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S&P 500 drops 2% to new low for 2018, Dow dives 600 points

S&P 500 drops 2% to new low for 2018, Dow dives 600 points

The Dow and S&P 500, which are both in corrections, are on track for their worst December performance since the Great Depression in 1931, down more than 7 percent so far for the month. The S&P 500 is now in the red for 2018 by 4 percent.

via CNBC S&P 500 drops 2% to new low for 2018, Dow dives 600 points

A possible stock-market crash is starting to freak out investors — and that might mean it’s time to buy | Markets Insider

A possible stock-market crash is starting to freak out investors — and that might mean it’s time to buy | Markets Insider

The latest reading of the American Association of Individual Investors’ survey of bullish sentiment fell to the lowest level since mid-2016, coming in at 20.9.
Another measure from the AAII, the percentage of bullish investors minus the percentage of bearish investors, has also fallen to multi-year lows.

via A possible stock-market crash is starting to freak out investors — and that might mean it’s time to buy | Markets Insider

It may also mean much more logically that it is time to GET OUT.

A family member was told to buy, buy, buy all the way down to ZERO in the 2008 crash. That family member ended up losing EVERYTHING.

 

Maria Butina guided by South Dakota man to NRA, conservative meetings (Paul Erickson)

Maria Butina guided by South Dakota man to NRA, conservative meetings (Paul Erickson)

2010 Erickson files to form Investing with Dignity, LLC based in Sioux Falls.
2013 Erickson visits Moscow as part of a U.S. delegation to Right to Arms. Maria Butina is gun advocacy group’s chairwoman.
2014 Erickson returns to Moscow as a guest speaker for a Right to Arms-hosted event.
2015 Butina delivers speeches to University of South Dakota students in Vermillion, Sioux Falls students and teenage Republicans in the Black Hills after Erickson recommended her.
2016 Erickson and Butina on February 10, 2016, formed Bridges LLC, based in Sioux Falls. It wasn’t immediately clear what the limited liability company was formed to do.

via Argus Leader Maria Butina guided by South Dakota man to NRA, conservative meetings

NRA Ties to Russian Operatives Draw Growing Scrutiny From Congress – Mother Jones

NRA Ties to Russian Operatives Draw Growing Scrutiny From Congress – Mother Jones

In one photo, Torshin poses with Keene and Weaver in a hotel suite: Torshin is wearing an NRA conference ID badge around his neck and an official 2013 NRA conference pin on his lapel, placed just below a Russian flag pin. He and Keene have an arm around each other.

Among the high-profile speakers at that NRA 2013 conference in Houston was future Trump national security adviser John Bolton, who at the time served on the gun group’s international affairs subcommittee. At Keene’s request, Bolton recorded a video address that fall talking up gun rights, which was used by Butina’s group for lobbying in Russia.
It is legal for foreign citizens to donate to causes in the United States, but federal law bars them from directly or indirectly contributing money to US political campaigns. That includes a ban on donations to political action committees. According to a report by McClatchy in January, the FBI has been investigating whether Russian money flowed illegally through the NRA into the 2016 Trump campaign, which the NRA backed with at least $30 million.

via NRA Ties to Russian Operatives Draw Growing Scrutiny From Congress – Mother Jones

The World Is Now the Property of the 1 Percent

Though the media hasn’t been paying much attention to the resulting inequality, the statistics (when you see them) on that ever-widening wealth gap are mind-boggling. According to Inequality.org, for instance, those with at least $30 million in wealth globally had the fastest growth rate of any group between 2016 and 2017. The size of that club rose by 25.5% during those years, to 174,800 members. Or if you really want to grasp what’s been happening, consider that, between 2009 and 2017, the number of billionaires whose combined wealth was greater than that of the world’s poorest 50% fell from 380 to just eight. And by the way, despite claims by the president that every other country is screwing America, the U.S. leads the pack when it comes to the growth of inequality. As Inequality.org notes, it has “much greater shares of national wealth and income going to the richest 1% than any other country.”

That, in part, is due to an institution many in the U.S. normally pay little attention to: the U.S. central bank, the Federal Reserve. It helped spark that increase in wealth disparity domestically and globally by adopting a post-crisis monetary policy in which electronically fabricated money (via a program called quantitative easing, or QE) was offered to banks and corporations at significantly cheaper rates than to ordinary Americans.

Pumped into financial markets, that money sent stock prices soaring, which naturally ballooned the wealth of the small percentage of the population that actually owned stocks. According to economist Stephen Roach, considering the Fed’s Survey of Consumer Finances, “It is hardly a stretch to conclude that QE exacerbated America’s already severe income disparities.”

Wall Street, Central Banks and Everyday People

What has since taken place around the world seems right out of the 1930s. At that time, as the world was emerging from the Great Depression, a sense of broad economic security was slow to return. Instead, fascism and other forms of nationalism only gained steam as people turned on the usual cast of politicians, on other countries, and on each other. (If that sounds faintly Trumpian to you, it should.)

via Truthdig The World Is Now the Property of the 1 Percent

The NRA Placed Big Bets on the 2016 Election, and Won Almost All of Them

The NRA Placed Big Bets on the 2016 Election, and Won Almost All of Them

The gun rights group placed multimillion-dollar bets on Donald Trump and six Republican Senate candidates locked in highly competitive races. It poured $50.2 million, or 96 percent of its total outside spending, into these races, and lost only one — an open seat in Nevada, vacated by the Democratic Minority Leader, Harry Reid. That race cost the NRA roughly $2.5 million.

