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  • The US Massively Underestimates The Trade War Blowback

    09/12/2019 10:37:03 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 30 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 09-12-2019 | Robert Berke
    Trade wars and sanctions are economic weapons against rival regimes, and like actual military warfare, often lead to unanticipated and sometimes devastating blowback from the targeted regimes. A prime example was President Obama sanctioning Russia over its annexation of Crimea. The sanctions were designed to block Russia from any access to western financing, aimed at causing a dire financial and economic crisis in Russia that would force it to relinquish Crimea and end support for Ukraine’s breakaway territories.
  • [Barf Alert] Francis warns of ideology 'infiltrating' some quarters of US Catholic Church

    09/10/2019 3:17:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | September 10, 2019 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Francis warns of ideology 'infiltrating' some quarters of US Catholic Church 'A schism is always snobbish ideology detached from doctrine,' pope says ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MADAGASCAR — Pope Francis warned Sept. 10 that ideology is "infiltrating" the religious teaching of some quarters of the U.S. Catholic Church, and said that in past centuries such infiltrations have led to schisms. In a press conference aboard the papal flight back to Rome after his three-nation visit to Southern Africa, the pontiff said that while he was unafraid of schism, he was also praying that one would not occur. Asked about...
  • Raymond Arroyo defends American Catholics against Pope’s accusatory remark: They love the Church

    09/10/2019 10:58:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 9, 2019 | Doug Mainwaring
    Raymond Arroyo defends American Catholics against Pope’s accusatory remark: They love the Church WASHINGTON, D.C., September 9, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo defended traditional American Catholics and their faithfulness to Church teaching in a blistering analysis of Pope Francis’ recent off-the-cuff remark, “It's an honor that Americans are attacking me.”  The Pope made his accusatory comment aboard the papal airplane on the way to Mozambique after being handed a copy of the new book How America Wanted to Change the Pope, by French journalist Nicholas Seneze.  On EWTN’s The World Over, Arroyo criticized the book’s premise that “an American...
  • US Offered Millions To Captain To Help Seize Iranian Oil Tanker

    09/05/2019 9:52:31 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 6 replies
    The United States has offered several million dollars to the captain of the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 to steer it to a port in a country that would detain the ship on behalf of the United States, the Financial Times reported, citing emails that the top U.S. envoy for Iran had sent to the vessel’s captain. “With this money you can have any life you wish and be well-off in old age,” the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, wrote in an email to Adrian Darya’s captain Akhilesh Kumar, FT reports. The email also contained a warning...
  • Review: "The Absent Superpower" by Peter Zeihan, PART I

    09/02/2019 10:30:23 AM PDT · by LS · 21 replies
    self | 9/2/2019 | LS
    Several months ago I reviewed here Peter Zeihan's book, "The Accidental Superpower." It was an informed and at times shocking look at current trends. Zeihan is a group of "futurists" whose economic forecasting firm advises corporate clients. The analysis is so thorough & complex, I will develop it in three threads as he has divided his book into three parts. This is the first section. In his newest book, Zeihan reiterates and updates much of what he said earlier, beginning the the profound impact---indeed revolutionary impact---of shale. He analyzes the various forms of petroleum products, arguing that shale is entering...
  • Greenland Referendum Finds That 90% Of The Local Population Voted To Join The US

    08/20/2019 5:07:17 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 81 replies
    "Greenland referendum finds that 90% of the local population voted to join the US" https://twitter.com/zerohedge/status/1163962972919742466
  • PHOTOS: Every US Mass Shooter in 2019 Who Shot Four or More People

    08/06/2019 12:03:00 AM PDT · by WWG1WWA · 67 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/5/19 | Jim Hoft
    The liberal media will tell you there have been over 200 mass shootings in the United States so far this year. The media will also make you believe the mass shooters are all young white males. A Wiki Page was created to list every mass shooting in the US in 2019. The list does not include those shootings where no one will speak to police. At least 20 of the mass shootings this year were in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Lowe’s Lays Off Thousands of Store Workers

