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    Daily Digest 8/3 – Families Go Deep in Debt to Stay Middle Class, What’s Happening To Greenland’s Ice?

    by Daily Digest

    Saturday, August 3, 2019, 5:57 AM


Economy

Families Go Deep in Debt to Stay in the Middle Class (Sparky1)

The debt surge is partly by design, a byproduct of low borrowing costs the Federal Reserve engineered after the financial crisis to get the economy moving. It has reshaped both borrowers and lenders. Consumers increasingly need it, companies increasingly can’t sell their goods without it, and the economy, which counts on consumer spending for more than two-thirds of GDP, would struggle without a plentiful supply of credit.

Brazil clinches designation as ‘major non-NATO ally’ to U.S. (Sparky1)

The U.S. government designates the title to countries with which it shares key strategic relationships, and the tie offers certain military and financial benefits. The new declaration allows Brazil to buy U.S. military weapons and equipment. Trump and administration officials examined the issue last spring during a visit by Bolsonaro to the White House.

Free-spending consumers lift company profits, but Trump tariffs now loom (Sparky1)

Even so, consumers would be unlikely to see higher prices when they start shopping for the holiday season, which begins in November, as a result of the new tariffs. Most retailers have already purchased their holiday-season merchandise, and the inventory for the most part has already arrived at U.S. ports and warehouses.

U.S. Ends Cold War Missile Treaty, With Aim of Countering China (Sparky1)

At a moment when the potential for nuclear confrontations with North Korea and Iran is rising, the American decision to abandon the 32-year-old treaty has prompted new worries in Europe and Asia, and warnings that echo an era that once seemed banished to the history books. The resurgence of nuclear geopolitics was evident in the Democratic debate on Tuesday night, when presidential hopefuls grappled with whether the United States should renounce “first use” of nuclear weapons in any future conflict.

Wild Imagination (mcarlin)

For modern people, an animate worldview might seem a superstitious, primitive perspective, or an artifact from an “over-active imagination” – a dismissive designation that was frequently directed toward me as a young person. Meanwhile, the common (and perhaps unconscious) dead-universe worldview allows for, and maybe even insists upon, a cannibalistic relationship with unfeeling forests, mountaintops, rivers, creatures, cultures.

WSJ: US Farmers Filing For Bankruptcy At Levels Not Seen Since Great Recession (Don R.)

U.S. farm debt—covering operations, land, equipment, livestock and more—last year climbed to more than $409 billion, according to a USDA forecast. That’s the largest sum in nearly four decades and a level not seen since the 1980s, when farmland values plunged and interest rates skyrocketed, boosting debts and pushing many farmers and lenders out of business.

The Colorado Rapids casually let everyone know that the plague still exists in 2019 (Sparky1)

“Following recommendations from the Tri-County Health Department and the City of Commerce City, the Colorado Rapids game with Montreal Impact on Saturday, August 3 at 7PM will go ahead as scheduled. However, it has been recommended that the post-game fireworks display be cancelled due to the confirmed presence of plague-infested fleas affecting prairie dog colonies in the surrounding areas.

S&P 500 Posts Its Worst Week Of 2019 As Trade Tensions Flare (Thomas R.)

“The threat of additional tariffs on China and the lack of any progress in the trade negotiations again have made investors more worried that the disruptions which have led the Fed to need to cut rates might in fact escalate faster than the positive impact of rate cuts,” said Kate Warne, chief investment strategist at Edward Jones.

Silver Prices – The Next Five Years (GE Christenson)

Crude oil sold for $2.00 in 1971. Today it sells for about $55.00. It peaked at $147 in 2008. Crude oil prices rise because the banking cartel devalues the dollar and when commodities are more desired than paper assets.

Over the long-term, commodity prices, including oil and silver, rise and fall opposite to the S&P 500 Index. When investors favor stocks (and paper investments) commodity prices are often weak. When commodity prices are strong, stocks are often weak. The model assumes that silver prices are mildly, but inversely, affected by the S&P 500 Index.

