en "Hillary 2016" Caption Contest <p>As the <a href="">source </a>of this already viral photo simply exclaims <strong>"2016, ya'll."</strong></p> <p><strong><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="331" /></a></strong></p> <p><em>h/t @<a href="">victomato</a></em><a href=""></a><strong><a href=""></a><br /></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="1200" height="795" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:33:56 +0000 Tyler Durden 573170 at Merkel Caves To Pressure On Migrant Policy: "Germany Has Done Enough", As Support For AfD Hits All Time High <p>After getting pummeled in recent elections and polls, Angela Merkel seems to be finally coming around to the notion that German citizens may not be that supportive of her "open-door" policies which have resulted in over 1 million migrants flowing into Germany in just a year.&nbsp; Speaking in Vienna at a meeting with nine other heads of government, Merkel proclaimed that "Germany has done enough" and called on the rest of the EU to do more saying "other EU countries will have to jump in.”</p> <p>The Vienna summit included leaders of nations along the Balkans migrant route and was called in a bid to unblock disagreements at the heart of the immigration problem.&nbsp; Per the <a href="">Sunday Express</a>, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern commiserated with Merkel saying “<strong>you will never be able to close a border completely, but for Germany it’s been too much and I understand the concern</strong>.”&nbsp; </p> <p>As for Austria, Kern has called for a financial deal with Northern African countries as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan along the same lines of the EU-Turkey deal that would involve returning migrants in exchange for travel visas and financial aid.&nbsp; </p> <p><img src="" alt="Balkan Migrant Route" width="584" height="523" /></p> <p>The controversial EU-Turkey deal gives Greece the ability to send back<br /> Syrian migrants to Turkey in exchange for the EU providing Turks with visa-free<br /> travel across Europe as well as financial aid.&nbsp; That said, the agreement has stirred some controversy in Europe as Turkey has refused to change its counter-terror policy, and even pulled its border control guards from Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.&nbsp; The disputes have left thousands stranded on Greek islands after Austria and its Balkan neighbors shut their borders, closing off the migrant route to western Europe.</p> <p><img src="" alt="Merkel" width="590" height="350" /></p> <p>As a result of the growing tensions with Turkey, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is famous for his hardline on immigration and has built reinforced fences on his borders, has called for preparations to be made in the event the EU-Turkey deal collapses.&nbsp; Orban said that backup plans must be established now because <strong>"when the migrants descend on us and trouble arrives it will be too late to reach for blueprints, for fences, for physical barriers, for new police and soldiers."</strong></p> <p>All of this comes after the CDU's latest disastrous showing in last week's Berlin election, which as <a href="">reported last week saw Germany's conservative party end </a>second with only 17.6% of the vote, dropping 5.7% from the 2011 election, and marking its worst performance in the capital since German reunification.&nbsp; Angela Merkel took responsibility for her party’s disastrous showing in Berlin's state election, "<strong>admitting mistakes in her handling of last year’s refugee crisis.</strong>" </p> <p>As <a href="">reported by the Guardian</a>, in an unusually self-critical but also combative speech, the German chancellor said she was “fighting” to make sure that there would be no repetition of the chaotic scenes on Germany’s borders like last year, when “<strong>for some time, we didn’t have enough control” </strong>adding that <strong>“no one wants this to be repeated, and I don’t either.”&nbsp; </strong><strong><br /></strong></p> <p>Merkel also admitted she had in the past failed to sufficiently explain her refugee policy, and that her phrase “Wir schaffen das” (“We can do it ”) had “provoked” some of those who didn’t agree with her political course.&nbsp; Her words will be interpreted as an olive branch to the leader of her CDU’s sister party, the Bavarian CSU, who have in recent months repeatedly called on her to distance herself from the much-cited slogan.</p> <p>The 62-year-old also rebutted the CSU’s calls for a “static upper limit” to the amount of asylum seekers Germany could accept in 2016, arguing that it “would not solve the problem”. Banning people from entering the country on the basis of their religion, she said, would be incompatible with Germany’s constitution and her own party’s “ethical foundation”.</p> <p>Of course, Merkel is seemingly starting to wake up to the fact that the only alternative is watching as her approval rating implodes in not so slow-motion, and as her CDU continues to tank in future elections.</p> <p>And speaking of the surge in AfD, late last week <a href=";feedName=worldNews&amp;utm_source=Twitter&amp;utm_medium=Social&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29">Reuters </a>reported that the the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party would capture 16% of the vote if a federal election were held now, according to an opinion poll on Friday, <strong>the most support it has drawn in a poll in history.</strong></p> <p>The poll released by public broadcaster ARD said Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives would get 32% of the vote, while the Social Democrats, junior partner in the ruling coalition, would get 22%. Together they would have 54 percent, enough for the ruling "grand coalition" to continue, at least for the time being. </p> <p>The AfD made huge gains in two regional elections this month and will now have seats in 10 of 16 state assemblies, benefiting from a backlash against Merkel's open-door refugee policy and the arrival of nearly a million migrants last year. The next federal election is a year from now. The party's latest score of 16 percent is more than three times the 5 percent it would need to win seats in the Bundestag or parliament for the first time.</p> <p></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="1100" height="619" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Afghanistan Germany Greece Reuters Turkey Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:50:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 573156 at A Turning Point In The US Presidential Campaign. What Happened? <p><em><a href="">Submitted by Dmitry Minin via,</a></em></p> <p>If Hillary Clinton&rsquo;s illness had not materialized, <strong>someone would probably have had to have made one up for her.</strong> The<strong> Democratic presidential candidate&rsquo;s dramatic drop in popularity</strong> just over the course of the last month has been attributed to her sudden health issues and pneumonia. Of course they&rsquo;re <strong>claiming that Clinton will recover</strong> and that her extraordinary determination to keep fighting will make voters even more sympathetic to her.<strong> The biggest US media outlets are helping her spin that.</strong></p> <p><a href=""><img alt="" src="" style="width: 600px; height: 318px;" /></a></p> <p><u><strong>But without delving into the details of Ms. Clinton&rsquo;s medical reports, if we just rewind the tape, the timeline of events looks somewhat different. </strong></u>The polls showing Donald Trump&rsquo;s popularity across the nation quickly gaining on Hillary&rsquo;s &ndash; and perhaps even surpassing hers - began to emerge in late August, back when she still seemed quite vigorous and no one was talking about her health. The tipping point in the presidential race did not materialize after Hillary&rsquo;s unfortunate fainting episode, but before it. But it&rsquo;s not the Democratic candidate&rsquo;s health issues that are responsible for the shifting tide, but rather the strategic missteps by Hillary Clinton&rsquo;s campaign staff.