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[Trump Administration] President Donald Trump’s Schedule for Saturday, November 17, 2018

By R. Mitchell -

President Donald Trump will visit California to survey the damage done by the catastrophic wildfires and meet with first responders. Keep up with Trump on President Trump’s Schedule Page. President Trump’s schedule for 11/17/18 All Times EST 7:00 AM Depart the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews – South Lawn/Marine One 7:10 ...

President Donald Trump’s Schedule for Saturday, November 17, 2018 is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust.

Published:11/17/2018 1:06:29 AM
[PAID] Crunch Time for Brexit: What U.S. Investors Need to Know Theresa May’s plan to exit the European Union looks troubled, and the speculation about what could come next has been frenzied. Yet U.K. multinationals and some other British stocks still look attractive. Published:11/17/2018 12:07:45 AM
[topics:in-the-news/brexit-negotiations] Watch Westminster's tumultuous week unfold as Theresa May's Brexit plan kickstarts rebellion Published:11/17/2018 12:07:45 AM
[PAID] Google's Cloud-Computing Boss Steps Down Google said its top cloud-computing executive is departing the company and will be replaced by a former executive of business software rival Oracle Corp. Published:11/16/2018 11:38:50 PM
[PAID] The Gerrymander Excuse Implodes Democrats’ total vote share roughly matches their House majority. Published:11/16/2018 11:38:50 PM
[worldNews] CIA believes Saudi crown prince ordered journalist's killing: sources The CIA believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, complicating President Donald Trump's efforts to preserve ties with a key U.S. ally.
Published:11/16/2018 11:38:49 PM
[topics:people/donald-trump] California wildfire death toll reaches 71 as number missing rises to 1000 Published:11/16/2018 11:38:49 PM
[Entertainment] Amanda Knox is engaged to boyfriend Christopher Robinson after space alien proposal Seven years after leaving an Italian prison for a wrongful murder conviction, Amanda Knox is engaged to longtime-boyfriend Christopher Robinson.
     
 
 
Published:11/16/2018 11:38:49 PM
[topics:people/donald-trump] Donald Trump brags about answering Mueller probe questions Published:11/16/2018 11:05:22 PM
[worldNews] U.S.-China divisions take center stage at APEC summit The United States and China swapped barbs over trade, investment and regional security at an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit on Saturday, as growing fault lines among members suggested little prospect of consensus at the weekend meeting.
Published:11/16/2018 11:05:22 PM
[Politics] Oops!! The executive who CANCELED ROSEANNE has RESIGNED from ABC!! It looks like ABC is regretting the decision made to cancel Roseanne after the racially charged tweet she sent. From Entertainment Weekly: Channing Dungey, the ABC Entertainment president who made the bold . . . Published:11/16/2018 10:35:03 PM
[Middle Column] Warmist Bill McKibben: ‘How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet’ – ‘Large tracts of the earth are at risk of becoming uninhabitable’ – The New Yorker
Published:11/16/2018 10:35:03 PM
[Markets] Is The Gaza Ceasefire The End For Netanyahu?

Authored by Tom Luongo,

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” 
H. L. Mencken

The resignation of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman over the terms of the ceasefire with Palestinians in Gaza has thrown Israeli politics into real turmoil.  

Depending on whose analysis of this situation you read you may be tempted to see this as a good thing or a bad thing. 

Bernard at Moon of Alabama sees a weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being forced to sue of peace after the upgraded response from Gaza.  From MoA:

The short conflict demonstrated that:

  • Israel is deterred. It does not want to launch another war on Gaza.

  • The siege of Gaza, by Israel, Egypt and by the Palestinian authority under Mahmoud Abbas, failed. The reputational cost of the siege became too high after Israel killed some 160 Palestinians during weekly protests along the demarcation fence. It had to allow diesel fuel and money from Qatar to reach Gaza.

  • The siege failed to prevent that Islamic Jihad, Hamas and other groups acquired a larger number of missiles and other new capabilities.

  • The Palestinians in Gaza are united. The resistance against the occupation is alive and well.

This leaves Netanyahu scrambling to fend off snap elections and the rise of the even more hard-line Naftali Bennett who has threatened Bibi’s coalition outright unless he is made Defense Minister, replacing Lieberman.

MoA sees Netanyahu in a very precarious position, which he is, and will be forced to placate Bennett or risk a snap election that could see his government fall.

And it is on this point that Mintpressnews’s Whitney Webb takes another view, namely, that this is not the political victory for Gaza the Palestinians think it is.  Since Bennett will step up the brutality to include all Gazans, including children.

With Lieberman’s party already withdrawing from Israel’s far-right coalition, Netanyahu will likely capitulate to Bennett’s demands in order to stabilize the current government and avoid dissolving the Knesset and subsequent snap elections. Thus, the current instability facing the Likud-led coalition now seems fated to result in a rightward surge, whether it’s through snap elections or through Netanyahu-led efforts to placate other right-wing parties and prevent them from defecting.

Other powerful politicians within Jewish Home, such as Uri Ariel, have also pushed for Bennett to be appointed. Ariel told Israeli media outlet Arutz Sheva:

Prime Minister Netanyahu should appoint Minister Bennett as defense minister and this government can continue to function. I think there is an advantage in stability, of course assuming that Bennett will bring security policy to a much better place.

Naturally, there is a desire of more than one person to be defense minister, but the most appropriate one is Minister Bennett, who was promised the portfolio by the prime minister in the past, and the promise was not honored.”

Over the past year, Bennett has repeatedly accused Lieberman of showing “restraint and weakness” as defense minister, especially in relation to his approach to Gaza’s Great Return March. Accusing Lieberman of “weakness” is particularly shocking given that the Israeli military under Lieberman repeatedly used lethal force to quell protests in Gaza, killing over 200 unarmed Palestinians – including children, medics and journalists – and wounding over 22,000.

As bad as Bibi and Lieberman are/were Bennett makes them look like Quakers.  

So, the situation in Israel is similar to that in Russia for U.S. anti-Russian types.  If you think Vladimir Putin is a dictator and a dangerous right-wing fanatic (which he isn’t) then you don’t understand what stands behind him.

In other words, be careful what you wish for — regime change — because you just might get it … good and hard, to quote Mencken. 

In effect, weakening figures like them empowers the hyper-nationalists who are 1) eager to prove the other guy was a wimp and 2) untested in actual confrontation.  So, they are unpredictable and likely to go off half-cocked.

For all of his faults, Netanyahu is at least battle-tested and can be reasoned with to some extent.

I think, however, Webb overstates the danger for the Palestinians here.  Israel is in the precarious position.  Too much of the world has turned against them and their handling of this situation.  

And that reputational loss is putting Netanyahu in the bind he’s currently in.  He knows what will happen if Bennett is in charge of Israel’s defense forces.  It will be the best recruitment drive for anti-Israeli sentiment the world over, but most especially here in the U.S.

And that is something he can’t have.

Broadly speaking, the height of Israel’s influence over U.S. politics has already occurred with the peak of the Baby Boomers’ political power.  As the generational shift happens more Gen-X’ers and Millennials who have had their fill of subordinating U.S. foreign policy to the whims of Israel will gain influence over U.S. policy.

This isn’t a judgment, it’s a sober observation.

So if Bennett takes over the IDF and takes things to eleven versus the Palestinians in Gaza, then it will cost Donald Trump politically at home and the best ally Israel has had in two decades in the White House will be lost.  

They, along with the Saudis, are now having to truly deal with international criticism of their behavior and can no longer rely on a compliant (and paid for) western media to spin the narrative in their favor.  

And Trump & Kushner’s Project Netanyahu, as Alistair Crooke recently described it, has been nothing but a disaster for all involved, especially the people it was supposed to help — The Saudis and the Israelis.  

And all of Trump’s enemies, even the ones who are also pro-Israel, will turn up the heat on him over our relationship with these two countries if 

They both overplayed their hands thinking that Trump would back whatever play they made.  

It has played right into the hands of Iran, Russia and Hezbollah by continuing to think the insurgency against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could be successful.  What Obama thought would be a quagmire for the Russians turned out to be one for the U.S./Israel/Saudi coalition.

This is why Trump and his advisors have pushed all-in on regime change in Iran.  Netanyahu is right that Iran can and will continue to supply the arms needed to grind out a win versus Israel in the long run.  

If Russia’s S-300s and air defense systems are as good as advertised then Bennett will end the myth of Israeli air superiority after Israel loses a few F-16i’s when he inevitably needs to show strength.

Unfortunately for Israel, that myth is one of the few things keeping things relatively quiet.

Iran will find it’s way through the sanctions.  Netanyahu didn’t have many other options and the neocons in D.C. really believe that this time it’ll be different.  But it won’t be.

In fact, if you don’t think Iran and Russia haven’t game-planned this very scenario then you are as clueless as those that think getting rid of Putin would make Russia more pliable.

Oh right, those are the same people.

The silver lining to all of this is now that Bibi is on thinner ice in the Knesset the best path forward for Israel and Trump is to come to the bargaining table as honest brokers to end the conflict in Syria, something to this point hasn’t occurred.

That will get Iran to stand down, because otherwise Israel’s position in the region will continue to erode.  

Putin was forced by his hard-liners to finally protect both Russian and Syrian interests directly from Israeli harassment.  And that set us on the path we’re on today.  The best deal Trump and Netanyahu are going to get from Putin and Assad is on the table today, not next year or 2020.  

Provided, of course, that either one or the both of them survive.

Published:11/16/2018 10:35:03 PM
[Media] YouTube quietly added free, ad-supported movies to its site YouTube quietly added around 100 ad-supported Hollywood movies to its site, beginning last month, according to a new report from AdAge. The titles include a mix of classics like “Rocky” and “The Terminator,” as well as other family fare like “Zookeeper,” “Agent Cody Banks,” and “Legally Blonde,” among others. Before, YouTube had only offered consumers […] Published:11/16/2018 10:35:03 PM
[worldNews] Pence vows no end to tariffs until China bows The United States will not back down from its trade dispute with China, and might even double its tariffs, unless Beijing bows to U.S. demands, Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday.
Published:11/16/2018 10:35:03 PM
[worldNews] Pence met with Taiwan's APEC envoy U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Taiwan's envoy to the APEC summit, Morris Chang, on the sidelines of a business forum on Saturday in Port Moresby, according to a media report.
Published:11/16/2018 10:06:17 PM
[Politics] Oops!! The executive who CANCELED ROSEANNE has RESIGNED from ABC!! It looks like ABC is regretting the decision made to cancel Roseanne after the racially charged tweet she sent. From Entertainment Weekly: Channing Dungey, the ABC Entertainment president who made the bold . . . Published:11/16/2018 10:06:17 PM
[Markets] Sentiment Scale Reveals Which Words Pack The Most Punch

For world leaders, journalists, CEOs, or anyone who has ever had to explain a dicey report card, word selection can have an enormous impact on how a message is perceived.

Does it make any difference whether a presentation went quite good versus pretty good, or if an earnings report is described as awful versus poor? As Visual Capitalist's Nick Routley explains, according to a new survey from YouGov, word sentiment isn’t as cut-and-dry as one would expect.

THE UNITED STATES OF SENTIMENT

Certain words more precisely communicate positive and negative feelings.

Interestingly, very bad edges out words like abysmal and dreadful as the most conclusively negative phrase for those survey respondents based in the United States.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

On the positive end of the spectrum, perfect was most conclusively positive term.

EFFECTIVE WORDS: U.K. EDITION

The version of the survey conducted in the United Kingdom reveals interesting differences in how words are perceived.

In the U.K. visualization, words have a more defined “hump”, meaning that people tended to agreed on where each word fell on the 10-point scale. As well, there appears to be more mutually agreed upon nuance. The U.S. results showed less agreement on words that weren’t on the extreme ends of the sentiment spectrum.

In both regions, the word average was nearly dead-center on the graph and had the highest percentage of people agreeing on its score.

QUANTIFYING LANGUAGE

It’s human nature to attempt to tame complexity and bring order to chaos. Language, with its fluidity and openness to interpretation, has always presented a tempting challenge.

To this end, researchers have developed lists that ascribe a sentiment score to specific words. Using data mining techniques, it’s possible to gauge the tone of a piece of writing.

One compelling example of this is a project by data analyst, Susan Li, who ran a sentiment analysis on Warren Buffett’s annual shareholder letters, and found that the majority of the letters had a positive tone.

The one outlier? 2001, which was a challenging year for a number of reasons.

As these techniques continue to evolve, we are likely to better understand why one person’s abysmal is another person’s very bad.

Published:11/16/2018 10:06:17 PM
[eCommerce] Walmart passes Apple to become No. 3 online retailer in U.S. Walmart has overtaken Apple to become the No. 3 online retailer in the U.S., according to a report this week from eMarketer. While Amazon still leads by a wide margin, accounting for 48 percent of e-commerce sales in 2018, Walmart – including also Sam’s Club and Jet.com – is poised to capture 4 percent of […] Published:11/16/2018 9:36:31 PM
[Markets] For The First Time Ever, Psychologists Warn Facebook Can Cause Depression 

A new report conducted by psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania have determined that an excessive amount of time on “social media” sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are making millennials depressed.

“It was striking,” said Melissa Hunt, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who led the study. “What we found over the course of three weeks was that rates of depression and loneliness went down significantly for people who limited their (social media) use.”

The study, “No More FOMO: Limiting Social Media Decreases Loneliness and Depression," is being published in December’s Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Researchers recruited 143 students for two different trials, one in the spring semester and one in the fall semester. Each subject was required to have a Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat account, plus an Apple iPhone. They collected data on the students for about a week to get a baseline reading of their social media usage, and also had them submit questionnaires that assessed their mental health according to seven different factors: social support, fear of missing out, loneliness, autonomy, and self-acceptance, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem.

“Here’s the bottom line,” Hunt explained to Science Daily. “Using less social media than you normally would leads to significant decreases in both depression and loneliness. These effects are particularly pronounced for folks who were more depressed when they came into the study.”

The link between increasing social media usage and mental health issues have already been established in past studies. But, depression and loneliness have not, until now. 

Hunt said lonely and depressed people use platforms like Facebook because they are seeking social connections. Social media as a whole is making millennials more lonely, and increasingly depressed.

The study did not cover why social media makes people depressed. Hunt does provide an example:

The first is “downward social comparison.” A person reviews their feed and finds countless posts of their friends enjoying wonderful experiences. The result: “You’re more likely to think your life sucks in comparison,” said Hunt.

Social media sites are a vital tool for many millennials in the modern economy. This means they cannot cut it out altogether, Hunt Said.

That is why the study focused on cutting back usage. While ten minutes might not seem like much, the study showed it certainly helped with depression.

