http://www.zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml/article/article/Could%252520the%252520%2525E2%252580%25259CWeekly%252520Closing%252520Highs%252520and%252520Lows%2525E2%252580%25259D%252520of%252520last%252520year%25252C%252520be%252520impacting%252520stock%252520prices%252520in%2525202017 en “Russia Did It” and Other Crimes http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/%E2%80%9Crussia-did-it%E2%80%9D-and-other-crimes <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1><a href="https://www.sprottmoney.com/Blog/russia-did-it-and-other-crimes-rory-hall.html"><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #3366ff;"><em><strong>“Russia Did It” and Other Crimes</strong></em></span></a></h1> <p><a href="https://www.sprottmoney.com/Blog/russia-did-it-and-other-crimes-rory-hall.html"><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #3366ff;"><em><strong>Posted with permission and written by Rory Hall, The Daily Coin</strong></em></span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="post-thumbnail"> <img src="https://sprottmoney.com/media/magpleasure/mpblog/post_thumbnail_file/2/3/cache/2/ece9a24a761836a70934a998c163f8c8/234eebba7ed512b8c46074fde3d8cc62.jpg" alt="“Russia Did It” and Other Crimes - Rory Hall" class="thumbnail" /> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We haven’t had a system of capitalism since the Federal Reserve and Woodrow Wilson hijacked the US Treasury and US economy in 1913. Our financial, monetary and economic system has morphed into fascism, corporatism or something more akin to communism/socialism. The way our economy operates today, in 2017 - it is certainly not capitalism. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Since 2008, the ruling and banking class haven’t even tried to hide the FACT that our system is about oligarchs and theft – anything but capitalism. The same could be said for Europe and most any Western “developed” nation. We have a program called Quantitative Easing, which is a fancy, made-up way of saying money printing and bond market manipulation. We also have, proven in a court of law, rigged FOREX markets – the global currency market. The LIBOR market (loan interest rate market) is also rigged as proven, once again in a court of law. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Look at Greece, Venezuela and Zimbabwe for the second time in less than 20 years. These three nations have seen their economies completely collapse. Greece has been propped up by the European Central Bank because if Greece’s economy were to rot away in the same way as Venezuela and Zimbabwe, then Germany and Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank, would collapse. This would trigger a global economic collapse that would make 2008 look like a rounding error. This will not do. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Until what is explained above is understood, capitalism will continue to be made out to be the bad guy of our economic problems. As long as capitalism is made the enemy, the ruling and banking class criminals can and will continue their global crime sprees uncontested. One can not compare our current economic system to capitalism when it has almost nothing to do with capitalism. If one compares it to fascism, then the truth is more easily understood. Fascism is all about inequality – haves and have nots, with nothing in-between. What do we hear from the mainstream media over and over – the one thing they actually get right – is there is an attack on middle class incomes and middle class America. This is 100% correct. Until the middle class is completely wiped out, the oligarchs can not truly dictate what the masses will accept. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p> The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded. </p></blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p> The report, entitled <a href="http://www.princeton.edu/~mgilens/Gilens%20homepage%20materials/Gilens%20and%20Page/Gilens%20and%20Page%202014-Testing%20Theories%203-7-14.pdf">Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens</a>, used extensive policy data collected from between the years of 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the US political system. </p></blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p> After sifting through nearly 1,800 US policies enacted in that period and comparing them to the expressed preferences of average Americans (50th percentile of income), affluent Americans (90th percentile) and large special interests groups, researchers concluded that the United States is dominated by its economic elite.<br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10769041/The-US-is-an-oligarchy-study-concludes.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Source</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p></p></blockquote> <p>If you combine this information with what is happening today with the “Russia did it” narrative then we see how these oligarchs push the mass of people to accept whatever lie they are pushing. If there is information that will prove Hillary is a treasonous criminal who should be investigated and then imprisoned for high crimes, well, simply ignore that information and never, ever present credible information on any mainstream media TV or radio. TV and radio are for entertainment, not real information. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p> No one who is promoting the Russiagate allegations is trying to debate William Binney’s allegations. </p></blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>Instead, all of the news media are plastered with allegations of ‘Russia’s meddling in American democracy’. </p></blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p> William Binney is the mathematician and Russia-specialist, who quit the NSA in 2001 as its global Technical Director for geopolitical analysis, because of the lying about, and manipulations of, intelligence, that he saw — distortions of intelligence by the George W. Bush Administration — in order to ‘justify’ systematic, massive, and all-encompassing, Government snooping into all Americans’ private electronic communications. His, and some colleagues’, efforts to get the Inspector General of the US Department of Defense to investigate the matter, produced FBI raids into their homes, and seizures of their computers, so as to remove incriminating evidence they might have against higher-ups. According to Binney, NSA’s Director, Michael Hayden, had vetoed in August 2001 a far less intrusive and more effective system of signals-intelligence collection and analysis, which might have enabled the 9/11 attacks to be blocked — a more effective system that would have been less expensive, less intrusive, and not violated Americans’ Constitutional rights. Hayden went on to head the CIA, until the end of George W. Bush’s Presidency. Afterward, Hayden joined the Chertoff Group and other military-industrial-complex contractors of the US federal Government. There were no such rewards for any of the whistleblowers. <a href="https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/11/17/capitalism-collapsing-from-inequality-blame-russia.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Source</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p></p></blockquote> <p>All of these issues are interconnected. If the economy were capitalistic, we would have real news on TV and radio. If we had real news on TV and radio, we would hear from people like William Binney and<br /> reports like <a href="http://www.princeton.edu/~mgilens/Gilens%20homepage%20materials/Gilens%20and%20Page/Gilens%20and%20Page%202014-Testing%20Theories%203-7-14.pdf">Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens</a> would be reported on as well. This would lead directly to the arrest of people like Prescott Bush, George Bush, Sr, George Bush, Jr, the Clinton Crime Family and Obama. This would then lead to the arrest of every banking president and banking “C” level executive for the past 50+ years. This would then lead to the arrest of the “C” level executives of some of the largest corporations in the world. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It all begins, as we have stated time and again, with a corrupt currency. Once a currency becomes corrupt, the entire system is forced into a life of corruption and crime to cover up the lies the currency is telling. The currency we have in our wallets is a criminal, corrupt liar. Until we attack this criminal and correct the lies, we will continue to be slaves to the oligarchs. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em style="box-sizing: border-box; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 20.3333px; line-height: 17.3333px; font-family: &quot;Lucida Grande&quot;, Verdana, sans-serif;">Questions or comments about this article? Leave your thoughts <a href="https://www.sprottmoney.com/Blog/russia-did-it-and-other-crimes-rory-hall.html"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>HERE</strong></span></a>.</span></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1><a href="https://www.sprottmoney.com/Blog/russia-did-it-and-other-crimes-rory-hall.html"><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #3366ff;"><em><strong>“Russia Did It” and Other Crimes</strong></em></span></a></h1> <p><a href="https://www.sprottmoney.com/Blog/russia-did-it-and-other-crimes-rory-hall.html"><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #3366ff;"><em><strong>Posted with permission and written by Rory Hall, The Daily Coin</strong></em></span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Check out these other articles by our contributors:</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">John Rubino - <a href="https://www.sprottmoney.com/Blog/gold-versus-bitcoin-the-pro-gold-argument-takes-shape-john-rubino.html">Gold vs. Bitcoin: The Pro-Gold Argument Takes Shape</a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Peter Diekmeyer - <a href="https://www.sprottmoney.com/Blog/the-24-trillion-hidden-fed-tax-peter-diekmeyer.html">The 2.4 Trillion Hidden Fed Tax</a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Ed Steer - <a href="https://www.sprottmoney.com/Blog/gold-and-silver-digest-ed-steer.html">Gold and Silver Digest</a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://www.sprottmoney.com/Blog/november-17-2017-weekly-wrap-up-with-eric-sprott.html">Eric Sprott's Weekly Wrap-Up</a><br /></span></p> <p><em style="box-sizing: border-box; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 20.3333px; line-height: 17.3333px; font-family: &quot;Lucida Grande&quot;, Verdana, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></em></p> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/%E2%80%9Crussia-did-it%E2%80%9D-and-other-crimes#comments Anti-capitalism Bitcoin Bond Capitalism Central Intelligence Agency Corruption Deutsche Bundesbank Economic ideologies Economic liberalism Economic systems Economy European Central Bank European Central Bank FBI Federal Bank of Germany Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal Reserve George W. Bush administration Germany Greece LIBOR Market Manipulation Politics Quantitative Easing Social philosophy Socialism Structure Thought U.S. Department of Defense U.S. Treasury US Federal Reserve US government William Binney Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:05:33 +0000 Sprott Money 607695 at http://www.zerohedge.com DIRTY DOSSIER FIRM: Unsealed Fusion GPS Bank Records Reveal $523K Payment From Russian Money Launderer http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-22/dirty-dossier-firm-unsealed-fusion-gps-bank-records-reveal-523k-payment-russian-mone <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><a href="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/11/170822_gma_brianross2_0712_16x9_992-3.jpg" target="_blank"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-12716" src="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/11/170822_gma_brianross2_0712_16x9_992-3-300x216.jpg" style="margin: 0.5em 0px 0.5em 1em; height: auto; float: right; max-width: 100%;" width="300" height="216" /></a><em><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: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; word-spacing: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: normal; box-sizing: border-box; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-stretch: inherit; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Content originally published at&nbsp;</span><span style="font: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; color: #1e439a; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; text-decoration: underline; word-spacing: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: normal; box-sizing: border-box; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-stretch: inherit;"><a href="http://ibankcoin.