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Oct 23 06:02

Wework Valuation Craters

Oct 23 05:44

How Much Oil Is At Stake In Syria?

Though it's as yet uncertain whether the Pentagon is actually going to execute the plan, Trump is mulling keeping a small US troop contingency in Syria in order to "secure the oil".

The president said at a cabinet meeting Monday: “I always said if you’re going in, keep the oil,” the WSJ reported. “We’ll work something out with the Kurds so that they have some money, so that they have some cash flow. Maybe we’ll get one of our big oil companies to go in and do it properly.”

In response, former special presidential anti-ISIL envoy Brett McGurk, who served under both the Obama and Trump administrations, stated the obvious: “Oil, like it or not, is owned by the Syrian state,” he said Monday. “Maybe there are new lawyers, but it was just illegal for an American company to go and seize and exploit these assets."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once this country has started down the road of no boundaries whatsoever, it sincerely risks becoming a kelptocracy, which in so many many ways, the Unhinged Surveilled State of Amerika has become.

The natural inclination of our Deep State Leadership, is to proclaim, in a hubristic fashion, its "Pax Amerikana" upon all countries in the world, declaring that somehow, the US government, by its fiat and "divine right", can make it completely OK for the US to expropriate resources to which it has utterly no moral right, and sell those resources only to those who pay in American dollars.

But there is something stirring in the winds; and those are the winds of palpable unrest, in nations which are being strangled by US foreign policy, or the dollar dictatorship and hideous austerity programs of the IMS (most of IMF members know i a "collection context" via taxes, which has nothing to do with their brilliantly Cartier-encrusted lifestyles).

We are very close to an actual breaking point, where the US will not have enough military support, or weapons, to put down popular uprisings which are happening so many places on this planet.

And unfortunately, this kind of unrest could also come to the US in short-term fashion; the huge agricultural swaths of land in this country have become both unplantable, and unharvestable, due to massive floods, in terms of our once-held glory as a "breadbasket to the world".

Food will become much more expensive, even for the very basics, and some people in this country may - literally - starve to death.

I would therefore suggest very politely that perhaps the turn of gaze inward,, at America's own difficulties and concerns, would be a far more fruitful enterprise for this government.

How are your going to feed those food insecure this fall, Mr. President?!? Will Syrian oil be that big a deal when this country starts to have riots over food, and in massive ways?!?

Oct 23 05:33

If You're Not Long, You're Wrong

Oct 22 17:31

The House Votes in Favor of Disastrous Copyright Bill

By Katharine Trendacosta

It’s Not Too Late: The Senate Can Still Stop the CASE Act

The House of Representatives has just voted in favor of the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act) by 410-6 (with 16 members not voting), moving forward a bill that Congress has had no hearings and no debates on so far this session. That means that there has been no public consideration of the serious harm the bill could do to regular Internet users and their expression online.

The CASE Act creates a new body in the Copyright Office which will receive copyright complaints, notify the person being sued, and then decide if money is owed and how much. This new Copyright Claims Board will be able to fine people up to $30,000 per proceeding. Worse, if you get one of these notices (maybe an email, maybe a letter—the law actually does not specify) and accidentally ignore it, you’re on the hook for the money with a very limited ability to appeal...

Oct 22 13:12

Trump: US May Have to Go to War With Iran Soon

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday, President Trump bragged about his efforts to try to get the US “out of wars,” then warned that “we may have to get in wars, too. OK?“

Trump continued on talking about how ready the US is for a war with Iran, and how Iran will get hit “like they’ve never been hit before.” The implication is clear that Trump is nominally ending wars, but that America’s hawks will get fresh, new wars to replace them.

That’s likely a rather cynical political ploy, given how much political heat the administration is under for appearing to almost end the Syrian War. That war may not be ending, but offering to trade it for a much bigger Iran War would probably placate many critics.

It’s likely also related to Trump’s interest in portraying himself as generally tough and the best at war. That, and his fondness for threatening Iran with unprecedented horrors seem destined to keep threatening an Iran War forever a possibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(sigh) Mr. President, a word, please; you appear to be ready to bring this war-weary, and war-skeptical country into yet more and more geopolitical confrontations, for which you have absolutely zero actionable evidence .