Published:11/16/2018 9:36:31 PM
[worldNews] Pence vows no end to trade action with China until it changes U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday the United States will not end its trade action against China until it amends its trade polices.
Published:11/16/2018 9:17:05 PM
[a56eb42a-83ef-5e26-8e6d-5b2276de50a0] Justin Bieber settles long-running egging lawsuit with former neighbor Justin Bieber has agreed to settle a long-running lawsuit filed by a former neighbor whose house the pop singer egged. Published:11/16/2018 9:17:05 PM
[Entertainment] Diddy and Ex-Girlfriend Cassie Reunite After Kim Porter's Death Cassie, Sean Diddy Combs, 2018 Pre-Grammy GalaThe sudden death of Kim Porter has brought Sean "Diddy" Combs and Cassie back together. One month after E! News confirmed the hip-hop mogul and R&B singer had ended their...
Published:11/16/2018 9:17:05 PM
[Markets] Why Orwell Is Superior To Huxley

Authored by Colin Liddell via The Unz Review,

One of the frequent comparisons that comes up in the Dissident Right is who was more correct or prescient, Orwell or Huxley.

In fact, as the only truly oppressed intellectual group, the Dissident Right are the only ones in a position to offer a valid opinion on this, as no other group of intellectuals suffers deplatforming, doxxing, and dismissal from jobs as much as we do. In the present day, it is only the Dissident Right that exists in the ‘tyrannical space’ explored in those two dystopian classics.

But, despite this, this debate exists not only on the Dissident Right but further afield. Believe it or not, even Left-wingers and Liberals debate this question, as if they too are under the heel of the oppressor’s jackboot. In fact, they feel so oppressed that some of them are even driven to discuss it in the pages of the New York Times at the despotically high rate of pay which that no doubt involves.

In both the Left and the Dissident Right, the consensus is that Huxley is far superior to Orwell, although, according to the New York Times article just alluded to, Orwell has caught up a lot since the election of Donald Trump. Have a look at this laughable, “I’m literally shaking” prose from New York Times writer Charles McGrath:

And yet [Huxley's] novel much more accurately evokes the country we live in now, especially in its depiction of a culture preoccupied with sex and mindless pop entertainment, than does Orwell’s more ominous book, which seems to be imagining someplace like North Korea. Or it did until Donald Trump was inaugurated.

All of a sudden, as many commentators have pointed out, there were almost daily echoes of Orwell in the news…The most obvious connection to Orwell was the new president’s repeated insistence that even his most pointless and transparent lies were in fact true, and then his adviser Kellyanne Conway’s explanation that these statements were not really falsehoods but, rather, “alternative facts.” As any reader of “1984” knows, this is exactly Big Brother’s standard of truth: The facts are whatever the leader says they are.

...those endless wars in “1984,” during which the enemy keeps changing — now Eurasia, now Eastasia — no longer seem as far-fetched as they once did, and neither do the book’s organized hate rallies, in which the citizenry works itself into a frenzy against nameless foreigners.

The counter to this is that Trump is the only non-establishment candidate to get elected President since Andrew Jackson and therefore almost the exact opposite of the idea of top-down tyranny.

But to return to the notion that Huxley is superior to Orwell, both on the Left and the Dissident Right, this is based on a common view that Huxley presents a much more subtle, nuanced, and sophisticated view of soft tyranny more in keeping with the appearance of our own age. Here’s McGrath summarizing this viewpoint, which could just as easily have come out of the mouth of an Alt-Righter, Alt-Liter, or Affirmative Righter:

Orwell didn’t really have much feel for the future, which to his mind was just another version of the present. His imagined London is merely a drabber, more joyless version of the city, still recovering from the Blitz, where he was living in the mid-1940s, just before beginning the novel. The main technological advancement there is the two-way telescreen, essentially an electronic peephole.

...Huxley, on the other hand, writing almost two decades earlier than Orwell (his former Eton pupil, as it happened), foresaw a world that included space travel; private helicopters; genetically engineered test tube babies; enhanced birth control; an immensely popular drug that appears to combine the best features of Valium and Ecstasy; hormone-laced chewing gum that seems to work the way Viagra does; a full sensory entertainment system that outdoes IMAX; and maybe even breast implants. (The book is a little unclear on this point, but in “Brave New World” the highest compliment you can pay a woman is to call her “pneumatic.”)

...Huxley was not entirely serious about this. He began “Brave New World” as a parody of H.G. Wells, whose writing he detested, and it remained a book that means to be as playful as it is prophetic. And yet his novel much more accurately evokes the country we live in now, especially in its depiction of a culture preoccupied with sex and mindless pop entertainment, than does Orwell’s more ominous book, which seems to be imagining someplace like North Korea.

It is easy to see why some might see Huxley as more relevant to the reality around us than Orwell, because basically “Big Brother,” in the guise of the Soviet Union, lost the Cold War, or so it seems.

But while initially convincing, the case for Huxley’s superiority can be dismantled.

Most importantly, Huxley’s main insight, namely that control can be maintained more effectively through “entertainment, distraction, and superficial pleasure rather than through overt modes of policing and strict control over food supplies” is not actually absent in 1984.

In fact, exactly these kind of methods are used to control the Proles, on whom pornography is pushed and prostitution allowed. In fact porn is such an important means of social control that the IngSoc authorities even have a pornography section called “PornSec,” which mass produces porn for the Proles. One of the LOL moments in Michael Radford’s film version is when Mr. Charrington, the agent of the thought police who poses as a kindly pawnbroker to rent a room to Winston and Julia for their sexual trysts, informs them on their arrest that their surveillance film will be ‘repurposed’ as porn.

In fact, Orwell’s view of sex as a means of control is much more dialectical and sophisticated than Huxley’s, as the latter was, as mentioned above, essentially writing a parody of the naive “free love” notions of H.G.Wells.

While sex is used as a means to weaken the Proles, ‘anti-Sex’ is used to strengthen the hive-mind of Party members. Indeed, we see today how the most hysterical elements of the Left — and to a certain degree the Dissident Right — are the most undersexed.

Also addictive substances are not absent from Orwell’s dystopian vision. While Brave New World only has soma, 1984 has Victory Gin, Victory Wine, Victory Beer, Victory Coffee, and Victory Tobacco — all highly addictive substances that affect people’s moods and reconcile them to unpleasant realities. Winston himself is something of a cigarette junkie and gin fiend, as we see in this quote from the final chapter:

The Chestnut Tree was almost empty. A ray of sunlight slanting through a window fell on dusty table-tops. It was the lonely hour of fifteen. A tinny music trickled from the telescreens.

Winston sat in his usual corner, gazing into an empty glass. Now and again he glanced up at a vast face which eyed him from the opposite wall. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption said. Unbidden, a waiter came and filled his glass up with Victory Gin, shaking into it a few drops from another bottle with a quill through the cork. It was saccharine flavoured with cloves, the speciality of the cafe…

In these days he could never fix his mind on any one subject for more than a few moments at a time. He picked up his glass and drained it at a gulp.

But while 1984 includes almost everything that Brave New World contains in terms of controlling people through sex, drugs, and distractions, it also includes much, much more, especially regarding how censorship and language are used to control people and how tyranny is internalised. The chapter from which the above quote comes, shows how Winston, a formerly autonomous agent, has come to accept the power of the system so much that he no longer needs policing.

But most brilliant of all is Orwell’s prescient description of how language is changed through banning certain words and the expression of certain ideas or observations deemed “thought crime,” to say nothing of the constant rewriting of history. The activities of Big Tech and their deplatforming of all who use words, phrases, and ideas not in the latest edition of their “Newspeak” dictionary, have radically changed the way that people communicate and what they talk about in a comparatively short period of time.

Orwell’s insights into how language can be manipulated into a tool of control shows his much deeper understanding of human psychology than that evident in Huxley’s novel. The same can be said about Orwell’s treatment of emotions, which is another aspect of his novel that rings particularly true today.

In 1984 hate figures, like Emmanuel Goldstein, and fake enemies, like Eastasia and Eurasia, are used to unite, mobilise, and control certain groups. Orwell was well aware of the group-psychological dynamics of the tribe projected to the largest scale of a totalitarian empire. The concept of “three minutes hate” has so much resonance with our own age, where triggered Twitter-borne hordes of SJWs and others slosh around the news cycle like emotional zombies, railing against Trump or George Soros.

In Huxley’s book, there are different classes but this is not a source of conflict. Indeed they are so clearly defined - in fact biologically so - that there is no conflict between them, as each class carries out its predetermined role like harmonious orbit of Aristotlean spheres.

In short, Brave New World sees man as he likes to see himself — a rational actor, controlling his world and taking his pleasures. It is essentially the vision of a well-heeled member of the British upper classes.

Orwell’s book, by contrast, sees man as the tribal primitive, forced to live on a scale of social organisation far beyond his natural capacity, and thereby distorted into a mad and cruel creature. It is essentially the vision of a not-so-well-heeled member of the British middle classes in daily contact with the working class. But is all the richer and more profound for it.

Published:11/16/2018 9:17:05 PM
[Media] ‘What a turd’: Axios CEO Jim VandeHei CALLED OUT for call with female reporter

Lyz Lenz, author and writer for the Columbia Journalism Review, says she got a call from Axios CEO Jim VandeHei to complain about a recent article she wrote criticizing Axios and its journalism style. As you will see, the call did not go well: got a call on my cell from @JimVandeHei while I was cooking […]

The post ‘What a turd’: Axios CEO Jim VandeHei CALLED OUT for call with female reporter appeared first on twitchy.com.

Published:11/16/2018 9:17:05 PM
[] It's Friday's ONT, Vile Thread of Misery, To Thee We Cling Here's something fun to do that I pull with my Commenwealth-born wife all the time. Whenever someone from the UK wins an Olympic event, I ask her innocently “Why are they playing “My Country 'tis of Thee”? Tonight's thread title... Published:11/16/2018 9:17:05 PM
[Markets] How Apple is suddenly a player in an unlikely Hollywood realm The tech giant announced a new deal to partner with studio A24 to make a series of feature films. And while that seems like a minor announcement, it could change the game in some significant ways. It’s sneakily consequential. Published:11/16/2018 8:38:40 PM
[Politics] Democrat Stacey Abrams admits defeat in contentious Georgia governor’s race The outcome remained uncertain for days as Abrams pressed for the counting of ballots that had been rejected for minor errors. Abrams, who would have been the nation’s first female African American governor, had hoped to force a runoff with Republican Brian Kemp. Published:11/16/2018 8:38:39 PM
[Politics] Florida GOP candidates have upper hand in midterm recounts Recounts continued in Florida’s Senate and gubernatorial races, but if history is any guide, Republicans will most likely prevail. In the Senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott is ahead of incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson by 12,603 votes. In the governor’s race, Republican Ron DeSantis has a 33,683-vote lead over Democrat Andrew Gillum. According to a... Published:11/16/2018 8:38:39 PM
[Media] Excerpts from Chris Wallace’s interview of President Trump

Fox News’ Chris Wallace sat down with an interview with President Donald Trump that will air in its entirety on Sunday at 2 p.m and 7 p.m ET. As we wait for the whole thing, here are a few excerpts and clips released by Fox News to get a taste of what to expect. On […]

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Published:11/16/2018 8:38:39 PM
[Entertainment] Avicii's Family and Hundreds of Fans Gather for Elaborate Memorial Service Avicii Memorial ServiceGone, but never forgotten. Seven months after Avicii passed away at the age of 28, his family invited hundreds of the DJ's biggest fans to honor his legacy during a memorial service...
Published:11/16/2018 8:38:39 PM
[Markets] Illinois School District Drops Controversial Eavesdropping Case Against Former Student

Authored by Austin Berg via IllinoisPolicy.org,

Prosecution lawyers for an Illinois school district have decided not to move forward with their case against Paul Boron, who was charged with felony eavesdropping at age 13 for recording audio of a meeting with his middle school principal.

Paul Boron no longer has a potential felony hanging over his head. But Illinois’ eavesdropping law means others like him might not be so lucky.

The young Illinoisan spent his summer at the center of an international media stormafter his school district pressed felony charges, alleging a then-13-year-old Boron violated the state’s eavesdropping law by recording audio of a meeting with his principal.

On Nov. 15, however, the lawyers prosecuting the Manteno Community Unit School District No. 5 complaint dismissed the indictment at a hearing at the Kankakee County Courthouse.

The Illinois Policy Institute funded Boron’s legal defense with assistance from online donations. Institute Senior Fellow David Camic coordinated the defense.

“I’m just relieved and elated to know my son won’t be mislabeled as a felon,” Boron’s mother Leah McNally said. “We are beyond grateful for all the help and support.”

Boron’s case is yet another chapter of controversy surrounding Illinois’ eavesdropping law, which is among the nation’s most severe.

The incident

As an eighth grader at Manteno Middle School, Paul Boron was called to the principal’s office Feb. 16, 2018, after failing to attend a number of detentions. During the meeting with Principal David Conrad and Assistant Principal Nathan Short, he announced he was recording audio on his cellphone.

Boron said he argued with Conrad and Short for approximately 10 minutes in the reception area of the school secretary’s office, with the door open to the hallway. When Boron told Conrad and Short he was recording, Conrad allegedly told Boron he was committing a felony and ended the conversation.

Two months later, Boron was charged with one count of eavesdropping – a class 4 felony in Illinois.

An assistant state’s attorney for Kankakee County wrote in the petition to bring the charge that Boron “used a cellphone to surreptitiously record a private conversation between the minor and school officials without consent of all parties.”

Terri Miller, president of the nonprofit Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct and Exploitation, thought the district was wrong to bring the charge due to the chilling effect on students seeking to expose wrongdoing.

“What child is going to come forward and try the same thing?” she said after being notified of Boron’s case. “It will have a deterrent effect on children to report, to speak up when something is wrong.”

Further, First Amendment advocates and other legal experts think the state’s eavesdropping law could be vulnerable to a constitutional challenge.

The law

Boron is far from the only one snagged in Illinois’ eavesdropping law for seemingly harmless behavior.

Christopher Drew, an artist arrested for selling artwork on a Chicago sidewalk in 2009, was charged with a felony for recording the incident. Bridgeport resident Michael Allison was charged with a felony in 2010 for recording his own court hearing after officials failed to provide a court reporter. Also in 2010, Chicagoan Tiawanda Moore was charged with a felony for recording conversations with Chicago Police Department investigators regarding her sexual misconduct complaint against an officer.

At the heart of each of these cases was Illinois’ status as an “all-party consent” state. Essentially, recording a variety of common interactions unless all parties consented could be deemed a felony offense. Meanwhile, federal law and a majority of states allow for one-party consent.

In March 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down Illinois’ eavesdropping law, holding that it “criminalize[d] a wide range of innocent conduct” and violated residents’ First Amendment rights.

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling state lawmakers in December 2014 passed a new eavesdropping statute, including changes aimed at explicitly allowing residents to record police, for example. But the new law kept the “all-party consent” provisions intact and introduced a vague standard for when a person must get consent for recording.