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; color: #1e439a; line-height: 1.2; font-family: lucida_granderegular, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-stretch: inherit;" target="_blank">iBankCoin.com</a></span></em></p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Unsealed court documents reveal that the firm behind the salacious 34-page Trump-Russia Dossier, Fusion GPS, was paid $523,000 by a Russian businessman convicted of tax fraud and money laundering,&nbsp;<strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">whose lawyer,<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/11/vesel.png"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">Natalia Veselnitskaya</span></span></a>, was a key figure in the infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower arranged by Fusion GPS associate Rob Goldstone.</strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">In short, D.C. opposition research firm Fusion GPS is the common denominator behind&nbsp;two schemes used to damage the Trump campaign. Founded in 2011 by former Wall St. Journal journalist Glenn Simpson and two other WSJ alumni, Fusion was responsible for&nbsp;both the&nbsp;<a href="http://archive.is/hpR9m" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">Clinton/DNC - funded dossier</span></span></a>&nbsp;(<a href="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/11/sources.png" target="_blank"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">which&nbsp;had the cooperation of Kremlin&nbsp;</span></span></em></a><em><a href="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/11/sources.png"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">officials</span></span></a>),<strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">&nbsp;</strong></em>as well as&nbsp;deeply involved in the infamous Trump Tower meeting with the Russian attorney of another Fusion client - which some suspect may have been used to obtain a FISA wiretapping warrant on the Trump campaign.</p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Of note, the 34-page dossier created by Fusion<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://archive.is/UAl0K" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">was reportedly used to obtain a FISA surveillance warrant</span></span></a><span>&nbsp;</span>on one-time adviser to the Trump campaign, Carter Page.</p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Also notable is the fact that Fusion&nbsp;co-founder Glenn Simpson<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/07/fusion-gps-founder-met-with-russian-at-center-of-trump-tower-meeting/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">met with Natalia Veselnitskaya</span></span></a><span>&nbsp;</span>hours before the Trump Tower meeting, and<span>&nbsp;</span><em>also&nbsp;</em>met with Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman<span>&nbsp;</span><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">John Podesta</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/11/john-podesta-met-with-fusion-gps-founder-after-trump-dossier-was-published/" target="_blank"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">the day after</span></span></em></a><span>&nbsp;</span>the 34-page dossier was published by BuzzFeed. Glenn gets around.&nbsp;</p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">InFusion of Funds</strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><em>The Daily Caller</em>'s<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://twitter.com/ChuckRossDC" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">Chuck Ross</span></span></a><span>&nbsp;</span>- who has done an&nbsp;outstanding job turning over stones and finding gold - now reports that the&nbsp;<a href="http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/21/unsealed-fusion-gps-bank-records-show-russia-related-payments/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">heavily redacted Fusion GPS bank records</span></span></a>&nbsp;unsealed Tuesday reveal DNC law firm <a href="http://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/11/rec1.png" target="_blank">Perkins Coie</a>&nbsp;paid Fusion a total of<span>&nbsp;</span><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">$1,024,408&nbsp;</strong>in 2016 for opposition research on then-candidate Donald Trump - including the 34-page dossier.</p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Ross<span>&nbsp;</span><em>also</em><span>&nbsp;</span>reports that law firm <a href="http://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/11/rec2.png" target="_blank">Baker Hostelter</a><span>&nbsp;</span>paid Fusion<span>&nbsp;</span><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">$523,651</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>between March and October 2016 on behalf of a company owned by<span>&nbsp;</span><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">Russian businessman and money launderer Denis Katsyv</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>to research Bill Browder, a London banker who helped push through the Magnitsky Act - named after deceased Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.</p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">Magnitsky Act</strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><a href="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/11/serge.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-12712" src="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/11/serge-300x187.jpg" style="margin: 0.5em 0px 0.5em 1em; height: auto; float: right; max-width: 100%;" width="300" height="187" /></a>Magnitsky uncovered a high level embezzlement and money laundering scheme, sanctioned by Russian Officials, in which large sums of money were stolen from the Russian government&nbsp;and invested in New York real estate. Some of the missing funds were<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.reportingproject.net/proxy/en/following-the-magnitsky-money" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">traced to Katsyv</span></span></a><a href="https://www.reportingproject.net/proxy/en/following-the-magnitsky-money" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">'s firm</span></span></a>, Prevezon Holdings Ltd., which settled with the Justice Department in 2017 - paying<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-13/u-s-reaches-5-9-million-deal-in-russian-fraud-laundering-case" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">$5.9 million</span></span></a><span>&nbsp;</span>in fines.</p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Magnitsky was arrested and thrown in prison for just under a year, where he died seven days before he was to be released. He developed gall stones, pancreatitis, and a blocked gall bladder for which he received little to no medical care,&nbsp;and was found to have been<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-drops-inquiry-into-death-of-sergei-magnitsky-8541205.html" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">physically assaulted</span></span></a>&nbsp;shortly before he died.&nbsp;</p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">In response to Magnitsky's horrific death and&nbsp;because Russian money laundering occurred on US soil, Congress and President Obama enacted the Magnitsky act in 2012 - imposing sanctions on Russia and barring Russian officials believed to be involved in Magnitsky's death from entering the United States. Russia retaliated by halting an adoption program for US foster parents.</p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">Enter Natalia</strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">What's strange is that Katsyv's attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya - a&nbsp;<a href="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/11/mccainfan.png" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">John McCain fan</span></span></a>&nbsp;who <em>hates</em> Trump and <a href="http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/12/exclusive-radical-dem-worked-for-russian-lawyer-who-met-with-trump-jr/" target="_blank">uses Democrat lobbyists</a>, was initially&nbsp;<strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">denied entry into the United States,</strong>&nbsp;only to be granted entry under "extraordinary circumstances" by Obama's Homeland Security Department and<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/342118-homeland-security-confirms-special-entry-for-russian-lawyer" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">approved by former AG Loretta Lynch</span></span></a>&nbsp;so she could represent<span>&nbsp;</span><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">Fusion GPS client</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>Denis Katsyv's company, Prevezon Holdings -<span>&nbsp;</span><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">and attend the meeting at Trump Tower&nbsp;with Donald Trump Jr. - arranged by Fusion GPS associate Rob Goldstone.</strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">Let's Review:</strong></p> <ul style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"> <li>Russian businessman Denis Katsyv was a key figure in an embezzlement and money laundering scheme involving New York real estate, uncovered by Russian lawyer and accountant Sergei Magnitsky. Magnitsky died in<span>&nbsp;</span>Moscow's Butyrka prison after a year of inhumane treatment.&nbsp;</li> <li>The embezzlement scheme uncovered by Magnitsky along with the circumstances behind his death&nbsp;resulted in the Magnitsky Act - a bipartisan bill signed in December 2012 by President Obama which imposed sanctions on Russia.</li> <li>Katsyv settled with the U.S. Justice department in 2017, paying a paltry $5.9 million in 2017 to settle the case -<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-crime-prevezon/u-s-settles-russian-money-laundering-case-idUSKBN18904I" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">less than 3%</span></span></a><span>&nbsp;</span>of the amount originally&nbsp;sought by federal prosecutors.&nbsp;</li> <li>Katsyv's attorney,&nbsp;<a href="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/11/vesel.png" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">Natalia Veselnitskaya</span></span></a>,&nbsp;<strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">lobbied</strong><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">&nbsp;to remove the sanctions</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>imposed by the Magnitsky Act.