of installations on the reef to 12, according to satellite images provided to the Financial Times by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

 

China has also expanded radar facilities on Fiery Cross and two other disputed reefs — Subi and Mischief — in the Spratly Island chain, and started building underground structures that Greg Poling, director of CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, assesses will be used to store munitions.

 

“We haven’t seen any slowdown in construction, including since the Mar-a-Lago summit,” said Mr Poling. “The islands are built and they are clearly militarised, which means they already got over the hard part. Now every time they put in a new radar or new missile shelter, it is harder for the world to get angry. They are building a gun, they are just not putting the bullets in yet.”

 

The advances underscore how much progress China has made towards militarizing the man-made islands in ways that significantly enhance its ability to both monitor activity in the South China Sea and to project power in the western Pacific where the US has been the dominant power in the seven decades since the second world war.

Euan Graham, an Asia expert at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, said it was “not quite game over in the South China Sea” but that China had fundamentally altered the status quo over the islands that would be hard to change barring war or natural disasters.

 

“They already exert a strategic effect by projecting China’s presence much further out,” said Mr Graham. “They will not prevent the US Navy from operating in their vicinity, but they will complicate the threat environment for US ships and aircraft — by extending the [Chinese navy’s] surveillance and targeting net, as well as the envelope of power projection.”

 

Of course, these latest provocations come despite a promise made to Obama in 2015 that "China would not militarize the man-made islands"...a promise which the Obama administration apparently took at face value and proceeded to bury their heads in the sand.

During a visit to Washington, Mr Xi told Barack Obama in 2015 that China would not militarise the man-made islands, but in the intervening 20 months Beijing has stepped up construction, and now has runways that can accommodate Chinese fighter jets.

 

China’s legal claim to the seas around the maritime features is legally controversial since many were dredged out of coral and sand and thus not entitled to status as islands. But Vasily Kashin, an expert on the Chinese military at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, said the goal was never legal sovereignty but to give China forward bases from which it could patrol and exercise control in their vicinity.

 

“If you have this infrastructure in the Spratlys, it allows China to constantly monitor aircraft and ships in the South China Sea. The point is that no one will be able to do anything in the area without them seeing.”

 

Ely Ratner, an Asia expert who served in the Obama administration, said Washington had failed to craft a strategy to convince China to halt militarisation of the man-made islands. “Until China believes that there will be significant costs . . . I don’t think they have any reason to slow down,” said Mr Ratner. “They have been pushing on an open door and have been surprised at how little resistance they have faced.”

 

Critics say the Obama administration took too cautious an approach to avoid creating tensions that would hurt the ability for co-operation on other issues. Meanwhile, some experts say the Trump team has given China a relatively free pass to maximise the chances it will boost pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear programme.

Somehow we suspect the Trump administration will end up being slightly less "accommodating" over the long term...


          Chris Christie Announces New Jersey Government Shutdown, Orders State Of Emergency   

Illinois, Maine, Connecticut: the end of the old fiscal year and the failure of numerous states to enter the new one with a budget, means that some of America's most populous states have seen their local governments grind to a halt overnight until some spending agreement is reached. Now we can also add New Jersey to this list.

On Saturday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency in the state, and announced a partial state government shutdown as New Jersey become the latest state to enter the new fiscal year without an approved budget after the Republican governor and the Democrat-led Legislature failed to reach an agreement by the deadline at midnight Friday, CBS New York reports.

In a news conference Saturday morning, Christie blamed Democratic State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto for causing the shutdown. And, just like Illinois and Connecticut, Christie and the Democrat-led Legislature are returning to work in hopes of resolving the state's first government shutdown since 2006 and the first under Christie, before NJ is downgraded further by the rating agencies.

"If there's not a resolution to this today, everyone will be back tomorrow," Christie said, calling the shutdown "embarrassing and pointless." He also repeatedly referred to the government closure as "the speaker's shutdown."  Christie later announced that he would address the full legislature later at the statehouse on Saturday.

Prieto remained steadfast in his opposition, reiterating that he won't consider the plan as part of the budget process but would consider it once a budget is signed.  Referring to the shutdown as "Gov. Christie's Hostage Crisis Day One," Prieto said he has made compromises that led to the budget now before the Legislature.

 

"I am also ready to consider reasonable alternatives that protect ratepayers, but others must come to the table ready to be equally reasonable," Prieto said. "Gov. Christie and the legislators who won't vote 'yes' on the budget are responsible for this unacceptable shutdown. I compromised. I put up a budget bill for a vote. Others now must now do their part and fulfill their responsibilities."

Politics aside, the diplomaitc failure has immediate consequences for Jersey residents: Christie ordered nonessential services to close beginning Saturday. New Jerseyans were feeling the impact as the shutdown took effect, shuttering state parks and disrupting ferry service to Liberty and Ellis islands. Among those affected were a group of Cub Scouts forced to leave a state park campsite and people trying to obtain or renew documents from the state motor vehicle commission, among the agencies closed by the shutdown.

As funds run out elsewhere, it will only get worse.  Police were turning away vehicles and bicyclists at Island Beach state park in Ocean County.

A sign posted at the park entrance featured a photo of Prieto and the phone number of his district office in Secaucus, along with the caption: "This facility is CLOSED because of this man."

When asked about the sign, Christie spokesman Jeremy Rosen said the governor wanted to make sure people knew why the site was shuttered.  "Speaker Prieto singlehandedly closed state government," Rosen said, adding that the governor wanted to make sure families "knew that the facilities were closed and who is responsible."

Not all things will be affected: remaining open under the shutdown will be New Jersey Transit, state prisons, the state police, state hospitals and treatment centers as well as casinos, race tracks and the lottery. 

A major point of disagreement is the ongoing stalemate between Christie and lawmakers over whether to include legislation affecting the state's largest health insurer into the state budget.

Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney agree on legislation to make over Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, including allowing the state insurance commissioner to determine a range for the company's surplus that if exceeded must be put to use benefiting the public and policyholders.  But Prieto opposes the plan, saying that the legislation could lead to rate hikes on the insurer's 3.8 million subscribers and that the legislation is separate from the budget.  Prieto has said he will leave open a vote on the $34.7 billion budget that remains deadlocked 26-25, with 24 abstentions, until those 24 abstentions change their mind.

Democratic Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, of Northfield, was among those abstaining. He reasoned that if the governor did not get the Horizon bill, then nearly $150 million in school funding -- $9.6 million of which would go to his district -- would be line-item vetoed out of the budget.   And indeed, Christie said Friday during a news conference that he would slash the Democratic spending priorities if he did not get the Horizon bill as part of a package deal on the budget.  "You want me to wave a magic wand to get a budget?" Christie said. "I can't get a budget to my desk. Only the Senate and Assembly can get the budget to my desk."

But where things may get nasty quick, is that Christie said public workers should not expect any back pay. "Yeah, don't count on it." Christie said of furlough pay. "That was Jon 'I'll Fight For a Good Contract For You' Corzine. I ain't him."

Meanwhile, the fingerpointing has begun, including Democrats pointing at other Democrats.

"It seems like he's just being stubborn," Mazzeo said of Prieto. "With all due respect to the speaker, then there should be some type of negotiations." But Prieto said it's lawmakers - fellow Democrats - like Mazzeo who are to blame for the shutdown. He said he is willing to discuss the Horizon legislation but after the budget is resolved.

Christie has balked at the proposal because he says lawmakers plan to leave town to campaign for re-election and he will be a lame duck.  According to CBS, all 120 lawmakers face voters this year.

Finally, putting the sheer chaos of it all in context, Christie who is term-limited and is expected to be out of office by January, has his family staying for the holiday weekend in a state-owned house at Island Beach State Park. The park is closed because of the shutdown.


          US Government Prepares For 'Space Weather Event' As NASA Warns "Solar Minimum Is Coming"   

Via StockBoardAsset.com,

A new report and video out from NASA about the upcoming ‘solar minimum’ has been published. The report titled ‘Solar Minimum is Coming’ outlines every 11-years, the sun oscillates from a solar minimum to a maximum. Today, the sun is called “solar minimum,” says Dean Pesnell of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. “And it’s a regular part of the sunspot cycle”. The sun is heading towards a solar minimum where the sunspot count will be relatively low.

The report goes on to say, “while intense activity such as sunspots and solar flares subside during solar minimum, that doesn’t mean the sun becomes dull. Solar activity simply changes form”. During a solar minimum, we can expect more space weather events called coronal holes.

According to the report, coronal holes are vast regions of the sun’s atmosphere where the sun’s magnetic field opens up and allows streams of solar particles to escape the sun as fast solar wind.

Pesnell says “We see these holes throughout the solar cycle, but during solar minimums, they can last for a long time – six months or more”. Solar particles from coronal holes are then ejected towards earth’s magnetic field causing space weather events.

Space weather refers to the environmental conditions in Earth’s magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere due to the Sun and the solar wind that can influence the functioning and reliability of spaceborne and ground-based systems and services or endanger property or human health.

Meanwhile, The White House in October 2016 quietly passed through an Executive Order— “Coordinating Efforts to Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events”. 

Here is snippet of section 1 of the executive order:   

Space weather events, in the form of solar flares, solar energetic particles, and geomagnetic disturbances, occur regularly, some with measurable effects on critical infrastructure systems and technologies, such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite operations and communication, aviation, and the electrical power grid. Extreme space weather events — those that could significantly degrade critical infrastructure — could disable large portions of the electrical power grid, resulting in cascading failures that would affect key services such as water supply, healthcare, and transportation. Space weather has the potential to simultaneously affect and disrupt health and safety across entire continents. Successfully preparing for space weather events is an all-of-nation endeavor that requires partnerships across governments, emergency managers, academia, the media, the insurance industry, non-profits, and the private sector.

Back in April 2017, we wrote an article titled ‘Yesterday’s Broad Power Outage Likely Caused By Geomagnetic Storm‘. While everyone thought terrorism was to blame, we correctly pointed out that large power failures in major US cities was due to an intense geomagnetic storm registering 8-10 on K-Planetary Index.

Conclusion: Our fragile nation is not adequately prepared for space weather events as highlighted in the recent Exec Order.

Frankly, this should of been done years ago, but it appears that our nation will soon deal with the consequences such as April 2017 power failures in major US-cities. Couple the solar minimum period with The Fourth Turning in the west, and we’re staring at the perfect cocktail for self-destruction of an empire. Perhaps, the downfall of America is not some external threat that the mainstream media makes you believe, but in actuality, it’s an implosion from with-in. It’s happened to the greatest empires that have attempted to rule our planet, why not now? 

Don’t believe me? Here are various minimums verse the rise and fall of Chinese Dynasties

 
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Addendum: one reader noted the deja vu divergence once again between declining sunspot activity and surging stock prices... did not end well last time...

          Re: 2017 hedge fund contest   
While we're waiting for the official second quarter analysis, I should remind readers that the hedge fund and Bogleheads' contests are in the wiki: Bogleheads® contests
          ZEBRA FACE 100 page comic book - £5.00   
• 100 page comic book • Published in 2001 by Invisible Spies • Written by Supreme Vagabond Craftsman • Illustrated by Kid Acne • Includes 2 x sticker sheets Zebra Face is a stripy horse with rudimentary rhymes skills and an insulin dependent sidekick. He first appeared in VELCRO GRASS fanzine in 1995, before getting a zine to himself, the success of which lead to this book, which was self published in 2001. Some of the stories have since been brought to life in a series of short animations for Channel 4. Sleeve Notes: Yo Insomniakz this is proof of the truth comin right through yo sunroof. This is two hover-trouser emcees with Guess Who moustaches and dangly earrings goin one plus one on the fuckin runway, ridin scramblers up yo embankment. 100cc is our situation you get weh? Pock-marked skinheads from out the navy wearin Global Hypercolour, ekkin for a dust up, comin your way with a fist full o nuggets and one eye on the newsagents. Trip-hop is our game, see me larfin? Buju Bedtimes cold ghettin dumb and dumber, different strokin, rekked our limbs from fallin off mopeds that’s why we get bought drinks see? PM Dawn of the Dead overweighters duckin in your hedgerow lookin for ripped up bash mags and golf-balls so we got summat to cob at motors. No cell phones only CBs, we’re ravin we’re ravin.
          Original Sonic Character Designer Whips Up Some "Sonic Mania" Art   
Naoto Ohshima gets an opportunity for a tribute


This August's Sonic Mania is all about the old school style of the series, so it's appropriate that original Sonic the Hedgehog and Eggman character designer Naoto Ohshima got in on the action. Check out the art he created in support of the upcoming game after the jump.


          28-Room Wayland Mansion Up For Auction   
The 28-room mansion named "Stonehedge Farm" currently on the market for $11.8 million, will hit the auction block Friday at 11 a.m.
          Planet X Incoming: We Don't Know What Happened" St. Louis Officials Clueless As Downtown Sinkhole Swallows Car   
Planet X Incoming: We Don't Know What Happened" St. Louis Officials Clueless As Downtown Sinkhole Swallows Car
I can tell you what is happening.  Planet X is inbound and as it gets closer these sinkholes will be all to common.  Do not be surprised to see coastline states sink like a cork.  There was another major one in China the other day too.
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In a development that should send a chill down the spine of every citizen of St. Louis  – especially considering the city’s efforts to revitalize its violence-plagued downtown – a sinkhole spontaneously appeared in the city's downtown, swallowing a car that had been parked street side.
And even more concering, city officials say they have no idea how it happened.
Vincent Foggie, of the city's water division, said the hole was missing mounds of dirt that normally support the road's asphalt-topped concrete. He called such voids large enough to swallow a vehicle a rarity in the city.

"We don't know what happened," Foggie said. "I have no idea where the dirt went."



St Louis resident Jordan Westerberg parked his car on sixth street downtown near the railway exchange building on Thursday morning as he and his fiancée headed to an early morning workout at a gym nearby.
When he returned shortly before 7 a.m. local time, his Toyota Camry was nowhere to be found. Westerberg and his fiancée said they figured it had been towed.
Then, they saw a gathering of street workers near their parking space, tipping them off that something wasn’t right. That's when Westerberg, 25, found the vehicle in the gaping hole - about 20 feet (6 meters) deep and 8 to 10 feet (2.5 to 3 meters) across - that took up the entire southbound lane of the street, next to a vacant building expected to feature apartments, office space and retail, according to the Associated Press.

No injuries were reported.

"It's pretty crazy," said Westerberg, who lives in a loft downtown. "We could've been in the car. It's a compact car. It's not like it's heavy."

The city said it wasn’t immediately clear what caused the sinkhole, though an 8-inch, below-ground water main at the site appeared to have been broken for some time, given the amount of erosion.
Now for the real question: How does a water main break in a major city’s downtown without city officials being alerted somehow?
Hopefully the city will refund Westerberg's parking costs, at the very least.
Here’s a video courtesy of local AM radio station KMOX.




TCK Exclusive:"And the Earth Shall Swallow up..." 

Planet X Incoming: Birth Pangs May, 2017 

 




          Hedge fund DE Shaw joins call for removal of Petropavlovsk's Hambro - Financial Times   

Investing.com UK

Hedge fund DE Shaw joins call for removal of Petropavlovsk's Hambro
Financial Times
Hedge fund DE Shaw has joined two other major shareholders of gold miner Petropavlovsk in calling for the chairman Peter Hambro to step down from the company he co-founded. The hedge fund, which owns 7.7 per cent of Petropavlovsk, has teamed up ...
Shareholders DE Shaw, M&G, Sothic say Petropavlovsk needs changeReuters

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          DE Shaw sells down James River stake - Trading Risk (subscription)   

DE Shaw sells down James River stake
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DE Shaw has sold down part of its stake in Bermuda specialty reinsurer James River, netting $167.5mn. The transaction reduced the hedge fund's stake in James River to 21.5 percent from 36.0 percent. The shares had been held by various DE Shaw funds, ...


          Renaissance draws billions in new cash as love for quants blooms - Reuters   

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Renaissance draws billions in new cash as love for quants blooms
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While Renaissance and well-known competitors like D.E. Shaw and AQR have been around for decades, they have become newly popular after a run of strong returns, as has a growing crop of smaller rivals. Another stand-out fund that has been pulling in ...

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          Privet Hedge in Serious Trouble!!!   
Hi there, Can anyone shine a light on what's going on with our privet hedge please? We moved in here almost 3.5 years ago and whatever this problem is, is taking our hedge at about a metre a year.. It's pretty much defoliating it as it goes and the furthest part of the hedge is now completely dead - branches like balsa wood, snapping under very little pressure. I'm very keen to identify the cause of this as I'd very much like to replace the hedge. Trouble is, I don't want to spend the money and replant if the virus/disease/whatever is present in the soil. I have more photos if that would help identify the issue. Many thanks in advance.
          Mango Hedgehog   

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          Clip Art Set - Woodland Forest Animals - Fox Racoon Bear Rabbit Squirrel Tree Acorn Flowers - 35 Digital Files - JPG and PNG Format - ID246 by papertreehousestudio   

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          BHP chairman says $20 bln investment in shale was a mistake   
SYDNEY, June 29- BHP Billiton's Chairman Jac Nasser said on Thursday BHP's $20 billion investment in U.S. shale oil and gas six years ago was, in hindsight, a mistake. Activist shareholder and hedge fund Elliott Management, holding 4.1 percent of BHP's London- listed shares, has been trying to gain support from other shareholders to persuade BHP to sell the shale oil...
          El diseñador original de Sonic hace una ilustración para Sonic Mania   
Naoto Oshima, creador de los diseños de personajes originales de Sonic the Hedgehog y Dr. Eggman / Robotnik, ha dibujado una nueva ilustración para el próximo Sonic Mania. Sonic Mania recordemos que l ... - Fuente: www.blogiswar.net
          How to Build a Robo Advisor: Advice for Starting a Robo Advisory   

MyPrivateBanking Robo AdvisorWith the tremendous growth in robo advisor assets under management (AUM), financial institutions are scrambling to figure out how to build and become a robo advisor.

Starting a robo advisor service combines financially savvy with big data analytics, as well as a comprehensive understanding to how robo advisors work.

How Do Robo Advisors Work?

Robo advisors are platforms that leverage algorithms to handle users' investment platforms. These services analyze each customer's current financial status, risk aversion, and goals. From here, they recommend the best portfolio of stocks available based on that data.

And these automated financial services are poised to transform the tremendous worldwide wealth management industry. 

MyPrivateBanking's report, Robo Advisor 3.0, takes an in-depth look at the basic challenge of every robo advisor: how to craft a presence that succeeds in convincing website visitors to sign up as investors and then remain on board.

In this data-driven assessment, the report looks at the characteristics, business models, and strengths and weaknesses of the top robo advisors around the world. The research was conducted on a total of 76 active robo advisors worldwide - 29 in the U.S. and Canada, 38 in seven European countries and nine in the Asia-Pacific region. We've compiled a full list of robo advisors analyzed below.

The exhaustive report provides comprehensive answers and data on how to optimize the individual onboarding stages (How it works, Client Assessment, Client Onboarding, Communication and Portfolio Reporting) and details five best practices for each stage. Furthermore, the report provides strategies to appeal to different segments such as Millennials, baby boomer investors approaching retirement, and high net worth individuals (HNWIs), and analyzes the impact of new technologies.

The report provides comprehensive analysis and data-driven insights on how to utilize robo advisors to win and keep clients:

  • What a robo advisor platform should offer to successfully convert prospects into happy clients.
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  • How long clients need to onboard on the surveyed robo advisors and which specialized offers are given.
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          These are the 11 biggest hedge funds in the world   

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2016 was a tough year for hedge funds. 

The industry as a whole only delivered a 5.4% return for clients, well below the S&P 500's return of 11.9%, according to data from eVestment.

Poor performance and high fees drove money out of the money managers' funds, with about $70 billion pulled out of the funds last year, the biggest drop since 2009, according to data tracker HFR.

But not all firms saw their funds shrink, according to Institutional Investor's Alpha's recently released 2017 Hedge Fund 100 list. The annual list, which ranks the world's largest hedge funds by assets, shows that many of the top funds' assets have grown by double digits. 

Ray Dalio's Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based firm with $122 billion in hedge fund assets under management, took the top spot on the list. Its hedge fund AuM at the beginning of 2017 were up about 17% from the same time last year. 

The funds that witnessed the most impressive growth, according to the list, were so-called quant funds. Such funds rely on algorithms or computer programs to guide their investing. Renaissance Technologies, one of the best known and oldest quant firms, saw its assets balloon by 42%, year-over-year. It moved up to the fourth spot on the list, up from twelfth last year. 

Two Sigma, another quant fund, snagged a higher spot on the list. Its assets under management are up 28% from last year. 

Here are the top 11 funds by hedge fund assets, according to the full list. 

SEE ALSO: Millennials are about to benefit from 'one of the largest intergenerational wealth transfers in history'

11. Elliott Management - $31.3 billion



10. Winton Group - $32 billion



9. Och-Ziff Capital Management - $33.5 billion



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          America’s Oil Boom is Sputtering Back to Life One Rig at a Time   
By Business World Online
For the first time in five months, a rig in the Williston Basin, where North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation lies, sputtered back to life and started drilling for crude once again. And then one returned to the Permian Basin, the nation’s biggest oil play, field services contractor Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday.

Shale explorers including EOG Resources Inc. and Pioneer Natural Resources Co. say they’re preparing to bounce back from the deepest and most prolonged slowdown in U.S. oil drilling on record. The country has lost more than half its rigs since October, casualties of a 49% slide in crude prices during the last half of 2014. Futures rallied above $60 a barrel earlier this week, and a sudden return to oil fields would threaten to end this fragile recovery.

“You’re inviting a lot of pent-up supply to come back into the market -- not only do you have people drilling again, but you have this fracklog of over 4,000 uncompleted wells,” Harry Tchilinguirian, the head of commodity markets strategy at BNP Paribas SA in London, said by phone. “And then we’re in a situation where the market could easily go back into the mid- $50’s.”

While rigs are returning to some fields, the total U.S. count has continued to decline, falling 11 this week to a four- year low on Friday. The drilling slowdown won’t reach a real bottom for about another month, James Williams, president of energy consultant WTRG Economics, said by phone from London, Arkansas.

“This is an indicator that we’re nearing the end of the bust,” he said. “What we’re going to see now are mixed signals from the different basins as we near the bottom of the cycle.”

Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc., Devon Energy Corp. and Chesapeake Energy Corp. all lifted their full-year production outlooks this week. EOG said on May 5 that it plans to increase drilling as soon as crude stabilizes around $65 a barrel, while Pioneer has said it is preparing to deploy more rigs as soon as July.

Morgan Stanley said underlying data show drilling is already picking up in some counties within Texas’s Eagle Ford shale formation and the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico.

“Prices are triggering activity that could undermine the U.S. recovery, especially in 2016,” Morgan Stanley analysts including Adam Longson said in an April 27 research note.

The U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil for June delivery rose 45 cents on Friday to settle at $59.39 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices advanced 25%in April alone, the biggest monthly gain since May 2009.

The Permian will probably be the first basin to bounce back because it’s home to multiple producing zones stacked on top of each other, allowing drillers to tap oil at different depths with the same well, said David Zusman, managing director at Talara Capital Management, which handles $400 million in energy investments.

“There are multistacked pay zones and sweet spots across the basin that make economic sense,” he said by phone. “There’s more optionality associated with the Permian and more likelihood of completing those wells.”

The U.S. rig count may recover to 1,200 to 1,300 should prices rally past $70 a barrel, Allen Gilmer, chief executive officer of the Austin-based energy data provider Drillinginfo, said by phone on May 1. The total rose for three straight days in late April, he said.

“The service companies have responded very quickly in regards to dropping prices, and it has become very attractive, especially for companies with hedged positions, to come back right now before those hedges fall off,” Gilmer said. “We’re a few weeks from the bottom now. You’ll start seeing it build up.”

America’s Oil Boom is Sputtering Back to Life One Rig at a Time - Business World Online

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          Re: Gewicht te veel?   
Beste Hedger,

bedankt voor jouw vraag.
Het is vanaf hier moeilijk te beoordelen.

Het hangt af van meerdere gecombineerde factoren
Bij de keuring zal moeten blijken of je geen te hoog vetpercentage of BMI hebt.
Je zult gewoon fit moeten zijn zoals hoort bij jou lengte, gewicht en proporties.
Het kan dus al schelen of jij groot en breed bent of groot met een normale bouw maar enorme bierbuik.
Ook het cluster waar de ICT functie in valt speelt mee, het is in ieder geval geen gevechtsfunctie.

Ik ben zelf 1,83 m en woog 96kg op de keuring. Als je allerlei tabellen en rekensommen moet geloven zo...

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          Traders Who Left Banks for Hedge Funds Heading Back to Banks   
The expected deregulation to come from the Trump administration is making banks more interesting while it's getting harder to make money in hedge funds.
          Decision on Kosovan independence to be postponed: Delay prompted by fears over Serbian nationalism Proposal to be announced after Belgrade elections   
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The international powers have put off deciding to impose independence on Kosovo in an attempt to forestall extreme nationalists coming to power in Serbia.Serbia yesterday announced early elections for January 21, with the extreme nationalist Radical party tipped to emerge as the strongest party. Simultaneously in Vienna, the UN envoy for Kosovo, Martti Ahtisaari of Finland, and diplomats from the US, Europe and Russia went back on earlier pledges to resolve Kosovo's status this year. They said they would wait until after the Serbian ballot before making public their recommendations.Kosovo, which has an Albanian majority, is formally part of Serbia but won an independence war in 1999 when the Serbian authorities were driven out by Nato. Since then it has been under UN control.Mr Ahtisaari has been negotiating with the Serbs and Albanians since February in a vain attempt to find a settlement. Since there is no prospect of agreement, he is to propose to the UN security council that the international community impose his recommendations. "I have decided to present my proposal for the settlement of Kosovo's status to the parties without delay after parliamentary elections in Serbia," Mr Ahtisaari said in Vienna.Serbian officials have been trying to delay a decision on Kosovo and are waging a ferocious campaign warning of the risks to international stability of an independent Kosovo. Last month the prime minister, Vojislav Kostunica, rushed through a new constitution proclaiming Kosovo forever part of Serbia. The Kosovo issue will dominate the election campaign.In a study of the new constitution this week, the International Crisis Group thinktank said that Serbia was turning its back on mainstream liberal democracy in Europe and reverting to a role as a nationalist, authoritarian seat of instability in the Balkans.Mr Ahtisaari, strongly backed by the US and Britain, is certain to recommend that Serbia lose Kosovo, although the province's independence will be hedged with conditions that fall short of full sovereignty for some time to come. Tensions are rising as the deadline for a decision nears. Any longer postponement risks an explosion of frustration among Kosovo's two million Albanians.Ethnic Albanians in Pristina, Kosovo's capital. Kosovo has an Albanian majority
          Latest Venezuelan Opposition Coup Attempt Against Maduro Linked to DEA, CIA   
More than 80 people miraculously avoided injury or death in a helicopter attack that targeted Venezuelan government buildings this week. The attack may have been part of an attempted coup supported by the U.S. as it seeks to topple Venezuela’s government to gain access to its massive oil reserves.
June 30, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – CARACAS– Opposition efforts to topple Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government are rapidly heating up, as months upon months of opposition protests have failed to make the inroads desired by the more extremist elements of the opposition and their foreign backers, particularly the United States.
With the current regime still hanging on to power despite years of economic sabotage and the funneling of millions from the U.S. to right-wing Venezuelan opposition parties, those determined to see Maduro removed from power have now turned to more drastic, violent measures in order to spark a coup.
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On Tuesday, one of the more dramatic incidents of the most recent phase of the Venezuelan crisis took place when a stolen police helicopter opened fire on the Supreme Court and the Interior Ministry. At the time the attack occurred – about 5 p.m. local time – there were an estimated 80 people still inside the Interior Ministry and the Supreme Court was in session. No deaths or injuries were reported, a fact that the Venezuelan government attributed to a quick response by national guard forces, who repelled the attacking helicopter before it could do more damage.
Maduro condemned the attack soon after it occurred, calling it a “terrorist attack” that “could have caused dozens of deaths.” Ernesto Villegas, Venezuela’s Communications and Information Minister, stated that the attack was intended to be part of an attempted coup led by extremist groups within the opposition, with full U.S. government support said to be behind them.
Villegas’ assertion that the U.S. was involved in this attack is not based on mere speculation. Pérez has been known to work for Miguel Rodríguez Torres, a former general and former minister of Venezuela’s Department of Interior Relations, Justice and Peace who is currently being investigated for his ties to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the CIA. The charges first surfaced when the Venezuelan news agency Últimas Noticias obtained an official DEA document that described Rodríguez Torres as a “key information provider” for the agency and recommended that he be secured as a protected source for the DEA and U.S. government. It also noted that 40 percent of his assets and wealth are held in the U.S. under his wife’s name.
The U.S. has long sought to oust the left-wing regime that was brought to power in Venezuela by Hugo Chávez in the late 1990s. Since Chávez’s election, the U.S. is believed to have spent between $50 to $60 million to strengthen the country’s right-wing opposition in the hope that they would win elections. Former U.S. President Barack Obama alone dedicated $5 million to “support political competition-building efforts” in Venezuela.
More recently, the U.S. Senate has been mulling over new legislation that would provide an additional $20 million for “democracy promotion” efforts in Venezuela. However, some of these efforts in the past have led to right-wing politicians and their affiliates paying protesters in cash to violently escalate opposition rallies.
Such rallies have turned increasingly violent in recent weeks, with three people burned alive by opposition protesters just in the last week. Journalists have also been targeted, with some being directly shot at and others threatened with being lynched or set aflame. Despite the violence, the Venezuelan opposition is likely to continue receiving funding from the U.S., which is eager to gain control of Venezuela’s oil reserves – the largest in the world – no matter the cost.
Whitney Webb is a MintPress contributor who has written for several news organizations in both English and Spanish; her stories have been featured on ZeroHedge, the Anti-Media, 21st Century Wire, and True Activist among others – she currently resides in Southern Chile.
The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Information Clearing House.
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          Re: Gewicht te veel?   
Beste Hedger,

bedankt voor jouw vraag.
Het is vanaf hier moeilijk te beoordelen.

Het hangt af van meerdere gecombineerde factoren
Bij de keuring zal moeten blijken of je geen te hoog vetpercentage of BMI hebt.
Je zult gewoon fit moeten zijn zoals hoort bij jou lengte, gewicht en proporties.
Het kan dus al schelen of jij groot en breed bent of groot met een normale bouw maar enorme bierbuik.
Ook het cluster waar de ICT functie in valt speelt mee, het is in ieder geval geen gevechtsfunctie.

Ik ben zelf 1,83 m en woog 96kg op de keuring. Als je allerlei tabellen en rekensommen moet geloven zo...

Statistieken : Geplaatst door Verzamelaar • op do nov 05, 2015 9:14 pm • Reacties 1 • Bekeken 802



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          Comment on George the Hedgehog by hedgehoghugh   
thank you so much Joanna - that is really interesting to have my suspicions confirmed - and also delightful to find that 'hedgehog' is a ready nickname!
          Comment on George the Hedgehog by Joanna Nieznanowska   
Hello, Hugh I hope you check up your old posts for comments from time to time. I am Polish, and I think I know the answer to the ' why hedgehog' question. It's a very simple thing. In Polish, ' hedgehog' is 'jez' (the z should have a dot on top, which changes the way it is pronounced into something very close to the sound of French 'j'). All in all, the word 'jez' sounds very similar to 'Jerzy' (Polish for George; we pronounce 'rz' exactly the same way as 'z with a dot on top'). So, the only reason there's a hedgie in the story is a word play:) By the way, my husband's name is Jerzy, and I call him Jez
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          Comment on A real hedgehog dilemma … by Apacha   
Google 'Pygmy Hogs UK' and you will get it. Faith doesn't need her 'cronies' as you crudely put it - she has an army of experienced and rational APH owners behind her.
          Comment on Benjamin Zephaniah by hedgehoghugh   
thanks Angela - this one I did know - I love the close: we should be careful of each other, we should be kind while there is still time ....
          Comment on Benjamin Zephaniah by Angela Creek   
Sorry, I have no Benjamin connections. Just thought I would send you another hoggy poem, written by Philip Larkin (yes, he of 'they fuck you up' fame) It is short but charming though sad. No use at all for your current project of course! Good luck with the hunt for the amazing Benjamin. The Mower By Philip Larkin The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found A hedgehog jammed up against the blades, Killed. It had been in the long grass. I had seen it before, and even fed it, once. Now I had mauled its unobtrusive world Unmendably. Burial was no help: Next morning I got up and it did not. The first day after a death, the new absence Is always the same; we should be careful Of each other, we should be kind While there is still time.
          Daria Merkulova Russian Photographer | Российский Фотограф Дарья Меркулова A pair of antique hedgehog dolls - Boy & Girl   

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Daria Merkulova Russian Photographer | Российский Фотограф Дарья Меркулова A pair of antique hedgehog dolls - Boy & Girl

Этих прекрасных ёжиков я купила у разных продавцов в свою коллекцию на одном из блошиных рынков Санкт-Петербурга, Россия. Эти игрушки сейчас встречаются редко, потому что они 1980-х годов и привозили их в СССР из Германии (тогда ДДР - восточная часть Германии), производили там же - ДДР

These beautiful hedgehogs I bought from different vendors in my collection at one of the flea markets in St. Petersburg, Russia. These toys are now rare, because they were in the 1980s and brought them to the USSR from Germany (then DDR - eastern Germany), manufactured the same - DDR

My Toys: russian-photographer.ru/photo/dolls


          Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky: Requiem for the American Dream, Part 1 + Ralph Nader Interviews Noam Chomsky   
Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky RT America on Jul 1, 2017 On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges travels to Cambridge, Massachusetts for a conversation with America’s most important intellectual, Professor Noam Chomsky. In Part I of their conversation, Chomsky discusses the adverse effects of neoliberalism on the working class, as […]
          Man arrested after police car chase in Longueuil: report   
Longueuil police dogs sniffed out a man hiding behind a hedge after he abandoned his vehicle during a car chase in Longueuil on Friday night, according to a report.
          Illinois Congressman Ain't Gettin Paid   
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That is Correct.



In our lead story a Court Ruling left the State of Illinois Congressman speechless.

As the State fails to pay over $15 Billion I Bills the courts have ruled that the Illinois Congressman will share in the burden.

No pay for other state employees means no pay for their Congress.

State Congressman have no immunity to budget cuts.

So who do you think will have budget cuts: Those on welfare or the Democratically Controlled State Legislative Branch????

It appears that ALL Blue States are about to face this - Democratically controlled Washington, Oregon, California, Connecticut, etc.

Further - when the Federal Congress cuts all Federal Funds to Sanctuary States, Counties and Cities - the Mayors, County Executives, and state Congressman will not get paid and what company will bribe their states Congresses to do anything if their state budget is in turmoil????

Justice Has Been Served

In a world with $217,000,000,000,000 in debt - it is time those in congress pay for what they have done.

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In other news:

1) President Trump will now be asking Congress to add Tariffs to those products coming into the United States that are sent here using Foreign Government Funds to destroy the American Industrial Base.

So - for example - if a Toaster is made in China using 80% funds from the Government - Trump will authorize Congress to charge an 80% Tariff for that toaster.

The President will now level the Playing Field.

2) Both Mexico and Venezuela are now running out of oil

President Trump will now run an Oil Pipeline to Mexico to help support their failing companies and has worked out a deal where the Oil Companies will charge a Discounted Rate to help their economy.

Just as Russia provides a discounted rate to the Ukraine for Natural Gas to help their brothers in need, the US will provide Cheap Fuel to Mexico.

3) The EU and Russia and now sanctioning each other.

What this means, for example, is that if a toaster is made in Russia it is Wholesaled through a country like Iceland and then shipped to Europe.

Sanctions never work, not in the day and age of computers

4) The New York Times has finally admitted the Russian Story about stealing an election was totally fake a complete lie, Fake, Felonious and False - thank you X-22 Report

5) CNN Managing Editor called American Voters: "Dumber Than Shit."

Jimmmy Carr, a Hate Filled Associate Producer at CNN, absolutely hates President Trump and openly said: He's Just F..Ing Crazy."

So you are Dumb Shi....s and the President is Crazy.

Guess tat tells us what CNN thinks about We The People.

CNN has Fallen down, Fallen Down, Fallen down
CNN has Fallen down
The Fake News Network

6) Wheat Prices are soaring around the world as South Dakota Wheat Harvests are severely reduced due to bad weather - the Food Prices are now about to jump very high.

7) Finally - Moscow has been under attack by the Elites in terms of weather.

Please pray that all that the Elites do to others is now heaped upon their heads.

