Reality

FBI: US Homicide Rate At 51-Year Low

The US homicide rate in 2014, the most recent year available, was 4.5 per 100,000 - the lowest since 1963. So, do more guns equal more crime? The data would seem to indicate the answer is "obviously not." Nevertheless, President Obama called on The Senate this afternoon to "rise to the moment" and pass gun control...

What The First 100 Days After Brexit Would Look Like

Before dawn on June 24, if an exit vote becomes clear, the EU’s top brass from Berlin to Brussels will be forced into damage control. In echoes of the Greek debt crisis, euro-area finance ministers may hold an emergency meeting as soon as that evening. Wild swings in the pound, more aggressive interventions by the Swiss National Bank and a ratcheting up of global instability rank as likely market reactions.

These Are The Banks That Would Be Hardest Hit In The Event Of A Brexit

The problems that UK banks will encounter would be twofold: they would potentially lose access to European markets; and the next wave of concern would be presumably a weaker pound accompanied by higher interest rates - the latter hurting those who are already highly indebted. With Brexit odds at an all-time high, here is a succinct overview of the banks that would be the most affected should the UK vote to leave.

Violence Begets Violence: The Orlando Shootings And The War On Terror

We can rail against ISIS, hate crimes, terror threats, Islamic radicalization, gun control and national security. We can blame Muslims, lax gun laws, a homophobic culture and a toxic politic environmental. But until we start addressing the U.S. government’s part in creating, cultivating and abetting domestic and global terrorism - and hold agencies accountable for importing and exporting violence, breeding extremism and generating blowback, which then gets turned loose on an unsuspecting American populace - we’ll be no closer to putting an end to the violence than we were 15 years ago when nearly 3,000 individuals were killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

"When The Dragon Roars" - ASEAN Officials Unleash Statement Critical Of China... Then Immediately Retract

"We expressed our serious concerns over recent and ongoing developments, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and which may have the potential to undermine peace, security and stability in the South China Sea." That is what was said in a statement issued by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)... before it was immediately retracted.

How Will You Cope With A Lower Standard Of Living?

The forces are mounting that will eventually overwhelm most Americans and send their standard of living to unknown depths. Americans that have only known the post WWII prosperity are ill equipped and educated to deal with depression level living. Easy credit and instant gratification have created a nation of whining, self absorbed, entitlement minded people with no moral or mental toughness.

Homeland Security Issues Terrorism Advisory Alert

Just days after the State Department issued a travel alert for European visitors (due to the threat of terrorism), it appears the Orlando massacre has pushed The Department of Homeland Security to do the same domestically. For the next five months, DHS warns "we are particularly concerned about homegrown violent extremists who could strike with little or no notice," adding that "increased public vigilance and awareness continue to be of utmost importance."

JPMorgan CIO Crushes Cameron's Scaremongery: Brexit "Hardly The Stuff Of Economic Calamity"

First The Telegraph, then The Sun, and today The Spectator all came out on the "Leave" side of the Brexit debate. However, perhaps even more shocking to the establishment is the CIO of a major bank's asset management arm dismissing the apparent carnage that Cameron, Obama, and Osborne have declared imminent, warning that, "many articles on the Brexit vote overstate its risks and consequences." As JPM's Michael Cembalest adds, the reality is "hardly the stuff that economic calamity is made of." As The Spectator concludes, "the history of the last two centuries can be summed up in two words: democracy matters."

How Low Can Bond Yields Go? Lower

How low can bond yields go? Every day seems to provide fresh evidence that we really don’t know. But whatever your answer, between the gravitational pull of central bank debt purchases and a slowing global economy, the reality is: probably lower.

Islam & The West: Irreconcilable Conflict?

While we fight side-by-side to annihilate our common enemies, ISIS and al-Qaida, the West should give up the idea of democratization and secularization of the Islamic world. And those who believe Islam is the one true faith, to which all of mankind must eventually submit, should be told that they are welcome as visitors — but not as immigrants. For that would ensure endless conflict. The more Islamic the West becomes, the less it remains the West.

Keynesian Triumph: Americans Are Broke

So here we are. After decades of what essentially could be called a new “Industrial Revolution” with the advent of computers and the internet, the US government has managed through its monetary authorities and through its other policies to decimate savings and leave millions of Americans financially vulnerable. It has been no accident.