    08/04/2019 4:54:16 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 173 replies
    WSJ ^ | 08/01/19 | Sarah Nassauer
    Lowe’s Cos. told thousands of store workers this week their jobs were being eliminated as the company outsourced tasks such as assembling barbecue grills and janitorial services. The home-improvement chain notified maintenance staff and assemblers that put together grills, wheelbarrows and other products that they were being laid off, according to the company and employees. Those roles will be taken over by third-party companies
  • U.S. Added 164,000 Jobs in July

    08/02/2019 6:18:53 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/02/2019 | John Carney
    The U.S. economy added 164,000 jobs in July and unemployment held steady at 3.7 percent. Economists surveyed by Econoday had forecast a gain of 151,000 for July and for unemployment to decline slightly to 3.6 percent. While the economy has continued to grow this summer, it has shown signs of slowing from the rapid 3.1 percent rate of growth in the first three months of the year. Manufacturing has been a weak spot while consumer spending and the labor market have been strong. Economic growth slowed to a 2.1 percent rate in the April through June period.
  • Donald Trump And Boris Johnson 'already working on' UK-US Free Trade Deal

    07/26/2019 4:40:35 PM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 38 replies
    Sky News ^ | 7/26/2019 | Staff
    The US president is said to be committed to an "ambitious free trade agreement", with formal talks to begin after Brexit. Donald Trump has said he and Boris Johnson have already started working on a free trade deal between the US and the UK. The US president said the pair had spoken since Mr Johnson became prime minister and that they plan to spend time together to formulate an agreement. Downing Street confirmed that talks between the two leaders had taken place on Friday evening and that they would meet at a G7 summit in Biarritz, France, next month. Number...
  • For the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezs & Shehla Rashids, Trump and Modi have the same playbook

    07/21/2019 5:38:47 PM PDT · by cold start · 5 replies
    The Print ^ | 20th July 2019 | ABHIJIT IYER-MITRA
    Like Modi, Trump is probably headed to a victory with a bigger margin with this strategy and the Democrats are waltzing into the trap. This week saw some remarkable political manoeuvring from US President Donald Trump. The question is, what do we make of his “go back” tweets on the four Congresswomen – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar? Is it the new normal in US politics, where accusations of racism fly thick and fast and where not-so-racist House Speaker Nancy Pelosi prefers aligning with the extreme-Left against a more-racist Trump? When Nancy Pelosi herself was called...
  • When India Was Obsessed With Another Moon Landing

    07/20/2019 5:12:02 PM PDT · by Republic_Venom · 5 replies
    NDTV ^ | mukul kesavan
    For a 12-year-old schoolboy, Armstrong's moonwalk couldn't have been worse timed. The summer vacation had given over in the middle of July and for desis, the Eagle landed- given the time difference - on a Monday. That wouldn't have been so bad if Armstrong hadn't taken hours - bloody hours - to undo the hatch and climb down the ladder. The Lunar Module (it was capitalized in our heads) landed at a quarter to two in the morning. That wasn't so bad because in my brother's head and mine, that wasn't the main event and we could sleep through it....
  • U.S. Field artillery back to learning manual methods after Russian intervention in Ukraine

    07/18/2019 4:22:09 AM PDT · by tlozo · 108 replies
    Defence Blog ^ | Jul 18, 2019 | Army, News
    The U.S. Army Field artillery going back again to manual methods of fire direction and gunnery after lessons of Russian intervention in Ukraine. The U.S. Army has not had to contend with electronic warfare during the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the conflict in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region showed an increase of electronic attack threat levels. With the growing threat of cyberattacks, the U.S. Army Field Artillery School has placed a renewed emphasis on learning manual methods. “Bringing back the charts is a big deal,” said Staff Sgt. Chad Payne, an instructor for the 13J fire control specialist...
  • US ambassador to Poland meets pushback for tweeting support of gay ‘pride’ month

