Canada Kills Plan To Buy Boeing Super Hornet Jets Amid Growing Trade Feud

The growing trade feud between the US and Canada escalated overnight when Ottawa announced it was scrapping a plan to buy 18 F-18 Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets amid a deepening dispute with the U. S. aerospace company, Reuters reported. In a snub to the US, Canada’s Liberal government will instead announce that intends to acquire a used fleet of older Australia F-18 jets, the same kind of plane Canada currently operates.
The unexpected decision demonstrates Ottawa’s anger at a recent decision by Boeing to launch a trade challenge against Canadian planemaker Bombardier which Beoing accuses of dumping airliners on the American market. It also puts into question the future of Boeing’s military sales in Canada, which however is a two-edged sword: Boeing says its commercial and defense operations in Canada support more than 17,000 Canadian jobs.
The trade spat comes as Canada and Mexico are locked into increasingly acrimonious negotiations with the United States over the NAFTA trade pact.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 6, 2017.

In 300 Years, There Are Only 300 Japanese Left…

Via GEFIRA,
The world’s third largest economy has an aging and shrinking population and will simply disappear. The low fertility is not unique to Japan. The same problem besets Taiwan, China and Korea as well as the United States and Europe. In the West the establishment has opted for population replacement.
Countries like the UK, France and Sweden see a population growth only thanks to mass migration from Africa and Central Asia. The US replenished its dwindling population stock with migrants from Mexico to such an extent that in some counties Spanish is now the language of the majority.
After the Second World War Japan experienced the post-war baby boom. In 1948 a law was passed, most probably serving American interests, enabling easy access to abortion. At that time the fertility rate (average number of children born to a woman over her lifetime) was more or less stable – about 2.1 – which is the level needed to maintain population. However, in 1973 it started to decline rapidly and in 2005 it reached the lowest value of 1.26; in the same year the number of deaths has been higher than the number of births. Nowadays it stands at about 1.46.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 5, 2017.

Why Is An Appendectomy In The United States 10 Times More Expensive Than An Appendectomy In Mexico?

This is what can happen when you go to a socialized healthcare system. A lot of people out there believe that the United States has a free market healthcare system, but that is actually not true. The percentage of the population that receives government-subsidized healthcare is rapidly approaching 50 percent, and the healthcare industry may be the most heavily regulated sector of the entire U. S. economy. Every year the rules, red tape and regulations seem to get even worse, and every year health insurance premiums rise much faster than the overall rate of inflation. If we don’t start applying free market principles and start getting healthcare costs under control, our entire healthcare system could very easily implode.
I would like to share with you an excerpt from an article by former DEA agent David Hathaway. According to Hathaway, the average cost for an appendectomy in the United States is $33,000…
My son had an attack of appendicitis late Saturday night. I knew that the Obamacare inflated prices for surgery in the U. S. would be ridiculous and that the service would likely be impersonal, involve long waits, and be nerve-wracking. I have friends in the medical field so I inquired just for grins. The price for the latest routine appendectomy in my area was, my jaw dropped, $43,000. I read on-line that the average cost for an appendectomy in the U. S. is $33,000. I am not near some of the great direct-pay medical facilities in the U. S. like the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, but I am near Mexico. I chose that option since I have often utilized foreign medical and dental facilities in the past and find the service and prices to be outstanding.
You can buy a very nice brand new car for $33,000.

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on December 4th, 2017.

So When Are You Gonna Act, America?

