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Key Events In The "OPEC Is Optimistic About A Deal" Week

The key economic releases this week are consumer confidence on Tuesday, ISM manufacturing on Thursday, and the employment report on Friday. There are a few scheduled speaking engagements from Fed officials this week. The Beige Book for the December FOMC period will be released on Wednesday.

"The Outcome Is Undeniable" - Global Debt Investors Face Reality Of A World Devoid Of Options

A recent, reluctant re-viewing of the film, 'Silence of the Lambs', fed fresh food for thought. The image of captives rejecting their freedom brought to mind another flock of corralled and stunned lambs - bond market investors. They too have been given the opportunity to escape their fate. But so many choose instead to stay. Such is the reality of a world devoid of options, with time ticking ruthlessly by.

A Look Inside Key West's Battle To Prevent Release Of GMO Mosquitos

We’ve all heard of the Zika virus. What you probably haven’t heard of is British biotechnology company Oxitec, purchased last year by billionaire Randal Kirk. A company that has released A. aegypti killing GMO mosquitos in at least Brazil, Malaysia, Panama and the Grand Cayman islands. The company also planned a release in the Florida Keys, but has thus far been stopped by a group of determined activists.

"Sometimes Party Loyalty Asks Too Much" - Lifelong Establishment Democrat Urges Voters To Support Trump

"...I believe my party has become the party of the elites and moneyed class and has deserted its historic mission as the party of the working class and disadvantaged.Given my level of discomfort with the current leftist orientation of the Democratic Party, I am now supporting Republican nominee Donald Trump for president. I urge my fellow Democrats to vote for Mr. Trump."

Frontrunning: September 1

  • Global shares snap losing streak as oil ends its decline (Reuters)
  • Trump returns to hardline position on illegal immigration (Reuters)
  • U.S., others agreed to 'secret' exemptions for Iran after nuclear deal (Reuters)
  • China’s Factory Gauge Unexpectedly Rises to Highest Since 2014 (BBG)
  • Weak Pound Drives U.K. Factories Back From Brexit Shock (BBG)
  • Elon Musk Faces Cash Squeeze at Tesla, SolarCity (WSJ)

The Real Existential Threats Of 2016

"If one belongs to that third of the nation that pays no income taxes but receives copious benefits, why would you vote for a party that will cut taxes you don’t pay, but take away benefits you do receive?" And so they did, and so they do. But this is a game that cannot go on forever.

Frontrunning: July 22

  • Global stocks fall, UK PMIs flash Brexit recession warning (Reuters)
  • Trump's greatest hits, all in one speech (Reuters)
  • Donald Trump Accepts GOP Nomination, Promises to Fix America (WSJ)
  • Trump's America Grows More Ominous Over 13-Month Run (BBG)
  • Hillary Clinton: unwitting star of the Republican convention (FT)
  • Clinton faces pressure to pick VP who is tough on trade, Wall Street (Reuters)

"My Own People Hate Me!" - Black Brooklyn Cop Slams "False Narrative Of Black Lives Matter"

"I haven’t slept well in the past few nights. Heartbreak weighs me down, rage flows through my veins, and tears fills my eyes. I realized...  Black Lives do not matter to most black people. Only the lives that make the national news matter to them. Only the lives that are taken at the hands of cops or white people, matter. The other thousands of lives lost, the other black souls that I along with every cop, have seen taken at the hands of other blacks, do not matter."

Which Countries Have The Most Immigrants?

Immigration is now at the center of American and British politics. Trump and Farage see immigration as an existential threat. But do the United Kingdom and the United States have especially large foreign-born populations? Is the number of foreign-born residents in those countries rising at rates faster than in other countries? And how is the composition of the foreign-born population changing?

Upon Completing The World's Largest Radio Telescope, China Will Now Be Listening For Aliens

China has now completed construction on the world's largest radio telescope. The Single-Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) as it is known, is an enormous dish made up of 4,450 reflector panels with a diameter of a half a kilometer. The task of the telescope? Simple - it is to be used to look for intelligent (or otherwise) life in deep outer space. Once operational, FAST will be able to detect radio signals from as far away as one thousand light years - evidently that's where the aliens are... and perhaps China is hoping trade with them will save the world.