Sunday, January 31, 2016

Officials: Boko Haram burns kids alive in Nigeria, 86 dead

ISIS and ISIS affiliates contained and on the run as Barack Obama would like the world to believe?

I don't think so!

'A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among 86 people officials say died in the latest attack by Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremists.

Scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets from Saturday night's attack on Dalori village and two nearby camps housing 25,000 refugees, according to survivors and soldiers at the scene just 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the biggest city in Nigeria's northeast.'

Read the entire article at the link below...

Officials: Boko Haram burns kids alive in Nigeria, 86 dead


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Subprime Mortgages Are Making A Comeback!


With an eight-year easy money policy from the Federal Reserve (ZIRP) and real estate prices in some regions above pre-financial crisis highs, subprime mortgages are making a comeback!

Read the story and statistics in the article 'Subprime Mortgages - They're Ba-ack!' here.



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Thursday, January 28, 2016

22 Veterans A Day In The United States Commit Suicide!


So Why, With So Many Choices, Should You Consider Donating To Heroes To Heroes Foundation Rather Than Another Veterans Charity?

So many charities do great work helping our wounded veterans, all with mission statements dedicated to the well-being of these brave Americans!

But if donation dollars are limited and only one charity can be chosen, how can a potential donor decide about the one to send their check to?

It is an extremely personal decision so this article presents some of the reasons why Heroes To Heroes Foundation should definitely be considered!

Read '22 Veterans A Day In The United States Commit Suicide!' here!


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Does The Yellen-led Fed Have Any Clue?


The Fed raised rates in December despite low inflation and an economy that at best, is limping along.

Yesterday they declined to move away from the potential to raise rates up to four more times in 2016!

Does this Federal Reserve have any clue?

Read Instant Replay! 'U.S. Business In The Hands Of Federal Reserve Academicians!' here.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Doomsday Clock Holds Steady! Why?


I wrote the following letter to the PhD's on the Doomsday Clock committee who determined that the Doomsday Clock should remain at 3-minutes to midnight!

One of the positives that they cite in the decision to hold the hands on the clock steady is the nuclear deal that six countries 'negotiated' with the rogue nation Iran.

Unfortunately, in my estimation, this deal actually raises the potential of a nuclear detonation that will kill tens of thousands if not millions of innocent citizens.

I wanted to find out how they came to their decision and, if and when I receive a response, I will share it here...

Good evening Dr.'s:

As part of your rationale for the Doomsday Clock remaining at 3-minutes to midnight you cite the fact that 'six world powers and Iran have reached an historic agreement that limits the Iranian nuclear program and aims to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weaponry’.

As a mere observer of Iran's history of adhering to sanctions and agreements (or in reality not adhering) and keen listener to the statements that emanate from the leaders of that country, my question is whether you truly believe that this rogue nation actually has any intention of ending their attempt to develop a nuclear weapon along with the means to deliver it?

And now that Iran will have about $1.5 billion that's being released to them as a result of 'the deal', what assurances are there that they won’t simply buy nuclear weapons on the black market to use themselves or through some terrorist organization acting as their proxy?

In the article you cite the tensions between Russia and the U.S. but there, as it has always been, is the promise of mutually assured destruction were one side to fire a nuclear weapon. This, in addition to the presence of the rationale minds of leaders who don’t actually want to die.

Using the suicide bombers of ISIS, al-Qaeda and the Taliban as an example of the extreme risk posed by Iran, for Islamic extremists dying as a martyr is considered a good thing.

As a concerned world citizen I am curious how the decision to leave the time unchanged was reached.

Thanks for any thoughts.

Mike

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We Just Had 8-Years Of A Leader Like This?


Infallible, unable to admit mistakes and dismissive and demeaning to anyone with a differing position?

Didn't we just live through 8-years of this type of leadership with disastrous results?

Read the article 'Mistakes, I've Made A Few...' here.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

This Economic Indicator Plunges To An All-Time Low!


The Baltic Dry Index plunges below 400 for the first time ever!

You're probably asking yourself, about now why would anyone care about the Baltic Dry Index?

