Reality

Where Are We In The Business Cycle: A Troubling Chart From Morgan Stanley

According to Morgan Stanley, 2017 will be a year in which odds of a boom and bust have materially increased, consistent with a late-cycle US environment. So late, in fact, that one look at the chart below shows the US cycle has not only plateaued but is now stalling and is turning over.

Ron Paul Tells Trump: "To Really 'Make America Great Again', End The Fed!"

Former Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher recently gave a speech identifying the Federal Reserve’s easy money/low interest rate policies as a source of the public anger that propelled Donald Trump into the White House. Mr. Fisher is certainly correct that the Fed’s policies have “skewered” the middle class. However, the problem is not specific Fed policies, but the very system of fiat currency managed by a secretive central bank.

OPEC "Optimism" Sparks Sudden Oil Spike

Following news over the weekend of cancelled meetings, Saudi dropping out, and disagreement over who will bear the brunt of any cuts, oil prices had faded notably (testing towards a $44 handle). But then, someone unleashed the algo-friendly 'O' word and prices spiked... Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi is optimistic a deal will be reached - sending WTI up close to $47 and into the green from Friday's close.

Geopolitical Overhaul: What Will A Post-Obama World Look Like?

Debt reduction and the visible reduction of what is seen internationally as overbearing statism in the U.S. economy will be critical to building back long-term U.S. global capabilities. The U.S. has not seen such an opportunity for strategic reversal since the Reagan Administration. But only if the incoming Administration adheres to the principles which won it the election, and avoids the compromises which the bureaucratic base of government will attempt to force on it to avoid disruption of the status quo.

Google Maps Briefly Renames Trump Tower To "Dump Tower"

On Saturday night, anyone seeking to find the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York was met with an unexpected result: the Trump residence and transition campaign HQ was briefly renamed “Dump Tower” on Google Maps. The unofficial new name didn’t last too long, however, with the president-elect’s transition headquarters completely removed shortly after.

The Washington Post: Useful-Idiot Shills For A Failed, Frantic Status Quo That Has Lost Control Of The Narrative

Labeling everyone who dissents or questions the ruling elite's narrative as tools of an enemy power is classic McCarthy-era witch-hunting, i.e. a broad-brush way of marginalizing and silencing critics with an accusation that is easy to fabricate but difficult to prove. Such unsupported slander is a classic propaganda technique. It has more in common with Nazi propaganda than with real journalism.

"We're Players In Several Giant Games Of Chicken..."

"The half-life of whatever OPEC does or doesn’t do is measured in days... weeks at most... Dollar up is bad. Dollar down is good. I don’t know how to say it more plainly than that, and all the Belief in the world about tax reform and repealing Dodd-Frank and all that doesn’t change this reality... Maybe you see that and maybe you don’t. I can promise you, though, that China sees it."

The Power Struggle Unfolding Before Our Eyes

A remarkably diverse array of “explanations” of Donald Trump’s presidential election victory have been aired, representing both the conventional political spectrum and well beyond...