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Trump’s Lead Exploding Ahead of Super Tuesday ...

Every time Fox News, Rubio attack Trump, Trump’s lead grows


Kit Daniels
Prison Planet.com
February 29, 2016


Donald Trump gained even more in the polls in the days leading up to Super Tuesday while Marco Rubio’s support collapsed.
Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr
Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr


Trump expanded his lead to 44% whereas Rubio dropped five points to 14% while Cruz now holds second place at 15%, according to a Morning Consult national survey of over 2,000 registered voters.
“If Rubio hoped that going negative on Trump in the most recent GOP debate and on the campaign stump would reap benefits with voters, it hasn’t resonated with our national respondents,” the poll service concluded.


In other words, every time Rubio attacks Trump, Trump’s lead grows, and similarly Fox News lost 50% of its support from Republicans by attacking Trump.


“Since the first GOP presidential debate last August, Fox News Channel seems to have lost its perception mojo with its core right-leaning audience,” a brand perception service reported. “By mid February, FNC’s perception by Republican adults 18 and over had reached its lowest point in more than three years, and has declined by approximately 50% since January of this year.”


“Coinciding with Trump’s rise to front-runner in the GOP presidential race, Fox News Channel has seen its perception by Republicans slide.”

A Prominent US Senator Just Threw His Support To Donald Trump ...

Colin Campbell
Business Insider
February 29, 2016


Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama endorsed Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s campaign on Sunday.


Trump announced the endorsement alongside Sessions at a massive campaign rally in Madison, Alabama.


“At this time in America’s history, we need to make America great again!” Sessions exclaimed, echoing Trump’s campaign slogan. “I am pleased to endorse Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States.”


Sessions, known for his hard-line stance against illegal immigration, is popular in some conservative circles.
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Voice of the Elite: Trump “Must Be Stopped” ...

“The thought of him anywhere near high office is terrifying”


Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
February 29, 2016
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The Economist, a publication that has come to be regarded as a megaphone for elitist sentiment, has published a leading editorial piece that argues Donald Trump “must be stopped” from winning the presidency.

Entitled Time to Fire Trump, the editorial worries that Hillary Clinton may lose her slight lead over Trump in national polling if the U.S. economy falls back into recession, handing Trump the Oval Office.

“He is so unpredictable that the thought of him anywhere near high office is terrifying. He must be stopped,” states the editorial.

The article goes on to claim that Marco Rubio is still the establishment’s best hope of eclipsing Trump and that Ted Cruz should “get out of his way”.

Trump has prospered “by inciting hatred and violence,” according to the piece, which argues that, “The things Mr Trump has said in this campaign make him unworthy of leading one of the world’s great political parties.”

The Economist, which is 50% owned by the Rothschild banking family of England and is regularly represented at the influential and elitist Bilderberg confab, previously acknowledged that a global superclass does conspire to shape the future of the world.

The editorial’s panicked tone again illustrates how not just the Republican establishment, but the neo-liberal global elite is absolutely petrified at the prospect of a Trump presidency.

As we previously highlighted, during last month’s Davos summit, financial elitists expressed their alarm at the prospect of Trump being the Republican nominee, with highly influential CEO Martin Sorrell insisting that “Hillary will win,” a statement that some took as a threat rather than a prediction.

Regular Bilderberg attendee and associate editor of the Financial Times Martin Wolf also asserted last month that the “global super elite” must stop Donald Trump from winning the presidency.

“Nativist populists must not win. We know that story: it ends very badly,” wrote Wolf. “In the case of the US, the outcome would have grave global significance. America was the founder and remains guarantor of our global liberal order. The world desperately needs well-informed US leadership. Mr Trump cannot provide this.”

Koch-Funded Senator Wants ‘New Candidate’ to Thwart Trump, Confirms Roger Stone’s Warning ...

Stone warned Koch Bros. were courting Romney to enter race


Kit Daniels
Prison Planet.com
February 29, 2016


A Koch-funded senator wants Republicans to support a “third option” against Trump, confirming GOP strategist Roger Stone’s revelation that the Koch Bros. want Mitt Romney to enter the race if Marco Rubio fails.
Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr
Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr
“I sincerely hope we select one of the other GOP candidates, but if Donald Trump ends up as the GOP nominee, conservatives will need to find a third option,” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) said, who’s 2014 senatorial campaign was bankrolled by the Koch Bros.


This so-called ‘third option’ pushed by Sasse was actually conceptualized by the Koch Bros. during a meeting with the Rubio campaign Thursday in which they pledged support for Rubio – and for Romney to enter the race if Rubio implodes.


“$75 million to stop Trump and $25 million to Marco Rubio, but they gave Rubio a condition: he’s got to win the Florida primary or he’s out and Mitt Romney’s in,” Stone revealed. “That’s the plan.”
“First they’ll ramp up an enormous, negative campaign on TV against Trump and they’re going to hit this phony Trump University issue,” he continued. “They claim to have personal dirt on Trump – I doubt that – and they are also going to try and delve into his business affairs, but if Rubio fails to grab the Florida primary, then Rubio’s out and Mitt Romney’s in.”


Sasse previously attacked Trump during a speech to 500 establishment donors attending a Koch Bros. network meeting in Jan.


“He went on to try explain Trump’s popularity with the GOP base to donors — many of whom have been dumbfounded by the billionaire’s rise and how to take him down,” Buzzfeed reported. “Sasse campaigned with Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in Iowa last week in an effort to get a GOP presidential nominee other than Trump.”


Interestingly, Buzzfeed said it one of six media organizations who covered the speech “after agreeing to a set of ground rules proposed by the [Koch] network, including not identifying the donors attending unless they agreed to an interview.”
Watch the full interview with Roger Stone below:




Mitt Romney To Enter The Race? The Establishment’s Secret Plan B To Steal The Nomination From Trump ...

Michael Snyder
End Of The American Dream
February 29, 2016


Is Mitt Romney about to enter the race for the Republican nomination?


As I have written about repeatedly, the Republican establishment is absolutely desperate to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.  If it comes to it, they will move heaven and earth to make sure that he is defeated – even if that means Hillary Clinton wins the election.  Right now, Trump has won three of the first four contests on the schedule, and he is projected to win almost every state on Super Tuesday.  This would put him on a clear path toward winning the nomination, and so establishment insiders are in full-blown panic mode.  At this point, two different plans are being put forward for how to proceed if Trump continues to roll.  One is to have Marco Rubio exit the race so that Mitt Romney can run against Trump, and the other is to run a third party candidate against Trump and Clinton in the fall.