The reason? For anyone who formulates a strategic plan for their business the anecdotal evidence concerning the current strength and potential future direction of the economy is critical and needs to be monitored! 


Read about what the BDI is and why it matters at 'The Baltic Dry Index Falls To Historic Lows! One Question Though…'

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Are Stocks About To Crash?


One 'expert' thinks that the US stock market is poised for a 75% drop!

Of course, as we all know, opinions are like assholes because we all have one!

Read the rationale for cratering investments here, 'A Stock Market Bear ROARS!'

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Thankfully ISIS Remains Contained In Iraq And Syria!


That's what our President Barack Obama, the worst American leader since Jimmy Carter, would like Americans and our allies to believe!

IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION: IT WAS POINTED OUT TO ME BY ONE OF MY LOYAL READERS THAT THE SENTENCE ABOVE SEEMED TO INDICATE MY BELIEF THAT BARACK OBAMA IS A BETTER PRESIDENT THAN JIMMY CARTER. 100% INCORRECT! TO CLARIFY MY POSITION, BARACK OBAMA IS THE WORST U.S. PRESIDENT OF ALL TIME!

But as is always the case, facts on the ground trump empty rhetoric and the fantasy world that's been concocted by a narcissistic, megalomaniacal 'Commander-in-Chief'!

If what is happening around the world is containment of ISIS, I would hate to see what ISIS not contained would look like!

In his SOTU address Barack Obama said that the one failure of his time in office is the rancor in government. Not only is that rancor of his own creation, but the rise and spread of ISIS should actually be at the top of his list!

Lesson to be learned? Elections Have Consequences!

Last night in Jakarta, Indonesia:

1/13/2016: (CNN) Here is the chronology of the attack, as outlined by police spokesman Anton Charliyan:

-- At 10:55 a.m.local time, an first attacker blew himself up at a Starbucks coffee shop.

-- Two other attackers outside Starbucks then seized two foreigners, a Dutch citizen and an Algerian citizen.

-- The attackers then opened fire, shooting people on the street.

-- They then dragged the two hostages into a parking lot and shot them. The Dutch citizen was killed. The Algerian was injured.

-- Police then found the two attackers and fired at them. The attackers responded by throwing two grenades at police.

-- Minutes later, two attackers rode a motorcycle toward a police post near the mall and blew themselves up.

In total, there were five explosions in the area. Police also found another five unexploded bombs and two pistols in the area, Charliyan said.

Police believed main target of the attack were foreigners and the police, he added.

At this moment, a manhunt is under way for other suspects, but Charliyan said police cannot say which group carried out the attack.

They believe the attackers were affiliated with ISIS.

(Note: ISIS has since claimed responsibility)

1/12/2016 Istanbul, Turkey: (CNN) The suicide bomber who killed at least 10 foreigners Tuesday in a popular central Istanbul tourist area belonged to ISIS, officials said -- an attack that shows the group's nerve, reach and capacity for terror.

No group claimed responsibility for the blast, yet Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu pinned blame on the group that calls itself the Islamic State, which has entrenched itself in neighboring Syria and Iraq while proving willing time and again to lash out elsewhere.

At least eight Germans died in the blast between the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque tourist attractions in Istanbul's cultural and historic heart, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, warning that figure may rise. A Turkish official earlier told CNN that at least nine Germans were killed. Davutoglu indicated that the 15 wounded were from inside and outside his country, with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier saying nine of those were German.

December 2015 San Bernardino California: (CNN) ISIS on Saturday hailed the two people who massacred 14 people in Southern California this week as "supporters" of the terror group -- a message that came after U.S. investigators said they suspect one of the shooters professed loyalty to the Islamist network.

The terror group's official Iraq-based station made the declaration following Wednesday's San Bernardino shooting that also left 21 injured, but -- notable for a group quick to claim attacks -- did not say the couple were members or that ISIS was responsible.

November 2015 Paris France: (New York Times):  The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday for the catastrophic attacks in the French capital, calling them “the first of the storm” and mocking France as a “capital of prostitution and obscenity,” according to statements released in multiple languages on one of the terror group’s encrypted messaging accounts.