Researchers create human-monkey chimeras in China (Sparky1)

Most research involving chimeras is aimed to developing techniques for growing human organs for transplantation. Izpisúa Belmonte has previously worked on similar chimera experiments involving human cells and pig embryos. The human cells failed to take hold and grow. Izpisúa Belmonte has, however, successfully grown mouse-rat hybrids.

Epstein reportedly hoped to develop super-race of humans with his DNA (Sparky1)

In the aftermath of his 2008 sex trafficking conviction, Epstein hoped to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his ranch in New Mexico, one of his properties where young women, including minors, were allegedly abused, the newspaper reported in a major investigation.

Hepatitis A is spreading through poop on the streets. Philly is betting public bathrooms can stem the outbreak. (thc0655)

“We will be deploying hand washing stations as quickly as we can,” said Brian Abernathy, managing director for the city. “We intend to also provide some public toilets and public facilities, but that’s a harder challenge, especially as it relates to making sure they are safe and secure.”

Why Oil Prices Plunged Today (Michael S.)

The disappointing announcement was compounded by some poor economic data. U.S. manufacturing activity fell to its weakest rate in three years, according to the Institute for Supply Management. In July, manufacturing activity in the Eurozone contracted at its fastest rate since 2012. That could prompt another round of easing from the European Central Bank. “The euro zone PMI dashboard is a sea of red, with all lights warning on the deteriorating health of the region’s manufacturers,” said Chris Williamson, chief business economist at IHS Markit, according to Reuters.

How Climate Change Could Trigger the Next Global Financial Crisis (Terry L)

Now, in an article this month in Foreign Policy, Tooze asserts that the Fed needs to battle climate change in the same way. “If the world is to cope with climate change, policymakers will need to pull every lever at their disposal,” he writes. “Faced with this threat, to indulge in the idea that central banks, as key agencies of the state, can limit themselves to worrying about financial stability … is its own form of denial.”

Walloped by heat wave, Greenland sees massive ice melt (Sparky1)

The scope of Wednesday’s ice melt is a number difficult to grasp. To understand just how much ice is being lost, a mere 1 billion tons — or 1 gigaton — of ice loss is equivalent to about 400,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, the Danish Meteorological Institute said . And 100 billion tons (110 billion U.S. tons) corresponds to a 0.28 mm (0.01 inch) rise in global sea levels.

Is Greenland gaining or losing ice? (newsbuoy)

So we see a long term trend of accelerating ice mass loss since the 1970s. This is confirmed by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite, measuring shifts in Earth’s gravity field. The GRACE data offers a complete picture of the entire ice sheet, allowing comparisons of mass changes in coastal regions (eg – elevations below 2000 metres) with the Greenland interior (above 2000 metres). Over the period 2003 to 2008, the coastal regions were observed to be losing ice mass while the interior was in approximate mass balance. The overall result is that the Greenland ice sheet is losing ice mass.

What’s happening to Greenland’s ice? (newsbuoy)

Almost all of the ice loss was due to changes in surface mass budget, with thinning found virtually everywhere. At some locations, the ice sheet surface decreased by over two and a half metres per year between 1995 and 2017 based on measurements using space-borne radar altimeters.

Google’s extravagant climate change Camp mocked as party for ‘entitled fools’ (thc0655)

The billionaire creators of Google each year invite a who’s who of A-listers to the event, which is meant to be a conference where influential people discuss how to make the world a better place.

But photos of celebrities tooling around the island on Maseratis and arriving on diesel-spewing mega yachts worth up to $400 million infuriated everyone watching from home.

French farmers dump manure outside office of Macron party lawmaker (Sparky1)

Anti-government protests have picked up after the French parliament approved the ‘CETA’ EU-Canada trade deal, which opponents said undermined the EU’s social and ecological regulations by importing products made under conditions that would not be allowed in Europe.

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  • Sat, Aug 03, 2019 - 7:20am

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    The Empire Dogs Tulsi Gabbard

    It is absolutely stunning to me that the democratic party has come to support the military industrial complex and the vision that the exceptional nation(s) rightful role to bend other peoples to its will.  Of course this is done in the name of righteousness (we only bomb “bad people”) and fight for “good.”

