Al Sharpton, who’s built his career on stoking racial tensions for personal and financial gain, accused President Donald Trump of inciting a ‘poisonous atmosphere’ in the US.
‘We’re in a poisonous atmosphere that is being increased by the president of the United States. It’s like turning on the gas in a room.’ ‘Any match could lead to an explosion, and we’re getting that kind of atmosphere from this president.’
As anyone familiar with Sharpton’s history is probably aware, the hypocrisy inherent in his statement is staggering. Even within the black community, Sharpton has become associated with transforming tragedies into media circuses for personal and financial gain. In 1987, the Reverend famously accused a prosecutor in upstate New York of taking part in the rape of a black teenager. Her story was soon found to be fabricated. One family member of Akai Gurley, a young black man who was shot and killed by police in Brooklyn in 2014, complained that Sharpton swooped in and ‘put his name on’ the situation before discussing it with the family.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 22, 2017.
The United States has now unveiled new sanctions against 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and entities. The treasury department is coming up with new sanctions on the Chinese as a way to pressure North Korea into giving up their nuclear program.
The Treasury department claims they are cracking down on those who are aiding North Korea’s missile program and that includes Russia. Apparently desperate to start a war with the former Soviet Union, the United States is also sanctioning Russians.
The Treasury Department on Tuesday said it would target 10 entities and six individuals who help already sanctioned people who aid North Korea’s missile program or ‘deal in the North Korean energy trade.’ The U. S. also aims to sanction people and groups that allow North Korean entities to access the U. S. financial system or helps its exportation of workers, according to the Treasury.
‘Treasury will continue to increase pressure on North Korea by targeting those who support the advancement of nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and isolating them from the American financial system,’ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. ‘It is unacceptable for individuals and companies in China, Russia, and elsewhere to enable North Korea to generate income used to develop weapons of mass destruction and destabilize the region.’ -CNBC
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 22, 2017.
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‘Establishing ‘heroes’ and ‘villains’ adds a moral element that will advance advocacy efforts.’ – ‘Mobilizing Climate Action, To Paris and Beyond’ retreat, March 4 – 6, 2015, New York
Here it is critical to highlight the ‘Mobilizing Climate Action, To Paris and Beyond’ retreat held March 4 – 6, 2015, in Tarrytown, New York. As it is here that the hierarchy is laid bare and cannot be contested. The organizer of the retreat was the United Nations  with the retreat itself being financially facilitated by foundations (in this instance, the Clarmondial Foundation and The Stanley Foundation).
The congregation consists of numerous participants that all play a vital role: corporate financiers that rule the corridors of power by way of their purse strings, public relations and media, and the institutions and NGOs that reside at the helm of the socially influential non-profit industrial complex:
The United Nations, World Bank, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, We Mean Business (represented by co-founder Callum Grieve ), 350.org (represented by co-founder Jamie Henn) Upworthy (co-founded by Avaaz co-founder Eli Pariser), Avaaz, Here Now (Purpose, sister for-profit arm of Avaaz) World Economic Forum, GCCA (TckTckTck), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (chaired by Unilever CEO Paul Polman), Greenpeace, Unilever, and The Climate Reality Project (founded by Al Gore, co-founder of Generation Investment).
Mobilizing Climate Action, To Paris and Beyond retreat participants:
This post was published at 21st Century Wire on AUGUST 22, 2017.
Less than 4 hours ago, the US Treasury announced that in the the latest set of actions targeting North Korea’s “WMD program”, among the entities sanctioned would be several Chinese and Russian companies and individuals. We said that “what this latest round of sanctions will achieve, is to further anger Beijing and the local population.” Well, we didn’t even have to wait all day for China to respond on the next morning as it traditionally does, and according to Reuters citing an embassy spokesman, Beijing was so furious with the US “provocation” it scrapped its own protocol of waiting during a “cooldown” period, and instead ripped right back, “urging” the U. S. to “immediately correct its mistake”‘ of sanctioning Chinese firms over North Korea, to avoid impact on bilateral cooperation.
Since the US will not “correct its mistake”, either “immediately” or at any time, China will have no choice but to escalate, in the process making any credible diplomacy involving North Korea impossible, forcing” America’s hand when it comes to North Korea, now that the diplomatic option is out of the picture.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 22, 2017.
As tensions rise over North Korea, the US Treasury this morning said it was slapping new sanctions on Chinese and Russian entities conducting oil, coal and banking business with Pyongyang, and propping up the country’s weapons program.
The sanctions target 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and companies, with the bulk targeting Chinese entities which have been buying and selling oil and coal with North Korea or offering related banking services to facilitate these transactions.
