Keiser Report: American Empire Entering Decline (E1163)

Keiser Report: American Empire Entering Decline (E1163)

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December 17, 2017 at 12:25AM

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CSX CEO Hunter Harrison Dead, Days After Medical Leave

CSX CEO Hunter Harrison Dead, Days After Medical Leave

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zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Dec 16, 2017 3:16 PM

Just two days after taking medical leave from his role as CEO of CSX, the company has confirmed 73-year-old Hunter Harrison has passed away.

Hunter Harrison, CEO of rail company CSX, has passed away, the company confirmed in a statement Saturday.

 “It is with great sadness that we announce that E. Hunter Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of CSX, died today in Wellington, Fla., due to unexpectedly severe complications from a recent illness,” the company said.

Harrison had taken medical leave on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Jim Foote has been named acting CEO in the wake of Hunter’s passing, according to CSX board chairman Edward Kelly.

 “With the passing of Hunter Harrison, CSX has suffered a major loss,” Kelly said. “Notwithstanding that loss, the board is confident that Jim Foote, as acting Chief Executive Officer, and the rest of the CSX team will capitalize on the changes that Hunter has made.

“The Board will continue to consider in a deliberative way how best to maximize CSX’s performance over the long term,” Kelly said.

Harrison, who turned around three railroad carriers during a five-decade career before being tapped by CSX Corp. to improve the company’s lackluster performance, had heart bypass surgery in 1998, occasionally used a portable oxygen tank to treat shortness of breath.

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December 17, 2017 at 12:21AM

Bitcoin Smashes Through $18k… and Now $19k As Insane Jim Cramer’s “Kibosh” Threat All Hot Air

Bitcoin Smashes Through $18k… and Now $19k As Insane Jim Cramer’s “Kibosh” Threat All Hot Air

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Many people thought that once bitcoin futures began trading on the CBOE that it would allow Wall Street to smash the price of bitcoin lower.

Or, as Jim Cramer said, “kibosh” bitcoin.

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December 17, 2017 at 12:18AM

Abduct, Imprison, Repeat: Israel’s Brutal System of Occupation, False Imprisonment of Palestinians

Abduct, Imprison, Repeat: Israel’s Brutal System of Occupation, False Imprisonment of Palestinians

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21stcenturywire.com / DECEMBER 16, 2017

By now, western audiences are familiar with shocking photos of horrific ‘routine’ torture which has taken place at various U.S. military bases and detention centers in places Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. Why many westerners will express outrage over these images and condemn such practices, few have been brave enough to acknowledge that Palestinians have endured similar or worse treatment inside Israeli prisons and “interrogation centres” since the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

Moreover, the institutionalized racism which is pervasive throughout the Israeli government and society would normally trigger outrage in the international community, but for some reason (likely its relationship with the US).

How long will moral crusaders in the west remain gagged over Israel’s treatment of the native Palestinian population?

Simply put, the levels of systematic abuse by a thuggish Israeli security apparatus is shocking…

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December 17, 2017 at 12:14AM

Iran Joins EAEU – 45 Years Of US Foreign Policy Down The Drain

Iran Joins EAEU – 45 Years Of US Foreign Policy Down The Drain

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zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Dec 15, 2017 10:05 PM

Authored by Tom Luongo,

Iran is joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). By early next year, February by this account, Iran will join the five founding members of the Union and open the door for Turkey to do so later in 2018.

Between this and the end of the war in Syria, it’s not hard to declare the Brzezinski Doctrine of U.S.-led Central Asian chaos as gasping its last breaths.

Iran finally joining the EAEU is a response to a number of factors, the most important of which is the continued belligerence by the U.S. Expanded economic sanctions on Iran and the EAEU’s leader Russia has created the need for greater coordination of economic and foreign policy objectives between them.

And it is creating the new realities in the region that will reshape the word for the next hundred years.