Perhaps this sounds like wild speculation to you, but these things are actually being discussed behind closed doors right now.  For example, just consider what Republican insider Roger Stone just told WND
In a bitter fight for its life, establishment GOP leaders have decided to block Donald Trump’s nomination at all costs, even if it means losing the presidency to Hillary Clinton, says Roger Stone, co-author of the 2015 bestselling book “The Clintons’ War on Women,” and the recently published “Jeb! and the Bush Crime Family.”
The big fix is in,” Stone, a former adviser to Trump, told WND in an exclusive telephone interview Sunday.
Stone also told WND that establishment leaders have given Marco Rubio until March 15th.  If he does not win Florida, he is out and Romney is in…
“Rubio has been given until Tuesday and if he doesn’t win the Florida primary, the establishment GOP leaders have decided to dump Rubio in favor of drafting Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential nominee who lost to Barack Obama in 2012,” he explained. “If Rubio cannot win Florida, then Rubio drops out and Romney is in.” 
“The GOP establishment’s secret plan is to back Romney against Trump in the hopes of winning enough delegates in the primaries after Super Tuesday to block Trump on the first ballot at the GOP national nominating convention in Cleveland,” he added.
Stone made similar comments during an interview with Alex Jones.  During that interview, he explained that the Rubio campaign was given 25 million dollars by big GOP donors, and 75 million dollars was allocated “to stop Trump”
The Koch Bros. met with GOP millionaires and billionaires Thursday night to pool together over $75 million to stop Trump and are going to use Mitt Romney as ‘Plan B’ if Rubio fails to gain traction on Super Tuesday, according to moles who were inside the meeting.
$75 million to stop Trump and $25 million to Marco Rubio, but they gave Rubio a condition: he’s got to win the Florida primary or he’s out and Mitt Romney’s in,” Stone revealed. “That’s the plan.”
If did Mitt Romney enter the race, it would be an instant game changer.


Romney has the money and the name recognition to hit the ground running, and the plan would be for him to run up as many delegates as possible during the primaries and caucuses that would be held in April, May and June.  Some of the biggest states hold their votes then, including New Jersey, New York and California.


Even if Romney could not accumulate more delegates than Trump, that would be okay.  The goal would be to just keep Trump from getting the number of delegates that he needs to secure the nomination.  That would lead to a “brokered convention”, and as long as Trump does not win on the first ballot Romney would be the nominee.  For much more on how this would all play out, please see my previous article entitled “How The Republican Establishment Can Keep Donald Trump From Getting The Nomination“.


And in recent days we have already seen Mitt Romney become much more visible and launch direct attacks at Donald Trump.  The following comes from the New York Times
After a Tuesday night dinner with former campaign aides, during which he expressed a sense of horror at the Republican race, Mr. Romney made a blunt demand Wednesday on Fox News: Mr. Trump must release his tax returns to prove he was not concealing a “bombshell” political vulnerability.
Mr. Trump responded only with casual derision, dismissing Mr. Romney on Twitter as “one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics.”
You would think that the American people should be allowed to decide who the candidates from each party will be, but that is not how things work.
The elite are very accustomed to being in complete control of the process, and so the Donald Trump phenomenon is totally freaking them out.


The Economist has traditionally been considered a very important mouthpiece for the international banking community, and it often speaks on political matters.  But I have never, ever seen the magazine declare that a certain candidate “must be stopped”
That is an appalling prospect. The things Mr Trump has said in this campaign make him unworthy of leading one of the world’s great political parties, let alone America. One way to judge politicians is by whether they appeal to our better natures: Mr Trump has prospered by inciting hatred and violence. He is so unpredictable that the thought of him anywhere near high office is terrifying. He must be stopped.
Because each additional Trumpism seems a bit less shocking than the one before, there is a danger of becoming desensitised to his outbursts. To recap, he has referred to Mexicans crossing the border as rapists; called enthusiastically for the use of torture; hinted that Antonin Scalia, a Supreme Court justice, was murdered; proposed banning all Muslims from visiting America; advocated killing the families of terrorists; and repeated, approvingly, a damaging fiction that a century ago American soldiers in the Philippines dipped their ammunition in pigs’ blood before executing Muslim rebels. At a recent rally he said he would like to punch a protester in the face. This is by no means an exhaustive list.
If Romney ends up being unwilling or unable to stop Donald Trump, there is another more drastic possibility being considered.


In the early stages of this campaign season, many had wondered if Trump would ultimately mount an independent bid, but now it is actually the Republican establishment that is seriously considering putting together such a campaign.  The following comes from Politico
Conservative donors have engaged a major GOP consulting firm in Florida to research the feasibility of mounting a late, independent run for president amid growing fears that Donald Trump could win the Republican nomination.
A memo prepared for the group zeroes in on ballot access as a looming obstacle for any independent candidate, along with actually identifying a viable, widely known contender and coalescing financial support for that person. The two states with the earliest deadlines for independent candidates, Texas and North Carolina, also have some of the highest hurdles for independents to get on the ballot, according to the research.“All this research has to happen before March 16, when inevitably Trump is the nominee, so that we have a plan in place,” a source familiar with the discussions said.
Of course such an independent campaign would mean almost certain victory for Hillary Clinton.
But the Republican elite would be fine with that.  They figure that they would still have control of the House, the Senate and most importantly they would still be in control of the Republican Party.  Hillary Clinton is closer to them philosophically than Trump anyway, and four years from now they could get refocused on trying to retake the White House.


I know that all of this sounds really crazy.  But as I have said all along, the Republican establishment would literally move heaven and earth to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.  Anyone that has inside knowledge of how the political process in this country really works knows that this is true.  There is hardly anything that they would not be willing to do in order to stop him.


If Donald Trump does actually become president of the United States someday, it will be a miracle of absolutely epic proportions.

Ex-CIA Chief: Armed Forces Would Have To Disobey Trump ...

Sylvan Lane
The Hill
February 28, 2016


The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency said Friday that if the military would have to disobey Donald Trump if he followed through on certain campaign promises as president.

Referring to Trump’s suggestion to torture suspected terrorists and kill their families, Gen. Michael Hayden told TV host Bill Maher, “If he were to order that once in government, the American armed forces would refuse to act.”


“You’re required not to follow an unlawful order. That would be in violation of all the international laws of armed conflict,” Hayden said. “I would be incredibly concerned if a President Trump governed in a way that was consistent with the language candidate Trump expressed during the campaign.”


Trump frequently refers to his defense of waterboarding in campaign speeches.


