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[Politics] Bill Gates Says Trump Travel Ban Worsened COVID Microsoft founder Bill Gates claims President Donald Trump's executive orders in the spring banning travel into the country from countries where the novel coronavirus was spreading worsened the outbreak in the United States. Published:9/18/2020 10:18:19 PM
[Politics] Want to honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Show up to vote Nov. 3

Ginsburg showed me the power of working from a disadvantage — the more they underestimate you, the more satisfying the victory. Her 22-year battle against various cancers was an inspiration for someone who lost his mother just last year to ovarian cancer.

Published:9/18/2020 10:18:19 PM
[Markets] Pepe Escobar On The Assange Trial: The Mask Of Empire Has Fallen Pepe Escobar On The Assange Trial: The Mask Of Empire Has Fallen Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 23:00

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times,

The concept of “History in the making” has been pushed to extremes when it comes to the extraordinary public service being performed by historian, former UK diplomat and human rights activist Craig Murray.

Murray – literally, and on a global level – is now positioned as our man in the public gallery, as he painstakingly documents in vivid detail what could be defined as the trial of the century as far as the practice of journalism is concerned: the kangaroo court judging Julian Assange in Old Bailey, London.

Let’s focus on three of Murray’s reports this week – with an emphasis on two intertwined themes: what the US is really prosecuting, and how Western corporate media is ignoring the court proceedings.

Here, Murray reports the exact moment when the mask of Empire fell, not with a bang, but a whimper:

“The gloves were off on Tuesday as the US Government explicitly argued that all journalists are liable to prosecution under the Espionage Act (1917) for publishing classified information.” (italics mine).

“All journalists” means every legitimate journalist, from every nationality, operating in any jurisdiction.

Interpreting the argument, Murray added, “the US government is now saying, completely explicitly, in court, those reporters could and should have gone to jail and that is how we will act in future. The Washington Post, the New York Times, and all the “great liberal media” of the US are not in court to hear it and do not report it (italics mine), because of their active complicity in the “othering” of Julian Assange as something sub-human whose fate can be ignored. Are they really so stupid as not to understand that they are next?

Err, yes.”

The point is not that self-described paladins of “great liberal media” are stupid. They are not covering the charade in Old Bailey because they are cowards. They must keep their fabled “access” to the bowels of Empire – the kind of “access” that allowed Judith Miller to “sell” the illegal war on Iraq in countless front pages, and allows CIA asset and uber-opportunist Bob Woodward to write his “insider” books.

Nothing to see here

Previously, Murray had already detailed how “the mainstream media are turning a blind eye. There were three reporters in the press gallery, one of them an intern and one representing the NUJ. Public access continues to be restricted and major NGOs, including Amnesty, PEN and Reporters Without Borders, continue to be excluded both physically and from watching online.”

Murray also detailed how “the six of us allowed in the public gallery, incidentally, have to climb 132 steps to get there, several times a day. As you know, I have a very dodgy ticker; I am with Julian’s dad John who is 78; and another of us has a pacemaker.”

So why is he “the man in the public gallery”?

“I do not in the least discount the gallant efforts of others when I explain that I feel obliged to write this up, and in this detail, because otherwise the vital basic facts of the most important trial this century, and how it is being conducted, would pass almost completely unknown to the public. If it were a genuine process, they would want people to see it, not completely minimize attendance both physically and online.”

Unless people around the world are reading Murray’s reports – and very few others with much less detail – they will ignore immensely important aspects plus the overall appalling context of what’s really happening in the heart of London. The main fact, as far as journalism is concerned, is that Western corporate media is completely ignoring it.

Let’s check the UK coverage on Day 9, for instance.

There was no article in The Guardian – which cannot possibly cover the trial because the paper, for years, was deep into no holds barred smearing and total demonization of Julian Assange.

There was nothing on The Telegraph – very close to MI6 – and only a brief AP story on the Daily Mail.

There was a brief article in The Independent only because one of the witnesses, Eric Lewis, is one of the directors of the Independent Digital News and Media Ltd which publishes the paper.

For years, the process of degrading Julian Assange to sub-human level was based on repeating a bunch of lies so often they become truth. Now, the conspiracy of silence about the trial does wonders to expose the true face of Western liberal “values” and liberal “democracy”.

Daniel Ellsberg speaks

Murray provided absolutely essential context for what Daniel “Pentagon Papers” Ellsberg made it very clear in the witness stand.

The Afghan War logs published by WikiLeaks were quite similar to low-level reports Ellsberg himself had written about Vietnam. The geopolitical framework is the same: invasion and occupation, against the interests of the absolute majority of the invaded and occupied.

Murray, illustrating Ellsberg, writes that “the war logs had exposed a pattern of war crimes: torture, assassination and death squads. The one thing that had changed since Vietnam was that these things were now so normalized they were classified below Top Secret.”

This is a very important point. All the Pentagon Papers were in fact Top Secret. But crucially, the WikiLeaks papers were not Top Secret: in fact they were below Top Secret, not subject to restricted distribution. So they were not really sensitive – as the United States government now alleges.

On the by now legendary Collateral Murder video, Murray details Ellsberg’s argument:

“Ellsberg stated that it definitely showed murder, including the deliberate machine gunning of a wounded and unarmed civilian. That it was murder was undoubted. The dubious word was “collateral”, which implies accidental. What was truly shocking about it was the Pentagon reaction that these war crimes were within the Rules of Engagement. Which permitted murder.”

The prosecution cannot explain why Julian Assange withheld no less than 15,000 files; how he took a lot of time to redact the ones that were published; and why both the Pentagon and the State Dept. refused to collaborate with WikiLeaks. Murray:

“Ten years later, the US Government has still not been able to name one single individual who was actually harmed by the WikiLeaks releases.”

Prometheus Bound 2.0

President Trump has made two notorious references to WikiLeaks on the record: “I love WikiLeaks” and “I know nothing about WikiLeaks”. That may reveal nothing on how a hypothetical Trump 2.0 administration would act if Julian Assange was extradited to the US. What we do now is that the most powerful Deep State factions want him “neutralized”. Forever.

I felt compelled to portray Julian Assange’s plight as Prometheus Bound 2.0. In this poignant post-modern tragedy, the key subplot centers on a deadly blow to true journalism, in the sense of speaking truth to power.

Julian Assange continues to be treated as an extremely dangerous criminal, as his partner Stella Moris describes it in a tweet.

Craig Murray will arguably enter History as the central character in a very small chorus warning us all about the tragedy’s ramifications.

It’s also quite fitting that the tragedy is also a commentary on a previous era that featured, unlike Blake’s poem, a Marriage of Hell and Hell: GWOT and OCO (Global War on Terror, under George W. Bush, and Overseas Contingency Operations under Barack Obama).

Julian Assange is being condemned for revealing imperial war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet in the end all that post-9/11 sound and fury signified nothing.

It actually metastasized into the worst imperial nightmare: the emergence of a prime, compounded peer competitor, the Russia-China strategic partnership.

“Not here the darkness, in this twittering world” (T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton).

An army of future Assanges awaits.

Published:9/18/2020 10:18:18 PM
[Entertainment] You'll Never Believe These Fascinating Facts About Reese Witherspoon From 10 Things You Don't Know Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon is more than just a leading lady, she's a pop culture icon. With many hit films, an Oscar win and a best-selling book under her belt, the 44-year-old actress and...
Published:9/18/2020 10:18:18 PM
[] Live at SCOTUS: 'Amazing Grace,' John Lennon and...Jacob Wohl Published:9/18/2020 9:48:00 PM
[Politics] Biden: Nominate Successor After Voters 'Pick the President' Joe Biden says the nomination to replace Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg should happen after voters "pick the president." Published:9/18/2020 9:48:00 PM
[Entertainment] Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 87: Revisit the Supreme Court Justice's Legacy in Photos Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 2019The country is in mourning following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On Friday, Sept. 18, the 87-year-old died following complications from cancer. The Supreme...
Published:9/18/2020 9:48:00 PM
[Volokh Conspiracy] [Josh Blackman] RBG on Supreme Court Vacancies in 2016 and in 2020 2016: Fill it. 2020: Don't fill it. Published:9/18/2020 9:48:00 PM
[Politics] ‘It is CRITICAL’ – Ted Cruz explains why Trump MUST nominate and Senate MUST confirm RBG successor BEFORE election Senator Ted Cruz appeared on Hannity tonight and made the DEFINITIVE case for why Trump should nominate a successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg right away, why the Senate should take up the . . . Published:9/18/2020 9:48:00 PM
[Politics] ‘It is CRITICAL’ – Ted Cruz explains why Trump MUST nominate and Senate MUST confirm RBG successor BEFORE election Senator Ted Cruz appeared on Hannity tonight and made the DEFINITIVE case for why Trump should nominate a successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg right away, why the Senate should take up the . . . Published:9/18/2020 9:48:00 PM
[Markets] NASA To Spark "Lunar Gold Rush" In Move To Break China's Monopoly On Rare Earth Metals  NASA To Spark "Lunar Gold Rush" In Move To Break China's Monopoly On Rare Earth Metals  Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 22:40

NASA wants to spark a "lunar gold rush" by paying companies to extract rare earth metals (REM) from the moon. 

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine recently tweeted that the space agency "is buying lunar soil from a commercial provider! It's time to establish the regulatory certainty to extract and trade space resources."

The moon holds hundreds of billions, if not trillions, of dollars of untapped resources, including fifteen lanthanides, as well as scandium and yttrium - used in modern electronics. There's also an abundance of Helium-3, a very rare gas, with the potential to fuel clean nuclear fusion power plants. This infographic from explains why NASA has set its eyes on the moon: 

"Across history, human development has relied upon the finite resources available on Earth. But the moon - a seemingly barren rock - may actually be a treasure trove of rare resources vital to Earth's future. And now, nations are looking upwards to a potential lunar gold rush," states in the infographic's intro. 

?In a blog post, Bridenstine said NASA's Artemis project "will lay the foundation for a sustained long-term presence on the lunar surface and use the Moon to validate deep space systems and operations before embarking on the much farther voyage to Mars." He said the push to mine moon rocks would fully comply with the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which outlines no country has a sovereign claim to the moon or other celestial bodies.

Bridenstine said, "we're taking a critical step forward by releasing a solicitation for commercial companies to provide proposals for the collection of space resources." 

Adding that "when considering such proposals, we will require that all actions be taken in a transparent fashion, in full compliance with the Registration Convention, Article II and other provisions of the Outer Space Treaty, and all of our other international obligations. We are putting our policies into practice to fuel a new era of exploration and discovery that will benefit all of humanity."

"This is one small step for space resources, but a giant leap for policy and precedent," Mike Gold, NASA's chief of international relations, told Reuters.

"They are paying the company to sell them a rock that the company owns. That's the product," Joanne Gabrynowicz, former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Space Law, said. "A company has to decide for itself if it's worth taking the financial and technological risk to do this to sell a rock."

NASA's attempt to begin mining the moon in 2025 could be an attempt to break China's monopoly on REMs. 

Published:9/18/2020 9:48:00 PM
[] 'THIS THIS THIS': John Fund explains why the U.S. needs a full complement of SCOTUS Justices for election day Published:9/18/2020 9:17:56 PM
[] President Trump Reacts To News of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death Published:9/18/2020 9:17:56 PM
[Volokh Conspiracy] [David Post] RBG, R.I.P. A few personal reminiscences on the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Published:9/18/2020 9:17:55 PM
[Supreme Court] Ruth Bader Ginsburg — first thoughts and Open Thread

I’m abandoning the rule about not speaking ill of the dead. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a politician in robes and we’re in a political season. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died. These are my first, rough thoughts, and they’re not in any particular order. I’ve also skipped hyperlinks, although I’m pretty

The post Ruth Bader Ginsburg — first thoughts and Open Thread appeared first on Bookworm Room.

Published:9/18/2020 9:17:55 PM
[Markets] The New Normal In 'Virtual Classrooms': Porn, Guns, & Racism? The New Normal In 'Virtual Classrooms': Porn, Guns, & Racism? Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 22:00

While classrooms across the Chicago Public School (CPS) district are empty, due to the virus pandemic, remote learning between teachers and their students has been met with challenges, especially with virtual classes, some of which have been interrupted by hackers, pranksters, and or disorderly students, reported Chicago Tribune

"The kids were in the class and all of a sudden you see porn, you see things that they shouldn't see," said Valerie Carroll, a parent whose child attends Chicago's Nicholson Elementary. 

Carroll said on the first day of virtual class, her daughter was exposed to porn and guns via the live feed. 

 "They learned about porn, guns and threats, when they should have been learning about science, math, literacy," she said. 

Carroll said someone with access to the Google Meets link commandeered the virtual classroom from the teacher. Similar incidents have been reported in the last few weeks across the school district. 

"They're supposed to have this stuff on lockdown," Carroll said of CPS. "That is something that kids are not supposed to be seeing. ... What are you doing about it? How are you protecting your students?"

Besides hackers, prankers, and or even unauthorized people disrupting virtual classes, not just at Nicholson Elementary but at several other CPS schools, there was one incident of a higher schooler brandishing a firearm during a virtual class. 

CPS spokesman James Gherardi told The Tribune "a number of disruptive incidents" have occurred "in virtual classrooms" during this "unprecedented school year." 

Gherardi added, "the district has provided school staff with guidelines on how to prevent disruptions and is working with Google to expand functionality to allow for additional controls during class time."

CPS noted that "hacking" into virtual classes wasn't the issue; it resulted from "improperly shared links to virtual classrooms." 

Similar breaches have been reported at suburban schools in Chicago and all over the country. 

Take, for, example, KIRO-TV Seattle reported hackers broke into a virtual Zoom classroom at a school in the Edmonds School District, located in Lynnwood, Washington State, messaged students the "n-word" during one virtual class. 

