How The Homeless Crisis Could Soon Become An Epidemic

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16-11-19 08:27:00,

Via Doug Casey’s International Man,

International Man: There is a growing homeless crisis in liberal West Coast cities, including San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and many others. People living on the street are overrunning these cities.

Residents must deal with human feces, syringes, disease, and filth every day. In some areas, it’s worse than the dirtiest slums of Brazil, Kenya, and India.

How did this happen?

Doug Casey: Well, taking a long-term view, I see it as part of the continuing decline of Western civilization.

The West has always been distinguished relative to the rest of the world by its order, its cleanliness, its respect for property rights. These things are all going by the wayside. We were a middle class society with “bourgeois” values, essentially Boy Scout virtues. But these things are now held in contempt, even while the middle class is being squeezed. “Ground between the millstones of taxation and inflation,” as the phrase attributed to Lenin puts it.

Some members of the lower and middle classes are still moving up, but it’s easier to fall than to rise. Most of the homeless are whites who are headed down. We haven’t seen this since the 1930s.

This epidemic is concentrated in so-called sanctuary cities, which go out of their way to bring in people who are unwilling or unable to support themselves. But most of the newly minted “street people” aren’t migrants. They seem to mostly be failed ex-members of the middle class.

It’s quite novel to see people in camping tents on city sidewalks. It’s different from the occasional bum sleeping under newspapers on a park bench. A tent implies a measure of permanency. It stakes out a property right.

Let me pause over my use of the word “bum.”

I learned a few things when I went on a couple of adventures “riding the rails.” There were three classes of people you’d meet in and around the railyard, on the “wrong side of the tracks”: hobos, tramps, and bums. They were all “homeless people,” but that term wasn’t used. Hobos were people there for the lifestyle; often well-read, dropouts with wanderlust. Tramps were people down on their luck;

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Out of the crisis, into a politics of love | KenFM.de

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02-11-19 07:32:00,

Love is not only a private matter, but the roof under which all politics should take place. Are we courageous enough for such a revolution?

A comment by Christiane Borowy.

It is definitely worth the news when two authors from two different countries speak independently and publicly about love being the only way out of the crisis of humanity. One is the journalist and author Dirk C. Fleck and the other is the American author and activist Marianne Williamson. In the media it is hardly heard when love and politics are thought together. Yet this could be the path to political renewal, a return to democracy and an economy based on partnership.

On October 27th 2019, a political panel discussion took place at the Schauspielhaus Bochum on the topic „From responsibility for future generations – the „green“ Article 20a: Resources and species protection“. The well-known journalist Sonia Seymour Mikich moderated. One of the guests was Dirk C. Fleck. His first speech already hits the nail on the head: it must be about love in politics and in each individual, otherwise „the planet under our ass will rot away“ (1).

The well-known American peace activist and author Marianne Williamson sees this similarly in her book „A politics of love“, which was published in April 2019 (2) and which was either ridiculed in the German media (3) or simply ignored. But both authors agree independently: it takes more than criticism of the system. It needs internal activism just as much as external activism – and not this year, or next year, or the year after next, but immediately!

Are we crazy?

The political establishment, which represents about 1 per cent of the world’s population, has made the other 99 per cent of the world’s population and even the planet as a whole extremely sick over the last hundred years. Worse than ever before in history. Global poverty, a constantly reproducing military industry, the destruction of Planet Earth, the erosion of democracy, are phenomena that are the result of unrestrained greed. Profit maximization is being placed ever more radically above the needs of the individual human being.

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Financiële crisis is onafwendbaar, en zelfs al begonnen –

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24-10-19 08:06:00,

Economie crisis concept. 123rf.com

Bijdrage van Anthony Migchels, 24 oktober 2019
Vertaling Rob Vellekoop

Laten we stilstaan bij de gebeurtenissen van de afgelopen weken.

Eerst houdt Mark Carney, baas van de Bank of England een ongelofelijke speech, waarin hij eenvoudig het einde aankondigt van de status van de US Dollar als reserve valuta, gevolgd door een door het IMF gegenereerde en gecontroleerde Wereld Reserve Valuta. Hij vertelt verder dat de komende crisis zal worden gebruikt om de overgang te faciliteren.

Dan drie weken geleden, de FEDs repo rente stijgt plotseling naar 10% (!). Terwijl het rond de 0% hoort te liggen. De Banken leenden niet aan elkaar en dat veroorzaakte de crisis. De FED moest $75 miljard kwijt om de zaak onder controle te krijgen.

Het weekend daarna kondigt de FED plotseling aan dat het zou gaan beginnen met Quantitative Easing 4.0, zelfs als ze het zo niet willen noemen, aangezien zij de ernst van de situatie niet willen toegeven. Het was echter een open geheim dat het onvermijdelijk zou zijn.

En nu zeggen de belangrijkste Centrale Banken dat we na de reset een Gouden Standaard nodig hebben.

Bekijk eens onderstaande grafiek, gedeeld door David Jensen:

Dit is de trend van M2 groei over de afgelopen paar decennia. Zoals je kunt zien, is de groei van de geldhoeveelheid gestopt, terwijl het nodig is dat het flink groeit zodat de rente betaalbaar blijft (red. omdat er anders onvoldoende geld overblijft). Als resultaat hiervan is er steeds minder geld beschikbaar in de werkelijke economie en dit remt de economische activiteiten.

Het is het resultaat van het strakke beleid van de FED, het verhogen van de rente tarieven en het zogenaamde ‘tapering’, dat wil zeggen het weer uit de economie halen van het cashgeld dat zij injecteerden om de zaak aan de gang te houden na de crash van 2008.

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Opioid crisis: Aberration, or logical outgrowth of for-profit US healthcare system?

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22-10-19 08:43:00,

Four major drug companies have reached a partial settlement over their role in the opioid epidemic, dodging a federal trial. The drug plague is less of an accident than an inevitable consequence of a for-profit healthcare system.

US drug distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., and McKesson Corp. – as well as Israel-based drug manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals – have tentatively settled suits with two Ohio counties for $260 million, over charges they misled the public about the addictive potential of their drugs. The deal narrowly avoids a federal trial that was set to start on Monday, but does not address some 2,600 other suits nationwide against those companies and others – including Purdue Pharma, the company that kicked off the epidemic with its blockbuster opioid OxyContin.

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More than 20 years and 400,000 deaths after the debut of the devastatingly popular drug, it’s a relief that authorities are finally getting around to holding some of the perpetrators responsible. Opioids kill more Americans every year than car crashes, and have singlehandedly decreased the average US lifespan. However, the crisis is less due to especially evil schemes by those particular companies, and more of the inevitable outcome of a healthcare system where curing the patient pays less than keeping them coming back, again and again.