President Putin, PM Medvedev - time to attack back. Pinpoint the Elite Head Quarters and deal with these folks ever so harshly of Russia will fall within one year, so sayus the I Am That I Am, who was, and is and is to come.

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          Troy, Ithaca and Iceland   
This month in divested archaeology we cover the archaeology that just happened to turn up in the legends of Homer. We find out about the man who discovered Troy, Heinrich Schliemann, and uncover the most recent finds from the site. We also speak to the team currently searching for Odysseus' Ithaca and it sounds like they're close! Also, does Britain owe its farming to the French? And in Backyard Archaeology we find out why hedges might be the best place to find a Viking.
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Sonic the Hedgehog‘s art is iconic and memorable thanks to the very talented Naoto Ohshima. To celebrate the pending release of Sonic Mania, Ohshima drew a brand new piece of artwork that features Sonic and Tails. Ohshima had this to say when Sonic the Hedgehog‘s Twitter shared the image: I am grateful to Mr. Iizuka …
          Illinois drops into the gaping maw   
SUBHEAD: Court ruling forces state to pay the $2 billion toward its past obligations within a year from today.

By Tyler Durden on 1 July 2017 for Zero Hedge -
(http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-01/horrific-catastrophic-court-ruling-send-illinois-financial-abyss)


Image above: Looking down the throat of a hungry steer. From (http://pixdaus.com/cow-yawning-cow-gaping-maw-yawning/items/view/81009/).

First Maine, then Connecticut, and finally late on Friday, confirming the worst case outcome many had expected, Illinois entered its third straight fiscal year without a budget as Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic lawmakers failed to agree on how to compromise over the government’s chronic deficits, pushing it closer toward becoming the first junk-rated U.S. state.

By the end of Friday - the last day of the fiscal year - Illinois legislators failed to enact a budget, and while negotiations continued amid some glimmers of hope and lawmakers planned to meet over the weekend, the failure marked a continuation of the historic impasse that’s left Illinois without a full-year budget since mid-2015, and which, recall, S&P warned one month ago will likely result in a humiliating and unprecedented downgrade of the 5th most populous US state to junk status.

Then came the begging.

According to Bloomberg, on Friday Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Democrat who controls much of the legislative agenda, pleaded with rating companies to "temporarily withhold judgment” as lawmakers negotiate. “Much work remains to be done,” the Democrat said on the floor of the House Friday, before the chamber adjourned for the day. “We’ll get the job done.”

Meanwhile, the state remains without a spending plan, its tax receipts and outlays mostly on "autopilot", leaving it with a record $15 billion of unpaid bills as it spent over $6 billion more than it brought in over the past year, and with $800 million in interest on the unpaid bills alone.

The impasse has devastated social-service providers, shuttering services for the homeless, disabled and poor. The lack of state aid has wrecked havoc on universities, putting their accreditation at risk.

However, in a "shocking" development, just hours remaining before the midnight deadline to pass the Illinois budget, and Illinois' imminent loss of its investment grade rating, federal judge Joan Lefkow in Chicago ordered Illinois to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars it owes in Medicaid payments that state officials say the government doesn’t have, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Judge Lefkow ordered the state to make $586 million in monthly payments (from the current $160 million) as well as another $2 billion toward a $3 billion backlog of payments - a $167 million increase in monthly outlays - the state owes to managed care organizations that process payments to providers.

While it is no secret that as part of its collapse into the financial abyss, Illinois has accumulated $15 billion in unpaid bills, the state's Medicaid recipients had had enough, and went to court asking a judge to order the state to speed up its payments.

On Friday, the court ruled in their favor. The problem, of course, is that Illinois can no more afford to pay the outstanding Medicaid bills, than it can to pay any of its $14,711,351,943.90 in overdue bills as of June 30.

The backlog of unpaid claims the state owes to managed-care companies directly, as well as to the doctors, hospitals, clinics and other organizations “is crippling these providers and thereby dramatically reducing the Medicaid recipients’ access to health care,” Lefkow said in her ruling.





The case is Memisovski v. Wright, 92-cv-01982, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. To see full court ruling see original article here.

Friday’s court ruling, which meant that the near-insolvent state must pay an additional $593 million per month, may have been the straw that finally broke the Illinois camel's back.

“Friday’s ruling by the U.S. District Court takes the state’s finances from horrific to catastrophic,” Comptroller Susana Mendoza, a Democrat, said in an emailed statement after the ruling.

As a result of the court decision, “payments to the state’s pension funds; state payroll including legislator pay; General State Aid to schools and payments to local governments -- in some combination -- will likely have to be cut.”

"As if the governor and legislators needed any more reason to compromise and settle on a comprehensive budget plan immediately, Friday's ruling by the U.S. District Court takes the state's finances from horrific to catastrophic," Mendoza said in a statement. "A comprehensive budget plan must be passed immediately." Realizing where all this is headed, she said that payments to bond holders won't be interrupted (more below).

Friday night's legal decision followed a previously discussed ruling, when on June 7, Judge Lefkow ordered lawyers for the state to negotiate with Medicaid recipients to come up with more money, but she stopped short of dictating how much more the state should pay each month, or when. That decision sent Illinois General Obligation bond soaring.

Earlier this week, the parties again went before the judge to say they were at an impasse, with lawyers for Medicaid recipients asking for more than $1 billion a month to cover past and ongoing costs.

While the state was livid over the decision, plaintiffs were delighted. Tom Yates, one of the lawyers who represented the Medicaid recipients. said the judge’s ruling is a “fair result” that will help them have access to care.

“Medicaid is an incredibly important program for 25 percent of the state’s population,” Yates said. It remains unclear, however, where Illinois would find the required funds.

In her ruling, Lefkow said the state must pay the $2 billion toward its past obligations beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2018. She ordered the state to file monthly reports showing that it’s making the payments consistent with the ruling.

The Judge said she considered submissions by managed care organizations, including The Meridian MCO and Aetna Better Health Inc., in reaching her decision. Meridian is owed $540 million and Aetna is owed $700 million, the judge said. In addition, she considered submissions from doctors and clinics.

Adding insult to crippling financial injury, the judge also ordered the state to file monthly reports showing that they are making the payments consistent with the ruling.

Lawyers for Illinois countered that they could only come up with approximately $75 million more a month, which would translate to $150 million with federal matching dollars.

Although the state is way behind, state officials said in court filings that they have been making more than $1 billion in Medicaid related payments each month in 2017, “including payments to safety net hospitals, MCOs, and other providers.”

While the state was livid over the decision, plaintiffs were delighted. Tom Yates, one of the lawyers who represented the Medicaid recipients said the judge’s ruling is a “fair result” that will help them have access to care.


In her ruling, Lefkow said the state must pay the $2 billion toward its past obligations beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2018. She ordered the state to file monthly reports showing that it’s making the payments consistent with the ruling.

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          And The Country Receiving The Most Asylum Applications In The World Is...   

According to the latest OECD report published today, the (OECD) country receiving the most new applications for asylum last year was Germany...

Infographic: The Countries Receiving the Most Asylum Applications | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista

As Statista's Martin Armstrong notes, this is perhaps not so surprising, given the welcoming stance offered by Chancellor Merkel's government amid the refugee crisis.

The most common countries of origin for applicants in Germany were Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

In second place, but due to a completely different set of circumstances, the U.S. received 261,970 applications, mainly from El Salvador, Mexico and Guatemala.


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          Play It Again Toads!   
This weekend we revisit archived challenges of the Imaginary Garden. This affords us the opportunity to catch up on a recent prompt we may have missed or allows us to explore the side bar (2011 - 2017). 

The Muse Inspiring the Poet
Henri Rousseau (1909)



Alternatively, select a prompt from the ones I have highlighted below. I have included a Flash 55 for those who like to write to that prompt on the first weekend of the month - naturally this is an open invitation to write an unprompted 55 word poem.

1. Flash 55 PLUS!, with Kerry, October 2015

2. Get Listed!, with Hedgewitch, March 2014

3. Aubades, with Grace O'Malley, December 2011




          GameChops releases Sonic the Hedgehog tribute album, Spindash 2   

Spindash 2, our Sonic The Hedgehog remix album is available right now! Pick up the next installment of our hit Sonic remix album, Spindash!

Spindash 2 is a sixteen track, licensed remix album of music from the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series. The album includes themes and songs from all over the series, including the Sega Genesis Sonic games, Sonic Adventure, Sonic Colors, and more!

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04. Mykah - Angel Island
05. Flexstyle - Oil Ocean
06. RobKTA - Ice Cap
07. Steven Silo - Marble Zone
08. Grimecraft - Chemical Plant
09. GlitchxCity - Crisis City
10. DJ SuperSonic - Flying Fusion
11. General Offensive - Flying Battery
12. DJR feat. Chjolo - Radical Highway
13. Mega Flare / Tetracase - Seven Rings
14. Dj CUTMAN / Breakbeat Heartbeat - Chao Garden
15. Curly - Planet Wisp
16. Sylvester Draggon Jr - Hydrocity

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          LATEST POINTS TO PONDER SUNDAY 3/3   

Top World News Now                 
March 3, 2013


United States
Obama Pardons 17 Felons, First in His Second Term
DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones
'Hundreds of thousands' of documents captured with Osama bin Laden, but only 17 released
Michigan governor moves to appoint emergency manager in Detroit
Pentagon Plans to Ask for Base Closures 
Thousands of Soldiers to Leave Europe
U.S. lawmakers question military aid to Egypt, citing concerns about Israel
US factory work is returning, but the industry has changed
'Anonymous' Hacker Explains Why He Fled The US
Among Most Polluted in US, NYC Area Awaits Cleanup
US Budget Cuts Force Yellowstone to Delay Opening
Obama signs sequester bill
Obama moves a step closer to approval of Keystone pipeline
Navy Building a Drone Base in Sunny Malibu


Russia
Ukrainian leader, fresh from EU talks, to meet Putin
Russian Arms Trade Czar Says "War" Declared on Weapon Supplies to Syria
Russian demonstrators rally in support of U.S. adoption ban
Moscow Police to Probe Alleged Rally Payment Scam
Moscow Mayor says no to more mosques in the city
Opposition’s ‘Social March’ Fizzles Out in Moscow
Uzbek National Shot Dead in Moscow
Putin, Obama stress cooperation, pledge to 'avoid deterioration' in relations
Russia presses for extradition of fugitive banker
Ukrainian President: Gas contract with Russia is killing us
Putin Signals Russia Can Be More Flexible on Syria
Putin says Russia should listen to French arguments on Syria, over vodka
Russians commend Putin's performance, believe he can keep election promises


China
Islands Dispute: China Warns Japan Ahead Of Legislative Session
A push for change in China as new leaders take the helm
China's reform roadmap gets clearer
China "fully prepared" for currency war
China divided on TV 'execution parade': judicial resolve or crude voyeurism
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills 12 in Chinese Coal Mine
Spill in China Underlines Environmental Concerns
China's fourth space launch center to be in use in two years
Xi Jinping taking on corruption in China
Premier Li Keqiang, as Hu Jintao protege, may be outgunned on policy
China calls for decreased tension on Korean Peninsula
5 Tibetans, mostly Buddhist monks, arrested for inciting self-immolations
Darkness at noon as worst dust storm in months mixes with morning smog
China's First Aircraft Carrier on Way to Permanent Base at Qingdao in North


United Kingdom
Cameron: UK 'can transform Africa' with G8
Cameron Vows To Stay The Course
Cameron buries hatchet with Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell - and offers him £250,000 EU job
Government fights Europe over air pollution reduction
EU banker pay cap 'threatens thousands of British jobs'
Revealed: One in four of UK's top companies pay no tax
Banker Andrei Borodin granted asylum in Britain after fleeing Russia
UK Explorer: Green Campaigning Has Failed
UK commits £88m to Chilean telescope 'as big as all existing ones put together'
Paedophile ring leader, Colin Peters, linked to Barnes scandal
Cameron vows to defend UK banks


European Union
Hundreds of thousands march against austerity in Portugal
Italy paralysed as Grillo plots exit route from euro
Italian newcomer Grillo predicts collapse in six months
Italy President Napolitano calls for realism after vote
Greek military prepares for mass repression
1000s hold anti-austerity demo in Greece
At least 22 people hurt in Macedonia ethnic protests over new defense minister
Mass layoffs at Caterpillar in Belgium
Dark Rumblings Of A Coup D'État In Spain
Spain Delays Catalunya Banc Auction
Spain overturns Islamic face veil ban
Thousands march in Portugal to protest austerity

Germany
Germany Blasted for Role in Europe's Crisis
German states rail against 'stupid' wealth transfers
Italian president says Germany must give EU recovery a boost
Germany Debates Fracking as Energy Costs Rise
Bitter feud divides family of Germany's reunification leader
Racism in German military mirrors society
Germany discovers toxin in animal fodder
Angela Merkel Wishes Bulgaria's Borissov Quick Recovery
Merkel cabinet lowers bars to German labor market
Kerry praises Germany's 'exemplary leadership' in Europe
Italian president scraps meeting with German opposition leader over "clown" remarks

France
Hollande leads tributes to 'a great figure' and resistance fighter
As France's Mali mission grows, so does terror threat from homegrown militants inside France
France considers marijuana-based drug
France will not reach 2015 disabled access target
Paris seeks alternative to 75% tax
France-Qatar tensions rise over Mali war, Tunisia
Hollande juggles trade, human rights in Moscow
Hollande to Talk Syria Settlement With Putin
Kerry holds talks on Mali with French leadership
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Al-Qaeda leader behind Algeria gas plant hostage massacre killed in Mali
US Seeks to Confirm Report of Terror Leader's Death
Syria: Fierce Clashes in Provincial Capital Raqqa
Assad Forces Take Aleppo Village, Reopening Supply Line
Syrian President Assad Blasts British Government
Iran Says Syria’s Assad to Run for 2014 Election
How Does the U.S. Mark Unidentified Men in Pakistan and Yemen as Drone Targets?
Syrian Rebels Angry Over US Aid: ‘Only Thing We Want Is Weapons’

Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

Israel
Netanyahu secretly visited Jordan to discuss peace with Palestinians
Netanyahu gets two more weeks to form Israel coalition
3 Syrian Mortars Land in Southern Golan Heights
Gaza Border: Senior Officer's Vehicle Hit by Gunshots
New coalition will have to freeze construction outside settlement blocs
Tissue tests planned for Israelis in Gaza who want to cross border
Palestinian PM evacuated from West Bank after Israeli soldiers fire teargas at protesters
Sequestration: Israel Could ‘Gradually’ Lose $500 Million in US Aid
Netanyahu blasts Erdogan's 'dark and libelous' criticism of Zionism


Turkey
Scud Missile Fired in Syria Lands Near Iraqi Village
Bombs Kill at Least 22 in Iraqi Capital
Erdoğan: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism same
Turkey's Difficult Choice in Palestine, Israel
Erdogan Calls for More Support for Syrian Opposition
Kurdish leader 'outlines' Turkey peace plan
More Military Arrests in Turkey For 'Feb. 28 Process'
Turkey Provides Schools for Syrian Refugee Children
Iraq budget stalemate deepens over Kurd oil payments
Iraq continues to allow Iranian overflights to Syria


Egypt
John Kerry visits Egypt as dozens injured in violent protests
Kerry urges Egypt to take difficult economic steps; opposition figures skip meetings
Protesters Demand Armed Forces Intervention in Cairo
Ex-member: Muslim Brotherhood has secret societies in 80 nations, including U.S.
Bahrain Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja Sentenced to Jail
176 Protesters Held in Saudi Arabia
Qatar's Influence in Egypt Runs Deeper Than Its Pockets
Morsi criticized for reaction to tragedy
Parties who boycotted Morsi's national dialogue invited to send suggestions
Opposition refuse to stand in Egypt's parliamentary elections

Iran
Ahmadinejad: National dialogue only way to end Syria crisis
Ahmadinejad: West's war against Iran media doomed to failure  
Ahmadinejad to Visit Pakistan This Month to Inaugurate IP Gas Pipeline Construction
Threatening Iran Won't Help in Nuclear Talks, Envoy Says
Seized Chinese Weapons Raise Concerns on Iran
Head Of Iran's Qods Force Suggests Assad Is Vulnerable
Sanction-Hit Iran Fears Unrest as New Elections Near
Khamenei tells Zardari pipeline must advance despite US opposition
Ahmadinejad Aide’s Candidacy a Challenge to Iran’s Theocratic Status Quo
Ahmadinejad, Zardari Stress Expansion of Iran-Pakistan Ties


Venezuela
Hugo Chavez undergoing chemotherapy
VP Maduro: Capriles Seeks Destabilization in Venezuela
Venezuela decries "absurd" rumors over Chavez death
Maduro: Chavez ‘battling’ for his life
Rumours swirl as Chavez stays out of sight
Former envoy claims Venezuela's Chavez is dead
Venezuela government denies rumours about Chavez
Venezuelans hold demo in support of Chavez
Student demonstration dispersed by authorities in Venezuela
FARC: Colombia government to blame for coffee strike


Brazil
Brazil to get its first nuclear subs
Rousseff Meets Nigerian Leader for Trade Talks
Brazil's Unemployment Rises More Than Forecast in January
Prosecutors investigate spying charges against consortium building dam in Brazil
Brazil turns to Catholic Church to quash crack epidemic
Brazil Wind Developers May Be Required to Build New Power Lines
No one is safe from Argentina's drug war
Modern Slavery Rears its Ugly Head in Chile
Chilean Navy Saves 25 Stranded Whales, 20 Die
Peru says American couple found; family wants 'proof of life'


Mexico
Nieto Says Justice Will Be Done in Union Boss’s Case
Six Bodies Found in Mexico, Including Teenage Boy Earlier Arrested for Murder
Mexican Daily Hit by Third Attack This Week
Army Kills 4 Gunmen in Northern Mexico
Two Police Gunned Down in Guatemala
Fire hits big Mexico City marketplace
Pena Nieto enacts major education reform
Powerful head of Mexico teachers union is arrested
Mexico to Launch New Police Force Later This Year

Cuba Dissident’s Daughter Says Dad’s Death Was No Accident
Cuban Dissidents Hope to Build Mass Organization
A post-Castro Cuba
Chavez Congratulates Raul Castro on Re-Election
Castro Retirement News Prompts Tepid Response In Miami
Transition now seen as underway in Cuba
Cooperatives Could Save Cuban Socialism
South African medical students in Cuba may be deported
No ease for Cuba from US state sponsor of terrorism list


United Nations
U.N. Security Council asks for report on possible Mali peacekeepers
Ban Tones Down Criticism of Rwanda Over Congo Claims
UN chief says Iran should gain world confidence over its disputed atomic plan
Libya to ask U.N. to lift arms embargo
UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
Emir of Ansar Dine added to US, UN
          POINTS TO PONDER AND TOP NEWS   

Top World News Now                 
February 26, 2013



United States
Obama To Tell Israelis of Plan for Iran War
Obama's Paycheck Exempt From 'Sequester'
White House Sells Meetings with Obama for $500k
Pentagon to Keep Gen. Allen Probe a Secret
Kerry: US to Hasten Syria Government Change
Kerry’s first overseas trip off to shaky start
Bill unveiled to legalize medical pot
Why Should Taxpayers Give Big Banks $83 Billion a Year?
Listen up ladies! Next time there's a draft, Uncle Sam might want you too
Homeland Security Chief Threatens Long TSA Lines From Sequester
TB outbreak: LAPD urges officers to wear masks
US Internet providers start spy program to stop file-sharing
Billions at stake: US and BP clash in court over Gulf oil spill
Nation of Islam asks for gang protection
New York City homelessness continues to set new records
Canadian Asteroid-Hunting Satellite Launched into Space


Russia
Putin's KGB/FSB Converging with New IMF Banking FSB
Putin signs radical anti-tobacco bill into law
In Putin's Russia, Shooting the Messenger
Medvedev: No Grounds for New ‘Cold War’
Deputy FM Ryabkov: Iran sanctions may be lifted
Zyuganov reelected Communist chief, vows reset in left-wing politics
China, Russia ink major energy deal
Moscow 'regrets' treatment of Russians abroad
Moscow Welcomes Release of 15 Russian Sailors in Nigeria
1kg meteorite piece found in Russian Urals, biggest chunk yet discovered
Moscow Police Seize Large Cache of ‘Black Market’ Weapons
At Least 17 Amur Tigers Dead in Russia's Far East in 2012
Protests in Ukraine as EU gives May ultimatum
Ukraine wields natural gas trump card in Brussels
As Medvedev is savaged, Putin silent
State Duma Backs Putin's Foreign Assets Bill


China
Xi vows peaceful path on Taiwan
Xi calls for cross-Strait cooperation in realizing "Chinese dream"
Xi rewards Chinese missile brigade for launching 100 missiles
Hu Jintao meets KMT honorary chairman
State councilor meets South Korea's new president
South Korea's Park Warns North Against Nuclear Pursuits
Foreign Ministry: All Japanese activities regarding Diaoyu Islands illegal
Min of Environmental Protection refuses to release data from soil contamination investigation
China to halt approvals for small coal mines
2 Tibetan Monks Self-Immolate as Anti-China Protests Continue
Tibet's Growing Tragedy: Self-Immolation Protests Reach 105
5.4-magnitude earthquake jolts Tibet
BBC World Service Shortwave Radio Blocked in China
Chinese transport "workhorses" extending military's reach


United Kingdom
David Cameron: I'll stop migrant benefits
John Kerry: US Won't Back UK on the Falklands
Britain's top cardinal resigns over allegations 'he behaved inappropriately with priests'
Family Targeted in North Belfast Blast Bomb Attack
Cameron to hold talks with Kerry
Head of Cameron's local Tory branch resigns over gay marriage
Clegg denies cover up of associate's misconduct
Tory threat to rival parties over libel law
UK Ratings Cut Puts Spotlight on Budget
Will Litvinenko-MI6 links be revealed?
UK onshore wind farms to create more carbon dioxide than they save
Tax Breaks Spur Record UK Offshore Oil & Gas Spend


European Union
Berlusconi revives political career in chaotic Italian election
Italian markets celebrate Berlusconi’s poor performance in election
Italy's center-left to win lower house, leads in Senate race
Initial results indicate stalemate in Italian election
Angry Italians deliver austerity warning
EU ministers discuss horse meat crisis
EU holds breath over crucial Italy election
Topless Femen protest against Berlusconi as he votes in election
Protest votes add to uncertainty in close Italy election
Spanish Police Nab 3 Suspected of Spying for Iran
Spain police arrest 45 in Madrid after protest


Germany
Merkel holds talks with Turkish leaders frustrated by slow-moving EU talks
Germany presses Turkey for progress in lifting embargo on Cyprus
German government backs ban on far-right party
German Intel Paid Neo-Nazi Informer $240,000
Bare-chested protesters take on Berlin
Merkel: China, Russia seeing Syrian president's time is up
Merkel Raises Turks' Hope Of European Union Entry
Merkel kicks off sensitive visit to Turkey
Merkel inspects German Patriot missiles in Turkey
Germany arms the Persian Gulf monarchies
Germany patient with France on deficit


France
Hollande's Sarkozy joke riles French opposition
Ayrault: Boko Haram Claiming to Hold French Family
France blasts 'cruelty' as Boko Haram displays kidnapped family
France to pause austerity, cut spending next year instead: Hollande
Hollande urges compulsory labeling amid horsemeat scandal
France's military operation in Mali in 'final phase'
France warns of kidnappings, attack risk in Benin
France is euro 'problem child', frets Angela Merkel's party official
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Syrian Opposition Pledges to Attend Rome Summit
Syria says ready to talk with armed opposition
Kerry Vows Not to Leave Syria Rebels 'Dangling in the Wind'
Car blast rocks central Damascus, casualties reported
Assad's Army Has Fled Entire Area Bordering Israel
Syrian Refugees Riot in Jordan Camp; 3 Hurt
Nearly 100 Rebels Are Reported Killed in Mali Battle
No sign of peace or reconciliation in Mali
West African Mali forces to cost €715m

Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

Israel
Netanyahu: Arrow will help us on peace, or defense
Netanyahu urges the PA to calm rioters and stone throwers
West Bank Streets 'Boiling' as Abbas Accuses Israel of Stoking Unrest
IDF and Palestinians clash following prisoner's funeral
West Bank Protests Grow, Fears of New Intifada
Israel, US successfully test anti-missile system
Palestinian officials accuse Israel of torturing inmate to death
Palestinian Detainee’s Death in Israel Sparks Unrest
Thousands of jailed Palestinians stage 1-day hunger strike


Turkey
Erdogan holds joint press conference with Merkel
Kurdish Peace Process to Start After PKK Leave Turkey
Erdoğan: Assad a ‘mute devil’ for not defying Israel
Defense Minister Says 965 Suicides Among Soldiers in 10 Years
Turkey in Key Stage to Address Kurdish Issue
Turkey lists requests from Germany's Merkel
Turkey eyes Karabakh step from Armenia to open ways
Turkey Pressures Germany on EU Accession
Turkey says aid pledges for Syrian refugees 'unfulfilled'
Iraq shuts down 3 illegal tunnels to Syria


Egypt
Bahrain Bans Import of Plastic Guy Fawkes Masks
ElBaradei Calls for Boycott of 'Sham' Parliamentary Election
Egyptian Brotherhood Hits Back at Opposition Leader
Stripped of 'Country of Origin' Label, US Agrees to Sell Tear Gas to Egypt
Bahraini Dies After Being Struck by Tear Gas Canister
Divided Egypt opposition attacks Morsi on election call
Morsi calls parliamentary elections in April
Thousands hold anti-government protests in Egypt
New death from SARS-like virus in Saudi

Iran
World Powers May Offer Iran Sanctions Relief at Nuclear Talks
UK claims General Shateri actually died in January bombing of Hezbollah-bound weapons convoy
World Powers Seek Compromise in Iranian Nuclear Talks
Ahmadinejad Admits to Economic Pain
Iran tests suicide drones in ongoing military drill
Iran denies downing foreign drone
Iran claims it has captured a foreign ‘enemy drone’ during military exercise
Iran announces new uranium deposits discovery
Iran selects 16 new sites for nuclear plants
Iran sentences 4 to death in biggest bank fraud case
Envoy: Iran to continue talks with IAEA on nuclear program


Venezuela
Chavez warns that Africa and South America Must Unite or face Western Interventions
Indigenous Venezuelans Hold Ritual for Chavez
Colombian Rebels Call on Santos to Save Peace Talks
Villegas: Condition of cancer-stricken Chavez not "favorable"
Prosecutor Accuses Former Colombian Governor of 2000 Massacre
Bolivia's Morales says was unable to see Chavez in Venezuela
Questions about political succession whirl in Venezuela after Chavez comes home
Poll: Maduro would win vote if Chavez goes
Chávez's return is obstacle for Venezuela's embattled opposition
Bolivia's Morales arrives in Venezuela to visit President Chávez


Brazil
Falklands dispute: Argentina accuses UK of ‘defiance’ of anti-nuke treaty
Rousseff says extreme poverty almost eradicated
PM Medvedev begins visit to Brazil
Pro-Cuba Protesters Halt Dissident's Brazil Event
After Being Hounded by Protesters, Cuban Dissident Praises Brazil's Freedom of Expression
Brazil dockers end China ship protest; port strike threat
Argentina to renovate railways with Chinese trains in 2014
Union Leader Protests by Bringing Trucks to Argentine Labor Ministry
New tobacco law ignites controversy in Chile
Ex-leaders of German sect in Chile enter prison to begin sentences for sexual abuse of minors


Mexico
Official Accuses CIA of 'Managing' Not 'Fighting' the Drug Trade
Nieto Meets with San Antonio Mayor
Government Says Over 27,000 People Missing in Mexico
Mexico Slaughters Nearly 500,000 Birds Infected with Avian Flu
Guatemala Moves Up Ex-Dictator’s Genocide Trial
Police Chief in Mexican Border City on Nuevo Laredo Missing
Suspect in General’s Murder Arrives in Mexico
Mexican Police Detain 81 Migrants
Vigilantes reportedly release captives in southern Mexico

Castro successor lacks charisma but is experienced manager
Raúl Castro Says His New 5-Year Term as Cuba's President Will Be His Last
Fidel Castro makes surprise parliament appearance amid leadership speculation
Cuban parliament gathers, president to be selected
Esteban Lazo Elected New President of the Cuban Parliament
Haitians Rage as UN Rejects Payout for Cholera Victims
Yoani Sanchez May Be Top Dissident in Cuba, but She Agrees US Embargo Must Go
Medvedev Discusses Meteorite Strike with Fidel Castro
Raul Castro Mentions Possible Retirement


United Nations
UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
Tunisia Arrests Suspect in Killing That Sparked Unrest
African leaders sign DR Congo peace deal
At least 53 killed in rival Arab militia clashes in North Darfur
Tunisia's New Premier Promises Inclusive Government
US blocks UN resolution condemning Damascus terror bombings
Tunisia: Party Names Premier Candidate
Tunisian PM steps down after crisis prompted by political assassination
Unesco agrees 5.6 million-euro plan to save Mali's cultural treasures
Top World News Now                 
February 21, 2013

COURTESY SOCHA FAAL

 Heads up from AntiMullah. Separate vacations and Obambi brings Reggie Love back with  him. If you do  not know what this is, you need to visit/view AntiMullah.com more often to keep up with latest developments.

Tone and content reflects information not normally provided by Lame Stream Media's love fest with Obambi. And worldwide events that discredit his claims and motives for anti-American, pro-Moslem Brotherhood policies and actions.
 
Read and become knowledgeable and stop believing the incredible lies Obama feeds us at every opportunity. Lies his own Democrats increasingly have a problem swallowing and are intentionally leading our nation into certain fiscal and political destruction.


United States
GOP Resists Obama's Push for Tax Rise to Head Off Cuts
Obama Fleshes Out Plans for Infrastructure Projects
Obama considers urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage
White House announces online espionage response policy
US issues final word on essential benefits under "Obamacare"
Anonymous thrown into China-US cyberwar scandal
Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilian workers
In wake of Benghazi, rapid response Marine unit heading to Europe
US issues worldwide caution to its citizens of terror threats
Body found in restaurant rubble after Kansas City explosion
Why Americans Might Be Better Off If Their Burgers Were Made Of Horsemeat
Sex-Change Surgery Available Through Many US Colleges
Majority of US citizens say illegal immigrants should be deported
Hundreds of thousands march in Puerto Rico against gay rights
 
 

Russia
Putin Invites G20 Leaders to St. Petersburg Summit
Migrant workers call on Putin for amnesty
Lavrov: Time to end the war in Syria
Moscow: N. Korea sanctions can only impact nuclear program
IMF warns of higher inflation, slower GDP growth in Russia
Russia's missing billions revealed
Russia Tries To Remove Images of New Drone From the Internet
Russian Military to Develop Anti-Meteorite Defenses
Russia investigates 25 cases of Defense Ministry fraud - Prosecutor General
MP resigns after bloggers disclose his Florida property
Russia escalating attacks on free expression a year on from Pussy Riot protest
‘Ample Evidence’ Linking Ukraine Ex-President to Journalist Murder
French Specialists Resume Work at Chernobyl Disaster Site
Ukraine: Embezzlement At State Orphanages
Belarus Phases Out Russian Warplanes, Radars
 
 

China
Xi Jinping's campaign to purge Communist Party 'won't be easy'
Incumbent cabinet holds final meeting
China's central banker skips retirement bar to stay on
Manila to tackle sea row 'with or without China' at UN
Attacks originating from US rank 1st among overseas hackings in China
Photos show new activity at N Korea nuclear site
Spy agencies scrounge for details on North Korean nuclear test
North Korea: A nuclear 7-Eleven?
N Korean propaganda video shows Obama in flames
US Envoy Opposes S Korean Nuclear Armament
Rise in online fan clubs extolling China's party leaders
After China's multibillion-dollar cleanup, water still unfit to drink
Smog in Pearl River Delta 'worse than in Beijing'
Maoists Block Deal to Break Nepal's Long Political Deadlock
 
 

Cameron to pay respects to victims of Amritsar massacre
Cameron's India trip hits wobble with concern over helicopter deal
Sars-like virus death reported in UK
New coronavirus can infect human lungs as easily as cold virus
Magdalene laundries: Ireland to apologise to survivors
Iranian torture guard refused UK citizenship
Britain expands "bigger than burgers" horsemeat tests
Regulator warns Britain 'on the brink' of energy crisis
Scotland 'faces EU funding cut'
Tanker drivers in Scotland vote to strike
Belfast Orange Order warns members over flag protests
One in four Africans attacked in Ireland
 
 

Berlusconi accused of trying to buy votes days before election
After Bulgarian Protests, Prime Minister Resigns
Greek police fire tear gas on anti-austerity protesters
Greece welcomes Hollande with ‘news blackout’
Dutch experiment in legalised prostitution a disaster
Thieves in Belgium pull off most spectacular and dramatic diamond heist in years
Iceland considers dropping its currency
Lawmakers Threaten to Veto Tightened Budget
EU reinforces sanctions against DPRK
To Revive Honey Bees, Europe Proposes a Pesticide Ban
Anti-austerity strike to bring Greece to a standstill
Italy politicians make final drive for votes before poll
 
 

Berlusconi's possible comeback a nightmare for Angela Merkel
Merkel's Rainbow Problem: On Gay Rights, Chancellor Still a Conservative
German Officials Signal Berlusconi Isn't Their Man
Germany Sends Troops to Mali
German police raid firms over Ponzi scheme
Germany: Court Backs Adoption by Same-Sex Couples
Net activists slam Germany's open data portal
NSU victims' families want more than sympathy
Security staff at Hamburg airport to strike Wednesday in pay dispute
Swiss mayoral candidate 'pro-Hamas, pro-Iran'
Outgoing chairman of Switzerland's Novartis foregoes $78 million golden parachute deal
Norway is Afraid of Foreign Spies
 
 

Hollande: French soldier killed in northern Mali
Hollande confirms seven kidnapped in Cameroon
Hollande urges investment in Greece, growth in Europe
Hollande: France will miss 2013 growth target
French Kidnapped in Cameroon Were Taken Into Nigeria
France saw 58 percent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in 2012
Man arrested for serial attacks on Paris Chinese
France to unfreeze development aid to Mali
France Charges 11 In Alleged Kurdish Extortion Ring
 
 
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Syrian rebels threaten Hezbollah with 48-hour deadline
Syrian military reportedly shoots down Israel drone
US direct military support to Mali likely to continue after elections
Mortars Explode Near Assad Palace in Damascus
Missile kills more than 30 in Syria
Typhoid breaks out in rebel-held eastern Syria
Foreign Arms Supplies to Syrian Rebels Expanding
Pro-Assad militia now key to Syrian government’s war strategy
Russia's double dealing on arms to Assad regime leaves UK isolated over Syria
Syrian Rebels Threaten to Attack Lebanon Over Border Dispute
 
Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
 

Former foreign minister Livni joins Netanyahu coalition
Prisoner X: Benjamin Netanyahu adds to mystery
Secretary Kerry to skip Israel in first trip
Turkey, Israel Cut 1st Defense Deal Since Freezing Ties
Israel Seeks to Curb Weapons Flow to Gaza
West Bank protesters rally for release of deteriorating prisoners
Palestinian Prisoner's Hunger Strike Reaches 211th Day
Fatah Official Warns of Violence if Prisoners Aren't Freed
'Iron Dome' may be instrumental in peace process
Head of Israeli IVF unit arrested in Romania
 
 

 
 

Security deteriorating in Egypt due to political instability
Opposition Sets Conditions For Dialogue With Morsi
Morsi's advisory team less diverse after months of walkouts
Morsi Issues Presidential Decree to Appoint New Mufti
Strike, Protests Hit Egypt's Port Said for 3rd Day
Egyptians protest at Libyan border over new visa rules
Egypt ministry appeals against order to block YouTube
Egypt files new charges against Mubarak's last premier
2 Sunni groups halt roles in Bahrain crisis talks
A Palace Rift in Bahrain Bedevils Key US Navy Base
 

Iran to Conduct Military Drills Over 3 Days
Reformists Meet Khamenei To Improve 'Internal Climate'
Rivals Forced to Apologize to Supreme Leader
Ahmadinejad threat to cancel Iranian poll
Iran Pushes Nuclear-Free Mideast Plans
Syrian Prime Minister Claims Iran is Now “Occupying” Syria
MPs say sovereignty over three Persian Gulf islands is non-negotiable
Iran protests Berlin film award for banned Jafar Panahi
Fatwa Issued Against 3G Internet Operator in Iran
Iran FM Spurns Western 'Gold Trade' Offer
Stung by 'Argo,' Iran Backs Conference Denouncing 'Hollywoodism'
 
 

 
 
