http://www.zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml/%20http%3A/What%20hath%20QE%20wrought en Former Black Panther To Tucker Carlson: Congressman John Lewis “Presided Over The Destruction of Black America” http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-17/former-black-panther-tucker-carlson-congressman-john-lewis-%E2%80%9Cpresided-over-destructio <p><img src="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/01/weaver-300x298.jpg" alt="weaver" width="216" height="215" style="float: right;" class="alignright wp-image-5153" /></p> <p>Vietnam veteran and former "Berkeley Black Panther" liberal turned <a href="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/01/51kAkpmfEiL.jpg" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">conservative author</span></span></a>, Mason Weaver, appeared on <em>Tucker Carlson Tonight</em>&nbsp;with some&nbsp;harsh words&nbsp;for Civil Rights icon&nbsp;Rep.&nbsp;John Lewis (D-Ga), who recently referred to President-elect Trump as illegitimate. Weaver considers Lewis&nbsp;a turncoat who has&nbsp;been&nbsp;"collaborating with the Democrat party to oppress black America."</p> <p>Weaver begins with a short history lesson [links&nbsp;added for context]:<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <table style="width: 500px; height: 150px;" border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <blockquote> <div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>"In the early 70's and late 60's, <strong>we were demonstrating and protesting for the right to compete as adult citizens of America, we were not demonstrating to be taken care of</strong>. <strong>Congressman Lewis -</strong>&nbsp;<a href="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/01/bridge.png" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">he walked across the&nbsp;Pettus bridge</span></span></a> <strong>and they beat him and ran over him,&nbsp;but those were Democrats</strong>. It was Democrat George Wallace [who]&nbsp;stood in the&nbsp;<a href="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/01/wallacedoor.png" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">schoolhouse door</span></span></a>, it was <a href="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/01/wallaceconnor.png" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">Democrat Bull Connor</span></span></a> that oppressed [black]&nbsp;folks...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>...he [Lewis] was fighting Democrats</strong>, but<strong> after they beat his behind on that bridge and ran over him and stomped him in the ground, he got up and turned and joined them!"</strong></p> </blockquote> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Weaver&nbsp;then went&nbsp;on&nbsp;to describe&nbsp;how&nbsp;Democrat leadership&nbsp;has destroyed black communities:</p> <table style="width: 500px; height: 75px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto;" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <blockquote> <div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>"Every district they [black Democrats]&nbsp;own and control is a ghetto <a href="https://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/files/2017/01/chicagostats.png" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">hell hole</span></span></a>. Is a place that no one wants to go to. <strong>They're in control of every inner city school system, every inner city police, every inner city jail, they produce nothing but drugs and misery. </strong>They should be ashamed of themselves.<strong> I don't understand why any black person could be a democrat."</strong></p></blockquote> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>In closing, Weaver brings it back to Congressman Lewis:</p> <table style="width: 500px; height: 75px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto;" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <blockquote> <div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>"The Democrat party has always been the party of abuse, the party of the Klan, the party that&nbsp;<em>went to war to keep</em>&nbsp;slaves -&nbsp;the party that's always been [about] the destruction of black people. <strong>Mr. Lewis, you have presided over the destruction of black America, and you owe us an apology</strong>."</p></blockquote> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>See the full&nbsp;interview here:</p> <div class="wpview-wrap"> <p class="wpview-selection-before">&nbsp;<iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/O25oXV1zPAk?feature=oembed" width="618" height="348" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p class="wpview-selection-after">&nbsp;</p> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-17/former-black-panther-tucker-carlson-congressman-john-lewis-%E2%80%9Cpresided-over-destructio#comments Commentators Conservatism in the United States Democrat Party Ku Klux Klan Mass media Ploceidae Politics Politics of the United States Television personalities The Heritage Foundation Tucker Carlson Weaver Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:22:10 +0000 ZeroPointNow 585629 at http://www.zerohedge.com Merkel's Human Rights Speaker Resigns Over Refugee Policy http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/merkels-human-rights-speaker-resigns-over-refugee-policy <p><a href="https://mishtalk.com/2017/01/15/merkels-human-rights-speaker-resigns-over-refugee-policy/"><em>Submitted by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com,</em></a></p> <p>Merkel&rsquo;s human rights speaker, Erika Steinbach, <a href="http://www.dw.com/en/longtime-merkel-critic-resigns-from-cdu-over-migrants/a-37136072" target="_blank">resigned over the chancellor&rsquo;s immigration policy</a>. <strong>She also left the CDU party.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://mishgea.