That would be “never”, right?
You’d think I’d killed a cat on national television yesterday with my article on where Trump sits right now in regard to Flynn’s guilty plea. The claims of incipient (in other words, “you’re guilty even though you haven’t done it yet”) bad faith on my part, including “wow, man, I’m gonna archive this post before you change it” crap on Twatter, never mind the hate-email, rivaled that which I got back when I started the series on Obama and his little document forgery exercise.
Never mind more than 10 years of reporting on political sleaze in this country on both sides of the aisle. I call ’em like I see ’em, and who gets pissed off about that doesn’t bother me in the least.
Here’s the real issue and why it’s barely worth the time to write on anything any more. Despite utterly irrefutable evidence, as it’s been admitted, that Hillary not only broke the law when it comes to classified information our government has, in prison right now, people it has jailed for doing far less than she did, some of whom were active service members that never let any of the information travel beyond their personal devices (unlike Hillary who both did and intended to — cough-Huma-cough-cough), despite clear evidence and admissions that our own FBI and BATFE intentionally ran guns into the Mexico, including weapons that were then used to murder a border agent, despite proof that Herr Clinton sold targeting technology to the ****ing Chinese in exchange for illegal campaign contributions in the 1990s while knowing at the time that the Chinese had stolen an advanced nuclear warhead design from us not one economic or political retributive action was taken in response and in fact hundreds of billions a year in trade deficit has continued to accumulate since under every single Administration and Congress forward, both Republican and Democrat.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-12-02.

Trump Slams “Disgraceful Verdict” After San Francisco Jury Acquits “Kate’s Law”-Victim’s Killer

Update 2: Just as we suspected, President Trump has tweeted his opinion on this decision…
A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2017

Update 1: AP reports that U. S. immigration officials say they will deport the Mexican man found not guilty of murder in San Francisco pier shooting.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 1, 2017.

Iran Vows To Send Fleet Of Warships To Gulf Of Mexico “In The Near Future”

Pretty soon the scenes of tiny Iranian speedboats taunting U. S. Naval Destroyers may not be confined to just the Persian Gulf as Iran’s new naval commander has vowed to send warships to the Gulf of Mexico “in the near future.” Per NBC:
Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi said plans were being drawn up for vessels to be deployed to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean “in the near future.” They would also visit South American countries, he added. Speaking at his first press conference since being appointed, Khanzadi promised his navy would “wave the flag of our country in the Gulf of Mexico.”
He pointed out that “the appearance of our vessels in the Mediterranean and Suez Canal shocked the world and the U. S. also made comments on it.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 24, 2017.

COREY FELDMAN NAMES 2ND ABUSER, A CURRENT HOLLYWOOD INSIDER WHO OWNED AN ELITE CLUB FOR CHILDREN

Corey Feldman just named his second abuser who still works in Hollywood and owned the most popular elite teen club in the city which catered to child stars.
Hollywood, CA – On Monday, Corey Feldman went on the Dr. Oz show again and revealed the name of another of his alleged abusers. While the first abuser was a low-life convicted child molester who fled to Mexico, the second one is still working in the industry. The alleged abuser, Alphy Hoffman also owned the most famous teen club in Hollywood that catered to underage child actors during the time Feldman was molested.
On his second appearance on the show, Feldman described his experience with Hoffman in detail.
‘Well he was the guy who ran Alphy’s Soda Pop Club, and, uh, I met him when I was 12 years old,’ Feldman said on ‘Dr. Oz.’ ‘He came to my house to pick me up in his car, and I had heard rumors that he threw the coolest parties in town and he was very connected.’
Feldman explained to Dr. Oz that Alphy Hoffman was the son of Bobby Hoffman, a major casting director at the time, who died in 1993.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on NOVEMBER 14, 2017.

TEXAS CHURCH SHOOTER: Years Before ‘Soft Target’ Attack, Gunman Tried to Carry Out Death Threats on CIA Linked Air Force Base

