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The Reality of living in an Earthquake Zone


3 Strong Quakes jolt Luzon - Apr 9th, Manila Bulletin


991 aftershocks, 139 minor events recorded before Saturday's tremor

The main event was a R-6.0 shake



I got many reports by social media on what people were experiencing.

The higher the floor, the more noticeable the effects.

On the ground floor, in a coffee shop, I hardly noticed

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Will Bitcoin punch its way through resistance at $1200?


On its way to $1400+

Or will it begin a deeper retracement to under $1000 again?


BTS - 5-mos : 1-mo : 5d:



I'm betting on the retracement.

And in my model portfolio, I am 100% hedged.

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The Empire (MSM) strikes back


But the Lie Stream will die anyway


Clif High-Fed Will Crash & Fed Is the Market


Clif High says that MSM fought back, by cutting the revenue streams of the Alt-Media

But they "are not going to get people to shift back to the Legacy media" - that game is over, and dying.

People have to be taught to buy into it, and the young will not make that mistake. They are not buying


High thinks there may be a crash in the Bond market - with a "new understanding" in Aug-Nov.

"The stock market may lose half its value in only a few days"

But it might be a Fed Crash, or govt crash, rather than a stock crash

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KITCO Articles



Over the last 36 hours, a multitude of both financial and military events have exponentially ratcheted up the volatility factor. Last night (8:30 PM EST) the United States launched a defined and proportional air attack on Syria. Approximately 12 hours later (8:30 AM EST) the jobs report came out, with numbers well below analyst expectations. Add to this the American-Chinese summit, which concluded today, and you can see why market participants, investors, and analysts had ‘a tough day.'

Gold traded to a five-month high, with cash prices trading to 1271 intraday and futures trading to 1273. The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened softer today only to quickly turn around as investors shrugged off fears and bid up U.S. securities. By the afternoon, the U.S. dollar gained strength and trimmed the advance in gold prices. As of 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, cash gold is trading at 1256, up approximately three dollars on the day.


Gold Traders Experience a Roller Coaster Ride

Exhibiting extreme price swings over the last 36 hours, gold traders and investors experienced extreme volatility as gold quickly ran up to $1273 per ounce, only to sell off in the afternoon trading. Market analysts could not update their news stories quick enough, as huge price swings dominated gold prices.

“Gold was edging to the lower end of its recent range last evening, but the U.S. missile attack against the Syrian airbase turned the market in an instant, with gold popping as much as $20, before some profit taking set in,” stated Peter Hug, global trading director at Kitco.

. . .

Gold sees profit taking late Friday, after hitting a five-month high on safe-haven demand following the U.S. military action in Syria and dismal jobs data out of the U.S. However, one longtime forecaster remains bullish on the yellow metal. ‘Gold is the ultimate safe haven asset in times of geoeconomics and geopolitical uncertainty and that’s what we’re in now,’ Gerald Celente, publisher of the Trends Journal, told Kitco News. ‘It’s a safe-haven asset, it is not an asset that I buy and trade.’ However, Celente did point out that if the U.S. economy recovers well — with three rate hikes this year and President Trump moving forward with infrastructure spending and tax reform — gold prices could fall over $100 before moving up again

. . .

The gold and silver bulls stumbled hard in late U.S. trading Friday, after both metals scored solid gains in early trading. Gold scored a five-month high of $1,273.30, while silver scored a four-week high of $18.49.

A big rebound in the U.S. dollar index Friday afternoon helped to pressure the metals markets. Modest gains in the U.S. stock indexes in the wake of a very weak U.S. jobs report and a U.S. missile strike against Syria also dented bullish enthusiasm for the competing asset class, precious metals.

. . .

VIDEO: http://www.kitco.com/news/video/show/Chart-This/1567/2017-04-07/Can-Gold-Keep-Its-Flight-to-Safety-Bid---Gary-Wagner

Gold needs to get over $1260-65 - but that is looking increasingly remote

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Is this what Clif High is talking about?


