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[Markets] GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks advance, Treasury yields jump after US payrolls report A gauge of global stocks climbed on Friday, poised for its sixth straight week of gains, while U.S. Treasury yields rose after a strong U.S. jobs report forced markets to modify expectations for the timing of rate cuts by the Federal Reserve. The unemployment rate fell to 3.7% from the near two-year high of 3.9% in October. Ahead of the payrolls report, a run of labor market data this week indicated some softening in the jobs market, while other reports in recent weeks showed a cooling of inflation and led markets to increase expectations the Federal Reserve would have the leeway to cut interest rates as soon as March. Published:12/8/2023 2:05:06 PM
[] Harvard President Desperately Backpedals in Harvard Crimson Interview, But Will it Save Her Job Published:12/8/2023 2:05:06 PM
[Markets] Commodities Corner: Wheat futures mark first daily loss in 9 sessions as USDA lifts global production forecast Wheat futures decline on Friday, marking their first daily loss in nine sessions, while soybean futures end lower after a monthly supply-and-demand report from the USDA. Published:12/8/2023 1:58:47 PM
[World] Biden will not pardon indicted Hunter, who faces up to 17-year sentence: White House President Joe Biden will not pardon his son Hunter, the White House said Friday. Published:12/8/2023 1:58:47 PM
[Markets] What you need to know about the recession indicator that has Wall Street talking What you need to know about the recession indicator that has Wall Street talking Published:12/8/2023 1:51:46 PM
[] A Father's Love: Hunter Biden Spent Over $800,000 On Hookers and Strippers (Two Different Categories) While He Was Dodging Child Support Payments (and Also the IRS) As the moose outside should have told you, Hunter Biden has been charged with a bunch of tax crimes, including three counts of tax evasion. I actually thought he had been charged with all of this already but I guess... Published:12/8/2023 1:39:17 PM
[Politics & Ideas] The Squad Gets a Pro-Israel Challenge
Why George Latimer is running against Jamaal Bowman.
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Published:12/8/2023 1:32:45 PM
[Auctions] Pop Art Pioneer James Rosenquist’s Vibrant Prints Are Headed for the Auction Block While lesser-known than contemporaries like Andy Warhol, Rosenquist remains one of the celebrated icons of the Pop Art movement. Published:12/8/2023 1:26:37 PM
[Politics] Hunter indictment designed specifically to avoid Joe Biden The 56-page indictment of Hunter Biden for tax evasion makes for racy reading, with the Special Counsel describing a four-year criminal pattern directed at maintaining Biden’s “extravagant lifestyle.” Published:12/8/2023 1:26:37 PM
[2f0455fe-6b6f-5402-a900-70f18baed993] Who is Mark C Scarsi, the Trump-appointed judge assigned to Hunter Biden's case? Mark C. Scarsi, a Trump-appointed judge presiding over Hunter Biden's case, is a California U.S. district judge who has handed down several yearslong sentences for fraud and tax evasion. Published:12/8/2023 1:20:29 PM
[Markets] How the jobs report could shape mortgage rates How the jobs report could shape mortgage rates Published:12/8/2023 1:13:43 PM
[Politics] BREAKING: The IDF just announced they ran operation to rescue hostages The IDF has just announced that they ran an operation to rescue hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza tonight. They say two soldiers were seriously injured in the operation as they . . . Published:12/8/2023 1:13:43 PM
[World] Retirement Weekly: Does technology stress you out? Start with small wins and slow down to learn more. Don't dread high-tech holiday gifts. Published:12/8/2023 1:13:43 PM
[World] Two plus two is not five: The courage of country singer Tennessee Jet Headlining this week's news from the heartland is the story of an up-and-coming country-western singer known as Tennessee Jet, who has just been canceled from a venue in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Published:12/8/2023 1:07:10 PM
[Markets] Stock Market Shows Modest Gains; Yoga Apparel Stock Hits All-Time High The stock market posted small gains after wavering in Friday action. Lululemon earnings delighted investors, lifting the stock to new highs. Published:12/8/2023 1:07:10 PM
[348bdad0-83cf-5630-855a-d637e48c2025] Biden fought for Brittney Griner but forgot about Fogel On December 8, 2022, Brittney Griner was released from a Russian prison in exchange for Viktor Bout, the "Merchant of Death." Published:12/8/2023 1:07:10 PM
[Uncategorized] Mufid Fawaz Alkhader Charged After Allegedly Firing Gun Outside of Albany, NY, Synagogue

He allegedly told ATF agents that “events in the Middle East have impacted him.”

The post Mufid Fawaz Alkhader Charged After Allegedly Firing Gun Outside of Albany, NY, Synagogue first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
Published:12/8/2023 1:01:21 PM
[Snow] Embarrassed Experts Flip-Flop, Now Warn: “Will Snow More Heavily In Coming Years”!

Junk science at its finest. No wonder Germany’s PISA results are plummeting. You can see it, especially in journalism.

The post Embarrassed Experts Flip-Flop, Now Warn: “Will Snow More Heavily In Coming Years”! first appeared on Watts Up With That?.

Published:12/8/2023 1:01:20 PM
[Politics] UN Climate Summit Eco-Alarmists Want to Keep YOU From Eating Meat But Here's What's on THEIR Menu Published:12/8/2023 12:49:31 PM
[Politics] Hunter Biden Faces 42 Years in Prison for Tax and Gun Charges  Hunter Biden
Hunter Biden faces 42 years in federal prison for nine tax and three gun charges filed by special counsel David Weiss.
Published:12/8/2023 12:42:30 PM
[Latest News] 'I Am Sorry': Harvard President Does Damage Control on Disastrous Anti-Semitism Testimony

Harvard president Claudine Gay issued an apology for her remarks on anti-Semitism during congressional testimony earlier this week.

The post 'I Am Sorry': Harvard President Does Damage Control on Disastrous Anti-Semitism Testimony appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:12/8/2023 12:42:30 PM
[Markets] Car makers face 1.2m payouts over emissions cheating claims, judges told Car manufacturers are facing more than 1.2m compensation claims following allegations that “defeat devices” were fitted to diesel vehicles to get around emissions tests, judges have been told. Published:12/8/2023 12:42:30 PM
[Markets] Global Rate Correlation Shows View Central Banks Hunt In Packs Global Rate Correlation Shows View Central Banks Hunt In Packs

Authored by Ven Ram, Bloomberg cross-asset strategist,

Depending on how you are positioned on rates, there is a virtuous circle - or a vicious cycle - on display in the major global rates markets, with markets feeding off one another.

Correlations between German front-end bonds and comparable Treasuries, usually pretty remarkable, are now close closing in on 0.9.

Which is to say that much of the shift that we have seen in German front-end bonds reflects what is happening across the Atlantic.

That isn’t to say that recent rally in two-year German securities doesn’t have legs.

Between August and the end of November, the markets tried to push the yield on the maturity below 3% several times - and failed at each of those attempts.

But with the disinflationary narrative in the euro zone gaining credibility, the current rally is fully sanctified.

The degree of enthusiasm sweeping through the markets may also be seen in front-end gilts’ correlation with Treasuries, which has shot up from deeply negative levels - when UK and Treasury yields were marching in opposite directions - to around 0.7 now.

Given that the UK has arguably the most deeply embedded and worst inflation outlook among the major markets, one might think that moves in front-end gilts that are in lockstep with Treasuries are hardly justified.

However, there is an underlying message from the markets that speaks to their long-held conviction that central banks hunt in packs, never alone - meaning, should the Fed pivot, so will the European Central Bank and others possibly following in tow.

Tyler Durden Fri, 12/08/2023 - 13:40
Published:12/8/2023 12:42:30 PM
[Entertainment] Olivia Rodrigo Reveals She Got Caught “Stalking” Her Ex on Instagram Olivia Rodrigo, Jingle Ball 2023 Lurking on your ex's social media might be a bad idea, right? Well, Olivia Rodrigo learned that lesson the hard way.  "I try to follow zero people because it helps me be off of my phone," she...
Published:12/8/2023 12:36:21 PM
[Uncategorized] Protecting America The Secretary of Defense takes safety very seriously. Published:12/8/2023 12:36:21 PM
[Entertainment] Avett Brothers musical ‘Swept Away’ makes for a spellbinding tale “Swept Away,” a roots rock musical about a 19th-century shipwreck, proves itself worthy of a Broadway voyage. Published:12/8/2023 12:36:21 PM
[Sickle Cell Anemia] F.D.A. Approves 2 Sickle Cell Treatments, One Using CRISPR Gene Editing People with the genetic disease have new opportunities to eliminate their symptoms, but the treatments come with obstacles that limit their reach. Published:12/8/2023 12:30:08 PM
[Entertainment] Do you like ‘Silent Night’? There are more than 3,700 covers for you The traditional Christmas song “Silent Night” has been covered by thousands of artists, including Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra. Published:12/8/2023 12:30:08 PM
[] Another Day, Another Government Plot to Spy On You Via Social Media Here, it seems to be foreign governments spying on you by asking Google and Apple what your "push notifications" are. However, do note that one way the American government snoops on its own citizens is to ask foreign governments, often... Published:12/8/2023 12:30:08 PM
[Politics] Biden Blatantly Lies About Not Meeting Son Hunter’s Associates, but Media Turn Blind Eye

There’s a reason that President Joe Biden‘s advisers keep his access to the press as minimal as they can. They don’t trust him to answer... Read More

The post Biden Blatantly Lies About Not Meeting Son Hunter’s Associates, but Media Turn Blind Eye appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Published:12/8/2023 12:24:13 PM
[ff02cef6-9b26-521a-9108-178e7c50c3f8] Kevin Costner and Jewel set off romance rumors after getting cozy in the Caribbean Kevin Costner and singer Jewel were together for a charity event in the Caribbean, and photos show the pair being quite close, sparking romance rumors. Published:12/8/2023 12:24:13 PM
[Markets] Strong jobs data muddies soft landing bets November's strong jobs report appears to be complicating the economic soft landing narrative. John Hancock Investment Management Co-Chief Investment Strategist Matt Miskin says stock market volatility reflects a "never-ending late-cycle environment" where employment remains the "strongest pillar" of the economy. With the S&P 500 (^GSPC) up 20% and the NASDAQ (^IXIC) up 37% year-to-date, Miskin suggests investors should trim risks after November's big turkey rally. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Published:12/8/2023 12:18:16 PM
[] Hamas Official: Jerusalem Will Be Caliphate Capital Published:12/8/2023 12:12:24 PM
[Entertainment] In reviving classic games, Sega channels its old bohemian spirit The former games console maker is reviving “Crazy Taxi,” “Shinobi,” “Golden Axe,” “Streets of Rage” and “Jet Set Radio.” Published:12/8/2023 12:00:16 PM
[Markets] Market Extra: Solid job growth, sharp wage gains sends Treasury yields up by the most in months Friday's official job report is spurring a bit of a rethink about how quickly the Federal Reserve can cut borrowing costs, and pushing yields up by more than any time in months. Published:12/8/2023 12:00:16 PM
[Science] The First Crispr Medicine Is Now Approved in the US The one-time gene editing fix is meant to halt debilitating pain crises for sickle cell patients, who formerly could only be cured with a risky stem cell transplant. Published:12/8/2023 11:52:33 AM
[Politics] Andrew McCarthy explains the charges against Hunter Biden and how much time he could serve… Andrew McCarthy penned an article explaining the charges against Hunter Biden and how much time he could serve if convicted, assuming Daddy Joe doesn’t pardon him. Yes, we all assume that will . . . Published:12/8/2023 11:45:47 AM
[Latest News] 20% of Young Americans Think Holocaust Is a Myth: Poll

One in five young Americans say that the Holocaust is a myth, according to a poll released Thursday, and around 30 percent express anti-Semitic views.

