en "Billion-Year" Gambian President Was Installed By The CIA <p><em><a href="">Submitted by Wayne Madsen via The Strategic Culture Foundation,</a></em></p> <p><a href=""><img height="322" src="" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Gambian President and dictator Yahya Jammeh, facing a combined military force composed of Senegalese army troops, the Nigerian air force, and troops from Mali, Ghana, and Togo, has agreed to relinquish the presidency of Gambia.</strong> On December 1, 2016, Jammeh was defeated for re-election in a surprise upset by his little-known rival Adama Barrow. Jammeh received only 45 percent of the vote.</p> <p>During the election campaign<strong> Jammeh vowed in an interview with the BBC to &laquo;rule for one billion years&raquo;. </strong>After <strong>initially conceding defeat to Barrow, Jammeh reneged on his promise to step down and announced he would remain as president.</strong></p> <p>The Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS) decided that Jammeh had to go, a stance ironically supported by the United States, which had assisted Jammeh in overthrowing Gambia&rsquo;s democratically-elected president, Sir Dauda K. Jawara, in 1994.</p> <p>After Jammeh refused ECOWAS&rsquo;s, the African Union&rsquo;s, and the United Nations Security Council&rsquo;s demands to leave office and permit Barrow to assume the presidency, ECOWAS mobilized its military forces. On January 19, 2017, Barrow was sworn in as president in the Gambian embassy in Dakar, the Senegalese capital. Hours later, Senegalese troops began to enter Gambia and Nigerian air force jets buzzed the Gambian capital of Banjul. The presidents of Mauritania and Guinea flew to Banjul to urge Jammeh to leave office peacefully. Jammeh&rsquo;s fate was sealed when Major General Ousman Badjie, the commander of the Gambian armed forces, recognized Barrow as Gambia&rsquo;s commander-in-chief.</p> <p><strong>The demand from the United States for Jammeh to relinquish power was a display of absolute hypocrisy since Washington had not only installed Jammeh into power but two successive U.S. presidents warmly welcomed the military ruler to the White House. </strong>Jammeh, who owns a $3.5 million mansion in Potomac, Maryland, was warmly greeted by President Barack Obama at the 2014 and 2015 U.S.-Africa Leaders&rsquo; Summits in Washington. President George W. Bush greeted Jammeh at the U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Washington in 2003. With the protection of the State Department&rsquo;s Diplomatic Security Service, Jammeh&rsquo;s Moroccan-born wife, Zineb Jammeh, ran up huge totals at the Washington area&rsquo;s fashionable shopping malls. She also settled on Sam&rsquo;s Club, a wholesale discount store, to buy massive amounts of household goods. Jammeh is a textbook case of CIA-sponsored kleptocracy on a grand scale.</p> <p><strong>Under Jammeh, Gambia continued to be a strategic ally of the United States. </strong>The kleptocratic Gambian leader permitted the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to maintain an emergency landing site for NASA&rsquo;s space shuttle in the country and Gambia participated with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in the post-9/11 rendition program.</p> <p>Before being installed as Gambia&rsquo;s dictator, Jammeh had received training from the Pentagon. Merely a lieutenant in the Gambian National Army. In 1993, Jammeh attended the notorious &laquo;School of the Americas&raquo; in Fort Benning, Georgia. The school has trained some of Latin America&rsquo;s most notorious military dictators and death squad commanders. While in Fort Benning, Jammeh was made an honorary citizen of the state of Georgia. The following year, and before he launched his coup, Jammeh attended the Military Police Officers Basic Course (MPOBC) at Fort McClellan, Alabama. <em><strong>He was also made an honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Alabama State Militia. Jammeh continued to collect American honorifics, including being made an admiral in the non-existent Navy of the State of Nebraska. The corny title is bestowed by the governor of Nebraska to prominent citizens, who have not only included African dictators like Jammeh and his fellow CIA-supported kleptocrat, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, but to the likes of George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Queen Elizabeth II.&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p><strong>It was during the administration of President Bill Clinton that the green light was given for Jammeh to be installed in a CIA-led coup in Gambia.</strong></p> <p>On July 24, 1994, President Jawara was at his palace in Banjul entertaining the commanding officer of the visiting U.S. Navy tank landing ship, the&nbsp;USS La Moure County. Also present was U.S. ambassador to Gambia, Andrew Winter, a career foreign service officer who represented a new breed of U.S. ambassador &ndash; one that routinely and publicly involved himself in the domestic political affairs of the nation to which they were posted. While Jawara and the ship&rsquo;s commander exchanged diplomatic niceties, junior army officers, led by Jammeh, staged a coup against the democratically elected government.</p> <p><strong>Following the announcement of the coup,&nbsp;La Moure County&rsquo;s&nbsp;skipper could only offer Jawara; Lady Chilele Jawara, one of his two wives; 14 of his 19 children; and his finance minister and police inspector-general a ride to his ship and American protection. </strong>Once on board, Jawara was permitted to use the vessel&rsquo;s communications equipment to contact his military leaders. To Jawara&rsquo;s dismay, the coup leader, Jammeh, had arrested Colonel Boubakar Dada, the head of Gambia&rsquo;s 800-strong army, along with ten Nigerian military advisers.</p> <p>Instead of stepping in to help the Gambian leader, who had known every American president since John F. Kennedy, the Clinton administration merely offered to mediate between Jawara and the rebels. State Department spokeswoman Sondra McCarty<strong> suggested the United States was &laquo;trying to facilitate dialogue between the two side,&raquo; as if the Jammeh and his coup partners possessed legitimacy.</strong></p> <p>The U.S. Navy ship took Jawara to neighboring Senegal where he was granted political asylum by its government. Jawara&rsquo;s relationship with Senegal had become testy in recent years. In 1982, Jawara and President Abdou Diouf had agreed to establish the Senegambian Confederation. Many Gambians criticized the agreement as a de facto annexation of Gambia by Senegal as its 11<sup>th</sup> region. Sensing the opposition of his people, Jawara scrapped the confederation in 1989. However, this decision did not meet with the favor of the U.S. State Department&rsquo;s incoming breed of African specialists, who were enthusiastic about African integration. In their view, Jawara seemed to be swimming against the tide and an anachronism that should be dealt with appropriately. <strong>After being &laquo;dealt with&raquo; by the CIA, Jawara eventually took up residence in England.</strong></p> <p>Ambassador Winter never made a demand that the junta step down and allow Jawara to return to his office in The Quadrangle in Banjul to resume his presidency. <strong>The CIA and the Pentagon has already invested heavily in Jammeh as &laquo;their man&raquo;. </strong>Jammeh&rsquo;s pre-coup military training in the United States is similar to that of Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame, who was trained at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in&nbsp;Fort Leavenworth, Kansas before he left in 1994 to lead an invasion of Rwanda from Uganda, after which, he took over the government.</p> <p><strong>Witnessing the extreme measures the United States was taking to restore ousted Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide to power, Jawara said: &laquo;We have an even stronger case than Haiti&raquo;. He added: &laquo;I will feel very let down if military rule is allowed to take root [in Gambia]&raquo;.</strong> However, Bill Clinton would not only deal harshly with Gambia but, in the end, Bill and Hillary Clinton eschewed Aristide after they turned Haiti into their personal cash cow. Thanks to the double dealing and corruption of the Clintons, Gambia and Haiti both fell under kleptocratic regimes. Jawara remained exiled in England and Aristide was, for a time, exiled to South Africa after being ousted in a CIA-initiated coup in 2004.</p> <p><strong>The United States is fond of calling for democracy in countries like Gambia, Haiti, and Rwanda, but those calls come after the CIA destabilized the countries with military coups. Uncle Sam shamelessly wears the hat of a supreme hypocrite.