&nbsp;</li> <li>Fusion GPS was paid&nbsp;$523,651 by Katsyv to investigate London Banker Bill Browder who pushed for the Magnitsky Act</li> <li><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">Fusion GPS associate Rob Goldstone&nbsp;</strong>set up the infamous meeting at Trump Tower&nbsp;between Donald Trump Jr.,<span>&nbsp;</span><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">Katsyv's lawyer&nbsp;</strong>Natalia Veselnitskaya and various associates. The meeting was pitched to Trump Jr. as a "discussion on adoption" (<a href="http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/354537-russian-lawyers-email-points-to-sanctions-as-focus-of-meeting-with" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;"><em>not</em>&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #0066cc;">opposition research on Hillary Clinton</span></span></a>)&nbsp;and was shut down by Trump after it became clear Veselnitskaya wanted to discuss the Magnitsky Act, which Don Jr. apparently didn't realize was linked to the adoption issue. Others present at the meeting include Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and<span>&nbsp;</span>Goldstone<strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">.</strong></li> <li><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">Hours before the Trump Tower meeting, Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/07/fusion-gps-founder-met-with-russian-at-center-of-trump-tower-meeting/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">met with Veselnitskaya</span></span></a>.</strong></li> </ul> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">Meanwhile...</strong></p> <ul style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"> <li><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">Fusion GPS was paid $1,024,408 by a DNC law firm, funded in part by Hillary Clinton and the DNC</strong>,<span>&nbsp;</span><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">to create the salacious 34 page dossier.</strong></li> <li><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">Fusion paid former British spy Christopher Steele $168,000</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>to assemble the document (which had the cooperation of&nbsp;<em>two</em><span>&nbsp;</span>senior Kremlin officials).</li> <li>Clinton campaign manager<span>&nbsp;</span><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">John Podesta met with Fusion CEO Glenn Simpson</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>the&nbsp;<em><a href="http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/11/john-podesta-met-with-fusion-gps-founder-after-trump-dossier-was-published/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">day after</span></span></a></em><span>&nbsp;</span>the 34 page dossier was made public.</li> </ul> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">For their efforts, Fusion GPS was paid over $1.5 million dollars between Hillary Clinton, the<span>&nbsp;</span>DNC, and the holding company owned by pro-Kremlin businessman&nbsp;Denis Katsyv.</p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">Russian Ties Galore!</strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Looking at&nbsp;<em>other</em><span>&nbsp;</span>Russian affiliations on the left - since that's the entire<span>&nbsp;</span>impetus<span>&nbsp;</span>of the witch hunt against President Trump:</p> <ul style="color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"> <li>Russia gained control over 20% of United States uranium after the Clinton Foundation<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-clinton-foundation-investigation-russia-20171120-story.html" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">received $145 million</span></span></a><span>&nbsp;</span>from Uranium One affiliates and Russian oligarchs connected to the deal.</li> <li>The Obama administration approved the transaction&nbsp;<a href="http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/355749-fbi-uncovered-russian-bribery-plot-before-obama-administration" target="_blank"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">after the FBI knew</span></span></em></a><span>&nbsp;</span>of a Russian plot to corner the US Uranium market and a racketeering scheme involving a Kentucky trucking company.&nbsp;Over 5,000 documents<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/2017/11/17/fbi-informant-has-video-of-russian-agents-with-briefcases-of-bribe-money-in-clinton-uranium-scandal/" target="_blank"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">and a video</span></span></em></a><span>&nbsp;</span>of Russians preparing a briefcase stuffed with&nbsp;bribe money for Obama administration officials&nbsp;were obtained by an FBI informant.</li> <li>Bill Clinton met with Vladimir Putin&nbsp;<a href="http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/356323-bill-clinton-sought-states-permission-to-meet-with-russian-nuclear" target="_blank"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">at his house in Russia</span></span></em></a>,&nbsp;<strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">the same day</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>he collected $500,000 for a speech to a Russian bank which upgraded Uranium One stock. Clinton sought approval from Hillary Clinton's State Department to meet with 15 Russians.</li> <li><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/10/pic_giant_041314_SM_The-Influence-Merchants-Podesta.jpg"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">Tony Podesta</span></span></a>, brother of John Podesta,<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/05/tony-podesta-lobbied-for-russias-uranium-one-and-did-not-file-as-a-foreign-agent/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">lobbied for Uranium One</span></span></a>&nbsp;<em>after</em><span>&nbsp;</span>Russia state-owned energy giant Rosatom owned the company outright.</li> <li>Tony Podesta met regularly with Clinton Foundation and was considered "basically part" of the organization,<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/2017/10/25/former-podesta-group-executive-says-firm-peddled-russian-oligarchs-all-over-dc-with-paul-manafort-video/#sthash.lCftZFE9.kEWjyziv.dpbs" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">according to a former long-time executive</span></span></a><span>&nbsp;</span>of the Podesta Group, who also said Podesta was "peddling Russian oligarchs" all over D.C.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Clinton campaign chief and longtime DNC operative John Podesta recommended&nbsp;that Tony Podesta hire Hillary Clinton's chief legislative advisor at the State Department,<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://archive.is/fG26W"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">David Adams</span></span></a>, which&nbsp;allowed a direct link between the firm's Russian clients and the Obama administration.&nbsp;</li> <li>John Podesta sat on the board and owned shares in Joule Unlimited - a green-energy company which received<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://nypost.com/2017/07/05/uncovering-the-russia-ties-of-hillarys-campaign-chief/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">$35 million</span></span></a><span>&nbsp;</span>from the Russian government while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State. In addition to Podesta, Joule's board of directors included senior Russian official Anatoly Chubais and oligarch Reuben Vardanyan - a Putin appointee to the Russian economic modernization council. Podesta jettisoned his shares before the 2016 election, transferring them to his daughter via a shell corporation.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: left; color: #333333; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong style="font-weight: bold !important;">Unfortunately,&nbsp;</strong>Attorney General Jeff Sessions<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/360292-sessions-wed-need-factual-basis-for-second-special-counsel-for" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">feels there isn't 'enough basis</span></span></a>'&nbsp;to investigate&nbsp;<em>any or all of the above.&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="text-align: center; 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They believe that we have become more civilized than to utilize violent measures when hunger strikes.</p> <p>But <strong>an incident in Morocco the other day showed us exactly how hungry people behave.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/11/21/20171121_mor_0.png"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/11/21/20171121_mor_0.png" style="width: 560px; height: 236px;" /></a></p> <p><u><strong>And it isn&rsquo;t pretty.</strong></u></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Food was being distributed in a rural market in&nbsp;Sidi Boulaalam, a poor village. Women had come to the market with baskets to get food for their families, when suddenly, what could only be described as a stampede erupted.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>At least 15 women died and five were wounded in a stampede during a food distribution operation on Sunday morning in rural Morocco</strong>, government officials said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The victims were crushed as hundreds of people, mostly women, gathered to collect baskets of food at the market&hellip;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&hellip;In the aftermath of the stampede, clothes and other personal items were left scattered across the ground. (<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/19/world/africa/morocco-stampede.html?_r=0" rel="noopener" target="_blank">source</a>)</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>That number was later updated to&nbsp;<a href="http://m.dailyasianage.com/news/95886/morocco-food-stampede-kills-15" rel="noopener" target="_blank">40 people</a>&nbsp;who were injured in the crush.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Witnesses told local media that this year&rsquo;s annual food aid distribution at a local market in Sidi Boulaalam, an impoverished town with just over 8,000 inhabitants, attracted a larger crowd than usual.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;This year there were lots of people, several hundred people,&rdquo; </strong>a witness who asked to remain anonymous told AFP news agency.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;People shoved, they broke down the barriers,&rdquo;</strong> he said, adding that the injured had been evacuated to a hospital in Marrakesh. (<a href="http://m.dailyasianage.com/news/95886/morocco-food-stampede-kills-15" rel="noopener" target="_blank">source</a>)</p> </blockquote> <p>Here&rsquo;s a video of the aftermath in this Tweet. (If it won&rsquo;t play for you, <a href="https://twitter.com/ajplus/status/932986979515482113" rel="noopener" target="_blank">go here</a>.)</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Food delivery was supposed to bring relief. Instead, it caused a deadly stampede in drought-stricken Morocco. <a href="https://t.co/QslXgLZEfu">pic.twitter.com/QslXgLZEfu</a></p> <p>&mdash; AJ+ (@ajplus) <a href="https://twitter.com/ajplus/status/932986979515482113?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 21, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>The value of the food being handed out? $16</strong></p> <p>15 families were left without mothers over $16 of food. To be fair, villagers in that part of the world live on about&nbsp;$3 per day, but still &ndash; this shows what desperation can do.</p> <h3><u>It&rsquo;s not just Morocco.</u></h3> <p><strong>It happens somewhere in the world every day.</strong> Here are some acts of desperation that have happened just in recent months.