    The combined Right and Left Wings of the Oligarchy unite to continue its “bombing for peace (and profit).”

    Tom Luongo, The Empire is Coming forTulsi Gabbard

    The second debate among Democratic hopefuls was notable for two things. The lack of common decency of most of them and Tulsi Gabbard’s immense, career-ending attack on Kamala Harris’ (D-Deep State) record as an Attorney General in California.

    Harris came out of the first debate the clear winner and Gabbard cut her down to size with one of the single best minutes of political television since Donald Trump told Hillary Clinton, “Because you’d be in jail.”

    Gabbard’s takedown of Harris was so spot on and her closing statement about the irresponsible nature of the Trump Administration’s foreign policy was so powerful she had to be actively suppressed on Twitter.

    And, within minutes of the debate ending the media and the political machines moved into overdrive to smear her as a Russian agent, an Assad apologist and a favorite of the alt-right.

    Tulsi did not feel that the bombing in Syria after the gas attack was warranted.  Reading between the lines, she understood that the empire stages false-flags to “justify” its wars to “moral people.”   She didn’t buy it.

    No, the fact that Gabbard is being smeared as viciously and baselessly as she is by all the right people on both the left and the right is all the proof you need that she is 1) the real deal and 2) they are scared of her.

    When Lindsey Graham tweets about Tulsi Gabbard twice after a debate, when the Washington Post neocons like Josh Rogin are attacking her, you know she’s got their panties in a bunch.

    Gabbard is now getting the Ron Paul treatment. It will only intensify from here. They will come after her with everything they have.

    The true third rail of US politics is empire. Any candidate that is publicly against the empire is the enemy of not only the state, it’s quislings in the media, the corporations who profit from it and the party machines of both the GOP and the DNC.

    That is Gabbard’s crime. And it’s the only crime that matters.

    …[Trump’s] weakest on the one issue that got him elected in the first place, foreign policy. Hillary was the candidate of Empire. Trump was not. It’s why we saw an international conspiracy formed to destroy him and his presidency. Now that same apparatus is mobilized against Tulsi Gabbard.

    That’s good. As a solider she knows that when you’re taking flak you are over your target. Now let’s hope she’s capable of sustaining herself to push this election cycle away from the insanity the elite want to distract us with and make it about the only thing keeping the world from healing, ending the empire of chaos.

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  • Sat, Aug 03, 2019 - 7:47am

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    Mini-tutorial on bond prices, yieds and negative interest rates.

    The hedgeless_horseman explains bonds.

    A bond is simply a loan agreement between a borrower and one or more lenders.  It has an initial loan amount called the par value, an annual payment amount called the coupon, and a date called maturity, when the loan is to be paid back in full.  To keep the math simple, let us use the following for our illustration:

    Borrower:  Wonder Marital Aids, Inc. (WONK)
    Par Value:  $10,000
    Coupon: $400 per year in $100 quarterly payments
    Maturity:  7/31/2029 10 years from issuance

    From this information we can calculate the initial interest rate.  Pay attention, as this calculation is important, if you want to understand negative interest:

    $400/$10,000 = 4.00%

    So, when the bond was issued last month, lenders gave WONK $10,000 for each bond they wanted to purchase.  In exchange, WONK agrees to pay the owner of the bond, which may or may not be the initial buyer, $100 every quarter, and also pay back the $10,000, in ten years.  So, over the duration of the bond, the borrower is obligated to pay:

    $400 X 10 years = $4,000 in interest, plus $10,000 at maturity, or $14,000.

    Hedgeless continues with the example adding the selling of the bond in the secondary market in setting of a successful company (“the vibrator business is humming along”) and a declining company.  Then, when the bond is sold by a government with a printing press, making default impossible.

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  • Sat, Aug 03, 2019 - 8:07am

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    Great minds think alike

    As you were posting your comment I was typing mine. the New York Times just published a negative slanted article that seems like it is fair but the language is not. I guess if all those people do not want her. She maybe exactly what we need. She did make the 130000 donors now she just needs the polls to get in the next debate. I think they will do anything they can to shut her up.

