Chinese Government Asks Brokers How To Boost Stock Prices

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Chinese Government Asks Brokers How To Boost Stock Prices China’s markets regulator is asking securities firms how to boost stock prices, stoking concerns that Beijing is desperate to restore investor confidence, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Last week, the China Securities Regulatory Commission held a meeting with several brokerage houses to solicit […]

Border Patrol Chief Relieved Of Command Same Day He Testified Before Congress

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Border Patrol Chief Relieved Of Command Same Day He Testified Before Congress Authored by Ryan Morgan via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), House Republican leaders have raised the prospect that a Border Patrol chief was the target of retaliation by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) chief after the Border Patrol official sat for […]

“It’s A Big Sea-Change”: Many Countries Bringing Their Gold Home For Safekeeping

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“It’s A Big Sea-Change”: Many Countries Bringing Their Gold Home For Safekeeping Via SchiffGold.com, In the wake of Western sanctions on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine, many central banks are bringing their gold home for safekeeping, according to an Invesco survey of central banks and sovereign wealth funds. Many central banks and sovereign wealth […]

Meta Launches Data-Harvesting Twitter Clone, Immediately Starts Censoring

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Meta Launches Data-Harvesting Twitter Clone, Immediately Starts Censoring Meta claims that over 10 million people had signed up for its Twitter competitor, Threads, in what CEO Mark Zuckerberg framed as a “friendly” alternative to the little blue bird. “Let’s do this. Welcome to Threads,” wrote Zuckerberg in his first post on the app, which is […]

State Department’s Narrative Control Unit Letting ‘Highly Ideological Activists’ Decide Discourse

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State Department’s Narrative Control Unit Letting ‘Highly Ideological Activists’ Decide Discourse A document obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the US State Department reveals that the US government has been enlisting an international cadre of censorship czars coordinated through a hyper-partisan network that includes the Global Engagement Center (GEC) and the […]

Chick-fil-A Faces Growing Backlash Over ‘Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion’ Efforts

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Chick-fil-A Faces Growing Backlash Over ‘Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion’ Efforts Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), Some conservatives have suggested a boycott of Chick-fil-A after the fast-food chain was discovered to have a vice president of “diversity, equity, [and] inclusion,” or DEI. A view of Chick-fil-A on Austell Road as customers […]

Gaza Truce Holds Into Sunday Between Israel & Islamic Jihad

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Gaza Truce Holds Into Sunday Between Israel & Islamic Jihad A truce between Israel and militant factions in Gaza appears to be holding as normal life resumes on both sides Sunday following the deal formally taking effect since 10pm the night before. The past five days of fighting, which saw hundreds of rockets fired from […]

Pentagon To Expand Air Defenses In Guam, Eyeing China & N.Korea Threats

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Pentagon To Expand Air Defenses In Guam, Eyeing China & N.Korea Threats Authored by Kyle Anzalone via The Libertarian Institute, A Defense Department official told Congress that the Pentagon is acting on plans to build a multi-layered air defense system in Guam, where Washington keeps several military bases. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is requesting $1.5 billion to […]

Ukraine Claims Russian Hypersonic Missile Shot Down Using US Patriot System

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Ukraine Claims Russian Hypersonic Missile Shot Down Using US Patriot System In an alleged first which is no doubt making US Congressional hawks very proud, Ukraine says it has intercepted a Russian ballistic missile for the first time using a US-made anti-air defense system. What’s more, and perhaps the more dubious aspect, is that it […]

Florida NAACP Seeks National Advisory Against Black Travel To Sunshine State

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Florida NAACP Seeks National Advisory Against Black Travel To Sunshine State The Florida chapter of the NAACP is asking its national organization to issue a travel advisory urging black people not to visit or move to the Sunshine State.  The proposal was put forth at the chapter’s state conference on Saturday, and members voted unanimously […]

Largest Jobs Website Lays Off Thousands Of Employees

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Largest Jobs Website Lays Off Thousands Of Employees It is rather ironic that while the unexpected weekly drop in initial jobless claims highlights the structural shortage of workers in a very tight labor market, internet job-search platform Indeed plans to lay off approximately 2,200 employees, representing 15% of its workforce. In a blog post, Indeed CEO Chris Hyams […]

Futures Tumble, Yields Crater, Banks Plunge As Market Realizes Latest Bailout Is Insufficient

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Futures Tumble, Yields Crater, Banks Plunge As Market Realizes Latest Bailout Is Insufficient Yesterday, when describing the nuances of the latest bank bailout (and big bank subsidy) we explained why the “Treasury is quietly freaking out” and asked rhetorically “ETA until market realizes $25BN is nowhere near enough and futs react appropriately?” ETA until market […]

Deadly Train Crash Sparks Largest Protest In Years In Athens

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Deadly Train Crash Sparks Largest Protest In Years In Athens The largest demonstration of public outrage yet over Greece’s deadliest train disaster took place in Athens and other surrounding cities on Wednesday as tens of thousands of people marched on city streets, and transportation workers went on strike. Last month’s train disaster resulted in the deaths […]

