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Citizen Militia Experiences Explosive Growth Following the Last Election

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Until the 1990’s, civilian run volunteer militias weren’t all that common in the United States. They were the fringe of the fringe in our culture. But after Waco and Ruby Ridge, their ranks swelled and they became a common subject in the news and in pop culture. Their numbers fell again under President Bush, and then grew to new heights under President Obama.

It’s an obvious pattern. Conservative militias multiply like crazy under Democratic presidents, and for good reason. When Democrats take the reigns of government, they always threaten to restrict gun ownership. They then decline under Republican administrations, when conservatives don’t feel as threatened.

However, there may be a new trend emerging. CBS Atlanta recently did a piece on a militia called the Three Percenter Security Force (which obviously showed them in slightly negative light, given the source). The organization is run by Marine Corps veteran Chris Hill, who says that their membership has grown from a few dozen, to roughly 400 members since November. The Marine told CBS that the militia would protect the Second Amendment under any administration, and that “The government or law enforcement agencies, disarming people, it’s a constant threat.”

That doesn’t sound very different from the stated objectives of any conservative militia that has emerged since the 90s. So why is this militia’s membership growing so drastically during the early stages of a Republican administration? What’s different this time? The answer may lie in how the Left has responded to Trump being elected. According to Hill:

“The level of violence I see coming from these protests is alarming, I think that creates more of a need for people like us to be there,” Hill said.

Hill says, just as anti-Trump supporters have a right to organize and protest, his group wants to show their presence.

“We have a duty to protect, our freedom, our liberty, our constitutional Republic.” Hill said. “That responsibility can’t be deferred to you know Congress.”

So radical leftists and conservative militias are experiencing explosive growth at the same time, and neither of them are afraid to present themselves in the streets of America. While I do support the rights of militias, I have to say that this probably won’t end well.

Hillary Clinton Calls For ‘Resistance’: “We Need To Stay Engaged… I’ll Be With You Every Step Of The Way”

Submitted by Mac Slavo via SHTFPlan.com,

Last month we noted that Hillary Clinton is looking to start her own “fabulous” TV show in an effort to remain relevant following a disastrous Presidential election loss in 2016. The show, according to an insider, would be “completely controlled” and will likely focus on undermining the efforts of President Donald Trump, while whipping her supporters into a frenzy.

Now, in a three minute video address to fellow Democrats, the former Secretary of State says she is going to keep the fight going with the help of former President Barrack Obama and his wife Michelle, who incidentally, recently started their own organization aimed at marginalizing the new Trump administration.

The challenges we face as a party and a country are real. So, now more than ever, we need to stay engaged in the field and online, reaching out to new voters, young people and everyone who wants a better, stronger and fairer America.

 

We as Democrats must move forward with courage, confidence and activism, and stay focused on the elections we must win this year and next.

 

Let resistance plus persistence equal progress for our party and our country.

 

…Keep fighting and keep the faith… and I’ll be right there with you every step of the way.

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America’s Fentanyl Crisis “Is Surging, With No End In Sight”

Having surpassed gun homicides for the first time in 2015, the epidemic of heroin and opioid related deaths in the US continues to grow. Amid the dismal failure of the 'war on drugs', it seems US lawmakers are finally waking up to reality, and are pressing the nation’s drug czar for more data on the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, including how it is trafficked and how many people it has killed, in the latest effort to thwart a spiraling drug crisis.

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that nearly 5,000 more people died from opioids in 2015 than in 2014. Both heroin and opioid use have exploded in the US, after decades of doctors over-prescribing painkillers in the 1990s and 2000s. A report from the CDC released Thursday found that the drug problem has become so deadly that heroin deaths outnumbered gun fatalities last year for the first time in US history. Until 2007, gun deaths outnumbered heroin deaths five to one, according to the Washington Post. But 2015 saw 12,989 people die from heroin and 12,979 die from gun homicides.

And now, as The Wall Street Journal reports, America's politicians are finally spotting a problem with this trend. Last week, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators filed a measure, the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act, that seeks to curb shipments of synthetic drugs such as fentanyl by tightening U.S. postal system requirements for packages coming from other countries.

“The national opioid crisis is being compounded by the re-emergence of illicit fentanyl and its analogues, which are synthetic opioids far more potent than morphine or heroin,” said Mario Moreno Zepeda, a spokesman for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. “Given the urgency of the opioid overdose epidemic, we will reply to the Committee’s inquiries promptly. (more…)

Vehicle Plows Into New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade, Injuring 28; Driver In Custody

At least 28 people were injured on Saturday evening after a pickup plowed into a crowd during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, police said according to WDSU.  New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman Ambria Washington said that “initial reports show so far that about a dozen people are in critical condition.” She added that the number could increase as the investigation continues.