Opioid manufacturers and distributers merely took advantage of a corrupt and broken business model, where pharmaceutical companies were able to collude with medical authorities to elevate “pain” to the level of a vital sign alongside blood pressure, temperature, respiratory rate and pulse, presenting their product as the only truly effective solution to the problem. When Purdue unleashed OxyContin on the market in 1996, they simply lied and claimed their product had an addiction rate in the single digits. The other companies followed their lead: by the time OxyContin was reformulated to make it less appealing to addicts, there were Vicodin, Lortab, and fentanyl, waiting in the wings.

Hand in hand with the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Pain Society, and other authoritative-sounding groups, Purdue seduced doctors with an irresistible one-two punch. First they were told they were remiss in not checking all their patients for pain,

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Opioid Drug Crisis: Could the Whole US Congress be Impeached?

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30-09-19 06:35:00,

Op-Ed by Jon Rappoport

First, a little background. Then I’ll get to the Congress. And Obama.

Severe addiction, mental dislocation, death. Millions of people are facing the devastating effects of the pharma drugs called opioids, on the streets of America—illegally trafficked.

2 MILLION OPIOID ADDICTS IN THE US.

300,000 DEATHS SINCE THE YEAR 2000 IN THE US.

Those are the official estimates, as of about 2 years ago. The numbers are rising.

We need to understand that people with deep physical pain should be able to obtain sufficient painkillers from doctors. Shortages being experienced are coming from drug over-enforcement in the wrong direction.

The situation is made more complex by the fact that traditional morphine, plus another few synthetic opioids, would be sufficient to handle all patients’ needs. BUT, when I started counting the pharmaceutical opioids in the marketplace, I stopped at 50. This is insane. There is absolutely no need for all these derivatives. And they make regulation and enforcement far more difficult. But the drug companies don’t care. They pursue profit.

Where are all the opioids that are maiming and killing people coming from? Who is launching these drugs on to the streets of nations?

Three main criminal sources of US opioids: pharmaceutical companies, like Purdue, who’ve filled gargantuan orders they KNOW are going to traffickers; Chinese labs; and Mexican processors and smugglers.

The rush of immigrants coming across the US southern border has diverted so many US agents, they can’t possibly stem the tide of opioids being smuggled through those borders. That’s just one effect of massive immigration that so-called “liberals” don’t think about. Millions of lives destroyed by the drugs are essentially being traded for open borders.

As ABC News reported on July 19, 2019, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection has stored enough fentanyl in the past year to kill an estimated 794 MILLION people…” That would be seized opioids at the US border. Fentanyl is 100 TIMES MORE POTENT than morphine. Mexico is a major pipeline. A significant percentage of the smuggled drugs comes to Mexico out of China. If that much fentanyl has been seized,

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10 Ways that the Climate Crisis and Militarism Are Intertwined – Global Research

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27-09-19 01:14:00,

The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues–and their solutions–are intertwined.

1. The US military protects Big Oil and other extractive industries. The US military has often been used to ensure that US companies have access to extractive industry materials, particularly oil, around the world. The 1991 Gulf War against Iraq was a blatant example of war for oil; today the US military support for Saudi Arabia is connected to the US fossil fuel industry’s determination to control access to the world’s oil. Hundreds of the  US military bases spread around the world are in resource-rich regions and near strategic shipping lanes. We can’t get off the fossil fuel treadmill until we stop our military from acting as the world’s protector of Big Oil.

2.  The Pentagon is the single largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels in the world. If the Pentagon were a country, its fuel use alone would make it the 47th largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, greater than entire nations such as Sweden, Norway or Finland. US military emissions come mainly from fueling weapons and equipment, as well as lighting, heating and cooling more than 560,000 buildings around the world.

3. The Pentagon monopolizes the funding we need to seriously address the climate crisis. We are now spending over half of the federal government’s annual discretionary budget on the military when the biggest threat to US national security is not Iran or China, but the climate crisis. We could cut the Pentagon’s current budget in half and still be left with a bigger military budget than China, Russia, Iran and North Korea combined. The $350 billion savings could then be funnelled into the Green New Deal. Just one percent of the 2019 military budget of $716 billion would be enough to fund 128,879 green infrastructure jobs instead.

4. Military operations leave a toxic legacy in their wake. US military bases despoil the landscape, pollute the soil,

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EU Crisis Re-accelerates: 100s Of Migrants Suddenly Land On Greek Islands

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30-08-19 02:52:00,

Via KeepTalkingGreece.com,

13 boats with 500 to 600 migrants onboard landed in the outskirts of Skala Sykamineas on the island of Lesvos on Thursday afternoon.

All boats arrived at the same location in less than an hour.

Last time this happened was in the peak of migration crisis in 2015.

It was shortly after 5pm, when several boats were spotted on their way to Sykamia having crossed into Greek territorial waters with the Frontex apparently in the role of passive bystander.

A total of 546 people, men, women and children disembarked following instructions by refugees NGOs, Aegean Boat Report reports.

According to local media, the migrants are excepted to be transferred to the hot spot of Moria already overcrowded with more than 10,000 people, while its capacity is designed for 3,000.

It is the largest number of migrants massively coming to Lesvos from the Turkish coast since the migration crisis in 2015-2016.

Moria workers are deeply concerned about the current situation, not only to the overcrowded situation but also to the under-performance of medical service.

Dozens of newcomers are sleeping on blankets on the floor in #Moria. Reportedly they have to wait an hour in the queue for access to the toilet #opentheislands #refugeesGr #stopthetoxicdeal pic.twitter.com/XdSCyhXDIs

— RSA (@rspaegean) August 29, 2019

They say that 6,000 migrants of Moria have not been medically registered.

Political and military leadership of the Greek Shipping Ministry are concerned not only about the massive arrivals on Thursday but also for their increase in the month of  August.

Next to the massive arrivals on Lesvos, a total of 122 migrants and refugees landed on the islands of Farmakonisi, Kos, Lesvos as well as in Alexandroupolis in north-eastern Greece.

According to latest data, the islands of the Eastern Aegean Sea Lesvos,

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Hong Kong Crisis: Made in America | New Eastern Outlook

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24-08-19 06:23:00,

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Claims that Western interests are driving unrest in Hong Kong to undermine China have been decried across the Western media as “fake news,” “disinformation,” and even grounds for censorship from platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Yet a look at the organizations directly involved in leading the unrest and those supporting it reveals unequivocally that it originates in Washington DC – not organically from within Hong Kong itself.

In order to conceal this fact, the Western media has attempted to portray the unrest as “leaderless.” Yet coordinated protests most certainly have both leaders and organizations directing the majority of the movement’s decisions as well as providing the logistical support necessary for the sustained unrest Hong Kong now faces.

Who is Leading Hong Kong’s Unrest

Despite repeated and unrealistic claims that Hong Kong’s recent protests are “leaderless,” they are clearly being led by a combination of opposition political parties, supporting fronts posing as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and foreign-funded media organizations.

Even partial admissions of this fact can be found throughout Western coverage of these supposed “leaderless” protests.