The post 20% of Young Americans Think Holocaust Is a Myth: Poll appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:12/8/2023 11:45:47 AM
[Law] Hunter Biden’s Indictment on Tax Charges Will Make It Harder for President Biden to Dodge Questions, Legal Experts Say

Hunter Biden’s indictment in California on tax charges turns up the heat on President Joe Biden, making it harder for him to dodge questions about... Read More

The post Hunter Biden’s Indictment on Tax Charges Will Make It Harder for President Biden to Dodge Questions, Legal Experts Say appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Published:12/8/2023 11:39:28 AM
[Markets] Stocks Search for Direction After Latest Data Stocks were vacillating between gains and losses on Friday as traders digested the latest set of economic data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.1%. The S&P 500 was flat, while the Nasdaq Composite was up 0. Published:12/8/2023 11:39:28 AM
[ccc77d54-b063-5095-832b-3d011f924104] Jordan subpoenas Mayorkas for case files of illegal immigrants with murder, terror charges House Judiciary Committee Republicans are subpoenaing DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for documents related to 14 illegal immigrants charged with serious crimes. Published:12/8/2023 11:32:43 AM
[Biden Crime Family] Hunter Biden faces 17 years in prison after spending millions on lavish, hard-partying lifestyle while dodging taxes: special counsel Hunter Biden faces 17 years in prison after spending millions on lavish, hard-partying lifestyle while dodging taxes: special counsel. We have to assume the people who are really in charge have decided that Joe Biden isn’t going to be the candidate this time. Hunter Biden was indicted Thursday on nine charges — including three felonies — in … Continue reading "Hunter Biden faces 17 years in prison after spending millions on lavish, hard-partying lifestyle while dodging taxes: special counsel" Published:12/8/2023 11:26:36 AM
[Quick Takes] Indiana University Bloomington Profs Concerned About Possible Anti-Semitism Probe

“we write to express our serious concern about the recent letter that has been sent by Republican Rep. James Banks to IU President Pamela Whitten”

The post Indiana University Bloomington Profs Concerned About Possible Anti-Semitism Probe first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
Published:12/8/2023 11:26:36 AM
[] CAIR Top Dog’s Cheering For Hamas Is Too Much Even for the Biden Regime Published:12/8/2023 11:26:36 AM
[Entertainment] How Kyle Richards, Mauricio Umansky Put on United Front for Their Kids Kyle Richards, Mauricio Umansky Despite Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky's ongoing separation, the longtime couple's family bond remains as tough as a diamond. "Like with most relationships, first and foremost we're friends,"...
Published:12/8/2023 11:26:36 AM
[Markets] The EU-China Trade Relationship Is In The Balance The EU-China Trade Relationship Is In The Balance

By Teeuwe Mevissen of Rabobank

Yesterday the first in-person meeting between European and Chinese leaders in four years took place. Covid made an earlier summit like this impossible so it was about time that leaders of both blocks would meet to discuss a plethora of topics that currently define EU-Sino relations. Despite the necessity of talks and policy coordination on cross border challenges, expectations regarding the outcome of the summit were modest at best. According to a summit background document published by the European Commission, five major topics were on the agenda:

  • EU-China relations including economic and trade,

  • Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine,

  • the situation in the Middle East,

  • climate change,

  • global health and pandemic preparedness.

While the EU will raise concerns about the current imbalance in EU-China trade relations, China reiterated that they want to be a key trading partner with the EU. This unfortunately does not solve EU’s increasing trade deficit with China and patience seems to be running out. In other words, EU-China’s trade relationship might be in the balance.

It is not expected that a ground-breaking resolution will be agreed upon. But aside from the economic and financial implications of EU-China trade relations, Covid – amongst others – also made clear that being over-reliant on certain key inputs from one or just a few countries leaves one vulnerable in times of crisis. Indeed, only yesterday we published a special report addressing EU’s vulnerabilities in an ever changing and increasingly fragmented world order. The low expectations that were voiced before the summit turned out to be a justified. While it is common that after summits like this a joint press statement is provided, none was given this time. Still it remains important that the EU and China continue to engage via top levels of government if only to cooperate on issues were both share common interests like climate change.  

This morning saw a slew of data coming from Japan. This followed a major shift in market expectations regarding future monetary policy of the Bank of Japan (BoJ). BoJ President Kazuo Ueda addressed members of parliament yesterday with the message that his job will become more challenging next year indicating possible changes in its monetary policy stance i.e. a departure from Japan’s negative policy rate. Soon after his deputy Ryozo rushed in to calm down markets with the message that no significant adverse impact is to be expected from a rate hike. Needless to say that this actually seems to confirm market expectations that the era of negative rates in Japan might soon be over. But looking at the most recent data that came out this morning, the BoJ’s mission to normalize monetary policy could be in jeopardy already. This morning it became clear that in the third quarter Japan’s economy shrunk with an annualized 2.9%, more than expected in the first estimate. Private consumption declined 0.2% compared to the previous quarter so not exactly the window of opportunity that the BoJ was looking for, perhaps.

All of this resulted in considerable strengthening of the yen against the dollar. At one point yesterday the yen gained 4% against the dollar and bearish bets on the yen were quickly abandoned. Thin liquidity added to the large swings that were observed yesterday. However a former executive director of the BoJ - Hideo Hayakawa - warned that markets have overreacted on yesterday’s comments from Kazuo Ueda. According to Hideo Hayakawa “This is probably a temporary market phenomenon,”. He added that “Ueda is looking for evidence. There is no need to rush now after intentionally choosing to be behind in coming this far.” While we already expected an appreciation of the yen vis a vis the dollar, yesterday’s pace already breached our 6 month forecast of 148 and at the moment of writing USDJPY is still at a level of just below 144, as our currency watcher Jane Foley notes. Therefore we also think that USDJPY is oversold at this moment but we do continue to expect a level of 142 in 12 months from now.

Tyler Durden Fri, 12/08/2023 - 12:20
Published:12/8/2023 11:26:36 AM
[Markets] The Waltons of Walmart fame are no longer the world’s wealthiest family dynasty The Waltons of Walmart fame are no longer the world’s wealthiest family dynasty Published:12/8/2023 11:13:43 AM
[] Mike Johnson Gives Biden an Ultimatum: Either Protect the American Border Or No More Money for Ukraine So I guess it's worth a "McLeavin'" taunt. By the way, my screwed-up idea of when McCarthy was leaving had him leaving during the crucial post-election, pre-inauguration phase, which is why I kept saying we don't know why we might... Published:12/8/2023 11:13:43 AM
[Due Process] :@WilliamBaude: The Seventh Amendment, Private Rights, and Administrative Penalties a few comments on the oral arguments in SEC v. Jarkesy Published:12/8/2023 11:07:50 AM
[Argument] New Lifesaving Malaria Vaccines Need to Be Available Now Emergency deployment could save tens of thousands of children. Published:12/8/2023 11:07:50 AM
[Markets] Dow Jones Holds Firm Above 36,000 After Jobs Report; LULU Stock Reverses Higher After Earnings The Dow Jones rose modestly Friday morning as Wall Street weighed the latest jobs report. Small caps outperformed as bond yields rose. Published:12/8/2023 11:02:02 AM
[Argument] It’s Time to Reconsider U.S. Military Aid As Congress stalls, the U.S. public has good reason to demand more transparency on Biden’s funding for Ukraine and Israel. Published:12/8/2023 11:02:02 AM
[ClimateTV] ClimateTV – Live at 1PM ET – COP28 Climate Claims, Fantasy vs. Reality

In episode #90 of “Climate Change Roundtable,” host Anthony Watts leads a thought-provoking discussion with Heartland experts H. Sterling Burnett and Linnea Lueken on the latest developments from week three…

The post ClimateTV – Live at 1PM ET – COP28 Climate Claims, Fantasy vs. Reality first appeared on Watts Up With That?.

Published:12/8/2023 11:02:02 AM
[Economy] Report: Insider Blows the Whistle on 'Cyber Threat Intelligence League' Domestic Censorship Program
A whistleblower has reportedly brought to light startling revelations about the Pentagon's involvement in a domestic censorship program, as detailed in newly disclosed files from the Cyber Threat Intelligence League (CTIL).
Published:12/8/2023 10:56:01 AM
[Uncategorized] MIT Gives President ‘Full and Unreserved Support’ After Disastrous Antisemitism Hearing

President Kornbluth told Congress: "I've heard chants which can be antisemitic depending on the context when calling for the elimination of the Jewish people."

The post MIT Gives President ‘Full and Unreserved Support’ After Disastrous Antisemitism Hearing first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
Published:12/8/2023 10:49:57 AM
[4acfc784-db1c-5962-b23d-2be25c1db3b9] Indiana county judge strikes down 'unconstitutional' voting law in favor of GOP Senate hopeful An Indiana judge has ruled a state law on voting requirements for candidates' party affiliation to be unconstitutional, granting an injunction to U.S. Senate hopeful John Rust. Published:12/8/2023 10:49:57 AM
[Markets] Joe Biden: Economic Ignoramus Joe Biden: Economic Ignoramus

Authored by Michael Maharrey via,

Are “greedy” corporations driving inflation? Could taxing billionaires solve the federal government’s fiscal problems?

According to President Joe Biden, the answer to both questions is yes.

And the correct answer is no.

So, Biden is either economically ignorant or a liar. Or maybe both.

Biden put his economic ignorance on full display with a couple of comments last week.

Greedy Corporations Are Causing Inflation!

Biden made the first comment in a speech during the launch of a new White House supply chain initiative. It had to do with price inflation.

Any corporation that has not brought their prices back down, even as inflation has come down, even as the supply chains have been rebuilt, it’s time to stop the price gouging. Give the American consumer a break.”

The general public eats this stuff. Blaming greedy corporations for rising prices plays to the president’s base.

The truth is that corporations don’t create price inflation. One simply has to reason through the claim to uncover the absurdity of the idea. If corporations can willy-nilly raise prices and enjoy “excessive” profits, why don’t they do it all the time? Did corporations suddenly get greedy in 2021? And why did the Federal Reserve spend a decade fretting about inflation being “too low” as it struggled to hit its 2% target? Was there not enough corporate greed before the coronavirus?

But government people like Biden can get away with this narrative because they have redefined inflation.

Historically, economists defined inflation as an increase in the amount of money and credit — or put another way, an expansion in the money supply. Over the years, the government, along with its apologists in the corporate media and academia, altered the definition to suit government purposes. Today, inflation just means “rising prices.”

But rising prices in and of themselves aren’t inflation. Prices can go up for all kinds of reasons. For instance, we might have higher demand or supply shortages.

Rising prices aren’t inflation, but they are a symptom of monetary inflation. When governments and central banks increase the money supply,  ALL prices go up more than they otherwise would have.

Economist Ludwig von Mises explains the problem with this change in definitions.

“People today use the term `inflation’ to refer to the phenomenon that is an inevitable consequence of inflation, that is the tendency of all prices and wage rates to rise. The result of this deplorable confusion is that there is no term left to signify the cause of this rise in prices and wages. There is no longer any word available to signify the phenomenon that has been, up to now, called inflation. . . . As you cannot talk about something that has no name, you cannot fight it. Those who pretend to fight inflation are in fact only fighting what is the inevitable consequence of inflation, rising prices. Their ventures are doomed to failure because they do not attack the root of the evil. They try to keep prices low while firmly committed to a policy of increasing the quantity of money that must necessarily make them soar. As long as this terminological confusion is not entirely wiped out, there cannot be any question of stopping inflation.”

