SP 500 and NDX Futures Daily Charts – Internet Stinkers, Non-Farm Payrolls Tomorrow

The US economic data this morning was pretty much lackluster.
Tomorrow is the big Non-Farm Payrolls report. I’ll save any speculation about it until we see the numbers.
Stocks were off in part in sympathy with markets in Europe.
A couple of internet IPOs on the Frankfurt exchange, Rocket Internet and Zalando, came out this week and then flopped in the after trade over ten percent. No one does lipstick better than the NYSE, I’ll give them that. People are wondering if the internet miracle story is getting a bit thin.
Speaking of getting a bit thin, President Obama was giving a pep talk at an outpost among the indigenous peoples of the US at Northwestern University today. He presented a laundry list of his accomplishments, and went on to say:
“I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”
I am sure the Republican Party was doing cartwheels over that one. The economy is widely perceived as failing the great bulk of the American people, serving corporations and the wealthiest few, and rightly so.
By underscoring the role that his policies have had by commission and omission, and making the midterm elections a referendum on his policies, Obama did more good for the political opposition than even his tone deaf, aloof self probably realizes.

This post was published at Jesses Crossroads Cafe on 02 OCTOBER 2014.

PBS Producer Who Toppled Eric Holder’s Criminal Chief Gets an Award

Martin Smith, producer extraordinaire of some of the most riveting documentaries for the PBS program, Frontline, has received the 2014 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, presented by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Typically, our reaction to journalism awards is akin to that of the late Alex Cockburn, author, columnist and long-time co-editor of the sassy CounterPunch.com web site, who had this to say on the subject in 2009:
‘…as a rule CounterPunch disapproves of the endless prizes the journalism industry awards itself. Many years ago, the great editor of Le Monde, Hubert Beuve-Mery, let it be known that anyone at his newspaper accepting an award would be fired. These farcical rituals peak in the annual absurdities of the Pulitzers…
‘Now I see that another CounterPuncher has been given a major journalism prize. His newspaper reports that ‘Patrick Cockburn, The Independent’s foreign correspondent, has won the 2009 Orwell Prize, the most prestigious award for political writing in British journalism.’ The judges hail his work as ‘an exemplary untangling of the political and social complexity that lies behind one of the world’s great crises.’ They praised the manner in which Cockburn’s work ‘enriches our understanding.’ This is well merited praise, but…the Orwell Prize? I have not yet had an opportunity to remonstrate with Patrick about accepting a trophy etched with the name of a police informer. I can only hope that some very substantial financial dispensation accompanied the award – the sole argument for accepting this or any such prize. At least our parents are not alive to witness this shame.’

This post was published at Wall Street On Parade on October 2, 2014.

Contagion Blast Radius: How Far Can Ebola Droplets Travel?

This information has been contributed by Tess Pennington, author of The Prepper’s Blueprint and The Prepper’s Cookbook. After joining the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999 Tess worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and is well versed in emergency and disaster management & response. You can visit her web site at www. ReadyNutrition.com. sneeze-cloud
Germs are spread quickly in population dense areas. Schools and daycares, workplaces, community events are germ-ridden cesspools for attracting unwanted illness and diseases. Studies are finding that sneezes and coughs cause illnesses to travel much farther than originally estimated. With the concern of flu season, as well as the heightened awareness of Ebola, it is crucial to have an understanding of germs and how quickly they can travel in a community setting. How Far Reaching Are Germs?
Many are concerned that Ebola could go airborne. Technically, this virus can only be spread through bodily fluids. The virus spreads when saliva, mucous, blood, vomit, feces, or other bodily fluids of an infected person come into contact with someone else’s mucus membranes. The emphasis on this is it has to be a symptomatic infected person.
One virologist, Alan Schmaljohn at the University of Maryland School of Medicinewas asked if Ebola was airborne and states, ‘With Ebola, large droplets – which neither travel very far nor hang in the air for long – are the real risk factors. That means an Ebola-infected person would likely have to cough or sneeze up blood or other bodily fluids directly in your face for you to catch the virus, Schmaljohn says. If that drop of blood doesn’t land on your face, it will just fall to the ground. It won’t be swimming in the air, waiting to be breathed in by an unsuspecting passerby.’ Source

This post was published at shtfplan on October 2nd, 2014 / Ready Nutrition.

