This Might Be Where The Very First Total Nuclear War Starts

Via National Interest, This article by Dilip Hiro originally appeared at War is Boring in 2016. Undoubtedly, for nearly two decades the most dangerous place on Earth has been the Indian-Pakistani border in Kashmir. It’s possible that a small spark from artillery and rocket exchanges across that border might  –  given the known military doctrines of the […]

Rural America Is On The Verge Of Collapse 

The Economic Innovation Group’s (EIG) Distressed Communities Index (DCI) shows a significant economic transformation (from two distinct periods: 2007-2011 and 2012-2016) that occurred since the financial crisis. The shift of human capital, job creation, and business formation to metropolitan areas reveals that rural America is teetering on the edge of collapse. Since the crisis, the […]

Academic Elitists Have Invented A New Way To Rig Voting In The Future

Authored by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.com, The question of whether or not “democracy” works is always being studied, by proponents of freedom as well as by proponents of authoritarianism. The founding fathers of the sovereign American experiment were far more intelligent than some critics today give them credit for – they knew full well that […]

Drivers Are Turning To Sex Dolls And Mannequins To Use HOV Lanes

Reality may not be The Onion (yet), but it’s encroaching dangerously close on Curb your Enthusiasm. An increasing number of drivers are illegally using HOV carpool lanes by stuffing mannequins, skeletons, even blowup sex dolls and various other items into their cars to try and fool police into thinking that they have a passenger when they don’t. […]

Workers Of The World, Unite!

Authored by MN Gordon via EconomicPrism.com, The dawn of war is a time of simple clarity and purpose.  Good guys vs. bad guys.  Cowboys vs. Indians.  Confederates vs. Yankees.  Coppers vs. robbers.  It’s a time when lines are drawn, songs are sang, and drums are beaten with gaiety and confidence. Indeed, calls for ‘a jolly […]

The Belligerence Of Empire

Authored by Kenn Orphan via Counterpunch.org, “Capitalism’s gratuitous wars and sanctioned greed have jeopardized the planet and filled it with refugees. Much of the blame for this rests squarely on the shoulders of the government of the United States. Seventeen years after invading Afghanistan, after bombing it into the ‘stone age’ with the sole aim […]

Millennials And Gen Z Optimism About Economic Outlook Drops, Survey Finds

Deloitte recently published its Global Millennial Survey of 13,416 millennials from 42 countries and 3,009 Gen Z respondents from ten countries. The survey found that both generations are experiencing economic disruptions that have translated into stress and pessimism about their careers, their social lives, and the entire world around them. Economic optimism dropped to a […]

“GlobalCoin” – Facebook Aims To Launch Payments-Focused Cryptocurrency In 2020

Authored by Marie Huillet via CoinTelegraph.com, Social media giant Facebook plans to launch its own payments-focused cryptocurrency “Globalcoin” in 2020, according to a BBC news report published on May 24. image courtesy of CoinTelegraph The BBC reports that tests for the forthcoming digital currency are planned to take place by the end of 2019. While Globalcoin is ostensibly the […]

Latest China Tariffs Will Cost American Households $831 Per Year, Fed Says

It’s tempting to believe President Trump’s insistence that Chinese companies will bear the costs of US tariffs, but as a chorus of emergent trade experts have pointed out, this simply isn’t true. American consumers will bear at least some of the costs of the new tariffs, though the extent will depend on how companies react […]

Watch: Sickly Nadler Passes Out During De Blasio Presser

Maybe he’s tired from signing all of those subpoenas. One day after Nancy Pelosi publicly questioned President Trump’s mental health and suggested that his family should consider an ‘intervention’, Jerry Nadler – the chairman of the Judiciary Committee and point man for various Congressional investigations involving the president, staff from his 2016 campaign, and members […]

Red Flag For Oil Markets: Asian Refining Margins Plunge To 16-Year Low

Authored by Irina Slav via OilPrice.com, Persistent pressure on profit margins has forced Asian refiners to start considering a reduction in their run rates, Reuters reports, citing unnamed sources from the industry. According to the sources, higher international oil prices are behind the unfavorable development, which has seen refiners’ margins drop to the lowest since the […]

Boeing Shares Slide On Reports Of SEC Investigation

Since the aviation authorities around the world grounded the 737 MAX 8 following a second suspicious crash, the scrutiny facing Boeing has been intensifying. Over the past two months, the DoJ has opened a criminal probe, the FAA is looking into whether Boeing mislead regulators during the certification process, and a smattering of Congressional investigations […]