Another incident was at a New York City school, where one parent tweeted graphic scenes of porn her child saw the first day of classes: 

"Day one of remote learning. 5 minutes into my daughter's Google meet with her first class, and several "students" have hijacked the meeting, the first posting Trump pics, and then someone streamed PORN!!" 

In New Jersey, according to ABC7 New York, hackers hijacked online classes with pornography and waged threats against teachers. 

The malicious hack attacks, bombing virtual classes with mostly porn, appears to be widespread, even happening on a university level. 

John Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, outlines a whole list of other dangers virtual classes posses on America's youth.  

Published:9/18/2020 9:17:55 PM
[31d75f6c-2e2d-531e-9a06-074e26c0acc0] Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy celebrated in the films ‘RBG’ and ‘On the Basis of Sex’ Ginsburg became a pop-culture phenomenon throughout the years. Published:9/18/2020 9:17:55 PM
[Politics] Trump to Hold Rally in Jacksonville Where RNC Was Planned President Donald Trump is planning to host a rally in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was back out of giving his acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention due to coronavirus concerns. Published:9/18/2020 9:17:55 PM
[] Overnight Open Thread (09/18/2020) Unemployment as a mass phenomenon is the outcome of allegedly "pro-labor" policies of the government and of labor union pressure and compulsion. This explanation is by no means peculiar to those economists whom the "progressives call "reactionaries." -- Ludwig... Published:9/18/2020 9:17:55 PM
[] WATCH: President Trump responds to the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Published:9/18/2020 8:47:49 PM
[Markets] McConnell: Trump pick to replace Ginsburg on Supreme Court will get Senate vote McConnell: Trump pick to replace Ginsburg on Supreme Court will get Senate vote Published:9/18/2020 8:47:49 PM
[Entertainment] Lili Reinhart Shares Her ''Unpopular Opinion'' About Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt's Reunion Lili ReinhartLili Reinhart is not fangirling over Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt's latest reunion. The Riverdale star, who is notoriously private about her own dating life, wants fans to extend...
Published:9/18/2020 8:47:49 PM
[Law] Liberal Icon, Jurist Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, only the second woman (and the first Jewish woman) to serve on the Supreme Court, died Friday after a long battle... Read More

The post Liberal Icon, Jurist Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Published:9/18/2020 8:47:49 PM
[Politics] Ginsburg death thrusts court to center of 2020 campaign as McConnell vows to fill seat

Democrats insist Trump hold off on filling vacancy. Republicans offer no commitment.

Published:9/18/2020 8:47:49 PM
[Politics] ‘There Will Be Riots’: Twitter EXPLODES after passing of RBG and a lot of it is, in a word, UGLY After the news broke that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed away, social media exploded. Some of it was good, some of it was neutral, some of it was bad. . . . Published:9/18/2020 8:47:49 PM
[Politics] ‘There Will Be Riots’: Twitter EXPLODES after passing of RBG and a lot of it is, in a word, UGLY After the news broke that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed away, social media exploded. Some of it was good, some of it was neutral, some of it was bad. . . . Published:9/18/2020 8:47:49 PM
[Volokh Conspiracy] [Josh Blackman] Five Ways Justice Ginsburg's death will affect the Supreme Court before her successor is confirmed. The short-handed Court will have to deal with difficult cases in a difficult time. Published:9/18/2020 8:47:49 PM
[IJR] Trump Criticizes FBI Director for Focusing on ‘Russia Russia Russia’ Ahead of the Election "The narrative seems to be Russia." Published:9/18/2020 8:47:49 PM
[e8fac7d9-9bda-539e-99eb-c0eccd02dcc5] Ruth Bader Ginsburg remembered by Hollywood: 'Thank you for changing history' Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87 from complications surrounding metastatic pancreas cancer. Published:9/18/2020 8:47:49 PM
[fc731c17-9956-59eb-a65f-7922f9374636] Malcolm and Slattery: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a lioness of the law Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead. Published:9/18/2020 8:47:49 PM
[Markets] A DARPA-Funded Implantable Biochip To Detect COVID-19 Could Hit Markets By 2021 A DARPA-Funded Implantable Biochip To Detect COVID-19 Could Hit Markets By 2021 Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 21:40

Authored by Raul Diego via,

The most significant scientific discovery since gravity has been hiding in plain sight for nearly a decade and its destructive potential to humanity is so enormous that the biggest war machine on the planet immediately deployed its vast resources to possess and control it, financing its research and development through agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and HHS’ BARDA.

The revolutionary breakthrough came to a Canadian scientist named Derek Rossi in 2010 purely by accident. The now-retired Harvard professor claimed in an interview with the National Post that he found a way to “reprogram” the molecules that carry the genetic instructions for cell development in the human body, not to mention all biological lifeforms.

These molecules are called ‘messenger ribonucleic acid’ or mRNA and the newfound ability to rewrite those instructions to produce any kind of cell within a biological organism has radically changed the course of Western medicine and science, even if no one has really noticed yet. As Rossi, himself, puts it: “The real important discovery here was you could now use mRNA, and if you got it into the cells, then you could get the mRNA to express any protein in the cells, and this was the big thing.”

It was so big that by 2014, Rossi was able to retire after the company he co-founded with Flagship Pioneering private equity firm to exploit his innovation, – Moderna Inc., attracted almost a half billion dollars in federal award monies to begin developing vaccines using the technology. No longer affiliated with Moderna beyond his stock holdings, Rossi is just “watching for what happens next” and if he’s anything like the doting “hockey dad” he is portrayed to be, he must be horrified.

Remote control biology

As early as 2006, DARPA was already researching how to identify viral, upper respiratory pathogens through its Predicting Health and Disease (PHD) program, which led to the creation of the agency’s Biological Technologies Office (BTO), as reported by Whitney Webb in a May article for The Last American Vagabond. In 2014, DARPA’s BTO launched its “In Vivo Nanoplatforms” (IVN) program, which researches implantable nanotechnologies, leading to the development of ‘hydrogel’.

Hydrogel is a nanotechnology whose inventor early on boasted that “If [it] pans out, with approval from FDA, then consumers could get the sensors implanted in their core to measure their levels of glucose, oxygen, and lactate.” This contact lens-like material requires a special injector to be introduced under the skin where it can transmit light-based digital signals through a wireless network like 5G.

A penny aside a 3D printed hydrogel model of a lung-mimicking air sac in Rice University’s Houston BRC lab. Melissa Phillip | Houston Chronicle via AP

Once firmly implanted inside the body, human cells are at the mercy of any mRNA program delivered via this substrate, unleashing a nightmare of possibilities. It is, perhaps, the first true step towards full-on transhumanism; a “philosophy” that is in vogue with many powerful and influential people, such as Google’s Ray Kurzweil and Eric Schmidt and whose proponents see the fusion of technology and biology as an inevitable consequence of human progress.

The private company created to market this technology, that allows for biological processes to be controlled remotely and opens the door to the potential manipulation of our biological responses and, ultimately, our entire existence, is called Profusa Inc and its operations are funded with millions from NIH and DARPA. In March, the company was quietly inserted into the crowded COVID-19 bazaar in March 2020, when it announced an injectable biochip for the detection of viral respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

A wholly-owned subsidiary

In July, a preliminary report funded by Fauci’s NIAID and the NIH on an mRNA Vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 was published in The New England Journal of Medicine, concluding that mRNA-1273 vaccine. provided by Moderna for the study, “induced anti–SARS-CoV-2 immune responses in all participants, and no trial-limiting safety concerns were identified,” and supported “further development of this vaccine.”

A month earlier, the NIH had claimed a joint stake in Moderna’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, citing a contract signed in December, 2019, stipulating that the “mRNA coronavirus vaccine candidates [are] developed and jointly owned” by both parties. Moderna disputes the federal government’s position, stating that the company “has a broad owned and licensed IP estate” and is “not aware of any IP that would prevent us from commercializing our product candidates, including mRNA-1273.”

A poster seeking volunteers to take part in a COVID-19 vaccine study by the NIH and Moderna Inc., July 27, 2020, in Binghamton, N.Y. Hans Pennink | AP

The only obstacle is a delivery system, which though Moderna claims to be developing separately, is unlikely to get FDA approval before the federal government’s own DARPA-developed hydrogel technology, in tandem with Profusa’s DARPA-funded light sensor technology, which is expected to receive fast track authorization from the Food and Drug Administration by early 2021 and, more than likely, used to deploy a coronavirus vaccine with the capacity to literally change our DNA.

In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is currently investigating Moderna’s patent filings, claiming it failed to disclose “federal government support” in its COVID vaccine candidate patent applications, as required by law. The technicality could result in the federal government owning a 100 percent stake in mRNA-1273.

Published:9/18/2020 8:47:49 PM
[] Mitch McConnell: 'President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate' Published:9/18/2020 8:16:17 PM
[Politics] Full Coverage: Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who championed women's rights and was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, has died at 87.

Published:9/18/2020 8:16:17 PM
[Markets] The Conversation: Ruth Bader Ginsburg played a pivotal role in the women’s-rights era — and that was before she joined the Supreme Court Decades before she joined the court, Ginsburg’s work as an attorney in the 1970s fundamentally changed the Supreme Court’s approach to women’s rights, and the modern skepticism about sex-based policies stems in no small way from her lawyering.
Published:9/18/2020 8:16:17 PM
[Law] Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Lioness of the Law, Passes Away

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served for 27 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, has passed away. When her longtime friend and fellow opera fan,... Read More

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Published:9/18/2020 8:16:17 PM
[Politics] Ginsburg, a Feminist Icon Memorialized as the Notorious RBG Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg moved slowly. When court was in session, she often had her head down, sometimes leading visitors to think she was asleep. She once acknowledged that she did occasionally nod off. She once confessed to dozing during a State of the... Published:9/18/2020 8:16:17 PM
[Entertainment] Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 87: Hollywood Pays Tribute to the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 2019Hollywood is paying tribute to Supreme Court Justice and feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, Sept. 18 at the age of 87. A statement from the Supreme Court announced she...
Published:9/18/2020 8:16:17 PM
[Markets] Are The COVID-Lockdowns An Election 2020 Ransom Note? Are The COVID-Lockdowns An Election 2020 Ransom Note? Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 21:00

Authored by John Tamny via,

“We don’t realistically anticipate that we would be moving to either tier 2 or reopening K-12 schools at least until after the election, in early November.”

Those are the words of a west coast health director. No in-person schooling until after the election? Hmmm.

Please think about what was said. It reads as kind of a ransom note. Vote for science-reverent candidate Joe Biden, or else...

Really, what else could the utterance mean? What does November 3rd have to do with re-opening schools? Why would it be safer to open on the 4th of November versus the present?

Unless the implicit point is that corona-reverence is far more political than the believers have previously felt comfortable admitting. If so, what’s happening borders on child abuse. Kids will be held hostage by an election?

Think about what this means.

For one, not every parent can afford a babysitter. More than some want to acknowledge, there’s a “day care” quality to schooling. And when school isn’t in person, parents without the means to hire babysitters either must reduce work hours, leave their kids without supervision, or quit work altogether.  

Day care aside, what about the kids? While there’s an argument that the learning aspect of education is a tad overstated, does anyone think virtual learning will be very effective? With kids? For the adult readers done with school, think back to how attentive you were on substitute teacher days. Does anyone think a lot of learning is happening remotely?

What about kids with disabilities? How can they be instructed effectively via Zoom?

On a Frontline episode from last week titled “Growing Up Poor In America,” one of the impoverished kids had an ADHD problem. She was expected to learn virtually. Anyone want to guess how this will turn out? Some may respond that ADHD says much more about young people than it does a specific affliction, which is precisely the point. Young people need the structure of a classroom. They need to know they could be called on in class only to face the stares of fellow students if they lack an answer. Pressure concentrates the distracted mind.

The girl with attentiveness problems has an older sister. Understand that the Frontline episode followed three poor families during the spring. Her older sister was supposed to attend the prom. It was going to be her first date. Compassionate politicians and teachers took this exciting first from her.

Is the point that public school teachers don’t feel safe? If so, isn’t the right answer to give those uncomfortable returning to work an out, as opposed to discontinuing in-person schooling altogether?

Of course, if teachers don’t feel safe, a not unreasonable question is why they don’t? It’s not unreasonable to ask simply because retailer Target recently reported its strongest quarterly sales growth in decades. Target was “allowed” to remain open during the lockdowns, and while the political picking of winners and losers brings new meaning to reprehensible, the fact remains that Target has done very well amid the economic contraction forced on us by witless politicians. Translated more clearly, Target stores have at times been very crowded. So have Walmarts, Safeways, Ralph’s, Whole Foods, etc. etc. etc.

That they have raises an obvious question: have workers at those stores been falling ill or dying with any kind of frequency? Half-awake readers know the answer to this question, as should teachers reluctant to return to the workplace. Those employed at the major retailers have largely avoided illness and death. If they hadn’t, media members and politicians desperate to promote a blood-in-the-streets narrative would be letting us know the horrid stories in detail.

Who knows why, but it probably goes back to the statistics reported by the New York Times deep within articles that are proceeded by alarmist headlines, but those who pass with the virus tend to be quite a bit older. Or in nursing homes. According to the Times, over 40 percent of U.S. coronavirus deaths have been associated with nursing homes. The latter isn’t meant to minimize the cruelty of a virus as much as at least as of now, virus deaths skew toward the much older who also have pre-existing conditions. In short, just as retail workers have largely been spared illness and death, so logically would teachers who would be exposed to exponentially fewer people each day than retail workers. There’s also the distance thing. Instructors tend to be at the front of a classroom. Get it?  