Don’t Worry? 10 Quotes From Health Experts Promising That Ebola Will Not Be A Problem In America

Health experts all over the United States are promising us that we do not need to be worried about Ebola whatsoever. Even though one case has already been confirmed in Dallas, Texas and another potential case is being monitored, health authorities assure us that we have the greatest health system in the history of the planet and that we will be able to handle any isolated cases very easily. And all over the mainstream media on Wednesday, there were headlines declaring that the arrival of Ebola in America is a non-event. One example is this headline fromBloomberg: ‘Ebola in America? Don’t Worry About It’. So are they right? Should the rest of us just kick back and relax because a bunch of really smart guys are assuring us that our health system can easily deal with anything that Ebola can throw at us? The following are 10 quotes from prominent experts promising us that Ebola will not be a problem in this country…
#1 Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: ‘We feel confident that there won’t be an outbreak.’
#2 University of Chicago professor Michael Z. David: ‘While this all sounds very frightening, there’s no need to worry at this point about Ebola spreading widely here.’
#3 Gerardo Chowell-Puente, an associate professor of mathematical epidemiology at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University: ‘Math and history show us that decisive efforts to isolate those who are infected with Ebola and to follow up quickly with the potential contacts of the infected can help to get an outbreak under control. We’re lucky that we have such capacities in the United States; even with the Ebola case in Dallas, the epidemic should not get much of a foothold here.’
#4 Texas Health Director David Lakey: ‘This is a very sophisticated city, a very sophisticated hospital, … and the chances of it being spread are very, very scarce.’
#5 Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health & Human Services: ‘This is not Africa. We have a great infrastructure to deal with an outbreak.’

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on October 1st, 2014.

How was this not planned in advance? Ebola vaccine magically ready for human trials in weeks, not years

(NaturalNews) More proof that the West African Ebola crisis is a total fraud lies in a newly proposed Ebola vaccine that just so conveniently awaits human trials in a matter of weeks, not years. Researchers at Oxford University in the UK are ready to begin testing the vaccine, which seems to have magically appeared out of nowhere, with plans to administer it to some 10,000 health workers by the end of the year.
A product of drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in partnership with the U. S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the experimental vaccine is now being fast-tracked amid hype and panic over what the media claims is the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Since the world is now in “crisis” mode, the vaccine will most likely avoid having to undergo the normal safety testing process and instead be rushed to market for quick profits.
According to BBC News, it normally takes several years for a new vaccine to hit the market. Extensive trials, first on animals and then on humans, are a normal part of the vaccine development process, a process that helps ensure that a vaccine won’t harm humans and actually provides the stated benefits.
But for Ebola, it appears that only minimal testing will take place on just 60 healthy volunteers, all of whom will be injected with genetic material derived from both Ebola and a common cold virus that typically afflicts chimpanzees. The two components are supposedly safe —

This post was published at Natural News on October 01, 2014.

Is China Facing Another Tiananmen Square Moment?

What began with several small student groups protesting the government in Hong Kong, has escalated into a tidal wave of unrest in one of China’s biggest financial hubs. How the central government responds to this resistance, may end up shaping the future of China for decades to come.
Angered by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s plans to undermine Hong Kong’s democratic system, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to reclaim their rights. The droves of young citizens currently occupying the streets of Hong Kong, have issued an ultimatum to the central government in Beijing. If the government does not respond their demands by Wednesday October 1st, the protesters will take their unrest to the next level:
We face three foreseeable choices. The first is to widen the protest areas across the city, the second is to launch a labour strike and the third is to occupy a government building,’ Federation of Students secretary-general Alex Chow said.
Occupy Central leader Chan Kin-man echoed the students’ demands and insisted on the resignation of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
‘Only then can we elect a new government and restart the political reform process,’ Chan said.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on October 1st, 2014.