Credit Suisse’s Biggest Backer Abandons Hope, Questions “Future Of Franchise”

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Credit Suisse’s Biggest Backer Abandons Hope, Questions “Future Of Franchise” US investment manager Harris Associates has been among Credit Suisse’s most prominent supporters for years (owning as much as 10% of the flailing Swiss bank’s stock last year). But now, that’s all over, as deputy chair and CIO David Herro tells The Financial Times that […]

US Offers Whopping $10 Million Reward For Info On Hezbollah Financial Network

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US Offers Whopping $10 Million Reward For Info On Hezbollah Financial Network The US State Department Rewards for Justice Program has announced a reward offer of up to $10 million for any information which leads to the disruption of financial mechanisms of Lebanon’s Hezbollah. “Mohammad Bazzi’s been arrested, but Hezbollah is still collecting revenue through […]

South Africans Without Electricity For Nine Hours A Day Amid “Ginormous” Blackouts

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South Africans Without Electricity For Nine Hours A Day Amid “Ginormous” Blackouts Amid all the focus on Europe’s energy troubles in the past year, a byproduct of the continent’s legacy reliance on Russian commodity exports, it has largely slipped the world’s attention that a far more brutal – and mostly ignored – energy crisis is […]

CNN Backpedals On Credibility Pledge, Hires Adam Kinzinger

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CNN Backpedals On Credibility Pledge, Hires Adam Kinzinger After firing a cadre of hyper-partisan ‘journalists’ who spent years promoting conspiracy theories and polarizing the nation, CNN boss Chris Licht has suddenly backpedaled on his goal of restoring credibility to the beleaguered network – by hiring hyper-partisan war monger Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) as a senior political […]

New York Gun Control Law Unconstitutional: NY Supreme Court

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New York Gun Control Law Unconstitutional: NY Supreme Court Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times, The New York law that enables the seizure of guns from people who haven’t committed a crime is unconstitutional, a state Supreme Court judge has ruled. This red flag law, or the Extreme Risk Protection Order law, lets individuals – including police officers […]

Have We Seen A Peak In Pax Americana

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Have We Seen A Peak In Pax Americana By Russell Clark of The Capital Flows and Asset Markets substack Happy New Year! Welcome to a special on the idea of a perhaps we are seeing a peak in the Pax Americana. Pax Americana implies that America has become the dominant empire as Rome once was, […]

Putin Embraced By Lukashenko In Rare State Visit As Fears Mount Belarus Could Join Offensive

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Putin Embraced By Lukashenko In Rare State Visit As Fears Mount Belarus Could Join Offensive Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said the situation in neighboring Ukraine is “escalating” just before receiving a rare in-country visit by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. In statements published by the presidential press service, Lukashenko sought to refute rumors and allegations that Moscow is […]

‘Just Stop Oil’ Activists Admit Using Petrol Cars, Claim They’re Not Hypocrites

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‘Just Stop Oil’ Activists Admit Using Petrol Cars, Claim They’re Not Hypocrites Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News, Leading activists with climate change protest group Just Stop Oil have admitted that they drive petrol cars, but still claim that this doesn’t make them hypocrites. Erm, okay then. “Dr Larch Maxey, 50, a climate […]

UMich Sentiment Rebounds, Inflation-Expectations Tumble

UMich Sentiment Rebounds, Inflation-Expectations Tumble After a hotter than expected PPI print, all eyes are on Fed Chair Powell’s favorite inflation sentiment gauge – the short-term inflation expectations (12-month) fell to 4.6%, the lowest since Sept 2021. The medium-term inflation expectation was flat at 3.0%… Source: Bloomberg Declines in short-run inflation expectations were visible across […]

Philadelphia To End Indoor Mask Mandate Days After Reinstating It

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Philadelphia city health officials announced a reversal of an indoor mask mandate that recently went into effect in the city. The Philadelphia health department said the Board of Health voted on Thursday to rescind the mandate, which city officials say will be lifted Friday morning. “Due to decreasing hospitalizations and a leveling of case counts, the […]

Poll: One-Third Of Americans Say They Haven’t Gotten A COVID-19 Vaccine

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About one-third of Americans said they hadn’t received a COVID-19 vaccination, according to a new poll from the Economist/YouGov survey that was recently released. The poll asked (pdf) respondents to indicate whether they had received a vaccine for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19, and about 31 percent said they had not. Of […]

General Motors Reveals Luxury Personal Self-Driving Electric Cadillac

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General Motors (GM) unveiled a new personal self-driving electric concept car from its luxury brand Cadillac on Wednesday, while the company’s CEO said she anticipates introducing a personal autonomous vehicle “as soon as the middle of the decade.” The electric vehicle, part of Cadillac’s Halo Concept Portfolio, was revealed during the CES technology show in Las Vegas […]