Job openings and the pace of hiring has now tapered off. Walmart will be cutting hundreds of jobs. Cadillac is now trying to subscription service to help its sales. Wholesale sales send everything back into recessionary levels. AIIB Chief says the door is open for the US to join. Initially it was thought that Trump agreed with Rand Paul to have a replacement for Obamacare before voting on it, now Trump says no, get rid of it. Obama puts his presidential records off limits for 12 years. Sessions says he will recuse himself in regards to Clinton emails. CIA director confirmation delayed a day. Russia hacking report shows absolutely nothing. US Government says presenting the real evidence in the Russian hacking would be responsible. Thousands of assets and US troops arrive in Germany. YouGov takes poll and many people in different countries are worried about war breaking out. Libya warns that if oil smuggling continues there could be a blackout in the country. US officials say that the US might not be able to stop a missile coming in from NK.Turkey might shut base off to US. Protests are being prepared for inauguration day, there could be agent provocateurs put into place by the elite to start riots to disrupt the inauguration.
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Current News – 01.10.2017
- “Janet Yellen’s favorite labor market indicator”: the number of job openings was little changed at 5.522 million, below the 5.555 million expectation, but above a downward revised 5.451 million (from 5.534 million).
- , the pace of hiring appears to have tapered off, after hitting cycle highs in February 2016 at 5.5 million, and remaining at levels largely unchanged over the past 2 years. net hiring also appears to have plateaued.
- layoffs jumped by 68,000 in November rising to 1.637 million
- Walmart had been overly eager to boost everyone’s wage in order to appease the living wage crowd, and as a result the company had to move forward with massive layoffs and store closings to try and mitigate the impact on profits.
The world’s biggest retailer plans to eliminate hundreds of jobs before the end of its fiscal year on Jan. 31, both at headquarters and regional personnel that supports stores, these people said.
- The service is called “Book By Cadillac” and it is set to launch in New York City on February 1st. Targeting Gen X and Y customers who are turning away from the “hassles of traditional ownership,” according to Director of Brand Marketing Melody Lee, for $1,500 per month Book allows “subscribers” to drive the latest and greatest in Cadillac luxury with the flexibility to switch vehicles up to 18 times per year. For convenience, cars are delivered right to your door, have no mileage limits like traditional leases, only month-to-month financial commitments and monthly dues include all insurance and registration fees.
- November saw inventories rise more than expected (+1.0% MoM vs +0.9% exp) and sales disappoint (+0.4% vs +0.5% exp) and were notably revised lower. This sent the inventories-to-sales ratio back up again – stubbornly stuck in recessionary territory.
- Sending the inventories-to-sales ratio back up again…
- , the president of the AIIB, said that the door to membership was still open to the United States.
- “The door will remain that way,” Jin said. “We maintain a consistent policy. The AIIB is a multilateral development institution,
- Trump has now backed waiting to repeal the Affordable Care Act until a replacement proposal is in hand, following in a Friday night phone call with Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican said Monday, adding to momentum for changing GOP leaders’ strategy on dismantling the 2010 health-care law.
- Paul said in an interview “I believe we should vote on replacement the same day we vote on repeal,” and added that Trump called the senator on Friday night “to say he agrees completely.”
- Republicans are planning to use a special process tied to the budget to pass legislation repealing the health law with a simple majority, but they can afford to lose few GOP votes. They would need all Republicans and several Democratic votes to then approve any replacement health-care system, in order to reach the 60 votes needed to clear the chamber’s procedural hurdles.
- Trump appears to have backtracked on his position as recently as yesterday, and has pressed Republicans to move forward with the “immediate repeal” of the Affordable Care Act and to replace it very quickly thereafter, saying, “We have to get to business. Obamacare has been a catastrophic event.”