Hong Kong Indigenous: A July 2019 Quartz article titled, “The leader of Hong Kong’s leaderless protest movement is a philosophy student behind bars,” would admit:

…there is one person to whom many protesters have turned to for inspiration and guidance, even though he hasn’t been physically present at any of the demonstrations: jailed activist Edward Leung.

The article also reports:

Over the past two to three weeks, protesters have also begun to march with placards of Leung’s face. Meanwhile, Leung’s 2016 election slogan (link in Chinese)—”Reclaim Hong Kong! Revolution of our times!”—has roared back in full force, quickly becoming the clarion call of the current wave of protests.

Edward Leung is a leading figure of the Hong Kong Indigenous political party which holds zero seats in either of Hong Kong’s elected legislative bodies.

While Quartz describes Leung’s “localism” movement as emphasizing “Hong Kong identity as separate to mainland Chinese” and openly advocating “Hong Kong’s independence from China,” the “localism” movement itself is by no means independent.

In a 2016 South China Morning Post article titled,

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Kashmir in Crisis with Mohamad Junaid

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22-08-19 12:58:00,

SHOW NOTES AND MP3: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=32524

The Indian government has created a crisis by stripping the state of Jammu and Kashmir of its former semi-autonomy and splitting it into two territories. What are the roots of this crisis and what can we expect to develop in this volatile region? Joining us to dissect the past, present and future of Kashmir is Kashmiri scholar Mohamad Junaid of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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PFAS Crisis Expands As Millions Of Americans In 43 States Are Exposed To Toxic Chemicals

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17-07-19 07:14:00,

Tens of millions of Americans in 43 states may have been exposed to toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS in their drinking water.

In a report from May, the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) showed how PFAS had exposed upwards of 19 million Americans through contaminated groundwater. EWG found 610 contaminated locations ranging from public water systems, military bases, military and civilian airports, industrial plants, dumps, and firefighter training sites.

Now the environmental advocacy group has identified 58 more military sites where high levels of PFAS used in firefighting foam have been detected in groundwater or drinking water, from Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson, Alaska to Fort Eustis, Virginia, reported the Military Times.

Many of the new locations contain PFAS levels over 100,000 parts per trillion.

“The EPA and the Department of Defense have utterly failed to treat PFAS contamination as a crisis demanding swift and decisive action,” said Ken Cook, president of EWG, in a statement announcing the additional contaminated sites.

“‘It’s time for Congress to end new PFAS pollution and clean up legacy contamination,” Cook said.

For decades, the military and other civilian agencies used firefighting foams that contained PFAS. These dangerous chemicals are also in hundreds of everyday household products.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that the toxic chemicals are present in the blood samples of the general population. Prior studies have shown the dangerous chemicals have been linked to weakened childhood immunity, thyroid disease, cancer, and other major health issues.

DoD officials are prioritizing cleanup operations for 401 of the sites, said Deborah Morefield, manager of the Defense Environmental Restoration Program in the office of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the environment.

The cleanup process occurred under a law known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, or CERCLA, she said. “‘It’s a long process, and it ‘doesn’t happen overnight.”

Under new DoD policy, the firefighting foam has been banned from training,  maintenance, or testing exercises, Morefield said. “It’s only being used for real fire emergencies, and even in those cases, we’re treating it as a spill response.

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The 5G Wireless Crisis: Awareness & Accountability Summit – Global Research

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16-07-19 12:27:00,

5G wireless… the industry HAS NOT shown it to be safe for your health or privacy — yet THOUSANDS of peer-reviewed, independent studies show the risks it presents.

Understand the dangers and find solutions in your community!

The 5G Crisis: Awareness & Accountability Summit is online and FREE from August 26 – September 1, 2019.

Click HERE to sign up free & save your spot.

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5G’s “Day Of Crisis Science” Recognition – Saturday, July 27, 2019

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15-07-19 07:46:00,

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Together, we’re calling on wireless companies (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile) and their sub-contractors (Crown Castle, ExteNet Systems and other antenna installers) to suspend the deployment of small cell wireless antennas near places where people live, work and play until such time as chronic, low level exposure to radio-frequency (RF) microwave radiation can be proven safe for everyone.

Source: 5G Crisis
https://www.5gcrisis.com/find-a-group

According to an email I received from 5G ! Crisis, a project of Americans for Responsible Technology,

On Saturday, July 27th, [2019] parents, grandparents, cancer survivors, victims of EHS, medical professionals and scientists from across the country will come together to express their science-based health objections to the rollout of 5G.

Rallies will be held outside of wireless carrier stores to attract media attention and put pressure on big telecom companies to stop 5G deployment until such time as the technology can be made safe for everyone. Is that really such an unreasonable demand? 

Since vested microwave interests are moving forward, like greased lightning, to install 5G, which scientifically never has been proven safe for all living entities, and is classified as a “military grade weapon,”  it truly is incumbent upon all who either are electromagnetically hypersensitive (EHS) or just plain concerned and scared about what will happen to human physiology when we are saturated by 5G cells microwave radiation only feet away from our homes, places of employment, Wi-Fi in our offices, or ‘raining’ down from thousands of satellites perched above Earth.

Will 5G have the capability to ‘weaponize’ nanoparticulates being released from planes spraying to provide weather geoengineering known as Solar Radiation Management (SRM)?

Will or can 5G ‘aggravate or morph microscopic organisms into biological entities science cannot deal with?

How will 5G affect geoengineered particulates already in human brains and lungs, thanks to what’s being sprayed above our heads for man-made weather management, including our being a human experiment of gargantuan proportions, without our consent, thereby violating the Nuremberg Code?

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The JCPOA Crisis Isn’t About Nukes at All. Embedding US Strategic Influence Worldwide – Global Research

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08-07-19 07:52:00,

The so-called “international community” can’t proverbially “see the forest through the trees” and therefore fails to grasp the larger ambitions being pursued by the US through the JCPOA Crisis that it manufactured, which isn’t about nukes at all actually but rather about the expansion and further embedding of America’s strategic influence all across the world, a scheme that Russia is well-positioned to thwart if it can successfully apply its “balancing” strategy to this end.

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The world’s leading Great Powers are increasingly concerned that the JCPOA Crisis will eventually lead to war, worrying that Iran’s decision to backtrack on its commitments under the 2015 deal in response to the US’ provocative withdrawal from the said agreement will create the pretext for America, Israel, and/or the GCC to take military action against it on the basis of preventing nuclear weapons proliferation. The original pact was supposed to guarantee the Islamic Republic’s international legal right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy without any potential for abusing its byproducts in the construction of nuclear weapons, the latter scenario of which would end Israel’s nuclear monopoly in the region. Furthermore, the Obama Administration was trying to co-opt Iran’s “reformist” faction at the time as part of a gambit to undermine the country from within if this attempted pivot succeeded enough to the point where American influence could flood into the country through economic, NGO, and other means just like what happened during President Assad’s neoliberal reforms of the 2000s prior to the so-called “Arab Spring“.

