Category Archives: Economy and Meltdown

No. 942-A: Industrial Production Benchmarking, February New Orders, Freight Index, Home Sales

(SGS Subscription required) • Industrial Production Revised Meaningfully Lower, Dominated by Much-Weaker Manufacturing, As Predicted
• Signals Mount for First-Quarter GDP Contraction, as the Fourth-Quarter 2017 Disaster-Recovery Boom Turns to a Bust
• Real Durable Goods Orders, Both Aggregate and Ex-Commercial-Aircraft, Showed an Unfolding Flat-to-Minus First-Quarter, Versus a Fourth-Quarter Boom
• Real New Orders Activity Remained Shy in Aggregate by 8.0% (-8.0%), and in Ex-Commercial Aircraft by 5.3% (-5.3%) from Recovering Pre-Recessions Highs
• Still Shy by 11.2% (-11.2%) of Recovering its Pre-Recession Peak, February Freight Index Hit a Post-Recession High
• Both New- and Existing-Home Sales Showed Large Fourth-Quarter Gains Turning into Large First-Quarter Contractions
• Monthly New- and Existing-Home Sales Were Mixed, but Held Shy of Their Pre-Recession Peaks by 55.5% (-55.5%) and 23.8% (-23.8%)

Trump “Disk Pic”: Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Teases Mystery CD In A Safe

The lawyer representing porn actress Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) fired off a tweet with a picture of what appeared to be a compact disc in a safe – hinting that he has video or photographic evidence of Clifford’s affair with President Trump. 

“If ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,’ how many words is this worth?????” tweeted lawyer Michael Avenatti. 

If “a picture is worth a thousand words,” how many words is this worth?????#60minutes #pleasedenyit #basta

— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 23, 2018

Avenatti has been a frequent guest on cable news as he promotes Stormy’s upcoming 60 minutes tell-all about her alleged affair with President Trump, in which she was reportedly paid $130,000 by Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen to keep quiet. 

When CBS Evening News‘ Julianna Goldman asked Avenatti if he had photos, texts or videos of her alleged relationship with Trump, he replied “No comment,” adding that Clifford just “wants to set the record straight.” (which you can read more about in her upcoming book, we’re sure). 

Clifford has filed a lawsuit that alleges the NDA she signed shortly before the 2016 election is null and void because Trump – under the name “David Dennison,” never signed it. 

“We have photos of Trump’s penis” 

On Monday Avenatti appeared on MSNBC where he told The Beat’s Ari Melber “We have a lot of information, a lot of evidence, a lot of documents that haven’t come to light yet. Numerous pieces of evidence, numerous facts, and we’re not gonna show our hand in the beginning weeks of any case. No good lawyer would do that, and we’re certainly not gonna do it here.

In response, notorious Louise Mensch co-hoaxer, Claude Taylor, tweeted “Stormy’s Lawyer on MSNBC. I’ll paraphrase. “We have photos of Trump’s penis”. 

Stormy’s Lawyer on MSNBC. I’ll paraphrase. “We have photos of Trump’s penis”.

— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) March 19, 2018

Taylor’s tweet was immediately megaphoned by several blue-check Twitter accounts, which caused the tweet to go viral until journalist Yashar Ali and others set the record straight.

Lots of folks are retweeting this and screenshotting it (including big accounts) but her lawyer said no such thing, not even close to it. He said additional evidence including documents.

— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 20, 2018

In light of Avenatti’s “Disk Pic,” however, one wonders if there may be some truth to Taylor’s assertion.

Trump filed to sue Daniels last week for $20 million, accusing her of repeatedly violating the nondisclosure agreement. 

Meanwhile, former Playboy model Karen McDougal who alleges she had an affair with President Trump, told CNN‘s Anderson Cooper that she fell in love with Trump – with whom she had “unprotected sex dozens of times” after their 2006 introduction. 

McDougal, 46, also told CNN that she and “charming” Trump had sex on their first date and that she went home afterward ‘crying in the backseat of a car’ when he offered her cash after they made love. 

After we had been intimate, he tried to pay me, and I actually didn’t know how to take that,’ she said. 

She said she was hurt by the cash offer, which she turned down.  

‘I don’t even know how to describe the look on my face,’ she said. ‘It must have been so sad.’ 

Later that year she was also given an apartment in New York City as a Christmas gift, but lost it after the two split. –Daily Mail

Fighting back tears – certainly not in advance of a book deal, McDougal told Cooper “I’m really sorry for that. I know it’s a wrong thing to do.”

