http://www.zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml/news/grant-williams-simplicity-owning-gold en Arab States Issue 13 Demands To Qatar - Include Unfriending Iran, Shutting Down Al-Jazeera And Nixing Turkish Base http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-23/arab-states-issue-13-demands-qatar-include-unfriending-iran-shutting-down-al-jazeera <p><img width="500" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/06/NCS_modified20170605164125MaxW640imageVersiondefaultAR-170609671.jpg" height="334" /><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; color: #000000; text-transform: none; line-height: inherit; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: lucida_granderegular, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; word-spacing: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: normal; box-sizing: border-box; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-stretch: inherit; background-color: #ffffff; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Content originally published at&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; color: #1e439a; text-transform: none; line-height: 1.2; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: lucida_granderegular, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; word-spacing: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: normal; box-sizing: border-box; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-stretch: inherit; background-color: #ffffff; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit;" href="http://ibankcoin.com/">iBankCoin.com</a></p> <p>Two days after the US State Department <strong><a href="http://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/2017/06/20/u-s-state-department-mystified-by-continued-qatar-embargo-questions-motives/#sthash.SWjy2rZP.dpbs" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">formally inquired</span></span></a></strong> about WTF is going on between Arab States and Qatar,&nbsp;the countries of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Baahrain, and the&nbsp;UAE&nbsp;sent a list of 13&nbsp;demands to the tiny&nbsp;Gulf nation to be met <strong>within 10 days</strong> in order to lift their total blockade of the country. Among them - reducing diplomatic ties with Iran, shutting down broadcaster Al Jazeera (and affiliates), and immediately cease working to open a Turkish military base announced in <a href="https://www.voanews.com/a/turkey-opens-first-middle-east-military-base-in-qatar/3323653.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">May of 2016</span></span></a>. Also interesting is the demand that Qatar give up their intel on terrorist groups they have supported and&nbsp;"<strong>provide all databases related to oppositionists...</strong>" (Scroll down for full list of demands)</p> <p>This formal list comes on the heels of a&nbsp;June 6th rumor that&nbsp;Arab States issued a&nbsp;<a href="http://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/2017/06/06/qatar-given-24-hour-ultimatum-by-saudi-arabia-to-meet-10-conditions-or-else/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">list of 10 demands</span></span></a> to be fulfilled within 24 hours, however Qatar said they never received them according to <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/qatar-list-grievances-saudi-arabia-170618044036581.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">Al Jazeera journalists</span></span></a> who are now dusting off their resumes.</p> <p><strong>Embargo</strong></p> <p>On June 5th, news broke that Bahrain, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt had cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar over accusations of 'spreading chaos' by 'funding terrorism and supporting Iran' - shutting&nbsp;down all land, sea, and air crossings&nbsp;with the tiny energy-rich nation that has the highest per capita income in the world.&nbsp;Qatari visitors and residents&nbsp;were given&nbsp;two weeks to leave&nbsp;- while&nbsp;diplomats had just&nbsp;48 hours.</p> <p><a href="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/06/qater.png"><img width="589" class="aligncenter wp-image-8909" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/06/qater.png" height="307" /></a></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>While&nbsp;Qatar has been friendly with Iran for years,&nbsp;the prelude to the embargo began after&nbsp;a<strong> broadcast </strong>which showed Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani&nbsp;speaking with no audio - and scrolling text at the bottom of the screen&nbsp;which stated his support for Iran and terrorist groups. <strong>Qatar claims the broadcast was 'hacked.'</strong></p> <p>After the broadcast, Saudi Arabia and the UAE blocked Qatari news organization <strong>Al-Jazeera</strong>.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>Amid Qatar’s denials, Saudi-owned satellite television networks immediately began airing repeated stories about the disputed comments. <strong>By early Wednesday morning, those living in the UAE and subscribers to local cable providers couldn’t access the channels of Al-Jazeera</strong>, the pan-Arab satellite broadcaster based in the Qatari capital, Doha.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Attempts to reach its websites brought up a warning from the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority saying the site <strong>“contains content that is prohibited.”</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In Saudi Arabia, <strong>internet users also found Al-Jazeera websites blocked </strong>with a warning from the kingdom’s Culture and Information Ministry.</p> <p>-<em>WaPo</em></p> </blockquote> <p><span style="color: #ff6600;"><strong>Full List of demands</strong></span> (translated by <a href="https://twitter.com/hxhassan" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">@hxhassan</span></span></a>)</p> <p>1. Qatar must reduce diplomatic representation with Iran</p> <p>2. Qatar must immoderately shut down the Turkish military base that is being established</p> <p>3. Qatar must announce severance of ties with terrorist, ideological &amp; sectarian orgs: MB, ISIS, AQ, HTS, Hizbollah</p> <p>4. Qatar must cease any funding activities to extremist and terrorist individuals</p> <p>5. Qatar must hand over all designated terrorists</p> <p>6. Qatar must shut down Al Jazeera and all affiliated channels</p> <p>7. Qatar must stop interference in these countries' domestic andforeign affairs; stop naturalisation of their citizens; extradite such citizens</p> <p>8. Qatar must provide <strong>reparations to these countries for any opportunity costs incurred over the past few years because of Qatari policies. </strong>(How do they even begin to comply with this in 10 days?)</p> <p>9. Qatar must become in sync with its Gulf and Arab neighbourhood on all levels, and to activate Riyadh Agreement 2013/2014</p> <p>10. Qatar must provide all databases related to oppositionists that it provided support to &amp; clarify what help was provided.</p> <p>11. Qatar must all media outlets backed by it directly or indirectly, like Arabi21, Rasd, New Arab, Middle East Eye, Mkamlin, Sharq etc</p> <p>12. These demands must be agreed within 10 days, otherwise they would be invalidated.</p> <p>13. 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border-style: solid; height: 2843px; width: 600px;" /></a></div> <div><em>Courtesy of: <a href="http://www.visualcapitalist.com">Visual Capitalist</a></em></div> <p><a href="http://www.visualcapitalist.com/happens-trading-market-crash/"><em>As Visual Capitalist&#39;s Jeff Desjardins notes,</em></a> these temporary halts in trading, or &ldquo;circuit breakers&rdquo;, are measures approved by the SEC to calm down markets in the event of extreme volatility. The rules apply to NYSE, Nasdaq, and OTC markets, and were put in place following the events of Black Monday in 1987.</p> <h2><u>CIRCUIT BREAKER RULES</u></h2> <p>Previously, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was the bellwether for such market interventions.</p> <p>However, the most recent rules apply to the whole market when a precipitous drop in the S&amp;P 500 occurs:</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/06/14/20170622_crash1.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/06/14/20170622_crash1.jpg" style="width: 601px; height: 183px;" /></a></p> <p>Upon reaching each of the two first thresholds, a 15-minute halt in trading is prompted. This is the case unless the drop happens in the last 35 minutes of trading.</p> <p>Upon reaching the third threshold (-20% drop in S&amp;P 500), the day&rsquo;s trading is stopped altogether.</p> <h2><u>CAN CIRCUIT BREAKERS STOP A MARKET CRASH?</u></h2> <p>In theory, the use of circuit breakers can help curb panic-selling, as well as limit opportunities for massive gains (or losses) within a short time frame. Further, by creating a window where trading is paused, circuit breakers help make time for market makers and institutional traders to make rational decisions.</p> <p><strong>Regulators and exchanges hope that all of this together will give investors a chance to calm down, preventing the next market crash.</strong></p> <p>But do circuit breakers actually work? While they make logical sense, recent evidence from China paints a murkier picture.</p> <h2><u>THE ILLUSION OF SAFETY</u></h2> <p>In Paul Kedrosky&rsquo;s piece from The New Yorker, titled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/the-dubious-logic-of-stock-market-circuit-breakers">The Dubious Logic of Stock Market Circuit Breakers</a>, he makes some interesting points on the series of market crashes in China from late-2015 to early-2016.