Last month, Poland once again made international headlines when its Independence Day demonstrations -- normally a moment dedicated to celebrating the return of the country's sovereignty -- were overwhelmed by 60,000 far-right protestors. Holding up placards with signs like "Europe will be white or uninhabited" and screaming "Pure Poland, white Poland!" as they proudly waved White Power flags, the Polish far-right were also joined by foreign representatives of other extremist groups.
According to Adrian Bartos, spokesman for the All Poland Youth, more than 500 representatives of other nationalist parties from Spain, Germany and Hungary attended the demonstration. In his interview with Business Insider, Bartos said of the foreign far-right contingent:
"They are overjoyed by it, and they don't see the kind of mobilization we see in Poland in other European countries. I think this is happening in Poland because there is strong national identity among the inhabitants, the citizens of our country, and basically the majority see what is happening in the West."
The events "happening in the West," according to Bartos, include a steep rise in crime and sexual assault in Sweden and Germany, along with other countries that have accepted an influx of refugees in recent years. While the numbers of incidents continue to be inflated, they remain a rallying cry for the new European isolationist movements.
The hijacking of Independence Day by the far right even seemed to be lauded by the Polish government, with Polish Minister of the Interior Mariusz Blaszczak stating, "It was a beautiful sight... [We] are proud that so many Poles have decided to take part in a celebration connected to the Independence Day holiday."
One of the more curious slogans uttered, along with White Power chants, was "We Want God!", part of the chorus of an old religious song that was referenced by U.S. President Donald Trump during his visit last month to Poland. According to Rafal Pankowski, a sociologist and member of the anti-extremist association Never Again:
"We know that Donald Trump is not the most religious man, and I think that most of the organisers are not very religious, either...[but] they use Christianity as a kind of identity marker, which is mostly about being anti-Islam now."
When asked to elaborate his views, Blaszczack, the Interior Minister, glossed over the overtly nationalist insignia and extremists visible at the rally. The sentiment seemed to be shared even by protest participants who shrugged off the alarming nationalist presence.
"I'd say some people here do have extreme views, maybe even 30 percent of those marching, but 70 percent are simply walking peacefully, without shouting any fascist slogans," participant Kamil Staszalek told the BBC.
The November demonstration was met by a peaceful counter-protest led by anarchist groups, anti-fascist organizations and LGBT rights advocates, who mustered some 2,000 participants. Lidia Domańska, a member of the Warsaw Antifascist Collective, later stated why the groups were unable to more actively intervene in the far-right demonstration. "The Independence March Association, which has huge sums of money from businessmen and right-wing politicians, has the resources to invite fascists and neo-Nazis from all over Europe," she said.
During the course of the demonstration, police arrested 45 counter-protesters. No arrests were made among the extremist protesters, even after reports were filed about a group of nationalists who assaulted a group of women waving a "Stop Fascism" banner.
The events in Poland, however, only reflect a small part of the much larger picture that is manifesting currently in Europe. Motivated by the common enemy that is the E.U. with its openly international and pro-immigration policies, the new isolationist groups have fashioned themselves as an international political force bent on defending the ethnic identities of people on the Old Continent against an Islamic incursion.
This rebranding has gone a long way toward bolstering the popularity of far-right parties in Central Europe, giving organizations like the PVV a boost in recent polls in the Netherlands, allowing the Austrian FPOe to nearly snatch the presidency and catapulting parties like the Hungarian Jobbik and the Bulgrain United Patriots into top contender spots in coming elections. Even in Germany, where an Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) victory had been considered impossible, extreme nationalists are starting to gain traction.
At the movement's core, the far-right is speaking to a European population that is feeling confused by the blink-and-you'll-miss-it pace of international politics, let down by the disastrous and impersonal economic policies of the European Union, and in desperate need to preserve a cultural identity they feel is under attack.
Many speculate that the resurgence of the far-right could provoke Europe's left to finally abandon its liberal approach in regard to extremism and reassure voters that more than their identity is at stake if they side with the growing fascist movements. As for the European Union, perhaps this marks the clearest moment yet for politicians to stop what they're doing and pay real attention to the direction the continent is taking. For if the technocratic policies of Brussels are allowed to continue as they are, perhaps the Union's days are truly numbered.
Students from numerous area high schools come together in Mariachi Plaza before continuing their march to City Hall to protest the upset election of Republican Donald Trump on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: David McNew / Getty Images)
Fascism is all too often relegated to the history books.
The word conjures up a period in which civilized societies treated democracy with contempt, engaged in acts of systemic violence, practised extermination and elimination, supported an "apocalyptic populism," suppressed dissent, promoted a hyper-nationalism, displayed contempt for women, embraced militarism as an absolute ideal and insisted on obedience to a self-proclaimed prophet.
But the seeds that produced such fascist horrors have once again sprung to life, returning in new social and political forms.
Today, a culture of fear dominates American society, one marked by massive inequities in wealth and power that not only uphold structures of domination, but also view differences as threats, compassion as weakness and shared responsibilities -- if not the common good itself -- as pathology.
Fascist thought is on the rise all over the world, but its most blatant and dangerous manifestation has emerged in the Trump administration.
Fear and the ethos of mass consumerism -- coupled with widespread insecurity and ignorance -- now drive people into a malignant notion of security, self-inflicted cynicism and into the arms of demagogues like Trump. For too many Americans, critical thinking and hope have given way to emotional bonding and the revival of the discourse of ultra-nationalism and bigotry.
Trump: Not Hitler, but Dangerous Nonetheless
Trump is not Hitler in that he has not created concentration camps, shut down the critical media or rounded up dissidents; moreover, the United States at the current historical moment is not the Weimar Republic.
But in the Trump era, remnants of fascism exist in different shapes and forms and include a celebration of the cult of the leader, systemic racism, the embrace of a toxic macho-populism and state support for ultra-nationalism, racism and the threat of violence against critics.
All of these elements are evident in Trump's rhetoric and policy initiatives.
Trump's corporate brand of neoliberal fascism is highly visible in right-wing policies that favour deregulation, corporate power and the interests of the ultra-rich.
Instead of draining the corporate swamp, Trump has embraced the merging of corporate and political power, and in doing so has turned the state into a battering ram designed to serve the most powerful and wealthiest members of society.
Trump's mode of fascism is a unique product of our times, our commercial culture, and a corporate controlled media, all of which saps the foundations of a viable democracy.
American culture is advertising-saturated and celebrity-based, and has permitted a rich self-promoter to abandon any pretense of civility, accountability or integrity in order to hype, scam and market his way to power.
Call it Fascism, American-Style. It's returned in the shadow of neoliberalism, with its celebration of the market as the template for governing all of society and its concentration of economic and political power in relatively few hands.
Friendly With dictators
How else to explain Trump's unapologetic support and friendly attitude toward right-wing dictators such as the self-confessed killer, Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping, all of whom have a fawning attraction to Trump given he exhibits little interest in their massive human rights violations.
Trump's fascism is also on full display in his ramping up of the police state, his relentless racist rhetoric, taunts and policies that cast Blacks, immigrants and Muslims as people unworthy of respect, compassion and dignity, and in his support for a war culture.
The latter is marked by his expansion of the US military budget, his provocations aimed at North Korea and reckless policies such as recognizing Jerusalem the capital of Israel -- widely condemned by almost all world leaders -- that destabilize the Middle East, Asia and other parts of the world.
But there are more subtle, if not under-examined, indicators that point to resurgence of fascist principles in the United States.
One of the most powerful is Trump's war on youth.
Finance capitalism now drives politics, governance and policy in unprecedented ways. And it's more than willing to sacrifice the future of young people for short-term political and economic gains, if not democracy itself.
In an apparent war on children, the Trump administration provides a disturbing index of a society in the midst of a deep moral and political crisis -- not the least of which was the president's support and defence of an accused serial pedophile, Roy Moore, in his unsuccessful attempt to win an Alabama Senate seat.
Too many young people today live in an era of foreclosed hope, an era in which it is difficult either to imagine a life beyond the tenets of a savage form of casino capitalism or to transcend the fear that any attempt to do so can only result in a more dreadful nightmare.
Youth today are not only plagued by the fragility and uncertainty of the present, they are, as the late Polish philosopher Zygmunt Bauman has argued, "the first post-war generation facing the prospect of downward mobility [in which the] plight of the outcast stretches to embrace a generation as a whole."
The most recent example is evident in budget and tax reform bills that shift millions of dollars away from social programs vital to the health of poor youth to the pockets of the ultra-rich, who hardly need tax deductions.
She adds: "Nearly 13.2 million children are poor -- almost one in five. About 70 per cent of them are children of colour, who will be a majority of our children by 2020. More than 1.2 million are homeless. About 14.8 million children struggle against hunger in food insecure households."
