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By corbettreport


Welcome back to #NewWorldNextWeek – the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news.


This week:


Story #1: Russia’s $400 Billion Pipeline Project Launched



What Happens If Russia Cuts Itself Off From the Internet
What Did #ExxonKnew and When Did They Knew It? – Question For Corbett #048

         



      

Story #2: Mobile Phone Usage Tied to Facial Recognition Under New Chinese Law



China’s Orwellian Social Media Police
Here Are More US Tech Giants Propping Up China’s Vast Surveillance State

Story #3: Scientists Say Artificial Wombs Could Replace Women



‘BRAVE NEW WORLD’
Flashback: Artificial Womb Helps Premature Lamb Fetuses Grow for 4 Weeks (Apr. 26, 2016)


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By Mac Slavo


Twitter has written “shadow banning” aka, censorship, into their new terms.  The platform will now intentionally “limit the visibility” of some users. Expect those who dissent from the official narrative to be the ones censored.


Critics have accused Twitter of censorship for quite some time now.  But this time, it’s official. The company has admitted they will attempt to silence those critical of the ruling class. According to RT, the news terms will be taking effect in January of 2020. While the new terms don’t look like much to write home about, some tweaks to the language could have larger repercussions for users, limiting their reach behind the scenes without their knowledge.




         



      

“We may also remove or refuse to distribute any Content on the Serviceslimit distribution or visibility of any Content on the service, suspend or terminate users, and reclaim usernames without liability to you,” the new terms state.


The social media giant is telling users that it reserves the right shadow ban or “throttle” or censor certain accounts. And it is not clear on what basis it will make those decisions, although we guess (based on their past which is rife with censorship) that accounts that aren’t parroting the government’s official narrative will be on the list.


While Twitter has previously insisted point-blank “we do not shadow ban,” in the pre-2020 terms the company split hairs between shadow banning and ranking” posts to determine their prominence on the site, and acknowledged deliberately down-ranking bad-faith actors” to limit their visibility.


In January 2018, conservative media watchdog group Project Veritas published footage showing Abhinov Vadrevu, a former Twitter software engineer, discussing shadow banning as a strategy the company was at least considering, if not already using. “One strategy is to shadow ban so you have ultimate control. The idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they don’t know they’ve been banned because they keep posting and no one sees their content,” Vadrevu said. “So they just think that no one is engaging with their content when in reality, no one is seeing it.”


The new terms will make shadow bans an official policy, all but guaranteeing continued cries of bias and censorship from the platform’s many critics who will be silenced.


This article was sourced from SHTFPlan.com


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18

      

By Michael Snyder


If you want to waste your life, a great way to do that is to spend tens of thousands of hours watching television.  Today, it is so difficult to get people to leave their homes and get active in their communities, because most of us are absolutely glued to one screen or another.


After a long day at school or a hard day at work, most of us understandably want to relax, and from a very early age most of us have been trained to turn to the television as our main source of relaxation.  But of course there is great danger in allowing anyone to pump thousands upon thousands of hours of “programming” into our minds.  More than 90 percent of the “programming” that we consume is controlled by just a handful of exceedingly powerful corporations, and those corporations are owned by the elite of the world.  So when you endlessly consume their “programming”, you are willingly being bombarded by news and entertainment that reflects their beliefs, their values and their agendas.  They openly admit that they are trying to shape the future of society, and up to this point they have been extremely successful.


         



      

Unfortunately, we live at a time when most people need television or some other insidious addiction to take their minds off of the gnawing emptiness that they feel deep inside of them.  As I was doing some research the other day, a comment that someone posted on an Internet message board really struck a chord with me…



As a kid life seems so amazing and you can dream of big things and have faith. The older you get it seems the world tries to take away your faith. I have had 8 jobs in my life starting in high school and I’m just sick of this ****. I’m lucky to make 100 a day . I know that’s poverty level. But I manage. But thinking ahead I have to do this every day for the next 30 years . How the hell do you guys and gals cope with reality.


I’m on empty.


I want out.



In just a few sentences, this individual summed up what millions upon millions of Americans are feeling.


The harsh realities of modern society have absolutely sucked the life out of so many people around us, and the vast majority of Americans are barely getting by and are living lives of quiet desperation.


If television allows them to forget about their troubles for a while, it is understandable why so many use it as a crutch.


But do we have to watch so much of it?  One recent survey found that the average adult will watch more than 78,000 hours of television over the course of a lifetime…



Television has become such a common part of all of our lives that most don’t even think about just how much time they spend staring at their TV screen. Of course, all of those hours are undoubtedly adding up, and a recent survey of 2,000 British adults finds that the average TV viewer will watch an astounding 78,705 hours of programming (movies, sports, news, etc) in their lifetime. That’s a whole lot of screen time that may have been better spent on more productive endeavors.


On a day-to-day basis, the average adult watches TV for three-and-a-half hours, amounting to 1,248 hours each year.



