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zerohedge.com / by Federico Pieraccini / Feb 21, 2017
In just two weeks as president of the United States, Donald Trump has given indications of how he intends to tackle various international political situations. So far we have observed the controversy over Iran, the events related to NATO, rapprochement with Russia, escalation in Ukraine, silence on Syria, the US special-forces operation in Yemen, verbal clashes with the EU, and the absence of further criticism of China. This first article will focus on the he US deep state’s possible sabotage attempts of the Trump presidency.
Tensions continue to rise unabated in the first two weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency, as more decisions come across Trump’s table. While we have seen many executive orders and pieces of legislation, most regard domestic politics, which is a core focus of the Trump presidency. On the other hand, in foreign policy, Trump seems to be using the common tactic of many politicians, which involves much talk and little action. Since US foreign policy has been a mess for quite some time, militating against common sense, taking little action can actually be a positive thing, the best thing a US president has been able to do in almost thirty years! If there is one thing that is clear to everyone about Trump’s way of doing things following two weeks in office, it is that it is completely different from his predecessor, especially in relation to the press and his willingness to engage with it.
The use of executive orders looks more and more like a weapon to flood the press and news agencies with talking points concerning domestic policies, leaving little room for particular pressure on foreign policy from the media establishment. It almost looks like a tactic of guerrilla warfare to overwhelm the mainstream media. It could and probably is also a PR stunt to show the American people he is doing what he promised. Stunt or not, acknowledging the power of the media in creating a pretext for war, and therefore putting a stop to the drums of war, is one of the first key marks of his success.
The main problem continues to be the ongoing war with the US deep state, something that will not be going away anytime soon, and a campaign that may have entered a new stage against the Trump presidency.
marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / February 22, 2017
February has been cruel to the euro. Of the sixteen sessions this month, counting today, the euro has risen in four, and two of those were last week. Its new four-day slide pushed it below $1.05 for the first time in six weeks as European markets were opening. The $1.0560 area that was broken yesterday, and provided a cap today is 61.8% retracement objective of last month’s rally. Recall that the multi-year low was recorded at the start of the year a little below $1.04.
The main weight on the euro is presently not economic but political. Recent developments in France underscore our argument that the success of the populist-nationalist forces requires some sort of help from the mainstream parties. This was clearly the case in the US and UK, where no populist party was elected, but instead, the populist agenda co-opted by the center-right. The non-binding UK referendum turned into a binding decision with the smallest of majorities for such an important change. It has yet to be seen how President Trump relates with the Republican Party. However, it is strikingly different that what the Democrat leadership did in 1972. Then the left-wing of the Democrat Party succeeded in nominating McGovern, and the leadership of the party abandoned him, helping to produce a landslide victory for Nixon.
In any event, the left in France is finding it difficult to put down egos and the hubris of small programmatic differences to unite behind a single candidate. Macron appears to be doing a good jump of shooting himself in the foot, allowing Fillon, under a cloud of scandal, to recapture second place in the polls. In Italy, there is a risk that the largest political coalition in Italy, the PD, may split with the old guard and the left-wing possibly forming two new parties. This is seen working to the 5-Star Movement’s favor. The 5-Star Movement is underscoring another observation of populism-nationalism: it may work better as in opposition rather than as a governing party.
armstrongeconomics.com / by Martin Armstrong / Feb 22, 2017
To win the election in Germany, the SPD & Greens want to move to change the law regarding voting rights. Essentially, they want to give the refugees a right to vote. They need not be an EU citizen nor do they need to pay taxes. The mere right to vote is you happen to be there at the time. Meanwhile, the SPD has now taken the lead in polls from Merkel. Martin Schulz, the German Social Democrats’ candidate for federal elections in September, is the very person who in the EU wants to federalize Europe and this scheme is intended to use anyone other than Germans to win the election.
The Social Democrats are 63.7% in favor of letting the refugees vote. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) poll shows 96.9% against Schulz’s idea. Can you imagine letting everyone from Mexico come into the USA and then vote if the United States should petition Mexico to join them? It seems the left is just totally insane. They will do absolutely anything to win and that means they will allow all of the Middle East to enter Germany and then outnumber the Germans in their own election?! Where is the logic here?
