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ZeroHedge: How The Trade War Helps Hide Central Bank Sabotage Of The Economy

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This article was written by Brandon Smith and originally published at Birch Gold Group

Almost every aspect of the global economic downturn, which started ostensibly in 2007-2008 and is still ongoing to this day, can be traced back to the actions and policies of central banks. The Federal Reserve, for example, used artificially low interest rates and easy money to create a supposedly no-risk loan environment. This translated into a vast amount of toxic mortgage debt along with a web of derivatives (Mortgage Backed Securities) attached to that debt.

The Fed ignored all the signs and all the alternative analyst warnings. Agencies like S&P backed the Fed narrative that all was well as they gave AAA ratings to endless toxic market products. The mainstream media backed the Fed by attacking anyone that argued the notion that the U.S. economy was unstable and ready to falter. In that era of economics, the truth was effectively hidden from the public by the system through relatively standard means. Today, things have changed slightly.

Since the 2008 crash, numerous economists and former Fed officials have come out publicly to admit to the culpability of central bankers (sort of). Alan Greenspan first claimed in 2008 that the Fed had “made a mistake” in its analysis and overlooked the potential of a market bubble. Then, in 2013 he came out and admitted all the central bankers KNEW that a bubble was present, but that they believed the markets would self-correct without much damage to GDP or the rest of the economy.


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ZeroHedge: Most Blue-Collar Workers Report Feeling ‘Optimistic’ And ‘Happy’, Study Shows

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The unprecedented optimism being felt by small business owners and consumers is also lifting the spirits of blue collar workers, according to a new survey which found that American laborers are enjoying rising wages and improved job prospects, while their white-collar peers struggle with stagnant wages and growing rates of work-related dissatisfaction.


Of course, anybody who has spent long hours behind a desk probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that one of the biggest factors behind the high rates of work-related dissatisfaction among white collar workers is the fact that most of them spend nearly two-thirds of their day in a sedentary position. In contrast, blue-collar workers enjoy high levels of mobility.

Our findings do suggest, however, that white-collar work remains associated with sedentary office culture. Those who deemed themselves white-collar professionals said they spent more than two-thirds of their workdays at a desk on average. Conversely, the most common industries for self-identified blue-collar workers were the wholesale and retail, manufacturing and hospitality fields—work typically performed on one’s feet.

With that said, blue-collar workers struggle with anxieties related to their long-term career trajectory at significantly higher rates than white collar workers. Blue-collar workers also report higher rates of feeling disrespected while at work.

How does the job satisfaction of blue- and white-collar professionals compare? Whereas more than two-thirds of each cohort reported feeling happy at work, white-collar workers were slightly more likely to report as much. Likewise, blue-collar workers were more likely to express unhappiness about their professional lives. These findings resonate with global data gauging worker happiness, suggesting that individuals in labor-intensive positions experience positive emotions less frequently across the world.

There may be many viable explanations for this happiness gap, but it seems unlikely to result from co-worker conflict. White-collar workers were only slightly more likely to express that they “liked” their colleagues. (more…)

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ZeroHedge: Recusal Of Mystery Judge Stalls DNC Fraud Lawsuit Appeal

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Authored by Elizabath Lea Vos via Disobedient Media

UPDATE: 9/18/18 In another mind boggling twist, it was revealed after the publication of the following article that the recused Judge is in fact the Hon. Robin S. Rosenbaum, who has served on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals since 2014, and is apparently a member of the “Quill and Dagger” collegiate secret society.

The DNC Fraud Lawsuit has been no stranger to unusual and atypical occurrences. The latest unprecedented development continues this trend, potentially raising troubling questions as to the integrity of the Federal appellate process.

Disobedient Media has consistently covered the DNC Fraud lawsuit and its ongoing appeal as it has been dogged by outlandish events including voice-modulated phone calls, threats, and inexplicable deaths. Many such events have gone unnoticed and unreported by the legacy media.

Though the suit was initially dismissed on jurisdictional grounds, the dismissal is in the process of an appeal in the Federal 11th Circuit appellate court. A hearing in the matter had been set for September 25th. However, attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case recently announced that the hearing had been canceled, with no date for a new hearing at the time of writing.

The cancellation of the September hearing became more alarming in the wake of news that it stemmed from the recusal of one of three Judges. A periscope statement made by Elizabeth Lee Beck, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case, discussed the bizarre events earlier today, stating in part:

“Oral argument was set for September 25 in the DNC Fraud Lawsuit appeal, and it was assigned to that date for months. Less than two weeks before that hearing was supposed to happen, one of our three Judges recused herself. (more…)

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ZeroHedge: Students Don’t Vote Absentee Because “They Don’t Know Where To Get Stamps,” Study Shows

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Despite all of the “activism ” taking place on college campuses (activism that is tantamount to harassment of individuals who don’t agree with SJW orthodoxy), voting apparently isn’t a high priority for many modern students, who are apparently too busy checking their Instagram to figure out where they can buy a stamp to send in their absentee ballots.