“I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding,” Trump said at a GOP debate. He has accused his competitors with being too “politically correct” on the issue of interrogation techniques.

Shocking Video: US Marine Booed, Removed From Clinton Rally For Asking Legitimate Question

Carmine Sabia
BizPac Review
February 28, 2016


Hillary Clinton supporters booed and shouted at a Marine veteran until security forcibly removed him – all because he asked about Benghazi.


The incident happened at a Clinton rally in Bluffton, South Carolina on Friday, where the man who introduced himself as a veteran asked former President Bill Clinton why his wife “lied over the coffins” of the men killed in the Benghazi attacks.


“I did eight years of active duty service, two tours of Iraq,” the Marine said, to a silent reaction from the crowd.


“We had four lives in Benghazi who were killed and your wife tried to cover it up,” he said, causing the crowd to boo wildly.


To President Clinton’s credit, he thanked the man for his service and tried to answer him, but the crowd was too rowdy shouting, “sit down” and “throw them out.”


“Hillary lied over four coffins!” a woman who accompanied the Marine shouted.


While Clinton insisted his wife didn’t lie, the woman was also removed by security as the crowd shouted and jeered.


“Those families are lying?” the woman shout as she was being dragged out.


“Why are you trying to not listen to my answer?” Clinton asked the woman but he could barely be heard over the crowd. “Are you afraid?”


No. I’m not afraid because I know you’re going to lie,” she screamed back.


A far cry from how military service members are treated at a Donald Trump rally, or any Republican presidential candidate’s event for that matter.


“To me the story is the crowd,” Fox & Friends host and Army National Guard veteran Pete Hegseth said Saturday. “This guy stands up (and) said ‘I’m a Marine. I’ve done two tours in Iraq’ — You go to a Republican rally, tell it like it is, the crowd erupts in applause for the Marine and says ‘thank you for your service this is fantastic,’ instead silence, crickets (at the Clinton rally).”


“It shows you we’ve got two very different electorates that look very differently towards that service.”


Watch the encounter below.


(VIDEO) Sheriff Joe: Vicente Fox Should Be Swearing at the Dope Peddlers and Illegals – Not Trump

Jim Hoft
Gateway Pundit
February 28, 2016


Sheriff Joe Arpaio responded today to Vicente Fox’s profanity laced interviews this past week on a “f*cking” border wall.


Former Mexican President Vicente Fox told reporters this week he would not pay for Donald Trump’s “f*cking wall.”


Fox is appalled that a presidential candidate would so openly speak out against illegal immigration.
Today Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio responded to Fox’s profanity.
If he’s gonna use that word he should use it against all the dope peddlers and illegals coming into our country… At least he said one thing, they’re not going to pay for the wall, but he didn’t say there shouldn’t be a wall. If they don’t want to pay for it then take away a little foreign aid that we pay Mexico.”





Bill Would Require Reporting Of Non-Vaccinated Children ...

CBS 4
February 27, 2016


A bill introduced in the state House would require the reporting of non-vaccinated students to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. Currently those records are kept with the school.


“What this bill is not about is requiring more students to get vaccinations. It’s about who will keep charge of the records,” said Rep. Dan Pabon, a Democrat representing Denver.


A hearing at the state Capitol on Thursday was packed with parents who oppose the bill.


Christine Carter has four children and has had them vaccinated.
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Germany’s New Citizen Monitoring Spyware May Be Creepier Than NSA’s ...

Sputnik
February 27, 2016


The new spyware Trojan virus recently approved by Germany’s Interior Ministry may actually steal personal photos and notes stored on Germans’ phones and laptops.

The German government’s new computer virus intended for spying in criminal cases has drawn scrutiny because of its potentially unlimited abilities.


While privacy-invading measures imposed by the United States’ National Security Agency have been at the forefront of news coverage, Germany’s new “open” approach to secretly spreading malware has also attracted scrutiny among privacy advocates.


“But we don’t know whether this program can intercept saved data, photographs we never share and make for ourselves, personal diaries, things that should be as secure as if they were stored at home,” Schleswig-Holstein regional lawmaker Patrick Breyer told Sputnik.

Breyer is a member of the Pirate Party, which he said believes that the government should stay out of people’s computers and smartphones. The government should work to fix security vulnerabilities instead of intruding in the lives of citizens.


The decision to compromise people’s computers without their knowledge was political, according to Breyer, rather than a move by the country’s court.A 2008 German top court judgment said that hacking computers is allowed in case of life-threatening danger or suspicion of crimes against the German state, such as terrorism.


“The Constitutional Court did not say that the government should infiltrate operating systems. It simply defined the boundaries. Whether we want to do this at all is a completely political decision,” Breyer told Sputnik.


Unlimited Access?


The decisive factor, however, is whether the new virus conforms to the Constitutional Court’s allowance for the use of spying technology, Breyer says.


While the German government said that the program can track keystrokes, phone calls, communications and record audio and video from the device. However, an earlier version of the virus released in 2011 also had the ability to receive third-party updates which allowed it virtually unlimited spying abilities.


A hacker and computer security conference called the Chaos Computer Club found many of the vulnerabilities. This included the Trojan’s ability to be compromised and receive updates from third parties outside the government.


“In the case of the so-called Bavarian Trojan, Chaos Computer Club examined it and found that it is capable of doing much more than is legally allowed. For example, it had the ability to download another code and program in completely different functions,” Breyer told Sputnik.

The major issue is privacy, says Breyer, as people would lose control of personal data, which the German government itself has promised to protect.”Right now it’s like this: if an apartment is being searched, [the government] can’t conceal that. But if the spyware was installed, it’s completely unnoticeable. You may notice it, but only years later, and this is too deep of a meddling in our personal and often even intimate life,” Breyer told Sputnik.


While the new virus has already been in Germany’s court, as privacy advocates say that it should be examined by the German government’s data privacy commisioner for its abilities and potential vulnerabilities. Germany’s Federal Criminal Police has so far refused to disclose the virus source code to the privacy commissioner.

Saudi and Turkish Terror Groups in Syria Refuse to Respect Ceasefire ...

Sec. State Kerry’s Plan B waits in the wings


Kurt Nimmo
Prison Planet.com
February 26, 2016
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A plan prepared by the United Nations Security Council and backed by the United States and Russia to declare a ceasefire in Syria will be ignored by al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda aligned groups.



The High Negotiations Committee (HNC) said Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions signed up to a temporary “cessation of hostilities” that begins at midnight Friday.