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  • Sun, Aug 04, 2019 - 5:25am

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    Keep making them famous and they’ll keep doing it

    ’nuff said.

    Maybe we can’t get the media to agree (they make too much money off of these horrors to ever tone it down), but here at PeakProsperity can we all agree:

    1. Don’t mention the killer’s name.

    2. Don’t show the killer’s picture.

    3. Don’t publish or discuss in any detail the killer’s motive or manifesto. A brief one sentence summary is ok.

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  • Sun, Aug 04, 2019 - 7:17am

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    Trumps reaction to Domestic Terrorism

    Demcrat mayor’s that’s the problem. “Law Enforcement…Demcrat mayor”

    Name the killer

    Show the killer

    State the Manifesto in full: “Savage Blond Beast” is a good read or “American Fascists: The Christian Right and The War on America”–Chris Hedges

    I recommend folks update their understanding of modern media technology. You can’t stop distribution. You can only debate, real debate not fake corporate media Q&A with sycophants like J. Tapper (wholly owned sub-citizens of big pharma).

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  • Sun, Aug 04, 2019 - 9:29am

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    "More" function missing from the "Comments" section

    Hey Adam and Chris, if possible, could you please add the ability via “More” tag on the left to the Comments section, just as the others sections (e.g. Forums)? This will make it easier to follow comments submitted earlier than “Recent” without having to recall and find the comment thread under many possible topics (e.g., Daily Digest). Thanks!

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  • Sun, Aug 04, 2019 - 10:00am

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    Tulsi is now pissing off another swamp monster

    I posted this on my comment but yours may have more traction

    Tulsi Gabbard: I support auditing the Fed. from conspiracy

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  • Sun, Aug 04, 2019 - 10:28am

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    To Your point Tusli is changing the dialog and moves the Overton window

    Tulsi Gabbard Challenges Foreign-Policy Assumptions and Moves the Overton Window

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  • Sun, Aug 04, 2019 - 11:20am

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    Attitudes about citizens owning guns

    I wanted to run by you all a hypothesis about why some favor citizens owning firearms and some do not.  Would appreciate feed back and insight.

    Hypothesis:  People who identify themselves as  ‘able and willing to shoot an attacker’ favor firearm ownership by civilians.  Those who primarily identify themselves (and family) as ‘at risk for being shot’ oppose.

    Discuss.

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  • Sun, Aug 04, 2019 - 11:38am

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    Types of folk

    those who trust the system and those who don’t.

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  • Sun, Aug 04, 2019 - 12:11pm

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    Meanwhile, 200 Years of Warnings, there's a hint

    Hint, hint…

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  • Sun, Aug 04, 2019 - 12:21pm

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    Probably ought to be a separate discussion

    Is a separate discussion area still a feature with the new website?

    Gun owners are full of, Hope: wishful thinking about a future

    Gun victims are full of, Grief: wishing for a different past

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  • Sun, Aug 04, 2019 - 12:46pm

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    Understanding That A Gun Is Just Another Tool

    Hypothesis:  People who identify themselves as  ‘able and willing to shoot an attacker’ favor firearm ownership by civilians.  Those who primarily identify themselves (and family) as ‘at risk for being shot’ oppose.

    In my own opinion, those of us who do own guns understand that they are just another tool. I own hammers, I know people who don’t. As a gun owner I understand the limitations and usefulness of a gun. Non owner often are under a false impression of what a gun can and can’t do.

    I am also a ex-scuba diver who has on occasion swam with sharks. I understand their limits and what to expect of them. Not making yourself look like prey helps alot. Doesn’t mean I wasn’t watching them, but I wasn’t afraid of them either.

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  • Sun, Aug 04, 2019 - 6:14pm

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    Guns: Trust in the system

    Robie, I think you might be on to something here.  Maybe the trust in the system is MORE important than personal identification as “shooter” vs. “shot at.”  Thank you.

    I have come across a couple of more perspectives on this that point towards trust.  One is from the viewpoint of a southern black rapper, Killer Mike.

