Stock Shock Surge – Is It Real?

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Source: thedailybell.com

US stocks leap after Fed signals patience on rates … U.S. stocks surged on Thursday, extending Wall Street’s best day of the year, after the Federal Reserve said it would be patient in increasing interest rates. Equities came off session highs, however, as oil turned lower. – CNBC

Dominant Social Theme: Things are looking really good for the dollar and US stocks. Who expected this, eh?

Free-Market Analysis: The Fed has signaled that it has moved to a slightly tougher position regarding eventual rate hikes and the reverberations are felt around the world. The dollar has benefited so far and so have US stocks.

But are the reasons being offered in the mainstream media actually the correct ones? Reading through the analysis it becomes clear that the interpretations being offered are just that.

Articles begin with what’s taking place and then offer justifications for it. The whole process seems a kind of “directed history.” In the US it has resulted in a higher dollar and two days of upward movements in US marts. In this case, the argument is that investors believe that the Fed’s stance indicates confidence in an expanding US economy.

Dershowitz Says Sony Has Obligation to Release “Interview” for Free on Internet

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Source: infowars.com

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax on Friday Sony Pictures has an obligation to “go beyond profits” and release its controversial movie about the assassination of Kim Jong-un for free.

A New Resistance film to expose dangers of Roundup in food, water and all around us

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Source: naturalnews.com

It has been in constant and increasing use for more than 50 years. But glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, isn’t at all safe for humans. And a new film project known as A New Resistance seeks to make this fact known on a wide scale, warning the public that this deadly chemical is now present in water, soil, air and food, and is slowly killing us all.

Since 1974, conventional farmers have been dousing their crops with what they were told is a completely safe, broad-spectrum weedkiller. This weedkiller has since become the number one selling herbicide in the world, but a growing body of independent science now shows that it is destroying human health, promoting obesity, infertility, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, autism and dementia.

While supposedly making farming “easier,” Roundup has become ubiquitous throughout the environment and in the modern food supply. Homeowners and gardeners alone use over 100 million pounds of it every single year just to keep their lawns free of weeds and their golf courses perfectly manicured. But the result is that glyphosate is now present in nearly every person’s body.

“Glyphosate is an antibiotic, a chelator, and an endocrine disruptor,” explains an announcement about the film project.

New York Governor Cuomo Bans Fracking

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Source: thenewamerican.com

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (shown) announced Wednesday that his administration would ban fracking — hydraulic fracturing — in his state due to concerns that the process might result in some health risks to the public. In his announcement he tried to deflect responsibility for the decision onto his “experts” who had drafted a 184-page report, A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development, claiming:

I am not a scientist. I’m not an environmental expert. I’m not a health expert. I’m a lawyer. I’m not a doctor. I’m not an environmentalist. I’m not a scientist.

So let’s bring the emotion down and let’s ask the qualified experts what their opinion is.

He didn’t mention that he’s also a longtime politician who is still reeling from a surprisingly contentious re-election campaign in which a far-left anti-fracker took about a third of the primary vote. This served as a finger-in-the-air indicator that any previously announced intentions to lift the state’s six-year-long temporary ban on fracking would risk alienating his liberal environmentalist supporters. As recently as June 2012 Cuomo said he was considering lifting the ban, but his frighteningly close brush with political oblivion coupled with the release of the report allowed him to make the fracking ban permanent.

Cuomo’s state health commissioner was happy to accept the responsibility for the decision. In his introduction to the report Howard Zucker noted that

Personal data of 45,000 US federal workers at risk after KeyPoint breach

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Source: rt.com

The computers of a company conducting background checks for the US government have been breached by hackers, putting the personal data of around 45,000 federal employees at risk of exposure.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was forced to alert tens of thousands of federal workers across the country after KeyPoint Government Solutions was hacked, an email from OPM Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour obtained by Nextgov said.

KeyPoint is a top provider of security-clearance background investigations and screening services for the US Government, operating in all 50 states.

The breach was reportedly detected by a Department of Homeland Security cyber-security office.

Dems try to dump sex-offender candidate

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Source: wnd.com

WASHINGTON – Virginia Democrats are scrambling to stem a public relations nightmare caused by a state legislature candidate who is a convicted sex-offender and may run for office from a jail cell.

Delegate Joseph Morrissey was convicted of having had sex numerous times with his then 17-year-old receptionist, who is now pregnant.

