Spain Moves Military Assets Into Catalonia Ahead Of Weekend’s ‘Illegal’ Secession Vote

Preocupant presncia de combois militars a les carreteres catalanes dies abans del #9N #VolemVotar #SS #intimidaci
— (@Llibertatcat) November 5, 2014

“Everything is all set for Nov. 9,” says a senior Catalan regional government official as the region prepares to defy both the central government and the country’s highest court and proceed with a much-disputed weekend vote on whether to secede from Spain. And while the Spanish government has not specified what legal consequences Catalan leaders, poll workers or voters might face Sunday, when they go to vote, The LA Times reports that Madrid has reportedly readied thousands of Civil Guard police officers to travel to Catalonia this weekend if needed.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/05/2014.

Oil Price Collapse Ricochets Around the World, Hits US Drillers, the Ruble … and Russia’s Probability of Default

Another 1998-ish Ruble crisis in the making? Lower oil prices drive #Russia's 5yr default probability to 16.9%.
— Holger Zschaepitz (@Schuldensuehner) November 4, 2014

As soon as word spread that Saudi Arabia’s Aramco cut prices, rather than production, for its US customers – though it raised prices for Asian and European customers – the price of WTI swooned $2 a barrel on Monday, then continued to plunge on Tuesday, briefly dropping below $76 a barrel, before recovering a smidgen. Prices not seen since mid-2012.
The Saudi price cut came on top of lagging economic growth and iffy demand in China and possibly a triple-dip recession in Europe, layered with what increasingly smells like an oil glut in the US where production from shale has been skyrocketing. If this price environment gets worse – and that seems to be the trend for the moment – the heat will spread to the US fracking industry.
Shale oil drillers will bleed, and some of them will crumble under the pile of debt they have issued. Plenty of investors – including those with conservative-sounding bond funds that are larded with energy junk bonds, and those with equity funds that have picked up the slew of recent energy IPOs – will lose their shirts. And if it lasts long enough, some states where oil has become the new economic lifeblood will get hit too. But mostly, in the vast and diversified US economy, it will be a minor squiggle, counterbalanced in part by the benefits of lower energy prices for consumers and businesses.
For Russia, the plunge in oil prices has a broader meaning. Russia’s economy and government have both become dependent on the hard-currency revenues generated by oil and gas exports. And the ruble has been plunging in sync with the price of oil:

This post was published at Wolf Street on November 4, 2014.

FBI Broke Multiple Laws When Entrapping 15-Year-Old With Fake AP Article

In 2007, the FBI used a fake news story and website that used the names of the AP and The Seattle Times to catch a bomb threat suspect.
Last week, documents revealing the deception were publicized on Twitter by Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union. They included a copy of the fake news story, headlined ‘Bomb threat at high school downplayed by local police department.’
Here’s a bit of background, from Fox News:
Police in suburban Lacey, near Olympia, sought the FBI’s help as repeated bomb threats prompted a week of evacuations and closures at Timberline High School in June 2007.
After police interviews of potential suspects came up empty, the agency obtained a warrant from a federal magistrate judge to send a ‘communication’ to a social media account associated with the bomb threats, with the idea of tricking the suspect into revealing his location, according to documents obtained by the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 3rd, 2014.

France denies warship delivery, as Russian bombers skirt E.U. airspace

France's controversial warship deal with Russia is hitting the headlines again, with a cacophony of statements and denials after a Russian minister published a French invitation to the hand-over ceremony.
Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin on Wednesday (29 October) published a letter on his Twitter page by the French constructor of Mistral warships, supposedly inviting Russian authorities to the ceremony in St. Nazaire on 14 November.
He tweeted that the Russian state-owned arms company Rosoboronexport was invited for the delivery of one ship and for next steps on construction of the second one in the contract.
But a spokesperson of the constructor (DCNS) said a few hours later that the Mistral delivery has not yet been confirmed.