</p> <ul> <li>A <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-13/north-korean-soldier-shot-while-escaping-across-dmz" rel="noopener" target="_blank">North Korean soldier got shot 7 times</a> and still kept running to get to freedom.</li> <li>Venezuelan women are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-26/venezuelan-women-forced-turn-prostitution-afford-food" rel="noopener" target="_blank">becoming prostitutes in exchange for food</a>.</li> <li>People with the <a href="http://www.shtfplan.com/conspiracy-fact-and-theory/shock-black-death-patients-are-escaping-the-hospital-over-fear-of-needles-as-officials-worry-plague-could-spread_11182017" rel="noopener" target="_blank">plague are fleeing the hospital</a> (and life-saving treatment) because of fear.</li> <li>Roving <a href="http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/this-is-what-collapse-looks-like-roving-gangs-fight-for-resources-aid-workers-being-held-at-gunpoint-in-puerto-rico_10012017" rel="noopener" target="_blank">gangs were fighting for food and wate</a>r in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.</li> <li>On St. Martin, people were &ldquo;<a href="https://www.rt.com/news/403003-saint-martin-irma-looting/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">fighting on the streets</a>&rdquo; for what food was left after Hurricane Irma.</li> </ul> <p><em><strong>When you are desperate, the normal rules do not apply.</strong></em></p> <h3><u>Every year, we get a glimpse of this kind of insanity in America</u></h3> <p>Every year, on &ldquo;Black Friday&rdquo; we get a glimpse of the kind of behavior that causes people to be crushed to death and assaulted. The day after Thanksgiving (ironically) people get up before daylight, stand in line, and shove their way through a crowd to get the best deals. (Stay tuned this weekend for the 2017 Black Friday Hall of Shame.)</p> <p><strong>And they aren&rsquo;t even hungry.</strong></p> <p>People climb&nbsp;all over each other for cheap electronics. Fistfights erupt&nbsp;over vegetable steamers. People are ready to throw down and do battle for sale priced bath towels and televisions.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pBkGla-sYis" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>I&rsquo;d hazard a guess that folks who spend time and money fighting over electronics are not the kind of people who prep. That means that these are the people who will be hungry in a long-term disaster. &nbsp;Look at those people, stampeding to get to a sale on things that they don&rsquo;t actually need to survive. Their inhibitions are loosened because those around them are behaving in the same way.</p> <p><strong>You have to look at the psychology of this.</strong></p> <p>People can justify pretty much anything when they or their children are starving. And I can understand that to a large degree &ndash; who could stand to watch their babies suffering? &nbsp;But if someone can devolve to the above degree just to because everyone else is doing it, the chaos we saw above is only a <em>tiny sample</em> of what could come if people were truly hungry.</p> <p><em><strong>The line between civilization and THIS is very thin.</strong></em></p> <h3><u>Desperate people do desperate things.</u></h3> <p><em><strong>We need to be prepared by having the <a href="https://preppersmarket.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">essential supplies</a> on hand to keep us from becoming one of those desperate people in the middle of a stampede for a few days&rsquo; worth of food, but what&rsquo;s more, we need to <a href="http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/preppers-need-guns-3-reasons-firearms-play-a-role-in-your-defensive-plan-12012015" rel="noopener" target="_blank">be prepared for the prospect of those desperate people</a>. Keeping a low profile is the best defense but sometimes it&rsquo;s not enough.</strong></em></p> <p>In a desperate situation, you have to be ready for desperate people to behave in a desperate manner. It happens in real life all the time. Somewhere on this planet, someone is desperate and they will do <em>anything</em> to meet their needs.</p> <p>It only takes one person to start the charge in a tense scenario, and when that happens, the others will follow.</p> <p><strong>Don&rsquo;t count on the rules of &ldquo;civilization&rdquo; to save you.</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="865" height="364" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20171121_mor.png?1511321626" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/psychology-desperate-people-15-dead-40-injured-food-stampede-morocco#comments AFP Black Friday Brain Food Hunger Neuroscience Personal life Puerto Rico Survivalism Twitter Twitter Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:30:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 607725 at http://www.zerohedge.com Budget Preview: Chancellor Philip Hammond's Impossible Task To "Square The UK's Circle" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/budget-preview-chancellor-philip-hammonds-impossible-task-square-uks-circle <p><strong>At lunchtime today, Philip Hammond will give the weakened Conservative government&rsquo;s first budget in the new parliament. </strong></p> <p>Against a likely backdrop of downgrades for the economy from the OBR, the Chancellor will be under immense pressure to provide a sound plan going forward on many issues. <a href="https://www.statista.com/chart/11933/budget-2017_-more-money-for-public-services-please/">As Statista&#39;s Martin Armstrong notes,</a> the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.statista.com/chart/11852/the-immense-financial-pressure-on-nhs-nurses/" target="_blank">NHS&nbsp;</a>has already had its call for an emergency boost of &pound;4 billion rejected, but there will need to be at least some answers to the problems surrounding health and public services funding.</p> <p>As a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.comresglobal.com/polls/mhp-november-2017-pre-budget/" target="_blank">new survey</a>&nbsp;by ComRes shows, <strong>this topic is one of particular importance to the public, with 67 percent saying that there should be more investment in these services, with a slight majority even saying they would personally be prepared to pay more taxes to enable it.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.statista.com/chart/11933/budget-2017_-more-money-for-public-services-please/" title="Infographic: Budget 2017: more money for public services, please | Statista"><img alt="Infographic: Budget 2017: more money for public services, please | Statista" src="https://infographic.statista.com/normal/chartoftheday_11933_budget_2017_more_money_for_public_services_please_n.jpg" style="height: 356px; width: 500px;" /></a></p> <p><strong>Clearly, this is a highly significant budget and we would be greatly surprised if it&rsquo;s considered a success. </strong>As we <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-20/britains-gravest-economic-challenge-isnt-brexit">noted</a> yesterday, Reuters columnist and former European economics editor of The Economist, Paul Wallace, believes:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>Few British budgets have mattered as much as the one that Philip Hammond will deliver to the House of Commons on Nov. 22.</strong> The chancellor of the exchequer must shore up Theresa May&rsquo;s perilously shaky government ahead of a vital Brexit summit of European leaders in mid-December. At the same time Hammond has to keep a grip on the public finances.</p> </blockquote> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user235761/imageroot/2017/11/04/FisPhil2_0.png" style="width: 500px; height: 283px;" /></p> <p>However, it&rsquo;s worse than that, as the Chancellor is also under pressure from senior members of the Conservative party, never mind UK citizens, to increase spending amid widespread fatigue with austerity. Here is the <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/0635965e-cdf5-11e7-9dbb-291a884dd8c6">Financial Times</a> on the stiff challenge Hammond is facing.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>UK Chancellor Philip Hammond is under pressure from all sides as he prepares to deliver his second Budget on Wednesday. The first Budget of a new parliament is traditionally the time for chancellors to take bold decisions about taxes and spending. But the economic forecasts are likely to be difficult, public services are under strain, and pro-Brexit MPs are increasingly turning on the chancellor over his support for a &ldquo;soft Brexit&rdquo;. If Mr Hammond produces a safety-first Budget, he squanders his opportunity to decisively shape Britain&rsquo;s future. But boldness risks backfiring, and steering a middle course threatens to satisfy nobody.</p> </blockquote> <p>The FT notes that the Chancellor&rsquo;s statement will &ldquo;serve a cold dish of downgrades for the UK economy&rdquo; from the independent &ldquo;Office for Budget Responsibility&rdquo; (OBR). This year&rsquo;s growth forecast is expected to be cut from 2.0% to 1.6% and for 2018 from 1.6% to 1.4%. The medium-term forecasts depend on the OBR&rsquo;s assumptions on productivity growth, which it has already flagged will be cut &ldquo;significantly&rdquo;. The FT expects that.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>That means growth figures for 2020 and beyond will be closer to 1.5 per cent a year, compared with the 2 per cent that the fiscal watchdog had previously forecast.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Paul Wallace highlighted productivity as Hammond&rsquo;s biggest problem.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>But the gravest challenge he faces is economic: Britain&rsquo;s persistent productivity blight&hellip;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Other advanced economies have also experienced setbacks to productivity growth following the financial crisis. Where Britain stands out is in the severity of its reverse.<strong> The shortfall in productivity is the main reason real wages are now 4 percent lower than 10 years ago, a potent reason why the leave campaign prevailed in the Brexit referendum.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>While public finances look slightly more robust in the near-term, the outlook is deteriorating 3-4 years out, as the&nbsp; FT explains&quot;</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>Tax revenues have been stronger than expected this year, alongside lower-than-expected public spending.</strong> As a result, this year&rsquo;s expected public borrowing will fall by about &pound;8bn. The debt burden will begin to fall next year, giving Mr Hammond the opportunity to boast that he has turned the corner on public finances. But good news in the short term disappears towards the end of the forecast horizon, as weaker economic forecasts bear down on projected tax revenues. Before any accounting or tax changes, the deficit forecast in 2020-21 is likely to rise by more than &pound;10bn compared with the March forecast. The government has already said it wants to reduce borrowing to under 2 per cent of national income by 2020-21, but Mr Hammond&rsquo;s headroom is likely to roughly halve, from &pound;26bn to about &pound;13bn, in that year.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>However, he does have one thing up his sleeve&hellip;an off-balance sheet accounting gimmick.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>The chancellor wants to signal that after a difficult year, things are looking up, with debt falling and Brexit-related uncertainties lifting. To offset bad news in the medium-term public finances, he will use a &pound;5bn-a-year accounting change &mdash; by taking housing associations&rsquo; borrowing off the government&rsquo;s books &mdash; to free up more money for housing, wages and healthcare.