Russia is a 3rd world country with Nuclear Weapons. Don't worry about them being a threat to your home network anytime soon. They aren't hacking US elections. They have serious problems to solve first.
Underfunded government pensions to the tune of $1.3 trillion, with a gap that just can’t be filled, is the ticking time bomb facing the US economy which faces dramatic cuts in public services - and potentially riots reminiscent of Athens six years ago - according to former Federal Reserve advisor Danielle DiMartino Booth.
Let the hoi polloi cast a meaningless vote, so they have the illusion of being in control. Instead of seeing themselves as subjects, they’ll think they’re “we the people,” who actually have some say in what happens. That way they’ll pay their taxes willingly, enthusiastically sign on to aggressive wars on the other side of the world against people they know nothing about, and generally do as they’re told. Because it’s supposed to be patriotic. “Democracy” is a much more effective scam for controlling the plebs than kingship or dictatorship.
David Brock, recently described by Politico as “the Democrats’ dark-arts master,” has some explaining to do. His organization, Media Matters for America, has failed to report to the IRS over $1 million in sublet rental income from 2010 to 2014. David Brock and his allies are most likely pocketing that money for themselves.
President-elect Trump has until inauguration day to divest himself of all ownership interest (not just management) of the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. or he will be in violation of his lease, according to the agency in charge of government buildings. The lease, according to a letter from four Democrats, forbids elected officials from being party to the deal or receiving any of its benefits, makng the hotel the most visible potential conflicts of interest for Trump.
While it will hardly generate as much excitement as Kanye West's unexpected arrival at the Trump Tower, moments ago Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon and the Washington Post, a man many consider Trump's nemesis based on their "colored" past and Bezos' recent statement that Trump is 'eroding our democracy aroun the edges', arrived at Trump's 5th Avenue headquarters.
One serious predicament we face is that the current leaders in the halls of monetary and political power do not appear to understand the dimensions of our situation. The mind-boggling part about it is that the situation is easy to understand. Our collective predicament is simply this: Nothing can grow forever.
In a quiet start to the week, European, and Asian stocks fell with S&P futures fractionally in the red, as Chinese markets tumbled the most since June and crude oil surged, even as the Nikkei erased all losses for 2016 on continued weakness in the Yen.