Specifically, the new law made it a felony to surreptitiously record any “private conversation,” defined as “oral communication between [two] or more persons” where at least one person has a “reasonable expectation” of privacy.

Boron’s case raises a number of questions critics pointed out in the debate surrounding the 2014 law. Namely, when does someone have a “reasonable” expectation of privacy? And is it fair to expect Illinoisans to know where to draw that line in their everyday lives?

Illinois prosecutors have proven all too willing to bring charges for a variety of innocent-seeming conduct under the state’s eavesdropping law. And without action from Springfield, it’s unlikely Boron will be the last one caught in its crosshairs.

Published:11/16/2018 8:38:39 PM
[4fbbd7e6-d1dc-50fd-a3c9-e6362ad97684] Ashley Graham's love story with husband Justin Ervin leaves Gwyneth Paltrow in tears Ashley Graham is opening up about how she met her husband of eight years, director Justin Ervin. Published:11/16/2018 8:38:39 PM
[The Blog] CIA: Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi’s execution

"officials have said they have high confidence"

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Published:11/16/2018 8:06:24 PM
[Entertainment] Prince Harry urges HIV testing in new PSA: It's 'not something to be ashamed' about "There is still too much stigma which is stopping so many of us from getting a simple, quick and easy test," Prince Harry says about HIV testing.
     
 
 
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[2018 Election] Democrats Begin to Fold Their Tents (John Hinderaker) The race for Governor of Georgia between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams wasn’t particularly close. Kemp won by 55,000 votes. But since the election, Abrams has tried to position herself for a recount, or something, that might magically erase that impressive margin. Today she gave up, sort of: Stacey Abrams halted her run for Georgia governor Friday, but the Democrat said she would not concede the contest to Published:11/16/2018 8:06:24 PM
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[Uncategorized] In the history of Twitter, has a correction to a viral tweet ever had fewer retweets than this one on the ‘Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!’ story?

You’ve probably seen this story in your timeline over the past 24 hours. In summary, a man at a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” in Baltimore stood up in the middle of the play and shouted, “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” before getting escorted out. This link, for example, from CNN’s Brian Ries, has nearly […]

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[Politics] BREAKING: The CIA has concluded the SAUDI PRINCE ordered Khashuggi’s MURDER! Now it looks like the CIA thinks the Saudi Prince definitely ordered the murder and dismemberment of Khashoggi. Watch below: I agree with Goldberg on this one. BREAKING: Official says US intelligence . . . Published:11/16/2018 8:06:24 PM
[Politics] BREAKING: The CIA has concluded the SAUDI PRINCE ordered Khashuggi’s MURDER! Now it looks like the CIA thinks the Saudi Prince definitely ordered the murder and dismemberment of Khashoggi. Watch below: I agree with Goldberg on this one. BREAKING: Official says US intelligence . . . Published:11/16/2018 8:06:24 PM
[Trending Commentary] Stratcom Commander: Decisions to Use Nuclear Power Are Complex

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Unlike common misconceptions, making the decision to use U.S. nuclear power is a collaborative process that’s practiced every day and is usually not subject to time constraints, U.S. Strategic Command’s commander said at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 14. Just as importantly, Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten said, not all options ...

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Published:11/16/2018 8:06:23 PM
[Markets] Tepper: Facebook, Google And "The Myth Of Capitalism"

In this week's MacroVoices podcast, host Erik Townsend interviews Jonathan Tepper, author and co-founder of research shop Variant Perception. During the course of a meandering hour-long conversation, the two men discuss everything from VPs outlook on China's economy and oil's role as a recession indicator, to the problems inherent in the US's version of capitalism.

After some well-deserved humblebragging about VP's call to avoid cyclicals and stick with defensive shares, a call that finally panned out during the "Shocktober" market selloff, the two men turned to the subject of China and the possible long-term repercussions of the US-China trade war.

Tepper

Asked for his view on Chinese markets, Tepper admitted that he had no insight into how the trade war might be resolved - or if it will be resolved. Instead, he seized the opportunity to pitch Variant Perception's Chinese leading indicator index, which he said has consistently put his clients "in front of some of the most cyclical profitable trades out there" in emerging-markets.

Though Tepper offered one meaningful comment about the recent economic weakness in China: That China's economy and currency are weakening because of structural domestic factors, not trade-related anxieties.

So our index gives us an insight into Chinese growth. And I can tell you that I’m sure the trade war is bad and I’m sure it’s going to have some impact. But the slowdown that we’ve seen in China this year predates trade war problems and certainly is not driven by them. It’s driven by domestic monetary conditions.

Some analysts speculate that the record drop in oil over the past few weeks could signal that a global recession is ahead. But Tepper argued that his indicators offer a slightly different take. Looking at oil's moves over the past two years, WTI is still trading at more than double its post-2014 lows. 

This pattern more closely resembles the run-up to the recession in 2001, when oil more than doubled following the Asian and Russian crises in the late 1990s. And while oil has reversed some of its advance in dollar terms, when the exchange rate is factored in, the price of oil is far higher in some fragile emerging market economies. With all of this in mind, the rise in oil "is clearly negative" - though, as with any indicator, it doesn't necessarily guarantee that a recession is imminent.

Oil collapsed from 2014 and then bottomed, essentially, early 2016 and then has doubled since. It’s very similar to the 1998–2001 period where oil collapsed after the Asian and Russian crisis and then doubled into 2000. And then you had a recession in 2001. So you could argue that we’ve had a similar dynamic at play.

Oil clearly has doubled and gone up. When you look at emerging markets, everyone looks at oil in dollars but if you look at oil in Turkish lira or you look at oil in Argentinian pesos or – a lot of these emerging currencies – oil is by far higher than it was in 2008. There clearly tends to be drag on economic growth when it takes a larger part of the global wallet.

And that’s fairly negative. But that’s just one input and not the only input that determines recessions. It’s clearly negative; it’s a drag. But you would never base your entire investing strategy on that.

But while oil offers forward looking signals, Tepper explained that this isn't the case for inflation, which he said lags the economic cycle. In lieu of a wonky explanation, Tepper offered an intuitive example that clearly illustrated how this dynamic works.

If you think about it intuitively – let’s say you’re a boss at a factory. You don’t fire your workers just because you have a good month or two of sales. So employment lags the business cycle. Just like employment, if you run a supermarket, you don’t start hiking your prices just because you have a good or bad month of sales.

So unemployment and inflation are two of the most lagging indicators possible when it comes to the economy. So, if you know where the economy was 12 months ago, you can generally get a good read of where inflation is going to be in the future. All of the inputs that go into a leading indicator for inflation, essentially, are taking stock of where the economy was 6 to 12 months ago and then projecting that forward.

Given the flashpoints surrounding Brexit and the Italian populists' running game of economic chicken with Brussels, it was inevitable that Tepper would be asked for his outlook on Europe. And asked he was. But after offering a fairly conventional overview of the euro's flaws...

In the case of Europe, what’s quite interesting is that the euro itself is a completely flawed currency, badly designed. It took them quite some time to get the central bank buying peripheral bond markets. The countries themselves do not understand the implications of the euro.

So for the first seven or eight years, inflation basically proceeded as it did pre-euro, even though the central banks in Spain and Portugal and Greece and Ireland and Italy didn’t control monetary policy the way they used to. So, once the downturn happened, then suddenly not only did you have an epic collapse in Spanish and Irish bubbles, but then you basically had peripheral countries that had vastly overvalued currencies, like a Spanish euro was very overvalued relative to a German euro.

And they’ve had to try to adjust their unit labor costs. Then they couldn’t have the central bank buy their own government bonds. And, also, they couldn’t inflate away their debt in the government bonds. After that, basically once the ECB started buying, they were helped in the short run and it brought down borrowing costs and spending in Italy.

What we’re now seeing is that the market itself is repricing. Where the Spanish and the Italian yields have been very high, they then went absurdly low and priced near Germany. Now they’re starting to widen again. When there is the next downturn in Europe – and there will be, it’s a matter of when, not if.

Then people have to worry about the level of Italian debt. And Italy can’t devalue the euro the way that it did with the lira in the past. And they have to hope the ECB will buy the debt. This is clearly causing a conflict.

...He followed with an interesting contrarian take: That if the euro fails, it will be because Germany has finally become frustrated with the peripheral countries being given a "free ride" by the ECB once the central bank is pressed to buy up all of their bonds to avert another crisis.

So it would be more likely if the euro breaks up it’s because the Germans get fed up with the situation in the same way that the Russians got fed up with the ruble zone and ended it – it wasn’t the "stans" that exited. So I think Europe basically – we’re likely to see more trouble in the Italian bond markets and repricing, but I think it’s unlikely based on history that Italy would be the one leaving the euro area. I think it’s more likely that eventually the ECB buys all periphery debt and the Germans get tired of free riding – in the same way that the Czechoslovakia currency was broken up, it was because the Czech Republic got tired of the Slovaks. Normally that’s just the way it works when currency unions break up.

Following a brief overview of the Australian housing market, which Tepper described as the lynchpin of the country's economic boom, where a rentrenchment could be catastrophic for consumption and availability of credit...

We were going around checking out the housing markets, speaking to bank managers, to mortgage brokers, to potential buyers, going to the auctions. It was truly crazy. And what we realized was that the standards for lending were quite poor. There was not a lot of verification of costs in terms of how much people were spending on children’s education or rent or anything housing related. And at the same time, there were almost no verifications on income.

Most of the mortgages at the time, over 40% of them were interest-only mortgages, so people were really not repaying principle. They were essentially speculating on the increase in the price of the houses. Howard Marks said that if you’re too early you’re, effectively, wrong.

So I would say that I was wrong in the sense that I was too early. But in Australia over the last year they’ve had what they call a Royal Commission, which is essentially an independent body, to look into the behavior of banks. And everything that they have uncovered has corroborated what John Hempton and I did, and pointing out the very poor and lax lending standards that were at play.

Due to this pressure, the banks in Australia are now having much tighter checks on income and costs. And the credit is really turned down and is drying up. So what you’re seeing is declines in prices at a national level. Within specific post codes, you’re seeing 10–20% declines, particularly at the high end in Australia.

So we are seeing a downturn in Australian housing. Building permits have rolled over. The entire economy is massively geared towards the real estate sector and that’s created an enormous wealth effect, which has fed consumption, car purchases, and retail purchases. So there is very much a slowdown and downturn at play in Australia.

...Tepper and Townsend switched to an entirely different subject: The contents of Tepper's recent book, "the Myth of Capitalism." As Tepper explained, he wanted to write the book as a defense of capitalism amid attacks levied by Thomas Piketty that the capitalist system conceals a fatal flaw: That workers receive persistently smaller share of the spoils from corporate earnings.

And what Tepper discovered during his research is that this phenomenon is related to why corporate profits, which Jeremy Grantham once described as the "most mean-reverting data set in finance", haven't undergone a genuine retrenchment in years. Meanwhile, the share of earnings going to workers has consistently shrunk.

But the fact that corporate profits have remained elevated while worker pay in real terms has continued to sink isn't a flaw inherent to the capitalist system, Tepper explained. Rather, it's a flaw inherent in our version of capitalism. And a lot of it is tied to the wave of consolidation that has swept most industries since the 1980s. This consolidation has hampered competition, and caused markets to start behaving in an unhealthy way, which has led to our current secular stagnation and all kinds of other ills. And tech giants like Facebook and Google are among the worst offenders.

It was really when I started digging that I realized the main reason for this is that, in industry after industry in the US, we’ve seen a merger wave every decade since the early ‘80s. The merger wave has basically – it’s like the US Sweet 16 in the NCAA basketball or the World Cup, where you start out with 16 teams and you go down to 8 and then 4 and then 2 and then 1. What’s happened is we moved from an open economy with lots of competitors essentially down to oligopolies and monopolies in many industries. And that has an impact. It affects the way everyone lives, whether it’s in the US or Canada or the UK. The Canadians know this particularly when they pay for their phone bills. The US people know this when they pay for their cable bills or they pay for medical bills. When there is no competition, the prices are very high. And this clearly means you get higher prices. It also means that wages are lower. And, overall, because barriers to interest tend to be very high – I have a chapter on regulation – you just get fewer competitors coming in. So it leads to a collapse in startups.

And while competition has disappeared in traditional industries from health care to cable, few realize how problematic the role of tech giants like Facebook and Google has been. These monopolies have been allowed to expand their market influence virtually unchallenged by regulators, buying competitors and strengthening their monopolies with impunity.

But if you look at the online ad market and talk to people who have been in it for decades – a very good friend of mine actually works at Google – he worked at DoubleClick beforehand. And Google was allowed to buy DoubleClick. So, Google does search ads. DoubleClick did display ads. What’s extraordinary is the FTC allowed for this merger to go through, even though Google was essentially taking out its main competitor in terms of online ads. And Facebook likewise bought Instagram and WhatsApp. They were able to merge WhatsApp with Facebook to the point where you can’t get a Facebook account without a phone number. So now Facebook on thousands of sites across the web functions essentially as your digital passport. You can’t get an account on various apps or websites without a Facebook login.

This has created a "highly centralized" system where the 70% of Web traffic runs through two companies - Google and Facebook - and as Tepper said, that's not good for anyone.

But what should be done to restore competition? Tepper has an idea: Regulators should implement a hard rule that they won't sign off on any mergers that would leave a given industry with fewer than six competitors. But will that undo the damage that has already been done? Well, it's hard to say.

Listen to the full interview below:

Published:11/16/2018 8:06:23 PM
[Politics] Grassley To Step Down As Judiciary Committee Chairman

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) stepped down as judiciary chair, likely leaving Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) in charge. Grassley announced that he’ll leave his chairmanship to lead the Senate Finance Committee. The move paves the way for Sen. Graham to take over the Judiciary Committee in January, which would make him President Trump’s ...

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Published:11/16/2018 8:06:23 PM
[Politics] Grassley To Step Down As Judiciary Committee Chairman

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) stepped down as judiciary chair, likely leaving Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) in charge. Grassley announced that he’ll leave his chairmanship to lead the Senate Finance Committee. The move paves the way for Sen. Graham to take over the Judiciary Committee in January, which would make him President Trump’s ...

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[The Blog] Trump reportedly asking advisors: Is Pence loyal?

Oh my.