</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="628" height="337" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Adama Barrow Africa African Union Alabama State Militia Banjul Barack Obama Central Intelligence Agency Clinton administration Corruption Department of State Equatorial Guinea Gambian coup d'état attempt Gambian embassy in Dakar Gambian National Army Gambian presidential election General Staff College Jammeh Latin America Nigerian air force Pentagon Politics Politics of the Gambia Sam’s Club School of the Americas Senegalese army Senegambian Confederation State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service Strategic Culture Foundation The Gambia U.S. Army Command U.S. Central Intelligence Agency U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration United Nations United Nations Security Council United States Navy War White House White House Yahya Jammeh Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:30:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 586184 at Gold Trumps Stocks In Presidential Transition Years <p><strong>Bullion bulls</strong> betting that this rally has more room to run have<strong> history on their side</strong> with the arrival of a new U.S. president.</p> <p><a href="">As Bloomberg reports, </a><strong>a look at recent presidential transitions supports optimism among traders over the metal&rsquo;s prospects.</strong> Gold has averaged gains of almost 15% in years marking the inauguration of a new president since the 1970s, advancing in five of those seven years. <strong>In contrast, the S&amp;P 500 index of equities declined in four of those years</strong> for an average loss over the period of 0.9 percent.</p> <p><a href=""><img height="383" src="" width="600" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>2017 is playing out that way, so far.</p> <p><a href=""><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 409px;" /></a></p> <p>Gold, which is coming off the worst quarter in more than three years, has in 2017 managed to shrug off gains in equities and prospects for more U.S. rate increases, rising almost 5%, up to over $1200 an ounce. Whether gains last may depend on how smooth the transition is to the new presidency.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>&ldquo;What happens frequently is you have a new president, there&rsquo;s a lot of euphoria and then reality kicks in,&rdquo; </strong>says Merk, who oversees a gold exchange-traded fund with assets totaling $120 million. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s more difficult to implement policies.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>This is the sixth year in a row where gold has started off well, even better than last year...</p> <p><a href=""><img height="351" src="" width="600" /></a></p> <p>From Presidents Gerald Ford to Barack Obama, <strong>bullion has often served as a haven in times of political flux.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>&ldquo;We have no idea what&rsquo;s going to happen with some of Trump&rsquo;s policies -- everybody is a little nervous,&rdquo;</strong> said Axel Merk, San Francisco-based founder of Merk Investments LLC, which manages $300 million in assets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Gold is relatively undervalued and will push higher.&rdquo;</strong></p> </blockquote> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="700" height="447" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Atomic physics Barack Obama Bullion Business Chemical elements Ford Gerald Ford Gold Gold coin Matter Mineralogy Native element minerals Noble metals Precious metals Reality S&P 500 Silver Transition metals Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:45:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 586160 at French Socialist Primary Winner Proposes Tax On Robots, Universal Income, Right Of Foreigners To Vote <p><a href=""><em>Submitted by Mike Shedlock via,</em></a></p> <p>France24 reports <a href="" target="_blank">Benoît Hamon and Manuel Valls take top spots</a> in first round of left-wing primary in a field of seven candidates.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s take a look at other reports, then we will look at Hamon&rsquo;s amazing platform.</p> <p>Bloomberg notes <a href="" target="_blank">Valls, Hamon Qualify for French Socialist Primary Run-Off</a>.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>In the first round of voting Sunday night, Hamon was first with 35.2 percent with Valls on 31.6 percent, with about one-third of voting stations reporting, the primary authority said. Former Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg, who was third with 18.7 percent, endorsed Hamon saying that the primary shows that Socialist voters want more leftist policies.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>The voters &ldquo;have massively and seriously condemned&rdquo; the government&rsquo;s policies, Montebourg said. They &ldquo;want the left to return to the path of the left.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> </blockquote> <p><a href=""><img alt="hamon" class="alignnone size-large wp-image-43594" height="507" src=";h=507" width="529" /></a></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Benoît Hamon&rsquo;s Platform</strong></span></p> <p>Benoît Hamon is a 49-year-old former education minister. Here is his platform.</p> <ol> <li><strong>Universal basic income.</strong></li> <li><strong>Tax on robots.</strong></li> <li><strong>Progressive taxation of wealth.</strong></li> <li>Reduction of tax loopholes.</li> <li><strong>32-hour working week.</strong></li> <li>Legalization of marijuana.</li> <li>National conference on &ldquo;environmental democracy&rdquo;.</li> <li>50% renewable energy by 2025.</li> <li>Differentiated VAT for the &ldquo;most virtuous products&rdquo;.</li> <li>Ban on pesticides.</li> <li>Better repayments for dental care.</li> <li>A &ldquo;Sixth Republic&rdquo;.</li> <li>Transformation of the Senate into &ldquo;college of territories&rdquo;.</li> <li><strong>The right of foreigners to vote in local elections.</strong></li> <li>&ldquo;Humanitarian visa&rdquo;&nbsp; and redo of France a land of asylum.</li> <li>Consideration of the white vote. If the white vote is a majority vote, the election must be postponed.</li> <li>Media antitrust law.</li> <li>Labor law repeal to provide additional protection to employees.</li> <li>Help facilitate the takeover of SCOP companies by employees.</li> <li><strong>Recognize burn-out as an occupational disease.</strong></li> </ol> <p><u><strong>That reads like it came from The Onion. </strong></u>However, it&rsquo;s translated from <a href="" target="_blank">Benoît Hamon, favorite of the primary: his very left program</a>.</p> <p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Financial Times</a>, &ldquo;Mr Hamon&rsquo;s proposals have been criticized as unrealistic and costly by rivals including Arnaud Montebourg&rdquo;.</p> <p>Now, Montebourg backs Hamon because voters &ldquo;want the left to return to the path of the left.&rdquo;</p> <p><u><strong>Amazing Twitter Performance</strong></u></p> <p><strong>In a field of seven candidates, that platform got Hamon 35% of the vote. Amazing.</strong></p> <p>How did he get there? The new-fashioned way. Hamon has a huge following on Twitter.</p> <p><u><strong>Looking Ahead</strong></u></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t rule out le Pen.</p> <p><strong>Should Hamon square off against Marine le Pen, I believe le Pen would win. </strong>Le Pen might also win in the widely-expected final match-up against François Fillon, the Republican winner and former Prime Minister of France.</p> <p>Recent political events are such that anything could happen.</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="496" height="337" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Arnaud Montebourg France François Fillon French people French Socialist Party presidential primary Government of France Hamon Manuel Valls Marine Le Pen New Socialist Party Politics Politics of France Senate Socialist Party The Onion Twitter Twitter Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:00:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 586179 at Watch: Bigoted Turtleneck-Wearing Liberal Gets Tossed Off Plane For Harassing Trump Supporter! <p>File this under Justice Porn...</p> <p><img src="" width="350" height="279" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" /></p> <p>A miserable seething&nbsp;bitch and her browbeaten husband are the stars of a new video making it's way around the internet after the woman, a horrible human being,&nbsp;decided to berate a Trump supporter on an airplane. First, here's what happened from the guy it happened to:</p> <p><img src="" alt="scott" width="656" height="763" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-5391" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The first flight&nbsp;attendant&nbsp;to deal with his bigot isn't having any of her shit:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><span style="color: #ff6600;">Attendant #1</span>: "Is there going to be a problem?"