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal is alleging an affair more than a decade ago with Donald Trump. Fighting back tears, she says, “I’m really sorry for that. I know it’s a wrong thing to do.”

— CNN (@CNN) March 23, 2018

She said Trump ‘always’ told her that he loved her. The two even had nicknames for each other.

‘He would call me baby, or he’d call me beautiful Karen,’ McDougal said.

McDougal filed a lawsuit this week against the publisher of the National Enquirer, which allegedly bought the exclusive rights to her story about the affair with Trump and then never published in order to help him after he won the Republican nomination.

McDougal told CNN that she first met Trump in 2006, when NBC was filming an episode of Celebrity Apprentice at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.

‘He said hello like he would to anybody and throughout the night, it was kind of obvious that there was an attraction from his part to me,’ McDougal said.  –Daily Mail

McDougal took the opportunity to slam Trump’s marriage during the interview, telling Cooper she thought it was odd that Donald and Melania slept in separate bedrooms. “I thought maybe they were having issues,” she said.

Where is this all going?

While some have construed the $130,000 payment to Daniels may constitute an illegal campaign contribution, others have said that’s not likely to hold much water. And since Trump had the affairs as a private citizen, not in the Oval Office, nor has he lied about it to Congress like Bill Clinton, it appears that this whole Stormy and McDougal thing exists solely to embarrass the President while he plays musical chairs with key positions (Tillerson, Bolton, McMaster, etc.). 

In The ‘Brave New World’, Who Controls The Matrix?

By Doug “Uncola” Lynn via,

The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.

– Ecclesiastes 10:2

 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

– 2 Timothy 4:3-4

Today, I read an exercise in surreality entitled:  ”Yes, This Is Going To Be Worse Than Watergate”.  When I first clicked the link, which was posted on Drudge this morning, I thought it was about the forthcoming Inspector General’s report and was hoping it might shed some light on FBI, DoJ, and State Department corruption at the highest levels.  Instead, the article rendered liberal outrage at the possibility of the Evil Trump firing the noble and honorable Robert Mueller.  The author, furthermore, claimed such a travesty would be a larger scandal than Watergate and lamented how not enough Republicans will join the high-minded, justice-seeking Democrats to save America.


The article even cites a vituperative Tweet to Trump from former CIA Director, leaker, and likely perjurer, John Brennan:

When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.

    — John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) March 17, 2018

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.  One can only hope the Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, will soon make these fools look even more stupid.  Even still, when actual crimes that are truly bigger than Watergate are completely revealed, will liberal journalists and corrupt former spies plead for the Democrats in Congress to rally and save the country?  Nope.  It’s all just big fat nothingburgers to them.

Additionally, this week, we witnessed the Mainstream Corporate Media turn Trump’s newly-hired attorney, Joe Digenova, into a “conspiracy theorist” for accurately identifying the “vast law-enforcement conspiracy to take down Trump”. Yes, conspiracy, the same term that was coined by the U.S Central Intelligence Agency’s Clandestine Services Unit in a dispatch marked “psychological operations” in 1967, will never die; like fake news. Remember when it used to be called skepticism and critical thinking?

Isn’t it bizarre how the Centralizers can use both “conspiracy theorist” and “fake news” against their political opponents while propagating Russian election hacking lies and, furthermore, reporting on the falsehoods as actual news?  How do they pull that off?

In large part by misappropriating language in order to set any basic premises, and therefore, establishing the ensuing conversational constraints.

However, it also goes deeper than that in ways difficult to describe.

Have you ever had the words, but not sure of the right way to chain them together?  That’s me right now. Like a man during a power outage, in a dark basement at 2 AM, trying not to step on his recently dropped and broken flashlight with his bare feet; looking for the stairs. Random thoughts and flashes of insight mix into dusky amalgamations. When watching the news, or reading the headlines, Robert A. Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land” comes to mind.  I’m a Martian in a new reality, constantly questioning and ever perplexed.

Too big to scale.

One way to understand is to use the Matrix films as a frame of reference. These are, indeed, a clear cognitive construct to conceptualize the brave new world.  For those who have not seen the science fiction trilogy, the actor Keanu Reeves plays a hacker by the name of Neo who learns his entire life was a digital simulation created by computers.  In the first movie, a member of the “resistance”, named Morpheus (played by Lawrence Fishburne), entered the Matrix to recruit Neo by asking him to ingest a red pill to learn truth – or a blue pill, whereby nothing would change.