The Trump administration is more than willing to pass massive tax cuts for the rich while at the same time refusing to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program, which supports over nine million children.
So if you're not rich, it's because you're lazy. Really? Tell that to the 10,000 people, some of them children, who may die each year as a result of losing their health insurance due to the proposed Senate tax bill.
Such a mindset, and statements like Grassley's, are more than cruel, they represent a political and economic system that has abandoned any sense of moral and social responsibility.
In this view, children are undeserving of aid because offering such government support flies in the face of a ruthless neoliberal ideology that insists that the only responsibility of government is to aid the rich and powerful corporations.
If the poor are suffering and subject to harsh conditions, according to Grassley's logic, it is because of a lack of character.
Another under-analyzed example of Trump's war on youth can be seen his cancellation of the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), instituted in 2012 by former president Barack Obama.
Under the program, over 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children or teens before 2007 were allowed to live, study and work in the United States without fear of deportation.
In revoking the program, Trump enacted a policy that is both cruel and racist, given that 78 per cent of DACA residents are from Mexico. These are the same immigrants Trump once labelled rapists, drug addicts and criminals.
Trump's contempt for the lives of young people, his support for a culture of cruelty and his appetite for destruction and civic catastrophe are more than a symptom of a society ruled almost exclusively by a market-driven survival of the fittest ethos.
It is about the systemic derangement of democracy and emergence of fascist politics that celebrates the toxic pleasures of the authoritarian state with no regard for its children.
Trump is the apostle of moral blindness and unchecked corruption, and he revels in a mode of governance that merges his never-ending theatrics of self-promotion with deeply authoritarian politics.
One of the most disturbing features of Trump's fascism is his disregard for the truth and his embrace of an infantilism that demonstrates, for young people, a lack of any viable sense of critical thought, agency and commitment to social and economic justice.
What's more, Trump has unleashed a rancid populism and racist-fuelled ultra-nationalism that mimics older forms of fascism and creates a culture of cruelty that both disparages its children and cancels out a future that makes democracy possible for them -- and therefore all of us.
At the same time, Trump has embraced a merging of corporate power and politics that is characteristic of all fascist regimes, and in doing so, he has shifted wealth and resources away from vital social programs for young people into the hands of the financial elite.
There is more at work here than regressive tax policies, there is also an attempt to disable the welfare state by eliminating its funding.
One result is what might be called the unleashing of a form of domestic terrorism -- terrorism practised in one's own country against one's own people -- in which young people are subject to state violence and relegated to forms of terminal exclusion, spheres of social abandonment and set adrift in a state of disorientation and despair.
Under this new resurgence of fascism, thinking is dangerous, public spheres that promote critical thought are considered pathological and youth are viewed as a threatening disoriented class, especially those marginalized by race, sexual orientation and class.
And so under Trump, the winds of fascism have accelerated into a hurricane and pose a haunting crisis for youth, the future and democracy itself.
That crisis of youth under the Trump regime is a political disaster of the first order and threatens every vital cultural and political ideal, principle, social formation and public sphere that makes a democracy possible. It's best illustrated by Trump's support for Moore, a homophobe, unabashed racist and an accused child predator, sexual harasser and sexual abuser.
Fascism requires those among us who value equity, fairness, justice and morality to defeat it. To stop fascism, it is crucial that we show that democracy is the only alternative, and that the grotesque elements of fascism will be challenged. Here's hoping Alabama is just the beginning of such a struggle.
Activists stage an anti-Trump protest in front of the US Supreme Court January 23, 2017, in Washington, DC. The group, Refuse Fascism, called for a "must stop business as usual this week" to "stop the Trump/Pence regime." (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images)
I am afraid of spiders, sharks, cancer and clowns, but nothing terrifies me more than the sneaking suspicion I have that this administration and its poisonous politics are becoming normalized. This must be the winter of our discontent. So much good work is being done to resist, but it will all come to nothing if any of this mayhem is allowed to become routine.
Activists stage an anti-Trump protest in front of the US Supreme Court January 23, 2017, in Washington, DC. The group, Refuse Fascism, called for a "must stop business as usual this week" to "stop the Trump/Pence regime." (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Pretend I'm reading this right now in my very best Boris Karloff voice, because I have to play the Grinch for a bit. Yes, I know, everyone is still justifiably thrilled after all the hard work that brought about the Doug Jones victory in Alabama, and I am no exception; my first act on Tuesday was to wager any takers I could find that Roy Moore would win by eight points, but tellingly, no one wanted the bet.
I think I've never been so happy to be wrong in my life, and not just because I would have gotten cleaned out like the lint screen on the dryer. But why? Why was I and so many others so thoroughly convinced that a decent man like Doug Jones was doomed to defeat at the hands of an Old Testament carny huckster pedophile like Roy Moore? Lack of knowledge regarding Alabama politics doesn't explain it, not even by half.
With only a precious few notable exceptions, this past year has been seamless in its belligerent horror.
Why? Because scars are instructive. With only a precious few notable exceptions, this past year has been seamless in its belligerent horror, so of course Moore was going to win. Par for the course, right? This is what we've come to expect since that undercrowded DC day last January, so being wrong about losing in defiance of all well-earned expectations is the psychological version of having Handel's Messiah suddenly come blaring out of your fillings. Hallelujah.
The only way Roy Moore could have been a worse candidate was if he had actually been on fire during the entire campaign. Doing his stump speeches, having a quick burger, riding that silly horse, all of it while swaddled in flames with little charred bits of himself falling off every time he shook someone's hand.
Even so, even with his barge of inexcusable baggage in tow, Moore only lost by two points. Had the sexual misconduct charges not been aired before the election, and had Black organizers not exerted a massive effort to turn out the vote, like as not he would have won in a walk, and Mitch McConnell would be presently seeking the largest Ten Commandments monument on Earth so he can throw himself off it.
It was a huge win that went a long way toward saving Social Security and Medicare from the Paul Ryans of the world. However, it does not signal any significant sea change in US politics or government. Everything is not going to be OK now because Doug Jones won Jeff Sessions' old seat. Everything, in fact, is incredibly terrible and getting worse. In the short span of days since Jones was declared the winner, the blustering orange fascism currently tinting the national windshield got a whole hell of a lot darker.
I am afraid of spiders, sharks, cancer and clowns. Nothing terrifies me more, however, than the sneaking suspicion I have that all this is getting normalized.
Benito Mussolini invented fascism in a barn about 100 years ago, defining it as the union of state and corporate power. On Thursday, three people on the Federal Communications Commission went a long way toward cementing that union when they voted to strip the internet -- a public utility created with taxpayer money and available to all -- of all regulations designed to protect the very taxpayers who paid for it.
In short, they corporatized the sum of human knowledge, making it a great deal easier for corporations to block the flow of information, disrupt political discourse and make more money. The most extraordinary expression of free speech ever seen on the planet is now a wholly owned subsidiary of massive multinationals like Comcast and Verizon.
The last time an attack of this size against free speech and the flow of information took place was when the Fairness Doctrine -- which limited the number of media outlets a single entity could own in order to guarantee a diversity of perspectives -- was disposed of by the FCC in 1987. Soon after, the content available on virtually every TV channel, specifically the news content, was controlled by a small handful of corporate owners. How's that been working out for democracy so far? Oh, P.S., the FCC also just made it easier for those corporations to own even more TV stations and print publications.
Speaking of state and corporate power, the US Congress is about to deliver a trillion dollars of your money to a cadre of corporations and wealthy benefactors, a move that is guaranteed to shatter the federal government's ability to help tens of millions of people because … well, because screw you, that's why. The delivery of this vast fortune to its paymasters has been the core mission of the Republican Party since long before Reagan and his minions coughed up those first rhetorical hairballs about "trickle-down economics." With this tax bill, their mission is all but accomplished.
They laughed at Mussolini, too, until it became a crime to do so.
Public hesitation from Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Corker made the math on the bill's passage theoretically interesting until just before sundown Friday evening, when both of them fell in line. No surprise there; Mitch McConnell didn't drag this stinking boar's carcass of a tax bill so far to see it fall to offal at the finish line. Rubio and Corker will wake up Christmas morning with a new Xbox under the tree and all the secret donor dark money they can count. With their votes secured and no other defections on the horizon, the bill will sail to final passage very soon. Thank you, Supply-Side Jesus. God bless us every one.
I am afraid of spiders, sharks, cancer and clowns, not necessarily in that order. Nothing terrifies me more, however, than the sneaking suspicion I have that all this is getting normalized. It is an unavoidable fact of human nature: the urge to cope. Wretched leaders for millennia have taken great advantage of the fact that many people will put up with an incredible amount of terrible crap for way longer than they should. They do this because they have to. Gotta work, gotta eat, gotta feed the family if you can, and if the roof caves in, at least the view will be different.