</p> </blockquote> <p>Affordable housing is a major problem for Hammond and Prime Minister Theresa May. According to the FT:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>Fixing the &ldquo;broken housing market&rdquo; is the government&rsquo;s biggest domestic priority.</strong> The chancellor wants to make rents more affordable and ease the path to home ownership for younger adults who have deserted the Conservative party in recent elections. Mr Hammond has already set a target of 300,000 new homes per year, but has also insisted there is no &ldquo;single magic bullet&rdquo; to solving housing problems.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>He will announce a housing package on Wednesday that is likely to include commissioning of new building on public land and funding for local authorities to construct homes. He will also reaffirm the Tories&rsquo; promise from last month&rsquo;s party conference to commit &pound;10bn more of Help to Buy equity loans, and set out plans to lower stamp duty for some first-time buyers. There will be no big reform of planning laws for the &ldquo;greenbelt&rdquo; of protected area outside of London, but local authorities could be given more powers for compulsory purchase of land.</p> </blockquote> <p>In its budget preview, the left-leaning <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/nov/21/widening-uk-budget-deficit-hands-hammond-a-headache">Guardian</a> newspaper highlights the deteriorating outlook for public finances due to the productivity problem.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Lower expectations for the output per worker will have an impact on the gross domestic product, cutting the amount of economic output available for taxation. The Institute for Fiscal Studies reckons the downgrade will contribute to a &pound;20bn black hole in the public finances, limiting Hammond&rsquo;s spending power if he wants to stick to his pledge to remove the deficit by the mid-2020s. John McDonnell, the Labour shadow chancellor, seized on the October data to argue that seven years of spending cuts had &ldquo;caused pain and misery for millions with little to show for it&rdquo;.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>As if &ldquo;Fiscal Phil&rdquo; Hammond didn&rsquo;t have enough on his plate, he&rsquo;s also been lambasted for his gaffe that &ldquo;there are no unemployed people&rdquo; in Britain, in a television interview at the weekend.</strong> Disliked by the pro-Brexit side of his party, Hammond&rsquo;s budget speech is being viewed by some as the &ldquo;make or break&rdquo; moment of his career. We concur.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user235761/imageroot/2017/11/04/FisPhil_0.png"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user235761/imageroot/2017/11/04/FisPhil_0.png" style="width: 500px; height: 295px;" /></a></p> <p><strong>Meanwhile, <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-21/six-fiscal-measures-that-might-just-crop-up-in-the-u-k-budget">Bloomberg</a> has been doing some sleuthing on budget preparations by government departments and think tanks.</strong> It identifies six things to look out for when Philip Hammond stand up in parliament to deliver his speech.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>The U.K. budget is usually a mixture of measures that have been heavily trailed in the run-up by various government ministers, with a liberal sprinkling of surprises. In the past six months there have been myriad consultations and papers on everything from the offshore oil to air pollution that hint at possible measures in the works. Bloomberg trawled through that documentation, as well as recent announcements, to identify six areas that are likely to get a mention when Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond lays out his economic blueprint.</p> <p><strong>1. Stamp Duty and the Housing Crisis</strong><br />Prime Minister Theresa May last week pledged that it&rsquo;s her personal mission to &ldquo;build more homes, more quickly.&rdquo; To that end, the budget is likely to include a number of measures to encourage construction and enable younger people to get on the housing ladder. Asked on the BBC on Sunday about whether the home-buying tax known as stamp duty would be cut for younger buyers, Hammond declined to discuss tax matters, but didn&rsquo;t deny he was looking at the measure.</p> <p>&ldquo;We recognize the challenge for young first-time buyers, that in many parts of the country deposits are now very large,&rdquo; Hammond said. &ldquo;Nobody is saying we&rsquo;ve done enough. We must do more. We recognize there&rsquo;s a challenge there and on Wednesday I shall set out how we intend to address it.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>2. North Sea Oil and Gas</strong><br />Whilst remaining committed to its climate-change goals, the U.K. is also trying to extract as much value from its waning oil and gas fields in the North Sea. The industry is crucial to the economy in Scotland, which would be grateful for any assistance to a financial lifeline even as it remains angry at the Conservatives for taking it out of the European Union.</p> <p>At the last budget in March, the government published a &ldquo;discussion paper&rdquo; that examined allowing transfers of tax history between buyers and sellers of oil and gas assets -- a measure designed to make it easier to buy and sell the fields, and keep them producing for longer. It would allow buyers to get a tax refund as a result of any costs incurred decommissioning the field at the end of its life.</p> <p>Hammond told the Sunday Times he&rsquo;s &ldquo;looking at&rdquo; a possible change in the tax rules, which is &ldquo;the No. 1 ask of my Scottish colleagues.&rdquo; Even so, he did issue a note of caution, adding that the Treasury needs to ensure the reform &ldquo;is robust and that we don&rsquo;t inadvertently create scope for gaming on a grand scale in the tax system.&quot;</p> <p><strong>3. Boosting Research &amp; Development</strong><br />May on Monday said the government aims to increase public and private research and development spending to 2.4 percent of economic output by 2027, and beyond that to 3 percent. &ldquo;This could mean about 80 billion pounds ($106 billion) of additional investment in the next decade,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>As part of an announcement the same day linked to her government&rsquo;s Industrial Strategy -- due to be published next week -- she said that would begin with a commitment for an extra 2.3 billion pounds of investment in the 2021-2022 tax year, taking total public investment to 12.5 billion pounds that year. The government also signaled plans for a 1.7 billion-pound fund focused on improving regional transport links.</p> <p><strong>4. Shale Wealth Fund</strong><br />In another measure aimed at boosting the fossil-fuel industry -- in this case by making it more palatable to local communities -- the government promised at the last election to overhaul a pledged fund worth as much as 1 billion pounds to distribute some of the profits from hydraulic fracturing.</p> <p>The aim is to ensure &ldquo;a greater percentage of the tax revenues from shale gas directly benefit the communities that host extraction sites.&rdquo; The government last week responded to a consultation on the issue pledging the fund will initially consist of as much as 10 percent of tax revenues from shale-gas extraction, with proceeds to be spent on projects ranging from play parks for children to improved transport links and restoring historical sites.</p> <p><strong>5. Air Pollution Tax</strong><br />Diesel vehicles have become a political football of late. For years, governments ignored evidence that diesel is worse for air quality and encouraged its use because the fuel is less damaging to the climate than gasoline. With air pollution now under the microscope in London in particular, the government published an air-quality plan over the summer and is likely to include measures in the budget designed to help clean up the air in Britain&rsquo;s cities by encouraging cleaner vehicles.</p> <p>Possible measures include raising the sales tax on diesel cars, known as vehicle excise duty, or raising taxation on diesel fuel itself, which is currently taxed at the same level as gasoline, at about 58 pence per liter. The government has also said it will consider programs to encourage motorists to trade in their older, more polluting cars, for newer, cleaner ones. Ministers also stepping up efforts to encourage the use of more electric vehicles by supporting the development of batteries and the deployment of charging points.</p> <p><strong>6. Fund for Start-Ups</strong><br />In August, the government proposed a new National Investment Fund that would help start-ups access the &ldquo;patient capital&rdquo; funding they need to develop into so-called &ldquo;unicorns&rdquo; -- innovative companies valued at over $1 billion. A consultation on the proposal closed in September, and Hammond is likely to propose a confirmed plan of action in the budget.</p> <p>The consultation suggested funding should come from the British Business Bank, replacing the backing currently received from the European Investment Fund. One of the reasons this could get a mention is that the the government is keen to demonstrate that London can attract Big Tech even when it&rsquo;s no longer in the European Union.</p> </blockquote> <p>Although the view is hardly unique to this government, <strong>a mere 22 percent said that they feel taxpayers&#39; money is currently being spent wisely.</strong></p> <p>Whether this percentage will go up or down after the Chancellor&#39;s statement today, remains to be seen.</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="481" height="266" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20171121_budget.png?1511312862" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/budget-preview-chancellor-philip-hammonds-impossible-task-square-uks-circle#comments Austerity Brexit Business Conservative government conservative party Economy of the United Kingdom European Union European Union Fracturing Fund for Start-UpsIn Government Government of the United Kingdom Gross Domestic Product Hammond House of Commons Housing Market Institute for Fiscal Studies Martin Armstrong Newspaper NHS Office for Budget Responsibility Office for Budget Responsibility Philip Hammond Political debates about the United States federal budget Politics Politics of the United Kingdom Reuters Shadow Chancellor Tax The Economist United Kingdom government austerity programme Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:45:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 607694 at http://www.zerohedge.com Doomsday Scenarios: UK's Hair-Raising Admissions About Prospects Of Nuclear War (Or Accident) http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/doomsday-scenarios-uks-hair-raising-admissions-about-prospects-nuclear-war-or-accide <p><a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/11/20/doomsday-scenarios-the-uks-hair-raising-admissions-about-the-prospect-of-nuclear-war-and-accident/"><em>Authored by T J Coles via Counterpunch.org,</em></a></p> <p><strong>The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published several reports over the last few years. They discuss geopolitics and related themes, one of which is the likelihood of nuclear war or accident, including what it means for long-term survival.