Tuesday, January 17, 2017

'Garbage Document': Woodward Says US Intel Should Apologize Over Trump Dossier

The Washington Post's Bob Woodward believes President-elect Donald Trump has a right to be furious over last week's release of an unverified intelligence dossier alleging Trump has deep ties to Russia.

The documents were published by Buzzfeed and CNN later reported on the existence of the dossier, leading Trump to blast both outlets as "fake news" at a press conference on Thursday .... http://insider.foxnews.com

Putin mocks claims that Trump was spied on

Moscow (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin cracked raunchy jokes on Tuesday as he poked fun at claims that Russian secret services filmed US President-elect Donald Trump with prostitutes.

Showing he is familiar with the claims in the explosive dossier, Putin launched into a series of ribald jokes about prostitutes, riffing on Trump's former role as owner of the Miss Universe beauty contest.

The unsubstantiated dossier published by American media last week alleged that Russia had gathered compromising information on Trump, namely videos involving prostitutes at a luxury Moscow hotel, supposedly as a potential means for blackmail .... https://www.yahoo.com

CIA Director Brennan Joins Democrat Effort To Discredit Trump As Illegitimate

Departing CIA director John Brennan took aim at Russia and the potential for improved relations between our two nations on Sunday, criticizing Donald Trump’s handling of national security matters. Brennan has long been believed to be a practicing Muslim who converted while working in Saudi Arabia. He also may have overridden the decision of his subordinate as the CIA Station Chief in Jeda, and ordered the visas for the 9/11 hijackers approved .... http://rickwells.us

Already?.. Democrat has called for Donald Trump to be impeached

A Democratic Congresswoman has called for Donald Trump to be impeached on the grounds that he coined the term ‘crooked Hillary’ in collusion with the Russian government, even suggesting that the Kremlin was feeding Trump such lines to use during his campaign.

California Congresswoman Maxine Waters was egged on by MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews to explain why Trump’s presidency is ‘not legitimate’ .... http://www.infowars.com

Putin Sees 'Maidan-Style' Attempts in US to Delegitimize Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he sees attempts in the United States to "delegitimize" US President-elect Donald Trump using "Maidan-style" methods previously used in Ukraine.

Putin noted that an internal political struggle is underway in the United States despite the fact that the presidential election is over. "In my opinion, there are several goals, some are obvious. The first is to undermine the legitimacy of the elected president of the United States. Incidentally, in this connection I would like to note that — whether people who do it want it or don't want — they greatly damage US interests." 

"It seems that they trained for this in Kiev and now are ready to organize a 'Maidan' in Washington not to let Trump assume office," Putin said .... https://sputniknews.com

Monday, January 16, 2017

Not just Mexico: why most emerging market economies are in the line of fire from a US ‘border tax’

So far, the fallout from US President-elect Donald Trump’s support for a so-called “border tax” has fallen mainly on Mexico.

Dark warnings that car manufacturers that transfer more production south of the Rio Grande will face a big tax bill if they sell the vehicles in the US have seemingly led several to change tack, undermining the attractiveness of Mexico and its army of low-cost workers and sending the peso sliding to a record nominal low. However, a border tax, if it comes to pass, could have a swingeing impact across much of the emerging world, with much of the damage ultimately inflicted on those countries with the largest external financing requirements, such as Turkey, Indonesia and South Africa .... https://www.ft.com

Angry Germany Slams Trump Criticism: Urges US To "Build Better Cars", Accuses Washington Of Causing Refugee Crisis

An angry Berlin has responded with a staunch defense of its policies after President-elect Donald Trump criticized German Chancellor Angela Merkel in two separate Sunday interviews, one with Germany's Bild and one with the Sunday Times, for her stance during the refugee crisis while threatening a 35% tariff on BMW cars imported into the US.

Germany’s deputy chancellor and minister for the economy, Sigmar Gabriel, said on Monday morning that a tax on German imports would lead to a “bad awakening” among US carmakers since they were reliant on transatlantic supply chains .... http://www.zerohedge.com

Sunday, January 15, 2017

In Stunning Pair Of Interviews, Trump Slams NATO And EU, Threatens BMW With Tax; Prepared To "Cut Ties" With Merkel

In two separate, and quite striking, interviews with Germany's Bild (paywall) and London's Sunday Times (paywall), Donald Trump did what he failed to do in his first US press conference, and covered an extensive amount of policy and strategy, much of which however will likely please neither the pundits, nor the markets.

Among the numerous topics covered in the Bild interview, he called NATO obsolete, predicted that other European Union members would join the U.K. in leaving the bloc and threatened BMW with import duties over a planned plant in Mexico, according to a Sunday interview granted to Germany’s Bild newspaper that will raise concerns in Berlin over trans-Atlantic relations .... http://www.zerohedge.com

Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan

President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid.

Trump declined to reveal specifics in the telephone interview late Saturday with The Washington Post, but any proposals from the incoming president would almost certainly dominate the Republican effort to overhaul federal health policy as he prepares to work with his party’s congressional majorities .... https://www.washingtonpost.com

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Billionaire George Soros Lost Nearly $1 Billion in Weeks After Trump Election

Billionaire hedge-fund manager George Soros lost nearly $1 billion as a result of the stock-market rally spurred by Donald Trump’s surprise presidential election.

But Stanley Druckenmiller, Mr. Soros’s former deputy who helped Mr. Soros score $1 billion of profits betting against the British pound in 1992, anticipated the market’s recent climb and racked up sizable gains, according to people close to the matter.

The two traders’ divergent bets are a stark reminder of the challenges even acclaimed investors have faced following Mr. Trump’s unexpected victory. Many experts had predicted a tumble for stocks in the wake of the election, but instead the Dow Jones Industrial Average has climbed about 9% since Election Day .... http://www.wsj.com

Massive 'Precision Cut 'Ancient 100 Ton Boxes Underground At The Serapeum In Egypt

Does Facebook want to read your THOUGHTS? Secretive division may be developing a mind-reading device

Facebook wants to know your deepest, darkest thoughts.

In April, the site revealed the existence of a new division, known only as 'Building 8' which is dedicated to creating ground-breaking products at the intersection of hardware, software, and content.

And a new job advert posting suggests that the mysterious division could be working on mind-reading technology .... http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Peter Thiel ‘Confirms’ the ‘Age of Apple is Over,’ But Says It’s Not Tim Cook’s Fault

In a "Confirm or Deny" feature by The New York Times this week, PayPal co-founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel "confirmed" that "the age of Apple is over" based on his belief that smartphones will lack further innovation.
The age of Apple is over.
"Confirm. We know what a smartphone looks like and does. It’s not the fault of Tim Cook, but it’s not an area where there will be any more innovation."
While the iPhone has become a familiar product as itturns ten, which perhaps makes it less exciting to some, to say smartphones are not an area where there will be any more innovation will certainly fuel a debate. And, of course, while the iPhone is Apple's most profitable product, it's not its only .... http://www.macrumors.com

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Norway's $880 billion oil fund could exclude biggest polluters

The ethics watchdog for Norway's $880-billion wealth fund will focus this year on identifying firms with the biggest emissions of greenhouse gases and will recommend excluding them from the fund's investments, it said.

The fund, built from surpluses made by Norway's oil industry, has stakes in more than 9,000 companies in 78 countries, owning some 1.3 percent of all listed shares globally. It is the world's largest sovereign wealth fund.

Norway's parliament set a mandate, in force since 2016, to restrict the fund's investment in companies that emit excessive volumes of climate changing gases .... http://www.reuters.com