• Category Archives Civil Unrest
  • Brown University To Offer Segregated Student Dinners For Black, Muslim Students

    University will host dinners as part of ‘racial reconciliation’ program
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    To promote ‘racial reconciliation’ after the deadly clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville last month, Brown University plans to offer segregated events to its black students and female Muslim students.
    The university received a $30,000 grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, which represents liberal arts schools, to create a campus center whose mission is to ‘break down racial hierarchies and create a positive narrative about race in the community,’ according to The Brown Daily Herald.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 18, 2017.


  • Hurricane Irma Strenghtens To “Extremely Dangerous” Category 5, Eastern Caribbean On Lockdown

    Irma has strengthened to an “extremely dangerous” Category 5 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said in its advisory at 7:45am AST. According to the Hurricane center, NOAA and Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft data indicate Hurricane Irma has intensified into an “extremely dangerous” Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale with maximum winds of 175 mph (280 km/h) with higher gusts.
    Recon finds surface winds of 152 knots (175 mph) in #Irma's right front quadrant. Holy crap. pic.twitter.com/YhkyPqaJXz
    — Eric Webb (@webberweather) September 5, 2017

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


  • Hurricane Harvey Looters Targeting Fuel Tanks As Google Searches For “How To Siphon Gas” Soar

    Texas resident Joe Roan woke up to a rather unpleasant surprise yesterday morning as he discovered the remnants of a would-be thief attempting to steal gasoline from his Jeep Wrangler tank. Unfortunately, as a local CBS affiliate pointed out last night, with refinery outages resulting in growing gasoline shortages, this is becoming a rather common occurrence for Texas residents.
    Joe Roan didn’t witness the crime, but he found the evidence in his driveway. ‘I came outside this morning and found this water hose was sticking out,’ he said, holding the hose a thief left hanging out of his Jeep’s tank.
    On the ground sat a gas tank.
    ‘Instantly I knew someone was trying to steal my gas,’ he said. ‘Maybe a car drove by when they were doing it and they ran? I don’t know.’
    Roan said the thief didn’t even manage to get any fuel.

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


  • Driver Arrested After Running Over Three Protesters At St. Louis Transgender Rally

    Less than two weeks after a driver in Charlottesville, Virginia slammed into a crowd of counter-protesters demonstrating against a rally held by white nationalists, killing a 32-year-old woman, on Wednesday night a driver in St. Louis was taken into custody after hitting three protesters who blocked traffic during a march for a transgender woman shot and killed by police a day earlier, local media reported.
    According to Reuters, the unidentified driver of a black Mercedes was taken into custody for felony fleeing, a block away from where a man and two women suffered minor injuries after they were hit by his car, said Schron Jackson, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Police Department.
    Pix from car that drove through protesters, car stopped was surrounded, then drove through, one person ended up on hood, only minor injuries pic.twitter.com/EYNxSJARoF
    — David Carson (@PDPJ) August 24, 2017

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


  • What Would A U.S. Civil War Look Like?

    Yes, there is a civil war looming in the United States.
    But it will not look like the orderly pattern of descent which characterized the conflict of 1861-65. It will appear more like the Yugoslavia break-up, or the Russian and Chinese civil wars of the 20th Century.
    It will appear as an evolving chaos.
    And the next US civil war, though it yet may be arrested to a degree by the formal hand of centralized gov-ernment, will destabilize many other nation-states, including the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 22, 2017.


  • Why Was This ‘Crowd Hire’ Company Recruiting $25 An Hour ‘Political Activists’ In Charlotte Last Week?

    Trump ignited a political firestorm yesterday during an impromptu press conference in which he said there was “blame on both sides” for the tragic events that occurred in Charlottesville over the weekend.
    Now, the discovery of a craigslist ad posted last Monday, almost a full week before the Charlottesville protests, is raising new questions over whether paid protesters were sourced by a Los Angeles based “public relations firm specializing in innovative events” to serve as agitators in counterprotests.
    The ad was posted by a company called “Crowds on Demand” and offered $25 per hour to “actors and photographers” to participate in events in the “Charlotte, NC area.” While the ad didn’t explicitly define a role to be filled by its crowd of “actors and photographers” it did ask applicants to comment on whether they were “ok with participating in peaceful protests.” Here is the text from the ad:
    Actors and Photographers Wanted in Charlotte

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 16, 2017.