Top World News Now                 
February 15, 2013
 

United States
Environmentalists Press Obama in Heated Oil Pipeline Debate
NRA exec accuses Obama of gun 'charade' at State of the Union
Kerry: Moves Against North Korea Would Scare Iran Off Nukes
Senate Republicans Block Hagel Nomination For Defense Secretary
Key US general backs keeping Afghan forces at peak strength
Missouri Democrats Introduce Legislation to Confiscate Firearms – Gives Gun Owners 90 Days to Turn in Weapons
Transocean to pay $400 million for 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
High taxes force more Americans to renounce their citizenship
600 children living in Washington, DC homeless shelter
Conspiracy Theorists Leap at the Confusing Case of Dorner’s Multiple Wallets
Body in burned cabin ID'd as Christopher Dorner
Cruise ship nightmare nearing end for passengers after hellish trip
CDC Warns of Super-Gonorrhea
 
 

Russia
Russia activates ‘Operation Fortress’, 20,000 troops after air defense forces shoot down space object
Putin orders Russian security on high alert before Olympics
Putin Warns Foreign NGOs Against 'Meddling' In Russian Affairs
Putin Orders FSB to Set Up Anti-Hacker Defense
Putin: Russia will not tolerate foreign pressure
Foreign Ministry: Russia ‘Ready’ to Consider Further Nuclear Arms Cuts
Army Chief: Russia may be drawn into resource wars in future
Russian Army Commissions Bioengineered Liver for $17 Mln
Russia charges Georgian politician with plotting mass unrest
Constitutional Court: Authorities must not politically discriminate against protesters
Six Suspected Militants Killed in Dagestan Operation
Very strong earthquake in a sparsely populated Siberia area
Thousands of Russian convicts may go untracked if bracelet batteries die
 

China
Xi's Vows of Change in China Belie Private Warning
Xi Jinping Prepares to Deal With New 'Gang of Four'
Beijing ramps up propaganda war to bolster Diaoyus claim
China's environment unaffected by DPRK nuclear test so far
China's Netizens React Colorfully to N. Korean Nuke Test
Nuke test gives US excuse to boost its military
S. Korea stages large-scale drills following DPRK nuke test
South Korea flexes missile power after North test
The Real Japan-China Conflict
7 dead, 18 injured in China after man sets off bomb over child custody dispute
Depressing landmark reached, 100th Tibetan self-immolates
Tibetans commemorate centennial of 'Tibetan independence'
Clues to why most survived China's melamine scandal
 

Major warns Cameron's EU referendum is a 'gamble'
EU warns Tories that UK security opt-out 'doesn't make sense'
UK Military Flies Ghana Troops, Equipment to Mali
Britain warns of Syria jihadist threat to Europe
British MPs to receive on-the-job mental health aid
UK Lawmakers Say Credit Schemes Not Working
Another policeman held in UK graft probe
New SARS-like virus shows person-to-person transmission
Deaths, lies and the NHS: Shocking new healthcare scandals emerge in UK
UK Arrests Men in Horse-Meat Probe
Horsemeat: Bute Found In Carcasses In UK
UK soap opera star faces child sex charges
 
 

Europe Rejects Critics of 'Robin Hood' Tax
Austerity's children becoming Europe's "lost generation"
Economy in Europe Contracts More Than Expected
Pope rounds on rival cardinals and their 'sins against unity'
Man sets himself alight at Rome airport
Berlusconi defends need for bribery in winning contracts
Monte Paschi's former finance chief held in Italy
Italy unemployment crisis reaches alarming rate
Foreign investors set to sue Spain over energy reform
King Juan Carlos fights new pressures to abdicate
Greece: Alexis Tsipras raises the political stakes
Interior Ministry: Mafia plotting to crash Serbian Air Force One
 

Un-Natural Gas: Fracking Set to Shake Up German Campaign
Germany and Spain Move to Curb Green-Energy Supports
German airports security staff strike continues Friday
Germany to help Israelis stuck in unfriendly countries
Roma in Germany forced into abject poverty
Barbarians at the Gate
Reports Of 'Neo-Nazi' Guards At Amazon Warehouses In Germany Creates Fresh Scandal
Tempting PhDs lead politicians into plagiarism
Germany's Great Church Sell-Off
Swiss push reconciliation plan for Sri Lanka
Switzerland prepares to sit at G20 head table
Norway Ready to Use Rate Cuts to Cool Krone
 

Hollande Tiptoes Toward Raid on Pensions Under Pressure From EU
Hollande says France ok with India civil nuclear liability clause
Hollande in India to sell warplanes, nuclear power, metro construction
Tunisians denounce France interference
The European Slump: France Gives Up Lowering Its Budget Deficit
French Goodyear workers protest against closure of Amiens Nord plant
France moves step closer to legal euthanasia
French firm suspected as culprit in spreading horsemeat scandal
France to return 7 paintings looted during WWII
 
 
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Libya Braces for Unrest on Anniversary of Qaddafi Revolt
Syrian rebels down 2 government planes
Syria rebels capture oil field and military base
Saudis say Syria death toll may be 90000
As war in Syria continues, refugees in Turkey open a high school
Armenia tries to help as Christian Armenians flee Syria
In Mali town, counter-insurgency task ties down French
French incursion frees few slaves in Mali
Official Details French Role in Mali
US Pledges to Help Mali With Long-Term Stability
 
Insight Into Today’s News
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
Now We Know: War Is Murder
It Can't Happen Here?
The Andromeda Strain, Yes. Jesus, No. Your Tax Dollars at Work.
Remember 1994
Morningland Dairy destroyed by feds, $250,000 inventory stolen by government thugs during armed raid
Department of Homeland Security Targets Gun Collector
CIA Adviser Warns of 'Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Debtors Prisons In The US Are Rapidly Filling With People Who Can’t Pay Bills
 

Netanyahu threatened media over Prisoner X
'Prisoner X' took part in Mossad operation of killing Hamas operative in Dubai?
Lawyer: ‘Prisoner X’ negotiated plea bargain before suicide
Israeli Security Delegation Arrives for Talks in Cairo
Border area on alert as Israel carries out drills
Israel shells out almost a fifth of national budget on defense
Israel falls 20 places in World Press Freedom Index
Leading Rabbi Says Let Haredim Guard Their Own West Bank Cities
Israeli Siege Snuffing Out Gaza's Camel Industry
 

 

Morsi's Egypt Poised to Criminalize Protest
Morsi's graduate son snares plum Egypt job at 66 times lowest salary
Salafis open fire on Morsi
Ruling party aims for outright majority in new parliament
Egypt political forces call for symbolic funeral of slain boy potato seller
Egypt Military Offers Rare Apology for Child Death
Teenage protester shot dead amid clashes on Bahrain uprising anniversary
Saudi Minister Puts Young Royals in Succession Spotlight
Bahrain condemns Iran's statements
 

Ahmadinejad bluffed that Iran is now a 'nuclear state'
IAEA, Iran Fail to Reach Nuclear Deal
Kerry urges Iran to make "real offers" in nuclear talks
Gulf states reject Iranian suggestion that Syria, Bahrain be discussed at nuclear talks
Iran denies transferring arms to Somali militants
Iran Using China To Smuggle Nuclear Material? ISIS Report Raises Concerns
Iran Mourns Senior Commander Killed in Syria
Iran Begins Its Election-Season Web Crackdown a Few Months Early
Pak-Iran pipeline deal likely to be inked today
 

Venezuelan students protest outside Cuban Embassy as Chavez remains out of sight in Havana
Venezuela to Limit Medicine Prices After Chavez Devaluation
Maduro: Chavez Undergoing “Very Complex and Tough” Treatment
Venezuela's move to devalue is desperate
Chavez Devaluation Puts Venezuelans to Queue Before Price Raise
Capriles: Venezuela needs no devaluation, but stop handouts
US Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela's Cavim Arms Company
Farc rebels kill seven Colombian soldiers in blow to peace process
Eastern Colombia locked into neo-paramilitary war
 

Witnesses of Argentina major train accident fear for their lives
Woman in Argentina marries twin sister's convicted killer
Rousseff Stumbles on Energy
Brazil's Hydroelectric Dam Boom is Bringing Tensions
Brazil Papal Contender: Place of Birth Irrelevant
Argentina confirms quizzing of Iran suspects
Epic Glacier Collapse In Argentina: Ice Bridge Connected To Perito Moreno Thunders Into Lake
Argentina Continues Its Defiance of Ghana in the Courts
Chile's Mapuche Indians clash with police in Collipulli
 
 

A glimpse of Nieto's new crime fighting strategy
Mexico arrests six suspects for rape of Spanish tourists

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WITH SO MANY OVERWHELMINGLY CORRUPT AND BASICALLY ILLEGAL AND HIDDEN ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL ACTIONS BY OBAMA, BRINGING THEM OUT INTO THE OPEN REQUIRES      
A CHANGE IN FOCUS AT ANTI-MULLAH.

FOR INSTANCE, WHILE WE RECEIVE INFORMATION THAT THE OBAMA (PRO-ISLAMIC) MOVEMENT TO INFILTRATE SUPPORTERS OF ISLAM  CONTINUES INTO THE MOST SENIOR AND CRITICAL/SENSITIVE POSSIBLE REGIONS HE HAS NOW PROPOSED

JOHN BRENNAN
A CONVERT TO ISLAM

AS HIS NEXT
HEAD OF THE CIA!!!

Brennan converted during an assignment to Saudi Arabia

THE OTHER INFILTRATOR FROM OBAMA

IS HIS  STAUNCHLY AND VOCALLY PRO-IRAN, FERVENTLY ANTI-ISRAEL CHOICE FOR SECRETARY OF DEFENCE. A MAN THE IRANIAN MULLAHS (UNDENIABLY OUR ENEMIES) STRONGLY ENDORSE AS THEIR PREFERENCE TO HEAD OUR MILITARY!!!

TO CREATE A BROADER INSIGHT INTO THE WORLD STAGE WE SHALL BE POSTING INFORMATION FROM SOCHA FAAL AND WHILE SHE INCLUDES DETAILS THAT FALL INTO THE EDGES OF SPECULATION, YOU SHOULD "DISCOUNT" THE "PSYCHIC" ASPECTS WITHOUT THROWING OUT THE BABY WITH THE BATHWATER.

YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SELECTIVELY FILTER ONE FROM THE OTHER AND NOT IGNORE TRENDS OF REALITY WOVEN INTO THE DETAILS SHE PRESENTS BUT WHICH HAVE STRONG POINTERS FOR THOSE WHO CAN DISCERN THE DIFFERENCE.

NOTE THAT SHE RECEIVES INFORMATION "AND DISINFORMATION" FROM THE RUSSIAN SECRET SECURITY SERVICES, WHICH HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDAS NOT ALL OF WHICH ARE CONTRARY TO AMERICAN INTERESTS.

READ, ABSORB SORT AND EVALUATE
you will quickly be able to note and compare the Obama treacherous and even treasonous anti-American activity among what she reports.

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Top World News Now                 
February 9, 2013


United States
Hundreds of thousands already without power, buried under snow from ongoing blizzard
Obama: 'No reason' for automatic Pentagon cuts
Obama to propose 1 percent pay hike for federal employees
White House won't comment on Brennan's waterboarding dodge
Clinton more popular than Obama, polls show
White House Delivers Dire Warning About Automatic Cuts
Lawmakers test legal waters for regulating drones
Christopher Dorner manhunt: Search for ex-LAPD cop goes on amid California snowstorm
Cop-killer on the run: Largest manhunt in LAPD history spreads to three US states and Mexico
US Air Force veteran added to no-fly list after visiting sickly mom
FBI Sting: California man arrested trying to blow up Oakland Bank of America branch with "Taliban help"
Health Officials: Worst of Flu Season May Be Over
KKK promises the largest rally in the history of Memphis after Confederate parks are renamed
Ohio Amish beard-cutting ringleader gets 15 years  


Russia
Putin: Countering extremists key task for law enforcers
Forward Russia: Grand Sochi project highlights Putin ambition
Migrant workers suffer for Putin's Olympics
Putin presents presidential awards to young scientists
Russia targets Uganda as big market for weapons
Retired intelligence officer gets 13 years for coup plot
New Russian citizens to get call-up for military service
‘I solemnly swear!’ – Russian citizen’s oath considered
Married couple, forced apart in communist Russia, reunite by chance and remarry
Russia, US in Hasid books brawl: Moscow wants recourse over $50,000 daily penalties
In Russia, brazen murder of Chernovik founder is unsolved
Russia's Black Earth Farmers Switch to Corn, Oilseeds for Profit
Reform Quickly or Lose Deals, EU Tells Ukraine
Fascism rehabilitated in Ukraine?


China
Xi Jinping says he welcomes criticism; critics aren’t so sure
Xi Jinping promises a cleaner, greener energy future in China
Chinese leaders send greetings for Lunar New Year
China Denies Directing Radar at Japanese Naval Vessel and Copter
Dangerous dance around disputed islets is becoming ever more worrying
PLA Navy to conduct training drills in western Pacific over Lunar New Year
China threatened by overseas hackers
Former Guangdong official stripped of Party membership
China retrieves defaulted payments for migrant workers
China jails Tibetan man for inciting secession
HP Directs Its Suppliers in China to Limit Student Labor
After Myanmar Violence, Almost 6,000 Rohingyas Arrive in Thailand
North Korea nuclear test may cause volcano eruption near Chinese border
South Korea in 'first strike' alert over tests


United Kingdom
Cameron savors EU budget win as battles loom
Cameron: 'Horsemeat story is shocking'
Britain opens criminal probe of horse meat contamination scandal
Clegg faces a fresh attempt to oust him as Liberal Democrat leader
2.3 million deprived kids absent from UK poverty data
UK investigating allegations of child sex abuse at former RAF base in Germany
Border agency backlog keeps Britons and their foreign spouses in limbo
Experts say DNA crime-fighting in UK 'lagging behind'
New evidence of UK complicity in Libya torture
Tax Rules Waived in Britain to Lure Athletes
Saga of Speeding Politician Rivets Britain
Whitehall spies could already be operating in Scotland
Refuelling and rendition: Ireland's role in the war on terror

European Union
EU budget cut ushers in austerity for first time in union's history
EU leaders agree to push for US trade deal
EU may force banks to help set Euribor to keep it clean
EU Court Strikes Down Swift's Blockade Against Iranian Banks
Greece gets silver lining to budget plans for coming years
Growing Police Brutality in Greece: The Hidden Face of the Crisis
Armenia holds 2 in attack on presidential candidate
Anarchists Claim Responsibility for Attempted Bombing in Spain
Moroccan suspected of being terrorist arrested in Spain
Cyprus Presidential Candidate Wary of EU Bailout Terms
Italy Vote Seen Inconclusive as Risk of Second Ballot Grows
Birth Defects In Multiples On The Rise In Europe


Germany
German Shale-Gas Fracking Rules Sought by Merkel Coalition
Germany Warns on Currency Depreciation
Germany posts second highest trade surplus in 60 years
Topless activists denounce female circumcision at Berlin film festival
German weapons case pits man against gun clubs
Minister's Heritage Sparks Racism Debate
New doubts cast on Holocaust account Nazi child mascot
Swiss Unemployment Returns to a 2.5 Year High
Gun control debate rages in Switzerland
Switzerland Justice Minister Returns Home
Taipei Ministry to ask Switzerland to arrest Zain Dean
Global warming to bring more rain to hydro-dependent Norway
EON Plans Hundreds of Megawatts of Wind Power in Norway, Sweden

France
Illegal Roma evictions in France continue under Hollande
Ayrault says no current plan for Peugeot stake
Ex-US envoy: $17M French ransom funded al-Qaida
France plays down report of ransom paid for Niger hostages
Europe Is Watching as France Weighs Options for Peugeot
French charge north in Mali, Bamako shooting kills two
Symbol of French Republic defaced in art attack
Hollande Eschews Monarch-Style Presidential Monument in Crisis
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Jets roar over Pacific skies as US military gathers allies in drills, to keep ahead of China
Shooting erupts amid reports of mutiny in Malian capital
Suicide bomber blows himself up near Mali soldiers, first attack of its kind
French intervention 'will cost Mali its independence'
Rebel push into Damascus raises fears of long fight coupled by mass exodus
Syria says 'no truth' Israel targeted convoy
UN Says 5000 Syrians a Day Are Now Fleeing War
Syria military factory blast kills 54
Jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra is taking over Syria's revolution

Insight Into Today’s News
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
Now We Know: War Is Murder
It Can't Happen Here?
The Andromeda Strain, Yes. Jesus, No. Your Tax Dollars at Work.
Remember 1994
Morningland Dairy destroyed by feds, $250,000 inventory stolen by government thugs during armed raid
Department of Homeland Security Targets Gun Collector
CIA Adviser Warns of 'Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Debtors Prisons In The US Are Rapidly Filling With People Who Can’t Pay Bills

Israel
Netanyahu's coalition-building efforts are guided by suspicion and skepticism
Livni will be appointed as minister in charge of peace process
Defense Ministry suspends ties with six firms over alleged fraud
Tel Aviv Hepatitis A outbreak may stem from open-air markets
Abbas to Ahmadinejad: Talk more about Palestine, less about destroying Israel
Palestinian jailed for Abbas Facebook 'insult'
Abbas Meets With Leader of Gaza Terror Group in Cairo
Hamas Weighs Options For Recognizing Israel
Palestinian prisoners in Israel 'smuggling out sperm'


Turkey
Despite US opposition, oil trade with Iraq is legal, PM Erdoğan says
South Cyprus condemns Erdoğan's remarks calling him a 'bully'
Turkey says has spent $600 million on Syria refugees
No strong EU without Turkey, says Italian envoy
Turkey-US Tension Develops Over Al-Qaeda Member  
Ailing ex-general fights for survival after sentence delay
Cargo ship crashes into a passenger seabus in the Bosphorus
Protests grow in Sunni areas in Iraq
Iraqi Kurdistan presses on with oil pipe to Turkey

Egypt
Morsi: Egypt, Turkey to establish joint chamber of commerce
Clashes in Egypt as anti-Morsi camp demands change
Egypt Slams US Senator's 'Morsi Is Our Enemy' Comments
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          Whimsical Folk Art Painting - 9 x 12 -- Creeper Scarecrow -- Black Cat - Hedgehog - Fall by RusticGoth   

100.00 USD

Whimsical Folk Art Painting -- Black Cat - Hedgehog - Fall

Title: "Creeper Scarecrow"
Size -- 9" x 12"
Media: Acrylic Paints on Stretched Canvas


This painting was painted on gallery wrapped canvas with acrylic paints. It is finished with a protective coat of high gloss varnish.

Staples free sides have been painted.



I have titled, signed, and dated the back of the painting.


Electronic Certificate of Authenticity available upon request.


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Artist's Statement:
My painting styles include abstract, pop surrealism, macabre, brut and outsider, among others.

My paintings have been described as surreal and sad, raw and emotional, macabre and brut.


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"Creating art is what I do...it is how I live... how I connect with the world that exists
outside of my studio...how I connect with my own feelings.

It is my hope that each painting I create will invoke a reaction, of some kind, in the
viewer....a connection with it's owner."

"I consider myself multi-dimensional, which is reflected in my art and my styles."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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          Whimsical Acrylic Creeper Art Painting - 9 x 12 -- Time of the Season - Black Cat - Hedgehog - Owl by RusticGoth   

100.00 USD

Whimsical Acrylic Creeper Art Painting -- Black Cat - Hedgehog - Owl - Red Trees

Title: "Time of the Season"
Size -- 9" x 12"
Media: Acrylic Paints on Stretched Canvas


This painting was painted on gallery wrapped canvas with acrylic paints. It is finished with a protective coat of high gloss varnish.

Staples free sides have been painted.



I have titled, signed, and dated the back of the painting.


Electronic Certificate of Authenticity available upon request.


********

Artist's Statement:
My painting styles include abstract, pop surrealism, macabre, brut and outsider, among others.

My paintings have been described as surreal and sad, raw and emotional, macabre and brut.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

"Creating art is what I do...it is how I live... how I connect with the world that exists
outside of my studio...how I connect with my own feelings.

It is my hope that each painting I create will invoke a reaction, of some kind, in the
viewer....a connection with it's owner."

"I consider myself multi-dimensional, which is reflected in my art and my styles."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

You can find out more about me at:
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          Whimsical Creeper Art Acrylic Canvas Painting - Trees - Hedgehog - Creeper - Owl - No Obstacles by RusticGoth   

125.00 USD

Whimsical Acrylic Canvas Art Painting.
I enjoy throwing random textures on a canvas and then seeing what I can 'do with it'. Usually I don't do this with any of my 'character' pieces, but I decided to give it a 'whirl' and see what happens. The textures inspired this painting as, I must believe there are 'no obstacles to great to overcome'.

Title: No Obstacles
Size: 11" x 14"
Media: Acrylic Paints and Random Textures on Canvas

This painting was painted in a colorful illustrative style on gallery wrapped canvas with acrylic paints and heavy textures randomly placed on the canvas. It is finished with a protective coat of high gloss varnish.

Staples free sides have been painted.

I have titled, signed, and dated the back of the painting.


Electronic Certificate of Authenticity available upon request.
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Artist's Statement:
My painting styles include abstract, pop surrealism, macabre, brut and outsider, among others.

My paintings have been described as surreal and sad, raw and emotional, macabre and brut.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

"Creating art is what I do...it is how I live... how I connect with the world that exists
outside of my studio...how I connect with my own feelings.

It is my hope that each painting I create will invoke a reaction, of some kind, in the
viewer....a connection with it's owner."

"I consider myself multi-dimensional, which is reflected in my art and my styles."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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          Logos >> Campeonato Brasileiro   


          Saturday 15th July 1944   
It has been a tiring week, no doubt. Today – what remains of it – and tomorrow is a period of blessed leisure however.

This morning in the office I dealt again with rows of figures, (I handle them with a little more facility than before) and took two or three telephone calls. (The phone no longer alarms me, either.) Afterwards, lunch in a snack bar, the crowded Tubes, Liverpool Street, and the packed train down.

Alighting at Billericay, the fresh air settled around me. I collected my cycle from the shop where I leave it each morning, drew my Pension of £1-4-0 from the Post Office and then rode homewards. As soon as I was clear of the town the road inclined downwards slightly, so hardly touching the pedals, I sat in the saddle and let the wind and the gradient take me merrily the two miles to Little Dene, along winding, quiet roads between green hedges.

Then I washed, took off my city suit, tie, collar, studs and shirt, and donned a khaki drill shirt and grey bags. It's a nice, sunny afternoon and I'm now cycling to Terori to see Vi and get a few things, which I'll bring back in my rucksack. April has gone up into the town to get her hair “done”; having first performed her first wifely “wash.” She went out to the bus then turned back to cry exultantly, “Be sure you go down the garden, darling, and see your little shirt beside my little shirt!”

Obviously I have been into the garden and have beheld a line of washing. My shirt is flapping in the breeze, flanked by a dainty pair of knickers and a chemise, shift or chemisole, which is her “little shirt,” I suppose.

This is the last journal entry, until February 1983
          Wednesday 21st June 1944   
I think this is Midsummer Day. Half an hour ago I took April to Gales Corner to catch the 7a.m. bus to her hospital. We were both shivering with the cold. Yes, Midsummer Day! I'm writing this in the sitting room at Terori. Violet is not awake yet.

The newspaper headlines say:

“ALLIES AT GATES OF CHERBOURG”
“Americans only two miles from city.”
“RUSSIANS STORM INTO VIBORG”
“Key to Finland captured.”
“RAF BLITZ ON ROBOT LAIRS”

Only stray “flying bombs” or “robot planes” have exploded within sound of here in the last few days. There have been many alerts though, the sirens wail day and night and people turn eagerly to watch the sky.

I wonder what it's like in London? There are many rumours – I hope quite wild and baseless. It's said that 600 crashed into London at the weekend; that a dozen fell in Piccadilly. Well, I'm going up tomorrow and shall see for myself.

Yesterday April and I went to Billericay and she entered the dock. To our disappointment the technical error proved no loophole. They apologised handsomely and asked her if the summons could be amended. “Well, it's your error...” she said demurely, but the Inspector beamed and said urbanely that in such case they'd have to issue a fresh summons. We'd thought they couldn't do that. Accordingly April paid 10/- (less 2d gained through twice using the lavatory in the Court House without having to pay a penny!) The Court was a bit of a mockery; everyone was laughing except April and I. Such trivial charges!

A warm, sunny day, yesterday. We'd heard of possible digs near Billericay, and walked across fields to Great Burstead. Each field was divided from the next by a hedge and a kissing gate... The fields were very quiet and the village beyond (hitherto unexplored by either of us) seemed asleep in the sunshine.

We enquired at the village shop (name of proprietor, Pluckrose!) and he said, “Little Dene? Down this road, past what we call the tin hut, past “Melody Mede” and it's the next bungalow.”

We soon saw the tin atrocity. Almost opposite was a beautiful whitewash and black timbered walled house with a well kept lawn. We feared that “Little Dene” would be the gaunt-looking bungalow at the bottom of the road, but it was a smaller and prettier place next door to “Melody Mede” (or “Mead”).

We said Mr O'Brien had recommended this for digs, and were shown into the back parlour. There was brass-work and a sleepy, old-aged dog. “Shades of Nurse Pascoe!” I muttered my wife, sotto voce. “Doesn't look the same sort of woman,” I replied reassuringly as I saw Mrs Potter coming across he back garden.

She was lady aged about 50, greyish hair braided attractively across the top, educated voice. She seemed slightly embarrassed about having to take in diggers at all. On the whole a rather nice type of landlady. She was an ex-nurse (April and I looked at each other in alarm!)

The bedroom was quite alright; but when we were shown a room across the passage and Mrs Potter said, “This would be your sitting room. You'd be quite on your own...” and when we heard we could be left to ourselves entirely, using her cooking and washing facilities, we began to look hopeful.

“But – have you a lavatory?” I asked, thinking of Stock. “Oh, yes!” She opened a door off the scullery, and a second door and April saw a dangling chain and cried ecstatically, “Oh! You're on the sewer!”. The only possible snag then was the charge and this turned out to be quite reasonable – 25/- a week for two rooms and no extra charge for gas except for baths.

So we arranged to begin to move in before July 9th and paid her a retaining fee. Mrs Potter gave us two keys then and there! To save her any subsequent uneasiness we showed her our identity cards. The name “Dawson” on April's card was hidden at first and I saw Mrs Potter stare a bit blankly! Then April opened the flap of her case and showed the magic surname and Mrs Potter said, “Oh!” “Ah, there's nothing like that about us!” laughed April.

So with a home in prospect at last, we walked back to Billericay. “Little Dene” was quite near the Brentwood bus route. We had a luncheon snack at Cottis'. I sat facing the shop door, whilst April chatted to an old friend. Presently I saw Lois Rogers stride into the shop, I think for a packet of cigarettes and some cakes. She came with the old air of confidence and arrogance and was wearing an ambulance driver's uniform. This shook me and I was stunned for a few minutes.

When April's friend had gone I said, “Lois was in here just now” and my wife opened
her eyes wide in surprise. Later, curious, she wandered out into the street, looking for a blonde in navy blue but the ghost had gone.

That was all yesterday. Vi is up now and has just lit the fire in the sitting room.
This, as I said before, is midsummer.
          Is Music the Key to Success   
CONDOLEEZZA RICE trained to be a concert pianist. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was a professional clarinet and saxophone player. The hedge fund billionaire Bruce Kovner is a...
          Daria Merkulova Russian Photographer | Российский Фотограф Дарья Меркулова A pair of antique hedgehog dolls - Boy & Girl   

russian-photographer.ru posted a photo:

Daria Merkulova Russian Photographer | Российский Фотограф Дарья Меркулова A pair of antique hedgehog dolls - Boy & Girl

Этих прекрасных ёжиков я купила у разных продавцов в свою коллекцию на одном из блошиных рынков Санкт-Петербурга, Россия. Эти игрушки сейчас встречаются редко, потому что они 1980-х годов и привозили их в СССР из Германии (тогда ДДР - восточная часть Германии), производили там же - ДДР

These beautiful hedgehogs I bought from different vendors in my collection at one of the flea markets in St. Petersburg, Russia. These toys are now rare, because they were in the 1980s and brought them to the USSR from Germany (then DDR - eastern Germany), manufactured the same - DDR

My Toys: russian-photographer.ru/photo/dolls


          A recession is coming — so hide in gold, says influential investor Raoul Pal   
Former hedge-fund manager Raoul Pal, who predicted the 2008 financial crisis, tells MarketWatch where he thinks investors should park their money for the next 12 months and why a recession is inevitable.
          Une majorité de personnes sondées favorables à une taxe Robin des bois dans cinq pays européens   
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Les citoyennes et citoyens européens ont fait passer un message clair à leurs responsables politiques afin de convenir d’une taxe sur les transactions financières, connue dans de nombreux pays comme la Taxe Robin des Bois, lors de leur rencontre le 24 mars à Bruxelles. 

Un sondage YouGov réalisé dans six pays Européens et commandité par Oxfam révèle qu’une majorité de personnes au Royaume-Uni, en Allemagne, en France, en Espagne et en Italie disent soutenir une taxe Robin des bois. Le sondage montre également qu’aux Pays-Bas les sondé-e-s qui supportent cette taxe sont plus nombreux que celles et ceux qui s’y opposent. Plus de 80% des sondé-e-s (allant de 82% aux Pays-Bas jusqu’à 90% en Espagne) estiment que les banques, les Hedge Funds - fonds de spéculation et autres institutions financières ont pour responsabilité de réparer les dommages causés par la crise économique, liés à leurs activités.

Seule une personne sur neuf en France ou au Royaume-Uni, et une personne sur onze en Allemagne, estime que les banques en ont déjà assez fait afin de réparer les dégâts causés par la crise économique. 

Ce sondage intervient alors que le soutien en faveur d'une taxe européenne sur les transactions financières prend de l'ampleur. En effet, au début du mois de mars, les 17 pays membres de la zone Euro ont convenu d’étudier la mise en place d’une taxe sur les transactions financières (TTF) au niveau de la zone euro, dans l’Union européenne et au niveau mondial. Le président de l’Eurogroupe, Jean-Claude Junker, a réaffirmé vendredi qu’il ferait pression pour la mise en place d’une TTF en Europe, de façon unilatérale. Cette décision est tombée quelques jours après que le Parlement européen a décidé de soutenir une taxe Robin des bois à l’échelle européenne.

Le Président de la République française, Nicolas Sarkozy, a annoncé comme priorité de la présidence française du G20 cette année, la création d’une coalition de pays prêts à mettre en œuvre une taxe sur les transactions financières pour financer le développement et l'adaptation au changement climatique. Il a reçu plusieurs soutiens politiques de taille, dont celui de la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel.

Oxfam mène une campagne pour l’instauration d’une taxe Robin des bois afin de réunir des fonds dans le but d’aider les personnes touchées par la pauvreté causée par la crise économique et lutter contre le changement climatique.

Pour Elise Ford, directrice du bureau d’Oxfam auprès de l’Union européenne : "Ce sondage montre que la taxe Robin des bois sur les transactions financières des banques pourrait s’avérer être la taxe la plus populaire dans l’histoire de l’Europe".

"Les citoyennes et citoyens envoient un message clair à leurs responsables politiques : les banques n’en ont pas assez fait pour réparer leurs erreurs. Les Européennes et Européens estiment clairement que leurs gouvernements doivent rejoindre la coalition du Président Sarkozy et veulent faire payer le secteur financier en aidant les gens touchés par la crise financière." 

Le sondage révèle que les personnes en faveurs d’une taxe Robin des bois sont deux fois plus nombreuses que celles s’y opposant, tant au Royaume-Uni (respectivement 51% et 19%), qu'en Allemagne (53% et 24%), en France (51% et 22%), en Espagne (67% et 15%) et en Italie (59% et 18%). Aux Pays-Bas, 38% des sondé-e-s étaient favorables à la taxe Robin des bois contre 25% qui s'y opposent.

Le sondage montre également qu’au Royaume-Uni, dont le gouvernement est considéré comme le plus susceptible de s’opposer à une taxe sur les transactions financières à l’échelle de l’Europe, la majorité des sympathisant-e-s du Parti conservateur (45%) sont favorables à une taxe Robin des bois, tandis qu’ils et elles ne sont que 27% à  être réticent-e-s. De plus, 87% des Conservateurs pensent que les institutions financières doivent aider à la réparation des dégâts qu’elles ont causés, et seulement 16% estiment que les banques ont d’ores et déjà assez payé depuis l’effondrement de l'économie. Le Parti conservateur constitue le plus grand parti du gouvernement de coalition du Royaume-Uni.  

En savoir plus

La taxe Robin des bois

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Ce sondage montre que la taxe Robin des bois sur les transactions financières des banques pourrait s’avérer être la taxe la plus populaire dans l’histoire de l’Europe.
Quotee's organisation: 
Directrice du bureau d’Oxfam auprès de l’Union européenne
Notes aux rédactions: 

Tous les chiffres, sauf indication contraire, sont fournis par YouGov Plc. La taille de l’échantillon total était de 2 226 au Royaume-Uni, 2 008 en France, 2 105 en Allemagne, 2 009 en Espagne, 2 004 en Italie et 2 011 aux Pays-Bas. L'enquête a été réalisée entre le 7 et le 14 mars 2011, en ligne. Les chiffres ont été pondérés et sont représentatifs d’une population adulte (âgés de plus de 18 ans) pour chaque marché. 

La déclaration suivante fait partie des conclusions de la réunion des chefs d’Etats de la zone euro de mars 2011 : "Les chefs d’Etat ou de gouvernement conviennent que l’introduction d’une taxe sur les transactions financières doit être explorée et développée au sein de la zone euro, de l’Union européenne et au niveau international".

Le président de l'Eurogroupe Jean-Claude Juncker a réaffirmé vendredi qu'il ferait pression pour la mise en place d'une TTF en Europe.

Le ministre des Finances allemand Wolfgang Schäuble a déclaré samedi qu'il serait à dépenser de l'argent issu de la "Taxe Robin des bois" dans le développement et la lutte contre le changement climatique.

Questions posées sur la taxation des transactions financières : Certains militants ont demandé au gouvernement d’introduire une taxe sur les transactions bancaires. Il s’agirait d’une taxe entre les institutions financières et non sur les transactions bancaires courantes des clients. Certains estiment que ce serait un moyen plus équitable de lever les fonds nécessaires pour un gouvernement, tandis que d’autres s’y opposent en affirmant que cette taxe aura pour effet de rendre les services financiers plus chers et que cela ne peut fonctionner sans le soutien de tous les autres pays. 

  • Question au Royaume-Uni, en Espagne, en Italie et aux Pays-Bas : Dans quelle mesure seriez-vous favorable ou opposé-e à une taxe sur les institutions financières au Royaume-Uni, à condition que l’argent récolté aille pour la protection du service public et la lutte contre la pauvreté, au niveau national et à l’étranger ?
  • Question en France : Dans quelle mesure êtes-vous en faveur ou opposé-e à ce que la France mette déjà en place une telle taxe au niveau français, si les sommes recueillies servaient à financer la santé, l’éducation et globalement la lutte contre la pauvreté dans les pays en développement ? 
  • Question en Allemagne : Dans quelle mesure seriez-vous favorable ou opposé-e à une telle taxe, si que les fonds récoltés (ou au moins une partie) servent à lutter contre la pauvreté au niveau national et à l’étranger ?
Contact: 

Pour de plus amples informations, merci de contacter :

Angela Corbalan (Bruxelles) : + 32 473 56 22 60 / angela.corbalan@oxfaminternational.org

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Quotee: 
Elise Ford

          Nightingales flourish but why is ‘rewilding’ the countryside controversial?   
Conservationists admit the word is divisive, particularly among farmers

Just down the road from Gatwick, the neatly hedged English countryside gives way to an exuberant, utterly alien-looking landscape. Arable fields are obliterated by dense thickets of sallow. Eight metre-wide blackthorn hedges spill into flowery meadows. Wild pigs and red deer run rampant through ragwort, thistles and other weeds. The air is alive with birdsong rarely heard in Britain today – spectacular bursts of nightingale and the purring of turtle doves.

In barely a decade, rewilded nature has conquered Knepp Castle in West Sussex. Rewilding appears to be conquering conservation too. As Brexit and the savaging of agricultural subsidies loom, farming may also be engulfed by this new wild. But as rewilding blossoms, so do controversies. Scientists recently warned that wild boar illegally released into Scotland could carry the CC398 strain of the MRSA superbug that is resistant to antibiotics.

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          Is This The Most Valuable Car At Goodwood?   

