Jonathan Gruber Spawns Hashtags and Hilarious Videos As a little addendum to our recent look at the arrogant, but surprisingly honest (in unguarded moments) government advisor Jonathan Gruber, we would note that he has by now spawned numerous Twitter hashtags. These range from the simple #Gruber, to #GruberGate, to #Grubered.
The latter specifically has probably a very good chance of becoming a widely used figure of speech (see conclusion for a practical application).
In addition, people have become busy putting together videos, making liberal use of the fact-checking powers of the inter-tubes. What have politicians said about Mr. Gruber in the past and what are they saying about him now?
Examples of then: ‘He’s one of the best outside experts’, ‘…using super-duper computer models and helping the CBO’, ‘Most respected economist’, etc.
Examples of ‘now’: ‘Don’t know who he is. He never helped us write any bill.’ ‘Some outside advisor, he never worked on our staff.’ ‘I completely disagree with him’, ‘Errr….aaah’, etc.
Here is an especially hilarious example of these videos that we felt we had to share with our readers:

Something bothered us when seeing and hearing the president assert that Gruber ‘expressed an opinion that…err… I comletely disagree with…wrrrs…in term of, of the voters…’. A quick Google search of ‘how to spot when someone is lying’ yields several indications that he didn’t really mean it, chiefly among them ‘change of head position’, ‘difficulty of actually speaking’, ‘repetitiveness’, ‘standing very still’, ‘having an answer for everything’, ‘not making eye contact’, ‘odd micro-expressions’, ‘pointing a lot’ (note how Mr. Obama attempts to suppress this reflex but is still pointing up with his thumbs at the decisive moment).
We personally have not the slightest doubt that the president’s opinion of the US electorate is in agreement with Gruber’s even without body language voodoo (it admittedly is a somewhat dubious science, as the Pentagon found out when it spent $300,000 for an analysis of Vladimir Putin’s body language. In this case though, our gut feelings are probably accurate.
Speaking of money, we must correct a certain point we mentioned in ‘Dr. Gurber, Wie Geht’s Dir’: the good man did not get paid $400,000 for his consulting work on Obamacare. That is just what the State of Vermont is paying him for advising on its implementation. He actually got $6 million all in all. We already suspected that the figure of $400,000 was a bit too low for ‘one of the most respected economists his super-duper computer models’.

This post was published at Acting-Man on November 19, 2014.

Protesters Rally in Kiev Demanding Bank Deposits Back: Reports

Ukrainians gathered outside the National Bank headquarters in Kiev on Friday, demanding their deposits back from VAB Bank.
Demonstrators are holding banners and placards calling for the VAB’s main shareholder, Oleh Bakhmatiuk, “to return the money,” according to photos posted by freelance journalist Volodymyr Solohub on Twitter.
Since early October, VAB Bank has been delaying the return of deposits to its clients, with Ukrainian media speculating on its possible bankruptcy.

This post was published at Sputnik News

Congress Passes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, Senate Can’t Block, Obama Veto To Come?

BREAKING: House approves #KeystoneXL pipeline, raises pressure on Pres Obama to act #4jobs: pic.twitter.com/RtmEvogSX8
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) November 14, 2014

As somewhat expected the House passed the Keystone XL Pipeline approval bill:
*HOUSE PASSES KEYSTONE APPROVAL BILL 252-161; SENATE VOTE NOV 18 It is relatively clear that the Senate does not have the votes to be able to overturn and thus it will be forced on to President Obama’s desk – “to veto” or “not to veto.”
As Reuters reports,
“We are going to make it as easy as possible for the Senate to finally get a bill to the president’s desk that approves this long-overdue Keystone XL pipeline,” said Republican Representative Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, who is sponsoring the House bill.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/14/2014.

Ron Paul: What The Mid-Term Elections Really Mean For Peace And Liberty

Did the election last week really mean that much? I took to my Twitter account on Tuesday to point out that the change in control of the Senate from Democrat to Republican actually means very little, despite efforts by politicians and the mainstream media to convince us otherwise. Yes, power shifted, I wrote. But the philosophy on Capitol Hill changed very little. The warfare/welfare state is still alive and well in Washington.
Some were critical of my comment that, ‘Republican control of the Senate equals expanded neo-con wars in Syria and Iraq. Boots on the ground are coming!’
But unfortunately my fears were confirmed even sooner than I thought. Shortly after the vote, President Obama announced that he would double the number of US troops on the ground in Iraq and request another $5.6 billion to fight his war in the Middle East.
The President also said on Wednesday that he would seek a new authorization for the use of force in Iraq and Syria. He said that a new authorization was needed to reflect, ‘not just our strategy over the next two or three months, but our strategy going forward.’
That sounds like boots on the ground in an endless war.

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


Russia continues to test the West’s patience as more Russian jets are intercepted over NATO airspace. Incidents on November 6 and 8 put the total of 2014 interceptions over 100, which is three times more than 2013. On Thursday, NATO fighter jets diverted a Russian IL-20 surveillance plane over the Baltic Sea near Latvia. Latvia’s army confirmed the incident on their Twitter account. Two Canadian RCAF CF-18 Hornets intercepted another IL-20 near Lithuania on Saturday.
NATO said these Russian planes do not use on-board transponders used for surveillance. The organization said the plans ‘pose a potential risk to civil aviation as civilian air traffic control cannot detect these aircraft or ensure there is no interference with civilian air traffic.’
NATO was busy the last three days of October when they ‘tracked Russian military planes that included fighter jets, long-range bombers and tankers over the Baltic region, the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.’ Jets deterred over nineteen Russian planes just on October 29

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on Nov 10, 2014.

Brussels Police Fire Tear Gas After Austerity ‘Protesters Overturned Cars, Lit Fires’

About 100,000 Belgians are in the streets of #Brussels fighting for a brighter kind of society! #NoFlemish pic.twitter.com/tHDiSJQXYw
— Furio B (@furiothinks) November 6, 2014

Belgium’s new center-right government imposed the austerity measures to cover budget shortfalls, prompting harsh reactions from the population.
The BBC said:
Belgium’s new government plans to raise the pension age, freeze wages and make public service cuts to meet EU targets.

This post was published at shtfplan on November 7th, 2014.

Ukraine Begins “Large-Scale” Offensive In Donetsk; “War Has Resumed” Rebel Leader Warns; Russian Stocks, Currency Crashing

Ukraine unilateral cancellation truce #Debaltseve#Happiness#Volnovaha #Donetsk#Makiyivka#Yasinovataya heavy fighting pic.twitter.com/u1ZyqPOjer
— narwhal8915 (@Narwhal8915) November 6, 2014

Ebola is solved. Oil price drops are “unequivocally good news”. The US election is positive. Draghi promised to do whatever it takes again. And Ukraine is in ceasefire. So why is it that Donetsk’s Deputy Prime Minister Andriy Purgin claims Ukrainian security officials have started full-scale fighting, clashing 26 times today according to Ukraine military.y. With tanks advancing, Purgin exclaims,“now there is a full-scale war… attacking us, we are defending.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/06/2014.

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 pic.twitter.com/lHT2HGA2jn
— Llibertat.cat (@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%. pic.twitter.com/OgEnyBCfrV
— 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 MSN.com 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 pic.twitter.com/Dlu6xoEm32
— 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 pic.twitter.com/3wrYaGnWgA
— 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 atDrudgeReport.com, 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: pic.twitter.com/lUm89S1CkM
— 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 pic.twitter.com/ZLkiPJKaPo
— 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 pic.twitter.com/VCRcgtx3DZ
— FOX 25 News Boston (@fox25news) October 13, 2014

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