  • Social Media Teaches Neo-Nazis – And Everyone Else – An Important Lesson

    The white supremacists who descended on Charlottesville, VA last weekend seem to have forgotten why their grandpappies wore hoods on such occasions: If regular folks find out you’re crazy, they tend not to like you as much.
    Combine those exposed neo-Nazi faces with ubiquitous smart phones and the result is the mass-outing of hundreds of people who apparently expected to eulogize Confederate icons and threaten minorities with impunity.
    Some of the resulting press coverage:
    White nationalists are being outed on Twitter – and one lost his job
    (NY Post) – White nationalists who appeared at the deadly demonstrations in Charlottesville are being outed on social media – with at least one being fired from his job after his name and picture was posted online.
    Cole White, of California, was axed from his restaurant position in Berkeley on Sunday just hours after being publicly identified by a Twitter account known as ‘Yes, You’re Racist.’
    The page has been putting ‘Unite the Right’ protesters on blast following their violent, hate-fueled rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Friday night and Saturday.

    This post was published at DollarCollapse on AUGUST 15, 2017.


  • Chaos Hits Barcelona’s Tourist Industry

    It’s not just the weather that’s heating up in Spain’s second city.
    By Don Quijones, Spain, UK, & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET. It’s finally happened. After years of surging public opposition to unrestrained growth of the city’s tourist industry, Barcelona has witnessed a rash of coordinated attacks against tourist targets in the last week. It all began last Friday when a gang of four masked men slashed the tires of an open-top bus filled with holidaymakers and sprayed the windscreen with the slogan ‘Tourism kills neighborhoods.’
    Responsibility for the ambush was claimed by Arran, the youth wing of the radical separatist CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy) party, which was also behind a video posted this week of members vandalizing tourist bicycles. In recent months at least seven hotels have been vandalized by protesters in Barcelona. And graffiti telling tourists to go home has become a ubiquitous part of the urban landscape.

    This post was published at Wolf Street by Don Quijones ‘ Aug 5, 2017.


  • How to Look at Tariffs

    The best way to look at tariffs or import quotas or other protectionist restraints is to forget about political boundaries.
    Political boundaries of nations may be important for other reasons, but they have no economic meaning whatever. Suppose, for example, that each state of the United States were a separate nation. Then we would hear a lot of protectionist bellyaching that we are now fortunately spared. Think of the howls by inefficient, high, priced New York or Rhode Island textile manufacturers who would then be complaining about the “unfair,” “cheap labor” competition from various low, type “foreigners” from Tennessee or North Carolina, or vice versa. Fortunately, the absurdity of worrying about the balance of payments is made evident by focusing on interstate trade. For nobody worries about the balance of payments between New York and New Jersey, or, for that matter, between Manhattan and Brooklyn, because there are no customs officials recording such trade and such balances.
    If we think about it, it is clear that a call by New York firms for a tariff against North Carolina is a pure ripoff of New York (as well as North Carolina) consumers, a naked grab for coerced special privilege by inefficient business firms. If the 50 states were separate nations, the protectionists would then be able to use the trappings of patriotism, and distrust of foreigners, to camouflage and get away with their looting the consumers of their own region.

    This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on July 17, 2017.


  • Summer Of Hate: The Arrival Of The Crisis & The Second Civil War?