The issue of Iran is, indeed, a very complicated issue; but attempting to "just do it", i.e., go to war against it, to appease your biggest supporters, the Israeli Government; Bibi Netanyahu; the US Deep State, and Sheldon Adelson,many well have far more, potentially devastating consequences for this country than you can possibly imagine at this point in time.

I see you surrounding yourself with "yes people", when what you need is a dedicated Department of Peace, to give you alternative possible actions from which you can choose to get what the the US government wants to see happen.

As Putin did with Syria, should the US government attack Iran, you may well see Russian Troops and equipment, available to Iranian troops, as a supplement; Iran and Russia conscript, and lately, Russian defensive systems have been proven to very possibly eclipse whatever the US, at this point in its weaponry development, can do (if not light-years ahead of us, but I digress).

Mr. President, I would like to politely but firmly suggest that you pay maximum attention to the following, and because this is serious business, and affects everyone who lives here.

New Flood Dangers in South/
central US Face Slow Grind of Recovery

2019:
Midwestern US Floods

Grain Supplies Likely hit if Farmers Turn to Payouts

The Hidden Catastrophe of the Midwest's Floods

Persistent Wet Weather interferes with Midwest Farmers' Planting

Bad Weather and Trade Wars Complicate Planting for Midwest Farmers

The Bottom Line here, Mr. President; we may have problems with food insecurity right here in this country, and the prices are going to rise substantially because of this, for whatever food is available.

This will not interfere with the lifestyles of your very rich friends; but we have a huge number of people who are already marginalized, and this is going to be one lousy winter.

So the question is, rather than try to kill off a governmental system in the Middle East, perhaps now is the time to mobilize the USDA, social media, and teach people with very small resources how to slow cook, and make the best of their resources by teaching them how to preserve food.

Please remember; a population which is having difficulty feeding their families, are not going to vote for the people who were in charge of that economy which failed them with a basic human need, that... of sustenance.

Oct 22 12:28

U.S. Military Seeks A.I. “Quarterback” to Call Plays for The Internet of Battlefield Things

By Nicholas West

Similar to its civilian counterpart, The Internet of Things, the military has been trying to increase the integration between physical objects, data collection, data analysis and autonomous decision making into The Internet of Battlefield Things.

Now, they are flat-out stating that the Quarterback A.I. will "select the most appropriate strategy" for how to wage war...

Oct 22 09:38

The World’s 20 Most Profitable Companies

Oct 22 09:29

Corporations Use “Money USA 20/20” Event To Expand Facial Recognition Worldwide

By MassPrivateI

Forget the Bilderberg Group meetings and how the world’s power elite meet in secret to help shape governments. Because Rise Up’s Money 20/20 events puts them to shame...

Oct 22 09:16

What Higher Debts Do to Bond Rates

Oct 22 09:03

Who Earns the Money from Government Debt?

Oct 22 06:24

Goldman Warns That Buybacks Are 'Plummeting'

Oct 22 05:59

Laurel Canyon, Hippies and MKULTRA: Dave McGowan Tribute Series (Part 1)

This video is a tribute of sorts to the late Dave McGowan, turning his research in to documentary form. I hope you enjoy it and learn a thing or two. The darkness is vast and deep, something we'll explore as the series develops.

http://centerforaninformedamerica.com/inside-the-lc-the-strange-but-mo...

Oct 22 05:27

The American Economy RIP

Paul Craig Roberts

“Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.” —Mayer Anselm Rothschild, 1790

Thirty-eight years ago when I was in charge of United States domestic economic policy, the US Treasury and President Reagan believed that the purpose of economic policy was to serve the country, not Wall Street and the banks or the corporations or any of the various organized interest groups. Our idea was that policy could not be for this or that part of the economy. It had to be for everyone.

This changed in the last year of the Reagan administration after I was gone. In America today truth gets no respect from anyone whether right, left, liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican. The idiot Hillary has alleged that the only sane Democrat—Tulsi Gabbard— is a Russian agent! It blows the mind. And the presstitutes treat the absurd allegation as if it is a fact.

Oct 22 01:55

Deutsche Bank Planning Mass Layoffs To Its Once Iconic Rates Unit

So much for Deutsche Bank's once legendary fixed income division being insulated from the unprecedented layoffs sweeping across the bank.

Months after unveiling that double-digit percent of its equity-linked employees will be let go as part of an ongoing restructuring that has left the largest German bank looking like a pale shadow of its former self, Bloomberg reports that Deutsche Bank is now also considering "substantial cuts" to the unit that trades interest-rate securities, a division that survived unscathed the mass layoffs announced as part of the lender’s sweeping revamp in July.