Trump made the US’ withdrawal from the JCPOA a key component of its foreign policy platform during the 2016 elections because of his fear that the agreement’s “sunset clauses” will lead to Iran eventually obtaining nuclear weapons anyway, preferring instead to aggressively preempt this from happening through a crippling sanctions regime and other Hybrid War measure than to sit back and irresponsibly endanger the security of his country’s Israeli and Saudi allies. That, at least, is the most popular public explanation for how the JCPOA Crisis began, and while it isn’t wrong, it doesn’t present the full picture of what’s really going on. All of the aforementioned is true, but what’s left out of the discourse is the fact that the US is exploiting events in order to experiment with the weaponization of primary and secondary sanctions as a new form of indirect warfare against its adversaries,

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The Amputation Crisis in Gaza: a US-Funded Atrocity

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24-05-19 07:56:00,

Photograph Source: Justin Macintosh – CC BY 2.0

My friend Andrew Rubin is an amputee. He’s lost his right hand, lower arm, right foot, and lower leg.

He used to be an avid runner and cyclist. He can’t do much of that anymore, although his walking is getting much better. Soon he might be able to run with his artificial leg.

Andrew is incredibly lucky.

The medical catastrophe that left his hand and foot so terribly damaged didn’t kill him. But when his limbs never healed even after a decade, he decided to undergo the amputations. It was his choice, and it was made much easier because he knew what lay ahead: the most advanced artificial limbs ever imagined. The kids call him Bionic Man now.

Andrew is lucky for another reason: He doesn’t live in Gaza.

According to the United Nations, 1,700 young Gazans are facing amputation, mainly of their legs, in the next two years. They’re among the 7,000 unarmed Palestinians in Gaza shot by Israeli snipers over the last year.

Since last spring, thousands of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied Gaza have poured out of their teeming refugee camps and houses every Friday to join nonviolent protests, demanding an end to the siege that’s destroying their lives, and the right to return to the homes Israel displaced them from.

Even though they were nonviolent, they were met by Israeli snipers from the beginning. Children, journalists, and medics were targeted too.

International law prohibits using live fire against unarmed civilians unless the police or soldiers are in imminent danger of death. That’s not the case in Gaza. A UN investigation of 189 killings during the first nine months of the protests found that Israeli forces may have committed war crimes.

More than 220 Palestinians have been killed so far. Stunningly, more than 29,000 have been wounded —  including those 7,000 by live fire. So far, 120 have had to endure amputations — including 20 children.

Anyplace else, their limbs might’ve been saved.

But Gaza has been under Israeli military siege for more than 10 years. Hospitals are massively under-equipped,

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Crisis Begins: Cuba Begins Widespread Rationing Due To Shortages

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14-05-19 08:02:00,

Last month, the Trump administration imposed new sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela, attempting to tighten the vice on Havana to end its support for Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro. As a result, Cuba launched widespread rationing of staple foods and hygiene products due to shortages triggered by US trade embargos, reported Al Jazeera.

After a month of shortages, Cuban authorities announced Friday the rationed sale of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap, and other essential items, “to avoid hoarding and ensure greater access.”

Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz told the Cuban News Agency that rationing would be used to deal with shortages of staple foods. Díaz condemned the Trump administration for triggering the latest crisis developing throughout the country.

“Our mission is to fracture all the measures the US government imposes, and today we are setting priorities,” Diaz said on a state-run media broadcast.

Cuba imports approximately two-thirds of its food and small shortages have been common throughout the years. In recent weeks, many products have been missing from store shelves for days, and long lines have sprung up with many waiting for scarce products like chicken and beans.

Amid the developing economic crisis on the Caribbean island, Cuban youth have flooded onto social media under the hashtag #lacolachallenge (queue challenge) to shed light on the shortage.

#LaColaChallenge en la Casa Azul provincia de Las Tunas, cola perenne, inmortal, infinita…como el hambre y la desesperación de los cubanos. pic.twitter.com/Id93kMAhJG

— MaCC (@MaCC60217774) May 10, 2019

#LaColaChallenge aunque esta es la mejor cola, la de irse de una vez 😁 pic.twitter.com/KEOIJwO4Y2

— Chawy (@Chawy1348) May 10, 2019

#LaColaChallenge: El único reto 100% cubano ha nacido y el desafío es inundar las redes con las largas filas para comprar en la Isla. https://t.co/QAPTWS6hvt pic.twitter.com/9l3SgFApO6

— Yoani Sánchez 🇨🇺 (@yoanisanchez) May 10, 2019

Many Cubans find themselves standing in line for hours, waiting for products to arrive, a problem the government has blamed on “hoarders.”

“The country’s going through a tough moment.

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Crisis in de kinderopvang en de WHO-trein die maar doordendert – Stichting Vaccin Vrij

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03-05-19 04:29:00,

Houten blokken‘Gaan mensen mijn jongste kind straks buitensluiten omdat hij niet gevaccineerd is?’, bericht de Volkskrant over de kinderopvang op 2 mei 2019. Er is geen enkel wetenschappelijk bewijs dat ongevaccineerde kinderen meer mazelen zouden verspreiden dan gevaccineerde kinderen. Integendeel, maar er is nog nooit met zoveel intensiteit campagne gevoerd tegen vaccin-kritische mensen als in de afgelopen maand. Eerst over de bof, toen over de mazelen en toen over de kinderopvang. Dit artikel gaat over het negeren van bewuste ouders, over de onwetendheid van politici, over een manipulatieve mediahype en de WHO-trein die maar doordendert. Wat is er aan de hand en wat kunnen we doen?

 

 

De vaccinatiegraad daalt

 
De vaccinatiegraad daalt. De reden is dat miljoenen ouders wereldwijd ontdekt hebben dat vaccins ernstige bijwerkingen hebben. En dat er onomstotelijk is vastgesteld dat wetenschappelijk bewijs dat het injecteren van combi-vaccins veilig is, ontbreekt. In Amerika verzet Del Bigtree bergen op het gebied van het opvragen en analyseren van wetenschap. In Nederland heeft de Stichting Vaccinvrij in augustus 2018 een WOB-verzoek gedaan en we wachten nog steeds op ontbrekende studies die ons toegestuurd zouden worden, maar die kennelijk niet te vinden zijn.

 
De vaccinatiegraad daalt. En dat heeft gigantische financiële gevolgen. Het gaat om miljarden en miljarden dollars en euro’s die jaarlijks worden verdiend aan vaccins en medicijnen die de wel of niet (h)erkende bijwerkingen in toom moeten houden. En dat niet alleen, het gaat om werkverschaffing. Kinderen met vaccinatieschade leveren geld op, want ze hebben spraakstoornissen, en gedragsproblemen, en leerstoornissen etc. die behandeld kunnen worden. Ziekte levert geld op. Gezondheid is financieel niet interessant voor de medische wereld. Chronische aandoeningen wel.