I know that some of my readers will point out that this was a British survey, but the truth is that Americans actually watch even more television.  The following comes from Wikipedia…



In the US, there is an estimated 119.9 million TV households in the TV season 2018/19.


In 2017 alone, an average U.S. consumer spent 238 minutes (3h 58min) daily watching TV.



Those numbers are absolutely staggering.  And when you break them down further they become even more alarming.  In the first survey that I mentioned above, the researchers actually discovered that the average person “will watch 11,278 different TV series”…


The survey, commissioned by LG Electronics, broke down those numbers even further and concluded that the average adult these days will watch 3,639 movies at home, and 31,507 episodes of TV during their lifespan. As far as different programs, the average person will watch 11,278 different TV series as well.






Are there really 11,278 television series worth watching?


I would think that you would have to go really deep into the well to watch that many, but apparently that is what many people are doing.


Of course I am not entirely against television.  For example, I think that Poldark is an absolute masterpiece.  But everything should be done in moderation.


The fact that we are endlessly watching so much television could help to explain why our society has become so “dumbed down”.  Yesterday, I discussed a recent study that found that 15-year-old U.S. students are about four grade levels behind 15-year-old Chinese students in math.


I bet those Chinese students are spending a lot more time studying and a lot less time watching television.


At this point, America has truly become an “idiocracy”.


For example, have you heard what the hottest new toy for this holiday season is?


It is actually a “fart launcher” that allows children to blast foul smelling air at one another.  The following comes from the New York Post…



Toy insiders and wincing parents tell The Post that the Buttheads Fart Launcher 3000 — a Nerf gun-like gadget that shoots farts instead of darts — is topping off kids’ wish lists this year.




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“This is my worst nightmare,” mom Angie Wong, the 42-year-old founder of the private Facebook group Brooklyn Moms, tells The Post. She recently caved and got the gas-blasting gizmo for her 5-year-old son, Will, and 7-year-old daughter, Maddie. “I can see that thing [being] used on my face one unsuspecting morning.”



Of course a “fart launcher” is not the end of the world, but as I document regularly in my articles, there are literally thousands of signs that the fabric of our society is coming apart all around us.


If our society continues to degenerate at this rate, there is only one way that our story can end.


Sadly, most people seem to think that everything is going to be just fine, because that is what their televisions are telling them to think.


Most of us are willingly plugging ourselves into “the matrix” for multiple hours every day, and so it shouldn’t be a surprise that most of us see the world the way that the elite want us to see it.


If you want to start making positive changes in your life, breaking free of your addictions is one of the most important things that you can do.


And at this point, for many Americans watching television is one of the most insidious addictions of all.



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We Bring You This Critical Alert, Contributed By WealthResearchGroup.com and Their Founder, Lior Gantz, Who Our Staff Looks At For Accurate Economic Forecasting.


People will be crying; they will be scratching their heads in disbelief, shaking and trembling, but nothing will stop the blistering carnage of the next economic meltdown.


The greatest bubble in history is unfunded liabilities, and the biggest financial bubble is treasury bonds.


America is so overrated, and anyone who has ever visited it and seen firsthand that what Hollywood sells is not reality, knows this very well.


         



      

I think highly of America’s enterprises, its leading corporations, but the masses – probably more than half of the country – are oblivious to their own predicament and lack of preparation in advance of a slowdown.


10 years – that’s how long this expansion has been happening; how much does the average person have saved up? NOT MUCH, I can tell you that.



Courtesy: Zerohedge.com



Global stocks have an INHERENT 40% downside potential right now.


Billionaires are not warning and cautioning for nothing; they’re worried about this unprecedented time of monetary stimulus.


I am amazed by the amount of debt that is needed to generate growth; the planet wants to DELEVERAGE, to become normal again, to get back to equilibrium, but central banks are attempting to push back against the natural flow of life.


In the process, they’ve inflated a balloon that has benefited the already-rich.



Courtesy: Zerohedge.com



We had one year of real-world economics in 2018 and what happened? 93% of assets were DOWN for the year.


You cannot sleep at the helm, knowing all of this.


Take inventory now:



Is your career path one that can grow MUCH faster than the general curve of the country you’re residing in? If the answer is NO, then you’re in deep trouble.
Do you have the equivalent of 2 years of expenses, saved up and liquid? If not, a meltdown will introduce hardship to your life.
Are you reading, growing, investing in cash flow and networking? These are four critical activities to be embarking on in the 21st century.


We are in the THINKING century, not the doing one.



America is a land of corporate wealth, at the expense of wages. The S&P 500 has beaten all other methods for 34 years in a row.


The reason is that high-level executives have thrown the middle class to the wolves, thus increasing profit margins by outsourcing.


The problem is that the masses are ignorant of the risks and they’ll be on the streets soon!