</p> <p><span style="color: #ff6600;">Woman</span>: "There will be, I would like for him to change seats with somebody who did not put us all in harm's way"</p> <p><span style="color: #ff6600;">Attendant #1</span>: "Well, you don't have that right!"</p> </blockquote> <p>[<span style="color: #000000;">mic drop, goes to get other flight attendant</span>]</p> <p>When the second flight attendant breaks the news of&nbsp;her impending ejection, this ivory tower liberal starts throwing her dead mother in law out to try and gain some sympathy:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><span style="color: #ff6600;">Woman</span>: "I'm going home now. My mother in law, his mother, died. And we had to be here. I'm going home now, there is no way I'm getting off this plane."</p> <p><span style="color: #ff6600;">Attendant #2</span>: "I'm terribly sorry for that, but that does not give you the right to treat people the way you've been treating them.</p> </blockquote> <p>[<span style="color: #000000;">indignancy intensifies</span>]</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><span style="color: #ff6600;">Husband</span>: "What if we trade seats and she quiets down? How would that be?"</p> <p><span style="color: #ff6600;">Attendant #2</span>: "Unfortunately <strong>the captain</strong> has already made the call..."</p> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff6600;"><strong>DENIED</strong></span></p> <p>Enjoy the show:&nbsp;</p> <div class="wpview-wrap"> <div class="wpview-body"> <div class="wpview-content wpview-type-embedURL"><iframe src="" width="618" height="464" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> </div> <p class="wpview-selection-after">&nbsp;</p> </div> <p><strong><span style="color: #ff6600;">And a potato quality recording of her actually getting tossed:</span></strong></p> <div class="wpview-wrap"> <p class="wpview-selection-before">&nbsp;</p> <div class="wpview-body"> <div class="wpview-content wpview-type-embedURL"><iframe src="" width="618" height="464" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> </div> <p class="wpview-selection-after">&nbsp;</p> </div> <p><span style="color: #ff6600;"><strong>Note the applause...</strong></span></p> <p><img src="" alt="nostep" width="646" height="372" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-5397" /></p> Attendant Aviation safety Bitch Flight attendant Human Interest Injustice Linguistics Slang Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:35:48 +0000 ZeroPointNow 586229 at Treasuries Besieged by 'Idiot Money': Record Shorts in Treasuries Paint an Ominous Picture for Bond Bears <p>As some of you might recall, in December of 2015, I went long treasuries, due to my belief that negative interest rates would wreak havoc across the investment landscape -- bringing with it a deflationary vortex that would consume all whole -- especially equity holders. For the better part of 2016, this was the single best trade to be in -- and I had it before anyone deemed it to be fashionable.</p> <p>Then the elections came and a gigantic Trump induced squeeze commenced -- helping rout bonds and buoy equities in record fashion. Looking back on that rally, it was a fucking month -- literally nothing in the big scheme of things. Should bonds rally again, recapturing some of its former glory, no one will remember the faux inflation days of November-January -- post Hillary annihilation.</p> <p>Looking at the bond trade, it's ripe for a reversion to the mean. After all, the most reprehensible people around, pavement apes and the like, are short bonds. These are the 'Fast Money' people -- the same lads who bought mortgage bonds in 2007 and dot com hand grenades in the spring of 2000.</p> <p>Via CFTC: </p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>The amount of speculators' bearish, or short, positions in<br /> 10-year Treasury futures exceeded bullish, or long, positions by<br /> 394,689 contracts on Jan. 10, according to the CFTC's latest<br /> Commitments of Traders data.</p> <p>A week earlier, speculators held 344,931 net short positions<br /> in 10-year T-note futures.</p> <p>Net shorts in five-year T-note futures and Eurodollar<br /> futures among speculators also climbed to record highs in the<br /> latest week, while speculative T-bond net shorts rose to their<br /> highest level since March 2012, according to CFTC data.</p> <p>Net shorts in federal funds futures among speculators rose<br /> to their highest since August 2015.</p> <p>The rise in net shorts among these futures contracts<br /> suggested this group of market participants believes bond prices<br /> will resume their fall despite their rebound since mid-December.</p></blockquote> <p>Juxtaposing short data with actual yield action, proves, in fact, that the shorts are literally pavement apes -- idiots devoid of reason -- slaves to the basest instincts that require zero thinking. These are horrible people.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" alt="IMG_6188" width="600" height="900" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-63184" /></a></p> <p><a href=""><img src="" alt="IMG_6189" width="600" height="900" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-63185" /></a></p> <p>Yields on the 5 year treasury have doubled since our glorious leader, Donald J. Trump, seized power, to 1.94%. Short contracts now outstrip longs by a record 1.1 million -- making this Tower of Pisa trade indelibly lopsided. </p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><strong>In the end, “real money always wins,”</strong> said Tom di Galoma, the managing director of government trading and strategy at Seaport Global Holdings. “Speculators tend to get taken out. We’ve seen this occur several times in the last 10 to 15 years, where everybody thinks rates are too low.”</p> <p>A shift back into Treasuries may already be starting. Fixed-income managers who oversee a combined $225 billion held 24.7 percent of their assets in U.S. government debt in the week through Jan. 17, according to Stone &amp; McCarthy Research Associates client survey. That’s higher than the average of 24.2 percent in 2016.</p> <p>However, signs of even a slightly more aggressive Fed can still make the bearish trades worthwhile. Last week, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said rates could rise “a few times a year” from now through 2019. That caused five-year yields to soar by the most since the central bank raised rates Dec. 14.</p> <p>In the past, the Fed has been notorious for being too confident about growth and the pace of rate increases. Jason Evans, co-founder of hedge fund NineAlpha Capital LP and the former head of U.S. government bond trading at Deutsche Bank AG, believes this time the central bank will stick to its projections and lift rates three times in 2017.</p> <p>“It’s understandable that there’s going to be a little ebb and flow,” said Evans, who said his firm put on short positions this month. Even so, “we’ll have higher yields later this year. We at least know the direction we’re heading in.”</p></blockquote> <p> The expectations for the Federal Reserve is for 3 hikes in 2017, then more in 2018. However, that hope is predicated on economic growth expansion -- which cannot happen without the cooperation from a Congress who has only, at this time, approved 2 of Trump's 21 cabinet appointees and appear to be ready to fight him, tooth and nail, every step of the way. Couple that with the fact that the dollar is at 14 year highs and the cost to borrow funds has spiked, dramatically, since election day -- making Trump's fiscal dreams increasingly difficult to attain, I think it's fair to say higher rates isn't a foregone conclusion.</p> <p>I am long zeroes, via $ZROZ.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Content originally generated at <a href=""></a></strong></p> 5 Year Treasury Bond Bond Business Commitments of Traders Commodity Futures Trading Commission Congress Deutsche Bank Donald Trump Economy EuroDollar Eurodollar Federal Reserve Finance Financial markets Futures contract Futures markets Janet Yellen Money Short Speculation US Federal Reserve US government Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:22:47 +0000 The_Real_Fly 586228 at How To Predict The Behavior Of Globalists <p><a href=""><em>Submitted by Brandon Smith via,</em></a></p> <p><a href=""><img height="297" src="" width="494" /></a></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><strong>In my last article, <a href="">&#39;How Globalists Predict Your Behavior&#39;</a>, I outlined the primary method globalists use to measure public consent, or, public dissent. The use of macro-analytics and the hyper-monitoring of web traffic is a powerful tool at the disposal of the establishment for gauging shifts in public consciousness in real time.</strong></p> <p>For example, in early 2016 the elites were entirely aware of the rise of conservative and sovereignty movements in the U.S. and Europe. In fact, the dangers of growing &ldquo;populism&rdquo; were all that elitists and their publications talked about for the first six months of the year. At first, this notion seemed a little odd to me. Generally, when globalists are attempting to manage public opinion, they are careful not to reveal the slightest hint that conservative movements exist beyond an &ldquo;extremist fringe&rdquo;. They certainly never suggest that there is a massive undercurrent of nationalism ready to topple the globalist structure.