Fifty feet to my right sits a row of rare and desirable McLarens. Over the other side of the trimmed privet hedge a Bugatti Chiron shares a patch of lawn with at least five Bugatti Veyrons. Over the chinking of champagne glasses and the five-piece jazz band playing on the front lawn I can hear […]

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          #TrumpTrain riders, #Hillbots and the waaahhhmbulance   
Jay Sekulow, constitutional law hack
A Twitter friend (for now) who should know better, and who I thought DID know better, but doesn't, is whining about the Guardian's piece about Trump lawyer friend Jay Sekolow's "Christian" fueled alleged grifting — and possibly grafting, if the IRS chooses to further investigate his brother's work claims.

Said person first said it was a hit job because the MSM wasn't writing similar about David Brock. He then claimed it was digging up 17-year-old material.

I had multiple responses to that.

First, while the Guardian's look went back 17 years, it didn't stop there. It said the financial shenanigans are running up to today. So, no, not "digging up old material."

Second, re David Brock, lemme know how many relatives he's paying.

Third, somewhat parallel, USA Today DID report that Bernie Sanders hired relatives for his 2012 Senate re-election campaign.

Fourth, as I know said person knows, the No. 1 story, on most Google searches, about Frank Giustra and the Clinton Foundation was by the New York Times.

Sixth, said person has retweeted Prison Planet at least once. And done the same with Zero Hedge. (That also said, I plan on unfriending more "liberal" friends who retweet either one, if they've done it before. And I refuse to use the actual names of either one.)

Sixth, per my opening paragraph, I think the Christianity façade is as much the story on Sekulow as the Trump connection. Let me know when David Brock invokes Jesus for his fiscal shakedowns. It really looks no different than, say, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker to this pair of eyeballs.

Seventh, per me posting that link in response to said person posting Sekulow's wondering, or rather, rhetorical "wondering," why no special counsel is investigating Barack Obama?

The alleged constitutional law scholar (side-slap to Actual Flatticus while I'm here) knows why: We don't have special counsels for cases against private citizens. It's also a lie. Obama didn't "do nothing," and it's been publicly stated he talked directly to Vladimir Putin.

Eighth, said Twitterer has seen, since we've been friends, that I've said that I'm sure Trump didn't collude with Russia.

Ninth, said Twitterer knows that Sekulow is actually under investigation at the state level for his alleged shenanigans. Therefore, the Guardian piece, and others, aren't a "media hit job."

Oh, and Trump Train and fellow traveler snowflakes? One of the states investigating Sekulow is North Carolina, hardly a hotbed of liberalism.

Seriously, you Trump Train riders — and Owl Doctor, if you're not one, I'm personally labeling you a "fellow traveler" — you're as much thin-skinned titty-baby special snowflakes as Hillbots. So, both of you groups, get on the waaahhhmbulance!
          Caisse Cautious on London Real Estate?   
Matt Scuffham of Reuters reports, Canada's Caisse cautious on London amid Brexit fears:
Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, one of the world's biggest real estate investors, is holding off on major investments in London real estate amid uncertainty over the impact of Britain's planned exit from the European Union.

Canada's second-biggest public pension fund has been an enthusiastic investor in Britain and earlier this year agreed to finance the expansion of London's Heathrow airport in which it is one of the biggest shareholders.

Until recently, London was one of the cities the Caisse was most committed to investing in along with New York and Shanghai.

"That is still certainly true for Shanghai, true for New York," Caisse Chief Executive Michael Sabia told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

However, the Caisse has turned more cautious on Britain's capital after Prime Minister Theresa May lost her majority in a parliamentary election in early June, giving her a weaker hand in negotiating Britain's exit from the EU.

"We're pretty cautious right now about making meaningful and significant investments in London real estate," Sabia said.

The Caisse has not seen any impact yet on valuations of its existing real estate portfolio in London which is primarily in high-end office buildings. However, Sabia said valuations of less desirable properties were being affected.

"The question is how far does this go, does it spread? That is why we're being careful until we have a better sense."

Sabia also said Britain's economy, which initially withstood the shock of the Brexit vote, was starting to hurt.

"I think you're going to see slowing in the UK as the reality of Brexit begins to affect decision making more, I think we're already seeing some of that."

The Caisse, which manages public pensions for retirees in Quebec, has a dual mandate both to maximise returns for depositors and support economic growth in the Canadian province.

A $1.5 billion investment in Bombardier (BA.N), headquartered in Quebec, has been slammed by U.S. rival Boeing (BA.N) as an unfair subsidy but Sabia rejected that characterisation as "absolute nonsense" on Wednesday.

KHAKI PROJECTS

Caisse is embarking this year on the construction of the world's third-biggest public transit system in its home city of Montreal, a groundbreaking project which will see the pension fund take responsibility for both the funding and construction.

The C$6 billion project, which has also received funding from the Quebec government and Canada's federal government, is seen as a test case by other pension funds which normally prefer to invest in 'brownfield' infrastructure that has already been built rather than take on the construction risk through a 'greenfield' project.

But competition for assets such as roads, bridges and tunnels that have already been built has intensified as investors look for alternatives to low-yielding government bonds and volatile equity markets.

Sabia said he believes the Caisse will have an advantage over rivals from developing the skills in-house to manage the construction of new infrastructure and wants to replicate the model in the United States and Europe if it succeeds.

He also argued that much infrastructure development falls between the two, citing Heathrow Airport, where the infrastructure is being expanded, labelling them 'khaki' projects.

"You've got to have the capacity to work across that spectrum, to have a full product offering is something that's going to differentiate yourself in the market."

The Caisse invests money on behalf of workers and retirees in the province of Quebec and Sabia admitted that there would be reputational risk if money was lost on the Montreal transit project.

"Doing things differently and some degree of innovation always comes with some risk. If those reputational issues are so big in your mind then you're condemned to live in the status quo for ever.

"In an investment world that's changing as much as we think it is changing, staying in the status quo means you're toast."
There are two parts to this article. The first deals with the effects of Brexit on the UK economy.

Swati Dhingra, Gianmarco Ottaviano, Thomas Sampson and John Van Reenen of LSE's Centre for Economic Performance published a paper, The consequences of Brexit for UK trade and living standards, which you can read here.

Their main findings are listed below (click on image):


The authors of this paper even quantified the effects of Brexit on UK livings standards under an optimistic and pessimistic scenario (click on image):


As you can see, the effects of Brexit on UK living standards are not good under both scenarios but are particularly terrible under the pessimistic scenario.

Now, these are academic studies and critics will claim they're too gloom and doom. Still, it's clear that Brexit will have an impact on trade and UK living standards, we just don't yet how this will all play out.

As far as London, the financial center of Europe, there are some diverging views among Canada's large pensions. PSP Investments, the other large pension fund in Canada, opened a London office recently which it considers its European growth hub.

However, just like Michael Sabia,  PSP's CEO André Boubonnais, is equally cautious on UK real estate and infrastructure. The latter believes London will continue to be the financial hub of Europe but he too is very cautious when it comes to making big investments in UK's private markets (PSP's main focus is on expanding private debt operations in Europe but it is looking at investments in infrastructure and real estate).

My thoughts on London? It's a global financial center just like New York and to a lesser extent Toronto. In other words, a long bear market or profound shock in the markets aren't too bullish for London, New York or Toronto.

London also houses some very large well-known hedge funds like Brevan Howard which hasn't been performing too well lately. Troubles in Hedge Fund Land don't typically bode well for commercial real estate in large financial centers but the rise of technology juggernauts has helped ease the burden of relying too much on financial firms.

Anyway, the Caisse's real estate subsidiary, Ivanhoé Cambridge, is among the biggest and best real estate investors in the world so I'm confident they know what they're doing when it comes to their decision to be more cautious in terms of London real estate.

As far as the second part of the article, it deals with Michael Sabia's baby, the C$6 billion Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project. I recently discussed my thoughts on this project when I went over Ontario Teachers' new infrastructure approach, stating this:
[...] this is one approach. Another approach is what the Caisse is doing now with its massive REM project, which is a purely direct greenfield project. The Caisse got a loan from the Quebec government and will receive money from the federal government too, but what Macky Tall and his team are doing in Montreal is unlike anything any large Canadian pension is doing in infrastructure.

[Note: The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec just received confirmation of a $1.283-billion investment, by the Government of Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project.]

I just finished covering the International Pension Conference of Montreal and PSP's fiscal 2017 results where I noted that PSP's CEO André Bourbonnais is concerned about investor complacency and rightfully warned institutional investors are underestimating valuation and regulatory risks of infrastructure, mistakenly looking at these investments as a substitute for bonds.

In a private conversation with me at last year's pension conference, Leo de Bever, AIMCo's former CEO, told me he thought some of the infrastructure deals were being priced at "insane levels". I can't tell you which deals he mentioned (will let you guess), but he did add this: "what the Caisse is doing with this greenfield infrastructure project is truly innovative and can pay off in a huge way if they get it right."

I agree. There is no large pension in the world which is doing anything close to what the Caisse is doing in terms of a purely direct major greenfield infrastructure project where it controls everything from A to Z.

In order to do this project, CDPQ Infra went out and recruited people with the requisite skill-sets, people with operational experience developing and managing mammoth greenfield projects (not just MBAs and dealmakers but engineers with MBAs who worked at large construction engineering companies like SNC Lavalin and elsewhere).

This is why I was so disappointed to learn that the new Canadian Infrastructure Bank will be based in Toronto. I respect Jim Leech but in my humble opinion, Montreal, not Toronto, should have been the first and only choice as the headquarter this new federal infrastructure bank and I would have placed someone like Bruno Guilmette, PSP's former head of Infrastructure or someone else I know well as the head of this bank (I'm getting a bad feeling that this new infrastructure bank is going to be staffed by the wrong type of people).
In my opinion, Toronto was chosen as the headquarters of the new federal infrastructure bank because it is the financial epicenter of Canada and all the big pension funds are based there. Still, this decision irks me because Montreal needs a new federal Crown corporation based here (apart from the BDC) and we have plenty of infrastructure expertise that Toronto doesn't have. The Caisse's REM project is a testament to such world class expertise.

Anyway, even if it's headquartered in Toronto, hopefully they will staff this new infrastructure bank with the right people, not just a bunch of cowboy dealmakers.

[Note: A friend of mine reminded me that Toronto has the best infrastructure fund in the world, "it's called Brookfield and they are eons ahead of everyone else." Good point.]

Once again, if you have any thoughts on this comment or want to add anything, feel free to email me your thoughts at LKolivakis@gmail.com and I will be glad to post your comments.

Below, Lindsey Naylor on the macroeconomic impact of Brexit on the domestic economy, and the importance of regulatory matters in sustaining the ability of UK-based firms to face European clients.
Ms Naylor was speaking at the LSE Growth Commission’s Evidence Session on Finance and the City of London held at the Army and Navy Club on 6 December 2016. She is Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Global Corporate & Institutional Banking practice.

And on June 15, 2017, in Montreal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, and Michael Sabia, President and CEO of the Caisse discussed the federal government’s investment in Montreal’s Réseau électrique metropolitan (REM) light-rail network. Following the announcement, the prime minister, premier, and mayor respond to questions from reporters (in both French and English). You can watch it here.

Lastly, André Bourbonnais, president and CEO of PSP Investments, joins Bloomberg TV Canada’s Lily Jamali to discuss opportunities in the private debt market and his plans to expand globally. Listen carefully to his views on London, this is a great interview.



          May winners   

Good morning, it's time to announce the winners from our May challenge and say a big thank you to everyone who joined in, we saw some awesome creation and really enjoyed visiting your blogs. So for the winners...................

The prizes from Penny Black





The voucher from Crafts U Love


And the dies from Sizzix


Well done to you all, please mail me with your full names and postal addresses so I can send your prizes.


As usual the Design Team have been keeping their eyes on the entries using Penny Black stamps and would like to invite Lynda to be out Guest Designer in July, please mail me so I can tell you more about our theme for that month.

I will be back on Sunday with our new challenge.


          November mid month inspiration   
Good morning and welcome to our mid month post where the Design Team have lots more inspiration to share following this months 'Anything Christmas With Stamping' theme and as always there are lots of prizes to be won from Penny Black and our other lovely sponsors. So please make sure you join in to be in with a chance of winning.

We must see hand stamping as the focal element of your artwork, it can be a stamped image/s, large sentiment or quote....... the one exception are Penny Black Stickeroos. But no digi images and entries using them WILL NOT be eligible for prizes or GDT spots. It so upsets us to see names come out in the draw who are not eligible for a prize because they have not read the rules. 

Brenda
Using Penny Black 2808L Winter Glow and 30-140 Christmas Cheer

Ellie
Using Penny Black 30-039 Holly Jolly and 30-307 Holiday Snippets

Linda
Using Penny Black Stickeroo 10-185 Every Christmas

Lynn
Using Penny Black 30-267 Snow Dancer

Mervi
using Penny Black 3744K xmas head to toe! and 51-262 poinsettia bough

Sam
Using Penny Black 1281L Pinecones and Poinsettias and 949E Christmas Wishes

Shirley
Using Penny Black 40-006 Sweet Snowman

Tracy
Using Penny Black 3289J Snowy and Hedgy


 




          Blackberry   
B
Blackberries
blak-bear-ee

A purply black-coloured berry comprising many individual seed-containing fruits surrounding a cone-shaped core. Wonderfully juicy, they're good raw (straight from the hedge!) or cooked and are bursting with vitamin C. Wild, they're often called brambles.

End of July through to mid October.

Look for plump, shiny, tender berries, with none that are mushy or mouldy. If you buy a punnet, check that the underside isn't stained - that means the lower level of berries has been crushed.

As blackberries are very delicate, avoid washing them if possible, but if you have to, do it just before using them and drain well.

Arrange them on a layer of kitchen paper on a plate, so that they don't crush each other, and store them in the fridge. Take them out of the fridge an hour before eating, so that they're at room temperature. Eat within a couple of days of buying or picking.

Sprinkle with sugar and/or créme de mure liqueur and serve with cream; purée and sieve to make a coulis for ice cream or to make sherbets, fools or sorbets. Bake with chopped apples in a crumble.

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          Trump’s ‘No Sanctuary for Criminals Act’ Could Force California to Comply   
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House Republicans passed two major reforms Thursday targeting criminal aliens in so-called “sanctuary cities.” Both bills were inspired by crimes committed in California, and both will impact California more than any other state.

On bill, “Kate’s Law” — named for Kate Steinle. cut down in the prime of her life by an illegal alien with multiple felonies and deportations — increases the penalty for illegal aliens who attempt to return to the U.S. after being deported.

The second bill, the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act,” cuts off grant money to cities that enact polices prohibiting police from turning over dangerous criminal aliens to federal immigration authorities.

Both bills passed, and were applauded by President Donald Trump.

In a statement , President Donald Trump noted that the bills in the package were “named for slain Americans, whose parents I spent time with during the campaign.”

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          MEP’s Controlling the Gambling Bankers?   
    With all the dust being thrown up around banks deceptions and tax dodging it is easy to lose sight of fundamentals that don’t get so much chatter in the media.  Some things go on for months and tackling the casino speculation by hedge funds and banks such as Barclays Capital is a case […]
          DeSoto To DeLorean - 14 Defunct Car Brands (& How They Failed)   

Automobile enthusiasts around the world know brands like Studebaker, Plymouth and Packard, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any of these on the roads today. Former powerhouses in the American auto market, as Visual Capitalists's Chris Matei notes, they have since become beloved by collectors, but lost to the general public.

Today’s infographic comes from TitleMax and it looks at 14 now-defunct car brands and the circumstances that took them from highways to bygones.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

These are only a selection of a much longer list of car brands that have not survived to see the present day. What accounts for the churn rate of these brands?

BOLD EXPERIMENTS, BOONDOGGLES, AND BURNOUTS

Some car brands, like Tucker and Saturn, introduced new ideas that the market simply didn’t care for, didn’t perform as well as the competition, or were too ambitious for the industry climate.

Others, like Edsel and DeLorean, met swift ends as they hemorrhaged money far faster than their owners anticipated. Even more brands were simply folded into the ever-expanding portfolios of either Ford or General Motors, the two biggest auto conglomerates ever to rule the roads.

BAD TIMING, OR WORSE ECONOMY?

Car sales rise and fall with broader economic trends because they are tied into so many different variables: raw materials, production costs, labor costs, oil prices, and interest rates among others.

We can look at two time periods in which the combination of these conditions caused many of the brands on this list to fail.

Post-war Doldrums (1950-1958)

Based on the timeline above, we can see that 1950s were a terrible time for the smaller players in the auto industry. The explanation as to why so many brands declined over this decade has to do with the highly competitive, oligopolistic business practices of market leaders Ford and General Motors. Both of these market titans were locked in a battle to lower prices by taking advantage of economies of scale, while wooing customers who were feeling the economic pressures of a postwar recession.

Smaller volume manufacturers like Packard and Studebaker could not keep up, even when they attempted to merge. As a result, these and many other smaller brands were forced out, or absorbed into the portfolios of one of the “big two.”

Same Car, Different Name (1998-2008)

A similar stretch of declining sales plagued the late 1990s and early 2000s, as the trend of “badge engineering” caught up with manufacturers.

Rather than designing new models at high cost, conglomerates like GM simply engineered new brand “badges” and marketed the same basic models under a variety of names like Pontiac, Plymouth, Mercury, or Oldsmobile. The same tactic was later used to take mid-market designs, such as the Ford Fusion, and style them for a luxury audience as a new model – in this case, the Lincoln Mk. Z.

Badge engineering curbed the appeal of a number of American brands under the GM and Ford portfolios. The nail in many of their coffins was the major auto industry downturn in 2008. That year, GM restructured as it underwent Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

As a result, GM removed the majority of its badge engineered brands, including many of those listed above, from dealerships in the following years.


          5 Maps That Explain The Modern Middle East   

Authored by George Friedman and Kamran Bokhari via MauldinEconomics.com,

If geopolitics studies how nations behave, then the nation is singularly important. Nation-states are the defining feature of the modern political era. They give people a collective identity and a pride of place… even when their borders are artificially drawn, as they were in the Middle East.

Constantly in conflict with the notion of nationalism, especially in such a volatile region, are transnational issues. These are issues like religion and ethnicity that cannot be contained by a country’s borders.

Arab nation-states are now failing in the Middle East, and though their failure is primarily due to their governments’ inability to create viable political economies, transnational issues—especially the competition between the Sunni and Shiite sects of Islam, as well as the struggle within the Sunni Arab realm—are expediting the process.


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The Failure of Pan-Arabism

Transnational issues have long bedeviled the countries of the modern Middle East. Major Arab states like Egypt, Syria, and Iraq began to flirt with pan-Arabism—a secular, left-leaning ideology that sought political unity of the Arab world—not long after they were founded. It threatened entrenched powers, particularly Arab monarchies like Saudi Arabia. But for an ideal that promoted unity, pan-Arabism was a notably fractured movement, with claims of leadership coming from the Baath party in Syria and Iraq to Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egypt. Whichever form it took, it advocated a kind of nationalism that defied the logic of the nation-state.

Pan-Arab nationalism failed because it couldn’t replace traditional nationalism and because it advocated something that had never existed in history. But the countries that rejected it never really developed into viable political entities. Autocracies and artificial, state-sponsored secularism kept them fragile, held together mostly by the coercion of state security forces.

Since the 1970s, these countries have been challenged by another transnational idea, Islamism (or political Islam), which has proved to be far more effective than pan-Arabism. Whether practiced by the Muslim Brotherhood, by jihadists, or more recently, by Salafists, the movement has spread throughout the Middle East. It has taken root not only among Sunni Arabs but also among Shiites. In fact, the Shiites were the first to create an Islamist government when they toppled the monarchy in the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Sunni Islamists would not hold traditional political power until after the so-called 2011 Arab Spring. But their power was short-lived: Either the regimes they sought to replace survived the uprisings, as was the case in Egypt, or the uprisings themselves eventually gave way to armed insurrection, as was the case in Syria.

The anarchy of the Arab Spring was fertile ground for jihadists, especially for the Islamic State, which became the most powerful Sunni Islamist force in the region. The group owes its success primarily to its ability to exploit sectarian differences in the region—differences made all the more acute after the United States toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein, a secular government dominated by Sunnis who had been in control of a majority Shiite country. The Baathist regime in Iraq was replaced by a Shiite-dominated government that Sunnis throughout the region had tried to keep from power.

Likewise, the Islamic State, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey scrambled to take ownership of the Sunni rebellion in Syria, which had been led by a minority Shiite government. The Islamic State was the best positioned to exploit the situation, creating a singular battlespace that linked eastern Syria with western Iraq.


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In doing so, it has destroyed what we have come to know as the sovereign states of Iraq and Syria. Iraqi and Syrian nationalism can’t really exist if there is no nation. The Islamic State has lost some territory recently, but its losses appear to benefit not the nations to which the land once belonged but the sectarian and ethnic groups that happen to be there. In Syria, Sunni Arab forces are not all that interested in fighting the Islamic State. The only two groups that appear willing are the Syrian Democratic Forces, which are dominated by Kurds who are trying to carve out their own territory, and Syrian government forces, who want to retake the areas that IS seized after the rebellion broke out.

Nationalism Replaced by Sectarianism

Identities based solely on sectarianism now stand in the place of nationalism. On one side are the Sunnis, led nominally by Saudi Arabia. On the other are the Shiites, led nominally by Iran. The Sunni bloc is in disrepair; the Shiite bloc is on the rise. The fact that Iran is Persian has in the past dissuaded Arab Shiites from siding with Tehran, but Saudi efforts to prevent the Shiite revival (not to mention the rise of the Islamic State) have left them feeling vulnerable. They are willing to set aside their differences for sectarian solidarity.


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There’s historical precedent for what’s happening in the Middle East.

In the 10th century, the Shiite Buyid and Fatimid dynasties came to power because the Sunni Abbasid caliphate, challenged by competing caliphates and upstart Persian and Turkic groups, began to lose its power. Shiite dynasties ultimately could not survive in a majority Sunni environment, especially not after it came back on top from around 1200 to around 1600. The Shiites rebounded in the 16th century in the form of the Safavid Empire in Persia, which officially embraced Shiite Islam as state religion. Power changes hands, cyclically, about every 500 years.


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And now, with Sunni Arab unity on the decline and with jihadists challenging Sunni power, the circumstances are ideal once again for Shiite power to expand.

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The Shiites are a minority, so it’s unclear just how far their influence can actually spread. But what is clear is that modern nationalism is being replaced by medieval sectarianism.
 


          America's Pension Bomb: Illinois Is Just the Start   

We've written quite a bit over the past couple of months about the pending financial crisis in Illinois which will inevitability result in the state's debt being downgraded to "junk" at some point in the near future (here is our latest from just this morning: "From Horrific To Catastrophic": Court Ruling Sends Illinois Into Financial Abyss).

Unfortunately, the state of Illinois doesn't have a monopoly on ignorant politicians...they're everywhere.  And, since the end of World War II, those ignorant politicians have been promising American Baby Boomers more and more entitlements while never collecting nearly enough money to cover them all...it's all been a massive state-sponsored scam.

As we've noted frequently before, some of the largest of the many entitlement 'scams' in this country are America's public pension funds.  Up until now, these public pension have been covered by stealing money set aside for future generations to cover current claims...it's a ponzi scheme of epic proportions...$5-$8 trillion to be exact.

Of course, the problem with ponzi schemes is that eventually you get to the point where the ponzi is so large that you can't possibly steal enough money from new entrants to cover redemptions from those trying to exit...and, with a tidal wave of baby boomers about to pass into their retirement years, we suspect that America's epic ponzi is on the verge of being exposed for the world to see.

And when the ponzi dominoes start to fall, Bloomberg has provided this helpful map to illustrate who will succumb first...

 

Of course, if you live in a state like South Dakota, you may take some solace from the fact that your public pension is fully funded...don't. 

Once the dominoes start to fall, and they will, those "ignorant politicians" we mentioned above will think they're doing the right thing when they attempt to "socialize the issue" with federal bailouts and tax hikes.  Unfortunately, this is one crisis that will be too large for even American taxpayers to bailout.


          The Mad Chase For Russia-gate Prey   

Authored by Daniel Lazare via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

 

June turned out to be the cruelest month for the Russia-gate industry.

The pain began on June 8 when ex-FBI Director James Comey testified that a sensational New York Times article declaring that “members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials” was “in the main … not true.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses UN General Assembly on Sept. 28, 2015. (UN Photo)

Then came Republican Karen Handel’s June 20 victory in a special election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, sparking bitter recriminations among Democrats who had hoped to ride to victory on a Russia-gate-propelled wave of resistance to Trump.

More evidence that the strategy was not working came a day later when the Harris Poll and Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies produced a devastating survey showing that 62 percent of voters see no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, while 54 percent believe the “Deep State” is trying to unseat the President by leaking classified information. The poll even showed a small bounce in Trump’s popularity, with 45 percent viewing him favorably as opposed to only 39 percent for his defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

The mainstream news media also came in for some lumps. On June 23, CNN retracted a story that had claimed that Congress was looking into reports that the Trump transition team met secretly with a Russian investment fund under sanction from the U.S. government. Three days later, CNN announced that three staffers responsible for the blooper – reporter and Pulitzer Prize-nominee Thomas Frank; Pulitzer-winner Eric Lichtblau, late of the New York Times; and Lex Haris, executive editor in charge of investigations – had resigned.

Adding to CNN’s embarrassment, Project Veritas, the brainchild of rightwing provocateur James O’Keefe, released an undercover video in which a CNN producer named John Bonifield explained that the network can’t stop talking about Russia because it boosts ratings and then went on to say about Russia-gate:

Could be bullshit, I mean it’s mostly bullshit right now.  Like, we don’t have any big giant proof. But … the leaks keep leaking, and there are so many great leaks, and it’s amazing, and I just refuse to believe that if they had something really good like that, that wouldn’t leak because we’ve been getting all these other leaks. So I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the president is probably right to say, like, look, you’re witch-hunting me, like, you have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.

Project Veritas also released an undercover video interview with CNN contributor Van Jones calling the long-running probe into possible collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia a “nothing-burger,” a position similar to the skepticism that Jones has displayed in his on-air comments.

True, the Bonifield video was only a medical reporter sounding off about a story that he’s not even covering and doing so to a dirty-trickster who has received financing from Trump and who, after another undercover film stunt, was ordered in 2013 to apologize and pay $100,000 to an anti-poverty worker whose privacy he had invaded.

Good for Ratings

But, still, Bonifield’s “president-is-probably-right” comment is hard to shake. Ditto Van Jones’ “nothing-burger.” Unless both quotes are completely doctored, it appears that the scuttlebutt among CNNers is that Russia-gate is a lot of hot air but no one cares because it’s sending viewership through the roof.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow

And if that’s what CNN thinks, then it may be what MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow thinks as she also plays the Russia card for all it’s worthIt may also be what The Washington Post has in the back of its mind even while hyperventilating about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy.”

The New York Times also got caught up in its enthusiasm to hype the Russia-gate case on June 25 when it ran a story slamming Trump for “refus[ing] to acknowledge a basic fact agreed upon by 17 American intelligence agencies that he now oversees: Russia orchestrated the attacks [on Democratic emails], and did it to help get him elected.”

The “17-intelligence-agency” canard has been a favorite go-to assertion for both Democrats and the mainstream news media, although it was repudiated in May by President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan.

So, on June 29, the Times apparently found itself with no choice but to issue a correction stating: “The [Russia-hacking] assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.”

This point is important because, as Consortiumnews.com and other non-mainstream news outlets have argued for more than a month, it is much easier to manipulate a finding by hand-picking analysts from a small number of intelligence agencies than by seeking the judgments and dissents from all 17.

Despite the correction, the Times soon returned to its pattern of shading the truth regarding the U.S. intelligence assessment. On June 30, a Times article reported: “Mr. Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the unanimous conclusion of United States intelligence agencies that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 race.”

The Times’ phrase “unanimous conclusion” conveys the false impression that all 17 agencies were onboard without specifically saying so, although we now know that the Times’ editors are aware that only selected analysts from three agencies plus the DNI’s office were involved.

In other words, the Times cited a “unanimous conclusion of United States intelligence agencies” to mislead its readers without specifically repeating the “all-17-agencies” falsehood. This behavior suggests that the Times is so blinded by its anti-Trump animus that it wants to conceal from its readers how shaky the whole tale is.

Holes from the Start

But the problems with Russia-gate date back to the beginning. Where Watergate was about a real burglary, this one began with a cyber break-in that may or may not have occurred. In his June 8 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey conceded that the FBI never checked the DNC’s servers to confirm that they had truly been hacked.

Former FBI Director James Comey

COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RICHARD BURR: Did you ever have access to the actual hardware that was hacked?  Or did you have to rely on a third party to provide you the data that they had collected?

 

COMEY: In the case of the DNC, and, I believe, the DCCC [i.e. the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee], but I’m sure the DNC, we did not have access to the devices themselves.  We got relevant forensic information from a private party, a high-class entity, that had done the work.  But we didn’t get direct access.

 

BURR: But no content?

 

COMEY: Correct.

 

BURR: Isn’t content an important part of the forensics from a counterintelligence standpoint?

 

COMEY: It is, although what was briefed to me by my folks — the people who were my folks at the time – is that they had gotten the information from the private party that they needed to understand the intrusion by the spring of 2016.

The FBI apparently was confident that it could rely on such “a high-class entity” as CrowdStrike to tell it what it needed to know. Yet neither the Democratic National Committee nor CrowdStrike, the Irvine, California, cyber-security firm the DNC hired, was remotely objective.

Hillary Clinton was on record calling Putin a “bully” whose goal was “to stymie, to confront, to undermine American power” while Dmitri Aperovitch, CrowdStrike’s chief technical officer, is a Russian émigré who is both anti-Putin personally and an associate of the Atlantic Council, a pro-Clinton/anti-Russian think tank that is funded by the Saudis, the United Arab Emirates and the Ukrainian World Congress. The Atlantic Council is one of the most anti-Russian voices in Washington.

So, an anti-Putin DNC hired an anti-Putin security specialist, who, to absolutely no one’s surprise, “immediately” determined that the break-in was the work of hackers “closely linked to the Russian government’s powerful and highly capable intelligence services.”

Comey’s trust in CrowdStrike was akin to cops trusting a private eye not only to investigate a murder, but to determine if it even occurred. Yet the mainstream media’s pack journalists saw no reason to question the FBI because doing so would not accord with an anti-Trump bias so pronounced that even journalism profs have begun to notice.

Doubts about CrowdStrike

Since CrowdStrike issued its findings, it has come under wide-ranging criticism. Cyber experts have called its analysis inconsistent because while praising the alleged hackers to the skies (“our team considers them some of the best adversaries out of all the numerous nation-state, criminal and hacktivist/terrorist groups we encounter on a daily basis”), CrowdStrike says it was able to uncover their identity because they made kindergarten-level mistakes, most notably uploading documents in a Russian-language format under the name “Felix Edmundovich,” a reference to Felix E. Dzerzhinsky, founder of the Soviet secret police.

Couple walking along the Kremlin, Dec. 7, 2016. (Photo by Robert Parry)

“Raise your hand if you think that a GRU or FSB officer would add Iron Felix’s name to the metadata of a stolen document before he released it to the world while pretending to be a Romanian hacker,” wisecracked cyber-skeptic Jeffrey Carr.

Others noted how easy it is for even novice hackers to leave a false trail. In Seattle, cyber-sleuths Mark Maunder and Rob McMahon of Wordfence, makers of a popular computer-security program, discovered that “malware” found in the DNC was an early version of a publicly available program developed in the Ukraine – which was strange, they said, because one would expect Russian intelligence to develop its own tools or use ones that were more up to date.

But even if the malware was Russian, experts pointed out that its use in this instance no more implicates Russian intelligence than the use of an Uzi in a bank robbery implicates Mossad.

Other loose threads appeared. In January, Carr poured cold water on a subsequent CrowdStrike report charging that pro-Russian separatists had used similar malware to zero in on pro-government artillery units in the eastern Ukraine.

The Ukrainian ministry of defense and the London think tank from which CrowdStrike obtained much of its data agreed that the company didn’t know what it was talking about. But if CrowdStrike was wrong about the Ukraine case, how could everyone be sure it was right about the DNC?

In March, Wikileaks went public with its “Vault 7” findings showing, among other things, that the CIA has developed sophisticated software in order to scatter false clues – which inevitably led to dark mutterings that maybe the agency had hacked the DNC itself in order to blame it on the Russians.

Finally, although Wikileaks policy is never to comment on its sources, Julian Assange, the group’s founder, decided to make an exception.

“The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything,” he told journalist John Pilger in November. “Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That’s false – we can say that the Russian government is not the source.”

Craig Murray, an ex-British diplomat who is a Wikileaks adviser, disclosed that he personally flew to Washington to meet with a person who was either the original source or an associate of the source. Murray said the motive for the leak was “disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders.”

Conceivably, such contacts could have been cutouts to conceal from WikiLeaks the actual sources. Still, Wikileaks’ record of veracity should be enough to give anyone pause. Yet the press either ignored the WikiLeaks comments or, in the case of The Washington Post, struggled to prove that WikiLeaks was lying.

Unstable Foundation

The stories that have been built upon this unstable foundation have proved shaky, too. In March, the Times published a front-page exposé asserting that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort “had regular communications with his longtime associate – a former Russian military translator in Kiev who has been investigated in Ukraine on suspicion of being a Russian intelligence agent.”  But if the man was merely a suspected spy as opposed to a convicted one, then what’s the problem?

President Donald Trump being sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017. (Screen shot from Whitehouse.gov)

The article also noted that Jason Greenblatt, a former Trump lawyer who is now a special White House representative for international negotiations, met last summer with Rabbi Berel Lazar, “the chief rabbi of Russia and an ally of Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin.” But an Orthodox Jew paying a call on Russia’s chief rabbi is hardly extraordinary. Neither is the fact that the rabbi is a Putin ally since Putin enjoys broad support in the Russian Jewish community.

In April, the Times published another innuendo-laden front-page story about businessman Carter Page whose July 2016 trip to Moscow proved to be “a catalyst for the F.B.I. investigation into connections between Russia and President Trump’s campaign.”

Page’s sins chiefly consist of lecturing at a Moscow academic institute about U.S.-Russian relations in terms that The New York Times believed “echoed the position of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia” and, on another occasion, meeting with a suspected Russian intelligence agent in New York.

“There is no evidence that Mr. Page knew the man was an intelligence officer,” the article added. So is it now a crime to talk with a Russian or some other foreign national who, unbeknownst to you, may turn out to be an intelligence agent?

Then there is poor Mike Flynn, driven out as national security adviser after just 24 days in office for allegedly misrepresenting conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak – exchanges during the Trump transition that supposedly exposed him to the possibility of Russian blackmail although U.S. intelligence was monitoring the talks and therefore knew their exact contents. And, since the Russians no doubt assumed as much, it’s hard to see what they could have blackmailed him with. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Turning Gen. Flynn into Road Kill.”]

Yet the mainstream media eagerly gobbled up this blackmail possibility while presenting with a straight face the claim by Obama holdovers at the Justice Department that the Flynn-Kislyak conversations might have violated the 1799 Logan Act, an ancient relic that has never been used to prosecute anyone in its entire two-century history.

So, if the scandal is looking increasingly threadbare now, could the reason be that there was little or nothing to it when it was first announced during the final weeks of the 2016 campaign?

Although it’s impossible to say what evidence might eventually emerge, Russia-gate is looking more and more like a Democratic version of Benghazi, a pseudo-scandal that no one could ever figure out but which wound up making Hillary Clinton look like a persecuted hero and the Republicans seem like obsessed idiots.

As much as that epic inquiry turned out to be mostly a witch-hunt, Americans are beginning to sense the same about Washington’s latest game of “gotcha.”

The United States is still a democracy in some vague sense of the word, and “We the People” are losing patience with subterranean maneuvers on the part of the Democrats, the neoconservatives, and the intelligence agencies seeking to reverse a presidential election.

Like Benghazi or possibly even the Birthergate scam about President Obama’s Kenyan birthplace, the whole convoluted Russia-gate tale grows stranger by the day.