      
                     

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By Caitlin Johnstone


I watched the film Official Secrets the other day, which I highly recommend doing if you want to rekindle your rage about the unforgivable evil that was the Iraq invasion.Which is a good thing to do, in my opinion. Absolutely nothing was ever done to address the fact that a million people were murdered with the assistance of government lies just a few short years ago; no new laws were passed mandating more government transparency or accountability with its military operations, no war crimes tribunals took place, no new policies were put into place. No one even got fired. In fact we’ve seen the exact opposite: the people responsible for unleashing that horror upon our species have been given prestigious jobs in government and media and the US government is currently collaborating with the UK to set the legal precedent for charging under the Espionage Act any journalist in the world who exposes US war crimes.         



      

The corrupt mechanisms which gave rise to the Iraq invasion still exist currently, stronger than ever, and its consequences continue to ravage the region to this very day. The Iraq war isn’t some event that happened in the past; everything about it is still here with us, right now. So we should still be enraged. You don’t forgive and forget something that hasn’t even stopped, let alone been rectified.



Apart from the howling rage surging through my veins during the film, the other thing I experienced was the recurring thought, “This was a conspiracy. This is the thing that a conspiracy is.”


And, I mean, of course it is. How weird is it that we don’t use that word to describe what the architects of that war did? Conspiracy is defined as “a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful.” From the secret plan between the NSA and GCHQ to spy on and blackmail UN members into supporting the illegal invasion which is the subject of Official Secrets, to the mountain of other schemes and manipulations used by other government bodies to deceive the world about Iraq, it’s absolutely insane that that word is never used to describe the conspiracy within the Bush and Blair governments to manufacture the case for war.


The engineering of the Iraq war was a conspiracy, per any conceivable definition. So why isn’t that word reflexively used by everyone who talks about it?


Easy. Because we haven’t been trained to.


The use of the word “conspiracy” is studiously avoided by the narrative managers of the political/media class who are tasked with the assignment of teaching us how to think about our world, except when it is to be employed for its intended and authorised use: smearing skeptics of establishment narratives. The pejorative “conspiracy theory” has been such a useful weapon in inoculating the herd from dissident wrongthink that the propagandists do everything they can to avoid tainting their brand, even if it means refraining from using words for the things that they refer to.


This is why the word “collusion” was continuously and uniformly used throughout the entire Russiagate saga, for example. It was a narrative about a secret conspiracy between the highest levels of the US government and the Russian government to subvert the interests of the American people, yet the word “conspiracy” was meticulously replaced with “collusion” by everyone peddling that story.



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By MassPrivateI


What business does a children’s hospital have in deciding who gets to drive a vehicle? Apparently a lot.


Last month The Center Square revealed that the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and their spinoff company Diagnostic Driving are convincing DMVs to get new drivers to take a virtual driver assessment before they take an on-road licensing exam.


This program allows for assessing new license applicants’ driving skills in conditions associated with common serious crash scenarios, Suzanne Hill, the program director for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute, told The Center Square in an email. The Ohio Department of Public Safety (DPS) teamed up with the hospital to create the program.


         



      


Ohio’s DPS is forcing new drivers to take CHOP’s mandatory virtual driver assessment program.


The state will install 400 virtual driving assessment systems throughout the state as part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s Ready, Test, Drive! program. All 57 driver examination locations will be equipped with the systems as will many driver training schools. According to a study by the CHOP, these programs are an effective way to predict which drivers lacked the skills to pass an on-road examination.


As The Center Square noted, “all prospective drivers will have to take the virtual driving assessment before completing the on-road examination.”


Virtual driving assessments will follow new drivers regardless of age


The virtual driving assessments will not replace on-the-road examinations (ORE), but all prospective new drivers, regardless of age or training experience, will be asked to conduct a virtual driving assessment immediately prior to their in-car driving test. Feedback from the assessment will then be provided after the ORE – regardless of the ORE’s outcome – outlining skills needing improvement, such as maintaining a safe distance between vehicles, changing lanes properly, or merging safely into traffic.


Ohio’s virtual driver assessment program is about creating “feedback” or a database on every new driver.

How can Ohio force new drivers to take a virtual assessment program based on a study done by the very company that created it?


CHOP’s for-profit “Virtual Skills Assessment” (VSA) program smacks of real-time surveillance and predictive policing of new drivers.


Simulation software allows for safe and reproducible exposure to the most common serious crash scenarios and real-time measurement of performance. The first application of this software in Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (OBMV)’s licensing centers demonstrated its ability to predict ORE performance, as well as its practical implementation in state licensing center workflows.




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Conducting virtual drivers tests of new drivers and predicting how they will drive in the future could be used to raise driver’s insurance premiums before they ever get behind the wheel. It could also be used in determining how much of a fine they might get for speeding in the future.


The Highland County Press warns that the Ohio DMV will use Virtual Skill Assessment scores to track future accidents and moving violations.


In addition, Ohio – Ready, Test, Drive! will use non-identifying driver data from the virtual driving assessments combined with drivers’ future crash and citation information to identify weaknesses in Ohio’s overall driver training curriculum. Examining new drivers’ pre- and post-licensure driving trends will allow Ohio to make data-driven enhancements to the statewide training curriculum to better prepare future drivers.


Is this is a portend of what is to come? How long will it be before virtual driving assessments teach new drivers how to interact with law enforcement?