To wit, a Fairfax County focus group conducted this summer found that many college students who have requested and received an absentee ballot have simply neglected to send it in because they don’t know where to buy a stamp for the envelope, according to WTOP.

Lisa Connors, who ran the focus group, said she was surprised to learn how frequently this came up.

The focus group, which was sponsored by the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs, involved college interns from across several county departments.

“One thing that came up, which I had heard from my own kids but I thought they were just nerdy, was that the students will go through the process of applying for a mail-in absentee ballot, they will fill out the ballot, and then, they don’t know where to get stamps,” Lisa Connors with the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs said.

“That seems to be like a hump that they can’t get across.”

With the Nov. 6 midterm vote drawing nearer, the county is encouraging area students to vote in-person absentee instead of relying on the envelope.

“We’re really working on information to get the college students to be able to actually vote where they’re registered and vote absentee because it’s very confusing and it has a lot of pieces that can sort of go wrong in the middle of it,” said Kate Hanley, Fairfax County Electoral Board secretary.

Students can also opt to change their voter registration. Meanwhile, Fairfax County General Registrar Gary Scott said he wants to ensure that ballot request forms are filled out correctly, with students listing their home address and residence address in the correct boxes. (more…)

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ZeroHedge: Paul Craig Roberts: The US Is A Dead Man Walking…

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Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

…Or is it a dead feminist, homosexual, transgendered walking zombie?

While driving yesterday, I turned on the car radio to see if the Russian/Syrian liberation of Idlib, Syria, from the Washington-supported terrorists had begun. What I got was two white females deploring white racism on NPR. They were so guilty that they had indirectly benefitted from white racism. I thought I was going to drown in the guilt of one of the females before she ever finished her sentence.

You are not going to believe the “indirect benefit” that produced such wrenching guilt in the white female. But maybe you will. She had purchased a brick bungalow Identical to the one next door in which a black American lived with the difference that the attic in her house had been refurbished, but the black man’s attic had not. Her racial guilt came from the fact that the white person from whom she had purchased the house had been able to refurbish the attic, but her black neighbor had not, apparently because of racism.

Does this seem like a reasonable explanation for wallowing in racial guilt?

I can think of many better ones that go unmentioned in the presstitute media. For example, as Eric Zuesse reports, Saudi Arabia, the puppet state that Washington has sicced on Yemen, is “systematically blocking food from reaching tens of millions of people, Houthis, who live in Yemen and are surrounded by the U.S. (more…)

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ZeroHedge: Japan Sends China A Message With Submarine War Drill In South China Sea

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New information is surfacing about a Japanese submarine military exercise in the South China Sea. The Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) said in a rare statement on Monday that one submarine and three other vessels performed aggressive maneuvers to deter China’s militarization of the region.

“Japan has been performing submarine exercises in the South China Sea since 15 years ago. We did so last year and the year before that,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on a TV program on Monday. “The purpose of the Self-Defense Force drills is to improve their skill. It is not intended for specific countries.”

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, this is the first public announcement that the MSDF revealed military exercises by a submarine in the region. Last Thursday, the Hiroshima-based submarine Kuroshio joined helicopter carrier Kaga and two other missile destroyers for maneuvers.

During the exercise, destroyers worked with helicopters to hunt for the submarine using sonars, while the Kuroshio pursued the carrier as it lurked beneath the waters. What is notable, however, is that the exercises took place within China’s self-declared maritime claim known as the Nine-Dash Line, which includes most of the South China Sea.

It’s part of a strategic message that Japan would like to send to China and the countries in the region,” said Narushige Michishita, a professor specializing in international security at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo. “It’s a demonstration of Japan’s will to maintain a balance of power.” Michishita called it “very significant” that Tokyo would even send anti-submarine warfare capability because China regularly operates nuclear-powered submarines in the area.


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ZeroHedge: Krieger: Why Populism Is Just Getting Started

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Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

The deal those bankers cooked up was to save the banks from capitalism.

– From Matt Taibbi’s recent piece: Ten Years After the Crash, We’ve Learned Nothing

While Google executives still attempt to portray themselves as scrappy, enlightened, countercultural tech luminaries, their reaction to Donald Trump’s victory in a recently leaked internal video leaves you wondering whether they understand anything at all about what’s happening around them.

There are two key takeaways I got from the video.

First, Google executives are either totally clueless or in willful denial about the state of the country they call home.