That's when the dangerous music starts. We are well beyond "It can't happen here." It has happened here, is happening, and will happen even more tomorrow. The militarization of police forces, the resurgence of white nationalism and the racist right, the hoarding of control over information, the labeling and culling of "undesirables," a state-inflicted climate of fear and, of course, the looting of the Treasury … take a high school world history textbook and throw it against the wall. When it lands, odds are it will open on a page describing a regime that did these very things on its journey down a highway littered with corpses.
This is what fascism looks, smells and sounds like before it breaks out of its egg and spreads its wings. This, right down to the clownish strongman screaming from the podium. They laughed at Mussolini, too, until it became a crime to do so. After that, the joke was on the world.
This must be the winter of our discontent.
I know you are dispirited, spent, offended, exasperated and mortally tired. This is the point when normalization of the intolerable takes root, the moment when the coping skills come out just to get through the day, and you find yourself doing the trigonometry of the damned just to make sense of it: A is worse than B but not as bad as C. Trump just ordered the deportation of millions of innocent people? Oh well, at least we didn't die in a pillar of nuclear fire today.
This, right here, is where we have to dig in. It is so bad and promises to get worse and we have to dig in. We cannot allow any of this to become even the tiniest bit normal, no matter how much it may cost us in body, mind and spirit. This must be the winter of our discontent. So much good work is being done to resist, so much more can be done and must be done, but it will all come to nothing if any of this mayhem is allowed to seem routine.
Stout hearts. Dig in. Embrace the winter. The alternative can be found in that history book you threw. It does not have a happy ending.
Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring, Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill'd with the foolish, Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?) Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew'd, Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me, Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined, The question, O me! so sad, recurring -- What good amid these, O me, O life?
Answer. That you are here -- that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
A view of the commission's hearing room before a hearing at the Federal Communications Commission on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / Getty Images)
Adding to the growing backlash among the public and members of Congress against the FCC's party-line vote on Thursday to repeal net neutrality protections, nearly 20 state attorneys general have lined up to sue the FCC, calling the Republican-controlled agency's move a violation of the law and a serious "threat to the free exchange of ideas."
"The FCC's vote to rip apart net neutrality is a blow to New York consumers, and to everyone who cares about a free and open internet," New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman -- who is also investigating the flood of fake comments that "corrupted" the agency's policymaking process -- said in a statement announcing his intent to sue. "The FCC just gave Big Telecom an early Christmas present, by giving internet service providers yet another way to put corporate profits over consumers."
Soon after Schneiderman's announcement on Thursday, more than a dozen other state AGs followed suit, with both red and blue states joining the public repudiation of FCC chair Ajit Pai's plan. The list of states planning to taking legal action against the FCC -- which includes Mississippi, Hawaii, Maine, Vermont, and Illinois -- continued to grow almost by the hour late Thursday and into Friday.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, one of the first to join Schneiderman's planned multi-state suit, said in a statement that "Americans will pay more for the internet and will have fewer options" as a result of the FCC's move.
"The agency has completely failed to justify this decision and we will be suing to stand up for the free exchange of ideas and to keep the American people in control of internet access," Healey concluded.
In addition to legal challenges, states indicated they also plan to move quickly by enacting policy changes to override the FCC's attack on the open internet.
State lawmakers focused particularly on the FCC's attempt to not only kill net neutrality at the federal level, but also to prevent individual states and localities from enacting their own protections to preserve the open internet. Ahead of Thursday's vote, Republican FCC commissioner Michael O'Rielly vowed to be "vigilant in identifying and pursuing" states that attempt to uphold net neutrality.
California and Washington lawmakers have vowed to move ahead with legislation anyway. And, as Wired reports, "legal experts think there's a good chance that the FCC's rules barring states from making their own rules won't hold up in court."
"We don't think that the FCC has the power to stop states from enacting our own rules. In fact, the FCC has lost that argument in court before, so we're going to move forward," concluded California state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat, in an interview on Thursday. "I think we're going to have a lot of momentum."
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I am getting tired of reading article after article comparing the rise of Bitcoin to tulips (link). Or the rise of Bitcoin to the South Sea Company bubble (link). Maybe the detractors are just comparing it to the wrong asset that is difficult to value but continues to rise in price.
Someone paid $450,300,000 for a Leonardo da Vinci painting of dubious provenence that quite frankly struck me as ghastly (link).
If Bitcoin, or cryptocurrency pricing is supposed to be "rational", then why shouldn’t art be subject to the same standard? The cost of material for most art is only a fraction of the alleged ‘value’. Why does Bitcoin need some inherent value, while art doesn’t?
Basically, if $450 million for a painting isn’t a bubble – why are we so sure that Bitcoin has to be a bubble?
Can you really get that much aesthetic value from looking at that painting? Maybe it’s just me, but I remember rushing around the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa and being disappointed. I’ve seen that and other famous ‘must see’ paintings and usually walk away wondering what was so special.
Yes, maybe I am just too plebian to understand the meaning. When I look at Black on Grey or Orange and Yellow, I think I can understand exactly what the artist was thinking – “If I can sell this, I have a whole series to color combinations to foist on the public!”
Maybe it is the attention you receive for owning it?
If I had $450 million to plunk down on something, I’d own a part of a sports team as I think you get a lot more attention and perks from owning part of a sports team than a piece of art.
Then why aren’t we bombarded with daily rants about the art world being crazy?
What would the Sunday paper be without an Arts session?
How embarrassing would an Art History degree look if art collapsed.
What would all the auction houses do?
What stores would fit between the confectionaries and real estate stores in a typical vacation town?
There is an infrastructure that has been built up to support the concept of art as value and one designed to push the price ever higher and it has worked for a very long time. Every few years it seems that there is some unbelievable record setting price at auction, only to be surpassed by some new record.
The art world has also been very smart to create ‘‘entry’ level gateways for would be art collectors. These lithographs, sketches, numbered prints are the art world’s equivalent of LiteCoin, BitCash, Ripple, Ethereum, etc.
While I cannot fathom why art sells for what it does, it has sold at prices that defy most market related measures of value for decades, if not centuries and is not subjected to daily comparisons to tulips or South Sea corporations.
Maybe Bitcoin shouldn’t be compared so blithely to tulips either.
I am not sure what the long term path for cryptocurrencies are, but the detractors need to start coming up with better arguments – as the cryptos are tulips argument just doesn’t cut it.
Having closed last Thursday on its IPO-day at $5.38, news of the acquisition of Ziddu - a blockchain solutions provider (whatever that means in the real world) - LongFin has since exploded to $44.80 in today's pre-market... up 730% in 2 days.
Remember LongFin?an independent finance and technology company. The Company offers commodity trading, alternate risk transfer, and carry trade financing services. LongFin also provides hedging and risk management solutions to importers, exporters, and small medium business enterprises. LongFin serves customers worldwide.
As iBankCoin notes, it has all of the trimmings of wanton degeneracy on an industrial scale.
Recent IPO: check
Small float: check
Shady as heck: check
AI company: check
and the cherry on the top...
a day after coming public, they announce the purchase of a blockchain company: check
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On Thursday Dec 14th, LongFin launched as a FinTech company that helped with FX hedging (and slipped from its post-IPO open price to close lower)
US-based Longfin Corp., a Fintech company providing Finance and foreign exchange hedging solutions to importers and exporters and SMEs, started trading on Nasdaq from today. According to a statement issued by Longfin, its Low Latency Network is connected to multiple exchanges and banks across the regions to provide the cheapest Forex hedging and low-cost financing to small and medium-size importers and exporters across the globe. Longfin Founder Venkata S. Meenavalli said, "We are the first Asian Entrepreneur promoted Reg A+ company under JOBS Act, to list its shares directly in Nasdaq and the second Indian entrepreneur promoted company to list directly in the Nasdaq since 2010"
On Friday Dec 15th, they acquired Ziddue and became the future face of Cyrptocurrency awesomeness...
Longfin Corp. (NASDAQ: LFIN), a leading global FinTech company, announces the acquisition of Ziddu.com, a Blockchain-empowered solutions provider that offers Microfinance Lending against Collateralized Warehouse Receipts in the form of Ziddu Coins.
And with all those buzzwords, why wouldn't it be up 730%!!!!
As a reminder, there are no financials on this company, no reg details on shares outstanding, and no direct evidence of a business model that makes any money?
It might be the last full week before Christmas - with both newsflow and trading volumes set to slide substantially - but there’s still a few interesting events and data releases to look forward to next week. Among the relatively sparse data releases schedule, we get US GDP, core PCE, housing and durable goods orders in the US, as well as CPI and GDP across Euro area and UK PMI. After last week's central bank deluge, there are a handful of leftover DM central bank meetings include the BOJ and Riksbank, with rates expected to remain on hold for both. In Emerging markets, there will be monetary policy meetings in Czech Republic, Hungary, Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Perhaps the most significant will be in China when on Monday the three-day Central Economic Work Conference kicks off. This event will see Party leaders discuss economic policies for the next year and the market will probably be most interested in the GDP growth target. Deutsche Bank economists have noted that it will be interesting to see if the government will change the tone on its growth target by lowering it explicitly from 6.5% to 6% or fine-tuning the wording to reflect more tolerance for slower growth.