This post was published at EU Observer

‘Godzilla’ Sunspot Takes Aim: X-Class Flare Thought To Be Responsible For Widespread Power Outages and Internet Problems

A massive sunspot dubbed ‘Active Region 2192′ has rotated into an earth-facing position. NASA says the Jupiter-sized magnetic anomaly on the sun is crackling with energy and several days ago it fired off an X-class flare right in earth’s direction. Then, yesterday, it launched another flare that was measured to be five times more powerful than the first.
Though the classification of both flares was fairly low and rated in the 1.0 to 2.0 X-class range, the earth’s power and internet infrastructure has experienced some unusual effects over the last 48 hours.
As of this morning, numerous power outages have been reported by internet providers, electrical utility companies, cable companies and even large inter-networks like and Amazon. The outages are being reported by users on Twitter all over the northern hemisphere, including from Canada all the way down to Boston. Many of the companies involved have suggested that the outages were planned or theresult of wind storms, but what is curious is that at the very same time all of these outages were being reported on earth, the National Weather Service’s National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) announced that their space-based satellite systems stopped reporting data.
Coincidence? Perhaps.
But an alternate theory is that the solar flares emitted by AR 2192 have something to do with it. How else can we explain widespread outages for literally hundreds of thousands of people occurring almost simultaneously at key utility and internet nodes across thousands of miles on earth, and happening in tandem with a breakdown in communications from the NCEP’s weather monitoring satellite?

This post was published at shtfplan on October 23rd, 2014.

New York’s First Ebola Case? Doctor Treating Ebola Patients In Guinea Rushed To Bellevue Hosptial

Possible NY #Ebola patient is Dr. Craig Spencer who works w/ Doctors Without Borders
— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) October 23, 2014

Just when you thought it was safe to assume that Ebola-in-America was fixed (one day into Ron Klain’s tenure as Ebola Czar), NYPost reports some rather disquieting news. A New York City doctor – who returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea 10 days ago – has been rushed under police escort to Bellevue Hospital… He is being tested for Ebola. Market liquidity has dried up instantly!

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/23/2014.

Saudi Cleric Blasts Twitter As “Source Of All Evil” As Riyal Slides To Lowest Since 2008

The last 2 days have seen enormous volatility in the Saudi Riyal exchange rate, purportedly oil-related FX hedging programs as the SAR dropped to its lowest sicne Dec 2008, but the most extreme ‘moves’ were left to The Kingdon’s top Muslim cleric. As The BBC reports, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, exclaimed that Twitter is “the source of all evil and devastation”. As the 12th most influential Muslim in the world, it perhaps matters that he says users were using Twitter to “promote lies, backbite and gossip and to slander Islam,” but citizens of Saudi Arabia, who are some of the heaviest users of Twitter, did not appreciate his remarks, summe dup by one tweet, “People need an outlet to express themselves, to start to disclose what’s hidden and drop the masks, without fear or commands, or censorship from anyone.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/22/2014.

ISIS Claims It Hit US Embassy In Baghdad’s Green Zone

“They know Baghdad. They’ve lived in Baghdad,” said Lt. Col Oliver North, warning over the weekend thatsources in Iraq believed ISIS was planning a “major attack” against the embassy in Baghdad. Yesterday we get some confirmation – via ISIS – that they did in fact reportedly strike the U. S. embassy in Baghdad. As Inquisitr reports, on Tuesday the Islamist militant group took credit for a mortar attack against the embassy in Baghdad. The group bragged about the attack on social media, claiming that there were likely casualties – ‘Four rockets strike Green Zone in #Baghdad; helicopters hovering over the Green Zone; ambulances heading that way after strikes!!’ one ISIS militant noted on Twitter. As North concludes, “They are at the gates of Baghdad. They’re coming for us.”
Clips posted by ISIS of the mortar attack…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/22/2014.

Officials Responding To “Possible Ebola Situation” Near Pentagon

Arlington County Fire Department and Fairfax County HAZMAT Teams are on the scene after a woman – alleged to have recently traveled from Liberia – fell ill and started vomiting in The Pentagon parking lot this morning. Arlington Public Health has activated its Emergency Operations Center to manage the incident.
Police, Feds, Health officials holding bus passengers after W Africa passenger vomited. #dc #ebola @wusa9
— Bruce Leshan (@BruceLeshan) October 17, 2014

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/17/2014.

Matt Drudge Tweets Dire Warning: ‘Self-Quarantine’

— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) October 15, 2014

The world’s leading news aggregator always stays on top of the most important stories in the world. With over a billion monthly visitors to his web site, it’s why thousands of media organizations follow his every post. Though seemingly a private person, there is no doubt that Matt Drudge has the inside scoop on many goings on in Washington and around the country. With contacts in high places, it stands to reason that the man behind the largest news source on the planet might get a heads up about key developments every so often.
Yesterday, after having completely wiped his social media Twitter account clean recently, Matt Drudge posted his first message in months.
It’s a simple message and very much to the point, but for those following the news of failing Ebola containment protocols it’s terrifying.