The FSA is largely ineffective. It has been decimated by desertions and fighters going over to jihadist groups. In parts of the country FSA factions fight alongside al-Nusra and the jihadists.
Al-Nusra told its fighters to ignore the peace deal and intensify attacks against the SAA, the Syrian Arab Army.

Despite this the HNC told the government of Bashar al-Assad not to use the “proposed text to continue the hostile operations against the opposition factions under the excuse of fighting terrorism.”

In other words, al-Nusra, the Islamic State, Ahrar al-Sham, Jund al-Aqsa and other groups will exploit the ceasefire to regain territory lost to the Syrian government with Russian support in recent weeks.

Saudi Arabia and Turkey actively support al-Nusra and associated groups under the command structure of Jaish al-Fatah. Turkish officials have admitted they provide logistical and intelligence support to the umbrella group.

Turkey is also linked to Ahrar al-Sham. Saudi Arabia provides arms and money which Turkey moves across the Syria-Turkey border.

Earlier this week Secretary of State John Kerry said if the ceasefire fails the United States will push to balkanize Syria.

“It may be too late to keep it as a whole Syria if we wait much longer,” he told the US Senate foreign relations committee.

(GRAPHIC VIDEO) ‘Ax-wielding’ Palestinian in brutal attack on Israeli guard ...

RT
February 29, 2016


Medics evacuate a Palestinian man who was injured while carrying out a stabbing attack on an Israeli in the West Bank, at a hospital in Jerusalem February 24, 2016. © Ammar Awad
A Palestinian has brutally attacked an Israeli security guard in a shopping mall with something that resembled an ax, a CCTV video shows. The assailant, who was a mall employee, is seen striking the father of four multiple times near an elevator.

The incident took place in Maale Adumim, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, 7km from Jerusalem.


The suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Abu Hammad, approached the guard, Tzvika Cohen, and reportedly asked him to open the elevator door. Cohen wasn’t suspecting the attack as he knew Hammad and the pair worked together at the mall, Channel 2 reported.


Hammad attacked the guard without warning, striking him several times with a metal object that resembles an ax, as seen in security camera footage which is circulating online.


The guard is currently in serious condition at the Hadassah-University Medical Center on Mount Scopus, northern Jerusalem.

Two days after the incident the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), police and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) managed to find Hammad, who is a resident of the Palestinian village of Eizariya, located near Maale Adumim.


Hammad confirmed that he “implicated himself into a terrorist attack,” the Shin Bet said, as reported by the Jerusalem Post.


Following the attack, the Israeli government moved to ban all Palestinians from Maale Adumim until Thursday, a spokesman for the settlement said, as cited by AFP. He added that about 500 Palestinian laborers are affected by the ban.


A new wave of violence between long-standing opponents Israel and Palestine erupted in October when Israel attempted to restrict access of Palestinian men to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City area of Jerusalem.


Since then, Israeli security forces have killed at least 168 Palestinians, 111 of whom allegedly initiated attacks. Palestinian assailants have killed 28 Israelis, as well as one US citizen.

Migrants charge through Macedonia fence on Greek border ...


BBC
February 29, 2016


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Image caption Macedonian police confronted hundreds of angry migrants at the fence
A crowd of migrants has burst through a barbed-wire fence on the Macedonia-Greece border using a steel pole as a battering ram.

TV footage showed migrants pushing against the fence at Idomeni, ripping away barbed wire, as Macedonian police let off tear gas to force them away.


A section of fence was smashed open with the battering ram. It is not clear how many migrants got through.


Many of those trying to reach northern Europe are Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
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Tony Blair accused of conspiracy over mass immigration ...

London Telegraph
February 28, 2016


Tony Blair is accused of ‘presiding over a silent conspiracy’ that allowed two million migrants to enter Britain during his decade in power.

A new biography of the former prime minister by the celebrated investigative journalist Tom Bower claims Mr Blair ordered his Labour government not to publicly discuss the issue.


The book Broken Vows: Tony Blair – the Tragedy of Power alleges that the minister in charge of border control ruled against deporting failed asylum seekers because it would be too “emotional” to do so.

The book, being serialised in the Daily Mail, is also promising to reveal in the coming days:
  • a ‘devastating’ dossier on how Mr Blair tricked members of his cabinet into going to war with Iraq details of how he has earned tens of millions of pounds since leaving Downing Street in 2007 through lucrative deals with autocrats around the world ‘the truth’ about his relationship with Wendi Deng, the ex-wife of the media tycoon Rupert Murdoch
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Syrian ceasefire: Isis car bomb kills two and rebels claim government is dropping barrel bombs hours into ‘truce’ ...


London Independent
February 27, 2016


Hours into a ceasefire brokered by Russia and the US, an Isis car bomb killed at least two people in Syria, and rebels claim government forces dropped barrel bombs near Damascus.


Isis militants claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack on the government-held town of Salamiyeh in an online statement. The group said in an online statement that one of its fighters had driven a car loaded with explosives to a Syrian army gathering in the area and blown himself up among them, killing 20 people and wounding 35 others.


Near Damascus, the rebel group Jaish al-Islam said government forces dropped two barrel bombs and opened fire on its positions during several violations of a cessation of hostilities agreement in the Eastern Ghouta.


Citing field reports from the group’s commanders, Jaish al-Islam spokesman Islam Alloush told Reuters that in one incident government forces trying to advance “were dealt with with machine guns”.
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HSBC: No need to ban cash – it would take 20 years for everyone to withdraw their savings ...

Ben Moshinsky
Business Insider
February 29, 2016


There’s one hurdle to using negative interest rates to get people to stop saving and start spending – cash.


If interest rates on retail deposits went negative and people were charged for keeping money in a bank, there would be nothing to stop them taking it all out in cash and hiding it under their bed.


This would scupper a central bank’s plans to stimulate the economy with negative rates, and has prompted a debate over whether or not to ban cash, or at least create incentives to ditch it in favour of a digital-only economy.


It’s already going that way in Sweden, which has such low rates that people are hiding their cash in microwaves.
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There Is More To Come: “We’re In The Early Chapters… Red Flags Are Screaming… The Economy Is Imploding… Nuclear War” ...

Mac Slavo
SHTFplan.com
February 29, 2016


The beginning of 2016 revealed what some have known for quite some time – financial markets are an epic disaster just waiting to be realized.


