Escobar: A Pipelineistan Fable For Our Times

Escobar: A Pipelineistan Fable For Our Times Tyler Durden Wed, 06/10/2020 – 02:00 Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times, Ukraine was supposed to prevent Russia from deepening energy ties with Germany; it didn’t work out that way… Once upon a time in Pipelineistan, tales of woe were the norm. Shattered dreams littered the chessboard – from IPI vs. TAPI in the AfPak realm to the neck-twisting Nabucco opera in Europe. In sharp contrast, whenever China entered the picture, successful completion prevailed. Beijing financed a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Xinjiang, finished in 2009, and will profit from two spectacular Power of Siberia deals with Russia. And then[…]

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Paul Craig Roberts Asks “Can We Survive Our Collective Stupidity?”

Paul Craig Roberts Asks “Can We Survive Our Collective Stupidity?” Tyler Durden Wed, 06/10/2020 – 00:05 Authored by Paul Craig Roberts, I have come to the conclusion that collectively Americans are mentally and emotionally stupid.  On any given day there is endless evidence that this is the case. Just a few selections from news of the last couple of days should suffice to establish the point. Instead of reforming police training as a rational response to George Floyd’s death from an aggressive restraint technique, the Minneapolis city council voted to disband the Minneapolis police. Council woman Lisa Bender responded to a[…]

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Visualizing Layoffs At Prominent Startups Triggered By COVID-19

Visualizing Layoffs At Prominent Startups Triggered By COVID-19 Tyler Durden Tue, 06/09/2020 – 23:45 As the pandemic reverberates through almost every industry imaginable, tech startups are also feeling the pain. Since mid-March, Visual Capitalist’s Dorothy Neufeld notes that countless startups and unicorns have undergone layoffs. Today’s infographic pulls data from Layoffs.fyi, and navigates the cascading layoffs across 30 of the most recognizable startups in America. Each of the companies have slashed over 250 employees between March 11 and May 26, 2020—capturing a snapshot of the continuing fallout of COVID-19. Silicon Valley Takes a Hit Unsurprisingly, many of the hardest hit startups are[…]

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Yes, You Can Be Against ‘Police Brutality’ & ‘Looting And Rioting’ At The Same Time

Yes, You Can Be Against ‘Police Brutality’ & ‘Looting And Rioting’ At The Same Time Tyler Durden Tue, 06/09/2020 – 23:25 Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, It is possible to condemn all violence.  Just because someone says they don’t support the looting and rioting, does not mean they support police brutality. Just because someone says that the police shouldn’t kill people with qualified immunity, doesn’t mean they support looting and rioting. The mainstream media and those who still are stuck in the left/right paradigm want you to choose a side. Police brutality, or looting. It is possible to side[…]

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Most Voters Think The US Is Spiraling Out Of Control

Most Voters Think The US Is Spiraling Out Of Control Tyler Durden Tue, 06/09/2020 – 23:05 It has been a turbulent year for the United States… As Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes, 2020 kicked off with an Iranian ballistic missile attack on U.S. forces in Iraq in response to the killing of Qasem Soleimani. That was swiftly followed by the coronavirus pandemic which has resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 Americans while the number infected is approaching two million. Over the past few days, people across the country took to the streets en masse to protest the killing of George Lloyd[…]

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Kerik: If Black Lives Really Mattered, BLM, Antifa Would Be Marching All Over Chicago

Kerik: If Black Lives Really Mattered, BLM, Antifa Would Be Marching All Over Chicago Tyler Durden Tue, 06/09/2020 – 22:45 Authored by Jennie Taer via SaraACarter.com, Former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernard Kerik told “The Sara Carter Show” Monday that if the Black Lives Matter organization and left-wing anarchist group Antifa really believed that black lives matter, ‘they would be marching all over Chicago.’ Moreover, Kerik denied a ‘systematic’ police brutality problem, saying, however, that there is a ‘systematic’ problem in Chicago, where there’s ceaseless violence on the streets. “But that [police brutality] is not systematic what is systematic is last week last[…]

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JonesTrading “At What Point Will Powell Realize He Has Broken The Market’s Pricing Mechanism?”

JonesTrading “At What Point Will Powell Realize He Has Broken The Market’s Pricing Mechanism?” Tyler Durden Tue, 06/09/2020 – 21:45 After a decade of constant lamentation by stock market pundits that the world’s most artificial “bull market”, which after March 23 and “Unlimited QE” everyone finally admits was entirely the work of the Federal Reserve, did not have retail participation and so wasn’t a real bull market, well – we give you Robin Hood. In the span of just a few weeks, the free retail platform has mutated from a trading venue nobody had heard of to the platform which[…]

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Iran To Execute Alleged Spy Who Led CIA & Mossad To Soleimani

Iran To Execute Alleged Spy Who Led CIA & Mossad To Soleimani Tyler Durden Tue, 06/09/2020 – 21:45 Iran announced Tuesday that a man it says spied on the slain Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleiman on behalf of American and Israeli intelligence has been sentenced to death.  Iranian officials emphasized, however, that the alleged asset’s ‘passing information’ on Soleimani’s whereabouts in the past was not directly connected to the IRGC commander’s Jan. 3rd death by US drone strike in Baghdad. Yet it does strongly suggest US and Israeli intelligence were able to infiltrate circles close to Soleimani, likely a factor in[…]

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Chinese Propaganda Outlet Paid Millions To Washington Post, Wall Street Journal

Chinese Propaganda Outlet Paid Millions To Washington Post, Wall Street Journal Tyler Durden Tue, 06/09/2020 – 21:25 Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times, A Chinese propaganda outlet paid millions of dollars to The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal to run advertisements made to look like news reports. New documents filed with the U.S. Department of Justice show China Daily paid over $4.6 million to the Post and nearly $6 million to the Journal since November 2016. China Daily, an English-language newspaper, is overseen by the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Publicity Department, the governmental agency in charge of disseminating propaganda. Over the past few years,[…]

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Virus Contact-Tracing For All – Singaporeans To Be Tracked By Gov’t In Post-COVID World

Virus Contact-Tracing For All – Singaporeans To Be Tracked By Gov’t In Post-COVID World Tyler Durden Tue, 06/09/2020 – 21:05 Singapore is on the cusp of rolling out a mandatory COVID-19 tracing program that will identify people who had come in contact with virus carriers. The program will distribute tiny microchips to all 5.7 million residents, in what will be the most extensive tracing program globally, reported Reuters.  The city-state, located in Southeast Asia, has already developed a tracing app for smartphones, called TraceToegether, to identify people who have interacted with virus carriers. The app was downloaded by more than 1.5 million residents but did not work well on iPhones since Bluetooth activity[…]

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