</p> <p><strong>The inordinate personification of the entire campaign by the Democratic camp was the initial miscalculation.</strong> Donald Trump does love to get a rise out of his audience, but - seeing him as an easy target - <strong><em>they focused on his persona instead of trying to attack his quite serious political platform.</em></strong></p> <p>In the Democratic campaign it all came down to Trump&rsquo;s personality - after all he&rsquo;s a racist who is unpredictable and incompetent, he gushes over America&rsquo;s enemies and is himself a threat to his nation&rsquo;s security, and so on. So, thus distracted, Clinton and her advisers failed to notice when her Republican challenger radically altered his behavior, suddenly metamorphosing into a level-headed and observant politician who delves deeply into every issue. In his campaign he has refused to exploit Clinton&rsquo;s ill health and has stopped his aides from doing so. He now launches far fewer personal attacks on his opponent. <strong>He currently prefers to lambaste the last traces of President Obama&rsquo;s dwindling popularity, making it clear that Clinton would be nothing more than &laquo;Obama Part Two&raquo;.</strong></p> <p><strong>This billionaire candidate is nothing if not wily</strong>. In the beginning, his outrageous pronouncements drew nationwide attention and mobilized the radical fringe of the population most fed up with America&rsquo;s political regime. Now he&rsquo;s working with politically moderate Americans. Trump speaks to audiences of widely varying ethnic and faith backgrounds, assuring his listeners that his purported hostility to minorities is pure fiction. <strong>This could be seen in Trump&rsquo;s very significant visit to Mexico and his meeting with the president of that country.</strong></p> <p>In the end, he demonstrated that he can have a very friendly relationship with Mexicans (who had been portrayed as his probable first victims upon taking office), and he can negotiate successfully with them.<strong> It turns out that Trump&rsquo;s much-lampooned idea of walling off the US-Mexican border is actually quite acceptable to the Mexican government, which is every bit as concerned as the US government by the criminal elements crossing back and forth across the border. </strong>The only issue is about who is going to pay to build it. But if push comes to shove, Trump will undoubtedly be able to force the Mexicans to cough up the cash. And after Trump came back from Mexico no one was mocking his wall anymore.</p> <p><strong>The Republican candidate is also actively pursuing the union vote, which had always been seen as Democratic turf.</strong> The ace up his sleeve will be his careful preparation prior to meetings with them and his ability to allude to the nuances of any particular trade. Several influential unions have already declared their support. And impressive data is coming in from places that until quite recently were seen as utterly out of reach for Trump. He holds a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">commanding lead</a>&nbsp;in Florida, Ohio, Nevada, and even Iowa, which has swung Republican in only one of the last seven presidential campaigns.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Other serious Democratic blunders included their constant attempts to portray Trump&rsquo;s goal of normal relations with Russia as a threat to America.</strong> It&rsquo;s difficult to recall any other time in American history when the &laquo;subject of Russia&raquo; was so harped upon in the election campaign, as if it in some way discredited one of the candidates. The exception perhaps would be the election of 1948, when Henry Wallace, FDR&rsquo;s former vice president and the leader of the Progressive Party, was labeled the &laquo;pro-Soviet&raquo; candidate. Wallace, however, won only slightly over a million votes back then, and his leftist convictions have nothing whatsoever in common with Trump&rsquo;s views.</p> <p><strong>Apparently, Hillary Clinton&rsquo;s staff have calculated that Russia and Putin have been so demonized in the American consciousness that linking Trump&rsquo;s name to them in any way will automatically diminish the Republican candidate&rsquo;s chances. But that hasn&rsquo;t worked. Or only a bit.</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s possible that Americans truly do not know much about Russia, but they are a rational people, capable of drawing conclusions. And <strong>when told that Russia is a threat to the US, they immediately ask: where? And how?</strong> And that&rsquo;s a hard question to answer. For the Americans who lived through the tragedy of 9/11, the threat of domestic terrorism - or, for example, the search for a job - is infinitely more important than seeking to destroy the fictional monsters abroad that the second US president, John Quincy Adams, warned them about.</p> <p>Any juxtaposition of the two countries&#39; strengths would quickly show that there is simply no threat to the United States emanating from Russia. Those who now specialize in demonizing Russia have clearly forgotten Abraham Lincoln&rsquo;s words:<em><strong> &laquo;You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time&raquo;.</strong></em> Americans for the most part would be happy to divvy up both the responsibilities and expenses with &laquo;those awful Russians,&raquo; just to wipe out the evil of terrorism that is building itself a cozy nest in the Middle East. And that&rsquo;s exactly what Trump is suggesting.</p> <p><strong>Something called charisma is also working in Trump&rsquo;s favor (and not in Clinton&rsquo;s). </strong>Clinton is taking great pains to appear energetic and convincing, but she&rsquo;s not very good at firing people up. Trump&rsquo;s better at it. Polls&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">show</a>&nbsp;that 58 % of his supporters feel &laquo;extremely enthusiastic&raquo; about him, while only 46% of Clinton&rsquo;s &laquo;troops&raquo; can make such a claim. And 20% of those intending to vote for Hillary are &laquo;not at all enthusiastic&raquo; about their choice vs. only 10% of Trump&rsquo;s supporters who admit to feeling that way.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Democrats have also made a tactical blunder when it comes to the independent third-party candidates who were supposed to pull votes away from Trump.</strong> Michael Bloomberg, yet another well-known billionaire, was avowing his readiness to take on this mission, only to later reconsider. It was also thought that such a role could be played by the leader of the Libertarian Party, Gary Johnson, whose outlook is a bit closer to Trump&rsquo;s than Clinton&rsquo;s. His ratings are fairly high - 8%, but the problem is that he could steal just as many votes from Clinton as from Trump. And the fourth and final player in the running, the Green Party nominee Jill Stein, could play a part in this political drama that will make Hillary Clinton very uncomfortable. And what is probably most offensive to the Democrats is that Jill Stein&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">took advantage</a>&nbsp;of their own campaign gambit when she chose as her running mate the only African-American still in the ranks by that late date in the campaign - an activist with the distinctive name of Ajamu Baraka. And everyone understands that Clinton has now lost one segment of President Obama&rsquo;s supporters (estimated at up to 4%).