‘The Treasury will continue to increase pressure on North Korea by targeting those who support the advancement of nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and isolating them from the American financial system,’ said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.
This post was published at FinancialSense on 08/22/2017.
In this article, I’m not going to trace and list all the Obama and Trump appointees who have ties to Goldman Sachs. The sources are easily available. The Hillary Clinton connections are clear as well.
The point is, Goldman and its allies can exert enormous influence on the direction of the trillion-dollar casino called the stock market.
And the stock market is the universally perceived indicator of the health or illness of the US economy.
The economy is Trump’s trump card. If the stock market plummets and stays down, his credibility as president takes a hit of far more serious proportions than anything we’ve seen so far.
Keep in mind, as well, that giant pension funds all over the US and giant insurance companies (and other entities) invest in the stock market – and these organizations’ stability, as endangered as it is right now, would fracture in far more serious ways, if the stock market collapsed.
Super-banks like Goldman Sachs therefore hold the political fate of a president, any president, in their hands.
This post was published at Jon Rappoport on Aug 21, 2017.
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/ August 19, 2017
The British Empire was the largest in history. At the end of World War II Britain had to start pulling out from its colonies. A major part of the reason was, ironically, the economic prosperity that had come through industrialization, massive improvements in transportation, and the advent of telecommunications, ethnic and religious respect, freedom of speech, and other liberties offered by the empire.
After the departure of the British – as well as the French, German, Belgians, and other European colonizers – most of the newly ‘independent’ countries suffered rapid decay in their institutions, stagnant economies, massive social strife, and a fall in standards of living. An age of anti-liberalism and tyranny descended on these former colonies. They rightly became known as third-world countries.
An armchair economist would have assumed that the economies of these former colonies, still very backward and at a very low base compared to Europe, would grow at a faster rate. Quite to the contrary, as time went on, their growth rates stayed lower than those of the West.
This post was published at Acting-Man on Jayant Bhandari.
It seems the fear is taking over. After all, it’s been such an integral part of our lives for such a long a time now that, sadly, life just wouldn’t feel normal without it.
They used to say that if it bleeds it leads, implying that fear-pimping was somehow an acceptable part of economic growth. But, we know there’s more to the story. We know that fear is a tool used for social control. It’s a weapon of mass destruction and mass deterioration of mental health. It’s a technique used to entrap us into lower consciousness, to keep us humming along in a dense vibration. It keeps the reptilian brain in the driver’s seat, and used to create conflict and chaos.
Most importantly, though, fear, whether real or perceived, keeps us focused on survival and security, forgetting that abundance and cooperation are both possible and far more enjoyable.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 18, 2017.
The only way to systemically lower costs is to make prevention and transparency the top priorities. As I have been noting for a decade, the broken U. S. healthcare system will bankrupt the nation all by itself. We all know the basic facts: the system delivers uneven results in terms of improving health and life expectancy while costing two or three times more per person compared to our advanced-economy global competitors. U. S. Lifestyle + “Healthcare” = Bankruptcy (June 19, 2008) Sickcare Will Bankrupt the Nation–And Soon (March 21, 2011) How Healthcare Is Dooming the U. S. Economy (Three Charts) (May 2015) You Want to Fix the Economy? Then First Fix Healthcare (September 29, 2016)
This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017.
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Anyone who thinks our toxic financial system is stable is delusional. Why are we doomed? Those consuming over-amped “news” feeds may be tempted to answer the culture wars, nuclear war with North Korea or the Trump Presidency. The one guaranteed source of doom is our broken financial system, which is visible in this chart of income inequality from the New York Times: Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart.
This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017.
One day after Iran announced it was preparing to send a flotilla of warships to the western Atlantic Ocean following the announcement of a massive $500 million investment in war spending, the Iranian regime is fast emerging as the latest potential geopolitical headache for the Trump administration, after it warned on Tuesday that Iran could abandon its 2015 nuclear deal signed with Obama with world powers “within hours” if the United States imposes further sanctions on Tehran, president Hassan Rouhani said in his first address to Iran’s parliament since being sworn in to a second term, and hinted that Iran could quickly boost enrichment up to levels even higher than before it signed the nuclear accord.
“Those who try to return to the language of threats and sanctions are prisoners of their past delusions,” Rouhani said in the address. “If they want to go back to that experience, definitely in a short time – not in weeks or months, but within hours or days – we will return to our previous [nuclear] situation very much stronger.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 15, 2017.
Two weeks ago we reported that July auto sales were a disaster: recall sales for bloated with inventory GM were down 15% YoY, Ford off 7% and Chrysler down 11% – despite record incentive spending – as overall auto sales declined and disappointed for yet another month. And yet, according to this morning’s retail sales report from the Census Bureau, sales for “motor vehicle & parts stores” rose much more robustly than anyone had anticipated, rising 1.2%, the fastest pace since December.
