China has even instituted its own petroyuan market, and the first shipments of oil from the Middle East to China paid for through a petroyuan contract occurred in August of this year. Mainstream economists like to point out the small portion of the global oil market that the petroyuan represents, but they seem to have missed the bigger picture entirely. The issue is, now an alternative to the petrodollar exists where none existed before. And this is the crux of the matter that needs to be examined: The trend towards alternatives, and all alternatives leading to centralization by global banks.
Chretien calls U.S. president 'unspeakable' (Uncletommy)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — aware that it doesn't take much to set off the mercurial president, who is not above threatening to wreak economic "ruination" on Canada — has always been very guarded in speaking about Trump. But Chretien, now 84 and still active as a lawyer with Dentons, is not so constrained.
In an interview about his new book, Chretien elaborated on his view that the American empire is on the decline.
Alexa, Should We Trust You? (Sparky1)
We’re all falling for Alexa, unless we’re falling for Google Assistant, or Siri, or some other genie in a smart speaker. When I say “smart,” I mean the speakers possess artificial intelligence, can conduct basic conversations, and are hooked up to the internet, which allows them to look stuff up and do things for you. And when I say “all,” I know some readers will think, Speak for yourself! Friends my age—we’re the last of the Baby Boomers—tell me they have no desire to talk to a computer or have a computer talk to them. Cynics of every age suspect their virtual assistants of eavesdropping, and not without reason.
Many observers don't seem to grasp that demand for reserve currencies extend beyond payments. Many of those heralding the demise of the USD as a reserve currency note the rise of alternative payment platforms as evidence of the USD's impending collapse.
But it's not so simple.
UK Issues First Ever 'Unexplained Wealth Order' (Thomas R.)
In this case, Hajiyeva, 55, must explain how she paid for the two aforementioned properties, per CNN, which include a home in London and golf course estate in Berkshire. If she's unable to do that, she risks having the assets seized. In 2009, the according to the BBC, a company in the British Virgin Islands, ultimately traced to Hajiyeva and her husband, bought the London property. Another company linked to them bought the golf estate in 2013. Hajiyeva is living in the UK under a visa program for wealthy investors.
"When retailers close stores, they are likely to have some sales. You have to be careful though. Yes, some items are going to be deeply discounted, but it is also likely they will be marked 'no return,' " Hutt said.
There may not be a store to return to.
Cg42 found that a growing number of Wells Fargo customers are fed up with the nation's third-largest lender. Their top complaint is that their bank was engaged in "dishonest, unethical or illegal practices." Others bemoaned that Wells Fargo is trying to sell them products they don't want or need.
There's no doubt that the frustrations are a direct result of the nightmare that began two years ago at Wells Fargo, according to Steve Beck, managing partner at cg42.
The deal between CVS and America's third-largest health insurance company has the potential to reshape health care as we know it, reports the Washington Post: The mammoth acquisition would marry a company that controls some 9,800 drugstores and 1,100 walk-in clinics with an insurer covering around 22 million people. CVS could emerge as a place to go "for more than just flu shots and treatment of minor illnesses," per the Post, while also strengthening its hand when negotiating with pharmaceutical companies.
Protests by army veterans may become a major problem for Communist Party leader Xi Jinping, who likes to present himself as a friend of the military and mixes strong nationalist appeals into his political messaging. A mass protest in June saw over a thousand retired soldiers occupying a public plaza in the city of Zhenjiang for four days, deeply embarrassing the regime and alienating Chinese citizens when police broke up the demonstration using much less violence than they employed in Pingdu.
“The Zulu nation I’m talking about will not exist if we don’t have food. That’s why I say farmers must come closer so that we discuss what we can do when we talk about agriculture and the availability of enough food in the land. That’s why I’m asking AfriForum of the Boers to come and help us,” Zwelithini said, as quoted by eNews Channel Africa. “Because when government started talking about the appropriation of land, expropriation without compensation, Boers downed tools. There is no food in South Africa,” he added.
He explained, “With all of this knowledge, what we’re trying to do is build new medical devices, new implantable chips for the body that can be encoded or programmed with all of these different aspects. Now, you may be wondering, what are we going to do with those chips? Well, the first recipients of these kinds of technologies will be the paralyzed. It would make me so happy by the end of my career if I could help get somebody out of their wheelchair.”
Kudlow’s comments, however, may be a bit short sighted, or at least premature, amid a growing Saudi-Russian oil production alliance. This alliance (which also includes OPEC and other non-OPEC producers, the so-called OPEC+) has effectively taken control of global oil markets, something that the Saudis gave up by default in late 2014 when it decided to open the spigots on oil production to both drive U.S. shale oil producers out of business as well as protect market share.
If you don’t go into the feedbacks, you can’t talk about runaway warming, and going to four, five or six degrees C higher average global temperature, and hundreds of millions or billions of deaths. And if you don’t acknowledge that, you will not treat this as the emergency it is.
As climatologist and hurricane expert Greg Holland explained last year, “globally, the proportion of Cat 4 and 5 hurricanes has increased from ~20 percent of all hurricanes to around 40 percent due to climate change over the past 60 years.”
Other items include a cement block, pop cans, pull tops, cigarette butts, a Pyrex funnel with tubing, plastic cups, Kodak yellow foil packaging, several pieces of glass, a pen, a plastic spoon, and a lot of coins, the USGS said.
“Thus, one feedback mechanism, such as sea ice melting, can trigger another, such as methane releases, which then accelerates the first in a tightening spiral,” he explained. “In reality, there are many critical feedback mechanisms and the interlocking effects between them means that the climate is far more unstable and irreversible than we are led to believe, and the climate’s change is likely to follow a super exponential progression once the temperature rises above a certain level.”
The waiver, which is to take effect Wednesday, allows the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to waive bedrock environmental and public-health laws in 11 different areas totaling 6.6 miles. Some of these segments are adjacent to the Lower Rio Grande National Wildlife Refuge and other nature preserves. Other segments run through agricultural lands and communities.
"Nobre and his colleague, Thomas Lovejoy, of George Mason University, have determined that the combined effects of deforestation, fires, hotter, drier temperatures and increased CO2 in the atmosphere are pushing the Amazon system to the brink. He says if deforestation continues at its current pace, more than half of the Amazon could begin to die off, releasing massive new amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.
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