Merkel Meets With German CEOs To Address 99.97% Unemployment Among “Highly Unqualified” Migrants

It’s been a bad couple of months for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose approval ratings have fallen sharply over her continued support of open-border immigration policies that have allowed over 1 million refugees to flow into the country since 2015. Increasingly more Germans have blamed Merkel for the surge in refugee terrorist attacks over the past couple of months and have shifted their support to more nationalist-leaning political parties. In fact, just a few weeks ago Merkel suffered a massive, embarrassing defeat in her home state to her nemesis, the anti-immigation AfD party (see “Merkel Stunned By Defeat To Anti-Immigrant Party In Her Home State“). Alas, despite calls from voters for a shift in Germany’s immigration policies, Merkel continues to double down.
One of the original selling points for accepting migrants from the Middle East was the apparent economic “benefits” associated with adding 100,000s of new, young consumers/laborers to the German economy. In fact, the wave of new immigrants was sold as the perfect solution for Germany’s demographic dilemma which is expected to see its working-age population shrink by 6 million people by 2030.
While it sounded like a great plan, it doesn’t really work that well if new migrants fail to find jobs and become economically productive members of society which, according to Reuters, is exactly what is happening. Apparently, German companies have only been able to find jobs for about 100 of the 1 million migrants that have recently found their way into the country.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 15, 2016.

Mark Cuban Explains Why He Changed His Mind About Trump

Bloomberg’s Ira Boudway details an email conversation about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton with Mark Cuban – the billionaire NBA owner and Shark Tank star…
After Donald Trump announced his candidacy in 2015, Mark Cuban – the billionaire NBA team owner and Shark Tank star – called him ‘probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long, long time.’
A year later, Cuban endorsed Hillary Clinton at a rally, asking: ‘Is there any bigger jagoff in the world than Donald Trump?’
In August, I exchanged e-mails with Cuban about why he switched sides.
BW (8/4/16): Why did you decide to endorse Clinton?
Cuban: When Trump first declared his candidacy, I was truly excited about the possibilities. I liked the idea that someone from outside the realm of traditional politics was making a run for the presidency. I liked the idea that he was unrehearsed and still think in the long run the country will learn quite a bit from his campaign. I also had a very strong dislike for Ted Cruz. I was an ‘anybody but Cruz’ voter. Cruz is a smart demagogue. To me that is a very dangerous combination. So in my initial support for Trump, it was very much in a hope that it would prevent Cruz from being nominated.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 15, 2016.

Political Gridlock: Four More Years

Ohio is considered the bellwether state for presidential elections. Here are some statistics.
The winner of Ohio has won the White House in the last 13 elections . . .– Ohio has voted for the presidential winner in 28 of the last 30 elections, or 93 percent. New Mexico (which first participated as a state in 1912) is second with 24 of 26, or 92 percent, with Illinois and Nevada third with 24 of 30, or 87 percent.
— Ohio’s percentage deviation from the national presidential vote has been less than 5 percent in 27 of the 30 elections, or 90 percent of the time, with New Mexico a distant second with 20 of 26, or 77 percent.
— Ohio’s electoral votes have been decisive five times, most recently in 2004, when they clinched George W. Bush’s re-election in a tight race that current Secretary of State John Kerry would have won with Ohio. No other state has done so more than three times since 1896.
The trend is picking up steam, too, as the state’s results have been matching the nation’s even more closely in recent elections.
“The state has actually become a better bellwether over time,” Kondik said. “If you look at the elections since 1964, the state’s never been more of a bellwether than it’s been since then.”

This post was published at Gary North on September 15, 2016.

The Status Quo vs. Donald Trump

Unless something dramatic happens (certainly possible in this election), I believe Donald Trump will win the 2016 election quite easily, and I believe this victory will be driven by the resentment vote. Forget card-carrying Democrats and Republicans, they will vote along party lines. The key to this election is, and always has been, independent voters. I believe the following chart from Gallup tells you all you need to know about who will decide this thing:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 15, 2016.