&nbsp;</p> <p>But the Democrats still have one more option up their sleeve, which some experts have been discussing from the very beginning: <u><em><strong>pulling Hillary Clinton off the ballot &laquo;for health reasons&raquo; and nominating a new candidate to be determined by the leaders of the Democratic Party.</strong></em></u> However, there is a difficulty there as well: many within the Democratic establishment are adamantly opposed to the &laquo;socialist&raquo; Bernie Sanders, and there is not enough time left to crank up the publicity machines for Vice President Joe Biden or Secretary of State John Kerry, whose names have been mentioned more often than any others in this regard. <strong>Nor would it be a simple matter to coax the former first lady, who is already envisioning herself as the mistress of the Oval Office, to quit the game.</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="296" height="149" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Bernie Sanders Donald Trump Florida Joe Biden Mexico Middle East Ohio President Obama ratings Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:10:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 573155 at Charlotte Police Release Mugshots Of Captured Looters As Protests Continue For Fifth Night <p>Following the <a href="">delayed release </a>of the Charlotte police dash and body-cam video footage of the fatal shooting of Keith Scott, there were concerns that violence and rioting would return to the cith of Charlotte, despite the recently imposed state of emergency and national guard deployment, leading to even more drastic violence. And while luckily that did not happen to the extent seen earlier in the week, protests showed no signs of abating on Sunday, after the police released videos showing the victim being shot but did not answer the question of whether he had a gun.</p> <p>Hundreds marched through the center of Charlotte on a fifth night of demonstrations that stretched into Sunday morning, including white and black families protesting police violence. One sign read “Stop police brutality” and another showed a picture of a bloody handprint with the phrase #AMINEXT, a social media tag about the fear of becoming a victim of police.</p> <p><img src="" width="500" height="337" /></p> <p>Keeping tempers in check, for the first time in three nights, police enforced a curfew, saying they would arrest violators. A crowd gathered outside police headquarters dispersed without any violence shortly after midnight <a href="">Reuters reported</a>. </p> <p><img src="" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p>Meanwhile, any hope that the video release would put the ongoing debate over Scott's shooting to rest, was dashed after Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney acknowledged that the videos themselves were "insufficient" to prove that Scott held a gun but said other evidence completed the picture. Both Scott's family and protesters have disputed the police statements that Scott was carrying a gun.</p> <p><img src="" width="500" height="334" /></p> <p>“There is no definitive visual evidence that he had a gun in his hand,” Putney said. “But what we do see is compelling evidence that, when you put all the pieces together, supports that." </p> <p><img src="" width="500" height="389" /></p> <p>Police said officers trying to serve an arrest warrant for a different person caught site of Scott with marijuana and a gun, sitting in a car in a parking lot. "They look in the car and they see the marijuana, they don’t act. They see the gun and they think they need to,” Putney said. </p> <p><img src="" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p>As <a href="">reported last night</a>, Police released photos of a marijuana cigarette, an ankle holster they said Scott was wearing, and a handgun, which they said was loaded and had Scott's fingerprints and DNA. But Scott's family, which released its own video of the encounter on Friday, said the police footage showed the father of seven was not acting aggressively and that the police shooting made no sense, with no attempt to de-escalate the situation. The family video, shot by Scott's wife, was also inconclusive on the question of a gun.</p> <p>In one of the police videos, a dashboard-mounted camera from a squad car showed Scott exiting his vehicle and then backing away from it. Police shout to him to drop a gun, but it is not clear that Scott is holding anything. Four shots then ring out and Scott drops to the ground.</p> <p>A second video, taken with an officer's body camera, fails to capture the shooting. It briefly shows Scott standing outside his vehicle before he is shot, but it is not clear whether he has something in his hand. The officer then moves and Scott is out of view until he is seen lying on the ground.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>While the public debate over why Scott was shot by the police will continue, marchers on Saturday evening focused their demands squarely on stopping police violence, after on previous evenings protesters' priority was release of police tapes. "No justice, no peace, no racist police," demonstrators chanted. </p> <p>Meanwhile, as the protesters and police remained at an impasse, the Charlotte Police department took to naming and shaming some of the many captured looters and rioters, who turned Charlotte into a warzone on the night of September 21 and 22.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Detectives are working diligently to identify looting suspects, sign warrants and make arrests.This is their board of open cases. <a href=""></a></p> <p>— CMPD News (@CMPD) <a href="">September 25, 2016</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Khalil Wallace has been arrested, accused of hitting an officer with a wrench during a protest earlier this week. He faces felony a charge. <a href=""></a></p> <p>— CMPD News (@CMPD) <a href="">September 25, 2016</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Jayden Harrington and Shakiyla Green were arrested early this morning and charged in connection with damage and looting of Jimmy Johns. <a href=""></a></p> <p>— CMPD News (@CMPD) <a href="">September 25, 2016</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Arrested in connection with damage and looting at Buffalo Wild Wings: Marcellis McKenzie (9/15/86) <a href=""></a></p> <p>— CMPD News (@CMPD) <a href="">September 25, 2016</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Another suspect Identified and charged: Savanna Lee Jones is wanted in connection with the damage and looting at Jimmy John's. <a href=""></a></p> <p>— CMPD News (@CMPD) <a href="">September 24, 2016</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">One of three identified so far -- Jamil Gill (4/15/1993) is wanted on numerous charges in connection with damage and looting at Jimmy Johns. <a href=""></a></p> <p>— CMPD News (@CMPD) <a href="">September 23, 2016</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">One of three identified so far -- Daniel Baker is jailed on numerous charges in connection with damage and looting at Jimmy Johns. <a href=""></a></p> <p>— CMPD News (@CMPD) <a href="">September 23, 2016</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">One of three identified so far! Dejuante Marina is wanted on numerous charges in connection with damage and looting at Jimmy Johns. <a href=""></a></p> <p>— CMPD News (@CMPD) <a href="">September 23, 2016</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Wanted on numerous charges in connection with damage and looting at Buffalo Wild Wings: Marcellis McKenzie. <a href=""></a></p> <p>— CMPD News (@CMPD) <a href="">September 22, 2016</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Identified and charged: Ian Bowzer of Charlotte is charged with damage to property in connection with doors kicked in at Hyatt House. <a href=""></a></p> <p>— CMPD News (@CMPD) <a href="">September 22, 2016</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script> <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="3000" height="415" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Reuters Twitter Twitter Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:04:11 +0000 Tyler Durden 573138 at Why Hedge Funds Remain The Worst Performing Asset Class Of 2016 <p>It's been a bad year for hedge funds as a result of significantly underperforming the market, coupled with the biggest wave of redemptions since the financial crisis. Unfortunately, according to the latest Goldman data, there is no reprieve in sight. As the following chart from David Kostin shows, both global macro hedge funds and equity long short funds are the worst performing assets YTD on both a total return and risk-adjusted basis.