With stock indexes having rebounded somewhat since the initial meltdown, financial pundits and mainstream analysts would have us believe that the worst of it has passed. But don’t be fooled, warns Economic Collapse Blog publisher Michael Snyder in his latest interview withFuture Money Trends, because we’re still in the early chapters of what may be the most devastating financial, economic and monetary collapse in history:
A total of $16.5 trillion dollars had been wiped out from stock markets around the world… that doesn’t even count bonds and other things. So we have seen this massive amount of wealth wiped out globally… almost as much as the U.S. national debt.
Of course, the past few days we’ve seen a bounce back… markets never go down in a straight line… If you go back to 2008, the two best days in terms of a point increase in U.S. stock market history were right in the middle of the Crash of 2008… just because stocks go up for a day or two does not mean the crisis is over.
In my perspective we’re still in the early chapters… all of the red flags are still screaming that a lot more is to come… the entire global economy is imploding.

(Watch at Future Money Trends or Youtube)


As the collapse takes hold we can expect unprecedented maneuvers from our monetary masters. With central banks preparing to introduce negative interest rates, for example, savers and bank account holders will actually be paying for the privilege of keeping their money in the bank. The likely response, as we witnessed with a run on personal safes in Japan, is that people will simply take their money out of the bank and hold it in cash.


But such a work-around will be short lived, explains Snyder, because they’ll simply outlaw certain cash transactions or ban them altogether, which is, incidentally, the very recommendation we’ve heard in recent weeks from large financial institutions and ‘renowned’ economists. Of course, they argue that banning cash will stop drug dealers and tax dodgers, but as Snyder explains, such a ban is being specifically designed so that they can take total control of not just our currency, but every aspect of our lives:
This sets up the kind of scenario where all of a sudden the government becomes the gatekeeper… they can say ‘alright, if you want to use the system, then we can put some conditions on you for using the system. You’ve got to comply what we’re demanding of you or else you can’t have a bank account, you can’t get a job, you can’t buy, you can’t sell, you can’t participate in this electronic digital system.
We can only speculate that control of such a digital currency system will necessitate the implementation of ‘beast technology’ that may include forced embedding of tracking chips into the general populace. That may sounds conspiratorially crazy, but so too did the notion that physical cash will be banned around the globe… until a few weeks ago.


But never mind that global trade has collapsed or the widespread job losses, because the average person on the street really won’t believe it until the stock market tells them something’s wrong.


That day is certainly coming. The only question is, who will be blamed when it does?


We all know it could not possibly have been the machinations of central banks, Western governments and entrenched financial firms that are responsible for global economic malaise.


As Michael Snyder notes, there is a huge wild card in the middle east right now and the very scapegoat the elite need to set this whole thing in motion is just waiting for the green light:
The Russians have already warned Turkey that they are willing to use tactical nukes to keep forces away from Damascus… so the Russians have nukes… Saudi Arabia has nukes… And many people believe Iran already has nuclear weapons.
So we’re talking about a situation where we can potentially see nuclear war in the middle east, at least to a limited degree.
What would that do to the global economy and financial system?
This is a huge wildcard.
It’s something to keep an eye on…
Make no mistake, those who have orchestrated the fleecing of America, Europe and the rest of the world have absolutely no intention of admitting they are responsible for the disaster to come. As Future Money Trends suggests, a tactical nuclear war would be the perfect out for central banks and Keynesian economists.


One way or the other, regardless of the catalyst, the system as we know it today and how we operate within it is about to change drastically.

Cities Of Refuge: Why Are People Creating Hundreds Of Places Of Refuge All Over America? ...


Michael Snyder
Economic Collapse
February 29, 2016


All over the United States, cities of refuge are being created. 


Now when I say “cities”, I don’t mean vast areas of land that can hold hundreds of thousands or millions of people.  Rather, I am talking about much smaller places of refuge that can accommodate dozens or hundreds of people.  In a few cases, I know of places of refuge that will be able to take in thousands of people, but that is about as big as they get.  There are individuals all across America that have specifically felt called to build communities where large numbers of people will be able to gather when society totally collapses.  So why is this happening?  Why do so many people feel such an urgency to create cities of refuge that would presumably never be used if we don’t ever see full-blown societal breakdown?


In the headline, I claimed that hundreds of these “cities of refuge” are being created, but the truth is that it could easily be thousands.  I have personally talked to countless numbers of people that are like my wife and I and are planning to be able to take in members of their own extended families when things get really crazy.  But there are others that are taking things to an entirely different level.


I was recently contacted by a man in New York state that plans to convert a hotel and surrounding facilities into a place of refuge that could potentially accommodate hundreds of people for an extended period of time.  I know of a ranch in southern Idaho where the staff has been feverishly preparing to take in thousands of people when society starts completely falling apart.  And I have corresponded with so many others both inside the United States and outside the country that are creating these types of communities.


It has been estimated that there are three million preppers in America today.  But those that are creating these places of refuge are not just “prepping” for themselves.  Instead, they feel called to prepare a place of safety where others will be able to gather when times get really crazy.


Due to the wide reach of my articles, I have had a lot of people involved in these communities reach out to me over time.  Some have graciously let my wife and I know that there is a place for us if needed during a major emergency, and others have wanted for us to become personally involved in what they are doing.  I wish that I could get involved in all of them, but there is a limit to what any one of us can do.  But I always encourage people to keep pressing forward with their preparations, because without a doubt they will be needed someday.


In addition to what is happening inside the United States, there are others that have already left this country and are creating places of refuge abroad.  There are people that are doing this in South America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.


And of course every “place of refuge” looks different.  As I mentioned above, some plan on transforming existing hotels or ranches into places of refuge.  Others plan to use open land to host large numbers of RVs or to construct vast tent cities.


But there are five big things that all places of refuge need to be thinking about…


1. Food – It is going to take vast quantitites of food to even feed dozens of people.  When you are talking about hundreds or thousands of people, the amount of food required for a place of refuge will be off the charts.


2. Water – None of us can live without water, and it has been estimated that the average American uses 80 to 100 gallons of water every single day.  Of course we would all use a lot less during an emergency situation, but if your “place of refuge” does not have easy access to water that could become a major problem very rapidly.


3. Shelter – It is nice to think that you are going to take in a lot of people, but where are all of them going to sleep?  Most people don’t think of mattresses or cots as “survival items”, but the truth is that they are going to be greatly in demand when things get crazy.


4. Power – If the electricity goes off and stays off for an extended period of time, what are you going to do?  How will people stay warm, how will you cook food, and how will your community function without any artificial light whatsoever?  Having an alternative source of power for your place of refuge is very important.
5. Security – If there was a full-blown collapse of society, any place that still has ample resources is automatically going to become a target.  So it is great if you have everything that your community will need, but if you have no way to protect it you can end up losing it all very quickly.