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/human-rights-resignation.png"><img alt="human-rights-resignation" class="alignnone size-large wp-image-43456" height="299" src="https://mishgea.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/human-rights-resignation.png?w=529&amp;h=299" width="529" /></a></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Erika Steinbach, who&rsquo;s been with Chancellor Merkel&rsquo;s CDU for 43 years, has strongly criticized the leader&rsquo;s handling of the migrant crisis. She claims conservatives have been sidelined in Germany&rsquo;s main ruling party.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Would I vote CDU at the moment? No. Would I join the CDU today? No. I can only draw the honest conclusion of leaving the CDU,&rdquo; she told &ldquo;Welt Am Sonntag&rdquo; (WaS) newspaper.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Ministers &lsquo;encouraged influx&rsquo;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Steinbach went further, accusing the government of deliberately promoting illegal migration.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;At the Federal Office for Migration, thousands of thousands of passports have been identified as counterfeit, without the legal consequences for the respective migrants being drawn. There is a political will behind it.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Political Will</strong></span></p> <p>It&rsquo;s quite obvious Merkel wanted mass immigration. It&rsquo;s debatable why, but German citizens have to put up with the consequences whatever Merkel&rsquo;s reason.</p> <p>If there was a strong candidate willing to challenge Merkel from within, Merkel would easily lose her next election. It&rsquo;s possible Merkel loses anyway.</p> <p><em><strong>Regardless, her &ldquo;Grand Coalition&rdquo; has completely splintered as members of her own party are fed up. Even if Merkel wins, I doubt she lasts the full term.</strong></em></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="473" height="260" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170116_CDU.jpg?1484619470" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/merkels-human-rights-speaker-resigns-over-refugee-policy#comments Angela Merkel CDU party Christian Democratic Union of Germany Erika Steinbach Federal Office for Migration German Lutherans Germany Government Grand coalition Grand Coalition Newspaper Politics Politics Politics of Germany Social Issues US Federal Reserve Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 585626 at http://www.zerohedge.com Iran Commemorates "Captured US Sailors"-Day With Massive Billboard http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/iran-commemorates-captured-us-sailors-day-massive-billboard <p><strong>Just over<a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-13/iran-releases-captured-us-sailors-after-questioning-apology"> a year since Iran captured 10 US sailors</a></strong> - and detained them for around 15 hours - for entering Iranian waters "illegally," it appears America's nuclear-deal-partner wants to make sure its citizenry do not forget...</p> <p>Huge billboard in Tehran commemorates the capture of the US sailors...</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/01/13/20170116_iran.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/01/13/20170116_iran_0.jpg" width="600" height="312" /></a></p> <p><em>h/t @potkazar</em></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="1006" height="523" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170116_iran.jpg?1484578706" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/iran-commemorates-captured-us-sailors-day-massive-billboard#comments Asia Entertainment Environment Geography of Asia Iran Iran Iranian Plateau Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel Law Politics Tehran Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:00:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 585600 at http://www.zerohedge.com Norway’s Fish For Brains Trade With India (Part I: Background) http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/norway%E2%80%99s-fish-brains-trade-india-part-i-background <p><em>Submitted by Nick Camran of <a href="http://lettersfromnorway.com/norways-fish-for-brains-trade-with-india-part-i-background/">Letters from Norway</a></em></p> <p><em>This is a personal story, discussing skilled immigration experiences and implications in both Norway and in the USA. I am a native born American of Indian origin having worked in both the US and Norwegian IT sectors. To translate the Norwegian references, you can right click in the Google Chrome browser and select &ldquo;Translate to English&rdquo; or use Google Translate.</em></p> <p>Desperate to sell more fish, Norway is looking to India, <a href="https://www.nrk.no/norge/norge-bytter-sild-og-laks-mot-indiske-it-nerder-1.13047721">allowing their IT companies increased access to the local market, in exchange for tariff reductions</a>, which are currently high for European imports. On the surface, it appears to be a win-win deal but digging a little deeper, there are some serious long-term implications. (<a href="https://www.nrk.no/norge/norge-bytter-sild-og-laks-mot-indiske-it-nerder-1.13047721">it still remains unclear whether or not this deal went through</a>).</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/01/15/word-image-33_0.png" style="width: 500px; height: 248px;" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.nrk.no/norge/norge-bytter-sild-og-laks-mot-indiske-it-nerder-1.13047721">Monica Mæland: Norwegian Minister of Trade &amp; Industry</a></p> <p>Specifically, they want the following:</p> <p><strong>The ability to transmit and host Norwegian more personal information in India</strong>. Special areas within the company are sealed and secured, meeting Norwegian regulations. Indian IT workers can work in those zones same as a Norwegian in Trondheim or Oslo: otherwise known as a &ldquo;Little Norway&rdquo; zone. Since the connection is ubiquitous wit the onshore entity, they can access data containing credit card and social security numbers.