The gunman named in a mass shooting that was said to have killed 26 people at a small church outside of San Antonio was convicted by the military several years before the tragic attack in 2012.
This past week new information concerning the apparent First Baptist Church gunman 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, revealed that the previously convicted Air Force airman was already well-known to authorities via his ‘bad conduct discharge’ from the military in 2012. The recent acknowledgement in Kelley’s case history, coupled with his unusually relaxed plea bargain deal, has only prompted more questions from those concerned about the most recent high-profile mass shooting in America.
According to officials, the Sutherland Springs shooting at the First Baptist Church may have been caused by a domestic dispute involving Kelley and his ex-mother-in-law Michelle Shields. However, it turns out that Shields was not present at church services on the morning of the mass shooting, although her mother was named as one of the victims.
A more precise motive in the deadly Sutherland Springs massacre has yet to be uncovered by authorities…
The Texas Church Shooter
While many in media have focused on the military’s inability to log Devin Patrick Kelley’s domestic violence court-martial case into a federal database, a police report from 2012 revealed that the gunman named in the First Baptist Church shooting had been previously caught attempting to sneak firearms onto a CIA linked military base in New Mexico where he was stationed. The El Paso police report concluded that after Kelley escaped the mental health facility believed to be Peak Behavioral Health Services Center in Santa Teresa, he sought to carry out death threats against his superiors at New Mexico’s Holloman Air Force base.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 13, 2017.

Get Politics And Religious Bigotry Out of The Law

We’re supposed to be better than that, and maybe we finally are…..
For the first time, a majority of Republicans are in favor of legalizing marijuana, according to a Gallup poll out Wednesday.
Fifty-one percent of Republicans tell Gallup that, yes, marijuana should be legal, up from 42 percent last year.
That support has led to a whopping two-thirds of Americans (64 percent) supporting pot legalization, the highest ever recorded by Gallup. Gallup has data on the question since 1969.
Marijuana was made illegal in the United States on the back of a campaign financed and promoted by the Hearst paper empire, which was deeply concerned about the ability of hemp to displace wood pulp for paper production. The Hearsts owned vast expanses of pulp wood forest along with newspapers and used the latter to protect the former by driving public opinion about marijuana — thereby effectively outlawing hemp.
Then there was the raw xenophobic and intentional lies spun in movies like Reefer Madness, which made the claim that Mexicans like to smoke weed (possibly true) but after doing so inevitably became raving animals who would uncontrollably******white women. It was therefore essential to prohibit marijuana, you see.
That is what actually happened folks. It was an intentional lie then and still is today.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-11-08.

What The ACTUAL ****?

From the AP:
He was committed to a mental health facility in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, but at some point escaped and was later found by police at a bus station in downtown El Paso in June 2012.
That makes two separate instances regarding the Texas Church Nutjob in which a government agency failed to comply with the law and as a direct result people are dead.
I remind you that involuntary commitment (which requires adjudication of mental incapacity under due process of law!) to a mental facility is also disqualifying for firearms purchases.
You cannot “escape” unless you were there involuntarily!
This is not a “mental health problem at the highest level” as Trump has said. Many people are mentally ill but it takes criminally gross negligence for multiple government agencies and parties to know about that, have both a legal requirement and duty to report same to the appropriate parties and willfully ignore said legal requirement and duty.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-11-07.

This Chart Should Make President Trump Smile

If there is one thing we know about President Trump, it is that he likes “winning,” and that means someone else is “losing.” If the following chart is anything to go by (and anything but ‘transitory’) then President Trump should be smiling…

While US manufacturing is rebounding back to cycle highs, Mexico’s manufacturing economy has collapsed into contraction to record lows as the natural disaster that hit Mexico led to a deterioration in the health of the manufacturing sector in October, with companies signalling lower output and new orders.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 1, 2017.