For even more tips on preparing for what is ahead, please see my recent article entitled “70 Tips That Will Help You Survive What Is Going To Happen To America“.


There are a lot of preppers out there that are only preparing for themselves and their immediate families, and anyone else that comes looking for assistance when things get really hard will end up looking down the barrel of a shotgun.


But there are so many others that feel called by God to prepare a place for large numbers of people to gather during the coming storm.  They are doing this by faith, because such places have never been needed before in modern American history.  Perhaps if you go all the way back to the Great Depression of the 1930s you could find large groups of people that needed somewhere to go, but since that time we have generally been regarded as the wealthiest and most prosperous nation on the entire planet.


Unfortunately, things are rapidly changing in this country.  Our economy is in the process of crumbling, there is evidence of social decay all around us, natural disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity, and World War 3 could erupt in the Middle East at any time.


If I am right, the time when these cities of refuge will be needed is not that far away.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans are not preparing for what is ahead, and so most of them will be absolutely devastated by the great trials that are directly ahead of us.

The Global Run On Physical Cash Has Begun: Why It Pays To Panic First ...

Zero Hedge
February 28, 2016


Back in August 2012, when negative interest rates were still merely viewed as sheer monetary lunacy instead of pervasive global monetary reality that has pushed over $6 trillion in global bonds into negative yield territory, the NY Fed mused hypothetically about negative rates and wrote “Be Careful What You Wish For” saying that “if rates go negative, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing will likely be called upon to print a lot more currency as individuals and small businesses substitute cash for at least some of their bank balances.”


Well, maybe not… especially if physical currency is gradually phased out in favor of some digital currency “equivalent” as so many “erudite economists” and corporate media have suggested recently, for the simple reason that in a world of negative rates, physical currency – just like physical gold – provides a convenient loophole to the financial repression of keeping one’s savings in digital form in a bank where said savings are taxed at -0.1%, or -1% or -10% or more per year by a central bank and government both hoping to force consumers to spend instead of save.


For now cash is still legal, and NIRP – while a reality for the banks – has yet to be fully passed on to depositors.


The bigger problem is that in all countries that have launched NIRP, instead of forcing spending precisely the opposite has happened: as we showed last October, when Bank of America looked at savings patterns in European nations with NIRP, instead of facilitating spending, what has happened isprecisely the opposite: “as the BIS have highlighted, ultra-low rates may perversely be driving a greater propensity for consumers to save as retirement income becomes more uncertain.”

Call it another massive error on behalf of Keynesian central planners who once again fail to appreciate the nuances of the common sense and the liquidity preference of ordinary consumers.
However, just because negative rates have not been passed on to savers yet or just because cash still has not been made illegal, that doesn’t mean it won’t be.


The question at this point is twofold: what happens after the savings of ordinary depositors in the bank officially taxed and/or cash becomes phased out, and more importantly, what happens just before.


In other words, will there be a run on physical cash?


The truth is that if society panics and there is a full blown rush out of existing electronic bank deposits and into physical currency to avoid negative rate taxation, only those who panic first will be safe. Why? Because of the “magic” of fractional reserve banking – there is simply not enough physical currency in circulation to satisfy all savers’ claims.


Here is HSBC’s Steven Major trying to explain the problem:
Based on the evidence so far, households have not rushed to withdraw cash and put it into a safe or, more significantly, pay for someone else to store it for them. This is because retail deposit rates have stayed at or above zero as banks have opted to not pass the lower market rates on. 
The assumption that bank deposits can be rapidly converted into cash does not hold up, in our opinion. If everybody wanted to take their cash out of the bank at the same time, the system would soon run out as there are simply not enough notes in circulation.It would take a considerable time to print the currency needed to meet the demand. A central bank could enforce a negative rate for a considerable period of time under these conditions. For example, in the US, even if the production rate is doubled – and assuming the pace of retirement of old notes is unchanged and there is demand for USD3trn of new notes – printing would take 20-years. 
To explain this, consider the demand for currency created if savers tried to remove cash from the US banking system. This demand could total anything between USD2.5trn (of excess reserves) and USD4.5trn (the Fed’s total balance sheet). Currently there is USD1.5trn of currency in circulation and the total annual production had a face value USD149bn in 2014, suggesting the 20 years it would take to print the cash. 
Currency in circulation is small compared to the potential demand in a negative rate environment. As an example, the Fed’s assets are three times the currency in circulation and the Riksbank’s nearly ten times (see Table 1), but production capacity is limited.
While largely correct, Major is wrong about two critical things.


First, when estimating the potential demand for physical currency in circulation, one has to take into consideration not only the amount of total Fed reserves (or its entire balance sheet) but the entire fractional reserve banking system, and specifically the amount of paperless deposits parked at banks in the form of demand, checking, and savings account, or in other words, all the core components of M2. Not only that, but one must also consider the threat by increasingly more economists that large denomination bills may be outlawed, first in Europe with the €500 bill and then in the US with the $100 bill.


What a ban of Ben ($100 bill) would imply is that the total notional value of US currency in circulation would plunge from $1.35 trillion in themost recent week, to just $271 billion once the total $1.08 trillion value of $100 bills is eliminated. Putting this in context, there are as of this moment, $11.1 trillion in various forms of savings parked at banks as summarized in the chart below.


For the sake of simplicity, this analysis ignores what would happen globally in a comparable scenario in which paper currency in other developed markets is likewise “curbed” in part or in whole. Recall that for NIRP to truly work, paper currency has to be substantially eliminated everywhere it is implemented. We will analyze the impact of a global rush into paper currency in a subsequent post.