If we use the traditional definition of inflation as an “expansion of the supply of money,” the culprit becomes clear. Who expands the supply of money? It’s the Fed and the federal government. So, if you accurately define inflation, you know exactly who’s to blame. But if the government can fool people into believing that the effect of inflation is inflation, they can blame it on everybody but themselves.

Biden played it perfectly. It’s good politics, but it’s horrible economics.

The comment is even dumber than that. Biden implies that inflation “going down” means companies should lower their prices.

That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.

When we say inflation is “cooling,” we just mean that based on the CPI, prices aren’t rising as fast as they were earlier this year. But prices are still rising. Now granted, the CPI in October was flat. Prices didn’t rise during that month. But they didn’t fall either. So, why should corporations cut prices? They are still paying much more to produce goods and services than they were last year.

How much more?

Since January 2022, prices have gone up 9.7% based on the CPI. And you should know that the CPI is designed to understate rising prices. They changed the formula in the 1990s. If we were using the CPI formula they used back then, CPI would be double what it is today.

To sum it up, prices have gone up almost 10% in less than two years (based on questionable government numbers). They are still going up today, just not quite as fast. And Biden is finger-pointing at corporations. Meanwhile, his administration is borrowing and spending like a drunken sailor, which, by the way, is inflationary.

And that brings us to Biden’s second ignorant statement.

Taxing Billionaires Will Fix Everything!

You won’t be surprised to learn Joe Biden wants to tax billionaires more.

A billionaire minimum tax of just 25% would raise $440 billion over the next 10 years. Imagine what we could do if we just made billionaires pay their taxes like everyone else.”

This is typical left-wing class warfare stuff. I don’t even want to get into the value of billionaires to society. Let’s just take it at face value, pretend billionaires are evil parasites, and look at the math.

That $440 billion sounds like a lot of money. And it is to normal people. But in government accounting, it’s basically pennies.

The US government spends around $500 billion every single month. That means the amount of money Uncle Sam could collect with this proposed tax over 10 years wouldn’t fund the government for one single month.

Let’s look at it another way. The US government paid $879 billion in interest expense during fiscal 2023. That means this $440 billion windfall would only pay half of the interest expense for one year.

Out of curiosity, I did a little digging. Turns out there are 740 American billionaires with a collective net worth of $5 trillion. Keep in mind, it’s not like these people have $5 trillion in cash sitting in a vault somewhere. A lot of that wealth is in stocks and real estate. A bad week in the stock market could drastically lower that number very quickly.

But let’s pretend they have that much money in cash. If the government took all of it – every single penny – it wouldn’t fund the government for a single year.

Last year, the Biden administration spent $6.46 trillion. You don’t have to have a Ph.D. in math to realize that’s bigger than $5 trillion.

Democrats especially like to use billionaires as a scapegoat. They pretend that if we just taxed these people more, the government could do whatever it wants, solve world hunger, and give you a unicorn.

It’s just not true.

The truth is the government spends too much. It borrows too much. The Fed creates inflation to do it. You pay the inflation tax every time you go to the grocery or the gas station. The government is stealing your wealth every single day.

Here’s the truth – despite what Joe Biden tells you, none of your problems are because of a billionaire.

Your biggest problem is politicians and government people. And they’re playing you.

Tyler Durden Fri, 12/08/2023 - 11:40
Published:12/8/2023 10:49:57 AM
[6ae43387-57d0-5ed0-9c8f-2843ecca6e5c] Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce romance: fans spot clues before pair went public Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce have been dating longer than people realized, and now fans are uncovering clues they may have dropped about their relationship. Published:12/8/2023 10:49:57 AM
[Opinion] Most Americans Skimp To Pay For Dinner While Elites Pay $930,000 To Dine With Biden

by Ray Cardello at CDN -

Joe Biden is making the rounds of the elites on both coasts this week, and it is not sitting well with the average American. Biden has not been very active on the campaign trail since launching his reelection bid, but he has not been very active on the Presidential trail …

Click to read the rest HERE-> Most Americans Skimp To Pay For Dinner While Elites Pay $930,000 To Dine With Biden first posted at Conservative Daily News

Published:12/8/2023 10:37:38 AM
[Uncategorized] CNN Mathematics CNN seems to believe that 1910 was 50 years ago. Some of Glacier National Park’s glaciers have lost as much as 80% of their size in the last 50 years | CNN The vast majority of glacial retreat in Glacier … Continue reading Published:12/8/2023 10:30:42 AM
[World] [Josh Blackman] Jefferson Davis: President of the United States? Five Responses to the Jefferson Davis Horrible Published:12/8/2023 10:24:17 AM
[Markets] GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks gain, Treasury yields climb after US payrolls report A gauge of global stocks was higher on Friday, on track for its sixth straight week of gains, while U.S. Treasury yields rose following a strong U.S. jobs report forced markets to recalibrate the timing of rate cuts by the Federal Reserve. The unemployment rate fell to 3.7% from the near two-year high of 3.9% in October. Ahead of the payrolls report, a run of data this week indicated some softening in the labor market, while data in recent weeks showed a cooling of inflation and led markets to increase expectations the Federal Reserve would have the leeway to cut interest rates as soon as March. Published:12/8/2023 10:24:17 AM
[] The Day After Hamas [Diogenes] The human toll of the Israel-Hamas war has been horrific. The loss of life, the trauma, and the level of destruction in the Strip is going to profoundly influence of both Gazans and Israelis for the next generation. Further, the... Published:12/8/2023 10:24:17 AM
[Markets] Major Indexes Look to Extend Weekly Win Streaks The major stock indexes were trying to eke out another week of gains. The Nasdaq Composite, up 0.4%, was gearing up to mark a 6-week winning streak, its longest weekly winning streak since June. The S&P 500 was trading near the 4,594.63 mark, a level that would extend its weekly winning streak to 6 consecutive weeks, its longest streak since late 2019. Published:12/8/2023 10:17:51 AM
[5ddf70cd-5b6d-562d-9577-607f7cfc725c] New Hunter Biden charges reveal what can happen when lawyers get too greedy President Joe Biden's son has been indicted for a second time. He faces nine new charges. The situation offers a lesson in what can happen when lawyers get greedy Published:12/8/2023 10:17:51 AM
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[Politics] “I failed to convey what is my truth” The president of Harvard is still backpedaling after the disastrous hearing earlier this week in which the presidents of Harvard, MIT and Penn said that calls for genocide of the Jewish people . . . Published:12/8/2023 9:59:35 AM
[Markets] US-Israel Rift Over Civilian Casualties Intensifies As 'King Bibi' Doubles Down US-Israel Rift Over Civilian Casualties Intensifies As 'King Bibi' Doubles Down

With the 2024 election fast approaching and Democrat support for Israel's war on Hamas waning, the Biden administration - which is also trying to sell Congress on handing $14.3 billion in aid to Israel - has been ratcheting up pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to minimize civilian casualties, recognize and work with the Palestinian Authority, resume peace talks, and commit to not reoccupying Gaza.

The chances of that happening are virtually nil, however, as Netanyahu's government has made clear that Israel plans to destroy Hamas, retain an open-ended security presence in Gaza, impose a buffer zone to keep Palestinians away from the border, and never recognize the Palestinian Authority.

Despite the clear differences in vision for an endgame to this conflict, Israel knows the Biden administration is nothing more than a paper tiger in a dog mask, despite some 16,000 civilians reported dead by Gaza health authorities.

As the Washington Times notes;

But as the death toll in Gaza continues to rise, conditions deteriorate, and Biden enters an election year with significant portions of his Democratic base pushing for an end to Israel’s offensive, these differences are likely to grow in the absence of a clear endgame.

Shavit said that tensions could rise if the U.S. at some point concludes that Israel is dragging its feet or ignoring American demands. But for now, “the Americans want Israel to succeed,” he said.

Daniel Levy, a former Israeli peace negotiator who is president of the U.S./Middle East Project, a policy institute that studies the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said the Americans are unlikely to put their foot down.

He cited what he described as a tepid American response to heavy civilian casualties in southern Gaza as an indicator of what lies ahead.

“Israelis have a sense that their road to run is not endless, but they still feel they have lots of road to run,” he said.

As we noted over the weekend, Biden's Defense Secretary, former Raytheon board member Lloyd Austin warned that Israel needs to be careful about civilian deaths.

"If you drive them into the arms of the enemy, you replace a tactical victory with a strategic defeat," he said. "So I have repeatedly made clear to Israel’s leaders that protecting civilians in Gaza is both a moral responsibility and a strategic imperative."

And on Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a stern warning, that "civilian casualties remain too high and that Israel must step up its efforts to reduce them."

Blinken has also called on Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza.

On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres invoked Article 99 of the UN charger, which allows him to raise to the Security Council's attention "any issue that may aggravate existing threats to the maintenance of international peace and security."

The letter to the 15-member council - the seventh in the UN's 78-year history in which Article 99 has been invoked - urged the body to "press to avert a humanitarian catastrophe," and unite in a call for a full humanitarian ceasefire.

In response, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen flipped out - calling Guiterres' tenure "a danger to world peace," and that the call for ceasefire in Gaza amounted to supporting Hamas and their Oct. 7 terrorist attack on Israel.

The Security Council was expected to hold an emergency meeting at 10AM ET on Friday in New York, after the UAE on Thursday submitted a draft resolution calling for an urgent humanitarian ceasefire which has the support of Arab and Islamic nations.

Is 'King Bibi' sacrificing Israel to save his political career?

As The Cradle noted on Tuesday, while Netanyahu faces international pressure from both allies and adversaries to rethink his strategy, he's also trying to tamp down a domestic revolt withing his own Likud party - with reports circulating about deposing him through a Knesset vote of no confidence, after which another party member would be selected to lead the government.

Essentially, Netanyahu's political survival strategy centers on portraying himself as the lone defender against shallow US rhetoric for a two-state solution. Attempting to sidestep responsibility for the occupation state’s failures, Netanyahu now faces a resurgent Benny Gantz in the opposition. Recent Israeli polls predict a significant shift among the wider public, favoring opposition and Arab parties over the current right-wing coalition. Per the polling, a new coalition could be expected to win 79 seats, compared to 41 seats for the parties of the current Likud-far-right government. 

Israel’s precarious political situation has Netanyahu resisting any solution, settlement, or exit that could lead to legal consequences for him. He undermines his party by threatening immediate elections post-war if Likud's internal machinations against him don't stop - having already refused to step down from his post. 

More worrisome yet is that despite Israel's devastating past war experiences in Lebanon, Netanyahu may view a northern war as his only potential escape route - a way to reshuffle his political fortunes to avoid corruption charges and face his military failures. Why not play Russian roulette with Lebanon when the only other option is a long stretch in a prison cell?

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking on the 2024 US election, and then there's the matter of the $14.3 billion courtesy (though not by choice) of the US taxpayer.