</p> <p><strong>In fact, whenever such movements do arise the establishment is swift to obstruct them or co-opt them.</strong> I witnessed this first hand during the Ron Paul campaign in 2008 and 2012 &ndash; the mainstream deliberately refused to acknowledge Ron Paul&#39;s existence, because attacking him repeatedly would have been a zero sum strategy that would have given him greater public attention and free publicity.</p> <p>I saw it during the Neo-con co-option of the Tea Party, a movement that I was involved in long before Fox News latched onto it and long before mainstream RINO Republicans not only jumped on the bandwagon but hijacked the horse. In a matter of months the Tea Party became a defunct entity, a shell of its former self. Luckily, most liberty activists simply left it behind and started their own separate groups and projects rather than being absorbed into the Neo-con fold.</p> <p>I also saw establishment interference on a local and state level during elections in Montana. An associate of mine was running for state office on a liberty platform and was doing rather well in the polls. He was approached by a contingent of political elites running as Republicans who told him in no uncertain terms that he could run on any platform and use any rhetoric he wanted, but if he won, he would be required to follow THEIR direction. They even encouraged him to continue arguing for constitutional government in his speeches and debates, because they felt this was the best way to &ldquo;sell&rdquo; his candidacy. But when all was said and done, he was supposed to stab his constituency in the back and take orders from the party leadership.</p> <p><strong>The point is, the elites dominate the political system. Nothing happens within it without their say.</strong> So, for those same elites to suddenly and openly suggest that &ldquo;populist movements&rdquo; were threatening to overtake the world and destroy the global economy was suspicious, to say the least.</p> <p><strong>In order to predict the behavior of globalists and the outcome of future economic and political events, it is important to understand certain dynamics. </strong>As just described, the establishment has a stranglehold on the political system. Party politics are a sham built around the false left/right paradigm. However, certain new dynamics are developing, and you must be able to track them.</p> <p>The best way to do this is to watch what globalists say within their own publications. They often reveal their intentions directly or indirectly. In many cases I think in their arrogance they assume that the masses are too stupid to read these publications and grasp what is being said.</p> <p>The most important element of predicting globalist actions is to know what they ultimately want; to know their ultimate goals. If you know the specifics of what any group or individual desperately wants, those people become highly predictable, because there are only so many useful paths to get to any goal.</p> <p><strong>I have used this method to great effect over the years, so I am not merely presenting a theory, I have concrete successes to back my position.</strong></p> <p><em>For example, just in the past couple of years I correctly predicted the <a href="">Federal Reserve taper of QE</a>, I predicted the <a href="">inclusion of China</a> in the IMF&rsquo;s Special Drawing Rights years in advance, I predicted the exact timing of the <a href="">first Fed rate hike</a>, I predicted the <a href="">success of the Brexit referendum</a> when most of the world and the liberty movement said it was never going to happen, I predicted that <a href="">the Saudi 9/11 bill</a> would pass, that Barack Obama would veto it and that <a href="">congress would override his veto</a>, I predicted that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic candidate and that Donald Trump <a href="">would be the Republican candidate</a> for president of the U.S. and, I predicted that Donald Trump <a href="">would win</a> the 2016 election.</em></p> <p><em>Except for the China SDR inclusion, I predicted all of these events many months in advance and received a heavy amount of criticism each time from people in the mainstream and even from people in the liberty movement. Hilariously, as soon as these predictions proved true, some of the same people that were fervently opposed came quickly out of the woodwork to claim they &ldquo;saw it coming all along&rdquo;. I suppose this is human nature, but it is a problem because it keeps people from learning how to better gauge globalist behavior and come to correct conclusions.</em></p> <p><em><strong>My goal in this article is to make EVERY liberty activist adept at predicting globalist driven events. So, here is a good place to start:</strong></em></p> <h3><u><strong>Learn To Play Chess</strong></u></h3> <p>The elites are obsessed with chess and chess symbolism. Many of their strategies develop much like a game of chess develops. If you don&#39;t know how to play chess, I suggest you learn. You don&#39;t have to master the game, but you do need to understand the basic concepts of winning the game.</p> <p>For example, if you know the target that your opponent is really pursuing, you can easily obstruct his efforts because all his movements will become predictable. If his goal is to take your Queen, and you know this, then he should never be able to take your queen. This is why the elites go to great lengths to distract their opponents (meaning us) from their true target. They want you to think they are going straight for your King, or your Knight; they want you focused elsewhere. They will use feints often.</p> <p>Another core strategy of chess is the &ldquo;forced sacrifice&rdquo;. That is to say, the best chess players are very good at positioning one of their pieces so that it threatens two or more of your pieces. This forces you to sacrifice one piece for the sake of the others. If they do this often enough, before you know it you have sacrificed your way into defeat. The globalists ALWAYS have a primary target and a secondary target. There is always more than one move developing at any given time.</p> <p>Knowing chess is key to knowing how the globalists think.</p> <h3><u><strong>Get In Touch With Your Darker Side</strong></u></h3> <p>Going by their behavior and their rhetoric when they are unguarded, most globalists display highly narcissistic character traits as well as sociopathy and psychopathy. It is not enough to research these traits in a clinical fashion, you have to tap into the darker side of your own psyche, and think as they think. This means being willing to entertain evil and malicious concepts. You must be willing to ask yourself - &ldquo;If I were them, how would I go about getting what I want?&rdquo;</p> <p>Understanding devious and aberrant psychopathic intent goes a long way in making the globalists predictable. Remember, many psychopaths are actually highly intelligent and intuitive. They don&#39;t have a moral compass and have lost the voice of conscience, but in order to adapt they have learned how to fake it. They are chameleons.</p> <p>ALL people are inherently capable of evil actions, just as they are inherently capable of great good. You don&#39;t have to become like the elites, but you do have to go to some ugly places in your own mind. An elitist is basically a person who went to those places and discovered that he liked it there.</p> <h3><u><strong>Read Globalist Publications</strong></u></h3> <p>As noted above, the globalists have their own media outlets in which they publish their &ldquo;views&rdquo;, such as Foreign Policy Magazine, The Economist, Bloomberg, Reuters, etc. Sometimes these views are honest and sometimes they are calculated propaganda. Again, if you know exactly what the elitist targets are, then you can better discern if what they are saying is legitimate or a feint to distract you.</p> <p>I predicted the success of the Brexit and the Trump win based on the knowledge that:</p> <p><strong>1) </strong> The globalists need a large scale crisis in order to drastically change public perceptions on society and governance. That is to say, they need to create a crisis so terrifying that people will be willing to accept a fully centralized global economic system and global governance as a solution.</p> <p><strong>2)</strong> The globalists have already set in motion an economic crisis that cannot be reversed. It is a crisis that they must avoid blame for at all costs once it accelerates.</p> <p><strong>3)</strong> Conservative and sovereignty principles are the primary threat to the dominance of globalism. As long as ideas of individualism, national sovereignty and decentralization exist, globalism can never truly prevail. Therefore, obstructing movements based on these principles is not enough. The globalists must also destroy any positive perceptions of our principles for generations to come.