Trump and Putin Narrowly Escape Assassination Attempt

The Gloves are Coming Off First a little bit of recent history. Readers are probably aware that some questions about the occasionally malfunctioning Deep State android… no, wait, we’ll start again. Questions have recently been raised about the health of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by various ‘alt-right’ tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy theorists, such as this one.
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Naturally, we wish her all the best, and normally we would say her health is no-one’s business but her own. But she’s not just anyone – she may well become the president of the world’s foremost nuke-studded superpower. Any health issues she might have are therefore rightfully subject to public scrutiny.
As Paul Joseph Watson notes in his video (same link as above), there is really no telling what exactly is wrong with her, but something is (obviously, she cannot have everything he speculates about). Even if she is only a narcissistic emotionally illiterate sociopath, it would be great if voters knew about it.
Not surprisingly, all these conspiracy theorist debates about Ms. Clinton’s health (as well as discussions of her lax treatment of classified material using a private email server) have attracted the attention of the thought police. Courtesy of Zerohedge, we have learned that the official arbiter of what may or may not be discussed is the Washington Post these days (a newspaper owned by Clinton supporter Jeff Bezos).

This post was published at Acting-Man on September 15, 2016.

“It’s An Inside Job” Oliver Stone Says DNC Hack Is A “Disguise From What’s Really Going On”

Never one to shy away from controversy, infamous director Oliver Stone (see here, here, and here) is once again challenging the mainstream media’s narrative; this time with regard the “russian hacking and leak of the DNC.” Speaking with CNN’s Christine Amanpour, the Hollywood director said he believes the Democratic National Committee email hacking scandal was an “inside job…to disguise what’s really going on…”
Many people thought Oliver Stone’s days of rankling the establishment were over. Many people were wrong. His 2012 book and TV series, The Untold History of the United States, showed the iconic filmmaker renewing efforts to challenge the mainstream narrative regarding American exceptionalism, economic imperialism, and our government’s ‘nefarious involvement’ in the Middle East.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 14, 2016.

Americans’ Trust in Mass Media Plunges to Record Low in Gallup Poll

In yesterday’s post, The Death of Mainstream Media, I noted:
At the end of the day, I have concluded that my focus on Hillary as of late (vs. Trump) has as much to with my disgust for the mainstream media as anything else. To see these organs, which have destroyed this country by keeping the people uninformed for decades, now rally around a sickly, corrupt, oligarch coddling politician as the empire enters the collapse stage is simply too much to stomach…
The only positive thing to happen during this election season is the death of mainstream media. With their insufferable propaganda fully exposed, there is no coming back.
Then today, we learned the following from Gallup:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 14, 2016.

Choose your elections wisely

So, you’re planning to be a responsible American on Election Day and cast your vote. Fine, but ask yourself why. Is it any more than a ritual? Is the engine of government something you can control through elections you don’t control? Do you think if you put a voice for liberty in the Oval Office that voice would last long? Are any of the candidates even selling liberty? Are you looking to buy it, or do you just want in on the scam?
Further, what would motivate an institution – government – which is fundamentally anti-liberty to surrender any of its power? Government has been for sale to the highest bidders for a long time. Nothing gets changed without their approval. Are you one of those highest bidders? Probably not.
On November 22, 1963, when Lee Harvey Oswald declared himself a patsy in the murder of President John F. Kennedy, he provided a clue about the power center of this country. It isn’t the president, it isn’t Congress or the Court. It most definitely is not the voters.
Boston Globe journalist Jordan Michael Smith explains:

This post was published at GoldSeek on 14 September 2016.

This Is What The Democrats Did Immediately After Realizing They Were Hacked

Having been ‘compromised’ – by sophisticated Russian hackers (likely working in cahoots with Trump) according to the mainstream media’s spoonfed narrative – the Democratic National Committee decdided the smart thing would be to send the new password for their system, via email, to all regional press… Brilliant!

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 14, 2016.

Obamacare Failures Tear Apart Government-Insurer Partnership

As if the Obamacareexchanges don’t have enough problems, now they’re a bargaining chip in the major health insurance companies’ quest to consummate two mega-mergers.
The health insurers have objected to two U. S. Department of Justice lawsuits aimed at blocking the mergers on antitrust grounds. Several of the insurers, including Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET), responded to the July lawsuits by reducing their participation in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges.
This sequence of events in turn has angered five Democratic senators, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. They scolded Aetna CEO Mark T. Bertolini in a joint letter last week. The letter also requests answers to about a dozen questions by Sept. 15 (Thursday).
‘Aetna’s decision regarding its participation in the ACA exchanges appears to be an effort to
pressure the Justice Department into approving a merger that the Department has alleged violates
antitrust law and has the potential to significantly harm consumers all across the country,’ the Sept. 8 letter says.
Aetna is the focus of the senators’ wrath, but four of the five largest U. S. health insurers have a stake in this fight:

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner by David Zeiler ‘ September 14, 2016.

