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  • Scientists Warn Current Yellowstone Quake-Swarm “Could Rip The Guts Out Of America”

    U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) seismology reports conclude that a massive swarm of earthquakes swept through the park on Friday triggering more than 60 separate events in which seismographs spiked to magnitudes of up to 5.0.
    Experts fear that the supervolcano is long overdue for an eruption capable of wiping out a vast amount of human, animal, and plant life in the Continental United States.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 17, 2017.


  • Two Huge Diamonds Unearthed in Lesotho Mine

    Gem Diamonds Ltd. discovered two diamonds bigger than 100 carats at its Lesotho mine in southern Africa, bringing the struggling miner a step closer to ending a drought of large stones.
    Gem unearthed a 104.73 carat D color Type IIa diamond and a 151.52 carat Type I yellow diamond at its Letseng mine, the company said in a statement Monday. Type IIa diamonds contain very little or no nitrogen atoms and are the most expensive stones.
    Until now Gem had reported just one large discovery this year, after unearthing a 114-carat diamond in April. Letseng is renowned for the size and quality of its stones, with an average sales price of almost $2,000 a carat, the highest in the industry. Yet the company has suffered recently from a lack of big finds and discovered just five stones bigger than 100 carats last year, fewer than half as many as it found in 2015.

    This post was published at bloomberg


  • Stocks & Bonds Slip As US Macro Slumps To 16-Month Lows

    So… we have another terror attack in London, the biggest geopolitical earthquake in the Middle East in years, US macro data is dreadful… and stocks don’t budge…
    Another day of dismal data and US Macro data declined once again to its lowest levels since early Feb 206 – amid fears of a global recession…

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


  • Dis-United States – Billionaire Bloomberg Builds Coalition Of States To Combat Climate Change

    Billionaire, and former New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg would like for you to know that, despite Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate agreement, he’s absolutely intent upon imposing the environmental ‘tax’ contemplated in the agreement on you anyway. As such, he’s developing a coalition of U. S. states, cities and business leaders to defy the President’s decision and comply with the terms of the original deal.
    Billionaire philanthropist and businessman Michael Bloomberg is defying President Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate change agreement, saying he is rallying a bipartisan coalition of states, cities and business leaders to meet the climate pact’s targets even as the president rescinds the nation’s commitment to it. “Americans are not walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement,” Bloomberg said on Thursday. “Just the opposite – we are forging ahead. Mayors, governors, and business leaders from both political parties are signing on to to a statement of support that we will submit to the U. N. – and together, we will reach the emission reduction goals the United States made in Paris in 2015.”

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


  • Meotti: Europe Fights Back With Candles And Teddy Bears

    Authored by Giulio Meotti via The Gatestone Institute,
    Europe still has not realized that the terror which struck its metropolis was a war, and not the mistake of a few disturbed people who misunderstood the Islamic religion. We are apparently not ready to abandon our masochistic rules of engagement, which privilege the enemy’s people over our own. It appears that for Europe, Islamic terrorism is not real, but only a momentary disruption of its routine. We fight against global warming, malaria and hunger in Africa. But are we not ready to fight for our civilization? Have we already given up? This long and sad list is the human harvest of Islamic terrorism on Europe’s soil:
    Madrid: 191. London: 58. Amsterdam: 1. Paris: 148. Brussels: 36. Copenhagen: 2. Nice: 86. Stockholm: 5. Berlin: 12. Manchester: 22. And it does not take into account the hundreds of Europeans butchered abroad, in Bali, in Sousse, in Dakka, in Jerusalem, in Sharm el Sheikh, in Istanbul.
    But after 567 victims of terror, Europe still does not understand. Just the first half of 2017 has seen terror attacks attempted in Europeevery nine days on average. Yet, despite this Islamist offensive, Europe is fighting back with teddy bears, candles, flowers, vigils, Twitter hashtags and cartoons.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 31, 2017.