</p> <p><strong>4)</strong> As stated in the section on chess, the globalists like to use the strategy of forced sacrifice, in which they threaten two targets simultaneously, or kill two birds with one stone. I realized at the beginning of 2016 that all the rhetoric by globalists in their own publications on the &ldquo;rise of populism&rdquo; was staging the groundwork for the success of the Brexit and the success of Trump. What better strategy for the establishment than to allow conservative movements to take the helm of the political and economic ship just as that ship is about to sink? In this way, the globalists can have the crisis they need, while at the same time scapegoating conservatives and avoiding blame, and, destroying the image of conservative ideals, perhaps forever.</p> <h3><u><strong>Have No Sacred Cows</strong></u></h3> <p>This is a hard one for many people. We all have certain biases and these biases can blind us to reality. The overreaching bias within the liberty movement is a desire for heroic leadership. We have grown up on stories of heroes from George Washington to Thomas Jefferson &ndash; grand statesmen and military giants that crushed tyranny. The problem is, while men like Washington and Jefferson were indeed instrumental, they were nothing without the hundreds of thousands of unsung patriots working tirelessly for freedom on their own.</p> <p>The founding fathers were not considered the founding fathers until long after the American Revolution was over. At the time, they were not thought of necessarily as heroes or even great leaders. They were just men, like many other men, gambling life and liberty on a cause that was uncertain at best.</p> <p>Activists need to STOP looking around for mighty leaders and start taking leadership themselves in their own way. If we do end up with another Washington or Jefferson or Paine or Madison, etc., we will not know who they are until the fight is over and the history books are written.</p> <p>The globalists take full advantage of the movement&#39;s weakness in seeking out and artificially elevating heroes. Also, when people have this bias, they end up with blinders when examining such heroes with any skepticism. Obviously I am referring to Donald Trump, here.</p> <p>Sacred cows prevent accurate predictions of major events because a person will refuse to consider them as a potential negative factor.</p> <h3><u><strong>Moving Beyond Predictions</strong></u></h3> <p><strong>It is one thing to be able to predict the outcome of social and political events; it is another matter to do something about them.</strong> <em>In my next article I will outline solutions liberty activists can pursue on their own and in groups to counter globalist activity. Predicting their tactics is essential, but acting to disrupt those tactics should be the ultimate goal.</em></p> <p>The <strong>globalists </strong>believe that even if some of us do manage to decipher their activities and methods, we will have no means to do anything about them. <strong>They see themselves as the &ldquo;history makers&rdquo;, as the men who act.</strong> They see us as the &ldquo;history watchers&rdquo;, or the meaningless masses wafting about with geopolitical tides, helpless and incapable of determining our own destinies. I believe we will become history makers in due course. One weakness of the globalists that will sabotage them is their own hubris. <strong>They see people as pawns &ndash; but what happens when a piece walks off the chess board completely and acts in an unpredictable way?</strong> It is this potential alone that will destroy the globalists in the end.</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="494" height="297" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Barack Obama Chess China Donald Trump ETC Federal Reserve Foreign Policy magazine Fox News Gambling Global Economy International Monetary Fund Leisure Musical theatre Nationalism Outline of chess Reality Reuters Ron Paul SWIFT Tea Party The Economist US Federal Reserve Vocal music Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:38:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 586169 at Man Who Stole $1.6 Million Bucket Full Of Gold In Midtown Manhattan Has Been Captured <p>The most brazen, fascinating gold heist of the year, if not the decade, is now closed.</p> <p>Recall that in <a href="">late November</a>, we reported that in what may have been one of the most brazen thefts in Manhattan's jewelry district, a man calculatedly swiped an 86-pound bucket full of gold worth $1.6 million from the back of an unattended Loomis armored truck on West 48th Street in the Diamond District on Sept. 29, in broad daylight, as tourists and locals were walking in and out of the jewelry stores that line the block. The suspect, described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds and in his 50s, managed to get away without a hitch. The police suspected that the unidentified man was lying low in Orlando or Miami until things blow over in the Big Apple. The whole incident was caught on closed-circuit camera.</p> <p> <iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe> </p> <p>Then<a href="">, one month ago</a>, the police said they had not only identified the man, but speculated that the gold thief had moved on from Florida, and may have fled to California. NYPD identified the man as Julio Nivelo, and was believed to be - as of late December - in Los Angeles. </p> <p>NYPD Det. Martin Pastor said Nivelo, 53, is a convicted felon who's known to the NYPD as Luis Toledo, among other aliases. He's a career thief who's been arrested seven times and deported four times to his native Ecuador, according to Pastor.&nbsp; </p> <p>Nivelo, a native of Ecuador, fled to Orlando, before heading to California, WNBC reported. Nivelo, who was living in West New York, N.J., at the time of the theft, had previously been arrested seven times and deported four times, the station reported. </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="502" height="316" /></a></p> <p>In the end, it turns out that Nivello was not in Los Angeles, but had fled all the way back to his native Ecuador, where, as <a href="">NBC 4 New York reported</a>, he was finally arrested according to law enforcement sources.</p> <p>Authorities had been looking for Nivelo for months, with the manhunt leading police to Nivelo's residence in West New York, New Jersey, to Orlando, to Los Angeles before detectives from the major case squad headed to Ecuador. <strong>Nivelo was arrested there Thursday morning by federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations and The National Police of Ecuador. </strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>He was arrested without incident after he sent the NYPD on a months-long search across the globe. It wasn't clear when he would be extradited to New York to face charges. Police say they have recovered some of the money.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>Before he was captured, <a href="">Jalopnik reported </a>that Nivelo was a truck cargo-stealing veteran and mastermind. He had allegedly ripped off many other trucks before he finally hit the golden jackpot in September.</p> <p>And so, as NBC 4 puts it, ends the saga of one of the luckiest, most brazen thefts to capture our collective imagination in some time. However, now that he has shown how easily it can be done, we expect the next such brazen "truck theft" to take place in the not too distant future. </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="813" height="513" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Apple Big Apple Crime fiction Florida Law Law enforcement Major Case Squad National Police of Ecuador NBC NYPD Blue Series West New York Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:54:54 +0000 Tyler Durden 586159 at Fakewood EXPOSED: Where Fake News began <p>With the internet rife with "Fake News" - Fake Profiles, fake comments, and fake just about everything; let's do what an intelligence analyst should do (that is, analyze and not just do whatever his client pays him to do). &nbsp;And, the first step before collecting current information is to understand the history. &nbsp;In our case, the history of "Fake News" in USA at least, goes back to the days of WW1 (that's World War 1) and became mainstream, during WW2. &nbsp;Fake News as they are calling it, has since then been part of an information arsenal in any ground based propaganda campaign, even before the days of Edward Bernays. &nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Taking the most basic first step, let's look at Wikipedia under the entry "Propaganda":</a></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><em>The first large-scale use of propaganda by the U.S. government came during World War I. The government enlisted the help of citizens and children to help promote war bonds and stamps to help stimulate the economy. To keep the prices of war supplies down (guns, gunpowder, cannons, steel, etc.), the U.S. government produced posters that encouraged people to reduce waste and grow their own vegetables in "victory gardens". The public skepticism that was generated by the heavy-handed tactics of the <strong>Committee on Public Information</strong> would lead the postwar government to officially abandon the use of propaganda.