Saudis Threaten US: “Passage Of Sept 11 Law Will Lead To Instability, Chaos And Extremism”

When Congress unaninmously passed a bill last Friday known as “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act,” or JASTA, allowing families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U. S. courts, there was confusion whether Obama would still veto said bill, as he had threatened to previously, even though by sheer numbers Obama’s veto may be overruled, leaving him hanging and appearing to support a Saudi position over that of the US people. Then on Monday we got the answer when White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced that Obama would still veto said bill. “That is still the plan,” Earnest said. “The president does intend to veto this legislation.”
The Saudis, however, are not taking any chances, and are back to engaging in the same verbal warnings they unleashed in April of this year, when they suggested passage of the law would force the kingdom to sell its US-denominated reserves: threats.
As Reuters reports, a senior Saudi policy adviser on Wednesday condemned a U. S. bill that would allow families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue the kingdom for damages, “warning it would stoke instability and extremism.” In other words, if Obama fails too stop a law which everyone in Congress voted for, the US would suffer.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 14, 2016.

Chaos Has Never Been Closer: ‘Obama May Suspend Election’ If She Is Too Sick

The events are all lined up, and the system is geared for chaos. At any moment, a despotic leader could take control.
But how could it ever happen in America?
With economic collapse again on the horizon, and a basket of issues coming to a head, several factions of the population are tipping towards revolution. Much of it has played out in the election cycle; the establishment has lost all credibility, and the people are seeking anti-establishment voices. Alternate means of maintaining control are implemented.
Homeland Security is taking control of the election process, making a fair election completely impossible. Optics and careful PR is used to script the election, and maintain a favorable narrative – and one that is explosive enough to produce radical and unexpected results that might drive anger over the edge.


This post was published at shtfplan on September 14th, 2016.

Newly Leaked Colin Powell Emails Confirm Clintons And Obamas Can’t Stand Each Other

Seems that Colin Powell is the latest target of the hacking group DC Leaks which apparently posted a treasure trove of 30,000 emails from his private account late last night. One of the more interesting exchanges is the one below between Powell and Democratic mega donor Jeffrey Leeds which confirms what we’ve all known all along, namely that the Clintons and Obamas can’t stand each other.
The email exchange was disclosed via the following tweet from Lee Fang at The Intercept:
Colin Powell & mega Dem donor Jeffrey Leeds chat about how much the Clintons hate Obama (via newly leaked emails) pic.twitter.com/6dEbD4AU3r
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) September 13, 2016

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 14, 2016.

After “September Disaster For Clinton”, Democrats Near “Full-On Panic Mode”

Hillary is in the midst of a “September Disaster” and we’re only weeks away from the “October Surprise” promised by WikiLeaks which purports to have 1,000s of additional damaging Hillary emails to release. According to The Hill, Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” followed by her “medical episode” that resulted in a public display of her being dragged, limp and helpless, into a van, has democrats on the verge of “full-on panic mode.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 13, 2016.

The Only Conspiracy Theory About Hillary Clinton’s Health Is That There’s Nothing Wrong With It

The only completely ludicrous conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton’s health is that there’s nothing wrong with it.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has a problem. A truth problem, to be specific. No, not the problem of being completely incapable of ever telling the truth, although that is a problem. The truth problem I’m talking about is the Clinton campaign’s inability to tell believable lies.
‘But why not just ask the Clinton campaign to tell the truth?’ you might ask. ‘Wouldn’t that be easier?’
Maybe. But these are the Clintons. If you’re a Clinton, you lie. It’s what you do. Expecting them to not lie is a fool’s errand. But given the amount of time the Clintons have spent in politics lying to the public – somewhere in the neighborhood of three decades – they really ought to be better at it by now.
For those who’ve been living under a rock, people have been asking questions about the aging Democratic nominee’s health ever since a potentially life-threatening blood clot near her brain was discovered after the former Secretary of State suffered a serious concussion that sidelined her for several weeks. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Clinton blamed that concussion for her alleged inability to recall details about her lawless e-mail server scheme.
Here are a few headlines that captured the rough tenor of coverage of Hillary’s health woes over the past few weeks:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 13, 2016.