Neo chose the red pill and, in turn, “woke up” to discover he was nothing more than a living “battery” whose body was electrically charging the computer simulation along with hundreds of thousands of other poor souls dreaming in a digital world.

Behold! The prophecies of the imaginary Book of Morpheus, Chapter One:

For Neo did not enter into the Matrix to condemn the Blue Pilled People, but rather, to save those digesting the Red Pill and lead them into Reality.

The madness is also reminiscent of the rock group Metallica’s “One” video, featuring scenes from the 1971 movie “Johnny Got his Gun” (based on the 1939 book of same name); where a conscious World War I quadruple amputee with annihilated eyes, ears, and mouth, says in his tortured mind:

“I don’t know whether I am alive and dreaming or dead and remembering.”

That’s how I feel about America.

The Borg is dreaming new realities it wishes to be true. The Leftists are daily becoming ends unto themselves. By means of sheer will, their fantasies will come to pass; any contravening facts be damned.

Propaganda works by reinforcing what people want to believe. It’s how the Corporate Media, in all of its various forms, provides the context to make real the illusions of the hive mind.

In other words, like Neo in the Matrix, virtual is the new reality.

The implementation set forth by the Centralizers is two-pronged: they mold consensus to give dreams consistency while, simultaneously, denigrating reality.  For example, before and after the election of Donald Trump, key officials in the highest levels of American government colluded with the mainstream media to absolve the criminal activity of Hillary Clinton, while concomitantly undermining Trump on various fronts, ranging from female genital grasping to Russian collusion.

It is always a double whammy. Desired narratives are propagated as countervailing truth is diminished; by degree, or in entirety, throughout multiple mediums.

The same people who defended a previous U.S. president for staining a blue dress now, twenty years later, expect to derail another president over his previous Stormy relations. Whatever happened to the private business between two consenting adults defense?  Hey, they established the new rules, so they can’t blame the Deplorables for abiding by them.  Nevertheless, have you ever noticed how liberals consistently weaponize the integrity of their opponents while having no shame themselves?  How does that work? Rosebud. By way of the magic bubble do sleighs slide downward as souls are sold:

consensus morality = mob rule

A handful of corporate entities control 90% of the media today.  This means hundreds of media executives control the information regimen of near 300 million Americans.

Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays, who was the famous pioneer in the field of public relations, put it this way:

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.

– Bernays, Edward. (1928). “Propaganda”, Ig Publishing, Brooklyn, NY, Sept, 2004, page 37

How do the weaponized snowflakes (i.e. useful idiots) engage in such widespread blind hypocrisy on a daily basis, you ask? Perhaps because emotions are relative and instincts are eternal as logic dissipates like morning fog. Most people are too lazy to think critically and, thus, propaganda becomes hypnosis.  It’s how lies travel the world as the truth ties its shoes. It is why, in America today, citizens are labeled as Deplorables and the children of illegal immigrants are called Dreamers.  It’s how guns are guilty and why America’s oldest civil rights organization is being bullied.

Marshall Mcluhan’s “the medium is the message” comes to mind.  The World Wide West has become an electronic grid; zapping freedoms like winged pests.  Our devices plug us into a grand neural network and the Centralizers use various platforms, including social media, to reward ideological conformity which gives rise to specific orthodoxies that, in turn, set the table for rewards and punishments in three dimensions. Required consensus by Human Resource Departments or militarized police: When staring down tyranny, what’s the difference?

The messaging wars are not meant to be won; they’re meant to be continuous. Thusly, reality is bent until inverted into Mirrorworld where down is up, up is down, dark is light, left is right, right is wrong, wrong is right, and lies are true.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness…

– Isaiah 5:20

Orthodoxy has replaced natural law. Diversity and genealogy are now valued over liberty on both extremes of the political spectrum.  Obama fundamentally transformed America and Trump is forever despised by Democratic voters even though labor unions support his policies on immigration and trade.

The New World is virtual paradox.

Today, the Political Left measures both Obama and Trump by standards of politically correct orthodoxy as opposed to the legality, or efficacy, of their respective administrations.

Who has established these new standards? Who is legislating the new morality now?

In the 2012 Presidential Election, no one complained about Team Obama using Facebook to target users for campaign ads.  In fact, Obama’s former campaign staffer, Carol Davidsen, recently tweeted:

Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized that was what we were doing.

    — Carol Davidsen (@cld276) March 19, 2018

However, when it was revealed Team Trump utilized similar data mining through a company called, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook’s stock plummeted and the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has been called to testify before Congress.  All this, even though:

In the case of the Trump campaign, Facebook’s allowance for the misuse of its data was an accidental oversight; as far as the Obama campaign goes, it appears that it was completely intentional.