For two years now, South Carolina’s state Department of Public Instruction has taught new drivers how to interact with the police. The same is happening in states like, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia,  North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Maine and Texas,




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In Texas, high schoolers have to pass a “Flashing Lights” curriculum that gives drivers a set of behavioral expectations of interactions with law enforcement!


Imagine being refused a drivers license because you failed to pass the behavioral expectations of interactions with law enforcement section.


Forcing new drivers to pass virtual driving assessment programs or how to interact with law enforcement takes what is left of our freedoms and crushes them.



You can read more at the MassPrivateI blog, where this article first appeared.


Top image credit: Diagnostic Driving / Twitter


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By B.N. Frank


In September it was reported that T-Mobile canceled 5G installation due to lawsuits.  Unfortunately, that seems to have been resolved and now they have unleashed the hotly debated technology (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) in various American communities despite people and pets getting sick where it’s already been turned on (see 1, 2, 3) ; the telecom industry providing NO scientific evidence that it’s safe; increasing opposition, lawsuits, warnings; AND 5G phones (and base stations) having a tendency to overheat.


From Fierce Wireless:



T-Mobile’s debut of its nationwide 5G network yesterday included a special enticement for non-T-Mobile customers. Switch to T-Mobile and you can get a OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren, which retails for $899.99, for free with 24 bill credits and a smartphone trade-in. Or, get a Samsung Note10+ 5G, which retails for $1,299.99, for free with 36 bill credits when you buy another device and add a line.


Both devices are also offered to existing T-Mobile customers via the company’s equipment installment plans, and will be available starting December 6.


While Sprint and Verizon have already launched 5G in a handful of markets nationwide and are also selling 5G smartphones, T-Mobile appears to be the first to offer a free 5G smartphone to new customers that switch from another operator.


[…]


Pricey 5G devices


According to the latest Strategy Analytics PriceTRAX 5G smartphone pricing report, almost all 5G devices that have launched so far are in the ultra-premium price tier, meaning that they retail for close to $1,000 and cost about 150% more than 4G smartphones. When 4G devices launched they cost only about 75% more than 3G devices.


And not only are early 5G devices pricey, they are also 36% heavier, have bigger displays and more battery capacity than early 4G smartphones, Strategy Analytics says.


[…]


Samsung is currently the leading manufacturer when it comes to number of 5G smartphones. The OEM has announced 20 5G devices.



Coincidentally, many Samsung models are already part of a smartphone class action lawsuit.  It’s no wonder that insurance companies don’t want to do business with the telecom industry (see 1, 2, 3, 4).





Activist Post reports regularly about 5G and other sources of unsafe technology.  For more information visit our archives and the following websites.



5GCrisis
5GExposed
5G Information
The 5G Summit
Whatis5G.Info
Zero5G
ElectromagneticHealth
Environmental Health Trust
Physicians for Safe Technology
Scientists for Wired Tech

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By Tyler Durden


France is bracing for major transportation disruptions throughout the country starting Thursday, as trade unions launch a strike in response to changes President Emmanuel Macron wants to make to the country’s retirement system, while port blockades have resulted in widespread fuel shortages across the country. Much of the Paris Metro will be shut down, as will many national and international train lines, including certain Eurostar services. Flights will also be canceled, as air traffic controllers say they will join the protests through Saturday.


Hundreds of filling stations around western France have run out of gasoline and diesel as blockades of oil refineries enter their second week according to industry group UFIP. According to The Local, construction workers have been blockading refineries in Brittany since last week and a blockade at La Rochelle has resumed.


         



      

French media reported on Tuesday morning that 390 filling stations have no fuel at all, and another 389 have limited supplies. The areas affected include Brittany, the west of France, the south east coast area around Marseille and some parts of eastern France near the Swiss border.


For an interactive map of which filling stations are affected, click here.


Source: thelocal.fr

Workers are staging blockages at depots in Brest, Lorient, Le Mans and Vern-sur-Seiche. Further south, in the region of La Rochelle, another blockade was cleared at 4.30pm on Friday, but resumed at midnight on Monday. The blockaders belong to the public construction group BTP, Bâtiments et Travaux Publics (“Buildings and Public Construction”). They are protesting a fuel tax hike planned for 2020, which they say will have a negative financial impact on their companies. Until now, the so-called gazole non routier (GNR), used mainly by construction workers and farmers, is subject to a tax benefit that is planned to be phased out in 2020.


According to the workers this will increase their fuel prices by 45%, adding an hourly cost of about €10 for an average mechanical excavator, which they fear will hurt especially the smaller construction businesses.


The government suspended the fuel tax hike last December to appease the “yellow vest” protesters, whose main demands included abolishing the fuel tax.


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In a separate dispute about a different type of fuel tax, truck drivers from the group Organisation des Transporteurs Routiers Européens will also be staging protests including rolling road blocks across France from Saturday, December 7th onwards. The French truck drivers are angry about a two cent increase in diesel tax and say their protest will start on Saturday, and could go on for an unspecified number of days.