    Killer Mike is well-known … for his outspoken political opinions. As a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and a member of the National African American Gun Association, he’s never been shy about being an advocate for gun rights. He sees it largely as a civil rights issue within the black community, but that sometimes puts him into conflict with black leadership campaigning for stricter gun control laws.

    “I don’t trust black leadership that wants to de-arm black people.  Gun laws affect black people first and worst.”

    Killer Mike … does not support tighter gun restrictions.

    “They don’t want you to have guns in cities for fear of crime and violence, yet the crime and violence [are already] there.   The police treat you as though you’re criminally violent,”

    Where a white person might be initially assumed to be innocent and worthy of police protection, typically a black person is assumed to be criminal. (Not always by all officers.  But often.)

    “So at what point do you become responsible for one’s one life? At what point are you going to buy a gun, are you going to train, are you going to commit yourself [to your own self defense]?”

    This does reflect the distrust of the system.  Read the GeorgiaCarry.org report to see how justified this experience of the system is by black Americans.

    ————-

    There is a RED Meme inner city gang social organization also.  (It is outside the Overton Window for a white person to discuss this in mixed company.)  In the RED Meme structure, leadership is maintained by domination.  A reign of terror is established by the biggest and baddest.  Subordinates must fight their way up the hierarchy by challenging peers and proving loyalty to the leader.  One must always be ready to fight to communicated to everyone that they will not be dominated.  Any challenge (including an insult or a “diss”) will immediately be met with a brutal physical response.  “Respect” is thus maintained.  This is my understanding of the black on black violence of the inner city.

    Most black murders are committed by other blacks in a few inner city jungles.

    What is odd though is the lack of Democratic Party presidential candidates “praying for Chicago” or unleashing hashtags demanding ever more gun control (oh wait isn’t Chicago among the most gun-constrained cities in the country?)

    When I lived and worked in an inner city Detroit hospital 35 years ago, the black hospital staff explained that every young black man had a pistol in his pocket all of the time.  No young inner-city man left home without their gun, ever.  (And firearms were illegal.)

    ————

    My wife, (unfortunately) believes that people are good, no-one would ever do that, God will protect her and that the police will always be around when she needs themSigh.  She trusts the system to a fault.  And doesn’t need a gun.

    ———–

    A historical review of the essential role of gun laws to maintain the social structures of White domination of Blacks was written for the Georgia Concealed Carry association.  A fascinating read.  Thom Hartmann points out something similar.  The domination and oppression of blacks in Georgia, both as slaves, and later as freed but “half citizens,” could never have been maintained without laws that prohibited blacks from being armed.  (The “black codes.”)  Later “black codes” were abolished and selective enforcement of gun control laws was the mechanism to maintain the racial domination.

    ———–

    Do we trust that the system will be kind, fair and good to us?

    No?  Aaron Moyer recommended that if you could take only one rifle into a SHTF scenario, a high quality AK-47 would be his recommendation.  Here is a nice one by Century Arms.

    Or, with a folding stock and pistol grip, here.  And its ammo is here.

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  • Sun, Aug 04, 2019 - 7:11pm

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    System trusters?

    My grandpa, who raised me, alway held one year’s seed in advance. He was married to Grandma in 1929. I carry that ethic and as consequence don’t trust the system.

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  • Sun, Aug 04, 2019 - 8:07pm

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    Steven Ho Teaches Conan Defense Against Guns & Knives

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  • Mon, Aug 05, 2019 - 6:07am

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    Hey look over there: a squirrel!

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  • Mon, Aug 05, 2019 - 6:29am

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    Some actual data

    https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-08-04/el-paso-dayton-gilroy-mass-shooters-data

    Third, most of the shooters had studied the actions of other shooters and sought validation for their motives. People in crisis have always existed. But in the age of 24-hour rolling news and social media, there are scripts to follow that promise notoriety in death. Societal fear and fascination with mass shootings partly drives the motivation to commit them. Hence, as we have seen in the last week, mass shootings tend to come in clusters. They are socially contagious. Perpetrators study other perpetrators and model their acts after previous shootings. Many are radicalized online in their search for validation from others that their will to murder is justified…

    Another step is to try to make it more difficult for potential perpetrators to find validation for their planned actions. Media campaigns like #nonotoriety are helping starve perpetrators of the oxygen of publicity, and technology companies are increasingly being held accountable for facilitating mass violence. But we all can slow the spread of mass shootings by changing how we consume, produce, and distribute violent content on media and social media. Don’t like or share violent content. Don’t read or share killers’ manifestos and other hate screeds posted on the internet. We also need to study our current approaches. For example, do lockdown and active shooter drills help children prepare for the worst or hand potential shooters the script for mass violence by normalizing or rehearsing it?