CIA Whistleblower: Assange Is Going To Get Railroaded By “Hanging” Judge

A former CIA analyst-turned-whistleblower says that an extradited Julian Assange would have no chance of a fair trial in front of a federal judge who “reserves every national security case for herself.”  Judge Leonie Brinkema, Julian Assange John Kiriakou, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison by Eastern District of Virginia Judge Leonie Brinkema for […]

China's Largest Chipmaker De-Lists From NYSE

It’s only 9 am in New York but Friday’s session has already featured a frantic flurry of trade-war-related headlines that have – at least in the market’s view – overshadowed Theresa May’s tearful announcement that she will be stepping down as PM. Beijing repudiated President Trump’s Thursday claim about a ‘speedy’ trade deal, saying there […]

Meanwhile In China: If You Don't Recycle, Big Brother Will Get You

Starting in September, residents of Xi’an, located in China’s northwest Shaanxi Province, will receive negative social credit points if they refuse to observe local garbage sorting regulations, according to the CCP-friendly Global Times.  The Xi’an government requires its residents to sort their waste into at least four categories – recyclable, hazardous waste, kitchen and other waste. Those who […]

The Next Economic Crisis And The Looming Post-Multipolar System 

via South Front, The Impending Crisis At one time, specifically during the post-World War 2 Bretton Woods era, it looked like as if the capitalist model could be indefinitely sustainable and avoid plunging the world into major world conflicts. That era began to come to an end during the stagflation crisis of the 1970s, and […]

Employees Of 'Sexting-Central' Snapchat Spied On Users

Employees at social media giant Snap have been abusing internal tools for accessing user data in order to spy on Snapchat users, according to an investigative report by Motherboard, which interviewed multiple current and former employees and viewed internal Snap communications.  “employees have used data access processes for illegitimate reasons to spy on users, according to two former employees.” –Motherboard […]

Skype Co-Founder Is “Desperate” To Save Humanity From AI

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, The co-founder of Skype, Jaan Tallinn, is on a desperate mission to save the human race from the destruction of artificial intelligence.  Since 2007, Tallinn’s dedicated more than $1 million toward preventing super-smart AIs from replacing humans as Earth’s dominant species and from destroying humanity in the process. According […]

DoJ Launches Anti-Trust Probe Into Real Estate Brokerage Industry

As homes in the US become increasingly unaffordable, those who can afford to buy probably chafe at the insanely high commissions paid to agents and brokers, which can amount to 6% of the sales price. And as more buyers balk at these fees, turning instead to ‘iBuyers’ like Open Door and Zillow (which will buy […]

How Media Propagandists Create “Symbolic” Meaning

Authored by Joshua Philipp via The Epoch Times, In the information age, propaganda has become one of the most powerful forces in the world. And political factions, legacy news outlets, and special interest groups looking to manipulate societies to their wills use propaganda’s various tactics to advance their goals. Yet, if we can manage to […]

They're Back! 3D-Printed Guns Are Unstoppable And Here To Stay

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, An entirely decentralized network of self-defense rights advocates have taken to the internet to provide plans for 3D-printed guns.  It looks like the 3D guns are unregulatable and unstoppable. They’re anonymously sharing the blueprints and advice while simultaneously building an unstoppable community. Unlike previous attempts to popularize 3D-printed guns, […]

CJ Hopkins: Democracy Versus The 'Putin-Nazis'

Authored (satirically) by CJ Hopkins via The Unz Review, Back in January 2018, I wrote this piece about The War on Dissent, which, in case you haven’t noticed, is going gangbusters. As predicted, the global capitalist ruling classes have been using every weapon in their arsenal to marginalize, stigmatize, delegitimize, and otherwise eliminate any and all […]

Trump Mulls Pentagon Plan To Deploy 10,000 Troops To “Monitor Iran”

The White House is set to mull a Pentagon plan for deployment of 10,000 new troops to the Middle East on Thursday following heightened tension with Iran, the AP reported Wednesday.  It’s as yet unclear whether President Trump will sign off on the full number, but the White House is expected to send at least […]

How Tech Unicorns Are Just Like China's “Ghost Cities”

Authored by Jesse Colombo via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, Since the Great Recession, there has been an explosion of interest and activity in the tech startup arena. Tens of thousands of tech startups have been founded in recent years and there are now over three hundred new “unicorn” startups that have valuations of $1 billion or more. The […]