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Published:11/16/2018 7:41:03 PM
[TC] The Boring Company goes brick-and-mortar with The Brick Store Elon Musk has shot out some crazy, unbelievable tweets over the last year, but he wasn’t joking about the bricks. Musk has started a company called The Brick Store LLC to produce and sell bricks, according to public documents obtained by TechCrunch. The new company, which was founded in July, will be managed by Steve […] Published:11/16/2018 7:41:03 PM
[Politics] BOOM! MIA LOVE takes the LEAD in Utah race!! Here we go – after being behind, Mia Love is now ahead in the count, and if she pulls it out it will be a huge comeback win for her! From WKSL: . . . Published:11/16/2018 7:41:03 PM
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[Markets] CIA Believes Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi's Killing: WaPo

With Turkey's graphic recording of Khashoggi's final moments finally in the hands of US intelligence agencies, the Washington Post just confirmed what the New York Times first hinted at more than one month ago: That US intelligence agencies believe that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in what is just the latest example of the Trump administration and its intelligence agencies working at cross purposes (the first being, of course, the investigations that eventually coalesced into the Mueller probe).

But instead of focusing on the recording of Khashoggi's murder, the CIA is reportedly in possession of another piece of evidence that it believes incriminates the Crown Prince: A phone call made by Khalid bin Salman, MbS's brother and the kingdom's ambassador to the US, to Khashoggi, during which he promised the journalist that he wouldn't be harmed if he visited the Saudi embassy in Istanbul to pick up the paper needed to marry his Turkish fiance.

Saudi

Even if MbS didn't plan Khashoggi's murder, Khalid's call to Khashoggi, which the CIA believes was made at the behest of his powerful brother, suggests that the prince was aware of the plot.

In reaching its conclusions, the CIA examined multiple sources of intelligence, including a phone call that the prince’s brother Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had with Khashoggi, according to the people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the intelligence. Khalid told Khashoggi, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post, that he should go to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve the documents and gave him assurances that it would be safe to do so.

It is not clear if Khalid knew that Khashoggi would be killed, but he made the call at his brother’s direction, according to the people familiar with the call, which was intercepted by U.S. intelligence.

Fatimah Baeshen, a spokeswoman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington, said the ambassador and Khashoggi never discussed “anything related to going to Turkey.” She added that the claims in the CIA’s “purported assessment are false. We have and continue to hear various theories without seeing the primary basis for these speculations.”

The CIA’s conclusion about Mohammed’s role was also based on the agency’s assessment of the prince as the country’s de facto ruler who oversees even minor affairs in the kingdom. “The accepted position is that there is no way this happened without him being aware or involved,” said a U.S. official familiar with the CIA’s conclusions.

Aside from Turkey's infamous recording, the CIA also has a recording of a call that was placed from inside the consulate shortly after Khashoggi's killing. The call was made to Saud al-Qahtani, a close confidant of the Crown Prince who was one of 17 people sanctioned by the Treasury Department earlier this week in connection with the murder.

The CIA also examined a call placed from inside the consulate after the killing by an alleged member of the Saudi hit team, Maher Mutreb, a security official who has often been seen at the crown prince’s side and who was photographed entering and leaving the consulate on the day of the killing.

Mutreb called Saud al-Qahtani, then one of the top aides to Mohammed, and informed him that the operation had been completed, according to people familiar with the call.

Though the international outrage that Khashoggi's murder provoked has rattled the kingdom and its ruler, the CIA's "general assessment" is that MbS will likely hold on to power.

The CIA sees Mohammed as a “good technocrat,” the U.S. official said, but also as volatile and arrogant, someone who “goes from zero to 60, doesn’t seem to understand that there are some things you can’t do.”

CIA analysts believe he has a firm grip on power and is not in danger of losing his status as heir to the throne despite the Khashoggi scandal. “The general agreement is that he is likely to survive,” the official said, adding that Mohammed’s role as the future Saudi king is “taken for granted.”

A spokesman for the CIA declined to comment.

And while the US was in possession of intelligence which suggested that Khashoggi was in danger, it wasn't until after the journalist disappeared that the intelligence agencies searched their archives and found the intercepted communications.

The U.S. had also obtained intelligence before Khashoggi’s death that indicated he might be in danger. But it wasn’t until after he disappeared, on Oct. 2, that U.S. intelligence agencies began searching archives of intercepted communications and discovered material indicating that the Saudi royal family had been seeking to lure Khashoggi back to Riyadh.

One of the biggest unresolved questions, though, has to do with the Crown Prince's motive for the killing. While Khashoggi was critical of MbS's policies, he didn't directly call for the Crown Prince's removal. However, the agency has a theory.

A theory the CIA has developed is that Mohammed believed Khashoggi was a dangerous Islamist who was too sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood, according to people familiar with the assessment. Days after Khashoggi disappeared, Mohammed relayed that view in a phone call with Kushner and John Bolton, the national security adviser, who has long opposed the Brotherhood and seen it as a regional security threat.

But the CIA can leak whatever it wants to leak: The fact remains that senior administration officials like John Bolton are still denying that MbS ordered the killing. Because the fact remains that, after months of Trump pestering the Saudis to pump more oil, the Saudis have finally obliged. We suspect that wasn't a coincidence.

Published:11/16/2018 7:41:03 PM
[worldNews] CIA believes Saudi crown prince ordered journalist's killing: source The CIA believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday, complicating President Donald Trump's efforts to preserve ties with a key U.S. ally.
Published:11/16/2018 7:41:03 PM
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[Uncategorized] Law of Self Defense: How Martial Arts Can Get You 25 Years Just because you're not using a "deadly weapon" doesn't mean you're not using deadly force Published:11/16/2018 7:41:03 PM
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[US News] GOING NUCLEAR: Dana Loesch explains why Rep. Eric ‘Nuke’em’ Swalwell won’t answer her question

Rep. Eric “Nuke’em” Swalwell halfway explained his gun confiscation proposal to NRA spox Dana Loesch, tweeting that he doesn’t want to ban semi-auto handguns, just semi-auto rifles “under what’s considered an assault weapon”: Would you limit the ban and confiscation to semi-auto rifles or would you extend the ban to semi-auto handguns also, seeing as […]

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[] Early Weekend Open Thread I've got a thing tonight! In an earlier thread, I craftily tricked the cucks on this blog into admitting they liked musicals. Musicals! All I had to say was "I liked Little Shop of Horrors" and all the cucks decloaked.... Published:11/16/2018 7:41:03 PM
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[Markets] Why Did Crypto Markets Experience A $27 Billion Wipeout?

Authored by Joseph Young via CoinTelegraph.com,

On November 15, within a 24-hour span, the valuation of the crypto market fell from $210 billion to $183 billion, by more than $27 billion on a single day.

Source: CoinMarketCap.com

Fueled by the 18 percent drop in the price of Bitcoin Cash (BCH), every major cryptocurrency in the global market started to record intense sell-offs.

Bitcoin, which maintained a record low level of volatility from August to November, fell by more than 11 percent on the day, accelerating the downtrend of other leading digital assets and small market cap cryptocurrencies.

Prominent investors including BKCM CEO Brian Kelly and Coinshares executive Meltem Demirors stated that the hash power war between Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin SV acted as a major catalyst of the steep sell-off of the cryptocurrency market.

image courtesy of CoinTelegraph

On CNBC’s Fast Money, Brian Kelly stated the confidence of investors in the cryptocurrency market declined ahead of the Bitcoin Cash hard fork and its civil war with Bitcoin SV:

“After some real quiet period, lowest volatility, almost in Bitcoin history, all of the sudden today things exploded, so what happened? Bitcoin Cash, which forked off of Bitcoin last year, is doing a hard fork. Now, when you do a hard fork, everybody usually agrees. But in this particular case, everybody is not agreeing. So we’ve got ourselves a crypto civil war, and that has people in the market concerned.”

On November 15, Bitcoin Cash successfully updated its protocol in a hard fork with support from the community. At the same time, a contentious hard fork proposal called Bitcoin SV was set forth by a camp led by billionaire Calvin Ayre, Craig Steven Wright, and Coingeek.

Source: Coin.dance

SVPool, a mining pool operated by the SV camp, mined its first invalid block on November 16, officially creating a new chain called Bitcoin SV.

Prior to the conflict between Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin SV, Craig Wright threatened to conduct a 51 percent attack against Bitcoin Cash and gain enough power to mine invalid blocks on the Bitcoin Cash network to sabotage the protocol.

As of November 16, Bitcoin ABC, the original Bitcoin Cash chain, remain ahead of Bitcoin SV in terms of hash rate and number of blocks mined. If the next several days show ABC ahead of SV, then SV is not able to conduct a 51 percent attack on BCH.

Source: Coin.dance

As such, Kelly explained that the downtrend of Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market is likely to be short-lived.

“People are concerned that both Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash markets, their networks might slow down, they might not work as well, the software upgrade may not go through or if it does go through, we will end up with some chaos. People started selling, that triggered stops, everybody got concerned. The entire market settled down. In my view, a very short-term event.”

Possible Bitcoin Cash didn’t cause the drop, market was already weak

Crypto Rand, cryptocurrency trader and technical analyst, told Cointelegraph that even before the Bitcoin Cash hard fork, Bitcoin hovered above an uptrend support. Its continuous retest of the level led its momentum and strength in the low $6,000 region to decline significantly.

“I don't think there is a huge conspiracy against Bitcoin behind the drop. BTC has been hovering over a slight uptrend support. But we can see how every time that BTC touched that support it bounced with less and less strength while continuing a downtrend on volume. That points out a weak setup, what was seeing as stability can be considered also as lack of strength to push new higher lows and define a stronger uptrend.”

Currently, the majority of investors and traders in the market remain hesitant towards engaging in large positions or taking high-risk, high-return trades, mostly due to poor market conditions. Volumes are weak, trading activity is low, and the sheer intensity of the recent drop of the crypto market has reduced the probability of a corrective rally.

Following a $27 billion drop in valuation in a 24-hour period, the crypto market could require weeks to months of consolidation period before initiating a proper short-term rally. The uncertainty in the market has allowed the crypto market to weaken, Crypto Rand explained, adding that many alternative cryptocurrencies performed relatively well against Bitcoin.

“The crypto market still looking weak at this point. Uncertainty I would say is the main feeling right now. As seen by the low volumes everywhere, big traders and investors are still hesitant towards taking big positions given this scenario. One thing I would like to highlight is the response of large market cap cryptocurrencies against this BTC drop. In previous scenarios, all major digital assets were dragged down with BTC or dropping even further. But this time most of them are holding their levels nicely. This is a great precedent for the whole crypto sphere, alternative cryptocurrencies need to set their own path and cycles besides BTC moves.”

Throughout the past several months, both large market cap cryptocurrencies and tokens have followed the price trend of BTC. Consequently, tokens have recorded 30 to 60 percent losses against BTC, which recorded a 70 percent drop of its own since January.

Further drop is inevitable

Given the weakness in the market and the intensity of the daily drops in the price of major cryptocurrencies, Crypto Rand stated that a further drop to the low $5,000 region is inevitable, speaking to Cointelegraph.

He added that while the volume of BTC has increased in the past 12 to 24 hours, it is not sufficient to demonstrate a bottomed setup or trigger a corrective rally for a short-term recovery.

“In my opinion a further drop is inevitable, with the next strong support and potential bottom in the $4,800 - $5,000 range. Yesterday's volume spike was acceptable but not the characteristic of a bottomed setup (it should be bigger and print a hammer/dragonfly/hanging man doji candle).”

DonAlt, a cryptocurrency trader and technical analyst, also stated that if BTC fails to recover swiftly to the $6,000 region, a further drop is likely.

“The drop happened, what now? We're pretty much in no man's land, with a lot of open space below us. If we don't manage to rally up to the green line this week I'd expect to go lower.”

However, according to Crypto Rand, one positive takeaway from the correction is that cryptocurrencies have started to show independent price movements with less dependence on BTC. In the weeks to come, it is possible that the market sees a decline in the dominance index of BTC, especially if large market cap digital assets begin to perform better.

“We will have to wait some more months until BTC settle down its path through a potential reversal, but the alternative cryptocurrency market could take its own direction getting rid of the BTC influence. The big caps altcoin response has been amazing so far. Printing the mentioned dragonfly doji and a notorious spike on volume.”

Image Source: CoinMarketCap.com

In the past several hours, Ripple (XRP), Ethereum (ETH), EOS, and Litecoin (LTC) have recorded a 2 to 4 percent increase in price against the US dollar, while BTC remained at around $5,600.

Weeks to months of stability expected

In the months to come, possibly throughout the first two quarters of 2019, Bitcoin and the rest of the crypto market could remain in their low price range.

Rob Sluymer, a Fundstrat Global Advisors partner, said that the consolidation period of BTC following its 11 percent drop from $6,300 to $5,500 could take weeks to months. Prior to building a platform to initiate a strong mid-term rally, BTC will have to demonstrate stability in the short-term.

“This week’s breakdown produced significant technical damage. That will likely take weeks, if not months, to repair to create a durable enough price ‘structure’ to support a multi-month rally.”

The analysis of Sluymer echoed that of Willy Woo, the creator of cryptocurrency market data provider Woobull.com, who previously stated that BTC will likely remain in a low price range until the second quarter of 2019.

On November 13, before the market demonstrated signs of a major sell-off, Woo stated that technical indicators show a weak short-term trend for BTC.

“This last reading of our blockchain and macro market indicators is still in play. What has changed is that NVTS has now broken its support, typically a sell signal.”

Based on fundamental indicators like NVT Ratio, an indicator that uses the network activity of the Bitcoin network to obtain an accurate assessment of BTC’s short-term trend, Woo stated that the second quarter of 2019 will likely see BTC bottoming out.

“Putting together the blockchain view, I suspect the timing for a bottom may be around Q2 2019. After that we start the true accumulation band, only after that, do we start a long grind upwards.”

Currently, many prominent cryptocurrency investors and analysts state that market conditions are poor and the sell pressure on major digital assets remains high. A speedy recovery by BTC and other major cryptocurrencies could be challenging in the short-term, mostly due to the sheer sell-off of the market over the past two days.

Institutional investors don’t care if Bitcoin ends 2018 at $3,000 or $10,000

In an interview with Cointelegraph, Gabor Gurbacs, a digital asset strategist and director at VanEck, said that institutional investors are not concerned whether Bitcoin ends 2018 at $3,000 or $10,000.

While the recent market crash has led retail investors and individual traders in the public cryptocurrency exchange market to panic sell and drive the market down further, Gurbacs said that institutional investors are focusing on products that provide investor protection and strengthen the infrastructure of the crypto market.

“Large financial institutions are more focused on proper market structure than short term price fluctuations. How do we properly value digital assets? How do we custody digital assets? Are their ETFs available with proper market and investor protections? Most large institutions do not really care if Bitcoin ends 2019 at 3,000 or 10,000. I think market structure is getting better every day and crypto start to look more and more like the commodities and equities markets.”

Gurbacs shared the sentiment of BKCM CEO Brian Kelly and Coinshares executive Meltem Dem, stating that the Bitcoin Cash hard fork on November 15 and the hash power war between Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin Cash SV contributed to the $27 billion drop of the crypto market.