Michael Moore, the ultra-liberal documentary filmmaker who infamously predicted a Trump victory well before election night last November by stunningly calling Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania for the Republican nominee, has since had a noticeably difficult time processing the victory that he, himself, predicted long before anyone else. Meanwhile, Moore’s inability to come to terms with Trump’s presence in the White House has since resulted in his very public broadcast of multiple nervous breakdowns over various social media outlets for all to see.
In fact, his latest “episode” came just last week when Moore lit up the Twittersphere asking Trump “What part of “vacate you Russian traitor” don’t you understand?” while threatening that “We can do this the easy way (you resign), or the hard way (impeachment).”
Um, @realDonaldTrump — It's now noontime in DC & it appears you are still squatting in our Oval Office. I gave u til this morning to leave.
If Trump can’t mount a counterattack and get rid of his White House “traitors,” what happens? Intel expert Robert David Steele predicts, “He will not be reelected, and he will also probably be impeached in 2018. . . . Donald Trump is toast after 2018 . . . if we don’t do electoral reform. The Democrats will steal back the House and they will impeach Donald Trump. They will combine that with protests in the streets, and they will combine that with banking pressure to include a $20 billion bribe . . . and Trump will finally say I can’t handle this. I can’t do this, and he’ll leave. . . . Candidates can be bought, particularly if you apply so much pain to them that is simply not worth the hassle. I believe in Donald Trump. I want to devote my life to helping Donald Trump to restore the Constitution and restore democracy. I am deeply upset that Donald Trump is not getting the advice he needs to lay this out for America and provide a solution. The Electoral Reform Act needs to be implemented in the next 90 days or Donald Trump is not going to finish his term.”
In closing, Steele warns, “Even if 10,000 of us call the White House comment line, Donald Trump is not going to hear from us. Trump is in enemy hands. . . . Donald Trump is all alone in the White House, and the forces of evil are essentially isolating him from “We the People.”
zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Feb 21, 2017 4:50 PM
A new study conducted by three universities in Venezuela sheds new light on just how dire the food shortages are in Maduro’s failed Socialist utopia. Called ENVOVI, the living conditions survey found that 75% of Venezuelans lost “an average of at least 19 pounds” in 2016 due to food shortages. Per UPI:
Venezuela’s Living Conditions Survey found that nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of at least 19 pounds in 2016 due to a lack of proper nutrition amid an economic crisis.
February 21 (King World News) – Overnight markets have essentially ceased to matter, so I am not going to comment on them prospectively until something occurs that might make a difference here.
As for our market, it blasted off out of the starting gate and managed to gain a little over 0.5% in about 90 minutes. Once again, there was no proximate cause for the partying, other than the fact that the market was open. In the afternoon, the rally sputtered, tried to roll over, but then regained its footing and went out just off the day’s highs…
zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Feb 21, 2017 4:48 PM
Donald Trump issued a statement on the death of Russia’s ambassador to the UN, saying that Vitaly Churkin had played a vital role in working with the United States on major challenges to global security, US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Tuesday.
Here is the full statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Death of Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin
theeconomiccollapseblog.com / By Michael Snyder on February 21st, 2017
Many liberals that are still extremely bitter about the outcome of the election are taking out their frustrations on Trump supporters all over the country. And in some cases, employees are actually being “reassigned”, fired or asked to leave their jobs if they openly admit their support for President Trump. This kind of political discrimination is not supposed to be happening in our workplaces, but it is happening. Many leftists that are in positions of authority around the nation are using that authority to punish people that voted for Donald Trump. So if you voted for Trump and your boss didn’t, you might want to keep your political views to yourself at your workplace if you want to keep your job.
And sharing your political opinions on Facebook is not necessarily safe either. Just ask an elementary school teacher in Collier County, Florida that was just “reassigned” to administrative duties for a pro-Trump Facebook post…
zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Feb 21, 2017 4:25 PM
At the start of January, when the Mexican Central Bank spent $2 billion to defend its currency in a rare intervention in the spot market, and which lasted just a few hours before the selling resumed, Goldman analyst Albert Ramos had some advice for Banxico: don’t use reserves to defend the Peso as Mexico would have greater need for them elsewhere.
Ever wonder what the left envisions America would be like if Hillary were president right now?
Well look no further!