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="378" /></a></p> <p>There are two main reasons why hedge funds continue to underperform: on one hand correlations across various sectors have soared to the highest levels in the past three years, leading to a plunge in return dispersion making "stock-picking" virtually impossible...</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="370" /></a></p> <p>... while on the other hand, the most popular hedge fund short positions have soared in recent months, crushing short books and more than offsetting the modest rebound in the "hedge fund VIP" basket of most popular positions.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="376" /></a></p> <p>And while hedge funds have continued to underperform, several outright sectors continue to dramatically outperform the S&amp;P, most notably IT, followed by Consumer Staples, Telecom and Utilities, even if the latter three have seen some modest weakness in recent months as a result of the pick up in yields.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="358" /></a></p> <p>... leading to the following most recent return by sector, where despite the recent surge in IT, Utilities still have the YTD lead, followed closely by Telecom and Energy. </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="365" /></a></p> <p>Shifting away from sectors, and focusing only on valuation factors, we find that size (in this case small is better), high margins and low dividend yield have become increasingly expensive, while on the other end, low momentum, low margins and high volatility are now the cheapest inputs into quant models.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="343" /></a></p> <p>Shifting back out, we then look at the overall market where we find the valuations on both an absolute and relative basis remain especially rich, with the S&amp;P trading at a 17.3x forward PE, and while financials and telecom remain cheap, at 12.6x and 13.9x fwd PE respectively, they are more than offset by the lunacy in Energy stocks which trade at over 43x, while consumer staples is the second richest sector currently. </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="366" /></a></p> <p>Finally, putting it all together shows that mutual fund outflows continue, with some $127 billion withdrawn from equity mutual funds, and even ETFs now negative YTD; both of these are more than offset by the $110 billion in inflows in bond mutual funds and ETFs, while as a result of the upcoming change to money market fund regulation, those particular funds keep bleeding cash, having lost some $124 billion YTD. Also worth noting, a marketwide short squeeze as a drive of upside is no longer a key concern as a result of the S&amp;P's median short interest as a % of market cap sliding to 2.4%: the lowest since last summer. </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="366" /></a></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="1607" height="1215" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Bond Short Interest Volatility Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:28:14 +0000 Tyler Durden 573160 at Something Odd Emerges When Fact Checking The "Fact Checkers" <p>The American electorate has never been more divided with people having wide ranging <strong>opinions</strong> on which party/candidate would be best for the future of the country.&nbsp; Certainly economic and other <strong>facts </strong>help guide those opinions but, in the end, the decision is also based on the subjective views of each voter. &nbsp; </p> <p>But, for Politifact, apparently even the facts are subjective and based on party affiliation.&nbsp; Take the following example: </p> <p>On <strong>July 6, 2015</strong>, <strong>Bernie Sanders</strong> made the following comment about <strong>Black youth unemployment in the United States</strong>:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>"For young people who have graduated high school or dropped out of high school, who are between the ages of 17 and 20, if they happen to be white, the unemployment rate is 33 percent.&nbsp; If they are Hispanic, the unemployment rate is 36 percent. <strong>If they are African-American, the real unemployment rate for young people is 51 percent.</strong>"</p></blockquote> <p>Shortly after that comment was made, <strong><a href="">Politifact</a> </strong>decided to "<strong>fact check</strong>" Bernie's assertion that black youth unemployment was sky high and found that it was "<strong>Mostly True.</strong>"</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>Sanders said that for African-Americans between the ages of 17 and 20, "the real unemployment rate … is 51 percent." His terminology was off, but the numbers he used check out, and his general point was correct -- that in an apples-to-apples comparison, African-American youth have significantly worse prospects in the job market than either Hispanics or whites do. The statement is accurate but needs clarification or additional information, <strong>so we rate it Mostly True.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>The problem is that when Donald Trump made a similar assertion at a rally on <strong>June 11, 2016,</strong> <a href="">Politifact</a>'s "<strong>fact checking</strong>" analysis had a slightly different conclusion.&nbsp; Here is what <strong>Trump said</strong>:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>"If you look at what’s going on in this country, <strong>African-American youth is an example: 59 percent unemployment rate; 59 percent</strong>."</p> </blockquote> <p>But this time around <a href="">Politifact </a>claimed that "<strong>Trump exaggerates</strong>" the level of black youth unemployment through a "<strong>misleading use of statistics.</strong>"&nbsp; Politifact concludes that Trumps comments are therefore "<strong>Mostly False.</strong>"</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>The unemployment rate is a widely used term with a specific definition: It refers to the percentage of jobless people in the workforce who are actively seeking employment.<strong> In May, the unemployment rate for blacks ages 16 to 24 was 18.7 percent, or less than one-third of Trump’s claim.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Wait, now it is 18.7% when Politi"fact" said a year prior that Benie's 51% claim was "mostly true?"</p> <p>Interesting. </p> <p>Both candidates were referring to studies like the one below from the <a href="">Economic Policy Institute</a> which attempt to find true unemployment rates based on the number of people employed to the total population adjusted for those still enrolled in continuing education.