Welcome to the XXVII70 Issue

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ECONOMIES ON CHEAP-MONEY LIFE SUPPORT

Weekly Market Review Global equities were basically flat last week and this week.  As they have for years, the mainstream media simplify complex economic factors by attributing their ups and downs…
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GLOBAL MARKETS

IMF Hedges Bets  Finally, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is catching up with the Trends Journal’s global economic trend forecasts. Last week, the IMF slashed global growth estimates to 3…
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THE U.S. ECONOMY

Fed Up with The Fed To boost the slowing U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve began buying $60 billion Treasury bills each month for at least six months.  The next day, the New York Federal Bank…
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SPAIN: FIGHT FOR SECESSION

Last Monday, 14 October, violence erupted in Spain’s Northeast province of Catalonia following the sentencing of pro-independence leaders. Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan politicians to…
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HONG KONG: WEEK 20 AND GETTING WORSE

Now in its 20th week, hundreds of thousands of protesters joined a planned march on Sunday, 20 October, despite the ban imposed by police.  Many protesters ignored the government edict against masks…
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LEBANON: ARAB SPRING 2.0

Last Thursday, in response to Lebanese government plans to impose new taxes on gasoline, tobacco, and some social media platforms and apps, protesters gathered near the parliament building in Beirut…
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GUINEA: PROTESTS ESCALATE

Anger over President Alpha Conde’s referendum to extend his time in office led to thousands of protesters taking to the streets in the African country.   At least nine people were killed and more…
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CHILE: STATE OF EMERGENCY

Once again, as with the nature of all these protests, “It’s the economy, stupid,” government corruption, and anti-elite anger.  Last weekend, Santiago, the capital city, saw looting and riots by…
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HAITI: NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE

Weeks of clashes between police and protesters escalated last Friday in the capital of Port-au-Prince, as thousands took to the streets.   The new uprising came just hours after a reporter from a…
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TUNISIA: OUT WITH THE OLD

In a major upset, voters in Tunisia elected a law professor who was barely known across the country and did little campaigning. Kais Saied soundly defeated the incumbent, Nabil Karoui, a wealthy…
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CHAOS IN KASHMIR

Last Sunday, Indian and Pakistani soldiers traded fire across the border of Kashmir known as the Line of Control (LoC). At least ten people were reported killed. Conditions in Kashmir have been…
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DEM DEBATE: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

They call them debates! In reality, it’s “The Presidential Reality Show.”  A Made-for-TV side show. Need proof? Watch last week’s fourth Democratic presidential “debate.” On complex matters of…
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NUCLEAR DEBRIS? NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT!

In Japan, just over a week ago, thousands of bags filled with debris from the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown were swept into a river during the recent typhoon. The facility where the bags…
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THE OPIOID WARS

Corporate drug distributors are the most profitable dealers on the street.   Negligent in their duties to monitor sales and encouraging their sales team to boost volume, they are finally being called…
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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: “MEDITERRANEAN” MOOD SWING

Researchers have confirmed that a diet of more fruit, vegetables, fish, and lean meat triggers significant improvements in moods of test participants and can ease depression in as little as three…
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ANOTHER REASON TO SAVE THE WORLD’S BANANAS

The world’s banana trees are under assault by a fungal wilt. Now, in addition to saving a nice topping for cereal or addition to your fruit salad, researchers have an even stronger reason to rescue…
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QUANTUM COMPUTER ESTABLISHES “SUPREMACY”

In an internal document, researchers at Google have reported demonstrating “quantum supremacy” – the ability of a quantum computer to outperform its state-of-the-art conventional cousins. Google…
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NUTRITION: DON’T COUNT ON YOUR DOCTOR

While some patients suffering from severe depression get significant help from certain prescription drugs, the World Health Organization reports that 40 to 70 percent of patients are not responsive…
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ENERGY TREND: HYDROGEN IS ON THE RISE

The plummeting price of renewable energy is leaving nuclear power plants in the dust. To salvage the billions invested in these plants, the U.S. Department of Energy is giving them a new mission:…