</p> <p>Although Mæland hopes that the Indians can make concessions on this point, they and the fishing industry are pushing hard. <a href="http://www.dyroyseminaret.no/wpt/geir-ove-ystmark-adm-dir-i-fiskeri-og-havbruksnaeringens-landsforening-fhl/">Geir Ove Ystmark</a>, managing director of Seafood Norway, states that <a href="https://www.nrk.no/norge/norge-bytter-sild-og-laks-mot-indiske-it-nerder-1.13047721">the industry is impatient</a>.</p> <p><strong>Exemption from Norwegian Labor Laws: </strong>Tata Consulting Services (TCS), responding to an inquiry from the Labor Inspector, <a href="https://www.nrk.no/norge/it-selskap-onsket-unntak-fra-norsk-arbeidsmiljolov-1.13261942">stated that Norwegian laws should not apply to Indian IT workers, residing onshore for short-term business trips</a>. (If that sounds familiar, there is already <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2008-01-30/are-h-1b-workers-getting-bilked">a precedent from the US almost ten years ago</a>.) Tata further argues that the workers are really employed in India, visiting Norway for a maximum of four to five months.</p> <p>After the <a href="https://www.nrk.no/norge/xl/arbeidstilsynet-gransker-vipps-prosjektet-1.12983488">Vipps scandal at DnB</a> (The Norwegian Bank) last year, involving the development of a now popular <a href="https://www.vipps.no/">payment app</a>, the labor directorate <a href="https://www.nrk.no/norge/it-selskap-onsket-unntak-fra-norsk-arbeidsmiljolov-1.13261942">decisively denied the request</a>. Against the hallmark Norwegian labor laws, the workers were putting in almost 16 hours per day to complete the project. I personally heard rumors, talking to TCS guys on the metro in Oslo, that they were not allowed to leave the office without their manager&rsquo;s permission, even for a bathroom break or a movie over te weekend.</p> <p><img alt="" height="167" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/01/15/word-image-34_0.png" width="509" /><br /><a href="https://www.nrk.no/norge/it-selskap-onsket-unntak-fra-norsk-arbeidsmiljolov-1.13261942"><em>NRK (Translated from Norwegian)</em></a></p> <p>Despite the reprimand, given to Tata, ordering them to correct the situation, Lise Raneberg of the Tekna engineering union, <a href="https://www.nrk.no/norge/it-selskap-onsket-unntak-fra-norsk-arbeidsmiljolov-1.13261942">believes that they will exploit loopholes to circumvent the law</a>. Nevertheless, <a href="http://www.innomag.no/rina-sunder-blir-ny-leder-for-ifn/">Rina Sunder</a>, from Innovation Forum Norway, believes, &ldquo;<a href="https://www.nrk.no/norge/norge-bytter-sild-og-laks-mot-indiske-it-nerder-1.13047721">Norway should meet India&rsquo;s demand for easier access for IT workers</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Premise: </strong></p> <p>The initial justification behind outsourcing and offshoring is that there is a skilled labor shortage in software and systems engineering. Generally technical, medical and engineering sectors experience shortages, requiring companies to hire offshore workers or companies, on contract, to fill the void. However, companies quickly realized that they could also save money, paying foreign workers much less than their domestic counterparts.</p> <p><strong>Mechanisms:</strong></p> <p>There are two models:</p> <ul> <li>Outsourcing: sending work to another company, working under contract, to deliver a service. This can be both done within the domestic market like having a local consultant teach a course or do a short term project.</li> <li>Offshoring: sending the work abroad either within your own company or outsourcing it to another company.</li> </ul> <p>Offshoring and outsourcing even became a <a href="http://www.informationweek.com/smartadvice-getting-the-right-onsite-mix-with-offshore-suppliers/d/d-id/1023890?">business goal with many companies</a>, in and out of the sector. Target &ldquo;offshore/onshore&rdquo; ratios, <a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/489734/institute_it_professionals_ceo_debates_onshore_offshore_ratios/">vary from 40%-60%</a>. In both cases, on location business trips or extended assignments may be required to complete work, allowing them systems access that they could not reach offsite. Often it becomes difficult to distinguish between an extended assignment, covered under local labor laws, and business trips, which are often extended or repeated in close succession. (Business trip visas can repeatedly be extended, or the laborer returns home every couple of months for a week or two before returning on a new visa.) They can even rotate people on and offshore, ducking the laws.</p> <p><em>(Next &ndash; Part II: The Workers Perspective)</em></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="630" height="331" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/antibiotics-norway-630.jpg?1484612844" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/norway%E2%80%99s-fish-brains-trade-india-part-i-background#comments Business DnB Economic globalization Economy Farmshoring Google India International business Labor Norway Norway Offshore finance Offshoring On-demand outsourcing Outsourcing Tata Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:01:59 +0000 Tyler Durden 585621 at http://www.zerohedge.com Germany Slams Trump Criticism: Urges US To "Build Better Cars", Accuses Washington Of Causing Refugee Crisis http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/angry-germany-slams-trump-criticism-urges-us-build-better-cars-accuses-washington-ca <p>An angry Berlin has responded with a staunch defen<em>s</em>e of its policies <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-15/stunning-pair-interviews-trump-slams-nato-and-eu-threatens-bmw-tax-ready-cut-ties-me">after President-elect Donald Trump criticized