  • West Coast Seismic Alert: 2 Alaskan Volcanoes Erupt As Earthquake Swarms At Mount St. Helens Raise Concerns

    Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Hood are all major volcanoes that lie along the infamous ‘Ring of Fire’ that runs down the west coast of the United States, and all of the seismic activity that has been taking place in the region has many concerned about what may happen next. Earlier this month, I wrote about how 45 earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater hit Alaska in just one 24 hour period. This week, it is volcanic activity that is raising concerns. The earthquake swarms at Mount St. Helens are making headlines all over the globe, and on Tuesday two major volcanoes in Alaska suddenly erupted on the exact same day…
    An eruption at Bogoslof volcano – one of two to erupt in the Aleutian Islands Tuesday – is its first after more than two months of inactivity, causing ash to fall in a nearby community before drifting south over the Pacific Ocean.
    The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Tuesday night’s eruption at the volcano about 60 miles west of Unalaska, which began just after 10:30 p.m. and lasted for 73 minutes, sent a plume to an altitude of 34,000 feet.
    Overall, 39 volcanoes around the world are either erupting right now or have recently erupted according to Volcano Discovery.
    Most of those active volcanoes are along the Ring of Fire.
    Fortunately, the U. S. portion of the Ring of Fire has been less active than other areas in recent years. But experts assure us that will eventually change because seismic tension continues to build. One example of this is what is happening at Mount St. Helens right now. According to scientists, the famous volcano is currently going through what is known as a ‘magma recharge’…

    This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on May 18th, 2017.


  • “Emergency Alert” Declared At Nuclear Facility In Washington; Evacuation Ordered, No-Fly Zone In Place

    This robot is being used at Hanford right now to sample contamination in the air and on the ground. pic.twitter.com/AFOrhIbB9S
    — Susannah Frame (@SFrameK5) May 9, 2017

    Update 2: An aerial survey midmorning Tuesday showed an opening about 20 feet by 20 feet into the tunnel, which had been covered with about eight feet of soil. As Tri-CityHerald.com reports , the breach could expose the highly radioactive material disposed of in the tunnel to the atmosphere.
    No airborne radiation had been detected as of about 10:30 a.m. Radiological surveys were continuing.
    Instructions for people to shelter in place were expanded from central Hanford to all of Hanford, including LIGO and the reactor areas along the Columbia River, after the aerial survey. No one is being allowed to enter the site beyond the security barricades.
    Earlier in the morning workers near Purex had noticed a 4-foot-by-4-foot depression that was 2 to 4 feet deep over the tunnel.
    Workers in Purex were evacuated when the depression was noticed.
    About 3,000 workers in central Hanford initially were told to take shelter indoors, including about 1,000 workers at the vitrification plant construction site. Ventilation systems at the vit plant have been turned off as part of the emergency procedure and equipment that could generate heat have powered down.
    The DOE announced that secretary Perry is aware of the incident and that there is no initial indication of any worker exposure or an airborne radiological release.

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


  • “Don’t Open It” – 9 Mexican States On Alert After Radioactive Material Stolen

    In light of the recent spate of emergency drills and nuclear attack
    preparedness plans across the United States, it seemed notable that an unknown amount of stolen radioactive material has prompted the head of national emergency services to issue an alert today in nine Mexican states.
    ***
    A vehicle carrying mobile industrial radiography equipment filled with Iridium-192 was stolen in the city of Tlaquepaque in the state of Jalisco, and as Reuters reports, the alert and search for the stolen material covers the states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Michoacan San Luis Potosi, Durango and Zacatecas, according to a post on Luis Felipe Puente’s Twitter account.

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


  • The epic retirement crisis for older Americans: The median family of retirement age has $12,000 in savings.