          Opalesque Roundup: Investors shift assets as quants start dominating hedge funds: hedge fund news, week 27   
In the week ending 30 June 2017, in FinTech, the 2017 Hedge Fund 100, Institutional Investor 's Alpha 's 16th-annual ranking of the world 's 100-largest hedge funds by assets is dominated by quants. Quantitative hedge funds all saw their assets grew last year, dominating the sector. These funds are ...
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          Nursery Wall Sticker - Forest Animals Friend Wall Art - Fox, Deer, Bear, Raccoon, Owls Wall Decals - PLFR050 by evgieNev   

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          I'm Not Gay! || Sonadow   
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Shadow the hedgehog claims he isn't gay or in love at all! He also says that he's alone but not for long! Shadow decides to visit his old friend. Will Shadow finally be in love? Is Shadow Gay? Who is Shadow dear old friend? Read to Find Out! • ...
          Hazel Hedgehog   

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          Watch the UFC promo for McGregors showdown with Dennis Silver   

Conor Mcgregor is fast becoming the face of UFC, and whatever your opinion on the pony-tail fad that’s sweeping the greater Dublin area, this is certainly something to look forward to. The trash-talking tank is certainly no shrinking violet. He’s backed up every insult he’s spewed at his opponents with aplomb since his introduction onto […]

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          Stocks: Lots of Room to Run   
Stocks have lots of room to run, said Goldman Sachs senior investment strategist Abby Joseph Cohen at the Bloomberg Hedge Fund conference in New York Wednesday morning. Cohen, a 22 year veteran of Goldman Sachs, estimates that even after the 2012 market rally, stocks could rise another 10% to 15% in 2013. While Congress has given the U.S. population reason to worry about taxes and the fiscal cliff, the overall fundamentals of the U.S. economy are healthy, and consumers have money to spend, Cohen said. Moreover, the U.S. has been reducing its debt relative to its growth domestic product during the past few years. She noted that debt was 4% of GDP for the fiscal year that started in October compared to an 11% ratio in 2008. "We are slowly growing our way out of the most extreme version of the debt crisis," she said.

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          Rick Findlater   
Hairstylist Rick Findlater may yet not be a household name in the U.S., but his moniker will be announced loudly on TV screens throughout the world on Sunday night during the Oscars as the nominations for the Academy Award for Makeup and Hairstyling are read on stage. The Australian-based stylist is nominated for his work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and his client Naomi Watts is being honored for The Impossible, for which he styled the actress’s wigs. While this may be his first Oscar recognition, Findlater is no stranger to seeing his work on the big screen. He’s worked on everything from The Lord of the Rings films and Avatar to King Kong and the upcoming Zulu, starring Orlando Bloom. We caught up with the talented—and hilarious—stylist to chat about his work and his inspirations.

How did you feel when you learned you’d been nominated for an Oscar?


I had been up all night waiting for the results to be posted online. Finally they were online at 1am my time, and I had to ask my dog if I was looking at the correct page! Luckily my agent then called and confirmed I had been nominated. I went to bed with a huge smile on my face.

What are some other movies from the past that you think had Oscar-worthy hair?
To date, I still think the best hair film of all time is Dangerous Liaisons. I did, however, like the work we did on I’m Not There, the 2007 film about Bob Dylan [that had several different actors and actresses portraying the rock legend].

How did you get your start in the hair industry?


I started life as an apprentice chef as a knee jerk reaction to get out of school. As much as I love cooking, it was not for me, and I moved into beauty. I started with studying makeup and then picked hair up after that. I love working with hair. These days, I often get asked to do films when the actors want to wear wigs, which is a whole new ball game.

How did you decide to focus on both hair and makeup? Do you prefer one over the other?


I like the combination of both, especially if you are doing period films.

How did you get your start doing hair for movies? What was the first movie you worked on?


I moved to Vancouver from Australia and started with commercials and small days here and there on different things. Then I moved back to Australia and started making up news reporters, which lead to TV series, then Movies of the Week and then finally feature films. My first major film was The Lord of the Rings.

Tell us about the hair you did for The Hobbit. Which were your favorite characters to work on? Any particular challenges?


Of course my favorite character is Gandalf, who I was personally responsible for. The biggest challenge for me/us was with the dwarves, as their hair was actually yak hair, which is incredibly coarse and, as you can imagine, naturally sheds water—and anything else for that matter. When cutting it, you literally have to cut it like a "hedge"…forget layers and edges and corners. Along with this, we were using up 22 whole containers of product per wig almost on a daily basis, depending what was required. The wizards and elves all wear European human hair wigs, which were easier.


You’ve done a lot of fantasy/sci-fi movies that must give you a lot of creative freedom. What’s your process for coming up with these styles?


The director usually gives you a brief on what he likes, and by the time I am hired, the art department has a basic idea of what the sets look like, so I use these as starting points. I often try and push the boundaries too far, so the director brings me back a bit…but just a bit. It seems to work and, on occasion, it works really well.

You’ve worked in several different genres—do you have a favorite?


I like any genre. It seems I was stuck in the ‘20s and ‘30s for a few years, so I can fingerwave with my eyes closed…and possibly in my sleep.

How do you prepare for each film?


Because I very rarely work in Australia, the first thing I do when I get hired for a film is work out who wants to house sit while I’m away! After that, I read the script at least three times and make notes on it. Then I start my research if it’s a period film and see what I could change or modify to put my own stamp on it. If it has no historical relevance then I start with the process mentioned above.

You’ve worked on both TV and movie sets – how do they differ?


TV moves faster. If you have any hair changes, you need to make sure you can do them in 20 minutes, and you may have to go back to the original style, so you have to be very mindful on how much and what type of product you are using. Some days the style may have to last 14 hours.

For film, you know your work will be about 4 meters by 5 meters [approximately 14 feet by 16 feet for those in the US] by the time it hits the big screen…if that fact is not enough to keep you focused and on the ball, then you shouldn't be working in film.

What inspires you creatively?


Shapes, forms and color…nature and originality of any sort

You’ve worked with the beautiful and talented Naomi Watts a lot on camera. What is your favorite way to style her hair?


When I work with Naomi, I do something that, if I have done it properly, you can’t tell what I have done…cryptic, I know. I love when her hair is above her jawline, and I loved some of the styles I had her in on King Kong. I liked The Painted Veil merely for the fact that we had moved her away from blonde…and the film was awesome. Working with Naomi is a total privilege.

Any on-set tips/secrets you can share with aspiring stylists?


Do it like it is, not as what you think it is. Build your product up during the course of the day and not all at once in the chair in the morning. Be prepared. Take it seriously, but above all, have a good time.

Can you tell us about any future projects?


I have a film I can’t mention at the moment, but it is a film about a famous documentarian and his life. I’m looking forward to it, as it involved wigs, beards and aging...
          Pharma Bro's Hedge Fund Went From a Roaring Success to an Empty Shell in Just 30 Minutes   
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          The Best of the Aleph Blog, Part 31   
======================== During this era, I started contributing articles via tumblr to Yahoo Finance.  That also meant that every article would start with a picture, graph, or photo. In my view, these were my best posts written between August and October 2014: The Investments Matter More than their Form Hedge funds and mutual funds are shells […]
          NYC : RootsNycLive 4th of JULY Peace Party at Coney Art Walls! - 07.04.17 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm   

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          On deck: Dodgers at Padres, Sunday 1:40 p.m., SNLA   
  Where: Petco Park THE PITCHERS DODGERS RHP KENTA MAEDA (6-3, 4.15 ERA) Vs. Padres: 2-2, 3.38 ERA At Petco Park: 1-1, 3.60 ERA Hates to face: Erick Aybar, 2 for 3 (.667), 1 double Loves to face: Austin Hedges, 0 for 4, 1 strikeout PADRES RHP JHOULYS CHACIN (6-7, 4.76 ERA) Vs. Dodgers: 9-8, […]
          On deck: Dodgers at Padres, Sunday 1:40 p.m., SNLA   
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          Dialog Semiconductor-Aktie: Shortseller Millennium IM jetzt auf dem Rückzug! Aktiennews   
Kirchheim-Nabern (www.aktiencheck.de) - Leerverkäufer Millennium International Management LP baut Netto-Leerverkaufsposition in Aktien der Dialog Semiconductor plc. leicht ab: Die Hedgefonds-Manager von Millennium International Management LP befinden sich nun auf dem Rückzug aus ihrem Short-Engagement in den Aktien des Smartphone-Zulieferers Dialog Semiconductor plc (ISIN: GB0059822006, WKN, 927200, Ticker-Symbol: DLG NASDAQ OTC-Symbol: DLGNF). [mehr]
          K+S-Aktie: Leerverkäufer BlackRock Institutional Trust attackiert wieder stark! Aktiennews   
Kassel (www.aktiencheck.de) - Leerverkäufer BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, National Association baut Netto-Leerverkaufsposition in Aktien der K+S AG stark aus: Die Leerverkäufer des Hedgefonds BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, National Association befinden sich nach wie vor im Attacke-Modus gegen die Aktien des Kali- und Salzherstellers K+S AG (ISIN: DE000KSAG888, WKN: KSAG88, Ticker-Symbol: SDF, Nasdaq OTC-Symbol: KPLUF). [mehr]
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Kassel (www.aktiencheck.de) - Leerverkäufer Adage Capital Management L.P. baut Netto-Leerverkaufsposition in K+S-Aktien stark ab: Die Leerverkäufer des Hedgefonds Adage Capital Management L.P. ziehen sich aus ihrem Short-Engagement in den Aktien des Kasseler Kali- und Salzherstellers K+S AG (ISIN: DE000KSAG888, WKN: KSAG88, Ticker-Symbol: SDF, Nasdaq OTC-Symbol: KPLUF) deutlich zurück. [mehr]
          Deutsche Bank-Aktie: Leerverkäufer Marshall Wace hat den Rückwärtsgang eingelegt! Aktiennews   
Frankfurt (www.aktiencheck.de) - Leerverkäufer Marshall Wace LLP reduziert Netto-Leerverkaufsposition in Aktien der Deutsche Bank AG: Die Leerverkäufer des Hedgefonds Marshall Wace LLP haben den Rückwärtsgang eingelegt aus ihrem Short-Engagement in den Aktien des Bankenkonzerns Deutsche Bank AG (ISIN: DE0005140008, WKN: 514000, Ticker-Symbol: DBK, NYSE-Symbol: DB) eingelegt. [mehr]
          Heidelberger Druckmaschinen-Aktie: Starker Rückzug von Shortseller BlackRock Institutional Trust fortgesetzt! Aktiennews   
Heidelberg (www.aktiencheck.de) - Leerverkäufer BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, National Association baut Netto-Leerverkaufsposition in Heidelberger Druckmaschinen-Aktien weiter kräftig ab: Die Leerverkäufer des Hedgefonds BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, National Association ziehen sich aus ihrem Short-Engagement in den Aktien der Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (ISIN: DE0007314007, WKN: 731400, Ticker-Symbol: HDD, Nasdaq-Symbol: HBGRF) wieder stark zurück. [mehr]
          Financial Flagellation – Illinois Budget Deadlines Passes Without Action…   
Utilizing some Bloomerberg and Zerohedge reporting – treeper SeekerofTruth provides a nice recap of Illinois financial self-flagellation.  Charging head-first into the abyss: SeekerOfTruth – June 30 came and went and the Illinois legislature did nothing. So the courts have stepped in … Continue reading
          Could Japan Leapfrog America in Employee Well-Being?    

Could Japan Leapfrog America in Employee Well-Being?

Paul Terry, CEO, Heath Enhancement Research Organization
Paul Terry, CEO, Health Enhancement Research Organization

There are two transformations occurring in workplace based health promotion in America. The first is the movement from wellness to “well-being” and, related to this, a shift from a focus on a return on investment (ROI) to the use of value on investment (VOI) measures. These VOI measures are well documented and publicly available, but are we thinking broadly enough?

This month, my organization, the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) hosted a contingent from Tokyo University and the Mitsubishi Research Institute. HERO is a not-for-profit research organization that has collaborated with Mercer to create a national employee health and well-being scorecard about which our Japanese guests were eager to learn. 

Nearly all of the hundreds of American companies and health care provider systems that use the HERO Scorecard do so to benchmark their efforts against other organizations. The Scorecard is a planning and assessment tool designed to support HERO’s vision of improving the quality of employee health promotion programs.

Why were our Japanese visitors interested? They began their presentation by discussing the dynamic between the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The two transformations that are inexorably in motion in Japan are, first, an alarmingly large exodus of elders from their workforce and, second, related realization that their future workforce will have ample choices about where to work. Leaders of the stock exchange and METI believe that companies who focus on the health of their employees will have a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining investors, not just employees. For the Japanese, this is not a subtle way to hedge their bets on future investments. The matter is quite literally “black versus white.”  Let me explain.

Black and White Thinking about Employee Wellness in Japan

Kaizen is the Japanese term for continuous improvement, and many large organizations study and practice these quality improvement principles. With this in mind, it wasn’t too surprising to note our visitors were most engaged when they were explaining “black and white companies.”

The talented university students that Japanese businesses covet refer to “white companies” as those who care about their employees and promise a high-quality work life. Meanwhile, “black companies” are those that burn out their employees and can’t produce well-being measures that matter to these highly trained prospects. To make matters worse, black companies are increasingly being outed with detailed exposes about horrendous personnel practices.

What does this have to do with HERO’s Scorecard? Japanese businesses prize data, so our visit with them started and ended with sharing metrics about Scorecard-abetted health and well-being in corporate America. Such metrics could serve as a basis for a company health and well-being accreditation system in Japan that lets stock pickers and future workers alike separate white companies from black companies.

Employee Health, Shareholder Value and the National Debt

Collecting such data may have a quality improvement subtext, but it is primarily about tackling a national economic problem head on. Our guests described the growing examples from Japan’s Ministry of Health where “mandatory employee wellness” regulations are imposed.

This Japanese orientation to wellness may represent a leapfrog strategy for the third largest economy in the world, but it would take a massive leap. To be sure, mandatory wellness won’t work in America. But if Japan makes big strides in wellness because of a truly broader value proposition it won’t be because the United States lacks global thinkers.

One leader who boldly attaches the work of wellness to GNP and global competitiveness is Michael O’Donnell, editor in chief of The American Journal of Health Promotion, where I am an editor.  O’Donnell has written and presented often on the drag that unhealthy lifestyles and companies being reticent about health promotion have on our economy. O’Donnell believes nothing less than the solvency of America is at stake.

Ray Fabius, president of HealthNEXT, has published a convincing analysis of the connection between companies that offer employee wellness programs and their stock market performance.

When it comes to the role of health improvement in global competitiveness, leadership from health care organizations is vital to a vision where all workplaces positively influence the health of employees, families and communities. An initiative called “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Communities” has been created to drive health care and employer engagement in building a culture of health in America. There are many impressive stories to be told about what’s working when health care organizations and others businesses and stakeholders team up to make their communities attractive places to live and work. Let’s urge others to play leapfrog and then, let’s be sure we’re standing tall. 

Paul E. Terry, Ph.D., can be reached at paul.terry@hero-health.org. Follow him on Twitter: @pauleterry.


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          #WIP-ing away-- sneak peeks of the pieces for my "Cact-tea Collection," accordion book zine coming out this spring   
  Anyone who knows me knows that my love of Cacti is pretty strong.  I love drawing them, I have made books and stories based on cacti and cacti-like animals (anyone want a hedge-hug? heh, moving on), and-- I'm posting since I wanted to share with the world some art samples from the newest accordion book/zine I'm working on, which is botanical illustration and cacti- based.  I'm doing a ton of these illos and getting this printed at the end of next month.  w00t!


In the past, I've always used super bright colors, Prismacolor, and Winsor Newton or Copic Markers to do my botanical illustrations-- but this new project is totally different.  While I'm using Watercolor, I'm calling it the "Cact-tea" (ba dum bum ching)  collection," as all these Cacti I'm drawing also are using natural materials.  In there, I've used espresso, beet, tumeric, and of course, Chai, Matcha, and other teas.
Can you guess which pigments of these were natural, which were paint, and which natural pigment produced which color?  Below, please scroll down to see my Red-Top Cactus, Succulent, and Echeverias.  I'll spoil the one above-- it's a Queen Victoria Agave, done with watercolor and espresso.








          Re: Gewicht te veel?   
Beste Hedger,

bedankt voor jouw vraag.
Het is vanaf hier moeilijk te beoordelen.

Het hangt af van meerdere gecombineerde factoren
Bij de keuring zal moeten blijken of je geen te hoog vetpercentage of BMI hebt.
Je zult gewoon fit moeten zijn zoals hoort bij jou lengte, gewicht en proporties.
Het kan dus al schelen of jij groot en breed bent of groot met een normale bouw maar enorme bierbuik.
Ook het cluster waar de ICT functie in valt speelt mee, het is in ieder geval geen gevechtsfunctie.

Ik ben zelf 1,83 m en woog 96kg op de keuring. Als je allerlei tabellen en rekensommen moet geloven zo...

Statistieken : Geplaatst door Verzamelaar • op do nov 05, 2015 9:14 pm • Reacties 1 • Bekeken 802



          The American People Are The Number One Target: "They Are Tightening The Screws"   

Authored by Jeremiah Johnson (Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces ) via SHTFplan.com,

A little more than a week ago it was announced that Whole Foods was bought by Amazon.com for just under $14 billion.  One of the major problems with this is that Jeff Bezos, the head of Amazon has deep ties with the CIA and the Federal government.

Wal-Mart being fully in the government’s pocket and now Whole Foods brought under thumb as well, how much longer before Kissinger’s “Food as a Weapon” principle is brought to bear?  A good article was just released by Jon Rappaport entitled Buy your food from the CIA: Amazon buys Whole Foods, that is worth reading.

As if that connection is not nefarious enough, there is more: it appears a new cloud technology is being produced for the CIA from…you guessed it…none other than the CIA, as is excerpted here:

The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If the technology plays out as officials envision, it will usher in a new era of cooperation and coordination, allowing agencies to share information and services much more easily and avoid the kind of intelligence gaps that preceded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

 

“The Details About the CIA’s Deal with Amazon,” - www.theatlantic.com    6/17/17

Guess the data center that ran taxpayers billions that is in Utah is not enough, nor the fusion centers in every state.  Did you like “…a new era of cooperation and coordination…” between the friendly agencies?  And all to “avoid intelligence gaps,” just for your protection, right?

Wrong.

They are tightening the screws, little by little, while they refine all the control mechanisms and place that security web over their number one target: the American people. 

They are taking control of the food supply incrementally.  Water?  Yes, here in Montana, the state just sent out a form for property owners to declare their water rights…as the CKST (Confederated Kootenai &Salish Tribes) Water Compact was passed into law in Montana in 2014.  Actions will be taken within the next two years.

As enumerated in other articles, Montana kicked in $3 million after the liberals in the state House and Senate, as well as the liberal governor, Bullock (D, MT) signed the water compact into law.  The shortfall is $8 million, as the total state commitment was $11 million.  They are just waiting for the Senate to ratify this as a Federal treaty, and then they can (ostensibly on “behalf” of the Indian Tribes) place meters on everyone’s wells…off of the reservation…and “manage” the water on behalf of the Indian Tribes…enforced by DHS.

This is a small slice of the country as a whole.  They are following full speed ahead with the Agenda 21 Directive to take over everyone’s food, water, land…everything.  A war will surely enable them to throw the Executive Order 13603 into action to confiscate and control every resource in the United States, including human labor…slave labor, to be precise.  Incrementally they place these laws into effect, and the stultified public, thinking only of the next barbeque and fireworks party is dumbed down into inactivity.

There’s enough going on in the international arena that is capturing everyone’s attention, such as North Korea’s missile tests and threats, China’s aggressive South China Sea/Senkaku islands maneuvering, and the Syrian debacle unfolding with the U.S. ratcheting up the tough-talk of blaming Russia and Iran for any “Syrian chemical attack” that comes along.  Russia also just deployed a new satellite, and there is the possibility that in a televised broadcast, he sent out a message to “sleeper” agent in the West.  See the article by Stefan Stanford entitled Vladimir Putin sends message to ‘Russian Sleeper Agents’ in West as Russia Launches Top Secret Military Satellite.

“Hammer and Anvil” usually refers to a military maneuver to crush an enemy force between two friendly elements.  This maneuver is being employed here and now, as well: either crush the United States and enslave its people domestically, with an economic collapse or civil war, or just initiate a war with another country and enslave the citizenry afterward.  Either way, they are pushing their agenda forward each day.  It is just a matter of time to find out which of the two vehicles…international war or domestic tyranny…that they will employ to obtain their globalist and totalitarian objectives.


          Oooh This Mix Is So...   
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Hey. Are you having a bbq or cookout and have no DJ? Well here is almost 10 hours of continuous music. 100 songs with a little something for everyone. Enjoy.
  1. Jackie Mittoo and the Soul Vendors - One Step Beyond
  2. Weekend Players - Subway
  3. Gregory Porter - Don't Lose Your Steam
  4. Teddy Pendergrass - Come Go With Me
  5. Marcel Vogel - Moonchild
  6. Amp Fiddler - Superficial (Amp's Soul Special)
  7. Michael Jackson - Come Together (A TOT Edit)
  8. Average White Band - Schoolboy Crush (Hawk Re-edit)
  9. Crazy Penis - Keep On (Daniel Wang & Brennan Green's Vas Deferens Mix)
  10. Thievery Corporation - Resolution (Rewound by Thievery Corporation)
  11. Al B Sure - Oooh This Love Is So
  12. Prince And The Revolution - She's Always In My Hair (New Mix)
  13. Louie Vega Starring Lisa Fischer & Cindy Mizelle - Stop On By
  14. Caserta - Ricky (Jeep Mix)
  15. Soul II Soul - Keep On Movin' (Mafia and Fluxy Mix)
  16. Lauryn Hill - Everything Is Everything
  17. Bill Conti - Theme From "Rocky" (Starting From Scratch Rmx)
  18. World's Famous Supreme Team - Hey DJ (Extended Version)
  19. Mr Bird - On A Sunny Day (52 Beats Promo)
  20. War - The World Is A Ghetto (suonho ReEdit)
  21. Diane Marsh - Love U Right (Yuki T-Groove Remix, Pt. 2)
  22. Black Sabbath - Planet Caravan (Poolside Rework Extended Intro)
  23. Phyllis Hyman - Loving You, Losing You (Stegu I Care Too Much Edit)
  24. Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star (Alternate Version)
  25. Jettricks & Adefunke Feat. Steve Miller Band - Macho City Hangover
  26. Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love (Linosaur Re-edit)
  27. Prince - Ballad Of Dorothy Parker
  28. Princess - Say I'm You're Number One (LNTG Rework)
  29. Arnie's Love - I'm Out Of Your Life (Beaten Space Probe Re-Edit)
  30. Elements of Life - I Wanna Be Where You Are
  31. Colonel Abrams - Trapped (Boards Of Canada Short Slow Version)
  32. Sunburst Band - Far Beyond
  33. Ideal - Whatever (Soulboy Intro)
  34. Sly And The Family Stone - Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (A TOT Edit)
  35. Peter Godwin - Emotional Disguise (A TOT Edit)
  36. Erykah Badu - Window Seat (Boddhi Satva Ancestral Soul Remix)
  37. Moving in Sound - Peza Rework
  38. Lesette Wilson - Corrida ("Ai No Corrida")
  39. Teena Marie - Square Biz (Bedmo Disco's E = MC Squared Dub WITH INTRO)
  40. Mystery Of Love - Mr Fingers
  41. Luka ft Jaidene Veda - Luxury (Charles Webster Mix-1)
  42. Jungle Wonz - The Jungle (Chocis Edishun)
  43. Blaze Feat. Billy Hope - Live The Happy Life (Klub Head Vocal Mix)
  44. John Julius Knight - My Place (Original)
  45. Gregory Porter - French African Queen (Joaquin Joe Claussell Unofficial Edit)
  46. Honey Sweet feat Cassio Ware - Wake Up
  47. Monday Michiru, Steal Vybe - Sunrise (Steal Vybe's Latin Rhythms & Soul Instrumental)
  48. Mr Fingers - Closer (Sensei Edit)
  49. Seed Allstarz ft. Liza Zayas - Moment Of Truth (Seed In The City Mix)
  50. Osunlade - April (Extended Mix)
  51. Blaze - Not Far Away (Roots Extended Mix)
  52. Donna Summer - Spring Affair (Scratchandsniffs Re-rub)
  53. Doug Gomez - Descarga (Original Mix)
  54. Prince - Raspberry Beret (New Mix)
  55. Instant House - Awade (Joe's Jungle Sound Dub)
  56. Zepherin Saint, Sara Devine - Hurry (Zepherin Soul Mix)
  57. N'Dinga Gaba & J.Veda - Heart Of Gold (Veda Naked Vocal)
  58. Solution - Feels So Right (World:Life:Music Remix)
  59. Simply Red - Thrill Me (The Masters At Work House Mix)
  60. Louie Vega Feat.Caron Wheeler - A New Day (Louie Vega Original Remix)
  61. Kevin Hedge (Blaze), David Harness - My Beat (Spaced Out Beat)
  62. TOT v Regisford vs X-Press2 - Power Kill 100
  63. Stones & Bones, Toshi, Manoo - Amahloni (Manoo Remix)
  64. Armand Van Helden - Witch Doktor (QH & HD MIX)
  65. Yello - Bostich (Cratebug Edit Of A Mike Dunn Edit)
  66. Harvey Mason - Groovin You (Pied Piper Discreet Charm of Percussion Remix)
  67. MuSol V Knee Deep V Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
  68. Vanessa L.Smith, Shino Blackk - Naked Soul (Shino Blackk Buck Naked Rip)
  69. Stevie Wonder - Rocket Love (Zepherin Saint Remix)
  70. Vladimir Acic - Smoke (Fusion F & Come T Remix)
  71. Nu Colours - Desire (MAW Mix - J-ski Extended)
  72. Glenn Underground - Black Mental Resurrection (Mix1)
  73. Glenn Underground - Look Inside (Original Shelter Vox Mix)
  74. Son Of Raw - A Black Man In Space (Original Mix)
  75. Kentphonik - Sunday Showers (Dj Rork Rework)
  76. Green Legion Featuring Fogo - Another Star (2000 Remix)
  77. The Fog - Been A Long Time (TOT Sun Rising Remix)
  78. Jackie Moore - This Time Baby (Ken@Work Remix)
  79. Antonio Ocasio - Get Up
  80. Alexander O'Neal - Sunshine (AZZA Remix)
  81. Loleatta Holloway, Louie Vega - Can't Let You Go (Louie Vega Roots Mix)
  82. It's Not Right But It's OK - Whitney Houston vs Angie Stone (Leeboy's Mashup Mix)
  83. DJ Kemit feat. Josh Milan - Confession (Honeycomb Vocal Mix)
  84. Bebe Winans - Thank You (MAW Mix)
  85. DJPH - Born My Way
  86. The O'Jays - I Love Music (Joey Negro Sweet Music Mix)
  87. One Way ft Al Hudson - Music (Jonny Meek Edit)
  88. Louie Vega Starring Bucie - Angels Are Watching Me (Un Old School Dub)
  89. C Minor, Enoo Napa - Behind the Clouds (Enoo Napa Afro Mix)
  90. The Originals - Down To Love Town (Victor Rosado Remix)
  91. Hugh Masakela - Don't Go Lose It Baby (Stretch Mix)
  92. Marsha Ambrosius - Alone Together (Mark Francis / Adam Rios Vocal)
  93. Bang Bang You're Mine (TOT's Mood Too Deep Mix) - Bang The Party v Afrodrum
  94. Rain, A Lil Louis Painting - Give It Up (MAW Club Mix)
  95. B-52's - Mesapotamia (TOT Laid Down The Law Edit)
  96. Marcel Vogel - I Got Jesus (Original Mix)
  97. Caserta - Ricky (Kon Remix)
  98. Prince- Joy In Repetition (Live)
  99. Jaidene Veda vs Vikter Duplaix - Soul Size Love
  100. Rebel Tumbao - Is This Love

          Wall Street Strategists Forecast Most-Bearish Second Half Since 1999   

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jul 1, 2017 1:20 PM

Despite a hiccup in the last week or so, global stocks survived as the best-performing asset class of the year (with the MSCI All-Country World Index wrapping up its best first half in 19 years)…

But, as Bloomberg reports, Wall Street strategists are fighting [...]

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          “It’s Fake Fiscal News” – Jim Chanos Dashes Economic Pipe Dreams, Fears Much Worse To Come   

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jul 1, 2017 12:45 PM

Authored by Lynn Paramore via INETEconomics.com,

The famed short-seller offers a mid-2017 reality check for “fake fiscal news,” economic pipe dreams, and “portents of even worse things”

Since the election of Donald Trump, the stock market has soared and many pundits have noted [...]

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          29 States Refuse To Give Data To Voter Fraud Panel, “What Are They Trying To Hide” Trump Asks   

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jul 1, 2017 12:08 PM

Together with lashing out at the anchors of Morning Joe, slamming “garbage” fake news CNN, and suggesting that Greta Van Susteren was fired because she “refused to go along with Trump hate”, President Trump on Saturday blasted the 29 (and rising) states refusing to [...]

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          25 House Democrats Back Bill To Impeach President Trump   

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jul 1, 2017 11:00 AM

Just four months after threatening to invoke the 25th Amendment unless Trump “gets a grip,” it appears the President’s ongoing tweet-tirades have given 25 House Democrats the ammunition to take a radical approach to impeachment – proposing the creation of an “Oversight Commission on [...]

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          “Fyre Festival” Founder Arrested For Fraud, “Promising A Life-Changing Event But Delivering A Disaster”   

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jul 1, 2017 10:30 AM

It’s been just over two months since thousands of attendees at an ill fated music festival in the Bahamas were left to fend for themselves in a Millennial’s worst nightmare of dying cell phones, cardboard sandwiches, burning tents, roving bands of thieves, feral dogs, [...]

The post “Fyre Festival” Founder Arrested For Fraud, “Promising A Life-Changing Event But Delivering A Disaster” appeared first on Silver For The People.


          Trump Unloads In Angry Tweetstorm: Slams “Dumb As A Rock” Mika, “Garbage” CNN   

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jul 1, 2017 12:41 PM

One day after the NY Post issued its shortest ever editorial on the topic of “Trump’s tweets”, writing just three words: “Stop. Just Stop”…

Editorial: The Post's take on Trump's tweet https://t.co/BUudoFRkNT pic.twitter.com/dcet5SQZoX

— New York Post (@nypost) June 30, 2017

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          America’s Fertility Rate Falls To Record Low   

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jun 30, 2017 9:50 PM

The US isn’t yet grappling with the economic disaster that is a shrinking popuation – unlike Japan. Though it’s starting to look like a not-too-distant possibility. US birthrates fell to yet another historic low in 2016 as a whirlwind of economic and cultural [...]

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          “We Don’t Know What Happened” St. Louis Officials Clueless As Downtown Sinkhole Swallows Car   

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jun 30, 2017 9:00 PM

In a development that should send a chill down the spine of every citizen of St. Louis – especially considering the city’s efforts to revitalize its violence-plagued downtown – a sinkhole spontaneously appeared in the city’s downtown, swallowing a car that had been [...]

The post “We Don’t Know What Happened” St. Louis Officials Clueless As Downtown Sinkhole Swallows Car appeared first on Silver For The People.


          Connecticut Gov. Signs Exec. Order Taking Over Spending After State Fails To Pass Budget   

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jun 30, 2017 8:41 PM

With Maine looking like it will be the first state to shut down heading into the new fiscal year on Saturday morning and perhaps beating Illinois to the punch, moments ago Connecticut, as previewed last night, will also enter the new fiscal year [...]

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          Picturing An ‘America First’ Korea Policy   

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jun 30, 2017 8:35 PM

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

“The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly.”

So President Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden this week.

But how this is [...]

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          New York Times Forced To Retract Longstanding ’17 Intel Agencies’ Lie About Russian Hacking   

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jun 30, 2017 8:19 PM

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

“Seventeen intelligence agencies”? – ?if you’ve been following the maniacal #TrumpRussia coverage to any extent, you’ve heard this phrase used uncritically, time and again, regardless of your ideological loyalties. Pundits, papers and rank-and-file establishment loyalists have been unquestioningly [...]

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          Oliver Stone Tells Ron Paul: Edward Snowden Is The “Most American Of Patriots”   

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jun 30, 2017 8:10 PM

Director Oliver Stone, who’s recently released series “The Putin Interviews” stirred up controversy among liberals who accused him of being a Russian propagandist, appeared on the Liberty Report with former Texas Congressman Ron Paul to discuss the documentary, his views about former NSA contractor [...]

The post Oliver Stone Tells Ron Paul: Edward Snowden Is The “Most American Of Patriots” appeared first on Silver For The People.


          7/2/2017: News: Drowned hedge fund tycoon ‘told his wife that he DID burn down his stately home’   

THE hedge fund manager whose mysterious ‘suicide’ in Lake Geneva shocked the City confessed to his wife that he burned down his magnificent stately home, according to sources close to the family. Austrian-born Michael Treichl, 69, admitted to his...
          NGO of the RSS and Foreign Funding   

 

 

 

NGOs of the RSS and Foreign Funding

Ashok Chowgule

July 3, 2014.

http://hvk.org/specialarticles/ngo/ngo.html

 

Recently, the IB had come out with a report questioning the motives and agenda of the foreign funded NGOs operating in India.  It is alleged that they have an anti-development agenda, and has caused serious loss in terms of economic growth in India.

 

Analysts, including journalists, have used various stratagems to divert the attention from the main charge of the IB.  One point they make is that there is foreign funding of NGOs that are set up by volunteers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).  There is a malicious intention of linking that the work done by these NGOs is similar to the ones that the IB has made allegations against.

 

Some of the NGOs set up by the volunteers of the RSS do receive funds from abroad, for which they have the necessary permissions, and the accounts are regularly filed.  These NGOs are involved in service activities of different types all over the country.  In contrast, the ones mentioned by the IB are those involved in agitations, and ensuring the projects of various types, involving large investments, are held up.  In some cases, even road projects have suffered due to agitation against land acquisitions.

 

One of the important service activities of the RSS affiliated NGOs is the Ekal Vidyalay – one-teacher school.  Nearly 50,000 schools are operating in the tribal areas, providing education up till the fourth standard.  The students are instructed in the three Rs – read, write and arithmetic.  Additionally, they are informed about their own history as well as of the country, so that they develop a sense of belonging to the nation.  These schools have imparted the necessary skills to the students, whereby they are able to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the state to improve their lives.

 

One such case is of Kavita Raut.  She got education at an Ekal Vidyalay school near Nashik.  She then came to stay at a hostel for girls in Hadsul – another project of RSS related NGO.  This enabled her to get education up till 10th standard.  Here, her running skills came to the notice of Sports Authority of India, who then started to give her coaching in long distance races.  She went on to win the Bronze medal in 10,000 meters at the Commonwealth Games 2010, and Silver in 10,000 meters and Bronze in 5000 meters at the Asian Games 2010.

 

Other tribal boys and girls have been able to lead lives better than what they otherwise would have been forced to do.  In turn, these youngsters have gone back to their tribals to help their community members in various ways.  One such way is to be a teacher in the Ekal Vidyalay schools.

 

This programme is funded by donations primarily from individuals.  Each school costs about Rs 20,000 per annum, half of which goes to salaries.  The teachers are also equipped to dispense first-aid, and be counselors to the elders, making them social leaders in their areas.

 

About 25% of the schools are funded by Indians living abroad.  This has provided them satisfaction that they are able to make some contribution, however small, in improving lives of people in India.  It has provided a strong emotional link between people of Indian origin.

 

Then there is the Dr Hedgewar Hospital in Aurangabad.  It was started in 1989 in a premise of 250 square meters and 10 beds, by seven swayamsevaks, who had just finished their education in medicine.  These doctors could have gone into private practice and earned very good income.  Instead, they decided to take a very small salary to maintain themselves.  And when they got married, and if the spouse was a doctor, they motivated the spouse to also be a volunteer.

 

Within eleven years, they moved into a 16,000 square meter premise with 150 beds, which has now been expanded to 27,000 square meters and 300 beds.  High quality medical service is provided at minimal cost to those can afford, and at zero cost those who are unfortunate.  And today, the Hospital also runs projects in 150 villages not just on health, but also on poverty alleviation and skills development.

 

There is a project of National Cleft Lip Foundation of United Kingdom which sends doctors to developing countries to undertake operations on those who cannot afford the cost.  For India, another RSS affiliated NGO, Sewa International's Indian and UK units organize the treatment, with the help of a hospital in Nashik, also run by swayamsevaks.  About 20 doctors and 15 support staff, consisting of Indian origin and British doctors and nurses, come to India at their own cost.  In India, Sewa International locate the patients that need the treatment, the facilities of the operation theatre, and post-operation treatment.

 

There have been allegations made by groups, belonging to the communist ideology, that some of the funding goes to organisations that are alleged to be involved in violence against minorities.  These allegations have been given publicity in the media in India and abroad.  One correspondent belonging to a supposedly reputed financial daily in UK almost made it a mission of his, while in India, to put the RSS-affiliated organisations on the defensive. 

 

The foreign funding agencies against whom the allegations have been made have been investigated by the authorities in their respective countries.  And in no case have these authorities found any evidence that would oblige them to take action against the funding agencies.  Yet, the allegations continue to be made, giving a clear indication that there is a political agenda at play, and not propagation of truth.