The NRA’s big night came as a tidal wave of white voters without college degrees voted overwhelmingly for Trump, leading to one of the biggest election-night upsets in memory. The reasons why this demographic turned out in such high numbers for the GOP nominee will be parsed for years, and it is not at all clear how much of a factor his embrace of the NRA’s hardline position on gun rights played into the outcome.

But the NRA’s investment, which was more than any other outside group, paid for a slew of ads that directly targeted the same voters who propelled Trump to victory. The organization’s radio and television spots sought to cast Hillary Clinton and the Democratic rivals of its preferred Senate candidates as an existential threat to the Second Amendment, and national security. It is a message that resonates in the gun belt, a swath of primarily Southern and Midwestern states where Trump achieved some of his most consequential victories.

via Open Secrets The NRA Placed Big Bets on the 2016 Election, and Won Almost All of Them

What Is Treason? 1 – Sedition; Destroying A Country From Within By Colluding With A Hostile Power 2 – Killing Americans Via Poisons ‘Beyond Treason’ 3 – Espionage; Selling US Secrets To Foreign Powers For Money, 4 – Fascism 5 – Moral Treason | A Green Road Journal

Remember the Russian agent that helped get 30 million in Russian money washed through the NRA and provided to Trump, to help him win the 2016 election? She just pled guilty to being a Russian spy and doing corrupt illegal things around Trump.

via What Is Treason? 1 – Sedition; Destroying A Country From Within By Colluding With A Hostile Power 2 – Killing Americans Via Poisons ‘Beyond Treason’ 3 – Espionage; Selling US Secrets To Foreign Powers For Money, 4 – Fascism 5 – Moral Treason | A Green Road Journal

Scientific Data And Evidence, Detailing History Of 5 Comet Or Huge Meteor Storm Strikes On Earth, Which Created Planetary Upheaval And/Or Extinction Events; Is Human Civilization Ready For The Next Cosmic Or Natural Disaster? | A Green Road Journal

Humans today were not alive during past global cataclysms, so they have no ‘memory’ of such events. As a consequence, most humans believe that these types of things cannot happen, because in their memory, nothing like that has ever happened. So there is no reason to prepare for such an event. Very few people would believe that a tsunami 3 miles high is possible. Normally, this type of wave is impossible, but it can and does happen when a meteor strikes an ocean, which then creates a huge wave, that can be up to 3 miles tall.

via Scientific Data And Evidence, Detailing History Of 5 Comet Or Huge Meteor Storm Strikes On Earth, Which Created Planetary Upheaval And/Or Extinction Events; Is Human Civilization Ready For The Next Cosmic Or Natural Disaster? | A Green Road Journal

‘Project Blitz’: Here’s the new plan Christian nationalists have to seize even more power | Alternet

‘Project Blitz’: Here’s the new plan Christian nationalists have to seize even more power | Alternet

Without a well-informed opposition, there’s no telling how much damage Project Blitz could do. “While the ‘In God We Trust’ bills are presented as the least controversial, there is an ugliness that lies just beneath the surface that revealed itself in the wake of debate on the measure in the Minnesota state senate,” Clarkson said.  “After Democratic Sen. John Marty spoke against the bill, he was smeared on Fox News … falsely described as part of an ‘anti-faith movement’ that seeks to ‘suppress’ religion and ‘wipe it out of government.’

“Project Blitz strategists thought they could gain political advantage by getting opponents on the record, so their votes and statements could be used against them,” Clarkson continued. At least in this case,  it backfired spectacularly.

In a subsequent appearance on Fox, Marty defended the integrity of his faith and his stance against the bill. He insisted that posting “In God We Trust” in the public schools is offensive to both religious believers and the non-religious. And, speaking as a Christian, he said that “the government sanctioned motto does not strengthen our religion, but it demeans, devalues and cheapens our religion.”
Marty explained that he is “the great-grandson of a Lutheran minister, the grandson of a minister, the son of one, the brother of a minister, and soon, the father of one.” Rather than continue to give Marty a platform, the right-wing smears stopped.

“The third category is ‘religious liberty’ protection legislation, and this is the real attack on equality, and the most impactful policy changes” Gill said. “For example, policy statements that are passed as resolutions that favor married heterosexual couples, or maintenance of birth gender, which is a very awkward phrase I’d never heard before seeing it in this document.” Bills in this category, “are basically religious exceptions to the law, either broader or more narrow … that would allow people to discriminate on the basis of their religion.”

via ‘Project Blitz’: Here’s the new plan Christian nationalists have to seize even more power | Alternet

Pinterest Bans (CENSORS) GreenMedInfo for Posting Natural Health & Vaccine Peer Reviewed Study Information

Pinterest Bans GreenMedInfo for Posting Natural Health & Vaccine

On Dec. 13th, 2018 Pinterest removed GreenMedInfo.com, one of the world’s most trafficked and widely referenced natural health research sites, from its platform, stating: “your linked website violated our misinformation policy. This policy includes things like promotion of false cures for terminal or chronic illnesses, and anti-vaccination advice.”

This action occurred after a number of other sites which either question the safety of vaccines, or are critical of the vaccine industry, reported similar de-platforming. The full email is shown below:

via GreenMedInfo Pinterest Bans GreenMedInfo for Posting Natural Health & Vaccine