End of the year selling by businesses finalizing their books also played as a catalyst in the market crash Gurbacs added, stating that traditional finance markets like equity and bonds also went through a large correction over the past several months.

“Recent market conditions: In the past 3 months (as of 11/15/2018) Bitcoin is down 17.1%, blue chips (MVDA10) – down 17.3% and small caps (MVDASC) – down 25.0%. XRP for the same period is up +47.0%. During the past month, however, Bitcoin and digital assets were fairly stable while the equity and bond markets have gone through a significant correction. The recent turbulence is due to the combination of some systematic end of the year selling (that is businesses are closing their books) and some mess around the Bitcoin Cash fork.”

As the Bitcoin Cash hard fork and the hash power conflict among Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Bitcoin Cash SV stabilizes, the market is expected to calm down and find its stability and momentum.

Published:11/16/2018 7:07:54 PM
[Politics] Ocasio-Cortez Already Have Some Democrats Ticked Off

Left eating left… Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opens her freshman orientation by joining a protest at Pelosi’s office. She joined a sit-in in Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office calling for efforts to combat climate change: “We don’t have a choice.” As noted by The Daily Beast, the group wants Pelosi and House leadership to back a “Green New Deal,” a ...

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Published:11/16/2018 7:07:54 PM
[Politics] Ocasio-Cortez Already Have Some Democrats Ticked Off

Left eating left… Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opens her freshman orientation by joining a protest at Pelosi’s office. She joined a sit-in in Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office calling for efforts to combat climate change: “We don’t have a choice.” As noted by The Daily Beast, the group wants Pelosi and House leadership to back a “Green New Deal,” a ...

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Published:11/16/2018 7:07:54 PM
[storytype:standard] Japan Airlines tightens alcohol rules for pilots after Heathrow arrest Published:11/16/2018 6:57:36 PM
[Culture] Merry *ckin’ Christmas! (John Hinderaker) We haven’t heard much about the “war on Christmas” in the last few years. That’s a good thing. But the general decline of our culture assaults us everywhere, and Christmas is not immune. So you might say I was shocked, but not really surprised, to see an ad for this sweater on the ESPN site: I thought I might be misconstruing the message somehow, so I sent an email to Published:11/16/2018 6:57:36 PM
[World] “Tough on Crime” Comes Out for Sentencing Reform It's one flip-flop we can be thankful for. Published:11/16/2018 6:57:36 PM
[worldNews] Australian PM urges global leaders to reject protectionism, embrace free trade Global leaders must promote free trade, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday.
Published:11/16/2018 6:57:36 PM
[Middle Column] Top U.S. Democrat: Climate Change Committee ‘Not Necessary’
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[Markets] Meet the post-millennials — the most educated, ethnically diverse Americans A new study says the latest generation is breaking the mold in a lot of ways.
Published:11/16/2018 6:57:36 PM
[Central Intelligence Agency] C.I.A. Concludes That Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi Killed Intelligence officials briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week and offered the agency’s analysis of the assassination and Prince Mohammed’s culpability. Published:11/16/2018 6:57:36 PM
[World] Tyrus on Jemel Roberson Shot By Police Officer As Bouncer at Chicago Area Club

Fox News contributor and pro wrestler Tyrus reacted to the shooting death of an Illinois security guard at the hands of a police officer called to the scene on reports of shots fired.

Published:11/16/2018 6:44:31 PM
[Entertainment] Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace' film hits theaters More than 40 years after it was filmed, a documentary detailing the making of Aretha Franklin's groundbreaking and best-selling album "Amazing Grace" has been released. (Nov. 16)
     
 
 
Published:11/16/2018 6:44:30 PM
[The Blog] Stacey Abrams admits defeat, says politics can be ‘as rigged and rotten as you’ve always believed’

"Pundits and hyper-partisans will hear my words as a rejection of the normal order."

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[Entertainment] Kim Kardashian's Hairstylist's Tip for Dry Hair Will Cost You Nothing ESC: Kim KardashianKim Kardashian's longtime hairstylist, Chris Appleton, just gave us one more reason to wear our hair in a bun. Now that winter is here, harsh weather conditions are drying out our...
Published:11/16/2018 6:44:30 PM
[Markets] Abrams 'Virtually' Concedes Georgia Race; Admits Kemp Will Be Next Governor Yet Plans To Sue

Democrat Stacey Adams ended her run for Georgia governor on Friday - admitting that her Republican opponent Brian Kemp would be the next governor, yet refusing to concede the race. 

Abrams says she will file a "major" federal lawsuit challenging Georgia's "gross mismanagement" of the election. 

As state officials prepare to certify the vote, Abrams acknowledged the law “allows no further viable remedy” to extend her quest to be the nation’s first black female governor. But she laced her speech with biting criticism of Kemp, who she accused of leveraging his role as the state’s top elections official to suppress voters. -AJC

"I will not concede," said Abrams, "because the erosion of our democracy is not right." 

"In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections," she added. 

Kemp, who stepped down as secretary of state last week, was quick to thank Abrams for her "passion, hard work and commitment to public service," adding "The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward," and that "We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia’s bright and promising future."

The Abrams campaign is reportedly considering a long-shot legal challenge which lets losing candidates contest an election if there is fraud, misconduct or "irregularities." 

The latest tally showed Abrams is roughly 55,000 votes behind Kemp — and in need of more than 17,000 votes to force a Dec. 4 runoff. Georgia law requires a runoff if no candidate gets a majority of the vote, which is only a possibility because a third-party contender netted about 1 percent. -AJC

Abrams' campaign has repeatedly insisted that Kemp used his role as secretary of state to prevent people from voting - citing long lines, closed polling stations and the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of voter registrations.

"To watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling," said Abrams. "So, let’s be clear. This is not a speech of concession. Because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscious and faith, I cannot concede that. But my assessment is the law currently allows no further viable remedy." 

Kemp has fired back at the accusations, pointing to the nearly 4 million people who voted in the midterm election. During the 2010 midterm - the last time there was no incumbent running for governor, approximately 2.9 million people voted. 

While Kemp's lead has dwindled a bit since Election day as absentee and provisional ballots have trickled in, Abrams and her allies have suggested that thousands of outstanding ballots were never counted. 

Her campaign also fought in court to force local officials to review as many as 27,000 provisional ballots. Abrams was also able to convince a judge to require the state to count absentee ballots with incorrect birthdate data, however a request to accept provisional ballots cast in the wrong counties was rejected. 

That order, by U.S. District Judge Steve Jones, set off a scramble by county officials to revisit rejected ballots. But it left Kemp’s lead virtually unchanged, even as the biggest trove of those votes in Gwinnett County was added to the total.

Those final ballots in Gwinnett also likely cemented the contest for Georgia’s 7th District. Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall led Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux by about 400 votes, though her campaign on Friday said it will request a recount. -AJC

Amid the post-election chaos, Abrams has hinted several times at more litigation, pointing to "irregularities" at polling sites.  

"Now, I could certainly bring a new case to keep this one contest alive, but I don’t want to hold public office if I need to scheme my way into the post,” she said.” Because the title of governor isn’t nearly as important as our shared title: Voters," she said. 

Kemp's camp escalated tensions on Friday, after calling on Abrams to end her "ridiculous temper tantrum and concede," before stating: "I humbly ask for citizens of our great state to stand with me in the days ahead, adding "Together, we will realize the opportunities and tackle the challenges to come. We will be a state that puts hardworking Georgians - no matter their zip code or political preference - first." 

 

Published:11/16/2018 6:44:30 PM
[] Surprise! Prominent Democrat Eric Swalwell Is Already Proposing a Mandatory Semi-Automatic Rifle "Buyback" Program -- Sell the Government Your Gun or Face Prosecution -- and Reminds Gun Owners That the All-Powerful Godstate Has Nukes They're not even in control of the House yet. Remember, Democrats posed as moderates for this election. And here we are. A Democratic congressman has proposed outlawing "military-style semiautomatic assault weapons" and forcing existing owners to sell their weapons or... Published:11/16/2018 6:44:30 PM
[AAPL] Apple Stock May Not Just Be Getting Cheaper Published:11/16/2018 6:29:05 PM
[Entertainment] Frank Grillo explores international fight cultures in 'FightWorld' Most travelers to new places usually aren’t looking for a fight. Frank Grillo definitely is in his new Netflix series "Fightworld." (Nov. 16)
     
 
 
Published:11/16/2018 6:29:04 PM
[Elections] Rubio: No Evidence Of Election Fraud?

Democrats planned to use altered forms to fix mail ballots across Florida after the deadline. Rubio tweeted “No evidence of fraud in #FloridaElection? Dems got voters to use altered forms to fix & submit as many mail ballots as possible after FL deadline in hopes that a judge would later order state to count them. ...

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Published:11/16/2018 6:29:04 PM
[Uncategorized] Abrams Gives Up Running for Governor, Still Won’t Concede “I will not concede because the erosion of our democracy is not right,” said Abrams. Published:11/16/2018 6:29:04 PM
[Politics] GOP state Senate leader: ‘I’m scared to death’ of Dem control State Senate Republican leader John Flanagan on Friday predicted gloom and doom next year with the Democrats in control of state government – claiming they will push to raise taxes, crack down on charter schools and give driver’s license to illegal immigrants. “I’m scared to death to what’s coming,” Flanagan told reporters in Albany. Flanagan,... Published:11/16/2018 6:29:04 PM
[Venture Capital] Unicorns aren’t special anymore There are 145 "active unicorns" today worth an aggregate valuation of $555.9 billion. In 2013, there were just 39. Published:11/16/2018 6:29:04 PM
[topics:people/donald-trump] CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi Published:11/16/2018 6:29:04 PM
[Politics] Idiot Dem now pushing for gun confiscation – then THREATENS gun owner with NUKES!! Dude Rep. Swalwell is absolutely drunk with power and is making a complete @$$ of himself on his twitter. First check this out: Bad enough. But then he really loses it. He . . . Published:11/16/2018 6:29:04 PM
[Politics] Idiot Dem now pushing for gun confiscation – then THREATENS gun owner with NUKES!! Dude Rep. Swalwell is absolutely drunk with power and is making a complete @$$ of himself on his twitter. First check this out: Bad enough. But then he really loses it. He . . . Published:11/16/2018 6:29:04 PM
[US News] Analysis by Univ. of Florida professor finds Broward’s poor ballot design ‘may have actually disadvantaged Scott’

Ever since the election, we’ve been hearing that poor ballot design in Broward County, Fla. that led to an inordinate amount of undervotes in the Bill Nelson-Rick Scott race for the U.S. Senate and that this could have cost Nelson the election… The hand recount in Broward County today suggests that ballot design cost the […]

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Published:11/16/2018 6:29:04 PM
[Markets] The Ratings Game: Mark Zuckerberg should start at the top with Facebook changes, analyst says Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is unlikely to relinquish his role atop the social network he founded, but one analyst argues that a leadership “shake-up” could benefit Facebook’s troubled shares.
Published:11/16/2018 6:29:04 PM
[worldNews] CIA has concluded Saudi crown prince ordered journalist's killing: Washington Post The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, the Washington Post reported on Friday, a finding that contradicts Saudi government assertions that he was not involved.
Published:11/16/2018 6:29:04 PM
[Markets] Surgical Robot "Spirals Out Of Control", Kills Man As Docs Sipped Lattes

Authored by Ethan Huff via NaturalNews.com,

In the name of scientific “progress,” Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital in the United Kingdom recently tried to pioneer the use of a surgical robot that it tasked with repairing a patient’s damaged heart valve, only to have the machine go completely bonkers and ultimately kill the man on the operating table.

According to reports, this first-time-use robot not only physically assaulted a living medic while attempting to conduct its programmed surgery, but also implanted stitches into the patient’s heart in a manner that physicians present during the fiasco described as notbeing in “an organised fashion.”

A situation that can only be described as total chaos, with human surgeons, doctors, and nurses having to scream at each other in order to overcome the “tinny” sound coming from the robot as they were trying to control it, the attempted surgery ended up being nothing short of a complete failure. And in the end, retired music teacher and conductor, Stephen Pettitt, the guinea pig patient in this medical experiment, ultimately lost his life.

Lead surgeon admits that he was ill-prepared to operate the surgical robot, having skipped multiple training sessions

During a hearing that followed this catastrophe, lead surgeon Sukumaran Nair admitted that he lacked proper experience in controlling and using the surgical robot, stating that he was “running before he could walk.” In other words, it was truly a case of medical negligence and malpractice on steroids.

As later revealed by the U.K.’s Daily Mail Online, Nair not only missed a critical training session in Paris that would have taught him how to properly use the surgical robot, but he also wasn’t present for another training sessions that later took place at his own hospital, claiming that he was busy with another surgery at the time.

While supervisory experts were supposed to have been present for this surgery-gone-wrong, which should have prevented this type of nightmare from ever even occurring, they, too, were reportedly missing when things started to hit the fan.

Overseeing proctors were sipping lattes while surgical robot punctured patient’s aortic septum, splashing blood all over robot camera...

According to Thasee Pillay, Nair’s assisting surgeon, these overseeing proctors had apparently “gone to the coffee shop” right in the middle of the procedure, which prevented them from being able to take the reins once it became clear that Pettitt’s life was at risk from the surgical robot going rogue. Pillay also stated that he had no idea that these overseers were planning on not staying throughout the entirety of the surgery.

“I had no idea of their timescale and that they were not staying for the duration,” he’s quoted as saying.

“The proctors leaving was a crucial moment. The loss of that vital assistance was a major blow at a critical time.”

At one point during the botched surgery, the surgical robot actually punctured Pettitt’s intra aortic septum, resulting in so much blood being splattered on its camera that doctors could no longer see what the robot was doing.

Nair stated during the follow-up hearing that he couldn’t effectively communicate with Pillay via the robot’s microphone system as this was happening because the sound was largely inaudible.

“We were not far apart, but Mr. Nair’s voice comes through a microphone and it is tinny,” he stated. “The acoustics were not very good.”

“There were times when I raised my voice. One was when the sutures were not being placed in an organised fashion and were criss-crossed.”

After the surgical robot improperly installed the stitches, they had to be removed and replaced by the real-life doctors who were still present, extending the surgical time and further putting Pettitt’s life at risk.

Nair later admitted that he never even informed Pettitt that there was an increased risk of complications or death from this test procedure, which represents the first time that a surgical robot has ever been used to try to perform a mitral valve repair.