    Given the discussion of 401ks and IRAs you would think that most Americans have a nice nest egg ready to support them into their margarita drinking days on the beach. Yet like most dreams, the reality is very different. Most Americans are broke. The Economist put out some data highlighting that the median family of retirement age has $12,000 in savings. In other words, one minor injury and you are bankrupt. It is a troubling contrast to the image that is portrayed on television and throughout the media of the fully financially prepared family. Life just doesn’t work out that way for most. Unsuspected illnesses, job losses, stagnant wages, inflation, family changes, and student debt all throw a wrench into the plans of most. What is also startling is that this drought in retirement savings is happening at a time when the stock market is near an all time high. So what gives?
    The crisis in retirement
    The total stock market cap of the U. S. market is $27.35 trillion. You would think with that amount, there would be plenty of prepared individuals. The challenge is that most of this money is aggregated at the top 5 to 10 percent of the population.
    Take a look at market caps around the world:

    This post was published at MyBudget360 on Apr 23, 2017.


  • IMF Drops Pledge To “Resist All Forms Of Protectionism”

    One month after a startling reversion by the G-20 finance ministers and central bankers, who during their latest meeting in Baden-Baden dropped a decade-long tradition of rejecting protectionism and endorsing free trade, pressured by Trump’s delegate Steven Mnuchin, the IMF has done the same, and according to a communique from the IMF’s steering committee released on Saturday in Washington echoed the G-20 reversal, and said that officials ‘are working to strengthen the contribution of trade to our economies” while omitting a call from its last statement in October to ‘resist all forms of protectionism.”
    The International Monetary and Financial Committee – which is the IMF’s top advisory panel, composed of 24 ministers and central bankers from nations including the U. S., China, Germany, Japan and France – released the statement during the spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank. Since joint statements at gatherings such as the G-20 and the IMF require assent from members, the change in the U. S. position on trade from the Obama administration is forcng modifications in language that was previously uncontroversial.
    While the trade language was drastically changed, some positions remained the same: the IMFC statement reiterated pledges from October to ‘refrain from competitive devaluations’ of currencies and to avoid targeting ‘our exchange rates for competitive purposes.’
    There were other changes: in addition to the trade stance, the latest communique omits language from October that welcomed ‘the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change.’ Trump is contemplating whether to make good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the deal, as Bloomberg notes.

    The shift in the trade “plege” was due to the Trump administration’s persistent threats to raise tariffs if US trading partners don’t agree to renegotiate trade agreements and create fairer conditions for U. S. goods; in the past week Trump fired the first shot in what may be upcoming trade wars when he signed an executive order looking into curbing steel imports under the guise of “national security” concerns.

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


  • France: The Next Political Earthquake? | John Rubino

    The following video was published by SilverDoctors on Apr 20, 2017
    France could be the next political earthquake. Could a far-right candidate or a communist be France’s next president? What we’ve learned from Brexit and Trump’s election is “the improbable became possible, and then it happened.” The mainstream pollsters and media and political elite have been taken completely off guard in recent elections. Will France’s presidential election be even more earthshaking?


  • US Deploys “Nuclear Sniffer” Plane To Japan As North Korea Tensions Come To A Boil

    As tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program mount, the United States Air Force has deployed a WC-135 (a.k.a. the “Nuclear Sniffer”), an aircraft that specializes in detecting radioactive debris after the detonation of a nuclear device, to Okinawa, Japan to assist with monitoring for potential nuclear tests in the region. The aircraft was deployed to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, as confirmed by the Nikkei media outlet reported based on talks with a senior Japan Self Defense Forces official.
    According to The Aviationist, the WC-135 can be used to capture atmospheric samples and analyze the fallout residue in real-time to help confirm the characteristics of any nuclear warhead used.
    Constant Phoenix flies in direct support of the U. S. Atomic Energy Detection System, a global network of nuclear detection sensors that monitor underground, underwater, space-based or atmospheric events. As the sole agency in the Department of Defense tasked with this mission, AFTAC’s role in nuclear event detection is critical to senior decision makers in the U. S. government, says the Air Force.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 12, 2017.