- Trump’s position undercuts Republicans who want a quick vote to repeal President Obama’s signature domestic achievement but who also want to wait as long as two to three years to come up with an alternative. But more to the point presented last night, Trump’s latest statement also is challenging the resolve of Republicans in Congress who do not want any vote on a repeal until that replacement exists such as Rand Paul, with whom Trump was said to have sided over the weekend.
- it appears the repeal of Obamacare will proceed as expected, and quickly, even though as of this moment, there are no concerte plans how to proceed with conceiving and implementing a replacement to the soon to the be repealed ACA.
- President Barack Obama has opted to keep his presidential records under wraps for 12 years after he leaves office on Jan. 20.
- Obama sent a letter to the National Archives in July authorizing close aide Anita Decker Breckenridge to act as his representative in the release of his White House records in future decades.
- Obama’s notice, dated July 26, 2016, means that if he were to die or become incapacitated before 2029, Breckenridge would retain discretion over which advice and appointment-related records should be made public, according to Politico.The letter was released to Politico on Jan. 6 under the Freedom of Information Act.
- As the Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing continues, Trump’s nominee for attorney general said that he would recuse himself from any potential future investigations or probes involving Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while working as secretary of state, as well as any questions about her family’s foundation.
- The Senate Intelligence Committee has delayed by one day its confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s CIA director nominee.
- Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo’s hearing, initially scheduled for Wednesday, will now take place Thursday
- The much anticipated declassified report on Russia election hacking is released admitting there is not proof to show any of the judgements in the report are factual.
- In fact, Annex B at the very end of the 25 page report released jointly by the CIA, the NSA and FBI, makes it clear that it should not be assumed that there is any evidence to prove that any judgments or assessments made in the report are factual:
- Estimative language consists of two elements: judgments about the likelihood of developments or events occurring and levels of confidence in the sources and analytic reasoning supporting the judgments. Judgments are not intended to imply that we have proof that shows something to be a fact. Assessments are based on collected information, which is often incomplete or fragmentary, was well as logic, argumentation, and precedents.
- Instead of providing proof the report relies heavily on innuendo and spends numerous pages focusing on the content of Russia Today reporting and the news outlets staff, in some cases going back several years before the election, to make High confidence assessments and High confidence judgements. Notably, which Annex B also that even “high confidence” does not mean that the reports assessment is a fact or a certainly.
- High Confidence generally indicates that judgements are based on high-quality information from multiple sources. High confidence in a judgment does not imply that the assessment is a fact or a certainty; Such judgments may be wrong.
- For example, in support of the assessment Putin ordered an influence campaign to undermined the Liberal democratic order:
- We also assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him. All three agencies agree with this judgment. CIA and FBI have high confidence in this judgment; NSA has moderate confidence.
- The NSA only having moderate confidence in this assessment is telling in that translates into the assessment is “credibly sourced and plausible but not of sufficient quality or corroborated sufficiently.”
- Perhaps the most absurd assessment made in support of these judgements made in the report is the analysis that Russia favored trump because “Moscow also saw the election of President- elect Trump as a way to achieve an international counterterrorism coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).” The report contrasts this by pointing out Russia Today reported on that the Podesta email leaked by Wikileaks showed Hillary Clinton received funding from both Saudi Arabia and Qatar while pointing out in another Podesta email Hillary revealed that both of those countries clandestinely fund ISIS.
- the US State Department, US intelligence agencies were right to not reveal evidence of their proof that Russia interfered in US elections, and comparisons with intelligence reports that Iraq had WMDs were not relevant in the current year.
- “Most American people understand that they have the responsibility to protect their sources and methods,” Kirby said, adding it would be “irresponsible” to do otherwise. Actually, with the Iraq WMD fiasco strill fresh in “American people’s” minds, it is irresponsible to think most Americans are still naive idiots who will believe whatever the “intelligence agencies” will tell them.
- The American soldiers landed in Wroclaw, home to a key Nato and Polish air base in south-west Poland. The troops will be followed by the roughly 2,800 tanks and other pieces of military equipment which are currently en route from Germany.