&nbsp; On this basis, true white youth unemployment is in the mid-30s while black youth unemployment is in the low-50s after hovering around 60% for several years.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" alt="Unemployment by Race" width="600" height="477" /></a></p> <p>Politifact was able to "recall" this study when "fact checking" Bernie but, like Hillary in an FBI interview, they "did not recall" the study when fact checking Trump.&nbsp; </p> <p>We rate Politifact's fact-checking Mostly Biased.</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="1488" height="120" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Bernie Sanders Donald Trump FBI Real Unemployment Rate Unemployment Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:50:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 573147 at The Natural Gas War Burning Under Syria <p><a href=""><em>Submitted by James Durso via,</em></a></p> <p><a href=""><em><img alt="" src="" style="width: 554px; height: 275px;" /></em></a></p> <p>Qatar always wanted to punch above its weight. <strong>In Syria, it got the chance.</strong></p> <p><strong>In 2009, <a href="">Qatar</a>, a leading natural gas producer, approached Syria about routing its planned 1,500 mile pipeline to the gas markets of Europe through Syria&rsquo;s Aleppo province.</strong> Qatar wanted a <a href="">pipeline</a> straight to Europe as its current gas transport modes were limited to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanker, mostly to Asia with limited spot <a href="">shipments</a> to <a href="">Europe</a> or the Dolphin pipeline to the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The pipeline would head north and end in Turkey after crossing Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Syria.<strong> Syria <a href=";nid=52245">declined</a> Qatar&rsquo;s offer, </strong>which would have cut the European market share of its partner, Russia, and instead agreed to participate in the <a href="">&ldquo;Friendship Pipeline&rdquo;</a> between Iran and Iraq that was considered a &ldquo;Shia Pipeline&rdquo; to some and a target for the Sunni monarchies of the Gulf. Not understood, or ignored, was Syria&rsquo;s longstanding support of the Iranian regime, especially during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War, and its long relationship with Russia, dating from 1944, which should have been a warning of who might appear if things hotted up.</p> <p><strong>In 2010, Israel and Syria held <a href="">back-channel</a> talks that reportedly included Israel&rsquo;s return of the Golan Heights to Syria in exchange for security guarantees.</strong> The talks lagged due to mutual suspicions about the other side&rsquo;s ability to deliver and, by early 2011, the Arab Spring had erupted across the region and leaders&rsquo; attentions turned to more immediate concerns. At this point, America had the opportunity to strike a blow against the Islamic Republic&rsquo;s ally, the Assad regime. In 2011, Turkey provided a home for the opposition Syrian National Council and, in August 2011, the U.S., its allies, and the UN were calling on Bashar Assad to <a href="">step down</a>.</p> <p><strong>In 2011, Syria, Iran, and Iraq agreed to build a pipeline to connect Iran&rsquo;s South Pars gas field to Europe. </strong>The pipeline would run from Assalouyeh, Iran to Europe via Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, with Syria as the <a href="">center</a> of assembly and production.</p> <p><strong>What remains unclear is why, when Syria turned down its original pipeline proposal, it didn&rsquo;t pursue its second option for the pipeline route: Saudi Arabia &ndash; Kuwait &ndash; Iraq.</strong> Aside from the challenging terrain in Iraq, the mostly likely reasons are the discovery of vast gas <a href="">reserves</a> in the eastern Mediterranean, and Saudi <a href="">opposition</a> to a pipeline through Kuwait. If a more Qatar-friendly regime were to gain control of Syria, Qatar would be able to garner more profit and have influence over the state, something it is unable to do with Saudi Arabia, which vehemently opposes Qatar&rsquo;s historic support of the Muslim Brotherhood, Jordan, a U.S. ally, or Iraq, an Iranian ally. At that point it was nothing personal, just business, and the Assads had to go.</p> <p><u><strong>This was Qatar&rsquo;s best chance to influence the affairs of the region.</strong></u> It has a tiny native population &ndash; guest workers make up almost <a href="">90 percent</a> of Qatar&rsquo;s population of 2.2 million &ndash; and an <a href="">unhealthy</a> one, so some options are limited as it has a very <a href="">small military</a>. It does, however, have a healthy check book and was able to use it to help <a href="">finance</a> the Syrian opposition forces.</p> <p>To better understand the war in Syria, remember the surge in natural gas <a href="">discoveries</a> in the Eastern Mediterranean starting in 2009. Israel, Cyprus, and Egypt have found large gas deposits, and offshore Lebanon has the potential for significant gas resources. Israel has the potential to export gas to Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, and Turkey. (Israel and Turkey have discussed a pipeline to Turkey, but Cyprus has objected as it does not have diplomatic relations with Turkey.)</p> <p>If the pipeline from Iran to Syria it could create an energy hub in Syria, and could block Qatar gas sales to Europe at a time when Qatar&rsquo;s gas <a href="">exports</a> to the U.S. have dropped to zero, largely due to increasing U.S. domestic <a href="">production</a> of natural gas. <strong>Thus Qatar would be limited to the Asian LNG market </strong>as it scrapped for the EU market with Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Russia. And the only thing that could make it worse is happening: <strong>Europe is <a href="">forecast</a> to take more than half of U.S. LNG exports by 2020.</strong></p> <p><strong>Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and their confederates are in it to win it, and the fighting in Syria has <a href="">focused</a> on the <a href="">pipeline routes</a>.</strong> Aleppo province, which would host the Qatari pipeline, is where Turkey wants to establish a <a href="">buffer zone</a> to support &ldquo;moderate&rdquo; rebel forces. If Turkey can control this territory, it will bolster the Qatari pipeline and ensure its own preeminence as the energy hub in southern Europe, where it<strong> would gather oil and natural gas from Russia, Central Asia, the Caspian, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Middle East, and become less reliant on Russian gas,</strong> which accounted for over 50 percent of its imports in <a href="">2014</a>. <u><strong>But Russia hasn&rsquo;t been standing still</strong></u>: it has surrounded Turkey on three sides by occupying Crimea, sending more troops to Armenia, and deploying the S-400 air defense system to Syria, creating a no-fly zone, and maybe a &ldquo;no-buy&rdquo; zone for potential customers of Qatari gas.</p> <p>The Pasha&rsquo;s increasingly autocratic behavior may spur hedging behavior in Europe, such as balancing the Pasha with the Tsar and completing Russia&rsquo;s Nord Stream pipeline, negotiating better deals with key suppliers Norway and Algeria, importing LNG from the U.S., and getting serious about <a href="">fracking</a> for shale gas. Turkey turned the flow of refugees to Europe on and off to get what it wanted, and the possibility remains that it will one day do the same with energy.</p> <p><u><strong>And Qatar may have to write some more checks in addition to the ones it has sent to Assad&rsquo;s opposition.</strong></u> Turkey has some serious policy and infrastructure <a href="">shortfalls</a> that work against it becoming a serious energy hub soon: weak domestic gas regulation, state subsidies, monopoly control of the gas transmission network, only two LNG terminals, and a lack of storage capacity.