One more thing about businesses that have remained open: another impoverished child profiled in the aforementioned Frontline episode talked of missing being with his friends. Missing playing sports with them. It’s not allowed. There’s that distance thing. One bright spot in his day is McDonald’s. The one near his family’s home in The Plains, OH offers free lunches for school-age kids. Hopefully readers have this truth internalized the next time some know-nothing decries big business, or “excessive profits,” or calls for increased taxation on the big and successful.

They somewhat uniquely have the means to help those who can’t always help themselves.

Back to the quote that begins this piece, some with the ability to keep schools closed are literally tying their re-opening to the presidential elections. This is shameful on too many levels to list; the most obvious being that kids shouldn’t be the victims of political brawls. It’s really very sickening.

And it yet again raises a question about the why behind the continued limits placed on people, schools and businesses. They’ve never made sense in consideration of how thankfully rare death (or even serious illness) has been as a consequence of the virus, especially in recent weeks. 

Unless it’s always been political; as in, the most actively corona-reverent have been stoking ongoing virus fear as a veiled ransom note. If so, those who would mess with people, schools and businesses for political reasons are truly the sick ones. 

Published:9/18/2020 8:16:17 PM
[2020 Election] Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87. RIP. Will a new justice be appointed and confirmed before or after the election? Lots of thoughts flying around about this.

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[Markets] Trump pick to replace Ginsburg will get Senate vote: McConnell Trump pick to replace Ginsburg will get Senate vote: McConnell Published:9/18/2020 8:16:17 PM
[Supreme Court] How Does Ginsburg’s Death Affect the Race? (John Hinderaker) As Steve has noted, Ruth Ginsburg died today. Steve said that we would be back tomorrow with more thoughts, so I am jumping the gun. Here are some preliminary observations: 1) I think President Trump will nominate Amy Barrett to fill the vacancy, and will do so quickly. 2) I think Mitch McConnell will schedule hearings to take place soon. 3) The Supreme Court has always been a winning issue Published:9/18/2020 8:16:17 PM
[Volokh Conspiracy] [Josh Blackman] My statement for Politico Magazine on Justice Ginsburg's Death "The only consolation for this sad moment is that Justice Ginsburg can now be reunited with her beloved husband, Martin Ginsburg. I hope she can soon enjoy a performance of The Marriage of Figaro at the big opera house in the sky--with her old pal Justice Scalia humming along." Published:9/18/2020 8:16:17 PM
[] BREAKING: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies Published:9/18/2020 7:45:59 PM
[] Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she will not vote on a SCOTUS vacancy before the election Published:9/18/2020 7:45:58 PM
[Politics] Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at Age 87 Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women's rights champion who became the court's second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said. Published:9/18/2020 7:45:58 PM
[topics:things/supreme-court] Ruth Bader Ginsburg: US Supreme Court judge and liberal icon dies aged 87 Published:9/18/2020 7:45:58 PM
[Entertainment] Cheer's Gabi Butler and La'Darius Marshall Break Their Silence on Jerry Harris' Arrest Cheer, Gabi Butler, Monica Aldama, Jerry Harris, La'Darius Marshalltktktk Shortly after Cheer star and former Navarro College cheer team member Jerry Harris was arrested on child pornography charges, Harris' former teammates Gabi Butler and...
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[Markets] Minneapolis Voters Line Up To Cast Ballots As Early Voting Begins In Several States Minneapolis Voters Line Up To Cast Ballots As Early Voting Begins In Several States Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 20:40

Minneapolis voters lined up on Friday to cast their ballots ahead of the first presidential debate, as early voting began in several states including Minnesota.

In the first 30 minutes alone, some 44 people cast ballots in Minneapolis' lone polling center, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, voters in Wyoming, South Dakota and Virginia cast in-person ballots on Friday. Virginia elections officials in Fairfax and Arlington counties reported heavy turnout and lines out the door, while voters in Minnesota said they wanted to avoid Election Day crowds and get an early jump on the process.

"I just wanted to come get it done," said 33-year-old painter Jason Miller, who lined up to cast a vote for Biden, according to Reuters - who didn't interview any Trump supporters.

"I was a little inspired to come here the first day," Miller added. "In fact, probably 3-1/2 years ago I thought I would be here the first day I could."

All of the voters lined up in Minneapolis wore masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

Margie Rukavina, 72, said she was “revved up” to vote for Biden but also was concerned about voting on Election Day given health concerns.

We want to come early to avoid a super-spreader event, like our president is so happy to do,” she said. Trump has been criticized for holding crowded campaign rallies, often with people not wearing masks. -Reuters

If one is inclined to believe the polls, Trump trails Biden in both national polls, as well as in Minnesota, which he lost to Hillary Clinton in 2016 by just 1.5 percentage points.

On Friday evening, Trump will hold a rally at an airport in Bemidji, MN, while Biden will tour a union training center in Duluth before delivering a speech.

Published:9/18/2020 7:45:58 PM
[World] Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies, Shaking 2020 Race

The stunning death of the pivotal, liberal icon comes as the presidential race reaches a chaotic culmination.

The post Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies, Shaking 2020 Race appeared first on The American Conservative.

Published:9/18/2020 7:45:58 PM
[] Quarantine Cafe/RGB RIP, Cont'd By the way: Murkowski, Romney, and Collins all coordinate their Democrat votes/statements. McCain used to do it when he wasn't in Hell yet. All the liberal "Republicans" play this game, working out who is "safe" to stab the party in... Published:9/18/2020 7:45:58 PM
[] BREAKING: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed away at age 87 Published:9/18/2020 7:16:50 PM
[] Breaking: RIP, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Published:9/18/2020 7:16:50 PM
[Politics] Supreme Court Says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died of Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer at Age 87 Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.Check back for details.... Published:9/18/2020 7:16:50 PM
[Politics] Ruth Bader Ginsburg, liberal giant of the Supreme Court, dies

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and the first to become a pop culture icon.

Published:9/18/2020 7:16:50 PM
[Uncategorized] Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Passes Away at 87

"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

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Published:9/18/2020 7:16:50 PM
[Entertainment] Beyoncé's Black Is King Stylist Zerina Akers Talks Working With the A-List Singer Zerina Akers, InstagramBeyoncé is on another level. In this clip from Quibi's Close Up by E! News, the A-list performer's stylist Zerina Akers opened up about being on the superstar singer's...
Published:9/18/2020 7:16:50 PM
[Politics] NJ Dems Agree on “Millionaire’s Tax”, Continue Digging State’s Grave Published:9/18/2020 7:16:50 PM
[Markets] Chicago Logs Whopping 52% Jump In Homicides From 2019: 'Five Times Any Prior Year' Chicago Logs Whopping 52% Jump In Homicides From 2019: 'Five Times Any Prior Year' Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 20:00

A new disturbing investigation by USA Today this week found that Cook County in Chicago has seen homicides spike by a whopping 52% compared to the same time frame last year.

What's more is that this second largest county in the country has seen more homicides already this year than in all of 2019, and still with months to go. Alarmingly this includes dozens of children under 10 who were gunned down, often in gang-related cross fire incidents, according to police records. 

USA Today wrote that among the jump in 2020 homicides, the majority, as much as "95% – were people of color, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office announced this week."

Image source: Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago witnessed also the single largest mass shooting in recent history this summer — though one might not have noticed by major media network coverage, or lack thereof — when 15 people were shot at a funeral. 

One community anti-crime activists cited in USA Today, Katya Nuques, said that COVID-19 combined with rampant unemployment is taking its toll: "Facing illnesses, facing deaths, facing also the higher rates of unemployment and loss of income in our communities has also, unfortunately, played a role in the levels of violence we've seen throughout the year," she said.

Simultaneously new FBI figures also confirm a significant jump in murders in Chicago, but interestingly a drop in other violent crimes:

According to the FBI crime report, 335 murders reported in Chicago from January to June 2020, a huge increase from the 244 murders tallied during that time period a year ago. Arson in Chicago is up even more: a 52.9% increase from 2019. Aggravated assault and burglary in Chicago are also up over last year.

Other crime categories tracked by the FBI were actually down: including rape and robbery, enough so that the overall violent crime number in Chicago is down 1.4%.

Commentators cited in the USA Today report not only chalk up the increase in homicides to unemployment and harsher conditions brought on by pandemic lockdowns and restrictions, which literally means more people loitering around what are known as high crime streets and caught up in crossfire, but that repeat felons are being released to the streets.

Police Superintendent David Brown told a press conference Monday:

"There's not a comparable year. That’s five times any previous year anyone can recall," he said. "We’re risking everything."

Analysts have tracked a noticeable uptick in re-arrests of repeat offenders let out of jail early. Brown confirmed this during his prior statements: "Violent offenders need to spend more time in jail in this city," he said. "They need to be held more accountable."

Ironically and disturbingly, this also comes as months of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests and unrest have sought to put front and central the unjust deaths of people of color. Yet the grim trend out of Chicago of black on black shootings seems to have gone unnoticed by the movement.

Published:9/18/2020 7:16:49 PM
[The Courts] Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the feminist professor and lawyer who became a progressive heroine, died Friday, giving President Donald Trump a last-minute chance nominate a third jurist to the high court.

The post Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 87 appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:9/18/2020 7:16:49 PM
[Higher education] Asian victims of Harvard’s discrimination get day in court (Paul Mirengoff) This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit heard argument in the case against Harvard University brought by Students for Fair Admissions. The plaintiffs allege that Harvard’s use of racial preferences results in discrimination against Asian-American applicants. The liberal district court judge who tried the case disagreed. She found for Harvard. You can listen to the oral argument here. The plaintiff-appellants were represented by William Consovoy. Assistant Published:9/18/2020 7:16:49 PM
[Politics] CNN’s Fat, Dumb and Bald Guy author of book called Hoax repeats CNN-debunked Biden-pimped HOAX that Trump called Covid a Hoax CNN’s Fat, Dumb, and Bald Guy, sometimes referred to as Brian Stelter, has written a book called “Hoax” that’s all about how bad Fox News is compared to his own network. And . . . Published:9/18/2020 7:16:49 PM
[Politics] CNN’s Fat, Dumb and Bald Guy author of book called Hoax repeats CNN-debunked Biden-pimped HOAX that Trump called Covid a Hoax CNN’s Fat, Dumb, and Bald Guy, sometimes referred to as Brian Stelter, has written a book called “Hoax” that’s all about how bad Fox News is compared to his own network. And . . . Published:9/18/2020 7:16:49 PM
[Volokh Conspiracy] [Eugene Volokh] Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died She had a remarkable career as a lawyer, professor, circuit court judge, and Supreme Court Justice. Published:9/18/2020 7:16:49 PM
[IJR] Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at Age 87 "Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature." Published:9/18/2020 7:16:49 PM
[] The Hill: Democrats dreading the debates -- and Biden's fact-checking abilities Published:9/18/2020 6:45:54 PM
[] ABC Reporter Says Covering Trump's Vegas Rally Was Like...Fallujah? Marine Begs to Differ Published:9/18/2020 6:45:54 PM
[World] Liberals howl when Trump announces '1776 Commission' to teach American history

On Thursday, Sept. 17, President Trump signed a proclamation extolling our country’s virtues and praising our Founding Fathers for their courage, wisdom, insight and sacrifice as they crafted a Constitution that would guard and guarantee life and liberty for all United States citizens.

In his corresponding speech, the president announced ... Published:9/18/2020 6:45:54 PM

[266f682b-4a5d-54dc-8fee-5d8c47153407] 'That '70s Show' star Danny Masterson appears in court; attorney claims rape charges are 'politicized' The actor, who faces charges for allegedly raping three women, has been free on bail since he was arrested in June. Published:9/18/2020 6:45:51 PM
[Politics] US Working With Qatar to Normalize Israel Ties, Official Says The U.S. sees Qatar as another Gulf nation potentially prepared to normalize ties with Israel as the Trump administration seeks to keep momentum behind its Middle East peace efforts, a senior State Department official said. "Qatar has a track record of working with Israel... Published:9/18/2020 6:45:51 PM
[Entertainment] Kanye West Vows to Get Taylor Swift's Masters Back in Latest Twitter Spree Kanye West, Taylor Swift, 2015 Grammy Awards, CandidsAnother shock for 2020: Kanye West is siding with Taylor Swift. Despite his infamous feud with Swift, West seems to be trying to mend the fence once again. The latest string of tweets...
Published:9/18/2020 6:45:51 PM
[Politics] The News As We Once Knew It Is Dead—of Self-Inflicted Wounds

In 2017, the liberal Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University found that 93% of CNN’s coverage of the Trump administration... Read More

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Published:9/18/2020 6:45:51 PM
[Fundings & Exits] Unity Software has strong opening, gaining 31% after pricing above its raised range Whoever said you can’t make money playing video games clearly hasn’t taken a look at Unity Software’s stock price. On its first official day of trading, the company rose more than 31%, opening at $75 per share before closing the day at $68.35. Unity’s share price gains came after last night’s pricing of the company’s […] Published:9/18/2020 6:45:51 PM
[Politics] BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 87 This is breaking news, just now being reported. The Supreme Court has announced the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at age 87, of metastatic pancreatic cancer. The news broke across social . . . Published:9/18/2020 6:45:50 PM
[Politics] BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 87 This is breaking news, just now being reported. The Supreme Court has announced the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at age 87, of metastatic pancreatic cancer. The news broke across social . . . Published:9/18/2020 6:45:50 PM
[Markets] When Government Incompetence And Overreach Turns Deadly When Government Incompetence And Overreach Turns Deadly Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 19:40

Authored by Simon Black via,

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty and risks to your prosperity.

Today, we are starting with some stories that are not amusing, but simply tragic.

Unborn baby dies due to absurd Covid lockdown rules

This one highlights the sad reality of crushing people’s basic rights.

An Australian woman was in childbirth a few weeks ago when it became clear she needed highly specialized medical care.