- The delivery of US Abrams tanks, Paladin artillery, and Bradley fighting vehicles, as well as supporting troops,
- Why provoke Russia with yet another mass deployment? Because as NATO Major General Timothy McGuire told reporters, last week, when asked if the large deployment was meant to send a message to Russia, “The best way to maintain the peace is through preparation.” “one of the largest movements of US troops to Europe since the Cold War.“
- . Among the deployments to Romania and Bulgaria will be the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment – dubbed the ‘Iron Knights’ and the oldest armoured unit in the US Army. The US is also increasing its presence in the Black Sea and in Western Europe at bases in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
- “There is, starting from Washington DC, a major push to do everything possible in the next two weeks to create unending hostility between the West and Russia that can’t be undone by Donald Trump or anyone else.
- A survey of eight countries shows people fear World War III could break out.
- The poll that surveyed nearly 9,000 people, conducted by the international market research firm YouGov.com, asked how close they believe the world is today to a major war.
- According to the results:
- U.S.: 64 percent.
- France: 64 percent.
- Germany: 63 percent.
- Britain: 61 percent.
- Finland: 52 percent.
- Sweden: 48 percent.
- Norway: 46 percent.
- Denmark: 45 percent.
- The poll also found Russia is considered to be “a major or significant military threat to the rest of Europe.”
- The General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) has warned of a possible total blackout in Libya’s electricity network if today’s blockade of the main fuel pipeline by fuel smugglers continues.
- “A number of individuals shut down the main valve of the main natural gas pipeline feeding Zawia power station” GECOL said in a statement.
- “This has led to the loss of a large part of the power generation of this (Zawia) station as a result of having to use liquid fuel. This has increased the generation deficit and the hours of power cuts. It has also led to a total blackout in some areas.”
- More than 20 civilians were killed in a B-52 strike carried out by the US on the Idlib province in Syria on January 3,
- Gerasimov slammed the Western coalition in Syria for failing to achieve “any meaningful results,” adding that “at the same time, significant numbers of victims among the civilian population and government forces were reported.”
- Turkish officials said they are considering shutting down an air base being used by NATO allies in a bombing campaign against the Islamic State over a disagreement about a lack of allied support for Turkey’s own military campaign in the Middle East.
- There is a campaign underway to destroy Syria’s public utilities. Al-Qaeda, ISIS and the U.S. airforce are involved. Their action is coordinated.
- January 20th the most chaotic Inauguration Day in American history. Their stated goal is to “disrupt” the Inauguration festivities as much as possible, and they are planning a wide range of “actions” to achieve that stated goal. Some of the more moderate groups are using terms such as “civil resistance” and “civil disobedience”, but others are openly talking about “blockades”, jumping barricades, throwing projectiles and “citywide paralysis”.
- In fact, just recently one activist group took out a full page ad in the New York Times…
Thousands of activists, journalists, scientists, entertainers, and other prominent voices took out a full-page call to action in the New York Times on Wednesday making clear their rejection of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence with the simple message: “No!”
- If you go to refusefascism.org, you will discover that the protests that they are organizing in Washington D.C. will begin on January 14th. They say that they want to “stop the Trump-Pence regime before it starts”, and they hope to have protests going “every day and every night” without interruption through at least January 20th.
- Another group that plans to kick things off on January 14th is DisruptJ20. Of course that is short for “Disrupt January 20th”. If you go to their official website, you will find a long slate of events that have already been scheduled.
“We are planning to shut down the inauguration, that’s the short of it,” he says. “We’re pretty literal about that, we are trying to create citywide paralysis on a level that I don’t think has been seen in D.C. before.
Democratic members of Congress are trying to compare the “Russian hacking of the elections” to the Sept. 11 terrorist event, and called on Monday for the creation of an independent commission to probe Russia’s attempts to intervene in the 2016 election, similar to the Sept. 11 panel that probed the 2001 attacks on the United States.