Citi: Central Banks "Took Over" Markets In 2009; In December The "Unwind" Begins



"The rise in return correlations occurred almost exactly at the time when the central banks effectively ‘took over’ markets.


However, with the Fed now tightening faster than the market anticipated not long ago, and our economists expecting that it will cease to reinvest maturing securities in its portfolio from December this year, the unwind is underway."

. . .

Citi then shows how a wide spectrum of asset classes has been exceptionally correlated since the end of the GFC when viewed on a normalised basis. "The common factor in all of these (approximated by a simple average) in turn correlates remarkably well with the rate of expansion in central bank holdings of securities (Figure 8)."


And while Lorenzen writes that he does not want to turn his latest report into "another essey on QE", he does just that:

The punchline: "It’s no accident that this rise in return correlations between equity and credit (Figure 3) occurred almost exactly at the time when the central banks effectively ‘took over’ markets."

This suggests there may be distortions in all. But to our minds credit is clearly more distorted than most others, like equities, are – especially in Europe. Policies intended to flatten the curve and bring long-dated real interest rates down have left total return buyers with precious little return potential from taking rates risk. Taking credit risk instead has been an obvious choice, encouraging inflows and, in turn, spread tightening.

While that worked as long as central banks were bidding everything up starting in 2009 (again, see top chart) now that said period is ending, the "unwind is underway":

. . .

Even so, Lorenzen says not to panic just yet...

However, with the Fed now tightening faster than the market anticipated not long ago, and our economists expecting that it will cease to reinvest maturing securities in its portfolio from December this year, the unwind is underway. To us, this adds to the asymmetry in risk/reward between credit and equities here.

the closer we get to December, or whenever the Fed begins renormalizing the balance sheet, the greater the trader angst, and impetus, to undo all the trades that worked in the time when central banks had "taken over the markets."


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Is This The Beginning Of The End For U.S. Empire?


"We need to understand that those who want this war will be absolutely relentless. The sales pitch will not end until they get exactly what they want. This is where all of us critical thinkers need to play a key role..."

. . .

This is not the sort of thing you see in a confident, brave, and civilized nation, it’s the sort of stuff you’d expect to see toward the end. It’s the stuff of craven war-mongers, of dishonest cowards, of a totally deranged and very dangerous media. The signs are everywhere; imperial decline is set to accelerate rapidly in the coming years.

Fine, but how is all this going to play out? Obviously nobody really knows, but I do think we’ve entered a new period in American history. I think it’s basically a crossing of the Rubicon moment for the American empire. Personally, I don’t expect a strong and visible military response from Russia in the near-term. I don’t think Putin wants to give the U.S. media and newly minted neocon Donald Trump an excuse to do anything truly crazy, which they can blame on Russia in the court of public opinion. I think Putin is too smart for that. Rather, what I think he’ll do is make all sorts of moves behind the scenes to weaken America’s economic power, while at the same time engaging in minor provocations to tempt the imbeciles in charge of U.S. foreign policy to make further mistakes abroad, to which they’ll emphatically oblige.


In other words, Russia will attempt to make the U.S. extend itself further in a region where no real success is possible, at the same time that the American economy deteriorates further. Recall that the current very weak economic “recovery” has been going on for nearly a decade. This cycle is very long in the tooth, and all Russia really needs to do is sit back, make some moves behind the scenes and allow the U.S. to collapse upon itself in its hubris and stupidity. This is precisely what I think is going to happen.

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Chopping and changing seems to be the Way of Trump


In a consequential week, Trump leans on the Washington establishment he vowed to disrupt


The evolution of Trump’s national security team underscores the rapid change in the spheres of influence that surround Trump.

“A year ago if you asked me who are the three most important people in national security, I would have said they’re Mike Flynn, Jeff Sessions and Rudy Giuliani,” said Jim Carafano, a Heritage Foundation analyst who advised the Trump campaign and transition teams.