Opiods and Insanity

64,000 dead last year, roughly, from unintentional drug overdoses.
An over 100% increase in opiod deaths in the last few years, and several hundred percent among synthetic opiods such as fentanyl.
Most abuse deaths start with prescription drugs.
There are myriad overlapping issues involved here. The profit motive among drug companies and doctors figures into the problem. The utterly ridiculous amount of synthetic opiod that comes in from China (illegally) to Mexico and then the US is a major component as well. Congress passed a law a few years ago (by voice vote — unanimous consent!) that made cracking down on abusive prescription opiod shipments harder and, in some cases, impossible — lobbied for by, you guessed it, the drug industry.
Then there’s Afghanistan. Guess what one of their primary crops is? Why are we there again, exactly?
Opiods have their place in pain management, most-particularly in patients where nobody cares if addiction occurs. Hospice is the obvious (and utterly defensible) example. But I can tell you with absolute certainty that when those meds are “diverted”, even when it’s detected literally within hours and the person who did so couldn’t have ingested all of it yet (they’d be very dead), it is basically never investigated and prosecuted despite being a serious criminal offense.
I’m not guessing here folks — I know this as fact.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-10-27.

GOOGLE DRONES WILL BEGIN TEST DROPPING BURRITOS INTO YARDS IN AUSTRALIA

The future of burrito delivery has arrived in Australia. Google drones will soon be able to drop burritos into the yards of customers in the land down under.
The plan for Google affiliate Project Wing, which on Tuesday announced new tests of its drone delivery service with two Australian businesses, a Mexican taqueria chain, and a drugstore company, is to drop piping hot burritos into people’s yards. Last year, Wing launched a pilot program with the University of Virginia thanks to a Federal Aviation Authority-approved partnership with Chipotle.
According to The Verge, Wing’s drones will be delivering third-party products in Australia to individual homes. Australia is a more fertile testing ground for drone delivery technology because of its lax regulatory environment. For example, last year, Wing had to deliver to Virginia Tech students in a large open field. Strict FAA regulations, along with leadership changes, have also made it difficult for Wing to secure more partnerships in the US.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on OCTOBER 17, 2017.

Trump And Bannon Make Up: Breitbart Chief Slams Vanity Fair, Predicts Huge Victory For Trump In 2020

The original, populist, “grassroots” Trump, the one who won the elections before surrounding himself with various Goldman Sachs-derived advisors, made a solid comeback this past week: just consider the flurry of recent actions undertaken by the president.
When Trump ran for president last year, he frequently said that only he ‘alone’ could fix the nation’s problems. But once he took office, Trump attempted to follow the lead of Republicans on Capitol Hill, and he watched with dismay how little movement was made on priorities such as healthcare, immigration, and national security. And, after weeks of seeing his agenda imperiled by Republican divisions and infighting among his aides, Trump became a whirlwind of activity this week, reasserting his campaign priorities and trying to deliver wins for his fervent but frustrated base of supporters.
Indeed, Trump took steps to dramatically undercut the Obamacare health system, sent notice he was willing to scuttle the nuclear deal with Iran, moved to roll back coal-plant limits, and again demanded a wall along the Mexican border. In doing so, Trump reverting back to conflicts and fights that defined the core of his campaign, and which drifted as Trump became increasingly more institutionalized by the Washington swamp. Meanwhile, on Twitter Trump increasingly relished his feuds with the news media, senior Republicans in Congress, and National Football League players who have protested during the national anthem.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 14, 2017.

Democrat AGs From 18 States Sue To Keep Obamacare Subsidies, But Who Really Benefits?

It did not take long for democrats to respond to Trump’s executive order halting key subsidies known as Cost-Sharing Reductions or CSRs to insurers.
On Friday, just hours after the executive order was signed, Democratic attorneys general from eighteen states as well as Washington D. C., sued President Trump’s administration to stop him from scrapping a critical component of Obamacare – insurer subsidies that allow millions of low-income people pay medical expenses, even as Trump invited Democratic leaders to negotiate a deal. The states include: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington state.
The suit follows the administration’s announced plans to end the payments next week; Trump said he would dismantle Obamacare ‘step by step.’ His latest action raised concerns about chaos in insurance markets. Frustrated by the failure of Republicans who control both houses of Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, Trump’s action took aim at a critical element of Obama’s signature 2010 law. ‘As far as the subsidies are concerned, I don’t want to make the insurance companies rich,’ Trump told reporters at the White House. ‘They’re making a fortune by getting that kind of money.’
On Saturday morning, Trump doubled down, tweeting that “Health Insurance stocks, which have gone through the roof during the ObamaCare years, plunged yesterday after I ended their Dems windfall!”
Health Insurance stocks, which have gone through the roof during the ObamaCare years, plunged yesterday after I ended their Dems windfall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2017

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 14, 2017.