CEO Christian Sewing has concluded that it’s possible to cut enough of the associated technology costs to outweigh the loss in revenue, Bloomberg sources report, adding that the bank will likely cut a low double-digit percentage of jobs at the business.

Oct 21 18:17

Bad for Business: How KYC/AML Makes Everyone a “Terrorist”

By Graham Smith

Two reports from risk solutions group Lexisnexis assert that anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) policies can negatively affect a business’s bottom line and customer service significantly. A recent trip to the local post office for a money order certainly had a negative effect on my own experience, thanks to the same regulations, which make paying customers feel like they are suspected terrorists just for doing business.

Everyone’s a Suspect

A recent visit to my local post office here in Japan, to get a simple USD money order for a passport, opened my eyes to just how far the KYC/AML freight train has already progressed...

Oct 21 16:55

Here’s Your Bull Market

Oct 21 10:52

The Bear Market Checklist

Oct 21 08:16

Beijing Demands $2.4BN In Sanctions Against US Over Obama-Era WTO Complaint

In an unrelated case before the WTO that dates back to the Obama era and has nothing to do with the US-China trade beef, Beijing is seeking $2.4 billion in retaliatory sanctions against the US for non-compliance with a WTO ruling, Reuters reports.

Oct 20 15:03

Stake-out at the Steakhouse: Outback Says They Are Installing A.I. Tech to Improve Customer Service

By B.N. Frank

According to one survey, 82% of Americans think Artificial Intelligence (AI) is more harmful than helpful. The company that owns the Outback Steakhouse chain either doesn’t know this or doesn’t care...

Oct 20 12:40

Gas Prices Expected to Rise in 2020—Thanks to an Obscure UN Regulator

By Ross Marchand

With gasoline prices in California eclipsing $4/gallon, Americans have taken to nervously glancing at their gas gauges. Oil prices appear to only be going in one direction (up), with dramatic disruptions such as a drone attack on Saudi refineries disrupting fuel supplies. But things may soon get far worse if the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a sub-agency of the United Nations, implements onerous worldwide restrictions on fuel content...

Oct 20 11:43

The Fed Is Lying To Us

Oct 20 09:39

Negative Rates Are Killing The World

Oct 20 09:18

Why are most people BROKE?

Oct 19 16:17

Wealthy eurocrats enjoy huge tax breaks as hardworking Belgians pay 50% to taxman

EUROPEAN UNION officials enjoy lavish tax breaks while locals in Belgium are forced handover almost half of their monthly paycheck.

Oct 19 11:27

How Entrepreneurs Discover Market Opportunities Through Dissatisfaction

By Raushan Gross

Entrepreneurs are sensitive to consumer dissatisfaction, seek to create new products and/or services to satisfy consumers, and use capital to bring their ideas to market. Consumers then vote their satisfaction of the product or service by their spending.

Entrepreneurs attempt to solve problems, add value, or make things more efficient.

Alertness to entrepreneurial opportunities calls for a particular set of attributes...

Oct 19 10:20

Rydex Bears Come Out Of Hibernation

Oct 19 06:26

The Bursting Bubble Of “B.S.”

Oct 19 06:15

Secret NATO Military Exercises in Germany Drill Nuclear War Scenario – Report

The reported war games are being held a few months after the collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between Russia and the US, which was prompted by Washington’s move to withdraw from the accord on 2 August.

NATO allies are holding secret military exercises in Germany, which aim to drill a nuclear war scenario, the German newspaper Kronen Zeitung reports.

During the drills, codenamed “Steadfast Noon”, the military personnel utilise warplanes which could be equipped with nuclear weapons in the event of a war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why in the name of heaven are the US political classes planning Armageddon for the rest of us, who do not have "panic bunkers", rather than attempting to ratchet down tensions with Russia, which could mean peace and prosperity for a lot of people around the world?!?

Because, in a few words, we are completely expendable to them, other than as cannon fodder.

Russia understands what happens when war is on their doorstep; most Americans have absolutely zero connection with the American Civil War, so their only connection to war are the "sanitized" bits of footage and soundbites they get from their television, if it ever gets discussed by the talking head/Corporatistas at all.