Flynn was ousted as national security advisor in February for misleading the White House about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Sessions, the attorney general, had to recuse himself from the Justice Department inquiry into Russian meddling for failing to acknowledge his meetings with the same ambassador. Giuliani, former mayor of New York, fell out of favor and was not chosen for a top job.


“So the core of his national security [team] has shifted completely to three people he didn’t even know a year ago,” Carafano said, referring to Tillerson, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary James N. Mattis.

Adding to the upheaval, the White House last week removed Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist and fellow disrupter, from membership in the National Security Council, and reinserted the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Whether Bannon was demoted is disputed but there’s no doubt about the impact: An unconventional White House was reverting to a more familiar hierarchy and norm, at least for matters of war and peace.


> http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pol-trump-tests-20170407-story.html


the Neocons grabbed control, when he had such trouble getting "his own people" in place

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Bitcoins punched thru $1200, but will not necessarily go all the way to the Top of the channel at $1400+


BTS ... chart.png?width=940&m=bitstampUSD&Submit



The red down-channel can be redrawn with a channel top near $1250.


The historical "break-point" sometimes also provides resistance

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The British property boom is OVER




This chart, from Morgan Stanley, is the final nail in the coffin of Britain's post-2008 crisis property boom. It shows three separate indices that measure major movements in UK house prices. Prime central prices have collapsed, and general market UK house prices are following them down.

. . .

The green line measures prices in "prime central London," the area mostly inside Zone 1 were only the very rich can afford to buy. Normally, you can ignore this measure as it only affects the 1%. Ordinary people cannot afford to live in Mayfair or Chelsea, and the amount of housing inventory in those areas is a tiny fraction of the British market.

That line does broadly follow growth in the market as a whole, however, and right now it looks like the canary in the coal mine. Prime central prices have collapsed, and general market UK house prices are following them down. (We'll explain why later.)


> more: https://uk.yahoo.com/finance/news/british-property-boom-over-124900378.html



At the same time...

Barratt has rallied back to where it was before Brexit


BDEV / Barratt Developments ... 5-years : Last: 558.50 P




If the boom is truly over, then BDEV may be a great short here

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Buying a home still beats renting (in the USA) / MarketWatch


The burden of student debt and a shortage of suitable starter homes pose challenges for many first time buyers. However, a recent study, published by the real estate website Trulia.com, indicates if they can manage the payments, it pays for most households to take the plunge.


The study estimated the monthly cost of owning the average home — factoring in property taxes, insurance, income tax deduction benefits, and the like — and compared those to comparable rental dwellings. Across the U.S. — including some quite expensive locales such as San Francisco and New York — generally, it is less costly to buy than rent.

While closing costs, realtor’s fees, and the like can wipe out those savings if you have to move within a few years, you don’t have to be in a home all that long to profit nicely.

Employing a handy calculator on the Trulia site, I estimated that for the Washington, D.C. metro area — with 10% down, a 30-year mortgage and a 4.40% interest rate — if the average home is occupied for five years after purchase, owning beats renting by about 11%. Extending the turnover period to seven years boosts the savings of owning versus renting to 23% .


(this calculation seems to exclude possible capital gains)



PHM / Pulte Homes : 5-yrs : 2-yrs : Last $23.28 - a reasonable target would be $24.50 -$25


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The Bitcoin Model trading portfolio is (still) showing a rising NAV




It has been nearly "fully hedged" the last few days.

I don't think BTS will get to $1300, or I would not have moved to a 100% hedge

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An excellent well-argued rant !