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><em><strong>To understand why circuit breakers can make markets less &lsquo;safe,&rsquo; imagine that you&rsquo;re a Chinese trader on a day when markets are approaching a five-per-cent decline. What do you do?</strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ndash; Paul Kedrosky, The New Yorker</p> </blockquote> <p>Kedrosky continues by explaining that a market participant in that situation would try to get as many sell orders in as possible, before the circuit breaker is triggered.</p> <p>Further, when the markets re-open, the same trader would again sell immediately to avoid the second breaker (which triggers an end in trading for the day). Each time the breakers get triggered,<em><u><strong> it creates a market memory of the events, and traders try to avoid future shutdowns by selling faster.</strong></u></em></p> <h2><u>PREPARATION IS KEY</u></h2> <p>Whether they work or not, it is essential for investors to understand the rules behind circuit breakers, as well as how markets think and react after these pauses in action.</p> <p><strong>In the event of a market crash, this preparation could help to make a difference.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="754" height="388" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170622_crash2.jpg?1498136553" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/visualizing-what-happens-trading-during-market-crash#comments 2015–16 Chinese stock market turbulence Black Monday Business China Circuit Breakers Dow 30 Dow Jones Industrial Average Economy Finance Financial markets Market Crash Money NASDAQ New York Stock Exchange Order OTC S&P 500 Share trading Stock market Stock market crashes Trading curb U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Volatility Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:15:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 598461 at http://www.zerohedge.com Everything You're Not Being Told About The US War Against ISIS In Syria http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/everything-youre-not-being-told-about-us-war-against-isis-syria <p><a href="http://theantimedia.org/isis-syria-war/"><em>Authored by Darius Shatahmasebi via TheAntiMedia.org,</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/06/22/20170622_isis.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/06/22/20170622_isis_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 309px;" /></a></p> <p>It&rsquo;s time to have a sane discussion regarding what is going on in Syria. <strong>Things have escalated exponentially over the past month or so, and they continue to escalate.</strong> The U.S. just<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40344534" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> shot down</a> yet <em>another</em> Iranian-made drone within Syrian territory on Tuesday, <strong>even as authorities <a href="https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1220818/dod-official-sole-focus-in-iraq-syria-remains-on-isis/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">insist</a> they <em>&ldquo;do not seek conflict with any party in Syria other than ISIS.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>Col. Ryan Dillon, chief U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, seemed to indicate that<strong> the coalition would avoid escalating the conflict following<a href="http://theantimedia.org/russia-us-jets-syria-targets/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> Russia&rsquo;s warning</a> that it will now treat American aircraft as potential targets.</strong> He<a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/19/middleeast/syrian-warplane-shot-down-russia-condemns/index.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> stated</a>:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><em>&ldquo;As a result of recent encounters involving pro-Syrian regime and Russian forces, </em><em>we have taken prudent measures to reposition aircraft over Syria so as to continue targeting ISIS forces while ensuring the safety of our aircrews given known threats in the battlespace.&rdquo;</em></p> </blockquote> <p><u><strong>So what is really going on in Syria?</strong></u> <strong><em>Is the U.S. actually seeking an all-out confrontation with Syria, Iran, and Russia?</em></strong></p> <p><strong>The first thing to note is that a policy switch under the Trump administration has seen the U.S. rely<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/05/09/in-blow-to-u-s-turkey-ties-trump-administration-approves-plan-to-directly-arm-syrian-kurds-against-islamic-state/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> heavily on Kurdish fighters</a> on the ground as opposed to the radical Gulf-state backed&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/20/most-syrian-rebels-sympathise-with-isis-says-thinktank">Islamist rebels</a>, which the U.S. and its allies had been using in their proxy war for over half a decade.</strong> Even the Obama administration designated the Kurds the<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33690060" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> most effective fighting force</a> against ISIS and partnered with them from time to time, but Turkey&rsquo;s decision to directly strike these fighters complicates the matter <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/25/politics/turkey-bombs-kurds-iraq-us-concerned/index.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank">to this day</a>.</p> <p><strong>Further muddling the situation is the fact that the U.S. wants the Kurds to claim key Syrian cities after ISIS is defeated,<a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/sdf-launch-major-offensive-capture-isil-held-raqqa-170606072328034.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> including Raqqa</a>. </strong>However, the reason this complicates matters is that, as Joshua Landis, head of the Middle Eastern Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma<a href="https://qz.com/1009868/whats-really-going-on-in-americas-confrontation-with-russia-in-syria/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> explains</a>, the Kurds have &ldquo;no money&rdquo; nor do they have an air force.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><em>&ldquo;[T]hey&rsquo;ll be entirely dependent on the US Air Force from now to eternity, and the United States will be stuck in a quagmire, defending a new Kurdish state that America had partnered with to defeat [ISIL],&rdquo;</em> Landis said, as reported by <em>Quartz</em>.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>So what has the U.S. proposed as a solution to this perpetual dilemma?</strong> To put it simply, the U.S. is not only<a href="http://theantimedia.org/iranian-backed-troops-us-military-base-syria/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> training</a> the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to retain the vitally strategic border crossing area of al-Tanf, which, if owned and operated by the Syrian government,<a href="http://theantimedia.org/us-bombed-syrian-army/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> could link</a> Iran to Syria, Iraq, and right through to Hezbollah in Lebanon (incidentally, al-Tanf is the latest instance of the U.S. shooting down an Iranian-made drone took place).<strong> The U.S. is now also backing these Kurdish fighters to retake an area known as Deir ez-Zor.</strong></p> <p>The Syrian government retains an<a href="http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/05/24/are-the-u-s-and-iran-on-a-collision-course-in-syria/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> isolated outpost</a> at Deir ez-Zor, and<strong> the region is almost completely encircled by ISIS fighters. </strong>Just last week, a video<a href="http://theantimedia.org/video-us-allowing-isis-escape-syria/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> emerged</a> of convoys of ISIS fighters fleeing the war in Raqqa unscathed. <em>Anti-Media</em> speculated that these fighters were most likely headed towards Deir ez-Zor as<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/17/islamic-state-deir-ez-zor-syria-world-food-programme" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> they have done in the past</a>, and this area is now<a href="http://m.gulfnews.com/news/mena/syria/us-working-to-prevent-iranian-victory-in-syria-1.2041807" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> widely regarded</a> to be the scene of ISIS&rsquo; last stand in Syria.</p> <p><strong>The U.S. needs a strong ISIS presence in Deir ez-Zor to justify an offensive to retake the city, especially considering the fact that Syrian government troops are already present there.</strong> This is why the U.S. delivered<a href="http://theantimedia.org/5-times-us-helped-isis/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> airstrikes to stop government forces</a> from repelling ISIS fighters in an air raid in September of last year that reportedly lasted well over an hour and killed over 60 government troops.</p> <p>Deir ez-Zor is immensely important because it is home to Syria&rsquo;s largest oil fields. As <em>Quartz&nbsp;</em><a href="https://qz.com/1009868/whats-really-going-on-in-americas-confrontation-with-russia-in-syria/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">explains</a>, according to Landis, <strong>America&rsquo;s strategy is <em>&ldquo;for the Kurdish forces to take Deir al-Zour, the major regional city and the hub for its oil fields. That way, the Kurds would be able to afford to buy airplanes from the US, rather than require Washington to give them for free.