Away from this, tax reform in the US will once again be a topic for markets to keep an eye on with final votes on the Republican legislation in the Senate (possibly Monday or Tuesday) and House (possibly Tuesday or Wednesday) tentatively scheduled. Also worth flagging in the US is Friday’s release of the November personal income and spending reports and the Fed’s preferred inflation measure – the core PCE print. Current market expectations are for a modest +0.1% mom rise in the core PCE which translates into a one-tenth uptick in the YoY rate to +1.5%.
Away from that other data releases in the US include November housing starts (Tuesday), the final Q3 GDP revisions (Thursday) and flash November durable and capital goods orders data (Friday). In Europe, Brexit related headlines should rumble on with the European Commission due to publish its directives for the Brexit transition phase on Wednesday and Heads of mission from EU member states also due to meet on the same day. UK PM Theresa May is also due to meet with her Cabinet on Tuesday.
Also worth flagging are the Catalonia regional elections due on Thursday. According to polls, Podemos could emerge as the potential king-maker with ~10 seats. This ambitious positioning could allow them to support an ERC and Junts pel Cat minority government while keeping the unilateral agenda in check. Alternatively, if Citizens continues on its strong momentum and ends up being the first party accompanied by a strong performance of the Socialists, Podemos could decide to support a minority unionist government. Meanwhile, data releases next week in Europe include the final November CPI report for the Euro area (Monday), December IFO survey in Germany (Tuesday) and final Q3 GDP reports for France and the UK (Friday).
Finally the last of the big four central bank meetings of the year is scheduled for Thursday with the Bank of Japan monetary policy outcome due. No policy changes are expected but given the evidence of a recent new dissenter on the BoJ board calling for more stimulus, it’ll be interesting to see if there is any change in tone.
Summary weekly events from BofA:
In the US, we have GDP, PCE and housing data.
In the Eurozone, we mainly wait for CPI, consumer confidence, labor costs and construction output. ECB speakers are also on the agenda.
In the UK, the main focus is on GDP and public sector net borrowing.
In Japan, we wait for the BoJ's monetary policy decision and trade balance.
In Canada, we have GDP, CPI, retails sales and the consumer price index.
In Australia, RBA December rate meeting minutes, leading index and new home sales will be released. In New Zealand, GDP, trade balance, consumer confidence are on the schedule.
In the Scandies, we have the Riksbank rate decision, retail sales and consumer & manufacturing confidence in Sweden while in Norway we wait for the unemployment rate and a speech by Central Bank Governor Olsen.
In Switzerland, we wait for sight deposits, trade balance and leading indicator.
A breakdown of key events by day from Deutsche Bank:
Monday: Much of the focus on Monday will be on China where the annual Central Economic Work Conference is due to kick off and continue into Wednesday. Also worth watching out for is a possible Senate vote on the Republican tax legislation (this could also come on Tuesday). Datawise the final Euro area CPI report for November is due, along with UK CBI trends orders data for December and the December NAHB housing market index in the US. November property prices data in China will be out in the early morning.
Tuesday: Politics is likely to be the main focus on Tuesday too with a possible US House vote on the tax legislation (may also come on Wednesday) and UK PM Theresa May due to sit down with her Cabinet to hash out further Brexit details. Away from that the data calendar is fairly light with the December IFO survey in Germany, Q3 labour costs for the Euro area and November housing starts and building permits data in the US due. The ECB’s Hansson is also due to speak.
Wednesday: Expect Brexit headlines to continue on Wednesday with the European Commission due to publish its directives for the Brexit transition phase and heads of mission from EU member states due to meet to discuss Brexit. Away from that data releases include November PPI in Germany, December CBI retail sales in the UK and November existing home sales in the US.
Thursday: All eyes will be on Japan in the early morning with the Bank of Japan monetary policy meeting outcome due, followed by Governor Kuroda’s press conference. Away from that we’ll get the third and final revision for Q3 GDP in the US, while the October FHFA house price index and November leading index ill also be out across the pond. In Europe December confidence indicators in France and November public sector net borrowing data in the UK are due. Also worth keeping an eye on will be the regional elections in Catalonia.
Friday: A fairly busy end to the week with the main data of note being the
November personal income and spending data and core PCE data in the US.
Also due out in the US is the flash November durable and capital goods orders
data, November new home sales and the final December University of Michigan
consumer sentiment reading. In Europe we’ll receive final Q3 GDP revisions for
France and the UK and January consumer confidence data for Germany.
Finally, here is Goldman with a focus on key US events and consensus estimates: The key economic releases next week are the third vintage of Q3 GDP on Thursday and personal income and spending report on Friday. There are no scheduled speaking engagements by Fed officials this week.
Monday, December 18
10:00 AM NAHB homebuilder sentiment, December (consensus 70, last 70)
Tuesday, December 19
08:30 AM Housing starts, November (GS -2.5%, consensus -3.2%, last +13.7%): We estimate housing starts edged 2.5% lower in November, reflecting some correction from the sharp rise in the more volatile multifamily starts category in October. We could see a moderate boost from ongoing rebuilding in the South following the Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. While the impact of higher mortgage rates has likely weighed on single family demand and construction earlier this year, we suspect this drag has now largely faded.
08:30 AM Current account balance, Q3 (consensus -$116.5bn, last -$123.1bn)
Wednesday, December 20
08:30 AM Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index, December (GS 20.5, consensus 20.8, last 22.7): We estimate the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index edged lower in December, though remaining at expansionary levels, consistent with the Empire State manufacturing report last week.
10:00 AM Existing home sales, November (GS +2.5%, consensus +0.7%, last +2.0%): We estimate existing home sales rose 2.5% in November (mom sa) following a 2.0% increase last month that likely reflected continued post-hurricane strength. Our forecast reflects firming in regional housing data tracking closed homes sales in November and strong pending home sales data in October. Existing home sales are an input into the brokers' commissions component of residential investment in the GDP report.
Thursday, December 21
08:30 AM GDP (third), Q3 (GS +3.3%, consensus +3.3%, last +3.3%); Personal consumption, Q3 (GS +2.3%, consensus +2.3%, last +2.3%); The BEA on Thursday will publish the third vintage of Q3 GDP, which we expect to remain at +3.3%, in line with consensus expectations.
8:30 AM Initial jobless claims, week ended December 16 (GS 230k, consensus 234k, last 225k); Continuing jobless claims, week ended December 9 (last 1,886k): We estimate initial jobless claims rose 5k to 230k in the week ended December 16, reflecting a pickup in filings in some states where the level looks abnormally low. However, we expect the overall trend of layoff activity to remain subdued. Continuing claims – the number of persons receiving benefits through standard programs – declined in the previous week, another encouraging sign that the extent of job loss has remained low.
09:00 AM FHFA house price index, October (consensus +0.4%, last +0.3%)
Friday, December 22
8:30 AM Personal income, November (GS +0.5%, consensus +0.4%, last +0.4%); Personal spending, November (GS + 0.6%, Consensus +0.5%, last +0.3%); PCE price index, November (GS + 0.26%, consensus +0.3%, last +0.1%); Core PCE price index, November (GS + 0.11%, consensus +0.1%, last +0.2%); PCE price index (yoy), November (GS +1.79%, consensus +1.8%, last +1.6%); Core PCE price index (yoy), November (GS + 1.52%, consensus +1.5%, last +1.4%): We estimate a 0.6% increase in November personal spending (nominal, mom sa). Based on details in the PPI and CPI reports, we estimate that the core PCE price index increased 0.11% month-over-month in November, or +1.52% from a year earlier. Additionally, we expect that the headline PCE price index rose 0.26% in November, or +1.79% from a year earlier. We estimate a 0.5% increase in personal income.
08:30 AM Durable goods orders, November preliminary (GS +2.0%, consensus +2.2%, last -0.8%); Durable goods orders, ex-transportation, November preliminary (GS +0.6 %, consensus +0.5%, last +0.9%); Core capital goods orders, November preliminary (GS +0.6%, consensus +0.5%, last +0.3%); Core capital goods shipments, November preliminary (GS +0.4%, consensus +0.3%, last +1.1%): We expect durable goods orders to rise 2.0% in the preliminary November report (mom sa), reflecting a pickup in commercial aircraft orders and a deceleration in core measures. Industrial production of business equipment rose a firm 0.5% in the month, and broader manufacturing trends remain strong, according to November- and December-to-date manufacturing surveys. Accordingly, we forecast a 0.5% increase in orders and a 0.4% increase in shipments of core capital goods, and we estimate a 0.6% rise in durable goods orders ex-transportation.