Dear Advertisers, Social Justice is Not Cool or Profitable


Ad revenues for channels like Feminist Frequency need subsidy (from crowd funding) to survive


KILL THE SJW CHANNELS OFF, and maybe the toxic philosophy will die to

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THESE CHARTS may help to signal the High in US Stocks


I don't think the top is too many weeks away; but it does not seem to be in place yet


SPX versus Gold



"US Stocks-in-Euros" ... SPX-to-FXE or SPY-to-FXE Ratio ... update



Credit issues - Corp bonds versus US Treasuries



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Tony C's comment on Stocks


The market opened higher today, rallied, then turned negative, before rallying yet again, only to finish about unchanged. The choppy activity over the past several weeks, with a downward bias, continues. The market continues to be range bound, much like Minor wave 2 before it broke lower. A breakout, and the uptrend resumes. A breakdown, below the 2336/2321 support pivots, and the downtrend gets confirmed. Short term support is at the 2336 and 2321 pivots, with resistance at the 2385 and 2411 pivots. Short term momentum spent the entire day just around neutral. Best to your trading!




MEDIUM TERM: uptrend under pressure

LONG TERM: uptrend

CHARTS: https://stockcharts.com/public/1269446/tenpp


> https://caldaro.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/monday-update-543/


From Comments:



tony caldaro says:

All rallies continue to get sold … sign of a correction
Just like we quantify medium term trends we quantify long term trends. This way there is no subjectivity about what is a bull market and what is a bear market.
In the study we did there were more than 50 long term trend changes. Plenty of time and price movement to measure earnings versus market performance. We observed many bull markets during declining earnings, and bear market during rising earnings. Any OEW student can do the same analysis.

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THIS interview is full of gems - about how President Trump functions,

and what he needs to do the "drain the swamp"

- in the Deep State, which is the greatest danger to him... and the world


Ep. 639 FADE to BLACK Jimmy Church w/ Robert David Steele : LIVE


RDS believes that John McCain. Lindsay Graham, Chuck Schumer, and Marco Rubio are being blackmailed by the CIA.

They (and McMaster) are lying to him, says Robert David Steele


Syria: "That attack was Israel First, not America First."

"But he may have used the attack to clear the way for a big house-cleaning" THIS WEEK


Steele sees McMaster, John McCain, and John Breenan as traitors working for Israel; and Saudi Arabia

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3d : ag : au


Bitcoin : The uptrend continues as money flees China:
Charts: Bitcoins LIVE : BTC:1-year : 4-mos : 10d : Ticks : BtcWisdom : BTC-24hours : PB : aD : aF : aG : sjw :


BTS - Frozen / Bitcoins, on Bitstamps ; 10-Days: http://tinyurl.com/bts-10d : 6-mos : 12-mos : 24-mos : 32-MOS


Over a week ago, I said: "Bitcoins Price may take another run at the Gold price - Now $1230"


BTC - 10d : 2mos : 32-months





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US Intelligence Failure - in Syria, and Elsewhere


US Intelligence failure in Syria, that's what Putin claims


(And Robert David Steele and I agree with Putin - so did CIA head Pompeo, claims RDS):


Tillerson and Putin Find Little More Than Disagreement in Meeting


MOSCOW — Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson met with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for nearly two hours Wednesday, but the two men appeared unable to agree on the facts involving the deadly chemical weapons assault on Syrian civilians or Russian interference in the American election — much less move toward an improvement in basic relations.

“There is a low level of trust between our countries,” Mr. Tillerson told reporters at a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov, after the first face-to-face meetings between Russian leaders and a top emissary of the Trump administration.

“The world’s two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship,” Mr. Tillerson said.

Both he and Mr. Lavrov said a range of issues were discussed — most notably the crises in Syria, North Korea and Ukraine — and that both sides had agreed to establish a working group to examine, as Mr. Lavrov said, “the irritants” in relations between the United States and Russia.

Mr. Tillerson reiterated the American view that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Russia’s chief Middle East ally, was responsible for the chemical weapons assault in northern Syria on April 4 that left more than 80 people dead, sickened hundreds and outraged the world.

Mr. Lavrov reiterated the Russian view that the facts about the chemical weapons attack had yet to be determined, and denounced what he described as the “media hysteria” surrounding the assault.