</em><em>&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>As Iranian-backed militiamen &mdash; supported by Iranian-made drones &mdash;<a href="http://theantimedia.org/iranian-backed-troops-us-military-base-syria/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> amass</a> upon a U.S. training base in al-Tanf, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Syrian government and its allies will not want to cede strategic territory to the U.S. without a fight. At the very least, Iran intends to encircle al-Tanf and cut the U.S. off from the rest of Syria,<a href="http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/a-showdown-is-looming-between-the-us-syria-and-iran-at-tanf" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> rendering the base useless</a> for America&rsquo;s goals in the country.</p> <p><strong>However, Deir ez-Zor is where things could potentially get more heated than they already are between the U.S. and the pro-Assad alliance in al-Tanf and Raqqa.</strong></p> <p><strong>Russia, a staunch ally of Iran and Syria, is already bombing the areas around Deir ez-Zor in full preparation for this battle.</strong><a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-syria-leader-killed-russia-claims-air-strikes-abu-bakr-al-baghdadi-al-masri-al-beljiki-deir-a7795311.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank"><strong> </strong>According</a> to the <em>Independent</em>, Russia just claimed it killed <em>around 180 ISIS militants</em> and two prominent commanders, Abu Omar al-Belijiki and Abu Yassin al-Masri, very close to ISIS&rsquo; stronghold in Deir ez-Zor.</p> <p>Iran <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/18/middleeast/iran-launches-missiles-into-syria/index.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank">launched</a> a mid-range ballistic missile attack on a position in Deir ez-Zor over the weekend, as well.<a href="http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/tensions-rise-as-russia-iran-send-warnings-after-us-shoots-down-syrian-warplane" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> According</a> to <em>Military Times</em>, Iranian officials said the purpose of the strike was to send a message to the United States and Saudi Arabia and have warned of more strikes to come, with former Guard chief Gen. Mohsen Rezai &mdash; an Iranian politician &mdash; stating &ldquo;<em>[t]he bigger slap is yet to come.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>Landis believes these recent escalations only mark a &ldquo;gnashing of teeth and growling&rdquo; between the Russians and the Americans and that <strong>both powers are merely working out where the new boundaries will fall between American-backed forces and Syrian government forces.</strong></p> <p><u><strong>But there is a crucial difference between the Russian-led campaigns and the American-led campaigns within Syria</strong></u>: <u><em>Russia was<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34400193" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> invited</a> by the Syrian government and is not clearly not attempting to invade Syria in the traditional sense of the word, as they are relying on local troops to retake the territory that still belongs to the Syrian government. In contrast, the United States has invaded Syrian territory without authorization from Congress or the international community and has partnered with <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/10/middleeast/syria-us-turkey-trump-arms-kurds/index.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank">incredibly controversial</a> militias on the ground to claim Syrian territory, further partitioning the country and over-complicating an already convoluted battle arena.</em></u></p> <p><em><strong>And what will happen if Syria decides that the oil-hub area of Deir ez-Zor is too important to allow the U.S.-backed forces to take it away from them? </strong></em>The fact that Russia and Iran are already bombing this area speaks volumes as to its strategic value, and it seems increasingly unlikely that the pro-Assad alliance will give up the location freely.</p> <p>Further, having complete control of Deir ez-Zor without opening up the al-Tanf border to Syrian government control would make the liberation of Deir ez-Zor almost meaningless to Syria and its allies, as Deir ez-Zor would be cut off from the rest of Syria. <strong>The two offensives go hand in hand, and this is exactly why we see the war<a href="http://theantimedia.org/us-deploys-rocket-launcher-war-syria/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> escalating rapidly</a> on these two fronts.</strong></p> <p>Not to mention, Syrian Member of Parliament Ammar al-Asad reportedly just<a href="https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201706201054807836-syria-united-states-warplane-response/"> told</a> Russian state-owned <em>Sputnik</em> that <strong>the Syrian army will respond to America&rsquo;s provocative actions by conducting &ldquo;massive strikes&rdquo; on positions held by American-backed militants.</strong></p> <p>*&nbsp; *&nbsp; *</p> <p>An <u><strong>optimist </strong></u>would view the recent developments in the humanitarian disaster that is the so-called Syrian revolution with the hope that the U.S., Iran, and Russia are merely muscle-flexing inside Syria in an attempt to control as much of the country as realistically possible following the downfall of ISIS &ndash; and will eventually settle amicably on a drawing of Syria&rsquo;s new boundaries.</p> <p>A <u><strong>pessimist </strong></u>might not be so hopeful, as Iran and China held<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-china-military-drill-idUSKBN1990EF" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> naval drills</a> in the Strait of Hormuz just days after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson<a href="http://theantimedia.org/regime-change-iran-tillerson-admits-us-policy/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> admitted</a> the U.S. is officially targeting Iran for a regime change operation.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="723" height="372" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170622_isis.jpg?1498178162" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/everything-youre-not-being-told-about-us-war-against-isis-syria#comments Asia China Congress Eastern Mediterranean Hizballah Iran Iraq ISIS Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Levant Mesopotamia Middle East Middle Eastern Studies Center Obama Administration Obama administration Oklahoma Politics Politics of Syria Rex Tillerson Saudi Arabia Syria Syrian army Syrian government Trump Administration Turkey Turkish involvement in the Syrian Civil War Turkish military intervention in Syria University of Oklahoma US Air Force War Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:30:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 598517 at http://www.zerohedge.com These Are America's Most Dangerous Cities http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/these-are-americas-most-dangerous-cities <p><strong>Given that 2016 was the worst year for homicides in nearly two decades in Chicago, it comes as little surprise that the city has a reputation as one of the most violent places in the United States.</strong></p> <p>Last year, there were 762 murders, 3,550 shooting incidents and 4,331 shooting victims with an average of 12 people shot every single day.</p> <p>In fact, the Windy City experienced more murders than New York and Los Angeles combined last year with <strong>the number of homicides there since 2001&nbsp;<a href="https://www.statista.com/chart/5788/murders-are-spiralling-out-of-control-in-chicago/" target="_blank">eclipsing U.S. war dead in Iraq and Afghanistan</a>&nbsp;by late November</strong>.</p> <p>However, <a href="https://www.statista.com/chart/9931/americas-most-dangerous-cities/">as Statista&#39;s Niall McCarthy notes,</a> <strong><em>even though it had more murders than any other U.S. city last year, is&nbsp;<a href="https://www.statista.com/topics/1750/violent-crime-in-the-us/" target="_blank">Chicago&#39;s violent reputation</a>&nbsp;entirely justified? </em></strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.statista.com/chart/9931/americas-most-dangerous-cities/" title="Infographic: America's Most Dangerous Cities | Statista"><img alt="Infographic: America's Most Dangerous Cities | Statista" src="https://infographic.statista.com/normal/chartoftheday_9931_america_s_most_dangerous_cities_n.jpg" style="height: 646px; width: 600px;" /></a></p> <p><em>You will find more statistics at <a href="https://www.statista.com/">Statista</a></em></p> <p>According to nonprofit news outlet The Trace, <strong>Chicago is actually far behind other major U.S. cities in homicides per 100,000 residents.</strong></p> <p>It found that <strong>between 2010 and 2015, New Orleans had a homicide rate of 46.9 per 100,000 inhabitants compared to just 16.4 in Chicago.</strong></p> <p>As bad a problem as Chicago has on its hands, <strong><em>this metric does show that many other cities actually have higher levels of violence.