  • Startup Craziness Deflates, Hits Silicon Valley & San Francisco

    Venture Capital gets prudent – with consequences. Few areas in the US are as dependent economically on the startup ecosystem as Silicon Valley and San Francisco. And the crazy boom that peaked in 2014 and 2015 lifted all boats, but then the tide went out.
    It’s a larger US phenomenon, but San Francisco and Silicon Valley feel it particularly. Venture capital investments in the US ‘downshifted again’ in the first quarter, according to the current report by the National Venture Capital Association and PitchBook Data. It was the sixth quarter in a row of declines, and the number of deals dropped to the lowest level since Q3 2010,
    The startup funding industry ‘is likely reverting to 2012-2013 levels of investment after peaking during the past few years,’ the report says. It represents a ‘more disciplined approach with a much more critical eye on investment opportunities.’ With first financings declining and with VC-backed companies, such as Uber and Airbnb, staying private longer and thus not allowing their investors to exit, ‘venture investors are focusing more of their efforts on supporting existing portfolio companies,’ rather than funding new ones.

    This post was published at Wolf Street on Apr 6, 2017.


  • Retail Slaughter Continues: Ralph Lauren To Cut Jobs and Close Flagship NYC Store

    The retail slaughter continues. Now its Ralph Lauren’s turn after Sears, JC Penney, and other retailers have announced store closings.
    NEW YORK – April 4, 2017 – Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) today announced several key actions as part of the continued execution of its Way Forward Plan to return the company to sustainable, profitable growth and continue to move its business and iconic brand forward.
    First, the Company will move to a more cost-effective, flexible e-commerce platform through a new collaboration with Salesforce’s Commerce Cloud (formerly Demandware). The new solution is expected to deliver a more consistent customer experience across the global digital ecosystem, with an advantaged total operating cost.

    This post was published at Wall Street Examiner on April 4, 2017.


  • Grantham Commits The Cardinal Sin

    Way back in the 4th quarter of 2015, GMO’s Jeremy Grantham wrote a piece titled ‘Part II: 2015 and 2016, U. S. Equity Bubble Update, and Yet More on Oil.’
    It is easy to forget, but at that point, the S&P was trading around 2,000 and everyone was bearish. QE had ended, the Fed was fumbling with their first hike and ‘fully valued’ were the buzz words used to describe US equities.
    Yet Jeremy didn’t write the all-too-easy piece about how stocks were about to crash. Instead, he acknowledged that equities were expensive, but not yet in bubble territory.
    ‘On the evaluation front, the market is not quite expensive enough to deserve the bubble title. We at GMO have defined a bubble as a 2-standard deviation event (2-sigma). We believe that all great investment bubbles reached that level and market events that fell short of 2-sigma, did not feel like the real thing.’ ‘… I must admit to feeling nervous for this year’s equity outlook in the U. S. But I am not entirely convinced. Sure, we can have a regular bear market. That is always the case. But the BIG ONE? I doubt it.’
    So while most everyone else was predicting a U. S. stock market bear market, Grantham postulated the most likely course for equities was to become even more expensive.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 3, 2017.


  • Did The EPA Just Go Rogue Again

    This morning @EPA sent out a press release highlighting reaction to Trump's climate Executive Order…this first quote seems off message: pic.twitter.com/Na2EWCrBzj
    — Patrick Ambrosio (@Pat_Ambrosio) March 30, 2017

    In late January, days after Donald Trump became president, various government workers employed by the EPA “defied” the president with what at the time appeared to be rogue twitter accounts emerging from the environemntal agency, most notably the Badlands National Park which slammed Trump’s climate change proposal.
    ‘Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years. #climate’ ‘Flipside of the atmosphere; ocean acidity has increased 30% since the Industrial Revolution. ‘Ocean Acidification” #climate #carboncycle” “Burning one gallon of gasoline puts nearly 20lbs of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. #climate” It now appears that a new “rogue” employee may have emerged at the EPA’s pres office.
    This morning, in a press release summarizing “What They Are Saying About President Trump’s Executive Order On Energy Independence”, as the first quote picked by an unknown staffer at the agency, the EPA decided to showcase the thoughts of Dem. Senator Shelly Moore Capito whose quote was not exactly on message, as Bloomberg’s Patrick Ambrosio pointed out.
    This is what she said:

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 30, 2017.


