I Have Seen The Future, And The Future Is a Free Market

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News Story Source: https://www.lewrockwell.com, By Jack Perry
 The shelves will be bare! Break out the sackcloth and ashes! Where will America find overpriced kitchen gadgets they'll never use?!

This is, quite simply, ridiculous. I'm probably going to get a lot of static about what I'm going to say because I'm not an "economist" (whatever that is) and I'm not an "expert". But the truth is, the "experts" have been wrong time and again when it comes to the economy. If this were not so, why do all their economic "plans" fall into ruins, both figuratively and literally, around a decade afterwards? For example, what fruit has "Reaganomics" borne into this future? Or George W. Bush's "Ownership Society"? Bill Clinton's and Barack Obama's "economic recovery plans"? Experts advise them in the same fashion the Titanic was advised to press full speed ahead into an iceberg field because it was allegedly "unsinkable". However, as we all kno
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The Retail Apocalypse: American Retail Is At A Tipping Point

Read more on this subject: Economy – Economics USA
News Story Source: http://www.trueactivist.com
The retail industry— formerly a cornerstone of American economy and culture— is fading fast into the background, and taking millions of entry-level jobs along with it.

Chalk it up to the casualties of the rapidly growing e-commerce industry. Between 2010 and 2014, e-commerce grew at a rate of $30 billion dollars annually, and that figure has increased to $40 billion in the three years since.

Technology is changing the job landscape. In the United States, currently about 1 in 10 people work in retail— but not for long. Since October of last year, an estimated 89,000 Americans have been laid off from jobs in general merchandise. This is a higher number than all the people in the country who are employed by the coal industry.   

Traditional brick-and-mortar stores are clearing out at a rate we haven't seen since the Great Recession in 2008. Shopping district displays have been replaced by vacancy signs, and many suburban malls and strip centers fee
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Damascus airport rocked by huge explosion after suspected Israeli air strike on Hizbollah

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News Story Source: Telegraph.co.uk

The early morning raid was outside the international airport itself on a hub operated by the Shia militia, where weapons from Iran are regularly sent by commercial and military cargo planes.

Israeli warplanes have hit the airport and other bases around the capital in the past, targeting what it said were weapons stockpiles of its foe Hizbollah, which is allied with the Syrian government.

Hizbollah's Al-Manar TV channel said the strike caused only material damage.

"Al-Manar's correspondent reported that an explosion struck at dawn on Thursday in fuel tanks and a warehouse near Damascus International Airport and that it was probably the result of an Israeli strike," the channel said.

Israel Katz, Israel's intelligence minister, told Israeli Army Radio this morning: "I can confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel's policy to act to prevent Iran's smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hizbollah,&q
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New computers could delete thoughts without your knowledge, experts warn

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News Story Source: independent.co.uk by Ian Johnston
But, nearly 400 years later, technological advances in machines that can read our thoughts mean the privacy of our brain is under threat.

Now two biomedical ethicists are calling for the creation of new human rights laws to ensure "Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind," wrote the playwright John Milton in 1634.people are protected, including "the right to cognitive liberty" and "the right to mental integrity".

Scientists have already developed devices capable of telling whether people are politically right-wing or left-wing. In one experiment, researchers were able to read people's minds to tell with 70 per cent accuracy whether they planned to add or subtract two numbers. 

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Housing’s Echo Bubble Now Exceeds the 2006-07 Bubble Peak

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News Story Source: https://www.lewrockwell.com, By Charles Hugh Smith
A funny thing often occurs after a mania-fueled asset bubble pops: an echo-bubble inflates a few years later, as monetary authorities and all the institutions that depend on rising asset valuations go all-in to reflate the crushed asset class.

Take a quick look at the Case-Shiller Home Price Index charts for San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland, OR. Each now exceeds its previous Housing Bubble #1 peak

Is an asset bubble merely in the eye of the beholder? This is what the multitudes of monetary authorities (central banks, realty industry analysts, etc.) are claiming: there's no bubble here, just a "normal market" in action.