The Hong Kong Protest: What It’s All About

Considering that as recently as 3 weeks ago the leader of the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong decided to throw in the towel, after admitting that his civil disobedience movement’s pursuit of democracy had ‘failed’ as a result of waning public support, many are shocked by how aggressively Hong Kong’s students took up the baton: almost as if the mystery sponsor behind the ISIS blitz-ascent from obscurity had decided to “destabilize” yet another region. Tongue-in-cheek kidding aside, for everyone confused about the context of this weekend’s at time very violent student protests, here is Evergreen GaveKal with its wrap up of the “Hong Kong Democracy Protests.”
The inhabitants of Hong Kong were treated over the weekend to the unusual spectacle of police battling political protesters in the city’s streets. Baton charges and volleys of tear gas might be common enough tactics in New York or London, but not in Asia’s leading international financial center. The rapid escalation of the protests over the weekend and the police’s strong-arm response shocked locals, and triggered a -2% fall in the city’s benchmark Hang Seng stock index on Monday morning as investors worried about the impact of continued unrest on Hong Kong’s markets, its economy and its future as Beijing’s laboratory of choice for China’s financial liberalization.
Only a few weeks ago it seemed that Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement was a spent force. After Beijing ruled out open elections for the chief executive of the territory’s government, the leader of Occupy Central admitted that his civil disobedience movement’s pursuit of democracy had ‘failed’. However, Hong Kong’s students and high school pupils failed to take heed. Last Friday a group of around 200 stormed security fences blocking off the ‘Civic Square’ outside the government’s headquarters to stage a sit-down protest against official obduracy. The heavy-handed police response prompted thousands more protesters to descend on the site over the weekend and on Monday morning the city woke up to find a civil disobedience campaign dismissed as irrelevant just weeks before had paralyzed the area surrounding Hong Kong’s government headquarters. With the mood highly febrile ahead of a public holiday on Wednesday to mark the Communist Party’s assumption of power in China, the fear is that the crowds of protesters could swell further over the course of the week, prompting an even more uncompromising response from the city’s Beijing-backed government.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/29/2014.

“Disperse Or We Fire”- Hong Kong Police Shoot Tear Gas At Protesting Students: Live Webcast

Yesterday we reported that the biggest riot over the weekend was not in Ferguson (although things there are hardly stable after a local police officer was shot in the violent town overnight) but in Hong Kong, where students and other mostly young people are protesting the recent loss of their democratic vote powers and thus “the loss of their freedom.” Since then things have gotten from bad to worse when late last night Hong Kong declared the start of the Occupy Central disobedience campaign, leading to violent skirmishes with the police, which over the past hour have included the use of tear gas by the police as well as the first outright warning by the cops demanding that the student protesters disperse or risk being fired upon.
From WSJ:
A standoff between police and pro-democracy protesters intensified near where thousands have converged in the past days to demand free elections.
Around 6 p.m., police moved to clear the area, using tear gas against protesters near Hong Kong government buildings that had been blocked off. Protesters streamed away trying to wave away clouds of smoke and holding handkerchiefs against their mouths and noses. Many were running; others were raising their hands above their heads in an indication of nonviolent intent.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/28/2014.

‘Dark zones’ in GMO technology research allow secret development of deadly bioweapons

(NaturalNews) New evidence has emerged to suggest that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a key factor in the spread of deadly pathogens like Ebola. The current Ebola outbreak appears to be a direct product of what former Soviet microbiologist Dr. Ken Alibekov calls “dark zones” in GMO technology that allow pathogens to be deliberately weaponized to harm humans. Dating back to the 1970s, the U. S. government has been involved in covert bioweaponry programs that involved deliberately creating “AIDS-like viruses” to be used during warfare, according to a prominent professor of plant pathology. One such virus is Ebola, a manufactured bioweapon patented and owned by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the vaccine license rights of which are owned by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The CDC patent for Ebola can be viewed here:Google.com. Dr. Cyril Broderick, formerly of the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry but now teaching at Delaware State University, cites Dr. Leonard Horowitz’s book Emerging Viruses: AIDS and Ebola — Nature, Accident or Intentional? to make the claim that the U. S. government has actually been testing its manufactured bioweapons on Africans for many decades, under the guise of promoting vaccines and “public health.”