The group’s press release says that: “Tired of not feeling defended and heard, road transport companies will express in the street the legitimate anger of the profession.” The protests will be “from December 7th and the following days”.


The strike action could also lead to some disruption on the roads as one of the hauliers unions is involved and ‘yellow vest’ protesters have said they will be staging a day of action. Nothing has been specified yet, but in the past motorway toll booths have been a frequent target for ‘yellow vest’ demonstrations.


Their protest is not linked to the unlimited strikes that are hitting France from December 5th – those are over plans to reform the pension system – but will coincide with what is expected to be a very difficult weekend for transport as rail employees, Metro drivers, bus drivers, airline ground crew and air traffic controllers all walk out.




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The last time the French government seriously tried to overhaul its pension system, in 1995, protests also paralyzed the country for more than three weeks and forced then-President Jacques Chirac to back down and accept a stinging political defeat. And although French transport unions largely steered clear of the yellow vest demonstrations over the past year, they are expressing the same anger that certain segments of the population have been abandoned by their leaders.


Adding to the chaos, yellow vest protesters could join these demonstrations. Teachers unions, postal workers, hospital workers and the police may also support the strikes.



“It’s the coalition of all frustrations, and it demonstrates the isolation of the elite, the isolation of the president, even the personal rejection of Macron,” said Dominique Moïsi, a French political scientist and the author of a recent book on emotions in politics.




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“There is a deep sense of injustice right now, that inequalities have exploded, that the state is much less protective than it was of the weak, and much more protective of the strong,” Moïsi said.



France uses forty-two different retirement schemes and under some of those schemes, such as those for train drivers and Paris Metro operators, certain employees can still retire as early as age 50 or 52. Paris Metro drivers are entitled to monthly pensions as high as $4,100, according to a government report in July. Many private-sector employees, by contrast, can retire only at 62, and the average government pension ranges from $1,400 to $1,600 a month. As we showed recently, France is the “winner” among all nations in the expected number of years a worker can expect to live in retirement.



Alas, such a generous arrangement is no longer sustainable, which is why Macron’s idea is to create a universal points-based system that would calculate pensions in the same way for everyone, regardless of their profession.


This has angered the powerful French labor unions, which have called for Thursday’s protest and who insist that Macron’s new calculation would harm lower-income workers and those who have been temporarily employed.


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By Michael Boldin


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By Tyler Durden


In the latest reversal to his campaign promise to bring American troops home, the Trump administration is considering “significantly expanding” the US military footprint in the Middle East, by sending as many as 14,000 additional troops, along with military hardware and a dozen ships, the WSJ reported.


If confirmed, the deployment would double the number of US military personnel who have been sent to the region since the start of a troop buildup in May. The decision whether to send thousands more American soldiers into harms way is expected to be made as soon as this month.


         



      

So how will Trump face the electorate with elections in less than a year, and justify his decision to keeps deploying more US troops abroad instead of bringing them back home? Simple: he will blame everything on Iran. As the WSJ notes, on Iran—and partly at the behest of Israel—Trump is convinced of the need to counter the threat his aides say Tehran poses. Apparently that means deploying thousands more troops to places like Saudi Arabia, which already is the biggest US purchaser of weapons yet somehow is incapable of defending itself from those constant “Iranian attacks.”


And this is where the US military industrial complex – which is only paid when more troops are deployed, not when they return – comes into play:


There is growing fear among U.S. military and other administration officials that an attack on U.S. interests and forces could leave the U.S. with few options in the region, officials said. By sending additional military resources to the region, the administration would be presenting a more credible deterrent to Tehran, blamed for a series of attacks, including one in September against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Iran has denied involvement.


Ironically, while the new deployment is designed to be a deterrent against possible Iranian retaliation – for mounting sanctions brought about by Trump no less designed to leave the Iranian regime with no way out but military escalation – apparently nobody has considered that a build up of even more American military resources in the region will only further provoke Tehran. Then again, this is the same “thinking” that led to the 2014 Ukraine (and Crimea) fiasco when NATO was “shocked” that its threat to expand into Ukraine would prompt Russia to become take appropriate retaliatory steps.







John Rood, the Pentagon’s senior policy official, on Wednesday hinted at an expanded deployment to counter Iran. Mr. Rood said no decision has been made on additional capabilities but that the situation is expected to remain fluid.


“Deterrence is dynamic, our response is going to be dynamic,” he said at a breakfast with reporters.



Should Trump approve the plan, the additional US troops would join the roughly 14,000 service members already in the region since May, when American intelligence analysts “identified a threat” from Iran and the U.S. Central Command commander, Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, requested additional ships, missile-defense platforms and troops.




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So far that threat has failed to materialize in anything more than an occasional staged false flag attack on some tanker sailing through the Gulf.


