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Kunstler: Meow

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For all his blunders and stumbles in his first half-year as President (cough cough), Donald Trump seems to have more lives than Schrödinger’s Cat. Or maybe it just seems that way. Or maybe he isn’t really there at all (like the news these days). Maybe Trump only represents one comic probability in an infinite number […]

US Owns 700 Million Barrels of Oil. Trump Wants to Sell It

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The weather was hot and humid on July 21, 1977, the day the U.S. government began stockpiling oil. It started small. Just 412,000 barrels of Saudi Arabian light crude stashed in a Southeast Texas salt cavern. In the wake of the Arab oil embargo, which sent prices through the roof and forced Americans to ration […]

The population explosion we’re all ignoring

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“Ladies, have you heard the news?” croons the singer to the women sitting beneath the tree in an isolated village in Benin. “You can take a pill every day.” The singer and his drummers have just disembarked from “the contraception boat”, said Geoffrey York in The Globe and Mail (Toronto). It is part of a […]

America-First Pipeline Plan Draws Ire of American Oil

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Donald Trump’s allies in the oil industry are warning the president that his bid to boost U.S. steelmakers could backfire against their efforts to achieve his goal of “American energy dominance.” The intense lobbying effort comes as the Commerce Department faces a Sunday deadline to give the president a plan to require oil and gas […]

US Military Establishment Study Admits The American Empire Is “Collapsing”

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A new study conducted by members of the U.S. military establishment has concluded that the U.S.-led international global order established after World War II is “fraying” and may even be “collapsing” as the U.S. continues to lose its position of “primacy” in world affairs. We’re revolutionizing the news industry, but we need your help! Click here to […]

ISIS continues to sell oil because it’s in somebody’s interest

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While the freefall of oil prices seems to have stopped for now, the inevitable rise of energy demand from developing economies may turn the current overflow into a critical shortage. How long before oil becomes a treasured resource in major demand again? And with new technology coming into play, how will the energy market affect […]

Don’t Move Resources from Development to Security

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Twenty years ago, when I was starting my functions as Prime Minister of Portugal, the world was surfing a wave of optimism. The Cold War had ended, technological prosperity was in full swing, the internet was spreading and there was the idea that globalisation would not only increase global wealth, but that it would trickle […]

Brother of Iran’s President Arrested

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The brother of Iran’s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, has been arrested amid escalating tensions between the government and the country’s hardline judiciary ahead of his swearing-in ceremony next month. Hossein Fereidoun, a top presidential aide who played a senior role in more than two years of high-level negotiations between Iran and the west over Tehran’s […]

Kunstler: Boomerangski

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The strenuous effort of “Resistance” passengers in the Limousine-of-State to shove Donald Trump out of the driver’s seat continues into what would normally be the news-wasteland of midsummer. Last week it was the smoking popgun of Trump Junior’s meeting with a Russian lawyer purported (by British music promoter Rob Goldstein) to be associated with the […]

Worker shortage slows Bakken oil development

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North Dakota oil production decreased 1 percent in May but remained slightly above 1 million barrels per day, according to the Department of Mineral Resources. Oil producers are drilling Bakken wells faster than they can bring them online due to a shortage of experienced workers, Director Lynn Helms said Friday. “There’s a great amount of […]

Promoting a viable population growth policy

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The world population has witnessed a remarkable growth during the recent decades. In 1965, it stood at 3.3 billion people. In 2017 -52 years later- the global population reached a staggering 7.5 billion people corresponding to more than a doubling of the Earth’s residents over the last half-century. Humans have been blessed with access to […]

There Could Be A Nuclear Strike Against The United States Coming Soon

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For approximately the past five years, the Mainstream Media (MSM) and the Obama-administration supported research “think-tanks” for monitoring the North Korean situation have had a field day.  They consistently (along with the brain-dead public’s crowds of naysayers) and intentionally understated the capabilities of North Korea.  The experts in the field (such as Dr. Peter V. […]

Tillerson Sees Qatar Crisis Lingering

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said a dispute between a Saudi Arabian-led bloc and Qatar may last “quite a while” as the two sides still refuse to speak to each other directly and are no closer to resolving the key demands made after the crisis started. Despite leaving the Middle East after four days […]

Kill The Messenger

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Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA’s past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was aggressively sold in ghettos across the country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras’ rebel army. Despite enormous pressure not to, […]

Things are so bad in Venezuela that people are rationing toothpaste

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Five years ago, when Hugo Chávez was president and Venezuela was a much different place, Ana Margarita Rangel could still afford to go to the movies and the beach, or to buy the ingredients she needed to bake cakes. Even three years ago, when the country’s economy was beginning a severe contraction,Rangel earned enough for […]

Michael Klare, “The Battle Lines of the Future”

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  Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt had a genuine howler the other day.  On NBC’s Meet the Press, he said, “Since the fourth quarter of last year until most recently, we’ve added almost 50,000 jobs in the coal sector. In the month of May alone, almost 7,000 jobs.” Try instead maybe 1,000 jobs in […]

Kunstler: We’re Good People, Really We Are!