    07/09/2019 7:26:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 8, 2019 | Lisa Bourne
    US ambassador to Poland meets pushback for tweeting support of gay ‘pride’ month July 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The United States ambassador to Poland met pushback on Twitter recently for tweeting support for gay “pride” month in commemoration of the 1969 New York City Stonewall riots. “Today is [the] 50th anniversary of the outbreak of riots against discrimination against sexual minorities in the Stonewall Inn Greenwich Village in New York, which gave rise to the LGBTQ movement,” Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher tweeted in Polish on June 28. “These events remind us of the importance of equality, freedom and tolerance.” Her tweet...
  • Britain's man [UK Ambassador to US] in the the US says Trump is 'inept' [Trunc]

    07/06/2019 7:58:47 PM PDT · by Reno89519 · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 6, 2019 | Isabel Oakeshott
    Full title: Britain's man in the the US says Trump is 'inept': Leaked secret cables from ambassador say the President is 'uniquely dysfunctional and his career could end in disgrace' EXCLUSIVE: Sir Kim Darroch used secret cables to impugn Trump's character Top diplomat warned London President Trump's career could end in 'disgrace' Bombshell comments risk angering the notoriously thin-skinned US President He describes bitter conflicts in White House as 'knife fights', sources confirmed And claims President's economic policies could wreck the world trade system Says Presidency could 'crash and burn', 'we could be at start of downward spiral'
  • New data shows depth of U.S. mental health crisis

    07/01/2019 1:48:22 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 27 replies
    axios ^ | 6/30/19 | axios
    U.S. suicide rates are at the highest level since World War II, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, per Bloomberg's Cynthia Koons. By the numbers: From 2000 to 2006, the suicide rate in the U.S. increased by an average of about 1% a year. From 2006 through 2016, it increased by 2% a year. There were 1.4 million suicide attempts in 2017 and 47,000 deaths. Why it matters: Despite an improvement of material well-being, emotional distress in the U.S. has reached "crisis levels," according to the CDC. Koons reports that the national mental health epidemic...
  • The Mullahs Promise "Demise of Israel" and American Civilization

    06/16/2019 4:18:45 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | June 15, 2019 at 5:00 am | Majid Rafizadeh
    The Mullahs Promise "Demise of Israel" and American Civilization by Majid Rafizadeh June 15, 2019 at 5:00 am https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14328/iran-threats-israel-us Iran recently produced a program on its state television channel demonstrating that the government is currently practicing missile attacks, with the purpose of carrying out actual attacks on Israel.... The video excerpt included in the television broadcast showed how the operations the Iranians are striving to put into action will bombard Tel Aviv. From the perspective of the Iranian leaders, if they continue to increase their threats against Israel, the United States will be pressured to change its strategy and lift...
  • This Is What the U.S. Spent on Firearms Last Year

    06/08/2019 3:29:37 AM PDT · by JayCh · 54 replies
    Jay Chambers
    The gun industry has become popular in the last few years – which is causing the United States to shuffle a lot of money in this field. So, the firearm industry in the U.S. fell around 6.1% in 2018 – practically being in decline. However, there is still a lot of money that comes and goes in this business. Revenue on the Defense Side Arms sales are continuously changing in the US – and along with that, so is the revenue that results from this business. In the National Shooting Sports Foundation, it was estimated that 13.1 million firearms were...
  • The Next Headache For Canada’s Oil Patch

    06/04/2019 3:29:12 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 3 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 06-04-2019 | Nick
    Canada’s oil sands industry just can’t catch a break. Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline is facing the prospect of more delays as it was hit with a legal setback in a Minnesota court. On Monday, a court ruled that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s decision to approve the Line 3 replacement, based on an environmental impact statement, was not supported with “substantial evidence” that it would not harm the environment. Specifically, the court cited the inadequate assessment of how an oil spill would affect Lake Superior and its watershed. The case was brought by a coalition of environmental groups and native...
  • Top Huawei executive accused of stealing trade secrets from rival firm (US)

    05/24/2019 5:09:21 AM PDT · by cba123 · 6 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 23 May, 2019 | James Cook
    One of Huawei’s top executives has been accused of directing a scheme to steal trade secrets belonging to a US rival, as tensions with the Chinese company continued to grow. Eric Xu, a deputy chairman of the Chinese technology firm, allegedly directed an employee to visit the competitor in 2016 while posing as a potential client, The Wall Street Journal reported. (Please see full article at the link)