De vaccinatiegraad daalt. En dát baart de Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie zorgen. De WHO is in 1945 opgericht met het doel te bouwen aan een betere, gezondere toekomst voor alle mensen. In een paar decennia is de WHO uitgegroeid tot een machtige en grote organisatie. In meer dan 150 kantoren werken ruim 7000 mensen en daarnaast kan zij rekenen op meer dan 700 instituten die haar ondersteunen.2 Wie financieren de 150 kantoren en de salarissen van de 7000 mensen die werken voor de WHO? We hebben er al meerdere blogposts aan gewijd. De WHO is géén onafhankelijke organisatie. Zij wordt voor het grootste gedeelte gefinancierd door ‘filantropen’ (o.a.

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De crisis komt altijd van rechts. En toch blijft de VVD de grootste

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21-03-19 02:17:00,

Een van de grootste politieke raadsels van de laatste jaren is waar die electorale stabiliteit van Rutte’s vvd toch vandaan komt. Ga maar na. De crisis kwam van rechts. Maar in 2010, twee jaar nadat we voor 135 miljard euro een failliete bankensector moesten redden, werd nota bene de vvd met 31 zetels de grootste.

En dus kregen burgers Rutte I, het kabinet van vvd en cda dat werd gedoogd door de pvv. Dat hoogtepunt uit Wilders’ carrière eindigde in 2012 toen hij zijn handtekening weigerde te zetten onder twaalf miljard euro aan extra bezuinigingen. Het resulterende Kunduz-akkoord met D66 en GroenLinks zou de Nederlandse economie in een dodelijke neusduik doen belanden, waar zij pas zes jaar en vele onschuldige slachtoffers onder burgers en kleinbedrijf later uit wist te ontsnappen.

In de zomer van 2012 volgden opnieuw verkiezingen. De eurocrisis woedde als een veenbrand in Zuid-Europa en Nederland bevond zich in de diepste naoorlogse recessie. Nog altijd kwam de crisis van rechts: naast de puinhopen van incompetente en arrogante bankiers tekenden zich nu de ruïnes van al even incompetente en arrogante politici af. En voor u begint te steigeren: dat is niet alleen mijn oordeel, maar ook van degenen die ervoor hebben doorgeleerd. Het liet de kiezer koud. De verkiezingen werden een tweestrijd tussen vvd en pvda, die Rutte nipt won. Nu met 41 zetels, een naoorlogs record. Het was mede te danken aan twee stevige verkiezingsbeloftes: er gaat geen cent naar Griekenland. En iedere werkende Nederlander zou een koopkrachtimpuls van duizend euro ontvangen.

De beloftes verdwenen na het sluiten van de stembusjes in de prullenbak. Er gingen tientallen miljarden naar Griekenland en in plaats van koopkrachtverbetering kreeg de burger opnieuw een pakket van zestien miljard euro aan bezuinigingen en lastenverzwaringen voor zijn kiezen.

Dit ‘groenste kabinet ooit’ deed vooral aan doorschuiven en afschuiven

Niemand had verwacht dat het kabinet de rit zou uitzitten. Toch gebeurde het. En terwijl Nederland langzaam uit het dal opkrabbelde, maakte Den Haag zich op voor nieuwe verkiezingen. Het werd een bloedbad voor coalitiegenoot PvdA, van 39 naar negen zetels. En ook al verloor ook Rutte’s vvd maar liefst acht zetels, de partij werd opnieuw de grootste en mocht in de zomer van 2017 aan het formeren slaan.

Ditmaal waren de beloftes vergroening en,

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Crisis duwt Nicaragua nog dieper in armoede

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27-02-19 09:51:00,

Nicaragua vindt maar geen oplossing voor de ondertussen tien maanden oude politieke en sociale crisis. De repressie kostte al het leven aan tientallen mensen. De economische gevolgen zijn ondertussen voelbaar bij het grootste deel van de bevolking. Nicaragua is een van de armste landen van Amerika.

Zowel officiële als onafhankelijke cijfers tonen de omvang van de gevolgen van de crisis voor het armste land van Centraal-Amerika. Sinds april 2018 gingen meer dan 453.000 banen verloren, werd meer dan 1,5 miljard dollar aan deposito’s opgenomen bij de banken, en belandden ten minste 2 miljoen van de 6,3 miljoen inwoners terug in armoede.

Socioloog en econoom Cirilo Otero van het Centrum voor Milieubeleidsinitiatieven (CIPA) zegt dat de impact van de economische crisis al bij de meeste Nicaraguaanse huishoudens voelbaar is. Vooral op het vlak van voeding zullen de gevolgen ernstig zijn, zegt hij.

Belastingen verhogen

“De regering reageert door de belastingen te verhogen en de invoer en de productie van de binnenlandse industrie te belasten”, zegt Otero. “Wat gebeurt er? Bedrijven remmen investeringen af, ontslaan personeel om de hogere belastingen het hoofd te bieden en maken hun producten duurder. De mensen hebben twee mogelijkheden: ofwel kopen ze minder ofwel geven ze meer uit.”

De stijgende levensduurte zal het voor Nicaraguaanse gezinnen moeilijker maken om aan voedsel te komen. Samen met andere factoren zoals klimaatverandering en de achteruitgang van de gezondheidszorg zal dat tot meer ondervoeding leiden.

Volgens de studie Voedselzekerheid en voeding in de wereld, vorig jaar gepubliceerd door de Voedsel- en Landbouworganisatie van de Verenigde Naties (FAO) en andere agentschappen, was het percentage ondervoeding in Nicaragua in de periode 2007-2017 gedaald van 24,4 procent naar 16,2 procent.

Minder voedselconsumptie

“De regering raakt zonder middelen om haar sociale programma’s te financieren en maakt nu gebruik van een fiscale hervorming die alle consumentenproducten probeert te belasten, wat uiteindelijk rechtstreekse invloed op de consument zal hebben en de voedselconsumptie zal verminderen.”

De crisis begon in april 2018 toen een hervorming van de sociale zekerheid tot een volksopstand tegen president Daniel Ortega en zijn vrouw en vicepresident Rosario Murillo leidde. Ze worden beschuldigd van corruptie en van toenemend autoritair optreden.

Het Sandinistische Nationale Bevrijdingsfront, de regeringspartij, reageerde door de protesten van studenten en oppositiepartijen zwaar te onderdrukken,

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Venezuela crisis: Border clashes, ‘masked thugs’, torched ‘aid’ & fake Red Cross

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24-02-19 10:06:00,

The US-backed opposition’s call for a “human avalanche” to force American aid into Venezuela has erupted in violent clashes. Tensions were running high and the opposition soon claimed that government forces have killed civilians.

Self-proclaimed “interim president” Juan Guaido had called on his followers to create a “human wave” and bring the “avalanche” of humanitarian aid across the borders from Brazil and Colombia on Saturday. He’d crossed into Colombia unmolested the day before, to attend a concert extravaganza in support of regime change and organized by British mogul Richard Branson. Rather than lead the charge across the bridges himself, however, Guaido was nowhere to be seen on Saturday afternoon, RT correspondent Dan Cohen reported from Cucuta, Colombia.