Second, they’re shameless hypocrites when it comes to the so-called values they claim drive corporate behavior.

In other words, they collectively sound just like all the phony, status quo D.C. politician everyone’s sick of.


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ZeroHedge: Feinstein Questions Kavanaugh Accuser’s Truth, Lawyer Demands Full FBI Probe Before Hearing

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Update: Feinstein has fallen back in line and is now following Ford’s attorney’s narrative, demanding that the hearing be delayed until a full FBI investigation is undertaken.

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It’s been quite an evening in politics.

First, the former classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was said to have been in the room when Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted a woman decades ago, has told senators he will not testify at next week’s hearing.

As The Hill reports,  Mark Judge wrote in a brief letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that:

He “did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone ask me to be involved.”

“In fact, I have no memory of this alleged incident,” he wrote.

Christine Blasey Ford has said that Judge was in the room at a high school party in the 1980s when Kavanaugh held her down on a bed and tried to remove her clothing.

Senate Democrats earlier Tuesday called on Judge to testify at the hearing scheduled for Monday, and after his refusal to testify, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) called on the Judiciary Committee to subpoena Judge, which would force him to appear in front of the committee. (more…)

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ZeroHedge: Only 3% Of Homeowners In Parts Of Hurricane-Slammed North Carolina Have Flood Insurance

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Hurricane Florence’s lacerating rains have finally moved on from the Carolina’s, but the flooding threat posed by multiple rivers – particularly in the hardest-hit state of North Carolina remains high, as this photo of Cape Fear River, tweeted earlier Tuesday by the Fayetteville Police Department, clearly shows:

The river is projected to rise nearly 45 feet to near 62.4 feet by Tuesday, according to the NHC – what would be a record-breaking level for the region. As of Monday, Swansboro North Carolina had received nearly 31 inches of rain, which was also a record. The intense flooding has invaded power plants and caused lagoons filled with hog waste to overflow – a phenomenon that will be difficult for state authorities to undo. Aside from the structural damage, the human toll from the storm was also severe, with 35 fatalities across the Carolinas and Virginia.


But as the waters recede, rattled residents will begin returning to their homes to see what, if anything, is left of their properties. And unfortunately for hundreds of thousands of them, they will be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in damages because, as USA Today reports, only a small fraction of them have a flood-insurance policy. In the coastal areas that were hardest hit by the storm, USA Today estimates that only between 10% and 20% of homes are insured. Further inland, where flooding is still devastating thousands of homes, rates are as low as 1%.

Only 10 percent to 20 percent of coastal homeowners in the hard-hit eastern part of North Carolina, for example, have coverage through the government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and only 1 percent to 3 percent of homes in inland counties have flood policies, according to estimates from John Rollins, an actuary at consulting firm Milliman. Statewide, roughly 3 percent of the homes in North Carolina have flood coverage and 8 percent of homeowners are covered in South Carolina, Rollins said.


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SHTFplan: Russia Vows To Retaliate Against Israel For Shooting Down Spy Plane

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Russia has vowed to retaliate against Israel after their airstrikes created a “dangerous situation.” While Israel was performing unannounced attacks in Syria, a Soviet reconnaissance plane was accidentally shot down by Syrian Air Defence systems, the Kremlin has announced.

The Russian aircraft, which was used for electronic surveillance, disappeared from radar screens over Syria at about 11 PM local time on Monday, according to the Express UK. The plane was over the Mediterranean Sea about 35 km (20 miles) from the Syrian coastline, Russia’s TASS news agency quoted the ministry as saying in a statement.

“The trace of the Il-20 on flight control radars disappeared during an attack by four Israeli F-16 jets on Syrian facilities in Latakia province,” read the statement. “At the same time, Russian air control radar systems detected rocket launches from the French frigate Auvergne which was located in that region.”

The plane disappearance happened to occur right around the same time Israeli and French forces were launching targeted strikes in Syria. According to the Russian defense ministry, 15 people were on board the I1-29 turboprop plane at the time of its disappearance.  The fate of the 15 missing persons on board is not known.

Following the French military’s denial of involvement in the plane’s disappearance on Tuesday, RIA news agency reported the Kremlin has accused Israeli aircraft of deliberately creating a “dangerous” situation.  Russian is also blaming Israel for the death of the plane’s crew due to its “irresponsible actions” with the Kremlin threatening retaliatory steps in response. The ministry said it “was not possible” that the Israeli forces involved did not see the craft as it was preparing to land.

“As a result of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military, 15 Russian service personnel perished. This absolutely does not correspond to the spirit of Russian-Israeli partnership,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, according to Interfax news agency. “We reserve the right to take commensurate measures in response.”

Israel’s military, which was contacted before Russia alleged the country was to blame, has declined to comment.