[1]</em></p> </blockquote> <p>While they 'abandoned' the use of 'Propaganda' this later became 'marketing' - geniuses like Edward Bernays would then come into play, with their understanding of psychological nuances that can split hairs on fleas. &nbsp;Use of the English language in particular, combined with hidden images in photography, and other dirty tricks, can lull any average IQ citizen into believing whatever the campaign says. &nbsp;Take a look at what "Propaganada" used to look like:</p> <p><img src="" width="400" height="511" /></p> <p>OK, it was WW1 but still, they've come a long way, baby! &nbsp;</p> <p>Today's Propaganda is 3d in real time. &nbsp;The CIA has video technology by the way, rumored to be used to make Bin Laden videos when they knew he was dead, that could create a lifelike "Bin Laden" or whatever character to speak and say what they type in real time in 3d (but actually it's broadcast on 2d, making it look all that more realistic).</p> <p>This article is about Propaganda you say? &nbsp;What are some "Fake News" events of the day, back in the day?</p> <p><a href="">Orsen Wells War of the Worlds Alien Invasion</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Fake News started World War 1</a> - "Zimmerman Telegram"&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Fake News "Weapons of Mass Destruction Found in Iraq" remember that one?</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Here's an NY Times history of "Fake News" although they are not the most credible news agency to create such a list, being guitly of peddling it themselves.</a></p> <p>The real "Fake News" industry however, began in Hollywood, California.. around the time of WW2 and continues to this day. &nbsp;It was the epic creation of creative producers, filmed at the big studios. &nbsp;One secret agreement it's rumored:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><em>"If you can help us fake the moon landing, we'll put one of yours in the White House [Ronald Reagan]" - unknown CIA agent.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>The amount of Propaganda and Fake News created by Hollywood in that time is so large, <a href="">there's an entire topic on the subject here, with many films listed on a list "Allied Propaganda Films"</a>. &nbsp;You see, during that time, Propaganda was considered a good thing, because it was 'good for the country' to 'help people realize' how important it was to go to war! &nbsp;It wasn't until the 60's when the youth started to 'tune in, drop out' that the dark side of Propaganda was exposed for what it was. &nbsp;And with all the Nazi scientists now living and working in the USA, there wasn't any 'evil empire' anymore, so it was soon realized that 'our good propaganda' was not much different than Hitler's 'evil' propaganda except that of course, it was in English. &nbsp;</p> <p>Hollywood's connection to Washington is explained well in <a href="">films like "Wag the Dog" </a>and <a href="">we elaborated on that in this article here on Zero Hedge.</a>&nbsp; But it goes MUCH DEEPER than that. &nbsp;Where to begin?</p> <p>In every major newsroom in America, major meaning like the biggies like CNN not your local weather channel - there's a paid CIA/NSA employee sitting near the editor keeping an eye on the content. &nbsp;They send out daily 'talking points' to journalists to include certain 'keywords' in their speech. &nbsp;This was used during the election in full force.</p> <p>In films, especially those about business, war, the government, or rights issues - there's always a 'military consultant' who is again, part of the same department, at CIA/NSA. &nbsp;</p> <p>Have you noted recently, in Hollywood films, and TV series - over the last few years there's been a large amount of "Russian/Ukrainian" villians and they're always bad people? &nbsp;As 10 years ago it was always Mussamad Bin Galafi Turban? &nbsp;That's because the Terrorist script has run it's course, now that Bin Laden was 'killed' in spirit anyway, new enemies needed to foment, and the new enemies are Russians. &nbsp;Hollywood contributed more to the anti-Russian sentiment in America now than the current 'Fake News' about the Russian hacking. &nbsp;</p> <p>How it works. &nbsp;90% of Americans have a TV and watch it, even if they don't (it's on in the house). &nbsp;Maybe the kids watch a show, or movie - there's a Russian character who is evil, horrible, person. &nbsp;He speaks with a deep, rough, raspy voice as if he just finished his third pack of smokes for the day, hasn't shaven, and uses foul language. &nbsp;It's a character anyone would hate! &nbsp;And truely, the character is portrayed as a terrible person, people should hate him. &nbsp;That's how Television "Programming" works. &nbsp;So then weeks later, on CNN they broadcast "Russia Hacks the DNC" and the unsuspecting parent, not consciously knowing what is going on in their subconscious mind, thinks "Oh, I know the type, like in this film. &nbsp;Dirty Scoundrels!"</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Don't take our word for it, listen to Larry Johnson, retired CIA:</a></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><em>US animosity directed at Russia is misdirected anger, said Larry Johnson, retired CIA and State Department official. The propaganda plays upon the ignorance of US people, who know little of Russia and the history of its relations with the US, he added.</em></p> </blockquote> <p><a href="">Even the MSM picked up on this, asking in 2014 "Why are RUSSIANS always the bad guys?"</a></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><em>From a sadistic former KGB operative in The Avengers to the Russian evildoers in A Good Day to Die Hard, there’s certainly been no shortage of Russian villains on screen recently. Russian politicians and filmmakers have now made clear their displeasure with the US movie industry’s ongoing depictions of Russian characters as villains. There has even been the threat of a Russian boycott of Hollywood movies, highlighting the risk studios take when they demonise a nationality.</em></p> </blockquote> <p><a href="" target="_blank">And finally - "Thrillist" of all publications put a timeline on it, yes, it started in 2010. &nbsp;"Why are Russians the greatest Villians of all time?"</a></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><em>Since 2010 alone, Russian bad guys have appeared in such action flicks as John Wick, The Equalizer, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, The November Man, A Good Day to Die Hard, Jack Reacher, Limitless, Salt, The Drop, and The Tourist. Hell, even The Muppets piled on with Tina Fey's gulag guard in Muppets Most Wanted. And this month we have two more: the Casey Affleck vehicle Triple 9, featuring the Russian mob, and Zoolander 2, featuring what appears to be a Russian Kristen Wiig.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>It's one year before the official 'capture' Fake News event regarding Bin Laden. &nbsp;You see, Bin Laden was like the Villian of a big comic book story, so the Hollywood script writers knew that there would be no replacing Bin Laden. &nbsp;He was just bigger than life. &nbsp;So they needed to plant the seeds while they planned operation capture &amp; kill Bin Laden.</p> <p>Connect the dots - it's not so hard! &nbsp;Hollywood, or should we call it FakeWood, has been the Prime Mover of the "Fake News" movement. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">For some FREE documents and tools about how the CIA/NSA operates with Hollywood, checkout Global Intel Hub's Library.</a></p> <p><a href="">To learn how this impacts the markets, checkout Splitting Pennies - Understanding Forex. &nbsp;Learn how big news agencies create "Fake News" that drops the Great British Pound - only to make a few quid!