The Nuclear Gambit

In the dying days of the Obama administration it looked like the goal was to placate Iran to stop its pivot towards Russia and China. I believe that was the driving force behind Obama’s negotiating the controversial nuclear deal.

In effect, Obama tried to trade unfreezing Iran’s hundreds of billions in assets held in Western banks for Iran to ignore our atomization of Syria and the creation of a complete mess there.

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December 16, 2017 at 07:51PM

Amid Bad Fundamentals, Gold Sector Rally May Have Begun

Amid Bad Fundamentals, Gold Sector Rally May Have Begun

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news.goldseek.com / By Gary Tanashian / Sunday, 17 December 2017

We have been expecting a seasonal rally in gold, silver and the miners off of a bottom due in either December or January, as is typical of the sector. I’ve marked upSentimentrader‘s seasonal gold pattern to show the secondary low made (on average over 30 years) in December and the January ramp up that follows (on average).

gold seasonal pattern

But we’ve long contended that noise about global strife (geopolitics), inflation and most of all China/India demand need to be tuned out and the larger component planets of the Macrocosm ™ need to be respected in order to call a real bull market phase in gold and gold stocks.

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December 16, 2017 at 07:49PM

COVER-UP: Court Seals Evidence of Israel’s Weapon Exports to Rwanda During Genocide

COVER-UP: Court Seals Evidence of Israel’s Weapon Exports to Rwanda During Genocide

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21stcenturywire.com / DECEMBER 16, 2017

“There is no terrible regime — Columbia, Guatemala, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile during the time of the colonels, Burma, Taiwan, Zaire, Liberia, Congo, Sierra Leone — there is not one that does not have a major military connection to Israel.” 
– Jeff Halper, 2003 

If the details in this court report were allowed to be made public, it would no doubt be extremely embarrassing to the state of Israel, who relies on maintaining the status of eternal ‘victim’ in order to side-step dozens of UN resolutions regarding its illegal land annexations and human rights abuses against the native Palestinian population who have been under violent Israeli military occupation for over 50 years.

Question: why have the Israeli Courts ruled to cover-up these important details about Israel own role in helping to facilitate a genocide in Africa?

Their answer: “The release of information would undermine state security and international relations.”

According to reports, Israel’s arms exports to Rwanda were in violation of international law.

Israel has also been caught numerous times before, including recently being exposed in a UN report after supplying Israeli weapons in the Sudan conflict, and again, with the US protecting the rogue state, Israel continues to act with impunity.

Similar reports have also emerged about Israeli arms and other Israeli military equipment.

And this is what US politicians continuously refer to as “the only democracy in the Middle East.”

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December 16, 2017 at 07:47PM

Uber Cuts Ambulance Usage And Health Care Costs Across 766 US Cities

Uber Cuts Ambulance Usage And Health Care Costs Across 766 US Cities

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zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Dec 15, 2017 9:45 PM

In recent months, it seems like there’s been nothing but bad news for Uber, like having its operating licence revoked in London (“not fit and proper”), concealing a massive cyber-attackprice gauging a passenger $14,000 for a 5-mile ride and reporting a quarterly loss of $1.5 billion. Indeed, the company is becoming almost synonymous with problems. A Bloomberg story three days ago about Airbnb began “With Uber’s problems grabbing all the headlines, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the other great “sharing economy” company, Airbnb, is also having issues caused by an overaggressive expansion and a tendency to ignore rules”.

For once, a slightly more positive story about Uber has emerged, although there is even an “Uber” downside to this. In brief, researchers have found that when Uber is launched in a city, ambulance usage declines significantly. From The Mercury News.

In what is believed to be the first study to measure the impact of Uber and other ride-booking services on the U.S. ambulance business, two researchers have concluded that ambulance usage is dropping across the country. A research paper released Wednesday examined ambulance usage rates in 766 U.S. cities in 43 states as Uber entered their markets from 2013 to 2015.

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December 16, 2017 at 07:44PM