For all those Americans who are sad Hillary didn’t win, at least they can go visit hillarybeattrump.org, where all their dreams can come true under the banner “President Hillary Rodham Clinton: News from the Real America, Where the Majority Rules”.
zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Feb 21, 2017 7:20 PM
A Florida computer lab teacher, Veronica Fleming, at the predominately Latino Parkside Elementary School in Naples, Florida, had her job “reassigned” after she made the mistake of publicly supporting Trump’s immigration policies over Facebook. Apparently irked by all the “Day Without Immigrants” protests around the country (see “‘Without Us, Your Country Is Paralyzed’ – Undocumented Workers Plan Boycott ‘Day Without Immigrants’“), Fleming wrote a post on her Facebook account that she was “so glad to hear about massive deportation.”
Despite what you may think, it’s not due to protectionism.
World Trade has been on our worry-list for a while, most recently in December [World Trade Falls to 2014 Level, just in Time for a “Trade War”]. Why has world trade refused to boom recently? And it wasn’t just last year. But last year was particularly crummy. Lackluster global demand gets blamed. But that’s using a broad brush to sketch a troublesome development.
Now the alarmed World Bank, in its report, Trade Developments in 2016 (PDF), barely blames the usual suspects for this lackluster global demand, but identifies a new and dominant one: “policy uncertainty.”
It points out that 2016 was the fifth year in a row of “sluggish trade growth.” 2015 had already been the weakest year since 2009, when global trade collapsed as a result of the Financial Crisis. But 2016 was even worse than 2015.
World trade is devilishly hard to quantify, and so the estimates for 2016 vary:
DHS is now enforcing the Presidents immigration plan. DHS is suddenly locked out of their computers, this was due to a software glitch. Trump was right about migrants in Sweden, things did get out of hand. Assange says the corporate media is not publishing news they are putting out weaponized text. Fake news checkers have links to the Clintons and others. Russia and Turkey negotiate for s400 missile system. Iraq wants to purchase more weapons from Russia. US troops on the front-lines in Iraq. Rebels surrender in Damascus. Rebels say CIA funding drying up. Whyare Russian diplomats suddenly dying as the corporate media continually pushes Russian aggression .
jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com / 21 FEBRUARY 2017
‘Till human voices wake us, and we drown.’
T. S. Eliot
“Do you think he is so unskillful in his craft, as to ask you openly and plainly to join him in his warfare against the truth? No; he offers you baits to tempt you. He promises you civil liberty; he promises you equality; he promises you trade and wealth; he promises you a remission of taxes; he promises you reform.
This is the way in which he conceals from you the kind of work to which he is putting you; he tempts you to rail against your rulers and superiors; he does so himself, and induces you to imitate him; or he promises you illumination, he offers you knowledge, science, philosophy, enlargement of mind. He scoffs at times gone by; he scoffs at every institution which reveres them.
He prompts you what to say, and then listens to you, and praises you, and encourages you. He bids you mount aloft. He shows you how to become as gods. Then he laughs and jokes with you, and gets intimate with you; he takes your hand, and gets his fingers between yours, and grasps them, and then you are his.”
J. H. Newman
Things are getting stretched out quite a bit. We are in what can modestly be called pivotal times.
The market for equities is now pricing in expectations of both a corporate tax cut and a repatriation deal for the transfer priced cash that US corporations have been hoarding in tax havens overseas.
Shaeuble says the problem with Greece is not the debt its their reforms. Australia is going to try zero percent down for homes, we all know how that turned out. Macy’s, Walmart and Toy R Us show declining sales. Auto insurance rates have soared by 20% because of texting. Hard data show economy is declining while the soft data shows everything is ok. There are multiple signs that the US economy is in a recession. HSBC missed earning big. S&P 500 is now overbought than in 2000 bubble. Russia adds more gold to its reserve.
zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Feb 21, 2017 3:48 PM
Police in Houston, Texas responded to reports of an active shooter at Ben Taub Hospital. The hospital was placed on lockdown, and some patients were evacuated. No suspect or evidence of the shooting have been found, HPD Chief Art Acevedo told reporters.
Officers are searching the hospital, but have not found any victims so far, the Houston Police Department said. “We have not found the suspect, and we have not found evidence of an active shooter,” Chief Art Acevedo told reporters at 3:15pm local time.
