Bridges Versus Bombs?
U.S. Has Lost the Immune System Created by the Founding Fathers
Last week's first ever U.S.-Africa summit was a perfect mix of dinner-party diplomacy with some of the world’s most violent and homophobic dictators. As the Daily Mail points out, President Obama had no problem smiling and hobnobbing with a cornucopia of murders and human rights abusers. Just remember this the next time a politician tries to get you enraged about a human rights abuse somewhere. There is always an ulterior motive, because without question, the U.S. only cares about human rights when it is geopolitically or economically advantageous to do so.
In an effort to prevent genocide, President Obama has authorized US military action in Iraq "to protect Americans":
*OBAMA SAYS HE'S AUTHORIZED TARGETED AIR STRIKES IN IRAQ
*OBAMA SAYS HE'S AUTHORIZED HUMANITARIAN DROPS FOR REFUGEES
Global equity markets and Treasury yields are tumbling, oil and gold are up. President Obama concluded: "Today, America Is Coming To Help Iraq"... Again! Full speech below...
No insurance, no penalty appears to be Obamacare's new meme as The Wall Street Journal reports almost 90% of the nation's 30 million uninsured won't pay a penalty in 2016 because of a growing batch of exemptions to the health-coverage requirement. In the interests of socialism, the Obama administration has provided 14 ways people can avoid the fine (on top of exemptions carved out under the 2010 law for groups including illegal immigrants, members of Native American tribes and certain religious sects). The exemptions are worrying insurers, as they could make it easier for younger, healthier people to forgo coverage, leaving the pools overly filled with old people or those with health problems. That, in turn, could cause premiums to rise.
White House: Iraq is approaching a "catastrophe"
Just in case there weren't enough potential GDP-boosting war hotzones around the world, Obama is now preparing to go back to ground zero, Iraq, where the NYT just reported he is "considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among as many as 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and thirst on a mountain top after death threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, administration officials said on Thursday."
Have you ever heard of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, otherwise known as OIRA? OIRA was created in 1980, and shortly thereafter the Reagan administration greatly expanded its powers by signing an executive order that gave the office the authority to review all federal rules. Ever since then, it has been used to rewrite or entirely block regulations from almost every regulatory body imaginable. Simply put, this powerful organization operating in the shadows of America’s faux democracy is used by lobbyists and large corporate interests to further entrench the established oligarchic power structure.
The White House has previously said that talks between Russia and Iran were a matter of "serious concern". Currency wars are set to escalate as the petro dollar’s decline continues. U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia threaten to hasten a move away from the petro dollar that’s been slowly occurring since the global financial crisis.
BANZAI7 FOOD AND BEVERAGE WARNING
- *PUTIN ORDERS GOVT TO PREPARE RETALIATORY SANCTIONS: RIA
- *PUTIN ORDERS GOVT TO READY STEPS IN RESPONSE TO SANCTIONS: IFX
- *PUTIN: RETALIATORY MEASURES SHOULDN'T HURT RUSSIA CONSUMERS:IFX
Russian stocks and currency are sliding this morning, not helped by this announcement. Of course, Putin has already put pressure on major US companies such as MSFT, IBM, MCD, INTC, AMD, and car manufacturers. And as far as "isolation" - the signing of a 5-year trade agreement with Iran would suggest there are still plenty of nations willing to work with Putin.
There are many ways to look at the United States government debt, obligations, and assets. But TrimTabs's Charles Biderman cuts straight to the bottom line and add it all up - $89.5 trillion in liabilities and $82 trillion in assets. There. It’s not a secret anymore, and although these are all government numbers, for some strange reason the government never adds them all together or explains them - but we will. No one can really know what will have value in this politicized crony capitalistic system as the hyper-monetization ramps up... all I can suggest is to hedge your bets with some physical precious metals and some minimal leveraged real estate. Unfortunately, the more you know, the more you know you don’t know... invest and live accordingly.
Never has so much fragility-in-motion come so close to an implacable wall of consequence. Here's what we think is going to happen now...
- New War Risk on Russia Fringes Amid Armenia-Azeri Clashes (BBG)
- Palestinians accuse Israel of breaking seven-hour Gaza truce (Reuters)
- Argentine Default Sours Outlook for Peso as Talks Ordered (BBG)
- Espírito Santo Saga Entangles Swiss Company (WSJ)
- Booming African Lion Economies Gear Up to Emulate Asians (BBG)
- CME Profit Falls as Trading Volume Declines (WSJ)
- Why Recalled Cars Stay on the Road (WSJ)
- London Renters Win in Billionaire Backyard as Prices Soar (BBG)
- Junk-Debt Liquidity Concerns Bring Sales (WSJ)
- Rescuers race to find survivors after 400 die in China quake (AFP)
Russia Accuses US Of Fabricating Satellite Images, Creating "Wall Of Propaganda" To Incite Other CountriesSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 08/02/2014 14:47 -0500
It was ten days ago when on the heels of Russia's 30-minute detailed presentation of what it believes happened to MH-17, the US government released a satellite trajectory map of what it says was the flight's path and the site from which the missile was shot as well as various other satellite images "proving" the missile that took down the Boeing 777 was fired by the pro-Russian separatists. Yesterday the Russian defense ministry finally responded to the US release stating that the "satellite images Kiev published as ‘proof’ it didn’t deploy anti-aircraft batteries around the MH17 crash site carry altered time-stamps and are from days after the MH17 tragedy." In other words, the evidence the US has present to form public opinion was in the form of "altered images carrying wrong time-stamps."
America Used COMMUNIST Torture Techniques SPECIALLY DESIGNED to Produce F·A·L·S·E Confessions