UK retail sales decline as inflation hits and make it harder for people to afford items. Labor market has declined, hiring and payroll declining and the economy is rolling over. The pension funds are ready to implode. The stock market has been pushed up since the election and the Fed is now prepared to stock the stimulus and let the system implode on itself. Google is now going to use the corporate media to fact check the news. This is the deep states way of pushing their story out there to convince the people. The corporate media is pushing the idea that NK will attack the strike group, most likely they are preparing an event to get us into war with NK. The stories and lies are getting bigger and bigger to convince the American people it is time to go to war. Putin just shutdown another event in Syria, he just told the people that they had intel the deep state was ready to push another event. The battle continues between good and evil.
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Current News – 04.11.2017
- U.K. retail sales fell the most since 2011 last quarter as consumers started to feel squeeze from faster inflation.
- Retail sales dropped 0.7 percent from a year earlier on a like-for-like basis, the British Retail Consortium said Tuesday, noting that the timing of the Easter holiday — which this year falls in April — may be distorting the numbers. Food sales declined 0.2 percent, their first decline since the period through August.
- Prices are rising faster than wages in the U.K., eroding shoppers’ real incomes.
- The BLS reported that in February, the number of Americans hired dropped to 5.314 million, sliding by 110K or the biggest monthly drop since April.
- hiring not rise over the past year, but in February it declined by 3.6% relative to last year. This was the biggest decline in the annual rate of hiring in over four years, going back to March 2013.
- Which leads to our favorite chart: hiring vs payrolls. Has the long overdue inflection point finally arrived, and will the slowdown in hiring finally pull down the number of actual net jobs added?
- Several large public pensions around the country are in serious trouble and, after several years of paying out more in distributions than they take in (which is the textbook definition of a ponzi scheme, btw), many are just one more equity market crash away from completely running out of cash.
- lets just take a look at what happens if, by some small chance, today’s market gets exposed as a massive bubble and we have another big correction in 2018.
Such a correction would force the fund to liquidate over $1.5 billion in assets in 2018 alone….
….and the system would run out of cash completely within 4 years.
- Google announced Friday that it’s adding a special feature to its news service — Fact Check. Searchers will now know who checked the validity of a news story and the conclusion they arrived at.
- The Fact Check tag “identifies articles that include information fact checked by news publishers and fact-checking organizations.” Each Fact Check snippet “will display information on the claim, who made the claim, and the fact check on that particular claim.”
- The rating system will rank stories from “true” to “false” but will also denote stories it finds “partly true” and “partly false.” Searches will also have the option, via hyperlink in the snippet, to review the fact-checkers’ content on the same subject.
- This, of course, begs the question: Who are the fact-checkers?
- Anyone can volunteer to be one, says Google, cautioning that “Only publishers that are algorithmically determined to be an authoritative source of information will qualify for inclusion.”
- Currently, the growing list of 115 organizations includes the likes of CNN, The Washington Post, NBC, CBS, and The New York Times, to name a few.
- So now, not only will the corporate media be able to deem which content is acceptable and which isn’t, it’ll also be able — again, the link will be right there in the snippet — to guide readers toward their own view on the matter.
- The FBI has released an interview with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers, conducted before the 2013 attack. In it, he denied any Islamic extremist views and claimed four mysterious men tried to contact him two years before the bombings.
- The recently released interview summary, called a 302, was carried out in April 2011 by the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force in Boston (Boston JTTF). The JTTF approached Tsarnaev after Russian intelligence officials alerted US authorities that Tsarnaev posed a threat to national security.
- Tsarnaev’s brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is currently on death row for his part in orchestrating the bombings. His execution date has not yet been set.
- The interview describes an unnamed source who was approached by four “handsome men in suits” who identified themselves as FBI agents. The men did not provide any kind of identification, business cards, or contact numbers, and they were described as having no discernable accents.