And for me, all wars represent "a catastrophic failure of imagination" when other modalities for conflict resolution are not employed.

Oct 19 06:01

Getting Out Of Foreign Wars: Next Up, Ukraine?

Authored by Doug Bandow via The American Conservative blog,

Recently Ukraine has been thrown into the spotlight as Democrats gear up to impeach President Donald Trump. More important, though, is its role in damaging America’s relations with Russia, which has resulted in a mini-Cold War that the U.S. needs to end.

In 2014, Washington and European governments backed a street putsch against the elected, though highly corrupt, pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych. The Putin government responded by annexing Crimea and backing separatist forces in Eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region. Washington and Brussels imposed economic sanctions on Russia and provided military aid to Kiev.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Annexing Crimea"?!? Sir, let's stop with the codswallop, because it has become far too much to swallow. And President Obama admitted to the US role in this Ukrainian putsch during a televised interview:

Obama admists that the US government brokered a deal in support of Regime Change in Ukraine

Apparently, you have utterly no grasp of what really happened, after Poroshenko was "anointed" as Ukraine's geopolitical "saviour" in 2014.

The people in Crimea knew that there would be no decency, or real representation in government coming out of Kiev (you do know what country of which the city is capital, don't you?!?) forthcoming for a long time to come. So this is what the people of Crimea did:

1. In a fair and honest referendum, the Crimean government asked its people if it wanted to stay with Ukraine, or leave it, after the "election" to install Poroshenko. Overwhelmingly, Crimea voted to leave Ukraine, and request that the Russian Federation allow Crimea to return to as a member of the Russian Federation.

2. Here is the BBC article on this; had you actually done your homework, and researched this intelligently (which you obviously did not), you would have realized that this was a documented referendum, and a documented return to Russia as a choice by the Crimean people

And I would like to add here, that "peaceful self-determination" is one of the most critically important portions of the UN charter, to which both Russia and the US are also a signatory./ Crimea referendum: Voters 'back Russia union' Russia then accepted them as full members of the Russian Federation; there was no "annexation" whatsoever, period, end of discussion.

Oct 19 06:01

The Warning Signs Are Flashing For U.S. Shale

Oct 19 05:30

China's $3.6 Billion Bailout Insulates Turkey From US

Authored by 'Spengler' via The Asia Times,

Beijing’s biggest support package ever for President Erdogan arrives at a critical time...

Despite the US threat to “obliterate and destroy” Turkey’s economy, the Turkish lira and Turkish interest rates barely have budged in the past week (Turkish stocks, especially banks, are down sharply, in part due to the US criminal charges against Halkbank for aiding Iran sanctions violations). That is remarkable given the fragility of Turkey’s currency earlier in 2019. Between February and May, the Turkish lira fell from 5.2 to the US dollar to 6.2 in response to US sanctions, before recovering to 5.88 to the dollar today. The Turkish central bank leaned on Turkish banks to refrain from offering liquidity to short-sellers, but Turkish money markets remained orderly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China makes deals; the US threatens with wars and impossible to maintain sanctions.

What's wrong with this picture?!? Damned near everything.

Oct 19 05:26

BANK BAILOUTS, HERE WE GO AGAIN!

Oct 19 05:21

Winners and Losers in the Turkish Attack on Syria. Russia is the Most Successful Player

Russia imposed the Astana process instead of Geneva for peace talks, it offered countries to use their local currencies for commerce rather than the dollar, and it is dealing pragmatically with Iran and Saudi Arabia, and with Assad and Erdogan. The Americans, by their recklessness, showed themselves incapable of diplomacy.

Moscow mediated between the Syrian Kurds and the central government in Damascus even when these had been under US control for years. Putin behaved wisely with Israel even when he accused Tel Aviv of provoking the killing of his officers, and stayed relatively neutral in relation to the Iran-Israel struggle.

On the other hand, Tel Aviv never thought Syria would be reunited. Today Damascus has armed drones, precision and cruise missiles from Iran, supersonic anti-ship Russian missiles- and has survived the destruction of its infrastructure and so many years of war.

Oct 19 05:10

US Military Unlikely To Withdraw From Syria's Key Oil Fields: Report

Via AlmasdarNews.com,

The U.S. Armed Forces are not withdrawing from the eastern Euphrates River Valley region of Deir Ezzor or its plethora of oil fields, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News.