Published:11/16/2018 6:29:04 PM
[Politics] Trump says he’s finished writing answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller Trump stressed that he has been “busy” and that it has taken some time to complete them, but he also stressed concern about Mueller’s purpose in obtaining them. Published:11/16/2018 6:01:14 PM
[Politics] Bill O’Reilly dumps on Fox News… Bill O’Reilly dumped on Fox News yesterday, saying it is not the same news organization that it was just three years ago. They are under new management, of course, and because of . . . Published:11/16/2018 6:01:14 PM
[Politics] Bill O’Reilly dumps on Fox News… Bill O’Reilly dumped on Fox News yesterday, saying it is not the same news organization that it was just three years ago. They are under new management, of course, and because of . . . Published:11/16/2018 6:01:14 PM
[TC] Feeling left out of a hot market? This new outfit has a fund with shares of 30 top ‘unicorns’ to sell you When Equidate, a venture-backed secondaries marketplace based in San Francisco, closed its most recent round of funding with $50 million four months ago, it was hardly a surprising bet on the part of its backers. As startups linger ever longer as private companies, more people are looking to lock up shares wherever they can find […] Published:11/16/2018 6:01:14 PM
[Markets] Stocks - Dow Fails to Avert Weekly Loss Despite Triple-Digit Rally Investing.com - The Dow closed lower for the week, despite a rally Friday that came even as the White House reportedly walked backed President Donald Trump's upbeat comments on trade. Published:11/16/2018 6:01:13 PM
[The Blog] Trump on Acosta: If he misbehaves again, we’ll throw him out

"If I think somebody is acting out of sorts, I will leave."

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Published:11/16/2018 6:01:13 PM
[US News] After threatening to nuke Americans who refuse to give up their guns, Rep. Eric Swalwell laments lack of progress on gun debate

After threatening to nuke Americans who refuse to give up their guns, Rep. Eric Swalwell blamed readers for not understanding his sarcasm and then lamented that no progress is being made on the gun debate: America’s gun debate in one thread. 1) I propose a buy-back of assault weapons 2) Gun owner says he’ll go to […]

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Published:11/16/2018 6:01:13 PM
[Entertainment] Stan Lee Laid to Rest in Private Funeral Four Days After His Death Stan LeeStan Lee's family honored his wishes by forgoing plans of a public memorial. The Marvel Comics mogul, who died Monday at the age of 95, was honored in a private funeral service, his...
Published:11/16/2018 6:01:13 PM
[73d55632-7ade-5710-8512-c36e33e2f407] Private funeral to be held for Stan Lee, more memorial plans in the works A small, private funeral has been held to mourn Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee, and his company is making more plans to memorialize him. Published:11/16/2018 6:01:13 PM
[Markets] "Perfect Storm" Sparks California Air Quality Crisis

Via Cliff Mass Weather and Climate blog,

The Air Quality Health Crisis from the California Wildfires

The smoke from the California wildfires near Paradise, CA is producing the greatest air quality health crisis in the modern history of California.   Schools, universities, and sports events are being cancelled.

Although the terrible loss of life directly caused by wildfires in and near Paradise should not be minimized in any way, the health impacts of smoke will be profound, with millions of people being exposed to high concentrations of wood smoke. 

Hospitalizations will surely increase and some increase mortality of vulnerable populations should be expected.

MODIS satellite imagery on Thursday at noon.  Dense smoke filled the central valley of CA and moved directly over the Bay Area.

For me, it is also personal.  My son, a healthy young man of 27 living in San Francisco, is greatly feeling that smoke as is his similarly aged co-workers and friends.  If young, healthy individuals are being sickened, can you image the impacts of those that are vulnerable?

The current air quality conditions around the Bay area are pretty extreme (see below), with much of San Francisco and neighboring areas in the very unhealthy range (200-300).   Looking at data around the world, it appears that San Francisco now has worse air quality than any major metropolitan area in the world, worse than even Beijing and Mumbai.

But what really stands out is the longevity of this poor air quality event-- extending 7-9 days now for many central CA locations.    From my perusal of the air quality data of the Bay Area Air Quality Agency and other sources, this event is unprecedented in the 20 year period of data available.

The meteorological set up that has produced this air quality disaster started with strong offshore-directed "Diablo" winds driven by a large difference in pressure between the western interior (high pressure over Nevada) and the coast (lower pressure or trough)....see weather map below for the morning of November 8th. These strong winds initiated the fires and thus the smoke.

This was followed by a the building of high pressure aloft over the region (see upper level map for November 13th below)

and the development of modest high pressure over the intermountain west and a weak offshore pressure difference that produced light offshore flow, which moved westward through the Bay Area.  So there is no way for clean, Pacific area to reach the Bay Area in this pattern, and smoke from the Camp fires is continuously draining into the Bay Area.

But it is worse than that.  With high pressure aloft, there is sinking air in the middle troposphere (the lowest layer of the atmosphere that extends from the surface to roughly 30,000 ft), and that sinking aloft contributes to the development of a low-level inversion (temps warming with height)...something demonstrated by the radiosonde (balloon-lofted weather station) at Oakland yesterday morning.   Inversions acts as barriers to vertical motion of air.  The smoke is being held to a layer near the surface.

In short, we have had the "perfect storm" for dense smoke over the Bay Area and unfortunately this pattern is not going to shift in a radical way until next Tuesday.

But there is something positive to report.  The NOAA HRRR smoke system shows bad conditions today, but substantial improvement on Saturday as a weak push of marine air comes into San Francisco and the coast.  My son will be pleased.

Forecast of near-surface smoke at 5 PM today.

Some improvement on the coast and part of San Francisco Saturday at 4 PM.   

Published:11/16/2018 6:01:13 PM
[Elections] Rubio: No Evidence Of Election Fraud?

Democrats planned to use altered forms to fix mail ballots across Florida after the deadline. Rubio tweeted “No evidence of fraud in #FloridaElection? Dems got voters to use altered forms to fix & submit as many mail ballots as possible after FL deadline in hopes that a judge would later order state to count them. ...

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Published:11/16/2018 6:01:13 PM
[] Federal Prosecutors Investigating "Altered" Election Documents Forged by Florida Democrats "No evidence of voter fraud," the media lied. The Florida Department of State last week asked federal prosecutors to investigate dates that were changed on official state election documents, the first voting "irregularities" it has flagged in the wake of... Published:11/16/2018 6:01:13 PM
[World] The Five Reacts to Kamala Harris Comparing ICE to KKK

The panel on "The Five" reacted to California Sen. Kamala Harris comparing Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the Ku Klux Klan.

Published:11/16/2018 5:27:24 PM
[Entertainment] Private funeral held for Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee, but more memorial plans in the works A small, private funeral has been held to mourn Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee, and his company is making more plans to memorialize him.
     
 
 
Published:11/16/2018 5:27:23 PM
[Conservatism] The Power Line Show, Ep. 97: Conservative Fight Club! (Steven Hayward) Just in time for the weekend, by popular demand (or at least the social media pleadings of show fanboy Seth Root), another special episode of the Power Line Show featuring—me. Now I know what you’re thinking from the title, and you’d be wrong: the first rule of Conservative Fight Club is that you never shut up about Conservative Fight Club! In this recent lecture of my series on conservatism for Published:11/16/2018 5:27:23 PM
[Government] Judge Orders White House To Return Press Pass To Jim Acosta

A federal judge has ordered the White House to immediately return, on a temporary basis, CNN’s Jim Acosta press pass. Jim Acosta had his White House press credentials revoked after he refused to give the microphone back to an intern during a heated exchange with President Trump at a press conference. Acosta’s chronically disruptive behavior ...

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Published:11/16/2018 5:27:23 PM
[Government] Judge Orders White House To Return Press Pass To Jim Acosta

A federal judge has ordered the White House to immediately return, on a temporary basis, CNN’s Jim Acosta press pass. Jim Acosta had his White House press credentials revoked after he refused to give the microphone back to an intern during a heated exchange with President Trump at a press conference. Acosta’s chronically disruptive behavior ...

The post Judge Orders White House To Return Press Pass To Jim Acosta appeared first on Godfather Politics.

Published:11/16/2018 5:27:23 PM
[The Blog] Dem Rep. Eric Swalwell: If we confiscate your guns and you fight back, we will nuke you

"It would be a short war my friend."

The post Dem Rep. Eric Swalwell: If we confiscate your guns and you fight back, we will nuke you appeared first on Hot Air.

Published:11/16/2018 5:27:23 PM
[Politics] Abrams Acknowledges Defeat in Georgia But Blasts Kemp in Fiery Remarks: ‘This Is Not a Speech of Concession’

The post Abrams Acknowledges Defeat in Georgia But Blasts Kemp in Fiery Remarks: ‘This Is Not a Speech of Concession’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:11/16/2018 5:27:22 PM
[Markets] Dow Gains 124 Points as Market Sends Mixed Messages While the S&P 500 rose, the Nasdaq fell, and investors are still struggling to figure out what’s next for the Fed and the trade war. Published:11/16/2018 5:27:22 PM
[Uncategorized] SORE LOSER: Stacey Abrams refuses to concede, although she admits Brian Kemp won; Bonus: Hillary Clinton weighs in [video]

Democrat Stacey Abrams admitted a few minutes ago that she will not be the next governor of Georgia, but she refused to concede to her opponent, Secretary of State Brian Kemp: .@staceyabrams says she's not "conceding" but acknowledges Kemp will be certified as the state's next governor, and there are not other legal options. #gapol […]

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Published:11/16/2018 5:27:22 PM
[Markets] EU Threatens UK Access To 'Security Database' As May Struggles To Sell Brexit Deal

As Theresa May struggles to shove her 'best Brexit deal possible' down the throats of Tory lawmakers, across the English Channel, May's European colleagues are refining their own approach to the 'hard sell'. After chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier and German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Thursday that the deal negotiations couldn't be reopened, Barnier took his threatening rhetoric one step further on Friday by warning that the UK could find itself cut off from European resources for combating serious security threats like terrorism.

According to the Financial Times, Barnier said during a meeting with ambassadors from the EU's 27 non-UK members earlier this week that the negotiations over the UK's desire to maintain access to the bloc's internal security database would be "difficult". A framework for these negotiations is expected to be included in the seven-page political statement that will sit alongside the formal 500-plus-page Brexit treaty, and serve as a foundation for negotiations during the transition. The political statement will effectively mark a starting point in negotiations surrounding everything from fisheries access to security to data protection to finance.

Barnier

Barnier's made his threat as Scottish MPs warned that they would resist any attempt to remain a part of the Common Fisheries Policy, which sets quotas for each type of fish that EU fishermen are allowed to catch. Security cooperation has emerged as  key sticking point in the negotiations; Barnier has said that no other country outside the Schengen free trade area receives the level of cooperation that the UK has demanded. Access to the security database has emerged as one of the "two serious problems" overshadowing negotiations over the text of the political statement, the other being access to EU markets.

Mr Barnier dismissed the UK’s demand to maintain access to the EU’s internal security system, including its passenger name recognition database, Europol and Eurojust. He said no other country outside the Schengen free travel area enjoyed such a level of access. “The UK does not accept all the consequences of its status as a third country”, Mr Barnier said, according to the note.

Diplomats said they expected a tough negotiation over the future relationship text, as EU governments seek to protect their key economic interests. These include future access to fishing waters for the likes of France, and demands that the UK cannot undercut EU standards for governments including Denmark and the Netherlands.

The political statement is expected to be finalized during negotiations on Saturday and Sunday. The statement is expected to be the key issue in negotiations ahead of the special UK-EU Brexit summit on Nov. 25, which could still be canceled if May cannot secure support for her deal. But by threatening the UK's access to information that could potentially help prevent terrorist attacks Barnier has made his position clear: The EU has already "bent over backwards" to accommodate the UK. Now, the Tories need to 'get on with it' and take the deal, or risk very serious real-world blowback. 

Published:11/16/2018 5:27:22 PM
[Politics] Democrat Trailing in Georgia House Race Announces She Will Request Recount

Democratic congressional candidate Carolyn Bourdeaux on Friday announced her intention to file for a recount in her tight House race against incumbent Republican Rep. Rob Woodall in Georgia's Seventh District.

The post Democrat Trailing in Georgia House Race Announces She Will Request Recount appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:11/16/2018 5:27:22 PM
[Startups] Kairos founder countersues his own company for $10 million The turmoil continues at facial recognition startup Kairos . Last night, Kairos founder Brian Brackeen filed a counter lawsuit against Kairos and its interim CEO Melissa Doval that seeks $10 million in damages. Kairos is a facial recognition startup that has become well-known for its stance to never sell to law enforcement. At Disrupt SF […] Published:11/16/2018 5:27:22 PM
[] Stacey Abrams Admits She Has Lost, But Refuses to Concede Spite.... Published:11/16/2018 5:27:22 PM
[Entertainment] I watched Bravo’s ‘Dirty John,’ and now I’m the one who feels conned Not even Connie Britton can save the new series, based on the popular podcast. Published:11/16/2018 4:58:38 PM
[Markets] Cracks in the market are spreading and it could be pointi... Are we seeing signs of a market meltdown? With CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders, Steve Grasso, Brian Kelly, Dan Nathan and Tim Seymour. Published:11/16/2018 4:58:37 PM
[Markets] Personal Finance Daily: How Amazon could increase homelessness and how the new 2019 tax rates could affect you Friday’s top personal finance stories.
Published:11/16/2018 4:58:37 PM
[81262a1b-5ff1-556d-adfa-4921eaca118e] Jack Black reunites with 'School of Rock' drummer, sparks frenzy over child star's 'totally different' look Jack Black met up with child actor Kevin Clark and it was just as "rock 'n' roll" as Dewey Finn — the fake Mr. Schneebly — would have wanted. Published:11/16/2018 4:58:37 PM
[Politics] UPDATE: Stacey Abrams to file lawsuit! Stacey Abrams has finally admitted that she can’t win the Georgia governor’s race in a speech just a few minutes ago. She’s essentially conceding the race to Brian Kemp, even though she . . . Published:11/16/2018 4:58:37 PM
[Politics] UPDATE: Stacey Abrams to file lawsuit! Stacey Abrams has finally admitted that she can’t win the Georgia governor’s race in a speech just a few minutes ago. She’s essentially conceding the race to Brian Kemp, even though she . . . Published:11/16/2018 4:58:37 PM
[Law] Capping Off the Year With More Impartial Judges

Rumors swirl that the Senate, originally set to adjourn on Dec. 14, may pack it up a week earlier. Since Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,... Read More

The post Capping Off the Year With More Impartial Judges appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Published:11/16/2018 4:58:37 PM
[Elections, Governors] Stacey Abrams Ends Fight for Georgia Governor Ms. Abrams acknowledged that her Republican rival Brian Kemp would become governor, saying “the law currently allows no further viable remedy” to challenge the vote. Published:11/16/2018 4:58:37 PM
[Markets] Watch How The Brutal Saudi Hit Job Unfolded: NY Times Reconstructs Khashoggi Murder

It’s been almost a month since Saudi Arabia belatedly admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd. By October 19 the kingdom had finally conceded as much, but only as part of a statement which dubiously claimed he was killed during a brawl with 15 rogue Saudi operators — a clear attempt to shield Riyadh and crown prince MbS from any culpability in the crime. 