    In our previous article, we discussed how our analysis of recent events in the US and elsewhere seem to be leading up to some sort of ‘Crisis Event’ that appears to correlate with some of the predictions made in Neil Strauss and William Howe’s 1997 book The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny.
    This ‘Crisis Event’ could reach a boiling point this summer as the grassroots Trump movement moves from the arenas and convention halls to the streets, where they will converge with the Soros-backed organized Left in what is already looking like a series of violent confrontations.
    In the week since we first speculated about an increase in the frequency and intensity of these violent political protests sweeping the United States, there have been some significant developments that give further credence to our assessment.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 16, 2017.


  • The Hunt for Taxes is Global

    Taxes are the root of all evil for this is the confrontation against the people that historically leads to civil unrest and then revolution. The American and French Revolutions were over taxes. Historically, even the Roman Empire was forced from time to time to grant tax amnesty as was the case in 119AD. You even have Roman Emperors such a Trajan (98-117AD) engaging in social legislation known as the Alimenta, which was a welfare program that helped orphans and poor children throughout Italy. The Alimenta provided general funds, food and subsidized education for children. The funding came from the Dacian War booty initially. When that ran out, it was funded by a combination of estate taxes and philanthropy. The state provided loans like Fannie Mae providing mortgages on Italian farms (fundi). The registered landowners in Italy received a lump sum from the imperial treasury. In return, the borrower was expected to pay yearly a given proportion of the loan to the maintenance of an Alimentary Fund – a kickback so to speak. Taxes and social programs have been a very long time.

    This post was published at Armstrong Economics on May 5, 2017.


  • Italian Prime Minister Secretly Meets With George Soros In Rome Amid Migrant Transport Scandal

    In the past few weeks, the transport of migrants from the African shores has become a case of national importance for Italy, and is now under investigation from the prosecutor of Catania, who recently testified to the Defence Committee of the Italian Senate and will meet soon with the Superior Council of the Magistrates.
    Harsh criticism of the activities of the NGOs has come from opposition parties Forza Italia, Lega Nord and even Movimento 5 Stelle, normally more neutral on immigration issues, while Prime Minister Gentiloni has opted to let the judicial system run its course.
    Yet, a new element will further exacerbate the situation; George Soros, a billionaire who is incredibly active politically on both sides of the Atlantic, met in secrecy with Prime Minister Gentiloni, less than a week after the latter had commented on the NGOs activities. The meeting was not listed on the website of the Italian government as official and its timing is at the very least suspicious.
    George Soros had penned multiple arguments in favour of immigration, suggesting that Europe should welcome ‘at least one million refugees a year’ and that the EU should create EU-bonds to support attendant expenses.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 4, 2017.


  • Selling the Golden Goose — Jeff Thomas

    Venezuela is a naturally rich nation. It’s ranked seventh worldwide for biodiversity and has the world’s largest reserves of oil. This is a country that deserves, more than most, to thrive. However, as in all countries, it passes through economic cycles and, when on a downward curve, would-be leaders take the opportunity to claim that the ‘greedy rich’ have sent the economy into a tailspin (which can sometimes be the case) and that the solution is to adopt a collectivist approach to governance.
    In 1989, Venezuela was experiencing a downturn. Riots broke out, followed by two attempted coups in 1992. The following year, President Prez was impeached for embezzlement of public funds and the red carpet of opportunity was rolled out for the charismatic former coup participant Hugo Chvez. He took office as president in 1998. A new constitution was drawn up in 1999 and, as in so many countries previously, the people enthusiastically welcomed the new collectivist regime.
    As in all collectivist experiments, the new entitlements meted out to the population had to be funded somehow and, as is customary, those who create the wealth in Venezuela were required to pay for its distribution to those who were less productive.
    In the beginning, this form of theft appears to work well and, not surprisingly, many of the supporters of Mister Chvez saw him as the messiah of the common man. Unfortunately, as is always the case, bleeding the wealth from those who create it makes it increasingly difficult for them to continue to expand the creation of it and, as the wealth continues to be drained, contraction eventually takes place, making the entire nation poorer in every way.

