Blue Lives Matter: Is Police Exceptionalism Leading America Toward Second Civil War?

Lurched back and forth in the ever-quickening spiral of an American empire circling the drain, we - as a people - have chosen battle lines on nearly every issue from politics to foreign policy, domestic surveillance to policing. Thrust back into national focus, the last issue - policing in the U.S. - might even surpass in contention the ongoing race to the White House.

"Policymakers Have Been Calling A 'Depression' A 'Recovery' For Nearly A Decade"

"I'd like to think that logic and reality will prevail; that distaste for being told how great the world is has become sufficiently revolting and obviously false to stir the world’s populace to end the imbalances. But that, again, will take time, perhaps a good deal of time; until then, whenever it hopefully is, central banks continue to operate with impunity even though the risks of their intemperance rise exponentially..."

The Speech Bounce: Trump "Nearly Even" With Clinton In Latest Reuters Poll

It appears the "doom-and-gloom" reality-check that President Obama (and Hillary Clinton) prefer to ignore, is working. Between FBI Director Comey's shocking decision over Hillary's emails and the Convention Bump, Trump appears to have hit enough correct notes with his polarizing speech to give him enough of a bounce to be virtually tied with Hillary in the latest Reuters poll.

A Fully Automated Stock Market Blow-Off?

About one month ago we read that risk parity and volatility targeting funds had record exposure to US equities. It seems unlikely that this has changed – what is likely though is that the exposure of CTAs has in the meantime increased as well, as the recent breakout to new highs should be delivering the required technical signals. All these strategies are more or less automated (essentially they are simply quantitative and/or technical strategies relying on inter-market correlations, volatility measures, and/or momentum). We believe this is an inherently very dangerous situation.

Mystery Over Munich Shooter's Motive: David Ali Sonboly Had "No Connection To ISIS", Obssessed With Mass Shootings

What was initially said to be a coordinated attack killing 9 and injuring 16, involving up to three gunmen, has since been attributed to a lone, 18-year-old German-born male student with both German and Iranian citizenship, identified moments ago as David Ali Sonboly. As authorities try to piece together the motive behind the latest mass killing the emerging picture is that of a mentally disturbed young man with an obssession for killing sprees, and who had undergone psychiatric treatment.

At Least 80 Killed After Suicide Bombing Attack In Kabul Claimed By ISIS

At least 80 people were killed and 231 injured when a huge blast rocked a mass demonstration by members of the mainly Shia Hazara minority in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Saturday. The attack was claimed by terrorist group Islamic State: "Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi'ites in the city of Kabul in Afghanistan," said a brief statement on the group's Amaq news agency.

America Needs A Good, Old-Fashioned Economic Depression

A good, old-fashioned, pre-1929 depression (like the short-lived, eleven-month depression in 1920-1921, before the days of “modern” central banking and “enlightened” Keynesian intervention “cures”) is the only tonic that can clear out the malinvestment built up since the beginning of the fiat money era.

18-Year-Old German-Iranian Is Behind Munich "Shooting Rampage" Which Killed 10 Including Gunman

After another day of tragedy and drama, where the police had earlier suggested that as many as three gunmen were behind a deadly shooting in a shopping center in Munich, Germany moments ago the local police reported that the gunman was in fact a lone 18-year-old of German and Iranian origin who is believed to have carried out the "shooting rampage" on his own, killing at least nine people before later apparently killing himself.

Hillary Clinton Picks Tim Kaine For Vice President

Moments ago the worst kept secret in Washington was confirmed when Hillary Clinton announced on Twitter she has picked Virginia senator Tim Kaine as her running mate in an attempt to bolster her support among blue-collar workers and maximize votes from US Latinos dismayed by Donald Trump.

Awkward?

"Peddling fiction" versus "inconvenient truths"...

Hillary Says Trump Is Most Dangerous Presidential Candidate Ever – But Is She?

Clinton, in an interview with CBS News’ Charlie Rose, believes Donald Trump has “no self-discipline, no self-control, no sense of history, no understanding of the limits of the kind of power that any president should impose upon himself.” All of this could be applied to Clinton. She is by far the more dangerous of the two candidates.

The 9-Point Guide To Deciphering Political Propaganda

Given we are eyeballs-deep in the US presidential election cycle, now seems a particularly appropriate time to share some observations on the topic of political propaganda. Since it will be impossible to escape the rhetorical onslaught for the next few months, we thought we might be able to shed some light on what goes on in the battle for your subconscious...

Beyond 28 Pages: The US - Saudi Relationship Starts To Fray

Answers about Saudi Arabia’s involvement in 9/11 may prove elusive and forever unknown. But more than ever, questions are being raised and subsequent actions are being taken in relation to Saudi Arabia, extending far beyond what’s contained in the 28 pages of fourteen years ago and portending a new realignment of the US and other western countries’ long-standing relationship with this Middle East power.

End Of An Era: The Rise And Fall Of The Petrodollar System

"The chaos that one day will ensue from our 35-year experiment with worldwide fiat money will require a return to money of real value. We will know that day is approaching when oil-producing countries demand gold, or its equivalent, for their oil rather than dollars or euros. The sooner the better."

Baton Rouge Rapper Slams Hypocrisy Of 'Black Lives Matter', Don't Care When "We Kill Each Other!"

Just days after Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke denounced their "hatfeul ideology," and following Brooklyn cop Jay Stalien exposing their "false narrative," the 'Black Lives Matter' group faces more abuse from African-Americans in the nation's communities. Calling out "the bullshit" of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement Baton Rouge-based rapper Kevin Gates has posted a video raging "we kill each other, but as soon as a white boy kills one of us, everybody go to hoopin’ and hollerin’."