Fellow Democrats were relieved when Morrissey announced his intention to resign Thursday, but were mortified when he said in the next breath that he planned to seek reelection in the special election on Jan 13, to fill his vacant seat.

Then, on Friday, the Henrico County sheriff revoked Morrissey’s work-release privileges because he failed to inform authorities of his whereabouts before holding a news conference, meaning he will now have to campaign from behind bars. The lawmaker had been working by day and returning to jail at night, and was allowed to go only to the legislature and his office.

Get Prepared: 122 Of The Best Prepper Websites On The Internet

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Source: endoftheamericandream.com

Prepper - Photo by Nomadic Lass on FlickrGetting prepared for the chaos that is coming to America in the years ahead is not that complicated.  Help is out there – if you know where to look.  And it doesn’t have to be expensive either.  In this article, I have put together a list of 122 of the best prepper websites on the Internet that will teach you how to prep for free.  The great thing about the prepper community is that there are always highly skilled people that are willing to freely share their knowledge and experience with the general public.  As the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog, I am constantly being asked about what people need to do in order to get prepared for the hard times that are coming to this country.  And when I am asked, I do my best to encourage people to build up their emergency funds, to store food and supplies, to put together bug out bags and to do everything that they can to become more independent of the system.  But sometimes people need a lot more than that.  Sometimes people need to have someone give them some real hands on practical advice about things like canning food or setting up home defense systems.  So in this article my goal is to connect you with some of the top experts from all over the nation for free.  I think that this list is going to be a great resource for people that they can reference again and again, so don’t forget to bookmark it.

And sadly, the truth of the matter is that most Americans are not prepared for much of anything at this point.  The following statistics come from a survey conducted by the Adelphi Center for Health Innovation.  As you can see, a substantial portion of the population is not even prepared for a basic emergency that would last for just a few days…

Will the World End in Fire or Ice?

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Source: thedailybell.com

Deflation Stalks the Globe … Crude oil trading at less than $60 a barrel for the first time in five years means lower gasoline prices and more money in consumer’s pockets, right? And the knock-on effect of driving down consumer prices is great for everyone, correct? And the global economy needs all the help it can get as it drags itself out of recession, so what’s not to love about lower inflation? Plenty of people are alarmed by the prospect of deflation, which can snuff out growth by making consumers reluctant to spend and companies unwilling to invest. Many of them work at the world’s central banks. Most of their opponents subscribe to the Austrian school of economics, which is allergic to central banks’ manipulating markets and asset values, and embraces the current trend. Next year may prove which view is correct. – Bloomberg

Dominant Social Theme: This deflation is bad, man. And it’s coming … Feel the fear!

Free-Market Analysis: Think of inflation as fire and deflation as ice. How will this latest asset reflation end? Will it subside into ice – a tremendous monetary and price deflation? Or will the current asset expansion continue into a catastrophe of fire?

Junk Bonds Are Going To Tell Us Where The Stock Market Is Heading In 2015

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Source: theconomiccollapseblog.com

Dominoes - Public DomainDo you want to know if the stock market is going to crash next year?  Just keep an eye on junk bonds.  Prior to the horrific collapse of stocks in 2008, high yield debt collapsed first.  And as you will see below, high yield debt is starting to crash again.  The primary reason for this is the price of oil.  The energy sector accounts for approximately 15 to 20 percent of the entire junk bond market, and those energy bonds are taking a tremendous beating right now.  This panic in energy bonds is infecting the broader high yield debt market, and investors have been pulling money out at a frightening pace.  And as I have written about previously, almost every single time junk bonds decline substantially, stocks end up following suit.  So don’t be fooled by the fact that some comforting words from Janet Yellen caused stock prices to jump over the past couple of days.  If you really want to know where the stock market is heading in 2015, keep a close eye on the market for high yield debt.

If you are not familiar with junk bonds, the concept is actually very simple.  Corporations that do not have high credit ratings typically have to pay higher interest rates to borrow money.  The following is how USA Today describes these bonds…

High-yield bonds are long-term IOUs issued by companies with shaky credit ratings. Just like credit card users, companies with poor credit must pay higher interest rates on loans than those with gold-plated credit histories.

Sony Hack Bears Hallmarks of U.S. Intelligence Operation

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Source: infowars.com

The Obama administration considers Sony’s inability to secure its computer network and allowing unknown hackers access to confidential information to be a serious breach of national security.