</a></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-blog"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_blog" width="2000" height="1125" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> British Pound Central Intelligence Agency Central Intelligence Agency Committee on Public Information Committee on Public Information Communication Department of State Edward Bernays Entertainment ETC Iraq KGB Media manipulation Nationality Osama bin Laden Political communication Politics Politics Propaganda Public opinion US government video technology White House White House Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:45:24 +0000 globalintelhub 586218 at Ethics Group Will Sue Trump On Monday Over Foreign Government Payments <p>Trump is barely two days in office, and already a lawsuit is set to be filed against the newly inaugurated president. According to <a href="">press reports</a>, a group of lawyers, including former White House ethics attorneys will file a lawsuit on Monday accusing the President of allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments in violation of the U.S. Constitution. </p> <p>Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) announced Sunday night it is bringing a suit “to stop President Trump from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments.” The group said the suit will be filed in the Southern District of New York at 9 a.m. on Monday. </p> <p><iframe src=";widgetId=1&amp;trackingGroup=69016&amp;playlistId=19132&amp;siteSection=thehill2300_nws_pol_sec&amp;videoId=31841669" width="590" height="332" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p>Piggybacking on popular displeasure with the Clinton Foundation likewise accepting hundreds of millions in foreign payments, Deepak Gupta, a Supreme Court litigator working on the case, said the lawsuit will allege that the Constitution's emoluments clause forbids payments to Trump's businesses and will seek a court order forbidding Trump from accepting such payments. The case is part of a wave of litigation expected to be filed against Trump by liberal advocacy groups. It will be filed in a Manhattan federal court, Gupta said, and plaintiffs will include Richard Painter, a former ethics lawyer in Republican President George W. Bush's White House. </p> <p>“We did not want to get to this point. It was our hope that President Trump would take the necessary steps to avoid violating the Constitution before he took office,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said. “He did not. His constitutional violations are immediate and serious, so we were forced to take legal action.”</p> <p>“President Trump has made his slogan ‘America First,’” Bookbinder added. “So you would think he would want to strictly follow the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause, since it was written to ensure our government officials are thinking of Americans first, and not foreign governments.”</p> <p>The litigation will focus on Trump’s refusal to divest from his business or place his assets into a blind trust, which would separate him entirely from his business empire. He has said his adult sons will run his business while he is in office, that they will not conduct any foreign deals and will subject any domestic deals to an ethics review. </p> <p>The group says that because Trump has not divested from his businesses, he is “now getting cash and favors from foreign governments, through guests and events at his hotels, leases in his buildings, and valuable real estate deals abroad.” </p> <p>Meanwhile, Trump lawyer Sheri Dillon recently said that under the business plan, Trump will not be in violation of the Constitution’s “Emoluments Clause." “Paying for a hotel room is not a gift or a present, and has nothing to do with an office,” she said. “It is not an emolument. The Constitution does not require President-elect Trump to do anything here.” </p> <p>But, as <a href="">The Hill notes</a>, CREW charges that because Trump does business with such countries as China, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines, “now that he is President, his company’s acceptance of any benefits from the governments of those countries violates the Constitution.” It also warns that, “When Trump the president sits down to negotiate trade deals with these countries, the American people will have no way of knowing whether he will also be thinking about the profits of Trump the businessman.” </p> <p>The lawyers behind action include constitutional law professors Laurence Tribe and Erwin Chemerinsky, as well as former White House ethics lawyers and CREW board members Norm Eisen and Richard Painter, as well as Bookbinder, Zephyr Teachout and Deepak Gupta.</p> <p>Trump's son Eric responded, telling the Times on Sunday that the company had taken more steps than required by law to avoid any possible legal exposure, such as agreeing to donate any profits collected at Trump-owned hotels that come from foreign government guests to the U.S. Treasury. "This is purely harassment for political gain," Trump told the newspaper.</p> <p>It may be, but it will also be yet another major distraction for Trump as he prepares to unveil his various stimulus packages. Furthermore, should a adversarial judge be appointedon the case, it is possible that the case will drag out extensively, leading to even more damage for the administration, and even more confusion and chaos for markets, which may be why </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="780" height="535" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> American people of German descent Business China Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics Climate change skepticism and denial Clinton Foundation Donald Trump India Law Legal affairs of Donald Trump Newspaper Political positions of Donald Trump Politics Politics of the United States Real estate Supreme Court The Apprentice Trump U.S. Treasury White House White House WWE Hall of Fame Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:33:52 +0000 Tyler Durden 586212 at "10 Things Learned From 3 Days In Washington D.C." <p><em><a href="">Submitted by John Mauldin via,</a></em></p> <p><strong>I have been in Washington DC for the last three days.</strong> The ostensible reason was to participate in a board meeting of a public company, Ashford Inc. (AINC). We manage hotel REITs that own three hotels here in DC, and the group decided to move our board meeting up a few weeks and hold it in DC during the inauguration. That gave me the opportunity to set up a few meetings to try to <strong>gain some insight into what the first 100 days, the first six months, and the first year of the Trump administration might look like.</strong></p> <p>This is going to be a short letter summarizing my impressions from the last few days. I think it might be easiest to present them in the form of a list.</p> <p><strong>1. If you listen to the media you might have the impression that the Trump transition team is in complete disarray. Talking with leaders of the transition team certainly didn&rsquo;t leave me with that impression. </strong>They have broken the transition process down into over 30 departments and have created a &ldquo;landing document&rdquo; for each department. The analogy they are using is that this process is like planning an invasion, and they are going to hand the landing document off to the &ldquo;beachhead teams&rdquo; who will then execute the plans.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>I was briefly allowed to look at (without actually being able to read) the plan for one cabinet-level department. It appeared to be about 100 pages plus of serious detail as to exactly what executive orders would need to be removed and added, what personnel would have to be replaced (both appointees and regular staff), what policies would need to be changed, and so forth.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I was told that this level of planning was being done for every department. My impression is that there are a lot of people from various think tanks and others with experience in the presidential transition process who are involved in directing the plan for each department. That level of detailed planning doesn&rsquo;t happen in less than two months. My guess is that some of that thinking has been going on for years, and now it can be implemented.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>That being said, we know that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy; and it was instructive to sit with Bill Bennett, who talked about his experience in trying to reform the Department of Education under Reagan. They were still dealing with personnel and policy issues a year later, and this was when the department was much smaller than it is today. And that is just one department.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When I asked a key person how much of the overall plan would likely come to fruition, I got a rueful smile and a shrug. &ldquo;If we even get half of this done in the first few years, that will be major reform.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2. There seem to be two general types of agency plans. </strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>First, there are those where the culture of the department has to be changed, and then are those where the current staff seems to be doing its job but the culture surrounding the department has to be dealt with.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Those are entirely different issues. The first can be handled to some degree by the executive branch, but the latter needs to be dealt with by congressional action.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>3. Trump&rsquo;s management style is going to drive the media (and admittedly, much of the country and the world) nuts.