</em></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="714" height="389" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170622_dead.jpg?1498177572" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/these-are-americas-most-dangerous-cities#comments Afghanistan Chicago Crime Crime in Chicago Crimes Criminal law Geography of Illinois Homicide Iraq Murder New Orleans Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:45:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 598516 at http://www.zerohedge.com "Tone Policing" And The Left's Anger Privelege http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/tone-policing-and-lefts-anger-privelege <p><a href="http://canadafreepress.com/article/anger-privilege?utm_source=newsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=how_the_asbestos_hysteria_led_to_the_grenfell_tragedy&amp;utm_term=2017-06-22"><em>Authored by Daniel Greenfield via CanadaFreePress.com,</em></a></p> <p><strong>If you want to know who has privilege </strong>in a society and who doesn&rsquo;t,<strong> follow the anger...</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/06/22/20170622_anger.jpg"><strong><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/06/22/20170622_anger.jpg" style="width: 433px; height: 157px;" /></strong></a></p> <p>There are people in this country who can safely express their anger. And those who can&rsquo;t.<strong> If you&rsquo;re angry that Trump won, your anger is socially acceptable. If you were angry that Obama won, it wasn&rsquo;t.</strong></p> <p><strong>James Hodgkinson&rsquo;s rage was socially acceptable.</strong> It continued to be socially acceptable until he crossed the line into murder. And he&rsquo;s not alone. There&rsquo;s Micah Xavier Johnson, the Black Lives Matter cop-killer in Dallas, and Gavin Long, the Black Lives Matter cop-killer in Baton Rouge. If you&rsquo;re black and angry about the police, your anger is celebrated. If you&rsquo;re white and angry about the Terror travel ban, the Paris Climate treaty, ObamaCare repeal or any leftist cause, you&rsquo;re on the side of the angry angels. But if you&rsquo;re white and angry that your job is going to China or that you just missed being killed in a Muslim suicide bombing, your anger is unacceptable.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re an angry leftist, your party leader, Tom Perez will scream and curse into a microphone, and your aspiring presidential candidate, Kirsten Gillibrand, will curse along, to channel the anger of the base. <strong>But if you&rsquo;re an angry conservative, then Trump channeling your anger is &ldquo;dangerous&rdquo; because you aren&rsquo;t allowed to be angry.</strong></p> <p><strong>Not all anger is created equal. Some anger is privileged rage.</strong></p> <p>Good anger gets you a gig as a CNN commentator. Bad anger gets you hounded out of your job. Good anger isn&rsquo;t described as anger at all. Instead it&rsquo;s linguistically whitewashed as &ldquo;passionate&rdquo; or &ldquo;courageous&rdquo;. Bad anger however is &ldquo;worrying&rdquo; or &ldquo;dangerous&rdquo;. Angry left-wing protesters &ldquo;call out&rdquo;, angry right-wing protesters &ldquo;threaten&rdquo;. Good anger is left-wing. Bad anger is right-wing.</p> <p>Socially acceptable displays of anger, from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter riots to the anti-Trump marches to the furious campus protests, are invariably left-wing.</p> <p>Left-wing anger over the elections of Bush and Trump was sanctified. <strong>Right-wing outrage over Obama&rsquo;s victory was demonized. </strong>Now that left-wing anger led a Bernie Sanders volunteer to open fire at a Republican charity baseball practice outing. And the media reluctantly concedes that maybe both sides should moderate their rhetoric. Before listing examples that lean to the right like &ldquo;Lock her up&rdquo;.</p> <h3><u>Not all anger is created equal. Anger, like everything else, is ideologically coded</u></h3> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Why were chants of &ldquo;Lock her up&rdquo; immoderate, but not Bush era cries of &ldquo;Jail to the chief&rdquo;?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Why were Tea Party rallies &ldquo;ominous&rdquo; but the latest We Hate Trump march is &ldquo;courageous&rdquo;? </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Why is killing Trump on stage the hottest thing to hit Shakespeare while a rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask was hounded by everyone from the Lieutenant Governor of Missouri to the NAACP?</strong></p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Not all anger is created equal.</strong> Anger, like everything else, is ideologically coded. Left-wing anger is good because its ideological foundations are good. Right-wing anger is bad because its ideology is bad.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not the level of anger, its intensity or its threatening nature that makes it good or bad.</p> <p><strong>And that is why the left so easily slips into violence. </strong>All its ideological ends are good. Therefore its means, from mass starvation to gulags to riots and tyranny, must be good. <strong>If I slash your tires because of your Obama bumper sticker, I&rsquo;m a monster. But if you key my car because of my Trump bumper sticker, you&rsquo;re fighting racism and fascism. </strong>Your tactics might be in error, but your viewpoint isn&rsquo;t.</p> <p><strong>There are no universal standards of behavior.</strong> Civility, like everything else, is ideologically limited.</p> <h3><u>Tone policing is how the anger of privileged leftists is protected while the frustration of their victims is suppressed</u></h3> <p>Intersectionality frowns on expecting civil behavior from &ldquo;oppressed&rdquo; protesters. Asking that shrieking campus crybully not to scream threats in your face is <strong><em>&ldquo;tone policing&rdquo;</em></strong>. An African-American millionaire&rsquo;s child at Yale is fighting for her &ldquo;existence&rdquo;, unlike the Pennsylvania coal miner, the Baltimore police officer and the Christian florist whose existences really are threatened.</p> <p><strong>Tone policing is how the anger of privileged leftists is protected while the frustration of their victims is suppressed.</strong> The existence of tone policing as a specific term to protect displays of left-wing anger shows the collapse of civility into anger privilege. Civility has been replaced by a political entitlement to anger.</p> <p>The left prides itself on an unearned moral superiority (&ldquo;When they go low, we go high&rdquo;) reinforced by its own echo chamber even as it has become incapable of controlling its angry outbursts. The national tantrum after Trump&rsquo;s victory has all but shut down the government, turned every media outlet into a non-stop feed of conspiracy theories and set off protests that quickly escalated into street violence.</p> <p><strong>But Trump Derangement Syndrome is a symptom of a problem with the left that existed before he was born. The left is an angry movement.</strong> It is animated by an outraged self-righteousness whose moral superiority doubles as dehumanization. And its machinery of culture glamorizes its anger. The media dresses up the seething rage so that the left never has to look at its inner Hodgkinson in the mirror.</p> <h3><u>The angry left has gained a great deal of power</u></h3> <p>The left is as angry as ever. Campus riots and assassinations of Republican politicians are nothing new. What is changing is that its opponents are beginning to match its anger. The left still clings to the same anger it had when it was a theoretical movement with plans, but little impact on the country. The outrage at the left is no longer ideological. There are millions of people whose health care was destroyed by ObamaCare, whose First Amendment rights were taken away, whose land was seized, whose children were turned against them and whose livelihoods were destroyed.</p> <p>The angry left has gained a great deal of power. It has used that power to wreck lives. It is feverishly plotting to deprive nearly 63 million Americans of their vote by using its entrenched power in the government, the media and the non-profit sector. And it is too blinded by its own anger over the results of the election to realize the anger over its wholesale abuses of power and privileged tantrums.</p> <p>But monopolies on anger only work in totalitarian states. In a free society, both sides are expected to control their anger and find terms on which to debate and settle issues. The left rejects civility and refuses to control its anger. The only settlement it will accept is absolute power. If an election doesn&rsquo;t go its way, it will overturn the results. If someone offends it, he must be punished. Or there will be anger.</p> <p>The angry left demands that everyone recognize the absolute righteousness of its anger as the basis for its power. This anger privilege, like tone policing, is often cast in terms of oppressed groups. But its anger isn&rsquo;t in defiance of oppression, but in pursuit of oppression.</p> <p>Anger privilege is used to silence opposition, to enforce illegal policies and to seize power. But the left&rsquo;s monopolies on anger are cultural, not political. The entertainment industry and the media can enforce anger privilege norms through public shaming, but their smears can&rsquo;t stop the consequences of the collapse of civility in public life. There are no monopolies on emotion.