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By Brandon Smith


In the second week of October, after the “partial” U.S.-China trade deal was announced to much fanfare, I made this prediction:


US and Chinese officials rarely waste an opportunity to use trade talk headlines to head-fake markets with false hope. Rumors of a “partial” or tentative trade deal are circulating today, with MORE trade talks in a month or two. In other words, “more trade talks” means there is no deal of any substance and there’s plenty of time for the whole thing to fall apart once again. I give it less than a month. In the meantime, there will be plenty of other distractions for the general public, including the impeachment circus, tariffs against Europe, tensions in Syria, the Brexit mess, etc, etc.


My estimate was incorrect; it took a little OVER one month for the whole thing to fall apart. That said, I think the primary point remains the same. The trade war is not going to end anytime soon and there is a very good reason why this is the case: It serves the globalist agenda as a perfect distraction for the collapse of the “Everything Bubble” and the launch of the global economic reset into a what the elites call a “new world order”.


         



      

But let’s go back for a moment to understand what just happened. A month ago, the trade deal was treated as essentially done. China had partially folded on most of Trump’s demands and Trump was going to pull off a major economic victory just in time for the 2020 election season. The Dow was going to rocket past 30,000 and Trump’s second term was now assured. This was the narrative in the majority of the alternative media, and I have to say, it is sad to see so many otherwise intelligent analysts make such a huge blunder.


I have lost track of how many times the trade war was put on hold in light of an optimistic “new deal”, and how many times people bought into the farce. For many, though, this event seemed different. The rhetoric on both sides was more conciliatory and they even had a tentative date set for a “phase one” deal signing. The problem is that after every deal announcement, the establishment has always left at least a few separate “linchpins” in place that would allow them to explode trade deal exuberance down the road.


A year ago, the linchpin was the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in the middle of a 90-day truce. This time, it was the U.S. passage of a bill supporting Hong Kong protesters only weeks before the trade deal was to be signed and before new U.S. tariffs were to be implemented against China.


The Hong Kong issue is an interesting one. I won’t get too involved in the domestic politics of Hong Kong vs. China because I think this is peripheral to the bigger discussion. I will say that if I was living in Hong Kong, I would not want to concede further control to the totalitarian aspirations of mainland China. But U.S. involvement doesn’t help the protesters. In fact, it hurts them.


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Mass protests against government dominance require grassroots momentum to be successful. They require the public and the rest of the world to view their efforts as a legitimate fight for freedom against the oversteps of the political elites. Such activist efforts are derailed when they are sullied by associations with foreign powers. Meaning, when a protest or rebellion is accused of being a puppet movement of a foreign government seeking war by proxy, the rebellion loses support in the eyes of the rest of the public and thus loses momentum.


Americans should be intimately familiar with this problem. Conservative activist groups have been accused for years of being puppets of the Russian government, and this is clearly designed to undermine their image as true Americans fighting for a freer society. In Hong Kong, the U.S. is being presented as the foreign power whose tentacles are spreading through every facet of the protests. And even if the Hong Kong rebellion started on honest terms as a real domestic response to Chinese Big Brother collectivism, it doesn’t matter now. The U.S. government has sabotaged those efforts by injecting itself into the situation.


U.S. legislation in support of Hong Kong also wrecks any future possibility of a trade deal, because it directly attaches the Trump Administration and the trade talks to the violent tides in Hong Kong. Trump cannot sign a trade deal with China while China brutalizes protesters, and China cannot sign a deal while Trump encourages what they consider domestic terrorism. Even if one side or the other wanted to capitulate, now it is impossible.


Of course, it is my belief that neither side ever had any intention of signing a trade deal in the first place. It is also my belief that the next escalation of the trade war will be used by the establishment as a scapegoat for the ongoing collapse in economic fundamentals and eventually a crash in stock markets.


Currently, it appears that the December phase one deal signing is off. Donald Trump has stated that he “likes the idea” of delaying a trade deal until after the 2020 election. The Chinese state-controlled media has accused the U.S. of “backpedaling” on recent agreements. And, rumors are that the Trump Administration is poised to assert new and higher tariffs on China by December 15th. I think the people betting on a Santa rally in markets this holiday season are about to get the same shock they got during the 2018 holiday season.




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In the meantime, precious metals, which saw a pull-back in recent weeks due to economic optimism fueled by a potential trade deal, will soon return to their previous rally as the trade deal falls apart yet again. There is a reason why countries like Russia and China have been stocking gold like mad the past few years. They know what is about to happen.


But why reignite the trade war now? As I noted at the end of October:


Trump has no intention of “winning” the trade war, and China has no intention of giving any real concessions to the US. In the meantime, the banking elites are conditioning the public to associate the trade war with the success or failure of stock markets, and separating themselves from any blame for the ongoing crash in fundamentals. When the trade deal finally and fully falls apart and markets crash, the public will assume the two things are directly related, and the banking elites hope that everyone will forget that it was they that created the Everything Bubble in the first place…


The Federal Reserve’s overnight and month-long repo purchases conveniently coincided with October and November’s trade deal optimism. Stock markets rocketed upwards despite almost all economic data showing a severe decline in every sector from housing to manufacturing to retail sales and store closures to auto sales, all on top of historic levels of corporate and consumer debt not seen since the crash of 2008. Now the Fed’s repo-loans are coming due and companies are going to have to buy back the collateral they initially gave the Fed in exchange for quick cash, conveniently at the same time as the trade war is being accelerated.