- According to the interview, the men said they wanted to “talk to Tamerlan,” and said that they would be back the following day. The source said they never saw the four men again. Tsarnaev said he did not know why the men were looking for him, or who would be upset with him.
- In the interview, Tsarnaev went on to say that he was seeking his US citizenship and dreamed of boxing for the US Olympic team. He claimed that he did not like to fight “for the sake of violence,” but also “expressed an interest in the Spartan warrior culture.“
- The FBI closed their assessment of Tsarnaev after “finding no link or ‘nexus’ to terrorism.”
- The U.S. refused to sign onto a statement with other G7 countries to commit to the implementation of the Paris climate agreement,
- Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said the U.S. “is in the process of reviewing many of its policies and reserves its position on this issue, which will be communicated at a future date,
- US President Donald Trump has ratified the protocol for Montenegro’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO),
- The president noted that the inclusion of Montenegro in NATO will not detract from the US ability to meet or to fund its military requirements outside the North Atlantic area.
- Last night we noted that, rather than help police arresting a suspect in Friday’s horrendous terrorist attack in Stockholm, So if the no-go zones in Sweden are simply ‘fake news’, as the mainstream media would suggest, perhaps they should give the ‘all clear’ to Rinkeby’s postal workers who are refusing to even go outside.
The reason is that it is not considered safe for postal staff to deliver the mail at some locations in the area.
It’s been messy in the area and therefore a protective stop to ensure the safety of our staff, says Maria Ibsen, press officer at PostNord.
Swedish Prime Minister n did tell a Swedish news agency that he was “frustrated” by the news that last week’s terrorist attack was carried out by a migrant who wasn’t even supposed to be in the country. It’s a small admission but the first step is admitting you have a problem.
- North Korea’s newspaper said the country was prepared to respond to any aggression by the United States. “Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the U.S. invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theatre but also in the U.S. mainland,” it said.
- “If they (the US and the South) try to ignite the spark of war, we will wipe out all of the invaders without a trace with… our strong pre-emptive nuclear strike,”
- ” Beijing warned it would attack North Korea’s facilities producing nuclear bombs, effectively engaging in an act of war, if North Korea crosses China’s “bottom line.”
By that time, it is not an issue of discussion whether China acquiesces in the US’ blows, but the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will launch attacks to DPRK nuclear facilities on its own.
- The report also said that “the DPRK must not fall into the turmoil to send a large number of refugees, it is not allowed to have a government that is hostile against China on the other side of the Yalu River, and the US military must not push forward its forces to the Yalu River.” It notes that “this sentence is meant for the United States, because the premise of it is that the US military has launched attacks to the DPRK.“
- United States President Donald Trump has pledged to intensify the war against the people of Somalia which has gone on for decades.
- In Mosul, a rocket possibly carrying chlorine gas killed four people and wounded six more. Militants executed a pregnant woman and her husband for attempting to escape. Airstrikes killed 43 militants. At least two militant bomb experts were killed in a strike. Militants executed seven of their own leaders for deserting the battlefield.
- Americans narrowly support the recent US missile attack on Syria, a poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC shows. At the same time, according to the survey’s results, the American people do not want new strikes.
- 54% of the poll’s participants said they did not want new US military operations against the Syrian government, however, 35% of those polled showed willingness to support additional strikes.
- Two dozen ex-U.S. intelligence officials urge President Trump to rethink his claims blaming the Syrian government for the chemical deaths in Idlib and to pull back from his dangerous escalation of tensions with Russia
- MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)
SUBJECT: Syria: Was It Really “A Chemical Weapons Attack”?
- 1 – We write to give you an unambiguous warning of the threat of armed hostilities with Russia – with the risk of escalation to nuclear war.
- 2 – Our U.S. Army contacts in the area have told us this is not what happened. There was no Syrian “chemical weapons attack.” Instead, a Syrian aircraft bombed an al-Qaeda-in-Syria ammunition depot that turned out to be full of noxious chemicals and a strong wind blew the chemical-laden cloud over a nearby village where many consequently died.