Further punctuating the Syria dispute, Russia vetoed a Western-backed resolution at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday condemning the chemical weapons attack.

It was the eighth time in the six-year-old Syria conflict that Russia, one of the five permanent Security Council members, had used its veto power to shield the Syrian government. But in a possible sign of Russia’s isolation on the chemical weapons issue, China, the permanent member that usually votes with Russia on Syria resolutions, abstained.

Asked about President Trump’s description of Mr. Assad as an “animal,” Mr. Tillerson said that characterization “is one that Assad has brought upon himself.”

Mr. Tillerson said Russian interference in the presidential election was a settled fact. In response, Mr. Lavrov gave what amounted to a long lecture on what he described as an extensive list of American efforts to achieve “regime change” around the world, from Serbia to Iraq to Libya. He described them all as failures — an implicit warning against any efforts to achieve the same end in Syria.

For hours after Mr. Tillerson’s arrival in Moscow, it was unclear whether Mr. Putin would even meet with him because of the tense state of relations, which has have worsened just in the past few weeks.


Their meeting lasted almost two hours and ended just before 8 p.m. local time.

In the 24 hours before Mr. Tillerson landed in Moscow, the White House accused Mr. Putin’s government of covering up evidence that Mr. Assad had been responsible for sarin gas attacks on its own people, launched from a base where Russian troops are operating.

Mr. Putin shot back that the charge was fabricated and accused the administration of President Trump, who American intelligence agencies believe benefited from Russian cyberattacks intended to embarrass his Democratic rival during the election campaign, of fabricating the evidence to create a fake confrontation.

“This reminds me very much of the events of 2003, when U.S. representatives in the Security Council showed alleged chemical weapons discovered in Iraq,” Mr. Putin said, referring to an intelligence failure that Mr. Trump has also cited in recent months. “The exact same thing is happening now,” he charged.


> More: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/world/europe/tillerson-putin-lavrov-russia-syria.html?ribbon-ad-idx=3&rref=world/europe&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Europe&pgtype=article


> Intelligence Faiilure thread: http://www.greenenergyinvestors.com/index.php?showtopic=21398

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The Corrupting of a President?


Is Trump being rewarded for bad behavior?


Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 29% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13. (see trends).


> http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_apr13


Who (or what) really determines these Poll figures?

Are Americans really stupid enough to believe the Lie-Stream narrative on Assad?

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REAL LIFE is not like the comic books, unfortunately !


EXCERPT from a new posting on the PH Bubble thread


Here's the narrative that was fed to potential investors back a few years ago...


"- According to Colliers International, the average rental rate for 1BR unit in Makati is Php30,000 per month 2BR units are roughly around Php60,000 – Php80,000.
- Rental Rates Escalate at 10% per year.
- The average monthly amortization for 1BR units at XXX is at Php24,000 per month, 2BR units is at Php 43,000.
- By the time the unit is delivered to the client, the average rental rate would escalate to at least Php45,000 per month for a 1BR unit.
- Rough Estimate of Profit will be: Rental Rate: Php45,000, Amortization: (Php24,000), Monthly Profit: Php21,000"