</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/11/21/20171121_fallout.png"><img height="307" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/11/21/20171121_fallout.png" width="497" /></a></strong></p> <p>Experts say that even a so-called limited exchange or accident would be catastrophic. For example, a recent paper in <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2013EF000205/full"><em>Earth&rsquo;s Future</em></a> calculates that the most optimistic scenario of a &ldquo;small,&rdquo; regional nuclear war between India and Pakistan would wipe out millions of people through famine and result in a nuclear winter. An exchange between the USA and Russia, for instance, could be even bigger and more devastating.</p> <p>America&rsquo;s ongoing <a href="https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R42448.pdf">&ldquo;Asia Pivot&rdquo;</a> encourages China to build up its arsenals. <a href="https://thebulletin.org/fierce-urgency-nuclear-zero10491">Proxy wars</a> in Syria and Ukraine with Russia and continuing <a href="https://www.armscontrol.org/act/2017-11/news/trump-boxes-us-north-korea">tensions</a> with North Korea also increase the risk of brinkmanship and miscalculation between those nuclear powers.</p> <h3><u><strong>Britain&rsquo;s Role&nbsp;</strong></u></h3> <p><strong>By <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/24/britain-to-resume-training-syrian-rebels/">training rebels</a> in Syria and armed forces in <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-to-expand-support-to-ukraines-armed-forces">Ukraine</a>, the UK is particularly responsible for contributing to escalating tensions. </strong>Britain remains one of the USA&rsquo;s closest allies and enjoys a &ldquo;special relationship&rdquo; with the US. It serves as a proxy for US Trident nuclear weapons systems. The UK&rsquo;s Vanguard submarines host US-supplied <a href="http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Uk/UKArsenalRecent.html">Trident II D5</a> Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. In 2016, a dummy ICBM was launched by the UK at a test target off the coast of Africa. It self-destructed and <a href="http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2017/01/23/errant-missile-launch-would-have-been-near-cape/96966466/">headed for Florida</a>, according to news reports. The event took place a time when the British government voted to <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2016/july/mps-debate-the-uks-nuclear-deterrent-18-july-2016/">upgrade</a> Trident in violation of Britain&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/trident-contradicts-uk-non-proliferation-stance-1704950.html">Non-Proliferation Treaty</a> obligations and at a time when the newly-appointed Prime Minister, Theresa May (not yet elected), answered <a href="https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2016-07-18/debates/7B7A196B-B37C-4787-99DC-098882B3EFA2/UKSNuclearDeterrent">&ldquo;Yes,&rdquo;</a> when asked by a member of Parliament if she would launch a nuclear missile and kill hundreds of thousands of civilians.</p> <p><strong>Let&rsquo;s look at some examples of the UK MoD&rsquo;s admissions that: 1) the world is getting more dangerous, 2) it is likely that some states will use nuclear weapons at some point, 3) brinksmanship increases the risk of miscalculation, and 4) that such events threaten human existence. </strong>These admissions are startling for a number of reasons: the MoD possesses nuclear weapons, yet acknowledges their danger; the media fail to report on these matters, despite their coming from establishment sources; and governments are not inherently compelled by this information to de-escalate.</p> <h3><u><strong>&ldquo;Doomsday Scenarios.&rdquo;</strong></u></h3> <p>Every few years, the MoD updates its studies concerning the nature of global developments. The third edition of the <a href="http://www.cuttingthroughthematrix.com/articles/strat_trends_23jan07.pdf"><em>Strategic Trends Programme</em></a> predicts trends between the years 2007-2036. It states (MoD&rsquo;s emphases):</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>Accelerating nuclear proliferation will create a more complex and dangerous strategic environment, with the likely clustering of nuclear-armed states in regions that have significant potential for instability or have fears about foreign intervention.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For example, North Korean, Pakistani and potentially, Iranian nuclear weapon capability will increase significantly the risks of conflict in Asia if a system of mutual deterrence does not emerge. In addition, nuclear possession may lead to greater adventurism and irresponsible conventional and irregular behaviour, to the point of brinkmanship and misunderstanding.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Finally, there is a possibility that neutron technologies may reemerge as potential deterrent and warfighting options.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p><u><strong>Neutron weapons supposedly kill living things but do not harm property.</strong></u> The report also notes a potential &ldquo;revival of interest&rdquo; among &ldquo;developed states&rdquo; in &ldquo;neutron and smarter nuclear technologies.&rdquo; Neutron bombs could become &ldquo;a weapon of choice for extreme ethnic cleansing in an increasingly populated world.&rdquo; The document concludes rather casually, stating: &ldquo;Many of the concerns over the development of new technologies lie in their safety, including the potential for disastrous outcomes, planned and unplanned.&rdquo; Note the word planned. It goes on to say: &ldquo;Various doomsday scenarios arising in relation to these and other areas of development present the possibility of catastrophic impacts, ultimately including the end of the world, or at least of humanity.&rdquo;</p> <p>Will the US or Israel get impatience and attack Iran or North Korea? The now-archived <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/486301/20151210-Archived_DCDC_FCOC.pdf"><em>Future of Character of Conflict</em></a> (2010) predicts trends out to 2035 and states:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>The risk of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) use will endure; indeed increase, over the long term.</strong> The strategic anxiety and potential instability caused by CBRN proliferation is typified by international frustration over Iran and North Korea, with the risks of pre-emptive action and regional arms races, and where soft power alone has not been notably successful.</p> </blockquote> <p>Soft power refers to economic and diplomatic coercion. As the US expands its global reach, other countries might seek possession of nuclear weapons to deter the USA: &ldquo;[t]he possession of nuclear weapons, perceived as essential for survival and status, will remain a goal of many aspiring powers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Unless enforcement mechanisms are imposed, will arms controls and treaties be effective? Out to the year 2040, says the MoD&rsquo;s fourth edition of its now-withdrawn <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/654717/GST4_v9_Feb10_archived.pdf"><em>Strategic Trends Programme</em></a>, &ldquo;[t]he likelihood of nuclear weapons usage will increase.&rdquo; It goes on (MoD&rsquo;s emphases):</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>Broader participation in arms control may be achieved, although this is unlikely to reduce the probability of conflict. </strong>Effective ballistic missile defence systems will have the long-term potential to undermine the viability of some states&rsquo; nuclear deterrence.</p> </blockquote> <p>Could that last statement refer to ICBMs being integrated into a so-called defense shield and used by the few countries that possess them against ones that do not? What is the likelihood of nuclear weapons being used for warfighting? Finally, <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/646821/20151203-FOE_35_final_v29_web.pdf"><em>Future Operating Environment 2035</em></a> states:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>Some commentators believe it is increasingly likely that a range of state actors may use tactical nuclear weapons as part of their strategy against non-nuclear and conventional threats coming from any environment, severe cyber attacks.</strong> Limited tactical nuclear exchanges in conventional conflicts by 2035 also cannot be ruled out, and some non-Western states may even use such strikes as a way of limiting or de-escalating conflict.</p> </blockquote> <h3><u><strong>Conclusion</strong></u></h3> <p><strong>These analyses and admissions on behalf of the UK MoD and its reliance on US-produced weapons systems should serve as enough of a warning</strong> to scholars and anti-nuclear weapons campaigners to suggest that, as long as weapons of mass destruction exist and as long as international treaties have no enforcement mechanisms with regards the powerful countries, <strong>the clock to midnight will continue ticking.</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="497" height="307" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20171121_fallout.png?1511320523" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/doomsday-scenarios-uks-hair-raising-admissions-about-prospects-nuclear-war-or-accide#comments British government British Ministry of Defence China Fail Florida Foreign relations Government India Iran Israel Law Mutual assured destruction neutron technologies North Korea Nuclear power Nuclear proliferation Nuclear strategies Nuclear warfare Nuclear weapons Politics smarter nuclear technologies Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Ukraine War Weapon of mass destruction Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:00:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 607723 at http://www.zerohedge.com Geoblocking Prevalent For EU's Online Shoppers http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/geoblocking-prevalent-eus-online-shoppers <p>This week,&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://www.statista.com/topics/921/european-union/" target="_blank">the European Union</a>&nbsp;agreed to end unjustified geoblocking</strong> after a late-night session.</p> <p>This relates to <strong>geoblocking the online trading of goods and services.</strong> <a href="https://www.statista.com/chart/11924/geoblocking-prevalent-for-eus-online-shoppers/">As Statista&#39;s Niall McCarthy explains</a>, the agreement means <strong>companies will not be able to prevent customers from visiting and doing business on their website due to being resident in another EU member state</strong>. The European Commission says the new rules will boost e-commerce for the benefit of consumers and businesses who take advantage of the growing European online market.</p> <p>As of last year, 63 percent of websites in the EU do not let shoppers buy from another EU country.</p> <p><a href="https://www.statista.com/chart/11924/geoblocking-prevalent-for-eus-online-shoppers/" title="Infographic: Geoblocking Prevalent For EU's Online Shoppers | Statista"><img alt="Infographic: Geoblocking Prevalent For EU's Online Shoppers | Statista" src="https://infographic.statista.com/normal/chartoftheday_11924_geoblocking_prevalent_for_eu_s_online_shoppers_n.jpg" style="height: 428px; width: 601px;" /></a> You will find more statistics at <a href="https://www.statista.com/">Statista</a></p> <p>Broken down by sector, <strong>86 percent of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.statista.com/topics/1068/home-appliances/" target="_blank">electrical household appliance</a>&nbsp;retailers will not sell to a shopper buying in a different member state. </strong></p> <p>Among electronics and computer hardware retailers, the rate is 79 percent while in the computer game and software sector, it is 73 percent.