Unfortunately her small town of Ballina, located in the Australian state of New South Wales, did not have sufficient medical care options to treat her pregnancy complications.

Ballina is very close to the border of the neighboring state of Queensland, where two much larger cities– Gold Coast, and Brisbane– are fairly close by.

And prior to Covid, the woman would have simply been quickly transported to one of those two cities in the neighboring state for a multitude of top quality medical options.

But now Australians are no longer able to travel across their own state lines without special permission from the government.

The woman was told that she would have to undergo a 14-day quarantine, simply for crossing the state line, before she could access medical care in Queensland. Incredible.

This was obviously unacceptable. So her next best option was to fly to Syndey (which is at the opposite end of New South Wales, a state that’s bigger than Texas). Except that the next flight was SIXTEEN HOURS later.

Needless to say, she didn’t receive the care she needed in time, and one of her twin babies died as a result of the travel restrictions.

They say all the lockdowns are worth it if it saves just one life.

What about the lives the lockdowns take?

Click here to read the full story.

American facing $569,000 fine and six months jail for sightseeing in Canada

Canada is currently closed to most Americans due to COVID.

But an exemption allows Americans to drive through Canada to reach Alaska.

The rules state that the traveler must take the most direct route to their destination, and only stop for essentials like food and gas.

But one criminal mastermind did not take the most direct route, and instead decided to check out a national park along the way

He was arrested after his car with Ohio plates was reported to police at a sightseeing gondola at Sulphur Mountain.

So clearly some brave hero spotted this nefarious terrorist, and saved his fellow Canadians by ratting the man out to authorities.

And now he is facing a $569,000 fine, plus six months in jail. Because he stopped at a park.

Click here to read the full story.

University professor cancelled for watching a pro-police rally

Students at Skidmore College are boycotting an art professor, David Peterson, and demanding he be fired.

His crime? Watching a “back the blue” pro-police protest for about 20 minutes.

Peterson was not actually attending the rally, holding signs, or wearing a pro-police shirt. He simply listened to the pro-police protesters (AND the counter protesters) in his own community for a bit, and then went out to dinner with his wife.

So, simply just listening to an unwoke opinion is now a thoughtcrime. And that is all it takes these days to lose a career.

Click here to read the full story.

Court awards unmarried woman $50,000/month in alimony

An Ontario court granted a woman $50,000 per month for the next decade in spousal support.

The strangest part though, is that she didn’t have a spouse. There was no divorce, because she was never married to the man who must now pay her alimony.

This woman and the wealthy businessman she fleeced dated for years, but they were never married.

They never lived together, and have no kids together.

But the court said they were “common law married” anyway.

Ironically, the court used the fact that he had spent so much money on her during their time as a couple as proof that he should be forced to continue his support.

Click here to read the full story.

US Customs & Border Patrol seizes ‘counterfeit’ Apple earbuds

Relax and breathe easy, your government is on the case protecting you from evil dangers lurking around the world.

According to an official press release from US Customs and Border Patrol, “officers seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple Airpod Earbuds from Hong Kong destined for Nevada at an air cargo facility located at John F. Kennedy International Airport [in New York City].”

CBP went on to brag via their Twitter account that these ‘counterfeit’ earbuds would have been worth nearly USD $400,000.

But it turns out that the earbuds are, in fact, NOT counterfeit. In fact they’re not even Apple earbuds.

These earbuds are specific to another mobile phone manufacturer called OnePlus. You’d think that the CBP officers would have been able to figure that out given that the earbuds actually have “OnePlus” Buds” printed on the freaking boxes!

It’s unclear whether the officers who seized these earbuds are completely illiterate, or cannot imagine a world where there are other mobile phone companies besides Apple.

(OnePlus is actually a pretty good sized company and generated $1.4 billion in revenue last year…)

But rather humorously, OnePlus responded to CBP’s Tweet earlier this week saying “Hey, give those back!”

You’d think the story would end there, and CBP would admit its mistake. But no.

Now CBP is saying, in its sole discretion, that the earbuds violate Apple’s trademark, so they’re keeping the seized product.

This is completely ridiculous, and I’m not sure if this agency even understands what a trademark actually is. And if ‘trademark’ was even the issue here, then the agency’s initial press release would have stated so. But instead they called the earbuds counterfeit.

It’s also rather interesting that there has been no court injunction against OnePlus, no warrants, and not even a lawsuit.

Yes, not even Apple (whose ‘trademark’ has supposedly been violated) thinks this is a problem. Apple has earbuds. OnePlus has earbuds. Big deal.

Click here to read the full story.

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[Markets] Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died Published:9/18/2020 6:45:50 PM
[] RUTH BADER GINSBURG HAS DIED Kaitlin Collins of CNN says that on Twitter. 118 Anyone who says the next president will appoint three Supreme Court Justices is a Trumpian Liar. We're smart. Posted by: All the Twitter-Addict NeverTrumpers in 2016... Published:9/18/2020 6:45:50 PM
[National Security] U.N. Resolution Singles Out Israel for Women’s Rights Abuses

A United Nations resolution supported by multiple authoritarian regimes singled out Israel as a violator of women's rights, a U.N. watchdog group reported Friday.

The post U.N. Resolution Singles Out Israel for Women’s Rights Abuses appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:9/18/2020 6:16:38 PM
[Markets] "Inflation" And America's Accelerating Class War "Inflation" And America's Accelerating Class War Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 19:00

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Those who don't see the fragmentation, the scarcities and the battlelines being drawn will be surprised by the acceleration of the unraveling.

I recently came across the idea that inflation is a two-factor optimization problem: inflation is necessary for the macro-economy (or so we're told) and so the trick for policy makers (and their statisticians who measure the economy) is to maximize inflation in the economy but only to the point that it doesn't snuff out businesses and starve workers to death.

From this perspective, households have to grin and bear the negative consequences of inflation for the good of the whole economy.

This narrative, so typical of economics, ignores the core reality of "inflation" in America: it's a battleground for the class war that's accelerating. Allow me to explain.

"Inflation" affects different classes very differently. I put "inflation" in italics because it's not one phenomenon, it's numerous phenomena crammed into one deceptively simple word.

When "inflation" boosts the value of homes, stocks, bonds, diamonds, quatloos etc. to the moon, those who own these assets are cheering. When "inflation" reduces the purchasing power of wages, those whose only income is earned from their labor suffer a decline in their lifestyles as their wages buy fewer goods and services.

They are suffering while the wealthy owners of soaring assets are cheering.

The Federal Reserve and federal authorities are not neutral observers in this war. The Fed only cares about two things: enriching the banking sector and further enriching the already-rich.

The banking sector makes money by lending newly created currency to borrowers. No borrowers or new loans--banks go broke. So the Fed must generate the right kind of "inflation": it must lower the cost of borrowing money (deflating the cost of borrowing) by reducing the rate of interest borrowers pay, and it must "inflate" the market value of the collateral banks and Wall Street need to support more debt: commercial buildings, homes, stocks, bonds, etc.

This "inflation" of asset valuations makes those who already own these assets richer, while impoverishing those who must buy them with wages that are losing purchasing power. The Fed doesn't care if small businesses go broke or households slide into poverty; the Fed's only concerns are maintaining "inflation" in asset valuations and "deflation" in the cost of borrowing, so that debt-serfs, zombie corporations, local and federal government--everyone--can borrow more money, further enriching banks and Wall Street.

This is the sole goal of the Fed. Everything else is distracting PR.

There are downsides to this, of course, but they fall on "the little people" so economists, the Fed and federal officials don't bother to even track the downsides. Thus we have the nonsensical games government statisticians play to keep official measurements of "inflation" low. This serves to obscure the reality that real-world "inflation" in the cost of education, childcare, health insurance, rent, and so on--all the big-ticket household costs--is soaring, stripping away the purchasing power of wages.

Here's an example of how wages and purchasing power can be understood. Back in the day, I could rent my own studio apartment for half a week's pay. I was young and not well-paid, but I could still rent a crummy apartment for half a week's pay: 2.5 day's wages.

Try finding an apartment for half a week's pay in a major city. Young workers are paying two week's pay just to rent a room. This is a massive loss in the purchasing power of labor.

Meanwhile, those with the right kind of assets are experiencing fantasic increases in their unearned income. These increases in income (and wealth) far exceed the modest impacts of real-world inflation on these owners of the right kind of assets.

Let's start with the the wrong kind of asset: a savings account. Where savers earned 5.25% on their savings as a regulatory requirement in the 1960s, now they earn less than nothing: even the bogus "official inflation" is 2%, while savers get 0.1% or less on savings. So savers lose money every day.

Those who bought bonds and stocks and real estate--the right kind of assets--have scored enormous gains in wealth and income. There's just one little tiny problem with the right kind of assetsthe vast majority are owned by the top 5% of households, with the top 1% owning 40% and the top 0.1% owning 20%--more than the bottom 80% own.

There aren't just wealth-income classes --those who own these assets and those who don't-- there are demographic and age classes, too. Young wage earners are mostly priced out of buying these assets with wages, unless they borrow staggering sums of money and devote most of their income to servicing their debts (student loans, auto loans, mortgage, etc.).

Retirees have been forced into gambling their retirement funds in the Fed-rigged casinos, which just so happen to crash every decade or so, wiping out the naive punters who believed "the Fed has our backs."

"Inflation" isn't an abstract debate --it's class war. And it's not just between two classes, those who depend on wages/earned income and those reaping the trillions in unearned income and wealth; there are warring classes fractured by age, demographics, political loyalties and issues of who's hoarding whatevery one of these fractured classes is competing for scarce resources, scarce income and scarce security.

Those who don't see the fragmentation, the scarcities and the battlelines being drawn will be surprised by the acceleration of the unraveling. As noted here previously, The banquet of consequences is being laid out, and there won't be much choice in the seating.

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[Politics] Long a Democratic bastion, Minnesota is in play

President Trump and Joe Biden will both campaign in Minnesota on Friday, a sign of how the longtime Democratic bastion has changed. Early voting starts in the state Friday.

Published:9/18/2020 6:16:37 PM
[Uncategorized] Due Process on Campus: What’s Next? (October 4, 8 p.m. ET)

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[Volokh Conspiracy] [Eugene Volokh] Petition to "Impose Further Disciplinary Actions" on University Students for TikTok Singalong The students are at Florida International University, "Miami's first and only public research university." Published:9/18/2020 6:16:37 PM
[News] Biden Challenges Trump on the Economy in Minnesota Face-Off, Early Voting Begins in Four States "Trump has given up on even pretending to do his job." Published:9/18/2020 6:16:37 PM
[] Newsmax correspondent reports the White House is 'preparing a shortlist of candidates to replace' FBI Director Wray Published:9/18/2020 5:46:00 PM
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Less than an hour after telling CNN she wouldn’t leave the nation’s capital until Congress passed a second coronavirus relief package, Michigan Democratic representative Elissa Slotkin was spotted wheeling a suitcase in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, according to video from the Congressional Leadership Fund.

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[Markets] Schumer, Warren Introduce Resolution To Cancel $50,000 In Student Loans To "Close Racial Wealth Gaps" Schumer, Warren Introduce Resolution To Cancel $50,000 In Student Loans To "Close Racial Wealth Gaps" Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 18:40

Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) rolled out a proposal on Thursday which calls for the next president of the Untied States to cancel up to $50,000 in student debt in 2021.

The plan would call on the next president to "take executive action to administratively cancel up to $50,000 in Federal student loan debt for Federal student loan borrowers using existing legal authorities..."

The plan would also call on the next president to ensure "no tax liability for Federal student loan borrowers resulting from administrative debt cancellation." Moreover, it asks the next president to pause student loan payments and interest accumulation "for the entire duration of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Doing so, according to the plan, would "ensure that administrative debt cancellation helps close racial wealth gaps."

According to The Hill, the Democrats are essentially handing Joe Biden a talking point - as President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have flatly opposed earlier attempts to forgive student debt. 

"We know that President Trump and [Education] Secretary [Betsy] DeVos have been totally against things like this. We understand that. But the next president could easily do this," said Schumer, adding "We want to start getting people focused on this issue as a major issue that could be dealt with early next year."

The $3.4 trillion HEROES Act passed in May included a provision to cancel up to $10,000 of student debt for a limited number of people. 

The measure introduced by Warren and Schumer Thursday calls on the president to take executive action to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student debt for every borrower in the United States, which would wipe out the student debt obligations for more than three-quarters of Americans who owe them.

An estimated 44 million Americans owe about $1.6 trillion in student loans. 

Schumer said the plan would protect student loan borrowers from having to pay taxes on forgiven loans.

“The president can use the IRS code to ensure federal student loan borrowers won’t have tax liabilities resulting from administrative debt cancellation,” he said. -The Hill

Warren raised the issue last Thursday during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing, noting that the committee had yet to hold any discussions on "the student debt crisis."

"I think we ought to focus on how to deal with the $1.6 trillion dollars in debt that is crushing millions of people," she said.

As Jonathan Turley also warns, the proposals may be a foreshadowing of a greater push to use unilateral executive powers under Joe Biden if he wins the election.

The senators insisted that the Secretary of Education has “broad administrative authority” granted by Congress to cancel federal student loan debt under section 432(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Thus, they are arguing for the president to simply wipe out the debt by taking “executive action to broadly cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt.”

I have long been critical of such unilateral executive actions to order massive increases in debt or the negation of federal laws. We need a serious debate over the leveraging of the future on the mounting debt for this rising generation. I am worried about this college debt but I am also worried about these students facing decades of debt that must be paid off by the government. We need a comprehensive debt plan.

Politicians are casually referring to trillion dollar increases in a variety of different packages. Many long-standing goals are being refashioned as “stimulus measures” but they would pile more debt on an economic recovery that could already be difficult after the pandemic.