This post was published at Natural News on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

FBI Criticizes Tech Giants Apple and Google for Encrypting Phones

FBI director James Comey has taken Apple and Google to the woodshed for introducing encryption on their devices making it impossible for police to gain access to them. Comey’s remarks follow criticism by the Justice Department after Apple encrypted iMessage texting and FaceTime calling.
Law enforcement officials and government have criticized the companies for making it virtually impossible to view web histories, photos and videos on locked smart phones. Last week Apple and Google announced they would introduce technology making it difficult for police to search phones.
‘All of a sudden, a for-profit company has decided, ‘We’re going to step in and be the first line of defense for customers against their own government,” Brian Pascal, a fellow at Stanford University, told The Wall Street Journal.


This post was published at Info Wars on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014.

A National Call: Save Civilian Education

Over the last several decades, the Pentagon, conservative forces, and corporations have been systematically working to expand their presence in the K-12 learning environment and in public universities. The combined impact of the military, conservative think tanks and foundations, and of corporatization of our public educational systems has eroded the basic democratic concept of civilian public education. It is a trend that, if allowed to continue, will weaken the primacy of civilian rule and, ultimately, our country’s commitment to democratic ideals.
THE THREAT TO CIVILIAN EDUCATION
The most aggressive outside effort to use the school system to teach an ideology with ominous long-term implications for society comes from the military establishment. Over the last two decades, with relatively little media coverage or public outcry, the Pentagon’s involvement in schools and students’ lives has grown exponentially. Now, for example:
Every school day, at least half a million high school students attend Junior ROTC classes to receive instruction from retired officers who are handpicked by the Pentagon to teach its own version of history and civics. These students are assigned ‘ranks’ and conditioned to believe that military and civilian values are similar, with the implication that unquestioning obedience to authority is therefore a feature of good citizenship.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 25, 2014.

Syria, Neo-Cons, And The Attempted Infiltration Of The Liberty Movement

There is nothing worse than a die-hard neoconservative. Of all the socialist horrors wrought against the American public by the Obama administration and its small but impressively insane group of followers, the neoliberals are at least relatively open about their disdain for the Constitution as well as their intentions to reduce our country to a Third World communist enclave. Neoconservatives, on the other hand, have the audacity to pretend as if they adore the Bill of Rights, posing as freedom fighters and champions of liberty while working intently to administer the same exact despotic policies and socialist infrastructure.
As most readers are aware, the false left/right paradigm has been the primary control mechanism used against the American people for decades. The idea being that in order for establishment elites to maintain control of a population with a heritage of independence, a facade of choice must be created to placate the dim-witted masses while the system itself is dominated from behind the scenes. The people of a republic must be conned into participating in the process of their own enslavement, at least until the oligarchs are ready to unleash full-blown totalitarianism. The concept of free elections becomes a grand theatrical display when most candidates, regardless of party affiliation, are bought, bribed, blackmailed or philosophically allied with the elite. The actions of these candidates speak far louder than their rhetoric for those with the sense to pay attention. But for many people, the attachment to the sports team mentality of politics is just too much to resist. For them, the circus is reality.
The birth of neoconservatism is clouded by what some claim to be the ‘incidental’ relationship between neocon adherents like Irving and William Kristol, Abram Shulsky, Paul Wolfowitz, John Ashcroft, Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush, among others, and a little-known political science professor by the name of Leo Strauss. Strauss’ work culminated in the University Of Chicago as many of his students and followers went on to engineer the rise of an insidious bureaucratic machine that gave us the Patriot Acts, the fake War on Terror, rationalized torture procedures and numerous other constitutional disgraces.

This post was published at Alt-Market on 25 September 2014.

Students Protest School Reeducation Policies, Rewriting U.S. History to Downplay Civil Disobendience

Following a teacher ‘sick out’ that shut down two Denver area high schools, hundreds of students walked out of their classrooms in protest Tuesday over a school board proposal to supposedly support ‘patriotism’ and ‘respect for authority’ but ‘downplay civil disobedience’ in their history curriculum.
Via Fox News:
The school board proposal that triggered the walkouts in Jefferson County calls of instructional materials that present positive aspects of the nation and its heritage. It would establish a committee to regularly review texts and course plans, starting with Advanced Placement history, to make sure materials ‘promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights’ and don’t ‘encourage or condone civil disorder, social strike or disregard of the law.’
Students organized the mass protest via social media. Some carried signs that read, ‘History wasn’t meant to be hidden’ and ‘You can’t change history.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 24th, 2014.

