Think You Can Simply Work off That Extra Donut? Not so fast…

Think it’s okay if you splurge on some sugary stuff just a bit because you will burn off the extra calories at the gym tonight?
Think again.
Exercise by itself isn’t always enough to help you lose those extra pounds you’ve got hanging around.
A new study published in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on January 28 helps explain why:
Your body adapts to higher activity levels, so you don’t necessarily burn extra calories even when you exercise more.
The researchers say the results suggest it’s time to rethink the effect of physical activity on daily energy expenditure.
They are also a reminder that you can’t outrun a bad diet.

This post was published at NutritionalAnarchy on January 28, 2016.

Why Is Obama Flooding Small Towns In The Most Conservative Parts Of America With Refugees?

Why are small towns in conservative states being specifically targeted for refugee resettlement? Of course the Obama administration will never publicly admit that this is happening, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what is going on. Just look at the uproar that refugee resettlement is now causing in small communities in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and Kansas. The Obama administration has deemed large cities such as Washington D. C. to be ‘too expensive’ for the refugees, and so large numbers of them are being dispersed throughout smaller communities all over the nation. If you drop a few hundred refugees into a major city of several million people, it isn’t going to make much of a difference. But if you drop a few hundred refugees into a small town that has only a few thousand people living there, you can start to fundamentally alter the character of the whole area. Could it be possible that this is yet another way that Barack Obama is attempting to ‘fundamentally transform’ America?
You would think that there would be more employment opportunities, cultural attractions and government services available for refugees in major metropolitan areas. So it would seem natural to resettle them in those areas. But instead, there seems to be a major push to resettle large numbers of them in small towns.
Needless to say, this is creating a huge uproar in many areas. In fact, on Monday there is a major protest planned in Missoula, Montana. The following comes from Leo Hohmann of WND…

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on January 31st, 2016.

Busted: 25,000 cases of microcephaly in the US per year

Microcephaly: babies born with smaller heads and brain impairment. Heard of it? Of course you have. Towering experts are saying it’s caused by the Zika virus in Brazil.
They don’t know how. They don’t know why. But they’re saying it over and over like trained parrots.
They’re saying that, somehow, this virus, which for at least 60 years was causing only mild illness, is now at the heart of all these new cases of microcephaly.
Really? Then why are there 25,000 cases of microcephaly in the US every year?
For science bloggers who live in mommy’s basement and love the statements of the experts, try this. I’ll give you the full citation. Ready?
‘Practice Parameter: Evaluation of the child with microcephaly (an evidence-based review)’; Neurology 2009 Sep 15; 73(11) 887-897; Report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the Practice Committee of the Child Neurology Society.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on Jan 31, 2016.

Zika freaka: the other shoe drops: lying about case numbers

Suppose the actual number of cases of microcephaly (babies born with small heads and brain impairment) are much fewer than reported?
Then all efforts to explain some ‘extraordinary, unusual, dire, and sudden situation’ are misguided, are based on a lie.
Then we would have to backtrack and conceive of what is happening in Brazil in a whole different way.
I was waiting for this one. I’ve been investigating so-called epidemics since 1987. And over and over, I’ve seen health authorities lie about case numbers. Sometimes, they just make up incredible numbers out of thin air – as with Swine Flu, for example. In the fall of 2009, the US Centers for Disease Control estimated there were, get this, 22 million cases in the US.
And that was after Sharyl Attkisson, then a star investigative reporter for CBS News, found out the CDC had actually stopped counting Swine Flu cases. Why did they stop? Because the overwhelming number of blood samples from likely Swine Flu patients sent to labs came back negative for Swine Flu or any flu. So the CDC doubled down and decided to tell a real whopper. That’s an old propaganda trick. Tell a gigantic lie and people will salute it.
How about Zika? Microcephaly (babies with abnormally small heads and brain damage) is supposed to be the result of the Zika virus, which for 60 years has caused, at worst, mild illness.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on January 31, 2016.

Obama To Make First Ever Mosque Visit To “Celebrate Muslim Contributions To America”

As Donald Trump surges ahead in Iowa, taking the bellicose billionaire even closer to winning the Republican nomination, President Obama is busy trying to counter the GOP frontrunner’s message about ‘radical Islamic extremism.’
Trump has capitalized on events like the Paris attacks and the San Bernardino massacre. Those tragedies underscored the need to remain vigilant when it comes to immigration, a topic Trump has some rather strong opinions on. In a polarizing move, Trump officially called for a Muslim ban last month. No Muslims should be allowed to enter the country Trump said, until we can ‘figure out what’s going on.’
Needless to say, that message is starkly at odds with the President’s views, but as extreme as Trump’s position most certainly is, it’s resonated with large swaths of the American electorate.
In a bid to counter the growing backlash against the Muslim world, Obama will make his first visit to a mosque on Wednesday when the President will stop by the Islamic Society of Baltimore, described as “a sprawling community center in the city’s western suburbs that serves thousands of people with a place of worship, a housing complex and schools.” Here’s a fun image from the center where you can, should you choose to do so, jump rope.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 01/31/2016 –.