Tyler Durden Fri, 12/08/2023 - 10:40
Published:12/8/2023 9:59:35 AM
[Entertainment] Celebs Celebrate the Holidays 2023: Christmas, Hanukkah and More Khloe Kardashian, Christmas 'Tis the season for celebration! After all, December is the month of many cherished holidays. Between Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa and more, celebs have a lot of reasons to come together and...
Published:12/8/2023 9:59:35 AM
[Markets] Dow Jones Rises 140 Points After Jobs Report; LULU Stock Reverses Higher After Earnings The Dow Jones rose modestly Friday morning as Wall Street weighed the latest jobs report. Small caps outperformed as bond yields rose. Published:12/8/2023 9:59:35 AM
[Art Institute of Chicago] One Fine Show: ‘Camille Claudel’ at the Art Institute of Chicago In 1895, the critic Octave Mirbeau described the sculptor as “something unique, a revolt of nature: a woman genius.” Published:12/8/2023 9:53:31 AM
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[Latest News] Putin Says He'll Run for President Again in 2024

Russian president Vladimir Putin on Friday told soldiers who had fought in the Ukraine war that he would run for president again in the 2024 election, a move that will allow the former KGB spy to stay in power until at least 2030.

The post Putin Says He'll Run for President Again in 2024 appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:12/8/2023 9:46:58 AM
[World] Futures Movers: Oil prices rise, but look to tally a 7th straight weekly loss Oil prices are clawing back some losses on Friday, but still set for another weekly decline. Published:12/8/2023 9:46:58 AM
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[57e549c7-77f5-5cf6-88b9-c3799a540c3a] Top House GOP committee renews demand for docs from DHS on Texas border wire cutting Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are demanding DHS hand over documents and information related to the cutting of concertina wire at the southern border. Published:12/8/2023 9:46:58 AM
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[Markets] Stocks Turn Higher After Consumer Sentiment Data Stocks turned higher Friday as an upbeat reading on inflation expectations overshadowed a stronger-than-expected jobs report. After opening in negative territory, the Dow Jones Industrial Average recovered to gain 128 points, or 0.4%. The S&P 500 rose 0.4%, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.5%. Published:12/8/2023 9:41:02 AM
[holiday] The Best Holiday Gifts for Fitness Aficionados  These are the most luxurious, top-of-the-line gifts for the fitness enthusiasts. Published:12/8/2023 9:41:01 AM
[Markets] Consumer Sentiment Improves as Inflation Expectations Decline The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index jumped 13% to 69.4 in the first few weeks of December, up from November’s final reading of 61.3. Five-year inflation expectations were also lower, coming in at 2.8%, down from 3.2% last month. Inflation climbed 3.2% year over year in October, according to the latest reading of the consumer price index. Published:12/8/2023 9:34:41 AM
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[Carbon dioxide] Friday Funny: UN COP Conferences Have Been Highly Effective at Reducing CO2

Clearly, COP conferences have had a positive effect on global atmospheric carbon dioxide.

The post Friday Funny: UN COP Conferences Have Been Highly Effective at Reducing CO2 first appeared on Watts Up With That?.

Published:12/8/2023 9:28:20 AM
[World] Little Christmas spirit in 'Merry Little Batman,' cinematic wonder but no focus on God in a musical "Prince of Egypt: The Musical" misses the mark by focusing on jealousy and rivalry while abandoning the miracles of God's grace in rescuing the Israelites from Pharaoh. Published:12/8/2023 9:15:43 AM
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Published:12/8/2023 9:09:53 AM
[Quick Takes] Harvard ‘Pro-Palestine’ Students Chanted ‘Globalize the Intifada’ During Anti-Israel ‘Week of Action’

"The week was reportedly organized by members of the Harvard graduate student union’s Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) caucus and the African and African American Resistance Organization."

The post Harvard ‘Pro-Palestine’ Students Chanted ‘Globalize the Intifada’ During Anti-Israel ‘Week of Action’ first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
Published:12/8/2023 9:09:53 AM
[Markets] Toy magnet ball sets linked to 7 deaths and 2,400 hospitalizations If swallowed, the magnets can attract to one another and cause perforations, intestinal blockages and blood poisoning, federal safety regulators warn. Published:12/8/2023 9:03:52 AM
[Markets] November jobs data: Strategist eyes Treasury yield movement Analyzing the November jobs report released Friday morning, Commonwealth Financial Network CIO Brad McMillan spotlights the 10-year Treasury yield (^TNX) as a key metric to watch. He explains how yields have climbed on assumptions of imminent interest rate cuts by the Fed and expected economic slowdowns. However, stronger-than-expected hiring data challenges that narrative. McMillan believes the report signals economic acceleration rather than slowdown. Consequently, McMillan expects Treasury yields will face upward pressure after pricing in future economic data prints. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Published:12/8/2023 9:03:52 AM
[Markets] The Reckoning Begins... The Reckoning Begins...

Authored by James Rickards via,

Are gold prices and interest rates joined at the hip? Based on recent market action, it would appear the answer is: yes.

A major rally in gold is now underway. Gold moved from $1,831 per ounce on Oct. 6 to $2,091 per ounce on Dec. 1, a 14.1% rally in just eight weeks and a new all-time high price for gold.

Gold has pulled back to $2,037 as of today, but that’s not surprising given its previous surge. Like every other asset, gold can sometimes get ahead of itself and experience a pullback. Importantly, it’s still holding firm above $2,000.

This rally correlated almost perfectly with the rally in 10-year Treasury notes that occurred at the same time. Treasury note rates plunged from 5.00% on Oct. 19 to 4.17% as of today. That 83-basis point drop may seem small but it’s not.

That’s like an earthquake in the world of Treasury notes. As explained below, market signs indicate that these dual rallies and close correlations will continue for months to come.

This dual rally gives investors a double-barreled opportunity to make huge gains.

DVO1: A Quirk of Bond Math

As interest rates drop, the market value of Treasury notes goes up. That’s bond math 101. Yet there’s a quirk in the bond math that many investors (and even financial advisers) don’t appreciate.

When interest rates drop, bond prices go up. But the rate at which they go up relative to each drop in rates (measured in basis points or 0.01%) isn’t constant.

The dollar value of the capital gain for each basis point drop in rates rises as interest rates hit lower levels. (The technical name for this is DVO1 for “dollar value of one basis point.” You don’t need to be expert on this; it’s just useful to understand the concept).

Put differently, if interest rates drop from 7.0% to 6.5%, notes have a capital gain. If rates drop from 4.0% to 3.5%, they also have a capital gain. In both cases, the rate drop is 0.50%. But the capital gain in the second case is materially larger than in the first case.

Right now, we’re in that zone where rates are low and going lower, which means the capital gains are getting larger. That’s a big win for investors on a security with almost no credit risk.

What Explains the Gold Rally?

What accounts for the rally in gold prices? There are numerous factors that affect the gold price, but certain factors dominate at certain times. Right now, the key factor is interest rates. Rates are going down at a rapid pace and gold is going up in a kind of synchronicity. Why?

The simplest explanation for the correlation is that Treasury notes and gold are both high-quality assets that compete for investor allocations. Gold does not have a yield (although it can produce significant capital gains).

When yields on Treasuries drop, the zero yield on gold is relatively more attractive compared with the note yield and gold prices start to rally.

The key questions for investors are: Will rates continue to drop? And will gold continue to rally in sync with falling rates?

To forecast rates, we have to look at economic fundamentals. (By the way, the Federal Reserve is almost irrelevant for this purpose. The Fed controls the short end of the yield curve only and has almost no impact on longer-term rates including the 10-year Treasury note rate we are considering here.)

One conundrum of recent U.S. economic performance is that GDP has remained robust while signs of a recession and possible a financial crisis keep accumulating.

The Trend Isn’t the Economy’s Friend

U.S. GDP was 2.2% in the first quarter of 2023, 2.1% in the second quarter and a strong 4.9% in the third quarter. The best estimate for fourth-quarter growth from the Atlanta Fed is currently 1.2%, a substantial drop from the third quarter.

If that Q4 figure holds, growth for the entire year of 2023 will come in around 2.5%. That’s not too shabby, and it’s slightly better than the 2.2% average annual growth from 2009–2019 in the 10-year period between the global financial crisis and the pandemic.

In any case, it’s a far cry from a recession.

Still, a focus on full-year growth of around 2.5% ignores the trend. When growth goes from 4.9% in the third quarter to 1.2% in the fourth quarter, something extreme happened. It’s almost certainly the case that consumers slammed on the brakes in October.

Recession signs are real and growing worse. These include credit contraction, rising bad debts, increasing jobless claims, collapsing commercial real estate markets, contracting world trade, inverted yield curves and many other reliable technical indicators.

How can the economy be headed into recession after such strong growth recently?

The Credit Crunch Reckoning Begins

The riddle is solved by the fact that the economy has been propped up by the consumer. That explains the growth. But the consumer has been on a non-sustainable path. That explains the warning signs.

The consumer came out of the pandemic with a head of steam provided by handouts from Trump ($1,800 per adult), and Biden (also about $1,400 per adult) between April 2020 and March 2021. That was supplemented by $900 billion of Paycheck Protection Program loans, which were forgiven one year later.

Student loan payments were suspended from 2020–2023. The Federal Reserve held interest rates at zero from 2020–2022. Then the misnamed Inflation Reduction Act of August 2022 handed $1 trillion of taxpayer money to Green New Scam businesses and other pet projects.

With that money, Americans were able to pay down credit card balances and build up savings. It was a powerful double-dose of fiscal and monetary stimulus. Much of this operates with a lag so the growth momentum carried over into 2023.

Now it’s all gone. Short-term interest rates are over 5%. Mortgage rates are over 7%. Student loan repayments have started again. There are no more pandemic handouts. Americans’ savings are depleted, and their credit cards are tapped out.

Now the reckoning begins. In fact, the recession may already be here.

Bad Omens

Interest rates do not typically peak at the start of a recession; they peak somewhat after the recession begins. Businesses see revenues decline and turn to lines of credit to help with cash flow.

Only later, when unemployment goes up and credit losses accumulate, do banks rein in credit and then interest rates start to decline. We may already be at that stage. The fact that interest rates are already in sharp decline suggests the recession has already begun.

The importance of this for investors is that interest rate declines have much further to go (probably down to the level of 2% or lower over the next six months), which means gold prices have further to rise (perhaps to the $2,300 per ounce level or higher).

With both trends in place and a positive feedback loop between them, this is a once-in-a-decade opportunity for investors.

It really doesn’t get much better than that!

Tyler Durden Fri, 12/08/2023 - 09:45
Published:12/8/2023 8:57:41 AM
[Markets] : Krispy Kreme has launched in Paris — and is already in trouble with the mayor’s office The doughnut seller's advertising campaign attracted backlash from the Mayor's office Published:12/8/2023 8:57:41 AM
[Markets] Dow Jones Reverses Higher On Strong Jobs Report; LULU Stock Tumbles On Earnings The Dow Jones Industrial Average reversed Friday on a stronger-than-expected November jobs report. LULU stock tumbled on earnings. Published:12/8/2023 8:57:41 AM
[2020 Election] Hunter Biden indictment is a signal to Joe Biden that he’s being shown the door but there’s a lot more to this tory

  Hunter Biden has finally been indicted on tax charges and that’s a good thing. “The Defendant engaged in a four-year scheme to not pay at least $1.4 million in self-assessed ...

