The untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has predictably created a political firestorm. Republicans and Democrats, eager to take advantage of an opening on the Supreme Court, have been quick to advance their ideas about Scalia’s replacement. This is yet another spectacle, not unlike the carnival-like antics of the presidential candidates, to create division, dissension and discord and distract the populace from the nation’s steady march towards totalitarianism.
Frustrated with what he believes is a presidental race gone off the rails, Michael Bloomberg is set to make a run at the White House as an independent candidate, multiple sources say. Although commentators are divided on the effect Bloomberg's entry would have on Trump and Sanders, one thing is certain: Hillary Clinton has the most to lose.
We apologize, but 2015 had so many negatives that we’re having trouble seeing the positives. It’s like we’re on the Titanic, and it’s tilting at an 85-degree angle with its propellers way up in the air, and we’re dangling over the cold Atlantic trying to tell ourselves: “At least there’s no waiting for the shuffleboard courts!” Are we saying that 2015 was the worst year ever? Are we saying it was worse than, for example, 1347, the year when the Bubonic Plague killed a large part of humanity? Yes, we are saying that.
As concerning and hateful as so much of Trump’s commentary is, we can at least be sure he speaks from his own twisted mind. This is precisely why he appeals to so many people in this day and age of completely captured politicians. People like the fact that every word out of his mouth hasn’t been carefully placed there by some billionaire patron. On the exact opposite end of that spectrum we find Marco Rubio. A man so incapable of free-thought, he becomes the ideal target for billionaires looking to craft the perfect puppet. Forget Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio is now the establishment GOP’s pick, and they will do everything in their power to get him the nomination.
Obamaworld is gone. We live again in an us-versus-them country in an us-versus-them world. And we shall likely never know another.
People are scared. They're scared to be accused of bigotry or racism, an ugly accusation that is easy to level but impossible to disprove. It's a lazy but effective method of intimidation.
Today marks a “major change in trend of monumental proportions," according to Martin Armstrong. The government will start to lose control and the lurking monster that is excess debt will rear its head. Today is the start of the "real" sovereign debt crisis - "this concentration of confidence in government marks the peak - from here on out, this will not be a video game - this is real."
“Unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late.”
- Jobs Report Could Seal the Deal on Rates (WSJ)
- The Jobs Report and the August Curse: Jobs Day Guide (BBG)
- Migrants hold out on Hungarian 'freedom train'; Orban says millions coming (Reuters)
- Migrant Crisis Divides Europe (WSJ)
- German industry orders fall in July on weak foreign demand (Reuters)
- Alibaba’s Jack Ma, Joe Tsai to Borrow $2 Billion Against Shares (WSJ)
- U.K. Retailers Post Worst Sales Decline Since Financial Crisis (BBG)
The Colorado Appeals Court ruled that the owners of a bakery do not have any right to control their property, and that they shall be forced to provide bakery services to a couple that the owner would rather not do business with. In other words, they have no property rights.
If a family disagreed as broadly as we Americans do on issues so fundamental as right and wrong, good and evil, the family would fall apart, the couple would divorce, and the children would go their separate ways. Something like that is happening in the country. A secession of the heart has already taken place in America, and a secession, not of states, but of people from one another, caused by divisions on social, moral, cultural, and political views and values, is taking place. America is disuniting.
- Greece and China expose limits of 'whatever it takes' (Reuters)
- China no longer has a market: China Stock Sellers Frozen Out of 71% of Market (BBG)
- China’s Market Rescue Makes Matters Worse as Prices Lose Meaning (BBG)
- China Stocks Plunge as State Support Fails to Revive Confidence (BBG)
- China Market Rout Spreads From Stocks to Price of Pig Food (BBG)
- China’s State-Owned Firms Ordered Not to Cut Share Holdings (BBG)
- Greece Requests Three-Year Bailout in First Step Toward Meeting Creditors’ Demand (WSJ)
- Greece Faces Euro Exit Unless Demands Accepted by Sunday (BBG)
- China’s Stocks Enter Bear Market as Rate Cut Fails to Stop Rout (BBG)
- Stocks Tumble Around the World on Greek Crisis (WSJ)
- Some say back to the drachma for a Greek reboot (Reuters)
- Greece Imposes Capital Controls as Fears of Grexit Grow (BBG)
- Panic Sets in Among Hardy Hedge Fund Investors Remaining in Greece (NYT)
- Euro off Greece-driven lows after SNB intervenes (Reuters)
- Western Union to close in Greece for rest of week (Reuters)
- European banks, bonds shaken by Greek turmoil (Reuters)