 

The RSS believes in doing positive work for the nation and its people.  Where the funds come from abroad, it is almost always from people of Indian origin, and not the multi-national corporations or the charities started by the founders of some of these MNCs.  All the RSS-affiliated NGOs, and the funding counterparts, run on minimal budgets, since the members offer their services on voluntary basis.  In contrast, the salaries in the NGOs, and their funding counterparts abroad, would match those in large corporations.

 

We in the RSS would like to ask organisations like Greenpeaces and others who are under investigation to list out how many people they have impacted in a positive manner.  Let them work for nation building, and we in the RSS would work with them so that we can combine our energies in a positive way.

 

(Ashok Chowgule is the Working President (External) of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, India.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 








          GRAND JURY: SAN DIEGO SHOULD AMEND CHARTER, MAKE IT EASIER TO REMOVE PUBLIC OFFICIALS   
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By Miriam Raftery

March 13, 2014 (San Diego) – Mayor Bob Filner was the latest of several San Diego mayors who resigned under public pressure. Filner pled guilty to a felony count and two misdemeanors following a long string of complaints by women alleging sexual harassment. But there was no legal requirement for a disgraced or disabled mayor to leave office, under San Diego’s Charter. In fact, the charter allows removal of a Mayor or other city official only through death, resignation or recall.

 Now the San Diego County Grand Jury wants to see that changed. Today, the Grand Jury issued a report recommending that the City Council identify additional reasons for removing a public official and place a proposal to amend the City  Charter on the ballot for voters to decide in a future election.

Hearings should be held in each Council district during this process. The Council has 90 days to issue a response to the Grand Jury recommendations. Specifically, the Grand Jury recommends that a super-majority of the Council (six of nine members) be able to remove a Mayor or other elected official for any of the following additional reasons:

  • The elected official pleads guilty or no contest to any felony or is convicted of a misdemeanor or felony involving moral turpitude.
  • The elected official is adjudged insane.
  • The elected official ceases to be a registered voter or resident of the city or district he/she represents.
  • The elected official ceases to discharge the duties of the office for 90 consecutive days, unless excused by six out of nine Council members. In the case of illness or other urgent necessity, and upon a proper showing thereof, the time limited for absence from the city shall be extended to another 40 days by the Council by a vote of at least six out of nine Councilmembers.
  • The elected official is removed from office by a judicial procedure.
  • The official’s election or appointment is declared void by a judicial decision.

Filner was not the first mayor to leave the mayoral office under a cloud, and he likely won't be the last.  In modern times, Roger Hedgecock resigned after being ocnvicted of felony conspiracy and perjury charges that were later overturned.  Dick Murphy left amid the pension funding crisis and a financial downgrade of the city's credit rating. His successor, Michael Zucchet, resigned as acting Mayor just three weeks later after being convicted of corruption and his charges, too, were later overturned--raising the issue of whether it's appropriate to force removal until all legal appeals have been exhausted.

Going back further in San Diego's history, John F. Forward Jr. resigned after failing to fire a city manager. His successor, Rutherfor B. Irones, resigned after being convicted of drunk driving and a hit and run accident.  Several other mayors resigned for reasons ranging from political infighting with councilmembers to frustration over being unable to fire a city manager.

While clearly a public official who has been medically judged insane, is severely brain-damaged or incarcerated would be unfit or unable to conduct public interest while holding public office, opening the door for politicians to remove another elected official could also allow for political maneuvering to oust an opponent or unpopular colleague.

It’s also worth nothing that in some cities, officials convicted of crimes have not only remained in office, but been reelected by voters.  So the Grand Jury recommendations raise  the question or whether or not voters—not councilmembers--should ultimately retain the right to determine just how grave an offense warrants removal of an official from public office. 

While some might argue that San Diego’s system works, since ultimately Filner and other prior mayors embroiled in legal or ethical controversies ultimately did resign, others would point to the political paralysis that can result when an official bogged down in legal or medical issues opts to hold onto power. 

 


          Re: Sledgehammer Games Has a Definitive Answer on Call of Duty: WWII for Nintendo Switch - "No"   

@Priceless_Spork I used to accept the "USA is the hero" narrative until I read from stuff like Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee and Barefoot Gen. Also anything by Chris Hedges, Howard Zinn (since we're on the topic of WW2, especially Zinn), etc... WW2 games usually depict the part where we fought tooth and nail against the most backwardly brainwashed (or cornered) soldiers, and one dimensional tyrants. They tend to leave out the parts where we firebombed (and later cluster bombed) entirely civilian populations for absolutely no reason other than to produce suffering, death, and carnage to destroy morale, even after the war had effectively been won. There are always more than two sides of war. Only the brainwashed or uninformed think it's just two.

So yeah, I have a hard time taking these war games at face value. I don't think it would go over well if this CoD WW2 revisit had a mission where you played as a bomber pilot who had to clear a mission by killing a city full of civilians (German or no) who have no means of fighting back. My grandfather was a flight engineer and bomber pilot in WW2 in the Pacific Ocean field, so it's a subject I would prefer to tread lightly on, but I'm not afraid to be self critical either.

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          The American People Are The Number One Target: "They Are Tightening The Screws"   

Authored by Jeremiah Johnson (Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces ) via SHTFplan.com,

A little more than a week ago it was announced that Whole Foods was bought by Amazon.com for just under $14 billion.  One of the major problems with this is that Jeff Bezos, the head of Amazon has deep ties with the CIA and the Federal government.

Wal-Mart being fully in the government’s pocket and now Whole Foods brought under thumb as well, how much longer before Kissinger’s “Food as a Weapon” principle is brought to bear?  A good article was just released by Jon Rappaport entitled Buy your food from the CIA: Amazon buys Whole Foods, that is worth reading.

As if that connection is not nefarious enough, there is more: it appears a new cloud technology is being produced for the CIA from…you guessed it…none other than the CIA, as is excerpted here:

The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If the technology plays out as officials envision, it will usher in a new era of cooperation and coordination, allowing agencies to share information and services much more easily and avoid the kind of intelligence gaps that preceded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

 

“The Details About the CIA’s Deal with Amazon,” - www.theatlantic.com    6/17/17

Guess the data center that ran taxpayers billions that is in Utah is not enough, nor the fusion centers in every state.  Did you like “…a new era of cooperation and coordination…” between the friendly agencies?  And all to “avoid intelligence gaps,” just for your protection, right?

Wrong.

They are tightening the screws, little by little, while they refine all the control mechanisms and place that security web over their number one target: the American people. 

They are taking control of the food supply incrementally.  Water?  Yes, here in Montana, the state just sent out a form for property owners to declare their water rights…as the CKST (Confederated Kootenai &Salish Tribes) Water Compact was passed into law in Montana in 2014.  Actions will be taken within the next two years.

As enumerated in other articles, Montana kicked in $3 million after the liberals in the state House and Senate, as well as the liberal governor, Bullock (D, MT) signed the water compact into law.  The shortfall is $8 million, as the total state commitment was $11 million.  They are just waiting for the Senate to ratify this as a Federal treaty, and then they can (ostensibly on “behalf” of the Indian Tribes) place meters on everyone’s wells…off of the reservation…and “manage” the water on behalf of the Indian Tribes…enforced by DHS.

This is a small slice of the country as a whole.  They are following full speed ahead with the Agenda 21 Directive to take over everyone’s food, water, land…everything.  A war will surely enable them to throw the Executive Order 13603 into action to confiscate and control every resource in the United States, including human labor…slave labor, to be precise.  Incrementally they place these laws into effect, and the stultified public, thinking only of the next barbeque and fireworks party is dumbed down into inactivity.

There’s enough going on in the international arena that is capturing everyone’s attention, such as North Korea’s missile tests and threats, China’s aggressive South China Sea/Senkaku islands maneuvering, and the Syrian debacle unfolding with the U.S. ratcheting up the tough-talk of blaming Russia and Iran for any “Syrian chemical attack” that comes along.  Russia also just deployed a new satellite, and there is the possibility that in a televised broadcast, he sent out a message to “sleeper” agent in the West.  See the article by Stefan Stanford entitled Vladimir Putin sends message to ‘Russian Sleeper Agents’ in West as Russia Launches Top Secret Military Satellite.

“Hammer and Anvil” usually refers to a military maneuver to crush an enemy force between two friendly elements.  This maneuver is being employed here and now, as well: either crush the United States and enslave its people domestically, with an economic collapse or civil war, or just initiate a war with another country and enslave the citizenry afterward.  Either way, they are pushing their agenda forward each day.  It is just a matter of time to find out which of the two vehicles…international war or domestic tyranny…that they will employ to obtain their globalist and totalitarian objectives.


          Telo Leisure Speedo - 26,96 €    
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          GOLD @ 20000 ????????????????   











The price of gold, which has fallen in recent weeks as part of a broader market sell-off, has even further to fall, Marc Faber, author of the Gloom Boom, and Doom Report.
"We overshot on the upside when we went over $1,900," said the fund manager, who has 25 percent of his portfolio ingold.
We're now close to bottoming at $1,300, and if that doesn't hold it could bottom to between $1,100-$1,120.
Faber, who said that the recent sell-off had come about following nervousness about industrial metals, added that a 40 percent correction wouldn't surprise him.
While he is bearish in the long-term, he forecast a rebound in markets in the short term .


Just See...........


1. Billionaire investor George Soros's hedge fund dumped most of its gold holdings during the first quarter, according to a securities filing .
Yes!!!!!!!!
Smartest People' Getting Out of Commodities!!!!!
2.History suggests a change in margin like that of the CME is a death verdict .
 

          Reptiles   
Geo 9.98333 85.65June 20thToday we have seen five different types of iguanas and lizards. A huge green iguana was in a tree outside our home. He came down the tree and went on to our pool shed before going into a huge hibiscus hedge. We watched him
          Thy Kingdom Come   
Father, God...have mercy on us. You were with her at the signing of the declaration of Independence. You whispered to her founders and stood by them as they crafted the pillars that built this great nation. You called the weary, the tired and the poor to her shores to build her up as a beacon on a hill. You gave hope to the world through her bravery, generosity and even naivety. We have forsaken you. Like the prodigal son, we have stripped all that was good and prostituted ourselves with our greed and carnality. We've been in lukewarm water for over 30 years and the heat is getting turned up.

I listened to a sermon online that my brother recommended.

Although it was mostly bad news...

I should preface this with the fact that, no where in scripture, when you study the time before Christs return will you recognize a super power that could be America. This bothered me as a teenager, but not as much as I believed it might play out just as the bible foretold. I believe we are at the beginning of that time now. I know what you are thinking, but these weren't only my observations.

7 things that will happen... so that you might believe

America...like the prodigal son.

1. there will be no economic recovery. We have traded an economic system that worked --- for one that never has. We have traded freedom for something else.... All of the answers coming from govt. are insane... there is a reason why communist and socialist regimes have fences around them.
2. we will see a time of extreme need and want like we've never seen before
the hedges that protected America are trampled down.
the insanity of Al Gore - environmental terror talk with no regard for our sin against the creator
more natural disasters will come
3. Breaches of our national security - nations will come against us
4. Internal conflict - a very divided nation .... greater than the civil war.
5. a total desertion of or departure from one's religion, principles, party, cause
6. REVIVAL ------ greater opportunity to come to Christ
7. RAPTURE ------ evacuation
          Ackman vs. Icahn Squared Off on CNBC   
CNBC's Scott Wapner offers insight on the personal issues between hedge fund manager Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn.
          Analyst: Outperform Rating on Apple   
Hedge fund manager and Apple investor David Einhorn defended his decision to sue Apple over its plan to eliminate preferred stock. Tavis McCourt, Raymond James, explains his outperform rating on the stock, with a $600 price target.
          Growing Risk Appetite in the Markets?   
Arjuna Mahendran, MD & Head of Investment Strategy Asia, HSBC Private Bank says hedge fund managers have displayed optimism not seen in recent years. He adds that money in safe havens are slowly trickling into equities.
          J/70- Preparing For Succes By Patrick Wilson   
(San Francisco, CA)- Joel Ronning’s Catapult (USA) took top honors at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 World Championship, beating a field of 68 boats on San Francisco Bay. Preparation was key to their success, as the investment in crew (John Kostecki, Chris Stocke and Patrick Wilson), training, and coach support (Grant “Fuzz” Spanhake) was at a level few teams could match.

In a report by Patrick Wilson for the J/70 class, he provides some of the team’s winning tips that are relevant for most boat types:

J/70 tuning"I am going to discuss a few important topics on boat preparation, as well as the process my team and I go through on our boat Catapult prior to the first race of each day. As with many things in sailing, there is no absolute right or wrong way to prepare for a regatta. The key is finding a routine that works best for you and your team.

Sailing is a complex and complicated sport that involves countless variables both in and out of your control. Whether you are competing in your local weekend event or a major international regatta, planning and preparation can be used to give yourselves the best opportunity for success.

Boat Preparation
1. Rig Tune: Having a proper and repeatable base setting for your rig is critical to boat speed. Make sure to use the correct tuning guide depending on which brand of sails you use. In my experience, all the guides are quite accurate and a good place to start. They are a guide so make minor tweaks and changes over time to fit your boat and style of sailing.

The dock tune will get you close, but do not hesitate to add a half turn to one side and take a half turn off the opposite to get the mast in column while sailing. Once you have established your base, calipering the rig is the next step. Using calipers, measure the distance between the studs of the turnbuckle for the lower, uppers and forestay.

On Catapult, we write the numbers on the deck next to each shroud in a permanent marker. With these numbers, it is easier to tune the boat from the time you first step the mast, as well as day to day during an event. Also, if you ever lose track of turns on the water, you can easily get back to base.

2. Know Your Settings: One of the easiest and most commonly overlooked practices in boat preparation is having meticulous marks and number scales on everything. The ability to have easily repeatable settings on all major sail controls is critical to maintaining good boat speed.

Taking the time to accurately and symmetrically mark your boat is something everyone can do that will sharpen your learning curve and keep you going faster more of the time. Off of the starting line, around the leeward mark, and from tack to tack, the ability to get in your mode quickly is critical and starts with good marks on the boat.

3. Boat Diet: Going through your boat prior to regattas and only taking required equipment, minimal tools and spares is a good habit to get into. Over time, we tend to acquire more stuff and before you know it, the boat is full of unnecessary items.

Pre-Race Preparation
As previously mentioned, having a routine prior to the first race of each day will not only give you a tactical look at the conditions for the day but also gives you a chance to warm-up so you can be confident going into the first race. Below is a quick look at our process on Catapult.

1. Timing: Depending on the venue and distance to the race course, we leave the dock to ensure we are at the starting area between 45 minutes to one hour prior to the first race. This ensures we have an adequate amount of time to prepare for the day.

2. Upwind/Tuning: On the way to the race course, it is the ideal time to estimate the rig tune based on the current conditions. It is quite easy to convince yourself as a team that everything feels good going upwind without lining up against another boat.

I have made the mistake of going upwind without lining up against another boat, only to realize during the race that our upwind speed was below average. Often times, the mistake made is to keep sailing in the lineup even when your setup is off. You can always find another lineup.

3. Downwind Run: After we are satisfied with our upwind setup, we return downwind to the starting line. It is essential that the driver is placing the boat at the proper angle out of the hoist for a quick exit out of the offset. Having telltales on the shrouds will give you a great sense of where the bow should be, whether its bow up and planing or VMG running. Downwind for me is all about communication between the driver and trimmer. It takes time to find your rhythm, but when in doubt, communicate more.

4. Starting Line Preparation: Now that we are pleased with our speed and setup, we shift our focus to the starting line. In the last few years, pinging the line has become instrumental for starting. When pinging, it is important to have the boat at your approximately close-hauled angle and boat speed at a minimum. As the GPS updates twice a second, having the boat at a slow speed and avoiding drastic course changes are crucial to an accurate ping.

It is important to pay close attention to conditions that will make pings inaccurate. For example, Charleston in changing tides, offshore in big waves, changing wind velocities or a dragging anchor can all make the ping inaccurate. When possible, sailing up to the middle of the line to check the ping is always beneficial. Having a line sight as a backup and being aware of when the ping is off can save your regatta.

5. Final Rig Check: With around 10 minutes to the start, my team has a discussion about the rig. Discussing changes since the lineup, along with forecast trends for the day (dying verses building breeze) will help hedge your bets since you don’t have the ability to change the rig during the race. If you do make a change and time allows, always go upwind even if only for 30 seconds and test the new setting.

Conclusion
Proper preparation is key for success. It allows you to focus on tactics and have confidence in your marks for boat speed once on the race course. It also helps minimize the risk of gear failures and other malfunctions during races, allowing you and your team to have the most success and enjoyable time racing."
          Looking At The Long-Term Performance of Hedge Funds’ Popular Picks from 2015   
If you want to have a glimpse at how expert investors play the stock market, you can do so by looking at the long-term performance of hedge funds’ popular picks from 2015. Hedge funds may be right or wrong in the short term about a particular stock or sector. Predicting short term share price action […]
          A crucial stock market indicator just got its most bullish reading on record   
REUTERS/Desmond Boylan How low can the VIX go? That seems to be the question hedge funds are asking as they continue to bet that the...
          Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: "Minister to Hedge Fund Managers" Jeffrey Grant   
EpisodeAmericans are angry with the corruption that exists in our government and corporations. Of the high profile crimes we have witnessed over the last decade, few have resulted in any criminal prosecutions of the top executives responsible. To make matters worse, large companies often commit crimes and pay fines that are significantly less than the money they made on their fraudulent schemes. This scenario has enraged the public who have been demanding fair justice for all citizens.   See ...
          Comment on Demographics + Entitlements = Europe’s Doom by Venezuela: Forty Years Of Economic Decline, Part 2 | Zero Hedge   
[…] Venezuelan case serves as a strong warning to many a European country with crumbling welfare states and growing social discontent. Sooner or later, unsustainable transfer systems are bound to […]
          Rock Creek's Winning Bet on Hedge Funds, EMs   
The alternatives firm, run by Afsaneh Beschloss, uses broad themes to find promising investments.

          Hedge Funds Go From Bad to Mediocre   
Through May, a key hedge fund index shows a 3.34% rise, versus 0.85% a year earlier.

          Be Wary of Hedge Fund ETFs   
Hedge funds are expensive, says Bill Ackman. ETFs that aim to replicate hedge fund returns are cheap, but you might get what you pay for.

          Distributed systems software developer - hedge fun... [London]   
Our client is a well-established and rapidly growing firm with a leading platform for developing quantitative research and systematic investment ideas. they have created a community designed to inspire the best minds in the world to tackle the toughest intellectual challenges and deliver the best work of their careers. their platforms and technologies are constantly evolving to meet the real-world scenarios they throw at them and they are seeking world-class software engineers to join them. the ...
          Quant developer real time - computer science - c#,... [London]   
Quant developer real time - computer science - c#, c++and java london our client is a well-established and rapidly growing hedge fund with a leading platform for developing quantitative research and systematic investment ideas. they have created a community designed to inspire the best minds in the world to tackle the toughest intellectual challenges and deliver the best work of their careers. their platforms and technologies are constantly evolving to meet the real-world scenarios we throw at t...
          Oooh This Mix Is So...   
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Hey. Are you having a bbq or cookout and have no DJ? Well here is almost 10 hours of continuous music. 100 songs with a little something for everyone. Enjoy.
  1. Jackie Mittoo and the Soul Vendors - One Step Beyond
  2. Weekend Players - Subway
  3. Gregory Porter - Don't Lose Your Steam
  4. Teddy Pendergrass - Come Go With Me
  5. Marcel Vogel - Moonchild
  6. Amp Fiddler - Superficial (Amp's Soul Special)
  7. Michael Jackson - Come Together (A TOT Edit)
  8. Average White Band - Schoolboy Crush (Hawk Re-edit)
  9. Crazy Penis - Keep On (Daniel Wang & Brennan Green's Vas Deferens Mix)
  10. Thievery Corporation - Resolution (Rewound by Thievery Corporation)
  11. Al B Sure - Oooh This Love Is So
  12. Prince And The Revolution - She's Always In My Hair (New Mix)
  13. Louie Vega Starring Lisa Fischer & Cindy Mizelle - Stop On By
  14. Caserta - Ricky (Jeep Mix)
  15. Soul II Soul - Keep On Movin' (Mafia and Fluxy Mix)
  16. Lauryn Hill - Everything Is Everything
  17. Bill Conti - Theme From "Rocky" (Starting From Scratch Rmx)
  18. World's Famous Supreme Team - Hey DJ (Extended Version)
  19. Mr Bird - On A Sunny Day (52 Beats Promo)
  20. War - The World Is A Ghetto (suonho ReEdit)
  21. Diane Marsh - Love U Right (Yuki T-Groove Remix, Pt. 2)
  22. Black Sabbath - Planet Caravan (Poolside Rework Extended Intro)
  23. Phyllis Hyman - Loving You, Losing You (Stegu I Care Too Much Edit)
  24. Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star (Alternate Version)
  25. Jettricks & Adefunke Feat. Steve Miller Band - Macho City Hangover
  26. Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love (Linosaur Re-edit)
  27. Prince - Ballad Of Dorothy Parker
  28. Princess - Say I'm You're Number One (LNTG Rework)
  29. Arnie's Love - I'm Out Of Your Life (Beaten Space Probe Re-Edit)
  30. Elements of Life - I Wanna Be Where You Are
  31. Colonel Abrams - Trapped (Boards Of Canada Short Slow Version)
  32. Sunburst Band - Far Beyond
  33. Ideal - Whatever (Soulboy Intro)
  34. Sly And The Family Stone - Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (A TOT Edit)
  35. Peter Godwin - Emotional Disguise (A TOT Edit)
  36. Erykah Badu - Window Seat (Boddhi Satva Ancestral Soul Remix)
  37. Moving in Sound - Peza Rework
  38. Lesette Wilson - Corrida ("Ai No Corrida")
  39. Teena Marie - Square Biz (Bedmo Disco's E = MC Squared Dub WITH INTRO)
  40. Mystery Of Love - Mr Fingers
  41. Luka ft Jaidene Veda - Luxury (Charles Webster Mix-1)
  42. Jungle Wonz - The Jungle (Chocis Edishun)
  43. Blaze Feat. Billy Hope - Live The Happy Life (Klub Head Vocal Mix)
  44. John Julius Knight - My Place (Original)
  45. Gregory Porter - French African Queen (Joaquin Joe Claussell Unofficial Edit)
  46. Honey Sweet feat Cassio Ware - Wake Up
  47. Monday Michiru, Steal Vybe - Sunrise (Steal Vybe's Latin Rhythms & Soul Instrumental)
  48. Mr Fingers - Closer (Sensei Edit)
  49. Seed Allstarz ft. Liza Zayas - Moment Of Truth (Seed In The City Mix)
  50. Osunlade - April (Extended Mix)
  51. Blaze - Not Far Away (Roots Extended Mix)
  52. Donna Summer - Spring Affair (Scratchandsniffs Re-rub)
  53. Doug Gomez - Descarga (Original Mix)
  54. Prince - Raspberry Beret (New Mix)
  55. Instant House - Awade (Joe's Jungle Sound Dub)
  56. Zepherin Saint, Sara Devine - Hurry (Zepherin Soul Mix)
  57. N'Dinga Gaba & J.Veda - Heart Of Gold (Veda Naked Vocal)
  58. Solution - Feels So Right (World:Life:Music Remix)
  59. Simply Red - Thrill Me (The Masters At Work House Mix)
  60. Louie Vega Feat.Caron Wheeler - A New Day (Louie Vega Original Remix)
  61. Kevin Hedge (Blaze), David Harness - My Beat (Spaced Out Beat)
  62. TOT v Regisford vs X-Press2 - Power Kill 100
  63. Stones & Bones, Toshi, Manoo - Amahloni (Manoo Remix)
  64. Armand Van Helden - Witch Doktor (QH & HD MIX)
  65. Yello - Bostich (Cratebug Edit Of A Mike Dunn Edit)
  66. Harvey Mason - Groovin You (Pied Piper Discreet Charm of Percussion Remix)
  67. MuSol V Knee Deep V Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
  68. Vanessa L.Smith, Shino Blackk - Naked Soul (Shino Blackk Buck Naked Rip)
  69. Stevie Wonder - Rocket Love (Zepherin Saint Remix)
  70. Vladimir Acic - Smoke (Fusion F & Come T Remix)
  71. Nu Colours - Desire (MAW Mix - J-ski Extended)
  72. Glenn Underground - Black Mental Resurrection (Mix1)
  73. Glenn Underground - Look Inside (Original Shelter Vox Mix)
  74. Son Of Raw - A Black Man In Space (Original Mix)
  75. Kentphonik - Sunday Showers (Dj Rork Rework)
  76. Green Legion Featuring Fogo - Another Star (2000 Remix)
  77. The Fog - Been A Long Time (TOT Sun Rising Remix)
  78. Jackie Moore - This Time Baby (Ken@Work Remix)
  79. Antonio Ocasio - Get Up
  80. Alexander O'Neal - Sunshine (AZZA Remix)
  81. Loleatta Holloway, Louie Vega - Can't Let You Go (Louie Vega Roots Mix)
  82. It's Not Right But It's OK - Whitney Houston vs Angie Stone (Leeboy's Mashup Mix)
  83. DJ Kemit feat. Josh Milan - Confession (Honeycomb Vocal Mix)
  84. Bebe Winans - Thank You (MAW Mix)
  85. DJPH - Born My Way
  86. The O'Jays - I Love Music (Joey Negro Sweet Music Mix)
  87. One Way ft Al Hudson - Music (Jonny Meek Edit)
  88. Louie Vega Starring Bucie - Angels Are Watching Me (Un Old School Dub)
  89. C Minor, Enoo Napa - Behind the Clouds (Enoo Napa Afro Mix)
  90. The Originals - Down To Love Town (Victor Rosado Remix)
  91. Hugh Masakela - Don't Go Lose It Baby (Stretch Mix)
  92. Marsha Ambrosius - Alone Together (Mark Francis / Adam Rios Vocal)
  93. Bang Bang You're Mine (TOT's Mood Too Deep Mix) - Bang The Party v Afrodrum
  94. Rain, A Lil Louis Painting - Give It Up (MAW Club Mix)
  95. B-52's - Mesapotamia (TOT Laid Down The Law Edit)
  96. Marcel Vogel - I Got Jesus (Original Mix)
  97. Caserta - Ricky (Kon Remix)
  98. Prince- Joy In Repetition (Live)
  99. Jaidene Veda vs Vikter Duplaix - Soul Size Love
  100. Rebel Tumbao - Is This Love

          Hozelock Plus Auto 20 Plant Pot 7.5m Hedge Watering Kit 2803 2705 AC1 Automatic Water Timer   

[tabber]Overview[/tabber]

2803 0000 - 20 Pot Watering Kit

Automatic watering for your patio pots, hanging baskets, borders, veg patches and greenhouse plants. Automatically control how you water your garden, saving you time, water and effort. The AC1 Timer provides the flexibility to adjust the watering duration, frequency and start time, providing extensive control for all your watering needs.

Key Benefits Include:
Saves time
Saves water
Easy setup
Healthier plants
automatically water up to 20 plants

[tabber]Specification[/tabber]

Contains:
AC Water Timer,
Pressure Reducer,
15m x 4mm Micro Tube,
20 x 4LPH Drippers with Stake,
19 x Tee Connectors,
5 x Wall Clips,
5 x Tube Adaptors,
2 x 4mm Tube Adaptors,
1 x 3/4 - 1/2” Tap Adaptor,
1 x 1 - 3/4” Tap Adaptor.

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Videos of Hozelock Automatic Watering

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          7/2/2017: PETS: DR BRUCE CHARD   

contact@northharbourvet.co.nz MY 6-year-old staffordshire terrier called Rex has caught eight hedgehogs over the summer period. I usually rescue some from him but others have died. What risk is there to Rex of any diseases hedgehogs carry? Hedgehogs...
          Q2/H1 Hedge Fund Letters – Letters, Conferences, Calls, And More   

The Q2 / H1 hedge fund letters page is now up – as mentioned last time this will be more of a hedge fund news resource page. While the bulk and majority of the content will be about letters, we […]

The post Q2/H1 Hedge Fund Letters – Letters, Conferences, Calls, And More appeared first on ValueWalk.


          Did Google and HP Thread WP7’s Needle?   

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/andrewbrust/archive/2011/08/18/did-google-and-hp-thread-wp7rsquos-needle.aspx

I’m on vacation this week, and I didn’t intend to write a blog post.  But after the sea changes in the mobile computing industry and, ironically, my extra time to ponder it, I really couldn’t stay silent.

In the space of four days, Google may have effectively taken Android “private” and HP seems to have euthanized webOS in public.  It’s really hard to believe all of this is happening.  But we can at least have a go at understanding what it means and what might, or might not, come next for Microsoft as a result.

Hello Moto

On Monday, Google  announced its intention to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings, the “baby Moto” that makes mobile handsets, tablets and even set top boxes.  Google apparently did this to bulk up its patent portfolio, and thus a credible deterrent against companies suing manufacturers of Android devices for patent infringement. 

All by itself, this move is astonishing.  Because in an apparent move to protect and support Android licensees, Google is acquiring one of the biggest of them and in doing so has almost certainly spooked the others.  More fundamentally, Google is acquiring a company that makes hardware, even though its whole pedigree, and forte, is in monetizing digital assets.  The notion that Google bought a company that makes and sells physical goods, and is happy about that, seems farfetched at best.

Why did Google do the deal?  Well, for one thing, It appears Microsoft was in talks with Motorola too.  If Google was behind Microsoft in the patent arms race before, imagine where it would have been – and where Android would have been – if MS got Moto.  Moto would have gone WP7 (their CEO had just last week announced he was open to the idea) and HTC, Samsung and LG might have been paying Microsoft more in license fees on Android than they would have had to pay to license WP7 directly.  To avoid this, Google has agreed to drop a cool $12.5 billion on a company that I bet it didn’t even want.

Google was caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place…or at least it was scared into thinking so.  Fear isn’t something we see much of from Google, and I don’t think fear-based decisions tend to be good ones.  Case in point: now HTC and Samsung, who are already WP7 OEMs, may feel the need to hedge their bets, by putting more chips on live tiles than little green robots.

HP: webOS Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

Three days later, albeit after the market closed, HP announced that it’s pulling the webOS-based TouchPad tablet off the market, and likewise webOS-based phones.  That was fast!  As I write this, I am still not certain which was on the market longer: HP’s TouchPad or Microsoft’s KIN.  But whereas Redmond killed KIN to make a better play in the smartphone market by focusing on WP7, HP is killing webOS to retreat and withdraw from from that market.

HP seems to have decided to cut its losses and forfeit the whole race to Apple and Google.  There is the chance that HP will try and license webOS to the Android OEMs who feel jilted by Google, and are looking for a port in the storm.  But if you were one of those OEMs, would you license webOS?  And would you be ready to provide the marketing it so badly needs?

Microsoft in the Catbird Seat?

For Microsoft, the timing of all this is incredible.  In the next 2-3 months, Microsoft will release the “Mango” update to Windows Phone and Nokia will release its first Windows Phone handsets, running that very version of the OS.  Meanwhile, in less than four weeks, Microsoft will finally unveil its Windows 8 tablet strategy, at the //build/ conference in Anaheim.

Right now, Microsoft has a smartphone OS that, in terms of features and capabilities, is comeptitive.  What Microsoft needs is kick-butt tablet technology with a strategy to match, and more apps and enthusiastic OEMs for its smartphone.  The //build// conference may very well give them the tablet piece.  Google and HP may have just handed them the phone piece that completes the puzzle.

It’s Microsoft’s To Lose.  But Will it Win?

Microsoft really couldn’t have asked for more.  The situation and timing are ideal.  But that doesn’t mean Microsoft will keep from tripping over its own feet.  Windows Phone has horrible retail presence and uneven, underpowered marketing.  Members of the Windows Phone team, foremost among them Charlie Kindle, have left the company.  And while Windows 8 could be a great tablet OS, Microsoft will also need great tablet hardware out there for it to run on. 

PC OEMs have not shown themselves competitive to Apple in hardware design, and one of the biggest of those OEMs, HP, has even announced that it may spin off its PC division.  Microsoft has seemingly never managed, or heavily influenced, the designs its hardware partners pursue.  That will need to change.  At the very least, Microsoft will need to impose hardware standards for Windows tablets in the same manner as it did for Windows Phones.

Even if that happens, there’s still a lot that could go wrong for Microsoft on the phone and tablet front.  But after the competitor events this week, Microsoft has only itself to blame if things don’t go right.


          Lost Hedgehog   
A new board game has been added to the database: Lost Hedgehog
          Goldman Sachs Sells Off $300 Million In PDVSA Bonds At A Slim Profit   
Goldman Sachs has sold of a portion of the Venezuelan bonds it purchased in May, causing market commotion at the time of the initial $2.8 billion transaction last month. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the banking major sold $300 million worth of bonds to a hedge fund. Anonymous sources said Goldman made a slim profit from the sale, without providing additional details on margins. The entire multi-billion-dollar purchase of state-owned oil giant PDVSA’s bonds costed Goldman 31 cents on the dollar, due to the detrimental effects…
          Have Oil Prices Stagnated?   
Two events this week give us some insights on how to trade the oil markets and oil stocks for the next few weeks. First, there’s been a tremendous financial move in the oil futures market. Most energy hedge funds and other speculative non-commercial traders have been looking at the oil markets in 2017 much as I have – and betting that the OPEC production guidelines and an inevitable re-balancing of global oil supply would lead to a constructive price spike for oil. In CFTC commitment of traders’ reports, we’ve generally…
          fondo de inversión libre, no hedge fund   
Resultado de imagen de fondos de inversion libre hedge funds
Fondo de inversión libre o fondo de gestión alternativa, entre otras expresiones del lenguaje económico, son alternativas válidas en español, preferibles al anglicismo hedge fund.
En las noticias económicas es habitual encontrar frases como «Los hedge funds reducen su exposición al bróker de Deutsche Bank», «¿Cómo invirtió el mayor hedge fund del mundo en el primer trimestre de 2015?» o «La mayor gestora cotizada de hedge funds agrava su declive bursátil».
La traducción oficial de hedge fund que propone la Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores de España es fondo de inversión libre, denominación legal que alterna con fondo de gestión alternativa, «aunque este modelo de gestión no tiene por qué materializarse necesariamente en la figura dehedge funds», puntualiza el Diccionario del inversor, de la revista Inversión.
Por otra parte, la prensa especializada se refiere a menudo a este tipo de fondos como fondos de alto riesgo, opción también válida, aunque con cierta connotación negativa al poner el foco en el supuesto riesgo asumido por el inversor.
Sea como sea, en los ejemplos anteriores habría sido mejor escribir «Los fondos de inversión libre reducen su exposición al bróker de Deutsche Bank», «¿Cómo invirtió el mayor fondo de gestión alternativa del mundo en el primer trimestre de 2015?» y «La mayor gestora cotizada de fondos de alto riesgo agrava su declive bursátil».

          America’s Pension Bomb: Illinois Is Just the Start   
by Tyler Durden ZeroHedge.com Jul 1, 2017 We’ve written quite a bit over the past couple of months about the pending financial crisis in Illinois which will inevitability result in the state’s debt being downgraded to “junk” at some point in the near future (here is our latest from just this morning: “From Horrific To […]
          Chris Christie Announces New Jersey Government Shutdown, Orders State Of Emergency   
by Tyler Durden ZeroHedge.com Jul 1, 2017 Illinois, Maine, Connecticut: the end of the old fiscal year and the failure of numerous states to enter the new one with a budget, means that some of America’s most populous states have seen their local governments grind to a halt overnight until some spending agreement is reached. […]
          Hedge fund DE Shaw joins call for removal of Petropavlovsk's Hambro - Financial Times   

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Hedge fund DE Shaw joins call for removal of Petropavlovsk's Hambro
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Hedge fund DE Shaw has joined two other major shareholders of gold miner Petropavlovsk in calling for the chairman Peter Hambro to step down from the company he co-founded. The hedge fund, which owns 7.7 per cent of Petropavlovsk, has teamed up ...
Shareholders DE Shaw, M&G, Sothic say Petropavlovsk needs changeReuters

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          DE Shaw sells down James River stake - Trading Risk (subscription)   

DE Shaw sells down James River stake
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DE Shaw has sold down part of its stake in Bermuda specialty reinsurer James River, netting $167.5mn. The transaction reduced the hedge fund's stake in James River to 21.5 percent from 36.0 percent. The shares had been held by various DE Shaw funds, ...


