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R3publicans: Whose Bright Idea Was RussiaGate?

R3publicans: Whose Bright Idea Was RussiaGate?

The CIA started what is called RussiaGate in order to prevent Trump from being able to normalize relations with Russia

Paul Craig Roberts
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The answer to the question in the title of this article is that RussiaGate was created by CIA director John Brennan. The CIA started what is called RussiaGate in order to prevent Trump from being able to normalize relations with Russia.

The CIA and the military/security complex need an enemy in order to justify their huge budgets and unaccountable power. Russia has been assigned that role.

read more at http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/whose-bright-idea-was-russiagate/ri21149

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Governments turn tables by suing public records requesters

Governments turn tables by suing public records requesters

“Government bodies are increasingly turning the tables on citizens who seek public records that might be embarrassing or legally sensitive. Instead of granting or denying their requests, a growing number of school districts, municipalities and state agencies have filed lawsuits against people making the requests – taxpayers, government watchdogs and journalists who must then pursue the records in court at their own expense.”

Post-acquisition Yahoo! reveals every account was hacked in 2013

Post-acquisition Yahoo! reveals every account was hacked in 2013

“Yahoo said a major security breach in 2013 compromised all three billion accounts the company maintained, a three-fold increase over the estimate it disclosed previously.”

Is The Everything Bubble Ready to Pop?

Is The Everything Bubble Ready to Pop?

“It wasn’t always this way. We never used to get a giant, speculative bubble every 7–8 years. We really didn’t. In 2000, we had the dot-com bubble. In 2007, we had the housing bubble. In 2017, we have the everything bubble. I did not coin the term ‘the everything bubble.’ I do not know who did. Apologies (and much respect) to the person I stole it from. Why do we call it the everything bubble? Well, there is a bubble in a bunch of asset classes simultaneously. And the infographic below that my colleagues at Mauldin Economics created paints the picture best. I don’t usually predict downturns, but this time I bet my reputation that a downturn is coming. And soon.”

U.S. household stock wealth at highest level since dotcom bubble

U.S. household stock wealth at highest level since dotcom bubble

“Currently, according to Ned Davis Research, stocks represent 40% of total household financial assets, much higher than the 28.2% average allocation since 1951. There’s been only one other occasion since 1951 in which stock allocation was higher than it is today — at the top of the late 1990s internet bubble, when it rose to 47.5%. Every other major stock market top of the last seven decades, in contrast, occurred when households’ equity allocation was lower than today’s level. At the 2007 stock market top, for example, the allocation peaked at 37.1%.”

Stock Market’s New Threat Is Record Margin Debt

Stock Market’s New Threat Is Record Margin Debt

“In the U.S., margin debt is at more than three times the level recorded before the 2008 financial crisis began, and is even greater than its peak in 2000 before the dotcom crash, according to research released last week from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the Journal indicates.”

78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck

78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck

“Even those making over six figures said they struggle to make ends meet, the report said. Nearly 1 in 10 of those making $100,000 or more said they usually or always live paycheck to paycheck, and 59 percent of those in that salary range said they were in the red.”

Japanese debt-slavery: more dropping dead from overwork

Japanese debt-slavery: more dropping dead from overwork

“Japanese employees work significantly longer hours than their counterparts in the US, Britain and other developed countries. Japan’s employees used, on average, only 8.8 days of their annual leave in 2015, less than half their allowance, according to the health ministry. That compares with 100% in Hong Kong and 78% in Singapore.”