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Rocks, fire & tear gas

Opposition supporters clashed with Venezuelan border security forces in several hotspots on Saturday, pelting police officers with rocks and setting tires on fire. In one instance, protesters ripped up a tree and used it as a battering ram against Venezuelan police vehicles.

While the Tienditas bridge – featured in a lot of Western media reports about the tensions on the Venezuela-Colombia border, but never opened for traffic – remained calm, there were several incidents at the other two bridges in the area, and police had to use tear gas on several occasions.

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Horrifying VIDEOS show RAMMING at Simon Bolivar bridge in Venezuela

Another shocking incident happened at Simon Bolivar Bridge, where three apparent defectors who the government in Caracas called ‘terrorists,’ hijacked armored carrier vehicles and rammed through the border posts into Colombia, injuring several people with total disregard for civilian lives. With the military mostly maintaining loyalty to the Maduro government, only some 60 servicemen, including a number of officers, have defected so far – a rate that displeases both the opposition and officials in Washington.

Fake Red Cross & torched aid trucks

At least one truck attempting to get into Venezuela was set on fire,

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The Crisis of Science : The Corbett Report

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24-02-19 09:56:00,

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In recent years, the public has gradually discovered that there is a crisis in science. But what is the problem? And how bad is it, really? Today on The Corbett Report we shine a spotlight on the series of interrelated crises that are exposing the way institutional science is practiced today, and what it means for an increasingly science-dependent society.

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How Much of Venezuela’s Crisis is Really Maduro’s Fault?

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16-02-19 10:22:00,


There are several factors for Venezuela’s economic crisis, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to U.S. leaders or following corporate media, writes Steve Ellner.

By Steve Ellner
Special to Consortium News

The recognition by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden of Juan Guaidó as Venezuelan president is the latest demonstration of the consensus in Washington over the nefariousness of the Nicolás Maduro government. Not since Fidel Castro’s early years in power has a Latin American head of state been so consistently demonized. But the 1960s was the peak of the Cold War polarization that placed Cuba plainly in the enemy camp, and unlike Venezuela today, that nation had a one-party system. 

The scope of that consensus was evident by the recent faceoff between two figures as far apart as President Donald Trump and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In his State of the Union address, Trump attributed Venezuela’s economic crisis to the failed system of socialism. Ocasio-Cortez responded by arguing that the Venezuelan case is “an issue of authoritarian regime versus democracy.”

President Nicolás Maduro, 2016. (Cancillería del Ecuador via Flickr)President Nicolás Maduro, 2016. (Cancillería del Ecuador via Flickr)

President Nicolás Maduro, 2016. (Cancillería del Ecuador via Flickr)

Taken together, the comments by Trump and Ocasio-Cortez complement one another. According to the narrative that dominates Washington, Venezuela is a disaster from both economic and political viewpoints. The exclusive blame for the sorry state of the economy and for the country’s allegedly authoritarian rule lays with Maduro and his cohorts.

Not surprisingly, the mainstream media have refrained from questioning these assumptions. Most of their reporting puts the accent mark on state incompetence and corruption, while skirting the detrimental effects of the economic sanctions implemented by the Trump administration.

In addition, many on the left point to the economic sanctions as responsible, at least in part, for the nation’s pressing economic difficulties, but few critically examine the mainstream’s characterization of the state of Venezuelan democracy. Some oppose the sanctions but join the opposition in bashing the Maduro government.

A recent article by Gabriel Hetland,

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The Opioid Crisis, Made in the U.S.A.

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11-01-19 03:42:00,

Writer Chris McGreal and host Robert Scheer zero in on the book American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts in this week’s episode of Scheer Intelligence.

Scheer and McGreal, the book’s author and a correspondent for The Guardian and other news sources, discuss how the opioid addiction crisis is largely an American epidemic. As McGreal notes. “85 percent of the world’s prescription painkillers are consumed in the United States, which has five percent of the world’s population.”

Scheer and McGreal discuss how these legally prescribed drugs are so destructive and arrive at “another unique American aspect” in play, which is that in the U.S., “healthcare is an industry… in which patients are not seen as people but as clients.”

Big pharma looms large in this crisis. According to McGreal, the pharmaceutical industry “persuaded the medical establishment that everybody needed access to these drugs, and so they got them inserted into hospitals through a program called “Pain as the 5th Vital Sign.” And then there’s the FDA, which has lost sight of its stated mission of protecting consumers.

These and other factors—such as insurance companies cutting corners to cut costs, as well as patients conditioned to see themselves as clients and to follow a “pill for every ill” mentality—have exacted an immense cost, whether gauged in terms of health or wealth, in the blatant pursuit of profit. All the symptoms point to a sick system with the drug industry, free from anything resembling effective interventions from government or consumer sectors, at its heart.

Listen to McGreal’s conversation with Scheer or read a transcript of their conversation below:

Robert Scheer: Hi, this is Robert Scheer with another edition of Scheer Intelligence, where the intelligence comes from my guests. In this case, it’s Chris McGreal, who’s written a really provocative book called American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts. And I want to broaden the significance of your title, American Overdose. I think in many ways, we can look as a culture, at ourselves as having a culture that overdosed. What is powerful about your book is you have brought the insight, the wisdom, the world of experience, of a major correspondent, international correspondent for The Guardian;

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Depopulation Crisis – When Numbers Don’t Add Up, You’ve been Cheated | New Eastern Outlook

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06-01-19 05:28:00,

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The population of the Earth today is just over 7.6 billion people. Up until the 1970s, the world’s population would grow in accordance with a hyperbolic formula discovered by the Austrian physicist Heinz von Foerster.

Most recently, as sociologists were bracing for a demographic record, birth rates have suddenly come to a stall. Since the 90s, there’s been a noticeable slowdown in the growth of the population of the planet. Previously, it was predicted that by 2015 the world’s population would exceed 9.3 billion people, but in reality it barely reached 7.5 billion people. The UN would regularly issue forecasts titled World Population Prospects, with the latest of them stating that by 2030 the world’s population may reach 8.6 billion people, closing to 9.8 billion mid-century.

One can observe a noticeable decline in birth rates even in those regions of the world where one couldn’t expect it to occur at all, that is Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean. In turn, the United States, Canada, and all of Europe has been in the negative for decades, facing grim depopulation prospects. Over the past 15 years, in many countries, the traditional large families would be replaced by the so-called statistical average, that is families that have no more than 6-7 kids per family today, would have 12–14 children born two decades ago.

These days, one can come across all kinds of articles written by so-called futurologists that explain that the globalization process has come to a close, thus arguing that the planet doesn’t need as many workers as it used to, as one machine would replace ten people. Therefore, they argue, dropping birth rates is nothing but a natural process.