According to the source, the U.S. Armed Forces won’t withdraw from these areas because of Iran’s presence in eastern Syria and the reality that Damascus would again have access to Deir Ezzor’s vital oil fields.

He would add the United States' two largest military bases in Syria are in the east near some of the country’s largest oil fields like Al-Omar.

Damascus has wanted the Al-Omar and Conoco oil fields to be returned to their government; however, with the U.S.’ large military presence in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, they have found themselves blocked from these critical petrol supplies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US government and military believes they are going to occupy Syria's oil fields forever?!?

How many have actually been withdrawn, or will withdraw from Syria, ahead of a major Turkish onslaught ?!? Were I a betting person, I would say, darned few.

Oct 19 05:03

State Department Concludes Clinton Email Review, Says It Found Nearly 600 Security Violations

State Department investigators probing Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state discovered nearly 600 security incidents that violated agency policy, according to a report the Daily Caller News Foundation obtained.

The investigation, conducted by the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, found 38 individuals were culpable for 91 security violations. Another 497 violations were found, but no individuals were found culpable in those incidents.

The investigation concluded Sept. 6, and the report was issued Sept. 13.

The investigation sought to determine if the exchange of emails on Clinton’s server “represented failure to properly safeguard classified information” and whether any individuals at State were culpable for any of the failures. (RELATED: State Department Reboots Hillary Clinton Email Probe)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"NO PERSUASIVE EVIDENCE...." MY ASTROLABE!!

This "alleged" inquiry was stage managed from the get-go, and a desired conclusion was reached in precisely the way the Clintonistas wanted it to be reached, which translated as absolutely no charges could, or would, be levelled against her.

Oct 19 04:41

Southwest Pilots Slam Boeing "Fraud... Put Flying Public At Risk"

Update (1415ET): Boeing shares have accelerated lower as more details of the 'smoking gun' messages comes out.

A Boeing test pilot complained in one of the messages that a flight control system, known as MCAS, was difficult to control, according to the messages, obtained by NBC News.

“It’s running rampant in the sim on me”, the pilot, Mark Forkner, Boeing’s former chief technical pilot, said in 2016 to a colleague, referring to the simulator, according to the transcript. “Granted, I suck at flying, but even this was egregious.”

His colleague replied that they would have to update the description of the system.

“So I basically lied to regulators (unknowingly),” read Forkner’s reply. Forkner did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

And now Southwest Pilots Union has come out swinging, confirming that Mark Forkner is a Southwest aviator and blasting Boeing for "misleading" the FAA, saying that Boeing's "fraud" put "the flying public at risk."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the "bottom line" of a company trump's the travelling public's' safety, this is the moment when the CEOS who signed off on not getting this flaw reversed need to be tried; convicted; and sentenced to hard time at a NOT Club Fed.

Oct 19 04:29

Complicated Web Of Payments Behind Hunter Biden's $700K Ukraine, China Dealings Untangled

For months it has been reported, here and elsewhere, that Hunter Biden 'made $50,000 per month sitting on the board Ukrainian gas giant Burisma.'

The truth behind payments to Biden is much more complicated, as revealed by the Daily Caller's Andrew Kerr who reviewed bank records submitted in an unrelated criminal case involving Biden's friend and business partner, Devon Archer in which Archer was found guilty of defrauding an American Indian Tribe (a conviction which was later overturned).

So - Burisma did not directly pay Hunter, although the firm's chairman, Alan Apter told the Wall Street Journal in 2014 that Biden (and Archer) would receive a salary for their independent directorship.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, those privileges which accompany nepotism are things most most of us working folks would never dream of doing, even in our wildest imaginations!!

Use threatened financial geopolitical blackmail to get a top Ukrainian prosecutor fired for his "crime" of starting to lead an investigation into Burisma, where Hunter Biden was one of their executives on the board?!?

NO PROBLEM!!

And Tom Perez and his minions really believe that former Vice-President Biden is a "good call" for a Democratic nominee for President of the United States and leader of the "allegedly" Free World?!?

Tom, Tom, Tom, please, for God's sake; can't someone from your office talk to Biden about how he needs to stand down, and "spend more time with his family"?!?

I mean, isn't that the standard line trotted out every time a politician has actually been compromised with just a little more than a "hint of taint" concerning how they have used their privilege?!?!?

I mean, Biden actually bragged about it, right?!?