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Published:12/8/2023 8:57:41 AM
[] HOO BOY: Hunter Biden HIT with 9 NEW Charges and WOW, Check Out What He WAS 'Paying For' (Not His Taxes!) Published:12/8/2023 8:51:32 AM
[Markets] Stocks Fall, Yields Rise. The Labor Market Is Still Strong. Stocks were slipping at Friday’s open after data showed that U.S. employers added more jobs than expected last month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 26 points, or 0.1%. The S&P 500 fell 0.2%, while the Nasdaq Composite was down 0. Published:12/8/2023 8:44:30 AM
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[Markets] MarketWatch Live: U.S. stock-market futures retreat after November jobs data MarketWatch Live: U.S. stock-market futures retreat after November jobs data Published:12/8/2023 8:37:25 AM
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[Report] Commerce Needs Cash to Curb China’s Chips Economic statecraft needs to be resourced to compete with China, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo tells FP.  Published:12/8/2023 8:31:12 AM
[Markets] Stock Futures Recover. Keep an Eye on the Open. Stocks pared some of their losses right before opening bell on Friday after traders digested details in the November jobs report. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.1% versus the 0.4% loss seen around 8:30 am Eastern time. Published:12/8/2023 8:24:24 AM
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[Biden Administration] Hunter Biden Indicted On Nine Charges of Tax Evasion

LOS ANGELES—The Department of Justice on Thursday filed new criminal charges against U.S. President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, accusing him of failing to pay $1.4 million in taxes while spending millions of dollars on a lavish lifestyle. Hunter Biden, 53, was hit with three felony and six misdemeanor tax offenses, according to an indictment filed […]

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Published:12/8/2023 8:18:05 AM
[Markets] Bill Burr: Liberals Are "F**king Stupid" To Have Turned Trump Into A Martyr Bill Burr: Liberals Are "F**king Stupid" To Have Turned Trump Into A Martyr

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via,

Comedian Bill Burr told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel that liberals are “fucking stupid” to have turned Trump into a martyr and that “he’s coming back” for revenge.

Burr made the comments in the context of saying how he’d teach his kids about narcissists and sociopaths.

“If you wanna see a great case on narcissism, liberals are so fucking stupid the way they handled Trump – you should shut up!” said Burr, adding “he’s a narcissist – neutral energy – neutral.”

Kimmel, who had one of the most severe cases of Trump derangement syndrome for years, wondered if the Donald would “go away” if leftists ignored him.

Burr suggested that Trump was fading away until “you idiot liberals…indicted him and now he’s a martyr,” adding, “He’s coming back, Jimmy! He’s coming back! It’s gonna be great for comedy – he’s coming back!”

The comedian went on to assert that he wanted to vote for someone in their 40’s for president who would have to “live with their decisions.”

“With any luck, they’ll both die of natural causes before the election and maybe you could get somebody that still has something to live for,” said Burr, referring to Biden and Trump.

Kimmel then tried to move the show on quickly while Burr exclaimed, “Wait a minute!”

Maybe Burr should give the same advice to his own wife, who very much appears to be suffering from her own clinical case of Trump derangement syndrome too.

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Tyler Durden Fri, 12/08/2023 - 09:05
Published:12/8/2023 8:18:05 AM
[World] ‘Modest’ Putin makes low-key announcement on 2024 presidential run Putin made his long-expected announcement to run for another presidential term at a medal award ceremony, cementing the war at the center of his campaign. Published:12/8/2023 8:18:05 AM
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Published:12/8/2023 8:02:59 AM
[World] : Honeywell to buy security unit of Carrier for $5 billion Conglomerate to fold business into its building automation unit. Published:12/8/2023 8:02:59 AM
[Markets] Jobs report surprise shows solid November hires as unemployment eases to 3.7% The U.S. labor market continues to confound Wall Street as employers added nearly 200,000 jobs last month, taking the unemployment rate down to 3.7%. Published:12/8/2023 8:02:59 AM
[Agriculture] Wrong, Washington Post, Warming Hasn’t Harmed African Crop Production

Ethiopian cereal production increased 467 percent;

Yields increased 112 percent;

All-time production records were broken 9 times between 2011-2021.

The post Wrong, Washington Post, Warming Hasn’t Harmed African Crop Production first appeared on Watts Up With That?.

Published:12/8/2023 8:02:59 AM
[Markets] Stock market news today: US futures fall after surprise drop in US unemployment The November jobs report released Friday will be a key test for the stock market. Published:12/8/2023 7:54:31 AM
[Markets] U.S. unemployment rate falls to 3.7% as economy adds 199,000 jobs in November U.S. unemployment rate falls to 3.7% as economy adds 199,000 jobs in November Published:12/8/2023 7:48:39 AM
[Markets] Dow Jones Futures Fall On Strong Jobs Report; LULU Stock Tumbles On Earnings Dow Jones futures fell Friday morning on a stronger-than-expected November jobs report. LULU stock tumbled on earnings. Published:12/8/2023 7:48:39 AM
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[Quick Takes] UPenn Loses $100 Million Donation Following Disastrous Hearing on Campus Anti-Semitism

“Mr. Stevens and Stone Ridge are appalled by the University’s stance on antisemitism on campus”

The post UPenn Loses $100 Million Donation Following Disastrous Hearing on Campus Anti-Semitism first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
Published:12/8/2023 7:39:39 AM
[Editorial Cartoons] Big City Blues (and reds)

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Click to read the rest HERE-> Big City Blues (and reds) first posted at Conservative Daily News

Published:12/8/2023 7:14:21 AM
[Business] Google’s NotebookLM Aims to Be the Ultimate Writing Assistant Author Steven Johnson helped Google create an app that can analyze a writer’s research material and help them extract and explore the key themes. Maybe too well. Published:12/8/2023 7:14:21 AM
[Markets] UK Antitrust Watchdog Examines Microsoft's Partnership With OpenAI UK Antitrust Watchdog Examines Microsoft's Partnership With OpenAI

Microsoft and OpenAI's multibillion-dollar partnership is under scrutiny from the UK's Competition and Markets Authority over potential competition concerns. 

In a statement Friday, CMA said it's considering whether Microsoft's partnership with ChatGPT-creator OpenAI is effectively a merger. It said it had begun an "information gathering process," which typically comes before an investigation. 

"There have recently been a number of developments in the governance of OpenAI, some of which involved Microsoft. In light of these developments, the CMA is now issuing an ITC [Invitation to Comment] to determine whether the Microsoft / OpenAI partnership, including recent developments, has resulted in a relevant merger situation and, if so, the potential impact on competition," CMA said. 

Last month, Sam Altman, founder of OpenAI, was abruptly terminated by the company's board. However, he rejoined the company a week later following a threatened mass exodus by most staff. This incident led to a shakeup of the board, resulting in Microsoft, which owns a 49% share in OpenAI, gaining one board member seat. 

CMA also said the pace of AI technology is "unrivaled in economic history" and that conversational generative artificial intelligence chatbots like OpenAI's ChatGPT or Elon Musk's xAI's Grok represent a "pivotal moment in the development of this transformative technology."

"The invitation to comment is the first part of the CMA's information gathering process and comes in advance of launching any phase 1 investigation, which would only happen once the CMA has received the information it needs from the partnership parties," Sorcha O'Carroll, senior director for mergers at the CMA, said in a statement.

Microsoft President and Vice Chair Brad Smith responded to the CMA news, telling The Wall Street Journal

"Since 2019, we've forged a partnership with OpenAI that has fostered more AI innovation and competition, while preserving independence for both companies. The only thing that has changed is that Microsoft will now have a non-voting observer on OpenAI's board, which is very different from an acquisition." 

CMA has investigated Microsoft before. Earlier this year, it blocked the takeover of Activision Blizzard until Microsoft changed the deal to sell cloud gaming rights outside Europe to Ubisoft. 

Tyler Durden Fri, 12/08/2023 - 07:45
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[961c0cda-cdf1-5e7c-aea3-72eb06e0a44e] UN wants Americans to cut back on eating meat. And that's only the beginning The UN climate change conference COP28 reveals how elites want to make Americans cut back on eating meat. And that's only the beginning of what they have in store for us. Published:12/8/2023 7:08:19 AM
[Latin America Brief] The Mercosur-EU Trade Deal Fails to Launch Last-minute opposition from Argentina and France doomed negotiations over 20 years in the making. Published:12/8/2023 7:08:18 AM
[Markets] Dow Jones Futures Fall Ahead Of Imminent Jobs Report ; LULU Stock Tumbles On Earnings Dow Jones futures fell Friday morning ahead of the imminent November jobs report. LULU stock tumbled on earnings. Published:12/8/2023 7:08:18 AM
[Campus Free Speech] [Eugene Volokh] Prof. Glenn Harlan Reynolds (Tennessee) on Speech at Universities From his Instapundit Substack post: So the shocking pro-genocide/pro-Palestinian marches at top Ivy League schools have put their administrations into a pretty pickle.  They want to escape responsibility for student speech, but their efforts to plead "free speech" ring hollow, when they've been eagerly policing student—and faculty—speech for years…. But as much as I enjoy seeing… Published:12/8/2023 7:08:18 AM
[a88a598e-d204-59ca-8e0e-e3bf28cb89be] Ohio residents navigate 'marijuana limbo': Legal to grow and possess, but buying prohibited Ohioans are in a state of uncertainty as the legalization of recreational marijuana takes effect. While adults are now allowed to grow cannabis at home, purchases remain illegal. Published:12/8/2023 6:54:03 AM
[Markets] Honeywell to buy Carrier's security unit for $4.95 billion; Carrier shares up 5% Honeywell to buy Carrier's security unit for $4.95 billion; Carrier shares up 5% Published:12/8/2023 6:47:27 AM
[Candles] The Best Holiday Candles to Light Up at Home Bring on the festive cheer with these cozy fragrances. Published:12/8/2023 6:47:27 AM
[World] Economic Preview: November jobs report likely to show a solid 190,000 increase, with unemployment staying at 3.9% The strong U.S. labor market finally appears to be simmering down after a long stretch of rapid hiring. Here's what to watch for in the November jobs report due Friday morning. Published:12/8/2023 6:40:47 AM
[World] U.N. says its Gaza aid humanitarian program in ‘tatters’ amid fighting Israel has laid the blame for the lack of aid in the Gaza Strip on the shortcomings of the international humanitarian organizations. Published:12/8/2023 6:34:29 AM
[] The Morning Report — 12/8/23 Good morning, kids. So, Hunter Biden got slapped with some tax evasion charges that supposedly could get him upwards of 17 years in the federal slammer. Okay, you can stop laughing. But still. . . “They could have brought these... Published:12/8/2023 6:34:29 AM
[Markets] Dow Jones Futures: Jobs Report Due With Stocks Near 2023 Highs; Tesla China Sales Bounce The major indexes are near 2023 highs, but the November jobs report is on tap. Tesla China sales bounced last month but exports slumped. Published:12/8/2023 6:26:31 AM
[Columnists] A Short History of Joe’s Long Record of Lying About Biden Inc.

by David Harsanyi at CDN -

After being asked the other day why he’s interacted with “so many” foreign associates of his son Hunter and brother James, President Joe Biden responded by claiming the allegations were “a bunch of lies.” This, of course, wasn’t the first time the president blatantly lied about his role in the …

Click to read the rest HERE-> A Short History of Joe’s Long Record of Lying About Biden Inc. first posted at Conservative Daily News

Published:12/8/2023 6:19:56 AM
[Markets] Top Banking Watchdog Warns Of 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Risks Amid Explosion In Use  Top Banking Watchdog Warns Of 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Risks Amid Explosion In Use 

The US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency - the powerful federal banking regulator - issued guidance to banks and federal savings associations to address the rising risks surrounding the buy now, pay later (BNPL) craze sweeping across consumers. 

BNPL allows consumers to spend money they don't have over several interest-free installments, which are generally unreported to credit bureaus. The overuse and poor understanding of BNPL terms can be disastrous for consumers and lead to overindebtedness. 