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[National Security] Senate GOP Pushes for Fresh Sanctions on Iran’s Financial Sector

Senate Republicans petitioned the White House to press forward with a set of new sanctions on the entirety of Iran’s financial sector, a move that would cut Tehran off from the global banking system.

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[In The News] House Democrats Panic Over Durham Probe, Call For ‘Emergency Investigation’

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The Democratic chairs of four House committees asked the Justice Department’s internal watchdog on Friday to open an “emergency investigation” into U.S. Attorney John Durham’s probe of the Obama administration’s Trump-related intelligence activities. “We write to ask that you open an emergency investigation into whether U.S. Attorney General William Barr, ...

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[Society] Securing the Border and Fixing Our Broken Immigration System

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[Markets] Daily Briefing - September 18, 2020 Daily Briefing - September 18, 2020
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Real Vision CEO and co-founder, Raoul Pal, is joined by senior editor, Ash Bennington, to look forward to the future of markets as well as Real Vision. After they evaluate how the market interpreted the Fed’s latest FOMC meeting, Raoul broadens the conversation beyond equities to make sense of the flatness in bond yields and credit spreads. Raoul and Ash then discuss the upcoming two-week exploration on Real Vision, “Has Everything Changed,” as well as discuss how Real Vision’s new platform, “The Exchange,” is allowing Real Vision members to connect with each other and form a “hive mind.” In the intro, Jack reviews market price action and gives a sneak peak of “Has Everything Changed.”
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[National Security] Iran’s Secret Space Program Poses Security Threat, Expert Says

Iran has quietly been developing a dangerous, militaristic space program, an Israeli defense expert said Friday.

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[Markets] A Textbook Case Of Treason A Textbook Case Of Treason Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 17:40

Authored by Mike Whitney,

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

The Transition Integrity Project (TIP) is a shadowy group of government, military and media elites who have concocted a plan to spread mayhem and disinformation following the November 3 presidential elections.

The strategy takes advantage of the presumed delay in determining the winner of the upcoming election, (due to the deluge of mail-in votes.) The interim period is expected to intensify partisan warfare creating the perfect environment for disseminating propaganda and inciting street violence. The leaders of TIP believe that a mass mobilization will help them to achieve what Russiagate could not, that is, the removal Donald Trump via an illicit coup conjured up by behind-the-scenes powerbrokers and their Democrat allies. Here’s a little more background from an article by Chris Farrell at the Gatestone Institute:

“In one of the greatest public disinformation campaigns in American history — the Left and their NeverTrumper allies (under the nom de guerre: “Transition Integrity Project”) released a 22-page report in August 2020 “war gaming” four election crisis scenarios:….The outcome of each TIP scenario results in street violence and political impasse.

Is it possible that the leadership of the American Left, along with their NeverTrumper allies, are busy talking themselves into advocating and promoting street violence as a response to a presidential election?

The answer is: Yes…. expect violence in the aftermath of the election, because now that is the new ‘normal.”

- (“How to Steal an Election”, Gatestone Institute)

Farrell is right. As we can see from the many articles that have recently popped up in the media, the American people are being prepared for a contested election that will fuel public anxiety and revolt. This all fits with the overall strategy of the TIP. Selected journalists will be used to provide bits of information that serve the interests of the group while the people will be told to expect a long and drawn-out constitutional crisis. Meanwhile, the media, the Democrat leadership, trusted elites and elements in the Intelligence Community will put pressure on Trump to step down while firing up their political base to take to the streets. TIP’s 22-page manifesto makes it clear that mass mobilization will be key to any electoral victory. Here’s an excerpt from the text:

“A show of numbers in the streets-and actions in the streets-may be decisive factors in determining what the public perceives as a just and legitimate outcome.” 

- (“Preventing a Disrupted Presidential Election and Transition” The Transition Integrity Project)

In other words, the authors fully support demonstrations and political upheaval to achieve their goal of removing Trump. Clearly, this scorched earth approach did not originate with Joe Biden, but with the cynical and bloodthirsty puppetmasters who operate behind the curtain and who will do anything to advance their agenda.

This is a full-blown color revolution authored and supported by the same oligarchs and deep-state honchoes that have opposed Trump from the very beginning. They’re not going to back down or call off the dogs until the job is done and Trump is gone. And when the dust settles, Trump will likely be charged, tried, sentenced and imprisoned. His fortune will be seized, his family will be financially ruined, and his closest advisors and allies will be prosecuted on fabricated charges. There’s not going to be a “graceful transition” of power if Trump loses. He will face the full wrath of the scheming mandarins he has frustrated for the last 4 years. These are the men who applauded when Saddam and Ghaddafi were savagely butchered. Will Trump face the same fate as them?

Trump has less than two months to rally his supporters, draw attention to the conspiracy that has is presently underway, and figure out a way to defend himself against the coup plotters. If he is unable to derail the impending junta, his goose is cooked.

It’s worth noting, that the Transition Integrity Project (TIP) has no legal authority to meddle in the upcoming election. They were not appointed by any congressional committee nor did any government entity approve their intrusive activities. This is entirely a “lone wolf” operation designed to exploit loopholes in campaign laws in order to undermine public confidence in our elections and to express their unbridled hostility towards Donald Trump. That said, there analysis will probably influence those who share their views. In the first page of their “Executive Summary” they say:

“We assess with a high degree of likelihood that November’s elections will be marked by a chaotic legal and political landscape. We also assess that the President Trump is likely to contest the result by both legal and extra-legal means, in an attempt to hold onto power.” 

- (Ibid)

This short statement provides the basic justification for the group’s existence. It presents the participants as impartial observers performing their civic duty by objectively analyzing exercises (war games?) that indicate that Trump will challenge the election results in a desperate attempt to hold on to power. Not surprisingly, the group provides no evidence that the president would react the way they think he would. In fact, their hypothesis seems extremely far-fetched given the fact that Trump has no militia, no private army, and very few allies among the political class, the Intelligence Community, the FBI, the military or the deep state. Who exactly does the group think would help Trump hold on to power: Bill Barr, Larry Kudlow, Melania??

There is nothing “impartial” about this analysis. It is partisan gibberish aimed at discrediting Trump while creating a pretext for launching a coup against him. Here is another sample of TIP’s “objective analysis” from page 1 of the manuscript:

“The Transition Integrity Project (TIP) was launched in late 2019 out of concern that the Trump Administration may seek to manipulate, ignore, undermine or disrupt the 2020 presidential election and transition process. TIP takes no position on how Americans should cast their votes, or on the likely winner of the upcoming election; either major party candidate could prevail at the polls in November without resorting to “dirty tricks.” However, the administration of President Donald Trump has steadily undermined core norms of democracy and the rule of law and embraced numerous corrupt and authoritarian practices. This presents a profound challenge for those –from either party –who are committed to ensuring free and fair elections, peaceful transitions of power, and stable administrative continuity in the United States.” 

- (Ibid)

Got that? In other words (to paraphrase) “Trump is a corrupt dictator who hates democracy and the rule of law, but that is just our unbiased opinion. Please, don’t let that influence your vote. We just want to make sure the election goes smoothly.”

As we noted, the hatred for Trump permeates the entire 22-page document and that, in turn, undermines the credibility of the author to portray his project as an impartial examination of potential problems in the upcoming election. There is nothing evenhanded in the approach to these issues or in the remedies that are recommended. This is a partisan project concocted by malicious elites who despise Trump and who plan to remove him from office by hook or crook.

So, do we know who the leaders of this (TIP) group are?

Well, we know who their two main spokesmen are: Rosa Brooks– Georgetown law professor and co-founder of the Transition Integrity Project, and Ret. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William & Mary, and chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell. According to an article by Whitney Webb:

(Rosa) Brooks… was an advisor to the Pentagon and the Hillary Clinton-led State Department during the Obama administration. She was also previously the general counsel to the President of the Open Society Institute, part of the Open Society Foundations (OSF), a controversial organization funded by billionaire George Soros. Zoe Hudson, who is TIP’s director, is also a former top figure at OSF, serving as senior policy analyst and liaison between the foundations and the U.S. government for 11 years.

OSF ties to the TIP are a red flag for a number of reasons, namely due to the fact that OSF and other Soros-funded organizations played a critical role in fomenting so-called “color revolutions” to overthrow non-aligned governments, particularly during the Obama administration. Examples of OSF’s ties to these manufactured “revolutions” include Ukraine in 2014 and the “Arab Spring”…..

In addition to her ties to the Obama administration and OSF, Brooks is currently a scholar at West Point’s Modern War Institute, where she focuses on “the relationship between the military and domestic policing” and also Georgetown’s Innovative Policing Program. She is a currently a key player in the documented OSF-led push to “capitalize” off of legitimate calls for police reform to justify the creation of a federalized police force under the guise of defunding and/or eliminating local police departments.Brooks’ interest in the “blurring line” between military and police is notable given her past advocacy of a military coup to remove Trump from office and the TIP’s subsequent conclusion that the military “may” have to step in if Trump manages to win the 2020 election, per the group’s “war games” described above.

Brooks is also a senior fellow at the think tank New America. New America’s mission statement notes that the organization is focused on “honestly confronting the challenges caused by rapid technological and social change, and seizing the opportunities those changes create.” It is largely funded by Silicon Valley billionaires, including Bill Gates (Microsoft), Eric Schmidt (Google), Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Jeffrey Skoll and Pierre Omidyar (eBay). In addition, it has received millions directly from the U.S. State Department to research “ranking digital rights.” Notably, of these funders, Reid Hoffman was caught “meddling” in the most recent Democratic primary to undercut Bernie Sanders’ candidacy during the Iowa caucus and while others, such as Eric Schmidt and Pierre Omidyar, are known for their cozy ties to the Clinton family and even ties to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.”

- (““Bipartisan” Washington Insiders Reveal Their Plan for Chaos if Trump Wins the Election“, Unlimited Hangout)

Is it safe to say that Rosa Brooks is a Soros stooge overseeing a color revolution in the United States aimed at toppling Trump and replacing him with a dementia-addled, meat-puppet named Joe Biden?

Political analyst Paul Craig Roberts seems to think so. Here’s what he said in a recent post at his website:

“I have provided evidence that the military/security complex, using the media and the Democrats, intends to turn the November election into a color revolution… The evidence of a color revolution in the works is abundantly supplied by CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, NPR, Washington Post and numerous Internet sites funded by the CIA and the foundations and corporations through which it operates.. … All of these media organizations are establishing the story in the mind of Americans that Trump will not leave office when he loses or steals the election and must be driven out.

…With Antifa and Black Lives Matter now experienced in violent protests, they will be unleashed anew on American cities when there is news of a Trump election victory. The media will explain the violence as necessary to free us from a tyrant and egg on the violence, as will the Democrat Party. The CIA will be certain that the violence is well funded….

… What is a reelected President Trump going to do when the Secret Service refuses to repel Antifa and Black Lives Matter when they breach White House Security? …

American Democracy is on the verge of being ended for all times, and the world media will herald the event as the successful overthrowing of a tyrant.” (“America’s Color Revolution”Paul Craig Roberts)

Another of the leading spokesmen for TIP is Retired Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson who made this revealing statement in a recent interview:

“Let me just say some of the things that we’re putting out there. Among those things, one that is very important is the media, particularly the mainstream media. They cannot act as they usually act with regard to elections. They have to play a coup on election night. They can’t be declaring some state like Pennsylvania for one candidate or the other. When Pennsylvania probably has thousands upon thousands of votes yet to come in and count. So, the media has to get its act in order and it has to act very differently than it normally does.”

(NOTE: In other words, Wilkerson does not want the media to follow the normal protocols for covering an election, but to adjust their reporting to accommodate the aims of the coup-plotters. Does that sound like someone who is committed to evenhanded coverage of events, or someone who wants reporters to shape the news to meet the specifications of his own particular agenda? Here’s more from Wilkerson:)

“Second, ….we also have learned that poll workers have to be younger. And we’ve started a movement all across the country to train young people. And we’ve had really good luck with the volunteers to do so, to be poll workers. Because we found out in Wisconsin, for example, poll workers are mostly over 60. And many of them didn’t show up because they were afraid of COVID-19. And so Wisconsin went from about one 188 polling places, to about 15. That’s disastrous.” (“This ‘War Game’ Maps out what happens if the President contests the Election”WBUR)

Why is Wilkerson so encouraged by the young people he’s trained to act as poll workers? Doesn’t that sound a bit fishy, especially from a dyed-in-the-wool partisan who’s mixed up with a group whose sole aim is to beat Trump? And why are the authors of the TIP manifesto so eager to reveal their true intentions. Take a look:

“There will likely not be an “election night” this year; unprecedented numbers of voters are expected to use mail-in ballots, which will almost certainly delay the certified result for days or weeks. A delay provides a window for campaigns, the media, and others to cast doubt on the integrity of the process and for escalating tensions between competing camps. As a legal matter, a candidate unwilling to concede can contest the election into January.…..”

- (Ibid)

So, that’s the GamePlan, eh? The coup plotters want a contested election that drags on for weeks, deepens divisions among the population, undermines confidence in the electoral system, instigates ferocious street fighting in cities across the country, and gives the Biden camp time to mobilize its political resources in Congress to mount a Constitutional attack on Trump.

Can we at least call this treachery by its proper name: Treason - “the crime of betraying one’s country by trying to overthrow the government?”

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[Markets] South Dakota: America's Sweden South Dakota: America's Sweden Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 17:00

Authored by Amelia Janaskie via The American Institute for Economic Research,

Most people know South Dakota for the distinguished faces carved onto the side of the Black Hills mountain. Mount Rushmore reminds us of four American leaders who instilled values of freedom and hope in this country. 