10:00 AM New home sales, November (GS -4.0%, consensus -5.1%, last +6.2%): We estimate new home sales pulled back 4.0% in November after rising to a cycle-high in October. We expect only a partial retracement, consistent with robust regional pending homes sales.
10:00 AM University of Michigan consumer sentiment, December final (GS 96.5, consensus 97.2, last 96.8): We expect a modest decrease in the final reading of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for December (-0.3pt to 96.5), reflecting some softness in higher frequency measures of consumer sentiment despite higher equity prices. The preliminary report’s measure of 5- to 10-year ahead inflation expectations rose by one tenth to 2.5% in the preliminary reading.
11:00 AM Kansas City Fed manufacturing index, December (consensus +15, last +16)
Feminist activist and Women's March organizer, Linda Sarsour, has been accused of enabling the sexual assault of a female employee who worked for her in 2009 at the Arab American Association, two sources "directly familiar" with the matter tell the Daily Caller.
According to Sarsour's accuser Asmi Fathelbab, a 37 year old New York native and devout Muslim - a man named Majed Seif who lived in the same building as the Arab American Association began stalking Fathelbab. Asmi tells the Daily Caller that one of Seif's favorite activities was "sneaking up on her with a full erection."
“He would sneak up on me during times when no one was around, he would touch me, you could hear me scream at the top of my lungs. He would pin me against the wall and rub his crotch on me.”
"depending on what floor I was on, you could hear me scream at the top of my lungs."
“It was disgusting,” Fathelbab told the Caller. “I ran the youth program in the building and with that comes bending down and talking to small children. You have no idea what it was like to stand up and feel that behind you. I couldn’t scream because I didn’t want to scare the child in front of me. It left me shaking.”
When Fathelbab went to Linda Sarsour to report the sexual assaults, she was dismissed and shamed. “She [Sarsour] called me a liar because ‘Something like this didn’t happen to women who looked like me,'” Asmi says. “How dare I interrupt her TV news interview in the other room with my ‘lies.'”
Fathelbab says Sarsour "regularly body-shamed her" and enabled the sexual assaults, and Sarsour threatened to legal and professional damage if she went public with the sexual assault claims. “She told me he had the right to sue me for false claims,” said Asmi, adding that her abuser “had the right to be anywhere in the building he wanted.”
"I cannot stand by any longer and watch everyone praise a woman that claims to be for women’s rights and someone that fights for women when she herself allowed for abuse to occur to women," wrote Fathelbab. When Fathelbab went to the president of the Arab American Association's board of directors, Ahmed Jaber, he too shut her down.
“Jaber told me my stalker was a ‘God-fearing man’ who was ‘always at the Mosque,’ so he wouldn’t do something like that,” Fathelbab claims. “He wanted to make it loud and clear this guy was a good Muslim and I was a bad Muslim for “complaining.” -Daily Caller
In response to these claims, Sarsour attacked Fathelbab - telling her that if she continued to report sexual assaults by Jajed Seif, her allegations would result in disciplinary action. Fathelbab told the Daily Caller that she was once forced to talk to a dectective from the community liaison division about the consequences of making false claims to the authorities.
Two sources who knew Fathelbab while she was employed with the Arab American Association told the Daily Caller that Asmi would return from work "emotionally distressed and in a panic," describing it as an "unsafe" work environment. Another source who has worked with the Arab American Association for 12 years and spoke on the condition of anonymity said that Sarsour was "militant against other women," and that they remember witnessing Fathelbab being harassed in the building.
“They made it about her weight, saying she was not attractive enough to be harassed and then swept it under the rug,” the source said. “It was Linda Sarsour, Ahmad Jaber and Habib Joudeh who took care of it.” Habib Joudeh is the vice president of the Arab American Association of New York. -DC
Fathelbab says that she's now unemployable as a result of going public with her claims.
Linda Sarsour with supporters at Women's March
Sarsour - a self-proclaimed "racial justice & civil rights activist," made headlines during the Women's March for attacking Ayyan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim who was forced to suffer female genital mutilation. After the 9/11 attacks, Hirsi Ali renounced Islam and ran for Dutch parliament in 2003, winning. In 2006, she rallied against Iran's development of nuclear weapons, and in 2015, she railed against the Islamic State.
In a now-deleted tweet from 2011, Sarsour - who posed with an alleged Hamas financier in January, said of Hirsi Ali: "I wish I could take their vaginas away - they don't deserve to be women."
In July, Sarsour called for a Jihad against the Trump administration "fascists reigning in the White House" at the Islamic Society of North America Convention.
“I hope that we when we stand up to those who oppress our communities that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad. That we are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or in the other side of the world, but here in these United States of America where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House,” Sarsour said.
“Our number one and top priority is to protect and defend our community, it is not to assimilate and please any other people and authority,” she said. “Our obligation is to our young people, is to our women, to make sure our women are protected in our community.”
“Our top priority and even higher than all those other priorities is to please Allah and only Allah,” Sarsour declared.
The Daily Caller received no response from Sarsour in regards to Asmi Fathelbab's allegations.
We have published many articles, arguing that bitcoin is unsound. Yet for all those arguments, there is a bright side to bitcoin. It is exciting to see that there is an audience of millions of people—mainstream people, not wild-eyed End-The-Fed gold bug preppers who keep their gold hoards with their stockpiles of ammo—who are looking for an alternative to the Fed’s failing fiat currency. Or if not looking actively, at least receptive to it.
We believe that the most important force contributing to dollar inertia is not law (and it’s certainly not the US military). It’s in your head. And in the heads of everyone else. To see what I mean, do a Google Images search for “money”. You will see pages and pages of green printed paper. And you won’t see pictures of gold coins (for that, do a search for “bitcoin”!)
Even most of the gold owners who have an implacable hatred of the Fed, think of the value of their gold as measured in dollars. Indeed, the number one complaint in the gold bug community is that the banks are pushing gold down. Down? Yeah, reducing its price as measured in dollars. Less dollars exchanged per ounce means gold is less valuable—what else could it possibly indicate?
Money means the dollar, and the dollar means money. This is how people think, at the moment. It’s a perfect example of a phenomenon described by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
Sure, it’s good to get out of being a creditor to the Fed by owning gold or even bitcoin. But if you accept the Fed’s core principle—that its counterfeit paper is money—you are still trapped in their system. Your chains are self-made, and self-imposed.
That said, we find it encouraging that so many people see at least some serious flaws in the Fed’s irredeemable currency, and its central planning. Social change is a non-linear process. It is expressed in an old (perhaps as old as a union speech in 1914) quote about social movements that is often attributed to Ghandi, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
We don’t refer to the bitcoin movement (and we are aware some will regard this point as irony, coming from us after we have written so much criticism of bitcoin). We refer to the movement away from central banking. The meteoric rise of bitcoin popularity proves we are past phase I. No Fed apologist can ignore the sheer number of people, nor the fact that they are clamoring for an alternative.
The realization that the dollar has fatal flaws is, of course, a one-way journey. Once someone sees this, he cannot unsee it. People do not go backwards. So there is a kind of ratchet effect at play here.
There may be many other attempts to develop alternative monetary systems, as people design new currencies without some of the flaws of bitcoin. This is healthy and all to the good. We may decry the billions of dollars of capital consumption fueled by the bitcoin boom, but we have to acknowledge the good of market discovery seeking a monetary solution that serves the people.
And we may (will!) continue to say that no irredeemable currency can work, whether central bank imposed or whether attempted in the markets. We may (will) keep saying that the gold standard—which is when anyone who wants to can earn interest on their gold, in gold—does work.
But a part of us is cheering bitcoin and all the other market experiments.
This week, the prices of the metals rose, $7 and $0.34 respectively. As the price of silver rose by a larger percentage, the gold-silver ratio fell. Which last week, we said we were betting on in our fund.
Let’s look at the only true picture of the supply and demand fundamentals of both gold and silver. But first, here are the charts of the prices of gold and silver, and the gold-silver ratio.
Next, this is a graph of the gold price measured in silver, otherwise known as the gold to silver ratio. The ratio dropped.
In this graph, we show both bid and offer prices for the gold-silver ratio. If you were to sell gold on the bid and buy silver at the ask, that is the lower bid price. Conversely, if you sold silver on the bid and bought gold at the offer, that is the higher offer price.
For each metal, we will look at a graph of the basis and cobasis overlaid with the price of the dollar in terms of the respective metal. It will make it easier to provide brief commentary. The dollar will be represented in green, the basis in blue and cobasis in red.
Here is the gold graph showing gold basis and cobasis with the price of the dollar in gold terms. We have again zoomed in to see recent developments in the basis.