          Renaissance draws billions in new cash as love for quants blooms - Reuters   

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Renaissance draws billions in new cash as love for quants blooms
Reuters
While Renaissance and well-known competitors like D.E. Shaw and AQR have been around for decades, they have become newly popular after a run of strong returns, as has a growing crop of smaller rivals. Another stand-out fund that has been pulling in ...

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          Government, Not Amazon Putting Cashiers Out of Work – Ep. 259   
Summary: Amazon Buys Whole Foods The Dow was up today; mainly on the surprise announcement that Amazon, the king of on-line retailing, is buying Whole Foods.  In a labor market significantly altered by ObamaCare-style government intervention, this news could signal further changes to the labor market.  Retail has experienced a steady decline, and this move could usher in a new wave of Amazon Go-style services. Economic Surprise Index Headed For  2009 Territory According to an article in Zero Hedge: For the 13th straight week, US economic data disappointed (already downgraded) expectations, sending Citi's US Macro Surprise Index to its weakest since August 2011 (crashing at a pace only beaten by the periods surrounding Lehman and the US ratings downgrade). The last time, Us economic data disappointed this much, Ben Bernanke immediately unleashed Operation Twist... but this time Janet Yellen is hiking rates and unwinding the balance sheet. "Unexpected" Bad News in Housing Starts and Building Permits Another "unexpected" big drop in housing starts; the third month in a row is accompanied by a drop in building permits, so that means that this trend is likely to continue. The last time we had 3 consecutive monthly declines it was 2009. We got some more bad economic news coming out today, and it capped a week of generally worse than expected news I was looking at a chart of the Economic Surprise Index on an article on Zero Hedge and it was a new low for this cycle They went back to find the last time the Economic Surprise Index was this low It was right about the time the Federal Reserve launched "Operation Twist" Remember that? I was calling it "Operation Screw" When the Fed was lengthening the maturity of its balance sheet It was selling some of its short term bonds and buying longer term bonds To have a better impact on pushing down long-term interest rates Yet today, when the market is being surprised by the same amount of negative economic data "Unexpected negative news" Again, every time you read a negative news story it is always prefaced with "Unexpected" I always put that in quotes because, why don't they expect it by now? You get enough bad news, you should expect it At some point, they will, and that's when the index starts to go the other way When things are bad long enough, people start expecting bad things to happen And then the next thing you know, good things happen So the Economic Surprise Index goes the other way People are still optimistic, yet they keep being disappointed Despite this, the Fed is not only not doing "Operation Twist", it is tightening It's putting the screws on big time in that it has just announced quantitative tightening Not only did they just raise interest rates on Wednesday but they indicated they are getting ready to do quantitative tightening for the first time ever This has never been tried before by the Federal Reserve It's amazing, too that the Federal Reserve is always out there talking about quantitative easing helped the economy It pushed up asset prices, it pushed up the stock market, pushed up the real estate market O.K., if that is what they think, how can they believe they can reverse the process, do quantitative tightening, and not have a negative impact on asset prices? Not have a negative impact on the economy? It's amazing that they have the hubris that they actually believe that this can be accomplished Again, it doesn't have a positive impact: you inflate an asset bubble and the asset bubble can distort the economy and lead to phony economic growth, the appearance of economic growth Yes, if you try to suck the air out of the bubble that phony wealth is going to disappear and you're going to be left with all the problems created by artificial stimulus So to the extent that the Fed actually follows through with quantitative tightening, And again, they are "data dependent"
          September Jobs Report Even Weaker Than It Appears – Ep. 201   
This morning the government released the most important, the most highly-anticipated economic release of the month At least that's what everybody who trades in just about any market believes And that is the Non-Farm Payroll Report; the official scorecard on job creation and unemployment This time it was for the month of September, the final month of Q3 We're still waiting for the GDP estimate for Q3 By the way the Atlanta Fed, which continues to do the interest rate limbo, lowered the bar again today on the Q3 GDP, which was 3.8% a month ago, when Janet Yellen talked about how the case for a rate hike had been strengthening As of today, the Atlanta Fed is down to 2.1% Politically, they are still trying to keep the estimate above 2%, although by the data, I expect it to be south of 2% The important news today was the jobs number; People were looking for a strong report, I think the consensus was around 170,000, but most people were talking 190 - 200,000, some people were looking for a number north of 200,000 We got 156,000 jobs, which was below expectations, but a little better than the prior month Originally reported at 151,000 but was revised up to 167,000 So now, based on the revised number, it's actually worse than the prior month Even though they revised the prior month up, they revised the month prior to that down, so the net effect of the revision was a decline The unemployment rate, expected to hold steady at 4.9 actually ticked back up to 5% Average hourly earnings, expected to rise by .3, following a small increase of .1 the prior month came in at .2 Not quite the gain everybody thought This is not a good report, and anybody who thought the Fed was going to hike rates in November, they clearly don't think it anymore In fact, even WSJ reporter Jon Hilsenrath said that today's jobs report took a November interest rate hike off the table I would suggest that a November rate hike was never on the table To the extent it was there, it was only in the imaginations of people like Hilsenrath Hilsenrath says now, if the Fed is going to move, it won't be until December, but it's not a sure thing The fact is, the Fed is more likely not to raise rates in December Once again, you need to know the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say, when it comes to the jobs numbers Because the headline doesn't really tell the story You always have to look beneath the surface, which nobody wants to do, except for myself, and a few guys over at Zero Hedge They always do a good job of pointing out what's really going on in the jobs market Number one: The big news was the net creation of part-time-jobs I've been saying this for a long time that the big story is that we are replacing full-time jobs with part-time jobs Employers need more part-time workers than full-time workers because each one works fewer hours We're always going to have net job creation when you are transforming the economy from full-time to part-time employment That was clearly the case this last month According to the Household Survey, we lost 5,000 full-time jobs in September and added 430,000 part-time jobs I would venture to guess that pretty much all of the net increase from August to September, 150,000 or so jobs, is in part-time work If you look at the large jump in employees holding down multiple jobs - the government reports that There was a big jump in September in the number of Americans who have more than one job So obviously what's happening is that people with one job are getting a second job and people with 2 jobs are getting a third These will obviously be more part-time jobs Also look at the composition of the jobs, where were they created? Health care, education, retail trade, leisure and hospitality, temporary help We lost 13,000 manufacturing jobs We lost jobs in transportation and warehousing We were flat in mining
          Hedge Fund Billionaires Finally Calling Out The Fed – Ep. 195   
We got a lot of economic data released today, most of it bad, and most of it worse than expected What I did not expect was that the market shrugged it off Initially, there was a little reaction; gold jumped $3 but it never gained momentum and it rolled over to -$10 at the time of this recording The dollar index, which had moved into negative territory immediately following the release, quickly recovered back to positive territory It's still early in the day, as I'm recording, so this could change as some of this economic data has a chance to sink in I noticed that the Atlanta Fed just reduced its Q3 GDP estimate from 3.3 to 3% That' the second reduction in a row This is the lowest estimate the Atlanta Fed has had in about 2 months, although it is still pretty high Let's go over the data we got today: Retail Sales was one of the more significant numbers; everybody looks to retail sales to judge the health of the consumer Last month's number, relatively weak, it was flat, and they were looking for another flat month, but we were -.3% for August It gets worse from there - less autos, they revised the prior month from -.3 to -.4 and in August they were looking for +.3, they got -.1 Less autos and gasoline, we were down last month .1%; they were looking for +.4% and we're down another .1%
          Fed Minutes Reveal The Easing Cycle Has Already Begun – Ep. 179   
Gold and silver prices continue to march higher Gold was up another $7 today; it closed at $1363.20 - that is the high for the year Silver was up .15 at $20.06 Silver is now going up relative to the price of gold which is very for the precious metals complex Gold stocks are on fire; the XAU index, a gold stock index was up 3.27% today It's now up better than 135% on the year and well over 150% from the lows on the third week in January But do you think that any major players on Wall Street have recommended gold stocks? Do any of the big hedge funds have positions in gold? No! They are clueless What is happening, as I have said before, is that there is a picture, that's kind of blurry, but it's coming into focus, still not clear, but it's a game changer The perception is that we had this great recovery and that the Fed was going to be able to unwind its balance sheet, normalize interest rates and everything was going to be great So the whole investment world was preparing for higher rates, a stronger dollar and a stronger U.S. economy But what is the actual picture? The actual picture is an economic recovery that is over, if it ever even happened, The Fed is finished tightening and they're about to start a new easing campaign We're not done with QE; we're just getting started - QE3 is closer to the beginning than the end Rather than shrinking the balance sheet, it's about to explode This picture is getting clearer and now you see the markets re-pricing Gold is going up every day Gold stocks are going up The banks are getting crushed The European banks hit new lows again today FOMC minutes came out for June and what did the minutes reveal? The members were concerned about weakening employment number and they wanted more data before raising rates They wanted to make sure the weakening numbers were an aberration rather than a new trend Who didn't see that coming? Also they wanted to see what happened with the Brexit vote We knew about the Brexit vote all year - why did the Fed ever pretend that they would raise rates in June? Because they wanted the market to believe that a rate hike was possible because it validates the phony recovery So now the instead of raising rates, they spoke about raising them and they are going to cut rates by just talking about reducing them They can do a lot by adjusting their rhetoric before they actually cut rates They are already cutting by backtracking their rhetoric, because that's all they've got Teddy Roosevelt said, "Walk softly but carry a big stick." The Fed has to speak loudly because it has no stick
          Jobs Report Merely An April Fool’s Joke – Ep. 156   
Well, it's April Fool's Day today and there certainly were a lot of fools out on Wall Street buying all the nonsense about the better than expected Non-Farm Payroll numbers Many of those fools were also fooled into thinking that these supposedly good jobs numbers puts a June rate hike back on the table In fact, these April Fools were out in force in March when several Fed officials were talking about the possibility of April being a live meeting, and they bought it; Janet Yellen potentially set them straight a few days ago, but then again they hear some numbers that they think are better than expected, and they think, "Aha! The Fed is about to raise rates." When are they going to wake up and realize that none of these numbers matter - it doesn't matter what they are, better than expected, worse than expected, the Fed can't raise rates If the Fed could raise rates, they would have already done it. Yes, they did raise rates in December, they didn't want to raise rates, they did it anyway, and look what happened Maybe you can think of that rate hike as a trial balloon, but it was the Hindenburg of trial balloons, it blew up, and there's no way the Fed wants to launch another one The first quarter came to an end yesterday and the U.S. stock market actually managed to gain It was up about 1%, but the year started off as the worse year in the history of the stock market Back in February, U.S. stocks had the weakest beginning of the year in the history of the stock market - going all the way through the great depression That happened because the Fed raised rates Do you think they want to take that chance again? Why did the market recover?  Because people then believed that the Fed was not going to be raising rates, in fact, the weakness in the market is one of the reasons they believe that So the market going down helped the Fed to change its tune, enabling the market to go back up Now they're not going to take another chance to have to save it again Next time it goes down, it keeps on falling Beneath the surface, there was a lot of carnage in the market - there were a lot of stocks that got taken out and shot Some big hedge funds had horrible results in the first quarter Hedge funds were on the wrong side of so many macro trades this quarter For example, the U.S. dollar had its worse quarter in over 5 years You remember, that was one of the most crowded trades out there at the end of last year Everybody with a hedge fund was long the dollar and short the euro, short the yen, short the aussie, short the Canadian, you name it they were short Some of these guys were short the Chinese yuan - the yuan had a pretty good quarter - the strongest quarter in 2 years Everybody who was long the dollar and short another currency got killed in the first quarter The only people who lost more money than the ones shorting were the people shorting gold
          Yellen’s Confidence Defies Data, Logic, and Common Sense – Ep.122   
The price of gold was down another $15 today, a 6-year low Selling began early this morning following a better than expected jobs report from ADP This is private payrolls released a couple of days before the official government Non-Farm Payroll number, coming out on Friday Last month's ADP report was 182,000 jobs, which was below expectations But the government reported better than expected jobs numbers Today's number was not significant enough to have triggered a sell-off in gold within seconds of the release of the news So far, ADP has missed 8 of the 12 expectations this year By the way, hedge funds are the most short they've ever been in gold We'll see what happens between now and the end of the year if we get a lot of hedge funds that want to book those profits Paper profits may be difficult to realize if everyone needs to take them at the same time  In the physical world, demand for gold continues to hit records 98-99% of the gold market is people selling gold they don't actually have to people who don't actually want it It's interesting to me the difference between the market reaction to positive economic news versus negative news The November PMI number, although slightly better than expected it is still a 2-year low Where the news went from bad to horrific was when we got the November ISM number. Manufacturing is considered insignificant now because it is a smaller part of our economy, but the last time it was almost as low as this, the Fed immediately launched QE3. Now with ISM number nearly as weak as it was when we launched QE1, the Fed is hinting at a rate hike, which is absurd if you believe that the Fed is data dependent. If the Fed does raise rates in December it proves conclusively that they were never data dependent and that they were using it as a delay tactic  Had the Fed raised rates years ago, it would have pushed the economy into recession that much sooner, but they've now waited so long, that the economy is already going back into a recession on its own If the Fed now raises rates even slightly, we will go into recession that much more quickly, causing credibility loss. Also, yesterday we got motor vehicle sales numbers, and we did 18.2 million, beating the expected number of 18.1 million; however this is the second or third month in a row that domestic sales have declined This is all a product of the auto bubble. Contrary to comparisons to the housing bubble, where people bought homes for investments, the bubble exists in automobile financing Also contributing to the weakness in gold, were Janet Yellen's recent statements containing the strongest indications yet that interest rates may raise in December She did, however, go out of her way to insist that the Fed has not made a decision, based on data coming in prior to the December meeting Yellen admits to improvements in the labor market, but acknowledges that there is underemployment and low labor force participation She did say, however, that she is confident that over the next 1-2 years, the economy will show real improvement in full employment and labor force participation She also believes that the economy is indicating enough momentum that inflation will also reach or exceed the 2% benchmark Paradoxically, economic data over the last 6 months show no such momentum If the manufacturing sector is already in recession, as data indicates, what makes Yellen believe that the service sector, which has shown modest growth, can sustain any growth? The only problem Yellen does address is overseas markets Ironically the worst thing that can happen to the U.S. economy is for markets to have more confidence in overseas economies, which will cause the dollar to fall Another source of Yellen's optimism is her expectation that there will be more government hiring The last thing our economy needs is to support more government workers! The stock market sold off today; maybe the market is reacting t...
          President Trump and Treasury Secretary Icahn? – Ep. 111   
It's been over a week since I did my last podcast there's been a lot of economic news - almost all bad The markets have been under pressure - we're back down near the mini-Black Monday lows, solidly in correction mode The pressure on international markets has been greater Yet the vast majority of economists expect the Fed to raise interest rates by December This would really mean last minute - as the Fed's messaging hints at an interest rate hike by the end of the year If you look at the Fed's reasons it listed were: Weakness in overseas economies Lack of inflation, as the Fed measures it Increased improvement in the labor markets Why would the Fed move if all these concerns still exist? The answer is, it would not move No one wants to connect the obvious dots When the Fed refused to rule out an interest rate hike in October or December it might have been the worst thing for the markets because it is admitting it is considering kicking the economy when it is down Initially I thought the Fed would indiciate a dovish hold, but they opted for a hawkish hold, which exacerbates the issues with the markets, as the hike is already priced in International markets assume America can handle higher interest rates; but the Fed is still talking up the economy to send the message that the U.S. can handle higher rates, even though it can't I discussed this at length in my recently released video of my address in Jackson Hole, Wyoming I really want discuss in today's video two people who are in the news: Donald Trump and Carl Icahn Trump was on 60 Minutes this week and Carl Icahn recently released a video called, 'Danger Ahead' Trump's performance really hit the ball out of the park with his delivery, not that I agree with everything he said The typical voter will buy his bill of goods The interview was a commercial for Donald Trump in which he promises everything to everybody The promises to cut taxes on everyone but the hated hedge fund managers He promises to repeal and replace Obamacare with something even better and still insure everybody He promises to save Social Security He promises to grow the economy To the average voter, who doesn't really understand economics, he sounds like he can pull it off He sounds optimistic about what the country can be like if he is elected president The economy will grow because jobs will come back from overseas How is he going to do that? I don't know, but it doesn't matter He says it in a way that people are going to believe it Who will argue against it? He is not singling out any one interest group that will suffer His performance was brilliant, even though much if what he promises is impossible His tax message resonates because currently the government uses high corporate taxes so that special interests groups can be given favors by Congress, and higher taxes are held over the heads of those who do not buy them off with votes With lower corporate taxes, the politicians lose that leverage Trump doesn't need these special interest votes because he's spending his own money All Trump needs to do is get the nomination, then the Republican Party will support his Presidential Campaign His campaign for the nomination has been largely fueled by publicity He is running a better campaign in light of public perception Trump is throwing light on the problems who the average guy really feel - even if he is pie and the sky Carl Icahn is in the news because he could be Treasury Secretary if Trump is elected, and he would probably not be that bad His new video, calledDanger Ahead" starts out as a commercial for Donald Trump, giving him even more publicity, but in the second half of the video he addresses the real root of the problem in the U.S. economy He addresses our bubble economy and correctly blames the Fed He points out that quantitative easing and zero percent interest rates ...
          U.S. Stock Market Correction Not Made In China – Ep.104   
What a week for global stock markets, but in particular, the U.S. stock market, which had its worst week in 4 years The Dow Jones down better than 1,000 points - over 10% from its peak puts it in official correction territory One-third of the stocks in the S&P 500 are already down 20% from their highs The Dow lost more than half of the 1,000 points today - 530 points, which is the 9th biggest point decline ever This is on top of the 350 points dropped on Thursday Thursday we broke below some key technical levels so Friday's drop was inevitable There could be a bigger one looming for Monday This is reminiscent of the weekend before Black Monday back in 1987 We are only about 300 points above the lows from October last year when St. Louis Fed President James Bullard saved the market and sent the Dow up 2,000 points This time he is throwing the market an anchor He still indicates the Fed is undecided What data over the next couple of weeks could be that significant? The Fed does not want to admit that they can't raise rates When is the Fed going to blink? Valuations are extremely high, and the Fed is about to go from supporting the market to leaning against it The economy is decelerating I think the market is going to surrender all the gains it has made since March of 2009 None of those gains have been real - they did not come from increased production or a genuine increase in corporate earnings, it was all Fed engineering The market has gained no ground since QE was suspended If the market goes down on Monday, what is the Fed going to do? The Fed needs an excuse not to raise rates The drop is not because of China The problem in China and in the emerging markets is caused by the perception that U.S. Fed is going to raise rates The markets want to blame the market correction on China but that is not why our market had a correction Emerging market currencies are taking the brunt of the selling by those who are expecting a Fed rate hike The euro is very strong today, and the dollar index is declining The euro is going to go on a big move, especially if the Fed caves Gold is up $80 in the last 2 weeks What happened to the theory that gold will collapse below 1000? Two weeks ago hedge funds were for the first time net short gold How is that trade working out for them now? A lot of people are trapped short the euro and short gold Now pro-dollar bets are pressing smaller currencies This is the last throes of the dollar bull, based on the rate hikes that aren't going to happen At the end of the 6 or 7 year journey, there can't be a rate hike If the Fed actually raises rates, they lose credibility because they will have to immediately reverse course If they do not raise rates, they can say caution is needed because of another dip in the recession This way they don't have to admit that the policy was a failure The only economic data that came out today was the August Manufacturing PMI number - expected to improve over last month It dropped again to 52.9 - the lowest level since October 2013, and the biggest miss in 2 years If the Fed is truly data dependent it would have already admitted that it can't raise rates At the end of 2014, I predicted that 2015 would be a much weaker economy than forecasted I was right about that I thought by now the Fed would have admitted that the economy is too weak for a rate hike But the Fed just keeps talking about a potential rate hike as though it were a real possibility This is a very dangerous game The Fed is going to have to eventually go to QE4, but in the long term, the market actually needs tight money, but that is going to lead to a much bigger financial crisis than the one we had in 2008 Bank failures, defaults - not only on private debt but also treasuries That would ultimately be better than the massive inflation we will suffer The Fed will not have the luxury of holding bonds to maturity if it n...
          Gold’s 50-Dollar Sunday Night Collapse Explained – Ep. 97   
Today's Podcast is entirely devoted to gold and gold stocks Last night, in just a few minutes, gold dropped $50 One or more major sell orders hit the market at the same time and gold went down below $1100 It was down $20 by the time New York trading opened and by market close gold was down around $37 on the day Silver was down only about .15 today Why was all that gold dumped? The goal could not have been to get a good price - the goal was to knock the price down The HUI was down 10% on the day This bear market in gold stocks is now bigger than the one from 1996 to 2000 Gold stocks are much cheaper today than they were at the end of the dot com bubble If this a measure of trust in central bankers, the market is expressing greater confidence in Janet Yellen than it did in Alan Greenspan in 1999-2000, We know how badly that turned out for stocks and how bullish it turned out for gold The timing of this selloff comes on the heels of the media's spin on Janet Yellen's recent Congressional testimony But the real news that ignited the sell-off was China's admission that they have gold reserves and in fact they intend to add to those reserves, surprising the market If China was lying about how much gold they have had for the last six years, why does anyone believe they are telling the truth now? I think they are still lying - being strategic They want to get the price of gold down because they still want to buy a lot more gold If China still needs more gold, eventually this will bring the price of gold up Also a very negative WSJ article compared gold to the "pet rock" craze This is the same nonsense that proliferated in the 1990's The WSJ article describes gold investment as "a leap of faith" relative to dollar or stock investments Gold should not be compared to stocks - it is currency, a commodity Gold has intrinsic value, whereas the dollar is a fiat currency, backed by faith alone Gold has had value for 5,000 years - you don't need ot have faith, you just own it There will always be a use for gold Why have faith in central bankers when everybody who has put their faith in central bankers in the past has been burned An article on Zero Hedge compared the WSJ op-ed to a similar one from 1999 The title was, "Who Needs Gold, When You Have Alan Greenspan?" They called him "the maestro" He gave us the dot com bubble, the real estate bubble and the financial crisis of 2008 That's what happened to the people who put their faith in Alan Greenspan Over the next 12 years after that article was written, gold appreciated 650% Who needs gold when you have Alan Greenspan? Everybody Today Alan Greenspan recommends gold If we've got Janet Yellen, then we need gold Greenspan wrote the playbook that Bernanke and Yellen are expanding and he knows it does not work When you have Janet Yellen, you need all the gold you can get Fortunately, it's a lot cheaper to buy gold and it is a lot cheaper to buy the companies that mine it What could go wrong? Everything - what went wrong in 1999 and in 2008? The same thing that went wrong then will go wrong now, because it is the same central bankers And the same players on Wall Street either don't recognize the danger or are pretending it doesn't exist and abandoning everything we know about monetary policy This is the biggest bubble yet - the entire economy is dependent on bubbles Just when people trust the central bankers the most, that's the best time to buy gold When this market turns it's going to be vicious Once the market turns, it will move quickly that very few people will have an opportunity to buy
          Help Me Correct Wikipedia’s Liberal Bias   
Peter Schiff Says The Real Financial Crisis Is About to Hit ... Peter Schiff: When Will the Dollar Bubble Burst? | Wall Street ... The Real Crash: America's Coming Bankruptcy My Mortgage Bankers Speech from Nov 13th 2006 is now in one video clip. I gave this presentation at the the Western Regional Mortgage Bankers Conference in Las Vegas. There were over 2,000 mortgage bankers in attendance. I also made similar comments when I addressed this conference a year earlier in 2005 at the height of the real estate bubble. For those people who said no one saw it coming, this presentation is a real eye opener. Thanks to a YouTuber called "csabasand" here is a full transcript: http://www.csaba.se/2009/09/26/peter-... What Obama Should Really Do To Spur Job Growth - Forbes, 9/13/2011 Peter Schiff On Obamanomics: "There Are Not Enough Open Minds In The Capitol To Keep This Ship From Sinking" - Zero Hedge - 09/19/2011 Peter Schiff, other members of the ‘1%,’ confront Occupy Wall Street, Washington Post - October 28, 2011 The Washington Examiner, September 6, 2012 This time, Schiff, a former Republican senate candidate in the state of Connecticut, traveled to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina and went undercover. His disguise was an “anti-business crusader” and a person wanting to ban or place a cap on corporate profits. As he iterated this stance, he wanted to see how many people supported this move, which was actually quite a few. The video titled "Democrats: Let's Ban Profits!" starts off with Schiff attempting to speak with Anthony Van Jones, but he claimed he didn’t have any time to speak with the bestselling author of “Crash Proof” and “The Real Crash.” It continued onto Schiff standing inside the DNC where he noted that there weren’t a lot of people, “maybe they’re all out looking for work. Actually, wait a minute, this is the Democratic Convention, they don’t want to work.” Forbes Magazine, Dave Serchuk, Contributor 12/28/2011 Economist Arthur Laffer has had a long, distinguished career. Unfortunately one of the things that has distinguished it is that he has often been extremely wrong. That’s why, in a new feature for this blog, I have Revoked Art Laffer’s Pundit License. ™ This means that everyone who reads this blog will understand that Laffer has been quite wrong about many things, and continues to appear on TV as if he had been right. Well, something has happened Mr. Laffer: you were caught being wrong. Now it’s time to ‘fess up if you want your Pundit License reinstated. Until it is reinstated you are strongly advised to not make grand, sweeping proclamations about the economy, or America’s political scene. The credibility you save might just be your own. I will periodically revive this feature whenever I see pundits being completely wrong in public over long, extended periods of time, and suffering few if any repercussions. Laffer is best known for his eponymously-named Laffer Curve, and made the case that lowering income taxes for the wealthy will generally create more revenue. This helped gain him entry into the Reagan White House, where he helped shape the idea known as “trickle-down economics.” The takeaway is that as you lower taxes on the wealthy they reinvest their cash back into the economy in infinite ways, enriching everyone. In this light the idea is that lower income taxes for the highest earner actually lead to more tax revenue for the federal government, in the end. This video, originally posted in 2008 by an unknown individual, was viewed over 2 million times before being removed from YouTube in late 2013. I decided to post a copy so that those searching for the original video will at least be able to view this copy. However, I doubt it will receive the 2 million plus views garnered by the original. In addition, its worth remembering just how clueless everyone was about the artificial nature of the prior recovery an...
          Spring Has Sprung, But U.S. Economy Still Snowed In – Ep 79   
Markets on roller coaster ride final two trading days of this week Bad news parade marches on in April The players are still clinging to fantasy of U.S. economic recovery Dollar finished down substantially on the week - April was the first down month in 10 months Dollar has seen its highs and is heading lower Gold back below 1200 Oil prices added to gains closed above $59 - moving opposite to the dollar Friday - March Personal Income & Spending flat below expectations Personal Spending also lower than expected; .4% gain Savings dropped from 5.7 to 5.3 - the lowest savings rate of the year April PMI Manufacturing Index - dropped more than expected to 54.1 even as weather warms ISM Manufacturing expected to rise to 52 - remained flat Employment Index dropped two points - the first drop in 2 years March Construction Spending fell by .6 missing expectations Atlanta Fed correctly forecasted Q1 GDP at .2, forecasting Q2 at .8 Article on Zero Hedge: Goldman Sachs warning Europe about severe "Lowflation" Article in Bloomberg: Chinese can't "kick" savings habit Blames problem on "not enough government" The reason America is in so much trouble is that we don't save Once the Chinese have built up a cushion, then they will spend When our phony economy bursts, it will be apparent that we did not save enough and had too much debt America gives capitalism a bad name - we preach it but do not practice it We rely on a giant government-run ponzi scheme of socialized savings We are telling the Chinese they have too much free market capitalism We have been indulging our present and sacrificing our future The Chinese will be rewarded for their prudence The most ironic thing about the Bloomberg article is that they suggest Chinese would be better off under Communism
          Minimum Wage, Maximum Stupidity – Ep 78   
The Keynesian myth of mandating prosperity actually hurts the lower middle class and the working poor Something for nothing is appealing to voters, so politicians make empty promises that are good politics but bad economics A Seattle-based company called Gravity Payments has instituted a minimum salary of $70,000/yr This has given him great publicity, but how will this work in his company? Lower paying jobs will have to be eliminated, because they don't represent enough productivity to justify a raise that doubles the employee's cost Higher salaried workers are not hurt because they keep their job and perhaps get a raise for picking up the extra duties formerly handled by lower-salaried workers The most recent political gimmick in the State of Connecticut is a tax masquerading as a minimum wage law The Democratic State Legislature have proposed a law that will fine companies of 500 or more employees $1/hr for any worker who is paid under $15/hr How will this work in the State of Connecticut? Right away, business just over 500 employees will pare down to fall under the new regulation, so jobs will be lost In reality, this is just a tax increase on the people who can least afford it For employees who are currently working at the minimum wage, a $1 fine is cheaper than a raise from the current $9.15 rate to $15/hr, if they do not eliminate that person's job This is essentially another employment tax that will result in higher prices across the board Neither the employee nor the employer benefits For employees who are working above the current minimum of $9.15/hr a raise would cost the employer more than the $1 fine According to minimum wage law, it is illegal to cut the worker's pay - the only option is to cut the worker The penalty does not apply to higher paid workers; it only applies to jobs between the current minimum wage and the new minimum wage It will be cheaper to pay the tax than to raise wages, but there will be less money to to toward employees because a large percentage of the workers' wages are going toward a tax The reality of this new law, championed for the "little guy" is that the working poor will pay a higher marginal state income tax than the richest hedge fund managers in the state Will the voters be able to figure it out elected officials are going after the working poor? This tax will also raise the cost of living, wich also affects the poor more directly Packaging a tax to pass off as minimm wage is fraud
          SchiffRadio Podcast Episode 24   
Big News out of the Central Banks U.S. FOMC Primary concern - inflation is too low no policy to "correct" the problem Preparing markets for additional stimulus Japanese Central Bank Doublespeak Japanese sales tax hike postponed Continued calls for more inflation Why is sales tax is different than inflation? Euro Decline Mandating "stability" by increasing inflation? Chinese Central Bank Cut interest rate to 5.6% Money flows to the dollar as a hedge because the market believes the Fed Gold has not dropped much against the dollar and has risen against other currencies  
          Are You a Fox or a Hedgehog?   

I have an ever growing list of books I want to read. One of them is The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver. People seem to like human and animal comparison. I’m not a huge fan of them, but Nate Silver as a really interesting one in his book. How Foxes Think How Hedgehogs … Continue reading Are You a Fox or a Hedgehog?

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          Front Office Trading C++ Developer for Quantitative Hedge Fund - $200k - $350k   

          Front Office Trading C++ Developer for Quantitative Hedge Fund - $200k - $350k   

          What Musicians Can Learn From This Millionaire Investor   
James Altucher founded more than 20 companies as an entrepreneur, hedge fund manager and venture capitalist. But it's creativity that fuels him.
          Hedgerow finds!   

Thursday saw me & my family go for a walk up the Chesterfield Canal. We were expecting a nice pleasant walk in the sunshine, what we did not exact was the haul of Blackberries and Sloe's. They seem to be very early this year!

The sloe's are spending the next week in caster sugar before the gin gets added. The Blackberry jam on the other hand are being sold in my local shop to raise some money for Mencap.


          Chris Christie Announces New Jersey Government Shutdown, Orders State Of Emergency   
Zero Hedge Illinois, Maine, Connecticut: the end of the old fiscal year and the failure of numerous states to enter the new one with a budget, means that some of America’s most populous states have seen their local governments grind to a halt overnight until some spending agreement is reached. Now we can also add New Jersey […]
          Tiny kitten found abandoned under hedge rescued by Blue Cross   

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          It’s About Thyme   
It’s About Thyme Thyme (Thymus spp.) is native to the sunny slopes of the Mediterranean and once grew wild from Spain to Siberia. The Greeks and Romans considered thyme a symbol of courage and style; they flavored cheese and wine with the pungent herb and bathed in thyme-scented baths before going into battle. During the Crusades, ladies embroidered sprigs of thyme on the sleeves of their knights to keep them brave. The Sumerians wrote of thyme’s antiseptic properties 3,000 years ago. They stepped on it as a strewing herb and burned it in homes and public buildings to cleanse the air and ward off illness. Today, it is an effective ingredient in toothpaste and cough medicine and is used in aromatherapy to treat respiratory ailments. In culinary circles, thyme is of the greatest essence. Its tiny leaves, fresh or dried, liven up salads and enhance the flavor of meat, fish, and poultry. Along with parsley, savory, and marjoram, it makes up the traditional French herbal mixture bouquet garni used to enhance the flavor of soups, sauces, and stews. All thymes are edible and many have their own unique flavors. Use orange or lemon thyme to add a citrus taste to seafood, caraway thyme for breads and meat, and lavender thyme to lend flavor and aroma to soups and casseroles. As versatile in the garden as they are in the kitchen, the dozens of thyme varieties fill a number of roles. Their foliage may be bright green, gray, or yellow, and their spicy flowers range in color from purple to pink to white. Tall varieties like French thyme grow to more than a foot high and can be pruned into a fragrant hedge or tucked in between shrubs or perennials to fill empty spaces in a planting bed. Wooly thyme and creeping thyme, which grow only two inches high, thrive in dry, sunny spots and are perfect for use as a ground cover or a rock garden plant. Planted between the stepping-stones of a garden path, they perfume the air when walked upon. Thymes are easy to grow, asking only for a sunny spot and well- drained soil that is slightly on the dry side. Plus, if you’re a gardener who also likes to cook, you will find that there is never enough thyme.
          CEO Perusahaan dengan gaji tertinggi   
1. Richard Kinder
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Gaji : US$ 1,1 miliar
Kekayaan : US$ 9,8 miliar
Bos dari perusahaan yang bergerak di bidang energi, Kinder Morgan ini membayar dirinya hanya US$ 1 per tahun. Meski dia tidak pernah menerima bonus, saham, dan hibah saham dari perusahaan yang dipimpinnya, tapi Richard mampu meraup US$ 1,1 miliar di tahun lalu, sehingga mencatatkan dirinya sebagai CEO dengan bayaran tertinggi di Amerika Serikat (AS). Gaji tersebut dia peroleh dari keuntungan saham saat Kinder menjadi perusahaan publik pada 2006. 

2. Daniel S. Och
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Gaji : US$ 289 juta
Kekayaan : US$ 2,9 miliar
CEO dari perusahaan hedge fund, Och Ziff Capital Management Group itu memperoleh US$ 288 juta dari saham vested (hak karyawan).

3. Howard Schultz
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Gaji : US$ 118 juta
Kekayaan : US$ 1,7 miliar
Bos pemilik jaringan ritel, Starbucks ini mendapat gaji pokok US$ 1,5 juta dengan bonus mencapai US$ 2,3 miliar. Sebagian besar kompensasi tersebut berasal dari opsi saham dan US$ 10 juta dari saham vested.

4. Leslie Wexner 
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Gaji : US$ 58 juta
Kekayaan : US$ 4,6 miliar
Pemimpin The Limited Inc tersebut dibayar US$ 1,9 juta sebagai gaji, serta bonus US$ 4,9 juta. Dia mengatakan, total kompensasi dari opsi sahamnya mencapai US$ 32 juta dan saham vested sebesar US$ 18,7 juta.

5. Ralph Lauren
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Gaji : US$ 39 juta
Kekayaan : US$ 6,9 miliar
Pengusaha fashion ini membayar diri sendiri dengan gaji US$ 1,2 juta dan bonus US$ 19,5 juta. Selain itu, dia melakukan eksekusi atas opsi saham senilai US$ 5,2 juta dan menerima US$ 12,4 juta saham vested.

6. Lawrence J. Ellison
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Gaji : US$ 37 juta
Kekayaan : US$ 40 miliar
Pendiri Oracle tersebut memperoleh gaji sebesar US$ 1, namun untuk bonusnya sendiri sebanyak US$ 3,9 juta serta eksekusi saham opsi US$ 31,7 juta.

7. Henry R. Kravis

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Gaji : US$ 35 juta
Kekayaan : US$ 4,5 miliar
Co CEO dari perusahaan ekuitas swasta, Kohlberg mengantongi gaji hanya US$ 300 ribu. Tapi mayoritas pendapatan berasal dari bunga dan bagian keuntungan saham yang telah disepakati perusahaan sebesar US$ 34,7 juta.  

8. George Roberts
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Gaji : US$ 35 juta
Kekayaan : US$ 4,2 miliar
Roberts merupakan bagian dari salah satu direksi di Kohlberg milik Henry R Kravis. Dia memboyong gaji pokok US$ 300 ribu dan bunga senilai US$ 37,4 juta.

