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Dow Futures Over 23,000: Dollar, Global Stocks Jump As China Congress Begins

World stocks stayed near peaks and currencies moved in tight ranges on Wednesday as China’s 19th Communist Party Congress opened while focus in Europe turned to speeches from top euro zone central bankers before next week’s key policy meeting, as well as Catalonia’s ultimatum due on Thursday. S&P futures are solidly in the green as usual, with Dow futures jumping ...

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Tech Vs. Trump: The Great Battle Of Our Time Has Begun

Authored by Niall Ferguson via The Spectator, Social media helped Donald Trump take the White House. Silicon Valley won’t let it happen again… In the 1962 Japanese sci-fi classic King Kong vs Godzilla, the two giant monsters fight to a stalemate atop Mount Fuji. I have been wondering for some time when the two giants of American social media would ...

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“Worse Than Big Tobacco”: How Big Pharma Fuels The Opioid Epidemic

Authored by Lynn Paramore via The Institute for New Economic Thinking, Once again, an out-of-control industry is threatening public health on a mammoth scale Over a 40-year career, Philadelphia attorney Daniel Berger has obtained millions in settlements for investors and consumers hurt by a rogues’ gallery of corporate wrongdoers, from Exxon to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. But when it comes to ...

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White House Says Trump’s “Calm Before The Storm” Comment Is “Extremely Serious”

Following President Trump’s “calm before the storm” comments last night, reporters tried to ask him once again what he meant today, to which he responded “you’ll see.” However, during The White House Press Briefing, Sarah Sanders replied to questions suggesting the President’s comments were “extremely serious,” however without offering an explanation. Sarah Sanders suggested POTUS “calm before the storm” comments ...

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The Catalan Chain Reaction

Authored by Andrew Korybko via Oriental Review, Catalonia’s drive for “independence” has unleashed a chain reaction of viral social media support that’s frighteningly resurrected civil war-era rhetoric, but the most dangerous consequences of this domino effect are yet to come if the separatists are ultimately successful in their quest. The Nostalgia Narrative The Catalan “independence” cause has taken the world ...

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Chris Hedges On The End Of Empire: “The Death Spiral Appears Unstoppable”

Authored by Chris Hedges via TruthDig.com, The American empire is coming to an end. The U.S. economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion around the globe. It is burdened by growing deficits, along with the devastating effects of deindustrialization and global trade agreements. Our democracy has been captured and destroyed by corporations that ...

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Robert Gore: “The US Has Become An Infantile Nation”

Authored by Robert Gore via Straight Line Logic, Looking for a good laugh? Consider the United States. Football is a tedious game that fills three-and-a-half hours of airtime with 30 minutes of action, commercials, commentary, instant replays, more instant replays, closeups of pretty cheerleaders, and halftime pageantry. The players are paid great gobs of money but run the risk of ...

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Macquarie Lashes Out At Dimon: “Modern Finance”, Not Bitcoin, Is The Real Fraud

While the establishment including various central banks, China (which has a “modest” capital flight problem), commercial banks such as JPM and especially its CEO Jamie Dimon who called Bitcoin a ‘fraud” similar to the tulip bubble of the 17th century, have come out as harsh opponents of cryptocurrencies, some notable “minority oppinions” have emerged in recent days, such as Morgan ...

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