This post was published at shtfplan on October 16th, 2014.

Everything Breaks Again: Futures Tumble; Peripheral Yields Soar, Greek Bonds Crater

Yesterday afternoon’s “recovery” has come and gone, because just like that, in a matter of minutes, stuff just broke once again courtsy of a USDJPY which has been a one way liquidation street since hitting 106.30 just before Europe open to 105.6 as of this writing:
U. S. 10-YEAR TREASURY YIELD DROPS 15 BASIS POINTS TO 1.99% S&P FUTURES PLUNGE 23PTS, OR 1.2%, AS EU STOCKS DROP 2.54% This comes after futures actually were briefly green for the session earlier in the morning. The catalyst this time, however, is not some US fund liquidating or repositioning or new Ebola pandemic news, but all Europe:
GERMAN 10-YEAR BUND YIELD DROPS TO RECORD LOW 0.715% Only this time Europe is once again broken with periphery yields exploding, after Spain earlier failed to sell the maximum target of 3.5 billion in bonds, instead unloading only 3.2 billion, and leading to this:
PORTUGAL 10-YR BONDS EXTEND DROP; YIELD CLIMBS 30 BPS TO 3.58% IRISH 10-YEAR BONDS EXTEND DECLINE; YIELD RISES 20 BPS TO 1.90% SPANISH 10-YEAR BONDS EXTEND DROP; YIELD JUMPS 29 BPS TO 2.40% And the punchline, as usual, is Greece, whose 10 Year is now wider by over 1% on the session(!), to just about 9%.
Greece frightening. 10y yield 100 bps today to 8.85%, up more than 200 bps this week:
— Jamie McGeever (@ReutersJamie) October 16, 2014

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/16/2014.

As US Politicians Consider Travel Bans, Istanbul Quarantines Hospital Of Suspected Ebola Patient

stanbul'da Ebola karantinas
— NTV (@ntv) October 15, 2014

Istanbul’s Marmar University Training and Research Hospital is not accepting new patients after, as Daily Sabah reports, a person suspected of being infected with Ebola has been quarantined. The patient, who arrived by plane from Ivory Coast, is suffering high fever and nausea. While Lagos, Nigeria was CDC Director Frieden’s worst nightmare with regard Ebola contagion, we suspect Istanbul is a close second with over 14 million people living there. This news comes as US politicians begin to call for visa restrictions and travel bans from infected nations.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/15/2014.

Emirates Flight Quarantined In Boston’s Logan Airport Over Ebola Scare – Live Webcast

One of the reasons why the market sold off rapidly in the last hour or so, has been news out of Boston that an Emirates flights has been quarantined at Logan Airport, where as Fox Boston reports, according to the Massachusetts Port Authority, five passengers on an a flight from Dubai were experiencing flu-like symptoms. Crews are on the ground responding to the situation. Those passengers were not in West Africa, according to the agency. FOX 25’s Crystal Haynes reports that family members at Logan Airport who have been in contact with the passengers on the flight are saying that each passenger is being evaluated one-by-one. The passengers, Haynes reports, are being told to be patient. At least one emergency responder in hazmat gear has boarded the flight.
Emergency crews respond to an Emirates flight that just landed at Logan Airport. More details as we get them #fox25
— FOX 25 News Boston (@fox25news) October 13, 2014

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/13/2014.

Passenger With Ebola Symptoms Quarantined At Las Vegas Airport

Six ambulances have surrounded a plane this morning at McCarran International Airport amid reports that a passenger on a Delta flight from New York is showing symptoms similar to Ebola, according to NBC3 local news.
Delta Airlines Flight 404 at Terminal 1, Gate D40 is the focus of the medical response.
UMC officials say they have been placed on stand-by to receive patients.
Breaking: Passengers arriving in Las Vegas delayed exit from plane due to passenger(s) with fever. #Ebola #LasVegas
— Jason Frank (@INTJerk) October 10, 2014

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/10/2014.

Stocks Bounce On Report Ukraine, Rebels Sign “Demarcation Line” Deal

Two months ago, US and European equity markets exploded higher after RIA tweeted that Russia sought a de-escalation in Ukraine. Today, after an ugly week of higher volatility and even higher anxiety, RIA is at it again, tweeting the following – Kiev agrees to withdraw troops from several Eastern Ukraine cities – DPR leader Zakharchenko – and stocks have started to ramp…
BREAKING: Kiev agrees to withdraw troops from several Eastern Ukraine cities – DPR leader Zakharchenko
— RIA Novosti (@ria_novosti) October 10, 2014

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/10/2014.

