Russia-Gate Ends with a Bang, Not a Whimper

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“By trying to protect the FBI, they throw more dirt on its coffin.” With all the column inches spilled over Robert Mueller’s thirteen indictments issued on Friday very few of them have touched on the real revelation. It’s not the obvious case of prosecutorial over-reach.  It isn’t the further subversion of the grand jury process […]

Thursday’s News Links

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[Bloomberg] Asia Stocks Slip With U.S. Futures, Yen Rallies: Markets Wrap [Reuters] U.S. Treasury official slams China’s ‘non-market behavior’ [Bloomberg] Indian Bonds Slide Most in 3 Weeks as Minutes Show Hawkish Tilt [NYT] Fed Officials Say Economy Is Ready for Higher Rates [FT] How the alleged Punjab National Bank fraud unfolded [FT] Chinese companies halt trading to unwind risky stock loans […]

Russiaphobia Is Out of Control

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Russiaphobia Is Out of Control Paul Craig Roberts As has been made perfectly clear, Mueller’s “indictment” of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax. See: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/02/16/result-muellers-investigation-nothing/ and: http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/02/mueller-indictement-the-russian-influence-is-a-commercial-marketing-scheme.html All Mueller has found is a bait-click commercial marketing scheme that had nothing to do with election interference. Why is Mueller comfortable bringing a transparently […]

Wednesday Evening Links

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[Bloomberg] Asia Stocks Slip With U.S. Futures, Dollar Gains: Markets Wrap [Bloomberg] Stocks Turn Lower, Dollar Rises After Fed Minutes: Markets Wrap [CNBC] 10-year Treasury yield jumps to 4-year high after Fed minutes [Bloomberg] Fed Minutes Show Confidence Improving on Growth, Price Outlook [CNBC] Fed minutes: All signs pointing to more rate hikes ahead [Bloomberg] Bond Market Guide to Trading When […]

Zuck, Murdoch, and Crisis of Epistemic Breakdown

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To the expanding debate about whether “institutions” will come to the rescue of American democracy, allow me to suggest two additional readings: Dissent’s recent piece on the rise of conspiracism “without the theory,” and Wired’s investigation of how Facebook is coming to terms with its political clout. Together, they not only suggest a broader understanding […]

Statistical Insights: New evidence shows that almost 40% of people are economically vulnerable in the OECD

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By Carlotta Balestra, Policy Analyst, OECD Statistics Directorate Looking at poverty and vulnerability through an assets lens Households’ economic well-being is usually measured by income. But what if there is an interruption in the flow of income? Or an unexpected expense? Such events highlight the importance of wealth accumulation to sustain people’s economic well-being. New […]

Wednesday’s News Links

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[Bloomberg] Short-End Treasuries Fall, Asia Stocks Fluctuate: Markets Wrap [Reuters] Oil falls as dollar firms, U.S. oil output expected to rise [CNBC] Fed could ‘rock the boat’ with what it says about the stock market’s worst fears: higher inflation and interest rates [Bloomberg] Inflation’s Come and Commodities Will Benefit, JPMorgan Says [WSJ] The Risk Pension Funds Can’t Escape Source: creditbubblebulletin.blogspot.com

Tuesday Afternoon Links

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[Bloomberg] U.S. Stocks Mixed, Treasuries Slip Amid Auctions: Markets Wrap [Bloomberg] U.S. Pays Up to Auction $179 Billion of Debt in a Span of Hours [Reuters] U.S. short-term borrowing costs rise to highest since 2008 [Bloomberg] The U.S. 10-Year Looks Poised to Cross a Red Line This Week [Bloomberg] How Japan’s Central Bank Policy Is Driving Speculation About Stimulus [WSJ] Public […]

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Don’t Just Settle for a One-Fits-All Life Insurance Plan in 2018 Last May, Five Thirty Eight forecasted several changes in the health insurance industry once the GOP healthcare bill was passed. Fast-forward to today and some of these forecasts, including increased premiums for lower income individuals and lower premiums for young, healthy policyholders, have, indeed, […]

Cryptocurrencies have a new evangelist in Steven Seagal

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With the rise of cryptocurrencies there has been no shortage of celebrities who have not only signed on to promote one currency or another, but in some cases create them under their own banner.  But on Feb. 13 one famous actor has signed on to be a evangelist or Ambassador for a cryptocurrency platform as […]

The land of chocolate and banking giving an open arms welcome to cryptocurrencies

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On Feb. 18, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) announced they are planning to encourage crypto and other digital currencies inside their borders, while also providing guidance on ICO issuance. Wanting to ensure criminal activities such as money laundering are limited through the use of cryptocurrencies, FINMA is in the process of establishing basic […]

Middle America Reboots Democracy

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Nancy Reynolds looks like no one’s idea of a revolutionary, least of all her own. She has a quick and contagious smile, shiny coiffed hair, a bad knee, and four grandchildren. Heartbroken after the defeat of Hillary Clinton—for whom Reynolds had spent long hours canvassing in the fall of 2016—she marched in protest in January […]

Tuesday’s News Links

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[Bloomberg] Asian Stocks Fall; Dollar Rises With Bond Yields: Markets Wrap [Bloomberg] A Diversified Portfolio May Not Help Investors Much This Year [Bloomberg] BOJ Likely to Stay on `Virtual Normalization’ Path, Kiuchi Says [Bloomberg] Is the End Near for Japan’s Huge Monetary Stimulus Experiment?: QuickTake [Bloomberg] Bears Circle India Stocks as $2 Billion Fraud Damps Mood: Chart [WSJ] Reinsurers Hit by […]

David Nunes for President, Ray McGovern for CIA Director

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David Nunes for President, Ray McGovern for CIA Director Paul Craig Roberts This is an extraordinary and highly truthful article by former CIA official Ray McGovern who was the responsible official for the daily briefing of the President of the United States. Be sure to read it: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48824.htm McGovern has proven over and over on […]

Monday Evening Links

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[Bloomberg] Asia Stocks Track U.S. Futures Down; Dollar Steady: Markets Wrap [Reuters] EU chooses Spain’s de Guindos for ECB vice-chair, paving way for German head [Bloomberg] Tudor Veteran Says Just a Little More Inflation Could Rock Bonds [CNBC] Bonds are entering a rising rates cycle for the first time since the 1940s, which could be ‘worrisome’ [Reuters] Turkey warns Syrian […]