Of course, the linchpin idea and the notion that overcomplexity is to blame for all the world’s ills helps globalists greatly. For if human systems need to be streamlined or “simplified”, what better way to do this than to get rid of sovereign nation states, governments and economies and centralize everything down into a one world economy, a one world government, a new world order?
What linchpin theory ignores is the careful strategic planning required to position all the geopolitical dominoes in a perfect chain so that they can be knocked over by that one person, country or event.
We Wanted Safer Banks. We Got More Inequality. (lambertad)
First, as the country becomes more unequal, there are fewer middle class customers. That means middle class bank products become unprofitable, and banks follow the money. And banking regulations make it worse because the capital requirements imposed after the banking crisis make it a lot more expensive for banks to do a startup small-business loan than go into wealth management. Startup loans are riskier than wealth management, of course, but the capital costs have become prohibitive, and banks don’t lose money on purpose.
The most successful candidates in recent primaries across the country have virtually all taken strong stances on Mr Trump’s presidency, either supporting or rebuking the current White House wholeheartedly. While the most popular Republican candidates have often backed the administration’s hardline agenda on issues like immigration and trade, a breadth of diverse Democratic hopefuls have added fuel to the “Resistance Movement,” vowing to fight the president at every turn.
On Tuesday, Lee’s index had bitcoin at 42 — bad, but it has been worse — and ether at 21, not much better than its lowest-ever rating on the index of 14 in September 2017. The index had stellar lumens at 7 out of 100.
Greater China markets, however, declined, lagging their regional peers. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index erased 0.74 percent by 3:00 p.m. HK/SIN, but was off its intraday low, with the 4.29 percent drop in industrials leading losses before the market close. Tech sector names also recorded heavy declines an hour before the Hong Kong close, with heavyweight Tencent dropping 3.66 percent by 3:02 p.m. HK/SIN after the tech giant was stopped from selling a new game days after its launch.
“RWA’s members are in the middle of the Challenge Process but are expending enormous time and financial resources in their efforts due to inaccurate data submitted by Verizon,” the group said. “RWA requests that the Commission investigate the 4G LTE coverage claimed by Verizon and require re-filing of Verizon’s data to correct its overstated coverage.”
The Dow DJIA, -0.54% stands now about 2.8% short of emerging from correction territory after hitting its 2018 closing low of 23,533.20 on March 23. It needs to close at 25,886.42 or above to achieve that. Some market-technician purists believe that an asset must put in a new high to officially emerge from correction phase. Other technicians say that a 10% gain from an asset’s low is sufficient to exit correction territory, a characterization that MarketWatch adheres to.
China and the U.S. reached a modest breakthrough in their standoff over trade, saying they would hold lower-level talks later this month on the spiraling dispute.
In the end, the hard-liners got the upper hand and the result was a violent military attack on the demonstration. Death estimates vary widely and cannot be verified but range from 1,000 to 10,000 dead protesters. Communist Party leadership itself was thrown into chaos in the aftermath of Tiananmen with Zhao Ziyang being purged and Jiang Zemin being installed as the new hard-line party leader.
Uber cuts its losses, and revenue soars 63% (Thomas R.)
“We had another great quarter, continuing to grow at an impressive rate for a business of our scale,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement. “Going forward, we’re deliberately investing in the future of our platform.”
Measles is still common in many parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa and travelers continue to bring the disease into the U.S. The last large number of cases occurred in 2015, when the U.S. experienced a multi-state outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. In 2014, 383 cases were reported, mostly in unvaccinated communities in Ohio.
Oil Demand Growth Starts To Weaken In Asia (Michael S.)
Despite higher purchases of Iranian oil before U.S. sanctions snap back, and despite scorching heat waves in Japan and South Korea who increased imports, annualized demand growth of the five biggest oil importers in Asia—China, India, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan—has been around 2 percent so far in 2018, compared to growth of 3.5 percent in 2016, for example, according to shipping data compiled by Reuters.
“We knew that average temperatures were rising. What we haven’t focused on before is that the rise in the average comes at you in clumps of very hot days — a shock of several days or weeks of very high temperatures,” said Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University climate scientist who was not involved in the study.
In the UK, holiday-makers trying to cross the Channel tunnel to France faced massive queues when air conditioning facilities on trains failed due to the heatwave. Thousands of people were stranded for five hours in the 30C heat without water.
In southern Laos, heavy rains led to a dam collapse, rendering thousands of people homeless and flooding several villages.
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