$ESH16 – March E-Mini S&P (Last:1930.75)

Putting aside all of the burble and breathless speculation in the Rick’s Picks chat room, there is no reason to get all worked up about what is likely to come next. Keep in mind that a simple Hidden Pivot pattern got January’s 271-point plunge very right, including a bottom at 1804 that lay just 13 points from where we’d anticipated. Granted, that’s not as close as we are used to, since we often nail the important highs and lows within a point or two. However, the fact that the plunge overshot the 1817 support did not mean the pivot didn’t ‘work’; rather, it told us that the selling is even more powerful than we might otherwise have surmised, and that the bounce is not destined for greatness even if it manages to terrorize bears.
The overshoot also tells us that this rally will ripen into an excellent shorting opportunity, particularly if it goes on for long enough to convince permabulls that new all-time highs are coming. So how high now? The numbers that I flagged when the bounce began still look compelling. The lower of the two at 1939.75, just six points above the peak of Friday’s quite vicious short-squeeze, bears close watching. An easy move through it on Monday or Tuesday would imply more upside to at least1971.75, which would complete a 0.618 retracement of January’s plunge. For purposes of getting short from either level, however, I’d suggest using camouflage – i.e., a downtrending abc pattern on the 5-minute chart or less. Why camouflage instead of simply shorting at the levels themselves with tight stops? My concern is that these particular retracement benchmarks, both of them all-too-obvious, will be overused by amateurs and the algos, and that they are therefore unlikely to provide the kind of precise stopping power we need to initiate trades advantageously. One more thing to keep in mind as the rally runs its course: Its purpose is not merely to gut, disembowel and dismember shorts, but to get bulls and the dorkwads on CNBC revved up to the point of certitude that new record highs are on their way.
RICK’S PICKS

This post was published at Rick Ackerman on January 31, 2016,.

BULL**** SELLS

Amazon made $588 million in profits in 2004 on $7 billion in sales. This past year they made $596 million in profits on $107 billion in sales. Dumbass investors have rewarded its 0% profit growth over the last 11 years by driving the stock from $50 per share in 2004 to $586 per share today. And this is after a $54 plunge last week. This juggernaut has a PE ratio of 473. Amazon is proof that bullshit sells on Wall Street and Main Street. Bezos has been saying he’ll make it up on volume for 11 years, but it never seems to happen.

This post was published at The Burning Platform on 31st January 2016.

60 Dead In Massive ISIS Suicide Attack On Syrian Capital

On Saturday, a delegation from Syria’s ‘main opposition’ showed up in Geneva for UN-brokered peace talks, in what is supposed to represent the first steps towards some manner of negotiated settlement to the country’s protracted civil war.
‘The 17-strong team from the Saudi-backed Higher Negotiation Committee (HNC), including political and militant opponents of Assad in the country’s 5-year-old civil war, is expected to have a first meeting with the U. N. mediator Staffan de Mistura on Sunday,’ Reuters reports.
Well, those talks will begin beneath a pall of violence, because earlier today, some 60 people were killed by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in Damascus.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack (perhaps they were angry at not being invited to Geneva) saying they had “hit the most important stronghold of Shi’ite militias in Damascus.”
According to SANA, militants detonated a car bomb at a public transportation garage in Sayeda Zeinab district of Damascus, the site of Syria’s holiest Shiite shrine.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 01/31/2016 –.

Something’s Gone Horribly Awry

Marginal Activities

The S&P 500 has fallen 7.37 percent so far this year. What to make of it? Naturally, some people find falling stock prices to be unpleasant. Others find them distressing. Another way to look at falling stock prices, however, is like a high-fiber diet. The effect is necessary to a healthy functioning system.
The simple fact is that stock prices, fueled by speculative liquidity, have long since outrun the real economy. The disconnect between the two has been widely observable. The economy’s lagged, incomes have stagnated, yet stocks have soared.

This post was published at Acting-Man on January 31, 2016.

QUOTES OF THE DAY

‘Now, I believe the facts that have brought us to this fateful vote are not in doubt. Saddam Hussein is a tyrant who has tortured and killed his own people, even his own family members, to maintain his iron grip on power. … In 1998, the United States also changed its underlying policy toward Iraq from containment to regime change and began to examine options to effect such a change… In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members… Now this much is undisputed.’
Senator Hillary Clinton – 2002

This post was published at The Burning Platform on 31st January 2016.