German Chancellor Angela Merkel </a>in two separate Sunday interviews, one with Germany's Bild and one with the Sunday Times, for her stance during the refugee crisis while threatening a 35% tariff on BMW cars imported into the US. </p> <p>Germany’s deputy chancellor and minister for the economy, Sigmar Gabriel, said on Monday morning that a tax on German imports would lead to a “bad awakening” among US carmakers since they were reliant on transatlantic supply chains. “I believe BMW’s biggest factory is already in the US, in Spartanburg [South Carolina],” Gabriel, leader of the centre-left Social Democratic party, told the Bild newspaper in a video interview. </p> <p><strong>“The US car industry would have a bad awakening if all the supply parts that aren’t being built in the US were to suddenly come with a 35% tariff. I believe it would make the US car industry weaker, worse and above all more expensive</strong>." Playing Trump's threat off Congress, Gabriel added that he "would wait and see what the Congress has to say about that, which is mostly full of people who want the opposite of Trump" as <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/16/germany-hits-back-at-trump-criticism-of-refugee-policy-and-bmw-tariff-threat">quoted by The Guardian</a>. </p> <p>In his interviews with Bild and the Times, the US president-elect had indicated that he would aim to realign the “out of balance” car trade between Germany and the US. “If you go down Fifth Avenue everyone has a Mercedes Benz in front of his house, isn’t that the case?” he said. “How many Chevrolets do you see in Germany? Not very many, maybe none at all … it’s a one-way street.” </p> <p>So, when asked what Trump could do to make sure German customers bought more American cars, Gabriel had a simple suggestion: “<strong>Build better cars.”</strong></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/01/15/gabriel%20sigmar.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/01/15/gabriel%20sigmar_0.jpg" width="500" height="300" /></a><br />Asked what Trump could do to make sure German customers bought </em><br /><em>more American cars, Sigmar Gabriel said: ‘Build better cars.</em></p> <p>Trump's interview had an adverse impact shares in carmakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen, which fell on Monday morning following the President-elect's comments. BMW shares were down 0.85%, shares in Daimler were 1.54% lower and Volkswagen shares were trading 1.07% down in early trading in Frankfurt. The reason for Trump's latest outburst at Germany's car giants is that all three carmakers have invested heavily in factories in Mexico, where production costs are lower than the US, with an eye to exporting smaller vehicles to the American market, a move which Trump vocally disapproves.</p> <p>Meanwhile, a BMW spokeswoman said a BMW Group plant in the central Mexican city of San Luis Potosi would build the BMW 3 Series starting from 2019, with the output intended for the world market. The plant in Mexico would be an addition to existing 3 Series production facilities in Germany and China. </p> <p>* * * </p> <p>Responding to Trump’s comments that Merkel had made an “<strong>utterly catastrophic mistake by letting all these illegals into the country</strong>”, Gabriel said the increase in the number of people fleeing the Middle East to seek asylum in Europe had partially been a result of US-led wars destabilising the region. </p> <p>Slamming US foreign policy - and thus the Obama regime, not to mention Angela Merkel's close friend Hillary Clinton - as a culprit for the European refugee crisis, Gabriel said that “<strong>there is a link between America’s flawed interventionist policy, especially the Iraq war, and the refugee crisis, that’s why my advice would be that we shouldn’t tell each other what we have done right or wrong, </strong>but that we look into establishing peace in that region and do everything to make sure people can find a home there again,” Gabriel said.</p> <p>“In that area Germany and Europe are already making enormous achievements – and that’s why I also thought it wasn’t right to talk about defence spending, where Mr Trump says we are spending too little to finance Nato. We are making gigantic financial contributions to refugee shelters in the region, and these are also the results of US interventionist policy.”</p> <p>Gabriel, who will likely run as the centre-left candidate against Merkel in Germany’s federal elections in September, said Trump’s election should encourage Europeans to stand up for themselves. </p> <p>“On the one hand, Trump is an elected president. When he is in office, we will have to work with him and his government – respect for a democratic election alone demands that,” Gabriel said. “On the other hand, you need to have enough self-confidence. This isn’t about making ourselves submissive. What he says about trade issues, how he might treat German carmakers, the question about Nato, his view on the European Union – all these require a self-confident position, not just on behalf of us Germans but all Europeans. We are not inferior to him, we have something to bring to the table too.</p> <p>“Especially in this phase in which Europe is rather weak, we will have to pull ourselves together and act with self-confidence and stand up for our own interests.”</p> <p>While Merkel has yet to provide a direct response to Trump's statements and refused to comment on the interview during a news conference with New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English, saying she would wait until after Trump's inauguration and then planned to work with him at all levels of government, her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said the chancellor had read the Trump interview “with interest”, but declined to comment in more detail until the president-elect had been sworn in. </p> <p>“We are now waiting for President Trump to start his term and will then work closely with the new government,” he said, adding that "It’s a clear statement of the positions of the new American president, but the positions of the chancellor on many of these issues are equally clear."