But Turkish media and government officials released a slow methodical drip of information which poked holes in the official Saudi version, confirming it was actually a state-sanctioned execution and dismemberment. 

And now the New York Times has taken everything known, including damning CCTV footage and other evidence, and produced a carefully detailed chronological sequence and reconstruction of events, down to the very layout of the consulate and room Khashoggi was in when he died. 

The New York Times released its 8-minute video reconstruction and analysis of how the murder and conspiracy to hide the evidence was carried out.

The story has held the constant attention of the world for the past month-and-a-half. Notoriously, among the men that arrived in Turkey just before the killing included a group that had served as part of MbS' security detail, as well as an autopsy expert armed with a bone saw — himself with longtime ties the regime. 

Underscoring the outrageous and seeming Hollywood movie nature of the whole bizarre plot, the Saudis even brought in a body double to give the appearance that Khashoggi had exited the consulate that fateful day of his own volition and in perfect health. The Times video utilizes the established and known chronology of events to pull together the various threads of the narrative. This comes after Turkish media recently signaled the audio recording may soon be leaked and revealed to the world. 

Meanwhile on Friday a funeral was held in Istanbul in front of an empty marble slab where Khashoggi's body would have been. Memorial prayers were also conducted in Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. 

Funeral in Istanbul on Friday for Jamal Khashoggi with an empty marble slab representing his missing and presumed destroyed body. 

Early this month top Turkish officials said that they believe Khashoggi's body was dissolved in acid after being cut up. At the time presidential adviser Yasin Aktay, said the "only logical conclusion", was that the team of killers destroyed the body "to leave no trace behind".

Last week, the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah revealed that a second team of Saudis were sent into Turkey nine days after the October 2nd slaying to dispose of the body and destroy any evidence. The report said the team included eleven officials to clean up the scene amidst grown international outrage and demands for an on-site investigation. Among the clean-up and evidence disposal crew was a chemist and toxicologist, according to the report. 

Likely the leaked audio death tape is the next big bombshell to come out of the consistent pattern of information drips the Turks appear to have engineered to inflict maximum humiliation on Saudi Arabia. Given recent talk of Western sanctions and a potential US weapons ban on Riyadh now proposed in the Senate, it appears to be working. 

Published:11/16/2018 4:58:37 PM
[worldNews] Russian ambassador to Finland summoned over GPS disruption Russia's Ambassador to Finland Pavel Kuznetsov has been summoned to a meeting on Monday with Finnish state secretary Matti Anttonen over the disruption of Finland's global positioning system (GPS) signal during recent NATO war games.
Published:11/16/2018 4:58:37 PM
[Politics] Growing Chorus Seeks To End War in Yemen In the wake of the Khashoggi affair, a growing chorus in DC is pushing the idea of ending support to the Saudis for the war in Yemen. Lousy idea. Published:11/16/2018 4:58:37 PM
[Entertainment] Susan Boyle returns with other fan favorites for 'America's Got Talent: The Champions' British singer Susan Boyle, who became an Internet phenomenon with her cover of "I Dreamed a Dream," will compete once again on "America's Got Talent: The Champions."
     
 
 
Published:11/16/2018 4:58:37 PM
[Green Book] Viggo Mortensen’s Charm Is as Big as His Belly in One of the Best Films of the Decade Witty and warm as cashmere, 'Green Book' is a two-hander in which the stars soar with humor and heart. Published:11/16/2018 4:58:37 PM
[World] Chris Wallace Donald Trump Interview Preview: Should Have Gone to Veterans Day at Arlington

Ahead of his exclusive interview with President Donald Trump airing Sunday at 2 PM ET on "Fox News Sunday", Chris Wallace previewed what he and the president discussed.

Published:11/16/2018 4:28:44 PM
[topics:people/william-shakespeare] George III's medical records put online in royal first, revealing reading King Lear worsened his madness Published:11/16/2018 4:28:42 PM
[Politics] Secretive Liberal Donor Network Plots 2020 Strategy in DC

A secretive dark money network comprised of powerful liberal donors who help set the Democratic agenda descended on Washington, D.C., to begin plotting strategy for the next two years leading up to the 2020 elections.

The post Secretive Liberal Donor Network Plots 2020 Strategy in DC appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:11/16/2018 4:28:42 PM
[Entertainment] Michael B. Jordan on those Lupita Nyong'o dating rumors: 'I love her to death' "Creed II" hunk Michael B. Jordan was linked to his "Black Panther" co-star Lupita Nyong'o earlier this year, but remains vague about their rumored relationship.
     
 
 
Published:11/16/2018 4:28:42 PM
[TC] Pitching a $99 tax advisory service for the masses, Visor has raised $9 million The only sure things in this life, according to Ben Franklin, are death and taxes. And a new startup called Visor has just raised $9 million in financing to make one of them as painless as possible. Unlike Nectome, Visor won’t kill anyone, but it may ring the death knell for the high end tax advisors that most […] Published:11/16/2018 4:28:42 PM
[Uncategorized] House Ethics Committee Sanctions Meadows, Kihuen Sexual harassment allegations against Kihuen, and alleged failure to maintain workplace free from discrimination against Meadows. Published:11/16/2018 4:28:42 PM
[World] Viola Davis strong: How the 'Widows' star put real muscle into her power drama role "It’s great when women are seen as physically strong," the best supporting actress Oscar winner says.
     
 
 
Published:11/16/2018 4:28:42 PM
[Entertainment] 5 Fashion Brands Having Pre-Black Friday Sales Right Now Shopping: Pre Black Friday SalesIf you like to save money, you're already gearing up for Black Friday. It feels like with every passing year there are more and more amazing deals, but we're not complaining one...
Published:11/16/2018 4:28:42 PM
[Politics] As CNN’s Acosta Returns, White House Seeks ‘Decorum’ for Press

CNN reporter Jim Acosta is back in the White House, and the Trump administration is working on rules for “decorum” during press conferences. “People have... Read More

The post As CNN’s Acosta Returns, White House Seeks ‘Decorum’ for Press appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Published:11/16/2018 4:28:42 PM
[worldNews] Migrants in Tijuana feel squeeze from both sides of U.S. border Central American migrants on Mexico's northern border are coming under pressure from two sides as the Trump administration blocks asylum to anyone entering the United States illegally, while local politicians question whether they should be in Mexico.
Published:11/16/2018 4:28:42 PM
[Markets] Clemson Invites Students To "Create Your Own Gender"

Authored by Stone Washington via Campus Reform,

Have you ever considered creating your own gender? Clemson University students explored this phenomenon by embarking on a “Create Your Own Gender Adventure” workshop on Wednesday.

Clemson’s Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center hosted the event, which featured Lara Americo, a transgender activist and founder of Comic Girl Coffee, which is an "anti-capitalist space that uses the non-profit model to support community building," according to its website.

Americo campaigns for greater rights for the LGBTQ community through TEDX, the ACLU, and Change.org. 

“We create gender every day whether we realize it or not,” claims the event description. “When we wake up, with clothes and mannerisms, we perform and create gender.”

“Gender!” Americo exclaimed at the event. “It takes so much energy, so we need to eat, we need to sustain ourselves so we can keep up this performance that we put on every single day.”

Five students and four adults attended Americo’s presentation, sitting at tables surrounding the activist. Americo mixed and matched clothes from a pile to model “new genders.” The transgender activist selected two volunteers to pick out a shirt, pants, makeup, and accessories to assemble various outfits, while the audience attempted to guess what type of gender each piece of clothing represented.

“As soon as you wake up, think about all the things you do to prepare to walk outside of the house. You have all these clothes, all these products that you bought, all these different things that you use to create your identity and by default you use to create your gender expression: your blend of masculinity and femininity,” Americo explained.

“So, we’re gonna do it right now. We’re gonna create something. Are there only two genders? Is it just male and female? Or are genders infinite…and can we create infinite genders based on our emotions and our feelings for today?”

Americo dressed in a variety of clothes to mix and match styles, including fox-covered tights, cargo pants, pink cat ears, and a loose-fitting striped shirt. The activist dressed an audience volunteer up in a variety of “different gendered” clothing, including a woman’s suit jacket, a colored skirt, and a pair of men’s camouflage pants. 

The group laughed and joked as the volunteer had difficulty fitting all of the clothes together for review. 

“This is the complicated gender,” a student joked. “This is gender as a math problem, no shade to the math professor.”

In a Q&A session, Americo described growing up with a father who encouraged going into the military, and later MMA fighting. It was the trouble of living “authentically”; the way that felt most emotionally comfortable, that conflicted with Americo’s masculine upbringing and eventually drove America to alter associate with femininity, while becoming an advocate for the LGBTQ community.

“We don’t realize how much energy it takes to stay within the binaries”, Americo states, “If you’re born with a penis and you wanna shave your legs and wear lipstick every day, who cares? As long as you’re contributing to society and being a good friend and family member. And it’s impossible to do that when you can’t be yourself,” Americo explained.

“So the purpose of this is to demonstrate the absurdity of gender roles and gender stereotypes.”

Published:11/16/2018 4:28:42 PM
[Markets] US Market Indexes Continue Gains Friday, Nasdaq Falls Dow Jones closes at 25,413.22 with a gain of 0.49% Published:11/16/2018 4:28:42 PM
[The Blog] House Ethics Committee reprimands Rep. Ruben Kihuen

"It saddens me greatly to think I made any woman feel that way due to my own immaturity and overconfidence."

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Published:11/16/2018 4:28:42 PM
[Trump Administration] Trump: If Acosta Misbehaves, “We’ll Throw Him Out”

By R. Mitchell -

In an exclusive interview to air on FOX News Sunday this weekend, anchor Chris Wallace sat down with President Donald Trump for a wide-ranging interview. During the interview, President Trump discussed a wide array of topics, including: CNN’s lawsuit against the White House, the California wildfires, the appointment of Acting ...

Trump: If Acosta Misbehaves, “We’ll Throw Him Out” is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust.

Published:11/16/2018 4:28:42 PM
[] Trump: I'll Throw Acosta Out the Next Time He Acts Like a Child, Or I'll Just Walk Out Myself The judge made up some bullshit about a requirement of "due process" to cancel a hard pass, so Trump should just set up a tribunal, stocked with reliable people, who would evaluate "reporter" behavior and complaints from the White House... Published:11/16/2018 4:28:42 PM
[Politics] WATCH: Migrant mob is already fighting with Tijuana residents! While some in Tijuana empathize with the plight of the migrant invasion caravan, they definitely don’t want them in Tijuana and their presence is making a tense situation turn violent. Watch: Tijuana . . . Published:11/16/2018 3:57:07 PM
[Politics] CBS’s Major Garrett Knocks Acosta: I Give Up the Mic When the President Asks

CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett implicitly criticized colleague Jim Acosta's conduct in a new interview, noting he gave up the microphone when told to by the president at a recent press conference.

The post CBS’s Major Garrett Knocks Acosta: I Give Up the Mic When the President Asks appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:11/16/2018 3:57:07 PM
[Security] ‘It’s Your Right to Go to the US’: What I Saw When I Visited the Migrant Caravan

MEXICO CITY—The migrant caravan has its own de facto government, and on this night the travelers from Central America gathered at the behest of a... Read More

The post ‘It’s Your Right to Go to the US’: What I Saw When I Visited the Migrant Caravan appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Published:11/16/2018 3:57:07 PM
[worldNews] Trying to make Yemen child smile 'like tickling a ghost': U.N. food chief United Nations food chief David Beasley spotted a tiny foot sticking out from under a blanket in a hospital in Yemen that has been overwhelmed with malnourished children, so he tried to bring a smile to the face of the small patient.
Published:11/16/2018 3:57:07 PM
[Entertainment] See the Dirty John Cast's Killer True Crime Transformations Dirty John, Connie BrittonConnie Britton and that luxurious mane of hair are going true crime on us. Britton is executive producing and starring in Bravo's Dirty John, a TV miniseries adaptation of the hit podcast and...
Published:11/16/2018 3:57:07 PM
[Entertainment] The Criterion Collection is launching its own streaming service When WarnerMedia announced last month that it would be shutting down its streaming service FilmStruck, the team at the Criterion Collection said it would be looking for a new digital home. Today, Criterion announced that it will be building that home itself — namely, launching a streaming service called The Criterion Channel. The company remains […] Published:11/16/2018 3:57:07 PM
[Markets] Here’s how Brexit turmoil could become a problem for U.S. and global investors It’s hard to imagine a more chaotic run-up to Britain’s exit from the European Union. Here’s why investors can’t ignore it. Published:11/16/2018 3:57:07 PM
[Markets] Foreigners Dump US Treasuries As They Liquidate A Record Amount Of US Stocks

Earlier this week, DoubleLine's Jeff Gundlach held his latest webcast with investors in which he warned that as a result of rising hedging costs, US Treasury bonds have become increasingly unattractive to foreign buyers. This can be seen in the chart below which shows the yield on the 10Y US TSY unhedged, and also hedged into Yen and Euros. In the latter two cases, the yield went from over 3%, to negative as a result of the gaping rate differential between the Fed and ECB or BOJ.

This is also why, as the next chart from Gundlach showed, foreign holdings of US Treasurys have been declining in recent years, and dropped to just over 36% as a percentage of total holdings, the lowest in over a decade, as domestic holdings of US paper have risen to just shy of 50%, and near all time highs.

Which brings us to today's latest monthly TIC data which showed that, as Gundlach would expect, the holdings of the two largest foreign US creditors, China and Japan, declined to multi year low.

As shown in the chart below, China’s holdings of U.S. Treasuries fell to the lowest level since mid-2017 as the world’s second-largest economy sold US reserves to stabilize the yuan which has been depreciating in recent months due to the ongoing trade war.


Chinese holdings of U.S. Treasuries declined for a fourth month to $1.151 trillion in September, from $1.165 trillion in August, a $14 billion decline. Despite the drop, China remained the biggest foreign creditor to the U.S., followed by Japan whose Treasury holdings also dropped by $2 billion to $1.028 trillion, the lowest since 2011.

Investors have been searching for clues whether China is dumping its vast holding of U.S. Treasuries to retaliate against U.S. tariffs, though Beijing has given no indication it’s doing so; meanwhile while the TIC data is relatively accurate, it tends to be revised rather materially which is why it is certainly possible that China's real holdings, when adjusted for valuation and currency changes, are far lower.

Of course, instead of selling Treasurys, China may have decided to hold on to its reserves and allow the yuan to depreciate against the USD, but not too much: so far 7.00 has emerged as a "red line" for the PBOC. The Chinese currency has already depreciated more than 4 percent against the dollar in the past year amid signs of an economic slowdown and capital outflows. In September, China’s foreign-exchange reserves stockpile fell by $22 billion to touch the lowest level since July 2017, however much of that number was due to valuation adjustments.