Note the drop in the cobasis as the price of the dollar fell (i.e. price of gold, measured in dollars rose). Our measure of scarcity has fallen almost to the level it was when the dollar was considerably lower (i.e. the price of gold was $30 higher).
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The emerging domain of parallelized quantum information processing opens up new possibilities for precise measurements, communication and imaging. Precise control of multiple stored photons allows efficient handling of this subtle information in large amounts. In the Quantum Memories Laboratory at Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw a group of laser-cooled atoms has been used as a memory which can store simultaneously up to 665 quantum states of light. The experimental results have been published in a prestigious Nature Communications journal.
Every information processing task requires a memory. As any classical computer cannot exist without a RAM memory, quantum computer could not be built without a quantum memory. Quantum memory is a device capable of storage and on demand retrieval of quantum states. The key parameter of such memory is its capacity, in other words the number of qubits (quantum bits) which the memory can effectively process. Simultaneous operation on many qubits is a key to efficient quantum parallel computation, providing new possibilities in the fields on imaging or communication.
Regardless of significant efforts, the on demand generation of many photons remains a key challenge for many experimental groups dealing with quantum information. For a recently widely-used method of multiplexing many single-photon emitters into one network the complexity of experimental systems grows unfavorably with its advantages. Using a quantum memory on the other hand one can generate a group of a dozen photons within seconds rather than years. Among many methods of encoding information about single photons in a quantum memory the spatial multiplexing aided by a single-photon sensitive camera stands out as an effective way to obtain high capacity at low cost.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Russia wants to use Syrian ports to ship grain to Syria and neighboring countries.
"Syrian ports are ideal for exports of Russian wheat not only to Syria, but via Syria to Iraq and other nearby countries. That's beneficial for us," Rogozin said as quoted by RIA Novosti.
The Deputy PM added that Russia harvested another record wheat crop this year, highlighting the necessity to export the grain.
Russia and Syria are also planning to jointly create a phosphates deposit developer, according to Rogozin.
The American public is now experiencing mass paranoia that is called Russia-gate. Obnoxious and dangerous as this officially encouraged madness may be, it is, alas, nothing new. As from 9/11, the same kind of group hypnosis was administered from the Nation's Capital on the body politic to serve the then agenda of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, turning back civil liberties that had accrued over generations without so much as a whimper from Congress, our political elites and the country at large.
This time the generalized paranoia started under the nominally left of center administration of Barack Obama in the closing months of his presidency. It has been fanned ever since by the centrists in both Democratic and Republican parties who want to either remove from office or politically cripple Donald Trump and his administration, that is to say, to overturn the results at the ballot box on November 8, 2016.
Comment: Vladimir Putin says 'absurd' election meddling claims are designed to hurt Donald Trump
Foreign policy issues are instrumentalized for domestic political objectives. In 2001 it was the threat of Islamist terrorists in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Muslim world attacking the American homeland. Today it is the alleged manipulation of our open political system by our enemies in the Kremlin.
Fear and alarm close minds to reason and facts. But in the case of our ongoing obsession with Russia there is more at stake than the careers of present-day victims of a McCarthyite witch-hunt.
The head of Austria's far-right hailed on Sunday plans by his incoming government to slash benefit payments for immigrants, a day before he was due to be sworn in as vice-chancellor.
"It will no longer happen for migrants who have never worked here a single day or paid anything into the social system to get thousands of euros in welfare!" Heinz-Christian Strache said.
In a post to his 750,000 followers on Facebook, the head of the Freedom Party (FPOe) called it "very important point when it comes to fairness for the Austrian population."
Some years back, I decided I had to quit the teaching profession to which I had dedicated half my life. The modern academy, I felt, was so far gone that restoration was no longer possible. Indeed, I now believe that complete collapse is the only hope for the future, but as Woody Allen said about death, I'd rather not be there when it happens.
Three reasons determined my course of action. For one thing, administration had come to deal less with academic issues and more with rules of conduct and punitive codes of behavior, as if it were a policing body rather than an arm of the teaching profession. Woe betide the (male) student accused of sexual assault or misconduct; the administration will convene an extra-judicial tribunal to punish or expel the accused, often with a low burden of proof. It will find ways to shut down conservative speakers. It will browbeat faculty and students to attend sensitivity training sessions on matters of race and gender. It will strike task forces to deal with imaginary issues like campus rape culture and propose draconian measures to contain a raging fantasy. The administration is now beset by two basic compulsions: to expand its reach at the expense of the academic community and to ensure compliance with the puritanical norms of the day. I thought it prudent to take early retirement rather than wait for the guillotine to descend.
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The cryptocurrency revolution is the biggest story in the financial world right now. In recent days I have spent a lot of time writing about Bitcoin, but the truth is that all of the major cryptocurrencies have been on an unprecedented run lately. In fact, some of them have been rising much faster in price [...]
(KTLA) — A young woman who didn’t return home from a walk with her two dogs was found mauled to death in a wooded area of Virginia Thursday night, authorities said. The father of 22-year-old Bethany Lynn Stephens called 911 shortly before 8:20 p.m., then went looking for his daughter off Manakin Road in Goochland, [...]
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(FOX NEWS) — Power has been fully restored at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after a complete power outage grounded flights Sunday afternoon, causing a holiday travel nightmare for fliers across the country just over a week before Christmas. Kasim Reed, the city’s mayor, announced the power update on Twitter after the power outage forced [...]
WASHINGTON – The allegedly hacked Democratic National Committee server that handled email from the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign and the DNC is the key piece of forensic evidence in Russia’s suspected interference in the 2016 presidential election. The intelligence-community assessment on purported Russian meddling in the race, conducted by the CIA, the FBI, and [...]
Editor’s note: Do you need something to smile about? Every day, WND selects the best joke offered up by readers and contributors to its Laughlines forum and brings it to you as the WND Joke of the Day. Here is today’s offering: Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a [...]
On October 5, 2017, police opened fire on unarmed farmers in Tumaco, Colombia. Eight were killed, with dozens more shot. The massacre was part of a crackdown on coca farmers in the “War On Drugs” despite an agreement for crop substitution–and amidst new threats from Trump, ordering the government to use more force or face consequences. The Empire Files goes … Read More
Abby and Robbie Martin talk about the significance of the latest purge in Saudi Arabia of the royal family and other high ranking officials by Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and its war in Yemen that is causing the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world, with tens of millions on the brink of starvation-–all happening with US weaponry and support. They … Read More
Below are seven reports providing essential context to the so-called ‘Israel-Palestine’ conflict With the very existence of Palestine at stake, it is important to learn, and help others learn, the essential facts behind the Israeli settlement project. Abby Martin goes on-the-ground to the epicenter of this struggle and talks to the most impacted, in seven reports that are a must-watch for anyone wanting … Read More
Below are seven reports providing essential context to the so-called ‘Israel-Palestine’ conflict With the very existence of Palestine at stake, it is important to learn, and help others learn, the essential facts behind the Israeli settlement project. Abby Martin goes on-the-ground to the epicenter of this struggle and talks to the most impacted, in seven reports that are a must-watch for anyone wanting … Read More
Abby and Robbie Martin talk about the Trump phenomenon causing mass hallucinations on both sides of the political aisle, antifa fearmongering and the J20 arrests, Russiagate obsessed comedians like Michael Ian Black attacking RT, Abby and Lee Camp, FCC chair Ajit Pai abolishing Net Neutrality, opening media consolidation and how algorithms having already killed the concept of a free and … Read More
Rather than providing answers to what actually happened in Las Vegas when “lone wolf” Stephen Paddock allegedly fired hundreds of shots into a festival crowd from a hotel room window above the Las Vegas Strip, [...]
Has “America-First” President Donald Trump put the interests of Israel ahead of those of the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announcing the U.S. embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem? [...]
Yet again, Lucky Larry has financially prospered from the 9/11 attacks, yet again with approval of fellow Zionist, Judge Alvin Hellerstein. At $4 billion-plus and counting, how much will this 9/11-insider suspect profit from the [...]
The media is “slavering like Pavlov’s dogs” over the revelation that Gen. Mike Flynn lied to the FBI about a conversation with Russia. But if the establishment succeeds in taking down President Trump, the question is, [...]
Longtime researcher Robert Groden, who saved the Zapruder film from the dustbin of history, received a lifetime achievement award for his JFK research. By S.T. Patrick At the recent 5th Annual JFK Assassination Conference in [...]
A Bad Moon is rising: America is polarised at home; unitive government has splintered into departments at odds with each other, and with officials leaking on each other; with fake news abounding; with Congress gridlocked, and with American social and political fabric tearing apart.
Bowing to Israeli-Saudi desires, the Trump administration is abusing the U.S. intelligence process to whip up a war fever against Iran, much like George W. Bush did on Iraq, reports ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
Russia and the European states have rejected Trump’s unilateral declaration on Jerusalem. They can therefore act as sponsors of a genuine, new initiative. Russia’s growing stature in the Middle East region as a principled and honest broker could be pivotal.