</p> <p>Martin Schäfer, a spokesman for the German foreign ministry, rejected Trump’s labelling of the EU as a “vehicle for Germany”. He said: “For the German government, Europe has never been a means to an end, but a community of fate which, in times of collapsing old orders, is more important than ever.”</p> <p>The foreign ministry also rejected Trump’s criticism that creating “security zones” in Syria would have been considerably cheaper than accepting refugees fleeing the war-torn country. “What exactly such a security zone is meant to be is beyond my comprehension and would have to be explained,” said Schäfer, adding that there had not been enough willingness among the international community to lend military support to create a no-fly zone in Syria.</p> <p>* * * </p> <p>Germany was not the only nation unhappy with Trump's statement: Pierre Moscovici, European economic affairs commissioner, also found fault with Trump’s assertion that other European countries would follow in Britain’s footsteps and leave the EU.</p> <p>“I’m not worried, I think this idea that Brexit is going to be contagious is a fantasy, a bad fantasy,” Moscovici told reporters in Paris. “Brexit is not a great thing,” he said, warning Trump that comments advocating a break-up of the EU would not get the trans-Atlantic relationship off to the best start.</p> <p>* * * </p> <p>Yet while Germany and Brussels were unhappy with Trump's criticism, Moscow was delighted, and sure enough Trump’s remarks on Nato were met more favourably in Moscow, where Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, agreed with the US president-elect that the alliance was “obsolete”. </p> <p>“Since Nato is tailored toward confrontation, all its structures are dedicated to the ideals of confrontation, you can’t really call it a modern organisation meeting the ideas of stability, steady growth and security,” he said. </p> <p>But Trump’s suggestion that the US could lift its sanctions on Russia in exchange for an agreement to reduce the countries’ nuclear arsenals elicited a cooler response. Peskov said Russia had not been conducting talks with the US about nuclear arsenal reduction and said cancelling sanctions was not a political goal in Russia. <strong>"Russia wasn’t the initiator in introducing these restrictions, and Russia, as the president of Russia has underlined, doesn’t intend to raise the issue of these sanctions in its foreign contacts,” </strong>he said.</p> <p>Last month, echoing similar comments by Trump, Putin said Russia needed to strengthen its strategic nuclear forces. Leonid Slutsky, a Russian MP, said he “wouldn’t connect these two issues and make the cancellation of sanctions a negotiating point in such a delicate area as nuclear security”. Konstantin Kosachyov, head of the foreign affairs committee in the Russian senate, said the cancellation of sanctions was “definitely not an end in and of itself for Russia”.</p> <p>“It’s not even a strategic goal for which something needs to be sacrificed, especially in the security sphere,” he told state news agency RIA Novosti. “We think [sanctions] are a bad legacy of the departing White House team that need to be sent after it into history.”</p> <p>* * * </p> <p>And yet, perhaps Trump's bluster was merely the latest ruse to get everyone on the negotiating table. It may be working already: as <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-merkel-visit-idUSKBN1501Q1?il=0">Reuters reports</a>, Chancellor Merkel is working to set a date this spring for a meeting with Donald Trump, who will be sworn in as U.S. president on Friday, German government sources said on Monday. Merkel had offered to meet Trump in the United States in her capacity as chairman of the Group of 20 leading economies, the sources said.</p> <p>The chancellor has spoken with Trump only once, shortly after his election to succeed U.S. President Barack Obama. Following Trump's latest "stunning" public statements, she now appears to be in a hurry to not only speak with him again, but also meet face to face.</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="498" height="283" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/merkel%20angry%202.jpg?1484578512" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/angry-germany-slams-trump-criticism-urges-us-build-better-cars-accuses-washington-ca#comments Angela Merkel Barack Obama Bild China Congress Daimler Donald Trump Europe European Union European Union German government German Lutherans Germany Germany Government Group of 20 countries Iraq Mexico Middle East Middle East New Zealand Newspaper None North Atlantic Treaty Organization Politics Politics of Germany Reuters RIA Novosti Russian MP Russian senate Sigmar Sigmar Gabriel Social Democratic party South Carolina Vladimir Putin Volkswagen White House White House Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:56:52 +0000 Tyler Durden 585575 at http://www.zerohedge.com CoLD WaR NuT JoB... http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/cold-war-nut-job <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/expd/31526448243/in/dateposted-public/" title="COLD WAR NUT JOB"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/464/31526448243_ec9a01b8c3_b.jpg" alt="COLD WAR NUT JOB" width="814" height="1024" /></a></p> <script src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script><p> .