Welcome to the XXVII68 Issue

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TRUMP VS. THE WHITE SHOE BOYS

Born on third base and thought he hit a home run, like the Gangsters who run Wall Street, the banking system, governments, military, and police… Donald Trump had it all. Rich as Richie Rich, he got…
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THE "GREATEST DEPRESSION" DATA: IT’S IN THE NUMBERS

All around the world, as markets cool, political unrest heats up.  It’s all part of the "Greatest Depression": when people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it… and the…
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AMERICA: WE'RE NOT BUYING IT

Typically, consumer spending, accounting for some 70 percent of America’s GDP, has been holding. But now there’s a slowdown in sight. It’s up only 0.1 percent, the weakest it’s been in six months. …

YOU CAN’T DRIVE A HOUSE

Car loans in the U.S., which were once a measure of the financial health of the middle class, are getting bigger and taking longer to pay off.  Roughly 33 percent of auto loans take at least six …

SKYLINES FOR SALE

From car sales to high-rises, the financial squeeze is being felt from bottom to top.  The average price of a Manhattan apartment fell to just under $2 million, a 32 percent decline. Real estate…

ONLINE, NOT ON FOOT

Seeing the online future, the Blackstone Group, one of the largest private and alternative investment firms in the world, continues to buy up industrial warehouses across the U.S. and Europe.  They…

DON’T BANK ON BANKING JOBS

To add insult to already shrinking bankster-profit injury, HSBC has announced it will slash 10,000 jobs, eliminating over 4 percent of its workforce. This follows the 60,000 layoffs this year by…
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IRAN JOINS HACKING PARTY

On 4 October, Microsoft said that Iranian hackers had made more than 2,700 attempts to hack email accounts of U.S. government officials and journalists. The report by Microsoft says the hacking took…
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BIDEN SLIPPING, WARREN GETS TRACTION 

Vice President Joe Biden, who has been the leading Democratic contender since the campaign season began, is seeing his polling numbers drop along with his fundraising efforts. Biden’s campaign…
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TURKEY ANNOUNCES INVASION OF SYRIA

More combustion in the Middle East. Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, announced a major military ground and air operation into Syrian territory.  Sharing a 500-mile border, Erdoğan said this…
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HONG KONG FLASHPOINTS 

Week 18: Thousands of pro-democracy protestors continued taking to the streets the weekend of 5 October in Hong Kong. Reacting to a new law against wearing masks in public, so authorities can…
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BAGHDAD IN LOCKDOWN

Over 100 people have been killed and over 6,000 wounded as Iraqi security forces used water cannons, tear gas, and live ammunition after two days of protests that spread across the entire country.…
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CRACKDOWN IN EGYPT AS PROTESTS CONTINUE 

The Egyptian protests that began 20 September continue.  Despite the harsh government crackdown, protestors continue taking to the streets against the dictatorship of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s…
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POLITICAL CHAOS IN PERU 

On 30 September, the President of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, dissolved Congress and called for new elections. His decision was based on what he claims was “rampant political corruption.” In response,…
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ECUADOR STATE OF EMERGENCY

Following the announcement on 1 October by Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno of harsh austerity measures, the country has been rocked by a nationwide strike of transportation workers and joined by…
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NORTH KOREA AND THE UNITED STATES: NO DEAL

Hopes of reigniting talks between Korea and the U.S. didn’t last long.  Delegations from the two countries met in Stockholm last week, but the nuclear talks broke down by the end of the first day.…
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INDONESIA UPRISINGS

In Indonesia, President Joko Widodo sparked backlash demonstrations by outlawing extramarital sex, as well as insults to himself and his VP, while reducing access to abortion. Protesters also demand…
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LIBYA: DEATH AND DESTRUCTION

The civil war raging in Libya – brought to you by US President Barack, the “Nobel Peace of Crap Prize Winner” Obama, David “No Cajones” Cameron of the UK, and Nicolas “Slimy” Sarkozy of France –…
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DEA = DOA

On 1 October, the U.S. Justice Department’s inspector general reported that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) approved increases in the production of painkillers despite the fact that deaths…
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DENMARK TURNS DOWN 5G

As another sign of increasing worldwide opposition to the health dangers of 5G wireless technology, which we have written about previously in the Trends Journal, a group of Danish citizens have hired…
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NEW TREATMENT COULD ERADICATE AIDS

by Ben Daviss A multidisciplinary team of medical scientists from the University of Nebraska and Temple University’s medical school have, for the first time, eradicated the HIV virus from infected…
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CHEAP NEW WAY TO CLEAN WATER

by Ben Daviss One person in ten around the world lacks ready access to clean water. Those people spend hours a day hauling water in buckets and pots from faraway sources. Solar stills – usually a…
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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PREDICTS PSYCHOSIS

by Ben Daviss Psychosis – the mental illness in which people hear voices and otherwise hallucinate – often pops up in early adulthood and is hard to predict. Psychologists have to rely on…
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HOW COOL IS THAT?

by Ben Daviss When an international team of scientists came together to find the greatest source of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, they found it’s not cars or cow farts: it’s refrigerants.…