Former CIA Deputy Director Gives A Stunning Reason Why Obama Has Not Attacked ISIS' Oil InfrastructureSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 11/29/2015 - 12:42
"...we didn’t go after oil wells - actually hitting oil wells that ISIS controls because we didn’t want to do environmental damage."
Just weeks after re-starting the building of a giant ice-wall to contain groundwater leaking from the Fukushima nuclear plant, TEPCO has been forced to admit that a 780-meter protective wall built alongside the crippled power station (completed only last month and designed to prevent contaminated groundwater from seeping into the sea) is already "slightly leaning." While this sounds a lot like being half-pregnant, TEPCO remains 'optimistic' that the wall will hold. But you can't say the government is not trying - in an effort to 'calm' the public, scientists have developed a special scanner to accurately measure the amount of radioactive material inside the bodies of young children... which is odd given just how "contained" Abe said it was.
Now that Russia has hit back at Turkey with economic sanctions designed to punish Ankara for the brazen downing of a Russian Su-24 near the Syrian border last Tuesday, the ball is back in Erdogan's court. Unless the autocrat President plans on shooting down another Russian warplane, Turkey's options may now be limited to diversifying away from Russian gas or closing the Bosphorus strait through which Moscow resupplies its forces at Latakia.
If we want to get to a world where terrorism isn’t such a regular tragedy, governments need to start recognizing the fact that the so-called “War on Terror” is a self-fulfilling prophecy destined to foment one thing and one thing only: more terrorism.
Aside from 3 very small adjustments, The PBOC has fixed the Yuan weaker for the last 20 days, driving the mid-line to 6.3962 - the weakest since August 28th. After Chinese stocks collapsed on Friday, they are holding the losses for now as the biggest question remains just what the weighting will be for Yuan inclusion in The IMF's SDR basket (which looks set to be announced tomorrow - US time). Metals are tumbling (with Iron ore down 3.7%) and broad AsiaPac stocks are down around 1% as brokerages in China are plunging (Haitong -9.2%),
Half A Million Square Kilometers Of Heavy Smog Force Beijing To Issue "Orange Alert", Close FactoriesSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 11/29/2015 - 19:58
The United States’ effort to accept Syrian refugees seeking asylum has been the subject of much controversy over security concerns and the rigor of the vetting process. Here are the (satirical) steps involved in a refugee’s arrival in America...
Iran's Ayatollah Pens Letter To Western Youth: "You Should Know That Terror Has Been Supported By Certain Great Powers"Submitted by Tyler Durden on 11/29/2015 - 19:03
"First, the Islamic world has been the victim of terror and brutality to a larger extent territorially, to greater amount quantitatively and for a longer period in terms of time. Second, that unfortunately this violence has been supported by certain great powers through various methods and effective means."
Americans today are blissfully distracted by their iGadgets, plotting out their holiday shopping strategies, leasing new cars, eating out, and buying advance tickets to the new Star Wars movie. They don’t see the wicked winter squalls ahead which will try their souls. We are experiencing the lull before the storms, but the storms are surely coming. The potential for catastrophe is high and burying our heads in the sand is not a strategy.
It's no secret that the US has played an outsized role in facilitating Syria's five-year civil war by funneling money and guns to a hodgepodge of opposition groups. It's also no secret that The Pentagon's latest "train and equip" program was a disaster of epic proportions. But rest assured, if Washington can make it worse, Washington will make it worse, which is why we weren't surprised that the 2016 NDAA authorizes more taxpayer money for the funding of "moderate" Syrian rebels.
14,000 Refugees Due For Deportation From Sweden Have Vanished: "We Simply Do Not Know Where They Are"Submitted by Tyler Durden on 11/29/2015 - 17:29
Over half of all the illegal migrants slated for deportation in Sweden have mysteriously disappeared. The National Border Police Section reports that of the 21,748 individuals due to be sent home after their asylum applications were turned down, a whopping 14,140 have simply vanished off the police radar. "We simply do not know where they are”, said a spokesman for the local police.
The latest deranged idea floated by US 'ally and friend' Saudi Arabia’s monarchs is to sue Twitter users comparing the barbaric kingdom to ISIS. The following table demonstrates precisely why the Saudis are so sensitive about the topic. Namely, because the accusations are true.
We can hear the mainstream media now - "Great News Everyone!! The American consumer is back" - online sales on Black Friday rose 10% to $1.7 billion which ComScore says shows "strong spending." The only problem is - which we suspect will be oddly missing from the mainstream narrative, as ShopperTrak reports total sales on Black Friday crashed 10% to $10.4 billion. While blame has been placed on early opening on Thanksgiving, that is false too since spending on that day also plunged 10%. So, the sales news is unequivocally bad - which is hardly surprising given the collapse in consumer confidence.