This self-serving justification–a bubble isn't a bubble because we need soaring asset prices–ignores the tell-tale characteristics of bubbles. Even a cursory glance at these charts reveals various characteristics of bubbles: a steep, sustained lift-off, a defined peak, a sharp decline that retraces much or all of the b
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The Healing Power of Gold and Silver

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News Story Source: https://www.lewrockwell.com
There is healing power in gold and silver. Both precious metals serve as an investment as well as money. Gold and silver also have technological applications. We recently reported that gold is the new green with a growing number of environmental applications. Today, we focus on some of the amazing developments using gold and silver in healthcare applications.

For centuries, silver has been used as an antibacterial agent and to fight infections. Today, scientists are using cutting-edge research techniques to study how exactly silver poisons pathogenic microbes.

The work of scientists like Joe Lemiresuch from Calgary University is yielding new insights on how to create effective antimicrobials and avoid the pitfalls of antimicrobial resistance.

"With our enhanced mechanistic understanding of silver toxicity, we also aim to develop novel silver-based antimicrobial therapies, and potentially rejuvenate other antibiotic therapies that bacteria have come to
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Trump’s Tax Cut Giveaway for Monied Interests

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Trump's Tax Cut Giveaway for Monied Interests

by Stephen Lendman

Trump proved he's a reliable imperial/corporate/privileged class tool. 

Nearing his 100th day in office on Saturday, a White House statement turned truth on its head, saying:

He "has taken bold action to restore prosperity, keep Americans safe and secure, and hold government accountable." 

"At an historic pace, this President has enacted more legislation and signed more executive orders than any other president in over a half century." 

"With a focus on rebuilding the military, ending illegal immigration, and restoring confidence in our economy, the President is keeping his promises to the American people."

Fact: He's done nothing to "restore prosperity" for ordinary Americans, suffering under protracted Main Street Depression conditions.

Fact: Nearly a fourth of US working-age Americans are unemploye
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Trump Reneges on Abandoning NAFTA

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Trump Reneges on Abandoning NAFTA 

by Stephen Lendman

On Wednesday, the White House said Trump will renegotiate what he once called "one of the worst deals ever."

Twenty years after its 1994 enactment, Global Trade Watch director Lori Wallach said she "remember(ed) crying" on the day NAFTA took effect – January 1, 1994.

"Not only did promises made by NAFTA's proponents not materialize, but many results are exactly the opposite," she explained.

Around a million US jobs were lost. A "staggering $181 billion US trade deficit with…Mexico and Canada" was incurred. 

Over a million small Mexican farmers were displaced. Immigration to America doubled. Undocumented millions came north, desperate for work lost at home.

Predatory corporations were paid over $360 million by so-called "investor-state" tribunals, serving monied interests exclusively.

NAFTA and similar deals
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Colleges Now Programming Students to Destroy Their Own Freedom of Speech

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News Story Source: http://truthstreammedia.com
Look beyond the politics of Ann Coulter and whatever her now shut down speech was even going to be about and check out this picture captured at a recent massive student protest against her coming to speak at UC Berkley.

For context, first look at the picture on the left, then compare it to the picture on the right.

Colleges Now Programming Students to Destroy Their Own Freedom of Speech

Documenting the DownfallDoublespeak

Apr 26, 2017

Melissa Dykes

Look beyond the politics of Ann Coulter and whatever her now shut down speech was even going to be about and check out this picture captured at a recent massive student protest against her coming to speak at UC Berkley.

For context, first look at the picture on the left, then compare it to the picture on the right.

Notice anything?

On the same campuses where students once marched for the First Amendment just a few decades ago, now they are literally burning it. While burning a si
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New spin of North Korea-Syria 'axis of evil' points to US war

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News Story Source: https://www.rt.com
US media reports this week blamed North Korea for having a dastardly role in an alleged chemical weapons massacre in Syria. As if the two countries could not be demonized enough. The latest spin of the "axis of evil" suggests Washington is hell-bent on war.

Demonize, dehumanize, destroy. That's the logic being throttled by the Trump administration toward both North Korea and Syria. This week war hawk US Senator Lyndsey Graham after a dinner with President Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a "nutjob," while Trump earlier labeled Syrian leader Bashar Assad an "animal."

Now the two "evil dictators" are bonded in US media reports for complicity in the alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this month in Syria's Idlib Province, where it is claimed Assad's armed forces dropped toxic munitions on civilians, killing up to 80.

The supplier of the alleged chemical weapons in Syria is the "Kim Jong-un regime&quo
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