Welcome to the XXVII73 Issue

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ECONOMIC WEEK IN REVIEW

Why did the S&P 500 reach record highs last week in the U.S?  For the same simplistic reason the mainstream business media gives for when they go down: the U.S.-China trade war.  This time, it…
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U.S. MARKETS FLYING HIGH

The S&P 500 has hit record highs, in part boosted by corporate earnings.  While so far this year 75 percent of the S&P 500 companies posting earnings beat estimates, U.S. company earnings…
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AMERICANS UNDER WATER

While the Federal Reserve pumps in trillions of cheap money to keep the White Shoe Boys on the Street gambling, it’s a different game for the average American. Americans are working longer hours,…
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THE GERMAN NATION’S STAGNATION

Industrial production in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has slipped 4.3 percent in the 12 months to September. Last Wednesday, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy slashed Germany’s GDP…
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THE GREAT STALL OF CHINA

Despite its slowing GDP of 6 percent in the third quarter, the lowest in 27 years (which is still sizeable compared to the 2 percent of the GDP’s of the U.S. and Europe), China is set to be the year’…
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WEWORK’S NOT WORKING

Either exemplifying the economic slowdown or because the business model is a failure, WeWork is suffering from low-occupancy rates in China. The vacancy rate in Shanghai was 35.7 percent in October…
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UNDERDEVELOPED DEBT JUNKIES

Last week, the IMF reported that almost half of the less advanced economies in the developing world, with a record high $38 billion in market debt and at risk for falling into debt distress.…
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HONG KONG: WEEK 23

Yesterday was one of the most violent days in the ongoing civil revolt that has paralyzed one of Asia’s busiest and most influential financial centers. Protesters took to the streets during morning…
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IRAQ: REALLY BAD TO MUCH WORSE

Citizens continue to risk their lives as they vent their anger over government corruption, lack of jobs, extreme poverty, and a destroyed infrastructure bombed out by the U.S. after its illegal and…
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LUST FOR OIL, PART I: SYRIA

On 13 October, President Trump announced the pullout of 1,000 U.S. troops from Syria after making a deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who launched a military offensive against Kurdish…
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LUST FOR OIL, PART II: STRAIT OF HORMUZ

Last Thursday, the U.S. officially launched a military operation under the pretext of protecting the movement of oil out of the Middle East.  Using another of their melodramatic, moronic names that…
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BOLIVIA: COUNTRY IN CHAOS

Following weeks of mass protest and political tensions due to a controversial election, which we covered in detail in last week’s Trends Journal, Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, resigned Sunday and…
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MALI: FRANCE WANTS ITS COLONY BACK

While the United States wages wars and incites conflict in the oil-rich Middle East, France is continuing its colonial strategy by forcibly stealing a natural resource it wants and needs from African…
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BAYER BEARS THE BRUNT

It will go on record as one of the worst investment buyouts of the 21st century. Ignoring decades of condemnation by various environmental and health advocacy groups, the German company Bayer…
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THE NEXT NEW ANTIBIOTIC IS CBD

Because of the medical profession’s overreliance on antibiotics, including its routine use in livestock, antibiotic resistance is reaching epidemic proportions: the drugs have killed off most…
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NEW DISCOVERIES EXTEND HEALTHY LIFESPAN

A telomere is a cluster of nucleotides – the building blocks of DNA – gathered at the end of a chromosome. They’ve been likened to the plastic tip on a shoelace. Scientists have found that telomeres…
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A PLASTICS WIN-WIN

Want to ride the bus in Rome? Better bring along those old water and soda bottles. Putting 30 of the bottles into special vending machines at select bus stations gets you a ticket for a free bus…