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Scientists Freak Out Over Pandemic Potential Of Genetically Engineered Smallpox

Following the release of a paper earlier this year which describes how researchers stitched together segments of DNA in order to revive horsepox - a previously eradicated virus, scientists have been flipping out over the possibility that bad actors may use the study as a blueprint to revive smallpox.  The disease killed an estimated 300 million people before the World Health Organization deemed it eradicated following a long vaccination campaign. Thus, the publication of a method for...

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A Glimpse Beyond The Unipolar Moment

Authored by Norman Ball via The Saker blog, “Potentially the most dangerous scenario would be a grand coalition of China, Russia and perhaps Iran, an ‘anti-hegemonic’ coalition, united not by ideology but by complementary grievances” —Zbigniew Brzezinski Are we reaching the penultimate and petulant back-end of the American Empire’s Unipolar Moment, a denouement hastened by a raft of sanctions regimes as imperiously doled out as they are laden with unconsidered paradox? Though the sun...

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“It’s All About Space”: Trump Says Russia And China Are Ahead Of US Space Force

The US needs its own space force because China and Russia have already gotten a head start, but American ingenuity and the ability to make the "greatest rockets" in the world are right here at home, President Trump said at a rally in Richmond, Kentucky Saturday night. “Russia has already started, China has already started. They’ve got a start, but we have the greatest people in the world, we make the greatest equipment in the world, we make the greatest rockets, and missiles, and tanks, and...

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James Comey And The Unending Bush Torture Scandal

Authored by James Bovard via The Future of Freedom Foundation, The vast regime of torture created by the Bush administration after the 9/11 attacks continues to haunt America. The political class and most of the media have never dealt honestly with the profound constitutional corruption that such practices inflicted. Instead, torture enablers are permitted to pirouette as heroic figures on the flimsiest evidence. Former FBI chief James Comey is the latest beneficiary of the media’s “no...

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Shocktober’s Not Over – McElligott Sees More “Rolling Minsky Moments” As “Pseudo-Stability” Unravels

Just before last week's interest-rate driven market selloff entered its most acute phase, we cited CTA positioning data from Nomura showing that systematic funds had not yet begun the painful process of deleveraging as certain "triggers" had not yet been met. But shortly after this commentary from Nomura's cross-asset strategist Charlie McElligott had been distributed to Nomura's clients, the selling pressure intensified, busting through trigger levels in a way that only exacerbated what...

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Why Used-Car Prices Are Plunging

Authored by Daniel Ruiz via BlindersOffResearch.com, We have been testing the upper limits of used vehicle pricing (and new) all year. I think we have finally reached a point where the consumer has started rejecting higher prices (used vehicles for now). There were a couple of events last month that raised concern ahead of the most recent used car and truck CPI report: 1. Used vehicle inventory started rising rapidly in September after declining for most of the year. 2. There was a...

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Relative Scarcity Of Physical Gold Prompts Large Drawdowns From Funds, ETFs

Authored by Jesse via Jesse's Cafe Americain blog, "It appears that there is a dwindling and overleveraged supply heading towards an unmanageable and relentless source of demand." It is interesting to watch the ongoing management of physical gold holdings in the West. Physical gold has been seeing large drawdowns from inventory during this price decline, but silver does not... This is not due to some preference or matter of taste.   Physical gold for sale at these prices is in short...

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Trump Threatens China With More Tariffs, Does Not Seek Economic “Depression”

US equity futures dipped in the red after President Trump threatened to impose a third round of tariffs on China and warned that Chinese meddling in U.S. politics was a "bigger problem" than Russian involvement in the 2016 election. During the same interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes”, in which Trump threatened to impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia if the Saudis are found to have killed WaPo reported Khashoggi, and which sent Saudi stock plunging, Trump said he "might," impose a new round of...

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Hedge Fund CIO: “Some See Parallels Between Today And The Late-1930s, Which Led To World War II”

Submitted by Eric Peters of One River Asset Management The future is unknowable. Yet never has capital been so concentrated in strategies that depend on the future closely resembling the past. The most dominant of these strategies requires bonds to rally when stocks fall. For decades, both rose inexorably. And a new array of increasingly complex and illiquid strategies depends on a jump in volatility to be followed by a rapid decline of equal magnitude. They appear uncorrelated until they...

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Internet Censorship Just Took An Unprecedented Leap Forward, And Hardly Anyone Noticed

Authored by Cailtin Johnstone via Medium.com, While most indie media was focused on debating the way people talk about Kanye West and the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an unprecedented escalation in internet censorship took place which threatens everything we all care about. It received frighteningly little attention. After a massive purge of hundreds of politically oriented pages and personal accounts for “inauthentic behavior”, Facebook rightly received a fair...

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