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Aircraft Carrier Stennis Has Biggest Ordnance Onload Since 2010

Nearly two weeks ago, we were surprised to read on the Navy's website that one of America's prize aircraft carriers, CVN-74, John C. Stennis (whose crew is perhaps best known for the following awkward incident), as part of an operational training period in preparation for future deployments, just underwent not only its first ordnance onload since 2010, but, according to Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Jason Engleman, G-5 division's leading chief petty officer, "the biggest ordnance onload we've seen."



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As The Middle Class Evaporates, Global Oligarchs Plan Their Escape Form The Impoverished Pleb Masses

Obama: "Middle-Class Economics works.."

Davos Hedge Fund Director: “I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway...”



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Why Oil Prices Will Be "Lower For Longer" In 3 Simple Charts

History may not repeat... but it does rhyme!



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The Stunning Difference Between Unionized And Non-Unionized Wages

Want to boost US wages across the board? Then just unionize everyone!



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Austrian "Freedom" Party Demands Bailout For Swiss Franc Speculators (From "Monstrous Monetary Policy")

The phrases "it's just not fair" and "waa waa waa" were not seen in Austria's Freedom Party's statement demanding a bailout for Swiss-Franc-denominated borrowers (i.e. people who were willing to speculate on FX rates with their house as collateral in order to get a lower interest rate in order to afford a bigger home that they really couldn't afford in real risk-adjusted terms). What Austria needs, general secretary Franz Kickl exclaimed is "a general regulation and an offer to all Franc borrowers," adding that "it cannot be that Austrian borrowers are the only ones who keep their losses even they are indemnified in Hungary, Croatia and perhaps even in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia." Which does sound oddly like 'waa waa waa'?



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The Joyflation Of The Superbowl

2015 looks set to be the 'superbowl-est' Super Bowl of all time as far as ticket prices are concerned. With it’s almost vertical climb in the last two days, this year’s game is literally off the chart – or at least redefining the upper limits of the chart - the most expensive NFL championship ever based on ticket resale price.



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Chinese Yuan Strengthens As Industrial Profits Plunge By Most On Record

After 2 days of dramatic weakness in the Chinese currency, the Yuan is strengthening modestly at the open following the 8% plunge year-over-year in Chinese Industrial Profits. This is the biggest drop n profits since Bloomberg data began and points to accelerating weakness in China's economy - in the face of the very modest rise in GDP recently. Chinese stocks slipped from a small positive to a smal lnegative in the pre-open, down around 0.1%.



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Guest Post: Why I Fled Argentina After Breaking The Story Of Alberto Nisman's Death

UPDATE: Argentine President Fernandez claims "unprecedented" media attacks, plans to dissolve Intelligence Service, announces new Agency.

Writing for Haaretz.com, Jewish journalist Damian Pachter – who first reported on the death of the special prosecutor – recounts the intimidation, the sleepless nights, the agent who stalked him and his ultimate decision to head for Israel... "So here they are, the craziest 48 hours of my life..."



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Goldman On The Myths & Realities Of Russia's Oil Sector

Today's Russian downgrade pulled yet another raft of "smartest people in the room" to tell investors how screwed Russia is by low oil prices (and yet the US Shale industry is fine and will manage through this). However, Goldman Sachs prefers facts in its analysis of the Russian oil sector and concludes, investor concerns about the health of Russia's oil industry should remain more myth than reality.



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The Greeks Have A Simple Message To Europe



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On The Prevalence Of Group Think in The Mainstream Financial Media

Today what we’ve come to know as “mainstream financial media” has provided nothing more than a vehicle for the exponential rise of group-think. All at the suffering of critical thought. In what seems like the blink of an eye most anything to do with financial insight whether it be the reporting of, as well as investigative analysis; has morphed into some version of a stylized regurgitation of Central banking dogma. (this also includes many of the so-called “experts” brought on to fortify the sermons).



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Obama's Fed Nominee, Who Was Busted And Quit For "Impropriety", Reports Up To $40 Million In Assets

Three weeks ago, when reporting on Obama's close personal friend and Bank of Hawaii "community banker" appointee to the Fed board, Allan Landon, we emphasized an apparently trivial data point that had somehow managed to slip through the background due diligence process. Namely, that about a decade ago, the same Landon stepped down as board member from the Seattle Federal Home Loan Bank after he was found to have "failed to comply with a rule requiring the disclosure of conflicts of interest by a director by failing to make disclosure to the Seattle Bank board of their institutions' planned redemptions." The full story can be read here, but in a nutshell a banker that the president himself has appointed to join the US money printing authority was on the cusp of being investigated for embezzlement, and was forced to quietly disappear into the night despite denying "any wrongdoing." Today we learn just how much assets the banker who at least once was caught with "borderlineembezzlement " made during his humble tenure as a "community banker." The number: somewhere between $10 and $40 million.



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Citi Warns "Central Banks' Grip On The World Economy Is Waning"

While central banks’ grip on the economy seems to be waning, notes Citi's Matt King, additional liquidity still seems as potent as ever when it comes to propping up global markets. The question in our minds revolves around whether central banks remain willing to keep pumping when the economic benefits are so questionable. Equally, though, valuations are already so elevated that we doubt they can afford to stop. One way or another, this feels like a recipe for increased volatility.



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"Greece Is Bear Stearns. Italy Is Lehman" - 7 Quick Points On Europe

In a fundamentals-driven market you need to look at fund flows; in a Narrative-driven market you need to look at Narrative flows. With Draghi’s announcement last Thursday, there is no longer a marginal provider of market-supportive monetary policy Narrative. Or to put this in game theoretic terms, the 2nd derivative of the Narrative of Central Bank Omnipotence just flipped negative. We’ve shifted from an accelerating Narrative flow to a decelerating Narrative flow, and that inflection point in profoundly important in game-playing. The long grey slide of the Entropic Ending begins.



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Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Honors Dead Saudi King With Essay Competition - Here's Our Entry

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey has, according to Politico, asked The National Defense University to establish an essay and research competition focused on the Middle East in honor of Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah. How very generous for America's top uniformed military leader to recognize such a leader of another nation... Though no details of the prize are available, we thought we would take a stab (figuratively) at an essay...



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