</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="738" height="386" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20171121_geo.png?1511319874" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/geoblocking-prevalent-eus-online-shoppers#comments Business Business economics Copyright law Criticism of intellectual property E-commerce European Commission European Union European Union Geo-blocking Internet censorship Market economics) Marketing Merchandising Online shopping Retail Statista Technology Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 607722 at http://www.zerohedge.com Experts Issue 2018 Warning: Earth "Had It Easy This Year" With Only 6 Severe Earthquakes http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/experts-issue-2018-warning-earth-had-it-easy-year-only-6-severe-earthquakes <p><a href="http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/experts-2018-warning-earth-had-it-easy-this-year-with-only-6-severe-earthquakes_11202017"><em>Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,</em></a></p> <p>Scientists are warning that<strong> 2018 won&rsquo;t be as &ldquo;easy&rdquo; on us as 2017 was when it comes to the number of severe earthquakes</strong> they predict.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/11/21/20171121_quake.png"><img height="306" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/11/21/20171121_quake.png" width="536" /></a></p> <p><strong>In 2018, Earth, and one billion of its inhabitants could face 20 severe earthquakes due to the slowing rotation of the planet.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/11/21/20171121_quake.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/11/21/20171121_quake.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 321px;" /></a></p> <p><strong>Tiny changes in the speed of our planet&rsquo;s rotation will trigger huge seismic activity by releasing vast amounts of underground&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5099551/Swarms-big-earthquakes-set-devastate-Earth-2018.html" target="_blank">energy causing severe earthquakes, experts claim</a>.</strong> Although their research has been rejected by some scientists, they are intent on sounding the alarm. The slowing of Earth&rsquo;s rotation could disrupt the crust of the Earth making it possible to see 20 severe earthquakes next year.</p> <p>According to the <em><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5099551/Swarms-big-earthquakes-set-devastate-Earth-2018.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a>,&nbsp;</em><strong>the planet&rsquo;s rotation is slowing down because of tidal forces between Earth and the moon. </strong>The side of Earth closest to the moon feels its pull the strongest, while the side farthest from the moon feels its gravity less. <strong>That difference in gravitational pull stretches the Earth, <a href="https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/tides/tides03_gravity.html" target="_blank">which causes tidal bulges.</a></strong>&nbsp;These bulges pull the moon closer or farther away from Earth by around 4cm per year. The moon exerts the opposite force on them, pulling them back toward it, creating friction and slowing down the planet&rsquo;s rotation.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.polaris.iastate.edu/NorthStar/Unit3/unit3_sub1.htm" target="_blank">The time the Earth takes to make a complete rotation on its axis</a> varies by about a millionth of a second per day. While the rotational rate hasn&rsquo;t declined evenly,&nbsp; the average day has grown longer by between 15 millionths and 25 millionths of a second every year.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font" id="ext-gen120"><u><strong>Researchers found five periods in the past century when there were more earthquakes than other times. <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/18/2018-set-to-be-year-of-big-earthquakes" target="_blank">On these five occasions, there was a 25 to 30 percent increase</a> in the number of earthquakes with a magnitude of 7 or above. </strong></u>These all coincided with a slowing in the rotation of the Earth. Scientists from the University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Montana say that even fluctuations of a millisecond could increase seismic activity.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">The minuscule variations in Earth&rsquo;s rotation cause a shift in the shape of the Earth&rsquo;s iron and nickel <a href="http://gamediv1.weebly.com/inner-core.html" target="_blank">&ldquo;inner core.&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;This, in turn, changes the liquid outer core on which the Earth&rsquo;s tectonic plates rest. &ldquo;The mechanism we&rsquo;ve come up with is that as the Earth slows down it&rsquo;s like a skater spinning on ice. As the Earth slows down its equatorial diameter reduces,&rdquo; Dr. Rger Bilham of the&nbsp;University of Colorado told <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09drjmh" target="_blank"><em>BBC Inside Science.</em></a>&nbsp;&ldquo;Its (the Earth&rsquo;s) waistline gets smaller, but its clothes, the tectonic plates on Earth, remain the same size, which means they get rumpled up. These tiny changes to the overall shape of the Earth are enough, if there are faults that are already ready to go &hellip; to kind of kick them over into failure,&rdquo; he said.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p class="mol-para-with-font"><em><strong>&ldquo;The correlation between Earth&rsquo;s rotation and earthquake activity is strong and suggests there is going to be an increase in numbers of intense earthquakes next year,&rdquo; </strong></em>Dr. Bilham said.</p> </blockquote> <p class="mol-para-with-font">This research comes just after a <a href="http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/the-earth-shook-as-two-massive-earthquakes-strike-there-are-still-people-under-the-rubble_11132017" target="_blank">7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Iran</a>, leaving at least 400 people killed and more than 6,000 injured. The quake hit 19 miles southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9.20pm on Sunday, when many people would have been at home. More than 100 aftershocks followed.</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="536" height="306" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20171121_quake.png?1511319580" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/experts-issue-2018-warning-earth-had-it-easy-year-only-6-severe-earthquakes#comments Disaster Earth's rotation Earthquake Environment Equatorial bulge Geodesy Geophysics Iran Mechanics Planetary science Plate tectonics Quake Seismology Tidal force Tide University of Colorado University of Montana Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:25:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 607721 at http://www.zerohedge.com Hong Kong Property: Record Price Per Square Foot Smashed...Twice...By The Same Buyer http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/hong-kong-property-record-price-square-foot-smashedtwiceby-same-buyer <p>Two weeks ago, we discussed <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-07/worlds-largest-bubbles-ranked-algebris-investments">Algebris Investments&rsquo; analysis</a> of the world&rsquo;s biggest asset bubbles. Portfolio manager, Alberto Gallo, noted that <strong><em>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not just about valuation, it&rsquo;s about irrational behaviour&rdquo;</em></strong> and used variety of measures to identify the latter including &rdquo;Sky is the limit&rdquo;, &ldquo;Bidding wars&rdquo; and &ldquo;The trend is your friend&rdquo;. Gallo listed what in his opinion were the fourteen biggest bubbles across the globe which included Hong Kong property, obviously.</p> <p>In the global league table, <strong>Hong Kong held on to the dubious accolade of being the world&rsquo;s most expensive place to live for the seventh year in succession in 2017</strong>, as <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/ellensheng/2017/01/24/the-five-most-expensive-cities-in-the-world/#155428f06164">Forbes</a> noted, quoting work by Oxford Economics.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Holding on to its rank as the most expensive housing market in the world for the seventh year in a row is Hong Kong.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The median home price was 18.1 times the median annual pretax household income last year, </strong>according to a recent annual report from Demographia. Though a small improvement from the year before when home prices were 19 median household income, Hong Kong still ranks as &quot;severely unaffordable&quot; the report said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The city&#39;s housing prices have skyrocketed in recent years, driven by low interest rates and mainland Chinese buyers. <strong>Lack of affordable housing has become a top social issue as the city&#39;s poor crowd into &quot;cage homes&quot; and dangerous, subdivided apartments.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p><u><strong>To cement its leadership position in the realm of obscene property valuation, the<a href="http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/2120677/hong-kongs-us717-million-mount-nicholson-flat-grabs-title?utm_source=edm&amp;utm_medium=edm&amp;utm_content=20171120&amp;utm_campaign=breaking_news&amp;emarsys=1&amp;sc_src=email_2077919&amp;sc_llid=42798&amp;sc_lid=147235685&amp;sc_uid=ndZ07zARxB"> South China Morning Post</a> (SCMP) notes that the record price per square foot for a residence in Hong Kong has just been smashed&hellip;twice&hellip;by the same buyer&hellip;for two apartments in exclusive &ldquo;The Peak&rdquo; district.&nbsp;</strong></u></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Mount Nicholson, the luxury housing development atop Hong Kong&rsquo;s highest elevation, has clinched the crown as the priciest address in the most expensive residential market on earth, selling two apartment units for HK$1.16 billion (US$149 million) to a single buyer.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>A buyer paid HK$600 million, or HK$131,000 per square foot, for a property measuring 4,579 square feet at Mount Nicholson, according to Wheelock Properties, which oversees sales of the joint project between Wheelock &amp; Co. and Nan Fung Development, without divulging the buyer&rsquo;s identity.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>The same buyer splurged another HK$560 million on the same day on a second flat measuring 4,242 sq ft, or about HK$132,000 per sq ft. In square footage terms, the second property is the most expensive residence in Asia.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>&ldquo;From the perspective of an ordinary Hong Kong resident, we&rsquo;ll never understand why&rdquo; the city&rsquo;s wealthiest people pay such sums for homes,</strong> said Knight Frank&rsquo;s head of valuation and consultancy Thomas Lam.</p> </blockquote> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user235761/imageroot/2017/11/04/HKbubble1_0.png" style="width: 600px; height: 408px;" /></p> <p>As the SCMP laments, Hong Kong&rsquo;s new Chief Executive is facing a losing battle in providing affordable housing and containing the bubble.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>The prices of Hong Kong&rsquo;s private housing advanced in September for the 18th consecutive month to a record, underscoring the challenges facing Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, as she puts housing front and centre as the most important policy priority in her four-month-old administration. In her maiden policy address to the city, she pledged to create a &ldquo;Starter Home&rdquo; scheme to increase home ownership in the city for first-time buyers.