. . .
BTW, here is what has actually happened to Rents.
Where's that 10% annual gain in rents that was promised?
RENTALS : Makati, Bonifacio, Rockwell
Qtr /Year : CapVal.: Yield%: MMidpt: QonQtr : YonYr / Lo - Makati - H / L-Bonfacio-H / L-Rockwell- H /
4Q /2012 : 118.0k : 7.32% : 0,720 : +1.69% : +7.0E% / 0,525 - 0,915 / 0,570 - 0,865 / 0,686 - 0,912 :
4Q /2013 : 134.9k : 7.16% : 0,805 : +0.63% : +11.8% / 0,550 - 1,060 / 0,610 - 1,010 / 0,720 - 1,020 :
4Q /2014 : 144.5k : 6.96% : 0,838 : +0.96% : +4.10% / 0,575 - 1,100 / 0,640 - 1,045 / 0,750 - 1,055 :
4Q /2015 : 151.0k : 7.02% : 0,883 : +0.91% : +5.37% / 0,600 - 1,166 / 0,688 - 1,094 / 0,814 - 1,094 :
4Q /2016 : 150.6E : 6.61%: 0,830 : - 1.20 %: - 6.00 % / 0,560 - 1,100 / 0,640 - 1,026 / 0,780 - 1,070 :
4 years-- : P32.6k : -------- : 0,110 : ---------- : ---------- / P 35 - P185 / P 70 - P159 /
Gain, 4yr: +27.6% : ------- +15.3% :
If 10% pa: P172.8k: ------- : 1,054 :
If we go back to 4Q-2012 and escalate at 10%. rents today should be a P 1,054 psm.
The actual is P 830 psm - that's a - 21.3% shortfall ! The actual annual gains average < 4 % pa.
And now rents are actually FALLING thanks to oversupply.


Keep this real-life example in mind, the next time you hear an agent tossing out glib assumptions about future market conditions. Who really knows? And who does he serve by feeding you overly optimistic assumptions? Not the investor, who pays money and has to live with the future uncertainty. The agent keeps his/her commission even when the assumptions were wildly wrong, like in this case.


> more, on "half-baked assumptions" : http://www.greenenergyinvestors.com/index.php?showtopic=20877&page=4&do=findComment&comment=345664

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CAF is back on Camelot




Streamed live 6 hours ago

CATHERINE AUSTIN FITTS https://solari.com/blog/

I talk with Catherine about her view of the state of the planet and how global finance is impacting our lives.

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Six possible pressure points to start WW3


Jeff Rense & Jay Weidner - Dark Days Ahead



Two versions of dark reality ahead:


+ The heronymous bosch Urban version, and

+ The slightly less-dark rural version


City dwellers "love concrete", and think that anything outside the city is far too scary. They cannot accept that anything is wrong with official narratives


Here's today's Dark reality

Tucker Carlson Tonight 4/14/17 : Potential North Korea show of force ,Dangers From MS-13 Gang



The North Koreans are tough and ready to fight, the Chinese do not want them flooding across the border.

(And they will not be easy to dislodge, they have too many underground bunkers.)

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Huffington Post Writer Suggests Stripping Men of Voting Rights

Apr 14, 2017 Source: breitbart.com

The South African edition of left wing media site The Huffington Post has published an opinion piece accusing white men of being a retrograde force in politics and calling for the vote to be withdrawn from the racial gender group as a means to advance the “progressive cause”.


Writing on the potential to run down the political and social influence of “toxic white males” by withdrawing their right to the ballot, Huffington Post contributor Shelley Garland — who describes herself as an “activist and a feminist” student who is “working on ways to smash the patriarchy” —says the change only need be enacted for 20 to 30 years or so. This period would “go some way to seeing a decline in the influence of reactionary and neo-liberal ideology in the world”.


Blaming white males for “Some of the biggest blows to the progressive cause in the past year” including Brexit and the election of President Donald Trump, Garland’s apparently serious piece claimed just a couple of decades of white men being excluded from elections could see such progressive leaps forward as the collapse of Western law and capitalism, and a massive redistribution of wealth from “toxic white masculinity” through “expropriation of these various assets”.

Among the charges laid at the feet of white males by the author are the 2008 recession, and “500 years colonialism, slavery, and various aggressive wars and genocides”.

If this was about any other group it would be the end of

Is It Time To Deny

— Ben Harris-Quinney (@B_HQ)
April 13, 2017


The extremely sexist and racist nature of the piece has been noted by many on social media. Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of Britain’s oldest Conservative think tank The Bow Group, took to Twitter to suggest that had the piece targeted any other minority group as opposed to white males, it would “be the end” of the online publication.