Obama To Make First Ever Mosque Visit To “Support Muslims”

As Donald Trump surges ahead in Iowa, taking the bellicose billionaire even closer to winning the Republican nomination, President Obama is busy trying to counter the GOP frontrunner’s message about ‘radical Islamic extremism.’
Trump has capitalized on events like the Paris attacks and the San Bernardino massacre. Those tragedies underscored the need to remain vigilant when it comes to immigration, a topic Trump has some rather strong opinions on. In a polarizing move, Trump officially called for a Muslim ban last month. No Muslims should be allowed to enter the country Trump said, until we can ‘figure out what’s going on.’
Needless to say, that message is starkly at odds with the President’s views, but as extreme as Trump’s position most certainly is, it’s resonated with large swaths of the American electorate.
In a bid to counter the growing backlash against the Muslim world, Obama will make his first visit to a mosque on Wednesday when the President will stop by the Islamic Society of Baltimore, described as “a sprawling community center in the city’s western suburbs that serves thousands of people with a place of worship, a housing complex and schools.” Here’s a fun image from the center where you can, should you choose to do so, jump rope:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 01/31/2016.

New Gun Show Rules

The White House has published a press release on gun registration.
“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is making clear that it doesn’t matter where you conduct your business–from a store, at gun shows, or over the Internet: If you’re in the business of selling firearms, you must get a license and conduct background checks.”
Obama is serious about this. Gun shows are the target.

This post was published at Gary North on January 30, 2016.

Chicago Board of Education Yanks $875 Million Bond Sale Over 7.75% Yield; Five Questions for Chicago

On Wednesday, the Chicago Board of education pulled the plug on a proposed $875 Million Bond Sale.
Facing hefty yields, the financially ailing Chicago Public Schools (CPS) postponed Wednesday’s planned $875 million bond sale and will evaluate the timing on a day-to-day basis, a school official said.
The nation’s third-largest public school system is struggling with a structural budget deficit of at least $1 billion. Its fiscal woes led Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Republican lawmakers last week to push for a state takeover and potential bankruptcy for CPS – moves that were quickly shot down by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who controls the school system, and leaders of the Democratic-controlled legislature.
A pre-pricing marketing scale circulated by underwriters on Tuesday for the “junk”-rated general obligation bonds showed yields topping out at 7.75 percent with coupons of 7.25 percent for bonds due in 2041 and 7 percent for bonds due in 2044. That yield indicated a so-called credit spread over Municipal Market Data’s benchmark triple-A yield scale of as much as 506 basis points.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on January 27, 2016.

Legal Reform – Learning From the Mistakes of the Past

Typically, the first thing society addresses which sparks a revolution is the abuse of justice. Shakespeare’s famous quote about the first thing we do is kill all the lawyers is not actually about lawyers. You have to understand the context. Private individuals were notallowed to have lawyers in those days – only the king. It was not until the American Revolution that the Constitution gave you a right to counsel, which the Supreme Court has effectively taken away giving you court appointed counsel working for the court who have achieved a near perfect conviction rate of 99%. Court appointed lawyers are a joke to put it mildly. They are paid $90 and hour generally compared to $600-$1,000 for private lawyers. Shakespeare’s famous quote comes from a rebellion:
DICK: The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.
Cade: Nay, that I mean to do.
Henry The Sixth, Part 2 Act 4, scene 2, 71 – 78
Therefore, Shakespeare’s phase had nothing to do with killing general lawyers, it was the king’s PROSECUTORS who were corrupt. Jake Cade led the second Tax Revolt in England after the Black Death and the king’s ‘lawyers’ (prosecutors) were the ones aggressively seizing homes and prosecuting people wrongly at that time. Hence, history repeats and all the Constitutional precautions have been eliminated by the Supreme Court.
The legal case which became the seminal beginning of the American Revolution was Entick v. Carrington and Three Other King’s Messengers, reported at length in 19 Howell’s State Trials 1029, was the start of the American Revolution also based upon abuse of the king’s agents. The action, dated November 1762, was for trespassing and interfering with the plaintiff’s dwelling by breaking open his desks and boxes and searching and examining his papers.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on January 31, 2016.

What If Obama Believed In Individual Liberty & Free Markets?

President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address on January 12, 2016, and devoted most of the time to defending his ‘legacy’ of bigger and more intrusive government, with an emphasis on the other aspects of personal and social life he wished could come under the blanket of more political paternalism, if only there was enough time before he leaves office on January 20, 2017.
But suppose that, instead, Obama had had an epiphany shortly before he spoke before the Congress on January 12th. Imagine that he had had a realization that the Progressive and political paternalistic ideas that he has believed in, espoused and implemented during his first seven years in the office of the presidency had been wrong and misguided.
What if he had discovered the ideas, say, of Ayn Rand, Henry Hazlitt, Milton Friedman, and F. A. Hayek, for example? Suppose that he realized that the true principles of a free society were to be found in the ideas and ideals of individual rights and liberty, free markets and competitive enterprise?
What if the president offered, instead, an agenda for freedom rather than one of paternalism? What would the State of the Union address be like if he had such an epiphany for defending individual liberty rather than more unrestricted government license over our lives?
Let us imagine what he might have said, instead of the words he actually spoke:
‘My fellow Americans, I come before you tonight to deliver my seventh and last State of the Union address at a time of continuing economic uncertainty and social tensions across our great nation.
‘I have spoken to you more than once about the country’s need for ‘hope and change.’ But I now realize that we must look for that hope and change in a far different direction that the one I’ve talked about and argued for in previous years.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 01/28/2016.