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The disgrace of America’s putative intellectual class is nearly complete as it shoves the polity further into dysfunction and toward collapse. These are the people Nassim Taleb refers to as “intellectuals-yet-idiots.” Big questions loom over this dynamic: How did the thinking class of America sink into this slough of thoughtlessness? And why – what is […]

Why oil could jump back to $120

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Geopolitical conflicts are not a threat to OPEC: S&P Global Platts   Friday, 7 Jul 2017 | 2:32 AM ET | 03:46 Oil supply could easily be threatened by geopolitical risks, and such a disruption could cause oil prices to skyrocket, experts tell CNBC. Neil Dwane, global strategist and chief investment officer of European equity at […]

7 Signs Australia Can’t Avoid Economic Apocalypse

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AUSTRALIA has missed its chance to avoid a potential “economic apocalypse”, according to a former government guru who says that despite his warnings there are seven new signs we are too late to act. The former economics and policy adviser has identified seven ominous indicators that a possible global crash is approaching — including a […]

Kunstler: Suicide by Stupidity

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But if Mr. Trump agrees to work with Mr. Putin despite a list of Russian transgressions beginning with the annexation of Crimea and ending with its interference in the 2016 presidential election, he will also look weak while Mr. Putin can claim that he reconstructed the relationship. —The New York Times America wakes up to […]

Iraqi provincial elections postponed until 2018

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Iraq’s most powerful political parties have agreed to delay provincial elections and hold them along with national parliamentary elections next spring. The government has not officially announced the postponement of the provincial vote, which it had planned to hold on Sept. 16. But more than a dozen politicians – including members of Parliament and various […]

Over 1,000 cops attack anti-capitalist march

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Police brutally attacked the #WelcomeToHell anti-capitalist march during the #NoG20 meetings in #Hamburg

A North Korean EMP Attack: The Dark Possibility

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As the tension between North Korea and the US continues to grow, the possibility of war is rapidly evolving into a probability. Now some military experts worry that an attack via EMP (electromagnetic pulse) on the US mainland might be a feasible option for Pyongyang. The signs are certainly there: Having recently completed the ninth […]

Does natural gas have any role in Qatar crisis?

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It has been almost a month, since Qatar was diplomatically, militarily blockaded by prominent Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt. These countries presented Qatar via Kuwait a 13-point demands list, which demanded Qatar’s compliance to the demands by last Sunday. As Qatar didn’t give in to those demands, instead of […]

Kunstler: Lighten Up to Tighten Up

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Perhaps the presidency has been an overly solemn office since, oh, the days of Millard Fillmore, the dreary weight of all that mortal responsibility — slavery, war, more war, depression, yet more war, nukes, we shall overcome, terror, Lehman Brothers, Ferguson, Russia here, there, and everywhere…uccchhh…. And so, at last: a little comic relief. I […]

Persian Gulf upheaval brings oil market jitters

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The past month has been a tumultuous time for the Persian Gulf region, one bound to send shock waves through global markets, not least the international oil market. While it is still far too early to detect a building tidal wave, that cannot be entirely ruled out. The confluence of potentially ground-changing events taking place […]

The Humbling of Rex Tillerson

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It was inevitable that there was going to be a fair amount of chaos in the early days of the Donald Trump administration. The president is a political neophyte, he surrounded himself with a small clique of advisers who are relatively new to politics themselves, his executive experience comes from running a relatively small private […]

The Empire Strikes Back: State Repression in Trump’s America

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Since Donald Trump’s ascendance to the US presidency, there have been waves of felony arrests targeting Indigenous water protectors, radicals and anarchists. In this clip from our latest episode of Trouble, we look at the case of the J20 co-defendants – over 200 people facing a minimum of 8 felony charges each – and protestors […]

Qatar Begins Turning Its Back On The US Dollar

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Late last week, Saudi Arabia and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that are involved in attempting to isolate Qatar sent the tiny Gulf nation a list of 13 demands. They are insisting that Qatar meet these demands within ten days or face unspecified further action. The list of demands includes Qatar shutting […]

Saudi Arabia’s March Towards Civil War

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Has Saudi Arabia’s brinkmanship and heavy-handed policies of intervention in the Middle East come back to haunt the desert kingdom? After decades of playing the role of middle man between foreign states and establishing itself as a regional power, Saudi Arabia’s policies of meddling in the affairs of neighbor states and support for terror appear […]

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