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  • Why Global Warming is Good

    One of my greatest concerns with all this Global Warming nonsense is that nobody seems to ever plot weather against the rise and fall of civilization. When you do, you arrive at a strikingly different perspective of global warming. The greatest advancements in civilization have ALWAYS taken place during periods of global warming. When the temperatures drop, crops fail, death becomes widespread, and society seems to barricade itself in withdrawing from trade.
    History is constantly being re-written as new discoveries are made, The global warming period that allowed the rise of Rome included the warming of the seas to the point that the Romans did sail to Canada where Roman swords have been discovered in addition to sending ambassadors to China.

    This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Jul 20, 2017.


  • Earth’s Economy Glorifies Waste, Exploitation, Debt, Expediency and Magical Thinking

    Humanity appears to default to magical thinking when faced with untenable situations that demand systemic change.
    How would extraterrestrial anthropologists characterize Earth’s dominant socio-economic system? It’s not difficult to imagine their dismaying report: “Earth’s economy glorifies waste. Its economists rejoice when a product is disposed as waste and replaced with a new product. This waste is perversely labeled ‘growth.’ Aimless wandering that consumes fossil fuels is likewise rejoiced as ‘growth.’ The stripping of the planet’s oceans for a few favored species of edible fish is also considered ‘growth’ as the process of destroying the ocean ecosystem generates sales of the desired seafood. Even more perversely, the resulting shortages are also causes of rejoicing by the planet’s elites, as their ability to purchase the now-scarce resources boosts their social status and grandiose sense of self-worth.

    This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017.


  • Research Team Slams Global Warming Data In New Report: ‘Not A Valid Representation Of Reality… Totally Inconsistent With Credible Temperature Data’

    As world leaders, namely in the European Union, attack President Trump for pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement which would have saddled Americans with billions upon billions of dollars in debt and economic losses, a new bombshell report that analyzed Global Average Surface Temperature (GAST) data produced by NASA, the NOAA and HADLEY proves the President was right on target with his refusal to be a part of the new initiative.
    According to the report, which has been peer reviewed by administrators, scientists and researchers from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M. I. T.), and several of America’s leading universities, the data is completely bunk:
    In this research report, the most important surface data adjustment issues are identified and past changes in the previously reported historical data are quantified. It was found that each new version of GAST has nearly always exhibited a steeper warming linear trend over its entire history. And, it was nearly always accomplished by systematically removing the previously existing cyclical temperature pattern. This was true for all three entities providing GAST data measurement, NOAA, NASA and Hadley CRU.

    This post was published at shtfplan on July 14th, 2017.


  • Dead Malls of America: The Retail Apocalypse Deepens

    We’re kicking off the trading week with another brutal day for the retail sector.
    There’s nothing worse than a group of stocks trending lower during a roaring bull market.
    These poisonous retail stocks emit a radioactive glow. Even a novice investor can’t miss these losing positions draining the gains from his brokerage account.
    Traditional retailers and the ‘mall stocks’ are having a downright terrible year. The S&P Retail Index ETF (NYSE:XRT) is down more than 11% so far this year after pushing to new lows on Monday. For comparison, the S&P 500 is up more than 8%.
    Investors flipped the switch in 2017. No one wants anything to do with the traditional retailers. The divergence couldn’t be more clear…

    This post was published at Wall Street Examiner on July 11, 2017.


  • MIT’s Andrew Lo on Adaptive Markets, Passive Indexing, and Systemic Shocks

    A longstanding academic theory for describing how markets work has finally died. Its impact on investment theory and practice was enormous, but has also led to some risks.
    The so-called efficient market hypothesis (EMH), which basically assumes that investors are rational and that it’s impossible to beat the market because prices reflect all available information, has been under fire for years.
    And MIT’s Andrew Lo, who Time Magazine named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012, finally put an end to it in his new book, ‘Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought.’
    We recently spoke with him on FS Insider about his book and the theory that will replace the old one. It’s called the adaptive market hypothesis (AMH), which looks at the market less as a high-performance supercomputer and more as a biological organism or ecosystem – an ecosystem that, unfortunately, has become less diverse and more fragile in recent years.
    The Adaptive Markets Hypothesis
    The basic premise is that market participants are human, Lo noted. This has implications, including that while these people can come together and form a great decision-making apparatus – the market itself – they still make mistakes. They then learn from these mistakes and adapt to changing market conditions.

    This post was published at FinancialSense on 07/11/2017.


  • Chinese Umbrella-Sharing Startup “Loses” Its 300,000 Umbrellas In Weeks

    China has a peculiar habit of taking the latest and greatest financial innovation available, and then taking it too far. The latest example is the startup Sharing E Umbrella, which hoping to follow in the footsteps of successful bike-sharing startups, decided to – as the name implies – provide shareable imbrellas. There was just one problem: as the Shanghaiist writes only a few weeks after starting up operations in 11 cities across China, Sharing E Umbrella announced that it had lost almost all of its 300,000 umbrellas.
    While the details are probably superfluous at this point, it all started with a 10 million yuan investment – arguably by a rich, if not too intelligent investor – into the Shenzhen-based company. The concept, at least in theory, was to create a “sharing” ecosystem similar to those that bike-sharing startups have used to great success. Customers use an app on their smartphone to pay a 19 yuan deposit fee for an umbrella, which costs just 50 jiao for every half hour of use. The South China Morning Post reported that company CEO Zhao Shuping said that the idea came to him after watching bike-sharing schemes take off across China, making him realize that “everything on the street can now be shared.”

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 10, 2017.