Hundreds of protesters, led by opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili, rallied in front of Kiev’s performing arts centre and clashed with riot police on Sunday. Police who surrounded the building… Via Youtube
How will the owners and managers of the multi-billion-dollar NFL empire handle the league’s decline phase? OK, I get it: pro football is so popular because it’s one of the last refuges of modern life that hasn’t been ruined by politics. Oops, scratch that. But we shouldn’t pin the decline of pro football’s popularity (as measured […]
American MirrorDecember 15, 2017 The northern Israeli town of Nazareth, best known as the childhood home of Jesus Christ, will not be celebrating his birthday this year, and the Muslim mayor is blaming President Trump. “Our identity and faith cannot be bargained,” mayor Ali Salam told 10 News on Thursday. Trump’s recent announcement that the […]
Published time: 18 Dec, 2017 12:06 Edited time: 18 Dec, 2017 12:07 Journalism students be warned – there’s a new broadcaster on the beat, and he’s very well connected. Prince Harry will make his journalistic debut after Christmas by interviewing former US President Barack Obama. The prince, who recently announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, […]
Published time: 18 Dec, 2017 10:55 Edited time: 18 Dec, 2017 12:03 Trump’s new national security strategy will preserve the Obama-era declaration of Russia and China as the two main challengers to US global power, excerpts from the document released by the White House show. The new strategy, which is to be announced later on […]
In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on Doug Jones winning the Senate seat in Alabama, over the Steve Bannon and Donald Trump supported Roy Moore. We also go over the Net Neutrality repeal by the FCC and new revelations in the Russia probe investigation by the FBI, plus […]
We continue our interview with someone who's led a discussion of mental health professionals who are deeply concerned about President Trump's psychological instability. Dr. Bandy Lee is a forensic psychiatrist on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine who organized the "Duty to Warn" conference at Yale and edited the best-selling book, "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President."
_Dr. Bandy Lee declares that she is not representing the views of Yale University, Yale School of Medicine or Yale Department of Psychiatry._
On Thursday, another Democrat endorsed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a resolution presented in November by a half-dozen Democrats accusing Trump of obstruction of justice and other offenses. Democrat Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire is the latest official to join the effort and is one of 12 House Democrats who represent a district won by Trump in 2016. This comes as a petition for impeachment launched in October by Democratic donor Tom Steyer has garnered more than 3.5 million supporters. At least 17 communities around the country are now on record calling for impeachment proceedings against Trump. "It is not acceptable to say that we will simply kick the can down the road and wait until after an election cycle to lay the groundwork for the impeachment proceedings," says constitutional attorney John Bonifaz, co-founder and director of Free Speech for People. "We need to be laying that groundwork and making this call now."
Final arguments are underway today in Washington, D.C., in a case that could shape the future of free speech and the right to protest in the United States: the first trial of the nearly 200 people arrested during President Donald Trump's inauguration. As demonstrators, journalists and observers gathered in Northwest D.C. after the inauguration on January 20, some separated from the group and vandalized nearby businesses and vehicles. Police officers then swept hundreds of people in the vicinity into a blockaded corner in a process known as "kettling," where they carried out mass arrests of everyone in the area. The first so-called J20 trial could go to a jury as early as today, and involves six people, including one journalist, Alexei Wood, a freelance photojournalist. The defendants face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, including multiple counts of destruction of property. Evidence against the defendants has been scant. We get an update from Jude Ortiz, a member of the organizing crew of Defend J20 and the Mass Defense Committee chair for the National Lawyers Guild. He's been in court throughout the first J20 trial.
In Major Blow to Free Internet, FCC Votes to Repeal Landmark Net Neutrality Rules, At Break with Trump, Tillerson to Urge Diplomacy with North Korea at United Nations, Nikki Haley Claims Iran Violated Arms Agreement, But Experts Say Evidence is Lacking, Republicans' Plan to Overhaul Tax Code in Peril as Rubio and Lee Threaten to Vote No, Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold Won't Seek Re-Election, Amid Sexual Harassment Revelations, Screen Actors Guild Awards to Feature All-Women Presenters for Acting Awards, Eighth Round of U.N.-Sponsored Peace Talks on Syria Collapses, Mexican & U.S. Officials Meet to Discuss Military & Intelligence Cooperation, Caravan of Central American Mothers Search for Their Missing Children in Mexico, Argentina: Protests Force Lawmakers to Suspend Vote on Slashing Pensions, Rwanda Accuses French Military of Complicity in 1994 Genocide, Trump's Highest-Ranking African-American Adviser Out at White House, Largest Landlord in U.S. Sued for Violating Fair Housing Act, Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Make Abortion Illegal in Cases of Down Syndrome
In Major Blow to Free Internet, FCC Votes to Repeal Landmark Net Neutrality Rules, At Break with Trump, Tillerson to Urge Diplomacy with North Korea at United Nations, Nikki Haley Claims Iran Violated Arms Agreement, But Experts Say Evidence is Lacking, Republicans' Plan to Overhaul Tax Code in Peril as Rubio and Lee Threaten to Vote No, Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold Won't Seek Re-Election, Amid Sexual Harassment Revelations, Screen Actors Guild Awards to Feature All-Women Presenters for Acting Awards, Eighth Round of U.N.-Sponsored Peace Talks on Syria Collapse, Mexican & U.S. Officials Meet to Discuss Military & Intelligence Cooperation, Caravan of Central American Mothers Search for Their Missing Children in Mexico, Argentina: Protests Force Lawmakers to Suspend Vote on Slashing Pensions, Rwanda Accuses French Military of Complicity in 1994 Genocide, Trump's Highest-Ranking African-American Adviser Out at White House, Largest Landlord in U.S. Sued for Violating Fair Housing Act, Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Make Abortion Illegal in Cases of Down Syndrome
European Leaders – from the EU's foreign representative Mogherini to Premier Gentiloni, from President Macron to Chancellor Merkel – have formally stepped back from both the US and Israel on the status of Jerusalem. Is a rift between the allies emerging? The facts would indicate quite the contrary. Just before Trump took his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, yet at a time when the dye had already been cast, Operation Blue Flag 2017 was executed. This is the biggest (...)
Colossal works are emerging on our territory both in Northern Italy and Southern Italy. Are we talking about those for which the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport is responsible? Works that has every tongue wagging? Not at all! We're talking about those thought up by the Pentagon that no one mentions. And yet most of these works are funded with our money and bring with them growing risks for us Italians: At Ghedi's military airport (Brescia): the plan kicks off to spend more than 60 (...)
“I think it is very clear particularly to us Italians, that for historical and geographical reasons, Europe's future is at stake in Africa”. So declared Paolo Gentiloni, President of the Council while on his African tour, from 24 to 29 November, travelling through Tunisia, Angola, Ghana and the Ivory Coast. By making this statement, he unintentionally disclosed the truth to us: today Italy and Europe consider Africa to be crucial for the same “historical and geographical reasons” that arose in (...)
Peking sent a note Washington assessing the points of conflict over North Korea. The US Position China's position North Korea is developing an offensive nuclear programme to reconquer South Korea. North Korea is developing a defensive nuclear program to protect itself from an operation orchestrated by Washington, to bring about a regime- change. North Korea has violated the 1994 Protocol which placed a ban on manufacturing atomic bombs by launching a space satellite that works using (...)
The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are going to set up their own system for Internet governance so as to by pass US control. What we know as the Internet today, has been governed by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), a para-administrative association of the US Trade Department. The new system of Internet governance is a proposal from Russia's National Security Council. We do not know how it will link up with the system of alternative DNS (...)
Ajit Pai, the former Verizon lawyer who is chair of the FCC, went too far last Thursday in undermining the Internet when he led the dismantling of net neutrality rules. As a result, he has fueled the energy needed to protect Internet rights. It is time for Movement Judo, where the energy created by the […]
How hard to think. How much harder when you suddenly discover that you are the rear end of the severed worm. Or the severed thumb of a starfish— and how did you know which of the five points was the thumb? And even if you think you’re sure about the issue what have the distractive […]
from swimming clouds from sailing seas waves wander through the trees taking thoughts between the ears waking walking slow and clear so in the eyes that look within darkness by light is overcome kindness for all not just for some her fur is wet and yet she sits upon that wall now well lit finding […]
… they’re trying to get at her ‘Secrets’. Shoulder-peering downwards and inwards. But, she’s not having any of it… yo-yo brushing them off, when ignoring becomes too much of a chore. Those ‘Secrets’ are buried deep, beneath a lifetime of soul-scars and bruises. There is no map to charter, nor X marks the spot… and […]
My wake-up call was a request for my password to enter the day, following which my rights were read concerning the choices available for breakfast. I forgot the PIN for opening the door, but remembered the number to call for assistance, which led to a long conversation with a recording that knew my every question […]
You know lemon, right? It is a tart, exciting, delicious and indispensable ingredient in recipes and beverages. But did you know that scientists have identified it is as a powerful medicine as well? The most powerful healing substances on this planet are masquerading as foods, and this is all the more true for fruits. I’ve ...