OCC's guidance to banks stated they "should maintain underwriting, repayment terms, pricing, and safeguards that minimize adverse customer outcomes and should ensure that marketing materials and disclosures are clear and conspicuous." 

"As the buy-now-pay-later market grows and we enter the holiday shopping season, the guidance confirms our expectation that OCC-supervised institutions offering these products do so in a responsible manner," Acting Comptroller Michael J. Hsu wrote in a statement. 

OCC's guidance to banks to safeguard consumers comes as BNPL usage during Black Friday and Cyber Monday surged to record highs. 

According to the Bank for International Settlements, BNPL is mainly used by folks with low income, lacking education, and under 35. 

BIS warned: "There is evidence from the United States that BNPL users are particularly risky." 

There are many hidden risks of using BNPL, such as missing a payment, which could trigger high fees and interest. 

The higher use of BNPL is no surprise, considering 'Bidenomics' has failed the working poor.

Tyler Durden Fri, 12/08/2023 - 06:55
Published:12/8/2023 6:19:56 AM
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[Markets] The Moneyist: ‘We went through all of my 401(k) investments’: I lost my job, then my home. Do I have any claim to my wife’s $200,000 inheritance? “I asked my wife to help by getting a job, but that did not happen.” Published:12/8/2023 6:19:56 AM
[Culture of Corruption] The Week in Radical Leftism, 12/08/2023

Welcome back to Day 1053 of the Biden* occupation! First let’s jump into the Wayback Machine all the way to two summers ago for this gem: 8/10/22 – Evil Week: ...

The post The Week in Radical Leftism, 12/08/2023 appeared first on Flopping Aces.

Published:12/8/2023 6:19:56 AM
[World] Calmes: Republicans' blocking aid to Ukraine is next-level cynicism

To the delight of Vladimir Putin, further U.S. support for Ukraine is in real doubt for the first time since Russia invaded 21 months ago.

Published:12/8/2023 6:07:40 AM
[Markets] No more coffee mugs! Here are the gifts teachers say they want or need. l asked educators about their holiday wishes. Gift cards and school supplies topped the list, along with handwritten notes and other simple acts of appreciation. Published:12/8/2023 6:07:40 AM
[Markets] U.K. regulator to probe whether Microsoft has control over OpenAI U.K. regulator to probe whether Microsoft has control over OpenAI Published:12/8/2023 6:01:11 AM
[] Uh Oh: After Humiliating Congressional Hearing, U Penn President Magill May Be Asked To Step Down Published:12/8/2023 6:01:11 AM
[322ffc9d-797d-5e62-b8b5-237dc6eb6d09] 'Ferris Bueller' actor Alan Ruck sued for negligence in Hollywood car crash Alan Ruck is being sued for negligence following a crash where he allegedly rammed his vehicle into another car, sending the vehicle careening into an intersection. Published:12/8/2023 5:53:40 AM
[Markets] Jobs, Inflation, and Fed Decision. Why the Santa Rally Is at Stake. The important data ahead, Broadcom sees generative AI demand accelerating, White House threatens to seize drug patents, Lululemon Athletica sees slowing sales growth, and other news to start your day. Published:12/8/2023 5:46:58 AM
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[] A Short History of Joe's Long Record of Lying About Biden Inc. Published:12/8/2023 5:39:17 AM
[World] Hunter Biden’s New Charges, and a Weight-Loss Surgery ‘Factory’ Hear the news in five minutes. Published:12/8/2023 5:25:24 AM
[World] Trump, U.S. conservatives embrace Argentina’s controversial new leader Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and other GOP figures have embraced the controversial leader. Published:12/8/2023 5:06:29 AM
[Entertainment] The best of classical music in 2023 The most engrossing shows ran the gamut, from a flock of ‘Madama Butterflies’ and Washington National Opera premiere of ‘Blue’ to Rene Orth’s ‘10 Days in a Madhouse.’ Published:12/8/2023 5:06:29 AM
[Markets] Labor market hiring is slower but healthy with strength in a few key sectors The final stretch of 2023 is shaping up to be the slowest hiring period in years for the U.S. labor market, as employers tighten their belts after years of explosive growth following the job losses of the coronavirus pandemic. Published:12/8/2023 5:06:29 AM
[World] Bond Report: Bond yields rise as jobs data will show whether rally has been warranted Bond yields rose on Friday ahead of pivotal data that will show whether a rally in bond prices has been justified. Published:12/8/2023 5:00:33 AM
[Markets] Dow Jones Futures Rise: AI-Fueled AMD Leads 4 Tech Giants Into Buy Zones; Jobs Report Due AMD and Google jumped on AI optimism, leading Thursday's market rally. Broadcom and Lululemon headlined overnight earnings. Published:12/8/2023 4:48:10 AM
[Markets] These Are The 10 Most (And Least) Polluted Cities In The EU These Are The 10 Most (And Least) Polluted Cities In The EU

The Dubai conference on climate change, or COP28, is currently underway, running from November 30 to December 12, 2023.

The international conference will bring together representatives from countries that are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

One of the main objectives of COP28 is to continue the development of energy transition and accelerate the phase-out of fossil fuels, major sources of greenhouse gasses and air pollutants. Beyond their impact on the climate, fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas also pose significant pollution problems; for example, their combustion emits fine particles (PM2.5).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), prolonged exposure to these particles is likely to create or worsen various health problems, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. While the WHO has recommended a maximum level of five micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic meter of air for prolonged exposure since 2021, the vast majority of cities in the European Union far exceed this threshold.

As Statista's Anna Fleck shows in the infographic below, based on data from the European Environment Agency compiled by Toute l’Europe, the most polluted city with PM2.5 in the EU in 2021-2022 was Slavonski Brod, Croatia, where the average was nearly six times the recommended maximum level, or 28 µg/m³.

Moreover, many of the cities most affected by PM2.5 are located in Poland, a country still heavily dependent on coal, which emits a high amount of fine particles when burned.

In Italy, the Po Valley, due to its geography and concentration of industrial activities, remains one of the most polluted regions in Europe by fine particles, leading to the presence of two Italian cities at the top of the list.

Infographic: The 10 Most Polluted Cities in the European Union | Statista

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On the other end of the spectrum, based on data from the European Environment Agency compiled by the website Toute l’Europe, ten cities in Europe remained below the recommended level of fine particles by the WHO.

Infographic: The 10 Least Polluted Cities in the EU | Statista

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In 2021-2022, the least polluted European city in the study was Faro, Portugal, where the average concentration of PM2.5 in the air was only 3.7 µg/m³. Next were two Swedish cities, Umeå (3.9 µg/m³) and Uppsala (4 µg/m³).

Tyler Durden Fri, 12/08/2023 - 05:45
Published:12/8/2023 4:48:10 AM
[Biden Administration] Faced With Record Illegal Immigration, the White House Wants To Expedite Border Crossings

The Department of Homeland Security is planning to send Customs and Border Protection agents to Mexico to make it easier for migrants to cross the southern border, according to internal documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The post Faced With Record Illegal Immigration, the White House Wants To Expedite Border Crossings appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:12/8/2023 4:34:58 AM
[World] Kelley Blue Book: Survey: This is the most popular electric truck—except that it doesn’t exist In a popularity contest, researchers found an imaginary truck beats everything currently for sale. Published:12/8/2023 4:34:58 AM
[7fd81fd2-815f-5311-9412-2c6ec578d504] Cary Grant's ex-wife Dyan Cannon wishes she could have ‘helped a man who was going through hell' Cary Grant's ex-wife Dyan Cannon revealed her biggest regrets about her marriage to the Hollywood icon. Cannon executive produced the new miniseries about Grant's life, "Archie." Published:12/8/2023 4:34:58 AM
[World] On Obamacare repeal, Trump gives Biden a 2024 political shiv for fresh attacks Obamacare repeal is an ‘oldie-but-goodie’ campaign issue for Democrats as the ex-president tackles a topic that has hurt him badly once before. Published:12/8/2023 4:22:44 AM
[Argument] The Shortest Path to Victory in Ukraine Goes Through Crimea The West needs to keep its nerve, recognize the stakes, and support Kyiv’s clearest path to victory. Published:12/8/2023 4:15:15 AM
[Markets] Where do Americans live after 85? Look inside the homes of 11 seniors An analysis of the U.S. census data found less than 10 percent of people aged 85 and older live in nursing homes. See what 11 seniors say about where they chose to live as they age. Published:12/8/2023 4:08:16 AM
[a39c4045-15bc-5a1e-9ba5-48d0fba60156] Patrick Dempsey, celebrity makeup artist wife survived near-divorce: ‘We both wanted to do that work' Patrick and Jillian Dempsey first met in 1994 when the "Grey's Anatomy" star was a client at his future wife's hair salon. The couple's marriage has not always been perfect, and they nearly split in 2015. Published:12/8/2023 4:08:16 AM
[b2591e2f-61bb-5ae6-91bf-48092b7020ac] A few questions for Republicans about abortion The majority of Americans support access to abortion, and anyone who is not willing to accept this reality is out of step with the American people. Published:12/8/2023 4:08:16 AM
[Climate Economics] House Republicans Demand Answers From Key Energy Dept Official Subsidizing Green Companies Following DCNF Report

The DCNF reported in November that the LPO had reached a conditional commitment to loan Li-Cycle, a battery recycling company, $375 million while the company was allegedly defrauding investors.

The post House Republicans Demand Answers From Key Energy Dept Official Subsidizing Green Companies Following DCNF Report first appeared on Watts Up With That?.

Published:12/8/2023 4:02:33 AM
[Markets] Welsh Teens Left Behind As UK Education Gap Widens Welsh Teens Left Behind As UK Education Gap Widens

Welsh students are falling further behind their peers in the United Kingdom at school, according to the newly released 2022 results of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The national averages for performance across maths, science and reading were lower in Wales than in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, highlighting a regional education gap that persists in the UK.

As Statista's Anna Fleck reports, Wales was also the only country of the four to drop below the OECD averages, which were calculated based on the test results of 690,000 students across 81 countries and economies. And it seems that this gap is getting wider: Where the national scores dropped in all three core subjects across the four UK regions, the greatest declines for each subject were in Wales.

Infographic: Welsh Teens Left Behind as UK Education Gap Widens | Statista

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As this chart shows, England achieved the highest scores for maths, science and reading.

Scotland performed second-best for reading, while Northern Ireland was second runner for science.

Students performed the worst in maths in each UK country in 2022 and it was also the subject with the greatest fall in attainment per country since 2018. This mirrors a global trend, as the OECD nations analysed showed an average decline of 15 points in maths since 2018.

According to the OECD, a change of 20 points equates to approximately a full year of education. This means that since the last PISA exams in 2018, students in Wales performed on average as if they were a full year behind in maths, just under a year behind in reading and three-quarters of a year behind in science.

Plaid Cymru’s education spokesperson, Heledd Fychan MS, has cited youth poverty rates leading to? high pupil absenteeism, school budget deficits and a recruitment crisis in the education sector among the reasons for the lower results.

“Despite the hard work and dedication of an overstretched workforce, the pupil attainment gap is widening and we cannot ignore the link between poverty and [Tuesday’s] disappointing results”, she said.

In the OECD report, other reasons for the observed declines across many OECD countries include interruptions from school closures during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the longer-term issues of teaching quality and lack of resources.

Since the 2022 PISA tests were taken, Wales has already started rolling out a new Curriculum for Wales.

