Corruption

How The New York Times Plays With History

Whenever The New York Times or some other mainstream news outlet holds itself out as a paragon of professional journalism – by wagging a finger at some pro-Trump “fake news” or some Internet “conspiracy theory” – I cringe at the self-delusion and hypocrisy. Rather than acting as a watchdog against these deceptions, the Times and its mainstream fellow-travelers have transformed themselves into little more than the Establishment’s apologists and propagandists.

Brazilians Stunned By Death Of Supreme Court Justice Ahead Of "Explosive Testimony"

The death of Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki who had presided over the sprawling "Carwash" corruption scandal, and who died yesterday in a freak airplane crash has sent shockwaves both around the globe and in Brazil, because while few in polite company will discuss it, it has opened the possibility of political assassinations as a means of "quieting" legal proceedings.

Frontrunning: January 20

  • How Trump Aims to Broadly Reshape Policy (WSJ)
  • Trump Calls for Unity at Opening Concert as Inaugural Festivities Begin (NYT)
  • Trump Takes the Reins of a Deeply Divided Nation (BBG)
  • Washington braces for anti-Trump protests, New Yorkers march (Reuters)
  • After the Parties, a Protest for the Ages (WSJ)

Frontrunning: January 19

  • Yellen speech bolsters dollar after Trump's mixed messages (Reuters)
  • Draghi Set to Face Questions on ECB Bond Purchases (WSJ)
  • Davos CEOs 'go local' on supply chain in Trump era (Reuters)
  • Oil and Trump: Russians full of optimism (Reuters)
  • Biggest Opposition Party Ready to Topple Swedish Government (BBG)
  • The Mortgage Market’s $1 Trillion Pocket of Worry (WSJ)

Nothing Is Real: When Reality TV Programming Masquerades As Politics

"There are two ways by which the spirit of a culture may be shriveled. In the first - the Orwellian - culture becomes a prison. In the second - the Huxleyan - culture becomes a burlesque." Indeed, Donald Trump may be the smartest move yet by the powers-that-be to keep the citizenry divided and at each other’s throats, because as long as we’re busy fighting each other, we’ll never manage to present a unified front against tyranny in any form.

Chinese Province Admits It Fabricated Economic Data For Three Years

China's sverely impacted rust-belt province of Liaoning fabricated fiscal numbers from 2011 to 2014, local officials admitted, raising doubts about the accuracy of China’s economic data just days ahead of the release of the nation’s GDP report due on Friday. The data were made up "because officials wanted to advance their careers."

Frontrunning: January 18

  • Business euphoria over Trump gives way to caution, confusion (Reuters)
  • Biden Lashes Out at Trump Over Comments on NATO (WSJ)
  • Number of House Democrats Skipping Inauguration Grows (WSJ)
  • Rising U.S. shale-oil output threatens OPEC’s production pact (MW)
  • China urges U.S. to bar Taiwan delegation from Trump inauguration (Reuters)
  • IEA Sees Significant Gains in U.S. Shale Oil as Prices Rise (BBG)

"Common Sense" - Addressed To The Inhabitants Of 2017 America

The election of Trump did not mark the end for the Deep State, but just the beginning of the end. Just as Paine’s Common Sense denoted the beginning of a long string of bloody trials and tribulations, Trump’s ascendency has marked the beginning of a battle – with the outcome dependent upon our response to the clashes ahead. It's unclear if Trump supporters realize how abnormal, deviant, and despicable their opponents are. Blood will be spilled. Violence will beget violence. The country is already split and the divide will only grow wider. Someone will win and someone will lose. Our choices will matter.