There’s a name for that kind of arbitrariness. It’s called bullshit.

Why is it that Trump is always guilty and Obama, Hillary, Bill, James Comey, Eric Holder, Susan Rice, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Andy McCabe, and all of the other Deep State and Democratic Party clowns are never, truly, held to account; either legally, or in the court of public opinion?

It’s because advertising works.

In the global technocracy, the Planners only need to control the access points in any governing networks. They do. Politics, law enforcement, internet, and media.  The all-seeing eye decides what the snowflakes see, and it knows your address.

Who has the power to censor truth?  Who has the power to keep the stupid, stupid, and their intellectual opposites stumbling around in the dark?  Who has the legal mandate to enforce the new rules under threat of poking holes into their subjects with bullets and bombs?

Who controls the matrix?

As of this time, it seems these questions have been answered.  Who currently holds a double-digit advantage in the upcoming U.S. Midterm Elections this fall?  The Democrats.

There’s a name for that too.  It’s called winning.

Will the forthcoming Inspector General’s Report turn back the approaching Blue Wave, stem the tide, and rebuild the ramparts of law and liberty on America’s shores?

Are your fingers crossed?

Steve Bannon Says He Had “No Idea” Cambridge Analytica Was Using Facebook Data

In his first public remarks since the scandal broke, former White House Chief Strategist (and Cambridge Analytica employee-client) Steve Bannon laid bare the hypocrisy inherent in the response to the scandal by the media, regulators and lawmakers in both the UK and US.

To wit, Bannon argued that mining and repackaging data is a core component of Facebook’s business model – and when they offered unfettered access to their data arsenal to the Obama campaign in 2008 and 2012, nobody batted an eye. 

So what then is the reason for the outraged response to the revelations about Cambridge Analytica? It simply comes down to the fact that the establishment and deep state still haven’t come to terms with the fact that Trump defeated Hillary Clinton – the “most qualified” candidate in US history – simply by running a better campaign, and by connecting with American voters on a visceral level.

During an appearance at a conference organized by the Financial Times, Bannon affirmed that he wasn’t aware that Cambridge Analytica had been using the private data of 50 million Americans obtained through Facebook.

But that shouldn’t matter: Because selling user data to third parties is what Facebook does. And in the past, the company has proven more than willing to supply politicians with powerful tools to harvest and analyze that data.

The only difference, Bannon explained, is that, in the past, those politicians were mostly liberal Democrats…not Donald J Trump.

FLASHBACK: Obama campaign manager Jim Messina touts 2012 campaign used “targeted sharing” on Facebook to use supporters to persuade undecided friends & family to support Obama.

— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) March 21, 2018

He pointed to remarks by a former top Obama campaign staffer who said earlier this week that Facebook actively helped the Obama campaign by offering unfettered access to its vast pool of user data

“The data from Facebook is just about the cost of it. Did the guy pay a dollar? Did he pay two or three dollars for it? It’s just a cost thing. That data is out there…it’s being bought and sold every day. That’s why Facebook…they take your stuff for free, they monetize it for huge margins…that’s why they trade for huge valuations.”

And when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was hauled in front of CNN’s cameras last night, he got away with offering robotic, scripted answers to a fusillade of softball questions…

“Then they write algorithms that control your life. Then when Zuckerberg comes…he mumbles through his interview, sounds like a first-year associate…and nobody asks him a hard question.”

At this point, Bannon’s interviewer interjected, asking whether Bannon knew about the Facebook data mining, and how he could justify the fact that this data was repurposed without users’ knowledge? Bannon responded that Facebook users should’ve known better – because selling their data is a core component of Facebook’s (tremendously lucrative) business model.

“I didn’t know about the Facebook mining..but the point is, that is Facebook’s business.

In 2008, it was Google and Facebook that met with Barack Obama and told him about the power of this data.

In 2012, we have the woman who headed up data integrity [for the Obama campaign]…she said they were on their [Obama’s] side.”

But nobody thought twice about this revelation – it received almost no coverage during a news cycle that has been almost exclusively dedicated to examining the vicissitudes of CA’s business. And that’s because the media, in its role as the opposition party, simply didn’t care.

“The great opposition party, media, never went after the Obama campaign, never went after the progressive left…but now it’s global news.”