Video: Biden brags that he got a Ukrainian prosecutor fired, for one billion dollars in US aid

Now Tom, unless you, and your candidates' handlers are absolutely of one mind in the opinion that all US voters are victims of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, or/and SMDD (severe memory deficit disorder), and you let this guy run as your Presidential Candidate, you know precisely what Republicans are going to do; they are going to run this video again; and again; and again; so that even the most simple-minded of voters will "get it".

And the "IT" to which I refer, is the reality Biden is one of the worst "con jobs" to have ever taken the Oath of Office as Vice-President, and is willing to do ANYTHING to keep himself, and his family "rolling in influence" (like attempted financial blackmail of a foreign government) to enable them to continue "rolling in the dough".

There is a "V" word that you and the DNC need to heavily contemplate before this next campaign cycle; that word is "Values", Tom.

And when we have a party which desperately tried to impeach President Trump even before he was sworn in, with Russiagate; and now the phone call regarding "Ukrainegate"; and is exploring ways to get him out of office before the next election, using the 25th Amendment to the Constitution before the November 2020 election, what are you saying about Democratic Party Values to the rank-and-file voter with these actions?!?

The short answer is, the Democratic Party has no values at all, except "winning" at all costs, with no moral considerations concerning their actions will do to this country whatsoever.

Is this the way you, and the current configuration of the DNC, really want to be judged by history, Tom?!?

I'm just saying.... please think about it.

Oct 19 03:34

America's Road Map To $40 Trillion National Debt By 2028

Watch out! At this very moment, professional economists of all stripes are making plans on your behalf. They’re dreaming and scheming new and innovative ways to spend your money long before you’ve earned it.

While you’re busy at the gristmill, grinding away for clients and customers, claims are being laid upon your life. Your future earnings are being directed to boondoggles galore. Yet these claims are in addition to everything Washington’s already signed you up for.

The reality is the growth of federal debt has been out of control for decades. The solution that’s always repeated for reeling this back is that, somehow, the economy will grow its way out of it. This has yet to transpire despite a variety of policies over the years that have generally involved borrowing money from the future and spending it today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry, but the way many of these "Econonozillas" think, just scares the stuffing right out of me, and has me wondering, very seriously, if they have ever had to balance a checking account.

Why, in the name of heaven, is it terrible for a person, or a family, to be in horrific debt, but it is perfectly acceptable for a government to do so, for these folks?!?

Sorry, but "Don't fret about the Debt" is yet more "magical thinking", which will ultimately assist in putting this country right down the economic commode, with one gigantic flush.

Oct 19 03:25

The Chaos Of Baltimore Explained, How The Descent Into Hell Continues

By now, you should already know that Baltimore City is imploding on itself. The housing market has stalled, millennials are trapped in overpriced rowhomes, and widespread violent crime has taken over the region.

The deteriorating situation in Baltimore is nothing new. It started in the late 1950s when deindustrialization began, and white flight of the 1960s/70s/80s sent hundreds of thousands of Baltimoreans packing their bags for the suburbs. From the late 1950s to let's say today, the city's population has collapsed from 960,000 to around 600,000.

The city is a hollow out shell of something that was great, and also is an accurate depiction of our country at the moment.

Violent crime in the city spiked during the 1980s and surged even more during the crack epidemic of the 1990s. But a revival was in the making by the mid-2000s (violent crime dipped and a housing boom began), it was the millennials, who picked up the broken baton and wanted to revive Baltimore.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a story which pairs nicely with what exists above, from August of this year, and may, potentially, carry some hope for this embattled city:

Baltimore hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since the 1960s. Meet the people trying to change that.

Oct 19 02:41

Japan To Send Its Own Military Force To Strait Of Hormuz

Ever since the new round of 'tanker wars' began in Strait of Hormuz in mid-June with a mysterious mine attack on multiple tankers, one involving a Japanese-owned ship, Tokyo has reportedly mulled sending a Japanese defense force to the area to help protect vital shipping lanes.

In a rare move, the pacifist nation appears ready to pull the trigger, as FT reports, citing chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, who indicated that "the government was planning to deploy forces in a region where a Japanese tanker, the Kokuka Courageous, was recently attacked with a limpet mine."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the Japanese government does move forward with this action, that moment in time may, most probably, just barely be in front of "excrement hitting the ventilator" at warp speed, in terms of some kind of hot altercation between the US government; Israel; and Iran.

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