Twitter sues to Reveal Extent of Surveillance

Twitter Inc filed a lawsuit against the U. S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, intensifying its battle with federal agencies as the Internet industry’s champion of free speech seeks the right to reveal the extent of U. S. government surveillance. The technology industry is realizing that the NSA has ruined the industry’s image and business worldwide. They act as if they could never fight crime before smartphones and the internet.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Oct 8, 2014.

Turkey In Turmoil After Tanks Roll Out To Stop Deadly Protests; Stocks Tumble

While geopolitics has largely dropped of the front news page, replaced by updates on the global Ebola epidemic (which until recently was considered nothing but fearmongering by those who prefer to avoid reality ews until it is far too late), things in the Middle East are getting worse, and while the US attack against ISIS has achieved absolutely nothing (in fact, the revelation of US strategies may have facilitated the incursion of ISIS into the town of Kobani, a mostly Kurdish city in north Syria), the latest geopolitical hotspot over the past few days has become NATO member Turkey (we provided a big picture summary in “Turkey, The Kurds And Iraq – The Prize & Peril Of Kirkuk“). It is here that violent clashes broke out across the southeast of the nation with several people reported dead and curfews imposed, as the region’s Kurdish people protested the advance of Islamic State just across the border with Syria.
As Bloomberg reports, demonstrators clashed with police and in some areas with members of local Islamist groups, according to Turkish media. Haberturk website said that five people were killed in Diyarbakir, Turkey’s largest Kurdish city. A curfew was imposed there at 10 p.m. local time as well as in Mardin, Siirt, Batman and Van, according to Hurriyet newspaper.
The reason for the anger: Syrian Kurdish fighters are battling to prevent Islamic State militants from overrunning Kobani, a mostly Kurdish city in north Syria a couple of miles south of the Turkish border. Kurds have blamed the Turkish government for not doing enough to help the Kurds of Kobani.
As a result, Twitter is overrun with photos such as the following:
#Kurdistan: Turkish army being deployed in the city of #Amed (#Diyarbakr), kinda reminds of #Homs in spring 2011
— Thomas van Linge (@arabthomness) October 8, 2014

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/08/2014.

Dallas Officials Looking For Missing “Low Risk” Potential Ebola Patient As CDC ‘Almost’ Admit Ebola Is Airborne

How contagious is Ebola? Less than you'd think. (NPR)
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) October 5, 2014

The good news – CDC Director Frieden says the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria ‘may’ be over (but can’t yet give “all clear”).
The bad news – the US Ebola patient has taken a turn for the worse; Dallas officials are looking for a missing homeless man who may have Ebola contact; and CDC Director Frieden warned that “in theory, a sneeze or cough could spread the virus from someone experiencing Ebola symptoms.”
The ‘Good’ News…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/05/2014.

OccupyCentral Protesters End Government Building Blockade After Hong Kong Police Unleash Tear Gas, Pepper Spray “To Avoid Injuries”

UPDATE: According to the latest feed from OccupyCentral, protesters are refusing to leave the Lung Wo Road government building blockade…
Protesters in Lung Wo Rd are returning to the Chief Exec's office despite earlier announcement some were leaving
— Occupy Central (@OCLPHK) October 5, 2014

After a night of ‘some’ discussions and a re-escalation of violence – which saw police use tear gas and pepper spray (in their words avoiding the use of batons and “reducing injuries”), OccupyCentral protesters have decided to leave the area outside the Hong Kong office of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in Mong Kok. Protesters are reportedly moving back towards the Admiralty site where thousands remain ahead of tomorrow’s deadline ultimatum from the HK leader. Officials are in full court press PR mode, explaining on every TV channel and media outlet just how significant the disruptions will be on Monday to the general public (notably the older generation as 95% of OccupyCentral protesters are between 15 and 25). Protest leaders have agreed to continue dialog with the government if protest sites are protected and while tomorrow’s deadline may see more escalation (in the name of public order), as The Telegraph notes, given the age of the protesters, Hong Kong could face decades of protests.
Occupy Central’s official Twitter feed appears to show the protesters agreeing to leave the government building blockade

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/05/2014.