Still, what the chart above shows is that if, and when, a run on physical cash begins, there will be roughly $1 dollar in physical to satisfy $10 dollars in savers’ claims, a ratio which drops to 20 cents of “deliverable” cash if the $100 bill is taken out of circulation.
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The second, and far more critical error Major makes, is the assumption that “households have not rushed to withdraw cash and put it into a safe.”  As we explained previously, while this may have been true for a long time since 2014 when the first cases of NIRP were unveiled, that is no longer the case. Recall from “Safes Sell Out In Japan, 1,000 Franc Note Demand Soars As NIRP Triggers Cash Hoarding
Now that the cash ban calls have gotten sufficiently loud to be heard by the generally clueless masses and now that the likes of Jose Canseco are shouting about negative rates, savers are beginning to pull their money out of the banks. 
“Look no further than Japan’s hardware stores for a worrying new sign that consumers are hoarding cash–the opposite of what the Bank of Japan had hoped when it recently introduced negative interest rates,” WSJ wrote this morning. “Signs are emerging of higher demand for safes—a place where the interest rate on cash is always zero, no matter what the central bank does.”
In response to negative interest rates, there are elderly people who’re thinking of keeping their money under a mattress,” one saleswoman at a Shimachu store in eastern Tokyo told The Journal, which also says at least one model costing $700 is sold out and won’t be available again for a month. 
“According to the BOJ theory, they should have moved their funds into riskier but higher-earning assets. Instead, they moved into pure cash that earned nothing,” Richard Katz, author of The Oriental Economist newsletter wrote this month.
Meanwhile, in Switzerland, circulation of the 1,000 franc note soared 17% last year in the wake of the SNB’s move to NIRP. 
“One consequence of the decision to cut the Swiss central bank’s deposit rate into negative territory in late 2014, and deepen the negative rate to -0.75% early last year, may have been to increase stockpiling,” WSJ reports. “Holding money in cash would protect it from the risk of Swiss banks at some point charging a broad range of customers to deposit money.” 
The connection between the increasing circulation of the big Swiss bill and the central bank policy is obvious,” Karsten Junius, chief economist at Bank J. Safra Sarasin said. Well yes, it is. Just as the connection between soaring safe sales in Japan and Haruhiko Kuroda’s NIRP push is readily apparent. 
So once again, we see that when one experiments with policies that fly in the face of logic (like charging people to hold their money), there are very often unintended consqeuences and when you combine sluggish demand with NIRP in a monetary regime that still has physical banknotes, you get a run on cash. And on safes to store it in.
Demand for 10,000-yen bills is steadily rising in Japan, even as the nation’s population falls and the use of credit cards and other forms of electronic payment increases,” Bloomberg writes. “While more cash might sound like a good thing, some economists are concerned that it shows Japanese households are squirreling away money at home instead of investing it or putting it into bank accounts — where it can make its way back into the financial system and be put to productive use.” 
One safe maker who spoke to Bloomberg said safe shipments have doubled over the last six months. While part of the demand for safes is likely attributable to the country’s new “My Number” initiative, “the negative-rate policy is likely to intensify the preference of Japanese households to keep cash at home,” Hideo Kumano, an economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute said. “Overall, the trend of more cash at home reflects concern about the outlook for economy among households. This isn’t a good thing.”
No it isn’t, and not because of concern about the outlook for the Japanese economy: that had no chance long before Abe and Kuroda came on the scene, mostly as a result of Japan’s demographic spiral of doomed.


“It isn’t a good thing” because it confirms that the global run on physical cash – as much as the bankers of the world would like to keep it under wraps – has begun, and as the chart above shows, in a fractionally-reserved world in which there are $10 in savers’ claims for every $1 in physical currency, it quite literally pays to panic first, as the 9 out of 10 people who panic after the first one, will be stuck with nothing.
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At the end of the day, what it all boils down to, is Exter’s inverted pyramid. As a reminder, this is how Elliott’s Paul Singer summarized the total notional value of all global asset classes:
  • Over-the-Counter derivatives, notional amounts: $692 trillion at year-end 2014, per the BIS. For comparison, this figure was $72 trillion in 1998.
  • Global real estate: $180 trillion, according to global real-estate services provider Savills.
  • Global debt market, both securities and other forms of debt: $161 trillion at year-end 2014, per the Institute for International Finance’s Capital Markets Monitor. According to the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), debt securities make up $95 trillion of this total.
  • Global equities: $64 trillion, per the World Federation of Exchanges.
  • Global M1 money supply: $24 trillion at year-end 2013, per the World Bank.
  • Gold: $6.8 trillion at year-end 2013, according to the Thompson Reuters GFMS Gold Survey.
Because once the banks’ physical cash runs out in a post-NIRP scramble, there is always – at least until it, too, is confiscated once again – gold.


U.S. Has Record 10th Straight Year Without 3% Growth in GDP ...


Terence P. Jeffrey
CNS News
February 27, 2016


The United States has now gone a record 10 straight years without 3 percent growth in real Gross Domestic Product, according to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.


The BEA has calculated GDP for each year going back to 1929 and it has calculated the inflation-adjusted annual change in GDP (in constant 2009 dollars) from 1930 forward.


In the 85 years for which BEA has calculated the annual change in real GDP there is only one ten-year stretch—2006 through 2015—when the annual growth in real GDP never hit 3 percent. During the last ten years, real annual growth in GDP peaked in 2006 at 2.7 percent. It has never been that high again, according to the BEA.





The last recession ended in June 2009, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. In the six full calendar years since then (2010-2015), real annual GDP growth has never exceeded the 2.5 percent it hit in 2010.
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Deutsche Bank: It’s time to buy gold


CNBC
February 26, 2016


Gold is still expensive, but rising economic risks and market turmoil mean investors should buy it for insurance, Deutsche Bank said Friday.


The recovery since the global and European financial crises had put the price of gold under some pressure. The yellow metal, which some analysts view as a safe haven or as a protection against rising inflation, typically underperforms during periods when the economy is growing or inflation is low. However, in a note issued Friday, the German Bank said economic signs are pointing in gold’s favor.


“There are rising stresses in the global financial system; in particular the rising risk of a U.S. corporate default cycle and the risk of a sharp one-off renminbi devaluation due to the sharp increase in China’s capital outflows,” Deutsche Bank added.”Buying some gold as ‘insurance’ is warranted.”
However, even though gold has fallen from levels over $1,900 an ounce in 2011 to around $1,200 an ounce currently, Deutsche Bank said it still looks expensive, ranking as the most expensive commodity relative to its 15-year trading history.
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Economic Recovery? 13 Of The Biggest Retailers In America Are Closing Down Stores...

Michael Snyder
February 26, 2016
 
Barack Obama recently stated that anyone that is claiming that America’s economy is in decline is “peddling fiction“. 
 
