Welcome to the XXVII72 Issue

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FALSE PROFITS AND MONEY JUNKIES

New Day, Same Game The U.S. equity markets hit a new high. Up strong in Europe as well. “European stocks close higher on renewed trade optimism,” blared the CNBC headline. “Optimism” that the Gang…
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GLOBAL MARKETS

Manufactured Numbers  China’s National Bureau of Statistics reported their factory activity, or Purchasing Manufacturing Index (PMI), dropped from 49.8 in September to 49.3 in October.  The PMI has…
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THE ARGENTINIAN SAGA: CHAPTER 11

As we’ve long been reporting in the Trends Journal, the 2015 Argentinian presidential election of Mauricio Macri, despite all the rousing cheers from the White Shoe Boys, who thought the former…
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BANKING BLUES

European Central Bank Eurozone bank lending slowed last month, with loans to financial corporations slipping from 4.3 percent in August to 3.7 percent in September.  Lending rates in the eurozone…
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INDIA: BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DEBT

India's shadow banks, non-bank financial groups such as Indiabulls and Dewan Housing Finance, are in crisis, setting off alarms for investors and analysts that could affect the country's conventional…
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HONG KONG: WEEK 22 REVOLT  

Another weekend, another week of heated protests in Hong Kong. Not even increased police presence could stop it. It’s the Hong Kong people against the Chinese Government. They know that if they…
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IRAQ: SECURITY FORCES OPEN FIRE ON PROTESTORS

The Iraqi riots that broke out last month, in a nation bombed into ruin by the George W. Bush War which killed over a million citizens and destroyed its economic and social infrastructure, continues…
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LEBANON – PROGRESS FOR PROTESTORS

The Lebanese protests demanding a complete overhaul of a political system they deem as inefficient and corrupt continued on Sunday, as tens of thousands kept up a nationwide street movement that…
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TRUCE IN YEMEN?

As street protests continue to increase around the globe, Yemen finally may be experiencing a halt to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. After weeks of talks, the ongoing, devastating civil…
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CHILE: POWER HUNGRY VS. THE HUNGRY

Last week, over a million Chilean citizens filled the streets of the capital city of Santiago protesting low wages, high living costs, and government corruption. While many participating in current…
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BOLIVIA: MORE OF THE SAME, DIFFERENT LEADER

As reported in last week’s Trends Journal, millions of Bolivians were infuriated after President Evo Morales initiated a blackout of the vote count in a very close election and then claimed victory…
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THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA IS WAR

Last week, the Pentagon signed the largest contract yet for America’s most expensive weapon, the Lockheed Martin F-35.  Despite being rated by critics as one of the “5 Worst Fighter Jets Ever Made…
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BIG DATA WATCHING

Forget “Big Brother.” Orwell didn’t come close. They know who you are, where you are, what you look like, what you’re thinking, what you want, and what you’ll pay for.  In one of the many latest…
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ELECTRIC CARS STALLING

A few weeks ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notified Tesla informing them of plans to study suspected defects in its electric cars manufactured between 2012 and 2019. The…
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AMERICAN WAISTLAND

As we’ve been reporting, Americans are fattening up, ditching their morning bowl of cereal for junk food… or what the “marketers” label “high-protein items” that they gobble down at fast food joints…
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EV POWER BREAKTHROUGH?

A retired British naval engineer claims to have solved a decades-old battery problem with an invention that quadruples the range of today’s best electric vehicles. Aluminum-air batteries have been…
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DOES RETIREMENT SPEED MENTAL DECLINE?

There’s a silver lining for Baby Boomers who can’t afford to retire: giving up work seems to aggravate cognitive decline. A recent study in China confirmed similar findings in other countries.…
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SMART CAPSULE READS YOUR GUT

The human microbiome – the ecosystem of bacteria that lives in your gut – has been shown to affect everything from asthma to depression to anxiety disorders.  Knowing those bugs’ state of health is…