Six Events That Will Shape Europe in the Next 9 Months

Europe faces a string of political and financial events that may lead to further instability in a region already battered by the effects of multiple crises.
A lack of European tools, scarcity of national resources and the inability to treat symptoms, have distracted European political elites from the roots of the many crises that have befallen them in the last seven years. Frustration and disenchantment have fueled the spread of radical anti-establishment parties advocating potentially destabilizing populist policies. If the present political class wants to remain relevant, they need to decide whether to leap forward towards further European integration or completely reverse the course set after WWII. Several events across may occur in European countries in the next 9 months and these will probably result in more of the electorate slipping away from established elites.
Listen to Matthew Kerkhoff: Global Economy Hitting Natural Constraints to Exponential Growth
Austria to Repeat Tense Presidential Vote
Austria was scheduled to re-run the second turn of its presidential election on October 2nd (it has now been delayed to until at least December due to ballot irregularities). The election pits pro-Europe Green party candidate Alexander Van der Bellen in a close race against the Eurosceptic anti-immigration Free Party of Austria’s (FPO) Norbert Hofer. May’s result, which saw the establishment’s Van der Bellen narrowly defeat right-winger Hofer, was annulled on July 1st by the Austrian Constitutional Court on account of substantial electoral irregularities. Recent polls suggest that the intervening period did nothing to clarify voter preference and the race remains tight.

This post was published at FinancialSense on 09/13/2016.

The Death of Mainstream Media

Given the fact that I’m not a Trump supporter, a few people have informed me that my recent coverage has been very one-sided against Clinton. This is unquestionably true. Since I’m always trying to question myself and my motivations, I had to ask myself: Why is this the case?
Beyond the incredible torrent of factual revelations that have emerged which should disqualify her from being considered President, there’s something else going on. That something else is the mainstream media.
It all began during the Democratic primary when I noticed a very disturbing trend emerge. A trend which has only gotten worse in the subsequent months. As I noted in February’s piece, A Detailed Look at The New York Times’ Embarrassing, Deceitful and Illogical Endorsement of Hillary Clinton:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 13, 2016.

HAHAHA: PNEUMONIA VIRUS COMMITS ARKANCIDE IN NEW ONION PIECE ABOUT HILLARY

The jig appears to be up.
Mainstream media outlets everywhere are starting to turn on Hillary Clinton and actually dare question her health, only something the rest of America has been doing for weeks now. NBC, for example, asked nine unanswered questions about her health scare on 9/11 in just one report, which is shocking because it’s more questions than they’ve asked about her health in the last nine months she’s been on the campaign trail. They even hinted that her camp may have lied about it! (Noooo, ya don’t say…)
And now The Onion has written a piece from the perspective of her frightened pneumonia virus, which apparently became terrified after remembering what Hillary is capable of:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on SEPTEMBER 13, 2016.

Did Hillary Avoid The ER To “Conceal Details Of Her Medical Treatment”?

The New York Post is reporting that a Clinton “campaign operative” (potentially her mysterious “handler” who carries around aDiazepam pen…but that’s just a guess) made a decision to ignore Secret Service protocol which called for escorting Hillary to a Level I Trauma Center after her “medical episode” on Sunday. The decision to divert to Chelsea’s apartment was made to “avoid having Clinton seen by doctors, nurses and other medical workers who could leak details to reporters,” according to the Post. But why would the campaign be worried about a nurse leaking details of “pneumonia”? That’s a pretty common affliction and something the campaign has clearly decided to disclose anyway.
According to the Post, official Secret Service protocol called for escorting Clinton to Bellevue Hospital.
Hillary Clinton was headed to an emergency room following her frightening collapse at the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony – but detoured to daughter Chelsea Clinton’s apartment to keep details of her medical treatment under wraps, The Post has learned.
Secret Service protocol called for the Democratic presidential nominee to be rushed to a state-designated Level I Trauma Center in the wake of her Sunday-morning health crisis, sources said. In Manhattan, that would be Bellevue Hospital.
But a campaign operative decided to change course to avoid having Clinton seen by doctors, nurses and other medical workers who could leak details to reporters, according to a source.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 13, 2016.