Does America Have A Technology Platform Monopoly Problem?

"...the dominance of these firms in their specific niches presents a threat not just to economic competition, but liberty and freedom generally speaking. After all, the government itself doesn’t need to censor free speech if it can just lean on powerful companies with platform monopolies to do the dirty work for it."

China's First Home Made Aircraft Carrier Is Ready For Launch

China is making final preparations to launch its first domestically built aircraft carrier, temporarily named the Type 001A. The Chinese-made vessel is expected to enter service around 2020, joining China's first and only aircraft carrier, a refurbished Ukrainian vessel known as the Liaoning.

Google Market Cap Hits An All Time High $600 Billion

Even as the US "brick and mortar" retail industry is in a tailspin of historic proportions, its ad spending must be better than ever, because on Monday Google parent Alphabet closed up 2.3%, hitting a new record high, and as Bloomberg pointed out first, the company's market value crossed above $600 billion for the first time ever.

Will Macron Serve The Interests Of The American Deep State?

The accrued momentum in colossal sums of money flowing this way and that way has allowed unreality to reign in international finance for a while. But that is now flying apart. The ultimate reality, politicians and economists will soon discover, is that you can’t create your own reality.

Marine Le Pen Temporarily Steps Down As Head Of National Front Party

In a headline that spooked headline-scanning algos, moments ago French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen announced that she is stepping down as head of her National Front party. What the headline ignored to add is that her leadership departure is only "temporary", and as AP notes is merely a PR attempt to build her broader base unburdened by the legacy stigma of her party.

June Rate Hike Odds Soar To 69% As Debt Ceiling Looms

It appears the hope that a centrist candidate will win the French election is enough to trump tumbling macro-economic data, disappointing earnings, and flailing inflation in the US economy. June rate hike odds have spiked to 69% overnight (even as debt ceiling risks begin to price in... and the dollar drops)...

Unilever Sustainability Platform Is Unsustainable

At some point near the end of the last century the leaders of major U.S. manufacturing firms began to ponder the idea they had a social responsibility to the world at least as important as the need to increase value for shareholders. It’s not exactly clear when it started but what began as a way to curry favor with a customer base newly empowered to care about bigger things has today become something of a religion in executive suites from New York to Los Angeles.