These values are under attack in our tumultuous coronavirus days. Lockdowns have assaulted core values that we believed were sacrosanct: property rights, in the right to run a business; freedom of association and movement, in the right to travel, gather, work, consume, have fun, and so on. In short, the right to pursue happiness. 

Under the leadership of South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, however, the Great Plains state has effected a fortress of liberty and hope protected from the grasps of overbearing politicians. And interestingly enough, South Dakota policies echo many of the same values and approaches as Sweden, and both have uncoincidentally experienced positive outcomes.

Recently, Governor Noem has been subjected to media lashings over an incredulous report regarding the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, alleging that it is connected to 266,000 Covid cases. Despite pushback, Noem continues to protect the individual freedoms of South Dakotans against the speculative study, calling it “fiction” owing to faulty assumptions, data, and questionable academic modeling approaches.

Noem has rejected the familiar draconian Covid-19 mandates seen in places like California and the UK in favor of a mostly hands-off approach. 

In a similar sense, Sweden’s state epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, supported a relaxed Covid response with the country never going into lockdown despite strong pressure to do so from the European Union. While the Swedish Constitution bars politicians from intervening, expert agencies instead take charge of providing the public with noninvasive recommendations.

The coronavirus response in South Dakota and Sweden have been consistently noninterventionist in nature, leaving individual trust and common sense to direct citizens’ choices.

At the start of the pandemic, Governor Noem requested some initial restrictions, such as closing schools on March 16 while still allowing in-person check-ins for small groups. Noem also previously encouraged remote working and social distancing and recommended businesses to limit indoor capacity to 10 people when social distancing was not feasible (as recommended by the CDC). In so doing, the Governor was deferring to the prevailing policy ethos. It must have made her uncomfortable given her own commitment to freedom as a first principle. 

She withdrew the initial recommendations in April in order to “[put] the power in the hands of the people, where it belongs” in prioritization of liberty.

Early on, South Dakota introduced a compulsory stay-at-home plan for those aged 65+ in two counties with high case numbers, which was rescinded May 11. Still, she never mandated stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, masks, or imposed bans on church gatherings, daycares, business openings, or travel.

Sweden, like South Dakota, made suggestions for precautionary measures, such as working from home and social distancing when necessary. Sweden banned gatherings of more than 50 people, temporarily closed secondary education and universities, and prohibited visitors from nursing homes. Otherwise, trust was placed on individuals to make prudent decisions in slowing the spread of the virus. 

Tegnell explains how trust and transparency have played a role in Sweden’s response:

“Having sort of a conversation with the public, putting a lot of trust in the public and giving a little responsibility to the individuals, which is exactly what our communicable disease laws are telling us to do. And by following the pattern. Doing this, we could keep the number of cases down, and we could keep our health services working.”

Similarly, South Dakotans relied on trust and open information; Noem states:

“Now my approach to this virus was to provide South Dakotans with all the information that I could and then trust them to exercise their freedom to make the best decision for themselves and for their families.”

Noem avoided imposing aggressive restrictions, deferring to citizens to use common sense: practicing good hygiene and social distancing when necessary. She is keeping schools open throughout the fall based on the need to support young people’s educational and social needs and the low risk associated with their contracting Covid. A shocking 30% of all SD children never logged online to participate in remote learning in the spring of 2020. This statistic, coupled with the questionable effectiveness of online learning, makes a return to the classroom all the more urgent.

Noem also believes that masks do not need to be required for children, but is permitting local jurisdictions to make their own decisions in that regard. She is concerned that masks will create more issues for children:

“They’re constantly touching [the mask], taking it off, dropping it on the floor. Those all increase rates of infection, and it is certainly not an environment that is going to help them stay safe.”

On a similar note, Sweden has not enforced public mask use due to the lack of evidence supporting its effectiveness and other issues presented by widespread mask wearing. Both Tegnell and Noem believe that a side effect of widespread, mandatory masking is obscuring epidemiological problems: fostering the idea that there are easy solutions, which in turn foments further issues. 

Tegnell reasons:

“We are worried (and we get at least tales from other countries) that people put on masks and then they believe they can go around in society being close to each other, even going around in society being sick. And that, in our view, would definitely produce higher spread than we have right now.”

Governor Noem echoes that sentiment:

    “People should have the freedom to wear masks if it makes them feel safe, but the science on masks is very mixed.”

Despite their generally laissez-faire responses to the novel coronavirus pandemic, South Dakota and Sweden have observed low infection and death rates relative to their neighboring states and countries, respectively. Although there has been an upward tick in the number of cases, deaths still remain low, and both economies are performing well. Stockholm is additionally alleged to be one of the first places in the world to have achieved herd immunity.

South Dakota and Sweden have realized economic benefits by defending individual liberty. 

As more economic and financial data emerge, the economic triumphs of both South Dakota and Sweden are becoming evident. While we cannot draw definitive conclusions at this point, even now it is fairly clear that states that imposed stringent mandates are comparatively facing greater economic hardships than those which did not. 

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

In its first quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis found that South Dakota’s GDP shrunk by the second smallest amount compared to other states, by only 2.2%. This percentage is lower than the US first-quarter GDP drop of 5% and the second quarter, which fell deeper by an estimated 32.9%. Sweden, even after announcing there would be no full lockdown, experienced a Q1 GDP increase of 0.1%

Sweden’s GDP growth for the year ended 2020 has been projected to be between -5.3% to -7.8% depending on the source. Yet, these forecasts are less concerning than those for other countries with stricter Covid restrictions. The US GDP is projected to shrink by about 7.3 to 8.5% and the UK by a disheartening 11 to 14%. Between April and June, Sweden’s economy contracted by 8.6%, which is still below the European Union’s 11.6%, Spain’s 18.5%, and France’s 13.8%.


South Dakota’s labor market has also rebounded and its unemployment rate has consistently remained below the national average. Job openings are up by 4.7% since SD’s pre-pandemic peak in job openings on March 19. According to the Minneapolis Fed, South Dakota also had the fewest low-income job losses of any state in its region.

South Dakota’s unemployment rate reached its height in April at 10.9% but has lowered since to 6% in July. Although Sweden’s unemployment rate appears to be on an upward trajectory with its highest point being just above 9%, the Nordic country and Great Plains state do not come close to the US unemployment rate peak of 14.7% or California’s at 16.4%, both having much higher stringencies than Sweden and South Dakota.


While other states are experiencing significant declines in tourism, South Dakota faced the third lowest decline in domestic bookings behind Montana and Wyoming. Governor Noem acknowledged South Dakota’s achievement, commenting that city life is not perfect, inviting people from around the world to visit South Dakota.

Despite South Dakota’s low population density, South Dakotans have mitigated the Covid-19 spread and seen positive economic outcomes. States with stricter pandemic restrictions, on the other hand, are experiencing slower (if any) economic recoveries.

The table below compares eight states with varying stringency indexes and aims to show the different metrics that may be correlated with state stringency. The stringency index demonstrates states’ levels of severity in response to Covid-19 on a scale of 0 to 100 with 100 being the most severe. 

The indexes below represent each state at its highest stringency point.

Unlike South Dakota, states including Washington, Oregon, Maine, New York, California, and Idaho chose to implement many Covid restriction policies including statewide stay-at-home orders and mandatory indoor masking, yet nevertheless have experienced higher case and death counts per capita. Although it would be fair to say that South Dakota has low figures because of its low population density, other states with low population densities – Oregon, Maine, and Idaho for example – are experiencing worse economic outcomes.

Oregon and Idaho have seen almost twice the amount of Covid-19 cases, more than twice the amount of deaths, and higher death rates compared to South Dakota. Oregon’s Q1 GDP decreased by 4.4% and Idaho’s by 4.1% (compared to South Dakota’s 2.2% decrease). 

Agriculture is the top industry for Oregon and South Dakota. South Dakota’s agricultural industry saw a 0.67% increase in Q1, whereas Oregon’s decreased by 0.13% and Idaho’s by -0.57%. The stock prices of Oregon’s three top companies—Intel, Nike, and Columbia Sportswear—have plummeted as well.

Although Maine has maintained a low infection rate, the state’s economy is suffering with a Q1 2020 GDP decline of -6.30% and a slightly higher unemployment rate of 6.50% (compared to South Dakota’s 6.30%).

Month-over-month unemployment rates differ between states as well. Oregon’s unemployment peaked in April at 14.9%, which is higher than both the United States’ peak of 14.7% in April 2020 and South Dakota’s of 10.9%. While Idaho is an outlier in maintaining a generally low unemployment rate, more stringent states are experiencing greater rates of unemployment. 

Iowa, which was also never locked down, shows an unemployment rate that is low; close to South Dakota’s. California, at the higher end of the stringency index (75) with indefinite lockdowns imposed on an economy the size of France’s, suffered an unemployment rate topping 16.4%.

The table above illustrates another relevant point. Although only 0.7% of Oregon’s population has been sick with coronavirus, the damage to GDP and high unemployment may over time outweigh their relative Covid-19 mitigation. South Dakota and Iowa, with slightly higher infection rates, are seeing more robust economic outcomes and fewer social effects.

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the accommodation and food services and the arts, entertainment, and recreation industries all suffered greatly in Q1 2020. The table below also suggests a link between higher stringency policies and consequent decreases in industry GDPs.

Encouraging the gathering and dissemination of local information, in order to facilitate personal risk assessments – all the while encouraging the truly vulnerable to protect themselves – is producing better economic and social outcomes: in South Dakota as compared to other US states, and in Sweden among nations.

Public officials at the local, state, and national levels frequently fail to realize that policies require making tradeoffs: not least of which when instituting disease mitigation measures. This has been profoundly illustrated during the course of the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The perceived lockdowns have incurred tremendous economic and social costs which, it is increasingly clear, are outweighing and will over time continue to outweigh their purported benefits. Among those difficult to see and long-term costs: widespread, substandard educational outcomes; parents and extended families sacrificing work and consumption to care for children; long-term unemployment and underemployment; the irrevocable destruction of capital and know-how; rising divorce rates; child and spousal abuse; addiction (alcohol and drug abuse), and increases in the rate of suicide.

South Dakotans and Swedes, nevertheless, have understood – even if not completely, but better than nearly anywhere else – that the costs of stringent coronavirus policies are immense compared to the benefits. All states but seven issued stay-at-home orders in some capacity, and the US is bearing the costs associated with them. The BEA currently estimates that US Q2 2020 GDP fell by a staggering 32.9%.

Now more than ever, Americans need to follow and cite the examples set by both South Dakota at home and Sweden abroad: examples steeped in our founding traditions of liberty, trust, and common sense.

Published:9/18/2020 4:17:47 PM
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[Markets] "We House-Arrested Some Folks!" "We House-Arrested Some Folks!" Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 16:20

Authored by Tom Luongo via Gold, Goats, 'n Guns blog,

Being a vandal and a politician, but I repeat myself, means having zero shame.

Case in point the leadership of the City of Nashville. They were caught red-handed suppressing the data of COVID-19 transmissions to support their draconian business closure edicts.

And yet they still persist in demanding citizens commit economic hari kiri and cover their faces to keep them from losing theirs.

Having first implemented contact tracing measures of dubious legality and then finding out that bars and restaurants were not major vectors of virus transmission the Mayor’s Office chose to keep this information from the public, according to a report from local FOX 17 news.

This is yet another example of a Democrat Mayor in a major U.S. city acting suspiciously during a public health situation which has turned our entire society upside down.

And it is not hard to believe that it was done for purely political purposes.

Mayor Bill DeBlasio in New York City still doesn’t want the city to return to any semblance of normalcy because he’s still hoping that the second wave of COVID-19 will sweep through, like the Angel of Death during Passover, and smite all the non-believers into oblivion, or at least scare them enough not to vote for Donald Trump.

It is truly sickening to watch this pathetic psycho-drama play out and it means there should be criminal charges filed against cities and states which caused material harm to millions of Americans during this sad period of U.S. history.

Trump the Second doesn’t go far enough in his condemnation of this behavior. It isn’t just jobs and/or businesses. Those jobs and businesses represent significant portions of people’s lives.

Property isn’t just some artificial construct of the patriarchy it is truly a physical manifestation of a person’s past decisions with his most precious natural resource… time.

And the Mayor’s office of Nashville decided to value that time and effort of countless people as worth nothing in the face of his political needs to oust Donald Trump from power.

Criminal charges for the Mayor and his staff is a bare minimum for this. Then the civil suits to bankrupt him and his staff to make the barest minimum of restitution.

This story broke at the same time that Attorney General, William Barr put these lock downs in their proper legal and historical context. Barr understands just what was done here and is willing to say what needs to be said.

Barr’s point isn’t just valid it is the only reasonable way to look at the willful destruction of millions of lives by government edict. Like it or not slavery was a feature of the time it was practiced in the U.S.

It’s still practiced today in parts of the world, FYI. But all we can do here in the U.S. is screech incoherently about rectifying a past through some adolescent purity test.

But, slavery is also fundamentally alive in the misbegotten ideas behind the social contract which states that the society has a claim against another man’s labor that isn’t accounted for in his previously-engaged economic transactions.

It is patent nonsense promulgated through neo-Keynesian economists and neo-Marxists who argue government’s role is to account for unpaid externalities of the free market.

What they fail to mention is that it is government itself which creates those unpaid externalities by writing rules which allow actors — be they corporations, city governments or individuals — to be exempt from the harm they cause and socializing the costs.

It is this fundamental tautology that under-girds the entire edifice of the Progressive’s obsession with taxes. Moreover, by creating these centralized systems of regulation they remove the free market’s ability to accurately price any of these so-called unpaid externalities in the first place.

This is why, in the end, every government intervention into the free market eventually necessitates a even greater one in the future to fix the mess created by the previous one.