<br /> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/expd/15930998566/in/photolist-t9q1bz-pp6MAG-q486Hr-qgLwR5-oPVcwX-p7ARcj-oUxjtJ-oU74CG-pbw2rA-e1jqm1-dXKZ4a-9Yj3Hr-9FDmrK-9FD5mH" title="CIA"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8628/15930998566_0608328ea6_b.jpg" alt="CIA" width="1024" height="575" /></a></p> <script src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js"></script> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/cold-war-nut-job#comments Baseball Hall of Fame balloting Education Politics Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:32:39 +0000 williambanzai7 585628 at http://www.zerohedge.com Tucker Carlson Takes on DNC Chair Candidate Jehmu Greene and Humilitates Her http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/tucker-carlson-takes-dnc-chair-candidate-jehmu-greene-and-humilitates-her <p>Tucker Carlson delved into a discussion with Jehmu Greene, frontrunner to become the next shill to head up the DNC, and got very specific when it came to the issue of drug prices and Trump's proposal to import American made drugs from Canada, because our country is partly run by the big pharma industrial complex. The results were telling. Notice every time Jehmu blinks she is, in fact, telling a bald faced lie.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wm221L6GkLM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Partisan politics rules the day. What's good for the American people, naturally, are secondary concerns to these retrograde water carriers. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Content originally generated at <a href="https://ibankcoin.com/">iBankCoin.com</a></p> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/tucker-carlson-takes-dnc-chair-candidate-jehmu-greene-and-humilitates-her#comments Carlson Conservatism in the United States Economy Greene Jehmu Greene Mass media Politics of the United States Shill Tucker Tucker Carlson Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:25:53 +0000 The_Real_Fly 585627 at http://www.zerohedge.com Abolish The CIA http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/abolish-cia <p><a href="http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/january/16/abolish-the-cia/"><em>Submitted by Michael Rozeff via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace &amp; Prosperity,</em></a></p> <p><strong>Every American who looks at the CIA objectively or in a balanced way and judges it by any number of criteria, such as moral, legal and pragmatic, should reach the conclusion that the CIA should be abolished.</strong> JFK wanted to break it into a million pieces. Trump is right to dismiss its intelligence reports about DNC hacking. The CIA war on Trump shows us immediately that the CIA is a rogue organization within the U.S. government and a severe threat to America.</p> <p><strong>The CIA is an internal threat to the rule of law and to the government that it supposedly serves. </strong>Senator Schumer acknowledges the CIA&rsquo;s unbridled power, its subversive power, its power to undermine even a president, especially one that wishes to control or alter the organization, when he says:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you. For a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he&rsquo;s being really dumb to do this.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>Schumer is saying that the CIA is so powerful that a president should not attempt to control it or else! The CIA is so powerful that elections do not matter when it comes to the CIA. The CIA stands alone. The Constitution that empowers the president as the Executive, the boss of government operations, does not matter. <strong>Basic American institutions and laws must bow before the threats that the CIA possesses. </strong>This is the assessment of a Senator beginning his 4th term and who is the highest ranking Democrat in the Senate in his post as minority leader.</p> <p>The CIA is an organization that perpetually undermines traditional American values and moral values. It consistently kills innocent people. It continually causes instability and wars. It undermines other societies and our own. It interferes constantly in foreign nations, to the detriment of them and us. It is an unelected power that challenges elected officials. It favors abuses of power, including torture. Its actual value at generating usable intelligence is minimal, often wrong, often misleading, inaccurate and harmful as in the WMD that were never found in Iraq.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><em><strong>&ldquo;The Association for Responsible Dissent estimates that by 1987, 6 million people had died as a result of CIA covert operations. Former State Department official William Blum correctly calls this an &quot;American Holocaust.&quot; </strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This quote and a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/CIAtimeline.html" target="_blank">detailed timeline of CIA atrocities is available</a>.</p> </blockquote> <p>William Blum has&nbsp;<a href="https://williamblum.org/essays/read/overthrowing-other-peoples-governments-the-master-list" target="_blank">listed CIA interventions for us</a>.</p> <p>All that needs to be done to understand the enormity of<strong> CIA crimes against humanity is to associate each of these interventions with the deaths, injuries, disruption of lives and destruction that they have caused</strong>. The most recent of these are</p> <ul> <li>Afghanistan 1980s *</li> <li>Somalia 1993</li> <li>Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *</li> <li>Ecuador 2000 *</li> <li>Afghanistan 2001 *</li> <li>Venezuela 2002 *</li> <li>Iraq 2003 *</li> <li>Haiti 2004 *</li> <li>Somalia 2007 to present</li> <li>Honduras 2009</li> <li>Libya 2011 *</li> <li>Syria 2012</li> <li>Ukraine 2014 *</li> </ul> <p><em>The asterisks indicate a case where the CIA overthrew a government.</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em><strong>As long as Trump is at war with the CIA, a war that the CIA launched against him, not that this matters much because Trump has every right to change the CIA and the CIA has no right to disobey or blacken his name, he should attack the CIA much more completely and thoroughly.