Too Good For Too Long

I’m writing this from my home in Sonoma County at the end of an intense week of witnessing firsthand the devastation caused by the many current fires burning in northern California. While it’s hard to focus on anything other than the moment-to-moment developments of this still-unfolding disaster (which I’ve been chronicling here), it’s already clear that the implications for my part of the state will last for many, many years to come.
It’s amazing how instantly the status quo where I live has changed. The world my neighbors and I lived in when we all went to bed on Sunday night simply no longer existed by the time we woke up on Monday morning. Lives have been lost. Entire neighborhoods — thousands of homes — have burned to the ground. Businesses, hospitals and schools are now shuttered.
Having now experienced this personally — on top of watching news reports over the previous weeks of similarly abrupt “before/after” transitions in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, Mexico City, Las Vegas and Catalonia — I have a new-found appreciation for the maxim that when it arrives, change happens quickly — usually much more quickly than folks ever imagined, catching the general public off-guard and unprepared.
We humans tend to think linearly and comparatively. In other words, we usually assume the near future will look a lot like the recent past. And it does much of the time.
But other times it doesn’t. And that’s where the danger lies.
The Cruel Math
In 1987 a Danish physicist named Per Bak released a landmark paper introducing the concept of self-organized criticality. Bak observed that complex systems draw stability through an ongoing cycle of corrective collapses that keep the overall system from becoming too over-extended.

This post was published at PeakProsperity on Friday, October 13, 2017,.

White House Reveals What It Wants In Exchange For Keeping “Dreamers”

On Sunday night, the White House revealed that it is seeking more funds from Congress to fund Trump’s wall along the U. S.-Mexico border, more resources to hire thousands more immigration officers, cutting the number of new legal immigrants and generally demanding a steep price for legislation under consideration to help so-called Dreamers. According to the WSJ, “the White House documents, sent to congressional leaders in both parties on Sunday, amount to a lengthy wish list of longstanding conservative immigration goals.” While White House officials told reporters that they want these to be included in any immigration deal, they stopped short of saying the White House will insist on them.
As The Hill adds, Trump’s new “immigration principles and policies” call for a crackdown on border security, more resources to catch individuals residing in the country illegally, as well as a merit-based system that limits chain migration to spouses and children.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 9, 2017.

TRUMP’S BORDER WALL APPROVED BY HOUSE PANEL, INCLUDES DRONES, DNA COLLECTION, BIOMETRIC SCANS

Trump’s border wall moved one step closer to becoming reality, but will Americans be forced to give up privacy in the name of security?
The House Homeland Security Committee has approved a border security bill which includes $10 billion for Trump’s proposed border wall. Supporters of The Border Security for America Act say it is necessary to stop illegal immigration and violence along the U. S.-Mexico border. However, opponents of the bill are concerned about provisions for drones, DNA collection, social media monitoring, and license plate scanning along the border.
On Wednesday the committee debated the impact the border wall would have on border communities and the local environment, but ultimately the bill was passed with a vote of 18-12. Originally introduced by committee Chairman Michael McCaul, the bill now heads to the House floor for a full debate. The bill currently has 62 co-sponsors.
McCaul said the bill was necessary to ‘achieve full operational control and situational awareness’ of the border and to help put ‘more boots on the ground.’
‘Now that we have a partner in the White House who has made this a top priority, it’s time to send a bill to President Trump’s desk so we can deliver the American people the security they have long demanded and deserve,’ McCaul said.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on OCTOBER 6, 2017.