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Archive Monthly Archives: August 2018

Which Companies Lost The Most Fake Followers In The Twitter Bot Purge?

Submitted by Priceonomics On July 11, 2018, Twitter announced in a blog post they would be removing all “locked” accounts – those exhibiting suspicious or spammy behavior – from the service and warned that by doing a sweep of these accounts, many users would lose a pretty significant number of followers. One of the metrics Craft tracks on companies is social […]

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War Is A Racket: After 17 Years And Billions Wasted, US Seeks Peace With Taliban

Afghanistan, long acknowledged to be America’s “forgotten war”, has finally returned to the news of late. But this time, in a shocking twist on the now 17-year long conflict, the US is negotiating with the Taliban. Perhaps this is why the mainstream media has by and large not given this bombshell story the coverage it deserves? […]

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Conservatives Banned From Social Media? Here's What They Can Do About It

Authored by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.com, The past two years have seen a rather aggressive change in corporate policies toward the very customers they used to covet. Not long ago, CEOs tended to keep their political views mostly in the closet. Companies remained publicly neutral because their goal was first and foremost to make money. […]

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Meet China's "Secret" Space Control Listening Base In Argentina Now Alarming US Officials

A recent New York Times piece has sounded the alarm over what Washington perceives as China’s “expanding reach into Latin America,” related to a space mission control center located in the heart of the Patagonia region of Argentina.    It begins with an eerily beautiful description of an imposing structure, guarded by Chinese military personnel, unexpectedly rising out of Patagonian desert: The giant […]

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NATO: Time To Re-Examine An Alliance

Authored by Conn Hallinan via Dispatches From The Edge blog, The outcome of the July11-12 NATO meeting in Brussels got lost amid the media’s obsession with President Donald Trump’s bombast, but the “Summit Declaration” makes for sober reading. The media reported that the 28-page document “upgraded military readiness,” and was “harshly critical of Russia,” but there was not much […]

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Terror Charges Dropped Against British Ex-Soldier Who Fought In Syria

As the war in Syria is showing signs that it could be winding down, more “foreign fighters” from Europe and the West are returning to their home countries, most especially jihadists who are in some instances (though notably not all) being charged and tried upon their return for violating anti-terror laws. But the more interesting “hard” cases […]

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Greece's 'Greatest' Depression

Authored by Frances Coppola via Forbes.com, The IMF has just released its latest review of the Greek economy. “Following a deep and protracted contraction,” it says in its press release, “growth has finally returned to Greece.” The green light has been given for Greece’s exit from its bailout program in August 2018. For many, this is welcome […]

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Venezuela's Maduro Admits Socialist Model Has Failed

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro admitted that his socialist economic model has “failed” amid food and medicine shortages as well as a failing infrastructure highlighted by Tuesday’s power failure to 80% of Caracas.  Compounding matters is the IMF’s Weimar-topping hyperinflation forecast of 1,000,000% by year end, and a GDP set to plummet 18% this year, as the government continues to […]

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Japan, China Markets Turmoiling

As the first full trading day since The BoJ shifted policy ever-so-gently, Japanese bond yields have blown out, spiking to 11bps. At the same time, Chinese stocks and Yuan are sliding on the heels of Trump’s tariff escalation. It seems no one was interested in buying 10Y JGBs as Kuroda faces his first test… “The […]

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Florida Launches Gun Confiscation Program, 467 Forced To Surrender Guns

More than 467 people in Florida have been ordered by the government to surrender their firearms since March under a new law passed after the deadly Parkland shooting in February, according to a local ABC broadcaster. The Risk Protection Order, is a “Red Flag” law that Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed several weeks after former […]

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