</strong> It deserves to be attacked. He should abolish it altogether. For a bone to those who have fears that the republic will fall without the CIA, whatever small amount of residual value that is present in its intelligence operations can easily be retained or transferred to other agencies. The latter are already in profuse abundance in Washington. <em><strong>The fact is, however, that the republic is more likely to fall further than it already has in the presence of the CIA than in its absence.</strong></em></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="510" height="278" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170116_cia%27.jpg?1484583080" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/abolish-cia#comments Afghanistan Camp Chapman attack Central Intelligence Agency Central Intelligence Agency Cold War in popular culture Conflict process) Department of State Director of Central Intelligence Government Iraq McLean, Virginia Politics Ron Paul Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity Senate Somalia Torture in the United States United States US government War Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:00:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 585601 at http://www.zerohedge.com 'Golfer-In-Chief' Obama Plays More Rounds Than Any President Since Eisenhower http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/golfer-chief-obama-plays-more-rounds-any-president-eisenhower <p>20 years after first taking up the game of golf in 1997 - due to basketball injuries - President Obama has <em>worked hard</em> to <strong>get his handicap down to &quot;an honest 13,&quot;</strong> comparable to former golfing presidents as they left office (Nixon 12, Clinton 10, JFK 14).</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/01/13/20170116_golf3.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/01/13/20170116_golf3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 154px;" /></a></p> <p>However, there is one thing Obama has them all beat with - <strong>during his eight years in the White House he played a total of 306 rounds of golf, more than any other president since Dwight Eisenhower</strong>.</p> <p><img height="283" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/01/13/20170116_golf1_0.jpg" width="500" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/16/barack-obama-golfer-in-chief-played-306-rounds-office/?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=twitter"><em>As The Telegraph reports,</em></a> <strong>Mr Obama&#39;s passion for golf contrasted with that of his predecessor, </strong>George W. Bush, who played just 24 times in office. Mr Bush gave up entirely in 2003 because he felt images of him playing seemed insensitive while US soldiers were fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Other golfing presidents of the modern era, including John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton, kept their habit away from the public eye as much as possible.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/01/13/20170116_golf5.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/01/13/20170116_golf5_0.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 353px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mr Obama tried to do the same but, in an era when a president&#39;s movements are constantly documented, pictures proliferated of him pacing manicured greens studying a putt at inopportune moments of national crisis.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Towards the end of his second term it offered ballast for assertions that he had &quot;checked out&quot;.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="//player.ooyala.com/static/v4/stable/4.7.9/skin-plugin/iframe.html?ec=g5c2ZnODE6Yt5-TAkhtEJmmvNhROC3zR&amp;pbid=ZTIxYmJjZDM2NWYzZDViZGRiOWJjYzc5&amp;pcode=RvbGU6Z74XE_a3bj4QwRGByhq9h2" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>In the annals of US presidents Mr Obama&#39;s final tally of 306 rounds is high, but he was far outstripped by two other men.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>President<strong> Dwight Eisenhower played an estimated 800 rounds in office</strong>, calling golf &quot;the best game of them all&quot;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And President <strong>Woodrow Wilson manged to fit in over 1,000 rounds</strong> between 1913 and 1921. Despite all his efforts his wife was a better player.</p> </blockquote> <p>Last year US president -elect Donald Trump hammered Mr Obama for &quot;playing more golf than Tiger Woods&quot;.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Mr Trump added: <strong><em>&quot;We don&rsquo;t have time for this. We have to work. I love golf, I think it&rsquo;s one of the greats, but I don&rsquo;t have time.&quot;</em></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>But the lure of the links is strong for all presidents, including Mr Trump. Weeks after his election victory Mr Trump was in Florida, playing golf with Tiger Woods. And there were photographs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/01/13/20170116_golf2.jpg"><img height="283" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/01/13/20170116_golf2.jpg" width="500" /></a></p> <p>* * *</p> <p>And in case you did not believe us - here is the complete list of all 306 rounds...</p> <p><a href="http://obamagolfcounter.com/"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/01/13/20170116_golf4_0.