When news that a “concealed-carry reciprocity law” had been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, gun owners all over the nation rejoiced. But what most people didn’t realize is that there had been a last minute change to the bill that could substantially increase the number of Americans that are banned from buying guns. ...
Most timid Americans would avoid any serious discussion on the true causes of a continuous failed foreign policy that only benefits Israel while costing our own country any chance of real national security and a prosperous society. The mere mention of the term Jew is usually enough for being banded to the back of the ...
America’s only enemies are invented ones to maintain a permanent state of war – so war-profiteers can gorge at the public trough, a deplorable state of affairs worsening, not improving. Militarism and warmaking define America’s agenda. Campaigns in multiple theaters are being waged, new ones certain to be launched, numerous covert and other operations ongoing ...
Despite being at the top of the global food chain and industrial developmental ladder, the United States has a poor track record for delivering uncontaminated drinking water to the public. Even the nicest restaurants are guilty of serving you directly from the tap. It’s time to get real about the ‘tap water problem,’ one of ...
Washington, D.C. — (RT.com) The Pentagon spent $22 million to study UFOs in a 2007-12 program whose existence has been confirmed by the Department of Defense. An official formerly in charge of the program told media it remains alive to this day.
The secretive program, which the US Department of Defense has been keeping under wraps, was brought to light in simultaneous reports by Politico and the New York Times on Saturday, citing interviews with people involved or with knowledge of the program, as well as contracts, and Pentagon and Congressional records.
“The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program” was led by former military intelligence official Luiz Elizondo, who resigned from the Pentagon on October 4. In his resignation letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis, seen by Politico and the NYT, he lamented the lack of funding for the project and the fact that it continues to be shrouded in mystery, away from the public eye.
Pentagon spokesperson Dana White, cited by Politico, confirmed that the program existed up until 2012, when it was wrapped up as “there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding,” she said, adding that it was in the Pentagon’s “best interest” to redirect funds.
"For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions.
"Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure - one world, if you will. If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it." — David Rockefeller, Memoirs
World War I and the birth of the new-world-order project
The beginning of anything is always problematic to pin down. For every beginning, there are always antecedents, causes, preparations, broader canvases to consider, etc. For my money, World War I — the war to end all wars — is a sensible choice, as the launch-event into the new world order project.
Some might think that it’s too good to be true. Does cannabis really kill brain cancer cells? Clinical trials on humans are awaiting results, but recent research gives hope.
Scientists have been testing THC as a natural tumor-killer for nearly two decades. Their findings will take you by surprise.
Cannabis and brain cancer
A group of Spanish researchers has been searching for cannabis-based cancer treatments for nearly two decades. The team is from the Complutense University of Madrid. Thus far, some of their experiments have been nothing short of miraculous.
Residents of a small Oklahoma town fear they are being used by Homeland Security as test subjects for the chemical/biological warfare testing
A planned chemical/biological test by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has residents of a small Oklahoma town in fear that they are being used as human guinea pigs, as the federal government prepares to carry out plans for biological testing in the area next month.
DHS announced plans to conduct chemical and biological testing near the border between Kansas and Oklahoma in January and February, and again in June and July, to determine how much protection people would receive from being inside a house or an apartment in the event of a biological terrorist attack, according to a statement on the Homeland Security website.
Pope Francis has joined his papal predecessors in calling for a World Government. In his latest encyclical letter, Laudato Si’, the Vatican leader wrote a dissertation on environmentalism, laying out a litany of “sins” against “Sister Earth” which he thinks should be combated by a new “world political authority.”
According to the pope, these eco-crimes include “excessive anthropocentrism” at the expense of nature, destruction of forests and wetlands for the purpose of agricultural cultivation, and human-caused global warming caused by greedy consumption of fossil fuels. The pope opined that increased use of air-conditioning is particularly corrupt.
The Catholic leader also advocated for government-enforced social justice. He wrote that wealthy nations owe a “social debt” to the poor and impoverished people of the world, a debt which can be paid by increased funding and “better distribution of wealth.”
Painting by Anthony Freda Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police ADMIT to False Flag Terror Scores of government officials throughout the world have admitted (either orally, in writing, or through photographs or videos) to carrying out – … Continue reading →
Mainstream Media Admits that False Flags Are Real Last month, Newsweek ran an article headlined (all caps in original Newsweek title): U.S. GOVERNMENT PLANNED FALSE FLAG ATTACKS TO START WAR WITH SOVIET UNION, JFK DOCUMENTS SHOW The article notes: The … Continue reading →
The case against Iraqing Iran includes the following points: Threatening war is a violation of the U.N. Charter. Waging war is a violation of the U.N. Charter and of the Kellogg-Briand Pact. Waging war without Congress is a violation of … Continue reading →
Eric Zuesse On December 13th, the following news-story was distributed for publication to virtually all U.S.-and-allied major (and many minor) newsmedia, but it was published only by four small “alt-news” sites (washingtonsblog being one of them) even though the article … Continue reading →
OK, I get it: pro football is so popular because it’s one of the last refuges of modern life that hasn’t been ruined by politics. Oops, scratch that. But we shouldn’t pin the decline of pro football’s popularity (as measured by … Continue reading →
Brussels has said that Europeans must accept mass migration from the third world as the “new norm”, warning that neither walls nor policies will allow any part of the EU to remain “homogenous and migration-free”.
President Trump will clearly name China as a "strategic competitor" in the forthcoming National Security Strategy to be unveiled Monday, according to senior administration officials, who previewed the document in a call with reporters.
During Sunday’s “Fox & Friends,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) called on President Donald Trump to come through with the trillion-dollar infrastructure plan he promised Ohio voters this year. “There’s nothing worse, though than being promised one thing and then relying on that promise, counting on that promise and then people going back on that promise,” Ryan said of Trump’s plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest and rebuild the country. “We need that trillion dollar infrastructure bill that the president promised” he later added. “How in God’s name are we going to pay for that if we’re borrowing $2 trillion from China? Where are we getting the money for the infrastructure?” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
When their little children are incredibly picky eaters, parents’ last resort is to invent various crafty tricks to turn food consumption into a fun activity. As for this mother from China’s Jilin Province, it’s not a tough challenge anymore.
A photograph - which has already been deleted from Twitter - has sparked a social media snowstorm over racism, with the image triggering a debate about whether it was inherently racist to dress up as a black person.
Over the past few years, North Korea is presented by the world media’s as a source of almost mystical evil, as well as a threat to a “world society”. The paranoia is skilfully inflated by the media and essentially exposes not the DPRK’s formal violation of various international norms, but its “otherness” or difference from a […]
The US is attempting to sell to the public the next phase of its continued occupation and military operations across the Middle East. Predicated on claims of “rebuilding” Iraq and “fighting terrorists” in Syria, it is in actuality a plan to perpetuate for as long as possible the upheaval currently consuming the region in hopes […]
People all over the world are still fascinated by events in Russia in 1917. Even a cursory glance at this period shows they were momentous times to live in, with history unfolding in front of people seemingly under its own power. It must have been quite something to directly experience the collapse of the old […]
What role do the technocrats play in the U.S. enfranchised “Liberal World Order” we’ve read so much about? We all know well, by now, the immensely powerful foes of independent thinking in the world. Here’s a short take on Bill Gates, one of the most iconic liberal oligarchs pitted against Putin, free speech, and the […]
In recent years there has been considerable development in Sino-Kazakh relations. Trade, tourism and cultural interaction are all actively developing between the two countries. Territorial proximity and a common border with a length of almost 1.8 thousand km, an ancient history of relations between the Chinese and Kazakh people, active development in the industries and economies […]
A young man of African origin was filmed violently attacking an elderly woman on the street of the German city of Nurnberg. The suspect was sent for psychiatric examination; his motive remains unclear. Read Full Article at RT.com
Food lovers are cheesed off after what may be the greatest con of 2017. A food festival that promised unlimited cheese and wine ran out of the former – and has since been labelled the UK’s answer to the Fyre Festival. Read Full Article at RT.com
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has voiced his support for same-sex unions, telling an LGBT gathering that he even toyed with the idea of becoming bisexual so he could “have fun both ways.” Read Full Article at RT.com
US media and government members baselessly accuse Russia of influencing the 2016 presidential election, presenting any attempt to improve relations with Moscow as treason, Professor of Russian Studies Stephen Cohen says. Read Full Article at RT.com