Well, if the economy is in such great shape, why are major retailers shutting down hundreds of stores all over the country?  Last month, I wrote about the “retail apocalypse” that is sweeping the nation, but since then it has gotten even worse.  Closing stores has become the “hot new trend” in the retail world, and “space available” signs are going up in mall windows all over the United States.  Barack Obama can continue huffing and puffing about how well the middle class is doing all he wants, but the truth is that the cold, hard numbers that retailers are reporting tell an entirely different story.
Earlier today, Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert released a letter to shareholders that was filled with all kinds of bad news.  In this letter, he blamed the horrible results that Sears has been experiencing lately on “tectonic shifts” in consumer spending
In a letter to shareholders on Thursday, Lampert said the impact of “tectonic shifts” in consumer spending has spread more broadly in the last year to retailers “that had previously proven to be relatively immune to such shifts.”
“Walmart, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Staples, Whole Foods and many others have felt the impact of disruptive changes from online competition and new business models,” Lampert wrote.
And it is very true – Sears is doing horribly, but they are far from alone.  The following are 13 major retailers that are closing down stores…
 
  1. Sears lost 580 million dollars in the fourth quarter of 2015 alone, and they are scheduled to close at least 50 more “unprofitable stores” by the end of this year.
  2. It is being reported that Sports Authority will file for bankruptcy in March.  Some news reports have indicated that around 200 stores may close, but at this point it is not known how many of their 450 stores will be able to stay open.
  3. For decades, Kohl’s has been growing aggressively, but now it plans to shutter18 stores in 2016.
  4. Target has just finished closing 13 stores in the United States.
  5.  Best Buy closed 30 stores last year, and it says that more store closings are likely in the months to come.
  6. Office Depot plans to close a total of 400 stores by the end of 2016.
  7. The next seven examples come from one of my previous articles…Wal-Mart is closing 269 stores, including 154 inside the United States.
  8.  K-Mart is closing down more than two dozen stores over the next several months.
  9. J.C. Penney will be permanently shutting down 47 more stores after closing a total of 40 stores in 2015.
  10. Macy’s has decided that it needs to shutter 36 stores and lay off approximately 2,500 employees.
  11.  The Gap is in the process of closing 175 stores in North America.
  12. Aeropostale is in the process of closing 84 stores all across America.
  13. Finish Line has announced that 150 stores will be shutting down over the next few years.
These store closings can be particularly cruel for small towns.  Just consider the impact that Wal-Mart has had on the little town of Oriental, North Carolina
The Town’n Country grocery in Oriental, North Carolina, a local fixture for 44 years, closed its doors in October after a Wal-Mart store opened for business. Now, three months later — and less than two years after Wal-Mart arrived — the retail giant is pulling up stakes, leaving the community with no grocery store and no pharmacy.
Though mom-and-pop stores have steadily disappeared across the American landscape over the past three decades as the mega chain methodically expanded, there was at least always a Wal-Mart left behind to replace them. Now the Wal-Marts are disappearing, too.
Of course there are many factors involved in this ongoing retail apocalypse.  Competition from online retailers is becoming more intense, and consumer spending patterns are rapidly changing.
But in the end, the truth is that you can’t get blood out of a rock.  The middle class in America is shrinking, and there just isn’t as much discretionary spending going on as there used to be.
And now that we have entered a new economic downturn, many retailers are finding that there are some local communities that can no longer support their stores.  The following comes from CNBC
Though the shift to online shopping is no doubt playing a role in lighter foot traffic at malls, there’s more to their changing economics than the rise of Amazon. Changing demographics in a town are another reason a shopping center could struggle or fail — for example, if massive layoffs in a particular industry cause people to move away to find employment.
“A lot of people want to try and tie it to the Internet or ‘that’s not cool,’ or teens don’t like it,” Jesse Tron, a spokesman for industry trade group International Council of Shopping Centers, told CNBC last year. “It’s hard to support large-format retail in those suburban areas when people are trying to just pay their mortgage.”
In order to have a thriving middle class, we need good paying middle class jobs.  Unfortunately, our economy has been bleeding those kinds of jobs quite rapidly.  For example, Halliburton just announced that it is eliminating 5,000 more jobs after getting rid of 4,000 workers at the end of last year.


During the Obama years, good paying middle class jobs have been getting replaced by low paying service jobs.  At this point, 51 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.
And there is no way that you can support a middle class family with children on $30,000 a year.


We have an economy that is in the process of failing.  We can see it in the explosion of subprime auto loans that are going bad, we can see it in the hundreds of retail stores that are shutting down, and we can see it in the tens of thousands of good paying energy jobs that are being lost.


During the Obama years, interest rates have been pushed to the floor, the Federal Reserve has created trillions of dollars out of thin air, and the size of our national debt is getting close to doubling.  Despite all of those desperate measures, our economy continues to crumble.


We stole from the future to try to paper over our failures and it didn’t work.  Now an economic downturn that will ultimately turn out to be even worse than the “Great Recession” of 2008 and 2009 has begun, and our leaders have absolutely no idea how to fix things.


I wish I had better news to report, but I don’t.  Get prepared now, because very rough times are ahead.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

ROGER STONE ISSUES WARNING: INSIDERS MOVE TO THWART TRUMP; 'ROMNEY WILL ENTER RACE IF RUBIO FAILS'...

Bombshell: Roger Stone reveals establishment using Mitt Romney as Plan B if Rubio fails!
Kit Daniels | Infowars.com - FEBRUARY 27, 2016

Insiders who were at a recent meeting between the Koch Bros. and Marco Rubio leaked intel on how exactly they’re going to try and steal the election from Donald Trump, GOP strategist Roger Stone revealed.
The Koch Bros. met with GOP millionaires and billionaires Thursday night to pool together over $75 million to stop Trump and are going to use Mitt Romney as ‘Plan B’ if Rubio fails to gain traction on Super Tuesday, according to moles who were inside the meeting.

Koch Bros plan to Stop Trump -Roger Stone
Posted by Alex Jones on Friday, February 26, 2016
“$75 million to stop Trump and $25 million to Marco Rubio, but they gave Rubio a condition: he’s got to win the Florida primary or he’s out and Mitt Romney’s in,” Stone revealed. “That’s the plan.”
“First they’ll ramp up an enormous, negative campaign on TV against Trump and they’re going to hit this phony Trump University issue,” he continued. “They claim to have personal dirt on Trump – I doubt that – and they are also going to try and delve into his business affairs, but if Rubio fails to grab the Florida primary, then Rubio’s out and Mitt Romney’s in.”
“The plan is for Romney to file for the New Jersey, New York and California primaries in an all-out ditch effort to stop Donald Trump and you heard it here on Infowars.com.”
Additionally, Marco Rubio’s wife called Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, to desperately beg Cruz to exit the race and aid Rubio, but Heidi said no, Stone said.
“The power structure’s desperate, the Rubio and Cruz teams are going back and forth but they can’t agree as to who will be the candidate,” he added. “I still believe Mitt Romney is totally dressed up, already made up, waiting in the wings… to step in as the last, best hope of the ‘stop Trump’ movement, and frankly I think Trump will bulldoze him as well.”
Watch the full interview with Roger Stone below: