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As Vancouver's Housing Market Implodes, Furious Chinese Envoy Slams Real Estate Tax

China’s top envoy in British Columbia slammed the Canadian province’s new 15% tax on foreign home buyers, questioning the justification behind the hastily imposed measure. "Why a 15 percent tax? Why now? Why this rate? What’s the purpose? Will it work?" Liu Fei, China’s infuriated consul general in Vancouver.

"Evidence Points To Another Snowden At The NSA"

"Rather than the NSA hacking tools being snatched as a result of a sophisticated cyber operation by Russia or some other nation, it seems more likely that an employee stole them. If Snowden could not have stolen the hacking tools, there are indications that after he departed in May 2013, someone else did, possibly someone assigned to the agency’s highly sensitive Tailored Access Operations."

Germans Furious After Bundesbank Demands People Work Until Age 69

There's something rotten in Denmark's neighbor. Amid rising islamic terror incidents, Merkel denies any link to her immigration policies... but the government suggests the citizenry arm itself and stash 10 days worth of food and water "in case of attack or emergency," and now, despite constant proclamations of Germany's economy at the heart of European economic 'strength', the Bundesbank is calling for people to work until they are 69 (up from the current retirement age of 62)... and neither the government nor the people are happy.

Multipolar World Order: Economics Vs. Politics

The transition from a unipolar to a multipolar reality has already changed many aspects of international relations. A revolution that will change everything like nothing in recent history is taking place, forever altering the delicate balance upon which international relations hitherto rested.

The Marginal Buyer Holds The Pin That Pops Every Asset Bubble

The person willing to pay top dollar is called the "marginal buyer". Most of us don't really think about him much, but he (or she) is very, very important. Why? Because the marginal buyer not only determines price levels, but also their stability and degree of volatility. The behavior of the marginal buyer, as well as the degree of competition for his/her "top dog" spot, sets the prices of nearly every asset class held by today's investors.

Democrats Brace For More Leaks As Pelosi Changes Cell Number After Barrage Of "Obscene, Sick Calls"

Following the Friday night dump of Democratic files released by the hacker Guccifer 2.0, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that after receiving "scores of mostly obscene and sick calls, voicemails and text messages", she  she was forced to change her number.  Pelosi added that she was on a flight to from Florida to California when the information was released, and received the unwanted messages upon landing.

 

Is Trump Deliberately Throwing The Election To Clinton?

"I am not saying that I believe Donald Trump is trying to throw the election to Hillary Clinton, but I am saying this is a prospect that is now worth seriously considering if the endless series of Trump blunders and gaffes continues."

Frontrunning: August 12

  • Stocks Hit New Highs, and That Could Be Just the Start (WSJ)
  • China Slows as Stimulus Impact Wanes (WSJ)
  • How the China Shock, Deep and Swift, Spurred the Rise of Trump (WSJ)
  • Italian Economy Unexpectedly Stagnates in Threat to Renzi (BBG)
  • Clinton disparages Trump's economic plan, vows to help workers (Reuters)

Memo To The Donald - 10 Great 'Deals' To Save America Before It's Too Late

Unfortunately, it appears too late to reverse the tidal wave of system failure that has been brewing for three decades now. But there is a sliver of hope.If Donald Trump is elected, eschews a law and order crusade and does not capitulate to the destructive policies of the Wall Street/Washington/bicoastal establishment, there is a way forward..

Frontrunning: August 3

  • European bank rebound not enough to save world stocks from further losses (Reuters)
  • Republican rift widens as Trump declines to endorse Ryan, McCain (Reuters)
  • New Rough Patch for Trump Campaign Roils Republicans as Defections Grow (WSJ)
  • Obama says Trump unfit to be president (FT)
  • World’s Largest Oil Hedge Set to Make Billions for Mexican State (BBG)