  • NYC Retail Vacancies Soar Prompting Massive Rent Concessions

    It used to be that taking a 10-minute walk around SoHo meant passing by at least a dozen upstart, trendy fashion retailers eager to sell you a $500 hoodie or $1,000 pair of sneakers. But these days you’re much more likely to see a whole bunch of this:
    As Bloomberg points out this morning, in the wake of Manhattan’s retail drought, commercial landlords, who have seen retail occupancy levels plummet over the past 12 months, are doing everything possible to avoid big price cuts. Instead, like residential landlords, commercial real estate owners are providing massive rent concessions through things like interior redesigns and moving expenses to keep storefronts from going empty.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 28, 2017.


  • Marine Le Pen’s Perfect Storm

    Polls missed the last two nationalist tremors; they may miss a third
    ***
    Think of Franois Fillon as a more polished and experienced Ted Cruz. He might have been president of France until everything came crashing down.
    Fillon is a former French prime minister and admirer of Margaret Thatcher whose libertarian-influenced agenda includes a pledge to ax half a million civil service jobs. He was initially dismissed as an also-ran in the center-right Les Rpublicains presidential primary, up against the seasoned Nicolas Sarkozy and the moderate Alain Jupp. Instead, Fillon thrashed them both, and polls showed him an early favorite for the French presidency, backed by energized conservatives and the Catholic Right. Eschewing first-past-the-post, France holds a runoff election between its top two finishing presidential candidates if neither secures a majority, and forecasts last year showed the finalists would be Fillon and the National Front’s Marine Le Pen. It was to be a rumble on the right, and Fillon was predicted to win in a rout as French leftists and centrists clothespinned their noses and voted to block the radioactive Le Pen.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 15, 2017.


  • Water Wars Coming To California? Is The Drought Really Over?

    In California, the poor growth and development policies that have resulted from a lack of vision have led-to and are continuing to lead Californians down a path of unsustainable growth and a widening gap between the demand and availability of critical resources, especially water.
    This gargantuan problem is augmented by a growing financial crises in California as evidenced by an out of control and growing debt problem. All the while, many elected officials in the State along with Governor Jerry Brown are thumbing their noses at the Fed and losing Federal funding for cities that obstinately insist on violating long-established immigration laws. Of course this too is not helpful to the growing State debt, which elected officials will certainly cast-off onto the weakening shoulders of taxpayers using a combination of direct tax increases and other legislative and regulatory ploys that also amount to taxes and less money in the pockets of the People.
    The term ‘drought’ has been used in reference to the severe water shortages that California is experiencing. But what is the real culprit or causation of the growing water shortage? Is drought caused by a lack of precipitation as most people believe? Or is the shortfall of water availability due to some other principal factor, such as water-use outstripping supply?

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 13, 2017.


  • Trump EPA Chief Says Carbon Dioxide Not “Primary Contributor To Global Warming”

    Yesterday I spoke with EPA employees and shared my vision for the agency and leadership principles. pic.twitter.com/E3as8HsfdJ
    — Administrator Pruitt (@EPAScottPruitt) February 22, 2017

    In an interview surely to get the blood of America’s hyper-sensitive environmentalists boiling, which we sincerely hope doesn’t result in any adverse harm to global temperatures, Trump’s new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, appeared on CNBC to say that, among other things, the verdict is still out on man-made global warming. Per CNBC:
    “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see ,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
    “But we don’t know that yet. … We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.”

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