However, such assessments do nothing to encourage Europe, especially against the background of the skyrocketing migration rates that occur against the backdrop of a massive decline in birth rates across the Old World. Thus, the EU is facing an impending identity change in the coming years.

In order to try and increase the birth rates, a country can use a complicated set of tactics and tools. Among them are educational plans and financial benefits that are provided to the growing families. In Northern Europe, for example, governments would try to boost birth rates by allowing erotical content to enter the mass media back in the 80s.

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10 jaar na de financiële crisis | Pakhuis de Zwijger

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14-12-18 01:46:00,

Arno Wellens en Thomas Bollen van Follow the Money nemen je mee langs de donkerste uithoeken van de bankbalansen. Zij vergelijken de staat van onze banken met 2008, het begin van de crisis. Daarbij gaan ze in gesprek met Wim Boonstra (RaboResearch), Mark Sanders (Universiteit Utrecht) en Pieter Omtzigt (Tweede Kamerlid CDA).

Meer informatie? Lees ons artikel: De markt wantrouwt de Europese banken (en met reden)


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The Deepening Crisis of the West | New Eastern Outlook

The Deepening Crisis of the West | New Eastern Outlook

26-10-18 06:38:00,

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Almost every day, now, we are seeing new evidence of the increasingly serious problems and challenges faced by the West, and the very concept of “the West” as a united entity is increasingly open to discussion. The disputes between the USA and Europe have gone beyond trade wars, and are becoming evident in many other areas.

And within the US itself increasingly serious disagreements among the ruling elites are causing surprise and dismay in other countries, who fear the tensions may break out into some kind of civil conflict.

In Western Europe, the EU is essentially unable to cope with the problems caused by this situation, and more and more political observers are of the opinion that the disintegration of the EU is only just beginning. The Times of London recently published an article claiming that the “European political class is splitting at the seams” It is interesting to note that the European Parliament recently voted, for the first time in its history, to impose sanctions under Article 7 of the Lisbon Agreement on an EU member state, after publishing a report describing “large scale corruption in Hungary”.

In a recently published article a BBC observer noted that the crisis has its roots in society’s lack of trust in government and financial institutions, as the wealth gap between the rich and the poor is continually increasing.

Few can now deny the obvious truth: that in the absence of a counterweight, in the form of the USSR, the rich have cast aside all caution and that as a result the globalization process has led to great inequality, with the poor countries getting poorer while the rich ones get richer. Moreover, social divisions have intensified even in developed economic powers, although the main losers are developing countries. In those parts of the world, the economically active population, aware that things will never go well in their own country, are focusing their efforts on moving somewhere where “the good life” is a reality and not just a promise. Both the wave of migration that is sweeping through Europe, and the emergence of the self-styled Islamic State and other similar groups, are symptoms of a push against inequality by those who have not benefited from the fruits of globalization.

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Crisis in Democracy – We Have Crossed the Line | Armstrong Economics

Crisis in Democracy – We Have Crossed the Line | Armstrong Economics

25-10-18 07:35:00,

COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong; You are striking a cord out there. A lot more people are paying attention.

PJ

REPLY: The best thing is for people to understand the trend in motion. There is nothing we can do to PREVENT this crisis. The only thing we can do is prepare for it to survive for ourselves and our family. Even a family member may disagree with you right now. That will change. People as a whole are passive-aggressive. That means they are indeed like sheep and those in power know that. They keep pushing until we reach the breaking point. At that moment, your family members who thought you were wearing tinfoil hats at night will suddenly see the light. Unfortunately, this is simply why this erupt politically at the end. We take it and take it until we cannot any longer. Politicians are befuddled because they have been robbing the treasury for so long they cannot grasp that now you are suddenly angry at that practice. To them, you never complained before.

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“Time To Prepare For The Next Crisis”: One Of China’s Largest Funds Is Getting Ready To Dump Stocks

“Time To Prepare For The Next Crisis”: One Of China’s Largest Funds Is Getting Ready To Dump Stocks

23-10-18 03:45:00,

A few days after we reported that the investment vehicle of Sweden’s most powerful family, the Wallenbergs, has begun preparations for the next global crisis, concerns about the future have spread to one of China’s largest state-backed asset manager which runs about HK$139 billion ($18 billion) in assets, and which said it was preparing to sell shares in as many as 30 stocks on concern that valuations worldwide have peaked.

There are 20 to 30 companies in China Everbright’s global portfolio that are ripe for exit after they went through initial public offerings, Chief Executive Officer Chen Shuang said in an interview in Hangzhou on Tuesday according to Bloomberg. And alhough he didn’t specify which stocks Everbright would sell out of, Chen said the company is planning to make its exits “as soon as possible.”

“We will be actively disposing of assets and be prudent about new investments,” Chen said. “Global markets including the U.S. have peaked. We should be prepared for the next round of financial crises and turmoils.”

Chen also said Everbright raised more funds overseas after it became “very difficult” to do so in China. According to Bloomberg, new rules on the asset management industry slowed the increase of fundraising for private equity firms to 8% this year from an average annual rate of 20% in the past five years, he said. “Most of our new funds this year were raised from overseas,” he said.

Everbright, which has invested in more than 300 companies worldwide, has joined a wave of pessimism rippling through markets recently.  The Hong Kong-listed firm, part of China Everbright Group, counts electric-car maker NIO and Netflix-like streamer iQiyi both of which went public in the U.S. this year, within its portfolio.

Earlier today, the MSCI Asia Pacific Index was on the verge of a bear market as Asian stocks tumbled on rising geopolitical tensions, receding optimism over U.S. stocks, including a possible slowdown in earnings and economic growth.

It is likely that Chen will be punished for his bearish remarks: his comments come in direct refutation of an unprecedented jawboning campaign by various heads of Chinese financial regulators and Vice Premier Liu He making statements last week pledging increased support for private companies and the markets.

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Tien jaar na de crisis: de noodzaak van een terugkeer naar de basisbeginselen

Tien jaar na de crisis: de noodzaak van een terugkeer naar de basisbeginselen

10-09-18 10:21:00,

Dezer dagen valt er niet naast te kijken: 10 jaar gelden startte een spiraal van bancaire en economische rampspoed over de hele wereld: een kettingreactie met zware naschokken: van de crisis in Griekenland, over besparingen ten allen kante en de vergroting van de kloven tussen arm en rijk, bij ons en wereldwijd. Een aantal preventieve maatregelen mogen dan al zijn uitgevaardigd om de risico’s in de toekomst te verkleinen, ten gronde blijft de kanker aanwezig.

We zijn haast vergeten dat enkel massale financiële injecties vanuit de overheid, ons heeft kunnen behoeden van een fataal instorten van de wereldeconomie. Rechtstreeks en onrechtstreeks betaalden we er allemaal voor, en nog steeds hangen talrijke zwaarden van Damocles boven ons hoofd. Zoals bijvoorbeeld de miljarden aan slechte leningen die bij Dexia zijn geparkeerd: uit het zicht en doorgeschoven naar de volgende generaties. 

