The Election Has Been Hacked: The Dismal Reality Of Having No Real Electoral Choices

Politics is a game, a joke, a hustle, a con, a distraction, a spectacle, a sport, and for many devout Americans, a religion. It is a political illusion aimed at persuading the citizenry that we are free, that our vote counts, and that we actually have some control over the government when in fact, we are prisoners of a police state. In other words, it’s a sophisticated ruse aimed at keeping us divided and fighting over two parties whose priorities are exactly the same so that we don’t join forces and do what the Declaration of Independence suggests, which is to throw the whole lot out and start over.

America Is Being Divided And Conquered Into Oblivion

"The single event that changed my life more than any other was TARP, aka the banker bailouts. The unfairness, extreme greed and selfishness with which the status quo bailed out financial criminals while leaving the public high and dry changed me forever. When it comes to shaping American history, it is equal in importance to the attacks of 9/11. I couldn’t contemplate why government officials were putting so much money and energy into bailing out people like me, while ignoring everyone else. It felt irrational, unethical and dirty."

Netflix Plummets As Growth Story Comes To A Halt: Company Says "We Are Not Growing As Fast As We Would Lke"

While NFLX moments ago reported Q2 EPS of $0.09 that beat expectations $0.03, the reasons the stock is plunging after hours is because it appears that Netflix growth story is officially over, and not just because the company guided far lower on international net additions, but because as the Company itself admitted, "we are growing, but not as fast as we would like or have been. Disrupting a big market can be bumpy, but the opportunity ahead is as big as ever and we continue to improve every aspect of our business"

Goldman Tells Clients To Start Buying Gold; Raises Price Target By $100

"We are raising our gold price targets to $1300/toz, 1280/toz and $1250/toz on a 3/6/12 month basis from $1200/toz, $1180/toz and $1150/toz respectively. We also upgrade our year average forecasts to $1260/toz, $1261/toz and $1250/toz from $1202/toz, $1150/toz and $1150/toz for 2016/17/18 respectively."

Frontrunning: April 27

  • Trump, Clinton press closer to general election showdown (AP)
  • Acela primaries: Winners, losers (Hill)
  • Trump Says He's `Presumptive Nominee' as Clinton Wins Four (BBG)
  • In the battle for Hollywood endorsements - and cash - Clinton rules (Reuters)
  • U.S. Oil Rises Above $45 a Barrel for First Time Since November (BBG)
  • Spin: Near-Zero Growth Happens Often in Slow-Motion U.S. Economy (BBG)

YHOO Pumps'n'Dumps After Multiple Bidders Appear

While YHOO shares have jumped after the announcement of several potential bidders (including Time Inc, Verizon, Bain, TPG, and Google), it has merely recovered the day's losses.

Markets Surge On Chinese Debt Flood; Worst European PMI In Over A Year; Crashing Pound

Propped up by the Chinese central bank and by a generous Chinese finance ministry, with further hopes a backsliding European economy will mean even more easing by Draghi, the risk on mood is back: "People are willing to take risk again,” Karl Goody, a private wealth manager at Shaw and Partners Ltd. in Sydney told Bloomberg. “People are looking at the selloff this year and saying: enough is enough, there’s been enough pain now."

Frontrunning: February 17

  • Futures rise as oil gains hold steady (Reuters)
  • China promises economic stability as G20, parliament loom (Reuters)
  • Obama scolds Senate Republicans for Supreme Court threat (Reuters)
  • China Deploys Missiles on Disputed South China Sea Island (WSJ)
  • China Ramps Up Rhetoric, Plans New Steps to Juice Up Economy (BBG)
  • China Loses Control of the Economic Story Line (WSJ)