September 2019

NOTICE TO READERS

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For the past two days, it was all the news.

Nothing else in the world counts.

These are the major headlines on 24 September 2019:

  • “Impeachment inquiry is coming” – CNN
  • “Pelosi Plans Formal Impeachment Inquiry of Trump”– The New York Times
  • “Trump Ukraine call: Democratic calls for impeachment grow” – BBC
  • “Pelosi hints at impeachment: 'We're ready'” – USA Today

Just as eating junk food fattens you up, devouring junk news sold by the mainstream media dumbs you down.

CHEAP MONEY = SOLID GOLD

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Last week was a trip back to the good old days of the Panic of ‘08.

The New York Federal Reserve Bank injected $203 billion into the U.S. financial system to alleviate funding pressures caused by a sudden scarcity of cash in the “repo market.”

It was the largest monetary methadone injection of this scale since the ’08 Panic.

Repos (repurchase agreements) are short-term borrowing transactions that are a vital part of the financial system because they give companies access to cash overnight. 

HATE IRAN. IT’S THE AMERICAN WAY

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The major global news story remains the tensions in the Middle East following Houthi drone strikes on Saudi Arabia’s oil processing facility, the world’s largest, and its oil field, which knocked out half of Saudi’s production. 

The Houthis in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack.

They said it’s in retaliation against Saudi Arabia who launched war against them in March 2015.

Payback’s a Bitch

TREND TRACKING LESSON: DON’T BUY THE HEADLINES

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In today’s hand-held world of reading soundbites, it’s important to read more deeply into the story if you want to understand how the current events form future trends.

The examples of how the west has learned to hate/blame Iran is again made clear with this headline in last week’s The Wall Street Journal: “Saudi Attack Originated In Iran, U.S. Says.”

Read the first sentence: “U.S. Intelligence indicates Iran was the staging ground for a debilitating attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, people familiar with the discussions said.”

TOO FAT TO FIGHT

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A Defense Department study found nearly 30 percent of American troops are overweight.

While the President throws out one-liners of being “locked and loaded,” and "We are by far the strongest military in the world,” America’s military happens to be the fattest in the world.

Beyond overweight, studies found that a shocking 22 percent of U.S. Navy sailors are obese.

While the Navy’s waistline figures are the biggest, 18 percent of the Air Force, 17 percent of the Army, and 8.3 percent of the Marine Corps are obese.

Can’t Fight Fat

GLOBAL ROUNDUP

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India Playing “A Most Dangerous Game”

Tensions between India and Pakistan continue to heat following India’s revocation of Kashmir’s special independent status as guaranteed in India’s constitution.

This unprecedented move has worsened India’s long-time conflict with neighboring Pakistan over the autonomy of the Kashmir region, which lies between the two nuclear powers. For many living in Kashmir, the constitutional protection was a key justification for being a part of India.

BRIEF EXERCISE MAY BOOST YOUR BRAIN

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by Ben Daviss

Conventional wisdom says that a little exercise at a time isn’t as good as long bouts on the treadmill or in the weight room. But your brain may disagree.

Scientists at Oregon Health and Science University worked with mice to try to figure out if exercise affected the brain directly or only as a side effect of body-wide boosts – a stronger heartbeat and heavier breathing that brings more oxygen to the blood, for example.