    This post was published at International Man


  • Poland – The Next Crisis for the EU – Independent Sovereignty is the Issue

    Poland represents a major threat to the EU. The entire idea of the EU was the propaganda that Member States would successively grow into a real Union through a longer integration process. GDP was supposed to grow, not decline, and the threat of war would vanish by surrendering sovereignty to Brussels. In reality, the exact opposite has unfolded. GDP has progressively declined and the risk of a European war has been increased with the idea of surrendering sovereignty to Brussels.
    Throughout Europe, there is a growing ‘populist’ movement especially ignited with the attempt to force member states to accept refugees when this was an unilateral decision exclusive made by Merkel to save her public image after being hard on Greece.

    This post was published at Armstrong Economics on May 3, 2017.


  • “Technology Has Changed The Game”: Why The Rise Of Robots Will Be A Permanent Deflationary Force

    Back in 2015, BofA put together a simple equation trying to explain the pervasive deflationary wave around the globe when it said that “Deflation = Debt plus Disruption plus Demographics.”
    In his overnight take on recent events, Bloomberg macro commentator Mark Cudmore took another look at this underlying assumption, and specifically the “disruption” part, or the role played by technology, and machines, both of which are reducing the need for labor (and implicitly pressuring the global labor force growth), and concluded that “while those with specialized skills can continue to earn more in a wealthier world, the rise of robots provides a significant disinflationary force on the median wage globally. This effect will be most extreme in developed economies where labor costs are already elevated. (And as an aside, is the reason why increasing inequality and populism isn’t going away any time soon).”
    Adding demographics into the mix, Cudmore notes that “the growth rate of the global population continues to slow, further relaxing consumer demand pressures over the long-term. All this means that, excluding isolated and idiosyncratic flare-ups, consumer prices won’t ramp higher in real terms” even and as “a lack of CPI growth doesn’t prevent financial-asset inflation.”

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 2, 2017.


  • Trump 100, Margin Debt Stock Bubble and Gold

    – Stocks and the dollar look vulnerable due to Trump’s policies, America’s civil war politics and economic vulnerability
    – Stock bubble on margin debt – ‘Powerful time bomb’
    – ‘There is no alternative’ to stock bubble? Gold?
    – Bank Of America sets a date for the market’s ‘Great Fall’
    – Even uber bull Cramer compares 2000 dotcom bubble bust to today
    – Gold to stay elevated on safe haven demand – Economist
    – Gold’s tempered climb makes gains more ‘sustainable’ Trump’s first 100 days in office have been a whirlwind but so far the ‘Trump Trade’ of being long stocks has worked for investors and speculators. Will markets continue to be so forgiving of the many foreign and domestic policy failures including the failure to repeal ‘Obamacare’?
    It is possible but we think it unlikely as many stock and bond markets, particularly U. S. markets, are now priced for close to perfection – in a far from perfect, massively indebted, volatile financial world.

    This post was published at Gold Core on April 27, 2017.


  • Stocks and Precious Metals Charts – Dear Mr. Fantasy – Precious Metals Option Expiration

    Stocks and Precious Metals Charts – Dear Mr. Fantasy – Precious Metals Option Expiration
    Another ‘risk on’ day after the French have seemingly chosen a populist neo-liberal businessman with little policy experience for their front runner.
    And our own US version of this new breed, with considerably more panache, has signaled as intention to cut the US corporate tax rate to 15%.
    If that 15% was like an Alternative Minimum Tax for corporations it might be a good idea, since so many of the big multinational corporations game the system and pay little to nothing in taxes almost every year.
    Somehow, I don’t think it is going to work out that way.
    Rumor has it that the wealthy will also be enjoying a personal tax cut.
    Trickle down tax cuts for the wealthy and their corporations do not produce broader growth and consumption. Spending huge sums on projects designed to benefit a wealthy few, while shifting the burdens of bloated monopolies like healthcare and control frauds like TBTF banking to the middle and working class, in the face of record income inequality, is a policy recipe for disaster.
    The ridiculous proposition is going to meet the unbelievable farce.

    This post was published at Jesses Crossroads Cafe on 25 APRIL 2017.