<strong> Syria may be too wrecked to be a hub and Turkey lacks the infrastructure for the role. </strong>Russia may be interested in investing in increasing Turkey&rsquo;s hub capacity and Turkey, which is making amends with Russia, may take the money over Qatar&rsquo;s for a pipeline that may never be built.<em><strong> Russia&rsquo;s good relations with Cyprus and Israel could propel movement towards a resolution of the Cyprus dispute so the gas pipeline from Israel to Turkey becomes a reality, having the knock-on effect of attracting more outside investment to Turkey.</strong></em></p> <p><strong>To succeed in its pipeline goals, Qatar will have to make serious investments in the Turkish end of its project as well as resisting political pressure from Russia.</strong> Until then, it will be limited to making LNG shipments to Europe by tanker. <strong><u>In the meantime, these pipeline geopolitics have contributed to serious consequences for the Middle East.</u></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="554" height="275" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Iran Iraq Israel Kuwait Market Share Middle East Natural Gas Norway Reality Saudi Arabia Turkey Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:10:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 573151 at "It's Serious Business" - Trump VP Pence Confirms Bill Clinton's Ex-Girlfriend "Will Not Be At Debate" <p><a href="">Despite the confirmatin from Gennifer Flowers yesterday</a>, Donald Trump VP Mike Pence <a href="">confirmed </a>this morning that <strong>Bill Clinton's ex-girlfriend "will not be attending the debate tomorrow night." </strong></p> <p><iframe src=";show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><a href="">As The Hill reports,</a> Pence, Republican presidential nominee&nbsp;<span><a href="">Donald Trump</a></span>'s running mate, attempted to draw a clear contrast between the policies of Trump and those of Democratic presidential nominee&nbsp;<span><a href="">Hillary Clinton</a></span>.</p> <div><em><strong>"Hillary Clinton apparently thinks this is an episode of 'Shark Tank,' but this is America," Pence said.</strong></em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>"It's serious business."</strong></em></div> <div> <p>Pence said <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Trump's tweet about bringing Flowers to the debate was "really mocking the fact that Hillary Clinton was trying to distract attention away from this moment in our national life where the American people are going to see a strong contrast between" both candidates.</strong></span></p> </div> <p>* * *</p> <p>So, if not Gennifer... then is Monica on her way?</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="233" height="147" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Donald Trump Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:31:04 +0000 Tyler Durden 573148 at Amazon "Tweaks" Its Hillary Book Stats: Doubles '5-Star' Reviews Overnight <p><a href="">Two short weeks ago,</a> we exposed the gaping difference between Amazon reader reviews of Hillary Clinton&#39;s &quot;Stronger Together&quot; book (14% 5-Stars) and Donald Trump&#39;s &quot;Great Again&quot; book (74% 5-Stars)...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""><img height="147" src="" width="600" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=";emc=rss&amp;smid=tw-nytpolitics&amp;smtyp=cur&amp;_r=0">As The New York Times reported at the time,</a> <strong>the book was a disaster.</strong> Both Mrs. Clinton and her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, have promoted the book on the campaign trail, but the sales figure, which tallies about 80 percent of booksellers nationwide and does not include e-books<strong>, firmly makes the book <span style="text-decoration: underline;">what the publishing industry would consider a flop.</span></strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;Stronger Together,&rdquo; whose cover shows Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Kaine waving, arrived closer to Election Day than most of these types of books.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Named after the campaign&rsquo;s slogan, &ldquo;Stronger Together&rdquo; </strong>offers readers, according to the book jacket, &ldquo;specific and practical solutions, while also articulating a bold and expansive vision of change and renewal.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Its roughly 250 pages intersperse bullet-point policy ideas, like &ldquo;launch a national initiative for suicide prevention&rdquo; and &ldquo;humanely address the Central American migrant crisis,&rdquo; </strong>with photographs of Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Kaine on the campaign trail, charts in the campaign&rsquo;s signature chunky font and highlights from Mrs. Clinton&rsquo;s speeches.</p> </blockquote> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>So, as with everything else in this &#39;new normal rigged&#39; world, something had to be done and WaPo-owner Jeff Bezos&#39; Amazon reviews appear to have been &#39;tweaked&#39; - more than doubling Hillary&#39;s top reviews.</strong></span> <a href="">But, as explains, </a>Amazon&#39;s steps to &#39;fix&#39; Hillary&#39;s book rviews has resulted in 5-star ratings with scathingly negative comments...</p> <div class="copy-paste-block"> <p><strong>If you can&rsquo;t even win when the rules are changed in your favor, things must be REALLY bad.</strong></p> <p>That&rsquo;s how it looks for Hillary Clinton&rsquo;s new 2016 campaign book, <a href=";pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&amp;pf_rd_t=201&amp;pf_rd_i=1476751471&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_r=M4DZCPJPPWV9DQH8H4RH">&ldquo;Stronger Together,&rdquo;</a> co-authored with running mate Tim Kaine.</p> <p><a href="">WND reported</a> just days ago when the book was being savaged on with negative reviews, <strong>with 81 percent one-star ratings and an average of only 1.7.</strong></p> <p>Clinton supporters lashed out at &ldquo;trolls&rdquo; they said were criticizing the book only because they oppose the Democrat&rsquo;s presidential candidacy.</p> <p><strong><em>WND previously reported there were more than 1,200 reviews, and the number grew to than 2,000.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>But Thursday afternoon, there were only 255, with many of the most critical reviews removed by Amazon, </em></strong>whose CEO, Jeff Bezos, <a href="">owns the Washington Post, which created an army of 20 reporters and researchers</a> to investigate the life of Donald Trump.</p> <p>Victory for the Clinton book, however, remains out of grasp, with the negative, one-star responses, outnumbering positive, <strong>five-star responses nearly 2-1.</strong></p> <p><strong>The one-star ratings Thursday were 62 percent, to 35 percent for five-star ratings.</strong></p> <p>And reviewers many times simply punched the five-star button then made harshly critical condemnations of the book and Hillary Clinton.</p> <p>From suz702, who posted a five-star ranking: <em>&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t buy this book or read this book, but I have read the reviews, and enjoyed hours of entertaining, fun filled reading, expressing the TRUTH, about a crooked, lying, corrupt, terminally ill Presidential candidate, who stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders, and who is about the steal the Presidency with the use of election fraud. 