Tyler Durden Fri, 12/08/2023 - 04:15
Published:12/8/2023 3:55:40 AM
[Markets] Stellantis plans to cut jobs at U.S. jeep plants Stellantis plans to cut jobs at U.S. jeep plants Published:12/8/2023 3:33:43 AM
[6872e77c-c48c-5ee1-a8a0-004e6ce9590d] 2024 Showdown: The real winner of four GOP presidential primary debates could be the guy who didn't show up The four Republican presidential primary debates of 2023 are in the books. Was the real winner the candidate who didn't take the stage, former President Donald Trump? Published:12/8/2023 3:25:47 AM
[bd04d95b-84ea-5784-add8-9eb74388e4c7] Kurt Russell calls Goldie Hawn 'magical' while celebrating family's special Christmas connection Kurt Russell and his son, actor Wyatt Russell, are teaming up on screen to play the same character at different ages in a new "Godzilla" spinoff series. Published:12/8/2023 3:06:52 AM
[] Daily Tech News 8 December 2023 Top Story The FTC has filed a lawsuit to prevent Microsoft from buying Activision. (Reuters) The only problem is Microsoft has already bought Activision. The only other problem is that the FTC is making the same argument that was already... Published:12/8/2023 3:06:52 AM
[Markets] LIVE: FTSE moves higher ahead of crucial US job data release Stocks rose as investors await US jobs data, with employment figures closely watched as an indicator of potential moves by the central bank on interest rates. Published:12/8/2023 2:53:47 AM
[Politics] A Short History of Joe’s Long Record of Lying About Biden Inc.

After being asked the other day why he’s interacted with “so many” foreign associates of his son Hunter and brother James, President Joe Biden responded... Read More

The post A Short History of Joe’s Long Record of Lying About Biden Inc. appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Published:12/8/2023 2:39:18 AM
[DDOG] Datadog: Despite Recent Strength, It's Time To Lock In Gains Published:12/8/2023 2:33:08 AM
[2602bf01-7628-5227-ad30-484806ef804a] Hunter Biden's attorney claims indictments would not have been brought if he was not related to the president Hunter Biden's attorney said Thursday that his client would not be facing charges out of Delaware and California if he was not the son of President Biden. Published:12/8/2023 2:33:08 AM
[Markets] The Global Number Of New HIV Infections Is Falling, But... The Global Number Of New HIV Infections Is Falling, But...

There were an estimated 1.3 million new HIV infections in 2022, according to UNAIDS latest report.

While still too high, this figure is the lowest in decades, with declines particularly strong in regions with the highest HIV burdens.

As Statista's Anna Fleck shows in the following chart, Eastern and southern Africa have seen a fall of 57 percent of new HIV infections between 2010 and 2022.

However, the region still has the highest number of new cases annually, with 500,000 recorded new infections in 2022.

Infographic: The Global Number of New HIV Infections Is Falling | Statista

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Asia and the Pacific had the second highest number of new cases at 300,000 worldwide, yet also saw a substantial fall, this time of -14 percent, over the 12 year period.

Three regions have seen increases in the number of HIV infections in that time frame:

  • Latin America (+8 percent), 

  • Eastern Europe and central Asia (+49 percent),

  • and the Middle East and North Africa (+61 percent).

According to the report, the biggest decreases in numbers of new infections were among children (aged 0-14 years) and young people (aged 15-24 years).

This is partly due to fewer new HIV infections in women and higher coverage of treatment among people living with HIV.

December 1 marked World AIDS Day.

Tyler Durden Fri, 12/08/2023 - 02:45
Published:12/8/2023 2:14:20 AM
[Markets] Airbus gets $2.7 billion order from Cathay Pacific for six A350F aircraft Airbus gets $2.7 billion order from Cathay Pacific for six A350F aircraft Published:12/8/2023 1:31:05 AM
[World] Israel-Gaza war latest updates: Blinken says Israel must do more to reduce civilian deaths The death toll in Gaza climbed to more than 17,000, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health, after 350 people were killed in the past 24 hours. Published:12/8/2023 1:31:05 AM
[2ebee19e-192d-565f-9184-fc96053f68b1] 'Elvis' director says Hollywood 's AI regulation is 'way behind’ "Elvis" director Baz Luhrmann warns that Hollywood is "way behind" when it comes to regulating artificial intelligence, but he himself is a fan of the technology. Published:12/8/2023 1:09:32 AM
[7cfbb9b6-15c1-5d36-abd5-db64529d7423] There’s at least one university that stands with Israel Despite the disastrous performance of college presidents on Capitol Hill, I know my school must stand with Israel. As a chancellor, it's our duty to speak out. Published:12/8/2023 1:09:32 AM
[bb71dc54-ae0d-599f-8801-8ddee1951a1e] California faces 'severe revenue decline,' record $68 billion budget deficit as mass exodus continues California is facing what a nonpartisan budget group says is a "severe revenue decline," and a record $68 billion budget deficit as its citizens continue moving to GOP-run states. Published:12/8/2023 12:52:18 AM
[World] Hunter Biden charged with tax crimes in Los Angeles

Hunter Biden was indicted Thursday in L.A. on federal tax charges. The nine-count indictment was unsealed on the eve of President Biden's arrival in Southern California.

Published:12/8/2023 12:10:19 AM
[Climate News] Canadian Climate Policy: Reasonableness Needed

They exhibit an almost ritualistic narcissism defending their crowning achievement, the Carbon Tax, and treat opposition to its efficacy as malignant, unintelligent treachery while demonstrating hypocrisy in practice.

The post Canadian Climate Policy: Reasonableness Needed first appeared on Watts Up With That?.

Published:12/8/2023 12:04:27 AM
[World] Ukraine cracks down on draft-dodging as it struggles to find troops As Ukraine approaches its third year of war, it needs manpower, prompting a search for new ways to mobilize the people and stronger measures against draft dodgers. Published:12/8/2023 12:04:27 AM
[1c0f6d69-9ea0-5985-99be-b1e8dd332629] From sex clubs to strippers: Here are the 5 most salacious details from the Hunter Biden indictment The federal indictment against Hunter Biden in California contained a number of salacious details on how the president's son spent his money while not paying taxes. Published:12/7/2023 11:58:23 PM
[In The News] President Joe Biden’s Schedule for Friday, December 8, 2023

by Rich Mitchell at CDN -

Schedule Summary: President Joe Biden will stop off in Vegas to deliver another speech on how amazing his economy is before he jets off to California (once again) to collect money from the few people who actually like him. President Joe Biden’s Itinerary for 12/8/23 ALL TIMES EST 10:00 AM Daily briefing 10:55 …

Click to read the rest HERE-> President Joe Biden’s Schedule for Friday, December 8, 2023 first posted at Conservative Daily News

Published:12/7/2023 11:46:25 PM
[Markets] Stock market today: Asian shares are mostly higher ahead of a key US jobs report Asian shares were mostly higher on Friday ahead of a U.S. government jobs report, after Wall Street rose Thursday to snap its first three-day losing streak since Halloween. U.S. futures were lower and oil prices gained more than $1. In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 index shed 1.8% to 32,254.82, as investors speculated that the Bank of Japan may end its negative interest rate policy. Published:12/7/2023 11:34:29 PM
[Markets] The "Why" Is Now Obvious The "Why" Is Now Obvious

Authored by Albin Sadar via American Greatness,

The release of more video and cell phone tapes from January 6 by new House Speaker Mike Johnson shows further evidence of a setup by the Feds that their so-called insurrection was staged.

All sides will acknowledge the fact that then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to have extra security on January 6.

However, there is a bigger question that no one, Left, Right or Center, seems to be asking:


Why wouldn’t Pelosi want to be sure that “Democracy was secure” so that Vice President Mike Pence could certify the Electoral College vote? Making sure that the Capitol was safe and sound would mean that Joe Biden’s presidency would be assured. After all, the election of 2020 was “the most secure in American history,” so why wouldn’t you want that obvious fact certified and rubber-stamped by Congress?

The only obvious answer to why Pelosi wanted to guarantee a riotous breach of the Capitol was what she knew would be the actual results of the Electoral College vote if the process were allowed to run its course. Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, among others, had previously made noise about challenging election results in several swing states. And despite what many have debated, there was tangible potential for Pence to delay the certification for a couple of weeks to look into the evidence of significant vote-tampering and fraud.

How do we know that the vice president had the authority to stop the certification? Well, because the ability for the position of vice president to do just that was changed by a vote of Congress relatively recently after the events of January 6. Why would you change something that did not need to be changed?

So, at the time, Pelosi knew that a halt in the proceedings would lead to an investigation. And an investigation would lead to those questions being covered, albeit reluctantly, by the entire mainstream media. What actually transpired over the three additional days of counting in the 2020 Election would be exposed. And the narrative of the most secure election in American history would crumble in front of the eyes of everybody in this country and across the globe.

To this day, then, as the new Speaker takes a serious look at the events of January 6 and as America and the world itself can see exposed in the recently-released video evidence, we must address what happened that particular day – specifically, the reason that the crowds of tens of thousands had gathered. The patriots in Washington, D.C. showed up to highlight one very important message: “Stop the Steal.”

Pelosi’s action – as well as inaction – diverted attention from that message; she refocused our sights on the word “insurrection” in order to keep President Donald Trump from returning to the White House as a result of the true, states’ election totals of 2020. And the Left continues nonstop that charade in order to keep Trump from the White House in 2024.

With each passing day, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the two biggest blemishes recently on America as a great and free nation are the stolen presidential election of 2020, and the subsequent incarceration of those patriots who exercised their guaranteed First Amendment right to free speech to contest it. The election tampering advanced the Left’s directive of “fundamental transformation” of the country, which included imprisonment without bail or trial of those with whom the tyrannical administration disagreed.

So, what next?

Unless the country itself can see that the narrative presented by the Left regarding January 6, 2021, was a smoke screen for the real insurrection of November 3, 2020, America will need to brace itself for a repeat performance of that nefarious action on November 5, 2024.

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Albin Sadar is author of Obvious: Seeing the Evil That’s in Plain Sight and Doing Something About It, as well as the children’s book collection, Hamster Holmes: Box of Mysteries.

Tyler Durden Thu, 12/07/2023 - 23:40
Published:12/7/2023 11:14:31 PM
[Politics] Tyranny Comes to Main Street

Rather than the rule of law, we have a government of threats, intimidation, and browbeating.

The post Tyranny Comes to Main Street appeared first on The American Conservative.

Published:12/7/2023 11:07:18 PM
[Uncategorized] Extreme Earth And Space Weather Of 1859 “The coldest daytime ever experienced in New York City (and throughout New England for that matter) occurred on January 10, 1859” Extreme Weather – Google Books “The year 1859 was another exceptional year. In October the thermometer registered 110° in … Continue reading Published:12/7/2023 10:54:07 PM
[Entertainment] What to Know About Selena Gomez's Rumored Boyfriend Benny Blanco Selena Gomez, Benny Blanco When you're ready, come and get to know Benny Blanco. Selena Gomez seemingly hard launched her relationship with the music producer on Dec. 7, commenting under multiple Instagram posts about their...
Published:12/7/2023 10:40:28 PM
[Markets] What Are The Best Selling Video Game Franchises In The US? What Are The Best Selling Video Game Franchises In The US?

Fortnite, Minecraft, Call of Duty, Super Mario or Grand Theft Auto: Even many non-gamers recognize at least some of these highly successful titles and franchises, be it by name or their cultural impact.

As Statista's Florian Zandt details below, when viewed through an economic lens, there are two game series that have dominated the sales charts in the United States for the past decade.