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 377px;" /></a></p> <p>&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="630" height="356" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170116_golf1.jpg?1484594892" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/golfer-chief-obama-plays-more-rounds-any-president-eisenhower#comments Afghanistan Alt-right Barack Obama Business Climate change skepticism and denial Conservatism in the United States Donald Trump Donald Trump Florida Iraq Politics Politics of the United States President Obama President of the United States The Apprentice United States White House White House WWE Hall of Fame Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:40:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 585606 at http://www.zerohedge.com This Is What Venezuela's New, Vertical, Banknotes, Now With Added Zeros Look Like http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/what-venezuelas-new-veritical-banknotes-now-added-zeros-look <p>We've all been eagerly waiting to see them: Venezuela's crisp,brand new yet soon to be hyperinflated with many more zeros banknotes, and finally, after various failed attempts to deliver the new bills to Caracas (which according to Maduro were at least partially aborted due to pesky CIA meddling) they have arrived. And they are vertical.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/01/15/molivar%201.jpeg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/01/15/molivar%201_0.jpeg" width="500" height="339" /></a></p> <p><em>A new bank note of 500 Bolivars held outside a bank in Caracas. Jan. 16, 2017. </em></p> <p><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/01/15/bolivar%202_0.jpeg" width="500" height="345" /><br /><em>A new bank note of 5,000 Bolivars outside a bank in Caracas. Jan. 16, 2017. </em></p> <p>Eager to get their hands on the new currency, <a href="https://apnews.com/a315aafcc5294eccb6f752e97ccf35cf/Venezuela-debuts-new-banknotes-amid-soaring-inflation">AP writes</a> that Venezuelans stood in long ATM lines Monday to take out new, larger-denominated bills "that President Nicolas Maduro hopes will help stabilize the crisis-wracked economy." Of course, they will do no such thing as the pieces of paper in circulation have absolutely no bearing on the underlying economy, or its hyperinflation, but it will take at least several more shipments of new banknotes before the Maduro figures this out.</p> <p>As a reminder, in taking a page out of the Indian demonetization playbook, Maduro last month said he was scrapping circulation of the most used bill, the 100-bolivar note, and replacing it with new bills ranging from 500 to 20,000 bolivars.&nbsp; </p> <p>The local were appalled. Residents in Caracas expressed shock at seeing bills with so many zeros — a sign of how worthless the bolivar has become amid triple-digit inflation and a collapse in foreign exchange reserves that has led to severe food shortages. </p> <p>Our advice: get used to it - the fun is only just starting. Ask Zimbabwe. </p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>"I never thought I'd have such a big bill in my hands," Milena Molina, a 35-year-old sales clerk, said as she inspected crisp, new 500-bolivar notes she had just withdrawn. "But with the inflation we're suffering, the notes we had weren't worth anything and you always had to go around with huge packages of bills." </p> </blockquote> <p>The Weimar Republic agrees. </p> <p>Monday's rollout of the first batch of imported notes came weeks later than the government had originally promised. Maduro last month ordered the 100-bolivar note to be withdrawn from use well before the replacement bills were ready, leading to widespread chaos as Venezuelans rushed to spend the bills before they were taken out of circulation. With cash running out, looting and protests were widespread - although they were widespread before the currency exchange too, so there wasn't much of a difference - and Maduro had to backtrack. On Sunday, he extended for the third time, until Feb. 20, the deadline for the 100-bolivar note to remain legal tender.</p> <p>While the new denominations should make cash transactions easier the relief may be short-lived: since the largest, 20,000-bolivar note is worth less than $6 on the widely used black market, Maduro already has to order a fresh batch with at least one more zero. With inflation forecast by the International Monetary Fund to hit four digits this year, few economists expect the currency to rebound any time soon.</p> <p>Seeking to combat the black market, the government on Monday inaugurated four currency exchange houses near the border with Colombia where Venezuelans will be able to purchase Colombian pesos at a favorable exchange rate of 4 pesos per bolivar. The bolivar currently is worth just a quarter of that amount at exchange houses over the border in Colombia. </p> <p>And while on the surface this risk-free arbitrage guaranteeing 400% returns would be a slam-dunk trade, there are two problems.</p> <p>First, while Gov. Jose Vielma Mora of Tachira state said the Venezuelan central bank has at its disposal a large amount of pesos to meet what is expected to be strong demand for hard currency, purchases would be capped at between $200 and $300. A second, and bigger proble, is that it was hard to find anyone Monday who had managed to buy pesos.</p> <p>Opponents of Maduro said that in trying to set an exchange rate for pesos, authorities are paving the way for corruption, saying only certain individuals and companies close to the government will be able to purchase them at the official rate. They are, of course, right.</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="800" height="436" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/bolivar%20teaser.jpg?1484616018" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-16/what-venezuelas-new-veritical-banknotes-now-added-zeros-look#comments Argentine peso ATM Banknote Central Intelligence Agency Chilean peso Colombian peso Corruption Economic policy of the Nicolás Maduro government Economy Economy of Venezuela Hyperinflation Hyperinflation International Monetary Fund International Monetary Fund Legal tender Nicolás Maduro Venezuela Venezuelan central bank Venezuelan economic crisis Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:18:16 +0000 Tyler Durden 585623 at http://www.zerohedge.com