</p> <h3><u>James Hodgkinson absorbed all this. The left fed his anger. And eventually he snapped</u></h3> <p>When anger becomes the basis for political power, then it won&rsquo;t stop with Howard Dean or Bernie Sanders. That&rsquo;s what the left found out in the last election. Its phony pearl clutching was a reaction to the consequences of its destruction of civility. Its reaction to that show of anger by conservatives and independents was to escalate the conflict. Instead of being the opposition, the left became the &ldquo;resistance&rdquo;. Trump was simultaneously Hitler and a traitor. Republicans were evil beasts.</p> <p><strong><em>James Hodgkinson absorbed all this. The left fed his anger. And eventually he snapped.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Anger has to go somewhere.</em></strong></p> <p>The left likes to think that its anger is good anger because it&rsquo;s angry over the plight of illegal aliens, Muslim terrorists, transgender bathrooms, the lack of abortion in South Carolina, the minimum wage at Taco Bell, budget cuts, tax cuts, police arrests, drone strikes and all the other ways in which reality differs from its utopia. But all that anger isn&rsquo;t the road to a better world, but to hate and violence.</p> <p><strong>Millions of leftists, just like Hodgkinson, are told every day that Republicans are responsible for everything wrong with their lives, the country and the planet.</strong> Despite everything they do, all the petitions they sign, the marches they attend, the donations, the angry letters, the social media rants, Republicans continue to exist and even be elected to public office. Where does that anger go?</p> <h3><u>Leftist anger is a privileged bubble of entitlement that bursts every other election</u></h3> <p><strong>Either we have a political system based on existing laws and norms of civility. Or we have one based on coups and populist leftist anger.</strong> And there are already a whole bunch of those south of the border.</p> <p>Leftist anger is a privileged bubble of entitlement that bursts every other election. Its choice is to try to understand the rest of the country or to intimidate, censor, oppress and eventually kill them.</p> <p>James Hodgkinson took the latter course. His personal leftist revolution ended, as all leftist revolutions do, in blood and violence.<strong> The left can check its anger privilege and examine its entitlement</strong>.</p> <p><em><u><strong>Or his violence will be our future.</strong></u></em></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="433" height="157" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170622_anger.jpg?1498177244" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/tone-policing-and-lefts-anger-privelege#comments Anger Baltimore police Bernie Sanders Brain China Civility Coal Emotions English-language films Etiquette First Amendment Human behavior Nothing Obamacare Politics Psychology Reality South Carolina Tea Party US Federal Reserve Yale Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 598515 at http://www.zerohedge.com Trump: Mueller And Comey's BFF Status 'Very Bothersome' http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-23/trump-mueller-and-comeys-bff-status-very-bothersome <p><img width="600" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/06/muel3.jpg" height="338" /></p> <p><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; color: #000000; text-transform: none; line-height: inherit; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: lucida_granderegular, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; word-spacing: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: normal; box-sizing: border-box; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-stretch: inherit; background-color: #ffffff; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Content originally published at&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; color: #1e439a; text-transform: none; line-height: 1.2; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: lucida_granderegular, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; word-spacing: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: normal; box-sizing: border-box; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-stretch: inherit; background-color: #ffffff; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit;" href="http://ibankcoin.com/">iBankCoin.com</a></p> <p>President Trump told Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt in a <em>Fox and Friends</em> interview scheduled to air Friday that he is bothered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's close relationship with fired FBI Director James Comey.</p> <p>When asked of Mueller should recuse himself, Trump stated "Well <strong>he's very, very good friends with Comey which is very bothersome</strong>... We're going to have to see."</p> <p>As Radio Host Mark Levin pointed out <a href="http://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/2017/06/17/mark-levin-the-mueller-investigation-is-pretext-to-impeachment/#sthash.QGXjTEwa.dpbs" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">last week</span></span></a>:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>John Legato is a former deep cover FBI special agent - and he writes&nbsp;that <strong>Comey and Mueller</strong> -<strong>their families have vacationed together, have had picnics together, hours spent at the office together, had a few cocktails after work</strong>. So Mueller can't possibly be impartial here. Not when he's very close friends with a key witness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The point is this - he's not independent</strong></p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Hatchet Job</strong></p> <p>Trump also made mention of&nbsp;the&nbsp;four <strong>democrat-</strong>supporting attorneys Mueller has hired for the investigation.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>"There's been no collusion, no obstruction and virtually everybody agrees to&nbsp;that... So we'll have to see. <strong>I can say that the people that've been hired [by Mueller] were all Hillary Clinton supporters</strong>." <em>-Donald Trump</em></p> </blockquote> <p>Something Newt Gingrich tweeted about on June 12:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.</p> <p>— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) <a href="https://twitter.com/newtgingrich/status/874228318865952768">June 12, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><p style="padding-left: 30px;"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Dreeben" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">Michael Dreeben</span></span></a> - donated to Obama and Clinton</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Jeannie Rhee - deputy assist AG, Wilmer Hale, Donated to DNC, Obama, Clinton</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">James Quarles - asst. special prosecutor, Wilmer Hale, long history of Dem donations, Clinton</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Weissmann" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">Andrew Weissman</span></span></a> - oversees fraud at Justice. Donated six times to Obama PACs as well as DNC in 2006</p> <p><strong>Levin also noted "</strong>He's [<strong>Mueller</strong>]&nbsp;<strong>not looking into any of the financial relationships between the Clinton Foundation and Russia.</strong> Any of the violations of the espionage act by Hillary Clinton and if the Russians got a hold of any of those emails. Mr. Comey nicely and neatly closed that investigation."</p> <div class="wpview wpview-wrap"><iframe width="618" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8EHgwsiogb4?feature=oembed" height="348" frameborder="0"></iframe><span class="mce-shim">&nbsp;</span></div> <p><strong>No Investigation!</strong></p> <p>Trump Attorney Jon Sekulow has been making the rounds to defend the President, telling a <a href="http://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/2017/06/18/trump-lawyer-jay-sekulow-and-foxs-chris-wallace-have-testy-fathers-day-exchange/#sthash.mRAqPrVP.dpbs" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">testy Chris Wallace</span></span></a> that James Comey himself said&nbsp;Trump&nbsp;was "not a target or subject of investigation."</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>"There has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation... I can't imagine a scenario where the president would not be aware of it."</p> </blockquote> <p>Sekulow then went on Hannity <strong><a href="http://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/2017/06/22/trump-attorney-jay-sekulow-tells-hannity-that-james-comey-should-be-investigated/#sthash.QLPLidqD.dpbs" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">yesterday</span></span></a></strong> to suggest that James Comey should be the one under investigation for leaking a classified memo created after a meeting with President Trump.</p> <p>Trump's interview with <em>Fox and Friends</em> airs on Friday.