This number was so bizarre, and so out of context with recent sales data, that SouthBay Research threw up all over it in its morning note today. Here’s why:
Retail Sales m/m: 0.6% Retail Sales ex Autos m/m: 0.45% Retail Sales ex Autos & Amazon m/m: 0.3%
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 15, 2017.
21st Century Wire says…
This is a potentially incredible breakthrough in the painful 7 year-long Syrian conflict.
As 21WIRE has pointed out previous, aside from Turkey’s key part in facilitating the creation and supply of anti-Syrian terrorist enclaves over the last 7 years, it has also played the central role in the dismantling of Syria’s manufacturing sector centered around the now devastated industrial hub of Aleppo.
That’s what makes this latest news almost unbelievable.
Since 2011, the leadership in Ankara has committed much of its southern territory, a good portion of financial and military resources, as well as nearly all of its diplomatic credibility… for one goal: to destabilize its neighbor and achieve regime change in Damascus.
Perhaps its renewed dialogue and a lucrative Southstream energy partnership with Russia, along with the relative success so far in the Astana Peace Process – and Washington’s disruptive military and financial backing of a prime Turkish arch-enemy, the Kurdish militia in northern Syria, has made Turkish President Erdogan and his inner circle realize that it’s time to reverse course on a 7 year failure, and immeasurable social, civil and economic destruction of their southern neighbor.
This post was published at 21st Century Wire on AUGUST 14, 2017.
Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation,
“Looking at the recent North Korean testing of two intercontinental missiles, it may seem that Pyongyang wishes to increase tensions in the region. A more careful analysis, however, shows how the DPRK is implementing a strategy that will likely succeed in averting a disastrous war on the peninsula.”
In the last four weeks, North Korea seems to have implemented the second phase of its strategy against South Korea, China and the United States. The North Korean nuclear program seems to have reached an important juncture, with two tests carried out at the beginning and end of July. Both missiles seem capable of hitting the American mainland, although doubts still remain over Pyongyang’s ability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead to mount it on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). However, the direction in which North Korea’s nuclear program is headed ensures an important regional deterrent against Japan and South Korea, and in some respects against the United States, which is the main reason for North Korea’s development of ICBMs. Recent history has repeatedly demonstrated the folly of trusting the West (the fate of Gaddafi remains fresh in our minds) and suggests instead the building up of an arsenal that poses a serious deterrence to US bellicosity.
It is not a mystery that from 2009 to date, North Korea’s nuclear capacity has increased in direct proportion to the level of distrust visited on Pyongyang by the West. Since 2009, the six-party talks concluded, Kim Jong-un has come to realize that the continuing threats, practices, and arms sales of the United States to Japan and South Korea needed to be thwarted in some way in the interests of defending the sovereignty of the DPRK. Faced with infinitely lower spending capacity than the three nations mentioned, Pyongyang chose a twofold strategy: to pursue nuclear weapons as an explicit deterrence measure; and to strengthen its conventional forces, keeping in mind that Seoul is only a stone’s throw away from North Korean artillery.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 11, 2017.
In a statement that has been buried by the rest of Trump’s barrage of soundbites today, including the ongoing back on forth verbal war on North Korea, as well as Mueller, Manafort and McConnell, during his second meeting with reporters at his golf complex in Bedminster, President Trump said something which could push his war with the intel community and the “deep state” into uncharted territory.
In his first public comment on the recent decision by the Kremlin to seize two US compounds and kick out 755 US diplomats in retaliation for a similar move by Obama in December, Trump said “I want to thank” Russian President Vladimir Putin for ousting hundreds of US embassy employees “because we’re trying to cut down our payroll.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 10, 2017.
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We’re experiencing a healthcare crisis in the United States. Every year, 610,000 Americans die of heart disease, and diabetes and cancer rates are reaching epidemic proportions.
This time on Financial Sense Newshour, we spoke with Dr. Joel Fuhrman, New York Timesbest-selling author of Eat to Live and The End of Heart Disease, about the missteps of the medical profession in treating these conditions, and the fact that most of these diseases can be reversed with proper diet.
Heart Disease Is Not Inevitable
Many people think of heart disease as an inevitable part of aging, but it is something we can easily win the war against, Dr. Fuhrman stated.
‘Nobody has to have a heart attack or stroke,’ he said. ‘People don’t have to get dementia. These are diseases related to nutritional ignorance.’
People in the United States have among the highest risk of heart attack in the world. There are pockets around the world, such as in Papua New Guinea, where they have almost no heart disease. The difference is diet.
This post was published at FinancialSense on 08/09/2017.