Going down the list, while Russia's Treasury liquidation was well documented in June and July, two new aggressive sellers of US paper emerged in the latest data: France, whose Treasury holdings declined from $118.4BN to $97.7BN...

... and Ireland, which sold over $25BN Treasuries in September, bringing the total to $290BN.

Not everyone was a seller: the infamous Belgium, host of Euroclear, added $10 billion to $164.7BN, likely working on behalf of some unknown foreign entity, while Saudi Arabia added another $6.6BN, bringing its total to a record $176.1BN, perhaps in hopes of showing Trump just what a good friend of the US it is.

Finally, away from US Treasuries, and looking at total flows, foreigners added a total of $7.5BN in long-term US securities, led by nearly $30BN in Agencies.

What was perhaps more notable is that in September, foreigners sold another $16.9BN in US stocks, the 5th consecutive month of selling, matching a record long stretch of foreign sales of US equities, and one during which official and private foreign investors sold a total of $102 billion over the past 5 months, a record high.

The bottom line: Trump told the world he doesn't need its generosity to either fund the US deficit or prop up stocks, and according to recent data, the world has taken up Trump on his dare, and has been actively liquidating US securities.

Source: TIC

Published:11/16/2018 3:57:07 PM
[The Blog] Trump: I’m answering Mueller’s written questions myself, not with any lawyer’s help

"I've answered them very easily -- very easily."

The post Trump: I’m answering Mueller’s written questions myself, not with any lawyer’s help appeared first on Hot Air.

Published:11/16/2018 3:57:07 PM
[8837b756-2c28-5ff0-86cf-3dc438bff9fc] Meghan Markle pal Mandy Moore reveals surprising history with the royal: 'It was another lifetime ago' Mandy Moore got nostalgic when was handed a decade-old photo of herself among future royalty. Published:11/16/2018 3:57:07 PM
[Markets] Economic Report: Mortgage rates hold steady as housing market stresses mount Rates for home loans were mostly unchanged in the most recent week, of little use to anyone trying to buy a home - there are few good options - or refinance - most everyone who could benefit already has.
Published:11/16/2018 3:57:07 PM
[World] Mark Levin Victor Davis Hanson on Donald Trump Calling Press Enemy of the People

Mark Levin and historian Victor Davis Hanson -- his guest this week on "Life, Liberty & Levin" -- criticized the media's widespread "negative coverage" of President Donald Trump.

Published:11/16/2018 3:28:55 PM
[NVDA] Nvidia: I'm Surprised That You're Surprised Published:11/16/2018 3:28:54 PM
[ef616259-b7da-5fc9-950c-90330736872d] Newt Gingrich: The left may be winning the war of words – but here’s how the GOP can win in 2020 One of the key lessons of last week’s midterm elections is that the left is waging – and winning – a linguistic war. Published:11/16/2018 3:28:54 PM
[Politics] Italy Will Impose Harmful "Sugar Tax" By End Of The Year Published:11/16/2018 3:28:54 PM
[The Blog] Michael Avenatti on domestic violence story: TMZ should get ready to open up its checkbook

Threats.

The post Michael Avenatti on domestic violence story: TMZ should get ready to open up its checkbook appeared first on Hot Air.

Published:11/16/2018 3:28:54 PM
[Markets] Dow, S&P 500 climb Friday, but Nasdaq lags as semiconductor shares falter Dow, S&P 500 climb Friday, but Nasdaq lags as semiconductor shares falter Published:11/16/2018 3:28:54 PM
[structure:news] Colonel accused of 'groping woman's breasts' at regimental dinner suspended by the Army Published:11/16/2018 3:28:54 PM
[worldNews] Irish government extension talks need few more weeks: Deputy PM Ireland's Fine Gael party and the main opposition backing its minority government will need to negotiate for a few more weeks before they decide whether to extend their expiring cooperation deal, Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney said on Friday.
Published:11/16/2018 3:28:54 PM
[Entertainment] Your ultimate Thanksgiving movie guide: A slam dunk for every holiday scenario We're highlighting the good magic about the Thanksgiving holiday movies. Here's our foolproof movie guide.
     
 
 
Published:11/16/2018 3:28:54 PM
[World] 'My wife is awesome': Did Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin just make marriage Insta-official? One day after Hailey Baldwin donned a jacket with 'Bieber' across the back, Justin Bieber appeared to confirm the couple's rumored marriage with an updated Instagram caption: 'My wife is awesome.'
     
 
 
Published:11/16/2018 3:28:54 PM
[Entertainment] Mrs. Bieber! Hailey Baldwin Proudly Wears Justin Bieber's Last Name Hailey Baldwin, Justin BieberJustin Bieber has got Hailey Baldwin's back. The 21-year-old model wore a oversized sherpa trucker denim Levi's jacket bearing varsity letter patches spelling out the last name of...
Published:11/16/2018 3:28:54 PM
[Politics] WATCH: Migrant mob is already fighting with Tijuana residents! While some in Tijuana empathize with the plight of the migrant invasion caravan, they definitely don’t want them in Tijuana and their presence is making a tense situation turn violent. Watch: Tijuana . . . Published:11/16/2018 3:28:54 PM
[Markets] Weekend Reading: Why This Isn't "THE" Bear Market...Yet

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com,

After two significant corrections during 2018, this has to be the beginning of a “bear market,” right?

It certainly is possible given the headwinds that are starting to weigh on corporate outlooks such as ongoing trade wars, weaker revenue growth, a strong dollar, and higher interest rates. However, despite these concerns, there are three things which suggest the necessary psychological change for a more meaningful “mean reverting” event has yet to occur.

Interest Rates

During previous market declines, where “fear” was a prevalent factor among investors, money rotated from “risk” to “safety” which pushed Treasury bond prices higher and rates lower. Despite two fairly strong corrections in 2018, bonds have not attracted the “flight to safety” as investors remain complacent about the future prospects of the market.

VIX

A look at the Volatility Index (VIX) confirms the same as the bond market. Despite the two corrections, the VIX never spiked to levels consistent with “fear” that a correction was in process. Currently, the VIX remains below the average level of the index going back to 1995 and during the “October massacre” failed to even rise above the level seen in February of this year.

Gold

Another “fear trade” which has failed to show any fear is that precious yellow metal. Again, despite two major corrections, gold has failed to find buyers in a “safe haven” trade. In fact, despite consistent calls that gold was needed to offset inflation, it has failed to find any support from investors who continue to chase market returns.

Here is the point – the pickup in volatility this year should have dislodged investors out of their “passive investment slumber.” Yet, there is no anecdotal evidence that such has been the case. There are two possible outcomes from this current situation:

  1. The majority of investors are correct in assuming the two recent corrections are just that and the bull market will resume its bullish trajectory, or;

  2. Investors have misread the corrections this year and have simply not yet lost enough capital to spark the flight to safety rotations.

Historically speaking, the “herd” tends to be right in the middle of the advance at very wrong at the major turning points.

There is mounting evidence that we may indeed be at the beginning of one of those turning points in the market. If that is the case, investors are likely going to find themselves once again on the wrong side of history.

The “real” bear market hasn’t started yet. When it does we will likely see traditional “safe haven” investments telling us so. It will be worth watching gold and rates for clues as to when the masses begin to realize that “this time is indeed different.” 

Just something to think about as you catch up on your weekend reading list.

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[Markets] A Million Americans Are Living In RVs As The American Dream Is "Redefined"

Authored by Michael Snyder via The American Dream blog,

Could you imagine living in an RV on a permanent basis?

On the one hand, such a lifestyle can offer a sense of freedom that is absolutely exhilarating.  Instead of being tied down to just one place, you can freely travel the country and live anywhere that you want.  Such a lifestyle makes it easy to escape the cold in the winter and the heat in the summer, and if you don’t like your neighbors you can literally leave the next day. 

But of course there are a lot of negatives too.  Life in an RV can be extremely cramped, there is very little privacy, and most people have to cut their possessions way, way down in order to fit all their things into an RV.  Living on the road constantly can get really old, because you have to sacrifice many of the comforts of a traditional home in order to live such a lifestyle on a full-time basis.  But without a doubt, more Americans are choosing to go this route than ever before.  In fact, the RV Industry Association says that a million Americans now live in their RVs full-time...

A million Americans live full-time in RVs, according to the RV Industry Association. Some have to do it because they can’t afford other options, but many do it by choice. Last year was a record for RV sales, according to the data firm Statistical Surveys. More than 10.5 million households own at least one RV, a jump from 2005 when 7.5 million households had RVs, according to RVIA.

Living in an RV is certainly a lot less expensive than living in a traditional home, and that is one of the big things that is drawing people to this lifestyle.

A 30 year mortgage is essentially a suffocating lifetime financial commitment for many people, and so a lot of Americans are choosing to embrace the RV lifestyle in order to escape those financial chains.  One family that the Washington Post recently interviewed says that they are “redefining what the American Dream means”…

“We’re a family of four redefining what the American Dream means. It’s happiness, not a four-bedroom house with a two-car garage,” said Robert Meinhofer, who is 45.

The Meinhofers and a dozen others who spoke with The Washington Post about this modern nomadic lifestyle said living in 200 to 400 square feet has improved their marriages and made them happier, even if they’re earning less. There’s no official term for this lifestyle, but most refer to themselves as “full-time RVers,” “digital nomads” or “workampers.”

Some are willingly choosing the RV lifestyle because they want more freedom, but others are doing it out of economic necessity.

But in almost every case, those living the RV lifestyle still need to work, and the jobs that they are able to get often don’t pay very well

Most modern nomads need jobs to fund their travels. Jessica Meinhofer works remotely as a government contractor, simply logging in from the RV. Others pick up “gig work” cleaning campsites, harvesting on farms or in vineyards, or filling in as security guards. People learn about gigs by word of mouth, on Workamper News or Facebook groups like one for Workampers with more than 30,000 members. Big companies such as Amazon and J.C. Penney even have programs specifically recruiting RVers to help at warehouses during the peak holiday season.

So it can be tempting to dream of hitting “the open road”, but the reality of the matter is that many of these people spend long hours cleaning public toilets or stuffing boxes for big retailers.

For other Americans, even the RV lifestyle is out of reach financially, and so they are living in their vehicles.

Even though the U.S. economy has supposedly been “booming” for the last couple of years, the number of Americans that live in their vehicles has been rising very rapidly.  In fact, CBS News has reported that the number of people living in their vehicles in King County, Washington increased 46 percent in the past year alone…

The number of people who live in their vehicles because they can’t find affordable housing is on the rise, even though the practice is illegal in many U.S. cities.

The number of people residing in campers and other vehicles surged 46 percent over the past year, a recent homeless census in Seattle’s King County, Washington found. The problem is “exploding” in cities with expensive housing markets, including Los Angeles, Portland and San Francisco, according to Governing magazine.

Meanwhile, the ranks of the homeless continue to surge all across the country as well.  More than half a million Americans are currently homeless, and that number just keeps getting larger and larger.

All of the things that I have just shared with you are signs that the middle class in America is rapidly evaporating.  Once upon a time, America had the largest and most vibrant middle class in the history of the world and homebuilders struggled to build new homes fast enough to keep up with the demand.  But over the past decade the rate of homeownership in the U.S. has fallen steadily as the middle class has shrunk.  More people than ever are living in RVs, in their vehicles or on the streets, and this trend is going to accelerate greatly once the next economic downturn kicks into high gear.

But I definitely do not want it to seem like I am dissing the RV lifestyle.  Members of my own extended family are living in their RVs by choice, and they seem to absolutely love it.

If living in an RV will enable you to escape the rat race and live a much happier life, then go for it.  The RV lifestyle is not for everyone, but many that have made the jump say that they will never go back.

And considering the times that are ahead, being able to relocate very rapidly is a good option to have.  There isn’t a whole lot of room in an RV, but at least you can pick up and leave whenever you like.

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Say what you will about JPMorgan's quant "Gandalf" Marko Kolanovic, he sure is persistent in his bullishness.

Having declared an all clear for stock three times in a row (first on October 12, following the systematic puke, then one week later on Oct. 19, and finally one again on Oct. 30 when stocks hit their recent lows), and for good measure, once more after the midterm elections when he said that a split congress was the best outcome for markets just before stocks tumbled once more and wiped out the entire post midterm gain in one session (just when Gartman said to short stocks), the JPM Quant is back again, quadrupling-down on his bullish outlook, with what is his fourth note in one month urging JPM clients to buy stocks because - in his view - two key market risks, trade war and aggressive Fed tightening, have effectively dissipated.

In his latest note released moments ago, Kolanovic writes that in line with his previous research, "we think that equity market sentiment is held back by two key risks: the Fed hiking beyond the neutral rate and escalation of global trade war."

But perhaps no more, because as he explains, or rather infers, "today there are significant positive developments on both of these market risks. Fed vice chairman Richard Clarida indicated that the Fed may stop at the neutral rate (rather than continue hiking beyond the neutral rate), which might be interpreted as an effective “rate cut."

Maybe, but whereas Clarida's statement sparked a rally in 10Y yields and a dramatic plunge in the dollar which slumped to 1 week lows, stocks barely reacted. They did, however, respond to the second catalyst mentioned by the JPM quant, namely Trump's rehash of the same optimistic outlook vis-a-vis the China trade war that the US president trots out at every opportunity to deliver a soundbite, and stocks bought it, sending the Dow Jones over 200 points higher at one point, before fading much of the gain.

As Kolanovic notes, the second development that cements his bullish posture, is "Trump’s statement that he may not need to impose more China tariffs and that the “China list is pretty complete, four or five things left off” (from the original list of 142 requests, i.e., 96% of items have been addressed)."

According to the JPM quant, "naively interpreting the likelihood of a deal by the number of items addressed would indicate a significantly increased probability of a trade deal."

Meanwhile, going back to his favorite topic, market technicals and fund positioning, Kolanovic says that "equity positioning of systematic strategies (volatility targeting, CTA/Risk Parity) as well as net exposure of Hedge Funds remain very low (0-10th percentile)", implying that any residual selling pressure to sell from quants is non-existent.

To the JPM strategist, "this, along with record levels of Q4 buyback activity, suggests the pain trade, and therefore most likely outcome, will be the market going higher into year-end."

Will Kolanovic's latest attempt to bottom-tick the market be successful, or will human and algo traders again fade his bullish reco, instead crowning Gartman the winner in this bizarre tactical standoff, we'll know in exactly 45 days. That said, coming on the same day when Bloomberg has an article titled "‘Get Me Out’: Investors Sour on Market Strewn by Tape Bombs" and which carries quotes such as the following:

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... we may now be beyond the point where technicals, or Trump's daily trade optimism, or even the Fed's controversial dovishness matters, and instead traders will look to sell every rally now that buy the dip...

... no longer works, and behavioral triggers are far more important for stocks than fundamentals, technicals or even the best central bank intentions.

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