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span class="wpview-end" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; text-align: center; color: #000000; text-transform: none; line-height: inherit; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: lucida_granderegular, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; 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line-height: 1.2; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-stretch: inherit;" href="https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=ibankcoin" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a></strong></p> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-23/trump-mueller-and-comeys-bff-status-very-bothersome#comments Ainsley Earhardt Clinton Foundation Comey Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Dismissal of James Comey Donald Trump FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey Politics Robert Mueller Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections Twitter Twitter United States Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:08:05 +0000 ZeroPointNow 598521 at http://www.zerohedge.com Connecticut Campus Shut As Professor Flees Following "Let Them F**king Die" Tweet http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/connecticut-campus-shut-professor-flees-following-let-them-fking-die-tweet <p>A professor at a Connecticut college said he was <strong>forced to flee the state after he received death threats</strong> for appearing to endorse the idea that first responders to last week&rsquo;s congressional shooting should have let the victims &quot;f**king die&rdquo; instead of treating them, according to <a href="http://www.courant.com/education/hc-trinity-campus-closed-threats-20170621-story.html">the Hartford Courant. </a></p> <p>Trinity College Professor Johnny Eric Williams shared a link to a <a href="https://medium.com/@SonofBaldwin/let-them-fucking-die-c316eee34212">medium post </a>which suggested that<strong> &ldquo;bigots&rdquo;</strong> should be left to die in life threatening situations. The medium article was accompanied by a photo of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was wounded in the shooting, along with the title <strong>&ldquo;Let Them F**ing Die,&rdquo;</strong> which Williams later used as a hashtag in his ill-conceived posts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user245717/imageroot/2017/06/10/trinity.JPG"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user245717/imageroot/2017/06/10/trinity_0.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 269px;" /></a></p> <p>In the post, the author describes a list of disturbing situations in which &ldquo;bigots&rdquo; should be left to die, while also encouraging readers to &ldquo;smile a bit&rdquo; as these figurative deaths unfold.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>&ldquo;If you see them drowning. If you see them in a burning building. If they are bleeding out in an emergency room. If the ground is crumbling beneath them. If they are in a park and they turn their weapons on each other: do nothing,&rdquo;</strong> the article instructs readers.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;Least of all put your life on the line for theirs, and do not dare think doing so, <strong>putting your life on the line for theirs, gives you reason to feel celestial. Save the life of those that would kill you is the opposite of virtuous. Let. Them. Fucking. Die. And smile a bit when you do.&rdquo;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Williams also expressed his rage toward white people in a series of tweets. In one, Williams said he was <strong>&ldquo;fed the f**k up&rdquo;</strong> with white <strong>&ldquo;bigots&rdquo;</strong> who demean minorities, immigrants and LGBTQ people. In another, he said the time had come to <strong>&ldquo;put end to the vectors of their destructive mythology of whiteness and their white supremacy system.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user245717/imageroot/2017/06/10/Tweetone.JPG"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user245717/imageroot/2017/06/10/Tweetone_0.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 122px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user245717/imageroot/2017/06/10/tweettwo.JPG"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user245717/imageroot/2017/06/10/tweettwo_0.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 141px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As a result of the posts, which gained national attention, Williams said he has received more than 1,000 threats. <strong>The situation briefly forced the closure of Trinity College&rsquo;s campus in downtown Hartford Thursday morning. The campus had reopened by late morning, though Hartford police provided heightened security.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user245717/imageroot/2017/06/10/facebookpost.JPG"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user245717/imageroot/2017/06/10/facebookpost_0.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 407px;" /></a></p> <p>Unlike the administration at Evergreen State College in Washington, which has been willing to countenance threatening behavior and other provocations from its students, <u><strong>Trinity&rsquo;s administrators have promised to hold Williams accountable for his actions,</strong></u> promising <a href="http://www.trincoll.edu/NewsEvents/NewsArticles/pages/StatementSocialMedia21June17.aspx">in a statement</a> that there would be &ldquo;an investigation&quot; into Williams&#39; conduct.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&quot;The Dean of the Faculty will review this matter and advise me on whether college procedures or policies were broken. <strong>I told Professor Williams that in my opinion his use of the hashtag was reprehensible and, at the very least, in poor judgment. No matter its intent, it goes against our fundamental values as an institution, and I believe its effect is to close minds rather than open them.&quot;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Williams said he regrets the affect his actions have had on his family.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>&quot;It was overwhelming for my family,&quot;</strong> Williams said. <strong>&quot;I have to look out for family. I&#39;ve got young kids.&quot;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>But rather than apologize for offending millions of Americans - not to mention the families of Scalise and the other four victims of the rampage shooting at an early-morning practice of the House Republicans baseball team &ndash; Williams claims his tweet was misinterpreted. <strong>He says the tweet was a response to the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman in Seattle who was armed with a knife.</strong></p> <p><strong>And what&rsquo;s worse, he has committed 100% to playing the victim, saying that he&rsquo;s considering filing a lawsuit.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&quot;This is about free speech as well as academic freedom,&quot; he said. &quot;From my perspective, I&#39;m considering whether I should file a defamation <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-21/connecticut-professor-calls-whites-inhuman-aholes-says-let-them-fking-die">against Campus Reform,</a> the site that first shared Williams&rsquo; posts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;The black community is beside itself all over the country with the constant killing. It doesn&#39;t matter what we do, we still be killed, we still go to jail. Just being black and living is a crime. That&#39;s what seems to be the problem,&quot; Williams <a href="http://www.courant.com/education/hc-trinity-campus-closed-threats-20170621-story.html">told the Courant. </a></p> </blockquote> <p>Read the full text of Trinity&#39;s statement below:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><em>Dear Members of the Trinity Community,</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>As many of you are aware, a set of social media posts by one of our faculty members has resulted in a loud and public rebuke and landed Trinity College in a national spotlight, both in the media and across various social media platforms. <strong>I understand the concerns many have expressed, and I&rsquo;m especially grateful for the inquiries we&rsquo;ve received from members of our community who&rsquo;ve asked whether what they&rsquo;re reading and hearing is accurate. </strong>To be clear, <strong>both personally and on behalf of the College that I represent, I do not condone hate speech or calls to incite violence.</strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>I&rsquo;ve spoken with Johnny Williams, who has been a sociology professor at Trinity since 1996. I wanted to hear directly from him about the messages he posted and what has transpired since. It is important to clarify a few details. <strong>On June 16, a writer who goes by the name &ldquo;Son of Baldwin&rdquo;&mdash;and who is not Johnny Williams&mdash;wrote a piece for Medium.com that cited another writer&rsquo;s perspective on the shooting that occurred at the Congressional baseball practice in Virginia last week. The Medium piece went on to explore broader issues concerning race and the relationship between &ldquo;victims of bigotry&rdquo; and &ldquo;bigots.&rdquo; </strong>The piece culminated with a call to show indifference to the lives of bigots. That call was reprehensible, and any such suggestion is abhorrent and wholly contrary to Trinity&rsquo;s values.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>W<strong>hile Professor Williams did not write that article, he did share it on his personal social media accounts this week, and he did so with the use of a hashtag that connected directly to the inflammatory conclusion of that article. </strong>Professor Williams, who teaches about race and racism, shared the article on his personal Twitter account using that hashtag; he also shared it on his personal Facebook page.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>The Dean of the Faculty will review this matter and advise me on whether college procedures or policies were broken.</strong> I told Professor Williams that in my opinion his use of the hashtag was reprehensible and, at the very least, in poor judgment. No matter its intent, it goes against our fundamental values as an institution, and I believe its effect is to close minds rather than open them.