“The media and the progressive left can’t get over the fact that Donald J Trump is president…and not only did he beat her [Hillary Clinton] but he beat her badly…”

Bannon clarified that Robert Mercer, his former patron, never gave a cent to SCL – Cambridge’s parent company.

WATCH: Former White House strategist Steve Bannon addresses Cambridge Analytica scandal

— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 22, 2018

Instead of hatching some nefarious conspiracy, the Trump campaign was unimpressed by Cambridge Analytica’s offering – particularly regarding the company’s “psychographics” data techniques, which have been portrayed by the media and the CA whistleblower as a “data weapon” used to carry out “information warfare.”

Contrary to what these people would have you believe, psychographics didn’t have a discernible impact on the campaign, and Bannon said he personally was deeply underwhelmed…

“Cruz’s campaign, and the Trump campaign, they said they were pretty good data company. but this whole thing on psychographics was optionality in the deal…but it didn’t work…and it’s never going to work.”

Robert Mueller’s decision to investigate Cambridge Analytica is just the latest fishing expedition undertaken by the special counsel, Bannon argued.

First you had to run to Russia and Russia didn’t work out. How do we know Russia didn’t work out? Because the House report shows you.

Mueller’s investigation shows you he’s either looking at Trump financials, or he’s looking at obstruction of justice…my point is he struck out on Russia, he’s struck out on obstruction of justice,

…and now he’s got to go to Cambridge Analytica.

So were these “information weapons” the reason Trump triumphed? Absolutely not, Bannon said.

“Here’s what won it for Trump: Economic nationalism and speaking in a plain voice to the American people.”

Asked about the recent shakeup of Trump’s legal team, Bannon reiterated that he supports the president’s decision.

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Of course, a contingent of protesters gathered outside of the event and directed their frustration toward the FT, accusing the storied British broadsheet of “normalizing racism” by “giving Bannon a platform.”

“Shame on the Financial Times for giving Bannon a platform,” they chanted in unison.


“Shame on the Financial Times for giving Bannon a platform” – protestors have increased outside the #FTFutureNews conference

— Tasneem N (@TasneemN) March 22, 2018

Of course, Bannon’s argument will be promptly ignored by the media, as Democratic lawmakers seek to kill two birds with one stone: maim a company they believe is helping benefit conservatives in both the US and UK, while also scalping Zuckerberg and turning him into the pariah onto which they can project the blame for their party leadership’s own abysmal failure.

US Building Military Garrison To Control Largest Syrian Oilfield


The US is reportedly establishing an at-Tanf-like military garrison in the Omar oil fields area in the province of Deir Ezzor.

Considering the US attempt to maintain a military presence in Syria for as long as possible, Washington may see the Syrian oil and gas resources as useful tool to gain an additional financial revenue from its occupation of the eastern part of the country.

A video has also appeared allegedly showing two US-led coalition Blackhawk helicopters landing in the area.

On March 19, the Syrian state-run news agency SANA accused the US-led coalition of evacuating four ISIS members from the area between the villages of al-Jissi and Kalu in southeastern countryside of Qamishli.

SANA also recalled that on February 26 the US allegedly evacuated a number of ISIS members to the Sabah al-Kheir center, 20 km south of Hasaka, which the US forces are using as center for training militant groups.

According to one version, the US is going to use the evacuated ISIS members to create “security threats” in Central Asia. In late 2017 and early 2018 reports appeared that the US had already redeployed some ISIS members from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan. The ISIS threat will serve as justification for a continued US military presence in the country.

Following the military success of the Turkish Army and the Free Syrian Army in Afrin, Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan vowed to clear the entire Syrian north, from Manbij to Qamishli, of Kurdish militias, mostly the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

He also hinted that the Turkish Army may conduct a large-scale military operation against the PKK in northern Iraq.

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is a Kurdish militant separatist organization operating in southern Turkey, northern Syria and northern Iraq. The PKK has for a long time been involved in militancy against the Turkish government and de-facto seeks to establish an independent Kurdish state, which would include territories from Turkey, Syria and Iraq.

Ankara describes the YPG as a branch of the PKK. The YPG is at the core of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. US support for the YPG is one of the reasons behind the current Turkish-US tensions in the diplomatic sphere.

In Eastern Ghouta, Syrian and Russian forces continued evacuating civilians from the militant-held areas. According to Chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operations Department Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi, 44,639 people have been evacuated in recent days.

The Russian military has also warned that militants in Eastern Ghouta have not abandoned their attempts to stage false flag chemical attacks which they plan to blame on the Syrian government.

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