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>One person who has worked closely with Trump during the transition says it is a lot like the HBO show Entourage and not at all like the British sitcom Yes, Minister. Trump will have people in his entourage competing to give him the pieces of information he needs. In his business organization, he sets the vision and then hires people to execute that vision; and then he goes back to doing what we have seen him do so well, which is to create the brand and image.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He is bringing in people to execute his vision, and he&rsquo;s going to expect them to get it done. He will jump in when he thinks he&rsquo;s needed or when he can add something to the process, but he will mostly be paying attention to his team&rsquo;s performance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>One assessment suggests that there is going to be more than the usual amount of personnel turnover in the first six months. The media will be writing about how Trump can&rsquo;t keep people and about all the chaos in the White House and other parts of government. But from Trump&rsquo;s perspective, and given his management style, that&rsquo;s not necessarily bad in terms of his longer-term goal of changing things.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We have not had a president with this type of management style in my lifetime. Since it&rsquo;s not something that any of us are going to be familiar with, it is going to make some of us uncomfortable until we get used to it (and some people never will).</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>4. Everyone in the new administration and Congress agrees there is going to be significant tax reform. That is where the agreement ends. </strong>There is absolutely no consensus on what that tax reform should actually look like. Among members of the US Congress and others you would think should know, the universal answer is &ldquo;I have no idea.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>I will candidly admit that some of the tax ideas I&rsquo;ve been reading about make me nervous. The wrong type of tax reform can do serious damage to the economy. One of the few things that nearly all economists can agree on is that getting the incentive structure correct is critical. I am not sure that some of the people who seem to be in a position to influence the proposals really understand the importance of incentives and the impact they could have on trade and business.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Part of the reason the market is up and that optimism levels are up in all the polls is that people have high expectations about the nature and depth of the tax reform we&rsquo;ll get. Failure to deliver something that at least comes close to meeting those expectations is going to have a significant negative impact, not just on the economy but also on the markets. I don&rsquo;t know how long the new administration will have to &ldquo;stand and deliver.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>5. Everyone seems absolutely convinced that Obamacare will be repealed; but there are considerable differences in the plans that would replace it.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>My guess is that we are going to get substantial relief for small businesses and move towards more significant health savings accounts. There will not be a single mandate for an insurance company to cover all sorts of things. A 55-year-old woman is not going to have to purchase insurance that has prenatal care in it. People will have much more ability to tailor insurance to their own personal needs. This should help a great deal on costs to individuals and businesses, but it doesn&rsquo;t deal with the overall cost of the system.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>6. Dodd&ndash;Frank is going to be restructured.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>It is also very likely that the new DOL rule on fiduciaries and ERISA plans will at least be postponed if not significantly changed. On a personal note, there are parts of the DOL fiduciary rules that make sense, and I support them. But it appears to me that DOL was trying to make a one-size-fits-all rule that was just a bridge too far.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>7. Steve Moore passed on a story to me. </strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>He and my friend Larry Kudlow were meeting with Trump, and Trump asked them if they would like to be part of his economic advisory team during the campaign. They looked at each other and back at Mr. Trump and said something to the effect of, &ldquo;You can&rsquo;t use us. We believe in free trade.&rdquo; And Trump then said, &ldquo;But we agree on nearly everything else. Let&rsquo;s agree to disagree on trade and figure out where we can work together.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Not many presidents are willing to have that level of disagreement from the outset. That is somewhat comforting to me. I will admit that, having asked a few questions of people who have interacted with Peter Navarro, he still makes me very nervous.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>8. There is a general understanding on the part of nearly everyone I talked to that the biggest problems are going to be in dealing with the entrenched bureaucracy.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>It is highly likely that Congress will pass legislation that requires any department making a ruling that could cost over $100 million to get congressional approval for that rule.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Given the recent ruling by the Second Court of Appeals that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau does not meet the constitutional requirement for government oversight and that the law concerning it has to be changed, it is highly likely that the CFPB will be overhauled and reformed.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>9. There are literally thousands of presidential appointees that don&rsquo;t have to be approved by the Senate...</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>but the proper procedure is to wait until the cabinet-level officers and senior management are in place so that they can have input on those appointments. If you expect appointees to run a department or agency, you need to give them the people they want.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>10. Congress has been passing literally hundreds of pieces of legislation, knowing full well they would be vetoed and never see the light of day. </strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Not all of these will be brought back up, as the Republicans were counting on Obama vetoing them. But I think we will see a great deal of legislation passed in the first six months to one year. These are bills that have already been through committee and have enough support to get action.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>I have met three types of people here in Washington DC. </strong><em>There are the Trump supporters, who seem to be wildly optimistic. On the other hand, as I look out my window here at the Capital Hilton, I see hundreds if not thousands of protesters walking by wearing little pink hats, and they are decidedly not happy. The third group is much smaller and consists of those who are actually aware of the amount of work that is going to have to be done and who recognize what a daunting task it will be.</em></p> <p><strong>On Monday some 538 people who are the initial members of the transition beachhead teams will show up in offices all over the country, but mostly in DC. It is going to be quite some time before we begin to see much change and can begin to figure out what that change will actually look like.</strong></p> <p>I&rsquo;m not going to offer my thoughts on the inaugural speeches and events, as my political leanings are really not the focus of this letter. Next week we&rsquo;ll return to the arena of economics and let the political commentators do all the talking they want to do in the arena of politics. But in the areas where politics and economics intersect &ndash; an intersection that seems to be expanding &ndash; we may have to revisit the political arena again.</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="855" height="356" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Congress Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Court of Appeals Department of Education Donald Trump Larry Kudlow Mike Pence Obamacare Peter Navarro Political positions of Donald Trump Politics of the United States Presidency of Donald Trump Presidential transition of Donald Trump REITs Senate Trump Administration Trump family U.S. Congress Washington D.C. White House White House Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:15:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 586167 at