> https://redice.tv/news/huffington-post-writer-suggests-stripping-men-of-voting-rights


We need to get our act together and CRUSH anti-white-male bigotry whenever she rears her ugly head



Shelley Garland

Is this a man in drag?

“working on ways to smash the patriarchy”

I reckon she could take a few counter-arguments on the road to "smashing the patriarchy"


Perhaps closing down Huffpost, and causing her to lose her job might be a decent start

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The Control by Globalist scumbags becomes more apparent - know thy (real) enemy



President Donald Trump’s administration announced they will no longer disclose records pertaining to who visits the White House, a decision that watchdog groups say will only serve to erode trust in the institution.

. . .

For the second time in as many years, Thomas Friedman has explicitly advocated that the United States use the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as a proxy force against Syria, Russia, Iran… (after all, they are run by Israel - and Saudi - the same scumbags that give Mr Friedman his marching orders.)

. . .

To be clear, when I say “third week,” I’m referring to the third seven-day period, beginning with the 15th, through the 21st. The period covers just under two percent of the year in sheer time, but after I spent some time looking into it, it became clear that way more than two percent of America’s worst catastrophes fall in this little time window.

(see List below)

. . .

WikiLeaks released thousands of pages of information provided by an informant, showing that the CIA not only developed tools to hack every major electronic device, but lost them.

In the ongoing war on encryption — which is part of a larger war on privacy — waged by the surveillance hawks in government, the stakes have never been higher than now. As the three-letter-agencies and others that work to maintain the surveillance state have run into a blind wall of encryption, they have sought new ways to violate the privacy of the targets of their surveillance.

. . .



Here are 14 horrors and horror-adjacent events from past third weeks of April:

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

The earthquake struck on April 18, followed by city-wide fires that lasted for several days. 3,000 people died. It was the second worst natural disaster in United States history.

The Sinking of the Titanic

It actually hit the iceberg at 11:40 PM on April 14, 1911, but all the worst stuff came after midnight on the 15th. 119 Americans were among the dead.

The Port of Texas City Explosion

On April 16, 1947, a cargo ship full of improperly-stored ammonium nitrate fertilizer exploded just off the coast of Texas, causing a chain reaction that blew up other ships and freight. The explosion killed at least 581 people, and set the stage for the very first class-action lawsuit. It was the largest industrial disaster in US history.

The Bay of Pigs Invasion

On April 17-19 of 1961, 1,500 Cuban soldiers trained by the CIA invaded Cuba in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro, under the assumption that the US military would provide air support. When the invasion became global news, President John F. Kennedy decided not to provide air strikes. The operation failed spectacularly, and Fidel Castro was hailed as a military hero.

The United States Embassy Bombing in Beirut

On April 18, 1983, a member of the Islamic Jihad Organization, with ties to Hezbollah, drove a car bomb up to the US embassy in Beirut and blew himself up, killing 63 people, including 17 Americans. It’s considered the first time Islamists ever intentionally targeted the United States.

The Elijah, Missouri Siege

From April 16-19, 1985, the FBI surrounded the headquarters of a group of white supremacist Christian terrorists called The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord. The standoff ended peacefully, but the event allegedly helped inspirethe Oklahoma City Bombing exactly ten years later.

The Ruby Ridge Helicopter Incident

The confrontation between a group of isolated doomsday preppers in Idaho, and some overzealous federal agents didn’t turn deadly until August of 1992, but the event used

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"No ground war in Syria... Trump is listening to his supporters," says Roger Stone


EXCLUSIVE: Roger Stone Dishes On Latest White House Power Struggle


Published on Apr 15, 2017

Alex Jones speaks with political insider Roger Stone on the latest from the White House and how President Trump continues to take on the establishment

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NK's Kim tried to kick arse... and missed




China wins in the looks department




Miss, or Missile, NK has some tricks to learn



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