No other institution of modern society is more indicative of this than the government’s police forces. And it is for this reason that I’m happy to have the conversation about reforming and re-imagining our policing practices here in the U.S.

Not the least of which reason is that it gives shameless vandals like Bill DeBlasio untold power to inflict mindless tyranny on a citizenry he openly despises.

Slavery is an abhorrent institution. No man should have to live under the boot heel of another. It doesn’t all of a sudden become the height of morality because 50.001% of a population showed up at a particular time to pick a person to decide on who holds society’s shackles.

Now, Bill Barr is no raging libertarian or anything but he is fundamentally right when he says that locking down entire populations, putting them effectively under house arrest is wrong. It’s not for the government to decide how much risk you can or should take in any situation like this.

And Barr holding up this end of the argument is frankly refreshing, because while there may have been truly terrifying consequences had COVID-19 turned out to be close to as deadly as advertised, the long-term costs for those who survive it are immeasurable and, frankly, unacceptable in any way if we are to still consider ourselves a free and liberal society.

And it’s clear from the hysterics over his comments that his political opponents are more than happy to throw that freedom under the bus to achieve their political goals, i.e. ousting him and President Trump from power.

Having destroyed a lot of the connective tissue of the U.S. economy and society the vandals in charge of this operation continue their shameless pursuit of leveraging their unpriced externalities to the limit to exercise their power.

It is everywhere we look today and it’s why I continue to tell people that the only way out of this is through it, to continue looking for inflection points in the Culture War that are resonant and keep stocking up on those things you can control and which only you are responsible for.

And you wonder why this blog is called Gold Goats ‘n Guns?

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Published:9/18/2020 3:44:27 PM
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[Markets] Stocks Suffer Longest-Losing Streak In Over A Year As Dollar Dump Continues Stocks Suffer Longest-Losing Streak In Over A Year As Dollar Dump Continues Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 16:00

Stocks are down for the 3rd week in a row - yeah we know!!! - leaving levered-call-buying RH'ers facing something they likely haven't seen in their trading careers (this is the longest losing streak since August 2019)...

The Dow ended the week almost perfectly unchanged.

This leaves The Dow down over 3% YTD and the S&P 500 up just over 2% YTD...

Source: Bloomberg

Is it time for The Fed to start "getting back to work" on their balance sheet now that rates are impotent...

Source: Bloomberg

All that 'work' and "you get nothing"...

The Nasdaq 100 is down over 12% from record highs (so much for BTFD)...

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed below their 40DMAs. Small Caps managed to bounce off the 50DMA (after breaking below) and The Dow bounced perfectly off it...

FANG Stocks plunged to their lowest since late July (down 17% from the highs)...

Source: Bloomberg

Very choppy week in quant-factor land with Value and momentum swapping places day after day...

Source: Bloomberg

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Source: Bloomberg

And the Gamma pivoted around 270 Strike for Nasdaq QQQ...

Despite equity weakness, Treasury yields rose very modestly on the week...

Source: Bloomberg

The Dollar Index fell this week, after two weeks of gains...

Source: Bloomberg

Cryptos were largely higher on the week (Litecoin lower), led by Bitcoin

Source: Bloomberg

Bitcoin was, however, unable to hold on to $11k...

Source: Bloomberg

Oil dominated commodity-land with copper also higher and PMs marginally so...

Source: Bloomberg

Gold remains increasingly range bound...

And a big reversal in WTI (back above $41)...

Ags had a huge week as Corn, Soybeans soared on China chatter...

Source: Bloomberg

Finally, 1930 called again...

Source: Bloomberg

Published:9/18/2020 3:13:24 PM
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[Markets] Bitcoin & The Tragedy Of Monopolized Fiat Money Bitcoin & The Tragedy Of Monopolized Fiat Money Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 15:35

Authored by Jeffrey Wernick, op-ed via,

Why the government should make a monetary transition to Bitcoin, and the problems that cryptocurrency would help solve, such as preemptive war and national debt.

image courtesy of CoinTelegraph

As an anarcho-capitalist, I hold that property rights are sacred and that violence is acceptable only when our natural rights, as embedded and enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, are under a direct and imminent threat, and only in self-defense. I might be the first anarchist, anarcho-capitalist, or minarchist you’ve ever met. Those labels may sound scary to some — that’s fine.

Democrats and Republicans call each other scary names all the time, too. But all my labels mean is that I believe in a monetary system that presumes freedom more consistently than that which is advocated by a typical Libertarian. I identify as such due to a moral judgment I made, one that I arrived at after observing the results of our country’s fiat paper money, odious debt and central banking system. After analyzing these with reference to foundational concepts and principles of economics, I think others will see the generally accepted alternative of Democrat socialism vs. Republican capitalism as I do.

Since it is no longer backed by a valuable commodity such as gold, our currency is subject to manipulation and valuation based on the level of “trust” in its value. That, in large part, means trust in government. But upon what record of honesty and integrity do you trust the government? Most people who have witnessed government mismanagement and corruption of all matters — big and small — are rightfully skeptical. But they do not often view the money in their wallet with the same degree of skepticism. And that’s a mistake.

A lack of skepticism about fiat money

Two recently published studies produced by Brown University estimate the cost of the War on Terror since Sept. 11, 2001 at $6.4 trillion and more than 800,000 lives, half of which were civilians. Adding indirect deaths as a consequence of the war, the number of lives lost climbs to 3.1 million. If they knew these numbers at the time of deciding to go to war, would Congress and the American people still have believed our actions would produce the most cost-effective results, worthy of that human sacrifice? Surely not. We were all manipulated, during a time when our emotions were prepotent and information was scarce, we were pressured by patriotism, and we believed our fiat paper currency could help us afford it. We were wrong.

Hard money regimes are abandoned in wartime, because the debasement of money is a prerequisite of most wars. An honest currency system backed by Bitcoin (BTC) or gold would require Americans to explicitly consent and confirm their willingness to pay for military aggression, as well as all other routine functions of government and the private sector.

An honest currency demands that, when we go to war, we have skin in the game. It’s a small sacrifice to write an IOU for other people’s money, but people more carefully reflect upon the cost and benefits of a purchase when they see their budget shrink in real time.

Bitcoin functions as a reserve currency, denationalized and therefore detached from government manipulation. When it first emerged during the 2008 global financial crisis, banks did not trust each other’s balance sheets and would not lend to each other, which exposed the fragility of markets for traditional fiat currency. If our markets were not manipulated by the central bank, the time preference of money would not be perverted, and our preferences for consumption today vs. saving for tomorrow would be reflected in interest rates.

Prior to the creation of the Federal Reserve, the government did not spend much as a portion of gross domestic product, and private savings rates were high. People invested, bought real estate and deposited money in the bank, accumulating wealth through the power of compound interest. Inflation and interest were under control. However, since 1971, we have abandoned all sense of market discipline and substituted central bank discretion in its place. And fiscal policy, no longer encumbered by its tie to a supply of physical gold, became more interventionist: Governments borrowed more, companies borrowed more. As a result, we all owed more, because all debt eventually flows down to the individual. We may not feel it, but we pay it.

What economists say about money

John Exter, ex-vice-president of the New York Federal Reserve, wrote in 1971:

“Today no money in the world fully performs all three services. National currencies are being used as means-of-payment and standard-of-value money, but none in this inflationary age is an assured store-of-value money. [...] Commodities like gold and silver, which are being used as store-of-value money, are not being used as either means-of-payment or standard-of-value money.”

Other economists agree. Adam Smith, the father of the modern political economy, said:

“All money is a matter of belief.”

When he was a congressman of Nebraska, Howard Buffett, father of Warren Buffet, argued that “paper money systems have always wound up with collapse and economic chaos.” Further, a recent Bank for International Settlements report concluded that the unprecedented growth in central banks’ balance sheets has had an adverse impact on the functioning of capital markets.

In other words: Financial markets are dysfunctional, they no longer price risk appropriately, and they pervert the allocation of capital. They exacerbate inequality and, at the same time, make us all poorer.

Why use Bitcoin?

If all Americans had used Bitcoin in 2001, we would have had to consent to taxation in order to fund the war-on-terror, therefore immediately feeling the impact of that decision. On the flipside, the value of savings would also be realized, allowing us to better appreciate the effect of adopting a sensible energy policy along with a more efficient allocation of other resources. Prices would again function as a representation of our individual preferences rather than government promises.

Most importantly, using Bitcoin forces us to weigh the options of war and welfare. Using the figures stated above, for example, we would have had to decide if it was worth spending $800,000 per person killed.

With respect to debt manipulation, note that not all debts are the same. Some debt lays the foundation for future returns that will exceed the cost of infrastructure. Other debts will never be repaid, referred to as odious debt.

All debt issued by the U.S. government is odious debt. According to Alexander Nahum Sack in 1927, odious debt is issued by the state to strengthen its power and repress the population. The central bank is aware, as are Wall Street banks, that the spending is profligate, especially hostile debt incurred to prosecute wars. Few believe we can grow ourselves out of this hole, and some want to roll it over into perpetuity. Many advocates of Free Lunch economics believe the State can continually issue debt without limit, because there is no limit to future cash flows collected through increased taxes.

While the debate rages on, so does the debt. And, for many people, the size of the debt no longer has any meaning. The numbers are too large to grasp. They’ve never been asked to sacrifice anything as a result of it, and they cannot imagine what their quality of life would be, living in a country without it.

How can so many Democrats and Republicans believe that there is no limit to indebtedness? No limit to the growth of central banks’ balance sheets? That, somehow, increased market concentration and further concentration of economic and political power combined with very little investment and low productivity growth, will make us wealthy?

Fiat paper money exists only through the monopolistic force of the state. Paper money is dishonest, corrupt, deceitful, and is managed by a cartel. Distrust and power are its currency. The use of fiat money requires permission. It is always subject to confiscation and surrender.

Bitcoin does not allow odious debt and debt that is not explicitly agreed to. It has other attractive features as well: immutability, decentralization, privacy and scarcity; easy to divide and easy to transfer; there’s no need for an intermediary, no need for permission; no one can debase it and no authority controls it; and lastly, the ledger does not lie.

I believe we are in the early stages of forming a new social consensus — a trust revolution. It will be a global one, independent of geography, religion, nationality, culture, ethnicity or gender.

Denationalized money like Bitcoin is an investment in social consciousness. It fosters voluntary trade, it forces the market to celebrate wins and acknowledge losses, and brings more individual control over how we assign prices to the things we value — including our very lives.

Published:9/18/2020 2:44:45 PM
[Markets] How the Trump administration ban on TikTok could create a security problem for users The same order is blocking downloads of WeChat, owned by Tencent Holdings, also based in China.
Published:9/18/2020 2:44:45 PM
[IJR] GOP Candidate Kim Klacik Argues Trump Has Shown the ‘Opposite of Racism’ "And from what I can tell, the president's been doing a great job, especially for the Black community." Published:9/18/2020 2:44:45 PM
[] Burn Loot Murder Declares "George Floyd Autonomous Zone" in Minneapolis and Begins Beating the Shit Out of Law-Abiding Citizens Trapped Within It Weird how Burn Loot Murder claims it's against violence by police officers against those who resist lawful arrest, and then immediately starts beating people to death for not respecting their made-up authority to make unlawful arrests. That is weird, right?... Published:9/18/2020 2:44:45 PM
[] Florida Man Friday: I'm Begging You to Never Pose as a Cop and Pull Over a Cop (Again) Published:9/18/2020 2:13:06 PM
[Markets] Facebook Sued In Federal Court For "Spying" On Instagram Users Through Camera  Facebook Sued In Federal Court For "Spying" On Instagram Users Through Camera  Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 14:50

In August, Facebook was accused of illegally harvesting the biometric data of users from its photo-sharing app Instagram. Now the social media giant is being sued again, this time for spying on Instagram users through their smartphone cameras, reported Bloomberg.

The new lawsuit, filed Thursday (Sept. 17) in federal court in San Francisco by Instagram user Brittany Condi, claims Facebook gained access to Instagram users' smartphone cameras without their permission. She alleges Facebook spied on users to collect "lucrative and valuable data on its users that it would not otherwise have access to."

By "obtaining extremely private and intimate personal data on their users, including in the privacy of their own homes," Instagram and Facebook collected "valuable insights and market research," the complaint said. 

The suit follows media reports from July when a "bug" in Instagram's code led users to believe the app was turning on their cameras without permission.  Some users, according to The Independent's story in July, said they noticed a green indicator (seen below) at the top of their iPhone's Control Panel that showed the camera was activated. Users believed Instagram had been spying on them. 

Instagram was quick to debunk the spying, indicating it was merely an error: 

"We only access your camera when you tell us to — for example, when you swipe from Feed to Camera. We found and are fixing a bug in iOS 14 Beta that mistakenly indicates that some people are using the camera when they aren't," a spokesperson told The Verge in mid-July. 

"We do not access your camera in those instances, and no content is recorded."

In another suit, in August, Facebook was accused of using facial-recognition technology to collect biometric data of users. Facebook has denied the accusations. 

And what is Facebook really up to? Is Facebook really harvesting biometric data and spying on users? 

We pointed out as early as December 2017 that Facebook could be using users' phones and microphones to spy on users.

And in 2018, the creep factor with Facebook increased, as they wanted to spy on people by hiding inaudible messages in TV ads.

Stay tuned. The pending lawsuits against Facebook could provide valuable insight into what social media companies are really doing with users' private data... 

Published:9/18/2020 2:13:05 PM
[Campus] Legal Group: Zoom and California University in Violation of U.S. Law for Hosting Forum With Terrorist

Lawyers petitioned the Trump administration to penalize the Zoom meeting platform and a San Francisco university for hosting an upcoming event with a Palestinian terrorist, a forum that they say violates American sanctions laws.