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>I want to underscore that what we seek is to build a diverse college community that is welcoming to all viewpoints and backgrounds and that engages in civil discourse on even the most vexing issues. T<strong>hat requires that we continue to uphold our fundamental belief in academic freedom and support our community members&rsquo; constitutional right to free speech. But our aspirations for the community we want to be also demand we take particular care with the words we use and the contexts in which we use them.</strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>This incident has caused distress on our campus and beyond; threats of violence have been directed to Professor Williams and to our campus community, neither of which is an acceptable response.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>I denounce hate speech in all its forms, I will explore all options to resolve this matter, and I will be back in touch with our community members with our decisions.</strong></em><br />&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="635" height="341" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user245717/imageroot/trinity.JPG?1498149532" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/connecticut-campus-shut-professor-flees-following-let-them-fking-die-tweet#comments Collective intelligence Computing Connecticut college Evergreen State College in Washington Hartford police Hashtag Information science Social Issues Social media Social networks Software Trinity Trinity College Trinity College Twitter Twitter Twitter US Federal Reserve Web 2.0 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 598480 at http://www.zerohedge.com FEMA Is Preparing For A Solar Storm That Would Take Out The Grid http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/fema-preparing-solar-storm-would-take-out-grid <p><a href="http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/fema-is-preparing-for-a-solar-storm-that-would-take-out-the-grid_06222017"><em>Authored by Maco Slavo via SHTFplan.com,</em></a></p> <p>FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration) is <strong>planning for a <a href="http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/report-chance-of-a-catastrophic-solar-storm-is-1-in-8-would-take-down-power-grid-food-transportation-water-utilities-financial-systems_03062012" target="_blank">massive solar storm</a> that would be so strong, it would take down the <a href="http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/6-totally-insane-things-that-will-happen-if-our-power-grid-goes-down_02272017" target="_blank">power grid</a></strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/06/22/20170622_grid.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/06/22/20170622_grid.jpg" style="width: 545px; height: 298px;" /></a></p> <p>Noting that the rare, yet<strong> &ldquo;high-consequence&rdquo; scenario</strong> has <strong><em>&ldquo;the potential for catastrophic impact on our nation and FEMA&rsquo;s ability to respond.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.governmentattic.org/24docs/UnpubFEMAgeomagRpts_2010.pdf" target="_blank">unpublished FEMA documents</a> obtained by <a href="http://governmentattic.org/" target="_blank">Government Attic</a>, a FOIA<a href="https://www.foia.gov/" target="_blank">&nbsp;(Freedom of Information Act)</a> database and non-profit organization, the <strong><a href="https://www.dhs.gov/" target="_blank">Department of Homeland Security</a> agency once mapped out a disaster plan for the occurrence of another geomagnetic &ldquo;super storm&rdquo; like the one the occurred in 1859.</strong></p> <p>Back then, the sun flung a giant plume of magnetized plasma out into space. The <a href="https://www.spaceweatherlive.com/en/help/what-is-a-coronal-mass-ejection-cme" target="_blank">coronal mass ejection (CME)</a>, the sibling of a<a href="http://gizmodo.com/what-would-happen-if-a-massive-solar-storm-hit-the-eart-1724650105" target="_blank"> massive solar flare,</a> traveled the 93 million miles between the Sun and Earth in only 17.6 hours. Today, it&rsquo;s known as the<a href="https://owlcation.com/stem/massive-solar-flare-1859" target="_blank"> Carrington Event</a> and is remembered by the largest geomagnetic storm in the history of recorded space weather.</p> <p><strong>No other storm has matched it in speed or magnitude.&nbsp;</strong>When the shock wave of accelerated particles arrived on September 1, 1859, the disturbances to<a href="http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/nasa-mission-studies-magnetosphere-surges-that-can-short-out-grids-and-cause-blackouts_03122015"> Earth&rsquo;s magnetosphere</a> were so great that telegraph communications across Europe and North America went on the fritz. Sparks leaped from the&nbsp;<a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/110302-solar-flares-sun-storms-earth-danger-carrington-event-science/" target="_blank">telegraph infrastructure</a>, and machinery was <a href="http://www.history.com/news/a-perfect-solar-superstorm-the-1859-carrington-event" target="_blank">so inundated</a> with electric currents that operators were able to transmit messages while disconnected from battery power. <a href="https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/20jul_tasteofsolarmax" target="_blank">Compasses even wiggled,</a> and brilliant auroras were reportedly seen as far south as the Caribbean.</p> <p>But that doesn&rsquo;t mean the <a href="https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/fema-is-preparing-for-a-solar-superstorm-that-would-take-down-the-grid" target="_blank">ill-equipped government isn&rsquo;t</a>&nbsp;preparing for the inevitability, in fact, they are. <strong>Despite our superior ability to predict these events, <a href="http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/6-totally-insane-things-that-will-happen-if-our-power-grid-goes-down_02272017">the stakes are exponentially higher in a modern, hyper-connected world.</a></strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;FEMA predicts that a geomagnetic storm of this intensity would be &ldquo;a catastrophe in slow motion.&rdquo; Space weather events happen all the time, and many are harmless. For example, an event causing radio blackouts, solar radiation storms, and geomagnetic storms would be abnormal, yet the ripple&nbsp;effects on the power grid and communications would severely limit FEMA&rsquo;s ability to respond to a nationwide crisis.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>Within 20 minutes of the CME&rsquo;s occurrence,<a href="http://www.governmentattic.org/24docs/UnpubFEMAgeomagRpts_2010.pdf" target="_blank"> FEMA estimates that 15 percent</a> of the satellite fleet would be lost due to solar panel damage.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Solar radiation from the incoming storm would add &ldquo;3-5 years worth of exposure&rdquo; to the panels, degrading older satellites to the point of inoperability.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Low orbiting satellites, such as Iridium and Globalstar, may be less affected. <strong>Cellular service would be disrupted, and a loss of GPS capabilities could complicate FEMA operations</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ndash;<a href="https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/fema-is-preparing-for-a-solar-superstorm-that-would-take-down-the-grid" target="_blank">Motherboard</a></p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Should&nbsp;a storm of this magnitude hit, there wouldn&rsquo;t be much the <a href="http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/the-final-government-objective-enslave-or-kill-us-all_06212017" target="_blank">government can do.</a>&nbsp;</strong>And of course, this would be the <a href="http://www.wnd.com/2014/12/dhs-admits-catastrophic-impact-of-emp/" target="_blank">perfect opportunity to round up the masses for a trip to a FEMA camp.</a> Individuals would need to band together to help get things back online, but it would all take time. &nbsp;Those in heavily populated regions would be hit the hardest and evacuation of over 100 million people would be impossible, and even if it was, there would be no unaffected region to send the evacuees &ndash; <a href="http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/where-are-the-fema-camps-right-in-front-of-you_12082013" target="_blank">other than the FEMA camps</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/TwaloQ" target="_blank">Prepare yourself</a>, because the mere fact that <a href="http://www.governmentattic.org/24docs/UnpubFEMAgeomagRpts_2010.pdf" target="_blank">this government document exists </a>could mean that there is something we don&rsquo;t know.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="545" height="298" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170622_grid.jpg?1498166500" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/fema-preparing-solar-storm-would-take-out-grid#comments Aurora Caribbean Department of Homeland Security Disaster Electromagnetism Environment Federal Emergency Management Administration Federal Emergency Management Agency Federal Emergency Management Agency FOIA Freedom of Information Act Geomagnetic storm GPS Outer space Planetary science Plasma physics radiation Solar phenomena Solar storm Space Space plasmas Space weather Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:30:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 598505 at http://www.zerohedge.com Whites Are The Slowest Growing US Group; Will Lose Majority Around 2040 http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/white-population-us-expanding-more-slowly-asians-hispanics <p>The median age in most areas of the US is rising, while the population is growing more diverse, according to <a href="https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/cb17-100.html">Census Bureau data released Thursday.