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  • Mon, Aug 05, 2019 - 6:41am

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    Currency war headlines everywhere

    Bloomberg
    Traders Brace for Full-Blown Currency War as China’s Yuan Sinks
    Traders in Asia are bracing for a full-fledged currency war, after a slide in China’s yuan past the 7 per dollar mark raised the prospect of policy makers allowing …
    9 hours ago
    The Guardian
    Markets fall sharply amid fears of full-scale US-China currency war
    Financial markets around the world have fallen sharply amid growing fears that the US-China trade dispute could escalate into a full-scale currency war, with …
    52 mins ago
    Telegraph.co.uk
    Currency war begins as China hurls devaluation back in Trump’s face
    Commerzbank said China’s decision to engineer such a sudden move in its tightly managed currency has far-reaching implications for the whole international …
    2 hours ago
    TheStreet.com
    Trade War, Currency War or Cold War?: Market Recon
    “A currency war fought by one country through competitive devaluations of its currency against others, is one of the most destructive and feared outcomes in …
    1 hour ago
    Bloomberg
    Worry About a Currency War if Yuan Weakens Further, Says …
    Martin Malone, chief economic advisor at Alphabook, discusses the possibility of a currency war now that the yuan has breached the 7 level. He speaks on …
    7 hours ago
    Bloomberg
    These Charts Show Global Markets Roiled as Yuan Breaches 7 Level
    “The thought of a currency war is crossing a few traders’ minds and one of the reasons why it’s jump first into gold and ask questions later,” said Stephen Innes, …
    9 hours ago
    Yahoo Finance
    StockBeat: Markets Rout as China Hints at Currency War
    By Geoffrey Smith. Investing.com — Europe’s stock markets faced a test of nerve on Monday – and resoundingly flunked it. Markets succumbed to a general rout …
    3 hours ago

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  • Mon, Aug 05, 2019 - 9:34am

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    The crime trend is down but most Americans believe the opposite

    https://mises.org/wire/media-focus-mass-shootings-shows-disconnect-actual-crime-trends-0

    Following last weekend’s Gilroy, California shooting during which three victims died, media outlets have begun to suggest again that murder is a growing reality in the lives of Americans.

    For example, the Associated Press ran an article titled “U.S. already has nearly 20 mass killings in 2019,” suggesting the threat of dying in a shooting is becoming an ever-more-likely fate in America. USA Today took it a step further with an article titled “Not an unreasonable fear: Mass shootings such as the one at Gilroy Garlic Festival more numerous, deadly.”

    Articles like these combine to send the message that homicides are a growing part of American life. Moreover, these sorts of articles have had the intended effect.

    As the Pew Research Center has noted, [i]n a survey in late 2016, 57% of registered voters said crime in the U.S. had gotten worse since 2008.” At least some of these poorly conceived estimates of crime trends can likely be attributed to an ongoing media focus on mass shootings. But as we shall see, mass shootings are but a very small part of larger crime trends. And, the overall trend has been downward for decades.

    The homicide rate in America in recent years has been around half of what it was in the early 1990s.

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  • Mon, Aug 05, 2019 - 9:42am

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    Guns and Trust

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  • Mon, Aug 05, 2019 - 10:00am

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    Joe Rogan on Guns and Tyranny

    I agree!

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  • Mon, Aug 05, 2019 - 11:48am

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    Boyfriend of au pair working for NYC comedy club owner charged with killing them in N.J. home

    https://www.nj.com/news/2019/08/police-charge-boyfriend-of-au-pair-working-for-nyc-comedy-club-owner-with-killing-them-at-nj-home.html

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