10 Stars to the authors of these reviews. Proof that not only are shoppers of superior intelligence, but thye call it like they see it&hellip;. Amazon shows this as a verified purchase, when I didn&rsquo;t buy the book &hellip; how fun!&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Another five-star reviewer, ian alexander, said<em> &ldquo;the book confirms the hrc is a racist. every matter in her mind is about racies (sic). but reality is she does not care about the black people. just look at the ever increasing trend of black population that are relying on welfare since the obama rule. the fundermental (sic) cause of this result is the fact that lefties of the country favor the riches by allowing outsourcing jobs to other countries. black people should wake up, stop supporting dnc and hrc, who is effectively a puppet of the elite class. the book is simply a propaganda.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><strong>Amazon said there were 91 positive reviews Thursday, to 166 critical.</strong></p> <p><strong>Just two days earlier, out of 1,244 reviews, 81 percent were one-star and 16 percent five-star. </strong>The book plunged from No. 840 earlier this week to No. 1,538 on Thursday. It was No. 5 in the subcategory &ldquo;Books-Politics &amp; Social Sciences-Politics &amp; Government-Elections &amp; Political Process-Leadership.&rdquo;</p> <p>The new review chart:</p> <p><a href=";filterByStar=five_star&amp;showViewpoints=0"><img alt="EditedAmazonReviewsHilary" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3711004" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 286px;" /></a> </p><p>The previous review chart:</p> <p><a href=";pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&amp;pf_rd_t=201&amp;pf_rd_i=1476751471&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_r=M4DZCPJPPWV9DQH8H4RH"><img alt="Amazon-Stronger-Together-Ratings" class="size-full wp-image-3704884 aligncenter" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 288px;" /></a> </p><p><a href="">WND reported earlier the five-star ratings came from those like Paul Zhu,</a> who called it &ldquo;a very inspirational and fair minded book,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Amazon customer,&rdquo; who ranted, &ldquo;You all suck and are trolls.&rdquo;</p> <p>The book&rsquo;s promotion states: &ldquo;For more than a year, Hillary Clinton has laid out an ambitious agenda to improve the lives of the American people and make our country stronger and safe. &lsquo;Stronger Together&rsquo; presents that agenda in full, relating stories from the American people and outlining the Clinton-Kaine campaign&rsquo;s plans on everything from apprencticeships to the Zika virus.&rdquo;</p> <p><img alt="Clinton-Stronger-Together" class="alignright wp-image-3705024" height="380" src="" width="287" /> </p><p><u><strong>The reviews dripped sarcasm,</strong></u> both before the Amazon edits to the reviews and after.</p> <p><em><strong>&ldquo;I bought this thinking it would be a how-to book. I wanted &lsquo;How to set up your own Foundation for fun and profit.&rsquo; Also, would like to have seen a chapter on &lsquo;Ten easy steps to setting up your own secure server in a bathroom,&#39;&rdquo; </strong></em>wrote Elaine.</p> <p>&ldquo;Not only no but hell no. I&rsquo;d rather read Mein Kampf,&rdquo; said Anthony Messina.</p> <p>Another anonymous Amazon Customer wrote, <strong><em>&ldquo;not worth it.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>Yeliya said,<em><strong> &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t waste your time and money on this book full of lies.&rdquo;</strong></em></p> <p>Cross Locket said, &ldquo;I am now on Hillary&rsquo;s watch list for rating this disgusting book &lsquo;1 star.&#39;&rdquo;</p> <p>Alei said,<em><strong> &ldquo;Trash, farce, fairytale.&rdquo;</strong></em></p> <p>Chjhores said: &ldquo;Pre-ordered an autographed copy but had to return it after this week&rsquo;s announcement as I was worried it was contaminated with pneumonia bacteria. I didn&rsquo;t want to end up exposed to the illness like her grandkids in Chelsea&rsquo;s apartment she was playing with on 9/11 after she collapsed, or the little girl she was hugging in the street afterwards. Thought about ordering the Kindle version but I thought it might open my device up to being hacked by communist countries. I wasn&rsquo;t too surprised to see Tim Kaine on the front cover giving the traditional National Socialist salute, I felt it fitting. Strongly recommended for those who believe the USA isn&rsquo;t anything special and should be more like the peaceful utopias of North Korea, Iran, or Cuba.&rdquo;</p> <p>And kpm said, &ldquo;Imagine my dismay when key parts of her life were omitted, would have made for far better reading if she had included all of the below starting with flunking the D.C. Bar Exam to:</p> <ul> <li>Was removed from her House Judiciary Committee staffer job because of incompetence and lying.</li> <li>The Whitewater scandal.</li> <li>Married a serial liar and cheater, who occasionally had sexual encounters with nonconsenting partners.</li> <li>Lied about &ldquo;sniper fire&rdquo; in an attempt to simulate exposure to danger in a war zone.<br />The subject of a &ldquo;vast right-wing conspiracy&rdquo; that led to the impeachment and disbarment of her husband</li> <li>Took crockery, furniture, artwork and other items from the White House &mdash; had to return and/or pay for them.</li> <li>Said &ldquo;what difference, at this point, does it make&rdquo; about four brave people killed in Libya as a direct result of her failure to protect them on the anniversary of 9/11.</li> <li>Totally ignored the structure and rules for the handling of sensitive national security information.</li> <li>Amassed a personal fortune with &ldquo;speaking fees&rdquo; and payments from private sector political donors and foreign governments into transparent &ldquo;foundations&rdquo; in obvious exchange for future political favor.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Nearly 1,500 people found that review &ldquo;helpful.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>But more than 3,400 found helpful the comments from Daniel B.:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;I was going to read this book &hellip; I really was. But just as I got started, I found myself under sniper fire, passed out, and fell and hit my head. After that I got double vision and had to wear glasses that were so damn thick I couldn&rsquo;t even see to read. As if that wasn&rsquo;t enough, I then had an allergic reaction to something and started coughing so hard I spit out what looked like a couple of lizard&rsquo;s eyeballs, my limbs locked up, and I passed out and fell down again, waking up only to find out I had been diagnosed with pneumonia 2 days earlier. Somehow I managed to power through it all, but it&rsquo;s a good thing I was able to make a small fortune on this random small trade in the commodities market (cattle futures or some such thing) and then, miracle of all miracles, a few banks offered me a few million to just talk to their employees for a few minutes &ndash; and all that really helped out because I swear I was dead broke and couldn&rsquo;t figure out how I was gonna come up with the 6 bucks to pay for this book, let alone pay the $1,500 for my health insurance this month. I still want to read it, but, honestly, what difference at this point does it make? I hear it sucks anyway.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p><a href=";pd_rd_i=1476751471&amp;pd_rd_r=TH83J4EPDVH14RYGXPC4&amp;pd_rd_w=PINSB&amp;pd_rd_wg=tiwqS&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=TH83J4EPDVH14RYGXPC4">Clinton&rsquo;s 2015 book, &ldquo;Hard Choices,&rdquo; received an average of only three stars</a> despite garnering 2,460 customer reviews.