The post Legal Group: Zoom and California University in Violation of U.S. Law for Hosting Forum With Terrorist appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:9/18/2020 2:13:05 PM
[Politics] Treasury Probing 'Rampant Racism' Claims at US Mint Investigators at the Treasury Department are probing allegations of "rampant racism" at the U.S. Mint. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Black employees wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other officials in June and have met with them on... Published:9/18/2020 2:13:05 PM
[Markets] Hold on tight as we enter the last hour of trading on a quadruple witching day Hold on tight as we enter the last hour of trading on a quadruple witching day Published:9/18/2020 2:13:05 PM
[Uncategorized] BLM Protesters Target Georgetown CVS Because Employees Called Police on Shoplifters

A woman took videos of her ambushing the CVS clerk and the cops.

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Published:9/18/2020 2:13:05 PM
[Volokh Conspiracy] [Eugene Volokh] "In the Matter of the Disinterment of Warren G. Harding, Deceased" Yes, that's a real case; here's the opening paragraph of the applicant's reply brief: Applicant James Blaesing's ("Applicant") efforts to collect DNA from President Warren Harding's remains present a unique disinterment scenario. This is not a dispute over a decedent's final resting place or a battle over estate proceeds. This is an attempt by President… Published:9/18/2020 2:13:05 PM
[Entertainment] 5 of the Most Hilarious Celebrity Game Face Moments Celebrity Game Face, Raven, Jamie Chung, Terry BradshawJust when you think Celebrity Game Face can't get any funnier, it does. Thursday, Sept. 17's episode of the Kevin Hart-hosted E! special featured celebrity pairs Terry Bradshaw...
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[Markets] Earnings Outlook: Nike earnings preview: Orders canceled and retail partnerships cut but Nike is a ‘winner,’ analysts say Analysts say demand is high for Nike merchandise, which bodes well for fiscal year 2021.
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[Politics] Did Princeton Secretly Want To Get Caught? Maybe Princeton wanted to get caught. How else to explain the open letter that the university's president, Christopher Eisgruber, published earlier this month? The epistle claims that "racism and the damage it does to people of color persist at Princeton" and that "racist assumptions" are "embedded in structures of the University itself." This from a Princeton president who is also a lawyer. What in the world could he have been thinking? Now, in any event, the Education Department in Washington... Published:9/18/2020 2:13:05 PM
[] Trump: Ilhan Omar Is a 'Horrible Woman Who Hates Our Country' -- So Why Do Americans Vote for Her? Published:9/18/2020 1:42:51 PM
[Automotive] Battery tech superstars JB Straubel of Redwood Materials, Celina Mikolajczak of Panasonic coming to TC Mobility 2020 It was a trickle at first that has evolved into a slow and steady stream. Now, a wave of new electric vehicles is building, promising to deliver an unprecedented number of models to North America, Europe and China over the next two to three years. There might not be a better time to dig into […] Published:9/18/2020 1:42:50 PM
[Entertainment] Lady Gaga Tackles "Very Personal" Mental Health Journey in New "911" Short Film Lady Gaga, 911Lady Gaga is getting personal in her latest work of art. On Friday, Sept. 18, the Grammy winner released a powerful new short film for her song "911" on...
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[Entertainment] What to watch this weekend: The 53rd season premiere of ‘60 Minutes’ Saturday September 19 and Sunday September 20, 2020 | The Emmy Awards on ABC. Published:9/18/2020 1:42:50 PM
[Politics] Trump Slams Bloomberg: 'Mini Mike' Is 'Looking for a Job' President Donald Trump blasted former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for donating to Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden's campaign, claiming Bloomberg is "looking for a job" in a tweet on Friday. "Mini Mike Bloomberg, after making a total fool of himself as he... Published:9/18/2020 1:42:50 PM
[Society] Black Lives Matter Linked to 91% of Riots Over 3 Months, Study Finds

The Black Lives Matter movement is linked to more than 9 in 10 riots across the country, according to a recent study. The U.S. experienced... Read More

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Published:9/18/2020 1:42:50 PM
[Markets] Here's what the Trump administration's ban on TikTok will mean for you Here's what the Trump administration's ban on TikTok will mean for you Published:9/18/2020 1:42:50 PM
[Markets] Goldman Made $100 Million Trading Tesla Options, Converts In Recent Months Goldman Made $100 Million Trading Tesla Options, Converts In Recent Months Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 14:30

Over the past 6 months, special attention has been paid to Tesla and - more specifically - euphoric call-buying in the name that undoubtedly helped propel a gamma squeeze that has seen Tesla's equity scorch higher since the beginning of the year (something we discussed first in May in "Are Mysterious Call Option Purchases Forcing Tesla Stock Higher?").

Weeks ago we learned that Softbank was helping along the broader market rally with a strategy of buying OTM call spreads in a handful of high beta tech stocks - a strategy that netted Softbank upwards of $4 billion.

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Now it appears as though Goldman Sachs may be cashing in on a similar strategy.

According to IFR Reuters, the investment bank made about $100 million trading Tesla alone over the last several months. The bank was engaged in trades that included "stock options, providing financing secured against Tesla’s shares, and buying and selling its convertible bonds," according to Bloomberg.

Goldman's equity trading desk doesn't deal with retail investors. But the sizeable revenues it raked in show how the investment bank's traders still managed to profit from these extraordinary market moves, in part through using derivatives to position for an upswing in Tesla shares, sources said.

In addition to making buck in Tesla calls, the vampire squid also made it rain buying and selling Tesla converts (which have a face value of over US$4bn), whose prices climbed sharply this summer as the company's shares rocketed. Goldman bankers also made money providing financing secured against shares in the company, or as it is also known, "corporate equity derivatives deals" involving Tesla. That is an umbrella term for a range of transactions – including margin loans, or lending money against a company's shares – which usually involve providing financing against large equity stakes, IFR reported.

The action from Softbank acted as a "tailwind" for the company - and ultimately for Goldman, as well - as option missiles fired across the tech sector helped the broader market rise before the NASDAQ dropped about 12% from highs earlier this month. 

According to the report, in a time when single stock option volumes exploded 3x in the second quarter compared to the same period last year, the surge in Tesla option volumes was even more remarkable - $1.45 trillion in July, up more than 10x from $124 billion in July of last year. Amazon was the "second largest beneficiary" of the options trading, Reuters notes, seeing activity rise from $632 billion to $1.48 trillion over the same period. 

These imbalances occurred over the summer, where volume is notoriously low in equity markets. In simple terms, as best as we can understand: major financial institutions seem to be undertaking equity manipulation via the relfexivity of options market (where the tail literally wags the dog) as an actual trading strategy now.

Call us old fashioned, but whatever happened to the good old days of banks simply trading on material non-public information?

Published:9/18/2020 1:42:50 PM
[Law Enforcement] Inside the Free State of George Floyd (Scott Johnson) The degradation and decline of the city of Minneapolis proceed apace. 5 Eyewitness News has posted the report by Jay Kolls (video below) from inside the city’s “autonomous zone,” a/k/a the Free State of George Floyd. Whatever you do, you don’t want to be in need of police help in the Free State of George Floyd — Marcia Howard to the contrary notwithstanding. Compare and contrast Kolls’s report with the Published:9/18/2020 1:42:50 PM
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[National Security] Trump Administration Set to Ban TikTok and WeChat

The Trump administration is set to ban downloads of China-based social media apps TikTok and WeChat, the Department of Commerce announced Friday.

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Published:9/18/2020 1:13:06 PM
[Markets] Wall Street Losses Accelerate as Tech Slides in Volatile Trading Stocks fall sharply amid signs of a patchy U.S. recovery and as global coronavirus infections have begun surging again. Published:9/18/2020 1:13:06 PM
[Politics] Jerusalem Post: Kushner, Peace Team Most Influential Jews White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and the other members of President Donald Trump's Middle East peace team are the most influential Jews in the world, according to the Jerusalem Post. The paper ranked the team at No. 1 on its list, saying the work it did to broker a... Published:9/18/2020 1:13:06 PM
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[Politics] How the Trump Republican Tax Cuts Are Helping Minnesota Published:9/18/2020 1:13:06 PM
[Markets] Massive Sell Program Slams S&P500 Below 3300 Massive Sell Program Slams S&P500 Below 3300 Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 13:59

Just as were bringing readers a warning from BMO technician Russ Visch that a drop below 3,310 in the S&P would breach the mid-September support and open a door for a retest of 3,233...

... a massive selling program hit at exactly 1:30pm, which sent the NYSE TICK index (number of securities trading on an uptick less trading on a downtick) to session lows of -1,713...

... which together with yesterday's morning wholesale dump which saw the TICK open the puke-like -1,897, was the biggest program selling going all the way back to the mid-June dump.

Curiously, just moments before the sell program hit, the VIX - which had been trading rangebound all day despite the market weakness in yet another quirk of quad-witching - spiked, potentially triggering the sharp cross-asset selloff and while bonds remain unchanged even the dollar is starting to move (higher).

The 1:30pm sell program was notable because coming on the already twitchy quad-witching day, it pushed the S&P below 3,300 - almost as if that was the intention - with the EMini suddenly dumping 20 points in bidless action before the S&P future recovered around 3,280, the lowest level since early August.

And so with 3,300 now in the rearview mirror, the onus is now on the Robinhood BTFD crew to show that they can prop up the market in a time when the Fed's dedication to the bullish cause is suddenly in question.

Published:9/18/2020 1:13:06 PM
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[Uncategorized] Minneapolis City Council Dumbfounded Over Rise in Crime Months After Voting to Dismantle Police Department

Do you want the police or not? Make up your minds.

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Published:9/18/2020 12:43:06 PM
[National Security] Chinese Communist Party Document Details Scope of Uighur Labor Camps

A new Chinese Communist Party document revealed details about the scope and size of labor and reeducation camps for Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region, The Guardian reported Friday.

The post Chinese Communist Party Document Details Scope of Uighur Labor Camps appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:9/18/2020 12:43:06 PM
[Entertainment] Jane Fonda Recalls Telling Kim Kardashian She Has a "Beautiful" Butt Kim Kardashian and Jane FondaJane Fonda likes beautiful butts and she cannot lie. Throughout her long career in Hollywood, the A-list actress has had the opportunity to meet some fabulous people. And while appearing...
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[Politics] Poll: Trump Approval Highest Since Impeachment Inquiry Announced Fifty-three percent of likely voters approve of President Donald Trump's job performance, according to the Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll released on Friday. Forty-six percent disapprove of the way he is handling his job. His approval rating is the best it... Published:9/18/2020 12:43:05 PM
[Markets] Why are older workers staying on the job longer? The answer isn't what you think Why are older workers staying on the job longer? The answer isn't what you think Published:9/18/2020 12:43:05 PM
[Automotive] Zoox becomes fourth company to land driverless testing permit in California Zoox, the automated vehicle technology startup that was acquired by Amazon this year, has been issued a permit from California regulators that will allow it to test driverless vehicles on public roads. The permit is not for all public roads in the state, but it’s still notable considering the company will be able to test […] Published:9/18/2020 12:43:05 PM
[8a71929d-76c8-5975-aff3-b994a5c64c24] Andy Puzder: Trump vs. Biden in first debte — Here's why the president needs to really prepare Joe Biden is an experienced and talented debater. Remember his debate against Paul Ryan? Published:9/18/2020 12:43:05 PM
[Markets] "We Are Headed For The Worst Of The Worst" Week For Markets "We Are Headed For The Worst Of The Worst" Week For Markets Tyler Durden Fri, 09/18/2020 - 13:35

Earlier today we laid out the views of Nomura's Charlie McElligott who discussed why 270 in the QQQs is the "line in the sand" for dealers, as a drop below this "trigger" level could open a trapdoor for markets leading to "things getting sloppy to the downside into next week."

BMO's Russ Visch picks up on the theme of imminent market weakness, and on Friday morning writes that "we are in the worst calendar month of the year for equities both here and in the U.S. and it’s not even close. In addition, the week following the September quadruple witching has also been one of the most consistently negative weeks of the year with the S&P 500 closing lower nearly 80% of the time over the past 30 years."

So, as he puts it, "we’re headed right into the worst of the worst, so to speak."

Looking at a chart, this means that to expect more downside "since momentum gauges remain mostly negative" and should the S&P close below the mid-September low at 3310, that would open the door for a test of next support at 3233:

Similarly for the Nasdaq, should support at 10,850 fail (as it has already done today), a drop to 9,838 is possible:

But before BMO's clients freak out and dump everything, Visch has some soothing words: the pain won't last, and the market's trend in the medium-term remains up: 

The reality is that so far, the correction that’s been underway since the beginning of September has played in the manner we’ve expected. It’s driven largely by the wildly overextended mega-cap growth names which are having an outsized impact on the major averages (SPX: - 6.43%, Nasdaq -9.64%) while the vast majority of stocks are holding up just fine. (Russell 2000 -3.32%, NYSE Composite -2.64%.)

In essence, Visch concludes, "the market is letting some “steam” out of the areas that need it the most." And while he would still allow for more weakness in line with seasonal headwinds that stretch out into October, "so far nothing about this pullback has us concerned about the broader, bullish backdrop."


Published:9/18/2020 12:43:05 PM
[Markets] Dow Jones Sinks as Analyst Warns on Apple and Microsoft Valuations; Home Depot Stock Slumps on Slowdown Fears Apple and Microsoft stocks are historically expensive, and Home Depot's epic sales growth may not last. Published:9/18/2020 12:43:05 PM
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[IJR] House Dems Demand an Investigation Into Barr Over Election Influence "Attorney General Barr has signaled repeatedly that he is likely to allow DOJ to take prosecutorial actions, make public disclosures, and even issue reports before the presidential election in November." Published:9/18/2020 12:43:05 PM
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