Gold prices fell below $1230 per ounce in London trade Tuesday morning, losing 1% from last week’s finish as US traders returned from the President’s Day holiday focused on how Donald Trump and rising inflation could see the Federal Reserve raise interest rates again as early as March.
Asian and European stock markets edged higher while bond prices fell, nudging up longer-term interest rates.
Silver tracked the drop in gold prices, bouncing off 1-week lows at $17.85 per ounce.
Major indexes of commodity prices rose but held shy of January’s 18-month highs.
After optimism amongst US businesses leapt at a record pace following Donald Trump’s White House victory, the bosses of major employers including GE and Boeing are now urging the new president to “revamp” America’s tax code, reports the Financial Times, in what some call a once-in-30-years opportunity.
With the US economy already near “full employment”, the January Consumer Price Index put annual inflation at it fastest pace in 5 years, above the Fed’s 2.0% target.
On this edition of The Daily Sheeple’s “Daily News Brief”, Joe Joseph discusses the systemic failure of the U.S. Public Education system and where specifically it fails. The education system is a HUGE part of the reason why we are witnessing the continued decline of the standard of living.
harveyorganblog.com / by harveyorgan / February 21, 2017
Gold at (1:30 am est) $1237.80 DOWN $0.10
silver was : $17.99: DOWN 3 CENTS
Access market prices:
THE DAILY GOLD FIX REPORT FROM SHANGHAI AND LONDON
The Shanghai fix is at 10:15 pm est last night and 2:15 am est early this morning
The fix for London is at 5:30 am est (first fix) and 10 am est (second fix)
Thus Shanghai’s second fix corresponds to 195 minutes before London’s first fix.
And now the fix recordings:
TUESDAY gold fix Shanghai
Shanghai FIRST morning fix Feb 21/17 (10:15 pm est last night): $ 1244.89
NY ACCESS PRICE: $1233.20 (AT THE EXACT SAME TIME)/premium $11.69
Shanghai SECOND afternoon fix: 2: 15 am est (second fix/early morning):$ 1244.89
NY ACCESS PRICE: $1234.30 (AT THE EXACT SAME TIME/2:15 am)
SPREAD/ 2ND FIX TODAY!!: 10.14
China rejects NY pricing of gold as a fraud/arbitrage will now commence fully
London FIRST Fix: Feb 21/2017: 5:30 am est: $1233.20 (NY: same time: $1233.40 (5:30AM)
London Second fix Feb 21.2017: 10 am est: $1241.95(NY same time: $1241.90 (10 am)
It seems that Shanghai pricing is higher than the other two , (NY and London). The spread has been occurring on a regular basis and thus I expect to see arbitrage happening as investors buy the lower priced NY gold and sell to China at the higher price. This should drain the comex.
Also why would mining companies hand in their gold to the comex and receive constantly lower prices. They would be open to lawsuits if they knowingly continue to supply the comex despite the fact that they could be receiving higher prices in Shanghai.
For comex gold:
NOTICES FILINGS FOR FEBRUARY CONTRACT MONTH: 146 NOTICE(S) FOR 14,600 OZ. TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 5291 FOR 529,100 OZ (16.457 TONNES)
In silver, the total open interest ROSE by 1085 contracts UP to 205,602 with respect to FRIDAY’S TRADING. In ounces, the OI is still represented by just less THAN 1 BILLION oz i.e. 1.025 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 146% of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).
FOR THE NEW FRONT FEBRUARY MONTH: THEY FILED: 146 NOTICE(S) FOR 14600 OZ
In gold, the total comex gold ROSE BY 864 contracts WITH THE FALL IN THE PRICE GOLD ($2.40 with FRIDAY’S trading ).The total gold OI stands at 430,011 contracts
we had 146 notice(s) filed upon for 14,600 oz of gold.
"Anyone who claims to stand for free markets, free trade, and limited government but who attempts to defend the existence or importance of the Federal Reserve or central banking is a liar. Either you support free markets and freedom of pricing or you support central bank price-fixing and creeping socialism. There is no third way or middle road — socialism and the free market are mutually incompatible. A little bit of socialism in the form of price-fixing is like a little bit of gangrene, if left unchecked it will eventually infect and kill the whole." - Paul-Martin Foss via The Mises Institute