The first and overall leader in terms of total entries in the top 10 selling games in the U.S. between 2013 and 2022 according to market analysts at NPD Group is Call of Duty. The franchise has been present among the top sellers with 11 individual games since 2013, snagging the top spot every single year apart from two instances.

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In 2018, Red Dead Redemption 2 trumped Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, while Grand Theft Auto V rushed to the top in 2013, followed by Call of Duty: Ghosts.

It's worth noting that while Call of Duty turned out to be a cash cow for its parent company, this success can't overshadow that Activision Blizzard, which is now owned by Microsoft, was at the center of several scandals surrounding alleged toxic workplace culture and sexual harassment over the past years.

The second and third spots are indicative of U.S. Americans' love for all things sports.

The American Football simulation Madden was represented in the top 10 every single year, while Take-Two's NBA 2K series dropped out of the ranking of the best-selling games in the U.S. starting with NBA 2K21.

Grand Theft Auto V remains a singularity in this ranking, though. While most other games managed to enter the top 10 with new franchise installments, Rockstar Games achieved this feat for five years with a single game.

Tyler Durden Thu, 12/07/2023 - 23:20
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[Markets] Japan's First-Ever Conviction For Illegal Organ Trafficking Shines Light On Forced Organ Harvesting Japan's First-Ever Conviction For Illegal Organ Trafficking Shines Light On Forced Organ Harvesting

Authored by Bin Zhao and Sean Tseng via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

In a landmark ruling, a Japanese court has convicted a non-profit executive of facilitating illegal overseas organ transplants for Japanese citizens.

Doctors carrying organs for transplant surgery at a hospital in Henan Province, China, on Aug. 16, 2012. (Screenshot/

On Nov. 28, the Tokyo District Court sentenced 63-year-old Hiromichi Kikuchi, chairman of the Association for Patients of Intractable Diseases, a non-profit organization. Kikuchi received an eight-month prison term and a fine of 1 million yen (around $6,800) for arranging organ transplants abroad for two Japanese citizens without government approval. His organization, which has been working with transplant patients for over fifteen years, is now under scrutiny.

The case, the first of its kind in Japan, has prompted widespread media coverage and heightened concerns over illegal organ transplants.

Mr. Kikuchi's conviction shows Japan's efforts to crack down on organ trafficking and forced organ harvesting. The transplants that led to his arrest took place in Belarus in 2022. However, the case has drawn attention to the grim reality of forced organ harvesting in China, as Mr. Kikuchi admitted that the vast majority of the transplants he has orchestrated since 2007 involved organs from China.

This verdict has sparked intense public debate in Japan, where organ harvesting is already a hotly contested topic because of widespread ethical reservations about the source of organs for transplant.

Forced Organ Harvesting

For years, investigations and reports have highlighted the practice of forced organ harvesting in China's major hospitals, with substantial evidence supporting the claims.

On June 25, 2022, The Epoch Times Japanese edition published an exclusive interview with Ushio Sugawara, a former member of Japan's largest "Yakuza" crime syndicate, Yamaguchi-gumi.

Mr. Sugawara, who left the underworld in 2015 to become an economic commentator, recalled an incident from 2007. At that time, he was involved in a liver transplant for a friend's brother, arranged through an intermediary, and costing about $220,000. The liver transplant took place at Beijing's Armed Police General Hospital.

After arriving in China, Mr. Sugawara visited his friend's brother at the hospital the day before the scheduled surgery.

He described seeing the donor, a 21-year-old Falun Gong practitioner labeled a "terrorist" and sentenced to death, unconscious and medicated, with bandages on his hands and feet. The hospital staff explained that the severing of tendons in the donor's hands and feet was to prevent escape and ensure the quality of the organs.

The transplant ultimately failed, resulting in the deaths of both the recipient and the donor.

After the report on forced organ harvesting practices by The Epoch Times Japan, several prominent Japanese media outlets, including Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's largest newspaper, launched investigations into Japanese intermediaries in overseas organ transplants and found evidence against the Association for Patients of Intractable Diseases and Mr. Kikuchi.

The non-profit, according to its website, has been connecting Japanese patients with overseas hospitals, primarily in China, for organ transplants since 2003.

This timeline coincides with when Chinese hospitals began aggressively marketing organ transplants to foreign nationals.

Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas and the late David Kilgour, a former Canadian cabinet minister, have long investigated the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP's) organ transplant practices. Their 2006 report, which was expanded into the book "Bloody Harvest," raised suspicions that the CCP was illicitly harvesting organs and particularly targeting Falun Gong practitioners.

In 2016, Mr. Matas, together with Kilgour and London-based investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann, published "Bloody Harvest/The Slaughter: An Update." The 680-page report estimated that China was conducting 60,000 to 100,000 transplant surgeries annually.

'Organ Extractions for Profit'

On Oct. 10, the Tokyo District Court conducted its first hearing in the widely-publicized Kikuchi case. The defendant was charged with brokering organ transplant operations without government permission for two patients, in violation of Japan's organ transplant law.

Presiding Judge Baba Yoshiro said Mr. Kikuchi recruited patients for overseas organ transplants and expedited organ transplant surgeries within a matter of a few months. Japan's organ transplant law outlaws the sale of human organs and profiting through intermediaries.

In a startling admission, Mr. Kikuchi revealed that over the past two decades, his organization had facilitated about 170 transplants, with 90 percent of patients receiving transplants in Chinese hospitals. He highlighted the cost-effectiveness of the operations, noting that prices in China were significantly lower than in the United States. Following the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing travel restrictions, Mr. Kikuchi shifted his focus to Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Mr. Kikuchi also outlined the costs involved: 20 million yen (approximately $136,000) for a kidney, 30 million yen (around $204,000) for a liver, 30–40 million yen ($204,000–$272,000) for a heart, and 40–50 million yen ($272,000–$340,000) for lungs. These figures included surgery, travel, and intermediary fees.

On Nov. 28, the court handed down its final verdict: Mr. Kikuchi was sentenced to eight months in prison and fined 1 million yen (about $6,778).

The decision was widely discussed online, with some Japanese netizens expressing outrage: "This group's inhumane acts, forcibly extracting organs from young individuals in China, are utterly deplorable," read one post.

Another post criticized the leniency of the sentence: "Kikuchi is essentially an accomplice to murder; this punishment is insufficient."

Initially, Mr. Kikuchi had maintained his innocence, claiming his actions "saved hundreds of lives." However, Hiroaki Maruyama, a representative for the Stop Medical Genocide (SMG) Network, vehemently disagreed with this perspective.

In an interview with The Epoch Times, Mr. Maruyama said the "Chinese hospitals' organ extractions from living persons for profit" contrasted with the principles of medical ethics.  Mr. Kikuchi, by engaging in these activities, not only abetted them but also implicated many Japanese patients unaware of the truth, he said.

Mr. Maruyama emphasized that Mr. Kikuchi's arrest and conviction, along with the media coverage surrounding it, shed light on a network of illegal intermediaries tied to the global organ black market, particularly CCP's large-scale forced organ harvesting.

These revelations represent just the surface of a much darker reality, he stressed. He called for legislation preventing Japanese citizens from seeking organ transplants in countries like China, which are known for human rights violations.

Tyler Durden Thu, 12/07/2023 - 22:20
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[Markets] Illinois Bill Would Require Blood Donors To Disclose COVID Vaccination Status Illinois Bill Would Require Blood Donors To Disclose COVID Vaccination Status

Authored by Megan Redshaw via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

New legislation in Illinois would allow individuals receiving blood donations to know whether they’re receiving blood from an individual vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine or another messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine.


Bill HB4243, introduced on Nov. 29 by Illinois state Rep. Jed Davis, amends the Illinois Clinical Laboratory and Blood Bank Act and would require blood banks to test donated blood for evidence of COVID-19 vaccines and other mRNA components, including lipid nanoparticles and spike protein—and requires a blood donor to disclose during each donor screening process whether they have received a COVID-19 vaccine or any other mRNA vaccine during their lifetime.

Additionally, the bill imposes labeling requirements for blood or blood components that test positive for evidence of a COVID-19 vaccine or other mRNA vaccine component or were obtained from a donor who received a COVID-19 vaccine or other mRNA vaccine.

A constituent approached me concerned about her son's upcoming surgery. What if he needed a blood transfusion with the long-term impacts concerning mRNA vaccines unknown? As a parent myself, her concern and corresponding question feel warranted,” Mr. Davis told The Epoch Times in an email.

“This conversation was the catalyst for my bill delineating blood donations and mRNA vaccines. We disclose medical information all the time with providers, so why not our vaccine history? It's an easy ask, and I'm proud to sponsor this bill.”

Once a bill is introduced in Illinois, it is read and referred to the Rules Committee and will then be assigned to a substantive committee. For elected officials like Mr. Davis, he believes that part of his job is to translate the concerns or ideas of constituents into legislation when applicable—and that every bill, including HB4243, originated from someone walking through his office door. “Without hesitation, helping people is such a blessing and honor,” he said.

Concerned about blood transfusions from people vaccinated against COVID-19, a Republican lawmaker in Montana introduced a bill earlier this year that would have made it a misdemeanor offense for anyone who received a COVID-19 vaccine to donate tissue or blood. However, the bill was tabled quickly in a 19 to 1 vote.

Unlike the bill introduced in Montana, HB4243 does not criminalize individuals who donate blood if they’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine. It merely allows people receiving blood products to know whether the blood they’re receiving came from a vaccinated individual and requires blood blanks to add this information to product labels so that patients can make informed decisions.

According to the Red Cross, there is no waiting period for those who received a COVID-19 vaccine—as long as they are symptom-free and feel well at the time of donation. If an individual doesn’t know which vaccine they received, they must wait two weeks to donate blood.

The Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies, America’s Blood Centers, and the American Red Cross do not believe COVID-19 vaccines pose a risk to patients receiving blood transfusions.

In a joint statement issued on Jan. 26, the three organizations said there is no “scientific evidence that demonstrates adverse outcomes from the transfusions of blood products collected from vaccinated donors and, therefore, no medical reason to distinguish or separate blood donations from individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccination.”

The statement further reads that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on multiple occasions, has confirmed that there is no evidence to support concerns about the safety of blood donated by vaccinated individuals. However, the FDA has not provided data showing it is safe to receive blood donated from vaccinated individuals, and many studies have found mRNA from COVID-19 vaccines circulating in the blood or plasma of recently vaccinated individuals.

A 2022 study published in Biomedicines found synthetic mRNA in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine persists in the blood of vaccinated individuals for at least two weeks post-vaccination.

A January study published in the Journal of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology found full-length or traces of SARS-CoV-2 spike mRNA vaccine sequences from both Pfizer and Moderna in the blood of some vaccinated individuals up to 28?days after COVID-19 vaccination.

“We expect that vaccine mRNA detected in plasma is contained within LNPs [lipid nanoparticles] and that the LNPs in plasma have been slowly released from the injection site either directly to the blood or through the lymph system,” the authors wrote.

In a January study in Circulation, researchers found persistently elevated circulating levels of full-length spike protein in the blood of adolescents and young adults who developed myocarditis following COVID-19 vaccination.

A 2022 study in Clinical Infectious Diseases found circulating S1 antigens from the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein in the plasma of participants vaccinated with Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. Antigens are the weakened or inactive parts of a particular organism—in this case, the spike protein—that triggers an immune response within the body. Researchers also confirmed that the detected S1 antigens resulted from vaccination and not natural infection.

Tyler Durden Thu, 12/07/2023 - 21:40
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