9. Rupert Murdoch
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Gaji : US$ 23 juta
Kekayaan : US$ 11,9 miliar.
Penguasa jaringan media ini mengkombinasikan antara gaji, bonus dan saham vested dengan masing-masing senilai US$ 8,1 juta, US$ 10,4 juta dan US$ 4,1 juta.

10. Frederick Smith
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Gaji : US$ 22 juta
Kekayaan : US$ 1,8 miliar
CEO perusahaan logistik, FedEx tersebut mendapatkan gaji US$ 1,2 juta dan bonus US$ 1,3 juta. Upah insentif senilai US$ 5,2 juta dalam jangka panjang terkait kinerja perusahaan, serta opsi saham mencapai US$ 13,2 juta.

          Godzilla Amazon: The Amount of Power in Jeff Bezos' Hands Should Frighten All Americans   
Amazon very effectively uses technology and data to sidestep traditional restrictions on monopoly power.

To understand the depth and breadth of Jeff Bezos’ ambitions for the company he built, type www.relentless.com into your browser. The domain Bezos registered in 1994 will redirect to Amazon, the company aptly, and ambitiously, nicknamed The Everything Store. He tells his shareholders that the company will act like an aggressive startup — that at Amazon, it is always Day One. 

Like Google and Facebook, Amazon uses technology and data to sidestep traditional restrictions on monopoly power. Our lives are increasingly organized by the platforms these companies run, platforms which now mediate the way we communicate and engage in commerce with each other. We are living in a world organized by tech monopolists, a change in power relationships that no one voted for but has been imposed upon us nonetheless.

Now, Bezos is attempting to add more power to his empire with the surprise announcement that the company will pay $13.7 billion for Whole Foods Market. Amazon will now have a store footprint in neighborhoods across America.

Our communities and the way we engage in commerce will change. Imagine walking into a Whole Foods store and seeing different prices depending on whether you are a member of Amazon Prime — or seeing different prices depending on any other way that you interact with Amazon.

This isn’t implausible. It is what the company does when it opens up stores. For instance, Amazon is creating a chain of physical book stores to take the place of the book stores the company destroyed. In these stores, there are no price tags at all: You scan the items with your phone and have a price delivered to you, personalized by Amazon. Why wouldn’t Amazon extend this to Whole Foods? “Our goal with Amazon Prime, make no mistake,” says Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, “is to make sure that if you are not a Prime member, you are being irresponsible.”

This statement and the amount of power in Bezos’ hands should frighten all Americans. Bezos meant that Amazon will soon be so good for consumers that it would just be folly not to be a member. But what he unwittingly implied is that as a citizen, you will have no choice but to interact with his institution to buy and sell key goods that everyone needs — on his terms.

Jeff Bezos, in other words, has a vision. To be everywhere, to be the platform for everything for every consumer. So when Bezos calls you irresponsible for not tithing to Amazon, America has a big political problem.

Amazon’s takeover of Whole Foods means that it can target and eliminate regional competitors one by one as it did with its online competitors. When Diapers.com emerged as a competitor to Amazon, Amazon simply sold diapers below cost until the company capitulated and sold itself to Bezos. There’s no reason to assume Amazon wouldn’t bring the same predatory pricing strategy to bear in every city in America. Why wouldn’t it? Even though predatory pricing is illegal, the government hasn’t enforced those laws for decades. Whole Foods tends to source from local farms as part of a commitment to localism; these farms will now be negotiating with a much bigger entity that is committed to a ruthless model of efficiency.

There are so many ways that Amazon can use its power that it’s simply impossible to figure out what it will do. Amazon probably doesn’t even know yet; it will discover and test them, relentlessly. Maybe you will get first in line, or last in line, for the most popular toy during the Christmas period, or maybe the restaurant you own will get access to the freshest yet limited batch strawberries you need based on whether you are giving better deals to Prime members.

Or here’s a more creative possibility. Amazon is excluding Amazon Prime video from Apple TV so that Prime members will buy its streaming device instead of Apple’s. As the smartphone market commodifies and transforms, Bezos could simply use his combined physical and online footprint to keep you from even seeing prices at his stores unless you are using Amazon-approved electronic devices. If Amazon were just one of many stores that would be one thing. But Amazon is quickly becoming the dominant way to buy and sell.

And this, make no mistake, is what is happening. Upon the announcement of the acquisition, Target’s stock price dropped by 10 percent and Walmart’s by 5 percent. Amazon’s rose by more than the price it is paying for Whole Foods. Wall Street sees the writing on the wall. There is only one force that can stop Amazon from organizing and regulating basically all American retail commerce — our democratic institutions and our political system. We the people.

Bezos knows Amazon is a political enterprise at this point. The day before he announced his company’s attempt to buy this supermarket chain, he released a request on Twitter to have people offer ideas for where he can direct charity money. That is the kind of public relations undertaken by political leaders. And Amazon put out an ad for a Ph.D. economist-cum-lobbyist “to educate regulators and policy makers about the fundamentally procompetitive focus of Amazon’s businesses.” And he has put political fixers, like Ivanka Trump’s lawyer and ex-Clinton administration officer Jamie Gorelick, on his board of directors. He also bought The Washington Post.  

The public should speak out in opposition to this merger. More than that, the government should take this opportunity to reject the entire pro-finance pro-concentration philosophy that has taken hold in this country since the Reagan era. It is no accident that Whole Foods founder John Mackey was forced to surrender his life’s work because financiers looking for a quick buck bought up a large bloc of shares in his company and pressured him to sell the company to Amazon. The day before the announcement of the sale, he called these hedge funds “Ringwraiths,” after the evil characters in “Lord of the Rings.” Bezos might be the most powerful empire-builder in the land, but he had help.

This merger should frighten all of us. But it should also embolden anyone who believes that America should not be in thrall to monopolists like Bezos. For them, today, as Jeff Bezos might put it, is Day One.

 

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          July already?   

The last week has been chilly to say the least.  Within days we'd gone from 30c+ down to 11c with rain...Lots of rain.

As June drifted gently into July, the warm sunshine returned.  This weekend so far has been spent deadheading and trimming back all the spoilt flowers, including most of the roses.








Beside the pond, the yellow daylilies had also mostly been spoilt by the rain.  Thankfully there are quite a few buds forming. 





In the borders either side of the patio arch, many of the plants are blooming.





The hydrangea we rescued from a skip is now flowering.  It has some strong new growth at the base so I'll prune the next third in the spring.  Eventually it will form a handsome shrub.



The terrace border is taking shape. It does need a bit of height, but for now these Irises take centre stage. 



Next up is the Yen Garden.  This fuzzy flowered spiraea japonica helps mark the entrance. 



Feathery leaves in purple acers at either end, with pale pink rosa New Dawn along the length; her blooms escaped the worst of the heavy rain beneath the conifer hedge. 



New growth has already begun to emerge on the old rhododendron. 


The border in the Yen Garden is still quite sparse.  Some plants are doing well, others not so much.  I wonder whether using fewer plants but repeat them along the bed would work better.  Of course this is a very dry bed due to the hedge and being in full sun from 10am until around 6pm during the summer months, so that has to be considered. 





New Dawn adds some scented charm to the entrance to the secret garden, and carries on along the back of the Pink Garden where its fragrance mingles with the lemon tang of r. Mum in a Million.


Mother-in-law bought a beautiful calla lily for us this week. And is perfect beside the new patio seats.  We used these flowers in a deep burgundy and cream for our wedding, so they are very fitting. 



As you know, last week the honeysuckle had it in for our old fork.  I guess some gardeners would replace the handle, but it was easier to invest in new.



TMTC soon put the new fork into action.  He lifted the recently planted syringa and replanted it nearer the pond.


In its place,  a new tree - Acer Crimson King.  This promises deep purple foliage that turns orange in the autumn.  This tree already helps screen our new seats from our neighbour's upper windows,  and is perfectly positioned to help screen their huge garden hut from our upper windows.  In addition, the three new trees will eventually create some shade and shelter for our patio (Magnolia George Henry Kern, Acer Crimson King and Syringa Sensation).



I am currently in love with our front garden.  Viewed from the start of the cobbled path, the left hand border is amazing full with barely any visible earth.






The right hand border is still in its first year really, so still needs to fill out.


I think the deep purple-black foliage plants of Sambuccus Nigra, Heuchera, Pittosporum tenufolium Tom Thumb, and the dark leafed forms of Hebe and Fuchsia create such a dramatic foil for the hot colours of orange Osteospermums and daylilies, along with orange and red Crocosmias, contrasting with punctuations of pink and blue hardy geraniums, and the calm breath-taking white roses all providing knock-out punches for the both ocular and olfactory senses.  Sadly the grass died in both sides after cutting back, however that will be rectified shortly and then touch will be catered for also.  I don't think I'll bother with taste - unless any of you fancy bird seed or mealworms...but the birds do bring their songs to the garden.  Maybe I should name the front garden after the senses. 

On the whole, I'm thrilled that the mirror-flipped design has worked so brilliantly.


I close today's post with an iridescent cloud spotted in this evening's sky, like a splodge of rainbow.


          Tall Grass/Weeds or Other Public Nuisances   
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          Gold Bullion Investment   
A gold bullion investment may prove to be the shrewd investor's best hedge against rising inflation or devaluation of the dollar.
          Closing Bell Exchange   
Discussing whether money is moving out of fixed income and into stocks, with Daryl Jones, Hedgeye Risk Management; Quincy Krosby, Prudential Financial; Bill McVail, Turner Small Cap Growth Fund; and CNBC's Rick Santelli.
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          Twin Ports Art Beat: More July Happenings of Note   

Who was the most important artist of the 20th century? At one time, many people might have said Picasso. He generated thousands of paintings, sculptures, drawings over the course of a lifetime, playing a significant role in moving art from the representational into the modern age of expressionism, through cubism into freedom. When Picasso died in 1973, an obituary claimed he left behind 4,000 masterpieces, to which Andy Warhol quipped, "I can produce 4,000 masterpieces in one day." He was, naturally referring to the ability to screen print 4,000 copies of one of his works at his Factory.

Though both Picasso and Warhol have been accurately acknowledged as significant artists of the past century, a case could be made that Marcel Duchamp, Picasso's French contemporary, was the most important artist of the century, anticipating as he did the post-modern era.

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For what it's worth, July is underway and with it here's an outline of various arts-related activities that you can take in this month here in the Twin Ports. There are a number of places to eat with interesting art on the walls as well including these Superior locations: Sclavi's, VIP Vintage Pizza, Red Mug, and in Duluth, Beaners, Ganucci's Pizza Luce, Hanabi, and more.

Stephanie Wilcox Art Show, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Community Room, 425 W. Superior St., Suite 1060, show runs till July 17. (The art decorating this blog post is by Stephanie Wilcox.)

Friday, July 7, 9:05 p.m., Fantastic Beasts, PG13, Greater Downtown Council's Movies in the Park, Leif Erikson Park.

Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Nice Girls of the North 2nd Saturday Marketplace, Lakeside Lester Park Community Center (the former Lakeside Library), 106 N. 54th Ave. East.
"Free coffee, cookies, and a friendly atmosphere await while you browse a collection of handcrafted clothing and bags, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, photography, personal care products, baby items and much more. One central checkout, most major credit cards accepted."

Saturday, July 8, 3-6 p.m., The Natural Hair Symposium: Celebrating the Beauty of Natural Hair, with UMD Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Terresa Hardaway, Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E. Superior Street.
"If you have, want, or love natural hair, this event is for you! Join us for a series of events that celebrate the beauty of natural hair. A Poster Exhibition, Hair Butter Demo, Head Scarf Demos, Hair Talks, Panel Discussions, Goodybags, Giveaways, & More! This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served." Learn more at projectnaptural.com.

Tuesdays, July 11, 18, & 26, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Art Canopy, Duluth Depot Porte-Cochere, 506 W. Michigan Street.
"Adventure into art with free demonstrations and art-making experiences this summer. Each Tuesday the Duluth Art Institute invites the general public to get inspired and messy under the Duluth Depot canopy from July 11 to Aug. 8." Contact the Duluth Art Institute for more information, 218-733-7560 or info@duluthartinstitute.org

Wednesday, July 12, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Zentangle (R) & Wine with Esther Piszczek, CZT, Master Framing Gallery, 1431 London Road.
"Come experience the fun and relaxation of drawing simple, repetitive line patterns with pen and ink and pencil shading. No previous drawing experience necessary." Class Cost: $35; Supplies: $10 (or use supplies provided without additional cost). RSVP to episzczek@gmail.com. Seats are limited.

Friday, July 14, 9:00 p.m., Over the Hedge, PG, Greater Downtown Council's Movies in the Park, Leif Erikson Park

Sunday, July 16 at 3:00 p.m. the  DAI will be unveiling a new mural by Paul LaJeunesse, the Duluth Art Institute’s first Artist-in-Residence in its new, Lincoln Park Craft District artist residency program, who completed the mural celebrating local craft workers. The mural will be installed permanently on the Frost River building (1910 W. Superior Street) in the Craft District Wed., July 12. The Sunday unveiling will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, which is free and open to the public. The DAI is also pleased to announce the selection of the second-term, national Artist-in-Residence, Nik Nerburn, who will be introduced at the event. For more details, please see the attached news release.

Mondays, July 17 - August 7, 6:30-9 p.m., Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing II with Esther Piszczek, CZT, Peace Church,1111 N. 11th Avenue E. Cost: $75 (tiles included)
Note from Esther: "Anyone who has taken my Zentangle I class series through community education is eligible for this class. If you have already taken ZT II with me, do not fear, this class will be a brand new experience. Payment required by Monday, July 10. There are 3 seats left in this class."

Wednesday, July 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Fairlawn Mansion's Ice Cream Social, Fairlawn Mansion, 906 E. 2nd Street, Superior, WI
"Bring the family to Fairlawn for some old-fashioned fun, including food at “yesteryear” prices, carriage rides, arts and crafts sale, games, cake walk, and free group tours of the mansion (last tour leaves at 8 p.m.).

Lawn chairs and/or blankets suggested. There will be FREE shuttle rides back and forth from Barker's Island to Fairlawn. Musical entertainment by The Fractals. For more information, call 715-394-5712."

Friday, July 21, 8:50 p.m., Secondhand Lions, PG, Greater Downtown Council's Movies in the Park, Leif Erikson Park

Saturday, July 22, 8:00 p.m., Zenith City Cabaret, Zeitgeist Arts Cafe Atrium, 222 E. Superior Street
"Join Zenith City Cabaret for "an evening of musical theater entertainment", featuring vocalists Lauren Hugh, Shad Olsen, David Packa, Jennifer Robbins, Adam Sippola, Cally Stanich, and Sara Wabrowetz." This event is free with a suggested donation of $10 appreciated. Contact Adam Sippola for more information at 218-590-8670 or adam.sippola@yahoo.com

Friday, July 28, 8:45 p.m., Jurassic Park, PG13, Greater Downtown Council's Movies in the Park, Leif Erikson Park

Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29, Free Range Film Festival, a farm fresh alternative to stale cinema
"Watch independent cinema ... in a barn. The barn is located at the junctions of County Roads 1 and 4 just one mile south of Wrenshall, Minnesota, approximately 30 minutes South of Duluth. Selected films are shown in a massive hayloft. A 14’ x 24’ screen and surround sound round out your film-going experience. This event is free with a suggested donation of $10 appreciated to help pay for barn maintenance. Also visit freerangefilm.com.

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Farmer's Markets have been blossoming in the Twin Ports in recent years. Here are a variety of places when you can find locally grown fresh produce and other local products.

Mondays, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. Hermantown Farmer's Market, 5255 Maple Grove Road, East side of Old Hermantown City Hall, July 3 –Sept 25

Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m, Hilltop Farmer's Market, First United Methodist Church, (Copper Top), 230 E. Skyline Parkway (formerly @ UMD)

Wednesdays, 2-6 p.m., Duluth Farmer's Market, 14th Avenue E. & 3rd Street

Thursdays, 4-7 p.m., Lincoln Park Farmer's Market, Harrison Community Center, 3002 W. 3rd St.

Saturdays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m., Duluth Farmer's Market, 14th Avenue E. & 3rd Street 

Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Barkers Island Farmer's Market, parking lot near the S.S. Meteor at Hwy 2/53 and Marina Drive in Superior, WI


A Shout Out to Esther Piszczek who assembled much of the content on this list. Places to find her art in the Twin Ports:
Art on the Planet, 1413 Tower Avenue, Superior
Duluth Fine Pianos, 405 E. Superior Street, Duluth
Master Framing Gallery, 1431 London Road, Duluth
Zenith City News, E.P. Designs, a regular Zentangle (R) inspired art feature in this newspaper, which can be found at various public locations around the Twin Ports and online.

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Meantime, art goes on all around you. Get into it!

          Re: Video Of The Week: Purpose, Mission, Strategy   

The unknowns on the AI side have to do with the inspectability of hedging algos:

* http://www.pewinternet.org/...

This is not a new problem ...2012 ..."At the M.I.T. conference, a panel was asked to cite examples of big failures in Big Data. No one could really think of any. Soon after, though, Roberto Rigobon could barely contain himself as he took to the stage. Mr. Rigobon, a professor at M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management, said that the financial crisis certainly humbled the data hounds. “Hedge funds failed all over the world,” he said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012...

2008: http://www.nytimes.com/2008...

On the Ethereum side, issues include:

* Quantum Computing
* Scalability & security
* How future forks would affect data integrity


          How to Raise Incomes and Delay the Next Recession   

Last October, mulling over the economic environment the next President would face, I sent Hillary Clinton memos on how she should provide some stimulus to sustain the current expansion and raise incomes by boosting business investment and productivity. Alas, she did not become President; but that didn’t change our current economic challenges. To be sure, President Trump’s manifold troubles may preclude Congress from doing anything meaningful until after the 2018 elections. But if that’s not the case, here’s some advice for both sides.

The White House, above all, should appreciate the stakes: Without some form of serious stimulus, the U.S. economy almost certainly will slip into recession well before 2020. From Trump’s recent statements about “priming the pump,” he already understands that the eight-year-old expansion needs a boost. The GOP plan for sweeping tax cuts won’t work here, even if it could pass Congress. To begin, it devotes most of its resources to high-income people and shareholders, who will just save most of their tax savings. More important, the plan would vastly expand federal deficits on a permanent basis. If that happens, the Federal Reserve almost certainly will hike interest rates considerably higher and faster than they now contemplate, and those rate hikes would likely end the expansion.

Washington needs to prime the pump in a way that directly supports employment over the next two years and carries no long-term costs for the deficit. As it happens, Trump and Democrats already support a reasonable way to do just that – enact a large, two-year increase in public investments in infrastructure. But the plan will attract Democratic support only if Trump gives up the idea of using tax breaks to leverage private investment in new infrastructure projects. Democrats won’t (and shouldn’t) go along, because that approach tilts the program towards infrastructure projects in high-income areas that can generate strong profits for its investors.

I assume that the President’s economic advisors also have briefed him on the recent, serious slowdown in business investment and productivity growth. Unless Trump addresses those problems as well, most Americans will make little income progress. The challenge here is to focus on changes that will boost business investment in way that strengthen productivity, and do it without raising deficits on a permanent basis.

One approach that congressional Republicans and some Democrats could support entails allowing businesses to “expense” their investments in equipment – that is, deduct the entire cost in the year they purchase the equipment. This change focuses on equipment investments, because they have the greatest impact on growth and productivity. The catch is that this approach still costs the Treasury many tens of billions of dollars per-year, especially if it covers both corporations and privately-held businesses (like the Trump Organization), as it should.

Trump could draw some support for the plan from congressional Democrats by insisting that Wall Street pay for it. First, he could deliver on his campaign promise to end the notorious “carried interest” loophole that lets the managers of private equity, venture capital and hedge funds use the capital gains tax rate to shelter most of their income from their funds. Fund managers certainly can afford to pay the regular income tax like the rest of us: In 2016, the top 25 hedge fund managers altogether earned $11 billion or an average of $440 million each.

To pay for the rest of equipment expensing, Trump should support the call by many Democrats for a small tax on financial transactions – three one-hundredths of one percent of the value of all stock, bond and derivative purchases should do it. (Stock and bond IPOs and currency transactions would be exempt.) Wall Street will howl in protest – music to most Americans’ ears – but the economics are sound. On the plus side, the tax would reduce market volatility by discouraging short-term speculation and ending most high-frequency computer trading. Moreover, today’s short-term speculators and high-frequency traders will have to invest those resources in more productive ways. The negative is that the tax would raise transaction costs and thus dampen investment on the margins. But since the tax would finance a serious reduction in the cost of business investments in equipment, the overall impact on the markets will be positive.

This plan is far from the dream agenda of either party. A Hillary Clinton presidency would have included many other measures to boost productivity and incomes, from access to tuition-free college for young people and greater access to bank loans for new businesses, to broad retraining opportunities for adults and a path to citizenship to expand job opportunities for immigrants. For their part, congressional Republicans still believe in their trinity of huge tax cuts, drastic deregulation, and deep cutbacks in Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare benefits. But the economics of stimulating an aging expansion and restoring business investment are non-partisan, and both parties should have an interest in reviving income progress for most Americans.

For President Trump, this plan has three simple parts consistent with his positions: Increase public infrastructure investments, lower the cost of business investments, and make Wall Street pay more of its fair share. If he can cut this deal, nearly everybody will win – but if he can’t, no one will lose more than he will.

This post was originally published on Dr. Shapiro's blog.


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          6/30/2017: SPORT: From Warrenball to Worryball   

OPINION: Forget the red nose, if the Lions get hammered in the second test Warren Gatland will be up on the wobbly bicycle with shoes as long as an alligator and a green wig bigger than the hedge in Waikanae. Gatland’s selection for the second test is...
          The 2nd Amendment Comes To Europe: Czech Republic To Enshrine Right To Bear Arms Into Constitution | Zero Hedge   
The 2nd Amendment Comes To Europe: Czech Republic To Enshrine Right To Bear Arms Into Constitution | Zero Hedge
          "From Horrific To Catastrophic": Court Ruling Sends Illinois Into Financial Abyss | Zero Hedge   
"From Horrific To Catastrophic": Court Ruling Sends Illinois Into Financial Abyss | Zero Hedge
          Comment on Does Christianity Lead to a Better Society? by TheNuszAbides   
i've heard a lot of level-headed talk about religion/belief from Chris Hedges, who was raised by a Methodist minister and with whom i agree on many social & political issues. he doesn't make god-references generally, but he's on record disavowing the "personal relationship" brand of pop-theology.
          July - For the Boys   

Good morning and welcome to our July challenge where this month our theme is:

********For the Boys********

As the title suggests, we want to see creations aimed at the boys and men in our lives. As always you can use any make of stamp and enter up to three times, but we must see hand stamping as the focal element of your artwork, it can be a stamped image/s, large sentiment or quote....... the one exception are Penny Black Stickeroos. But no digi images

Before we move on to some inspiration I have a couple of announcements to make.

We are saying a sad farewell to Shirley, she has been a member of the team for some years and we will miss her unique style of crafting, she is hoping to move back to more watercolour work and we look forward to following her artwork. Thank you Shirley, it's been a pleasure to work with you.

So moving onward we are pleased to welcome a new teamie, her name is Leanne and you will find out more about her and her crafting on her blog. We are looking forward to working with you Leanne and hope you will all join me in giving here a big welcome.

Now onto this months prizes..................


Penny Black invite you to explore their creative world and see for yourself why their rubber stamps, stickers, beautiful papers for scrapbooking, cardmaking and stamp crafting are everyone’s favourites. Their products are designed to integrate style and colour for creating the best handicraft projects ever. If you would like to be one of the first to hear about new products from Penny Black please click here to join the free club, plus their Facebook is full of activity and news.



Marianne Design is a Dutch owned craft manufacturer. The company was established in 1994 by Marianne Perlot and is based in the Netherlands. For years now, we develop all our products with much care and quality. We have a practical understanding of the needs of crafters, we integrate product development, design and customer service to bring fresh ideas and beautiful products to the craft industry. All to enable the consumer to make beautiful cards, scrapbooks and other projects and enjoy this wonderful hobby. We produce a wide range of products which represent a complete concept of paper crafts. There are different lines of stamps and dies with matching papers and materials to decorate your card or scrap. Products are chosen carefully for mixing and matching and stimulating creativity.



Stamp Addicts is a family run business based in Bedfordshire and have been in business since 1992. We have watched the popularity of rubber stamping and all papercrafts steadily increase over time and now manufacture our own branded rubber stamps which frequently feature on Hochanda TV as well as craft shows across the UK. The prize is a £10 store voucher.

Here is what the Design Team have come up with to inspire you on your way..............

Brenda
Using Penny Black 40-416 Hidden Lane

Daniela
Using Penny Black 4127K Born Wild!

Ellie
Using Penny Black 10-164 Pond- Size Celebration

Leanne
Using Penny Black 30-284 Sprigs and 30-352 Animal Wisdom.

Using 30-108 A Bear of all Trades

Lynn
Using Penny Black 4220K Miniful and Penny Black 40-116 London

Mervi
Using Penny Black 30-180 sunny days

Susan
Using Penny Black 4060K Hedge-word and 30-053 Betsy Bluebell sentiment

Tracy
Using Penny Black 1685J Cheesecake Express



Please note: If we do not comment on your entry it will be because it does not follow the theme, qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third party hosts such as Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Slipcoast. We do not want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who do follow the rules



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          Totally Freaking Insane...BIG PHARMA IS KILLING US, TIME TO KILL BIG PHARMA   
Fireworks yowls, precious and purty KitKats... yes grrrs, it has become totally freaking insane in this world, unbelievably insane ... but keep your cat cool and fight the good fight ... we will win ... it will take a while, but WE THE PEOPLE will win.

Okay, the Kougar is predicting there will be big ole fireworks in the political arena and in the social arena, which will rock the country, and end up causing part of Obozo's deepstate operatives to fall... HARD! Although likely, at first, it will look like The Donald is the one under siege ... one thing President Trump is attempting to accomplish is REVEALING the dark evil of the deepstate enough so that Americans will sanction his political takedown of these enemy-minion globalists ... this takedown *could* include Paul Ryan. The timing? Sooner rather than later ... the whole tweet-campaign against Morning Joe is part of the president's REVEALING ... so, hold on for the wicked-righteous ride, and support President Trump however you can... whatever you personally feel is right for you.


So, most of the following articles and links are not current-current, except for Sorcha Faal. However, the info is obviously still relevant, very, very relevant.


Sorry for the strange color problems on some of the article links... this Big Cat doesn't have time to try to correct it all... 

BIG PHARMA IS KILLING US, TIME TO KILL BIG PHARMA... YOWLS-GRRRS!!!!!!!!!!!


Health care reform "killing" people? Here's how many are already being killed by the medical system...
Mike Adams
Hysterical politicians are claiming that health care reform will result in the "killing" of people, completely oblivious to the fact that the pharma-run health care cartel is already killing people by the hundreds of thousands each year.
This is why neither Democrats nor Republicans will ever really reform the system: It's run by Big Pharma, and the industry's revenues require people to keep getting sick and staying sick. Wellness and prevention efforts DENY revenues to the drug cartels.
My feature article today explains why everybody in Washington is wrong about health care reform (and why the real reform isn't possible until the federal government collapses).

COMMENTS BY THE KOUGAR ... SHE THINKS THEY ARE GOOD IDEAS... 


Off topic, but we need to social-media attack, and street-protest attack one of the real culprits with a massive unending campaign. Not a violent campaign, of course. For example: END THE FEDERAL RESERVE BEFORE THEY END OUR ECONOMY ... and/or BIG PHARMA IS KILLING US, TIME TO KILL BIG PHARMA ... did you know hospitals are ending intravenous vitamin C, which often cures the incurable condition. Not always, but heals far more than any Big Pharma drug. And really, we don't need no stinkin' healthcare bill, WE NEED REAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS, NOT BIG PHARMA SOLUTIONS.


I have this idea. What if we were [for a month maybe] to tsunami Congress, the White House with a social-media, mail, and telephone campaign, maybe with a slogan like BIG PHARMA IS KILLING US, TIME TO KILL BIG PHARMA ... maybe a T-shirt wearing campaign as well, with rallies... and also, with signs at MSM covered events, aimed at their BIG PHARMA sponsors -- of course, make your voice heard at any political event you can get to. Truth is, at least imo, the healthcare bill IS NOT WHAT WE NEED. WE THE PEOPLE NEED REAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS...not that unadulterated, money-pit crap. This could be done for cannabis as well. It's absolutely pathetic and murderous to deny anyone who needs it, this kind of healing. 



YEAH, THIS IS WHAT VACCINES ARE GOOD FOR ... CAUSING SICKNESS AND DEATH



THE KOUGAR REALIZED WHEN SHE WAS AROUND FOURTEEN THAT THE SO-CALLED EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM WAS ABOUT CRUSHING HER SPIRIT, AND CRUSHING ALL THE OTHER KID'S SPIRITS.




THE PSYCHIATRIC AGENDA DESTROYS CREATIVE CHILDREN

Children are being diagnosed and dosed with toxic drugs at a staggering rate 


THIS WAS AWFUL... THE PARENTS OF THIS CHILD HAD EVERY RIGHT TO SEEK TREATMENT ELSEWHERE, ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY HAD RAISED THE FUNDS ... IT WASN'T LIKE ANYONE ELSE HAD TO PAY FOR THIS 'POSSIBLE' LIFE-SAVING TREATMENT ... BUT THIS IS WHAT THEY [THE SICKO PSYCHO ELITE] WANT -- DEATH, SUFFERING AND MORE DEATH AND SUFFERING ... THEY ***DON'T*** WANT HAPPINESS AND LIFE AND UPLIFTMENT AND PROSPERITY FOR ALL. 

http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index2326.htm

July 1, 2017
Enraged President Trump To Unleash Global Trade War After EU Sentences Baby To Death
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
A sobering new Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) report circulating in the Kremlin today says that President Donald Trump became so enraged after the European Human Rights Court(EHRCordered the immediate execution of a British baby before his parents could bring him to the United States for treatment, he overruled nearly all of his administration officials and ordered the unleashing of a global trade war against what he characterized as the “elite parasites on humanity”.  [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

11-month-old British baby Charlie Gard sentenced to death by European Human Rights Court

According to this report, in the first recorded instance since Adolph Hitler’s October, 1939, euthanasia “Action T-4” programme (that called for the elimination of the incurably ill) was unleashed by Nazi Germany killing tens-of-thousands of defenseless human beings, the European Human Rights Court this week sentenced to death an 11-month old British baby named Charlie Gard while stating that this infants  continued treatment to sustain his life would cause significant harm”—and in spite of his parents raising nearly $1.8 million to fly their ailing child to the United States where he could have received lifesaving treatment.
So repugnant to the Germany people, in fact, was the Nazis “Action T-4” euthanasia programme that murdered disabled babies, this report continues, on 24 August 1941, Adolf Hitler himself was forced to end it—but to the shock of the entire civilized world, this sadistic murder of defenseless babies  saw its revival this past week in the European Union.


Not just did the European Human Rights Court order the immediate death of baby Charlie Gard, this report notes, they also refused to allow his heartbroken parents to bring their precious infant home to die among those who loved him the most—and only by Pope Francis intervening, were these parents even allowed to have a few more hours to spend with their baby until the Angels carried him to God’s loving hands.
With President Trump having vowed that he would appoint US Supreme Court justices to overturn America’s abortion laws, and his stating that the greatest thing he had ever done was “creating four beautiful children”, this report details, upon his learning that the European Human Rights Court had sentenced baby Charlie Gard to death, he immediately ordered his government to begin preparing for a trade war.


To initiate this trade war, this report explains, President Trump is preparing to utilize a Cold War-era trade law that allows him to restrict imports of goods deemed critical to US national defence—and that he’s prepared to do by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum coming into the United States, and that will begin next week after he addresses European Union leaders at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Even as President Trump prepares to face down these Nazified European leaders who are now resorting to killing babies, this report further notes, the US mainstream propaganda “fake news” media continues its hourly assault against him too—with their even stunningly making up stories they foist upon these people as being the truth, while at the same time knowing that they’re publishing nothing but lies.


Of the greatest creators of “fake news” being spread by these US mainstream propaganda media elitists against President Trump, this report explains, is CNN—who this past week alone were caught on secret videos saying that American voters “are stupid as shit”, were revealed to have 17 million bogus Twitter followers, were forced to fire 3 of their journalists for making up fake Russia-Trump stories, completely made up a meeting involving a Trump official that never happened, and just hours ago, aired a “fake news” cover of a tabloid magazine they claimed was real


Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald, this report notes, shockingly revealed the deception behind these US “fake news” propaganda mainstream media publishers and networks disparaging President Trump by exposing their vile plot and his stating, in particular, about The Washington Post
“While these debacles are embarrassing for the paper, they are also richly rewarding. That’s because journalists — including those at the Post — aggressively hype and promote the original, sensationalistic false stories, ensuring that they go viral, generating massive traffic for the Post (the paper’s executive editor, Marty Baron, recently boasted about how profitable the paper has become).
After spreading the falsehoods far and wide, raising fear levels and manipulating U.S. political discourse in the process (both Russia stories were widely hyped on cable news), journalists who spread the false claims subsequently note the retraction or corrections only in the most muted way possible, and often not at all.
As a result, only a tiny fraction of people who were exposed to the original false story end up learning of the retractions.”


And of the greatest “fake news” retractions these US mainstream propaganda media elitists have been able to keep the American people from knowing about, this report continues, is the blatant lie that 17 American intelligence agencies confirmed Russian interference in the US elections—and that The New York Times was forced to retract this past week with their correctly stating:
“The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.”


Even worse, this report notes, the four Obama regime intelligence agencies making this “fake news” claim of Russian interference in the US election did so for political reasons and were directed to do so by Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, and proven lireJames Clapper—and as evidenced by a highly respected Zerohedge investigation report that stated:
“It turns out, however, that in addition to Clapper’s office there were only three intelligence agencies involved in that assessment, not 17, and that the conclusions were drawn not by the actual agencies in full, but by a mere two dozen loyalists from those agencies hand-selected by Russophobic eugenicist Clapper himself.”


Though President Trump continues to battle against those satanic “fake news” forces seeking his destruction, this report continues, one of his staunchest allies in the US Congress, Representative Jason Chaffetz, was forced to resign this week after receiving death threats over his plan to fully reveal the inner workings of the “Deep State” in a new book he’s writing—but with his not being able to afford the private security needed to protect him and his family, was given a lucrative contract by Fox News so he could do so.
Knowing too that the powerful forces backing President Trump are closing in on them, this report says, the “Deep State” was just sent hours ago an ominous message by one of the Obama regimes most feared leaders, the former Attorney General Eric Holders, who stated on his Twitter page: “To the career men & women at DOJ/FBI: your actions and integrity will be unfairly questioned. Be prepared, be strong. Duty. Honor. Country.”
To the “real/true” Americans, however, who actually know what “Duty, Honor, Country” really mean, this report concludes, their unflagging support of President Trump knows know bounds as he wages war against his “Deep State” enemies and European baby killing elitists—and as, perhaps, best typified by The Washington Times writing this past week in their article titled “Mad Genius Of Trump Drives Schoolmarms Of Political Press Crazy”:
“The Trump presidency is a little like having a dog. Every day that passes, you love the dog more and more until it seems impossible to love him any more.”


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THE KOUGAR DOES HAVE A MEMORY OF THAT INTERN FOUND DEAD IN *PSYCHO JOE'S* CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE 

June 30, 2017

'The Countdown To August Has Begun' - Will It Be A Red Hot Summer? 'It's About To Get Worse' Insiders Warn

- Remember The Intern Found Dead In The Congress Office Of 'Psycho Joe' In The Summer Of 2001? 

By Stefan Stanford - All News Pipeline - Live Free Or Die Back on June 19th Susan Duclos reported in a story on ANP that rage in the streets of America was exploding into violence in increasing instances and in the 10+ days since, we've seen one sad event after another of people 'melting down' and inexplicably harming others as summer officially arrives and the 'dog days of summer' come into view.

While summer has traditionally seen an increase in certain crimes according to the Department of Justice, partially due to many more people being outside than during other seasons, as we hear in the 1st video below from Dave with the X22Report, the summer months have also traditionally been the elitists time to create havoc.

Whether via their financing of anarchists who've taken to the streets or them pushing for 'an event' that will get them into a much-needed war, as Dave points out, the month of August has regularly been a hotbed of activity and once again we're witnessing moves towards a 'false flag' to get us into a war. August is also, 'coincidentally' (more likely not!), a time when Congress is out of session.

As this story from Zero Hedge reports, there's a good reason that Congress is getting so little done with 218 days off in 2017 as seen in the calendar below. With most Congress-people far away from Washington DC during the entire month of August, the month Dave proves to us has consistently 'gone hot', what might they have planned for this year? 

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