Why Isn’t America ‘As Mad As Hell’ and Unwilling to ‘Take It Anymore’?

Howard Bloom, Yale literature professor and cultural critic, recently stated ‘I am 79 years old and I have never seen this country in such a bad state. It is madness. What we are seeing is the fall of the Roman Empire, only now it is the fall of America, the glory of our Empire.’
Ebola threatens to sweep across America. The United States sits on the brink of World War III. The economy is teetering on collapse. The Chinese are on the verge of owning your possessions and you and this arrangement was agreed to by people who were elected to ‘protect and defend the Constitution’. The UN is poised to be in charge of the demise of this country when martial law is declared. The eternal ‘bail outs’ have robbed this generation and future generations of any chance at financial solvency. America has more people on welfare than are working full time. Election fraud is rampant. American students continue to fall further behind our international cohorts. The average person cannot even name one thing that the Obama administration has done to improve the condition of the middle class, yet, he got re-elected. One visit, for one day to Steve Quayle’s website and one radio broadcast from Doug and Joe Hagmann, or from Sheila Zilinski should be enough to summon the spirits of Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine and we should be witnessing the creation of a new Declaration of Independence and a re-creation of the pamphlet entitled Common Sense, for which my radio show and website are named.
Is There Any Life On This Planet? As I look at America’s daunting and mounting dilemmas, I cannot help wondering, ‘Isn’t it time to get mad, mad as hell’? In response to my multi-part series on the unaddressed dangers posed by Ebola, many of you have written to me and expressed some very heartfelt consternation of the present set of affairs. Yet, nobody does anything!
There can be little doubt that America needs a rallying call to action if we are to reverse the destructive path we have embarked upon. The middle class is in desperate need of a spokesperson, somebody who could awaken the masses and spur an apathetic America to action. Who could provide this much needed clarion call? Will it be Glenn Beck? Or, maybe, Rush Limbaugh will heed the call and step forward.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on September 24, 2014.

Turning Americans into Snitches for the Police State: ‘See Something, Say Something’ and Community Policing

‘There were relatively few secret police, and most were just processing the information coming in. I had found a shocking fact. It wasn’t the secret police who were doing this wide-scale surveillance and hiding on every street corner. It was the ordinary German people who were informing on their neighbors.’ – Professor Robert Gellately
If you see something suspicious, says the Department of Homeland Security, say something about it to the police, call it in to a government hotline, or report it using a convenient app on your smart phone.(If you’re a whistleblower wanting to snitch on government wrongdoing, however, forget about it – the government doesn’t take kindly to having its dirty deeds publicized and, God forbid, being made to account for them.)For more than a decade now, the DHS has plastered its ‘See Something, Say Something’ campaign on the walls of metro stations, on billboards, on coffee cup sleeves, at the Super Bowl, even on television monitors in the Statue of Liberty. Now colleges, universities and even football teams and sporting arenas are lining up for grants to participate in the program. This DHS slogan is nothing more than the government’s way of indoctrinating ‘we the people’ into the mindset that we’re an extension of the government and, as such, have a patriotic duty to be suspicious of, spy on, and turn in our fellow citizens. This is what is commonly referred to as community policing. Yet while community policing and federal programs such as ‘See Something, Say Something’ are sold to the public as patriotic attempts to be on guard against those who would harm us, they are little more than totalitarian tactics dressed up and repackaged for a more modern audience as well-intentioned appeals to law and order and security. The police state could not ask for a better citizenry than one that carries out its own policing.

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on September 22, 201.

Pension Funds Being Taken TO Fund Infrastructure

The G20 Central Bankers and Finance Ministers met in CAIRNS, Australia, Sept 21st, 2014. This Summit reflects the attitudes about manipulating the economy where they just do not get it. Christine Largarde, head of the IMF, announced ‘I congratulate the G20 for significant progress in strategies for medium-term growth.’ However, Lagarde is a lawyer – not a trader, economist, money manager or anything that has any experience whatsoever to do with the economy. It amounts to me trying to be a obstetrician, gynecologist, or a divorce lawyer no less a brain surgeon. Yet she would be the first to say anyone without a law degree cannot understand the law. I dare say the same to her – you are not qualified. Such positions should be reserved for ONLY people with experience – not even university professors.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on September 22, 2014.