Ranges Dominate in FX: Respect the Price Action

marctomarket.com / by  / Feb 25, 2017

It is difficult right now to talk about the foreign exchange market using the dollar as the numeraire.  The dollar was stronger against most of the major currencies last week, but not the yen or sterling.  The Dollar Index itself was little changed, rising less than 0.15%.
When everything was said and done more was said than done.  The FOMC minutes and official comments left March and June Fed fund futures contracts implying a half a basis point higher rares, which is essentially the spread between the bid and offer.   To the extent there has been a shift, it is a recognition by many, including ourselves, that a move in May has much to recommend itself.  The implied yield on the May contract rose two basis points last week.

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Reddit Caught Censoring Posts Using The Term “Rothschild”

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It’s the latest chapter of the long, documented saga of Reddit censorshipagainst various forms of political speech over the past several years. In a humorous development, Reddit’s admin team has been caught censoring posts using the term “Rothschild.”

Users on pro-Trump subreddit r/the_donald began noticing the censorship several days ago after a humorous tweet from Lynn de Rothschild on February 21st, 2017 lampooned John Podesta for his work managing Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential election campaign. A test conducted by Disobedient Media on February 23rd has confirmed that Reddit is indeed censoring content referencing the name of the famous banking family.

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“They Want You Purged” – NRA Head Rages Against Violent Left “Terrorists”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Feb 25, 2017 3:30 PM

Wayne Lapierre, executive director of the NRA. pulled no punches in a fiery speech yesterday, painting anti-Donald Trump protesters as violent extremists and compared their disruptions to terrorism during a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

As NBC News reports, Lapierre’s comments were among the strongest against the left and the media during the conference in which bashing those opposing Trump’s agenda has been a prominent theme.

“Ladies and gentlemen, another definition of terrorism is violence in the name of politics,” said Wayne Lapierre, executive director of the NRA. “And criminal violence has no place in political debate.”

“The left’s message is absolutely clear. They want revenge, you’ve got to be punished,” Lapierre said. “They say you’re what’s wrong with America and now you’ve got to be purged.”

He said many on the extreme left “literally hate everything America stands for” and “are willing to use violence against us.”

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BOOM! Donald Trump Says he Will not Attend White House Correspondents Dinner

johngaltfla.com / by John Galt / February 25, 2017 17:10 ET

BOOM!

Snowflake special person melting alert!

This Tweet just in from The Donald:

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Bankrupting OPEC.. One Million Barrels Of Oil At A Time

srsroccoreport.com / by on February 25, 2017

The world hasn’t really caught on yet, but OPEC is in serious trouble.  Last year, OPEC’s net oil export revenues collapsed.  How bad?  Well, how about 65% since the oil price peaked in 2012.  To offset falling oil prices and revenues, OPEC nations have resorted to liquidating some of their foreign exchange reserves.

The largest OPEC oil producer and exporter, Saudi Arabia, has seen its Foreign Currency reserves plummet over the past two years… and the liquidation continues.  For example, Saudi Arabia’s foreign exchange reserves declined another $2 billion in December 2016(source: Trading Economics).

Now, why would Saudi Arabia need to liquidate another $2 billion of its foreign exchange reserves after the price of a barrel of Brent crude jumped to $53.3 in December, up from $44.7 in November??  That was a 13% surge in the price of Brent crude in one month.  Which means, even at $53 a barrel, Saudi Arabia is still hemorrhaging.

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JPMorgan: Institutions, Hedge Funds Are Using The Rally To Sell To Retail

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Feb 25, 2017 2:21 PM

Last week we reported that for the first time since the election, Bank of America’s smart money clients were, as a group, selling stocks. As BofA’s Jill Carey Hall calculated, after significant buying over the past few weeks, net client sales of $2.1 billion were the largest since June.  However, there was a further nuance, one which has emerged as troubling for those calling for sustained gains in the market.

As the following chart shows, while Private Clients, aka high net worth retail investors, have been on a furious buying spreed unlike anything seen in the past decade (green area chart below), prominent institutional clients have skipped the Trump rally altogether and have been net sellers for the past 12 months, with hedge funds joining in over the last few weeks.

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