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>The transactions at Mount Nicholson, comprising 19 detached houses and 48 flats over three phases, broke the city&rsquo;s previous price record, when a buyer paid HK$105,000 per sq ft for a HK$522 million duplex penthouse at Henderson Land Development&rsquo;s 39 Conduit Road project at the Mid-Levels.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Hong Kong&rsquo;s private home prices have increased by 430 per cent since 2003, making it the world&rsquo;s most expensive urban centre among 406 cities to buy a home in, according to the Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey.</p> </blockquote> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user235761/imageroot/2017/11/04/HKbubble_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 315px;" /></p> <p>For the time being, Carrie Lam&rsquo;s plan has about as much chance as that of King Canute.<br />&nbsp;</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="935" height="514" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user235761/imageroot/hkbubble2.jpg?1511287378" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/hong-kong-property-record-price-square-foot-smashedtwiceby-same-buyer#comments 39 Conduit Road Affordable housing Central and Western District, Hong Kong China Community organizing Geography of China Henderson Henderson Land Development Hong Kong Hong Kong Housing in Hong Kong Housing Market Housing Prices Mid-Levels Private housing estates in Hong Kong South China South China Morning Post Victoria Peak Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:50:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 607687 at http://www.zerohedge.com FBI Investigating House Democrat For Paying His Opponent To Drop Out Of Race http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/fbi-investigating-house-democrat-paying-his-opponent-drop-out-race <p><em><a href="http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/21/fbi-investigating-house-democrat-for-paying-his-opponent-to-drop-out-of-the-race/">Authored by Peter Hasson via The Daily Caller,</a></em></p> <p><strong>The FBI is investigating Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Bob Brady </strong>for conspiracy, false statements and campaign in relation to<strong> payments his campaign allegedly made to 2012 primary opponent&nbsp;Jimmie Moore in order to persuade him to drop out of the race</strong>, court documents reviewed by The Daily Caller show.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/11/21/20171121_brady.png"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/11/21/20171121_brady.png" style="width: 600px; height: 252px;" /></a></p> <p>FBI special agent Jonathan R. Szeliga filed a search warrant request on November 1 in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for all emails associated with Brady&rsquo;s campaign email, <a href="mailto:BobCongress@Aol.com">BobCongress@Aol.com</a></p> <p><strong>Szeliga asserted he had &ldquo;probable cause to believe </strong>that Kenneth Smukler, Robert Brady, Donald &lsquo;D.A.&rsquo; Jones, Jimmie Moore, and Carolyn Cavaness and others known and unknown have committed violations&rdquo; including <strong>charges of conspiracy,&nbsp;false statements,&nbsp;producing false records, causing false campaign contribution reports and violating&nbsp;limits on campaign contributions and expenditures</strong>.</p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="0.7727272727272727" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="800" id="doc_18847" scrolling="no" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/365134387/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-mon3v1m9eeahsRvhFslq&amp;show_recommendations=true" title="Bob Brady Court Documents" width="600"></iframe></p> <p>U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol Sandra Moore Wells signed the search warrant the same day, court records show.&nbsp;The search warrant was unsealed by the court last week, court documents show.</p> <p>Seamus Hughes, deputy director of George Washington University&rsquo;s Program on Extremism, first broke the news on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Let&rsquo;s break some news: A sitting member of Congress is being investigated by the FBI for false statements, conspiracy, and campaign fraud. They got a search warrant for his email and believe he&rsquo;s lying. <a href="https://t.co/YyT6WDABkX">pic.twitter.com/YyT6WDABkX</a></p> <p>&mdash; Seamus Hughes (@SeamusHughes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeamusHughes/status/933058330104299520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 21, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Federal <strong>prosecutors announced charges last month against<a href="http://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_151131913900316&amp;key=e7609c039c08d3ae00aebd97e6f0bffd&amp;libId=jaafn4tw010110e3000DA1js5f494f6i8h&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fdailycaller.com%2F2017%2F11%2F21%2Ffbi-investigating-house-democrat-for-paying-his-opponent-to-drop-out-of-the-race%2F&amp;v=1&amp;out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.businessinsider.com%2Fap-2-consultants-for-us-rep-bob-brady-charged-in-campaign-probe-2017-10&amp;title=FBI%20Investigating%20Democrat%20Bob%20Brady%20%7C%20The%20Daily%20Caller&amp;txt=two%20of%20Brady%E2%80%99s%20political%20consultants"> two of Brady&rsquo;s political consultants</a>,</strong> Kenneth Smukler and Donald Jones, in relation to the campaign finance probe.</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="581" height="244" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20171121_brady.png?1511319025" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/fbi-investigating-house-democrat-paying-his-opponent-drop-out-race#comments Congress FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal Bureau of Investigation George Washington University Government Law Law enforcement in the United States National security of the United States Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections Twitter Twitter U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania UN Court Warrant Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:30:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 607720 at http://www.zerohedge.com Isolation Escalates As Chinese Airline Ends Flights To North Korea http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/chinese-airline-ends-flights-north-korea <p>It&#39;s barely been a day since President Donald Trump revealed that the US would once again label <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-20/white-house-declares-north-korea-state-sponsor-terror">North Korea</a> a state sponsor of terrorism and impose broad new sanctions against its government and senior officials, and already more bad news for the restive communist state has emerged. This time, the <a href="http://www.breitbart.com/news/air-china-suspends-north-korea-flights-deepening-isolation/">Associated Press</a> is reporting that <strong>Air China, a state owned airline, is canceling flights to North Korea, leaving the North&#39;s troubled Air Koryo as the only airline operating flights between North Korea and its primary economic benefactor.</strong></p> <p>Flights were &ldquo;temporarily suspended due to unsatisfactory business operations,&rdquo; said an employee of Air China&rsquo;s press office who would give only his surname, Zhang, according to the AP. <strong>The suspension was blamed on falling demand for the routes.</strong> A foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said he hadn&rsquo;t heard about Air China&rsquo;s cancellation. He said such decisions would be made based on the &ldquo;state of operation and the market.&rdquo;</p> <p>Beijing has supported UN sanctions on North Korean exports meant to pressure the government of leader Kim Jong Un to drop its pursuit of nuclear and missile technology, but China has argued against measures that would harm ordinary North Koreans.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user245717/imageroot/2017/11/20/2017.11.21airchina.JPG"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user245717/imageroot/2017/11/20/2017.11.21airchina_0.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 234px;" /></a></p> <p>Since mid-summer, the UN Security Council has passed two rounds of sanctions (with China&#39;s approval) that impose strict limitations on exports of North Korean seafood, coal and other raw materials. And Trump said the Treasury will outline more restrictions to be imposed against the North and senior government officials in the coming weeks. Since Air China is state-owned, the cancellation of the routes received at least tacit government approval. But since the sanctions have choked off much of the North&#39;s legitimate economy, it&#39;s possible the routes were eliminated to prevent the airline from losing money, forcing the government to intervene with subsidies. Back in September, China kicked out North Korean businessmen and instructed its banks not to do business with North Koreans or North Korean-owned businesses.</p> <p><strong>To be sure, Airlines have been rolling back flights to North Korea for months.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Airlines have steadily reduced the frequency of flights to North Korea as mounting political tensions depressed the already small number of business travelers and tourists visiting the North.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Air China Ltd. announced in April it was cutting the frequency of flights to North Korea due to lack of demand. Some other Chinese carriers offered charter services to the North but those also have been canceled.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Zhang said the last Air China flight to Pyongyang was Monday and he didn&rsquo;t know when service might resume.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The status of Air Koryo&rsquo;s flights was unclear. Phone calls to the carrier&rsquo;s Beijing office weren&rsquo;t answered. The flight information website for the Beijing airport showed its Pyongyang flight on Tuesday took off as scheduled.</p> <p>Lu, the foreign ministry spokesman, appealed for measures to ease the tense standoff.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Given the highly complex and sensitive situation on the peninsula, we hope all relevant parties can do something conducive to alleviating the tension and pulling all sides concerned back to the track of negotiation and dialogue to settle the peninsular nuclear issue,&rdquo;</strong> he said at a regular news briefing.</p> </blockquote> <p>Whether it&#39;s true or not, Trump has shown himself more than willing to take credit for any signs of a chill in relations between the North and China. For example, he boasted about having secured assurances from President Xi that China would continue to help isolated the North&#39;s economy. Though many have speculated that Xi is just flattering his American rival, and that China has no intention of squeezing the North.&nbsp;</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="527" height="247" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user245717/imageroot/2017.11.21airchina.JPG?1511295824" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-21/chinese-airline-ends-flights-north-korea#comments Air China Air Koryo Asia Aviation Business China China Airlines China–North Korea relations Donald Trump KIM Korean conflict missile technology North Korea North Korea Politics Pyongyang Republics U.N. Security Council United Nations Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:15:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 607696 at http://www.zerohedge.com