Een langzame paradigmaverschuiving

Over de achtergronden van de clash is al veel inkt gevloeid. Over hoe het misliep in de Verenigde Staten met de hypotheken en de huizenmarkt: Hoe kwalijke producten geniepig werden verpakt in allerlei financiële producten die door niemand nog werden begrepen maar door ratingbureaus als Standard & Poors toch met hoge waarderingen werden begiftigd. En hoe die herverpakte rommel aan Europese bankiers werd gesleten die in de val trapten van snel geldgewin.  
Maar er was meer aan de hand. Zo financierden de VS voor 2008 een paar dure oorlogen in het Midden-Oosten. Dat leidde uiteindelijk tot stijgende interestvoeten die op hun beurt mee aan de oorsprong lagen van de crash van de hypothekenmarkt in de VS. 

De vraag diende gesteld of uit de existentiële crisis wel lessen zouden getrokken worden. Zoals na een oorlog ‘nooit meer oorlog’ klinkt: nooit meer bankencrisis?
Toen, 10 jaar geleden, kon je al aanvoelen dat een paradigma-shift er niet zat aan te komen, dat de kanker niet radicaal zou worden aangepakt. Zelfs evidente maatregelen werden door de bankenlobby vakkundig in de kiem gesmoord, zoals de scheiding van zakenbanken en banken die voor het groot publiek werken. Of een ander voorbeeld: ook nu blijft de realiteit dat slechts een 3 procent van alle valutatransacties te maken hebben met de reële economie. Flits-trading werd niet aan banden gelegd, een praktijk waarbij op microseconden enorme hoeveelheden geld worden ingezet, puur speculatief.  

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“This Crisis Is Created By America”: Turks Blame Trump For Economic Collapse

“This Crisis Is Created By America”: Turks Blame Trump For Economic Collapse

10-08-18 09:32:00,

Turkey’s economy may be in freefall with soaring inflation, a plunging currency, sliding stocks and a gaping current account deficit, but don’t dare tell the locals that it is president Erdogan’s fault for keeping interest rates low and preventing an even greater crisis: according to Serap, a 23-year-old clerk at a clothes store in central Istanbul, there is only one entity to blame for the precipitous slide in Turkey’s lira currency.

“This crisis is created by America,” she said.

And a crisis it is: prices are soaring as a result of the collapsing currency – which this year has lost more than 35% against the dollar, and has overtaken the Argentine Peso for the worst performing currency of 2018 – with food, rents and fuel prices in Turkey surging, and the country’s pipeline operator raising the price of natural gas for electricity production by 50%.

But when one asks the local population who is responsible for this economic inferno, the answer is surprising.

Serap’s sentiments about the causes of the crisis are shared by many Turks and hint at why support for President Tayyip Erdogan, who after surviving a fake military coup in the summer of 2016, won re-election in June with super-charged presidential powers, looks untouched, at least for now. Erdogan’s loyal supporters see the currency sell-off as a U.S. attempt to undermine their country and president according to Reuters.

That’s also known as the Maduro defense: blame all domestic problems on “shady” foreign actors, usually involving the US. But while the US certainly has its history of intervening in foreign events, this time the crisis is entirely home grown, although predictably, Erdogan would be the last to admit it.

“If they have their dollars, we have our people, our God,” Erdogan said in a speech on Friday morning, casting the lira’s slide as a campaign against the nation.

His comments were all the rage, in some cases literally, across Turkey’s overwhelmingly pro-government media on Friday. Newspapers and TV stations have cast the lira crisis as a political assault, spiraling out of U.S. sanctions imposed on two Turkish ministers last week in a row over the detention of a U.S. evangelical pastor, Andrew Brunson.

“They issued a scandalous decision last week about our ministers,” said Serap,

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The Refugee Crisis – Germany Can’t Find 50% of those They Now Want to Deport | Armstrong Economics

The Refugee Crisis – Germany Can’t Find 50% of those They Now Want to Deport | Armstrong Economics

30-07-18 07:15:00,

Merkel’s nightmare is simply beyond description. Now that Europe is trying to at least deport some of these pretend “refugee” migrants from North Africa, the shocking reality is starting to surface. Now 50% of the “refugee” migrants cannot be deported from Germany because nobody can find them. According to a report, every second person to be deported is simply not found. By the end of May, of the about 23,900 announced repatriations, Germany could only find about 11,100 who were actually deported. Around 12,800 deportations that the government attempted could not be completed because the people could not be found. They have permanently infiltrated Europe and are not embedded deeply in the underground economy.

The entire movement in Britain where they called anyone who was against allowing wholesale “refugee” migrants into Britain were labeled “racists” and horrible people. There is now absolutely no way to even deport half of the migrants when the governments are absolutely clueless as to their whereabouts. These can be more than just rapists, now you have within this group the clear distinction of possible terrorists just waiting for the right moment.

The images of cute children were used to open the doors to Europe. But more than 70% were not families, but young men. Photos of boats from North Africa of migrants clearly show the lack of women and children. You would think that if this was a legitimate refugee operation, the people would have been limited to Syria and that ONLY families should have been allowed to enter. Was it really that hard to use a little common sense?

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The Root Of The Crisis: Every $1 Of Debt Generates Just 44c Of Economic Output

The Root Of The Crisis: Every $1 Of Debt Generates Just 44c Of Economic Output

10-07-18 09:34:00,

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

Exactly ten years ago, in the middle of the summer of 2008, the world was only two months away from the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression.

At the time, the size of the US economy as measured by Gross Domestic product was around $14.8 trillion– by far the largest in the world.

And the US national debt back then was about 64% of GDP– roughly $9.5 trillion.

Fast forward a decade and take a snapshot of the same numbers:

The debt-to-GDP ratio in the United States is now 106%, meaning that the national debt is larger than the size of the entire US economy. Yet the debt keeps growing. Rapidly.

Now, debt isn’t really the problem here.

The problem is the way that it’s been used.

Debt (affectionately referred to as ‘other people’s money’) can actually be a great way to enhance investment returns when used wisely and judiciously.

Private equity fund managers use debt to acquire businesses through what’s known as a ‘leveraged buy-out’, where they’ll put up a portion of the cash they need, and borrow the rest.

I did this a couple of years ago, for example, when I purchased an Australian-based business for $6 million.

A local bank offered to finance most of the acquisition with a $4.5 million loan at around 5.75%.

That meant I only needed to write a $1.5 million check for a business that was earning nearly $2 million annually.

It was a no-brainer, because I knew there would be more than enough money to make the loan payment (less than $500k annually) and still generate a substantial return on investment.

Real estate investors do the same when they purchase property.

If you have, say, $1 million, you could pay cash for a single property that costs $1 million… or you could use that money as a down payment and buy a $5 to $10 million property.

If the investment is a good one, the cash flow will more than cover the loan payments, and you’ll end up making a lot more money.

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