</p> <p><strong>Some screen captures of the &ldquo;Stronger Together&rdquo; reviews:</strong></p> <p><img alt="Clinton-Amazon-reviews" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3705054" height="586" src="" width="600" /></p> <p><img alt="Clinton-Amazon-reviews2" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3705064" height="620" src="" width="600" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Clinton-Amazon-reviews3" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3705114" height="604" src="" width="600" /> </p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Clinton-Amazon-reviews4" class="aligncenter wp-image-3705184" height="447" src="" width="600" /> </p><p><u><strong><a href="">WND also has documented Bezos&rsquo; interest in the election outcome</a>, with the Post&rsquo;s army of investigators looking into Trump&rsquo;s life.</strong></u></p> <p><a href="">As WND reported this summer</a>, Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward told the National Association of Realtors Convention in Washington Wednesday: &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a lot we don&rsquo;t know. We have 20 people working on Trump. We&rsquo;re going to do a book. We&rsquo;re doing articles about every phase of his life.&rdquo;</p> <p>Woodward said he has been investigating Trump&rsquo;s real-estate deals in New York.</p> <p>&ldquo;The New York real-estate world is more complex than the CIA,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>He also claimed the Washington Post is seeking to get the &ldquo;essence&rdquo; of Hillary Clinton. But, despite an active FBI probe into the issue, Woodward dismissed concern about Hillary&rsquo;s use of a private email server to send classified information, according to <a href="">the Washington Examiner</a>.</p> <p>At the time, WND asked the Washington Post:<strong><em> &ldquo;Exactly how large is the team your paper has tasked with thoroughly investigating Hillary Clinton&rsquo;s background and associations? Are there at least 20 people tasked specifically with digging through her past and finding details in &lsquo;every phase&rsquo; of her life?&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>Washington Post Vice President of Communications and Events Kristine Coratti told WND that Woodward was referring to a large team of two-dozen reporters and researchers working on &ldquo;a special book project&rdquo; examining Trump&rsquo;s life.</p> <p><em><strong>Why a book on Trump and not <a href="">Hillary and her 22 biggest scandals</a>?</strong></em></p> <div class="wp-caption aligncenter" id="attachment_3172344" style="width: 606px;"><img alt="Hillary Clinton" class="size-full wp-image-3172344" height="283" src="" width="596" /></div> <p><em>&ldquo;[W]e have years and years of reporting on Hillary Clinton to draw from, including her last presidential campaign, her time as secretary of state, and her position as U.S. senator,&rdquo; Coratti explained. &ldquo;Because Trump&rsquo;s involvement in political life is far more limited, the Post newsroom decided to embark on a book as a special project. In order to complete the book in a timely fashion, reporters from throughout the newsroom have been assigned to work for a brief period on particular aspects of his life and career.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The one-star reviews for the Clinton book also continued. Just Thursday afternoon, Jimsdun wrote: <strong><em>&ldquo;Well I&rsquo;m disappointed. This doesn&rsquo;t tell me how to create a faux charitable foundation and then use it for money laundering.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> </div> <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="491" height="273" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> B+ Bernie Sanders Donald Trump FBI Iran national security New Normal New York Times Nomination North Korea ratings Reality White House Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:50:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 573145 at If You're A Kid Living In New Orleans, Move To Salt Lake City! <p><strong>In the long-standing psychology debate on nature versus nurture, the question is whether it is our genes or our experiences that hold the keys to our future.</strong></p> <p><a href=""><em>As Visual Capitalist&#39;s Jeff Desjardins notes,</em></a> the short answer to this question, according to many of today&rsquo;s scientists and psychologists, is that<strong> nature and nurture are always working together</strong>. In other words, genes do what they do depending on their context, and nature and nurture work to influence each other constantly.</p> <p>In other words, our family experiences, households, and neighborhoods can set the stage for how our genes react. <strong>And on a macro level, looking at cities can tell us a lot about how our environments can help to influence future outcomes.</strong></p> <h2><u>A TALE OF TWO CITY TYPES</u></h2> <p>Today&rsquo;s chart pulls out some of the most compelling data from a&nbsp;<a href="">2015 report</a>&nbsp;on intergenerational mobility.</p> <div style="clear:both"><a href=""><img src="" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; height: 555px; width: 600px;" /></a></div> <div><em>Courtesy of: <a href="">Visual Capitalist</a></em></div> <p>The report studies five million families that have moved between counties in the United States,<u><strong> ultimately showing that there is a &ldquo;childhood exposure effect&rdquo; in cities that helps to predict future income levels as adults.</strong></u> Put another way, some cities are better than others in helping kids move &ldquo;up the ladder&rdquo; by accessing opportunities that later affect income. On balance, other places provide a tougher environment that makes it harder.</p> <p><em>In this case, it should be noted that our above chart specifically deals with the city &ldquo;bonuses&rdquo; or &ldquo;penalties&rdquo;, expressed as an annual dollar amount for every year exposed to a city&rsquo;s environment, on the future earnings of children in low-income families (25th percentile).</em></p> <h2><u>DIGGING INTO CITY DATA</u></h2> <p><strong>On an individual level, a person can of course succeed or fail regardless of their family or neighborhood. </strong>This happens all the time, and there are countless examples of rags-to-riches stories.</p> <p>The concern highlighted by this study is that, on the whole, there is a significant disparity between cities as far as predicting future income goes. <strong>Growing up for an entire childhood in New Orleans or Los Angeles, on average, means that future income will be lower </strong>than the national median. <strong>In Salt Lake City or Boston, it&rsquo;s likely to be higher than the national median.</strong></p> <p>The &ldquo;bonuses&rdquo; and &ldquo;penalties&rdquo; add up. For example, <u><strong>spending an entire childhood in New Orleans is estimated to lower future income to -$3,150 below the national median.</strong></u></p> <p><em>Cities in the Northeast seem to have the most mixed bag of &ldquo;place effects&rdquo;. New York, Philadelphia, and Buffalo have negative effects, while Boston and Washington, D.C. are both positive.</em></p> <p><em>Meanwhile, the Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest all see a similar negative effect through major cities. Minneapolis and Pittsburgh are exceptions to this rule.</em></p> <p><em>Finally, cities in the West appear to mostly have positive effects, with the exception of Los Angeles and Fresno (not on map).</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="1040" height="783" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Fail New Orleans Washington D.C. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:14:10 +0000 Tyler Durden 573142 at