You will notice that in almost every instance that there is a policy shift by the Fed, something extreme seems to happen in the trade war. The central bankers are acclimating the public to the idea that every time good things happen in markets, it’s because of trade deal optimism. And, every time something bad happens in markets, it’s because the trade war is getting worse.


The masses are being conditioned to forget all about the epic financial bubble the elites engineered over the past decade through stimulus measures and QE, not to mention the fact that the Fed popped that bubble over a year ago through interest rate hikes and balance sheet cuts into economic weakness.


Another rather advantageous aspect of the trade war is that it provides cover for the destruction of the current monetary order and makes way for what the establishment elites call the “global economic reset”. As “de-dollarization” continues in Russia, China, the EU and other nations, eventually the American public is going to discover that their currency is being replaced as the world reserve with a basket system that includes a cashless digital alternative. This system is already being created by the IMF, and many nations including China and Russia have proclaimed their support for it.




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The U.S. will see considerable inflation or stagflation as the reset evolves. The elites hope that Americans will blame China and perhaps Russia for the pain of the dollar crash. The trade war creates a false paradigm of East vs. West, while the global banks and their political allies escape all blame. At least, that is the plan.


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By Press For Truth


If you publicly say something negative of the police they will detain, interrogate and shake you down into compliance! That’s the current reality in China as a new video shows police interrogating a man because of a social media post he made the night before speaking negatively of the local police practice of confiscating motorcycles.


In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth explains how this will eventually become a common practice in the West and how with corporate-state media approval, it could be sold to the public fairly easily.


         



      


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By Stefan Gleason


Through the first half of 2019, silver significantly underperformed gold. Put another way, gold gained relative to silver – culminating in the gold:silver ratio registering a 27-year high of 95:1.


That market signal was received by the mining industry. Since there are few primary silver producers, and those that do mine silver also typically mine gold and some base metals, precious metals miners had an incentive to invest more into gold production and less into silver.


Precious metals analyst Adam Hamilton wrote in a recent commentary,


As silver wasted away in recent years, its bombed-out prices heavily impaired silver mines’ ability to generate operating cash flows and profits. The silver miners were forced to adapt and shifted their focus and capital into adding gold production rather than boosting silver output.


         



      

Hamilton notes that the top 17 components of the GlobalX Silver Miners ETF (SIL) produced a total of 72.2 million ounces of silver last quarter, amounting to a 4.4% year over year decline. At the same time, their total gold output increased by 11.9%.


What this suggests is that the silver market is being under-supplied. In fact, the Silver Institute recorded a 2.4% global silver supply shrinkage in 2018.


And things certainly aren’t looking up this year.


Silver’s mining supply problem could be a super-bullish driver of higher prices. Higher prices will eventually incentivize increased production from the mining industry. But it will take much higher prices sustained for some time in order to move the needle of mining production in any significant way.


Silver Mining ETF Sham: These Stocks Are Primarily in Other Metals

As silver miners have become less silver-centric, their stocks can be expected to show less correlation to the silver price. In fact, some stocks that have “silver” in their name derive a large majority of their business outside of the white metal.


Consider Pan American Silver (PAAS), a $3.6 billion company that makes up a 5.4% weighting in the Silver Miners ETF (SIL).


While Pan American is indeed a producer of silver, its business comes mainly from other metals. According to BMO estimates, only 33% of Pan American Silver’s revenue in 2019 will come from silver production.


SIL’s third-largest holding is Korea Zinc. It is base metals smelter, not a silver miner. It processes some silver, but that particular aspect of its business amounts to just 17% of annual revenue.






Rare is the “silver” company that actually derives most of its revenue from silver. Since silver deposits tend to accumulate around other metals, valuable byproducts will be extracted during the mining process. Most silver is produced as a byproduct of mining for base metals, so primary silver mines are few and far between.


One exception is First Majestic Silver (AG). It is the purest major producer, with 62% of its revenue attributable to its namesake metal.


Of course, you will never find a purer silver play than actual .999 pure silver bullion products.


The further your silver-related investments get from the underlying metal, the more they will be driven by other factors you may not necessarily understand or believe in.


When silver starts becoming a hot commodity again, Wall Street will surely supply a bevy of new “silver” equities and exchange-traded derivative products – most of which will serve to divert casual investors away from investing in silver itself.


Physical Silver Outperforms Corporate Silver

Silver bullion investors have tended to fare better than silver stock investors in recent years. Since its inception in 2010, the Silver Miners ETF has underperformed the silver price by a net 25%. See the chart below…


Silver Global Chart


Despite an impressive spike in 2016, silver equities have languished before and since versus silver itself.