The remarks came in a communiqué published in Arabic, English and French on the Islamic State’s account on Telegram, a messaging platform, and then distributed via its supporters on Twitter, according to a transcript provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadist propaganda.

January 2015 Paris France: (Daily Mail) The kosher supermarket in Paris which was targeted by terrorists has reopened two months after four hostages were killed as part of an Islamist plot.

Amedy Coulibaly, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, slaughtered customers at the Hyper Cacher shop  in January as part of a coordinated attack on the French capital with the Charlie Hebdo gunmen.
There were sombre scenes as the Jewish grocery reopened yesterday morning to 'show that life is stronger than barbarity'.

January 2015 Paris France: (NY Times) The police organized an enormous manhunt across the Paris region on Wednesday for three suspects they said were involved in a brazen and methodical midday slaughter at a satirical newspaper that had lampooned Islam.

The terrorist attack by masked gunmen on the newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, left 12 people dead — including the top editor, prominent cartoonists and police officers — and was among the deadliest in postwar France. The killers escaped, traumatizing the city and sending shock waves through Europe and beyond.


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Do Real Estate And Government Mix?


In another attempt by the federal government to track all aspects of peoples lives, real estate buyers in Manhattan and Miami need to be revealed to the Treasury Department!

Read 'Feds To Track High-End Real Estate Transactions In Manhattan And Miami!' here.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

SOTU Humor Obama-Style!







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Is The $1.5 Billion Powerball Jackpot Nothing But A Regressive Tax?


Americans are flocking to buy tickets for the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot!

People who have never played the lottery before along with the wealthy are playing because, with this much cash on the line, 'you have to be in it to win it'!

But for the majority of people who stand on long lines to buy a chance at winning the 'dream', can they really afford to take a shot at 1 in 292 million odds?

Or is the lottery nothing but a regressive tax on the poor?

Read 'The Other Side Of The $1.5 Billion Powerball Lottery Jackpot...A Regressive Tax!' here.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Dead Elephants vs. Dead Christians! (Video)


Nobody loves animals more than I do! In fact, in many ways, I like most animals more than I like most humans!

That said, in the world where we now live there seems to be a clear disconnect on the part of our politicians and media concerning the murder of humans.

Murder of Christians is being committed in the name of religion taking place at the rate of 11 deaths per hour...

Where is the outrage or, simply any recognition that it is occurring!

And therefore, because the man (woman) on the street is not being told what to think regarding this issue, they don't!

Further these murders are not typically done in a painless way but instead to inflict as much pain as possible!

At the same time there is no shortage of outrage (as there should be) over the senseless killing of elephants.

What brought me to write this article? The WWF commercial below I saw this morning. Sad? Of course!


But, when you put the two issues side by side (murder of Christians vs murder of elephants), wouldn't it seem that from a humanity and moral equivalency standpoint the killing of innocent men, women and children based solely on their religious beliefs should garner at least as much outrage?

I say that last paragraph tongue-in-cheek because of course the lives of humans should count for so much more.

But, in the topsy-turvy world we now live in, they don't seem too! It sadly harkens me back to another dark period in human history when the lives of another people being slaughtered due to their religious beliefs took place under the worlds nose, similarly with little outrage until it was too late.

'According to Bishop John McAreavey, the Chair of the Council for Justice & Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, statistics show that the situation of Christian persecution in the world is far more dire than most people understand.

The bishop called the breadth and scale of the suffering of Christians “unprecedented.”

At least 100,000 Christians are killed every year because of their faith, which amounts to 273 per day, or eleven every hour, McAreavey said, without mentioning those who are “being tortured, imprisoned, exiled, threatened, excluded, attacked and discriminated against on a widespread scale.” (Source)

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

If You Hit The $1.3 Billion Powerball Jackpot What Shouldn't You Do? (Video)


On Wednesday of this week the Powerball jackpot is going to be in the neighborhood of $1.3 billion!

There are some things you shouldn't do and some things that you should after you win.

Hookers and cocaine are most likely in the don't column!

Read more about the do's and don'ts in an article at LI here.

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