- Respectfully, we offer the same advice to you, President Trump.
- For the Steering Group, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
- Eugene D. Betit, Intelligence Analyst, DIA, Soviet FAO, (US Army, ret.)
- William Binney, Technical Director, NSA; co-founder, SIGINT Automation Research Center (ret.)
- Marshall Carter-Tripp, Foreign Service Officer and former Office Director in the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research, (ret.)
- Thomas Drake, Senior Executive Service, NSA (former)
- Robert Furukawa, Capt, CEC, USN-R, (ret.)
- Philip Giraldi, CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)
- Mike Gravel, former Adjutant, top secret control officer, Communications Intelligence Service; special agent of the Counter Intelligence Corps and former United States Senator
- Matthew Hoh, former Capt., USMC, Iraq and Foreign Service Officer, Afghanistan (associate VIPS)
- Larry C. Johnson, CIA & State Department (ret.)
- Last week’s US strike on a Syrian air base destroyed a fifth of President Bashar al-Assad’s working warplanes, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Monday.
- “The assessment of the Department of Defense is that the strike resulted in the damage or destruction of fuel and ammunition sites, air defense capabilities, and 20 percent of Syria’s operational aircraft,” Mattis said in a statement.
- There is no evidence to support Russian claims that last week’s poison gas attack in Syria was fabricated, a White House official said on Tuesday.
- “The absolute mass of data we have in all the different vehicles we’ve gotten it … it’s just too massive for really any intelligence organization to fabricate in that short a period of time,” the official said.
- Two corvettes, an ocean tug and a fleet oiler departed from the naval base in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on Saturday bound for the Eastern Mediterranean and likely Syria, the official told USNI News.
- The ships from the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet are set to arrive in the next several days off the coast of Syria.
- The 2,200-ton guided missile corvettes are, “designed for operations in adjacent maritime zones, fighting enemy surface ships and submarines, as well as to provide naval gunfire support for amphibious landings,”
- Russian president Vladimir Putin shocked reporters when he said that Russia has received intelligence from “trusted sources” that more attacks using chemical weapons are being prepared on the Damascus region, meant to pin the blame on the Assad government.
- “We have information from various sources that such provocations — and I cannot call them anything else — are being prepared in other regions of Syria, including in the southern suburbs of Damascus, where they intend to plant some substance and blame the official Syrian authorities for its use,” Putin told a briefing.
- Putin also pointed out that the latest US missile strikes in Syria bring to mind the United States’ UN Security Council address in 2003 that led to the invasion of Iraq, an address which has now been thorougly debunked as using flawed information to garner global support for an invasion.
- In the ultimate expression of the “world’s policeman” stance of the US, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared today that the United States was prepared to punish all those “who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world.”
- Update: In his opening statement, Secretary of Defense Mattis looked to quickly quash doubts over which party was responsible for the recent sarin gas attacks in Syria saying there was “no doubt” that the Assad regime “planned, orchestrated it and executed it.”
- Mattis went on to say that while the recent U.S. bombings should not be interpreted as a “harbinger of a strategy change” in the region he did offer a very stern warning to Assad that he should “think long and hard” before considering similar attacks in the future.
- With regards to a potential Russian response, Mattis said simply that he’s “confident that the Russians will act in their own best interests and having this spiral out of control is not in their best interests.”
- Other key comments below:
- MATTIS: `OUR PRIORITY REMAINS THE DEFEAT’ OF ISLAMIC STATE
- MATTIS: ATTACK WAS `SINGULAR’ RESPONSE ON CHEMICAL WEAPONS
- MATTIS: SYRIA STRIKE WASN’T `HARBINGER’ OF STRATEGY CHANGE
- MATTIS: IT’S VERY CLEAR THE ASSAD REGIME PLANNED IT, ORCHESTRATED IT AND EXECUTED IT