  • Scientists Fear Grid Failures During Solar Minimum

    As our sun’s activity slows and the star gets quieter, scientists’ fears of solar minimum are coming to the forefront. It isn’t the lack of activity that is terrifying those who study the sun, it’s what happens next that worries them all.
    There would be nothing any of us could do if the sun’s activity decreases to the point that it causes the outermost atmospheric layer to collapse. No amount of taxation in the name of ‘global warming’ will save anyone on earth from this outcome. But first, scientists have to worry about the sun reaching ‘solar minimum’ and the possibility of losing the outermost layer of the atmosphere thanks to the rapid cooling.
    Solar minimum is when the sun goes through a cycle of minimal activity, and right now, it’s on the verge of reaching this point. Our sun will near solar minimum in about 2019 or 2020. Unlike the name suggests, this lack of solar activity could cause an outer layer of the atmosphere called the thermosphere to contract and it’s not entirely clear what the effects of this could be on our planet.

    This post was published at shtfplan on July 9th, 2017.


  • “Ready To Blow” – National Geographic’s Guide To The Yellowstone Supervolcano

    Amid a growing ‘swarm’ of over earthquakes (now over 1000), and Montana’s largest quake ever, scientists are growing increasingly concerned that the so-called ‘super-volcano’ at the heart of Yellowstone National Park could be building towards a Category 7 eruption. So what is a ‘super-volcano’ and what does its explosion mean for life on earth? NatGeo explains…

    As National Geographic details…
    Think of Yellowstone as a gigantic pressure cooker, fueled by a massive supervolcano. Water from rain and snowmelt, much of it centuries-old, percolates through cracks in the Earth’s crust until heated by molten rock reservoirs deep below. The water then filters upward, eventually finding release in the thousands of geysers, hot springs, and other hydrothermal wonders.


    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 8, 2017.


  • JULY 6/WAR DRUMS BEAT LOUDER AGAINST NORTH KOREA/EU PARLIAMENT SUSPENDS ACCESSION TALKS WITH TURKEY/MONTE DE PASCHI BAILED OUT AGAIN WITH A 5 BILLION EURO INFUSION/EARTHQUAKE AT 5.8 IN MONTANA UN…

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    This post was published at Harvey Organ Blog on July 6, 2017.


  • “Supervolcano” Concerns Rise After Montana Hit By Strongest Earthquake In 20 Years

    Following a swarm of over 1100 earthquakes recorded in the Yellowstone caldera over the past month, prompting scientists to voice concerns about a dormant Yellowstone “Supervolcano” slowly waking up, overnight these concerns escalated after a strong M5.8 earthquake hit western Montana early on Thursday morning – the strongest quake to hit the area in the past 20 years – the U. S. Geological Survey reported, with Reuters adding that the tremor was felt hundreds of miles away, from Missoula to Billings and some surrounding states.
    The quake appears to be the largest to hit Montana since a slightly weaker M5.6 struck outside of Dillon a dozen years ago. By comparison, the state’s largest quake which struck the West Yellowstone region 58-years ago was 7.2 magnitude.
    The quake’s epicenter was about 6 miles south of Lincoln, originating from a depth of nearly 3 miles underground, according to a preliminary report from the U. S. Geological Service.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 6, 2017.


  • Merkel to Confront Trump at G20 On Climate

    Germany’s Chancellor Merkel is determined to create problems at the upcoming G20 meeting in Hamburg July 7-8. She is a brainwashed climate supporter who has refused to listen to over 31,000 scientists who have joined together against this Global Warming fraud. The Paris climate meeting refused to allow anyone to speak in opposition. They have turned this into a religious quest all to cleverly raise taxes. Merkel said that the gathering of world leaders in Hamburg would be difficult given Trump’s climate skepticism and ‘America First’ position. She said that she was determined to seek a clear commitment for the Paris accord against global warming and a pledge against protectionism from Trump. Talk about a brain-dead confrontation. Protectionism is one thing, but climate is more likely to block any other possible cooperation.

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


  • Scientists Fear “Supervolcano” Eruption As Earthquake Swarm Near Yellowstone Soars To 800

    More than 800 earthquakes have now been recorded at the Yellowstone Caldera, a long-dormant supervolcano located in Yellowstone National Park, over the last two weeks – an ominous sign that a potentially catastrophic eruption could be brewing. However, despite earthquakes occurring at a frequency unseen during any period in the past five years, the US Geological Survey says the risk level remains in the ‘green,’ unchanged from its normal levels, according to Newsweek.
    The biggest earthquake in this ‘swarm’ – which registered a magnitude of 4.4 – took place on June 15, three days after the rumblings started. That quake was the biggest in the region since a magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck close to Norris Geyser Basin in March 2014. This magnitude 4.4 earthquake was so powerful that people felt it in Bozman Montana, about eight miles away.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 29, 2017.


  • Warren Buffett Says America Is “So Rich” It Can Afford Single Payer

    In the latest example of a multi-billionaire “knowing” what is best for the average American, Berkshire founder Warren Buffett told PBS that UK-style single-payer healthcare would be the best system for the US.
    While Buffett admits that he’s ‘no expert’ on health care, that apparently hasn’t deterred him from broadcasting his amateur opinion far and wide. Buffett, the world’s fourth-richest man with an estimated net worth of $73.3 billion, says that America is ‘such a rich country’ that it ‘can afford’ to provide health care to all its citizens.
    ‘”With my limited knowledge, I think that probably [single payer] is the best system. Because it is a system, we are such a rich country, in a sense we can afford to do it. But in almost every field of American business, it pays to bring down costs. There’s an awful lot of people involved in the medical – the whole just the way the ecosystem worked, there was no incentive to bring down costs.”


    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 27, 2017.


  • 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.