North Korea Warns China Of "Catastrophic Consequences" For Siding With U.S.

North Korea has asked China not to step up anti-North sanctions, warning of "catastrophic consequences" in their bilateral relations. China "may be applauded by the enemies of the DPRK, but it should get itself ready to face the catastrophic consequences in the relations with the DPRK."

Flying Is About To Get Even More Miserable...Well, At Least For Poor People

At a time when you would think the airlines would be a little more image conscious, you know because of that whole beating customers and dragging them off the plane thing that United did, they're apparently doubling down on efforts to make "Flying The Friendly Skies" the most miserable experience ever. 

Paul Craig Roberts On President Trump's 'Disappearance'

"In my long experience in Washington, vice presidents did not make major foreign policy announcements or threaten other countries with war. Not even Dick Cheney stole this role from the weak president George W. Bush. But this week the world witnessed VP Pence threaten North Korea with war. "The sword stands ready," said Pence as if he is the commander in chief. Perhaps he is."

The Simple Reason Why A Second American Civil War May Be Inevitable

"America has always had its divisions, and Americans have never really been a monolith. We’ve always been a nation of many nations... However, something has changed. You can feel it in the air... the truth is that these divisions have been deepening for decades, and they’re just now reaching a very noticeable breaking point... It used to be a war of words, but it’s turning into something very dark."

Fitch Downgrades Italy To BBB From BBB+

"Italy's persistent track record of fiscal slippage, back-loading of consolidation, weak economic growth, and resulting failure to bring down the very high level of general government debt has left it more exposed to potential adverse shocks. This is compounded by an increase in political risk, and ongoing weakness in the banking sector which has required planned public intervention in three banks since December."