Silver companies – especially those that actually derive the bulk of their business from silver – could certainly see the value of their shares multiplied during the next big precious metals run-up. But investing or speculating in mining companies is inherently riskier the owning the metal itself.




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Silver is plenty capable of delivering eye-popping gains far in excess of gold’s when market conditions are favorable for the white metal. Silver’s volatility is more than some investors can stomach – in which case gold may be more suitable in a more conservative portfolio.


Silver, however, currently offers the more compelling supply story – combined with a heavily discounted relative valuation.



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By Kevin Helms


Banks worldwide have announced major job cuts this year. Globally, 75,700 jobs are reportedly being eliminated, with the most recent announcement coming from Italy’s largest bank. Unicredit has become the latest major bank to unveil layoff plans, joining Deutsche Bank, Santander, Commerzbank, HSBC, and more. The negative interest rate environment and slowing economies have forced banks to cut costs and lay off employees.


Unicredit Eliminating 8000 Jobs

Italy’s largest bank, Unicredit, unveiled its new business plan to 2023 on Tuesday, which reportedly includes laying off 8,000 employees and closing 500 branches. CEO Jean Pierre Mustier claims that this round of job cuts will help eliminate 1 billion euros ($1.11 billion) of the bank’s gross expenses.


         



      

Unicredit also announced a separate buyback of 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion), Bloomberg detailed, noting that the job cuts equal to more than 9% of the bank’s workforce. The bank, however, said it intends to spend 9.4 billion euros on information technology and human resources over the next four years to update its technology and improve compliance.


Banks Are Cutting 75,700 Jobs WorldwideUnicredit’s worldwide presence. Source: Unicredit

The bank currently has 12,000 branches in over 50 countries and 30 representative offices around the world, according to its website. It provides products and services to approximately 26 million customers in areas of corporate investment banking, commercial banking and wealth management. Its 14 core markets are Italy, Germany, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey.


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Two Italian banking unions told Reuters on Tuesday that they expect the actual number of job cuts to be around 5,500 instead of the 8,000 announced. They also expect 450 branches to close instead of the planned 500 branches.


Banks Cutting Over 75,700 Jobs Worldwide

The job cut announcement by Unicredit brings the total number of layoffs announced by banks globally this year to 75,700, according to Bloomberg. 83% of these banks are in Europe where negative interest rates and slowing economies have forced financial institutions to cut costs. In September, news.Bitcoin.com reported that the number of announced job cuts totaled over 60,000.


Banks Are Cutting 75,700 Jobs WorldwideGlobal layoff breakdown. This chart is an updated version of the one included in our previous bank layoff coverage. Source: company filings and Bloomberg.

Overall, banks in Europe have announced job cuts of 63,036, representing more than 10 times the total number announced by banks in North America, the news outlet conveyed. In Europe, banks in Germany top the list of major job cuts. Deutsche Bank leads the pack with a plan to lay off 18,000 employees through 2022 as it scales down its investment banking business. Besides cutting jobs, banks in Germany are passing on the burden of negative interest rates to their clients. A recent survey by the German central bank, the Deutsche Bundesbank, shows that 58% of banks surveyed are already doing so. Some are charging all savers negative interest rates while others only target wealthy and corporate clients.


According to data compiled by Bloomberg, other banks with major layoff plans include Banco Santander which is cutting 5,400 jobs, Commerzbank 4,300 jobs, HSBC 4,000 jobs, Barclays 3,000 jobs, Alfa Bank 3,000 jobs, KBC 2,100 jobs, Societe Generale 2,100 jobs, and Caixabank 2,000 jobs. HSBC may actually be laying off more workers as the company said in October that it may cut up to 10,000 jobs.


What do you think of big banks cutting costs by laying off workers? Let us know in the comments section below.



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By Tyler Durden


Seriously WTF! 


We tend to report on how Baltimore City’s socio-economic crisis is sending the region into a collapse. Now there’s a new report that appears to be literally from a third world country!


Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young warned in an interview this week with WBAL News’ Vanessa Herring that a white van has been running around the city targeting young girls for their organs, reported The Baltimore Sun.


“We’re getting reports of somebody in a white van trying to snatch up young girls for human trafficking and for selling body parts, I’m told. So we have to be careful because there’s so much evil going on, not just in the city of Baltimore, but around the country,” Young said. “It’s all over Facebook.”




         



      

Police spokesman Matt Jablow told The Baltimore Sun that the department is “aware of the posts on social media, but we do not have any reports of actual incidents.”



WBAL asked the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office about any reports of abductions in the city, and they responded by indicating no reports have yet been filed.


A spokesman for the mayor said Young was discussing a general problem of human trafficking in the city, not a specific incident.


Councilman Kristerfer Burnett, the co-chair of the Baltimore City Human Trafficking Collaborative, said: “While it’s important that we do raise awareness about human trafficking, I would note that rarely are people snatched as you may see in film or may see on social media.”


Young’s latest claims of a body-snatching van come after a news conference last month, which he said: “I’m worried about people pulling up in vans, snatching young girls to take their organs or sell them into prostitution.”



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