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This Is No "New Cold War"; It's Far Worse Than That

Only M.A.D. avoided the Cold War becoming a hot war. But M.A.D. is not just a physical reality but equally importantly a mutually-shared belief-system, a belief-system that becomes no longer operative if one of the two sides switches to believe that a way exists actually to win a nuclear war - in other words, to believe that conquest of a nuclear power by another nuclear power is a real possibility.

Goldman Warns Oil Headed To Low $40 On "Declining Probability Of OPEC Deal"

Overnight, Goldman's Damien Courvalin released another note that will make oil bulls nervous, in which he reiterated his base case that "growing discord between OPEC producers suggests a declining probability of reaching a deal on November 30" and predicted that a "weakening oil fundamentals warrant oil prices in the low US$40s/bbl in our view if OPEC is unable to deliver a convincing agreement."

Seven World-Historical 'Achievements' Of The Iraq Invasion Of 2003

Here is a list of the noteworthy, ongoing results of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq beginning in March 2003. (Recall that invasion was denounced by the UN as illegal, based entirely on lies, and - given the U.S.’s hegemonic position in the world, allowing it to act with impunity - the crime’s architects have never punished.)

Inside The Invisible Government: War, Propaganda, Clinton, & Trump

Bernays' secret, he said, was "engineering the consent" of people in order to "control and regiment [them] according to our will without their knowing about it." He described this as "the true ruling power in our society" and called it an "invisible government." Today, the invisible government has never been more powerful and less understood and we have never known propaganda to insinuate our lives and as it does now and to go unchallenged.

Viva La Revolución?

“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.

The Loosening Grip - A Beginner's Guide To The Death Throes Of Empire

The United States is not in danger. The Empire is. This is not good. Empires, the Soviet Union notwithstanding, seldom go quietly. Either Washington gambles on war of some sort against Russia, or Russia and China, in the desperate hope of reversing things, or the Empire  gets slowly eaten. Or not so slowly. Once one country pries itself loose, many may rush for the door.

American Dream, Revisited

No acts, deeds, crimes (the 2008 financial crisis), political events (the WikiLeaks emails showing virtually no distinction between the «nonprofit» Clinton cash machine, what’s private and what’s public, the obsessive pursuit of personal wealth, and the affairs of the state) seem to have real consequences. Immunity, impunity, corruption, speculation - we veer towards a state of zero responsibility (think Goldman Sachs). So, automatically, we yearn for an event of maximum consequence, a «fatal» event to repair that scandalous non-equivalence.

Oil Tumbles To 1-Month Lows As OPEC Deadlock Shatters Deal Hopes

Confirming the swirling rumors from Friday, WTI crude is leaking lower (near $47 handle) in early asia trading afer Bloomberg reports OPEC's internal disagreements over how to implement oil-supply cuts agreed to last month prevented a deal to secure the cooperation of other major suppliers.

Could Venezuela Become The Next Syria?

It’s such a travesty that a nation as resource-rich as Venezuela could allow itself to rot from within. Its descent into chaos should serve as just the latest cautionary tale to other countries that are willing to risk stability and prosperity for even more socialism.