</a> America&rsquo;s median age - the age where half of the population is half younger and half older - rose from 35.3 years on April 1, 2000, to 37.9 years on July 1, 2016, according to the data. Meanwhile, the population of White Americans is growing at a much slower rate than most minority groups: <strong>The number of whites living in the US increased by 0.5% last year to 256 million. By comparison, the Asian population grew 3% to 21.4 million, the black or African American population grew by 1.2% to 46.8 million and the Hispanic population grew 2% to 57.5 million.</strong></p> <p>The US isn&rsquo;t the only country struggling with an aging population. With average marriage ages rising, and economic circumstances making it more difficult for couples in developed economies like the US, Japan and Europe to afford children, many countries are facing a demographic crunch in social welfare programs. But <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-02/6-charts-show-global-demographic-crisis-unfolding">nowhere is this more of an immediate problem than China,</a> where &ndash; thanks to its decades-long one-child policy &ndash; the working-age population will soon fall off a cliff.</p> <p><a href="https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/2017/comm/median-age.html?cid=median-age" target="_blank"><img alt="The Nation's Median Age Continues to Rise" height="430" src="https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/2017/comm/median-age/_jcr_content/map.detailitem.800.high.jpg/1498080228882.jpg" title="The Nation's Median Age Continues to Rise" width="550" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/cb17-100.html">[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]</a></p> <p>In the US, the baby-boom generation is largely responsible for this trend, according to Peter Borsella, a demographer in the Census Bureau&rsquo;s Population Division. &ldquo;Baby boomers began turning 65 in 2011 and will continue to do so for many years to come.&rdquo;</p> <p>Indeed, the number of US residents aged 65 and over <strong>grew from 35 million in 2000, to 49.2 million in 2016, accounting for 12.4 percent and 15.2 percent of the total population, respectively.</strong></p> <p>With growth rates for white Americans expected to remain subdued, the <a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_COUNTING_AMERICANS?SITE=AP&amp;SECTION=HOME&amp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&amp;CTIME=2017-06-22-00-11-01">Associated Press</a> says they will cease being the majority ethnic group some time after 2040, though they will remain a plurality of the population.</p> <p>The youngest cohort of America&#39;s population is also one of its fastest-growing: The Census report showed that children in the US born from 2001 through 2016 were the nation&#39;s fastest-growing age group, <strong>with a 6.8 percent jump in the year beginning July 1, 2015.</strong></p> <p>Putting its own spin on the census data, The <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/22/upshot/Census-Time-Machine-Demographics-in-America.html?_r=0">New York Times</a> compared each of the US&rsquo;s 3,000 counties with the national population at different points in America&#39;s history - as well as its future. The Times found that counties with populations that are about 75 percent white tend to reflect the America of the 1970s and 1980s. Those where the population is half white and more diverse tend to reflect the (projected) America of the 2040s and 2050s.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user245717/imageroot/2017/06/10/NYT.JPG"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user245717/imageroot/2017/06/10/NYT_0.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 383px;" /></a></p> <p>For example, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, <strong>which is 84% White, resembles America in 1989. </strong>Meanwhile, <strong>Tooele County, in Northwestern Utah, more closely resembles America from 1971,</strong> <strong>when the population was both less diverse and younger.</strong> Seminole County, near Orlando, Fla., most closely matches the nation&rsquo;s current mix, followed by Richmond County, aka Staten Island, in New York City.</p> <p>Urban counties, which tend to be more diverse than suburban or exurban areas, more closely resemble the America of the future. Cook County, Ill., closely resembles what demographers <strong>believe the US will be like in 2047. Maricopa County, Ariz., resembles the demographics of the nation in 2020.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="782" height="795" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user245717/imageroot/census.JPG?1498161341" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/white-population-us-expanding-more-slowly-asians-hispanics#comments Ageing Bureau of the Census Census Bureau Census Bureau’s Population Division China Demographics Demographics Japan New York City New York Times Northwestern Utah Population pyramid Social Issues U.S. Census Bureau Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:05:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 598496 at http://www.zerohedge.com Bitcoin In Perspective: Bill Gates Worth More, Gold 200 Times More http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/bitcoin-perspective-bill-gates-worth-more-gold-200-times-more <p><a href="https://mishtalk.com/2017/06/22/bitcoin-in-perspective-bill-gates-worth-more-gold-200-times-more/"><em>Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com,</em></a></p> <p>An interesting article on <em>HowMuch</em> <strong>puts the Bitcoin phenomenon into proper perspective.</strong></p> <p>Google founder Larry Page&rsquo;s net worth beats bitcoin&rsquo;s entire market cap. Microsoft founder&nbsp;Bill Gates&rsquo;s net worth is double Bitcoin.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/06/22/20170622_btc.jpg"><img height="449" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/06/22/20170622_btc_0.jpg" width="600" /></a></p> <p><em>Please consider <a href="https://howmuch.net/articles/worlds-money-in-perspective" rel="noopener" target="_blank">The Bitcoin Economy, in Perspective</a>.</em></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Last year, Bitcoin became more stable than gold, and earlier this year, the price of a Bitcoin surpassed that of an ounce of gold for the first time. <strong>Currently, all the bitcoin in the world is worth $41 billion. If that amount is hard to grasp, just think of it as one Larry Page </strong>&ndash; because $41 billion also happens to be the net worth of the guy who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Bill Gates, the richest man in the world is worth $86 billion, or the net worth of Larry Page and Bitcoin combined</strong> &ndash; with enough change to buy the L.A. Lakers, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Chicago Cubs and the Solomon Islands (not a sports team, but an entire country).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Money, of course, is fiduciary, which means it only has as much value as the trust we place in it. The same goes for gold: it derives its value solely from its rarity, combined with its desirability. <strong>The current world supply of mined gold is around 171,300 metric tonnes, which could be molded into a cube with sides of about 68 feet (20.7m). Its total value? Currently around $8.2 trillion. Or about 200 times the total value of Bitcoin.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Does that sound overly dramatic? </strong>If the see-sawing rise of Bitcoin tells us anything, it is that people are losing their trust in money, and other traditional measures of wealth. <strong>Let&rsquo;s talk again when the total value of all cryptocurrencies surpasses that of the world&rsquo;s supply of gold.</strong></p> </blockquote> <h3><u><strong>Cramer Yet Again</strong></u></h3> <p>Jim Cramer said the value of a Bitcoin could hit $1 million. The price is currently at $2629.</p> <p>If it the price of a bitcoin did hit $1 million, its total market cap value would go up to about $15 trillion.</p> <p>I spoofed Cramer&rsquo;s analysis in&nbsp;<a href="https://mishtalk.com/2017/06/08/jim-cramer-goes-batty-bitcoin-may-hit-1000000-act-now-before-its-too-late/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Jim Cramer Goes Batty &ldquo;Bitcoin May Hit $1,000,000&rdquo;: Act Now Before It&rsquo;s Too&nbsp;Late!</a></p> <p><strong>It&rsquo;s far more likely that bitcoin crashes to $100 than rises to $1 million.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="1064" height="629" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170622_btc1.jpg?1498164915" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-22/bitcoin-perspective-bill-gates-worth-more-gold-200-times-more#comments Alternative currencies Bill Gates Bitcoin Bitcoin Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs Cryptocurrencies Currency Economics of bitcoin Finance Financial technology Google Jim Cramer Money Mt. Gox Toronto Maple Leafs Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:40:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 598503 at http://www.zerohedge.com