Rapidly mutating Ebola virus would kill 1.2 million people if it goes airborne, expert predicts

(NaturalNews) There’s a chance that the currently circulating Ebola virus could go rogue and become airborne, and a scientist from Michigan State University warns that more than one million people could die as a result. If Francis Smart’s econometric simulation model is accurate, as many as 1.2 million people could lose their lives from an airborne mutation of the disease, the latest in the ongoing outbreak saga sweeping west Africa. According to Smart, the World Health Organization (WHO) failed to take into account that Ebola could turn airborne when it came up with a prediction of 20,000 infections in six months. The United Nations organization also assumed that massive international aid would arrive in the region back in early August, which never occurred. Today, the rate of disease spread is escalating rapidly, and a number of different predictive models say Ebola has reached exponential growth. It is anyone’s guess, in other words, how many people will become infected, especially if anything should change in terms of how the disease is spreading.

This post was published at Natural News on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Stay Alert in These Interesting Times

Events are speeding up in this Internet Era. Just as the Gutenberg press changed the landscape of its time via the Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightenment, so what we call the Internet Reformation has begun to reshape society significantly.
The just-completed Scottish referendum on secession is yet more evidence. It is hard to envision a vote like that taking place in the late 20th century. And the Scottish vote may only be the first of many, as there are other regions of Europe and the US where secessionist sentiments are powerfully rising.
In fact, Spain may be the next to grapple with secessionist issues. The Telegraph reports, “The Spanish government faces a major constitutional crisis in the coming weeks as Catalans set on breaking away from Spain push ahead for their own referendum on self-rule.”
Artur Mas, the president of the Catalonia’s regional government in Barcelona, insisted on Friday that the Catalans would fight the full weight of the Spanish state to hold their own “consultation” after the Scottish vote has “shown the way … My main commitment is to call, to organise and hold a referendum and let the Catalan people vote.”

This post was published at The Daily Bell on September 20, 2014.

Prof. Flynt Leverett Dissects Obama’s ‘Insane’ Commitment to Never-Ending Middle East War

Penn State University Professor and RPI Academic Board Member Flynt Leverett, as a panel discussion guest this week on CrossTalk on RT, dissectedUnited States President Barack Obama’s ‘insane’ commitment to ‘never-ending war in the Middle East.’ Leverett also addresses the US government’s arming and training of what he calls the ‘mythical’ moderate Syria insurgents. Leverett ominously concludes that US foreign policy has ‘helped in a big way to create’ the ISIS problem and that now the US government is moving forward ‘with pseudo-solutions that are only going to make the problem worse.’ For example, Leverett warns that further arming so-called moderate Syria insurgents will create more channels through which ISIS will obtain US and other weapons – just as such aid has done since the big US push to overthrow the Syria government began. Early in the discussion, Leverett places Obama’s Middle East policy in the context of the ‘strategically disastrous’ war on terror begun in the George W. Bush Administration:

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on September 19, 2014.

Scotland Will Stay In: The Betting Sites Were Right

Once again, the betting sites had it right. The public opinion polls had it wrong.
The polls predicted a dead heat: too close to call. But it was easy to call, and the betting sites called it. The ‘no’votes smashed the ‘yes’ votes, 56% to 44%. It was not even close. The betting sites had been 80-20 in favor of ‘no.’ They had it right.
I figured the betting sites were right, and the polls were wrong. That’s why I went public and said Scotland would stay in the UK. I always stick with the betting sites. I ignore the polls if the betting sites are covering an event.
I knew Obama would win in 2012, and I said so repeatedly. I also said the House would stay Republican, and the Senate would remain Democrat. So accurate was InTrade on the Electoral College that it got 49 of the 50 states right.
Romney thought he would win. He did not trust InTrade and all the other betting sites. They all predicted Obama’s victory.
It’s a shame that InTrade went out of business. We were never told why…

This post was published at Tea Party Economist on September 19, 2014.