Criticisms Of New SAT 'Adversity Score' Continue To Mount

Authored by Jennifer Kabbany via The College Fix, The recent decision by the Scholastic Aptitude Test to add a so-called adversity score to test takers’ results for college admissions’ officials to weigh has been almost universally panned. Few think it’s a good idea to give students an “overall disadvantage level” ranking. First, conservative scholar Heather Mac Donald laid […]

Pelosi: Trump 'Crying Out' For House To Impeach So Senate Can Vindicate Him

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told her Democratic colleagues that President Trump “wants to be impeached” in order to be vindicated by the Senate, according to ABC News.  Pelosi made the suggestion during a Thursday morning meeting according to two Democratic aides, who said that Pelosi also called Trump’s actions “villainous.”  The aide said that Pelosi […]

Nomura: “This Is How Things Could Get Weird Fast In The Market”

One day after we asked the question on every trader’s mind, namely “Why Stocks Stubbornly Refuse To Sell Off Despite The Escalating Trade War“, we got the answer on Thursday, and with sentiment turning dire overnight as increasingly more capitulate on the “extended trade war reality”, Charlie McElligott writes this morning that the now traditional […]

Deutsche Bank CEO Vows To Make “Tough Cutbacks” As Shares Slump To Record Low

Watching Deutsche Bank shares crash to new all-time lows (around €6.35 $7.07) just as the troubled German lender’s annual shareholder meeting was getting underway in Frankfurt on Thursday, we could hardly imagine anything more appropriate. Actually, that’s not true – there is one thing: The revelation, just hours before the meeting’s start, that a ‘software […]

Could China Dump Its US Treasuries? A Contrarian View Emerges From Beijing

Authored by Karen Yeung via The South China Morning Post, As American pundits and polls dismiss the idea that China would dump its massive holdings of US Treasury debt as retaliation against US tariffs, a contrarian view is emerging in Beijing that the government may use the securities as a “weapon of last resort”. China’s […]

Rand Corp.: 'How To Destroy Russia'

Authored by Manlio Dinucci via VoltaireNet.org, The conclusions of the latest confidential report by the Rand Corporation were recently made public in a « Brief ». They explain how to wage a new Cold War against Russia. Certain recommendations have already been implemented, but this systemic exposure enables us to understand their true objective. Force […]

The SEC Never Collects On Nearly Half Of The Fines It Levies

It used to be bad enough that the SEC wouldn’t show up to “regulate” until schemes like Madoff and Enron had already collapsed on their own. Now, the inefficiency at the agency looks to have gone one step further, as we are finding out the SEC “never collects” much of the money that it seeks in fines […]

“Research”: US Navy Wants To Archive 350 Billion Social Media Posts

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, The United States Navy wants to archive 350 billion social media posts in order to conduct “research.” What exactly does the military want to study? “Modes of collective expression.” The Department of the Navy has posted a solicitation asking contractors to bid on a project that would amass a staggering 350 […]

USPS Starts Testing Self-Driving Trucks For Long Hauls

The US Postal Service (USPS) has awarded TuSimple, a global self-driving truck company, a contract to haul mail across the country with self-driving trucks, a move that could save the money-losing government agency millions of dollars per year if implemented, reported a TuSimple press release. The two-week pilot started Tuesday will haul USPS trailers about […]

Pentagon Finally Admits To UFO Investigations

The Pentagon has admitted that they have been investigating UFOs through a secret government initiative known as the “Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP),” which the Defense department told the New York Post “did pursue research and investigation into unidentified aerial phenomena.“ image: ‘Project Blue Book’ The DoD says that it shut down AATIP in 2012, however spokesman […]

Huawei And Ex-Employee Locked In IP Theft Battle

The very embattled Huawei Technologies has accused a former employee of poaching workers and stealing their proprietary intellectual property in order to launch a competing firm backed by Microsoft and Dell. In a December 2017 lawsuit, Huawei alleged in 2017 that Yiren “Ronnie” Huang stole technology and recruited 14 of its employees. Huang was hired […]

How Trump's Huawei Ban Could Blow Up Apple's China Business

Of all the major US multinationals that do business in China, Apple is in a particularly precarious position: iPhones sold in the US will be subject to the new tariffs, since Apple builds most of them in China, while Chinese consumers – whom the company has come to depend on for sales growth – could […]